Friday, May 25, 2012

Latham & Watkins Diversit Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awards six law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their second 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.
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 June 15, 2012. Recipients will be announced in late summer 2012. The process is open to all law students at ABA-accredited law schools who have completed their first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline. 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.

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Registration is now open for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair. This event will be held in Denver, Colorado on September 14, 2012. The registration deadline is July 14th.

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers.

Student registration can be found here:

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available!  Application deadline is June 22, 2012.  

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2012. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2013 in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:

 If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley at or 205.328.0480.   

Thursday, May 24, 2012

LBAW & SGB Legal Clinic Volunteers Needed

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and Schroeter Goldmark & Bender invite you to volunteer at an upcoming free bilingual legal clinic.

Attorney volunteers are needed to provide consultations in the following areas of law:
  • Immigration
  • Family Law
  • Consumer & Finance Law (includes creditor/debtor issues)
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Property/Real Estate
  • Criminal Law
Law student volunteers are needed for intake. Law students may also choose to shadow attorneys upon advanced request.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact LBAW Community Service Committee Chairs, M. Lorena González and Fé Lopez, at

Individuals interested in volunteering as Spanish interpreters should email Josh Stromberg at

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • El Centro de la Raza, Third Floor
  • 2524 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Free Webinar on Maximizing Your Summer Experience

On Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 PM EDT, NALP is presenting “Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience.”

During this free webinar, you’ll learn practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at a public interest office this summer. Also, you’ll get insider advice from public interest attorneys and community leaders.

Deb Ellis, the Assistant Dean of Public Service at NYU Law School, and Sherizaan Minwalla, the Director of Legal Services at Tahirih Justice Center, will be leading the webinar.

Don’t delay, register today!