OCBA New Lawyer Training Program 2015

New Lawyer’s Training Program Overview:

The New Lawyer Training Program is an Introduction to a real world scenario of the Legal Profession. It is geared to law students who have just taken the bar exam and Attorneys who have been practicing for less than 3 years. This program will give participants real insight to navigating the courts as well as options to launch their career successfully. The program will occur on August 7 & 8, 2015.

This two day program includes a day at the courthouse with tours of the clerk’s offices, and Best Practice Seminars by Judges from the Ninth Circuit Courts.

Day 1 is primarily at the courthouse.

  • A tour of the Clerk’s Offices
  • A lunch and learn session with a JA panel discussing Hearing, Scheduling, Notices and Judicial Communications
  • The Hon. Jeanette Dejuras Bigney & The Hon. Donald Myers will teach Best Practices of County Court / How it’s Different than Circuit Court
  • The Hon. Robert Evans will review Courtroom Etiquette
  • The Hon. Patricia Doherty will speak on Best Practices for Circuit Civil, including Business Court, Hearing Room vs. Courtroom; and The Hon. Wayne Wooten will moderate a Public Defender and State Attorney who will speak on Best Practices for Private Criminal Defense & Pleas Bargaining.
  • There is a presentation on Professionalism
  • The day ends with a networking reception hosted by other volunteer bars such as CFAWL, and the Hispanic Bar Association.

Day 2 is at the OCBA Center.

  • Liz McCausland speaks on her experience as a solo practice
  • Top 10 way NOT to get a grievance complaint
  • Legal Aid – pro bono
  • Partnerships and how to set yourself up legally
  • Related Costs of Starting your own firm & Budgeting for your firm
  • Legal Research
  • Insurance needs
  • And everyone will be paired with a mentor for a year!

The program costs $175 for the two days which includes all seminars, breakfasts, lunches and receptions. And for students, a one year membership to the bar is included!

For more information, visit the website.


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

Open to:          Any J.D. and graduate (LL.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 14, 2014 and August 15, 2015.

Submit by:       June 2, 2015 

Prizes:              ACEBC Award: $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, IL.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books.  If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the Bloomberg BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication.  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. For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, consult the website.

Eligibility/Topics.  Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2014 and August 15, 2015 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., LL.M. or S.J.D.).  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.  Footnotes should be single-spaced endnotes starting on a separate page.
  • 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.

Selection of Winners.  Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other facts, 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.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2015, or shortly thereafter.

Publication of Winning Articles(s).  The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or other professional publications, subject to receiving any necessary consents from the author and any other journal.  In addition, the winning papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the College.

Prizes.  Cash prizes will be awarded for up to two winning papers.  The College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two awards.  Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 19, 2015 in Chicago IL.

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 2, 2015. 

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.


April Networking Happy Hour at La Palma Ristorante


La Palma Ristorante
116 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


$10.00 Member-Only Price for All Members who register and pay online by 2:00 PM the day of the event

$20.00 For All Non-Members and Members who pay at the door

$0.00 Judge

Register Now

Boston University School of Law is Seeking a Director of Admissions

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Job Description

Boston University School of Law is a top tier law school located in one of the most vibrant cities in America and housed in a spectacular new building. Each year, BU Law recruits a talented and diverse JD Class from one of the largest applicant pools in the country. The LawSchool seeks a Director of JD Admissions, who will work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid to develop and implement a comprehensive JD enrollment strategy consistent with the Law Schools strategic goals and mission. The Director will have day to day responsibility for all operations of the Admissions Office, including the hiring and supervision of full-time and seasonal staff. The Director will implement best practices to inspire and motivate a talented team of admissions professionals and to provide outstanding customer service to the LawSchool‘s large applicant pool.

Required Skills

B.A./B.S., J.D. preferred, at least five years progressively responsible experience in higher education admissions or closely related setting and three or more years of professional experience in law school admissions preferred. Demonstrated superior organizational skills, ability to operate independently ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, high- pressure environment and the ability to lead a team to work toward common goals. Strong management skills and prior supervisory experience. Facility for collecting and using data in decision-making. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Valid drivers license and willingness to travel year-round, including some evenings and weekends. Experience with ACES2 and demonstrated success in law school enrollment management preferred.

Job Location

BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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See website to apply.

Announcing the University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s FIRST ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST ESSAY COMPETITION

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has both a professional and educational mission: it serves the bench, the bar, and the academy by providing a forum for the publication of original, high quality legal research while also providing educational experiences for its Editors. Like many journals, the Law Review provides an opportunity for its Editors to submit an original work of scholarship suitable for professional publication. Through this Competition, the Law Review seeks to expand this opportunity and further its dual mission by publishing serious legal scholarship focused on social justice and public interest issues and by supporting law students at the beginning of their legal careers.


One winning essay will receive a monetary prize of $3,000 and will be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.


Submissions must focus on a specific legal issue within the public interest. This encompasses any issues relating to social justice or advancing the general welfare and good of the public. Topic selection will be one of the criteria judged.


