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Labor & Employment Writing Competition

Law Student Writing Competition:  June 15th Submission Deadline

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers would like to remind all Labor Law Professors of the upcoming submission deadline for the 2015-16 Annual Law Student Writing Competition.    Please see the attached competition guidelines.  The first place award is $3,000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law. All students, not only those currently taking labor and employment law courses, are eligible to participate.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Jen Motley
Program & Events Administrator

1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway – Suite  300
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone:  (410) 972-4712
Fax:  (410) 972-4701


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Richmond JOLT Writing Competition

On behalf of the entire Editorial Board and Staff of the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, it is our pleasure to announce that submissions for the Student Law and Technology Writing Competition with the Rick Klau Prize are now being accepted.

The Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the first law review in the world to be published exclusively online, holds a biennial national writing competition to highlight important and emerging legal issues in the field of law and technology.  From receipt of this letter until midnight on Friday, March 31, 2017, students from all law schools in the United States have the opportunity to submit articles, case notes, essays, and commentary to the Journal for possible publication and cash prizes!  The submissions must focus on topics at the intersection of technology and the law and must be directed to the Journal via e-mail to jolt@richmond.edu.  Each submission must include the completed entry form and must conform to the submission guidelines.  Both the entry form and the submission guidelines have been attached to this e-mail and will also be available on the Journal‘s website at http://jolt.richmond.edu.

The first place winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of $1,250 and have the opportunity to be published in a future issue of the Journal.  In addition, the second place winner will receive a cash prize of $750.  Lastly, the first place winner from the University of Richmond will receive a cash prize of $200.  These cash prizes will attract the best and most unique articles. It is our hope that you will help the Journal advertise this excellent opportunity to your students.

Please find the poster advertising this year’s competition enclosed.  We ask you to display this poster at your law school in a central location, and mention the competition in any relevant newsletters or notice boards.  Also, please notify your faculty of this competition and encourage your faculty to recommend this writing competition to students.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brandon Bybee, the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, by e-mail at brandon.bybee@richmond.edu.  You may also find additional details about this competition on the Journal’s website at http://jolt.richmond.edu.

Richmond JOLT Writing Competition Entry Form

Richmond JOLT Writing Competition Guidelines

Richmond JOLT Writing Competition Poster


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Bar Exam Q&A – April 26

Get your questions answered about the bar exam, the bar examination process, the Uniform Bar Exam, jurisdictional options, bar preparation companies, school programming, and everything else you wanted to know about the licensure process.
Wednesday, April 26th at 12:30pm in room 207
Bring your own lunch – dessert provided.

Bar Q and A Workshop

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Bar Prep Workshop: Estates in Land!

Still not sure how to make sense of those pesky springing executory interests, fee determinable estates, or vested remainders? Professor Chapman has graciously offered to review the various estates in land that you are very likely to see on the bar exam.
This review will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. in Room 207. More information will follow, but we strongly suggest you save this date and plan to attend if at all possible.

Estates in Land Workshop

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Wake County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Workshop

RSVP now for the 2017 Wake County Bar Association YLD Spring Conference and Business Development Workshop! The Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 4, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Campbell Law School. The program will focus on topics designed to cultivate effective business development skills and enhance your practice as a young lawyer. You will receive practical networking and time management tips, and discuss common ethical pitfalls for your lawyers. You don’t want to miss this exciting program sponsored by the Wake County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division! If you have any questions, and to RSVP, please contact David Senter at dsenter@youngmoorelaw.com.

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2017-2018 Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship

The Law Offices of Patel and Soltis would like to announce the 2nd Annual Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship. Each year we plan to award at least $1,000 to the top essay related to law and activism related to our Firm’s core practices. This award is open to all part-time and full-time law students. Based on submissions we will award up to three awards.

This scholarship was established as a memorial to Aaron Schwartz and his dedication to activism and the boundaries he pushed. Amount for 2017-2018 school year – $1,000 per award up to 3 awards will be made

§ Must be attending an ABA-approved law school for the 2017-2018 school year at least part time.
§ Candidates must submit a 750 to 2000 word essay, not including endnotes upon any subject related to Activism and the Law. Examples would include Immigration reform, Foreclosure Defense, Providing legal resources through technology.
§ All entries will be open for comment on the Focusedlaw.com website.
§ A current resume with contact information must be submitted with each submission.
§ Up to three entries on different topics will be accepted
§ DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday, January 6, 2018, by 5:00PM
§ Please email your entry to Soltis@FocusedLaw.com
§ Award(s) will be announced February 4, 2018

As of 12/22/2016 we have had 6 applicants for the 2016-2017 award and plan on announcing the winner prior to February 4th. Applications may still be submitted for the 2016-2017 scholarship. The below contact form can be used to submit any material.

