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Window of Opportunity

Before the Blog gets a lot of news on events, openings, and competitions. We’ll be keeping you up to date with some of them in occasional roundups. Here is our first installment of Windows of Opportunity.

• The ABA Young Lawyers Division is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program. Applicants must be a 3L and also a current LSD leader – officers, delegates, governors, student editor, liaisons, national student directors, or ABA representatives. Each applicant must also intend to sit for a bar exam and/or seek admission to the highest court of a state or territory of the United States by July 30, 2016. Applications are due April 15. More details on funding and duties are available here.

• Don’t forget that next week is the last week to apply to be a liaison for the 2016-2017 bar year! It’s also ABA TECHSHOW, and law students can attend the three-day conference for $100.

• The ABA Criminal Justice Section will host its spring meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., from April 28 to 30. On April 29, law students are invited to a CLE program on “Neuroscience: Paving the Way for Criminal Justice Reform!” New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels and Roberta Cooper Ramo, president of the American Law Institute and a former ABA president, will serve as keynote speakers. The program is co-sponsored by the State Bar of New Mexico. Cost for law students is $35, which will include the conference fee, lunch, reception, and CLE credit, if applicable.

• Applications for the 2016 Ms. JD Fellowship are due April 1. The fellowship was co-founded in 2011 by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. The program promotes mentoring and professional development.  Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second-year law students as recipients. They receive financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, and each recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession commissioners.

• The Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Foundation is accepting applications for its Dolores Randolph Bauer Memorial Scholarship and its Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes Scholarship. Scholarships typically range from $3,000 to $5,000. They are limited to second and third year law students (and 4th year law students enrolled in part-time or evening programs) who attend an accredited law school and intend to practice law in the Southern California area. Applications are due April 16.

• The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law‘s law student writing contest encourages and rewards student writing on the subjects of real property or trust and estate law. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. Articles submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published. This contest is open to all law and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school. First place is $2,500, second place $1,450, and third place $1,000. The winners also receive one year free RPTE membership; consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the section’s law review journal; and their name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the section’s electronic newsletter. Entries must be received by June 30.

• Student Lawyer contributor Grover Cleveland, author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks, has partnered with with Above the Law and Ms. JD on a survey of millennial lawyers about law firm recruiting and firm practice. The results will be shared at the annual National Association for Law Placement conference in Boston and with the ABA audience. If you are a lawyer in private practice born in 1980 or later, please take the quick 2-minute survey.

• The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is starting a law student committee. Interested 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls should: select and rank the top three committees from the section’s list that they are passionate about and would like to be on; submit a statement (max. 500 words) on why they are interested in Civil Rights and Social Justice, why they want to join the Law Student Committee, and how they can contribute; send their resume and statement with the subject “CRSJ Law Student Committee” to….

• The David Berg Center for Law and Aging is looking for students for its summer 2016 internship programs. Interns will work at the nation’s first elder abuse shelter, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Students will potentially be exposed to legal practice in all five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. Students may have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Weinberg Center partners such as the New York Attorney General’s Office, the New York City Police Department, District Attorneys’ Offices and Family Justice Centers. Interns will complete substantive research and writing on the different legal and policy issues impacting the older adult population and victims of elder abuse. The interns will also have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary conferences, meetings of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division’s Elder Abuse Task Force and other community outreach and training events. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to deirdre.lok@hebrewhome.o….

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