The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 14, November 25, 2013

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The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 14, November 25, 2013

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 14 November 25, 2013 By LHB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

A MESSAGE TO THE LAW SCHOOL COMMUNITY 2013 L. WAYNE AND MAXINE SCOTT NEGOTIATIONS COMPETITION WINNERS FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MENTORS NEEDED FOR NEW 1L CLASS ST. MARY’S VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM SPRING POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE UNDER PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAM COMPLETION OF LEGAL STUDIES CEREMONY ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES APPLYING TO A FEDERAL CLERKSHIP BE THE ATTORNEY OF RECORD PRO BONO PROGRAM IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS PRO BONO PROGRAM CONTACT AND 2014 DATES 2014 SPRING JOB FAIRS NOISE LEVELS IN THE LAW CLASSROOM BUILDING TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES PRACTICE SKILLS REQUIREMENTS AVAILABLE SPRING 2014

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EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS REOPENS FELLOWS APPLICATIONS IN TEXAS ST. THOMAS MORE SOCIETY BIBLE STUDY EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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A MESSAGE TO THE LAW SCHOOL COMMUNITY
We want to remind the law school community that official law school student organizations are fully sanctioned by the law school and the university, and operate under all relevant rules and procedures. One of the hallmarks of an institution of higher learning, and particularly Catholic Marianist universities, is the free flow exchange of ideas – both in and outside of the classroom. Part of that free flow exchange of ideas may mean that ideas different than one’s own are put in the proverbial “public square” for consideration and debate. Tolerance and respectful dissent are appropriate approaches to this reality, and very much in keeping with the speech traditions of Catholic Marianist universities. The antithesis of a free flow exchange of ideas is any effort which has a chilling and/or silencing effect. Toward this end, please recall that officially sanctioned law school student organizations’ activities, posters and other advertising should be respected, valued, and unaltered. Mutual respect for others, their differences, and their ideas, must be part of our vibrant law school community. Thank you for your cooperation in fostering this important and necessary culture and climate at the law school. Charles E. Cantú Dean and St. Mary's University Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law Victoria Mather Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Ana Novoa Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Pro Bono

Reynaldo Anaya Valencia Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

MOCK TRIAL TEAM WINS AWARD
This past weekend a St. Mary's mock trial team, composed of Abel Aguirre, Kenny Lam, Clem Vetters, Meagan Enriquez, Matt Powell, and Zach Zurek, competed in the annual William Daniel National Mock Trial Competition, in Atlanta, Georgia. The team, which was coached by Ken Bell, won the Most Professional Team award. Please join us in congratulating the team and their coach on this fine showing.

2013 L. WAYNE AND MAXINE SCOTT NEGOTIATIONS COMPETITION WINNERS
The Board of Advocates (BOA) is proud to announce the successful completion of the 2013 L. Wayne and Maxine Scott Negotiations Competition. The teams did their best to come up with the best possible agreements for their clients. They were judged on preparation, ethics, flexibility, strategy, teamwork, good faith dealings with the competition and overall performance. The BOA thanks all competitors for their hard work and dedication to this competition. Please join us in congratulating the following teams:

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Finalists 1st Place, and Winner of $750 - Julia Null & Andrew Trevino 2nd Place, and Winner of $250 - Mallory Myers & Courtney Miller Semi-Finalists Evan Anders & Stephen Hebert Jonathan Ashton & Brian Durst Professor L. Wayne Scott played a critical role in directing the Alternate Dispute Resolution program at St. Mary’s University. Allen Craddock, Ph.D., Adjunct Negotiations Professor established this endowed competition to honor the Scotts for their tireless support of the school’s advocacy program. The BOA would also like to remind everyone to look forward to next semester’s FBA Moot Court competition January 27-31, 2014. Happy Holidays and good luck on finals!

MENTORS NEEDED FOR NEW 1L CLASS
Sign up to be a mentor to the newly admitted 1L Class. Help promote St. Mary’s Law and recruit a fantastic new 1L class. Time requirements are minimal and everything will be accomplished through e-mail. Please e-mail Marychristianbarr@gmail.com for more information.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
You are invited to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass. This is the Law School’s annual celebration in recognition of its commitment to justice. A fiesta lunch will follow Mass on Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 p.m., The Center For Legal and Social Justice building, 2507 N.W. 36th Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78228.

