Charleston School of Law Office of Diversity Initiatives

Our focus is Multi-cultural Affairs, Diversity & Pre-Law at the Charleston School of Law

Our focus is Multi-cultural Affairs, Diversity & Pre-Law at the Charleston School of Law

[10/24/17]   I am happy to report that with 115 points, the Charleston School of Law is the Low Country winner of the Food from the Bar Campaign! Thank you to all who participated, we could not have done it without you!

[10/04/17]   Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston Scholarship Announcement

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Apply for the 2016 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to April 15, 2016


DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2016-17) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.

To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

* Demonstrated academic excellence
* Service to the profession
* Service to the community
* Service to the cause of diversity


Applications must be received by DRI no later than Friday, April 15, 2016.



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Register for the Diversity for Success Seminar

The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to its 11th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Expo, June 9–10 in Chicago. This year’s seminar will provide an assessment of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

The Diversity for Success Seminar will provide an in-depth look at corporate and national diversity and inclusion initiatives at the forefront of change. Watch real pitches from two different attorneys and listen to feedback from general counsel on how to interview as outside counsel. Learn about the importance of having diversity in the defense of lawsuits and why diverse legal teams get better results.


Advance Deadline: May 10, 2016

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[03/02/16]   THE FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGES ASSOCIATION
The FMJA Board and Diversity Committee
PRESENT a free CLE:
INCREASING DIVERSITY AMONG FEDERAL
MAGISTRATE JUDGES
Please join members of FMJA’s Diversity Committee for a conversation with esteemed Federal Judges and colleagues as we discuss the significance of diversity on the bench, efforts to increase diversity among Magistrate Judges, the path to becoming a Magistrate Judge, life as a Magistrate Judge, and more!
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS:
The Honorable Leo Brisbois
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota – Moderator
The Honorable Joseph Riley
Former Mayor of Charleston – Introductory Remarks
The Honorable J. Michelle Childs
U.S. District Court Judge, District of South Carolina (Columbia) - Panelist
The Honorable Kaymani D. West
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge, District of South Carolina (Florence) - Panelist
The Honorable Mary Gordon Baker
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge, District of South Carolina (Charleston) - Panelist
Mr. Matthew Hubbell, Esq.
Chair of the Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, District of South Carolina (Columbia) - Panelist
When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 4:00 to 5:15pm |check-in begins at 3:30pm Cocktail reception from 5:15pm to 6:30pm in the Courthouse
Location: U. S. Courthouse, J. Waties Waring Judicial Center
83 Meeting Street, Charleston | Hon. Sol Blatt, Jr. Courtroom
Register: Space is limited. Register by April 4, 2016. Contact Nick Bianchi for questions and registration via email at [email protected]
Supported by:
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Federal Bar Association of the District of South Carolina
1.25 CLE Credits - South Carolina

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CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The SCWLA Foundation sponsors annual law student scholarships.

The 2016 application process has just begun and we ask you, the SCWLA membership, to help us find qualified candidates.

If any of your relatives, friends, or current or former employees are rising second or third year law students attending either the University of South Carolina School of Law or the Charleston School of Law and if they have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an aptitude for leadership and philanthropy, we urge you to encourage that student to apply for this scholarship!
SEE APPLICATION HERE
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SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN LAWYERS
FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 2016

The SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN LAWYERS FOUNDATION (SCWLA Foundation) is currently seeking qualified applicants for the SCWLA Foundation Scholarships to be awarded to deserving second and third year law students attending the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Charleston School of Law.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The SCWLA Foundation Scholarships are intended to:
• Recognize law students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an aptitude for leadership and philanthropy;
• Promote excellence in legal studies by providing assistance to deserving students; and
• Advance the missions of both the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and the SCWLA Foundation, which include:
o enhancing the welfare and development of women lawyers and supporting their interests and encouraging philanthropy by women lawyers in South Carolina for the benefit of the greater community.

