Archive for January, 2016

DC Event on 2/9 – Surviving on a Public Interest Salary

The Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association is hosting an exciting program on “Surviving on a Public Interest Salary”. Check out their message below for more information:

When: February 9, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 430 E Street, N.W., Second Floor, Courtroom 1, Washington, D.C.

  • Do you have dreams of advocating for the low income community?
  • Do you want to defend the civil rights of those who cannot afford counsel?
  • Do you want to embark upon a career as a federal government servant?

These are aspirations for many in the legal profession, but they often face a commonly perceived obstacle.  Please join us for a panel discussion about how one can survive on the salary of a public interest attorney.

Our Panelists Include:

  • Melanie Bates, Director of Policy and Communications, D.C. ACLU – Moderator
  • Michelle Bonner, Executive Director, DC Corrections Information Council
  • Kendra Brown, Policy Director, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Kensley Dougan, Financial Planner, Strategies For Wealth
  • Ashley McDowell, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia

Our panelists will provide practical advice about budgeting, paying bills (including student loans), saving for retirement, obtaining promotions, longevity in public service, and much more.

PLEASE RSVP to GWAC Law Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair and Employment and Professional Development Committee Chair, Janea RainesHERE.


Job’o’th’week (Experienced Edition) – Rhode Island Center for Justice

Help Wanted Photo: Brenda Gottsabend – CC License

The Rhode Island Center for Justice is seeking to hire a Supervising Attorney. The Supervising Attorney will provide direct legal representation and supervise provision of legal services to clients across their program areas which currently include the Wage Justice Project, Tenant Advocacy Project, and Lifeline Project. The Center for Justice is a non-profit public interest law center with a mission to expand access to justice for low-income communities by providing free civil legal representation to low income Rhode Island individuals, families, and communities.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: February 29, 2016 )


Upcoming Equal Justice Works Free Student Debt Webinar

Equal Justice Works is hosting another Free Student Debt Webinar! Check out their message below: 

New Year, New You: Take Control of Your Student Loans

Happy New Year! While everyone else is making plans to hit the gym, we’ve got a better suggestion for your New Year’s Resolution: get a firm handle on your student loans!

Sounds like a lofty goal? No worries – Equal Justice Works is here to help! We’re offering our free monthly webinar, “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

REPAYE Plan Now Available

With a new year comes new student loan repayment options! As promised, the Department of Education launched the income-driven REPAYE (Revised Pay As You Earn) plan last month. The REPAYE plan offers monthly payments capped at 10% of your discretionary income, improved interest accrual protections, and is open to all borrowers regardless of when your loans were taken out.

There’s a lot to learn about the new REPAYE plan, so make sure you attend the webinar on January 19th to get the basics. We’re also updating our free student debt e-book Take Control of Your Future to include all the in-depth information you need to know about REPAYE. Download it now to be notified automatically of all updates!

Another 2016 New Year’s Resolution: Protect Public Service Loan Forgiveness!

As always, we urge you to take action to preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) before Congress moves forward with capping or eliminating this vital program for public service workers. In addition to coming to the January 19th webinar for the latest legislative updates, you can join the ABA’s Save #Loan4Giveness campaign today by taking action via social media!

Want to spread the word about PSLF, or just learn more about the program? Read and share our latest Huffington Post articles “Ten Things You Should Know About Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Part One and Two” to get the basics!

Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Our webinars are tailored to law students and lawyers, but the information is applicable to anyone who needs help managing the burden of student loan debt. To stay up to date, follow us on Twitter (@EJW_org, #studentdebthelp) and on Facebook!


Regional Highlights

NALP Regions Map - Final Version

Happy 2016! If job hunting is on your list of new years resolutions, find your region below to learn more about job opportunities happening in your area this month! (Click image to enlarge map)

Here are January’s Regional Highlights:

West/Rocky MountainStaff Attorney, Domestic Violence (Bozeman, MT); Staff Attorney, Medical Legal Partnership (Helena, MT); EPA Region 8 2016 Honors Attorney Fellowship Program (Denver, CO); Senior Attorney or Staff Attorney (Denver, CO); Summer 2016 Internship for Law Students (Denver, CO); Summer Law Internships (Various Locations, AZ); Assistant Federal Public Defender – Capital Habeas Unit (Phoenix, AZ); Summer Internship 2016 (Tuscon, Florence, and Phoenix, AZ); AmeriCorps Law Student Fellows (Las Vegas and Reno, NV); Staff Attorney (Las Vegas, NV); Portland Bilingual Staff Attorney (Portland, OR); Legal Intern – Spring & Summer 2016 (Eugene, OR); Pacific Legal Foundation Liberty Clerkship – Summer 2016 (Sacramento, CA and Bellevue, WA); Legal Internship/Externship (Seattle, WA); Intern (San Francisco, CA); Summer 2016 Law Clerk (Sacramento, CA); Fair Housing Coordinator – Monterey County (Salinas, CA); Summer Law Clerk (Oakland, CA); Public Interest Grants (Berkeley, CA); Assistant City Attorney (Petaluma, CA); City Attorney (Pleasonton, CA); Law Student Union Summer 2016 (Oakland and Vacaville, CA); 1L 2016 Summer Legal Internships (Santa Monica and San Francisco, CA)

