This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Florida Supreme Court Internship Program Information Session takes place on Monday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 110. Former interns will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences at the Supreme Court. The application and selection processes will also be discussed.

Applications for the summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are now available in the Career Development Office, Room A112. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2009.

Bidding is now open for the March phase of the Spring On Campus Interview (OCI) Program and two sessions of the Resume Referral program. Please log onto Symplicity to submit your bids.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Join the CDO and a panel of female attorneys as they discuss “Pathways to Success for Women Lawyers” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24 in Room 108. Free lunch provided. RSVP to Sarah Klein at

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bidding for employers participating in the March phase of the Spring On Campus Interview (OCI) program ends on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Don’t miss your chance to speak with key attorneys from a variety of public sector agencies. This is a unique opportunity to make a memorable impression, learn more about the agency and chart your path to employment. This is the ideal opportunity to talk with practicing attorneys
from various public interest and government agencies, many of whom are Miami Law Alumni. Representatives from the following agencies will attend: the Department of Homeland Security, Legal Aid, Put Something Back, Miami Dade City Public Schools, HUD, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Office of the Miami Dade Public Defender, FIAC, Unified Family Court, IRS, North Miami Beach City Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and ACLU.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25 in the Student Lounge.

The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (“RPPTL”) is pleased to host a lunchtime program for the University of Miami School of Law on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Room F-108.Lunch will be provided. A panel of local attorneys will share their career paths, experiences and perspectives. Panelists: Al Gomez-Vidal – Chicago Title Insurance Company;Sol Genet – Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.;Aniella Gonzalez – Krinzman, Huss & Lubetsky;Marjorie Wolasky – Law Offices of Marjorie E. Wolasky;Daniel Vega – Vezina Lawrence Piscitelli, P.A.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Bidding for employers participating in Resume Referral session (February 27, 2009) ends at 11:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 27.

Applications for the summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are due on Friday, February 27, 2009.

Solo and Small Firm Interview Program, Orlando, FL


The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section (GPSSF) of the Florida Bar cordially invites all law students to participate in the 2009 Solo and Small Firm Interview Program, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Registration is free and the deadline is Monday, February 23, 2009. On or shortly after March 1, a list of participating employers will be distributed by e-mail to all registered students and students can then bid for the employers with whom they wish to interview.

To register, you must complete a one-page registration form which is available on the GPSSF website, from your CDO advisor, or the CDO Student Portal. Also available from your advisor and on the portal is a list of economical hotels near the Interview Program site.

The Interview Program is one component of the Solo and Small Firm Annual Conference and students also are encouraged to participate in the Conference, which begins on Friday, March 20 and ends with the Interview Program on the 21st. The Conference will include many programs focused on small firm practice, such as “Managing Your Overhead: How to Operate a Solo or Small Firm and Take Home a Paycheck” and “Managing a Solo or Small Firm and Still Finding Time to Practice Law.” The full-time law student reduced rate is $50. Students interested in attending the conference can obtain a copy of the conference brochure and registration form on the GPSSF website.

For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega.

Panel Discussion for Future Women Lawyers

Pathways to Success for Women Lawyers: A Panel Discussion

Join the Career Development Office, Tuesday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108 as we present “Pathways to Success for Women Lawyers: A Panel Discussion.”

The panel will include:

Miranda Soto, Lead Counsel and Managing Attorney for All State Insurance Co.’s Miami office

Stacey Koch, Of Counsel at Shook Hardy & Bacon and President of Miami Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)

Jenny Adelman, of Jenny Adelman, P.A.

Anne Bloom, Mediator and founder of ARB Mediation Services Inc.


Alexandra Bach Lagos, Officer of Miami Dade FAWL and Associate at Shook Hardy & Bacon.

