The United States Immigration Court at Oakdale, Louisiana, has an opening for a summer 2016 judicial intern. All law students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred, but not required. Those selected as interns will gain an understanding of U.S. immigration law and procedure as it relates to issues of removal and deportation.

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TULANE LAW SCHOOL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINIC

VOCA PROJECT ATTORNEY/CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 The Tulane University School of Law and the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic are seeking applications for a Domestic Violence Attorney/Clinical Instructor to begin in January 2016. This attorney position is funded by a VOCA grant to provide civil legal advocacy to domestic violence survivors. Responsibilities will include direct client representation on civil legal matters such as protective orders, custody, other family and poverty law related issues. The Project Attorney will work closely with third-year law students licensed to practice under Louisiana’s student practice rule, and will directly supervise and oversee student work on the Project Attorney’s cases. Project Attorney is also responsible for coordinating and managing outreach projects, partnerships, and on-site Clinics at other community programs. This position requires frequent public speaking.

 Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should have a Juris Doctorate, a sound academic record, practice experience representing clients in domestic violence cases, and an ability to mentor student-attorneys.

Minimum Education

Juris Doctorate. Although there is a strong preference for a candidate already admitted to the Louisiana bar, applicants who are eligible to sit for the February 2016 bar exam will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess demonstrable experience and/or expertise in working with domestic violence survivors, three years or more of courtroom litigation experience, excellent research and writing skills, experience with public speaking or professional training, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to effectively engage the public along all demographics, and the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships. Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.

How To Apply

All applicants should apply electronically via the following link:

apply.interfolio.com/33665

Materials submitted through this Tulane Jobs portal will not be considered.

Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial
organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and
communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice. The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department and ensure we hit our ambitious goals; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.


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2016 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2016-2017 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

Please notify your students and encourage them to apply online via our website.

www.peggybrowningfund.org

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The Associate Program at NETWORK Lobby, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby just opened applications for their 2016-2017 Associate Program year and are seeking a diverse cadre of applicants who are graduating or have recently graduated from college and are seeking to gain experience working for structural change through legislative advocacy and social justice.

NETWORK offers an 11-month (Fall 2016-Summer 2017) stipended, intensive educational and professional development experience in Washington, D.C. focused on legislative advocacy rooted in Catholic principles of social justice.  I think of the Associate Program as an alternative post-grad opportunity for students who wish to work for social justice through structural change at the political and organizing level.

Designed to cultivate growth into a career in advocacy, politics, policy, or non-profit arena through firsthand experience, associates will develop practical, translatable skills as they contribute to the ongoing work for social justice.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Associate Program will be accepted through January 31, 2016. You can find out more information about the program and apply here:

http://networklobby.org/associate-program

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is seeking 1L and 2L law students for its summer 2016 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.

In the last five years, the Center’s victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. Recent news articles highlighting our work include: Editorial, “Wrongly Profiled and Deported,” N.Y. Times, October 23, 2015; Nathan Martin, “Building Homes and a Multi-Racial Construction Industry in New Orleans,” Next CityMar. 31, 2014; Michelle Chen, “She Came to the US, Was Forced Into Indentured Servitude, and Now Faces Deportation,” The Nation, October 21, 2015.

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

The Center is a host organization for the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program and Peggy Browning Fellowship Program.

Unless applying exclusively to the Peggy Browning, all interested applicants should apply through the Ella Baker Program by uploading your cover letter, resume, and 3 references at https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/2016-ella-baker-summer-internship-application/.

Please note: the Application Deadline for Ella Baker is December 18, 2015 for 1Ls (the 2L deadline has lapsed), and for Peggy Browning is January 15, 2016 for 1L’s and 2L’s. If you have any questions, please email legal@nowcrj.org.

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Director, Pro Bono Programs

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization, seeks to hire a full-time attorney to direct its Pro Bono Programs.  Encompassing all of HPRP’s programs is the deep understanding that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness struggle to access legal services offered in a traditional manner. The hallmark of HPRP’s legal program is its ability to reach clients where they live, eat, and spend time.  HPRP’s Pro Bono Programs leverage the resources of HPRP’s staff by recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to complement the work of HPRP’s staff attorneys.  Particularly in these economic times, HPRP’s Pro Bono Programs provide the person power to assist the increasing number of persons seeking legal assistance to prevent homelessness or find housing.

There are three types of pro bono programs at HPRP: 1) Community-Based Intake Program, in which HPRP volunteers conduct intake at shelters, soup kitchens and other community-based organizations and provide representation in legal areas that will directly eliminate or prevent homelessness; 2) Veterans’ Legal Assistance Project, in which volunteer attorneys receive cases by referral from HPRP and represent veterans in claims for service-connected disability benefits and discharge upgrades; and 3) Systemic Advocacy Projects, in which staff and volunteers pursue systemic solutions to homelessness.

