2017 Gillis Long Public Service Awards

At Loyola University New Orleans, the motto is “men and women with and for others.” Service and social justice are part of the university mission. On April 25, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presented 2017 Public Service Awards to students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Each year, the center presents awards to those who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and serving the needs of the disadvantaged.

Recipients of the esteemed award are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted to the Gillis Long office.

The 2017 recipients include:

• Bethany Breaux, ‘17: Breaux, a second-year law student, serves as the Mission and Identity Chair for the Student Bar Association. Bethany has led numerous community service initiatives, including a gift collection for Toys for Tots, a toiletries collection for the Harry Thompson Center, and a service opportunity at Lantern Light.

• The Honorable Desiree Charbonnet, J.D. 94: The Honorable Desiree M. Charbonnet served as chief judge in New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court until April 2017. Most recently, Judge Charbonnet was a leading force behind Stand with Dignity’s Warrant Clinic, which allowed people with warrants for traffic and municipal court or outstanding fines and fees to clear their records without fear of arrest.

• Dana Douglas, J.D. ’00: Ms. Douglas, a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, serves as the president of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society, and she is the 2016-2017 President-Elect of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Board of Directors.

• C. Nicole Gaither, J.D. ‘12 Ms. Gaither is a staff attorney in the family law domestic violence unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Ms. Gaither has represented countless low-income New Orleans families in family law and housing matters.

• Perry Graham, ‘18: Graham, a second-year student at Loyola, works with a local environmental justice collective that protests pipeline leases in the Gulf and raises awareness to the very real impact climate change has on the community. He also interns at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

• Amanda Hass, ‘17: Hass, a student practitioner in the Workplace Justice Project clinic, helped coordinate a seminar with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, and started a professional-level website to track controversial executive actions under the Trump administration.

• Gerald Issokson, J.D. ‘86: After graduating from Loyola in 1986, Mr. Issokson practiced immigration law and then handled disability claims for vulnerable people in private practice. For the past 26 years, he has been an attorney with the Mental Health Advocacy Service, representing people in civil commitment proceedings and other mental health matters.

• Veronica Jattan ‘17: Jattan, a third-year student in the Immigration Clinic, dedicates much of her time to serving vulnerable immigrant communities. She participates in “Know Your Rights” presentations, helping to educate members of our community. She often stays late in the clinic filing asylum applications, helping other students formulate claims for their clients, and doing interviews for new clients.

• Professor Johanna Kalb: Professor Kalb joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 2008. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of detention and democracy. From 2014 to 2016, Professor Kalb served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School. While at Yale, she helped to produce three major reports on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. After hearing the concerns of students in the Immigration Clinic, Professor Kalb volunteered her time, research abilities, and writing abilities to assist the clinic.

• Pierina Martynenko, ‘19: Martynenko, a first-year student at the College of Law, serves as a translator in the Immigration Clinic. She also participated in an in-take clinic in Biloxi, MS at El Pueblo, driving two hours to do intakes for five hours with other students in the clinic.

• Amanda Meadow, ‘17: Meadow, a student practitioner in the Immigration Clinic, has given numerous “Know Your Rights” presentations for vulnerable populations. She often stays in the clinic until late in the evening writing briefs, filing asylum applications, and helping other students formulate claims for their clients.

• The Honorable John J. Molaison, Jr., J.D. 86: Judge John J. Molaison, Jr. has been a judge for the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, Division E since 2007. He has performed outstanding volunteer service in the community and through the courts. For example, he is a member of the Judges in the Classroom program. The program’s goal is to gather volunteer professionals from the legal community to present law related topics to elementary, middle, and high school students in their classrooms.

• Hiram Molina: Although Mr. Molina is a full-time employee of Loyola College of Law’s Law Library, he serves as a Spanish-English interpreter in the clinic. Moreover, he also participates in community outreach events on his off days. Most recently, he volunteered at a power of attorney clinic for undocumented and mixed status families.

• Patrick Murphree, ‘17: Murphree has worked for anti-poverty, anti-racist community organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice where he excelled in working on research, drafting, and with clients. Through our Law Clinic, he has completed outstanding work for vulnerable immigrant youth. His work on Special Immigrant Juvenile cases on behalf of youth who were abused, neglected, has been excellent and in representing youth on these cases, he has demonstrated, through action, ways that lawyering is a tool for justice.

