Friday, February 25, 2011

5th Annual Solo, Small & Mid-Sized Firm Fair Updates

The Small Firm Fair info on Symplicity now lists the more than 40 firms and organizations that will be participating in Thursday's Fair. Check out the list this weekend and begin your research!

We'll no doubt add additional firms and organizations next week, so check Symplicity for updates regularly. As we learn which firms are opting for resume collects we'll include that info on Symplicity as well, but be sure to be proactive: don’t limit yourself to only those firms collecting resumes. This is an excellent chance to make connections for the future, be sure you talk with attorneys from as MANY LAW FIRMS as possible.

The purpose of this Fair is to give you an opportunity to network with and gain knowledge from the 40+ firms and organizations in attendance. Do your due diligence and come prepared with strong questions for the attorneys.

On the day of the event please arrive in interview dress with resumes on hand. When you enter Campion Hall for the Fair, check in at the student registration table to get a nametag before proceeding to the ballroom.

We’re looking forward to a great event and hope you are as well. As the Fair approaches please feel free to contact Erin Fullner with questions.

5th Annual Solo, Small and Mid-Sized Firm Information, Networking and Career Fair
March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Job Postings

Be sure to keep an eye on Symplicity for the latest job postings.

Financial Planning for a Career in Social Justice

The Access to Justice Institute, Office of Alumni Relations, Center for Professional Development and Office of Student Financial Services present:

Financial Planning for a Career in Social Justice

Student Debt Relief through Income-Based Repayment
and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Monday, February 28, 2011

Offered at two different times:
Noon to 12:50 p.m. and 5:00 to 5:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Food provided at each session

Join us for a presentation by Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Ranger (previously with Equal Justice Works) on the most significant law affecting public service in a generation: the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Whether you are interested in lowering your monthly student loan payments or learning how you can afford a career in public service, this presentation shows you how to do it. A MUST ATTEND for anyone with high student debt contemplating work for the government or a non-profit employer. From this presentation, you will learn how the Income Based Repayment plan works and how to qualify for federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Careers in Tax Law

Monday, February 28, at 4:00 pm, in Room C-5: Learn about the wide range of possibilities in tax law. Reception to follow immediately after.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Confirmed speakers:

Kim Anderson (Seattle University JD 2007, NYU LLM (tax) 2008) is an associate at Gordon Thomas Honeywell. Previously, she clerked for U.S. Tax Court Judge Juan Vasquez in Washington, D.C.

Nick Nilan (Seattle University JD 2009) is an attorney at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

John Quirk (Seattle University JD 2005, NYU LLM (tax) 2006) is an attorney in Amazon’s tax department, specializing in international tax matters and mergers and acquisitions. He was formerly a tax associate in Portland office of Miller Nash.

Jay Riffkin (Seattle University JD 2009, Florida LLM (tax) 2010) is an associate in the Tax, Trusts, and Estates Group at Dorsey & Whitney.

Sam Zaprzalka (Seattle University JD 2010) is a tax consultant in the Multistate Group at Deloitte Tax.

Friday, February 18, 2011

New DC Opportunity: Project on Government Oversight

MARCH 15 application deadline. See Symplicity posting No. 1964.

Project on Government Oversight is hiring a summer legal intern in Washington, DC. You can work as an intern there and still take advantage of the housing and coursework offered by SU in DC this summer.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beyond the Traditional Fair

Employers working in a variety of industries where the JD degree is highly valued will be available to share how they developed their career. Potential participants include people doing risk management, regulatory analysts, policy analysts, legal publishing, HR for major corporations, Federal Agents, as well as many others. If you are considering a career outside the traditional practice of law, then the fair is not to be missed.

Thursday, March 31st, 5:00-7:00, Campion Ballroom

RSVP in Symplicity.

Loyola University Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2011 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Last year roughly 100 employers, 180 law schools, and 1,600 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the resumes of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program is now open and will close on Monday, March 7. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).

CPD will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Office Internships

Great opportunity to work for the EEOC full-time during the summer OR part-time during the semester. Prefer someone who has taken Employment Law and/or Employment Discrimination Law, but if you have other experience of value, don't hesitate: Apply.

Please do not delay.

Matthew Henson Environmental Law Fellowship

Thinking about a summer position in the environmental law or land use field?
Come pick up an application for the Matthew Henson Environmental Law Fellowship. Applications will be available on the court level Wednesday February 16 or Friday February 18. The fellowship provides one (or more) continuing Seattle University law students financial assistance to participate in an otherwise unpaid summer environmental law or land use position. Applicants must have a genuine & documented interest in environmental law & must secure their summer position by March 31, the application deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Sean Waite at, or Daniel Kenny at

Monday, February 14, 2011

WSAJ Diversity Bar Preparation Scholarship

The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress toward increasing diversity in the plaintiff's bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self identify with those groups historically discriminated against and or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

For more information, please visit the WSAJ website. Scholarship applications are due by March 4th.

