FBI Information Session Next Week


Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 12:30 p.m.
University of Miami Law School
Room 352


rsvp with Tamesha Keel, CDO Advisor (tkeel@law.miami.edu),
by Tuesday, November 18th

Florida Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program

The Florida Bar Foundation is sponsoring the 2009 Summer Fellowship Program at legal aid and legal services programs in Florida.

The 2009 Legal Services Summer Fellowship application and other materials are now available on-line. Please note the application deadline date of January 22, 2009.

It is expected that approximately 40 full-time fellowships will be offered to first and second-year law students. The Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program runs for a period of 11 weeks and is a full-time position for the summer. Fellowship stipends are $5,500 for first-year students and $7,000 for second-year students for the eleven-week period.

Fellowship Purposes

To involve fellowship recipients in the provision of high-quality, significant civil legal assistance to the poor in critical areas of need.

To provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters.

To increase law student interest in and awareness of the legal problems of the poor and the challenges and satisfaction of representing the poor.

To promote commitment to pro bono representation of the poor.

Student Eligibility and Selection Criteria

First and second-year law students attending accredited law schools are eligible to apply as long as they are in good-standing with their law school. Minority students are specifically encouraged to apply. Among the factors to be considered in selections are: experience in working with the low-income community, academic achievement, writing skills, and previous contact with and long-term commitment/interest in public service/pro bono work. Law student applicants will be provided an opportunity to specify program placement preference. Click here to view a list of program placements throughout the state of Florida. Due to the necessity of insuring placement throughout Florida in a variety of programs and sites, student flexibility in preference sites may be a factor in selection.

Fellowship Term

The fellowship commences with a two-day mandatory training and orientation seminar – to be held May 21 and 22, 2009 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – prior to the fellows arriving for work at the programs. Housing, meals, and reasonable travel expenses for the two-day training will be provided. Fellows are scheduled to report to work at their programs on Monday, May 25, 2009 with the fellowship ending on Friday, August 7, 2009.

Sarasota County Bar Association Internship and Scholarship Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship has been extended to December 31, 2008 (from it’s previous deadline of December 1). has been extended to 12/31/08. More information and an application is available at the Sarasota County Bar Association website.

The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for first through third year law students of under-represented minority backgrounds (e.g. race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, or socioeconomic background), who have an interest in practicing law in Sarasota County upon graduation, to obtain summer placement in private law firms and governmental agencies in the County.

At the conclusion of the student’s summer employment in a law firm or governmental agency, the law school the student attends will receive scholarship funds of at least $5,000.00 per student to be used by the student to continue his or her education.

To read more about this great opportunity, open to all students, please see the previous blog posting.

Summer 2009 Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in a paid internship that will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Washington, D.C.? The Koch Internship Program may be for you.

Come spend the summer interning at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and gain the valuable skills that will help equip you to become a non-profit leader and entrepreneur. During the program, interns develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for careers with market-oriented think tanks, policy institutes, and other non-profit organizations. This hands-on experience gives interns the chance to explore the non-profit sector, while applying Market-Based management®, a management philosophy that emphasizes long-term success. Summer internships are part-time and paid.

Below is some program feedback given by interns:

“Interning at the Foundation introduced me to some amazing non-profit opportunities that I didn’t even know existed, and after working here, I’ve gained a useful understanding about non-profit management and leadership. It’s definitely a unique opportunity…and it’s paid!”

“Excellent program! I was very impressed with how much the Foundation invests in maximizing the interns’ experience during the program. I was able to learn and accomplish more than I would have in a typical internship.”

For complete program information please visit the website.

Article on Predictors of Success at Large Law Firms

One of the frustrations of the job search is the emphasis that some employers put on law school grades and class rank. However, one recent study suggests that those factors are not the best predictors of success at large law firms.

Read more about this study of more than 1,300 associates from one top 25 law firm trying to combat high associate attrition rates. A summary of the study is available here.

