Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception

You are cordially invited to the Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception:

Date:         Friday October 2, 2009

Time:          6-9 pm

Place:        Douglas Entrance Puerto del Sol Historic Ballroom, 800 Douglas Entrance, Coral Gables, Florida.  Open Bar, Catering by Theirry’s, music by Serenade Ensembele

Member Cost:     $30.00

Non-Member     $35.00

RSVP to:         Eddy Rodriguez @ (305) 441-8818 OR PAY AT THE DOOR Please make checks payable to: Coral Gables Bar Association

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program

2009-2010 Application Guidelines

The Pittsburgh Foundation and K&L Gates LLP are proud to offer the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program.  The fellowship was established in September 1999 to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Each summer, the program awards up to three successful candidates a fellowship that enables them to spend four weeks of their summer working at one of four designated public interest organizations. The following four organizations offer placement opportunities to K&L Gates fellows:

In 2010, each recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his/her public interest service.  All stipend checks will be made payable to the student, and mailed to the organizations at which they will be working.  K&L Gates will pay a supplemental salary to any recipient who receives and accepts an offer to spend the remainder of the summer as a K&L Gates summer associate.  The supplemental salary and stipend will equal the weekly salary of K&L Gates’ summer associates during the fellowship period.  K&L Gates fellows, however, are not required to spend the rest of the summer with K&L Gates.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 10, 2009. Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation, an Advisory Committee will recommend the fellowship winners based upon academic merit, demonstrated commitment to public service, other information provided through the application process and interviews with finalist candidates. Family members of Advisory Committee members are not eligible for this fellowship. The Pittsburgh Foundation will notify chosen fellowship winners of its decision.

To request a copy of the application materials, or to address any questions, please visit, contact the CDO or contact:

Jessica L. Gangjee
Regional Recruiting Manager
K&L Gates LLP
Henry W. Oliver Building
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 355-6547


Deborah L. Turner
Scholarship Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA  15222-5414
(412) 394-2649

AFL-CIO Fellowship Program

The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2010. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international unions which represent 11 million working women and men in the United States. The AFL-CIO works on a variety of fronts to improve the lives of working families, to secure social and economic justice in the United States, and to protect the interests of working people in the global economy. The AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been instrumental not only in negotiating good pay and benefits for union members, but also in the enactment and enforcement of laws that protect important rights for all workers, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL-CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union-side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities. The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits. In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers. Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

The fellowship salary is in the range of $55,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Benefits include excellent medical and dental insurance plus paid vacation.

Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent legal research and writing skills and enjoy legal research and appellate work. Applicants should also have a commitment to workers’ rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. The AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

To Apply: Applicants should mail a cover letter explaining their interest in the fellowship, a current resume, a transcript, a short writing sample, a letter of reference and a list of two additional references to the AFL-CIO’s Office of the General Counsel ATTN: Fellowship Position, 815 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. The application process is rolling and will remain open until the successful candidate is selected. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.

Department of State – Hiring Diplomatic Security Special Agents

Department of State is Hiring Diplomatic Security Special Agents

The Department of State is hiring – Diplomatic Security Special Agents (known overseas as Regional Security Officers – Foreign Service Specialists)

The Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Special Agent positions.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the application process.  Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 8, 2009.

Special Agents (SA) are sworn federal law enforcement officers who are responsible for the security of Foreign Service personnel, property and sensitive information throughout the world. Major activities include protective services, management of security programs for Foreign Service posts, criminal investigations, and background investigations, in addition to administrative, training, and liaison functions.  Special Agent applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have a bachelor’s degree at the time of appointment.  Candidates must be within nine months of receiving their Bachelor’s degree in order to apply, specifically, they must receive their degree prior to July 22, 2010 (exceptions cannot be granted). Special Agent candidates must be appointed prior to their 37th birthday.

Employer Appreciation Reception

The Career Development Office and Student Bar Association

cordially invite all students to the first annual

Employer Appreciation Reception

This is an opportunity for you to meet attorneys and judges in the Miami legal community.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

at the

Lowe Art Museum

University of Miami

1301 Stanford Drive

Coral Gables, Florida

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 28, 2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deadline to apply for the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lunch ‘n Learn Series:  Careers in Financial Planning, 12:30 p.m., Room 110

Ideal program for students interested in pursuing a career in financial services.  Featuring Robert Newman, Managing Partner of the National Planning Corporation.  Mr. Newman will talk about his experiences, the company and opportunities within this field.  Bring your lunch and plenty of questions!

Coming next week…the CDO and Student Bar Association will host an Employer Appreciation Reception.  All students are welcome to attend.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Presidential Management Fellows Program 


The 2009-2010 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application season will open on Thursday, October 1.   The PMF Program offers paid two-year federal government fellowships to graduate students interested in the public sector.  More than 80 Federal agencies recruit through this program and offer positions in public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law (very limited), financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

PMF Application Open Period

Thursday, October 1 – Thursday, October 15, 2009

 How to Apply:

Applicants must (1) complete an online application, (2) link a USAJOBS resume, and (3) submit a Nomination form and Statement of Interest to their school’s Nomination Official, Karen Warren at the Career Development Office, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 16.

•        Applicants apply online using USAJOBS at or via a link from the PMF website’s “How to Apply/PMF Application”  

•       During the application process, applicants will be required to link their online resume, complete an online qualifications questionnaire, and print the PMF Nomination Form (OPM Form 1300) for the nomination process.  On-line application deadline is Thursday, October 15.

•        The Statement of Interest should describe your objectives and motivation in seeking  a PMF fellowship.  Statement of Interest and Nomination Form are submitted to  Karen Warren in the CDO on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 16.

More Information:

Further information on the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at: and on the Career Development Office’s Student Portal at

If you have further questions after reviewing the PMF website and CDO Student Portal, please feel free to contact Karen Warren ( in the CDO.

From Law School to Law Firm Presentation

From Law School to Law Firm

Jump from the Academic World to the Real World! Attorneys from Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. will share their insights, perspectives and experiences regarding what to expect in going from a law student to a summer associate to a full-fledged practicing attorney.

James E. Charles and Darren W. Leiser will speak about what they wished they had known after graduation from law school, interviewing tips and the practice of law in general. Please join us for this enlightening presentation on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tere Rodriguez in the Career Development Office (“CDO”) at no later than October 23, 2009.

Question & Answer Period to Follow.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 21, 2009)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Florida Supreme Court Information Session, 12:30 p.m., Room 108

Learn all about the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students.  Internships with the Florida Supreme Court are offered each semester and during the summer.  For more information, please see our previous blog post.  The deadline to apply for the program is Monday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Networking Workshop for International LL.M. Students, 12:30 p.m., Room 216B

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA

Podcast of Small Firm Panel Presentation

Missed our Small Firm Panel presentation on September 16?  You can now hear that presentation which featured hiring partners and associates from small firms in South Florida as well as a member of the Florida Bar General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section.

You may access the podcast file here 24/7 with any computer and connection to the internet.

You may need to copy and paste the link into a browser window.  You can use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.  You will need to have the Adobe Flash Player plug in installed.  (If you can view YouTube videos, you should be fine.)

The file contains audio and video;  no PowerPoint slides were used during this presentation.  You can scroll forward and backward in the podcast by using the thumbnail images on the bottom of the screen.  And different views are available in the lower left hand corner of the screen.