U.S. Office of Government Ethics Honors Attorney Position

As part of its commitment to succession planning within the Executive Branch ethics community, The United States Office of Government Ethics is establishing an Honors Attorney position. This position, open to recent law school graduates from the classes of 2009 and 2010, is a three year term limited term appointment with promotion potential to GS-12. If you have not been admitted to the bar, you will initially be appointed as a law clerk. Once admitted, you will then become a Honors Attorney. OGE anticipates this position will allow an exceptional student an entry level position in the Executive Branch and prepare the individual for transition into the Federal legal and ethics community.

The attorney will work in three primary areas for a three year period: 1) as a member of OGE’s legislative team tracking legislation, writing advisories, and participating in meetings with stakeholders in the Executive and Legislative branches; 2) conducting legal research and writing and program management of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act of 1974; and, 3) the criminal conflicts of interest statutes and the Standards of Conduct by performing special projects assigned by the General Counsel and the presidentially appointed Director of the agency.

Please see Symplicity posting for details. Application deadline is February 22, 2011.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 2011

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. To learn more about the program please visit the Summer Corps eligibility page.

The award application goes live on March 16, and applications are due by April 5. Last year seven SU students took home this educational award - you can too!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

EPA region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship

The EPA Region 10 Office of Regional Counsel in Seattle, Washington seeks applications for the Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship. Region 10 will be hiring two fellows for one-year Fellowships (may be extended to two years). Both Fellowships will begin in the Fall of 2011.

The deadline to apply for the 2011 Fellowships is February 28, 2011.

The EPA Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and strong interests in an environmental law career and public service. 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. Region 10 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a complex caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

Additional information and application instructions can be found on Symplicity.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which includes one $5,000 grant for one student each year, is part of the Tisdale Fellowship program, a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in diversity and ethics issues, and in learning about high-tech public policy issues, can apply for this Fellowship.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell’s former Vice President of Global Diversity and Chief Ethics, Privacy and Compliance Officer. Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, found at, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship grant recipient will participate in the same program as those in the Tisdale

The Summer 2011 Fellowship runs from June 13th – August 5th, 2011. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Details can be found on Symplicity. The Final deadline for all applications is February 15, 2011.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Verizon 1L Diversity Program

Verizon is accepting applications for their 1L Diversity Program. Details are available on Symplicity and on our Diversity Website.

Application deadline is March 11, 2011.

Monday, February 7, 2011

5th Annual Solo, Small and Mid-Sized Firm Information, Networking and Career Fair

Seattle University School of Law’s 5th Annual Solo, Small and Mid-Sized Firm Information, Networking and Career Fair will take place:

• Thursday, March 3, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Campion Ballroom

This has been an exciting event in the past and is an ideal opportunity to meet lawyers practicing in the smaller firm setting from a diverse array of practice areas

The fair offers a great chance to learn about:

• Local law firms
• Specific practice areas
• Small firm life
• Being an attractive candidate for jobs with smaller firms

Come to our biggest small firm event of the year prepared to network and ask great questions! This event has resulted in great contacts and job opportunities for students in the past, you don't want to miss it!

RSVP in Symplicity.

How to Hang a Shingle - Solo Practice Seminar

Seattle has always been a city where small firms can make a big name, that’s why Seattle University is launching a How to Hang a Shingle seminar on Friday, February 25. If solo practice appeals to you but you’re curious to learn what it takes to launch a practice and you crave more information so you can decide if starting your own firm is right for you, please join us for How to Hang a Shingle. This half day program will include information on the WSBA’s Law Office Management Assistance Program, malpractice insurance, and effective client communication. Plus you’ll have the chance to pose questions to a panel of new solos, as well as one comprised of experienced practitioners. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!

Friday, February 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Room 110. RSVP in Symplicity.

Resources for Starting Your Own Practice
Peter Roberts, Director of the WSBA Law Office Management Assistance Program

What Worked, What Didn’t: new solos discuss how they have developed their practices
Attorney Panel

Client Communication and the Concept of Carefulness in the Practice of Law
Brian Park, Partner, Stoel Rives

Malpractice Insurance A-Z
Duane Crone, Mainstreet Financial

The Secret to My Success: experienced solos share their tips for long term solo/small firm practice success
Attorney Panel

Friday, February 4, 2011

Army JAG Interviews

The Army JAG rep will be on campus on Wednesday, February 6th to interview for their summer internship program. If you are interested in meeting with the rep on Wednesday, please email Emily von Seele to schedule an interview time.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fenwick & West Reception

Fenwick & West wants to meet YOU!
Date: March 10, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Location: Fenwick & West LLP
1191 2nd Ave. Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98101

We look forward to meeting first year and second year law students seeking an exciting career in the technology and life sciences practices.

Corporate - Intellectual Property - Litigation - Tax

Representatives from Fenwick’s San Francisco and Mountain View offi ces will be joining us for the evening.

