Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Employment, fellowship, and internship opportunities update:

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EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY – THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW (EOIR) (FALLS CHURCH, VA) [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 27, 2014 BY 11:59 P.M. EST]

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking to fill 5 Attorney Advisor positions.

About the OfficeThe EOIR, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking individuals to serve as an Attorney Advisor. This position is located in the EOIR, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, about 10 miles from downtown Washington, DC. The EOIR is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers the Federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of 3 adjudicatory components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the U.S. where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of the immigration judges’ decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of our Nation’s immigration laws in all cases.

Job Description:

  • The incumbent is responsible for assisting senior officials in the research, review, analysis, conduct and impact of changes in legal precedent, statutes and regulations.
  • Participates with the Chief Immigration Judge, Deputy Chief Immigration Judges, Chief Counsel, and Assistant Chief Immigration Judges in the formulation of OCIJ’s programs and policies. Analyzes administrative programs and projects, and prepares reports, recommending adoption or rejection of policy changes.
  • The incumbent reviews department-wide proposals for changes in the immigration law, including regulatory proposals, and analyzes the potential impact upon OCIJ and the immigration courts.
  • Attends EOIR, departmental, and private sector meetings for the purpose of gathering, exchanging, and interpreting information for the use of the Chief Immigration Judge.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Salary$89,924.00 to $157,100.00

Who: Applicants must have a LL.B. or a J.D. degree and be and active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia (include date of admission to the bar). Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum of 2 years professional legal experience to qualify for the GS-13 level, a minimum of 3 years of professional legal experience to qualify for the GS-14 level and a minimum of 4 years of professional legal experience to qualify for the GS-15 level.

Requirements: *You must meet all qualification requirements by Monday, October 27, 2014, the closing date of this announcement

Skills: Applicants with knowledge of immigration laws and procedures are preferable, but not required

Submission components: (1) Resume, (2) if applicable, DD-214/SF-15, (3) short 1-3 page statement in support of your application, (4) writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), (5) most recent SF-50, and (6) 3 letters of reference

Send to: Applications may be hand delivered, mailed or emailed. To avoid delays, they highly recommend hand carrying or emailing your application package.

MAILED entries:

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Administrative Division
Office of Human Resources
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2300
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Kathy Tolson

ELECTRONIC entries: EOIR.HR_Application_Review@usdoj.gov

Complete details: This and other attorney vacancy announcements available @ justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies

Application and full job description: Available @ usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/381782300

 

THE DIPLOMACY AND DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP [DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30, 2014 BY 11:59 P.M. EST]

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program from Humanity in Action. The Fellowship offers 24 American and European graduate students the chance to explore the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. Fellows travel to Washington, DC, Paris and Berlin to study how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international issues. The program seeks to promote constructive diplomacy in a changing world through innovative and inclusive approaches.

Who: Students in graduate programs in the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine

Where: Washington, DC, Paris, and Berlin

When: May 29, 2015 – June 28, 2015

Complete details: Available @ humanityinaction.org/programs/10-the-diplomacy-and-diversity-fellowship

Application: Available @ humanityinaction.org/programs/10-the-diplomacy-and-diversity-fellowship/397-apply

Additional information: Available @ humanityinaction.org/programs/10-the-diplomacy-and-diversity-fellowship/310-about

 

JUSTICE AMERICORPS – IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEY [DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 3, 2014]

Under a special one-year grant called justice AmeriCorps from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), 6 public interest attorney positions are available immediately in South Florida to serve unaccompanied immigrant children under the age of 16 to improve the efficient and effective adjudication of children’s cases in Immigration Court proceedings.

Job Duties: Legal representation in immigration or custody proceedings before EOIR Immigration Courts; appellate proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals; proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including, among others, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status; and state court proceedings seeking orders necessary to support SIJ applications. The justice AmeriCorps attorney will also be required to conduct legal screenings of unaccompanied minors to determine eligibility for legal relief and representation by the AmeriCorps program, provide advice and counsel to unaccompanied minors, comply with reporting requirements and data entry, and assist in recruiting and training pro bono attorneys.

Training: National training will be provided in Washington, DC in December 2014 by EOIR and AmeriCorps

*Additional training will be provided by each host organization

Stipend and Benefits: The justice AmeriCorps position requires a full-time, 1-year (or 1,700 hours) commitment (with the possibility of a 1 year extension), and offers an annual living allowance of $24,200, an annual education award of up to $5,645 for qualified student loans, and eligibility for qualified student loan forbearance during the year of service. Health-care will be included under the program, as well as childcare coverage. Additional benefits may vary depending on the host agency.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar
  • Experience with immigration and/or child dependency legal clinics in law school would be especially helpful
  • Experience working with children is a plus
  • Fully bilingual, including reading and writing, in English and Spanish required
  • Must have own transportation
  • Must have excellent research and writing skills, communication skills, organizational skills, self-motivation, and an ability to work collaboratively with the Consortium
  • Must be adept at interacting with a wide variety of people and comfortable working in a busy, open work environment
  • Must be willing to submit to an extensive background check, including FBI, statewide repository, and sex offender registry checks

