The MADD Court Monitoring Program: In-Court Volunteer/Internship Opportunity

MADD offers an opportunity in Miami-Dade County to spend time in the courtroom. Volunteers/interns attend court and collect data regarding DUI prosecution. The Court Monitoring program allows people to become even more familiar with courtroom processes and procedures and provides an opportunity to understand and analyze trends throughout the state.

Purpose of Court Monitoring: 

The Court Monitoring program works towards the elimination of drunk driving by observing court and collecting information on drunk driving cases. The information collected by Court Monitoring volunteers is used to better understand DUI, from crime through prosecution. Additionally, Court Monitors serve as a strong reminder that the public has a vested interest in the outcomes of drunk driving cases. 

Tasks/Responsibilities: 

  • Attend any court monitor trainings
  • Become familiar with court room procedure and personnel
  • Attend DUI misdemeanor and felony court cases
  • Collect information regarding DUI cases while in court
  • Use court house clerks as well as online case record searches to fill in missing data
  • Submit paperwork to the MADD staff in a timely manner

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Must subscribe to the purposes, policies, and code of ethics of MADD
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Background check required; no criminal arrests or convictions
  • Must not have a case pending or be convicted of a drunk driving offense
  • Detail oriented, good listening and critical thinking skills, and open mind
  • Must be able to attend court on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to court
  • Currently looking for volunteers in the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Hillsborough 

Time Commitment Required: 

Flexible, but typically 4 hours weekly. 

Benefits: 

  • Effect change in the criminal justice system
  • Save lives by spreading MADD’s mission
  • Eliminate drunk driving

Supervisor: Shira Tober, Florida Court Monitoring Project Specialist.

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

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 3, 2014):

  • Informational Career Fair 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bricks.
    Attorneys from firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and corporations visit campus to speak with students about their legal careers. During the event, students have the opportunity to ask the attorneys questions about their career choices, areas of practice and the general life of a practicing attorney. This is a great opportunity for students to get a feel for what it is like to practice law in different practice areas and with different types of employers. The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Bricks. For any details, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

 

 

Animal Legal Defense Fund is Hiring a Litigation Staff Attorney and Litigation Clerks!

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 110,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:

  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.
  • In addition to our national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.

I. ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Staff Attorney

Position Objectives:

An ALDF Staff Attorney is responsible for the day-to-day litigation of ALDF’s civil caseload, proactively developing new cases, assisting with ALDF’s legislative needs, as well as representing the organization out of the courtroom. He or she will work closely with the Director of Litigation as well as ALDF’s other Staff Attorneys and Litigation Fellows.

Description:

To represent ALDF in its civil strategic impact litigation, to develop new theories and cases, to assist with legislative needs, and to otherwise represent ALDF. He or she will: Research and develop legal theories and strategies for lawsuits; Research and develop fact patterns for lawsuits; File and handle lawsuits; Oversee drafting, editing and submission of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of ALDF; Assist with the review and development of legislation; Coordinate and collaborate with Criminal Justice Program staff on cases that have, or could have, both civil and criminal components; Coordinate, as needed, with Animal Law Program staff; Prepare and deliver presentations for professional conferences, fundraising events, etc. when needed; Work with Communications and other departments to answer questions on civil legal issues and procedures, and to propose, draft, proof read and/or edit content on cases and legal developments for ALDF website, blogs, e-Update, e-alerts, newsletters, donor mailings, etc.; Provide in-house expertise for staff on questions concerning Litigation Program cases, animal law civil cases in general and civil procedures and legal strategy.

Qualifications:

Must have a Juris Doctor degree, excelled in law school, and be admitted to practice law in at least one state; Must have a minimum three years litigation experience; Must have excellent organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines; Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; Must be “computer literate” and have experience with basic software application, including, Outlook, Word, Excel and internet browsers; Must understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund; Must have excellent references relevant to similar positions held; Must have a positive attitude and be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment; Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, etc.; Travel required.

Term of Employment: Full-time

Reports to: Director of Litigation

Position Location and Application Period: The Staff Attorney will be based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2014; the position will begin no later than May 1, 2014.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: $55,000. Excellent benefits package. Casual office environment includes companion animals.

How to Apply: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume [including Bar registration number(s)], law school transcripts, legal writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references to the attention of Wendy Cromwell.

Only complete applications will be considered. Visit the website for additional information.

II. ALDF Animal Law Institute Fall/Spring Litigation Clerkships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Since 1981, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has won precedent-setting victories that have expanded legal protections for companion animals, wildlife, animals in research labs, and those in factory farming situations.

During the 2014-2015 school year a select group of promising law students will be given the opportunity to learn more about animal law by participating in the ALDF Clerkships. The clerkship positions are described below.

Litigation Program Clerkships (Cotati, Calif.)

