Thursday, December 10, 2009

CCD Holiday Hours

The Center for Career Development will be open during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm EXCEPT when the University is closed-Friday, December 25-Friday, January 1, 2010. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Save the Dates: January Events and Programs

1/11, 1-3pm: Walk-In Resume Review in the CCD, 244 BG
1/12, 12pm: Spring OCI Bidding Begins, Symplicity
1/14, 10-12pm: Walk-In Resume Review in CCD, 244 BG
1/19, 12pm: How I got My Summer Position & Made the Most of It
1/20, 10am: SHIPS: Fellowships, Clerkships, Internships & other Summer Opportunities
1/26, 12pm: Take Charge of Your Career w/ Ann Skalaski, Legal search consultant & former director of attorney recruitment for Holland & Knight
1/27, 10am: Cover Letters & Targeted Mailings Workshop

Thursday, December 3, 2009

1L Holiday Receptions

Quarles & Brady

December 29, 4:30-6:30pm
411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Business Casual Attire
RSVP: Donna Key,,

Godfrey & Kahn

December 29, 6-8pm
780 North Water Street
M&I Bank Building, 17th Fl.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Business Casual Attire
RSVP: Jenna Lauer,,

Burr Forman

December 29, 4:30-6pm
34th Floor of the Wachovia Tower
420 North 20th Street, Ste. 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203
Business Casual Attire
*Bring a copy of your most current resume.
RSVP by December 15 to:
Katherine Lester, Recruiting Assistant or 205.458.5486,

Maynard Cooper & Gale

December 28, 5-7pm
1901 6th Ave. N., Ste. 2400
Birmingham, AL 35203
Professional Dress,
RSVP by December 23 to:
Maggie O’Conner,
or 205.468.3521

Sirote & Permutt

December 29, 5-7pm
2311 Highland Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Business Casual Attire
RSVP:, 205.930.5285,

Balch & Bingham

December 30, 4:30-6:30pm
Regions/Harbert Tower
1901 6th Ave. N., 15th Fl.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Business Casual Attire, www.balch.comRSVP: email Barry Wilson, your first and last name, law school, and the first and last name of your guest.

Lightfoot Franklin & White

Wednesday, December 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Clark Building
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL
Business Attire
RSVP to Catie Yeilding by December 18th at 205-949-6395 or

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2010. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of the ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of their practice and of the legal profession.

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of three components: mentoring, a $5,000 scholarship, and a paid summer associate position in the domestic office of the student's choice.

• Applications for the 2010 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010.
• For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support material, please click here.
• For more information about Fish & Richardson, please visit

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gainesville Area Reception -- Deadline Today 5:00 p.m.

Interested in Working in the Alachua, Marion or Columbia County area upon graduation?

UF Law will be sponsoring a reception on Thursday, December 10th from 5:30-7:30 in Gainesville for area alums and the local bar associations. The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs graciously is permitting a number of interested students to attend this networking reception.

Alumni receptions provide an excellent opportunity to hone your networking skills, meet members of the local legal community and make potentially valuable professional contacts.
• Business attire required.
• Space is limited and preference will be given to 3L’s interested in remaining in the area.
• If you would like to attend, email indicating your class year by Monday, November 30th . All responders will receive email notification of their status by December 2nd.

Sweet Home Chicago

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sponsored by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chapman & Cutler LLP, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, and Duane Morris LLP
Hosted at The Library
190 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60603
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This annual holiday event brings together minority law students, law firm attorneys and in-house counsel in a festive setting to provide students with an opportunity to begin building a professional network in Chicago. This year's event will begin with a panel entitled "How to Get the Job You Want After Law School."

RSVP by December 18, 2009 at

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Duffel Bag Drive

Join the CCD in helping children this holiday season!
We are collecting duffel bags (back packs or other types of bags are fine too) filled with clothing, school supplies and a toy for children who have been removed from an abusive home.

When children are removed from an abusive home by police or other agency (often in the middle of the night), they are handed a plastic garbage bag and asked to take whatever they can. Often, children are in such distress, they take nothing. By providing a duffel bag or back pack or suit case filled with personal items, you are restoring comfort, dignity, and love to a child who has just experienced one of the most traumatic events of his or her life.

In December, Children’s Home Society, will be presented with all of our duffels. Please help us make a significant contribution for the children served by CHS (counties served include Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor and Union.)

How you can help:
Select a child between the ages of 1 & 17 and fill a duffel bag with the following items:
 White socks
 Underwear
 PJs
 Tooth brush, tooth paste, brush/comb, wash cloth and towel
 School supplies, coloring book and crayons, books
 Toy or game (no stuffed animals please)
 Photo album or scrapbook and a disposable camera
 Shirt and pants
Drop your bag off in the CCD by December 9, 2009.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jacksonville Networking Opportunities

Want to practice in Jacksonville? Get involved with the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. Upcoming events:

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Event: Federal Judicial Luncheon
Location: Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
RSVP: To Elizabeth Howard ( by 12/2/09

Date:Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Event: YLS Happy Hour
Location: Golftec
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

1L Summer Opportunity in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience with working in an in-house corporate law department. The program is designed to give students of color the opportunity to work at a top-ranked law firm as well as spend a “rotation” (typically 3-4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. For more information and application instructions visit

ACLU Summer Internship -- Drug Law Reform Project

The Drug Law Reform Project of the ACLU seeks highly motivated law students for the Summer of 2010 internship opportunities in Santa Cruz, California. Click here for details.
The application deadline for second and third-year law students is December 1, 2009. The application deadline for first-year law students is January 15, 2010. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants may be interviewed prior to the application deadline.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ABA Mediation Video Contest

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution invites participants to the first ever Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®. They seek thoughtful, original three-minute videos that demonstrate the mediation process and benefits of mediation. For details, see Contest dates: Nov. 12 - Jan. 15.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Programs this Week

TUESDAY, 11/17 at noon in HOL 345

Dan Glassman (’95), a local practitioner with the firm Rush & Glassman will be here to speak.

