Harrity & Harrity Patent Associate Trainee Program

Harrity & Harrity is hiring for its successful training program for new patent attorneys who are looking for an opportunity to get their foot in the door at a patent law firm and prove that they have what it takes to be a superstar patent associate. The patent associate trainee program provides in-depth training in patent application drafting with the potential to become a full-time associate with our firm. The patent associate trainee program is a temporary position with our firm for up to four (4) months, during which time, you will be trained in the skills that are needed to prepare high quality patent applications for leading technology companies.

To qualify for this position, you MUST be able to write well. Also, you MUST have a J.D., have passed a bar or are awaiting bar results, and have either a B.S. or M.S. in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, or physics. We will consider other similar technical degree backgrounds. Being registered to practice before the USPTO is a plus. During the training program you will be paid a salary, and your lodging will be paid for as well.

Should you successfully complete the training program, there is a strong possibility that you would be offered a full-time associate position with the firm.

To apply for this position, submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for the program via email. 

The National LGBT Bar Association 2016 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select one student to join the 2016 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects
  • Pairing with an mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, networking and other individual needs
  • Practice interviews and presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects
  • Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships
  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago IL, May 19-21, 2016

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks between June 6, 2016 and August 12, 2016. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.

Applicants must be members of National LGBT Bar Association, enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), be scheduled for graduation in spring 2018 (full-time students) or spring 2019 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s office in Newark New Jersey. 

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript via email. Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 21, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the Internship opportunity.


Announcing the Second Annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy

We are pleased to announce the second annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy, April 1-3, 2016, in San Francisco. We encourage talented first-year law students to apply to attend.

The Diversity Leadership Academy will bring together Latham attorneys from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our lawyers, recruits and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity.

We will consider the following factors when selecting participants.

  • Academic and leadership achievements.
  • Obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives.
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals.
  • A desire to practice at a global law firm.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession.

This firm-sponsored training and development retreat will provide first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process, and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Each 1L student will be partnered with a Latham mentor who will serve in this capacity during the Academy and throughout the remainder of the student’s law school career.

For additional information and details, please visit Symplicity.


Applications can be accessed starting December 1, 2015 at www.lw.com/DiversityLeadershipAcademyApplications are due on January 11, 2016. Students selected will be notified in February 2016.


The Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program for Summer 2016

We are pleased to announce the second annual Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program for the summer of 2016. Our 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to gain valuable professional experience, mentoring and training early in their careers. We seek students who are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession and who also possess a long-term interest in practicing law in a global law firm.

We will consider the following factors when selecting the Latham & Watkins 1L Fellows:

  • Academic and leadership achievements.
  • Obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives.
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals.
  • A desire to practice at a global law firm.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession.
  • Long-term interest in practicing law in one of our U.S. offices.

1L Fellows will spend the first five or six weeks of the summer in one of our U.S. offices and the remaining portion of the 10-week program with one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our second annual Diversity Leadership Academy in April 2016 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.  Upon acceptance of the offer to return as a 2017 summer associate, participants will also receive a $10,000 scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

Applications can be accessed starting on December 1, 2015.  Applications are due on January 11, 2016. Students selected will be notified in February 2016.  (Note: students that seek to apply to both the 1L Fellowship Program and Diversity Leadership Academy need only complete the 1L Fellowship Application and select to apply to both programs.).


Please visit Symplicity for additional information and details.



The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program for 1L Students

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at the University Of Miami School of Law. LCLD is a national organization of more than 220 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners. For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website.

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 30 cities around the country, including Miami. Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in your city, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations.

Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. You can register online for this first come, first serve program beginning December 1, 2015. Please register on LCLD’s website, using this link. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Yazmyne Vasquez in the CDO.

Public Counsel Now Accepting Applications for its Summer 2016 Clerkship Program

Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several sub-projects that accept summer interns. The projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform. Click here to learn more about each of their practice areas.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, transcript (or list of grades), and writing sample via email. If you are interested in more than one project, you must indicate your first choice of projects. It is helpful to describe in your cover letter the reasons for your interest in the project for which you are applying.  If a particular project has subprojects (e.g., adoptions, guardianship, Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY), please make sure to specify the particular subproject you are applying for.  Again, you may apply for more than one subproject, but you must indicate your first choice.  Note:  Unless otherwise indicated below, all of the clerkships will take place in Los Angeles. 

Please be sure to include the following in the subject line of your e-mail:  “Application for 2015 Public Counsel Summer Internship.”  Your application will not be considered if the requested application materials or project preference are omitted.

The following projects are currently accepting summer clerk applications:

  • Center for Veterans’ Advancement
  • Children’s Rights Project
    • Adoptions
    • Advocacy for Children with Developmental Disabilities
    • Education Rights
    • Guardianship
    • Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY)
  • Community Development Project
    • Community Development
    • Early Childhood Education
  • Consumer Law Project
    • Consumer Law
    • Debtor Assistance Project
  • Statewide Education Rights Project (this clerkship is for the Bay Area office only)
  • Homelessness Prevention Law Project
    • Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services (CARES)
    • Shriver Housing Project
  • Immigrants’ Rights Project

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2016 Summer Clerkship Application page.


This Week at the CDO (Week of November 16, 2015)

Friday, November 20, 2015:

  • South Florida Group of Regional Counsel Legal Seminar – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Off Site Shalala Student Center: The South Florida Group of Regional Counsel Seminar 2015 will be an extraordinary event of the Group with Morgan Lewis and the University of Miami School of Law. The Group has more than 320 members representing more than 200 multinationals. The program will offer seven panels covering a variety of topics. Event website here.

The FBA Section on Taxation Announces the 2016 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition!

The FBA Section on Taxation would like to announce the 2016 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition.

The prizes are: 1st place: $2,000; 2nd place: $1,000; and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or in The Federal Lawyer. Other entries may also earn an honorable mention at the conference.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Deadline is January 8, 2016
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.

Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard or by mail to:

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201 

For more information, see the website.

Veterans’ Legal Career Fair 2016

The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will be held on April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This event—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides a unique opportunity for legal employers to interview lawyers who are veterans or active-duty service members preparing for a transition out of the military.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active-duty service members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 150 candidates from around the world and 45 employers, including two dozen leading law firms as well as representatives of legal departments at major companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, American Express, PwC and Prudential.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.

For additional information, please visit the website.


T.J. Reddick Bar Association Networking, Resume Building, and Interviewing Tips for Attorneys

Purpose: The purpose of the CLE is to provide new and experienced attorneys with information to assist in legal networking, resume building, and interviewing for legal jobs in the public and private sectors. Legal professionals from corporate and private practice will participate in the CLE. Additionally, a head hunter will provide practical tips and information regarding the legal sector and job market. The speakers will discuss the importance of pro bono services, as well as involvement in the community and the profession through voluntary bar organizations and other community service organizations. The speakers will also discuss networking, resume building, working with head hunters, non-legal jobs for lawyers, and salary expectations and trends in South Florida.

Date & Location: The CLE will be on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Greenspoon Marder Law, 200 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1800, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

Cost: The CLE is free for due paying T.J. Reddick Bar Association members, law students, and judges. Non-members, the cost of the CLE is $27.37 for non-members. Non-members may pay their dues before or at the CLE on November 19, 2015 to be considered a member.

RSVP: Please RSVP at Eventbrite.