PLEASE RSVP by Thursday, Feb 19th to Sarah Klein:


Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Fellowship

Inter-american commission on human rights, organization of american states, Scholarship – Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women

The IACHR is seeking candidates for a one year fellowship in Washington, DC to run from May 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010. The objectives of this fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the Inter-American System of Human Rights in the sphere of women’s rights. The ideal candidate would support the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission, under the supervision of its specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

The ideal candidate will:

Be a citizen of an OAS Member State;

Be bilingual in Spanish and English (attach certificates testifying thereto), knowledge of French or Portuguese desirable;

Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the degree and grades obtained);

Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, especially in the area of women’s rights;

Have received a university degree in law after January 1, 2002;

Present a paper of up to 5 pages, not edited by another person, on one or more women’s rights issues of interest to the candidate;

OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2. of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;

The training priorities of the member states;

The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;

The financial need of the candidate; and

An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.


The OAS provides a total stipend of US$33,600.00 for the period covered by the fellowship, that is, US$2,800.00 per month for 12 months, and round-trip economy class air transportation from the participant’s country of residence to Washington, D.C., USA With said stipend, the fellow is responsible for securing health insurance coverage of his/her choice, for the entire period of the fellowship, providing proof of such coverage to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR.

The Commission will award a participation certificate for the Fellowship program only after the successful completion of the fellowship’s total duration period.

Responsibilities of the Selected Candidates:

Once an applicant has been selected, he/she should confirm with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights his/her availability to complete the fellowship during the specified time period, and confirm his/her participation with the Department of Human Development so that the OAS may proceed with the necessary arrangements for purchase of round-trip economy class air transportation between the candidate’s home country and Washington, D.C.

In the event a candidate accepts a Fellowship but cannot complete it, for whatever reason, he/she must immediately inform the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the OAS Department of Human Development so they may decide which course of action to take.

The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHD their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the scholarship recipient’s country of origin and the study location.

Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of the fellowship and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation. The OAS will provide the candidate a document certifying his/her selection as an official Fellow of the IACHR-OAS so that he/she may request the corresponding visa, which is the sole responsibility of the selected candidate.

Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established.

If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the fellowship site in time. The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development fellowship will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the fellowship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development.

The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.

If the fellow declines, cancel or terminates the Scholarship after the course or program has started without giving enough proof to the OAS/GS, he or she must reimburse OAS/GS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.

Presentation of Candidates:

Please Notice: If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are not eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

The online application form must be completed on-line and can be accessed at: here you’ll find the announcements of all the onsite courses, click in the one you are interested in, go though the end of the page, and then you’ll find the Continue button which will direct you to the online application form.

All the additional forms must be completed electronically or in typewritten format.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form and submitted it, a copy will be sent automatically to his/her e-mail account. This completed form must be printed, signed and submitted with all the required documentation and additional forms found in the following link:

To the Department of Human Development at 1889 F Street NW Washington DC 20006, before the deadline to submit applications.

Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided

Deadline to apply: March 6, 2009

Diversity Scholarships

There are a number of diversity scholarships available to law students. Below are some of the many scholarships available.

African-American Law Student Scholarships

African-American Law Student Fellowship
Sponsor: The National Bar Institute
Description: Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to creating equality and justice for African-Americans through work in their law schools, their neighborhoods and community and intend to return to a Black community to practice law.
Contact: 202/842-3900

Congressional Black Caucus
1004 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Criteria: Awarded to African American students only. This is a nine month research program designated to prepare minority graduate and professional students for senior level careers in the legislative arena.
Deadline: May

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
1707 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are given to members of Delta Sigma Theta. Aid is based on meritorious achievement. Winners may also be eligible for other types of financial assistance.
Deadline: March

Earl Warren Legal Training Program, Inc. – Public Interest Law Scholarships
99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
Awards of $1,500 per year for three years (plus a $2,500 summer intern grant) are available to African American law students who are U.S. citizens and who pledge to work one year in the field of public interest law for every year of financial backing provided. Preference is given to needy applicants who are under 35 years of age.
Deadline: March

Herbert Lehman Scholarship for African-American Law Students
Sponsor: NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Description: this program is open to African Americans who are students at law schools where African Americans are significantly underrepresented. U.S. citizenship is required.
Contact: 212/965-2225
Deadline: Applications must be requested by February

