2014 Summer Legal Internship Opportunities at the National Employment Law Project

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights.

NLP is currently seeking applications from interested law students for their 2014 summer legal internship program. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, their approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and then translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century. The work includes:

  • Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low‐wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize;
  • Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from these protections;
  • Working with policymakers and community coalitions to make economic development accountable to community needs and create living wage jobs for local residents.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of their work. Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of policy advocacy, litigation and community education, and will assist in drafting manuals, articles and policy briefs for publication. Interns may also work with NELP’s National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse, a growing movement of unions, community groups, worker centers, legal services, plaintiff’s attorneys and public agencies working to make headway against wage theft and the erosion of the minimum wage floor and right to overtime pay

Students interested in a position in the NYC or Oakland office should submit an application. See Symplicity for specific application instructions.

Students must come with their own funding for the summer for the NYC and Oakland positions.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

NELP will also be hiring one summer legal intern for their Seattle office through the Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellow Program, which provides a total ten‐week stipend of $4,500.  Eligible students interested in applying for a NELP internship through the Peggy Browning Fund, which will begin accepting applications in November 2014, should read the Application Requirements available on the Peggy Browning Fund website  and then submit an application package.


The 2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration – Deadline January 2, 2014

Beginning in 2014, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student — $250

Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident — $250

2014 Contest Question:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted into law in 2010 attempts to improve the access of Americans to improved quality health care, while controlling the nation’s escalating health care expenditures. As the ACA gets further implemented in 2014, discuss opportunities and challenges this law presents for constructive, innovative collaboration between the legal and medical professions in contributing to the quest for a more affordable and accessible high quality health care system.

Applicant and Paper Criteria:

1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.

2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.

3. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.


1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).

2. No abstract is required.

3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.

4. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.

5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author’s name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.

6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.

7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.


1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.

2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.

3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Responsiveness to the competition question
  • Originality and thoughtfulness
  • Quality of analysis
  • Quality of writing

Deadline and Submission:

1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2014.

2. Papers must be submitted electronically.

3. Direct questions to:

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300.

For additional information, please visit the website.

Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2014.


The 2014 John Marshall Law School Global Markets Law Writing Competition

The Global Markets Law Journal is pleased to announce the 2014 Global Markets Law Writing Competition. Entries may address any subject that deals with the intersection of financial markets and law. The writing competition is open to JD and LL.M. students at all U.S. law schools. Entries must be the work of a single author and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

To be considered, all entries must be submitted by Friday, February 14, 2014, at 5 p.m. CST via email using the subject line “Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition.”  All submissions must include the author’s name and contact information (email, postal address, and telephone number).  Please also include your law school and the year you anticipate graduating.

The Global Markets Law Journal will award the following prizes:

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $500

The first-place winning article will be published in the summer 2014 issue of the Global Markets Law Journal.

For more information about the competition, download the 2014 Writing Competition Poster.

The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law


Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits or employment discrimination.


Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2013 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.


Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must be printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper and must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins.

An entry consists of three copies of the paper, submitted as a packet with three removable cover sheets indicating the law student author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.


One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)


The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries should be mailed to:

Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams   Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
For additional information, please visit the website.

Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Description of the Fellowship: 

The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term.  Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients.  The fellowship experience is designed particularly to develop the fellow’s skills as a clinical instructor and to introduce fellows to a career in clinical law teaching.  Throughout the fellowship, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through an Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy seminar, taught by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses.  Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience.  Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to commencing the fellowship.  Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer. 

Description of the Clinic:

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court.  The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation.  Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation.  Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship.  For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner.  The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity.

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation.  In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations.  In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

Application Process:

Please complete an application and submit it to both the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program.  Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on the application.

Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2013.  Those selected to interview will be interviewed in December or January, with selection following shortly thereafter.  Start date is in early July, 2014, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June, 2016.


This Week at the CDO (Week of October 21, 2013)

Friday, October 25: 

  • Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference, Washington, D.C. – Open to rising 2Ls,  3Ls and alumni and includes over 200 public interest employers. For more information, please contact Sajani Desai at the CDO or please ask your CDO advisor. 

