Passport to Practice – An Upskilling Bootcamp for the New Lawyer – Launching on June 24th!

Launching on June 24! #PassportToPractice—a free virtual bootcamp for law students and grads to build rarely taught skills. Work for three weeks with powerhouse professionals and academics, earn a certificate!

Are you a current law student?   A recent law graduate?   Do you want to enhance your resume?

You are invited to Passport to Practice to improve your knowledge, skills, and story. We believe our summer 2020 program—the result of a collaboration of powerhouse professionals and academics—can help your career.

Consider it the good stuff you (likely) didn’t learn about in law school, and (definitely) won’t studying for the bar exam, but (really) should know if you want to navigate and succeed in the ever-changing legal landscape.

This program is free. We only ask that you commit to the program and provide feedback.

To succeed as a professional in the 21st century, you need to be prepared to answer YES to questions such as: 

  • Do you understand how the legal services ecosystem is changing, both pre- and post-pandemic?
  • Do you know how to seek and use feedback to improve your work (and excel in your career)?
  • Can you speak intelligently about innovation and technology in the legal profession?
  • Do you understand how multi-disciplinary teamwork and problem solving is vital to the practice of law?
  • Are you clear on the value you can bring to the profession (or do you at least know the secret handshake)?


  • 3 weeks (with sessions on Tue, Wed & Thu)
  • 10-12 hours of virtual sessions/week
  • Sessions will be recorded for later viewing
  • 4-8 hours of prep & review/week
  • Certificate of Completion


  • Orientation Sessions: June 24-25, 2020
  • Passport to Practice Program: June 30-July 16, 2020

For additional details and to sign up and stay updated, click here.

Fort Lauderdale Office of National Law Firm Seeks Junior Commercial Litigation Partner

National, full-service law firm with offices in 30 states is seeking a Junior Commercial Litigation Partner for its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office location. The firm represents corporate and institutional clients in diverse practice areas. Candidates should have a strong litigation background, along with excellent academic credentials, as well as writing and communication skills.

All candidates should submit their resume, writing sample and transcript online via Symplicity.

For additional details and to apply, please view Symplicity Job Posting ID# 26158.

Application Deadline:      June 9, 2020

The Career Development Office and The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Present: Advocates in Action: Racial Justice Leaders – Friday, June 5th, 2020 @ 12:30 P.M.

 The Career Development Office and HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Present:

Advocates in Action: Racial Justice Leaders

Miami Law is proud to present Advocates in Action: Racial Justice LeadersFriday, June 5th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

A conversation with leaders who have dedicated their careers to racial justice through service as civil rights advocates to learn how each of us can get involved in change.


  • Desmond Meade, Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Esq., Director, Office of Civil Rights Evaluation, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Andrew Darling, Esq., Andrew Darling Law, P.A.
  • Melba Pearson, Esq., MVP Law, LLC/Former Deputy Director of ACLU of Florida

Please click here to join the workshop.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CDO Summer Series 2020: All You Need to Know Before You Start Your Summer Job – Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join the CDO next Tuesday for our second webinar of the CDO Summer Series 2020: “All You Need to Know Before You Start Your Summer Job!”

Mark your calendar: On Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 pm guest speaker Jessica L. Buchsbaum, Chief Legal Talent Officer at Bilzin Sumberg, will be joining CDO Advisor and Assistant Director of Professional Development, Alana Butin, to go over everything you need to know before you start your summer job! Please send questions in advance to Alana Butin or submit them live during the program.

To register and access the live webinar please click on this link.

We hope you can join us!


Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law. Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We seek to have a racially inclusive staff.


Public Counsel is seeking to host law students or recent graduate for Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowships to begin in the fall of 2021. This year Public Counsel will consider fellowship proposals limited to those which fall in the following areas:

  • Children’s Rights, especially focused on juvenile justice, education rights, child welfare, and/or children and youth with
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Opportunity Under Law: projects centered around impact litigation in areas related to economic justice, education equity, criminalization of poverty, children’s rights, or immigrants’ rights.

