Jotwell, The Online Journal, Seeks Law Journal Editor

Jotwell, the online journal of reviews of recent faculty scholarship relating to the law, needs a Student Summer Editor. This is a paid position.

The student editor supports faculty editors both at UM and elsewhere, and has a role that is a blend of a substantive editor and a managing editor. Jotwell uses WordPress to publish, but it is easy to learn, so no experience needed.

The ideal candidate will be a current University of Miami School of Law 1L or 2L who is organized, a careful editor and enjoys reading legal scholarship. Although grades are a factor for this position, a demonstrated ability to write and edit may substitute for grades.

The job would start as soon after Spring 2014 final exams as possible and run until mid-August. One or more vacation periods during that time may be negotiated, as long as none of them are for a long continuous period.

Some preference may be given to applicants who indicate that they also would be willing to continue as a part of the team of Student Editors during the 2014-2015 school year, a job that typically takes 7-10 hours per week.

If you are interested, please email your résumé and a copy (unofficial is fine) of your transcript to Professor Michael Froomkin.   Please put “JOTWELL 2014″ and your name in the subject line.  If you have a non-legal writing sample please include that also. DO NOT SEND LCOMM writings.

Deadline to apply is April 25, 2014. 

For the posting, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#12662.



Join us for a presentation titled “Business, Human Rights and the Internet” given by Michael Samway on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. in the Law Library, D-201.

Michael Samway is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he also leads an initiative on business, human rights and technology. He is also a visiting scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business, focusing on digital privacy and surveillance issues.

Michael spent ten years at Yahoo! and was a vice president and deputy general counsel, leading Yahoo!’s international legal team and founding Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program. Before joining Yahoo!, he practiced corporate and securities law at White & Case in the Latin America Practice Group. He earned his BSFS/MSFS from GeorgetownUniversity and his JD/LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law. Michael was also a Fulbright scholar in Chile, and he has published commentary on international business, legal and human rights issues and has testified before Congress on Internet freedom.

“Business, Human Rights and the Internet” is co-sponsored by the Business Law Review, the International Graduate Law Programs, the International Law Society, and the University of Miami Business Ethics Program.

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The Robert Masur Fellowship committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and or civil liberties.

Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Applications are due on April 15, 2014.

No email applications will be considered; all applicants must send a hard copy. Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to: Robert Masur Fellowship, The Nation Institute, 116 East 16th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY10003. For more information, visit the website.



Yale Law School seeks applications for a Robert M. Cover Fellowship in Public Interest Law, a two-year position beginning on or about July 1, 2014 in the Yale Law School clinical program.  The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with at least two years of practice who is considering a career in law school clinical teaching.  The 2014-2016 Fellow will work with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic (“VLSC”).  Prior experience in veterans’ law, disability law, or civil rights law is preferred by not required.

VLSC is a semester-long, in-house clinic offered in both fall and spring semesters, with a substantial number of continuing students who have completed the seminar but remain enrolled in the clinic to handle ongoing or new cases. The clinic focuses on representation of the more marginalized veterans populations, including women, veterans of color, recently returned veterans, and immigrant and LGBT veterans, but its docket is not limited to any particular class of veteran. Students represent individual veterans and veterans’ organizations in litigation concerning U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) benefits, record correction and discharge upgrade applications, Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests, civil rights matters, deportation defense, federal habeas corpus petitions, and class-action litigation; state legislative and regulatory advocacy; media advocacy; strategic planning; and other non-litigation matters. For more information on the clinic, see the website.

Illustrative cases include representation of Vietnam veterans with PTSD and other-than-honorable discharges in a proposed nation-wide class action; a former cadet raped while attending West Point in federal civil rights litigation; individual veterans who survived rape or sexual assault in their applications for VA benefits; veterans illegally discharged for an alleged personality or adjustment disorder in record correction applications to administrative boards and on review in federal court; veterans organizations in FOIA litigation; a disabled Navy veteran denied spousal benefits for her same-sex partner; veterans facing deportation or seeking to return to their families after removal; and local veterans organizations in state legislative campaigns to expand veteran access to pre-trial diversionary programs and to reform occupational and professional licensing procedures more fully to credit military training and experience.

The Fellow’s responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes, and working on one’s own scholarship.  Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar.  (Pursuant to a pending state bar admission amendment, candidates may qualify for admission without examination.)  All work will be conducted with the support of the clinical faculty, and will focus on providing legal assistance to low-income and civil rights clients and organizations.  The principal supervisor will be Professor Michael Wishnie.

Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills.  Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus.  Annual salary is $63,000.  Fellows receive health benefits and access to university facilities.  Send (or email) a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references by May 1, 2014 (early applications encouraged) to: Kathryn Jannke, Office Manager, The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, P.O. Box 209090, New Haven, CT 06520-9090; telephone: (203) 432-4800; fax: (203) 432-1426.

The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section 2014 Wade L. Hopping Memorial Scholarship Application

Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. (HGS) and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of The Florida Bar sponsors an annual scholarship, in the amount of $5000, for eligible Florida law students.


  • 2L, 3L, or LL.M. candidate at an accredited Florida law school.
  • Students who demonstrate a potential to make a significant positive contribution to the practice of environmental or land use law in Florida.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form;
  • A law school transcript;
  • A personal statement of no more than 1000 words, explaining why the applicant should be selected;
  • Letter(s) of endorsement.

The Application and Attachments: Please provide answers to the application questions and required attachments. The Florida Bar ELULS will maintain all information received from applicants in confidence.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential to make a significant positive contribution to the practice of environmental or land use law in Florida;
  • Endorsed by at least one environmental or land use law professor or practitioner, such recommendation to explain why the professor/practitioner believes that the candidate has a high potential to make a significant positive contribution to the practice of environmental or land use law in Florida.

Instructions: Please return completed application along with the required documents to Calbrail L. Bennett, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL  32399-2300.  Applications should be either typed or handwritten in block letters. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked by or emailed no later than May 23, 2014.  Applicants will be contacted shortly after the application deadline.  The successful applicant will be announced at the Environmental and Land Use Law Section Annual Meeting Luncheon, August 8, 2014. 

Deadline: Completed applications and related documents must be postmarked by May 23, 2014.

For More Information Contact: Calbrail L. Bennett, 850.561.5623.

The 2014 Dean Frank E. Maloney Memorial Writing Contest


The submission must be on a subject in the area of environmental, land use, zoning or energy law and must be relevant to Florida.  The first place prize is a cash award of $500 and free admittance to and an additional $500 towards expenses at the 2014 Annual Update of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Second and third place prizes are free admittance to the Annual Update but do not include any cash award.  Papers should be postmarked or delivered to The Florida Bar no later than May 23, 2014. Papers failing to comply with the deadline will not be considered except upon a majority vote of the judging committee under extraordinary circumstances.

Judging is by members of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar and is based on creativity and originality of thought; breadth and depth of content, analysis, and sources; objectivity (all sides of problem presented) and legal accuracy; effectiveness of communication (including grammar, punctuation, and style); practicality of the paper and its proposed solutions for addressing current problems; and compliance with the competition rules.  Authors may not contact members of the judging committee.

Any submission must be the work of a single author, who is a student (J.D.) at a Florida law school, which work has not been published previously, is not pending publication and does not infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright or other right and does not contain obscene, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful material or violate any right of privacy.  Papers may be no less than 10 pages (2,500 words) nor more than 50 pages (17,500 words), double-spaced in conventional typeface, 12-point font size, and 1 inch margins and may be edited for possible publication in The Florida Bar Journal to no more than 12 double-spaced pages, including citations.  Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number.  For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header.  Each entry must have a separate cover sheet (not included in the page limit) that includes the following contact information: (1) name; (2) address; (3) phone number; (4) email address, (5) law school and (6) paper title.  Citations may be footnotes or endnotes and shall be in accordance with Rule 9.800, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and, to the extent not inconsistent with those Rules, A Uniform System of Citation (most recent edition).

Each paper submitted will be listed and indexed by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section and made available as a scholarly resource to Section members.  All entries shall be submitted to Calbrail Bennett, Section Administrator, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Telephone: 850-561-5623.  In addition to the hard copy, an electronic version in MS Word should be e-mailed to prior to the May 23, 2014, deadline.


First Place:

A.  Five Hundred Dollars ($500).

B.   Free admittance to and Five Hundred Dollars ($500) toward expenses at the 2014 Annual Update Seminar of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, August 7-9, 2014, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island Resort.

C.   Award of a plaque recognizing the winner’s achievement at the Annual Meeting of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, August 8, 2014, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island Resort.

Second and Third Place:

A.  Free admittance to the 2014 Annual Update Seminar of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, August 7-9, 2014, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island Resort.

B.   Presentation of a certificate recognizing your achievement at the Annual Meeting of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, August 8, 2014, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island Resort.

