This Week at the CDO (Week of September 26, 2016)

Tuesday, September 27:

  • CDO Presents: Social Justice Panel and Workshop – Peggy Browning Foundation – 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Law Campus Law Campus Faculty Meeting Room: The Peggy Browning Foundation will hold a panel and workshop with representatives from the National Labor Relations Board, Legal Services, et al, with student Q&A to follow. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the panel and workshop. For details, please contact the CDO.

Wednesday, September 28:

  • CDO Presents: Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Luncheon Session – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, Law Campus A110: Eat-N-Educate event co-sponsored by the Florida Bar. For details, please contact the CDO.

Thursday, September 29:

  • CDO Presents: Judicial Clerkship Nuts and Bolts Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Law Campus E265: Important meeting for all 2Ls interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship. Now is the time to begin thinking about applying! 3Ls are also welcome to attend! We will be covering information critical to the application process: 1) Timeline for applying to state and federal judges; 2) Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”); and 3) Your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). For details, please contact the CDO.




Read Articles on Best Places for Law School Graduates

There are 2 interesting articles to review. The first is titled 2016’s Best Places for Law School Graduates and contains a list by Good Call which “features a slew of off-the-radar towns,” (sub. req.) reports. The largest city to make the top 10 is Los Angeles, ranked at No. 7.

The second is titled Smaller Towns Outrank Big Cities in this List of Best Places for Law Grads, written by Debra Cassens Weiss.

Attend the ABA Forum on Franchising 39th Annual Meeting From November 2nd Through November 4th 2016

The ABA Forum on Franchising will hold its 39th annual meeting at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel from November 2nd to November 4th, 2016.  The Forum is extending an invitation to law students who may have an interest in franchise law to attend the meeting and will waive the registration fee for any student who wishes to attend.  The meeting will provide ample opportunity for students to learn more about franchising law and to network with attorneys from law firms and corporate counsel offices around the country.

More information about this forum can be found on the website. Students interested in attending the meeting for free should email Will K. Woods of Baker & McKenzie’s Dallas office and he will facilitate their registration.

Third District Court of Appeal Seeks Law Clerk

The Third District Court of Appeal (3rd DCA) is seeking a Law Clerk to conduct legal research and analysis. Applicant must commit to serve a minimum of two years. This job presents an opportunity to engage in a high level of legal practice while still enjoying a family and personal life.

Applicants will be evaluated based on: academic accomplishment; critical thinking; writing; knowledge of the law; legal experience; legal research; and judgment.

Applicants must also show character, including the ability to maintain confidentiality; review matters objectively and without prejudice or bias; form and defend independent conclusions in discussions within chambers; demonstrate loyalty; work with others; and manage a caseload while producing outstanding work product.

Qualifications include graduation from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar. Minimum two years experience practicing law is preferred.

For additional details, please see Symplicity Job Posting ID#17405.

The American Society of International Law Offers 50% Off on Memberships to UM Law Students

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) maintains listings on over 100 organizations and institutions’ internship, fellowship and pro bono opportunities that include, or directly focus on, the practice of international law.

University of Miami School of Law is a partner with ASIL which offers 50% off of any membership. Please contact Yazmyne Vasquez at the CDO for questions or additional details.

The First Amendment Foundation Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship – FAF Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Legal Fellowship

Supported by a donation from Kenneth L. Weiss, Esq., the Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship is a one-semester fellowship for a law student interested in learning about Florida’s open government laws and the legislative process.

Mr. Weiss was encouraged to become involved in open government by the First Amendment Foundation and with its support, Mr. Weiss pursued several Sunshine and Public Records law matters. Most recently, in Anderson v. City of St. Pete Beach, the appellate court adopted a portion of the FAF amicus brief when it ruled that “even when an illicit action is ‘cured’ it does not absolve a public body of its responsibility for violating the Sunshine Law in the first instance; it simply provides a way to salvage a void act by reconsidering it in Sunshine.” The court went on to state that the brief from the FAF “also points out that responsibility for a violation can include criminal and noncriminal penalties under section 286.011(4)”.

Mr. Weiss is donating a portion of the fees associated with that case for the establishment of the legal fellowship at the First Amendment Foundation.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and communication skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy, and a commitment to public service.

Weiss Fellows will work directly with the Foundation president on legislative analysis and bill tracking; answering questions from the public and the press on the Foundation’s FOI Hotline; composing letters in response to open government issues; and drafting briefs and position papers on issues related to government transparency and accountability.

The Weiss Fellowship is open to all second and third year law students currently attending an accredited Florida law school.  It carries a stipend of $5,000.

The Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship will be awarded each December for the following spring semester.

The application deadline for the 2017 Weiss Fellowship is November 15, 2016Those interested in applying should submit a resume with a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in open government and public service, and at least three references via email with the subject line WEISS FELLOWSHIP.  A writing sample will be required of all finalists.

For more information about the Weiss Fellowship and how to apply, please contact Barbara Petersen.

Correction: The earlier version of this release mistakenly stated the application deadline as November 15, 2017. The correct deadline is November 15, 2016.


Criminal Defense Scholarship

Rosenthal & Wadas, Attorneys in McKinney, Texas, are pleased to offer the Rosenthal & Wadas Criminal Defense Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students heading to. or who are currently enrolled. in Law School for the 2017 Spring Semester.

