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2018 SPIL Stipend & Eric D. Weissman Memorial Scholarship Application About the SPIL Stipend Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) was founded in 1989 and is an Associate Member of the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL). SPIL was organized to further the Columbus School of Law’s commitment to providing legal services within the public interest sector. Since its inception, SPIL has demonstrated its commitment to diverse areas of public service by raising funds for summer stipends. The SPIL stipend provides income to students who choose to spend their summer rendering legal services in the public interest for little or no compensation. The stipend represents compensation for actual employment. Income from a summer stipend is taxable income. The amount received is based exclusively on hours worked, with maximum earnings not to exceed $3,500. While services are delivered through a non-CUA-affiliated agency, actual employment is through CUA, of which the payroll office executes payment in the same way it would with any other part-time CUA employee. Questions should be directed to either the Financial Aid Office, Room 340, or the SPIL Presidents Willie Burden at [email protected] and Cloyd Smith at [email protected] About the Eric D. Weissman Memorial Scholarship The Weissman family established the Eric D. Weissman Memorial Scholarship in order to specially honor one student who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to public interest law. This scholarship is for $3,500. The recipient is selected at the same time as SPIL stipend recipients are selected. All students who complete a SPIL stipend application will also be considered for the Weissman Scholarship. Contents A. Important Dates B. Eligibility C. Stipend and Scholarship Compensation Description D. Stipend and Scholarship Recipient Future Commitments E. Supplemental Compensation F. Power to Revoke G. Selection Process H. Required Forms / Documents
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A. Important Dates Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
SPIL Stipend / Weissman Scholarship Application Deadline Email the application to [email protected] or deliver it to the Financial Aid Office
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Anticipated SPIL Stipend / Weissman Scholarship Recipient Announcement Date
B. Eligibility To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Applicant is currently enrolled at the Columbus School of Law as a 1D, 1E, 2D, 2E, or 3E. Applicant commits to obtaining a summer internship within the public interest law sector. Applicant’s summer internship is compatible with the mission of the University. Applicant’s employing organization is one of the following: a. Non-profit organization providing legal services to under-represented groups or causes; b. For-profit organization engaged in client pro-bono services; c. Prosecutor office; d. Public defender office; e. Federal, state, or local government agency; f. Judiciary (clerkship); g. International public interest work; or h. Labor union. 5. Applicant completes all required documentation listed in Section H and emails it to [email protected] or delivers it to the Financial Aid Office by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. C. Stipend and Scholarship Compensation Description 1. Recipients are awarded funding for one placement only; awards may not be “split” among multiple placements. 2. The stipend is for a maximum of $3,500. 3. Recipients are paid at the rate of $10.90 per hour. 4. Recipients are paid for a maximum of 40 hours per week. 5. Recipients will receive the full $3,500 upon working eight 40-hour weeks. Recipients are encouraged to continue their internships after the full stipend amount has been earned. Recipients may receive pro bono credit for unpaid hours, assuming all other Pro Bono at CUA Law criteria are met. 6. Payment is calculated based on timesheets. 7. Timesheets must be signed by the recipient’s supervisor and submitted by the recipient to CUA according to predetermined due dates. 8. Direct deposit (preferred) or checks will be delivered to recipients every two weeks per the CUA payroll schedule for hourly employees. 9. If a timesheet(s) is received after its due date, the corresponding paycheck(s) will be delayed until the following pay period. 2 of 8
10. Other CUA-paid employment (e.g., research assistant for a professor) is calculated into the 40hour per week maximum for payment. 11. Recipients are not paid for unworked hours. 12. The receipt of a stipend or scholarship will not affect a student’s financial aid for either the concurrent summer session or the subsequent academic year. D. Stipend and Scholarship Recipient Future Commitments 1. Recipient must complete all financial forms and documents as requested by the Financial Aid Office. 2. Recipient must submit their offer letter/email from the employing organization as confirmation that he or she will be working within the public interest sector immediately upon acceptance to the internship if not provided as part of the recipient’s SPIL Stipend application. 