Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice hires over 2,500 volunteer legal interns to work in offices across the country. Interns work on cutting-edge legal issues with dedicated, mission driven attorneys. In this brief information session, we will discuss the application process and answer your questions. You have two opportunities to attend.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)                          


Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)


Passcode:  10200




Tein Malone PLLC in Coconut Grove Seeks Associate

Boutique Litigation law firm located in Coconut Grove is seeking an associate with superb writing skills and 1-7 years’ experience. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. Women, LGBTQ and Diversity applicants are welcome to apply.

The firm practice areas include Employment and Civil Rights, Complex Commercial Litigation, Defense of Federal Prosecution and Catastrophic Personal Injury. The firm’s legal work is project-centered and there is no billable-hour requirement for its lawyers. The firm is seeking to hire now.

If interested, please submit your resume, writing sample and unofficial transcript to Michael Tein via email or you may apply through Symplicity Job Posting ID# 24232.


This Week at the CDO (Week of November 4th, 2019)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Judicial Internship Information Session – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Room F109: Are you interested in working for a judge this summer? If so, then do not miss the opportunity to learn what judges are looking for, how and when to apply, and what the job entails. Former judicial interns will also be on hand to share their experiences and to answer your questions. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the program.


Thursday, November 7, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Room F108: Attention 2Ls: it’s time to start thinking about judicial clerkships. Join an informative and candid discussion with current and former law clerks regarding what judicial law clerks do, the benefits of clerking for a judge and why you should apply.


2020 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition – Deadline January 7, 2020

The  Federal  Bar  Association  Section  on  Taxation  sponsors  an  annual  writing  competition and invites  law  students  to  participate. The  Section  on  Taxation  has  named  this  annual  competition—the Donald  C.  Alexander   Tax  Law  Writing   Competition—in  honor   of  former  IRS  Commissioner  Don Alexander, who  passed away in 2009.   Throughout  his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role  model  and  an  advocate  for  writing  skills  and  style  in  tax  law.

Competition Rules:

Eligibility:  All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (JD) or a master of laws (LLM)  at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition.  Students
may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation.  Papers must be (i) a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of fifty pages, including footnotes,  and (ii)  double spaced, with one-inch
margins and twelve-point Times New Roman font (though footnotes may be single spaced and in ten point font).  Only one paper per student is permitted.  Joint papers are eligible, provided that
they are written by a maximum of two co-authors.

Papers  written in connection with  a law school  course, seminar, or paid employment are eligible, provided that they are written in the form of a scholarly article and do not contain any
client-specific work product.  Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals are eligible for the competition.   However,  student  papers  that,  at  the  time
of  entry,  have  already  been  published in a law review or other legal journal, or that have been selected for publication, are not eligible for the competition. Student papers submitted to
other competitions are eligible for the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.

Entry   Process:   Submissions   must   be   emailed   by   11:59   p.m.   on   January   7,   2020 via email with  the  subject  line  “Donald  C.  Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.”    The submission  must  be  emailed  in  PDF  format  with  any identifying  information removed from the paper.  The email body must include the following information for each student-author: (i)  full  name;  (ii)  law  school;  (iii)  year  of  study;  (iv)  phone  number,  and  (v)  email  address. Each student-author must also attach a completed PDF of the below Warranty and Authorization To Publish:  (i) guaranteeing that the  paper has not  been published or  selected for publication  as of  the date  the paper is submitted to this competition, and (ii) agreeing to permit the FBA Section on Taxation to publish the paper.

Winners  &  Prizes:    Two  winning  papers  will  be  selected  by  the  officers  of  the Federal  Bar Association Section on Taxation.  The authors of the first place and second place
papers will receive:

(i)        A cash prize ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place); and

(ii)       A trip to the Annual FBA Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC,  March 5 – 6, 2020 (airfare and lodging only, value not to exceed $700), where each winner will be presented with a
commemorative plaque and a complimentary, one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.

The first place and second place papers (and/or summaries thereof) also may, in the Section’s sole discretion,  be  published  in  Inside  Basis,  the  newsletter  of  the  Section,  and/or  The
Federal  Lawyer, the magazine of the Federal Bar Association.  To be eligible for publication in The Federal Lawyer, the paper must be on a topic that is of general interest to the Federal Bar
Association membership.

Papers  will be evaluated  based  on the following criteria:   (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation, and (4) relevance to
current tax policy or events. The Section reserves  the right to award  fewer or lesser prizes (or no prizes at all) if the judges determine that insufficient entries merit selection.

Release: By participating,  each  entrant agrees  to these rules and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, releases and discharges the FBA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of
their respective officers, directors,  members,  employees,  independent  contractors,  agents, representatives,  successors,  and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this competition, including without limitation legal claims,  costs,  injuries,  losses  or damages,  demands  or  actions  of any kind  (including without  limitation personal  injuries, death,   damage  to,  loss   or  destruction  of  property,  rights  of  publicity  or  privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

DEADLINE: January 7, 2020.

For additional information, please contact your CDO advisor and/or view the competition website.

HNBA/Prudential Present: Su Dinero Financial Seminar Program in Miami on October 23, 2019!

You’re invited to attend the following educational seminars that will provide you with the tools you need to find your own path to financial wellness and create a financial legacy.

