Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where Does My Name Tag Belong?

With tonight's Beyond the Traditional Fair just minutes away you're probably wondering at this very moment, where does my name tag go - on my right lapel, or left?

According to the Emily Post Institute, name tags belong to the right, to the right, every tag you wear should be worn on your right (sung to the tune of Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable").

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OCI Info Sessions

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

RSVP in Symplicity.

  • Monday, April 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C1
  • Tuesday, April 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m., C6
  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C6
  • Thursday, April 21, 9:00-10:00 a.m., C5

Job Postings

Be sure to keep checking Symplicity for the latest job postings.

Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship

This program places three to five graduate students or recent graduates for one year with state agencies in Olympia or Tacoma, Washington, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues. The Hershman Fellowship offers a first-hand experience in crafting marine and natural resource policies and enables fellows to share their academic expertise with state decision makers. 2011 host agencies are the state Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health, Military Department Emergency Management Division and the Puget Sound Partnership. Preliminary projects for this year include coastal hazards, conflicting uses of harbor areas, harmful algal blooms, marine spatial planning, planning and management of aquatic resources, and the science and management of Puget Sound cleanup and restoration efforts.

Please visit the program's website for more information and application instructions. Application deadline is April 29th.

Monday, March 28, 2011

2011 Spring KCBA-YLD Meet & Greet Event

Please take a few moments to stop by and come learn about the wonderful networking opportunities available to law students and new attorneys in King County. Come learn about the benefits of membership for those looking to explore Large Firms, Medium Size Firms, Small Firms or those looking to work as a Solo Practitioner. The YLD provides excellent opportunities for young attorneys and law students to be seen and be heard while positively affecting the community. Please come join us for FREE DRINKS AND APPETIZERS, and conversation with Dean Niles as he will be in attendance. Also, come take advantage of free membership to KCBA as a current law student. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

Space is limited. RSVP in Symplicity.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pierce County Inns of Court Info Session

The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court,
the 25th Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Tacoma, WA

Seeks Law Students and Law Professors for Membership

Information Session
Tuesday, March 29
Sullivan Hall-Room 309
Lunch Provided

The American Inns of Court is a national organization with chapters across the United States, and a rich history dating back to 14th century England. The AICs are designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. Membership is comprised of a selected group of judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students. Through Membership, lawyers become more effective advocates and counselors with keener ethical awareness. All members learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in the community.

The Bryan AIC meets once a month, September through May, to attend programs on matters of ethics, skills, and professionalism, and to continue discussion afterwards over dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. The Bryan AIC helps lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness.

Presenters include:

The Honorable Susan Serko
Judge - Pierce County Superior Court
Bryan AIC President Elect for 2011-2012
Graduate of University of Puget Sound School of Law - 1982
Seattle University School of Law Adjunct Professor - 1998-2000

Mark Arend
Litigation Attorney with the Law Offices of Nelson & Carver, P.S.
Bryan AIC Executive Board Member for Law School and Mentor Programs
Graduate of Seattle University School of Law - 2008

Our brief presentation includes our mission, goals, history, membership application, testimonials from current and recently graduated SU Law Students Bryan AIC Members, and slide show including the distinguished members of the Bryan AIC.

For additional information, please contact Mark Arend at or 425-503-4595.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

JAG Information Lunch with Captain David Iglesias, United States Navy

Captain David Iglesias, distinguished naval officer and former U.S. Attorney, will visit our law school on Wednesday, March 30, and he has graciously agreed to lunch with law students who are interested in JAG service. Capt. Iglesias was a White House Fellow and the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico from 2001 to 2007. He is currently active duty Navy, leading a prosecution team for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay and serving as military spokesman for the commissions. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about the Navy JAG Corps from a fascinating lawyer and officer, Esquire Magazine 2009 “Best and Brightest” honoree, and author of In Justice: Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration. Capt. Iglesias has given candid and memorable interviews on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Meet the Press. This is sure to be an engaging lunch! CPD is sponsoring this event, which will take place noon-2pm. SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP to Erin Fullner ASAP.

KCBA March Madness Event




Thursday, March 24, 2011
11:30 – 1:30
Sullivan Hall - Court Level

In which KCBA staff pulls out all the stops to
Get 50 new student members by March 31!

KCBA provides great services for its student members:

FREE Membership!
TWO FREE Practice Sections with live videostreaming
Invitations to Young Lawyers Divisions Happy Hours
Networking opportunities
YLD Lunchtime CLEs
Mentoring Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities

Your membership helps us help you and our community.


Help us reach our target…


KCBA is here to help you during and after Law School

2011 WOW Bar Prep Scholarship


The Mission of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is to protect and promote a fair justice system and the right to trial by jury, and to ensure that any person who is harmed by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America's courtrooms, even in actions against the most powerful interests.

In 1993 Women of WSTLA (WOW) section was established to encourage female members to participate in focused information exchange with female attorneys in the same legal specialty to further the mission of the WSAJ. The Women of WSAJ Section as it is now named is open to all members including law students and legal staff.

