2019 Summer SIFI Bilingual Legal Intern

at Southern Poverty Law Center
Alexandria, LA; Lumpkin, GA; Ocilla, GA and Folkston, GA

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States by ensuring that skilled staff, pro bono attorneys, and bilingual advocates are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights.

The SIFI serves detainees in five immigration detention centers in the southeast: Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA, Irwin Detention Center in Ocilla, GA, and the Folkston Detention Center in Folkston, GA. In Louisiana, the SIFI currently has an office in Alexandria, LA to serve those detained in the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, La, and Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, LA.

SIFI’s offices are managed by on-the-ground staff who, in conjunction with volunteers, provide detention center-based interviews, represent those in detention during bond proceedings and merits cases, and prepare parole requests. Through the SIFI’s efforts to release immigrants from detention and larger advocacy efforts, the SPLC aims to provide direct services representation and high impact legal advocacy to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants and disrupt the immigration detention system. To learn more, visit our webpage here.

This is a Legal position.Only students who are still in law school will be considered.

Position Summary: 

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Legal Externs will join a team of civil rights advocates at a SIFI office. Externs will be thoroughly trained in individualized direct services representation through casework focused on bond motions and hearings, parole requests, and merits proceedings (i.e. asylum, cancellation of removal, U visa). Externs will also participate in and/or conduct intakes and client meetings within the detention center, work with pro bono attorneys, observe immigration court proceedings, assist with communications to clients’ family members, collect documents in support of filings, and will support all aspects of the SPLC’s broader advocacy efforts to end immigration detention.

Currently, all SIFI offices are accepting applications. If you have a preference of where you would like to work, either based on geography or a desire to work with immigrants in a specific detention center, let us know. We will be accepting applications for all terms.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Support legal filings including bond motions, parole requests and filings for merits cases;
  • Make appearances before the Immigration Courts to support bond and merits hearings, and other related proceedings, if applicable;
  • Lead Immigration Court watching programming, if applicable;
  • Support the SIFI staff’s provision of legal services in conjunction with volunteers working remotely and on the ground;
  • Independently conduct legal intakes and client meetings within a detention center, and support communications with family members of actual and potential clients;
  • Assist the SIFI staff with all aspects of SPLC’s advocacy on behalf of detainees, including with civil rights litigation;
  • Timely input information into SIFI’s case management software in accordance with relevant policies and procedures; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications –

  • Proficient English and Spanish speaking-skills required, and written proficiency preferred;
  • Strong academic background with excellent legal writing and research skills;
  • Willingness to live in the rural Deep South or approximately 45 minutes from a SIFI office in larger cities such as Jacksonville, FL, Columbus, GA, and Alexandria, LA for the duration of an externship;
  • Excellent communication skills including strong listening, written, and verbal skills, and the ability to show empathy and professionalism towards those who have or are currently experiencing trauma;
  • Previous experience working with non-English speakers and/or low-income immigrant clients strongly preferred;
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple responsibilities daily in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to serving immigrant clients in detention; and
  • Committed to the values and mission of the SPLC.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

To Apply: Please email SIFISchedulers@splcenter.org with a (1) cover letter including the whether you have any preference to work at a specific SIFI office either based on geography or desire to work with individuals at a specific detention center, (2) resume/CV, (3) writing sample (maximum 10 pages), (4) law school transcript, and (5) list of three references.

Application Deadline:

We will stop accepting applications at 5:00 PM Central, March 1st.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently seeking applications for a SIFI Direct Services Attorney – Alexandria (Pine Prairie & LaSalle Processing Centers).

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense and release case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.

SIFI currently provides legal representation in release (bond, parole, and habeas corpus), deportation defense, and civil rights cases to immigrants imprisoned at the five largest and most isolated detention centers in the Southeast: the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA; the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA; the Folkston ICE Processing Center (“Folkston Detention Center”) in Folkston, GA; the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA, and the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, LA.  SIFI’s four offices are in or near the towns where the detention centers are located.  Each office has a Lead Attorney, two or three full-time Direct Services Attorneys and one or two Project Coordinators.  Pro bono attorneys, law students, and volunteer interpreters regularly join the SIFI on-the-ground teams for week-long shifts to expand SIFI’s legal representation, focusing on release cases but also including immigration merits cases, high impact advocacy, and individualized advocacy.

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Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR)

Blasphemy Law Enforcement Project

Summer 2019 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.