Responsibilities will include legal research, working with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and assistance in preparation of pleadings in cases currently being handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

Clerkships are for fourteen weeks each semester. Students are expected to commit ten to twenty hours per week to the clerkship, all of which may be done remotely. The start date is flexible (dependent upon the student’s schedule). Clerkships are open to second and third-year students only. Compensation is $15 per hour. (Subject to the student’s preference, we may instead structure the clerkship as an unpaid, for-credit externship or as a volunteer position to meet a curricular pro bono requirement.)

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Law students interested in applying should forward an application form, cover letter, resume (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript to the attention of Wendy Cromwell.

Only complete applications will be considered. Visit the website for additional information.

 

 

The Financial Aid Office Has Upcoming Seminars for Students!

Below is the information regarding the upcoming financial seminars:

March 19th, 2014: (Room 216B, 12:30p.m.) – Financial Planning Seminar – Open to all. A certified financial planner will speak to students about their federal loan portfolios and any other portfolios they may currently have. How to make smart decisions as it applies to their finances.

April 17th, 2014: (Room 309, 12:30p.m.) – Understanding Your Repayment Options – Open to all students, with a concentration on graduating 3Ls & LL.M. students. A representative from one of the Federal Servicing Centers will discuss the options students have for repayment of their federal loans, terms that the students should be aware of and who to contact with any questions.

 

Trandafir Writing Competition 2014

Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. The competition is open to law students and to graduate students in all disciplines. Below are details about this year’s competition. Interested students are asked to review the Official Rules carefully before submitting entries.

The 2013-2014 Competition Guidelines:

Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

Award: Publication and CASH PRIZE of $2,000.

Publication: The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Eligibility: All students currently enrolled in a law or graduate degree program from any institution in the world are eligible.

Deadline: All mail entries must be postmarked no later than March 21, 2014. All electronically submitted essays must be received by Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014. We will not accept late entries.

Official Rules:

(1) All essays must be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches paper (or A4 paper for non-US entries), with a 1 inch margin on all sides. Electronic submissions are acceptable, please send as an attachment to an e-mail with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address included.

(2) There is no minimum page requirement. The essay must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes.

(3) Citations should follow rules published in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).

(4)Entries must include a cover letter containing the student’s name, address, telephone number, name and address of the school which the student attends, and title of the student’s essay. The student’s name, school, or other identification should not appear on the actual essay.

(5) No essay shall be eligible which has been published or has an outstanding commitment for publication.

(6) All essays must be the work of an individual. Collaboration with others (other than the usual law review or seminar supervision) is prohibited.

(7) The judging panel will be comprised of TLCP editors and University of Iowa College of Law faculty. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy article is not submitted.

(8) Electronic submissions must be received in our office no later than 5:00 PM U.S. Central Standard Time on March 21, 2014.  Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your submission.  You should e-mail your submission as an attachment.

(9) After the editorial board receives your submission, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.

For Mail Submissions, Send To:

Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building 185
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113

 

HUMAN RIGHTS IN AGRICULTURE – THE MISSION OF THE FAIR FOOD STANDARDS COUNCIL

The CDO invites you to join Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, to learn about the advancement of human rights of farm workers and the long-term interests of growers.

When:                   Thursday, March 6, 12:30 p.m.

Where:                 Room A-110

Pizza will be served. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about the work of the Fair Food Standards Council, visit the website.

Join Spencer Aronfeld on How to Develop a Successful Solo Law Practice

Make It Your Own Law Firm – The Ultimate Law Student’s Guide to Owning, Managing and Marketing Your Own Successful Law Firm 

The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), a successful alumnus and one of our most dynamic speakers, as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice.

When:                 Monday, March 3, 12:30pm

Where:               Room F-200  

Pizza will be served. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about Spencer and his law practice in Coral Gables, click here.

 

The Touro Law Center Clinical Program is Hiring Two Full-Time Staff Attorneys

The Touro Law Center Clinical Program is hiring two full-time Staff Attorneys.  These attorneys will be helping vulnerable Superstorm Sandy-affected households on Long Island, while working to promote a fair and sustainable recovery.

One position is with the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic and will involve advocacy for households at risk of foreclosure because of Sandy-related losses or displacement.  The other is with the Disaster Relief Clinic and will involve federal flood insurance litigation and related advocacy.

The application deadline has been extended beyond what is stated in these announcements.  Applications are due by 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14 by email to Dean Linda Baurle. 

Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Staff Attorney (full-time), Disaster Relief Clinic:

Touro Law Center has an immediate opening for one full-time Staff Attorney in its Disaster Relief Clinic. The position is grant-funded for a fixed-term starting on or before March 3, 2014. The position is for a fixed-term ending September 30, 2015.

The Disaster Relief Clinic advocates for and represents vulnerable populations affected by Superstorm Sandy, primarily with issues involving flood insurance, including litigation. The clinic also holds weekly walk-in clinics at locations in Suffolk and NassauCounties for Sandyaffected households.

