Early this year, The Pro Bono Project embarked on a medical legal partnership with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) and the Daughters of Charity Health Centers. They are assisting patients who get medical care at the Daughters’ local clinics with a focus on civil legal issues that can affect health care. One clear need is obtaining public benefits.  The Pro Bono Project thinks many clients have grounds for successful applications but need help. With SLLS and Daughters, the office is sponsoring a 1.5 hour training on 3/22 for interested students.

What:  ABC’s of Disability Applications Training

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Where: Daughters of Charity Heath Center, 3201 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, Community Education Room—3d floor

Why: Low-income disabled patients greatly benefit from acquiring income stability through public benefits such as Social Security Supplemental Security Income or Disability Insurance.  The application process for these benefits can be confusing and tedious for these patients.  Legal volunteers can assist patients with the application process helping them create a more complete and persuasive application and in turn increasing the patients’ chances of receiving benefits.

Training will include a brief overview of Social Security’s disability determination followed by strategies for helping someone apply.

Interested students should email a completed registration form to Patricia Guzmán-Weema at pweema@probono-no.org.

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The 2016 Application Loan Cycle will open on Monday, February 29, 2016. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Learn More>>>

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Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR)

Atrocity Prevention Legal Training Project

Summer 2016 Law Internship

Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights

The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) is a leading global center for the study, teaching, and promotion of human rights. Specifically, CLIHHR strengthens laws, norms and institutions to prevent mass atrocities, protect human rights and rebuild communities globally.

Atrocity Prevention Legal Training Project

CLIHHR has received special funding for a new initiative, the Atrocity Prevention Legal Training Project. The Project aims to develop learning modules for broader dissemination within the law school community of the principles, purposes and implementation of atrocity prevention. Phase I of this project is to carry out an assessment that will involve four key components:

1. An in-depth review of learning modules, syllabi, and other materials developed in undergraduate and graduate education in related fields, such as, among others, history, political science, Holocaust Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, legal studies, international relations, and public health;

2. Discussion with professors and other educators in those fields to learn their best practices for “mainstreaming” atrocity prevention into their work;

3. Review of relevant materials generated by NGOs working in atrocity prevention, education, peace building and related fields (i.e., Auschwitz Institute, Facing History Facing Ourselves); and

4. Interaction with law professors in international law, international human rights, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and related fields to determine how best to develop a useful tool to enable them to “mainstream” atrocity prevention into their courses.

Internship Program

The summer internship program is ten (10) weeks long, and will begin on or around June 1, 2016. Student interns are expected to attend training sessions on relevant skills to conduct the necessary legal and other research in furtherance of the project. It is based at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) in New York, N.Y. CLIHHR has stipends for two positions. The stipend for the summer is $5000.

Applicants are expected to have strong legal research and writing skills. Students with prior knowledge of and/or a demonstrated interest in international human rights law or atrocity prevention are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript; (4) contact information for two references and (5) a writing sample of no more than 12 pages to Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum at jocelyn.getgen@yu.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

 

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Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, a non-profit public service law firm, is accepting resumés for a part-time staff attorney position available in the Lafayette office, in the Litigation Unit, to handle general civil litigation cases.

Salary: DOE

  • Applicants must be admitted to practice in Louisiana.
  • A strong commitment to public interest work and a concern for the needs of the indigent is a requirement.

Please submit resumés by clicking the “Apply Now” button, or fax to 337-237-8839, ATTN: H.R. Dept.

**Resumes must be received no later than February 21st, 2016.

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Professor Quigley just published the first of what he hopes will be a series of social justice lawyer profiles.

Law on the Margins: a Profile of Social Justice Lawyer Chaumtoli Huq

“Law on the margins is so joyful. You are connecting with people!”

Chaumtoli Huq is Bangladeshi-American Muslim human rights lawyer. She describes herself as a community centered, social movement lawyer. Now teaching at Brooklyn Law, her social justice legal career has focused on civil and human rights, especially workplace justice issues assisting organizations for immigrants. She served briefly as general counsel for the Public Advocate of New York until 2014 when she involuntarily became famous as a victim in a high profile police brutality case. More about that later.

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Bilingual Immigration Staff Attorney

The Immigration Staff Attorney works to meet the needs of indigent immigrants for immigration legal services by providing direct representation and assistance in applying for immigration benefits before USCIS and direct representation services for immigrants and their families facing immigration removal proceedings at the Oakdale and New Orleans Immigration Courts in Louisiana.  The Staff Attorney shall also provide non-representative Legal Orientation Program (LOP) services to immigration detainees in rural Louisiana. Travel is anticipated for three (3) to six (6) days on a monthly basis.  MUST BE BILINGUAL (English/Spanish).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education:J.D. from an accredited ABA institute
  • Preferred Experience:6 months-2 years of general immigration law practice experience – law school clinic work, externships, or other similar training may be counted towards the minimum requirement.  However, experience with criminal defense or litigation and willing to learn immigration law will also be considered.
  • Certification/Licensure:Louisiana license preferred.  Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia is acceptable.
  • Language(s):Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform.
    • Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample (less than 10 pages) to aallen@ccdiobr.org.  We will continue to receive application materials until the position is filled.

