A quick roundup of upcoming events and opportunities across the country:
• Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 American Bar Association Law Student Division skills competitions. Here are the links and the topics:
- Arbitration: Sharing Economy Law
- Client Counseling: Privacy Law
- Negotiation: Business Law
- National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC): TBD
• Also within the Law Student Division, you can register for the annual meeting Aug. 4-9 in San Francisco. It’s your chance to network with thousands of attorneys and make connections with new colleagues and participate in seminars and CLE programs with the division and other ABA entities.
• June 30 is the deadline to send your entry to the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law‘s law student writing contest. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. 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.
• The Law Offices of Patel and Soltis in Jersey City, N.J., has created the Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship. The scholarship will award at least $1,000 to the top essay related to law and activism and is open to part-time and full-time law students. Based on submissions, the firm will award up to three awards. This scholarship was established as a memorial to Aaron Swartz and his dedication to activism Candidates must submit a 750 to 2,000 word essay (not including endnotes) upon any subject related to activism and the law. Examples would include Immigration reform, foreclosure defense, or providing legal resources through technology. All entries will be open for comment on the Focusedlaw.com website. A current resume with contact information must be submitted with each submission. Up to three entries on different topics will be accepted. Deadline for submission is Jan. 6, 2017. E-mail your entry to Soltis@FocusedLaw.com. Winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2017
• Friday is the last day to send your entry in the Ms. JD Summer Public Interest Scholarship Competition. The winners will each receive a $500 scholarship for summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2016 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer. Applicants are asked to post their essays directly to the Ms. JD blog. In 800 words or less, applicants should respond to the following prompt:
“Ms. JD is celebrating its tenth year of improving and supporting the experiences of women law students and lawyers. Explain how in the next ten years you will use your connections and education to support women in the law?”
Use your Ms. JD account to post your response to the blog. In addition to posting your essay directly to the blog, please send your essay and a resume as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and Ms. JD account ID at the top of your attached essay along with information regarding your anticipated summer employer and any sources of summer funding you will be receiving.