The Director of Pro Bono Programs is a leadership position at HPRP.  The Director’s work is closely linked to the work of the in-house Staff and the Director reports to the Executive Director.  HPRP’s Pro Bono Program is substantial and it encompasses the work of over 400 law students, paralegals, and attorneys to date.  HPRP’s law student program is unique; HPRP recruits and trains volunteer law students to conduct intake in 3 of HPRP’s off-site Intake Programs and holds quarterly reflection sessions for the students to discuss their experience.  HPRP operates Community-Based Intake Programs at Our Daily Bread Employment Center, The Franciscan Center, NAACP Satellite Office, My Sister’s Place, the Baltimore VA Medical Center Annex and the Helping Up Mission, all in Baltimore City, at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and at the Chesapeake Health Education Program on the grounds of the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students;
  • Developing written materials for volunteers including registration materials, training manuals, etc.;
  • Maintaining the infrastructure necessary to monitor the work of the volunteer attorneys and provide on-going support and supervision to volunteers as needed;
  • Enhancing the law student volunteer opportunities by continuing to conduct quarterly reflection sessions and expanding the range of volunteer opportunities available to students;
  • Maintaining HPRP’s existing off-site intake programs, including strong relationships with organizations hosting HPRP’s off-site legal clinics and establishing new locations for HPRP’s off-site legal program;
  • Conducting Know Your Rights and informational sessions at local shelters and other community-based programs on topics covered by HPRP’s Pro Bono Program;
  • Representing HPRP in community programs and conference planning and programming including:
  • Maryland Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference
  • The Partners for Justice Conference
  • The Pro Bono Coordinating Council
  • The Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting;
  • Expanding the visibility of HPRP’s Pro Bono Program, including publicizing the program, and developing relationships with the private bar and government lawyers;
  • Supporting Staff Attorneys working with volunteers and advising on the development of new pro bono programs related to the work of in-house attorneys, such as the Homeless Youth Law Project;
  • Supervising the Pro Bono Coordinator, who establishes and monitors the off-site intake schedule, schedules volunteer trainings, and assists with data entry;
  • Training and supervising law student and other interns during the summer and throughout the year as needed;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of HPRP’s off-site locations;
  • Maintaining information about case activity and statistics, as well as volunteer information, in HPRP’s electronic database, and duplicate paper files of all volunteer cases;
  • Participating in fundraising efforts, including working with Executive Director on grant applications, attending meetings with current and potential funders, and assisting with grant reports; and
  • Working with the Executive Director and Office Administrator to plan the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with people in poverty;
  • Prior experience representing clients in claims for VA service-connected disability or Social Security benefits;
  • Ability to think strategically about expansion and visibility of HPRP’s volunteer program;
  • Previous experience in program development and supervising volunteers;
  • Minimum 5 years litigation experience (two semesters of experience in a litigation clinic as a law student will be considered equivalent to one year of litigation experience);
  • Admitted to practice law in Maryland, or willing and eligible to sit for the next available Bar exam or Attorney’s Exam;
  • Ease with computerized databases and producing reports on HPRP’s cases;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Salary: DOE with excellent benefits: Full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays.  Some evening and weekend hours required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply:  E-MAIL resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to jobs@hprplaw.org (and specify “Director Pro Bono Programs” in the subject line).  We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland.  Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

HPRP is an equal opportunity employer.  All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.

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Although the future of refugee resettlement in Louisiana is uncertain, there are many refugee families Louisiana has already welcomed who need our support. Many of these families arrived with next to nothing, and we encourage you to open your hearts this holiday season by supporting families new to Louisiana.

Loyola University is a Jesuit Institution and as students we aim to engage with and support our community. Please join us by showing Louisiana’s refugee population that we will not turn our backs on those in need.

Since most families arrive here with nothing, they need everything from a place to live to a toothbrush.  All money earned through this Go Fund Me account will be used to buy these necessary items and support families through this major transition.

This Go Fund Me is supported by the following student groups and organizations at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law:

The Journal of Public Interest Law
Lambda Law Society
Public Interest Law Group

Thank you so much for your support!

https://www.gofundme.com/SupportRefugeesLA 

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On Monday, November 23, 2015, attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson will deliver the next Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in the Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus.

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The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is seeking exceptionally motivated and organized law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students for the opportunity to gain experience in human rights and development advocacy and communications. Internships may be based in Washington, DC, or completed remotely. Time commitment is flexible, though a minimum of 18 hours a week is required. The internship will start January 2016, with a minimum commitment of 10 weeks. Internships are unpaid, however the Coalition is happy to work with accepted interns to seek course credit for their work.

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