Career Development Office Update

THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW

www.law.miami.edu/CDO

April 1, 2011

Table of Contents:

NEWS, Programs & UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES

The Career Development Office Hosts its "How To" Series

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

From the ABA: Eight Tips on Getting Your First Job After Law School

Additional Employers Announced for Spring Recruiting 2011

Shook, Hardy & Bacon 1L Diversity Writing Program

Flying Solo With Spencer Aronfeld

YWCA Court Care Cocktail Party

Woman to Woman: Conversations Between Women of Color in the Profession

Attend The Broward Inns of Court Meeting

The James E. Beckley Writing Competition in Securities Arbitration and Law

The National LGBT Bar Foundation Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest

Capital University Law School Summer Dispute Resolution Institute

The Warren E. Burger Prize

The Twenty-Third Annual Law Student Essay Competition

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy Announces its 2011 Summer Institutes

The University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition

Tax Law Writing Competition

Legal Brief Writing Contest Announced by New Tupper Lake Business Association

University of La Verne Law Review Writing Competition

Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest

SCHOLARSHIPS & Fellowships

The Earl Warren Scholarship

Yale Law School Robert M. Cover Fellowship

Rothermere American Institute Welcomes Applications for Associate Visiting Research Fellowships

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available

Call for Nominations and Applications for Cuban Fellows for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The Voice of the Defense Bar - DRI - Law Student Diversity Scholarship

FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellowship

Queen Mary University of London School of Law LL.M. Scholarships

Graduate Opportunities

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Minority Outreach Program

Florida Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS FOR LAW STUDENTS

American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations Minority Outreach Program

Equal Justice Alliance Seeking Students for Internships and Externships

The 2011 NAPABA Internship with Non- Profit/Legal Organization

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Volunteer Internship Opportunities

Judicial Opportunities

Supreme Court of New Hampshire Law Clerk Positions for 2012 - 2013

Federal Judicial Clerkship Opportunities

Government Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Attorney General is Recruiting for a Deputy Attorney General III

PUBLIC INTEREST OPPORTUNITIES

The Brennan Center for Justice Seeking Counsel for Democracy Program

JOB FAIRS

Heartland Legal Diversity Job Fair

Lavender Law Career Fair

The Boston Lawyers Group Boston & Washington Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

The Southeastern Minority Job Fair

The Delaware Minority Job Fair for 2L and 3L Students

The Northwest Minority Job Fair

The Indianapolis Diversity Job Fair


NEWS, PROGRAMS & UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES

 

The Career Development Office Hosts its "How To" Series

Starting next week and continuing through the end of the semester, the Career Development Office ("CDO") will host its "How To" series to help get you ready for the summer and beyond:

How to Get the Job You Really Want
Thursday, April 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Robert Coppel, Director of Training and Professionalism at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, will teach you the"4Ps" that will give you an edge over your competitors during interviews.

How to Succeed as a Summer Associate
Tuesday, April 12th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Join attorneys, recruiting coordinators and former summer associates to learn what to expect and how to make the most of your experience at a firm this summer.

How to Succeed as a Summer Intern
Wednesday, April 13th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108

Working for a judge this summer? Government agency? Public interest organization? Join those who have been in your shoes before and get tips on what you can expect and how to put your best foot forward.

We hope you can join us!  If you have any questions about the presentations, please contact the CDO at cdo@law.miami.edu or speak to your CDO advisor.

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop 

Wednesday, April 6th

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Room A110 

This is an important meeting for all 2Ls who will be applying for post-graduate judicial clerkships beginning this summer.   The meeting covers information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review ("OSCAR"), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation).  1Ls and 3Ls are also encouraged to attend if interested.    

Professors Sergio Campos and Jill Barton will also be in attendance to help answer questions regarding clerking for a judge.  Pizza will be served. 

From the ABA: Eight Tips on Getting Your First Job After Law School

Experts in tort, trial and insurance law shared their secrets of career success during the program, "I'm Getting My J.D. Now What? A Forum on How to Get Your First Job," at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta. Panelists offered law school students tips on landing their first job in this tough and competitive legal market. They emphasized to law students that setting themselves apart from other applicants is key.

 

The panel consisted of Jim Myrick, head of litigation for Buist, Moore, Smythe, McGee, P.A., in Charleston, S.C.; Marlo Orlin Leach, Atlanta-based litigator; Christopher Shelton, law student; Robert Caldwell, business attorney at Kolesar & Leatham in Las Vegas; and Vanessa Williams, vice president and deputy general counsel at R. L. Polk & Co in Michigan.

 

The following are eight tips given by panelists:

 

  1. Networking: All panelists stressed the importance of networking--not just when starting a legal career, but all throughout it. Leach urged law students to begin networking now, noting that "it starts in law school and ends when you retire." Williams emphasized that networking will "help your career progress because of connections you make."
  1. Get involved: Caldwell said that being involved in the organized bar or other activities pertaining to the law sets a candidate apart because it "shows a deep commitment to your profession," something he says he values in the job applicants he hires. He also stressed that also being involved in community activities can lead to new business.
  1. Be yourself: Myrick said, "You be you... everyone else is taken," urging students to be original in their approach to applying and interviewing for jobs. If you don't, he continued, "you have nothing new to offer."
  1. Be courteous: Myrick stated that it is important to always be courteous, because ultimately, landing a job is "all about human relationships." By treating people well, you can build a good reputation, bring in clients and ultimately, bring in money.
  1. Tailor your cover letter and resume: All panelists urged applicants to have professional looking cover letters and resumes and to pay attention to detail. Williams said that, "you'll want to blow them away." She explained that "by setting yourself apart and showing what unique things you have to offer, you can get the interview." Panelists also advised students to focus on relevant information.
  1. Select an appropriate writing sample: Caldwell urged applicants to choose writing samples that are appropriate for the firm to which they are applying. Also, applicants should stay within the requested page limit and make sure their sample is truly their work.
  2. Do your research: Panelists advised students to research the firms that call them for job interviews, and to think about "interesting and knowledgeable" questions to ask interviewers.
  1. Send thank you cards: Caldwell expressed that sending handwritten thank you cards after an interview sets applicants apart from the competition. He said it is something rarely done and is appreciated.

Additional Employers Announced for Spring Recruiting 2011

The CDO would like to announce the addition of three employers to Spring Recruiting 2011 Session #9.  Bidding is open for this session and will conclude on Thursday, April 7th at 11:00 p.m.  

The additional employers are as follows: 

·           Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. (St .Petersburg and Tampa, FL) - 1L and 2L students  - Resume Referral, Externship 

·           Trump Grande/Trump Dezer Development (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) - 1L and 2L students  - Resume Referral, Externship 

·           U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Miami, FL) - 1L and 2L students  - Resume Referral, Externship 

They join the following employers announced last week: 

·           Law Office of Brenda B. Shapiro, LLC (Miami, FL) - 2L students - Direct Contact  

·           Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McLain (Orlando, FL) - 2L students - Direct Contact

Shook, Hardy & Bacon 1L Diversity Writing Program

SBH Diversity Writing Program Informational Meeting 

TIME

Friday, April 1, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

PLACE

Room F408 

PURPOSE  

Shook Hardy & Bacon ("SHB") is committed to diversity in the legal profession and its own practice. This focus led us to establish the SHB Diversity Writing Program. Good writing is the key to success in the law. The SHB Diversity Writing Program recognizes this fact and focuses on helping diverse second-year law students develop and strengthen their legal research and writing skills. Students will also benefit from exposure to the private law firm practice and development of relationships with Miami attorneys. 

ELIGIBILITY

All self-identified, ethnically diverse, first-year students from the University of Miami School of Law are eligible to apply for the SHB Diversity Writing Program. 

