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  August 23, 2013 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Check Out The Susan Gainen Blog Called Pass the Baton!
Susan Gainen is a multiple entrepreneur, consulting to law schools and lawyers. Her current lecture series includes Alternative Careers, Professionalism Has Attached, and Job Search Outside of OCI: The Forever Skill. Ms. Gainen maintains a blog called Pass the Baton which contains various tips and useful information for law students and attorneys. She has spent the past 25 years observing market swings, career change, new technologies and new generations bringing their own stamp and styles to work. Her clients benefit from her unique perspective on how work gets done, which combines her expertise in intergenerational communication and experience in the business of law, among other things. Check out her Pass the Baton blog.

Read: What Is The Value of a Law Degree? By Debra Cassens Weiss
What is the value of a law degree? $1M in a lifetime, report says. Debra Cassens Weiss, a senior writer/online, joined the ABA Journal staff in 1986. She has worked as a news researcher for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, as a reporter and editor at the City News Bureau of Chicago and as a newscaster at WMRO and WAUR radio (Aurora, Ill.). Ms. Weiss has written an interesting article concerning two professors battling the conventional wisdom about the lowered value of a law degree with a research paper finding that a JD degree more than pays for itself. To read more, visit the ABA Journal.

South Florida Federal Executive Board Young Government Leaders Chapter Invites You to Join Their Organization
The South Florida Young Government Leaders Chapter (YGL) cordially invite all interested federal, state and local government employees, interns and government contractors in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties to join. They are looking to build a community of leadership for young public servants across the tri-county area through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events, seminars, fellowships and scholarships. YGL is dedicated to developing, strengthening and invigorating the public service community by creating opportunities for networking, strategic partnerships and training with an emphasis on personal development, local outreach and mentorship. Members come for the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other federal, local and state employees and brainstorm about potential solutions to the significant challenges the government faces in the near and long term. YGL offers many paths and opportunities to learn and to interact with colleagues in ways that will help meet your professional goals. YGL also encourages members to get involved, make a difference and develop their leadership potential. If interested, please fill out the membership form. For additional information and the membership form, please ask your CDO advisor.
 

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  
 

Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26:
The Peggy Browning Fund Fifteenth Annual National Law Students Workers Rights Conference
This year, the Peggy Browning Fund Fifteenth Annual National Law Students Workers Rights Conference takes place on October 25th and 26th, 2013 at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD. The keynote speaker will be Craig Becker of the AFL-CIO. The Friday Evening Film & Discussion will be The Dignity & Worth of Labor and a showing of the film Trash Dance, followed by a discussion. With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the issues facing American workers; supplement their labor and workers rights courses; and network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials. Registration opened in mid July, 2013. Students should register via the website at https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/workers-rights-conference/overview or by completing the registration forms in the CDO.

Wednesday, November 6:
The 25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference
The 25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference takes place November 6-10, 2013 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Akerman Senterfitt Student Scholarship provides a partial scholarship to 3 law students attending the Conference in an amount of not less than $1000 per recipient. The 2013 Scholarship Application, a tentative conference agenda and the travel package information and registration form are all available in the CDO. The scholarship application deadline is September 5, 2013. For additional details, check the website at http://georgiaip.org/livesite/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2013_IP_Institute.pdf.

Thursday, November 7:
The Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project: An Innovative Competition to Benefit Dade Legal Aid
Save the Date! Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6- 8 p.m., Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue. There will be a Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. Compete to win the grand prize. Bet on teams assembling a patented invention.

 

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Sunday, September 1:
Fellowship on Women & Public Policy - 2014 Application Information
Now in its 30th year, the Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is a premiere, intensive leadership development, skill building and educational program designed to encourage highly qualified graduate and post graduate women to pursue careers in public policy. More than 300 women have now completed the program and form an extensive alumni network that stretches across New York State, the United States and around the globe. The Fellowship experience blends theory with practice through direct policy field placement, academic coursework, professional development sessions, conferences and community service activities. Fellows are provided with opportunities to gain specific skills and develop an extensive network of people working in their subject area, as well as related professional arenas. The program runs from mid-January through the end of June. Participants are selected on a competitive basis based on academic achievement and work / life experience. A highly intensive program, Fellows are required to work thirty hours each week at their placement office, Monday -Thursday. In addition, the program includes: 3 graduate courses (Tuesday and Thursday evening and one independent research) and professional development every Friday throughout the course of the Fellowship. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, tuition waivers and receive nine graduate credits from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.


Tuesday, September 17:
The 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open
Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure. You must be a third year law student, a recent law school graduate, or an experienced attorney who demonstrates a commitment to public interest law.
Wednesday, October 16:
Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship
Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (HRW), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.


Sunday, December 1:
National Immigrant Law Center 2013 Winter Internship (Washington, DC)
As a national legal advocacy organization working for social justice, the mission of the National Immigrant Law Center (NILC) is to promote and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. They conduct policy and legal analysis, advocacy, class action and impact litigation, and provide training, publications and technical assistance to a broad range of groups throughout the U.S., including immigrant rights coalitions, legal aid programs, community and faith-based groups, worker advocates, community and labor organizers, government agencies, policymakers and the media. NILC seeks law students and graduate students for law and policy internships. Interns provide research support to NILC policy analysts and attorneys in one of NILC priority areas: education access, economic justice, workers rights and health. NILC has a particular need for interns to assist with DREAM Act, Child Tax Credit, SNAP, E-Verify and Affordable Care Act related issues. Other duties include preparing drafts, summaries and charts; NILC publications; and attending, analyzing and helping to organize public congressional or advocacy events. Internship duration is about 6-10 weeks, with a minimum of 10 hours per week. Full-time internships may be considered. There is no monetary compensation. Academic credit may be available. For additional details, see Symplicity Posting ID#11594.
 

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That The Animal Legal Defense Fund Has a Booklet Titled Opportunities in Animal Law Which Contains Various Resources and Information About This Dynamic Area Of The Law?
To view the booklet and obtain information about clerkships, scholarships, project grants, job and pro bono opportunities, law journals, research tools, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and much more, go to the Symplicity Document Library online or ask your CDO advisor.