PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 15, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! We’re headed into a photo-finish for 2017, with a flurry of activity related to student loans, a new report from the Canadian federal government with potentially huge implications for the practice of individual rights law in that country, and additional developments in New York City legal services organizations ongoing attempts to prevent ICE from conducting arrests at local courthouses. Read below for additional details, as well as a few other juicy stories.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

First, the context:

Legislators have a variety of ideas about how to handle the situation:

Meanwhile, state and federal agencies continue their work:

Legal Technology

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

Who doesn’t like to watch a virtuoso?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFcPlv9RhEY

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Professional School Associate Dean For Administration and Finance

Help Wanted

CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. It trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Law School, the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance (the “Admin/Finance Dean”) is the Law School’s principal non-academic officer. As chief operating officer, the Admin/Finance Dean is responsible for the efficient operation of Law School services and systems, and for ensuring that all administrative departments and functional areas engage in best practices, provide excellent customer service and work well together. The administrative departments include: information technology, facilities, human resources and payroll, budget and finance, procurement, purchasing and accounts payable, bursar, financial aid, reprographics, mail, security and public safety, and such other departments that may be created at the Law School. The Admin/Finance Dean is also responsible for providing administrative support to the Law School’s non-tax levy operations, the compliance of all departments, and of the Law School, in general, with all applicable state and federal laws, as well as City University of New York policies and procedures.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 8, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! I’m writing to you live from this year’s annual NLADA Conference; expect to hear more about that in next week’s digest. This week, most stories sound in student loans, with news concerning virtually every aspect of the educational finance system. Also, be sure to read all the way to the end for big news out of Canada concerning civil access to justice.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Disaster Legal Aid

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

Music Bonus!

Something cinematic, I think:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tvUPFsaj5s<//a>

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry Level Edition)

Help Wanted

Photo: Brenda Gottesman – CC License

Emergency Response Staff Attorney

The Organization: 

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)  is the first organization in the country dedicated exclusively to serving survivors of human trafficking, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (www.castla.org) assists persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. CAST was established in 1998 in the wake of the El Monte sweatshop case where 72 Thai garment workers were kept for eight years in slavery and debt bondage. Following a community outcry for an organization to respond to surfacing cases of human trafficking, CAST was and remains one of a handful of providers nationally that provide comprehensive services to survivors of slavery and trafficking. CAST is amongst the few organizations that carry the mission of both serving victims while also conducting advocacy to promote change that will better protect victims and prevent future cases of trafficking.

CAST serves a growing community of trafficking victims who are brought to the United States and suffer unspeakable violence at the hands of traffickers. They have an enormous array of needs, ranging from urgent medical and mental health services to complex legal issues. CAST has served hundreds of victims and their family members through both direct service delivery as well as technical consult to service providers across the country. CAST alone has secured nearly 100 T Visas for survivors of trafficking, constituting almost 1/6 of the total number of T Visas issued nationwide. Our accomplishments are due, in part, because CAST’s Client Services staff works closely together to partner with clients in setting goals, monitoring progress, advocating for access to services, and cooperating with law enforcement agencies to access long-term immigration benefits that keep victims safe from their traffickers.

CAST’s legal department provides innovative direct legal services to survivors of trafficking, and also provides technical assistance to survivors of trafficking, law enforcement agencies, and service providers to inspire creative and appropriate responses to the problem of human trafficking in the United States.

The Position:

The Emergency Response Attorney (ERA) will be responsible for responding to urgent calls from law enforcement, agencies, and survivors themselves for legal assistance and advice. The ER Staff Attorney will also provide ongoing comprehensive legal services to survivors of human trafficking including assisting clients seek immigration, criminal and civil relief, with an emphasis on criminal victim-witnesses advocacy and United States citizen survivors. This is a full- time, exempt position.

Essential Duties:

  • Respond to all ER breaking cases during normal business hours, coordinate rotation with staff attorneys for ER on-call during nonbusiness hours
  • Assume caseload of trafficked clients
  • Develop and implement creative, alternate legal strategies to assist trafficked persons
  • Work collaboratively with social services and shelter staff
  • Provide outreach and training to legal aid organizations, law firms, and law enforcement to assist trafficked clients
  • Participate in LAPD task force for human trafficking victims
  • Coordinate ongoing legal emergency response protocol and safety efforts.
  • Support CAST’s involvement with DA diversion program and LA county wide protocol
  • Participate in legal emergency response efforts; and
  • Respond to Emergency Response breaking cases in rotation with legal team in support of CAST’s 24-hour ER services.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – December 1, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving. Recent news concerning our community involves a few themes, including strategic disputes when considering court reforms (cash bail and right to council in eviction cases, in California), concerns about the Sixth Amendment (in South Carolina and California, again), and the role of technology in access to justice (in Ontario and among law schools).

Welcome to December,
Sam

Student Loans

Immigration

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

 

Music Bonus!

All that, and a trombone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxmDKtAvqpM

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

Help Wanted

Photo: Brenda Gottesman – CC License

Anti-Corruption Fellowship

The Organization

The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) aims to improve the capacity of public offices and practitioners to deter, identify, and combat corruption. We work to:

Build and support a vibrant community of leaders in the public integrity field.

