Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Scholarships and Opportunities

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.

A secondary goal of the scholarship is to ensure the recipient’s chapter will remain active and maintain engaged leadership. Therefore, scholarship recipients are encouraged to act as a SALDF advisor to their chapter for up to two years after graduation; this mentorship will help ensure continuity of the chapter and contribute to its ongoing vitality.

Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships for 1Ls (and part-time students) are $2,500 and scholarships for 2Ls and 3Ls are $5,000.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a member of an active SALDF chapter.
  • Applicant must demonstrate outstanding commitment to animal law.
  • Applicant should be interested in serving as an SALDF advisor for up to two years after graduation.
  • Only current 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply (or 3Ls in a four-year program), with the scholarship to be applied during the next academic year.
  • Applications must be emailed (preferred method), mailed, or faxed (503-231-1578) by April 17, 2015 to:
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Attn: Nicole Pallotta
919 SW Taylor, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205 

Applicants must submit: 

  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a law school professor (letters of recommendation from ALDF staff are not permitted).
  • Current academic transcript (unofficial is okay).
  • A copy of your most recent resume.
  • Provide complete answers to the following questions. There is no page limit. Answers must be typed and double spaced. Include your name, SALDF chapter, year in school, address, phone number, and email address.
  1. Describe your interest in animal issues and tell us how your law school education will help you to be a better advocate for animals.
  2. Describe your role within your SALDF chapter.
  3. Describe any other animal law (or animal protection) activities and experience (academic, volunteer, activism, employment, etc.) to date.
  4. ALDF’s mission is to advance the lives and protect the interest of animals through the legal system. Describe how you see yourself contributing to this mission, and tell us how you will support the field of animal law after graduation.
  5. How will receiving this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?
  6. Recipients of the ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship are encouraged to serve as a SALDF advisor for two years after graduation. How do you envision yourself in this role and how would you contribute to your chapter’s ongoing vitality once you graduate?

 

The 5th Annual The Law Student Reporters (LSR) Program

The Law Student Reporters (LSR) program was created to provide an opportunity for law students to attend ABA-IPL’s IP programming. Each LSR is introduced to the ABA-IPL structure, working with attorneys to provide previews, reviews, and live coverage of CLEs and ABA commitee meetings. LSRs gain a lot of exposure and a solid start with the ABA.

LSRs have the opportunity to engage and interact with IP practitioners from around the world at the largest ABA-IPL event of the year — the Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Applicants also have the chance to participate in the ABA Annual meeting in the summer if not chosen for the ABA-IPL Spring conference.

The conference will take place March 25-27, 2015 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the conference and we want you to be a part of it! Applications will be accepted for the second round starting on January 12, 2015. The deadline to return your completed application for early decision is Friday, January 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM EST. A shortened application window will reopen again in the Spring semester although preference will be given to early applications, so get your application in as soon as possible. Download the application online.

For additional details regarding LSR eligibility and requirements, please visit the website.

 

The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Presents the 2014-2015 Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition

Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. See Official Rules and Social Media flier for specific details regarding submission guidelines, judging, prizes and rules.

Pending confirmation of the finalists, the winner will be published in The Florida Bar Journal, an online publication, and recognized by EASL.

In the past, the annual Fashion Law Writing Competition has been open only to Florida law students. This year, however, it is being opened to all law students enrolled in ABA-approved law schools.

Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015.

 

 

LSAC DIVERSITY INITIATIVES 2015 SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Applications are being accepted for a summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications:  The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: 

The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: 

Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only with the Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern.

NOTE: Applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation will NOT be considered.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015.

NNEDV is Seeking Attorney for WomensLaw Project

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a national organization dedicated to creating a social, political, and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. NNEDV seeks a bilingual (English/Spanish) Program Attorney who has knowledge or experience working with Latin@ communities to join WomensLaw (a project of NNEDV).

The Program Attorney will play an integral role in all WomensLaw activities, with a particular emphasis on overseeing the Spanish-language portion of the WomensLaw.org website; responding to Spanish-language inquiries on the Email Hotline; and making presentations / performing outreach in Spanish to Latin@ communities in person and through social media about the ways in which WomensLaw can help them.

This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the WomensLaw Legal Director. The bilingual Program Attorney will work in NNEDV’s Washington, D.C. office. Some travel will be required.

**Please note that the Program Attorney will not provide representation or work on specific legal cases, or give legal advice, solely legal information.**  

RESPONSIBILITIES

WomensLaw.org Website: 

  • Interpreting legal statutes and translating them into “plain language” in English and Spanish – native speaker preferred.
  • Updating existing legal content and developing new content for the WomensLaw.org website.
  • Working with other experts in the field to share information and create materials appropriate for WomensLaw.org users.
  • Translating and revising Spanish website content and recruiting/managing Spanish-speaking translators.
  • Maintaining and establishing new relationships with community-based organizations throughout the country, with a focus on organizations that help Spanish-speaking populations.
  • Updating and maintaining legal and non-legal resource listings in Spanish and English.

Email Hotline:

  • Answering emails received on our Email Hotline, mostly in Spanish, from victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and others.
  • Assisting with management of law school student volunteers who answer emails weekly.
  • Assisting in training/recruiting new law school volunteers to answer the Email Hotline.

