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  • February 19, 2015 9:46 AM | Anonymous member

    The DBA will partner up with organizations such as Fordham Law LALSA, LatinoJustice & El CCCD to once again bring workshops advising on varying legal issues affecting our community.

    SAVE THE DATES:

    The DBA along with Fordham Law LALSA, LatinoJustice & El CCCD present
    Workshop on Landlord / Tenant Rights
    Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm
    El Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano

    The DBA with El CCCD present
    Workshop on Stop and Frisk
    Wednesday May 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

    El Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano 

  • February 19, 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous member

    DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2015-16) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students.

    All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.

    To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.

    Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
    Demonstrated academic excellence
    Service to the profession
    Service to the community
    Service to the cause of diversity

    Applications must be received by DRI no later than Monday, March 30, 2015. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the 2015 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar, June 11-12, in Chicago.

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    Essay Requirements
    In addition to submitting the attached application and required recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

    As a result of an anonymous tip, Slovtu Corporation’s General Counsel learns that a for- mer employee claims that Slovtu falsified invoices to the Department of Energy. In accor- dance with the requirements of Slovtu’s Code of Business Conduct, the General Counsel initiated an internal investigation into the former employee’s allegations. As part of the investigation, the General Counsel and Slovtu’s Chief Compliance Officer exchange emails discussing business and legal matters related to the DoE filings. At the conclusion of the investigation, the General Counsel discloses the report from the internal investigation to the Department of Energy. In subsequent civil lawsuit brought by the former employee in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the employee seeks production of the internal investigation report and the CCO’s communications with the General Counsel. Does the attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine protect the report from disclosure? Does the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine pro- tect the CCO-GC emails from disclosures? Suggest practice tips for in-house lawyers when conducting internal investigations in a way that maximizes the chances of protecting com- munications and reports from discovery.
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    Applications and all other requested materials must be received by March 30, 2015. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar scheduled for June 11–12, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    All applications, essays and required materials must be submitted in hard copy format to
    Tim Kolly, Director of Communications DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar
    55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60603

  • February 19, 2015 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

    New York City Council will be hosting a celebration for Dominican Independence Day this coming Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, February 20th.

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  • February 19, 2015 9:41 AM | Anonymous member

    LaLSA will be hosting a CLS Community Thrift Shop February 25--26. All proceeds from the thrift shop will help to fund the LaLSA Caravan — KIND Houston.

    Columbia Law School will be collecting gently used, cleaned or dry cleaned business attire including Suits, Dress Shirts, Ties, Blouses, Skirts, Blazers, and Work Dresses.

    When: February 17--20 & Monday, February 23
    Time: During Lunch (12:00pm--1:00pm)
    Where: Tabling in JG Lobby

    Please contact Tanya Martinez if you have any questions at tlm2132@columbia.edu.

  • February 12, 2015 9:37 AM | Anonymous member

    Fiordaliza Rodriguez was just appointed to serve as Judge in Bronx Family Court for a 10 year term!

  • January 27, 2015 9:36 AM | Anonymous member

    Verizon's Legal Intern Program ("VLIP") is a diversity pipeline initiative intended to create a significant and lasting impact on the legal profession by developing prospective talent through exposure to the practice of law in a corporate legal setting.

    While VLIP is open to all 1Ls, we strongly encourage women and students from ethnically diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in corporate law departments to apply. All applicants regardless of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or disability must be exceptional, eager and ready to thrive in a competitive corporate environment.

    Under the supervision of Verizon attorneys, selected interns will have the opportunity to: support negotiations with large enterprise customers by drafting contract amendments; review and/or draft provisions for Verizon's technology and software sourcing contracts; participate in business, sales and marketing meetings; research and summarize legal developments and/or case law in practice areas such as IP, tax and privacy; and contribute to projects that relate to state and/or federal regulatory issues affecting the communications industry.

    Interns will have the opportunity to produce written work product subject to Verizon confidentiality restrictions.

    Application Materials
    Please submit a cover letter, official transcript, and writing sample per the requirements below:

    • Cover Letters - Must include: Applicant's full name; name of law school; and a brief description of how you would be an asset to the VLIP program and how VLIP would help you achieve your career goals.
    • Transcript - Only official law school transcripts sent to Verizon directly by the applicant's law school will be accepted. Transcripts should be sent to: Verizon Legal Intern Program Arlington Coordinator - 1320 North Courthouse Road Arlington, VA 22201
    • Writing Sample - One *Submit Applications to: www.verizon.com/campus

    COMPENSATION
    Approximately: $1000.00
    Per Week

    PROGRAM INFO
    8 Weeks
    Commencing June 2014

    INTERVIEWS
    Candidates invited to interview will be required to submit three (3) references

  • January 27, 2015 9:35 AM | Anonymous member

    On Wednesday, January 21st, Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that he would include the New York State DREAM Act in his executive budget. This is the first time the NYS DREAM Act has been included in the executive budget.

