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Law clerk for solo family law office in Oakland

Seeking applications for part-time, hourly law clerk/research/writing position in high quality, solo practice family law firm, which is located in downtown Oakland. Great views of Lake Merritt, great mentoring and training, great clients. Tasks vary but include research/writing in areas of family law, document preparation and discovery tasks. Job will prepare student for a potential career in family law, give student great topics for a possible law review article, and make “hanging out your shingle” an unintimidating, real possibility.

Contact LeAnn Bischoff at lgbischoff@sbcglobal.net.


Publish with the Berkeley Journal of International Law

The Berkeley Journal of International Law is currently accepting student note submissions for the Fall 2014 Issue! The deadline for Fall 2014 is May 22, 2014. All current 2Ls, 3Ls, LLM and PhD students are encouraged to submit papers on international or comparative law for consideration. All recent Berkeley Law graduates may also submit notes for consideration. Please visit http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/bjil/policies.html#student for submissions guidelines, tips, and more details about the review process. Feel free to contact bjilsubmissions@law.berkeley.edu if you have any questions!


Public Speaking Course for Law Students

The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies is offering a new course this summer that may be of interest to law students.

“Theater 66: Public Speaking” will be offered in Sessions A and D this summer, open to all students. The course will focus on presentation skills and communication in professional settings, including effective use of vocal intonation, body language and eye contact as well as techniques for organizing material for maximum impact. The techniques discussed will be applicable to a host of situations – from small meeting presentations to keynote speeches and convention addresses.

Click here to view the flyer.

If you have questions, please contact Marni at (510) 642-1677 or marni@berkeley.edu.


Call for Applications for UCB Law Students: Summer Internship at the Chilean Government (JUN-AUG 2014)

The application for the summer international internship program “Prácticas para Chile 2014″ is now open!

Prácticas para Chile is an internship program run by Chile’s Ministry of Finance that seeks to offer graduate students from California the opportunity to participate in the creation of public policies and create a social impact in Chile through a summer internship with the Chilean government.
With Prácticas para Chile, interns pursuing a graduate degree in law, public policy, economics, or business will be paired with a sector of the Chilean government that suits their interests and allows them to utilize their individual talents working on current and pressing projects, and create a social impact. Internship responsibilities include, among others, the following:

• Participating in debates with academics, legislators, and ministry employees on public policy and the developing importance of public service in Chile;
• Conducting research, writing and reviewing reports on topics ranging from financial reform in education to electoral reform;
• Performing daily administrative tasks.
The internship is unpaid, but a small financial aid will be available for accommodation and living expenses in Chile. Applicants are expected to pay for travel costs, including airfare and insurance. Selected applicants will be informed on the type of visa they will need to apply for. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent level of proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish.

The program will run from June to August 2014, in the Ministry of Finance’s offices, located in Santiago, Chile.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume, both in Spanish, to Téa Changuy at tchanguy@chile-california.org, attention: Prácticas para Chile. Please submit applications before Friday 4 April 2014. Interviews will be conducted during the second week of April and be informed of the results by 18 April.


Legal Intern for Summer 2014: California Water Law and the Drought

Legal Intern for Summer 2014: California Water Law and the Drought

The Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) is accepting applications for a full-time legal intern or interns for summer 2014 to work on a project related to the human and environmental dimensions of the current drought. The project will involve empirical research on water allocation decisions and legal aspects of water allocation in the current drought and past droughts.

The intern will join a team lead by Professor Holly Doremus and CLEE researchers. The intern will gain experience with legal research, writing, and data analysis, as well as substantive knowledge of California water law and policy, environmental law, and other legal scholarship. The intern will have the opportunity to be part of a potentially exciting research effort – the topic is timely, and our approach is designed to inform water and environmental policies.

Ideal candidates will be rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience, excellent research skills, organizational skills, strong written and oral communication skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with water law and/or environmental law is a plus.

Interested applicants are invited to email their resumes, 2-3 references, and cover letters to Caroline Cheng, Program Administrator, at ccheng@law.berkeley.edu. Cover letters should explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to the Center’s mission and programs. Successful applicants will be invited to apply to the Edley Fellowship for funding.

