Looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer? Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is excited to be participating in the  Rural Summer Legal Corps program again. SLLS has an urgent need to increase outreach efforts in Bayou Country. SLLS plans to replicate a successful legal clinic model to provide direct legal services in partnership with rural libraries in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.  The Rural Summer Legal Corps fellow will assist SLLS in achieving its dual goals of increased outreach in Bayou Country while also dovetailing with efforts to expand legal clinics in libraries. The fellow will also help promote and assist as needed with SLLS’s new 17th Judicial District Self-Help Desk in Lafourche Parish. He or she will gain skills in client interviewing, advocating for clients, legal research and writing, and developing and distributing information on how to access legal services. The clerkship is based in our Houma office.

Law students: apply online by February 17 to become one of just 30 participants building legal skills in rural communities across the country. After 300 hours of service, participants are eligible to receive a $5,000 stipend. What are you waiting for? https://rurallegalcorps.org/

Comments Off | Permalink »

Join the FBA Civil Rights Law Section, in partnership with the New Orleans Chapter,
for the first—and soon to be annual—Civil Rights Étouffée CLE in New Orleans on
Friday April, 7, 2107 from 8:30am – 5:00pm CDT.

Comments Off | Permalink »

Environmental Justice Week at Loyola
February 6-11th, 2017
Hosted by the Environmental Law Society

Monday, February 6

Kickoff Event:  Film screening and discussion of “My Louisiana Love”

Room 405 from 6-8PM. 

This powerful documentary portrays Monique Verdin, a young Native American woman and her family in Southeast Louisiana. The film follows her family’s struggle to stay close to their ancestral land despite a cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline. The film looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta.

Tuesday, February 7

Air BnB Regulation in New Orleans & Neighborhood Gentrification and Safety

Room 306 from 12:30 -1:30PM

New Orleans City Council District B Chief of Staff John Pourciau and the Vieux Carre Property Owners Residents and Associates association Executive Director Meg Lousteau will speak about the Air BnB industry in New Orleans and the City’s attempt to regulate the industry in response to concerns about neighborhood safety, property values, and gentrification.

Wednesday, February 8

Call to Action:  Caravan with us to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Public Hearing in Napoleonville, LA at the Assumption Parish Community Center


Participate in the public comment process with us on an urgent natural resource issue affecting Louisiana’s coastal, natural, and cultural resources.  The hearing will be dedicated to the project’s Coastal Use Permit application and will be hosted by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

Thursday, February 9

Indian Law and Natural Resource Conflicts

Room 312 from 12:30-1:30PM

We will be projecting a live video conference with attorney-advisors from the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to speak with federal administrative agency representatives about Indian law and natural resource management!

Saturday, February 11

Food Law and Policy Skills Course

Room 111 from 9AM-12PM

This course will provide an overview of what food law is and how it has been imperative in the formulation of law and policy in the US generally, but Louisiana specifically. Food, in all of its industry iterations have been at the center of legal arguments ranging from acquisition to workers’ rights. Fights over food, food security, food safety, and food access have traditionally been fought in courts that only consider food an ancillary component of the argument. Through this course, you will come to understand that food is the fight and it is predominately a social justice one.

Please contact loynoELS@gmail.com with any questions.


Comments Off | Permalink »

Entry-Level Staff Attorney
Orleans Public Defenders
Entry-Level Staff Attorney The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is seeking an entry- level Staff Attorney for fall 2017.

Job Summary: The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Qualifications: Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following in either Word or PDF format to be considered for this position: cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample, references and law school transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be e-mailed to Chasity Barksdale at . This posting will be active until filled. No phone calls.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits. OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Comments Off | Permalink »

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) have prepared a toolkit (Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests) to protect communities.

For more information and to download the toolkit, please visit http://www.immdefense.org/raids-toolkit/.

Comments Off | Permalink »

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) invites you to continue that commitment by attending a free, public screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary “Five Awake.”

