Thursday, December 19, 2013

Peggy Browning Fund 2014 Summer Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the Peggy Browning Fund's 2014 Summer Fellowship. These positions are open to 1L and 2L students, with a deadline of January 17th.

Please see Job #4729 on Symplicity.

About the Program:

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2014, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2014 - 2015.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights.  We routinely collaborate with 130 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowships description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent of its kind.
Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and commited group.

Since our beginning in 1997, we have placed over 500 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and union-side law firms.  Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide.  More than 120 Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers' rights labor law or public interest law.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Northwest Public Service Career Fair

Registration is now open for the 2014 Northwest Public Service Career Fair. This job fair takes place every year in Seattle and in Portland, and is a fantastic way to secure positions in public interest.

Check out the fair website to see which employers will be participating and holding interviews this year. Remember - the deadline to register and to apply for an interview is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 13th.

Table Talk registration will be open through the day of the actual event, but if you are interested in requesting a formal interview with any of the firms, you MUST submit all requested application materials by January 13th.

Registration information and application instructions can be found on the fair website.

DC Summer Internships

If you plan to take part in our Summer in DC Program sure to keep an eye on our DC page for summer internship options. New ones are being added regularly, so it's important to check back.

The program has an application deadline of January 31, 2014, but a few of the internships have earlier individual deadlines.

One to keep an eye on is the internship with the American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy (Job #4671 on Symplicity). It's a great position with a December 15th deadline.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Art Law Institute Lawyers for the Arts ( presents the 2nd Annual Art Law Institute, December 10 at Foster Pepper. This full day program will cover topics such as privacy developments, film contracts, and the year in review for copyright and trademark law.

Speakers include the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Symphony's general counsel and attorneys from Microsoft, Vulcan, and Corbis.

This program is open to law students and the price for attendees not receiving CLE credit is $40. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for registration information.

1L Diversity Reception: Save the Date

K&L Gates will host a diversity reception for 1Ls on January 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at their downtown Seattle office (925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900).

Federal Judicial Clerkships

2Ls planning to apply for federal judicial clerkships with terms beginning in 2015, if you haven't yet, please touch base with Erin Fullner. The Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) has officially de-linked from the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan. Judges are free to accept online applications from law students at any time, federal clerkship candidates should apply as early as possible. Additional information is available at OSCAR's blog.

If you're not sure whether you should apply for federal clerkships and would like to discuss whether you'd be a strong candidate, please contact Erin Fullner.

State appellate clerkship applications will be on a later timeline. CPD will host a state appellate clerkship info meeting in early spring for those who plan to apply for positions in state supreme courts and state courts of appeals.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship

The Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) is designed to provide summer associate opportunities to minority first-year law students from the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. Students who are chosen to participate as Fellows in this highly competitive program will be placed as first-year summer associates with one of the program’s participating employers. The program is based on the National Minority Clerkship Program, which was designed and endorsed by the American Bar Association Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. The PSAMFP was founded by representatives from interested law firms, the Loren Miller and Hispanic Bar Associations, and the two local law schools. It has been endorsed by the Asian, Hispanic, Northwest Indian, and Seattle-King County Bar Associations, and by the University of Washington and Seattle University Law School Alumni Associations. In 1997, the PSAMFP (previously the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program/PSAMCP) received the WSBA’s Affirmative Action Award, “in recognition of the Program’s contributions in creating and advancing career opportunities for minorities in the legal profession.” The program was renamed in 2010 to better reflect its similarities with other private law firm fellowship programs.

The program’s pilot year was 1991, and the summer of 2014 will mark the PSAMFP’s twenty-fourth year.

Reasons for the Program:
  • The program was started in response to various surveys, including a National Law Journal survey, showing that the level of minority lawyer involvement as associates and partners in major Seattle law firms had not increased significantly over the previous decade.
  • The PSAMFP is designed to identify students whose background, academic and otherwise, tends to predict successful career performance, and to provide those students with the opportunity to work in a major law firm or corporate law department environment.
  • Students who have the opportunity to work in a law firm or in-house legal department following their first year will gain a better appreciation of the legal profession and practice. These Fellowships offer first-year law students experiences that will assist them with their second-year studies, and in their pursuit of opportunities for employment for the following summer.

Program details, timeline and application instructions can be found on Symplicity. Check out job #4603

The application deadline is NOON on January 22nd. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

DC Info Session

Interested in spending the summer in DC? Come hear all about our fantastic DC program - classes, internships, housing, etc will all be covered in this info session. If you are curious about how you can spend the summer in DC, be sure to attend!

Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C5.

RSVP in Symplicity.

