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Week of December 19, 2011


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 Flyer

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 at

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 required).

Deadline: Submissions are due no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012



Application Deadline: 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 interests.

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing
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 relations laws.

Past fellows have been involved in most areas of the Legal Departmentís work.
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 political program.

Fellowship openings are in Washington, DC. and Los Angeles, CA.
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 to:

Cheryl Alston
Assistant to the General Counsel
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
cheryl .alston(
fax: 202-429-5565
Application Deadline: December 1, 2011.

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


ANNOUNCING: The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers 2011 Writing Competition for Law Students


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 format:

- Submitted by email (no author name in body of article, only in cover letter) to (Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line.);
- All articles are to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2012;
- Double-spaced, on 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
- 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.












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