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 www.friedfrank.com.

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: careers@law.ufl.edu 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 www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp 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 careers@law.ufl.edu

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 http://alachuacountydemocraticparty.org/.

  • 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 tickets@alachuarepublicans.com.

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 https://ejw-csm.symplicity.com/students/. 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 bryantk@law.ufl.edu.

You can find more information, including timelines & lists of previous employer attendees at: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/events/ccf/student#tips

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.