Thursday, October 28, 2010

LexisNexis Webcast: Alternative and Pro Bono Career Exploration

On Tuesday November 9th LexisNexis will host a webcast entitled Alternative and Pro Bono Career Exploration. In this webcast you will:
Learn about Pro Bono opportunities from Esther F. Lardent the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pro Bono Institute.
Hear from Edward Adams the Editor and Publisher of the ABA Journal about various legal career paths.
Register now - the first 1,000 students to register and attend the November 9th webcast will receive a free law student membership to the ABA valued at $25. You will also receive 200 LexisNexis Reward points for attending.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Orange Ribbon Campaign
Monday, October 25 through Friday October 29th
Help UF Law raise awareness about the need for support of pro bono services through financial contributions, volunteerism and advocacy throughout the week. Orange ribbons will be available in the courtyard Monday, October 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 26 from 10 – 11 a.m. to remind members of the law school community of the importance of doing Pro Bono work. Ribbons will be available in the Center for Career Development, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

APIL Summer Fellowship Student Panel
Monday, 10/25, 5pm, HOL 285C
Co-Sponsored by Association for Public Interest Law and LEXIS
Students will discuss their internship/externship experiences in public interest law. Panelists will include students who have worked for The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Legal Aid of Manasota, and The Children's Law Center. Bonita Young from LEXIS will also speak on researching public interest jobs. Pizza will be provided by LEXIS.

Volunteer Fair
Wednesday, 10/27, 10am-2pm, Schott Courtyard
Meet representatives from local pro bono and public interest organizations, including Restoration of Civil Rights Project, the Clinics, Association for Public Interest Law, Three Rivers Legal Services and Teen Court. Hours donated to these organizations may qualify you for a pro bono certificate at graduation. The CCD will also be attending the fair promoting the Pro Bono and Community Service Projects. Visit for more information on the Volunteer Projects.

Programs this Week

Space Law
Monday, 10/25 1pm Hol 350
Participate in a phone conversation with Timothy Ravich, Esq. to learn about this legal practice area.

APIL Summer Fellowship Student Panel
Monday, 10/25, 5pm, FDR
Co-Sponsored by Association for Public Interest Law and LEXIS
Students will discuss their internship/externship experiences in public interest law. Panelists will include students who have worked for The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Legal Aid of Manasota, and The Children's Law Center. Bonita Young from LEXIS will also speak on researching public interest jobs. Pizza will be generously provided by LEXIS.

Career Opportunities with the First DCA
Tuesday, 10/26, 12pm, HOL 345
Come and learn about career opportunities with the Florida First District Court of Appeals. Please join Linda Bulecza, director of staff of attorneys for the First DCA, to find out what you need to know about applying for state judicial clerkships and staff attorney positions.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Presented by: The American Constitution Society and OutLaw
Tuesday, 10/26 at 5:30p.m. Faculty Dining Room
Improve your employability by strengthening your client competency skills at this workshop. Analyze military laws and its effects on gay people, trans people, and those who are HIV positive, work through fact patterns involving typical issues handled by the SLDN. Dinner will be provided. Spots are limited, so if you're interested please RSVP to

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Minority Mentoring Picnic

The 7th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 12-4 PM in Hialeah, Florida. This is the ultimate networking event for minority law students from all over Florida.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Programs this Week

Careers with the FBI
Monday, 10/18 at 1pm, HOL 382
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency charged with protecting and defending the U.S. against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and enforcing the criminal laws of the United States. Join Special Agent Jeff Westcott as he shares his experiences and more details about pursuing this exciting career.

Getting Involved with the Bar as a Student
Tuesday, 10/19 at 12pm, HOL 345
Co-sponsored by the UF Student Section of the Florida Young Lawyers’ Division and the 8th Judicial Circuit Law Student Association
Join the President of the Florida Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”), Renee Thompson, Esq. and local YLD Affiliate Jake Rush, Esq., to learn how you can get involved with Bar organizations as a student. This a great chance to learn how you can network with attorneys and work side by side with them on various committees.

2Ls, OCI is Almost Over – Now What?
Wednesday, 10/20 at 12pm, HOL 285B
2Ls, it's not too late to start the next phase of your job or internship search for next summer. What should be your search strategies now? Where should you be looking? What resources have you not considered? 2L Counselor Kristen Bryant will be on hand Wednesday to discuss topics and strategies including informational interviewing, targeted mailings, and networking with the right type of employers. If you find yourself scratching your head and not knowing what your first or next step should be, bring your questions and attend this informative program.

Intellectual Property Careers
Wednesday, 10/20 at 6pm, FDR
Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Technology Association
Intellectual Property Law Professor Rich Vermut of Rogers Towers, PA and a representative from Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Saliwanchik will present their perspectives on the licensing, litigation and prosecution aspects of Intellectual Property Law.