APPLICATION AND INTERVIEWS 

Applications are due April 8, 2011 and are to be sent directly to Lori Lorenzo, Associate Director, Diversity and Special Programs, at the University of Miami School of Law. The application requires a resume, transcript and a legal writing sample. After the application deadline, SHB will conduct interviews and select one student to join the Program.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM 

The Program will begin in September 2011, and run through the first week of December 2011. The students agree to work at the firm for approximately 10 hours per week, for 10 weeks.  

STIPEND 

Once SHB has selected the student and he/she has have accepted, SHB will designate a $5,000 stipend for the student. One-half of the stipend will be paid directly to the student in September 2011, with the remainder paid upon completion of the Program. If the student drops out of the Program, the second half of the stipend will not be paid.  

REQUIREMENTS 

A flexible schedule will be determined by the student and SHB. The student will be provided with challenging and practical writing assignments, as well as exposure to firm-wide training sessions and writing seminars. The student may also have the opportunity to attend depositions and hearings and participate in other meaningful training opportunities to foster individual development.

The student will be assigned an associate and partner attorney mentor who will coordinate and facilitate work/training assignments, monitor progress, solicit evaluations from the assigning attorney(s), provide detailed and constructive written and oral feedback to the students, and be available to address any questions or concerns. 

OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT 

There is no job offer attached to participation in the Program. The Program is designed primarily to develop writing skills and expose students to private law firm practice and attorneys in Miami. SHB, however, views the Program as a chance for the students and the firm to cultivate a relationship that may lead to further professional opportunities. 

FURTHER INTEREST

 

If you are interested in learning more about the SHB Diversity Writing Program, please contact:

 

REBECCA OCARIZ, Of Counsel

305.358.5171

rocariz@shb.com

 

TODD WALLEN, Partner

305.358.5171

twallen@shb.com

 

If you are ready to apply, please attach the following and e-mail to Lori Lorenzo at llorenzo@law.miami.edu:

 

1) Resume;

2) Transcript; and

3) A legal writing sample.

All applications are due by APRIL 8, 2011.

This program is open to first-year, ethnically diverse Miami Law students. The selected student will receive a $5000 stipend for working approximately 10 hours per week for ten weeks from August 2011 through December 2011, during which time the student will be given practical and valuable writing assignments and exposure to firm-wide training sessions and writing seminars. The student will also be assigned a partner mentor and an associate mentor.  Interested students should submit a resume, transcript and a legal writing sample to llorenzo@law.miami.edu no later than Friday, April 8th at 10:00am. For more information about the program please see that attached flier. 

Flying Solo With Spencer Aronfeld

Wednesday, April 6 - 12:30 p.m. - Room 109

Join Spencer Aronfeld (JD '91), a successful alumnus and one of our most dynamic speakers, as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation, "Flying Solo: Everything You Need to Know About Opening Your Own Shop."  This is a fun, energetic and extremely informative program, which is one of the most popular with students each and every year.  We hope to see you there.

YWCA Court Care Cocktail Party

Save the Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011.  The YWCA Annual Court Care Cocktail Party Fundraiser will be held on April 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to raise funds to maintain the day care centers at the Criminal and Family Courthouses. The event will be hosted by Sabadell United Bank, Miami-Dade FAWL and Gerald I. Kornreigh, Esq., and is co-sponsored by GSCBWLA and other voluntary bar associations.

Woman to Woman: Conversations Between Women of Color in the Profession

 

You are cordially invited to attend this program on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Adams & Reese LLP, 101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4000, Tampa, Florida 33602.

 

The panelists will be:

 

Dierdre White, Senior Vice President and General Counsel - Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

 

Sharonda P. Mills, Senior Counsel, Corporate Services Employment Counsel - Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

 

Desiree Demonbreun, Corporate Counsel Employment Litigation - WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

 

The hosts will be Kimberly Madison, Michelle Craig and Jaimme Collins. To RSVP, contact Vicki Wray at (813) 402 - 2882 or via email at vicki.wray@arlaw.com.

 

Attend The Broward Inns of Court Meeting

The Broward Inns of Court brings together judges, lawyers, law professors and law students who meet regularly to discuss issues involving professionalism for the benefit of the bench and bar. Evening meetings center around dinner and thought provoking contemporary programs suited to increase professionalism and guide the less experienced members. Membership is considered an honor, and is limited in number.

The Broward Inns of Court will be conducting meetings on April 13, 2011.  If you are interested in learning more about the Broward Inns of Court or attending future meetings, please contact Sajani Desai of the CDO at sdesai@law.miami.edu. Please note the CDO will pay the registration fees for the first four students that contact Ms. Desai.

The James E. Beckley Writing Competition in Securities Arbitration and Law

Sponsored by Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA"), the James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition is a writing contest for law students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors publish the first place paper and may, at their option, elect to print additional submissions. Winners will be announced at the PIABA Annual Meeting and posted on the PIABA Website Student Section. 

Topic. The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen. 

Eligibility. The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States.  Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible.  Employees of PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

Authorship. The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student's professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students. If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging. All entries will be judged anonymously by the PIABA Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The PIABA Executive Director will notify the award winner(s). The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax and form.

Purposes of the James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition. The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students. 

Format. Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. Any Question(s) Presented section, the Statement of the Facts / Statement of the Law section, the Argument section, and/or the Conclusion together are limited to 35 pages. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. Submissions will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than expand them.

To Enter. Submit entries electronically to rsringo@piaba.org with the subject heading, "2011 Writing Competition". Entries must be received via e-mail no later than midnight October 3, 2011 and shall include the required entry form. The contestant's name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Executive Director will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant's identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any PIABA Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.

Submission Deadline. October 3, 2011. The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Writing Competition in-person (expenses paid by the PIABA Investors Foundation) during the President's Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 28, 2011. 2nd - 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well.

About James E. Beckley. James E. Beckley - a passionate securities arbitration activist and an accomplished scholar - was well known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. Along with his advocacy skills, he was as a prolific and outstanding writer. Mr. Beckley served on the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration, an organization created at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain and update the Uniform Code of Arbitration for securities arbitration, and to serve as a sounding board on issues of fairness in arbitration. At the time of his death in 1999, Mr. Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA") President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

 

For additional information, please visit https://piaba.org/law-students/2011-student-writing-competition

 

The National LGBT Bar Foundation Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition

The National LGBT Bar Foundation Michae-l Greenberg Student Writing Competition is open to all students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2010-2011 academic year. First prize a $1000 and registration for the 2011 Lavender law Fair and Conference, Runner-up also receives registration for the 2011 Lavender Law Fair and Conference. 

Please visit: http://www.lgbtbar.org/competition.html for more detailed information.  Submissions are due May 23, 2011.

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the International Association of Defense Counsel ("IADC") Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

 

Prizes:

 

First Place:  $2,000 and a plaque

Second Place:  $1,000 and a plaque

Third Place:  $500 and a plaque

Honorable Mention:  Plaque

 

Winning and honorable mention entries are considered for publication in the IADC's quarterly academic publication, the Defense Counsel Journal. The judges also may award honorable mentions. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to the Defense Counsel Journal.

 

Past experience has shown that teachers of litigation-related subjects are in an ideal position to stimulate student interest in legal writing and to encourage participation in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Each year, a number of the entries appear to have been prepared initially for various courses or seminars, and the caliber of the papers has been high. These faculty members are in an excellent position to encourage their students to enter the IADC contest.

 

More information and the entry form are available on the IADC website at: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx.

Capital University Law School Summer Dispute Resolution Institute

This summer, Capital University Law School will be offering the Summer Dispute Resolution Institute ("SDR") and some of these courses may be of interest to you.  This is the third summer that Capital Law has offered SDR and it is a unique opportunity for law students to gain practical skills in this rapidly growing field. 

