The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is hiring a staff attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project to join our Direct Services Team. The attorney would share co-director responsibilities with the Prisoner Justice and Immigrant Rights Project.

SRLP’s Direct Services Team

The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP consists of three projects: Survival and Self-Determination Project, Immigrant Rights Project and the Prisoner Justice Project. Our Immigrant Rights Project works with community members seeking name changes, updated immigration documents, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense and asylum. In our Survival and Self-Determination Project, we advocate for safe and accessible health care, represent community members seeking name changes and updated identity documents; and assist people seeking other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits. SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes and placement issues. In addition, the Prisoner Justice Project provides courtroom advocacy and re-entry assistance where possible. All of the attorneys also participate in public education, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies.

Job Description: Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project

The staff attorney will direct the work of the Survival and Self-Determination Project and participate in the work of the Immigrant Rights Project. There is significant overlap between both projects. The director will work closely with another attorney to provide direct services, impact litigation, public education, policy work, and community organizing support to advance the rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of indigent clients; negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting the survival of our community members; developing and pursuing impact litigation for safe access to health care, housing, employment, etc.; drafting know your rights materials and conducting trainings of community members and service providers; supervising legal interns; and supporting campaigns of community organizing projects through such means as coordinating legal observing for actions or conducting on-site clinics. The staff attorney will also share general administrative and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in daily operations, organizational development and governance.

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The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program provides stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers’ rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations.  It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students intended to encourage them to consider labor law as a viable career choice.  One school-year fellowship is also offered.

2015 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States.

2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 16, 2015

Fellowships locations have expanded!

New this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle.

Information available at

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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.

Founded in 2007, the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of eleven Schweitzer program sites across the U.S., and serves as a collaboration between Louisiana Public Health Institute, Louisiana State University, and Tulane University.

Since the program’s founding, Schweitzer Fellows in New Orleans—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health in the greater New Orleans area.

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The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

To this end, we offer several fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

The John D. B. Lewis Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in international indigenous human rights issues.

The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.

A limited number of unpaid, competitive legal clerkships are also available. Applicants for these clerkships are encouraged to seek their own financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

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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


  • 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, 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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