The 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Requirements are as follows:  

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20-50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.  

Winning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second place) and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Additionally, each student must sign and return the warranty (available at the CDO) (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable).

Deadline is January 5, 2015.


Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard or by mail to:


Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition

1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444

Arlington, VA 22201


For more information, please visit Symplicity or the website.




The application period for 2015 Helton Fellowships is open from now until January 19, 2015, or until the first 50 completed applications have been received, whichever comes first.  The Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004, recognizes the legacy of Arthur C. Helton, an ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law.

Fellows undertake their projects in association with an established educational institution, international organization, governmental agency, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights and humanitarian affairs. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship for Fellows. In acknowledgement of Arthur Helton’s commitment to human rights and humanitarian affairs in the field, preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations. Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged.

To learn more about the fellowships and to apply, click here. Applications must be submitted via email and must be received no later than Monday, January 19, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 24, 2014)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the fall 2014 semester. Congratulations to the graduating class of December 2014! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Reading Period Begins – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Winter Break – The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and winter break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time. *This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the fall 2014 semester. The weekly posts will return in January, 2015*

Epstein Becker Green 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

  • First Place: $4,000
  • Second Place: $2,000
  • Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The submission period for the 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition will open in December 2014. All admissions are due by January 23, 2015.

If you have questions about the competition, please contact Serra Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office at (202) 861-0900 or by e-mail.

Phoenix 1L Holiday Reception

You are cordially invited to join Quarles & Brady LLP for their Home for the Holiday reception for first-year law students attending out-of-state schools to meet and mingle with attorneys from Quarles & Brady to learn more about the firm and its people.

The reception will be held Monday, December 22, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the Phoenix office located at 2 North Central Avenue.

RSVP by the 17th of December to Lauren Schneider.


1L Summer Rotation Clerkship-New for Summer 2015

Gain Experience at Both a Law Firm and a Corporation:

First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

How Does the Program Work?

This program connects top legal employers with talented 1L students of color. Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s best law firms. As part of the law firm clerkship, the students will spend one “rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. Not only will the clerk get valuable legal training essential for success at most law firms, the clerk will gain “real world” insights into the fast-paced environment of a corporate law department.

Applications will be accepted by participating firms starting December 1, 2014. Deadline for applying is January 16, 2015. Students are encouraged to apply before winter break. 

For additional information and details, please visit the website.

Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception

You are cordially invited to join the law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP; Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Quarles & Brady LLP; and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.for their annual Home for the Holiday receptions for first year law students attending out-of-state schools.

The receptions will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at the locations noted below. Times are staggered so that you may attend all firm receptions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reinhart Boerner
Van Deuren S.C. 1000 N Water St., Suite 1700
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Foley & Lardner LLP
777 E Wisconsin Ave
3:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Quarles & Brady LLP
411 E Wisconsin Ave, 24th Floor
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
100 E Wisconsin Ave, Suite 3300
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
780 N Water Street, 17th Floor
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration for the 12th Annual National Animal Law Competitions (NALC) is Open!

NALC is an inter-law school competition presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. It will take place February 27 through March 1, 2015, at HarvardLawSchool in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


NALC provides law students from across the U.S. an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law while honing their written and oral advocacy skills. NALC draws competitors from top American law schools to participate in three separate competitions:

•    Appellate Moot Court
•    Closing Argument
•    Legislative Drafting & Lobbying

Please find more information here.



For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform. Click here to learn more about each of the practice areas. 

Public Counsel’s 2015 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 26, 2015, and ending on July 31, 2015. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2014. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page.



Judge Sandy Karlan has been a Circuit Court Judge since her appointment to the bench by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1995. She is currently the Administrative Judge of the Family Division and is also assigned to the Complex Litigation Division within the Unified Family Court. To honor Judge Karlan, a Law Student Fellowship has been established in her name at LSGMI where 70% of the households are headed by women and one third of household members are children. The Fellowship will provide the opportunity for a rising young law student to continue Judge Karlan’s Legacy as a Pioneer of Women and Children’s Rights and, at the same time, make it possible for LSGMI to help more vulnerable women and children resolve critical legal problems.

Talented and committed law students are indispensable to helping LSGMI fulfills its mission of Equal Justice. Excellent opportunities exist in all LSGMI Projects for law student fellows to build substantive expertise, strengthen practical legal skills, develop professional contacts, and provide vitally needed legal services to those who could not otherwise afford them.  Perhaps most importantly, a law student fellowship at LSGMI fosters a life-long commitment to public interest legal advocacy and pro bono service.

Law student fellows provide important assistance to LSGMI attorneys including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, discovery and briefs, and conducting research and investigations. Law student fellows have frequent opportunities to attend strategy sessions, hearings, mediations, depositions, and community events. These contributions by law student fellows enable LSGMI staff attorneys to engage in complex and systemic advocacy.

To apply for the one semester fellowship beginning in January 2015, please email the following by December 5: (a) resume and (b) cover letter indicating why you want to help women and children with critical legal problems.