Baker Donelson Scholarships

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students this year. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:

The deadline to apply is
midnight, Monday July 6, 2009. The scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, July 24, 2009. Please note that the deadline on the website does not reflect the correct deadline of Monday, July 6.

Scholarship Contest from the Access Group

For the second consecutive year, Access Group is sponsoring its popular law scholarship video contest and is inviting as many students as possible to participate in this opportunity. During last year’s “One Less Worry” contest, Access Group received 99 video submissions and awarded six winning law students more than $15,000 in scholarships.

This year’s law video contest, “My Inspiration,” is calling for current and entering law students to create and submit a brief video describing their inspirations for becoming a lawyer. The top ten videos, as chosen by Access Group, will be posted on and the student whose video receives the most votes will win a $10,000 scholarship. Access Group may also award up to five additional honorable mention scholarships valued at $1,500 each.

Deadline for entries is July 15, 2009, with judging set to begin August 3, 2009. The winners will be announced by September 3, 2009.

For more details including the official rules and deadlines, please visit

Job Fair Information Update

Job fairs are an excellent way to interview with employers around the country. Registration is currently open for the following job fairs. Please take note of any approaching deadlines as extensions will not be granted. For more on a particular job fair, please click on the appropriate link below or contact the listed CDO advisor.

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Boston, MA and Washington, DC – deadline is July 8.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Kansas City, MO – deadline is June 20.

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair, Albuquerque, NM – deadline is August 17. For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega.

IMPACT Legal Recruitment Program for Law Students with Disabilities, Washington, DC area – deadline is July 5.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, Indianapolis, IN – deadline is July 10.

Lavender Law Career Fair, Brooklyn, NY – deadline is August 15. For more information, please contact Marcy Cox.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, Minneapolis, MN – deadline is June 25. For more information, please contact Sarah Klein.

Rocky Mountain Diversity Career Fair, Denver, CO – deadline is July 27. For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega.

Southeastern Law Placement Consortium (SELPC), Atlanta, GA – deadline is July 8. For more information, please contact Marcy Cox.

Washington D.C. Interview Program (WDCIP), Washington, DC – deadline is July 1. For more information, please contact Diane Quick.

This Week at the CDO

Friday, April 24, 2009

The deadline to pre-register for the following job fairs is Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.: Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF), Atlanta, GA (open to all rising 2L and 3L students as well as class of 2009 graduates), Southeastern Law Placement Consortium (SELPC), Atlanta, GA (rising 2L and 3L students), Washington, DC Interview Program (WDCIP), Washington, DC (rising 2L and 3L students) and the West Coast Interview Program (WCIP), Santa Monica, CA (rising 2L and 3L students).

Copies of the pre-registration form are available in the CDO, Room A-112. You may submit your pre-registration form to Nirva Pierre-Louis via email or by dropping off your form at the CDO.

This will be the last “This Week at the CDO” for the 2008-2009 academic year. Best of luck on finals and congratulations to all graduating students.

ABA Section of Antitrust Law $5,000 Fellowship Award

The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law is pleased to announce the return of its Fellowship Award for the summer of 2009. The purpose of the Fellowship Award is to defray the housing and living expenses of distinguished law students pursuing unpaid summer employment opportunities within approved government agencies (federal, state, or international) dedicated to the enforcement of antitrust laws, or other institutions whose primary mission is to advance the study of antitrust and competition law.

Applications are available on the CDO Student Portal or from your CDO advisor. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2009.

This Week at the CDO

Monday, April 13, 2009


The deadline to bid on supplemental employer #2 of the April phase of the Spring 2009 OCI Program is Monday, April 13 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Learn what you can do to make a great impression on your summer employer. The presentation, given by attorneys at Akerman Senterfitt, will take place on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108. RSVP was required last week to attend.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The deadline to bid on employers participating in Resume Referral Session (April 15, 2009) is Wednesday, April 15 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Job Fair Information

On Monday, all students were sent via email (to the email address listed on Symplicity) a copy of the 2009 Job Fair Information chart and the Job Fair Pre-Registration Form. All students potentially interested in participating in a job fair this summer or fall should review the job fair chart and note any registration deadlines.

