Swords to Plowshares Seeks Candidate to Sponsor for a Legal Fellowship Beginning in August 2016

Swords to Plowshares seeks candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.

Swords to Plowshares is a nationally-recognized nonprofit serving veterans in need in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance, counseling and case management, employment and training, and housing to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.  Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, their mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Their legal services include free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; they also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  They are a small, collegial staff seeking candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.  Applicants are encouraged to propose project ideas.  They seek someone who is dynamic, creative, and highly motivated.

A successful fellowship candidate will:

  • Possess superior research skills; strong academic record; impeccable written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have demonstrated experience with or sensitivity to the needs of homeless and disabled veteran populations, particularly “hard to reach / hard to serve” populations.
  • Possess patience; creativity; attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure.
  • Be committed to the mission of Swords to Plowshares.
  • Become a member of the State Bar of California (other state bar membership may qualify, if it satisfies VA rules for attorney representation and meets eligibility requirements for admission to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims).

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals are also encouraged to apply.  Please note that Swords to Plowshares will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

To learn more about Equal Justice Works post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit the website.  To learn more about Skadden post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit the website.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in Swords to Plowshares along with a resume, academic transcript, writing sample, and list of three references here. Please be sure to include “Fellowship Candidate” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Monday June 29, 2015.

Law Students Working at Nonprofits and Government Organizations for the Summer 2015 are Eligible for a $1,212 Segal Education Award Through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD Program

Law students working at nonprofits and government organizations for the summer are eligible for a $1,212 Segal Education Award through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program. Students can use these funds to reduce the amount they have to borrow for law school or to repay loans after graduation.

And anyone who applies to AmeriCorps JD is automatically entered to win one of 20 iPad Air or Surface 3 tablets!

The application deadline is June 1, 2015. The application takes about 30 minutes using the online Student Application Manager. For more information or assistance:

  1. Download the Application Guide.
  2. Contact Brandon Basso at AmericorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.
  3. Equal Justice Works also has a quick video on what it means to be an AmeriCorps JD member.

Writing Opportunity for Law Students

Authors are wanted to write entries for the Privacy Rights in the Digital Era: An Encyclopedia. This work is currently in development by Grey House Publishing . We seek to make this encyclopedia the definitive reference work in the subject of contemporary privacy rights, with over 230 entries on the various concepts, theories, persons, statutes and cases involved in the subject of privacy rights.

This is a great publishing opportunity for publishing in a dynamic, high interest area, for law students. The publisher will pay honoraria for entries that are accepted.

If you are interested, please write Chris Anglim, the general editor of this project. He will provide additional information, including the list of entries, deadlines and word count limits. The advisory editor for the project is Professor Jane E. Kirtley, JD, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota¹s School of Journalism.


6th Jacques Leroy International Prize – Business and Human Rights

The Union Internationale des Avocats organizes the 6th Jacques Leroy International Prize – Business and Human Rights. This prize is to reward a law student for his research or work paper in a way of conciliation between Human Rights and Business world.

Candidates must send a dissertation (study, case study, and plea) on the topic Human Rights in the Workplace and Supply Chain Monitoring: How can Compliance with Exacting Standards be Reconciled with the Use of Local SMEs in Emerging Countries?” 

Entries must reach the UIA by letter  to 25 rue du Jour 75001, Paris-France or via email by July 31, 2015 at the latest.

These documents may be written in English, French or Spanish.

The winner will be rewarded with participation in the UIA annual congress that will take place in Valencia, Spain from October 28 to November 1, 2015 and a cash prize of € 1000, as well as free membership in the UIA for a year.

You may visit the website for additional details and to view the flyer.



Bricker & Eckler – 2016 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Consistent with the firm’s rich tradition and commitment to diversity and inclusion, Bricker & Eckler LLP is pleased to present the Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for 2016.

Established to provide a second-year law student with a valuable employment experience early in their legal career, this scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who: demonstrates leadership skills, academic strength, service to the community and an overall commitment to excellence, and who has exhibited meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The firm proudly dedicates this scholarship in honor of our partner and trusted friend, Charles H. Walker, whose career and service to the community exemplify a strong commitment to both the legal profession and Bricker’s tradition of diversity and inclusion. For many years, he served as a recruiter and mentor to younger attorneys and helped guide Bricker & Eckler’s diversity and inclusion commitment.

