This Week at the CDO (Week of April 17th, 2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: D.C. Semester in Practice Program Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-302: The student body – rising 2L and 3L students – are invited to an information session about the law school’s D.C. Semester in Practice Program in connection to the 2017-2018 academic year. For any questions, please contact Sajani Desai in the CDO.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: CDO Presents: Make it Your Own Law Firm: Flying Solo – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-108: The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice, how to market yourself and how to network. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

CABA Second Annual Night with the Marlins Benefiting the CABA Pro Bono Project

When :         May 13, 2017, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location :   Marlins Park


Adult Tickets ($40) / Children Tickets ($30) – $40.00

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING TICKET PURCHASES: The ticket website will automatically register you for 1 adult ticket on this page. Once you are taken to the next page where you can purchase “additional tickets”, you may then enter information on the extra tickets in the appropriate boxes. For example, if you only want 1 ticket, then you do not enter any numbers in the ticket boxes. If you want 2 tickets, then you would enter “1” in the appropriate box.

Register online.


Public Interest Opportunities and Funding Available

Per Equal Justice Works (EJW), certain Miami-area organizations are still seeking interns for the summer.  Students who intern would be eligible to receive an educational award of $1,230 for three hundred hours of service.

In addition, students who have already secured public interest internships this summer can also apply for this award.  More information is available online and on the EJW Americorps JD website.

For host organizations currently accepting applications, please visit website. For additional details and questions, please ask your CDO advisor.


This Week at the CDO (Week of April 10th, 2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Looking Ahead to 2017-2018 – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-209: Join the CDO to preview the 2017-2018 academic year. Topics to be discussed include opportunities with deadlines during the summer, including the Fall On Campus Interview Program (OCI), Fall Externship Program and Government Honors and Internship Programs. Students interested in participating in these programs are encouraged to attend.

Out-Of-State Summer Housing Options in Washington, D.C.

Georgetown Law is offering short-term summer housing specifically for law students in Washington, D.C. The Gewirz Student Center offers apartment style living in the heart of Washington, D.C. Summer associates, interns and students enjoy the privacy of individual bedrooms, while sharing full kitchens and bathrooms with one to two other residents.

Summer residents are automatically members of GULC’s state-of-the-art Sport and Fitness Center.  Rates are listed under the ‘Room Rates’ tab on the website. Cable, wireless internet, electricity, water, and trash removal are included in the rates.

Summer Housing will be available from June 3rd through August 5th, 2017.


2017 Alford Excellence Award Scholarship Application: Deadline April 18, 2017

On May 11, 2017, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 201 7 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2017 Delaware Bar Examination.

Application deadlien is April 18, 2017.

For application details and other information, please see Symplicity Job Posting ID#

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2016-2017

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2016-2017 writing competition.  This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States.  Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016.  Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible.

Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.  Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country.

Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.  Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law.  Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources.  We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers:  First Place:  $3000, Second Place:  $1000, Third Place:  $500.  The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.  In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.

Submission deadline is June 15, 2017. 

Competition rules can be found on the College website.

CFAWL Bar Study Scholarship 2016-2017

Background and Purpose:

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“CFAWL”) is proud to invite applications for its fourth annual Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission. The scholarship is meant to help the recipient while he or she studies for the Florida Bar Exam. It is made possible through the generous donations of CFAWL members and friends and CFAWL fundraising efforts.

For the 2016-2017 academic years, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving full-time or part-time law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2017 and who has promoted the CFAWL mission through CFAWL membership and/or volunteer work. This student will have demonstrated leadership and involvement on his or her campus and in the general community.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants for the CFAWL Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam in July
  • Although there is no cumulative GPA minimum requirement, academic achievement and excellence will be strongly considered; and
  • Must have significant campus and community involvement and/or leadership.

Award and Selection Process:

The CFAWL Bar Study Scholarship consists of an award of $1,000.00. The award recipient will be invited to attend the May 5, 2017, CFAWL Luncheon in Orlando, where the recipient will be introduced. The Scholarship will be paid to the recipient after his or her law school graduation, in June of 2017.

The CFAWL Scholarship award recipient will be selected by a review committee composed of CFAWL members, which will evaluate applicants on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement;
  • Personal essay;
  • Community service, leadership or volunteerism;
  • One letter of recommendation; and
  • Financial need.

Application Deadlines:

Complete applications must be received 5:00 pm  April 15, 2017, and mailed or emailed to Deborah A. Cook, Esq, 1314 East Robinson Street, Orlando Florida 32801.  Hand delivered applications will not be considered. The CFAWL Scholarship award recipient for the 2016-2017 academic years will be notified of his or her selection no later than April 27, 2017.


The scholarship application can be submitted electronically or paper form here (CFAWL Scholarship Application 2017 ). If submitting via paper form, please ensure that you have enough time to meet the application deadlines.


The applicant must ensure the scholarship application, a copy of which is available online, is complete and that all required information and materials are submitted with the application on or before the deadline specified above. Please do not leave any blanks. If an item does not apply, simply indicate same with “N/A.” Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.


Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

In 2017, Benson & Bingham decided to once again give back to the community with the inception of its first annual Law Scholarship. Benson & Bingham understand the rigors of law school accompanied with the expense to become an attorney, and felt obliged to help alleviate the financial strain with their annual scholarship offer.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship award, applicants must adhere to the following scholarship criteria:

– Currently enrolled in or recently accepted to an accredited law school.

– A United States citizen or permanent resident.

– Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial) must accompany the application.

– Proof of Law School acceptance or attendance must accompany the application.

– Applications must be received electronically by August 31, 2017 via email. In the subject line, please reference: Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship Application.

– Questions regarding the application or process may be submitted to the above email address. Please, No Phone Calls.


One grand prize winner will receive a one-time payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Essays may be published by Benson & Bingham, so please refrain from submitting anything personal, vulgar or inappropriate for the web. The winner of the award will be announced by October 31st, 2017.

Scholarship Guidelines:

Entrants for our scholarship must submit a minimum of a 600-word typed essay on one of the below topics to be judged by partners Joe Benson and Ben Bingham at the conclusion of the deadline:

– The future of driver-less cars and how this will affect the field of personal injury.

– Investigate and report on the past five years of historical motor vehicle accident data in any state, and analyze what state level laws or programs have been instituted during this time to decrease the rate of such accidents.

– Comment and reflect on what personal injury marketing strategies in your local state have been most effective on you, and explain why.

– How technology will affect the practice of law.

– The ramifications of social media platforms on the pursuit of justice for Plaintiffs.

Judging the essay’s value will be contingent on the below qualities:

– Originality of thought or provocativeness of article.

– Attention to current law as well as statistical knowledge of the area of investigation.

– Submissions must be 100% original and never published or disseminated at a previous time.

– Candidates may site case law or historical record with appropriate citations to the source.

Benson & Bingham welcome any and all potential candidates who meet the above criteria and complete the application by August 31st, 2017. Good luck to all the applicants of our first annual scholarship. The winning entry’s submission as well as a press release will accompany the award when the winner is announced on October 31st, 2017.


This Week at the CDO (Week of March 20th, 2017)

Friday, March 24, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Environmental Justice Careers – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Law School Campus, Room A-110: Samantha Beers, the Director of the US EPA Office of Enforcement Compliance and Environmental Justice will speak about careers in this field, her experience at the EPA and in private practice.