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  October 16, 2015 Issue  

Development Office News & Resources
The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Invites Law Students to Attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida
The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) cordially invites local law students to attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida on October 22 through 24, 2015. The School Law Practice Seminar draws attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and is specifically designed for attorneys who represent public schools. This in-depth Seminar allows school attorneys the unique opportunity to dive into substantive issues, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow in their practice. Law students are invited to learn from leaders in the field of school law and participate in interactive discussions on hot school law topics. Students considering a career in school law can meet and interact with current school lawyers at the seminar. The practice of school law allows unique and rare opportunities to advise and litigate fascinating areas of the law including constitutional issues like search and seizure, free speech, and due process. To learn more and to register, please visit the website.

Reserve Your Space at the 20th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions
On November 12-13, 2015, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will be hosting the 20th annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions on South Beach. They have cordially invited our students to attend. Scholarships are available and are routinely granted. Interested students may learn more about the conference by asking their CDO advisor and looking at the brochure available in the CDO. To apply for a scholarship, students should visit this link and click on registration options on the left hand side which will take them to the site where students can register for scholarships.

Welcome to Our Coffee Connectors Program!
We are pleased to introduce you to our Coffee Connectors Network, created to provide law students with opportunities to connect with Miami Law alumni across the country. Through our network of alumni, you can connect with a diverse group of attorneys, learn about different practice areas and ultimately better transition from law school into practice. With more than 18,000 alumni worldwide, the Miami Law alumni network is an amazing resource, professionally and personally. Click on the link to view the Coffee Connectors Network. We hope you will take advantage of this great resource and pay it forward when you join our distinguished group of Miami Law alumni.

Free Nationwide Webinar for Students Interested in Public Defender Careers
Students interested in careers as public defenders and in criminal defense generally can join a discussion about a new Student Section of the National Association for Public Defense, NAPD. Students are invited to join a free nationwide webinar at 4 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Central on Thursday, October 22, 2015. The webinar will include a discussion of ways for students to upload their resumes to the NAPD website to apply for public defender positions. For more information, contact Professor Steve Hanlon at Saint Louis University School of Law.

The 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project
Join Colleagues at the 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project on Thursday, November 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32 Street, Wynwood, Miami, FL. With 300+ guests including judges, intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers and others in the legal and business communities, this event offers outstanding networking and sponsorships opportunities for businesses and organizations to gain access to an elite group of attorneys in the field of intellectual property law as well as other professionals. 100% of proceeds will support an attorney position at Dade Legal Aid. Purchase tickets online.

The Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum
The Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum takes place on October 23-24, 2015 in Washington, DC. STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR FREE using the code APSTUDENT15. This year, the Research Forum, co-sponsored by ASIL Academic Partner American University Washington College of Law, will include expert led discussions of 70 innovative papers, a talk with former International Court of Justice Judge Thomas Buergenthal, and a discussion of Dispute Settlement with Iran: From the Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Accord with key negotiators from the U.S. Department of State. The Forum will also include events designed to assist students and new professionals interested in pursuing a career in international law. The International Law Career Panel and Speed Mentoring Event will feature practitioners from a variety of international law fields and a networking reception. Two expert librarians will lead a session on International Law Research Strategies. To find out more about the American Society of International Law or to join, or for details and to register, visit the website or the CDO Blog.

The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, is FREE to Law Students
The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is now FREE to law students. Any law student can sign up for five Sections free of charge, in addition to free ABA membership. For additional details about benefits associated with membership, etc., please visit the CDO Blog.

The American Bankruptcy Institute Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition is Now Open
The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. The competition allows law students to submit papers for the chance to be published in the ABI monthly magazine, the ABI Journal (read by more than 13,000 professionals monthly) or one of the ABI committee newsletters, in addition to $4,000 in cash prizes. This year, we will provide one-year ABI memberships to all students who participate. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. Previous winning topics include voting rights in inter-creditor agreements, the vacant class of creditors, and loss mitigation in bankruptcy. Papers are being accepted now through March 1, 2016. Further details about the competition, including previous winners and participating schools, can be found online. In addition to this annual competition, the ABI is a valuable year-round resource for bankruptcy research and information for hundreds of bankruptcy professors and their students. Membership is only $95/year ($20 for students). If you would like to learn more about ABI and the value of membership, please visit the homepage.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States are eligible to apply. Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care is accepted. Prizes are $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.) The deadline for submissions is by Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 15, 2016. For further details, please consult the competition webpage or the CDO Blog.

