K&L Gates Change Your World Campaign

A message from the law firm of K&L Gates, LLP:

Conservation. Community. Change.

The world is changing all around you. Right now, you have the opportunity to make an impact. By joining our global law firm, you will work with a wide array of organizations making a difference in communities around the world. You can also make a difference today by helping us donate $20,000.

Continuing on the success of last year’s Change Your World campaign, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money we save will be donated to a worthy charity. Here’s where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the “Change Your World” trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in. While you are there, find out why you should be a part of K&L Gates.

You can help spread the word and assist your school and charity gain more points by letting your fellow students know about Change Your World or becoming a Change Your World fan on Facebook.

Latham Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2010-2011). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

• Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;

• Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;

• Academic and/or leadership achievements; and

• Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2009. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2010.

The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Sub-Committee, enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Application forms are available online under the Diversity Scholars Program heading.

Volunteer for Super Bowl XLIV and Pro Bowl 2010 in South Florida

Miami-Dade residents have an opportunity to volunteer for Super Bowl XLIV and Pro Bowl 2010 in South Florida next year.  Volunteer ambassadors can experience the fun and excitement of the event first hand and are eligible to win a Host Committee prize pack that includes two tickets to Pro Bowl 2010.

Time commitment for volunteers is minimal. Interested residents are encouraged to register as soon as possible as shifts fill up quickly. Go to SouthFloridaSuperBowl.com/volunteer to register, or contact 305-614-7564 or volunteers@SouthFloridaSuperbowl.com.

11th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

What:        11th Annual NATIONAL LAW STUDENTS WORKERS’ RIGHTS CONFERENCE.  Includes a networking reception, small group discussions and interactive workshops for students who are interested in public interest labor law.

When:    October 16 & 17, 2009

Where:    National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD

Deadline:      August 27 if you’re asking The Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare; October 2 for all others. Register early to ensure admission!

Brochure:    Conference brochures are available in the CDO Resource Library.

More Info:    Visit the Peggy Browning Fund website or speak to your CDO advisor.

Koch Internship Program

The 2009 fall Koch Internship Program in Washington, D.C. is a paid, part-time internship program that places interns in various fields ranging from policy research to communications.  It prepares interns for careers with market-oriented think tanks, policy institutes, and other organizations that work to advance free-market principles and economic freedom.  The program also runs in spring and summer.

Applicants should:

*    Have an interest in the non-profit sector.
*    Have a commitment to free-market principles and economic freedom.
*    Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and self-starter attitude.

For more information on the program, please visit the program’s website.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 21.

Baker Hostetler Diversity Fellowship

The Baker Hostetler Diversity Fellowship will award a salaried 2L summer associate position for the summer of 2010 and a $25,000 scholarship.

The firm welcomes applications from second year law students who are members of one of the underrepresented racial/ethnic groups or a member of the LGBT community.  Joint degree candidates must have successfully completed two years of a JD program.  Candidates must not be a recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same time period and must be a US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the US.

For all relevant information and application information, please visit the Baker Hostetler website.

The deadline to apply is October 9, 2009.

DOJ Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

The United States Department of Justice’s Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) and Honors Program provide opportunities for summer and post-graduate positions.  More information about both programs is below.  Each year, UM law students have been selected for both programs and we look forward to continuing this trend this year.

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate’s background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.  For more information about the Summer Law Intern Program, visit the Program’s website.

The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the only way that the Department hires entry-level attorneys. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate’s background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.  For more information about the Honors Program, visit the Program’s website.

How to Apply: To apply for either program, you must complete the online application form between July 25 and September 8, 2009 (midnight EST).  Applications are available online.

The US Department of Justice will be on campus on Friday, August 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge to speak with students about both programs.  If you are interested in either program, be sure to attend!

CLE Opportunity

The Florida Bar Business Law Section Presents:
Lunch ‘n’ CLE
A Business Law Section Member Benefit

“Legal Outsourcing – What It Means For You”

Live in Orlando or via teleconference
July 29, 2009
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Topics to be discussed:

  • When to consider legal outsourcing
  • The Ethical Considerations – Ruling by the Florida Bar and ABA
  • Impact on Time, Money, Profits and Budget
  • How to Find a Provider / Things to Look for in a Provider

If telephone conferencing, dial in instructions will be emailed to all participants one day prior to the course.

Live Location:

Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A.
CNL II Center – 420 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 920
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 244-8000

This FREE 1.0 hour CLE will be presented by Kiran C. Chhaganal, CEO, Ius Juris, LLC

Note, the live presentation will be held in Orlando.

One Florida CLE credit will be awarded to attendees.

For more information, please visit http://www.floridabar.org/.

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: www.bakerdonelson.com/diversityscholarship.

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 YouTube.com 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 www.youtube.com/MyInspirationContest.