Equal Justice Works 2012 Conference and Career Fair

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event where you’ll find more than 1,200 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies.  The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. Our conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals.

This year’s keynote speaker is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Student/Recent Graduate Registration Opens August 15
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair/students

NOTE: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during Table Talk on Friday and Saturday.

Important Dates
September 13: deadline to register and submit resumes for employer consideration
October 4: deadline for employers to post interview selections
October 11: deadline for selected candidates to accept or decline interviews
October 11: deadline to register for conference attendance (workshops and Table Talk participation only, no interviews)
October 16: deadline to cancel registration with full refund

Registration fee: $25 per student/recent graduate

LCS NOTE: Law Career Services will cover the first ten (10) online registration fees for those who subsequently attend the conference. Please print and submit copies of your registration/payment confirmation to Carol North in Law Career Services (Sarkeys Suite 216) for reimbursement.

LCS :: Oklahoma County Pro Se Waiver Divorce Docket Training – Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sarkeys Law Center Room 103

This opportunity allows you to work with the Oklahoma County family law judges and some of the best family law attorneys in Oklahoma City while assisting clients who cannot afford a lawyer for their divorce. This pro bono opportunity allows law students to get actual courtroom experience now. These pro se litigants have drafted their divorce documents using a variety of sources: the Internet, paralegals, divorce “kits,” and form books. When the documents are presented to the judge for an order granting the divorce, the judge may find that the documents are incorrect, do not follow the law, or do not adequately address all the necessary legal issues in the case. The pro se litigant is then left to start the process again, without any help.

Here is where you can help. Three times a week, during the pro se waiver divorce docket, law students will be present in the courthouse to assist these pro se litigants with their cases and documents so that their divorce can be granted. An experienced family law lawyer will always be present with you in the courthouse on Thursdays to assist you and the clients. Space in the courthouse to confer privately with the client will be available, as well as a computer and printer and forms of necessary documents. The family law judge will refer the client to you and your supervising lawyer for help during the court docket, and in many instances, you may remedy the situation so that the client may have the divorce granted that day, rather than having to return to the courthouse at a later time. The docket is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to approximately 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Students may volunteer one time a month, twice a month, or every week, as your schedule allows.

The family law judges have told us that this help by law students with the pro se waiver divorce docket is very meaningful to them and to the pro se litigants. You will gain great experience, learn much about family law, become acquainted with the judges, court personnel, and lawyers who practice in this area, and put your legal education to use for those who need help the most but who cannot afford a lawyer.

A mandatory training session is planned to prepare you for this opportunity. Included in the training session is information presented by experienced family law lawyers in private practice in Oklahoma City, from Legal Aid, and Oklahoma Child Support Services. Basic information about divorce law, including jurisdiction, property division, alimony, child custody, and child support will be addressed. The procedural aspects of a waiver divorce will be discussed, as well as the requisite information to include in pleadings and orders. Sample forms for pleadings and orders will be available.

Many pro se waiver divorces include an element of domestic violence. Experienced lawyers for domestic violence victims will present information on how to screen and counsel clients on domestic violence issues and the ethical concerns in such cases. Considerations about the safety of the victim and how court proceedings may impact that safety, the needs and concerns of domestic violence victims and their families, and how to recognize when domestic violence may be present will be discussed.

Pre-registration in Symplicity is required to participate in this program.
(Log into Symplicity and open the Events module from the main navigation across the top of the screen.)
Deadline: 5:00 pm Thursday, August 23, 2012

*Interested 1L’s awaiting access to their Symplicity accounts may pre-register directly with Law Career Services via email to cnorth@okcu.edu.

PCDC – Next Legal Internship Examination

Last available opportunity to secure a legal intern’s license this academic year (exam is not offered during the summer):

Examination Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Sarkeys Room 110
Application Deadline: Monday, May 7, 2012

For more information about the Oklahoma Licensed Legal Intern program, including eligibility requirements, MPRE, application process and exam preparation, please click here.

PCDC – Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2012
Washington, DC

Each year the Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading libertarian public interest law firm, brings 40 top law students to Washington, D.C., to learn how to use law as a force for freedom. Though many of our alumni go on to private practice and other avenues outside the public interest field, they apply the conference’s lessons in their careers and often work on pro bono cases to advance the cause of liberty.

In addition to IJ attorneys and staff, previous faculty have included Georgetown University School of Law professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon. Previous conference keynote speakers include well-known justices from around the country, who offer a public interest view from the bench.

For more information or to apply, visit www.ij.org/students. Travel scholarships are available for a limited number of students accepted into the program. Applications are accepted through March 1, 2012.

PCDC – OCU LAW Government, Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Career Fair

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Atrium

Representatives from public service, public interest, non-profit and governmental agencies come to the law school to offer information about working in their organizations. Many of these sites offer volunteer opportunities to students, for which they can receive a Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowship. This is an open-forum networking event; all law students are welcome to attend.

PCDC – Mock Interview Program

Preparing for On-Campus Recruiting and Summer Clerkships
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Sarkeys Law Center

Eligible for participation: 1L fulltime and 2L part-time division students

Pre-registration is required for participation in this program. For program details and registration instructions, please log into Symplicity and open the ‘Events’ module.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Equal Justice Works 2011 Conference and Career Fair

October 21-22, 2011
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington DC

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event, solely dedicated to law students, where you’ll find more than 1000 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. Our conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals.

For more program details, eligibility, timelines, and registration instructions please log into Symplicity and review Job Listing 6334.

*Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during “Table Talk” on Friday and Saturday. 1L’s are encouraged to contact the PCDC for more information.

Pro Se Waiver Divorce Docket Training Pro Bono Opportunity

Saturday, August 27, 2011
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 104

Pre-registration in Symplicity is required for participation in this program.
Deadline: 5:00 pm Thursday, August 25, 2011

This opportunity allows you to work with the Oklahoma County family law judges and some of the best family law attorneys in Oklahoma City while assisting clients who cannot afford a lawyer for their divorce.

Extensive details about this program are available in the Symplicity Event.

*Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair – July 26, 2011

July 24-30, 2011
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, MN
(Job Fair: Tuesday, July 26, 2011)

The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

Program details, registration instructions, forms and application deadline are located in the Symplicity Job Listings module, Job ID 5808.

Questions may be directed to Carol North, PCDC Job Fair Administrator.

Southeastern Minority Job Fair – July 29-30, 2011

Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30, 2011
Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest
Marietta, Georgia
www.semjf.org

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Interested OCU LAW students and recent graduates must register in the Symplicity Events module.

Registration Deadline: NOON on Monday, April 25.

Questions may be directed to Carol North, PCDC Job Fair Administrator.