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  May 15, 2020 Issue  


Career Development Office News & Resources

2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair on August 5th and 6th, 2020
Law firms, in house legal departments, and agencies and organizations seeking to hire qualified Latinx attorneys and law students from across the country should not miss this opportunity to identify top diverse candidates at the 2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair (VCF), the largest career fair for Hispanic attorneys and law students in the nation! The VCF helps match your organization with qualified diverse attorneys from a variety of practice areas, and at all levels of experience, as well as top law students. Fulfilling our mission, the VCF expands access and opportunity for employers and Latinx legal professionals and students, all in one place, a cost-effective win/win for everyone. Attorneys and students: log in to your HNBA account to access the link to register. Cost is FREE! Attorney and student registration deadline is Wednesday, July 8, 2020. For other important dates and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2020
The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible. Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing. Competition rules can also be found on the College website. Articles must be submitted via email using the subject line Writing Competition by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2020. For the 2020 Law Student Writing Competition and Student Information and Verification form, see the website or ask your CDO advisor.

The Cuban American Bar Foundation (CABF) Scholarship Application is Available and Applications Due May 31st
The Cuban American Bar Foundation (CABF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Cuban-American law students and law students interested in activities of importance to the Cuban-American community. Since its inception, CABF has provided scholarships for deserving law students in accredited law schools and has honored the memory of distinguished lawyers and judges by awarding scholarships in their memory. Financial assistance is based on academic performance, leadership potential, and participation in community programs including, but not limited to, volunteer hours. Scholarships are awarded annually, provided funds are available. CABA Foundation awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process. Areas that are reviewed by the committee include, but are not limited to, the following: Academic Accomplishments, Community Service, References, Personal Essay and Financial Need. CABA Foundation pays scholarship funds directly to the recipient. Scholarships are awarded annually. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Scholarships awarded are based upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria. The application is also available online. Applications and supporting documentation are due no later than May 31,2020. For criteria and additional details, visit the CDO Blog.

SUBJECT: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law. OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020, who have not at any time engaged in the practice of law. SUBMIT BY: Deadline extended to June 15, 2020. Up to two prizes: Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500. Winners will be honored during the College annual black tie dinner on in September 12, 2020 in Chicago. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication. For rules and additional information, please visit the CDO Blog.

The Aviation and Space Law Committee is pleased to announce its 2020 Annual Law Student Writing Competition. Submissions should address a recent development in any area of aviation or space law or discuss an area of aviation or space law where a controversy or disagreement exist. The Competition winner will be eligible to receive (1) $500 cash prize; (2) up to $1,500 reimbursement for hotel and transportation expenses to attend and speak at the ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Annual CLE Seminar in Washington, DC on October 28th and 29th, 2020, and (3) publication in an upcoming edition of the TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee newsletter. Submissions must be limited to no more than twenty (20) pages, double-spaced, 12-point Book Antiqua, Arial or Times Roman font., with footnotes and citations conforming to Bluebook standards. Please submit all entries, NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2020. The competition is open to all current U.S. citizen law student and LL.M. candidates. Membership in the ABA, TIPS or the Aviation and Space Law is not required for participation, though membership is free for all law students. If you are a member of the ABA, please include your ABA membership number with your submission. For official rules, eligibility and additional details, please visit the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Thursday, July 16:
Richard S. White Fellowship
At Helsell Fetterman, we believe that achieving and maintaining diversity are key to providing exceptional solutions to the legal problems of our clients. We embrace our responsibility of maintaining a workplace of inclusion, recognizing that our clients are best served by a team of attorneys and staff that is as diverse as the world in which we practice. The Richard S. White Fellowship includes both a paid, 12 week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the law school of the student at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the tuition. Applicants must: Be a second year law student in good standing pursuing a law degree at an ABA-accredited law school; (third year if pursuing an LL.M.); Possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career; Demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and the profession; and Communicate an interest and commitment to both the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area. For responsibilities and how to apply, etc., visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#25768.

Monday, September 14:
The Skadden Fellowship
The foundation will award two-year fellowships for 2021 law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks, and LL.M. candidates who want to work in the public interest. The FAQs and key dates information on the website provide general information about the Skadden Fellowship and our application process. You may apply during the fall of your 3L year, an LL.M., a clerkship, or the final year of a graduate program in which you were enrolled concurrently with your law degree. You may still apply during an LL.M. or a clerkship even if you worked as an attorney between graduating from law school and starting the LL.M. or clerkship. Applications are due on September 14, 2020. For responsibilities and how to apply, visit the website.

Deadlines Vary:
Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (Ft. Walton Beach) ATJ Tech Fellowship
An Access to Justice Tech Fellow will have the opportunity to work with three distinct projects: developing high-quality, interactive, e-learning tools related to disaster recovery legal issues; implementing a schema.org markup for legal assistance websites; and creating novel outreach plans to communities in the Florida panhandle that have been impacted by the hurricane. This fellow shall be responsible for researching applicable laws and creating original training material for legal aid and volunteer lawyers. They will draft original substantive training content as well as make use of online teaching platforms to translate it into an easily-digestible format. They will use Animaker, or other, software to create short informational videos to supplement training for attorneys, but also for laypeople in plain language. The fellow will be an essential part of the Schema project team, attending a meeting with all partners (Urban Insight, Pro Bono.net, Stanford Legal Design Lab, Open Referral, and Legal Services of Greater Miami). Additional information may be found on Symplicity Job Posting ID# 25791.

Rolling Deadline:
Rule of Law Summer Internship
The WJP Index team is seeking full-time, paid interns for four to six month positions, with the possibility of extension up to one year. Pending social distancing recommendations, interns will work remotely until the WJP Washington, DC office is able to open safely. Candidates able to transition to full-time work based in WJP DC office will be given preference. Main responsibilities include: Assist in the administration of the Qualified Respondents Questionnaire (QRQ) for the WJP Rule of Law Index; Edit and proofread outreach templates and prepare major email campaigns in support of the QRQ; Conduct targeted telephone and email outreach to potential respondents; Conduct research to identify potential practitioner and academic legal experts in various countries to participate in the WJP Rule of Law Index; and Conduct qualitative research on rule of law developments around the world. Please visit the website for additional details and to apply. No phone calls please.



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