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  October 25, 2019 Issue  


Career Development Office News & Resources

2020 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition Deadline January 7, 2020
The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (JD) or a master of laws (LLM) at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation. Only one paper per student is permitted. Joint papers are eligible, provided that they are written by a maximum of two coauthors. Submissions must be emailed by 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2020. Two winning papers will be selected by the officers of the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation. The authors of the first place and second place will receive: (i) a cash prize ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place); and (ii) a trip to the Annual FBA Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC, March 5 through March 6, 2020 (airfare and lodging only, value not to exceed $700), where each winner will be presented with a commemorative plaque and a complimentary, one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation. For additional information, please contact your CDO advisor and/or view the CDO Blog.

2019-2020 AILR Writing Competition
Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Friday, February 28, 2020. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete. The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication by the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international readership. The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250. Each of the three winning authors will also be recognized online by the American Indian Law Review. All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 28, 2020. Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt. Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions. All entries will be checked for plagiarism via an online service. Please see the CDO Blog for specific details.

2019 Companion Animal Law Writing Contest
The Companion Animal Law Writing Contest (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater, at the time of entry. Entrants must be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. The Contest begins on August 15, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. ET and ends on November 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Two prizes will be awarded. The First Prize winner will receive $2,500. The Second Prize winner will receive $500. The First Prize and Second Prize winners will be announced on December 17, 2019. For information on how to enter, judging criteria and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Announces its 2020 Annual Writing Competition
The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2020 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law. The awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2020 meeting of the College, scheduled to be held in Boston, MA in late March 2020. Eligible entries must discuss an aspect of U.S. consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, bankruptcy, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible. However, works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on U.S. consumer financial services. Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2018, and December 1, 2019. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2019. Entries must be submitted in electronic format. More information on the College and the writing competition may be found on the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Sunday, November 3:
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Summer Law Student Internships
Second-year law students are welcome to apply for a 2020 summer insternship now. CLS will not review any 2020 summer internship applications submitted by first-year law students until after December 1, 2019. Our law students receive exceptional training and the opportunity to work with some of the most talented legal minds in civil legal services. Students are placed in a specific CLS unit, and also have the opportunity to learn through special programming throughout the summer about the other areas of CLS work. All CLS interns will have the opportunity to work directly with clients, engage with the communities we serve, and contribute to systemic advocacy efforts to advance economic and racial equity. Internships at CLS are unpaid. Students whose socio-economic circumstances are such that an unpaid internship would be an exceptional hardship are encouraged to disclose this in their cover letter or reach out to one of the co-chairs of the law student hiring committee. For additional details and to apply, please visit the website.

Monday, December 16:
Legal Services for Children Internships
Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (LSC) is one of the first non-profit law firms in the country dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children. Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow. LSC attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, infraction defense, and other civil legal matters. Each summer Legal Services for Children offers law students (going into their 2nd or 3rd year of law school) the opportunity to intern at our office and work with our attorneys and social workers. Legal interns are responsible for conducting intake interviews with callers to the LSC Warmline. Interns also assist our staff attorneys with all aspects of client representation. For more details, please see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 24057.

Tuesday, December 24:
City of Austin Law Department Internship Program
As part of the City of Austin Law Department Internship Program, law students and recent law school graduates have the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in a dynamic municipal law practice through Law Department Clerkships and Fellowships. Clerks and Fellows provide legal assistance to all Law Department divisions and perform a variety of tasks, including research, writing, and attending legal proceedings. The goal of our internship program is to assist students and recent law graduates in meeting educational and professional goals. In addition, the City seeks to benefit from the work product of the interns. There are various programs, including Summer Clerkships and Post-Graduate Fellowships. For additional information and how to apply, please see Symplicity Job Posting ID# 23719.

Monday, January 6:
Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship
Banner Witcoff has opened the application process for the 2020 program of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship. First- and second-year law students can submit applications now through January 6, 2020. Created to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, the fellowship provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to participate in the summer associate program at the firm and $5,000 for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. Recipients who accept full-time positions with Banner Witcoff receive an additional $5,000 financial award. The fellowship is open to 1L and 2L students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and identify as members of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law or possess a demonstrated commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Applicants also must meet other criteria, including academic merit, a commitment to the pursuit of a career in the field, an interest in a career at Banner Witcoff, and demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement.



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