Student Panel: Summer Opportunities for You with the Government and Judiciary

The Career Development Office invites you to attend our “Summer Opportunities for You with the Government and Judiciary” panel discussion featuring students who worked in government and the judiciary last summer.

If you are considering an internship with a judge or in government, come hear first-hand what to expect from these types of internships. Students will talk about how they found their positions, the interview process, their work assignments, practical legal experience they gained, and will answer any questions you may have.

This presentation is at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5 in Room 352. We hope to see you there!

Immigration Law Employment Opportunities

The Career Development Office & The Immigration Law Society Invite You to:

Immigration Law Employment Opportunities

Presented By: Tamesha Keel, CDO Asst. Director

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room F108

Lunch will be served

February Calendar

February 2009
Important Deadlines, Workshops and Events

February 4th

Immigration Law Opportunities with Tamesha Keel
12:30 pm, Room 108

February 5th

Opportunities for You with the Government and Judiciary
12:30pm, Room 352

February 9th

Judicial Clerkships Student Panel
12:30pm, Room 108

February 12th

Student to Student Public Interest Career Fair
12:30pm, The Bricks

February 16th

Florida Supreme Court Informational Meeting
12:30pm, Room 108

February 18th

Flying Solo: Everything You Need to Know about Opening Your Own Shop with Spencer Aronfeld
12:30pm, Room 108

February 19th

How to Manage Your Loans and Land the Right Job for You
12:30pm, Room 108

February 24th

Women and the Law: Pathways to Success, A Panel Discussion
12:30pm, Room 108

February 25th

Public Interest Career Fair
12:30pm, The Bricks

The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (RPPTL) Luncheon Workshop
12:30 p.m., Room 108

This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 2

FIRM NIGHT INFORMATION SESSION (1L students)
1L students participating in Firm Night should attend this session to learn important information about the process. The session will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

Tuesday, February 3

INTERVIEWING AND NETWORKING SKILLS WORKSHOP (all students)
Prepare for interviews and networking events like Firm Night by getting tips on the interviewing and networking process. The workshop is at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108

Wednesday, February 4

IMMIGRATION LAW OPPORTUNITIES (all students)
Interested in immigration law? Learn more about employment opportunities at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

Thursday, February 5

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU IN GOVERNMENT AND THE JUDICIARY (1L and 2L students)
Join a group of students as they discuss their summer experiences with the government and judiciary. Learn how they obtained and prepared for their positions and get tips on how to have a successful summer experience. 12:30 p.m. in Room 352.

Small Firm and Solo Practice Presentation

If you are interested in working for a small firm whether this summer or beyond, join the CDO on Wednesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109 as we present “The Benefits of Small Firm Practice” featuring Ana Veliz. Ms. Veliz, the chair of the Florida Bar’s General Practice Solo and Small Firm section.

The presentation will:
* explore the advantages of working in a small firm
* discuss where to search for openings
* help students to prepare to work for a small firm
* explain how the Florida Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm section can help students
with their job search and career goals

FREE PIZZA AND SODA WILL BE SERVED

Come hungry with questions and leave full with answers (and pizza).

Florida Bar Tax Section Fellowships

The Florida Bar Tax Section is stripping away some barriers holding new tax lawyers back from participating in the section-offered conferences and CLE events. Starting this spring, the section’s New Tax Lawyers Committee will offer two-year fellowships to two young tax attorneys annually. Committee Co-chairs Steve Hadjilogiou and Caryn Smith said the section has committed $5,000 per year to fund two fellowships to help recruit young lawyers. The money is meant to offset travel expenses to Tax Section meetings in Amelia Island, Ft. Lauderdale, and Orlando.

Lawyers with less than 10 years of practice, or under the age of 36, are eligible. Fellows will be expected to attend meetings, write articles on tax topics for The Florida Bar Journal or Tax Section Bulletin, and/or speak at Tax Section events, and they will be matched with local, seasoned mentors in their practice areas. Hadjilogiou said he hoped fellows might also consider helping to expand the section’s growing local lunch-and-learn and social events throughout the state.

Applications can be downloaded from the section’s website. The deadline is March 15, 2009.

This Week at the CDO

Upcoming events and deadlines for the week of January 26, 2009:

Tuesday, January 27

SPRING JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION (2L and 3L Students)
If you submitted an application for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Spring Judicial Internship Program, you must attend a mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 110.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SMALL FIRM AND SOLO PRACTICE PRESENTATION
Interested in working for a small firm as a student or attorney? Curious about starting your own practice, whether now or in the future? Then this is the presentation for you!