ST. MARY’S VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM
The St. Mary’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will be in its 12th year of consecutive operations this spring. We had outstanding results last year completing over 1,200 income tax returns; resulting in refunds totaling over 2 million dollars, primarily to low-income, working families in the neighborhoods around St. Mary’s. Please consider helping with VITA this year. It is a great community service experience and a wonderful way in which St. Mary’s University can leverage its strengths and talents to make a substantial, positive impact on the surrounding community. Volunteering with VITA is also a great way to gain skills in the field of tax and earn pro bono college hours! You may visit http://stmarytxvita.org/ to sign up for training. Training is held on various dates in January. Sessions generally last approximately eight (8) hours. We will provide light 4

breakfast and lunch. All training occurs in the Alkek building on the St. Mary’s campus. For additional questions, please email vitavolunteer@stmarytx.edu.

PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS
LOOKING TO GAIN LEGAL EXPERIENCE AND GET ACADEMIC CREDIT? Spring or Summer 2014 INTERNSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS

SPRING POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE
You may be the first to apply! All have previously hosted interns with great success! Legal Areas Department/Agency Supervisor Deadline Juvenile law Bexar County Juvenile Probation Lynne Dec. 31 Department Wilkerson Disciplinary Committee litigation State Bar of Texas (San Antonio) James Ehler Dec. 2 Juvenile/Education law TRLA Kathryn Nov. 29 Newell Manufactured Homes litigation TRLA Raul Noriega Nov. 29
(trial prep for upcoming litigation) Employment/Immigration law Equal Justice Center • These positions are eligible for credit or work study.

Philip Moss

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If you don’t have time this spring in your schedule, then think about applying for the summer internship position!

START NOW: Check out Symplicity or use your own contacts to secure an eligible position. For eligibility questions, please contact Amanda Rivas, arivas@stmarytx.edu. Best Advice NOW: Contact Amanda Rivas, Associate Director of Practice Credit Programs, for a meeting to save you time and energy. Email: arivas@stmarytx.edu; Office phone: (210) 4315712. NEW OFFICE HOURS at Career Services Office: Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Read about the two program options (PCP Externship or PCP Independent Study) on our website: https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/centers/practice-credit-program/. PLAN ahead: The PCP Externship program requires a MANDATORY class before you start working. The PCP Independent Study Program does NOT require this class. Spring Class: Friday, January 10, 2014 Summer Class: Saturday, May 10, 2014 Saturday, June 7, 2014 DISCLAIMER: You may attend the class even if you are not formally registered and you are still trying to solidify a placement. If you get a qualified job later and have not attended the 5

class, you will be precluded from registering for the Externship course and gaining the maximum amount of credits.

COMPLETION OF LEGAL STUDIES CEREMONY
The December 2013 Completion of Legal Studies Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Law Classroom building, Ribis Courtroom (rooms 101-102-103). Students participating in the ceremony should plan to arrive by 9:00 a.m. to robe and line-up. A reception will follow at Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant, 815 Bandera Road, San Antonio, Texas 78228. Please RSVP to Ms. Becky Adams at 210.431.5017 before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013.

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The San Antonio Bar Auxiliary Foundation will present a second year student at St. Mary’s with the Olive Trueheart Scholarship. The student must have at least a B average (3.0 or above) and demonstrate financial need. The law school will select the recipient and the check for $2,500 will be presented on March 25, 2014. A letter applying for the scholarship should be emailed to Associate Dean Victoria Mather, vmather@stmarytx.edu or you may bring the letter to her office in Room 103 of the Law Administration building. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 25, 2013. There are additional specialized scholarships and would like you to let us know if you are eligible: • • • If you are from St. Louis, Missouri, or If you were raised by a single parent employed in the legal sector or if you are a single parent employed in the legal sector (now or prior to law school) or If you are from Webb County

Please email your name and any other relevant information to Dean Mather at vmather@stmarytx.edu. We will look at GPA, class rank and need in awarding these scholarships in addition to the basic qualification listed above.

