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.

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation is Pleased to Announce its 2020 Summer Fellowship

The Foundation will provide four summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are academically and professionally driven and demonstrate financial need. Students must be enrolled in a Florida law school or a verified Florida resident attending an out-of-state law school.

The application deadline is Monday, February 25, 2020.

Learn more about the KMMF Fellowship and read about the 2019 Recipients here.

Download the 2020 KMMF Foundation Fellowship Application here.

Visit the website for additional details.

2020 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge – Work on a Pro Bono Case With a UM Law student!

The 2020 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge will kick off on Feb. 3, 2020. The statewide competition, now in its second year, connects Florida law students with lawyers to partner on pro bono cases from local legal aid organizations. Students and lawyers can visit the website through April 3, 2020, to pick a case. All 12 of Florida’s law schools will compete to see which can take the most cases.

Step up to the plate and take a pro bono case in the 2020 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge! Right now, UM law students are awaiting alumni participants, so take a pro bono case today! As the pro bono lawyer, you’ll be responsible for the case with the help of your matched student.

  • 9 UM Law students have picked a pro bono case and are in need of an alumni partner as soon as possible
  • Visit the website to match with a student – you’ll double your volunteer impact by working on a pro bono case and mentoring a student.
  • You can still earn a point for your alma mater even if you pick a student from another school – there are currently 58 total law students in need of a mentor.
  • Don’t see the right case for you? Sign up on the site to receive notifications when new cases are posted from your school’s students.

Florida’s law schools are competing to see which can have the most alumni and student participation, and awards will be given at the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando in June.

Cover your bases: click here to read our FAQs.

Questions about the Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge? Contact Claud Nelson, Pro Bono Program Director.

For additional information, visit the website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3rd, 2020)

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3rd, 2020):

Tuesday, February 4, 2020:

CDO Presents: CDO Presents: OSCAR Training for Federal Judicial Clerkship Applications – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law Campus Room G-363: Will provide students with training on how to navigate OSCAR to search for federal judicial clerkship and staff attorney opportunities and how to upload application materials and submit online applications through OSCAR. If you have questions, please email Karen Warren, Director of Judicial Clerkships.