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  January 2, 2015 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel and named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., the competition is designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality. The Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable on the website). Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers. Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015. Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980. Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski. For additional information, please visit Symplicity or the website.

2015 ABA Legal Career Development Expo in Chicago
Are you a Law Student? Recent Graduate? Young Lawyer? This is an event you do not want to miss! Practicing attorneys and legal professionals seeking to advance their careers are also welcome to attend. The American Bar Association Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the ABA Legal Career Development Expo. The Expo will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 8am to 5pm, at the ABA Headquarters in downtown Chicago located at 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654. Admission is only $10 (complimentary to all ABA Staff). There will be career and business development sessions; networking opportunities with current law students, lawyers, and ABA staff; practical skills training, including resume editing, one-on-one interviewing tips, and mentoring; career development information from the substantive legal and professional ABA entities; and a chance to win a package for three (3) executive coaching sessions. If you have any additional questions, please contact the office at (312) 988-5667 or visit the website for more details.

Epstein Becker Green 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition
Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage 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; and 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). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The submission period for the 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition will open in December 2014. All admissions are due by January 23, 2015. If you have questions about the competition, please visit the website.

The 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
Requirements are as follows: 1) Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible; 2) Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20-50 double spaced pages is welcome; 3) Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible. Winning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second place) and a trip to the FBA Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer. Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Additionally, each student must sign and return the warranty (available at the CDO) (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable). Deadline is January 5, 2015. For more information, please visit Symplicity or the website.
 


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Monday, January 19:
The 2015 Helton Fellowships
The Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004, recognizes the legacy of Arthur C. Helton, an ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in micro-grants for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law. Fellows undertake their projects in association with an established educational institution, international organization, governmental agency or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights and humanitarian affairs. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship for Fellows. Preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component, as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable populations. Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged. To learn more about the fellowships and to apply, visit the website.

Monday, February 9:
The OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the environmental laws of the nation. OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws, as well as the laws governing the daily operations of a federal agency. OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices: Air and Radiation, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Water, Cross-Cutting Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution, General Law, and Civil Rights and Finance Law. The program is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2015. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The 2015 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school in May 2015, who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have graduated from an ABA accredited law school within the past 3 years and have at least 1 year of legal experience. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective people skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility.

Sunday, March 1:
City of Chicago Department of Law 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program
The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk summer will be determined by the law clerk and his or her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit. During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities, including assisting in trial preparation; attending depositions; observing real estate closings; attending client meetings; attending court proceedings; researching legal issues; and drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts. Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County; disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and labor arbitration. They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court. During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary. The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of the attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under the section titled What We Do. To apply for the 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials in hard copy form as outlined on the website. Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcript, are received. Applications for the Summer Program will be accepted from January 15 to March 1, 2015.
 

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