The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney

Position Summary:  The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide individual legal services and to develop and execute legal and policy solutions to advocate for access to quality and affordable health care, nutrition, and access to justice.  The person who takes this job will have an outsized impact on the lives of low-income Tennessee families and will practice law at the top level of the profession with co-counsel and against adversaries who are among the very best lawyers in the country. At the same time, there will be ample direct client contact and the emotional rewards that accompany those relationships.

This is a full-time position based in our office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organization Profile:  TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit here.


  • Work with the case management team on cases relating to health care access, nutrition access, and access to justice.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis focused on key issues affecting Tennesseans access to quality and affordable health care, especially issues related to Medicaid (TennCare), long term care, and access to justice.
  • Work with TJC leadership and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
  • Develop educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.


  • Licensed to practice law in Tennessee or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Creative and strategic thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems and keep the big picture in mind.
  • Ability to work independently and be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Attorney with 2+ years experience.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Experience with litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To ApplyThe application deadline is February 7, 2020.  Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number, and a list of three references via email.  Please include “staff attorney” in the subject line of the email.

For additional details, visit the website.

Third Annual Data Privacy Day Event, Thursday, January 30, 2020 – RSVP

The University of Miami is proud to be hosting its third annual Data Privacy Day event on, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Shalala Student Center. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to learn from the former first global privacy officer for a leading consumer genetics company, 23andMe, Kate Black.  We invite you to join us as she dives into “The Privacy Frontier in the Age of Digital Surveillance”. Kate is a Shareholder in the Data, Privacy, and Emerging Technology groups of Greenberg Traurig. She focuses on consumer, health, & genetic privacy law, building comprehensive information protection controls to advance innovative and emerging healthcare and consumer solutions.

Data Privacy Day began in the US and Canada in 2008 as an extension of Europe’s Data Protection Day and is acknowledged annually on January 28th. It is an international initiative to provide privacy education and increase data protection awareness. Data Privacy Day may be a one-day event, but it’s imperative to maintain good privacy practices year-round!

Seats are limited, so we urge you to please RSVP by registering online. We hope to see you there!

For further information please contact the Office of Privacy and Data Security at 305-243-5000 or via email.



Attend the ABA Section of Litigation Panel – Friday, January 17, 2020

The ABA Section of Litigation is hosting lunch and a panel discussion on “30 Tips for New Associates.” The panelists include Dolly Hernandez of Day Pitney LLP and Harout J. Samra of DLA Piper LLP. Professor Laurence M. Rose will moderate.
Please join us on Friday, January 17th at 12:30 pm in room E-352. Lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in litigation and would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible to Alana Butin in the CDO.

South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic

Join BCBA & local VBA’s for an afternoon of fun, mentorship pairing, BBQ, games, raffles, beer tents and much more! The picnic is an opportunity for South Florida Judiciary, Attorneys, and Law Students to find a mentor or mentee in an informal setting & fun for the whole family! 

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: C.B. Smith Park

Cost: Free to all Park entrance admission is $1.50 per person 

Registration is required – please register everyone in your family so we have an accurate count for food.

For More Information contact Lauren Riegler, BCBA Event and CLE Manager.

Venue C.B. Smith Park – Pavilion #19
Address 900 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines FL 33028, US
Starts Sat Feb 1 2020, 11:00am EST
Ends Sat Feb 1 2020, 03:00pm EST

Register Now!

See website.


Up to thirty Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA/VIA Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI), with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

To apply to participate in IPLI 2020, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:

  • Personal statement (maximum 3 pages, double spaced)
  • Your most recent law school transcript
  • Your current resume

All online applications and materials must be submitted by midnight on Monday, March 9, 2020 to be considered.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A rising 2L or rising 3L
  • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property and technology law as a potential practice area
  • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor

NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2020 is NOT eligible.

The selection committee will select up to 30 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; an evaluation of expressed personal interest; dedication to the Latino community; and academic record. No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IPLI to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.

To view the website, click here.


SUBJECT:                            Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

OPEN TO:                             Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020, who have not at any time engaged in the practice of law. 

SUBMIT BY:                        June 1, 2020

UP TO TWO PRIZES:      Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on in September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.  The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College’s Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Writing Prize Rules: 

1. Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020 seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.), and not at any time admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.

  • Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.
  • Papers must be submitted as email attachments and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename.  That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish or republish the article.

2. Selection of Winners. Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other factors, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications.  A focused, in depth analysis of a discrete topic generally is considered more favorably than a broad survey piece.  Presentation (e.g., organization, proofreading, proper grammar, etc.) also carries substantial weight.  The Committee may decline to consider a poorly organized paper or one laden with grammatical errors for those reasons alone.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

3. Publication of Winning Articles(s). The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in a professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the publication’s editors.  In addition, the winning papers will be posted on the College’s website.

4. Prizes. There are cash awards for two winning papers.  However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients as well as that of one guest each.

5. Deadline. Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 1, 2020. 

6. Disclaimer. The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause.  However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.

For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel or the competition, contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee, or consult the website.

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of January 13th and 20th, 2020)

Welcome back from winter break!

Monday, January 13, 2020:

  • Classes Begin.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law Campus Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program (OCI) and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students with complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Multiple sessions of this program will be held; all sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.

Thursday, January 23, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law Campus Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program (OCI) and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students with complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Multiple sessions of this program will be held; all sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.


MDFAWL Foundation Law Student Scholarship Applications Due January 17 2020

Annually, the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Foundation offers scholarships (ranging from $1000 to $3000) to law students demonstrating academic merit, financial need, and a commitment to the community. Scholarship applications are due January 17, 2020.  

The application can be found online


Attend the 2020 Immigration Law Career Fair

Employer: American Immigration Lawyers Association ( South FL Chapter) (AILA)


Open to Law Students, Paralegals, and AILA Members: On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the New Members Division of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will sponsor an Immigration Career Fair. The career fair will be held at Convocation Hall at St. Thomas University which is located at 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054.

You will meet the prospective employers during the open employer table session. For applicants whose resumes have been pre-screened and selected for interview in advance, those 30-minute interviews will begin at 2 PM. Prospective employers also have the option to schedule on-site interviews with students they meet during the open table session.

There is no charge to participate. To register for the career fair, email your resume here and complete the registration online.

The tentative agenda for the career fair is as follows:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration and Brunch 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Opening Remarks

Christine Alden, Esq. AILA South Florida Chapter President

Michael Vastine, Esq. St. Thomas University, School of Law, Immigration Clinic Director

NMD Committee Career Fair Coordinators

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Open Employer Tables for Career Fair

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Closing Remarks / Interview Introductions and Overview 1:45 PM

2:00 PM Break

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Individual Interviews 

The deadline to respond is Friday, January 17, 2020.

How to Apply: There is no charge to participate. To register for the career fair,  email your resume here and complete the registration online.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020.

For additional information, please visit Symplicity.

How to Set up a Successful Estate Planning and Drafting Practice: “Introduction to Wills and Trusts Drafting”

The Minority Bar Associations’ Estate Planning and Drafting Seminar 2020.

WHEN:              January 18th 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Nova Southeastern, University Shepard Broad College of Law, 3305 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314

Space is Limited. RSVP Today via Email.

Free event. CLE Pending.