Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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.

Tuesday, March 5th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 109. RSVP in Symplicity.

Presentation by the WSBA Litigation Section

Come and learn about the work of the WSBA Litigation Section, the real world of litigation, and what it takes to be a successful litigator.

Presenters include:

William J. Schroeder – Paine Hamblen LLP – Spokane
Jane E. Brown – Paine Hamblen LLP – Spokane
Justin P. Wade – Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. – Seattle
Will Dixon – Dixon Law Firm, PLLC – Seattle
Stephanie Bloomfield – Gordon Thomas Honeywell – Tacoma

Wednesday, March 6th, Noon, Courtroom.

RSVP in Symplicity.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Washington Court of Appeals - Division I at SU

If you plan to apply for a judicial clerkship or externship, this is a can't miss event!

Seattle University Law is pleased to host the Oral Argument Calendar for

Washington Court of Appeals, Division I
Panelists: Hon. Marlin Appelwick, Hon. Michael S. Spearman, and Hon. C. Kenneth Grosse

Monday, March 11, 2013
9:30 – 11:45 a.m.
School of Law Courtroom
  • State of Washington, Respondent v. Donald Calvin, Appellant 
  • Terrence J. Mullan, et. Al., Apps. V. North Cascade Cardiology, PLLC, et al., Res. 
  • Washington State Hospital Association, App v. State of Washington et al, Resps. 
  • Vernon Meyers & Virginia Meyers, Appellants v. Reginald Saunders & Elizabeth Saunders, Respondents

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Loyola Patent Law Program

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2013 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. 

Last year roughly 120 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 11 and close on Monday, March 4. CPD will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. The Loyola Patent Program blog will also be a great resource for program deadlines and updates.  The Patent Program blog can be accessed at: http://loyolapatentprogram.wordpress.com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Madrid Summer Study-Abroad Program Info Session

Thursday, February 21, 2013
4:30 p.m. in room C7

Spend July 20 to August 2, 2013, taking a three-credit course (presented in English) alongside English-speaking Spanish law students, at the country's top law school. Courses include guest speakers and field visits. Students can choose from Comparative Family Law; International Business Transactions; or Disasters, Land Use, and Environmental Planning, and Law. The classes are taught at the Universidad de Carlos III Madrid in Getafe, Madrid. The campus is a five-minute walk to the train station, which will take you to the beautiful and vibrant heart and soul of the city center of Madrid in fifteen minutes.

Professor Deirdre Bowen will present at Thursday's information session.

Visit http://www.law.seattleu.edu/madrid for more information about this new summer study-abroad program.

A Few Things About Reciprocity…

If you are planning to work in a different city (either after graduation or over the summer) obtaining reciprocity through a law school in that area can be extremely helpful in your job search. Reciprocity services allow outside students access to certain (limited) resources in a school’s Career Services office, usually including access (in some form) to their job postings.

However, there are a few things to know about reciprocity before you begin the process:

1.    The Request: Reciprocity can only be gained by the requesting school’s Career Services office sending a request for reciprocity on behalf of their student. Requests coming directly from students will not be granted. So be sure to contact CPD for all reciprocity requests. We will send the request to the school(s) in question, and will cc you. After the request has been processed, the school in question will be able to contact you directly with the appropriate information.

2.    Limitations: Each school has their own unique reciprocity policy. It is very important that you research each school and its offerings before making the request (the reciprocity policy can usually be found on the school’s Career Services site). If they are not offering the kind of access that you were hoping for, it is really not worth making the request – especially since many schools have a one-for-one policy (meaning that for every student of theirs that is granted reciprocity with SU, they will grant reciprocity to an SU student), and your request could be taking a spot away from a student who might be able to make use of their services. Not all schools will allow remote access to their job banks. Most will not offer career counseling services. Some will limit reciprocity to 3Ls and alums only. Some will charge a fee. If multiple schools exist within a certain geographic area, they will often allow outside students to obtain reciprocity at only one school at a time. Again, be sure to read their individual policy before deciding to make the request.

3.    Black-out Periods: Every school will typically have a black-out on reciprocity services during the fall recruitment period, and often again in the spring. The dates will range from school to school, so be sure to review the school’s reciprocity policy to determine when you will have access. Requests made during the blackout period will not be processed, so you will want to hold off until that school’s black-out period has lifted.

4.    Limits on Requests: Each Seattle University student is limited to making no more than 10 reciprocity requests per academic year. Please take this into consideration as you are deciding which schools to approach.

After you have reviewed the reciprocity of the schools you are interested in contacting, just send a list of the schools to us at lawcareers@seattleu.edu, and we will begin making the requests.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Health Law Happy Hour

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom law firm will be hosting a happy hour for SU law students interested in health law. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, including litigation, business services and transactions for health care clients. Firm’s attorneys Jennifer Moore and Amy Magnano are SU law school alumni. Come and learn about the health law practice directly from the attorneys in an informal environment!

