Veterans Justice Fellowship: Leave No Veteran Behind

About 25% of veterans in the New Orleans are low-income and have a range of unaddressed civil legal needs adversely impacting their lives. A recent survey of veterans found that five of their top ten overall unmet needs had a legal solution in the areas of housing law, consumer issues, discharge upgrades, child support, and removal of legal barriers to employment. To address the civil justice gap confronting area veterans, we have created the  Veterans Justice Fellowship. The Fellow will serve veterans as a Southeast La. Legal Services lawyer who will be embedded in the new VA hospital and will partner with community providers such as the Bastion, a low-income housing complex opening soon for veterans. Our Fellow will improve the health, safety, and stability of veterans by providing life changing civil legal help.

The NOBA Veterans Justice Fellowship will help us fight for veterans as they once fought for us. Won’t you support us by making a donation to help fund this Fellowship?  In virtually every branch of the military there is the Soldier’s Creed of:  “Leave No Man Behind”.  Help fund this Veterans Fellowship so we “Leave No Veteran Behind”.

To Apply for the Veterans Justice Fellowship
If you are interested in applying for the 2017 Veterans Justice Fellowship, please submit your application to Helena Henderson no later than January 5, 2017. Click here for the application.

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Court Observers Needed: Right to Counsel in Louisiana

Robert Boruchowitz, acclaimed national expert in the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, is leading a research project in need of law students to conduct criminal court observations during the weeks of January 3-6 and 9-13, 2017.  Students will conduct courtroom observations in pairs of two under the supervision of Boruchowitz and another experienced attorney. In-state travel will be required, but all expenses will be paid.  This is a rare opportunity for students to learn about the criminal justice system from one of the country’s leading experts and to meaningfully contribute to a study that will help reform the state’s broken indigent defense system. Students will be compensated at $10 an hour for the court observation.

Court observers will be responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Read designated background and training materials;
  • Participate in a 2-hour webinar/training during the month of December;
  • Travel to pre-assigned courtrooms in Louisiana and observe criminal court proceedings from the audience each day for entirety of session;
  • Take detailed notes on observations during each day of  court;
  • Submit summary memos for each day of criminal court observations;
  • Be available for follow-up questions.

Participating students will receive:

  • Travel and meal allowances.

Prior knowledge of criminal law and procedure is appreciated but not necessary.

Interested students should submit a resume and unofficial transcript to Simone Levine, simone.levine@gmail.com . If students have questions, they should feel free to call 504 252 5598.

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Fellowship in Human Rights and Justice

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin, an interdisciplinary human rights center housed in the School of Law, seeks applications for a two-year residential fellowship beginning summer 2017. Applicants from all disciplines and countries are welcome to apply.

The Fellow will work closely with the Center’s co-directors and staff to provide intellectual and administrative leadership for a multi-year project on human rights and economic inequality. The project examines structural drivers of economic inequality, how laws might create, accentuate, or ameliorate forms of unequal distribution, and the ways in which the global architecture of human rights could be improved to better address inequality between and within countries. The primary thematic focus of the next two years of the project will be labor rights and the future of work in a globalized economy. We will also be finalizing work on natural resource governance.

We are seeking an academic or a practitioner who is either currently engaged in human rights research with an interest in labor or has experience in international labor rights. Additional familiarity with natural resource governance is an advantage. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for critical analysis of human rights issues and practices, particularly from a global perspective.

The fellowship will entail academic and administrative responsibilities relating to the project and may include:

  • - Researching and drafting reports and white papers, and/or assisting with academic publications;
  • - Organizing a speaker series, conference, and other public events;
  • - Co-teaching a human rights seminar;
  • - Coordinating a project with the Human Rights Clinic;
  • - Collaborating on research and curriculum with faculty and graduate and professional students;
  • - Networking with academics, activists, and policymakers in multiple regions;
  • - Establishing new international internship placements related to the project; and
  • - Supervising staff and students involved with the project.

Ideally, the appointment will begin July 1, 2017. The Fellow will be offered a competitive stipend in the range of $47,500-55,000/year, health insurance and other benefits, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Law School. The Fellow is required to be in residence in Austin, although the position will likely include some international travel. The Fellow may not hold any other appointment during the fellowship period. Preference will be given to applicants who have received a PhD, JD, or equivalent law degree by the start date.

