The Deadline for the 2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition is April 4th!

The deadline for the 2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition is fast approaching! Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Students should email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox. 

Organized by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. The winner will receive a $2000 cash prize, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter(ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

For more information about the competition and past winners, please visit the website or CDO Blog post here.


Prestigious Awards and Fellowships 101 – Wednesday, March 30, at 1:00 pm in the Hecht Residential College Faculty Master Apartment #122

Are you interested in applying for Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, but you don’t know where to begin? Join April Dobbins, Director of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, for this information session that will cover the basics of applying for nationally and internationally competitive awards and fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship and the Fulbright, Boren, and Gates Cambridge awards.

Learn how to secure stellar letters of recommendation and write compelling personal statements. Find the awards that are right for you. For more information, contact April Dobbins via email.


2016 Law Student Writing Competition

The National Law Review is hosting its 2016 Law Student Writing Competition. The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

Submissions are now being accepted. 

Suggested Topics:

  • Cyber-security Issues – Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices,Medical Devices​
    Election 2016 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues – First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues – Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage,Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted. 

How to Submit:

Entries for March must be must be submitted via email to by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time March 31, 2016.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to:Submission Guidelines.



Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. In a brief webinar, we will discuss the timeline, eligibility, application, and answer your questions about the process. You have four opportunities to attend.

Please RSVP via email for one session by Monday, March 28, 2016. Please include your name, title, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents for each session. These are the sessions: 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

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



The OnRamp Fellowship for Female Lawyers

The OnRamp Fellowship matches experienced women lawyers who have taken a break from practicing law, for one reason or another, with law firms and legal departments for one-year, paid Fellowships.  This re-entry platform gives returning women lawyers a chance to broaden their legal experience, skills and contacts while demonstrating their tremendous value in the marketplace.

The initiative started in January 2014 with four major law firms and has expanded to include Akerman, Baker Donelson, White & Case and 22 other leading law firms, as well as Amazon’s legal department, HPE’s legal department and Barclay’s compliance group. Together, these organizations have posted more than 200 Fellowship positions — 3 of which are located in Florida.

Miami: Akerman – 1 position – Real Estate; White & Case – 1 position – Bank Finance

Orlando: Baker Donelson – 1 position – Health Information Technology

You can view all of the open positions by clicking here.  The goal of the Fellowship is to increase the number of experienced women in legal organizations. For more information, please visit

Lee County Association for women Lawyers Scholarship Award Program

LCAWL is pleased to offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to deserving women from Lee County, Florida OR who intend to practice in Lee County, Florida, who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice. T he deadline to submit your application is April 25, 2016.

Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL): 

LCAWL is the local chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL was established in 1951 to serve as a statewide voice for Florida’s women lawyers and to actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large.

Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarships:

Purpose: LCAWL will offer a scholarship(s) to deserving women from Lee County, Florida OR intend to practice in Lee County, Florida w ho have a financial need, the potential to succeed in law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate the administration of justice.

Award: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal; and/or the Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida.

Eligibility: LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to entering 1Ls, rising 2Ls, or rising 3Ls who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida or intend to practice law in Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL. Each applicant shall be required to: (i) submit a five hundred word essay describing why she is applying for the scholarship, any extraordinary circumstances that she has overcome and how she intends to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice during her career; (ii) have either a: (a) member of LCAWL; (b) community leader; or (c) instructor, sponsor her application with a written statement of support; (iii) most recent academic transcript; and (iv) submit a completed application, (together the “Application”).

Application Submission: The Application should be emailed to LCAWL Scholarship Chair, Liridona Sinani, via email, with the subject heading “LCAWL Scholarship.” Extensions will n ot be granted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be emailed with the application, if possible, but, in any case, must be received prior to the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end May 2, 2016 and will be recognized at the LCAWL Annual Judicial Reception on M ay 5, 2016, to which the recipient will be invited but is not required to attend.

For a copy of the application, please visit the CDO.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION OF ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES Law Student Writing Competition: Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules

Rules concerning the competition are as follows.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to any student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic year of the competition who is a legal resident of the United States. Directors, officers and employees of the ABA and their immediate family or household members are not eligible.

