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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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2017-2019 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship

The Organization

The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

The Position

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking to sponsor a bright, creative, and driven individual for the two-year Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have two or more years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible to apply. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

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Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

The Organization

The Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic is the University of Michigan Law School’s oldest and biggest general litigation clinic of U-M’s 18 clinics.  On the civil side, CCLC students represent clients in many areas of the law, including landlord-tenant & housing, debt collection, consumer fraud, contract disputes, prisoners’ civil rights, discrimination, employment issues, sexual harassment, political asylum and refugee, and some public benefits claims. On the criminal side, students represent clients charged with misdemeanors from arraignment through trial. Students also handle some post-judgment issues in serious felony cases. The clinic’s docket frequently includes class actions, issues of first impression, and other impact litigation. The CCLC handles all of its own appeals and has litigated cases at every level of the state and federal court systems.

The Position

For 2017 we are seeking two students (1L, 2L, or post-graduate students) for a summer internship in the U-M’s Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic.  We generate a significant case load during the academic year, and then need to represent those clients over the summer while our law students are gone.

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Resource Round-Up: PSJD Summer Funding Resources

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The PSJD Resource Center has valuable information for law students, career counselors and lawyers about public service law jobs.

The PSJD Firms Allowing Split Public Interest Summer Options includes a few law firms that have programs that enable law students to work for part of the summer with the firm, and part of the summer with a public interest organization.  Some of the firms will pay all or part of the students’ salaries for the entire summer.  These programs provide an opportunity for a diverse summer experience and demonstrate a firm’s strong commitment to pro bono work.  There are a few variations of the split public interest summer.

The Summer Funding Sources Paid Internship Programs resource lists programs that are either sources of unrestricted funding for summer internships previously secured or programs that will fund students at program host sites for summer work. Some programs have specific issue areas (indicated) and/or geographic restrictions. The table is sorted by typical deadline, with the fall deadlines first followed by the spring deadlines.


*Career Counselor’s Corner*

 

Ashley Matthews, JD, Program Manager for Law School Engagement and Advocacy for Equal Justice works says “The PSJD Summer Funding Guide and Split Summer Firm Guide are both essential lists of stipends, awards, and paid internship programs for public interest law students. We share it in all of our Summer Funding webinars!”

Do you know of a great summer funding opportunity? Send it to us in an email and we’ll do our best to get it up on the website.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

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District General Counsel

The Organization

To inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning by serving as a member of the collaborative executive leadership team which plans, directs, and coordinates action to achieve the organizational mission and strategic goals. Contribute to strategic and tactical organizational leadership by providing legal services and advice to the Superintendent, School Board and School District administrators; managing all legal matters and services; representing the school system in litigation and administrative proceedings; coordinating litigation efforts with outside legal counsel; leading policy development and revision; conducting legal research; and providing guidance on legal issues regarding state and federal regulations and laws.

The Position

Contribute to strategic and tactical organizational leadership:
  • Participate on the superintendent’s cabinet to coordinate action to achieve the district’s mission and strategic goals
  • Provide leadership and coordination of school system committees and/or task force initiatives as assigned; participate in long-range and strategic planning initiatives
  • Serve as general legal counsel to the superintendent and School Board
  • Consult with the director of labor relations in the negotiation and drafting/review of collective bargaining agreements Interpret the Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act (PELRA) and collective bargaining agreements; recommend proposed modifications to existing collective bargaining agreements
  • Attend all school board meetings, including policy committee meetings, school board work sessions, negotiations strategy sessions, special meetings, and regular school board meetings
  • Coordinate defenses and responses to legal and administrative complaints
  • Plan and execute continuous improvement processes for area of responsibility; invite input and feedback
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth
  • Represent the school district in a positive manner at various district and community functions, at state and local organizations, and as a liaison to various partners
  • Monitor trends in education law, regulations and legislative issues, and recommend operational, procedural and policy improvements

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

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Assistant Public Defender

The Organization

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigator to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in Cecil County. OPD provides superior representation to indigent defendants throughout the State of Maryland.   The Agency’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All.  Employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving the Agency’s mission.

