Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Perkins Coie Diversity Reception

Perkins Coie is hosting a reception to promote their summer 1L diversity program. This event offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with local attorneys and to learn more about what the Perkins program offers.

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Reception
1201 3rd Ave, 48th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hosting light refreshments and a DJ.

Please visit the Perkins Coie website for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program via Symplicity. 1L students have until noon on January 23rd to submit their materials.

Please see Symplicity posting for more details, and don't forget about the info session at 5:30 on January 10th in the Gallery.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Washington First Responder Will Clinic

The WA First Responder Will Clinic will be held January 14, 2012 at the WSBA Headquarters in Downtown Seattle. This clinic will be a half-day clinic with 4 attorney/client meetings every hour, so volunteer slots for this clinic will be limited. (Don't worry, more clinics coming in February and April).

The WA First Responder Will Clinic is a program where volunteer attorneys who are in estate planning/probate practice prepare estate planning documents at no charge for fire fighters, police officers and first responders.

This clinic will be from 8:15 am to 1 pm. Kindly note that we are using an online sign up forum, so to volunteer please follow the link below:

WA Will Clinic Volunteer Sign Up Link


Discussion Leaders: You must have your own professional liability insurance to participate in the clinic.

Document Drafters: We will not anticipate having a training session prior to this clinic, so if you have any questions please let me know. Also, please note that you must provide your own laptop.

REMEMBER, we need witnesses and notaries too!

Friday, December 9, 2011

1L Diversity Programs

Information pertaining to the upcoming firm diversity programs and deadlines is now live on our Diversity page. Be sure to check out the upcoming deadlines and to start preparing your materials over the break.

Some upcoming events include:

  • There will be a Diversity 1L Student Reception at Dorsey & Whitney on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Dress is business professional. Diverse first-year law students are invited to meet representatives from the following local law firms and law schools. Business attire recommended. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Please contact Deverie Robinson, Regional Recruiting Manager, at deverie.robinson@klgates.com, with questions.
  • Program representatives from the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program will be on campus at 5:30 on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in the Second Floor Gallery to talk about the program and answer questions about the application process. Dress is business casual.
  • The Annual Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet with individual firms will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Gallery. The event format will feature "table talk" and an opportunity to mingle with attorneys and recruiting representatives from firms hosting a 1L summer diversity fellowship. Dress is business professional.

Registration Open for the Northwest Public Interest Career Fair

Registration is now open for the annual Northwest Public Interest Career Fair.

For over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference. 83 non-profits & government offices and more than 600 students & alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2011.

With information tables and pre-scheduled interviews in both Seattle and Portland, public service employers find student interns, externs, summer law clerks, volunteers, and attorneys.

Seattle Career Fair

Friday, February 3, 2012
10:00 to 10:30 Student Check-in begins
10:30 to Noon Table Talk
1:00 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews
Campion Ballroom at Seattle University

Portland Career Fair

Saturday, February 4, 2012
10:00 to 10:30 Student Check-in begins
10:30 to Noon Table Talk
1:00 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews
Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

Student Timeline

  • November 15, 2011: Student pre-registration opens.
  • January 16, 2012, 11:59pm: Student deadline for requesting interviews.
  • January 26, 2012: Students are notified of interview schedules.
  • January 27, 2012: Student pre-registration closes (you may still register at the door).
  • January 30, 2012: Student deadline for accepting interviews.
  • February 3, 2012: Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.
  • February 4, 2012: Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark College.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NACDL Diversity Essay Competition

Diversity Essay Competition Call for Entries

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invites law students from accredited law schools in the United States to submit essays for a chance to be published in The Champion magazine.

2011-2012 Essay Topic
"Tough on Crime" vs. "Smart on Crime": What's the Difference?

What is the difference between “being tough on crime” and “being smart on crime” and what impact does each have on minority communities?
Eligibility

The contest is open to all students who are enrolled in the 2011-2012 academic year and in good academic standing at an accredited law school in the United States.
Prizes

  • There will be one first prize winner, one second prize winner, and one honorable mention.
  • The first prize winner will have his or her winning essay published in a forthcoming edition of NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; receive a $200 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
  • The second prize winner will have his or her essay published in NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; receive a $100 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
  • The entrant who receives an honorable mention will have his or her essay published in NACDL’s magazine, The Champion; and will receive a certificate of recognition.
Please see NACDL website for additional details. Entry deadline is December 31, 2011.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Resume and Cover Letter Seminar

What makes a legal resume different from a business resume? How can I set my cover letter apart from the rest?

These are not uncommon questions, and just a couple of the points that will be covered in this seminar. Learn how to properly craft your application materials to speak to your strengths.

Tuesday, December 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m., C5. RSVP in Symplicity.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is now accepting applications from 2Ls for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP); AND beginning December 1st, 1Ls may apply as well.

The deadline for both 1 and 2Ls is January 6.

JIOP's mission is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT.

The judicial internships are with state and federal judges throughout Arizona, California, DC, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington State and are full-time (32 hours per week), six week minimum commitments.

JIOP seeks self-starting, critical thinking, success oriented, problem-solving team players with strong oral and written communication skills and great capacity for growth.

For detailed application information, visit the JIOP website.

Washington Sea Grant Fellowship Information Session

Washington Sea Grant Fellowship Information Session (Bring your lunch!)
Monday, November 28, from 12:15-1:00 at
Washington Sea Grant, 3716 Brooklyn Avenue, NE, Seattle.

