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  February 14, 2014 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Institute for Justice, Public Interest Boot Camp for Law Students
The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce their Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia. The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country. Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New London, McComish v. Bennett and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them. You will also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon. Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited! Applications are due March 21st.

Miami-Dade FAWL Invites You to Attend Their Second Annual Membership Picnic
Come join other Miami-Dade FAWL members for delicious food, beer, wine and plenty of activities for the entire family, including bounce houses, games and sports activities. The Miami-Dade FAWL picnic takes place on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tropical Park, Shelter 8, 7900 S.W. 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155. This is a free event! RSVP to Linda Leali or register online. See the website for details.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Scholarships & Opportunities
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships! They are open to members of active SALDF chapters who have shown an outstanding commitment to animal law and intend to work in the field after graduation. Further eligibility requirements can be found on the website. The application deadline is April 18, 2014. There are still a few slots open for the 11th Annual National Animal Law Competitions taking place February 21-23, 2014, at Northwestern University School of Law. Finally, for SALDF members who are graduating this semester, ALDF offers a complimentary one-year attorney membership for new law graduates. Students can sign up online.

The National LGBT Bar Association Is Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Leadership Award, the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition
Student Leadership Award: The National LGBT Bar Association Student Leadership Award is the highest honor for law students from the organization. The award will recognize a law student who has demonstrated leadership within their school and in the surrounding community, especially in the area of LGBT equality. Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition: Established in memory of Michael Greenberg, a former National LGBT Bar Association board member and Philadelphia attorney who died in 1996 from complications with AIDS, this exciting competition is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. International Association of LGBT Judges Student Writing Competition: The International Association of LGBT Judges sponsors a writing competition for all law students attending the 2014 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. This is an exciting opportunity for law students who wish to pursue their career as a member of the United States judiciary. All three student awards will follow the same final submission date of Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm ET. Late entries will not be considered. Students are able to enter all competitions, but only if they turn in different works for each submission.

PSJD Launches the New Postgraduate Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar
Have you searched postgraduate fellowships on PSJD and wished you could see them on a calendar? They have listened to your requests and are excited to announce that the Calendar is here! Check out it and all the other great postgraduate fellowship resources in the Resource Center on PSJD.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Tuesday, February 18:
Judicial Clerkships Kickoff Reception
Do not miss this opportunity to ask federal and state court judges, as well as current and former judicial law clerks, about applying and interviewing for judicial clerkships. A catered reception will precede the panel discussion. This event takes place Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Law Campus Student Lounge. To RSVP or for additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, at aperez@law.miami.edu.

Tuesday, February 25:
Judicial Clerkships Information Meeting for 1Ls
First-year law students are invited to attend a luncheon to learn about judicial clerkships. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-109. Please contact Amy Perez at aperez@law.miami.edu for additional information.

Wednesday, February 26:
How to Get a Skadden Fellowship With Susan Butler Plum, Director of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation
Susan Butler Plum, Director of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, will be joining us to discuss the opportunities available through the Skadden Fellowship Program. This Program was established in 1988 in acknowledgment of the need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. 1Ls and 2Ls, as well as 3Ls who are entering clerkships, are welcome to participate. This event takes place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in Room D-201. Light refreshments will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to umhope@law.miami.edu.


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  Friday, February 28:
The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Summer Fellowship Program
The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation will provide four summer fellowships to first and second-year law students who are either enrolled in a Florida law school or who are verified Florida residents attending an out- of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000. The Scholarship Committee selection criteria will include evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Scholarship Committee will consider, among other things, academic excellence, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity and leadership skills. Students are responsible for securing their own summer employment opportunities in the areas of government, judiciary or public interest. Summer employment opportunities must last for a minimum of six weeks and must be unpaid. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer employment opportunity upon submission of this application. Students are encouraged to use their career offices to assist with identifying and securing suitable summer employment. Upon notification of a summer fellowship award, students must accept or decline the fellowship within seven calendar days. Application materials must be received no later than Friday, February, 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 1:
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is Seeking Interns for its 2014 Summer Program
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns for its 2014 summer program. EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School during the academic year, and provides free civil legal services to low-income clients of Alameda County, California. During the summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from all law schools. Students handle their own cases under the day-to-day supervision of staff attorneys in one of the following practice areas: Clean Slate: Criminal Justice & Community Reentry (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy); Green Collar Communities Clinic: GC3 (community economic development); Health: HIV/AIDS Project and Medical-Legal Partnership (multidisciplinary); Housing & Eviction Defense (litigation); Immigration (administrative with some litigation); Neighborhood Justice Clinic (self-help services, litigation); Welfare Law (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy); and Youth Defender Clinic (litigation and advocacy). The summer program runs for ten weeks, from Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, August 1, 2014. No specific previous training or coursework is required; however, a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income, minority and underrepresented individuals and groups, and/or previous experience in one of their practice areas or in public interest law is highly desirable, as is second language ability in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian or Farsi. EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, they are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.
Saturday, March 1 & Tuesday, April 1:
Apply For The IJC Fellowships!
The Justice Fellowship: Justice Fellows will be hosted in clusters of 2-4 in New York City leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in the IJC on a competitive the basis. Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though the IJC will, ultimately, make placement decisions. Justice Fellows will represent immigrants with the most complex cases that require lawyers to handle the case from start to finish, such as deportation defense and affirmative petitions for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. The Justice Fellows will be primarily supervised by attorneys at their host organization, with supplemental support from IJC supervisory staff. You must be a law student who graduated in the Spring or Summer of 2013 or will graduate in the Spring or Summer of 2014. Law clerks completing clerkships by Summer 2014 are also eligible for a Justice Fellowship beginning in September 2014. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2014 and must be submitted via the IJC website. The Community Fellowship: Community Fellowships are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degrees in May or June 2014. They will be placed in community-based host organizations and will be supported by the IJC to become accredited representatives of the Board of Immigration Appeals and will conduct outreach and represent community members on a range of cases such as naturalization applications, deferred action for childhood arrivals and other matters that can be managed by a non-lawyer until the point of final submission and review. The IJC 3 on-staff attorneys will closely supervise Community Fellows and go to host sites to review cases and ensure quality control. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2014.

Monday, March 3:
All Law Students Returning For Fall Semester 2014: The 2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1st in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students and students in Intellectual Property LL.M. programs. Last year roughly 125 employers, 190 law schools and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. This job fair targets students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science and who are patent bar eligible. Online student registration for the Patent Law Interview Program is open and will close on Monday, March 3. You will not be charged anything when you register online. Please direct any questions about the program to Karen Warren, the Patent Program Liaison in the CDO office.

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