Hot Topics in Family Court Presentation (CLE Credits Available)

The Hot Topics in Family Court Presentation will feature the following topics:
Statutory Changes in Family Law
Alimony/Child Support Calculations
Applying the Internet to Your Practice
Office Management, Fees, Collection & Production
How to Navigate Family Court Information

Presented by:

DCBA Family Courts Committee & Put Something Back
General Master Robert Jones
Marie Davidson, Esq.
Cynthia Dienstag, Esq.
Ed Sachs, CPA
Sookie Williams
Alex Hernandez

WHEN: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WHERE: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
175 N.W. 1st Avenue
11th Floor Conference Room
Miami, FL 33128

TIME: Registration: 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Seminar: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

CLE: 3.5 credits

If you are interested in this program, please contact Randee Breiter in the Career Development Office (“CDO”).

Want to Spend Your Summer Law & Order Style?

Each summer, local and federal criminal prosecutor and defense offices hire law students to serve as legal interns. These positions afford students an opportunity to see the criminal justice system up close.

At the federal level, the United States Attorney’s Office serves as prosecutors. The USAO has offices in all 50 states, with many of them offering unpaid internships to students. The deadline to apply for such positions is generally in January. While summer 2009 deadlines have not yet been set, you can view summer 2008 deadlines to get an idea of what this year’s deadlines will be. In addition, this site will provide information on other U.S. Department of Justice unpaid internships, which are located in Washington, D.C. and are available to law students.

On the defense side, the Federal Public Defender’s Office also has locations around the country, many of which will also hire students for summer positions.

At the state and local level, each city, county, region or state has its own prosecutor and defender offices. Your CDO advisor can help you identify the prosecutor or defender office in the city you are most interested in working this summer. Deadlines can vary. Some examples of upcoming opportunities:

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Chicago, IL): Application period opens on January 1, 2009 with a deadline of April 15, 2009.

Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office: 1L applications should be received between December and late February. More information is available on the Office’s website.

New York County District Attorney’s Office: Internships are available for 1L and 2L students and are paid ($500/week). 2L students may begin submitting their applications on November 1. 1L students may begin submitting their application on December 1. The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2008. To learn more, including how to apply, please view Symplicity job posting #4007.

Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Applications for unpaid internships will be accepted from January 2, 2009 to February 13, 2009. More information is available here.

Again, opportunities are available throughout the country including right here in South Florida. Please speak with your CDO advisor to learn more about the organizations in the city you would like to spend your summer in.

Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette Fashion Show

Phi Alpha Delta, along with the Career Development Office, is co-hosting a Fashion Show of the Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette taking place on November 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. during Beer at the Rat. Come see your favorite professors, administrators and student leaders model as well as demonstrate what not to do in your upcoming interviews.

November 2008 Calendar

November 2008
Important Deadlines, Workshops and Events

November 4
1L Out of Town Job Search Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 5
CIA Information Session
12:30 p.m. – Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge

November 6
1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 11
1L Judicial Clerkship and Internship Information Session
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 12
Presentation by Ana Veliz of Ruden McClosky and the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar
12:30 p.m. – Room 109

November 13
1L Interviewing and Networking Skills Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

Sports Financial Advisors Association Event

The Sports Financial Advisors Association invites UM law students to attend its 4th annual national conference on November 7 and 8 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood Florida.

The Sports Financial Advisors Association is a non-profit professional organization of Financial Advisors, Accountants and Attorneys whose practices include professional athletes as clients. The national conference is designed to give financial and legal professionals dedicated to working with the professional athlete the opportunity to increase their capabilities to serve the unique needs of their clientele. Featured speakers include: Susan Bradley CFP, founder of Sudden Wealth Institute and author of Sudden Money Managing a Financial Windfall, Marc Isenberg, author of Money Players, Eric Wilson, Partner of HG Financial a firm specializing in working with athletes and entertainers, Charles Rubin, Esq., attorney specializing in asset protection, with Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Fleisher, P.A, and Northern Trust will present on the topic of charitable foundations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss best practices and strategies with leading financial advisors from around the country.

This is an excellent networking opportunity for interested students. A special student rate will be available. For questions or to register, please visit the Sports Financial Advisors Association website or call 203-856-5364.