Edley Fellowship Information:

The Berkeley Law Public Interest/Public Sector Summer Fellowship Program (known informally by students as the ‘Edley Grant Program’) provides $4000 to JD students who are completing a first summer of qualifying public interest or government work. The program also provides additional funding to 2Ls who are completing a second summer of qualifying public interest or government work. To be eligible, summer work must consist of legal work and must be supervised by an attorney. Note: Judicial externships are not eligible for Berkeley Law Fellowship funding.

About the Wheeler Institute at CLEE

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy develops interdisciplinary solutions to ensure clean water for California. Established in 2012 at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at Berkeley Law, the Institute conducts projects at the intersection of law, policy and science.

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at Berkeley Law educates the next generation of environmental leaders and develops policy solutions to pressing environmental and energy issues. The Center’s current initiatives focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, advancing the transition to renewable energy, and ensuring clean water for California’s future.


Paid Summer Fellowship Writing for The Network, business law blog

BCLBE is looking to hire two motivated and independent Berkeley Law students to write for The Network, a daily online publication that focuses on financial regulation, financing innovation, and international capital markets. Additionally, the fellows will source content and opinions on current events from professors and practitioners. Fellows will work closely with The Network senior editors. The fellowship is a great opportunity for students to develop their writing skills, while publishing on exciting areas of corporate law. The Network is currently available at http://thenetwork.berkeleylawblogs.org.

The fellowship is paid and the required hours are negotiable. Students with other research assistant arrangements within the law school are encouraged to apply, as this fellowship may be used to supplement these positions. Interested students should submit their resumes, a short writing sample and 1 – 2 references to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu. Questions should be addressed to the same email address.


Summer Research Interships – Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy

The Financial Literacy Education and Research Institute of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy is hiring one full time or two half time paid summer research assistants to work on projects relating to federal and state consumer financial product disclosure laws and regulations. The work will include compiling disclosure law requirements, reviewing public and private consumer financial literacy education programs, and contacting federal and state consumer financial protection officials. Preferred candidates are rising 2L and 3L Berkeley Law students. Interested students should submit their resumes, a short writing sample and 1 – 2 references to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu. Questions should be addressed to the same email address.


Fall 2014 Graduate Student Instructor (GSIs) Opportunities

The undergraduate Legal Studies Program may have openings for you to serve as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) in the fall semester of 2014. For a given course, a GSI attends and helps facilitate faculty lectures, organizes and teaches discussion sections, grades examinations and papers, holds office hours, and provides individual mentoring to undergraduate students. Priority is given to eligible JSP students over any other academic or professional graduate students, but 3-5 students from other programs typically fill positions.

A schedule indicating the lecture courses for which there may be openings is included. For each class, the days and times of faculty lectures and discussion sessions are indicated. This information is also available on the University’s online schedule of courses. You would be required to attend faculty lectures and direct two sections for a course you are selected to serve as a GSI. Be sure to check these days and times against your own course schedule before applying for a particular course because there is no flexibility to adjust them.

To be considered, send a brief statement (no more than 1 page total) about your qualifications related to one or more courses you are available to serve as a GSI in the fall term; a resume/CV; and an informal transcript electronically to: Professor Michael Musheno at mmusheno@law.berkeley.edu no later than Friday, April 11 at 5pm.

Schedule of Courses


Summer Legal Internships – Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law (CRRJ) is accepting applications for a full-time legal intern for summer 2014. This person(s) will be an integral part of the team creating the first Reproductive Rights and Justice casebook, authored by Professors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker. The intern will gain experience in legal research, writing, and editing for an academic and social justice context through work on the casebook and other legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates will be rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience and excellent Bluebook skills, organizational skills with a meticulous eye for detail, strong written and oral communication skills, research skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with reproductive rights and justice is a plus.

