ABA New and Activities for Law Students


Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship Application deadline: November 14 Addresses the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

Civil Liberties Union Legislative Office 2015 Summer Legal Internship (Washignton, DC) Application deadline: November 14 Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues. Interns will work closely with Legislative Counsels and Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the intern’s specific area of civil liberties interest.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Application deadline: January 6 This fellowship uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Sponsored in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

2014-2015 Global Justice Fellowships Entry Deadline: Rolling Basis Awarded to highly qualified law students or recent graduates in support of atrocity prevention and accountability, with particular emphasis on the ABA-ICC Project. Fellowships are funded by the Planethood Foundation, an organization established by Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremburg prosecutor and his son, Don, to promote international justice, rule of law, and conflict resolution. For more information, please contact Michael Pates, Director, Center for Human Rights. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and the Planethood Foundation.


14th Annual Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge Entry deadline: November 7 Award: $500. The Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

13th Annual Health Law Writing Competition Entry deadline: December Award: Possible publication in The Health Lawyer, expenses paid trip to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, March 4-7, 2015 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Writing Contest Entry deadline: January 9 Award: $2,500. Law Student Division members are encouraged to submit papers on a high quality business law topic written in the current or previous academic year, and approved for submission by a professor or law school dean.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law 1st Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition Entry deadline: January 15 Designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Law Student Writing Competition Entry deadline: January 16 (5:00pm PST) Award: $3,000

Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest Entry deadline: April 17 Award: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in the Family Law Quarterly and on the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding your achievement, and one year complimentary membership in the Section.


Client Counseling Competition Entry deadline: October 17 The Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Entry deadline: October 31 The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.


Application Deadline: October 15, 2014 The Forum Committee focuses on the legal, regulatory, and policy issues that arise in the air transportation and commercial space industries. Forum membership is primarily comprised of aviation and space lawyers from both the public and private sectors. They represent government agencies, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as airlines, aerospace manufacturers and service providers, travel distribution companies, travel agencies, tour operators, airports, the financial and insurance communities, and business and general aviation interests.



FASPE Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

FASPE seeks applications for its 2015 law fellowships. FASPE Law, one component of a larger program that works with students in several professional fields, uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on legal ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland where Fellows study the past, connecting to it in ways that no class-room-based course can, and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of today.

Fellowships include travel from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz), where Fellows work with leading faculty to explore ethics and history. Seminars cover topics such as: the challenge of ambition in professional development, how to manage duties of candor and confidentiality, which case decisions a lawyer may control, and dilemmas in day-to-day practice.

Ten to fifteen law students will be chosen to participate in the 2015 trip, which will run from Sunday, May 24 to Thursday, June 4. Fellowships cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food.

FASPE is designed for students who intend to practice, whether in law firms, as prosecu-tors, as defense attorneys, or otherwise. FASPE staff are happy to talk with applicants who are concerned about potential conflicts with summer clerkships or bar preparation. Previous Fellows have balanced FASPE with other summer obligations.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, visit the website.

FASPE programs are non-denominational. Students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Completed applications are due by January 6, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in law school at the time of their application . Award notifications will be emailed by March 1.

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner by creating a scholarship program to encourage the pursuit of a graduate-level degree in labor studies. Beginning January 2015, the Players Trust will annually award up to five $10,000 scholarships to individuals dedicated to a career supporting workers’ rights.

You must be a full-time Graduate or Law Student (by the time the award is distributed) with a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement. To learn more and apply, click here.

The Secrets of Superstar Associates: Landing and Excelling in Your First Job After Law School

On Thursday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-108, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation is sponsoring a panel of lawyers who will share with you strategies on how to improve your chances of landing and excelling at your first legal job after law school.

Learn how the ABA can help you in your job search and professional development.  Pizza and soda will be provided!!


The 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

In its seventeenth year, the GRAMMY Foundation® Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) promotes discussion and debate on the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The initiative also promotes future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.


The writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process and select five finalists.


The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA). The winning essays will be published by the GRAMMY Foundation, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and a major law review or journal. 


1. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LL.M. and any other advanced degree candidates are not eligible.

2. Entrants must be an enrolled student as of January 1, 2015.

3. All essays must be original works specifically written for the ELI Writing Competition. Previously published works are ineligible. The submission of works previously written for academic purposes is acceptable, provided that the work is edited to meet the guidelines of the competition and is not identical to the prior academic work.

4. Co-authorship of the essay is not permitted. Papers may be reviewed by law school faculty or colleagues for editorial feedback, but such assistance may not rise to the level of co-authorship.

5. Each author may submit only one entry.

6. Previous winners and/or finalists are ineligible.

7. Entrants must identify research and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.

8. Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined below) must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@grammy.com on or before January 6, 2015 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Late manuscripts will not be considered. Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.

9. Manuscripts shall be no longer than 3,000 words not including endnotes/footnotes. Entrants must use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, for citation style.

10. Current contact information including address, phone number and email address must accompany the manuscript.

11. Entrants’ names shall not appear on the manuscript, but shall appear on a separate title page to be removed when a number is assigned to the entry. The title page should also contain a one or two sentence synopsis of the essay.

Important Dates:

January 6, 2015 10 am PST (1 pm EST) – Paper Submission Deadline

January 27, 2015 – Winners Announced

February 6, 2015 – Scholarship Luncheon, Los Angeles

All Winners Receive:

One GRAMMY Awards® Show Ticket

Round-Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards

Hotel Accommodations

One MusiCares® Person of the Year Ticket

First-Place Winner Receives $5,000

Four Second-Place Winners Receive $1,500

For a complete list of workshop dates, competition rules, and deadlines, go to the ELI Page on Facebook or visit the website.








Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Application Opens October 1, 2014

Interested in a Career in Federal Government?

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program offers paid two-year appointments with Federal Government Agencies. More than 80 Federal Agencies recruit through this program.

The Class of 2015 PMF application period will be open from October 1-15, 2014 and the announcement can be found here when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period). To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website. In addition, the 2015 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website.

The PMF Office is also holding two webcasts:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern Time): A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Wednesday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30pm (Eastern Time): A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

These webcasts will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions. Applicants can connect here and select “Enter as a Guest.” Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application. General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website.

Law Student Union Summer- Sponsored by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in real, ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO affiliated unions throughout the country.

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation. Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memorandum with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor-related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues that may arise during organizing or contract campaigns, such as: wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions, whistle-blower protections, and/or others. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required; work will vary from placement to placement; students may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm.


  • First- or second-year student at an accredited law school.
  • Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in labor-related public interest law.
  • Preferred: Successful completion of labor law courses; experience in organizing and activism with community, political, campus or other social justice organizations.
  • Available for placement at the location assigned* and able to complete the entire 10-week program, from May 26, 2015, through July 31, 2015.

Interns work on-site, at locations throughout the country [NOT in Washington, D.C.]. The weekly stipend is $600 and transportation and housing are provided. Interns are supervised by attorneys and union organizers. The 10-week program starts May 26, 2015, and runs through July 31, 2015.

Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the practice of labor-related public interest law and may be first or second year students; students who have taken one or more labor law courses and those who have experience in organizing and/or community activism are preferred. 

For specific details and information, please visit the website.

Bertha Justice Institute Associate Program Director

Apply by date: October 24, 2014


The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

CCR seeks a full-time Associate Program Director to be responsible for designing and implementing curriculum and programming related to its newly-created Bertha Justice Institute (BJI), made possible by the generous funding of the Bertha Foundation. The Associate Program Director must be extremely organized and detail-oriented, able to efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities, work well in a team, and demonstrate a commitment to human rights/social justice work.

Since 1987, CCR has trained the next generation of “people’s lawyers” through a variety of internships and fellowships, including its renowned Ella Baker Summer Internship Program. In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Institute to expand the legacy of the Ella Baker Program and to deepen the Center’s work in training the next generation of movement lawyers. This position offers a talented individual the opportunity to develop, alongside the BJI Director, domestic and international programming for law students and lawyers including writing curriculums, designing national and regional trainings/conferences, coordinating a national mentorship/coaching program, organizing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, and facilitating alumni convenings amongst other programs.

