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Pitt Law Works: Volume 5 Issue 12 - February 4, 2010


Don't assume that all good jobs are already filled -- small businesses and non-profits often do not recognize the need for an intern until this time of year. All you need is an action plan and a little creativity to get going.

Step 1: Talk with professors and fellow students about your interest in a particular area of law. You may be surprised by the number of contacts they have. Ask directly about any opportunities they know about and for their help in putting you in touch with people who may be able to help you land a summer internship. If they suggest you call someone they know, ask for permission to use their name and be sure to use it!

Step 2: Surf the 'net. Log on to the Pitt Law Career Services for Students site to find links to internships.  Also, search the net based on your area of interest.  Searching for “Human Rights Internship” will yield a link to sites such as  Check out for national and international legal internships.

Step 3: Use your network of friends, family members and neighbors. Using a contact to help you get your foot in the door before a position is advertised is one of the keys to success. Contact your network and let them know you are looking for a summer internship. Ask them if they can think of anyone with whom you should speak.

Step 4: Reach out to the community. If necessary, expand your network to other people you know in your community such as church members, athletic team members, former employers and fellow volunteers. Tell them you are looking for a summer internship in your field and ask for their help. Most people won't be able to resist helping.

Step 5: Find a personal connection within organizations. You can find a hook by researching the organization and looking for clues that could lead to a personal connection. Suppose you research judges who sit on the Butler County Court of Common Pleas and find that the president judge attended your university. Use this connection by writing to her directly, identify yourself as a student of her alma mater and communicate your desire for an internship.

Step 6: Look into non-profits for opportunities. Nearly every student - regardless of their ultimate career goal - would benefit from an internship at a non-profit.  Many internships at non-profits provide opportunities not found at large firms. Because staffing is often tight and budgets are tighter, non-profit organizations are eager to find interns with a desire to head up projects or put their knowledge to work on a variety of high impact and meaningful tasks. Students gain real world experience and valuable skills, and the organization benefits from the student's contribution.  The Nonprofit Career Fair will be held on 2/25/2010 from 11-3 at Duquesne University.  Over 80 nonprofits are expected to attend.  Please email Mary for more information at

Step 7: Craft cover letters to small firms and propose a possible internship. Although the bankruptcy boutique may appear to be running smoothly, you may not realize that its associates are struggling to meet client demands. They would benefit from a summer intern and will be grateful to have one work for them without the firm having to conduct a time-consuming job search. Attend ACBA meetings or CLEs to make contacts within your community.



This is a sampling of where Pitt Law students have spent their summers.  This list focuses on jobs outside of PA; however, the PA list will appear in next week’s PLW edition.

