Consider Becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow!

Veterans, immigrants, low-wage workers, tenants: many communities throughout the country face systemic injustices, yet few are fully equipped to fight back. Through funding, training, and support, Equal Justice Works Fellowships empower emerging public interest attorneys to tackle such issues on behalf of their communities. Fellows design their own projects, allowing them to jump-start sustainable public interest careers while addressing the issues they deem most pressing.

Equal Justice Works Fellows create innovative solutions. This could mean aiding refugees seeking new homes, helping children and families secure healthcare, combating youth homelessness, or tackling any number of other important issues. No matter the issue one is addressing, to be an Equal Justice Works Fellow is to be the solution.

This year, Equal Justice Works is accepting applications in any issue area for the 2018 Fellowship class, between June 28 and September 27, 2017. The application process is competitive, and we want to ensure candidates stay on track to submit top-tier proposals, every step of the way.

For best results, we encourage Fellowship applicants to attend an informational webinar prior to submitting an application. All sessions will occur from 3-4 pm EST. Register here.

  • July 11, 2017
  • July 26, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • August 23, 2017

Interested in becoming a Fellow? Download our Fellowship Application Guide: we’ll show you how to Identify the Issue, Find the Partner, Design the Project, and Complete the Application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND ATEqual Justice Works 2018 Fellows

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Louisiana Appleseed is seeking applications for two positions. Please see the links below for more information.

Program Director Job Description

La Appleseed – Development Coordinator Position

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Job Announcement
Lecturer/Practitioner-in-Residence Position to Begin August 1, 2017
Environmental Justice Clinic

The University of Miami School of Law’s Clinical Program is pleased to announce that it is hiring a lecturer/practitioner-in-residence to work in its Environmental Justice Clinic housed within the Center for Ethics and Public Service. The position will begin on August 1, 2017. The position is open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before June 26, 2017. The position is described in detail below.

CEPS Environmental Justice Clinic Lecturer Practitioner-in-Residence Position 2017 (2)

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Kyle Anderson, a 2L at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, received the Louisiana State Bar Association‘s Law Student Award. This award recognizes a law student from an ABA-accredited law school in the state of Louisiana who has demonstrated a dedication to providing legal services to the poor. The award was presented May 23, 2017 at the 2017 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Pictured with Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

Kyle Anderson is a 2L at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he was named Outstanding Plaintiff’s Attorney on the Trial Advocacy Team and is an active member of Loyola’s Black Law Student’s Association.

Anderson was a Gillis Long Intern at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in the summer of 2016. He was instrumental in getting the St. Charles Parish Access to Justice Center off the ground and helped staff the Center when it first opened. He also garnered support for the Access to Justice Center from the local business community. Anderson not only solicited donations of items necessary to open the Access to Justice Center, but also put together and moved furniture.

Anderson also worked as a law clerk in SLLS’s Hammond Office, interviewing clients, conducting legal research and drafting pleadings and letters.

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Attorney Fellow and Mitigation Specialist at Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC)

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, is currently hiring for an attorney fellow and mitigation investigator.  They’ve asked us to share the job ads widely, so as to get candidates who come from a wider pool of applicants.  For a mitigator especially it’s important that we try and look at a diverse range of folks so that we can find the right person for a demanding but ultimately fascinating job.  If there’s someone you know who is interested will you please pass this along to them? They don’t have to be someone currently living in New Orleans, although obviously they would need to be in a position to move here if they live elsewhere.

http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac

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2017 Gillis Long Public Service Awards

At Loyola University New Orleans, the motto is “men and women with and for others.” Service and social justice are part of the university mission. On April 25, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presented 2017 Public Service Awards to students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Each year, the center presents awards to those who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and serving the needs of the disadvantaged.

Recipients of the esteemed award are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted to the Gillis Long office.

The 2017 recipients include:

• Bethany Breaux, ‘17: Breaux, a second-year law student, serves as the Mission and Identity Chair for the Student Bar Association. Bethany has led numerous community service initiatives, including a gift collection for Toys for Tots, a toiletries collection for the Harry Thompson Center, and a service opportunity at Lantern Light.

• The Honorable Desiree Charbonnet, J.D. 94: The Honorable Desiree M. Charbonnet served as chief judge in New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court until April 2017. Most recently, Judge Charbonnet was a leading force behind Stand with Dignity’s Warrant Clinic, which allowed people with warrants for traffic and municipal court or outstanding fines and fees to clear their records without fear of arrest.

• Dana Douglas, J.D. ’00: Ms. Douglas, a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, serves as the president of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society, and she is the 2016-2017 President-Elect of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Board of Directors.

• C. Nicole Gaither, J.D. ‘12 Ms. Gaither is a staff attorney in the family law domestic violence unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Ms. Gaither has represented countless low-income New Orleans families in family law and housing matters.

• Perry Graham, ‘18: Graham, a second-year student at Loyola, works with a local environmental justice collective that protests pipeline leases in the Gulf and raises awareness to the very real impact climate change has on the community. He also interns at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

• Amanda Hass, ‘17: Hass, a student practitioner in the Workplace Justice Project clinic, helped coordinate a seminar with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, and started a professional-level website to track controversial executive actions under the Trump administration.

• Gerald Issokson, J.D. ‘86: After graduating from Loyola in 1986, Mr. Issokson practiced immigration law and then handled disability claims for vulnerable people in private practice. For the past 26 years, he has been an attorney with the Mental Health Advocacy Service, representing people in civil commitment proceedings and other mental health matters.

