This Week at the CDO (Week of February 23, 2015)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015: 

  • CDO Attorney/CPA Role Workshop 12:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m., Room A-110 – The American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants will be talking about their roles as an Attorney and CPA.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • 4L: The Class Never Taught in Law School 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109 – This program gives you an opportunity to consider your life after law school. During the program you will learn how to generate business. We will discuss how you begin to generate business, the people you should try to meet as a first year attorney, and how an inexperienced attorney can bring in business. We will further discuss specific situations that attorneys have encountered to demonstrate how you can generate business. Gregory R. Cohen is a Partner with the law firm, Cohen, Norris, Wolmer, Ray, Telepman & Cohen. He graduated from the University of Miami (B.A., 1993) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1996). He has authored “4L: The Class Never Taught in Law School ”, and has lectured to attorneys on how to improve their practice, improve their representation of clients, improve their enjoyment of the practice of law, and how to generate a book of business. Mr. Cohen is presently serving as the Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He has lectured to various professionals involved in real estate, including surveyors, real estate agents and other lawyers (for approved Florida Bar CLE credits). Mr. Cohen is Board Certified in Real Estate by the Florida Bar. His practice areas include: residential and commercial real estate and loan transactions, including a focus on short sales and commercial workouts, issuance of title insurance, business transactions and development transactions. His clients consist of sellers and purchasers of residential and commercial real estate (land, retail, office) and businesses, institutional lenders on commercial and residential loan transactions, real estate agents, title insurance underwriters regarding transactional work and claims work, builders, developers, and landlords and tenants regarding residential and commercial lease transactions.

Diversity Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association Northeast Florida Minority Mentoring Picnic

The Diversity Committee is hosting its inaugural N.E. Florida Minority Mentoring Picnic. Similar to other minority mentoring picnics throughout the state, the goal is to connect minority law students with attorneys and judges for mentorship. The picnic is a family friendly event that will include free food, entertainment, and great networking opportunities.

 

The N.E. Florida Minority Mentoring Picnic will take place at Florida Coastal School of Law, 8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, FL. The date for the event is Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12:00-4:00.

 

Fellowships Available for Public Interest Positions (Summer 2015)

Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students at the law schools listed who work full-time during Summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.  Click here to view Law Schools where EJA Fellowships are offered.

Students must secure a full-time (minimum 35-40 hours per week) placement for Summer 2015 working at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization.

Summer fellowships may take place anywhere in the United States (please click here for exceptions).  The hiring organization must be a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor.  PLACEMENTS WITH PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DO NOT QUALIFY.

EJA Fellowship recipients may receive additional grant money from other funding sources up to a maximum of $7,500 for the summer. If an EJA recipient receives additional funding from another source, EJA will reduce its grant accordingly.  However, so that as many students as possible can receive some funding, there may be situations where EJA will reduce its grant further so that a student’s total funding from all sources could fall below the $7,500 maximum. Under these circumstances, the EJA grant will remain large enough to ensure that the student receives a total of no less than $6,000 from all sources.

Students are encouraged to apply for Work-Study funding, if available at their school.  If a student with work-study funding receives an EJA Fellowship, Equal Justice America will pay the employer portion of the work-study grant.  This enables EJA to fund more fellowships.  Generally, students getting Work-Study receive a higher overall amount for the summer than EJA’s standard $4,000 grant.  If the Work-Study total is less than $4,000, Equal Justice America will make up the difference.  Students should note whether or not they are eligible for Work-Study in the cover letter of their application.

All applications must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2015.  Awards will be announced by email on or around April 24, 2015.  Please send your completed application to Equal Justice America at the address above.

For additional information, including how to apply and the FAQs, please visit the website.

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows.

TOPIC:

Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

ELIGIBILITY:

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-2015 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

FORMAT:

Essays must be typed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, double-spaced in 12-point font, and Times New Roman font type. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) total pages of text, including notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, including notes, or which are not in the required format will not be read. The winner may be required to abridge the winning article for publication in the NACTT Quarterly.

JUDGING:

The NACTT will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE:

Entries must be received by April 30, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of the NACTT. Entries may be submitted via email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format).

AWARD:

The author of the first-place essay will receive a $1000.00 cash prize. The winning essay will be published in the NACTT Quarterly – The Quarterly Journal of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. The winner will also receive free registration and a room for the NACTT annual seminar to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 1 – 4, 2015.

INTA’s Annual Meeting Scholarship Program

San Diego 137th Annual Meeting Scholarship Program – May 2–6, 2015. Join the International Trademark Association for the 137th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California–the trademark industry’s premier event of the year.

As a current INTA student member, you can attend the meeting for FREE if you are selected as an Annual Meeting scholarship recipient!

Five scholarships will be awarded and recipients will receive:

  • One FREE registration to the 137th Annual Meeting – this includes ALL sessions, networking events and receptions.
  • Up to $500 stipend for travel expenses related to the meeting. (The stipend will not be disbursed until the recipients have fulfilled all
  • required activities listed.)
  • The opportunity to meet and network with trademark practitioners from around the world!
  • The opportunity to build your resume.

Scholarship recipients are required to:

  • Attend in the Adjunct Professors Panel on Sunday, May 3
  • Attend Career Development Day at the Annual Meeting on Monday, May 4.
  • Assist INTA staff during the Annual Meeting (this may include proctoring courses, helping Annual Meeting speakers with PowerPoint presentations; or facilitating Speed Networking sessions).

If you’re interested in this opportunity, complete the attached application and submit an essay via email no later than March 23, 2015.

Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified in early April.

To learn more about INTA’s Annual Meeting and Career Development Day, visit the website.

To learn more about the scholarship program or INTA student membership, please do so via email.

