Institute for Justice – Public Interest Boot Camp for Law Students

The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce their Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New London, McComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.

You will also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21st.  Please visit the website for more information and to apply.

 

Spread the Word! CHCI’s Nationally Acclaimed Law Graduate Fellowship Program Application Deadline is Approaching! Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

CHCI is seeking to offer exceptional Latino college graduates with a background in Law unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arenas while participating in CHCI’s nationally acclaimed leadership development training program. CHCI Law Graduate Fellows also have the opportunity to publish a policy paper and develop/execute a policy summit. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have been awarded a Juris Doctor prior to the program start date High academic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
  • Demonstrates commitment to public service-oriented activities
  • Superior analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.

NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application.

Benefits: 

This nine month PAID Law Graduate Fellowship Program offers selected participants the following:

  • $2,900 gross monthly stipend to help cover housing and local expenses
  • Free roundtrip travel to Washington, DC
  • Professional Development Funds
  • Monthly metro stipends
  • Optional health insurance
  • Optional short-term housing

Selection Process: 

The selection process is competitive; CHCI receives five applications for every one available fellowship. CHCI processes applications to identify the most qualified candidates. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed by Alumni, Board of Directors, and CHCI staff. Only top candidates receive an invitation for an interview. A selected number of fellows are selected annually, based on the quality of their application and their interview scores. 

Online Application Instructions 

Applicants must complete the CHCI online application by February 15, 2014.

To learn more about the program, please visit the website.

Program Dates: August 2014 – May 2015

 

National LGBT Bar Association 2014 2L Summer Law Clerk Program Liberty Mutual Insurance Group – A Fortune 100 Company!

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with The Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Legal Department to provide an exciting opportunity for two enthusiastic 2L law students who are interested in making an immediate and valued contribution. As a Law Clerk you will provide technical support to staff litigation attorneys, perform legal research and assist in drafting and filing legal trial documents. The National LGBT Bar Association and Liberty Mutual will select one Law Clerk for Liberty’s Boston litigation office and one for its San Francisco litigation office for a 10-week clerkship offering competitive pay.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs legal research utilizing both written and electronic sources
  • Assists attorneys in brief and opinion writing
  • Prepares draft memos
  • Gathers and compiles facts and relevant case information
  • Drafts pleadings and motions
  • Assists attorneys in preparing for depositions and trials

Qualifications:

  • Member of the National LGBT Bar Association
  • Completed two years at an ABA accredited law school; graduation scheduled for spring 2016
  • Excellent writing skills
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent
  • Ideally some exposure to civil litigation

How to Apply:

  • To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a copy of your transcript via email.
  • Please write “Liberty Mutual Law Clerk” in the subject line of the email.
  • All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 14, 2014.
  • Interviews will be conducted the week of February 23rd.
  • Finalists shall be selected and notified on or before March 3, 2014.

Overview:

Liberty Mutual believes strongly that commercial success can be achieved in a manner consistent with principles and ideals that bind us together as one company, that set us apart from our competitors, and that in the end will allow us to say we have succeeded commercially by doing the right thing the right way. We believe that the Company’s success is inextricably linked to our employees’ satisfaction and success: satisfaction that they work for an industry leader committed to improving safety, satisfaction that they work for a company that does the right thing, and satisfaction that the company will reward them for their contributions and provide opportunities for personal growth and success. We believe our employees take pride in knowing that they help people live safer more secure lives every day.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 27, 2014)

Monday, January 27, 2014: 

  • Opportunities With the Federal Government12:30 p.m., Room F-309 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014:

  • 1L CDO Workshop – 12:30 p.m., Room F-309 
  • Job Opportunities With the State Department – 5:00 p.m., Faculty Meeting Room
  • POP Information Session – 12:30 pm. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-209 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014:

  • 1L CDO Workshop – 12:30 p.m., Room F-309
  • Judicial Clerkship Meeting for Law Review Members – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F-402
  • Military JAG Panel – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-209
  • Legal Corps CLE – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Legal Corps Office 

Thursday, January 30, 2014: 

  • 1L CDO Workshop – 12:30 p.m., Room F-309
  • Public Interest Career Fair (HOPE) – 12:30 p.m., Bricks 

Friday, January 31, 2014: 

  • Legal Career Paths – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room A-110

 

PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL, INC. 2014 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly motivated first-year law student with a disability.  Through this partnership, the Commission will select a law student with a disability to join Prudential’s 2014 summer law intern class in the New Jersey tri-state area.  The internship runs between June 2 and August 8, 2014.  The intern will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.