1L Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet

The Annual Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet offers students the opportunity to speak directly with firms about their individual 1L diversity programs and to learn more information about program details and application instructions. If you are considering applying to diversity programs, in December and January, this event is not to be missed.

Thursday, November 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Second Floor Gallery. Dress is business professional.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program Info Session

Representatives from the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program will be on campus to discuss program details and deadlines, as well as to answer questions from interested students. If you have any interest in applying to this hiring program, PLEASE plan to attend this session.

Wednesday, November 20th, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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.

Don't miss this important seminar! Let us help you to get a good start on your December and January applications.

Thursday, October 31st, 12:00-1:00 p.m., C5. RSVP in Symplicity.

Air Force JAG Informational Interviews

A representative from the Air Force JAG will be on campus in November to conduct informational interviews with interested students. If you are at all interested in learning more about a career in JAG, this is a fantastic opportunity!

The interviews will take place on Wednesday, November 6th in the CPD office. Please email Emily von Seele to schedule an interview time.

Air Force JAG Open House

If you're interested pursuing JAG, or are just interested in learning more about it, be sure to attend the Air Force JAG Open House at McChord Air Force Base.

The event will take place on November 1st, and interested students need to RSVP to Lt. Christine E. Kugele by October 30th.

Schedule of Events – McChord Legal Office Open House
1 November 2013

9:00 AM – Pick-Up at Main Gate and Tour of Legal Office
9:45 AM – Staff Judge Advocate Opening Remarks
10:00 AM – 62d Airlift WingMission Brief
10:30 AM – JAG Responsibilities& Opportunities
11:00 AM – Squadron Commander Discussion
11:30 AM– Lunch
12:30 PM– Paralegal Teaming Discussion
1:00 PM - Application Process and Benefits
(Breakout Sessions for ROTC students and law students)
1:30 PM – Tour of Base
2:00 PM– Tour of C-17
3:00 PM – Departure at Main Gate

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) Will Soon Be Accepting Applications

The ABA's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) will begin to accept judicial internship applications from 2Ls on Monday, November 4. Applications from 1Ls will be accepted starting December 1. The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 10, 2014. No applications will be accepted after the deadline and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview.                  
JIOP's mission is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT.

JIOP will place 150 students in summer judicial internships. This year’s students will each receive $2,000 to help offset the expenses associated with the placement. For more info on participating courts visit the JIOP law students page and consult the FAQs.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Navy JAG Information Session

Lt. Philip Rohlfing, US Navy JAG, will visit campus next week for an informational brown bag lunch.

If you're interested in Navy JAG service generally, or have specific questions about applying to the Navy JAG Corps, please attend.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23 at noon
Location: Room 109
RSVP: Email Erin Fullner

Thursday, October 10, 2013

King County Washington Women Lawyers Scholarship

The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers is pleased to provide a scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 to one second year female law student at the Seattle University School of Law. The scholarship is intended to promote individualism and courage within the profession and to recognize women who have made a significant contribution to the community or have overcome great obstacles, including financial, in their lives.

The deadline is October 15th, 2013. Details can be found here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WSAJ Speed Networking Event

Speed Networking with Civil Justice Attorneys

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy?

Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event, you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the bar, getting jobs, different areas o f practice, etc. So come join us!

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

The WSAJ represents attorneys and professionals in the legal field committees to championing the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person, property or civil rights. WSAJ members practice primarily representing the plaintiff int he areas of Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Elder Abuse, Employment Law, Insurance Law, Maritime, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Worker's Compensation.

For more information about the WSAJ, please visit

Thursday, November 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

RSVP in Symplicity. Space is limited!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WSBA Seeking Volunteer Jurors for Mock Trial Program

WSBA New Lawyer Education is seeking jurors for the mock trial portion of its Trial Advocacy Program (a 2-day CLE).  The mock trials will be conducted by new lawyers and presided over by actual superior court judges.  This is a great way for Seattle University Law Students to become involved in the WSBA New Lawyer section, meet young lawyers in the community, network with lawyers and judges, and learn from watching mock trials of real lawyers.  

WHEN:   November 9, 2013
WHERE:   Seattle Justice Center, 600 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104
TIME:   8:00 to 4:00
HOW:   To sign up, contact Kiley Thorton a or 206-733-5996.

We reserved 11 courtrooms and expect to fill them.  Therefore, we need at least 6 jurors in each room, or a minimum of 66 volunteers! 

The volunteer form online can be accessed at 
We need jurors confirmed by Friday, October 25th.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Filipino Lawyers of Washington's Annual Barrio Fiesta and Pangarap Scholarship

The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) is hosting its Fifth Annual Barrio Fiesta on October 25, 2013 at the Filipino Community Center of Seattle.

