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  March 25, 2016 Issue  


Development Office News & Resources
The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute Hosts a Virtual Career Fair on Thursday March 31, 2016
The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute, in partnership with YourMembership, will host a virtual career fair on Thursday March 31, from noon-3 p.m. EDT. The event lets legal professionals network with multiple employers from the comfort of their homes or offices, all within one afternoon. Professionals looking for career opportunities will be able to chat online with top employers looking to hire lawyers in different specialties. The virtual platform makes it easy to register, upload a resume and learn about participating employers before the event. On the day of the event, participants can log in from anywhere and interact one-on-one with employers through online interviews. After the event, participants can log in to facilitate follow-ups. To register, go to the website.

National Association of Women Lawyers 2016 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Entries must be received by May 1, 2016. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word). The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. For rules and other details, please visit the website.

Clearwater Bar Association Volunteering/Networking Opportunity
If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater and Pinellas County area and would like to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, the students at Miami University School of Law have been invited to participate in the 77th Annual Clearwater Bar Association Oyster Roast as a student volunteer on April 2, 2016. The Oyster Roast is being held on the Grounds of Florin Roebig, P.A., 777 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor, FL. The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process 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 this is something that you or your organization is interested in participating in, please contact them as quickly as possible. The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. We ask that you only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend, as we will be depending on your help.

Hosted by Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. In a brief webinar, we will discuss the timeline, eligibility, application, and answer your questions about the process. You have four opportunities to attend. Please RSVP via email for one session by Monday, March 28, 2016. Please include your name, title, school, and the date you choose to attend. Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents for each session. For additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Writing Competition. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2016. The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association members and the public about non-human, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law. Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law. The winner will be chosen in accordance with the competition rules. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement. See CDO Blog for additional information.


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  Friday, April 1:
Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to the mission of ALDF. Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation. A secondary goal of the scholarship is to ensure the recipient chapter will remain active and maintain engaged leadership. Therefore, scholarship recipients are encouraged to act as a SALDF advisor to their chapter for up to two years after graduation; this mentorship will help ensure continuity of the chapter and contribute to its ongoing vitality. Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships are not available to students graduating this semester, but 3Ls in a 4-year program are welcome to apply. Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients. (Note: the number of second place recipients is indeterminate and may vary from year to year.). Applications must be emailed by April 1, 2016. For details, visit the CDO Blog.

Monday, April 25:
Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarship Award Program
LCAWL is pleased to offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to deserving women from Lee County, Florida OR who intend to practice in Lee County, Florida, who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice. The deadline to submit your application is April 25, 2016. One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal; and/or the Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida. For a copy of the application, please visit the CDO.

Sunday, May 1:
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund
On behalf of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the application for the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund 2016 Mike Eidson Scholarship is now available. The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiff lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused and those whose rights are jeopardized. The application deadline is May 1, 2016 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year on July 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. For specific details, please visit the website or the CDO Blog.

Wednesday, June 1:
2016 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law
Scholarship Value: $1,000. Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, Florida is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled Law Student. Scholarship is offered for the Fall 2016 Academic Semester. Essay Topic: Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America War on Drugs? Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship will only be awarded to one incoming 1L or a currently enrolled Law Student; Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA; Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Friday, July 1:
The Reiff & Bily Legal Scholarship
The Reiff & Bily Legal Scholarship, a $1000 award designed to assist a promising candidate achieve their dream of working in the legal industry. Applicants must submit their information by July 1, 2016. A 650 word essay on what goals he or she hopes to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field. This scholarship is offered yearly. For additional instructions and criteria, please read the CDO Blog.


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Did you know that the CDO has resources regarding how to negotiate and understand job offers?
The CDO provides both written materials and online resources useful when conducting and negotiating a job search. Please contact the Career Development Office with any questions at 305.284.2668, at cdo@law.miami.edu or visit the website.