This Week at the CDO (Week of October 19, 2015)

Friday, October 23, 2015:

  • CDO OCI Employer Information Session – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Room F-209 – Workshop designed to provide an overview of the different types of judicial clerkships and the application processes. An employer participating in the Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) will be hosting an information session for interested students. For questions, please contact Diane Quick, Director of the CDO.

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a nine-month policymaking residency on Capitol Hill, starting January 2016. Fellows work directly for Members of Congress, Congressional Committees or Congressional Support Agencies to inform technology policymaking and create a community of technology leaders that understand the challenges of government.

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a project of TechCongress and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute and made possible in part by a philanthropic seed investment from entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman.

Application may be accessed hereDeadline – November 2, 2015.

Free Nationwide Webinar for Students Interested in Public Defender Careers

Students interested in careers as public defenders and in criminal defense generally can join a discussion about a new Student Section of the National Association for Public Defense, NAPD. Students are invited to join a free nationwide webinar at 4 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Central on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  The webinar can be accessed here.


The webinar will include a discussion of ways for students to upload their resumes to the NAPD website to apply for public defender positions.  For more information, contact Professor Steve Hanlon at Saint Louis University School of Law.


The Judge Advocate General’s School 2016 National Security Law Writing Competition -Deadline for Submissions: 15 April 2016

Overview: The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS), established in 1950 by Major General Reginald C. Harmon (the first Judge Advocate General of the Air Force), has a proud tradition of providing the highest quality education and training to legal professionals from all military services and government agencies. Through its various publications, AFJAGS serves as a clearinghouse for cutting-edge ideas on topics of interest to military law students, practitioners, academics, and the general public. In furtherance of its mission to provide the highest-quality education to meet Air Force and Department of Defense requirements, AFJAGS, in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its inaugural writing competition for practitioners, academics and policy-makers to provide unique perspectives and insights on matters of national security law.

Topic: Public-Private Partnerships & Technology in the Air Force: This year’s writing competition topic encourages scholarship on issues surrounding the implications of public-private partnerships and technology in the Air Force. Since its inception, the Air Force has been on the forefront in developing and incorporating cutting-edge technologies to enhance its mission effectiveness, from aircraft to spacecraft to capabilities in cyberspace. However, in an era of constrained resources, the Air Force has had to explore other avenues by which it can retain its technological superiority while also managing costs. One attractive methodology for accomplishing these goals is the public-private partnership, which brings public agencies and private entities together to combine resources to achieve common goals and objectives. In fact, the Air Force Future Operating Concept released in September 2015 contemplates that such partnerships with academic and commercial entities will be essential for the Air Force to operate effectively in the future. For purposes of this competition, authors should prepare works contemplating the domestic and international legalities of such partnerships in the acquisition and implementation of new technology within the Air Force, and the resulting implications for national security. Essentially, we encourage papers on any topic directly aimed at the intersection between such public-private partnerships and national security law.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all in possession of a law degree (JD, LLM, SJD, or equivalent) from an ABA accredited U.S. law school. Only original and previously unpublished papers are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are original work. Jointly authored papers are not eligible. Entrants can have others review and critique their work, but the submission must be the entrant’s own product. The name of the reviewing professor or lawyer must be noted on the entry. Members of the faculty of AFJAGS shall not participate in the contest or review any entry on behalf of an entrant. Only one paper may be submitted per entrant.

Format: Entries may not exceed 25 pages, including title page, citations, and footnotes. Entries over 25 pages will be rejected. The text of the entry must be double-spaced, with twelve-point Times New Roman font for body text, ten-point Times New Roman font for citation text, and one-inch margins. Sources must be cited in footnotes according to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, conforming to the style found within the pages of The Air Force Law Review. Entrants are encouraged to review past issues of The Air Force Law Review.

Entry Procedure: Each submission must include a separate cover page with the entrant’s name, mailing and e-mail addresses, and phone number. The entrant’s name and other identifying markings must not appear on any other page of the submitted entry. Submissions must be sent via email as a Microsoft Word attachment.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 1630 Central Time on 15 April 2016. Winners will be selected and notified by 30 June 2016.

Judging: A distinguished panel of experts will select the winning entries from among those submitted. Judges will evaluate works submitted using standards of quality applicable to traditional academic writing, with emphasis on the following:

  • Originality – Does the work break new ground and advance the body of thought on law and policy in the national security arena?
  • Organization – Does the work clearly define a problem and present a solution within a logical contextual framework?
  • Persuasiveness – Does the work put forth a cohesive argument that is well-supported by reference to authoritative sources?
  • Mechanics – Does the work meet high standards of quality in spelling, grammar, and citation format?