When: February 20th, at 5:30pm.
Where: 601 Union Street, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA 98101.
Parking tickets will be validated by the firm.
Please RSVP by February 17th (Sunday) to mazeikaa@seattleu.edu

Monday, February 11, 2013

WSBA/KCBA Summer Clerkship Award





DEADLINE:  MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013, @ 12:00 NOON

Below is information about two summer clerkship opportunities for non-graduating students 
(including 1L students).

The two scholarships are sponsored by the Labor and Employment Sections of the WSBA and the KCBA, respectively.  The clerkship awards fund summer employment with a public interest component in the labor and employment law field.  You can find the detailed application Guidelines on the Labor and Employment Law (LELA) TWEN site.  If you are interested, review the guidelines and prepare now by contacting the potential placement organization where you would like to gain experience and interviewing to determine if it is willing to host you for summer employment if you win one of the two summer clerkship competitions.  The best news is that when the potential employers understand that the student’s salary is paid for, they are thrilled and often jump at the chance to have a fully-funded summer employee, providing you with the incredible opportunity to gain experience in the field!

Interested students should: 

1.    Read the Guidelines posted on the Labor and Employment Law (LELA) TWEN site.

2.    Decide on the qualifying agency that you would like to work for.  (The Guidelines include a list of qualifying agencies.  If an organization of your choice does not appear on the list, however, inquire with Professor Natasha Martin, Professor Branscomb or Professor Charlotte Garden to determine whether the agency meets the requirements for acceptable placements set forth in the Guidelines.

3.    Interview with your chosen agency and verify that, if you win one of the awards, it will allow you to work there fully funded this summer.  Then submit your application by 12:00 NOON on MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013.  (Candidates submit only one application which is considered for both awards by the selection committee.)

For further information, see the LELA TWEN site  or contact the Labor and Employment Law Faculty Members, Advisor Professor Natasha Martin (nmartin@seattleu.edu), as well as  Professor Melinda Branscomb (mbransco@seattleu.edu) or Professor Charlotte Garden (gardenc@seattleu.edu). 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Mary Ellen Krug Award

“Encouraging Excellence and Professionalism in
Our Labor and Employment Law Community”


2d, 3d, and 4th YEAR STUDENTS:

(Includes a cash grant awarded to a student showing
promise or distinction in Labor and Employment Law.)**

DEADLINE:  MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013, @ 12:00 NOON

    The Mary Ellen Krug Award honors a student who has shown strong interest, promise, or distinction in labor and employment law and includes a cash grant.  The cash grant, awarded by the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, is a variable amount generated in part from proceeds originating from the annual Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference each spring, which now comprises an endowed scholarship at Seattle University School of Law.*  In addition to the cash grant, the winner is honored with recognition at the Conference luncheon attended by some 300 labor and employment attorneys.  The conference awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.  For details see the guidelines posted on the Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) TWEN site. 

Snapshot of Eligibility and Requirements: 

1.    Second, third, and fourth-year students are eligible to apply, including graduating students. 

2.    The student must have demonstrated interest and “promise or distinction in labor and employment law.”  Interest, promise, and distinction might be evidenced by one or more of a wide range of activities, for example:

•    Past paid or volunteer positions involving labor or employment law.
•    Relevant courses studied at the law school or undergraduate level.
•    Relevant personal background and personal experiences involving labor or employment law.
•    Any other experiences and activities showing a dedication and commitment to the field of labor and employment law as a career.
•    Personal qualities, such as good judgment and leadership potential, that will contribute to professionalism in the field.
•    Contributions to labor and employment organizations, such as professional organizations or to the S.U. Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA).
•    Grades are considered but are not the primary consideration for the award.

Application Process: 

    To apply, read the guidelines on the LELA TWEN site and submit the following to Professor Martin’s Administrative Assistant, Nancy Harrop (4th floor) by the deadline, Monday, March 25:  Resume; Transcript; 1-2 page letter describing your interest, commitment, and any past involvement in the field, and your career goals; two (2) blind letters of recommendation (e.g., either (a) submitted by the candidate with his or her application materials in an envelope indicating that the letter was sealed by the recommender, or (b) mailed or e-mailed by the recommender to Professor Martin and received by the deadline.  In the interest of confidentiality, recommendations should not reflect a “cc” to the candidate).

*See Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) TWEN site for full information and grant Guidelines.  For further information, see the LELA TWEN site  or contact the Labor and Employment Law Faculty Members, Advisor Professor Natasha Martin (nmartin@seattleu.edu), as well as  Professor Melinda Branscomb (mbransco@seattleu.edu) or Professor Charlotte Garden (gardenc@seattleu.edu).

**The amount of the 2013 scholarship has not yet been determined.  However, in recent years, the amount of the award has been sizable, ranging from $6,000.00 - $8,000.00.