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  March 16, 2018 Issue  


Career Development Office News & Resources
The 2018 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. It is administered by Public Citizen. Topic: Non-disclosure provisions in Settlement Agreements: Should courts enforce public policy disfavoring them? Prize: $5,000. Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. The competition is open to all current law students and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted. For more information, visit the website.

The American College of American Benefits Counsel Law Student Outreach
In order to further outreach efforts to law students, the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC) has adopted a program to connect interested law students with willing ACEBC members for purposes of asking questions about employee benefits as a practice area. The ACEBC Law Student Outreach provides connections to law students to help foster interest in employee benefits as a practice area. We connect interested law students with ACEBC members. Find out what day-to-day practice is like from an experienced employee benefits attorney. It is a challenging and enjoyable practice area. We will share what we have learned and answer your questions. How to get connected: If you are a law student interested in talking with an ACEBC member about employee benefits practice, send us an email with your name, law school, email address, and phone number. Feel free to specify if you are interested in a particular type of practice, such as in-house, government, law firm, not for profit, or teaching. Your information will be passed to an ACEBC member who will contact you. By contacting you, the member has agreed to one email exchange or telephone exchange about the area that you have selected(although, of course, you and your volunteer may agree to more discussions). Also, the discussion with the volunteer is intended as informational only. It is not a job interview, and you should not use the Law Student Outreach as a vehicle for seeking employment by contacting members. To learn more, visit the website.

2018 Alford Excellence Award
On May 16, 2018, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2018 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2018 Delaware Bar Examination. All application materials should be submitted via email by April 6, 2018. For application instructions additional information and details, please visit the CDO Blog.

James L. Ferraro, author of Blindsided: The True Story of One Mans Crusade Against Chemical Giant DuPont for a Boy with No Eyes Will be at Miami Law
James L. Ferraro JD 1983 alum, author of Blindsided: The True Story of One Mans Crusade Against Chemical Giant DuPont for a Boy with No Eyes, will discuss his book on March 19, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm, at the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Attendees will receive a complimentary book. Please RSVP for this event. See details on the CDO Blog.

The 2018 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition
Since 2005, the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBCE) has sponsored a writing competition for law students, to encourage them to learn about employee benefits. Papers may be on any topic in the employee benefits field. Up to two monetary prizes are offered. Winners also receive an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers may be published by the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter or in the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. SUBJECT: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law. OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (LL.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2017 and August 15, 2018. UP TO TWO PRIZES: Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500. The submission deadline is June 1, 2018. For competition rules and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Saturday, March 31:
The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program
This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless). Applications will be accepted online starting February 6th through March 31st, 2018. In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive and additional stipend for the summer: the Max Paglin Award. For requirements and additional details, please vit the CDO Blog or the website.

Friday, June 1:
Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship
At Scrofano Law PC, we believe that working as a public defender is one of the highest callings in the legal profession. Too often public defenders are overworked and under resourced. They face daily insurmountable odds in the courtroom and in a system that is often rigged against their clients. To give back to the legal community and express our admiration and appreciation to those who aspire to fight for the underdog, we have created a scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender. Scholarship Amount: $1,500.00. Eligibility Criteria: 1) 1st or 2nd year law student; 2) Interest in legal career representing individuals rather than institutions; 3) Employed in summer position at a public defender office. For additional information, please refer to Symplicity Job Posting ID# 19390.

Friday, August 31:
Benson & Bingham Annual Scholarship
In 2017, Benson & Bingham decided to give back to the community with the inception of its first annual Law Scholarship. The firm is pleased to announce that we ended up awarding not just a grand prize of $2,000, but two additional $250 runner-up awards due to the quality of the essays we received. One grand prize winner will receive a payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Additonaly, two $250 payments will be awarded to two runner up applicants. Essays may be published by Benson & Bingham. Deadline is August 31, 2018. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. The winner of the award will be announced by October 31st, 2018. For eligibility requirements, scholarship guidelines and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

Rolling Basis:
Summer 2018 Clerkship Opportunities at Public Counsel
Public Counsel has 9 exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Our projects include a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with diverse transactional needs; an immigrant rights group that does asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution; and an impact litigation department that addresses economic injustices on a national level through strategic lawsuits and other means to accomplish systemic reform. The 2018 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 29, 2018, and ending on August 3, 2018. Both 1L and 2L students are eligible for these internships. For information about applying and practice areas and projects, please visit the CDO Blog.



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Did You Know That Information Regarding Spring Recruiting is Available to Students Each February?
For questions regarding Spring Recruiting, please contact the CDO or make an appointment with your CDO advisor.