The Center for Alcohol Policy Now Accepting Entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?


WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.


HOW TO ENTER: Essays may be emailed or mailed as a hard copy to:


Center for Alcohol Policy

Attn: Essay Contest

1101 King St., Suite 600A

Alexandria, VA, 22314.


Essays must be accompanied by an entry form. 


DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early 2018.


AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

See website for 2017 Essay Contest Rules and Guidelines.

FASPE (Fellowship at Auschwitz for Study of Professional Ethics) 2018

FASPE Law examines the role played by German lawyers from 1933 to 1945, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing the practice of law can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having demonstrated the power held by the legal profession in a modern society, FASPE addresses ethical issues now facing individual lawyers, the legal profession and its institutions at large.

FASPE Law is not a Holocaust studies program, nor is it a genocide prevention program. FASPE Law focuses on the ethical problems faced by individual lawyers in the contemporary settings in which they practice.

Eligibility: FASPE Law applicants must either be enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program at the time of their application or have received a J.D. or LL.M. between May 2017 and January 2018. FASPE seeks students who are interested in working as practicing attorneys, although applicants who have a JD or LLM degree and are planning an academic career are also eligible. FASPE is interested in applications from students with a wide range of legal interests including, among others, corporate law, constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, international law, public interest law, real estate law, securities law and tax law. FASPE has a particular interest in working with students who expect to work as litigators.

Fellowships are not limited by citizenship, nationality, age or religion.

To learn more about FASPE Law and for application details and other information, please visit the website.

Deadline for FASPE Law: Thursday, January 11, 2018.

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 9th, 2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Summer Opportunities in Criminal Prosecution  – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room E-265: The State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida will host an information session to discuss their summer 2018 law student internship program. Each summer, this office hires 1L and 2L students to assist prosecutors with their cases. This session will be very informative for those interested in potentially working in criminal law this summer. For any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.

Owning It: Understanding Your Unique Strengths and Value

Join the Women’s Initiative Group of León Cosgrove LLP and Alvarez, Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP for a symposium featuring distinguished female professionals and executives who will share their insights into what makes women valuable assets in the workforce and how we can collectively work to enhance the legal profession as a whole. 

The symposium will consist of two discussion panels: 

Swimming with the Sharks:How to Navigate the Waters while Swimming Your Way to the Top 

Our panelists will discuss what it means to advance as a minority in a male-dominated profession. They will debate whether women and men are and/or should be assessed upon the same objective standards for purposes of promotion, and the challenges inherent in a system that uses the billable hour model as a benchmark for success. They will weigh in on whether women should aspire to assimilate into the current legal landscape, or work to change that landscape, and how to begin that process.

Making Lemonade: How to Find Your Voice and Own It

Our panelists will discuss how to identify and develop your unique strengths to position yourself as an indispensable asset in the legal profession. They will weigh in on the importance of emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and how these aide in maximizing workplace relationships and productivity. They will talk about how women’s networks can spark ideas, recharge your career, and lead to meaningful connections with others in the public and private sectors.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Panelist Discussion, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The Riviera Country Club
1155 Blue Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Free Admission. FL 2.5 CLE Credits / NY CLE Credits Pending. 

To RSVP Click Here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 25th, 2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Make it Your Own Law Firm: Flying Solo  – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-200: The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice, how to market yourself and how to network. To learn more about Spencer Aronfeld, please visit his website. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Thursday, September 28, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-402: At the Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Workshop we will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). For any questions, please contact Karen Warren the CDO.

2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships


From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy.

In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen our work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”


The Bertha Justice Fellowship is a two-year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020.

The Bertha Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles different dockets.

Bertha Fellows at CCR are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world, and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism, and movement building.


  • Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative (GGJI): GGJI attorneys are at the forefront in challenging extrajudicial detention, torture, and abuse at Guantánamo and related domestic and international outposts of the executive branch’s “war on terror”.  GGJI attorneys challenge executive branch practices premised on expansive conceptions of wartime executive authority, as well as long-standing racism and xenophobia, including indefinite and preventive detention, military commissions, targeted killings, and abusive interrogations. Representative work includes:Ba Odah v. Obama, Al Qahtani v. Trump, Tanvir v. Tanzin, Hassan v. City of New York, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta.
  • International Human Rights (IHR): The IHR team focuses on litigation and advocacy in U.S. courts, foreign courts, and international fora to press the U.S. government, foreign government officials, corporations, and other private actors to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law. Their work also includes providing support to international human rights activists, including Palestinian solidarity activists. Representative work includes: Al-Shimari v. CACI, Awad v. Fordham University, Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, SNAP v. the Pope, Right to Heal, Davis v. Cox, Accountability for U.S. Torture Program under Universal Jurisdiction.
  • Government Misconduct/Racial Justice (GMRJ): GMRJ attorneys develop creative litigation and advocacy projects in areas such as: racial justice; economic and social rights; the government’s criminalization of dissent; mass incarceration; immigrant justice; policing; national security; gender equality; and LGBTQ rights. Representative work includes: Al Otro Lado v. U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Floyd v. City of New York, United States v. Johnson, Aref v. Sessions, Ashker v. Governor of California, Vulcan Society v. City of New YorkImmigrant Defense Project v. ICE, Color of Change v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Furlow v. Belmar, Doe v. Hood, Ziglar v. Abbasi.

See here for descriptions of all our cases, issues or projects.


Qualified candidates should visit the website to submit an online application. Applicants may apply for a Bertha Fellowship in more than one docket area, but you must complete a separate application for each docket. Please be sure to tailor your application materials to the docket you are applying for. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and strong consideration will be given to early applications. No phone calls please.

Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT, and gender non-conforming people.

Note: Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will only contact those applicants who are selected for an interview. 


The deadline for submission is October 9, 2017.

Recommendation letters are due by October 16, 2017.

Interviews for selected candidates will occur in November and early December 2017.

We expect to make Fellowship offers by January 2018.

Start date will be September 24, 2018.



2. Essay: (Maximum length: 1,000 words, double-spaced) Effective essays will incorporate the following information:
a) What unique background, beliefs, values, and/or experiences (personal and professional) shaped your decision to go to law school and your interests in participating in the Bertha Fellowship program at CCR?

b) Please describe your specific interest in our IHR, GGJI or GMRJ docket.

c) How do you expect participation in the Bertha Fellowship program at CCR to contribute to your long-term personal and professional goals?

d) What is your understanding of CCR’s goals and needs, and how do you see yourself contributing to our effectiveness? Describe how your education, experience, and skills match our needs and goals.

3. Legal writing sample(excerpt not to exceed 10 pages) – At the top of your writing sample, provide a two-sentence description of the writing sample.

4. Names and contact information for three (3) references(two can be the same as the individuals who wrote your letter of recommendation).

5. Two letters of recommendation submitted via email. Letters must be received by October 16, 2017 to be considered. Your recommender must put the following information in their e-mail subject line: “Fellow’s Last Name, First Name –Letter of Recommendation.”


  • Work with staff attorneys in conceiving, developing, and managing complex litigation that advances CCR’s organizational mission, including developing case theory, conducting factual and legal research, identifying appropriate clients, pursuing appropriate and strategic litigation opportunities, and filing claims in domestic and international fora.
  • Work with staff attorneys in all aspects of litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, affidavits and correspondence; assist attorneys in their taking and defending depositions; assist attorneys in managing complex discovery, conducting negotiations with opposing counsel, appearing in court, and examining witnesses; assist attorneys in negotiating, implementing, and monitoring settlement agreements.
  • Work with staff attorneys and advocacy program managers in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies in support of CCR clients, cases, and/or projects. Engage in public outreach and education efforts including drafting or reviewing of advocacy materials (such as reports, FAQs, action alerts), participation in legislative efforts, and public speaking. Engage with community groups, cooperating attorneys, co-counsel, progressive lawyers, law students, legal groups, and other allies as appropriate and directed by supervising attorneys.
  • Support all aspects of CCR communications department activity including reviewing press materials, responding to press inquiries, appearing in various media interviews, timely opinion drafting, review, and editing as appropriate.
  • Work with and supervise student interns and volunteers; where appropriate support work of pro bono or cooperating counsel assisting on CCR cases and projects.
  • Assist Development department in managing individual and foundation relationships, including development and review of grant proposals, participation in donor meetings, fundraising and donor appreciation activities, and periodic out-of-state travel for development trips and activities.
  • Participate in Bertha Network activities, including attendance at Bertha Network conferences abroad and publication of materials, including blogs for the Bertha Network.
  • Participate in trainings designed for the Bertha Fellows to strengthen their litigation and movement lawyering skills.
  • Participate in departmental and organizational planning and organization-wide committees and carry out work assigned.
  • Obtain bar membership in New York and maintain good standing in New York and other state bars as appropriate, including fulfilling requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) and, where necessary, security clearance.
  • Other related work as requested by the Legal Director.


