2014 College Scholarship Essay Contest

Staver Law Group, P.C. is proud to announce its inaugural scholarship program to help individuals who have been negatively impacted by accidents. As many have come to realize, accidents can have long-lasting consequences emotionally and financially. In some instances, they can mean missing out on opportunities for higher education and career advancement. As personal injury attorneys, Staver Law Group sees this happen in our clients’ lives and seeks to mitigate this for others.

The scholarship program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and they will be asked to share how an accident directly impacted their lives. The application deadline is November 15, and the recipient will be notified on December 1. After confirmation of current enrollment and academic status, the recipient will be awarded $2,000 towards educational expenses.

You can find the full details of the scholarship along with forms here.

 

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School Announce New Graduate Clinical Fellowships for 2015-17

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2015-17.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.  Friedman Fellows obtain LL.M. degrees while examining and engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law.

The 2015-17 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2015.  Each fellowship is affiliated with a specific law school clinic.  Although the various clinics provide the fellows diverse responsibilities and experiences, each provides the Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program enables every Fellow to learn about clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, teaching and supervising law students engaged in these endeavors, and participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  In the process, Fellows receive mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and the law school in general.

Fellows enroll in two year-long courses in Clinical Teaching and Scholarship taught by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and other clinical faculty.  As part of this course sequence, Fellows receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising law students, and in writing a publishable thesis.  Fellows also enroll part-time in other law school classes, and receive an LL.M. degree upon completion of the class and thesis requirements of the LL.M. program.

The program is currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience, especially with a background and experience in the following areas: administrative law, appellate practice, community economic development law, civil legal aid practice, criminal defense practice, litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, and transactional law.

Fellows receive an annual stipend between $45,000 and $50,000, tuition remission for the LL.M. program, health insurance and other benefits, and possible student loan deferment.  Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar.

Each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of references, and a complete law school transcript by October 15, 2014 to Associate Dean Phyllis Goldfarb.  The preferred submission method is by email.

In the alternative, applications can be mailed to the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics c/o Executive Assistant Norma Lamont, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20052.

 

ABA Section of Family Law Fellowship Opportunity

The Section of Family Law has started a Fellowship Program for diverse attorneys and/or attorneys who work for legal services organization and have a financial need.

The Section is currently recruiting interested applicants.  There are five (5)  fellowship positions available.

This is a two (2) year program and will begin in October 2014 and end in August 2016.  The attorneys selected to participate in the fellowship program must attend each conference for the next two (2) years and the first conference is scheduled for October 15-18, 2014 in Stowe, VT.

To read more about the program and download the application, visit the website.

Completed applications should be sent to Cynthia Swan via email  no later than September 18, 2014.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Invites You to Participate in Voting Rights Litigation Training

The landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 is undoubtedly one of the most successful civil rights laws in our nation’s history, and remains an important piece of national legislation that is still relevant today. However, the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively nullified the Act’s special preclearance provisions. As a result, until Congress amends the Act, voting rights litigation will be the only path available to minority voters seeking to protect their rights against discriminatory voting laws.

Help respond to this voting rights crisis by joining the American Constitution in a half-day training program, taught by some of the most respected voting rights practitioners in the country. This training will arm attendees with the tools and tips necessary to become active members of the voting rights bar, and will provide an opportunity for new and returning members of the voting rights community to meet and strategize about the challenges to come. We need you to be part of the next generation of voting rights defenders.

What: Miami Voting Rights Training Institute

Where: Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300, Miami, FL

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:30 to 5:00 PM

Who: Any and all lawyers and law students with a commitment to and interest in protecting the right to vote

CLE: Credit is pending

Faculty will include:

  • Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations , ACLU of Florida
  • Neil Bradley, Former Associate Director at ACLU Voting Rights Project·
  • Chad W. Dunn, Partner, Brazil & Dunn
  • Gerry Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
  • Franita Tolson, Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law

To participate in this critical training event, please contact Zack Gima, Associate Director of Network Advancement for the American Constitution Society.

 

You Must Now Apply to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Internship Program Directly Online

The Career Development Office (CDO) will no longer coordinate the 11th Judicial Circuit Internship Program.  Instead, students should  apply directly online.

If you have any questions, please ask your CDO advisor for additional information.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

All submissions must be submitted electronically. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage.

 

 

2014-2015 BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WRITING COMPETITION

Organized by the Environmental Law Institute and
the National Association of Environmental Law Societies

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

THE BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics online.)

ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox. You will receive a confirmation by email.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:

  • Title;
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page);
  • Law school name and address;
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change);
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece;
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration); and
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition.

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). Citation style must conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.

CRITERIA & PUBLICATION: The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program 2014-2015 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 2015, the program will offer one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend 8 weeks of their summer working at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. For additional details about the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, please click here.

In 2015, 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 the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 3, 2014.

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
jessica.gangjee@klgates.com   

OR

Deborah L. Turner
Scholarship Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414
(412) 394-2649
turnerd@pghfdn.org  

 

Invitation to Students and Alumni to Attend University of Miami Career Expo on Campus

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, September 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as business, healthcare, financial services, banking, retail and merchandising, government, telecommunications, and marketing. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and no law firms will be participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

The expo is open to University of Miami degree seeking students and alumni only. There is no required registration to attend the expo. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted. A list of participating employers, is available online.

Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA) seeks to promote the exchange of information and ideas related to the practice of law in order to enhance its members’ knowledge and skills. THBA also strives to provide resources and enhanced opportunities for the education of future attorneys of Hispanic origin or descent, while promoting the improvement of Florida’s legal system. These efforts ultimately promote the organization’s important goals of improving the administration of justice and increasing the quantity and quality of the legal services rendered to members of the Hispanic community. As such, the THBA will award two law students a $1,000 scholarship with the expectation that they will further the goals of our organization throughout their legal career. The following are the eligibility requirements for the THBA Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarships:

  • Applicant must be a law student of Hispanic origin from the Tampa Bay area; and
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school in the State of Florida; and
  • Applicant must have a minimum law school GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent); and
  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself academically; or
  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself in service-oriented activities that benefit the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area; or
  • Applicant must have a demonstrable interest in serving the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area upon graduation and/or during law school; and
  • Applicant must be available to attend the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Eighth Annual Gala being held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.

To apply, please submit a current resume, a copy of a current law school transcript, and an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses in detail why you are qualified for this scholarship along with any other information you wish to share with the scholarship committee on why you are deserving of this award.

Please submit these items to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Scholarship Committee via email by 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2014. The recipient will be notified by October 31, 2014.