National Association of Black Women Attorneys
724 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 206
Washington, DC 20001

First-and second-year black, female students may apply for scholarships of varying amounts offered to outstanding law students. Winners are selected based on an essay contest, the subject of which focuses on an issue of contemporary concern.
Deadline: February

Mandela Law Scholarship
National Black Law Students Association
c/o LaTanya Funches
9919 S. Union Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

Criteria: Applicants must be studying law. Students who are entering law school or are in their first year of law school are eligible.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: November

Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship
National Black Law Students Association
c/o LaTanya Funches
9919 S. Union Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

Criteria: Two monetary awards will be given commemorative of Ms. Brown. Applicants must be a rising second or third year law student, and submit an essay on the specified topic.
Amount: Not less than $500
Deadline: November

Sherman & Sterling and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Criteria: Awarded to African American students entering law school with financial need, academic achievement, and personal commitment to the legal profession and public service. Scholarship is renewable.
Amount: $13,500
Applications must be requested in writing between November, and February.
Deadline: March

American Indian Law Student Scholarships

All Indian Pueblo Council Higher Education Scholarship
P.O. Box 3256
Albuquerque, NM 87190

(505) 884-3820

American Indian Graduate Center
AIGC Fellowship
4520 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite 1-B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Applicant must be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native group, or possess 1/4 degree Indian blood, must be (or will be) pursuing a masters or doctorate degree as a full-time graduate student at an accredited school in the U.S., and must apply for federal financial aid at the college financial aid office. Awards vary and are based on unmet need.
Deadline: June

American Indian Scholarships
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Description: To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of a federally-recognized tribe; at least one-fourth degree Indian; attending an accredited graduate or professional school as a full-time graduate student; and pursuing a graduate/law degree.
Contact: 505/265-8335
American Indian Scholarships, Inc.
5106 Grand Avenue, NE.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108

Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc.
Adolph van Pelt Scholarship
245 Fifth Ave. Suite 1801
New York, NY 10016-8728
Scholarships of $500-$800 are available to Native American students who will use their training to help the advancement of the Native American population. Both academic achievement and financial need are considered. Applicants must have at least 1/4 Native American ancestry.
Deadline: May

California Indian Law Association
ATTN: Allogan Slagle Scholarship Fund
UCLA School of Law
P.O. Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
The California Indian Law Association, a non-profit organization incorporated under tribal law and devoted to advancing the field of Indian law, the Indian law legal profession, and tribal justice system personnel in California, is offering the Allogan Slagle Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. The scholarship is available to American Indian and Native Alaskan law school students. Applicants must be full-time students. The award will be based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community involvement.
Deadline: February

Cheyanne-Arapaho Tribal Scholarship
Teresa Doresett / Wanda Miller
P.O. Box 38
Concho, Ok 73022
(405) 262-0345; (800) 247-4612

Cherokee Nation Graduate Scholarship
Higher Education Program
P.O. Box 948
Talequah, OK 74465

918.456.0671 or 800.256.0671
Members of the Cherokee Nation who are enrolled full time are eligible to apply. The amount of the award is $250- $500 per semester. Priority is given to those who have never received a Cherokee Nation award.
Deadline: May

Hopi Tribal Priority Scholarship
Sponsor: Hopi Tribe
Description: This program is open to enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe. They must be college juniors or seniors or graduate students whose degree is in a subject area that is of priority interest to the Hopi Tribe.
Contact: 928/734-3533
Fax: (928) 734-9575
Hopi Tribe Attn: Office of Education
P.O. Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
Deadline: July

Howard Rock Scholarship
1577 C Street, Suite 304
Anchorage, AK 99501

Lawrence Matson Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarships
Sponsor: Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Description: This program is open to Alaska Native enrollees under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of (ANCSA) of 1971 and their lineal descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Contact: 907/263-5582
Deadline: May

Native American Education Grant
Presbyterian Church, USA
Financial Aid for Studies
100 Witherspoon Street – M065
Louisville, KY 40202
Awards are made available to Native Americans pursuing full-time post-secondary education who demonstrate financial need. The range of awards is from $200 to $2,500 depending upon demonstrated need and the availability of funds. Preference will be given to Presbyterian Church members studying at the undergraduate level, although the award is not restricted to Presbyterians.
Deadline: June

