Announcements


Externships

Fall 2021

Applications are now open for the Wayne Law Externship Program for fall 2021. Four programs will be offered: Corporate Counsel, Judicial, Holistic Defense and Public Service.

Judicial and Public Service

The Judicial and Public Service Externships require students to apply directly with the pre-approved placements. View a list of pre-approved placements on Canvas.

Once a student accepts an offer from the placement the student completes the Wayne Law Externship Registration Request formThis form closes the day before registration for fall 2021 opens or when the class fills, whichever is sooner.


Apprenticeships

Young Basile Law Student - Patent Apprentice Program

Young Basile is launching a virtual patent law apprentice program for law students. Under the program, students can work part-time throughout the year (full-time during the summer) in a closely managed program of training and substantive work designed to make students practice-ready by graduation.

The goal of the apprentice program is to provide practical training in patent preparation and prosecution so that participants are practice-ready upon graduation from law school. The program includes both client work and training.

Deadline to apply: Friday, October 1

More information and application
 


Scholarships

The 2021 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar - Call for submissions

The Detroit Bar Association has established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program to recognize each year original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement of the State of Michigan.

Topic: We request submissions that address the following Mega Question for 2021:

How could current legal/judicial tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize the successful resolution of current and pending eviction cases for the betterment of key stakeholders including without limitation tenants, landlords, lenders, utilities, law enforcement, and employers in Michigan and then serve as a model nationally?

Deadline: Thursday, October 21

Note: A submission fee of $25.00 US payable electronically is required to begin the evaluation process.

For more information and to read last year's winning entry

Ottinger Employment Lawyers Law School Scholarship

Ottinger Employment Lawyers is excited to reintroduce the Ottinger Employment Lawyer Scholarship contest. Ottinger is dedicated to helping employees in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 1

Award: $1,500 scholarship

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited law school and must have a 3.0 or better GPA.

More information and application

Charles J. Cohen, Esq. 2022 Law Student Scholarship

This year, the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan (JBAM) is pleased to announce that it will award a scholarship to a law student who exemplifies the character and values of the late Charles J. Cohen. Background. A Michigander at heart, Charles J. Cohen attended Detroit College of Law and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1977. He was a staunch advocate for his clients until his untimely passing in 2017. An avid supporter of the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan “JBAM” and the Jewish community, Charles, J. Cohen continually stressed the importance of legal education. He would often teach that no matter how long you are in practice, you never stop learning. Legal education starts with attending law school. It was only fitting that JBAM chose to honor the life and legacy of Charles J. Cohen by naming its educational scholarship in his name.

Award: $1500

Deadline: Saturday, January 15, 2022

Criteria: Scholarship applicants must be:

  • enrolled full or part-time at a Michigan Law school;
  • a 2L at the time of application submission;
  • in good academic and administrative standing; with a minimum of a 3.00 GPA;
  • committed to practicing law in Michigan; and
  • able to demonstrate a history of involvement within the Jewish community, the law school community and the legal community-at-large.

Each applicant must submit:

  • a detailed letter of interest explaining how they meet award criteria, and any relevant connections and commitments to the State of Michigan;
  • a resume;
  • an official law school transcript; and
  • letters of recommendation (no more than 2) as part of their application.

Application Process: The following deadlines are in place for this year’s process:

  1. Applications must be sent to Andrew Cohen, andrew@theclo.com. Note: Application materials must be submitted in a single pdf packet and in the order listed in the preceding section;
  2. The 2021/2022 JBAM Scholarship Selection Committee will review nominations by March 1, 2022;
  3. The awards will be made by March 11, 2022, and announced publicly by March 18, 2022;
  4. A reception honoring the scholarship recipient will be held at JBAM’s spring event. Time and date to be announced.

Information about The Jewish Bar Association of Michigan can be found here www.jewishbar.org.

SBM Insurance and Indemnity Law Section’s 2022 Scholarship

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in one of Michigan’s five law schools is eligible to apply for the scholarship by submitting an article on the topic set forth below.