Blasphemy Law Enforcement Project

In collaboration with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Clinic is working on a project to map and analyze blasphemy law enforcement globally. Laws that prohibit blasphemy are generally deemed inconsistent with universal human rights standards and violate international standards of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief. USCIRF’s 2017 Report Respecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws found that blasphemy laws exist in 71 countries globally as of mid-2016 and analyzed their texts against international human rights principles. The report confirmed that all blasphemy laws on the books deviate from at least one internationally recognized human rights principle. Most were vaguely worded and carried unduly harsh penalties for violators.

The 2017 Report did not assess which countries enforce these laws and the manner of enforcement. In order to capture the full extent of the human rights abuses that blasphemy laws generate and identify the patterns that emerge from the implementation of these laws, this research project will map the enforcement of countries with publicly reported criminal blasphemy cases over the past five years, the number of such cases, and key indicators to understand the context surrounding their implementation. The research project will result in the creation of a Mapping Database that includes key information related to the enforcement of national anti-blasphemy laws and a questionnaire that can be used to compare the enforcement of blasphemy laws worldwide. The research project will further identify key findings and trends in enforcement, which will support future reform advocacy and policy analysis related to these laws.

Scope of Work

Students will work with two Human Rights Clinic supervisors during their summer internship. They will be responsible for tasks including but not limited to:

• Development of method for research study that outlines the process for collecting cases and information;

• Collection, verification, and analysis of legal cases from 2014-2018 related to states’ enforcement of blasphemy laws based on information that is publicly available in primary and secondary sources pursuant to research method;

• Identification of countries with cases, including the number of cases found and their circumstances;

• Creation of a “Mapping Database” of anti-blasphemy cases that includes key information related to the enforcement of national blasphemy laws;

• Creation of visuals to be included in the Mapping Database that comparatively assess the level of enforcement of blasphemy laws in a country in relation to other countries;

• Identification of rule of law indicators to be included in a questionnaire to assess the enforcement of the laws;

• Development of questionnaire to compare the enforcement of blasphemy laws worldwide that integrates some of the human rights indicators selected in the 2017 Report;

• Development of recommendations for further research and identification of priority countries for potential additional phase of project to further examine enforcement of blasphemy laws;

• Monthly research status updates on progress to USCIRF;

• Making any logistical arrangements including domestic and international travel arrangements as needed for completion of project deliverables;

• Consulting with USCIRF on any challenges or opportunities as they arise, whether related to technical or financial implementation of the research project.

Internship Program

The summer internship program is ten (10) weeks long and will begin at the end of May 2019. Student interns are expected to work 35 hours/week. As part of the work, they are also expected to attend training sessions on relevant skills to conduct the necessary legal and other research in furtherance of the project. The internship is based at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, N.Y. CLIHHR has stipends for four 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 to Ali Cain at alexandra.cain@yu.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

 

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Executive Director
Job Posting

Water Protector Legal Collective

The Water Protector Legal Collective is a non-profit organization providing legal support,
advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and
climate justice movements.

The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for the administrative, fiscal and
programmatic health and effectiveness of the organization, ensuring that WPLC raises the funds needed to operate effectively, managing WPLC’s resources soundly, and building and maintaining WPLC’s overall public image and key relationships. The E.D. provides leadership in the organization and works collaboratively with the WPLC Board, staff, and volunteers to provide legal support, education, defense, offense and advocacy for water and land protectors in criminal, civil rights, and international human rights fora.

Learn More: Job Posting – WPLC ED

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The application deadline for opportunities through the Peggy Browning Fund is quickly approaching.

2019 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2019-2020 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 18, 2019

Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply.

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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Financial Access Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) Case Manager

Advocacy Center of Louisiana
-
New Orleans, LA

 

