Bilzin Sumberg’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Presents: An Intimate Discussion with Judge Rosemary Barkett

Please join us on Wednesday, April 14th at 12:00 p.m. for a virtual discussion with The Honorable Rosemary Barkett of The Hague-based Iran-United States Claims Tribunal on the topic of empowering women in the legal profession. Judge Barkett has had a distinguished career, including serving as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as Florida’s first female Supreme Court Justice. She will share her professional journey and personal experiences and offer insights into the state of women advancement and gender equality in the field of law.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoom registration is required. 
Please click here to save your spot and register via Zoom.

About Judge Rosemary Barkett: 

Rosemary Barkett is a judge of the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal located in The Hague, Netherlands. Previously, she served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for two decades. Prior to her nomination for that post, she was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Born in Mexico to parents who were emigrants from Syria, she is recognized as the first woman, Arab American, and Hispanic judge on the Florida Supreme Court.

This Week at the CDO (Week of April 5, 2021)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Ready for the real World – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Join the CDO and special guest speaker, Gina Sauer, as we go over what to expect when you leave law school. Gina will discuss understanding assignments, soliciting feedback, maximizing your mentor relationship, mitigating your mistakes, marketing yourself internally, laying the ground work for future leadership and much more. If you have questions, please email Alana Butin in the CDO.



The Food Law Student Network Invites Students to its Executive Board Informational Session on April 12th 2021!

The Food Law Student Network (FLSN) is a collaboration of law students from around the country dedicated to promoting the study and practice of food law and related fields.  FLSN’s Executive Board fulfills the organization’s mission by hosting regional and national events, providing resources for students to promote food policy at their schools, curating a clearinghouse of internship and employment opportunities, and much more!

We are inviting law students to apply for the 2021-2022 FLSN Executive Board.

WHO: Students interested in leadership opportunities in food law & policy!

WHAT: National Food Law Student Network 2021-2022 Executive Board Informational Session

WHEN: Monday, April 12th, 7 PM CT

WHERE: Zoom – Register here

Access the Executive Board Application here

Link to email from FLSN about Info Session

QUESTIONS? Click here.


Chapman and Cutler LLP – Upcoming Virtual Events: Focused on Finance

Chapman and Cutler LLP, a finance-focused Firm based in Chicago, would like to invite members of the Business Law Society to join us for some upcoming event programming, including our Public Finance Roadshow.

RSVP here.

Attend the Second Round of Equal Justice Works Virtual Event – Gulf & South Regions

Engage with Equal Justice Works staff, Fellows and alumni, student representatives, and National Advisory Committee members.Attend the second round of virtual events dedicated to Equal Justice Works’ postgraduate Fellowship opportunities. We invite students to attend to learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow and how students can best prepare for the process as a 1L, 2L, and 3L. This is an opportunity to ask questions and engage with Equal Justice Works staff, current Fellows, and program alumni.

The event takes place on Wednesday, April 07 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET. Attendees can register for the event here.

Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day before the event. These events will not be recorded.

CDO Presents: Ready for the Real World Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

CDO Presents: Ready for the Real World on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM. Virtual Event. Click here for Zoom link.

Get the inside track for crossing the bridge from student to professional, with practical tips to survive and thrive in a new work environment – from acing assignments, to interacting with supervising attorneys and team members, to navigating the “unwritten rules” found in every work culture.

Speaker is Gina Sauer, J.D. The CDO welcomes Gina Sauer, of ATTAVITA, a career coaching and talent strategies company, to discuss what to expect as you transition from law student to lawyer.

During the span of her career, Gina Sauer has had a unique, “360 degree” perspective on the world of law careers, having seen it from every angle: as a lawyer, legal employer, law school career services professional, and career coach/consultant.

As the president and founder of ATTAVITA, she has developed training curricula and presented workshops to hundreds of lawyers, recruited and on-boarded numerous associates and partners, given many presentations before organizations such as the American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools, and coached hundreds of legal professionals to achieve their career goals.

Join us on Tuesday.

2021 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Student Legal Writing Competition

Official Rules:

This writing competition (“Competition”) is sponsored by the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (“Forum”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”).

The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Forum. It is also intended to attract students to the affordable housing, community development or pro bono practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields. Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition detailed herein.


Open to all law students who are at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in a law school that is at the time of entry, ABA Accredited, (b) member of the ABA and the Forum, (c) at least 21 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Employees of the ABA, its respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.

Topic: Entries should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing, fair housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements: (a) Entries must be original, unpublished work. Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit. Submissions must not have been previously published in any media. Only one essay, per competition theme, may be submitted by each entrant. Failure to submit an original essay will result in disqualification and selection of a new winner. Entries should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages, with 1-inch margins, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. size Font. Articles should include footnotes in Bluebook format (single spaced in Times New Roman, 10 pt. size font and which shall count towards the word limit). (b) There is no entry form of any kind. Entries should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the entry. (c) A separate title page should be attached and must contain the entry’s title, the student’s name, law school and expected graduation year, and the student’s contact information including mailing address, phone number(s), and email address. (d) Entries must be submitted by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (the “Journal”), Stephen Miller no later than 11:59 PM Central Time, on March 25, 2021. The Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.