As part of the Barrio Fiesta, FLOW will award two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipina American community. Scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9, 2013. Contact Erin Fullner for a scholarship application form, which includes instructions and details about the scholarship. Please email Abigail Daquiz, Filipino Lawyers of Washington Foundation President, with any questions.

Pangarap means to "dream and strive for a goal" in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Army JAG Info Webcast

It's Army JAG recruiting season! If you're interested in Army JAG opportunities, from internships to post-grad positions to Army Reserve, view the Army Judge Advocate Recruiting Office (JARO) informational webcast. The webcast provides excellent information on the logistics of applying and how to stand out as an applicant.
You'll also find helpful information on the JARO Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the official website.
Erin Fullner is the JAG point person in CPD, so if you'd like to be added to the JAG listserv or discuss your JAG plans, be sure to reach out to her.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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. Students will be paired up with participating attorneys for a series of short "meet & greets" that will allow you to make several valuable contacts over the course of just one evening.

Thursday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

RSVP in Symplicity - Space is limited!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Join a WSBA Practice Section Today

New members of the bar, be sure to take advantage of the WSBA's offer to join a practice section for free in your first year of practice. You can take a tour of section member benefits, like free CLE programming and networking events, here.

There are nearly thirty sections to choose from, so fill out your membership form today.

Students, sections are open to you as well and they're a great way to get to know lawyers in the areas of practice you're considering.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Hang Your Own Shingle - September 20

Join us for the first Low Bono & Solo Initiative program of the year - How to Hang a Shingle, a full day CLE on starting your own law practice.

We'll cover how to open up shop, communicate with your first clients, use state bar resources, and build tools for representing moderate means clients. You'll also hear vital information directly from new and experienced solos alike.

This event is open (and FREE) to 2, 3, and 4Ls at Seattle University as well as 2013 grads, and is low cost for SU Law alumni (with a special reduced rate for 2011 and 2012 grads).

This will be a great program in its own right, but it also serves as a kickoff for the full series of Initiative programming.

Please register for How to Hang a Shingle online.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Find a Job Series

CPD is launching a brand-new series centering on navigating the ever-changing legal job market. Every Thursday, from noon until 1:00, we will present a different panel focusing on a different aspect of the job hunt, and will be bringing in a variety of speakers to share their stories and experiences. These events are not to be missed! You can sign up for all of them in Symplicity, under the Events section.

Can you land a position that will allow you to
serve your community? YES YOU CAN!!

Thursday, September 19 • Noon - 1 p.m. • Room C5

Lawyers from the government, private practice, and non-profit sectors will share the path
they took to succeed in developing a career focused on Social Justice. Come explore how
you can:
• work in the private sector and serve your community through your work
• differentiate yourself in a super competitive job market
• gain the experience, establish the contacts, and take the classes that will help you
be “practice ready” as a public interest attorney

Three attorneys who took very different routes will provide paths to success and share their
insights on how they landed a position that they consider a “DREAM JOB”.

Stephan Thomas, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Andra Kranzler, Columbia Legal Services
Meghan Casey, Villacorta & Bailey Law, P.S

Stories from the Trenches: Learn the secrets of networking
your way to job search success

Thursday, September 26 • Noon - 1 p.m. • Room C5

The overwhelming majority of jobs will never get posted on traditional job search sites.
Many positions are filled by word-of-mouth and through personal referrals.

• How can you be the person that gets recommended for a highly coveted job that no
one knows about?
• What methods are most effective to build relationships within the legal and business
• How can you make strong contacts when you hate to network?
• Three alums who landed incredible positions and are thriving will share their
experiences and stories of how they landed in positions by developing amazing
advocates in the community.

Maria Leininger, Political Director at DelBene for Congress
Kripa Upadhyay, Orbit Law, PLLC
Kelly Turner, Lane Powell

Beyond Traditional: What I do and how I landed 
Thursday, October 3 • Noon - 1 p.m. • Room C5

A law degree is highly beneficial in a number of fields related to the practice of law, and can
open doors beyond the traditional lawyer route. Whether you know early that you don’t
want to practice law after graduation, or just want to explore other ways to use your degree
down the road, a law degree can open doors to new opportunity.

• Are there really positions that value the J.D. where I do not have to practice law?
• What are they and how do I find them?
• How do I determine whether my skills, abilities, and personality may be a fit with this
position, and how can I make myself a more competitive candidate?