To support aspiring women plaintiff’s attorneys, WOW will provide women law school grads with scholarships to help defray the costs of bar review courses. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on financial need and demonstrated interest and intent to practice in the plaintiff’s bar.

Scholarship Criteria & Amount:
The amount and the number of scholarships will be determined by the WSAJ WOW Section Scholarship Committee and will vary in amount, up to the full tuition for the bar preparation course. Applicants must be female individuals and must take the Washington State bar exam in July 2011 or February 2012. All applicants will receive written notification from WSAJ of award or non-award by April 15, 2011.

Application forms and instructions can be found on the WSAJ website.

Labor and Employment Summer Clerkship Scholarship




DEADLINE: MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011 (by 12:00 Noon)

Below is information about a Summer Clerkship opportunity for 1Ls, 2Ls, and non-graduating 3Ls.

This is a scholarship award for a summer job with a public interest component funded by the WSBA Labor and Employment Section. To apply, you need to start now by contacting the potential placement where you would work, and interviewing to see if they would be willing to host you to work there if you win the Competition. The best news is that when the potential employers understand the student’s salary is paid for, they are thrilled to have a “free” summer employee, so they usually jump at the chance to have you! See details below.

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

Interested students should:

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

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

3. Interview at your chosen agency, and verify with them that, if you win, they will allow you to work there (for free!) this summer. If so, submit your application by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 18, 2011, per the Guidelines.

For further information, contact the Labor and Employment Law Faculty Advisor Professor Natasha Martin ( or see the LELA TWEN site for details.

Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship


2d, 3d, and 4th YEAR STUDENTS:
We're now accepting applications for

“Encouraging Excellence and Professionalism in
Our Labor and Employment Law Community”

(Includes a cash grant awarded to a student showing
promise or distinction in Labor and Employment Law.)**


The Mary Ellen Krug Award honors a student who has shown strong interest, promise, or distinction in labor and employment law. The grant, awarded by the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section is a variable amount generated in part by the proceeds from the annual Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference.* In addition to the cash grant, the winner is honored with recognition at the Conference luncheon, attended by some 350-400 labor and employment practitioners. The conference awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011. (You can still accept the award if you are unable to attend.)

Eligibility and Requirements:

1. Second, third, and fourth-year students are eligible to apply, including graduating students.

2. The student must have demonstrated interest and “promise or distinction in labor and employment law.” Interest, promise, and distinction might be evidenced by one or more of a wide range of activities, for example:

• Past paid or volunteer positions involving labor or employment law.
• Relevant courses studied at the law school or undergraduate level.
• Relevant personal background and personal experiences involving labor or employment law.
• Any other experiences and activities showing a dedication and commitment to the field of labor and employment law as a career.
• Personal qualities, such as good judgment and leadership potential, that will contribute to professionalism in the field.
• Contributions to labor and employment organizations, such as professional organizations or to the S.U. Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA).
• Grades are considered but are not the primary consideration for the award.

Application Process:

To apply, submit the following to Professor Martin’s Administrative Assistant, Nancy Harrop (4th floor) by 12:00 noon, Monday, April 18, 2011: Resume; Transcript; 1-2 page letter describing your interest, commitment, and any past involvement in the field, and your career goals; two (2) blind letters of recommendation (e.g., either (a) submitted by the candidate with his or her application materials in an envelope indicating that the letter was sealed by the recommender, or (b) mailed or e-mailed by the recommender to Professor Martin and received by the deadline. In the interest of confidentiality, recommendations should not reflect a “cc” to the candidate).

*See Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) TWEN site for full information and grant Guidelines.

**The amount of the 2011 scholarship has not yet been determined. However, in recent years, the amount of the award has been substantial, ranging from $6,000.00 - $8,000.00.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Applications

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps applications are NOW LIVE. This educational award goes to law students working in full-time summer public interest positions. The application is short and could earn you $1,132 to be applied to your tuition next year! Applications are due by April 5. If you have any questions about the grant or application process, please contact Stacey Lara-Kerr at

Social Justice Project Funding Opportunity

From the AJTI Blog:

ABA Section of Litigation - Law Student Good Works Competition

Open to: All law students
Time Commitment: Depends on your project
Application process: proposals for projects must be submitted in writing and via a YouTube video by April 27, 2011 see the Section’s Facebook Page or the Section’s U-Tube Video for more information.
Contact: Rachel Dawson, Associate Director of Planning at or 312.988.6236.

ABA Section of Litigation has launched a Law Student Good Works Competition on the Section’s Facebook page. The Competition asks law students to create the Section’s next Good Works project. It offers a Grand Prize of $10,000 seed money from the Section to implement the project, along with a $2,500 cash prize, a trip to Laguna Niguel and a year’s worth of mentorship by a Section leader and committee to be assigned to the project.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Clerkship Info Session

Students interested in pursuing judicial clerkships in 2012 need to attend the Clerkship Program Kickoff Meeting. This meeting is open to 2, 3, and 4L students. The application season for positions beginning in 2012 will be this summer and fall. Judicial clerks provide assistance to judges in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions. These positions are a great way to perfect research and writing skills and open up career opportunities for the future. Students in the top quarter of the class are strongly encouraged to consider clerking.

