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  November 8, 2013 Issue  

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The Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has recently named the annual competition the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition in honor of former IRS Commissioner Don Alexander. All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or a master of laws (LL.M.) at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation. Papers written in connection with a law school course, seminar or paid employment are eligible, provided that they are written in the form of a scholarly article and do not contain any client-specific work product. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals are eligible for the competition. However, student papers that have already been published in a law review or other legal journal, or that have been selected for publication, are not eligible for the competition. Students must sign a Warranty and Authorization to Publish guaranteeing that the paper has not been published or selected for publication as of the date the paper is submitted to this competition and agreeing to permit the Section on Taxation to publish the paper. Student papers submitted to other competitions are eligible for the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition. Papers must be a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of fifty pages (double spaced, twelve-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins) including endnotes (which may be single-spaced). Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Additionally, each student must sign and return the warranty. Submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by January 6, 2014. For additional information, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website.

2014 Law Student Essay Contest
The purpose of this contest is to encourage law students to write essays about: 1) what a virtual law practice is; 2) what are some malpractice risks related to a virtual law practice; and 3) how technology can lead to or prevent legal malpractice claims in a virtual law office. Discussion may also address any relevant ethical considerations attorneys practicing in a virtual law practice should be aware of and how ethical issues may lead to legal malpractice claims, especially due to the proper or improper use of technology. All entries must be prepared for this contest or for academic purposes and not previously published in print or on the Internet. All entries must include a digital photograph for use in the event the entry is selected as the contest winner. Each entrant is required to assign to FLMIC and the other contest sponsors all rights, title and interest in the essay and digital photograph submitted. It is the policy of FLMIC and the other sponsors, however, to release all assigned rights in all but the winning essay and notify the author of any permissions given to third parties for reprint or otherwise publish. The essay should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 pages, including citations appearing in Blue Book format as endnotes. Essays will be judged based on framing and analysis of the issue(s) discussed, research completed, solutions or practices suggestions and writing style. The essay should be typewritten and double spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. A cover sheet should be included that contains the entrant name, address, telephone number, title and law school status. No identification other than the title should appear on the essay itself. The cover sheet will be removed before the essay is read to assure objectivity in the judging process. The contest is open to all students enrolled in a Florida law school as of the deadline date or during the prior academic year. Essays must be submitted to FLMIC by the deadline date, which is April 1st 2014 by 5 p.m. For information, please visit the website.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2013-2014
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2013. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar. The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500; Second Place: $1000; Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. To be considered, articles must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDST on May 15, 2014. For additional information, please visit the website.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Tuesday, November 19:
Attend the U.S. Marine Corps JAG Corps Presentation
U.S. Marine Corps JAG Corps Presentation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. in Room F-108. Join the local United States Marine Corps JAG Corps recruiter and current JAG Corps officer as they discuss the mission and duties of JAG attorneys, as well as the hiring process. Any student considering a career with a military JAG Corps should attend this program, as much of the information will be relevant to the other branches of the military.

Thursday, November 21:
The Judicial Clerkship Nuts and Bolts Application Workshop
Come to this important information session regarding Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships. 3Ls and 1Ls are also welcome to attend. Now is the time to start applying. Discover the critical factors for applying to judicial clerkships. The session takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. in Room A-110. You must RSVP to this information session. If you have any questions, please ask Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, at the CDO.


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  Friday, November 15:
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Fellowship Rapporteurship on Women 2014
The venue of the Fellowship is Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS). The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the Inter-American system of human rights in the area of the rights of women. The fellow will assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out. The IACHR provides a monthly stipend of US$3,200.00 during the period of the fellowship. With the stipend provided, the fellow is responsible for obtaining health insurance coverage of his/her choosing for the duration of the fellowship, and should provide proof of coverage to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR. Round-trip economy class air transportation from the participant country of residence to Washington, D.C. Terminal and transfer expenses are not covered. The IACHR will award a certificate of participation in the Fellowship Program to the fellows who satisfactorily complete the entire period of the fellowship. Deadline to present applications: November 15, 2013. Start and End Dates: January 2, 2014 to December 30, 2014. Length of the Fellowship: 12 months. For application instructions, eligibility, responsibilities and additional details, please visit the Symplicity or the website.

Saturday, November 16:
Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Graduate Teaching Fellowship
The Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed particularly to develop skills as a clinical instructor and to introduce fellows to a career in clinical law teaching. Throughout the fellowship, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills. Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through an Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy seminar, taught by the Georgetown clinical faculty. Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of legal work in Washington, D.C. The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to commencing the fellowship. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer. Those selected to interview will be interviewed in December or January, with selection following shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July, 2014, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June, 2016.
Friday, January 31:
Walmart Legal Summer Internship
The Walmart Legal Department (WMLD) has a robust 12-week summer internship program for rising 2L and rising 3L students. As an intern in the legal department, you will be able to apply the procedures and processes you have studied in law school in the in-house legal department of a Fortune 100 company. The program is designed to expose law students to different substantive areas of the law in a corporate retail setting. During your summer internship, you may do any of the following (this is not a complete list of the opportunities): 1) review and draft non-disclosure agreements; 2) research various trademarks to identify potential infringements; 3) assist with IP litigation management. The WMLD summer internship program also offers students an executive speaker series, a corporate mentor (who may or may not be within the WMLD), subsidized housing and relocation, and a generous monthly stipend. The WMLD offers five (5) summer internships. Candidates must be enrolled full-time as either second-year or third-year law students and in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher) at an ABA-accredited law school with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2014 on the website. Candidates may apply for multiple internships.

Rolling Basis:
2014 Summer Legal Internship Opportunities at the National Employment Law Project
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies, including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, policy makers and think tanks, to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is currently seeking applications from interested law students for their 2014 summer legal internship program. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists and policy experts, their approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and then translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century. The work includes developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces and face retaliation when trying to organize; developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state and local levels, with a particular focus on eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color and contingent and temporary workers from these protections; working with policymakers and community coalitions to make economic development accountable to community needs and create living wage jobs for local residents. Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of their work. Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of policy advocacy, litigation and community education, and will assist in drafting manuals, articles and policy briefs for publication. Interns may also work with the NELP National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse, a growing movement of unions, community groups, worker centers, legal services, plaintiff attorneys and public agencies. Students interested in a position in the NYC or Oakland office should submit an application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See Symplicity for specific application instructions.

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