The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Seeks Environmental Clinic Director

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law seeks applicants for a full-time Acting Clinical Professor of Law to serve as the Director of a new Environmental Law Clinic. Expected start date is July 1, 2015, and the application deadline is March 9th. The full job description with required and preferred qualifications can be found here.

The clinic will engage a diverse range of students in a variety of legal activities such as administrative practice, litigation and policy analysis to address pressing environmental challenges, including in underserved communities. The focus of the clinic’s work will depend on the interest and expertise of the Director, but in order to maximize synergies with other faculty and school resources it could include issues such as climate change, water resources, biodiversity conservation, natural resources, air quality, and environmental justice, on a domestic to global scale. The clinic will build upon UC Berkeley’s signature strengths as a top-ranked environmental law program, a leading environmental research center, a nationally-recognized clinical program, and a world-class public university.

UM Career Expo on February 11th is Open to Law Students and Alumni

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as personal and business financial services, banking, retail and merchandising, government, telecommunications, and marketing. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and no law firms will be participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

Registration is not required to attend this event; however, students must bring their Cane Card and be professionally dressed.  This dress code will be strictly adhered to. It is highly recommended that you review this link for guidelines on required attire.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

More information regarding the Career Expo is available here. A list of participating employers is available here.

Information Sessions Coming Up on U.S. Student Fulbright Program & Graduate Study in the UK & Ireland

Info Session – U.S. Student Fulbright Program: 

February 25, 2015, 2:30-3:30 pm – SAC Vista Room 

Signed into law by President Truman in 1946, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 6,000 new grants annually to support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project, or teaching assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright to the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of World War II as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between people of the Unites States and the people of other countries of the world.” This info session will cover program basics, the ins and outs of the application process, and will help students begin to organize their proposals. Descriptions of the various grant programs for U.S. students may be found here. UM graduate and undergraduate students (U.S. Citizens) with exceptional scholastic and extracurricular records in all fields are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Prestigious Awards. 

Info Session – Graduate Study in the UK & Ireland: 

February 25, 2015, 3:30-4:30 pm – SAC Vista Room 

Newly returned from a tour of 16 British universities, Kefryn Reese (Director of the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships) will discuss opportunities and practical considerations for graduate study in the UK. Selection criteria and application processes for UK/Irish fellowships (like the Rhodes, Marshall, UK Fulbright, Gates Cambridge and Mitchell Scholarship) will also be discussed.  Students in all fields are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Prestigious Awards. 



Arizona State University Seeks Associate General Counsel – Close Date: February 13

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University on a broad range of education law and other legal matters. This position will concentrate primarily on federal and state employment and administrative law matters. This will include, for example, academic and nonacademic personnel issues such as faculty promotion and tenure matters, peer review process, at-will employment, law enforcement personnel, discipline, termination, and grievances; administrative hearings, salary issues, immigration, employee benefits, discrimination and civil rights matters involving employees as well as students, affirmative action, public records, conflict of interest, drafting and review of all legal documents, including policies and procedures, legislative provisions and independent contractor agreements governing all aspects of university functioning. This position will also concentrate on student issues such as academic integrity, student conduct, FERPA, and student residency appeals.  The Associate General Counsel is responsible for supporting training and preventive law programs on a university-wide basis. This position interacts regularly with senior level administration and with state and federal regulatory offices.

Minimum Qualifications:  J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school and six (6) years of experience as a practicing attorney, including experience in the primary practice area(s) designated by the Senior Vice President and General Counsel; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona within twelve (12) months of hire.

Desired Qualifications:  Experience in the active practice of law which is current and continuous and with a focus in employment law and litigation for at least 6 years. Experience in an in-house university environment, or as outside counsel devoting substantial attention to university clients in higher education law, particularly with employment issues (four years preferred) and student matters. Experience in other areas of law such as immigration, administrative, and public sector law. Demonstrated knowledge of the legal issues faced by research universities. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Experience in legal research. Experience in advocacy. Experience in program solving. Experience in working in a diverse and complex environment across multiple campuses.

Close Date: February 13, 2015 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed every two weeks until the search is closed.

To Apply: For a complete position description and application instructions, please click here. Requisition ID No. 11064BR, Assoc General Counsel under Staff Positions, External Applicants.


2015 Concept to Commercialization (C2C) Series

2015 Concept to Commercialization (C2C) Series is a monthly seminar series hosted by U Innovation to discuss commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts. Seminars are free and open to all UM faculty members, staff, post docs and students, as well as our LSTP community of entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact Autumn Arranz.

