University of Missouri-Law Nov. 2007 • Issue 5
Career Development Newsletter
November 2L Newsletter: semester. Several options are listed
Events Schedule ello 2Ls! We hope your semes- in this newsletter, and Dean Devine
Nov. 12-16, PAD Canned ter still is going smoothly. As sent out an e-mail with the remaining
Food Drive, Phi Alpha Delta it begins to get busier, please programs listed. We hope you have
will sponsor a canned food
remember to attend the required Profes- enjoyed your semester thus far. As
drive to benefit the Central
sional Perspectives and Career Devel- always, let us know if you have any
Missouri Food Bank. You
may donate non-perishable opment programs by the end of the fall questions.
food items in collection bins
throughout Hulston Hall.
Gibson Clerkship Program offered students real-
Nov. 15, BOA Mock Trial
life experiences of current legal clerks, judges
Information Session, This On October 31, the School of cial to lawyers who plan to practice in
session will be held from Law hosted the 18th Annual Floyd a particular area of the state.
1-1:50 in Room 3. The R. Gibson Judicial Clerkship Forum. The judges also discussed how
Mock Trial Competition will This year’s featured panelists were the they select their clerks. Both stated
be held in January after re- Honorable Duane Benton of the United that while grades are often a factor in
turning from Winter Break. States Court of Appeals for the Eighth selection for federal clerkships, many
Circuit and the Honorable Nannette A. state trial and appellate judges will
Nov. 19-23, Thanksgiving
Baker of the Missouri Court of Appeals, not limit their selection to a particular
Break. No classes.
Eastern District. Judge Benton’s clerk, percentage of the class. Both judges
Congratulations to the Megan Dunn (’07), and Judge Baker’s stressed that all clerks must have good
Client-Counseling clerk, Fibbens Koranteng (’07), also legal research and writing skills and
Competition Winners participated in the panel discussion an intellectual curiosity that will allow
designed to showcase the judicial clerk- them to consider a variety of issues and
We would like to con-
gratulate the client counsel-
ship experience. outcomes. The applicant’s personality
ing competition co-winners Judge Benton and Judge Baker also plays a role in selection. Judges
Dave Harris and Daryl discussed the benefits that clerking spend a lot of time with their clerks,
Chatman, and Elijah Haahr has upon an attorney’s future career. and the judges seek clerks who compli-
and Amanda Wolf. Law students who wish to litigate can ment their own demeanors.
Good luck in the upcom- benefit from clerkships with both trial Mizzou Law students who are con-
ing regional competition. and appellate judges. Clerks who work sidering careers in judicial clerkships
for trial judges will watch a variety of should make an appointment in the Of-
Complete your Character trials and will have the opportunity to fice of Career and Professional Develop-
and Fitness over the break observe the advocacy skills of dozens ment. Dean Wilson Setser and Ms. Fol-
Semester break is the of different attorneys. Clerks who work lett would be happy to discuss various
perfect time to complete or for appellate judges will research issues clerkship opportunities and review the
update your Character and on appeal and learn how to “reverse applicable deadlines. The faculty Judi-
Fitness Report. Information engineer” a case based upon the prob- cial Clerkship Committee, which con-
on application deadlines is lems and issues raised in the briefs. sists of Professors Abrams, Lee, Litton,
available on the Missouri A clerkship with a federal judge will McGuinness, and Dean Wilson Setser,
Judiciary Web page, http:// expose a new lawyer to intricacies of is also a wonderful resource for students
www.courts.mo.gov (search federal practice, while a clerkship with who would like to talk to someone who
for “MBLE.”). a state appellate judge may be benefi- previously served as a clerk.
Get exam writing expertise, Register Now for the 2008 Norman Amaker
here in Hulston Hall Public Interest Law Retreat in Indianapolis
Hulston Hall’s own Professor You are invited to be a part of the 2008 Norman Amaker Public Intrest
Stacie Strong would like to share Law Retreat, sponsored by the Indiana University School of Law – India-
her legal writing expertise with you. napolis.
Professor Strong has a master’s The retreat will be held on the weekend of February 23. Attendees will
degree in Professional Writing from have the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, and practicing attor-
USC and is the author of How to neys who share a common commitment to public interest law. This year’s
Write Law Essays and Exams. She theme is “Recommitment to Social Justice: Where you were, Where you are,
will speak about the IRAC process Where you are going.” The retreat will feature:
and exam writing on Tuesday, No- • Panels on Youth Law, Elder Law, Disability, and more.
vember 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in • Networking opportunities for students.
Room 5. The registration fee covers lodging and meals. If you are interested in
While this presentation may be attending or participating in a panel discussion, please contact Dawn White
of particular interest to 1Ls, all law
at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, for information
students are invited to attend. This
about previous retreats, visit http://indylaw.indiana.edu/clinics/amaker/re-
event will not carry Perspectives
credit, but it can certainly help you
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
prepare for final exams, which are
only a few short weeks away. Watch
for emails containing a URL loca-
tion for a handout that will be used
in Professor Strong’s presentation.
U.S. Department of Housing and A writing sample of at least 5 pages
Graduate Leverage To Discuss Urban Development (double-spaced).
