American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Center for Democracy, New York, Seeks Human Rights Researcher

The Center for Democracy of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a full-time Human Rights Researcher for a two-year period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional period.

The ACLU Center for Democracy works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy houses the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, which works to ensure that the U.S. government complies with universal human rights principles in addition to the U.S. Constitution. The Program uses human rights strategies to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy primarily in the areas of immigrants’ rights, national security, women’s rights, prisoners’ rights, criminal law reform and racial justice. It conducts human rights documentation and related advocacy to combat human rights violations in the U.S., and it engages in advocacy and litigation before U.S. courts and international bodies, including the United Nations and regional human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).

The Human Rights Researcher will be an integral member of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, which currently includes a director, two senior human rights lawyers, one human rights researcher, and two legal assistants. The Researcher will have
primary responsibility for developing, researching, writing, and implementing human rights fact-finding reports. The Human Rights Researcher will work generally on human rights documentation and related advocacy, but will spend half of his or her time focusing on human rights abuses experienced by migrant and immigrant communities in the United States, including the impact
of both restrictive and pro-integration immigration laws and policies on those communities. The Researcher will be expected to work with affected communities, service providers, legal services organizations and other advocates to identify issues that should be priorities for ACLU fact-finding and advocacy. The Researcher will also work closely with the ACLU’s legal, legislative, advocacy, communications and state affiliate staff to develop domestic and international advocacy strategies to implement the recommendations set out in fact-finding reports.

The Human Rights Researcher is a non-litigating attorney position for a lawyer with exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, interviewing, writing, and advocacy skills. The position is for a two-year period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional period.

For additional information regarding qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply, please visit Job Posting #11354 on Symplicity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



Bidding for the 2013 Washington D.C. Interview Program (WDCIP) is Open and Concludes July 3, 2013

Bidding for the 2013 Washington D.C. Interview Program (WDCIP) is now open and will conclude on Wednesday, July 3rd.  University of Miami School of Law students who pre-registered for this job fair received an email with bidding instructions this week.

All Miami law students interested in this job fair who did not pre-register should contact Diane Quick of the CDO to receive the information and be added to the WDCIP mailing list.


The Federal Bar Association is Holding a Law Student and Lawyer Happy Hour

The South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to mingle with judicial law clerks, local practitioners, summer associates and Miami-Dade County area law students for happy hour. Join them for this excellent networking opportunity sponsored by Sabadell United Bank.

Premium beverages and light snacks will be served.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Where: Sabadell Financial Center, 1111 Brickell Avenue, 30th Floor, Miami, FL, 33131

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Parking: Self-parking is available in the garage off 12th street.

Please RSVP and provide each name of person attending by clicking here.

To leave a message, call 305-789-7614.

Visit and Navigate “JD Careers Out There” – A New Link on The CDO Website

JD Careers Out There (JDCOT) is a video resource presenting career advice from lawyers and non-practicing lawyers to help attorneys and law students determine what to do with a law degree, achieve success and find career fulfillment.

The mission of JDCOT is to help you find a career that fits you and to help you thrive, regardless of whether you choose to practice law or are leaving law to pursue alternatives. There are so many things you can do with a JD – so many ways to apply your law degree and use your legal skills. JDCOT exposes you to these opportunities, guides you to the right path and helps you handle the practical, day-to-day career issues so that you can find success and enjoy the journey.

The Career Path Interview videos give you information about the wide variety of careers for lawyers. You’ll hear from established JDs of all kinds: from the many types of lawyers in different law practice areas to those not practicing law but working in alternative careers for lawyers – such as a sports agent, non-profit president, real estate developer, investment advisor and more. They each explain what their jobs are really like, who makes a good fit, how to break in, how to apply your skills from law school, and how to succeed.

The Mentoring & Coaching (Professional Development) videos of experienced guest experts help you navigate the practical (and critical!), day-to-day career issues you face as a young professional. You’ll gain the advice that only years of experience (or an incredibly generous boss) can bring.

Topics covered include:

  • how to have a successful job interview
  • how to network for career advancement and opportunities
  • how to communicate at work
  • how to handle a new assignment
  • how to develop your own clients
  • how to make partner at your law firm

You may access JDCOT on the CDO website.



PSJD Postgraduate Fellowships for June 2013

The deadline calendar On PSJD lists fellowship application/proposal deadlines. Please note that PSJD updates this information annually and/or as it becomes available.  Some deadlines may be extended or changed, so you should always verify deadlines with the employer or host organization.

