Upcoming Events, Job Opportunities, and Journal

posted Aug 23, 2010, 7:51 PM by Rebekah Childers   [ updated Aug 24, 2010, 5:54 AM ]
Dear Members, 

BLSA has received several communications from prospective employers, as well as journal opportunities and networking events, all of which are highlighted below.  Please note the attachments at the bottom of the post. 

~Exec Board 2010-2011

Employment Opportunity From Land of Lincoln

I hope you are both having a great summer.   The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation has an immediate employment opportunity related to credit repair assistance and small business assistance.  Minimal salary,
but health care, loan deferment.  1 year commitment. It is through Americorp, but if graduates are interested, they should contact Matt Reese at  Please send this to the BLSA alum or recent grads, or whatever contacts you may have.

Thank  you.

Menah Pratt-Clarke, JD, PhD
Assistant Chancellor and Director
Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    BLSA Journal Opportunity

    Dear BLSA members,

    The Midwest BLSA Law Journal is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year. Attached are the application packet and a description of the available positions. To be eligible for membership, students must be entering their second or third year, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be in good standing with their law schools.
    Applications are due Friday, September 10, 2010 by 5 p.m. EST. Please direct all questions to Roxana Bell (see attachments). 
    Best regards,
    Midwest BLSA Law Journal
      6th Annual Minority Law Student Reception 

      See Attachment

        United States Environmental Protection Agency (Possible Job)

        See Attachment

          Just the Beginning Foundation

          Below please find a special opportunity for NBLSA members:
          This email is to inform you of a special opportunity to be considered for nine federal district court clerkships in one interview and to encourage you to apply.  I am currently working as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Lee and several of his colleagues feel that it is important to encourage more minorities to apply for federal judicial clerkships.  These judges accept and consider law clerk applicants of all backgrounds, and this opportunity is merely an effort in addition to, not in lieu of, traditional application channels.
          Judge Lee, along with five of his colleagues, will be conducting a round of interviews in connection with the Just the Beginning Foundation Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program on Saturday, September 18, 2010, in Alexandria, Virginia.  Twelve students will be selected to interview; you may not attend unless you are specifically invited to do so.
          The following six federal district judges will be participating in this law clerk interview session: Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, E.D. Va. (Alexandria); Judge Raymond Jackson, E.D. Va. (Norfolk); Chief Judge James Spencer, E.D. Va. (Richmond); Judge Richard W. Roberts, D.D.C., Judge Alexander Williams, D. Md. (Greenbelt), and Chief Judge Stephan Mickle, N.D. Fla. (Gainesville), by video.  Additionally, these six judges will be considering applicants for clerkships with Judge Irene Berger, S.D. W. Va. (Beckley), Judge Tanya Pratt (S.D. Ind.) and Chief Judge Curtis Gomez, D.V.I (St. Thomas/St. Croix).  Please note that all clerkships are for one year terms.
          Each judge will review applications and participate in deciding which students to invite to this special round of interviews.  Therefore, you must submit a separate application package to each judge whom you would like to consider your application.  The panel will only interview candidates who are seriously interested in being considered by a minimum of three of the participating judges.  
          The JTBF Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program is a referral program run by judges.  Participating judges screen qualified law student applicants, conduct panel interviews with twelve students, and consider them for clerkship positions.  At the conclusion of this initial process, students who are not extended an offer by one of the nine judges may have their application packages shared with additional judges who have requested to receive information on applicants through JTBF.  Many judges contact JTBF to seek assistance in identifying competitive candidates from diverse backgrounds for consideration.
          The pages that follow have a list of participating judges and their mailing addresses, as well as instructions on how to apply to the participating judges.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
          Ebony Johnson

          Also:  more information about the Just the Beginning Foundation can be found on  The website has lists of the nation’s minority judges, biographies of African-American federal judges and a history of African-Americans in the federal judiciary.  Directories of Latino and Asian-American judges are also available on this website.
           JTBF Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program:  Participating Judges
          The Honorable Irene Berger
          United States District Judge
          P.O. Box 5009
          Beckley, WV 25801
          The Honorable Curtis V. Gomez
          Chief Judge
          District Court of the United States Virgin Islands
          St. Thomas/St. Croix Division
          5500 Veterans Drive, Room 310
          St. Thomas, VI 00802
          The Honorable Raymond Jackson
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
          Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse
          600 Granby Street Suite 130
          Norfolk, VA 23510
          The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
          401 Courthouse Square
          Alexandria, VA 22314
          The Honorable Stephan P. Mickle
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
          401 SE First Avenue, Room 243
          Gainesville, FL 32601
          The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
          46 East Ohio Street, Room 459
          Indianapolis, IN 46204    
          The Honorable Richard W. Roberts
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the District of Columbia
          333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
          Washington, D.C. 20001
          The Honorable James Spencer*
          Chief Judge
          United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
          Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Federal Courthouse
          701 East Broad Street
          Richmond, VA 23219
          The Honorable Alexander Williams
          United States District Judge
          United States District Court for the District of Maryland
          6500 Cherrywood Lane
          Greenbelt, MD 20770
          * Judge Spencer requires applicants to mail hard copies of their applications.  All other judges accept OSCAR applications.
          JTBF Share the Wealth Judicial Clerkship Program Application Instructions
          If you are interested in being considered for this JTBF interview, please send a hard copy of your application package (cover letter, resume, transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a 10-15 page writing sample) to each judge whom you would like to consider your clerkship application by no later than September 7, 2010.  Please note that you may express interest in all eight judges, but must be interested in consideration by at least three.  Additionally, please indicate in the first line of your cover letter that you are requesting consideration for the Just the Beginning Foundation Judicial Law Clerk Program. 
          As indicated on the participating judges list, most judges prefer OSCAR applications.  If you apply through OSCAR you need not submit a hard copy of your application package.  Follow the instructions below to apply to the participating judges via OSCAR:
          1. Log into your OSCAR account
          2. Click on “My Profile”
          3. Click on the “Edit Profile” box above the “Contact Information” section
          4. Scroll down to the “Professional Organization” section
          5. Type “Just the Beginning Foundation” in the box as shown below:


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