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  March 27, 2015 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
The Membership, Diversity, and Law Students and Clerks Committees Present: STARTING YOUR OWN LAW FIRM
On Thursday, April 2, 2015 (3:00 to 4:15 pm EDT), the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a teleconference panel titled "Starting Your Own Law Firm." This panel is directed to law students and lawyers with 1-5 years of experience. The panelists will discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a small law firm. The panel will examine issues related to transitioning from an established law firm and developing clients, as well as discussing the personal satisfaction of managing and working in your own law firm. Students can participate in the program by "dialing in." Law Students can participate in this program complimentary. To learn about the panelists, how to participate/register, etc., visit the website or the CDO Blog.

The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Although they are not mentioned in the Constitution, corporations have claimed constitutional protections at least since the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Commission. Corporation claims to constitutional rights have expanded dramatically in the past four decades, most famously as a result of the Supreme Court 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Administered by Public Citizen, the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice essay competition is soliciting essay submissions on the topic: The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections? Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2015, to Amanda Fleming. The competition is open to all current law students. Coauthored submissions are eligible; if selected, the coauthors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work. If a submission has been accepted for publication, the student should include written consent from the journal to the posting of the paper on Public Citizen website, with appropriate attribution. The winner will be notified by email, and the winning paper will be posted on Public Citizen website. The winner will receive $5,000. Only one winning paper will be chosen and awarded the prizes. For additional competition details regarding competition rules, judging, etc., please visit the website.

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Law Student Writing Competition
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces its 2014-2015 Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to promote interest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its distinctive role in American jurisprudence, and to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within its jurisdiction. The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at or graduated from an ABA accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted to use as their entries (i) papers that they prepared specifically for the competition, or (ii) papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2014-2015 academic year. DEADLINE EXTENDED: ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 11:59PM EASTERN ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015. Prize(s): One cash prize of TWO Thousand Dollars ($2,000) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges, in their discretion, to be the best. The winner will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on the website of the Association. In addition, the Association may support other publication opportunities. Winning articles from prior years have been published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and in the ULCA Law Review Discourses Journal. The winner will be announced as soon as determined, but no later than October 2015. For additional competition details regarding submissions, etc., please visit the CDO Blog.

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition
The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. James Lynch, a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, has graciously endowed this writing competition to honor Paul Faherty, former director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits. The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad, any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing: a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine. Any currently enrolled law school student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States may enter. A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winning paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center TaxEB InBrief magazine. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Papers submitted after this time and date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number, along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation. For riles and other information, please visit the CDO Blog.

Announcing the University of Pennsylvania Law Review FIRST ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST ESSAY COMPETITION
The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest. The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has both a professional and educational mission: it serves the bench, the bar, and the academy by providing a forum for the publication of original, high quality legal research while also providing educational experiences for its Editors. One winning essay will receive a monetary prize of $3,000 and will be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Submissions must focus on a specific legal issue within the public interest. This encompasses any issues relating to social justice or advancing the general welfare and good of the public. Topic selection will be one of the criteria judged. The competition is open to all current law students (Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017) from any ABA accredited American law school. Submissions are limited to one per person and must be an original, unpublished academic essay. The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is accepting submissions for its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 22, 2015, at 5pm EDT, via the online submission portal. For format, judging process and other information, please see the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Tuesday, March 31:
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (Washington, DC) Summer Clerkship
Founded in 1979 by Bill Ong Hing, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. The DC office handles national policy, regulatory, and legislative matters. Applicants with strong academic skills, understanding of regulatory law, and a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues are encouraged to apply. For the DC office, an interest in legislation, rule making, and administrative law is desirable. Applicants willing to explore the DC office sponsoring a post-graduate fellowship application are encouraged to apply. For additional details, see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 14208.

Wednesday, April 1:
Be Just Legal Fellowship
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) are a partnership of Haitian and U.S. human rights advocates with over 19 years of demonstrated success enforcing human rights in Haiti and abroad. With the generous support of the Bertha Foundation, IJDH is offering a two-year legal fellowship for an emerging lawyer committed to pursuing a career in public interest law. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary for lawyers from the Global North to support social change movements and progressive lawyers in the Global South. The IJDH Be Just Fellow will work closely with IJDH and BAI teams in the U.S. and Haiti on advocacy and legal work, including groundbreaking litigation seeking to hold the United Nations accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and advocating for fair and inclusive elections in Haiti. The Be Just Fellow will also serve as a liaison between the BAI Fellows in Haiti and the broader Bertha Network. The fellowship position is for two years starting any time between April 2015 and September 2015 and provides an annual stipend of $35,000 and health benefits. The Fellow will be based at the IJDH office in Boston, with regular travel to Haiti. Exceptionally strong candidates based in New York may be considered. Fellows are given a high degree of responsibility from the start and are incorporated as valued members of the legal team. Accordingly, the Be Just Fellow must be highly motivated and reliable. In order to successfully support Haitian grassroots empowerment, the candidate must possess exceptional humility, a keen sensitivity to issues of race, class, colonialism and imperialism, and a commitment to earning trust. For additional details, see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 14476.

Sunday, May 31:
Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowship
Pacific Legal Foundation College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific Legal Foundation. Applicants accepted will begin September, 2016. Fellows will work in the Sacramento, California, headquarters of Pacific Legal Foundation. Guided by experienced attorneys, each Fellow will participate in hands-on litigation, including lead attorney responsibilities in both trial level and appellate cases; write publishable legal scholarship; and attend on-site training for MCLE credit. For additional details, see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 14423.

Monday, August 31:
Heritage Health and Housing, Inc. (New York, NY) Legal Fellowship
Heritage Health and Housing is offering an unpaid legal fellowship opportunity for recent law graduates to work with the legal and compliance departments in a large NYC nonprofit. The fellow will be working directly with the General Counsel and associate attorneys on various projects including drafting the necessary changes to comply with federal and NYS state health laws affecting the agency health centers; assisting with pleadings and court appearances on programs related housing and real estate matters with clients; drafting memoranda and materials on organizational corporate and contractual matters; due diligence and related transactional document training; and reviewing contracts, filings and pleadings. Fellows are expected to work with the organization for one year. For additional details, see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 13320.

Rolling Basis:
The National Women's Law Center Fellowship
For 40 years, the National Women's Law Center has led the way in expanding the possibilities for women and their families. The Center is recruiting rising 3L students, judicial clerks and other recent law school graduates interested in applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works or other law fellowships to begin in September 2015, to discuss their interest in basing a fellowship project at the Center. The fellow will support the work of the Center in one or more of the following program areas: Health and Reproductive Rights, Family Economic Security or Education and Employment. Responsibilities may include researching and analyzing policy and legal issues; drafting a variety of materials; and working with national and state-based coalitions. Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment preferred. Must have excellent analytical, oral and written communications and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to women issues. For more information, visit the website.


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