Monthly Archives: October 2014

Scholars in Local Government Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, October 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 301

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (http://www.alleghenycounty.us/DHS/index.aspx) will present a program about three exciting opportunities available to law students:

*the Scholars in Local Government Fellowship, a one-year, post-graduate fellowship with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services;
*internship positions in the DHS support and program offices;
*The Local Government Case Competition, an intellectually challenging way to explore opportunities in local government & network with other local students, employers and community leaders.

With a budget of over $900 million, DHS is a broad umbrella organization responsible for publicly funded human services in Allegheny County, including mental health services, at-risk child development and education, services for older adults, and much more. Formed in 1997, the department is recognized as a national model in the provision of human services. Lunch provided.  RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

 

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Better Client Representation Through Disability Awareness Program & Reception

Students are invited to attend this program and reception hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Committee on Law and Disability on October 21.  Registration is free, but required, at www.acba.org by October 15.

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FedEx Ground Lawyers on Location

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of FedEx Ground’s Moon Township headquarters on Friday, October 24 from 1:00-3:30 pm. Numerous FedEx Ground in-house counsel (including Duquesne Law graduates) will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career.  This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network!  The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about the in-house counsel experience.  Space is limited to the first 30 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

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Managing Your Student Loan Debt and Focusing on What Matters

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Room 303
The session, presented by nationally recognized student loan expert, Heather Jarvis, will cover important fundamentals including managing student loan repayment and accessing loan forgiveness opportunities.  Flexible repayment options and forgiveness provisions are available, but the details matter and it can be confusing to figure it out on your own.  This engaging and practical presentation will help you get a grip on your student loans by clearly explaining:

  • Options for managing student debt
  • Strategies for reducing your overall costs
  • Income-driven repayment plans
  • President Obama’s Pay As You Earn repayment plan
  • Loan forgiveness that is not tied to employment
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Steps
  • Tax issues specific to student loan borrowers
  • Proposed changes to student loan debt relief programs

About the Presenter: Heather Jarvis is widely known for her depth of knowledge and accessible teaching style.  She has provided student loan education and consultation for universities, associations and professional advisors since 2005.  Heather graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1998 and dedicates her professional efforts advocating on behalf of high-debt student loan borrowers.  Heather contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and has accepted appointment to the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education.

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Duquesne University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law are pleased to co-sponsor Ms. Jarvis’ presentations to our respective students, alumni and members.  Duquesne Law students may attend the program at Duquesne or at the ACBA Office (9th Floor Koppers Building, Grant Street) on October 29 from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

RSVP by October 24 on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) or at www.acba.org, according to which program you will attend.

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Student Updates from the Washington County Bar Association

Fellow Classmates:

There are many exciting Washington County Bar Association (“WCBA”) events on the horizon! Please read through the WCBA Calendar Roundup announcement to find an event that is of interest to you. If you are already a WCBA student member, please follow the online registration process to participate. If you are not a member, please fill out the student member registration form first and either (1) mail it to the attention of Kathy Sabol, 119 S. College St. Washington, PA 15301; or (2) e-mail your completed form to Kathy Sabol at kathy@washcobar.org prior to registering.

In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the Miniature Golf & Wine & Beer Tasting Tournament scheduled for Monday October 27, 2014 at the Meadows Casino from 6-8 pm. This event benefits the Washington County Bar Foundation, which provides legal services to the indigent and law-related scholarships, so it’s a very worthwhile cause. That being said, it’s also an excellent opportunity to network with attorney members of the WCBA and have a great time in the process! For your convenience, I have attached the mini-golf registration form for more information about the event. I hope to see you all there!

Best regards,
Ken Schott
Duquesne Student Liaison to the WCBA

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DOJ Law Jobs Mobile App

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management,is pleased to announce that is has launched a new, free mobile app where law students and attorneys can easily search for legal internships and attorney positions with the Department. The mobile app is called DOJ Law Jobs and is available now on Apple iTunes for iPhone and will be available in a few weeks on Play Store for Android and tablet-based technology. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization. To review the full press release, please go to: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/doj-law-jobs-be-available-itunes-and-play-store.
 
DOJ Law Jobs includes the following key features:
·        provides instructions on how to apply to attorney jobs and legal internships;
·        saves search criteria for quick access to future opportunities;
·        allows users to save, share, and email their favorite jobs; and
·        provides access to hundreds of attorney jobs and legal internships at the U.S. Department of Justice.
 

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