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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT & COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE (OECA) – LAW CLERK HONORS PROGRAM SUMMER 2021 [DEADLINE: OCT. 26, 2020]

Who: They are looking for students who have an interest in the environment, and would like to consider a public interest internship, as it introduces them to regulatory and policy work. Along with 2Ls, they will consider talented 1Ls.

Requirements:

Submission components: See Job ID# 11548 @ Symplicity

 

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE CORPS (IJC) – JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP [DEADLINE: OCT. 28, 2020]

Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to approximately 25 recent law graduates from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and immigrants.

IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. IJC matches selected Fellows with our partnering host organizations based on the applicant’s experience and interest, gaps in services within the community, location interests, and partnering host organizations’ needs.

Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including:

  • Removal defense
  • Affirmative asylum applications
  • Relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking

Who:

  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2021
  • Applicants may be 2020 law school graduates
  • Applicants may be 2019 law school graduates if they will be completing another fellowship or clerkship by August of 2021

Requirements:

Submission components: See Job ID# 11558 @ Symplicity

Complete details: Available @ ijc.smapply.io/prog/justice_fellowship

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) – LEGAL HONORS PROGRAM [DEADLINE: NOV. 2, 2020]

HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys.

Legal Honors are assigned either to Headquarters or a Regional Office. During the program, all Legal Honors are given the opportunity to complete rotations across OGC functions and within other Federal agencies if elected. Rotations may include:  Assisted Housing, Community Development, Fair Housing, Insured Housing, Legislations and Regulations, Litigation, Mortgage Backed Securities, Personnel and Ethics, Procurement Law, Program Enforcement, and Real Estate and transactional work. Legal Honors will receive their permanent work placement upon successful completion of the 14-month appointment and bar admission. Legal Honors are assigned mentors, receive training, and participate in monthly discussions to enhance their experience and professional development. The target position upon conversion is a GS-12 Trial Attorney or Attorney Advisor with a full performance level of GS-14.

Who: U.S. citizen

  • Third-year law students who will earn their J.D. by June 2021; OR
  • Graduate law (LL.M) students in their last year of study who will graduate by June 2021; OR
  • A law school graduate holding a current judicial law clerk position whose clerkship ends no later than September 2021

Where: This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). There are 10 vacancies open that can be filled in the following locations:

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL

Kansas City, KS
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

Requirements: The program is highly competitive and candidates are selected on the basis of merit. Selection considerations include many factors such as: academic achievement; law review and other publication work; extracurricular activities such as moot court competitions and legal clinics; employment history; and participation in activities related to HUD’s mission.

  • GPA: Applicants must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a scale of 4.0 or Academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class

Submission components: See Job ID# 11638 @ Symplicity

Complete details & Application: Available @ usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/581386200

Additional information: Available @ hud.gov/program_offices/general_counsel/legalhonorsprogram

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact, Josh Kupfner, joshua.kupfner@fiscal.treasury.gov, 304.480.8385

 

U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE – SPRING 2021 PROGRAM FOR LAW CLERKS (INTERNSHIP)

The United States Copyright Office provides expert leadership and advice on copyright law and policy to the United States Congress, federal agencies, the courts, and the general public. The mission of the Copyright Office is to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system.

The Copyright Office has Fall 2020 positions available for unpaid law clerks in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of Policy and International Affairs, Office of Public Information and Education, and the Office of Registration Policy and Practice. These units interpret the U.S. Copyright Act and advise Congress, executive branch agencies, and others on domestic and international policy matters. In addition, Copyright Office attorneys support work on critical projects and priorities of the Register of Copyrights, including legislative and policy initiatives, operational enhancements, and public outreach efforts.

