Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Touro Alum, Jacob Weinstein, Presents Paper at the 17th Annual Jewish Law Association International Conference
Dean Patricia Salkin attended (on her first day on the job) the Jewish Law Association's 17th International Conference yesterday where Professor Sam Levine chaired a plenary session and alum Jacob Weinstein '11 presented during the session.
(Touro Law Center alumnus Jacob Weinstein presenting an interesting discussion on eye witness testimony in criminal law matters under both U.S. and Jewish law at the Jewish Law Association Conference. He is working on a second paper on the duty to rescue...an affirmative duty under Jewish law, but not under U.S. common law.)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Click on the links below to find out more about these programs.
PALS Annual Mock Interview and Resume Workshop for Law Students of Color.
Early-Bird Registration for Lavender Law Extended to August 3, 2012.
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and New York Minority Bar Associations Second Annual Minority law Student Conference Day.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Depending on funding, EJW is able to provide between 40-50 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure. For additional information about this great program, go here.
For the first time, the International Association of LGBT Judges will be sponsoring a writing competition for all law students attending the 2012 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. This is an exciting opportunity for law students who wish to pursue their career as a member of the United States judiciary. Click here to view competition details.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Do you know when to use "which" versus "that"? How about "Who" and "whom"? "Affect" and "effect"?
Well, if you think you might need a grammar booster shot to guard against 20 of the most common mistakes almost all of us make, we have the medicine for you. Go here to read a great article from LitReactor and learn how to avoid these mistakes.
Labels: Writing Skills
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
At the reception, interns will be able to meet other students working across new the New York City area and learn about job opportunities in the labor and employment fields.
All interns working for unions, union and employee-side firms, workers' rights organizations, and labor and employment-related government agencies are welcome!
The reception will be hosted by Outten & Golden, from 6-8 PM, on Wednesday, June 13th. Outten & Golden is located at 3 Park Avenue, corner of 33rd Street, on the 29th Floor. Take the 6 train to 33rd Street.
Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Warning: Unfortunately, there is a $50 registration fee for this job fair, which makes the decision to participate in the fair more difficult. The positions are likely to be very competitive and class rank will play an important factor in an employer's hiring decision. Please feel free to contact CSO to speak with a career counselor about any questions or concerns you have about this job fair.
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Labels: Job Fairs
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Washington DC / Arlington
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Go here to register. (Student/Graduate Registration Deadline - Sunday, July 8, 2012)
Academic Day will be held Monday, May 7 and is an educational blend of programming and networking opportunities for law students, featuring sessions like:
• Getting Your Foot in the Door: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for a Trademark Position
• What to Say to Land the Job: How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions
• Networking 101
There are three affordable registration options for students:
1. Register for the full Annual Meeting at the academic rate of US $225.
2. Register for the two-day Academic Course on International Trademark Law, taking place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 for US $650 and receive complimentary registration to the entire Annual Meeting. This course provides an overview of trademark law and practice in countries around the world.
3. Register for just Academic Day and pay only US $100.
More information can be found here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has launched the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship. We believe that a workforce made up of people from diverse social, racial, and cultural backgrounds results in a dynamic and supportive workplace for our attorneys and staff and enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality representation for our clients. We are proud to offer the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship as part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession.
Partner and co-Chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee, Peter Harvey stated, "Our Diversity Fellowship is merely one of our firm's endeavors to ensure that the legal profession attracts and advances the career paths of persons who have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. At Patterson, we know that intellectual talent and personal qualities that make a lawyer successful are not confined to a particular group. Our high-quality work for our clients is enhanced by the contributions of persons who have different experiences and ideas. Additionally, the dynamic culture of our firm is enriched by a diverse workforce. We hope that serious-minded lawyers who share our commitment to a diverse legal profession will apply for the Fellowship and join our effort."
Details regarding the Diversity Fellowship and eligibility requirements are as follows:
The Fellowship Program
The Fellowship, which includes an award of up to $15,000, will be offered to an exceptional rising second-year law student who shows the promise both of becoming an outstanding attorney and of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Patterson Belknap and the legal community. The Fellowship will be awarded in the course of the regular fall recruiting season for summer associate positions and the Fellow will participate in the regular summer associate program at the Firm in the year after the Fellowship is awarded.
In addition to a paid position as a 2L summer associate, the Fellow will receive $5,000 on the first day as a 2L summer associate, $5,000 upon acceptance of an offered position as an associate at Patterson Belknap and $5,000 on the first day of joining the firm as an associate.
We will accept applications for the 2013 Fellowship until July 20, 2012. We encourage applicants to submit an application as soon as possible. Applicants may send their first-year law school transcript upon receipt of it. To learn more about our application requirements, go here.
Patterson Belknap is a New York City based law firm with nearly 200 lawyers. The firm delivers a full range of services across more than 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law.
The recipient of the Fellowship must demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities, together with personal and professional accomplishments and a commitment to community service. The recipient should demonstrate the potential to be successful in the legal profession and to be a meaningful contributor to the diversity of our firm and the legal community. All applicants must be entering their second year in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA accredited law school.
