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Did you miss The Pathways to Postgraduate Fellowships? Watch the highlights!

NALP was proud to co-host a panel last week at the Georgetown University Law Center with our friends at the Washington Council of Lawyers; if you missed the Pathways to Postgraduate Fellowships, you can now watch the edited highlights of the panel online! The panel included:

(our very own!) Steve Grumm (Moderator), Director of Public Service Initiatives, NALP

Chinh Le, Legal Director, The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Nita Mazumder, Program Manager, Law School Relations, Equal Justice Works

Tim McManus,Vice President, Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service

Devi Rao, Skadden Fellow for Educational and Employment Opportunities at the National Women’s Law Center

You can also access the Postgraduate Fellowships Resource List compiled for the program and see WCL’s live Storify tweets from the event.

As always, remember to check out PSLawNet’s Postgraduate Fellowship Resources for guidance on searching out and applying for fellowships!

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Nominate a Law Student Today for the 2012 PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award!

Do you know a law student who’s a public interest/pro bono rock star?  NALP and PSLawNet are seeking nominations for the 2012 PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award.

Download the Nomination Form Here!

Purpose: To recognize the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono or public service work.

Eligibility: The Pro Bono Publico Award is available to any second- or third-year law student at a PSLawNet Subscriber School. The recipient will be honored during an Award Luncheon at NALP’s Public Service Mini-Conference on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring, LLP. The award recipient will receive transportation to Washington, a one-night stay in an area hotel, a commemorative plaque, and a small monetary award.

Award Criteria: Law students are judged by the extracurricular commitment they have made to law-related public service projects or organizations; the quality of work they performed; and the impact of their work on the community, their fellow students, and the school. Though a student’s involvement in law school-based public interest organizing and fundraising is relevant; actual pro bono and public interest legal work will be the primary consideration. 

Nomination Deadline & Packet Contents: Nominations must be received by Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5pm Eastern Time, by fax, mail, or email (see contact information at bottom). Along with the nomination form and a résumé, nomination packets may include any materials which support a nominee’s candidacy; such as letters of recommendation, statements detailing a nominee’s work, and media articles. 


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This Month: Two Educational Debt Webinars from Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works’s live webinars provide a comprehensive overview of the debt relief options available for students and graduates – including Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment – and provide viewers with the opportunity to ask questions. Click here to view a schedule of our webinars and to register for an upcoming session.

Current sessions include:

  • How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans: Utilizing Income-Based Repayment – Thursday, July 12, 3-4 p.m. EDT: Saddled with high student debt? This webinar reviews Income-Based Repayment, a powerful provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that allows anyone with high debt relative to their income to reduce their federal student loan payments. This interactive webinar will teach you:
    • How to understand your federal loans
    • How Income-Based Repayment works and if it is right for you
    • How to sign up for Income-Based Repayment
  •  Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness – Thursday, July 26, 3-4 p.m. EDT  For recent graduates with jobs in government or at a nonprofit, this webinar explains how to make sure you immediately begin fulfilling requirements to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness so that your educational debt will be forgiven as soon as possible.  You will learn about:
    • The importance of having the right kind of Federal Loans
    • What you need to do to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    • How long it will take to have your educational debt forgiven

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“Public Interest Happy Hour” for Law Students in DC – June 27th

By: Steve Grumm

The Washington Council of Lawyers, which is a public interest bar association here in DC, is welcoming summer law interns/associates to the District with a happy hour at Science Club on 6/27.  Festivities start at 6:30pm.  Registration info and other details are here.  It will be a great networking opportunity for public-interest minded law students (whether you’re working in public interest or not).  Aside from other students, a number of Council board members – including yours truly – will be there.  Come on out and join us.

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Free Webinar: Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Plans

Our friends at Equal Justice Works are putting on a student debt webinar later this month.

Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Thursday, June 28, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EDT

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

This webinar will teach you how to:

    – Understand your federal loans

    – Manage your monthly payments using income-driven repayment plans like Income-Based Repayment plan

    – How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

EJW hosts webinars like this every month  that provide viewers with the opportunity to ask questions. Click here to view a schedule of webinars and to register for an upcoming session.

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It’s Been Real! Hasta Luego!

by Kristen Pavón

Well, friends, my time has come. Today’s my last day as the PSLawNet fellow at NALP. I’m leaving the great District of Columbia to join the 2012 Teach For America Corps in my hometown — Miami, Florida!

It has been fun bringing you all public interest news, career advice, and other tidbits from around the public interest sphere, and getting to know many of you through NALP/PSLawNet events and via the Internets.

Here are a few of my favorite posts that I hope you’ve enjoyed:

Good luck in law school and the job market. Make sure to connect with me via Linkedin! Finally, I leave you with this:

Bye now! 🙂


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Employer Registration Open for Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

By: Steve Grumm

Equal Justice Works opened the early-bird registration for employers to participate in the 2012 conference & career fair.  Details here.

(Law student registration, FYI, opens on August 15.)

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Check Out PSLawNet’s Summer 2012 Reading List!

by Kristen Pavón

Summer is finally here! What better way to celebrate than by sipping Piña Coladas poolside reading?! For pleasure! Imagine that.

Last year, after graduation and the bar exam, I went on a leisure-reading binge — I must’ve read 10 books in less than 6 months! I had forgotten how colorful the world of non-case law books could be!

Well, now we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of 35 fiction and non-fiction books for the public interest-minded crowd. You can check them out here.

Enjoy! Let us know what you think!

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Where Are You Headed This Summer? Miami Maybe?

by Kristen Pavón

Where will you be working/interning/relaxing/studying this summer? In a big city maybe?

Well, PSLawNet has great tips on how to enjoy big cities on a tight budget here. We’ve got the inside scoop on Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and our newest addition…my beautiful hometown, Miami! Wepa!

So, if you haven’t checked out our Having Fun on the Cheap page, get to it! Now, now, now.

Many thanks to Daniela Gordon at the University of Miami School of Law for sending us these great suggestions!

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We’re Hosting a Free Webinar on Maximizing Your Summer Experience! Come One, Come All!

On Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 PM EDT, NALP is presenting “Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience.”

During this free webinar, you’ll learn practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at a public interest office this summer. Also, you’ll get insider advice from public interest attorneys and community leaders.

Deb Ellis, the Assistant Dean of Public Service at NYU Law School, and Lindsay M. Harris, Tahirih Justice Center’s Equal Justice Works Fellow and Immigration Staff Attorney, will be leading the webinar.

Don’t delay, register today!

Register here:

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