Three attorneys who took very different paths and are thriving in their careers will share just
how they did it.
Helen Stocklin-Enright, Practice Technology Services Consultant at Perkins Coie
Jihan Caskey, Senior Estate Settlement Specialist, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Joe Polito, Development Associate at Touchstone Corporation

Litigation or Transactional: A Nuts and Bolts Discussion
Thursday, October 10 • Noon - 1 p.m. • Room C5

Most lawyers in private practice focus on either transactional work or litigation, but what
does that mean?

• What does litigation look like? What does a transactional attorney really do? And
what’s the difference?
• How can I determine what may be a good fit for my skills, values, and personality?
• What can I do in law school to set myself up for a career in litigation or transactional?

Three practitioners will share which path they chose and why.

Amanda Rose, Fenwick & West
Carrie Hobbs, Perkins Coie
Tim Jones, Pepple Cantu Schmidt

Two unique stories of attorneys successfully pursuing
their passion and how they did it

Thursday, October 24 • Noon - 1 p.m. • Room C5

Two incredible attorneys will share their career development experiences.
• Twyla Carter, a public defender with The Defender Association will share how she found
her calling, the highs she has gone through, and the very real lows as well as her efforts
to make herself one of the most highly respected public defenders in the state.
• Brian Howe will share how he found a passion for Social Entrepreneurship and pursued
it with such purpose and vision that it led to the founding of Impact Hub Seattle,
( the Seattle meeting place for Social Entrepreneurship.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Sign up now for the 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 25-26 in Arlington, VA! More than 125 public interest employers from across the country will be participating.

If you are interested in attending, please note the following important information and dates:
  • EJW Registration is currently open. Registration closes for students applying for interviews on Thursday, September 12. If you only want to attend the conference and/or Table Talk, registration remains open until Thursday, October 11.
  • Participating employers can be viewed here.
  • Applications summer and post-grad positions go live for employers on Thursday, September 19. Given the competitive nature of this process, we STRONGLY encourage you to work with CPD on your application materials.
  • Employers notify students by Thursday, October 3 whether they have been selected for an interview.
  • Students accept or decline interviews - September 19 - October 8
  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 25-26
More information about the Fair is available here. If you have additional questions, please contact CPD.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Army JAG Live Chat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alaska Judicial Clerkships

3Ls, If you're not already in the judicial clerkship program but you'd like to learn about how to apply for post-graduation clerkships in Alaska for 2014-2015, please contact Erin Fullner as soon as possible.

Clerkships are available with the Alaska Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and trial courts. These are prestigious positions! Please get in touch for details right away.

Goldmark Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the Goldmark Internship program.


The program is named for Charles A. Goldmark, the Foundation’s second president at his untimely death in January 1986. Chuck was a firm believer in, and a forceful advocate for, equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment. The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is made possible by a matching grant from the Goldmark Family Foundation.

“Chuck believed that it is the responsibility of each of us, in our own way, to try to improve some aspect of our society beyond ourselves. To leave our society just a little bit better than we found it when we arrived here. He believed that, as a lawyer, he could accomplish this. Chuck practiced what he believed.”
Kevin Kelly, Foundation President 1997

BACKGROUND: The Unemployment Law Project (ULP) provides legal representation to unemployed workers of Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose right to those benefits is challenged.

POSITION: A “total immersion” experience, the legal intern will work with ULP staff on all levels of client assistance, including client intake interviews, case review, representation at administrative hearings, written appeals to the Commissioner of the Employment Security Department, and possible appeals to the Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal.

ELIGIBILITY: The internship is open to law students who have completed their second year prior to the summer of 2014 and to recent law school graduates. The successful candidate will display proficiency in case review and identification of issues, excellent writing abilities and have client intake experience. Although being Rule 9 qualified is not a requirement, being so might open up additional advocacy opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Interviewing on average two to four potential clients a week, the intern will prepare for and represent clients at an average of one to three hearings a week, as well as meet each of those clients, in person or telephonically, at a pre-hearing conference in preparation for each hearing. The intern will be responsible for identifying the legal issues in assigned cases, researching applicable law, and formulating a written theory of both the client’s and the employer’s case.

SUPERVISION: Following three half-day trainings, the intern will observe several hearings and assist with hearings before taking on the primary advocate role in an administrative hearing. At a minimum, a staff attorney or the director will attend the intern’s first two hearings, and provide the intern with feedback regarding the hearings. Interns are monitored closely throughout their training and during the course of their internship and provided daily feedback and a written evaluation at the completion of the internship.

DURATION: A ten-week internship scheduled at the convenience of both ULP and the intern between May and August 2014.

SALARY: The intern will receive a stipend of $8,000 for the ten-week internship.