  • ALABAMA:  AG’s Office Public Health                           
  • ALASKA:  PD, Family Law Division
  • ARIZONA:  Alliance Defense Fund                   
  • Bryco Funding, Inc.
  • Craddick Candland and Conti
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Haight Brown and Bonesteel 
  • LA City Attorney’s Office
  • LA County Law Department  
  • Public Council on Children's Rights Project
  • NuVasive
  • Reed Smith                             
  • University of CA Academic Senate Office
  • Ventura County District Attorney
  • Rocky Mountain Survivor’s Center
  • Rothgerter Johnson & Lyons LLP
  • U.S. Air Force JAG
  • Wedgle & Kukreja, P.C.
  • White & Steele
  • State of Connecticut
  • Yale University Legal Svcs. Immigration
  • DELAWARE:   Astra Zeneca
  • Air Quality Division, Dept. of Environment
  • American Arab Anti-Discr. Committee
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Break the Cycle
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Capitol Decisions (lobbying firm)
  • Center for Children’s Law & Policy
  • Congressman Alan Mollohan
  • Department of Justice
  • Dept. of Commerce, Employment & Labor Law Division
  • Dept. of Defense- Office of General Counsel Int'l Affairs
  • Dept. of Health - Air Quality Division
  • Dept. of Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel
  • Dept. of Justice Tax and Immigration Divisions
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Thrift Reserve Investment Board
  • General Accounting Office
  • General Counsel Democratic National Committee
  • Georgetown University Dept. of Athletics
  • Health & Human Services-Office of General Counsel
  • Judge Joseph Lopez - Sup. Ct. D.C.
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Gates
  • Library of Congress
  • Martin McMahon & Assoc
  • Muldoon, Murphy, Faucette & Aguggia
  • National Association of Protection & Advocacy Svcs.
  • National Association of Securities Dealers
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • National Women's Law Center
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • PSLawNet
  • SEC Honors Program
  • Senator Richard Durbin, Illinois, Judicial Committee
  • Sughrue Mion PLLC
  • The International Business Law Firm
  • Thompson Hine
  • Trac Legal - Legal Temp. Agency
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Office of Solicitor
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Wilmer Hale
  • World Organization against Torture USA
  • World Organization for Human Rights, USA
  • Court of Common Pleas New Castle County         
  • Delaware Superior Court Family Law and
  • Worker’s Compensation Divisions
  • Superior Court New Castle    
  • Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor
  • Duane Morris                                                           
  • Hutton Smith                                                          
  • Law Offices of Jason Setchen                                                
  • U.S. Dept of Justice, Miami Immigration Court    
  • GEORGIA:  U.S. District Court, Eastern District
  • IDAHO:  U.S. District Court, Judge Larry Boyle
  • Autism Legislation Project
  • Citizen’s Advocacy Center                     
  • CNA Insurance
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office          
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • Openlands Project                                  
  • Sidley Austin LLP                 
  • U.S. SEC               
  • Veder Price                                            
  • William J. Hartz                                                     
  • INDIANA: Genesis of the YWCA
  • KANSAS: Norton Wasserman Jones & Kelley
  • KENTUCKY: Frost Brown & Todd
  • Dept. of Public Advocacy
  • District Attorney of Aroostook Co.
  • Eaton Peabody
  • Sharon Law Firm
  • District Court, ADR Division
  • Howard County States AG Office
  • Judge James P. Salmon
  • Leavy & Frank
  • Northrup Grunman Elec. Sys. IP
  • Public Defender
  • U.S. Air Force JAG                 
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Henshon Parker
  • MacGregor and Associates    
  • Norfolk County District Attorney
  • NLG Sugar Law Center for
  • Economic & Social Justice     
  • Public Defender
  • Mackal Crounse & Moore     
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Hans Borstad         
  • MISSOURI:  Law Office of Jeffrey S. Roth       
  • Franklin Pierce Summer IP Institute      
  • Devine Millimet & Branch
  • Douglas, Leonard & Garvey
  • NEW JERSEY:  Stark & Stark
  • Dept. of Health and Senior Services
  • NJ Attorney General
  • Administration for Children’s Services
  • Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
  • Children’s Rights
  • Environmental Protection Agency          
  • Eviction Intervention Services
  • Fish & Neave
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jaeckle Fleischman & Mugel
  • Kenyon & Kenyon
  • Kings County DAs Office
  • Koster, Brady & Brennan
  • Manhattan Criminal Trial Court
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Quinn Ferrante & Mellea
  • Schoeman Updike & Kaufman
  • United Sikhs
  • Weil Gotshal
  • White & Case
  • Woods Oviatt Gilman
  • Mecklenburg Co. District Attorney's Office
  • North Carolina Department of Justice    
  • U.S. Marines
  • OHIO
  • Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff
  • City of Cleveland Law Department
  • Community Legal Aid
  • Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Frost Todd Brown
  • IMG World (Sports & Entertainment & Media Co)
  • International Paper
  • Jones Day
  • Mahoning Co. Ct. of Common Pleas
  • McDonald Hopkins
  • National Center for Adoption Law and Policy       
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • Robbins Kelly Patterson & Tucker
  • Roetzel & Andress
  • University Hospitals
  • US Dist. Ct. for S.D. Ohio
  • Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease
  • Zashin & Rich
  • PALAU:  Attorney General
  • PUERTO RICO:  Mayor of Toa Baja
  • RHODE ISLAND:  U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Haynsworth Sinkely Boyd
  • Horry County Solicitor’s Office
  • Mullen, Wylie and Seekings LLP
  • UTAH:  Sorensen Media
  • VERMONT:  Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • BrownGreer, PLC
  • Home School Legal Defense Assoc.
  • National Christian Legal Society
  • U.S. Army Legal Services Envir. Law Div. – JAG
  • U.S. Marines
  • WASHINGTON:  King County Superior Court
  • Allan Karlin & Associates
  • Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio & Simon
  • Huddleston, Bolen, Beatty, Porter & Copoen
  • Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick
  • Office of Technology Transfer
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP      
  • Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • U.S. District Court
  • W.VA Department of Health and Human Svcs.
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Central European & Eurasia Legal Institute                            
  • Ain o Salish Kendra - Human Rights NGO
  • Appelby Spurting & Hunter
  • Assemby Pemanent Por Los Derechos Humanos
  • Beiten Burkhardt Law Firm
  • Defense Team Issa Hassan Sesay
  • Estudio Ferrero Abogados
  • European Roma Rights Center
  • Global Justice Project
  • Human Rights Law Network
  • Institute for Human Rights & Development in Africa
  • Intermap Japan
  • International Bridges to Justice
  • Landwell Associates Global
  • Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights
  • Liberian House of Representatives
  • Magisters & Partners
  • Mental Health Disability Advocacy Center
  • National Criminal Court
  • Office of Legal Counsel of the US Ambassador
  • Pachero & Figueroa
  • Shin & Kim
  • South Agrica
  • Temporary Media Commissioners
  • John Tripidakis & Jennie Giannakopoulou
  • US Mission to Geneva, Legal Affairs Office
  • USAID/WTO Accession Project
  • World Health Organization
  • US Committee For Human Rights


