Thursday, May 16, 2024

A Day in the Life of an IRS Attorney

The IRS – Office of Chief Counsel is hiring attorneys for its various legal divisions and is hosting a virtual recruiting event which will allow candidates to interface with attorneys from the Office's different divisions.  

If you're an attorneys with at least one year of legal experience or a Tax LLM, please login to  the Navigating Careers Series - A Day in the Life of an IRS Attorney to learn more about open  positions for experienced attorneys.

Who is this event for? Attorneys who are:

  • Interested in tax or cutting edge issues
  • Like litigation or transactional Law
  • Interested in a career with the federal government

This panel discussion will feature attorneys from the Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes (EEE), Income Tax and Accounting (ITA), and International (INTL) Divisions. Panelists will discuss what working in their division entails and answer your questions. Positions are open to candidates of various experience levels with some announcements seeking attorneys with as little as one year of legal experience after passing the bar.

When: Wednesday, June 5th at 5pm Eastern


To view open positions, click here. To find out more about the IRS – Office of Chief Counsel's legal divisions, click here

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

WSBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Fellowship

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

The Labor and Employment Section of the WSBA and SU School of Law are co-sponsoring a summer fellowship of $10,000. The fellowship will fund one student to spend 8-10 weeks working in an otherwise unpaid position related to labor and employment law.

To apply, you should:

1.                  Read this document carefully.

2.                  Find a qualifying placement site. (In general, unpaid positions with non-profits, government agencies, and unions all qualify, as long as you will be working in the State of Washington and in the area of labor and employment law.)

3.                  Complete the application form and submit it along with the other required materials to Matt Etter. Please submit your application ASAP by email:



This fellowship, sponsored by the Labor and Employment Section of the WSBA & SU School of Law, funds summer employment with a public interest component in the labor and employment law field.


Any non-graduating SU law student who will have completed at least two semesters of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply.

Part-time SU students who will have completed 21 credits before the clerkship begins are eligible. Full-time students who will have completed 25 credits before the clerkship begins are eligible. However, grant applicants are reminded of the American Bar Association limit that no more than six credits may be taken during the summer while working full-time. This Labor and Employment Law Summer Clerkship is full-time employment.


In 2024, the grant amount will be $10,000. It is expected that projects/placements will last 330 hours, spread over 8-10 weeks.


This grant funds summer work with a government agency or non-profit organization (including a labor union). The placement must involve labor and employment law in the State of Washington. If you have questions about what organizations/positions qualify, please ask Matt Etter, There is a list of sample qualifying organizations at Appendix 1 of this document, but this list is not intended to be exclusive.


A selection committee will select the fellowship recipient based on: (1) the overall quality of the application essay; (2) the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to labor and/or employment law; and (3) the degree to which the applicant appears willing and able to provide useful services to the Sponsoring Organization and the community. The Committee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or age. Grades may be considered as supporting information, but grades will not be the primary criterion.


Applicants must submit the following on or before Tuesday, April 30, 2024:

1.     A current resume and two references. References are welcome to send a letter of recommendation to Matt Etter by email, but this is not required. Please provide an email address and phone number for each reference.

2.     An essay on your interest and experience in Labor and Employment Law. This essay should not be longer than two double-spaced pages, and should include a description of your interest in the field; any relevant past experiences (although prior experience is not required for consideration); the type of activities, experiences, and employment you plan to pursue in the future; and how you would like to contribute to this field in your future career.

3.     An accurate transcript of all law school courses taken to date. (An informal transcript is fine.)

4.     A "Statement of Commitment" from your sponsoring organization, indicating that the organization understands the requirements of the fellowship and is willing to sponsor you. (There is sample statement of commitment located at Appendix 2 of this document.)

5.     The Summer Clerkship Award Application Information Form, located at Appendix 3 of this document.


The original deadline was April 30, 2024 but applications may be accepted beyond this point. E-mail your application to Matt Etter (

The Selection Committee intends to make its final determinations swiftly. Applicants will be notified by e-mail as to whether they have received the grant.


By applying for a grant, the applicant is agreeing to the following:

In addition to completing 330 hours of work at the sponsoring organization, the fellowship recipient must submit a report (2-4 pages in length) to Matt Etter at the conclusion of the fellowship. The report should certify successful completion of the fellowship’s requirements, and describe and evaluate their experience and accomplishments. This report is due by Sept. 3, 2024.

In accordance with ABA requirements and Law School requirements, students working full-time in the summer may be restricted in the number of credit hours in which they may enroll; recipients must ensure that they are in compliance with such restrictions. Because students may not receive academic credit for paid work, externships cannot be supported by the Grants.


1.     Disbursements. The fellowship will be paid in two portions – one at the beginning of the fellowship, and one at the end. For more information, please ask Dean Bird.

2.     Repayment. If you are unable to complete the fellowship, you may be required to repay the portion of the fellowship that you have already received. This would be decided on a case-by-case basis, based on the circumstances.

3.     Taxes. Please be advised that the grantee may be responsible for applicable taxes.

Questions?: Contact Matt Etter

Monday, April 29, 2024

USPTO Hiring Clerks

The United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is

hiring judicial law clerks! 

Apply to start your career at America’s Innovation Agency  
Deadline to apply is May 16, 2024 


About the Program 
The judicial law clerk program at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is designed for recent law school graduates and other attorneys early in their career who want to gain valuable experience in patent law. The program currently runs for a one-year term and is based at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, VA, starting around September 2025. 

Judicial law clerks work directly with administrative patent judges (APJs) and aid them throughout their decision-making process. Assignments include assisting in adjudicating America Invents Act (AIA) trials such as inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings, helping write opinions in ex parte appeals from adverse decisions of examiners regarding patent applications, and conducting other research, as needed, to analyze the issues and matters germane to the PTAB’s overall mission. 