 

Core Values of Staff:

  • Compassion: We treat others as our brothers and sisters. We are one human family regardless of our national, racial, ethnic, economic and theological backgrounds.
  • Teamwork: As employees of Catholic Charities, we act as members of one team to accomplish our mission.
  • Respect: We serve our clients and interact with our fellow employees, treating them with dignity and respect.
  • Integrity: We perform our work honestly to promote the highest trust and confidence in our services.
  • Customer Service: We strive to exceed the expectations in the level of services that are provided within the scope of our mission to our clients.
  • Justice: Our basic moral test is how the most vulnerable members of our community are faring and how we are serving them within our mission.

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Bilingual Managing Attorney

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Managing Attorney works to meet the needs of indigent immigrants for immigration services by providing direct representation and assistance in applying for immigration benefits and direct representation services for immigrants and their families facing immigration removal proceedings in Louisiana. Such work also entails supervising the work product of Staff Attorneys and paralegals. Managing Attorney shall also provide non-representative legal orientation services to immigration detainees at the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at the Southeast Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, Louisiana and the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, in rural north Louisiana.

Education, Experience & Certifications: Education: J.D. from an accredited ABA institute; Experience: Three (3) years of general immigration law practice experience but preferably in removal defense and family-based petitions with one (1) of the three (3) years in legal office management, including supervision of staff members; Certification/Licensure: Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia, Louisiana license preferred.

Other Qualifications: REQUIRED: Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform; Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed.

Essential Job Duties: Direct Court and Federal Agency Representation – The Managing Attorney shall represent clients before Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts in New Orleans and Oakdale, Louisiana and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”); the Managing Attorney shall also supervise the filings of the ILS staff members, including but not limited to VAWA, U visas and asylum cases among others types of matters related to immigration removal and family based petitions. Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”) – The Managing Attorney shall conduct group rights presentations at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and individual orientations to detainees; prepare for and conduct workshops, develop and maintain pro bono network inside and outside of Louisiana, identify potential cases for such pro bono participation, prepare materials for training pro bono counsel, quality control data for funder prior to submission. Travel is expected three to six days a month.  Community Outreach – The Managing Attorney shall be expected to oversee and liaison with law enforcement and other non-profits which may provide legal services to the immigrant population within Louisiana and directly with the immigrant community regarding immigration subject matters and rights. The Managing Attorney shall allocate and assign cases to staff members, implement all necessary procedures for accepting, opening, managing and closing case files; quality control case and file maintenance, assist, on an as needed basis, the Director in the preparation of reports to funders or prepare the initial reports for review and approval by the IS Director; provide hands on training for new hires and externs.

How to apply: We are requesting a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (5-10 pp) and three references to be sent to aallen@ccdiobr.org.

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Fall 2016/Spring 2017 ALDF Litigation Program Clerkship

Animal Legal Defense Fund

When: The clerkships are part-time (15 hours a week). They are during fall 2016 and spring 2017, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) each semester with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

Location: These clerkships are remote.

Responsibilities: The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

Stipend: This is an unpaid clerkship. There is a monthly stipend of $1,000 (the total stipend per semester is $3,000.) This is to assist you in paying for reasonable expenses, including room and board, gas, travel, and other expenses.

Eligibility: Clerkships are open to second and third-year students only.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.

How to Apply: Forward an application form (PDF), cover letter, resumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to wcromwell@aldf.org. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund
ALDF Litigation Program Legal Clerkship
170 E. Cotati Ave
Cotati, CA 94931
Attention – Wendy Cromwell

Location: Remote

Wendy Cromwell
wcromwell@aldf.org

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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS anticipates hiring for the following positions:

1 Full-time Staff Attorney Positions in Covington:

  • 1 Attorney working on Protective Orders and other Family Law matters.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, capacity to work well with others.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana and membership in good standing with the Louisiana State Bar Association. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $39,000-$48,000 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

1 Full-time Support Staff member/Paralegal for our Covington Office:

  • This position requires travel to the Franklinton Courthouse 3 days per week to assist in family law matters. Starting salary is $22,200-$27,000 depending on experience. Support staff may also receive additional compensation if they are commissioned as a notary public or if they have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by January 31, 2016.


 

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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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