HOUSING & The intern is responsible for securing housing and paying all living

TRANSPORTATION: and transportation expenses for the duration of the internship

REPORTING: The intern and the program will deliver a final written report to LFW by November 1, 2014 on the outcomes gained from the internship.

Please see Symplicity posting for application details.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Expeditors International Panel

Attorneys from Expeditors International will be on campus to meet with students interested in learning more about the company, the work environment, and what they offer.

About Expeditors:

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. As a Fortune 500 company, we employ over 13,000 trained professionals in a worldwide network of over 250 locations across six continents. Expeditors satisfies the increasingly sophisticated needs of international trade through customized solutions and seamless, integrated information systems. Our services include air and ocean freight consolidation and forwarding, vendor consolidation, customs clearance, cargo insurance, distribution and other value added logistics services.

  • Tuesday, September 17th, 12:00-1:00; Room 110
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Interested in learning more about what it is like to work as in-house attorney? Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company with a presence in multiple states and countries around the world.  Expeditors, one of the world’s largest global logistics provider, will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.   Three Expeditors attorneys, with practice areas in employment, real estate, and transactions, will cover topics related to their experience of working in-house, their respective practice group, what it is like to work for Expeditors, and tips for becoming an in-house attorney.   Join us for an interesting and informative panel!

Megan Fouty is assistant corporate counsel for Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.  She has been with Expeditors for almost three years and she works in the employment group.  Prior to Expeditors, Megan worked at a labor and employment defense side firm.  She graduated Seattle University School of Law in 2009 and attended Gonzaga University for undergrad.  She would be happy to speak about the differences between working in-house and at a firm, the field of employment law and career paths in that area, or her experience working with Expeditors.

Nick Mills is a staff attorney with Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. He has been with Expeditors for almost two years and is a member of the company’s real estate practice group. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2011 and received his undergraduate degree from Occidental College in 2007. He would be happy to speak about working in-house, Expeditors’ real estate practice, and his experience working with Expeditors.

Summereen (“Sam”) Nott is Director – Global Legal Services for Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. She started her legal career with Expeditors back in 2001. Her practice for the company started out as a general practice handling various matters, including real estate, bankruptcy, employment and transactional matters. Over the years her practice has become more focused in the transactional arena while still maintaining some of the other general practice areas. She currently assists in overseeing the transactional group in Expeditors’ Corporate Headquarters in Seattle. Ms. Nott graduated from Seattle University School of law and attended University of Oregon for undergrad.

A Conversation with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Washington State’s 18th Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, will be visiting Seattle University School of Law’s campus to meet with students and discuss his Office and his initiatives which include supporting veterans and law enforcement and protecting consumers and the environment.  Attorney General Ferguson has a long and demonstrated commitment to the State of Washington and public service, and hopes to inspire others to consider a career, either with his own office or in another, that provides the personal and professional satisfaction that comes from a career serving others.

The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to more than 230 state agencies, boards and commissions.

  • Wednesday, September 4th; 12:00-1:00; Courtroom
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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.

  • Thursday, September 12th, 12:00-1:00; Room 143, Annex
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Finding a Job in the Federal Government Seminar

Are you interested in possibly pursuing a career in the Federal Government? If so, or if you are merely curious, be sure to attend this seminar. We will cover the variety of government jobs available, as well as address key points in the application process.

  • Thursday, August 29th, 12:00-1:00; Room C5.
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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.

  • Wednesday, August 21st, 12:00-1:00, Room 109
  • Wednesday, August 21st, 5:00-6:00; Room 110
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Why OCI is Worth Your Time

OCI is quickly approaching. The first deadline is just around the corner, and before you know it, the interviews themselves will be upon us.

A question we are often asked at this time of year is "Should I participate in OCI?" If you are AT ALL interested in any of the firms on the schedule, or the type of work that they do, the answer is a resounding "yes." While you may have heard that OCI is only for the top 10% of the class and you shouldn't even bother if you didn't pull top tier grades last semester, that is not entirely accurate. Yes, it is true that OCI is a very competitive process and some of the employers who participate rely very heavily on grades when making their interview decisions. But not all of them.

Some employers base their decision almost entirely on grades. Others look for students with specific backgrounds. Still others are interested in well-rounded students that have a range of experiences to offer. The criteria can vary a great deal. Additionally, we have had students with borderline grades write outstanding cover letters that really struck the hiring manager and they were invited to interview. Other students have found themselves running into former interviewers at networking events were able to strike up a conversation and solidify a connection. Sometimes, a foot in the door is all it takes.