For International LL.M. Students and Attorneys: Navigating the US Legal Market and Planning Your Career
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, at the House of the Association.
Globalization, international trade, and the growth of multinational law firms have resulted in an increased enrollment in LL.M. programs at law schools throughout the U.S. However, international attorneys may face a number of challenges as they seek employment in the U.S. legal market in the private or public sector. Also, as they acquire additional legal skills through the LL.M. program, their career paths tend to become more confusing as they learn of new and different options. This panel will provide important information and advice for this valuable and diverse segment of today’s legal market.
Moderator: CLARA SOLOMON, Director, Counseling & Career Development Office of Career Services, New York University School of Law Speakers: MARK R. SHULMAN, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs/International Affairs; Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law; ROBERT GARSON, Garson, Segal, Steinmetz Fladgate LLP; LESLEY SLATER, Legal Recruiting Manager, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP; JULIANA OLIVEIRA, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Register here for this program.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Stephanie Arcella, Development Consultant, The Dave Nee Foundation
Marjorie Silver, Professor of Law
Thursday, April 19
Statistics show that a great deal of law students and legal professionals struggle with depression and anxiety. The stress and demands of law school can be emotionally exhausting and overwhelming. You are not alone in how you feel. We will share the story of Dave Nee, a Fordham University law student who struggled with major depression for years and who died by suicide in 2005 while studying for the Bar. Professor Silver will tell of her own struggles with major clinical depression. We will also share ways you can help yourself and your friends get what is needed to feel healthy and do well in school. Come – have lunch – and spend a little time thinking about yourself and your mental health.
Labels: Touro Events
Monday, April 16, 2012
The three programs are:
AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships : In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to promote public service at law schools by facilitating pro bono opportunities and training for other students. A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program.
Equal Justice Works Fellowships: As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., Equal Justice Works Fellows create dream jobs with nonprofit organizations. Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for loan repayment assistance.
Public Defender Corps: Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center have partnered to improve the quality of representation for adults and juveniles nationwide. This three-year fellowship program addresses the ongoing national crisis of providing quality representation to accused persons who cannot afford counsel.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
by Anthony T. Ballato, Esq., Class of 1988
This is a true story involving a dozen recent law school graduates from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Huntington [now Central Islip], New York in 1988. Anyone who has prepared for the bar exam well knows the enormous amount of studying and effort involved to pass a bar examination, and notwithstanding same the high degree of failures. It even took John F. Kennedy, Jr. three times to pass the New York State Bar Exam, and even the famous line from the movie My Cousin Vinny, “six times a charm” for Vincent Gambimi to pass the Bar, shows how hard it really is.
Having been well prepared after three years of law school, completing bar exam preparation courses with Bar-Bri, John Pieper, Marino and others about a dozen friends, including yours truly thought of everything possible to maximize the chances of passing the bar exam and to avoid the obstacles and foresable problems such as delays or strikes with the Long Island Railroad and access to the Jacob Javits Center located in New York City. We therefore planned to reserve rooms at nearby hotels such as the Milford Plaza Hotel in Times Square the day before the examination. We further agreed that none of us should discuss the bar exam any further since it would only lead to unnecessary anxiety and not change the results. So off we went for a nice dinner at the Hard Rock Café and while walking back to our hotel it was decided that we would go to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for prayer. Upon reaching Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church only one person in our group of about twelve persons from various faiths and ethnic backgrounds refused to enter the church and remained outside while the rest of us went inside to pray.
At that time in 1988, the New York State Bar Exam based upon local laws was among the most difficult in the country to pass and nearly 40% of first-time test takers failed with higher failure rates among second time or further repeat test takers. Likewise, the first time passing rate for our law school was then only about 55%. In other words, according to the statistics about half of our group of recent law school graduates should have failed the 1988 New York State Bar Exam, however, all of us but for that one person who refused to enter the church, passed the New York State Bar Exam upon the first taking! That was a small miracle indeed.
There are a few more tips to share about taking the bar examination. The Javits Center in Manhattan is filled with about 7,000 people taking the test at the same time and it was impossible to get lunch during the break. Therefore, the well prepared lawyer-to-be should bring lunch and water, which must all be in clear containers to rule out cheat sheets. The next tip of bringing construction type ear plugs may sound odd at first, but distractions must be avoided at all costs due to the extreme time pressure during the bar exam as there are no time extensions for any reason. Here are a few other real occurrences during my 1988 examination that made the ear plugs worth while. One of the folding tables behind me collapsed in the middle of the exam, which was quite startling to those around us and a loud noise like a gun shot echoed through the cavernous basement of the Javits Center. Another woman at the table next to me vomited during the exam and on the second day the woman sharing my table, after cursing and pounding her fists, stormed out without completing the examination in frustration. Rather then be upset with those nuisances surrounding me, I was trained to be like a ninja well focused on my task and to ignore everything else around me. The experience was most unpleasant as my own folding table was filthy and the metal edge was twisted and sharp and in fact was cutting my forearm during the exam that is clearly designed as a huge obstacle and process of elimination. The continued exam on the third day in New Jersey was a pleasure in comparison and the test takers were afforded better accommodations with cloth covered tables and ice water.
