Third Annual Data Privacy Day Event, Thursday, January 30, 2020 – RSVP

The University of Miami is proud to be hosting its third annual Data Privacy Day event on, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Shalala Student Center. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to learn from the former first global privacy officer for a leading consumer genetics company, 23andMe, Kate Black.  We invite you to join us as she dives into “The Privacy Frontier in the Age of Digital Surveillance”. Kate is a Shareholder in the Data, Privacy, and Emerging Technology groups of Greenberg Traurig. She focuses on consumer, health, & genetic privacy law, building comprehensive information protection controls to advance innovative and emerging healthcare and consumer solutions.

Data Privacy Day began in the US and Canada in 2008 as an extension of Europe’s Data Protection Day and is acknowledged annually on January 28th. It is an international initiative to provide privacy education and increase data protection awareness. Data Privacy Day may be a one-day event, but it’s imperative to maintain good privacy practices year-round!

Seats are limited, so we urge you to please RSVP by registering online. We hope to see you there!

For further information please contact the Office of Privacy and Data Security at 305-243-5000 or via email.



Attend the ABA Section of Litigation Panel – Friday, January 17, 2020

The ABA Section of Litigation is hosting lunch and a panel discussion on “30 Tips for New Associates.” The panelists include Dolly Hernandez of Day Pitney LLP and Harout J. Samra of DLA Piper LLP. Professor Laurence M. Rose will moderate.
Please join us on Friday, January 17th at 12:30 pm in room E-352. Lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in litigation and would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible to Alana Butin in the CDO.

South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic

Join BCBA & local VBA’s for an afternoon of fun, mentorship pairing, BBQ, games, raffles, beer tents and much more! The picnic is an opportunity for South Florida Judiciary, Attorneys, and Law Students to find a mentor or mentee in an informal setting & fun for the whole family! 

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: C.B. Smith Park

Cost: Free to all Park entrance admission is $1.50 per person 

Registration is required – please register everyone in your family so we have an accurate count for food.

For More Information contact Lauren Riegler, BCBA Event and CLE Manager.

Venue C.B. Smith Park – Pavilion #19
Address 900 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines FL 33028, US
Starts Sat Feb 1 2020, 11:00am EST
Ends Sat Feb 1 2020, 03:00pm EST

Register Now!

See website.


Up to thirty Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA/VIA Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI), with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

To apply to participate in IPLI 2020, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:

  • Personal statement (maximum 3 pages, double spaced)
  • Your most recent law school transcript
  • Your current resume

All online applications and materials must be submitted by midnight on Monday, March 9, 2020 to be considered.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A rising 2L or rising 3L
  • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property and technology law as a potential practice area
  • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor

NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2020 is NOT eligible.

The selection committee will select up to 30 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; an evaluation of expressed personal interest; dedication to the Latino community; and academic record. No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IPLI to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.

To view the website, click here.


SUBJECT:                            Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

OPEN TO:                             Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020, who have not at any time engaged in the practice of law. 

SUBMIT BY:                        June 1, 2020

UP TO TWO PRIZES:      Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on in September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.  The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College’s Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Writing Prize Rules: 

1. Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020 seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.), and not at any time admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.

  • Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.
  • Papers must be submitted as email attachments and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename.  That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish or republish the article.

2. Selection of Winners. Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other factors, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications.  A focused, in depth analysis of a discrete topic generally is considered more favorably than a broad survey piece.  Presentation (e.g., organization, proofreading, proper grammar, etc.) also carries substantial weight.  The Committee may decline to consider a poorly organized paper or one laden with grammatical errors for those reasons alone.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

3. Publication of Winning Articles(s). The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in a professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the publication’s editors.  In addition, the winning papers will be posted on the College’s website.

4. Prizes. There are cash awards for two winning papers.  However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients as well as that of one guest each.

5. Deadline. Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 1, 2020. 

6. Disclaimer. The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause.  However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.

For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel or the competition, contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee, or consult the website.

