First-Year Summer Diversity Fellowships Information Session

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3037

BLSA has organized a great opportunity for 1Ls to learn more about Diversity Fellowships during 1L summer, and has invited OutLaw to attend on Tuesday, November 3rd.

An amazing group of law firm leaders is coming to Duke, including the global hiring partner from Latham out of DC, the hiring partner of Reed Smith from PA, a partner and member of the diversity committee at Cooley in New York, and the National Head of Recruiting from K&L Gates.  As you may know, many firms have diversity opportunities for 1Ls that provide great exposure to private practice, perhaps time at a client or company, and in many cases significant monetary grants towards tuition.  This program aims to demystify the summer programs and process for the whole 1L student body so that more Duke students from diverse backgrounds apply and take advantage of these opportunities.  In addition to perhaps getting a fellowship as a 1L, these are great contacts for the 2L search.

Please join us for a panel discussion with firm representatives about diversity fellowship and scholarship opportunities for 1L students. All students are invited and the session will cover the process and timing of applying for diversity opportunities, the benefits of participating in a program during a summer internship or clerkship and the makings of a viable fellowship or scholarship application. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the panel will be moderated by Professor Guy Charles, and is facilitated by the Career & Professional Development Center. Lunch will be provided.

Pride Week

It’s Pride Week in Durham! Join us at 1:00pm on Saturday (Sept. 26) on East Campus and celebrate Triangle Pride! Or, come out the night before to the the Duke Field Hockey field. The Team is doing their annual partnership with Duke LGBT groups to encourage them to come have a presence at their game.  There will be free food and other giveaways throughout the night.  This year, the Duke Pride game will be held this Friday, September 25th at 6 pm.   The event will be located at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

Anatomy of a Deal Presentation

For the 4th consecutive year, Vincent & Elkins is sponsoring OutLaw’s presentation on the Anatomy of a Deal. Mr. Rob Scherer, a Duke graduate and attorney in V&E’s NY Office, will lead the presentation. We will walk through a transaction from the beginning stages to the closing.

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 25th at the lunch hour in room 3037.

OutLaw’s Shellhorn Elected as Young Trustee

OutLaw is proud to announce that member and former President, Ben Shellhorn will serve on the Duke Board of Trustees as the Young Trustee. Shellhorn is a third year, JD/MBA student, and the current President of the Graduate Student Body. For more information on Ben and his service to the Duke community, please see the Chronicle article posted below.

How To Succeed As A Summer Associate

Duke OutLaw is co-hosting a panel discussion featuring a group of attorneys from Haynes and Boone, who will discuss tips and strategies for making the most of of summer associate positions. The discussion will be held on Thursday, January 29th at 12:30. All are welcome to attend!

Discussion on Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Duke Law is hosting a panel discussion on Marriage Equality in North Carolina. The discussion is jointly hosted by The American Constitution Society and The Program in Public Law. Elizabeth Gill (Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Norther California), and Niel Siegel (Co-Director of the Program in Public Law) will discuss past and present marriage equality litigation. Specifically, the panel will focus on the strategy choices that accompany nationwide civil rights litigation, the practical and theoretical issues surrounding equal protection and due process jurisprudence, and the impact these cases will have on civil rights, constitutional adjudication and federalism going forward.

The panel discussion will be at 12:30 in room 3041.

New Officers Elected

Duke OutLaw is excited to announce the election of new officers for the 2014-15 academic year. Jason Ervin, a 2L, will serve as President while Seth Pearson, also a 2L, is the new Vice President. 1Ls Rosie McKinley and Paul Gray will serve as the Communications Chair and Social Events Coordinator, respectively. The group looks forward to hosting new events in furtherance of OutLaw’s goals, and increasing the awareness of LGBTQ rights and legal issues within the Duke Law community.

2014 – 2015 Call for Elections

Duke’s OutLaw group needs you!  We are looking for candidates to help shape the future of the organization, and thus are asking all potential applicants to SUBMIT ONLINE HERE.

You are asked to submit a statement of interest, which can be in a medium of your choice.  We accept graphics (.jpg, .jpeg, .png), Word documents (.doc, .docx), portable document format (.pdf), or PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx).   The statement of interest is your opportunity to express your interests for OutLaw and can target one position (e.g., President) or be created to encompass a wide swath of positions.  Either way, you can be considered for any role on the board.  The document you choose to upload should be limited to 1 sheet/slide/etc.

Voting will be done online, and shall be open for one full week (7 days).  We will use instant runoff vote (IRV) if there is more than one candidate, and multiple people can run for multiple positions.  For positions that run uncontested, we will vote by affirmation.  Both sets of voting requires a majority of voters.  Positions for which no person runs will be filled at the discretion of the newly-elected executives–either through appointments this year or at the start of the semester during the 2014–2015 academic year.

For current executives, please click here.  Also read the About page, which include our bylaws, featuring a description of each position’s role.