Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition

Eligibility Rules:

Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States.  All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association’s Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).  There is no page limit for entries, although, as an informal guide, a word count of between 8,000 to 14,000 words is suggested.

Deadline/Method of Submission:

Articles must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 15, 2016.  Articles must be submitted, by email, in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.  Citations should be included in footnotes.  Articles may include headings and subheadings.  Please email all articles.  You will be notified via email when your submission is received.


The first place winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize.  The second place winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala.  PLF will pay for the winner’s reasonable travel costs to attend the gala.

For additional details such as judging, questions, etc., please visit the website.

The 27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit and Akerman Senterfitt Student Scholarship

The 27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit will take place November 11-15, 2015 in Cancun, Mexico. The Akerman Student Scholarship provides a partial scholarship to three (3) law students attending the Summit in an amount of no less than $1000 per recipient. The scholarship funds awarded to each student will be deducted from Summit travel expenses.

Scholarship Description and Instructions:

1)      The Akerman Student Scholarship provides a partial scholarship to law students attending the 2015 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit. Partial scholarships in an amount not less than $1,000 are awarded to three (3) law students. Scholarship funds will be deducted from Summit travel expenses.

2)      All applicants must have completed at least the first year of study at their respective law school.

3)      Scholarships are awarded on criteria as the Summit Board sees fit including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. A strong interest in entertainment, sports, and/or intellectual property law, including the applicant’s participation in their school’s Sports, IP, and/or Entertainment Society (if applicable).
  2. All application questions must be answered.
  3. Grades are considered if and when the Board deems necessary.

4)      All applicants must attach a resume, cover letter, and transcript.

5)      All applications must be received at the following address no later than August 31, 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC
Attention: Johnna A. Lee, Scholarship Application
3330 Cumberland Blvd.
Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

**Application packages can also be sent to Johnna A. Lee via e-mail.

6)      Scholarship recipients will be contacted via e-mail concerning their applications once all decisions have been made.

7)      Please refer to the Summit brochure for more information and details concerning the 2015 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit.

The 2015 Scholarship Application, a tentative Summit agenda and the travel package information/registration form for this Summit may be requested at the CDO. This is a fantastic networking and educational opportunity for law students who would like to practice in the areas of Entertainment, Intellectual Property, or Sports Law.

The scholarship application deadline is August 31, 2015.

FL Region VIII Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce – HNBA’s 4th Annual Anti-Human Trafficking Conference

When:                   Friday, September 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

Where:                St. Thomas University School of Law, Moot Courtroom 

This is an invitation to attend a free CLE event (3-4 credits pending) on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 on human trafficking at STU Law School.  On the panel this year: 2 judges, 2 representatives from Miami Dade County, 1 survivor, 1 film director, 1 non-profit, and 2 professors.

Conference will cover local, national and international developments including trafficking by ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Pope’s address on human trafficking earlier this year. Light breakfast at 8 am and registration at 8:30 am.

Please RSVP with Elba Lumbi via email.

Free of charge.

Pending FL Bar approval for 4 CLE.



The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country.

The 2015 Conference and Career Fair will take place on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Students will have until 6 p.m. EST on Monday, September 14th to register and apply for positions. For more information about the Conference and Career Fair, please access this link.

Please note that this Conference and Career Fair gives students an opportunity to cancel their registration with a full refund after interview selections have been made.

Below, please note important dates in connection to the Conference and Career Fair:

-August 11 – September 14: Student and recent graduate registration and application

-September 15 – October 9: Student and recent graduate registration (interview application period closed; registration for table talk and workshops only)

-September 17 – October 1: Employer application review and interview selection

-October 7: Last day for accepted students and recent graduates to sign up for an interview time

-October 9: Last day for students and recent graduates to cancel registration and request a refund

-October 23 & 24: Conference and Career Fair

*For students that attend and can provide proof of attendance of the EJW Conference and Career Fair (i.e. submit conference name tag), the CDO will reimburse the $25 registration fee.

For 3L students and recent graduates:

As a reminder, the last day to submit an Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is September 18, 2015 at 5 pm. Please see this link for more information.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your assigned CDO advisor.


May 18 – August 7 Early bird employer registration and job posting
August 8 – September 3 Standard employer registration and job posting
August 11 – September 14 Student and recent graduate registration and application
September 15 – October 9 Student and recent graduate registration (interview application period closed; registration for table talk and workshops only)
September 17 – October 1 Employer application review and interview selection
October 7 Last day for accepted students and recent graduates to sign up for an interview time
October 23 & 24 Conference and Career Fair

Visit the website for additional details.

William H. Hastie Fellowship Program – Increasing the Diversity of the Law Teaching Profession

For over 40 years, the University of Wisconsin’s William H. Hastie Fellowship Program has provided an opportunity for lawyers of color to prepare for a career in law teaching. The Hastie Fellowship is customarily a two-year program, leading to an LL.M. degree. Candidates pursue a scholarly interest of their choice and are encouraged both to pursue publishable research for their thesis and to demonstrate a capacity to contribute as a scholar to legal studies. The University of Wisconsin established the Hastie Fellowship in 1973. It honors William H. Hastie (1904-1976), a lawyer, teacher, jurist, and civil rights advocate who championed the importance of high-quality legal education. University of Wisconsin Law School Professor James E. Jones, Jr., now professor emeritus, well-known as a leading expert in labor law and as the architect of several significant programs aimed at achieving greater racial equality in the work force, was a moving force in creating this program.

