The Docket | Feb. 9, 2015 Clerkship Week

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS, AND DEADLINES, FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Internship Program 

Can’t wait to apply your legal knowledge internationally?  Through its world-wide network, the Pacific McGeorge International Internship Program helps place students overseas for internships.  Past students have interned in Austria, Chile, mainland China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala (part of the Inter-American Program),The Hague, Hong Kong, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Palestine, Rwanda, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vietnam. 

 

To apply, please submit the following by March 1, 2015 to ckucera@pacific.edu:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressed to the International Internship Program Committee, indicating:
    1. Legal areas of interest
    2. Preferred date (summer 2015 or Fall 2015 only)
    3. Whether you are seeking law school credits (FAQ)
  3. Transcript
Questions:  Clemence Kucera, Director of Graduate and International Programs, ckucera@pacific.edu.

Criminal Law Society Murder Mystery Dinner Party Interest Survey

The Criminal Law Society is hosting a murder mystery dinner party on Friday, March 13. So we can get an estimate of the number of people who might attend, allowing us to ensure we get the right amount of food, please let us know if you would be interested in joining us.  Helping us out is simple: just click below to take our 1-question survey

Broaden your law school Experience – Abroad!


Get a bilingual and inter-cultural approach to legal education in Antigua, Guatemala.  Study in a renovated 16th Century palace in the heart of Salzburg, Austria. Learn more hereQuestions: Ly Lee at llee3@pacific.edu

EVENTS THIS WEEK

CLERKSHIP WEEK

Monday, Feb. 9

BarBri Information Table   

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 2 and 5

Questions: Courtney Dowell at c_dowell@u.pacific.edu.

St. Valentine’s Day Card Sale (Phi Alpha Delta, McGeorge Women’s Caucus)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | SC Table 4

Drop by the Student Center and buy your Valentine a special card, made by the children at Wellspring Women’s Center. 100% of the proceeds will go to the center, which provides services and a safe place for the women and children of Oak Park..For information, please contact Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

CDO Presents: Patent Bar Presentation 

5:00 – 6:00 PM | S-4

If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI’s Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:  * The latest info on the Patent Office Exam, * Who can take it, * How it works, now that it’s on computer and “on demand,” * When you should take it (you don’t need to…and probably shouldn’t…wait until you graduate), * How the America Invents Act has impacted the Exam, and * Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam.  Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed. Pizza & drinks will be served. Questions? Contact Isabella Hannon @ 916.739.7339 or ihannon@pacific.edu.

Tuesday, Feb. 10


BarBri Information Table             

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 2 and 5

Questions: Courtney Dowell at c_dowell@u.pacific.edu.

St. Valentine’s Day Card Sale (Phi Alpha Delta, McGeorge Women’s Caucus)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | SC Table 4

See description above. For information, please contact Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

Lexis Information Table

11:00 – 1:00 PM and 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 1 and 2
Questions: Stephanie Sagaria at stephanie.m.sagaria@lexisnexis.com.
 

CDO Presents: FBI Information Session

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Classroom G

Have you ever thought about working for the FBI? The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to hire intelligent and dedicated men and women from a variety of academic backgrounds to contribute to our National Security mission. Recruiters will be conducting an Information Session to discuss the FBI mission, employment & internship opportunities and the employment/security clearance process.  U.S. citizenship is required. Questions? Contact Isabella Hannon at ihannon@pacific.edu.

 

PLSS Phone Banking

5:00 – 6:00 PM | S-18

See description above. For information, please contact Raihane Dalvi at r_dalvi@u.pacific.edu.

