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  October 17, 2014 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Attend The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System on October 23, 2014
Attend The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System on October 23, 2014. The time is 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Davie, 33314. Pre- Reception at 6 pm in Faculty Terrace/7 pm Discussion in Faculty Study. The panelists are: Judge Rodney Smith, 11th Circuit; Professor Charles Morton, Shepard Broad Law Center; Judge Richard Hersch, 11th Circuit; Annie Edmond, Esq., Broward County Public Defender's Office; Gordon Weekes, Esq., Broward County's Public Defender's Office; Professor Fran Tetunic, Shepard Broad Law Center; and George Odom, Esq., Broward County's Public Defender's Office.

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner by creating a scholarship program to encourage the pursuit of a graduate-level degree in labor studies. Beginning January 2015, the Players Trust will annually award up to five $10,000 scholarships to individuals dedicated to a career supporting worker rights. You must be a full-time Graduate or Law Student (by the time the award is distributed) with a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement. Applications and additional documents to be submitted online only; applications must be submitted no later than Monday, November 10th, 2014.To learn more and apply, visit the website.

The 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
In its seventeenth year, the GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) promotes discussion and debate on the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The initiative also promotes future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. The writing contest challenges students to identify, research and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process and select five finalists. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA). The winning essays will be published by the GRAMMY Foundation, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and a major law review or journal. This contest is open to JD candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LL.M. and any other advanced degree candidates are not eligible. Entrants must be an enrolled student as of January 1, 2015. Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@grammy.com on or before January 6, 2015 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Late manuscripts will not be considered. Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted. For contest rules, workshop dates, important dates and additional details, please go to the ELI Page on Facebook or visit the website or the CDO Blog.

The Fashion Law Writing Competition
Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors. Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit, journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages, including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes. Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance with the Harvard Bluebook. Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF must not have the student name or any identifying information included within it. Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school. The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student name, student self chosen four digit identifier, graduation year and school. Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations. There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.

Miami-Dade FAWL Presents Speed Mentoring
Who: All students (male and female) interested in participating in a mentoring program. What: The mentoring program pairs practicing attorneys and judges in the South Florida legal community with law student mentees. How: Modeled after Speed Dating, at the initial event, prospective mentors and mentees each will speak for five minutes. Mentors and mentees will then be paired based on areas of practice, interests, schedules and preference after the event. When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Miami Center (attached to the InterContinental Hotel). 201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3200, Miami, FL 33131. Kindly RSVP via email no later than Friday, October 24th. A copy of the mentee form for students to be completed may be obtained by emailing the CDO.
 


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
 

Friday, December 26:
ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program
Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, as well as allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work. Up to nine law students from diverse backgrounds are placed in summer business court clerkships around the country. The selected clerks will receive a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship and an all-expense paid trip to the September 2015 Section Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Friday, January 16:
Law Student Union Summer 2015
Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines labor related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO affiliated unions throughout the country. In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate research, legislative campaigns and general litigation. Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memoranda with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the NLRB in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues such as wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions and whistle-blower protections. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required. Interns work on-site, at locations throughout the country [NOT in Washington, D.C.]. The weekly stipend is $600 and transportation and housing are provided. The 10-week program starts May 26, 2015, and runs through July 31, 2015.

Rolling Basis:
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) Seeks Law Students for 2015 Summer Internship Pogram in New York City
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies, including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith based organizations, policy makers and think tanks to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce worker rights. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists and policy experts, the NELP approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the 21st century. The work includes: developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize; research and policy development to address the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality; developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on supporting ongoing worker campaigns for $15 an hour and the right to unionize and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core minimum wage protections. Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of this work, including: providing legal, policy and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal analyses, and policy briefs; strategic participation in litigation related to wage and hour and other labor standards issues, including drafting of amicus briefs; and drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications. Because this internship opportunity is unpaid, applicants must secure their own funding. For additional information on how to apply, etc., please visit Symplicity or the website.
 

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That the Miami Law Externship Program Has Been Expanded?
To read more, visit the CDO website or ask Sajani Desai in the CDO.