Everything You Want to Know About the FL Bar Exam
Wednesday, 10/20 at noon HOL 270
Dean Calvert Hanson will speak about the Bar Exam Application Conversion Process; Karen Hundley, VP for the Southern Region of BarBri Bar Review will help you understand the contents of the exam; and Phil Sandon, bar tutor & exam guru, will discuss how to prepare for the Florida Bar Exam.
PIZZA provided by BarBri!!!

Health and Bio Law Careers
Thursday, 10/21 at 10am, HOL 345
Interested in learning more about an expanding legal practice area? Come and meet Kathryn Lancaster, Esq., general counsel for RTI Biologics, and UF Law Professor Rachel Rebouche, the former Associate Director of Adolescent Health Programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families for information on this legal career path.

Lunch Series with Judge Ramey Ko
Co-Sponsored by UF Asian Kaleidoscope Month and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
Thursday, 10/21 at 12pm, Bailey Courtroom
Judge Ramey Ko was inspired to serve by his parents, who have always generously given their time to support the local Asian American community despite the demands of running a small business. Enjoy a catered lunch from Classic Fare while you listen to Judge Ko speak about being a young judge in Austin, Texas and his journey getting there. He will also be talking about his perspective and experiences as an Asian American in the legal field, and how he is particularly passionate about getting more young people and Asian Americans involved with activism, politics, and community service.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Beat the Bulldogs" Alumni Reception in Jacksonville

Interested in the Jacksonville employment market? Attend the "Beat the Bulldogs" alumni reception in Jacksonville on Thursday, October 28th from 5:30-7:30 at the River Club at the top of the Modis Building. UF Law has a large alumni network in Jacksonville who would like to meet you. Space is available for 10 students only, so interested students should send an email indicating interest & class year to: by noon on October 19th.

Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

In 2010, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) launched a new, funded fellowship program for current 3Ls and recent law school graduates interested in working to advance reproductive justice. The RJ Fellowship Program will enhance capacity at reproductive justice organizations working to influence law and policy and build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers.

This year, six (6) RJ Fellows will be paid $50,000 plus benefits and be placed with host organizations in Washington, D.C. for a year-long program (starting in August 2011) that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

To read the full fellowship description and download the application, please click here:

All applications must be submitted to Mariko Miki, LSRJ Curriculum & Training Coordinator, at by 5:00PM PST on Monday, November 1, 2010. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Questions by email only.

Monday, October 11, 2010

GOING SOLO: Successful Practice Development

Presented by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the General Practice Solo & Small Firm Section.

Live Location: Friday, October 22, 2010, from 1-5pm
Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa International Airport
Tampa, Florida 33607 813-879-5151

*Webcast also available*

An unprecedented opportunity to hear some of Florida's leading solo attorneys reveal their secrets of successful solo law practice development.
Topics include: 10 things you MUST do before opening your office; the 9 Secrets of Successful Solos; how to find your best clients; how to build your referral network; and find your practice passion.
  • Countdown to Opening Your Office: 10 things you MUST do FIRST
  • 9 Secrets of Successful Solos
  • Finding Your Best Clients ... and Turning Them Into Raving Fans!
  • Best Software for Solos
  • Why and How to Choose a Coach or Mentor
  • Publicity on a Shoestring

Jennifer Dietz, Esq., and Adjunct Professor of law, Stetson University, Tampa

A.J. Comparetto, Esq., St. Petersburg

Daniel W. Perry, Esq., Orlando

Larry Marraffino, Esq., and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville

Michael Faehner, Esq., Clearwater

For more information on the CLE, including the webcast, and how to register visit:

Programs this Week

Small Firms: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Monday, 10/11 at 1pm in HOL 382
Did you realize that the majority of our recent graduates heading to firms started their career with small to mid-sized firms? Frank Maloney has been in the general practice of law in Baker County, Florida, since 1982. He will be here to speak and answer your questions about careers in small firms and the benefits, rewards, and skill set needed to become a small firm practitioner.

Work in DC through the University of Arizona
Monday, 10/11, 2pm, HOL 270
Nicole Lehtman, Esq. of the Washington Center is coming to campus to speak to 2L’s and 3L’s about visiting student/externship opportunities in Washington, D.C. Find out how you can get a first-hand view of the policy and legal practice in the nation’s capital and develop connections and experience often sought by potential employers.

Careers with the US Marines
Thursday, 10/12 at 2pm in HOL 355B
Captain Christopher Lawson will be on hand to answer questions and share his legal career experience in the Marines.

