Archive for April, 2013

Job o’ the Day: Appellate Attorney with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office

If you’re looking to take your talents to South Beach a la Lebron James, then look no further: the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office is hiring a criminal appellate attorney!

From the PSJD job posting:

MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC DEFENDER CARLOS J. MARTINEZ is seeking attorneys with criminal appellate experience. Salary commensurate with experience. A recent law graduate with significant clinical appellate experience may be considered for a starting salary of $42,000. Must be capable of producing high quality work while maintaining a heavy caseload. Excellent writing and advocacy skills required.

Position has a full range of state benefits: insurance and retirement plan; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; free tuition for college courses. Deadline May 20, 2013.

For more information, view the full job description at PSJD.org (log-in required).

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Job o’ the Day: Civil Liberties Fellowship at the ACLU of Illinois!

Through an integrated advocacy program of litigation, public education, and lobbying, the ACLU of Illinois works to protect and expand civil liberties. The legal program has ten attorneys. The general civil liberties docket focuses on free speech, association, religion, privacy, criminal justice and equality issues. Special projects include Children’s Rights, Institutionalized Persons, Racial Justice, Reproductive Rights, LGBT Rights and HIV and Civil Liberties.

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Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney with the University of Chicago Law’s Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in Harlingen, Texas

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School is currently accepting applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the 2008 TVPRA. This is a two-year position, with the option for renewal or transfer.

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National LGBT Bar Association/Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair Student Award Competition Details

The National LGBT Bar Association is now accepting submissions for the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition, the Student Leadership Award and the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition:

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Job o’ the Day: Assistant Public Defender for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

From the PSJD job posting:

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Warrenton Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney, who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Warrenton Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary will be $54,059.

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Department of Justice Seeks to Add More Attorney Positions in 2014

by Ashley Matthews

We’ve got good news for those of you looking for job opportunities within the federal government next year! The Department of Justice wants to add more attorney positions in 2014 to bolster its Criminal, Civil and Civil Rights Divisions. From the BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes:

The U.S. Department of Justice’s budget request for 2014 seeks to add dozens of attorney positions, boosting efforts to combat cybersecurity, prosecute financial and mortgage fraud and combat international piracy of intellectual property.

The $27.6 billion request is a 3 percent increase over the budget enacted two years ago in 2012, and restores the $1.6 billion in cuts in this year’s budget as part of government-wide cuts called sequestration. Released Wednesday, the budget includes additional attorneys in the Criminal Division, Civil Division and Civil Rights Division, but removes attorney positions in the Antitrust Division.

In a nutshell, the DOJ wants to add 31 attorneys to the Criminal Division, 32 attorneys to the Civil Division, and 43 attorneys to the Civil Rights Division. Ten attorneys will be removed from the Antitrust Division because of budget constraints.

Click here to read the full article on the BLT!

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Job o’ the Day: Entry-Level Staff Attorney with Legal Momentum in New York City

From the PSJD job posting:

Legal Momentum is the nation’s oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights of all women and girls (it was formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). Legal Momentum uses litigation, public policy advocacy and education to address systemic issues facing women and girls throughout the United States. Legal Momentum has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. Legal Momentum seeks applicants for the position of staff attorney. This is a full-time position based in New York City.

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Job o’ the Day: Legal Campaign Director at Americans for Safe Access in Washington, DC

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the nation’s largest organization working to advance safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research. Using a multi-faceted strategy that incorporates public education, grassroots advocacy, direct lobbying, and impact litigation, ASA fights to compel the U.S. federal government to relax its anti-medical marijuana actions.

From the PSJD job posting:

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Just Updated: PSJD’s Postgraduate Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar

by Ashley Matthews

Hunting for the perfect entry-level postgraduate job? Start your search with PSJD’s Postgraduate Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar, a handy little resource that lists opportunities by deadline and contains links to job postings on PSJD. We just updated the page with more jobs from awesome public interest organizations like the ACLU of Idaho, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, the International Service for Human Rights, and more.

Check it out on PSJD!

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Job o’ the Day: 2-Year Staff Attorney Fellowship with Appellate Advocates in New York City

Interested in indigent defense? Appellate Advocates, a nonprofit public interest legal organization based in NYC, is seeking attorneys for 2-year fellowships:

Attorneys would brief and argue appeals, as well as have the opportunity to represent clients in other post-conviction proceedings, within an office committed to providing the highest quality of representation. Fellowships would begin in the summer or early fall of 2013.

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