3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket contains several post-graduate job opportunities as well as invitations to a webinar, a transactional competition in Denver, a business law bootcamp, a spring break immersion, and to get in touch with a Notre Dame alumnus working for a big four accounting firm.

Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship in Urban Land Use Law, January 31 Deadline


New York City has been both the laboratory and battleground for innovations in land use regulation, including urban environmental controls, zoning, open space, and historic preservation. Legislation drafted or refined through litigation in New York has provided the model for land use laws throughout the country.

The Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), gives recent law school graduates an opportunity to acquire first-hand experience in the legislative process, litigation, and advocacy before New York’s regulatory bodies. It provides the intensive learning experience of a judicial clerkship with a greater opportunity for independent, creative work in finding solutions to new and persistent problems in urban life.

About The Menapace Fellowship

The Menapace Fellow will be involved in litigation, legislative work, and the preparation and delivery of testimony in proceedings before state and federal administrative bodies, as well as the City Planning Commission (CPC), Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA), and the City Council. The Fellow will also serve as in-house counsel, assisting in corporate and non-profit law matters for MAS.

The Fellow’s term, to commence in September 2020, will run for a mandatory two-year period. The Fellowship is a salaried position, commensurate with a judicial clerkship, and offers standard MAS benefits. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Vice President for Policy and Programs in the MAS office at 488 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Interested candidates should email a cover letter indicating the basis of their interest, resume, legal writing sample (no longer than ten pages), and transcript by January 31, 2020 to jobs@mas.org. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 23, 2020.

Read more and apply here

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center 2020 Fellow Position


The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two-year fellowship position targeted at recent law school graduates and beginning in fall 2020. The LCAC is a non-profit law office in New Orleans that represents poor people facing the death penalty. Our primary focus is trial-level representation, but we also represent clients in appellate, post-conviction, and federal habeas proceedings. The LCAC represents clients in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and federal capital cases.

The LCAC has been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as racial and religious discrimination, the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments, prosecutorial misconduct, and inadequate indigent defense funding. In the context of our casework, we pursue impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

This fellowship provides new lawyers with an in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Attorney fellows participate in researching and drafting legal filings, conducting fact and mitigation investigation, gathering and analyzing records, maintaining contact with clients, managing case files, and preparing for hearings and trials. They are part of case teams and work closely with senior attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists. Fellows are encouraged to take ownership of projects but receive close supervision from more experienced staff members.

We invite attorneys with less than three years of experience in criminal law and law students graduating in spring 2020 to apply. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, list of three references, and law school transcript to Linda Cortez at hiring@thejusticecenter.org. This position is fully funded by the LCAC and includes benefits.

Read more here

Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL), February 14 Deadline


The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2018 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research. Current fellows have studied FDA regulation, patents, drug access and costs, and competition in the therapeutic marketplace. Other areas of focus include intellectual property, ethics, and comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, procedures, and diagnostics.

Applications are invited from researchers with doctoral degrees (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2020. Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from faculty members in the Division, and engage in one or more projects intended to start their careers in law and public health research. Fellowship length will vary depending on the candidate (Minimum: 1 year).

 To apply, please send to asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu: (1) a CV, (2) a writing sample, and (3) a cover letter describing your past work, ideas for the kind of research you’d like to do in the fellowship, and career goals. The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics is a close-knit 70-member interdisciplinary research center. Our work focuses on the evaluation, regulation, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of prescription drugs and medical devices, as well as the development and evaluation of policies to improve use of therapeutics.

E-mail Ameet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D. at asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu with any questions.

Inner City Law Center Homelessness Prevention/Eviction Defense Post-Graduate Fellowship, Rolling until March


Background on Inner City Law Center:
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit legal services organization headquartered on Skid Row in Los Angeles. ICLC has been serving the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County since 1980. Founded on the basic principle that every human being should be treated with dignity and respect at
all times, ICLC’s staff of nearly 70 attorneys, advocates, tenant organizers, and other professionals, provides free legal representation and social service advocacy to thousands of homeless and working poor clients each year.

For many clients, ICLC is the first step out of homelessness and into safe and dignified housing. ICLC is widely recognized for its expertise in housing issues, as well as government and veterans benefits. As a fellow, you can create safe, healthy, and affordable housing, improve the quality of life for people living on the streets, and prevent families from being evicted into homelessness.