Interested applicants are invited to email their resumes, 2-3 references, and cover letters to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator, at emui@law.berkeley.edu. Cover letters should explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to the Center’s mission and programs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Research on Law Students with Mental Illness – Seeking Participants

Greetings:

I am a PhD candidate in Michigan State University’s Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program in the College of Education. I am also an attorney in the state of Michigan. My dissertation research focuses on the lived experiences of law students with mental illness. The goal of the study is to determine how law students with mental illnesses were able to navigate successfully their law school experience. As part of my study, I am interviewing current 2L and 3L students, as well as recently-graduated attorneys, who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

I am reaching out to law schools throughout the country to help me recruit people for the study. I would sincerely appreciate any help you might be able to provide.

Study participants must:

1)      Be currently enrolled as a 2L or 3L or have graduated from law school within the last two years;

2)      Be diagnosed with a mental illness; and,

3)    Currently receiving treatment.

Participation in the study is confidential and participants will only be identified with a pseudonym. The process consists of three interviews of approximately 1 hour each. The study has been granted IRB approval from Michigan State University.

Persons wishing to participate in the study should contact me directly at mccuemi@msu.edu or via phone at 517-391-6594.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Michael J. McCue, JD

PhD Candidate, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

Michigan State University

See Poster


Research assistant for project on Turkey

Professor Jamie O’Connell is seeking a research assistant to start immediately, for a research project on the contemporary law and politics of Turkey. Tasks will include finding and reviewing academic articles, policy analyses, and press reports on topics such as democratization, the current Gulen-Erdogan split and its impact on the 2014 presidential election, civilian-military relations, the role of religion in public life, the treatment of the Kurdish minority, and proposed constitutional revision. The research assistant also may identify academics, government officials, and activists for Professor O’Connell to meet during an upcoming research trip.

The position will require, on average, 5 hours of work per week. It could be paid or provide course credit (as Law 297).

Turkish language skills, familiarity with Turkey, and/or background in comparative politics would be valuable, but not essential.

Professor O’Connell will review applications on a rolling basis. Please apply by emailing the following to him at joconnell@law.berkeley.edu.

–Cover email describing why you are interested in the position and any background or skills you may have that are especially relevant
–Resume
–Boalt transcript (and, for transfers, your other law school) — informal, such as Bearfacts printout, is fine
–One or two references (with email, phone number, and how they know you) — if possible someone connected with UC Berkeley (e.g., faculty) and someone for whom you have worked, not just taken a class from. (This could be one person if you have worked at UC Berkeley.)


Prof. john powell Seeking Research Assistants

Prof. john a. powell Seeks Law Student Research Assistants

Prof. john powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) and The Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, is seeking 2 law student research assistants. The position will require at least 5-10 hours of work per week. Hourly wage is based on education/experience. No benefits are provided.

Principal Duties:
RAs may work on research on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to: civil rights and human rights, racial and economic segregation, sexual orientation, religion, disability, gender, housing law, questions pertaining to the 14th Amendment, immigration and citizenship. RAs may assist in legal analysis, legal research, preparation of presentations, conferences and other engagements, writing projects including book chapters, journal articles, and bibliographic reviews.

Desired Qualifications:
• At least one semester of law school completed
• Experience and familiarity with the Bluebook system of legal citation
• Familiarity and experience with Power Point.
• A demonstrated interest in issues social justice.

Required Qualifications:
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrated writing ability and competence with Microsoft word.
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently

To Apply:
Send one electronic document containing your resume, letter of interest (no more than two pages), and writing sample to: haasinstitute@gmail.com.


Joint Venture Structuring and Drafting Competition

Announcing a new joint venture structuring and drafting competition for students at Berkeley Law and Haas – a great opportunity to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance your resume, work with peers in the business and law schools, and compete for $3000 in prize money.

Students perform the role of advisors for a large private equity fund sponsor considering investments in two deals. They must respond to a series of questions from a senior executive at the fund about the deals, which to answer, requires the students to explore and understand the strategic, control and economic consequences of different joint venture investment and structuring options. Although the problem is cast in the context of a real estate JV, it is applicable to many different industries, forms of business organizations and commercial relationships.

