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  October 19, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
SAVE THE DATE! The 2012 SABA Florida South Asian Leadership Forum & Annual Meeting and The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Annual Picnic
The South Asian Bar Association of Florida, the International Law Society and the South Asian Law Students Association of the University of Miami School of Law Present the 2012 SABA Florida South Asian Leadership Forum & Annual Meeting on November 9th and 10th 2012. Events include: 2 panels of legal experts; diversity leadership CLE; the SABA Florida annual meeting; a networking lunch; a happy hour; and after hours events. The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Annual Picnic will also take place at Amelia Earhart Park, Hialeah, FL. Both events are in the Miami area and will be a fabulous networking opportunity. There will be plenty of RPPTL members in attendance.

Join the 3rd Annual Patently Impossible Project and Support Dade Legal Aid
Please join the 3rd Annual Patently Impossible Project to support Dade Legal Aid. There will be a cocktail reception, silent auction and raffle prizes. Bet on your favorite contestant assembling a patented invention and much more. This event takes place on Thursday, November 1st, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. The event is free, but the suggested minimum donation is $10.00. All proceeds benefit Dade Legal Aid of Miami.

Read 'How to Ace the Callback And Land that Big-Firm Job'
In August, Seattle lawyer and author Grover Cleveland gave students advice about how to nail the initial interview with a firm. The author of "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer," Cleveland is back with advice about the next phase of the process: the callback.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Monday, October 22:
"How to Make Networking Work For You" Workshop
Join the Miami Law Women and Career Development Office (CDO)on MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-209 for an MLW member favorite - our networking workshop! Learn all of the skills to help you network like a professional at legal events! We'll talk business dress, what to say and all of the DOs and DON'Ts of networking in the law. Lunch will be served. You can RSVP on the Miami Law Women Facebook page under events. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 23:
Register for Legal Career Paths Course
Legal Career Paths is a comprehensive career and professional development course being offered by the CDO. The course is designed to equip first-year law students with the information, self-awareness and professional skills necessary to conduct successful summer, school-year and post-graduate job searches. This 13-week program begins on November 2, 2012, and will feature distinguished guest lecturers. Sessions will meet during 3 Fridays in the Fall and 10 Fridays in the Spring, from 12:30-2 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated on the course schedule). By enrolling in this non-credit course, students will receive a pass/fail notation on their transcript. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate in Professional Development that they can add to their resume. For questions, please contact Luevenia Sterling, Associate Director of Professional Development, at lsterling@law.miami.edu.

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27:
2012 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event where you'll find more than 1,200 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. The conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals.

End of October/Early November:
Attend the CDO 1L Orientation Sessions!
Especially for 1L Students. To welcome you officially to our office, the CDO will hold mandatory 1L CDO orientations. During the orientation, you will receive an introduction to the job search process and to the services provided by the CDO. These sessions will be held on the following days. The sessions are identical and you will only need to attend one: Tuesday, October 30, 12:30 p.m., in room E-352; Wednesday, October 31, 12:30 p.m., in room E-352; and Thursday, November 1st, 12:30 p.m., in room E-352.


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  Thursday, November 1:
Notice to 3L Students and Recent Graduates: The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation National Security Project, NY - Fall 2013 Nadine Strossen Fellowship
The National Security Project of the ACLU National office in New York City invites applications for the Nadine Strossen Fellowship, which will last for a two-year period beginning in September 2013. The National Security Project is part of the ACLU Center for Democracy. The National Security Project litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: targeted killing, detention, torture, discrimination, government surveillance, censorship and secrecy. The active and diverse docket includes: a suit on behalf of a number of U.S. citizens and residents who are prohibited from flying to or from the United States or over U.S. airspace because they are on the government No Fly List; a challenge to the indefinite detention without charge or trial of a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay; a suit on behalf of a broad coalition of human rights, media and legal organizations challenging the constitutionality of dragnet wiretapping conducted under the amended Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; and numerous suits under the Freedom of Information Act. For additional information about how to apply, fellowship responsibilities, criteria and eligibility, please visit the website.

Saturday, December 1:
The Becker & Poliakoff Diversity Fellowship
Becker & Poliakoff is a Florida based law firm committed to promoting and highlighting diversity in the legal profession. The firm established its Diversity Fellowship in 2011 to offer law school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Fellowship is awarded annually to a second-year law student and the goal of the fellowship is to identify future leaders of the firm and the profession who will practice law and conduct themselves according to the Becker & Poliakoff Core Values statement, including the value of promoting diversity. The award recipient will receive approximately $12,000 in total, which includes a $5,000 scholarship towards their 3rd year tuition and a summer internship which pays approximately $720 per week (or approximately $18/hour). The paid summer internship (to be worked the summer after the second year of law school is completed) and the $5,000 tuition scholarship will be awarded in February 2013.

Sunday, January 13:
Florida NELA Advocacy Fellowship
The Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (FL NELA) is seeking up to three (3) Summer Advocacy Fellows for Summer 2013. FL NELA is part of the largest professional organization in the country that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, employee benefits, illegal workplace harassment and retaliation and other employment related matters. The start date for the fellowship is flexible, but will commence on or about May 28, 2013. Minimum ten (10) weeks required. The pay is a $4,000 grant from FL NELA ($2,000 provided by Florida NELA at the conclusion of week five (5); and $2,000 provided at the conclusion of week ten (10)), and $1,000 provided by the Host Firm. FL NELA hopes to announce the Fellows at its Winter Conference, held usually in February 2013. For eligibility, application instructions and additional information, please visit the website.

Rolling Basis:
The National Employment Law Project 2013 Summer Legal Internship Opportunities in New York City, Seattle, Oakland
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies to develop and promote policies and programs that create jobs and enforce worker rights. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists and policy experts, NELP works in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states, and then translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century. Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of their work. Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of policy advocacy, litigation and community education, and will assist in drafting manuals, articles and policy briefs for publication. Interns may also work with the NELP National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse, a growing movement of unions, community groups, worker centers, legal services, plaintiff attorneys and public agencies working to make headway against wage theft and right to overtime pay. Students are encouraged to apply early.


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