Please join Washington Sea Grant Director Penny Dalton; WSG Education Specialist Nancy Reichley; and WSG Science Writer David Gordon for a presentation about fellowships offered by Sea Grant. Currently or soon-to-be open fellowships include:

  • 2012 Coastal Management Fellowship: This two-year opportunity matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by each state and selected by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center.
  • 2012 WSG Science Writing Fellowship: WSG Science Writing Fellows assist in the development of a variety of communication products about Sea Grant projects and issues in marine-related research, education, and outreach; upper division undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • 2012 Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship: This program places two to four graduate students or recent graduates for one year with state agencies in Olympia or Tacoma, WA, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues.
Please contact Nancy Reichley with questions about the fellowships or how to reach our office.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Reminder - Study Law in Alaska Info Session

1L’s and 2L’s: Check out our Study Law in Alaska Program. Students gain valuable legal experience, earn four law school course credits, and spend the summer in beautiful Alaska!

Join us for an information session on Tuesday, November 8 from noon to 12:50 in Room 309. Please contact Stephanie Nichols at nicholss@seattleu.edu if you have any questions.

Get Help with Your Job Search using Social Media Webinar

How are you using social media right now? If you're not using it to present yourself in a professional manner and/or network with potential employers, you'll want to attend this webcast entitled Using Social Media to Aid Your Job Search.

On Thursday, November 10th LexisNexis® will host a panel of experts to show you how to use social media to create your own "social brand" in the legal profession, and how to use that brand to promote yourself to prospective employers. The panel includes:

• Tim Tyrell-Smith, a popular blogger and author on career strategy. Tim has written two career books entitled 30 Ideas and Headstrong. He is also a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Reports. He will speak about using social media to create a "social brand."
• Catherine Sanders Reach, the Director of the Legal Technology Resource Center at the American Bar Association (ABA). Catherine has presented to many law students on the use of social media and will explain how it applies to the legal profession.
• Daniel A. Schwartz, a partner at Pullman & Comley LLC and author of the Independent Connecticut Employment Law blog. Dan uses social media to grow his own legal career and will show you how he uses it so effectively.

As a bonus, the first 1,000 students to attend and complete the email survey at the end of the webcast will receive a complimentary membership to the ABA's Law Student Division. Read the Official Rules for complete details. There is no cost for the webcast; you only need a computer and an internet connection to attend.

Register
for the November 10th webcast and start using social media to improve your chances of finding the job you're looking for. You'll also receive 200 LexisNexis Reward points for attending the webcast.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Student Info Session

CPD will be hosting an informal information session featuring last year's student participants in the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program. Come learn about the experience you can get in the program and the application process from people who have lived it!

Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, November 29, 12:00 p.m., C5. RSVP in Symplicity.

LLM Info Session

Learn about tax LLM programs and tax/estate planning practice: The Tax and Estate Planning Focus Areas are pleased to invite you to an information session about pursuing a masters degree (LLM) in tax law after graduating from law school. The session will be held on Thursday, November 10, at 4 pm, in Room C-6. Professors John Eason (chair of the Estate Planning Focus Area), Lily Kahng (chair of the Tax Focus Area) and James Puckett will be on hand to talk about their practice experiences and to address questions such as, When do I need to apply to LLM programs? 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? Snacks will be served.

Thursday, November 10th, 4:00 p.m., C6. RSVP in Symplicity.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work for the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service. Each of the highly-motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Attorneys General Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

Please see Symplicity posting for additional details. Application Deadline is January 31, 2012.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Study Law In Alaska Info Session

Have you ever wanted to spend the summer in Alaska? 1L’s and 2L’s: Check out our Study Law in Alaska Program. Students gain valuable legal experience, earn four law school course credits, and spend the summer in beautiful Alaska! Join us for an information session on Tuesday, November 8 from noon to 12:50 in Room 309. Please contact Stephanie Nichols at nicholss@seattleu.edu if you have any questions.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Summer in DC Info Session

Interested in spending the summer in Washington D.C.? Then be sure to attend our Summer in DC Info session. This talk will answer any questions you might have about the program, and give you a timeline of important dates.

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C5.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Pizza will be served.

WSAJ Speed Networking Event

5 more spots have just been added to the WSAJ Speed Networking Event on November 9th. That means that 5 more lucky people will be able to attend!

Reserve your place now in Symplicity! Space is limited!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

REMINDER - How to Hang a Shingle: A Solo and Low Bono Practice Management Training for Law Students and New Lawyers

Quick reminder for those who've registered for the How to Hang a Shingle CLE: this event will take place Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

A networking reception will follow at the Chieftan Pub from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Remember to bring your business cards, this will be a great opportunity to network with successful solo practitioners.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lecture with George William Van Cleve

"My Journey from Law Practice to Legal History"

A Talk by

Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence George William Van Cleve

October 27, 2011

Noon

Dore Courtroom

George Van Cleve’s legal career has included private practice, public service, and the publication of a major historical work on slavery’s role in the creation of the American constitutional scheme. Please join him as he shares his reflections on, among other things:

his involvement in the Congressional investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal;

his participation in the litigation arising out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill;

and why he decided to leave a successful practice and pursue an advanced degree in history.

Lunch will be provided.

Pizza and Conversation with U.S. Marshal Mark Ericks

Social Justice Policy Advocates and Phi Alpha Delta are excited to host United States Marshal Mark Ericks, serving the Western District of Washington. Mark your calendars for Tuesday October 25, 4-5:30 in Room 327!

Marshal Ericks was also a State Representative and former Police Chief of Bothell, so he brings a ton of experience and insight to our conversations about effective advocacy and employment prospects.

Come hear Marshal Ericks talk about effective advocacy in different governmental arenas, and what students can DO NOW to set themselves up to be in the best position for employment by DOJ (and other local, state, or federal jobs) in the future.

Tuesday, October 25, from 4-5:30 in room 327. Marshal Ericks has graciously offered to spring for Pizza.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Evening Student Week

Don't forget about Evening Student Week!

