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.

Student Volunteer/Networking Opportunity

If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and would like to network and meet potential employers, colleagues, and judges, the law students at the University of Miami have been invited to participate in the 78th Annual Clearwater Bar Association’s Oyster Roast as a student volunteer. The Oyster Roast is being held on the Grounds of Florin Roebig, P.A., 777 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor, FL.

The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process, “kick off their shoes,” and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. In addition to being a great time, it can be a unique opportunity for law students to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges.

This year, as they have in the past, they are inviting law students to attend for FREE (yes, free!) if they assist with the cleanup process. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, so if this is something that you or your organization is interested in participating in, please contact Caitlein Jammo (information below) as quickly as possible. The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please include the following in your email:

  1. Name, address, and phone number;
  2. Your law school;
  3. Are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar Association? (We encourage all student-volunteers to sign up for the Clearwater Bar Association. There is not a membership fee for student-members and this is a great way to connect with the local legal community);
  4. Are you available for cleanup on: a. The night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:30-10:00 p.m.);
  5. The morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 26, 2017 10 a.m.-Noon); or
  6. Both?

We ask that you only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend, as we will be depending on your help.

Contact Information:

Caitlein Jammo, Esq., 911 Chestnut Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Phone: 727.461.1818; Fax: 727.462.0365.


Call for Applications: Next Generation WPS+GPS Symposium

Deadline:  1 June 2017.

Open to: applicants between the ages of 25 and 40 years old, currently enrolled in or recent graduate of a Masters or PhD program in international affairs, security studies, gender studies, anthropology, political science, international development or a related discipline.

Venue: 12-19 November 2017 in Washington, D.C.


WIIS is pleased to announce the launch of the Next Generation WPS+GPS Symposium. The five-day symposium will examine international security challenges from a gender perspective and bring together an international cohort of 24 graduate students (MA and PhD students). The symposium is scheduled to take place November 12-19, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The symposium is a part of a larger initiative designed to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) community. The WPS+GPS Initiative seeks to reframe and broaden the WPS agenda to include a Gender, Peace, and Security (GPS) agenda in order to advance knowledge and build and support a community of international security experts that is more diverse and knowledgeable about gender analyses of complex international security challenges.

The WPS+GPS Initiative is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Symposium details:

The symposium will feature interactive lectures and seminar discussions on the gender dimensions of international security challenges. We will focus on regional as well as transnational challenges such as terrorism, migration, and peace operations. Symposium participants will receive professional development and skills training, including how to effectively communicate with the media, write for policymakers, and leverage social media. Participants will also gain exposure to government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks.

Finally, symposium participants will be invited to actively participate in the first workshop of the WPS+GPS research and book project. This project brings together leading scholars and experts across disciplines and across the globe to take stock of WPS+GPS efforts and define research and policy agendas for the future. WIIS will seek to pair graduate students with senior members of the research and book project and encourage them to set up joint research and writing teams. In addition, selected participants will be requested to write two blogs following the symposium.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Selection is based on a competitive application process. WIIS will invite 24 applicants to participate in the program. Candidates must be:
  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of a Masters or PhD program in international affairs, security studies, gender studies, anthropology, political science, international development or a related discipline. Students who will be enrolled within the next academic year will also be considered;
  • Between the ages of 25 and 40;
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English;
  • All genders are encouraged to apply.


All costs associated with symposium travel and accommodation will be covered by WIIS.


Prospective participants must provide the following application materials:

Application form that can be found online;
A high resolution picture;
Two letters of reference submitted directly to WIIS by references via email. The subject line should read, “Reference 2017 NGS: applicant’s last name.

Letter of interest which should address the following:

–Why the applicant is interested;
–How the applicant’s experience, education, and general background would contribute to the Next Generation Symposium; and
–How the symposium would enhance the applicant’s future career goals.
All inquiries and application materials should be submitted via email. The subject line should read, “Application 2017 NGS: last name of the applicant.”

Applications are due by June 1, 2017. Selected participants will receive formal invitations in late June/early July 2017.

See the website for additional details.



This Week at the CDO (Week of March 6th, 2017)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: 19th Annual Informational Career Fair – 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Law School Campus Bricks 1: Meet attorneys from government, business, law firms and public interest organizations. Learn about their practice areas and experience while you network. For additional details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood and the website.