Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Touro Public Service Job Fair

On Tuesday, February 5, from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m., Touro Law Center will host a public service job fair with approximately 50 employers attending. The Job Fair will be held in the Public Advocacy Center (for employers who are PAC members) and the second floor of the Law Center's atrium. Employers will staff tables and talk to students about summer and other opportunities. Also attending will be Touro groups such as the Student Hurricane Network and PILOT.

Here is a tentative list of employers/attendees:

The Career Services Office (for resume help and to answer questions)
Brighter Tomorrows
Empire Justice Center
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
Long Island Advocacy Center
Long Island Housing Services
Nassau/ Suffolk Law Services
Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund
ACLU Suffolk County
Suffolk Co. Coalition against Domestic Violence
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS)
The Workplace Project
The Long Island Council of Churches
Suffolk County Community Council.
Catholic Charities
Urban League of Long Island
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Mental Health Association of Suffolk County
Mercy Advocacy Program
Piper – Mental Health Group
Suffolk County Legal Aid
Suffolk County Legal Aid- Senior Citizens
NY Civic Participation Project
Literacy Suffolk
NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Services
Nassau County Legal Aid
Nassau County Attorneys Office
Nassau County ACLU
NYS Attorney General's Office, Suffolk County
NYS Attorney General's Office, Nassau County
Equal Justice Works
Federal Defenders
Student Hurricane Network
Town of Babylon
Nassau Suffolk Legal Services (pro bono)
National Lawyers Guild
U.S. Department of Labor, Long Island Office
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
PILOT re: Auction
Suffolk County Court Clerk Program
Nassau County Legal Aid- Law Guardian Bureau
Nassau County Legal Aid- Family Court Division
RAP-NY City Housing Courts, Hon. Fern Fischer

Feel free to browse the tables and walk up to an employer to ask about available opportunities. Employers are here to answer your questions, market themselves to you, and accept resumes.

It might, just might, be nice to be in at least business causal attire if you would like to make a seriously good impression on a particularly interesting employer.

In addition, you should attend one session of the Summer Job Funding Program to be held on the same day (Tuesday, February 5), at 12:30 and 5:30 in the Faculty Conference Room (next to the cafeteria) to learn about the Federal Work-Study Program and Touro's Public Interest Law Fellowships that can fund your public interest, government, or judicial summer job.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Career Opportunities
in Labor and Employment Law:
A Panel Discussion For Law Students

The New York City Bar Association
Law Student Perspectives Committee


Career Opportunities in Labor and Employment Law:
A Panel Discussion For Law Students

Monday, February 11, 2008 6:30 - 8 pm
House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street

This program for law students will focus on how to prepare for a career in labor and employment law. Panelists will discuss such topics as: distinctions between labor and employment law; distinctions between the representation of management, employees and unions; and the intersection of labor and employment law with other practice areas. Panelists will also discuss the various settings in which attorneys can practice labor and employment law. A networking reception will follow and refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by:
Committee on Law Student Perspectives, Jodi Savage, Chair

Free to law students.

Please RSVP to Jodi Savage at

Friday, January 25, 2008

Taking Ownership of Your Job Search:
A CSO Program Series

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Don't Ask Don't Tell Amelioration

As many of you know, law schools are under an obligation, originating from their own policies and membership in ogranizations such as the Association of American Law Schools, to ameliorate the discriminatory effects of the Congressionally imposed Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which forbids the military to consider for employment law students who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual. All law schools have policies which forbid this kind of discrimination, and many states, including New York, have laws which forbid this discrimination, as well.

This ameliorative obligation can be satisfied in many ways, such as publicizing the effects of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, affording students an opportunity to make efforts to change it should they wish, and providing LGBT students with resources to apply for other employment opportunities. Students at Touro Law Center and at most other law schools often see posters throughout the law school talking about Don't Ask Don't Tell when military recruiters come on campus. Military recruiters are aware of the purpose of these signs, and have on many occasions confided in law school career services personnel that they believe the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is foolish, particularly with respect to military lawyers, as it deprives the Service of the country's best and brightest.

Touro Law Center also offers pro bono credit to students who participate in National Lobbying Day in Washington DC, when students and professors from across the country lobby members of Congress to allow members of the LGBT community to openly serve in the military. This year's Lobbying Day will be on Friday, March 7, and Touro law students are encouraged to accompany the professors who plan on participating in the repeal efforts in Washington on that day. Please see Dean Gilbert for additional information about this project.

In addition, this year, at the NYU Job Fair on February 7 and 8, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is asking for student volunteers to staff tables which will invite students attending the Fair to sign materials opposing Don't Ask Don't Tell that will be delivered to members of Congress. Table staffing shifts are on Thursday, Feb. 7, 10am-noon and 2-4pm; and Friday, Feb 8, 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Any students interested in staffing a table at the NYU Fair should contact Dean Gilbert.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Looking for a Research Topic?

Students are sometimes at a loss regarding a subject on which to draft a paper for a class, writing requirement, independent study, or writing competition. It is beneficial if students write about issues that are of concern to attorneys in practice, but often students are unsure about what those topics might be.

Well, the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy has developed an online searchable database of research topics submitted by practitioners. This database, called ResearchLink, is searchable by practice area such as health care, immigration, housing, Due Process, labor law, international law, etc. In addition, ResearchLink may be used to locate lawyers who are seeking students to conduct research and draft a paper on a particular subject.

Whether you use ResearchLink to locate new and exciting research topics for your own work, or as a resource to connect with employers who have interests similar to yours, ResearchLink is a great website to check out.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Suffolk County
Women's Bar Association Scholarship

The Suffolk County Women's Bar Association is holding a $500 scholarship essay competition open to all third-year (and fourth-year part-time) law students.

This year's topic is: What prominent legal or political figure do you believe has made a significant contribution to the advancement of women and why?

Your submission should be no longer than 1000 words. You need not be a member of the SCWBA to receive the scholarship. The winner will also be invited to the SCWBA installation dinner in June 2008 as a guest of the SCWBA, and the the winning submission may also be published in their member newsletter. All essays should be submitted to Erica in the Career Services Office by April 15, 2008.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Interested in International Law?

We say this time and time again, but any student or graduate who is serious about a career in international law should become a member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

The annual ASIL membership fee for students is $35, and membership entitles you to join particularized ASIL Interest Groups focusing on issues such as intellectual property, criminal law, economics, women, newer professionals, and the issues of particular geographical regions. Other membership benefits include 4 issues of the quarterly American Journal of International Law, 4 issues of the ASIL Newsletter, as well as electronic news items such as IL.Post; discounts on ASIL publications and the Annual Meeting; access to the online Member Service Center, including the Membership Directory; and access to networking events.

In addition, ASIL sponsors scholarships, such as:

The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a remarkable ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others.

Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply.

Micro-grants will be granted for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow’s fieldwork and research.

The application form and guidelines for a qualifying proposal, as well as general information, may be found at the ASIL Web site.

All materials for a fellowship in 2008 must be submitted electronically no later than February 15, 2008. Only the first 50 completed applications will be considered. Fellowship awards will be announced in early April 2008.

To join ASIL and explore its web site, go here.