This Week at the CDO (Week of September 22, 2014)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

  • International LL.M. Career Development Luncheon, Training/Workshop – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109

Friday, September 25, 2014:

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Information Session (Lecture/Panel Discussion) – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Room A-110

The NLRB 2015 Honors Program

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is soliciting applications for its Honors Program, through which the Agency hires highly qualified individuals for attorney positions in its Headquarters and Regional offices. The Agency is seeking to enhance the diversity of its employees so that they represent the public that they serve.

The NLRB is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. The Board has five Members and primarily acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding cases on the basis of formal records in administrative proceedings. Board Members are appointed by the President to 5 year terms, with Senate consent, the term of one Member expiring each year. The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a 4 year term, is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and the general supervision of the NLRB Regional offices in the processing of cases.

The Agency Honors Program is limited to applicants who achieved a law school GPA of 3.2 or greater, and currently are third year law students, full-time graduate law students, judicial law clerks, or attorneys who are serving in a full time labor law fellowship begun immediately following graduation from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship. The Agency maintains three completely separate Honors Programs, one for the Headquarters offices on the General Counsel side, one for the Headquarters offices on the Board side, and one for the specific Regional offices.

The application period for the 2015 Honors Program is open during the period of August 15, 2014 12 AM EDT to October 15, 2014 11:59 PM EDT. Please click here for more information.

 

Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic at Georgetown Law

The Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Teaching Fellow for 2015-17.  The Fellow will be one of two Teaching Fellows/Supervising Attorneys who help supervise students and work with the Director on all aspects of running the clinic.  See below for a description of the Clinic and the Fellowship, and information on how to apply.

The Clinic:

The Clinic trains students (10-12 each semester) to be effective “legislative lawyers” – lawyers who use legal skills to advance public policy through the legislative and executive branches of government.  The Clinic’s core work is our representation of non-profit organizations in their advocacy before Congress and federal departments and agencies. Client organizations and issues are chosen for their capacity to offer Clinic students the best opportunity to get actively involved, on behalf of the clients, in the federal legislative and administrative processes.  Current and recent client organizations are the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Women’s Law Center, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

Student work for clients includes a wide range of activities, such as: analyzing and researching legislative proposals and their potential impact on existing law; preparing advocacy materials; drafting legislative language and explanatory materials; preparing for and participating in meetings with coalition partners and with decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch; and advising the client on policy and strategy questions.

The Clinic experience also includes a seminar on Congressional and administrative processes, as well as relevant skills (e.g., written and oral advocacy, collaboration, and negotiation).  In addition, the Clinic runs several intensive written and oral exercises throughout the semester, including a two-week simulation of a Senate committee markup. During the simulation, the students role-play U.S. Senators charged with drafting and marking up legislation to address a pressing national problem.

For more details about the Clinic, see the website.

The Fellowship:

Each Fellow is responsible for supervising five or six J.D. students enrolled in the Clinic—generally, one client “team.”  Supervision of students’ client work includes guiding students on research and analysis, editing and providing feedback on drafts of written work, and preparing students for meetings and advocacy on behalf of the clients.  The Fellows hold weekly one-on-one meetings with each student, meet frequently with the students’ client teams, and are generally available as resources and guides.

The Fellows also help design and teach Clinic seminar classes, work closely with Director on running Clinic exercises and evaluating student performance, provide extensive written and oral feedback on the students’ exercises, and generally collaborate with the Director on the operation of the Clinic.

New Clinic Fellows also enroll in a year-long seminar called Elements of Clinical Pedagogy. The seminar meets monthly and is taught by experienced Georgetown clinical faculty.

The Fellowship provides Fellows an opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching and to enhance their own legislative lawyering skills.  In addition, upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows receive a Master of Laws in Advocacy.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Fellowship, please submit a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and cover letter setting forth your interest in the Fellowship by December 1, 2014 for the 2015-17 Fellowship.   Superior writing skills and a strong academic background are required.  Experience in teaching and legislative lawyering is highly desirable.  Candidates should have at least one year of relevant experience beyond the J.D. degree (e.g., clerkship, government/Hill experience, or private/non-profit practice).

Fellows must be admitted to a Bar prior to commencing the Fellowship.  Those Fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the Fellowship offer.

