The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program – Deadline is September 27, 2013!

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of six second-year law students. Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

  • Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 27, 2013. Recipients will be announced in early 2014.

This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Subcommittee, enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Applications can be accessed here.

 

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP is Seeking Litigation Associate for its Los Angeles Office

Great opportunity!  Dynamic and rapidly growing prominent AV-rated litigation defense law firm of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP seeks energetic and career motivated associate with 3+ years experience. The ideal candidate is highly organized, efficient, hardworking and experienced in discovery, law and motion practice.

You will have significant case responsibility.  You will be exposed to many depositions, client marketing opportunities and a wide variety of exciting cases in the areas of premises liability and products liability.

For information on how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID #11744.

For more information concerning Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, visit the firm’s website.

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP is Seeking Associate for its Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Department

Great opportunity! Dynamic and rapidly growing prominent AV-rated firm of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP is seeking a 3 plus year associate for its Los Angeles office in its Workers’ Compensation Defense department. Case handling, deposition and trial experience are all a plus.

For information on how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID #11745.

For more information concerning Mam1ing & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, visit the firm’s website.

 

The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, DC Seeks Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist

The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, DC seeks applicants for a full-time Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist.

The Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist will be part of an interdisciplinary team of lobbyists who will integrate and capitalize on the expertise of other national staff focused on litigation, communication, advocacy, and alliance and coalition building.  The Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist will work under the supervision of the WLO Chief of Staff.  The primary focus of the position will be on a designated portfolio of issues, which may change from time to time depending on organizational priorities.  The portfolio may include issues related to racial justice, disability rights, voting rights, and/or human rights.  The Counsel will be knowledgeable about a wide range of civil liberties issues, and will also be responsible for responding to emerging priorities as identified by the office.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees.
  • Research and draft legislative memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting civil liberties.
  • Lobby members of Congress, their staff and administration officials to support ACLU positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives.
  • Coordinate and conduct in-depth civil liberties briefings for Congressional and Executive Branch staff.
  • Participate as the ACLU representative in meetings of ad hoc lobbying and policy coalitions.
  • Work with national and local media to brief them on legislative and executive branch priorities.
  • Collaborate with other ACLU national and affiliate staff and representatives of coalition allies.
  • Organize, lead, and work with outside groups to bolster support for ACLU policy goals or to minimize opposition to those goals.
  • Coordinate efforts across the organization including legal staff, communications staff, state strategists, and affiliates around the country to keep them abreast of and enlist their support for ACLU lobbying work on the relevant portfolio of issues.
  • Supervise an administrative staff person, ACLU volunteers and interns.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • J.D. degree, other advanced degree, or equivalent legislative experience is required.
  • Three (3) or more years of combined experience working on legislative and policy matters.
  • Experience in racial justice, disability rights, voting rights, and/or human rights is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team.
  • An understanding of issues relating to law, public policy and the strategies and tools needed to achieve policy change using federal legislative, administrative, and regulatory processes.
  • A capacity to organize, lead and work with coalitions to achieve lobbying goals.
  • Litigation or lobbying experience involving civil liberties or related public interest issues is a plus.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.

COMPENSATION:

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

For how to apply, visit Symplicity Posting ID #11740.

 

FAWL The Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers Presents: Speed Mentoring

 FAWL 

The Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers Presents… 

SPEED MENTORING

WHO: All students (male and female) interested in participating in a mentoring program. The program provides students with an opportunity to form a mutually beneficial relationship with an attorney or judge in the community in an effort to foster professional growth, career development and personal fulfillment. 

WHAT: The mentoring program pairs practicing attorneys and judges in the South Florida legal community with law students. The mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, e-mail or telephone as frequently as desired to establish a meaningful mentoring relationship designed to assist the students in developing their legal careers. The program is intended to provide mentoring to the students for one school year, although many past mentees have maintained an ongoing relationship with their mentors. 

HOW: The mentors and mentees will be paired based on areas of practice, interests, schedules and preference after the initial event. Modeled after “Speed Dating,” at the initial event, the prospective mentees will be given five minutes to speak with each of the prospective mentors. Then, both the attorneys and the students will anonymously make their top three picks and the FAWL Mentoring Committee will make the mentor pairings. 

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Miami Center (Attached to the InterContinental, Hotel), 201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3200, Miami, FL 33131.

QUESTIONS?: Please contact Lauren Brunswick.

***Kindly R.S.V.P by Monday, November 4, 2013 to Lauren Brunswick.***

Drinks and appetizers will be served.

 

 

“Save the Date” for the Law Library Annual Fundraiser

“Save the Date”

Miami Dade County Law Library Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, October 17, 2013

“Celebrating the Fabulous 50′s.” Details to follow.

Silent auction donations (gift cards, crafts, gift baskets, etc.) are greatly appreciated.

Contact Miami Lakes Bar Association (MLBA) President, Ameli Padron Fragetta, or the Law Library at 305-349-7548 for more information about the event and donations.

