FCBA Diversity Pipeline Program – 1L Students

Now in its second year, the FCBA Diversity Pipeline Program is an employment program with a legal skills development component (including an academic certificate program) that facilitates access to PAID Washington, D.C. internship opportunities in TMT law and policy for first-year law students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.  Nearly 30 law firm, company, and association employers with D.C. offices are committed to the program for 2022!

Full student info packet available here.

Annual Report on DPP Year One.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) 1L Clerkship – Information Session for Students November 19 and Summer Clerkship Program!

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is looking forward to opening applications for their Summer 2022 TCDIP 1L Clerkship Program! For over a decade, the TCDIP 1L Clerkship has helped launch the careers of law students of color in the Twin Cities. TCDIP strengthens the legal talent pipeline with strategic partnerships between TCDIP Members from law firms and corporate legal departments. The TCDIP 1L Clerkship program was created to promote the Twin Cities legal community to 1L students of color from Minnesota and across the country. Highly qualified law students from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. This year TCDIP will have positions for over 36 1L students. Applications open for all 1L students on November 16! For more information about the TCDIP 1L Clerkship program, download our flyer or visit our website!

Join our webinar sessions for students to hear directly from TCDIP staff and 1L Clerkship alumni! Recent alumni and practicing attorneys who have participated in the TCDIP 1L Clerkship program will be available to answer your questions about the program and what it’s like to practice law in the Twin Cities. Both programs will be recorded. You can also view last year’s webinar on our youtube channel. Students are also welcome to reach out with questions at info@diversityinpractice.org. Stay up to date with TCDIP by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

Register for our information sessions today!
November 19, 10:00 AM
January 7, 9:00 AM

 

View Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program Reforms!

Reforms have finally come to the PSLF program. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced long-awaited reforms to the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

The reforms expand eligibility for thousands of graduates including law school graduates.  To take advantage of the changes to the program, eligible borrowers who have not previously qualified for PSLF must apply before Oct. 31, 2022.

Recently several borrowers – including law graduates – have been contacted about renewed eligibility for PSLF – with more communications from the Department of Education expected in the coming weeks and months.  If you think you may be eligible under the newly reformed program, please keep an eye out for that communication from the USDOE.

Read Fact Sheet here.

Announcing the 2021-2022 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. 

The deadline for entries is Monday, February 28, 2022, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the American Indian Law Review has proudly served Native and legal communities since 1973.  Each year at this time we encourage law students nationwide to participate in this, the longest-running competition of its kind.  Papers will be judged by a panel of Indian law scholars and by the editors of the Review. 

For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, see the AILR writing competition website.

 

Benefits of a New Jersey Judicial Clerkship – Jumpstart your Legal Career!

New Jersey Courts will host a webinar featuring Bergen Vicinage Family Division Judge Jaclyn Medina, Hudson Vicinage Family Division Judge Martha Mainor, Passaic Vicinage Criminal Presiding Judge Sohail Mohammed and Joy Chen, a former New Jersey Supreme Court law clerk.

Each year, the New Jersey Courts hires approximately 480 law school graduates for a 53-week judicial clerkship.

Topics will include:

  • Law clerk responsibilities in the different court divisions and levels
  • Skills that judges look for when choosing a law clerk
  • Application and interview processes
  • The role of the law clerk in a virtual court system

Serving as a law clerk for the New Jersey Courts will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal process that can only be learned through that service.

This webinar is free. Advance registration is required by Nov. 11. For more information, email here.

When:           Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where:         Virtual Zoom Webinar Google Chrome browser is recommended. Webinar Registration – Zoom (zoomgov.com).

Visit the website here to apply for judicial clerkships.

This webinar is sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Division.

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

The Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT) is excited to announce that this year’s Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition is now live! This popular competition is in its 5th year. CLCT looks forward to receiving the submissions, by the deadline of January 10, 2022.

All current law students* worldwide are cordially invited to submit one paper, which must:

  • Focus on at least one application of these technologies (e.g., Internet of Medical Things devices, facial recognition technology, autonomous systems, social media monitoring, etc.);
  • Explain whether regulation of the application is needed and to what extent; and
  • Propose means to regulate this application (proposals may range from traditional regulation to reliance on soft governance, and anything in between).

A submission is not required to put forward an original regulatory system; however, any novel, plausible and well-articulated proposals are likely to impress the judges.

The cash prizes, funded by Cisco Systems, Inc., are:

1st Place: U.S. $2,500 2nd Place: U.S. $1,500 3rd Place: U.S. $1,000

The winners will also have the unique opportunity of presenting their papers to a selected audience of executives from Cisco Systems, Inc.

We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to participate!

For further details, as well as terms and conditions, please read the Rules. For any questions, please email here.

 

* Please see Section 1, “Participants’ Eligibility,of the Rules for further explanation and exceptions.

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest Informational Session on November 4th 2021!