THURSDAY, 11/19 at 1pm, Bailey Courtroom

William Henslee, Esq.,author of the user-friendly guidebook “Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers” will be here to speak.
Pizza will be served so join us to lunch and learn!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Practicing Law in a Virtual World

SL Bar Association Mini-Conference
Event Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Session 1: 12:00 pm – 12:55 pm SLT (Pacific Std Time in Nov.)
Session 2: 1:00 pm – 1:55 pm SLT
Mixer: 2:00 – 2:30? pm SLT

Location: Frederick G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Gator Nation Island (123, 77, 25) in Second Life®

RSVP: The Conference is Free, but the location requires a visitor pass.
Please RSVP with your Avatar name to receive your pass and with any questions to:
or in-world IM: Michele Jigsaw.

Conference Format:

The sessions will be panel discussions lead by attorneys practicing in Second Life or advising clients on Virtual Worlds issues. Each panelist will provide a brief story or presentation demonstrating the issues faced in practicing law in a virtual world. These brief presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the attendees.

Session 1: Practice Issues Unique to the Virtual World Setting

Practicing law in an environment where either your client or the person they are dealing with are not located in a specific physical jurisdiction raises unique issues in practicing law. In addition, Second Life and other virtual worlds have their own local cultures. This session discusses these and other practice issues unique to representing companies and individuals in a virtual world setting.

Session 2: Substantive Issues in a Virtual World

Copyright violation is a common complaint in a virtual world setting, but there are many interesting topics that are unique to practicing in a virtual world. How can I have an enforceable contract in a world with no “law”? If another person’s avatar attacks my avatar in a non-warring world, is it a crime? Or a breach of the user agreement? Find out what issues virtual worlds attorneys and their clients face in this session on substantive issues in a virtual world.

Mixer: Panelists and conference attendees will have a chance to talk with each other informally.

Event sponsored by the SL Bar Association

or in-world at Avalon Town Courthouse, Tabula Rasa (87, 153, 27)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program

The Institute for Justice, the nation’s premier libertarian public interest law firm, is now accepting applications for its summer law clerk program. The Institute litigates in state and federal courts to restore constitutional limits to the power of government, specializing in economic liberty, private property rights, school choice, and freedom of speech.

IJ summer law clerks participate in IJ’s fast-paced litigation docket, including legal research, brief writing, client interviewing, and op-ed writing. Students interested in IJ’s summer law student programs should visit for more information.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Patent Bar Information Now on YouTube

Hundreds of students go to the PLI website every year to listen to their free archived briefing on the Patent Bar. They have decided to make it a little easier by putting some short videos on the subject up on YouTube. Just go to YouTube and search for "PLI Patent Bar". The "soup to nuts" 45-minute audio briefing is still up on the Website, The YouTube videos are just short introductions to who can take the Exam, how it works on computer, etc.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Agricultural Law Seminar

Presented by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section,the Agricultural Law Committee and the Environmental& Land Use Law Section.

November 20, 2009
8:25am - 1:05pm

Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building
5700 SW 34th Street Gainesville, FL

Topics include:
Farm & Ranch Estate Planning
Employment Laws Affecting Farm Operations
Management of Agricultural Wastes: Regulatory &
Public Health Considerations

Online -
At the door at 8am on 11/20.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Antistrust Summer Fellowship

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law sponsors the Janet D. Steiger fellowship program for 20 first and second year law students to serve for a minimum of eight weeks in the consumer protection department of one of the participating State Attorneys General during the summer of 2010. Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer. The program also offers a supplemental housing/travel allowance of up to $2,000 for those students who are not living at home for the summer. The application period is November 15, 2009 until February 5, 2010. Students must submit: (1) the application form (available at ); (2) resume; (3) writing sample;(4) statement of interest; and (5) copy of unofficial transcript. For additional information or questions, contact Deborah Douglas, Assistant Director, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, at 312/988-5606 or

Foley Minority Scholarship -- 1Ls

Foley & Lardner LLP awards a $5,000 scholarship to a first-year minority law student at select law schools: Berkeley, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Michigan, Northwestern, UCLA, and Wisconsin. Applications and additional information are available at Applications must be received by January 19, 2010, and winners will be notified by March 5, 2010.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Graduates

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") is an agency within the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ"). The primary mission of the ATF is to prevent violent crime by enforcing and administering the Gun Control Act, the federal firearms and explosives laws and alcohol and tobacco trafficking laws. As a small agency with broad, interrelated mission involving law enforcement, regulatory compliance, alcohol and tobacco diversion and homeland security concerns, ATF affords attorneys, interns and recent law school graduates with opportunities to experience a variety of legal disciplines in a dynamic and collegial environment.
ATF Volunteer Legal Intern Program:
ATF offers unpaid summer and semester internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in many cities throughout the United States. Academic credit may be granted for these positions, subject to law school policy and practice. Students wishing to apply for volunteer position may submit a cover letter and resume via email to Please indicate which term you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer: December 1st
Fall Semester: June 1st
For a complete list of Volunteer Internship Opportunities, please visit

Bet Tzedek Summer Clerkship Program

Bet Tzedek's nationally known summer clerkship program draws top law students from Southern California and around the country for an intensive 10-11 week internship experience in legal services. Several hundred applicants each year apply for the 25-30 placements available at our offices. Students are given the opportunity to work hands-on with clients, and many of them return to Bet Tzedek as volunteer attorneys after graduation. Students are responsible for their own funding.
Summer clerks may be assigned to special projects:
HOUSING CONDITIONS PROJECT targets and surveys multiple-unit residential buildings in which the conditions are egregious. The team litigates against notorious slum lords, participates in a Housing Code Enforcement group and also conducts educational presentations to tenants.
CONSUMER PROTECTION UNIT is a legal and educational team including Bet Tzedek staff, private law firms, local politicians, law enforcement and neighborhood churches. The team uses sophisticated litigation techniques to save clients’ homes and prevent further abuses by unscrupulous lenders.
HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION PROJECT files claims on behalf of clients who were interned in a concentration camp or ghetto or were in hiding under inhumane conditions. This project is also working with a major law firm on behalf of Jewish Holocaust families who never received payments from their life insurance policies.
KINSHIP CARE PROJECT provides legal services, advocacy, education and other support to grandparent caregivers in legal matters including guardianship, adoptions, public benefits housing and wills.
FAMILY CAREGIVER PROJECT provides legal education, counseling and representation on all aspects of health care decision making, SSI, Medi-Cal and quality of care in long term care facilities to care-givers, family members and service programs providing services to patients and care-givers.
EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS PROJECT represents clients in wage claim matters and unemployment hearings and wage claim matters. The project serves working individuals who are low income or poor by offering evening intake interviews
The deadline to apply for a clerkship is January 15th; first-year law students may apply after December 1st.
For more information, please contact

