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GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund Applications Open 10/31

2014 October 21
The GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) application period for Spring 2015 will commence on Friday, October 31!  Below are some general details for you about this great university initiative.
KACIF was established to encourage all GW students in good standing to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships. Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns.  The Fund was initiated by the Career Services Council, and funded by generous donations made by alumni, parents and members of the GW Board of Trustees.   
Key Points:
    • The application period for Spring 2015 commences on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 8:00am EST, and closes at 8:00am EST, Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  Unfortunately, no late or incomplete applications will be accepted after the application period ends.
    • The Fund is open to all current matriculating GW students in good standing from all schools - both undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Applications will be reviewed by the Career Services Council, and recipients will be notified on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
    • Grant awards will range up to $3,000.
    • For information on KACIF eligibility requirements and the application process interested students can be referred to the KACIF FAQ page at
 Students who have further questions may also be referred to, and are encouraged to follow KACIF at @GWInternFund on Twitter.  Please see the flyer below for additional information on this funding opportunity.


2014 October 20
w/ special guest Dr. Lisa Rohrer
Executive Director | Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School
Thursday, 10/23/14, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the SCC
Have you ever had a challenging boss?  Do you want to know how to successfully work with different types of attorneys and how to benefit from having done so?  This session will examine the concept of sponsorship as a tool for creating connections with influential and more senior attorneys to gain valuable experience and expertise. We will explore this topic through the use of a business school-style case study about Yoon-Young Lee, a junior attorney at the firm (then named) Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. Yoon-Young formed a solid working relationship early on with a partner who had a reputation for being challenging to work for. We’ll discuss the advantages and challenges of working for different types of senior attorneys and how benefits can come from unexpected places. As an added bonus, Yoon-Young will be on hand to share her perspective with the participants.

Dr. Lisa Rohrer is the Executive Director of the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School, having joined in fall 2013 after serving as Georgetown Law School’s Director of Executive Education and Research Director at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown, she also designed and taught J.D. course focused on organizational behavior to help students prepare to be better counselors, advisors, and leaders. From 2009 to 2012, Lisa served as the Director of the Hildebrandt Institute at Thomson Reuters, and before that was Research Fellow at Harvard Law School. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard Business School in 2004.


Media & Communications Week: Oct. 20-30

2014 October 14
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The George Washington University Center for Career Services presents Media & Communications Week – October 20th-30th.

Events are open to all GW students.



Highlights include:

  • our annual Media, Journalism, & Public Affairs Employer Meet & Greet
  • two Google information sessions
  • CNN/Turner Broadcasting and Fox News information sessions
  • a Sony virtual information session
  • a strong on-campus LA entertainment lineup and recruitment session with:

DreamWorks, CBS, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and (just added!) ABC/Disney 

Panelists include:

  • Peter Campbell, DreamWorks Animation, Human Resources Manager
  • Nancy Robinson, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Director, Education Programs
  • Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS Television, Vice President of Communications & Diversity
  • Russell Williams, Oscar and Emmy Award Winning Sound Engineer (Training Day, Dances With Wolves, Glory)
  • (Representative just added and TBA), ABC/Disney

Events are open to GW students only.

3L Deadline: October 15 for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

2014 October 11
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The application period for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2015 opened on October 1, 2014 and closes on October 15, 2014.

The Presidential Management Fellows program is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates seeking entry-level positions in the federal government. You can learn more at the PMF website.

If you were unable to attend the Federal Government Pathways Information Session & PMFAlumni Panel that was held at the law school on October 3, 2014, you can access a recording of that session and specific application tips, including the Updated 2014-15 PMF Guide and links to application forums on GW Law’s PMF Information page (note: log-in to the law school portal is required).

Writing Competitions from the American Constitution Society

2014 October 10
by gwlawcareers
ACS - 10 Years of Progress

The 2015 
Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition
on Regulatory and Administrative Law

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

We encourage participants to view this topic broadly and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

Submissions must be emailed by Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59pm EST. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Papers must be emailed to in Word format.

Click here for more details about the 2015 competition.

The 2015
Constance Baker Motley National Student
Writing Competition

ACS’s National Student Writing Competition bears Constance Baker Motley’s name in honor of her legacy as a civil rights leader, elected official, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Papers will be judged on their effective use, analysis and/or expansion of legal scholarship. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics.

The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2015 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. 

Examples of topics include but are not limited to: Civil legal aid, civil liberties, education, freedom of speech, LGBT rights, human rights, immigration, labor law, money in politics, privacy, racial equality, religion, the second amendment and voting.

The deadline to apply is February 13, 2015

Click here for more details about the 2015 competition. 

3L/4LE Public Interest Fellowship Spotlight: Gideon’s Promise, Reproductive Justice, & Immigrant Justice

2014 October 9
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Organization-Based Fellowships
Below are just a few examples of organizations funding their own fellows. Please click here to access’s full Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar.

Gideon’s Promise Indigent Defense Fellowship (Deadline: Saturday, October 25, 2014)

The George Washington University Law School is excited to announce a new fellowship program for graduating students interested in public defense work. GW Law School is partnering with Gideon’s Promise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to public defense reform, to help recruit talented, third-year law students interested in public service careers and place them in positions at underserved public defender offices in the Deep South.

Jonathan Rapping, a 1995 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and the President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise, has been chosen as one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.  To read more about this Rapping, click here.

