Monday, February 23, 2009

Have lunch with a Federal Magistrate

The local chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) is sponsoring a brown bag lunch with the Honorable Allen Kornblum, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. During the lunch, the Judge will speak with local practitioners and law students about the basics of federal practice. This is a great opportunity to interact with a local federal judge and attorneys to learn about the inner workings of the federal court in Gainesville. The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2009 but has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held in the Jury Assembly Room of the United States Courthouse, 401 SE First Avenue, Gainesville. Several students will be selected to attend this event with Kristen Bryant from Career Services. If you are interested in a federal judicial clerkship or federal practice, this is an ideal networking event for you. Email indicating your class year and interest by Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Program this Week

How to Have a Successful Summer
Wednesday, Noon 136 BG
PIZZA & speakers provided by Quarles & Brady

Attorneys from the firm of Quarles & Brady are returning to campus to show students what life as an summer associate is like. The presentation will focus on what to expect in firm life, surprises you may encounter along the way and how to find eventual success during your summer opportunity. Covered topics will be relevant to 1L's and include information for those who may not be heading to a law firm forthe summer. Pizza will graciously be provided by the firm.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Loyola Chicago Patent Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2009 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 in Chicago. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 150 law schools, and 1,500 law students from across the country participated in the program. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.
For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 23 and close on Thursday, March 12. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Jessie Howell Wallace at .

Federal Circuit Bar Association Writing Competition

The Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is pleased to announce the 2009 George Hutchinson Writing Competition. The topic is directed to a subject within the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Competition rules are located on the FCBA website at The student with the best submission will receive $3000. Submissions are due June 26, 2009. Questions? Contact

Having Trouble Accessing the Government Honors Handbook?

The link and password have changed recently. Stop by Career Services or e-mail for updated information.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


WEDNESDAY: Noon Hol 345 SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING & CALL BACKS with Shannon Williams, Director of Attorney Recruitment from the Tampa office of Carlton Fields will be here to help you learn first hand about mastering the legal interview and call-backs.

WEDNESDAY: 6:00 p.m. ETIQUETTE DINNER Come enjoy a three-course meal with Catie Witherspoon, former law firm recruiter and consultant, to learn the proper etiquette during an interview meal or reception. Pick up tickets in the JMBA Office$10 for first 50 tickets sold and $15 for second 50 tickets sold. Co-Hosted by UF FAWL, & co-sponsored by JMBA & SALSA.

THURSDAY 2/19 10-11am & 12-1pm, HOL 359 Careers in the US Army By U.S. Army Recruiter

FRIDAY 2/20 noon Hol 345 Careers in Real Property, Probate & Trust Enjoy pizza while you listen to a panel of local attorneys from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) section ofthe Fla. Bar share information about their career paths, experiences and perspectives with students interested in learning about the above practice areas.

Monday, February 9, 2009

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Don't Miss this Week's Programs: Small Firms and Dress for Success

Small Firm Informational Meeting
Wednesday, February 11 at 12pm, HOL 345
Members of the General Practice Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar will be here to speak on what small firm practice is like, job searching for small firms, how to make yourself more marketable to small firms and how the GPSSF Section can help you. The CCS will also talk about the Small Firm Conference and Interview Program to be held in Orlando in March.

Dress for Success
February 13th at 12pm, HOL 345
In an event co-sponsored by UF Law FAWL, Macy's will be showing both men's and women's interview wear. Cosmetic tips also will be provided. Come learn how to create your perfect interview outfit.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Capital City Fellows Program Washington D.C.

10-25 3Ls and Recent Grads (graduated within 2 years prior to October 2009) will be hired for the 2-year Capital City Fellows Program, which begins in October, 2009. Permanent employment is possible, but not guaranteed. Designed for those with an interest in administration, local government, and policy development, the Fellowship offers four 6-month rotations in a variety of agencies, including the Office of City Administrator; Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; Office of Citizen Complaint Review; Department of Health; Department of Human Services; Metropolitan Police Department; Office of Personnel; Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; Office of Chief Financial Officer; Department of Motor Vehicles; and District Department of Transportation. Placements are based on need, as well as skills and preferences. In addition to on-the-job training, Fellows meet with high-level city officials, and participate in educational and professional development seminars.
Details and applications:,a,1222,q,530470.asp.

Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies—consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.
The Fall session runs from September 9- November 25, 2009 and applications are due by June 1, 2009. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last 5 years are eligible to apply. Candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor/adviser fill out a reference form. Both forms and further information are available on the Web at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Upcoming Jacksonville Networking Opportunities

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Event: Happy Hour
Location: Ivy Ultra Bar
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Event: Special Olympics - Duval County Summer Games Qualifier at Bolles

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009
Event: YLS Annual Golf Tournament
Location: Plantation at Ponte Vedra
Time: Noon
For More Information: Contact Elizabeth Howard -

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Event: YLS Judicial Breakfast with Circuit Civil Judges
Location: Judge Moran's Chambers
Time: 8:00am

Check out the YLS Facebook Group - Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section ( for more information.

Funding for Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2009, the Foundation will award at least five $5,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities.
Application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2009. For information and the application go to:

ABA John J. Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The internship is open to all law students, and the recipient must commit to work eight continuous weeks between May 1st and October 1st to a program of the interns choice.
All applications must be received by March 23, 2009, but early submissions are encouraged. To obtain an application or further information go to:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Spend the Summer in Washington D.C.

The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, provides the opportunity for first and second year law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through legal internships, seminars, guest speakers and briefings.
The program offers the following five components:
· Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest legal organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
· Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.
· Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers.
· Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.
· Seminar on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a 3-credit seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars and accredited by New York Law School.
· Scholarships: 75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.

Applications for the program will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 20, 2009. Housing in furnished apartments located on Capitol Hill is included in the program fee.

For more information and to begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Mary Connell, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at or 202.986.0384.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

UGA Public Interest Conference

The University of Georgia School of Law cordially invites you to attend the Fourth Annual "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" conference on February 27-28, 2009.

This two day event features panels and roundtable discussions with speakers drawn from all parts of the country. The conference will be held in Athens, Georgia, at the University of Georgia School of Law. This year's panel topics include:
· Plenary - Human Rights in the Southeast
· Juvenile Sentencing - Throwing Away Our Youth: Harsh Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders
· Eyewitness Testimony - The Problem of Eyewitness Testimony in Capital Cases
· Economic Disparity - Combating Economic Disparity with Civic Engagement
· Healthcare - An Examination of the Health Law Partnership: A Community-based Collaborative of Lawyers, Health Care Providers and Law Students
· LGBT Persons - The Fight for the Right to Marry
· Sex Trafficking - The Modern Form of Slavery: The Prevalence of Sex Trafficking and the Sexual Exploitation of Minors Nationally and Locally

Registration and other useful information are available online at

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The 5th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 7-8, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in this wonderful city.

Registration opens on March 26 and ends June 20th, 2009.

Students can register on-line and find more information about the Job Fair at You may also contact Emily Perry at 816-474-4322.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Programs this Week -- Don't Miss Out!

Wed. Feb. 4 @ Noon in HOL 180
GUERILLA TACTICS FOR GETTING THE LEGAL JOB OF YOUR DREAMS--with guest speaker Kimm Walton, nationally renowned author of 4 legal job search books. Kimm Walton's proven job search strategies have helped thousands of law students get the legal job of their dreams. Based on her best-selling book, you won't want to miss this energizing and entertaining seminar.

Thurs. Feb. 5 @ Noon in FDR
2 & 3L's: DISCOVERING YOUR IDEAL CAREER THROUGH SELF-ASSESSMENT--with guest speaker Dr. Martha Peters, author of Juris Types.

Fri. Feb. 6 @ Noon in HOL 360
1L's: DISCOVERING YOUR IDEAL CAREER THROUGH SELF-ASSESSMENT--with guest speaker Dr. Martha Peters, author of Juris Types.

Paid Summer 2009 Internship

The Lawyers Alliance for World Security (LAWS) and the World Security Institute (WSI) are pleased to announce a joint summer intern program in Washington, D.C. for law students with a strong interest in national security, nuclear arms control, nonproliferation and foreign affairs.
Applications will be accepted until May 10; however, applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration. For details and application intructions check the Job Bank in Symplicity.