Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spring Professional Development Networking Series for 2L’s

Every Relationship Matters, especially in today’s job market! Rare Chance to Connect with Key Legal Professionals - Spring Professional Development Networking Series for 2L’s

If you had the opportunity to connect with former Judges, a U.S. Attorney, or a leader in the public interest community, would you? What if those judges and attorneys wanted to mentor you and make introductions to practicing attorneys, would you then take advantage of the offer? Of you course you would! Don’t miss a unique opportunity to connect with top legal professionals from the judiciary, ADR, criminal law, and the private, non-profit and government sectors:

• Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Robert Alsdorf
• Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll
• Founder of the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Donald Horowitz
• Distinguished Professor from Practice John McKay
• Distinguished Professor from Practice Ada Shen-Jaffe

These attorneys and retired judges want to HELP YOU answer these questions: Why is networking critical to your professional development? How can it help you as you start your legal career? AND most importantly, What role can they play in helping you advance your career goals? You’ll meet monthly in a small interactive group setting with your assigned mentor to discuss answers to all of these questions and more. This series will inspire you to be proactive! Please RSVP on Symplicity (under the jobs section - Job #2766) and include: Resume and a Short Statement of Interest (one page double-spaced max.) describing why you want to practice law, why you want to be involved in this series and how you hope it will benefit you. The deadline is February 10, 2012 and space is limited to 2L’s. Please direct any questions to Bahareh Samanian in CPD at samaniab@seattleu.edu.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! Judge Beistline, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska to Visit the Law School

The Honorable Ralph R. Beistline, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, will visit the law school on Wednesday, February 8 and will host a Q & A session for students.

The session will be in the courtroom from noon to 1:00 p.m., though Judge Beistline will be available to speak with students until 2:00. Lunch will be provided.

Judge Beistline was born and raised in Alaska and has served as a US District Court Judge since May of 2002. He previously served nine and a half years as a superior court judge in Fairbanks, Alaska, serving as Presiding Judge from 1997 to 2001. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Beistline practiced law in Fairbanks, engaged primarily in civil litigation. He served on the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association from 1985 to 1988, as President of the Alaska Bar Association from 1986 to 1987, and was Editor of the Alaska Bar Association Newspaper for five years.

And, a fact near and dear to us here at SU, Judge Beistline was the very first graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now SU), earning his JD in 1974.

To take advantage of this opportunity to meet with a notable alumnus and renowned member of the federal bench, RSVP to Erin Fullner.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Washington First Responder Will Clinic

The next WA First Responder Will Clinic will be held Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at the Shoreline Fire Department Headquarters (17525 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133).

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 9am to 4pm . 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 discussion leader, document drafter, 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:

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 be having a training session in mid-February to review the documents and to answer any of your questions. 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!

Please contact Sarah Ondrak with any questions.

Professional Development Networking Series for 2L’s

What is networking? Why is it important to your professional development? How can it help you as you start your legal career? If you want answers to these questions and more, you will not want to miss out on the Spring Professional Development Networking Series. Over the course of three months this semester, you’ll meet monthly in a small interactive group setting with an assigned mentor. Come listen to the invaluable experiences of these mentors as they share with you ways to be proactive to advance your legal career. You’ll hear personal stories about their legal journey as they draw from a variety of practice areas – criminal, the judiciary, ADR, and private to non-profit and the government sector. The series will also include a few interim meetings with Bahareh Samanian, CPD Associate Director for Employer Relations, to fine tune your elevator pitch and networking strategy. The relationships you will build through this series will inspire you to be proactive!

The mentors for this exciting new series are:
• Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Robert Alsdorf
• Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll
• Founder of the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice and Retired Washington State Superior Court Judge Donald Horowitz
• Distinguished Professor from Practice John McKay
• Distinguished Professor from Practice Ada Shen-Jaffe

If interested, please send your resume and a short statement of interest (no more than one page double-spaced) describing why you want to practice law, why you want to be involved in this series and how you hope it will benefit you. The application deadline is February 3, 2012. Space is limited to 2L’s and students will be assigned a mentor by mid-February. Please send your application and direct any questions to Bahareh Samanian in CPD at samaniab@seattleu.edu.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara Hiring

AV-rated law firm Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara seeks an attorney (ideally with 3-5 years experience) to handle general liability and construction defects cases. Apply through LinkedIn.

BWBO has offices in Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, Northern California, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Riverside, and Denver.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Air Force JAG Corps Summer Internship

The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps Summer Internship application for 2Ls and 1Ls is now available on www.usajobs.gov. The 2L internship is paid at a GS-09 and the 1L internship is paid at a GS-07. The announcement will be open until Friday, February 10.

