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  October 25, 2013 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The ABA is Launching Career Advice LIVE!
The ABA is launching Career Advice Live!, a FREE monthly webinar series offering practical tips on career-related topics. The inaugural program, Tailor Your Career to Fit Your Strengths, took place on Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Programs are free for ABA members. Register today and learn more about the series. ABA Career Advice LIVE! offers practical tips on selected topics, some for seasoned lawyers and others for new lawyers or law students. Experienced career counselor Kathy Morris, an author and speaker at attorney career programs nationwide, will host the 45-minute webinar at 1 p.m. ET on the second Friday of each month. Read more about upcoming programs on the website.

The Workforce Recruitment Program for Students with Disabilities
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP provides students and recent graduates with disabilities the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required phone interview with a WRP recruiter and gain valuable skills, experience and contacts on the job. Applicants for the program must fulfill certain requirements. The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires applicants to have a phone interview with one of their recruiters. The interviews take place from October through mid-November of each year. The WRP is coordinated on college campuses by Disability Services or Career Services offices. Currently, over 270 colleges and universities participate in the program, and additional campuses are added each year. They had over 2,900 candidates in the 2013 database. Interested students and recent graduates are encouraged to contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO as soon as possible.

The 2014 Palm Beach County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program Application is Now Available
The Palm Beach County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program was formed in 2010 to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in legal work environments. Law firms of many different practice areas and those classified as large, medium and small have participated in the program. The program has also included opportunities for governmental and public interest employment and resulted in some of the law clerks being offered opportunities for future, permanent employment. However, future, permanent positions are not promised. Students that are interested should contact their CDO advisor for applications and other details on participating in the program. Additional details, as well as the application form, are all also available on the website. The application deadline is January 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Monday, October 28:
The Florida Bar General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practice (GPSSF) Section, Robert Wayne Presentation, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Room A-110
The GPSSF Section of the Florida Bar will present the benefits of the section to the students upon graduation, including what the GPSSF can do for small and solo practitioners. Students will also be invited to the Small and Solo Firm Conference in January 2014. This Conference is one of its kind and has received rave reviews from former student attendees of the Small and Solo Firm Conference in Orlando. Lunch will be provided to students. If you have any questions, please ask Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO or your CDO advisor.

Tuesday, October 29, Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31:
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 29, Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31. All sessions will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in Room F-309.

Wednesday, October 30:
Lecture Featuring Richard Susskind, Author of Tomorrow Lawyers
You are cordially invited to a public lecture featuring Richard Susskind, the inaugural holder of the Larry J. Hoffman Greenberg Traurig Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Business of Law. Professor Susskind is an author, speaker and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. Tomorrow Lawyers deals with navigating the new legal terrain and offering practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m., at the Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Please RSVP at https://sites.google.com/a/g.law.miami.edu/richard-susskind-lecture---oct-30th/.

Thursday, November 7:
The Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project
Join Dade Legal Aid at the Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project. This event takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue, and is a benefit for Dade Legal Aid, which provides a safety net of legal services to foster youth, victims of violence and other disenfranchised individuals and families in our community. Suggested minimum donation $20.00. COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAIL RECEPTION. COMPETE FOR THE GRAND PRIZE. BET ON TEAMS ASSEMBLING A PATENTED INVENTION. Visit the website at http://www.dadelegalaid.org/ to RSVP.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, November 15:
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 2014 Fellowship Program
The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2014. The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues and other AFL-CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union-side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis. The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities. The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. The AFL-CIO litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits. In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers. Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences. Recent law graduates, judicial clerks and third-year law students are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent legal research and writing skills and enjoy legal research and appellate work. Applicants should also have a commitment to worker rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. Telephone inquiries are discouraged. For additional details, visit Symplicity Posting ID# 11974.

Monday, December 2:
The Becker Poliakoff Diversity Fellowship Program
Becker Poliakoff is a Florida based 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 fellowship is awarded annually to a 2L from UM who meets the criteria. The goal is to identify future leaders of the firm (and the profession), who will practice law and conduct themselves according to the Core Values statement of the firm, including the value of promoting diversity. The internship and scholarship will be awarded together in 2014. Recipients may not choose one without the other. Applicants must submit the required documents between now and 12/2/2013 at 5:00pm. The award recipient will be announced on or about February 4, 2014. For details, ask your CDO advisor or visit Symplicity.
Friday, December 27:
The 2014 Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program
Up to nine law students from diverse backgrounds are placed in summer business court clerkships around the country. Students will gain invaluable experience and the opportunity to build their network. The purpose of the Diversity Clerkship Program is to provide hands-on experience and exposure in Business Law to law students. The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work. Roles and responsibilities of selected Diversity Clerkship participants include, but are not limited to, the following: researching cases; drafting memoranda and opinions; observing trials; and networking with local attorneys and judges. Fellows will also receive a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship. Clerkship locations will be determined after clerks are selected based on the needs of Business Court Judges in various locations. Placements from the 2013 program included the following locations: Dover, DE; Wilmington, DE; Chicago, IL; Upper Marlboro, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Columbia, SC; Santa Ana, CA; Greensboro, NC; and Las Vegas, NV. Visit the website for more details.

Tuesday, December 31:
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of the Banner & Witcoff commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff. Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria: academic credit; commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP Law; member of a historically underrepresented group in IP Law; written and oral communication skills; and leadership qualities and community involvement. Awards will be announced in April 2014. For the application and complete details and information about how to apply, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did you know that many students conduct job searches outside of South Florida and that conducting a job search outside your current geographical area requires you to plan ahead to make the most of your time away from Miami?
For additional information, review the Out of Town Job Search Guide which is available online or in the CDO Resource Library.