The Advocacy Center‘s mission is to protect, empower, and advocate for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The FAIR Case Manager should be passionate about protecting, empowering, and advocating for the human and legal rights of formerly incarcerated people with disabilities. The FAIR Case Manager will work closely with Advocacy Center staff and community partners to provide financial coaching and facilitate connections to community services to formerly incarcerated people with disabilities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Providefinancial coaching to approximately 60 new intakes per year, depending on institutional capacity
  • Provide general information to FAIR participants about how work may impact public benefits
  • Screen eligibility for public cash and health benefits and assist in applications for public benefits
  • Facilitate and coordinate services with relevant entities
  • Build and maintain relationships with partnering agencies and contacts at community and state agencies
  • Assist participants in resolving or managing benefits issues, including denials, terminations and overpayments
  • Screen and refer participants to employment or vocational service agencies
  • Facilitate referrals to protection and advocacy services
  • Facilitate referrals to the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program
  • Provide benefits planning to recipients of public benefits
  • Attend monthly meetings with FAIR staff
  • Attending weekly meetings, (in New Orleans office, with remote staff participating via Google Hangouts) with all Community Advocacy staff
  • Participate in quarterly meetings with FAIR Steering Committee members
  • Adhere to all AC policies and procedures as delineated in the AC Policies and Procedures Manuals
  • Fulfills other duties in a timely manner, as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Exceptional interviewing and partnering skills, as well as disability and cultural sensibility
  • The ability to undergo and achieve financial coach training
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and systems management abilities; attention to detail; ability to handle multiple priorities; and ability to facilitate communication among staff across programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic math skills, analytical thinking, and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to interpret federal, state, and local laws, regulations and policies, with assistance from legal staff
  • Computer proficiency; specifically, the applicant must be proficient in use of Gmail/Google calendar, Word Processing, Excel, and PowerPoint, and must learn to use the agency’s timekeeping, phone/voicemail and data management software, (NetSuite, 8×8, DAD)
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of Louisiana. The applicant must have a dependable automobile, valid driver’s license, and current liability insurance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Social Work, or a human services-related field;
  • Having been personally impacted by incarceration;
  • Experience working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, with special consideration given to those who have been personally impacted by incarceration;
  • Experience in case management;
  • Experience in financial coaching;
  • Experience working with people with disabilities;
  • Bilingual

Salary Range

The salary may range from $38,000 – $40,500 depending on education and experience.

The expected start date for this position is mid-April.

To apply for this position

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Learn More>>>

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $38,000.00 to $40,500.00 /year

Experience:

  • interviewing/partnering skills: 2 years (Preferred)
  • financial coach: 1 year (Preferred)

License:

  • Driver’s License (Required)

This job will require you to pass a background check:

  • Yes
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The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work with and for currently and formerly incarcerated people to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. The Staff Attorney will represent clients, provide advice for pro se litigants, manage pro bono attorneys, and coordinate with other service providers and government agencies to address the civil legal needs of those re-entering our communities after incarceration. This position will focus primarily on implementing the legal services components of Community Incentive Grants in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, resulting from the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRI) reforms passed during the 2017 Louisiana legislative session. Areas of practice and referral include, but are not limited to, expungements, family law/child support modifications/paternity suits, consumer/collections, tax liabilities, municipal/traffic attachments, public benefits, and driver’s license reinstatements.

The Organization: The Justice & Accountability Center (JAC) of Louisiana tackles deficiencies in the post-conviction phase of the criminal justice system while creating a supportive, collaborative space for attorneys and advocates. Our theory of change is to support communities by providing legal services, advocacy, technical support, and data to reduce mass incarceration and recidivism. We are an extremely small, statewide non-profit that relies heavily on pro bono attorneys and occasionally on contract attorneys in order to accomplish our mission.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Conduct general civil legal intake with currently and formerly incarcerated people at the Plaquemines Detention Center, Angola, legal clinics, community locations, and partner agencies;
  • Spot civil legal issues and directly represent clients, refer to partner agencies, coordinate with contract attorneys, and/or recruit pro bono attorneys for client representation;
  • Monitor referral and pro bono case progress to ensure client needs are met;
  • Engage in thorough and timely case and file management;
  • Coordinate with data management systems of partner agencies;
  • Gather and analyze data for sharing with partners, the public, volunteers, donors, and foundations as ethically permitted under law;
  • Create and present pro-se and “Know Your Rights” materials relative to re-entry and civil legal services;
  • Staff and coordinate expungement workshops and re-entry clinics;
  • Coordinate, staff, and/or teach Continuing Legal Education courses;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Conduct outreach in person, through social media, and by collaborating with partner agencies and organizations; and
  • Attend and thoughtfully participate in task force, coalition, and committee meetings with an eye toward systemic solutions.

