SAVE THE DATE- NBGSA 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE- May 28-June 1, 2014, Baton Rouge, LA

The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary graduate student organization will be celebrating its 26th annual conference from May 28-June 1, 2014, in Baton Rouge, LA. Our theme this year is:  Different Paths, One Journey: The Many Experiences of Black Graduate Students.

This event will host participants from around the country. Conference attendees will participate in poster and oral presentations, paper competitions, and engage in workshops designed to aid with their overall graduate experience. Additionally, an impressive number of keynote speakers composed essentially of highly regarded scholars and academicians will deliver speeches and share their success stories.
For more more information on how to register, please visit
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Job Opportunities

Below is a vacancy announcement, #14-003, for an Assistant Federal Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Defenders Office, Sacramento, California.

CHU-AFD 14-003


The Department of Labor’s, Office of the Solicitor is recruiting to fill the position of Regional Solicitor in Philadelphia.  The vacancy announcement, including the qualifications and application process, is listed in the USAJOBS( announcement for this position – vacancy announcement DOL-SES-SOL-14-09.  Applications must be received by March 17th.  You can access the job announcement at:


A vacancy announcement for the Policy and Law Advisor, GS-0301-09/11 position has been posted on USA Jobs.  The announcement numbers are: MS-14-HRC-OL-066 & DE-14-HRC-OL-066.  It will remain open through Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Here is the announcement information:




WRITING COMPETITION: International Economic Law

The Houston Journal of International Law wishes to law students at all levels (J.D., L.L.M.) to compete for the James Baker Hughes Prize, awarded to the best unpublished student-written manuscript on the subject of international economic law. “International economic law” is a broad term that we consider to include all legal aspects of economic relations, from private business matters to international trade conflicts.  This $500 cash award is funded by a grant from Judge Lynn N. Hughes, and the winning submission will be published as the “James Baker Hughes Prize” article in an upcoming issue of the Houston Journal of International Law.

Enclosed is a notice of the competition and the manuscript guidelines.    Manuscripts must be received byApril 15, 2014.


Essay Competition–$5000 Cash Prize

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is now accepting entries for its first Diversity Committee Writing Competition.  A winner will be selected from each class (1L, 2L and 3/4L) and each winner will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize.  Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Details are included in the attached memo.

LSAC Writing Competition Memo 2.12.2014

Legal Internship at the Peace Corps


The Peace Corps Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Legal Internship position during Summer 2014 (May through August) and for a part time Legal Internship during Fall 2014. The OGC legal intern provides support to the legal staff, consisting of 10 attorneys, which may include legal research, drafting legal memoranda and correspondence, researching legislative history, assisting in discovery and
trial preparation, coordinating responses to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, helping to coordinate a variety of program activities, and performing assigned administrative
functions. See below and attached for more information.

Preference is given to second-year law students; however, first-year law students with strong research and writing skills are encouraged to apply. These internships are not paid but may qualify for course credit or part of a law school’s work-study program.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Carmen Chang, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until February 28, 2014.  Please see the Statement of Work below for further information.

Statement of Work – Legal Intern

How Do You Plan For Going Solo?

This piece, written by Susan Carter Liebel, informatively and clearly lays out a few main points which one must consider before going into successful solo practice. An expert on the topics of solo practice and working for smaller firms, Liebel is the CEO of Solo Practice University, an online educational program which masterfully tackles the questions new solo practitioners often face.  

When you open your own law practice (and odds are you will whether directly out of law school or ten years in) you go from wearing the singular hat of “lawyer” to wearing the many hats of a small business owner: lawyer, office manager, accountant, IT, and marketing public relations executive. You are a business person first and foremost and have to approach everything you do as a business person. You are selling you, the lawyer, as your product. And you have to market the product. And no successful business is run without first constructing a business plan.

You don’t have to have an MBA or be an accountant to run a business or be able to write a formal business plan. Whatever shortcomings you perceive, trust me, they are surmountable. You simply analyze these “shortcomings,” then manage them. And whatever your fears, they are certainly no excuse to stay an employee somewhere else if your goal or your need is to be your own boss. Continue reading

2014 National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair

Interested in attending law school?  You should attend the INAUGURAL NATIONAL DIVERSITY PRE-LAW CONFERENCE & LAW FAIR 2014 LAUNCH EVENT!

This new and groundbreaking event will take place from Friday, April 4, 2014 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 at The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, DC.

The event is completely FREE OF CHARGE.  Registration is now open!

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!  For more information, please visit our official website at!

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Call for Applications: Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship ($30,000)

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle Hofmann, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Continue reading

Get me off this island!

Why opponents of the Affordable Care Act are fighting tooth and nail to protect a failing system rather than support what is now law.

By: Li Litombe, J.D. Candidate 2015, City University of New York School of Law

Imagine there is an island in the middle of the ocean. The inhabitants of the island have been informed that it is sinking. Island officials, composed of members of the Blue party and the Red party, vote and a majority agree on a solution. They arrange that a rescue vessel will pick up all the islanders. Immediately after the vessel arrives, the Red party officials complain, “What is this vessel doing here?!” They claim the boat has deplorable conditions. They say the boat is not fast enough and has too few amenities. Nevertheless, in the midst of all the complaints and debates, many islanders are getting on the boat. Why? Because no matter how much the two parties complain, the island will surely sink. So why not get off of the island and employ the only sensible solution. Why not accept that the solution that everyone voted on is here? Rather than waste time and effort searching for blame, why not fix the issues the boat has?

The Affordable Care Act (the Boat) was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The purpose of the law was to address the failure of the American Healthcare System (the Island) to provide affordable comprehensive health coverage. One way it would achieve its goal would be by lowering the uninsured rate through an expansion of  public and private insurance coverage, and reducing the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government. Prior to becoming law the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went through the legislative process. After enactment the ACA survived constitutional challenges in the Supreme Court. One would think after such a rigorous process officials would work cohesively to ensure the success of what is now law. Wrong! Instead of working to ensure the success of the new law, opponents have focused their efforts on outright attempts at sabotage or assigning blame for its shortcomings. The few alternatives that have been proposed fail to ensure what the Affordable Care Act will ultimately achieve, access to healthcare for millions of Americans.

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“Breaking into the Legal Academy” Program at Thurgood Marshall School of Law

On Thursday, February 26, 2014, the Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) will host “Breaking into the Legal  Academy” from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  This session is designed for practitioners, recent graduates, and law students of color who are considering law teaching.  This half-day session is part of the annual Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference.

If you are interested in a career in legal academia, whether as an administrator, librarian, or faculty member (including research and writing, clinical, and traditional faculty), this session is for you.  Speakers and discussants include administrators, hiring committee chairs, and current law professors.  Discussion materials will focus on the expectations, roles and responsibilities of the different teaching positions.  In addition, the nuts and bolts of the various application and interview processes will be discussed.

THE SESSION IS FREE.  However, we do ask that all participants register for the session so that we may plan accordingly. (Snacks, drinks and coffee will be provided.) You may also choose to register for the entire conference, where there will be opportunities to present scholarly works in progress.  You may register for the session or the conference at ”

If you have any questions about the “Breaking into the Legal  Academy” session, please contact either Professor SpearIt at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law ( 313-7276) or Professor Nareissa Smith at North Carolina Central University School of Law (nsmith55@nccu.edu919-530-5483).  For moreinformation about the conference, please visit the conference website or the SE/SW facebook page –