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Lexis Advanced Lunch & Learn for Aspiring Law Clerks

Get the advantage with Lexis Advance! The FBA has teamed up with Lexis Nexis to host a lunch and training seminar, with a focus on skills for judicial interns and future law clerks.  The Lexis Advanced platform recently made improvements, so this is a great opportunity for students to refresh and refine their legal research skills.

The Lexis Advance Special Training is given by Ana Ramirez of Lexis Nexis on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP in advance.


The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation, a non-profit charitable and educational organization created under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was established in 1991.  The Foundation provides FCBA members with a vehicle for serving the community through volunteer efforts.  Over 2,000 private and government lawyers, law students and others interested in the field of communications law belong to the FCBA and the Foundation.  The Foundation also funds and awards various scholarships and internship stipends to students in college and law school.

The Foundation’s mission is to:

(1) Support worthwhile communications-related and educational projects as well as other community service projects, particularly those directed towards children and students, through financial contributions and volunteer services provided by Foundation members and others; and

(2) Foster greater public awareness and understanding of the development of communications technology, resources, and law.

FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship:

During its FY 2014, the FCBA Foundation will award scholarships to law students in their second and third years of study who are attending any accredited law school in the United States.  Competitive awards will be based upon the financial need of the applicant, and may range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually.

Applicant Selection:

This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship.  Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law.  Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications law field; (2) dependence on financial assistance in order to attend law school; and (3) their law school record.

Applications for the FCBA Law School Scholarship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020   19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036.  Applications must be received by regular mail or email by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by May 15, 2014.

For additional information, please visit the website or Symplicity.

Paz Horowitz’ International Summer Internship Program

Paz Horowitz is proud to be the Ecuadorian sponsor of the American Bar Association’s International Summer Internship Program.

The purpose of the program is to provide foreign law students with an opportunity to acquire practical experience and learn about the practice of law in Latin America. Our interns work closely with the firm’s lawyers and Ecuadorian law clerks to gain an understanding of Ecuador’s laws and legal system.

Interns support firm attorneys in assigned cases and are expected to draft documents, carry out legal research, prepare correspondence and write legal memoranda and articles. Interns are also required to get on-the-job training carrying out various legal procedures and formalities at different public offices.

Internships are unpaid and applicants must be fluent in Spanish.

For additional details, please visit the website.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Seeking Advocacy Interns

CLINIC is a national network of immigration legal service providers that serve low income communities, and the Advocacy Department seeks to make the collective experience of our affiliates influence immigration policy.  Interns can expect to work in several different modes of advocacy, including tasks involving the administration’s immigration policy, state and local laws affecting immigrants, and the BIA Pro Bono Project.

Interns will assist attorneys with administrative advocacy efforts to remedy problems faced by low-income immigrants and CLINIC member agencies and assist in our efforts to support state advocates working to combat local anti-immigrant measures.  Tasks may include:

  • Reviewing government regulations and policy memos
  • Drafting comments on federal regulations
  • Attending meetings with government agencies, hearings, and other events
  • Assisting affiliate programs with individual case inquiries
  • Researching and analyzing state immigration-related legislation
  • Supporting pro bono attorneys in immigration appeals

Applicants must have strong writing and communication skills and excellent attention to detail.  These internships are ideal for law students considering a career in public policy or advocacy.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Allison Posner, CLINIC’s Director of Advocacy, no later than Friday, February 21, 2014.

Visit the website for more information.





CLINIC’s offices are conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line.






The Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Presents: Law Student Forum & Networking Event (in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Bar Association).

This event is offered free to all law students to attend and gives the students a one-on-one with local attorney’s in different practice areas, as well as several local judge’s. This is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions about areas of the law that they may be interested in from a practical perspective.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Location: The Palm BeachCountyConvention Center

Address: 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Time: 2:00—5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

In order to attend each student must register and can do so by logging on to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website.

***Immediately following the forum, students are invited to attend a networking reception with local attorneys and judges***

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 17, 2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014: 

  • Judicial Clerkships Kickoff Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Law Campus Student Lounge. Do not miss this opportunity to ask federal and state court judges, as well as current and former judicial law clerks, about applying and interviewing for judicial clerkships. A catered reception will precede the panel discussion. To RSVP or for additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships.

