Miami Law Networking Initiatives with Alumni, The Bench and Bar
Partnership for Professionalism
Now in its 25th consecutive year, Partnership for Professionalism is scheduled in the fall and spring of each academic year. Informal roundtable discussions are held during a buffet dinner provided for the participants. UM Law alumni from the bench and bar are invited to participate in the Partnership for Professionalism dinners. The evenings are interesting and rewarding, not only for the student participants, but also for the many judges and attorneys who assist in the development of civility, ethics, and professionalism in our South Florida legal community. At each of 12 tables are seated a judge, three attorneys, and six students. Prepared scenarios that present issues of civility, ethics and professionalism are discussed at each table, followed by summations by the students coordinated by MiamiLaw alumni. Scenarios are suggested from real-life situations and are offered by judges and attorneys from the community.
For the past three years, an abbreviated format of the Partnership for Professionalism model has been presented at the fall dinners of the Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter of the American Inns of Court. The Inns dinner for 2015 was held on November 10. A panel of judges guided the group discussion based on three scenarios discussed at the dinner. Sitting on the panel for November 10 were judges Darrin Gayles, Robert Luck, Chris McAliley, and John O’Sullivan. Attorney Effie Silva served as moderator.
Members of the bench who participated in the February 2015 Bar Week dinner included judges Leo Adderly, William Altfield, Antonio Arzola, Beth Bloom, Phillip Bloom, Jason Dimitris, Pedro Echarte, Jr., Carroll Kelly, Lester Langer, John O’Sullivan, Rodolfo Ruiz, Vance Salter, Bertila Soto, and Linda Singer Stein. Additionally, 38 attorneys volunteered their time and talent for the table and floor discussions at the February dinner, including Michael Cohen, Esq. and Judith Richardson Rushlow, Esq. of Florida Lawyers Assistance.
The coordinator of Partnership for Professionalism is Assistant Dean for Professional Development William P. VanderWyden. Alumni are encouraged to contact him for suggested ideas and for participation in future meetings: email@example.com Many of the judges and attorney participants are veterans of the programs attended while they were students at the University of Miami School of Law.
The University of Miami School of Law’s UNetworking initiative provides students the opportunity to meet and speak one-on-one with attorneys and judges from the local Miami community. The importance of networking cannot be overemphasized. Given the fact that students rarely have the opportunity to interact with busy practitioners in a close setting, UNetworking affords our students a unique and meaningful experience. To provide a forum for students to speak to attorneys and, the AskUs team arranges several UNetworking events throughout the year and several Miami Law students have landed internships and jobs from their attendance at UNetworking events. These events include:
- Breakfast with the Bench
At Breakfast with the Bench, students will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with state and federal judges in South Florida to learn more about judicial internships and postgraduate clerkships. Breakfast with the Bench is open to all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs and is free to students. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Evening with Esquires
At Evening with Esquires, students will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner with local attorneys representing different fields of law in South Florida. In the past we have invited lawyers practicing in the following areas of the law: Real Property, Trusts & Estate, Environmental / Maritime, Family Law, Tax Law, Entertainment Law, Sports Law, Business and Corporate, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and Criminal Law. For information contact email@example.com.
We are pleased to introduce you to our Coffee Connectors Network, created to provide our law students with opportunities to connect with Miami Law alumni across the country. With our network of alumni, our law students can connect with a diverse group of attorneys, obtain opportunities to learn about different practice areas and ultimately receive assistance to transition from law school into practice.
With more than 18,000 alumni worldwide, the Miami Law alumni network is an amazing resource – professionally and personally.
Table of Eight
The University of Miami School of Law Young Alumni Committee hosts a monthly Table of Eight dinner which offers Miami Law young alumni an invitation to dine with a distinguished Miami Law alumnus. Seating is limited to seven young alumni on a first-come, first-served basis. (These are not fundraising events and the event covers the meal and related charges.) For more information contact Jesse Barone, Coordinator, Alumni Communications and Research at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-284-3470.
Networking In South Florida
There are a number of mentor programs operating in South Florida that students are encouraged to participate in. Those programs are:
- The Florida Bar eMentoring Program pairs practicing attorneys with law students throughout the state. The mentors provide support and encouragement, offer career advice, and strive to enhance professionalism within the legal field.
- The Cuban American Bar Association Mentor Program matches mentors with law students based upon the student's interest and the mentor's area of practice. The association also hosts receptions for mentors and participating students, and invites students to participate in many of its events throughout the year.
- The John W. Kozyak Minority Mentoring Program pairs minority students with community attorneys and members of the judiciary who serve as mentors throughout students' law school careers. Meeting at mentors' offices, in the courtroom, and at community events, mentors and students often continue their relationships as professionals after graduation.
- The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) has a Law School Mentoring Program, which works with FAWL chapters in establishing partnerships with Florida law school FAWL chapters to mentor students and young lawyers. The University of Miami School of Law's student chapter of the Dade County Bar Association does not have a formal mentor program but the mission and goals of this organization are very similar to a mentor program.
It is never too early to think about how to build professional contacts, and the Career Development Office encourages students to have professional business cards to enhance their networking experiences.
Click here to register, create an account and choose from the sample card options. Please contact the CDO at email@example.com with any questions about ordering business cards.