Screening of “Five Awake” and Advocacy Panel
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
7:00 pm
Junior League of New Orleans Headquarters
4319 Carondelet Street

Directed by Donna Dees and Susan Willis, “Five Awake” follows five women working to strengthen Louisiana’s domestic violence laws. Rep. Helena Moreno, who sponsored the legislative package, worked with Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Beth Meeks, Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana Charmaine Cacciopi, attorney for United Way of Southeast Louisiana Kim Sport, and Director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center Mary Claire Landry.

All six bills proposed by the team of women were passed unanimously during the 2014 regular legislative session and signed into law within a year.

Following the 35-minute documentary, the film’s featured legislators Rep. Moreno and Sen. JP Morrell will share best practices for partnering with lawmakers to reach public policy goals.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by visiting www.jlno.org/fiveawakescreening.

Comments Off | Permalink »

*Northwestern Pritzker School of Law*
*Bluhm Legal Clinic*
*Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center*
*Solitary Confinement Appellate Litigation Fellow*

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year
fellowship position beginning as soon as possible in the Bluhm Legal
Clinic’s *Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center*. We seek
applicants for this fellowship position with distinguished academic
records; a strong, demonstrated commitment to practicing in the area of
civil rights litigation; excellent research and writing skills; and 0-5
years of litigation or clerkship experience, preferably with substantial
experience working on federal appeals.

The fellow will be responsible for identifying and tracking lower court
cases that present an opportunity to bring the issue of solitary
confinement to the U.S. Supreme Court. To that end, the fellow will: (1)
review all new federal appellate and district court decisions involving
solitary confinement as they are issued, and (2) identify and track pending
federal appellate and district court cases involving solitary confinement.
The fellow will also be responsible for helping to draft, in cases
involving solitary confinement, appellate briefs, petitions for certiorari,
and amicus briefs. In the event of a grant of certiorari, the fellow would
be available to support plaintiff’s counsel, organize amicus coalitions,
and draft amicus briefs.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its
Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center,
Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on International Human Rights,
Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and other clinical programs
that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation
(predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions,
and landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier
civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago, New
Orleans, St. Louis, and Oxford, Miss. The family of J. Roderick MacArthur
founded the center in 1985 to advocate for human rights and social justice
through litigation.

Northwestern University School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women
and minority candidates.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered
on a rolling basis as they are received, with the goal of filling the
position with a candidate able to start in the near future. Please send
your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references to David
Shapiro at david.shapiro@law.northwestern.edu.

Comments Off | Permalink »

ABA Section of Family Law Fellowship Program

Applications Due by Midnight on May 15, 2017

The ABA Section of Family Law is seeking applications for its Fellowship Program from attorneys with a financial need.

The Section is currently recruiting interested applicants for five (5) fellowship positions.

This is a two (2) year program and will begin in September 2017 and end in August 2019. The attorneys selected to participate in the fellowship program must attend each FLS conference for the next two (2) years beginning with the Fall 2017 CLE Conference in Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado October 4-7, 2017.

Send your completed application to Cynthia Swan by email: Cynthia.Swan@americanbar.org by midnight on May 15, 2017.

Comments Off | Permalink »

Please see the message below from William Most. ______________________________________________________

Dear All,

I am a New Orleans-based attorney with a practice focusing on civil rights and environmental cases. I have represented a high-profile death row exoneree, fought for the rights of prisoners, protesters, and the disabled, and filed a class-action complaint challenging discriminatory practices by a large corporation.

I’m seeking a self-motivated attorney with a desire to fight for justice to be my first associate. Strong legal research and writing skills are required, as is a Louisiana bar license – or a willingness to sit for the Louisiana bar exam at the first opportunity.

Please contact me at williammost@gmail.com for more information, and feel free to share this posting widely.

Thank you!

William Most

Law Office of William Most
201 St. Charles Ave. Suite 114 #101
New Orleans, LA 70170
(504) 509-5023

Comments Off | Permalink »

For more information on this event, please visit fasdconf.advocacyla.org.

Comments Off | Permalink »