Career Services Newsletter: November 4, 2009

In this week’s issue:
• Serving the Public: Perspectives from Legal Services and Private Practice – November 9th at 12noon in Courtroom
• New Law Student Writing Competition – A Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Announcement – Deadline – December 31st
• Duke Endowment Fellowship – Deadline – December 15th
• Symplicity Job Postings

1.  Serving the Public: Perspectives from Legal Services and Private Practice
Monday, November 9, 2009 from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in the Courtroom
co-sponsored by PILO and the Office of Career Services

Are you passionate about finding a career that will allow you to serve the public? Come hear from two attorneys who are doing this in very different work settings. Susan Gottsegen is a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NC and a Law Board of Visitors member. John O’Neal is a solo practitioner in Greensboro, whose practice focuses on representing plaintiffs. Both are members of NC Advocates for Justice, an organization whose motto is “Protecting People’s Rights”.

Join us to hear their career stories, the rewards and challenges of their jobs, advice on breaking into the field and their thoughts on several current issues (changes in the legal profession, the mortgage/foreclosure crisis, hot issues in consumer protection, etc.) There will be time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

RSVP in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 5 to reserve a lunch.

2.  New Law Student Writing Competition – A Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Announcement – Deadline – December 31st
The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce the creation of its Law Student Writing Competition. All students enrolled in your school are eligible to participate in this 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. Please contact me if you have any questions; I can be reached at bryant.snee@usdoj.gov.

3.  Duke Endowment Fellowship
Just a friendly reminder that the December 15th deadline is quickly approaching!  The Duke Endowment is currently accepting applications for its 2010-2012 Fellowship program, a two-year, full-time position for those who recently have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees and who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector.

The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional life.

In addition, applicants for The Duke Endowment Fellowship must be a:
• Past or current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina OR
• Recent graduate of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina

For more information about the program, please see the attached flyer or visit us online at: http://www.dukeendowment.org/about-us/fellowship

We will be hosting a Webinar on November 23 for interested applicants. To register, go to http://www.dukeendowment.org/about-us/fellowship/fellowship-events.

4.  Symplicity Job Postings
Don’t forget to check the Wake Jobs section of Symplicity for job postings!  (Disclaimer: The Office of Career Services does not endorse any of the employers who post positions in the Symplicity system. Employers post their own hiring criteria and position descriptions. Students and alumni are encouraged to research employers thoroughly before accepting offers of employment.)

LexisNexis Job Search Webinar

Lexis is offering a webinar on Monday, November 9 from 3-4:00 pm entitled “Getting the Job: Using LexisNexis to Secure Employment”.  You will learn how to use the professional networking, job finding and interview preparation resources available to you through LexisNexis® and Martindale-Hubbell.  Register online.

Serving the Public: Perspectives from Legal Services and Private Practice

Monday, November 9, 2009  from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in the Courtroom
co-sponsored by PILO and the Office of Career Services

Are you passionate about finding a career that will allow you to serve the public? Come hear from two attorneys who are doing this in very different work settings. Susan Gottsegen is a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NC and a Law Board of Visitors member. John O’Neal is a solo practitioner in Greensboro, whose practice focuses on representing plaintiffs. Both are members of NC Advocates for Justice, an organization whose motto is “Protecting People’s Rights”.

Join us to hear their career stories, the rewards and challenges of their jobs, advice on breaking into the field and their thoughts on several current issues (changes in the legal profession, the mortgage/foreclosure crisis, hot issues in consumer protection, etc.) There will be time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

RSVP in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 5 to reserve a lunch.

10 Dating Rules That Can Also Help You in a Job Interview

Diana Rubin, Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s D.C. office, wrote an entertaining article last month offering tips for interview success.  She suggests that the rules for succeeding in the dating world and in the job market are more similar than you might think.  Read her article to find out how!

Career Services Newsletter for 2Ls & 3Ls: October 30, 2009

• Upcoming 3L Government Honors Deadlines
• Massachusetts BARBRI Course in NC
• Webinar Offered regarding the Duke Endowment Fellowship – Nov. 23rd
• Upcoming 2L Government Honors Deadlines Continue reading »

"Professor Wants Law Students to Think Before They Tweet"

Karen Sloan recently interviewed Drake University Law School professor Melissa Weresh for The National Law Journal (October 21, 2009) to discuss her efforts to encourage law students and young attorneys to be more deliberate in their electronic communications and to think about the ethical problems that can arise from new technology.   Read the article to hear Professor Weresh’s thoughts on the topic.

Has the recession forever changed large law firms & what does that mean for law students?

The “State of the Legal Markets” program series offered in September featured speakers discussing the changing legal job market, in large firms, small firms and in-house at corporations.  An article recently published in The American Lawyer offers an interesting discussion of this very topic as it raises the question, “Has the recession forever changed large law firms?  And if so, where does that leave law students?” Check out the article by Tamara Loomis online.

Environmental Career Speaker

The Environmental Law Society and the Office of Career Services are teaming up to host an environmental law speaker next Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00 noon in room 1302.  Wake Forest Law School graduate Elizabeth Ladt worked at the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration, where her area of expertise was International Affairs and Climate Change. Since leaving the White House, Elizabeth has continued to work on issues surrounding international climate change agreements.

 This December the United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conference leaders from around the world, including President Obama, will gather to discuss an international framework for climate change mitigation. Elizabeth will be attending the Copenhagen Conference, and having worked on international climate change issues in the White House, she will be able to offer a very unique perspective on what will likely take place at the conference. At the program, Elizabeth will be discussing domestic and international climate politics with a focus on the upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  She will also spend some time discussing her career path and answer career questions, including advice on getting a job in DC.

Lunch will be served, but in order to reserve a lunch you must RSVP in Symplicity for this event by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22.

Career Newsletter for 1Ls, 2Ls, & 3Ls: October 15, 2009

• Emory Public Interest Committee Conference “Expendable People?: A Human Rights Perspective on the Impact of Global Economic Migration on Georgia” Saturday, October 17, 2009 – FREE
• Legal internships with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 in Boston, MA
• NAACP Legal Defense Fund Summer 2010 Law Student Internship Program – 1ls and 2Ls
• PLI Law Student Scholarship Applications are available outside the Office of Career Services. For more information see Kala Taylor, or your Career Services Advisor.
• 2010 Summer Internship Opportunities with the SEC Continue reading »

Internship with EPA’s Boston Regional Office

The Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office is seeking motivated law school students with strong academic credentials for legal intern positions. Only currently enrolled law school students are eligible to apply for the program. We are particularly interested in students planning careers in the public sector or seeking experience in environmental law. Legal interns will have the opportunity to work on a challenging range of issues involving environmental protection and public policy throughout New England.  Summer internships are, at a minimum, ten week full-time positions. There is a summer program that includes weekly meetings introducing the legal interns to a broad range of regional activities, field trips, and brown bag lunches with senior managers.  Funding may be available for some positions. Students with outside sources of funding (i.e., scholarship, fellowship, or grant funds) or who may receive college credit are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
The deadline for the submittal of applications for full-time internships for Summer 2010 is February 5, 2010. However, we encourage you to submit your application for the Summer 2010 program as early as possible. Some offers may be made as early as November, 2009.  More information is available available online.