ABA Business Law Section Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Diversity Clerkship Program

The ABA Business Law Section sponsors the Diversity Clerkship Program. This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students.  Participating clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices.

The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work.

Applicants must be current first or second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school; be diverse; and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section Members.

The application for the 2017 Diversity Clerkship program is now available here.

To apply for the 2017 Diversity Clerkship, please submit the required materials to Stephanie Rodriguez by December 30, 2016.

*First year law students may submit their law school transcript after the application deadline with approval from Stephanie Rodriguez.

For all details and information, please visit the website or ask your CDO advisor.

 

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Application Process Opens Friday, November 18, 2016 – for 3Ls and Recent Graduates!

Are you interested in a career in the federal government?  The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program matches outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.  This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, privacy, cybersecurity, and financial management, to name a few.

The on-line application will open Friday, November 18 and close on Thursday, December 1, 2016.  The application will be accessible via an announcement on USAJOBS. The announcement will include detailed instructions on how to apply. Allow approximately 3-4 hours to complete the entire application, to include: the biographical, eligibility, and demographics information; document submission; essay; and, on-line assessment.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website. Carefully review the “Application Process” and “Application Tips” sections on the PMF website before starting your on-line application. The application process is very competitive.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Warren, the law school’s PMF liaison.

If you are selected as a Finalist, you will be invited to participate in the virtual PMF job fair and given online access to the PMF job opportunities.  Once you secure a position with a Federal Agency, you will become a PMF.

 

Latham & Watkins hosts annual Diversity Leadership Academy from March 31 to April 2, 2017 in San Francisco

Diversity Leadership Academy, taking place from March 31 to April 2, 2017 in San Francisco, brings together Latham lawyers from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States, with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our lawyers, recruits, and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This firm-sponsored professional development and training program provides first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Students will participate in interactive seminars on a variety of topics, including resume writing, interview skills, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono.

Applications can be accessed starting on December 1, 2016 on the website.

Applications are due on January 11, 2017.

 

 

Latham & Watkins’ 1L Fellowship Program – Applications Due January 17, 2017!

Latham & Watkins’ 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to spend about half their summer in one of our U.S. offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2017 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.  Upon acceptance of the offer to return as a 2018 summer associate, participants will also receive a scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

There are two 1L Fellowship Program Tracks for students committed to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession:

  • General Track: for students interested in working on matters across all of Latham’s practice groups.
  • Intellectual Property Track: for students with a technical background, including a degree in engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, or physics, and who are committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law.  Applicants for this track must apply to one of either the Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, C. offices.

Applications can be accessed starting on December 1, 2016 on the website.

Applications are due on January 11, 2017.

 

 

The FBA Section on Taxation Announces the 2017 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

The prizes are:

1st place: $2,000

2nd place: $1,000

And

a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C.  Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or in The Federal Lawyer. Other entries may also earn an honorable mention at the conference.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Deadline is January 9, 2017
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.

Entries may be submitted by email here. They may also be submitted by mail to:

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201

For more information, see the website.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Purpose:

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

Eligibility:

The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

Topic:

Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Judging:

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Thesis originality
  2. Topic complexity
  3. Research quality
  4. Organization and analysis
  5. Writing quality

Prizes:

  1. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.
  2. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.

Rules:

The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication. The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student’s home institution. Only one submission may be submitted per author.

Format:

Submissions should be appropriate for law review publication. Citations should conform to the citation style most frequently used by the student’s discipline. For example, law student manuscripts should employ the current edition of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Footnotes should be single-spaced. One inch margins are required. Pages should be numbered. A cover page must be provided that includes: author name; contact information; school; and the academic degree currently pursued by the student. Submissions must not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations, any figures or tables, and the cover page. The paper title should appear on the first full page of text. Identifying information, including student name, should not appear on any page other than the cover page.

Deadlines:

All submissions must be submitted electronicallyAll entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2017. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

For additional details, see the website.

Attend the Veterans Advocacy Discussion Panel on November 9th!

The event takes place on November 9th 2016, from 12:30PM – 1:50PM, in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge.

Serve those who have served our Country! Veterans law is a unique and high demand area of law. Learn about veteran advocacy opportunities from the experts in the field.

The program will center around veterans law in various contexts including mentorship, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy. Panelists represent the Miami VA Medical Center, United Way’s Mission United, the recently formed Veterans Treatment Court in Miami, and the Federal Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

You’re Invited to a Webinar on: VOLUNTEER LEGAL INTERNSHIPS WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Hosted by Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Legal Internship Program, application process and answer your questions about opportunities.

Please RSVP via email for one session by 5 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016. Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents for each session.

You have two chances to attend the webinar:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 OR

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) 12:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).

 

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 31, 2016)

Thursday, November 3:

  • CDO Presents: State Attorney’s Office Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Law Campus A-110 – 1L and 2L students are invited to join the 15th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for an information session regarding summer internship opportunities with their office. Students will learn more about the work of an Assistant State Attorney and the role summer legal interns play in the office. For additional details, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

 

Free Membership for Students at the ABA Litigation Section

The ABA Section of Litigation offers a variety of benefits to get law students to the top of their careers. Here at the Section, we value law students and we know what it takes to become a greater litigator. Whether they are thinking about going into litigation practice, or figuring out what to do after law school, the Section can help them grow to become successful lawyers. Members can enjoy big discounts on our events related to career development, real life litigation, and trial practice. Members can listen to free Section Roundtables and Sound Advice podcasts that give your students a myriad of extremely helpful information for their futures as litigators.

ABA Section of Litigation law student members will receive:

  • Access to our Business Development webpage featuring videos and articles to help them network, build resumes, and get a job;
  • Subscriptions to our award-winning Litigation Journal and Monthly Litigation News electronically;
  • Opportunities to network and learn more about practice areas that students may be interested in through our 35+ committees;
  • Discounts on our 1-day Regional Meeting Workshops where they can learn and network locally.

Click here to join.