The Florida Justice Institute Seeks Rising 3Ls for Public Interest Fellowship

The Florida Justice Institute ("FJI"), a small public interest law firm, seeks rising third year law students to recommend to a private foundation to receive a public interest law fellowship to work at the Institute during the 2010 summer. The position is full-time and pays $7,000 for 11 weeks. FJI is a statewide, public interest law firm providing civil legal services to persons in prisons and jails, to victims of housing discrimination, civil rights and civil liberties trials and appeals, and handling class action, impact work on behalf of low-income persons. Since the bulk of FJI's work is in federal court, there is a considerable amount of written legal pleading and practice work. The Fellow will be exposed to all phases of federal practice starting from client interviews, public records requests, substantial research projects, depositions, discovery tours of prisons and jails, hearings, mediations, trials and oral arguments as they may occur throughout the summer. The Fellow will receive direct supervision, assignments, direction and feedback from the assigning attorney. There would be a two day introductory course on public interest legal representation prior to beginning work. The Institute has three full-time attorneys to supervise the Fellow. The Institute handles cases statewide, so there may be some travel involved. There is also a seminar weekend with other public interest lawyers, usually held in Key West.
Additional Qualifications:
Rising third-year law students at accredited law schools are eligible to apply provided they are in good standing. Minority students are specifically encouraged to apply. Among the factors to be considered in selections are experience in working with the low-income community, academic achievement, writing skills, and previous contact with and long-term commitment/interest in public service/pro bono work. The fellowship commences with a training and orientation seminar to be held May 20 and 21, 2010. Housing, meals and reasonable travel expenses for the seminar will be provided. Fellows are scheduled to report to work on Monday, May 24, 2010, with the fellowship ending Friday, August 6, 2010.
How to Apply:
Applicants should send their resume and a cover letter of interest by e-mail to Jessica M. Pla at Florida Justice Institute. The deadline for applying is December 1, 2009. The Institute will in turn recommend two applicants to the private foundation for serious consideration for the fellowship. Those selected will have to complete a two-page application for the foundation. The Institute will notify the persons selected by January 8, 2010. Applications will be e-mailed to the persons selected, and will need to be returned by January 21, 2010. Selection and notification to students will be completed by late February 2010. E-mail cover letter and resume to No telephone calls please.

Looking to Practice in Gainesville after Graduation?

3L's: RSVP by 3pm on 11/6 to be one of two students to attend the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (EJCBA) Luncheon on Friday, November 13 at The Courtyard at Steve’s Café at 11:45am at no cost as guests of Jessie Howell, Recruiting Director. E-mail to RSVP.

Program this Week - College Cost Reduction and Access Act

Join the Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows, the Association for Public Interest Law, and the UF Center for Governmental Responsibility for a presentation on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA).
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to make this new legislation work for you!
WHEN: NOVEMBER 4TH at 12:00 pm
Free food and drinks will be provided.

1L's Don't Miss the CCD Open House Tomorrow

Stop by the Center for Career Development between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Meet the Career Development team, enjoy refreshments, obtain handouts and materials, sign up for small group counseling appointments and much more.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Java with Jessie for 3Ls Today

Royal Park Starbucks, 3:30 p.m.

3Ls: Don't miss this opportunity to meet with a counselor and your fellow classmates in a neutral and informal setting to share ideas for achieving career success.

Save the Date!

1L Open House
Tuesday, November 3rd
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Programs this Week

Tuesday, Oct. 27, Noon in HOL 345
Career Opportunities with the First District Court of Appeals

Join Linda Bulecza, Directorof Staff of Attorneys for the 1st DCA, to find out what you need to know about applying for state judicial clerkships and staff attorney positions! Pizza will be provided.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Schott Courtyard
Pro Bono Fair

Meet representatives from local pro bono and public interest organizations, including Southern Legal Counsel, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Florida Institutional Legal Services, Teen Court and the Restoration of Civil Rights Project for whom you could do volunteer projects. Representatives from the Association of Public Interest Law & the CCD will also be tabling. Hours donated to these organizations may qualify you for a Pro Bono Certificate at graduation. Visit for more information on the Pro Bono Project.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Get Your Student Loans Forgiven!

The Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows, the Association for Public Interest Law, and the UF Center for Governmental Responsibility are pleased to present an informational program about the new College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). The CCRAA is a complicated piece of legislation that, if you take advantage of, it can help you get your college and law school student debt forgiven. The presentation will cover which jobs qualify, which loans are covered, and how to earn forgiveness.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to make this new legislation work for you!

WHEN: NOVEMBER 4TH at 12:00 pm
Free food and drinks will be provided.

National Pro Bono Week Begins Monday!

Kickoff Breakfast & Orange Ribbon Campaign
10/26 8:30am Schott Courtyard

Come and enjoy coffee & bagels and speak with other students and faculty concerned about the legal needs of indigent and underserved communities. Don’t forget to pick up your orange ProBono Week ribbons! Help UF Law raise awareness about the need for support of pro bono services through financial contributions, volunteerism and advocacy throughout this week.

Pro Bono Fair
10/29 10-2pm Schott Courtyard

Meet representatives from local pro bono and public interest organizations, including Southern Legal Counsel, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Florida Institutional Legal Services, Teen Court and the Restoration of Civil Rights Project for whom you could do volunteer projects. Representativesfrom the Association of Public Interest Law & the Center for Career Development will also be tabling. Hours donated to these organizations may qualify you for a Pro Bono Certificate at graduation.
Visit for more information on the Pro Bono Project.

