Attend the Open House – The Office of the Public Defender, 9th Circuit

Peggy Browning Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

2019 Summer Fellowships! Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

2019-2020 School-Year Fellowship – 1 funded part-time position in Chicago.

Application deadline: January 18, 2019.

Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply.

Information available on the website. You may also apply apply online on the website.



Orlando Public Defender Open House!

The Office of the Public Defender, 9th Circuit, invites students to join us in Orlando and Kissimmee during the holiday period to tour our facilities, meet with peers and staff and to explore career opportunities in the world’s vacation destination. We will be greeting visitors at Open House events on the following dates:

December 27 & 28 – 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

January 2, 3 & 4 – 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

These events are open to recent graduates sitting for the February Bar exam and those sitting for the July 2019 exam. We also welcome 2Ls and 1Ls interested in future internship placement. These events are intended to be low pressure, informal information sessions.

Candidates seeking consideration for employment may be able to interview during the holiday break as well. Please submit a resume with cover letter and unofficial copies of law school transcripts here. 


Sidley Austin – Dallas Office, Home for the Holidays 1L Reception

Join Sidley’s Dallas attorneys to mix and mingle while Home for the Holidays!
When:     Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Where:    2021 McKinney Avenue; Suite 2000, Dallas, TX 75201
RSVP:      Please RSVP by December 31st here.

2018 – 2019 Trandafir International Writing Competition

Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

Award: Publication and CASH PRIZE of $1,800.

Publication: The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Rules &   Eligibility Deadline: All students currently enrolled in a law or graduate degree program from any institution in the world are eligible. For more information and contest rules, please click here.

All mail entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2019. Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems must receive all electronically submitted essays by no later than 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time on February 1, 2019. We will not accept late entries.

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Electronic Submissions should be sent here.

Mail Submissions To: Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems Trandafir International Business Writing Competition The University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building 185 University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1113.

For more details and the rules governing this competition, please consult the website.


The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati – Cincinnati Bar Association Round Table Invites you to a Holiday Reception on December 20th!

The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati – Cincinnati Bar Association Round Table cordially invites you to attend a Holiday Reception for minority law students.

This event takes place on Thursday, December 20th, 2018, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Location:     Keating Muething & Klekamp, 1 E. Fourth St., Suite 1400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Please come and socialize with local Cincinnati attorneys committed to racial and ethnic diversity and law students from regional and national law schools who are in Cincinnati for the holidays. Dress is casual.

Mood is festive! Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by December 17th 2018!

Questions? Contact LaDonna Wallace Smith.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 19, 2018)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

  • Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the fall 2018 semester. Congratulations to the graduating class of December 2018! 


Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Reading Period Begins – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Winter Break – The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and winter break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time.

*This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the fall 2018 semester. The weekly posts will return in January, 2019*

2019 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Student Legal Writing Competition



This writing competition (“Competition”) is sponsored by the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (“Forum”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Forum. It is also intended to attract students to the affordable housing, community development or pro bono practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields. Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition detailed herein.


Open to all law students who are at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in a law school that is at the time of entry, ABA Accredited, (b) members of the ABA and the Forum, (c) at least 21 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Employees of the ABA, its respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.


Entries should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing, fair housing, and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements:

(a) Entries must be original, unpublished work. Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit. Submissions must not have been previously published in any media. Only one essay, per competition theme, may be submitted by each entrant. Failure to submit an original essay will result in disqualification and selection of a new winner. Entries should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages, with 1-inch margins, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. size Font. Articles should include footnotes in Bluebook format (single spaced in Times New Roman, 10 pt. size font and which shall count towards the word limit).

(b) There is no entry form of any kind. Entries should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the entry.

(c) A separate title page should be attached and must contain the entry’s title, the student’s name, law school and expected graduation year, and the student’s contact information including mailing address, phone number(s), and email address.

(d) Entries must be submitted by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (the “Journal”), Michael T. Iglesias no later than 11:59 PM Central Time, on March 8, 2019. The Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.

Selection and Notification of Winners:

The entries will be judged anonymously by a five (5) person committee comprised of members of the Forum. Decision of the Sponsor (including the committee judging the entries are final). Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: clarity of the topic, significance of the topic, manner in which the topic is treated, organization, quality of analysis, quality of research, authority, and citations, and quality of grammar, syntax, and form. The winning entry will be notified by email by April 7, 2019, 11:59 pm Central Time. The winner must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of winning the competition no later than April 29, 2019, after which he/she forfeits the prizes and another winner may be selected.


