2L Weekly Docket

This edition of the Weekly Docket features several upcoming summer events and firm receptions, DOJ webinars, the upcoming DOJ career fair in DC, an Air Force litigator’s perspective on what life as a JAG is like, the Washington Attorney General summer program, and the upcoming Lavender Law Career Fair.

A sampling of upcoming summer events and law firm receptions

All summer events and law firm reception invites that have been sent to Notre Dame are located in symplicity under events and then workshops. I have included a sampling of some upcoming events below:

Public Interest Law Initiative Event in Chicago: Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

  • June 26th, 2019 – 8:15 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

RSVP here.

San Francisco Notre Dame Student & Alumni Networking Mixer, June 27, 6-8

Read more and RSVP here.

White & Case Summer Receptions

Monday, June 24, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT

Silicon Valley
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PDT

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST

Washington, DC
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CST

Space may be limited, so RSVP as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation email once your attendance is confirmed.

Read more and RSVP here.

Drinker Biddle Rising 2L Reception Chicago, June 27, 4-6

Learn more about the hands-on training, challenging assignments, and exciting social events that comprise our robust summer program! You will have a chance to meet our Summer Associates, Partners, and alumni.

June 27, 2019
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Drinker Biddle & Reath
191 North Wacker Drive
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60606

RSVP to recruiting.recruiting@dbr.com.

Notre Dame Lawyers Reception Chicago, June 27

The Notre Dame Lawyers of Chicago invite you to a farewell reception in honor of Nell Jessup Newton

June 27, 2019
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Chicago Athletic Association (White City Ballroom)

RSVP here.

DOJ Career Fair, RSVP open June 19

The Career Fair is Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  in the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 

RSVP Instructions:

  1. RSVP will be accepted starting at 12:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on June 19 and will close June 21, or when filled, whichever occurs first. (Note: space is limited to 10 per law school and a total of 100 entries are available)
  2. RSVP to OARMevents@usdoj.gov (RSVPs will not be accepted prior to 19 June, 12:00 PM EST
  3. Please use email subject line:  DOJ Career Fair RSVP
  4. In the email state your
    1. Name
    2. Law school
    3. Email address
    4. Internship location, if applicable

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED to no more than 10 students from any one law school and 100 total spaces are available, so this event fills very quickly. The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management will confirm reservations after RSVP closes, and provide additional instructions on security requirements and building access.

DOJ Wednesday Webinar Series

June 19, 201912:00 PM ESTDrug Enforcement AdministrationEnvironment and Natural Resources DivisionExecutive Office of Immigration ReviewCivil Rights Division
July 10, 201912:00 PM ESTFederal Bureau of InvestigationNational Security DivisionUnited States Attorney’s OfficeUnited States Trustee Program

URL:  https://ecs.acms.com/dojwedweb/

Access Code:  10200   

Access the webinar from June 5, which included attorneys from the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Criminal Division, and Tax Division.

Students can access the recording here:  Wednesday Webinar June 5, 2019

First Four Years of Air Force JAG Corps Practice: Litigator Perspective

The most common question we get from applicants is:  “What kind of law would I be practicing?” In their first assignment, Air Force JAGs simultaneously prosecute cases, provide legal assistance to military members, and rotate through various specialty areas of the law. This exposure to different legal portfolios provides our JAGs the opportunity to identify the practice areas they are most passionate about.

Capt Andrew Trejo, 2014 graduate of CUNY School of Law, explains his experience during his initial four years of practice. Capt Trejo discovered he is a litigator at heart, so his career thus far has been shaped by his desire to get into the courtroom:

“When I first was assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, I started as the Chief of Preventive Law, running the Legal Assistance program. I also wrote legal reviews on ethics, labor law, and general law issues. I learned fast that a first assignment Captain in the Air Force JAG Corps must be flexible, and will quickly traverse the full spectrum of legal practice from general law to military justice. Within weeks, I prosecuted my first court-martial. That experience affirmed my passion for litigation. I later moved to the Chief of Litigation position, taking a leadership role mentoring younger JAGs. At my first assignment, I ultimately prosecuted 11 courts-martial, including 7 at the felony level.

During my initial assignment, I also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. I quickly forward deployed to Afghanistan where I spent the entire deployment as a legal advisor for the Justice Center in Parwan. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. As a litigator, I was inspired by those patriots who, despite being in constant danger, continued to push boundaries to re-define the practice of criminal justice in their country. Not everyone joins the Air Force JAG Corps and discovers litigation is their calling, but my first assignment reaffirmed it was something I loved to do.

My second assignment led me to where I now sit in the Area Defense Counsel (ADC) office at Davis-Monthan. As an ADC, I work as an independent advocate, advisor, and defense counsel for Airmen on my installation and in my region. This summer, my ADC tour will end and I will be moving back to the prosecution side as a Circuit Trial Counsel. As a senior Air Force prosecutor, I will lead felony level prosecutions across the western part of the U.S. As you can see, my first four years have been dynamic and rewarding. The JAG Corps has given me general practice experience and allowed me to pursue what I am passionate about.”

Job Opportunity: Washington Attorney General, Volunteer Summer Law Clerk, September 3 Deadline

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington.  The Attorney General’s Office is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO’s dedicated team members of more than 600 attorneys and 600 professional staff often cite the AGO’s broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest, as reasons to join the office — and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. 

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2020 volunteer or externship positions.  Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country. 

The Office’s fall recruitment program is available to any qualified second-year law student.  At the conclusion of this recruitment program, offers to serve as a volunteer law clerk or extern will be made.  Those who receive offers will begin their clerkship during the summer of 2020. 

Read more and apply here.

Registration open for Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, taking place August 7-9 in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for the LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, which is taking place August 7-9 in Philadelphia. The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBTQ+ candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBTQ+ friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBTQ+ rights groups, and corporate legal departments.

You can see a list of organizations recruiting at the career fair here, read more here, and register here.

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