July 11th, 2011

The NEW cover letter and resume upload deadline for the IMPACT career fair is 8am on July 12th.

Vault/MCCA 6th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair

July 11th, 2011

Check out this event, happening in Los Angeles and New York, on July 26th and July 29th respectively, at http://registration.vault.com/legaldiversity/DC/keynotespeakers.cfm.

EPA Reaches Out to NALSWD

May 17th, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to be a model employer for inclusive environment! The Agency regularly attends the IMPACT  Job Fair, but is constantly looking for candidates for its Clinical Legal Education Program. In particular, the Agency wants Clerks and Interns for the Intern Honors Program. For full details, go to the “Career Opportunities” Page for the link to the official Word document.

The EPA also offers seminar every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 1pm at its building at Federal Triangle, Washington, DC.

Scholarship for Prospective Students with Disabilities at University of Denver College of Law

May 15th, 2011

This is a scholarship opportunity open to law students with disabilities.

Charles M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

An endowed fund to provide support to a law student with extraordinary merit (high scores or grades) and need. Preference is given to a student whose physical disabilities or handicaps require him or her to need reasonable assistance to attend law school, with specific preference to individuals who use a wheelchair.

NALSWD’s Kevin Fritz talks about his experience getting LSAT accommodations!

April 28th, 2011

Powerprep, a LSAT prep company, has released a podcast with NALSWD’s Kevin Fritz and other speakers regarding LSAT accommodations. Click on the link below to hear about Kevin’s experience and tips on how to navigate your LSAT accommodation process. http://lawschoolinteractive.com/test-accommodations/

Opportunities at the DOJ!

April 28th, 2011

The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) is Justice’s recruitment program for entry-level attorneys, and is the only way Justice hires graduating law students. Judicial law clerks, full-time graduate law program (LLM) students, and law school graduates in qualifying full-time legal fellowships are also eligible.  The first opportunity for law students to apply for HP is the summer before their third year of law school This year, the on-line centralized electronic application opens July 25, 2011, and closes September 6, 2011.  Participating Justice offices and components will be listed at:  www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hpparticipatingcomp.htm.
The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is Justice’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships.  Law students who have completed at least one full semester of law school by the application deadline are eligible to apply; however, the majority of SLIPs are second-year law students who work at Justice the summer between their second and third years of law school.  But the SLIP is also open to recent graduates between graduation and the start of a judicial clerkship or full-time qualifying legal fellowship.  This year, the on-line centralized electronic application opens July 25, 2011, and closes September 6, 2011 Thus, current 1Ls (i.e., rising 2Ls) who are interested in a paid internship for Summer 2012 should apply by September 6, 2011.  Participating Justice offices and components will be listed at:  www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/sp/spcomponents.htm

March Newsletter from NALSWD

March 24th, 2011

Hello NALSWD Members,

The big news for NALSWD this month was the election of a new slate of officers to our governing Executive Board and the addition of several Junior Officer/Committee Chair positions. Thanks to everyone who ran or voted! We have a really talented group of students stepping up to lead this next year. They are:

*President: Beth Kolbe
*Co-Vice Presidents: Deepa Goraya & Nora Devine
*Membership Director: Patrick Dennis
International Recruiting: Marie Burgoyne
Social Outreach Chairs: Katie Tastrom & Krista Selanu
*Conference Director: Kate Carroll
Conference Advisor: Nora Devine
*Chief Financial Officer: Greg Oguss
Fundraising Chair: Jason Savageau
*Chief Information Co-Officers: Kevin Fitz & Alexander Thompson
Blog Editor: Kate Carroll
Access Technology Officer: Sasha Boronkay-Flynn

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any of these committees, please email and we will put you in touch with the appropriate officer. In particular, we need additional team members to work this summer and fall on organizing the 2012 NALSWD Conference (which will likely be on the East Coast). This next month will largely be about transition at NALSWD as new officers get trained. The 2010-2011 Board will continue in their positions until May (so we’re not quite out the door yet).

We are also excited to announce that NALSWD has  YouTube channel! The channel name is “nalswdvideo” (http://www.youtube.com/user/nalswdvideo). Thanks to a generous donation from Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., all panels and speeches at the 2011 NALSWD Conference were recorded and are being uploaded to our channel. Currently, the keynote speech, opening remarks, and a panel on obtaining bar exam accommodations (relevant for all students, not just 3Ls!) are online. The rest of the panels will be posted shortly. Please subscribe to be notified as new material becomes available. We hope that students who were not able to attend the live event can still benefit from the vital information our many conference speakers provided!

Stay abreast of new developments at NALSWD by checking out our blog (http://nalswd.dreamhosters.com/wordpress/) and Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4173468419). There are lots of exciting projects on the horizon as new energy and talent joins the board!

Very best wishes,

Anna Scholin, President
Beth Kolbe, Vice President
Michael Nunez, CFO
Greg Oguss, CIO
Deepa Goraya, Membership Director
Patrick Dennis & Nora Devine, Conference Co-Directors
(The 2010-2011 Executive Board)

Student Discount for Book on Lawyers with Disabilities

March 24th, 2011

Two NALSWD alumnae — Rebecca Williford and Stephanie Enyart — have co-authored a book with trail-blazing law professor Carrie Griffin-Basas on lawyers with disabilities. The advice in the book is getting raves from people who’ve read it. Students with disabilities can pick up a copy for $19.95 if you use the source code PCD0ALLL. There is also an electronic version coming soon. To pick up a copy, visit: http://apps.americanbar.org/abastore/index.cfm?section=main&fm=Product.AddToCart&pid=4410212.

NALSWD on YouTube!

March 23rd, 2011

NALSWD has launched its own video channel on YouTube: nalswdvideo. Subscribe to be alerted to new content!

With the generous sponsorship of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., all panels and speeches at the 2011 NALSWD Conference were recorded on video and are being up-loaded to this channel. We hope that students who were not able to attend can still benefit from the vital information our many speakers provided!

Presentations such as, the panel on receiving accommodations on the bar exam!

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SF Mixer for Minority Law Students and Young Attorneys

March 23rd, 2011

If you are in the Bay Area, there is a mixer for minority law students and young lawyers, including PWDs, coming up on March 30th in San Francisco. Details below. Free food and what sounds like a great networking opportunity.


BALIF law students are organizing a Solidarity mixer and would like law student and young lawyer groups from other minority bar associations to join them on March 30, 2011.

Solidarity for Bay Area Law Students and Young Lawyers
Where: Lime Restaurant, 2247 Market Street (between Noe and Sanchez)
When: Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Come join BALIF for a special happy hour and mixer with other Bay Area minority
bars! BALIF’s goal for the mixer is to encourage solidarity among minority law
students and young lawyers. The mixer will be a great way to meet and network
with other young and budding lawyers to share common experiences and strategies
for us to succeed in the Bay Area legal community–and beyond.

Free appetizers and drinks provided. For more information, please e-mail
. Hope to see you there!

Chelsea E. HaleyNelson (BALIF)

Law Offices of Chelsea E. HaleyNelson
436 14th Street, Suite 716
Oakland, CA 94612

315 Montgomery Street, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104