INFORMATIONAL SESSION

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4
3 PM PT | 5 PM CT | 6 PM ET

ZOOM WEBINAR

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. One winner and two runners-up will be selected to receive a total of $15,000 in tuition scholarships, tickets to GRAMMY Week events, and more. Click here for official rules and more information.
Join the Recording Academy for a virtual informational session about the Entertainment Law Initiative and ELI Writing Contest. Students and legal educators alike are invited to learn more about the contest, rules, submission guidelines, and gain valuable insight on crafting a top tier paper submission.

Attendees will hear from entertainment attorneys and ELI Executive Committee members Laurie Soriano and Ken Abdo, as well as 2019 winner Cameron Berkowitz and 2021 winner Sophia Sofferman. The Recording Academy’s Senior West Region Director Neil Crilly will moderate.

The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Internship Program – Now Accepting Law Student Applications for Summer Internship Program

The Diversity Internship Program (DIP) was established in 2010 to provide diverse law students with the opportunity to obtain practical experience in the legal profession and gain exposure to the Palm Beach County legal community while working with local law firms and government agencies. In expanding the program, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and Committee for Diversity and Inclusion intend for DIP interns to gain valuable work experience, be able to network with local attorneys and members of the judiciary, have opportunities for future employment, and ultimately decide to begin their legal career in Palm Beach County—continuing our broader goal of creating a diverse Bar Association that reflects the diversity of Palm Beach County and the larger South Florida community.

Since its creation, law firms from many different practice areas and many different sizes have participated in DIP as employers. State and local government agencies also have participated and employed DIP interns. Previous DIP interns have been offered opportunities for future, permanent employment due to their participation in the program. And although future employment is not guaranteed, many DIP interns, employed or not, choose to relocate to Palm Beach County upon graduation and are now active members of the Bar Association.

We invite each Florida law school and each out-of-state school with students who desire to practice in Palm Beach County to promote our program and have their students participate in this year’s Diversity Internship Program.

The deadlines for this year are earlier than previous years. This year’s application deadline for both 1Ls and 2Ls is Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Applicants can email their application materials to both DIP co-Chairs: Toni-Ann Brown, and Amelia Jadoo.

Please note: both 1Ls and 2Ls will have an opportunity to supplement their application materials with their GPA and/or class rank once fall grades are final. The application and additional information on the Diversity Internship Program is available online. We strongly urge you to encourage your students to apply. The program is a great introduction to a legal career in the best county to practice in the state of Florida.

 

ACLU Miami’s “Protecting Miami Homeless Persons’ Civil Liberties in a Post-Pottinger World” – Virtual Forum – Nov. 4th at 7pm

Event: ACLU Miami’s “Protecting Miami Homeless Persons’ Civil Liberties in a Post-Pottinger World”

Date/Time: Thursday, November 4 at 7pm

Description:  The ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter is proud to present a new edition to our free Zoom webinar series! The Pottinger v. City of Miami Consent Decree that protected the rights of the Miami homeless for some 20 years was terminated by the local federal court in 2019 — and affirmed in 2021. Ever since, the rights of Miami’s least, lost and left behind have been under relentless attack. This deeply-respected and experienced panel of experts will explore the ways in which the rights of the homeless are being violated through property destruction and “street cleanings” and encampment “closings;” recent shameful anti-homeless tactics including various local ordinances that have been passed to force the scattering and concealment of street homelessness; the low/no-income housing crisis that is contributing to homelessness; some of the medical causes and consequences of homelessness; and more.

Moderator:  Attorney Benjamin Waxman – 35-year ACLU Miami board member, Attorney at the Law Offices of Black Srebnick, Lead counsel in Pottinger v. City of Miami

Panelists:

  • David Peery – Chair of Camillus CAB, JD, former class representative of Pottinger plaintiffs
  • Audrey Aradanas – Miami Homes for All, VP – Programs
  • Jeff Weinberger – October 22nd Alliance to End Homelessness, grass roots activist supporting rights of the homeless for more than 12 years
  • Armen Henderson – University of Miami Homelessness Outreach Clinic — Dr. Henderson founded a street outreach program for providing healthcare to homeless persons — he also ran a homeless outpost from St. Johns Church on NW 3d Ave in Overtown

Registration: Please register in advance for the webinar.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this free Zoom webinar.

 

ABA Janet D. Steiger Fellowship 2022

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General and other consumer protection agencies, including the National Association of Attorneys General and the Attorney General’s Office of the District of Columbia, throughout the United States. The eight-to ten-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Antitrust Law Section, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. A total of 460 Steiger Fellowships have been awarded through the summer of 2021.

The law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. Several students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service, and several have already entered public service upon graduation.

Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states, territories and other consumer protection agencies to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

The Council of the Section approved funding for states and other entities to participate in the 2022 Steiger Fellowship Project.  Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend (subject to certain federal taxes and administered through the offices of the various consumer protection agencies). This Project continues to be a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, one of America’s great public servants who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies.

Applications and all accompanying material MUST be received by November 20, 2021. Application should be transmitted via email.
Applications that are incomplete or received after November 20, 2021, will not be considered. There is no application fee.

Questions about the Project can be directed to the Section’s Office. Additional information about the Project is available online.
*** There are 39 locations that will receive Steiger Fellows during Summer 2022.***

Deadline to apply is November 20th, 2021.