Education & Experience:

  • J.D. and active Louisiana bar license required;
  • At least two years of experience at a public defender’s office or in civil legal aid is required (one year as a 3L law clinic student may be substituted);
  • Experience with Louisiana expungement law strongly preferred;
  • At least two years experience in family law, consumer law, or another civil practice area relevant to formerly incarcerated individuals preferred;
  • 3+ years of practice is preferred; and
  • Experience working with volunteers or pro bono attorneys preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Flexible, organized, and creative;
  • Proven collaboration and coordination skills;
  • History of employing extreme accuracy and attention to detail in all work;
  • Administrative and event-planning skills;
  • Proven database management of case notes and client communications;
  • Self-awareness;
  • Self-directed, with an ability to independently identify next steps and follow through on them;
  • Supervisory skills, particularly with volunteers and students of varied skill levels;
  • Commitment to racial equity, social justice, and decarceration;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with courts, attorneys, clients, donors, media, government agencies, and the general public;
  • Working knowledge of all major social media platforms;
  • Analytical skills including the ability to see the system and the infrastructure while also realizing the tasks and activities required to reach larger goals;
  • Experience identifying legal problems that lend themselves to policy advocacy, legislative change, and/or impact/class litigation; and
  • Ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of a developing organization working on multiple pilot projects.

Additional Considerations:

  • This is a full-time, exempt, professional position with a salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, DOE. Benefits are 100% paid.
  • The Staff Attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. JAC encourages work-life balance and utilizes a comp time model.
  • Travel – particularly throughout Southeast Louisiana and occasionally overnight – will be necessary. An independent form of reliable transportation is required.
  • This position is currently grant funded for one year, with a strong possibility for renewal.
  • JAC is an extremely small non-profit, which requires consistent dedication to mission, the ability to say no, and the willingness to stretch beyond comfort zones in order to move toward mission and goals.

Application Process:

Please email your cover letter, resume, 2 writing samples fully of your own creation, 3 references with contact information (we will not call without permission), and law school transcript if you obtained your J.D. within the past 5 years to info@jaclouisiana.org. Please state where you learned of this position. Please respond by January 31, 2019. Applications will immediately be considered on a rolling basis. Targeted start date is March 1, 2019. No phone calls. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

JAC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
2019 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2019 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7,080 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.75/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 21 to August 16, 2019, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2019, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

*   Advanced Sentencing Clinic
*   Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
*   Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
*   Criminal Justice Clinic
*   Housing Clinic
*   Veterans Legal Services Clinic
*   Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 8, 2019.  Early applications are encouraged.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

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There is a job opening at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana (CPCPL).  Interested applicants should apply as indicated in the attached position announcements, one for Senior Staff Attorney, the preferred category, and one for Staff Attorney, with less experience.

CPCPL is a non-profit law office, established to represent indigent death-sentenced men and women in Louisiana.  The Director is Gary P. Clements and Matilde J. Carbia is Deputy Director.  CPCPL teams provide direct representation, pursuing collateral relief in capital cases in state and federal post-conviction.  In addition, the office is responsible for securing counsel for all death-sentenced indigent persons in post-conviction in Louisiana, and for providing assistance to law firms who are currently representing capital post-conviction clients pro bono.

Job Description Senior Staff Attorney (00046689-6xA1360)

Job Description Staff Attorney (00047049-3xA1360)

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LIFT Legal Incubator Program in Baton Rouge accepting applications until January 18

Are you interested in starting your own solo practice, but not sure if you are ready? What if there was a program that would provide you with the training, mentorship, free resources, and financial support you need to develop a sustainable law firm while you hone your practice and business skills? If you answered yes to the first question, then the LSBA’s newest legal incubator program might be just for you.

Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) is an incubator program that helps new attorneys build viable and sustainable solo law firms that serve unmet legal needs. LIFT has partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Southern University Law Center, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation to offer two attorneys the opportunity to build solo law firms that will increase legal representation for disaster survivors in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Point Coupee.

Attorneys in the project will learn how to handle successions, heirship property, clear title, and other property-related matters that affect disaster victims. The participants will gain hands-on legal experience through pro bono work, and receive mentorship, free resources, and a $10,000 stipend during the 18 month program beginning in February 2019.

Application Process

Louisiana licensed attorneys with fewer than six years practice experience who plan to develop or have begun to develop a law practice and are committed to increasing legal representation for community members impacted by disaster are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019. Please send your completed applications in ONE pdf file to amy.duncan@lsba.org. If you have questions, call Amy Duncan at (504) 619-0148.

For those interested in learning more about the program, please join us for a brief webinar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Noon CST. The webinar will provide an overview of the program, the application process, as well as firsthand accounts of current and former LIFT Fellows’ experience in the program. Register here for the webinar.

Click here to learn more about the LIFT program.

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