3. Recipient must prepare and submit a summary of his or her summer experience to Professor Ogilvy at [email protected] 4. Recipients are encouraged to submit a photograph from their internship to Professor Ogilvy at [email protected] 5. Recipient must maintain his or her status as a Columbus School of Law student during the concurrent summer session and subsequent academic year. E. Supplemental Compensation Additional compensation provided by a recipient’s employer may not increase a recipient’s total earnings above $5,000. Recipient must contact the Financial Aid Office if he or she expects to receive supplemental compensation. F. Power to Revoke The SPIL Executive Board, SPIL Co-Advisors, and the Financial Aid Office shall retain the authority to revoke an award, recoup funds, and resolve any disputes regarding stipend eligibility that may arise. A recipient’s SPIL Stipend or Weissman Scholarship may be revoked in the following circumstances: 1. Recipient does not maintain their status as a Columbus School of Law student during the concurrent summer session and subsequent academic year; 2. There is a material change to the employing organization described in the application, which will prompt discretionary review by a subcommittee consisting of members of the Selection Committee, SPIL Presidents, SPIL Co-Advisors, and/or the Financial Aid Office. 3. Recipient obtains a summer internship in an area other than public interest law; or 4. Recipient does not meet any of the other obligations described herein. G. Selection Process 1. A (non-student) Selection Committee familiar with public interest law will evaluate applications anonymously and based on the following criteria: a. Applicant’s demonstrated commitment to public interest law; b. Applicant’s contributions to SPIL, as verified by the current SPIL Presidents; and a. Degree to which the internship work described in the application will benefit the public interest. 3 of 8
2. Applicant with the highest score will be awarded the Weissman Scholarship. 3. All other applicants with the highest scores will be awarded SPIL stipends until the funds are exhausted. H. Required Forms / Documents Please submit the following via email at [email protected] or deliver it to the Financial Aid Office: a. Recipient and Organization Information b. Acknowledgment c. Application Questions d. SPIL Hours Record (Auction Items) e. Updated Résumé with name, address, phone, and email redacted f. Offer Letter / Email (Alternatively, if applicant has not yet confirmed an internship, submit to the Financial Aid Office immediately upon confirmation)
Questions may be directed to the Financial Aid Office or current SPIL Presidents.
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Recipient and Organization Information Recipient Information Name: Year (circle one): 1D 1E
2D 2E 3E
Address: Preferred address for checks (as alternative to receiving bi-weekly direct deposits):
Phone Number: Email Address: Other CUA-paid employment (circle one): no
If yes, with Organization Information Organization Name: Organization Address: Supervisor Name: Supervisor Position: Supervisor Phone Number: Supervisor Email Address:
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Acknowledgement With my signature, I affirm the following: I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the information included in this packet; I intend to maintain my status as a Columbus School of Law student; I understand that I am responsible for ensuring that my supervisor signs a timesheet by the due dates; I understand that my timesheets must be faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered to the law school Financial Aid Office by noon on the due dates; I understand that my supervisor may sign the time sheet early if he or she is unavailable on the timesheet due date; I understand that my timesheet may be signed by an alternate supervisor familiar with my hours; and I understand that I may include hours unaccounted on later timesheets.
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Application Questions A panel of (non-student) judges will review your responses to the following four prompts, assessing your commitment to public interest law. 1. In essay format, please share your perspective on the role/importance of public interest law to today’s U.S. society. The essay should be brief and not exceed 500 words. 2. Describe events and experiences in your life (but not directly related to the SPIL organization’s activities), including your current law school studies and law-school-affiliated pro bono work, that helped form the perspective on the role/importance of public interest law. 3. Describe your involvement with the SPIL organization during the current school year. As appropriate, you may include specific quantitative information. Please include any contextual information that you believe would be helpful.* 4. Briefly describe the nature of the work you will be doing this summer for which you are applying for a summer stipend and how you expect your summer work experience will contribute (directly or otherwise) to your longer-term career and professional goals. If appropriate, include information about particular needs in the community in which your work exists and what impact you hope to have. __________________ * If you hold a SPIL Board position, please be sure this is noted in responding to this prompt, and be specific about your responsibilities, tasks performed, and how your work benefited the organization.
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SPIL Hours Record Please record your SPIL hours below. You may also include hours you commit to completing prior to the conclusion of this semester. Please round up hours to the nearest half hour. Typed reports are preferred. Hours and donation items will be verified by the current SPIL Presidents. Activity Name Activity Type (community service, pro bono, auction, or SPIL) Example: SPIL First SPIL Meeting
Approximate Date 9/16/17
Number of Hours Worked 1 hour
Total: Required number of Auction Items Donated Y or N:
Certification I hereby certify that the hours and donation items reported on this form are correct and accurate.