Students will work together in teams of 2 – 3 students, with at least 1 business and 1 law student per team. The competition is open to first and second year full time MBA candidates, and 2L, and 3L JD candidates. Students enter individually and team members will be assigned randomly. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN JOINT VENTURE STRUCTURING, REAL ESTATE FINANCE OR SIMILAR ACTIVITIES IS NECESSARY. We will provide teams with resources to assist in evaluating the problem and volunteer “coaches” from several law firms will be available to answer questions and help teams stay on track.

The challenge documents – including a general background of the hypothetical case, specific deal memos for each of the two proposed deals, and the specific questions which need to be answered – will be distributed at the start of the semester in January. Final work product, a memo not to exceed 4000 words, will be due the week of February 24, 2014 (exact date TBD). An awards ceremony, including presentations by the judges explaining model answers will be held the third week of March. Judges will be Phil Nichols and Stevens Carey, partners at the law firm of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, and Josh Myerberg, Executive Director, at Morgan Stanley’s SF office. The winning team will receive a $2000 prize. The runner up team will receive a $1000 prize.

The JV Challenge is being organized by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, with support from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.

TO APPLY: students apply to enter the competition by sending an email with their name, contact information, and degree candidacy to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu. We will have a maximum of 12 teams. All students who have emailed on or before Tue., Dec. 10, will be given priority (either automatic entry or, if there are an excess number of applicants, entry into a lottery). Thereafter, students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the slots are filled.

Questions about the competition should be sent to ktaymor@law.berkeley.edu.


GSRs and Summer Interns Needed For Exciting Criminal Justice Projects

Spring & Summer 2014 — Now accepting applications

The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy (Warren Institute) at the
UC Berkeley School of Law is a multi-disciplinary research center that tackles the most pressing issues in education, civil rights, criminal and juvenile justice, immigration, work/family and healthcare facing California and the nation.

The Warren Institute is currently seeking students to assist in the criminal justice program on these projects:

▪ Needs Assessment of Victim Compensation in California: the Warren Institute is starting a project to identify the underserved victims of crime in California, define gaps in services, and determine effective strategies and innovations to improve access to victim compensation. Students would assist with analyzing data, conducting interviews, and drafting reports. Hiring 1-2 students.

▪ The Wrongful Conviction Project: The Warren Institute is working on a project evaluating the cost of wrongful convictions to the state of California. Students will investigate case information, analyze court documents, and assist with the creation & maintenance of a wrongful conviction database. Hiring 1-2 students. See the project website: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/cawrongfulconviction.htm

▪ The San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department Policy Review: The Warren Institute is working with SFJPD to expand the use of evidence-based practices through a complete reorganization and rewriting of Department policies and procedures for the SF Juvenile Hall. Students will research the law and best practices on policies on a range of topics, attend meetings with Juvenile Hall staff, and draft policies. Hiring 1-2 students.

▪ Understanding Victims of Crime in California: The Warren Institute is working with Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) on a project to explore who crime victims are in California and to assess their unmet needs. The project will convene focus groups of victims and the Warren Institute will analyze the data and draft a report.

To apply for a GSR position, please forward a resume and cover letter to Elaine Mui at emui@law.berkeley.edu. For more information on the Warren Institute, please visit our website: www.warreninstitute.org


Ms. JD 6th Annual Conference

Registration for Passion Forward: Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law is now open.  Ms. JD’s Annual Conference is the premiere event for women law students and young lawyers across the nation. 

Passion Forward will take place February 21-22, 2014 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX in conjunction with the Center for Women in Law.  At Passion Forward, participants will be taken through a day of workshops focused on identifying and showcasing their passion.

It promises to be a great opportunity to network with law students from around the country as well as with attorneys from top firms and other local organizations. For attorneys, Ms. JD is seeking CLE credit in Texas and California. To learn more about Ms. JD’s other programs to support students and new attorneys click here.

Register by December 31st and receive $15 off your tickets.  

Questions?  Contact Liz Vaysman at vaysman@ms-jd.org