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Hello. The job market and networking are on my mind today. If you don't have a job already lined up this summer, consider volunteer opportunities that give you comparable legal training. Let me announce one such opportunity today: the Dean's Fellowship Program.
This summer, we're going to offer one-time fellowships for working judges' chambers. We're going to do this first, to help students obtain summer placements and get some experience in this difficult job market, but also, secondly, to provide support to the already financially-strapped judiciary, which is currently under a hiring freeze and, therefore, in desperate need of additional volunteer assistance.
We're going to provide ten $1,500 stipends from dedicated scholarship funds to defray some costs associated with volunteering--such as parking, commuting, lunch-- and otherwise make volunteering more feasible by providing some modest financial support. Ten students will each receive one fellowship grant to volunteer for a judge between May 15th and August 15th of this year.
During that time each student will volunteer for about 150 hours with a specific schedule, determined by that student and the judge. Now the job duties might include things like observing court proceedings, note taking, researching, writing, or other duties that are determined by the judge.
I have asked Judge and Professor Jim Morrow to identify ten judges who are located here in the metropolitan area, and maybe some out of state, who may be willing to participate in this fellowship program.
This opportunity will soon be posted in Symplicity. If you are a non-graduating student you'll be eligible to apply if you are in good standing. These applications will be submitted through Symplicity and we're going to ask you to also include a resume and a writing sample. There will be a committee that will review applications, and the judges may want to interview candidates as well, but by mid-May we will select and match these ten fellows. If you are interested in this program, or have any questions, feel free to contact Nancy Lochner in Career Services.
Now on a second related topic, there are two networking events coming up that you should consider attending. The first of them is happening this Tuesday, May 5th from 5:30 pm-7:30pm at the Gray Plant Mooty law firm in downtown Minneapolis in the IDS Center. Alumni and other lawyers who practice in the Intellectual Property area are going to gather. So if that's an area that's been a focus of your studies, or an area in which you'd like to practice, I would encourage you to attend this IP Reception at Gray Plant in the coming week.
Then on Thursday, May 14th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, there will be an Alumni Reception at the Larkin Hoffman firm in Bloomington. That is an opportunity for that firm and its Hamline alums, to host not only alumni, but other lawyers in the south metro area. And if that's an area of town where you live or would like to practice, or if you otherwise just simply want to meet alums and Larkin Hoffman lawyers, I would encourage you to attend that reception as well. If either of these receptions interest you, please RSVP. Let Susan Stephan or Anne Markus in the Alumni and Development Office know of your interest in attending.
With the end of the semester and exams approaching I know it's difficult to step away from the books, but time with practicing lawyers is very valuable and can lead to opportunities. So if you can break away, take advantage of one of these two events. Remember, it's in these types of settings that lightening may strike.
I'll see you next week.