CLASS OF 2015 STUDENTS Applying to a Federal Clerkship
The Office of Career Services (OCS) has received information that OSCAR is now open to all 2Ls. Please visit the site at https://oscar.uscourts.gov and see judges that are hiring for your class and apply to them through OSCAR or their preferred method of receipt. If you are interested in pursuing a federal clerkship after graduation OCS is here and ready to work with you to get your applications completed. Below is a list of things you should begin doing to prepare for this process:

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1) Review the court websites for all courts you are interested in applying to and create an excel spreadsheet that includes the names of the judges and the courts you are interested in. You can do this by Googling the court; go to their website and look up their list of judges. 2) Once you have created a list, meet with Alicia to discuss a timeline. She may be able to reach out to the courts and find out when the judges are hiring. Note: Alicia will be calling all state and federal judges in the state of Texas and will post their hiring timelines as an announcement in Symplicity as we get the information. 3) Start seeking out recommenders as you will need 2-3 and they are usually law school professors. Ask the recommenders to send their letters to Alicia at amendoza1@stmarytx.edu in Word format. She will upload them to OSCAR and will print them for hard copy applications. 4) Most of this can be done after finals and we strongly recommend you make an appointment with OCS to review your game plan if you plan to apply to judges. The official announcement from OSCAR and the Federal Courts is below. If you have any questions please contact Office of Career Services at 210.436.3511, email Director Patrick at spatrick@stmarytx.edu or Alicia at amendoza1@stmarytx.edu or come visit OCS on the 2nd floor of the Law Library, room 216. “The Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the OSCAR Working Group would like to thank the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Judicial Clerkship Section and its law school members for providing informative feedback on the 2013 clerkship season. The OSCAR Working Group of judges and law school representatives recently met and, after careful consideration, recommended de-linking OSCAR from the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan (Hiring Plan). The first step is to allow second-year law school students (“2Ls”) access to OSCAR as soon as possible. In response, the Administrative Office has opened OSCAR to “2Ls” effective today (November 4, 2013), and OSCAR will release their applications when finalized rather than holding them until a specified release date. As part of de-linking OSCAR from the Hiring Plan, the OSCAR Working Group will further consider providing first-year law school students (“1Ls”) access to OSCAR at its annual meeting in November. I will provide further information on the outcome of this deliberation after the meeting. A transparent and fair recruitment process is important to the Administrative Office and the OSCAR Working Group. The Administrative Office Director, Judge John D. Bates, sent a communication today to all federal judges informing them that “2Ls” have access to OSCAR and their applications will be available online at the time of submission. The communication encouraged all judges to use OSCAR to accept applications online, post their positions, and maintain a current judge profile that communicates their hiring preferences.” 7

BE THE ATTORNEY OF RECORD
Student Attorneys enrolled in Clinic courses for credit are gaining valuable skills and accomplishing great things for their clients! Here are a few highlights: Civil Justice Clinic Students • Protected an elderly widower from foreclosure by winning a motion for summary judgment. • • Wrote an administrative brief which resulted in a successful settlement offer with the IRS, saving the client $20,000. Mediated and successfully settled a custody modification case.

Criminal Justice Clinic Students • Argued in a felony criminal appeal before Chief Justice Stone, Justice Marion and Justice Alvarez of the Fourth Court of Appeals. • Prepared for a DWI trial with simulated exercises, including: jury selection, crossexamination, opening statements, and admitting evidence.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Students • Won asylum for three young siblings from Mexico in fear of drug violence involving members of their immediate family. • Secured visas for victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act.

Please be on the lookout for more information about Clinic applications, how you can enroll, and be a part of Clinic during the Spring semester!

PRO BONO PROGRAM IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
DO YOU HAVE OLD TRACKING FORMS? All tracking forms are due by December 14th. This includes tracking for ANY past pro bono or community service activities. Any forms not received by December 14th are not guaranteed to be taken. You can turn the forms into carrel 101 or email a scan copy of stmarysprobono@gmail.com. NEW STUDENT COORDINATORS: Welcome Kerriann Britt and Olivia Mallary to The Pro Bono Program. Kerriann will be working with our Family Law Clinic and Olivia will be working with People’s Law School. We are proud to have you on our team.

