Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Summer Estate Planning Work

Are you a 2L interested in doing estate planning work on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, this summer? You will get paid to do the work under the supervision of a licensed attorney, and you will also receive a stipend to cover moving and living expenses. If you're interested, please contact Stephanie Nichols at

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Serve on the WA AtJ Board’s Law School Relations Committee

WA Access to Justice Board’s Law School Relations Committee

Position Sought: Committee Member (volunteer)

Open to: All law students – 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to apply.

Time commitment: Students are expected to serve on committee for at least one year.

Application process: No application is necessary but if you are interested, please let Allison Durazzi know about your interest and when you would be able to join.

Contact: Allison Durazzi, WSBA Justice Programs Coordinator, or (206) 733-5942.

The ATJ Law School Relations Committee seeks law student members. The Committee fosters collaboration among Alliance members and law schools to ensure that every law student in the state has an understanding of the importance of public interest law, familiarity with the Alliance for Equal Justice community, an opportunity to work with Alliance members in some capacity as a student, an appreciation for the work that is being done on behalf of low-income clients, and a commitment to support the Alliance's work in some capacity after law school. This unique committee is comprised of GU, SU and UW law students, faculty and staff working alongside staff and volunteers from the Washington State Alliance for Equal Justice. This committee offers students an opportunity to work closely with their future colleagues in the Alliance for Equal Justice on important projects that ultimately benefit low income clients in our communities.

Students are needed to actively participate in the committee and subcommittees which include the Fellowships subcommittee and the Outreach Subcommittee. If you have any questions about the Committee, contact Diana Singleton, Director, Access to Justice Institute at

Summer public benefits internship opportunity

SU Swedish Public Benefits Assistance Project

Position Sought: Volunteer Intern

Open to: All law students

Application Process: Email a resume and brief statement describing interest in the project.

Application Deadline: April 28, 2010.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/week from June to August.

Contact: Diana Singleton, Director, Access to Justice Institute –

The law school is partnering with Swedish Medical Center to assist their elderly patients with their public benefits applications. In collaboration with their social work and medical staff, a small team of legal interns will work under the supervision of a lawyer to provide assistance with public benefits applications. This assistance will help elderly patients be more successful in securing benefits and prevent the need for legal services. This is a collaborative project of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Access to Justice Institute, Law Clinic and Swedish Medical Center.

FDIC Compliance Analyst

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is hiring compliance analysts for many locations, including Seattle. Act quickly -- get in queue. See USAJOBS. Terrific opportunity to gain valuable financial regulation experience.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sports Law Job Opportunity

A sports law job (part-time, 2010-11 academic year) has been posted on Symplicity (#1314). This is a paying opportunity during next school year. You won't find a better job for getting your foot in the door of sports law.

Apply now for next year. You must be enrolled at Seattle U. during 2010-11 to be eligible for this position.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jobs on Symplicity

We have had many additions to Symplicity in the past week, including numerous environmental positions, fellowships and legal internships.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Fellowship on Symplicity

3Ls and recent alumni: A new post-graduate fellowship to be based in Washington, D.C. with an August 2010 start date is now on Symplicity. Please let CPD know if you have any questions. As always, we are available as a resource as you move forward with applications!

Office Space Available for Sublet

Office space on Lake Union in a law office available to sublet. Free internet and other amenities available. Perfect for a new graduate ready to start their own business. Please call David at 206.400.6640

NOVA Conference

The National Organization of Veterans' Advocates is holding their New Practitioner Session and Spring Conference in Seattle on April 22nd-24th.

The session on the 22nd, for New Practitioners, covers the basics and provides a strong foundation for those who are new to, and want to understand veterans law.

The next two days provide in depth knowledge of specific areas of veterans law, such as how to get disability benefits for veterans who have ischemic heart disease as a result of their service in Vietnam.

NOVA is the oldest and largest association of veterans law practitioners, having been in the business of training and mentoring lawyers in VA law since 1993.

Program and registration information can be found here:

Summer Job with Law Review

Seattle University Law Review

Looking for a summer job? We need a summer staffer!

The Law Review is currently searching for
a law student to help with:
-Clerical work-

Send your resume to: Joseph Marchesano
Resumes are due by 4/17

Monday, April 12, 2010

EJW Summer Corps - deadline THIS Friday!

The Summer Corps 2010 application is now open! The online application is open until April 16. The summer program provides a $1000 Education Award to law students upon completion of 300 hours of service. Visit the EJW Summer Corps page for more information. Last year TEN SU students received this educational award - be one of this year's class!