Federal Bar Association and CDO Present:

A Day in the Life of a Clerk

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom A
Not sure if clerking is right for you? Learn about the day-to-day life and duties of a clerk from current and former clerks. Panelists will discuss the rewards, challenges, and how a clerkship can advance your career. The panel features clerks from both federal and state, trial and appellate courts, and California as well as out-of-state courts. Panelists include:
* Breann Moebius – the career clerk for Federal District Court Judge Shubb
* Michael Wood – former clerk for Federal District Court Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr.
* Brian Hamilton – former clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court
* Julie Yap – former clerk for Federal District Court Judge Damrell, and former U.S.Supreme Court Fellow
* Matthew Smith – Staff Attorney for the California 3rd DCA
Food will be served. For more information please email fba.mcgeorge@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 11


St. Valentine’s Day Card Sale (Phi Alpha Delta, McGeorge Women’s Caucus)       

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 4               

See description above. For information, please contact Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

Federal Bar Association and CDO Present: Clerkships, A View from Inside Chambers

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom H                     


Co-sponsored by FBA and CDO. Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. and his clerk will join us to share their perspectives on judicial clerkships, including what makes a successful judicial clerk. Come learn what they look for in selecting their clerks, what they expect from their clerks in chambers, and how this coveted position can advance your legal career. Questions: Karly McCrory at k_mccrory@u.pacific.edu.

Military Law Society General Meeting

5:00 – 6:00 PM | S-18                      

Join us for the first MLS meeting of 2015. We will be discussing upcoming events: Dining Out, a JAG panel, and we will plan our attack for the school-wide kickball tournament in March. Lunch will be provided. Questions: Jasper Casey at jaspercasey@gmail.com.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Donuts for Your Valentine! (Phi Alpha Delta)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Student Center Table 1                     

Surprise your Valentine with something sweet! Krispy Kreme Donuts will be for sale in the Student Center. Questions: Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

St. Valentine’s Day Card Sale (Phi Alpha Delta, McGeorge Women’s Caucus)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | SC Table 4

See description above. For information, please contact Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

Themis Bar Review Information Table

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 3

Questions: Yvette Edwards at yvette.edwards@themisbar.com.

PLSS Phone Banking

12:00 – 1:00 PM | S-18

See description above. For information, please contact Raihane Dalvi at r_dalvi@u.pacific.edu

Christian Law Students Society Meeting

12:30 – 1:30 PM | S-19

Come join CLSS ‘s weekly meeting for encouragement, camaraderie, and just a bit of faith! Everyone is welcome. For information, contact William Fussell at w_fussell@u.pacific.edu.

Lexis Information Table

4:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 1 and 2

Questions: Stephanie Sagaria at stephanie.m.sagaria@lexisnexis.com.

Club Español Meeting

5:00 – 6:15 PM | S-19                     

Calling all Spanish speakers! All are welcome who want to speak in Spanish and participate in exciting Spanish-related activities! If you would like to be included in the Club Español Mailing List, please contact Professors Julie Davies at jdavies@pacific.edu or Luis Mogollon at lmogollon@pacific.edu. Professors Davies and Mogollon will develop club meeting agendas based off of the interest of members.

Federal Bar Association and CDO Present:
The Nuts and Bolts of Getting a Clerkship

 

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom G

Molly Stafford from the CDO will explain everything you need to know about applying for a clerkship, from timing to cover letters. Come learn about the process and get a copy of the CDO’s Clerkship Handbook, full of all the details you will need in navigating the process. Food will be served. Please email

 

 

Faculty Enrichment Series presents Jo Becker  

5:00 – 8:00 PM | Classroom C         

Jo Becker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, where she has broken stories on everything from the United States’ lethal program to kill suspected terrorists to the British phone-hacking affair and the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. She has taught investigative journalism as a visiting professor at Princeton University, and her work has earned her numerous awards. A Washington Post series she coauthored on Vice President Dick Cheney won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Questions: Ly Lee at llee@pacific.edu.

Friday, Feb. 13

St. Valentine’s Day Card Sale (Phi Alpha Delta, McGeorge Women’s Caucus)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | SC Table 4

See description above. For information, please contact Joey Parkin at j_parkin@u.pacific.edu.

