2012 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Contest Rules and Criteria:

The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest (formerly The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest) was established in 1970 by the prominent environmental lawyer, the late Roscoe B. Hogan of Birmingham, Alabama, and serves to provide law students the opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to the multitude of injustices inflicted on the environment. Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit a legal essay for the competition.

2012 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Are Factory Farms Hog-Tying People’s Rights?

Right to Farm and Ag-Gag Laws

Are They Constitutional?

Do They Go Too Far?

Prize: $5,000 Cash Prize

Free 2012 Public Justice Foundation membership

Featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally

disseminated Public Justice newsletter

Enrollment Information:

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may enroll in the contest.

Each entry must be submitted through a faculty adviser. All entrants must fill out and submit the intent-to-enter form by January 31, 2012. To download the intent-to-enter form, please visit the website.

The intent-to-enter form must have the entrant’s current contact information, in particular phone and e-mail address, as the communications between the Public Justice Foundation and the applicant will be conducted primarily by phone and e-mail.  

Intent-to-enter forms can be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail to:

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Public Justice Foundation
Attention: Cassandra Goings
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20006
Fax: 202-232-7203

Essays must be received by the Public Justice Foundation for national judging no later than March 31, 2012.

If the essay is prepared for academic credit, it is eligible only if submitted for credit during the 2011-2012 academic year. If the essay was neither prepared nor submitted for academic credit, it is eligible only if prepared for this contest during the 2011-2012 academic year. If the essay was prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school, it is not eligible for this contest.

Students must also submit an abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the paper. Please include name, address, law school and phone number on the abstract. The author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the essay other than on the cover page and abstract.

Applicants MUST submit BOTH HARD COPY AND ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE ESSAY AND THE ABSTRACT. A hard copy (typed) and a computer disc containing the essay and the abstract in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format should be mailed to the Public Justice Foundation at the aforementioned address. The pages of the hard copy must be firmly fastened together with a cover page which must contain the following information: 

  • Title of Essay (must appear at the top of the first page of the essay)
  • Author’s Name
  • Author’s year in law school and expected graduation date
  • Law school name and address
  • Date submitted for academic credit, if so submitted
  • Author’s permanent and school addresses and phone numbers (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for all addresses)
  • Sponsoring faculty member name and phone number

Essays must not exceed 50 pages of 8½ by 11-inch paper, double-spaced, excluding footnotes.

Essays must have only one author. Joint essays will not be accepted.

Essays will not be returned to the authors and the judges’ comments and evaluations will not be provided to the applicants. The Public Justice Foundation reserves the non-exclusive right to publish all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion.

Any questions, clarifications, or requests from the applicant should be communicated to Cassandra Goings.  Please indicate “Access to Justice Essay Contest” in the Subject line if sending via e-mail.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Diversity Task Force Student Essay Competition Call for Entries

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invites law students from accredited law schools in the United States to submit essays for a chance to be published in The Champion magazine.

2011-2012 Essay Topic: “TOUGH ON CRIME” VS. “SMART ON CRIME”: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? What is the difference between “being tough on crime” and “being smart on crime” and what impact does each have on minority communities?


The contest is open to all students who are enrolled in the 2011-2012 academic year and in good academic standing at an accredited law school in the United States. For full contest rules, see the website.


There will be one first prize winner, one second prize winner, and one honorable mention.

  1. The first prize winner will have his or her winning essay published in a forthcoming edition of NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; receive a $200 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
  2. The second prize winner will have his or her essay published in NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; receive a $100 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
  3. The entrant who receives an honorable mention will have his or her essay published in NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; and will receive a certificate of recognition.


Entries must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 31, 2011. Entries must be submitted by email to Daniel Weir.  All entries must be accompanied by the attached Essay Competition Entry Form. To confirm receipt of submission, contact Daniel Weir. Other questions? Contact Geneva Vanderhorst, attention: NACDL Essay Contest.

Award Date:

Winning entrants will be notified on February 1, 2012.




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

Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law, as well as those students who may be interested in the field, are encouraged to participate in the LCC Minority Outreach Program.  The Program is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of labor law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with the participating firms and union legal departments.  For more information, visit the website. Deadlines vary.

