As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals.
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000.00, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
If you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for this scholarship, or wish to nominate someone for this scholarship, complete this form and return to Catherine Rodman, by mail at: AAJ Education, 777 6th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2013.
Please click here to download the 2013 application form.
In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award Winners and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. To read more about one Fellow's experience, click here.
Next year's fellows are getting a new opportunity to work together on a project for women in the law. Each year, the fellows tell us that one of the best parts of the fellowship is meeting the other incredible rising 3Ls. They also say they wish they had more opportunities to interact with one another. This year's class will get that opportunity. In addition to their mentorship, the fellows will choose a project that they want to work on as a group. With Ms. JD's support, they will have the chance to spend the year working together to help change the face of the legal profession the way they want to see it changed. To get the project ideas flowing, we're asking this year's fellow applicants to propose their ideal project as part of their application.
The project essays from the winning fellows will be posted on Ms. JD's blog and you'll hear from the fellows next year when they announce what their project will be!
Here's what you'll need to submit to apply for the fellowship:
1. Resume (Must include a link to your LinkedIn Profile)
3. 1 paragraph (250 words) completing the question "I want and deserve to be a Ms. JD Fellow because"
4. 1 paragraph (250 words) completing the question "If I could design a project to further women in the law, it would be"
A couple tips:
1. You should consider that the fellows are nationwide and will need to be able to work on the project together but remotely (through conference calls, google docs, etc.) so that your project is practical.
2. Consider leveraging the Ms. JD platform. How can you help women law students through NWLSO? Is there something you could do to further the Global Education Fund? Do you love the Ms. JD Library? What have you noticed at school or work that needs to change and what can you do to help change it? This is your chance to consider what you're passionate about and then run with it!
3. We're asking you for your LinkedIn profile because having one is a huge part of your professional identity. If you haven't developed your profile yet, now is a great time to start! Also, from a practical standpoint, there's a fellows group on LinkedIn that allows all of the fellows from the previous classes to interact with one another.
Submit your application to email@example.com. Applications are due February 17, 2012 at midnight. Ms. JD will announce Fellowship finalists at the beginning of March. Finalists will complete interviews with two Ms. JD board members by the end of March and the Ms. JD Fellows and their mentors will be announced in April.
Looking for an internship or job? Submit your resumes now!
The MABLSA Spring 2013 Resume Collect Service is a wonderful opportunity for students (1L, 2L, 3L, 4L evening) to submit your resume to a range of employers across the Mid-Atlantic region. We encourage all members to submit their resumes to each employer in the MABLSA Spring 2013 Resume Collect (OCI Session).
Patton Boggs LLC: February 8, 2013
All other employers: April 30, 2013 or until positions are full.
So, what are you waiting for? Do not procrastinate! Submit your resumes today!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact MABLSA Job Fair Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: MABLSA Blog
As part of the American Health Lawyers Association's initiative to cultivate diversity among attorneys practicing health law, the organization provides opportunities for talented law students of diverse backgrounds so that they can learn more about this segment of the legal profession. To this end, AHLA sponsors a Diversity Internship each summer. The program provides a rising 3L law student an eight week internship at AHLA's office in Washington, DC where he/she performs various writing and research duties to support the Association’s publications and its Public Interest activities. The internship also provides many networking opportunities with leading health law attorneys who are AHLA members. Click here for more information. Application deadline is February 11, 2013.
Contact Katherine Wone at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Steptoe’s Diversity Committee invites you to join us for a panel discussion by firm lawyers who have worked for the federal government and in private practice.
The panelists will share their insights regarding the benefits of working in both the private and public sectors. They will discuss how these varied experiences helped develop a diverse skill set that has enhanced their careers.
Friday, January 4, 2013
4:30 p.m. EST
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reception to follow. Business casual attire.
Please visit Steptoe's Diversity page to learn more about Steptoe and our commitment to diversity.
The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program places up to 9 law students from diverse backgrounds in business court clerkships across the country. In evaluating a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.
In addition to a placement in a business court clerkship, Diversity Clerkship participants will also receive a stipend of $6,000 to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship.
