Equal Justice Works, in partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), will receive $1.2 million—more than half of the total funding—to deploy 55 full-time Members (45 lawyers and 10 paralegals) to provide legal representation to unaccompanied children, build pro bono capacity to support that population, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of immigration courts in the locations in which members will serve.
The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.
Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty. Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.
The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.
MENA Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship
The Gender Law and Policy Project (GLPP) is seeking applicants for a one year Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Position working on gender-based violence and LGBT violence and discrimination in the MENA region. The fellow will also work closely with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization.
Our project works to promote the rights, protection and physical security of marginalized and at-risk populations. We integrate advocacy and capacity building, with documentation and reporting of LGBT and women’s human rights violations in order to bring accountability and redress for these crimes in transitional justice processes. We also aim to increase participation of women within national and international venues charged with upholding human rights and building peace.
The Fellow will implement a legal and advocacy strategy to equip local activists and first responders with the necessary tools to build systems for preventing, documenting, and demanding accountability for gender-based violence and discrimination against women and LGBT persons. The fellow will monitor human rights crises, including situations of armed conflict, massive civilian displacement and/or large-scale killing. Occasionally the Fellow will be GLPP’s most visible, front-line representative during crisis. Essential tasks include research, writing, press work, and advocacy – all in difficult circumstances with pressing deadlines. The Fellow should also be prepared to work in the field. This position will be located at CUNY Law School in Long Island City, NY. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring, investigating, and documenting human rights developments in the field, and reporting findings quickly and regularly;
- Developing and implementing advocacy strategies for addressing the abuses documented, including by enlisting influential governments and UN bodies;
- Expeditiously writing and editing detailed reports, appeals, memos, press releases, op-eds, articles, government letters, and position papers;
- Drafting and submitting memoranda, reports, and testimony to UN human rights bodies;
- Working in partnership with local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and grassroots groups in developing and implementing a human rights advocacy plan to equip first responders to prevent, document, and demand accountability for SGBV;
- Working extensively with the press to ensure widespread coverage of urgent human rights concerns;
- Coordinating the planning and implementing of human rights advocacy trainings and other convenings. May include travel, when deemed safe, to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Geneva and/or other relevant international destinations.
- Conducting research and analysis on gender-based violence and discrimination as well as related issues in times of conflict; and peace building and women’s civic participation;
- Managing budgets, submitting receipts, tracking expenditures, and drafting budgetary reports;
- Compiling information for periodic programmatic reports to funders and drafting reports;
- Collaborating with the Sorensen Center, IWHR Clinic students at CUNY Law School and MADRE Human Rights Advocacy staff;
- Supervising interns and project consultants;
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Demonstrated commitment to LGBT and women’s human rights;
- Strong understanding of UN human rights mechanisms including treaty bodies;
- Experience working on Middle East North Africa (MENA) region issues, especially in conflict areas
- Experience in international human rights advocacy;
- Excellent research and writing capabilities;
- Ability to multitask;
- Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines;
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel and experience managing budgets;
- Must be able to travel to Europe and the MENA region and other possible international destinations.
- J.D., LLM, or Master’s degree in the international field required.
- Fluency in reading, writing and speaking Arabic required.
COMPENSATION. Salary range is $50,000 – $60,000 to commensurate with experience. The position is for one year with possible renewal for a second year.
COMMENCEMENT: The Position is slated to begin this fall. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and three references to: HRAJobs@madre.org. Please write “Human Rights Advocacy Fellow” in the subject line.
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our human rights and civil liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.
The Honors Program in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor provides challenging professional opportunities for outstanding law school graduates. Honors Program attorneys work in the Solicitor’s Office either at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., or in one of nine regional offices, gaining exposure to a broad range of substantive legal work in one of the government’s preeminent legal offices. Learn More>>>
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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
The Human Rights Program (HRP) of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2015. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.
Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of domestic litigation and international advocacy. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 week commitment with a preferred start date of May 26, 2015.
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections.
The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education. The attorney will focus on providing representation on cases involving U visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions, adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief. The attorney will also provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relation to other immigration matters.
Reminder: Please submit LRAP applications by Monday, September 15, 2014!
Many Loyola College of Law graduates devote their careers to public service work as advocates for traditionally under-served communities. Given a significant law school debt burden, such careers might not be feasible without some form of assistance. Since 1991, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has tried to address this problem and remains committed to furthering its goal of providing quality legal assistance to communities throughout the country.
LRAP is available for Loyola College of Law J.D. Program graduates who work full-time as attorneys in government or nonprofit jobs throughout the United States. Employment in private law firms, teaching positions, animal rights organizations, etc. do not qualify under the program guidelines. Learn more>>>
Self-Help is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending. Self-Help has provided $6 billion in financing to 70,000 homebuyers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations and serves more than 80,000 mostly low-income families through 30 retail credit union branches in North Carolina, California, and Chicago.
The Center for Responsible Lending, an affiliate of Self-Help, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL provides research and technical policy expertise to help policymakers evaluate consumer protection options and wealth-building opportunities. We educate consumers and the media about predatory lending issues, work with local and national coalitions to push for change, and take part in selected legal cases to advance consumer protections. CRL’s work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually.
As part of CRL’s State Policy Team supporting stakeholders throughout the 50 states, the Policy Associate will work with stakeholders to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state-level to prevent predatory lending practices. The position requires 25% of time be spent on out-of-state travel.
As part of CRL’s State Policy Team supporting stakeholders throughout the 50 states, the Policy Counsel will analyze, monitor, and craft policies to prevent unfair lending practices through legislative changes, regulatory reform, or enforcement actions at the state level.