The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. James Lynch, a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, has graciously endowed this writing competition to honor Paul Faherty, former director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits.

Topic:

The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing:

  • a public policy issue,
  • a critique of a leading case or doctrine,
  • a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or
  • a comment on a common law doctrine.

Eligibility:

Any currently enrolled law school student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States may enter.

Prizes:

A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner’s paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center’s TaxEB InBrief magazine.

Rules:

The paper must be the applicant’s original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

Specifications:

  • All papers are to be submitted electronically by email. Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  • Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5”x11” paper with one-inch margins.
  • Papers are to be formatted with endnotes; papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Entries should be between 25–30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

Submissions All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Papers submitted after this time and date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number, along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 16, 2015)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 

  • Flying Solo – Make it Your Own Law Firm 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F – 309 – Spencer Aronfeld, Esq. will take you through the steps of building a successful law firm. Mr. Aronfeld is a graduate of UM Law.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Seeks Lecturers

The University of Florida Levin College of Law seeks applicants for a Lecturer position to teach courses in which the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, and mediation advocacy are taught.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts. Applications must be submitted onlinerequisition number 0907671.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.

 

The University of Florida Levin College of Law also seeks applicants for a Lecturer position in the Legal Drafting Program.  The Legal Drafting course is a required course at the College of Law.  It is taught to second year law students and focuses on the drafting of litigation documents, contracts and legislation.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts.  Applications must be submitted online, requisition number 0907670.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.

 

 

Save the Date for the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference

SAVE THE DATE

HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference

March 18-21, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

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Interviews for Walmart compliance positions will take place during the 2015 HNBA Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Please read full job descriptions here.   If interested, return your resume and cover letter (include “Walmart Compliance” on the subject line).   The deadline is Friday March 13, 2015

2015 Alford Excellence Award

On May 21, 2015, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2015 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future attorneys who will sit for the July 2015 Delaware Bar Examination.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To be considered for the Alford Excellence Award, applicants must submit all application materials by April 30, 2015. Application materials include: (1) the 2015 Alford Excellence Award Application and (2) a personal essay (1000 word limit).

Part I

2015 Alford Excellence Award Application: The Alford Excellence Award will be awarded to at least three applicants with superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, a commitment to community service, and who intend to actively practice law in the State of Delaware.

Part II

Personal Essay: Each applicant must complete a persuasive essay, which highlights his/her demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to community service, personal barriers, which have been overcome and/or provides examples of academic achievements, awards and certificates, personal qualities and character. In addition, applicants should address why they desire to actively practice law in Delaware.

All application materials should be submitted via email by April 30, 2014 to:
 
The Alford Excellence Award Selection Committee
Attn: Mrs. Tamika A. Crawl-Bey, MBA, JD
Vice-Chair, Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section

Each applicant must complete all the requested information in the Application and include copies of a transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and a resume. Applicants may also include copies of other relevant documents, such as awards, recognition certificates, etc.

A Boston University School of Law Student Seeks to Sublet Apartment in Miami Area For Summer 2015

A Boston University School of Law student who is interning in Miami this summer seeks to sublet an apartment for 10 weeks, approximately from May 20th through July 31st.  The student will be interning around the area of Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 28th Street. If interested in learning more, please email the CDO to be put in touch with the student looking to sublet.

 

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City of New York CONSUMER AFFAIRS Seeks Legal Director

Job Description:

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) empowers consumers and businesses to ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace. DCA licenses and regulates over 80,000 businesses in 55 different industries, and enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws in New York City. The agency educates the public and businesses through outreach and partnerships with stakeholders throughout the City. DCA performs onsite inspections of businesses to ensure compliance with license regulations, weights and measures regulations, and the New York City Consumer Protection Law. Effective April 1, 2014, under New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act, most employers in New York City will be required to give their employees sick leave. DCA is charged with enforcement of this law.

DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) assists low-income and immigrant New Yorkers to build assets and make the most of their financial resources by providing free financial counseling at more than 30 Financial Empowerment Centers, access to mainstream banking, and encouraging Earned Income Tax Credit utilization.

The Paid Sick Leave Division (Division) is tasked with implementing and enforcing New York City’s groundbreaking Earned Sick Leave law which is intended to allow employees to take leave to take care of themselves and family members, making New York City a healthier and more productive City. The Paid Sick Leave Division educates employees and employers about the law; works with stakeholders throughout the City to ensure compliance; investigates and mediates complaints filed by employees; prosecutes businesses that do not comply with the law in an administrative tribunal and enters into robust Consent Orders in lieu of hearings. The Division serves as a resource for businesses that need information or assistance in order to comply and for workers who want to better understand their rights.

