Attend the South Miami Kendall Bar Luncheon on October 27th 2017!

Attend the South Miami Kendall Bar Luncheon. Join us for a great opportunity to network, have a great lunch, listen to phenomenal presentation and receive CLE credit.

Here are the details:

October 27thh, 2017, 11:45am

Shula’s 347 Grill
6915 Red Road
South Miami, FL 33143

Speaker: Honorable Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer

$30 for Members
$40 for Non-Members

Click here to RSVP!

FIU Invites Students to the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals on October 24th 2017

The U.S. Air Force JAG is extending an invitation to students to attend an Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals oral argument on Tuesday, October 24th. An Air Force JAG recruiter will also be in attendance and will discuss Air Force JAG employment opportunities.

Oral arguments will be heard in the large courtroom at Florida International University College of Law from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The case to be argued is United States vs. Airman Braxton T. Swafford.

All Miami Law students are invited to attend. Students who are interested in the JAG Corps are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For directions and a map of FIU and the event venue, please ask the CDO or your advisor. There is metered visitor parking in both the lot and garage adjacent to the law school.


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program – Pathway to a Federal Government Job

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program offers paid two-year appointments with Federal Government Agencies.  This rigorous fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, privacy, cybersecurity, and financial management, to name a few.  The PMF Program seeks eligible graduate students every year who want to make a difference through public service.  More information about application and selection process is available on the PMF website.

The Class of 2018 PMF application period will be open from October 23, 2017 – November 1, 2017 and the announcement can be found online when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period).  The announcement will only be visible during the application period.  To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website. Carefully review the “Application Process” and “Application Tips” sections on the PMF website before working on your on-line application AND you are encouraged to apply early.

The selection process for the PMF Program consists of the following:

  • Complete the On-line Application, which includes a resume and transcript (and/or alternative), and supporting documentation for any of the following that apply to you:
    • requesting reasonable accommodations,
    • claiming veterans’ preference, and/or
    • claiming Native American/Indian preference.
  • Complete the On-Line Assessment (allow for 2-3 hours to complete).  Please review the Assessment Preparation Guide for additional information, which will be available shortly before the announcement opens.)
  • Finalists will be selected in mid-November
  • Finalists will be invited to participate in the Virtual PMF Hiring Fair in December and can search PMF appointment opportunities on the PMF website (available positions updated throughout the year)
  • Finalists will have 12 months from the date selected as Finalists to secure appointment with agency.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Warren in the CDO who is the PMF liaison for the University of Miami School of Law.


20th Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative® to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 20th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, mentor sessions, and a GRAMMY® Week event.

ELI fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. The ELI writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

The ELI event will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 in New York City and at this function the winner of the ELI Writing Competition will be recognized. This event also features recognition of a top music industry legal figure annually and serves as a key gathering of the industry’s legal and executive community during GRAMMY Week. Further details and ticket information for this event will be announced soon.

In the meantime, law students are encouraged to participate in the ELI Writing Competition to further their knowledge, better connect to the music and legal community and also to get a chance to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in New York City in 2018.

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline:

January 2, 2018, 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).

Winner and Runner-Up Chosen:

January 10, 2018.

ELI Event & Winner Scholarship Presentation, New York City:

January 26, 2018.

Winner will receive (see official ELI Writing Competition rules for complete details):

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition on stage at the 20th Annual ELI event taking place January 26, 2018 in New York City
  • Two tickets to MusiCares® Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac taking place January 26, 2018 in New York City
  • Two tickets to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party taking place January 28, 2018 in New York City
  • Round-Trip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events 

One Runner-Up will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

For additional details, including official rules, see the website.



Inaugural John D. Greenwald Writing Competition Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017

IIEL and the Georgetown Journal of International Law are pleased to announce the launch of the Inaugural John D. Greenwald Writing Competition.  The Competition is seeking submissions of Notes from current JD, LL.M., or SJD students on international economic law.  The Competition, named after John D. Greenwald, a former Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives and first head of Import Administration in the Department of Commerce, commemorates his life by inviting top submissions on current issues relevant to international trade law, the jurisprudence of the WTO or regional trade organizations, jurisprudence concerning U.S. trade organizations, an issue relating to the political economy or the efficacy of U.S. or international trade regimes.