Navajo Nation Graduate Trust Fund and Fellowship
Sponsor: Navajo Nation
Description: This program is open to enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who are enrolled or planning to enroll as graduate or postgraduate students. Preference is given to applicants who are studying in fields designates as priorities on a biennial basis.
Contact: 520/871-7640
Deadline: April

North Dakota Indian Scholarship
State Capitol, 10thFloor 600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Office of Indian Education
Office of Indian Education Fellowship Program
Department of Education
1250 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 4300
Washington, DC 20024
202.401.1916 or 202.401.1887
State or Federally recognized Tribal Members working on a Law degree are eligible for an award based on need.
Deadline: January

Seneca Nation of Indians Scholarship
P.O. Box 231
Salamanca, NY 14779

(716) 945-1790

Sequoyah Fellowship Program (AAIA)
245 Fifth Ave., Suite 1801
New York, NY 10016-7877

$1,500 stipend offered to federally recognized Tribal member who is a graduate student in any field.
Deadline: September

Special Scholarship Program in Law for American Indians
Sponsor: American Indian Law Center
Description: For American Indians and Alaska Natives of one quarter or more Indian blood quantum of federally recognized tribes.
Contact: 505/277-3922; (505) 277-5462
American Indian Law Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 4456 Station A
Albuquerque, NM 87196
Fax (505) 277-1035

Truman D. Picard Scholarship
Intertribal Timber Council
4370 N.E. Halsey Street
Portland, OR 97213

United South & Eastern Tribes Scholarship
711 Stewarts Ferry Pike Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37214VII.

Asian Pacific American Law Student Scholarships

APAHC Scholarships
Sponsor: Asian Pacific American Heritage Council
Description: This program is open to Asian Pacific Americans who are seniors in high school or already in college and are working on or are interested in working on an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the following fields: business, education, finance, law.
Contact: 301/983-1845
Deadline: March

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation (NAPABA)
1341 G Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. Selections are based on demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work, financial need, leadership potential, maturity and responsibility and commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community.
Deadline: September

Presidential Anheuser-Busch Scholarships
Sponsor: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Description: This program is open to students at accredited law schools in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential to serve the Asian Pacific American community upon graduation.
Contact: 202/626-7693
Deadline: September

Japanese American Law Student Scholarships

Japanese American Bar Scholarship
Sponsor: Japanese American Bar Association
Description: Open to students currently enrolled in law school. Applicants must demonstrate an intention to practice law in southern California. Selection is based on participation in the Asian Pacific American community, academic achievement, and financial need.
Contact: 213/624-8697
Deadline: December

Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League
Description: This program is open to JACL members who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in law school. Applicants must submit a statement describing their present level of involvement in the JACL or Asian Pacific community and continuing involvement.
Contact: 415/921-5225
1765 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Deadline: March

Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarships
Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League
Description: This program is open to JACL members who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited law school, submitting a statement describing their current involvement in the JACL or Asian Pacific community and how they will continue involvement.
Contact: 415/921-5225
1765 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Deadline: March

Korean-American Law Student Scholarships

Korean-American Scholarship Foundation: KASF Scholarships
Award: Not specified
Deadline: June

Hispanic-American Law Student Scholarships

Bristol-Myers Squibb PRLDEF Corporate Legal Fellowship
Sponsor: Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
Description: This program is open to first and second year law students of color who are interested in preparing for a career in corporate law. Students who complete the internship successfully and demonstrate academic excellence are eligible for a scholarship.
Contact: 800/328-2322; 212/219-3360 ext. 223
Deadline: November

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future
Eligibility Criteria: Consistent active participation in public and/or community service activities Demonstrated financial need Good writing skills Full-time enrollment in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
911 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-543-1771; 800-EXCEL-DC
Fax: 202-546-2143
$5,000 to attend a graduate-level academic institution
Deadline: Various