Application packages are due February 15, 2017, and should include the following materials:

  • - cover letter;
  • - CV;
  • - graduate transcripts (unofficial and scanned are acceptable);
  • - personal statement about relevant research and practical experience (no more than 500 words);
  • - writing sample (no more than 7000 words);
  • - three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference.

Any questions, and all materials (in PDF format), should be sent to Sarah Cline, Rapoport Center Administrative Associate, at scline@law.utexas.edu.

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Peggy Browning & LSUS Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

2017 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program

10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing.

Program run by AFL-CIO; apply via Peggy Browning Fund’s website.

Application deadline: January 13, 2017

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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In response to the recent election, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), has decided to strengthen our ability to respond to the threat of increased discrimination against Muslims, LGBTQI individuals, people of color, people with disabilities, and other individuals protected by our civil rights laws.

We are launching the CREEC Fellowship – starting with a one-year position for 2017-2018 — and we need your help to find a civil rights superhero to help us lead the fight.
 

CREEC is a civil rights non-profit that specializes in impact and test case litigation fighting discrimination in all its forms.  Our small staff of three lawyers and two paralegals in Denver and Berkeley prosecutes a large docket of cases nationwide. Our staff includes Bill Lann Lee, former head of the Civil Rights Division of in the U. S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration.  We partner with grassroots civil rights organizations and experienced lawyers on high-impact litigation with various strategies to combat discrimination.  The Fellow will work out of our Denver office.

Our 2016 achievements include: obtaining an important and precedent-setting decision in our class actions against Harvard and MIT seeking captioning of their online resources; gaining access for inmates in solitary confinement to outdoor exercise for the first time in 20 years; and a settlement with the city of Denver that requires it to spend tens of millions of dollars to remedy citywide lack of curb ramps.  We are currently pursuing remedies against the state of Maryland for transportation policies that discriminate against African-Americans and against California’s underfunding of its predominantly Latinx Medicaid health care program.

We look forward to sharing our experience and expanding the reach of our work with our 2017 CREEC Fellow.  We request your assistance in getting the word out about our first annual CREEC Fellowship to interested students in the Class of ’17 and other potential applicants.  The Fellowship is described in greater detail at www.creeclaw.org/fellowship. Also, please visit our website, creeclaw.org for more information about our work.  If you have any questions, you may contact Co-Executive Director Amy Robertson at arobertson@creeclaw.org.

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Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Position: Summer 2017 Intern

Application Period Extended thru January 1, 2017

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for internship positions in its New Orleans office.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, Louisiana and the LCAC have been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments.   In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Abigail Crick at acrick@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, and contact information for three references.  The deadline for applications is January 1. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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The New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor is currently hiring a Deputy Monitor of Use of Force Investigations, a Complaint Intake Coordinator, and an Auditor. Interested individuals should apply online here through the New Orleans Civil Service Commission. 

Below are job descriptions for positions available:

The Deputy Monitor of Use of Force Investigations:  Professional, administrative and supervisory work assisting the Independent Police Monitor in the management of the office.   Work includes supervising investigations that involve the New Orleans Police Department’s Use of Force, Disciplinary Hearings, as well as other investigations. Work also includes participating and overseeing investigatory processing as well as reviewing, compiling, organizing, evaluating and summarizing statistical data; and related work as required. Read more and apply here.

Independent Police Monitor Auditor: Professional, administrative and some supervisory work assessing police operations for compliance with applicable laws, regulations, charter provisions, ordinances, grant provisions, contract requirements, and established policies and procedures.  Work includes developing audit plans and objectives as well as evaluating and assessing areas of risk.  Work also includes determining if effective controls are in place, and suggest approaches for addressing risk; and related work as required.  Minimum qualifications are a Juris Doctor or Master’s Degree in Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.  College coursework (undergraduate or graduate) must also have included 24 hours of accounting coursework. Read more and apply here.

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Major Terrance J. Reese USMC manages and provides professional development to all the 500 plus lawyers in the US Marine Corps.  A 2005 graduate of Loyola Law, Major Reese is Deputy Branch Head of Plans and Innovations for the USMC.  His office is in the Pentagon.   His most vivid memories of law school include his time in the criminal Defense law clinic.

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The office of Council Member Susan Guidry is seeking applicants for the position of Chief of Staff for the District “A” Council office, which is located in City Hall.

 

 

 

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Visit the Louisiana State Bar Association’s website for more information on this CLE opportunity.

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