Where: University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park

When: 5 – 6 PM, 1st floor conference room 

1) An introduction to technology transfer

January 27, 2015

Speaker: Jim O’Connell, Office of Technology Transfer, UM 


2) Seven things every academic should know about patents

February 26, 2015

Speaker: Heather Kissling, Marshall, Gerstein & Bourn LLP


3) Building commercial software: It has to work 100% of the time

March 24, 2015

Speakers: Jack Karabees, Preclara Inc

Steven Schmidt, SPI Software

Jeff Wilder, SPI Software


4) Ten steps to forming a startup company to commercialize your novel results

April 28, 2015

Speakers: Steve Glover, Entrepreneur in Residence, UM

Robert Williamson, New World Angels, Entrepreneur in

Residence, UM


5) Funding your start-ups: perspectives from angel investors and VCs

May 26, 2015

Speakers: Rhys Williams, New World Angels

Andrew Levin, H.I.G. Bioventures

Alison Tanner, Florida Institute for the Commercialization of

Public Research

University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park

1951 NW 7th Avenue


6) Evolving patenting strategies for genes, biomarkers and products of nature

June 30, 2015

Speaker: Kelly Williamson, Alston & Bird Law Firm


7) Inventorship vs Authorship vs Ownership

July 28, 2015

Speaker: Bonnie McLeod, Cooley & Cooley LLP


8) Technology marketing: beating the bushes

August 25, 2015

Speaker: Heidjer Staecker, TreMonti Consulting


9) Academic startups: entrepreneur perspectives

September 29, 2015

Speakers: Michael Gold, Integene International Holdings

Matthew Kim, Vigilant Bioscience Inc

Rifat Pamukcu, RxMP Therapeutics LLC


10) University policies relating to technology transfer and commercialization

October 27, 2015

Speakers: Jim O’Connell, Office of Technology Transfer, UM

Lory Hayes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Disclosures & Conflict of Interest Management, UM

Marc Weinroth, Office of the General Counsel, UM


11) Protecting and commercializing novel software

November 17, 2015

Speakers: John Christopher, Christopher & Weisberg P.A.

Carl Schulman, University of Miami


12) Don’t overlook “small items”: commercializing research reagents

December 7, 2015

Speaker: TBD

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 2, 2015)

Thursday, February 5, 2015:

  • Using Social Media and Your Law Degree to Pursue Your Passions & Find Your Dream Career – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Room F-108 – Attorney and social media expert Ethan Wall will present an experiential learning workshop series for students interested in traditional and nontraditional careers. Program takeaways include a practical guide designed to help you articulate what is most important to you and the direction you want to chart in life, a goal setting plan to help you create specific goals and a concrete plan to achieve them, and a social media guide to professionally promoting your image.

Friday, February 6, 2015: 

  • Navy JAG Information Session for Students12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F-108 – Join the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) for an informative session. Topics to be discussed include the application and hiring process as well as the experiences gained by working for the Navy JAG. This program is open to all students.

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Description: This is a writing competition for students interested in legal ethics. 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. Each submission must be original work and not exceed 50 pages. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Each entry will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

Prizes: First – $2,500

Deadline: April 25, 2015 by 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit the website.

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers

For Innovative Research and Writing on Lawyers’ Professional Liability

An Annual Competition

Concluding every April

$5,000 Prize & a free trip to the LPL National Legal Malpractice Conference!

Contest Deadline & Information

Deadline for Submission:

ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 20, 2015.

MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 20, 2015. 

Contest Mission:

The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. 


* Cash award of $5,000.

* All expense paid trip to the Spring 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 8-10, 2015. 


The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The 2015 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. 

The Assignment: 

The 2015 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information.

View the website for additional information.

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 2015 Legal Writing Contest

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the 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.


First Place US $2,000 and plaque
Second Place US $1,000 and plaque
Third Place US $500 and plaque
Honorable mention Plaque

Contest Rules:

  1. Eligibility. The International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools.
  2. Subject Matter. Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.
  3. Authorship and Publication. Entries must be certified by the entrant on the IADC entry form to be the original and sole work of the entrant. At the time of submission, the entry must not have been published or accepted for publication, and the author must be free to execute the assignment of copyright to IADC referred to in Rule 7.
  4. Judging. The contest will be judged by a committee of the IADC, whose decisions will be final. In addition to the monetary award winners, the judges may designate entries worthy of honorable mention.
  5. Judging Standards. Articles will be judged on the following factors: (1) the choice of subject matter, as measured by its significance, international or national relevance, and timeliness; (2) the amount of work and effort, as measured by the entry’s comprehensiveness and analysis; (3) the quality of the legal analysis, as measured by its objectivity and balance; and (4) the writing quality, as measured by clarity of expression, brevity, and literary construction. Entrants also should consider the points made in the contest guidelines.
  6. Monetary Awards. Monetary awards will be made as follows: US $2,000 to the first place winner, US $1,000 to the second place winner, and US $500 to the third place winner. Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.
  7. Plaques and Publication. Authors of monetary award articles and of those awarded honorable mention will receive commemorative plaques, and their articles will be made available for publication in Defense Counsel Journal, IADC’s quarterly law review. At the time of submission, entrants must execute the assignment of copyright in the entry certificate. IADC will copyright articles published in Defense Counsel Journal, but release the copyright assignment back to entrants whose works are not published. Acceptance for publication in any publication other than Defense Counsel Journal prior to notice to the author of an award in this contest will disqualify the entry. Entrants are expected to notify IADC promptly of such prior acceptance by another publication.
  8. Subscription. A year’s subscription to Defense Counsel Journal will be given to all contestants who meet the qualifications for entry in this contest.
  9. Deadline for 2015 Entries. Entries must be received on or before Friday, May 15, 2015.
  10. Directions for Transmission. Entries, together with the completed entry form, must be sent to the International Association of Defense Counsel, via electronic mail to Melisa Maisel.

For contest guidelines and additional information, please visit the website.


National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad.  NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political, and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows: 

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.   The most recent winning paper was “The Decriminalization of Rape on America’s College Campuses: How Federal Sex Discrimination Policy Has Diminished the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence” written by Danielle Elizabeth DeBold, New York University School of Law.  Please view paper here.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.  Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. 

FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be  one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.

JUDGING: NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness. 

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address.  Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word).

AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the NAWL Women Lawyers Journal.