The Scholarship will be judged on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken in to account. This will be a one-time award.


  • Completed application must be submitted online by DEC 31, 2016. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend a United States Law School full time the spring semester of 2017.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded in Jan. 2017.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship. 

How to Apply:

Via the form on the website, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Your personal information, including name and contact information.
  • Link to your Facebook profile.
  • College name, graduation date, and GPA.
  • Employment and financial information.
  • A 750+ word essay on the following topic: “Is a specific aspect of the criminal justice system unjust and require reform?”
  • A digital copy of your school transcript (unofficial).
  • Recommendation letter and/or resume.



Join the Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) for its flagship educational initiative, the annual EDI Leadership Summit! Over the past five years, the Summit has become synonymous with influential scholarship due to the relevance of its sessions. EDI’s distinguished faculty are carefully selected for their dedication to the advancement of thought leadership and advocacy.

Over the past five years, the EDI Leadership Summit has become a must-attend gathering for legal technology’s most influential voices. Each year, members gather at the Leadership Summit to learn, teach and collaborate on emerging issues in law and technology – with a focus on discovery, information governance, cyber-security, litigation and big data management.

Particularly for in-house counsel, the Summit offers a relaxed, open environment in which attendees will benchmark with peers, all while perfecting an understanding of eDiscovery, technology and the practice of law. Committed to fostering long-lasting relationships, EDI enforces delegation guidelines and a strict “no-sales” policy to maintain the collaborative forum for which the Summit is known.

Unlike other events in the industry, the Summit is neither a trade show, nor a traditional CLE program. Over two days and multiple tracks of education, the Summit is a synergetic meeting, designed for and by, leading minds in legal technology.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with the leading minds of eDiscovery, including the industry’s most well respected jurists, professors of law and corporate counsel. As electronic data becomes more and more of a legal challenge we are thrilled to be able to offer students the opportunity to learn about this cutting edge topic while still in school.

The second Annual Meeting, which coincides with the Leadership Summit, is being held October 10-11, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and there are a limited number of Fellowships available for local law students.

For your students interested in government investigations and related civil litigation, this is an excellent opportunity to meet with high level corporate and government decision-makers, law firm management and high level consultants, as recent laws and regulations impose greater complexity and increased risk for practitioners handling investigatory and litigation matters.

Fellows are invited to attend both events free of charge, which includes all of the breakout sessions, luncheons and networking receptions. In addition, they will receive all of the written materials provided to registered guests. Fellows may also be asked to help with conference management by holding microphones, cue cards and directing attendees towards meeting places.

Because the topics of the conferences overlap, the conference dates are respectively  October 10-12 and October 13-14. At no expense to the students,  if selected as a fellow, a student may attend the  programming attached to the conferences, but will be asked to volunteer their time for various tasks prior or after the programming.

To apply to be a fellow for each/both conferences, students should send a cover letter and resume to Adam Shoshtari no later than September 30, 2016.

For more information, please visit the website.

Be a part of this exciting program as we celebrate EDI’s 10th anniversary!








This Week at the CDO (Week of September 19, 2016)

Wednesday, September 21:

  • CDO Presents: Careers with KPMG 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, Law Campus F200: KPMG will be sharing information about their hiring, work that they do and markets they are in. For details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Wednesday, September 21:

  • CDO Presents: U.S. Navy JAG Corps Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, Law Campus F108: Join the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) for an informative session about summer and postgraduate employment opportunities. This information session is open to all students, including first-year law students. For details, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Thursday, September 22

  • CDO Presents: Careers with Grant Thornton LLP Session – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, Law Campus A110: Grant Thornton will be sharing information about Careers, the work that they do and the markets they are in. For details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.


SEEKING “CLIENTS” FOR LAW FIRM MEDIATION TRAINING SEPTEMBER 29 – 30, 2016 (Thursday & Friday) Honorarium of $75 per day


The law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is conducting its annual in-house Mediation Training in Miami on Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30. The training will take place in the offices of Greenberg Traurig, which are located at 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, 44th Floor. We are in need of individuals (over the age of 18) to play the role of the “client” for a mock mediation on each day. Compensation for participation is a $75 American Express gift card.

“Clients” are expected to come to the training prepared – this will require reading through a short case file in advance, along with specific instructions as to what to do and how to conduct yourself in your role as the “client”. The case file lays out the facts of the dispute that is being mediated and provides you with specific information about how you are to conduct yourself as the “client” in the mediation. The written materials are less than 10 pages long, and will be provided two weeks in advance of this training.


Thursday, September 29 – YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, 44th Floor, NO LATER THAN 9:45 A.M.; YOU WILL BE FINISHED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. A box lunch will be provided for you.

Friday, September 30 – YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, 44th Floor, NO LATER THAN 9:45 A.M.; YOU WILL BE FINISHED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. A box lunch will be provided for you.

“Clients” are responsible for all other expenses, including any parking and transportation. We recommend that you valet park at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel, connected to our building and we can provide a discounted parking rate of $23.00 for the day. There is also public parking and the metro nearby.


Greenberg Traurig, P.A., 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami, FL 33131.


If you are interested in applying to serve as a “client” for this training, please immediately contact Margaret Naughton. If you have any questions, please also address them to Margaret.