Monthly Archives: May 2011

First Days

It is Sunday, our first in Clermont-Ferrand, and it has been a rather lazy day. Nothing is open on Sunday’s here so most of us have been doing our readings for class this week, booking trips for this weekend, and catching up on sleep. I got into town on Thursday via train and ended up having to walk from the station to the MIU (where we are staying) since Jessie and I couldn’t find any taxis and no one from the Super Brigade was available to pick us up. That was quite an experience considering we were lugging about 200lbs of luggage between us. However, we made it and were able to check in smoothly.

Our rooms here are very nice, clean and spacious. I have a studio so I have a little kitchen “nook” and a balcony that the standard rooms don’t have. It makes it a little bit bigger and I was able to cook a big dinner last night for two of us. There is a double bed and a TV, though the only station in english is CNN International, which isn’t even really the news, more like feature stories that are constantly replayed. I wish I had loaded some DVD’s on my computer before I left since Netflix, etc. don’t work over here.

Friday night 18 of us went out to dinner and then out to the Tree Bar. It was way too many people for dinner (they forgot my beer, three times–it finally came out with everyone’s dinner, but then they had forgot my dinner too, idk what I did ha).

A few of us have gotten cheap phones, which makes meeting up with people infinitely easier since you don’t have to keep refreshing facebook waiting on someone to respond. I have also been to the market, twice, which is really easy and only a 5 min walk from the MIU.

So, classes start tomorrow and this weekend is a four day weekend so most people have planned trips. I am going to Brussels so I am really excited about that. Tomorrow is also orientation and we have a welcome party so we can finally see who all is here. Ciao.

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First Days

It is Sunday, our first in Clermont-Ferrand, and it has been a rather lazy day. Nothing is open on Sunday’s here so most of us have been doing our readings for class this week, booking trips for this weekend, and catching up on sleep. I got into town on Thursday via train and ended up having to walk from the station to the MIU (where we are staying) since Jessie and I couldn’t find any taxis and no one from the Super Brigade was available to pick us up. That was quite an experience considering we were lugging about 200lbs of luggage between us. However, we made it and were able to check in smoothly.

Our rooms here are very nice, clean and spacious. I have a studio so I have a little kitchen “nook” and a balcony that the standard rooms don’t have. It makes it a little bit bigger and I was able to cook a big dinner last night for two of us. There is a double bed and a TV, though the only station in english is CNN International, which isn’t even really the news, more like feature stories that are constantly replayed. I wish I had loaded some DVD’s on my computer before I left since Netflix, etc. don’t work over here.

Friday night 18 of us went out to dinner and then out to the Tree Bar. It was way too many people for dinner (they forgot my beer, three times–it finally came out with everyone’s dinner, but then they had forgot my dinner too, idk what I did ha).

A few of us have gotten cheap phones, which makes meeting up with people infinitely easier since you don’t have to keep refreshing facebook waiting on someone to respond. I have also been to the market, twice, which is really easy and only a 5 min walk from the MIU.

So, classes start tomorrow and this weekend is a four day weekend so most people have planned trips. I am going to Brussels so I am really excited about that. Tomorrow is also orientation and we have a welcome party so we can finally see who all is here. Ciao.

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hey hey hey

Well since most of us will be arriving in Clermont-Ferrand tomorrow, 26th May, I figured I might as well start on this blog thing. I have actually been in Europe for about nine days already so I have adjusted to the time change and my feet are already killing me. I spent six days in London and three days in Dublin, so I got a bit of a head start on the traveling.

I leave Dublin in about 11 hours (6:30 am, ughh) and fly to Paris via Ryanair (major pain, mostly because your checked bag can only be a max of 20kilos, AKA 44lbs, a lot lighter than most major airlines allow, so I had to pack accordingly). But anyway, I leave at 6:30, which means a taxi is picking me from my hotel at 3:30. I probably won’t be sleeping for fear of missing it, and I thought I was done with all-nighters when I was done with college.

