Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marine Corps Judge Advocate Talk on Prosecution of War Crimes—SAVE THE DATE

Col. Lisiecki, USMC will be giving a 40-minute talk at UW School of Law on October 19 and SU students have been invited to attend the presentation as well as register for 15-minute informational interview slots with Col. Lisiecki.

This is a can't miss event for students interested in JAG Corps service.

Please mark your calendars and contact Erin Fullner to reserve your spot (space may be limited). Additional details regarding time, specific location, and ride share information will be available soon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Symplicity Postings

Be sure to check Symplicity for the latest job postings. We currently have a variety of positions with local firms listed, as well as numerous Fellowship opportunities.

Distribution Lists

We are still accepting sign-ups for our Focus Area Distribution Lists in the following areas:

  • Business Law
  • Civil Advocacy
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law & Practice
  • Elder Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family & Juvenile Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resource
  • Land Use
  • Law and Social Inequality
  • Real Estate Law
  • Taxation Law.
To add yourself to one or more lists, please email Emily von Seele. Please indicate the specific focus area in the subject line, and send a separate email for each area.

Tax Law Info Session

Learn about tax LLM programs and tax practice: On Wednesday, October 6, at 5 pm, in Room C-6, the Tax Focus Group will hold an information session about pursuing a masters degree (LLM) in tax law after graduating from law school, and about the practice of tax law. Professors John Eason, Lily Kahng and James Puckett will be on hand to talk about their practice experience, and to address questions such as "When do I need to apply?" "Where should I apply and what are my chances of being admitted?" "Will a tax LLM improve my marketability? If so, how?" "What JD classes do I need to take to prepare for the LLM program?", etc. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Richard S. White Fellowship

At Helsell Fetterman, we believe that achieving and maintaining diversity are key to providing exceptional solutions to our clients' legal problems. 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 student's law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student's tuition.
Application Time line
  • 2L Application Postmark: Between Sept 10 and Oct 10, 2010.
  • 1L Application Postmark: Between Jan 1 and Feb 1, 2011.
  • The summer position will be in our downtown Seattle office.
Application instructions can be found on Symplicity.

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the Federal Government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity.

This rigorous two-year paid fellowship includes:

* Full-time salary and benefits,
* Formal classroom training of 160 hours,
* Mandatory four to six month developmental assignment,
* Optional rotations of one to six months in duration,
* Challenging work assignments,
* Potential for accelerated promotions, and
* Opportunities to network with other future leaders.

In addition to the fellowship, many federal agencies are looking at "succession planning" - as the federal work force gets closer to retirement, the various agencies need committed public servants from the next “generation” to be groomed as leaders. The PMF program provides for non-competitive hiring of graduating grad students (which includes law grads). Then, after the two year fellowship, PMF’s are non-competitively converted to permanent positions.

The application period runs from October 1st through October 15th. Details can be found on the PMF website.

Applicants must print out a pre-populated nomination form (available through the PMF Website) and schedule a meeting with Shawn Lipton in order to be nominated for the program. Appointments can be made by emailing Emily von Seele.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance

Attention all Graduate and Professional Students interested in Global Policy:

The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva, Switzerland is now accepting applications for its 2011 cohort.

Who: Past program participants include graduate and professional students from all disciplines, including law, medicine, public policy, international affairs, business, environmental studies, and other graduate or professional students interested in issues of global policy and governance.

What: The Program on Global Policy and Governance offers students unparalleled access to internships in Geneva-based institutions, the opportunity to learn directly from experts working to resolve some the world's biggest challenges, and a community of fellow students from around the world.

The program includes:

** A 10-12 week policy internship in Geneva
** Events throughout the summer providing opportunities to socialize and network with other policy interns and experts
** A choice of one of the following four intensive, weeklong courses:

1) Environment and Sustainable Development
2) Global Health Fellows: Health Policy in a Globalizing World
3) Global Economic Governance and Development
4) Humanitarian Assistance and Human Rights

When: A typical internship spans between May 15 and August 15, 2011. The course week will take place in late June or early July. There is flexibility on the start and ending dates for individual students.

Application for the Summer 2011 program are due November 29, 2010.

Additional details about the program and admission requirements can be found on our website:

For questions contact or 919.613.9214.

Filipino Lawyers of Washington Scholarship

Apply now (or encourage others to apply) for the FLOW 2010 Pangarap Scholarship! One law student attending a Washington law school will be awarded a $500 scholarship, which will be presented to the recipient at FLOW's Barrio Fiesta on October 22, 2010. The scholarship is intended to recognize a law student who has demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community. The applicant need not be of Filipino descent to apply.

Applications can be found on the FLOW website ( and must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2010.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellowship

In 2010, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) successfully launched the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP), designed to provide recent law school graduates with entry points into careers in reproductive justice advocacy and to build the legal and policy capacity of non-profit organizations in the field.

To participate in the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program, prospective fellows and placement organizations will apply for the opportunities and be chosen through rigorous review by a selection committee each year. Applications for the 2011-12 fellowship year are due by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, November 1, 2010.