    The New York Immigration Coalition has been working with DREAMers, allies, and elected officials for over four years to make DREAM a reality. The New York State DREAM Act would allow undocumented college students who meet certain criteria to be eligible for state financial aid. New York would be the fifth state to do this. In 2014, the Senate failed to pass the New York State DREAM Act by only two votes.

    But the fight isn't over. The DREAM Act is linked in the budget to a controversial education investment tax credit initiative - a linkage that we oppose. We'll also need to continue to keep pressure on the Governor and the Legislature to make sure that DREAM is included in the final budget on April 1st.


    Here are some things you can do to help us make DREAM a reality:
    • Join us on March 3rd for the New York Immigration Coalition's Immigrant Day of Action in Albany to tell our state electeds that New York State DREAM must be included in the final budget! For details, email Murad Awawdeh at mawawdeh@nyic.org.
    • Join the NYIC Immigration Advocacy Collaborative to get involved with the campaign. Please email Immigration Advocacy Manager Christina Chang at cchang@nyic.org for details.
    • Call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390) and your local legislator to ask them to make sure that DREAM stays in the budget!
    • Donate to the NYIC to help us keep doing this work! 

  • January 23, 2015 9:34 AM | Anonymous member

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace, and to fulfilling the promise of a collegial and respectful working environment where each person is encouraged and assisted in reaching his or her fullest potential.

    The 2015 LS Scholars Program will provide up to four law students with $10,000 scholarships toward second-year tuition and paid Summer Associate positions with the firm upon completion of the first year of law school. The 1L summer positions will be located in Roseland, New Jersey, and will offer a salary of $2,700/week or $29,700 for eleven weeks from May 18 to July 31, 2015.

    The scholarship may be renewed for the third year if the LS Scholar is offered and accepts a Summer Associate position with Lowenstein Sandler upon completion of the second year of law school, and maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during his or her second and third years of law school.

    Applicants for the 2015 Lowenstein Sandler Scholars Program must be currently enrolled full-time 1L students at Columbia University School of Law, Cornell University Law School, Duke University School of Law, Georgetown Law Center, Harvard Law School, Howard University School of Law, NYU School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Seton Hall University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School or Yale Law School, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

    To be considered, please submit the following application materials before Friday, January 30, 2015:
    ● Detailed cover letter presenting your career goals and reasons you would like to be a 2015 Lowenstein Sandler Scholar and a 2015 Summer Associate and your expected contribution to our diverse community
    ● Current resume
    ● Undergraduate college and law school transcripts (Unofficial versions are permitted and can be sent when available in February)
    ● Writing sample from first semester legal writing course (Original student work product)
    ● Personal essay (up to 500 words) describing your most significant challenge and how you met that challenge
    ● Two references: Name and contact information for a law professor or legal writing instructor

    Please upload your application to the “self-apply” link on our website (http://www.lowensteincareers.com/selfapply/) and also send your documents by email to:

    Mary J. Hildebrand, Esq.
    Partner and Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    Lowenstein Sandler LLP
    65 Livingston Avenue
    Roseland, New Jersey 07068
    mhildebrand@lowenstein.com

    Deadlines for the 2015 Lowenstein Sandler Scholars Program:
    January 30, 2015 – All Application Materials Must Be Received by this Date
    February 2 to 27, 2015 – Semi-finalists Interviewed at Lowenstein Sandler
    Weeks of March 9 and 16, 2014 – Scholarship Recipients Announced 

  • January 22, 2015 9:27 AM | Anonymous member

    Junot Díaz’s mix of ‘history, comics, sci-fi, and magic realism ‘ tops BBC Culture poll of US critics on the best fiction since 2000.

    You can read the full article at:
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/20/brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-wao-novel-21st-century-best-junot-diaz

  • January 16, 2015 9:26 AM | Anonymous member

    The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (“the Program”) was founded by in 2010 to offer law students with a strong commitment to diversity an opportunity to enhance and complement their legal education as summer judicial interns

    Summer 2015 application is now available at www.jmbjip.org.
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