I will have a full day of traveling tomorrow, just like most everyone else coming from the States, and I won’t be getting into Clermont until a little after 5:30. Luckily, I am meeting up with Jessie Thompson in Paris at the train station, so neither of us will be alone when we get into town.

Hopefully everyone arrives safely in Clermont over the next few days, and I will begin updating as things happen. Au revoir! (gotta work on the French)

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hey hey hey

Well since most of us will be arriving in Clermont-Ferrand tomorrow, 26th May, I figured I might as well start on this blog thing. I have actually been in Europe for about nine days already so I have adjusted to the time change and my feet are already killing me. I spent six days in London and three days in Dublin, so I got a bit of a head start on the traveling.

I leave Dublin in about 11 hours (6:30 am, ughh) and fly to Paris via Ryanair (major pain, mostly because your checked bag can only be a max of 20kilos, AKA 44lbs, a lot lighter than most major airlines allow, so I had to pack accordingly). But anyway, I leave at 6:30, which means a taxi is picking me from my hotel at 3:30. I probably won’t be sleeping for fear of missing it, and I thought I was done with all-nighters when I was done with college.

I will have a full day of traveling tomorrow, just like most everyone else coming from the States, and I won’t be getting into Clermont until a little after 5:30. Luckily, I am meeting up with Jessie Thompson in Paris at the train station, so neither of us will be alone when we get into town.

Hopefully everyone arrives safely in Clermont over the next few days, and I will begin updating as things happen. Au revoir! (gotta work on the French)

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Considering a Career in Intellectual Property Law?

Continuing education seminars are great opportunities to network with attorneys in the subject area of practice.  If you are considering a career in Intellectual Property Law, The Dade County Bar Association is presenting a short seminar about “What You Need To Know About Intellectual Property Law” on Wednesday, June 8th from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Bankers Club, One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard, 14th Floor in Miami.  Speakers will include Mark E. Stein of Higer, Lichter & Givner, LLP and Terri Doud, who is Senior Corporate Counsel at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.  To register for the seminar, click here.

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Law Student Social with the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association invites you to attend a law student social to network with their members and leaders.  The social will be held at the Eight Burger Bar & Sports Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  To attend, please R.S.V.P. to Linda.Wiley@americanbar.org.  The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is a 25,000 member section of the ABA that serves as a forum to unite plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. 

To prepare for networking events of this nature, you should meet with a career counselor to discuss how to maximize your exposure from the event and how to follow up with practitioners.  Remember to request business cards from any contacts so you can reach out to them for informational meetings.  To scheduling an appointment with a Career Services Counselor, click here.

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Coastal Law photos surpass 80,000 views

In just over a month, the official Coastal Law photo galleries, located on Flickr, amassed more than 20,000 views, upping the stream’s total to more than 80,000.

Most recently, we have uploaded the images from the 2011 Pro Bono reception. So head on over and check out everything we’ve captured in the last year or so. And, as always, feel free to download and/or share any image.

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COOLEY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS

COOLEY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS

As part of Cooley’s ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding law students. First-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity in their communities are invited to apply for the fellowships. Award recipients will receive a paid Summer Associate position and an award of up to $15,000 to assist with law school tuition. Award recipients will be announced in Fall 2011 with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient’s 2L year. Applications are being accepted online at www.cooley.com/diversityfellowship, and must be submitted by July 5, 2011.

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REED SMITH LLP 2011 DIVERSE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

REED SMITH LLP 2011 DIVERSE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Summer associate positions in 2012 are available in: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process. Please contact Dana Levin, Director of Legal Recruiting, at dlevin@reedsmith.com for additional information.

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Dimensions of Diversity

"We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives." Mahnaz Afkhami

This blog will act as a hub for events and information pertaining to particular affinity groups. Here, you will find various conferences, job fairs, and networking opportunities.  Additionally, you will find postings and articles that describe unique issues facing sub-groups within our society. 

DIVERSITY includes but is not limited to race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and individuals with disabilities. Ultimately, diversity inludes each and every one of us because we are all unique.

 “We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.” Mahnaz Afkhami

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