Archive for May, 2010

ABA Public Interest Clerkships

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A new job posting for law students interested in a clerkship with the ABA. Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter openings.  See below…

The ABA’s Division for Public Services is pleased to offer two Clerkship opportunities:

SPRING/SUMMER CLERKSHIP, open by competition, offering law students entering their second or third year at an ABA-accredited law school the opportunity to design and complete a legal research and writing project in substantive Division areas of involvement and concern. TO QUALIFY, you must have an interest in, and plan to write about, one of our Areas of Involvement: Bioethics and the Law; Disability Law; Election Law; Environmental Law; Homelessness and Poverty; Immigration Law; the Law Library of Congress and access to legal resources; National Security Law; Substance Abuse; or Public Interest in law school and as a career. Applicants are required to join the ABA Law Student Division at If of acceptable quality, your work product may be published by the Division. REQUIREMENTS: (Clerks are selected by a competitive process from applications received.) Applicants must:
• Have completed their first or second year at an ABA-accredited law school;
• Identify a law school faculty member knowledgeable in one of our areas of involvement and concern who will help review the work in progress;
• Demonstrate exceptional research and writing skills; and • Submit a complete application package as set out below.

TO APPLY, submit the following: 1. COVER LETTER explaining your interest in one of our Areas of Involvement and your qualifications; 2. A RÉSUMÉ (please include your Law Student membership number); 3. Name, title, mailing address, telephone/fax number and email address of FACULTY MEMBER who has agreed to review your work in progress; 4. Names and contact information for two REFERENCES who can comment on your work and qualifications; and 5. An ESSAY, of 3-5 typed pages describing the public interest research and writing project in one of our AREAS OF INVOLVEMENT that you propose to conduct.

FALL/WINTER CLERKSHIP typically involves conducting project research and writing; developing information for directories and other databases; coordinating survey development, distribution and results; or editing manuscripts for publication. REQUIREMENTS Applicants may be undergraduate or law school students depending on project need.

TO APPLY, submit the following: 1. COVER LETTER stating your interest; 2. A RÉSUMÉ; 3. Names and contact information of two REFERENCES; and 4. A WRITING sample. NOTE: When applying for a clerkship, please indicate which one you are applying for (i.e., Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter). Clerkships are unpaid. We encourage law students to incorporate the Clerkship into a law student externship/internship program and/or seek supportive law school funding where needed.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Fall / Winter Clerkship: September 1, 2010 Spring / Summer Clerkship: December 1, 2010 For more information contact: Carrie Coleman American Bar Association 740 Fifteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-1022 202/662-1691 • 202/638-3844 (fax) Visit us on the web at:

Job postings in DC; Job Fair in Indianapolis

Friday, May 21st, 2010

For those hunting for jobs — which seems like most of us these days! — here are three items that might be helpful: 1) a job posting from the Dept. of Education; 2) a job posting from the DC Attorney General’s office; and 3) information on a diversity job fair hosted by the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Best of luck to everyone currently on the job hunt!

Greg Oguss

1) The Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education is advertising for two SES positions (Enforcement Directors), to be stationed in Washington, DC. Please help us distribute these announcements to all qualified applicants who may be interested.

This link is for the 905 (attorney series)

This link is for the 360 (non-attorney series)

Office of the Attorney General
State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Office of the General Counsel
Vacancy Announcement #10-031

The Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia is seeking a creative and energetic Attorney-Advisor to assist the Office of the General Counsel for the State Superintendent of Education. The successful candidate for this position will be charged with an exciting opportunity to provide legal support for various federal and local education programs at the state level. This is an opportunity to work with a newly-created state education agency (SEA) involved with education reform in the District on a diverse set of matters from litigation to counseling clients. The Attorney Advisor will be the primary contact with OAG litigation teams and handle litigation support for the agency in addition to representing the OSSE before the Student Hearing Office in special education due process cases. He or she will also advise the agency’s Human Resources department on employee matters and handle employment related matters before the Office of Human Rights, OIG and EEOC. This is a unique opportunity to work on high profile matters and establish new systems and policies as OSSE’s Division of Transportation (serving students with special needs) emerges from court control in the Petties class action lawsuit. The Attorney Advisor will report to the General Counsel, Office of the State Superintendent for Education.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) , created in October 2007, is responsible as the District’s SEA for enhancing educational services and opportunities to meet the life-long learning needs of all District residents. OSSE has authority over all State Education Agency (SEA) responsibilities formerly belonging to the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the Department of Human Services (DHS). As part of its new function, the OSSE is responsible for representing the District of Columbia in all matters before the United States Department of Education. In addition, OSSE is responsible for grant-making, oversight, and assuring that SEA functions for standards, assessments, and federal accountability requirements for elementary and secondary education.

The successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and possess a strong interest in education law and a desire to represent and effectuate positive change in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), and experience with employment and labor issues is helpful. Candidates who are highly motivated to become proficient in these areas will also be considered.

This position is in the Collective Bargaining Unit. Candidates for the position may be subject to a background check.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to Kim McDaniel, Director of EEO, Recruitment and Hiring, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, 441 Fourth Street, N.W., Suite 1100 South, Washington, D.C. 20001. Open Until Filled. Screening of applications will begin on May 24, 2010.

3) For rising 2L students:

We offer scholarships!! (3) $2,500 scholarships will be presented to interviewing students!

Our employers are all local to Indianapolis; if you are interested in practicing law in a Midwestern city that offers a metropolitan lifestyle, sign up now.

Let the statistics speak for themselves: In 2008, as a result of our inaugural Diversity Job Fair, 55 students from law schools throughout the country participated; over 30 second interviews were held, dozens of offers were extended and seven jobs were accepted. In 2009, 19 employers offered interviews and nearly 70 students participated; again dozens of offers were extended and several students accepted employment offers. Our third annual Diversity Job Fair aims to provide even more employment opportunities. There is a lot more information provided below…please keep reading. If you have any questions, please contact Caren Chopp,, 317-269-2000.

More information can be found at and to learn more about Indianapolis and our young professional community please see the website:

August 19-20, 2010

Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites fall 2010, 2L law students (graduating May 2012) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. We are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

Student Registration Information

Students should register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity’s web site at After the student submits his/her registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable him/her to use the system throughout the next few months. Student registration deadline is July 16, 2010.

There is no fee for students to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.