2011-2012 Louis Jackson
National Student Writing Competition
Employment and Labor Law
(co-sponsored by the Institute for Law
and the Workplace and the
Jackson Lewis Firm)
For more details: PDF of
Topic: Papers may address any topic
relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment
law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Only the first two submissions per law school will be
accepted as entries for consideration.
Submissions must be the law student author's own work
and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere.
Authors must have completed or be currently taking course
work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled
in an accredited law school during the Fall 2011 semester.
There are formatting guidelines that must be followed.
For questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin by email
Prizes: One top honors award of $3,000 and two
$1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries.
In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries
will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace
website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be
are due no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
SEIU LAW FEllOWSHIP
December 1, 2011.
The Legal Department of the Service Employees
International Union has
openings for Law Fellows, starting in September 2012.
The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to expose
recent law graduates to legal work within an international
union and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers
to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety
of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workersí
SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization
over 2 million workers in the United States, Puerto Rico
and Canada, principally in the property service, public
service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIUís Legal
Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the
organizationís interests in organizing new workers, improving
working conditions, engaging in political action, and
achieving social justice. This includes representation
of the International, local unions, and members in litigation
enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, election
statutes, and local, state and federal labor management
Past fellows have been involved in most areas of the Legal
While each fellowship experience varies according to the
work of the department, fellows can expect to be involved
in at least some of the following types of work: litigation
to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members;
handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board;
advice and assistance to staff organizers; involvement
in policy and legislative initiatives; attendance at SEIU
and labor law conferences; and participation in SEJUís
Fellowship openings are in Washington, DC. and Los Angeles,
Fellowships are for one year, with an option to renew
for a second year (with the mutual agreement of the fellow
and SEIU). Full vacation and health benefits are provided,
and salary is commensurate with experience. Recent law
graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students
are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent
research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment
to workersí rights and a desire to practice union-side
labor law. SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply for a fellowship, send a cover
letter, resume, writing
sample, law school transcript and two letters of recommendation
Assistant to the General Counsel
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Application Deadline: December
Application Instructions: Applicants may
apply for either or both
fellowships, and should indicate in the cover letter
the desired location(s).
Applicants should submit only one set of materials by
hard copy, e-mail, or
College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers 2011 Writing
Competition for Law Students
Jan. 15, 2012
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 College
of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition.
TOPIC: The scope of permissible topics is broad,
i.e., any aspect of workers' compensation law. Students
are encouraged to present:
- a public policy issue;
- a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or
- a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.
ELIGIBILITY: All students currently enrolled in
accredited law schools in the United States and all those
recently graduated from them (graduation on or after
May, 2011) .
First prize - $1,500.00
Second prize - $1,000.00
Third prize - $500.00
The winner's article will also be considered for publication
in the Workers' First Watch, The Workers' Injury
Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, and the ABA Tort
and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal. The
winner will also be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual
College Induction Dinner to be honored during the program.
The College of Workers' Compensation
Lawyers 2011 Law Student Writing Competition Rules
1. Articles must be original from the applicant and limited
to one entry. Articles must not presently be under consideration
for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.
2. All articles are to be submitted in the following
- Submitted by email (no author name in body of article,
only in cover letter) to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please
reference "Writing Competition" in the subject
- All articles are to be submitted by
Jan. 15, 2012;
- Double-spaced, on 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch
- Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length
(including bottom of page footnotes);
- Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of
Citation" (The Bluebook).
3. If published by the College, the articles become the
property of the College. No submitted article may be published
elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of the
competition. Announcement of the winners will be made
at least 30 days in advance of the Annual College Induction
Dinner, Spring 2012.
4. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your
name, mailing address and phone number (both school and
permanent), name of school and year of graduation.
5. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited
law school or submit entry within 60 days of graduation.
The evaluation standards will be organization, quality
of research, depth, originality of analysis, clarity of
style and readability. The College reserves the right
not to award and/or to reject any or all submissions.
IIT Chicago-Kent student Kendra
L. Kutko awarded the 2011 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize
Kendra Kutko, a third-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent
College of Law, has been awarded the 2011 Sandra P. Zemm
Labor Law Prize. The prize was established in 2009 at
Chicago-Kent by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP to honor
the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, who died in September 2008
after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize is awarded annually
to a third-year Chicago-Kent student in the Labor and
Employment Law Certificate Program who exemplifies the
qualities that Ms. Zemm possessed: "a commitment
to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer
spirit and willingness to take the initiative whenever
possible, and a gracious and generous attitude toward
helping those in need." Recipients are selected by
Chicago-Kent faculty who teach the law school's program
in labor and employment law.
"Kendra is a poised young lady who will do great
things in the labor and employment field," said Francine
Soliunas, assistant dean for strategy and student professional
development and executive director of the Institute for
Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
"She truly epitomizes the spirit and legacy of Ms.
Zemm, not only in what she has done but in the graciousness
with which she has done it! She is a remarkable young
woman and will truly be an asset to our profession."
Kendra Kutko earned a bachelor of science in legal studies
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kutko currently
serves as a law clerk with the Case Law Firm LLC, a woman-owned,
woman-run civil rights employment law firm in Chicago.
In the fall of 2010, she received an Institute for Law
and the Workplace scholarship. Kutko has worked on labor
and employment law matters as an intern in Chicago-Kent's
Employment Discrimination Clinic and as a clerk in the
Law Offices of Laurie J. Wasserman. She has also served
as an intern with Addis Greenberg & Schultz LLC. Kutko
is a member of Chicago-Kent's Labor and Employment Law
Society, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and
the National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois.
A Chicago native, Sandra P. Zemm earned her undergraduate
degree from the University of Illinois. She received her
J.D. from Florida State University, where she served as
managing editor of the law review.
Sandra Zemm joined Seyfarth Shaw in 1975 as the first
female associate in the Labor and Employment practice.
In 1982, Ms. Zemm became the firm's first female equity
partner in Labor and Employment. Her practice concentrated
on traditional labor matters, and on matters involving
employment discrimination, wage-hour, and employment litigation.
She negotiated collective bargaining and/or shutdown agreements
with major labor unions, and represented management in
more than 200 hearings before arbitrators, the National
Labor Relations Board and various state labor agencies.
In 2002, Ms. Zemm was elected to the American College
of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
"Sandy was beloved by her colleagues and clients
and respected by her opponents. She was a no-nonsense
labor lawyer and an elegant, sophisticated woman at the
same time. Her ability to stand up to the toughest adversaries
while always carrying herself with style and grace inspired
many of us who came to the firm after her," said
Allegra Rich, Pro Bono and Philanthropy Partner at Seyfarth
Shaw. "This award is our way of keeping her in our
thoughts and honoring her legacy."
Seyfarth Shaw has over 750 attorneys located in 10 offices
throughout the United States, including: Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San
Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally
in London. Seyfarth Shaw provides a broad range of legal
services in the areas of labor and employment, employee
benefits, litigation, corporate, and real estate. The
firm's practice reflects virtually every industry and
segment of the country's business and social fabric. Clients
include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, financial
institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health
care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also
represents a number of federal, state and local governmental
and educational entities.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois
Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting university
with more than 7,700 students in engineering, sciences,
architecture, psychology, design, humanities, business
and law. With more than 1,100 students, Chicago-Kent offers
full-time and part-time J.D. and LL.M. degree programs
as well as joint-degree programs with other IIT units.
Chicago-Kentís Program in Labor and Employment Law allows
students to specialize in the law governing the workplace.