Monday, October 24th

Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Resume and cover letter workshop, C5 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 5:30-6:00 Networking seminar, C5 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - Focused on 2,3, and 4Ls, but also open to 1Ls
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - Focused on 1Ls, but 2, 3, and 4Ls also welcome.

Please make an appointment to see one of us through Emily von Seele vonseele@seattleu.edu.

Wednesday, October 26th

Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Find a job in Fed Gov’t, C5 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 5:30-6:00 Interviewing seminar, C5 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - Focused on 2,3, and 4Ls, but also open to 1Ls
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - Focused on 1Ls, but 2, 3, and 4Ls also welcome.


Thursday, October 27th
Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Workshop on the WA equal justice community and ways to engage, Room 329 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 5:30-6:00 Workshop on the how to’s of the Externship Program , Room 329 - RSVP in Symplicity.
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - ATJI Staff and Externship Director
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - ATJI Staff and Externship Director

For Appointments Regarding Externships – Go to the TWEN Externship site and sign up directly.

For Appointments to learn more about ATJI and how to get involved: Contact Kerri Kline klineke@seattleu.edu

Monday, October 10, 2011

Alumni Stories from the Trenches

Are you worried about the job market? Have you read the blogs and are stressing about the prospects once you graduate? Are you curious how recent graduates have dealt with such a competitive landscape.

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then attend the upcoming lunch time panel: Find a Job: Alumni Stories from the Trenches.

Alumni from a variety of fields will join us to talk about the how they overcame a job market that seemingly provided little opportunity and how they struggled to find any job at all, but ultimately launched their career. Hear advice from the horse’s mouth and learn what worked and what didn’t as graduates from the last three years share their stories. Lunch will be served.

Thursday, October 20th, 12:00-1:00, C5. Reservation in Symplicity IS REQUIRED.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Legal Intern Wanted

2Ls and 3Ls - A local firm is accepting applications for a legal intern position. Duties include drafting pleadings, managing compliance with case schedules, writing letters, interacting with courts, client and defendant interaction and document drafting. This is a work-study position, and a great way to gain solid legal experience.

Log on to Symplicity and search for Job#2537.

Keep checking Symplicity for new opportunities!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The GRAMMY Foundation is sponsoring the 14th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition.

The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) in 1998 to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The initiative also endeavors to promote future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon.

Awards
  • First Place Winner Receives $5,000
  • Four Second Place Winners Receive $1,500
All Winners Receive
  • One GRAMMY® Awards Show Ticket
  • Round-Trip Ticket to the GRAMMY Awards
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Ticket to MusiCares® Person of the Year Dinner

Important Dates
  • January 2, 2012: Paper Submission Deadline
  • February 3, 2012: Winners Announced
  • February 10, 2012: Scholarship Luncheon, Los Angeles

For more information, please visit the contest website.

Public Interest Grants

The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is now soliciting proposals for one-year public interest legal projects to begin in 2012. To be considered, proposals must be received electronically by 11:59
p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012.

BLF traditionally awards one to two grants per year to individuals undertaking public interest law projects that will serve legally disadvantaged or politically under-represented groups and promote systemic change. We view our grants as seed money for innovative projects that will immediately provide sorely needed legal services and will continue providing such services for years to come.

What BLF Will Fund
BLF seeks to fund projects that include the following components: legal advocacy, community education, and/or policy change in areas affecting groups of people who generally lack access to the legal system.

Please visit http://www.berkeleylawfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Berkeley-Law-Foundation-Request-for-Proposals-2012-2013.pdf for more information and for application instructions.

Application deadline is January 13, 2012.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tell Us What You Did Last Summer!

2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls - Tell us what you did this past summer and win prizes! Whether you were a legal intern/extern, took classes, studied or worked abroad, and/or waited tables to pay the bills – LET US KNOW!

The form can be found in Symplicity. Just go to the “Profile” section, and click on the “Employment” tab. Click on “Add New,” to start the new survey. Complete the questionnaire and click “Submit.” You’re done!

As a token of our appreciation, we are offering the following prizes. Winners will be selected at random.
$150 gift card to Apple Store
$50 gift card to Macy’s
$25 gift card to Fandango
$10 gift card to Starbucks
$5 gift card to Starbucks

KCBA-YLD Speed Networking Event

Join us for an evening of speed networking. The KCBA/YLD (Young Lawyers Division) provides professional development opportunities and information resources to lawyers who have been in the profession for five years or less or who are 36 years old and under. YLD also delivers law-related services to the general public, including community education and information as well as advice and consultation through the Neighborhood Legal Clinics.

YLD has a board of 16 volunteer trustees. The Board oversees YLD's member services and community programs.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

RSVP in Symplicity. Space is limited!

Evening Student Week

CPD/ATJI/Externships Evening Student Week

Monday, October 24th
Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Resume and cover letter workshop
  • 5:30-6:00 Networking seminar
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - Focused on 2,3, and 4Ls, but also open to 1Ls
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - Focused on 1Ls, but 2, 3, and 4Ls also welcome.

Please make an appointment to see one of us through Emily von Seele vonseele@seattleu.edu.

Wednesday, October 26th

Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Find a job in Fed Gov’t
  • 5:30-6:00 Interviewing seminar
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - Focused on 2,3, and 4Ls, but also open to 1Ls
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - Focused on 1Ls, but 2, 3, and 4Ls also welcome.


Thursday, October 27th
Pizza starting at 5:00
  • 5:00-5:30 Workshop on the WA equal justice community and ways to engage
  • 5:30-6:00 Workshop on the how to’s of the Externship Program
  • 20 minute appointments 5:00-8:00 - ATJI Staff and Externship Director
  • 20 minute appointments 8:00-10:00 - ATJI Staff and Externship Director

For Appointments Regarding Externships – Go to the TWEN Externship site and sign up directly.

