3L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket features several public interest job opportunities, one government job opportunity, a winter break volunteer immersion opportunity in Chicago, an invitation to the meet the public interest employers reception in Chicago, and invitation to apply to write for a highly ranked blog, and two essay competitions, including one where the top prize is $5000.

Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Due November 10


Fellowship Application Re-opened for Selected Projects – Deadline November 10

Equal Justice Works has extended the Fellowship application deadline to November 10 for several specific project types. Equal Justice Works has confirmed funding in the following categories and highly encourages students to apply in these areas:

  • LGBTQIA candidates of color serving LGBTQIA communities of color in NYC
  • Immigration or Veterans projects in Seattle, WA
  • Agriculture or poverty alleviation projects in Davenport and Betendorf Iowa and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline Illinois

If you’re interested in any of those project types, let me know and we can come up with a strategy and an application plan.

Students can learn more and begin their application online here.

Essay Competition: Win $1500, Deadline November 17

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee is awarding $1500 plus free attendance (and travel expenses up to $1,000) to the ABA Antitrust Law Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the top essay, along with a biography of the winning student, will be published in an ABA publication.

Participants are required to submit an essay of a current issue of interest with implications for antitrust and intellectual property law.

Additional Information and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

Job Opportunity:  Special 2018 New Mexico Fellowship Competition Application Opens November 13, 2017

Start preparing your materials now! Equal Justice Works will begin accepting applications on November 13, 2017 for one Fellow to be hosted at New Mexico Immigrant Law Center in Albuquerque, NM. The selected Fellow will begin September 2018. Candidates must be bilingual and have a passion for immigrant rights. Applications (personal statement, resume, and two letters of recommendation) are due online by January 31, 2018Learn more and apply online here. If you’re interested, contact me and I can answer questions and help you prepare your application.

Event: Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception, Tuesday, November 7 at Loyola Law School

On Tuesday, November 7 from 5:15-7:30, the Chicago Area Law Consortium, of which NDLS is a member, is hosting the 21st annual Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception. This is not a job fair. Rather, it offers an informal setting for law students to learn about the rich array of public service legal activity in the Chicago area. RSVP here by November 6.

Essay Competition: Win $5000 ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition, Deadline November 10

Competition Website: http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition

Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exhange Commission Alumni, Inc.

Deadline: November 10, 2017

Essay Topic: Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $3,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 23, 2018.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2017, and papers scheduled for publication in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for submission.

All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation.  For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included.  Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

Job Opportunity: Office of the Federal Public Defender,  Trial Unit, Law Clerk position in Los Angeles


The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California (FPD-CDCA) offers an intense and rewarding experience to recent post-bar graduates who wish to volunteer in an office dedicated to the zealous defense of the indigent accused. Through our program, law clerks assist trial lawyers in all aspects of our work, including performing legal research, drafting pleadings, analyzing discovery, assisting with trial preparation, visiting clients and helping to develop sentencing mitigation.

Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample by email to the Law Clerk Committee at internships@fpdcdca.org.

Read more here.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Writer’s in Residence Program: Due November 20


The Writers in Residence program was started in 2010 and is a select group of practicing attorneys, alternative career individuals, pre-law students, current law students, and other professionals who contribute monthly articles for one year to the Ms. JD blog on a topic of their choosing. Some blog titles this year were: Concrete Ceilings and Open Doors: Women of Color & The Law, Drive Your Journey, Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law, Failure Turned Inside Out, The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths, The M in Law: Mommy, Where are You? Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life, LawTech and Women in Legal Tech, Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar and many many more. What perspectives could you bring to next year’s Program? Release your inner writer!

Write for a blog that is included on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 Hall of Fame list. Develop your online presence, expand your network in the legal industry, and add a distinguished position to your resume.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Check out the event flyer, which contains a list of participating employers.

Job Opportunity: Georgetown Law Center for Applied Legal Studies, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Washington, D.C., Deadline

This is a two year teaching fellowship (July 2018 – June 2020), that provides a unique opportunity for the selected lawyer to learn how to teach immigration law in a clinical setting. Find out more information and how to apply here.

Winter Break Opportunity: DVLC Winter Immersion Program, Apply by December 8

Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending a week over winter break helping self-represented litigants petition the court for orders of protection through the DVLC’s Emergency Protection Project. Provide hands-on brief legal services and work directly with the litigants, conducting interviews and creating the documents they need to file. Observe court and see how judges use your own work product in determining whether the petitioner will receive an Emergency Order of Protection in an ex-parte hearing. Support the litigant during a time of crisis, demystifying the court process and explaining outcomes.

Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Cheryl DeMichele Price (cprice@dvlcchicago.org). Applications due by Friday, December 8, 2017. 711 License Not Required. Applicants must have a working laptop that can operate on a battery for at least one hour, and must be comfortable conducting sensitive legal interviews.

Three Sessions Available:

Week 1: December 18-22, 2017

Week 2: January 2-5, 2018

Week 3: January 8-12, 2018

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Training will occur on the first day of each session.


Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60607

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