Dominican Bar Association Scholarship
P.O. Box 1535
New York, NY 10013

A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded by the Dominican Bar Association to first, second or third year students. This scholarship will be awarded based upon applicant’s involvement in the Latino community, academic and personal achievement, and financial need.
Deadline: January

Dominican Women’s Caucus Scholarship
Contact: Dominican Women’s Caucus
812 West 181st Street
New York, NY 10033

Phone: (212) 568-9540 Fax: (212) 568-2499
Description: Two-page essay on how recipient would use future profession to benefit community.
Eligibility: – Women of Dominican descent
Deadline: March

Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street
14th Floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
800-328-2322, 212-219-3360
Criteria: All Latino’s attending law school in the United States (including Puerto Rico) are eligible. Awarding based on financial need and academic promise.
Amount: $2,000-may vary
Deadline: February

Hispanic National Bar Association Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: Hispanic National Bar Association
Description: Applicant must be a United States citizen, or a permanent resident of Hispanic parentage, who has completed 1 year of law school prior to submission of this application.
Contact: Daniel A. Vigil, Selection Committee Chairman,
University of Colorado school of Law,
Campus Box 401
Boulder, CO 80309

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
55 Second Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
877.473.4636; 415-445-9930
College Scholarship Program: Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have completed 12 units at a U.S. accredited institution, and be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam.
Deadline: October

La Unidad Latina Foundation scholarships
Sponsor: La Unidad Latina Foundation
Description: Scholarship opportunities for graduate students.
Contact: 359 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Deadline: February & October

Latino Lawyers Association Law School Scholarship Fund
c/o Maribel Medina
333 South Hope Street, 38th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The LLA Law School Scholarship Program each year awards scholarships to deserving Latino students entering their first, second, or third year of law school. The scholarships are awarded to Latino students based upon three primary factors: demonstrated commitment to work with the Latino community, financial need, and academic achievement.
Deadline: June

LULAC National Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: League of United Latin American Citizens
Description: Scholarship opportunities for graduate students.
Contact: 911 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

202-543-1771; 800-EXCEL-DC
Fax: 202-546-2143

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Law School Scholarship Program
634 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.629.2512; 202.293.2849
Numerous $2,000 – $6,000 law school scholarships are awarded to Latino students who are enrolled full-time in their first, second or third year of law school. Selection is based on demonstrated involvement with and commitment to serving the Latino community; academic and professional achievement; and financial need.
Deadline: Various

MANA Scholarship
Contact: Mexican American Women’s National Association (MANA)
1725 K Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 833-0060 Fax: (202) 496-0588
Description: Eligibility: – Female; MANA member; Latina; Commitment to Hispanic women’s progress and development; Academics; Financial need.
Deadline: February

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Selection Committee
1400 Grant Avenue, Room 203-A
Novato, CA 94945
Awards ranging from $500-$1,000 are awarded to full-time, day-time Hispanic students. Personal strengths, academic achievement, leadership and financial need are considered in the selection process.
Deadline: October

Patton Boggs LLP. National Council of La Raza Law Student Scholarship
Patton Boggs will be awarding a $10,000 scholarship to underwrite a first-year Hispanic law student in summer employment aimed at furthering the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) mission to advance career opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
2550 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 202-457-6315

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF)
Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship
99 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013-2815
212.219.3360 or 800.328.2322
The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Award is $2,000. The PRBA is intended to ensure that students of color have full and equal access to the legal profession. All first and second year Latino students attending law school in the United States are eligible to apply. PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise. Students working toward their LL.M. are not eligible for this award.
Deadline: March

LGBT Law Student Scholarships

The Point Foundation (TPF)
P.O. Box 565
Genoa, NV 89411

The application process is open to all LGBT students nationwide regardless of level of education. Individual scholarship amounts range from $5,000 to $28,000 per year. All point scholars sign a Contract of Excellence, agreeing to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, provide official transcripts, support TPF’s vision, speak at TPF events, maintain contact with the TPF Board of Trustees, and give back to the LGBT community through completion of an individual service project.
Deadline: March

An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship Committee
150 West 26th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10001

Awards of $1,000 are available to lesbian graduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university. Consideration will be given to academic performance, honors, personal or financial hardship and service to the lesbian/gay community.
Deadline: May

This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 16

The Florida Supreme Court Internship Program Information Session scheduled for today, Monday, February 16, has been postponed. The new meeting date is Monday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 110. Former interns will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences at the Supreme Court. The application and selection processes will also be discussed.

