HUMAN RIGHTS IN AGRICULTURE – THE MISSION OF THE FAIR FOOD STANDARDS COUNCIL

The CDO invites you to join Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, to learn about the advancement of human rights of farm workers and the long-term interests of growers.

When:                   Thursday, March 6, 12:30 p.m.

Where:                 Room A-110

Pizza will be served. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about the work of the Fair Food Standards Council, visit the website.

Join Spencer Aronfeld on How to Develop a Successful Solo Law Practice

Make It Your Own Law Firm – The Ultimate Law Student’s Guide to Owning, Managing and Marketing Your Own Successful Law Firm 

The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), a successful alumnus and one of our most dynamic speakers, as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice.

When:                 Monday, March 3, 12:30pm

Where:               Room F-200  

Pizza will be served. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about Spencer and his law practice in Coral Gables, click here.

 

The Touro Law Center Clinical Program is Hiring Two Full-Time Staff Attorneys

The Touro Law Center Clinical Program is hiring two full-time Staff Attorneys.  These attorneys will be helping vulnerable Superstorm Sandy-affected households on Long Island, while working to promote a fair and sustainable recovery.

One position is with the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic and will involve advocacy for households at risk of foreclosure because of Sandy-related losses or displacement.  The other is with the Disaster Relief Clinic and will involve federal flood insurance litigation and related advocacy.

The application deadline has been extended beyond what is stated in these announcements.  Applications are due by 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14 by email to Dean Linda Baurle. 

Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Staff Attorney (full-time), Disaster Relief Clinic:

Touro Law Center has an immediate opening for one full-time Staff Attorney in its Disaster Relief Clinic. The position is grant-funded for a fixed-term starting on or before March 3, 2014. The position is for a fixed-term ending September 30, 2015.

The Disaster Relief Clinic advocates for and represents vulnerable populations affected by Superstorm Sandy, primarily with issues involving flood insurance, including litigation. The clinic also holds weekly walk-in clinics at locations in Suffolk and NassauCounties for Sandyaffected households.

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for representing clinic clients and working at the walk-in clinics, and will report to the Director of the Disaster Relief Clinic.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching and supervising law students working in the clinic;
  • Maintaining reporting and statistical data;
  • Performing legal research and advising Sandy-affected households;
  • Providing legal representation in all stages of discovery and litigation;
  • Travel by car as necessary to walk-in clinics and to visit other nonprofits and clients.

Minimum qualifications include a JD or LLM from an ABA-accredited law school, admission to the NYS Bar in good standing, and at least six years’ experience in litigation. The ideal candidate will have experience with administrative law and insurance-related disputes, or in assisting vulnerable populations. S/he will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and will possess a demonstrated capacity for high-quality work product and professional judgment.

Submission guidelines: Please send a cover letter, CV or resume, recent writing sample, and contact information for three references by email to Dean Linda Baurle. 

The subject line of your email should read “Full-Time Staff Attorney for Disaster Relief Clinic.”

Staff Attorney for Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic:

Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is pleased to announce the opening for a fulltime staff attorney for its Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic. The Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic represents primarily low and moderate income clients who either face the threat of foreclosure or are defendants in a pending foreclosure action. Students handle all phases of representation, including the initial intake, drafting of documents, negotiation and court appearances. The staff attorney will report to the Director of the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic. The primary duty of the staff attorney will be to assist individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy who are now facing foreclosure. The staff attorney may supervise clinic students and appear in court with the students. The staff attorney is expected to model a high level of ethical conduct and professionalism to clients, the courts and adversaries. For further information on Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, please click here.

Funding for this position has been provided by the New York State Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) for Hurricane Sandy through September 30, 2015. Continued employment beyond September 30, 2015 is dependent on the receipt of additional funding. 

JOB SUMMARY:

The staff attorney will assist the Director of the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, and students enrolled in the Clinic in providing representation in foreclosure proceedings, foreclosure counseling and other legal assistance for Long Islanders affected by Superstorm Sandy.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Counsel clients, specifically those affected by Superstorm Sandy, facing the threat of foreclosure;
  • Prepare applications for mortgage modifications;
  • Represent clients, specifically those affected by Superstorm Sandy, appearing in court for Mandatory Settlement Conferences;
  • Defend clients in foreclosure actions;
  • Litigation – including drafting of pleadings, conducting discovery, motion practice;
  • Bring affirmative litigation on behalf of Superstorm Sandy victims;
  • Supervise students in all of the above activities;
  • Prepare reports for funding sources;
  • Conduct community outreach;
  • Collaborate with Touro’s Disaster Relief Clinic;
  • May be assigned other related tasks. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Education, Preparation, and Training:

  • J. D. degree from an ABA Accredited Law School;
  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in mortgage foreclosure matters. 

Skills:

  • Ability to produce high quality written material, meet tight deadlines, and work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Highly effective communication skills;
  • Interest in clinical legal education and ability to supervise students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Spanish is preferred;
  • Housing counseling and/or foreclosure defense experience is preferred;
  • Litigation experience a plus. 

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook. 

Travel:

  • Ability to travel to courts throughout Long Island – valid NYS driver’s license.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, life and disability insurance benefits.

Application Procedure:

Send a cover letter and resume to Dean Linda Baurle, Assistant Dean for Budget and Planning. The subject line of your email should read: SSBG Staff Attorney for Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic.