Students who will be 2L students in the Fall of 2015 currently enrolled in an ABA-approved law school are eligible to apply for the scholarship. One scholarship in the form of a $10,000 cash award (less any applicable taxes and withholdings) toward law school tuition and other law school related expenses will be awarded. In addition, the scholarship recipient will receive a paid summer associate position for the summer of 2016.

For more details and information, please visit Symplicity or the website.

The Stephen Coats Memorial Fellowship


The Stephen Coats Memorial Fellow is a one year fellowship to promote workers’ rights in Latin America and build transnational support for worker organizers in the region.

Experience required:

This position requires knowledge of international labor rights and the challenges related to their application in Latin America. Ideal candidates will have worked with a labor union and/or a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual.  Applicant must be fluent in Spanish, possess strong writing skills, and the ability to work effectively in diverse coalitions. The position is available with a preferred start date in June 2015.

Fellow responsibilities include:

Campaign Engagement & Fundraising

  • Work directly with union and NGO partners in Latin America to challenge labor rights abuses in selected strategic industries, including bananas, palm oil, and apparel;
  • Design and implement a campaign for U.S. brands and supermarkets to uphold banana workers’ rights in their supply chains;
  • Travel to the region to conduct research and strengthen ILRFs relationship with key allies;
  • Engage and grow the USLEAP program’s supporter base via email communications, fundraising mailings, website updates and engagement, and the creation and mailing of semi-annual newsletters and other communications; and
  • Assist with grant proposal writing and reporting for Latin American funding opportunities.

Legal and Policy Responsibilities

  • Assist ILRF legal and policy staff to prepare various non-judicial complaints against governments and corporations who violate or are complicit in the violation of workers’ fundamental rights;
  • Monitor the performance of the social auditing industry on enforcing labor rights in the region, including publicizing the certification of union-busting companies as “sustainable” producers; and
  • Represent ILRF in various coalitions promoting labor and human rights in Latin America.


  • One year’s travel and/or work experience in Latin America is strongly recommended.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and organize work streams.
  • Social Media and technology savvy to lead engagement with program supporters.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions.
  • Fluency in Spanish, written and oral.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and graduate degree preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. To apply, email cover letter, resume, and a sample of policy-related writing or a copy of a report here by May 25, 2015.



May Networking Happy Hour at Tarpon Bend

Tarpon Bend
65 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


$10.00 Member-Only Price for All Members who register and pay online by 2:00 PM the day of the event

$20.00 For All Non-Members and Members who pay at the door

$0.00 Judge

Register Now

2015 Legal Diversity & Inclusion Tennis/Golf Classic @ Crandon Park – May 9th – 3 CLE



MAY 9th, 2015 – ALL DAY

3 CLE applied for

Crandon Park Tennis Center – Key Biscayne

A SPORTING EVENT FIRST AND FOREMOST: The 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Sports Classic will include tennis and golf tournaments. The USTA will once again run the tennis tournament, which will follow a team tennis round robin format so that during the day players can compete with nearly every other player out on the courts. The number of tennis players has been limited to 72, divided into 12 teams of six. Teams will be strategically organized in a ways that account for players’ skill levels, but also group people in different spheres of the legal community to facilitate networking – for example, a team may consist of a judge, law student, in-house counsel, law firm lawyer, government lawyer, member of academia or third-party legal vendor. Golf teams will be organized in the same way. The golf tournament will follow a shotgun start. It is open to 88 players that will be divided in 22 teams of four.

CAREFREE NETWORKING: Team sports facilitate camaraderie among team members and focused, friendly competition with opponents. In this environment, there is no self-awareness, awkwardness or boring conversations while networking. You will make true connections with other legal professionals without even thinking about it. This is an ideal networking environment for everyone – particularly people who are still learning how to network or who generally don’t enjoy doing so.

FUN FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND GREAT FOOD: What are sporting events without the excitement of spectators? Besides, work takes you away from loved ones enough. Invite your family and friends to join the tournaments, or simply come out for the many other activities available for guests – including tennis and video game competitions for children, and dominoes and chair massages for adults. Moreover the food will be excellent! Our caterer will be preparing freshly catered meals throughout the day – no boxed lunches. We will end the day with a happy hour celebration, with music, dancing and awards for the tennis and golf champions.

CUTTING EDGE CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION: The 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Sports Classic will incorporate a CLE presentation for players, while guests will have access to a total of three CLE programs throughout the day. See schedule for more information. Panel topics are to be confirmed and announced, but will be presented by highly-qualified experts and address cutting-edge topics like successful economic models for the modern legal practice, minority and diversity issues, preventing the professional exodus of mid-career women lawyers, leveraging media to promote your practice, how technology and social media are disrupting the legal profession, and future courthouses: brick and mortar or virtual spaces.