Four job fairs require pre-registration: The Southeastern Minority Job Fair and Southeastern Law Placement Consortium Job Fairs (both in Atlanta, GA), the Washington, D.C. Interview Program (Washington, D.C.) and West Coast Interview Program (Santa Monica, CA). Pre-registration does not bind you to attend any of the job fairs but rather guarantees that you will receive information on how to participate. You must pre-register by submitting the Pre-Registration Form no later than Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. Forms may be returned to the CDO in Room A-112 or emailed to Nirva Pierre-Louis.

Both the Job Fair Information Chart and Pre-Registration Form are available for download from the CDO Student Portal. Pre-Registration Forms are also available at the CDO front desk.

Registration is now open for the following job fairs:

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Boston, MA and Washington, DC

Delaware Minority Job Fair, Wilmington, DE

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Kansas City, MO

IMPACT Legal Recruitment Program for Law Students with Disabilities, Washington, DC area

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, Indianapolis, IN

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair, Memphis, TN (please contact Tamesha Keel in the CDO with questions)

Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair, Atlanta, GA

1Ls – Save the Date

Greenberg Traurig invites all members of the University of Miami School of Law class of 2011 to attend its Coast-to-Coast reception taking place on June 16, 2009 at many of its U.S. offices. A save the date card has been emailed to all 1Ls to the email address listed on Symplicity. More information will be sent in May.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites fall 2009, 2L law students (graduating May 2011) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. We are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

Student Registration Information

Student registration runs from April 1, 2009 to July 10, 2009.

Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity’s web site at After the student submits his/her registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable him/her to use the system throughout the next few months. Student registration deadline is July 10, 2009.

There is no fee for students to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.

Don’t miss an opportunity to interview with the following Indianapolis employers! (List current as of March 31, 2009)

Baker & Daniels LLP

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Bingham McHale LLP

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman PC

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Kightlinger & Gray LLP

Krieg DeVault LLP

Lewis Wagner LLP

Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC

Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Scopelitis Garvin Hansen Light & Feary PC

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

REGISTER TODAY! (2) $2,500 scholarships will be presented to interviewing students!

Hotel Registration

The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis ( in Indianapolis, IN, August 6-7, 2009. Room rates for students are $189 for both Thursday (August 6) and Friday (August 7) nights. Students will be responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements. Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-EMBASSY. Make sure you reference the IBA Diversity Job Fair to receive our group rate. If you need special accommodations, please contact Caren Chopp (; 317-269-2000). Hotel reservation deadline to receive the special rate is July 7, 2009.

Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

110 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 1-317-236-1800

Fax: 1-317-236-1816

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 6, 2009

4-8 p.m. Student Registration, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

5:30-7 p.m. Welcome Reception, location to be determined

Friday, August 7, 2009

8 a.m. Registration Re-opens, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

11:45-1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

1:20-4 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Interview Process

Interviews at the Job Fair are arranged as follows: Ten (10) of the 14 interviews will be pre-selected by the employer; the other four (4) interviews will be assigned, according to interest of the student. All interviews will be conducted at the Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown in individual guest suites.

About Indianapolis

Indianapolis has everything to offer law student candidates, from a one-of-a-kind legal community, to the comfort and reliability of a Midwestern city: cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Check out these web sites!

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association:

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce:

The Indianapolis Star:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

Indianapolis Colts:

Indianapolis RCA Tennis Championships:

Indianapolis Indians:

Indiana Sports Corporation:

Indianapolis Zoo:

Indianapolis Museum of Art:

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra:

Arts Council of Indianapolis:

Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS:

Indianapolis Bar Association:

Indiana State Bar Association:

The official Web site of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind.:

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF)

Georgia State University College of Law is hosting the 5th Annual Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is an excellent opportunity if you are interested in pursuing a position with an intellectual property employer. This job fair provides opportunities to interview for positions in litigation, prosecution, and transactional work in various areas of IP.

All rising 2Ls (Class of 2011) and rising 3Ls (Class of 2010) are eligible to participate and should have received via email the Student Instructions and Checklist, and Student Participation Form and 2009 Employer List. Please review the Employer List to determine if you qualify for positions and are interested in submitting your application. Please note that most employers are seeking rising 2Ls. At this time, only 3 employers are seeking rising 3Ls. If you did not receive this information you may email CDO Advisor Karen Warren to have the information resent.

To register for the job fair, you must complete the Student Participation Form and return it to Karen Warren in the Career Development Office by Monday, April 20.

To learn more about the job fair, visit SIPJF online or contact Karen Warren.