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PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHOLARHIP OPPORTUNITY: St. Mary’s Pro Bono Program is excited to announce that The Community Justice Program is now accepting applications for the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Spring 2014 Scholarship award. The AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Award is designed to encourage law students to develop a strong commitment to pro bono legal service while in law school, with a goal toward fostering a lasting commitment to pro bono service in their future professional practice. This partnership between AT&T and the CJP provides the selected 2L or 3L, who is in the top third of their class, a $2,500 scholarship for 60 hours of work for the CJP. Any St. Mary’s law student who meets the criteria is eligible to apply and does not have to be a clinic student or have previously volunteered for CJP. An application can be found on The Pro Bono /Public Service TWEN Page. If you have any questions, please feel free to email stmarysprobono@gmail.com.

PRO BONO PROGRAM CONTACT AND 2014 DATES
Pro Bono Fellow Victoria Bongat – 210.438.6199 – vbongat@stmarytx.edu Pro Bono RA Julia E. Null - 214.914.2661 - juliaelizabethnull@gmail.com Catholic Charities Legal Aid Clinic (formally Ask-A-Lawyer) Ashley Graham - 409.659.3161 - agraham3@mail.stmarytx.edu Kevin Bennett- 256.683.9204 - kevin.bertan.bennett@gmail.com Clinic Dates TBA Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Family law Julia E. Null - 214.914.2661- juliaelizabethnull@gmail.com Cynthia Olson-210.290.7819 - colson2@mail.stmarytx.edu Kerriann Britt- 210.288.9356 - Keabritt@gmail.com February 11, 2014 March 18, 2014 April 22, 2014 May 13, 2014 June 10, 2014 St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice – Wills Rebecca Pitts -210.332.9704 - rqpitts@hotmail.com Landry Redding - 512.694.6980 - landryredding@yahoo.com January 21, 2014 April 15, 2014 Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital – Veterans Lisa Germano - 860.922.6356 - lisabeth.germano@gmail.com Paolo M Nangcas - 832.363.7501 - paolonangcas@utexas.edu January 17, 2014 9

February 21, 2014 - St. Mary’s Journal March 21, 2014 April 11, 2014 May 16, 2014 June 20, 2014 Border Outreach Sister Susan Skidmore - 210.431.5752 - sskidmore@stmarytx.edu Clinic Dates TBA People’s Law School Student Coordinator & Law Ministry Assistant Naomi Howard - 512.699.5988 - hownao@gmail.com Olivia Mallary - 504.495.4196 - olivia.mallary@gmail.com February, 2014

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES 2014 Spring Job Fairs
        January 30-31 – Public Service Days, Austin at UT February 18 – Small Firm Interviewing/Networking Night February 21 – Austin Legal Job Fair February 28 – Metroplex Legal Job Fair (Dallas/Ft. Worth) March 3 – Deadline to apply for El Paso and Midland/Odessa Virtual Job Fairs March 7 – Corpus Christi Legal Interview Day at TAMUCC March 14 – Rio Grande Valley Job Fair in Edinburg March 21 – Houston Legal Job Fair Stay tuned to the OCS weekly updates for information on how to apply.

NOISE LEVELS IN THE LAW CLASSROOM BUILDING
Many students and professors have complained about excessive noise in the hallways of the law classroom building. Please remember that classes are in session during most hours of the day and evening. Group conversations should be kept quiet or moved outside. Thank you!

TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS
The State Bar’s Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) has produced a quick video about how TLAP can help law students navigate the pressures of law school. It’s on the Bar’s web page and Twitter Account. Twitter (https://twitter.com/texasbartoday); YouTube http://youtu.be/eubczDDH8Q0

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TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
The next deadline for the Texas Bar Examination application is November 30, 2013. File No Earlier Than June 30 November 30 Timely Postmark Deadline August 30 January 30 Absolute Postmark Deadline
Late Fee Required

Examination Dates February July

October 30 March 30

Deadlines are STRICTLY enforced. Please refer to the Texas Board of Law Examiners website http://www.ble.state.tx.us/exam_info/deadlines_tbe.htm for more information.

