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August 26, 2009

Online Reputation Management

I thought this discussion regarding online reputation management interesting.

"As lawyers participate in social media - Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, just to name a few - there's a growing sense that Internet presence is becoming online reputation. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell look at this important new phenomenon and suggest practical ways that you can find and manage your online reputation, while avoiding the most common pitfalls."

Click here to listen to the podcast.


August 25, 2009

NALP Seeks Nominations for the 15th Annual PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award

Purpose: To recognize the significant contributions that law students make to under-served populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono or public service work.

Eligibility: The Pro Bono Publico Award is available to any second- or third-year law student at a PSLawNet Subscriber School. The recipient will be honored during an Award Luncheon at NALP's Public Service Mini-Conference on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Washington, DC office of Arnold & Porter, LLP. The Award recipient will receive transportation to Washington, a one-night stay in an area hotel, a commemorative plaque, and a small monetary award.

Award Criteria: Law students are judged by the extracurricular commitment they have made to law related public service project(s) or organization(s); the quality of work they performed; and the impact of that work on the community, their fellow students, and the school. Though a student's involvement in law school-based public interest organizing and fundraising is relevant, actual pro bono and public interest legal work will be the primary consideration.

Nomination Deadline: Nominations must be received by Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5pm Eastern Time, by fax, mail, or email. Please visit here for the award form.


August 24, 2009

Minnesota Minority Bar Associations

Step 1: Visit the Minnesota State Bar Association for links to the below associations.

Hispanic National Bar Association
Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network
Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Minnesota Chapter)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (National)

Step 2:
Get involved.

August 18, 2009

Four Tips for Reluctant Networkers

Check out these practical networking tips


Lawyers who go to a meeting or a reception with the sole purpose of finding a new client or landing a job interview usually leave frustrated and discouraged. They miss the fundamental point: Networking is about building relationships.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to initiate or strengthen a relationship is to help the other person. Recipients of your generosity, wisdom or connections will also be more motivated to help you when you need help.

When my coaching clients go to a function, I ask them not to leave until they have helped at least three people. It counts even if all they do is point someone to the restroom or bar. Possibilities for being helpful abound, however.

For example, at a social or business function they can suggest an online resource for a problem, answer a legal or other question, make an introduction to someone else at the event who may be of interest, promise to send a link to an article on the subject of discussion, or go up to talk to someone standing alone.

Most of my reluctant networker clients report that when they attend with the goal of helping, they feel more at ease. Some report, with some surprise, that they actually kind of enjoy themselves.

Click here for the entire post.


August 17, 2009

Student Veterans and Service Members

Student Veterans and Service Members - get paid for your internship!

If you have an internship that is unpaid or low-paid (less than $1800 a semester), you may be eligible for a U of M Student Veterans and Service Members Internship Grant! Find all the details and application instructions at http://onestop.umn.edu/veterans/gift_aid.html

August 11, 2009

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness

For current graduate and professional students facing high student debt, this free webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, particularly if you are considering a career in public service.

From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about:

· How Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness work

· What you need to know about loan forgiveness programs while you are in school

· What steps to take after you graduate to manage high student debt

Space is limited, so participants are required to register here.

Presented by Heather Jarvis.

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August 10, 2009

Law Student/Graduate Opportunities at Dep't. of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel - two employment programs:

The DHS Office of the General Counsel's 2010 Attorney Honors Program - please note that Honors Program applications will be accepted online from 8/15/09-9/21/09. More information is available here: https://pslawnet.org/uploads/2010_DHS_OGC_Honors_Program_Info.pdf.

The DHS Office of the General Counsel's 2010 Summer Law Intern Program - please note that SLIP applications will be accepted online from 8/15/09-9/21/09. More information is available here: https://pslawnet.org/uploads/2010_DHS_OGC_Summer_Law_Intern_Program.pdf.

August 7, 2009

Going Solo?

The theme of the July issue of Law Practice Today is "Suddenly Solo." Offering information for those who choose to open a practice and those who may be suddenly thrust into that arena, the issue is available free at www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/home.shtml.

August 6, 2009

The Peggy Browning Fund: National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

October 16 & 17, 2009
National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference
at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD. Keynote speaker: Wilma B. Liebman, newly-designated Chair of the NLRB. View the Conference Brochure and FAQs.

The Peggy Browning Fund
is a nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. President Clinton appointed Peggy to the NLRB in 1994, and she served in that position until her death in February, 1997.

The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Such unique and positive opportunities will both increase students's understanding of workers' needs as well as promote their entry into the practice of public interest labor law