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August 30, 2011

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the firm's annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awards second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their third year of law school. Previous recipients of the scholarships have told us that the program not only defrays the cost of a law school education, but also signals the importance of diversity to the firm and is a strong indicator of Latham's open-minded and forward-thinking culture. This year, we are pleased to expand the Diversity Scholars Program from four to six scholarship recipients.

Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States. The quality and quantity of applicants over the past six years have been overwhelming, and the success of the program reaffirms and strengthens our commitment to innovative initiatives that support and sustain greater diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Scholars Program is among a range of ongoing activities that enhance the firm's efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by October 14, 2011. Recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2012. The process is open to all second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools, and the scholarships are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham.

Application forms and more information on the program can be found by clicking here.

The 2011-12 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is Now Available

The 2011-12 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is Now Available

The 2011-12 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is available for free download on PSLawNet. The Federal Guide is a distilled version of the much more robust content offerings on PSLawNet's Federal Government Resources page.

Thanks Touro Law Center.


August 23, 2011

Etiquette Dinner

Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, September 22, 2011
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Program & Dinner
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
Do you know where to put the silverware when you are done using it? Where do you place your napkin when leaving the table? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the annual Etiquette Dinner and get answers to these questions and many more!
Enjoy a three-course meal from D'Amico while learning how to professional handle any dining situation.
Costs are:
$10 Alumni Association Student Members
$20 for U of M students
$30 for Alumni Association Members
$35 for General Public
No Refunds
Space is limited. This event usually sells out.

Register by Wednesday, September 14 at www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/Etiquette2011

For group registration, please contact Kat Snell at snel0065@umn.edu
Questions? Check our FAQ page. www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/EtiquetteFAQ

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

From the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM):

ILCM is throwing the doors to our main office wide open on September 22, 2011. Please join us for drinks, snacks, and visiting with friends of ILCM including partners, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and other supporters and members of the community.

When: September 22, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Brief remarks at 5:30 PM.

Where: The Bigelow Building, 450 North Syndicate St., Suite 175, Saint Paul, MN.

What: Open House. Visit our remodeled office space, mingle with other allies, and learn more about the staff and board of directors of ILCM, as well as the organization's future goals.

No RSVP necessary and please, bring a friend or forward this invitation to any others that may be interested in learning more about ILCM. Thank you as always for your support.

To learn more about ILCM, visit http://ilcm.org/

August 19, 2011

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, October 21, 2011
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coffman Great Hall, Ground Floor
Coffman Memorial Union Bldg
University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Welcome to the Government & Nonprofit Career Fair website sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.
Note that this year, for the first time, the annual Government and Non-Profit (previously "Idealist Fair") fairs will be combined to attract even more interested and motivated students to this one event!

The Career Fair allows agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota 4-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities. To register select Register Online.


Call for Nominations: 2011 PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award

NALP is accepting nominations for the 2011 PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions that law students make to under-served populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono or public service work. 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 Thursday, October 20 at the Washington, DC office of Arnold & Porter, LLP. For more information and to submit a nomination, view the nomination form.

NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program Enters Fourth Year

NALP and Street Law, Inc. are preparing to send attorneys, legal professionals, and law students "back to school" for the fourth year of the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The project is designed to teach students about the law and legal careers, encourage them to pursue legal careers, and offer support in that pursuit. Volunteers from law firms and law schools teach students about substantive areas of the law and then host a one-day conference at the firm. NALP and Street Law, Inc. provide training, lesson plans, program support, and feedback throughout the school year. To learn more about this project see the 2011-2012 Prospectus and the 2010-2011 Progress Report. The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program has space for additional law firms during the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information on how you can become involved in this innovative pipeline project, contact Millie Bond at mbond@nalp.org.

August 10, 2011

U.S. Army JAG Corps Summer Intern Program

If you meet the standards required to become a first- or second-year summer intern with the U.S. Army JAG Corps, expect to be challenged. From the beginning, you'll be given a variety of very real and immediate responsibilities. You'll have to think on your feet, use your judgment and make decisions. You'll be involved in cases from start to finish.

The Program
Each summer, the Army JAG Corps hires law students to work as legal interns in hundreds of offices across the United States and around the world in places like Germany, South Korea, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii. For 60 calendar days, these summer interns work as temporary civil service employees performing a variety of legal assignments. Interns do not incur any military service obligation by participating in the JAG Corps Summer Intern Program.

The Practice
Interns work under attorney supervision in virtually every practice area of the JAG Corps. 'You may be asked to draft briefs or opinions, conduct a claims investigation, interview witnesses, or assist in the preparation of courts-martial. Your supervisor will assess your progress and review your work for completeness, soundness and proper application of legal methods and principles. Most important, they'll provide you with a constructive evaluation of your abilities.

Maybe you haven't yet chosen an area of law you want to specialize in. The JAG Corps will give you the opportunity to try your skills at a number of legal disciplines to help you reach a decision. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to observe and assist professional JAG Corps Attorneys as they represent the Army and the United States at local, state and federal levels in areas such as federal tort claims, employment law, international law and environmental law. Interns also assist JAG Corps Attorneys who counsel and represent Soldiers, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord/tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law, and military administrative law.