Saturday, October 26: 

  • Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference, Washington, D.C. – Open to rising 2Ls,  3Ls and alumni and includes over 200 public interest employers. For more information, please contact Sajani Desai at the CDO or please ask your CDO advisor. 

FREE: The Nuts and Bolts of Opening Your Own Law Firm: From Renting Space to Storage in the Cloud

FREE: The Nuts and Bolts of Opening Your Own Law Firm: From Renting Space to Storage in the Cloud

November 7, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
701 Brickell Avenue Conference Center
701 Brickell Avenue
Conference Center – 1st floor/lobby
Miami, FL 33131

This event will consist of a panel of experts in their field aimed at teaching attendees about issues they need to consider when starting their own law firm or partnering with other attorneys to form a law firm.  Attendees will learn about office leasing and sharing office space, social media and marketing, accounting and law firm trust accounts, storage in the cloud/security, and from an attorney who has her own firm and has to deal with these issues and others.

Fifty (50) minutes of instruction for a total of one (1) CLE credit is being requested for this program.

Lunch will be provided and the event is free of charge.


Lisa Lehner – Introductions/Moderator – Lisa Lehner, P.A.

Sharon Ellis – Office Leasing and Sharing Office Space – Rise Realty

Katie Phang – Experienced Attorney with her own Firm – Arrastia, Capote, & Phang, LLP

Lisa Jerles – Social Media and Marketing – LJJ Consulting, Inc.

Maria Yip – Accounting and Trust Accounts – Yip Associates

Darriel Prestegaard – Storage in the Cloud, Security  - Waypoint Solutions Group


The 2014 Palm Beach County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program Application is Now Available

The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Internship Program was formed in 2010 to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in legal work environments. Law firms of many different practice areas and those classified as large, medium and small have participated in the program.  The program has also included opportunities for governmental and public interest employment and resulted in some of the law clerks being offered opportunities for future, permanent employment.  However, future, permanent positions are not promised.

Students that are interested should contact their CDO advisor for applications and other details on participating in the program. Additional details, as well as the application form, are all also available on the website.

The following should be attached to your application: 1) current resume; 2) legal writing sample, 15 pages or less; 3) transcript; and 4) a brief statement, 400 words or less, explaining what makes you a diverse intern. Send the completed application and all attachments to Chioma Deere.

Application deadline: January 17, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.

The ACLU Seeks Staff Attorney for its Tampa, Florida Office

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU-FL) invites applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney in its Mid-Florida Regional Office, based in Tampa, FL.


The ACLU-FL, the state’s largest legal and public advocacy organization, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, and communications to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights.

The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU which implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of four offices in Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville, the Florida affiliate has a $3.5 million operating budget and 30 staff positions, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.

The ACLU-FL litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies. The staff attorney, who will be based in the ACLU’s Mid-Florida Regional Office in Tampa, will be primarily responsible for developing new cases and litigation strategies in the region, and must be able to work both independently and as part of a statewide litigation team. In addition, a part of the attorney’s time may also be devoted to public policy advocacy and to supporting the programmatic work of the Regional Office.


  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts, particularly in the Mid-Florida region. This includes working and co-counseling with cooperating attorneys; conducting extensive research and factual investigations; writing motions, briefs, and other court filings; court appearances; and oral arguments.
  • Identify and develop new cases and new litigation strategies in the ACLU-FL’s programmatic priority areas.
  • Supervise student interns and legal fellows.
  • Support and promote the work of the Mid-Florida Regional Office on ACLU priority civil rights/civil liberties issues.
  • Participate where appropriate on relevant task forces and coalitions.
  • Work closely with the ACLU-FL’s Public Policy and Communications departments in helping to advance the ACLU’s public policy objectives.
  • Assist in developing and writing advocacy materials, including blog and media materials.
  • Engage in public speaking and articulate ACLU policies and programs to the public and the media on a broad range of issues.

For experience, qualifications, compensation, how to apply and additional details, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#11974.






The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students – Deadline is January 6, 2014

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.

Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic credit;
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP Law
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP Law;
  • Written and oral communication skills; and
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement.

Applications will be accepted September 23, 2013 through January 6, 2014. Awards will be announced in April 2014.

For the application and complete details and information about how to apply, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.