Applicants must be 2015 graduates who have not yet secured post-graduate employment. A graduate selected as a Gideon’s Promise Fellow will receive 12 months of funding, at a rate of $15 per hour for 35 hours per week from GW Law School. Additional funding may be available through partner-defender offices. Gideon’s Promise will admit each fellow into its next class and provide three years of training and support through its CORE 101 Program. In addition, a Gideon’s Promise partner-office agrees to employ the graduate AND move him/her into a permanent position prior to the expiration of the GW Law School one-year fellowship.

The Gideon’s Promise website provides further details on the program’s goals and logistics. However, in short, the program is available only to third-year law students who:

  • demonstrate a strong commitment to public defense;
  • desire to work in a system where the challenges are greatest;
  • aspire to be part of a larger reform movement; and
  • are interested in a career in the office beyond the term of the one-year fellowship.

To be eligible to participate in this year’s program, students must submit a completed application to Tamara Devieux-Adams ( by midnight on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Applicants who advance beyond the program’s screening stage will have their applications forwarded to their preferred offices for consideration.

2015-16 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP)

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work for one year as aReproductive Justice Federal Fellow at a selected placement organization in Washington, D.C.

LSRJ also seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work as aReproductive Justice – HIV Fellow at either Sister Love, in Atlanta, GA, or at the Positive Women’s Network USA, in Oakland, CA.

The application deadline for both opportunities is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm (EST)/5:00 pm (PST).

Please visit the RJFP website to fill out the online form and download the applications.

For more information about the RJFP, including bios of current and past Fellows and a list of 2014-15 Placement Organizations, please visit the RJFP homepage.

Questions? Email

Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellowship (Deadline: 11:59 pm on November 15, 2014)

Note: The online application will be available beginning October 15, 2014.

The Immigrant Justice Corps is seeking 25 two-year fellows for 2015. Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though IJC will ultimately make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

In addition, Fellows will participate in a comprehensive immigration law training program at the start of their Fellowship.

Applications must be submitted via the IJC website.


GW Law Public Interest Listserv: If you are interested in receiving focused information on public interest (non-profit and government) programs, events and job postings, please email Tamara Devieux-Adams at Updates will be sent approximately every other week and you may unsubscribe at any time.

GW Law Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships Listserv: If you are interested in working at a nonprofit organization, law school clinic, or government agency after graduation, post-graduate public interest fellowships are great opportunities to secure entry-level positions with these types of employers. Through this listserv, we will provide information about upcoming programs, deadlines, and tips for applicants. To join, please email Tamara Devieux-Adams at Updates will be sent approximately every other week and you may unsubscribe at any time.

Jonathan Rapping (GW Law ’95) Chosen as One of This Year’s MacArthur Fellows

2014 October 8
by gwlawcareers

Jonathan Rapping, a 1995 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and the President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise, has been chosen as one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.  He and twenty other ‘genius grant’ winners have been identified as “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”  This recognition also comes with a $625,000 stipend to spend as the fellow sees fit. Through his nonprofit Gideon’s Promise, Mr. Rapping works to change the culture of the public defense system by teaching new lawyers important skills in a structured multi-year program. Three GW Law alumni are part of the organization’s 2014 class.  In response to receiving this grant, Rapping says,  “I suspect we are going to find, almost overnight, that people are far more interested in what we’re doing. . . . I can’t imagine a greater validation of the importance of the work of Gideon’s Promise.”

Gideon’s Promise is currently accepting applications for the class of 2015.  For more information, click here.

See the full article on Jonathan Rapping and the other 2014 MacArthur fellows here:






Follow this link to see Jonathan’s full bio:


DC Pro Bono Week

2014 October 2
by gwlawcareers

DC Pro Bono Week is less than a month away!  There are many great events lined up offering participants the opportunity to serve pro bono clients, build pro bono partnerships, expand pro bono resources, and honor pro bono contributions.  Check out the DC Pro Bono blog, for a schedule of events with registration links. You can also check out the graphic below, which puts everything in one place:


Also on the DC Pro Bono blog is the 2014 Pro Bono Week Toolkit. The toolkit will help you get involved in Pro Bono Week activities, as well as participate in pro bono activities during the rest of the year. You can find the index here, and it has links to everything in the toolkit.

More information will be rolled out in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, sign up for some events and start getting ready for DC Pro Bono Week!

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

2014 September 30
by gwlawcareers

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4.

Completed applications must be received byJanuary 6, 2015.  All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  For more information click here:


POSTPONED: Building Strategic Relationships: Upper Class Inns of Court Program on 9/29

2014 September 26
On behalf of the Inns of Court program, I am very excited to invite you to the second of several events designed with the needs and interests of upper class students in mind.
w/ special guest Tracy LaLonde
Partner | Akinina Corporation
Monday, 09/29/14, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the SCC WITH FREE GOURMET PIZZA
Please RSVP via the link above so we can order enough pizza for everyone. 
Relationships are important to any professional, especially lawyers. Yet, how do you develop those relationships without feeling cheesy, manipulative and self-serving? This program will help you reframe the idea of networking so it can be a positive, generous and rewarding investment. Additionally, the session will give you practical tips and best practices to develop relationships for a variety of purposes throughout your career. A network doesn’t magically appear overnight, so what can you do now, at this point in your career, to develop and grow the right relationships?
This program will focus on how to:
-     Make positive first impressions
-     Develop your personal brand
-     Identify strategic relationships
-     Tell your story
-     Create conversations
-     Maintain relationships

Tracy LaLonde is a Partner with Akina where she helps lawyers, practice groups and law firms develop sustainable skills in business development, as well as bring in work. She regularly coaches partners to grow their practices and provides training workshops to attorneys at all levels to help them find their voices and focus on the “how” in business development.