Deadline for Submission:

ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on March 6, 2020.

MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by March 6, 2020.

Contest Mission:

Since 1998, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability has hosted an essay contest for law students and young lawyers encouraging scholarship and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance, and loss prevention. The Committee’s essay contest has long been sponsored by the San Francisco law firm Long & Levit, LLP.

Edward “Ed” Mendrzycki was an integral member of the Standing Committee and served as Chair of the Committee from 2001 to 2004. He dedicated his legal career to the betterment of both the lawyers’ professional liability field, as well as the work of the Committee. He earned a national reputation for excellence, especially through his work with the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS). In 2015, the Committee renamed the contest in his honor to carry on his commitment to encouraging the betterment of the lawyers’ professional liability field and the law of lawyering.


The winner of the 2020 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest will receive:

  1. A cash prize of $5,000.00
  2. Round-trip airfare and two-night stay at the Conference hotel for the Spring 2020 National Legal Malpractice Conference
  3. Complimentary registration to the Spring 2020 National Legal Malpractice Conference

The Assignment:

This year’s hypothetical involves conflicts of interest that arise when a partner at a law firm chooses to represent a disgraced former executive of the firm’s oldest and most loyal client, the effect of sexual harassment allegations among the attorneys working on the executive’s case, and the firm’s obligations to the client and the employee in light of these revelations.

The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the American Bar Association no later than March 6, 2020. Law students wishing to enroll may do so here or by calling 800-285-2220.

For additional information and details, including rules, please click here.

Save the Date to Attend the UM Career Expo on February 25th – Open to Students and Alumni

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo on Tuesday, February 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as business, healthcare, communication, government, non-profits, technology and financial services. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and law firms are not participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

The expo is open to University of Miami degree seeking students and alumni only. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

Please note that law students and graduates need not register in advanceClick here to view a list of participating employers.

The Career Development Office at Miami Law Invites you to the 22nd Annual Informational Career Fair!

Attend the 22nd Annual Informational Career Fair! The Career Development Office at Miami Law invites you to the 22nd Annual Informational Career Fair.

WHEN:     Wednesday, March 4, 2020,12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:   University of Miami School of Law, Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge and The Bass Bricks, 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables, FL 33146

For more information, please contact Debbie Rowe.

Register Now! We look forward to seeing U!

Holland & Knight’s 1L Tampa Mentoring Program

Have you ever considered working in the Sunshine State, but you don’t know much about Florida’s legal industry? Holland & Knight’s Tampa office invites current 1L students who are interested in learning more about the Tampa market to participate in our 1L Mentoring Program.

Students will be matched with a Holland & Knight attorney mentor who will provide them with insight into the legal profession and how to connect with the Tampa legal community. This flexible program allows mentors and mentees to choose when and how to stay connected with one another – whether through emails, phone calls or in-person meetings.

If you are interested in learning more about what our mentoring program and the Tampa Bay region have to offer, then sign-up by completing this survey. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13, 2020, but we encourage you to apply sooner as spots may be limited. Please contact Precillia Soares if you have any questions.


Life Beyond Law Retreat – Newman Alumni Center on February 28th 2020!

Please see the following upcoming retreat for women lawyers being offered in conjunction with the Career Development Office at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on Friday, February 28, 2020. While the event is geared towards women lawyers, men are welcome to attend.

We are pleased to announce that the event organizers are offering Miami Law alums a 20% discount. Click here for the agenda and for additional information.


Opening Meditation & Intention Setting

We’ll begin our day with a relaxing mindfulness meditation that will set the tone for the retreat. Meet your fellow participants and set your intentions for the day.

Emotional Resilience: How to Reduce Stress & Be Happy

Discover valuable tools to reduce stress and resolve difficult emotions. In this session you’ll gain insight into managing emotional triggers in the workplace and understand the role thoughts, emotions, and habits play in how you react. Explore the link between mindfulness and resilience and how it applies to professional and personal excellence.

Life Beyond Law: Alternative Career Paths for Lawyers

They say you can do almost anything with a law degree! Enjoy this expert panel discussion with women lawyers who have personal experience navigating career change and guiding other lawyers through the sometimes choppy waters of alternative career paths. Walk away from the session with clarity about the best path for you.