Attention All Students! Attend Miami Dade FAWL Annual Speed Mentoring Event
Mark your calendars and please join FAWL on October 27, 2015 for the Miami Dade FAWL highly regarded Annual Speed Mentoring Event. UM law students are invited to the sixth annual Speed Mentoring Event, which will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Shook, Hardy & Bacon Miami office located at 201 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3200, Miami, FL 33130, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event provides a fun-filled, low-pressure environment for law students to connect with highly respected lawyers and judges who practice throughout South Florida. Modeled after speed dating, the Speed Mentoring Event gives law students the opportunity to meet with judges and attorneys in five-minute intervals to seek advice or simply get to know that practitioner. The Mentoring Committee will subsequently pair students with mentors based on preferences expressed by the participants and the similarities between student interests and the mentor practice area(s). Members from the judiciary and lawyers from within the public and private sectors have participated in large numbers in past years. Register for the event before Friday October 23, 2015. RSVP by Friday, October 23, 2015. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

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  Thursday, October 22:
Apply for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Due October 22, 2015
Apply today for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Award! This scholarship will be presented at the 33rd Annual Judicial Reception held on December 2, 2015. For the Application Form, please visit the website.

Sunday, November 1:
The Congressional Innovation Fellowship
The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a nine-month policymaking residency on Capitol Hill, starting January 2016. Fellows work directly for Members of Congress, Congressional Committees or Congressional Support Agencies to inform technology policymaking and create a community of technology leaders that understand the challenges of government. The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a project of TechCongress and the New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and made possible in part by a philanthropic seed investment from entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman. Application may be accessed online. Deadline is November 1, 2015.

Monday, November 2:
Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
This scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law students dedicated to improving the lives of workers by awarding up to five $10,000 scholarships annually. To be eligible, individuals must be graduate or law students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of worker rights. Eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria: a superior academic record; demonstrated commitment to the labor movement; a strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/worker rights practitioner; excellent written and oral communication skills. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise. Scholarship applications are being accepted through Monday, November 2, 2015.

Wednesday, November 4:
Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Cruz Garcia Law Student Scholarship
The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA) will award two law students a $1,000 scholarship with the expectation that they will further the goals of our organization throughout their legal career. For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the CDO Blog. Please submit these items to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship Committee by 12:00 p.m. on November 4, 2015. The recipient will be notified by November 11th.

Friday, November 6:
Supreme Court Fellows Program
The program is particularly interested in candidates who are completing a judicial clerkship, are interested in pursuing an academic career or a career in public service, and wish to deepen their knowledge of the federal judicial system. The Supreme Court Fellowship is a one-year appointment, beginning in August or September. Supreme Court Fellows become employees of the federal court system and receive salaries equivalent to the GS -12/1 of the government pay scale at the applicable locality rate. Fellows are eligible for health and life insurance, and other benefits programs offered to federal employees. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will be expected to perform well in demanding office environments that reward initiative, collegiality, discretion, and sound judgment. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and creative. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, and are required to have a J.D. or other post-graduate degree to be eligible for consideration. The 2016-2017 Supreme Court Fellowship application deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015. For more information and to access the online application, please visit the website.

Friday, November 23:
The Mark T. Banner Scholarship 2015 -2016
This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2016 are eligible to apply. The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school. For additional details, including how to apply, selection criteria and for the application form, please visit the website or the CDO Blog.

Rolling Basis:
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) invites applications from first and second year law students for the Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program beginning in May 2016. This has long been the premier opportunity for students committed to or considering public interest and poverty law to learn about the challenges and rewards involved. The application form and brochure describing the program may be viewed and downloaded from the LSNJ website. You can also stop by the CDO and/or ask your CDO advisor. It is expected that there will be approximately 8 positions available at locations statewide. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis.


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