Develop tools and resources to help governments and practitioners fight corruption.

Promote research and scholarship on important public integrity issues.

The Position

The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School invites talented law school students from the Class of 2018 to apply for a post-graduate one-year fellowship at CAPI.

We are looking for a fellow for a one-year posting, starting in August 2018. Those interested in the substantive areas of political corruption, public ethics, criminal justice, and related fields who have strong legal research and writing skills, are welcome to apply.

The CAPI fellow will primarily work on CAPI’s research projects and written publications. He or she will spearhead various projects, working with anti-corruption scholars and practitioners, law students, and others to conceive appropriate topics, conduct necessary research, and draft and/or edit original CAPI work products such as reports, best practices issue briefs, longer form articles from community members, practitioner toolkits, and material for our website.

Is this your dream opportunity?  See the full-post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

Help Wanted

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Internship

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

The Organization

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) is a non-profit agency that provides legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in Charlotte and mid-western North Carolina.

LSSP provides an intense, practical, and worthwhile internship for students interested in providing legal services to low-income people. LSSP has a long tradition of aggressive and effective advocacy, including individual cases, complex litigation and other advocacy projects. Our interns work with staff attorneys on routine cases, handle administrative cases as the primary advocate under the supervision of an attorney, and participate in significant client advocacy projects, as described in the job description below. You can find more information about our organization and our work on our website at www.lssp.org.

The Position

Help LSSP Attorneys Represent Clients

Assist attorneys as directed on specific cases, including interviewing clients and witnesses; collecting, evaluating and preparing evidence for presentation; performing legal research; drafting pleadings, briefs and other legal documents; consistent with LSSP standards for representation. Interns are generally assigned to one attorney supervisor for each half of the summer, and work primarily with that attorney on routine cases such as eviction defense, public assistance and social insurance eligibility, protection from domestic violence and predatory lending. Interns have the opportunity for extensive client contact, participate in all stages of case development, and accompany the staff attorneys to court hearings.

Handle Administrative Cases

As primary advocate under attorney supervision, handle limited number of administrative cases such as Unemployment Insurance appeals, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid disability appeals, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamp or other administrative cases; attend to cases on a timely basis; keep clients notified of progress on cases; maintain case files in accordance with program policy; maintain tickler system, prepare periodic case reports as required; close cases promptly upon completion of representation. Interns will be primarily responsible for at least one administrative hearing and generally will handle between two and five hearings during the summer. Although opportunities are presented to watch one or two hearings and close attorney supervision is provided, the interns will actually make the presentation of cases.

Participate in Significant Client Advocacy Projects

Under the supervision of a staff attorney, participate in significant client advocacy project such as major litigation, community education, outreach, and other non-case related program activities. Interns will participate in a major advocacy project to permit them to see how broad problems affecting many individuals can be addressed through the legal process.

Ready to make a difference?  Check out the full-post on PSJD.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – November 17, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! After a Veterans’ Day hiatus and some technical difficulties with the collection of woodland creatures that bring me the news, the Digest returns! Among other things, this week has seen minor disagreements between judges and defenders over caseloads in Michigan, and major ones in Missouri. Student loan debt was also a theme, as legislators in DC and Wisconsin floated new loan relief assistance plans.

Enjoy Thanksgiving next week; more from me here, after the holiday,
Sam

Student Loans

Federal Hiring

News in Canada

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

 

Music Bonus!

Just because:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW1kUtuVQk

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Employment Rights Litigation Attorney

Help Wanted

The Equal Justice Center is a non-profit, public-interest employment rights law firm and systemic justice advocacy organization. The EJC’s mission is to empower low-income workers, families, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace, in the justice system, and in the broader community – regardless of immigration status. With eleven attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, the EJC gives low-wage working people the power to use plaintiffs’ employment litigation to enforce their wage rights and other basic employment rights as well as the power to reform public policies and private employment practices.

The Position

The Equal Justice Center—a public-interest employment rights law firm and systemic justice advocacy organization—is seeking an employment litigation attorney for its Dallas office. The attorney will join EJC’s staff of fourteen attorneys (Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio) and will primarily engage in plaintiffs’ employment litigation representing low-wage working people to enforce fundamental employment rights, especially: wage rights; protections against workplace sexual assault and harassment; and immigrant employment rights. The attorney will also play a vital role in the Equal Justice Center’s systemic reform advocacy to empower low-wage and immigrant workers—regardless of their immigration status—enabling them to win fair treatment in the workplace, in the justice system, and in the broader society.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry Level Edition)

Help Wanted

Photo: Brenda Gottesman – CC License

Staff Attorney

The Organization: 

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. (SDVLP) is a public interest law firm whose mission is to involve the private bar in the delivery of free legal services in civil matters to indigent San Diego County residents. SDVLP is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence.

The Position:

The staff attorney will spend half of the week in a legal clinic setting at the El Cajon courthouse, and will spend the remaining half of the week in SDVLP’s main downtown office. The legal clinic assists domestic violence victims in completing and filing temporary restraining orders. In the main office, the staff attorney will provide representation to domestic violence victims in their family court matters. Additional job duties include recruiting, training and mentoring volunteers, and performing community outreach and education.

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