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.

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 24, 2016)

Wednesday, October 26:

  • CDO Presents: 1L CDO Orientation – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, Law Campus F-209: The CDO 1L Orientation will introduce current first year law students to the services and programs of the CDO and provide the initial tools needed to begin a job search. This is one of two sessions taking place this week. All sessions are the same and students only need to attend one. For details, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Thursday, October 27:

  • CDO Presents: 1L CDO Orientation – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM, Law Campus F-209: The CDO 1L Orientation will introduce current first year law students to the services and programs of the CDO and provide the initial tools needed to begin a job search. This is one of two sessions taking place this week. All sessions are the same and students only need to attend one. For details, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Disability Law Fellowship for 2017

In the nine years since we opened our doors as the North Carolina’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities, Disability Rights North Carolina has become a leading voice in protecting the legal rights of people with disabilities in our State. We are the only nonprofit organization in our State dedicated solely to providing advocacy and legal services to people with all types of disabilities to protect their right to live independently with dignity in the communities of their choice. Our mission is to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities through individual and systems advocacy. Our 16 staff attorneys and attorney managers conduct a wide range of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities, including the provision of direct legal representation to people with disabilities to protect their rights and ensure they receive the services to which they are entitled by law, bringing impact litigation, and acting as amicus curiae in disability-related cases.

Through funding from a private foundation, Disability Rights North Carolina will hire a Disability Law Fellow to begin employment in August 2017. The Fellowship was created in 2015 to increase opportunities for attorneys to develop their interest and expertise in protecting the legal rights of people with disabilities. The Disability Law Fellow will be an attorney with 0-3 years of experience who has demonstrated an interest in and commitment to public interest law and protecting the rights of people with disabilities. To be eligible for the Disability Law Fellowship, the individual must either be licensed to practice law in North Carolina or be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Bar exam and commit to do so at the earliest opportunity. The Disability Law Fellow will be a full time employee of Disability Rights North Carolina, will be paid consistent with the salary range for its staff attorneys (once licensed to practice law in North Carolina), and will receive all benefits provided to its full time employees. One person may hold the Disability Law Fellowship for no more than 24 months.

Disability Rights NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

Send a detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and interest in the Disability Law Fellowship, resume, and writing sample via email to be considered.

Closing date to submit applications: November 15, 2016. A decision will be made by mid-December and applicants will be notified.

OPM is Hosting Free Monthly Webinars for Individuals Seeking Federal Employment

Have you been thinking about applying for employment with the Federal Government?  Would you like guidance from experts on preparing a Federal resume or tips on interviewing for Federal jobs?

Join the staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), for a series of in-depth briefings on these and related topics designed to assist those seeking jobs with the Federal Government.

There is no cost for these sessions and, because they are virtual (online) sessions, you can participate from any location provided you have an Internet connection.

Sessions will be offered monthly.  To find out more or to register, click on the event:

The sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Federal hiring process; however, registration for each event will be limited to 1500 attendees.

For additional tools and resources, visit the Applicants Tools and Resources link.

We look forward to having you at one or more of the sessions!

 

ABA Intellectual Property Law Section- Law Student Reporter Program

Participants selected for the Program are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 32nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, DC on April 5-6, 2017. During the event, students attend the Section’s premier CLE programs and network with Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the nation, while reporting on the content of the CLE programming via social media. This is a great opportunity for your students to distinguish themselves in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

Applications for the program’s first round of decisions are due by Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5PM EST. The application can be accessed here. More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group. Any questions on the program can be sent via email here.