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Instructions to Interview with Army JAG on Oct. 6, at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law

In Conference,Foreign Policy,Internships,Jobs,Summer opportunities,U.S. Government on October 2, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) is the oldest and second-largest law firm in the world, with offices throughout the United States and overseas. The JAG Corps provides new attorneys with immediate legal experience, leadership responsibility, and exposure to a wide variety of practice areas. From criminal law to environmental and contract law, new attorneys provide counsel and legal assistance to Soldiers, retirees and their families, legal advice to commanders, and argue before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.  The Army JAG Corps also hires second-year law students each summer to conduct paid legal internships all over the country and overseas.  3Ls and 2Ls who are interested in applying for the Army JAG Corps Active Duty positions or paid summer internships should click here for application instructions and contact Major LaJohnne White prior to the Conference at  to schedule an interview during the employment expo at the National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at UCLA School of Law.  Good luck to all applicants!



National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will be interviewing students at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

In Conference,Internships,Jobs,Summer opportunities on October 2, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

NCLRThe National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.  NCLR will be recruiting at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference to be held at UCLA School of Law from Oct. 4-6, 2012.  NCLR invites students to apply for an interview with a representative of the organization during the Career Expo, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law.  For a list of available positions at NCLR, please click here.  Student interested in interviewing with NCLR should submit the following documents to Asaf Orr at prior to the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (5-10 pages)

If selected for an interview, NCLR will contact the selected applicant directly to schedule an interview at the Career Expo on Saturday, Oct. 6, at UCLA School of Law.  Good luck to all applicants!!


Instructions to interview with Navy JAG at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law on Saturday, October 6, 2012

In Conference,Internships,Jobs,NLLSA,Summer opportunities,U.S. Government on September 12, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

NLLSA Conference Career Fair Attendees,

The Navy JAG Corps will be conducting interviews at the upcoming 16th Annual NLLSA Conference.  For more information about our permanent positions and internship/externship program, please visit our website at:  If you are interested in interviewing for a permanent position with the Navy JAG Corps, please complete the following steps BEFORE your attendance at the career fair.

1) Visit

2) Click the “Phase One: Professional Recommendation” link at the bottom of the page

3) Click the “JAG Corps Online Application” link

4) Create a login account

5) Practicing attorneys = Direct Appointment Application; and

Law school students = Student Program Application

6) Complete the application and submit all required supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, transcripts, photo, etc.)

7) Email LT Tashinda Richardson ( and confirm that you have submitted your online application.  She will schedule your interview at that point.  If you complete your application while at the convention, you can schedule your interview with a JAG Corps Officer on site at our exhibit at the convention.  However, in order to ensure yourself an interview slot, it is best to schedule your interview in advance.

Applicants interested in applying to the summer internship/school year externship program can find the application at  There is no interview associated with the internship/externship application process (only applicants for permanent positions will require an interview).    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about the Navy JAG Corps and our application process at the below phone number.  Thank you and I look forward to meeting you at the NLLSA Conference!!


LT Tashinda Richardson

Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Deputy Special Assistant for Diversity

1322 Patterson Avenue, SE

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066

(Office) 202-685-7257

(Fax) 202-685-5545


2012 Central Region Encuentro Recap

In Academic,Conference,Education,Immigration,NLLSA on April 10, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, The National Latina/o Law Student Association and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Hispanic Latino Law Student’s Association co-hosted the Central Region Encuentro at  Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  The audience was composed by law students coming from various schools located all over the Midwest, as well as undergraduate and high school students from the greater Chicago land area. During registration, we had representatives from the Department of Labor providing information about their job openings and the DePaul College of Law Human Rights in the Americas Summer Program providing information to students interested in summer school.

   The Encuentro began with an introduction into the Latino/a Critical Thinking Theory (LatCrit) by Northern Illinois University Law professor Guadalupe Luna.  She also spoke about her experiences teaching property law and the different pedagogical approaches taken by other professors and case book authors in the area of property law.

The first panel discussion, led by Professor Alberto Coll from DePaul Law, discussed the recent Supreme Court decision Padilla v. Kentucky. Our panelists, Professors: Anita Maddali, César Garcia-Hernandez, and Linus Chan discussed the Padilla ramifications, and described the importance of having assistance of counsel during immigration proceedings.

The second panel discussion, led by Professor Jones from NIU Law, addressed important aspects of immigration law practice. Our panelists: David Richmond and Salvador Cicero, both practitioners of immigration law, shared their practical experiences at their respective law firms and provided valuable career advice to our attendees.

