Law Review Submissions and Student Writing Contest

The University of La Verne Law Review invites University of Miami School of Law professors and students to submit their work for their upcoming Symposium Issues focusing on the field of Immigration Law.  This issue will be published in April 2010.

In conjunction with the Symposium Issue, the  Law Review is offering law students the opportunity to submit their Note or Comment for our Student Writing Contest.  The grand prize is $200 and publication in Volume 31 of the University of La Verne Law Review.  The winner will also have the opportunity to present his or her work to leading experts in Immigration Law at our Live Symposium, to be held on February 19-20, 2010.

For more information, please visit the University of La Verne Law Review website.

FAWL Scholarships for Law Students

The Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is offering several limited scholarships to law students who have made or seek to make contributions to the community in the areas of health, safety, human rights or human welfare.

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, October 30, 2009.   Students may request a copy of the application from their CDO advisor or by emailing

Brennan Center for Justice – Summer Internship Program

The Brennan Center for Justice is currently hiring legal interns for the Summer 2010 term. There are opportunities in all of the Center’s programs and both of its offices to work on cutting edge policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution—part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group—the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

The Center seeks interns to work alongside staff in its New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts.

How to Apply:

Interested students should send: (1) a cover letter explaining which particular programs or projects they are interested in joining: Democracy (NY), Justice-Access to Justice/Criminal Justice (NY), Justice-Liberty & National Security (NY or DC), or DC Office; (2) a current law school transcript; (3) a legal writing sample; (4) a current resume; and (5) contact information for three references. These items should be sent by e-mail to  with “Summer Legal Internship” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2010, but interested students are strongly encouraged to apply early.

More information is available at the Brennan Center for Justice website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 5, 2009)

Monday, October 5, 2009

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

Fall OCI Phase II // Session III interviews begin.  Interviews will continue through Friday, October 23.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

First Annual Employer Appreciation Reception

The Career Development Office and Student Bar Association cordially invite all students to the first annual Employer Appreciation Reception taking place on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum on the campus of the University of Miami.

This is an opportunity for you to meet attorneys and judges in the Miami legal community.  We hope to see you there.

12th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition and Scholarship Program

The 12th annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition and Scholarship Program is a joint effort of the GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries intended to provide law students with opportunities in the field of entertainment law.

For details including the rules for entry, please visit the Entertainment Law Initiative’s Facebook page.

The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and the four runners up each receive $1,500 scholarships.  All winners receive additional non-monetary awards as well.

Paper Submission Deadline:  January 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Winners will be announced on January 22, 2010.

Public Interest Conference in Atlanta, GA

The Emory Public Interest Committee (Emory Law School’s public interest student group) is delighted to announce their conference entitled “Expendable People?:  A Human Rights Perspective on the Impact of Global Economic Migration on Georgia.”  The conference will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, and it will address three aspects of economic migration—human trafficking, the guest-worker program, and the undocumented workforce—and aims to challenge current law and culture to examine the health of human rights within U.S. borders.
Student conference organizers seek to engage conference participants in an open discussion of each of these topics: their causes, incidences, and effects—on those directly involved and on the greater Georgia community.  The conference will serve as a space where individual, government, and community responses to economic migration can be examined and even challenged.  Specifically, the plan is to discuss the relationship between human rights and citizenship.
Information is available at, and registration is open now.  There is no fee to attend (small charge for those seeking CLE credits), but registration is requested in order to plan for materials and meals.

Upcoming Meeting for Students Interested in International Law

Interested in international law opportunities?  Join the CDO during the International Law Society Meeting to learn more about the following:

  • the upcoming International Law Informational Career Fair taking place on Monday, October 26 at lunchtime in the Student Lounge
  • the upcoming ABA International Law 2009 Fall Meeting
  • an overview of international law opportunities

This meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109.  We hope to see you there.

Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception

You are cordially invited to the Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception:

Date:         Friday October 2, 2009

Time:          6-9 pm

Place:        Douglas Entrance Puerto del Sol Historic Ballroom, 800 Douglas Entrance, Coral Gables, Florida.  Open Bar, Catering by Theirry’s, music by Serenade Ensembele

Member Cost:     $30.00

Non-Member     $35.00

RSVP to:         Eddy Rodriguez @ (305) 441-8818 OR PAY AT THE DOOR Please make checks payable to: Coral Gables Bar Association

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program

2009-2010 Application Guidelines

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.  Each summer, the program awards up to three successful candidates a fellowship that enables them to spend four weeks of their summer working at one of four designated public interest organizations. The following four organizations offer placement opportunities to K&L Gates fellows:

In 2010, each 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 organizations at which they will be working.  K&L Gates will pay a supplemental salary to any recipient who receives and accepts an offer to spend the remainder of the summer as a K&L Gates summer associate.  The supplemental salary and stipend will equal the weekly salary of K&L Gates’ summer associates during the fellowship period.  K&L Gates fellows, however, are not required to spend the rest of the summer with K&L Gates.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 10, 2009. Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation, an Advisory Committee will recommend the fellowship winners 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.

To request a copy of the application materials, or to address any questions, please visit, contact the CDO or contact:

Jessica L. Gangjee
Regional Recruiting Manager
K&L Gates LLP
Henry W. Oliver Building
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 355-6547


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

AFL-CIO Fellowship Program

The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2010. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international unions which represent 11 million working women and men in the United States. The AFL-CIO works on a variety of fronts to improve the lives of working families, to secure social and economic justice in the United States, and to protect the interests of working people in the global economy. The AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been instrumental not only in negotiating good pay and benefits for union members, but also in the enactment and enforcement of laws that protect important rights for all workers, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL-CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union-side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities. The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits. In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers. Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

The fellowship salary is in the range of $55,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Benefits include excellent medical and dental insurance plus paid vacation.

Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent legal research and writing skills and enjoy legal research and appellate work. Applicants should also have a commitment to workers’ rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. The AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

To Apply: Applicants should mail a cover letter explaining their interest in the fellowship, a current resume, a transcript, a short writing sample, a letter of reference and a list of two additional references to the AFL-CIO’s Office of the General Counsel ATTN: Fellowship Position, 815 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. The application process is rolling and will remain open until the successful candidate is selected. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.