SDR is designed to meet the needs of law students seeking to accelerate their study of law in the summer.  SDR consists of 10 different week long courses. Law students can select to take one or more of the course offerings in the areas of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution. The courses are taught by nationally recognized ADR faculty and practitioners.  

Courses being offered: 

Dispute Resolution (2 credits) - July 11-15, 8 am-1:10 pm 

Labor & Employment Arbitration (2 credits) - July 11-15, Noon-5:10 pm 

Mediation (2 credits) - July 18-22, 8 am-1:10 pm 

General Arbitration (2 credits) - July 18-22, Noon-5:10 pm

Divorce Mediation (3 credits) - July 25-July 29, 8 am-5:30 pm

Health Care & Dispute Resolution (2 credits) - July 25-July 31, 1 pm-4:30 pm 

Negotiation (2 credits) - Aug. 1-5, 8 am-1:10 pm 

International Dispute Resolution (2 credits) - Aug. 1-5, Noon-5:10 pm 

Business Negotiations (2 credits) - Aug. 8-12, 8 a.-1:10 pm 

Mediating Workplace Conflicts (2 credits) - Aug. 8-12, Noon-5:10 pm 

You can also learn more about the Institute by visiting www.law.capital.edu/summer.3D.

The Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The judges for the competition are Professor Stephen Gillers, Chair, Emily Kempin Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law; Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Trustee Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Nancy J. Moore, Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law; and, Professor Robert M. Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The Warren E. Burger Prize is presented annually as part of the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in October.

The 2011 Warren E. Burger Prize Cover Page and Rules are now available in the "Related Links" panel at http://www.innsofcourt.org/Content/Default.aspx?Id=309.

Send a completed cover page with the required materials no later than June 1, 2011 to the American Inns of Court national office. Submissions should be addressed to:

Cindy Dennis

American Inns of Court

1229 King Street

Second Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314

For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (703) 684-3590, ext. 104, or click on http://www.innsofcourt.org/Content/SendEmail.aspx?ImisId=92473 to email Cindy. The winning essay will be selected by September 1.

The Twenty-Third Annual Law Student Essay Competition

The American Judges Association ("AJA") announces its annual essay competition open to all full-time law students enrolled in, and attending, an accredited law school in the United States or Canada. The first prize for the contest is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000. First, second and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay may be published in AJA's journal, Court Review.  

The following rules and regulations apply:  

1.         Any student regularly enrolled in and attending classes at an accredited law school in the United States or Canada is eligible to enter. Submission of a paper, with one cover page and the completed entry form constitutes entry. Essays submitted for the 2011 competition MUST be under the topic of "Must a minor student be given his or her rights, including a Miranda warning and the right to have a parent present, before being questioned by police on school grounds." Essays determined not to meet this qualification will be not evaluated.

2.         The cover page of the paper must be submitted in a separate document and shall include the title and the author's name, current mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone number. The author's name should appear only on the cover page and the entry form. The title and page number must appear at the top of each page of the paper.

3.         All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment. Normal guidance of law school faculty is permitted.

4.         Entry grants AJA the right of first publication of the paper and is agreement to hold AJA and its members harmless from, and to indemnify them for, any and all damages and costs relating to copyright infringement or plagiarism.

5.         Papers become the property of the American Judges Association and may be published in the Court Review.

6.         Papers should double-spaced and 10-25 pages in length. Extensive footnoting or end noting is discouraged and is included in the paper's length. Citations, footnotes and endnotes should be in accord with the current edition of A Uniform System of Citation.

7.         Papers will be evaluated considering: writing quality and clarity; the interest of the topic and content to a broad segment of the judiciary; analysis and reasoning; timeliness, originality, and creativity; quality and use of research; and compliance with these rules.

8.         Papers will be evaluated, and prizes awarded, at the sole discretion of a panel of AJA members who will have no knowledge of the author's name or law school.

9.         Winners will be publicly announced at the Association's 2011 Annual Educational Conference in San Diego, California, September 11-16, and thereafter notified by mail. All law schools and authors will also be notified by mail.

10.       Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than June 1, 2011, and sent to aja@ncsc.org.

11.       First prize is $3,000, second prize is $1,500, and third prize is $1,000. Prize monies are contributed by the American Judges Foundation.

12.       Please notify us at aja@ncsc.org if any of your contact information changes.

For additional information and the entry form, please visit http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/essay-contest/pdfs/essayrules.pdf.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work. Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5x11 paper, double space, and standard font. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School. A prize of $2,500.00 will be awarded for one winning entry. All entries must be received before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011. Please include a cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-3980

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: www.nd.edu/

 

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy Announces its 2011 Summer Institutes

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School is pleased to announce that the application for our 2011 Summer Institutes is now available.  Any student interested in adoption and child welfare topics should consider registering for either (or both!) the Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute or the Summer Adoption Law Institute, which are organized by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School.

The Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute ("ICWI") will take place July 25-29 and the Summer Adoption Law Institute ("SALI") will take place August 1-5 at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Both courses are dynamic, one-week intensive two credit hour classes.

  • For graduate social work and law students, ICWI will help students develop a mutual understanding of complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives
  • For law school students only, SALI will provide a comprehensive foundation of adoption and child protection law

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy is a multi-purpose training, resource, and advocacy center that is committed to improving child welfare and adoption practices and policies so that all children can have healthy, safe and permanent homes.  For more information, see http://www.law.capital.edu/adoption/.

The University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition

The Competition rules and an intent to enter form are available online at http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9541.  All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 15, 2011.   Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2011.  Details on how to submit entries are available at http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9541.

Tax Law Writing Competition

Topic:  The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad - any aspect of Tax Law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper on a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine.

 

Eligibility:  Any currently enrolled law school student, JD or LL.M. candidate, attending an ABA - accredited law school in the United States may enter. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance.

 

Prizes:  A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner's paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center's quarterly newsletter.

 

Rules:  The paper must be the applicant's original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

 

Specifications:  All papers are to be submitted electronically by e-mail. Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line. Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.511 inch paper with 1 inch margins on all sides. Papers are to be formatted with endnotes. Papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted. Entries should be between 25-30 pages long, not including endnotes. Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

 

Deadline:  All entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2011. Papers submitted after that date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

 

Please direct any additional questions to Steven Szydelko.

To download a copy of the rules, visit http://www.jmls.edu/academics/tax_eb_law/pdf/2011_Faherty_Rules.pdf.

 

Legal Brief Writing Contest Announced by New Tupper Lake Business Association

 

On Friday, November 19th, the newly created Tupper Lake Business Community, Inc. announced a writing contest that is being submitted to law schools around the country, seeking students who are interested in preparing a brief concerning the influences that have had a negative effect on the Adirondack economy.  Full details and rules regarding the contest are posted online at http://tlbusiness.org.

 

First prize for the writing contest will be $7,500; second prize $2,000; and third prize $500.  All brief submissions must be received by April 15th The panel of judges will be announced in the near future.

 

Committee Spokespeople Mark Moeller and Beth Johnson told the group of nearly 50 people, that there has been tremendous attention given to the environment in the Adirondack Park, with little regard to the economy.  Moeller noted, "the intent of the contest is to have the law students from around the country review the influences on local businesses as well as on the regulatory agencies within the Adirondack Park, by outside parties and preservationist advocacy groups, and to prepare a brief that will be judged by a panel of experts in order to highlight and quantify the impact those influences have had on the economy and the people of the Adirondacks."

 

Johnson added, "we believe this group supports the true intent of the Adirondack Park Act, and believes the staff of the Adirondack Park Agency are true professionals that care about the environment and economy of the Park.  This effort is not directed at them."  Johnson went on to say, "there are groups who have had an undue adverse impact on our economy, and have used tactics that have come at a great cost to the local economies within the Park."

