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December 15, 2010

Article Provides Road Map to Improved Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

via Equal Justice Works Blog by equaljusticeworks on 12/13/10

For many years, student debt has been a major obstacle for public interest-minded lawyers. Law school based loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) have helped make public service work a viable choice for attorneys. However, comprehensive LRAPs are expensive and, without adequate funding, most law school LRAPs provide only modest benefits to a fraction of the public interest lawyers struggling with student loans.

If you want to leverage the federal support of the CCRAA to create or improve a law school based Loan Repayment Assistance Program consider this. In their article Coordinating Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Programs with New Federal Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Legislation, Professor Philip G. Schrag and Assistant Dean for Financial Aid Charles Pruett of Georgetown University Law Center offer a road map for those interested in coordinating law school LRAP benefits with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment Programs established by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The authors review the increased debt burden for law graduates and the efforts of law schools to create Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, and identify policy issues for law schools to consider in light of the federal programs. The authors also created a companion calculator that schools may use to project the costs of new or revised LRAP programs.

The passage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) should encourage law schools to evaluate their current LRAPs, consider design changes to ensure that LRAP benefits compliment Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment benefits, and recognize the importance of a continued commitment to preserving or enhancing LRAP funding.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Writing Contest

Call for Entries - Essay Competition from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
(For entry form, contact the Career Center at the University of Miami School of Law at cdo@law.miami.edu)

In keeping with its goal to promote diversity within the criminal defense bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invites law students from accredited law schools in the United States to submit essays for a chance to be published in The Champion magazine.

Topic: DECLINING MINORITY ENROLLMENT IN LAW SCHOOL AND THE CHALLENGE OF BAR AND BENCH DIVERSITY

It has been reported that from 1993 to 2008, the entering enrollment in law schools dropped by 7.5 percent for African-Americans and 11.7 percent for Mexican Americans (see AmLaw Daily article from January 2010, Study: Minority Law Student Numbers Dip as Law School Capacity Rises). With the numbers of historically underrepresented minorities seeking a law degree either stagnant or dropping in recent years, what steps would you recommend for increasing diversity in the profession and, in particular, on the bench? And why?

Eligibility:The contest is open to all current law students who are in good academic standing at accredited law schools in the United States.

Prizes
1. There will be one first prize winner, one second prize winner, and one honorable mention.
2. The first prize winner will have his or her winning essay published in a forthcoming edition of NACDL's magazine, The Champion; receive a $200 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
3. The second prize winner will have his or her essay published in NACDL's magazine, The Champion; receive a $100 cash prize; receive a free one-year student membership; and receive a certificate of recognition.
4. The entrant who receives an honorable mention will have his or her essay published in NACDL's magazine, The Champion; and will receive a certificate of recognition.

Deadline: Entries must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 31, 2010. Please email entries to Terrica Redfield at tredfield@schr.org; attention: NACDL Essay Contest.

Award Date: Winning entrants will be notified on February 1, 2011.

Rules
1. Each entry must address the following topic: Declining Minority Enrollment in Law School and the Challenge of Bench and Bar Diversity.
2. Joint entries are not permitted and are void.
3. Multiple entries by a law student are not permitted and are void.
4. Entries must be the law student's original work created for this competition. Entries previously published elsewhere will not be accepted and are void.
5. The essay must be submitted by e-mail only. No entry will be accepted if submitted by any other means. Entries must be e-mailed to Terrica Redfield, NACDL Essay Contest.
6. The essay entries must be no less than 600 words and no more than 1200 words in length. An entry form must accompany each entrant's essay.
7. Entries will be judged on their originality, creativity, and overall quality.
8. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 31, 2010.
9. The winning entries will be published in a forthcoming edition of NACDL's The Champion magazine.
10. By submitting an entry to the contest, each entrant gives NACDL all rights, including copyright, to the entry and express permission to edit and publish the entry in all media without limitation and without any other notice.
11. NACDL, as sponsor of the competition, will be the final arbiter of all questions regarding entries, judging, interpretation of the rules, and any other aspect of this contest. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, NACDL reserves the right not to award the prizes. NACDL will not be responsible for typographical printing or other inadvertent errors in these rules or in other materials relating to the competition. NACDL will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind.

Additional Terms and Conditions
1. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.
2. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these rules, including all eligibility requirements.
3. Except where prohibited, participation in the competition constitutes an entrant's consent to the publication of his or her name and image in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or further compensation.
4. Winners agree that the NACDL and its employees and agents shall not be liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this competition or from any acceptance or use of any prize awarded.
5. The prize is non-transferable.

For More Information
Questions? Contact Terrica Redfield at 404-688-1202 or via email at tredfield@schr.org.

Tax Law Writing Competition

via Career Development Office Blog by Career Development Office on 11/30/10

The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. The competition has a $3000.00 grand prize.

Topic: The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad - any aspect of Tax Law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper on a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine.

Eligibility: Any currently enrolled law school student, JD or LLM candidate, attending an ABA - accredited law school in the United States may enter. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance.

Prizes: A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner's paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center's quarterly newsletter.

Rules: The paper must be the applicant's original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

Specifications: All papers are to be submitted electronically by e-mail. Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line.

Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5×11 inch paper with 1 inch margins on all sides.

  • Papers are to be formatted with endnotes.
  • Papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Entries should be between 25-30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

    Deadline: All entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2011. Papers submitted after that date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

    Please direct any additional questions to Steven Szydelko.

    Click HERE to download a copy of the rules.

    Click HERE to read the 2010 winning submission.

  • December 13, 2010

    Employer Reception - Dallas Texas

    Carrington Coleman - 1L Minority Student Holiday Reception
    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Mix and mingle with the attorneys of Carrington Coleman and other 1L law students for their Fourth Annual Minority Student Holiday Reception on Tuesday, December 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    901 Main Street, 55th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75202

    Please RSVP to Martha Wilson at 214-855-3529 or mnwilson@ccsb.com

    Business casual - parking available at the Texas Club.

    December 10, 2010

    Order Business Cards from the University of Minnesota

    Law student business cards, which have the look and feel of a traditional business card, enable students to provide critical career and contact information to people they meet in social and professional situations. For a minimal investment, you can obtain University of Minnesota Law School business cards for use in such situations.

    Placing orders:
    To place your order, visit the Carlson Copy Center, located on
    the lower level of the Carlson School Building, L-142. Orders may not be placed online or over the phone at this time.

    Design and Information: The Carlson Copy Center has a set template for law student business cards. You will be requested to provide your name, your
    graduation year, and your contact information (including personal address, phone, and email) to display on your card.

    Copy Center Hours:

    Monday - Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM
    Fridays, 8 AM to 4:30 PM

    Pricing: Students are eligible for reduced student rates, plus 7% tax. Current pricing is as follows:
    $18 - 60 cards
    $28 - 120 cards
    $33 - 180 cards
    $38 - 240 cards

    Note that the Copy Center accepts cash or check only. Orders may not be billed to student accounts. Payment is required when placing the order.

    Timeframe: Generally, orders are available within 1 - 2 business days. Students will be notified if they should expect a longer delay.

    December 8, 2010

    Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw)

    February 18-20, 2011
    Yale Law School

    Featuring Keynote Speakers: Burt Neuborne, Graham Boyd, Laurie Rubiner, and Jose Padilla

    You are invited to the 17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, which will take place on the weekend of February 18-20, 2011. Last year, the event brought over 700 practitioners, law students, and community activists to New Haven to discuss progressive strategies for social change within and without the law.

    Descriptions of panels and workshops will be posted on their website and will be updated with additional speakers and schedule information as it becomes available. Please visit: http://www.yale.edu/reblaw/

    You may also visit their blog, where additional information and updates about the conference will be posted: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/reblaw/

    Registration is now open on the website. When you register, you'll be able to sign up receive FREE HOUSING for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students.

    Questions? Please contact rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com

    December 1, 2010

    Summer 2011 Career Fairs

    It is not too early to start looking into career fairs this summer. For more information click here.

    Public Service Career and Internship Fair
    Sponsors: Partnership for Public Service
    Date: July 14, 2010

    The Partnership for Public Service will be hosting its annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair on July 14, 2010 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum. Last year's fair brough together 78 federal agencies and more than 6,000 students and young professionals to promote government career and internship opportunities. Please note: Job seekers are encouraged to register in advance to attend the event. For more information: http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/calltoserve/careerfair.shtml#Registration.

    National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) Job Fair
    Sponsor: National Black Prosecutors Association
    Date: July 20, 2010

    The event will be held on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, CA. For more information, go to http://www.blackprosecutors.org/ or contact Audrey Moore at 212-335-4205 or moorea@dany.nyc.gov. Attendees must register by July 6.