DCA seeks an experienced attorney and manager to serve as the Legal Director of the Paid Sick Leave Division. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Division, and working closely with DCA’s General Counsel’s office, the Legal Director supports the Executive Director in supervising attorney and non-attorney staff and managing the division’s legal and investigation operations. The Legal Director will also handle litigation and will be responsible for ensuring professional development of legal and investigation staff.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished civil litigator, preferably with significant labor and employment law experience. Candidates must have significant experience as a manager and supervisor. The volume of work requires an attorney who thrives in a fast-paced environment, is adept at multi-tasking and is able to effectively and independently organize, review, lead, supervise and coordinate the candidate’s own work and the work of others. The Legal Director’s portfolio will include responsibility for developing and reviewing protocols and systems for case documentation and tracking; standardizing litigation and investigative resources that can be adapted for cases, as needed and ensuring efficiency, productivity and quality work product of attorney and non-attorney staff. The Legal Director is also expected to have an appreciation of and eagerness to use technology as a management tool. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. The ideal candidate has demonstrable experience analyzing and applying complex statutes.

The Legal Director will assist the Executive Director in providing leadership in the area of prosecution and investigations with the expectation of considerable independent action and decision making. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the legal and investigations function for the Paid Sick Leave Division;
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures for conduct of effective and efficient investigations;
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures for the fair and timely resolution of investigations, which may include prosecution;
  • Supervising and providing guidance to attorneys, investigators, experts and consultants to ensure that their work conforms to established standards and procedures and is completed in a timely manner;
  • Conducting or second seating hearings in high priority, sensitive or complex cases;
  • Conducting and overseeing investigations in high priority, sensitive or complex cases;
  • Drafting, reviewing and editing Notices of Hearing, subpoenas and Consent Orders;
  • Preparing periodic reports of the status and results of investigations and/or programs;
  • Ensuring that attorneys and investigators within the Division maintain their professional competence through appropriate training and development programs;
  • Identifying and engaging experts, consultants and temporary staff to complement the investigations and legal staff when additional resources are required to support investigations and/or prosecutions;
  • Providing legal support to the Executive Director and senior management of the Agency regarding legislation and rulemaking.
  • Providing legal support, as needed, in other labor related work for which the Department is responsible, including Living Wage and Transit Benefits.

Qualification Requirements:

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four (4) years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work. Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

PLEASE NOTE: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

Preferred Skills:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience Litigation, and specifically prosecution, experience
  • Labor law experience
  • Investigative experience
  • Managerial or significant supervisory experience beyond supervising interns or junior associates as an associate in a law firm.
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Comfort with data driven analysis and strategic planning
  • Experience leading and working in highly effective teams
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Superior ability to plan effective strategies, to establish realistic objectives, maintain momentum, and evaluate progress
  • Experience in using computer applications as reporting and management tool
  • Multilingual a plus
  • Positive attitude and openness to different perspectives
  • Thriving in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment
  • Flexibility in hours
  • References that can confirm legal, communication and managerial skills
  • Two writing samples: one that demonstrates analysis and original research; and one that demonstrates supervisory writing that instructs or provides feedback
  • Legal and investigative supervisory experience should be specifically described in cover letter

To Apply For Non-City/External Candidates: Visit the External Applicant NYC Careers site and search by Job ID number. For Current City Employees: Visit Employee Self Service (ESS) to view and click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search by Job ID number.

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR COVER LETTER HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS POSITION. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. NO PHONE CALLS, FAXES, E-MAILS OR PERSONAL INQUIRIES PERMITTED.

NOTE: ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED.

Post Date: 03/04/2015. Open Until Filled.

LEE COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS 2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM – Application Deadline April 20, 2015

LCAWL is pleased to offer a scholarship to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice. Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL):  LCAWL is the local chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL was established in 1951 to serve as a statewide voice for Florida’s women lawyers and to actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large.   Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarships Purpose  LCAWL will offer a scholarship(s) to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice.  

Award 

Law School: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal; and/or 

Undergraduate: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her undergraduate registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal. 

The Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida.  

Eligibility:  

LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to entering 1Ls, rising 2Ls, or rising 3Ls who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL; or 

LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to undergraduate students with a pre-law or equivalent major who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL.  