 

Moeller also clarified the difference between this group and ARISE.  "The TLBC group has a very narrow focus with donations going for a specific purpose.  ARISE has a more broad approach, and they are not set up for this type of advocacy."

 

The writing contest will focus specifically on Tupper Lake, knowing that much of the information provided by the students, will have a regional implication.  

 

Attorneys Doug Wright and Kirk Gagnier, have been in contact with top law schools and, gauging the reaction by some of the professors, have reported that there seems to be overwhelming excitement about the project.  Gagnier said, "there is a growing trend across the country, that advocacy group influence has come at a quantifiable cost, and this writing contest will offer a legal opinion on the impact felt in Tupper Lake."

 

Wright added, "there has been no discussion of this leading to a legal suit against any groups or individuals.  This is an educational, research based effort that will be reviewed carefully after the submissions are made."

 

Tupper Lake Business Community, Inc. is a New York not-for-profit association of businesses, formed to aggressively solicit information and solutions from various groups to advance the business environment in upstate New York, specifically Tupper Lake.  More information is available at http://tlbusiness.org.

University of La Verne Law Review Writing Competition

 

The University of La Verne Law Review is seeking submissions for its Symposium Issue on ADR to be published in fall 2011.  Law students have the opportunity to submit a Note or Comment to be considered for its Student Writing Competition.


The grand prize is $200 and publication in volume 33 of the
University of La Verne Law Review.  An eligible Note or Comment must have been written while the author was an enrolled student in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2010 calendar year.  No paper that has been published in any form will be considered.

 

Submissions must include a cover page which identifies the author's name and law school affiliation, the title of the paper, and contact information including mailing address, telephone number and current email address.  An abstract of the submission should follow the cover page.  The author's name, school or any identifying information must not appear on any page of the Note or Comment except for the cover page.

 

All submissions must be emailed by July 31, 2011.  Write "ADR Student Writing Contest" in the subject line.  Early submissions are encouraged.

Wildlife and Conservation Law Writing Contest

Attention Law Students

Wildlife & Conservation Law Writing Contest

Sponsored by the Legal Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies ("SEAFWA"). SEAFWA is an organization whose members are the state agencies primarily responsible for the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources in the 16 southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Member states include Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas. The Legal Committee is composed of attorneys representing the members.

The winning paper will be published at the SEAFWA Annual Conference on October 22-26, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The winner will receive up to $1,000.00 to defray the cost of a trip to the conference to present the paper.

Participants may select their own topic relating to fish and wildlife, habitat or conservation law or choose from the following topics:

1) Constitutional issues relating to the state regulation of hunting and fishing;

2) Criminal Law issues related to the regulation of hunting and fishing;

3) Liability of states for damage by wildlife;

4) Privatization of fish and wildlife resources;

5) Issues arising under the Endangered Species Act;

6) Regulation of exotic wildlife/holding wildlife as pets/exotic wildlife trade and commerce.

Papers will be judged by a panel of legal committee members based on:

1) Substantive content (papers subject to a 25-page maximum on text)

2) Clarity

3) Style

Students interested in preparing for a future in fish and wildlife conservation who attend an ABA accredited law school in a SEAFWA state or who are legal residents of a SEAFWA state may submit papers no later than July 31, 2011 to:

Sheryl Holtman, General Counsel

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

 P.O. Box 40747

Nashville, TN 37204

For information on the SEAFWA and the annual conference, see www.seafwa.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

The Earl Warren Scholarship

The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America's legal landscape. In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to ten law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys.  Preference is generally given to law students entering their first year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.  Warren Scholarships are awarded to candidates with exceptional academic records who are dedicated to civil rights and public interest work.  

Applicants for Warren Scholarships must be able to demonstrate a history of outstanding community service and a well-defined interest in civil rights through their academic records and personal essays.  Warren Scholarship recipients must be of excellent character and must have a verifiable record of community and school involvement that reveals a clear capacity to work well in diverse settings. Moreover, s/he must provide strong recommendations from teachers, community representatives or employers.  

For more information and an application, please visit: http://naacpldf.org/scholarshipsSubmissions must be received by April 30.

Yale Law School Robert M. Cover Fellowship

Yale Law School seeks applications for a Robert M. Cover Fellowship in Public Interest Law, a two-year position beginning on or about July 1, 2011 in the Yale Law School clinical program. The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with at least two years of practice who is considering a career in law school clinical teaching. The 2011-2013 Fellow will work with the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic ("WIRAC").  

WIRAC is a year-long in-house clinic whose students represent immigrants, workers and their organizations in litigation under labor and employment, immigration, Freedom of Information Act, 1983 and other civil rights laws; state and local legislative advocacy; and other non-litigation matters. Illustrative cases include representation of the "Danbury 11," a group of day-laborers arrested in an immigration sting operation conducted by local police, in their removal proceedings and in an affirmative civil rights suit; representation of persons arrested in the 2007 immigration raids in New Haven, two days after the Board of Aldermen had overwhelmingly endorsed a mayoral proposal to offer a municipal identification card to all residents regardless of immigration status, in their removal proceedings and affirmative civil rights litigation; employment litigation on behalf of a group of Guatemalan workers trafficked to Connecticut and forced to work in a commercial nursery; multiple suits by former restaurant employees denied minimum wage and overtime; habeas litigation by immigration detainees challenging their prolonged detention; and representation of community organizations, unions and faith organizations in an effort to reform Connecticut's in-state tuition statute, Hartford and New Haven living wage ordinances, and state and local confidentiality, policing, probation and other laws and policies.  

The Fellow's responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes and working on one's own scholarship. Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar. All work will be conducted with the support of the clinical faculty, and will focus on providing legal assistance to low-income and civil rights clients and organizations. The principal supervisors for the position will be Professors Muneer Ahmad and Michael Wishnie.

Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus. Annual salary is $61,000. Fellows receive health benefits and access to university facilities. Send (or email) a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references by April 10, 2011 to:

 

Kathryn Jannke, Office Manager

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

P.O. Box 209090

New Haven, CT 06520-9090

Telephone: (203) 432-4800

Fax: (203) 432-1426

Email Kathryn Jannke: kathryn.jannke@yale.edu.

 

Rothermere American Institute Welcomes Applications for Associate Visiting Research Fellowships

The Rothermere American Institute ("RAI") welcomes applications for up to four Associate Visiting Research Fellows ("AVRF"s) within the Institute. Each AVRF is tenable for a full academic year, and is not renewable. Those invited to apply for this scheme or who wish to apply for it are likely to be those with academic posts, whether in the UK or elsewhere, whose teaching and research lies within the field of the RAI's core activities. There is no stipend, and no office space can be provided.

AVRFs are expected to engage actively with the Institute's work and programme, and be based in Oxford for the duration of his or her Fellowship. Each applicant will be required to set out in her or his letter of application a proposal for research to be undertaken at the Institute. Each application must also be accompanied by a letter of support from a current full-time member of the Faculty of English, Faculty of History, or Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.

How to apply:

There is no application form. Instead, applicants should write a letter giving academic affiliation (if any); the post applied for and dates of the proposed visit; two academic references (one of which must, in the case of the AVRF and the VVRF be from a current full-time member of the Faculty of English, Faculty of History, or Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University); and the financial support upon which the applicant will rely during her or his stay (giving details of any research grants applied for if applicable).

The core of the application should comprise a short account of the research project which should identify the subject; its importance; the research question; and that question's broader intellectual significance.

Please send materials in support of your application to the Academic Programme Coordinator either by post to the address given above, or by email to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The deadline for submission is Monday 25th April 2011 at 12 noon.

For additional information, please visit the following website: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/employer/rothermere-american-institute.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available!  Application deadline is June 17, 2011.    

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of the firm's following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.   

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com or 205.328.0480.    