Requirements:

Submission components: (1) Resume, and (2) 2 legal writing samples

*Top candidates will be invited to interview and submit references

Send to: Applications should be submitted directly to the desired host organization(s) (*apply by email and put “justice AmeriCorps Attorney” in the subject line)

 

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL CORPS – ASSISTANT STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE (ATTORNEY POSITION) [DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 10, 2014]

Job Description: At the time you become an active duty JAG, you must be a U.S. citizen, less than 35 years of age, an ABA accredited law school graduate, and admitted to practice before the highest court in any state or federal territory. The Air Force provides an ideal opportunity to experience a diversified legal practice (criminal, environmental, government contracts, labor, medical, international, legal assistance etc.) with a complementary opportunity to hone your litigation skills. In addition to the diversity of legal practice areas, we offer the exciting opportunity to work with people (colleagues and clients) from diverse backgrounds. For some, travel opportunities, the possibility of living and practicing law in a foreign country, and the prospect of engaging in a unique field of law while serving your country carry a special attraction. For others, quality of life is of significant importance and military service provides an extended family, emphasizes teamwork and team building, and offers a well-developed support network. For these and many other reasons, service as an Air Force judge advocate offers unique opportunities and promises enriching experiences.

Salary: Range $70,000 – $79,999 (compensation type – monthly) (additional information re: Compensation available @ dfas.mil/militarymembers/payentitlements/militarypaytables.html & @ airforce.com/benefits/)

Who: 3Ls (Day students), 4Ls (Evening students), LL.M. students, and alumni

Where: Worldwide (multiple locations)

Requirements: Minimum qualifications – (1) U.S. citizen, (2) 35 yrs. or younger, and (3) student/graduate of an ABA approved law school

Additional Hiring Criteria: Please do not apply through Simplicity. You must apply online at airforce.com/jag. The selection board will review your application utilizing the whole person concept. Factors include academic performance, curricular and extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, letters of recommendation, leadership opportunities, height and weight, and current or prior military experience, if applicable. Prior military experience is not a requirement. Nearly 85% of our current JAGs have no prior military experience. Essentially, the selection board looks at your entire application package.

Submission components: (1) Resume, (2) official transcript, (3) writing sample, and (4) other documents (details available at link below)

Complete details and application: Available @ airforce.com/jag/

 

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SCHOLARSHIP update:

MICHAEL WEINER SCHOLARSHIP FOR LABOR STUDIES [DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 10, 2014]

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner through the creation of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, this scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers.

Michael spent 25 years, nearly his entire professional career, with the MLBPA working in support of the Players – past, present and future. Despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August of 2012, Michael waged an inspiring battle against his disease as he continued to work on behalf of the Players right up to the time of his passing last November, at the age of 51.

Award: The Players Trust will award up to five $10,000 scholarships annually, beginning January 2015

*The first winners will be notified in January 2015

Requirements: Law students who have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights

Skills:

  • A strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement
  • A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

*Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise

Application: Available @ playerstrust.org/application-form/

Complete details: Available @ playerstrust.org/programs/michael-weiner-scholarship-labor-studies/

Contact: Hillary Caffarone @ 212.826.0809


WRITING COMPETITION update:

2014-2015 BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 2015 BY 5 P.M. ET]

This writing competition is organized by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS).

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component

*Sample topics provided at the link below

Eligibility:

  • Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015
  • Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit
  • Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit
  • Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible

Submission guidelines: (1) Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), (2) in a double-spaced, (3) 8.5 x 11-inch page format (4) with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes), (5) citation style must conform to the Bluebook, and (6) a separate cover page is required, which must include:

  • Title
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page)
  • Law school name and address
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change)
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration)
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition.

Send to: Email entries in Microsoft Word format (with the cover page as a separate attachment) to Talia Fox @ fox@eli.org (you will receive a confirmation by email)

Awards: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2,000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a 1-year individual membership to ELI

Complete details: Available @

eli.org/environmental-governance/2014-2015-beveridge-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition

Contact: Email any questions to Talia Fox @ fox@eli.org


Career planning networking EVENT UPDATE: 1

THE FLORIDA BAR YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION (YLD) MENTORING PROGRAM

The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division Mentoring Program was designed with the main goal of connecting Law Student Division members with Florida attorneys.  The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division has built a statewide network of attorneys to mentor students both locally and across the state.