Join the CDO on Wednesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109 as we present “The Benefits of Small Firm Practice” featuring Ana Veliz. Ms. Veliz, the chair of the Florida Bar’s General Practice Solo and Small Firm section and an attorney with Katz Barron Squitero Faust, will give a firsthand account of working in a small firm and debunk many of the myths associated with small firm practice. Come with questions and leave with answers about a very powerful sector of the legal industry!

Thursday, January 29, 2009
SPRING OCI BIDDING ENDS
Bidding for the February Phase of the Spring On Campus Interview (OCI) Program ends on Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 p.m.

Symplicity

A number of excellent opportunities on Symplicity have deadlines this week including the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship, the ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Summer Legal Internship Program, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Summer Internships and more including other spring semester, summer and post-graduate opportunities.

Learn About Small Firm and Solo Practice!

Interested in small firm practice for the summer or after graduation? Thinking about starting your own practice someday?

Come learn more with Ana Veliz, the chair of the Florida Bar’s General Practice Solo and Small Firm section. She will give a firsthand account of working in a small firm and debunk many of the myths associated with small firm practice.

Wednesday, January 28
12:30 p.m.
Room 109


This Week at the CDO

Important events and deadlines for the week of January 19, 2009:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SPRING OCI IS HERE!
Bidding for the February Phase of the Spring On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Begins via Symplicity. Bidding will end on Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 p.m.

GET READY FOR OCI
You can’t participate in Spring OCI without a resume. Get tips on how to create, edit and update your resume so that it is OCI ready at the Resume Workshop taking place on Tuesday, January 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

YOUR DREAM JOB MIGHT BE JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Join two of South Florida’s most prominent and well-respected young attorneys as they discuss the tools and resources they used to obtain the legal job of their dreams. Jeff Cazeau and Josh Spector will present “Finding Your Dream Job in the South Florida Marketplace” on Wednesday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 352. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to hear firsthand the ups and downs of two successful career paths.

BIDDING ENDS FOR ARMY JAG (1L and 3L students)
Interested in a summer internship or postgraduate position with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG)? Now is your chance to interview. Bidding will take place through 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21st via Symplicity.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

SPRING JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DEADLINE (2L and 3L students)
The deadline to submit your application to participate in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Spring Judicial Internship Program is Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be submitted in hard copy to the CDO in Room A-112 or to Nirva Pierre-Louis via email. All students who apply will be assigned to a judge. Information about the program and copies of the application are available on the CDO Student Portal. All students who apply must attend an orientation session on Tuesday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 110.

LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN OCI
First time participating in OCI? Not sure how to use Symplicity for OCI purposes? Then attend the OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session on Thursday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108 and get all the information you’ll need to successfully participate in Spring OCI.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Get paid to do meaningful public interest work this summer by applying to the Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship. The online application and other material can be found on the Foundation’s homepage.

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Remember that a complete listing of semester, summer and postgraduate positions is available anytime on Symplicity and that the Spring Calendar is available on the CDO website.

Summer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice in Miami

Legal Internship Positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Positions Location: Miami, FL
Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are first or second year law students with strong research and writing skills. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred but not required. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a security background check that takes 6-8 weeks to complete.
Date Positions Available: Summer 2009
Description: This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop research, writing and analytical skills. The students will work directly under the supervision of the Attorney Advisor and the Judicial Law Clerks hired through the Attorney General’s Honor Program. The summer internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit and are encouraged to contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine eligibility. Interns are expected to work full-time for approximately ten weeks.
Duties: Pre-hearing preparation involving work on motions and preparation of bench memoranda; research of relevant immigration case law and regulations; res arch of relevant criminal law; drafting of decisions taken under the advisement of the Immigration Judges.
Application Procedure: Please submit a short cover letter, resume, 5-8 page legal writing sample and law school transcript to:
Attention: Kristofer McDonald, Attorney Advisor
United States Department of Justice
Immigration Court
333 S. Miami Avenue, 7th Floor
Miami, FL 33130
– or –
Kristofer.McDonald@eoir.usdoj.gov
Application Deadline: Postmark by Friday, January 30, 2009. However, offers may be extended on a rolling basis prior to the deadline. Therefore it is suggested that all packets be submitted early.
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted in person or by telephone.