FLORIDA NELA ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIP

The Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“FL NELA”) is seeking up to three (3) Summer Advocacy Fellows for Summer 2014.

FL NELA’s mission is to advance employee rights and serve lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the workplace. FL NELA is part of the country’s largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, employee benefits, illegal workplace harassment and retaliation, as well as other employment related matters. FL NELA pursues its mission through education, amicus curie briefs, technical support, and other activities.

Description of Position: 

The Summer Advocacy Fellow will be based in a FL NELA member’s firm located in either the Middle District, Northern District, or Southern District of Florida, and will report to and be under the general supervision of that firm’s managing partner. The Fellow will use his/her independent judgment, initiative and creativity in managing and prioritizing his/her workload. 

Qualifications: 

Applicants should have completed at least one year of law school. They should possess excellent research and writing skills and have a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights or civil rights. Experience or course work in employment law is preferred. Preference will be given to first time recipients, and applicants who complete their own applications for consideration for the fellowship. FL NELA is unable to accommodate requests to use the fellowship for academic credits.

Start Date for the fellowship: Flexible. Starting around May 28, 2014. 

End Date: Flexible. Minimum ten (10) weeks required. 

The deadline for applications is January 13, 2014.

For additional details such as pay and application instructions, ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

 

 

 

The Center for Constitutional Rights Seeks a Full-Time Program Manager

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

CCR seeks a full-time Program Manager to be responsible for designing and implementing curriculum and programming related to its newly-created Social Justice Institute (SJI), made possible by the generous funding of the Bertha Foundation. The Manager must be extremely organized and detail-oriented, able to efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities, work well in a team, and demonstrate a commitment to human rights/social justice work.

Since 1987, CCR has trained the next generation of “people’s lawyers” through a variety of internships and fellowships, including its renowned Ella Baker Summer Fellowship Program. In 2012, CCR launched the Social Justice Institute to expand the legacy of the Ella Baker Program and to deepen the Center’s work in training the next generation of movement lawyers. This position offers a talented individual the opportunity to develop, alongside the SJI Director, domestic and international programming for law students and lawyers including writing curriculums, designing national and regional trainings/conferences, coordinating a national mentorship/coaching program, organizing CLE’s and facilitating alumni convenings amongst other programs.

In addition to curriculum and program development, the SJI Program Manager will also work with the SJI Program Director and Program Associate to oversee logistics of several SJI events, including CLEs, workshops and conferences.

The application deadline is September 17, 2013.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and strong consideration will be given to early applicants. No phone calls please.

For additional information about how to apply, qualifications and responsibilities, please visit Symplicity Posting I.D. #11712 or the CCR website.

 

The Tahirih Justice Center Seeks Director of Public Policy

The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is a national non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence, elevating their voices in communities, courts and Congress. Through pro bono holistic legal services and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih empowers and supports women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, “honor” crimes and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity. Winner of the 2010 Meyer Exponent Award which recognizes outstanding nonprofit executive directors and the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, Tahirih has a staff of over 40 with offices in Falls Church, VA; Houston, TX; and Baltimore, MD.

Position Summary:

Tahirih is seeking a dynamic Director of Public Policy to spearhead Tahirih’s national advocacy initiatives, forging and mobilizing diverse coalitions and engaging bipartisan allies to press for laws, regulations, policies and precedent that better protect immigrant women and girls from violence.

The Director will lead Tahirih’s efforts to bring about lasting, systemic change and to secure stronger protections and supports for immigrant survivors, including under U.S. asylum laws, the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Director will also drive the development of legislative and policy proposals emerging from Tahirih’s groundbreaking national campaigns, such as the Forced Marriage Initiative and the Campaign to End Abuse and Exploitation through International Marriage Brokers.

The Director will also promote other U.S. legislation to prevent and address violence against women and girls worldwide. The Director will serve as Tahirih’s primary spokesperson on policy issues to Tahirih supporters, advocates and colleague organizations, legislators and policymakers and the media. The Director will also work closely with Tahirih’s communications staff to enhance public understanding and to ensure that stakeholders are informed and invested in advocacy to protect and empower immigrant women and girls.

Based in Tahirih’s national headquarters office in Falls Church, VA, the Director of Public Policy will report to the Executive Director and manage a small but growing policy team.

Please note: Candidates applying must have work authorization in the United States.

For additional information about required and preferred qualifications, responsibilities, how to apply, etc., please visit the website.

Professor Michael Froomkin Seeks ‘We Robot’ Conference Researcher/Organizer

Professor Froomkin is seeking one or more University of Miami School of Law students to do projects connected with “We Robot 2014″ a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be held at the law school on April 4 & 5, 2014.  There is intellectual work to be done to set up the event, notably writing online summaries of all the accepted papers. There are also some administrative duties involved.

The job mostly involves a smaller amount of work now and a somewhat larger amount of work in the weeks leading up to the event.  You would also be asked to attend and assist with the conference, for example, liaising with speakers and summarizing events online, on Twitter and other media.

This is a paid position. If you are interested, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID #11646 for application instructions and additional details.