PSLawNet will hire one full-time student to produce the PSLawNet Fellowship Guide and work on other publications, as well as several part-time students who can supplement their incomes from other public-service jobs by doing data entry on PSLawNet for a few hours per week.

 The PSLawNet Summer Publications Coordinator will work directly with me over the course of 10 weeks to update the fellowship listings in the PSLawNet database and to produce the 2010-11 PSLawNet Comprehensive Fellowship Guide.  The ideal candidate will be a public-service oriented student with some background in publishing or editing.  Here is the job listing on PSLawNet (password-protected):

 Summer Project Assistants – we are eager to link up with a handful of law students who will spend this summer in the Washington, DC region working in public service.  If they have some flexibility in their workweek schedules and are interested in supplementing their incomes, we would like to speak with them about the prospect of performing data entry for a few hours per week.  Here is the listing on PSLawNet (password-protected):



Job Search Workshop: Creating Your Action Plan

Focus:  Public Interest/Government

Tuesday, February 9, 1:00-1:45pm, Room 113

If you are feeling frustrated and your job search needs some energy and direction, then this workshop is for you.  This hands-on workshop will take you through the process of developing a Job Search Action Plan. This session is designed for students who are searching for summer or post-graduate employment/externships with public interest and government organizations.    If you would like to attend this workshop please RSVP to Mary Thinium   ASAP with your name and class year.  Because this is a hands-on workshop students should bring their laptops to this program.


Patent Law Opportunities- PLI Patent Practice Center

Thursday, February 11th

1:00-2:00pm Room 111

Do you have an interest in Patent Law? John White, Director of Patent Professional Development at PLI  will be at the Law School on Thursday, February 11th to talk with students about Patent Practice.   PLI (, is a non-profit organization, and is often looked to as a reference source in patent practice. The program will discuss patent practice, the patent bar exam, where the jobs are in this field, how to stand out as a candidate, and answers to general questions.

