Ave Maria Law Invites All Florida Law Schools – 2.18.2022 – Taking Charge of Your Own Career!

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JD Advantage Career Week Panels

Learn More about JD Advantage Jobs in Business, Technology, Government and Other Sectors!

Increasingly, law students and graduates around the country are pursuing positions categorized as “JD advantage”, so named because a JD may be preferred or even required by an employer despite the position not requiring the active practice of law or bar licensure.  Many JD advantage opportunities can be found in the business, technology and government sectors involving financial services, innovation, privacy, regulatory affairs and more. 

To learn more about JD advantage opportunities, the NALP JD Career Advisor’s JD Advantage Work Group is hosting a JD Advantage Careers Week from March 1st through 3rd and Miami Law students are invited to attend.  During this period, three dynamic panels will be held, each focusing on different career sectors.  Interested students are encouraged to register to attend using the links below.  All panels will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. 

March 1, 5-6:30pm EST: Business & Financial Services 

March 2, 5-6:30pm EST: Technology, Innovation, IP & Privacy 

March 3, 5-6:30pm EST: Government & Regulatory Affairs

IRS- Office of Chief Counsel Event 2/22: Navigating Careers in IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel

Navigating Careers in IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel

Have you ever wondered about working for the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel? Are you interested in tax or cutting edge issues? Do you like Litigation or Transactional Law? Have you considered a career with the federal government? IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel might be the place for you! Come join us to learn about our programs, how to apply, and ask questions about the application process.

We are currently hiring LL.M. students, recent grads and experienced attorneys. We also hire summer interns and 3Ls each fall. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the Office of Chief Counsel and get some of your questions answered. 

Navigating Careers in IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel

When: Tuesday, February 22nd at 12pm Eastern

Who: This event is open to current law students and alumni.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please add to your calendar as zoom will not do it for you!

ATTEND: February 21st Black History Month Event

Meet & Greet the Black Female Judges who Serve the Miami-Dade Community in Honor of Black History Month

When: February 21, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.


Panel on Careers in Veterans Law

Chief Judge Margaret Bartley from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims will be joined by experienced attorneys from the federal government and in private practice to discuss career opportunities in veterans’ law — a diverse and rapidly growing area of administrative law.  

Topic: Virtual Opportunities for a Career in Veterans Law Panel

Time: February 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Zoom Link Here.


Chief Judge Margaret Bartley currently serves as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Before her appointment to the Court in 2012, Chief Judge Bartley worked as a veterans advocate for the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono program.

Javier Centonzio, Esq. is the founder of Centonzio Law, PLLC, where he practices Veterans Disability Law, Estate Planning, and Probate. Before attending college and law school, he served as an enlisted infantryman in the Marine Corps and Kansas Army National Guard. Javier is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, where he received both his J.D. and LLM in Elder Law. While at Stetson, he participated in the Veterans Appellate Rights Clinic and spearheaded the efforts to create the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson Law. Javier was a David Isbell Intern for The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Robert N. Davis at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He has appeared as lead counsel in over 150 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Javier received the Chairman’s Award from The Veterans Consortium in 2019 for his pro bono work with the program and his representation of Spanish-speaking veterans and claimants from his native Puerto Rico.

Judge Evan Deichert serves as a Veterans Law Judge on the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington D.C. Judge Deichert grew up in Mulvane, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with highest distinction in May 2005 with a degree in broadcasting. He was a Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient and served as a Dean’s Fellow at the George Washington University Law School, graduating in May 2008. Prior to joining VA, Judge Deichert clerked for the 11 judges of the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. Prior to his appointment as a Veterans Law Judge, Judge Deichert served in a variety of roles at the Board, including as Associate Counsel, as Counsel, as Special Counsel in the Office of Knowledge Management, and as Senior Counsel in the Office of Appellate Operations. He was appointed to his position in October 2018.

Nick Esterman, Esq. is a Senior Appellate Counsel in the Office of General Counsel’s Court of Appeals Litigation Group at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has appeared as lead counsel in over 750 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Prior to joining VA, he was a staff attorney with the American Bar Association’s Veterans Claims Assistance Program (VCAN). Nick is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where he was a clinical student in UIC’s Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship Program and Application – Deadline is March 15, 2022!