Applications for those proposing 2020 Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellowship projects should be submitted by August 1, 2020. We do not have an application form separate from those used by the organizations that fund the fellowships. Students who are interested in a fellowship at Public Counsel should send their resume and a brief description of their proposed directly with the Directing Attorneys of the Public Counsel project you wish to work with. If you have a problem reaching the directing attorney or other questions, email Pro Bono Director David Daniels.



Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based nonprofit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second year, beginning in Summer or Fall 2021.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers Fellows the opportunity to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, no n- pro fit leadership and government.

For over 50 years, BPI has worked to create a just society. We have a long track record of innovative, effective advocacy across a broad range of social justice issues. Our work today focuses on addressing the challenges of poverty and racial and economic inequity, increasing housing and educational opportunity building vital communities, strengthening early  childhood  learning,  reforming  our  criminal  justice system, and improving governmental integrity and efficiency. BPI takes a multi-disciplinary approach, including legal and policy research, policy development, organizing, and litigation. A collaborative and stimulating workplace, BPI is committed to offering opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to work that advances a just society.

REQUIREMENTS of the Fellowship are:

  • Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)
  • An enterprising mindset, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for social justice
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPl’s program areas
  • Accomplished oral and writing skills
  • Strong academic record
  • Initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders

Fellows receive an annual salary of $54,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Send resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 16, 2020 via email or via postal  mail (postmarked  by October 16,  2020 to: Business and Professional People for the Public Interest Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship, 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

For additional information, please visit the website.




Join Us for the CDO Summer Series 2020’s First Program: How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship This Summer – Tuesday, June 2, 2020!

Please join the CDO next Tuesday for our first 30-minute program of the CDO Summer Series 2020: How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship This Summer!

Mark your calendar: On Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:00 pm guest speaker Kelli Shami, Esq., judicial law clerk for the Honorable Beth Bloom, will be joining CDO Advisor and Director of Judicial Clerkships, Karen Warren, to go over everything you need to know before your judicial internship! Please send questions in advance to Karen Warren or submit them live during the program.

To access the live webinar please click here.

We hope you can join us!

Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC is Seeking Bankruptcy Associate

Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC is seeking a bankruptcy associate with 0-2 years of experience for its Fort Lauderdale office. The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of bankruptcy law, including representation of individuals and businesses in all types of bankruptcy cases.

This is a great opportunity for candidates to advance their careers and learn alongside accomplished mentors. The firm is ranked in Chambers USA and its members include two past presidents of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. The firm has an excellent reputation as one of the leaders in the field of bankruptcy law in South Florida.

For additional information and to apply, please go to Symplicity Posting ID#26057.

Announcing: The CDO Summer Series 2020!

The Career Development Office (CDO) is excited to announce the launch of the CDO Summer Series 2020. Please join us for a series of individual virtual programs designed to foster your professional development this summer. All programs will be available on Zoom and will feature guest speakers from the Miami legal community. Each program is scheduled for 30 minutes and you are encouraged to ask questions of the respective speakers beforehand. Detailed information on the program and the guest speakers as well as instructions for viewing the program and submitting questions will be provided before each session.

The first program, “How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship this Summer,” will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm and will feature guest speaker Kelly Shami, Esq. (’16). Kelly is currently serving as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom in the Southern District of Florida. We encourage you to ask questions in advance by emailing Karen Warren, Director of Judicial Clerkships. You will receive an email in the coming days containing additional details and the link to view the program.

Join us for tips and career information regarding diverse topics and to network with legal professionals in the South Florida community! For more information and details, please make sure that you check your emails regularly. If you have questions, please contact the CDO at


Invitation to a Webinar for Law Students, Judicial Law Clerks, and other Recent Graduates on the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice


The webinars will take place:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020                           Thursday, June 4, 2020

12:00 P.M. (EST)                               OR               3:00 P.M. (EST)

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. Topics include an overview of our:

  • 2020 programs and application process
  • hiring timeline and answers to frequently asked questions

No RSVP is required, but space is limited to the first 100 participants.

Please log in here and use Passcode 10200.