The American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Offers Writing Competitions

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered for the opportunities listed below, unless otherwise indicated.

Business Law – Mendes Hershman Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
Award: $2,500 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting.

International Law – Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
Award: $1,000 cash, and a $1,000 travel stipend to the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York City.

Antitrust Law Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
Award: $2,000 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting (March 28-30, 2012) in Washington, DC.

Dispute Resolution – Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
Award: $1,000 cash, and featured at the Section’s Spring Conference in April and on the Section’s webpage.

Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP Essay Contest
Entry deadline: February 17, 2012

Award: $5,000 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section’s Spring 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference (April 18-20, 2012) in New York City.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Law StudentWriting Competition
Entry deadline: March 5, 2012

Award: $1,500 cash, airfare, and hotel accommodations to the Section’s portion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, and possible publication in the Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal.

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice -Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition
Entry deadline: April 1, 2012
Award: $5,000, and airfare to the Section’s 2012 Administrative Law Fall Conference inWashington,DC.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Admiralty and Maritime Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 6, 2012
Award: $500, and a maximum of $500 reimbursement towards attendance at the Section’s Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC or the ABA Annual Meeting inChicago,IL.


The ABA Section of International Law’s 2011 International Internship Program

The ABA Section of International Law’s 2011 International Internship Program website, hosted by the Law Student, LL.M., and New Lawyer Outreach Committee, is intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for U.S. law students interested  in the practice of international law with overseas law firms.

The Section will act as a liaison between foreign law firms and interested student by providing the ABA website which lists the law firms that have agreed to host potential interns. This site simply enables students to contact firms about available internships. The ABA and the Section will not be involved in managing the internships established under the program. In addition, participating firms have the sole discretion to choose which, if any, interns to accept, and the conditions of the internship (such as intern duties, length of time, etc.).


This Week at the CDO (Week of January 16, 2012)

Welcome Back, Students! The following are the events happening this week at the CDO:

Tuesday, January 17: 

Diversity Week:

  • Music on the Bricks, 12:30-2:00, Bricks

Wednesday, January 18:

Diversity Week:

  • Title VII Panel, 12:30-2:00, Room A-110
  • Safe Space Training, 2:30-4:30, Faculty Meeting Room (Open to Faculty and Staff Only) (RSVP required)
  • Florida Supreme Court Committee on Fairness and Diversity Panel, with Reception to Follow, 6:00pm, Student Lounge/Bricks

Thursday, January 19:

Diversity Week:

  • Diversity in Practice Breakfast, 7:30-9am, Faculty Room (RSVP required)
  • Cyber-Bullying Panel, 12:30-2:00, Room F-209

International Internship Program Information Session (Suffolk Law) – 12:30 pm, Room 109

Waller Lansden Schola2Juris Program Information Session – 12:30-1:30 pm, RM A110

Friday, January 20:

Diversity Week:

  • Diversity Week Reception, 5:30-7:30, Offices of K&L Gates (RSVP required)

Saturday, January 21:

Diversity Week:

  • Family Picnic. 11:00-1:00, Tropical Park (RSVP required)

International Association of Defense Counsel 2012 Legal Writing Contest: Deadline May 18, 2012

Deadline for 2012 Entries. Entries must be received on or before Friday, May 18, 2012.

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the International Association of Defense Counsel (“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:          $2,000

Second Place      $1,000

Third Place         $500

Winning and honorable mention entries are considered for publication in the IADC’s quarterly academic publication, the Defense Counsel Journal. The judges also may award honorable mentions. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to the Defense Counsel Journal.

Contest Rules:

Eligibility. The International Association of Defense Counsel 2012 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monetary Awards. Monetary awards will be made as follows: US$2,000 to first place, US$1,000 to second place, and US$500 to third place. Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.

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.

Subscription. A year’s subscription to Defense Counsel Journal will be given to all contestants who meet the qualifications for entry in this contest.

Directions for Transmission. Entries, together with the completed entry form, must be sent to the International Association of Defense Counsel, via electronic mail to Mary Dannevik.

The University of Iowa College of Law Accepting Applications for Associate Director of Career Services

The University of Iowa College of Law invites applications for an Associate Director of Career Services.  This is a full-time, administrative staff appointment starting on or about May 15, 2012.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Iowa College of Law is one of the nation’s best public law schools, located in a major national research university.  Iowa City is a vibrant and welcoming community with rich cultural and business opportunities, Big Ten athletic events and good public schools.  The Associate Director will join the career services team and other administrative staff to provide students and
alumni with a full range of comprehensive, state-of-the-art career and placement services.

