Latest News as of 4/4/18


Lauri’s hours canceled today 4/4/18 Wed. 1:30-4.
Apologies for the late notice!
I’ll be back tomorrow during my regular drop-in hours.


1) Sign up to Walk!
2) Advising Hold
3) Honors Info Session
4) Su Pell Grant
5) Trnsfr Jobs for Credit
6) Death Penalty Clinic Intrnshp
7) PEN America
8) US PIRG Intrnshps


1) Sign up to Walk!

Sign up to Walk!

Graduating Seniors!

Sign up to walk, get your name in the program, secure 2 free tickets and purchase additional tickets now.

The link is at the bottom of the ‘Commencement’ page on our website:

** Sign up to walk in the Legal Studies Ceremony, get your name in the program, get 2 free tickets, and purchase additional tickets.

DEADLINE:  April 12

** Ticket pick up begins from Lauri:  April 16th  8:30-12 and 1:30-4



** Guests 5 years or under NEED A TICKET, ask Lauri for FREE tickets at the time you pick up your other tickets.

** If you need to buy extra tickets after your initial purchase, please go back to the form and:

– Enter your name

– Enter your phone number

– Enter your e-mail address

– Enter an ‘x’ into each of the questionnaire fields, then hit submit to get to the purchase page.


** NO tickets will be sold at the door.

** DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS: May 10  (pick up from Lauri May 11)

2) Advising Hold

Advising Hold

If you are currently declared as a Legal Studies major and not on the Sp 18 or Su18 degree lists, there is an automatic hold placed on your registration.
The hold is there to prompt students to get major advising once a semester before registering for classes for the following term.

Please come by now, during my drop in hours (8:30-12 and 1:30-4 unless I send out a message about a change in my office hours.
Come in before registration begins on April 16th.

ONLY students who are abroad, at UCDC or are being readmitted for Fa18 may e-mail me regarding the hold.

When you come in, please check to see if I have someone in my office by waving or catching my eye, then please wait out in the lobby if I’m with someone.
Please let’s keep our meeting brief and to the point.

Once registration begins, those who wait until the last minute will often find a queue of students.
I don’t want you to have to wait in line.

I’ve already seen 63 of you so thank you very much!
There are about 137 more of you who need to come in, so let’s get going! 😉


3) Honors Info Session

Honors Info Session

5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 18th, Legal Studies Building (2240 Piedmont Avenue) in the library.

The Legal Studies Honors Program is a yearlong course devoted to conducting original, interdisciplinary thesis research. If you have at least a 3.5 GPA, and are a Legal Studies major, come to the informational session in order to hear:

–Three current Honors students will discuss their experiences in the program and their research projects, which engage with topics like the anti death penalty movement, law and coastal development in California, and the history of the San Francisco Industrial School;

–Professor Lauren Edelman and Chase Burton will talk about how the program can prepare you for graduate school, law school, or postgraduate careers; and

–Lauri La Pointe will detail when and how to apply to the program.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided!


4) Su Pell Grant

Su Pell Grant

Summer Pell is now back for eligible students!

As many advisers are often the first point of contact while students plan their academic schedule, we hope you will encourage students to use Summer Sessions as a tool to complete their degrees on time and explore the financial support available to them for 2018 Summer Sessions. In some cases, the sum of Summer Pell grant plus the summer fee grant is greater than the tuition and fees charged by the University!  Students choosing to use their summer aid to complete a summer minor can also qualify for an additional $2,000 scholarship on top of their financial aid.

Interested students can find a financial aid estimator here or learn more about Summer Sessions opportunities via our website.


5) Trnsfr Jobs for Credit

Trnsfr Jobs for Credit

The Transfer Student Center is offering leadership opportunities for transfer students. We have positions in OutreachEducation 198 CourseEvents/Programming, and Operations. Students can earn up to 1-3 academic units for this exciting opportunity.
Application due on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:59pm


6) Death Penalty Clinic Intrnshp

Death Penalty Clinic Intrnshp

Death Penalty Clinic
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity is dependable and responsible. We are looking for two interns for the summer semester, with the possibility of continuing into the fall. We require an undergraduate, preferably a junior or senior, who can commit a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week during the summer. (Fall internships are half of that time.) These are unpaid positions.