Tuesday, April 12, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., C1

Tuesday, April 19, 5:00 - 5:50 p.m., C5

RSVP in Symplicity.

Summer Jobs in Alaska

Thinking about spending the summer in Alaska? There are still several internship positions open that would provide an excellent work opportunity for the summer. Positions are open with the ACLU of Alaska and with the Federal Public Defender for the State of Alaska. Either would provide valuable work experience. If you are interested, be sure to set up an appointment with Stephanie Nichols to discuss the program and the application process.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Health Law Speed Networking Event

Local attorneys will be in attendance to meet with students and share their experiences in health law. This is a fantastic way to make contacts in the legal community.

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

RSVP in Symplicity. Space is limited!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights Fellowship

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights is an initiative of Landesa, an international non-profit organization that partners with developing country governments and non-governmental organizations to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. For over 40 years, we have partnered with over 45 countries on legal reforms that have provided secure land rights to over 100 million families. Currently, Landesa is working in countries as diverse as China, India, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, and Burkina Faso.

At the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights we partner with governments, foundations, and local organizations around the world to research, improve legal frameworks, create tools, pilot innovative approaches, and develop a network of professionals focused on improving the conditions of women and girls by strengthening their access and control over land.

We seek to develop and support a network of professionals who work at national, local, and international levels to strengthen women’s land rights. We want to build the capacity of legal professionals strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights in developing countries who can become the core of this network.

See Symplicity posting for more information. Application deadline is April 6, 2011.

Hong Duc Clerkship Applications

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington is now accepting applications for the 2011 Hong Duc Clerkship. VABAW recognizes that an international perspective will greatly enrich and broaden a law student’s legal education and experience. To that end, VABAW created the Hồng Đức Clerkship in 2007. The 2011 Hồng Đức Clerkship will provide a law student (“Clerkship Recipient”) with the opportunity to clerk at Hogan Lovells in Vietnam for a maximum of three summer months. This is a unique opportunity to live in Vietnam and to learn about international and comparative law by working at an international law firm.

Please see Symplicity posting for more information. Application deadline is March 21, 2011.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thank You for Participating in the Solo, Small & Mid-Sized Firm Fair

We've gotten great feedback from the firms and organizations that participated in last night's Solo, Small & Mid-Sized Firm Fair!

They've expressed how much they enjoyed meeting with you.

Keep that good will going: stay in touch by contacting the lawyers you met through the Fair to thank them and ask them for coffee meetings or informational interviews.

South Asian Bar Association of NY Fellowship

The South Asian Bar Association of NY has fellowships available for law students looking to do public interest work this summer in NY and the greater metropolitan area.

To apply for the SABANY Public Interest Fellowship, you must be:

- A first or second-year law student of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2011 in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area , or

- A first or second-year law student who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2011 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community.

The application is due March 18, 2011 and is available at:

WA First Responder Will Clinic

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.

A WA First Responder Will Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 for the Redmond Police Department which we would love you to participate in. The clinic will be located at 8701 - 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond, Washington 98052. This clinic will be an all-day clinic with 6 attorney/client meetings every hour, so everyone’s help would be greatly appreciated.

This clinic will be from 9am to 4pm on April 16, 2011. Please feel free to volunteer for either an AM shift (8:15am to 12:30pm) or a PM shift (12:15pm to 4:30pm) in the capacity of discussion leader, document drafter, intake personnel, witness or notary.

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"How to Hang a Shingle" Recap

Thank you to all who made our first ever How to Hang a Shingle event a great success!

If you missed the seminar but are interested in learning about resources for starting your own law practice, contact Erin Fullner for Peter Roberts' handout on the WSBA's Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP).

Seminar itinerary and speaker info are also available.

For those who attended, just a quick reminder that not only are members of the bar invited to participate in LOMAP's hands-on computer clinics free of charge, but 3Ls are invited as well.

Join LOMAP for their March 10 clinic on Outlook and Practice Management Software, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., RSVP to Julie Salmon, LOMAP Coordinator.

It's been exciting to hear participant and speaker feedback on our inaugural How to Hang a Shingle run, please keep it coming! We'd like to continue offering solo practice programming, your input will help us do that effectively.

The Solo, Small, and Mid-Sized Firm Fair Offers the Chance to CONNECT

We continue to add outstanding firms to the Fair roster!

Visit Symplicity for information on the Curran Law Firm, Cochrane Law Offices, Osinski Law, Kannin Law Firm, and Groen Stephens & Klinge, our newest additions.

While on Symplicity, check out which firms plan to collect resumes, but be sure to remember that this event is a chance to NETWORK and CONNECT. If you focus only on the firms collecting resumes, you'll miss opportunities.

Refresh your career fair networking skills by reviewing the Networking Top Ten at the CPD home page.