1L Clerkships with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

posted Dec 1, 2010, 8:15 PM by Rebekah Childers



Would you please forward this email with the attached letter to the 1L students in BLSA to let them know that our firm will be hiring 1L summer associates in both our Grand Rapids and Southfield, Michigan offices?  The letter contains information about our firm and directions on how to submit an application for a 1L summer clerkship.


Thank you so much for your help in getting the word out to your 1L members.  I look forward to hearing from them. 


I wish you a wonderful Holiday season.


Cathleen M. Dubault
Director of Lawyer Recruitment

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
900 Fifth Third Center
111 Lyon Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487
Toll free 866.533.3018 x2295

Direct   616.752.2295
Fax      616.222.2295



6th Annual Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship for 1Ls

posted Dec 1, 2010, 8:12 PM by Rebekah Childers

To BLSA Chapter first-year law students:


Arent Fox is seeking applicants for its 6th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program.  The firm will award three first-year law students $15,000.  The scholarship recipients will also join Arent Fox's 2011 Summer Associate Program.  Each of the firm's three offices

- Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC - will host a scholar this summer.  Candidates may only apply to one office.


Arent Fox will accept program applications from first-year law students beginning December 1, 2010 through January 15, 2011.  For consideration, the full application package must be received before the January 15th deadline (please note that law grades must be forwarded thereafter upon receipt).


Please view our online application for eligibility requirements and a list of application materials:




Libby Z. Tracy

Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development Coordinator


Arent Fox LLP | Attorneys at Law

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC  20036-5339

202.715.8503 DIRECT | 202.857.6395 FAX |


PILI Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Roundtab

posted Dec 1, 2010, 8:07 PM by Rebekah Childers

As a reminder, PILI's Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Roundtable will held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 2:00 to 5:00 at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. The registration deadline for this complimentary program is today.
Last year, PILI launched the Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Roundtable program to bring together law school pro bono and public interest law faculty and staff from around Illinois. The Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Roundtable provides law school pro bono and public interest law faculty and staff with an opportunity to network, share information about their programs and to coordinate their efforts across Illinois. Law school pro bono and public interest law faculty and staff from around the state are invited to attend.  Each Illinois law school will be invited to send up to five representatives to this program.  The representatives can be any member of the law school faculty or staff involved in pro bono and public interest law at the law school along and may also include one law student involved in the school's pro bono and public interest law efforts.  A flyer for this program is attached, or you may visit us at to learn more and register for this complimentary event.

Please feel free to share this email with anyone from your school that might be interested in attending.  I hope to see you on Thursday!

Director of Programs
321 North Clark Street, 28th Floor | Chicago, IL 60654
p: 312-832-5129 | f: 312-467-6367 | <>

DST 36th Scholarship Gala

posted Nov 3, 2010, 2:42 PM by Rebekah Childers

Dear Friends and Supporters, 


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter, a non-profit public service organization, is hosting its 36th Scholarship Gala "A Night of Crimson Elegance" on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 7:00pm-1:00am at the Round Barn Banquet Centre located at 1900 Round Barn Road, Champaign, IL 61821. Dinner will be served promptly at 8:00pm. A portion of the proceeds from the Scholarship Gala will be used to grant scholarships to college-bound women from the Champaign, Urbana, Danville and Rantoul areas who are outstanding graduating seniors enrolled at an accredited College or University in the upcoming academic year. 


We are working diligently to increase the number of recipients of the scholarships, as well as the amount of the awards. In an effort to do this, I am asking you to support our effort to raise funds by making donations or purchasing gala tickets at $30.00 each. This year we also are conducting TWO 50/50 raffles ( A $1.00 Raffle and a $5.00 Raffle) for individuals to make donations with the opportunity to receive a monetary gift. Additionally, each individual or organization that purchases a table (eight or more tickets) will receive special recognition at the gala.


Attached you will find a flyer about the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 36th Scholarship Gala for your information. If you are interested in making a contribution or purchasing tickets, I have them available today!  You can reach me via e-mail at if you have any questions about the Scholarship Gala. I would be happy to pick-up your donation at a time and place that is convenient for you. Thank you in advance for your support.




Sherrika T. Ellison

BWLA Writing Seminar Available by Video Conference

posted Oct 15, 2010, 1:22 PM by Rebekah Childers

Dear Dean Vermillion,


As you are aware, BWLA is hosting its 5th Annual Legal Writing Seminar at Jenner and Block on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Last year, many of your students attended the seminar remotely through video conferencing and it was a huge success. I would like to extend the same opportunity for this year’s seminar.  