We hope you will join us for drinks, appetizers and an interactive discussion about your career
and our practice!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by February 25 to Tory Duffy at

Networking & Interview Prep Research

Networking & Interview Prep Research – Tuesday, February 8th @ 12pm in Room C-5

This short 20 minute training will show you how to use a simple search template to locate alumni & potential contacts based on your specific areas of interest (location, practice area, etc). Then you will see how you can use Lexis for Microsoft Office to quickly retrieve information about the contacts in your list from case law, the news and the open web. Everyone will receive 400 points and free pizza will be provided! If you plan on attending please register on the Lexis “My School” page,

Real Estate Panel

Please join the Young Leaders Group of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Seattle District Council for a panel discussion and networking event for young professionals and current students in real estate development, finance, public policy, land use and real estate law, engineering, architecture and planning. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet other young professionals, learn about how they found their current positions, find out what they do on a day-to-day basis and how they’re growing professionally, and gain valuable insight into the current market.

The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Date Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Time 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location Douglas Forum, UW Foster School of Business
Location map:
Parking map:
Cost $10 for current students
$15 for ULI members
$20 for non-members/non-students
Beer, wine and light appetizers will be provided.
Registration Register online at or by phone at 1-800-321-5011
Deadline: Monday, February 14

This panel is presented by:
MacMillan Associates Consulting, the UW Foster School of Business Career Center, and the UW Real Estate Club

Bob MacMillan, Principal, MacMillan Associates Consulting
Bob MacMillan has more than 30 years of successful senior level executive experience with several of the region’s largest real estate services and
development companies.

Alicia Daniels Uhlig, Director of Sustainability/Associate, GGLO
Alicia is an Architect and passionate advocate for green building with over 15 years of sustainable design experience. As Director of Sustainability at GGLO, Alicia spearheads internal research initiatives and is the firm’s driving force for bringing integrated sustainable design solutions to client-driven projects.

Andrew Glass Hastings, Government Relations Administrator, King County DOT
Andrew Glass Hastings has been a leader in key transportation policies, initiatives, and political campaigns in Seattle for more than five years. He managed the successful $18 billion Sound Transit 2 campaign and served as Mayor Greg Nickels’ Senior Policy Advisor on Transportation. Currently, Andrew works to solve complex political issues as the Government Relations Administrator for the King County Department of Transportation.

Gabriel Grant, Vice President, HAL Real Estate Investments
Gabriel Grant is Vice President of HAL Real Estate Investments, where he works on acquisition, disposition and other investment initiatives and is responsible for the performance of a portfolio of real estate assets located throughout the Puget Sound. As a Seattle native with a passion for civic affairs, Gabriel serves on Seattle’s Downtown Design Reserve Board and in 2009 was honored as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

Christian Gunter, LEED AP, Vice President, Bentall Kennedy
Christian Gunter joined Bentall Kennedy in June 2004, and is Vice President, Responsible Property Investing (“RPI”). Christian, a LEED Accredited Professional, directs Bentall Kennedy’s US RPI initiatives covering portfolio-wide sustainable development/re-development and high-performance property operations.

Meredith Messmer, Project Manager, Lorig Associates, LLC
Meredith joined Lorig in 2008. She has worked for five years in real estate consulting and development after completing a Master in Urban Planning at the University of Washington. Her project experience includes the Thornton Place mixed-use development, the 200 West Highland condominiums, and other projects in various pre-construction stages.

This panel is presented by:
MacMillan Associates Consulting, the UW Foster School of Business Career Center, and the UW Real Estate Club

The Seattle University School of Law 2011 Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowships

2011-2013 Justice in Action Fellowship
This two-year fellowship will provide $55,000 per year to a social justice legal host organization in Washington to cover salary, benefits and other costs associated with funding a full-time fellow.

2011-2012 Leadership for Justice Fellowship
This one-year fellowship will provide $55,000 for the year to a social justice legal host organization outside of Washington State - whether in the U.S. or internationally - to cover salary, benefits and other costs associated with funding a full-time fellow.

About the Fellowships:
Each fellowship will support the legal work of a law graduate (who will graduate in December 2010 or May 2011) at a host organization on an approved social justice project. Projects must be designed in collaboration with a host organization to offer effective advocacy with underserved or marginalized individuals or groups, or to address social justice issues that are not adequately addressed by some existing aspect of the legal system. The project should provide the fellow with the opportunity to exercise leadership and introduce new legal services or significantly expand upon services already provided by the organization. Finally, the project should be designed to include the potential for increased opportunities for Seattle University law students to engage in meaningful social justice work. The Fellow will work with the Access to Justice Institute to develop, offer and oversee student opportunities

The deadline for submitting a proposal for either the Leadership for Justice Fellowship (1-year outside of WA; national; international) or the Justice in Action Fellowship (2-year in WA) is Thursday, March 3, 2011.

For information about the fellowship procedures and policies, applications and related materials, you can go to the ATJI website or sign up for the TWEN site, “Access to Justice Institute Post-Graduate Social Justice Fellowships.” Also, check out the upcoming Social Justice Monday (January 31, 2011) to learn more about these fellowships and to hear from the 2010-2011 Leadership for Justice Fellow!

If you have any questions, please direct them to Monika Batra Kashyap, ATJI Associate Director, at