The point is, there is absolutely no reason to deny yourself the opportunity to interview. You could surprise even yourself and have a fantastic experience, culminating in a job offer. And if you apply and you are not selected, this isn't the only chance you will have this year to secure a summer position (at all). You're only out a couple of hours of your time, and even then, you got some good practice writing and fine-tuning your application materials, so you are that much more ahead the next time you apply for a position. Not bad.

The point is, by not giving yourself the opportunity, you are only hurting yourself. Yes, it is extremely cheesy, but it is also very true. So again, if you are at all interested in any of the employers, give it a shot. And if you are still on the fence about it, make an appointment to come in and speak to one of the CPD staff members. We are always happy to help.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bryan Inn of Court Reception

The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court will host a student reception from 5-7 p.m. at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma.

If you're interning in the south sound this summer or you'd like to learn more about the Tacoma Inn be sure to stop by!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Consulting CPD is a Capital Idea, Old Chap!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, OCI prep time!

CPD fields a lot of questions about grammar issues that frequently pop up in legal resumes and cover letters this time of year. In particular, we get quite a few questions about capitalization.

When grappling with resume and cover letter questions, capitalization related or otherwise, please come to us. We’re here to help you figure these things out; the right answers aren’t always intuitive. Meanwhile, here’s a quick capitalization refresher as you fine tune your OCI applications.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity

Schwerin Campbell Barnard is putting on a training for its clients on how to present an arbitration.  They need volunteer witnesses, and it would be great networking opportunity for students interested in labor/employment law. 

The event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 22nd and 23rd. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with local attorneys! If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Ford.

Friday, July 12, 2013

It's Not Too Late for a Summer Internship

There are numerous summer internships currently posted at Symplicity. If you're still looking for a primary or supplemental summer experience, please visit the site. Both short and long term, paid and unpaid opportunities are available.

It's not too late to find a summer internship that will not only allow you to build valuable experience, but help you explore practice areas and settings so you can make informed decisions about what you want to pursue for your future career.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Registration is now open for the Northwest Minority Job Fair

Davis Wright Tremaine is honored to serve as host of the Northwest Minority Job Fair in its 27th year. Our firm is committed to encouraging opportunities that promote diversity throughout the legal community. We benefit from the talents, ideas and commitment of people who represent a world of differences. We recognize the need for diversity in the workplace and the fact that fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect leads to increased employee satisfaction, productivity, and client loyalty. The Job Fair provides employers with an opportunity to interview applicants from national and local law schools while offering law students a forum to interact with both potential employers and fellow students.

Sponsored and funded by a consortium of private and public sector employers, the Job Fair will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101.

Registration is open until July 31 at

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Department of the State 2013-2014 Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship

VSFS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain REAL experience with the State Department, virtually.  VSFS is a virtual internship program for students to learn about and support the work of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies.   eInterns will complete work virtually without the need to leave their academic institution.

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is an academic year-long, unpaid eInternship program. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy.  Because these eInternships are virtual, students can have a flexible virtual work schedule during the academic year, allowing both academic and eInternship goals to be met.

The State Department is looking to American college students to lead the State Department in conducting digital diplomacy and engage American citizens in its diplomatic efforts. A Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship is an opportunity to play an important role in advancing the federal government's reach in diplomacy, development, journalism, trade, and agriculture initiatives.  eInterns will act as citizen diplomats to connect with posts abroad to engage in our increasingly interconnected world.  We also envision opportunities for eInterns to connect with each other and work collaboratively with eInterns across the country.

The Department of State and the Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of eDiplomacy encourage college and graduate students from all majors and backgrounds to apply to the Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program.

A complete description is available on Symplicity, under Job #4290. The Application Deadline is July 22nd.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WSBA Lawyers Assistance Program Bi-Monthly Job Seekers Group

On Wednesday, July 10th, from 12-1:30, Jennifer Willner, Greg McLawsen, Julie Fowler and Mark Jordan will present at the WSBA Lawyers Assistance Program's bi-monthly job seekers group meeting.  These experienced attorneys will be part of a panel discussion focusing on what you need to know about solo practice. Join in the insightful discussion about the challenging aspects to consider when starting a solo practice and get your questions answered by the attorneys who know! 

Topics to be addressed:
  • Pros and cons of solo practice
  • What it really takes to have a successful solo practice
  • Getting started
  • How to get clients
  • Promoting yourself in a competitive market
  • More!
The bi-monthly group is a free informational session and brown bag networking opportunity, please bring your lunch.  As this is a drop-in group, RSVPs are not required but are always welcome.  This meeting will take place at the WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle.

If you are interested in participating in the weekly job search group, attending this presentation would be a good first step.
Questions can be directed to Heidi Seligman at the WSBA.