John M. White has been preparing applicants for the Patent Bar Exam since 1988 and is the Director of Patent Professional Development here at PLI. Mr. White is a principle lecturer and course designer in the Patent Bar Review course. He is a former patent examiner and special assistant to the commissioner of patents and trademarks. Mr. White entered private practice in 1987, and started his own firm, Longacre & White, in 1988. In 1998, Mr. White merged his firm with the Liniak & Berenato firm, now the Berenato White & Stavish firm in Bethesda, MD. He currently serves as Of Counsel at Berenato White & Stavish, and an adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, and Concord Law School. Mr. White received his B. S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and his J. D. from George Washington University School of Law. He has more than 20 years experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, infringement and validity analysis and opinion writing. Mr. White has served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigation matters and has also successfully argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Office Board of Appeals and Interferences.  Mr. White has an interactive presentation, is very approachable and very well known in the field.  He will also give out scholarship applications to PLI programs.




FLEX-TIME ARRANGEMENTS: Making the business case to firm management
If you have small children, are caring for an aged parent, or simply want to become more involved in an outside passion, then a flex-time work arrangement may be for you. Please join us as we welcome Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC as she discusses creating a flex-time proposal and making the business case for such alternative work arrangements to firm management. The program will also include a discussion about the practical aspects of entering into an alternative work arrangement and making it successful.
The program will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the ACBA Conference Center, 9th floor, City-County Building. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will be for one hour from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., with an opportunity to network following the program. The cost to attend is $15, and lunch will be provided. Online registration is available at For more information, contact Carrie Matesevac Collins at  


FAMILY LAW SHADOWING:  The ACBA Family Law Section Mentoring Committee has developed a program to provide opportunities to shadow and observe experienced counsel at hearings, conciliations, and conferences in the Adult Section and in Children's Court. An attorney can coordinate through the Mentoring Committee to observe a support hearing before a Hearing Officer, a complex support matter before a Hearing Officer or Master, a partial custody matter before the Master, a proceeding in Juvenile Court, or a conciliation regarding custody, equitable distribution, or divorce before a judge.

To take advantage of shadowing opportunities, please contact the following:

Kurt Mulzet ( - custody and divorce

Mark Greenblatt ( - children's/Juvenile Court

Lea Anderson ( - support


LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:  The Labor & Employment Law Section will hold a CLE entitled "National Labor Relations Board Update by the Current and Immediate Past Regional Directors" on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. This one-hour program will examine how decisions of the National Labor Relations Board impact non-union as well as unionized employers. Come learn about the latest developments from NLRB Region 6 Regional Director Robert W. Chester and Immediate Past Regional Director Gerald R. Kobell. 

 Register online at or contact Danielle Foster at 412-402-6612 for registration information.



Municipal & School Solicitors - "Transparency in Government: How the Right to Know Law & Sunshine Act Amendments have Affected the Way Our Municipalities, School Districts, and Municipal Authorities are Doing Business in Pennsylvania."  9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost: $45. When: Friday, March 12, 2010. Where: Mayernik Center, Avonworth Community Park, 498 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237. 

Labor & Employment Law Section - "National Labor Relations Board Update by the Current and Immediate Past Regional Directors." 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost: $15. When: Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Where: ACBA Conference Center Auditorium, 9th floor, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219. 

Federal Court Section - "Valuing Personal Injury Cases." 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $30. When: Thursday, February 25, 2010. Where: United States Post Office & Courthouse, 700 Grant Street, Jury Assembly Room 3330, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219. 

To register for these programs, please mail registration form with payment to the ACBA CLE Department at 400 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219. Credit card registration is also available online at



To register for the following PBI CLE classes, please contact PBI customer service at 1-800-932-4637 or visit the PBI website. All programs will be held at the PBI Professional Development Conference Center, Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Ave, 7th Fl.

"11th Estate & Elder Law Symposium" 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., February 9  
"Business Insurance" from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., February 10  
"Juvenile Injustice in Luzerne County" from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; February 11

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