Announcing the University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s FIRST ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST ESSAY COMPETITION

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has both a professional and educational mission: it serves the bench, the bar, and the academy by providing a forum for the publication of original, high quality legal research while also providing educational experiences for its Editors. Like many journals, the Law Review provides an opportunity for its Editors to submit an original work of scholarship suitable for professional publication. Through this Competition, the Law Review seeks to expand this opportunity and further its dual mission by publishing serious legal scholarship focused on social justice and public interest issues and by supporting law students at the beginning of their legal careers.

PRIZES:

One winning essay will receive a monetary prize of $3,000 and will be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

TOPIC:

Submissions must focus on a specific legal issue within the public interest. This encompasses any issues relating to social justice or advancing the general welfare and good of the public. Topic selection will be one of the criteria judged.

FORMAT:

Essays must be submitted in PDF format and include footnote citations. Submissions must be no longer than 9,000 words, including all footnotes, and be named “PIEC.pdf”. All submissions will be considered anonymously. Students must ensure that their essays do not contain any identifying information. Any name, class year, or institutional affiliation, will be disqualified.

ELIGIBILITY:

The competition is open to all current law students (Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017) from any ABA accredited American law school. Submissions are limited to one per person and must be an original, unpublished academic essay.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is accepting submissions for its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 22, 2015, at 5pm EDT, via the online submission portal.

JUDGING PROCESS AND WINNER NOTIFICATION:

All submissions will be considered anonymously by a selection committee from Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The best submissions will demonstrate originality and superior literary effort that advances and serves the interests and understanding of a specific topic within the broad arena of public interest and the law. The winning essay will be announced in the fall of 2015, receive $3,000, and be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

These guidelines and the link to the online submission portal are accessible through the Public Interest tab on the website of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

The Membership, Diversity, and Law Students and Clerks Committees present: STARTING YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 (3:00 to 4:15 pm EDT), the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a teleconference panel titled “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Law Firm.”  This panel is directed to law students and lawyers with 1-5 years of experience.  The panel will explore the experiences of five attorneys who successfully practice in small intellectual property law firms. Students can participate in the program by “dialing in.”

Panelists:

  • Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC
  • Barbara Murphy, Partner, Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC
  • Reynaldo Barcelo, Partner, Barcelo, Harrison, and Walker LLP
  • Graciella Cowger, Partner, Stolowitz, Ford & Cowger LLP
  • Brittany Maxey, Owner, Maxey Law Offices PLLC

Moderator:

  • Mike Mireles, Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Please join the panel discussion about starting your own law firm. The panelists will discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a small law firm. The panel will examine issues related to transitioning from an established law firm and developing clients, as well as discussing the personal satisfaction of managing and working in your own law firm.

Private Practitioner Cost:

FCBA Member – Complimentary

Non-Member $120

Government/Academic/Retired Cost:

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary

Non-Member $35

To register for this Program, please follow these instructions:

1) To participate via the teleconference, please visit the registration website.

2) Law Students can participate in this program complimentary.

3) This is a non-CLE program.

If you wish to join the FCBA, go to the website. The FCBA is the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of their webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.

 

Career Opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency – March 26th @ 6 pm

The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and The Central Intelligence Agency will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event at the LGBT Miami Visitor Center on March 26th from 6-8pm.  The CIA LGBT Community Outreach Program Manager will open the event discussing the diversity and inclusion efforts currently under way at the Agency followed by one of the CIA’s regional recruiters who will briefly discuss the mission of the organization, the different directorates that make up the organization, current job opportunities, and how to apply to work at the CIA.  

This is a FREE EVENT!

 

What?

 

A panel discussion will take place after the introduction and overview consisting of 3-4 CIA officers from different areas within the organization who will speak about their careers and their experiences of being LGBT and working at the Agency in addition to addressing questions from the audience.  The panel will be followed by a networking reception where attendees will have the opportunity to speak with panel members and the regional recruiter.

 

Where?

 

LGBTVisitorCenter on Miami Beach

1130 Washington Ave. – 1st Floor North

Miami Beach, FL33139

 

Parking is available on the street (metered) or, in the City parking garage – entrance on 12th Street.

 

When?

 

This Thursday March 26th, 6 pm to 8 pm

 

Complementary Bar and food will be available.  FREE to all in attendance.