Projects of law clerks include:

  • Attending congressional hearings, industry events, and roundtables
  • Drafting portions of Copyright Office communications and reports
  • Joining in meetings with stakeholders or domestic and foreign officials
  • Conducting legal research and drafting memoranda

Who: Candidates for a law clerk position must either presently be enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited law school; have a demonstrated interest or background in copyright law as shown by relevant coursework or otherwise; and possess excellent research, writing, and editing abilities

Where: Washington, DC*

  • *The Copyright Office’s operating status for the Spring has not yet been determined – there is a possibility that Spring internships may be conducted remotely

Requirements:

Submission components & Application process: See Job ID# 11603 @ Symplicity

Complete details: Available @ copyright.gov/about/special-programs/internships.html

Contact: CopyrightLawClerks@copyright.gov

 

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EVENTS update:

14TH ANNUAL CORPORATE IP INSTITUTE® (CIPI) [OCT. 28-29, 2020]

The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance (GIPA) and the Atlanta Bar IP Section are excited to bring you the 14th Annual Corporate IP Institute® (CIPI) event on October 28-29, 2020. Our organizations are collaborating again to enhance the intellectual property community’s understanding of how corporations maximize the value of their IP assets.

Yes, the Covid-19 world is different, yet GIPA’s commitment to empowering intellectual property to advance society® remains strong – and we want to help corporations, law firms, consultancies, and others succeed in these areas.  As such, we will be hosting this year’s event virtually so that you can safely attend and learn amid the ongoing pandemic. We will be hosting four outstanding one-hour panels each day, comprising:

·            Speaking to the C-Suite, Chief IP Counsel, and Corporate IP Management Benchmarking

·            Cybercrime: Protecting your Information and IP (and What Happens When You Don’t)

·            Patent / IP Programs: Starting, Running, Growing, and Managing

·            Branding / Persona: Building and Protecting (Online) Rights

·            Geopolitical Trends and Their Effects on IP

·            Ethics and IP Practice

·            Open Source Software (OSS) Issues

·            Professionalism

Complete details: Available @ gaipalliance.org/institute

 

GIPA – INVENTOR IP ROUNDTABLE: “HOW DO I DEVELOP AN IP PROTECTION STRATEGY?” [NOV. 6, 2020]

Our esteemed panel will discuss topics that inventors should address when creating an overall IP strategy to support and protect their business. They will consider how patents, copyrights, and trademarks play an essential role in business success for inventors in technology, consumer products, and artistic fields.

30 minutes of Q&A will follow the 60 minute roundtable discussion.

Where: Zoom (conference details will be emailed to you shortly after you register)

When: 12 – 1:30 P.M. Eastern

Registration: Available @ us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__2RQe23vQh6kPeKNRIT3bQ


EMPLOYMENT update:

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2021 PMF PROGRAM [DEADLINE: OCT. 14, 2020]

The PMF Program is a highly selective, 2-Year fellowship and leadership development program that recruits recent and soon-to-be graduates with advanced degrees. It is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership development program and is an excellent way for students with management potential and public service motivation to start a career in the Federal Government and be developed into tomorrow’s leaders. Approximately six weeks after the application closes, we expect to announce PMF Class of 2021 Finalists.

Who: To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website @ pmf.gov

  • This section also provides a “PMF Applicant Handbook,” which details the annual application process, and explains eligibility requirements and required documentation, and the “Assessment Preparation Guide,” which prepares applicants for the on-line assessment.
  • Both of these resources and a number of others can be found on the Become a PMF\Resources section of the website.

Requirements:

Submission components: See Job ID# 11604 @ Symplicity

Complete details & Application: Available @ usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580264600

 

U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) – SPRING 2021 LEGAL INTERN WITH ASSOCIATE COUNSELS IN THE MIAMI FIELD OFFICE [DEADLINE: OCT. 23, 2020 @ CLOSE OF BUSINESS]

At USCIS, the agency oversees legal immigration to the United States. USCIS employees help people build better lives while defending the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. USCIS is ranked as one of the Best Places to Work. At the Office of the Chief Counsel within USCIS, lawyers review and research laws, policies, and procedures; support the agency and other governmental organizations in litigation matters; and provide legal education and advice to USCIS staff and leadership on legislative, regulatory, and national security issues. USCIS employs law school grads in many parts of the agency in addition to the Chief Counsel’s Office, including as asylum officers and immigration service officers.

