The Pro Bono Project coordinates law student volunteers to assist those representing themselves in court at the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. Since July 2016, volunteers have helped hundreds of people who visit the Self Help Resource Center (SHRC) located on the second floor by the Judicial Administrator’s Office. Volunteers are needed to refer people to available legal aid resources or assist them with completing the pre-approved court forms. The SHRC is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to noon. Parking in the garage is validated. Again, no legal advice is given – only brief legal information. Interested? Contact The Pro Bono Project by emailing volunteer@probono-no.org or call 504-581-4043.

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Law For Black Lives and the Movement Law Lab are excited to announce the Legal Innovators Fellowship!

Movement Law Lab and Law For Black Lives  are partnering to offer an eight-month fellowship for legal innovators seeking to accelerate the impact, scale, reach, and depth of movement lawyering in Black communities. Innovators may apply to develop an early-stage idea or to accelerate the scale/impact of an existing project with a proven track-record. Legal advocates at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.

Housed at the Movement Law Lab, and co-curated by Law For Black Lives, the fellowship will provide 5-7 visionary legal innovators with financial support, training, mentorship, and other resources to turn their ideas into reality. Fellows will have the opportunity to advance their projects while being in a learning community with other legal innovators from the Law For Black Lives network.

Applications are due November 1st, 2017. The inaugural 2018 Legal Innovators will be announced in December.

For more information about the program and application requirements visit: http://www.law4blacklives.org/legal-innovator-fellows/.

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ACADIANA LEGAL SERVICE CORPORATION, a non-profit public service firm, is accepting applications for the following positions:

Staff Attorneys The Child In Need of Care Unit (CINC) is looking for licensed, full time Staff Attorneys to represent children in abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases. Three positions are available in the CINC Unit in the Monroe office. Additional positions also are available in Alexandria. Legal experience in child welfare law is preferred, but not required. Extensive local travel is required. These position offers a competitive salary, depending on experience, and great fringe benefits. For the attorney positions, an outside practice of law is prohibited by federal law. AA/EEO Employer.

Tasks:

  • Research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.
  • Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
  • Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.
  • Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
  • Review complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved or basis for relief.

Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is seeking three attorneys:

Managing Attorney
Staff Attorney
Legal Fellow

More details here: http://nowcrj.org/join-our-team/

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Please share!  http://helenlawrencelaw.com/2017/immigration-bridge-fellowship/

Immigration Bridge Fellowship!

We are excited to announce an immigration bridge fellowship for a recent law graduate awaiting bar results or an entry-level attorney. The new graduate or lawyer will carry a caseload that is 60% pro bono (thanks to a generous private grant) and 40% private/paid clientele. The spirit of the fellowship is to train the fellow to become an effective, compassionate and fierce immigration advocate. While prior relevant experience is valued, most importantly the ideal candidate will be passionate about standing up for immigrants’ rights – including for people with stigmatizing criminal records and mental health issues – share our holistic and extra-mile approach to representation, and be detail-oriented, organized and motivated. The position involves providing direct immigration legal services including in courtroom and detention settings.

The position will begin as soon as filled and end August 31, 2018 with the possibility of an extension for one year or more.

More about the practice/position: Our office provides direct immigration legal services for people before immigration courts and agencies. The fellow will represent individuals in defensive and affirmative applications for relief. See this link for our practice areas. The practice is lean, fast-paced and high volume.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed attorney or recent law school graduate (continued employment dependent on passing the bar)
  • Spanish-fluency required
  • See ideal candidate description above

Compensation:

  • $55,000/year prorated based on start date;
  • Bar dues, AILA National/Norcal membership, and NIP/NLG membership paid;
  • Benefits are being determined, but include paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Helen Lawrence at Helenlawrence.esq@gmail.com.

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ABOUT THE BERTHA JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

The Bertha Justice Fellowship is a two-year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020.

The Bertha Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles different dockets.

Bertha Fellows at CCR are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world, and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism, and movement building.

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Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute is hiring a new managing director for the Human Rights Institute and a new legal fellow to work with us on human rights in the US advocacy.

Please feel free to forward this widely, and do get in touch if you have any former students or colleagues you would like to recommend.

Managing director: http://www.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/about/opportunities/managingdirector

Legal fellow: http://www.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/about/opportunities/LegalFellowfortheHumanRightsintheUSProject

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Wilson Fellowship at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights — a 1-year legal fellowship for a recent law grad to work with our international human rights litigation team in DC.

 

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Reprieve seeks applicants for Fellowship positions at our headquarters in London or with any of our partner organisations, including our sister organisation Reprieve US in New York. Reprieve will also consider applications for fellowships based in other locations that are relevant to the fellowship opportunity. As Reprieve is not able to provide direct funding, we ask applicants to seek sponsorship from Equal Justice Works, law school‐funds and other public interest fellowships to begin in 2018.

2017_07_18_PUB Reprieve Fellowship 2018

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CrescentCare is seeking applications for a staff attorney position. Learn More>>>

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