Attend “Balancing Life and Law” With Attorney Joan Valdes on Tuesday, April 1, 2014!

Attorney Joan Valdes will be on campus on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 to speak about work/life balance. Ms. Valdes will share her story and provide advice on how to balance life and the practice of law. The presentation will be held in the Faculty Meeting Room in the Law Library, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Ms. Valdes is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and the Owner and President of the Law Office of Joan I. Valdes in Coral Gables. Ms. Valdes specializes in Workers’ Compensation Law in South Florida and has been practicing as a litigator and consultant in all areas of Workers’ Compensation Law for the past several years. She is also a circuit civil mediator and consultant for large loss cases.

Light refreshments will be served.

To attend, please RSVP to Brenda Louard in the CDO ASAP.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is Seeking a Summer Fellow

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (“HLAB”) is the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard Law School.  HLAB works with hundreds of low-income clients to solve their legal problems in the areas of housing, domestic relations, government benefits and wage and hour law.  As a student-run legal clinic at Harvard, HLAB has a strong history of dedication to allowing students to handle their own cases and litigate in court under the supervision of clinical instructors.

During the summer, HLAB selects approximately 15-20 law students to serve as Summer Interns, who will interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses and government agencies; engage in extensive factual and legal investigation; hone their research and writing abilities; and develop their litigation skills.  Most Summer Interns working at HLAB do so full-time, although they are willing to discuss alternative arrangements with students facing extenuating circumstances.  Due to funding restrictions, HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Interns.

HLAB Summer Interns serve as the primary case handlers on every matter assigned to them and manage client contact, drafting of pleadings and motions, communication with opposing counsel and advocating in courtroom and administrative hearing settings. Their work is supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law.

HLAB Summer Interns generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas.  In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents victims of domestic violence in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support and custody disputes. In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized and private housing, as well as works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area.  In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Social Security and Social Security Disability benefits, unemployment benefits and welfare benefits.  Finally, in the Wage and Hour practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws.  A student is asked to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law.  For more information, visit the website.

Application Instructions (accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled):  Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a law school transcript, and (4) two references to:  
Chad Baker, Executive Director
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street, First Floor
Cambridge,  MA 02138

The Diversity Committee Presents “Leveraging Your Law Degree: Alternative Career Paths Webcast”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET


Dawn-Marie Bey, Bey & Cotropia PLLC


Sania Anwar, JD, CEO, Global Scholars Project Sean Coughlin, JD, CEO, FaithStreet, LLC Justin Guilder, JD, Managing Director, PennAve One, LLC Scott Talbott, JD, CPA, Senior VP Government Affairs, Electronic Transactions Association Susannah Wellford, JD, President and Founder, Running Start

Law degrees aren’t just for practicing lawyers anymore! A legal education can open doors to any number of careers. This panel includes lawyers who currently hold non-legal positions such as CEO, VC director, non-profit director and lobbyist. Many of the panelists have transitioned to non-legal careers after first practicing law in a more traditional legal job such as in a law firm or as an in-house lawyer. The panelists will discuss, among other topics, the extent to which their legal education and training impacted their decision to move on to an alternative career, the challenges they faced in doing so and their advice for those considering such a transition.


Private Practitioner Non-Member $120

FCBA Member – Complimentary (qs88h2w8)

Government/Academic/Retired Non-Member $35 (cp2hb0hn)

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary (qs88h2w8)

1. To participate via the Internet, please visit the registration website  and click on the Upcoming tab. Use registration password “Diversity314”. Please enter coupon code that applies (listed next to each category above) upon checkout to receive discounted price. Those wishing to participate On-Site, with or without CLE credit, please click here.

2. Participation for law students is complimentary. Registration is required. Contact Andrew Hunter.

3. For special “group” pricing and student groups pricing and student groups interested in FREE internet participation, contact Andrew Hunter.

