Join Akerman for Trade Regulations Cocktail Reception on August 23rd 2018!

Akerman invites you to join us for an evening cocktail reception at our Miami office in connection with “The Structure, Jurisdiction, and Competition Mission of the Federal Trade Commission” seminar taking place at the Florida International University School of Law. The evening gathering will offer law students and local attorneys the unique opportunity to meet Federal Trade Commission representatives and members of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Bar in South Florida.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL

To RSVP, send email here.


Rising second- and third-year law students and recent graduates in a judicial clerkship, fellowship, or LL.M. are invited to attend a webinar about The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP). The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide an opportunity for your students to ask questions about the application and programs.

Note that the HP and SLIP application opened on July 31, 2018 and will close on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Hosted by:

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

During the webinars, participants will:

·         Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs; and

·         Receive answers to questions about the application and hiring timeline.

·         *Please review the application prior to the webinars and come prepared with questions.*

No RSVP Required!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. (EST)


Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. (EST)

Please review the application prior to the webinars and come prepared with questions. More information about both programs, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found online.

If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to review the websites and application tips and checklist here.




FIU Law Invites Florida Law Students to an Information Session with the Federal Trade Commission on August 23, 2018!

Florida International University Law invites all Florida law students to an information session with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Come learn about a career with the FTC.

When:      Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:      Large Courtroom (RDB 1000), Rafael Diaz Ballart Hall, 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33199

This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the FTC and its mission to protect consumers by preventing “anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices.” The session will be led by Bruce Hoffman, the Director of Competition at the FTC.

Click here to RSVP.

This Week at the CDO (Week of August 6, 2018)

Monday August 6th:

  • CDO Presents: Fall Recruiting 2018 Orientation – 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-109: This orientation session is open to all students who intend to participate in the CDO’s Fall Recruiting Program. Students will learn how the OCI and callback process works and will receive tips on how best to prepare for the interview season from a rising 3L student who participated in Fall OCI last year. Attendance is highly suggested for any student who receives interviews this fall. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Law Firm Announces Essay Competition in Honor of the late Criminal Defense Attorney Deron Castro

Deron Castro, a New York criminal defense attorney par excellence, departed this Earth too soon and too suddenly in late July 2018. He will not be forgotten by his family, his children, his colleagues whose respect he earned, and his many grateful clients whom he served in over 24 years of his law practice. He sought justice for many unjustly accused. He took more than 90 criminal cases to trial, winning the vast majority of them.

In his honor, Halscott Megaro, P.A. will be hosting its Annual Essay Writing Competition, which is open to all current full-time and part-time enrolled students in an ABA accredited law school. One winner will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 scholarship award from the Deron Castro Memorial Scholarship. Deron Castro was well-known and respected as one of the most successful and skilled criminal defense attorneys, securing acquittal after acquittal for his clients.  A fearless advocate, he provided nothing but the highest caliber of representation to his loyal and dedicated clientele.


The scholarship is open to all current full-time and part-time matriculated students in an ABA accredited law school.

How to Apply:

For applying the essay contest, the candidates must write a 1000 word or fewer essay on the following topic: What makes the difference between a good and a great criminal defense attorney?

Submission Details:

Your essay must be submitted via email and must be in Word or PDF format.

In the alternative, the applicant may submit a 5-minute (or less) video essay.  The video must be a closeup of the applicant, giving their essay as a lecture or speech, addressing the camera directly and must have a green screen in the background. Editing is permitted.

The essay must be submitted along with a short bio on the applicant, a passport-style photograph of the applicant, and a release permitting publication of the photograph and the essay (or video) by Halscott Megaro, P.A., its agents or assigns.

Award Amount:

The $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the winning candidate.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for essay submission is September 1, 2018. The winner will be announced September 8, 2018. The press release may be viewed online.



This Week at the CDO (Week of July 30, 2018)

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome our new students to Miami Law!

Tuesday, July 31st:

  • CDO Presents: Fall Recruiting 2018 Orientation – 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-109: This orientation session is open to all students who intend to participate in the CDO’s Fall Recruiting Program. Students will learn how the OCI and callback process works and will receive tips on how best to prepare for the interview season from a rising 3L student who participated in Fall OCI last year. Attendance is highly suggested for any student who receives interviews this fall. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Thursday and Friday, August 2nd and 3rd:

  • CDO Presents: Mock Interview Program – For any questions, please contact Natalia Marulanda in the CDO.


When:  Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2018

Where: The Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Keynote Speaker: Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO                          

Friday Evening:     Networking Dinner
Peter Mitchell Labor Law Lecture
–   A presentation by a prestigious labor law professor on a timely workers’ rights topic.
–  This year’s lecturer:  Ruben J. Garcia: Associate Dean, University of Law Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law/Co-Director, UNLV Workplace Law Program & Professor
–  Sponsored by IUE-CWA, in honor of their long-time General Counsel Peter Mitchell.

