Thursday, September 18, 2014 – Employment, fellowship, and internship opportunities update:

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11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA – VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit encourages the community to take advantage of the opportunities available to enhance their careers and knowledge. The Volunteer Program within the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida enables members of the community to become actively involved in their judicial branch of government while providing the public and judicial system with assistance by serving as administrative, informational, and educational liaisons between the courts and the community.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Performs various administrative and clerkship duties for the assigned department. Frequently contacts are made with judges, Clerk of the Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, State Attorney, Public Defender, private attorneys, law clerks, state and local law enforcement, witnesses, bailiffs, criminal justices, social service professionals and the general public. Work is often of a sensitive and confidential nature. The Volunteer/Intern must observe high standards of conduct. Work requires independent judgment and is performed under the general supervision of a Judge or Attorney.

RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:

  • Managing the Judge’s court and professional calendar coordinating and scheduling motions, pretrial hearings, trials, conferences, and committee meetings; maintaining trial dockets, continuances and trial orders; assisting attorneys with procedures on filing motions and hearing dates.
  • Provides organizational support for the judge’s caseload, including preparing orders, docketing jury instructions and a list of pending cases; ordering jurors; and coordinating in-house services, such as interpreters.
  • Reviews case files for accuracy, format compliance and completeness before scheduled hearings.
  • Acts as the Judge’s liaison to assist and inform litigants, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and witnesses concerning court procedure and policy.
  • Screens telephone calls and visitors to the judge’s office; provides information, resolves issues, directs caller/visitor to proper personnel or agency, or takes messages.
  • Performs routine clerical tasks such as reviewing, distributing and responding to incoming mail; performing data entry, ordering office supplies, maintaining files/records, faxing or photocopying.
  • Composes and/or edits correspondence, memorandum, directives, notices, orders, e-mails, and other documents observing strict confidentiality.
  • Researches information on hearing dates for other agencies; prepares notices of hearings for cases put on the calendar by the judge.
  • Interacts with attorneys and litigants and their family members to resolve problems such as scheduling conflicts or other case-related issues.
  • May conduct limited case law research using an electronic database such as Lexus-Nexus.

Complete details: Available @ jud11.flcourts.org/SCSingle.aspx?pid=655

Application: APPLY ONLINE; available @ jud11.flcourts.org/docs/VolunteerInternApplication.pdf

 

WEIL DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Founded in 1931, Weil has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

The Weil Diversity Fellowship Program supports the Firm’s overall commitment to diversity and is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at one of our U.S. offices. The program, consisting of fellowships for both 1L and 2L students, underscores the Firm’s dedication to diversity with the goal of creating an even more diverse workplace.

Who: 1Ls & 2Ls

Complete details: Available @ weil.com/careers/summer-program

Additional information: Available @ weil.com/careers

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Wes Powell @ 212.833.3533 or @ wesley.powell@weil.com

 

K&L GATES LLP – PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2014]

The K&L Gates LLP Public Interest Fellowship Program was established by The Pittsburgh Foundation’s K&L Gates LLP Fund to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2015, the program will award one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend eight weeks of their summer working at Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

In 2015, the fellowship recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his or her public interest service.

Application: For a copy of the application materials, please visit klgates.com, or contact:

Jessica L. Gangjee, Legal Recruitment and Development Regional Manager, K&L Gates LLP, K&L Gates Center, 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613, 412.355.6547, jessica.gangjee@klgates.com

Deborah L. Turner, Scholarship Coordinator, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburg, PA 15222-5414, 412.394.2649, turnerd@pghfdn.org

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL – FRIEDMAN CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2014]

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2015-2017.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.  Friedman Fellows obtain LL.M. degrees while examining and engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law.

The 2015-2017 Friedman Fellowships begin in the Summer of 2015.  Each fellowship is affiliated with a specific law school clinic.  Although the various clinics provide the fellows diverse responsibilities and experiences, each provides the Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program enables every Fellow to learn about clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, teaching and supervising law students engaged in these endeavors, and participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  In the process, Fellows receive mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and the law school in general.