The program further includes opportunities to work with other individuals at the PTAB and the USPTO on special projects and initiatives concerning patent laws, statutes, and USPTO policy. For example, some judicial law clerks have worked on a detail with the Director of the USPTO. 

Who Should Apply, and Why? 
The judicial law clerk program is ideal for attorneys who possess a strong interest in patent law. Because judicial law clerks work on ex parte appeals and AIA proceedings, anyone seeking to gain experience in prosecuting patent applications or litigating the patentability of an issued patents should consider applying to the program. Additionally, law students who will be recent graduates at the time the clerkship begins are encouraged to apply for the clerkship. 

As USPTO team members, judicial law clerks can take advantage of working at a federal government agency with one of the nation’s highest job satisfaction ratings. Among other benefits, the clerkship provides great work-life balance while offering vast substantive experience in PTAB and USPTO practice. And, spending the one-year term in the Washington, D.C.-area makes it even easier for judicial law clerks to build a strong network in the heart of the patent world.  

Application Requirements  

To apply to be a PTAB judicial law clerk, you must: 
  • Be a U.S. citizen and pass a background check
  • Have a scientific or technical background sufficient to take the USPTO Registration Exam, known as the Patent Bar examination
  • Hold a Juris Doctor or be on track to earn one before the clerkship start date

The job opening is posted on USAJOBS, with a closing date of Thursday, May 16th, 2024. Clerkship will start in the fall of 2025. 

The components of the application, which will be listed on the USAJOBS posting, typically include: a resume, transcripts (undergraduate, law school, and graduate, if applicable), an optional cover letter, and, a short narrative as to why you want to be a part of the program and what you want to learn from it. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the HR team at Also be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for additional tips and updates. For more information about the job requirements and the hiring process, please visit the PTAB judicial law clerk program’s page. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

WSBA Indian Law Section CLE


36th Annual WSBA Indian Law Section CLE


Joined seasoned practitioners for the Indian Law Section's annual CLE. We will cover some of the most important developments and pressing issues affecting tribes in Washington and beyond.


This year's CLE will be held virtually and in-person at Seattle University.


Here is a brief look at the agenda: 


Thursday, May 16 | 8:00am - 4:45pm PST

·    Judicial Update

·    Growing the "Fourth Branch", Exercising Sovereign Authority through Tribal Administrative Procedures

·    Pacific NW Tribes' climate change damages cases

·    The Major Questions Doctrine and Federal Indian Law

·    Wills and Estate Planning for Tribal Communities

·    Legal and Practical Considerations for Tribal Sovereign Immunity Waivers

·    Sharing Common Goals: Concurrent Jurisdiction, Rule 82.5 and Joint Jurisdiction

·    Taxation in Indian Country - the Big Picture


Friday, May 17 | 8:00am - 12:00pm PST

·    Opioid MDL Litigation

·    The Klamath: Preventing Extinction And Moving Forward To Restore The Salmon Fishery

·    Eastern District of Washington Murdered and Missing Indigenous Person Program

·    Ethics and the Media


To learn more about the sessions, please click here.

10.50 CLE Credits (Pending): L&LP - 8.50 Ethics - 1.00 Other - 1.00 


The 36th Annual Indian Law Section CLE is sponsored by Stokes Lawrence and hosted by Seattle University's Center for Indian Law and Policy.


TPCBA Swearing-in Ceremony for Newly Admitted Attorneys

The Honorable Timothy L. Ashcraft will be presiding over a swearing-in ceremony hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) New and Young Lawyers Section at the Pierce County Courthouse on April 19. The ceremony will be held at 4:00 pm in Courtroom 100. The TPCBA New and Young Lawyers Section will also be hosting a small reception with food and beverages for new admittees and their families in Room 123 directly thereafter.

Newly admitted attorneys in attendance will be welcomed by other practitioners and judges in Pierce County. 

If you are a newly admitted attorney who would like to be sworn in to the Washington State Bar at this event, please contact Christopher Walsh or Patrick Brown

Monday, April 1, 2024

Law Students Invited to the KCBA New Lawyers Division Spring Soiree

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Student Loan Repayment Strategies for Legal Careers

Student loan repayment can feel overwhelming, but you can chart a path to a debt-free future based on your specific income and career trajectory. Join this event and learn about common repayment strategies for different legal careers and essential details regarding repayment plan options, consolidation, and loan forgiveness programs. If you do not have student loans, you do not need to attend.

To help you prepare for the next stage in your life, take these next steps:

  • First,  attend ”Student Loan Repayment Strategies for Legal Careers” on April 3rd from 12 pm – 1 pm PST in Room 110
    • Will you be attending this session? (View/Vote in browser)
    • Lunch (Pizza and drinks) will be provided.
  • Prior to and following that presentation, you can meet with Derek Brainard, MBA, AFC®, CRPC®, an accredited, certified coach in person. To schedule your meeting, sign up HERE!
  • Or you can schedule a session with one of his colleagues using  MAX Coaching , to discuss your financial  goals & objective after graduation.
  • Also, check out the Recent Graduates and New Lawyers from AccessLex Institute (nonprofit).

These sessions and resources are free to you and our school, due to our partnership with Access Lex Institute—Center for Education and Financial Capability.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Using Financial Education as a Foundation for Holistic Wellness Programming

April 3, 2024 – 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/12:00 PM PT


Studies have shown that financial anxiety is linked to mental, emotional, and even physical health.  As offering wellness services and programming becomes more widely adopted in law schools, integrating financial literacy and capability resources can play an important supporting role. Attend this session to hear a panel of law school administrators discuss what they are doing to meet this important need.