Tallahassee Barristers Association Scholarship Contest

The Tallahassee Barristers Association (Barristers) is a voluntary legal organization that focuses on empowering and supporting minority lawyers in the greater Tallahassee area. The Barristers established the Robert Woolfork Scholarship Foundation to support Florida law students and encourage innovative thinking on diversity, race, and the law.

Each year, we award scholarships to students during our annual Scholarship Luncheon. Finalists for this year’s scholarship essay contest will be invited to the 2018 Scholarship Luncheon being held on February 28, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida, where they will be invited to make a brief presentation of their essay before the Barristers and the legal community. The winner will receive a prize scholarship in the amount of $1,500 that will be presented at the Luncheon.

Applicants should submit an essay addressing the following prompt: 

Given the current political climate, how important is it to have diversity amongst members of the judiciary?

Eligibility:

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any Florida law school during the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants must submit their own work and must not have submitted the same essay for another scholarship contest. Students may utilize historical data, court opinions (including dissents), pending cases and other literature to support their arguments. 

Format:

Essays must be in 12-point font, double spaced, Times New Roman font, with two spaces following each period. All margins must be at least one inch. Research and citations are suggested, but not required. Entries must not exceed five pages, including notes.

To submit, applicants must email a Word .doc/.docx or PDF file of their essay to Tallahassee.Barristers@gmail.com with the subject line “Scholarship 2018.” Applicants will need to include the title of their essay, their law school, their class year, their email address, their phone number and their mailing address. 

Selection Criteria:

Essays will be selected for writing style, thoughtfulness, depth of research, clarity and timeliness. 

Deadline:

Essays must be received by 11:59pm on February 16, 2018. Essays received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Questions:

Questions may be emailed here.

Two Panels on Careers in Consumer Protection and Privacy Law – Join the Discussion!

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law Consumer Protection Committee is hosting two teleconferences on careers in consumer protection and privacy law for law students and young lawyers on February 1 and February 8, 2018 at 3 pm ET.

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussions to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussions will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

The following panelists will share their experiences in consumer protection and privacy law:

Government and Non-Profit Consumer Protection Careers Panel (February 1): Lesley Fair (FTC), Ian Clarke (Department of Justice Canada, Competition Bureau), Maia Kats (Center for Science in the Public Interest), Khaliah N. Barnes (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties) and Abby Stempson (National Association of Attorneys General).

Private Practice Consumer Protection Careers Panel (February 8): Alysha Manji-Knight (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), Allyson Baker (Venable), Anita Banicevic (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg) and Sally M. Handmaker (Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll).

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in consumer protection or privacy law, click on the date you prefer to participate in this event:

February 1, 2018

February 8, 2018

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 29th, 2018)

Thursday, February 1, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: Opportunities in International Trade – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-109: Justin Miller from the US Department of Justice will discuss career opportunities in international trade. If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Marulanda in the CDO.

Epstein Becker Green 20th Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage J.D. and LL.M. students in the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

First Place: $4,000        Second Place: $2,000      Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials, telehealth/telemedicine). Entries ranked in the top 20 percent of all competition submissions will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Papers must be submitted by Friday, February 9, 2018.

Click Here for More Information.

Download Our Flyer (PDF).

If you have questions about the competition, please contact Wenxi Li in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office.

ABA Panel on Careers in Consumer Protection and Privacy Law is Hosting Teleconferences on February 1st and 8th!

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law Consumer Protection Committee is hosting two teleconferences on careers in consumer protection and privacy law for law students and young lawyers on February 1 and February 8, 2018 at 3 pm ET.

We have the following panelists to share their experiences in consumer protection and privacy law:

Government and Non-Profit Consumer Protection Careers Panel (February 1): Lesley Fair (FTC), Ian Clarke (Department of Justice Canada, Competition Bureau), Maia Kats (Center for Science in the Public Interest), Khaliah N. Barnes (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties) and Abby Stempson (National Association of Attorneys General).