Essays must be submitted in PDF format and include footnote citations. Submissions must be no longer than 9,000 words, including all footnotes, and be named “PIEC.pdf”. All submissions will be considered anonymously. Students must ensure that their essays do not contain any identifying information. Any name, class year, or institutional affiliation, will be disqualified.


The competition is open to all current law students (Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017) from any ABA accredited American law school. Submissions are limited to one per person and must be an original, unpublished academic essay.


The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is accepting submissions for its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 22, 2015, at 5pm EDT, via the online submission portal.


All submissions will be considered anonymously by a selection committee from Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The best submissions will demonstrate originality and superior literary effort that advances and serves the interests and understanding of a specific topic within the broad arena of public interest and the law. The winning essay will be announced in the fall of 2015, receive $3,000, and be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

These guidelines and the link to the online submission portal are accessible through the Public Interest tab on the website of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

The Membership, Diversity, and Law Students and Clerks Committees present: STARTING YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 (3:00 to 4:15 pm EDT), the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a teleconference panel titled “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Law Firm.”  This panel is directed to law students and lawyers with 1-5 years of experience.  The panel will explore the experiences of five attorneys who successfully practice in small intellectual property law firms. Students can participate in the program by “dialing in.”


  • Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC
  • Barbara Murphy, Partner, Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC
  • Reynaldo Barcelo, Partner, Barcelo, Harrison, and Walker LLP
  • Graciella Cowger, Partner, Stolowitz, Ford & Cowger LLP
  • Brittany Maxey, Owner, Maxey Law Offices PLLC


  • Mike Mireles, Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Please join the panel discussion about starting your own law firm. The panelists will discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a small law firm. The panel will examine issues related to transitioning from an established law firm and developing clients, as well as discussing the personal satisfaction of managing and working in your own law firm.

Private Practitioner Cost:

FCBA Member – Complimentary

Non-Member $120

Government/Academic/Retired Cost:

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary

Non-Member $35

To register for this Program, please follow these instructions:

1) To participate via the teleconference, please visit the registration website.

2) Law Students can participate in this program complimentary.

3) This is a non-CLE program.

If you wish to join the FCBA, go to the website. The FCBA is the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of their webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.


Career Opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency – March 26th @ 6 pm

The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and The Central Intelligence Agency will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event at the LGBT Miami Visitor Center on March 26th from 6-8pm.  The CIA LGBT Community Outreach Program Manager will open the event discussing the diversity and inclusion efforts currently under way at the Agency followed by one of the CIA’s regional recruiters who will briefly discuss the mission of the organization, the different directorates that make up the organization, current job opportunities, and how to apply to work at the CIA.  

This is a FREE EVENT!




A panel discussion will take place after the introduction and overview consisting of 3-4 CIA officers from different areas within the organization who will speak about their careers and their experiences of being LGBT and working at the Agency in addition to addressing questions from the audience.  The panel will be followed by a networking reception where attendees will have the opportunity to speak with panel members and the regional recruiter.




LGBTVisitorCenter on Miami Beach

1130 Washington Ave. – 1st Floor North

Miami Beach, FL33139


Parking is available on the street (metered) or, in the City parking garage – entrance on 12th Street.




This Thursday March 26th, 6 pm to 8 pm


Complementary Bar and food will be available.  FREE to all in attendance.


This is a great opportunity for all interested parties.  The CIA is an inclusive and, welcoming workplace environment embracing equality.


RSVP here.

We hope to see you all there!!!


This Week at the CDO (Week of March 23, 2015)

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing and Client Etiquette – Essential Skills for Professional Success12:30 p.m., Room F – 209 – The CDO and PAD cordially invite you to attend and see Sharon Abrahams, Ed.D., National Director of Professional Development for Foley & Lardner LLP. She will be discussing important etiquette skills necessary to be successful while networking, interviewing or on-the-job.       This is an excellent presentation with helpful tips whether you are a 1L, 2L or 3L student. This is a RSVP-only event as boxed lunches will be provided. RSVPs here. Should you have any questions, please contact the CDO at cdo@law.miami.edu.   We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing Workshop for Estate Planning LL.M. Students12:30 p.m., Room F – 408 – A discussion about what to do before, during and after an interview, as well as the protocol for the interviewing process in general. This is a RSVP-only event. RSVPs should be provided to Tere Rodriguez at the CDO.



The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. James Lynch, a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, has graciously endowed this writing competition to honor Paul Faherty, former director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits.


The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing:

  • a public policy issue,
  • a critique of a leading case or doctrine,
  • a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or
  • a comment on a common law doctrine.


Any currently enrolled law school student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States may enter.


A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner’s paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center’s TaxEB InBrief magazine.


The paper must be the applicant’s original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.


  • All papers are to be submitted electronically by email. Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  • Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5”x11” paper with one-inch margins.
  • Papers are to be formatted with endnotes; papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Entries should be between 25–30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

Submissions All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Papers submitted after this time and date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number, along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 16, 2015)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 

  • Flying Solo – Make it Your Own Law Firm 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F – 309 – Spencer Aronfeld, Esq. will take you through the steps of building a successful law firm. Mr. Aronfeld is a graduate of UM Law.