NALP Summer Job Search Webinars Now Freely Available Online

The Association for Legal Career Professionals now has summer job search webinars, produced in conjunction with Equal Justice Works. These seminars are available on the NALP website.

The two hour-long webinars offer expert tips and best practices on cover-letter and resume drafting, as well as interviewing and networking.


Careers in International Anti-Money Laundering Presentation via Teleconference

This is a free program presented by ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Money Laundering Committee on Monday, February 6th, 2012, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET by teleconference.

A panel representing a broad spectrum of practitioners who are focused on anti-money  laundering issues will present to law students, new grads and those just interested in learning more about careers in AML. Panelists will share how they arrived at their present positions, what helped to get them there, the type of work they do and what they wish they had known in law school related to AML careers.


  • Truman Butler, WellsFargo Senior Counsel, BSA Section & AML Compliance
  • Bruce Zagaris, Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
  • Stephanie Brooker, Chief, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office for DC
  • Danielle Camner Lindholm, BAE Systems
  • Mikhail Reider-Gordon, Navigant CI
  • Michael Buffardi, Special Advisor for Non-Bank Financial Institutions, Regulatory Policy & Programs Division, FinCEN

Register Here.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition – Deadline April 27, 2012

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of Legal Ethics. All students with an interest in Legal Ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Entries must be original, unpublished work, not to exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5×11 paper, double spaced and standard font.  Co-authored essays may be submitted.

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to one (1) winner.

All entries must be received before 5:00 p.m., April 27, 2012. Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school. 

All entries should be submitted to the following address:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6749
Fax: (574) 631-3980

The Law Society Human Rights Essay Competition

Application deadline: Friday, March 23, 2012.

Law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or inbetween stages) are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition. This year’s essay title is: ‘In the light of the growing prison population should we look for alternatives to imprisonment?’ The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March 2012.


The winner will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up receives book tokens to the value of £250. We will also publish both essays. The prize-giving event will take place at the Law Society in late June 2012, where the winner may give a short speech.

The winners will be announced and copies of their essays will be handed out on the night.

About the Graham Turnbull Competition:

The competition is named after English solicitor Graham Turnbull who did much to promote respect for human rights. Graham was killed in February 1997, aged 37, while working as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights Mission inRwanda. The Society is proud to honour Graham’s commitment to human rights through this competition, which aims to encourage awareness and knowledge of international human rights issues and remedies among young lawyers.

Entering the Competition:

The competition is open to all current or prospective law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and all solicitors and barristers, within three years of admission/call at the closing date.

  • Essays must reach the Law Society by 18:00 on Friday 23 March 2012
  • Entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words, including footnotes
  • Entries will be rejected if they do not address the subject of the title, or exceed 2,000 words
  • Proof of eligibility must be included with your essay

Read the full rules online before submitting your entry.

The winning essay will be chosen by a panel of distinguished judges. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Send your essay to Sarah Smith.


The Fulbright Scholar Program for 2013-2014 is Open

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information, visit the website.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012. U.S.citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit the website or contact the program via email.

The American Bar Association is Offering Free Membership for Attorneys Through August 31, 2012

The American Bar Association is offering a free membership through August 31, 2012.

If you are a lawyer, not a member for the 2011-2012 ABA year, and want to join, go to this link. Use promo code RMM11MRRC and you will receive a freeABA membership.

HOPE Summer Program in Tanzania: African Probate & Policy Initiative

Program Description:

The African Probate & Policy Initiative is designed to foster study, research, and on-site experiences in Africa. The Initiative will focus on the role of probate and property laws in Tanzanian society, the impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, and the human rights implications of both on life in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian legal system is based on British common law, but includes elements of Islamic law (khadi courts), codified customary law, and traditional law. This melding of various legal systems can prove challenging for lawyers practicing in Tanzania, as well as to officials whose task it is to implement and enforce the law. As such, Tanzania provides an exceptional environment for comparative legal studies.

