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Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation 2021 Summer Fellowship
The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation provides summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are academically and professionally driven and demonstrate financial need. Students must be enrolled in a Florida law school or a verified Florida resident attending an out-of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000.
The Fellowship Committee's selection criteria includes evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Fellowship Committee considers, among other things, academic excellence, financial need, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and leadership skills.
Application materials must be received no later than Monday, February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
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Diversity Scholarship Program
The Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for its annual Law School Scholarship.
Any 1L, 2L or rising 3L student enrolled in an accredited law school who is a member of a minority class as defined by the Florida Bar is eligible to apply. Selection is based on need, merit and other qualifying criteria noted on the application. Preference will be given to those students who have ties to the Sarasota community and who have expressed or demonstrated a commitment to return to Sarasota to pursue his or her legal career upon graduation from law school.
Selected applicants will receive a tuition assistance scholarship in an amount of up to $5,000.00 (payable directly to the student’s law school), and, if summer employment in the Sarasota area has not already been secured, a paid summer law clerk position at a Sarasota private law firm, government agency, non-profit or other entity that has agreed to employ the student for a minimum 10 weeks. In addition to the rich legal employment experience, awardees become summer members of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion and will regularly interface with members of the Judiciary, the Bar and other community leaders.
The SCBA Council for Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to increase diversity in the organization so that its membership reflects the demographics of our community and state. Accordingly, all scholarship recipients are mentored and encouraged to return to the Sarasota community for future employment upon law school graduation.
Since 2007, the SCBA Council for Diversity and Inclusion has awarded over $130,000 in minority law student scholarships.
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.
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The Miami Public Defender's Office
Post-graduate positions: The Miami Public Defender's Office is currently interviewing 3L students and licensed attorneys for post-graduate Assistant Public Defender positions. We have a vibrant and collaborative work environment staffed by nearly 200 mission-driven attorneys plus investigators, mitigation specialists, secretaries, and paralegals dedicated to ensuring equal justice to persons in jeopardy of losing their life or liberty who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who are able to provide high quality representation to our clients. We are nationally recognized for the high caliber of our training program. New hires participate in new hire orientation. They receive additional training upon being assigned to specific divisions. We have weekly training sessions and training attorneys dedicated to the professional growth of our attorneys at every level of their development. Given the extensive office resources devoted to training new assistant public defenders, applicants offered and accepting a position for employment must be willing to sign and honor a two-year commitment document. Starting salary is $50,000 plus excellent benefits.
Internships: The Miami PD offers both Certified Legal Internships (CLIs) and volunteer internships. The deadline to apply for summer internships is March 15. CLIs are given hiring priority and an expedited interview process for attorney positions.
To apply for an internship or post-graduate position: Please visit the Miami Public Defender's Office here.