Supreme Court Fellows Program

Since 1973, the Supreme Court Fellows Program has enabled exceptionally talented people to contribute to the work of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and more recently the United States Sentencing Commission. Founded by Chief Justice Warren Burger, the program provides fellows an opportunity to study firsthand both the administrative machinery of the federal judiciary and the dynamics of interbranch relations.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program seeks outstanding individuals from diverse professions and academic backgrounds, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, public and business administration, systems research and analysis, communications, and the humanities.
Work assignments and projects reflect the needs of the judiciary and the interests and capabilities of the fellows. Fellows gain insight into the contemporary policy issues facing the judiciary as well as an appreciation of the nature of judicial administration. Individuals best able to maximize the resources of the Supreme Court Fellows Program are those with initiative, poise, and adaptability.

As competition is intense, a degree of self-screening, according to the following criteria, is advisable. Candidates must have:

1. at least one post-graduate degree,
2. two or more years of professional experience with a record of high performance, and
multi-disciplinary training and experience, including familiarity with the judicial process. (A degree of proven administrative ability is desirable for some assignments.)

Fellows must be bright, energetic, and highly motivated; original and flexible in their thinking; articulate speakers and capable writers; able to prepare quality staff work within tight deadlines; personable, discreet, trustworthy, and committed to serving the federal judiciary.

The commissioners will choose approximately eight finalists who will visit Washington as guests of the program on February 26-27, 2009, for an orientation session, reception, and individual interviews with the Commission. Immediately thereafter, the Commission selects the fellows for the fellowship year.

Fellowship applications can be submitted by mail or online. Mailed applications must be postmarked by the November 11, 2008, deadline. Online applications must be received by the November 11, 2008, deadline.

Applications must include the following:
1. a candidate information form
2. a résumé highlighting academic, professional and personal achievements
3. copies of no more than two writing samples on 8½ x 11-inch paper in a format that is easily reproduced
4. a candidate statement of 700 words or less describing why you are applying for the fellowship, what you consider your major strengths and qualifications for the program, and what benefits you feel are likely to result from your participation
5. three candidate evaluations forwarded directly to this address:

Administrative Director
Supreme Court Fellows Program
Room 5
Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, D.C. 20543

Government Opportunities and Upcoming Deadlines

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook provides a thorough list of summer and post graduate opportunities for students at the local, state and federal government level. The handbook also provides useful charts listing opportunities by class year, deadline and whether the positions are paid/unpaid (in the case of internships). The site is password protected. For the login information, please contact your advisor.

The following opportunities have upcoming deadlines. For more information including how to apply, please see the Government Honors and Internship Handbook.

October 30:
Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel (2Ls, 3Ls)

October 31:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of General Counsel (2Ls)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Legal Counsel (2Ls)
Federal Reserve Board (2Ls)
National Labor Relations Board (3Ls, LL.M. students)

November 1:
City of Chicago Law Department (2Ls)
New Hampshire Public Defender (2Ls, 3Ls)

November 15:
Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection (2Ls)

Please remember that government deadlines are varied and that many are rolling. Therefore, it is important to stay on top of deadlines by reviewing the Government Honors and Internship Handbook and Symplicity. If you are interested in a particular state, local or federal government agency and don’t see them listed in the handbook or on Symplicity, be sure to speak with your advisor for ways to identify opportunities with that agency.

REMINDER: Deadline to Apply to PMF Program (3Ls) is Approaching

The deadline to apply to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is this Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

For more information please see the original posting about the Presidential Management Fellows program.

Interested applicants should stop in the Career Development Office to pick up an information booklet, which contains information regarding the application and nomination process. The booklets are available at the front reception desk. Please pay special attention to the nomination procedures. If you have any questions about the nomination procedure, please make an appointment to meet with Sarah Klein by calling (305) 284-2668 or stopping by the front reception desk of the CDO.

ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowships

The ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowships are open to recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates, and judicial clerks who commit to working in tax-related public interest, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for two years.

Applicants must select and arrange employment with those organizations prior to applying for the Fellowship, and must confirm that their work will involve taxation or the administration of tax law. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded each year, and the Section will fund the salary, benefits and law school debt service (when applicable) for each awardee.

The Section is now accepting applications for the 2009 Fellowships. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2008.

The Tax Section encourages its members to participate in pro bono work. The Fellowship program is one more way that the Section can provide a meaningful way for members to give back to their communities. Detailed information, and a downloadable application, is available online.