If your students are interested in this opportunity, please contact me ASAP.  You would also need to coordinate with Jason Harper, who is in charge of audio visual support at Jenner ASAP.  His information is below:


Jason J. Harper
Audio/Visual Support

Jenner & Block LLP

353 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60654-3456

Tel (312) 923-4516

Fax (312) 527-0484


Please encourage any  interested students to RSVP to me at by next Wednesday, October 20th.


Thank you!




Whitnie H. Gladden

Counsel - Employment Law - Americas

Accenture LLP 

161 N. Clark Street

Chicago,  IL 60601

voice: +1 312-693-0129

fax: +1 312-652-1781

Octel: 68/30129


DAAS Brown Bag Series--Rebecca Ginsburg, October 18th at 12 p.m.

posted Oct 13, 2010, 4:01 PM by Rebekah Childers

The Department of African American Studies "Brown Bag" Series

Monday, October 18, 2010

12:00 Noon - 1:15 p.m.

1201 West Nevada Street, Urbana



Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Director, Education Justice Project


"Education Justice: The Promise of College-in-Prison Programs"


Many African American children have a better chance of going to prison than to college.  Most people incarcerated in Illinois will return to prison within three years of their release.  Rebecca Ginsburg, Director of the Education Justice Project, will discuss how prison education programs work to break the cycle of incarceration, describe EJP's efforts at Danville Correctional Center, and explain why providing education to incarcerated people is a matter of educational justice.



(The Education Justice Project (EJP) operates an education program at Danville Correctional Center, a men's medium-high security prison about thirty-five miles from the Urbana-Champaign campus.  Offerings include a speakers series (funded in 2009-2010 by the Illinois Humanities Council), writing workshops, reading groups, and for-credit upper-division classes.  This fall, EJP will begin its fifth semester of programs at the prison, where about 80 men are expected to participate in the various offerings.)


Please join us!





Shirley Olson

Department of African American Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1201 West Nevada Street    MC-143

Urbana, Illinois  61801


PH: (217) 333-7781

FAX:  (217) 244-4809




Call for 2010-2012 NBLSA Advisory Board Nominations

posted Oct 13, 2010, 1:25 PM by Rebekah Childers

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Call for Nominations...
We enthusiastically invite you to participate in our inaugural NBLSA Advisory Board selection process. 
What is the NBLSA Advisory Board? The NBLSA Advisory Board, comprised of attorneys, will advise the National Board on programming, competitions, governance, and more. 
Why is it important that I get involved?  Although the advisors will work directly at the national level, their leadership directly benefits you.  While we strive to provide you with informative and balanced programming, we are students just like you.  Advisors are practicing attorneys who can provide insight and guidance from a practical approach which we will share with Regional Board members and Chapter Presidents.
Where can I find additional information?  To learn more about the Advisory Board, please view the  "Call for Nominations” which details position descriptions, submission guidelines, and the application timeline. 
How do I nominate an attorney?  We encourage you and other NBLSA members to nominate an attorney online today at  Please submit your nomination by 10p.m. EST on Friday, October 29, 2010.
Are there any restrictions?  Candidates for the Advisory Board will only be considered via an online nomination.  Only current NBLSA members may nominate an attorney for consideration.  Appointments to the National Advisory Board must be approved by the National and Regional Boards
As a member of NBLSA, your input is valued and we look forward to receiving your nominations.  If you have any questions please send an email to
1225 11th Street N.W | Washington, DC 20001 US

Academic Retreat

posted Oct 9, 2010, 5:55 PM by Rebekah Childers   [ updated Oct 9, 2010, 6:07 PM ]

Dear MWBLSA Members:

The Midwest Region of the Black Law Students’ Association cordially invites you to participate in our annual Academic Retreat.  The Midwest Academic Retreat will be held on October 22-24, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square and will be hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


During the Retreat, various panelists will discuss their tips on how to succeed academically, life after law school, and non-traditional legal careers. MWBLSA has secured a discounted hotel rate of $93 per night for students. Hotel reservations must be made by October 15, 2010 for the MWBLSA rates to apply. If you are interested in participating in the Academic Retreat, please RSVP to Jina Haynes at and/or at 214-597-0488 as soon as possible. We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to network with your fellow law students and to learn more about how to thrive academically in law school.




