Just The Beginning Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the sixth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 300 law students in successful internships to date.  Over 100 judges have participated in our efforts and look to the JRC-JTB Project for summer internship candidates. The Project is national in scope and will place about 100 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers. Application Deadline: January 11, 2016.  

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowships for 1Ls!

Vinson & Elkins has shown a long-standing commitment to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and to enhancing diversity in the legal profession.  We are pleased to continue offering four $7,000 Diversity Fellowships to first-year law students from historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession. Diversity Fellows are encouraged to clerk in one of our U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Washington) the summer following their 1L year. 
Since the program launched in 2007, V&E has awarded 30 Fellowships from top law schools across the nation and several former Fellows have joined V&E to practice law. You may view the 2015 press release here
Please visit the V&E Diversity Fellowships page on our website for more information.  The application link will be available beginning December 1, 2015. We hope you will encourage your first-year students to apply between December 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship, first-year law students must attend and be in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school. Eligible students must (i) be a member of a racial/ethnic group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession (i.e., Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), (ii) have a strong undergraduate and law school record, (iii) possess excellent writing skills, and (iv) demonstrate interest in working in a law large firm setting. 
Application Requirements
       Completed online application form
       Current resume
       Official or unofficial undergraduate transcript
       Current official or unofficial law school transcript
       Legal writing sample
       In 500 words or less, a narrative discussing interest in Vinson & Elkins, describing how your unique experiences will contribute to our firm’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession.
Please contact V&E’s Senior Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Allison Butts, with any questions.  She may be at abutts@velaw.com or 713.758.3272.  Fellowship awards will be announced in February 2016. We hope you have a great holiday season!
Best regards,
Doug Bland
Firm Hiring Partner


Williams Mullen 2016 1L Summer Diversity Fellowship in Richmond, VA

Starting December 1: we will accept applications from outstanding first-year law students for our 1L Diversity Fellowship in our Richmond, VA office. 
Williams Mullen appreciates and values the many talents and perspectives that each individual brings to the firm.  Diverse viewpoints and creative thinking are essential in developing innovative, workable solutions in order to Find Yes for our clients. Diversity within our firm is critical to the quality of our legal work, our client service, and the professional development of our attorneys and staff. As such, we seek outstanding 1L applicants from your school. This is the second year we’ve offered the fellowship to 1Ls. While an offer to return is not guaranteed, both of the inaugural 1L students who participated last year are returning for summer 2016!
  • Who? First-year law students who are members of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. 
  • What? Awards to two 1L law students with a $2,000 scholarship toward second year tuition, as well as a challenging and paid summer associate position in 2016 in Richmond, VA, and mentoring throughout the 2016/17 academic year. 
  • When? Applications accepted from December 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016. 
  • Why? Video testimonials about the 1L program:  http://www.williamsmullen.com/diversityfellowshipprogramapplication
  • Apply here


Arent Fox LLP 11th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program

Arent Fox LLP will begin accepting applications from first-year law students on December 1, 2015 for the 11th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to one first-year law student in each of the following offices: Washington, DC; New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. 

Arent Fox’s 2016 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks; from May 23 through July 29, 2016. The summer associate salary is $3,000 per week, and the scholarship recipients will receive the $15,000 award in July 2016.  All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the entire 2016 Summer Program, as well as attend the “Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” Conference for 1L Scholars in Chicago, IL.

The Firm will accept applications from December 1, 2015 until 11:59 p.m. (local time) on January 20, 2016. To apply for the Scholarship Program, please complete the electronic application and provide the required materials listed in the downloadable FAQ.

Please submit your application materials online through our Careers website (link open starting December 1):  http://www.arentfox.com/careers  

Interviews for scholarship applicants will be held in February/March, with winners announced in Spring 2016.

Additional information about the Scholarship Program is available here.

For more information contact:

Washington Office
Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager

New York Office
Rachel Bracken
Attorney Recruitment Manager

Los Angeles Office
Lauren Battaglia
Attorney Recruitment Coordinator


Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program!

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2016. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.

Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2016 1L Diversity Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2015, through January 10, 2016. 
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

"If you stand out, you'll fit in."


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Justice or Else- 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, activists came together on the national mall to stand for racial, social, and political justice in the United States. Here are some pictures from Saturday's rally showing our MABLSA executive board and local leadership in support of the monumental event.


New photos added to our MABLSA Flickr!

Take a look at all of the exciting events and programs sponsored by MABLSA by looking at our latest updates to our Flickr account! 

A Social Medium Forum Addressing Effective Criminal Justice Reform

Voice your thoughts in MABLSA's advocacy team's first twitter town hall of the year- A Social Medium Forum Addressing Effective Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm!
Follow us on Twitter @MABLSA.


2nd Annual Sickle Cell Walk #shineforacure

Hello MABLSA Family, 

Below please find the link to register as participant and/or donor for the 2K Sickle Cell Walk/Run on August 29th at 3700 Koppers St., Baltimore, MD. Please choose "join a team" and join team MBLSA then complete the registration form as instructed.

Please note that team check in begins at 9 a.m. (I will check in our team) and the walk/run begins at 10 a.m. Registration is completely free! Donations are strongly encouraged! 

If you have any questions concerning this event please feel free to contact me via email at mablsa.service@nblsa.org.

Thank you for your service!

Adrianne Williams
Director of Community Service

Welcome Back!

Join American University's BLSA at Fairview Road Urban Park on Saturday, August 29 from 3-6 p.m. for their Welcome Back Cookout. RSVP by emailing info@welblsa.org. See you there!