“Matthew Stubenberg’s legal career is shaped by the Great Recession. In 2010, he started law school at the University of Maryland, where he “fell in love with criminal defense.” However, upon graduation in 2013, the legal market was still recovering, and he was without a job. That was when Stubenberg learned how to code.
Inspired by his law school clerkship, Stubenberg, 29, wanted to help attorneys navigate Maryland’s courthouses.
In the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County where he clerked, lawyers were expected to bring paper sheets with judges’ information, including phone and chamber room numbers. In response to this antiquated practice, he learned the programming language Java and created Not Guilty, a smartphone app that digitized the paper sheet and added biographical information.”
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“The U.S. Department of Education recently revised two online forms for its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to say that it applies only to jobs with organizations whose ‘primary purpose’ is either public service or public education. The ABA says in a court filing that this is proof that the change was more than informal and should have been handled through administrative law.” “The Education Department had mentioned ‘primary purpose’ in the past-first in letters to those whose participation in the program was being revoked, then in a response last fall to ABA Executive Director Jack Rives, who questioned the revocations-but argued in a July motion for summary judgment (PDF) that its use of the term was ‘individual, informal, interim, nonprecedential adjudications.’ If the agency were changing its interpretation of its 2008 final rule on the statute, that would open the revocations of program participants to judicial review-a key issue in the litigation. The ABA argues in its lawsuit (PDF) that the agency failed to follow statutory procedures for modifying the regulation in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and improperly applied the changes retroactively. A spokesman in the Education Department’s press office said Wednesday that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.”
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Due October 18: National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)/Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), $500 Scholarship – Two Available
Application Due: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
NAWJ, through its Access to Justice Scholarship Program, and WSAJ are each providing a $500 scholarship. Two deserving law students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity and equality in the system of justice will be selected.
Scholarship recipients must be an enrolled second- or third-year law student in good standing. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience in addressing gender equity issues (e.g., equal access to justice and domestic violence advocacy), and their plan for use of the funds. Applicants will be notified by October 25, 2017.
Application Due: October 6, 2017
Apply for a 2017 scholarship from the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and Student Scholarship Foundation (SSF). Each year, ABAW and SSF award four (4) scholarships totaling $24,500 to APA/API law students attending school in Washington. Selection is competitive. Applications are due by October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.
Information and details on how to apply here.