 

This is a great opportunity for all interested parties.  The CIA is an inclusive and, welcoming workplace environment embracing equality.

 

RSVP here.

We hope to see you all there!!!

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 23, 2015)

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing and Client Etiquette – Essential Skills for Professional Success12:30 p.m., Room F – 209 – The CDO and PAD cordially invite you to attend and see Sharon Abrahams, Ed.D., National Director of Professional Development for Foley & Lardner LLP. She will be discussing important etiquette skills necessary to be successful while networking, interviewing or on-the-job.       This is an excellent presentation with helpful tips whether you are a 1L, 2L or 3L student. This is a RSVP-only event as boxed lunches will be provided. RSVPs here. Should you have any questions, please contact the CDO at cdo@law.miami.edu.   We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing Workshop for Estate Planning LL.M. Students12:30 p.m., Room F – 408 – A discussion about what to do before, during and after an interview, as well as the protocol for the interviewing process in general. This is a RSVP-only event. RSVPs should be provided to Tere Rodriguez at the CDO.

 

 

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. James Lynch, a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, has graciously endowed this writing competition to honor Paul Faherty, former director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits.

Topic:

The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing:

  • a public policy issue,
  • a critique of a leading case or doctrine,
  • a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or
  • a comment on a common law doctrine.

Eligibility:

Any currently enrolled law school student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States may enter.

Prizes:

A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner’s paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center’s TaxEB InBrief magazine.

Rules:

The paper must be the applicant’s original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

Specifications:

  • All papers are to be submitted electronically by email. Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  • Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5”x11” paper with one-inch margins.
  • Papers are to be formatted with endnotes; papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Entries should be between 25–30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

Submissions All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Papers submitted after this time and date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number, along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 16, 2015)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 

  • Flying Solo – Make it Your Own Law Firm 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F – 309 – Spencer Aronfeld, Esq. will take you through the steps of building a successful law firm. Mr. Aronfeld is a graduate of UM Law.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Seeks Lecturers

The University of Florida Levin College of Law seeks applicants for a Lecturer position to teach courses in which the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, and mediation advocacy are taught.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts. Applications must be submitted onlinerequisition number 0907671.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.

 

The University of Florida Levin College of Law also seeks applicants for a Lecturer position in the Legal Drafting Program.  The Legal Drafting course is a required course at the College of Law.  It is taught to second year law students and focuses on the drafting of litigation documents, contracts and legislation.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts.  Applications must be submitted online, requisition number 0907670.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.

 

 

Save the Date for the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference

SAVE THE DATE

HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference

March 18-21, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

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Interviews for Walmart compliance positions will take place during the 2015 HNBA Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Please read full job descriptions here.   If interested, return your resume and cover letter (include “Walmart Compliance” on the subject line).   The deadline is Friday March 13, 2015

2015 Alford Excellence Award

On May 21, 2015, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2015 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future attorneys who will sit for the July 2015 Delaware Bar Examination.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To be considered for the Alford Excellence Award, applicants must submit all application materials by April 30, 2015. Application materials include: (1) the 2015 Alford Excellence Award Application and (2) a personal essay (1000 word limit).

Part I

2015 Alford Excellence Award Application: The Alford Excellence Award will be awarded to at least three applicants with superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, a commitment to community service, and who intend to actively practice law in the State of Delaware.

Part II

Personal Essay: Each applicant must complete a persuasive essay, which highlights his/her demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to community service, personal barriers, which have been overcome and/or provides examples of academic achievements, awards and certificates, personal qualities and character. In addition, applicants should address why they desire to actively practice law in Delaware.

All application materials should be submitted via email by April 30, 2014 to:
 
The Alford Excellence Award Selection Committee
Attn: Mrs. Tamika A. Crawl-Bey, MBA, JD
Vice-Chair, Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section

Each applicant must complete all the requested information in the Application and include copies of a transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and a resume. Applicants may also include copies of other relevant documents, such as awards, recognition certificates, etc.

A Boston University School of Law Student Seeks to Sublet Apartment in Miami Area For Summer 2015

A Boston University School of Law student who is interning in Miami this summer seeks to sublet an apartment for 10 weeks, approximately from May 20th through July 31st.  The student will be interning around the area of Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 28th Street. If interested in learning more, please email the CDO to be put in touch with the student looking to sublet.

 

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