Monthly Archives: August 2016

Student Opportunities to Participate in the ACBA!

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) has two opportunities for upper division Duquesne Law students to serve as student representatives in certain divisions this year.  A student representative is needed for the Women in the Law Division and the Young Lawyers Division.  The student representatives are asked to attend monthly meetings of the respective divisions, participate in projects/activities as they can, and to promote relevant programs & events to your classmates.  Both of these positions are great ways to make professional connections with local attorneys, judges, and other students.  According to students who have held these positions in previous years, the time commitment is not overly burdensome.

The Women in the Law Division is open to all attorney & student members of the ACBA, and its goal is to promote the success and advancement of women attorneys in Allegheny County.  WLD Council meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

The Young Lawyers Division is open to members of the bar who have been licensed for 10 years or less and law students.  The YLD provides young lawyers with a means of gaining broader participation in bar activities, a forum for continuing legal education, and a vehicle for social exchange with their contemporaries at the bar.  YLD Council meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

If you are interested in serving in either or both roles, please email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume to Maria Comas ( by Friday, September 2, at 12:00 noon.  Students may apply for both positions, but two different students will ultimately be selected.  The students selected for these positions will be asked to join the ACBA if they are not already members.  (Student membership is $30/year.)

I serve on WLD Council, and I will gladly answer any questions you have about the ACBA.  This is a great way to get involved as a law student!  Stay tuned for other ways to engage with the ACBA this year!

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Public Interest & Public Sector Law Resources

Are you interested in a career in public interest or public service?
Check out these resources & information:

**Equal Justice Works’ What is Public Interest Law?  is a great guide to get your started.**

**Create a free account at and access numerous job postings and resources related to public interest and public service jobs.**

**Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair**
Arlington, VA * October 28 & 29, 2016
The conference and career fair include:
*Opportunities for pre-scheduled interviews (available to upper division students)
*Informational discussions with employers
*Resume reviews
*Conference workshops
*Networking receptions

The Career Services Office will reimburse students for their registration fee and some specific travel expenses associated with this conference. Interested students must email me as soon as possible, but no later than September 12 at 6:00 p.m., so additional information can be sent to you about our travel policies.  Be sure to check the conference website for additional deadlines and timetables associated with this event.

**Check out the new Student Justice Center **
The resource library created by Equal Justice Works is stocked with guides, videos, an events calendar and more! Share them with your students if you’re looking for new resources to spread across your campus. The password for full access to SJC resources is “justice”.

**3L’s: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications are due on September 16!

**2L’s: It’s a good idea to start thinking about next year’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship application – never too early to start!**

**Attend free webinars about debt relief and public interest job search resources.**

**Schedule a meeting with Maria Comas ( to discuss your interests & goals in this area.**

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