20th Annual Benjamin Frantz First Year Mock Trial Competition (Trial Advocacy Association)

4:00 – 9:00 PM  | Courtroom and Jury Room, S-4 and S-5

The Ben Frantz First Year Mock Trial Competition is a student run competition that simulates a lower-court trial. First year students will perform direct examinations, cross examinations, opening statements, and closing statements in front of volunteer attorneys and Mock Trial alumni. The competition has become a major launching pad for members of Pacific McGeorge’s nationally recognized Mock Trial Competition Team and provides 1L students with scholarship opportunities. Past winners active on the law school’s current team include James Bradford (3L), Neil Clark (3L), Kitty Tetrault (2L) and this year’s student host Selena Farnesi (3L). For information, contact Selena Farnesi at selena@farnesi.net.

Saturday, Feb. 14

20th Annual Benjamin Frantz First Year Mock Trial Competition (Trial Advocacy Association)

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM    | Courtroom and Jury Room, S-4 and S-5

See above description. For information, contact Selena Farnesi at selena@farnesi.net.

Sunday, Feb. 15

No Events. 

Events Next Week

Monday, Feb. 16

APALSA General Meeting
12:00 – 1:00 PM | Classroom A
Come to APALA’s first spring general meeting! We will be discussing McGeorge’s Got Talent, Culture Night, scholarship opportunities, and a spring trip for members! FREE LUNCH will be provided. Questions? Contact David Kang at d_kang6@u.pacific.edu.Student Bar Association Elections: Petition Meeting
12:15 – 1:15 PM and 5:15 – 6:15 PM | SBA Office
The SBA is the student organization the represents McGeorge School of Law before the American Bar Association (ABA). Officers for the upcoming academic year are elected in the Spring. If you are interested in representing your class or serving in an executive office next year come to the Petition Meeting on February 16th at either 12:15 or 5:15 in the SBA office upstairs in the student Center to find out about the campaign and election process. For more information about the meeting or election please contact SBA Election Committee Chairs Sean Baird at s_baird2@u.pacific.edu or Jennifer Trotter at j_trotter@u.pacific.edu.

Re-Writing the Constitution? The Plan to Call an Article V Convention of States (Federalist Society)
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom C
Presented by McGeorge Alum Mark Meckler – Head of Citizens for Self-Governance, which runs the Convention of States Project. The Convention of States Project is a non-profit project that is involved in the promotion of an Article V Convention for proposing Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Three legislatures have already passed the application, ten have filed in the first weeks of 2015, and 35 (total) states are expected to file within the coming month. It is possible that 2015 will see the first call by the states for such a convention in the history of the nation. This has historic Constitutional implications. For information, contact Jasper Casey at jasper.casey@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Lexis Information Table
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Student Center Table 3
Questions: Stephanie Sagaria at stephanie.m.sagaria@lexisnexis.com.

PLSS Phone Banking – Get Your Required Volunteer Hours!

5:00 – 6:00 PM | S-18

See description above. For information, please contact Raihane Dalvi at r_dalvi@u.pacific.edu.

Lambda General Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 PM | Classroom A
Join Lambda for our first meeting of the semester to discuss upcoming events. Food and drinks will be served. For information, contact Josh Bohannan at j_bohannan@u.pacific.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

BarBri Information Table
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 2 and 5

Questions: Courtney Dowell at c_dowell@u.pacific.edu.

Themis Bar Informational Table
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 3

Questions: Yvette Edwards at yvette.edwards@themisbar.com

Scholarship Information Session
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom C
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RECEIVING FREE MONEY? DO YOU WANT TO REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT? Join us for a Scholarship Information Session to learn tips on applying and the application process. Pizza will be served. To RSVP email Joe Pinkas at jpinkas@pacific.edu.

Phi Alpha Delta’s Second General Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Classroom H
Come to PAD’s second general meeting to learn about upcoming events PAD will be hosting. Also, new members are welcome to attend to learn how to become involved with Phi Alpha Delta. Food will be provided. For information, please contact Lauryn Tully at l_tully@u.pacific.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 19

BarBri Information Table
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Table 5

Questions: Courtney Dowell at c_dowell@u.pacific.edu.