Students will need to submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Online occupational questionnaire
3. One-page personal statement introducing the applicant and explaining his/her motivation and objectives in applying for a summer internship with the Air Force JAG Corps
4. List of applicant’s top five geographic preferences by base or state (listing of bases;1-800-JAG-USAF) and when the applicant would prefer to begin the internship (Monday, May 21, 2012 or Monday, June 4, 2012)
5. Sheet or sheets of paper addressing the KSAs (knowledge, skill, and ability) and how they relate to the applicant’s work experience, education and training
6. Undergraduate and law school transcripts (readable copies are acceptable)

Contact Capt. Laura DeSio (240-612-5095) or Mr. Mike Cloud (240-612-5096) with questions.

JAG Corps Mission: To deliver professional, candid, independent counsel and full-spectrum legal capabilities to command and the warfighter.

Network with Federal Attorneys!

On Thursday, January 26th, FANGS – the Federal Attorney Networking Group - will be having their quarterly Happy Hour Meeting from 5-7pm.

The group consists of JDs working for the federal government as attorneys and in nontraditional legal careers. We have room for 7 students to attend this fun networking event.

Please contact Anna Ross at rossan@seattleu.edu if you are interested in attending. The first 7 students who respond get the spots!

PSAMCP UPDATE

THE DEADLINE FOR THE PUGET SOUND AREA MINORITY CLERKSHIP PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 5:00 TODAY. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE UPLOADED TO SYMPLICITY BY THEN!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1L Mock Interview Program

The key to getting any job is establishing a rapport and intelligently explaining your credentials in an interview. Fortunately, this is a learned skill. Take advantage of this opportunity to interview with local attorneys. This event will be held on January 31st and February 1st. Please see details below:

January 31st: 1L Mock Interview Program – Attorneys from the corporate world, private firms, and government will participate. Interview times are available at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:00. Please email Emily von Seele to sign up for your preferred time. We will make every effort to accommodate schedules, but can make no guarantees that you will get your first choice. The event is limited to 30 students, so sign up quickly!

February 1st: 1L Diversity Program Info and Mock Interview Session - This event is being sponsored by the WSBA Committee for Diversity and will focus on students applying to the minority clerkship programs. Interview times are available at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:00. Please email Emily von Seele to sign up for your preferred time. We will make every effort to accommodate schedules, but can make no guarantees that you will get your first choice. The event is limited to 30 students, so sign up quickly!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Study Law In Alaska Info Session

Do you want to get one step closer to landing a job? Have you ever wanted to spend the summer in Alaska? Check out our Study Law in Alaska Program!!

We will have an information session on Wednesday, January 18 at NOON in room 309.

Please contact Stephanie Nichols at nicholss@seattleu.edu if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Opportunity in Alaska!

The Municipality of Anchorage will be at the law school on Wednesday, February 1st to interview ONLY Seattle University students for summer internships through our Study Law in Alaska Program. This is an incredible opportunity that could lead to a job.

Please submit your resume, cover letter and an unofficial transcript to Symplicity by NOON on January 25th.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Nichols at nicholss@seattleu.edu.

Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria & Instructions:
This scholarship is awarded to a law student committed to social justice work. Please provide a personal statement, no longer than 3 double-spaced pages, describing your reasons for attending law school and experiences working with marginalized communities and/or fighting injustice and oppression.

Scholarship Description:
Alena Suazo fought for the voiceless, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised, and she did it with grace, humor, determination, and an unrelenting spirit. She lived each day to the fullest, and gave her entire self to the causes and people she cared about.

Alena graduated from University of Washington School of Law (UWLS) in June 2010. In addition to the amazing things Alena accomplished at UWLS on a daily basis, while there she was the Co-President of the Latina/o Law Student Association, Vice President of the Minority Law Student Association, and served in the Tribal Defense Clinic for two years. Following graduation, Alena received the Bonderman Fellowship, an award given to graduates of UW to undertake new experiences through travel. Just a few months into her world tour, she passed away in Guatemala. Alena hoped to become a public defender in Southern California and to fight against the racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system and throughout American society.

The Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship has been created in her name to go towards the hidden costs of law school. Alena felt that direct and collateral costs associated with attending law school impeded Latinas/os from entering into the legal profession.

The Application can be found on Symplicity. The deadline is January 13, 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

IPLS Speed Networking Event

The Intellectual Property Law Society is proud to host the annual IPLS Speed Networking Event on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 5:30-7:30. The event will be held on the 2nd Floor Gallery of Sullivan Hall. Meet and network with attorneys practicing in all areas of IP who will be available to answer your questions about IP and about pursuing a career in IP. Appetizers and beverages will be provided for students and attorneys attending the event.

Tuesday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery.

Please RSVP by emailing lingj1@seattleu.edu.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Washington Young Lawyers Division Seeks Trustee

The Washington State Bar's Young Lawyers Division (WYLD) is looking for a new/young lawyer to fill a King County District Trustee vacancy on the WYLD Board of Trustees. The term runs through September 30, 2012, and the trustee may seek reelection. To be eligible, candidates must maintain either primary residence or primary place of work in King County.

