News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


ABA Business Law Section Clerkships and Writing Contest

business-law-vert-blackThe ABA Business Law Section offers two outstanding initiatives specifically for law students looking to gain a rewarding experience and earn a monetary prize.

2015 Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

Up to nine law students from diverse backgrounds are placed in summer business court clerkships around the country. The selected clerks will receive a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship and an all-expense paid trip to the September 2015 Section Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Review the details and access an application from the ABA’s website

Application Deadline is Friday, December 26, 2014.

 

2015 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

This highly regarded student writing contest is in its 29th year. Law students writing on a business law subject of general and current interest have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to the April 2015 Section Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Review the details and access a submission entry form from the ABA’s website.

Submissions are due Friday, January 9, 2015.

Please contact Lauren Shores at lauren.shores@americanbar.org or 312-988-6398 with any questions.

Whistleblowers and Lawyers

Serpico

The federal government once considered whistleblowers a nuisance or worse.  There are some great movies that feature consequences of whistleblowing, such as The Constant Gardener (2005), Serpico (1973), or Silkwood (1983).  These films depict heroic figures who risk it all to expose corruption or unsafe work places.

A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities (misconduct) occurring in a government department or private company or organization.

Whistleblower lawyer Neil Getnick knows that real life whistleblowers and says that “unfortunately, all the stories had pretty much the same plot line.”  Getnick says with chilling truth: “Something bad happened within an organization. A person stands up to do something about it. Then that person causes a change for the better. But, for that person, their life is changed for the worse.”

For government whistleblowers times are changing!

  • Consider the recently enacted Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, Pub. L. 112-199, 126 STAT. 1465 (2012) that provides enhanced protections to federal employee.  These enhanced whistle-blower protections were enacted after a 13-year campaign by a number of good government groups.  The law makes clear that federal employees can challenge policy decisions without losing their jobs. It also directs agencies to choose a point person, or an ombudsman, to help whistle-blowers understand their rights and to protect them from retaliation.
  • Wander over to Government Accountability Project (GAP). GAP  is one of many “good government” groups seeking corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists.  GAP is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Learn about its activities since its founding in 1977.   GAP also conducts an accredited legal clinic for law students and offers an internship program year-round.
  • Also consider the career of Attorney Neil Getnick.  He is the managing partner of Getnick & Getnick LLP.  Getnick and his firm have won some of the largest whistleblower cases in U.S. history.  He has coordinated numerous groundbreaking civil RICO, Federal False Claims Act,  qui tam and other civil prosecution investigations and litigation, as well as corporate monitoring and Independent Private Sector Inspector General (IPSIG) projects. In 2011, Getnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.
  • Finally, check out check out  Carrie Johnson‘s story entitled Government Slowly Changes Approach To Whistle-Blowers on National Public Radio detailing the shift in institutional governmental attitudes toward whistleblowers  in recent years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Ls – Summer Honors Program at SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Summer Honors Law Program gives law students the opportunity to become familiar with the securities market. Approximately 150 interns work at the SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in eleven regional offices across the country. The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0. The deadline for 1L applications to the Summer Honors Law Program is February 29, 2012. For more information, see the SEC’s website.

Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights

Lambda Legal is offering the Tyron Garner Memorial  Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights, a paid legal internship for a law student or recent law graduate.  The intern will work with African-American leaders and organizations, will identify LGBT and HIV legal issues affecting African-American communities, will identify poverty and race-related issues affecting African-Americans, and will develop legal resources for LGBTQ youth of color. The position is opened until filled. Lambda Legal has complete information posted.

Experience the Edge – Practically

In a recent blog post, The Lawyerist highlights the importance of practical experience, and the leverage experience can give students  searching for a job.  Good grades are still imperative but practical experience may give a student the decided edge.  Experience comes in many forms, clerking, clinics, volunteering and externships.

C|M|Law offers many opportunities for students to gain this practical experience.  We currently have six Clinics for students to choose.  The Clinics give students the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in class to real world, real client situations.  Our Externship program, growing by leaps and bounds, provides students with practical skills, attained in various business and legal settings, that are easily applicable on the job.  Our volunteering options are a great networking tool that may also lead to job opportunities.  In March, OCP will be having a NonProfit/Volunteer program, emphasizing how these ventures can lead to not only real experience but networking opportunities.

Take advantage of these programs and opportunities to give yourself the Edge.