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HBA-DC Newsletter:  February 5, 2018


 
HBA-DC Events

 

HBA-DC CO-SPONSORS SPEED NETWORKING RECEPTION WITH WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

 

When:  February 7, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  Washington College of Law, Capital Atrium, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW

Metro: Tenleytown (Red Line) 

RSVP: Email Giana Orsi at go7188a@student.american.edu

HBA-DC is co-sponsoring a speed networking reception with Washington College of Law.  The reception will provide a comfortable space for experienced attorneys and law students to network in a “speed networking” environment.  Keynote speaker Jason Gonzalez will address various professional networking issues of key benefit to law students.  AUWCL will provide drinks and appetizersHBA-DC President Richard V. Rodriguez has offered to drive any professionals home who live in the District after the event (first come, first serve). 

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR HNBA PRESIDENT ERICA MASON

When:  Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location:  Finnegan, Henderson, 901 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC  20001

Metro: Redline (Metro Center)

RSVP: Here.

HBA-DC is pleased to co-sponsor a welcome reception for Hispanic National Bar Association President Erica Mason.   The reception is co-sponsored by HNBA Region V and its President Fernando Rivero. Join us to learn about President Mason’s vision for the year and HNBA’s programs and activities.

HBA-DC COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEET & GREET

When:  February 22, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Dirty Martini, 3rd Floor, 1223 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036

Metro: Redline (Metro Center)

RSVP: Here.

Please Join The Hispanic Bar Association of DC for our Committee and Board Meet & Greet. Network with colleagues, meet the new members of the HBA-DC Board, learn about opportunities to participate in HBA-DC Committees.  Dirty Martini, 3rd Floor (dupont metro!) There will be drink specials and hors d'oeuvres provided; stay tuned!  

HBA-DC MEMBERS NEEDED FOR IMMIGRATION LEGAL ADVICE & REFERRAL CLINIC

When:  March 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Carlos Rosario Int. Public Charter School, 1100 Harvard Street, NW,

Metro: Green/Yellow (Columbia Heights)

RSVP: agottshall@dcbar.org.

HBA-DC’s Public Service Committee is recruiting members who are licensed attorneys in the District of Columbia or another U.S. jurisdiction to participate in the D.C. Bar Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Columbia Heights, DC.  Volunteer attorneys will receive a basic orientation for one hour before the start of each clinic. During the clinic, volunteer attorneys will conduct intake interviews and then discuss intake evaluations with experienced immigration attorneys who determine potential eligibility for relief.  Attorneys interested in volunteering are not expected to be familiar with every area of law or to have experience in the matters on which they will advise clients.  The Pro Bono Center staff and expert mentors are available on-site. As long as attorneys are licensed to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, they will be covered for malpractice suits under Rule 49. Volunteer attorneys are asked to arrive by 9:30 am for a brief orientation, and breakfast will be served.  Attorneys will start serving clients at 10:00 am.  Please plan to stay until the last client has been served, which may be around 2:30 pm. 

If you are interested in volunteering, the deadline to apply is Friday, February 14, 2018.  If you have volunteered in the past, simply email Adrian Gottshall (agottshall@dcbar.org): (1) your name; (2) the jurisdiction(s) in which you are barred; and (3) your employer.  If this will be your first time volunteering, complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImmigrationClinic. Once the clinic reaches volunteer capacity, preference may be given to past volunteers, attorneys with immigration experience, and/or attorneys with bilingual language skills (the ability to communicate with a non-English speaking client without an interpreter).  Email Adrian Gottshall with any questions at agottshall@dcbar.org.

  

 

News

HBA-DC & TZEDEK DC RELEASE DEBT COLLECTION INFORMATION VIDEO 

In the continued “Know Your Rights” series, HBA-DC, in collaboration with Tzedek DC—an independent public interest center at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law—released a video on debt collection in Spanish. HBA-DC and Tzedek DC will be working to have the video and an audio short broadcasted on public TV and other mediums. Currently, it can be seen on HBA-DC’s YouTube account.