7 a.m.–8:30 a.m.        Registration and breakfast for tennis players and guests.

9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.      Registration, breakfast and CLE for golfers and guests.

9 a.m.–Noon               Tennis tournament.

Noon–5:00 p.m.        Golf tournament.

Noon–1:30                  Lunch and CLE presentation for tennis players and guests.

1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.       Tennis tournament resumes.

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.        Guest CLE

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. General happy hour, hors d’oeuvres and awards presentation.

The Student Bar Association at Florida International University School of Law (together with Legal Learning Series and Eventcrowd) invites you to a complimentary lunch and CLE panel discussions (Saturday, May 9th – from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. – at the FIU Law Large Courtroom). RSVP here.


Noon to 1:00 p.m. This panel will be moderated by Ellesquire Founder Mercy Sellek, co-moderated by FAWL Director Madelin D’Arce and Gwen Cherry President-Elect Loreal Arscott. The panelists are: DBR Legal Reporter Julie Kay, Miami-Dade FAWL President Deborah Baker-Egozi, FAWL President Robin Bresky, STU Law Professor Marcia Narine, and the Honorable Migna Sanchez-Llorenz.


1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This panel will be moderated by Von Ormy (TX) City Attorney and LGBT and Child Advocate Rosie Gonzalez. Panelists are: UM Law Dean and Chair of the HNBA LGBT Section Raquel Matas, Cuban American Bar Association President Manny Crespo, HNBA President-Elect Robert Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez.


2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This panel will be moderated by Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton Attorney Javier Lopez and Miami Lakes Bar Association President Lorenzo Cobiella. Panelists are: Florida Bar President-Elect Ramon Abadin, FL Representative Erik Fresen and FIU Law Dean Alex Acosta.

The 2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

The James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition is a writing contest for law students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law.  The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, elect to print additional submissions.

Winners will be announced at the PIABA Annual Meeting and posted on The PIABA Foundation and PIABA websites. Stipends are awarded as follows: First Place – $1000; Second Place – $750; and Third place – $500.

Topic. The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

Eligibility. The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of The PIABA Foundation and PIABA, except for students working less than 20 hours per week, are not eligible to enter the competition.

Authorship. The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student’s professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students. If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging.All entries will be judged anonymously by the Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). Robin Ringo will notify the award winner(s). The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form. Strong preference will be given to articles that advocate pro-investor positions, provide updates on or surveys of securities or ADR law, and/or are consistent with The PIABA Foundation’s mission of promoting financial literacy by educating public investors about abuses in the financial services industry and the securities dispute resolution process.

Purposes of the James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition. The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

Format. Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. Any Question(s) Presented section, the Statement of the Facts / Statement of the Law section, the Argument section, and/or the Conclusion together are limited to 25 pages. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. Submissions will be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than expand them.

To Enter. Entries must be submitted no later than 3 pm CDT on September 18, 2015 through The Foundation Competition Submission Form. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. Ms. Ringo will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.

Submission Deadline. September 18, 2015. The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition Award in-person during the PIABA Annual Meeting President’s Dinner on October 23, 2015. Second and Third places, as well as, Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well. Upon receipt of any entry, confirmation of receipt will be sent by email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact The PIABA Foundation at (405) 310-2444.

About James E. Beckley. A passionate securities arbitration activist and an accomplished scholar, Mr. Beckley was well known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. Along with his advocacy skills, he was as a prolific and outstanding writer. Mr. Beckley served on the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration, an organization created at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain and update the Uniform Code of Arbitration for securities arbitration, and to serve as a sounding board on issues of fairness in arbitration. At the time of his death in 1999, Mr. Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (“PIABA”) President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

To visit the website and any other information, click here.

Announcing the 2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

The theme of the 2015 Competition is “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of  gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among both students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved. In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL.


Students must be currently enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school as of the submission deadline. Students must choose a legal topic related to this year’s theme, “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed. Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by 12:00 PM (NOON) Eastern Standard Time (EST). Students will receive an email confirmation that their submission was received no later than 24 hours after the submission deadline and should contact the organizers in the event they do not receive a confirmation email. 


The winning author will receive a $500 cash prize and a one-year ASIL student membership. The winning author will also have the opportunity to present his or paper through a virtual conference with a panel of experts.

For additional information, questions and details, please visit the website.