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  September 6, 2013 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is Excited to Share the Summer 2013 Edition of the FAWL Journal!
The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is excited to share with you the Summer 2013 edition of the FAWL Journal! Founded in 1951, FAWL strives to propel women lawyers into economic, social and leadership spheres of power. The Summer 2013 Journal is part of the FAWL continuing commitment to help its members excel and reach their career goals. In addition to its bi-annual Journal and bi-monthly E-Newsletters, FAWL offers its members a variety of benefits, including FREE CLE programming, member benefit discounts and the opportunity to connect with an already established community of women lawyers dedicated to success. You may access the electronic edition of the Summer 2013 FAWL Journal online. If you are not a member or if you have not yet renewed your FAWL membership, visit FAWL online to ensure that you do not miss out on being a part of this powerful community of women professionals.

The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program Deadline is Coming in September!
Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of six second-year law students. Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 27, 2013. Recipients will be announced in early 2014. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by the Latham Diversity Hiring Subcommittee, enhances the firm efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys. For additional information and applications, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

Read: Six Skills Every Law Student Needs to Master By Anna Ivey
As Anna Ivey states, you should not wait until you are working to develop the skills you need to succeed. There are some skills you need to acquire now. Read about the top six skills you need to learn in law school, according to Ms. Ivey. Anna Ivey is the former admissions dean at the University of Chicago Law School. A former lawyer, she's now an admissions consultant for college, law school and MBA applicants. To read more, visit the Careerist.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Thursday, October 17:
Attend The Miami Dade County Law Library Annual Fundraiser
Save the Date! The Miami Dade County Law Library Annual Fundraiser is coming on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Celebrating the Fabulous 1950 era. Silent auction donations (gift cards, crafts, gift baskets, etc.) are greatly appreciated. Contact Miami Lakes Bar Association (MLBA) President, Ameli Padron Fragetta, or the Law Library at 305-349-7548 for more information about the event and donations.

Thursday, October 24:
The Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers Presents Speed Mentoring
The program provides law students with an opportunity to form a mutually beneficial relationship with an attorney or judge in the community in an effort to foster professional growth, career development and personal fulfillment. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, email or telephone as frequently as desired to establish a meaningful mentoring relationship designed to assist the students in developing their legal careers. The program is intended to provide mentoring to the students for one school year, although past mentees have maintained an ongoing relationship with their mentors. Mentors and mentees will be paired based on areas of practice, interests, schedules and preference after the initial event and will be given five minutes to speak. Then, both the attorneys and the students will anonymously make their top three picks and the FAWL Mentoring Committee will make the mentor pairings. This event takes place on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm. at the offices of Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Miami Center (attached to the InterContinental, Hotel). Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 17, 2013. Drinks and appetizers will be served. For additional information and the membership form, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the CDO Blog at http://cdo.law.miami.edu/?p=5743.

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26:
The Equal Justice Works Career Fair, Washington, DC
Would you like to connect with public interest employers from all across the country and meet fellow, public interest-minded students, graduates and practitioners in the field? Then the Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the event for you. The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country. More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities. Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal table talk settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. The 2013 Conference and Career Fair, sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford Law School, takes place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. For information, details and important deadlines, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair.

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.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Monday, September 23:
Professor Froomkin Seeking Law Students For We Robot 2014 Project
Professor Froomkin is seeking one or more University of Miami School of Law students to do projects connected with We Robot 2014, a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be held at the law school on April 4 & 5, 2014. There is intellectual work to be done to set up the event, notably writing online summaries of all the accepted papers. There are also some administrative duties involved. The job mostly involves a smaller amount of work now and a somewhat larger amount of work in the weeks leading up to the event. You would also be asked to attend and assist with the conference, for example, liaising with speakers and summarizing events online, on Twitter and other media. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID #11646 for application instructions and additional details.

Wednesday, September 25:
The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship
The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. The Foundation is specifically interested in addressing the need for legal aid and assistance to the disadvantaged. In order to help to meet this need, the Foundation established the Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program. Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships provide support for law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks and attorneys who are currently employed and who want to work in the public interest for a legal services organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization and provides legal services to disadvantaged individuals, including the elderly, the disabled, the homeless or those deprived of their civil rights. Application must be made within five years of law school graduation. The Foundation anticipates granting a maximum of three Fellowships in 2013, the nineteenth year of the program, with the expectation that the 2014 class of Fellows will begin to render service in the public interest by the end of September 2014. Each Fellowship will provide the Fellow an annual salary in the amount of $46,000, plus the cost of health care benefits, disability insurance and employer withholding taxes as compensation for full time employment. In addition, each Fellowship will provide for those Fellows who owe student loans an amount equal to the amount due and payable on such loans during the term of the Fellowship, up to a maximum amount of $10,000 each Fellowship year. The duration of a Fellowship is one year. Fellowships may be renewed for one additional year if requested by the Fellow and approved by the Foundation Board of Directors and the sponsoring organization.
Friday, November 8:
The 2014 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in March 2014 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year. The program promotes a strong sense of community among Soros Fellows through fall conferences and other activities for fellows receiving financial support and numerous events held throughout the country for fellows who are no longer receiving financial support. The top 77 applicants will be designated finalists and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or Los Angeles in late January or early February of 2014. Reasonable expenses will be covered by the Fellowship Program. The 30 fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be announced in March of 2014. For eligibility and additional information, visit the website.

Monday, January 13:
Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association Seeks Summer Advocacy Fellows
The Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (FL NELA) is seeking up to three (3) Summer Advocacy Fellows for Summer 2014. The mission of FL NELA is to advance employee rights and serve lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the workplace. 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, as well as other employment related matters. The Summer Advocacy Fellow will be based in a FL NELA member firm located in either the Middle District, Northern District or Southern District of Florida and will use his/her independent judgment, initiative and creativity in managing and prioritizing his/her workload. Applicants should have completed at least one year of law school. They should possess excellent research and writing skills and have a demonstrated commitment to worker rights or civil rights. Experience or coursework in employment law is preferred. Preference will be given to first time recipients, and applicants who complete their own applications for consideration for the fellowship. FL NELA is unable to accommodate requests to use the fellowship for academic credits. The fellowship starts around May 28, 2014 and lasts a minimum ten (10) weeks. For additional details such as pay and application instructions, ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

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