       1L Programs

                    1.        Test for Success- Exam Writing Tips

                    2.     Stress Management Workshop

                    3.     Law Outside the Classroom: Exploring other opportunities

    2L Programs

                    1.     Non-Traditional Careers

                    2.     Pro-Bono—The Untapped Experience

                    3.     Landing the Internship and Ultimately the Job

            3L Programs

                    1.     Bar Preparation-How should I study for the Bar?

                    2.     How to market yourself in this economy?

                    3.     Judicial Clerkships Workshop: the application process and the experience


    1.     Life After Law School: Attorney Panel

         ***The topics above are NOT an exhaustive list. This is a preliminary overview of what to expect at this FREE                    event***



    Friday, October 22:

  •  Registration/Check in: Wyndham Garden Hotel Lobby
  •  Welcome to Cleveland Mixer—5 p.m-7 p.m. Location: 
  • Thompson Hine LLP - located at 3900 Key Center 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 4411
  • Dress: Business Professional


    Saturday, October 23:

                    ·      Panel Sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                    ·      Dinner Banquet: Wyndham Garden Playhouse Square (Semi-Formal)


    Please Note:

                ·      All Panel Sessions will be held at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  A shuttle will be provided for transportation between the hotel and the law school.

            ·      Lunch/Dinner will be provided for students on Saturday.



The Wyndham Cleveland Hotel at Playhouse Square is located in Cleveland’s vibrant theater district.

 Directions from Local Airports:

CLE - Cleveland-Hopkins Intl Airport
Distance: 16 miles
Directions: Take 71 North or 77 North to East 9th Street exit. Get off at E. 9th and head North. When you get to Euclid Avenue take a right. The hotel is on the right-hand side of the street.

Transportation Costs:
Taxi $30.00 (One Way) and $75.00 (Round-trip)  

BKL - Burke Lakefront Airport
Distance: 2 miles
Directions: Take E. 9th Street to Chester Avenue. Take a left onto Chester. Take Chester to the 1st stoplight - E.12th. Take a right. Take E. 12th to Euclid turn left. Hotel is on the right.

Transportation Costs:
Taxi $5.00 (One Way) and $10.00 (Round Trip)








Special Offer from MWBLSA partner National Bar Association (NBA) - Region VIII

posted Oct 8, 2010, 1:40 PM by Rebekah Childers   [ updated Oct 9, 2010, 6:07 PM ]

Dear Midwest BLSA,


Region VIII of the National Bar Association (NBA) will host  NBA Awareness week from October 25-29, 2010. One of the activities during this week is a NBA membership drive. One component of the drive is soliciting Black Law Student Association (BLSA) members in the Midwest region to join the NBA. Membership is 100% free for law students.


Last year, Region VIII adopted our Region as its Pipeline Partner.  Under that partnership, Region VIII has allowed us to participate and attend its activities, supported our Regional activities, spotlighted our Region and its Executive Board, allowed us to write articles for its publications, and presented awards to our membership.  With its membership drive, Region VIII is once again supporting our upcoming Regional activities.


During the month of October, a NBA member and/or MWBLSA Executive Board may visit your meeting to encourage you to become a member of the NBA.   This email is written just in case a representative is unable to attend your meeting.  I am extending an invitation and encouraging you and your membership to become NBA members.  Attached is a NBA membership application.  Please disseminate this application to your membership. 


Please send the completed applications to Pamela Meanes at or Thompson Coburn, One US Bank Plaza St. Louis, MO 63101.  Law students who sign up during the month of October will be entered in a raffle.  NBA Region VIII will pay the winners’ registration fee to attend MWBLSA Annual Conference on February 16-20, 2011 in Chicago, IL and a first year's law student's travel expenses to attend the MWBLSA's Academic Retreat on October 22-24, 2010, Cleveland, OH.  The winners will be announced during the week of October 26, 2010.  Best of luck!




Sir M.V. Williams
CLEO/Thurgood Marshall Fellow
University of Wisconsin Law School |Class of 2011

Midwest Region Chair
National Black Law Students Association

MWBLSA Academic Retreat

posted Oct 8, 2010, 1:35 PM by Rebekah Childers

Hello Chapter Presidents,

As you know the Midwest Academic Retreat is approaching quickly. The Retreat will take place on October 22-23 in Cleveland Ohio.  Please look at the attached document for more detailed information about the retreat. 


If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me. Also, if you have not already received a phone call from me, you will be receiving one within the next few days to discuss details about the Retreat as and upcoming events throughout the semester.


Best Regards,



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