Archive for December, 2017

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.

Ready to help the next generation of lawyers? Check it out here on PSJD.

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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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