The U.S. Department of Housing Links for the Legal Honors Pro-
Personal Financial Management
and Urban Development’s (HUD) gram brochure and fillable applica-
On Wednesday, November 14, a Office of General Counsel (OGC) is tion: http://www.hud.gov/offices/ogc/
representative from Graduate Lever- accepting applications for its Legal legalsinglefinal2008.pdf and http://
age will talk about loan debt manage- Honors Program 2008-2009. All ap- www.hud.gov/offices/ogc/lhipformfi-
ment, personal finance, managing plication materials must be post- nal2008.pdf.
credit card debt, and planning for marked by November 9, 2007. Return the completed application ma-
future investments. This event is co- To be considered for a Legal terials (original and two copies) to:
sponsored by BLSA and the Office
Honors position at HUD, an origi- LEGAL HONORS PROGRAM
of Career and Professional Develop-
nal and two copies of the following Director: Administration Manage-
ment. Students who attend will be
information must be submitted: 1) ment and HR Division
able to choose either a Career Com-
ponent or a Professional Perspectives
The program application form; 2) U.S. Department of Housing and
credit. The program will be in the A completed Optional Application Urban Development
Courtroom at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to for Federal Employment (OF-612) Office of General Counsel, Room
Lesley Nilges (email@example.com) and Declaration for Federal Employ- 10245
by 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 if you would ment (OF-306) and/or resume, which 451 Seventh Street, SW
like to eat lunch before the program. should include information con- Washington, DC 20410.
tained on these forms; 3) Law school For questions or assistance, please
transcript (official copy only); and 4) contact Ms. Sinthea M. Kelly at
Apply now for the International Humanitarian Law Conference tional character.
Santa Clara University will host the The workshop will feature lectures More topics and additional informa-
second-annual workshop on Interna- and hands-on exercises dealing with: tion is available at www.scu.edu/law/
tional Humanitarian Law, presented by • Human Rights and IHL international/ihlworkshop.html.
the International Committee of the Red • Protected Persons The workshop is limited to 40
Cross. The program will be held Febru- • Internment/Detention students, so visit the Web site for more
ary 15-18, 2008. • Armend conflicts of a non-intern- details and an application.
(202) 708-0290. HUD is especially 101 North Keene Street 22 positions available. For more in-
interested in students who would Columbia, MO 65201 formation, visit www.lsnj.org. Hiring
like to work in the Kansas City area. decisions are made on a rolling basis
For questions about the Kansas City U.S. Attorney’s Office for W.D. of that began in Fall 2007.
office, please call Thomas J. Cole- Missouri – Kansas City
man, Regional Counsel, at (913) The United States Attorney’s American Society of International
551-5478. Office for the Western District of Law
Missouri seeks enthusiastic, moti- The American Society of Interna-
Chartmann Law – Farmington vated students for its summer law tional Law is pleased to announce the
Busy solo practitioner with a internship program. The program launch of the 4th annual Arthur C.
domestic & criminal law practice in begins in May 2008 and concludes in Helton Fellowship Program. Funded
Farmington seeks summer clerk. If August. Interns will work in Kansas in part by contributions from ASIL
interested in this opportunity, send City. At the present time, the United members, Helton Fellowships pro-
resume to Chris Hartmann, 205 East States Attorney’s Office is unable to vide financial assistance in the form
Liberty Street, Farmington, MO offer paid positions. of "micro-grants" for law students
63640 or email to chartmannlaw@ If you are interested in this op- and young professionals to pursue
sbcglobal.net. portunity, please submit a resume and field-work and research on significant
cover letter to: issues involving international law,
Missouri Employers Mutual Jess Michaelsen human rights, humanitarian affairs,
Insurance – Columbia Assistant United States Attorney and related areas.
Missouri Employers Mutual In- Charles Evans Whittaker Court- Helton Fellowship micro-grants
surance (MEM) seeks a current 2L or house are intended to ensure that these
3L to intern in its Compliance Office. 400 East Ninth Street, Fifth Floor individuals have access to modest
The selected student will work under Kansas City, MO 64106 amounts of funding that can often
the compliance officer/attorney and Applications should be received stand between them and their first
will assist with legal research, policy by January 15, 2008. Interviews professional opportunities to become
development, and numerous other will begin in February; however, if effective practitioners, experts, and
projects. you will be in Kansas City over se- scholars of international law.
The student will work approxi- mester break, please indicate that in Application instructions and eli-
mately 10 hours/week during the aca- your cover letter, as an interview may gibility guidelines for the Arthur C.
demic year and 40 hours/week during be arranged for that time. Helton Fellowship Program are now
Summer 2008 (if a 2L is selected). also available at www.asil.org.
If interested in this opportunity, Legal Services of NJ The application deadline is Feb-
please send a cover letter and resume The Legal Services of New Jersey ruary 15, 2008 and awards will be
to: seeks second-year law students for its issued no later then April 1, 2008.
Missouri Employers Mutual Insur- Public Interest Legal Intern Fellow- Please send all questions to fellow-
ance ship Program. firstname.lastname@example.org or call the service
Human Resources The program has approximately center at (856) 380-6810.