Applications for the summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are now available in the Career Development Office, Room A112. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is now Friday, February 27, 2009.

Tuesday, February 17

Bidding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ends on Tuesday, February 17 at 11:00 p.m. DHS will be on campus on March 4 to interview prospective candidates.

Those students interviewing during the February phase of OCI should check in at the front desk of the CDO 10 minutes prior to their interviews. Good luck to all interviewing students.

Wednesday, February 18

Join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), a successful alumnus and one of our most dynamic speakers, as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation, “Flying Solo: Everything You Need to Know About Opening Your Own Shop.” The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108. This is a fun, energetic and extremely informative program, which is one of the most popular with students each and every year.

You are cordially invited to the following Coral Gables Bar Association Luncheon:
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:45-1:00 pm

Speaker: Attorney General Bill McCollum
Topic: Duties of the office and some of his initiatives regarding cyber crimes and the growth of gangs in the state
Location: Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
Member Cost: $30.00 Non-Member Cost: $35.00
RSVP to:
Make checks payable to: Coral Gables Bar Association. *Please bring check to luncheon*

Thursday, February 19

The CDO and the Office of Financial Aid present “How to Manage Your Loans and Land the Right Job” with guest speaker Alexander Rundlet, an associate at Podhurst Orseck. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the public sector in several capacities, as a federal law clerk, a post-graduate fellow and public defense attorney. Mr. Rundlet will share his experience in meeting his financial obligations on a public sector salary and the CDO and Office of Financial Aid will offer tips on how to manage your student loans at various pay levels.

Join us on Thursday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

***A word about the March Phase of Spring OCI***

To accommodate the delay in completing the student ranking process, bidding for the March phase of the Spring 2009 OCI program will begin late this week. An email will be sent to all students with information at that time.

Post-Graduate Law Fellowship in the Florida Keys

Citizens Not Serfs is a grassroots community initiative geared at educating the residents of the Florida Keys about important issues, and providing them with resources to demand accountability from their public officials. The organization is currently seeking two recent law school graduates for two year staggered fellowships. The full-time position is available now and needs to be filled no later than July 2009.

The award includes a generous stipend of $50,000.00 and accommodations at the Summerland Key, Florida three-bedroom waterfront home.


The fellowship was established to provide the opportunity for a law student to be able to experience first-hand the confluence of federal, state and local public policy. The Fellow will collaborate with Citizens Not Serfs members, local and state public officials, FEMA representatives and local organizations. The responsibilities include research, consultation and community organizing.


Applicants should be motivated, flexible and have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to public interest law. A comfort with public speaking and community organizing is preferred and good computer skills are expected. Applicants must be law school graduates in good academic standing.

How to Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendations. Applications are due ASAP. Please send applications to:

Citizens Not Serfs

Attn: fellowship

1045 Flagship Drive

Summerland Key, FL 33042

For More Information:

You may learn more about this organization on its website and on PSLawNet.

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities for UM Law Students

Each year, the University of Miami School of Law provides two fellowship programs for students to work for public interest organizations during the summer:

HOPE Fellows (1L and 2L students)

The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center provides stipends to law students who work in otherwise uncompensated public interest jobs in exchange for a year-commitment to actively serving on the Public Interest Leadership Board. HOPE’s success and growth over the past 10 years is due largely in part to the energy, dedication, and leadership of former and current HOPE Fellows.

HOPE Fellows work with domestic and international public interest agencies & non-governmental organizations to provide much-needed legal advocacy to underserved and marginalized populations. All 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about eligibility and program requirements, please view a copy of the fellowship application. You may obtain a copy of the application at the HOPE website or on the CDO Student Portal.