2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: All submissions must be the original work of the entrant. Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit. Submissions must not have been previously published in any media. Only one essay, per competition theme, may be submitted by each entrant.

a. Entries for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Alternative Dispute Resolution should discuss any aspect of dispute resolution or dispute prevention practice, theory or research related to environmental, energy, or natural resource conflicts or should critique or analyze the dispute resolution process used in a particular case. Essays should conform to the theme of the competition. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases. The decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section.

b. Essays must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format following these criteria: 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper format, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, 12-point type (10-point for footnotes), and must not exceed 2,000 words in length (a maximum of approximately 8 pages, excluding footnotes). Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number. For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header, footer or, document properties. Entries are to be submitted as an email attachment to  with the subject line: Law Student Writing Competition: Alternative Dispute Resolution.

c. The following information shall be presented on a separate cover sheet: competition theme, essay title; author’s name; law school; expected year of graduation from law school; author’s permanent and temporary addresses; author’s telephone numbers and email address.

d. Entrants should write essays in traditional law review style, presenting a scholarly discussion with full citation to authority in footnotes. Essays should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook—A Uniform System of Citation.

e. Participants acknowledge that ABA will not return any submitted essay entries. All participants retain full copyright to their entries except that winners are required to license certain rights to the ABA (see paragraph 7 below) as a condition of entry.

3. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: The format of this competition has been selected to stimulate creativity of thought and research. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) writing quality; (2) analysis and legal reasoning; (3) originality; (4) quality and use of research; and (5) compliance with these Rules. The entries will be judged anonymously by a committee comprised of members of the Section’s substantive committee that sponsored the competition theme. Winning selections will be made by the committee. The Section Director will notify the winners by email of their selection no later than May 1, 2016. The Section reserves the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year. If a potential winner does not respond within ten (10) business days after ABA’s first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.

4. PRIZES: The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the second place winner will receive $750, and the third place winner will receive $500. The winners will be announced in e-News, the Section’s monthly electronic newsletter, as well as on the Section’s website. The three winning essays will be posted on the Section’s website in a .pdf format. Winning essays will appear in an upcoming issue of the Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Newsletter. Winners must submit a completed W-9 to receive their cash prize. The full fair market value of the prize will be reported on a 1099. Winners are responsible for all taxes in connection with receiving a prize.

5. ODDS OF WINNING: Chances of winning will vary depending on the number and quality of entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS: For a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by May 31, 2016 to the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

7. LICENSE/GRANT OF RIGHTS: By entering, the winners grant to the ABA the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all ABA media or form of communication; (2) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in ABA’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an ABA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (3) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (4) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Writing Competition without further compensation. Additionally, the winning entrant must execute a separate licensing agreement giving the ABA the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the ABA mission. If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 10 business days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner named.

8. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Entries must be submitted by e-mail on or before Friday, April 1, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. (central).

9. LAWS AND REGULATIONS: This contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

10. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and releases and discharges the ABA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Sponsor”) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this promotion, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Sponsor of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this promotion and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

11. OPT-OUT OPTION: Any individual may elect to opt out of receiving future contest mailings by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.

12. PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION: Information provided by entrants in connection with this sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy, available online.

13. SPONSOR: American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee, UM Maritime Law Society & International LL.M. – Ocean and Coastal Law Present: NAVIGATING A CAREER IN MARITIME LAW!

ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee, UM Maritime Law Society & International LL.M. – Ocean and Coastal Law Present:

NAVIGATING A CAREER IN MARITIME LAW! This event takes place on TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the STUDENT LOUNGE.


Panelists are:

Valentina Tejera
Litigation Counsel,
Carnival Cruise Line
Scott J. Silverman
(Retired Judge 11th
Judicial Circuit), JAMS
Robert L. Gardana
Robert L. Gardana, P.A.
Michael E. Conroy
McAlpin Conroy


The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Writing Competition.  The deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.

The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal‑related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.  This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law.  This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.  The winner will be chosen in accordance with the competition rules.  The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement.  The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.


Topic: Any topic on Animal Law.

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration, the submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school.  Students expecting to receive their degree in 2016 are eligible for consideration.  The submission must be written by one and only one student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered.  No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.  We will only accept one submission per entrant.

Deadline: Papers must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2016.

Award Criteria: Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization.  All essays must also meet the following criteria:

Length: Type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes.  Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.

Format: One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 1, 2016, and addressed to:

Linda McMahon, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY  12207 

Cover Page:   Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrant’s name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.  All other references to identifying information, such as name, law school, and contact information should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.

Prizes Awarded:

1st place: $1,000 and a certificate of achievement

2nd place: $500 and a certificate of achievement

The Committee also reserves the right to offer the winners (and other entrants), in the Committee’s discretion, the opportunity to publish his/her paper in the Committee’s Laws & Paws publication.  Offers to publish are purely within the discretion of the Committee and the Committee in no way guarantees entrant’s the opportunity for publication.

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of February 29, 2016)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016:

  • 18th Annual Informational Career Fair  – 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM – Law School Campus Bricks 1:Meet with attorneys from government, business, law firms and public interest organizations. Hear about their practice areas and experience while you network. For additional information and details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood at the CDO.