This Week at the CDO (Week of October 20, 2014)

Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, 2014:

Equal Justice Works Career Fair, Washington, DC

Attend “The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System” on October 23, 2014

Event: The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System – October 23, 2014

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Davie, 33314

Pre- Reception at 6 pm in Faculty Terrace/7 pm Discussion in Faculty Study


  • Judge Rodney Smith-11th Circuit
  • Professor Charles Morton- Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Judge Richard Hersch- 11th Circuit
  • Annie Edmond, Esq. – Broward County Public Defender’s Office
  • Gordon Weekes, Esq. – Broward County’s Public Defender’s Office
  • Professor Fran Tetunic- Shepard Broad Law Center
  • George Odom, Esq. – Broward County’s Public Defender’s Office


Competition rules. Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors.

Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit, journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages, including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes. Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance with the Harvard Bluebook.

Submission Guidelines. Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF must not have the student’s name or any identifying information included within it. Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school. The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, student’s self chosen four-digit identifier, graduation year and school. 

Judging. Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations. 

Prize. There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.

For questions, please call: Brittany Rawlings, Esq. at 239-293-4391

For writing submissions only, email here.






2015 Summer Legal Internship Opportunity at NELP

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking dynamic law students for our 2015 summer legal internship program in New York City. 

About NELP: 

The National Employment Law Project 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, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. To learn more about us, please visit the website. 

The Internship:

With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and 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. Our 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;
  • Research and policy development to address the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality;
  • 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 supporting ongoing worker campaigns for $15 an hour and the right to unionize and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core minimum wage protections.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of this work, including:

  • Providing legal, policy and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Strategic participation in litigation related to wage and hour and other labor standards issues, including drafting of amicus briefs;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.

Because this internship opportunity is unpaid, applicants must secure their own funding. Interested students should submit an application (resume, cover letter and writing sample) via email with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

ABA: 2015 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

2015 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

This highly regarded student writing contest is in its 29th year. Law students writing on a business law subject of general and current interest have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to the April 2015 Section Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Review the details and access a submission entry form from the ABA website. Submissions are due Friday, January 9, 2015.

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

2015 Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work.

Up to nine law students from diverse backgrounds are placed in summer business court clerkships around the country. The selected clerks will receive a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship and an all-expense paid trip to the September 2015 Section Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Review the details and access an application from the ABA websiteApplication Deadline is Friday, December 26, 2014.



FAWL Speed Mentoring Event

Miami-Dade FAWL Presents Speed Mentoring

Who: All students (male and female) interested in participating in a mentoring program.

What: The mentoring program pairs practicing attorneys and judges in the South Florida legal community with law student mentees.

How: Modeled after “Speed Dating,” at the initial event, prospective mentors and mentees each will speak for five minutes. Mentors and mentees will then be paired based on areas of practice, interests, schedules and preference after the event.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Miami Center (attached to the InterContinental Hotel). 201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3200, Miami, FL 33131

Kindly RSVP via email no later than Friday, October 24th.  A copy of the mentee form for students to be completed may be obtained by emailing the CDO.

NEW DEADLINE: Equal Justice Works is Looking for Fellowship Applicants in Texas

Every year Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides funding for Equal Justice Works Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites. Equal Justice Works’ applicant pool for the 2015-16 Class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. While TAJF has made no decision regarding any current applicants, they have asked Equal Justice Works to re-open the application to diversify the pool. Again, the quality of the current candidates has not yet been reviewed or judged – this decision is about the total number of applications received. All applicants will be carefully reviewed once the pool is complete.

Equal Justice Works is seeking additional applications in Texas:

Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition exclusively for applications with TAJF grantees as host organizations. We strongly encourage your students to consider applying.

The new deadline for these Fellowship applications is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can find more information on the program and its application below. Should you have any questions please contact Carolyn Schorr at (202) 466-3686 ext. 137. To speak to TAJF about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Melton.

General information about Equal Justice Works Fellowships:

Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Depending on funding, Equal Justice Works is able to provide approximately 55-60 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

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ABA New and Activities for Law Students


Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship Application deadline: November 14 Addresses the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

Civil Liberties Union Legislative Office 2015 Summer Legal Internship (Washignton, DC) Application deadline: November 14 Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues. Interns will work closely with Legislative Counsels and Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the intern’s specific area of civil liberties interest.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Application deadline: January 6 This fellowship uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Sponsored in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

2014-2015 Global Justice Fellowships Entry Deadline: Rolling Basis Awarded to highly qualified law students or recent graduates in support of atrocity prevention and accountability, with particular emphasis on the ABA-ICC Project. Fellowships are funded by the Planethood Foundation, an organization established by Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremburg prosecutor and his son, Don, to promote international justice, rule of law, and conflict resolution. For more information, please contact Michael Pates, Director, Center for Human Rights. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and the Planethood Foundation.


14th Annual Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge Entry deadline: November 7 Award: $500. The Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

13th Annual Health Law Writing Competition Entry deadline: December Award: Possible publication in The Health Lawyer, expenses paid trip to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, March 4-7, 2015 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Writing Contest Entry deadline: January 9 Award: $2,500. Law Student Division members are encouraged to submit papers on a high quality business law topic written in the current or previous academic year, and approved for submission by a professor or law school dean.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law 1st Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition Entry deadline: January 15 Designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Law Student Writing Competition Entry deadline: January 16 (5:00pm PST) Award: $3,000

Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest Entry deadline: April 17 Award: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in the Family Law Quarterly and on the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding your achievement, and one year complimentary membership in the Section.


Client Counseling Competition Entry deadline: October 17 The Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Entry deadline: October 31 The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.


Application Deadline: October 15, 2014 The Forum Committee focuses on the legal, regulatory, and policy issues that arise in the air transportation and commercial space industries. Forum membership is primarily comprised of aviation and space lawyers from both the public and private sectors. They represent government agencies, including the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as airlines, aerospace manufacturers and service providers, travel distribution companies, travel agencies, tour operators, airports, the financial and insurance communities, and business and general aviation interests.



FASPE Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

FASPE seeks applications for its 2015 law fellowships. FASPE Law, one component of a larger program that works with students in several professional fields, uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on legal ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland where Fellows study the past, connecting to it in ways that no class-room-based course can, and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of today.

Fellowships include travel from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz), where Fellows work with leading faculty to explore ethics and history. Seminars cover topics such as: the challenge of ambition in professional development, how to manage duties of candor and confidentiality, which case decisions a lawyer may control, and dilemmas in day-to-day practice.

Ten to fifteen law students will be chosen to participate in the 2015 trip, which will run from Sunday, May 24 to Thursday, June 4. Fellowships cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food.

FASPE is designed for students who intend to practice, whether in law firms, as prosecu-tors, as defense attorneys, or otherwise. FASPE staff are happy to talk with applicants who are concerned about potential conflicts with summer clerkships or bar preparation. Previous Fellows have balanced FASPE with other summer obligations.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, visit the website.

FASPE programs are non-denominational. Students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Completed applications are due by January 6, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in law school at the time of their application . Award notifications will be emailed by March 1.