IMPACT Career Fair

The 5th Annual IMPACT Career Fair

FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 2009 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sheraton Crystal City Hotel – Arlington, VA

(Near National Airport)

Registration for the 5th annual IMPACT Career Fair for law students with disabilities is now open.

All students returning to law school in Fall 2009 and graduates nationwide are welcome to participate.

To register for this job fair, please visit the Registration page.

The deadline to register is July 5, 2009.

View the IMPACT Career Fair website for full details, including a list of employers who interviewed in 2008.

UM Law students interested in attending should email Tere Rodriguez with any questions about this job fair.

Interested in a Judicial Clerkship After Graduation?

Interested in Becoming a Judicial Clerk After Graduation?

Attend the judicial clerkship panel discussion on March 31, 2009

Please join CDO on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in room 109 for a Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion. Federal court judges and former law clerks will discuss clerkships, how & when to apply for them, what judges look for in candidates and how to prepare for clerkships. We particularly recommend that all 2Ls who are interested in clerking after law school attend this important discussion.

All students are welcome

Great Networking Resources Available Through the Florida Bar

There are excellent networking resources available on the Florida Bar’s website:

Did you know there are over 200 voluntary bar associations in the State of Florida? Voluntary bar associations are a great way to meet attorneys who share something in common with you, whether it is practice area interest or geographic location. You can view a full list of voluntary bar associations or view bar associations by specialty or location. The website also contains a calendar of upcoming events sponsored by the various voluntary bar associations.

Did you know that the Florida Bar has a number of sections devoted to different practice areas? Many of these sections have student membership rates and opportunities to network with its members. You can view a list of all Florida Bar sections here.

Reminder: Great Networking Opportunity This Wednesday

The 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society cordially invites UM law students and alumni to attend its annual reception on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m.

The reception will be held at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street in downtown Miami.

The 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society is an affinity group of the Historical Museum of South Florida. The group’s mission is to preserve, document, procure, collect and memorialize the history of South Florida’s rich legal heritage.

The event is free for 11th JCHS members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, please call 305.375.1619.

This Week at the CDO

Welcome back from Spring Break!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A CIA Information Session will be held on Monday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ziff Conference Room at the UM Business School. If interested in attending, you must RSVP to Tamesha Keel by Monday, March 23. Business casual attire is required by those who attend the event.

Bidding for employers participating in the April phase of the Spring 2009 OCI Program will take place from Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bidding for those employers participating in the April phase of the Spring 2009 OCI Program will end at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bidding for those employers participating in Resume Referral Session (March 27, 2009) will end at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Careers in Employment Law Event, Orlando, FL

On Friday, April 3, 2009, the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law Law School Outreach Task Force will hold a panel on Careers in Labor and Employment Law. During this event, experienced practitioners will provide plaintiff, labor union, government, and employer perspectives on the practice of employment law. This event will take place at 12:30pm to 2:00pm at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, FL.

This program is being presented as part of the Section of Labor and Employment Law’s National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law which will be attended by more than 250 attorneys from around the country. Law students attending the Careers in Labor and Employment Law Lunch are also invited to attend, as guests of the EEO Committee and at no charge, an Immigration for Employment Lawyers seminar from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, and a reception with National Conference attendees from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Ritz-Carlton. If you wish to attend the panel, the Immigration program, or the social, please RSVP to Tracey Moore at When you arrive at the hotel, check in at the ABA Registration desk.

Complete information about the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, April 1-4, 2009, is available in the attached brochure or at If you have time to attend the regular conference seminars and events, the law student rate for the full conference is $275 (as compared to regular registration rates of $395 to $625).

If interested, please email for more information.

One Week Institute on Child Welfare

Capital University Law School
May 18 – 22, 2009
Columbus, Ohio

Capital University Law School, in conjunction with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, is pleased to offer a one-week intensive Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI). This two-credit course will provide law students and graduate level social work students with a mutual understanding of the legal and sociological principles central to child welfare practice. In the increasingly complex world of child welfare, quality collaboration among legal and social work professionals is critical to keeping children safe and strengthening families.

Interdisciplinary learning provides a common foundation for students from different professional programs and an environment for developing the skills required of future child welfare attorneys and social workers.

Capital University also offers the Summer Adoption Law Institute, another two-credit, one-week intensive course offered August 3 -7, 2009 that will explore adoption and related child protection issues from both academic and practitioner perspectives.

The tuition for the summer 2009 is $1,074 per credit hour for a total amount of $2,148 for this two-credit course. There will not be a course fee for this course.