• Veronica Jattan ‘17: Jattan, a third-year student in the Immigration Clinic, dedicates much of her time to serving vulnerable immigrant communities. She participates in “Know Your Rights” presentations, helping to educate members of our community. She often stays late in the clinic filing asylum applications, helping other students formulate claims for their clients, and doing interviews for new clients.

• Professor Johanna Kalb: Professor Kalb joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 2008. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of detention and democracy. From 2014 to 2016, Professor Kalb served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School. While at Yale, she helped to produce three major reports on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. After hearing the concerns of students in the Immigration Clinic, Professor Kalb volunteered her time, research abilities, and writing abilities to assist the clinic.

• Pierina Martynenko, ‘19: Martynenko, a first-year student at the College of Law, serves as a translator in the Immigration Clinic. She also participated in an in-take clinic in Biloxi, MS at El Pueblo, driving two hours to do intakes for five hours with other students in the clinic.

• Amanda Meadow, ‘17: Meadow, a student practitioner in the Immigration Clinic, has given numerous “Know Your Rights” presentations for vulnerable populations. She often stays in the clinic until late in the evening writing briefs, filing asylum applications, and helping other students formulate claims for their clients.

• The Honorable John J. Molaison, Jr., J.D. 86: Judge John J. Molaison, Jr. has been a judge for the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, Division E since 2007. He has performed outstanding volunteer service in the community and through the courts. For example, he is a member of the Judges in the Classroom program. The program’s goal is to gather volunteer professionals from the legal community to present law related topics to elementary, middle, and high school students in their classrooms.

• Hiram Molina: Although Mr. Molina is a full-time employee of Loyola College of Law’s Law Library, he serves as a Spanish-English interpreter in the clinic. Moreover, he also participates in community outreach events on his off days. Most recently, he volunteered at a power of attorney clinic for undocumented and mixed status families.

• Patrick Murphree, ‘17: Murphree has worked for anti-poverty, anti-racist community organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice where he excelled in working on research, drafting, and with clients. Through our Law Clinic, he has completed outstanding work for vulnerable immigrant youth. His work on Special Immigrant Juvenile cases on behalf of youth who were abused, neglected, has been excellent and in representing youth on these cases, he has demonstrated, through action, ways that lawyering is a tool for justice.

• Christine Scott ‘17: Scott is a student practitioner in our Criminal Defense Clinic. Throughout her law school career, Ms. Scott has devoted hundreds of hours a year to fight against the application of the death penalty in Louisiana, and elsewhere. As a Gillis Long Summer Intern, she worked with the Promise of Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that advocates for humane, fair, and equal treatment of individuals in the criminal justice system.

• Erika A. Zucker: Erika A. Zucker is Policy Analyst of the Workplace Justice Project (WJP) at the Loyola Law Clinic. Ms. Zucker actively coordinates local and statewide policy efforts to advocate for low-wage workers and working families in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. Her willingness to perform outreach and present workplace rights workshops to community organizations outside of her work schedule is only one of many illustrations of her commitment to the achievement of workplace equity.

 

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The Office of the Solicitor will soon be accepting applications for our Spring 2018 Legal Internship/Externship Program.

U.S. Department of the Interior

Office of the Solicitor
Legal Internship Program

https://www.doi.gov/solicitor/intern_extern

 Program Application Schedule

Opening Date

Closing Date

Semester

Year

April 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

2017 Fall

1L, 2L, 3L

June 1, 2017

July 29, 2017

2018 Spring

1L, 2L, 3L

August 1, 2017

January 1, 2018

2018 Summer

2L, 3L

December 1, 2017

January 1, 2018

2018 Summer

1L
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The Orleans Parish Juvenile Court is seeking applications for an attorney. Learn More>>>

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Below is a partial list of job databases for students and graduates looking for jobs.  Note, some of these are general databases, not public interest focused.

Public Service Jobs Directory

Database for public service legal careers.

Indeed

Public interest attorney job search

Law Crossing

Database for law-related jobs; public interest attorney job search.

Public Sector Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association

Contains a Public Lawyer Career Center, but you must be an ABA member (free for students to join).

Idealist

Public interest attorney job search.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Jobs in legal services, public defender offices, private public interest firms, nonprofits and academia. Searchable by job type and state.

OneJustice

California-centered organization that engages all segments of the legal community and is working to expand the resources to serve the low-income Californians who turn to OneJustice legal services nonprofits to access life’s most basic necessities.

NALP Directory

Directory of legal employers, by NALP.

Non-Profit Jobs

Job database for jobs in the non-profit sector, includes JD- or JD-preferred jobs.

Work for Good

Database with social justice jobs. Link is a search for public policy/administration jobs.

Philanthropy News Digest

Database with job openings at tax-exempt organizations, including JD-only jobs.

Hill Zoo

Database for jobs on Capitol Hill, but also includes a section for jobs off the Hill.

Public Service Careers

Database for careers in the public service, geared for recent graduates.

Public Interest Law Initiative

List of paid internship opportunities in public interest law.

Opportunities in Public Affairs

Database for Capitol Hill Jobs, legislative jobs, and public affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide.

Washington College of Law: Useful Links: Public Interest

Includes links to job databases in a variety of fields, including environmental law, human rights law, labor law, and animal law.

Martindale

Database of information about attorneys and law firms around the world. To locate public interest law firms, click Advanced Search and select the Law Firms & Organizations tab. Use the practice areas field to select areas that are typical in public interest law firms such as civil rights, education law, elder law, immigration, Indians and native populations.

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), one of the
nation’s leading civil rights organizations, seeks an attorney with criminal justice experience to serve as Counsel in its Economic Justice Project to work on the Records Assistance Program (“Program”). Learn More>>>

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