Please direct application materials to: Professor Judy Appelbaum, Director, Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave, N.W., Room 340, Washington, D.C. 20001.  Please send an electronic copy of all application materials to the Clinic’s Executive Assistant, Loretta Moss.

 

 

First Annual 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.

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 electronically. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January, 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

Contact:

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp. You may view the website here.

 

ASECA Alumni Securities Law Writing Competition –Deadline is November 15, 2014

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni

Securities Law Writing Competition – 2014

 

1st Place $,5000

2nd Place $3,000

3rd Place $2,000

Topic: Any subject in the field of Securities Law

Eligibility: Students enrolled in any accredited law school in the United States for the fall semester of 2014. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Mail Two Copies of Submissions to:

ASECA
P.O. Box 5767
Washington, DC20016

 

All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including email, postal address, telephone number, law school and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email.

 

Submissions must be received by November 15, 2014. Email submissions will not be accepted. See ASECA website for additional information. Questions may be directed to Mitzi MooreASECA Executive Director.

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s annual dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000.00 in actual expenses.

 

 

The 5th Annual Patently Impossible Project

Join the 5th Annual Patently Impossible Project, A Charity Race to Assemble a Patented Invention, Silent Auction and Reception.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 6, 6-8 pm.

South Florida Patent Attorneys, Inventors, Engineers, Techies and Hipsters are invited to participate in a charity race to assemble a patented invention at Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science, f/k/a Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue.

Join hundreds of Lawyers, Judges, Engineers, CPA’s, Law Students and other professionals and dignitaries at the legal and business community’s Top Rated Reception of the Year featuring complimentary cocktails, food, entertainment by ZAK MANN, Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes.

All Proceeds to benefit Dade Legal Aid, the oldest civil legal services in Miami.  Those interested in competing in this year’s not to be missed legal event of the year should secure their seat at the table now as contestants limited to the first 25 teams to sign up.

For more details and to register, visit the website.

UM Law – LL.M. Open Houses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

We look forward to you joining us on Tuesday, October 14th or Thursday, October 16th for an Open House where you will learn about the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. programs.

  • Visit with directors, faculty and alumni to talk about latest program developments
  • Find out about full-time and part-time options
  • Hear about hybrid on campus and online options for select programs
  • Learn how select program size enables directors to develop a personalized course schedule and provide guidance on career options

October 14th at 6:30 pm at Morton’s Steakhouse in Lauderdale

October 16th at 6:30 pm at Morton’s Steakhouse on Brickell

Learn more about these events by clicking here.

Sign up to attend.

Apply for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

When: May 29 to June 28, 2015

Where: Washington, DC, Paris and Berlin

Who’s eligible: Students in graduate programs in the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine 

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program from Humanity in Action. The Fellowship offers 24 American and European graduate students the chance to explore the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity.

Fellows travel to Washington, DC, Paris and Berlin to study how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international issues. The program seeks to promote constructive diplomacy in a changing world through innovative and inclusive approaches.

The application process is now open for the 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship. Applications are due October 30, 2014 for this program. Please click the buttons above to learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply. The inaugural four-week program took place May 17 to June 14, 2014.

Visit the website or Symplicity for more details.

 

2014 Constitution Day Florida Video Challenge

In honor of Constitution Day, the Florida Coordinating Committee of the Informed Voters Project of the National Association of Women Judges is pleased to invite you to honor the importance of protecting a fair and impartial judiciary for all by participating in the 2014 Constitution Day Florida Video Challenge.

Contestants may compete individually or in a team with as many as 5 people and must create a theme-based video for competition with other residents all across Florida.

All entries must be submitted by October 17, 2014.

For additional details regarding cash prizes, contest rules and to participate, please click here.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is Hiring an Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellow

Position Description: ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce a fellowship position with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of all animals.

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 110,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:

  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.

In addition to the national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.

About the Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:

The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2015, lasts roughly two years and is based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $39,500 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals.

The application deadline for this position is January 15, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Recent graduates interested in applying should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) via email. Please include all materials into a single PDF file. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund 2013-2014 Fellowship Position 170 E. Cotati Ave. Cotati, CA 94931 Attention – Wendy Cromwell.

For more information, please visit the website.