Evening Appointment Times Continue to Be Available Throughout the Summer

Dive into career planning with a summer evening appointment!

Whether you're an evening student with a full-time day job, or a day student currently interning during business hours, please remember that evening appointments are available to you.

Contact Emily von Seele to set up a time to meet to discuss OCI, networking strategy, fall planning, and more.

Monday, July 1, 2013

FREE CLE and Networking Opportunity - Practicing Before Magistrate Judges: Do’s and Don’ts

Join the Federal Bar Association and the King County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division for a CLE panel of three United States magistrate judges with valuable tips for practice in the courts (1.5 CLE credits pending).
SPEAKERS: Hon. Mary Alice Theiler, Hon. James Donohue, and Hon. Brian Tsuchida, United States Magistrate Judges

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: United States Courthouse*, 700 Stewart Street, 19th Floor, Seattle

NO COST: Please RSVP to Cate Humpage at

 *Must have ID to enter the courthouse

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 United Nations Young Professionals Program Examination


The United Nations is holding a competitive entry-level recruitment examination on December 4, 2013, for those interested in entry-level professional posts.  A maximum of 40 of the most qualified applicants in each field will be invited to take the exam. 

The U.S. Department of State announces for all qualified U.S. citizens:

United Nations 2013 Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination for UN junior professional posts.

Examination Criteria (all must be met)

1.  Be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2013.

2.  Have at least an undergraduate degree (advanced degree is an advantage, but is not required) in one of the following occupational fields or related areas:

•        Administration
•        Finance
•        Legal Affairs
•        Public Information
•        Sta! tistics

3.   Be fluent in English and/or French.  Knowledge of additional official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish) may be an advantage.

NOTE:  Admission to the exam may be limited to the 40 most qualified Americans per occupational group.  Potential employment offers depend upon test results, interview, number of vacancies, and competitiveness of applicants from other nations.  Applicants should be aware that the selection and placement process can be lengthy.

YPP applications for Legal Affairs, Public Information, and Statistics
are now being accepted and will close on August ! 2, 2013
The application period for Administration and Finance
will open on July 8 and close on September 5, 2013


The examination will be given on December 4, 2013, in New York City and San Francisco.

Travel expenses to and from the exam site will NOT be paid by the UN or U.S. Government.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ACC Washington Seattle Mariners Game, Dinner and CLE

Please make plans to join ACC Washington and Garvey Schubert Barer for this special CLE/Social event as they present, "Doing Business in Asia."

Enjoy the CLE presentation and dinner at Silver Cloud Inn and then walk across the street to Safeco Field to enjoy networking with your fellow ACC Members in a group suite as you watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Pittsburgh Pirates while enjoying drinks, snacks and desserts. Please note that space for this event is limited, so register now to secure your spot for this great event!

Many businesses are looking to conduct business in various parts of Asia. This presentation by Sara Sandford, of Garvey Schubert Barer, will introduce attendees to a checklist of non-legal due diligence she advises clients to consider before embarking on such a venture. She will describe the legal structures typically employed for such ventures and the factors counsel should consider in advising use of  one option over another. She will describe the type of documentation generally involved and the types of legal entities that one should consider in China, Japan and Korea. Finally, based on her roughly thirty years of practice in the cross-border realm, Ms. Sandford will highlight “legal hot spots” – issues that are less important in a domestic context but can present unexpected challenges when doing business abroad.

Tuesday, June 25
4:30 p.m.


Silver Cloud Inn:
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Registration
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - CLE: Doing Business in Asia
6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Dinner
6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Walk over to suite at Safeco Field

Safeco Field Suite E:
7:00 p.m. - Game in Suite E with drinks, snacks and desserts 

Students - $30
Members - $40
Non-Members - $50

To Register and Pay Online CLICK HERE
(Members are encouraged to invite their favorite business colleagues to attend. Significant others are also welcome to attend at the non member rate)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

OCI Information

A list of employers participating in OCI went live on Symplicity last week. Please take a moment to review this information and to start to plan which firms you might be interested in applying to.

The application period will open on July 1st. Please keep an eye on your email for timelines and updates.

If you are interested in making an appointment to discuss the OCI process or to have your materials reviewed, please email

NLADA Launches Gideonat50 Site

This year is the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the historic Supreme Court decision holding that the U.S. Constitution requires counsel be provided for indigent defendants facing serious criminal charges. With this anniversary for such an important decision for public defense, the NLADA has developed Gideonat50 which is an interactive and informative place for visitors to:

•    learn about America's justice system crisis;
•    see a new interactive map prepared by NLADA that for the first time provides a detailed overview of the national landscape of public defense and state specific descriptions; and
•    sign up to get involved in the Gideonat50 campaign.

