PSJD Public Interest News Digest – February 23, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! The big news this week includes big decisions from the Attorney General of California and the Philadelphia DA’s office, as well as a report publishing the results of a worldwide survey on access to justice.

And speaking of surveys…

Until next week,
Sam

Disaster Legal Aid

Student Loans

Pro Bono Services

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Criminal Justice Reform

Music Bonus!

Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All The Stars”

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

Help Wanted

Photo: Brenda Gottesman – CC License

Immigration Justice Campaign Fellow, Pro Bono Coordinator

The Organization

The American Friends Service Committee promotes a longstanding Quaker concern for the causes and impact of human migration.  Since 1988, the Immigrant Rights Program based in New Jersey has worked to increase the protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal representation, community education, community organizing, monitoring of rights, advocacy, and training.

Since 1996, the AFSC has provided legal counseling and representation to thousands of immigrants, including people in detention, youth, and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  AFSC has also conducted training sessions and education to immigrant communities, social service providers and attorneys in New Jersey.

The Position

In collaboration with the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), AFSC will expand pro bono referral efforts and the reach of AFSC’s work. This position will develop and pilot strategies for further engaging and retaining pro bono attorneys to ensure greater access to representation for immigrants detained in New Jersey and facing deportation. The fellowship is funded for one year.

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

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – February 16, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! If you read one thing this week, I’d check out the pull quote from Missouri’s top public defender–it speaks directly to issues of public service salaries & hiring.

And speaking of public service salaries…

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Legal Technology

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

Fever the Ghost, “((SOURCE))”

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

Legal Extern

Help Wanted

Equality Ohio Education Fund and Equality Ohio were founded in 2005 by a group of 65 dedicated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies from all corners of Ohio after voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage and civil unions. EOEF continues to advance its vision and mission by working to change the hearts and minds of Ohioans about the LGBTQ community and our civil rights.

The Position

Assist the Managing Legal Director and/or Executive Director with the:

  • Creation and implementation of a legal survey to analyze current legal need of the LGBTQ community in Ohio;
  • Outreach to LGBTQ & Allied attorneys, legal-serving organizations, and LGBTQ-serving organizations;
  • Assist in the creation of LGBTQ Know Your Rights pamphlets and brochures;
  • Analysis of legal servicing intake tools and technologies; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Ready for this new opportunity? Check it out here on PSJD.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – February 9, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! There are a few major stories this week, spread out across topics. Look for big changes to federal hiring on the horizon and important new research affecting the Immigration debate and the Student Loan debate. Before we get to that, though, I have another appeal to make:

Until next week,
Sam

Federal Hiring

DACA/Immigration

Disaster Legal Aid

Legal Technology

Student Loans

Access to Education

Access to Justice – Criminal

Access to Justice – Civil

Music Bonus!

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Director of Litigation and Policy

Help Wanted

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is one of Los Angeles County’s leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for 48 years and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001.  NLSLA’s staff of 100+, including 40 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law, domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights, and environmental justice.  NLSLA’s program offices are located in Pacoima and the cities of Glendale and El Monte.

The Position

NLSLA is seeking a Director of Litigation & Policy, the position will be based at its El Monte office. The Director is expected to provide overall leadership and direction to the legal staff, with the support of the NLSLA senior team to ensure high quality advocacy, community engagement, strategically strong decision-making, grant compliance, leadership, and professional development both substantively and procedurally. The Director should lead overall program advocacy focused on the unique diversity of the San Gabriel Valley. It is also expected that the Director will develop and lead advocacy to address some specific area(s) of poverty law in which NLSLA is not now focused.

Ready to lead a noble cause? Check out the posting on PSJD.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – February 2, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! The biggest story below is at the top of the civil A2J section, but there’s a different piece of news I want to call your particular attention to this week:

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Legal Technology

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAxHALkWp_8

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – January 26, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! Read on for two weeks worth of news, as I missed delivering the digest last week due to an illness. The most consequential story this week is out of Canada, where the Canadian Intern Association questioned the legality of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s internship program. Additional highlights include class action status for the ACLU’s indigent defense funding lawsuit in Idaho and a new report from Brookings with even more dire predictions about potential student loan default rates.

Until next week,
Sam

Disaster Legal Aid

Student Loans

Legal Technology

Access to Justice – Civil

 

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – January 12, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! A terse but consequential digest includes a significant development in student loans, as the Justice Department took steps to curb state efforts to protect loan forgiveness. The Chief Justice of Iowa also had remarkably strong words for the state legislature on the state of access to justice in his state.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

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

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – January 5, 2018

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! Welcome to 2018. In a roundup of stories from the end of last year, the main news items involve continued discussion of the student debt crisis (both in DC and within state governments) and the impact of recent policy changes at the Department of Justice on post-Ferguson federal reforms of court fines.

Until next week,
Sam

Student Loans

Access to Justice – Civil

Access to Justice – Criminal

Music Bonus!

Tiny Desk Concerts are often excellent.

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