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  January 31, 2014 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Become a Member of the The Jamaican-American Bar Association (J.A.B.A.)
The Jamaican-American Bar Association (J.A.B.A.) is extremely excited for the New Year and a new direction for the organization. While the organization has been active for the past few years, they are looking to continue the dynamic trend of previous leadership and further establish new roots in the South Florida community. They anticipate such involvement will assist in advancing the profile of Jamaican legal professionals, while also creating awareness of their presence so that our community can look to them as a resource. J.A.B.A. intends on effectuating such goals by hosting professional mixers; building connections to the legal community in Jamaica; and consistently keeping the community abreast of accomplishments through the local media and press. In an effort to facilitate accomplishing their objectives, organizing their membership structure is imperative. To be a member in good standing, all members must fill out an application. Membership dues will be in the amount of $50.00 for practicing attorneys; $0.00 for Judges and students; and $25.00 for non-lawyers. If you wish to be a member going forward, please fill out a membership application, and remit payment (cash, personal check, or cashier check) to 2655 S. Le June Road #10, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For a J.A.B.A. membership application form, please ask your Career Development Office (CDO) advisor or visit the CDO.

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2013-2014 Bar Study Scholarship
The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is a professional organization devoted to actively promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession and expanding the leadership role of its members in the community at large. The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is proud to invite applications for its third annual Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission, while helping the recipient during his/her study for the Florida Bar Exam. The scholarship is funded by the generous donations of CFAWL members and friends and by CFAWL fundraising efforts. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1) Full-time or part-time law student taking the Florida Bar Exam in July 2014 for the first time; 2) Academic achievement and excellence (no specific GPA required); and 3) Significant campus and community involvement and/or leadership. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 28, 2014. See scholarship application online for mailing address and further information about how to apply. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and the recipient notified no later than April 26, 2014. The recipient will be invited to attend the May 2, 2014, CFAWL luncheon in Orlando, where the recipient will be introduced. The award will be paid to the recipient after his/her law school graduation, in June of 2014. CFAWL will award a $1,000 scholarship to the recipient. For more information visit the CFAWL website at http://www.cfawl.org/.

Take a Look at Equal Justice Works Newest Program, AmeriCorps JD!
AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with an opportunity to expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, military families, disaster victims and other vulnerable populations. AmeriCorps JD needs law student applicants. Priority will be given to applicants focusing on veterans issues, although individuals with other focus areas are encouraged to apply. Students who participate in the AmeriCorps JD program will help resolve some of the most critical legal problems that prevent people from having decent jobs, safe housing and stable family lives. One innovation of this program is that internships will be starting on a rolling basis, including during the school year, providing more opportunities to serve than summer internships exclusively. Law students who participate in AmeriCorps JD will have an opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, a voucher for education expenses, for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with nonprofit programs or other qualifying organizations, including legal aid organizations, veteran law clinics, courts and other state or local government agencies, or an academic institution. AmeriCorps JD applicants must be current students at Equal Justice Works member law schools. For service in summer 2014, applications will open in March 2014 and will be due April 15th.

Attend the Hillsborough County Bar Association Diversity Networking Social on February 22nd!
You are invited to the Hillsborough County Bar Association DIVERSITY NETWORKING SOCIAL! This event will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602. Come network with representatives from Tampa Bay area law firms and local bar associations. Admission is free. The HCBA will reimburse for your mileage. Food will be served. RSVP by February 14, 2014 by emailing Brenda Louard in the CDO.

Attention Law Students: Volunteer at the Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast
If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and want to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, University of Miami law students have been invited to participate in the 75th Annual Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast as a student volunteer. 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 you are interested in participating, please make contact ASAP via email. The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Please include the following in your email: name, address, and phone number; your law school; are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar? (there are no membership fees for student-members and this is a terrific way to connect with the local legal community); are you available for cleanup on: the night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 29, 2014); the morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 30, 2014); or both? See the website for more details.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Monday, February 3:
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Internship Program Orientation Meeting
The event takes place from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Law Campus Faculty Meeting Room. If interested in interning with the 11th Judicial Circuit, please attend this meeting.