Managing Time & Attention in a Busy, Distracted World 

Learn the necessity of deep focus and advanced time management techniques for productivity in a distracted world. Experience a neuroscience-informed focused attention practice and understand how focused attention practice supports work productivity. You’ll walk away with a plan for solid ways to get more done, and more of what matters most.

2020 Vision: Creating a Plan for 2020 and Beyond

Capture your biggest insights from the day and create a solid action plan for accelerating your career and life in 2020 and beyond. Walk away from the retreat with concrete action steps to keep you inspired and moving forward.






MDFAWL Annual Speed Mentoring and Networking Event

Join MDFAWL’s Mentoring Committee for an evening of networking and mentoring where law students get to network with lawyers and judges in a “speed-dating”-style and are paired with a mentor after the event.

February 19, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Akerman LLP, 98 SE 7th Street, Suite 1100, Miami, FL 33131
For additional details and to RSVP, click here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 17th, 2020)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: Working as a Special Agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law Campus Room F-302: Interested in using your legal skills in a different way? Join us as Special Agents discuss working with the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Friday, February 21, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: Third DCA Judicial Internship/Clerkship Panel – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Law Campus Room D-201: Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judges will talk with students about internships and clerkships with the Florida DCA courts. If you have questions, please contact Karen Warren in the CDO.

Alford Excellence Award – Scholarship for 2020 Delaware Bar Examination Takers

On May 27, 2020, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section will grant the 2020 Alford Excellence Award to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2020 Delaware Bar Examination. The 2020 Alford Excellence Award will be in the amount of $3000.


Application materials include: (1) the 2020 Alford Excellence Award Application, (2) a personal essay (1000 word limit) and (3) at least one, but no more than three, letters of recommendation.

Part I: 

2020 Alford Excellence Award Application: Applicants must submit the application to highlight their superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, commitment to community service, and intent to actively practice law in the State of Delaware. Applicants must complete  all of the requested information in the application and include copies of their transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and résumé. Applicants may also include copies of other relevant documents, such as awards, recognition certificates, etc.

Part II: 

Personal Essay: Applicants must submit a persuasive essay highlighting their demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to community service, personal barriers that have been overcome and/or provides examples of academic achievements, awards and certificates, personal qualities and character. In addition, applicants MUST address why they desire to actively practice law in Delaware and/or their ties/commitment to the State of Delaware. As a reminder, this scholarship is intended to help supplement the costs of sitting for the Delaware Bar Exam.

Part III: 

Letter(s) of recommendation: Each applicant must submit at least one (1), but no more than three (3), letters of recommendation highlighting how the applicant meets any/all of the criteria mentioned above.

Part IV:

Each scholarship recipient will be required to submit proof of a submitted application to sit for the 2020 Delaware Bar by May 14, 2020. Failure to do so will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship.

All application materials should be submitted via email by March 27, 2020 to:

The Alford Excellence Award Selection Committee, Attn: Emily Bryant-Álvarez, Esq., Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section.

To obtain the application, please visit the CDO or ask your CDO advisor.




Epstein Becker Green is Pleased to Announce its 22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage J.D. and LL.M. students in the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

  • First Place: $4,000
  • Second Place: $2,000
  • Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials, telehealth/telemedicine). Entries ranked in the top 20 percent of all competition submissions may be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Submissions are due by February 28, 2020.

For rules and additional information, please visit the website.

Submissions due Friday, February 28—submit here.


The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is Seeking Volunteers for its Annual Voices for Justice Miami Dinner

Development and Outreach Department Miami Office
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Apply Immediately

Volunteer Description: The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking volunteers for its annual Voices for Justice Miami dinner on March 4, 2020. Ideally the volunteer will be available for a minimum of 4 hours between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The event, a fundraiser to support the work of Human Rights Watch, begins with registration and a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by a dinner and program at 7:00 pm. The event will conclude at 10:00 pm.


▪Event Set-up & Breakdown;
▪Live Fundraising Help;
▪Ushers and Door Attendants;
▪Greeting and Directing Guests; and
▪Other Miscellaneous Tasks

*We will provide dinner for all volunteers on-site.

How to Apply: Please submit the volunteer commitment form and your resume via email no later than February 12th. Please use “Annual Dinner-Volunteer Application” as the subject of your email.