In response to the recent election, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), has decided to strengthen our ability to respond to the threat of increased discrimination against Muslims, LGBTQI individuals, people of color, people with disabilities, and other individuals protected by our civil rights laws.

We are launching the CREEC Fellowship – starting with a one-year position for 2017-2018 — and we need your help to find a civil rights superhero to help us lead the fight.
 

CREEC is a civil rights non-profit that specializes in impact and test case litigation fighting discrimination in all its forms.  Our small staff of three lawyers and two paralegals in Denver and Berkeley prosecutes a large docket of cases nationwide. Our staff includes Bill Lann Lee, former head of the Civil Rights Division of in the U. S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration.  We partner with grassroots civil rights organizations and experienced lawyers on high-impact litigation with various strategies to combat discrimination.  The Fellow will work out of our Denver office.

Our 2016 achievements include: obtaining an important and precedent-setting decision in our class actions against Harvard and MIT seeking captioning of their online resources; gaining access for inmates in solitary confinement to outdoor exercise for the first time in 20 years; and a settlement with the city of Denver that requires it to spend tens of millions of dollars to remedy citywide lack of curb ramps.  We are currently pursuing remedies against the state of Maryland for transportation policies that discriminate against African-Americans and against California’s underfunding of its predominantly Latinx Medicaid health care program.

We look forward to sharing our experience and expanding the reach of our work with our 2017 CREEC Fellow.  We request your assistance in getting the word out about our first annual CREEC Fellowship to interested students in the Class of ’17 and other potential applicants.  The Fellowship is described in greater detail at www.creeclaw.org/fellowship. Also, please visit our website, creeclaw.org for more information about our work.  If you have any questions, you may contact Co-Executive Director Amy Robertson at arobertson@creeclaw.org.

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Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Position: Summer 2017 Intern

Application Period Extended thru January 1, 2017

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for internship positions in its New Orleans office.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, Louisiana and the LCAC have been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments.   In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Abigail Crick at acrick@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, and contact information for three references.  The deadline for applications is January 1. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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The New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor is currently hiring a Deputy Monitor of Use of Force Investigations, a Complaint Intake Coordinator, and an Auditor. Interested individuals should apply online here through the New Orleans Civil Service Commission. 

Below are job descriptions for positions available:

The Deputy Monitor of Use of Force Investigations:  Professional, administrative and supervisory work assisting the Independent Police Monitor in the management of the office.   Work includes supervising investigations that involve the New Orleans Police Department’s Use of Force, Disciplinary Hearings, as well as other investigations. Work also includes participating and overseeing investigatory processing as well as reviewing, compiling, organizing, evaluating and summarizing statistical data; and related work as required. Read more and apply here.

Independent Police Monitor Auditor: Professional, administrative and some supervisory work assessing police operations for compliance with applicable laws, regulations, charter provisions, ordinances, grant provisions, contract requirements, and established policies and procedures.  Work includes developing audit plans and objectives as well as evaluating and assessing areas of risk.  Work also includes determining if effective controls are in place, and suggest approaches for addressing risk; and related work as required.  Minimum qualifications are a Juris Doctor or Master’s Degree in Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.  College coursework (undergraduate or graduate) must also have included 24 hours of accounting coursework. Read more and apply here.

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Major Terrance J. Reese USMC manages and provides professional development to all the 500 plus lawyers in the US Marine Corps.  A 2005 graduate of Loyola Law, Major Reese is Deputy Branch Head of Plans and Innovations for the USMC.  His office is in the Pentagon.   His most vivid memories of law school include his time in the criminal Defense law clinic.

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The office of Council Member Susan Guidry is seeking applicants for the position of Chief of Staff for the District “A” Council office, which is located in City Hall.

 

 

 

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Visit the Louisiana State Bar Association’s website for more information on this CLE opportunity.

