Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Description of the Fellowship: 

The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term.  Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients.  The fellowship experience is designed particularly to develop the fellow’s skills as a clinical instructor and to introduce fellows to a career in clinical law teaching.  Throughout the fellowship, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through an Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy seminar, taught by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses.  Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience.  Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to commencing the fellowship.  Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer. 

Description of the Clinic:

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court.  The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation.  Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation.  Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship.  For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner.  The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity.

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation.  In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations.  In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

Application Process:

Please complete an application and submit it to both the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program.  Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on the application.

Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2013.  Those selected to interview will be interviewed in December or January, with selection following shortly thereafter.  Start date is in early July, 2014, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June, 2016.


This Week at the CDO (Week of October 21, 2013)

Friday, October 25: 

  • Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference, Washington, D.C. – Open to rising 2Ls,  3Ls and alumni and includes over 200 public interest employers. For more information, please contact Sajani Desai at the CDO or please ask your CDO advisor. 

Saturday, October 26: 

  • Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference, Washington, D.C. – Open to rising 2Ls,  3Ls and alumni and includes over 200 public interest employers. For more information, please contact Sajani Desai at the CDO or please ask your CDO advisor. 

FREE: The Nuts and Bolts of Opening Your Own Law Firm: From Renting Space to Storage in the Cloud

FREE: The Nuts and Bolts of Opening Your Own Law Firm: From Renting Space to Storage in the Cloud

November 7, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
701 Brickell Avenue Conference Center
701 Brickell Avenue
Conference Center – 1st floor/lobby
Miami, FL 33131

This event will consist of a panel of experts in their field aimed at teaching attendees about issues they need to consider when starting their own law firm or partnering with other attorneys to form a law firm.  Attendees will learn about office leasing and sharing office space, social media and marketing, accounting and law firm trust accounts, storage in the cloud/security, and from an attorney who has her own firm and has to deal with these issues and others.

Fifty (50) minutes of instruction for a total of one (1) CLE credit is being requested for this program.

Lunch will be provided and the event is free of charge.


Lisa Lehner – Introductions/Moderator – Lisa Lehner, P.A.

Sharon Ellis – Office Leasing and Sharing Office Space – Rise Realty

Katie Phang – Experienced Attorney with her own Firm – Arrastia, Capote, & Phang, LLP

Lisa Jerles – Social Media and Marketing – LJJ Consulting, Inc.

Maria Yip – Accounting and Trust Accounts – Yip Associates

Darriel Prestegaard – Storage in the Cloud, Security  - Waypoint Solutions Group


The 2014 Palm Beach County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program Application is Now Available

The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Internship Program was formed in 2010 to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in legal work environments. Law firms of many different practice areas and those classified as large, medium and small have participated in the program.  The program has also included opportunities for governmental and public interest employment and resulted in some of the law clerks being offered opportunities for future, permanent employment.  However, future, permanent positions are not promised.

Students that are interested should contact their CDO advisor for applications and other details on participating in the program. Additional details, as well as the application form, are all also available on the website.

The following should be attached to your application: 1) current resume; 2) legal writing sample, 15 pages or less; 3) transcript; and 4) a brief statement, 400 words or less, explaining what makes you a diverse intern. Send the completed application and all attachments to Chioma Deere.

Application deadline: January 17, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.

The ACLU Seeks Staff Attorney for its Tampa, Florida Office

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU-FL) invites applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney in its Mid-Florida Regional Office, based in Tampa, FL.


The ACLU-FL, the state’s largest legal and public advocacy organization, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, and communications to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights.

The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU which implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of four offices in Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville, the Florida affiliate has a $3.5 million operating budget and 30 staff positions, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.

The ACLU-FL litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies. The staff attorney, who will be based in the ACLU’s Mid-Florida Regional Office in Tampa, will be primarily responsible for developing new cases and litigation strategies in the region, and must be able to work both independently and as part of a statewide litigation team. In addition, a part of the attorney’s time may also be devoted to public policy advocacy and to supporting the programmatic work of the Regional Office.


