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Bet Tzedek to interview at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law on Oct. 6, 2012

In Internships,Jobs,Law firms on September 27, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

NLLSA is pleased to announce that Bet Tzedek will be interviewing students on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at the Career Expo component of the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference to be held at UCLA School of Law.  Please see below for information about Bet Tzedek and for instructions about interviewing with this law firm.

 

Bet Tzedek was founded in 1974 by a small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists who sought to act upon a central tenet of Jewish law and tradition: “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue.” This doctrine establishes an obligation to advocate the just causes of the poor and helpless. Consistent with this mandate, Bet Tzedek provides assistance to all eligible needy residents throughout Los Angeles County, regardless of their racial, religious, or ethnic background.

Please email a copy of your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Jenny Williams at  jwilliams@bettzedek.org to interview with Bet Tzedek.
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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 pacific@nllsa.org for more information.

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Student Registration Open for Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, August 4-5, Minneapolis, MN

In Internships,Jobs,Law firms,NLLSA on May 15, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , ,

The 2011 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference will be held August 4-5 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Student registration is now open. Click on the link below for a brochure with all of the conference details and registration information.

2011 MMRC Brochure

The following is a link to register for the event: https://law-tcc-csm.symplicity.com/

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Reed Smith 2011 Diverse Scholars Program–Applications due Friday, August 5

In Internships,Jobs,Law firms,NLLSA,Scholarships on April 26, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , ,

The following is information about Reed Smith’s 2011 Diverse Scholars Program:

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.  

Summer associate positions in 2012 are available in: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2011.

Please visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about the program and to download an application. 

To learn more about Reed Smith’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/

I am pleased to present Reed Smith’s 2011 Diverse Scholars Program Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.  

Summer associate positions in 2012 are available in:  Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2011.

For your convenience I have attached a copy of the application.  If you would like me to send hard copies, please let me know to whom they should be addressed.  Students may also visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application. 

<<2011 Diverse Scholars Program Application.pdf>>
To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/

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McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program–Applications due May 15

In Law firms,NLLSA,Scholarships on April 4, 2011 by Barbara

Below is information regarding McGuireWoods’s new Diversity Scholarship Program:

 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

$5,000 Scholarships for Diverse First-Year Law Students

McGuireWoods defines diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in our workforce. To us, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, as well as educational, economic and professional backgrounds.

We are pleased to announce our first Diversity Scholarship Program that will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse first-year law students who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity-related student organizations, demonstrated leadership, and personal and undergraduate academic achievement.

Consistent with the objective of promoting diversity in legal education and leadership roles in the legal profession, McGuireWoods will also consider additional criteria including, among other factors, whether the applicant is:

• First family member to attend college.

• From an economically disadvantaged family.

• A member of a group currently underrepresented in law schools and law firms.

• From a family with little or no legal education or experience.

• From a school whose graduates are historically underrepresented in law schools.

• Strongly committed to promoting diversity in his or her undergraduate school or community, and has demonstrated that commitment.

 Application Packet Contents

• Completed application form.

• Current resume.

• Undergraduate and law school transcripts (photocopies of official transcripts are acceptable).

• Personal statement (1,500 words or fewer) explaining your commitment to diversity in the legal profession, community involvement and personal achievements. Tell us something that is not on your resume.

• Professional letter of recommendation from an undergraduate or law professor.

Application packet must be received by May 15, 2011. Scholarships will be awarded July 1, 2011, and will be paid directly to the law school. Send materials via U.S. mail, e-mail or fax to:

Ann D. McGhee

Firmwide Manager of Attorney Recruiting

McGuireWoods LLP 901

East Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

amcghee@mcguirewoods.com

804.775.1061 (fax)

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Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship For Incoming Law Students – Application Due June 17, 2011

In Law firms,NLLSA,Scholarships on March 29, 2011 by Barbara

Below is information about Baker Donelson’s diversity scholarship for incoming law students. The application deadline is June 17, 2011.

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com or 205.328.0480.

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Scholarships Available for Michigan Residents

In Law firms,NLLSA,Scholarships on February 16, 2011 by Barbara

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has a list of scholarships for Michigan residents. One such scholarship is from the law firm Miller Johnson, which has offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan.  Must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a citizen of the United States to apply.

The deadline for most of these scholarships is April 1, 2011. Please visit http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarships for more information.