For Appointments to learn more about ATJI and how to get involved: Contact Kerri Kline klineke@seattleu.edu

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Army National Guard JAG

If you've considered Judge Advocate service but aren't sure whether a full military career is the right fit for you, you may want to explore the possibility of part-time JAG service through the Washington Army National Guard.

JAG officers in the Army National Guard investigate, prosecute, and defend those charged with crimes in the military; provide legal advice for soldiers; and work with international contracts.

For Army National Guard JAG information, contact Capt. Lauren Manibusan, Camp Murray, WA: (253) 512-1422.

To learn about other JAG opportunities, contact Erin Fullner in the Center for Professional Development.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Hang a Shingle: A Solo and Low Bono Practice Management Training for Law Students and New Lawyers

Does solo practice appeal to you? Have you thought about serving the growing moderate means income community who can’t afford going legal rates but make too much money to qualify for legal aid? If you’re curious to learn what it takes to launch such a practice, you should join us, October 28, for How to Hang a Shingle, a program developed by the Center for Professional Development and the Access to Justice Institute.

This full day program is designed to provide meaningful, practical advice and information to students and new attorneys about starting a solo practice. It will also provide information for those dedicated to serving the public interest but, due to the difficult economy, have not been able to practice in legal services. “Low bono” is a term used to describe providing discounted rates to under-represented clients. This program will also discuss how a low bono practice can be a viable way to have a solo career.

Click here to learn more and register!

This event is free for students and 2011 graduates, and low cost for 2009 and 2010 graduates. For attorneys, 6.25 CLE credits, including .25 ethics credits.

Study Law in Alaska!!

1Ls and 2Ls: Have you ever wanted to travel to Alaska? Check out our Study Law in Alaska Program! For more detailed information, please visit our website at: http://law.seattleu.edu/x1384.xml. Stay tuned for a forthcoming information session in October.

In Alaska, students earn four course credits, gain significant legal experience, and spend the summer under the beautiful midnight sun in Alaska. This distinctive program provides excellent work experience through internship and externship opportunities.

Also, see what students who have participated in the program have to say on the testimonials page of the website. Past employers for internships opportunities have included:

• Federal Public Defender for the State of Alaska
• Judicial Clerkship with Judge Eric Aarseth
• Judicial Clerkship with Judge Patrick McKay
• Alaska Department of Law
• The Alaska Labor Relations Agency and the Alaska Workers'
Compensation Appeals Commission
• Law Office of Bliss, Wilkins, & Clayton
• Alaska Immigration Justice Project
• The Native American Rights Fund
• Law Office of DeLisio Moran Geraghty& Zobel
• The Municipality of Anchorage
• Law Office of Robert D. Stone, LLC
• Office of Public Advocacy

For more information, please contact Stephanie M. Nichols at: nicholss@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4294.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winston & Strawn 2012 Diversity Scholarship Program

Winston & Strawn LLP is offering three (3) scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2012 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students' third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

Details and application instructiosn can be found on Symplicity. Application deadline is October 15th.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the firm's annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awards second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their third year of law school. Previous recipients of the scholarships have told us that the program not only defrays the cost of a law school education, but also signals the importance of diversity to the firm and is a strong indicator of Latham's open-minded and forward-thinking culture. This year, we are pleased to expand the Diversity Scholars Program from four to six scholarship recipients.

Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States. The quality and quantity of applicants over the past six years have been overwhelming, and the success of the program reaffirms and strengthens our commitment to innovative initiatives that support and sustain greater diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Scholars Program is among a range of ongoing activities that enhance the firm's efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by October 14, 2011. Recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2012. The process is open to all second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools, and the scholarships are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham.

Application forms and more information on the program can be found by clicking here.

Richard S. White Fellowship

Helsell Fetterman is pleased to announce that applications for the Richard S. White Fellowship are currently being accepted, to be awarded for the second time in 2012.

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.

For application instructions, please see the posting on Symplicity.

Guide to Internships and Fellowships in Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice has put together the 2011-2012 Guide to Internships and Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice. This is a very comprehensive guide to opportunities in reproductive justice with organizations from across the country. It can be downloaded for free from their website, or email Emily von Seele for a copy.

NCPL Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship. The NCPL Fellowship permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the New York University Office of the General Counsel, working with the General Counsel of
NYU and the staff of seventeen attorneys on legal issues facing the University.

The NCPL Fellow will delve into an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues
and will participate in the legal work conducted by the Office of the General Counsel, including conducting factual and legal research, drafting litigation papers, transactional and policy documents, and correspondence, and participating in the lawyering enterprises of the University.

Additional details and application instructions can be found on Symplicity. Deadline is December 2nd.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship. The Fellowship, which is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with the General Counsel to Vera and her staff on legal issues faced by Vera. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to Vera’s various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these projects and programs.

Additional information and application instructions can be found on Symplicity. Application Deadline is December 2nd.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ABA John J. Curtin Summer Legal Intern stipend applications available

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

For more information, click here. Deadline is March 26, 2012.

OCI Addition

The Navy JAG Corps has just been added to OCI. They will be conducting informational interviews on Tuesday, September 27th. You can apply under the OCI tab in Symplicity, in Session 5. The application deadline is FRIDAY, September 23rd.

Filipino Lawyers of Washington 2011 Pangarap Scholarship

The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (“FLOW”) awards two $500.00 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have a demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community. You need not be of Filipino ethnicity to apply.

JUDGING CRITERIA
All applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Community service and community involvement, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community;
  • Academic achievement, work experience, activities, and post-law school goals; and
  • Essay
There is no minimum G.P.A. requirement

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
The scholarship recipient will be selected and notified by the FLOW Scholarship Committee.
The award will be presented at the FLOW Annual Barrio Fiesta (Dinner) on October 28, 2011.

