First Annual Speed Networking Event

First Annual Speed Networking Event

Join the Career Development Office, Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, as we host the

First Annual Speed Networking Event

What it is: A forum in which students can refine professional networking skills and forge connections, while gathering information about the legal profession. The event will allow for optimal connections to be made within a minimal amount of time. Speed Networking is a way to help avoid first-impression networking nightmares, while getting to know area practicing attorneys at the same time!


How it works: The evening will consist of a series of round robin “Flash Sessions” lasting approximately eight minutes in length followed immediately by a reception.

PLEASE RSVP by Thursday, September 10th to Sarah Klein: or stop by the CDO to sign up.


Dress is business casual.

The Florida Bar Board of Examiners, Facebook and You

Last month we blogged about the pitfalls of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Recently, the Florida Bar made an announcement regarding the Florida Bar Board of Examiners’ (FBBE) plans to visit Florida Bar candidates’ Facebook and MySpace sites.

For tips on how to avoid social networking pitfalls, see our previous blog posting on this topic.

This Week at the CDO (Week of August 31, 2009)

August 31-September 7

Fall OCI Phase II // Session II Bidding Now Open

Fall OCI (Phase II // Session II) Bidding will take place this entire week.  The deadline to bid is Monday, September 7 at 11:00 p.m.  Be sure to review the email sent last week regarding Session II, consult the Fall OCI Handbook and contact your CDO advisor with any questions.

September 2

Career Advancement and Networking Executive Series (C.A.N.E.S.) – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – the Bankers Club of Miami, One Biscayne Tower, 14th Floor.

The first of a series of industry-focused panel discussions and networking opportunities designed to provide students with concrete information on current industry trends and the skills necessary to build a successful career.  The discussion will focus on government and non-profit sectors. Business attire is required.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For more information and to RSVP contact Lara O’Neill, Project Coordinator for the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center (305-284-2599).  

September 2-4

Mock Interview Program (Phase II)

Mock interviews with local attorneys CDO and Law Library.  Contact Davian Darby with any questions.

September 4

Fall 2009 Judicial Internship Program – Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2009 Judicial Internship Program is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4.  Applications can be obtained from your CDO advisor or picked up at the front desk of the CDO (Room A-112).

Next week:  Fall OCI (Phase II) interviews begin and the DOJ Summer and Honors Program application deadline approaches.

Democracy for America Field Organizer Positions Available

Democracy for America is hiring state-level Public Option Field Organizers for an intense three-month pressure campaign to pass a public option as part of healthcare reform.  The organization is looking to put full-time, hired, grassroots field organizers, on the ground to pressure elected leaders to pass healthcare reform with a public option in a variety of states including Florida, Montana, Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Georgia, and Arkansas.

The entire job description is available here:

Public Option Field Organizers will have their work cut out for them. They need to hit the ground running to build grassroots pressure and get Senators and Representatives off the fence in support of the public option.

CDO Summer Survey

The CDO is asking all returning students to complete its 2009 Summer Survey.  The survey asks you for information about your summer employer and how you obtained your position.  The data obtained from this survey will be provided to students for their own use in their summer job search.

Please feel free to complete as much of the survey as you are comfortable although the more information you share, the more useful the survey data will be to other students.  You may choose to remain completely anonymous by checking “no” to the question “Are you willing to be contacted by students about your summer experience.”

The CDO will compile the data received and will prepare a report that will be available to all students via the CDO Student Portal and your CDO advisor.  Again, for the report to be valuable to students, the CDO needs strong student feedback.  We appreciate your willingness to complete the survey.

You may pick up a copy of the survey in the CDO (Room A-112), from your advisor via email or from the CDO Student Portal.

Fall 2009 Judicial Internship Program

The Judicial Intern Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court (Miami, FL) places second and third year University of Miami School of Law students in a direct working relationship with county and circuit judges in the Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, Family and Domestic Violence Divisions.

The schedule by which the law student will intern will be a matter to be determined between the student and judge.  However, a minimum of 5-10 hours per week is required.  Interns are not permitted to work with any law firm or other legal agency while participating in this program.  The Career Development Office is responsible for matching students and judges.  To every extent possible, the assignment will be based on students’ expressed areas of interest.

To participate in the program, students must submit an application, resume and short writing sample.  Applications are available in the CDO (Room A-112) or from your CDO advisor.   Also, students must attend a mandatory orientation, during which time you learn of the judge you matched with.