Clinical Teaching Fellowship in Environmental Law

Application deadline: December 1, 2009

The Institute for Public Representation ("IPR") invites applications for graduate Fellow/Staff Attorney positions that will become available in January 2010. This two-year position provides extensive training and experience in public interest advocacy. Georgetown University Law Center awards an LL.M. in Advocacy to each Fellow upon completion of the two-year term. There are five graduate Fellow/Staff Attorney positions at the Institute. The Institute's work in environmental law focuses on individuals and communities primarily in the Washington metropolitan area who suffer a disproportionate share of environmental harms and enjoy fewer environmental amenities than other parts of the area. Clients include neighborhood associations, regional and local environmental organizations, an Indian tribe and individuals. We have worked on litigation involving the full array of federal and local environmental laws, as well as civil rights and administrative laws, and have appeared in federal and state courts, including federal bankruptcy court and before the Virginia Supreme Court. In addition to litigation, our environmental advocacy extends to the federal and District of Columbia rule-making, permitting and legislative processes, and frequently involves working to support coalitions of groups concerned with these issues. Much of the work is precedent setting.
Recent law graduate or graduating student;
Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to communications or environmental law;
Strong legal writing skills;
Must be a member of the DC Bar or take steps to apply for memberships upon being accepted.
Salary: Over $50,520 per year.
Application Instructions:
Please send resume, transcript, 2 recommendation letters and a 1-page statement to address below. Fellowship deadlines are updated on a rolling basis. If application deadline has passed, next deadline will be noted once available. Alternatively, please contact organization directly for new application deadline information.
Contact Information:
Professor Hope BabcockCo-DirectorPhone: 202-662-9535gulcipr@law.georgetown.eduHope BabcockInstitute for Public RepresentationGeorgetown University Law CenterRe: Fellowship Program600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Room 312Washington, DC 20001
For additional information, please visit

AFL-CIO Fellowship Program

The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations ("AFL-CIO") is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2010. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.
The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international unions which represent 11 million working women and men in the United States. The AFL-CIO works on a variety of fronts to improve the lives of working families, to secure social and economic justice in the United States, and to protect the interests of working people in the global economy. The AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been instrumental not only in negotiating good pay and benefits for union members, but also in the enactment and enforcement of laws that protect important rights for all workers, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL-CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union-side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.
The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities. The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits. In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers. Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.
The fellowship salary is in the range of $55,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Benefits include excellent medical and dental insurance plus paid vacation.

Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent legal research and writing skills and enjoy legal research and appellate work. Applicants should also have a commitment to workers’ rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. The AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

To Apply: Applicants should mail a cover letter explaining their interest in the fellowship, a current resume, a transcript, a short writing sample, a letter of reference and a list of two additional references to the AFL-CIO's Office of the General Counsel ATTN: Fellowship Position, 815 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. The application process is rolling and will remain open until the successful candidate is selected. Telephone inquiries are discouraged.

SEC Summer Honors Law Program

The SEC will hire 25-30 1Ls and 111 2Ls for its paid, 10-week Summer 2010 Honors Law Program. Salary is SK-7 (1Ls) or SK-9 (2Ls). 66 2Ls will be hired for the DC headquarters, in the following divisions or offices: Corporation Finance; Enforcement; Investment Management; Trading and Markets; Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation; Executive Staff; Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations; Office of General Counsel; Office of International Affairs; and in the following regional offices (hiring projections shown in parenthesis): Atlanta (7), Boston (2), Chicago (7), Denver (2), Ft. Worth (6), Los Angeles (6), Miami (5), Philadelphia (6), Salt Lake City (4), and San Francisco (2). Interns attend seminars and workshops on federal securities laws and are exposed to key individuals and institutions in securities and commodities industries, as well as in the legal profession. With a mentor's supervision, they work on research and writing projects; they also participate in seminars and workshops.
Program Requirements:
Prefer demonstrated interest in public service and work of the SEC, strong academic performance, law review or journal, moot court, legal aid or clinical experience, and relevant previous employment. Securities courses are not a prerequisite. Non-U.S. citizens must meet State Department hiring conditions.
Application Process:
By 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, November 15, 2009 (2Ls - DC office) and 11:59 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (2Ls - regional offices), submit online questionnaire and include location preferences, as well as cover letter, resume (1-2 pages), transcript (undergraduate, graduate, and law school), list of current courses, and 5-10 page legal writing sample. Selections are made on a rolling basis, so apply early. 1L application process opens in December. Headquarters, and regional offices screen applications, contact selected candidates for telephonic interviews, and extend offers based on individual office preferences.
Electronic Submission ONLY:
Vacancy ID: ET282189
Announcement #: 09-282189- MS
USAJOBS Control #: 1694440
(or search “SEC Summer Honors Law”)

For additional information, please visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Portland, OR Public Interest Fellowship

IMMIGRANT LAW GROUP PC is a Portland, Oregon based firm engaged in strategic public interest civil rights litigation on behalf of immigrants, refugees, and their families. For more information:

Summer Legal Intern will be assigned to one of two programs based on their skills and interests:
(1) Immigrant Impact-litigation – providing research, drafting, and development of litigation which advancesthe cause of equality and fair treatment of non-citizens on a region-wide or nation-wide basis.
(2) Asylum Defense – direct representation of noncitizens fleeing persecution in proceedings before the USCISAsylum Office or the Immigration Courts.

Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to any second year (or third-year part-time) law student.
Outstanding and well-demonstrated research, writing, and critical thinking skills are required. The Internship start date is flexible, but expected to begin no later than June 14, 2010 for
a minimum of 10 weeks; the intern receives a stipend of $500 per week.

To apply, submit your (a) resume, (b) cover letter, (c) law school transcript, and (d) an original writing sample to: The deadline is November 20, 2009.

