Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

All submissions must be submitted electronically. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage.




Organized by the Environmental Law Institute and
the National Association of Environmental Law Societies

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

THE BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics online.)

ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox. You will receive a confirmation by email.


Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:

  • Title;
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page);
  • Law school name and address;
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change);
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece;
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration); and
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition.

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). Citation style must conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.

CRITERIA & PUBLICATION: The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program 2014-2015 Application Deadlines

The Pittsburgh Foundation and K&L Gates LLP are proud to offer the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program. The fellowship was established in September 1999 to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2015, the program will offer one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend 8 weeks of their summer working at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. For additional details about the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, please click here.

In 2015, the fellowship recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his/her public interest service. All stipend checks will be made payable to the student and mailed to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 3, 2014.

Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation, an Advisory Committee will recommend the fellowship winner based upon academic merit, demonstrated commitment to public service, other information provided through the application process and interviews with finalist candidates. Family members of Advisory Committee members are not eligible for this fellowship. The Pittsburgh Foundation will notify chosen fellowship winners of its decision.

For a copy of the application materials, please visit the K&L Gates website, contact your CDO advisor or contact:

Jessica L. Gangjee
Legal Recruitment & Development Regional Manager
K&L Gates LLP, K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 355-6547


Deborah L. Turner
Scholarship Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414
(412) 394-2649


Invitation to Students and Alumni to Attend University of Miami Career Expo on Campus

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, September 17th 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 business, healthcare, 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.

The expo is open to University of Miami degree seeking students and alumni only. There is no required registration to attend the expo. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted. A list of participating employers, is available online.

Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA) seeks to promote the exchange of information and ideas related to the practice of law in order to enhance its members’ knowledge and skills. THBA also strives to provide resources and enhanced opportunities for the education of future attorneys of Hispanic origin or descent, while promoting the improvement of Florida’s legal system. These efforts ultimately promote the organization’s important goals of improving the administration of justice and increasing the quantity and quality of the legal services rendered to members of the Hispanic community. As such, the THBA will award two law students a $1,000 scholarship with the expectation that they will further the goals of our organization throughout their legal career. The following are the eligibility requirements for the THBA Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarships:

  • Applicant must be a law student of Hispanic origin from the Tampa Bay area; and
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school in the State of Florida; and
  • Applicant must have a minimum law school GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent); and
  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself academically; or
  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself in service-oriented activities that benefit the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area; or
  • Applicant must have a demonstrable interest in serving the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area upon graduation and/or during law school; and
  • Applicant must be available to attend the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Eighth Annual Gala being held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.

To apply, please submit a current resume, a copy of a current law school transcript, and an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses in detail why you are qualified for this scholarship along with any other information you wish to share with the scholarship committee on why you are deserving of this award.

Please submit these items to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Scholarship Committee via email by 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2014. The recipient will be notified by October 31, 2014.



East Bay Community Law Center/Berkeley Law Seeks Public Benefits & Homeless Rights Director

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), which is part of the Clinical Program at Berkeley Law, is hiring a Public Benefits & Homeless Rights Director. The Director will coordinate and supervise EBCLC’s public benefits and homelessness work. The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate, strategic thinker and supervisor, with excellent project management and organizational skills; prior experience and a love for teaching law students; and a passion for working with low-income people. The Director will be supervised by the Managing Director of EBCLC’s Health & Welfare Program.

EBCLC is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As Berkeley’s community-based clinic, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay, with a staff of 40 and 150 law students assisting 5,000 clients each year. Public benefits and homelessness are areas in which EBCLC has provided services since its inception 25 years ago.

A full description of the position, as well as application instructions, can be found online.  Deadline is Sept. 14, 2014, with applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Information Session

Interested in a Career in Federal Government?  The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program offers paid two-year appointments with Federal Government Agencies.  More than 80 Federal Agencies recruit through this program and offer positions in public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.   

The Career Development Office is pleased to welcome former PMF Fellow and UM Law alumnus, Frederick Hawkins, to the law school on Thursday, September 25 to provide an overview of the PMF program, the application process, and to discuss his personal experience and current position with the Department of State.  If you are interested in becoming a PMF Fellow, we strongly encourage you to attend this information session.

The PMF Information Session will be held on Thursday, September 25 in Room A-110 at 12:30pm.

The CDO is aware that some student may not be able to attend because of Rosh Hashanah.  The information session will be videotaped and made available to students and CDO advisor Karen Warren, the PMF liaison for the law school, will be available to meet individually with students.


2015-16 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program Applications Now Available!

Apply Today to be a Reproductive Justice Fellow!

Are you a  current 3L or a recent law school graduate?

Fired up about reproductive rights and justice?

Interested in the intersection of RJ and HIV/AIDS?

Want to get hands on training in federal law and policy?

Rub elbows with the leading advocates?

Then consider submitting an application for the 2015-16 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP). The program runs from the end of August 2015 through August 2016.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to work to advance reproductive  justice through law and policy. RJ-HIV Fellows will be placed at SisterLove (Atlanta, GA) or Positive Women’s Network – USA (Oakland, CA) and will work at the intersection of RJ and HIV issues.

Application deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00pm PT. Please visit the RJFP website to fill out the online form and download the applications.

(Organization applications not yet available; they due in January 2015).

For more information about the RJFP, including bios of current and past Fellows and a list of Placement Organizations, please visit the RJFP homepage.

Questions? Email RJFP@lsrj.org

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 2, 2014)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

  • Fall Recruiting Phase II – Interviews Begin


Thursday, September 4, 2014:

  • Fall Recruiting Continues


Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • Fall Recruiting Continues

ABA Free Career Advice Series: Interviewing Spectacularly…from Both Sides of the Desk

ABA Free Career Advice Series

Hiring lawyers is an important investment, yet interviewers tend to talk too much and ask too few questions…and interviewees continue to provide the same kinds of answers that fail to distinguish them or bring in offers. This month’s Free Career Advice Series webinar features legal career experts who will focus on:

  • What to look for… on both sides of the interview desk
  • Questions to ask beyond the trite and traditional
  • Ways to anticipate and answer the tough questions to get hired

Interviewing Spectacularly…from Both Sides of the Desk Friday, September 12, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar ABA Member Rate: FREE Non-member Rate: $95.00

ABA Free Career Advice Series is a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts.

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