Making the most of your public interest internship

Free Webinar on Making the Most of Your Summer Public Interest Internship! On Wednesday, April 14th at 12:00pm, NALP and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) are presenting “Top Ten Tips for a Successful Summer Internship in a Public Interest Office…and What to Avoid.” This free webinar will help law students make the most of their summer experiences in civil legal services organizations and public defenders’ offices by offering concrete tips from both public interest attorneys with extensive experience in supervising law students and law school public interest advisors who counsel students on maximizing professional development opportunities. The webinar will be led by Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting for the D.C. Public Defender Service, and Phyllis Holmen, Executive Director of the Georgia Legal Services Program.

The webinar will be offered live on April 14th and archived for later viewing. All students and law school career professionals who are interested in participating on April 14th should e-mail Kevin Mills, Director of Membership at NLADA at, and provide your full name, e-mail address, and a phone number. Please type “Student Webinar” in the email’s subject line.

Post-graduate fellowship listserv

Are you interested in post-graduate fellowships? If you would like to be on a fellowship opportunities listserv, please email Stacey Lara-Kerr at Over the course of the summer and fall we will be sending out targeted information with application tips, resources, and deadlines. Let us know how we can be of assistance!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2010 Labor & Employment Summer Clerkships & Scholarship Opportunities - DEADLINE EXTENDED


Below is information about two Summer Clerkships for 1Ls, 2Ls, and non-graduating 3Ls, as well as, information regarding the Krug Scholarship for students who are not 1Ls.

These are summer jobs with a public interest component that around $5,000, funded in part by the WSBA Labor and Employment Section and the King County Bar Association. To apply, you need to start now by contacting the potential placement where you would work, and interviewing to see if they would be willing to host you to work there if you win the Competition. The deadline is noon on April 15, 2010. The best news is that when the potential employers understand the student’s salary is paid for, they are thrilled to have a “free” summer employee, so they usually jump at the chance to have you! See details below.

I. The LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT SUMMER CLERKSHIP COMPETITION (sponsored by the King County Bar Association) has generally awarded around $6,000 to a non-graduating student (1Ls are eligible) who has shown interest and distinction or promise in labor or employment law for certain summer employment.

II. The LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT SUMMER CLERKSHIP COMPETITION (sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association) awards a non-graduating student (1Ls are eligible) who has shown interest and distinction or promise in labor or employment law for certain summer employment. UPDATE - The WSBA award has been increased to $6,000.

Interested students in either of the opportunities listed above should:

1. Read the Guidelines, posted on the Labor and Employment Law (LELA) TWEN site.

2. Decide which qualifying agency you would like to work for. A list of qualifying agencies is in the Guidelines, and if you feel another would be your choice, but is not listed, ask Professor Martin if it meets the requirements for acceptable placements set forth in the Guidelines.

3. Interview at your chosen agency and ask if you win if they would allow you to work there (for free!) this summer. If so, submit your application by noon on April 15, 2010, per the Guidelines.

For further information, contact either of the Seattle University’s LELA Presidents Susan Marx ( or labor and employment law faculty advisor, Professor. Martin (

III. Last, the Mary Ellen KRUG SCHOLARSHIP is a cash grant which usually ranges from $4,000 - $8,000, with the exact amount determined by the proceeds from the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Conference each year. The cash grant is awarded to a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year student (including graduating students) who has shown interest and distinction or promise in Labor and Employment law. The deadline is in mid-to-late April each year. The recipient is also honored at the Pacific Coast L&E Conference, attended by some 400 practicing attorneys from the West Coast. For details, see the Guidelines, posted at the Labor and Employment Law (LELA) TWEN, and look for announcements in the Prolific Reporter and law school communications. Please direct any additional questions to labor and employment law faculty advisor, Professor Natasha Martin ( or her assistant, Nancy Harrop (

How to Ace Public Interest Interviews

PSLawNet continues to offer great resources for law students and lawyers new to the profession via their blog. Their Interviewing Tips for Postgraduate Public Interest Jobs gives excellent advice for job seekers. Per PSLawNet, Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising offers some terrific advice on interviewing on this web page, including suggestions about questions for you to ask interviewers. This is incredibly important. Most interviewers want to have a conversation, not to conduct an interrogation. And conversations, of course, are two-way streets. So you have to be prepared to engage.

Summer Internship with Swedish Medical Center

Come learn about a summer internship opportunity that involves a medical-legal partnership with Swedish Medical Center!

