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Job’o’th’Week – Experienced Edition

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Staff Attorney

The Organization

We are a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development in Montana. Incorporated in 1986, the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV) is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development. Our mission is to support and facilitate networking among our member organizations while advocating for social change in Montana.

The Position

The SALS Staff Attorney is the lead staff person responsible for providing holistic, comprehensive, direct civil legal services to victims of sexual assault throughout Montana. The SALS program consists of the Staff Attorney, Public Policy/Legal Director (supervisor), and a legal assistant/victim advocate. This is a grant funded position currently funded through September 2019. Being licensed to practice law in Montana is a requirement for the position.

Ready to bust a move in Montana? Check out the full post on PSJD.

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Resource Roundup – Practice Area Guides

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Image courtesy of The Diamond Gallery

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

The PSJD Practice Area Guides are designed to give students and job seekers brief overviews of several different legal fields. The guides include practical information regarding the types of employers and practice settings in various fields of law. The guides also include skills that would be useful to gain during law school if a student is seeking to practice in that area after graduation.

 

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*Career Counselor’s Corner*

 

Claudio Melo, JD, Director of the Career Center at University of Minnesota Law School says “I use these consistently with my 1L students. They provide a bite-size overview of common practice areas of interest. Also, if a student has an upcoming informational interview, I encourage them to review the attorney’s practice area of focus prior to the meeting.”

Couldn’t find the practice guide that you were looking for? Send us an email and we’ll do our best to create one and put it on the website.

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A Very Special Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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2017 – 2018 PSJD FellowThe Organization

The PSJD Fellow is the principal manager and administrator of the PSJD.org website.  PSJD, which is a NALP initiative, is the nation’s largest public interest law jobs database, and also includes detailed information on thousands of public interest and government employers, as well as a library of resources to aid job seekers.

The Position

The Fellow has responsibilities for: development of online educational content, management of student interns, basic technology and data management, co-editing the PSJD Blog, using social media to promote PSJD, interacting with NALP members, delivering presentations about the public interest job search, and other tasks as they arise.

The PSJD Fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for a public-interest minded law graduate who also has an interest in nonprofit administration and technology. Further, the fellowship offers a bird’s-eye view of the public interest arena for law graduates on public service career paths.

Ready to become a jolly good fellow? See the full post on PSJD.

 

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

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Staff Attorney

The Organization – Eviction Defense Network

No tenant should go to trial without a lawyer! We provide tenants with representation by lawyers experienced in eviction defense. Our fees for full representation are based on a sliding fee scale from $500 to $2500 depending on income and budget. We believe that all tenants should be represented by a well-prepared attorney no matter how much they can afford to pay.

If you have filed your answer yourself, or another agency has filed it for you, we can still represent you. If this is the case, please come to our office as soon as possible so we can meet with you.

The Position

QUALIFICATIONS SOUGHT

  • Active membership in the State Bar of California
  • 1-3 years litigation experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of landlord-tenant, housing law, rent control, and the eviction process preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income persons
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Ability to collaborate with other community agencies in the delivery of services
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, able to learn quickly

Ready to get to work? See the full post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Legal Clinic FellowshipsThe Organization

UDC-DCSL is the USA’s most clinically-oriented law school, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, and is devoted to recruiting and training students who are committed to public service. Its legislatively mandated mission is to to recruit and train as lawyers students from racial, ethnic and other groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and to do so, to the degree feasible, through the representation of low-income people and the public interest in a clinical setting.

The Position

The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in the following legal clinics:

Community Development and Housing

Immigration

Juvenile and Special Education Law

Tax

LL.M. Program Description

The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law has an excellent, nationally ranked clinical education program where each J.D. candidate must complete two seven-credit clinics to graduate. LL.M. candidates work closely with experienced faculty members to teach and supervise clinic students learning substantive law and practice skills. In addition, over the course of the two- year program, fellows in the LL.M. program must complete a scholarly work of publishable quality, or a project designed to stimulate systems change.

The two-year LL.M. program includes coursework in clinical pedagogy, legal scholarship, public interest law, and systems change. The focus of the program is to provide fellows with a foundation in clinical education practices and to strengthen their lawyering and advocacy skills.

Is this the fellowship that you’ve been waiting for? See the full post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

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Legal Intern

The Organization

The National Institute for Reproductive Health works across the country to increase access to reproductive health care by changing public policy, galvanizing public support, and normalizing women’s decisions to have abortions and use contraception. Believing that a bottom-up strategy is necessary to create lasting change, we work through a partnership model, providing support in the form of funding, capacity building, strategic guidance, and technical assistance and building connections between and among partner organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

The Position

The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Policy analysis of bills affecting reproductive rights on the state level;
  • Legislative tracking of related bills in key states;
  • Legal research and writing.