The BJI currently has five components: (1) the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program (Ella Baker Program) with sites in New York City, New Orleans, Miami and Haiti; (2) two annual training institutes, open to CCR interns, alumni and non-CCR law students and attorneys, which provides training in movement lawyering and advocacy, and skills training specific to the civil liberties, civil rights and human rights issues of the day; (3) a series of CLE courses to be held around the country; (4) a vibrant and growing Bertha Justice Institute Alumni program; and (5) two-year recurring Bertha legal fellowships. In addition to curriculum and program development, the BJI Associate Program Director will also work with the BJI Director and Program Associate to oversee logistics of several BJI events, including CLEs, workshops and conferences. 


• Develop, design, and implement all BJI programs with the BJI Director including workshops, conferences, CLEs, trainings, mentorship programs and leadership programs;

• Work with the BJI Director to develop content for all BJI programs and oversee all implementation of programs including managing logistics, speakers, finances and materials;

• Work with the BJI Director to provide networking and communications opportunities for interns and fellows at each site in order to foster meaningful relationships that will support students’ growth as social justice advocates after they leave the CCR program;

• Develop curriculum and trainings for Ella Baker Program and intern programs of CCR; and assist BJI Director and legal staff with Ella Baker Program and intern trainings

• Compile, write and edit training curriculums for BJI trainings and workshops;

• Oversee the creation, design and distribution of BJI training materials;

• Create and manage roster of guest faculty, trainers, and speakers for the BJI;

• Supervise promotion of events and trainings through emails, social media outreach, website postings, etc.;

• Manage on-site event production;

• Prepare budgets, submit and track event finances including review of invoices for submission to BJI Director;

• Coordinate with other members of the Legal Department and other CCR departments, as directed, to execute successful events, trainings and CLEs 


• J.D. degree strongly preferred;

• Related experience in or working knowledge of U.S. social justice legal organizations, progressive non-profits, and/or law schools;

• Experience with designing, managing and implementing trainings and workshops;

• At least 4 years related experience with a progressive legal organization or other progressive non-profit;

• A belief in the mission of the Center for Constitutional Rights and comfort working in a progressive environment;

• Excellent communication, interpersonal, time management and organizational skills;

• Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines while maintaining a positive and professional attitude;

• Excellent organizational skills relating to management, storage and retrieval of information and documents, and attention to detail;

• Proficiency with internet applications, word processing and spreadsheet programs and experience with databases required;

• Willingness to travel;

• Ability to work well as member of a team;

• Strong sense of integrity and a sense of humor;

• Demonstrated commitment to human rights/social justice work. 


Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement. Excellent benefits. 


Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, a list of three (3) references as one PDF document here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and strong consideration will be given to early applicants. CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT and gender non-conforming people.

To view the website, please click here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 29, 2014)

Thursday, October 2, 2014:

Judicial Clerkship Nuts & Bolts Application Workshop – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room A-110



Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. ET | REGISTER NOW

The nature of a lawyer’s duty of competence has been the subject of debate ever since the ABA revised its definition of competency two years ago to require lawyers to understand “the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” That debate intensified after the California state bar recently published a draft ethics opinion regarding the impact of e-discovery on a lawyer’s duty of competence. This interactive, one-hour webcast explores these issues.

As an aspiring lawyer, you will leave this session with an enhanced understanding of competency in the age of e-discovery and the steps to take to help clients meet their discovery obligations.


  • How to develop a better understanding of the law regarding the preservation and production of electronically stored information
  • How to create a more cohesive relationship in litigation with clients
  • How to safeguard client confidences, attorney-client privileged materials and attorney work product


Hon. Patrick Walsh US Magistrate Judge | US District Court, Central District of California
Craig Ball E-Discovery Consultant and Special Master | Austin, Texas
Philip Favro Senior Discovery Counsel | Recommind | Alpine, Utah