FREE REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THE SOVEREIGNTY SYMPOSIUM XXX – Ed Edmondson Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted

WHO? Ed Edmondson served in the United States Congress representing Oklahoma for twenty years.  He was a long time supporter of both Native American concerns and education.

WHEN? The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host Sovereignty Symposium XXIX on June 7 and 8, 2017, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Symposium registration scholarships will be offered in Congressman Edmondson’s name as the Symposium’s thank you for his support and efforts during its founding. Please apply early as the number of available scholarships is limited.

HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.  There is no formal application form.

DUE? May 31, 2017

Applications may be emailed. Or mailed to:

The Sovereignty Symposium

Attn:  Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee

Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1

2100 North Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For further information, email the Sovereignty Symposium.

Enter The Sovereignty Symposium XXX: Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

The Sovereignty Symposium XXX – 2017 will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 7 and June 8, 2017.  The Sovereignty Symposium is the foremost legal gathering on Native American law in the world.  It was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues regarding Indian law can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.  Over the past twenty-nine years, the Symposium has examined a wide diversity of themes.  In conjunction with the Symposium, our scholarly collection of legal and historical writings is presented to all the participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publication for their collections.

WHO? John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as Chief Justice from 1987-1988.   He loved to read and write, collect Indian art, and buy Navajo rugs.  He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices’ Conference.  He authorized the formation of the Sovereignty Symposium in 1988.

WHAT? The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

WHEN? In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXX, which will be held June 7-8, 2017 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2016 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

HOW? The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page onlyPapers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. Submissions will only be accepted in Word or Word Perfect format by e-mail. Email entries to Kyle Shifflet.

The paper should be single-spaced and in footnote form.  All citations should conform to the latest Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spacedThe left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

DUE? Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2017.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.

 

OPEN FORUM POST-WOMEN’S MARCH: WHAT NOW?

COME JOIN US TO HEAR HOW TO GET CIVICALLY AND POLITICALLY INVOLVED.

YOU CAN ASK QUESTIONS FROM THE PANELISTS, SHARE YOUR IDEAS, AND LEARN HOW TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE IN GETTING YOUR VOICE HEARD.

FRIDAY FEB 10, 3-5 P.M. SUITES 102 & 107, SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (CORAL GABLES CAMPUS).

Panelists:

  • Nicole Sinder, ACLU Miami Chapter
  • Laura Hernandez, PLANNED PARENTHOOD
  • April Merleaux, Quaker activist and history professor
  • Moderator: Merike Blofield, Political Science/WGS, UM

WE WILL HAVE PIZZA, SNACKS AND BEVERAGES. 

ORGANIZED BY WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES.

 

2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program – Student Registration is Open

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, and rising 2L and 3L students.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program begins Monday, February 6 and will close on Friday, March 10.  Online registration is now open. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as the “University of Miami School of Law” on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

We will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in the CDO, Karen Warren.

 

Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Annual Scholarship Program

This year the scholarship presentation will take place at the Women Making History event on March 22, 2017. Pairing the scholarship awards with the celebration of inspiring women in our community is the perfect match.

Every year, several Miami law firms, judges and others donate scholarships of at least $1,250.00 to law students in need who serve the mission of FAWL.

If interested in filling out the application, please ask for a copy of the 2017 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Application at the CDO.

The application deadline is February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The awardees will be notified shortly thereafter and will be asked to attend the Women Making History event (free of charge).

For additional details, please ask your CDO advisor.

 

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Scholarship and Internship Stipend Programs

The FCBA Foundation is now accepting applications for its two law school scholarship programs – The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship and its Internship Stipend Program.

1.  The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to all students enrolled at an accredited law school in the United States who are entering their second or third years of study in the Fall of 2017 and have a demonstrated interest in communications law. Awards ranging from $2,500-$10,000, are payable to the law school to cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.

2. 2017 Law School Summer Stipend Program 

This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless).  Applications will be accepted online starting January 15th through March 24th, 2017.  No exceptions will be made for late filed applications.

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive and additional stipend for the summer:  the Max Paglin Award.  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive history of the Communications Act.

The Foundation considers funding from other sources in making award decisions and generally will adjust its stipend awards so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship will not exceed $7,000.

Requirements:

Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a federal, state or local government entity.  Students will be selected on the basis of:

  • Essays – 30 points
  • Resume and Recommendations – 25 points
  • Academic Merit (including relevant coursework, certificate programs, journals and clinics) – 25 points
  • Nature of Work – 10 points
  • Financial Need – 10 points

Applications for internship funding should be submitted online.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.

If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact the FCBA offices at 202-293-4000 or by email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 30th, 2017)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017:

·         CDO Presents: Miami Law Externship Program Spring Orientation – 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room E-265: For students enrolled for Law896, Law 897 or Law 898 for spring 2017, this is a mandatory orientation that will discuss the student’s academic responsibilities attached to this program/course. If you have any questions, please contact Sajani Desai in the CDO. See also the website.

Thursday, February 2, 2017:

·         CDO Presents: Information Session with Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-109: Join Rear Admiral John Hannink, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (the second highest JAG offer in the Navy) to learn more about careers in the Navy JAG. The deadline to apply for a summer or postgraduate opportunity is February 17th so this session will be very helpful to anyone interested in pursuing opportunities with this employer. you have any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 23rd 2017)

Welcome back from winter break!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 & Wednesday, January 25, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop and Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program, Spring Resume Referral Program and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Two sessions of this program will be held; both sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.

The Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition

The Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition on: 

WHY PIPELINE PROGRAMS TARGETING STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED RACIAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION 

To Promote Diversity in Law Schools and in the Legal Profession  

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). 

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession. 

ENTRY PROCEDURES: 

Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author’s name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (lL, 2L, 3L/4L), a telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address. To allow anonymous evaluations, please do not put your name on the actual paper. The title on the paper must precisely match the title on the cover page that contains the identifying information described above. Email entries here. Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted.

JUDGING:

A panel of law school faculty, legal writing instructors, and LSAC diversity committee members will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets the standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide either not to issue an award or publish a paper. The panel’s decision will be final. 

DEADLINE:

All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC, and LSAC will retain the copyright of any winning papers selected for publication.

Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

Eligibility: Current JD candidates who are in good standing at LSAC member law schools.

Length and Format: Up to 20 pages (5,000 words or less), 8½ by 11 inch paper, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Word format, 12-point font, with endnotes written in “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Blue Book) format.

Evaluation Criteria Essays will be judged according to:

  • Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases; law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies)
  • Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing
  • Understanding, interpretations, and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context
  • Full compliance with all competition procedures

Awards: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.

Questions: Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives office via email.

 

 

2017 1L Summer Internship Program Prudential Financial, Inc.

The National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (“Prudential”) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, NAWL will select a student to join the 2017 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

Internship Description:

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, PA; May 23-25, 2017;
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department;
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects and other substantive work;
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review;
  • Interviewing skill development and mock interview practice;
  • Networking both within Prudential and externally with law firms and regulatory groups;
  • Presentation development and delivery;
  • The opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects;
  • Opportunities to interview with select local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks from May 22 to July 28, 2017. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.

Intern Requirements:

Applicants must be members of NAWL. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2019 (full-time students) or spring 2020 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s office in Newark, New Jersey.

How to Apply:

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript to:

Kelsey Vuillemot 
National Association of Women Lawyers
321 North Clark Street, MS 19.1
Chicago, IL 60654

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 PM CT on January 25, 2017. The finalist shall be selected and notified by a Prudential HR staff member on or before March 13, 2017.