This program offers students:

  • The ability to participate in a direct setting in a course focused on human rights in Africa
  • The study of comparative legal systems with a focus on comparative probate law & policy
  • Experiential learning and the opportunity to engage, firsthand, in providing legal services in a developing country
  • Fieldwork with direct client interaction in providing probate assistance and drafting of wills to rural Tanzanians

Course Information:

Course Title:    African Probate & Policy Initiative
Credits:             6 Credits

For More Information:

Please contact Gretchen Bellamy, Director of International Public Interest Programs.


The Department of Education Has Released an Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Form

The Department of Education has released an Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness form to assist borrowers in tracking their qualifying employment and qualifying payments as they work toward earning loan forgiveness.

After borrowers submit the form, they will be notified whether their employment qualifies, the total number of qualifying payments they have made and how many payments still need to be made before they qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. This will be a tremendous help for borrowers in documenting the 120 qualifying monthly payments (at least ten years worth) they need to earn forgiveness. It also will provide them with some certainty that their employment qualifies.

Details of the interim certification process set up by the Department of Education, a copy of the form, instructions and a “dear borrower” letter have been posted to the Department’s Student Aid on the Web site. The Department will also be posting some updated PSLF questions and answers to the site soon. You can also direct questions to the Equal Justice Works.


University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition – Deadline June 1, 2012

Deadline: June 1, 2012.


The University of Connecticut School of Law has established a Student Legal Writing Competition to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.


Entrants should submit a paper on a legal issue affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.


Papers will be accepted from any student enrolled for the 2011-12 academic year in an ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Canada. Papers must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a student may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 16, 2012. Registration is online.


Papers should be a minimum of 15 pages in length and shall not exceed 30 pages, including footnotes. They must be typed, double-spaced and with one-inch margins, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, in a 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. All citations and footnotes should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and should be in a 12-point font.


Papers will be judged by a panel appointed by the University of Connecticut School of Law. Judges will evaluate papers based on the substance, clarity of the proposal or thesis, logical force, support of argument, and quality of research. Grammar, syntax, and form will also be taken into consideration.


Entries must be received by 5pm on June 1, 2012. Entries must be submitted in two formats: (1) email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Jennifer Mailly; and (2) mail, with a postmark dated by June 1, 2012, four copies of the paper to:

Student Legal Writing Competition
University ofConnecticutSchoolof Law
55 Elizabeth Street
Attn: Prof. Jennifer Mailly

Papers are judged anonymously, and no identifying information should appear on either the original or the copies of the paper. Entrants must submit a separate cover letter listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of law school, and year of graduation.


Up to three cash prizes may be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. The contest organizers reserve the right not to award prizes if no papers meet quality standards. Winners will be notified by July 16, 2012. All decisions of the judges are final.

View the Competition Flyer here.

Internship in Legal Ethics at SEC Headquarters

Although most SEC attorneys work day-to-day in securities regulation, many attorneys deal with other substantive areas. The Commission actively seeks interns every semester inWashington D.C.who are interested in legal ethics. The Office of Ethics Counsel reports directly to the Chairman. The Commission encourages applications to the Office of Ethics Counsel because it serves important mission and because it provides interns with hands-on educations in legal fields outside of securities regulation.

The Office of the Ethics Counsel is responsible for advising and counseling all Commission employees and members on such issues as personal and financial conflicts of interest, post-employment restrictions, and securities holdings and transactions. The office advises the commissioners, along with current and former employees. Interns assist attorneys in providing that counseling, including with legal research and preparing responses to inquiries and questions.

Interning in the Office of the Ethics Counsel provides law students with hands-on experience involving a wide variety of issues and a unique opportunity to obtain exposure to the various divisions and offices of the Commission. Students interning in the Office of the Ethics Counsel may be assigned legal research projects or training projects and will work closely with the Ethics Counsel and her staff to interpret and apply government-wide Ethics law to the SEC.

Students interested in the Office of Ethics Counsel should apply to Headquarters using the procedure described for the “Law Student Observer Program” on the website.

Students should highlight their preferred assignment in their cover letter.