The Position

An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation.  This position will commence in late spring, 2017 and will be located in the Office of the Public Defender, Elkton District Court/Multi-Service Center in Elkton, Maryland (170 E. Main Street, Elkton, Maryland 21921).

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Advancing Justice Fellowship

The Organization

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to defending democracy for Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010, Advancing Justice – Atlanta serves thousands of vulnerable and underserved people through its four core program areas of civic engagement, direct legal services, policy advocacy, and leadership development. Advancing Justice – Atlanta is one of five independent civil rights organizations that make up the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation.

The Position

The fellow, hosted by Advancing Justice – Atlanta, will work with Advancing Justice – Atlanta and the broader Advancing Justice affiliation to provide direct services to the community and look for impact litigation opportunities.

Applicants are expected to design a new project focusing on the needs of Georgia’s Asian American community, in the context of immigration, voting rights, and/or employment law.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

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Publications Coordinator

The Organization

NALP houses and administers PSJD, an online public interest job database and “virtual” career services center for law students and attorney on public service career paths.  PSJD contains listings of several hundred post-graduate public interest fellowships which are offered in the U.S. and abroad.  Every year, this information is culled from the website and published as The PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide.

The Position

The Publications Coordinator plays the lead role in fellowship guide’s annual update.  NALP also publishes its Federal Legal Employment Guide annually.  The Publications Coordinator is also responsible for updating the information and assisting in its production.

The Publications Coordinator’s specific responsibilities are to:

Produce the 2017 Fellowship Guide

  • Research and update all PSJD online fellowship listings for use in the print fellowship guide. This is accomplished through concerted telephone/email outreach to several hundred organizations;
  • Research and verify new fellowships to be added to the guide;
  • Compile other resources for the guide, following previous editions;
  • Edit content and layout for online publication.

Produce NALP’s Federal Legal Employment Guide

Other duties as assigned

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Resource Round-Up: State & Local Government Career Resources State by State List

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The PSJD Resource Center has valuable information for law students, career counselors and lawyers about public service law jobs.

The PSJD State & Local Government Career Resources State by State List is a list of useful places to begin research on internships and jobs with state and local governments. Here you will find links to information about many different government employers.

 


*Career Counselor’s Corner*

 

Claudia Melo, JD, Director of the Career Center at University of Minnesota Law School says “This is a quick, handy compilation that I use in conjuction with the Gov[ernment] Honors Guide for those students interested in government careers.”

Do you have a great state resource? Send it to us in an email and we’ll do our best to get it up on the website.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

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Staff Attorney

The Organization

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income persons and groups in western Ohio, seeks a bright, creative, hardworking attorney for its Dayton office.

The Position

The Attorney will work with ABLE’s Education Practice Group and the Housing and Economic Development Practice Group. The Education Practice Group provides legal representation to low-income children and parents in education cases.  The Education Practice Group advocates for appropriate and meaningful educational opportunities for children in poverty, including a focus on discipline cases and disrupting the school to prison pipeline, particularly for African American and Latino youth who are disproportionately impacted by these policies.  The Housing and Economic Development Practice Group focuses their work on improving housing conditions and choices for low income communities as well as improving eThe Attorney must have excellent interpersonal skills and be experienced in working in collaborative environments.

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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International Human Rights Clinic Fellowship

The Organization

Founded in 1892 by John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is one of the world’s leading universities, with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education across a broad spectrum of fields. More than 80 Nobel laureates are associated with the University of Chicago, including eight current faculty members. One former senior lecturer is currently President of the United States. The University of Chicago is known for its excellent faculty, an increasingly strong and diverse student body, and a distinctive urban campus with strong community connections. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked the University of Chicago 3rd in its annual survey of the Best Colleges.

The Position

he University of Chicago Law School is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position training and supervising law students as a Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer, in the Law School’s International Human Rights (IHR) Clinic. This position is for the 2017-18 academic year and is expected to begin on August 1, 2017. The appointment is for 12 months; re-appointment for a second term may be possible. The IHR Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the United States. The IHR Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms as well as other substantive law and strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. IHR Clinic projects include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, drafting reports, and training manuals.

Is this your first class ticket to starting a career in international human rights? View the full-post on PSJD.

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