LSAC’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition on Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention For Students of Color and Students From Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC is operating at least eight diversity initiatives. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops  that  promote  the  development of  outreach  and  early  educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC­ member law schools; maintaining databases and websites with information, resources and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and to equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.


A panel of legal writing instructors and LSAC staff will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide not to issue an award or to publish a paper.  The panel’s decision will be final.


All papers must be uploaded no later than 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014. No extensions will be granted. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC.


What  techniques,  resources  and  strategies   should  law  schools utilize  to recruit  and  retain students  of  color  and other  students who are from groups underrepresented  in law schools and the legal profession?


Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC-member law schools.


Up  to  20  pages  (5000  words  or  less),  8  112 by  11  inch  paper, double spaced, I inch margins, Word format, 12 point font, with endnotes  written  in “A  Uniform  System  of  Citation”  (The  Blue Book) format.


Essays will be judged according to:

• Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases, law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies);

• Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing;

• Understanding, interpretations and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context;

• Full compliance with all competition procedures.

For additional details, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12491.

The Victim Rights Law Center is Hiring Two (2) Attorneys

Title:       Attorney

Status:   Full-time


The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

To apply please send cover letter, resume with complete work history, salary requirements and a short writing sample via email with your last name and “Transitional Housing and TA Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email.  No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Title:      Attorney

Status:  Full-time


The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, and legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

To apply send your cover letter, resume with complete work history, salary requirements and a writing sample via email with both your last name and “Privacy Project Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email.  No phone calls please. The position is open until filled, but applicants will be screened on a rolling basis.

2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application – Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014

Scholarship Requirements: 

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. See the last page of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals: 

  • Dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school
  • A current or past law professor
  • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood
  • line or adoption.

Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with his or her application. In that cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic, personal, and professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for a DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship award.

Essay Requirements: 

In addition to submitting the attached application and required recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (Advisory Committee) is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure aimed at reducing the costs and burdens of discovery. The two most important amendments are a rewrite of Rule 37(e), which regulates sanctions for failure to preserve discoverable information, and a revision to Rule 26(b)(1), which redefines the scope of discovery. The proposed amendments also include changes to rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, and 37. For a copy of the proposals, see http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/rules/preliminary-draft-proposed-amendments.pdfPlease discuss the pros and cons of the passage of the proposed amendments with regard to their effect on defendant businesses in civil litigation, commenting on those provisions that will have the most dramatic effect on business and indicating why. 

Submission Deadline: 

Applications and all other requested materials must be received by March 31, 2014. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar scheduled for June 12–13, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

All applications, essays and required materials must be submitted in hard copy format to:

Tim Kolly, Director of Communications
DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar
55 West Monroe Street, Suite   2000
Chicago, IL 60603

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Project, New York, Seeks Staff Attorney

The Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National office in New York seeks applicants for a Staff Attorney position. 


The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, and freedom of religion and belief.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women’s Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to implement ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination.  WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU federal and state legislative work on women’s rights, and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, communications strategies, outreach, and participation in coalitions.  WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.

WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and violence against women.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women. 


  • Manage significant litigation in federal and state court including district and appellate court litigation, prepare and respond to written discovery requests, take and defend depositions, engage in motion practice, write briefs, present oral arguments, and conduct trials.
  • Create and implement multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy to further the ACLU’s strategic plan on women’s rights.
  • Provide assistance and advice to ACLU affiliates on litigation, legislative advocacy, and communications efforts.
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members.
  • Engage in public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and public generally.
  • Develop strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and ACLU volunteer lawyers.
  • Supervise junior attorneys, fellows, student interns and other staff.
  • Travel as required for litigation, policy advocacy, conferences and public speaking.


  • J.D. and a minimum of four years of litigation experience required. Applicants with more experience are also encouraged and invited to apply.
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving women’s rights strongly preferred.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Capable of performing complex legal analytical work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated creativity in crafting strategies to advance women’s rights in WRP’s priority areas. Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU. 


The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.


Individuals interested in applying should send a letter of interest, current resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and names and telephone numbers of three references via email. Reference [WRP-08/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Women’s Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Applications can also be mailed to:

Women’s Rights Project
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004 

Please indicate where you learned of this career opportunity. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.