MidwestAssistant Attorney General (Bismarck, ND); Antitrust Attorney (Saint Paul, MN); Law Clerk (Grand Rapids, MI); Legal Intern Summer 2016 (Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI); Law Student Union Summer 2016 (Detroit, MI and Dayton, OH); Summer 2016 Legal internship (Chicago, IL); 1L 2016 Summer Legal Internships (Chicago, IL); Winter/Spring 2016 Civil Rights Law Clerk (Chicago, IL); Intern – Legal Services Division (Chicago, IL); Assistant State Public Defender – Trial Attorney (Madison, WI); Staff Attorney (Chillicothe, OH)

SoutheastStaff Attorney – SMLS (Nashville, TN); Staff Attorney (Clarksville, TN); Death Penalty Summer Internship (Durham, NC); Staff Attorney (Raleigh, NC); Justice Americorps Fellow (Atlanta, GA); Coordinating Pro Bono Attorney (Atlanta, GA); Staff Attorney (Albany, GA); Staff Attorney (Macon, GA); Summer 2016 Legal Internship (Atlanta, GA); Legal Intern – Summer 2016 (Lumpkin, GA); Economic Justice: Staff Attorney (Montgomery, AL); Assistant Federal Public Defender (New Orleans, LA); Staff Attorney (Guymon, OK); Staff Attorney (Austin, TX); Regional Managing Attorney (San Antonio, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Immigrant Children’s Project (Dallas, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Women and Children’s Program (Dallas, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Asylum Program (Dallas, TX); Texas Defender Service John P. Niland Fellow (Austin, TX); Staff Public Defender (Rio Grande Valley, TX); Investigator, Public Defender Division (Rio Grande Valley, TX); Legal Intern (Houston, TX); Intake Attorney (San Antonio, TX); Summer Law Clerks (Various Locations, TX)

Mid-AtlanticStaff Attorney (Manassas, VA); Bilingual Immigration Attorney (Fall Church, VA); Spring 2016 General Counsel Legal Intern (Arlington, VA); Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Appeals Division (Baltimore, MD); Deputy Chief – Enforcement Consumer Protection Division (Baltimore, MD); Staff Attorney (Salisbury, MD); Summer 2016 Legal Internships (Baltimore, MD); Street Law’s Summer Student in Residence 2016 (Silver Spring, MD); Summer Clerkship (Bristol, PA); Philadelphia Immigration Court Summer 2016 Legal Internship (Philadelphia, PA); Summer 2016 Legal Intern (Philadelphia, PA); Attorney (Washington, DC); Barton Child Law & Policy Center Fellowship (Washington, DC); Staff Attorney/Fellowship (Washington, DC); National Fair Housing Alliance – Civil Rights Summer Law Clerk (Washington, DC); Law Clerk Summer (Washington, DC); Attorney (Washington, DC); Attorney (Washington, DC); Attorney Advisor (Washington, DC); Bertha Legal Fellow (Washington, DC); Appellate Attorney (Washington, DC); Juvenile Services Program Attorney (Washington, DC); Criminal Justice Staff Attorney (Washington, DC); Legal Intern – Summer 2016 (Washington, DC);

NortheastInternships at Make the Road New Jersey (Elizabeth, NJ); The Ronnie Ann Powell Internship (Montclair, NJ); 2016 Summer Internship (Montclair, NJ); Prisoner’s Rights Attorney (Montpelier, VT); Summer 2016 Domestic Violence Fellowship (Burlington, VT); Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Fellowship (South Royalton, VT); Staff Attorney (Boston, MA); Summer 2016 Legal Intern (Yarmouth, MA); Associate (Boston, MA); Summer 1016 Food Law and Policy Clinic Internship (Boston, MA); Summer 2016 Health Law and Policy Clinic Internship (Boston, MA); 2016 Internship (Lynn, MA); 2016-2018 Democracy Honors Fellowship (Newton, MA); 2016 Summer Internship (New Haven, CT); Assistant Corporation Counsel, Legal Counsel Division (New York, NY); Deputy Chief, Special Federal Litigation Division (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Supervising Attorney (New York, NY); LawHelpNY Program Director (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (Hempstead, NY); Spring 2016 Legal Internship (New York, NY); Director of Legal Advocacy (New York, NY); Criminal Defense Attorney (New York, NY); Deputy Director (New York, NY); Law Intern – Spring (Albany, Ithaca, Plattsburgh and Buffalo, NY); Staff Attorney (Islandia, NY); Acting Deputy General Counsel (New York, NY); Law Student Summer Internship (New York, NY)

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