The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for the position of Fellow in its International Justice Clinic (IJC). The principal aim of the fellowship is to provide an individual with mentorship and the opportunity to launch or deepen a career in human rights education and practice. The successful candidate will work on projects advancing the rights to freedom of opinion and expression under international human rights law, focusing in particular on contemporary problems of freedom of expression online. IJC supports the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, currently held by Clinic Director David Kaye. As such, the Fellow will have an opportunity to help develop global strategies for internet freedom, shape thematic reports to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council, conduct research and supervise projects related to freedom of expression online, and develop innovative approaches to advocacy for internet freedom through international mechanisms.

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The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) invites third-year law students or judicial clerks to apply for NILC sponsorship of applications to the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate fellowships.

As a national legal advocacy organization working for social justice, NILC’s mission is to promote and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Since 1979, NILC has established a national reputation for its expertise on immigration law and its intersection with the health care, public benefits, and employment rights of low-income immigrants. We conduct policy and legislative advocacy on the national, state, and local levels, as well as class action and impact litigation; and we provide training, publications, and technical assistance to a broad range of organizations throughout the U.S., including immigrants’ rights coalitions, legal aid programs, community, faith-based and anti-poverty groups, workers’ rights advocates, community and labor organizers, government agencies, policymakers, and the media.

NILC seeks fellowship applicants to work on a project benefiting low-income immigrants in one of NILC’s priority areas: immigration enforcement, workers’ rights and economic justice issues, access to health care, or access to legal status. NILC will work closely with the selected applicant to ensure that the project proposal is integral to NILC’s priorities and meets a core need in the immigrant community. The fellow will work out of either our Los Angeles or Washington, DC, office. For more information on NILC, see www.nilc.org.

To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter describing your commitment to and experience in issues affecting low-income immigrants and to social and economic justice, as well as your proposed project idea, if you have one. Your cover letter should also address your motivation for pursuing a career in immigrants’ rights.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with strong preference given to those received by June 26, 2015. Please send your cover letterrésumétranscript (unofficial is fine), and writing sample to fellowship@nilc.org and use “FEL2015” as your subject line. Please, no phone calls, and do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana is looking to hire a contract attorney for up to $2,500/mo for a minimum of one and maximum of three months. Attorney should be familiar with expungement law and be able to close cases quickly. Expected workload likely limited to existing clients, approximately 50 cases per month. Please contact Adrienne Wheeler at Adrienne@JACLouisiana or call 504-322-4050 for more information or to apply.  Immediate hire.

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BayLegal is looking for a proven leader with the vision and talent to promote our mission and work with staff to ensure the delivery of quality legal assistance consistent with the American Bar Association’s Standards for Provision of Civil Legal Aid. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to equal access to justice and making a positive difference in the lives of clients and their communities. Managing Attorneys are mentors; prevent and solve problems; seek to improve the office and organization; and motivate staff to effectively advocate before the court, administrative agencies, policy makers, and community forums. This position will supervise a staff of 2-4 full time employees.

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Today National Legal Aid and Defender Association is releasing a 2,000-person survey showing that dramatically reducing student loan forgiveness for lawyers working in the public interest would profoundly diminish access to justice for low-income people. The Obama Administration has proposed capping payments for those participating in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and some in Congress have recommended completely eliminating the program.

The survey makes it clear that cutting PSLF would force many with substantial loans from law school to take jobs in private practice rather than in public service, and the people who would suffer most are community members with limited incomes who rely on these attorneys.

Currently, PSLF forgives remaining balances on federal student loans on which a borrower has paid 10 percent of his or her income while working full-time in public service for 10 years. It enables thousands of civil legal aid lawyers and public defenders — whose starting salaries average below $50,000, or less than half the typical salary for entry-level lawyers at large private firms — to serve their communities and still manage their law school debts. Yet the Obama Administration recently recommended a cap of $57,000 per student in this program, far less than the debts many lawyers currently have.

To understand the damage the Administration’s proposal might cause, NLADA surveyed thousands of lawyers. Key findings included:

  • Half the respondents indicated that with a $57,000 cap, they would not have taken their position or would likely leave for a position with a higher salary.
  • More than 25 percent of respondents have more than $175,000 in federal loan debt.
  • Respondents’ stories revealed a wide range of benefits from PSLF:
    • maintaining a skilled and dedicated pool of public service attorneys;
    • supporting attorneys who relate to and understand their clients; and
    • helping public interest attorneys contribute more to the nation’s economy, rather than committing an overwhelming share of their discretionary income to debt payments.

Personal stories showed the costs of capping the repayment amount:

  • “I am a public defender primarily representing Juveniles. The work is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life.  It is intense, emotional, exhausting, and taxing.  It is also something I am so proud of…When I learned of the PSLF, I was thrilled. I have come to rely upon the promise to forgive my student loans if I spent a decade…representing indigent defendants.”
  • “My grandparents only went to high school…My father grew up poor. I am the first lawyer in my family…I now work as a bilingual attorney helping tenants fight their eviction cases…For our clients, having an attorney can mean the difference between whether they will be sleeping on the street or not. I hope that the PSLF program can continue to help make doing public interest work possible for those of us who come from less affluent families.”
  • “[My wife and I] are renting our one-bedroom apartment out for share through AirBnB, and I am driving nights and weekend for Uber and Lyft, just to make ends meet. The PSLF program is all that gives me hope.”

