February 9, 2011
There will be three or four externship positions available during summer 2011 in the CUA Innocence Project Clinic. Although unpaid, these positions are eligible for funding under the SPIL Stipend, Charles and Louise O’Brien Fellowships, and Equal Justice Works Summer Fellowships programs. Summer externs do much of the same case work as students during the regular academic school year including the full range of investigation of claims of actual innocence. Last summer, one of the summer interns traveled to a prison to interview an inmate and others spoke by phone with inmates and interviewed witnesses in person. All current CUA Law Students are eligible. A strong interest in the work of the Clinic, well-developed written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability for creative and independent thinking are valued skills and traits. To apply, please send a short cover letter to Professor Sandy Ogilvy, Director, CUA Innocence Project Clinic, expressing your interest in an externship and describing how you could contribute to the work of the Clinic. Also, please provide a copy of your resume and a short writing sample. Offers will be extended before the application deadline for the summer stipend programs. For more information about the Innocence Project Clinic at CUA visit http://www.law.edu/clinics/cle/InnocenceProj.cfm
October 6, 2010
Paul Kurth, Director of the CCLS Consumer Project, is conducting a series of consumer financial protection “know-your-rights” workshops in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC in November. He is looking for about 10 students for each workshop Thursday evening the 11th and Thursday evening the 18th to help with the presentations and then to meet with participants one-on-one afterwards to provide basic information about their rights, how to protect themselves, etc. If you’d like to volunteer there is a mandatory 1-hour training session you must attend on Monday, October 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the SPIL TWEN page (please disregard the Nov. 4 slot as there will be no workshop that day).
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to earn SPIL hours, as well as Pro Bono Challenge hours. While there are only 20 spots available for the November workshops, Mr. Kurth is planning more workshops in January, which may be more possible for 1Ls.
July 12, 2010
May 21, 2010
If you have ever wondered what law clerks do, the DC Office of Administrative Hearings has three terrific pro bono opportunities that will help you find out. You must have completed a course in civil procedure, but no other experience is necessary. Certificates of participation will be given to students who assist on all three projects.
Columbus Community Legal Services (“CCLS”) will be assisting administrative law judges in the DC Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”) on three days this summer – June 17, July 8, and a date TBA – from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We are looking for up to 20 students to participate.
Thursday June 17, 2010. Refine your knowledge of civil procedure by helping the DC Office of Administrative Hearings prepare dismissals for failure of service in Department of Public Works cases. Students working in teams of two will review cases for evidence of service of process and then complete a template. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and students will receive training on this process.
Wednesday July 8, 2010. On this date, students will perform case reviews to determine if a default judgment should be entered and then will calculate fines in Department of Transportation cases. Again, breakfast, lunch and training will be provided.
Summer 2010. TBA. Students will assist in drafting court orders at the DC Office of Administrative Hearings. You’ll attend hearings, take notes, and draft findings of fact in Department of Public Works cases. You’ll spend 1 to 2 hours taking notes and up to 6 hours drafting and revising findings of fact. You’re welcome to participate in one hearing or in multiple hearings, as your schedule allows. However, you must be able to turn around your findings of fact within 24 hours.
Why You Should Help: This is a great opportunity to prepare court orders, speak with administrative law judges, and gain a better understanding of civil procedure issues in the context of local administrative proceedings. You will also be performing an invaluable pro bono service for members of our community. Please consider giving of your time!
If you interested in volunteering or have questions about the project, please contact Professor Faith Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-319-6613.
February 26, 2010
Upcoming CUA Office of Career & Professional Development Programs, Externship Opportunities, Fellowships, and Public Interest/Public Service Jobs. View the February 26, 2010 Newsletter here.
February 2, 2010
On Thursday Feb. 11, from 4 – 7 pm, in Slowinski Courtroom, the Securities Law Program, in cooperation with the SEC, will be conducting a Diversity Recruitment Symposium. Every significant Securities Regulatory Agency in town (the SEC, CFTC, FINR, MSRB, SIFMA, NASAA) and about fifteen prominent law firms (DLA, Patton, Wilmer, Dechert, Reed Smith, Goodwin, Bingham, Baker Botts, Arent Fox, Chamber of Commerce, others) will be represented. For more information, view the program flyer.
June 15, 2009
In October, Columbus School of Law will participate in the National Celebration of Pro Bono sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Our plans are still in development. If you have a project that you would like to suggest as part of the law school’s participation in the National Celebration of Pro Bono, please contact Professor Sandy Ogilvy.
The National Celebration of Pro Bono website can be found at http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/
March 13, 2009
March 19, 2009, 1 – 9 pm, Slowinski Courtroom.
See Flyer for More Information regarding registration, dinner, panels and the list of speakers.
See Flyer for position description and other additional information.
March 4, 2009
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship. Students currently enrolled in the Columbus School of Law and not graduating this spring or summer are eligible for this $5,000 stipend. The student must have been offered a position or be under serious consideration for a summer position doing policy work at a non-profit institution or a government agency. The summer position need not be in the Washington, D.C. area or in the United Sates. Applicants must submit the attached application along with a copy of their résumé to Courtney Dimling, Acting Pro Bono Coordinator, in Room 163, Office of Career and Professional Development, by 5pm on Thursday, March 26th.