Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL) Scholarship Awards Program

LCAWL is the local chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL was established in 1951 to serve as a statewide voice for Florida’s women lawyers and to actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large. 

Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarships 

Purpose: LCAWL will offer a scholarship(s) to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice. 

Award: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal.

The Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida. 


LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to entering 1Ls, rising 2Ls, or rising 3Ls who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL.

Each applicant shall be required to: (i) submit a five hundred word essay describing why she is applying for the scholarship, any extraordinary circumstances that she has overcome and how she intends to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice during her career; (ii) have either a: (a) member of LCAWL; (b) community leader; or (c) instructor, sponsor her application with a written statement of support; (iii) most recent academic transcript; and (iv) submit a completed application, (together the “Application”).

Application Submission: The Application should be mailed to LCAWL Scholarship Chair, c/o Theresa Daniels, Esq., P.O. Box   2366, Fort Myers, FL 33902, and must be received by the LCAWL Board of Directors by April 25, 2014. Extensions will not be granted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be mailed with the application, if possible, but, in any case, must be received prior to the deadline.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of April and will be recognized at the LCAWL Annual Judicial Reception, May 1, 2014.

For additional details, including the scholarship application, please ask your CDO advisor or visit Symplicity.

Federal Claims Bar Association 2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2013-2014 academic year is underway. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $2,000 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website.

The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.

The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid-protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website.

Entry deadline is July 18, 2014.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 31, 2014)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014: 

  • Speaker Joan Valdes: “Balancing Life and Law” 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room, Law Library. Attorney Joan Valdes will be on campus to speak about work/life balance. Ms. Valdes will share her story and provide advice on how to balance life and the practice of law. Ms. Valdes is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and the Owner and President of the Law Office of Joan I. Valdes in Coral Gables. Ms. Valdes specializes in Workers’ Compensation Law in South Florida and has been practicing as a litigator and consultant in all areas of Workers’ Compensation Law for the past several years. She is also a circuit civil mediator and consultant for large loss cases. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Brenda Louard in the CDO.


The Fink Family Scholarship

The American Society for Pharmacy Law (“ASPL”) is pleased to announce the Fink Family Scholarship established by Joseph L. Fink III and his family.  The purpose of the Scholarship is to support a pharmacist who: (1) is attending law school; (2) demonstrates academic, professional, or service-related achievement; and (3) is most likely to use a law degree to further such achievement and to contribute to the benefit of society.

The $5,000 scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award and will be administered by ASPL.  The scholarship award will be payable to the institution where the student is enrolled.  The recipient will also receive a one year complimentary student membership in ASPL.


  • The applicant must be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited entry level pharmacy degree program in the U.S. and licensed as a pharmacist in a U.S. jurisdiction.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to pursue the JD degree.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen who successfully completed the first year and the first semester of the second year of law school.
  • If chosen as a recipient of the Scholarship, the individual must be enrolled in the third year of law school as a condition for the funds to be paid to the law school.

Selection Criteria:

The selection process includes review of:

  • Academic transcripts from pharmacy and law school.
  • LSAT scores.
  • A legal writing sample of the applicant’s choice.
  • Letter of reference from a law school professor.
  • A brief essay (maximum two, double-spaced pages) describing how the applicant intends to apply the dual background and preparation being pursued.
  • ASPL may require additional information as part of the application process as it deems necessary to select a recipient who best meets the purposes of the Scholarship.
  • Preference is given to students who have made the commitment to full-time study by being enrolled on a full-time basis in a “day” program requiring three years for completion of the degree. Those in “evening” programs requiring four years for completion may apply but will not enjoy the same preference.
  • Financial need is not a criterion.

Deadline for submission of an application is May 1, 2014. The recipient of the Scholarship will be notified no later than July 15, 2014.

All required information is to be submitted to: American Society for Pharmacy Law Education and Scholarship Committee 3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200 Springfield, IL 62703 or via email

Attend “Balancing Life and Law” With Attorney Joan Valdes on Tuesday, April 1, 2014!

Attorney Joan Valdes will be on campus on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 to speak about work/life balance. Ms. Valdes will share her story and provide advice on how to balance life and the practice of law. The presentation will be held in the Faculty Meeting Room in the Law Library, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Ms. Valdes is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and the Owner and President of the Law Office of Joan I. Valdes in Coral Gables. Ms. Valdes specializes in Workers’ Compensation Law in South Florida and has been practicing as a litigator and consultant in all areas of Workers’ Compensation Law for the past several years. She is also a circuit civil mediator and consultant for large loss cases.

Light refreshments will be served.

To attend, please RSVP to Brenda Louard in the CDO ASAP.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is Seeking a Summer Fellow

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (“HLAB”) is the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard Law School.  HLAB works with hundreds of low-income clients to solve their legal problems in the areas of housing, domestic relations, government benefits and wage and hour law.  As a student-run legal clinic at Harvard, HLAB has a strong history of dedication to allowing students to handle their own cases and litigate in court under the supervision of clinical instructors.

During the summer, HLAB selects approximately 15-20 law students to serve as Summer Interns, who will interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses and government agencies; engage in extensive factual and legal investigation; hone their research and writing abilities; and develop their litigation skills.  Most Summer Interns working at HLAB do so full-time, although they are willing to discuss alternative arrangements with students facing extenuating circumstances.  Due to funding restrictions, HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Interns.