Again this year, six (6) RJ Fellows will be selected and placed at six (6) host organizations with offices in Washington D.C., capitalizing on their proximity to legal, legislative, and policy-making bodies. The 2011-12 fellowship class will begin their yearlong positions in August 2011. In addition to their work at the host organizations, the RJ Fellows will participate in a year-long program that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

LSRJ will provide each RJ Fellow with an annual stipend of $50,000, and placement organizations will provide benefits.

Please see the Symplicity posting for more information.

New Distribution Lists

If you are interested in being added to the Corporate Law Distribution List or the Elder Law Distribution List, please email Emily von Seele.

Family Law Speed Networking Event

Join us for an evening of Speed Networking. Meet local attorneys and make connections in the community. If you are interested in Family Law, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the field and to make valuable contacts.

Wednesday, November 10th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

RSVP in Symplicity - space is limited.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Local company hiring 2L's NOW for part-time work

Amazing opportunity to get contract drafting and negotiation experience. Check out Symplicity posting 1613. They still have jobs (yes, plural) available. Send your resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript THIS WEEK.

Work-study qualification required; 15-19 hours per week. This employer loves to hire SU Law students. Let's keep them loyal!

This job can continue into the summer. It pays well and the lawyers are great mentors.

The Annual Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Speed Networking Event

Fifteen attorneys from small firms who represent the plaintiff side will attend the event and provide insight into the excitement, challenges, and satisfaction of advocating for the little guy. The members of this organization are very collegial and rely heavily on a supportive network of colleagues. Attend this event to learn and equally important, to build relationships that will benefit you throughout your career. Not to be missed. Appetizers will be served - sponsored by Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Center for Professional Development.

Thursday, October 28th from 5:30-7:30 in the Second Floor Gallery

RSVP in Symplicity.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Marine Corps Added to OCI

Marines Corps Officer Selection will be on campus to hold informational interviews (business casual attire is requested) As the Marine Corps does not have separate recruitment for JAG, this will be a great opportunity to learn about JAG programming and ask questions.

They will be interviewing on September 28th. You can sign up in Symplicity under "Session 4" for OCI.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

State Dept. Summer Internships: Application Period is Open

Applications for the State Department's Student Summer Intern Program are being accepted between 9/15/2010 and 11/1/2010. See the following website for details:

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Job Postings on Symplicity

Be sure to check out Symplicity for the latest job postings. This week, we have added multiple internship and post-graduate fellowship positions.

Student Debt Relief Webinars

Equal Justice Works is sponsoring a series of Webinars on student debt relief.

Counseling Students and Graduates About Income-based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Thursday, September 16th, 9:00-10:00 a.m., PST

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Non-profit Employees Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Wednesday, September 29th, 9:00-10:00 a.m., PST

Please go to to register. Space is limited.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Presidential Management Fellowship Info Session

Presidential Management Fellow and SU Law alum Michael Clyburn will speak with students about the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, and provide tips about how to apply. This is also a good chance for students to learn about employment with the federal government.

Wednesday, September 29th, 5:00-5:50 p.m., C1

RSVP in Symplicity.

LLM Info Session

Want to pursue a specialized area of law but are not sure how to break in?
Think a legal career in Washington, D.C. or somewhere outside Seattle might be for you? Considering becoming a law professor?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, an LLM might be a good option for you. Professor Maryam Ahranjani, former chair of the post-graduate legal education section of the Association of American Law Schools, will talk about the pros and cons of obtaining an LLM degree. She will also discuss the LLM in Law & Government at American University Washington College of Law. Pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, October 5th from Noon – 12:45 pm in C1.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Monday, September 13, 2010

What They Don't Teach You in Law School: How Law Firms Really Work

1989 SU Law grad John Worden is a corporate trial lawyer and equity partner with the San Francisco office of Schiff Hardin. Over John's career, he has realized that there was quite a lot he had to learn on the go and he wished he had some insight about these issues while in law school. Whether you're thinking of working in a small, mid or large firm, this program is not to be missed. Topics covered include: billable hour requirements, practice groups, partnership tracks, equity vs. non-equite partners, profits per partner, the importance of business development, origination credit, billing credits, and conflicts. Pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, September 21st, 12:00-1:00, C6.

Please RSVP in Symplicity.

Army JAG Interviews

The Army JAG rep will be on campus on Wednesday, September 15th, for OCI. If any 2L or 3L students are interested in learning more about the program, you can still be added to the schedule for an informational interview.

If you are interested, please email Emily von Seele to schedule a time.

City of Everett Added to OCI

The City of Everett will be interviewing for OCI on September 30th.

You can apply to this employer under "Session 4" in Symplicity. All materials are due by noon on September 21st.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Indian Law and Education Law

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications through 9/17/2010, for a Student Rights Specialist at Haskell Indian Nations University. Work on student Due Process hearings, evaluate witnesses and evidence, provide assistance with case preparation and ensure compliance with statutes, regs and due process obligations.

Outstanding and well-paid opportunity to get experience in fields of Education Law and Indian Law.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New OCI Employers

We have added several employers to Session 3 this week:
  • The Navy JAG has been added to Session 3 for 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has added a Resume Collection to Session 3 for 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • Ryan Swanson has added a 2L Resume Collection to Session 3.
  • Expeditors International has been added to Session 3 for 2Ls.
  • Forsberg & Umlauf has been added to Session 3 for 2Ls.
  • The Marten Law Group has been added to Session 3 for 2Ls.