Legal Internship at the Peace Corps

LEGAL INTERNSHIP AT THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, 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, cchang@peacecorps.gov. 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!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-inaugural-national-diversity-pre-law-conference-and-law-fair-2014-tickets-9490942665

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!  For more information, please visit our official website at http://www.diversityprelawconference.org!

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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.

The “Everything is Fine” Approach Continue reading

“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 http://www.seswpocc.org/. ”

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 (SpearIt@tmslaw.tsu.edu(713) 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 http://www.seswpocc.org/ or the SE/SW facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/SESWPOCC.

We’re an Entrepreneurial Culture. Get Entrepreneurial

This piece, written by Susan Carter Liebel, discusses tapping into our entrepreneurial nature with a synopsis of the current legal market and clear objectives to follow for 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.  

I remember watching Ben Bernanke on 60 minutes and after all the gloss and political correctness he said two things which struck me.  First he made it very clear we are in for a rough ride the next four to five years and that was quite an admission.  (I personally believe we are going to be in for a rough ride the whole decade and for a whole host of reasons).  And then he said the magic words:

We’ll be fine eventually as we are an entrepreneurial culture.

Yes, Ben, we are.

And on that same day, renowned economic expert, Harry Dent Jr. wrote:

In business, creative entrepreneurs will be the big winners as they were in the down economies of the 1930s and 1970s.

I’m not a fan of Bernanke (he was apparently an economic advisor contributing to Japan’s bad decisions which have led to their decades long economic woes. As a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 20, 2004, Bernanke gave a speech: The Great Moderation, where he postulated that we are in a new era, where economic volatility has been permanently eliminated! (Really, Ben?) However, Bernanke has given us a clue as to our future.  He is basically saying it’s every person for themselves.

And the recent numbers support this: Continue reading

Internship Alert! Office of the New York State Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau

OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

CIVIL RIGHTS BUREAU

Summer Internship Program

Reference No. CRI_VLS_SLIP_NYC_2014

The Office of the New York State Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, is seeking students for its 2014 Summer Internship Program. The Program generally runs for 8 to 10 weeks between June and August. Interns commit to work full time for the entire duration of the program. These internships are either volunteer positions, externships for course credit, funded by a public service grant obtained by the student, or work study funded by their school.

The Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office works to promote equal justice under law and seeks to enforce the civil rights of all New Yorkers.  The Bureau enforces laws that protect all New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, source of income or disability. Using federal, state, and local civil rights laws, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other landmark laws, the Bureau investigates and prosecutes discrimination in a variety of areas. Continue reading

Opportunity to write for ABA’s Litigation News!

Write for Litigation News!

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s national news magazine, Litigation News, seeks excellent writers interested in joining the editorial board as contributing editors. Contributing editors write four articles per year and attend two ABA conferences. This is a great opportunity to get your name out there and connect with attorneys across the country. Litigation News is published quarterly in print, and adds stories at least weekly to its online version. Its print circulation exceeds 50,000.

Interested? Send a resume and writing sample to LitNewsWriteOn@gmail.com by January 17, 2014. We will notify those applicants selected to participate in our annual write-on competition by February 1, 2014.

Pursuit of the LL.M. On the Rise: Southern Region Shows Strides

By Tiffany Fountaine Boykin, National Vice Chair

As the legal job market tightens, law firms are targeting increased recruitment efforts on graduates with specialized training.  Graduates have responded and the pursuit of the LL.M., a graduate degree that was once exclusive to tax lawyers and a few select others, is on the rise.  Law schools across the nation are also responding with more specialized offerings.

Just a few years ago, masters of laws degrees were already gaining popularity among foreign and domestic law students.  In fact, the number of LL.M. degrees conferred by American Bar Association-approved law schools grew by 65 percent between 1999 and 2009.  That trend has remained steady; today, LLM program enrollments nationwide have been consistently growing with foci on general studies, intellectual property law, programs for foreign lawyers, business and transactional law, and of course, taxation.

However, the long-term value of advanced law degrees remains unknown.  Continue reading