Attend the Networking Event Hosted by the Attorney Breakfast Club!

On Friday, November 18, 2011 there will be a networking event hosted by the Attorney Breakfast Club (ABC), a networking organization made up of lawyers from both Broward and Miami Dade County. The meeting will take place at Riverside Hotel, 620 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida33301 from 7:30am to 8:30am.

The cost is usually $25 to $50, but Law Students get in for FREE. This is a great event for law students to attend and meet prospective employers. There will be all kinds of lawyers from different legal practices such as business law, real estate, immigration, environmental law and more. Students must RSVP with ABC  if they are attending.

Just The Beginning Foundation and Judicial Resources Committee Joint Internship Diversity Project

The Judicial Resources Committee and the Just The Beginning Foundation are pleased to announce that the Joint Internship Diversity Project is entering its second year.  The Project’s ultimate goal is to share the judicial internship experience with minority, underrepresented, or economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 50 students as judicial interns in federal judges’ chambers across the country. 

Interns will be given substantive legal assignments, likely involving motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions through which the intern will be exposed to a variety of procedural and substantive issues.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions. 

The application process will proceed as follows.  Following the applicant’s electronic submission of application materials, there will be a two-step review process.  Should an applicant pass the initial review, the applicant will then be interviewed, either in-person or via telephone.  Selected applicants will then be referred to one of the Program’s Participating Judges for a second interview. 

Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.  Applicants commit to a minimum internship period of six, full-time weeks and attend mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference. 

All application materials must be e-mailed by 5 P.M. Monday, January 9, 2012.  Though second-year law students e-mail their materials at any time, we ask that first-year law students not submit their application materials before December 1, 2011. 

Please address your application packet to:

Matthew Maddox
Program Coordinator
United StatesDistrict Court
Eastern District of Virginia
Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square

Students must submit all of the following materials:

  1. cover letter explaining your interest in participating in the Judicial Resources Committee and the Just The Beginning Foundation’s Joint Internship Diversity Project;
  2. resume;
  3. unofficial law school transcript (if first semester law school grades are incomplete, please send an undergraduate transcript, and supplement with law school grades as they become available);
  4. writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length);
  5. list of three references; and
  6. completed geographical preference form, with locational rankings.  [Download this form from the Just The Beginning Foundation website.]





Spring 2012 Internships at the National LGBT Bar Association, Washington, DC

The National LGBT Bar Association, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated LGBT legal organizations is currently seeking two interns to join its staff in Washington, DC. The Communications Intern will provide support for the organization’s development and operations staff. The Intern will provide a variety of high-level administrative and clerical tasks relating to development, membership, and communications, and will report directly to the Director of Development and Communications. 

For more information and/or to apply, visit the website.

The Programs Intern will provide support for the organization’s development and operations staff. The Intern will provide a variety of high-level administrative and clerical tasks relating to development, membership, and communications, and will report directly to the Director of Development and Communications and Operations Specialist.

For more information and/or to apply, visit the website.  

Deadline for both positions is December 16, 2011.

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation 2012 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students.  Selected students are given an opportunity to intern for six weeks or more during the summer with a participating state or federal judge in participating cities. Participating judges are from Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA: Seattle, WA; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.

Students selected to participate in the program will receive an award of $1,500. The award is intended to be reimbursement of some of the expenses associated with the placement.  Internship opportunities were offered to 191 minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students last year. Please see this year’s flyer, program description, and frequently asked questions page. Students wanting to apply to this year’s program can begin the process by accessing the program application, eligibility requirements, specific information on locations and all of the above information on the program website.  

The deadline for applying is January 6, 2012.


American Bar Association – Law Student Division: Law Student News & Activities

I.  Internships, Clerkships and Fellowships:

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

  • Business Law Diversity Clerkship ProgramApplication deadline: December 23, 2011
    This 8-week summer clerkship placements for qualified diverse candidates who are first or second year law students. For more information, contact Leslie Banas via emailTell me more.
  • Litigation Summer 2012 Judicial Internship Opportunity Program – Application deadline: January 6, 2012
    Applications now available for 2L and will be available for 1L beginning December 1, 2011. This program places minority or economically disadvantaged students with state and federal judges for summer internships. Tell me more.