The Program:

The Hastie Fellowship Program encourages scholarship in the full range of law studies, including law as related to minorities. The strong Wisconsin tradition for studies of the law in action and for interdisciplinary work creates a particularly supportive atmosphere for those with these interests. Candidates are encouraged to take full advantage of long-established ties between the law faculty and faculty in other disciplines, and they will have easy access to the vast resources of the entire University. Each Hastie fellow, before beginning work, establishes a relationship with a faculty member who will serve as the fellow’s principal research advisor, guiding the fellow’s research project. Additional faculty are likely to assist as well. Highest priority is attached to the production of an LL.M. thesis that meets the requirements of the Graduate Committee of the Law School. Most fellows base one or more articles on the thesis. Ideally one article should be ready for submission prior to completion of the program.  The thesis work has proven of great value to Hastie Fellows in demonstrating scholarly ability to prospective employers. Another important aspect of the Hastie Fellowship Program is to help each fellow develop strong teaching skills. Throughout the Fellowship, fellows are teamed with teachers covering subjects of interest to the fellow. This allows the fellow to observe and assist in teaching. Whenever possible, in the final semester of the program, the Hastie fellow will have the opportunity to teach a course or seminar in an area of interest to the fellow. Fellows are encouraged to become involved in the life of the law school by attending colloquia, faculty meetings, and social gatherings; engaging with the many scholars and public officials who visit at the school each year; participating in student-sponsored activities; and simply joining in the oftentimes rich exchanges that occur over lunch or morning coffee. The Hastie fellow is treated more as a junior colleague than as a graduate student.

Fellowship Term:

The term and internal sequence of the Hastie program are designed to accommodate the need for intensive research and writing, participation in the hiring process of law schools, and gaining some teaching experience. Hastie fellows will be appointed for a term of usually two years. During the term of the appointment, fellows are required to be in residence in Madison and enrolled in the Law School, with a commitment to participating fully in the life of the law school. Applications for the program are solicited in the fall of each year. (Application information is given below.) The first year of the program is devoted primarily to work on the thesis. By the fall of the second year, it is expected that Hastie fellows will be sufficiently advanced in their research to enable them, as they seek law school faculty appointments, to submit their draft materials and make oral presentations based on their work. The final semester in residence focuses on providing, whenever possible, a teaching experience and finishing work on the thesis or publication derived from it.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1 to be considered for the next academic year.

For additional details about the application process, etc., please visit the website.

Real Property, Probate Trust Law Section / Executive Council Meeting Schedule LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Breakers July 29, 2015- August 1, 2015

The student registration package for the RPPTL Executive Council Meeting is NOW available.  Please see the registration form and event schedule available in the CDO.

This event is an excellent networking opportunity. Through continued involvement with the RPPTL section, you can make legal connections throughout the State of Florida.

The event is Thursday through Sunday.  The major events, however, take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Thursday (all day) and Friday (all day), each of the substantive committees meet to discuss current agenda items, proposed legislation, and new orders of business.  Committee meetings are relatively small, involving anywhere between 10 and 40 attorneys.

Thursday evening usually involves a cocktail hour with light appetizers.  It is generally well attended.  This cocktail hour, however, has a cost associated with it and requires registration.

Advance registrations allow us to plan for sufficient seating, food and beverages at each event. Please be considerate and register before July 22, 2015. The Registration fee of $5 per event is waived for early registrations received by July 22, 2015. Ifregistration and payment are not received by July 22, 2015, you may only register on-site. On-site registration is payable by check only and will incur a $25 late fee. On-site registration is subject to availability.


Registration Now Open for Peggy Browning Conference

If you’re a law student interested in workers’ rights issues, the National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference is an exciting opportunity to meet labor law experts and practitioners as well as other law students from throughout the nation with the same interests.


When: October 16 & 17, 2015

Where: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD Deadline: August 27 if you’re asking the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare; October 1 for all others. Register early to ensure admission!

Details:  Check the website.

Register: Register online or use the form in the conference brochure. For the Conference Brochure, FAQs and Registration Form, please visit the CDO or check the website.

The Annual Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition

Attention all Florida Law School Students

The Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library invite all students currently enrolled in an accredited Florida Law School to compete in the first Annual Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition.

Papers should be a scholarly endeavor and must have a legal theme on a topic of your choice. The papers will be judged on legal reasoning, the difficulty or novelty of the legal issue addressed, general standards expected of serious work, and include a reference to a recognized citation system as well as the Fla.R.App.Pro. Rule 9.800. The paper must be long enough to accommodate a well-treated topic but not exceed 5000 words. A student may submit a work that has been written as a school assignment but nothing that has been previously published.

Your papers should be double spaced and submitted electronically by email with the subject line “Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition 2015″ no later than September 15th, 2015. The winner will be awarded $500 and published in “Friendly Passages” magazine which is electronically circulated to most members of the Florida Bar.



ABA Section of Litigation Offers FREE Membership for Law Students

With the ABA Section of Litigation’s FREE Law Student Membership, law students can have the tools they need to succeed in business development as a lawyer. With membership, law students will receive:

  • Access to the Business Development webpage featuring videos and articles to help law students network, build a resume, and get a job;
  • Subscriptions to the award-winning Litigation Journal and Monthly Litigation News electronically;
  • Opportunities to network and learn more about practice areas you are interested in through our over 35 committees;
  • Discounts on our 1-day Regional Meeting Workshops where law students can learn and network locally.


Learn more here.


Bidding for the 2015 Washington D.C. Interview Program (WDCIP) is Now Open!

Bidding for the 2015 Washington D.C. Interview Program (WDCIP) is now open and will conclude on Thursday, July 2nd.  University of Miami School of Law students who pre-registered for this job fair received an email with bidding instructions this week.

All Miami Law students interested in this job fair who did not pre-register should contact the CDO to receive information and be added to the WDCIP mailing list.