Your resume and cover letter must adhere to these guidelines:
All applications must be in PDF.
Only send essential personal information and be sure to include your name and how to contact you in the resume, not just your cover letter. Include your email, phone, and residence address. Do NOT include your gender, date of birth, age, family status, or personal identification numbers.
Your resume should accurately reflect your academic achievements and work history.
Your resume should show all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended, degrees conferred; list your experience and projects completed, accomplishments, etc. by your position with each employer.
Your cover letter should explain your commitment to social justice, detail any past experience you have working with immigrant communities and explain any initial thoughts or ideas about how you might approach the Internship.
You should attach your transcript (it does not need to be certified) as a scanned PDF to the email submission.
Your writing sample must be in English and must be your original writing.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Programs this Week

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Grab the Baton to Success
2Ls and 3Ls: Noon in HOL 345
1Ls: 1:00 p.m. in HOL 359

Speaker Susan Gainen brings 16 years of law school career services experience, six years as a legal search consultant in addition to previous law and management experience. Sandwiches provided by the CCD.
1Ls: Before you send your first resume, before you shake your first hand, you need to establish your professional persona.
2Ls & 3Ls: You’ve had a summer job, externship, clerkship or you have clinic experience representing clients. Take that knowledge to the next step. Even if you don’t know what you want to do 10 years from now (or even next summer), and haven’t decided on a public, private, corporate, traditional, non-traditional or alternative legal career, every step you take needs to enhance your credibility and to polish every aspect of your professionalism.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 1:00 p.m. in HOL 345
Careers in Intellectual Property Law
The Intellectual Property & Technology Law Assoc. has teamed up with the CCD to bring Jim Parker, Esq., partner with Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Saliwanchik, to campus to discuss career opportunities in intellectual property law. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to advance their career goals in this field from a board certified practitioner. Pizza provided by the CCD.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship

The American Society of International Law is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program.

The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, an ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad along with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others. ASIL's Helton Fellowship Program gives micro-grants for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow's fieldwork and research.

Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be affiliated, for purposes of completing their project, in some way with an educational institution, international organization, or non-governmental organization.

The Helton application form and guidelines for a qualifying proposal, as well as general information, may be found at, or through the ASIL Service Center at +1-856-380-6810. All application materials for a 2010 fellowship must be submitted electronically to starting October 12, 2009, and no later than February 12, 2010. Only the first 50 complete applications will be considered. Fellowship awards will be announced in late March 2010.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Equal Justice Society Fellowship

The Equal Justice Society is accepting applications for its 2010-2011 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, named after the first African American woman to serve on the federal bench. Applicants for the one-year paid fellowship should be recent law school graduates with up to five years of work experience after law school. The application deadline is December 7, 2009.

EJS is a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. As heirs of the innovative legal and political strategists of Brown v. Board of Education, the organization broadly models its programmatic efforts after the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley and the Brown litigation team. Using a three-prong strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings and strategic public communications, EJS seeks to restore race equity issues to the national consciousness, build effective progressive alliances, and advance discourse on the positive role of government.

Motley Fellowship applicants should demonstrate experience in civil rights advocacy and a strong commitment to racial justice. The Fellow will work under the supervision of staff attorneys for a 12-month period. During the fellowship period, the Fellow may lead new research, advocacy, coalition building, and public education efforts related to transforming anti-discrimination law and policy. The Fellow will be a full participant in office events and activities, including staff meetings and strategic planning sessions.
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Period: October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011 (flexible)
  • Deadline: December 7, 2009 (application must be received in our office, not postmarked, by the date listed)
  • Requirements: Applicants should be recent law school graduates with 0-5 years of work experience after law school. Bar passage is not required. Candidates will be evaluated based upon criteria including: Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice; demonstrated interest in civil rights law and policy; excellent research and oral /written communication skills.
  • Application: To be considered for the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, please send a cover letter, resume, list of four (4) references and a writing sample (preferably on a racial/social justice topic) to with the subject line "Motley Fellowship Application."
    OR mail hard copies to:
    Motley Fellowship Applications, Equal Justice Society, 260 California Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94111

Applications must be received in the office, not postmarked, by the dates listed above.

Reality's knocking -- The recession is forcing schools to bow to reality

The National Law Journal discusses how the difficult market is increasing incentives for law schools to revamp their curricula to prepare students for the realities of the legal profession. Click here for the full article.

Upcoming Jacksonville Networking Opportunities

Get involved with the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association:

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Event: Happy Hour
Location: St. Joe Building
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sponsor: Jackson Lewis
Charity Fundraising: $5.00 donation collected at the door for Breast Cancer Foundation

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Event: Judicial Breakfast (Circuit Civil/Probate/Criminal)
Location: Duval County Courthouse, Room 505 (Old Jury Room)
Time: 8:00am to 9:00am
RSVP: To Elizabeth Howard ( by 11/5/09

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Event: Movie Night
Location: 5 Points Theatre
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Happy hour starts at 6:00pm. Movie to follow beginning at 6:45pm)
RSVP: To Christian George ( by 11/12/09

Monday, October 12, 2009

Save the Date - National Pro Bono Week

Kickoff Breakfast & Orange Ribbon Campaign
10/26 8:30am Schott Courtyard

Come and enjoy coffee & bagels and speak with other students and faculty concerned about the legal needs of indigent and underserved communities. Don’t forget to pick up your orange ProBono Week ribbons! Help UF Law raise awareness about the need for support of pro bono services through financial contributions, volunteerism and advocacy throughout this week.

Pro Bono Fair
10/29 10-2pm Schott Courtyard

Meet representatives from local pro bono and public interest organizations, including Southern Legal Counsel, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Florida Institutional Legal Services, Teen Court and the Restoration of Civil Rights Project for whom you could do volunteer projects. Representativesfrom the Association of Public Interest Law & the Center for Career Development will also be tabling. Hours donated to these organizations may qualify you for a Pro Bono Certificate at graduation.
Visit for more information on the Pro Bono Project.

Programs this Week

1L, 2L & 3L's: Perspectives from the Public Defender & State Attorney’s Offices
Tuesday, 10/13 12pm, HOL 345

Join 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney, Stacey Steinberg (‘03) and Public Defender, John Maguire, to learn about practicing criminal law with the government. You will hear how Certified Legal Interns are able to represent clients in court through UF Law’s Clinical Programs & how to gain invaluable litigation skills while helping others.