4. FCBA will not seek CLE credit for this webcast.

On behalf of the FCBA committees for Diversity, and Law Clerks and Students, students may join the FCBA, the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of the webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 17, 2014)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014: 

  • Becker & Poliakoff Summer Fellowship Information Session 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Law Campus Room D-201. The firm will have representatives there to discuss hiring and the firm’s Diversity Fellowship. Becker & Poliakoff is a Florida based law firm committed to promoting and highlighting diversity in the legal profession. The firm established its Diversity Fellowship in 2011 to offer law school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to diversity in the legal profession. No special attire is necessary. To RSVP or for additional information, email the Career Development Office (CDO).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014:

  • Judicial Clerkships Information Meeting for 1Ls – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Law Campus, Room F-109. Pizza and soda will be served.  Professor Jill Barton, Professor Andrew Dawson and Amy Perez will be covering important points related to judicial clerkships, including: 1) What is a clerkship? 2) What is the value of a clerkship and how do you obtain one? 3) What is the timeline for applying for clerkships? Please RSVP here. For additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships.





The MADD Court Monitoring Program: In-Court Volunteer/Internship Opportunity

MADD offers an opportunity in Miami-Dade County to spend time in the courtroom. Volunteers/interns attend court and collect data regarding DUI prosecution. The Court Monitoring program allows people to become even more familiar with courtroom processes and procedures and provides an opportunity to understand and analyze trends throughout the state.

Purpose of Court Monitoring: 

The Court Monitoring program works towards the elimination of drunk driving by observing court and collecting information on drunk driving cases. The information collected by Court Monitoring volunteers is used to better understand DUI, from crime through prosecution. Additionally, Court Monitors serve as a strong reminder that the public has a vested interest in the outcomes of drunk driving cases. 


  • Attend any court monitor trainings
  • Become familiar with court room procedure and personnel
  • Attend DUI misdemeanor and felony court cases
  • Collect information regarding DUI cases while in court
  • Use court house clerks as well as online case record searches to fill in missing data
  • Submit paperwork to the MADD staff in a timely manner

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Must subscribe to the purposes, policies, and code of ethics of MADD
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Background check required; no criminal arrests or convictions
  • Must not have a case pending or be convicted of a drunk driving offense
  • Detail oriented, good listening and critical thinking skills, and open mind
  • Must be able to attend court on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to court
  • Currently looking for volunteers in the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Hillsborough 

Time Commitment Required: 

Flexible, but typically 4 hours weekly. 


  • Effect change in the criminal justice system
  • Save lives by spreading MADD’s mission
  • Eliminate drunk driving

Supervisor: Shira Tober, Florida Court Monitoring Project Specialist.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 3, 2014)

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 3, 2014):

  • Informational Career Fair 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bricks.
    Attorneys from firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and corporations visit campus to speak with students about their legal careers. During the event, students have the opportunity to ask the attorneys questions about their career choices, areas of practice and the general life of a practicing attorney. This is a great opportunity for students to get a feel for what it is like to practice law in different practice areas and with different types of employers. The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Bricks. For any details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.



Animal Legal Defense Fund is Hiring a Litigation Staff Attorney and Litigation Clerks!

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

I. ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Staff Attorney

Position Objectives:

An ALDF Staff Attorney is responsible for the day-to-day litigation of ALDF’s civil caseload, proactively developing new cases, assisting with ALDF’s legislative needs, as well as representing the organization out of the courtroom. He or she will work closely with the Director of Litigation as well as ALDF’s other Staff Attorneys and Litigation Fellows.


To represent ALDF in its civil strategic impact litigation, to develop new theories and cases, to assist with legislative needs, and to otherwise represent ALDF. He or she will: Research and develop legal theories and strategies for lawsuits; Research and develop fact patterns for lawsuits; File and handle lawsuits; Oversee drafting, editing and submission of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of ALDF; Assist with the review and development of legislation; Coordinate and collaborate with Criminal Justice Program staff on cases that have, or could have, both civil and criminal components; Coordinate, as needed, with Animal Law Program staff; Prepare and deliver presentations for professional conferences, fundraising events, etc. when needed; Work with Communications and other departments to answer questions on civil legal issues and procedures, and to propose, draft, proof read and/or edit content on cases and legal developments for ALDF website, blogs, e-Update, e-alerts, newsletters, donor mailings, etc.; Provide in-house expertise for staff on questions concerning Litigation Program cases, animal law civil cases in general and civil procedures and legal strategy.


