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  January 25, 2013 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The Diversity and Law Clerks and Students Committees Present: Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Firm or Nonprofit
On January 31, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm EDT, the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a Webinar panel titled "Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Firm or Nonprofit." There are many career paths open to law students and lawyers. In this webinar, Professor Michael Mireles will lead a discussion that explores starting and maintaining a small IP firm or non-profit. The panel will examine issues related to starting a small IP firm from transitioning from a large firm practice to developing clients. Additionally, panelists will discuss their personal satisfaction with practicing in a small IP firm or non-profit. Notably, all of their webinars are now offered for free to members and students may join the FCBA for free. To participate via the Internet, please visit the registration website at https://fedcirbar.webex.com and click on the Upcoming tab. Use registration password 'Diversity131'. Please enter coupon code that applies upon checkout to receive discounted price. Contact Andrew Hunter at hunter@fedcirbar.org with questions about registration.

DRI Law Student Member Benefits: Become A Law Student Member for $20.00
DRI is widely recognized as the largest and most active national association of lawyers engaged in the defense of civil actions. DRI provides high quality educational seminars, numerous publications and other valuable member services to more than 22,000 defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. It is also a forum for exchanging ideas on current issues of importance to defense lawyers and corporations. As a DRI law student member, you are afforded many unique opportunities. Your annual membership fee of $20.00 provides you with benefits such as networking opportunities; DRI publications; publishing opportunities; access to the DRI website; and complimentary registration. To become a member, simply fill out the application form available in the CDO and send it in with the $20.00 fee. For additional information, please visit the website.

Join the ABA Law Student Division 2013-2014 Leadership Team
The ABA Law Student Division has numerous leadership positions, available either by election or appointment. Among the many opportunities and benefits, ABA Law Student Division leadership will provide you with the opportunity to: work with law student leaders across the country, including SBA Presidents, ABA Representatives, national law student organization leaders, as well as licensed attorneys and judges; participate in roundtables, debates and discussions addressing law student issues and concerns; foster your leadership, diplomacy and project management skills; and create policy and present legal education issues that affect law students, both regionally and nationally. Past leaders have stated that the professional, educational and personal rewards they gained from their experience as an ABA Law Student Division leader were invaluable. All candidates must be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing (dues paid in full). Nominations must be signed by your dean and postmarked by the deadline date indicated. Please visit the website for the different available positions, eligibility requirements, the nomination/application forms, deadlines, mailing instructions and additional information. Nominations must be received via email by early to mid-February 2013, depending on the position.

The Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Presents: Speed Networking for Law Students
The Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Presents: Speed Networking for Law Students, in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Bar Association 2013 Bench Bar Conference. The event takes place on Friday, March 1, 2013 at The Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB, FL 33401, from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Immediately following the event (where you will learn about different areas of law from local attorneys), students are invited to attend a networking reception with local attorneys and judges. For more information, visit the website.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Friday, January 25:
Human Trafficking Conference, Fieldhouse, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27:
Staged reading of the play '8' by Dustin Lance Black, 6:00 p.m. in Room E-352.
An American play portraying the legal argument and witness testimony of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, which led to the overturn of Proposition 8 in California.

Monday, January 28:
Diversity Food Festival, The Bricks, $5.00 per plate.

Tuesday, January 29:
Networking and Diversity Panel Luncheon, Student Lounge, 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
The panelists include: Jessica Buchsbaum, Director of Professional Development and Legal Recruiting, Bilzin Sumberg; Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, UMLAW 1999; Tiffani Lee, Diversity Partner, Holland & Knight UMLAW 1997; Andres Rivero, Partner, Rivero Mestre; and Bill Simonitsch, Partner, K&L Gates, UMLAW 2000.

Wednesday, January 30:
Speed Networking Reception, Student Lounge, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Local attorneys will be here participating in SPEED NETWORKING. Come enhance your skills and make some great new connections. Attendance is by RSVP only as space is limited. To sign up, or for more information, please call or email Jessie Howell in the CDO.

Wednesday, January 30:
1L CDO Workshop, Room E-352, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31:
Employment Discrimination Panel, Student Lounge, 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
The panelists will be Leona McFarlane, Judicial Law Clerk, the Hon. Judge Donald Graham UMLAW 2005; Brian Lerner, Partner, Kim Vaughn Lerner UMLAW 1999; Erika Royal, Partner, Holland & Knight; and Marlene Quintana, Partner, Gray Robinson, UMLAW 1996.

Friday, February 1:
Diversity Week Reception Hosted by Holland & Knight, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5:
11th Judicial Circuit Information Session, Room 216B, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5:
Spring Recruiting 2013 Information and Symplicity Training Session, Room 209, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6:
Breakfast w/ Barristers (Judicial), Faculty Meeting Room, 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, February 7:
Spring Recruiting 2013 Information and Symplicity Training Session, Room 209, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 7:
BLSA/Wilkie D. Black Judicial Forum, Student Lounge, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 18:
Reminder: Summer Corps Application is Open! Applications accepted until March 18.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Sunday, February 17:
Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP Seeking Deportation Defense Fellow
VAN DER HOUT, BRIGAGLIANO & NIGHTINGALE, LLP is a nationally renowned, full-service immigration and nationality law firm. The firm is currently seeking a recent law graduate or licensed attorney with one to three years of experience to serve as a Deportation Defense Fellow for two years. The Fellow will work directly with partners on a wide range of immigration cases, including deportation defense, federal court litigation, family, asylum, naturalization and a variety of cases involving the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Cases involve representing clients before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, CIS, ICE, CBP and the federal courts. The Fellow will work closely with attorneys in the firm, handling day to day tasks in a cutting edge, diverse and complex immigration law practice. For information regarding qualifications and applying to this position, please visit Symplicity or the CDO Blog. No telephone calls please.

Monday, March 4:
The ILG Post-Graduate Innovator Fellowship
The ILG Post-Graduate Innovator Fellowship is a one-year, full-time paid position for a new lawyer interested in creative human rights work. The Innovator Fellowship sprang from the recognition that immigration litigation is one of the fastest growing segments of the legal community and there is a great need to foster and mentor effective advocates for social justice. The Fellowship has 2 components. The first is a firm-driven mentorship in which the fellow works closely with the firm attorneys on developing advocacy skills in the removal defense context and federal courts. The fellow learns how to manage cases of different complexity, engage in positive client relations, and develop meaningful time management skills. The second component is the Innovator Project where the fellow implements a litigation or public education project proposed and developed by the fellow in her or his application. The Innovator Project is a one-year project that creates social change through the development of novel litigation strategies, creating and sharing new curriculum for public education about organizing for equitable changes to the immigration and human rights legal system, or a combination of the two. The Innovator Project must have demonstrable and measurable outcomes. Complete details are available in the application packet (when available, you can find it on the website.) The deadline for applying to this fellowship is Midnight, March 4, 2013.
Wednesday, March 13:
FCBA Foundation Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships Open to 1L and 2L Students
For the 20th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students. In 2013, the Foundation will award several stipends to 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 television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology). In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer called the Max Paglin Award, former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications. For requirements, application procedure and additional information, please visit the website.

Monday, March 25:
ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund 2013 Summer Legal Internship Program
The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2013 Program. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public sector law. All law students are eligible, and first-year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks, between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization. The internship program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, and will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. All applications must be received by Monday, March 25, 2013. For program requirements, application and evaluation processes and additional information, please visit the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That Job Search Timelines Are Now Available Online?
To view the timelines for 1L, 2L and 3L students, visit the CDO website.