For additional information, please ask your CDO advisor.


The High School and University Writing Scholarships

The Writing Scholarship program was created to reward America’s most talented student writers at the high school and university levels.

This year, six scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $100 to $500. Three scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and three will be awarded to university students (graduate students and undergraduate students are judged in the same category).

To qualify, you must be enrolled in a U.S. university or high school, you must meet the GPA minimum of 3.2, and you must write an essay responding to the prompt below and submit it online by June 1, 2014.

The winners of this year’s writing scholarships will be announced on July 1, 2014, and their entries will be posted on the blog for thousands of writers to read.  

Category 2: College and Graduate School Students:


  • 1st Place – $500
  • 2nd Place – $300
  • 3rd Place – $100

Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate student (any field of study) enrolled in a US university (you do not need to be an American citizen)
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA

Deadline and Guidelines:

  • All scholarship writing submissions must be received by noon (US Eastern time) on June 1, 2014. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • If you have questions, please use the contact form. We cannot answer any scholarship questions via phone.
  • Your response to this year’s writing prompt (see website) must be between 750 and 2,000 words (including your MLA Works Cited page). Please make sure you respect the minimum and maximum word counts. The panel of educators will judge your writing’s clarity, grammar, organization, and creativity.

See more information here.

Job Announcement: Attorney-Advisor, Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate

The Taxpayer Advocate Service seeks to fill an Attorney-Advisor position in the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate in Washington, DC.  This opening is for an experienced tax attorney, preferably with a LL.M. degree in taxation.  Applications must be submitted by April 11, 2014 via

A TAS Attorney-Advisor renders advice and assistance to the National Taxpayer Advocate, which may involve handling critical, sensitive, or confidential matters; participates as a tax law advisor and provides technical analyses, guidance, and advice on systemic issues at the request of the National Taxpayer Advocate; assists in developing and writing the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress and in planning, developing, and implementing tax administration initiatives; and represents the National Taxpayer Advocate in meetings with internal and external stakeholders, both to present the National Taxpayer Advocate’s views and to solicit feedback on priority issues.

For the link to the job announcement (Number: 14CS1-TAX0083-0905-14-CA) with instructions about how to apply, click here.

Hague DV Seeking Summer Interns

The Hague Domestic Violence Project provides training and technical assistance to judges, attorneys and advocates working on cases under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, involving parents and children who have fled the domestic abuse of a parent in another country to seek safety in the U.S.  The goal of this project is to find a way to solidify domestic violence as an exception under the Convention to the required return of a child to his or her country of habitual residence.  For more information on the project please visit the website.

The Hague DV Project is seeking two (2) student interns to assist the Project Attorney this summer.  Duties will include research and writing for training materials and webinars; assisting in the drafting of a California and model bench guide used to aid judges handling Hague Convention cases; editing and updating content for the Project’s website; and both researching and cataloging recent Hague cases across the United States. Interns may work remotely and will not be required to travel to Berkeley to participate in the project.

This opportunity will add unique experience to a resume and will be a great talking point in job interviews where employers are seeking well rounded attorneys.  Students should have excellent research and writing skills, and a strong interest in domestic violence or human rights law. Preference will be given to second and third year law students.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample via email.


Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL) Scholarship Awards Program

LCAWL is the local chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL was established in 1951 to serve as a statewide voice for Florida’s women lawyers and to actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large. 

Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarships 

Purpose: LCAWL will offer a scholarship(s) to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice. 

Award: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal.

The Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida. 


LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to entering 1Ls, rising 2Ls, or rising 3Ls who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL.

Each applicant shall be required to: (i) submit a five hundred word essay describing why she is applying for the scholarship, any extraordinary circumstances that she has overcome and how she intends to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice during her career; (ii) have either a: (a) member of LCAWL; (b) community leader; or (c) instructor, sponsor her application with a written statement of support; (iii) most recent academic transcript; and (iv) submit a completed application, (together the “Application”).

Application Submission: The Application should be mailed to LCAWL Scholarship Chair, c/o Theresa Daniels, Esq., P.O. Box   2366, Fort Myers, FL 33902, and must be received by the LCAWL Board of Directors by April 25, 2014. Extensions will not be granted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be mailed with the application, if possible, but, in any case, must be received prior to the deadline.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of April and will be recognized at the LCAWL Annual Judicial Reception, May 1, 2014.

For additional details, including the scholarship application, please ask your CDO advisor or visit Symplicity.