Call for Nominations and Applications for Cuban Fellows for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution

Meridian Exchanges is pleased to offer this call for nominations for, and applications from, qualified Cuban fellows for the 2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in Washington, D.C. Meridian Exchanges is an independent, non-governmental organization which promotes the development of human capital and international dialogue in the Americas through supporting short courses, training seminars, conferences and bibliographic exchanges.

The Summer Institute on the Constitution:

The core of the Summer Institute is a graduate-level course entitled "The Foundations of American Constitutionalism." Taught by constitutional scholars, it examines the principles, framing, ratification and implementation of constitutional government in the United States. This is an intense course of study and fellows are required to live on campus. Class attendance is mandatory, and six credit hours are awarded by Georgetown University for successful completion of the Institute. A feature of the Institute is the scheduling of occasional trips to sites in and around Washington that are associated with the Constitution. The 2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution will run from June 18 to July 15, 2011. Fellows will receive round-trip international or domestic transportation to Washington, D.C., room, board and a stipend of $2,500.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation:

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by the United States Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. While funding for the Foundation's general programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, the Cuban Fellowship program is not government funded. The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution -- its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.  

Qualifications for Nomination:  

Nominations and applications for the will be accepted from individuals who:  

                        --Are Cuban born, or first generation born outside of Cuba.  

                        --Have demonstrated leadership capacity, or show clear potential for the same.                          

                        --Are in a position to disseminate and otherwise promote the diffusion of the knowledge and competencies gained from the Summer Institute to a wider community of individuals. The candidate should indicate his or her abilities and plans in this regard in the application.  

                       --Have demonstrated proficiency in the English language that will allow them to successfully complete and benefit from the Summer Institute.  

                        --Have university level education or other experience that will enable them to successfully complete a graduate level course of study in the United States.  

                        --Are able, if necessary, to secure a visa for entry into the United States.  

Application Process:  

Applicants must submit a cover letter in English indicating their qualifications, experience and interests specifically related to the selection criteria above. In addition, applicants must also submit a current curriculum vita, also in English, with the names, addresses, fax number and email of three references. Meridian Exchanges is handling all aspects of the pre-qualification and nomination of Cubans for this fellowship. All inquiries, applications and correspondence regarding the Cuban component of this program should be directed to Meridian Exchanges Cuban Fellowship Selection Committee at nrobins1@yahoo.com.  

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Monday, April 4, 2011.  

Notification:  

Nominees will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by Monday, May 2, 2011.

The Voice of the Defense Bar - DRI - Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regard­less of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice ("AAJ"), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student or evening student who has completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tan­gible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. 

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:  

  • Demonstrated academic excellence

  • Service to the profession

  • Service to the community

The deadline to apply is April 27, 2011.

DRI law student memberships are available for an annual fee of $20.00. For more information on DRI, how to apply for the scholarship or become a member, visit www.DRI.org.

FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellowship

FedEx/United Airlines

Resident Research Fellowship 

2011-2012 

The International Aviation Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law invites applications for an appointment as FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow in the Institute for 2011-2012.  The appointment will take effect on August 1, 2011 and run for one year.

The Institute is a Chicago-based academic center for the study of international aviation law and policy and is the first entity of its kind in the United States.  The Fellowship was established in 2005 through the joint support of FedEx and United Airlines.  Additional information regarding the Institute is available online at www.law.depaul.edu/aviation.

Duties will include researching and writing Institute publications, briefing papers, presentations and commentaries on law and policy matters that impact civil aviation worldwide.  Additional duties include maintaining the Institute's aviation law and policy Internet weblog, performing research for the Institute's oral history project on U.S. airline deregulation, involvement in Institute conference activities in the United States and overseas, helping coordinate the Institute's relationships with its international academic, government, and industry partners and briefing the Institute's Advisory Board of distinguished aviation leaders.  The Fellowship may also include adjunct teaching duties, which will be separately compensated.

The successful applicant will have a J.D. degree and solid experience in high-level academic research.  Knowledge of the U.S. and global aviation industry, or academic credentials in the civil aviation field, would be helpful.

Applications from May/June 2011 law school graduates will be considered.  If requested by the Institute during the screening process, such applicants must submit official evidence of successful completion of the J.D. degree program.

Applications must include a cover letter, current resume/C.V. with employment history, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and an official law school transcript.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted by law school professors, judges, or attorneys to whom an applicant is personally known.  Further, it is strongly suggested that those writing recommendations be individuals from whom the applicant has taken a law school class, or for whom the applicant has worked in a professional capacity.

With the exception of the law school transcript and the letters of recommendation, all application materials must be submitted in a single package.

Applications and all accompanying materials will be accepted for consideration until 4:00 p.m., CDT, on Monday, June 13, 2011.  Applications that are received, or remain incomplete, after this date and time will be discarded.  The selection process will be completed no later than Friday, July 1, 2011 and may include a personal interview.  Application materials are not returnable.

All application materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other correspondence, are to be mailed to:

Stephen B. Rudolph, M.Ed., J.D.
Executive Director
International Aviation Law Institute
DePaul University College of Law
25 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Stipend is $40,000 for the year.  In addition, and solely at the Institute's option, an additional stipend may be offered for adjunct teaching duties.

All questions and requests for additional information should be sent via email to srudolph@depaul.edu.  Do not submit application materials to this email address, as they will be discarded.

Queen Mary University of London School of Law LL.M. Scholarships

LL.M. Scholarships and MSc Law and Finance Bursaries at Leading UK Law School 

Over 142,000 of scholarships available for full time postgraduate study only at the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London in 2011-12. 

  • Ranked third overall in the UK and first in London for law in the Guardian's University 2011 Guide;
  • Classes taught by leading academics with contributions from respected practitioners and industry experts;
  • Postgraduate School of Law Centre, including the Centre for Commercial Law Studies ("CCLS") located in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn -legal district of London.

LL.M. funding covering General LL.M. and 18 Specialist LL.M. Programmes 

The School of Law will be offering: 

  • 5 International (non-EU) and 7 Home/EU LL.M. scholarships covering full tuition fees only across the range of 18 specialist and General LL.M. programmes listed below for full-time study only
  • 4 partial LL.M. scholarships worth £3,000 each to students of the following nationalities: Colombian, Kazakhstani, Sri Lankan, Ugandan
  • 2 LL.M. Queen Mary Alumni scholarships to Home/EU Queen Mary LLB graduates on or prior to 2010 worth £1,000 each

· LL.M. in Banking and Finance Law

· LL.M. in Commercial and Corporate Law

· LL.M. in Comparative and International

· LL.M. in Competition Law Dispute Resolution

· LL.M. in Computer and Communications Law

· LL.M. in Economic Regulation

· LL.M. in European Law

· LL.M. in Environmental Law

· LL.M. in Human Rights Law

· LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

· LL.M. in International Business Law

· LL.M. in Law and Development

· LL.M. in Legal Theory and History

· LL.M. in Media Law

· LL.M. in Medical Law

· LL.M. in Public International Law

· LL.M. in Public Law

Deadline for applying for all LL.M. related scholarships: 4 April 2011.

Full details including application form and criteria can be found at http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees/index.html#funding.

Graduate Opportunities

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Minority Outreach Program

CALIFORNIA

Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld is looking for an experienced attorney to fill an associate position in its Alameda office.  The firm seeks a candidate with 3-5 years of experience in labor law.  Experience with litigation, arbitrations, administrative hearings and negotiations is preferred.  California Bar membership is required.  The successful applicant will help service our public sector clients.  If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to Jannah Manansala at jmanansala@unioncounsel.net.

Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld is looking for an experienced attorney to fill an associate position in its Sacramento office.  The firm seeks a candidate with 2-5 years of experience in labor law.  Experience with litigation, arbitrations, and administrative hearings is preferred.  Candidates who have worked as union organizers or are bilingual are especially encouraged to apply.  California Bar membership is required.  The successful applicant will focus his or her work on assisting the firm with its representation of clients at hearings.  If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to Jannah Manansala at jmanansala@unioncounsel.net.

Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP ("SSDS"), a  firm based in Los Angeles that specializes in labor law, employment law and employee benefits, seeks an ERISA associate with 2-4 years experience representing pension and welfare benefit funds (experience with multiemployer plans preferred).   Applicants must be detail-oriented and possess exemplary research, writing and analytical skills.  Admission to the California bar is preferred. Salary is DOE.  To apply, send a resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to Zoe Moskowitz, Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers, LLC, 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90048; or by email to zsm@ssdslaw.com  (please put your name in the subject line of the email).    Please no phone calls.

FLORIDA

Palm Beach County labor law firm seeks to hire an additional associate with 0-3 years experience to assist in the representation of labor unions and fringe benefit trust funds throughout the state of Florida.  Requirements include excellent writing and research skills, commitment to the labor movement, and strong work ethic. Send resume, writing sample, references, and salary requirements to: Matthew J. Mierzwa, Jr., Mierzwa & Associates, P.A., 3900 Woodlake Boulevard, Suite 212, Lake Worth, Florida, 33463. No telephone calls, please.

KANSAS

Blake & Uhlig P.A., a Kansas City law firm representing labor unions and Taft-Hartley fringe benefit funds seeks an ERISA attorney with 0-5 years of relevant experience.  Position includes:  plan drafting, compliance and administration; attendance at trustees meetings; and general advice to trustees and fund office personnel.  Prior ERISA experience and/or LL.M. in tax preferred.  Email cover letter and resume to:  Michael Amash at mea@blake-uhlig.com.

MICHIGAN

Grand Rapids, Michigan law firm is seeking an associate licensed in Michigan to practice in the area of union-side labor law, criminal, domestic and personal injury litigation. Strong legal writing skills required. Please send resume, writing sample, law school transcript and salary requirements to: Kalniz, Iorio & Feldstein Co., LPA, 4981 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Sachs Waldman, a Detroit area labor law firm representing unions and employee benefit funds, has an immediate opening for an attorney with 3-5 years of experience.  Candidates should have a commitment to representing unions and workers, litigation experience and strong writing skills.  ERISA experience is a plus.  Mail, fax or e-mail cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Derek Watkins at 1000 Farmer St., Detroit, MI 48226.  dwatkins@sachswaldman.com.  Fax: 313-965-0268.

MISSOURI

St. Louis, Missouri firm representing unions and employee benefit funds seeks an associate attorney with 2-5 years experience in employee benefits law.  This position will require strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the labor movement.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Please send a resume and cover letter to mevans@hammondshinners.com.

NEW YORK

New York City law firm representing private and public sector unions and employee pension and welfare benefit funds seeks an ERISA attorney with 3-5 years of relevant experience.  Position includes:  plan drafting, compliance and administration; attendance at trustees meetings; general advice to trustees and fund office personnel; and litigation.  Prior Taft-Hartley experience preferred and knowledge of single employer pension plans a plus.  Send cover letter and resume to:  Patricia McConnell, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., 1350 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, New York 10018, fax:  (212) 239-1311, e-mail:  pmcconnell@msek.com.  No phone calls, please. 

New York City firm representing progressive unions and employee benefit funds seeks an associate with 3+ years' experience and a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement or progressive causes for its growing bankruptcy/collections practice on behalf of workers, benefit funds and unions. The position offers opportunities for significant case-handling responsibilities and direct client interaction, as well as competitive salary and excellent benefits. More information regarding the firm and its practice areas can be found at www.levyratner.com. Minorities strongly encouraged to apply. Please send resume, unedited writing sample, and cover letter explaining why this firm and its work is of interest to you to: Richard Levy, Levy Ratner, P.C., 80 Eighth Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10011, rlevy@levyratner.com, (fax: 212-627-8182), www.levyratner.com.

OHIO

Cleveland, Ohio union-side law firm seeks an associate with one to two years' experience in labor and employee benefits, including ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, NLRA & O.R.C. 4117.  Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume, law school transcript, writing sample and references from at least one labor law professor and/or union or benefits client to: hiringlaborattorney@gmail.com.

Associate General Counsel for Labor Union. Must be graduate of accredited law school, admitted to Ohio Bar and Southern/Northern Federal Bars; 3 - 4 yrs practicing experience and 2 - 4 years labor law and/or litigation experience.  Must be able to travel & possess valid Ohio driver's license, be Central Ohio area resident & have understanding and commitment to unionism. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.  Send cover letter & resume to: OCSEA - Dept. SH, 390 Worthington Road, Westerville, OH  43082. OCSEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug Free Workplace

PENNSYLVANIA

Jennings Sigmond, P.C., a law firm in Philadelphia, PA that specializes in labor law and the representation of employee benefit funds, seeks an associate attorney with 0 - 3 years experience. The position will involve work with international, regional and local labor unions and ERISA regulated employee benefit funds. The applicant should have excellent research and writing skills and an interest in litigation. A cover letter expressing interest in the position and a resume may be forwarded to Richard B. Sigmond, Esquire, Jennings Sigmond, P.C., Penn Mutual Towers, 16th Floor, 510 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or by e-mail to rsigmond@jslex.com.

The firm is a diverse, growing union of 850,000 members representing workers in a broad range of industrial and service sectors in the United States and Canada. The ten-person Pittsburgh Legal Department, which maintains a broad litigation and collective bargaining related practice, has an immediate opening for an energetic, self-starting attorney with a deep commitment to serving working people. Excellent writing and research skills and a strong academic record are musts. Third year students are eligible for consideration. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Competitive salary and outstanding benefits package. Please send a cover letter telling us about yourself and your interest in the labor movement as well as your resume, references, law school transcript, and writing sample to Richard Brean, United Steelworkers Legal Department, Five Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or e-mail to: rbrean@usw.org.

TENNESSEE

Memphis law firm is seeking an attorney with 3 to 5 years experience, excellent research and writing skills, and strong independent work ethic, and a commitment to union work.  Salary and benefits are DOE.  Please e-mail resumes to tbnvfm@gmail.com.

Florida Opportunities

Tucker & Tighe, P. A. - Fort Lauderdale small downtown A-V Rated law firm seeks litigation associate with 0-2 years experience for community association practice. Please refer to www.tuckertighe.com for info on firm. E-mail resume to hire710@yahoo.com.

Real Estate & Commercial Litigation. Fort Walton Beach law firm seeks Fla. Bar member with minimum of two years experience in real estate or commercial litigation. Construction litigation experience is a plus. Busy practice offers exceptional opportunities for professional growth and partnership. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resume and salary requirements in confidence to fax: 850-244-4488, or email: mike@crewlaw.com.

Leading Tampa Commercial Real Estate Practice: Hill Ward Henderson, an AV-rated, Tampa, Florida law firm seeks qualified attorneys for its Real Estate Group. Candidates must have 1-3 years of experience in commercial real estate, lending and/or leasing transactions. The position requires excellent academic credentials, sizeable transaction experience, client development potential and strong work ethic. This position offers immediate front-line deal involvement in a friendly, collegial work environment, an equity partner opportunity, and excellent compensation and benefits. Clients include recognized commercial developers, major lending institutions, brokers and investors as well as schools and universities. Send resume and cover letter in confidence to Jeanie M. Poley at jpoley@hwhlaw.com. Please visit our firm website at www.hwhlaw.com.

Statewide AV rated defense firm seeking attorneys with 1 - 3 years experience in property loss claims to join their Tampa and Wellington locations. Litigation experience is necessary. SIGNING BONUS available to attorneys with more than one (1) year sinkhole experience. Send resume in confidence to dsalmon@gspalaw.com (Tampa) or rgroelle@gspalaw.com (Wellington).