Center for Ethics and Public Service Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship Program (1L students)

The University of Miami School of Law is pleased to announce the 2009 Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship Program. This program is open only to current first-year law students. All 1L students who will begin second-year classes at UM in the Fall of 2009 are eligible to apply.

The Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship Program is specifically designed for students who have a sincere, demonstrated interest in public service work and in providing free legal assistance to the poor. The program is an intensive and serious commitment, involving full-time work at a public interest law office, classroom sessions, and a legal research & writing project.

The program will run for approximately nine weeks. The students selected must be available for the entire program, from orientation through the closing session. The students selected will each receive approximately $3,000-$3,500 as a fellowship stipend, in addition to three (3) academic credits, tuition-free. Approximately 17 public interest student fellows will be selected for the program, contingent on the funding received from the Florida Bar Foundation Interest on Trust accounts grant program and other grant sources.

The topic for the summer program is Public Interest Advocacy for indigent clients. The student fellows will experience firsthand how lawyers can make a significant difference in the lives of indigent clients by representing them in domestic violence, mental health, education, disability, immigration and other proceedings.

Students selected for the program will work 40 hours per week in placements arranged by the Program Directors. All legal work handled by the students will be supervised by attorneys at their respective placements. This summer’s placements are expected (but not guaranteed) to include the University of Miami Children & Youth Law Clinic, University of Miami Community Health Clinic, the Public Defender’s Office, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Legal Aid Services of Broward County, and the Legal Aid Society of the Dade County Bar Association. Student fellows will need to be distributed evenly among the placements. Students selected must agree to accept any placement that they are assigned
by the Program Directors.

To learn more, you should attend the information meeting on Thursday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room E265. You may obtain a copy of the application on the Center For Ethics and Public Service website or on the CDO Student Portal.

Reminder: Student-to-Student Public Interest Career Fair Today

The Career Development Office and HOPE Public Interest Resource Center proudly present the 3rd Annual Student-to-Student Public Interest Career Fair

TODAY, Thursday, February 12
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Bricks

Casual Dress

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to talk informally with students who had interesting and meaningful experiences in the public sector.

Spring 2009 Resume Referral Program

The Spring 2009 Resume Referral program is now underway. The Resume Referral program is an opportunity for employers unable to interview on campus to request and obtain application materials from interested students. The Resume Referral program will take place throughout the spring semester and employers will be divided into sessions based on bidding deadline. Bidding is now open for those employers in the “Spring 2009 Resume Referral Session (February 27, 2009).” Bidding for these employers will end on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no benefit to bidding early in the bidding period or detriment to waiting until the latter portion of the bidding period to submit your bids. If you currently have grades outstanding, you may wait until grades are obtained to submit your bids. Employers are not made aware of when you submitted your bids. As long as your bids are received by 11:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009, your materials will be sent to the employer. However, the CDO does not recommend waiting until the very last minute to submit your bids to avoid any last minute computer or other technical issues.

To participate, you must complete the bidding process on Symplicity, a World Wide Web based program. “Bidding” entails submitting your resume and other requested materials via Symplicity. Instructions on how to bid on the Symplicity system is provided in the Student Guide to Symplicity document available on the CDO Student Portal. You may begin bidding by logging onto Symplicity and selecting “OCI, Resume Referral and Direct Contact Schedules” from the top navigation bar. Please note that Symplicity only allows you to view and bid on employers seeking applications from your class year or LL.M. program. Also keep in mind that new employers may be added during the bidding period. Should this happen, an email will be sent notifying students of the additional employer.

All students have a Symplicity account. If you cannot locate your Symplicity login information, please email the CDO and provide your full name, class year and email address (this email address will be your username for the site). You will then receive your login information via email. Please allow up to two business days for a response.

Information on the OCI and Resume Referral programs is available in the Spring 2009 OCI Handbook. The entire handbook is available on the CDO Student Portal. You must use your UM law email address and password to log onto the system.