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.  


Georgetown University Law Center In-House Clinical Program

A pioneer in clinical legal education, Georgetown University Law Center has the largest, strongest and most highly regarded in-house clinical program in the nation. At least 17 full-time faculty, 26 graduate fellows, and several adjunct faculty supervise and teach the 300 J.D. students who enroll in the 23 clinical courses offered by 14 clinics each year.

Situated within walking distance of the United States Supreme Court, Congress, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the local courts of the District of Columbia, and numerous government agencies, the Law Center offers clinic participants unparalleled access to the governing institutions in our Nation’s Capital.

The mission of the clinical program is to educate students in the practical art of lawyering while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations. Students in the clinics represent a wide range of clients: refugees seeking political asylum; adult and juvenile criminal defendants; victims of domestic violence; housing and community development groups; individuals threatened with eviction; children seeking access to adequate special and regular education; groups or individuals seeking to remedy civil rights violations or protect the environment; and organizations seeking legislative and regulatory reform on a variety of issues in the United States and abroad.

Clinics offer students a unique opportunity to serve the public; to explore career possibilities; to gain first-hand insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the profession; and to acquire valuable legal skills. For many students, participating in a clinic is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences they will have in law school.

To learn more about a particular clinic, click on the clinic’s name at the left. Questions? Please contact Georgetown Law.

You may also view the Clinics Brochure. ( PDF)


2011-2013 Georgetown Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies will offer one lawyer a two-year teaching fellowship (July 2012 – June 2014). The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting. Fellows and faculty members at the Center work as colleagues, sharing responsibilities for designing and teaching classes, selecting students for the Clinic, supervising law students in their representation of clients, grading, and all other matters.

To complete the degree, the Fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality. Fellows are encouraged to set aside time to work on scholarship. This Fellowship is particularly suitable for lawyers who want to embark on careers in law teaching. Most of its previous holders are now teaching law.

Since 1995, the Center has specialized in asylum cases, and currently focuses on asylum claims in Immigration Court. Therefore, applicants with experience in immigration law will be given preference. The Fellow must be a member of a bar at the start of the Fellowship period.

The fellow will receive full tuition and fees in the LL.M. program at GeorgetownUniversity, and a stipend in excess of $52,000 in each of the two years. On successful completion of the requirements, the Fellow will be granted the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy) with distinction.

To apply, send a resume, an official or unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a detailed statement of interest (approximately 5 pages) by December 1, 2011. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the Clinic; c) your experience with asylum and other immigration cases; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; e) your reactions to the Clinic’s goals and teaching methods as described on its website; and f) anything else that you consider pertinent. Address your application to Directors, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 332, Washington, D.C. 20001, or electronically


South Texas College of Law Seeks Applicants for Fellowship in Clinical Legal Education and Public Interest Lawyering and Administration

South Texas College of Law seeks applicants for year one of a three-year Fellowship in Clinical Legal Education and Public Interest Lawyering and Administration.  Clinical practice areas are both transactional and litigation-based, in family law, probate, estate planning and guardianship. Year one responsibilities and training include direct client representation, introduction to clinical pedagogy, and preliminary student supervision and assessment.  In years two and three, Fellows receive additional training and have increasing responsibility in client representation, classroom teaching, student evaluation, and all aspects of program administration including grant writing and reporting, budgeting, and staff supervision. Successful Fellows will be employed under a series of one-year contracts, and at the close of their three-year Fellowship will have the training and skills to administer a non-profit organization or enter clinical teaching in the legal academy.

Qualified applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice inTexas. Fluency in a second language is preferable.  Fellowship applications must contain a resume, one letter of recommendation, and a personal statement describing in detail the applicant’s interest in public interest law or clinical legal education, and how this fellowship relates to the applicant’s long-term career goals. 

This fellowship begins in January of 2012.  Applications should be directed to Elizabeth Dennis, Fellows Search Committee Chair, faxed to (713) 646-2948, or mailed to: South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto,Houston,TX. 77002.  The deadline for applications is December 2, 2011.



Program Assistant V (Recruiting Coordinator) Office of Career Planning Sought for University of San Francisco School of Law

The Program Assistant V manages all recruiting activities at the University of San Francisco School of Lawand works closely with the staff of the Office of Career Planning (“OCP”) to support career counseling services and coordinate programming for current law students and alumni. Acts as a liaison between the School of Law, the University, and outside agencies (e.g., vendors, law firms, non-profit organizations, government agencies, etc.), and interfaces with recruiting staff, hiring partners, and other members of the legal community involved in the recruiting and hiring process. Collects and maintains confidential student, alumni and employer information and explains OCP, Schoolof Law, University, American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”), and National Association of Law Placement (NALP) policies when necessary.  Collects and maintains essential OCP data including: student, alumni and employer information; monthly/semester/yearly data for all OCP activity; outcome/yield data for all School of Law recruiting activity including fall and spring on campus interviews, resume collections, and job fairs (including Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day and other career fairs at which School of Law students are present). Administers yearly graduate employment survey and processes responses. Collects and assembles other data and information required for reporting to National Association of Law Placement (NALP), American Bar Association (ABA), and other organizations as needed. Hires, supervises and trains 3-6 student assistants and trains and directs the work of junior level staff. May establish and maintain departmental information on web pages, perform desktop publishing, and create and develop visual presentations. Monitors selected budget items for OCP budget and maintains financial records for department expenditures and events.

referred Qualifications:  BA/BS; training or experience equivalent to five years of increasingly responsible work experience as an office manager, administrative assistant or recruiting coordinator, preferably in an academic or legal environment; familiarity with legal recruiting processes and timelines; ability to work with a minimum level of supervision; previous supervisory experience; ability to independently analyze, recommend and implement new/changes to office procedures; advanced experience working with computer database systems, word processing and spreadsheet software; previous experience working with recruiting databases, Symplicity, Banner, and Microsoft Office Suite; customer service and team oriented.

To see the online posting and apply go to the website.