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  September 11, 2015 Issue  

Development Office News & Resources
Registration is Now Open for the Workforce Recruitment Program!
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a referral and recruitment program that identifies students and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested in employment with the federal government. The WRP is one of the main paths to: 1) Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies; 2) Explore careers in the federal service; 3) Gain Interviewing experience. A recruiter will be assigned to the University of Miami School of Law to conduct telephonic interviews with interested candidates. Candidates that are accepted into the program will have the opportunity to be interviewed for federal and private sector positions. Participation is open to any students with disabilities at all levels and majors, and degree programs. Veterans with disabilities are especially urged to apply. Students have until October 16, 2015 to complete registration. For more information on how you can participate, ask your CDO advisor in Suite A-112.

ASECA Alumni Securities Law Writing Competition Deadline is November 13, 2015
Topic is any subject in the field of Securities Law. Students enrolled in any accredited law school in the United States, with expected graduation date in 2015 or later. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2015, and papers scheduled for publication in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Submissions must be received by November 13, 2015. Email submissions will not be accepted. Award winners will be invited to attend the ASECA annual dinner in Washington, D.C. on February 19, 2016. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000.00 in actual expenses. For additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States. All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.). There is no page limit for entries, although, as an informal guide, a word count of between 8,000 to 14,000 words is suggested. Articles must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 15, 2016. Articles must be submitted, by email, in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced. Citations should be included in footnotes. Articles may include headings and subheadings. Please email all articles. You will be notified via email when your submission is received. The first place winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize. The second place winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. PLF will pay for the reasonable travel costs for the winner to attend the gala. For additional details such as judging, questions, etc., please visit the website.

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges/NBA/NCBJ Networking Reception
Please join us for a law student networking reception during the 2015 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges at 801 W. 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by NBA/NCBJ Committee, Terranova Corporation, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges attracts several thousand bankruptcy judges and lawyers to its annual conference. Law students interested in careers in bankruptcy and/or related areas are welcomed and encouraged to attend. However, this is a good opportunity for law students, and not just those who have a known interest in bankruptcy. This is an area of law that covers many areas, including commercial litigation, real estate, corporate law, landlord tenant, consumer issues, banking, etc. The students who attend will have an opportunity to meet several judges and lawyers. It is totally free also. Admission and parking (at the rear of the building) is free. Register online.

Read The Law Student's Interview Cheat Sheet
For tips on pre-interviews, interviews and post interviewing, visit this website.

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop on Tuesday, September 29th
At the Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Workshop, the Career Development Office will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR), as well as your application documents (resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). Please join us in Room A-110 at 12:30pm.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, September 18:
McDermott Will & Emery Joins with Equal Justice Works to Sponsor First ADA 25 Chicago Fellowship
Honoring the 25th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, McDermott Will & Emery announced that it will be the first sponsor of a new fellowship for Chicago area attorneys with disabilities. The ADA 25 Chicago Fellow will be a two-year fellowship for a selected disabled attorney to be placed at a nonprofit legal aid organization in Chicago, beginning in the fall term of 2016. By providing financial support for select public interest attorneys with disabilities, the program sponsors hope to inspire other disabled law students and new attorneys to apply for future fellowships as part of their pursuit of post-graduate employment. Third year law students and recent graduates will work with potential host organizations in Chicago to submit Fellowship applications to Equal Justice Works. Equal Justice Works and McDermott will choose the inaugural Fellow this fall, and the Fellow will begin service in August of 2016. For more information and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#15121.

Wednesday, September 23:
Public Interest Fellowships
Independence Foundation is committed to supporting free legal services for residents of the Philadelphia region. The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program is a key element of this commitment. Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans. Thus the Foundation enables some of the best and brightest law school graduates to come to the Philadelphia area and obtain employment with a local organization that provides free legal services to the underserved. For more information and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#14979.

Thursday, October 15:
Capital Punishment Clinic Fellowship
The Capital Punishment Clinic Fellowship is designed for a recent law graduate who plans to pursue a career in capital defense. The Fellow, under the direct supervision of the Clinic faculty, will assist in litigating capital cases; assist Clinic faculty in supervising clinic students and in planning and teaching the classroom component of the Clinic; take part in planning and presenting Capital Punishment Center events; and assist clinic faculty in their work on death penalty cases at various stages in the litigation process, including trial, appeal, state and federal post-conviction and clemency. The work encompasses many tasks that are integral to death penalty defense representation, including visiting clients on death row; interviewing witnesses and conducting field investigations; drafting motions, appellate briefs, and habeas petitions; and assisting attorneys in preparing for trials, evidentiary hearings, and appellate arguments. All student work is closely supervised by clinic faculty. For more information and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#15338.

Tuesday, December 1:
The Alfa Fellowship Program
The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development initiative placing up to 18 American, British, and German citizens per year in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in such fields as business, economics, journalism, law and public policy. Key goals are expanding networks of American, British and German professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing knowledge of Russian affairs in the West. The Alfa Fellowship Program begins with language training in the Fellows' geographic location followed by a language course in Moscow starting in mid-June. Throughout the summer, Alfa Fellows attend a seminar program with key public and private sector officials to discuss current issues facing Russia. Fellows then work at prominent organizations in Russia, including private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations. Eligible candidates must have a graduate degree and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field. Russian language proficiency is not required, but is preferred. The Fellowship includes a generous monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance. Applicants proficient in another second language may be considered. For more information and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#15342.


  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That You Should Obtain Practical Experience During Law School?
The University of Miami School of Law Externship Program provides second-year (2L), third-year (3L) and domestic LL.M. students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary for academic credit. Students gain practical legal experience by working under the supervision of lawyers, which is supplemented and enhanced by a corresponding academic course. To find out more about our Externship Program, ask your CDO advisor.