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  April 11, 2014 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section 2014 Wade L. Hopping Memorial Scholarship
Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. (HGS) and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of The Florida Bar sponsors an annual scholarship, in the amount of $5000, for eligible Florida law students. You must be a 2L, 3L, or LL.M. candidate at an accredited Florida law school and demonstrate a potential to make a significant positive contribution to the practice of environmental or land use law in Florida. Completed applications and related documents must be postmarked by May 23, 2014. For More Information Contact: Calbrail L. Bennett or visit the CDO Blog.

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women's rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper and enrich the profession. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL's Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014. Entries must be received by May 1, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. For format, judging, questions and additional details, please visit the website.

The 2014 Dean Frank E. Maloney Memorial Writing Contest
The submission must be on a subject in the area of environmental, land use, zoning or energy law and must be relevant to Florida. The first place prize is a cash award of $500 and free admittance to and an additional $500 towards expenses at the 2014 Annual Update of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Second and third place prizes are free admittance to the Annual Update but do not include any cash award. Papers should be postmarked or delivered to The Florida Bar no later than May 23, 2014. Papers failing to comply with the deadline will not be considered except upon a majority vote of the judging committee under extraordinary circumstances. Judging is by members of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar and is based on creativity and originality of thought; breadth and depth of content, analysis and sources; objectivity (all sides of problem presented) and legal accuracy; effectiveness of communication (including grammar, punctuation and style); practicality of the paper and its proposed solutions for addressing current problems; and compliance with the competition rules. Authors may not contact members of the judging committee. Any submission must be the work of a single author, who is a student (J.D.) at a Florida law school, which work has not been published previously, is not pending publication and does not infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright or other right and does not contain obscene, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful material or violate any right of privacy. Papers may be no less than 10 pages (2,500 words) nor more than 50 pages (17,500 words), double-spaced in conventional typeface, 12-point font size, and 1 inch margins and may be edited for possible publication in The Florida Bar Journal to no more than 12 double-spaced pages, including citations. Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number. For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header. Each entry must have a separate cover sheet (not included in the page limit) that includes the following contact information: (1) name; (2) address; (3) phone number; (4) email address; (5) law school; and (6) paper title. Citations may be footnotes or endnotes and shall be in accordance with Rule 9.800, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and, to the extent not inconsistent with those Rules, A Uniform System of Citation (most recent edition). Each paper submitted will be listed and indexed by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section and made available as a scholarly resource to Section members. All entries shall be submitted to Calbrail Bennett, Section Administrator, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. In addition to the hard copy, an electronic version in MS Word should be e-mailed prior to the May 23, 2014 deadline. For additional information, please visit the Blog or ask your CDO advisor.

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: 1) 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; 2) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to pursue the JD degree; 3) a U.S. citizen who successfully completed the first year and the first semester of the second year of law school; and 4) 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. Deadline for submission of an application is May 1, 2014. The recipient of the Scholarship will be notified no later than July 15, 2014. For selection criteria and other information, please visit the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Tuesday, April 15:
The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
The Robert Masur Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Applications are due on April 15, 2014. No email applications will be considered; all applicants must send a hard copy. Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to: Robert Masur Fellowship, The Nation Institute, 116 East 16th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10003. For more information, visit the website.

Wednesday, May 7:
The Reproductive Justice HIV Fellowship
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work as a Reproductive Justice HIV Fellow at a placement organization in either Atlanta, GA or Oakland, CA starting in late August 2014. The RJFP-HIV Fellowship is a pilot program and part of the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP). LSRJ will select and place two (2) RJ HIV Fellows for a one-year fellowship at two (2) nonprofits working on HIV policy. Each RJ HIV Fellow will receive a $51,000 stipend and be placed at either Sister Love, in Atlanta, GA, or at the Positive Women's Network USA, in Oakland, CA, from the end of August 2014 through August 2015. As a law school graduate with an understanding of the reproductive justice framework and HIV issues, the RJ HIV Fellow will assist in research, interpretation and application of law to aid the placement organization's education, organizing, publication and policy pursuits. Qualifications include the following: you must have a J.D. by May 2014, bar admission by fall 2014 preferred; a knowledge of /or commitment to U.S. reproductive rights law and the reproductive justice framework; knowledge of/experience with HIV issues; experience working with diverse communities; demonstrated commitment to social justice; superior written and oral communication skills; comfort and familiarity with small nonprofit environment; ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively; relevant volunteer, work, and life experiences before, during or after law school; and a commitment to spending 12 months (end of August 2014 through August 2015), including participation in all program activities, in either Atlanta or Oakland. For more information, please see the Application Form at http://lsrj.org/documents/rjfp/14-15_RJ_HIV_Fellow_Application.pdf.
Open Until Filled:
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is Seeking a Summer Fellow
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (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. 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. 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. Due to funding restrictions, HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Interns. For more information, visit the CDO Blog.

Open Until Filled:
Hague DV Seeking Summer Interns
The Hague Domestic Violence Project provides training and technical assistance to judges, attorneys and advocates working on cases under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, involving parents and children who have fled the domestic abuse of a parent in another country to seek safety in the U.S. The goal of this project is to find a way to solidify domestic violence as an exception under the Convention to the required return of a child to his or her country of habitual residence. The Hague DV Project is currently seeking two (2) student interns to assist the Project Attorney this summer. Duties will include research and writing for training materials and webinars; assisting in the drafting of a California and model bench guide used to aid judges handling Hague Convention cases; editing and updating content for the Project website; and both researching and cataloging recent Hague cases across the United States. Interns may work remotely and will not be required to travel to Berkeley to participate in the project. Students should have excellent research and writing skills and a strong interest in domestic violence or human rights law. Preference will be given to second and third year law students. For more information on the project, please visit the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That The University of Miami School of Law Externship Program Gives 2L, 3L and Domestic LL.M. Students an Opportunity to Gain Practical Legal Experience for Academic Credit?
For additional information, contact Sajani Desai in the CDO.