iCompete Writing: A Compilation of Legal Writing Competitions
iCompete Writing, created and hosted by Suffolk University Law School's nationally ranked Legal Practice Skills program and Moakley Law Library, contains one of the most comprehensive collections of law student writing competitions. Arranged by date and topic, this regularly updated listing provides a portal to dozens of competitions, with prizes up to $25,000. Each entry displays the name of the competition, its deadline, and a link to an official page with more information.
Please visit: http://www.suffolk.edu/icompetewriting
Please note that some future deadlines are anticipated based on a competition's annual recurrence. Be sure to check back as competitions are updated.Contact: Kathleen Elliott Vinson
New and Notable
Opportunities to View Jenkins Competition Oral Arguments
The Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition kicks off this Saturday and Sunday with the preliminary rounds. If you are interested in watching the top Appellate Writing and Advocacy (AWA) students compete against one another, then you're welcome to come and sit in on the oral argument rounds! Come and root on your favorite 2Ls in the Jenkins Competition, aka "Moot Madness."
Here are the dates/times/room number for the arguments this weekend:
Saturday, March 24th - Preliminary Rounds
- 9:30-10:30 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
- 12:30-1:30 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
Sunday, March 25th - Preliminary Rounds
- 10:00-11:00 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
- 1:00-2:00 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
Saturday, April 14th - Quarterfinal Rounds
- 1:00-2:00 - RM 246, 263, 363, 367
Sunday, April 15th - Semifinal Ronds
- 1:00-2:00 - RM 144, 346
If you do attend, please be in the room 15 minutes before the start of the round. In addition, please sit off to one of the sides rather than directly behind the judges bench so as not to distract the competitors.
A list of this year's competitors can be found here.Contact: Nate Oesch
Marquette Law Review Information SessionMonday, April 9, 2018 - 12:10pm • Room 367
The Marquette Law Review will be hosting an information session for all 1Ls interested in joining the Marquette Law Review for Volume 102. At the meeting, members of Volume 102's editorial board will explain the grade-on and write-on processes. Also, students will have an opportunity to ask any questions they have about law review. The meeting is on Monday, April 9 at 12:10 p.m. in Room 367.Contact: Brady Brown
Environmental Law Society Welcomes the Tall Pines Nature ConservancyWednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:10pm • Room 357
Join the Environmental Law Society on Wednesday, March 28, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 357 for an engaging presentation on Wisconsin land conservation. We are pleased to welcome Susan Buchana, the Executive Director of Tall Pines Land Conservancy.
Susan has over 20 years of experience working specifically in the areas of land-use planning, marketing, real estate, historic preservation, architecture, and construction. She holds a Master’s degree in Land Use Planning from UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a licensed real estate broker, and a former member of the Shorewood Plan Commission. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Clean Water Association. In 2014, she joined the board of directors for Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s Association of Land Trusts, and also serves as co-chair of its Land Trust Council. She is also active with the “Friends of Farmland Protection” actively advocating for farmland preservation initiatives in the State.
Susan will touch on topics such as Wis. Stat. §700.40, the Wisconsin Uniform Conservation Easement Act, current environmental stressors in South Eastern Wisconsin, and the diverse and varied employment opportunities available in the field of land conservation. We will be serving a delicious lunch of BBQ from the Smoke Shack!Contact: Austin Simarski
Children and Family Law Society Panel: Family Law PractitionersThursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:10pm • Room 433B
On Thursday, March 29, the Children and Family Law Society will be hosting a panel consisting of various attorneys who specialize in practicing family law. Please come and join us for lunch if you have an interest in family law. Listen and participate in a discussion about the attorneys' individual journeys and personal experiences in practicing family law. Also, feel free to come if you would like to meet some of the family law practitioners, just want to hear about what it is like to practice family law, or would simply like a study break with lunch provided. You are also welcome to ask any questions!
The guest speakers who will be in attendance are:
- Paul W. Stenzel, (Family Court Commissioner in Racine and Of Counsel, Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.)
- Kathleen Reiley (Law office of Kathleen Reiley, Milwaukee)
- Karen Zimmermann (Zimmermann Law Offices, Milwaukee)
- Tara Kleinhans (Kleinhans Law Offices, Monroe)
- Sue Scott (Ivanovic Law Offices, Milwaukee)
- Ksenija Kokanovic (Ivanovic Law Offices, Milwaukee)
The event is Thursday, March 29, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Room 433B.
If you would like to come, or have any questions about the event, you can contact Kimberly Sweatt by email. RSVP is not required for attendance, but will assist in helping us to plan for enough food for the event. We look forward to having you join us!Contact: Kimberly Sweatt
Eckstein Hall Campion Chapel MassWednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:15pm • St. Edmund Campion Chapel
Please join us for St. Edmund Campion Chapel Winter/Spring Mass.
Father Thomas Anderson, S.J., our Law School Chaplain, will celebrate Mass on April 4, in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel (4th floor) at 12:15 p.m. Members of the Law School, alumni, and Marquette community are welcome to attend.
Conversation/Q&A with Summerfest AttorneysWednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:00am • Room 363
Please join the Entertainment Law Society in welcoming Frank Nicotera and Molly Madonia, the attorneys at Milwaukee World Festival, which facilitates Milwaukee's festivals including Summerfest. Frank Nicotera is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, and Molly Madonia is a 2016 Marquette Law graduate and Summerfest's Staff Attorney.
Frank and Molly will share their experiences working in entertainment right here in Milwaukee, how they got into their current positions, provide advice about what classes to take, and answer any questions you have. They are also known to bring cool Summerfest swag when they visit!
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kate Bodenbach at email@example.com. RSVPs are not required to attend but much appreciated so we can plan accordingly for food. This event is open to everyone at the law school.Contact: Kate Bodenbach
Pro Bono Opportunities
Do You Have Hidden Pro Bono Hours?
Could you have hours that meet the pro bono definition and have never been recorded? This would include any time that was spent doing work that was 1) primarily legal in nature, 2) not for pay or credit, 3) supervised by a licensed attorney, and 4) of service to underserved individuals or groups, those with barriers to equal access to justice, or for an organization whose mission is to serve the same. Perhaps the excess hours you performed for a Hammership meet this definition. Please report any previously unreported hours directly into your pro bono account. Students seeking admission to the Pro Bono Honor Society this year should record all hours by April 1.Contact: Angela Schultz
Pro Bono Opportunities
Seeking Student Coordinator for MVLC Estate Planning Clinic
One law student coordinator position is available for the Summer 2018 session of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic Estate Planning Clinic.
The Estate Planning Clinic prepares wills, powers of attorney, and living wills for clients by appointment at the Milwaukee County Veterans’ Service Office and House of Peace. The student coordinator will work with the Public Interest Law Fellow and Estate Planning Clinic student volunteers to facilitate appointments at House of Peace beginning May 14, 2018.
This is a great opportunity to learn about estate planning and gain leadership experience. You earn pro bono hours as a student coordinator. Read the full student coordinator position description and instructions to apply here.Contact: Marisa Zane