ICWI will cover such topics as:
* Constitutional rights of parents and children and the responsibility of the State to protect children from maltreatment
* History of child welfare law
* Child welfare systems in the United States: key federal policy and statutes and state structures
* Legal definitions and practice implications
* Child development and interviewing children
* Family dynamics of child maltreatment
* Ethical and professional considerations for interdisciplinary practice
* Preparing for trials and providing expert testimony
* Permanency planning and negotiating for best solutions for children and families

The course will also provide:
* Opportunities for interdisciplinary exercises and problem-solving
* Optional interdisciplinary externship component available. Click here for more information.

You can find information about area hotels at:

Dorm rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Rate may range from $28 to $35 per person per night. This fee must be paid in advance of the class. The dorms are not located at the law school and are about a ten minute car ride or 30 minute bus ride between the two campuses. Transportation to and from is not provided. If you would like to reserve a room please contact Jenifer Thompson. ICWI students will be in College Avenue Hall.

If you have general questions, please email or call 614.236.6730.

Resource for Law Students with Disabilities

The National Association of Law Students With Disabilities would like to share the following message with University of Miami School of Law Students:

The National Association of Law Students With Disabilities (NALSWD) is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity, and non-discrimination in legal education and the legal profession. Our goal is to assist individuals in achieving their best employment potential by ensuring that students receive the accommodations and cultivate the skills they need to be successful members of the legal bar.

NALSWD was founded in 2007 with support from the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and is currently in the process of becoming an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We have also received broad-based financial support from the largest law firms in the country. Our 2008 conference featured many prominent lawyers with disabilities. Our keynote speaker was the Honorable Richard S. Brown, Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the only deaf judge in the country. Andy Imparato, CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities; Acting Vice Chair Christine M. Griffin of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Olegario Cantos VII of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; and Claudia Gordon of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are among the many lawyers with disabilities who spoke at our conference and have continued to support NALSWD’s development. The conference demonstrated that lawyers with disabilities are capable of ascending to the highest ranks of the private and public sectors.

We are seeking all law students with disabilities, whether they have physical, psychiatric, intellectual, learning, or emotional disabilities. While law students with disabilities from over twenty law schools currently comprise NALSWD, our goal is to reach law students with disabilities at every law school in the country. We are especially interested in expanding our membership among two categories of students that are presently underrepresented in NALSWD: 1Ls with disabilities, to help facilitate their success in a wholly new learning environment, and students with hidden disabilities (e.g. learning or mental health disabilities) so they can connect with other students in law school going through the same experience.

NALSWD was formed to facilitate a sustained community for law students with disabilities to seek support and professional advice as they navigate law school and the legal profession. In this vein, the former President of NALSWD is now forming an affiliated Lawyers With Disabilities group, thanks to a generous Hearne Leadership Grant from the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD). This will ensure that disability leadership is continuous and that the foundation being laid for law students with disabilities won’t erode as students graduate and pursue their careers.

We invite you and your students to visit our website at to learn more about NALSWD. At, students can learn about opportunities to get involved with NALSWD, read monthly newsletters, join the e-mail listserv, participate in our burgeoning mentorship program, and learn about upcoming events and career opportunities.

We are currently planning our third annual conference, to take place August 7-9 in Washington D.C. The conference is being held in conjunction with the IMPACT Career Fair, the only national employer recruitment event for law students with disabilities. NALSWD is also developing an annual awards program for law schools and law firms that have shown a commitment to advancing disability issues, access, and inclusion in their institutions.

We invite students to get involved right away by completing our online registration form.

UM Law Students interested in attending the IMPACT Career Fair should contact CDO Advisor Tere Rodriguez for more information.

CIA Information Session

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for the CIA? Here is your chance to find out!

The CIA will host an information session on international opportunities on Monday, March 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Ziff Conference Room at the University of Miami School of Business.

To attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 23 to Tamesha Keel.

Business casual dress is required of all attendees.


The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is pleased to announce that the application period for its Public Service Fellowship program for 2010-2012 is now open. Applications must be received by August 1,2009 to be considered. Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to attend the Section’s meeting in Chicago on September 25-26, 2009, and asked to participate in interviews on September 26, 2009.

The Public Service Fellowship program, which began in 2008, reflects the Section’s desire to advance public service efforts in tax law, and to foster a more fair and equitable tax system. Pro Bono service has been an integral part of the Section’s activities for many years. The Section actively encourages member participation in various Pro Bono efforts, holds numerous training sessions to that end, and devotes many of its resources to providing legal services to those in need. The Section recognizes the need for funding and fostering recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who wish to dedicate some portion of their professional careers to public service in tax.

More information available here.