Vaccaro Fellowship

Job Opportunities with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

 The SEC Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) was established in July of 2011, as required by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  OMWI is responsible for:

·         taking affirmative steps to seek diversity at all levels of the SEC’s workforce,
·         increasing participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the SEC’s programs and contracts, including standards for coordinating technical assistance to such businesses; and
·         assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the SEC.


Child Immigration Crisis: What to do with the KIDS?

     As summer winds down , reflect on your childhood and the many opportunities

you have been afforded on your individual journey. Think about what you did over the

summer as a child and reflect on what memories crafted the legal scholar you are today.

This month your Advocacy team would like you to join us in examining the

struggles of children migrating to the United States in hopes of a better life. We ask you

to think about the hardships and legal battles they are soon to face, once they cross the


    Although immigration has always been a prevalent issue in America, the current

crisis, raised by the estimated 52,000 immigrant children that have crossed the border

into U.S. Territory, is without parallel.

President Barack Obama, has termed this issue a “humanitarian crisis.” Yet so

many are opposed to the almost 4 billion dollars requested to care and provide for

these immigrant children. The next question, with strong arguments on either side, is

do we send them back?

    America faces its own issues of poverty, criminality, lack of employment and

educational opportunities and homelessness. The influx of these children can be viewed

as a burden to an already weakened system.

   Drug wars in Mexico and surrounding countries create a life of fear, crime,

intimidation, and often resulted in death. All these circumstances create the need for

children and adults alike to flee to the United States. Upon reaching the borders, fleeing

children are often arrested by Border Patrol and housed at crowded and newly formed

immigration facilities. Child migrants are currently not being represented in deportation

hearings and often lose against government immigration law attorneys. In some cases,

children as young as two years old are not being represented in court. Only seven

percent of children placed in custody between 2007-2009 were granted stay in the

United States.

     KIND, Kids in Need of Defense, is a legal non-profit organization, providing

legal services to these children. The need for volunteers and the demand for legal

services create a strife that still leaves many unrepresented. KIND demands that public

defenders be provided and that Congress delegate funds in support of more legal

services. Many are blaming the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

(DACA) Executive Order for opening the door for the continuation of crossing the

border in hope of new opportunity. This memorandum directs U.S. Customs and

Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to practice “prosecutorial discretion”

towards some individuals who immigrated to the United States as children and are

currently in the country illegally. It allows conditional permanent resident status based

on the completion of high school, college or military service varying.

MABLSA asks you to consider these questions:

Although migrant children have come to the United States illegally, is legal

representation not a courtesy, if they are bound to OUR laws, and criminal procedure?

Do our values of justice, fairness and equality in the law, not extend to those who are

subject to consequences under our law?

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley stated, "I believe that it is contrary to everything

that we stand for as a people to try to summarily send back to death, whether it's in

famine; death whether it's in the middle of the ocean; death whether it's in a war torn

area or death in a place where gangs are the greatest threat to stability and the rule of

law and Democratic institutions in this hemisphere."

Your advocacy team would like you to consider this notion and place yourself in the

shoes of these immigrant children.

Is a better life too much to ask for and at whose expense or responsibility?


Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair: Registration Ends July 20

This year the Seventh Annual Diversity Job Fair will be held August 21-22, 2014. Employers are looking for rising 2Ls (full-time graduating December 2015 or May 2016 or part-time graduating December 2016 or May 2017) to fill summer associate, summer clerkship, and summer internship positions for the summer of 2015.  

Please take a look at the website at www.ibadiversityjobfair.org for more information. 


A Note From Our Advocacy Team!

In 1968, NBLSA was founded by those that had an immense sense of pride in
their people and felt the overwhelming need for an organization dedicated to
black lawyers that would exemplify that pride. We take pride in knowing that a
black lawyer is the President of the United States. We take pride in the fact that
we are now the largest student run organization in the United States. We are
proud that we are the byproduct of 300 years of tears shed by those that strived
for freedom and balance with us in mind. Our hard fought freedom is the
foundation of our pride.

This month another community will also stand up to celebrate its Pride Month. It is
a community too often thought of as distinct from our own, but in fact is one that is
as embedded in our community as the memories of those that fought for us to get
where we are today. Many members of the LGBT community celebrate Pride
Month in June as a commemoration of the anniversary of The Stonewall Riots,
which are seen as the symbolic beginning of their movement toward freedom.
This month we want to acknowledge a community within our own community. We
are proud of our members that are fighting both struggles. We would also like to
challenge you to examine your own community and ask yourself if you are doing
the same.