HBA-DC & AYUDA RELEASE NOTARIO FRAUD PREVENTION VIDEOS 

HBA-DC and Ayuda announce the release of three innovative videos in Spanish to provide legal rights information to the District community. The three short videos aim to prevent legal services scams in an era of increased immigration enforcement. The videos, shot from the perspective of an immigrant consumer, contrast the experiences of working with a non-attorney “notario” to that of working with a qualified attorney.  The videos were also made possible by Ayuda and Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia as a production of the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant program.

The videos and eleven short clips are available here

 

HNBA ADVOCACY DAY FEBRUARY 27-28

Typically held in May, this year the HNBA is holding its annual Advocacy Day in February before the currently set, early-March 2018, DACA deadline, so that as many members as possible can descend on the Capitol to express why DACA legislation is vital to the future of this country!  HBA-DC encourages your participation as one of our advocates during this important exercise of our fundamental civic rights. Read the full list of HNBA Resolutions to be shared with legislators here.

 

HBA-DC NEW MEMBERS & RENEWALS!

HBA-DC welcomes new members and thanks the following members for renewing their membership in the past week.  Thanks to their support, HBA-DC can continue to serve its members and the Hispanic community.

Andrés Izquierdo

Jhoset A. Burgos Rodriguez

Christian Springer

Rebeka Bautista

Jhoset A. Burgos Rodriguez

Willmary Escoto

Wandaly Fernandez

Andres Izquierdo

Charles Lozano

Christian Springer

Paulina Vera

Christopher Zubowicz

Don’t forget to renew and pay your HBA-DC membership dues before your membership expires.  Renewing online is easy!  Just log into your profile on the website and follow the profile prompts on the right.  Log in at:  http://www.hbadc.org/general/login.asp.


In this issue
HBA-DC EVENTS
News
Movers & Spotlight
Pro Bono Corner
Job Openings
Topics of Interest
Student Affairs
President's Message
  

Dear @@first_name@@,

Today, Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Chris Coons offered their bipartisan compromise on immigration. Similar legislation has already gained some traction in the House of Representatives. “The bill ... does address the two most pressing problems we face: protecting DACA recipients and securing the border,” Coons said in a statement with McCain. The bill also seeks to bolster border security along with creating a more permanent solution for DACA recipients.

HBA-DC has historically pushed for protection for DREAMers and for the institution of comprehensive immigration. Our Legislative and Policy Committee is hard at work researching issues on DACA and TPS. Therefore, HBA-DC has teamed up with HNBA to co-sponsor HNBA’s Advocacy Day on February 27 and 28, 2018. HNBA has scheduled their Advocacy Day to take place before the currently set, early March 2018 DACA deadline, so that as many members as possible can descend on the Capitol to express why DACA legislation is vital to the future of this country! I urge as many members who can, to get involved.

Each one of our immigration stories is personal. My mother, a Costa Rican immigrant, came to the United States on a travel visa when she was 21 years old with my sister who was then seven. Like many immigrants, they overstayed their visas searching for a better life here. My sister did most of the necessary translation in their early years, and eventually they found their way. With the friendlier immigration environment of those years and a little bit of luck, they became legal citizens. My sister went on to medical school, became a doctor, and eventually became a medical officer for the New York Fire Department, where she provides medical attention to many of New York’s heroes. My mother and my sister guided my path to law school, and eventual position with the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, where I work daily to protect consumers’ rights. My family’s struggle and success are typical for Latino immigrants. Our families and friends come here for a better life and they improve our country—whether as doctors, lawyers, leaders in industry, teachers, politicians, farmers, and other countless and important roles. Without DACA, this country would lose countless Latinos who love this country, hope and dream to make it a better place, and are as American as it gets. I will be at HNBA’s Advocacy Day sharing my story and advocating in every way I can. I ask that if you are able to, please join us. Congress needs to hear from the leaders they would likely be lose without DACA.

Sincerely,
Richard V. Rodriguez

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

 
Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 
Please join us in congratulating Past President Fernando Rivero ('14) who has been appointed HNBA Region V President. HNBA Region V is made up of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. HNBA provides a bio of Mr. Rivero here.
 
Learn more about the outreach that members of the HBA-DC Judicial Council have undertaken in the December Washington Lawyer Magazine. 

For information on nominating a member for the HBA-DC Member Spotlight, click here.  Do you have a new job?  Recently received an award or honor?  Let us know by sending an e-mail to newsletter@hbadc.org.

