Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tip #3 for a Successful Internship

This week, I am featuring a guest blogger who is a student in the Atlanta Networking Club, Andrew Weegar.  Andrew did an amazing job of networking last year to find internships with two firms last summer.  Andrew will share his insight from a student’s perspective on how to have a successful internship.

Take on all assignments offered to you and don’t be afraid to ask to do something. The first part is easy.  You want to be busy and get as much experience as possible, and taking on all tasks offered is a great way to do that. When taking on a new task, either ask for or offer your own timeline for when you will complete the task. Setting your own timeline may be tricky if you have never worked on that type of project before so you should err on the side of caution and set a longer timeline than you think is necessary. Also, ask to assist in writing articles that the attorney will be publishing. At my internship with the larger firm, I was able to write an article for one of the partners that will be published in a local legal magazine in the area. The partner liked my first article so much that she invited me to write more articles for the magazine on a regular basis. Attorneys like to have assistance with these types of writing assignments since they will not produce any direct revenue for the firm and can be time consuming. However, for me and other law students, this is a great way to get your name published in the market.

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National LBGT Bar Association – Prudential Fellowship Program

National LGBT Bar Association-Prudential Fellowship Program

Application Deadline November 29, 2011 12:00PM ET

The National LGBT Bar Association, in partnership with Prudential, is seeking candidates for the Prudential Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program is an 18-month rotational program. Fellows will receive a salary and will be eligible for health benefits and a yearly bonus. Interest or knowledge about the financial services, insurance and annuity industry would be beneficial. Fellows will work independently on research projects or coordinate projects assigned by internal lawyers. Fellows will rotate approximately every 6 months into a new area of the law department.

Qualifications

  • JD and bar admission required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills (writing sample required)
  • Strong conceptual thinking, analytical and interpersonal skills required as well as operating independently
  • Recent law school graduate
  • At least 18 months of full-time or full-time equivalent prior work experience

How to Apply
To apply, you must submit a resume and a writing sample to:

D’Arcy Kemnitz, Esq.
Executive Director
National LGBT Bar Association
1301 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 East Tower
Washington, DC 20005
202-637-7661
Prudential@lgbtbar.org

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Tip #2 for a Successful Internship

This week, I am featuring a guest blogger who is a student in the Atlanta Networking Club, Andrew Weegar.  Andrew did an amazing job of networking last year to find internships with two firms last summer.  Andrew will share his insight from a student’s perspective on how to have a successful internship.

Once you start your internship, keep a notebook or legal pad with you at all times to write down assignments you are given. You will likely be given tasks from everyone in the office, often when you are away from your desk, so having something to write on will ensure you don’t have to bother the assigning attorneys by asking them to repeat the instructions later. Also, you should write down questions you want to ask the attorneys when they aren’t busy. Remember to focus some of these questions on how the law firm operates and the business practice of law. During my internship at the larger firm, I sat down and had an hour conversation with one of the partners where she explained to me, in detail, how billable hours work, how the firm attracts and gets new clients, and how the track to partnership works at most firms. This was my first exposure to any of these topics, and the information I gained showed me a whole different side of practicing law. If I had not kept a legal pad on me at all times while I was at work, I would have forgotten these questions and never asked them.

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Clinic Students’ Thoughts on the Clinic

 “If you are looking for practical legal experience then the Consumer Law Clinic is the way to go no matter what area of law you want to practice. There is nothing more valuable than the opportunity to handle real cases and hearings before graduating from law school.”

– Doug Shanteau, Consumer Law Clinic, Fall 2011

“Being a certified legal intern in the consumer law clinic gave me the invaluable experience of learning how to translate theory into practice.”

– Alison Thomas, Consumer Law Clinic, Fall 2011

“The experience I gained in the consumer law clinic has been the most beneficial aspect of my law school career.”

– Brian Corlew, Consumer Law Clinic, Fall 2011

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Immigrant Rights Clinic Represents Survivors of Human Trafficking

Immigrant Rights clinic student Angie Aguilar hard at work in the clinic. Angie obtained a trafficking victim visa for her child client last week. Angie has been working on the case since her summer clinic semester.

