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  October 11, 2013 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Announcing the Law Review Commons
Announcing a new portal for open-access legal scholarship: the Law Review Commons! The site brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years from nearly 150 law reviews. Read more about the Law Review Commons on the DC Telegraph and browse the site for more information.

The Law Student Division Mentoring Program
The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division Mentoring Program was designed with the main goal of connecting Law Student Division members with Florida attorneys. The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division has built a statewide network of attorneys to mentor students both locally and across the state. To accommodate Law Student Division members, mentees have the opportunity to select whether they prefer to be paired with a local mentor or an Across-the-State mentor. Local mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least 5 times during the program, focusing on real legal experience, networking and professionalism by allowing their mentee to attend events and activities such as depositions, trials, negotiations, closings, hearings, mediations, document executions, client consultations, and/or local bar events, activities and educational programs. Across-the-State mentors benefit those students who may be attending law school in one part of the State, but who have plans after graduation to practice in another part of the State, and/or students who want to learn about a particular practice area in which a practitioner outside of their school geographic region. Mentors and mentees paired through an Across-the-State mentoring relationship will communicate electronically and/or by phone. Such relationship will allow the mentee to establish a relationship with an attorney who practices in their future home base and/or ideal post-graduation practice area. The Law Student Division Mentoring Program is a benefit to Law Student Division members. Therefore, only applications received from Law Student Division members will be considered for the Mentoring Program. Law Student Division membership is free to law students and we encourage you to sign up as a Law Student Division member. The form for the mentoring program is due October 15th.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Saturday, October 12:
Coral Gables Bar Association 2013 Annual Installation Celebration
The 2013 Installation Celebration will see the 2013 officers and directors of the Coral Gables Bar Association sworn into office on October 12, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. The event will be a break from the tradition of holding a seated dinner with a speaker, and will instead include hors d'oevres and dining stations at the newly opened Coral Gables Museum, located at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134, which will share its entire facility for the Association's celebration. A variety of seating arrangements will encourage guests to interact socially, on the plaza, the rooftop veranda and indoors, while a band plays popular music outdoors. For more information, please visit the website at http://coralgablesbar.org/.

Tuesday, October 15:
Attend the Idealist Grad Fair at University of Miami
The Idealist Grad Fair at University of Miami takes place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The fair is free and open to the public, and if you are thinking of going to grad school in the next year or two, we think you will find it very helpful. Generously hosted by The University of Miami Master of Arts in International Administration Program, the fair is for undergraduates, professionals and anyone thinking of applying to graduate school to further their social impact career. You will meet representatives from 56 schools offering graduate degrees. At the fair, you can learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship and many more. You can also speak with admissions representatives from local, national and international universities. The fair is free and open to anyone considering graduate school. To RSVP, learn more about the fair, and to see a full list of participating schools, visit the website at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6130700089.

Tuesday, October 15:
Attention 3Ls and LLMs: The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2014 Application Deadline is Tuesday, October 15 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time!
The PMF Program offers paid two-year appointments with federal government agencies. More than 80 federal agencies recruit through this program and offer positions in public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, financial management and many other fields in support of public service programs. Please note that Finalists cannot be appointed into attorney positions and Fellows cannot reappoint into attorney positions. Finalists seeking appointments as an attorney in the federal government may wish to look for such opportunities outside the PMF Program through USAJOBS or individual agency websites. However, attorney positions are excepted service so there is no public notice requirement for job vacancies. If you applied, or are planning to apply, please email Karen Warren in the CDO at kwarren@law.miami.edu.

Wednesday, October 16:
The South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Invites You to its Law Student Mentorship Program Kickoff Event
The South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) invites you to the Kickoff Event for its newly-launched Law Student Mentorship Program! The event is not limited to participants in the Program and open to all local law students, judicial law clerks and practitioners. Join them for this excellent networking opportunity sponsored by Blue Martini. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Martini Brickell, 900 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33130. Premium beverages and light snacks will be served. Please RSVP and provide each name of person attending. To leave a message, call 305-789-7614.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, November 8:
The Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship
The Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Access to Justice Campaign are pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship (VPLF) beginning in August 2014. The VPLF program is designed to allow graduating law students and other new lawyers to help expand the reach of the existing legal services providers of Vermont. Funding for salary and benefits will be provided by the Vermont Access to Justice Fund and will be matched by supervision and office support from a host Vermont legal services organization. The specific fellowship projects will be designed to take advantage of the background of each Fellow and the needs of the low-income community, and will be integrated directly into the services being delivered by one or more of the three major legal services programs in Vermont: Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and/or the South Royalton Legal Clinic at Vermont Law School. The fellowship will include work on one or more specific projects impacting the lives of low-income Vermonters, as well as the day-to-day delivery of legal services to clients. The three prior Fellows focused on foreclosure defense, Tropical Storm Irene relief and education issues. Additional areas of legal aid in Vermont include, but are not limited to, legal services to veterans, consumer housing, public benefits, disability rights and immigration. Fellows will work with the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Bar Association to publicize fellowship activities, contribute to the public awareness of legal services in Vermont and participate in Vermont Bar Association continuing legal education activities. Applicants must have excellent written and oral skills. Experience in public interest law, civil rights law or legal services is a plus. Applicants must be recent law school graduates or graduating law students and must be admitted to the Vermont Bar or willing to sit for the July 2014 examination. Some in-state travel is required. For salary, how to apply and additional details, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID# 11890.

Friday, December 13:
The Janet D. Steiger Summer 2014 Fellowship Project
The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor Office of Consumer Affairs and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. Students applying for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship must complete an online application survey. Then, you may apply. The Project is also a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, a great public servant who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies. For additional details, please visit Symplicity.
Sunday, December 15:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ADLF) is Hiring a Litigation Fellow
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce its new Litigation Fellowship Program with the ALDF Animal Law Institute. For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals. Today, the agency efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 110,000 members. The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals and will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well. The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2014, lasts roughly two years and is based at the ALDF headquarters in Cotati, California. For details about salary and how to apply, please visit Symplicity.

Rolling Basis:
Public Advocates Legal Clerkships For The School Year and Summer 2014
Spend your semester or summer at one of the leading civil rights law firms in California. Public Advocates is a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization. Currently, Public Advocates seeks law students both at their main office in San Francisco and at their Sacramento office, which specializes in legislative advocacy and community engagement. The Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of impact work in an environment geared to their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to a supervising attorney who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Public Advocates engages students in a wide range of work to promote equity and systemic change including: major civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal; legislative, administrative, and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications. Clerks have assisted in drafting briefs, participated in litigation meetings, attended administrative hearings, met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners. Public Advocates is currently accepting applications from 2Ls for summer 2014, and they will start accepting 1L applications in December. Applications for semester positions are welcome at any time before the semester begins, but they encourage you to apply as early as possible for both semester and summer clerkships, as space is limited and positions are filled on a rolling basis. For qualifications, how to apply and additional information, please visit the website or Symplicity.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That Approximately 80% of Jobs Are Found Through Networking?
For more networking tips and to read about the importance of networking and certain networking tools such as informational interviews, visit the CDO website or speak with your CDO advisor.