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for representing clinic clients and working at the walk-in clinics, and will report to the Director of the Disaster Relief Clinic.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching and supervising law students working in the clinic;
  • Maintaining reporting and statistical data;
  • Performing legal research and advising Sandy-affected households;
  • Providing legal representation in all stages of discovery and litigation;
  • Travel by car as necessary to walk-in clinics and to visit other nonprofits and clients.

Minimum qualifications include a JD or LLM from an ABA-accredited law school, admission to the NYS Bar in good standing, and at least six years’ experience in litigation. The ideal candidate will have experience with administrative law and insurance-related disputes, or in assisting vulnerable populations. S/he will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and will possess a demonstrated capacity for high-quality work product and professional judgment.

Submission guidelines: Please send a cover letter, CV or resume, recent writing sample, and contact information for three references by email to Dean Linda Baurle. 

The subject line of your email should read “Full-Time Staff Attorney for Disaster Relief Clinic.”

Staff Attorney for Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic:

Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is pleased to announce the opening for a fulltime staff attorney for its Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic. The Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic represents primarily low and moderate income clients who either face the threat of foreclosure or are defendants in a pending foreclosure action. Students handle all phases of representation, including the initial intake, drafting of documents, negotiation and court appearances. The staff attorney will report to the Director of the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic. The primary duty of the staff attorney will be to assist individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy who are now facing foreclosure. The staff attorney may supervise clinic students and appear in court with the students. The staff attorney is expected to model a high level of ethical conduct and professionalism to clients, the courts and adversaries. For further information on Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, please click here.

Funding for this position has been provided by the New York State Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) for Hurricane Sandy through September 30, 2015. Continued employment beyond September 30, 2015 is dependent on the receipt of additional funding. 

JOB SUMMARY:

The staff attorney will assist the Director of the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, and students enrolled in the Clinic in providing representation in foreclosure proceedings, foreclosure counseling and other legal assistance for Long Islanders affected by Superstorm Sandy.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Counsel clients, specifically those affected by Superstorm Sandy, facing the threat of foreclosure;
  • Prepare applications for mortgage modifications;
  • Represent clients, specifically those affected by Superstorm Sandy, appearing in court for Mandatory Settlement Conferences;
  • Defend clients in foreclosure actions;
  • Litigation – including drafting of pleadings, conducting discovery, motion practice;
  • Bring affirmative litigation on behalf of Superstorm Sandy victims;
  • Supervise students in all of the above activities;
  • Prepare reports for funding sources;
  • Conduct community outreach;
  • Collaborate with Touro’s Disaster Relief Clinic;
  • May be assigned other related tasks. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Education, Preparation, and Training:

  • J. D. degree from an ABA Accredited Law School;
  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in mortgage foreclosure matters. 

Skills:

  • Ability to produce high quality written material, meet tight deadlines, and work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Highly effective communication skills;
  • Interest in clinical legal education and ability to supervise students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Spanish is preferred;
  • Housing counseling and/or foreclosure defense experience is preferred;
  • Litigation experience a plus. 

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook. 

Travel:

  • Ability to travel to courts throughout Long Island – valid NYS driver’s license.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, life and disability insurance benefits.

Application Procedure:

Send a cover letter and resume to Dean Linda Baurle, Assistant Dean for Budget and Planning. The subject line of your email should read: SSBG Staff Attorney for Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic.

 

Lexis Advanced Lunch & Learn for Aspiring Law Clerks

Get the advantage with Lexis Advance! The FBA has teamed up with Lexis Nexis to host a lunch and training seminar, with a focus on skills for judicial interns and future law clerks.  The Lexis Advanced platform recently made improvements, so this is a great opportunity for students to refresh and refine their legal research skills.

The Lexis Advance Special Training is given by Ana Ramirez of Lexis Nexis on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP in advance.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS BAR ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION 2014 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation, a non-profit charitable and educational organization created under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was established in 1991.  The Foundation provides FCBA members with a vehicle for serving the community through volunteer efforts.  Over 2,000 private and government lawyers, law students and others interested in the field of communications law belong to the FCBA and the Foundation.  The Foundation also funds and awards various scholarships and internship stipends to students in college and law school.

The Foundation’s mission is to:

(1) Support worthwhile communications-related and educational projects as well as other community service projects, particularly those directed towards children and students, through financial contributions and volunteer services provided by Foundation members and others; and

(2) Foster greater public awareness and understanding of the development of communications technology, resources, and law.

FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship:

During its FY 2014, the FCBA Foundation will award scholarships to law students in their second and third years of study who are attending any accredited law school in the United States.  Competitive awards will be based upon the financial need of the applicant, and may range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually.

Applicant Selection:

This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship.  Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law.  Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications law field; (2) dependence on financial assistance in order to attend law school; and (3) their law school record.

Applications for the FCBA Law School Scholarship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020   19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036.  Applications must be received by regular mail or email by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by May 15, 2014.

For additional information, please visit the website or Symplicity.