Social Media, Outreach, Workshops, and Presentations:

  • Leading workshops or creating presentations for community partners, primarily in Spanish; performing outreach in Spanish to Spanish-speaking population to publicize WomensLaw’s services.
  • Maintaining a presence in Spanish on social media, making presentations in person and through webinars, and developing creative ways to let victims know about the ways WomensLaw can help them understand the laws and their legal recourse.
  • Facilitating presentations at conferences throughout the United States.
  • Representing WomensLaw in the Spanish language media.

SALARY AND BENEFITS 

Competitive salary. Benefits package includes medical, life and disability insurance, vacation, sick leave and 401(k) retirement program. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be bilingual (Spanish/English) and completely fluent in both languages, native speaker preferred
  • Must have knowledge of or experience working with the Latin@ community
  • J.D. and Bar admission required (may be admitted in any state)
  • Prior experience as a litigator, representing clients in family-law matters or domestic violence-related issues a plus
  • Must have prior experience working in, or a proven commitment to, domestic violence, sexual assault or related women’s issues
  • Knowledge of immigration laws preferred
  • Excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills in both English and Spanish
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Strong legal research or statutory analysis skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and inter-cultural skills
  • Experience providing workshops and/or trainings preferred
  • Experience recruiting, managing and training volunteers preferred
  • Proficient in MS Office and Internet-literate and
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team as well as independently.

REQUIRED TO APPLY: There are 5 required items to apply: 

  • cover letter in English (please clearly explain what your knowledge or experience of working with Latin@ communities entails)
  • same cover letter in Spanish
  • resume
  • salary history and expectations
  • a 1-2 page writing sample showing your ability to succinctly and in plain-language summarize a complex legal issue or statute 

Please email all 5 documents to Stacey Sarver, Esq., Legal Director of WomensLaw. No mail or faxes please.

 

 

2015 ABA Legal Career Development Expo in Chicago

Are you a Law Student? Recent Graduate? Young Lawyer? This is an event you don’t want to miss! Practicing attorneys and legal professionals seeking to advance their careers are also welcome to attend.

The American Bar Association’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the ABA Legal Career Development Expo. The Expo will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 8am to 5pm at the ABA Headquarters in downtown Chicago located at 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654. 

Format:                In-Person

Location:             American Bar Association 321 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60654-4714

Date:                     January 15, 2015

Time:                    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT

Why attend the ABA Legal Career Development Expo?

- Admission is only $10 (Complimentary to all ABA Staff)

- Career and business development sessions

- Networking opportunities with current law students, lawyers, and ABA staff

- Practical skills training, including resume editing, one-on-one interviewing tips, and mentoring

- Career Development info from the substantive legal and professional ABA entities

- A chance to win a package for three (3) executive coaching sessions

General Inquires:

If you have any additional questions, please contact the office at (312) 988-5667 or email. Visit the website for more details.

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel and named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. The competition is designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality.

The Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable on the website).

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015.

Mail papers to:
 
Tannenwald Foundation
700 Sixth Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-3980
Attn:  Sandie Kiedrowski
 
For additional information, please visit Symplicity or the website.
 

CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF LAW 2015 SUMMER LAW CLERK PROGRAM

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:

  • assisting in trial preparation;
  • attending depositions;
  • observing real estate closings;
  • attending client meetings;
  • attending court proceedings;
  • researching legal issues; and
  • drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

  • mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County;
  • disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and
  • labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under “What We Do”.

To apply for the 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials in hard copy form as outlined here. Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcript, are received.

Applications for the Summer Program will be accepted from January 15 – March 1, 2015.

Sterling Educational Services, Inc. is Offering Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar on Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law

Sterling Educational Services, Inc. (Sterling) would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to an upcoming seminar as an introduction to their company. Sterling is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. Please visit us online for information on our company.

They are holding a Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law seminarinMiami, Florida on January 20, 2015and would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys.

Students who wish to register can call 715-855-0495 or register online. Only current law students may take advantage of these passes and MUST provide their student id number or other proof of enrollment in order to register. All students must be pre-registered; no walk-ins will be allowed.

OGC HONORS LEGAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel:

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws, as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency. Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC. Our principal office is located at EPA’s headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC. OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices: Air and Radiation, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Water, Cross-Cutting Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution, General Law, and Civil Rights and Finance Law.

OGC HONORS LEGAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:

This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2015. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 

The 2015 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school (May 2015), who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have graduated from an ABA accredited law school within the past 3 years and have at least 1 year of legal experience. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective “people” skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications must consist of a cover letter/personal statement, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (5 page minimum – 10 page maximum demonstrating analysis of a complex legal issue), and references. All required documents must be submitted for consideration in this fellowship opportunity. Note: We are also requesting applicants to submit a voluntary Demographic Information Form OMB No. 3046-0046 (Vacancy Announcement No. – leave blank) which is used to determine the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

The application package must be postmarked by Monday, February 9, 2015; applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Please mail your applications to the address below:
 
Angela Perkins, Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
WJC North Room 4315M; MC 2311A
Washington DC 20460 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews, at the candidate’s expense, in Washington, DC. Offers will be made in March/April 2015. Information about OGC’s fellowship program, as well as additional fellowship opportunities with EPA Offices of Regional Counsel, are described at the website. www.epa.gov/ogc/fellowship.htm. 

BENEFITS:

These are full-time, two-year appointments paid at the GS-11 (first year) and GS-12 (second year) levels.  Benefits that are available include annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, flexible work schedules, family medical leave, Thrift Savings Plan, and transit subsidy.