Exposure to immigration law is encouraged, but training will be provided.  The candidate will be called upon to assist with family immigration benefit cases, including appeals, as well as other immigration matters.  Remote work is available although some presence in the office at 8801 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, 33150 is required.

Who: 2Ls or 3Ls; must be a U.S. citizen; must be able to pass a background check, including a drug screening

When: Ideally the candidate will begin Jan. 11, 2021 and work through Apr. 30, 2021

  • The position requires 12-15 hrs./wk. with flexible hours
  • If a 2L is selected for the position, they may stay on for a full-time summer internship

Requirements:

  • Skills: Strong legal research and writing base; organization skills; attention to detail

Submission components: See Job ID# 11582 @ Symplicity

Contact: With any questions, please email Jill.T.Swartz@uscis.dhs.gov

 

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EVENTS update:

ABA’S 13TH ANNUAL FIRST AMENDMENT & MEDIA LAW DIVERSITY MOOT COURT COMPETITION [DEADLINE TO APPLY: OCT. 15, 2020]

The competition is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument. Additionally, the four finalists in the Jan. 2021 competition—which will be held virtually— will be offered the opportunity of summer employment opportunities with a top law firm, media company, or First Amendment nonprofit, thanks to the generous support of ABA Forum sponsoring organizations.

The moot court hypothetical case will involve timely issues of national significance in the areas effecting communications law. The hypothetical case for the 2019-20 Competition, for example, focused on journalists’ access to interviews in state prisons and a government agency’s retaliatory withdrawal of press credentials. This year’s hypothetical will cover a variety of topics from traditional media law issues to digital media and regulatory advocacy Due to COVID-19, this year’s forum will be held entirely online via video conference and feature judges that are partners at top law firms, in-house counsel at major media companies and members of the judiciary.

Complete details & Application: Available @

americanbar.org/groups/communications_law/initiatives_awards/mootcourt/


SCHOLARSHIP update:

FREIDIN BROWN, PA. & SAVE SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIPS [DEADLINE: OCT. 30, 2020]

The Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarships provide financial support to LGBTQ and allied students who have strong connections to the South Florida community and are striving to lead in a field of Social Justice. Freidin Brown, P.A. and SAVE hope to give tomorrow’s social justice leaders the tools they need to excel.

About Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE: Freidin Brown, P.A. is a Miami-based law firm that focuses on medical negligence, complex personal injury, and whistleblower cases throughout Florida and the United States. With over a century of combined experience, our lawyers have dedicated their careers to obtaining justice for their clients. By collaborating with SAVE on the Social Justice Scholarships, the entire family at Freidin Brown, P.A. hopes to promote equality and social justice throughout our community.

Established in 1993, SAVE is Florida’s first grassroots LGBTQ advocacy organization. Their mission is to promote, protect, and defend equality for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and fighting discrimination against the LGBTQ community. SAVE Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization   focused on laying the educational groundwork that leads to policy change both within the LGBTQ community and South Florida at large.

Eligibility: Applicants cannot be a past or present client of Freidin Brown, P.A.; applicants cannot be a past recipient of a Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarship

Award: We will provide $5,000 in financial assistance to 5 applicants, totaling $25,000 in scholarship awards

  • Finalists will be requested to join us for a brief interview before winners are announced. Scholarship winners will be announced on or before Dec. 20, 2020, and scholarships will be funded directly to each winner’s school for the Spring 2021 semester.

Requirements: Applicants must have a proven record of volunteer or leadership experience either within the LGBTQ community or within another field of social justice

Submission components: (1) An up-to-date school transcript; (2) Proof of financial need (e.g., FASFA form, tax return, student loan receipt, or another official form indicating the need for financial support); (3) A personal statement (500 words max.) as prompted in the application link below; & (4) An essay (1000 words max.) that addresses one of the prompts listed in the application link below.

Complete details & Application: Available @ yourfloridatrialteam.com/scholarship/

Contact: For any questions regarding the scholarship or application requirements, please contact Caroline Venditti @ cv@fblawyers.net