The site also features information about three powerful works of literature and film:
•    Gideon's Army, a Sundance award-winning documentary by director Dawn Porter that follows three young public defenders challenging a broken justice system.
•    Chasing Gideon, a book by veteran reporter Karen Houppert that movingly chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon's promise.
•    Defending Gideon, a short film produced by The Constitution Project and narrated by actor Martin Sheen that features interviews with the key players in the Gideon v. Wainwright case.

If you are interested in public defense, this website is a great resource.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Importance of Handwritten Notes

The Harvard Business Review blog has a great piece about the increasing rarity and importance of handwritten notes. In our technological age where emails and text messages have become the norm, handwritten notes go a step further in standing out to the recipient, and for a variety of different reasons.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available!  Application deadline is June 21, 2013.  

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 2013. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2014 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.   

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Scholarship

VABANC is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2013 Scholarship Awards.

VABANC has historically recognized students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Vietnamese-American or Vietnamese community by awarding 2 scholarships of at least $1,000 each. The award amount may increase based on fundraising, and priority will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the Vietnamese-American or Vietnamese community in Northern California and to those who will be using the scholarship award towards public interest or social justice work, either by pursuing post-graduate work or for a summer position.  Open to all currently enrolled law students, the scholarships are intended to provide assistance to students toward their public interest or social justice goals.  The 2013 scholarship recipient(s) will be recognized at VABANC's annual scholarship dinner on September 27, 2013, at the University Club in Palo Alto. Attendance at the scholarship dinner is mandatory and conditional to the award. 

Scholarship applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 11:59pm.  For more information about the scholarship and to obtain an application,  please visit the VABANC website at

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

You can still register for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair!

The fair will be held at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado on August 9, 2013.

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.

Registration will be open until June 8th.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

U.S. Department of State 2014 Spring Student Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State 2014 Spring Student Internship Program.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
•    Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
•    Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
•    Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
•    Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
•    Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

Details and application instructions can be found on Symplicity. Job #4191.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Air Force JAG Open House

McChord Field Legal Office Open House – May 30, 2013
A day to learn about the Air Force, the JAG Corps, how to apply to become a JAG, benefits, and much, much more!

If you are interested in becoming a JAG, this is a fantastic opportunity to see Air Force operations, meet with JAGs, and learn about the JAG Corps.

Bring questions and a desire to learn about the Air Force and the JAG Corps.

Capt Anastasia Lewandoski will meet you at the McChord Field Main Gate (off of I-5, Exit 125) at 9 AM on May 30, 2013. A valid government ID card (such as driver’s license or passport) is required
Please RSVP by May 15, 2013 by calling Capt Anastasia Lewandoski at 253-982-6583 or by email at

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Schedule of Events – McChord Legal Office Open House
9:00 AM – Pick-Up at Main Gate and Tour of Legal Office
9:45 AM – Staff Judge Advocate Opening Remarks
10:00 AM – 62d Airlift Wing Mission Brief
10:30 AM – JAG Responsibilities & Opportunities
11:00 AM – Defense Counsel Discussion
11:30 AM – Squadron Commander Discussion
12:00 PM - Application Process and Benefits
(Breakout Sessions for ROTC students and law students)
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Tour of Base
2:00 PM – Tour of C-17
3:00 PM – Departure at Main Gate

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WA First Responder Will Clinic

The next WA First Responder Will Clinic will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Station 61 - Training & Support Facility - 17525 Aurora Ave North, Shoreline WA 98133.  Everyone’s help would be greatly appreciated. 

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 12pm on June 8, 2013.  Please feel free to volunteer in the capacity of discussion leader/attorney, document drafter/law clerk, 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 VolunteerSign 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 early June 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 note that all questions regarding this clinic should be addressed with the clinic coordinator, Megan Gebhardt.  She can be reached at:

Thank you for your support of the WA First Responder Will Clinic, as you know it is the volunteers who make this process possible. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

8th Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference

The 8th Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will be held in Vancouver, WA, July 18–20. This is the event of the year for solo and small firm attorneys! The cost for new lawyers in their first year of practice is $265 for 16.75 CLE credits ($100 off the regular price).
The Steering Committee has developed an outstanding program of more than forty speakers, including four national law practice management experts:
As well as the WSBA President, Past President, and a fantastic lineup up solo practice experts.
The conference will be held at the Vancouver Hilton. Book your room at the Hilton for the special room rate of $119, which is valid through June 14.