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


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.

• 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

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

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.