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Meet Lacy, our Student Of the Month

Lacy Daniel is a CLEO fellow and third-year law student at the University of New Mexico. She attended the 2008 CLEO Six-Week Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is a member of the Natural Resources Journal, previously served as secretary for the Environmental Law Society, and will earn a Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate along with her J.D.She participated in the 2011 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the 2009 National Health Law Moot Court Competition. During law school, Lacy externed with the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the Southwest Regional Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Interior, and the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. In 2009 and 2010, Lacy was aCLEO panel participant at the Pre-Law Programs held at the University of New Mexico School of Law.In her final semester of law school, she is providing legal services through the Southwest Indian Law Clinic.

 

CLEO is one of the key reasons for my law school success. As a non-traditional student, I was not prepared for the rigors of law school. The six-week institute and the winter academic support were essential to my surviving the first year of law school. Despite a rocky start, with CLEO’s ongoing support I have achieved honor roll in each semester since first year.
 
The dedication of my CLEO colleagues, CLEO staff, and CLEO alumni is inspiring. I eagerly anticipate seeing the great things that my CLEO friends achieve in the legal profession and beyond. I also look forward to my chance to give back as a CLEO alumna!

 

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In an effort to provide you with the best possible preparation for your legal studies and eventual passage of the Bar Exam, CLEO is making available a few Multistate Questions and Answers once a week. Our desire is to help reinforce the knowledge and the preparation that you have received in law school. We believe in you and hope that this new program will be of great help to you.
Please click here to see the Multistate Questions and Answers of the week

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Get Help Through The CLEO Mentoring Network

  • Q1: Would you like someone to help you navigate the sometimes "treacherous" terrain of law school?
  • Q2: Would you like to bond with a seasoned legal professional who can offer you "tried and true" advice before you have to make any of the many important decisions related to law school or your post-graduate career?
  • Q3: Would you like to have someone who can simply sit back and listen to what it is you're going through in applying to law school?

     

If you answered "YES" to any of these 3 questions, then the CLEO MENTORING NETWORK (CMN) is for you!

With a carefully selected, strong, nationwide network of highly knowledgeable and experienced CLEO alumni, friends and associates in almost every area of the country, the CMN is designed to help make the journey through law school both a positive and memorable experience. Plese click here to see a list of FAQs and to sign up.

Scholarships & Awards

There are a plethora of scholarships and awards available for students of color. Below are a few links to the best places online for this type of information:

William A. Blakey, Esquire – CLEO Diversity 2011 Scholarship Application and fact sheet will be available fall 2011

William A. Blakey, Esquire - CLEO Diversity Scholarship Life Overview

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CLEO-Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Student Scholarship for 2L and 3L students: Info | 2011 Application will be available Fall 2011

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Donald W. Banner

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S&A Info (Link 1)
S&A Info (Link 2)

Financial Aid & Assistance

Are you up on the latest information with respect to financial aid and loan repayment? Below are a few links to some of the web’s best resources:
FinancialAidNews.com
Access Group
LSAC
About.com (Law School)

Internships, Clerkships, & Other Employment

Interested in applying for an internship, clerkship or summer associate position? Great! Then make sure your free CDN student profile reflects your interest and is always kept up-to-date so that our “Employer & Professional” members see the high level of talent in our MLSND.
ICOE Info (Link 1)
ICOE Info (Link 2)
JudicialClerkships.com

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The office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is seeking legislative interns to start  immediately. Duties include, but are not limited to: working with the Chief of Staff, Legislative Counsel and Legislative Aides in drafting constituent correspondence, drafting statements, attending congressional hearings and briefings, answering phones and sorting mail. Houston, Texas ties are preferred, but not required. All Applicants should send a resume, brief writing sample and three references to the Internship Coordinator, at: Sumer.Alhinnawi@mail.house.gov.  Emails to the internship coordinator should note applicant’s affiliation with CLEO.

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Texas Civil Rights Project Internship Opportunities

The Texas Civil Rights Project is looking for a few good students interested in internships for the summer. TCRP fights race, sex, and disability discrimination, along with police brutality, while supporting free speech, prisoner rights, privacy, and voting rights through cutting edge impact litigation.
 
Our law clerks are involved in all aspects of litigation, including investigation of potential cases; work with clients; preparation of complaints, discovery, and motions; and assistance with depositions, hearings, and trials in federal and state court. We generally give a lot of responsibility to our law clerks and an opportunity to be part of the cases that are changing Texas and the nation. Past law clerks have been integral to our efforts exposing child abuse in the Texas Youth Commission, validating the free speech rights of protestors across the state, fighting post-9/11 discrimination against Arab Americans, and stopping the nonconsensual theft and sale of newborns’ genetic information by the state, among many, many other cases.
 
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to WayneKrause@TexasCivilRightsProject.org, and please indicate at which of our offices you are most interested in working this summer. We have offices in El Paso, South Texas, and Austin, and most need students in our El Paso office. Our internships are unpaid, but fellowships are still available to work in the El Paso and South Texas offices.
 
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Texas Attorney Employment Opportunity - please click here  
 
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A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Information that might be helpful to prospective White House Interns: 

  1. Visit the White House Internship website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/
  2. Apply to the White House Internship program: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/apply/
  3. Learn more about the selection process: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/selection/

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The national law firm Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP announces the firm's new Diversity in Law Scholarship. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. 
 
The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000.00 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following:  To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. The scholarship recipient will also be offered a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school.  Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.
  
Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the attached application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2011. Contact information and respective submission information is available within the attached application.
 
Please feel free to contact Kiersta Halseth directlyat khalseth@zelle.com should you have any questions or need further information about our scholarship. If you would like additional information about Zelle Hofmann, please visit www.zelle.com.
 
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Position: Associate Attorney
Company: Reyes & Reyes Law Firm, PLLC.
Location: would be trained in El Paso, TX and would work at our Branch office in Dallas, TX.

Description: The Reyes & Reyes Law Firm, PLLC is looking for an associate attorney. Reyes & Reyes is a small law firm that specializes in Social Security Disability cases. ***All attorneys at the firm are all CLEO ALUMS.***

Qualifications: The ideal candidate must be (1) Licensed in the state of Texas to practice law. (2) Bilingual (English/Spanish) and (3) must be Willing to travel. All the training necessary for this position will be conducted in our principal office located in El Paso, TX.

Contact: All interested candidates, please send (1) Cover Letter (2) Resume and references to (via mail, fax, or email): Sofia Reyes McDermott, Esq., Reyes & Reyes Law Firm, PLLC. 1413 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79902, Ph: 915.533.9718, Fax: 915.577.0823, email: sofreymcd@gmail. Deadline is May 1, 2011. EMAIL would be the preferred method of submitting materials.
 
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USAID - General Counsel Internships

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for administering the United States Government's economic and humanitarian foreign assistance program. The Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal advice and guidance for all of the agency's operations worldwide, has legal internship positions for J.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of law school and, occasionally, for students seeking law degrees subsequent to receiving the J.D. degree.

USDOJ - Opportunities for Law Students

The Department offers extensive legal internship programs to law students with challenging opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in cities across America for positions during the summer and throughout the academic year.                

USDOJ - Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP)

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.                                     

USDOJ - Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment

Challenging work. Lots of responsibility. Interesting people. These are some of the phrases that students use to describe their experience as legal interns at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Department of Justice offers approximately 1,800 volunteer internships each year. Approximately 1000 are available during the summer; with the remaining 800 offered during the academic year.

 

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