Application at:


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White Collar Criminal Defense Scholarship

Burnham & Gorokhov, PLLC is pleased to announce our annual White Collar Criminal Defense Scholarship.

While our firm specializes in white collar criminal defense, all of our attorneys have a background in indigent defense, and are committed to the values underlying the Sixth Amendment’s Right to Counsel.  Therefore, for the 2017-2018 academic year, we are targeting this $1,000 scholarship for students who are working for, or plan to work for, a federal or state public defender’s office–in any unpaid capacity.

The application period runs from March 1, 2017 to May 1, 2017.  Only one applicant will be selected to receive the scholarship. Applicants should submit their applications to scholarship@burnhamgorokhov.com. Please read the following for more information.

Important Dates

Application acceptance period:  March 1, 2017 – May 1, 2017
Selection date by: May 31, 2017

Scholarship Eligibility

This scholarship is eligible to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university or other institution of higher learning in the United States.
  2. A minimum 3.2 GPA or 75th percentile class rank, whichever is lower.
  3. Working for, or will work for, a federal or state public defender’s office in any unpaid capacity.
  4. U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing all of the eligibility criteria. Please be sure to indicate which federal or state public defender’s office you have worked for or will work in, and in what capacity.
  2. An essay that conforms to the requirements below. (See Essay Topic for more information).
  3. A current copy of your academic transcript.
  4. A copy of employment offer letter or contact information from someone in the public defender’s office who can verify employment.
  5. Recommended but not required: letters of recommendation from current or past professors and employers.

All documents should be submitted by email to scholarship@burnhamgorokhov.com.

Essay Topic

Please submit a concise essay of 1500 words or less addressing the following topic:

“If you could enact a policy change to the system of indigent defense throughout this country, what would it be and why?”

Selection Process

We will accept applications from March 1, 2017 until May 1, 2017.  From the pool of eligible applicants who submitted completed applications, we will select one individual to receive the scholarship based on his or her academic achievement and written essay.  We will notify the winning applicant by May 31, 2017, and will pay the scholarship in one lump sum.

Scholarship money should be used by applicant for education related expenses.

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WHAT | NCBA YLD LEGAL FEEDING FRENZY | A month-long food and funds drive competition to see who can raise the most food per employee to bene t local North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks.

WHO | All North Carolina law-related organizations

WHEN | March 6–31, 2017

WHERE | Communities across North Carolina | Donations go directly to your local Feeding America Food Bank.

WHY | To fight hunger | Over 1.8 million North Carolinians are considered “food insecure,” one of the highest rates in the country. Nearly 1 in 4 kids under the age of 5 in North Carolina does not regularly get enough to eat. As attorneys and professionals, we can make a di erence.

MORE INFORMATION | For additional details, competition rules and registration, visit www.nclegalfeedingfrenzy.com

QUESTIONS? | Please contact:
Bryan Norris at RBN@sharpless-stavola.com; or Jacquelyn Terrell at jterrell@ncbar.org or 919.657.1561.



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NPBA Foundation Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship for Second Year Law Students


Dear Second Year Law Student:

The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce availability of the Elizabeth B. Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to be awarded in May 2017 to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in South Hampton Roads and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote the administration of justice, to educate the public about the importance of law in their daily lives, and to enhance the image of the legal profession in our community. We welcome the opportunity to serve our community by assisting financially those law students who intend to practice in the South Hampton Roads area, becoming leaders in the public service sector of the legal profession and outstanding citizens, following the example set by the late Ms. Fitzwater.

Elizabeth Fitzwater grew up in Portsmouth and earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, her MBA from Old Dominion University, and her JD from George Mason School of Law. She died in 2011 at the age of 43 as the result of a car accident. In 1998, Ms. Fitzwater became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, and in 2007 she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk, as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where she continued to practice until her untimely death. In her role as prosecutor, Ms. Fitzwater successfully prosecuted defendants charged with committing violent crimes, drug and firearm offenses, and murder for hire. She was admired by all who knew her and, in the words of her classmates, Elizabeth Fitzwater “was the rare person who inspires you to be a better version of yourself – a better lawyer, a better parent, a better person. We were all blessed to have known her.”

We hope you will review the enclosed materials and choose to participate. Applicants should return a completed application (with attached documents – see instructions on the enclosed application) no later than 5 pm on March 27, 2017.  It is very important that applications be complete when submitted, including a telephone number and/or e-mail address where you may be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please read the application carefully and follow all instructions. If you have any questions regarding the Fitzwater scholarship program, please feel free to contact the Scholarship Chair, Beryl Adler, at 757-490-6267 or e-mail him at badler@pendercoward.com


Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation

Download Scholarship Letter

Download Scholarship Application

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