Perspectives of the General Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Non-Profits

With her book Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits, Lesley Rosenthal, the astute General Counsel of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has created the indispensable guide for the most common legal, governance and fundraising compliance issues facing nonprofits.  Good Counsel, the first-of-its-kind guidebook written by the sitting General Counsel of a major nonprofit, takes a department-by-department look at legal topics relevant to programs, fundraising, finance, communications, human resources, operations, contracts, government relations, and more.

The CDO is excited to have Ms. Rosenthal on campus on Monday, February 6 at 12:30pm in Room F109.  If one day you aspire to work in a General Counsel’s Office or serve the legal needs of non-profits, this is a must-see presentation.  Hope to see you there.

Lunch will be provided.


Interested in the Patent Bar?

If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least about two years of coursework) in engineering or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some computer science degrees), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, the Career Development Office invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, Patent Law Institute’s Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Bar Review Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest info on the Patent Bar Exam
  • Who can take it
  • How it works
  • When you should take it (you don’t need to…and probably shouldn’t…wait until you graduate)
  • How and when the new Rules changes coming out of the Patent Office will impact the Exam, and
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam.

Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.

Date:   Thursday, February 16
Time:   12:30 PM
Location:  Room F109

Applications for the Summer 2012 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students Are Now Available!

Applications for the Summer 2012 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students are now available. Copies of the application materials may be picked up in the Career Development Office, Room A112.  The deadline to submit application materials to Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships (Career Development Office Room A112) is Friday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm.

An information session regarding the Summer 2011 program will be held next Tuesday, February 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room A110.  Former interns will be on hand to discuss their experiences at the Court.

Pizza will be served.


Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis Offers an Apprenticeship Program 2L Students

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville’s oldest and largest law firm, offers an apprenticeship program specifically designed for your class when you enter your 3L year.  Schola2Juris is a six-week, practice-specific fall apprenticeship that provides a unique opportunity to gain law firm experience while earning a $10,000 scholarship.

The apprenticeships that are offered to students are actual job openings with Waller Lansden that, depending on individual performance, will lead to employment after graduation.

You are invited join John Tishler, Chairman, and Kathleen Pearson, Director of Professional Recruiting, on January 19th for lunch to learn more about this exciting new opportunity.  The program will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 in Room A110. 

Please RSVP by Monday, January 16th to

Program Overview:

Schola2Juris serves as a bridge from law school to practice during the fall of the 3rd year of law school. Students will learn about the business of a law firm while working closely with attorneys in a specific area of practice.

  • Students can apply for specific associate opportunities with Waller Lansden which will start after graduation
  • Students work on projects based on real firm matters during a six-week fall apprenticeship.  These projects are tailored to each practice area, teaching the students about  the entire lifecycle of client matter from start to finish.  You will work closely with senior associate and partner mentors on the project to gain practical understanding about the type of work
    you will encounter in private practice.
  • Since the program occurs during the school year, the majority of the apprentice work is completed online in a virtual law
    office platform using video conferencing and document sharing.
  • Students will come to the offices to job shadow with associates and partners in assigned practice areas.
  • The Fall Apprentice Retreat in Nashville provides the opportunity to get to know the entire firm and learn more about Nashville.

Visit Facebook to learn more.



Check Out Susan Gainen’s Blog!

Susan Gainen has spent the past 25 years observing market swings, career change, new technologies and new generations
bringing their own stamp and styles to work. Her clients benefit from her unique perspective on how work gets done, which combines her expertise in intergenerational communication and experience in the business of law, among
other things. Check out her “Pass the Baton” blog.

International Legal Internships for Summer 2012

Interested in working abroad next summer for academic credit? Possibly in Paris, Hong Kong, or Buenos Aires?  The Career Development Office is hosting an information session on Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109.  Suffolk University Law School and The Center for International Legal Studies offer this unique opportunity to acquire practical legal
experience in law firms and international organizations in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

During the summer of 2012, you can travel to another country, engage in the practice of law, and earn academic credit towards your JD degree.  To learn more, please join us.



Attend The 25th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat

Spots are filling up fast!

The 25th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat is taking place in Peterborough, New Hampshire from March 2-4, 2012. The Retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for an engaging weekend of learning, networking and fun. The 25th Annual Cover Retreat is being organized by students from Vermont Law and Albany Law and sponsored by Yale Law School and Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

When: March 2-4, 2012

Where: Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Cost: $150 (includes retreat fees, lodging, and all meals/food).

Register online.  A flier/poster about the retreat is available for download from the Retreat website. The registration Deadline is February 16, 2012.  All interested students should register as soon as possible. There is limited space at the Retreat Center.

Travel and Carpool: If you have travel questions, contact Ben Smilowitz, Cover Retreat 2012 Support Executive Director, Disaster Accountability Project.  Students should check with him before booking flights or trains to confirm that they are arriving early enough on Friday or departing late enough on Sunday to get rides to/from the Retreat site.

Plane: Students can fly to Manchester (MHT), Hartford (BDL), or Boston (BOS) and will be helped to find carpools from those airports.

Train: Students can take trains to Hartford or Springfield and join carpools from either location.

Car: It is expected that multi-school carpools will depart from NYC, Hartford, Springfield, Boston and possibly Washington, DC.

Students should aim to arrive at the Retreat Site between 3:30-5:30PM on Friday March 2nd.  The Retreat will end at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th.

Visit Public Counsel for Various Public Interest Opportunities

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law office in the nation and works with major law firms to change people’s futures. Their staff of fifty-one attorneys and forty-six support staff – including five social workers – along with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assisted over 32,000 low-income children, youth, adults and families, as well as eligible community organizations last year. The value of these free legal services provided during 2010 is conservatively estimated at over $88 million.

Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los  Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, as well as the Southern  California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Public Counsel’s activities are far-ranging and impact a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level.  Volunteer attorneys have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects-large and small, litigation and transactional matters.  Staff provides training, model pleadings and forms and consultations to volunteers.  The substantive areas in which Public Counsel works include Veterans Advocacy, Appellate Law, Community Development, Early Care and Education Law, Homelessness Prevention Law, Children’s Rights and Consumer Law.

For information and opportunities, please visit the website.

Free Webinar Series: The Summer Public Interest Job Search: Expert Tips on Cover Letters, Resumes, Interviewing, and Networking

This two-part webinar series, cosponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, will provide law students with insight on the key elements of the summer public-interest job application process.   Attorneys with years of application review experience will highlight do’s and don’ts; explain how and why public interest application materials may substantively differ from law firm materials; and explore the dynamics of personal interactions in interviews and networking situations.

Part One: Wed., 1/25/12 at 3pm Eastern – Best Practices in Drafting Cover Letters and Resumes:  Reserve your Webinar seat now!


  • Steve Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives, NALP
  • Stuart Smith, Director of Legal Recruitment, New York City Law Department
  • Nicole Vikan, Assistant Director for Public Interest & Government Careers, Georgetown University Law Center

Part Two: Wed., 2/1/12 at 12pm (Noon) Eastern – Best Practices in Interviewing and In-person Networking:  Reserve your Webinar seat now!


  • Nita Mazumder, Program Manager for Law  School Relations, Equal Justice Works
  • Nicole Simmons, Career Counselor, The University of Texas School of Law
  • David Zisser, Associate Counsel, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


FELOWSHIP FUNDING SOURCE FOR 1L’S: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students

FELOWSHIP FUNDING SOURCE FOR 1L’S: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

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