• Christine Scott ‘17: Scott is a student practitioner in our Criminal Defense Clinic. Throughout her law school career, Ms. Scott has devoted hundreds of hours a year to fight against the application of the death penalty in Louisiana, and elsewhere. As a Gillis Long Summer Intern, she worked with the Promise of Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that advocates for humane, fair, and equal treatment of individuals in the criminal justice system.

• Erika A. Zucker: Erika A. Zucker is Policy Analyst of the Workplace Justice Project (WJP) at the Loyola Law Clinic. Ms. Zucker actively coordinates local and statewide policy efforts to advocate for low-wage workers and working families in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. Her willingness to perform outreach and present workplace rights workshops to community organizations outside of her work schedule is only one of many illustrations of her commitment to the achievement of workplace equity.

 

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The Office of the Solicitor will soon be accepting applications for our Spring 2018 Legal Internship/Externship Program.

U.S. Department of the Interior

Office of the Solicitor
Legal Internship Program

https://www.doi.gov/solicitor/intern_extern

 Program Application Schedule

Opening Date

Closing Date

Semester

Year

April 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

2017 Fall

1L, 2L, 3L

June 1, 2017

July 29, 2017

2018 Spring

1L, 2L, 3L

August 1, 2017

January 1, 2018

2018 Summer

2L, 3L

December 1, 2017

January 1, 2018

2018 Summer

1L
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The Orleans Parish Juvenile Court is seeking applications for an attorney. Learn More>>>

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Below is a partial list of job databases for students and graduates looking for jobs.  Note, some of these are general databases, not public interest focused.

Public Service Jobs Directory

Database for public service legal careers.

Indeed

Public interest attorney job search

Law Crossing

Database for law-related jobs; public interest attorney job search.

Public Sector Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association

Contains a Public Lawyer Career Center, but you must be an ABA member (free for students to join).

Idealist

Public interest attorney job search.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Jobs in legal services, public defender offices, private public interest firms, nonprofits and academia. Searchable by job type and state.

OneJustice

California-centered organization that engages all segments of the legal community and is working to expand the resources to serve the low-income Californians who turn to OneJustice legal services nonprofits to access life’s most basic necessities.

NALP Directory

Directory of legal employers, by NALP.

Non-Profit Jobs

Job database for jobs in the non-profit sector, includes JD- or JD-preferred jobs.

Work for Good

Database with social justice jobs. Link is a search for public policy/administration jobs.

Philanthropy News Digest

Database with job openings at tax-exempt organizations, including JD-only jobs.

Hill Zoo

Database for jobs on Capitol Hill, but also includes a section for jobs off the Hill.

Public Service Careers

Database for careers in the public service, geared for recent graduates.

Public Interest Law Initiative

List of paid internship opportunities in public interest law.

Opportunities in Public Affairs

Database for Capitol Hill Jobs, legislative jobs, and public affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide.

Washington College of Law: Useful Links: Public Interest

Includes links to job databases in a variety of fields, including environmental law, human rights law, labor law, and animal law.

Martindale

Database of information about attorneys and law firms around the world. To locate public interest law firms, click Advanced Search and select the Law Firms & Organizations tab. Use the practice areas field to select areas that are typical in public interest law firms such as civil rights, education law, elder law, immigration, Indians and native populations.

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), one of the
nation’s leading civil rights organizations, seeks an attorney with criminal justice experience to serve as Counsel in its Economic Justice Project to work on the Records Assistance Program (“Program”). Learn More>>>

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Southern Poverty Law Center is hiring! Please see the job announcements below:

SPLC SIFI Direct Services Attorney.Lumpkin.GA

SPLC SIFI Lead Attorney.Lumpkin.GASPLC

SIFI Project Coordinator.Ocilla.GASPLC

SIFI Lead Attorney.Ocilla.GASPLC

SIFI Direct Services Attorney.Ocilla.GA

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The Lawyers’ Committee is pleased to announced that it is seeking applicants for the 2018-2019 George N. Lindsay Fellowship and the 2017-2019 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. We are also seeking applicants for sponsorship for the 2018-2020 Skadden, Soros Justice, and EJW Fellowships. The Lindsay Fellowship is targeted at recent graduates who will have no more than two years of post-graduate experience, not counting judicial clerkships, by the start of the fellowship. The Shestack Fellowship is targeted at attorneys with two or more years of post-graduate experience, inclusive of judicial clerkships. Eligibility for project-based fellowships is based on the criteria of the Skadden Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and Equal Justice Works respectively.