II.  Competitions and Writing Contests

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

  • Health Law Writing Competition – Entry deadline: December 3, 2011
    Award: $500 honorarium, airfare, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, February 23-25, 2012 in San Diego. Contact Simeone Carson for additional details. Tell me more.
  • Construction Industry 2011 Writing Competition – Entry deadline: December 31, 2011
    Award: $2,000 plus travel expenses and registration to attend the 2012 Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. Copy of the rules. For more information, contact Amanda Raible or Marilyn Klinger.
  • Business Law – Mendes Hershman Writing Contest – Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
    Awards: Cash prizes of $500 to $2,500 plus travel expenses to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting. Tell me more.
  • Antitrust Writing Competition – Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
    Award: $2,000 cash plus an invitation to the Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting (March 28-30, 2012) in Washington, D.C.  Airfare (if living outside DC area), accommodations, and registration will be paid by the Section. Tell me more.
  • Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice – Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition – Entry deadline: April 1, 2012
    Award: $5,000, free round trip airfare to Washington, DC for the 2012 Administrative Law Fall Conference. Contact the Section to register or for more information.  Tell me more.
  • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Admiralty and Maritime Writing Competition – Entry deadline: April 6, 2012
    Awards: $500 plus a maximum of $500 reimbursement towards attendance at the TIPS Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC or the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Tell me more.
  • Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP Essay Contest - Entry deadline: February 17, 2012
    Award: $5,000 cash plus travel expenses to attend the Spring 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference in New York, April 18-20, 2012. Tell me more.



Attend the Mock Networking Reception on Monday, November 14th!

Limited space is still available for the Mock Networking Reception on Monday, 11/14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge.  Practice mixing and mingling with attorneys in a realistic setting, with refreshments, followed by helpful feedback on how to hone your networking skills.  Please see below for our confirmed list of participating attorneys. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Career Development Office, Ask Us, Student Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta.  RSVP is required.

Participating Attorneys:

Judy Chorlog, Esq.
Judith Jackson Chorlog, P.A.

Paige Dygert, Esq.
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.

James P. Gagel, Esq.
James P. Gagel, P.A.

Markenzy Lapointe, Esq.
Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP

Jermaine A. Lee, Esq.
Cozen O’Connor

Stephen Ngo, Esq.
Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

Nicolas Recoba, Esq.
Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office

Shannon Snead, Esq.
FBI, Miami Field Office

Audra Thomas, Esq.
Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) at New York University School of Law is offering two Fellowships in Nonprofit Law

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) at New York University School of Law is offering the following two Fellowships in Nonprofit Law:

  1.  The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice (The RBF Fellowship) and
  2.  The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at New York University’s Office of Legal Counsel (The NCPL Fellowship).

The RBF and NCPL Fellowships will each be awarded to one graduate of an accredited U.S. Law School.  For additional information and to download the applications and apply online, please visit the website.  Please note that completed applications must be received by the NCPL no later than December 2, 2011.

Echoing Green Fellowship Update

Here’s the latest news on the 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship Application cycle. The 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship application short answer questions are now available online. While the application doesn’t open until December 5, 2011, the questions and help text are available to give applicants a head start. Stay tuned for more resources for the 2012 Fellowship application cycle, which begins in Winter 2011.

Register for an Echoing Green Webinar

Echoing Green is introducing four new webinars specifically designed for women, African-Americans, U.S.-based Latinos, and local leaders from developing countries. During these webinars, past Fellows from these communities will give advice on how to put your best foot forward. Register below:

11/29, 4:00-5:00 pm EST – Opportunities and Challenges for Local Leaders from Developing Countries in Social Entrepreneurship
11/30, 10:00-11:00 am EST – Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Latino Social Entrepreneurs
12/1, 10:00-11:00 am EST – Opportunities and Challenges for Female Social Entrepreneurs
12/1, 4:00-5:00 pm EST  – Opportunities and Challenges for African-American Social Entrepreneurs

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 14, 2011)

Monday, November 14th:

Mock Networking Reception – Student Lounge, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15th:

1L Judicial Internship Information Session – Room F109, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18th:

11th Judicial Circuit Intern Program Ends Today!


JD/MM Seminar – Room F109, 8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.