So, therefore, the lesson to be learned and shared with our successors is not only to study hard and best prepare for one of the most trying and important tasks in a professional’s life, but to thank God and pray for good results.
Should the reader be wondering what ever happened to this group of twelve law graduates from Touro Law School, while I don’t think it proper to furnish their names, it is fair to say that most are solo practitioners with their own successful law firms or partners in small firms located throughout Long Island and New York City. One fellow left the practice of law some ten years later to engage in other private enterprises of real estate development, another fellow took a position in a national healthcare firm, one lady works for the New York State Court System and the other lady that failed the New York State Bar Exam remains employed by the same large corporation in a job that she loves and never practiced law.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
LexisNexis is hosting a free webinar for law students on Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 EST entitled "Learn What Legal Employers Want You To Know" as part of the LexisNexis spring Think Like A Lawyer program (fomerly Prepare to Practice).
A panel of presenters from law firms and the government sector will outline what employers want law students to know. You'll hear from:
Justin S. Kahn: an AV rated attorney with a practice focused on personal injury and complex litigation. For almost 20 years he has authored the annotated South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence. He is also an adjunct professor at Charleston School of Law for civil pre-trial practice.
Blane K. Dessy: the Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee, and the Federal Library and Information Network at the Library of Congress. Since 2000 he has served as the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Library Staff, directing the law libraries that serve the department's senior management and litigation divisions.
You'll also have the opportunity to interact with the panel during the live question and answer portion of the webcast.
Register for the March 28th webcast and learn what legal employers want you to know. You'll also receive 200 LexisNexis Reward points for attending the webcast and completing the survey at the end.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Deconstructing the New York State Bar Examination
In this program, you will learn:
- How to answer difficult questions.
- What NOT to include in your essay answers.
- Which character and fitness issues could affect your admission to the Bar!
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: At the House of the Association, 14 Vesey Street, NY, NY
This program is FREE to NYCLA Members only. Nonmembers pay a $25 registration fee, which includes a student membership to the Association.
Counsel to the Commissioner
Columbia County Department of Social Services
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Conflicts of Interest Board
Careers in Technology Law: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates
Technology has become ubiquitous, as have legal issues that involve technology, including intellectual property protection and licensing, data privacy, and communications. More and more, the law is interacting with technology, and tomorrow’s lawyers need to be aware of the multitude of ways the two intersect. This panel will discuss what careers exist in technology law, what those practices entail, how to get involved, and how one can prepare for a career in technology law.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street
Registration: There is no charge for this program, however registration is necessary.
DEREK BAMBAUER, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
JULIA CHENG, Founder, CyberlawStudio
NATHAN POULSEN, Chadbourne & Parke
GLEN WESTERBACK, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
AARON WILLIAMSON, Counsel, Software Freedom
Committee on Law Student Perspectives, Jessica Silverstein, Chair
Labels: Events; Bar Associations
Monday, February 27, 2012
The National LGBT Bar Association is now accepting submissions for the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition. For more information, go here.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2012 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s offices with a stipend of approximately $10,000. Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. A position may be available in Dallas, Texas.
The summer intern will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of the Prudential businesses. The summer intern will also participate in the summer intern training program, which includes programs presented by Prudential attorneys that highlight different areas of the business and the legal department. Each intern will be paired with an attorney who will serve as a mentor during the program and will provide guidance on projects. The summer intern may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects. The summer internship will run between June 4th, 2012 and August 10th, 2012. The summer intern will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.
Each applicant must be a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and must be a law student enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school and be scheduled for graduation in spring 2014 (full-time students) or spring 2015 (part-time students). Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.
How to Apply:
To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references and a copy of your transcript to:
Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 16th, 2012. Finalist shall be selected and notified on or before March 31st, 2012.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Pulling Back the Legal Curtain: The Vast Opportunities as In-House Counsel Career Forum
on Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m., at Kaye Scholer LLP, 425 Park Avenue, New York, NY.
Come and discover the many areas of practice for attorneys In-House. You will meet and hear from lawyers representing different companies and various practice groups. Our panelists will share with you their perspectives on working as attorneys in a corporate setting.
Counsel, Consumer Products
JANET C. CASTELLANO
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Senior Counsel, HR Law Group
Vice President and Associate General Counsel,Intellectual Property & Content Protection
Additional Panelists To Be Announced
Counsel, Kaye Scholer LLP
Current Law Students will be able to obtain application materials for the 2012 Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Internship Program at Bristol-Myers Squibb. These paid summer positions are expected to be at Bristol Myers Squibb's central New Jersey offices.
Business Casual Attire
Please RSVP here by Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Applications must be postmarked by January 31. The fellowship will be awarded at a festive gala celebration on April 24th at Lincoln Center in conjunction with the presentation of the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to a distinguished member of the New York bench.
For more information, go here.
Any interested student should email Erica Edwards-O'neal so that she can inform NYLS that you will be attending.