2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Organized by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and The National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS):

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond PC, one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

THE BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component.

ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2016. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 4, 2016. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email.


Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:


Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere else in the entry, other than on this cover page);

Law school name and address;

Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change);

Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece; and

Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration).

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes, single-spaced). Citation style should conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.

CRITERIA & PUBLICATION: The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter. For more about ELI, including the results of past writing competitions, please visit the website.

Welcome to Our “Coffee Connectors” Program!

We are pleased to introduce you to our Coffee Connectors Network, created to provide law students with opportunities to connect with Miami Law alumni across the country. Through our network of alumni, you can connect with a diverse group of attorneys, learn about different practice areas and ultimately better transition from law school into practice.

With more than 18,000 alumni worldwide, the Miami Law alumni network is an amazing resource – professionally and personally.  Click here to view the Coffee Connectors Network.

We hope you will take advantage of this great resource and pay it forward when you join our distinguished group of Miami Law alumni.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 21, 2015)

Monday, September 21, 2015:

  • Young Alumni Career Panel 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Law Campus Room F-309 – A panel with young alumni to discuss career opportunities beyond on campus interviews. The event is being sponsored by CDO and the Alumni Office. For further information contact Brenda Louard in the CDO.

Thursday, September 24, 2015:

  • Career Opportunities in Real Property, Probate and Trust Law 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Law Campus Room A-110 –For further information contact the CDO.

Monday, September 21, 2015 through Friday, September 25, 2015:

  • Fall Recruiting Program Continues



The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is Now FREE to Law Students!

The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is now FREE to law students. Any law student can sign up for five Sections free of charge in addition to free ABA membership. Please share this news and the links below with your law school students who are interested in intellectual property law. Some of the many benefits that law students will receive when they join the Section include:

Below are some links of interest:

The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Invites Law Students to Attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida

The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) cordially invites local law students to attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida on October 22-24, 2015. The School Law Practice Seminar draws attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and is specifically designed for attorneys who represent public schools.

This in-depth Seminar allows school attorneys the unique opportunity to dive into substantive issues, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow in their practice. Law students are invited to learn from leaders in the field of school law and participate in interactive discussions on hot school law topics.

Students considering a career in school law can meet and interact with current school lawyers at the seminar. The practice of school law allows unique and rare opportunities to advise and litigate fascinating areas of the law including constitutional issues like search and seizure, free speech, and due process.

To learn more and to register, please visit this website.


Reserve Your Space at the 20th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions

Reserve Your Space at the 20th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions on November 12-13, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach, FL.

On November 12-13, 2015, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will be hosting the 20th annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions on South Beach.  They have cordially invited our students to attend.

Scholarships are available and are routinely granted.  Interested students may learn more about the conference by asking their CDO advisor and looking at the brochure available in the CDO.

To apply for a scholarship, students should visit this link and click on “registration options” on the left hand side which will take them to the site where students can register for scholarships.


The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and University of Miami School of Law Invite You to Attend an Eat-and-Educate Event!

The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and University of Miami School of Law Invite You to Attend an Eat-and-Educate Event! 

The event takes place on September 24, 2015 12:30 –1:30 p.m. at the Law Campus, Room A-110.

Join us for complimentary food and beverages as a panel of local real estate and probate attorneys share their experiences and provide invaluable career advice to law students.

Co-Sponsored by UM Real Property Probate & Trust Law Society, UM Association of Caribbean Law Students, UM Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, UM Black Law Students Association and UM Hispanic Law Students Association.

RSVP before September 21 by email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 14, 2015)

Friday, September 18, 2015:

  • Marine Corps Meet & Greet – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Law Campus A110A – The United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) cordially invites all students, including 1L students, as well as any graduates, to participate in an informal meet and greet to learn more about opportunities available with this employer. Positions are available within the Marine Corps JAG program for 1Ls, 2Ls and graduates.


Women in Intellectual Property Law Seminar

Women in Intellectual Property Law Seminar:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Hampton Inn, Brickell 50 SW 12th Street, Miami FL 33130 IBIS I conference Room.


  • Deidre Richardson Director, Senior Attorney Marketing and Tradmarks, Burger King Corporation
  • Ava K. Doppelt Shareholder Allen Dyer Doppelt Milbrath
  • Laura Ganoza Partner Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Vickie Carcaise Director of Legal Great Health Works

$40.00 Includes lunch and 1.5 hours of CLE Credits. Pending Florida Bar Approval.

Click here to register.


The Open Society Fellowship

The Topic of the Project:

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Among the Foundations’ core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, access to information, access to justice, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest. Applicants are encouraged to explore this website to acquaint themselves with the panoply of themes and geographic areas that fall within the Foundations’ purview.

What these projects share is a zeal for problem-solving, the confidence to test hypotheses against observed reality, and an impatience with conventional or clichéd thinking.

ellowship Support:

Full-time fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for part-time fellows. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation.

In most cases, the program will advise fellows on ways to communicate their work to a broader audience and influence current debates. Staff also work to integrate fellows into its networks of individual and organizational partners and grantees.

In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget may include expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, part-time research assistance, conference fees and health insurance. Fellowship expenses should not include operational or programmatic costs, such as employees and physical infrastructure. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore the program will only cover individual expenses.

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

For additional details, click here.