Timeline
October 7, 2011 Applications are DUE.
October 14, 2011 Finalists contacted for interviews
October 17-20, 2011 Telephone Interviews
October 21, 2011 Notification
October 28, 2011 Scholarship Presentation at the FLOW Annual Barrio Fiesta

Applications can be found on Symplicity.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Evening Student Meet & Greet with Frommer Lawrence & Hague

Frommer Lawrence & Hague is sponsoring a Meet & Greet for all evening students. Come and meet staff members from their local office and learn a bit more about their practice. If you are at all interested in IP work, you must attend this event.

Monday, September 26, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Second Floor Gallery. Pizza will be provided.

RSVP in Symplicity.


A bit about Frommer Lawrence:

Frommer Lawrence & Haug is a leading intellectual property law firm with proven expertise in transactional, regulatory, and antitrust law. Many of the firm’s 79 attorneys have advanced degrees in scientific and technical disciplines and work with a team of highly-trained scientific advisors. With offices in New York City, Washington DC, Seattle, and Tokyo, FLH’s lawyers address matters in virtually every jurisdiction throughout the world. We maintain robust practices in essential intellectual property disciplines including patent prosecution, litigation, and trademark & copyright protection. Through each of these practices, FLH both is able to deepen our IP expertise and expand our efforts to clients desiring counsel on matters outside of traditional IP. As such, our attorneys gain critical exposure to wide-ranging issues capable of enriching their legal knowledge and supporting their full development as legal practitioners.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Public Defender Corps

Across the country, public defender offices are underfunded, understaffed and burdened with insurmountable caseloads. With too few public defenders handling too many cases, those who cannot afford representation are being denied their fundamental right to counsel.

Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center have launched a new initiative to combat this growing problem. Public Defender Corps will provide intensive training and mentoring to new attorneys with the goal of supporting the public defender community and raising the standard of representation across the country.

The inaugural class of 18 Public Defender Corps members have completed training and joined public defender offices in Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee where they will receive ongoing training and mentoring.

The 2012 Public Defender Corps application is now open. Applications for the 2012 Public Defender Corps class are now being accepted. Applications must be completed and submitted online by 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, September 30, 2011.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WSAJ Speed Networking Event

Come and experience an evening of speed networking! The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ - formerly the WSTLA) Speed Networking Event is a great way to make contact with practicing attorneys.

Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30-7:30, Second Floor Gallery

Space is limited! RSVP in Symplicity.

CIA Information Session

If you have been considering pursuing a career in the federal government, be sure to sign up for the CIA Information Session. CIA representatives will be on campus to talk about program and its hiring process. This is a great way to get more information about federal work.

Thursday, September 29, 5:00, Room 327

RSVP in Symplicity.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sonosite Posting

2Ls - Sonosite is hiring a legal intern. Please check out posting #2229 on Symplicity for details and application instructions. This is a great opportunity for the right candidate!

The Third Annual Criminal Law Soiree

Thursday, September 22, 2011

5:30 – 8:30 pm (Program at 6:15 pm)

Seattle Justice Center – 12th Floor Jury Assembly Room
600 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Mary E. Roberts,
Chief Presiding Superior Court Judge, Maleng Regional Justice Center

This event is free to all guests, thanks to our generous sponsors:
King County Washington Women Lawyers; Costello & Associates; Center for Children & Youth Justice and Justice Bobbe Bridge; Burke Brown Attorneys; Carey & Lillevik Attorneys at Law

Racial Justice Leadership Institute

Applications are due by September 28

RJLI is a professional development opportunity that is being offered to SU law students in-line with our commitment to the University mission. RJLI is designed to foster leadership skills for working in all areas of the profession in ways that resist systems of privilege and oppression.

Participants can expect to gain:
• Common tools and language for addressing discomfort, tension, confusion, and other dynamics that emerge in classrooms and workplaces
• Strategies for identifying, naming, and responding to difficult situations related to identity, privilege, and oppression
• Deeper connections with peers, including a sense of solidarity and trust with other RJLI participants
• Shared analysis about the structural and interpersonal operations of racial privilege and oppression
• Skills for cultivating personal wellness as a strategy for personal and professional sustainability

Dates for RJLI sessions will be:
• Session 1 – Saturday, October 29th (9am-4pm)
• Session 2 – Thursday, November 17th (6pm-9pm)
• Session 3 – Thursday, January 19th (6pm-9pm)
• Session 4 – Thursday, February 23rd (6pm-9pm)

The application process is currently open and will be closed at midnight on September 28th.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply: http://studentvoice.com/su/rjlistudent.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair applications open TODAY!

Today is September 14, which means that 130 public interest employers from across the country could be reading your resume RIGHT NOW! Have YOU applied to interview at the EJW Career Fair? This is a golden chance to meet representatives from national organizations and tell them why you are their candidate. Apply as soon as possible to avoid being left behind in this rolling application process. We will even help you pay for your trip to D.C.! For more information, please click here and here. If you have any questions, please email Stacey Lara.

Monday, September 12, 2011

OCI Addition

Expeditors International has been added to the OCI Schedule on September 30th. They will be accepting applications from 2Ls, and the deadline will be September 20th. You can apply under Session 4.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Department of Labor Position

- Are you interested in Labor Law?
- Are you interested in working for the Government?
- Not interested in Litigation?
- Looking for ways to apply your legal skills?

The U.S. Department of Labor is current accepting applications for a Benefit Advisor Intern position in their Seattle office. Please see Symplicity posting for more details. The application deadline is September 13th, so apply soon!