PLSS Phone Banking, Get Your Required Volunteer Hours!
12:00 – 1:00 PM | S-18
See description above. For information, please contact Raihane Dalvi at r_dalvi@u.pacific.edu.

Christian Law Students Society Meeting
12:30 – 1:30 PM | S-19
Come join CLSS ‘s weekly meeting for encouragement, camaraderie, and just a bit of faith! Everyone is welcome. For information, contact William Fussell at w_fussell@u.pacific.edu.

Lexis Information Table
4:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Center Tables 1 and 2

Questions: Stephanie Sagaria at stephanie.m.sagaria@lexisnexis.com.

 

CDO Presents | McGeorge’s 15th Annual Public Interest Job Fair

5:00 – 6:30 PM | Student Center
We will have more than 20 public sector and public interest employers here to meet you and collect application materials for paid and volunteer opportunities. RSVP  by replying to this email. Questions? Contact Isabella Hannon.

Friday, Feb. 20

No Events. 

Saturday, Feb. 21

20th Annual Benjamin Frantz First Year Mock Trial Competition (Trial Advocacy Association)

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM    | Courtroom and Jury Room, S-4 and S-5

First Year Mock Trial Competition finals. For information, contact Selena Farnesi at selena@farnesi.net.

Sunday, Feb. 22

No Events. 

VOLUNTEER & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Work Study Position Open! – Marketing Assistant
The Marketing, Events & Production Office seeks a work-study student to assist with projects and events. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, basic special event support (produce name tags, follow-up phone calls & emails), production services support (photo and marketing collateral archiving, social media), alumni updates, general data entry and research. Qualified applicants should possess excellent written & communication skills and a general knowledge of MS Office. Experience with design software is a plus. Student can work a flexible schedule of five or more hours per week, with a pay rate of $10 an hour. Open to all class years. Please send resumes or inquiries to Bethany Daniels, Marketing Director, at bdaniels@pacific.edu.

Legal Intern for Victim of Crimes Resource Center

VCRC provides state-wide information and referrals to victims of crime. VCRC directs victims to local advocacy centers, the compensation program, counseling programs, shelters, and more. VCRC also provides free research for service providers, creates quarterly newsletter articles, and gives free know-your-rights presentations to the community.

VCRC is looking for volunteer legal interns who are interested in criminal law and helping the community. The interns will assist with tabling events, small research assignments, newsletter articles, answering the victim call line, and conducting social media outreach. Interns must be detail-oriented, demonstrate enthusiasm in the subject matter, have good work ethic, creativity, and reliability. Interns are required to commit 1-3 hours per week, or a total of 5 hours per month for a minimum of 1 semester. This is an unpaid internship position. Please submit a resume and cover letter to: Mariam El-Menshawi, melmenshawi@pacific.edu.

Work-Study Student Assistant Position Available in the Registrar’s Office

This position supports the functions of the Office of the Registrar, which involves extensive interaction with students and other Registrar’s Office staff. The Work-Study Student Assistant must have the ability to communicate effectively with students and use University computer programs to assist with Registrar’s Office functions. The pay is $10 per hour, 10 hours per week. Schedule is flexible. For more information, email the Registrar, Lisa Erck at lerck@pacific.edu or call 916-739-7396.

GLS II TA Needed!
Professor Blizzard is looking for a TA for Wednesday’s GLS II section. Please contact Professor Blizzard with any inquiries or interest at

Reading Tutors needed! Volunteer as a Reading Partner today!
Help make a difference in your community! Reading Partners is seeking volunteer tutors Monday through Thursday, between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is a one hour a week commitment. Volunteer hours count toward the Capital Commendation for Public Service. Bret Hart Elementary School is within walking distance of McGeorge. This program is eligible for pay under the federal work study program. The pay is $10 per hour. Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students who are struggling with reading. Tutors deliver a highly effective, research validated curriculum and are supported by program staff who are onsite at all times. To sign up to be a Reading Partner, visit the Reading Partner website. If you have any questions, please call (916) 996-0830 or email rachael.valler@readingpartners.org.