Must be of Haitian descent or demonstrate involvement with the Haitian community

Must be in good academic standing

Must submit a transcript from a Florida Law School

Must submit a personal statement (maximum two pages) that describes the student’s involvement in the community, the student’s financial need for the scholarship as well as the reason(s) the student believes he/she is better qualified for the scholarship

Must submit a professional headshot photo to be included in the gala program book in the event that the applicant is chosen as the scholarship recipient

Each applicant is required to join HLA ($25 for law students a year) Each applicant will intern with HLA or an HLA member’s law firm for at least 50 hours

Each applicant that is awarded a scholarship is required to attend the gala and/or record a 30-45 second video to be played at the gala

Each selected student will be awarded at least $1,200.

For additional details and to view application, visit the website.



Please Join Us! Cadwalader’s Diversity Open House – Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Please Join Us!

Diversity Open House:

Cadwalader’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Legal Recruitment Department are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion featuring the leaders from each of our Affinity Networks:

  • Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group
  • Black & Latino Association
  • LGBTQ Network
  • Veterans Network
  • Women’s Leadership Initiative

The presentation will provide an overview of the key initiatives for each network and our exciting diversity scholarship opportunity. Following the panel, students will have the opportunity to network in small groups with additional Cadwalader Affinity Network members.


Wednesday, February 23, 2022
4:00 PM EST: Panel Discussion with Affinity Network Leaders
4:45 PM EST: Breakout Rooms – Meet with members of our Affinity Networks
Zoom Event: You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link following
For more information about this event, please contact Taylor Nikola.

The Florida Justice Association’s Paid Internship Program Event on February 14, 2022 at 12:30 via Zoom

The CDO invites you to learn about the Florida Justice Association’s Paid Internship Program at event on February 14 at 12:30 via Zoom.

Please register here.

What is the Florida Justice Association’s (“FJA”) Internship Program?

  • The program is looking to aid the next generation of future lawyers by assisting them with placement in firms advocating on behalf of injured individuals/consumers and their families.
  • The program provides a diverse range of law students interested in advocating on behalf of injured individuals/consumers and their families the opportunity to gain practical experience in the legal field.
  • The program exposes students to the FJA legal community.
  • To learn more about the FJA please see website.

For questions on the event and opportunity, please email the CDO.

The 18th Annual American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition

The 18th annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC®) is now open.  Entries in the writing competition may be submitted at any time between now and June 1, 2022.  ACEBC® will recognize up to two winning papers with cash awards of $1,800 each.  ACEBC® will also pay travel and lodging expenses for each winning student and the student’s guest to attend, and be recognized at, the ACEBC® annual meeting in Chicago on September 17, 2022.  The primary purposes of the writing competition are to encourage legal scholarship in areas of concern or interest in the employee benefits field and to foster interest in promising students in the practice of employee benefits law. 

Attached is a pdf document announcing the writing competition, identifying the related awards, and setting forth the writing competition rules.  We encourage any interested law school student, including LLM or SJD candidates, to submit a paper on a legal topic of the student’s choice in the employee benefits field.  Please check the ACEBC® website for additional information, including a list of winning papers over the years, at ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competition for Law Students | ACEBC or you may direct specific questions to Frances King Quick with a copy to here

The writing competition has received papers from students at schools across the nation. Last year’s winners were from the University of Chicago and Arizona State University.  The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law. In pursuit of these goals, the ACEBC® encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues, and sponsors this writing competition and an extensive list of continuing legal education programs.

Now Accepting Submissions for 2022 Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest – Deadline is February 23, 2022

The ABA Business Law Section is currently accepting papers for the 2022 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest. All submission materials are due February 23, 2022.
We invite you to encourage any qualified law students to submit a paper for this contest.
The ABA Section of Business Law is sponsoring its annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest to encourage and reward law students for their writings on a business law subject of general and current interest. To enter you must be at least 21 years of age, a legal US resident, and enrolled in an ABA-accredited J.D. or LL.M. degree program.

Papers must be written in 2020-2021, or the current academic year. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest; submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study; or a proposed law review/journal note, comment or article. Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long but should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes. Students need not be members of the Section of Business Law to participate.

The winner of the first-place paper will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Outstanding first-place papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer, a quarterly publication that is the premier business law journal in the country. Second and third-place papers are eligible for publication in Business Law Today, the digital platform of curated, peer-reviewed content for the ABA Business Law Section. All entries must be submitted electronically, on or before midnight CST February 23, 2022. To view complete contest rules and more information click here. We look forward to receiving your submission!