New York State Constitutional Change Essay Contest

Citizens Committee for an Effective State Constitution in New York, in collaboration with the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach are sponsoring the New York State Constitutional Change Essay Contest, an essay competition for law students on state constitutional issues. 

Essays selected as strongest will be presented at a statewide conference on state constitutional change.  Authors of the two best of the these will each be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

For more information, click HERE.

Essays must be available for review by April 1, 2012.


Become a Member of the Federal Bar Association

Become a Member of the Federal Bar Association!

Click here for an application or join online at www.fedbar.org.  The membership fee is only $30.

Why should you be a member of the FBA?
The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The FBA represents the Federal legal profession. We consist of more than 15,000 federal practitioners, including over 1300 Article III, Magistrate and Bankruptcy judges. Our members belong to 87 chapters around the United States and run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

Federal Bar Association Mission Statement
The mission of the Association is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

Federal Bar Association Vision Statement
The Association will be recognized as the premier bar association serving the federal practitioner and judiciary.

The opportunity to make a change and improve the federal legal system through grassroots work in over 85 FBA chapters and a strong national advocacy.

Connect with a vast network of federal practitioners extending across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Governance positions within the association help shape the FBA’s future and make an impact on the growth of the federal legal community.

Explore best practices and new ideas at the many Continuing Legal Education programs offered throughout the year—at both the national and chapter levels.

WHY IS THE FBA RELEVANT? The FBA is relevant because it:

1. monitors and often advocates on federal issues that impact the practice of federal lawyers and the courts

2. keeps its members abreast of current federal issues

3. provides opportunities for scholarship and education to the profession

4. provides opportunities for judges and attorneys to professionally and socially interact

5. promotes high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct


Ms. JD 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships

Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships.
Winners will receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2012 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify. Applications are due no later than March 31, 2012 and recipients will be notified by April 10, 2012.

To apply, please send the following application materials:

(1) Resume

(2) Anticipated Summer 2012 Employer (Name, City), Job Title, & Dates of Employment

(3) Expected Summer Funding from Other Sources

(4) Essay (should not exceed 1000 words) on the topic:

"What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge? Winning entries will be those that tackle a common law school situation and provide concrete advice."

Please email your application materials to khan@ms-jd.org by March 31, 2012.

Nassau County Bar Association We Care Diversity Scholarship

The Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) is providing the WE CARE Diversity Law School Scholarship to a deserving Touro Law student scheduled to graduate in May 2012 or May 2013.  The amount of the scholarship is $2,500.

Please submit a one page essay explaining how you plan to promote diversity in your practice of law in Nassau County. For more information, please click on the picture below.

The essay is due on April 27, 2012. Please send the essay as a Word document to Marie Koch, Director of Student Services and Scholarship Aid, at mkoch@tourolaw.edu or deliver a hard copy to the Office of Student Services, room 302.

*Prior recipients are not eligible for this scholarship.

Queens County Bar Association Scholarship

The Queens County Bar Association will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. Click on the pictures below for a copy of the QCBA application which consists of four (4) pages.  Please complete the entire application. All information submitted will be held strictly confidential.

The scholarship will be based upon personal financial need, a commitment to community service and academic achievement as demonstrated by your personal statement and recommendation letters. If you have not been involved in community service or public interest law, you will not qualify. You must be currently enrolled in a law school in the Metropolitan Area or be a resident of Queens County. All are encouraged to apply.

The recommendation letters must be attached to the application. FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Forward your completed application to: Scholarship Committee, Queens County Bar Association, 90-35 148th Street, Jamaica, New York 11435.  Deadline: April 20, 2012.

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Nineteenth Annual Brown Award

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is sponsoring the Nineteenth Annual Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000.

Please click on the picture below for more information.

Deadline: June 4, 2012


ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Annual Writing Competition

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Annual Writing Competition is open to all law students and LLM students. By writing an essay on Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, the winning student is eligible to win (1) $500; (2) up to $500 reimbursement towards attendance at the TIPS Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC or the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL; and (3) publication in a 2012 edition of our committee newsletter.

Don't Miss Your Chance to Submit an Essay!

Topic: Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law. It is permissible to submit an essay prepared for a class, journal, or other publication.

Maximum length: 20 pages, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, footnotes.

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2012

Please submit all essays to Chair-Elect Laurie Sands at: lsands@riker.com. If you are a member of the ABA, please include your ABA membership ID number.

For the writing competition rules, click here.

As the only committee in the ABA that is dedicated to maritime law issues, the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee strives to serve as the primary resource for admiralty and maritime law education and knowledge. Bringing together plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys, insurance industry counsel and academics for the exchange of information and ideas, the Committee provides its members with endless opportunities that will prove to be professionally rewarding.

To learn more about the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee or to join, please click here.


Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship

A mission of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association is to advance the status of women in the law.  One way they do this is by granting a scholarship to an outstanding woman who has displayed a commitment to continuing to attend law school though her 2L and 3L years. 

Please see the below document for more information.  The deadline to apply is April 15, 2012.

For an application, visit the Office of Student Services, Room 302, and speak with Marie Koch, Director of Student Services and Scholarship Aid.

The Bernadine Johnson-Marshall and Martha Bell Williams Scholarship

The Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc. (ABWL-NJ), founded in 1975, is the longest running women’s bar association in New Jersey. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, ABWL-NJ is dedicated to community involvement, education, diversity in the legal profession and initiatives designed to encourage greater participation of African-American women in the field of law.

The Bernadine Johnson-Marshall and Martha Bell Williams Scholarship program is one of several significant ABWL-NJ annual program activities. Scholarships in honor of Bernadine Johnson-Marshall and Martha Bell Williams, the first two African-American women admitted to the New Jersey Bar, will be awarded to law students selected by ABWL's Scholarship Committee. Eligible applicants must be either: (1) enrolled at an accredited law school in New Jersey; or (2) New Jersey permanent residents enrolled at an accredited law school outside of New Jersey.

The scholarship awards will be presented at the ABWL-NJ Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at The Westin Princeton-Forrestal Ballroom, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

Attached is a copy of the scholarship application. Completed applications can be sent via electronic mail to: 2012ABWLScholarship@gmail.com or via U.S. Postal Service mail to: ABWL-NJ, ATTN: Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 22524, Trenton, New Jersey 08607.


Click on the pictures below for the application.