Selection and Notification of Winners: The entries will be judged anonymously by a five (5) person committee comprised of members of the Forum. Decision of the Sponsor (including the committee judging the entries are final). Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: clarity of the topic, significance of the topic, manner in which the topic is treated, organization, quality of analysis, quality of research, authority, and citations, and quality of grammar, syntax, and form. The winning entry will be notified by email by April 19, 2021, 11:59 pm Central Time. The winner must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of winning the competition no later than April 23, 2021, after which he/she forfeits the prizes and another winner may be selected.

Award: A single winning entry, as judged by the selection committee, will be eligible to receive a prize of (a) a $1,000 cash prize. Winners will be solely responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes (federal, state, local or other) on prizes, which will include the value of any accommodations and airfare. Winners will be required to complete a W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment and liability release for tax purposes. All forms must be completed and returned via email to Dawn R. Holiday within 15 business days of receipt, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named. The decision of the Sponsor, including the judging committee is final.

At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, the winning essay may be selected for publication in the Journal. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication. Please note: The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law must have the first right of publication of the selected essay.
License/Grant of Rights: By entering, the winning entrant consents to the publication of her/his entry by the ABA, understands that such publication is not guaranteed, and grants the ABA the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all ABA media or form of communication; (2) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in ABA’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an ABA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (3) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (4) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Competition, in each case, without further compensation. Additionally, the winning entrant must execute a separate publication agreement giving the ABA the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the ABA mission. If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 30 calendar days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner named.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be emailed by March 25. 2021, 11:59 pm Central.

Odds of Winning: Chances of winning may vary depending on the number of entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Laws and Regulations: This Competition is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

Conditions of Participation: By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and releases and discharges the Sponsor, including but not limited to the ABA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Competition, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Released Parties of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this promotion and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries submitted to the ABA become the property of the ABA and will not be returned; however, entrants who do not win first- place may submit their entries for publication elsewhere. Entrants must not submit their articles for publication elsewhere prior to December 31, 2020. All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

Opt-Out Option: Announcement of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by May 28, 2021 to the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

Please contact Dawn R. Holiday if you have any questions.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 22, 2021)

 Thursday, March 25, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Get to Know Kelley Kronenberg – 12:10 PM – 1:40 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: The CDO invites 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls to get to know Kelley Kronenberg. If you have questions, please email Alana Butin in the CDO.


The American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) is proud to announce the 2021 American Journal of Mediation National Dispute Resolution Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. ACCTM is an association of dispute resolution professionals with substantial practice experience as mediators, arbitrators and conflict management neutrals. The ACCTM Journal is a nationally recognized publication dedicated to the growth and enhancement of dispute resolution professionals.

The College will award a $5,000 CASH PRIZE for FIRST PLACE and a $2,000 CASH PRIZE for SECOND PLACE, ranking submittals as determined by a panel of judges of ACCTM Fellows together with the Editorial Board of the Journal. Winning entries along with a selection of submissions separately chosen by the Judges will be published in the ACCTM Journal.

The competition is open to all North American JD and LLM law students enrolled as of December 15, 2020.

Subject matter focus for entries can embrace the full range of the alternative dispute resolution field– consensus-based dispute resolution (e.g., negotiation, mediation), adjudicative processes (e.g., early neutral evaluation, binding or non-binding arbitration and private judging), or mixed processes (e.g., arb-med, med-arb, high low arbitration, baseball arbitration). Papers can also focus on ADR process design, practice techniques, specific case studies, related legislation, and ethical dilemmas and standards for dispute resolution professionals.

Submittals will be judged on relevance, originality, writing quality and appropriate research supporting assertions and conclusions. Manuscripts must be the work of a single author. All judging will be “blind”—judges will not be provided information on the author’s identity or school. The Journal reserves the right not to award any prize and to reject any submission.

While there are no firm page limits, there is an expectation that submitted works will be between fifteen and thirty double spaced pages, including footnotes. The work should be presented in 12-point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ X 11-inch paper with one-inch margins. Footnotes may be single spaced and presented in accordance with The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition).

Entries are due no later than 11:59pm (EST) on June 15, 2021 and should be electronically submitted in Microsoft Word Format to:
American Journal of Mediation

            American College of Civil Trial Mediators

            C/O Sarah Evans, Journal Competition Administrator

Via Email

Please include full name and contact information, along with law school affiliation and class.

Get to know Hogan Lovells! Attend Virtual Program in March!

Hogan Lovells is a diverse community, and one of uncommon commitment. Coming together from all backgrounds, with different experiences and skillsets, we thrive on making a positive impact. Want to learn more? First year law students are invited to attend a virtual program to introduce you to the firm. Panelists will include lawyers representing a variety of our U.S. offices who will provide an overview of the firm, share their stories, and answer your questions.

The program will be hosted on two different dates, please plan to attend one. Reserve your spot today by submitting your RSVP below for the date and time that best accommodates your schedule.

Dates & Times

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PT

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET


Zoom link provided upon confirmation of RSVP

To RSVP, please click here

 Please visit our U.S. Careers Site to learn more about us in advance. Kindly RSVP by March 26, 2021.