This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 16

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETING POSTPONED (1L and 2L students)
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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OCI BIDDING ENDS (1L and 2L students)
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.

SPRING OCI (FEBRUARY PHASE) INTERVIEWS BEGIN (all students)
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

FLYING SOLO: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPENING YOUR OWN SHOP (all students)
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.

CORAL GABLES BAR ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON (all students)
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: www.coralgablesbar.org
Make checks payable to: Coral Gables Bar Association. *Please bring check to luncheon*

Thursday, February 19

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR LOANS AND LAND THE RIGHT JOB (all students)
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.

Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:

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.

Summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program

Each summer, students from the Florida law schools are selected to serve as judicial interns to the Florida Supreme Court through the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students.

To apply for summer 2009 positions, you must pick up an application in the Career Development Office, Room A-112. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 23rd.

An information session will be held on Monday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. in room 108. 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.

This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 9

STUDENT JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP PANEL (1L and 2L students)
Interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship? The judicial clerkship application process begins as early as the spring semester of your second year. To help you get started, current students who have successfully navigated the judicial clerkship application process will speak about their experiences and provide tips on how to secure a clerkship. If you have any interest in a judicial clerkship, you will not want to miss this insightful presentation. Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (1L and 2L students)
Applications for the Summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are now available in the CDO. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 23rd.

An information session will be held on Monday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. in room 108. 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.

Wednesday, February 11


BAKER AND HOSTETLER 1L SUMMER ASSOCIATE AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY (1L students)
The deadline to apply for the Baker and Hostetler 1L Scholarship (which includes a summer associate position) is Wednesday, February 11. For more information including how to apply, please see Symplicity posting #4612. Application materials are available on the CDO Student Portal.

Thursday, February 12


STUDENT TO STUDENT PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER FAIR (all students)
For students interested in working in public interest this summer, the Student to Student Public Interest Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the opportunities that are out there. Students who worked in public interest last summer will be available to talk to you about their experiences and to give you ideas on what organizations you can apply to. Casual dress is encouraged as this is an informal career fair. Thursday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the Bricks (Rain Location: Student Lounge).

Real Property, Probate and Trust Panel Presentation

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.

Student Judicial Clerkship Panel

Attention 1L and 2L Students: Interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship?

The judicial clerkship application process begins as early as the spring semester of your second year. To help you get started, current students who have successfully navigated the judicial clerkship application process will speak about their experiences and provide tips on how to secure a clerkship. If you have any interest in a judicial clerkship, you will not want to miss this insightful presentation.

Student Judicial Clerkship Panel
Monday, February 9, 2009
12:30 p.m.
Room 108

Want to Know More About Small Firm Practice?

Last week, the Career Development Office welcomed Ana Veliz, the chair of the Florida Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section to campus to discuss small firm practice. During her discussion, she shared the following information which students may find helpful.

The largest entry level law firm market in Florida is the small firm market;

Firms of 10 attorneys or less comprise of 73% of Florida Bar membership;

According to the ABA, 86% of law students expect to practice at a small firm;

According to NALP, 22.4% of graduates obtain their entry level position through targeted mailings;

The GPSSF welcomes student members. The rate to join is $35/year and among the benefits to membership is access to a small firm directory that is on their website. Students may obtain an application form online.

Each March, the GPSSF hosts a conference in Orlando. In conjunction with the conference, the section hosts a job fair for those students interested in interviewing with small firms. This year’s conference is Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 and the job fair will be held on Saturday, March 21. More information about the job fair will be forthcoming from the CDO shortly.