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  March 24, 2017 Issue  


Development Office News & Resources
National Association of Women Lawyers 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
NAWL 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. Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2016-17 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. Entries must be received by May 1, 2017. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. For rules of the competition, format, judging and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2016-2017 Law Student Writing Competition
The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, 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. 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 and on the CDO Blog. Entry deadline is July 14, 2017.

2017 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 13th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize
Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses or domestic partners benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions. Any J.D. and graduate law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017 may participate. There are cash awards for two winning papers. However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on October 16, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients. Deadline to submit papers is June 1, 2017. For additional information, please see the CDO Blog.

AIJA launches the 2017 Best International Future Lawyer Award
After the big success of the 2016 edition, AIJA launches now the Best International Future Lawyer Award 2017. Law students and trainees can win this prestigious award for the best written Essay on The impact of technology on the law and/or on the legal profession. This is a unique opportunity to show law students potential to their future colleagues and employers. The Award is open to any law students who are still enrolled at any university worldwide at the time the Paper is submitted. Participating is very easy! For details, please visit the website. Application period starts on February 1st and the deadline to submit your essay is May 1, 2017.

Enter The Sovereignty Symposium XXX: Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
The Sovereignty Symposium XXX 2017 will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 7 and June 8, 2017. The Sovereignty Symposium is the foremost legal gathering on Native American law in the world. It was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues regarding Indian law can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada. The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2016 Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits. Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2017. Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money. For more information, see the the CDO website.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Saturday, April 1:
Advancing Justice Legal Fellowship
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta is proud to announce its inaugural Advancing Justice Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is geared toward a 2017 law school graduate or an outgoing judicial law clerk who wants to work in the public interest arena. The fellow will be hosted at Advancing Justice Atlanta and funded by the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA). The fellow will work with Advancing Justice Atlanta and the broader Advancing Justice affiliation to provide direct services to the community and look for impact litigation opportunities. Applicants are expected to design a new project focusing on the needs of the Georgia Asian American community, in the context of immigration, voting rights, and/or employment law. The Legal Fellow will start in August 2017 and work one full year to July 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. For qualifications and details, see Symplicity Job Posting ID#18299.

Saturday, April 15:
CFAWL Bar Study Scholarship 2016-2017
The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL) is proud to invite applications for its fourth annual Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission. The scholarship is meant to help the recipient while he or she studies for the Florida Bar Exam. It is made possible through the generous donations of CFAWL members and friends and CFAWL fundraising efforts. For the 2016-2017 academic years, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving full-time or part-time law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2017 and who has promoted the CFAWL mission through CFAWL membership and/or volunteer work. This student will have demonstrated leadership and involvement on his or her campus and in the general community. The CFAWL Bar Study Scholarship consists of an award of $1,000.00. The award recipient will be invited to attend the May 5, 2017, CFAWL Luncheon in Orlando, where the recipient will be introduced. The Scholarship will be paid to the recipient after his or her law school graduation, in June of 2017. Complete applications must be received 5:00 pm April 15, 2017. For additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

Monday, May 1:
Burnham & Gorokhov, PLLC Scholarship (Washington D.C.)
Burnham & Gorokhov, PLLC has an annual outside scholarship that the firm created for students who intend to do an unpaid internship at a federal or state public defender office. The scholarship amount is $1,000, and the deadline for application is May 1, 2017. The other main application requirement is an essay. See Symplicity Job Posting ID#18088 for additional details.

Thursday, June 1:
Call for Applications: Next Generation WPS GPS Symposium
The five-day symposium will examine international security challenges from a gender perspective and bring together an international cohort of 24 graduate students. The symposium is scheduled to take place November 12-19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Selection is based on a competitive application process. WIIS will invite 24 applicants to participate in the program. It will feature interactive lectures and seminar discussions on the gender dimensions of international security challenges and will focus on regional as well as transnational challenges such as terrorism, migration, and peace operations. Symposium participants will receive professional development and skills training, including how to effectively communicate with the media, write for policymakers, and leverage social media. Participants will also gain exposure to government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks. All costs associated with symposium travel and accommodation will be covered by WIIS. For application and other details, visit the CDO Blog. Applications are due by June 1, 2017. Selected participants will receive formal invitations.

Thursday, August 31:
Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship
In 2017, Benson & Bingham decided to once again give back to the community with the inception of its first annual Law Scholarship. Benson & Bingham understand the rigors of law school accompanied with the expense to become an attorney, and felt obliged to help alleviate the financial strain with their annual scholarship offer. One grand prize winner will receive a one-time payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Essays may be published by Benson & Bingham. Benson & Bingham welcome any and all potential candidates who meet the criteria and complete the application by August 31st, 2017. The winner of the award will be announced by October 31st, 2017. For scholarship criteria, guidelines, etc., please visit the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did you know that the Spring Recruiting is a collection of programs coordinated by the CDO for employers interested in interviewing Miami Law students for summer and post-graduate positions and generally takes place in March and April?
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