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The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Student Writing Competition.  The deadline for submission is July 31, 2015.

The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal‑related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.  This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law.  This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.  The winner will be chosen in accordance with the attached rules.  The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement.  The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.

The rules are as follows:

Topic: Any topic on Animal Law.

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration, the submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school.  Students expecting to receive their degree in 2015 are eligible for consideration.  The submission must be written by one and only one student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered.  No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.  We will only accept one submission per entrant.

Deadline: Papers must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2015.

Criteria: Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization.  All essays must also meet the following criteria:

Length: Type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes.  Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.

Format: One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 31, 2015, and addressed to:

Linda McMahon, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207 

Cover Page: Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrant’s name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.  All other references to identifying information, such as name, law school, and contact information should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.

Prizes Awarded:

1st place:         $1,000 and a certificate of achievement

2nd place:        $500 and a certificate of achievement

The Committee also reserves the right to offer the winners (and other entrants), in the Committee’s discretion, the opportunity to publish his/her paper in the Committee’s Laws & Paws publication.  Offers to publish are purely within the discretion of the Committee and the Committee in no way guarantees entrant’s the opportunity for publication.

The ABA’s “Win a Dream Interview” Contest

The American Bar Association is matching law students with interviews for internships. Enter the ABA’s “Win a Dream Interview” contest by visiting the website.

Participate now and you can win an interview for a chance at a dream internship in just three easy steps:

1. Submit a one minute video.  Explain why you should intern at one of many law firms around the country. Winners receive an interview and chance to personally pitch themselves!

2. Choose up to three firms. Select the internships for which you would like to interview, and then submit resumes, transcripts and/or other required selection criteria.

3. Join the ABA.  Membership is FREE for students. You must be an ABA Law Student Member to be eligible for this contest.  The ABA’s network of internships can open a door for you.

Visit the website for official rules and a chance to win!

ABA IPL Student Reporters Program

Participants selected for the Program are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s #IPCentral at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. During the Conference, students attend the Section’s premier CLE programs and network with Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the nation while reporting on the content of the CLE programming via social media.

Early bird applications for the program are due by Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5PM EST and the final deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5PM EST. The application can be accessed here.

More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group.

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

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