PRACTICE SKILLS REQUIREMENTS AVAILABLE SPRING 2014
St. Mary’s now offers two additional ways to meet student practice skills requirement for graduation. Both avenues are available to students in Spring 2014. 1) Contract Drafting with Professor Walch The Contract Drafting course will teach students the principles of contemporary commercial drafting and introduce them to documents typically used in a variety of transactions. The skills students will gain will be applicable to any transactional practice and will even be useful to litigators. On finishing the course, students should know: the business purpose of each of the contract concepts; how to translate the business deal into contract concepts; how to draft each of a contract’s parts; how to draft with clarity and without ambiguity; how to add value to a deal; how to work through the drafting process; and how to review and comment on a contract. Students will perform drafting and contract negotiation exercises throughout the semester, and course grades will be based on several drafting exercises and class participation. 2) The Practice Credit Program: Externship The PCP Externship course for three credit hours will now meet the practice skills requirement. The PCP Externship course offers students the opportunity to earn three academic credits while performing a legal externship for a minimum of 180 hours at a non-profit, government, and select general counsel’s offices (NEW ADDITION). Details of the program may be found at https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/centers/practice-credit-program/externships/. For more information, please contact Amanda Rivas at arivas@stmarytx.edu or 210.431.5712.

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS REOPENS FELLOWS APPLICATIONS IN TEXAS FOR TAJF-FUNDED LEGAL AID PROGRAMS
Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) has provided funding for Equal Justice 11

Works (EJW) Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites since 1999. Recently TAJF learned the EJWs’ applicant pool for the 2014-16 class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. TAJF has asked EJW to re-open the application to expand and diversify the pool. Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition and strongly encourages third-year law students to consider applying. The new deadline for Fellowship applications is December 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Depending on funding, EJW is able to provide between 45-55 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. To apply to the program please go to http://equaljusticeworks.org/postgrad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply and to download the application guide, go to http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/2014_ejw_fellowship_app_guide.pdf.

BIBLE STUDY ST. THOMAS MORE SOCIETY
Please join us at weekly bible study hosted by the St. Thomas More Society every Wednesday from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Raba, LF 202A. We will have a brief lesson and discussion every week over the gospel. The discussion will be focused on how we can apply what we have learned to our future careers. Also, we will end our study with a short meeting to keep members informed about upcoming events. Snacks will be provided so come hungry. For more information please contact Seth Sullivan at sully078@aol.com or Kerriann Britt at keabritt@gmail.com.

EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS
Those interested in learning the methodology and mechanics of the Bible are invited to attend Professor Jeffrey Addicott’s “Bible Class”. The classes are free and open to the public. Bible classes are held in the small conference room at the Center for Terrorism Law in the Raba building. Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The classes cover individual books of the Bible using categorical, theological, and analytical teaching. Bring a pen and notebook! For more information contact Evan Anders at evananders13@gmail.com or (361) 920-3504.

ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS EVENT SET-UPS
Work Order requests for event set-ups should be submitted 10-days in advance to Ofilia Rodarte, Dean’s Office, orodarte@stmarytx.edu. Please note this is a St. Mary’s University Housekeeping Division policy. This advance notice allows the Housekeeping Division to appropriately schedule staff, set-up and breakdown of your event. Work Orders received after this deadline will be accommodated when possible, however not guaranteed. 12

WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions, fellowships or scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez, Office of Academic and Student Affairs at bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. Texas Aviation and Space Lawyers Scholarship and the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas seek nominations for a $2,000 scholarship for a deserving second or third year law student pursuing the study of Aviation and Space Law. Nominations must be received by December 10, 2013. Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce its Diversity Scholars Award of $2,000 to one deserving second-year law student in each region. For more information and to download an application, please go online to http://www.constangy.com/f-4.html. Completed applications must be received by December 11, 2013. The State Bar of Texas Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (REPTL) announces their Student Writing Contest. Two winners, one in Probate and Trust and one in Real Estate will receive $5,000.00 cash and a one-year free membership in the Section. For contest rules please go to http://www.reptl.org/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=134. Entries must be received by REPTL no later than December 23, 2013. The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student. Prize is $250. Deadline to submit a paper is January 2 2014. For more information please go to http://med.fsu.edu/?fuseaction=news.viewArticle&usemenu=innovativeCollaboration&newsID= 493. The GRAMMY Foundation along with the ABA Forum on the entertainment and Sports Industries announces the 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. First place winner receives $5,000 and four runner-ups will receive $1,500. For additional information and competition rules, please visit the Grammy Foundation website at http://www.grammy.org/news/grammy-foundation-launches-16th-annual-entertainment-lawinitiative-writing-competition. Deadline January 4, 2013. Banner & Witcoff is pleased to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Please see http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/_docs/Donald%20W%20Banner%20Diversity%20Scholarship.p df for details of this scholarship. Applications are now being accepted through January 6, 2014. NEW – The American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) presents its 2014 student writing competition in law, medicine and bioethics. The ACLM will present awards for outstanding original papers written by law or health professions students. First place prize is $1,000, second is $500 and third is $250. Please visit http://www.aclm.org/dirAbout/Competition/docs/2014-Student-Writing-Competition.aspx or 13

email info@aclm.org. Deadline is January 6, 2014. Enter the 27th Annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for a chance to win up to $2,500 and a paid trip to the Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Submissions are due January 10, 2014. For more details regarding the contest requirements and to download a 2014 submission entry form please visit the American Bar Association website at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/mendes_hershman.html. Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers is pleased to announce its annual Law Review Award competition to recognize an outstanding note or coment written by a law student who is associated with a student-edited law review or journal. For information on how apply, please visit http://www.scribes.org/sites/default/files/LR_%20Entry_Form.pdf. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2014. UCLA School of Law, The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles 2013 Student Writing Competition. Submission deadline is January 17, 2014. Prize is $1,000. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/dukeminierstudentwriting-competition/. The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is now accepting papers. The winner receives $2,000 and publication in The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s legal journal. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2014. Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace will co-sponsor the 2013-20143 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. For more information, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/LouisJacksonNWC.html. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2014. NEW - Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., a national firm engaged in the practice of health care and life sciences law, is pleased to announce its Sixteenth Annual Health Law Writing Competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for the three best papers. First place, $4,000, Second place, $2,000 and Third place, $500. Additional information and an official entry form can be found at: http://www.ebglaw.com/healthlawwriting. Competition entries are due January 24, 2014. The American Indian Law Review (AILR) is pleased to announce its annual writing competition. Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. First place will be awarded $1,000 and publication of paper in the AILR, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Second place is $500 and third place is $250. For more information go to http://www.ailr.net/writecomp. Deadline to apply is 6:00 p.m. EST, January 31, 2014. The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce its seventh 14

annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. This competition is open to practicing lawyers, policy makers, academics, and law students. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. For competition details and more information please visit the ACS website at http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition?mgs1=b0005ASpIx&mgs1=6824d8VBxx. Deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law announces their annual law student writing competition. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. First place: $1500, second place, $1000 and third place is $500. Articles must be submitted by midnight (EDST) on May 15, 2014. Competition rules are available at www.laborandemploymentcollege.org. The Center for International Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $3,000. First runner-up will receive $1,500 and second runner-up will receive $500. For competition details and application go to http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/competition. Deadline for submission is February 14, 2014. NEW – American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Lieber Society seek submissions of papers for the fourth annual International Humanitarian Law Student writing competition. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. For detailed competition rules, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2014internationalhumanitarianlawihlstudentwritin gcompetition.cfm. Entries for The Symposium XXVII Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition are now being accepted. The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded. Entry criteria and requirements may be found at www.thesovereigntysymposium.com . Entries must be received no later than March 31, 2014. Applications are now being accepted for the Sovereignty Symposium XXVII Ed Edmondson Scholarship. One-hundred (100) Symposium tuition only scholarships are being offered to attend the symposium on June 4-5, 2014 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK. The symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for scholarship in a simple letter of application. There is no formal application form. For further information please telephone (405) 556-9371 or email sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2014.

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