 

 

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 Pro Bono Corner

WHEN CHILDREN TAKE THE STAND: CHILD TESTIMONY TRAINING

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 6, 2018, from 12-1:30pm, please join the DC Voluntary Lawyers Project for a training on child testimony. Our discussion panel – Dr. Carly Blackstone (Director of the DC Office of the Parenting Coordinator), Dr. Michael Gilliard (Psychologist at the DC Assessment Center) and Dr. Rachel Schuchart (Clinical Director at Safe Shores) – will offer important insights.

Please RSVP to Emilia Plater-Zyberk at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org if you are intersted. The location will be DCVLP’s offices (5335 Wisconsin Ave NW). Thank you!

BROWN BAG LUNCH Q&A/MENTORING OPEN OFFICE HOURS FOR GENERAL IMMIGRATION ISSUES

Catholic Charities offers Q&A sessions brown bag on Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, at at Catholic Charities, 924 G St. NW, Washington, DC. For more information, or to RSVP, email: probono@cc-dc.org

VOLUNTEER AT THE DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT (DCVLP)

If you are interested in representing a domestic violence victim or an at-risk child, please consider volunteering with DCVLP. Contact Emilia Plater-Zyberk at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org for more information about volunteer trainings, both in-person and online. Please note your availability to take a case here and contact Emily to request a case assignment. 

DC VIRTUAL PRO BONO FAIR

Want to give back but don't know which organization is the right fit for you?  Check out the DC Virtual Pro Bono Fair!  The Virtual Pro Bono Fair is an online video directory of legal service providers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  The website features videos that provide information on each participating organization's mission, the pro bono opportunities that the organization provides, and how you can get involved.  For a complete listing of legal service providers in the area, please browse the directory of pro bono opportunities.

2017 CAPITAL PRO BONO HONOR ROLL NOW OPEN

Recognizing the vital role that private and government attorneys play in providing pro bono services to those who cannot afford counsel, the Chief Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll. Supported by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll pays tribute to the thousands of D.C. Bar members and attorneys practicing under D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49, who provide desperately needed free legal services to those living in poverty and/or to the small disadvantaged businesses and community-based non-profits that are critical to the economic well-being of our community.

To register for the Honor Roll, attorneys must simply submit a declaration indicating that they have provided 50 hours of pro bono work or more – or 100 hours or more for the High Honor Roll – in 2017. Attorneys may submit applications online at www.CapitalProBono.net. Bulk applications may be submitted by office administrators, and directions for doing so are on the website. Participating attorneys will be recognized on the Courts' website and elsewhere. The FINAL submission deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Job Openings

Cybersecurity Associate, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

Junior to Mid-Level Appellate Litigation Associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC

Insurance Coverage Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, DC

Tax Project Lawyer, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, DC

Tax Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, DC

Patent Litigation Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

Litigation Associate – Baltimore Office, Ballard Spahr

Trial Attorney, Mental Health Section OAG

Experienced Attorney, Natural Resources & Env. team

Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division

Legislative Attorney (Administrative Law), CRS

Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Banking & Finance), Dept of Treasury

Assistant Director, Oversight - LISCC – DCCA

Managing Counsel, Enforcement - Consumer & Community Affairs

Managing Counsel, Enforcement - Consumer & Community Affairs

Deputy Associate Director, Intelligence Division, FinCEN

Senior Director, Voting Rights & Redistricting, Campaign Legal Center

Strategic Communications Advisor, DC OAG

Legislative Analyst, Congressional Research Service

Temporary Staff Attorney Position, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington, DC

Attorney-Advisor, DC Office of the Attorney General, Washington, DC

Antitrust Associate, King & Spalding, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Program, Washington, DC

Junior – Mid Level Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Assistant or Associate Director of Network Communications, American Constitution Society, Washington DC

Director of Legal Services, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Washington DC

Staff Family Law Attorney, Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Prince George’s County, Maryland

Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project, Washington DC

Senior Counsel (Intellectual Property), Public Knowledge, Washington, DC

Insurance Staff Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

FDA Associate, Morgan Lewis  & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC

Finance/Banking Associate, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Knowledge Lawyer – Antitrust, Competition, & Economic Regulation, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Post Judicial Clerk, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

Legal Counsel, State and Local Reform Program, Campaign Legal Services, Washington, DC

Legal Counsel, Litigation, Campaign Legal Center, Washington, DC

Assistant General Counsel & ADR Director, National Archives And Records Admin (NARA)

National Communications Director, Mi Familia Vota

General Attorney, Department of Energy

Detained Adult Program Staff Attorney, CAIR

Intellectual property Staff Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP

Staff Counsel, Verizon

Law Clerk, Leidos

Insurance Coverage Staff Attorney, Hunton & Williams

Junior Bankruptcy Associate, Arnold & Porter

Trial Attorney, Public Advocacy Division, DC OAG

Solicitor General, DC OAG

 

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

LATINAS LEADING TOMORROW ARE LOOKING FOR LATINOS/LATINAS VOLUNTEERS

Latinas Leading Tomorrow has a speaker requess from many of its C.O.R.E. chapters. Our C.O.R.E. chapters are structured leadership and mentoring after-school program designed to encourage a strong sense of Latina identity and a desire for academic achievement, leadership and investment in community service. The program imparts skills to promote team building, help unify the school community and minimizes the members' access to academic and enrichment opportunities. C.O.R.E.'s overarching objective is to decrease the achievement gap among Latinas and empower them to graduate high school and complete a post-secondary degree.  Various dates through February from March are requested at various North Virginia high school locations. Please contact Johanna Maldonado for more information. johanna@latinasleadingtomorrow.org

FEDERAL BAR DISTINGUISHED LAWYER LUNCHEON SERIES SPEAKER FORMER ACTING US SOLICITOR GENERAL & DEPUTY SOLICITOR GENERAL NEAL KATYAL

The Federal Bar Association will be hosting Former Acting Solicitor General of the U.S., Former Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S., current Professor of National Security Law and Partner at Hogan Lovells and 2017 American Lawyer Litigator of the Year, Neal Katyal on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:45 am at the U.S. District Courthouse, Conference Room 1131B (1st  Floor) 333 Constitution Avenue. Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal (and American Lawyer 2017 Litigator of the Year) will speak concerning topics of interest to him, and answer questions. Topics may include: oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts, his experiences as Acting Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitor General, national security law and recent trends and cases that may impact the Office of the Solicitor General. Cost: (Lunch Will be Provided). $10 - Federal Bar Association Members and law students; $15 – Gov’t lawyers, attys who work in public interest or for nonprofits; $20 – Others; Free – Federal Judges and their Law Clerks. Please register online at https://katyalluncheonfba.eventbrite.com.

IMMIGRATION LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON – JULIE KIRCHNER, CIS OMBUDSMAN, DHS

Join the Federal Bar Association and the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association event on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 11:30AM to 1:30 PM (EST) at the Chinatown Garden Restaurant (618 H. Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001) where speaker Julie Kirchner, the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please register online at   https://fbaFeb2018immiglunch.eventbrite.com. Space is Limited.  Early Registration will close on Monday, February 12th at 5:00pm. There will be a $10 late charge added to all tickets after that.Cost:   FREE   -  FBA DC Chapter and/or FBA Immigration Law Section members. The event is free for the first 50 (25 FBA DC Chapter and 25 FBA Immigration Law Section members) who register online. No shows will be billed $20. $15 -  All Other Federal Bar Association members  $15 -  Federal Government Employee Lawyer considering FBA membership $25 -  AILA DC Chapter members. $30 -  Private Bar -Non-members (must be admitted to practice law or assistant of a Bar Member). $12 – Law Student (must present current ID). $12 – Legal Intern at a government office or Non-Profit Organization and non-profit attorneys. $200 -Law Firm Table for 8 plus recognition --enables a law firm to invite 8 attorneys/ paralegals from the same Law Firm to attend the meeting. Non-profit attorneys that are not firm members can be invited to join at the table. The Law firm will be recognized as a table sponsor for the event. Questions: If you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming involved with the FBA-DC Chapter or the Immigration Law Section, please contact Prakash Khatri at prakash@khatrilaw.com. If you encounter problems registering, please email Prakash Khatri at prakash@khatrilaw.com.

