Please join us tomorrow to learn more about the College of Law’s latest certificate program.

The Social Justice Certificate Program aims to recognize and enhance Loyola’s core mission of advancing social justice and pursuing academic excellence through the Jesuit ideals. Through hands-on experience and focused academic study, students will be better positioned to effectively advocate for social justice in non-profit and government settings, as well as provide a strong signal of a student’s commitment to social justice to fellowship programs and future employers.

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The Board of Directors of the Education Law Center-PA (ELC) seeks a new Executive Director who will be charged with promoting the mission, vision, and values of ELC and leading the organization toward fuller self-sustainability.


Established in 1975, the Education Law Center-PA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) legal advocacy organization with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. ELC’s mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children, including poor children, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable students have equal access to quality public schools.  ELC pursues this mission through a strategic combination of legal representation, public policy advocacy, media work, community education and engagement, and working in coalitions with a wide variety of partners.

Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages a public interest law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and a staff of sixteen that currently includes eight attorneys, an Associate Director, a Communication Director/Policy Analyst, development staff, a Managing Director in the Pittsburgh office, and program assistants. The Executive Director serves as the organization’s chief executive officer and public spokesperson with responsibility for program development, strategic planning and implementation, fund development, financial management, external relations, Board relations, and operational oversight of the entire organization.

In collaboration with the Board and senior management, the next Executive Director must be able to provide leadership and direction to the organization that will ensure both its ongoing commitment to the mission and its continued financial viability in the context of a changing and challenging funding environment.

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The Advocate highlighted the work of our Family Law Clinic in the recent article, Abilities: Loyola program offers help as teens with disabilities near adulthood. Kudos to our Clinical Professor, Cheryl Buchert, and Student Practitioners, Lindsey Soboul and Caitlin Smitherman!

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Please join us this evening at 6 P.M. in LS 308 for our “Justice Gap: Civil Legal Access in Louisiana” presentation.

Inspired by Professor Luz Molina’s Justice Gap article, the event will feature a distinguished panel of presenters discussing the history of access to justice issues in Louisiana and strategies to “narrow the gap.”

Featured panelists include:

Joseph “Larry” Shea: LSBA President

Kim Boyle: Former LSBA President

Marta-Ann Schnabel: Chair of the Access to Justice Policy Committee

Monte Mollere: Director of LSBA’s Access to Justice Program

Joseph Oelkers: Executive Director of Acadiana Legal Services

Luz Molina, Clinical Professor, will moderate the discussion.

The event is cosponsored by Loyola’s National Lawyers Guild and Public Interest Law Group.

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The mission of the Foundation for Louisiana is to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide.

Foundation for Louisiana is committed to supporting innovative solutions to the problems facing Louisianans. The Foundation is interested in building the leadership infrastructure Louisiana must have in order to effectively provide economic opportunity for all residents.

The fellowship will focus mainly on replicating the success of the TOGETHER Initiative, though the scope also allows for the successful candidate to potentially develop new programs. Initially, the fellow will be tasked with replicating the success of the TOGETHER Initiative in other communities while identifying strategic opportunity for the growth of the program.

One Program Fellow will be selected. The fellowship will last for one year. Travel within the state as well as to some conferences in the U.S. should be expected. The fellow will be paid $40,000 and will receive a generous benefits package including medical coverage.

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Each summer, ILG sponsors a summer clerk to work with the firm in advancing the human rights of immigrants and refugees. The clerkship provides an opportunity for law students to work directly with clients and get hands-on experience with impact litigation. Past clerks worked on nationwide-precedent setting cases, engaged in civil rights litigation on detainers, represented asylum-seekers and special immigrant juveniles, and provided inspiring community-education workshops on going beyond just knowing one’s rights.

The Summer Clerkship is a paid, temporary position lasting at least 10 weeks. The start date is usually in mid-June. The length of the position and start dates are flexible. Clerks can expect to
work full-time. Housing and moving expenses are the clerk’s responsibility.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2014 at midnight, PST.

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting for its second class of Fellows. We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country, who will work at top New York City immigration agencies, expanding the quality and quantity of immigration legal representation for under-served immigrants. We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.
Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in IJC on a competitive basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though IJC will ultimately make placement decisions.
Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at the Public Defender Service is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is seeking 1L and 2L law students for its summer 2015 law clerk program. The Center is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of poor people in order to expand democracy and transform the economy. We organize directly affected people, and couple their courage with strategic legal, policy, and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy.

The Center anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance, as well as a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. Our members are African American and immigrant workers and families in the South, as well as guestworkers across the country.

The Center’s legal department provides legal representation and strategic support to our grassroots organizing projects and members. Practice areas include workers’ rights, housing, civil rights, and immigration. Our current work includes federal impact litigation, law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy analysis and advocacy reports, and campaign research and support.

Law clerks should have an interest in the Center’s practice areas and in using legal tools in the context of community-led justice campaigns. Applicants with language skill in Spanish are especially encouraged.


The Center is a host organization for the 2015 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program, Interested applicants should apply by uploading your coverletter, resume, and 3 references at The Center is also a host organization for the Peggy Browning Fund and the Ford Foundation Law School Fellowship.

Please note: the application deadlines for Ella Baker Summer Internship Program are October 24, 2014 for 2Ls and December 19, 2014 for 1Ls.

If you have any questions, please email


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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. Summer interns will assist the Center’s attorneys and other staff with legal and policy research, legal writing, field investigations, discovery, and case preparation of class action litigation, targeted civil litigation, and administrative complaints.

SPLC’s New Orleans office is focused on improving statewide systems that negatively impact children, with active campaigns around Louisiana’s educational, juvenile justice, and mental health systems.

Deadline for a Summer 2015 Externship Opportunity with The Southern Poverty Law Center: October 22, 2014. To apply, please complete the externship application,


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