The timeline for the Fall Judicial Internship Program is as follows:

Application Deadline:      Friday, September 4, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

Internship Orientation:   Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Internship Begins:          Monday, September 14, 2009

Internship Ends:             Friday, November 20, 2009

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 7, 2009)

Thursday, September 10

Post Graduate Fellowship Information Program, 12:30 p.m., Room A110

Those students interested in pursuing a career in public interest should plan to attend this program to learn of how funding can be obtained for such a career.  Most fellowship applications come due in the fall semester so now is the time to start thinking about the application process.

Bidding Deadline for Resume Referral and Direct Contact Session (August 27, 2009)

Bidding for those employers participating in Resume Referral and Direct Contact Session (August 27, 2009) ends at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27.   This session includes employers from New York, Washington DC and Florida in both the private and public sector and should not be missed.  Please refer to the Student Guide to Symplicity available on the CDO website for instructions on how to submit bids.

Friday, August 28

West Coast Interview Program, Santa Monica, CA

This job fair takes place annually and features employers based on the west coast.  To participate, students must have registered and submitted bids during the summer.

Also coming this week – sign up period for Phase II of the Fall 2009 Mock Interview Program.

U.S. Department of State Presentation, Sept. 15 (1Ls, 2Ls)

U.S. Department of State Presentation (1Ls and 2Ls)

The U.S. Department of State is recruiting 1L and 2L law students for its 2010 Paid Summer International Internship Program.  This is a fabulous unique opportunity to gain experience in foreign affairs (such as trafficking, international arbitration, international management, science issues, democracy, or human rights) and to travel overseas next summer.  The internship will be paid and may include free housing if assigned abroad.  The intern may be assigned at one of the Department’s Embassies, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., or at one of its regional offices.  1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend this information session on Tuesday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109 to learn about the internship and the application process. 

** 2Ls  should also bid for this internship position through Fall OCI.  The Department of State will participate in Phase II (Session 2) of Fall OCI and conduct 2L interviews on September 23.

Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List

The Yale Law Women annually prepare a Top Ten Family Friend Firms List.  Below is their 2009 report:

Yale Law Women (YLW) has announced its fourth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List.  The 2009 Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Arnold & Porter
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Covington & Burling
  • Jenner & Block
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • Mayer Brown
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Patton Boggs
  • Sidley Austin
  • WilmerHale

“The Top Ten List, and any discussion of family friendly policies, is even more salient in this recession than in previous years,” said Yale Law Women Chair, Noorain Khan.  “We hope firms will take advantage of the current market shift to create new opportunities for flexible work arrangements and work-life balance.”

“We congratulate these Top Ten Firms, which are taking the lead in this area, especially in tough economic times,” said Lauren Gerber, Top Ten List Co-Chair.  “However, our survey demonstrated that a significant gender disparity remains in how family friendly policies are designed and used in practice.  Additionally, women continue to lag behind men in attaining partnership and leadership positions, indicating that firms still do not accommodate attorneys acting as primary caregivers.”

“We believe that the desire to maintain a challenging and engaging career while spending meaningful time with one’s family is and should be a gender neutral issue,” said Emily Oldshue, Top Ten List Co-Chair.  “As the legal profession, and large law firms in particular, strives to meet new expectations and economic imperatives, we hope to see firms taking steps to retain and engage the top talent they have spent such valuable resources to recruit and train.  The adoption and promotion of gender neutral leave and flex-time policies are an important component of this evolving vision.”

Selected statistics from the 2009 survey include the following:

  • On average, 16% of partners were women; of partners promoted in 2008, 23% were women
  • On average, women receive 15 weeks parental leave, compared to 6 weeks for men
  • 92% of mothers used the maximum parental leave offered, compared to 55% of fathers
  • 99% of requests for part-time work were granted
  • 7% of attorneys work part-time, on average, of whom 12% are partners, and 81% are women
  • 91% of firms make their part-time attorneys eligible for bonuses; 59% of part-time attorneys received bonuses in 2008, compared to 46% of full-time attorneys

Additional statistics, innovative practices, survey methodology, and a summary report can be found at

About Yale Law Women: YLW is Yale Law School’s student organization devoted to promoting the interests of women in law school and the legal profession. Please visit for more information.

The Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program Presentation

For those who were unable to make today’s program, the powerpoint presentation is available on the Student Portal, under “Fall 2009 DOJ” in the “Shared Documents” folder! 

For additional information regarding these programs and the application process, please see your career advisor!