2L Career Services Newsletter: December 11, 2009

In this week’s issue:

• Law Student Writing Competition of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association – Deadline December 31, 2009
• 2010 State Government Internship Program – Deadline January 20, 2010
• Timap International Internship Opportunity
REMINDER: Do not forget to check Symplicity regularly throughout your winter break and if you are feeling frustrated with your job search, please set up an appointment with your career advisor!!!!!!! Dian Smith is the career advisor for 2Ls whose last name ends with (A – K) and Kala Taylor is the career advisor for 3Ls; however, feel free to make an appointment with anyone in the office to discuss your job search.

1.  Law Student Writing Competition of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce the creation of its Law Student Writing Competition. The winning entries will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website. Entries may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Unites States Court of Federal Claims.  The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website at: www.cfcbar.org/index.php/news
Entry deadline is December 31, 2009.

2.  2010 State Government Internship Program
The prestigious and competitive North Carolina State Government Internship Program is offering up to 65 paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies, for undergraduate and graduate students of many disciplines. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2010 North Carolina State Government Internship Program, the 40th Anniversary year of the program.

A variety of professional internship opportunities are located across the state and are available to North Carolina residents studying at the undergraduate or graduate level, or in law school. Summer interns work full-time (40 hours per week) for a 10-week period at a wage of $8.25/hour. Applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2010, for consideration.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
* Permanent resident of North Carolina,
* Currently enrolled at a college/university and continuing education in Fall 2010,
* Carrying a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale,
* Completed high school and subsequently at least the sophomore year of college (or the first year of community college) at the time the internship begins in May,
* And have not participated in the State Government Internship Program or an N.C. General Assembly paid internship in the past.

The 2010 N.C. State Government Internship Program booklet and an application form can be downloaded from our website at www.ncyaio.com (select Internship Program, Information for Students). The booklet (available in PDF format) contains all program details, including a full listing of available internship positions and application instructions.  web: http://www.doa.nc.gov/yaio/intern.htm

3.  Timap International Internship Opportunity

Seeking Interns
Timap for Justice is seeking law students who are energetic, creative, interested in grassroots social justice work, and willing to live simply while learning about and adapting to a West African culture. Interns will be based in a rural paralegal office in Sierra Leone and will work side-by-side with Timap for Justice paralegals to serve individual clients and address community-level problems. We will also ask interns to train paralegals in certain areas of formal law. The program is the first of its kind in the country and continues to experiment with its methodology. Interns will therefore help us evaluate our methods and think about how we can improve our effectiveness.

Applications should include:
o Cover letter describing your interest in Timap’s work and any experiences that would help prepare you for independent living in rural Sierra Leone.
o Resume.
o Send application materials and any inquiries to timapusa@timapforjustice.org. Please submit all materials by January 31, 2010.

Timap for Justice
Timap for Justice is a pioneering effort to provide basic justice services in Sierra Leone. Because of a shortage of lawyers in the country and because of Sierra Leone’s dualist legal structure – most people are primarily governed by customary rather than formal legal institutions – Timap for Justice’s frontline is made up of community-based paralegals rather than lawyers. Timap is directed by two lawyers who train the paralegals in formal law and the workings of government and supervise the paralegals in their work.

Working in the rural provinces and the capital Freetown, paralegals address a wide range of justice issues, including family disputes, violence, corruption, police abuse, wrongful detention, education, land, and employment. For individual clients, the paralegals mediate conflicts, provide information on rights and procedures, and assist clients in dealing with government and chiefdom authorities. At the community level, paralegals engage in popular education, organize communities for collective action, and advocate for change with chiefs, government officials, and business and NGO leaders. In a small number of cases, selected either for their severity or for the possibility of legal impact, the coordinating lawyers provide direct legal representation in the courts.

Timap strives to solve clients’ justice problems – thereby demonstrating that justice is possible and to cultivate the agency of the communities among which we work. We adopt a synthetic orientation towards Sierra Leone’s dualist legal structure, engaging and seeking to improve both formal and customary institutions. Timap has been recognized by independent institutions including the World Bank and the International Crisis Group for developing a creative, effective methodology for providing justice services in the difficult and complex context of rural Sierra Leone.