Human Trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country. This crime affects all types of individuals, both foreign and domestic. Students in the  Immigrant Rights clinic  provide representation to human trafficking victims in North East Florida.

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Tip #1 for a Successful Internship

This week, I am featuring a guest blogger who is a student in the Atlanta Networking Club, Andrew Weegar.  Andrew did an amazing job of networking last year to find internships with two firms last summer.  Andrew will share his insight from a student’s perspective on how to have a successful internship.

My name is Andrew Weegar, and I am a 2L who returned this semester from my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where I spent the summer interning. Here are some of my experiences from this past summer, as well as some tips as to how to make sure you make the right impression on your employer.

The first step to having a great internship is making sure you are at the right firm. When determining what firm you should be at for your first legal market experience, think small. The smaller the firm, the more responsibilities you will likely have. Solo practitioners are great at giving law students real experience in their first year since solo practitioners do everything by themselves. For example, this summer I had two internships in Atlanta.  The first internship was with a solo practitioner, the second was with a firm that had three lawyers and two paralegals. At my internship with the solo practitioner, I walked in the door on my first day and within ten minutes I was drafting a complaint. Throughout my time with the solo practitioner I wrote complaints, answers, and numerous motions to courts in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California. In contrast, it my internship with the larger firm I did not write a single court document.  I spent most of my time conducting legal research, checking their client files, and writing demand letters. While this was still good legal experience, drafting legal documents will be more meaningful on my resume.

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Consumer Law Clinic Update

Things have not slowed down for the Consumer Law Clinic even though finals are quickly approaching.  On Monday, November 28, Brian Corlew will be heading to court to argue a Motion to Dismiss in a foreclosure case.  On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Alison Thomas will be arguing a claim of exemption from garnishment for her client.  Her client’s wages are currently being garnished to satisfy a judgment, but her client is exempt from garnishment under Florida law.  So Alison will ensure that her client’s income is protected form garnishment so that he can continue to provide for himself and his family.  And on Thursday, December 1, Doug Shanteau will be handling a small claims court pretrial conference.  Doug and his partner Kevin Temaul filed a Florida Consumer Collections Practices Act claim against a payday lender who engaged in illegal debt collection.  Thursday’s pretrial will be his first opportunity to go to court for this case and see how the defendant plans to defend this case.  Stay tuned to the blog for updates on more Consumer Law Clinic happenings and updates on the other clinics as well!

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The Power of the Tongue

The Power of the Tongue 

Another layer of diversity is the ability to speak other languages. The United States is comprised of millions of people that represent varying cultures, ethnicities, and native tongues. The ability to speak and write fluently in a language other than English is a remarkable skill to have. The ability to speak other languages increases the clientele that one can serve and makes an individual an asset to his or her employer, especially if he or she is the only one in the office that can speak another language.

Florida Coastal knows the importance of training and utilizing multilingual students to aid in the legal process. Recently, Florida Coastal hosted a training session for legal interpreters and translators. See more at Multilingual students attend training to serve pro bono clients – The Financial News & Daily Record – Jacksonville, Florida.

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Welcome the Legal Clinics to The Coastal Network

The Coastal Network is happy to add Coastal Law’s in-house legal clinics to its blog network.

In the legal clinics, students can earn credit for participating in one of five in-house clinics, in an externship with a public or governmental agency or not-for-profit corporation or in a judicial internship. Learn more here.

The clinics faculty will be contributing to the blog, which you can read here.

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Lawyers & Law Students Weekend

LAWYERS & LAW STUDENTS WEEKEND

Hosted by:

Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association

Friday, November 11, 2011 

  • What: VHFCNBA Past President’s Reception
  • Where: Ft. Lauderdale Westin, 400 Corporate Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. VHFCNBA Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. E-Discovery CLE and Judicial Clerkships Workshops

For more information contact VHCFLNBA at vhfcnba@gmail.com or visit www.vhfcnba.org

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