Fellows enroll in two year-long courses in Clinical Teaching and Scholarship taught by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and other clinical faculty.  As part of this course sequence, Fellows receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising law students, and in writing a publishable thesis.  Fellows also enroll part-time in other law school classes, and receive an LL.M. degree upon completion of the class and thesis requirements of the LL.M. program.

Fellows receive an annual stipend between $45,000 and $50,000, tuition remission for the LL.M. program, health insurance and other benefits, and possible student loan deferment.

Who: Fellows must be members of a state bar (candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar)

Requirements:

Skills: We are currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience.  We are especially interested in applications from lawyers with background and experience in the following areas: administrative law, appellate practice, community economic development law, civil legal aid practice, criminal defense practice, litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, and transactional law.

Submission components: (1) Letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) list of references, and (4) a complete law school transcript

Send to: Associate Dean Phyllis Goldfarb (*the preferred submission method is via email @ clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu)

Alternatively, applications may be mailed to:

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics c/o Executive Assistant Norma Lamont

The George Washington University Law School

2000 G St. NW

Washington, DC 20052

Complete details: Available @ law.gwu.edu/Academics/EL/clinics/Pages/FriedmanFellows.aspx

 

2015-2017 HANNA S. COHN EQUAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2014]

The Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship will be awarded to a talented, committed law school graduate at the beginning of her or his career in the area of poverty law. The fellow will represent low-income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy. The fellow’s background and interests will be matched with high priority legal concerns of the poor which are not currently being addressed or that require additional resources. The starting salary is $47,000. In addition, Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package.

The goal of the Fellowship is to increase legal advocacy for Greater Rochester’s low-income families in high priority areas that are currently underserved. In addition, the Fellowship is designed to attract dynamic and talented, new lawyers to the practice of poverty law.

The Fellowship is funded in Hanna’s memory by her family, as well as through private contributions and donations to a Memorial Fund. The fellow will be notified in January, 2015.

Who: Students entering or in their 3L year

Where: The Empire Justice Center in Rochester, NY

When: 2 years beginning in September 2015

Requirements:

Submission components: (1) 1-2 page cover letter detailing what influenced your decision to attend law school and why you want to represent low-income people, (2) official law school transcript, (3) resume, (4) 2 letters of recommendation highlighting your ability and commitment to practice poverty law, and (5) completed application and essay

Send to: Applications may be sent via regular mail, electronically or in person (faxed entries will NOT be accepted)

Kristi Hughes

Hanna S. Cohn Fellowship Administrator

c/o Empire Justice Center

Telesca Center for Justice

One West Street, Suite 200

Rochester, NY 14614

585.295.5817

fellow@empirejustice.org

Complete details and application: Available @ empirejustice.org/assets/pdf/hanna-fellowship/hanna-s-cohn-2015-17-equal-1.pdf

 

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SCHOLARSHIP update:

FIU STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA) LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 10, 2014]

Minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Fully admitted, graduate, degree-seeking student
  • Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Must be enrolled FULL-time: At least 9 graduate credits during the term of the award, unless otherwise indicated
  • Must include submission of 1 letter of recommendation on professional letterhead (letter MUST be from a teacher, professor, academic counselor or advisor who can attest to student’s academic potential, leadership qualities, and/or community service)
  • Must have a paid Activity and Service Fee
  • Must be in good judicial standing at the University
  • Winners must attend the SGA Awards Banquet

NOTE: This one application is used to award ALL of the scholarships listed below. Number of awards varies per scholarship. Some of these scholarships require submission of an extra essay or documentation to be considered. Please review the application questions carefully and submit the corresponding documentation required for each scholarship if you think you qualify. Note- only some scholarships require extra documents.

Award: The FIU SGA Law Scholarship is for $1,000.

Application: Log in @ fiu.academicworks.com/ with your myAccounts username and password and search for “Student Government Association Scholarships” to apply

Complete details: Available @ fiu.academicworks.com/opportunities/1256

Contact: scholarships@fiu.edu or @ 305.348.0349


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FLORIDA ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS (FAWL) MIAMI-DADE CHAPTER – CLE: HATE CRIMES [SEPTEMBER 19, 2014]

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CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CPIP) – ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW [OCTOBER 9-10, 2014]

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