The National LGBT Bar Association Is Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Leadership Award, the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition

Student Leadership Award The National LGBT Bar Association’s Student Leadership Award is the organization’s highest honor for law students. The award will recognize a law student who has demonstrated leadership within their school and in the surrounding community, especially in the area of LGBT equality.

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition Established in memory of Michael Greenberg, a former National LGBT Bar Association board member and Philadelphia attorney who died in 1996 from complications with AIDS, this exciting competition is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

International Association of LGBT Judges Student Writing Competition The International Association of LGBT Judges sponsors a writing competition for all law students attending the 2014 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. This is an exciting opportunity for law students who wish to pursue their career as a member of the United States judiciary.

Timeline All three student awards will follow the same final submission date of Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm ET. Late entries will not be considered. Students are able to enter all competitions, but only if they turn in different works for each submission.

Click here for full competition details. Should you have any questions, please send them via email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3, 2014)

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3, 2014) 

Monday, February 3, 2014: 

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Internship Program Orientation5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Law Campus Faculty Meeting Room 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

  • Spring Recruiting 2014 Information and Symplicity Training Session 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109

Wednesday, February 5, 2014:

  • Spring Recruiting 2014 Information and Symplicity Training Session 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-309


The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation will provide four summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are either enrolled in a Florida law school or who are verified Florida residents attending an out- of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000.

 The Scholarship Committee’s selection criteria will include evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Scholarship Committee will consider, among other things, academic excellence, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and leadership skills.

Students are responsible for securing their own summer employment opportunities in the areas of government, judiciary or public interest. Summer employment opportunities must last for a minimum of six weeks and must be unpaid. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer employment opportunity upon submission of this application. Students are encouraged to use their career offices to assist with identifying and securing suitable summer employment.

Upon notification of a summer fellowship award, students must accept or decline the fellowship within seven calendar days.

Prior to commencing employment, students must provide to the Scholarship Committee written documentation of summer employment that includes: (1) student name; (2) employer name; (3) employer address; (4) proposed dates of employment; and (5) name of supervisor. This information should be addressed to the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation, Scholarship Committee, 2525 Ponce de Leon, 9th Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33134 or via email.


1. Completed Summer Fellowship Application (see website).

2. Resume.

3. Law School Transcript (may be unofficial).

4. Legal Writing Sample (5-7 pages).

5. Statement of Interest (500 words or less).

6. Proof of Florida residence for students attending an out-of-state law school.

Application materials (items listed above) must be received no later than Friday, February, 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar From Sterling Education Services, Inc. on Fundamentals of Employment Law

Sterling Educational Services, Inc. (Sterling) would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to an upcoming seminar as an introduction to their company.

Sterling is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. Please visit us online for information on our company.

They are holding a Fundamentals of Employment Law seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 11, 2014 and would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys.

Students who wish to register can call 715-855-0495 or register online. Only current law students may take advantage of these passes and MUST provide their student id number or other proof of enrollment in order to register. All students must be pre-registered; no walk-ins will be allowed.


PSJD Launches the New Postgraduate Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar

Have you searched postgraduate fellowships on PSJD and wished you could see them on a calendar? They have listened to your requests, and are excited to announce the Calendar is here!

Check out it and all the other great postgraduate fellowship resources in the Resource Center on PSJD.

2013-2014 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. The annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

THE BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics on the website.)

ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2014. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 7, 2014. Email entries (and any questions) to Judy Amsalem. You will receive a confirmation by email.

For submission requirements and other information, please visit the website. Information about NAELS is available here.

Law360, “New Fellowship Program Targets Returning Women”

Four BigLaw firms have signed on as the first backers of a new fellowship program designed to help women lawyers who took time away from their careers to transition back to the profession. The four firms participating in the OnRamp Fellowship, Baker Botts LLP, Cooley LLP, Hogan Lovells and Sidley Austin LLP, will consider applications for a wide range of practice areas in 15 cities starting this spring.

Applying lawyers are required to have three years professional experience and have been on hiatus for at least two years. Firms will pay their fellows a $125,000 stipend, with benefits, for a one-year, full-time contract. About 35 career development and other experts are also volunteering support for fellows.

The program, modeled after so-called returnship programs offered at companies such as Goldman Sachs & Co. and Sara Lee Corp. is intended to provide a legal career re-entry, as well as help firms stop the “leaky pipeline,” for women associates who have seen their ranks dip in recent years.

OnRamp’s first-year pilot program is expected to include between five and 20 fellows, depending on the applicant pool and firms’ hiring needs. Though successful OnRamp fellows aren’t guaranteed a job, they can apply for standard firm positions, and will have references and other support for their next stage.

The application and interview process must be completed by February 28, with fellows starting work in April or May.

For additional information, please visit the website.



The 2014 Honors Internship Program will begin on June 1, 2014 and end on August 9, 2014. The application will be open from January 29 through February 4, 2014.

FBI Honors Internship Overview:

In 2014, outstanding undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program. This paid internship offers students an exciting ‘insider’s view’ of FBI operations and provides professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable.

Internship Qualifications:

A candidate selected to participate in the Honors Internship Program:

  • Must be A U.S. citizen
  • Must be attending a college or university that is accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education
  • Must be classified as an undergraduate (second semester Freshman or higher), graduate, or post-graduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application
  • Must have at the time of application and maintain throughout the program a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their academic institution
  • Must be able to meet all FBI employment requirements as well as be able to pass an FBI Background Investigation and receive a Top Secret Security Clearance

The Honors Internship Experience:

Honors Internship Program participants work side by side with Special Agents and Professional Staff. During the experience, interns will:

  • Work for 10 weeks in field offices nationwide and in FBI Headquarters divisions located in Quantico, Virginia; Winchester, Virginia; Clarksburg, West Virginia; and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
  • Obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Gain insight into the full range of FBI careers, with the opportunity to explore FBI careers after graduation
  • Participate in a variety of organizational challenges and investigative matters that are vital to the FBI’s mission
  • Have an opportunity to work throughout the year at field offices or in FBI Headquarters divisions

Please see website for more information and future updates.


Suffolk Law’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program Seeks Clinical Fellow

Suffolk University Law School Clinical Programs, in conjunction with the Boston Fair Housing Commission, is seeking to hire a full-time clinical fellow to work in the Clinical Program’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program (“HDTP”).  The position is a one-year grant funded position, with the possibility of extension depending on future funding. The Clinical Fellow will be part of the HDTP team with Professor Bill Berman and Clinical Fellow Jamie Langowski.

Specific duties include: coordination of housing discrimination tests, litigation of fair housing cases, and engagement in policy work related to housing discrimination.

Requirements for the position and more details can be found online.

Applications for this position should also be submitted through the website. They would ideally like the person to begin by March 2014.


Institute for Justice – Public Interest Boot Camp for Law Students

The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce their Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New London, McComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.

You will also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21st.  Please visit the website for more information and to apply.