Tuesday, February 4:
Federal Bureau of Investigation 2014 Honors Internship Program Deadline is Approaching!
The FBI application is soon approaching and will be open from January 29 through February 4, 2014. The 2014 Honors Internship Program will begin on June 1, 2014 and end on August 9, 2014. This paid internship offers students an exciting inside view of FBI operations and provides professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable. Honors Internship Program participants work side by side with Special Agents and Professional Staff. For internship quaifications and additional details, please visit the website at https://www.fbijobs.gov/index.asp.

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 4 & 5:
Spring Recruiting 2014 Information and Symplicity Training Sessions
The sessions will be held in Rooms F-109 and F-309, respectively, between 12:30 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. You will learn about Spring Recruiting 2014 and a Symplicity tutorial also will be provided. The two sessions are identical; you need only attend one.

Friday, March 21:
Institute for Justice Public Interest Boot Camp for Law Students
The Institute for Justice is excited to announce their Public Interest Boot Camp on July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia. The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country. Meet like-minded students and discuss cases with the attorneys who helped litigate them. Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students. Please visit the website at http://www.ij.org/students for more information and to apply.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, February 7:
National LGBT Bar Association 2014 1L Summer Internship Program Prudential Financial, Inc.
The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2014 summer law intern class for a 10-week internship at Prudential offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000. Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. The summer intern will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of the Prudential businesses and will also participate in the summer intern training program, which includes programs presented by Prudential attorneys that highlight different areas of the business and the legal department. Each intern will be paired with an attorney who will serve as a mentor during the program and will provide guidance on projects. The summer intern may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations and shadow attorneys. The summer internship will run between June 2, 2014 and August 8, 2014. The summer intern will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. Each applicant must be a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, must be a law student enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school and be scheduled for graduation in spring 2016 (full-time students) or spring 2017 (part-time students). Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. The ideal applicant will have financial or business experience or interest. For applications instructions, please visit the website or Symplicity. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 7, 2014. Finalist shall be selected and notified on or before February 25, 2014.

Friday, February 14:
Consider HOPE Fellowships for Funding Your Job In the Public Interest
Considering your summer options? Take note of these two exceptional opportunities for funding your dream job in the public interest! HOPE Fellows: 1Ls and 2Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Fellows must complete a minimum of 360 hours of work over a period of no less than 9 weeks. Fellows have an ongoing reporting and feedback commitment throughout the duration of their placement consisting of weekly journals and weekly article reviews followed by group discussions. Each Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend for otherwise uncompensated work at a public interest agency; they do not receive school credit for the work. They may not be enrolled in courses concurrently. Placements are at the local, national, and international levels. Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program: 1Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours per week over the course of 8 weeks. This highly competitive program includes a public interest law seminar and a legal research and writing project for which Fellows receive a stipend and academic credits. Fellows may choose among the following local Miami public interest agencies: Americans for Immigrant Justice; Catholic Charities; Legal Aid Services of Broward County; Legal Aid Society of the Dade County Bar Association; Legal Services of Greater Miami; and the Office of the Public Defender.
Saturday, February 15:
The CHCI Nationally Acclaimed Law Graduate Fellowship Program Application Deadline is Approaching!
CHCI is seeking to offer exceptional Latino college graduates with a background in Law unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arenas while participating in the CHCI nationally acclaimed leadership development training program. CHCI Law Graduate Fellows also have the opportunity to publish a policy paper and develop/execute a policy summit. To be eligible, applicants must have been awarded a Juris Doctor prior to the program start date; possess high academic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher) and superior analytical, oral and written communication skills; evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth; demonstrate commitment to public service-oriented activities; and be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. This nine month PAID Law Graduate Fellowship Program offers selected participants the following: 1) $2,900 gross monthly stipend to help cover housing and local expenses; 2) free roundtrip travel to Washington, DC; 3) monthly metro stipends; 4) optional health insurance and short-term housing. To learn more about the program, please visit the website. The program dates are August 2014 to May 2015.ite.

Saturday, March 1:
The City of Chicago Department of Law 2014 Summer Law Clerk Program
Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit. During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including: assisting in trial preparation; attending depositions; observing real estate closings; attending client meetings and court proceedings; researching legal issues; and drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts. Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in: mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County; disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and labor arbitration. They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court. During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary. The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of the attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. To apply for the 2014 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials as outlined on the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That Job Search Timelines Are Available On the CDO Website for 1L, 2L And 3L Students?
To find out more, visit the CDO website.