Etiquette Dinner: Ticket Sales End at Noon on Monday!
Tuesday, 10/12 at 6pm at Hillel
Unfortunately, we hear stories from employers about law students not receiving job offers because of social faux pas the student made during a meal. Do not let this happen to you!!! The CCD has teamed up with FAWL and JMBA to host the etiquette dinner featuring guest speaker Robin Steele. Enjoy a three course meal and learn to dine like a partner. The event will be held next Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 pm at Hillel. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will only be sold for a limited time. Stop by the JMBA office or the FAWL table in the courtyard and purchase your ticket for this event ($14).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Annual Meeting

ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization whose mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society’s 4,000 members (from nearly 100 countries) comprise attorneys, academics, judges, students, and others interested in international law.

This November 12th-13th, ASIL will be holding its annual meeting in Miami. On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 12th, it will hold a career fair/mentoring session for law students from 2:30 - 5 p.m., which will take place at the University of Miami School of Law. It is open to any and all law students but will be targeted to those interested in international law.

The goal: that Florida law school students from across the state, and who are interested and engaged in international law---whether in the classroom, or by participating on student organizations and journals---can spend quality networking time with professionals from FL firms and public interest organizations whose practice areas include international litigation, arbitration, and advocacy.

For information and to RSVP contact:
Emily Holland
(646) 660-2099

Fellowships in Nonprofit Law

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) at New York University School of Law is offering the following two Fellowships in Nonprofit Law:

  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice (The RBF Fellowship) and
  • The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at New York University’s Office of Legal Counsel (The NCPL Fellowship).

The RBF and NCPL Fellowships will each be awarded to one graduate of an accredited U.S. Law School. Go to for more information and to download the application form or apply online. Please note that completed applications must be received by the NCPL no later than December 3, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact Mo Coffey at (212) 998-6168 or

Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, October 12th at 5:45 pm at Hillel

Tickets are on sale now in the JMBA Office or in the courtyard. Enjoy a three-course meal while learning the do’s and don’ts of proper etiquette during an interview or reception. Social events are increasingly becoming part of the interview process; do not miss out on a job because you missed this event.
Co-sponsored by FAWL and JMBA!

The Presidential Management Fellows Program

3Ls! The 2010-2011 Presidential Management Fellows ("PMF") Program application season opened on October 1st. The PMF Program is the premier program for leadership development in the public sector. Its purpose is to attract outstanding men and women to the federal service. Each year, the program draws Fellows from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. PMF assignments may involve public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law, financial management and many other fields in support of public service programs.

Nomination: This program requires a law school nomination. At UF Law, Associate Dean Rachel Inman in the Office of Student Affairs is the designated nominator. Please schedule an appointment with her to receive your nomination.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2010
For more information and to apply visit:

Monday, October 4, 2010

ABA GP/Solo Mentoring Program

While most mentoring programs are based on occasional meetings between seasoned practitioners and young lawyers, GPSolo’s Law Student Mentoring Program does more. The program, aimed to fill some of the gaps of traditional law school education, focuses on introducing law students to the practical aspects of being a lawyer through real world activities and the mentor’s insight and guidance. Further, the program is flexible, enabling the law student to pick his or her own mentor and tailor the program’s criteria to his or her own interests. By completing the law student mentoring program, students will have established a strong relationship with their mentors, witnessed several legal proceedings of their choosing, and gained valuable insight to the things law school doesn’t teach. Each student who successfully completes the program earns an acknowledgement as a token of his or her accomplishment.For more information visit

Student Volunteers Needed

To assist with the work of the Florida Innocence Commission

The Florida Innocence Commission was established by order of Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady to conduct a comprehensive study of the causes of wrongful convictions and of measures to prevent such convictions. The Commission is looking for 2L and 3L student volunteers to help research information related to the causes of wrongful convictions.

Organizational Meeting With Lester Garringer
Executive Director, Florida Innocence Commission
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 04, 2010
UF College of Law
Room 285-B

Programs this Week

Bread and Butter of Your Law Practice: The Real Estate Transaction Timeline
Monday, 10/4 at 5:30pm Location TBA
Co-Sponsored by the Real Property Law Association
Robert J. Rohan, Esq. From Attorney’s Title Fund Services will share his insight on a career involving real property practice.

Gaining Insights Series: State Attorney & Public Defender
Tuesday, 10/5 at 12pm in HOL 345
Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, David Margulies (‘06 UF Law Graduate) and Public Defender, Whitney Untiedt (‘05 UF Law Graduate) will share their perspectives and experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn what it is like to practice in the criminal law area from both the prosecution and defense side.

Tough Economy Survival Series: 2L & 3L Resume Workshop
Wednesday, 10/6 at 12pm in HOL 180
2Ls and 3Ls, are you wondering if you are not getting the coveted call for an interview because of your resume? Learn how you can make the most of your legal resume and turn it into a legal marketing tool that can help you launch your legal career. Career Development counselors will be on hand to answer those tough questions.

Careers with the US Air Force
Thursday, 10/7 at 10am and 2pm in HOL 345
Captain Jason Gunnell will answer questions and share his legal career experience in the Air Force. Plan to attend and learn about legal career opportunities in the United States Air Force.