  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts, particularly in the Mid-Florida region. This includes working and co-counseling with cooperating attorneys; conducting extensive research and factual investigations; writing motions, briefs, and other court filings; court appearances; and oral arguments.
  • Identify and develop new cases and new litigation strategies in the ACLU-FL’s programmatic priority areas.
  • Supervise student interns and legal fellows.
  • Support and promote the work of the Mid-Florida Regional Office on ACLU priority civil rights/civil liberties issues.
  • Participate where appropriate on relevant task forces and coalitions.
  • Work closely with the ACLU-FL’s Public Policy and Communications departments in helping to advance the ACLU’s public policy objectives.
  • Assist in developing and writing advocacy materials, including blog and media materials.
  • Engage in public speaking and articulate ACLU policies and programs to the public and the media on a broad range of issues.

For experience, qualifications, compensation, how to apply and additional details, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#11974.






The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students – Deadline is January 6, 2014

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.

Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic credit;
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP Law
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP Law;
  • Written and oral communication skills; and
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement.

Applications will be accepted September 23, 2013 through January 6, 2014. Awards will be announced in April 2014.

For the application and complete details and information about how to apply, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

GRAMMY Foundation Launches 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. A substantial cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon on Jan. 24.

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. To encourage applications, the GRAMMY Foundation hosts ELI Writing Competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays.

The winning student authors will present their essays at the ELI Luncheon. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Clive Davis, Daniel Ek, Timothy J. Leiweke, among others.

Competition submissions must be postmarked by January 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST. Winners will be announced January 17th. For complete contest rules, visit the Grammy Foundation website.

The ABA is Launching Career Advice LIVE!

The ABA is launching Career Advice Live!, a FREE monthly webinar series offering practical tips on career-related topics.  The inaugural program, Tailor Your Career to Fit Your Strengths, will take place on Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. EST and is free for ABA members.  Register today and learn more about the series here.

ABA Career Advice LIVE! offers practical tips on selected topics — some for seasoned lawyers and others for new lawyers or law students. Experienced career counselor Kathy Morris, an author and speaker at attorney career programs nationwide, will host the 45-minute webinar at 1 p.m. ET on the second Friday of each month.

Read more about upcoming programs on the website.


Join Dade Legal Aid at the Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project – an innovative competition to benefit Dade Legal Aid.

This event takes place on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue.

The event is a benefit for Dade Legal Aid, which provides a safety net of legal services to foster youth, victims of violence and other disenfranchised individuals and families in our community.

Suggested minimum donation $20.00.


The South Florida Intellectual Property Community and Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee also invite you to become a sponsor of the Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project. With an anticipated attendance of approximately 300 guests, including  intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers, judges and others in the legal community, this fundraiser event offers outstanding corporate sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations interested in reaching the South Florida market.  As a corporate sponsor, you gain access to an elite group of attorneys in the field of intellectual property law as well as other professionals.  Proceeds will help Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back continue to provide a safety net of free civil legal services to abused and neglected children, families, foster youth, victims of domestic violence and human sex trafficking, disenfranchised individuals and not-for-profits.

Visit the website to RSVP and become a sponsor.

For additional information please contact: Chair, Jaime Rich Vining, Esq. or Vice Chair,  Jason LaCosse, Esq.


Quarles & Brady Seeks Health Law Associate for its Phoenix Office

Quarles & Brady LLP seeks an entry or junior level associate (0-3 years of experience) to join their growing, dynamic national health care practice as a health law attorney in the Phoenix office.  The candidate must have a very strong academic record, paired with the skills, enthusiasm and commitment to become a partner at this firm.

The associate will be advising pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, hospitals, physicians, health systems and other health care providers or payors on federal and state law regulatory issues, risk management issues and other legal and business matters affecting the health care industry.

Qualified applicants should submit your cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a writing sample online here.

For details, click here.