Prize: The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation Inc. In addition, the winning entry will be published in The Air Force Law Review. The author of the second-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation Inc. The second-place entry will also be published in The Air Force Law Review. Other authors will receive no prize money, but will have their works considered for publication. Although AFJAGS reserves first publication rights for all works submitted in the competition, authors of works not selected for first or second-place prizes will receive notice no later than 31 July 2016 of AFJAGS’ intent with respect to publication of their work. Authors whose works are not selected for publication at that time will be permitted to seek publication elsewhere. AFJAGS reserves the right to make no award in the event that the submitted articles do not meet minimum requirements and standards as determined by AFJAGS.

Republishing Rights: Authors of works selected for publication grant AFJAGS the right to re-publish their articles for two years following the date that AFJAGS provides notice of its intent to publish the author’s work. AFJAGS reserves the right to publish articles in an electronic or hard-copy format and to disseminate them as judged appropriate. Upon the expiration of this right, AFJAGS will seek permission from the author to re-publish the article.

Apply for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship – Due October 22, 2015

Apply today for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Award!

This scholarship will be presented at the 33rd Annual Judicial Reception held on December 2, 2015.

For the Application Form, please click here.


The American Bankruptcy Institute is Pleased to Announce the Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition!

The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. The competition allows law students to submit papers for the chance to be published in ABI’s monthly magazine, the ABI Journal (read by more than 13,000 professionals monthly) or one of ABI’s committee newsletters, in addition to $4,000 in cash prizes. This year, we will provide one-year ABI memberships to all students who participate.

The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. Previous winning topics include voting rights in inter-creditor agreements, the vacant class of creditors, and loss mitigation in bankruptcy.

Papers are being accepted now through March 1, 2016. Further details about the competition, including previous winners and participating schools, can be found online.

In addition to this annual competition, the ABI is a valuable year-round resource for bankruptcy research and information for hundreds of bankruptcy professors and their students. Membership is only $95/year ($20 for students). If you would like to learn more about ABI and the value of membership, please visit the homepage.


Tampa Hispanic Bar Association – Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarship

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA) seeks to promote the exchange of information and ideas related to the practice of law in order to enhance its members’ knowledge and skills. THBA also strives to provide resources and enhanced opportunities for the education of future attorneys of Hispanic origin or descent while promoting the improvement of Florida’s legal system. These efforts ultimately promote the organization’s important goals of improving the administration of justice and increasing the quantity and quality of the legal services rendered to members of the Hispanic community. As such, the THBA will award two law students a $1,000 scholarship with the expectation that they will further the goals of our organization throughout their legal career.

The following are the eligibility requirements for the THBA Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarships:

• Applicant must be a law student of Hispanic origin from the Tampa Bay area; and

• Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school in the State of Florida; and

• Applicant must have a minimum law school GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent); and

• Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself academically; or

  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself in service-oriented activities that benefit the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area; or

• Applicant must have a demonstrable interest in serving the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area upon graduation and/or during law school.

To apply, please submit a current resume, a copy of a current law school transcript, and an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses in detail why you are qualified for this scholarship along with any other information you wish to share with the scholarship committee on why you are deserving of this award.

Please submit these items to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Scholarship Committee via email by 12:00 p.m. on November 4, 2015. The recipient will be notified by November 11th.

The Mark T. Banner Scholarship 2015 -2016

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility.  Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2016 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Financial Award.  The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.

For additional details, including how to apply, selection criteria and for the application form, please visit the website.


Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) invites applications from first and second year law students for the Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program beginning in May 2016.  In New Jersey, this has long been the premier opportunity for students committed to or considering public interest and poverty law to learn about the challenges and rewards involved.


The application form and brochure describing the program may be viewed and downloaded from LSNJ’s website.  You can also stop by the CDO and/or ask your CDO advisor. It is expected that there will be approximately 8 positions available at locations statewide.  Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis. 



The 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project

Join Colleagues at the 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project on Thursday, November 5, from 6 – 8 pm at Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32 Street, Wynwood, Miami, FL.

With 300+ guests including judges, intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers and others in the legal and business communities, this event offers outstanding networking and sponsorships opportunities for businesses and organizations to gain access to an elite group of attorneys in the field of intellectual property law as well as other professionals. 100% of proceeds will support an attorney position at Dade Legal Aid.

Free parking. Purchase tickets here.