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

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 – Dispute Resolution and Current Issues in Indian Country

Monday, February 20, 2012
5:00 to 5:45 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Homsey Family Moot Courtroom

Co-sponsors: Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Professional and Career Development Center (PCDC)

NALSA and the PCDC invite you to hear Stephanie Hudson from Oklahoma Indian Legal Services.

Ms. Hudson has worked as an attorney at OILS since 2000. She graduated from OCU LAW in 1993. She previously served as a coordinator for the Early Settlement Alternative Dispute Resolution program at Oklahoma City University. Stephanie represents the people in the mid-central region of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

Ms. Hudson also specializes in Indian child welfare, American Indian property issues, and mediation. She is recognized as a national expert in mediation, specifically tribal peacekeeping methods. Stephanie will be speaking about those topics, as well as how students can become involved with Oklahoma Indian Legal Services.

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.

Oklahoma Bar Association Meetings – week of January 23, 2012

Oklahoma Bar Association this schedule was generated on January 20, 2012. View most recent list.

Monday, January 23, 2012

  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – Securities and Exchange Commission, Part 2: A Close Look at the SEC Cases and Current Trends
  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – Securities and Exchange Commission, Part 1: What To Do When Your Client Hears From the SEC

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • OBA/CLE Webcast – Addiction 101: Addiction Myths Debunked
  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – IRS Administrative Process: Examination and Appeals
  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – Defending the Falsely Accused: The Power of Accusation in Domestic Violence Cases

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – Generally Speaking: Lets Talk about The Practice of Law

Thursday, January 26, 2012

  • OBA/CLE Webcast – What Should and Should Not Be Included in Emails and Social Media Communications
  • OBA/CLE Webcast Replay – Introduction to Historic Preservation Law in Oklahoma

Oklahoma County Bar Association – week of January 23, 2012

Oklahoma County Bar Association this schedule was generated on December 12, 2011. View most recent list.

Monday, January 23, 2012

  • Executive Committee Mtg.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • Community Service Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 26, 2012

  • Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dallas Bar Association Meetings – week of January 23, 2012

Dallas Bar Association this schedule was generated on January 20, 2012. View most recent list.

Monday, January 23, 2012

  • CLE Events: Computer Law, Securities
  • Golf Tournament Committee

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • CLE Events: Probate, Trusts & Estates, Labor & Employment
  • E-Mentoring Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • DVAP Divorce Clinic for Low-Income

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • CLE Events: Sports & Entertainment
  • DAYL Equal Access to Justice Committee
  • Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group
  • Legal Ethics Committee
  • Summer Law Intern Program Committee
  • DVAP New Lawyer Luncheon
  • Transition to Law Practice Program
  • Memorial & History Committee

Thursday, January 26, 2012

  • CLE Events: Collaborative, Criminal, Environmental Law
  • Mentoring Committee

Friday, January 27, 2012

  • CLE Events: Intellectual Property, Minority Participation Committee

What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

How do you answer that predictable question of your greatest weakness?  There have been many Rules of Thumb developed over the years, from making light of the question with an answer like “Pizza!” to true confessions, putting a cloud over everyone, to developing a response that actually demonstrates a strength, “I tend to be a workaholic,” or “perfectionist.” (Yuk!)  So how do you plan for this befuddling question?  Read this article and plan your perfect response.