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Volunteer with “Prepared to Vote” and “Election Protection”

Election Protection (EP) – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition.  Election Protection’s national voter hotlines (866-OUR-VOTE, 888-VE-Y-VOTA & 888-API-VOTE) [1] and Election Day field programs assist voters with problems and guide them throughout the voting process, regardless of their party affiliation.  EP also provides critical legal resources year round, including for early voting, voter registration, election officials and grassroots organizations. Election Protection is a resource for all Americans.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s annual Prepared to Vote efforts are strategic public education campaigns aimed at sustaining and increasing Black political participation in elections. Through the Prepared to Vote campaigns, LDF provides non-partisan election preparedness information leading up to and on Election Day to various partners in target states.

Prepared to Vote/Election Protection in Louisiana: For the November 8th Election in Louisiana, the NAACP LDF and the Lawyers’ Committee will be jointly coordinating voter protection field programs in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles areas. Field volunteers will respond in-person to problems reported to the hotlines and monitor polling places for issues as they arise during Election Day.

Assistance Needed:  The Lawyers’ Committee and the NAACP LDF seek lawyers, law students, and paralegals to staff the legal field programs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles on Election Day (November 8th). All volunteers will be asked to sign up for a several-hour shift on Election Day and participate in a 1 ½ hour on-demand (online) training. Guidance and training materials are provided to all volunteers.

To volunteer with Election Protection in Louisiana, visit:

http://bit.ly/LouisianaEP

Additional Information: For any questions about the voter protection effort in Louisiana, please contact Jess Unger at junger@lawyerscommittee.org or (202) 662-8367.  Please feel free to circulate this pro bono opportunity widely amongst your networks.

The Prepared to Vote and Election Protection programs are non-partisan efforts, and are not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party.

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October 11, 2016 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Christopher Dolan, founder and lead trial counsel at the Dolan Law Firm, announced today the creation of the Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarships. One $2,500 scholarship will be given to a current U.S. college student. Applicants are required to create a short video on the topic of justice, and post the video on YouTube.

“At the Dolan Law Firm, we say we are the best lawyers we hope you’ll never need. Achieving justice and holding wrongdoers accountable are what drive us,” stated Dolan. “Through the Justice Empowerment Scholarship, we wish to encourage students to advance the cause of social justice. We also hope that the videos applicants submit will inspire young persons across America to strive for social justice in their communities.”

The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2017. The scholarship will be awarded by February 10, 2017. Visit the scholarship page on the Dolan Law Firm website at https://dolanlawfirm.com/about-us/scholarship/ for the specific award criteria.

Scholarship Summary For College Guidance Counselors And Financial Aid Advisors (Text May Be Copied)

Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Website: https://dolanlawfirm.com

Scholarship Amount: $2,500

Description: The Dolan Law Firm wishes to identify and honor the next generation of crusaders for justice. The purpose of the Justice Empowerment Scholarship program is to encourage students to advance the cause of social justice. One scholarship will be provided to a current college student. Applicants are required to create a short video on the topic of justice and post the video on YouTube by January 6, 2017. Please visit https://dolanlawfirm.com/about-us/scholarship/ to determine your eligibility and review the submission requirements. The scholarship will be awarded by February 10, 2017.

Contacts

Dolan Law Firm
Stephen Cassidy, 415-421-2800

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We are so excited that our Graduates for Justice can support disaster relief efforts! Thanks to Southeast Louisiana Legal Services for supporting our new program!

To learn more about this postgraduate internship opportunity, please visit: http://www.loyno.edu/gillislong/graduates-justice.

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Please join Catholic Charities- Archdiocese of New Orleans in our effort to assist survivors of domestic violence. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be hosting a free training on U-visa applications and VAWA petitions.

The training will be on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 12:45PM to 5:00PM (Registration begins at 12:00PM) located at:

Family Justice Center
701 Loyola Avenue 11th Floor,
Tower Conference Room, Suite T-11035
New Orleans, LA 70113

Lunch will be provided.

**Pending approval for 3.50 CLE credit hours in Louisiana.

Registration and additional details available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/u-visas-and-vawa-petitions-immigration-relief-for-survivors-of-domestic-violence-cle-seminar-tickets-28345265452

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