The winning Note will be published in the trade issue of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, one of the nation’s top resources for trade scholars and practitioners in the field of international law.  In addition, the author of the winning Note will receive a cash prize.  The competition is managed and supervised by the Institute of International Economic Law.  The evaluation of written submissions and the publication of the winning submission(s) will be managed by the Georgetown Journal of International Law.  The deadline for submission to this year’s competition is November 15th, 2017.  Submissions should be between 30 and 55 pages, double-spaced, submitted in .doc or .docx format, in Times New Roman 12-point font, and accompanied by a 1-4 page summary of the Note.  Please submit entries via email.

IIEL hosts fora for policy debate and research with a wide range of international organizations, firms, NGOs and government agencies, and welcomes new partnerships.  We also contribute to the analysis of today’s most pressing global economic law and policy issues, via our Issue Brief Series, In the Know newsletter, and publications such as the Legal Aspects of Brexit, among other mechanisms.  For additional information, please read IIEL’s Annual Report and IIEL’s One-Pager and visit us on the web.

The Center for Alcohol Policy Now Accepting Entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?


WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.


HOW TO ENTER: Essays may be emailed or mailed as a hard copy to:


Center for Alcohol Policy

Attn: Essay Contest

1101 King St., Suite 600A

Alexandria, VA, 22314.


Essays must be accompanied by an entry form. 


DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early 2018.


AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

See website for 2017 Essay Contest Rules and Guidelines.

FASPE (Fellowship at Auschwitz for Study of Professional Ethics) 2018

FASPE Law examines the role played by German lawyers from 1933 to 1945, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing the practice of law can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having demonstrated the power held by the legal profession in a modern society, FASPE addresses ethical issues now facing individual lawyers, the legal profession and its institutions at large.

FASPE Law is not a Holocaust studies program, nor is it a genocide prevention program. FASPE Law focuses on the ethical problems faced by individual lawyers in the contemporary settings in which they practice.

Eligibility: FASPE Law applicants must either be enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program at the time of their application or have received a J.D. or LL.M. between May 2017 and January 2018. FASPE seeks students who are interested in working as practicing attorneys, although applicants who have a JD or LLM degree and are planning an academic career are also eligible. FASPE is interested in applications from students with a wide range of legal interests including, among others, corporate law, constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, international law, public interest law, real estate law, securities law and tax law. FASPE has a particular interest in working with students who expect to work as litigators.

Fellowships are not limited by citizenship, nationality, age or religion.

To learn more about FASPE Law and for application details and other information, please visit the website.

Deadline for FASPE Law: Thursday, January 11, 2018.

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 9th, 2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Summer Opportunities in Criminal Prosecution  – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room E-265: The State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida will host an information session to discuss their summer 2018 law student internship program. Each summer, this office hires 1L and 2L students to assist prosecutors with their cases. This session will be very informative for those interested in potentially working in criminal law this summer. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Owning It: Understanding Your Unique Strengths and Value

Join the Women’s Initiative Group of León Cosgrove LLP and Alvarez, Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP for a symposium featuring distinguished female professionals and executives who will share their insights into what makes women valuable assets in the workforce and how we can collectively work to enhance the legal profession as a whole. 

The symposium will consist of two discussion panels: 

Swimming with the Sharks:How to Navigate the Waters while Swimming Your Way to the Top 

Our panelists will discuss what it means to advance as a minority in a male-dominated profession. They will debate whether women and men are and/or should be assessed upon the same objective standards for purposes of promotion, and the challenges inherent in a system that uses the billable hour model as a benchmark for success. They will weigh in on whether women should aspire to assimilate into the current legal landscape, or work to change that landscape, and how to begin that process.

Making Lemonade: How to Find Your Voice and Own It

Our panelists will discuss how to identify and develop your unique strengths to position yourself as an indispensable asset in the legal profession. They will weigh in on the importance of emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and how these aide in maximizing workplace relationships and productivity. They will talk about how women’s networks can spark ideas, recharge your career, and lead to meaningful connections with others in the public and private sectors.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Panelist Discussion, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The Riviera Country Club
1155 Blue Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Free Admission. FL 2.5 CLE Credits / NY CLE Credits Pending. 

To RSVP Click Here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 25th, 2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Make it Your Own Law Firm: Flying Solo  – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-200: The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice, how to market yourself and how to network. To learn more about Spencer Aronfeld, please visit his website. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Thursday, September 28, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-402: At the Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Workshop we will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). For any questions, please contact Karen Warren the CDO.