  • J.D. degree as of start date.
  • 0-2 years out of law school. This means you received your Juris Doctor in 2016, 2017 or will receive it in 2018.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of CCR.
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights and creativity in crafting strategies to advance justice in CCR’s priority areas.
  • Commitment to working in and with communities affected by government misconduct and discrimination among other structures of institutional oppression.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Non-English language skills a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to apply for a security clearance (only required for GGJI docket).


Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is $69,779 to $81,893.

Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100 percent organization-paid health benefits, including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

Visit the website for any other details.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 18th, 2017)

Due to Hurricane Irma, Law School classes will resume on Wednesday, September 20. All law school activities canceled until further notice. As such, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO with any questions regarding the event/programming below:

Thursday, September 21, 2017:

CDO Presents: Considering using your JD in Finance? Northwestern Mutual has the answer! – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room A-110: Hear from Northwestern Mutual representatives who are using their JD’s in the financial world. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

ZwillGen is Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Fellows

ZwillGen, a leading boutique law firm specializing in the intersection of law and technology, is seeking candidates for its 2018 Fellowship Program. The program presents a unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced privacy and data security lawyers representing the biggest names in technology.

The ZwillGen Fellow position is for attorneys who have graduated from law school (or will have by June 2018), taken the bar exam (or will have by July 2018), and are entering the workforce for the first time as a full-time attorney. The Fellow position is slated to last for 12 months with a salary of $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience.

Applicants must have a zeal for all things technology and have taken classes in law school on technology related subjects such as data privacy, cybersecurity, cyber-surveillance, copyright, or mobile applications. Experience working with a technology company or organization is a plus.

ZwillGen Fellows work closely with ZwillGen attorneys on a variety of cutting edge and legally challenging Internet privacy, security and surveillance issues. Because ZwillGen Fellows wear a variety of hats, we are looking for someone that is not only able to provide high-quality legal analysis in a concise and cogent manner, but also someone who is motivated and enthusiastic and embraces a fast-paced and lively environment. A good sense of humor and a desire to work hard and have fun are a must. Fellows are expected to engage in client development, speaking and writing engagements, blogging, teaching, marketing, assisting with development of firm forms and precedent materials, and generally helping out around the firm. They are also required to complete a substantial writing assignment (either a law review article or significant journal article) during the Fellowship.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit whatever materials they deem interesting and material to our consideration of their candidacy, which should include, at a minimum, a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and professional references via email.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 6, 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline may still be considered at our discretion.

Visit the website for any other details.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 11th, 2017)

Thursday, September 7, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Using your JD and Tax LL.M. at EY – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-108: Join EY as they share information about how a JD and LLM can have a thriving career with their company. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.


2017 North American Law Summit Akerman Student Scholarship Joined by Leavins, Strand & Glover, LLC Scholarship Application

Scholarship Description and Instructions:

  • The Akerman Student Scholarship Joined by Leavins, Strand & Glover, LLC, provides a partial scholarship to law students attending the 2017 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit. Partial scholarships in an amount not less than $1,000 are awarded to three (3) law students. Scholarship funds will be deducted from Summit travel expenses.
  • All applicants must have completed at least the first year of study at their respective law school.
  • Scholarships are awarded on criteria as the Summit Board sees fit including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. A strong interest in entertainment, sports, and/or intellectual property law, including the applicant’s participation in their school’s Sports, IP, and/or Entertainment Society (if applicable).
  2. All application questions must be answered.
  3. Grades are considered if and when the Summit Board deems necessary.
  • All applicants must attach a resume, cover letter, and transcript.
  • All application packages must be received at the following address no later than September 8, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC
Attention: Johnna A. Lee, Scholarship Application
3330 Cumberland Blvd., SE
Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

**Application packages can also be sent to Johnna A. Lee via e-mail.

  • Scholarship recipients will be contacted via e-mail concerning their applications once all decisions have been made.
  • Please refer to the 2017 Summit Agenda or ask your CDO advisor for more information and details concerning the 2017 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit.