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February 23, 2011

2011 Equal Justice Conference

Join the equal justice community for the 2011 Equal Justice Conference sponsored by:
ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Get away to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2011 Equal Justice Conference, the nation's premier conference for lawyers and advocates involved in and supporting the delivery of civil legal aid to the low-income community.

The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

Pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, bar leaders, corporate counsel, court administrators,private lawyers, paralegals and many others attend this event.

Join hundreds of your colleagues for networking, training and fun in sunny Las Vegas for the 2011 Equal Justice Conference.

For more information and to register, click here.

Are you involved in a pro bono program? Here are 5 reasons why you should be...

The Center for Pro Bono Resources most recent blog post highlighted 5 reasons to collaborate with law students. Check it out here.

February 18, 2011

Federal Loan Repayment Programs

Equal Justice Works has created a free online resource center which provides students with the best resources on student debt relief to help understand the options and steps they need to take to get rid of student debt. Start with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Checklist and then check out these other resources about student loan rules and regulations and loan repayment assistance programs.


  • Who qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which loans are covered, and how to start earning credit toward forgiveness
  • All about Income-Based Repayment including which borrowers are eligible, what you can expect your payments to be, and how to sign up
  • Calculators and downloadable worksheets to estimate your payments using different scenarios
  • Debt Relief Podcasts for streaming or download discuss specific debt-relief topics and offer tips and tools on qualifying for Income-based Repayment and loan forgiveness
  • In their Debt Relief Webinars, they cover a range of student debt relief topics - check the schedule for upcoming live events or visit the archive for recorded sessions
  • The Debt Relief Forum is a place to post questions and share information about student debt - free registration at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/resources/student-debt-relief/student-debt-relief-webinar-series

    via Barry University of Law

MWL Law Student / Attorney Speed Networking Event

Hosted by the MWL Student to Attorney Mentor Program
Date:Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m. registration 5:15 p.m. welcome and presentation; 5:30 p.m. speed networking and reception
Location: the MWL Office (600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B in Minneapolis; 3rd floor of City Center, inside the HCBA office area).

RSVP: REQUIRED by Monday, February 28th, 2011 (or until space is filled; whichever comes first) Registration is limited to the first 25 law students; additional space will be depend upon attorney response.

LAW STUDENTS: This is a fabulous opportunity to network one-on-one with distinguished professionals in our legal community. This event allows you to gain practical experience in asking targeted questions that will allow you to focus on what you really want to know and what you really need to learn.

The event will be kicked off by Dana Bartocci, Employer Relations Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Law School, who will share tips on the art of networking and informational interviewing. Then, over the course of an hour, students will rotate around the room, meeting several attorneys who have successful careers in a wide variety of practice areas and professions. Sample topics and questions will be provided to both students and attorneys to get the conversation rolling. After each attorney and student interaction the attorney will complete a brief written feedback form. Feedback forms will be collected and provided to each student anonymously at the end of the event. This concrete feedback will be very useful to the law students as they continue to hone their networking and information gathering skills. After speed networking, we invite all participants to mix, mingle and further practice their networking skills. See complete event and registration details here.

February 16, 2011

Effective Legal Writing As Seen From the Other Side of the Bench

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Time: Program - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with reception immediately following in Auerbach Commons at the Law School.

Location: Lockhart Hall, Room 25
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building, or in the 7 Corners Municipal Ramp attached to the Holiday Inn diagonally across the street.

Panel Members:
The Honorable Donovan Frank, Judge, U.S. District Court;

  • The Honorable Jeffrey J. Keyes, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court;

  • Karin Ciano, Adjunct Associate Professor, U of M Law School and clerk for the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery

  • Leah Janus, Associate Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron and former clerk for the Honorable Richard H. Kyle

  • Panel Moderator: Lora Mitchell Friedemann, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron

    Session Overview:
    How do you make the transition from being a good brief writer to being an effective brief writer? What is the difference between a good and great brief? One simple way is to learn from the judges and clerks who will be making decisions based on your briefs. In this panel discussion, two highly respected judges will share their candid thoughts on what you need to know about effective legal writing. This session will be very useful for litigators, but will also be valuable for corporate lawyers interested in being better able to discuss with their clients the general topic of judges' decision-making and effective legal writing.

    CLE Details: We expect to receive 1.5 hours of MN CLE credit.

    Director of the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Visiting the Law School

    Peg Corneille, the Director of the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners, will be coming to campus on March 7th at 12:15 p.m. to do a presentation for our third-year law students about completing their bar applications.

    February 14, 2011

    Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

    Follow the links for more information on these upcoming deadlines. For username and password, click here and you will find the information under the heading "Government Jobs and Internship."

    Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

    February 11, 2011

    Green Job Revolution

    Tuesday February 15, 2011
    Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
    4:00 - 6:30 pm


    Panel and Q and A of professionals from business; design, art, and building; agriculture, nutrition and food; and policy, law and economics. Student group information tables. Food.

    Summer Corps

    Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. To learn more about the program please visit the new Summer Corps webpage.

