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 lawcareers@seattleu.edu.

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. http://gideonat50.org/

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 hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com 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 www.vabanc.org.

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.