Must have a Juris Doctor degree, excelled in law school, and be admitted to practice law in at least one state; Must have a minimum three years litigation experience; Must have excellent organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines; Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; Must be “computer literate” and have experience with basic software application, including, Outlook, Word, Excel and internet browsers; Must understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund; Must have excellent references relevant to similar positions held; Must have a positive attitude and be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment; Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, etc.; Travel required.

Term of Employment: Full-time

Reports to: Director of Litigation

Position Location and Application Period: The Staff Attorney will be based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2014; the position will begin no later than May 1, 2014.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: $55,000. Excellent benefits package. Casual office environment includes companion animals.

How to Apply: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume [including Bar registration number(s)], law school transcripts, legal writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references to the attention of Wendy Cromwell.

Only complete applications will be considered. Visit the website for additional information.

II. ALDF Animal Law Institute Fall/Spring Litigation Clerkships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Since 1981, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has won precedent-setting victories that have expanded legal protections for companion animals, wildlife, animals in research labs, and those in factory farming situations.

During the 2014-2015 school year a select group of promising law students will be given the opportunity to learn more about animal law by participating in the ALDF Clerkships. The clerkship positions are described below.

Litigation Program Clerkships (Cotati, Calif.)

Responsibilities will include legal research, working with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and assistance in preparation of pleadings in cases currently being handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

Clerkships are for fourteen weeks each semester. Students are expected to commit ten to twenty hours per week to the clerkship, all of which may be done remotely. The start date is flexible (dependent upon the student’s schedule). Clerkships are open to second and third-year students only. Compensation is $15 per hour. (Subject to the student’s preference, we may instead structure the clerkship as an unpaid, for-credit externship or as a volunteer position to meet a curricular pro bono requirement.)

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Law students interested in applying should forward an application form, cover letter, resume (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript to the attention of Wendy Cromwell.

Only complete applications will be considered. Visit the website for additional information.



The Financial Aid Office Has Upcoming Seminars for Students!

Below is the information regarding the upcoming financial seminars:

March 19th, 2014: (Room 216B, 12:30p.m.) – Financial Planning Seminar – Open to all. A certified financial planner will speak to students about their federal loan portfolios and any other portfolios they may currently have. How to make smart decisions as it applies to their finances.

April 17th, 2014: (Room 309, 12:30p.m.) – Understanding Your Repayment Options – Open to all students, with a concentration on graduating 3Ls & LL.M. students. A representative from one of the Federal Servicing Centers will discuss the options students have for repayment of their federal loans, terms that the students should be aware of and who to contact with any questions.


Trandafir Writing Competition 2014

Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. The competition is open to law students and to graduate students in all disciplines. Below are details about this year’s competition. Interested students are asked to review the Official Rules carefully before submitting entries.

The 2013-2014 Competition Guidelines:

Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

Award: Publication and CASH PRIZE of $2,000.

Publication: The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Eligibility: All students currently enrolled in a law or graduate degree program from any institution in the world are eligible.

Deadline: All mail entries must be postmarked no later than March 21, 2014. All electronically submitted essays must be received by Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014. We will not accept late entries.

Official Rules:

(1) All essays must be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches paper (or A4 paper for non-US entries), with a 1 inch margin on all sides. Electronic submissions are acceptable, please send as an attachment to an e-mail with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address included.

(2) There is no minimum page requirement. The essay must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes.

(3) Citations should follow rules published in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).

(4)Entries must include a cover letter containing the student’s name, address, telephone number, name and address of the school which the student attends, and title of the student’s essay. The student’s name, school, or other identification should not appear on the actual essay.

(5) No essay shall be eligible which has been published or has an outstanding commitment for publication.

(6) All essays must be the work of an individual. Collaboration with others (other than the usual law review or seminar supervision) is prohibited.

(7) The judging panel will be comprised of TLCP editors and University of Iowa College of Law faculty. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy article is not submitted.

(8) Electronic submissions must be received in our office no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014.  Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your submission.  You should e-mail your submission as an attachment.

(9) After the editorial board receives your submission, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.

For Mail Submissions, Send To:

Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building 185
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113



The CDO invites you to join Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, to learn about the advancement of human rights of farm workers and the long-term interests of growers.

When:                   Thursday, March 6, 12:30 p.m.

Where:                 Room A-110

Pizza will be served. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about the work of the Fair Food Standards Council, visit the website.