2L & 3L's Clinic Information Meeting
Wednesday, 10/14 12pm Bailey Courtroom

The CCD strongly encourages you to attend this program sponsored by the clinics & to apply for a clinical opportunity during your law school tenure. In today’s competitive market, employers seek those with practical skills and experience. Both are provided by participating in a clinic.

Monday, October 5, 2009

BEAT THE DAWGS! Alumni Reception - Jacksonville

Interested in the Jacksonville employment market? Attend the "Beat the Dawgs" alumni reception in Jacksonville on Thursday, October 29th from 5:30-7:30 at the River
Club at the top of the Modis Building. UF Law has a large alumni network in Jacksonville who would like to meet you.
Space available for 10 students only, so interested students should send an email indicating interest & class year to: by 10/19.

Apply Early for Government Positions

Considering a government honors position for the summer or post-graduation? We have heard of several instances in which deadlines published in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook have been moved up by the hiring agency due to the large number of students applying for these positions. Be sure to get your application in as early as possible!

This Week's Programs

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Noon, HOL 270
Considering Solo?

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from attorney Karen Specie, and learn about the benefits and challenges associated with her experience going solo. Assistant Dean Linda Calvert Hanson will be on hand to discuss the resources available on solo practice through the CCD. Bonita Young will also speak on how Lexis Nexis can assist you in setting up a solo practice. Pizza generously provided by Lexis.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Noon, HOL 345
Cover Letter Workshop

A well written cover letter can be the difference between a resume that gets attention and one that is thrown away unread. How are your letters stacking up against the competition? Join the CCD to discuss ways to improve your cover letters to highlight your best skills and accomplishments.

Thursday, Oct 8
2Ls and 3Ls at 11:00 am, HOL 345
1Ls at 1:00 pm, HOL 270
Discovering YOUR Ideal Career Through Self-Assessment

Hear speaker Dr. Martha Peters, author of Juris Types. This program will help students better target their career search by identifying their values and learning about the type of work environments in which they will thrive and find career satisfaction. Dr. Peters will also have some availability on Friday to meet individually with students to talk about their MBTI and options.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Volusia County Networking Opportunity


CLE APPROVED: 1.0 general, 1.0 ethics hours

Presented by Philip J. Bonamo, Esquire
President, Volusia County Bar Association

  • Issues Facing New Attorneys - What They Didn't Teach You in Law School
  • What the Judge is REALLY Looking For
  • Law Office Management - Importance of Office Environment and Its Dynamics
  • Ethics & Professionalism - What's the Difference?

Friday, November 13, 2009
747 Office Suites, 747 S. Ridgewood Avenue

Seminar will begin promptly at 12:00 noon – lunch will be set up at 11:30.

Boxed lunches: $10 for VCBA YLD Members & $15 Non-members
RSVP: -- Please include your sandwich preference: ham, turkey or vegetarian.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fried Frank Fellowship Program

Fried Frank has joined with two of the country's leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. ("LDF") and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ("MALDEF"), to create unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law . The LDF and MALDEF fellowships each give an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator, and then two years as a staff attorney with LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, the Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank or, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization.
Third-year students and recent graduates, including judicial clerks, are eligible to apply for the Fellowship Program. To apply, students must submit the following documents: (1) resume, (2) two letters of recommendation (one each from a law school faculty member and an employer); (3) a legal writing sample; (4) a 500-word essay, and (5) a law school transcript. For the essay, students must select one or two civil rights issues of interest to them and briefly explain why the issues are important to them and how they feel the fellowship can serve as a vehicle to effect change in those areas, including how their experiences and/or skills may contribute to such change.
Students must submit the completed application packet by U.S. Mail or e-mail to:
Diversity and Inclusion
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
The application deadline is November 1, 2009.
To learn more about Fried Frank and the Fellowship Program, please visit

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The 2009-2010 Presidential Management Fellows ("PMF") Program application season will be open soon. The PMF Program is the premier program for leadership development in the public sector. Its purpose is to attract outstanding men and women to the federal service. Each year, the program draws Fellows from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.
The program provides a two-year federal government fellowship to individuals who have completed a graduate-level course of study at an accredited college or university. Since 1977, the PMF Program and its predecessor, the Presidential Management Intern ("PMI") Program, have been attracting outstanding graduate, law, and doctoral-level students to the federal service.
The PMF Program is a passport to a unique and rewarding career experience with the federal government. It provides Fellows with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they acquired from graduate study. PMF assignments may involve public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law, financial management and many other fields in support of public service programs
Numbers per year: In recent years, the number of fellows has ranged between four hundred and six hundred. There is not a set number of fellows selected per year. The number hired is based on the hiring projections of agencies, as well as the number of highly-qualified applicants.
Salary: Fellows must have a graduate degree, meaning that they will be at least at a GS-9 pay level ($50,408-$65,531 in the greater Washington DC area, varies by geographic region). Many graduates may be at a higher level depending on their degree and previous work experience.
Deadline: Application period for the PMF Class of 2010 is expected to open on Thursday, October 1, 2009 and close on Thursday, October 15, 2009.
Recommendation: This program requires a law school recommendation. At UF Law, Dean Rachel Inman in the Office of Student Affairs is the designated recommender. Please schedule an appointment with her to receive your recommendation.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Programs this Week

Monday, Sept. 28
3Ls: Java with Jessie
3:30 p.m. Starbucks at Royal Park

Meet with a counselor and your fellow classmates in a neutral and informal setting to share ideas for achieving career success.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Energy Law Program w/ Frederick M. Bryant, Esq.
12pm, HOL 345

Guest speaker Frederick M. Bryant, Esq. has 39 years of experience in the energy law field and will share his insights about opportunities in this expanding field. Mr. Bryant is currently the general counsel for the Florida Municipal Power Agency; his experience has touched on all aspects of energy law including litigation, transactional work and lobbying.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Etiquette Dinner w/ Julie Fleming
6-8pm, Hillel House

Come enjoy a three-course meal with Julie Fleming, author & attorney development coach with Life at the Bar. Learn about proper etiquette during an interview or reception, breaking into an ongoing conversation, & connecting with other professionals. In this economy, it is vital to set yourself apart from the rest. We can show you how! Hosted by UF FAWL & the CCD and co-sponsored by JMBA. Pick uptickets in the JMBA office for $14.