Challenges That Impact Your Financial Life:

*How to make your money work for you

*Basic investment fundamentals

*Protecting what matters most


Don’t Try to Predict the Stock Market:

*Dangers of predicting the market

*Principles of prudent investing

*Importance of setting financial goals

WHEN:                  Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST

WHERE:                44 West Flagler St., Courthouse Tower, 25th Floor, Miami, FL 33130

PRESENTER:       SILVIA TERGAS, Financial Planner/Worksite Education/Program Speaker

Register here. Registration is complimentary.



This Week at the CDO (Week of October 28th, 2019)

Monday, October 28, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Orientation – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Room F108: The CDO 1L Orientation will introduce current first year law students to the services and programs of the CDO and provide the initial tools needed to begin a job search. This is one of three sessions taking place this week. All sessions are the same and students only need to attend one. If you have questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Orientation – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Room F109: The CDO 1L Orientation will introduce current first year law students to the services and programs of the CDO and provide the initial tools needed to begin a job search. This is one of three sessions taking place this week. All sessions are the same and students only need to attend one. If you have questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Thursday, October 31, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Orientation – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Room F108: The CDO 1L Orientation will introduce current first year law students to the services and programs of the CDO and provide the initial tools needed to begin a job search. This is one of three sessions taking place this week. All sessions are the same and students only need to attend one. If you have questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.


2019-2020 AILR Writing Competition

2019-2020 AILR Writing Competition Rules:


Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.


The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.  Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.


The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication by the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international readership.  The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250.

Each of the three winning authors will also be recognized online by the American Indian Law Review.


All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 28, 2020.  Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt.


Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian law and by the editors of the American Indian Law Review.


Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.  All entries will be checked for plagiarism via an online service.


Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes.  All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author’s name, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address.  No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself.  All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions.  Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced, unless the entrant has withdrawn the entry or received a notification of release prior to that time.  Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.


Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at by the competition deadline.  Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, PDF, or WordPerfect documents.


E-mail Logan Blackmore with questions. Also, see the website for details.

SAVE THE DATE: Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

The Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System invites law students and lawyers to an upcoming diversity symposium, Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge? at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on October 24, 2019.

Register for the event by Oct. 17, 2019.

The program will inform law students and attorneys about federal judgeships with a spotlight on bankruptcy judgeships. The event will feature a live broadcasted national panel discussion from Washington, DC, followed by local roundtable discussions in 19 cities with the federal bench, bar association members, and law students.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Retired U.S. Appeals Judge Andre Davis, Fourth Circuit, and will include:

  • U.S. Appeals Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, Sixth Circuit;
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey, District of Massachusetts;
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Gordon, District of Maryland;

Learn about each of the panelists.

The panel will discuss a wide range of topics, including bankruptcy practice, how to succeed as a bankruptcy judge, diversity statistics, why diversity is important, how to improve diversity, and what students and lawyers should do to enhance their chances of one day becoming a bankruptcy judge.

When: 4 p.m. Eastern Time on October 24, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST.


  • Atlanta – wait list only
  • Boston
  • Chicago – registration full
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas – wait list only
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston – wait list only
  • Los Angeles – wait list only
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York – registration full
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia – wait list only
  • Phoenix
  • St. Louis
  • Raleigh, NC – wait list only
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC

Find contact and address information for each location.

For  more  information,  you  may  email  our  local  committee  co-chair Monique  D.  Hayes.

St. Thomas University School of Law & Jose Baez Present: All-Stars of the Courtroom Forum 2019!

Visit the website here. CLE credits pending.

November 2-3, 2019

Register here.



CABA is partnering with Miami-Dade County to offer an advance directives clinic to low-income seniors on 10/24/19 at the Miami Gardens Community Resource Center from 9:30-11:30 AM. Students can sign up for clinic here.

  • Provide free counsel to individuals in need!
  • Meet fellow attorneys and law students!
  • Make professional connections!
  • Limited commitment, flexibility, and rewarding!
  • If you would like more information, send email here . 
Advance Directives, Family Law & Immigration Clinic

Miami Beach

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:00-5:00 PM

South Beach Community Resource Center

833 6th Street #2, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Advance Directives

Miami Gardens / Opa-Locka

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 9:30-11:30 AM

Miami Gardens/Opa-Locka Community Resource Center

16405 NW 25th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Immigration Clinic & Family Law

Little Havana

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Accion Community Resource Center

970 SW 1st Street, 4th Fl., Miami, FL 33130

Advance Directives, Family Law & Immigration Clinic


Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Perrine Community Resource Center

17801 Homestead Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

Landlord-Tenant, Family Law & Immigration Clinic


Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Wynwood Community Resource Center

2902 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

Immigration Clinic & Family Law


Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Farmworker Training Program South Dade Skill Center

28300 SW 152nd Avenue, Homestead, FL 33033

Landlord-Tenant, Family Law & Immigration Clinic

Coconut Grove

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Frankie Shannon Rolle Community Resource Center

3750 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33133

Landlord-Tenant, Family Law & Immigration Clinic

Florida City

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Florida City Community Resource Center

1600 NW 6th Court, Florida City, FL 33034

Immigration & Family Law Clinic

Little Havana

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Accion Community Resource Center

970 SW 1st Street, 4th Fl., Miami, FL 33130

Advance Directives, Family Law & Immigration Clinic

Little River Area

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00-5:00 PM

Edison Community Resource Center

150 NW 79th Street, Miami, FL 33150