 

Lexis Advanced Lunch & Learn for Aspiring Law Clerks

Get the advantage with Lexis Advance! The FBA has teamed up with Lexis Nexis to host a lunch and training seminar, with a focus on skills for judicial interns and future law clerks.  The Lexis Advanced platform recently made improvements, so this is a great opportunity for students to refresh and refine their legal research skills.

The Lexis Advance Special Training is given by Ana Ramirez of Lexis Nexis on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP in advance.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS BAR ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION 2014 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation, a non-profit charitable and educational organization created under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was established in 1991.  The Foundation provides FCBA members with a vehicle for serving the community through volunteer efforts.  Over 2,000 private and government lawyers, law students and others interested in the field of communications law belong to the FCBA and the Foundation.  The Foundation also funds and awards various scholarships and internship stipends to students in college and law school.

The Foundation’s mission is to:

(1) Support worthwhile communications-related and educational projects as well as other community service projects, particularly those directed towards children and students, through financial contributions and volunteer services provided by Foundation members and others; and

(2) Foster greater public awareness and understanding of the development of communications technology, resources, and law.

FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship:

During its FY 2014, the FCBA Foundation will award scholarships to law students in their second and third years of study who are attending any accredited law school in the United States.  Competitive awards will be based upon the financial need of the applicant, and may range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually.

Applicant Selection:

This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship.  Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law.  Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications law field; (2) dependence on financial assistance in order to attend law school; and (3) their law school record.

Applications for the FCBA Law School Scholarship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020   19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036.  Applications must be received by regular mail or email by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by May 15, 2014.

For additional information, please visit the website or Symplicity.

Paz Horowitz’ International Summer Internship Program

Paz Horowitz is proud to be the Ecuadorian sponsor of the American Bar Association’s International Summer Internship Program.

The purpose of the program is to provide foreign law students with an opportunity to acquire practical experience and learn about the practice of law in Latin America. Our interns work closely with the firm’s lawyers and Ecuadorian law clerks to gain an understanding of Ecuador’s laws and legal system.

Interns support firm attorneys in assigned cases and are expected to draft documents, carry out legal research, prepare correspondence and write legal memoranda and articles. Interns are also required to get on-the-job training carrying out various legal procedures and formalities at different public offices.

Internships are unpaid and applicants must be fluent in Spanish.

For additional details, please visit the website.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Seeking Advocacy Interns

CLINIC is a national network of immigration legal service providers that serve low income communities, and the Advocacy Department seeks to make the collective experience of our affiliates influence immigration policy.  Interns can expect to work in several different modes of advocacy, including tasks involving the administration’s immigration policy, state and local laws affecting immigrants, and the BIA Pro Bono Project.

Interns will assist attorneys with administrative advocacy efforts to remedy problems faced by low-income immigrants and CLINIC member agencies and assist in our efforts to support state advocates working to combat local anti-immigrant measures.  Tasks may include:

  • Reviewing government regulations and policy memos
  • Drafting comments on federal regulations
  • Attending meetings with government agencies, hearings, and other events
  • Assisting affiliate programs with individual case inquiries
  • Researching and analyzing state immigration-related legislation
  • Supporting pro bono attorneys in immigration appeals

Applicants must have strong writing and communication skills and excellent attention to detail.  These internships are ideal for law students considering a career in public policy or advocacy.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Allison Posner, CLINIC’s Director of Advocacy, no later than Friday, February 21, 2014.

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

 

CLINIC’s offices are conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line.

 

 

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY – A GREAT PLACE TO PRACTICE AND LIVE!

SAVE THE DATE!

The Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Presents: Law Student Forum & Networking Event (in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Bar Association).

This event is offered free to all law students to attend and gives the students a one-on-one with local attorney’s in different practice areas, as well as several local judge’s. This is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions about areas of the law that they may be interested in from a practical perspective.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Location: The Palm BeachCountyConvention Center

Address: 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Time: 2:00—5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

In order to attend each student must register and can do so by logging on to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website.

***Immediately following the forum, students are invited to attend a networking reception with local attorneys and judges***

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 17, 2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014: 

  • Judicial Clerkships Kickoff Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Law Campus Student Lounge. Do not miss this opportunity to ask federal and state court judges, as well as current and former judicial law clerks, about applying and interviewing for judicial clerkships. A catered reception will precede the panel discussion. To RSVP or for additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships.

LSAC’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition on Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention For Students of Color and Students From Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC is operating at least eight diversity initiatives. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops  that  promote  the  development of  outreach  and  early  educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC­ member law schools; maintaining databases and websites with information, resources and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and to equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.

JUDGING:

A panel of legal writing instructors and LSAC staff will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide not to issue an award or to publish a paper.  The panel’s decision will be final.

DEADLINE:

All papers must be uploaded no later than 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014. No extensions will be granted. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC.

TOPIC:

What  techniques,  resources  and  strategies   should  law  schools utilize  to recruit  and  retain students  of  color  and other  students who are from groups underrepresented  in law schools and the legal profession?

ELIGIBILITY:

Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC-member law schools.

LENGTH AND FORMAT:

Up  to  20  pages  (5000  words  or  less),  8  112 by  11  inch  paper, double spaced, I inch margins, Word format, 12 point font, with endnotes  written  in “A  Uniform  System  of  Citation”  (The  Blue Book) format.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Essays will be judged according to:

• Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases, law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies);

• Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing;

• Understanding, interpretations and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context;

• Full compliance with all competition procedures.

For additional details, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12491.