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Vol. 39 No. 6

 

Writing Contests

Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP
Levit Essay Contest.
Award: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, April 27–29. The legal writing contest, only open to law students and young lawyers who are members of the American Bar Association, encourages innovative and original research and writing on issues in lawyers’ professional liability. Deadline: February 18.

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Criminal Justice Section. First place: $2,000, trip to a Section meeting, and possible publication in Criminal Justice magazine. All entrants receive a one-year free section membership. Deadline: April 25.

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Section of Family Law. Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.
First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a certificate and publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website, as well as possible publication in the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly. All winners’ law school deans will be notified, and winners will also be invited to attend the Section’s Annual Awards Luncheon at the Section’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Toronto. Winners will also receive free membership for one year in the ABA Section of Family Law. Deadline: April 29. (Deadline for requesting entry number: April 22.) 

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Commission on Domestic Violence. First place: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Deadline: May 31.

http://www2.americanbar.org/domesticviolence/Pages/LawStudent.aspx

Section of Dispute Resolution. First place: $1,000 and online publication of essay. Deadline: June 15.

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Fellowships, Clerkships & Scholarships

Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund provides a stipend of $2,500, available to three law students with summer work at a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.
Deadline: March 25

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Commission on Immigration. The ABA Commission on Immigration seeks legal interns to assist in national advocacy work for immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers to the United States.

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Division for Public Services 2010–2011 Clerkship. Spring/Summer: Open by competition to students entering their second or third year at an ABA-approved law school. Design and complete a legal research and writing project in substantive areas of Division concern. Applicants must be ABA Law Student Division members and may join at www.abanet.org/lsd. Reviewed on a rolling basis. Fall/Winter: Typically involves conducting project research and writing; developing information for directories and other databases; coordinating survey development, distribution, and results; or editing manuscripts for publication. Applicants may be undergraduate or law school students. Clerkships are unpaid. Contact Carrie Coleman at 202-662-1691 or carrie.coleman@americanbar.org.

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Career Resources

Résumé database.
The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law Section announces the launch of a new and exciting platform to help ABA law student members find meaningful work experience. The Section’s new résumé database gives students who are interested in state and local government law an opportunity to connect with employers looking for applicants with interests in a variety of areas. If you are looking for a summer or permanent position in any area of State and Local Government Law, including Land Use, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Public Education, Public Finance, Public Utility Law, Regulatory Practice, or Zoning, upload your résumé now.

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Forum on Communications Law mentoring. Students can post questions about career development and related issues to mentors via an e-mail discussion list of experienced media law lawyers. Send an e-mail with COMMLAW-MENTOR in the subject line to teresa.ucok@americanbar.org with your name, address, law school, and year of law school graduation.

 

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