AV-Rated firm in Lakeland searching for an attorney with 0-3 years experience in tax, estate planning, guardianship, and probate. LL.M. or CPA preferred. Top 25% of law school class and relocation to Lakeland is required. Fax cover latter and resume to E. Reynolds at 863-583-0447.

Associate Attorney for West Palm Beach office at AV rated statewide law firm. Zero to four years experience in workers' compensation and/or general liability. Growing firm with Partnership track. E-mail resume to lfullwood@waltonlantaff.com.

CLERKSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS FOR LAW STUDENTS

 

American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations Minority Outreach Program

Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law or students that may be interested in the field are encouraged to apply to the LCC Minority Outreach Program.  This program is designed to introduce minority students to the practice of law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with participating firms and union legal departments. 

Please follow this link, http://unionlawyers.aflcio.org/, for more information, a listing of participating employers and employer specific application information and deadlines.  Please note that each organization has its own specific deadline and interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.  Please contact the firms or legal departments directly with any questions or to submit an application.  Be sure to reference "LCC Minority Outreach" in all correspondence.   

Equal Justice Alliance Seeking Students for Internships and Externships

Equal Justice Alliance is a coalition of organizations challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and other similar legislation affecting the civil liberties and First Amendment rights of individuals advocating for animals.

For information about the organization, visit www.equaljusticealliance.org. 

Externships / Internships:  Seeking law students to work full-time (40 hours / week) or part-time (see below) during the following periods: 

Summer 2011 (11 weeks, preferably full-time; if part time, at least 14 hours/week)

Fall 2011 (if part time, at least 8-10 hours/week)

Spring 2012 (if part time, at least 8-10 hours/week) 

Note:  This does not qualify for federal work study programs. 

Duties:

Conduct legal and fact research on civil liberties/rights issues as they relate to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals advocating for animals, including the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and its state analogues.  This will involve researching and analyzing recent cases, laws and law enforcement trends; tracking legal updates for our website; liaising with bar associations, constitutional rights societies and other organizations, and with the legislative communities on the local, state and federal level; and organizing forums at law schools and elsewhere to create awareness.   Working with social networking tools to create legal awareness.

Qualifications:

Required:  excellent legal writing and research and oral communication skills, and facility with Word and Excel.  This is a telecommuting position from anywhere in the U.S. (initial contact is in NYC); therefore, must be able to work independently, be self motivated and work well through telephone conferences.  Access to Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw, and familiarity with social networking tools a plus.   

The 2011 NAPABA Internship with Non-Profit/Legal Organization

Intern will work closely with the NAPABA Policy Director and the Programs Associate in Washington DC.  Internship is unpaid, but NAPABA will support the applicants' efforts to seek academic credit for their work.  Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are required.  Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, hard-working and have an ability to work with a diverse staff. 

Applicants must submit resume, cover letter, list of three references and a writing sample.  Internship will remain open until the position is filled.

Please visit the following website for more information:

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The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Volunteer Internship Opportunities

The Civil Rights Division offers competitive student volunteer internship positions in Washington, D.C. each academic semester, including the summer, for both law and undergraduate students. Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of the Division.

The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs.

Interns will assist Division attorneys or specialists in legal and factual research, prepare documents and exhibits, interview witnesses, summarize depositions, analyze records, and other case-related work. Some sections may also involve interns in policy-related assignments. Given the nature of the work and the high quality of its staff, the Division expects interns to be able to grasp issues quickly, complete work thoroughly and accurately, and write clearly and concisely. These positions are without compensation or may be used for work-study credit.

Eligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens; dual citizens will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The following students are eligible to apply: undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time; first-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students; and law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at least half-time. All students must be in good academic standing and will be required to provide official documentation from their school. First-year, first-semester law students may apply after December 1 for internships the following summer.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit a resume, brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages), transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and a cover letter describing your specific qualifications, listing the section where you want to be considered, and providing the time period you are available to work. Applications must be e-mailed to crt.volunteervacancies@usdoj.gov or faxed to (202) 305-9667. Please include Volunteer Internship in the subject line of your communication.

Click on http://www.justice.gov/crt/sec_desc.php to learn more about the work of the individual sections in the Division, which ones are recruiting for student volunteer interns, their specific expectations and requirements, and application deadlines.

For additional information on available internships for the fall 2010 term, please visit the Division's new Volunteer Internship Opportunities page at  http://www.justice.gov/crt/vol_intern_opps.php.

JUDICIAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Supreme Court of New Hampshire Law Clerk Positions for 2012 - 2013

Supreme Court of New Hampshire

Law Clerk Positions 2012 - 2013

Judicial clerkships with the New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord, New Hampshire will be filled for employment to begin in late August 2012.  Each of the five justices of the Supreme Court has two law clerks who work closely with the justice in the process of researching and writing opinions.  The annual salary is currently $51,624.00, plus certain benefits.

The deadline for filing application materials is August 1, 2011, but applicants are encouraged to file early.  Interviews will be held in September 2011. Successful candidates will demonstrate an excellent writing and research background. Admission to the New Hampshire Bar is not a requirement for the law clerk position.

Applicants who either possess a law degree or are candidates for a law degree in 2012 should mail one copy of their application materials to Mrs. Margaret Haskett, Executive Secretary to the Chief Justice, N.H. Supreme Court, One Charles Doe Drive, Concord, NH 03301 (603-271-2646).  Electronic applications are not accepted.  Application materials should include a cover letter, a resume, the names of three references with contact information, a law school transcript and a writing sample of not more than ten pages in length.

For further information on the clerkship positions, please contact Margaret Haskett by e-mail at MHaskett@courts.state.nh.us or by phone (603-271-2646).

Federal Judicial Clerkship Opportunities

 

The following judges have added new clerkship positions: 

 

Judge Pamela Rymer, United States Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 15, 2011 - Sep 15, 2011; Term Start: Aug 1, 2012

 

Judge Barbara Lynn, United States District Court, Dallas, TX

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 14, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011; Term Start: Aug 15, 2012

 

Judge B. Goains, United States District Court, Alpine, Midland, or Pecos, TX

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Mar 16, 2011 - Apr 15, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2011

 

Judge Richard Tallman, United States Court of Appeals, Seattle, WA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 18, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Pamela Rymer, United States Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 4, 2011 - Sep 10, 2011; Term Start: Aug 1, 2011

 

Judge Patricia Seitz, United States District Court, Miami, FL

Term: Temporary; Applications accepted: Feb 28, 2011 - May 1, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2011

 

Judge B. Edenfield, United States District Court, Savannah, GA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 1, 2011 - Jul 15, 2011; Term Start: Aug 1, 2012

 

Judge Timothy Batten, United States District Court, Atlanta, GA

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Feb 28, 2011 - Apr 15, 2011; Term Start: May 9, 2011

 

Judge Kermit Lipez, United States Court of Appeals, Portland, ME

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 4, 2011 - Feb 1, 2012; Term Start: Aug 15, 2012

 

Judge E. Jolly, United States Court of Appeals, Jackson, MS

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 4, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011; Term Start: Aug 13, 2012

 

Judge Thomas Waldrep, United States Bankruptcy Court, Winston-Salem, NC

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Mar 1, 2011 - Nov 4, 2011; Term Start: Aug 27, 2012

 

Judge Joanna Seybert, United States District Court, Central Islip, NY

Term: Temporary; Applications accepted: Mar 4, 2011 - Apr 30, 2011; Term Start: Apr 1, 2011

 

Judge Ronald Gilman, United States Court of Appeals, Memphis, TN

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 3, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011; Term Start: Aug 20, 2012

 