Eligibility: First- or second-year law students at ABA-approved* law schools (includes provisional accreditation)
Number Hired: Depending on Annual Fiscal Authorizations, approximately 100 law students per summer (25 1Ls and 75 2Ls)
Locations: Worldwide (including Korea, Hawaii and Germany)
Duration: 60 calendar days
Application Deadlines: 1Ls: March 1
2Ls: November 1

Whether it's your first or second summer with the JAG Corps, your responsibilities will be real and significant. And so will your rewards.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.goarmy.com/jag/summer-intern-program.html#

Equal Justice Works Programs Underway!

Public Defender Corps applications open Monday, August 15
Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center are pleased to announce that the application for the 2012 Public Defender Corps program opens Monday, August 15. Applications must be completed online and submitted along with a résumé and two letters of recommendation by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 16, 2011. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Approximately 14 fellowships will be available in 2012 and we anticipate the competition will be fierce. Exact host site locations for the 2012 Public Defender Corps Fellowships will be posted on the Equal Justice Works website at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/public-defender-corps on a rolling basis. Applicants who advance to the final round of review will be able to rank their host site preferences.

Application instructions, frequently asked questions and general information about Public Defender Corps are available on the Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center websites.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program Update
The 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellowships competition is underway and the online application is available from our website. Preferred funding locations and issue areas have been updated, but note that the list is not exhaustive. Some of our funding partners do not express specific preferences and we welcome all project proposals. The deadline for submission is 5pm EDT on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Fellows selected this fall will begin their terms in September 2012. Questions should be directed to fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686, ext. 202.

Conference and Career Fair registration opens Tuesday, August 16
Equal Justice Works is gearing up for our 2011 Conference and Career Fair, which will be in Washington, D.C. October 21 and 22. Dozens of public interest employers have already signed up and several workshops are being developed to bring your students the latest and greatest from the public interest law community.

Student registration opens Tuesday, August 16, 2011 on our website at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair. An email will be sent to you next week with login information so you may view your students' registration and job application progress, as well as register to attend. If you have any questions, please contact careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org.

August 8, 2011

U.S. Dept. of State Diplomacy Fellows Program

The Diplomacy Fellows Program (DFP) is designed to advance eligible candidates to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment for the competitive selection of entry level Foreign Service Officer Candidates.

The U.S. Department of State's 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program will open on Wednesday, August 10. The online application link will be available on August 10th when the vacancy announcement is posted. The deadline to submit completed applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 26, 2011. Any applications received after that date will be disqualified.

Diplomacy Fellows Qualifications/Eligibility

- General Qualifications for the DFP Program:
•You must be a U.S. citizen
•You must be at least 20 and not more than 59 at the time of application
•You must be available for worldwide assignment
•You may not have been separated from the Foreign Service under certain sections of the Foreign Service Act
•You must have participated in one of the 9 eligible Fellowship programs listed below in the section titled Eligible Candidates, and you must have successfully completed all program requirements within 5 years of the vacancy announcement closing date. For example: January 1, 2005 - July 31, 2010 are the dates used to determine eligibility for this year's program.

UPDATE: Please note the following recent change in the 2010 Diplomacy Fellows Program eligibility requirements as they relate to the completion of academic requirements: Additionally, you must have completed all academic requirements, and received your advanced degree, prior to July 31, 2010. You are still eligible to apply to the 2010 DFP, provided you meet all other requirements, even though you completed your academic requirements prior to January 2005.

Eligible Candidates

•American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellows
•Boren Graduate Fellowship Fellows (National Security Education Program) (Note: This is the only Boren/NSEP program currently eligible for the DFP.)
•Fascell Fellows
•Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
•Pickering Fellows (Pickering undergraduate fellows are not eligible until they have completed all program requirements at the graduate level.)
•Presidential Management Fellows, who have fulfilled their program obligations prior to registration through service at the Department of State or the Agency for International Development.
•Truman Scholars
•Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
•Rangel Fellows

Visit the Diplomacy Fellows Page at http://careers.state.gov/grad-postgrad#dfp for more information, eligibility and to subscribe to receive email updates.

August 2, 2011

National LGBT Bar Association Conference Scholarships

The MLBA Board has two National LGBT Bar Association Conference
Scholarships ($250 each) available to law students who meet the
following criteria:

1. A law student enrolled in an accredited Minnesota law school for
the 2011-2012 academic year;

2. The student must be an existing member of the MLBA;

3. The student must commit to volunteer on an MLBA Board Committee
through the end of the 2011-2012 Bar Year (April 2012).

To apply for a Scholarship, please send an interest statement to
davidahlvers@gmail.com that outlines your interest in the MLBA and the
Conference. Interest statements should not exceed one page, and must
be returned by no later than August 8, 2011. Scholarship recipients
will be notified by August 12, 2011.

August 1, 2011

2011 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair Early Registration

The 2011 Lavender Law Career Fair® & Conference will be held September 8-10th at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. Over 1,200 practicing attorneys, scholars, law students, members of the judiciary and other legal professionals year are expected to attend this year's event which will feature career, networking, and continuing legal education opportunities tailored for the LGBT legal community.

Early Online Registration Deadline for the 2011 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair is Monday, August 1, 2011.

You can register online at: http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/register/