Tips for success in federal government jobs and more!

Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Neuroscience (from NWSideBar)

“Neuroscience, Decisions and the Law.” Looking at the topic, one might think that the seminar speaker will be wearing a white lab coat and showing slides of CAT scans and lab rats. However, this seminar is actually an insightful presentation on how unconscious preconceptions and predispositions dramatically influence decision-making. This seminar is for anyone who cares about how hidden biases influence thinking and drive seemingly unconnected behaviors. If you care about any of the these topics, then you should go:

  • Understanding how people react to race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Understanding how deeply hidden preconceptions instantaneously influence perceptions at subconscious levels
  • Understanding why certain groups are profoundly underrepresented in the top ranks of the legal profession despite years of efforts by the Bar, bench, and society in general

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Finding jobs and turning heads in the federal government by Sam Halpert, PSJD Fellowo (2014-15)

3063021398_8be1b97954_o (1)The federal government is big and does a lot of stuff. [citation needed] Folks across the political spectrum approach this fact with various feelings, but it’s true. And with great scope comes great opportunity. Almost regardless of what your interests are as a lawyer, odds are some corner of the Fed might enable you to pursue them. If you’re in the midst of your job search and you haven’t taken a look around the government yet, you probably should. You never know what you might find.
USAJobs.gov handles so many different fields, it can be hard to find relevant information. The problem is, the federal government is big and does a lot of stuff. That means that taking a look around is far from simple. USAJobs.gov–the federal hiring portal– handles so many job notices in so many different fields, it can be hard to find relevant information. Moreover, once you find positions you want to apply to you’ll probably learn that the federal hiring process involves different conventions than most other employers.
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Nation’s first limited license legal technicians; seven from WA

Seven people have cleared a major hurdle to become the nation’s first limited license legal technicians. Nine people took Washington state’s first exam for limited license legal technicians, and seven of them passed. Washington is the first state with a program to allow limited license legal technicians to help litigants prepare legal documents and provide advice on legal procedures without a lawyer’s supervision. The seven applicants passed a test to work in domestic relations, the first practice area open to technicians in Washington’s program. The seven people will still have to show they have insurance and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. A licensing fee and trust account reporting are also required.”  (ABA Journal)