The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) have prepared a toolkit (Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests) to protect communities.

For more information and to download the toolkit, please visit http://www.immdefense.org/raids-toolkit/.

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The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) invites you to continue that commitment by attending a free, public screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary “Five Awake.”

Screening of “Five Awake” and Advocacy Panel
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
7:00 pm
Junior League of New Orleans Headquarters
4319 Carondelet Street

Directed by Donna Dees and Susan Willis, “Five Awake” follows five women working to strengthen Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. Rep. Helena Moreno, who sponsored the legislative package, worked with Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Beth Meeks, Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana Charmaine Cacciopi, attorney for United Way of Southeast Louisiana Kim Sport, and Director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center Mary Claire Landry.

All six bills proposed by the team of women were passed unanimously during the 2014 regular legislative session and signed into law within a year.

Following the 35-minute documentary, the film’s featured legislators Rep. Moreno and Sen. JP Morrell will share best practices for partnering with lawmakers to reach public policy goals.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by visiting www.jlno.org/fiveawakescreening.

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*FELLOWSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE*
*Northwestern Pritzker School of Law*
*Bluhm Legal Clinic*
*Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center*
*Solitary Confinement Appellate Litigation Fellow*

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year
fellowship position beginning as soon as possible in the Bluhm Legal
Clinic’s *Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center*. We seek
applicants for this fellowship position with distinguished academic
records; a strong, demonstrated commitment to practicing in the area of
civil rights litigation; excellent research and writing skills; and 0-5
years of litigation or clerkship experience, preferably with substantial
experience working on federal appeals.

The fellow will be responsible for identifying and tracking lower court
cases that present an opportunity to bring the issue of solitary
confinement to the U.S. Supreme Court. To that end, the fellow will: (1)
review all new federal appellate and district court decisions involving
solitary confinement as they are issued, and (2) identify and track pending
federal appellate and district court cases involving solitary confinement.
The fellow will also be responsible for helping to draft, in cases
involving solitary confinement, appellate briefs, petitions for certiorari,
and amicus briefs. In the event of a grant of certiorari, the fellow would
be available to support plaintiff’s counsel, organize amicus coalitions,
and draft amicus briefs.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its
Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center,
Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on International Human Rights,
Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and other clinical programs
that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation
(predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions,
and landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier
civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago, New
Orleans, St. Louis, and Oxford, Miss. The family of J. Roderick MacArthur
founded the center in 1985 to advocate for human rights and social justice
through litigation.

Northwestern University School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women
and minority candidates.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered
on a rolling basis as they are received, with the goal of filling the
position with a candidate able to start in the near future. Please send
your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references to David
Shapiro at david.shapiro@law.northwestern.edu.

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ABA Section of Family Law Fellowship Program

Applications Due by Midnight on May 15, 2017

The ABA Section of Family Law is seeking applications for its Fellowship Program from attorneys with a financial need.

The Section is currently recruiting interested applicants for five (5) fellowship positions.

This is a two (2) year program and will begin in September 2017 and end in August 2019. The attorneys selected to participate in the fellowship program must attend each FLS conference for the next two (2) years beginning with the Fall 2017 CLE Conference in Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado October 4-7, 2017.

Send your completed application to Cynthia Swan by email: Cynthia.Swan@americanbar.org by midnight on May 15, 2017.

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Please see the message below from William Most. ______________________________________________________

Dear All,

I am a New Orleans-based attorney with a practice focusing on civil rights and environmental cases. I have represented a high-profile death row exoneree, fought for the rights of prisoners, protesters, and the disabled, and filed a class-action complaint challenging discriminatory practices by a large corporation.

I’m seeking a self-motivated attorney with a desire to fight for justice to be my first associate. Strong legal research and writing skills are required, as is a Louisiana bar license – or a willingness to sit for the Louisiana bar exam at the first opportunity.

Please contact me at williammost@gmail.com for more information, and feel free to share this posting widely.

Thank you!

William Most

Law Office of William Most
201 St. Charles Ave. Suite 114 #101
New Orleans, LA 70170
williammost@gmail.com
(504) 509-5023

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For more information on this event, please visit fasdconf.advocacyla.org.

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Veterans Justice Fellowship: Leave No Veteran Behind

About 25% of veterans in the New Orleans are low-income and have a range of unaddressed civil legal needs adversely impacting their lives. A recent survey of veterans found that five of their top ten overall unmet needs had a legal solution in the areas of housing law, consumer issues, discharge upgrades, child support, and removal of legal barriers to employment. To address the civil justice gap confronting area veterans, we have created the  Veterans Justice Fellowship. The Fellow will serve veterans as a Southeast La. Legal Services lawyer who will be embedded in the new VA hospital and will partner with community providers such as the Bastion, a low-income housing complex opening soon for veterans. Our Fellow will improve the health, safety, and stability of veterans by providing life changing civil legal help.

