January 2021
Engage. Empower. Elevate.
President's Message
Happy New Year 2021!

Langston is forging ahead in the new year with renewed energy and continued hope.  
The Board is working on enhancing Langston’s services and programs. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure that we have an organization that continues to thrive and is running well. We are developing new programs and will be introducing new resources to make your membership even more valuable. We look forward to announcing these initiatives soon.
We are also focused on raising funds not only to elevate our programming and engage our membership, but also to continue to support law students in need. We are counting on you for financial support and in-kind sponsorship. Many thanks to all of you who contributed in 2020 and plan to support us through 2021.

How can you help?
  • By volunteering on a Langston committee – there’s lots of fun work to go around, so please look at our list of committees at;

  • By registering for our events and seminars – your participation and registration dollars mean so much;

  • By sponsoring an event – there are many sponsorship opportunities including the upcoming Scholarship Benefit & Awards Presentation on February 6, 2021.

  • By suggesting topics for our educational seminars and events – we want to provide the education you need and desire;

  • By letting us know how we are doing – reply to a social media post or send us a message – we’d love to hear from you; and

  • By just reaching out and checking in on a fellow Langston member – we could all benefit from connecting with each other once in a while;
Until we see each other again virtually or in person – Stay safe, take care – we miss you.

Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
President, John M. Langston Bar Association

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. Welcome our newest Lifetime
. Members!

Chris is Of Counsel at Jones Day and is based in Shanghai. Chris has the distinction of being the lifetime member who is located the farthest distance from Los Angeles, CA.

Daniel is a Partner and Vice Chair of the Litigation Department at Paul Hastings. Daniel also currently serves as Vice President and Membership Chair of the Langston Bar.
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. Call for Articles!
Langston is looking to include valuable and insightful articles in the monthly newsletter and on the Langston Law Institute Education Resources page launching soon.  

Topics and Length: Articles should be on timely topics of interest to attorneys and can include opinions about recent court case decisions, practice tips, or scholarly analysis and can be general or apply to a specific practice area. Articles should be between 800 - 1,000 words in length. Acceptance of article will be based on whether article fits within the topic description and is determined to be informative for Langston membership. Citations should be in ENDNOTE format and conform to Harvard bluebook rules.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions should be emailed to and include: Author's contact information and Article in word .doc format. Upon acceptance, all authors will be required to submit a short bio (50 words or less), headshot (high res jpg digital file), and a release form.

Submission Deadline: Open
. Law Students Corner:
Meyers Nave Diversity Fellowship Program 2021:
Application Period Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 8, 2021

Meyers Nave proudly announces the application period for the fourth year of our Diversity Fellowship Program, which has already helped advance the careers of six law students and in 2020 we hired one of our Fellows full time after graduation. We encourage our clients, colleagues and all members of the Meyers Nave community to share the application information with potential candidates. Please click here for a PDF that describes the qualification criteria, application requirements, and selection timetable and process.
Did you know that Langston has an online Job Opportunities section where job openings are posted? Check it out HERE if you are looking for a new position. Also, if you are a company or firm that wants to post a job on Langston's site, please send listing to
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Deputy District Attorney- Fixed Term
Senior Counsel, Employment Law (El Segundo, California)
ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) 
(Dignity for All) (El Segundo, CA)
Corporate Counsel
Announcing the Sears Clinical Law Teaching Fellowship on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Law and Policy

UCLA Law’s Williams Institute and Experiential Education Program seek applications for the Sears Clinical Law Teaching Fellowship for 2021-2024. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as a clinical professor and/or public interest lawyer engaged in legislative lawyering and policy work are invited to apply if their practice or research interests are focused on the intersections of sexual and reproductive health, LGBTQ rights, and racial and economic justice.

We invite applications from those practicing or working in law, policy, and other disciplinary traditions. We are particularly interested in candidates who have an interest in researching religious liberty arguments to limit both reproductive and LGBTQ rights.  

The fellowship offers opportunities for experiential teaching and research designed to prepare the fellow to seek a permanent or tenure-track experiential faculty position at a law school, or an advanced position as a public interest lawyer focused on public policy or legislative lawyering. The fellow will co-teach or teach in experiential courses at UCLA Law and be fully engaged with policy and scholarly research projects. The law school will provide teaching mentorship, as well as research support and faculty guidance on research and writing projects. 
The law teaching fellowship programs of The Williams Institute and the Experiential Education Program at UCLA Law are some of the oldest in the nation. Together, they have supported over twenty law teaching fellows to secure tenure track appointments at law schools nationwide. Past fellows have secured faculty positions at top law schools including UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Wisconsin, and Yale.

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