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of January 13th and 20th, 2020)

Welcome back from winter break!

Monday, January 13, 2020:

  • Classes Begin.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law Campus Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program (OCI) and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students with complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Multiple sessions of this program will be held; all sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.

Thursday, January 23, 2020:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law Campus Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program (OCI) and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students with complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Multiple sessions of this program will be held; all sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.


MDFAWL Foundation Law Student Scholarship Applications Due January 17 2020

Annually, the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Foundation offers scholarships (ranging from $1000 to $3000) to law students demonstrating academic merit, financial need, and a commitment to the community. Scholarship applications are due January 17, 2020.  

The application can be found online


Attend the 2020 Immigration Law Career Fair

Employer: American Immigration Lawyers Association ( South FL Chapter) (AILA)


Open to Law Students, Paralegals, and AILA Members: On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the New Members Division of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will sponsor an Immigration Career Fair. The career fair will be held at Convocation Hall at St. Thomas University which is located at 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054.

You will meet the prospective employers during the open employer table session. For applicants whose resumes have been pre-screened and selected for interview in advance, those 30-minute interviews will begin at 2 PM. Prospective employers also have the option to schedule on-site interviews with students they meet during the open table session.

There is no charge to participate. To register for the career fair, email your resume here and complete the registration online.

The tentative agenda for the career fair is as follows:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration and Brunch 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Opening Remarks

Christine Alden, Esq. AILA South Florida Chapter President

Michael Vastine, Esq. St. Thomas University, School of Law, Immigration Clinic Director

NMD Committee Career Fair Coordinators

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Open Employer Tables for Career Fair

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Closing Remarks / Interview Introductions and Overview 1:45 PM

2:00 PM Break

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Individual Interviews 

The deadline to respond is Friday, January 17, 2020.

How to Apply: There is no charge to participate. To register for the career fair,  email your resume here and complete the registration online.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020.

For additional information, please visit Symplicity.

How to Set up a Successful Estate Planning and Drafting Practice: “Introduction to Wills and Trusts Drafting”

The Minority Bar Associations’ Estate Planning and Drafting Seminar 2020.

WHEN:              January 18th 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Nova Southeastern, University Shepard Broad College of Law, 3305 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314

Space is Limited. RSVP Today via Email.

Free event. CLE Pending.

Volunteer at Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights Education Project

Are you looking for an introduction to litigation work? Volunteer with the Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project!

Join Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project.

About Us:  Public Counsel is the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, with eight different project areas handling litigation and direct services for low income individuals in Los Angeles County and across the country.

The Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project handles matters both large and small, including class action cases involving victims of fraud who have experienced significant financial injury at the hands of unscrupulous individuals or businesses. We co-counsel nearly all our cases with outside firms, including some of the most prominent firms in the State. We are constantly developing new cases, both individual and impact litigation matters, based in large part on our intake line, which handles hundreds of calls every year.

We rely on volunteer attorneys to help us with various aspects of our cases. Our volunteer attorneys include those who are waiting for bar results, between jobs, new to Los Angeles, or looking to widen their horizons and get into public interest law. Our volunteers interview clients and witnesses, analyze potential cases, research pertinent aspects of law, draft memoranda, and engage in various other associated litigation tasks. We include them in our weekly case review meetings and encourage them to observe at court when a matter comes on for hearing or to come to a deposition or mediation, if possible. Working with our team of experienced attorneys, you will gain a wide range of practical experience and make contacts to help you as you progress in your career.

Minimum Qualifications: California licensed attorney at any level of experience or individual awaiting bar results; excellent research and writing skills; Spanish proficiency is a plus.

Expected Time Commitment: A minimum of three days per week (preferably more) on site during normal business hours, for a minimum of three months.

Date Needed: Ongoing

Location: At Public Counsel’s main office, in Koreatown: 610 South Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005

How to Apply:  Please send your resume, a 5-8 page writing sample and a cover letter to Steph Carroll with “volunteer attorney” in the subject line.