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.

American Judges Association Twenty-Fourth Annual Law Student Essay Competition

The American Judges Association (AJA) announces its annual essay competition open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in theUnited States or Canada. The first prize for the contest is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000. First, second, and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay may be published in AJA’s journal, Court Review.

The following rules and regulations apply:

  1. Any student regularly enrolled in and attending classes at an accredited law school in the United States or Canada is eligible to enter. Submission of a paper, with one cover page and the completed entry form constitutes entry. Essays submitted for the 2012 competition MUST be under the topic of “Is it constitutional for a legislative body to require a DNA test for all persons arrested and charged with a felony?” Essays determined not tomeet this qualification will be not evaluated.
  2. The cover page of the paper must be submitted in a separate document and shall include the title and the author’s name, current mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone number. The author’s name should appear only on the cover page and the entry form. The title and page number must appear at the top of each page of the paper.
  3.  All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment. Normal guidance of law school faculty is permitted.
  4. Entry grants AJA the right of first publication of the paper and is agreement to hold AJA and its members harmless from, and to indemnify them for, any and all damages and costs relating to copyright infringement or plagiarism.
  5. Papers become the property of the American Judges Association and may be published in the Court Review.
  6. Papers should be double-spaced and 10-25 pages in length. Extensive footnoting or end noting is discouraged and is included in the paper’s length. Citations, footnotes, and endnotes should be in accord with the current edition of A Uniform System of Citation.
  7. Papers will be evaluated considering: writing quality and clarity; the interest of the topic and content to a broad segment of the judiciary; analysis and reasoning; timeliness, originality, and creativity; quality and use of research; and compliance with these rules.
  8. Papers will be evaluated, and prizes awarded, at the sole discretion of a panel of AJA members who will have no knowledge of the author’s name or law school.
  9. Winners will be publicly announced at the Association’s 2012 Annual Educational Conference in New Orleans, September 30-October 5, and thereafter notified by mail.
  10. All law schools and authors will also be notified by mail.
  11. Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than June 1, 2012.  
  12. First prize is $3,000, second prize is $1,500, and third prize is $1,000. Prize monies are contributed by the American Judges Foundation.

For additional information, please contact the AJA or visit the website.

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict are pleased to announce the second annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.  The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad.  The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.  The winning authors will be flown to Washington, DC to present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners.  In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the ASIL 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on March 28-31, 2012 and a one-year ASIL student membership.  Last year, the Competition received nearly 50 submissions from 17 different countries.
To be eligible to make a submission, students must be enrolled in a law degree program at a US or foreign law school.  Submissions must be unpublished academic papers on a topic within the scope of international humanitarian law. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.
For detailed rules and submission guidelines, please visit the website.

The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition

NLR December 2011 Suggested Topics: Intellectual Property law, Tax law and Labor & Employment law

Submissions are now being accepted for consideration for publication in the December issue of the National Law Review (NLR)

Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles pertainint to the above-listed topics, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law. The deadline for entries is Monday, November 21, 2011.   The winning articles from this month’s NLR 2011 Law Student Writing Competition will be published online in December 2011. The top article(s) chosen will be featured on the NLR home page.  Up to 5 runner-up articles may also be posted in the NLR searchable database. 

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

  • Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.
  • The student’s photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.
  • Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.
  • Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.  

Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employer.  

For complete rules and deadlines, please see the Submission Guidelines. If you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact the NLR or visit the website for complete contest rules.

The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is sponsored by the journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (“TLCP”) at the University of Iowa College of Law located in Iowa City, Iowa.  The competition is open to all students and submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard time on February 1, 2012

The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in the academic journal.

For more details about this competition, please consult the website.

Quarles & Brady Seek Employee Benefits Attorney

Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office is seeking an Employee Benefits lawyer with three to five years of experience in the benefits area.  The ideal candidate would have at least three years of experience with qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans and benefits-related merger and acquisition issues.  Experience with executive compensation plans, including stock options and restricted stock, is a plus.

The firm is looking for an individual who has the skills, enthusiasm, personality, and commitment to become a partner.

Qualified applicants should submit their application through the firm’s Self Apply online link.  Click here to learn more about Quarles & Brady LLP.   

Questions may be directed to Michelle Bigler.



This Week at the CDO (Week of November 7, 2011)

Tuesday, November 8th:

Know How to Network – Student Lounge, 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, November 3rd:

Microsoft IP Summit – Newman Alumni Center, 12:00-7:00pm

The 2011 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. and 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. Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EST, July 3, 2012.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, Ste.200, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004, attn: Melnie Moore.

For more information, contact your CDO advisor or Nancy Abramowitz.


2011-2012 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The 2011-2012 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law  - Co-sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-KentCollege of Law, The Institute for Law and the Workplace, is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. The Jackson Lewis law firm has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 48 years. With offices in major cities throughout the United States, the firm has a national perspective and an awareness of local business environments. Jackson Lewis pioneered the concept of preventive employee relations to help employers shape a positive and productive workplace. The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 39 years to all associated with Jackson Lewis.

The competition is administered by Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center for research, training dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. It pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting.


Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.


Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2011 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.


Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must be printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper and must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins.

An entry consists of three copies of the paper, submitted as a packet with three removable cover sheets indicating the law student author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.


One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)


Entries will be blind-judged by an independent panel of law professors from across the United States. The determination of the judges’ panel is final. Neither Jackson Lewis LLP nor the Institute for Law and the Workplace will be involved in judging the competition.


The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries should be mailed to:
Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
IITChicago-KentCollegeof Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street


Questions may be directed to Professor Martin H. Malin via e-mail.