The full report is available on the NLADA website, as is the opportunity to sign up for updates on developments involving PSLF. The update list also gives lawyers participating in PSLF a way to add their stories about how the program has helped them serve low-income people.

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The Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN), a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation in immigration matters to persecuted asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, is seeking an Asylum Attorney to supervise and run our organization’s Asylum Project.

This is a very unique opportunity for a dedicated, creative and passionate individual who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.  The applicant must have the skill and ability to work with volunteer attorneys from the private bar and directly represent cases as well.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide individual legal representation and advocacy in immigration matters, specifically for Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Cases.
  • Conduct Consultations in office for Asylum Cases.
  • Train, Mentor and Supervise Volunteer Attorneys from the private bar as they represent Asylum Cases that are screened by GAIN.
  • Attend CFI and RFI interviews with the Circuit Asylum Officers in person when they are in Atlanta, and/or telephonically when remote; and assign CFI or RFI interviews for volunteer attorney attendance.
  • Represent detained asylum cases or Mentor volunteer attorneys as they represent detained Asylum clients in the Georgia area detention centers.
  • Provide outreach and training to law firms, corporations, law enforcement and community partners on Asylum Law.
  • Work with EOIR and the court staff in identifying potential Asylum Cases.
  • Participate in community education and outreach activities as needed.
  • Assist with holistic advocacy by assessing the additional needs of our asylum clients and connecting them with support in areas including education, health care, housing, etc.
  • Assist in the Asylum Project and organization’s growth.
  • Work collaboratively with other legal and social service partners who are also providing services to asylum seekers.

Additional Qualifications:

This position requires a very high level of organization, a strong work ethic, the ability to manage and prioritize tasks and excellent attention to detail.  The ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively and problem solve is necessary.  Experience in public speaking and/or teaching is valued.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  Applicant must be comfortable working in a law firm environment and must be bilingual in Spanish (speaking/writing).

This is an ideal position for someone who is passionate about immigrant rights and wants to effectuate change in Georgia for asylum seekers.  To learn more about GAIN, please visit us at www.georgiaasylum.org

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please email cover letter and resume to Madeline Hall at mhall@georgiaasylum.org. Please apply by June 30th, 2015.

Title:   Asylum Attorney

Education/Qualifications:  JD required and 3-4 years of experience in immigration law and/or asylum law.  Bar admission is required.

Salary:  $42,000- $50,000; Commensurate with experience.

Location:  Atlanta, GA

Type:  Full-Time Position/Exempt

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Advancement Project is hiring!! Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

The national office in Washington, D.C. is seeking qualified candidates for a number of positions. Please take a look at the job openings below.

Program Associate >>

Staff Attorney >>

Senior Attorney >>

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Do you need 30-50 pro bono hours this summer? Contact Christina Luwisch at cmluwisc@loyno.edu for more information!

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Volunteer Opportunity!!

Catholic Charities of New Orleans is hosting a naturalization workshop on June 12 for which they need volunteer attorneys and translators. The naturalization workshop will take place at 2505 Maine Avenue in Metairie on June 12, 2015 from 9 am until 6 pm.
During the workshop, each applicant will be screened for naturalization eligibility by one of the staff BIA Accredited Representatives. Those applicants who are deemed eligible to apply for naturalization will then be sent to a volunteer station to fill out the naturalization applications. They are allocating roughly 2 hours to prepare each application. All applications filled out by volunteers will be reviewed by our staff before they are mailed to USCIS.

The following volunteers are needed:

1. Legal: Attorneys/ law students/ paralegals who can help eligible
applicants fill out the naturalization application (a.k.a. Form N-400).

2. Translators: to assist attorney/law students/ paralegals fill out N400s

3. General: volunteers to help register applicants, set up, shut down, etc.

If you are available to volunteer at any of the times below, please write your name, contact information and volunteer title (legal/ translator/general) in all of the time slots that you will be available and send the chart back to Reyna Croft rcroft@ccano.org.

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The Independent Police Monitor (IPM) of New Orleans is looking for motivated and intelligent  legal interns, interested in joining our dedicated team. The IPM is doing cutting edge work in a very exciting environment.

The IPM monitors the process by which the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) investigates allegations of misconduct by its employees in order to determine if the process is timely, thorough and fair. It collects and analyzes data about complaints and police operations in order to identify problem areas and their root causes and makes those analyses public. The IPM encourages constructive and informed public dialogue about systemic issues of police policy and procedure by making recommendations for reform that meet best practices nationwide, and it conducts extensive community outreach.

The primary duties of interns are to conduct research, analyze data, and prepare reports on policy issues related to police oversight and misconduct, as well as preventing and detecting fraud and abuse. Interns will conduct legal research and writing under the direction of the IPM. They will also conduct complaint intake after appropriate training. Interns will review completed investigations of complaints of misconduct against NOPD police to determine whether the investigations performed by the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau comply with substantive and procedural due process standards. They may assist with community outreach events designed to disseminate information about the agency and its function and with drafting outreach literature. The internship is designed to provide students with experience in legal research and writing and also with practical skills such as case assessment, analysis, interviewing and community organization.

Applications will be accepted and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  To apply please contact Simone Levine at slevine@nolaoig.org. No calls please.

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