A single winning entry, as judged by the selection committee, will be eligible to receive a prize of (a) a $1,000 cash prize and (b) up to $1,000 reimbursement for hotel (Mandarin Oriental Hotel) and transportation expenses (not to exceed $500) to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference occurring May 22-24, 2019, in Washington, D.C.* The Sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion. Prizes are non- transferable and cannot be substituted by the winner. Cash equivalent for prizes is not available. Winners will be solely responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes (federal, state, local or other) on prizes, which will include the value of any accommodations and airfare. Winners will be required to complete a W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment and liability release for tax purposes. All forms must be completed and returned via email to Dawn R. Holiday within 15 business days of receipt, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named. The decision of the Sponsor, including the judging committee is final.

At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, the winning essay may be selected for publication in the Journal. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication. Please note: The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law must have the first right of publication of the selected essay.

License/Grant of Rights:

By entering, the winning entrant consents to the publication of her/his entry by the ABA, understands that such publication is not guaranteed, and grants the ABA the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication is not guaranteed, and grants the ABA the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all ABA media or form of communication; (2) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in ABA’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an ABA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (3) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (4) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Competition, in each case, without further compensation. Additionally, the winning entrant must execute a separate publication agreement giving the ABA the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the ABA mission. If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 30 calendar days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner named

Entry Deadline:

All entries must be emailed by March 8, 2019, 11:59 pm Central.

Odds of Winning:

Chances of winning may vary depending on the number of entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Laws and Regulations:

This Competition is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

Conditions of Participation:

By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and releases and discharges the Sponsor, including but not limited to the ABA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Competition, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Released Parties of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this promotion and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries submitted to the ABA become the property of the ABA and will not be returned; however, entrants who do not win first- place may submit their entries for publication elsewhere. Entrants must not submit their articles for publication elsewhere prior to December 10, 2018. All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

Opt-Out Option:

Announcement of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by May 31, 2019 to the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

Any individual may elect to opt out of receiving future contest or competition mailings from the ABA by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.

Privacy Policy/Data Collection:

Information provided by entrants in connection with this Competition is subject to the ABA’s privacy policy, available online


The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

Please contact Dawn R. Holiday if you have any questions.


Save the date for the Miami Law Annual Informational Career Fair – March 6, 2019!

Save the date for the Miami Law Annual Informational Career Fair – March 6, 2019!

The University of Miami School of Law hosts the Informational Career Fair every spring. The School of Law is committed to promoting awareness of the many private, public and government sector career opportunities available to our students. Participation in the Informational Career Fair is an invaluable opportunity to educate the students about your experience and practice area, while highlighting your organization.

To participate, please complete the registration form indicating the practice area you would like to represent.  Lunch will be provided to all participants, beginning at noon, with the fair taking place from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Registration Deadline:  March 1st 2019.  All participants should register before March 1st.

Please contact the Career Development Office with any questions at 305.284.2668 or



Summer 2019 Clerkship Opportunities at Public Counsel

For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!  

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2019 Summer Clerkship Program. 1L students will be able to apply as of December 1, 2018.

Public Counsel has eight exciting law projects that accept summer interns who will work on a variety of direct services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation projects. Our projects include a comprehensive children’s rights program that encompasses school climate and discipline, special education, adoptions, guardianships, and transition-age youth; a community development team that supports and protects affordable housing and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs; an immigrants’ rights group that assists undocumented victims of crime, domestic violence, persecution, and torture; a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for public 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, including sub-projects focused on bankruptcy and pro se assistance in federal cases; a veterans’ rights project that helps veterans and their caregivers overcome obstacles to obtaining VA benefits; 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 seeks summer interns who share our commitment to economic and racial justice. The large majority of Public Counsel’s clients are working class people of color who have experienced a number of intersectional forms of oppression, often barring them from access to legal representation. We seek to have a group of interns who have a personal and/or professional understanding of these experiences, consistent with Public Counsel’s active, ongoing commitment to increase equity and inclusion within our organization.

Public Counsel’s 2019 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 28, 2019, and ending on August 2, 2019. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 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 2019 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 2019:

  • 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

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2019 Summer Clerkship Application page.