Thursday, Oct. 1
View from the Bench w/ Reception
1-5pm, Federal Courthouse

Seminar from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
° Best Practices in Writing and Oral Arguments before the Court with U.S. Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson, Senior U.S. District Judge William F. Stafford and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones
° Developments in the Northern District of Florida and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle
° Basic Appellate Practice: Tips for New Appellate Practitioners and Trial Lawyers, Steven L. Brannock, Esq.

Reception at 5 p.m. in the Gainesville U.S. Courthouse
° 10 students will be able to attend the reception, a great opportunity to meet and interact with the presenting federal judges.
° If interested, please send an email to: by 3pm Tues., September 29th.

Law student cost is $20 before 9/28/09 and $25 thereafter. Registration forms available in the CCD.

Thursday, Oct. 1

D.C. Externship Opportunities

Noon, Bailey Courtroom

Scott Knittle, Esq. of the Washington Center will speak to 2L’s and 3L’s about visiting student/externship opportunities in Washington, D.C. Find out how you can get a first-hand view of the policy and legal practice in the nation’s capital and develop connections and experience often sought by potential employers.

Friday, September 25, 2009

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship

K&L Gates offers law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each summer, the program awards up to three successful candidates a fellowship that enables them to spend four weeks of their summer working at one of four designated public interest organizations. In 2010, each recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his or her public interest service. K&L Gates will pay a supplemental salary to any recipient who receives and accepts an offer to spend the remainder of the summer as a K&L Gates summer associate.

DEADLINE October 9th
For more information and how to apply visit:

HUD Legal Honors Program

HUD’s Legal Honors Program for graduating law students serves as the Department’s only recruitment program for entry-level attorneys. Approximately 10-20 legal honor positions are available annually in Headquarters and Field offices. Successful candidates begin work in August or September and participate in a 14-month appointment that may lead to a permanent position,pending bar acceptance. During the program, Legal Honors are assigned mentors, are given the opportunity to rotate to other offices within OGC, and participate in additional training and monthly discussions to enhance their program experience and develop their legal abilities.

DEADLINE October 16th
For more information and the application visit:

Monday, September 21, 2009

Programs this Week

Public Interest Week
Monday - Volunteer Fair, 10-2pm, Courtyard

Come down to the Courtyard to meet representatives of local agencies interested in student volunteers, including Three Rivers Legal Services, Southern Legal Counsel, Florida Institutional
Legal Services, and Alachua County Teen Court. Hours donated at these agencies count towards your Pro Bono or Community Service Certificate. Kristen Bryant, Pro Bono Project Coordinator,will also be tabling to answer questions.

Tuesday - Public Interested? 12pm, HOL 345

Speak with UF Law alumni Jorge Tormes (‘07) & Patricia Antonucci (‘08) from Three Rivers
Legal Services and attorney Gabriella Ruiz, from Southern Legal Counsel about how to make a career of public interest work, the benefits it can offer, and the obstacles that can be encountered. Pizza will be provided by the CCD.

Wedesday, 11:00 a.m., HOL 180

3Ls Only! Employment Market with Dean Jerry

Join Dean Jerry at 11am on September 23rd in HOL 180 as he gives his take on the economic conditions now present in the legal market, and what they mean to you. He will also share his thoughts on steps to take to deal with that market. Sandwiches provided by the CCD.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Externship Opportunities in Washington D.C.

Spend a semester working and studying in the nation's capital through the Washington, D.C., Legal Externship Program established by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in partnership with The Washington Center. The program will help students identify and apply for externships in government or non-profit organizations where they will work approximately 4 1/2 days per week. Monday afternoons are dedicated to special programming. Students will enroll in courses taught by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law faculty in Washington, D.C. Courses will focus on subjects such as federal legislative and regulatory advocacy. Students may also attend The Washington Center's President's Lecture Series and Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill. Click here for details.

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship

Each year the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center offers numerous fellowship positions providing educational and professional development opportunities for attorneys who are dedicated to using their legal talents to advance women's rights. Two types of fellowships are offered:
  • A 12 month work experience, where fellows work on women's legal issues with a public interest organization, a governmental agency, or as a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law. The deadline for this fellowship is Monday, November 2, 2009.
  • The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship, allows women's rights lawyers from Africa to earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Georgetown Law focusing on international women’s human rights, and then participate in a post-graduation summer legal internship experience before returning home after the fellowship to continue advancing women’s rights in their own countries. The application deadline for the LAWA Program is Wednesday, September 30, 2009.
Please see for more information and application forms.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Careers in the Foreign Service

Would you like to represent the United States abroad as a Foreign Service Officer? The U.S. Department of State is hiring! The Career Resource Center (CRC) ON MAIN CAMPUS will host Foreign Service Officer and University of Florida graduate Paul Ghiotto (B.A. 1999, B.S. 1999, J.D. 2004) to discuss internship and job opportunities with the U.S. Department of State on Friday, September 18 at 3pm in the CRC classroom, first floor of the Reitz Union on main campus. The presentation will discuss undergraduate and graduate-level internships and fellowships, the Foreign Service Officer Test and the various jobs available with the State Department. Don’t miss it! Also, be sure to contact the Law School’s Center for Career Development to obtain a handout about the Foreign Service at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Got Etiquette?

Come enjoy a three-course meal with Catie Witherspoon, a consultant with Skalaski Consulting, on Sept. 29, at 5:45 p.m. at the Hillel House. Learn about proper etiquette during an interview or reception, breaking into an ongoing conversation, and connecting with other professionals. In this economy, it is vital you set yourself apart from the rest. We can show you how!
Hosted by UF FAWL and the Center for Career Development and co-sponsored by JMBA. Pick up tickets in the JMBA office for $14.

