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  August 4, 2017 Issue  


Development Office News & Resources
Judge John R. Brown Award
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. The awards for 2017 will be as follows: $10,000 First Place; $5,000 Second Place; $3,000 Third Place; $1,000 Finalists; and $5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal on the website by December 31, 2017. If your article wins, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys. Eligibility and topic: J.D. Students. Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.

Public Interest Opportunities and Funding Available
Per Equal Justice Works (EJW), certain Miami area organizations are still seeking interns for the summer. Students who intern would be eligible to receive an educational award of $1,230 for three hundred hours of service. In addition, students who have already secured public interest internships this summer can also apply for this award. More information is available online and on the EJW Americorps JD website. For host organizations currently accepting applications, please visit website. For additional details and questions, please ask your CDO advisor. For additional information, please see the CDO Blog.

HNBA PRESENTS: NEW HNBA Law Student Division Career Opportunities Board!
As part of the HNBA mission of advancing the pipeline of current and future Latino/a lawyers, and providing its members with robust professional development and career advancement training and opportunities, the HNBA is proud to unveil the new HNBA Law Student Career Opportunities Board, where HNBA law student members can find their next internship, scholarship, or judicial clerkship! The HNBA invites student members to join the board and spread the word, so Latino/a law students do not miss the chance that can make the difference in their professional development and advancement in the legal profession.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, August 11:
2017 Fitch Law Scholarship Essay Contest
Ohio attorney John Fitch of The Fitch Law Firm LLC is a victims rights advocate. Mr. Fitch is also dedicated to promoting the education of the public with respect to issues pertaining to personal injury and sexual abuse law in order to promote safety and increased awareness of risks that exist to the general public. With these principles in mind, The Fitch Law Firm is honored to offer a one-time, non-renewable scholarship of $2,500.00 to one student who wins The Fitch Law Firm 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest. The deadline for application is August 11, 2017. All other requirement details can be found at the scholarship page.

Tuesday, August 15:
The Milbank Diversity Scholars Program
The Diversity Scholars Program awards a salaried 2L summer associate position and a $25,000 scholarship, distributed during the selected student third year of law school. Who is eligible to apply for the Diversity Scholars Program? To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar, candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program. Students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented at large law firms are encouraged to apply. What is the application deadline and what information must be submitted? Applications must be received between June 1st and August 15th. Interested students must submit a current resume, law school transcript and essay via our on-line application system by visiting the website.

Thursday, August 31:
This scholarship provides a $25,000 award to up to five outstanding 2L students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school. The scholarship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify accomplishment, leadership and dedication and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession. Successful applicants for the scholarship must show demonstrated leadership ability and a genuine interest in Ropes & Gray practice. For additional details, please visit the website.

Monday, September 18:
Skadden Foundation Fellowship
The foundation will award two-year Fellowships for 2018 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights. Selection is based on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the applicant (competency, academic performance, character and demonstrated commitment to the public interest), the demonstrated effectiveness of the sponsoring organization, the quality of the proposed project and the worthiness of the project's goals. Skadden Fellows cannot receive any other fellowship funds or prize monies for the two-year duration of the Skadden Fellowship.



Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?

Did you know that the Fall Recruiting Program runs from mid-August to mid-October each year and participating employers may interview 2L law students for summer positions, as well as 3L law students and LL.M. students for entry-level positions?
The CDO will host two orientation sessions in August to discuss the fall recruiting process. Topics to be addressed include interview preparation, logistics and the callback interview process. Students intending to participate in the Fall Recruiting program are encouraged to attend. Sessions are the same and students need only attend one. Students applying to Phase I employers who will be traveling from out of town should plan accordingly. Please look at your emails for additional information or discuss with your CDO advisor.