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.