Responsibilities

The intern will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of the Prudential businesses.  He or she may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations, and shadow attorneys on various projects.  In addition, the intern will participate in the summer intern training program, which includes presentations by Prudential attorneys that highlight different areas of the business and the legal department.  Of particular note, the intern will be paired with an attorney-mentor, who will provide guidance on projects.

Qualifications 

Applicants must be:  (1) law students with a disability; (2) ABA members; and (3) enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.  In addition, they must have:  (1) successfully completed the first year of law school and be scheduled for graduation in spring 2016 (full-time students) or spring 2017 (part-time students) and (2) a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.  The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and copy of your transcript to Tovah Miller . Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence.  All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 24, 2014.  Finalist shall be selected and notified on or before April 4, 2014.

 

The UM Military Law Society is Hosting a Military JAG Panel on January 29th

The UM Military Law Society is hosting a JAG panel with 6 JAG Officers from different military branches. The event takes place on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Room F-108.

The panelists are:

  • Colonel Juan Pyfrom, U.S. Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Taylor, U.S. Air Force
  • Major Claire Amdahl, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant Elan Ghazal, U.S. Navy
  • Lieutenant Tim Cronin, U.S. Coast Guard

Lunch will be provided.

The 2014 IADC Legal Writing Contest

Sponsor: Int’l Association of Defense Counsel.

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

General criteria: Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

Submission information: Click here for information and details.

Attend the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Diversity Networking Social on February 22nd!

ATTENTION STUDENTS!

You are invited to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s DIVERSITY NETWORKING SOCIAL! This event will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at:

Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602 

Come network with representatives from Tampa Bay area law firms and local bar associations.

Admission is free. The HCBA will reimburse for your mileage.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP by February 14, 2014 by emailing Brenda Louard in the CDO. 

 

National Association of Women Lawyers 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper and enrich the profession. NAWLhas established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.

The rules for the competition are as follows: 

  • Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.  The most recent winning paper was “Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys’ Misuse of Alabama’s Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women’s Substance Abuse” written by Amy Kokot, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
  • Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. 

FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.

JUDGING: NAWL designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style and timeliness. 

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format).

AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014.

 

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is Seeking Interns for its 2014 Summer Program

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns for its 2014 summer program. EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School (University of California, Boalt Hall) during the academic year, and provides free civil legal services to low-income clients of Alameda County, California. During our summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from all law schools.

Students handle their own cases under the day-to-day supervision of staff attorneys in one of the following practice areas:

  • Clean Slate: Criminal Justice & Community Reentry (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy)
  • Green Collar Communities Clinic: GC3 (community economic development)
  • Health: Elev8 Public School-based Legal Services Project (multidisciplinary)
  • Health: HIV/AIDS Project and Medical-Legal Partnership (multidisciplinary)
  • Housing & Eviction Defense (litigation)
  • Immigration (administrative with some litigation)
  • Neighborhood Justice Clinic (self-help services, litigation)
  • Welfare Law (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy)
  • Youth Defender Clinic (litigation and advocacy)

The summer program runs for ten weeks, from Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, August 1, 2014.

No specific previous training or coursework is required; however, a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income, minority and underrepresented individuals and groups, and/or previous experience in one of their practice areas or in public interest law is highly desirable, as is second language ability in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, or Farsi. EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, they are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.

Interested law students should submit the following application materials electronically:

  • Resume
  • Short Writing Sample (5-10 pages)
  • Cover Letter (please describe your experience and interests in one page or less)
  • Practice Group Preference (please rank your top preferences and whether you would accept a placement in any practice group)
  • 3 References (please provide current email addresses and include at least one employment-related reference)

Applications are accepted and hiring decisions made on a rolling basis until available positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All completed applications will be acknowledged. March 1, 2013 is the current deadline for accepting applications.

For more information on the summer program, please visit the website.