Training Opportunity

The Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, the Center for Professional Development and the Access to Justice Institute Present:

Representing Limited English Proficient Clients
AND
How to Work With an Interpreter

Friday, September 23, 2011
1 - 4 p.m.
Annex - Room 142

Heavy snacks and coffee provided!

The SU Law Clinic, CPD, and ATJI present this training opportunity for all law students to learn the critically important skills required to adequately represent limited English proficient (LEP) clients. In this training, you will learn about the legal obligations and remedies concerning meaningful access for LEP persons to services and programs. You will also learn critical hands-on skills which will allow you to most effectively work with interpreters in the course of representing LEP clients.

If you are a student in SU's Clinical Program or if you are thinking of taking a Clinic, this training will prove especially useful! The skills and information you will receive are also highly important for your work in externships or any legal employment including pro-bono and low-bono legal work.

Over 150 law students have already received this invaluable training over the past three years!

You will receive a Certificate of Completion for completing the 3-hour training, which will be a useful tool in your career development efforts.

Trainers:

Martha N. Cohen: Martha is a Washington State Court Certified Spanish interpreter and Manager of the Office of Interpreter Services for King County Superior Court in Seattle, a program recognized by the National Center for State Courts. She provides instruction to interpreters and bilingual staff for interpreter training programs at Seattle University Law School, University of Washington Law School, the Translation and Interpretation Institute in Bellevue, Washington, and a number of community-based organizations serving refugees and immigrants. Ms. Cohen is a national consultant on court-based interpreter programs and has presented information on how to work effectively with interpreters at the national, state and local levels for judges, attorneys and court personnel.

Kristi Cruz has been a certified American Sign Language Interpreter since 1996 and is a 2008 graduate of Seattle University School of Law. She was the inaugural Seattle University School of Law Leadership for Justice Fellow (2009), for her work at the Northwest Justice Project on a language access project. Ms. Cruz is currently an attorney at Seattle University School of Law where she is working on a project for the American Bar Association to develop language access standards for state courts. She is actively involved with the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA), serving as a co-chair of the Board of Directors and on the Summit Planning Committee.


If you would like to attend this training, please RSVP here by Friday September 16, 2011.

This training is part of the 2011 Lawyering in a Diverse World series.

Friday, September 2, 2011

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless Summer Associate Opportunity

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless is seeking a summer associate and the deadline to apply is quickly approaching. DO NOT miss out on the opportunity to apply with this incredible Seattle firm.

MHB has successfully litigated cases that have resulted in landmark decisions in constitutional, criminal, immigration, and employment law. They handle complex civil rights matters, and would be an ideal place to summer.

Visit Symplicity to learn more, but don't wait, the deadine is nipping at your heels!


MacDonald Hoague & Bayless - Advancing Justice, Freedom, and Equality.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Department of Transportation Interviews

3Ls - Are you interested in working for the Department of Transportation? Did you miss the OCI deadline to apply last week? Don't worry! They are still willing to look at new resumes.

If you are interested in applying, please forward your resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Emily von Seele by the close of business on Friday. The interviews will be Tuesday, September 6th.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OCI Update

Davis Wright Tremaine of Alaska will no longer be participating in OCI. The schedule has been updated accordingly.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair UPDATE

If you are committed to public interest, NOW is the time to explore the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.

All students should be able to log on to the EJW database as a guest to view which employers will be participating in the job fair. This allows you to make decisions about applications before paying the $25 registration fee. If you choose not to attend the fair, you must cancel your registration before October 6 to get a full refund.

SU students that attend the fair will be reimbursed for the $25 registration fee. This will be in addition to the $150 stipends that are available (for more info re stipends and SU timelines, click here).

Please contact Stacey Lara if you have additional questions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Session 2 Deadline

The Application Deadline for Session 2 of OCI is TODAY at NOON. All materials must be uploaded to Symplicity by then.

OCI Update

Forsberg & Umlauf has been added to Session 3 of OCI, and will be interviewing 2Ls only. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 6th. You can now review their information in Symplicity.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

OCI Update

Mills Myers Swartling will no longer be participating in this year's OCI process. Their schedule has been removed from Symplicity. If you have already bid to this employer, don't worry - your bid has been returned and will not count against your 25 employer limit. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Study Like a Rock Star


Welcome, 1Ls!

You're already halfway through your first week of fall semester - phew! Hopefully you're feeling great, if exhausted, and getting the hang of things. We here at CPD are rooting for a productive first semester for you all. And to help you adjust to a new type of classroom environment, we present to you ten tips on how to succeed in law school.

We look forward to meeting each of you after November 1, until then, happy studying!

2011 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Attention all 2Ls and 3Ls!

If you are committed to or exploring the possibility of a career in public interest or with the federal government, consider attending the upcoming Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair the weekend of October 21-22 in Washington, D.C.! More than 130 public interest employers from across the country will be participating. Also, SU Law will be hosting its Third Annual Networking Reception for all D.C.-area Alumni on October 20, and all student Fair participants are invited to attend. This is a great way to get an instant network of contacts in D.C.!

CPD and AtJI will be offering stipends of $150 to support your attendance at the Conference and Career Fair and the SU Student-Alumni networking event.

If you are interested in attending, please make note of the following important information and dates:


  • EJW Registration is currently open. Students must register to see which employers are participating. Registration closes for students applying for interviews on September 12. If you only want to attend the conference and/or Table Talk, registration reamins open until October 6.


  • Applications for interviews go live for employers on Wednesday, September 14. Given the competitive nature of this process, we STRONGLY encourage you to work with Stacey Lara on your application materials. This year employers will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so it is imperative that you apply by September 14.


  • Employers notify students by Wednesday, September 28 whether they have been selected for an interview.