The National Bar Association Diversity Empowerment Scholarship Award

Application Deadline: November 30, 2011

This scholarship will be awarded to three diverse first year, second year or third-year law school students. Recipients must be attending or admitted to an accredited Florida law school. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Economic need
  • Involvement in the community and diversity related student organizations (i.e. BLSA)
  • Leadership abilities

Consideration will also be given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside of law school.

Applications must be emailed no later than November 30, 2011. Applications should be sent to:

NBA Commercial Law Section
Dawn Tezino , Chair
(404) 358-0404

The scholarship will be awarded on February 24, 2012 during the NBA-CLS Conference in Miami, Florida.

For information, please visit website.

2012 Office of Immigration Litigation Volunteer Legal Internship/Externship Opportunities


The Office of Immigration Litigation (“OIL”) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL also oversees civil immigration litigation in federal courts nationwide, both affirmative and defensive, and represents the United States at all  federal court levels. The Office’s attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. The Office provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the Office’s civil litigation. OIL also provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications. The Office has approximately 310 attorneys and 100 support staff and handles approximately thirty percent of the Civil Division’s caseload.


Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams. Responsibilities may vary depending upon a student’s time commitment and ability, but will include drafting motions and appellate briefs, writing case summaries for weekly litigation reports, conducting legal research and preparing memoranda, and performing other litigation support. Students typically draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions.


Students must be rising 2Ls by the start date of their internship, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00, demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law, and show strong research and writing skills. Students must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least ten continuous weeks. Background checks and United States citizenship are required.


OIL’s Appellate Section hires students for externships and internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications are typically due in early February for summer positions, early April for fall positions, and late October for spring positions. Please see the back of the brochure for specific deadlines for each semester. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial), and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri León-Benner. For additional information, please visit the OIL website.

U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor Legal Internship/Externship Program

The Office of the Solicitor is responsible for the legal work of the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”), with nearly 200 practicing attorneys in the headquarters office and more than 300 attorneys nationwide. DOI is the Nation’s premier conservation agency. Their mission is to protect America’s treasures for future generations, provide access to natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. The work is done through offices and bureaus (including the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to a child studying in an Indian school.

Legal interns/externs will be called upon to conduct legal research on a variety of environmental and administrative law issues, as well as on issues involving Indian law. Students typically draft legal memoranda, briefs and motions, and assist with discovery in active federal cases. Students may participate in conference calls and strategy sessions with other agency counsel, including Justice Department lawyers and agency officials. There may be additional opportunities to attend hearings and meetings in theWashington, D.C. area.

Qualifications: To qualify, individuals must be a student in good standing at an accredited law school. Candidates desired are those possessing excellent legal research and writing skills.

How to Apply: Students may apply by submitting the following documents: 

  • Resumé which includes 2 professional or academic references
  • Student Volunteer Application Form (required to designate which locations/organizations for which you wish to be considered).
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of most recent transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)

A consolidated PDF file of all documents submitted for consideration (with the resumé as the first page) is preferred. Please submit application packages NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2012 via email.  Please include in subject line of email and/or Fax: “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION – SUMMER 2012” If you have questions regarding this program, you may contact Kimberly Benton on (202) 208-6240 or Lori Jarman in (202) 208-5764, or visit the website.



This Week at the CDO (Week of October 31, 2011)

Monday, October 31st:

Fair Trial Initiative Resumes Due Today! – To apply, forward resumes via email. For more information about the fellowship please visit the FTI website.      

Tuesday, November 1st:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Tax LL.M. Luncheon: Out-of-Town Job Search - Room F109, 12:30 p.m.

Fried Frank Fellowship Program Applications Due – Applications, including a resume, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a 500 word essay and a law school transcript due. Open to graduating law students (3Ls) and recent law graduates.  For more information and an application please visit the website.     

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Deadline for Applications – Deadline for  submission of completed applications.

Wednesday, November 2nd: 

CDO 1L Orientation – LawLearningCenter 170,  12:30 p.m. – 1:50pm

Thursday, November 3rd:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Friday, November 4th:

CDO 1L Orientation – Room E352, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.



