Application Deadline: October 16, 2015.

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, beginning in Summer or Fall 2016.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school or public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to become the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that serves youth interests, to practice affordable housing law, to accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more.

Since its founding in 1969, BPI has worked to create a just society. Today BPI strives to resolve compelling issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region by addressing the challenges of urban poverty, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, and improving Illinois’ criminal justice system. Considered one of Chicago’s most tenacious and versatile advocates for the public interest, BPI’s lawyers and policy specialists engage in legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation, and collaboration with nonprofit, community, business, academic, and governmental organizations. BPI is a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

REQUIREMENTS of the Fellowship are:

 Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)

 Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’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 $52,000 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 résumé, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 16, 2015 to or via postal mail (postmarked by October 16, 2015) to: 
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Polikoff–Gautreaux Fellowship
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515
Chicago, Illinois 60602

ASECA Alumni Securities Law Writing Competition –Deadline is November 13, 2015

1st Place $,5000

2nd Place $3,000

3rd Place $2,000

Topic: Any subject in the field of Securities Law.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in any accredited law school in the United   States, with expected graduation date in 2015 or later. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2015, and papers scheduled for publication in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.

Deadline: November 13, 2015.

Mail Two Copies of Submissions to:

P.O. Box 5767
Washington, DC 20016
All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including email, postal address, telephone number, law school and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email. 

Submissions must be received by November 13, 2015.

Email submissions will not be accepted. Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director. Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C. on February 19, 2016. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000.00 in actual expenses.





This Week at the CDO (Week of August 31, 2015)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015:

  • Fall Recruiting Phase II – Interviews begin.


Thursday and Friday, September 3 and 4, 2015:

  • Fall Recruiting Phase II – Interviews continue.



Registration is now open for the Workforce Recruitment Program!

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a referral and recruitment program that identifies students and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested in employment with the federal government. The WRP is one of the main paths to:

  • Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies
  • Explore careers in the federal service
  • Gain Interviewing experience

A recruiter will be assigned to the University of Miami School of Law to conduct telephonic interviews with interested candidates. Candidates that are accepted into the program will have the opportunity to be interviewed for federal and private sector positions. Participation is open to any students with disabilities at all levels and majors, and degree programs. Veterans with disabilities are especially urged to apply.

To register to participate, visit this link and click on the purple Student Registration button.

Students have until October 16, 2015 to complete registration. Please watch the WRP Student Video Guide for additional information on the process.

For more information on how you can participate, contact your Campus Coordinator – Debbie Rowe-Millwood or visit the CDO in Suite A-112.


Calling All Students! The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Webinar on How to Apply

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Join the webinar to learn more about internships at the SEC and how to successfully apply. Please visit this link 

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 2:30p – 3:30p EST.

The SEC’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Minority and Women Inclusion will provide you with important and timely information about the application process and upcoming Spring and Summer internship opportunities available within the SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and its 11 Regional Offices.

To apply to the Spring 2016 Student Honors Program visit:

Legal-Regional Offices





This Week at the CDO (Week of August 24, 2014)

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome our new students to UM Law!

Wednesday, August 26:

  •  Mock Interview Program, (Phase II) – CDO.

Thursday, August 27: 

  •  Mock Interview Program, (Phase II) – CDO.

Friday, August 28: 

  •  Mock Interview Program, (Phase II) – CDO.


The Fair Food Standards Council Seeks Human Rights Attorney

About FFSC:

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council  (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

About the Position:

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.


  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
  • Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
  • Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and “do what is necessary”;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
  • Discipline and initiative; and
  • Valid drivers’ license.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.


Read “The Law Student’s Interview Cheat Sheet”

For tips on pre-interviews, interviews and post interviewing, visit this website.

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop – Tuesday, September 29th

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). Please join us in Room A-110 at 12:30pm. on Tuesday, September 29th! 


The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges/NBA/NCBJ Networking Reception

Please join us for a law student networking reception during the 2015 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges at 801 W. 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. 

Hosted by NBA/NCBJ Committee, Terranova Corporation, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges attracts several thousand bankruptcy judges and lawyers to its annual conference.

Law students interested in careers in bankruptcy and/or related areas are welcomed and encouraged to attend. However, this is a good opportunity for law students, and not just those who have a known interest in bankruptcy. This is an area of law that covers many areas, including commercial litigation, real estate, corporate law, landlord tenant, consumer issues, banking, etc.  The students who attend will have an opportunity to meet several judges and lawyers. It is totally free also.

Admission and parking (at the rear of the building) is free.

Register by clicking here.