Archive for November, 2017

Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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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)

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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.

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

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry Level Edition)

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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.

Know you have what it takes? See the full post on PSJD.

 

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – November 3, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Hello there, interested public! I hope everyone had a good National Pro Bono Week last week–there was lots to do here in DC, including the NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend, and especially to those of you who contributed to the week’s programming.

Now, let’s catch up on the news. Highlights include a Harvard Law Record report causing a stir at Harvard and more broadly about the legal academy’s proper role in society and ongoing dramas concerning student debt policy, cash bail in California, and public defenders’ responsibilities in Missouri.

Until next week,
Sam

Editor’s Pick: Harvard Law Record Challenges Harvard Law School to Assume Greater Social Responsibility

Student Loans

Disaster Legal Aid

Immigration

Access to Justice : Civil

Access to Justice : Criminal

Indigenous People & The Law

Music Bonus!

With compliments of the season:

https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

Help Wanted

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Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The Organization

The PMF Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is regulated by the Pathways Programs regulations in part 362 of Title 5, of the Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR 362). Appointments are made in the excepted service under the Schedule D Hiring Authority.

The Position

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for assessment and potential subsequent selection as Finalists to obtain appointments as Fellows in the Federal Government. Presidential Management Fellows are assigned to work in a broad range of areas including public policy and administration, domestic and international issues, information technology, acquisition, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, privacy, cybersecurity, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

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

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