Trustees have the opportunity to:

  • Help connect new lawyers in King County with WSBA opportunities for leadership and public service

  • Support new lawyers with transition into the practice of law

  • Develop and guide WYLD programs to impact new attorneys

  • Network with bar leaders across the state to shape the profession

The position will be filled through appointment by the WYLD president with consent of the Board of Trustees. The application deadline is January 26, 2012.

Application criteria and trustee responsibilities. Questions? Contact WYLD liaison Brian Halcomb, 206-727-8205.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Learn How to Use Outlook and Word to the Fullest or Explore Acrobat Professional

The Washington State Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) offers classes for 3Ls and attorneys to explore new practice relevant software as well as learn how to effectively use commonly available software.

In order to keep overhead low, solo practitioners need opportunities to try out and consider the most cost effective office and practice management tools. LOMAP is an excellent resource for this.

Upcoming classes include: Adobe Acrobat Professional, Version X - January 9, 10am to noon and Outlook & Word - January 12, 2pm to 4pm.

Classes are held at the WSBA. Bring your laptop or borrow one when you get there.

RSVP to Julie Salmon.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Attorney General's Open House

Washington State Office of Attorney General Rob McKenna invites you to an OPEN HOUSE

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.

Please join Chief Deputy AG Brian Moran on
Tuesday, January 31, 2011
from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
in the AGO’s downtown Seattle office at
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
(Bank of America, Fifth Avenue Plaza Bldg.)

In addition to Chief Deputy Moran, Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

CPD Boot Camp

Did you miss our Interviewing Seminar last semester? Is the Networking Seminar scheduled during the middle of your Contracts class? Are you interested in learning more about working in public interest?

If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then you should definitely come to our CPD Boot Camp Day. It's like a Greatest Hits list of all of the seminars that we host throughout the year, and a great way to get a ton of information in a single day.

Saturday, January 28, Room C6
  • 10:00: Public Interest Seminar
  • 11:00: Networking Seminar
  • 12:00: Resume/Cover Letter Seminar (boxed lunch will be provided)
  • 1:00: Interviewing Seminar

Come for all, a couple or just the one you missed last semester, but be sure to RSVP in Symplicity.

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.

  • Thursday, January 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 328.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C5.

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.

Thursday, March 8th, 12:00 p.m., C1.

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.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 p.m., Courtroom

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, January 31, 12:00 p.m., C5.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Social Media Panel and Networking Reception

Want To Know How Social Media Can Really Benefit Today’s Law Student and Lawyer? Attend This Event And Learn How LinkedIn Can Work For You!

The King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development are pleased to offer a workshop and panel discussion focusing on ways social media can benefit today’s law student and lawyer. The event will be held at Seattle University School of Law on February 8, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Matt Youngquist, expert career coach and President of Career Horizons, will lead a one-hour LinkedIn.com workshop about how to use the site to advance a career search or legal practice. Youngquist offers more detailed seminars through Career Horizons. Further information about Youngquist can be found at www.career-horizons.com or check out his LinkedIn profile.

Following the workshop, a panel of local attorneys and entrepreneurs will discuss strategic ways to use social media in the legal profession and the impact of social media on the legal community. The panel will consist of Andrew Ackley of Ackley Law Group PLLC; Justin Walsh of Karl E. Malling P.S.; and Kevin O’Keefe, CEO and Publisher of LexBlog, Inc.

The event will close with a networking reception at the law school hosted by KCBA and Seattle University School of Law. You will not want to miss this event! To reserve your seat, please RSVP in Symplicity.

February 8, 4:00-7:00 p.m., C5.

Fenwick & West Reception

Fenwick & West wants to meet YOU!

Date: February 2, 2012
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 January 20
to Tory Frol at tfrol@fenwick.com

2012 1L Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowship

Students can now apply for our 2012 1L Diversity Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowship positions on at www.perkinscoie.com/1LPatent.

The Perkins Coie Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships provide a $7500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position following the first year of law school for 1L students with particular technical backgrounds and an interest in patent litigation and/or patent prosecution. Our summer associates work on real legal matters while working for and learning from attorneys who service the needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in industry areas around the nation. Few firms, if any, in the country have our patent litigation expertise and our deep technical bench.

The following offices are offering Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowship positions. Please click on one of the offices below to apply. Applicants may apply to one office only. Patent Litigation Fellows will work in the Patent Litigation practice area on client legal matters under the supervision of our attorneys. When possible, Fellows will be involved in client meetings, negotiations, telephone conferences and court appearances.

Patent Litigation Fellowship: Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Diego
Qualified candidates must have an undergraduate/graduate degree(s) in either Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Previous professional experience is strongly preferred.

Patent Fellowship: Seattle
Patent Fellows will work in both the Patent Litigation and Patent Prosecution practice areas. Qualified candidates must have an undergraduate/graduate degree(s) in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Previous professional experience is strongly preferred.

Application deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012: Palo Alto, San Diego, Seattle
Application deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2012: Phoenix