JUDICIAL TENURE COMMISSION BEGINS PERFORMANCE AND FITNESS REVIEW OF Begins SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE FRENECK H. WEISBERG AND REAPPOINTMENT EVALUATION OF JUDGE FERN FLANAGAN SADDLER.

This is to notify members that Judge Frederick H. Weisberg of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia is retiring and has requested a recommendation for an initial appointment as a Senior Judge and that Judge Fern Flanagan Saddler is seeking reappointment as an Associate Judge.

The Commission hereby requests members of the bar, litigants, former jurors, interested organizations, and members of the public to submit any information bearing on the qualifications of these judges which it is believed will aid the Commission. All communications should be mailed, faxed, or emailed by March 9, 2018, and addressed to: District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Building A, Room 246, 515 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001, Telephone: (202) 727-1363, Fax: (202) 727-9718. Email: dc.cjdt@dc.gov.

THE DC BAR HOSTS THE 19TH ANNUAL YOUTH LAW FAIR, SPONSORED BY THE DC SUPERIOUR COURT AND THE COMMUNITIES OFFICE OF THE DC BAR

he Youth Law Fair was established in 2000 to provide an opportunity for youth in the District of Columbia to have a positive "hands on" experience with the law while encouraging a greater appreciation for the judicial system, local community resources and the pursuit of higher education. The number of students, parents, judges, lawyers and community representatives participating over the years has consistently grown. We have had more than 200 students in attendance in previous years. The event includes mock trials; speak out sessions; tours of courtrooms, judge's chambers and holding cells led by superior court judges and/or attorneys; exhibits; catered lunch; and door prizes.

This year's theme is "Rally vs. Riot: When Words Ignite," focusing on social media profiles, pictures and information permanence and the forever building digital footprint on social media. To register as a volunteer, visit the Volunteer Registration page:  http://www.dcbar.org/communities/connect/volunteer-registration.cfm. For more information, please visit the D.C. Bar website. - http://www.dcbar.org/communities/connect/youth-law-fair.cfm. Deadline for registration is COB Friday, March 9, 2018.

OPM FREE VIRTUAL TRAINING SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES INTERESTED IN FEDERAL CAREERS

The staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personal Management (OPM) will host a series of free webinars, beginning January and ending in March of 2018, for people interested in federal careers. The topics covered will range from interviewing and resume writing techniques to pathway programs. If you or your school is interested in offering these presentations to your students/alumni, please contact Todd Floersheim at Todd.Floersheim@opm.gov

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE DC BAR AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND PUBLIC INTEREST  

The DC Bar is calling for nominations for its 2018 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award for excellence, commitment, and dedication in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest. Both awards will be presented at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 12, 2018. Submissions must be received by February 2, 2018. Please see the DC Bar website for additional information

VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE THE JESSUP INTERNATIONAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The 2017-2018 season marks the 59th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. This year's Mid-Atlantic Regional will take place in Washington, DC from February 8-11, 2017 at George Washington University Law School. This year’s topic involves equitable utilization of aquifers, protection of world heritage sites, return of cultural property and whether there is a right to compensation for expenses incurred to provide for mass refugee flows. It is an exciting problem with something for the environmentalist, the human rights advocate, international law nerds, and international relations enthusiasts. If you are able to judge (be it memorials or the rounds themselves), please fill out this Google form.  You can learn more about this competition here. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Cox, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, at midatlantic@isla.org

CONNECT AT THE HNBA CORPORATE CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Meet and interact with hundreds of attorneys, judges, and legal professionals from across the country in one central location – Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. Viewthe agenda of what is going to be the most robust and forward-looking Conference to date! The theme for this year’s CCC is INNOVATE! and is all about “what’s next” in the law and how to get ahead of the curve with respect to the trends, threats, and opportunities that are changing the face of the legal industry as we know it.  Register for the Corporate Conference here.

HNBA SPEED NETWORKING & CORPORATE CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

After you've registered, apply to participate in the Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program! One of the HNBA’s signature professional and business development initiatives, the Program is designed to promote meaningful business relationships between America’s leading corporate law departments and HNBA attorney members.  The program is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:30 – 4:30 pm.  You can view eligibility requirements here.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL THURGOOD MARSHALL MEMORIAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is looking for volunteer judges for its 23rd Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will take place on March 22-23 in Washington, DC. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anthony Jones at ajones@fedbar.org.

FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATION AND LAW REFORM

The Fifth Annual International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform will be held at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2018. The conference will focus on how laws are written in the United States and around the world at the international, national, and subnational levels. Previously held at the World Bank, the conference has proved to be an excellent opportunity for legislative experts from around the world to meet and exchange knowledge and perspectives on a topic of great importance to governance: the drafting and reform of laws. The standard registration price of $275 includes two days of programming, two breakfasts, two lunches, and an evening reception. There are discount prices for Federal Bar Association members and law students. To register and for a preliminary version of the agenda, please visit the conference website. Any queries about the conference may be sent to info@ilegis.org.

TOOLKIT TO HELP ENCOURAGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE DREAM ACT

The Hispanic Federation has published an online toolkit for organizations and individuals to use to encourage Congress to pass the Dream Act. You can find it here

DONATE TO HELP PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO VIA THE HISPANIC FEDERATION

 

The Hispanic Federation has launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  100% of your gift to UNIDOS goes to help children, friends, and families recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City earthquake.  Donate here.

 

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Student Affairs

SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

The 2018 summer associate recruiting season has started!  See opportunities below: 

Summer Immigration Intern, Whitman-Walker Health

2018 DC 1L Summer Associate Program, Steptoe Johnson, LLP

Summer Intern, FCC, Media Bureau

1L Summer Associate, Hogan Lovells LLP

Judicial Internship, DC Superior Court

Law Clerk, Library of Congress Office of the General Counsel

1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar, Beveridge & Diamond PC

Unpaid Student Internships, U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance

 

SPRING SEMESTER JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP -- DC SUPERIOR COURT

The Senior Judges of the District of Columbia Superior Court are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 legal interns. This position is part-time and involves providing case support to the Senior Judges while also engaging in a range of legal research and writing projects. The Senior Judges primarily preside over a criminal misdemeanor calendar, but successful applicants may also have the opportunity to work on domestic violence and civil matters throughout the semester.  This internship is unpaid, but academic credit may be offered through the externship office. Please send your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to blake.paradis@dcsc.gov.

 

FCC WEBINAR ON LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

The Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureaus) will host a webinar on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 3-4 pm to introduce law students to the Bureaus’ respective internship programs.   Student interns gain hands-on experience in communications and administrative law matters pertaining to international telecommunications policy, homeland security, emergency management and preparedness, and disaster management. Questions may be directed to John Evanoff, Attorney-Advisor, via email (john.evanoff@fcc.gov) or phone (202-418-0848).  The webinar log-in information can be found below:

Meeting Number: 991 053 237

Meeting Password: fcc123 

 

CONSTANCE BAKER MOTELY NATIONAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter invite you to enter the Constance Baker Motely National Student Writing Competition. Motley was a civil rights attorney and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench who tirelessly worked to improve the lives of all people. ACS welcomes student papers furthering a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and policy. The winner will receive a cash price of $3,000. The deadline for submission is February 11, 2018. Please visit this site for more information. 

UDC-BLSA BALL 2018

Join The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law’s Black Law Student’s Association for “BLSA BALL 2018” on Saturday, February 17, 6:30 PM at the Embassy of Haiti (2311 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.). This year’s theme is “Coming to America.” Tickets are available here.

FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION SEEKS LAW STUDENTS TO SERVE AS BAILIFFS DURING THE 2018 MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) is seeking law students to serve as bailiffs at the 2018 Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition on March 22-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Students will be able to interact with FBA members from across the country; network with other law students; earn a $50 stipend for 4 hours of service; and attend the final round of competition, awards ceremony, and reception. There are only 35 spots available. Interested students should email Anthony Jones at ajones@fedbar.org ASAP. 

DC BAR LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO LAW STUDENTS

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is a free, confidential service for DC Bar members, judges, and law students who are experiencing problems that interfere with their personal or professional lives.  LAP offers both individual (free, confidential) services (assessment, referral, counseling, and consultation) as well as (free) individualized presentations and materials for groups. More information is available here

 

   

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