Private Practice Consumer Protection Careers Panel (February 8): Alysha Manji-Knight (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), Allyson Baker (Venable), Anita Banicevic (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg) and Sally M. Handmaker (Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll)

Program Description:

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussions to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussions will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

For those of you interested in learning more about a career in consumer protection or privacy law, please see the following links:

February 1:

https://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=304991076

February 8:

https://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=304487588

There is also a program flyer which sets out additional details. If you have questions, please ash your CDO advisor. If you wish to view the flyer, please visit or contact the CDO.

 

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 22nd, 2018)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program, Spring Resume Referral Program and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Two sessions of this program will be held; both sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Thursday, January 25, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program, Spring Resume Referral Program and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Two sessions of this program will be held; both sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

 

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 15th, 2018)

Welcome back from winter break!

Friday, January 19, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: CDO Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-108: The CDO invites you to join us for an informational session. For any questions, please contact Cynthia Duval in the CDO.

 

Summer 2018 Clerkship Opportunities at Public Counsel

Public Counsel has 9 exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns.  Our projects include a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions; a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs; an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution; a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness; a holistic legal initiative that addresses the specific needs of low-income women and girls; a complex consumer fraud division that focuses on litigation and policies to prevent consumer victimization; and an impact litigation department (Opportunity Under Law) that addresses economic injustices on a national level through strategic lawsuits and other means to accomplish systemic reform.  Click here to learn more about each of our practice areas.

Public Counsel’s 2018 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 29, 2018, and ending on August 3, 2018. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Public Counsel seeks summer interns who share our commitment to economic and racial justice, and we seek to have an inclusive group of interns.  Although Public Counsel does not provide funding to law students for its summer program, please be sure to consult with your law school’s public interest program to learn more about available scholarships and financial awards that might support your summer internship.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, transcript (or list of grades), and writing sample to Sandra Madera. If you are interested in more than one project, then please list up to three of the projects you would like to work with in order of preference.  It is helpful to describe in your cover letter the reasons for your interest in the project for which you are applying. Please be sure to include the following in the subject line of your e-mail:  “Application for 2018 Public Counsel Summer Internship.”  Your application will not be considered if the requested application materials or your preference are omitted.

The following projects are currently accepting applications for summer 2018:

  • Children’s Rights – Adoptions
  • Children’s Rights – Guardianship
  • Children’s Rights – Education Rights
  • Children’s Rights – Transition Age Foster Youth
  • Community Development Project
  • Community Development Project – Early Care & Education
  • Consumer Law Project
  • Consumer Law Project – Debtor Assistance Project
  • Federal Court Pro Se Clinic
  • Homelessness Prevention Law Project
  • Homelessness Prevention Law Project – Shriver Housing Project
  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Opportunity Under Law
  • Women and Girls’ Rights

 

Thompson Coburn LLP 1L Winter Reception

You are cordially invited to a 1L Winter reception at Thompson Coburn LLP on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

The event takes place at the offices of Thompson Coburn LLP, One US Bank Plaza, 35th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101.

Please RSVP by December 18, 2017.

 

SCHOLARSHIP AND SUMMER CLERKSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

The Sarasota County Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for its annual minority summer law clerk and scholarship awards.

Any 1L, 2L or rising 3L student enrolled in an accredited law school who is a member of a minority class as defined by the Florida Bar is eligible to apply.   Selection is based on need, merit and other qualifying criteria noted on the application.  Preference will be given to those students who have ties to the Sarasota community and who have expressed or demonstrated a commitment to return to Sarasota to pursue his or her legal career upon graduation from law school.

Selected applicants will receive a tuition assistance scholarship in an amount of up to $5,000.00 (payable directly to the student’s law school), and, if summer employment in the Sarasota area has not already been secured, a paid summer law clerk position at a Sarasota  private law firm, government agency, non-profit or other entity that has agreed to employ the student for a minimum 10 weeks.  In addition to the rich legal employment experience, awardees become summer members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and will regularly interface with members of the Judiciary, the Bar and other community leaders.

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to increase diversity in the SCBA so that its membership reflects the demographics of our community and state.  Accordingly, all scholarship recipients are mentored and encouraged to return to the Sarasota community for future employment upon law school graduation. Since 2007, the SCBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion has awarded over $110,000 in minority law student scholarships.

The application can be found online. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018. 

For questions or more information, please contact Charlie Ann Syprett, Chair, SCBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.