Networking Opportunities with Alumni

The law school Alumni office routinely hosts events for alumni and welcomes current students to attend. These events offer an excellent opportunity to expand your network of contacts.

The Alumni office particularly needs student hosts to help out with Homecoming 2008. During homecoming, alumni from around the country and overseas from the classes of 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1998 will be returning to the area. As a student host you would have the ability to speak with these alumni during homecoming events. If interested in serving as a student host, please contact the Alumni office.

For a full list of upcoming alumni events, please see the Law Alumni Calendar.

Reminder: Bidding Deadline for Fall 2008 Resume Referral / Direct Contact Program

As a reminder, the deadline to apply to those employers participating in the Fall 2008 Resume Referral / Direct Contact Program (October 2, 2008) session is tomorrow, October 2, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Instructions on how to apply are available in the Student Guide to Symplicity.

Reminder: Board Certification Lunch Session Tomorrow

Want to Be Florida Bar Board Certified One Day?

Florida Bar Board Certification: Student Information Session and Lunch

After only five years, many lawyers can demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and excellence in practice by seeking Board Certification. The Florida Bar now offers 22 specialty practice areas for Board Certification. Please join Board Certified Marital & Family Lawyer Terry L. Fogel — of Fogel Rubin & Fogel – to learn about the benefits of board certification and how to start preparing now as a student or young attorney.

This event takes place on October 2nd at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108. Pizza lunch provided!

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Attention 3L students:
The 2008 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application period is now open. The online application must be completed by October 15, 2008. Please see below for important information about the application and nomination process.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is the premier program for leadership development in the public sector. 3L students interested in pursuing a career with the federal government are encouraged to consider applying for the program.

The purpose of the PMF program is to attract outstanding men and women to the Federal service. Each year the program draws fellows from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.The program provides a two-year federal government fellowship to individuals who have completed a graduate-level course of study at an accredited college or university. Since 1977, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program and its predecessor, the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, have been attracting outstanding graduate, law, and doctoral-level students to the Federal service.

The PMF program is a passport to a unique and rewarding career experience with the Federal Government. It provides Fellows with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they acquired from graduate study. PMF assignments may involve public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

In recent years the number of fellows has ranged between four hundred and six hundred. There is not a set number of fellows selected per year. The number hired is based on the hiring projections of agencies as well as the number of highly-qualified applicants.

Fellows must have a graduate degree, meaning that they will be at least at a GS-9 pay level ($45,040-$90,698 in the greater Washington DC area, varies by geographic region). Many graduates may be at a higher level depending on their degree and previous work experience.

The online application closes October 15, 2008. You will be able to apply via a vacancy announcement on USAJOBS (search for Presidential Management Fellow) and on the “PMF Application” webpage.

Note: The positions are typically non-legal in nature.

Further information on the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website.

*IMPORTANT*

Interested applicants should stop in the Career Development Office to pick up an information booklet, which contains information regarding the application and nomination process. The booklets are available at the front reception desk. Please pay special attention to the nomination procedures. If you have any questions about the nomination procedure, please make an appointment to meet with Sarah Klein by calling (305) 284-2668 or stopping by the front reception desk of the CDO.
Again, the online application is due by October 15, 2008 and applications can be submitted via a vacancy announcement on USAJOBS or on the “PMF Application” webpage.

October 2008 Calendar

October 2008
Important Deadlines, Workshops and Events

October 2

Florida Bar Board Certification: Student Seminar and Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – Room 108

October 7

Get Ready for OCI Phase II/Session III: Interviewing Skills Workshop
12:30 p.m. – Room 109

October 10-11

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington, DC

October 13-31

Fall On Campus Interview Program (OCI) Phase II/Session III Interviews

October 21

Pathways to Employment in International Law
12:30 p.m. – Student Lounge

October 28

1L Career Development Office Orientation Sessions
12:30 p.m. – Room 309

October 29

1L Career Development Office Orientation Sessions
12:30 p.m. – Room 352

October 30

1L Career Development Office Orientation Sessions
12:30 p.m. – Room 309

Florida Supreme Court Internship Program

An information session regarding the spring 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students will be held on Tuesday, September 30th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

The application and selection processes will be discussed. Former interns will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their experiences at the Court. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Second and third-year students are eligible to apply to the spring 2009 program. First-year students are not eligible, but will be able to participate in the summer 2009 program and are welcome to attend the meeting. The application deadline is Monday, October 6th.

If you are not able to attend the meeting but are interested in applying, you may pick up an application packet from the Career Development Office, Room A-112.