Much More: With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Registration will open by August 1. Students should register online here.

via this site. Questions may be addressed to Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director.

Please review these online links before completing your registration for the conference.


2019 Weil, Gotshal & Manges 2L Diversity Fellowship

The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at Weil. The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship is available to students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States in which Weil has an office. Eligible students must have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2020, and may not be the recipient of Weil’s 1L Diversity award or a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Weil will be accepting applications from potential Fellowship candidates from June 1, 2018 through July 14, 2018. An internal selection panel will evaluate all applications, considering such factors as overall commitment to diversity, work experience and academic achievement. Finalists will also be interviewed for the Fellowship after applications are submitted. The winner(s) will be announced in September 2018.

Weil 2L Diversity Fellows will receive a gift of a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their third year of law school (2019-2020). This scholarship is contingent upon accepting an offer of summer employment at Weil.

The Weil 2L Diversity Scholars Program application is available to apply online for students interested in applying for the 2L Fellowship. The application process is open to all law school students who fulfill the fellowship’s eligibility requirements.


To be considered for the Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship Program, please click here to complete and submit an online application. Your completed online application package must include the following items:

■■ Resumé

■■ Unofficial or Official Law School Transcript

■■ Personal Statement (no more than two (2) pages, double spaced)

Please note, while we do require a law school transcript, we understand that some schools will not release first year grades by the application deadline. Please include the grades you have at the time of submission; you may update your online application by following the link you will receive in a confirmation email upon submission.

It is not necessary to apply to the summer associate program separately; this completed application denotes consideration for the entire summer program/scholarship package. In your personal statement, we request that you discuss how you will contribute to diversity in the legal profession generally, including (to the extent applicable) such factors as:

■■ Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms

■■ Life experiences that have shaped your values and that provide you with a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges you overcame in choosing or pursuing law as a profession

■■ Academic and/or leadership achievements

■■ Desire to practice in a global law firm environment

If you have any questions regarding the Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship Program, please ask your CDO advisor.

Fried Frank 2018 Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum – Workplace Civil Rights in an Era of Greater Visibility

Our distinguished panelists have spent their careers seeking to create safe and fair workplaces for all people. As Americans confront new revelations and come to new understandings about the way we live and work, please join us for a lively discussion ranging from our panelists’ take on the recently increased visibility of workplace issues, to what our panelists are doing to make positive change on these issues, as well as to what we as colleagues and as organizations can do to deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for all.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

7:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion


Crosby Street Hotel:

79 Crosby Street (between Prince and Spring Streets)

New York City


  • Carmelyn Malalis, Commissioner, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Melissa Rodriguez, Labor and Employment Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Senior Attorney and Health Care Strategist, Lambda Legal


Janice Mac Avoy, Litigation Partner, Fried Frank

Click here to RSVP by Monday, June 18.


2018 Gwen S. Cherry Scholarship and Fellowship Applications (deadline 6/11/18)


The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (“GSCBWLA”) Fellowship for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (“LSGMI”) was established to honor the remarkable work of a remarkable woman, Gwendolyn S. Cherry. Gwen Cherry was a pioneer attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., where she promoted equal justice and advocated on behalf of low-income communities in Miami-Dade County, among many other accomplishments. This Fellowship was created to continue her legacy and humanitarian efforts.


The GSCBWLA Fellow’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, interviewing clients and or witnesses; drafting legal documents, including briefs; preparing discovery; and conducting research and investigations. The GSCBWLA Fellow may also attend strategy sessions, hearings, mediations, depositions, and community events.


We are seeking an extraordinary Fellow with a strong commitment to public service. To be eligible for the GSCBWLA Fellowship, prospective applicants must be enrolled in law school, be a 2L or 3L, and demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and advocating for low-income clients of Miami-Dade County.


The stipend will be paid bi-weekly. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 2L, he or she will receive $13 per hour. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 3L, he or she will receive $14 per hour. This is a 2018 Summer placement and will require the Fellow to work 10 – 12 weeks. The hours will be flexible.


To apply, please submit a one (1) page cover letter, indicating how you will continue Gwen. S. Cherry’s legacy and serve as an asset to LSGMI; resume; and transcript (PDF scans of official transcript are required). Applications MUST be postmarked by May 28, 2018 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at PO BOX 02631, Miami, Florida, 33101 or sent via email. The length of the applicant review period and selection process will depend on the number of applicants, though we will strive to conduct interviews and have an offer extended at the Installation & Awards Ceremony on June 28, 2018.