The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, one of the nation’s leading refugee advocacy organizations, works to advance the human rights of women, children, LGBT and other refugees who flee persecution, both in the United States and internationally. We provide nationally recognized expert consultation, including trainings, resource development and legal advice, in hundreds of asylum cases each year, many of which result in grants of protection. CGRS also shapes asylum law through involvement in key cases with potential to set precedent, and ensures government accountability through groundbreaking and original research that analyzes adjudication trends. We improve conditions on the ground to prevent refugee flight by presenting the results of international human rights fact-finding, analyzing implementation of existing laws, and collaborating with grassroots movements to advocate for law reform and other justice measures.

Under the direction and reporting to the Director and Associate Directors of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), the Director of Development and Communications will be charged
with leading CGRS’s fundraising efforts with foundations, law firms, individual donors, corporations, government agencies, and other funding sources, and with managing external communications, including website, social media, newsletters, press releases and media advisories, and media relations.

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The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities has named Professor Bill Quigley the 2015 recipient of the Father Robert Drinan Award.

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) created the annual award to honor educators who have worked toward increasing access to justice through the law school environment and to inspire similar efforts from others. The Drinan award is also intended to recognize those who have advanced the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management. The honor is named after the late Father Robert Drinan (1920-2007, at left) who was a member of the law faculty at Georgetown, a dean of Boston College Law School, and also served in the United States Congress as a Representative from Massachusetts.

The award selection committee highlighted Quigley’s pro bono service on a vast array of social justice projects; his mentorship and tutelage of law students; and his leadership during the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing crisis, becomming a leading voice of advocacy to those harshly affected by the disaster who were further marginalized during the recovery.

Professor Quigley will receive his award during the AALS Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section Program at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Quigley currently serves as a law professor and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans.

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The National Law Center on Homelessness &  Poverty (NLCHP) is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated solely to preventing and ending homelessness.  Our attorneys fight for society’s most vulnerable members in courtrooms and the halls of legislatures.  Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education, the Law Center addresses the root causes of homelessness at the local, state, and national levels.

The Law Center is seeking a talented attorney with at least two years of experience to join our dynamic legal team.  Together, our attorneys use litigation, advocacy, and media strategies to: ensure that homeless children and youth can attend school, protect housing rights for survivors of domestic violence and tenants in foreclosed properties, promote implementation of the human right to housing as an alternative to the criminalization of homelessness, defend the civil rights of homeless persons, and ensure that vacant government property can be used to provide housing and services for homeless persons.  The attorney hired will focus most of his/her time on our education work, while also assisting with our domestic violence initiatives as well as other program areas as needed.

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The NOLA Defender featured an article on the new Social Justice Certificate. Read the full story>>>

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Law students of all years are invited to learn about paid summer and post-graduate fellowships in workers’ rights. 

Peggy Browning Fellowships

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer
AFL-CIO 2015-2016 Fellowship for Recent Grads
SEIU Fellowship

Wednesday, November 12, 6 to 7 p.m. EST, 3 to 4 p.m. PST 

Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000

Participant Access Code:  3221991

Hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee

Featuring:

  • Mary Anne Moffa – Executive Director, Peggy Browning Fund
  • Matt Ginsburg – Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • LaRell Purdie – Assistant General Counsel, SEIU

Call Logistics:  Due to the large number of participants, we ask that all students mute themselves when joining the call.  To make the call interactive, students are encouraged to email or g-chat questions in advance and during the call to lecjobpostings@gmail.com, including your name, school, and class year.

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Professor Mitchell discussed the new Clean Jacket application available for Androids and iPhones.

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The Boston Globe recently featured an article by former Loyola Law professor, Laila Hlass.

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The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a clinical teaching fellowship beginning fall 2015 with the Center for New Americans. The Center for New Americans is a comprehensive immigration law center composed of the three interrelated clinics: The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, The Detainee Rights Clinic, and the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, as well as an education and outreach program. The Law School currently offers twenty-two clinical courses with a broad diversity of subject matters. Thirteen in-house clinical faculty members and nineteen part-time adjunct instructors teach in the program. The Law School is committed to providing national leadership in clinical education and to ensure that students be prepared for the increasing complexities of legal practice in a diverse community.

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The National Lawyers Guild: We are a progressive bar association of lawyers, legal workers, and law students dedicated to overcoming political, social, and economic injustices. Since 1937, the NLG has been in the forefront of the struggle in this nation to make human rights more dominant in our legal system than property interests. We are the nation’s first racially integrated bar association as well as was the only bar association to defend those accused of violating the nation’s anti-Communist laws in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. NLG was also the first bar association to condemn the U.S. war in Vietnam and Iraq. The Los Angeles Chapter of the Guild consists of attorneys, law students, legal workers and jail house lawyers, united in an organization which “shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”

Duties of Executive Director: The Executive Director reports at monthly meetings to an Executive Board, which is elected by the general membership. The Executive Director is responsible for the over-all operation, administration and supervision of programmatic work of the Chapter. The Executive Director supervises the chapter’s programmatic work, including periodic Continuing Legal Education seminars, public forums, “know your rights” training for political groups, and the work of law school NLG chapters. The Executive Director also oversees and implements the Legal Observer Program, which assists progressive political movements in securing permits to protest in the streets of Los Angeles and provides Legal Observers who then attend the protests to document any police interference with the constitutional rights of the protesters. The Executive Director is also responsible for fund raising and administration of the chapter.

Qualifications: Five years of legal work and/or community organizing on behalf of organizations seeking progressive/social/political/legal change. Good computer, technology and new media skills; responsible for initiating proactive media campaigns concerning the chapter’s current campaigns and/or mission of the Guild. Good managerial skills, public speaking and writing skills. Bilingual in Spanish a plus, but not required. And most of all, an abiding commitment to the progressive, often radical, goals of the National Lawyers Guild.

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Next semester, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will expand its internship program by funding five placement opportunities. Interested 2Ls and 3Ls may apply for the program by submitting a cover letter and résumé to Christina Luwisch, BB 320.

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