Award: The scholarship is $5,000 to be awarded to one applicant only.

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022

Writing topic: Ransomware attacks are becoming more widespread as high-profile incidents have made the news recently due to ever-increasing multi-million-dollar payoffs in order to recover stolen data. Any discussion concerning ransomware requires an analysis of whether ransom should be paid as a public policy matter. Many insurance carriers providing cyber insurance would rather pay the ransom than pay their insureds to restore their systems and resultant business income. Discuss the effect of public policy on insurance coverage, the pros and cons of paying a ransom, and propose possible solutions.

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/07/23/states-weigh-bans-on-ransomware-payoffs

Submission details: Submit an article of original work, up to 2,500 words or 6–8 pages double-spaced, in 12-point font, analyzing and advocating a position supported by appropriate legal authority, such as case law, statutes, legislative history, scholarly articles or other authoritative sources with proper citations. Submission is deemed permission for publication in the July edition of The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, the quarterly publication of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section.

Submit to: Email your submission with a cover page containing your name, phone number, email address, law school, and anticipated year of graduation to sbminsuranceindemnity@gmail.com.

Questions? Email: sbminsuranceindemnity@gmail.com

Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers Awards Annual Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers Awards Annual Scholarship. The scholarship is open to 1L, 2L and 3L students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited U.S. law school.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

More information

Questions: Contact Jeff Kaufman at 248-539-9322 or email admin@workerscomplawyerhelp.com.

The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award – rolling deadline

The Blanch Law Firm is looking for an excellent writer to contribute an outstanding article to its online publication. You will be assigned a topic in the criminal law field that applies to a Federal or State legal issue. Each applicant will be given an outline to guide them on their research and writing. The contest is open to all students. Ambitious applicants are permitted to submit multiple articles. No co-authored essays are accepted. Scholarship prizes include a $5,000 cash award, publication credit and the opportunity to work in the Blanch Law Firm in New York City for a day.

Deadline: Rolling - Submissions due within 14 days of receipt of the assignment

Additional information and application


Writing competitions

2022 ACCFSL Annual Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2022 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories: (a) books (b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field, and (c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments.

Awards: Awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500, respectively, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, awards may be made in all, some or no categories.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 1

Criteria: Eligible entries must discuss an aspect of U.S. consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, bankruptcy, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible. However, works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on U.S. consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2020, and December 1, 2021. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format via e-mail to the e-mail addresses at the end of this announcement.

Submissions: Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to: Elizabeth C. Yen, ACCFSL Annual Writing Competition Co-Chair Hudson Cook, LLP ecyen@hudco.com AND Jean Heckhaus jheckhaus@hudco.com.

Additional information

14th Annual National Writing Competition on State-Based Alcohol Regulation

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 14th Annual National Writing Competition. This national academic writing competition is intended to foster debate, analysis, and examination of state alcohol regulation in the 21st Century.

Awards: Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place - $5,000
  • 2nd place - $2,500
  • 3rd place - $1,000

Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. EST

Topic: After Prohibition, states generally issued licenses for on-premise and off-premise sale of alcohol.  Drinking was thus largely confined to bars, restaurants, the home, and private clubs.  Alcohol is now regularly offered in places like salons, grocery stores, clothing stores, and galleries.  Is this trend towards ubiquitous availability of alcohol a good one?  And is there a new regulatory regime needed to address this trend?

Guidelines and Submission

Questions: Send to sarahl@centerforalcoholpolicy.org


Competitions

The 14th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, the annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, now in its 14th year, is designed primarily to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to lawyers active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument.

The moot court hypothetical case will involve timely issues of national significance in the areas affecting communications law. Due to COVID-19, this year’s competition will be held entirely online via video conference and will feature judges that are partners at top law firms, in-house counsel at major media companies, and members of the judiciary.