Sometimes advocacy is about convincing those that think you are wrong that you
are right. However, at other times advocacy is about having the courage to simply
begin having the conversations that are lacking. For as the late Nelson Mandela
once stated “… to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a
way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

We encourage you to watch filmmaker Yoruba Richen’s recent TEDtalk on “What
the Gay Rights Movement Learned from the Civil Rights Movement”-
The film that this TEDtalk was based on “The New Black” makes its television
PREMIERE on your local Public Broadcasting Station’s Independent Lens
program this Sunday, June 15th. Check out this special Tonex segment of the film!
http://bit.ly/1p2vUKu AND find out more about the broadcast here:

We encourage you all to watch and allow it to spark a dialogue amongst your
communities and chapters. If any chapter wants to screen the film please contact
the MABLSA Advocacy team and inquire about arranging a screening.


Call to Leadership

Call to Leadership!!!!

There are still opportunities to become part of the MABLSA Exec Board. These positions are still available.    

Director of Corporate Relations 
Director of Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition 
Director of Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
WV/PA Sub-Regional Director
Advocacy Specialist 
Communications Specialist 
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Specialists (2)
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Specialists (2) 

Descriptions of the positions are available in the MABLSA Bylaws.  Submit resumes and brief statements (250 words or less) to mid-atlantic@nblsa.org. 


4/14: Job Opportunity at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Patent Associate/Agent – Mechanical (Alexandria)

The Alexandria office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has an immediate opening for a Mechanical Patent Associate/Agent with 1-2 years of patent drafting experience and a Mechanical degree.  Candidates should have significant patent application drafting experience in the mechanical arts.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, drafting and prosecuting patent applications.  Excellent writing skills required. Candidates must be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The firm’s compensation and benefits package is competitive with other top-level firms in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas.  Qualified candidates should apply online at our website at https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/v3/lc_supp_app_frm.aspx?lawfirm=113&id=0.  All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a writing sample.  All questions should be directed to Donna J. Nolan, Manager of Legal Recruiting, at donna.nolan@bipc.com. EOE


3/22: Job Opportunities

Patent Agent - Electrical (Alexandria) 

The Alexandria office has an immediate opening for an Electrical patent agent with 2-6 years of patent experience and a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Candidates should have significant patent application drafting experience, and preferably with respect to computer implemented inventions. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, prosecution, post grant review documents and opinion letters. Excellent writing skills required. The Firm’s electrical patent work includes protecting inventions related to the full spectrum of electrical engineering, computer science, business methods, optics, nanotechnology and other areas of applied physics. Candidates must be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm’s compensation and benefits package is competitive with other top-level firms in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Qualified candidates should apply online through our listing at LawCruit. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, transcripts and a writing sample. All questions should be directed to Donna J. Nolan, Manager of Legal Recruiting, at donna.nolan@bipc.com. EOE.

Labor and Employment Associate (Pittsburgh)

The Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has an immediate opening for a Labor and Employment associate with 2-5 years of employment litigation experience in state and federal courts (management side). Excellent academic credentials, strong research and writing skills, and top tier large law firm experience required. Must be admitted in Pennsylvania. Client contact and significant responsibility are provided within this exciting practice area. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney provides competitive salaries and an attractive bonus program. Qualified candidates should apply online through our listing at LawCruit. All applications must be accompanied by a resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample. All questions should be directed to Donna J. Nolan, Manager of Legal Recruiting, at donna.nolan@bipc.com. EOE.


2014 MLK Day of Service in Philadelphia

CBS Law Department Summer Internship Program



Summer 2014 Application

Please complete the application form and enclose an essay of 250-500 words describing why

you qualify for the CBS Law Department Diversity Internship Program, a writing sample, your

law school transcript(s), and a résumé. You may also enclose a letter of recommendation.

Please mail the application to: Tiffany Casanova, Counsel, Showtime Networks Inc., 1633

Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10019. We suggest that applications be submitted as

soon as possible and strongly recommend that you send the materials by a form of mail that can

be tracked (e.g., certified, registered, return receipt). Students may submit the application at any

time and later forward their transcripts, as long as all application materials are received by the

application deadline. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014.