The final panel discussion, led by Chicago-Kent HLLSA President Veronica Cortez, hosted four members of the judiciary who shared their experiences at the bench. Our panelists: Hon. Edward Arce, Hon. Mark Lopez, Hon. Luciano Panici, and Hon. Raul Vega from Cook County explained their work, discussed interesting cases currently before them, and encouraged students to pursue careers in the judiciary. The Cook county judges concluded the event by inviting students to visit their courtrooms so the students can witness the judges daily work.

Overall, it was a rewarding experience to witness our community gathering together and participate in academic discussions. It was a pleasure to work with the panelists, moderators, presenters, and others who volunteer their time and effort to make this 2012 “Encuentro” for the Central Region a great success!

See you at the National Conference this fall at UCLA.


Omar Salguero

NLLSA Central Region Director

Northern Illinois College of Law 2012


Please Join the University of Pennsylvania LALSA for their 2012 Conference

In Academic,Conference,Education,Elections,Law schools,NLLSA,Politics,Race on January 22, 2012 by NLLSA Chair Tagged:

Please find registration information at the following link:


Recap of NLLSA’s Inaugural Central Region Encuentro, June 25, 2011 in Chicago, IL

In Academic,Conference,Law firms,Law schools,NLLSA,Universities on July 11, 2011 by NLLSA Chair

Central Region Encuentro at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday June 25, 2011

On Saturday, June 25, 2011, The National Latina/o Law Student Association and the Northwestern Latino Law Student’s Association co-hosted the Central Region Encuentro at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  We had students, attorneys, and judges present about opportunities both during and after law school and were able to network and learn about each other’s organizations and continued commitment to our communities.

The Central Region Encuentro attracted students from schools in Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.  Represented schools included Notre Dame, Indiana University, Cooley, John Marshall, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola and Northern Illinois.  We had a wide range of student attendees including students of the classes of 2009 to 2014.

Judge Ruben Castillo with NLLSA Central Regional Director Cristal Cabrera (left) and NLLSA Chair Barbara Barreno (right)

The Encuentro began with a welcome address by the Honorable Ruben Castillo from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He spoke about his experience as a Northwestern law student and his career path to becoming a District Court Judge.  Our next presentation was by Northern Illinois Law Student Karla Altmayer who presented about the Excelencia School of Chicago which is a charter school in the Humbolt Park community intended for bicultural and bilingual students who often need extra assistance in certain subjects due to language barriers.  Ms. Altmayer shared resources and information about how law students and attorneys can help with the school.  After the presentations, the Encuentro continued with our panel discussions, “Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service” and “Latino Business Leaders in the Legal Profession.”

"Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service"

Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service

The first panel discussion, led by NLLSA Chair Barbara Barreno, focused on public service.  We had Ms. Claudia Castro from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office speak about careers in criminal prosecution, Ms. Rosa Maria Silva from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office present about careers in criminal defense, and Ms. Litza Mavrothalasitis from Jenner & Block LLP share information about the importance of pro bono work while working at a large law firm.  After this panel, the Encuentro focused more on the private sector.

"Latino Business Leaders in the Legal Profession"

The second panel discussion, led by NLLSA Central Regional Director Cristal Cabrera, focused on starting a law firm.  We had Mr. Homer Tristan, founding partner of Tristan & Cervantes, Rene Cruz, co-founder of the Law Offices of Gil & Cruz, and Salvador Cicero, founder of the Cicero Law Firm, share their decision to and experience in starting their own law firms.  The business leaders also stressed the importance of their involvement in their communities through organizations like the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Homero Tristan, Rene Cruz, Raphael Sznajder, Salvador Cicero, Judge Jesse G. Reyes, and Caitlin Kovacs

Judge David Delgado from the Cook County Circuit Court

The final portion of the Central Region Encuentro included a luncheon with Cook County Circuit Court Judges Jesse G. Reyes and David Delgado. They shared their experiences in becoming judges and their selection process for law clerks.  Each judge had unique experiences and preferences, but one common denominator in their presentations was that they were involved in their communities and in organizations like NLLSA.  They encouraged us to stay involved in our communities and in organizations that bring diverse students together whether it is the Latino Law Student Association or the Student Bar Association.  Judge Delgado’s words were, “The fact that you are here today, sets you apart from the others,” because it shows a commitment not only to your professional development, but also to the legal profession.

Judge Jesse G. Reyes from the Cook County Circuit Court, Chancery Division with the Central Region Encuentro Planning Committee

We would like to thank our sponsors Winston & Strawn LLP and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois for donating their time and resources and Northwestern Law School for allowing us to have a successful Central Region Encuentro!

The next NLLSA Encuentro will be hosted by the Pacific Region on Tuesday July 12, in San Francisco, California.  Please contact the Pacific Regional Director Frankie Guzman at for more information.