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 1

The application as well as instructions on how to apply can be found by clicking here or by pasting the web address below into your browser.

https://abaforlawstudents.com/event/first-amendment-media-law-diversity-moot-court-competition/

If you have any questions, please email me at estherclovis@gmail.com


Conferences

2021 National Law Students Workers' Rights Virtual Conference

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 15, 16 and 17 

Peter Mitchell Labor Law Keynote Session, sponsored by IUE-CWA
With multiple substantive workshops, networking breakout rooms, and plenary sessions, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers' rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and others. 

Please review these links before completing your registration for the conference:

Questions may be addressed to Rachel Del Rossi, Executive Director, at rdelrossi@peggybrowningfund.org.


Career fairs

2021 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (CCF) is the nation's largest public interest law conference and career fair. Attracting more than 200 public interest employers as well as law students and recent graduates from across the country, the CCF offers three days of prescheduled employment interviews, resume reviews, mock interviews, networking opportunities and panel discussions.

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, October 21-23
Cost: $25.00 for students

Information and registration

The Fourth Annual New York Statewide Public Defenders Career Fair

This virtual career fair is presented by the University at Buffalo School of Law, Chief Defenders Association of New York and New York State Defenders Association. Interview on the spot for summer internships, jobs after graduation and immediate positions. All Law Schools are welcome.

Date: Friday, Oct. 29
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.

Information and Registration 

If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Lisa Patterson at lpatter@buffalo.edu or 716-645-2056.


Other opportunities

Tea Time with Attorneys

Tea Time with Attorneys is a virtual program that exposes students to various legal career paths and helps them navigate the legal field. Students can look forward to a 30-minute attorney panel discussion that covers the essential skills necessary to succeed in law school and one-hour breakout sessions where students can ask lawyers questions and delve more deeply into the skills needed for law school and legal careers. 

Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Deadline to register: Friday, Oct. 1

Register here (two pages)

Please visit JTB.org for more information!

Questions can be directed to mjeje@jtb.org.


Wakeful Wednesdays

The Mindfulness in Law Society hosts online meditation sessions for law students around the country every Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. The sittings include a 15- to 20-minute meditation practice and are designed to introduce mindfulness to emerging lawyers and to provide an opportunity to share how mindfulness can support students. There is a five-minute gathering time in the beginning and an opportunity at the end for reflections, questions and ideas on incorporating mindfulness and meditation into our daily lives to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with law school and get the most out of our legal education.

Click here to join the session. All law students are welcome to attend!

MILS membership is FREE to law students – become a member.


Guidelines for planning meetings and events (in-person and virtual)

Terms and conditions

1. All Wayne Law meetings and events must comply with the Wayne State University Special Events guideline, along with policies put forth by the Law School.
2. If an event requires approval from the Campus Health Committee, as specified in the Special Events guideline, approval must be obtained before submitting a reservation request and attached to the Law School Event Reservation Request Form.
3. All Wayne Law meetings and events, whether in-person or virtual, require a reservation to avoid conflicts with existing programs, approved events and class schedules.
4. Reservation requests should be submitted as early as possible, ideally no later than 14 days before the event date. Submissions are processed in the order in which they are received.
5. All in-person meetings and events must have a Zoom backup plan, and the Zoom link must be provided when making an in-person request.
6. Requests for virtual meetings and events must include the Zoom link.
7. Reservations are confirmed when a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
8. Available timeslots for virtual and in-person events are limited.
9. Reservations are not available during final examination periods.
10. Questions and advanced inquiries can be sent to lawevents@wayne.edu.

For more information and to access the event form, visit the Law School's events and reservations page.