2018-2019 Lindsay Fellowship

2018-2020 Project-Based Fellowships

Shestack Fellowship 2017-2019

 

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Assistant Clinical Professor – Coordinator of Skills and Experiential  Learnings – College of Law

Responsibilities include teaching and managing all educational tasks necessary to institute and maintain an innovative skills curriculum for all law students; to oversee, manage the academic externship program to include teaching each semester; and to expand experiential practice-based learning experiences for law students.

This position requires: a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school; substantial experience, including a minimum of 5 years practice and/or teaching experience at an accredited law school; being licensed to practice law in Louisiana; and demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low income people; a long-term commitment to teaching law students to maintain strong academic credentials and practice experience.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience with planning, organizing and administering lawyering skills curriculum and experiential learning.

Send resume, writing sample and references with letter of application to:

Ramona Fernandez
Associate Director of Clinic
Stuart H. Smith Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Loyola University College of Law
504 Broadway Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Email: cmluwisc@loyno.edu

Loyola is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is May 1st.

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of New York Supervising Attorney to be based in New York. The New York Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York Staff Attorney, Social Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The New York office of the Young Center will serve both detained and released children in the New York/New Jersey area. While this is a Supervising Attorney position, the person hired will not serve as the immigration attorney for any child, but instead will be appointed as Child Advocate or will supervise the work of Child Advocates.

The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The Young Center serves as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center also conducts policy advocacy at the national level to promote consideration of best interests in all decisions concerning immigrant children. The Young Center team is a passionate and collegial group of professionals—attorneys, social workers and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that children receive the full protection of federal immigration law, domestic child welfare law and international human rights law. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Supervising Attorney’s primary responsibilities will be to:

•        Supervise the New York Staff Attorney, Social Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

•        In collaboration with the Young Center Associate Director, develop advocacy strategy on all cases in and around New York/New Jersey in which the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate.

•        Review and edit all work product, including oral and written best interests recommendations for submission to stakeholders (immigration judges, USCIS, ORR, ICE, etc.) applying federal, state and international law.

•        Meet regularly with stakeholders (immigration judges, USCIS, ORR, ICE, CBP).

•        In collaboration with Young Center Associate Director and Director, develop strategic partnerships in the New York/New Jersey area to support the work of Child Advocates.

Minimum Requirements:

•        J.D. and licensed to practice law in at least one state.

•        At least three years of experience practicing law, including preparing for and representing immigrants before immigration authorities, or the substantial equivalent.

•        Experience working with immigrant and refugee children or survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other traumatic experiences.

•        Experience supervising attorneys.

•        Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.

•        A commitment to public interest work.

•        Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to speak with children in Spanish and to communicate over the telephone in Spanish with children, family members, and others.

•        Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers.

•        Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families.

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is seeking applications for the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney position.

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

www.supportkind.org

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY POSITION
NEW YORK, NY

March 2017

Background: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Overview: KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in KIND’s New York field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, corporate partners, and law schools. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will recruit, train and mentor volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies. This position is full-time based on available funding and is currently funded through January 31, 2018.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients;

2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;

3. Recruit, train, and provide expert advice and guidance to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;

4. Develop and maintain updated guidance memoranda, sample filings, and legal training presentations;

5. Provide direct representation to a limited number of child clients, with a primary focus on facilitation of pro bono representation by volunteer corporate and law firm attorneys;

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

www.supportkind.org

6. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in the New York office and the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training at KIND Headquarters;

7. Manage all operations related to the Robin Hood grant, including case management, data entry and maintenance, metrics compliance, reports, and supervision of a half-time paralegal and legal interns;

8. Work collaboratively with colleague organizations within the Immigrant Children Advocates Relief Effort (ICARE) Coalition of which KIND is a member, including ensuring docket coverage at the immigration court, and cross-referrals of child clients;

9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission, and represent KIND at conferences, meetings, and other events as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Admission to practice law, preferably in the state of New York;

2. At least one to three years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;

3. Family law experience a plus;

4. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;

5. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;

6. Spanish speaking preferred;

7. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;

8. Supervisory experience, preferably in legal setting;

9. Mentoring and training experience;

10. Excellent oral and written communication skills;

11. Excellent professional judgment;

12. Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and

13. Ability to work collaboratively.

To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

 

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