Check Symplicity!

Interested in an associate’s position with an insurance defense firm in West Palm Beach?  Or a corporate associate position with a regional law firm out of Ft. Lauderdale?  How about an associate’s position at a firm as far away as New York or Kansas, or as close as Orlando or Atlanta?  Symplicity has job postings from law firms in many different states.  As a general rule of thumb, you should check it at least once a week for any new postings in which you might be interested.  Browsing the postings also helps you get a feel for average pay and the practice areas in which firms are hiring so that you can focus your job search in those key areas.  If you have difficulty accessing Symplicity, contact our office at

Consider a Labor or Employment Law Practice

Practicing employment law can be very complex yet very fulfilling.  It can involve employment discrimination suits, which range from race, sex, age or disability discrimation to cases which pertain to misappropriation of trade secrets or suits to enforce Non-Competition Agreements.  You might represent the employee who feels wronged, or you could represent employers against those claims.  If you defend the employers part of your responsibility would be to advise the employers how to best avoid these suits. 

These cases typically involve complicated relationships between people in the workplace and therefore may be fraught with emotion and hurt feelings.  There is a very human component to this field, so a prerequisite needed to practice in this field would be people skills.  You must develop a real trust relationship with your clients and serve as their competent advisor, regardless of the side you argue.  You should also possess excellent writing skills and ensure that you are up to date on the latest developments in the field.

Come Network at the JaxBar’s Monthly Luncheon!

The next Jacksonville Bar Association’s monthly luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at noon at the Hyatt Downtown, 225 E. Coastline Dr.  The program this month features Terence C. “Terry” Coonan, who is the executive director of Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He leads the multidisciplinary center’s efforts to educate and train a new generation of human rights advocates, track human rights issues and serve as an advocate for human rights nationally and internationally. Professor Coonan has served as the Managing Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. He also has worked at the Department of Justice in the Executive Office of Immigration Review, litigated asylum and immigration cases nationwide, and has worked on various United Nations human rights projects.

To attend, email to make a reservation.  Be sure to mention that you are a student and whether you are a Bar Association Member.  If you aren’t a member, request to attend as a guest and simply pay for your meal, but remember, joining the Jacksonville Bar Association as a Student Member is only $25 a year and entitles you to attend all luncheons and many other events for free.

 RSVP deadline:  1:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013
JBA Member $ 0.00
Non-Member $ 40.00

Marine JAG Corps Opportunity!

Marine JAG Corps Coming to Campus!

Are you interested in learning about a legal career in the military?  The Marine JAG Corps hasn’t visited our campus in a few years, but this semester they are coming back!  Mark your calendars for Monday, February 25th when you will have more than one opportunity to meet and talk to representatives from the Marine JAG Corps. Learn about the benefits of being a Marine JAG, the application process, the commissioning process, internship opportunities and any other burning questions that you have!

Come to an open information session in Room 420 at 10:00-10:30 a.m. or 2:00-2:30 p.m. or stop by their table in the Atrium at Noon! Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity!!

Social Networking Presentation


RSVP for the Social Networking Presentation on February 21st!


We’ve all heard about the pitfalls of social networking, but do you know how to use social networking to your advantage in your job search?  On Thursday, February 21st at 12:00 p.m. in Room 525, the Career Services Department will host a social networking workshop.  By now, you know all about the “don’ts” of social networking – this presentation will focus on the “do’s.”  Join us to learn how to create an effective profile on LinkedIn and how to research and engage with prospective employers through LinkedIn, Twitter, and yes, even Facebook.  This presentation will cover the basics for those just getting started and will provide insight on the latest tips, tricks, and trends to improve your odds in today’s job market.


Resume Workshop–February 14th


Is Your Resume Flawless?  Are You Sure? Join the Career Services Department on Thursday, February 14th at Noon in Room 455 for a Resume Workshop. CSD Counselor Ray Adams will review what makes a legal resume stand out and how to get noticed (in a good way) among the sea of applicants! 


Stay a step ahead of your competition and learn some new tips. Even if you think your resume is perfect, a quick refresher is always a great idea!  Make sure to bring your computer to work on your resume while you learn!


Pizza and refreshments will be served. RSVP through Symplicity or First Semester 1Ls can send an e-mail to


Consider a Family Law Practice

Most people go to law school because they want to help people, argue in court, or work on sophisticated legal issues.  Most do not belief a family law practice offers that, but they are mistaken.  Helping individuals resolve problems, in contrast to making corporations more money, can be very fulfilling and will show you directly how your legal knowledge and skills can make a difference in someone’s life.  Family law is also a very litigation based practice.  Depending on the jurisdiction you practice in, there should be numerous opportunities to make court appearances, argue motions, or try the whole case, in the event negotiations are not successful.  While many family law cases do not involve sophisticated legal issues, some do, and in those cases, you will be called upon to understand and argue complex business as well as family law issues.  Because you will be dealing directly with people, you will also need a working knowledge of real estate, bankruptcy, will and estates and perhaps even criminal law. 

Because 40 to 50 percent of American marriages end in divorce, long term prospects in this field are excellent.  Family law can and is practiced in every jurisdiction as well.  Family law is not for everybody, but if you want to help people and be in the courtroom, this area may be one for you to consider.

Family Law Panel

Be sure to attend the Family Law Panel TODAY at Noon-1:00 in Room 550! RSVP on Symplicity or send an e-mail to Career Services at now!  The panelists will discuss the challenges, opportunities, typical problems and tasks of lawyers practicing in the area of Family Law. Among other topics, the panelists will explain:  The types of cases they handle, the skills and personality traits that are helpful in practicing Family Law, the opportunities that they have to go to court, the professional organizations that a student can join to meet family law lawyers, the traits that a Family Law firm would look for in hiring a law clerk or an associate, the rewarding and challenging aspects of practicing family law.

The moderator will be Dean/Professor Cynthia Irvin and the panelists will include:

§  Kim Martyn – Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Deputy Director

§  David Garfinkel – GrayRobinson, P.A.

§  Matthew Hunt – Hunt Green & James

§  Ian Hurley – Stone Lockett

 Pizza and refreshments will be served to those who RSVP on Symplicity or send an e-mail to Career Services at by 9:00 a.m. today!

 And remember to RSVP for our all important Resume Workshop coming up this Thursday at Noon in Room 455!

Interested in Intellectual Property Law?

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law is hosting its 3rd Annual Student Reporters Program for a select group of its law student members.  Chosen participants will serve as reporters at the 2013 ABA-IPL 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference April 3-5 in Arlington, Virginia.  In return for reporting on the Conference’s events and programs via social media like Twitter and blogs, student participants will receive complimentary conference registration and tickets to certain Section events.  Applications are due by Friday, February 22nd.  Please see the brochure for more information about the ABA-IPL 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference.

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Sarasota County Bar Association/Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship Program

In 2007, the Sarasota County Bar Association created a Diversity Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified law students of diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility is based on need, merit and qualifying criteria. Candidates interview with area law firms and/or governmental agencies that have agreed to employ the students for 10-week summer internships.

Once approved, the successful candidate is referred to the Community Foundation which awards the scholarship to the student’s law school to further his/her legal education.

The Fund has been renamed in honor of Sarasota County Bar Association Past President Richard Garland, a passionate champion of scholarly discipline, professionalism, diversity and inclusion, who passed away in 2011.

Applications are available at or Applicants should apply in the academic year preceding the summer internship. Mail completed applications to Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. P.O. Box 49587, Sarasota, FL 34230.

• Essay of no more than 250 words

• Signed Certification

• Recommendation Letter

• Law School Transcript

• Most recent tax return, if applicable