Please see the following fellowship opportunities for June 2013 and their respective deadlines:

June 2013:

06/30/2013: MFY Legal Services, Inc. – 2014 Postgraduate Fellowship Sponsor

06/30/2013: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House – 2014 Postgraduate Fellowship Sponsor

06/28/2013: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – Legal Fellows w/ 3rd Party Funding

06/21/2013: Center for Popular Democracy – Post-Grad Public Interest Fellowship Sponsor

06/17/2013: Legal Aid Society (Employment Law Center) – Skadden Fellow Sponsorship

06/15/2013: Bay Area Legal Aid – Post-Grad Fellow Sponsorship

06/12/2013: George Washington University Law School – Friedman Clinical Fellowship Program

06/10/2013: U.S. Department of Justice (Office for Victims of Crime) – Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program

06/10/2013: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) – 2014 Fellowship Sponsor

06/07/2013: The Door Legal Services Center – 2014 Fellowship Sponsor

For additional details and information, please visit the website.


Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available – Application Deadline is June 21, 2013

The Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available! 

Application deadline is June 21, 2013

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which the Firm works. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2013.

Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2014 in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit the website

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley.


The ABA Section of International Law’s Africa Committee is Seeking Two Interns for the Committee’s Newsletter, Africa Law Today

The ABA Section of International Law’s Africa Committee is seeking two interns to work on the Committee’s quarterly newsletter, Africa Law Today, and to contribute to a variety of other research related tasks undertaken by the committee. The mission of the Committee is to interact with lawyers, academics, students and others with an interest in African legal affairs.

The Committee is comprised of nearly 400 practitioners in the public interest sector, private practice, academics and other fields. 


The Africa Law Today student internship allows law students to have the opportunity to edit, proofread and cite check articles submitted to the Africa Committee for publication. The internship also allows the students to engage in meaningful research on a wide array of issues in conjunction with Committee Leadership. The students are exposed to work from experts and colleagues in areas ranging from human rights and AIDS policy research to the effects of international conventions and treaties on African business and development. The internship enables interns to become involved in the committee through monthly committee conference calls and provides a vast array of resources and networking opportunities pertaining to the legal communities throughout the African continent.

Work will be done remotely, though you must have access to the internet and email and involves approximately 25 hours per semester.

The deadline to apply is July 15, 2013.

For additional information regarding responbilities and duties, qualifications and how to apply, please see Symplicity Posting ID#11294.


WALRAA’s Annual Summer in the Capital: A Fall Recruitment Preview for Law Students & Employers

The Diversity Committee of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) is pleased to invite you to the second Annual Summer in the Capital: A Fall Recruitment Preview for Law Students & Employers on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Washington, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

At last year’s inaugural event, 40 employers participated and students from over 30 different law school schools were in attendance.  The purpose of this event is to bring together legal employers and rising second-year law students (with an expected graduation date of May 2015) who contribute to the diversity of the legal profession and are interested in practicing law in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  This will be a great opportunity to network with a mix of representatives from firms, public interest organizations and government agencies and circulate resumes before the start of the fall recruitment season in an informal setting.  Each employer will have a table where they can speak with interested students about their firm and its culture.

Rising second-year students are encouraged to participate.  THERE IS NO FEE TO ATTEND — you are simply asked to RSVP by Monday, June 3rd by clicking hereA confirmation email, with detailed information, will be sent to all participants in advance of the event.   


Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Washington, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Date & Time: Monday, June 17, 2013, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!  This is a great networking event and your participation is strongly encouraged!   


The 2013 Latham Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

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 3, 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.

For additional details and an application, please ask your CDO advisor or click here.



Attend the ABA Annual Meeting on August 8-12, 2013 in San Francisco

Law Student Division Activities: August 9-10, 2013
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013

The ABA Annual Meeting is just around the corner. The early-bird registration of $50 ($75 for ABA non-member law students and includes a one-year membership in the ABA Law Student Division) will end on May 31. Beginning June 1, the student rate will increase to $75 ($100 for ABA non-member law students). Be sure to register for the Annual Meeting at the early-bird rate. Remember, your registration fee includes an “all access to CLE” student badge giving you complimentary access to most educational events sponsored by the ABA’s various practice specific entities.

The ABA Law Student Division Board of Governors looks forward to welcoming you to the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San   Francisco where you will experience a diverse selection of the finest CLE available to law professionals.  In addition to the Law Student Division’s full schedule of events for law students, you are encouraged to take advantage of the educational programs sponsored by other ABA specialty Sections, Divisions and Forums, which will allow you to meet and interact with law professionals from around the country.

For specific details, please visit the website.