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals, Washington, DC

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Feb 11, 2011 - Sep 14, 2011; Term Start: Aug 6, 2012

 

Judge Pierre Leval, United States Court of Appeals, New York, NY

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Feb 8, 2011 - Sep 27, 2011; Term Start: Dec 15, 2012

 

Judge Pierre Leval, United States Court of Appeals, New York, NY

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Feb 8, 2011 - Sep 27, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Pierre Leval, United States Court of Appeals, New York, NY

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Feb 8, 2011 - Sep 27, 2011; Term Start: Jun 15, 2012

 

Judge D. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, Duncansville, PA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Feb 8, 2011 - Sep 1, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Richard Seeborg, United States District Court, San Francisco, CA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Oct 31, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Richard Seeborg, United States District Court, San Francisco, CA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Oct 31, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals, Woodland Hills, CA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 15, 2011; Term Start: Aug 15, 2012

 

Judge Richard Roberts, United States District Court, Washington, DC

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 6, 2011; Term Start: Aug 27, 2012

 

Judge Oscar Judge, United States District Court, Washington, DC

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Jan 5, 2011 - Jul 5, 2011; Term Start: Jan 1, 2015

 

Judge Richard Roberts, United States District Court, Washington, DC

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 6, 2011; Term Start: Sep 24, 2012

 

Judge Kent Jordan, United States Court of Appeals, Wilmington, DE

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 21, 2011 - Sep 9, 2011; Term Start: Sep 24, 2012

 

Judge Kent Jordan, United States Court of Appeals, Wilmington, DE

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 21, 2011 - Sep 9, 2011; Term Start: Aug 13, 2012

 

Judge Orinda Evans, United States District Court, Atlanta, GA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 25, 2011 - Aug 6, 2011; Term Start: Aug 27, 2012

 

Judge Orinda Evans, United States District Court, Atlanta, GA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 25, 2011 - Aug 6, 2011; Term Start: Aug 13, 2012

 

Judge David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals, Bloomington, IN

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Jul 11, 2011; Term Start: Aug 21, 2012

 

Judge Michael Chagares, United States Court of Appeals, Newark, NJ

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Aug 5, 2013; Term Start: Aug 27, 2013

 

Judge Solomon Oliver, United States District Court, Cleveland, OH

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 22, 2011 - Oct 15, 2011; Term Start: Aug 13, 2012

 

Judge Solomon Oliver, United States District Court, Cleveland, OH

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Mar 22, 2011 - Oct 15, 2011; Term Start: Aug 13, 2012

 

Judge Marjorie Rendell, United States Court of Appeals, Philadelphia, PA

Term: 1 Year; Applications accepted: Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Judge Samuel Cummings, United States District Court, Lubbock, TX

Term: 2 Years; Applications accepted: Mar 21, 2011 - Nov 10, 2011; Term Start: Aug 20, 2012

 

Judge Susan Kelley, United States Bankruptcy Court, Milwaukee, WI

Term: Career; Applications accepted: Mar 21, 2011 - Sep 1, 2011; Term Start: Sep 1, 2012

 

Please visit the OSCAR website for additional information and instructions at https://oscar.symplicity.com/.

GOVERNMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Pennsylvania Attorney General is Recruiting for a Deputy Attorney General III

The Pennsylvania Attorney General in Harrisburg, PA is seeking a Deputy Attorney General III in the practice areas of Civil, Criminal - Prosecution and Public Interest. 

This is advanced professional work rendering legal services of a difficult nature. Employees in this class work independently in most cases or under minimum guidance in complex, varied and exceptional cases of particular significance. Employees appear in trial and appellate courts. Positions allocated to this class differ from those allocated to the Deputy Attorney General II class in the complexity of legal work involved and the minimal amount of guidance received.  

The minimum qualifications for this class are graduation from an accredited law school, admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and three years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work. 

This position expires on June 30, 2011. Apply online at http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/theoffice.aspx?id=172.

PUBLIC INTEREST OPPORTUNITIES

The Brennan Center for Justice Seeking Counsel for Democracy Program

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.  Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution - part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group - the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. 

Position: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is seeking three attorneys to work in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program.  The Program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich and energetic democracy.

These positions may focus on voting rights and election reform (including practices likely to suppress the vote and have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); money in politics, including managing current constitutional litigation defending state and federal campaign finance reforms; integrity of the judicial system; and/or redistricting.  Ideally, the positions will commence in June 2011 or soon afterward.

Qualifications: The Center is looking to hire three attorneys, with experience ranging from two years of legal experience and up.  For one position, they prefer a candidate with six or more years of litigation experience. The ideal candidates will have a J.D.; several years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any) in the private sector, government, academia or policy advocacy; and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Excellent writing skills (for a variety of audiences, including legal, legislative, journalistic and public), as well as excellent analytic, strategic and research skills; creativity, versatility, and flexibility; organizational skills; and the ability to deal with diverse clients and allies and to coordinate work effectively with other entities will be required.  Demonstrated commitment to the public interest field a real plus. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. 

Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit http://brennancenter.theresumator.com/apply/u0zDNq/Counsel-Democracy-Program.html?source=staff. Please upload (where it says "attach resume") as one document the following application materials: cover letter, resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with "Democracy Attorney" in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

JOB FAIRS

Heartland Legal Diversity Job Fair

The Heartland Diversity Job Fair takes place August 5-6 and is open to rising 2Ls, 3Ls and class of 2011 graduates. The  Fair is designed to expose students to both traditional and non-traditional employers.  For more information visit: http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/studentreg/htmRegistration deadline is May 20, 2011.

Lavender Law Career Fair

The Lavender Law Job Fair is open to rising 2L and 3L lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and in 2011 will be held in Los Angeles, California on September 8.  For more information please visit: www.lavenderlaw.org/careerfair.htmlRegistration deadlines are August 1 (early registration) and August 15.

The Boston Lawyers Group Boston & Washington Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

The Boston Job fair will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the InterContinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA. The Washington, D.C. Job Fair will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

In addition to the job fairs, the Boston Lawyers Group ("BLG") will host networking receptions for selected students. Registration for the fair is open April 1, - July 11, 2011. For more information, please visit www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com and click on "Employment Opportunities."

The Southeastern Minority Job Fair

Pre-registration will be open April 7 at 12:00 noon through April 14th through the Miami Law CDO. Please be monitoring your Miami Law email account for registration information and other important deadlines related to this job fair. The fair will be held on Friday, July 30 & Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest in Marietta, Georgia. A complete time line and other information may be found at www.semjf.org.

The Delaware Minority Job Fair for 2L and 3L Students

This year's Job Fair will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011, in Wilmington, Delaware. The Job Fair is open to all second and third-year law students seeking positions in Delaware for the summer of 2012 and fall of 2013. Interested students must complete and return an application form, along with their resumes and college and law school transcripts to the Job Fair Administrator by Wednesday, April 28, 2011. All questions can be directed to Kara P. Zidek, Job Fair Administrator at (302) 571-5006.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair

This event will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, in K&L Gates' Seattle offices, located at 925 4th Avenue, Suite 2900. Job Fair participants are also encouraged to attend the Fair luncheon held at 12:00 p.m., featuring a local guest speaker. Applications for the fair are due April 30, 2011. Please see website for more information www.NWMJF.org.

The Indianapolis Diversity Job Fair

Full-time 2L law students representing all aspects of diversity are invited to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.  In addition to the opportunity to interview with more than 20 firm, government and corporate legal employers, three (3) student attendees will each be presented with a $2500 scholarship. 

This job fair is Thursday and Friday, August 18-19, 2011 and registration includes student reception on the first night of the job fair.  For more information, including registration information, and a list of participating employers from the 2010 job fair please see the flyer located on the Symplicity Document Library/Student Portal. 

The deadline to register to participate is July 18, 2011.