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.


The FDCC Foundation “Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship” 2020

The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel is committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse members, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship to honor the spouse of one of our long time members, Edward J. Currie, Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.


The FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice. The applications will go through a two-step review process. The first, review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members and spouses appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development & Retention Committee.


To apply, please submit the following materials no later than February 28, 2020:

  • Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC’s core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000-word limit)
  • Writing sample (7-page limit)
  • Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities


Applications may be submitted beginning January 29, 2020. All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time to Roger Hillman. Applications must be received by February 28, 2020. Please address any questions about the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship program to Roger Hillman; Stacy Broman; or Joanna Blackburn. For more information, please visit the website.

SAVE THE DATE: The 38th Annual Federal Securities Institute

When: February 13–14, 2020

Where: Hotel Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

R. Franklin Balotti Keynote Speaker:

Martin Lipton
Founding Partner
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Featured Guest: 

Honorable Andre G. Bouchard
Chancellor Delaware Court of Chancery

The premier conference for corporate, M&A, and securities practitioners, in-house counsel, executives, and advisors who focus on the middle-market. There are 11 panels over two days:

A cocktail reception, as well as breakfast and lunch on both days, provide the opportunity for networking and gaining insights from the faculty and colleagues into matters of particular concern to you and your clients. Your participation will earn up to 15.5 general CLE credits, including 2.0 ethics credits.

For additional information and to register, click here.


Higbee & Associates and the Foundation for Continuing Justice 2019 – 2020 Student Writing Competition

For our third annual law student writing competition, our goal is to continue to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. In order for criminal record laws to improve, today’s law students need to understand the impact that these laws have on former offenders and society as a whole. Since the law students of today will write the laws of tomorrow they will require a solid understanding of the issues that have the potential to cause social injustice.

Our third annual competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.

The purpose of the contest is to help students gain an understanding of the many facets of criminal records such as how they are currently handled, how they affect people’s lives, and how the laws that affect them can be improved.

2019-2020 Essay Topics:

Please choose one of the following:

  • How to improve the expungement process in (state of your choice)
  • When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
  • What effects do criminal records have on former offenders ability to re-assimilate?

The Prizes For The Winning Essays Are As Follows:

  • First Place: $2,000.00
  • Second Place: $1,000.00
  • Third Place: $300.00
  • $200 Honorable Mention

Submission Deadline:

  • All Essays Are Due By September 30, 2020
  • The Winners Will Be Announced On Or Before October 31, 2020

Essay Competition Rules:

To be eligible the student must be:

  • 18 years or older and currently enrolled in any Juris Doctor (JD) law program in the United States or its territories.
  • Only one essay submission per law student is allowed.
  • As a condition of receiving the award, winner agrees to submit a completed W-9. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with receiving the award.
  • The awarded funds are to be used to pay for law school-related expenses.
  • The essay should be approximately 2,000 to 3,500 words in length.
  • The content submitted must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • By submitting an essay, entrants are granting the competition’s sponsors the right to reproduce the essay on any of their web sites.

About the Sponsors:

The Foundation for Continuing Justice is a non-profit law firm that provides assistance to former offenders looking to fully reintegrate into society and related policy research to lawmakers. The contest is co-sponsored by the, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates.

How To Apply:

Please submit your essay via the online form below. Once we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please upload your essay in PDF format. The PDF should include your essay and have it named as “2020-firstname-lastname-scholarship-essay.pdf”. Also include the name of the law school that you are enrolled in and your email address for that school which we can contact you from to confirm that you are a law student.

The winners grant and the Foundation for Continuing Justice permission to post their winning essay on and/or our social media accounts. The essay must be original content and we will be using software to check that it is not plagiarized.

Additional information about the contest can be found online on the website.




The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. For more information about AALDEF, please visit our website.

AALDEF attorneys work in the following program areas:

  • Immigrant Justice Project litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities affected by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities’ access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies for undocumented youth and nonimmigrant and immigrant humanitarian visa status for other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. **Law students ONLY**
  • Voting Rights – legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, produce reports and organize public forums, assist in organizing election protection volunteers, legal trainings and follow up for the 2018 election. **Law students ONLY**
  • Economic Justice – litigation, research, and organizing around issues affecting low-income communities. Work will happen through collaborations with worker centers, and through partnerships with nonprofits like the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA), where interns will assist with the gig worker clinic, and the Model Alliance (MA) worker social responsibility initiatives and Freelance Isn’t Free Act enforcement. Any interested applicant will also get experience in coalition work and legislative drafting, especially with the DIRECT coalition that is seeking to pass a law similar to AB5 in New York. **Law students ONLY**
  • Administrative Assistant – Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties. Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator. Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful. **Undergraduate students ONLY. Workstudy grants accepted.**

Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from May 26 through July 31, 2020. Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on what work needs to be done in each of the program areas, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis. Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, February 7, 2020 at the address below. Please indicate in your cover letter the preferred program areas. Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships. Applications may be faxed or emailed.
  • Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, and Urdu-speaking skills are a plus.
  • Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the February 7, 2020 deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. Only applicants with interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.


Summer Internship Search  

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

99 Hudson Street, 12th floor

New York, New York 10013-2815

For more information, contact us via email

The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney

Position Summary:  The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide individual legal services and to develop and execute legal and policy solutions to advocate for access to quality and affordable health care, nutrition, and access to justice.  The person who takes this job will have an outsized impact on the lives of low-income Tennessee families and will practice law at the top level of the profession with co-counsel and against adversaries who are among the very best lawyers in the country. At the same time, there will be ample direct client contact and the emotional rewards that accompany those relationships.

This is a full-time position based in our office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organization Profile:  TJC is a nonprofit organization that works for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and access to justice. For more information, visit here.


  • Work with the case management team on cases relating to health care access, nutrition access, and access to justice.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis focused on key issues affecting Tennesseans access to quality and affordable health care, especially issues related to Medicaid (TennCare), long term care, and access to justice.
  • Work with TJC leadership and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
  • Develop educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.


  • Licensed to practice law in Tennessee or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Creative and strategic thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems and keep the big picture in mind.
  • Ability to work independently and be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Attorney with 2+ years experience.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Experience with litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To ApplyThe application deadline is February 7, 2020.  Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number, and a list of three references via email.  Please include “staff attorney” in the subject line of the email.

For additional details, visit the website.

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.