HLAB Summer Interns serve as the primary case handlers on every matter assigned to them and manage client contact, drafting of pleadings and motions, communication with opposing counsel and advocating in courtroom and administrative hearing settings. Their work is supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law.

HLAB Summer Interns generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas.  In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents victims of domestic violence in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support and custody disputes. In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized and private housing, as well as works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area.  In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Social Security and Social Security Disability benefits, unemployment benefits and welfare benefits.  Finally, in the Wage and Hour practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws.  A student is asked to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law.  For more information, visit the website.

Application Instructions (accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled):  Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a law school transcript, and (4) two references to:  
Chad Baker, Executive Director
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street, First Floor
Cambridge,  MA 02138

The Diversity Committee Presents “Leveraging Your Law Degree: Alternative Career Paths Webcast”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET


Dawn-Marie Bey, Bey & Cotropia PLLC


Sania Anwar, JD, CEO, Global Scholars Project Sean Coughlin, JD, CEO, FaithStreet, LLC Justin Guilder, JD, Managing Director, PennAve One, LLC Scott Talbott, JD, CPA, Senior VP Government Affairs, Electronic Transactions Association Susannah Wellford, JD, President and Founder, Running Start

Law degrees aren’t just for practicing lawyers anymore! A legal education can open doors to any number of careers. This panel includes lawyers who currently hold non-legal positions such as CEO, VC director, non-profit director and lobbyist. Many of the panelists have transitioned to non-legal careers after first practicing law in a more traditional legal job such as in a law firm or as an in-house lawyer. The panelists will discuss, among other topics, the extent to which their legal education and training impacted their decision to move on to an alternative career, the challenges they faced in doing so and their advice for those considering such a transition.


Private Practitioner Non-Member $120

FCBA Member – Complimentary (qs88h2w8)

Government/Academic/Retired Non-Member $35 (cp2hb0hn)

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary (qs88h2w8)

1. To participate via the Internet, please visit the registration website  and click on the Upcoming tab. Use registration password “Diversity314”. Please enter coupon code that applies (listed next to each category above) upon checkout to receive discounted price. Those wishing to participate On-Site, with or without CLE credit, please click here.

2. Participation for law students is complimentary. Registration is required. Contact Andrew Hunter.

3. For special “group” pricing and student groups pricing and student groups interested in FREE internet participation, contact Andrew Hunter.

4. FCBA will not seek CLE credit for this webcast.

On behalf of the FCBA committees for Diversity, and Law Clerks and Students, students may join the FCBA, the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of the webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 17, 2014)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014: 

  • Becker & Poliakoff Summer Fellowship Information Session 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Law Campus Room D-201. The firm will have representatives there to discuss hiring and the firm’s Diversity Fellowship. Becker & Poliakoff is a Florida based law firm committed to promoting and highlighting diversity in the legal profession. The firm established its Diversity Fellowship in 2011 to offer law school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to diversity in the legal profession. No special attire is necessary. To RSVP or for additional information, email the Career Development Office (CDO).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014:

  • Judicial Clerkships Information Meeting for 1Ls – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Law Campus, Room F-109. Pizza and soda will be served.  Professor Jill Barton, Professor Andrew Dawson and Amy Perez will be covering important points related to judicial clerkships, including: 1) What is a clerkship? 2) What is the value of a clerkship and how do you obtain one? 3) What is the timeline for applying for clerkships? Please RSVP here. For additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships.





The MADD Court Monitoring Program: In-Court Volunteer/Internship Opportunity

MADD offers an opportunity in Miami-Dade County to spend time in the courtroom. Volunteers/interns attend court and collect data regarding DUI prosecution. The Court Monitoring program allows people to become even more familiar with courtroom processes and procedures and provides an opportunity to understand and analyze trends throughout the state.

Purpose of Court Monitoring: 

The Court Monitoring program works towards the elimination of drunk driving by observing court and collecting information on drunk driving cases. The information collected by Court Monitoring volunteers is used to better understand DUI, from crime through prosecution. Additionally, Court Monitors serve as a strong reminder that the public has a vested interest in the outcomes of drunk driving cases. 


  • Attend any court monitor trainings
  • Become familiar with court room procedure and personnel
  • Attend DUI misdemeanor and felony court cases
  • Collect information regarding DUI cases while in court
  • Use court house clerks as well as online case record searches to fill in missing data
  • Submit paperwork to the MADD staff in a timely manner

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Must subscribe to the purposes, policies, and code of ethics of MADD
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Background check required; no criminal arrests or convictions
  • Must not have a case pending or be convicted of a drunk driving offense
  • Detail oriented, good listening and critical thinking skills, and open mind
  • Must be able to attend court on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to court
  • Currently looking for volunteers in the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Hillsborough 

Time Commitment Required: 

Flexible, but typically 4 hours weekly. 


  • Effect change in the criminal justice system
  • Save lives by spreading MADD’s mission
  • Eliminate drunk driving

Supervisor: Shira Tober, Florida Court Monitoring Project Specialist.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 3, 2014)

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 3, 2014):

  • Informational Career Fair 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bricks.
    Attorneys from firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and corporations visit campus to speak with students about their legal careers. During the event, students have the opportunity to ask the attorneys questions about their career choices, areas of practice and the general life of a practicing attorney. This is a great opportunity for students to get a feel for what it is like to practice law in different practice areas and with different types of employers. The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Bricks. For any details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.