Read more and apply here: Homelessness Prevention Eviction Defense Fellowship Posting (1)

Cato Institute Entry-Level Positions, February 15 Deadline


Employer: Cato Institute, Center for Constitutional Studies (Washington, DC)

Contact: Sam Spiegelman (sspiegelman@cato.org)

Qualifications: 3L Entry Level Positions

Requested Documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Unofficial Transcript

Position Title: Legal Associate

Position Description: The Cato Institute invites graduating law students to apply to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies. This is an opportunity to assist projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers to the Cato Supreme Court Review. This is a one-year, fixed-term program that enables policy-focused young lawyers to jump-start their careers. Students are encouraged to take the bar exam before beginning employment, but this is not a requirement. Employment will begin in Summer 2020—dates flexible and partly depend on when current associates depart. To apply, applicants should send their resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and their unofficial law school transcript to Sam Spiegelman at sspiegelman@cato.orgThe deadline for applying is February 15.

Hiring Criteria: Successful applicants will exhibit an interest in libertarian theory, strong writing and communication skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Salary: $50,000 (We strongly encourage applicants to pursue public interest funding programs to cover part of this salary)

Security Clearance: No

US Citizenship: No

Non-Discriminatory Policy Affirmed: Yes

Transactional/Negotiation Competition in Denver


Join us at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on Friday, April 3, 2020 for an all-day transactional competition modeled after LawMeets®. Denver Law will host up to 12 teams at this event. Each team will participate in two negotiation rounds during the morning (judged by local attorneys) with the top two teams from each side of the transaction advancing to the final rounds in the afternoon, where each advancing team will compete in one final negotiation. The following is an approximation of the essential competition dates:

January 24, 2020 Problem Released
March 6, 2020 First Client Call
March 13, 2020 Initial Drafts Due
March 20, 2020 Second Client Call
March 27, 2020 Mark-Ups Due
April 3, 2020 Competition Day

Sign up now to reserve your spot – the registration fee is $250. Teams can consist of no more than three students and will be selected to participate on a first come, first serve basis. Only one team from each participating law school will be permitted to compete. All registration fees will be used to fund the competition day costs. If you have any questions, or would like to join the waitlist once all spots are filled, contact Prof. Stacey Bowers at sbowers@law.du.edu.

Interested in learning more about working for a big 4 accounting firm?


A Notre Dame alumnus and Partner at KPMG Manhattan reached out to let the CDO know that he is happy to talk to ND students. If you want to be put in touch, email me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu.

Alternative Spring Break Opportunity/Externship, Palm Beach County Public Defender


The Office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County has started an alternative spring break program for law students interested in a career in public defense.  Students will participate in the office’s training program for our new attorneys (our new class’s start date coincided with spring break, which may happen again this year), and they were also matched up with an attorney mentor to have other courtroom experiences. The opportunity is open to all class levels.

If you are interested in participating, email me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu and I will put you in touch with the office. Students are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses, but would get to spend their spring break in sunny Florida, while also learning about the office and about a career as a public defender in general.

Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer in Michigan, January 30-31, January 27 Registration Deadline

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Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer
The Insurance & Indemnity Law, Law Student, Marijuana Law, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Solo & Small Firm, and Young Lawyers Sections are invited to attend this informative program.

Date: January 30-31, 2020
Location: Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Galilee Room, Plymouth, MI 48170
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day

Are You Ready for Business?

This award-winning program will help you:

  • Develop confidence, attract clients, and impress partners
  • Meet the lawyers doing the deals you want to do
  • Learn the secrets of Michigan’s most successful business practitioners—our faculty describes the work they do day in and day out
  • Take home time-tested, proven forms and explanatory materials you can put to use immediately

Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer

Business practice is varied and complex. Your success requires broad knowledge, the right tools, and knowing the right people. Sign up for the award-winning course that has given hundreds of Michigan business lawyers an advantage. Learn the ropes from experts at Michigan’s top firms. Take home practical tools you can put to use immediately. In just two days you will receive grounding in nine key areas of business practice with guidance from the leaders who handle them every day.

Directors of Training

  • Jeffrey S. Ammon, Miller Johnson, Grand Rapids
  • Timothy R. Damschroder, Bodman PLC, Ann Arbor
  • Daniel H. Minkus, Clark Hill PLC, Birmingham

Register Now
Registration deadline: January 27, 2020
January 30-31, 2020
The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Galilee Room, Plymouth, MI 48170
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day

Law Student Registration: $80
Register: online or by mail form

For questions about this event, contact the Business Law Section Administrator at (248) 953-9022 or businesslawsection@gmail.com.

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