Each applicant shall be required to: (i) submit a five hundred word essay describing why she is applying for the scholarship, any extraordinary circumstances that she has overcome and how she intends to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice during her career; (ii) have either a: (a) member of LCAWL; (b) community leader; or (c) instructor, sponsor her application with a written statement of support; (iii) most recent academic transcript; and (iv) submit a completed application, (together the “Application”).  

Application Submission: The Application should be mailed to LCAWL Scholarship Chair, c/o Kelly L. Fayer, Esquire, 12601 World Plaza Lane, Suite 2, Fort Myers, FL33907, and must be received by the LCAWL Board of Directors by April 20, 2015. Extensions will not be granted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be mailed with the application, if possible, but, in any case, must be received prior to the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of April and will be recognized at the LCAWL Annual Judicial Reception, April 30, 2015.

 

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2014 – 2015 Law Student Writing Competition

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces its 2014-2015 Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to promote interest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its distinctive role in American jurisprudence, and to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within its jurisdiction.

The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. The current court was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982. Its predecessor, the United States Claims Court, was created in 1855 when Congress established a court to hear private suits against the sovereign. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States.

The cases before the Court are diverse. They include (but are not limited to) disputes concerning tax refunds, contracts with the government, Fifth Amendment takings (which frequently raise environmental and natural resource issues), federal civilian and military pay, intellectual property (including use by the government or its contractors of technology protected by patents or copyrights), Native American rights, federal procurement “bid protests,” and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest appear below.

COMPETITION RULES 

Eligibility: Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at or graduated from an ABA accredited law school during the 2014-2015 academic year may enter the competition. Students are permitted to use as their entries (i) papers that they prepared specifically for the competition, or (ii) papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2014-2015 academic year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 11:59PM EASTERN ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015. 

Prize(s): One cash prize of TWO Thousand Dollars ($2,000) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges, in their discretion, to be the best. The winner will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on the website of the Association. In addition, the Association may support other publication opportunities. Winning articles from prior years have been published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and in the ULCA Law Review Discourses Journal.

The winner will be announced as soon as determined, but no later than October 2015. 

Submissions:

1. Submission of a paper in accord with these rules constitutes registration. Pre-registration is not necessary.

2. All papers should be prepared during the 2014-15 academic year. Papers shall be the sole work product of the student. Normal comment and guidance by law school faculty is

3. Papers must address a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

4. Papers will be judged by selected members of the CFCBA. The papers will be judged generally on their substance, clarity, timeliness, and quality of argument. However, details of form will not be ignored.

5. Papers will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name and school should not appear on the paper. (See instructions below.) Students shall inform the CFCBA of any change in contact information prior to the announcement of a winner. Only one entry per student is allowed.

6. Papers should be approximately 20-30 pages in length, including footnotes, and may not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must be typed in 12 point typeface (both text and footnotes), double-spaced, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Footnotes may be single spaced. All citations and footnotes should be in accord with the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

7. Submissions must be submitted via email to the CFCBA no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern, July, 17, 2015. Questions should be directed to the same.

Instructions for making a submission: 

a. Address the subject line of the email as “2014-15 Law Student Writing Competition.”

b. Attach the email as a PDF document.

c. Do not include your name or the name of your law school within the paper. However, within your email include:

i. Your name;

ii. Your contact information, including your email address, mailing address, and telephone number;

iii. Your year in law school;

iv. Certification that you are a student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending;

v. Explanation of when and why you prepared the submission;

vi. Permission for the CFCBA and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to publish

the paper on their websites and for the CFCBA to circulate the paper to its members.

d. Each submission should include a title, which shall appear on the first page of the submission. No separate title page should be sent.

8. The CFCBA reserves the right to screen entries and to limit the number of papers submitted to the judges for final decision. The CFCBA will confirm receipt of submissions within 10 business days.

9. Submissions will not be returned to authors. Submission of a paper grants the CFCBA the  right to publish the paper on its website and in its newsletter. Previously published papers will not be accepted. Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification. Receipt of a CFCBA award and publication by the CFCBA on its website and in its newsletter does not preclude later publication elsewhere.

10. The CFCBA reserves the right to award no prize in the event the CFCBA does not receive an entry that, in the judgment of the CFCBA, merits an award.

Fair Food Standards Council Seeks Human Rights Attorney

Job description:

About FFSC: The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farm workers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

To learn more, please see the FFSC’s annual report or the New York Times’ 2014 article on the Fair Food Program.

About the Position: Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farm worker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
  • Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
  • Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and “do what is necessary”;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
  • Discipline and initiative; and
  • Valid drivers’ license.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.

To Apply: Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.