WRITING COMPETITIONS & CONFERENCES

2015 Ed Mendrzyncki Legal Essay Contest

2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability of the American Bar Association. The winner of the Mendrzycki Essay Contest will be awarded a cash prize of $5000 as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2015, which will include free admission to the Committee’s National Legal Malpractice Conference, attendance at the Committee dinner and the prize presentation. The contest is supported by Long & Levit LLP. This year’s contest hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information. The essay contest is accepting entries now. Entries must be received either electronically or postmarked by February 20,2015. Contest rules and information, as well as the contest hypothetical, are posted online.

The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the ABA no later than February 20,2015. Law students may enroll on the American Bar Association website.

National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Model Smith Law Student Writing Competition
The National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) is a national organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women lawyers and women’s legal rights. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.Entries must be received by May 1, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must include a cover letter providing the title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address of the author. Entries must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word via email to jmartin@stu.edu. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal.
Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the Writing Competition Chair, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.

Medical Legal Issues Joint Class with UCD Medical School and McGeorge Students

The class will deal with inter professional medical/legal issues through the use of a case study. McGeorge Students will be given materials ahead of time to review and will meet as a group from 2-2:30 to prepare and then join the 3D year medical students.  The class will be presented in two parts. Visit the McGeorge Health Law Association Facebook page. February 3 &17th  (Group 1)  and 5 &19 from 2-5 (Group 2). Each group will cover the same material. Please contact Professor Melissa Brown ASAP if you are interested in this unique opportunity that is offered at no other law school in the country.

CONTENTS

DEADLINES

3/2/2015
1L Moot Court Competition Brief Due 

3/6/2015 
Pre-filed FAFSA (2015-2016) due!
3/6/2015 
General scholarship application for 2015-2016 school year due!

4/1/2015

Timely filing deadline for the July 2015 California Bar Exam.

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

 

2/23/2015

12 Most Important Supreme Court Cases for Any Law Student to Know (Federalist Society) 

2/24/2015 and 2/26/2015

Spring OCI Interviews

2/24/2015

Bar Passer Panel: Recent Alums Candidly Discuss What it Takes to Pass the California Bar Exam

2/25/2015

1L Moot Court Competition Brief Writing Workshop.

2/26/2015

Life After Law School (Phi Alpha Delta)

3/5/2015

CDO Presents: Business Law Road Show

3/6/2015

Global Symposium: The Promise and Perils of An International Law of Property  

 

3/7/2015 and 3/8/2015

MBE Boot Camp

3/10/2015

How to Create a Winning Oral Argument Series (Phi Alpha Delta, Moot Court Society)

3/10/2015 – 3/13/2015

Wellness Week!

3/12/2015

Fear and Loathing of the U.S. / Mexico Border

3/13/2015 – 3/14/2015

1L Moot Court Competition

3/13/2015 and 3/17/2015

WHO KILLED DEAN MOOTZ? Murder Mystery Dinner and Trial (Criminal Law Society, Trial Advocacy Association)

3/16/2015

Freedom at Risk: Religious Persecution around the World (Federalist Society)

3/18/2015

Cal. Bar presents Careers in International Law program (International Law Society)

3/21/2015

Latino/a Law Student Association 21st Annual Celebracion de la Cultura

3/31/2015

SENIOR DAY 2015

4/3/2015 – 4/4/2015 

Spring McGeorge Justice Bus Trip to Lake County.

4/3/2015 – 4/11/2015

Earth Law Week

4/10/2015

PLSS Annual Live and Silent Auction

4/13/2015 – 4/16/2015

ADR Week

4/17/2015

McGeorge Wine Law Gala

5/16/2015

Commencement

More information about upcoming events may be found online in the  Student Calendar.

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