Organizer's responsibilities

1. All Wayne Law meetings and events must comply with the Wayne State University Special Events guideline, along with policies put forth by the Law School.
2. Each person in attendance of your meeting or event must fill out a campus daily screener or a guest screener for each day of attendance. NOTE: Outside guests who are not vaccinated are not permitted on campus.
3. Face masks must be worn at all times while indoors at the Law School.
4. Eating is not allowed in classrooms or meeting rooms. Eating is allowed outdoors and in common areas, however, while indoors, masks can be removed only between bites. Drinking from cups or bottles is allowed when using a straw and keeping the mask in place. 
5. The Law School requires that all food and beverages provided be individually wrapped for each recipient (i.e. boxed or bagged lunches) and served post-event as a grab-and-go.
6. Food and beverages totaling over $200 must be arranged through WSU Catering. WSU Catering requires at least a 14-day notice on all orders and will charge a substantial fee for late orders.
7. If you have requested use of any audio-visual equipment or services, it is your responsibility to follow up with the Law IT Dept. at (313) 577-3960 or lawit@wayne.edu.
8. ONLY Law IT can move the podium in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. If you need the podium moved, please contact Law IT at lawit@wayne.edu, and Law IT will move it safely with no damage to the electronics system within it. Moving the podium will result in the revocation of future meeting privileges.
9. If the room you reserved is locked, you must sign out a key from the Law Library’s circulation desk during normal business hours. It is your responsibility to secure all doors at the end of your reservation.
10. Parking passes and special parking arrangements for meetings and events must be arranged through the WSU Parking Office at (313) 577-1979.
11. As the contact person for this meeting or event, you are responsible for the setup and, most importantly, the clean-up of your event. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of future meeting privileges.

For more information and to access the event form, visit https://law.wayne.edu/reservations


Technology

Law students who need help with technology should reach out to lawit@wayne.edu or 313-577-3960. 

Other resources

Zoom

Wayne Law students can set up a free, licensed Zoom account through the university. Instructions are available here. Unlicensed Zoom accounts can only host meetings that are 40 minutes long. Some professors will require you to activate your licensed account so they can pre-sort you for breakout rooms.

Microsoft Office

Wayne Law students can access Microsoft Office for free. Learn more here

Computer discounts

Wayne Law students also have access to discounts when purchasing certain computers. Learn more here.


Financial Aid

For questions relating to Financial Aid (loans, not scholarships): 

  1. Call 313-577-2100 (general) AND 313-577-5142 (Financial Aid Office in Law School);
  2. Leave voicemails on both numbers if no one answers; AND 
  3. Email finaidlaw@wayne.edu.
  4. Stop by the Financial Aid Office located in the Law School Admissions Suite on the first floor when a representative from the University Office of Student Financial Aid is present (times vary from week to week). 

If you do not receive a response to phone calls/email within 7 business days, email Dean Cancelosi (scancelosi@wayne.edu).

For questions relating to Law School scholarships (not loans):

  1. Email waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu (email preferred). 
  2. Call 313-577-3996 and leave a voicemail if no one answers. 

Law Library

How to make a reservation at the Law Library

The Law Library has a limited number of physically distanced study spaces available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access will be limited to Wayne State University faculty, students and staff. A study seat can be reserved online in advance of your arrival. All reference and research services are being provided online through the summer semester via chat, email, telephone and Zoom consultations. You can access these services through the Law Library’s website. The outside doors closest to the Law Library entrance (the doors under the open-air breezeway) will be unlocked while the Law Library is open. 
 
Please complete the Campus Daily Screener on the day that you plan to enter the library. Upon arrival, the QR code sent from the Campus Health Center in response to submitting your screener will be scanned, and you must display your OneCard. 

The Law Library is open to the entire University community. You are strongly encouraged to make your reservations for study space within the Law Library well in advance.

Make your Law Library reservation (click "RESERVE A SEAT AT NEEF")


Student and graduating student access

Westlaw

Returning J.D. and LL.M. students can use Westlaw over the summer ONLY for non-commercial research. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistantship assignments
  • Wayne Law Review/Journals research
  • Moot Court research
  • Nonprofit work
  • Clinical work
  • Internships/externships
  • Graduating students:
    • Sign up for Westlaw’s “Grad Elite” program, which gives 60-hours per month on resources such as Practical Law, drafting tools and form builders for 18 months after graduation
    • More information is available here.  

Questions? Contact the Law Library’s Reference Desk at 313-577-6180 or Michelle LaLonde at 313-577-9381 or mlalonde@wayne.edu.