A graduate or professional degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required; a Juris Doctor degree is preferred.  Other required qualifications include a minimum of three years relevant professional work experience; excellent written and oral communication skills; detail oriented; demonstrated creativity in the workplace; ability to travel and to work
effectively with colleagues; ability to counsel and advise individuals from diverse backgrounds; a genuine interest in helping students and alumni to explore careers and in guiding them through job searches; and demonstrated experience promoting a diverse workforce/academic environment.  Prior experience in career counseling or recruitment is a desirable qualification.

Further information about the position can be found online. (refer to requisition number 60392).  A plain text cover letter and three professional references must be filled out online during the application process, and a resume must be uploaded.  Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Assoc. Dean Linda McGuire.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position is filled; applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  All applications must be submitted online.



The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program Deadline is Approaching on January 13th!

Application deadline: January 13, 2012

2012 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship: 1 funded part-time position in Chicago.

Information available on the website.

Please note:  The application process has changed this year. Students can now apply online.



Attend “From Law School to In-House” on Wednesday, February 22nd!

The Career Development Office and United Way Present “From Law School to In-House” on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room E-352.

Four attorneys who have devoted their careers to serving as in-house counsel will discuss the role of in-house counsel and share their insights, perspectives and experiences with UM Law students.

The Panel Features:

– Alberto de Cardenas, Exec. V.P./Corporate Gen. Counsel, MASTEC

– Robert D. Fatovic, Exec.V.P./CLO, Ryder System, Inc.

– Bradley Stein, Sr. V.P./Gen. Counsel, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

– Jill Granat, Gen Counsel, Burger King

Question & Answer Period to Follow.

Please RSVP to Tere Rodriguez in the CDO by February 10th!

Lunch Will Be Served!

American Bar Association Law Student Division Liaison Positions 2012–2013

The Law Student Division’s liaison program enables students to participate with practicing lawyers in the ABA’s sections, divisions, forums, and other entities. Liaison positions offer students the opportunity to network and learn about practical law issues, and they offer entities a way to promote student membership and represent the views of law students.

Available positions for next year are listed below. To apply, click here.

Applications must be sent by overnight delivery* and postmarked by February 15.


Deadline Approaching for Paid Public Policy Internships With Institute for Humane Studies!

The Institute for Humane Studies offers paid public policy internships. Participants spend a rewarding summer completing internships with more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the country, learning about the principles and practices essential to policy making, and critically analyzing current events and policies.

The program includes instructive seminars, resume workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities to prepare Fellows to succeed in the competitive job market. Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students are eligible.

Apply here.

Deadline: January 31, 2012


International Internship Program 2012 by the May 18 Memorial Foundation

The International Internship Program strives to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout their international network by recruiting 2 interns from overseas, who have been working for human rights, democracy, and peace building organizations in their home countries, and by giving them an opportunity to experience and learn the history and development process of human rights and democracy in the Republic of Korea, particularly the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.

Interns will have the chance to exchange and network with Korean civil society groups. They can also choose or will be assigned research during the course of their internship. As interns, they will be assigned particular duties and responsibilities as part
of the International Cooperation Project.

The annual internship program is an imperative part of the Foundation’s mandate to promote international solidarity and further the promotion of human rights across the world. Through the internship program the Foundation aims:

  1. to build concrete solidarity through the exchange of human resources.
  2. to nurture outstanding individuals to lead global civil society.


  • Applicants should be a working member of an organization. Applicants cannot apply as individuals without the      knowledge/support/recommendation of their current organization or network.
  • Applicants who have a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, though not necessarily in the field of human rights, are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants need to have received a proper education.
  • Preference will be given to those with degrees in human rights-related subjects such as social sciences and communication, and to those who have specialized in human rights issues within these disciplines.
  • Applicants must be computer literate (email/internet, web page, lay-out/design, etc) and proficient in English; a working     knowledge of Korean is an advantage.

For requirements and application information, please visit the website.

Application Deadline:   January 27, 2012

Learn more about the International Internship Program 2012 by the May 18 Memorial Foundation.