The Careerist: “Summer Associate Tips—How to Work the Lunch and Cocktail Party” By Eve Birnbaum

Law firm consultant Eve Birnbaum is a former corporate partner at Winston & Strawn, and was also  the legal director of the corporate practice at Proskauer Rose and global director of legal recruiting at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Ms. Birnbaum has written an article in The Careerist titled “How to Work the Lunch and Cocktail Party” which contains her three rules for proper networking at lunches and/or dinners. To read Ms. Birnbaum’s article, please click here.



Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund Fellowship Application Now Available for 2014-2016

The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), located in Berkeley, California seeks candidates for collaboration on Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW), and other public interest fellowship applications for the two year period beginning fall 2014. If awarded, such fellowships offer recent law graduates an invaluable opportunity for entry-level training in impact disability civil rights litigation, as well as many other aspects of a public interest practice.

Founded in 1979 by persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, DREDF is a national, non-profit law and policy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. They work through legislation, litigation, informal and formal advocacy, and education & training of lawyers, advocates and clients with respect to disability issues. Since 1988, DREDF has taught disability rights courses at Bay Area law schools, and they work regularly with law student interns. The office is unique in that it is comprised of not only attorneys, but also special education advocates and policy analysts, which provides for truly interdisciplinary and multifaceted perspectives on disability rights issues.

DREDF is particularly interested in candidates who want to collaborate on more than one fellowship application, and particularly interested in sponsoring candidates to work on a disability civil rights project in one of the following two areas:

Technology Access: Civic, commercial, social and personal activities are increasingly carried out on the Internet. Rapid technological innovation is the hallmark of the age, both in cyberspace and in the physical environment. It is critically important to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access this 21st century world. DREDF is at the forefront of addressing the challenging legal and practical questions that are unfolding with this new reality. DREDF is also interested in other technology access issues (e.g., involving online education, and services now reliant on automation in lieu of human staff). 

Health Care Access: Federal health care reform and current state and federal economic challenges are combining to create dramatic changes in the way health care and long-term care is provided and funded in the United States. As Affordable Care Act implementation begins in times of budget cuts, DREDF is focused on the many access implications for people with disabilities. These include architectural, technological, and communications barriers in health care settings; changes in delivery of specialty care; increased implementation of mandatory managed care for Medicaid users; and threats to the independent living supports necessary to keep people with disabilities out of institutions. 

Other Proposals Also Invited: While these are our current preferred focus areas, DREDF is also open to other project ideas proposed by candidates who have a particularly strong interest in other areas of disability rights advocacy.


  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Established knowledge of and interest in civil rights laws
  • The ability to work independently and cordially with others
  • Strong academic performance
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills

Applications for sponsorship must be submitted to DREDF by Monday, July 22, 2013 (before close-of-business Pacific Time). 

For application instructions and contact information, please visit Symplicity.

Join Ms. JD at Planning Consultants Group on June 19th for a South Florida Kick Off Event!

Ms. JD would like to invite you to an informal wine and cheese networking event in South Florida. Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. Serving as a unique nexus between the profession and the pipeline of diverse attorneys, Ms. JD’s online community provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and law students. With campus chapters throughout the nation, Ms. JD is also home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization. Ms. JD celebrates women’s achievements, addresses remaining challenges, and facilitates continued progress by bringing legal practitioners and law students together to share in an ongoing conversation about gender issues in law school and the profession.

Law students and lawyers of all genders are welcome for this informal wine and cheese networking event. With this initial meeting, Ms. JD aims to generate awareness and engagement of our local law schools and law professionals in South Florida. We hope to see you there!

When: June 19, 2013, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Planning Consultants Group, 2 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Please RSVP here.

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program 2013-2014 Application Deadlines

The Pittsburgh Foundation and K&L Gates LLP are proud to offer the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program. The fellowship was established in September 1999 to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2014, the program will offer one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend 8 weeks of their summer working at Education Law Center. For additional details about Education Law Center, please click on the link below.

  • Education Law Center provides free legal assistance and advice to parents, advocates and other professionals on issues of public education. For more information, please visit the website 

In 2014, the fellowship recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his/her public interest service. All stipend checks will be made payable to the student and mailed to Education Law Center.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 4, 2013.

Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation, an Advisory Committee will recommend the fellowship winner based upon academic merit, demonstrated commitment to public service, other information provided through the application process and interviews with finalist candidates. Family members of Advisory Committee members are not eligible for this fellowship. The Pittsburgh Foundation will notify chosen fellowship winners of its decision.

For a copy of the application materials, please visit the K&L Gates website, contact your CDO advisor or contact:

Jessica L. Gangjee
Legal Recruitment & Development Regional Manager
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 355-6547
Deborah L. Turner
Scholarship Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414
(412) 394-2649

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.