  • Applications for the SU stipend must be emailed to Stacey Lara by NOON on Thursday, September 29. Please submit a one page statement of interest detailing your interest in attending the Fair. Please note if you have interviews at the Fair, and with whom - preference will be given to students that have interviews.


  • Students will be notified if they have been selected to receive the stipend on Friday, September 30.


  • Students accept or decline interviews - September 30 - October 6


  • SU DC-area Alumni Networking Reception - Thursday, October 20


  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 21-22
More information about the Fair is available here. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Lara.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Searching for a Volunteer Opportunity?

VolunteerMatch is a helpful tool for locating legal volunteer opportunities in the Seattle area.

Volunteering is a great way to build your resume, work alongside attorneys, and explore different areas of interest; make sharing your legal talent with others a priority!

VolunteerMatch postings include: board of director, grant writing, fundraising, court appointed special advocate (CASA), and law clinic positions.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Army JAG OCI

2Ls and 3Ls - The Army JAG will be on campus to interview for OCI on Wednesday, September 28th. This will be the only time they will be interviewing on campus this year, so if you are interested in either their summer program or their post-graduate program, be sure to submit your materials via Symplicity by noon on September 6th.

The representative will only be conducting interviews for these programs. If you are interested in learning more about the JAG program, or were interested in an informational interview, please email Emily von Seele.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

OCI Update

Miller Nash will interview for their Portland office ONLY. They will not be interviewing for Seattle or Vancouver, WA.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Symplicity Postings

Be sure to check out Symplicity for the latest job postings.

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based not-for-profit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in Summer or Fall 2012.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school or public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to become the Executive Director of a non-profit
organization that serves youth interests, to practice affordable housing law, to accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more.

Founded in 1969, BPI is dedicated to addressing compelling issues of social justice and to enhancing the quality of life for all people living in the Chicago region. Currently, BPI works to increase the availability of affordable housing for working families, transform segregated public housing, improve Chicago's public schools, and advocate for reforms that will foster more open, honest, and accountable government in Illinois. BPI’s staff of lawyers and policy specialists uses a variety of approaches, including litigation, policy research and advocacy, community organizing, and collaboration with civic, business, and community organizations.

Application instructions can be found on Symplicity. The Deadline is October 14th.

Friday, August 12, 2011

PMF Info Session

This info session will tell you everything you need to know about the Presidential Management Fellowship program. We will detail program specifics, as well as the application process. If you have been planning to apply, or if you just want more information about it, be sure to attend this session.

  • Wednesday, September 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 110

RSVP in Symplicity.

Finding a Job in the Public Interest Seminar

The public interest arena is a vastly rich and varied legal avenue. Whether you have a firm idea of what you want to do in serving the public good, or are exploring your options, this seminar will give you information in determining what is right for you and how you can pursue that career path. Particularly covered in this seminar are methods of navigating the competitive landscape of public interest jobs and fellowships, ideas for experiences to pursue today so you are a competitive candidate in the future, and an overview of fellowships and the fellowship application process.

  • Friday, September 16, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 110

RSVP in Symplicity.

Finding a Job in the Federal Government Seminar

Consider these facts: * Practically every area of private legal practice is mirrored in the federal government. * Over 80% of federal jobs are located outside of Washington, D.C. * Federal pay and benefit packages are extremely attractive. Why not consider employment with the federal government? CPD will review how to find and compete for desirable federal law jobs, including completing the Federal Application and crafting KSA's that will convince employers that you are the best candidate for the job.

  • Friday, September 8, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 110
  • Friday, October 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Room 110

RSVP in Symplicity.

Networking Seminar

Networking is critical in the legal community. You can learn about specific job opportunities, meet people who have career paths that inspire you, and learn about a particular practice area. Yet, many people are not comfortable with the mechanics of the networking process. In this seminar, CPD staff will address the importance of networking, environments in which networking is appropriate and fruitful, and ways that you can effectively and efficiently continue building your professional network.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C5
  • Tuesday, September 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room C1
  • Friday, September 30, 9:00-10:30 p.m., Room 110
  • Friday, October 21, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 110

RSVP in Symplicity.

Interviewing Seminar

You've probably heard us say it before: interviewing is an art. Great interviewees are not born, they're made. In this seminar, you will learn the principles of effective interviewing, including how to prepare, crafting strong answers that highlight your capabilities and experiences, and things to think about when formulating questions that you will be asking of your interviewer.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 110
  • Friday, September 2, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 110
  • Thursday, September 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room C5

RSVP in Symplicity.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Department of Justice – Summer Law Intern Program: Apply NOW, through September 6, 2011

DOJ offers an amazing paid summer legal intern program for 2Ls and 3Ls who are headed into a clerkship or a law graduate program – this includes part time law students.

The DOJ components that anticipate hiring law students this summer include:

· Antitrust Division

· Civil Division

· Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court)

· Federal Bureau of Prisons

· Professional Responsibility Advisory Office

· Tax Division

· US Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming (Hiring for Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park; Summer Interns will assist in the prosecution of a range of misdemeanors in Yellowstone National Park.)

· US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama

There are other DOJ components that will also be hiring summer law interns through a different application process – learn more here.

Come see us in CPD for assistance in putting your application package together!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

The Peggy Browning Fund is sponsoring the 13th Annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 13th and 14th, 2011, at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD.

To register and for conference schedule, please visit the Peggy Browning Fund Website and check out the conference details under the Events section.


Washington First Responder Will Clinic

The Washington Will Clinic is a program where volunteer attorneys prepare estate planning documents at no charge for fire fighters, police officers and other first responders and their spouses/state-registered domestic partners.