To accommodate Law Student Division members, mentees have the opportunity to select whether they prefer to be paired with a local mentor or an Across-the-State mentor.  Local mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least 5 times during the program, focusing on real legal experience, networking and professionalism by allowing their mentee to attend events and activities such as depositions, trials, negotiations, closings, hearings, mediations, document executions, client consultations, and/or local bar events, activities, and educational programs.  Across-the-State mentors benefit those students who may be attending law school in one part of the State, but who have plans after graduation to practice in another part of the State, and/or students who want to learn about a particular practice area in which a practitioner outside of their school’s geographic region specializes.  Mentors and mentees paired through an “Across-the-State” mentoring relationship will communicate electronically and/or by phone.  Such relationship will allow the mentee to establish a relationship with an attorney who practices in their future “home” base and/or ideal post-graduation practice area.

Registration: Available @ flayld.org/students/LSD/programs/mentoring/mentee/

Complete details: Available @ flayld.org/students/LSD/programs/mentoring/

Contact: Evan Malloy, Mentoring Program Committee Chair @ yldmentoring14@gmail.com or Ashley N. Sybesma, YLD Law Student Division Chair @ ASybesma@hinshawlaw.com

 

LCLD SUCCESS IN LAW SCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM [REGISTRATION OPENS: OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 6:00 A.M.]

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Who: 1Ls

Registration: Available @ lcldnet.org/programs/law-school-mentoring/mentees/

Contact: Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager @ lbald@lcldnet.com or @ 804.658.6019

[For additional details, check Thursday, September 11 Blog Post and view at Symplicity]

 

THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER – LAW STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM KICKOFF EVENT [OCTOBER 21, 2014]

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FLORIDA BAR RPPTL SECTION – MOCK INTERVIEWS [NOVEMBER 15, 2014]

The co-chairs of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section (RPPTL) of the Florida Bar’s Career Counseling Committee is offering the opportunity to our FIU Law students to have interviews where a RPPTL Section meeting is taking place. These practice interviews will take place with members of the Executive Council of the RPPTL Section. Executive Council members govern the Section, and it is through their participation and leadership that a great deal of Florida legislation dealing with real property, probate and trust issues has been addressed.

The Career Counseling Committee believes that by your participating in their program that you will be better equipped to secure a position in an ever increasingly competitive legal environment. This program allows you to practice interviewing with practicing lawyers who are recognized across Florida as leaders in their field.

Where: The Naples Grand Resort (formerly the Waldorf Astoria Naples)

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Registration: If you wish to participate, email your resume to Guy S. Emerich @ gemerich@farr.com and to Phillip A. Baumann @ pab@estatelawflorida.com by no later than November 7th.

Additional information: Available @ rpptl.org/

Contact: Guy S. Emerich, gemerich@farr.com, 941.505.9938

Phillip A. Baumann, pab@estatelawflorida.com, 813.223.2201

 

HAIKU CONTEST FOR LAW STUDENTS [NOVEMBER 15, 2014 BY 11:59 P.M. CT]

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Take a break from your studies and write a haiku for a chance to win prizes.  A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poem.  Haikus consist of three lines and a total of 17 syllables.  The first line has five syllables, the second seven, and the third five.

Who: Members of the ABA Law Student Division

Themes: Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and the U.S. Constitution

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $300 Apple Store Gift Card
  • 2 runners up will each receive a $100 Apple Store Gift Card

Official rules: Available @

americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/awards_scholarships/haiku_contest_for_law_students/contest_rules

Entry form: Available @ americanbar.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3OBJqI6GXgVdZ5z

Complete details: Available @

americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/awards_scholarships/haiku_contest_for_law_students

 

1L LCLD SCHOLARS PROGRAM [APPLICATION PERIOD BEGINS: DECEMBER 1, 2014]

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Contact: 1lscholars@lcldnet.org

 

THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS (NTL) 2015 TRIAL LAWYERS SUMMIT – SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM [JANUARY 18-21, 2015]

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FIU Law has been invited to submit 15-30 students to attend the NTL 2015 Trial Lawyers Summit. There will be no registration fees, and the students will have access to all programs, receptions and networking opportunities during the Summit.

Where: The Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Registration: If you would like to attend, please send an email to Jessica Ciminero @ jciminer@fiu.edu expressing your interest by Monday, November 24th so that we may submit the names of our students (as they are expecting to have the recipients finalized by December 1st)

Agenda and featured speakers: Please see attachment below (at Comment section)

Complete details: Available @ ntlsummit.com/ (being updated daily as they add speakers and topics)

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION – 2015 BENCH BAR CONFERENCE [MARCH 27, 2015]

The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for chairing the “Law Student” session of the Bench Bar Conference. Last year’s agenda featured a Speed Networking session involving various areas of the law and interaction with both local practicing attorneys and the judiciary.  This year’s session promises to be just as exciting!

Where: The Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

When: 2:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

Additional information: Available @ palmbeachbar.org/ (registration information not yet available)