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  January 15, 2016 Issue  


Development Office News & Resources
Save the Date! Annual Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference
WHAT: FREE Educational and Networking Event for Law Students with the Palm Beach County Bar Attorneys and Judges. DATE: February 19, 2016. TIME: 2:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND Cocktail Reception Included: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Registration will be available in January 2016.

Appeals Law Group will be holding its annual Winter Essay Writing Competition, open to all current full-time and part-time matriculated students in an ABA accredited law school. This $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to the law student who presents a 1000 word or less essay on the following topic: Whether a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana trafficking under Federal law violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment? All essays must be submitted via email and must be in Word or PDF format. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2016. About Appeals Law Group: Appeals Law Group is a firm dedicated to the pursuit of justice, focusing on civil rights litigation, criminal and civil appeals, post-conviction relief, criminal trial defense and executive remedies, including pardons and commutations of sentence. The attorneys at Appeals Law Group practice in all federal and military courts of appeal across the nation and are licensed in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Washington DC, Minnesota, Washington State, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Harrity & Harrity Patent Associate Trainee Program
Harrity & Harrity is hiring for its successful training program for new patent attorneys who are looking for an opportunity to get their foot in the door at a patent law firm and prove that they have what it takes to be a superstar patent associate. The patent associate trainee program provides training in patent application drafting with the potential to become an associate with the firm. The patent associate trainee program is a temporary position for up to four (4) months, during which time you will be trained in the skills that are needed to prepare high quality patent applications for leading technology companies. To qualify for this position, you MUST be able to write well. Also, you MUST have a J.D., have passed a bar or are awaiting bar results, and have either a B.S. or M.S. in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering or physics. They will consider other similar technical degree backgrounds. Being registered to practice before the USPTO is a plus. During the training program, you will be paid a salary and your lodging will be paid for as well. Should you successfully complete the training program, there is a strong possibility that you would be offered a full-time associate position with the firm. To apply for this position, submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for the program via email.

2016 First Amendment Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition Due March 27, 2016
In December 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Shapiro v. McManus allowing a First Amendment challenge to the congressional districts of Maryland to move forward. Separately, a federal district court panel rejected a motion to dismiss in Whitford v. Nichol, a case challenging Wisconsin state legislative Assembly districts. These cases challenging partisan gerrymanders have potentially significant consequences for fair democratic representation. Either could open the door to a ruling against political gerrymandering that leads to its demise. The Common Cause 2016 Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition is your chance to change that. For the second year, we invite legal and social science practitioners, scholars, and students to submit papers that will identify partisan gerrymanders and distinguish them from districts drawn using neutral redistricting principles while developing legal theories or arguments that could be used by courts to declare partisan gerrymanders unconstitutional. This year, we are asking authors to focus specifically on the First Amendment issue in Shapiro and Whitford to demonstrate why the drawing of the Maryland congressional districts or the Wisconsin Assembly districts is a partisan gerrymander that should be condemned under the First Amendment. Winning papers are selected by a distinguished panel of democracy scholars. Winning Authors Receive: Prize money: 1st place: $5,000, 2nd place: $3,000, 3rd place: $2,000; Publication in a leading academic journal; Payment of travel expenses to present papers at a national redistricting reform symposium. See submission requirements online.

2015-2016 Law Student Writing Competition
The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year is underway. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a nonprofit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association website. The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States. The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement bid-protests, Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program. Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association website. Entry deadline is July 15, 2016.

Any topic in the field of employee benefits law. Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2015 and August 15, 2016. SUBMIT BY: June 2, 2016. UP TO TWO PRIZES: Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500 AND Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500. Winners will be honored during the College annual black tie dinner on September 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication. For information, see the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Thursday, January 28:
2016 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Prudential Financial, Inc.
The National Association of Women Lawyers is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National Association of Women Lawyers will select one student to join the 2016 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at the Prudential New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000. The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include: Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago IL, May 19-21, 2016; Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department; Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects; Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, networking and other individual needs; Practice interviews, presentation development and delivery; and shadow attorneys on various projects; Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships. The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks, between the dates of June 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. Applicants must be members of the National Association of Women Lawyers. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2018 (full-time students) or spring 2019 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest. Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the Prudential office in Newark, New Jersey.

Saturday, January 30:
U.S. Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internship Program in DC, Summer 2016
Students will be assigned to one of the OIL litigation teams, where they will: Draft appellate briefs for asylum and cancellation of removal cases and write dispositive motions; Write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda; Attend First Cuts meetings. Program Requirements: Student must be at least a rising 2L by the start date of the internship/externship; A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; United States Citizen and submit a suitability background investigation; Commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for 12 continuous weeks; Demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law; and Show strong research and writing skills. Summer Deadlines is January 30, 2016.

Monday, February 1:
Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships
The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program provides assistance to doctoral students who wish to use the research resources available in the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) in support of dissertation research. The goal of the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships is to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the CHC and, thus, contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, American, Latin, hemispheric and international studies. Launched in 2010 with a grant from The Goizueta Foundation, the program has grown to support the research of 67 emerging scholars from 35 universities. The 2016-2017 award recipients will be the first class of Goizueta Fellows. Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31 of 2016. Doctoral students applying for these fellowships will have completed their course work and passed their qualifying examinations. They will be prepared to pursue research based on an approved prospectus. Fellowships of $3,000 per month will be granted for periods of one to three months. These fellowships will take place between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. All recipients must be in residence during the course of the fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions. All application materials must be received by Monday, February 1, 2016, and submitted electronically on Interfolio. Attachments are preferred as .PDF files.

Tuesday, March 1:
Timothy J. Ryan & Associates Law Scholarship
Our personal injury lawyers hold a strong belief that helping needy students continue their education is the responsibility of successful law firms and legal organizations. Having practiced law for over 30 years, attorney Timothy J. Ryan has placed great value on his own education, making difficult sacrifices on his path to and beyond California courts. If you are a student intending to do the same, Timothy J. Ryan & Associates wants to help. The award recipient will receive the scholarship money 30-90 days after the deadline date. If you plan on participating, please note that your participation is also an agreement that you are giving Timothy J. Ryan & Associates full consent to contact you by mail, phone, and email. Also, if you win, you are providing your consent to use your first and last name, university law school or college identification as well as your submitted law essay on our website and for any promotional purposes we would like, without any further compensation or payment to you. If you have a preferred photo, please send it in with your law scholarship submission. The winner will be personally responsible for payment of any taxes due to the receipt of the law scholarship. For eligibility requirements, application instructions, etc., please visit the website or the CDO Blog. Total Award: $1,000. Scholarship Submission Deadline: Must be received by March 1st, 2016.


  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did you know that about the Miami Law Annual Informational Career Fair?
The University of Miami School of Law hosts the Informational Career Fair every spring. The School of Law is committed to promoting awareness of the many private, public and government sector career opportunities available to our students. Participation in the Informational Career Fair is an invaluable opportunity. Please contact the Career Development Office with any questions at 305.284.2668 or at cdo@law.miami.edu.