W. M. Tapp Studentships in Law: College Studentship

The Council of Gonville and Caius College invite applications for W. M. Tap Studentships in Law. These are open to candidates who are not already members of the College but who propose to register as graduate students in theUniversityofCambridgeand follow a course in the Law Faculty.

The value of the Studentship will be determined after considering successful candidates’ income from other sources. Approved University and College fees will be paid, together with a maintenance award (currently £9,280 for candidates pursuing the LL.M. and £13,290 for candidates pursuing the Ph.D. respectively) which more than satisfies the Board of Graduate Studies’ conditions for entry as a graduate student. An additional College Studentship of £500 a year is paid. A contribution may also be made towards expenses of travelling to this country if the student’s home is abroad. An allowance may be paid for dependents, and grants are available for research expenses.

Students will be expected to apply for State Studentships or other research awards for which they may be eligible, for example, Gates Awards or Cambridge Trusts Awards. All successful candidates will have the right, if unmarried, to live in College accommodation during their first year of residence inCambridge. Married students can usually be accommodated in a College flat.

Tenure of a Studentship is conditional upon the elected student being accepted by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). (Application forms may be obtained from the Secretary, Board of Graduate Studies,4 Mill Lane,Cambridge,CB2 1RZor http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/). Candidates must be graduates of any university in theUnited Kingdomor elsewhere, or be about to graduate not later than August. They will be expected to be of outstanding academic ability.

Application forms for Studentships are available from the Admissions Office, Gonville andCaiusCollege,Cambridge,CB2 1TA. (tel. 01223 332440, fax 01223 332456, email admissions@cai.cam.ac.uk) The completed form should reach the Admissions Office by 31 December, for entry in October. In awarding the Studentship, first consideration will be given to candidates who nominate Gonville andCaiusCollegeas their College of first preference in their application to the Board of Graduate Studies.

The award of a Studentship may be conditional upon the candidate’s obtaining satisfactory results in his or her final degree examinations. Successful candidates will become members of the College, and will be expected to come into residence in October. The Studentships for the Ph.D. are renewable annually up to a maximum of three years, subject to conditions of diligence and progress.

Duration: 1 year

Value: Up to £19000

Application deadline: 31st December


Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University Offers Internships in Policy and Journalism and Fellowships

The Institute of Humane Studies (“IHS”) is offering two internships on policy and journalism which are open to all majors. The two internship programs are:

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program: Paid public policy internships at over 50 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States. A ten-week summer program.

Journalism Internship Program: Paid placements at newspapers, major media networks, online news sites, and investigative, nonprofit newsrooms. Spring, summer, fall.  

Humane Studies Fellowship: Helps aspiring academics fund their studies. Awards are given to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates conducting research that advances a free society through their acedmic work.

Additional information is available on the IHS website.

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.


The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

Intern Requirements:

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first-year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit the application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty,740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

All applications must be received by Monday, March 26, 2012. Early submissions are welcome.

Program Requirements:

Qualified organizations include bar association programs, legal services programs and nonprofit organizations which have programs dedicated to meeting the legal needs and concerns of homeless and indigent people and their advocates. To be considered, programs must have been operational for at least one year and must have an attorney on staff or easily available to supervise the intern.

A lawyer in the program (either a volunteer or paid attorney) must supervise the intern, and the program must assure theABAthat it will give the intern substantive law experiences with clients and with preparing legal documents and so forth.

Application Process:

Each applicant shall submit a cover letter, resume, application form and a prospective program’s supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish.

Evaluation Process:

Both the intern and the program will be expected to submit to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants reports on the summer internship experience. These evaluations are due within four weeks of the conclusion of the internship or by September 30, 2012, at the latest. The intern should assess the quality of the supervision received, describe whether the written work assigned was challenging, discuss the opportunities to work with clients, and include a summary of what the student learned from the experience. The program supervisor should describe the student’s contributions to the program and provide feedback as to what skills and abilities the Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program should look for in future interns.

For More Information:

For additional information, please contact the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, or visit the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty’s website to obtain an application.