The Death Penalty Clinic is a law practice engaged in direct representation of individuals facing capital punishment. Interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, the Clinic paralegal, and law students. They will be held to the same confidentiality requirements as faculty, staff, and law students in the Clinic.

As an intern, you must be: -dependable in terms of your time commitment -trustworthy because of the serious responsibility of working on capital cases -detail-oriented to best support the Clinic and, ultimately, our clients

Responsibilities include, but certainly are not limited to: -inventory and analyzing files -researching news databases -exhibit and pleading organization -extensive filing -assisting in record preservation and management -updating our records database

As an intern, you will be exposed to the realities of working on a capital case and engage in projects that contribute to the professional work of the organization.

For more information regarding the Clinic, see our website at

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to Heather Canfield, Clinic Paralegal, at by Monday, April 16, 2017.

Materials should be submitted in PDF format and should include your last name in the file name.
Selected applicants will be invited to interview, either telephonically or in person.


7) PEN America

PEN America

Over more than four decades PEN America’s Prison Writing Program has amplified the writing of thousands of imprisoned writers by providing free resources, skilled mentors, and audiences for their writing. We are proud to share our deepening commitment to confronting our era of mass incarceration with the launch of the PEN America Writing For Justice Fellowship.

The 12 month-long Writing For Justice Fellowships will commission writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The aim is to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ignite a broad, sustained conversation about the dangers of over-incarceration, and the imperative to mobilize behind rational and humane policies. As an organization of writers dedicated to promoting free expression and informed discourse, PEN America is honored to have been entrusted by the Art for Justice Fund to engage the literary community in addressing this pressing societal issue.

Fellows may be emerging or established writers, working in fiction, non-fiction and journalism, poetry, drama, or mixed genres. Fellows will receive an honorarium of $10,000, and may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for travel and research. In addition to financial support, Fellows may choose to be paired with a mentor to serve as a source of guidance for the project, and the cohort will convene in person twice during the course of the Fellowship. PEN America will draw on the expertise of the members of Writing for Justice Advisory Committee, as well as our network of agents, editors, publishers, partner organizations and outlets in order to assist efforts for publication and dissemination of the work of the Fellows. Opportunities for sharing the created work through public forums will be organized in New York City at the PEN World Voices Festival, the Fellow’s home community, and possibly additional locations.

The best Writing For Justice Fellowship applications will demonstrate how the proposed project plans to engage on issues of reform, fuel public debate, and facilitate the possibility of societal change. Currently and formerly incarcerated writers are highly encouraged to apply, and special provisions will be made for incarcerated writers to participate through alternative methods.

We invite you to review the full Fellowship overview, application requirements, and FAQs on our website. We hope you will share the Fellowship announcement with your community, consider applying, and encourage promising candidates in your network to apply. Our application portal opens April 15, and applications will be accepted until July 1st.

I look forward to updating you on this initiative as we progress.

With warm regards

Caits Meissner
Prison and Justice Writing Program Manager
PEN America


8) US PIRG Intrnshps

US PIRG Intrnshps

Opportunities with U.S. PIRG

  • Summer Internships: We are hiring interns across the country to help our advocates and campaign staff run successful campaigns in the summer months. Interns learn invaluable skills to jumpstart a career in political advocacy and get real, tangible results to better our future. Apply here.
  • U.S. PIRG Fellowship: U.S. PIRG fellows get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of public interest advocacy. By organizing the public, lobbying decision-makers, and highlighting our campaigns in the media, fellows win real, tangible results towards a better future on campaigns to fix and expand our aging public transportation system, get toxic chemicals out of our personal care products, and defend consumer protections on Wall Street. Apply here.

Other Opportunities

  • Summer Canvassers: Our partner group, the Fund for the Public Interest, is hiring paid summer campaign staff to work in their canvass offices across the country. Canvassers educate the public and fundraise for organizations like Environment America, U.S. PIRG, and the Human Rights Campaign. Apply here.
  • Community Voters Project Canvass Directors: The Community Voters Project is hiring Canvass Directors to help increase voter registration and ensure everyone’s voice is heard in our democracy this election. Canvass Directors will recruit and oversee a team of committed canvasser activists and help increase participation of underrepresented communities in the 2018 elections. Learn more here:

Apply by April 10th.


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