    Program highlights for and changes for 2011 include:
    Larger Education Award: The amount of the education award has increased from $1,000 to $1,132 in 2011.

    More Opportunities: More Summer Corps funding opportunities mean more opportunities for law students to get involved in the public interest field. The 2011 Summer Corps program will be our largest class to date.

    Summer Corps Standouts Awards and Publicity: The Summer Corps Standout Program was started in 2009 to recognize members for their innovative approach to meeting the needs of an underserved or marginalized person or community. Winners received an article promoting their service on our public interest blog and more!

    Improved Efficiency: The paperwork requirements have been drastically reduced to further improve the service experience. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is now available electronically and students are able to apply the voucher soon after they finish their service. Please check to make sure your law school is able to accept electronic transfers from the National Service Trust. If your school is not yet registered, please visit the Segal Education Award website.

    The National Service Movement: National service is as important as ever and law students play an important role in bridging the justice gap. Summer Corps members have consistently reported that their summer internships solidified their commitment to public interest law, while reigniting their passion for the legal profession.

    If you have any questions about Summer Corps, please contact summercorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

    A Special Reception for Minority Law Students

    Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman invites you to attend: A Special Reception for Minority Law Students
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:30 - 6:30 pmIntroductory remarks:

  • Michael O. Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney
  • Keynote Speaker Honorable Toddrick Barnette, Hennepin County District Court
    You will have the opportunity to network with :
  • Hennepin County Attorney's Office
  • Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
  • Minneapolis City Attorney's Office
  • Judges from the Fourth Judicial District
  • Minnesota State Public Defender's Office

    Parking is available in the Government Center Ramp Located on 3rd Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets. Bring your ticket to the reception to be stamped.

    Go through security on the Administrative Tower side of the 2nd Floor of the Government Center.

  • February 9, 2011

    CLE: Innovating Like Your Firm's Future Depends on It- And It Does!

    Thursday, February 10
    8:30 am-11:40 am
    Hennepin Country Bar Association

    Sponsor: CLE XL
    Event: Innovating Like Your Firm's Future Depends on It - And It Does!
    Speakers: LaVern Pritchard, Pritchard Law Webs/LawMoose; Mark Cohen, Cohen Professional LLC; David Curle, Bryn Vaaler, Thom Miranda, Shaun Jamison, Jason Brown, Will Blumer, Sam Glover, Andrea Hable & Michael Weber

    All Hennepin County Bar Association CLE's are free to law students!This is a great way to meet people and learn about a legal topic. To register for any CLE on their calendar,
    click here.

    To register, you must call 612-752-6600, the online registration is not available for students.

    More information available here.

    February 4, 2011

    Save the Date: A Special Reception for Minority Law Students

    A Special Reception for Minority Law Students
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
    Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, 20th Floor

    More details to come.

    CLE Workshop Proposals for Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

    This year's Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair will be held September 8-10 in Hollywood, CA. For those interested, the National LGBT Bar is accepting CLE workshop proposals for the conference until next Friday, February 11.

    According to the LGBT Bar's website, "workshop proposal submissions that include a combination of practitioners, legal scholars, members of the judiciary, and corporate counsel will be given heightened consideration." For more information, visit http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/program/concurrent-workshops/

    1Ls & 2Ls: Some Important Announcements from the Office of International and Graduate Programs

    1) Semester Study Abroad - It's not too late to study abroad for the 2011-12 academic year!

    If you haven't already, please consider applying to a semester exchange program for next year! Check out the link below, then reply to this email with your full name and the names of the program(s) your are interested in. The application deadline is THIS FRIDAY, February 4th, 2011.

    Program specifics can be found on Inside.Law at: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/semester-exchange.html or https://inside.law.umn.edu/announcements/study-abroad-information

    Feel free to contact me or Dorothy Schlesselmann (dschless@umn.edu) with questions.

    2) Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS Fellowships):
    The FLAS program provides funds for academic year and summer fellowships in order to assist graduate/professional students in acquiring a foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) assisting in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) stimulating the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) developing a pool of international experts to meet national needs.

    The Law School application deadline for FLAS consideration is Friday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be dropped off at Room 423 or 429. More information can be obtained here.

    3) Santa Clara Law Study Abroad
    Join Vinita Bali this Thursday for a presentation on study abroad opportunities offered by Santa Clara Law School.

    Thursday, Feb. 3rd
    12:45 - 1:15pm; Room 55 - Pizza Provided

    4) China Summer Abroad Information Session:
    The Law School and China's Top-Ranked Renmin University School of Law in Beijing offer a special opportunity to learn comparative and Chinese law through courses taught faculty from the University of Minnesota Law School and the law school of Renmin University. The program spans a five-week period from June 17 to July 22, 2011. Join us for our spring semester information session on February 16th!

  • Internationalize your resume
  • Gain course credit.
  • Return home in time to have a substantive summer internship, associate or clerkship experience.

    Wednesday, February 16
    12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
    Room 65

    Lunch Provided
    Past student participants and professors will be present to address specific questions.