The clinic will be from 9am to 4:30 pm on September 10th, 2011. Please feel free to volunteer for either a morning shift (8:15am to 12:30pm) or an afternoon shift (12:15pm to 4:30pm) in the capacity of attorney, document drafter (law clerk or paralegal), intake personnel, witness or notary. Kindly note that this year we are using an online sign up forum, so to volunteer please follow the link below:

Washington Will Clinic Volunteer Sign Up

Attorneys: You must have your own professional liability insurance to participate in the clinic. Also, there will be a free CLE (1.75 credits) on September 7th from 12 – 2pm at Starbucks Support Center (in SoDo) to review basic estate planning and answer any questions (this is a great opportunity for all attorneys involved, but especially those attorneys who don’t practice estate planning on a daily basis). Please let me know if you are interested in attending.

Document Drafters: We will be having a training session in early September to review the documents and to answer any of your questions; however, you are welcome to attend the above mentioned CLE as well. Also, please note that you must provide your own laptop.

REMEMBER, we need witnesses and notaries too! Also, please invite any friends that you think would be interested in volunteering, the more the merrier!

If you have any questions, please direct them to Sarah E. Ondrak.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

WSBA Juvenile Law Section offers Youth Law Bar Scholarship

Washington State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Section is taking applications for its first annual Youth Law Bar Scholarship. The Juvenile Law Section seeks to recognize the commitment of law students who have shown excellence in preparing for the practice of Juvenile Law. Students who have demonstrated achievement and commitment in areas of child welfare and youth law practice are encouraged to apply. Awardees will receive a cash stipend to use toward their bar study in addition to a certificate indicating their award and recognition at the Juvenile Law Section’s award ceremony after its annual meeting on September 21, 2011 in downtown Seattle.

Requirements:
• Incoming 3L law students are eligible to apply.
• Students must show a commitment to and experience in practicing juvenile law in one of the following areas:
o Juvenile offender defense or prosecution;
o Representation of youth or DSHS in dependency proceedings;
o Civil legal youth representation, including education law, ensuring access to benefits, civil rights; or
o Youth policy advocacy and/or legislation

To apply, students must submit by August 19th, 2011 a one page statement of interest, a resume, and at least one letter of support to:
Juvenile Law Section
Youth Law Bar Scholarship
c/o Chori Folkman
6406 Marine Drive
Tulalip, WA 98271

Or by email to:
Carrie Wayno at CarrieH@ATG.WA.GOV. and Chori Folkman at cfolkman@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

The recipient will be notified by email and will be requested to attend the Juvenile Law Section’s 1st annual awards gathering after the annual CLE on September 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm. The recipient will receive a financial stipend to be used toward bar study after their 3L year.

Questions can be addressed to:Juvenile Law Section Executive Committee At-Large Board Members Carrie Wayno at CarrieH@ATG.WA.GOV. or Chori Folkman at cfolkman@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

Application deadline is August 19th.

EPA Student Diversity Internship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for energetic and highly motivated students for internships. Numerous opportunities are available within the EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment.

More information is available on Symplicity. The application deadline is August 15th.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EPA Honors Attorney Fellowships

The EPA Region IX (San Francisco) and Region 1 (New England) are now accepting applications for their 2012 Honors Attorney Fellowship.

The EPA Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in a career in environmental law or the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. The Region offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a complex caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

Please see the Symplicity postings for application details. The deadline for Region IX is October 15th, and the deadline for Region 1 is October 14th.

Diversity Fellowships

2Ls - Be sure to check out the Diversity Fellowship opportunities that are currently posted to Symplicity. These deadlines are coming up quickly, so be sure to start researching the positions and get your application materials in early.

  • Cairncross & Hempelmann – Application deadline is August 26th
  • Riddell Williams – Application deadline is September 8th
  • Lane Powell – Application deadline is September 9th

OCI Bidding Now Open

OCI bidding is now open on Symplicity. Between now and the application deadlines (August 23rd for Session 1, August 30th for Session 2, and September 6th for Session 3) you may login and apply to the employers who will be participating in the fall On Campus Interviews. If you have questions during the application process, please refer to the information sheet that was sent out to you over the summer, and to the Symplicity "help" section. If you do not find your answer there, please email Emily von Seele for assistance.

Be sure to set up an appointment with CPD early to have your materials reviewed and to practice interviewing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bristow Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General is now accepting applications for the Bristow Fellowship.

Bristow Fellows assist OSG attorneys in drafting briefs in opposition to certiorari filed against the government in the Supreme Court of the United States, preparing petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, preparing recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding authorization of government appeals in the lower courts, and assisting in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court. OSG usually selects four Bristow fellows each year.

Details are available on Symplicity. Application deadline is September 1st.

2012 Goldmark Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2012 Goldmark Internship program. This program is open to students who will complete their second year prior to the summer of 2012, and to recent law school graduates.

This year, the internship will be hosted by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project's Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The intern will participate in every aspect of the work performed at the Northwest Detention Center where between 25 and 70 individuals are seen each day by NWIRP attorneys and legal advocates.

Program details and application instructions can be found on Symplicity. The application deadline is October 14, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Great Plains a Great Plan?

Washington State is a beautiful place to live, but it's certainly not the only one. Students and recent graduates, you owe it to yourselves to think adventurously as you navigate this still difficult job market.

You're already thinking creatively in terms of practice area and setting, but it's also important to be as open-minded as possible when it comes to location. Consider whether relocating to a new region will be a great way to launch your legal career.

The Great Plains states boast healthy economies, safe cities and towns, ample opportunities for advancement, and a low cost of living. In fact, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Northern Texas are among the ten best places for job seekers.

A little wanderlust can go a long way toward benefitting your future. If you're originally from Washington State and you've always wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else for a while, now might just be the perfect time to find out! Besides, wouldn't you like a little blue sky?