Monday, September 14, 2009

View from the Bench

Sponsored by the North Central FL Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Thursday, October 1, 2009
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Gainesville U.S. Courthouse

° Best Practices in Writing and Oral Arguments before the Court with U.S. Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson, Senior U.S. District Judge William F. Stafford and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones
° Developments in the Northern District of Florida and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle
° Basic Appellate Practice: Tips for New Appellate Practitioners and Trial Lawyers, Steven L. Brannock, Esq.
° Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the close of the seminar

Law student cost is $20 before 9/28/09 and $25 thereafter.

Registration forms available in the CCD.

The recession makes externships a sweeter deal for students

Without summer associate programs to rely on, law students are turning to alternate ways of gaining practical experience and making connections that could lead to full-time employment. Click here for the full National Law Journal article.

Programs this Week

Tuesday 9/15
Different Practice Areas: Litigation vs. Transactional: Join two of our newest Center for Career Development attorney counselors, Karen Miller and Rob Birrenkott, who have a wealth of practice experience to learn about practice areas you never thought about and to discuss what you need to know about distinctions between Litigation and Transactional Law.
Noon in HOL 345
Pizza will be provided.

Wednesday 9/16
Careers in Lobbying: Professor Lea Johnston will share her experiences as Deputy Director and Advocate for the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, and Karen Miller will share her perspectives as a New York consumer advocate. Come learn about the types of opportunities available and tips to landing these exciting and rewarding jobs.
Noon in HOL 345


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

AIPLA Career Fair

The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts it annual career fair on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

TO REGISTER as either a Job Seeker or an Employer for the AIPLA Career Fair, click HERE. This page will provide a link to more detailed information and the actual registration button. IMPORTANT: All Job Seekers must be current members in good standing, with their 2009-2010 dues paid.

Federal Government Needs Massive Hiring Binge, Study Finds

A study by a think tank says the federal government needs to hire more than 270,000 workers in “mission-critical” jobs, and the legal sector is one of five fields where more workers are needed. The study by the Partnership for Public Service says hiring will need to be beefed up, partly to replace retiring baby boomers, the Washington Post reports. More workers will also be needed to handle new challenges planned by the Obama administration, such as repair of the financial sector and climate change. Included in the new hiring are an expected 4,000 new positions in the Justice Department. Check out the full article in the Washington Post.

Writing Competition

The International Ombudsman Association is sponsoring an annual writing contest for students in law school or graduate programs in dispute resolution. In the inaugural contest, law students are invited to submit articles arguing for a statutory privilege for organizational ombudsmen. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2010 in New Orleans to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA. Submissions are due November 15, 2009. Click here for details.

Programs this Week

Tuesday at noon
Beyond OCI: Job Search Strategies
HOL 345

Wednesday at noon
New York Practice
HOL 345

Friday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet the Profession--Distinguished alumni will participate in three concurrent sessions to be offered twice:
· Judicial Opportunities – federal and state court judges
· Lobbying and Government Practice – lobbyists and government practitioners
· One Firm Doesn’t Fit All – practitioners from small, medium and large firms with concentrations on commercial litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation and appellate practice from New York, Miami and Tampa.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Video Conferencing Available

UF Law is a member of Law School Connect (LSC), a nationwide remote interviewing network providing videoconferencing services to law schools for legal recruiting through law firm sponsorships. LSC’s membership includes law schools, law firms, legal non-profits, public service agencies and courts. For interviews with non-local employers, you may now be able to use videoconferencing. While there are times when an in-person interview is preferable, videoconferencing may provide a potential employer with an additional option. This is particularly relevant in the case of judicial clerkship interviews because judges have free access to the network. If you are interested in using this no-cost service for your interviewing needs, please contact Wanda Chapman in the Center for Career Development for more information.

Interested in exploring a career in government or lobbying?

There are two excellent networking opportunities in Gainesville for which you should reserve your seat now.

  • The Alachua County Democratic Party is hosting its annual Lawton Chiles dinner at the UF Hilton on Sunday, October 4th. Featured speaker will be Alex Sink, UF alum, Florida CFO and candidate for Governor. Student tickets are $35. To purchase tickets call 352 373-1730 or download the reservation form at

  • The Alachua County Republican Party is hosting its “Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jeans BBQ” (just wear your good jeans—black tie not required) on November 5, 2009 at Canterbury Equestrian Showplace in Newberry, in Alachua County. The guest speaker is Laura Ingraham, most popular female radio host in the United States and author of “Power to the People”. Ms. Ingraham, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, is a contributor to Fox News Channel. Student tickets are $45 with an ID. To purchase tickets phone 352 373-8500 or e-mail

Both parties welcome law students and will welcome volunteers in the upcoming elections. These are excellent opportunities to meet practitioners and legislators and practice your networking skills. Because these events do sell out, we suggest you make your arrangements now.

Check out the CCD on Facebook

We have a newly created page with an events guide and information on various career opportunities. We are registered under the name of UF Law Career Development.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

Washington, D.C. October 24-25

Government & Public Interest Employers (Over 120 employers attended in 2008)
To get started, you will need to create an Equal Justice Works Symplicity account.

  • Create a Symplicity account at NOTE: This is a different system than your UF Law Symplicity account.
  • Confirm your email address by clicking on the link that is emailed to you.
  • Update your profile information.
  • Upload a cover letter and résumé.
  • Register to attend the Career Fair under “Events.” You must register in order to be admitted into the Conference and Career Fair. A Symplicity account does not constitute registering.
  • Submit applications.
  • If you are interested in cost sharing (sharing rides/hotel rooms with other UF Law students), please email CCD counselor Kristen Bryant at

You can find more information, including timelines & lists of previous employer attendees at:

Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during Table Talk on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Seeking Members for Career Development Student Advisory Committee

The Career Development Student Advisory Committee, comprised of individual students and representatives from student organizations, will meet in September, October, February and March to share ideas about ways that the Center for Career Development can best assist students in meeting their career goals. The committee also will explore ways for Career Development to partner with individual student organizations to provide complementary programming, guest speakers and to combine resources to provide greater benefits to all. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email your resume along with a one to two paragraph expression of your interest by September 14th to