The NOBA Veterans Justice Fellowship will help us fight for veterans as they once fought for us. Won’t you support us by making a donation to help fund this Fellowship?  In virtually every branch of the military there is the Soldier’s Creed of:  “Leave No Man Behind”.  Help fund this Veterans Fellowship so we “Leave No Veteran Behind”.

To Apply for the Veterans Justice Fellowship
If you are interested in applying for the 2017 Veterans Justice Fellowship, please submit your application to Helena Henderson no later than January 5, 2017. Click here for the application.

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Court Observers Needed: Right to Counsel in Louisiana

Robert Boruchowitz, acclaimed national expert in the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, is leading a research project in need of law students to conduct criminal court observations during the weeks of January 3-6 and 9-13, 2017.  Students will conduct courtroom observations in pairs of two under the supervision of Boruchowitz and another experienced attorney. In-state travel will be required, but all expenses will be paid.  This is a rare opportunity for students to learn about the criminal justice system from one of the country’s leading experts and to meaningfully contribute to a study that will help reform the state’s broken indigent defense system. Students will be compensated at $10 an hour for the court observation.

Court observers will be responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Read designated background and training materials;
  • Participate in a 2-hour webinar/training during the month of December;
  • Travel to pre-assigned courtrooms in Louisiana and observe criminal court proceedings from the audience each day for entirety of session;
  • Take detailed notes on observations during each day of  court;
  • Submit summary memos for each day of criminal court observations;
  • Be available for follow-up questions.

Participating students will receive:

  • Travel and meal allowances.

Prior knowledge of criminal law and procedure is appreciated but not necessary.

Interested students should submit a resume and unofficial transcript to Simone Levine, simone.levine@gmail.com . If students have questions, they should feel free to call 504 252 5598.

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Fellowship in Human Rights and Justice

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin, an interdisciplinary human rights center housed in the School of Law, seeks applications for a two-year residential fellowship beginning summer 2017. Applicants from all disciplines and countries are welcome to apply.

The Fellow will work closely with the Center’s co-directors and staff to provide intellectual and administrative leadership for a multi-year project on human rights and economic inequality. The project examines structural drivers of economic inequality, how laws might create, accentuate, or ameliorate forms of unequal distribution, and the ways in which the global architecture of human rights could be improved to better address inequality between and within countries. The primary thematic focus of the next two years of the project will be labor rights and the future of work in a globalized economy. We will also be finalizing work on natural resource governance.

We are seeking an academic or a practitioner who is either currently engaged in human rights research with an interest in labor or has experience in international labor rights. Additional familiarity with natural resource governance is an advantage. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for critical analysis of human rights issues and practices, particularly from a global perspective.

The fellowship will entail academic and administrative responsibilities relating to the project and may include:

  • - Researching and drafting reports and white papers, and/or assisting with academic publications;
  • - Organizing a speaker series, conference, and other public events;
  • - Co-teaching a human rights seminar;
  • - Coordinating a project with the Human Rights Clinic;
  • - Collaborating on research and curriculum with faculty and graduate and professional students;
  • - Networking with academics, activists, and policymakers in multiple regions;
  • - Establishing new international internship placements related to the project; and
  • - Supervising staff and students involved with the project.

Ideally, the appointment will begin July 1, 2017. The Fellow will be offered a competitive stipend in the range of $47,500-55,000/year, health insurance and other benefits, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Law School. The Fellow is required to be in residence in Austin, although the position will likely include some international travel. The Fellow may not hold any other appointment during the fellowship period. Preference will be given to applicants who have received a PhD, JD, or equivalent law degree by the start date.

Application packages are due February 15, 2017, and should include the following materials:

  • - cover letter;
  • - CV;
  • - graduate transcripts (unofficial and scanned are acceptable);
  • - personal statement about relevant research and practical experience (no more than 500 words);
  • - writing sample (no more than 7000 words);
  • - three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference.

Any questions, and all materials (in PDF format), should be sent to Sarah Cline, Rapoport Center Administrative Associate, at scline@law.utexas.edu.

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Peggy Browning & LSUS Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

2017 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program

10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing.

Program run by AFL-CIO; apply via Peggy Browning Fund’s website.

Application deadline: January 13, 2017

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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