The law school is partnering with Swedish Medical Center to assist their elderly patients with their public benefits applications. In collaboration with their social work and medical staff, a small team of legal interns will work under the supervision of a lawyer to provide assistance with public benefits applications. This assistance will help elderly patients be more successful in securing benefits and prevent the need for legal services .

Learn more about this opportunity at the Information Session on
Wednesday, April 14 – 12:00 to 12:50
Room 431

This is a collaborative project of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Access to Justice Institute, Law Clinic and Swedish Medical Center.

If you have any questions, please email Diana Singleton at

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sports Law CLE

Foster Pepper is sponsoring a Sports Law CLE at their office on Friday, April 30th. Topics will include:

* Concussion Syndrome – Legal and Medical Issues on a Collision Course
* Gender Equity in Sports – Title IX, EADA, State law
* A Conversation with NCAA Division I, II and III Athletic Directors
* NCAA Compliance – Recurring Issues of Interest
* What’s Happening on the Seattle Sports Scene: World Cup Anyone?
* Special Guest Lunch Speaker Lorenzo Romar | University of Washington | Men's Head Basketball Coach

Student registration is only $75.00. Please click here for more information about the program and registration.

OCI Info Session

Each fall, representatives from a variety of firms and organizations come to campus to interview 2Ls and 3Ls for summer and full-time positions. The information session will briefly introduce the process of applying for firms through Symplicity, discuss how to properly prepare, and answer any questions you may have. If you are considering participating in OCI, please make sure to attend this session.

Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-12:50 p.m., C6. RSVP in Symplicity.

International Law Info Session

Can an American lawyer pursue a legal career abroad? Yes, it's possible, but it's a difficult undertaking that presents many hurdles, limitations and frustrations that are best overcome with careful preparation and planning. First I'll speak about my own experience and outline the hurdles, limitations and frustrations I've encountered (e.g. language, immigration, local law practice regulations, work culture). Then I'll describe the preparation and planning one can do at the law school level to increase one's chances. In this regard, I'll list the top international practice areas that demand foreign lawyers (e.g. public and private international law, IP, offshore wealth planning and structuring, corporate tax and finance, and international commercial arbitration) and then discuss the qualifications one needs to successfully compete for clients or jobs in some of these practice areas by examining the bios of some American lawyers who have succeeded and some ads on foreign job boards. I'll wrap up the discussion with a question and answer period.

o Robert C. Bennett is an international lawyer admitted to the practice of law in Washington State, USA. He holds a Master of Laws, Law and Information Technology, Stockholm University, 1999-2001, a Juris Doctor, Seattle University, 1995-1998 and a Baccalaureate of Arts, Washington State University, 1990-1993.

o For the past ten years, he has practiced in the areas of international commercial, corporate and financial law in Switzerland, Sweden and the United States. The projects he has undertaken include providing advice and support for international commercial and corporate transactions, external legal compliance reviews, and assisting in corporate legal administration. In addition, he has represented multinational corporate groups in commercial arbitration and mediation! proceedings in Geneva, Switzerland.

o The clients Robert has served primarily comprise multinational corporate groups doing business in the financial and trade sectors together with the government authorities regulating them. His comprehensive international background offers the unique attributes necessary to provide a wide variety of legal services in roles specifically tailored to the legal needs of global corporations and governmental authorities. While associated with Law Firm Lohman and GMT Advisors, Robert has acquired significant training and experience in the field of financial compliance with a focus on developing procedures, policies and policy manuals for global financial institutions.

Join us on Friday, April 16th at noon in C1. RSVP in Symplicity. Pizza will be provided.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

REMINDER: Clerkship Kickoff Meeting

If you plan to apply for judicial clerkships this summer/fall, attending one of the info meetings is a must!

  • Monday, April 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m., room C6
  • Tuesday, April 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., room C6

At the kickoff info meeting you'll get your clerkship handbook, learn about the details of clerkship applications, join the clerkship program listserv, and hear from three alumni panelists who are currently clerking or have recently clerked.

For general information on judicial clerkships, visit CPD's judicial clerkships page:

Clerkship applications are typically completed a year in advance of the position's start date, so summer between second and third year of law school is the ideal time to begin applying. That said, some candidates choose to apply during the summer/fall after graduation from law school. For this reason 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls are all welcome to attend this meeting.

Quick note for 1Ls: judicial clerkships are not to be confused with judicial externships. Clerkships are full-time, typically 1-2 year positions for law school graduates. 1Ls interested in judicial employment, come talk to CPD about extern and internship opportunities available to students.