AWARDS GIVEN: Two scholarships are given each year, contingent on the applicant pool and scholarship funds raised by the SCWLA Foundation. Finalists will be the guests of honor at the SCWLA CLE Convention. Anticipated amount of the 2016 scholarship is at least $1,500.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Current first or second year law students enrolled at a South Carolina law school.

CRITERIA: Scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership and philanthropic potential, and a strong commitment to the profession. Involvement in programs that advance or support women in the profession and in the community and participation in community service activities are given particular consideration.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked or e-mailed no later than March 18, 2016.

AWARD DATE: At SCWLA’s annual Awards Night. Finalists are expected to attend the awards ceremony.


SCWLA FOUNDATION 2016 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION:

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Name: __________________________________

Address (through May 2016): _____________________________________________________

Address (for summer 2016):* _____________________________________________________

Telephone Number: __________________________________

E-mail address: __________________________________

*If unknown, provide address/number of someone who will be able to reach you during the summer.

II. EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION

Law School:_____________________________________________________________

Expected Graduation Date: ________________Law School Rank: __________________

College/Universities Attended Degree Date Major/Minor
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

A. Other Graduate Degrees:
________________________________________________________________________

B. Please list any academic honors you received during your undergraduate, postgraduate
or law school education:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

C. Please describe any groups at your law school with which you have been involved and
any positions of leadership you currently hold or have held in such groups:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________


III. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Please list your employment following college graduation (including any legal clerkships):
Employer Name and Address Position/Title Dates
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

IV. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Please attach to this application a summary of your involvement in any social, civic, religious, professional or other community groups working to support or advance women’s issues (including any leadership roles you currently hold or have held in such groups).

V. REFERENCES
Please provide two letters of reference from persons who have observed your academic, professional, leadership, philanthropic, and/or other involvement in activities that you believe qualify you for this scholarship. You may attach the letters of reference to this application OR request that each individual mail the letters separately to the address listed below with your name clearly referenced in the letter OR request that each individual submit a letter via separate email to the email address listed below with your name clearly referenced in the subject line of the email and in the letter. Please provide the following information for the two individuals who are providing your recommendation letters:

Reference One Name: ________________________________________________
Title: ________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________
Telephone Number: ________________________________________________

Reference Two Name: ________________________________________________
Title: ________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________

VI. PERSONAL AND CAREER STATEMENTS:

A. Please attach a personal statement explaining why you are a deserving candidate for a SCWLA Foundation Scholarship. Address how you embody the scholarship criteria and how you plan to continue to pursue these goals in the future. Please also feel free to include any other information not requested on this application that you believe qualifies you for a SCWLA Foundation Scholarship.

CRITERIA:
*Involvement in programs that affect and/or promote the advancement of women in the profession and in the community.
*Participation in community outreach activities and/or philanthropic endeavors.
* Demonstrated leadership ability.
*Commitment to the legal profession.

* Academic achievement.

B. Please attach a statement explaining how this scholarship would benefit you personally.

C. Please attach a general statement of your career objectives and your expectations toward the practice of law. Please limit your statement to 200 words.

Please forward attachments and a copy of your law school transcript, postmarked or e-mailed* by March 18, 2016 to:

SCWLA Foundation
PO Box 11910
Columbia, SC 29211

Or c/o
[email protected]


*If you email your application but mail your law school transcript and/or attachments, please indicate in your cover email that the transcript and/or attachments will follow via U.S. mail.

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS:
[email protected]


Please note that the application deadline is March 18, 2016.

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[02/22/16]   All the best to the Charleston School of Law graduates taking the bar exam this week!

[01/21/16]   SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN LAWYERS
FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 2016

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked or e-mailed no later than March 18, 2016.

The SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN LAWYERS FOUNDATION (SCWLA Foundation) is currently seeking qualified applicants for the SCWLA Foundation Scholarships to be awarded to deserving second and third year law students attending the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Charleston School of Law.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The SCWLA Foundation Scholarships are intended to:
• Recognize law students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an aptitude for leadership and philanthropy;
• Promote excellence in legal studies by providing assistance to deserving students; and
• Advance the missions of both the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and the SCWLA Foundation, which include:
o enhancing the welfare and development of women lawyers and supporting their interests and encouraging philanthropy by women lawyers in South Carolina for the benefit of the greater community.

AWARDS GIVEN: Two scholarships are given each year, contingent on the applicant pool and scholarship funds raised by the SCWLA Foundation. Finalists will be the guests of honor at the SCWLA CLE Convention. Anticipated amount of the 2016 scholarship is at least $1,500.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Current first or second year law students enrolled at a South Carolina law school.

CRITERIA: Scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership and philanthropic potential, and a strong commitment to the profession. Involvement in programs that advance or support women in the profession and in the community and participation in community service activities are given particular consideration.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked or e-mailed no later than March 18, 2016.

AWARD DATE: At SCWLA’s annual Awards Night. Finalists are expected to attend the awards ceremony.


SCWLA FOUNDATION 2016 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION:

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

Name: __________________________________

Address (through May 2016): _____________________________________________________

Address (for summer 2016):* _____________________________________________________

Telephone Number: __________________________________

E-mail address: __________________________________

*If unknown, provide address/number of someone who will be able to reach you during the summer.

II. EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION

Law School:_____________________________________________________________

Expected Graduation Date: ________________Law School Rank: __________________

College/Universities Attended Degree Date Major/Minor
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

A. Other Graduate Degrees:
________________________________________________________________________

B. Please list any academic honors you received during your undergraduate, postgraduate
or law school education:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

C. Please describe any groups at your law school with which you have been involved and
any positions of leadership you currently hold or have held in such groups:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

III. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Please list your employment following college graduation (including any legal clerkships):
Employer Name and Address Position/Title Dates
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

IV. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Please attach to this application a summary of your involvement in any social, civic, religious, professional or other community groups working to support or advance women’s issues (including any leadership roles you currently hold or have held in such groups).

V. REFERENCES
Please provide two letters of reference from persons who have observed your academic, professional, leadership, philanthropic, and/or other involvement in activities that you believe qualify you for this scholarship. You may attach the letters of reference to this application OR request that each individual mail the letters separately to the address listed below with your name clearly referenced in the letter OR request that each individual submit a letter via separate email to the email address listed below with your name clearly referenced in the subject line of the email and in the letter. Please provide the following information for the two individuals who are providing your recommendation letters:

Reference One Name: ________________________________________________
Title: ________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________
Telephone Number: ________________________________________________

Reference Two Name: ________________________________________________
Title: ________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________

VI. PERSONAL AND CAREER STATEMENTS:

A. Please attach a personal statement explaining why you are a deserving candidate for a SCWLA Foundation Scholarship. Address how you embody the scholarship criteria and how you plan to continue to pursue these goals in the future. Please also feel free to include any other information not requested on this application that you believe qualifies you for a SCWLA Foundation Scholarship.

CRITERIA:
*Involvement in programs that affect and/or promote the advancement of women in the profession and in the community.
*Participation in community outreach activities and/or philanthropic endeavors.
* Demonstrated leadership ability.
*Commitment to the legal profession.

* Academic achievement.

B. Please attach a statement explaining how this scholarship would benefit you personally.

C. Please attach a general statement of your career objectives and your expectations toward the practice of law. Please limit your statement to 200 words.

Please forward attachments and a copy of your law school transcript, postmarked or e-mailed* by March 18, 2016 to:

SCWLA Foundation
PO Box 11910
Columbia, SC 29211

Or c/o
[email protected]

*If you email your application but mail your law school transcript and/or attachments, please indicate in your cover email that the transcript and/or attachments will follow via U.S. mail.

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS:
[email protected]

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