Veterans’ Legal Career Fair – Recruiting Opportunity for Alumni

On May 1-2, 2015, a Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will take place in Washington, D.C. This is the first time a career fair is being held specifically for experienced lawyers who have served in the U.S. military and those who are transitioning out of military service, as well as lawyers who are military spouses.

 

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM Media; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this event. In 2005, Orrick founded the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair for diverse law students, a successful program that is now in its tenth year. We are excited to leverage that experience to produce a distinctive event geared toward more experienced attorneys who have served our nation in the Armed Forces in any capacity.

 

This event is aimed at matching licensed, practicing attorneys with prospective employers. This is a unique opportunity to interview one-on-one with top law firms, corporate in-house legal departments, governmental agencies and other private legal employers with a commitment to hiring lawyers who are veterans. Again, this career fair is for licensed attorneys only; it is not open to current law school students.

 

Please click here for more information and details on how to register.

 

2015 ABA-Travelers Summer Internship for Students with Disabilities

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with partner with the Travelers Indemnity Company to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2015 summer law intern program in Hartford, Connecticut offices. The internship will run from June 2 to August 15, 2015. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000.

Internship Description:

The intern will work directly with experienced lawyers, conducting research, drafting briefs and motions, and observing court proceedings. The goal of the program is to develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Be a law student with a disability;
  • Be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Be (or become) a member of the ABA; (Register here)
  • Be scheduled for graduation in spring 2017 (full-time students) or spring 2018 (part-time students);
  • Have successfully completed the first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);
  • Have excellent communication skills, leadership experience, and legal research experience;
  • Be proficient in Word and Excel; and
  • Have a valid/current driver’s license

The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest. Knowledge of PowerPoint and Access is preferred. Interns not local to Hartford, Connecticut will be responsible for their own housing and transportation.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, copy of your transcript for first semester grades, and list of three references to: Amy Allbright. Please write “ABA-Travelers Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received 5:00 p.m. EST on March 13, 2015. Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 23.

Learn more here.

76th Annual Oyster Roast – Volunteer Opportunity for Law Students

Join colleagues and friends for a pleasant evening under the oaks celebrating the 76th Anniversary of this signature event.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Grounds of Florin Roebig, P.A.
777 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor 

Rain or Shine / Valet Parking Only 

It started in 1939…in Judge Bird’s orange grove during the first full moon in February when the azaleas were in bloom. Florida hand-grenades, a bonfire, oysters and ham began the tradition which has continued for 76 years. It has been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. One thing about the Oyster Roast has never changed…the camaraderie and fellowship have never gone out of style!

If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and would like to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, the students at Miami University School of Law have been invited to participate in the 76th Annual Clearwater Bar Association’s Oyster Roast as a student volunteer.

The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process, “kick off their shoes,” and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. In addition to being a great time, it can be a unique opportunity for law students to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges.

This year, as they have in the past, they are inviting law students to attend for FREE (yes, free!) if they assist with the cleanup process. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, so if this is something that you are interested in participating in, please contact Cody Emerson as quickly as possible. The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please include the following in your email:

1. Name, address, and phone number;

2. Your law school;

3. Are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar Association? (We encourage all student-volunteers to sign up for the Clearwater Bar Association. There is not a membership fee for student-members and this is a great way to connect with the local legal community);

4. Are you available for cleanup on:

a. The night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:00-9:00 p.m.);

b. The morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 a.m.-Noon); or

c. Both?

Please only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend.

ATTORNEY ADVISOR POSITION AVAILABLE

The Administrative Conference of the United States is accepting applications from lawyers with at least two years of full-time, post-law school experience to serve as an attorney advisor at the Conference’s office in Washington, DC. Instructions on how to apply appear below under the heading “Applications.” The deadline for submission of applications is March 9, 2015.  

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:

The Conference is an executive branch agency whose principal mission is to recommend empirically based improvements to administrative procedure and related matters to the President, federal agencies, Congress, and the federal judiciary. The Conference also assists individual agencies in improving administrative programs, publishes sourcebooks of enormous value both to the government and public, and provides nonpartisan advice to other agencies and Congress. Most of the research for the Conference is conducted by distinguished academics in law and related disciplines. For additional information about the Conference, please visit the website. 

JOB DUTIES:

The attorney advisor will be responsible for researching and analyzing legal issues involving agency adjudication, rulemaking, collaborative governance, agency administration and management, judicial review of agency action, and related matters. Specific duties include: identifying appropriate subjects for reports and recommendations through extensive research and analysis; drafting research reports; working with outside consultants in preparing reports and recommendations; serving as staff counsel to one of the Conference’s committees; preparing workshops and similar events; presenting research findings to the Conference’s members; speaking at meetings of the Conference, professional associations, and law schools about the Conference’s work; and assisting with the implementation of the Conference’s recommendations. Opportunities may arise for the attorney advisor to submit his/her written work for publication. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

An applicant must hold a law degree from an accredited school, be a member in good standing of the bar in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, have worked for at least two years in full-time employment after graduating from law school, possess outstanding analytical and writing abilities, and work well in a collaborative environment. A background in administrative law or a related field is preferred.

COMPENSATION:

The attorney advisor will be compensated as a GS-13 (subject to consideration of relevant work experience and current pay). Information on compensation under the 2015 General Schedule (GS) can be found at the website of the Office of Personnel Management. 

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (preferably as a single PDF file) to Matthew Wiener, the Executive Director of the Conference no later than March 9, 2015. For questions about the submission of applications, please contact Charysse Hairston, Executive Assistant.

 

2015 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Purpose:

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

Overview:

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

Judges:

Prize:

Procedures:

The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31. You may view the website for any other details.