To apply for the program, download an application form from the Diversity Clerkship website. In addition to the completed application form, please submit the following materials:
2. Official undergraduate and law school transcripts
3. Two letters of recommendation (preferably written specifically for application to the Diversity Clerkship program)
4. Application essay
5. Writing sample from law school
Application materials must be received by Friday, December 28, 2012. For more information on the Diversity Clerkship Program go to ambar.org/blclerkship.
Applicants must be members of the Business Law Section. Click here for Section membership information and to join the Section.
Legal interns at the ACLU of Michigan have the opportunity to work on cutting edge civil liberties and civil rights cases, including police misconduct, post-9/11 issues, reproductive freedom, voting rights, free speech, disability rights, religious freedom, privacy, drug policy, LGBT rights, and the rights of people of color, women, immigrants, the homeless, juveniles and prisoners.
Law students work on many aspects of potential and ongoing cases, such as: drafting memoranda addressing the merits of a case, meeting with and interviewing plaintiffs and witnesses, and drafting complaints and briefs. Last summer, for example, students helped us on two novel and landmark cases—the right to read in Michigan and a case against Morgan Stanley for predatory lending and discrimination against African-American homeowners. It is a wonderful opportunity to become immersed in civil liberties litigation.
Responsibilities: Law students work on many aspects of potential and ongoing cases, such as: drafting memoranda addressing the merits of a case, meeting with and interviewing plaintiffs and witnesses, and drafting complaints and briefs. Students may also be asked to analyze the constitutionality of pending legislation or help with discovery.
Internships are available at our Detroit headquarters, our Lansing legislative office, and our West Michigan Regional Office in Grand Rapids. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you have a geographic preference.
- Must have finished first year of law school
- Very strong research, writing and communication skills
- A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights issues
- Students who have studied constitutional law are preferred
Supervision: Legal interns and externs will be supervised by the legal director and six staff attorneys. They may also be asked to assist a cooperating attorney on a pending case or to work with the executive director or legislative director.
Credit/Fellowships: Our summer legal internship requires a 10 to 12 week commitment. This is an unpaid internship. Students are highly encouraged to seek public interest fellowship funds. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.
Applications: Applications for summer 2013 will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted no later than January 31, 2013. Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
2966 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
To learn more about the ACLU, go to www.aclumich.org or www.aclu.org.
Dear BLSA Students,
We are very excited to announce an incredible opportunity for two first or second year law students. The Center for Constitutional Rights is providing two law student fellowships at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux through its Ella Baker Summer Internship Program. This is an excellent opportunity for students to contribute to exciting, cutting-edge human rights work while learning how to use the law for progressive social change. Applications are due November 11 (2Ls) and December 15 (1Ls). You can find information on the program and the application process attached.
The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux is the leading human rights legal organization in Haiti. Since 1995, they have helped victims prosecute important human rights cases, trained Haitian lawyers and spoken out on social justice issues. Ella Baker interns will be working closely alongside the BAI and assisting in their various advocacy and legal projects. Attached is a letter from one of BAI's former interns, Lindsey Laveaux, discussing her experience with BAI and encouraging students to apply for this opportunity.
We greatly encourage law students with a passion for Haiti and social justice to apply for this internship. To apply, please visit http://ccrjustice.org/ella-baker-fellowship for the application and further information on the internship.
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Are you interested in working for the government? If so, act quickly: the following programs have 2L and 3L deadlines coming up soon! For more information on applying to work within the federal government, check out our Government Careers page in the PSJD Resource Center.
Click here for more details about these programs, provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (log-in required). See the jobs below!
Helsell Fetterman is pleased to announce that applications for the Richard S. White Fellowship are currently being accepted, to be awarded this fall for participation in 2013.At Helsell Fetterman, we believe that achieving and maintaining diversity are key to providing exceptional solutions to our clients’ legal problems. We embrace our responsibility of maintaining a workplace of inclusion, recognizing that our clients are best served by a team of attorneys and staff that is as diverse as the world in which we practice.
The Richard S. White Fellowship includes both a paid, 12 week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the student’s law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student’s tuition.
The deadline for this fellowship is October, 9, 2012. To apply for this fellowship, please visit Helsell Fetterman online here.
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