Qualifications:

  • Second- or third-year law student;
  • A commitment to and knowledge of reproductive health and rights is preferred but not required;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the legislative process
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including exceptional attention to detail; and
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Is this the perfect internship to kick off your legal career? See the full post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

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Assistant General Counsel

The Organization

The State Fiscal Accountability Authority was created by Act 121, the Restructuring Act of 2014. The agency is led by the five members of the Authority, and is comprised of the Insurance Reserve Fund and the Division of Procurement Services. An independent auditing function is administered through the Office of the State Auditor.

The Position

Do you enjoy complex, varied, and intellectually challenging legal work? Looking for work/life balance and a collegial environment? This position offers all that and more, including the stability and benefits package associated with state government employment.

The South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority is seeking a dynamic, highly-motivated and experienced lawyer to support the program charged with the development, award, and administration of State government contracts, especially in the areas of information technology services and software licensing. The responsibilities of this position will include: (1) drafting, negotiating and advising program clients relative to complex government contracts; (2) drafting, negotiating and advising program clients relative to information technology, cloud computing, software licensing, consulting services, product support, non-disclosure, and other agreements between State government agencies and private sector vendors; (3) providing strategic advice on legal considerations associated with newly emerging information technology business models; and (4) providing strategic advice and guidance on rapidly changing privacy, security, and other policy issues impacting government procurement of information technology products, services, and software.

Is this the opportunity you’ve been waiting on? See the full post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

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Attorney 2

The Organization

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission enforces commonwealth laws that prohibit discrimination: the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which encompasses employment, housing, commercial property, education and public accommodations; and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, which is specific to postsecondary education and secondary vocational and trade schools.

The Position

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Human Relations Commission, has an immediate need to staff an Attorney 2 vacancy in their Philadelphia Regional Office.

The successful candidate serves as Assistant Chief Counsel assigned to a PHRC Regional Office and provides all necessary legal support to the Commission as it carries out its non-discretionary investigative function and its discretionary prosecutorial and adjudicative function.

An experienced Attorney 2 should be able to perform routine work with minimum supervision. Greater supervision is given as needed, especially for work involving novel or complex issues.

Is this the opportunity you’ve been waiting on? See the full post on PSJD.

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Administration Change: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The federal government has changed administrations since the beginning of our nation. However, this change in administration is unique in many ways, and is causing questions and concerns among those who seek a career in government or are currently in federal service. The most prevalent question I’ve been asked in the past month is, given my ideological beliefs or views on certain issues, should I enter federal service, or should I remain if I’m already there?

What should you do if you’re contemplating these questions? First, there is no “right” answer.  What you do is dependent on many personal factors and whether you’re deciding on an internship or a permanent position. In talking with individuals who have made these decisions during a political transition, one thing is clear – no matter what administration is in office, there will always be a need for reasoned and principled attorneys in the federal government. Another point often raised is that the government is like a large ship – it changes course slowly. So, for instance, if you’re considering an internship, you might not see any significant difference in your agency of choice in the short-term. A third item to consider is the difference between ideology and government service at its most basic level. There are frequently ideological differences between administrations, but you will find career federal government attorneys continue to serve across administrations.  One reason is the idea that giving back to the community is the duty of every lawyer, and federal service is a way to fulfill that duty. If you plan to make federal service a career choice, you may decide that you don’t want to wait to begin.  If you’re already a government attorney, you may take the long view, and decide to stay in order to “have a say” in actions this administration takes. It is sometimes the career employee, and not the political appointee, who can have the most affect on policy implementation.

There are resources to help you sort out the factors that will guide your decision. Your best resource is always your Career Development Office. The experts there can help you talk through the factors that will influence your decision-making.  They also have the expertise to counsel and support you throughout the process. Faculty and staff, particularly adjunct faculty, can also have great insight and on the ground experience with political transitions. Alumni who are or have been government attorneys are also a great resource.  They have been there during a political transition, know what to expect, and can illustrate some of the advantages and pitfalls. Your career development or alumni office can put you in touch with an alum who can help you navigate these questions. For example, Harvard Law School Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising has kindly shared some of their alumni reflections on political transitions.

And seek out opinions from experts from the entirety of the political spectrum. Below are some of the discussions on what it might mean to serve or not to serve in a Trump administration.

Just Security, an online forum for the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy, has a series of posts on the “ethical and legal dilemmas of serving in the Trump administration.” (Just Security)

“Who Will Serve in the Trump Administration?” by Amy Davidson, November 21, 2016 (The New Yorker)

“The Dilemma of Serving in a Trump Administration” by Daniel W. Drezner, November 14, 2016 (Washington Post)

“The Chess Clock Debates: Is There a Duty to Serve In Trump’s America?” by Clara Hendrickson, November 21, 2016 (Lawfare)

Ultimately, whether you stay or go will depend on your individual moral and ethical compass. Lawyers are critically important at this time, and whether inside or outside the government, public sector lawyers may be the most critical need of all.

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Veterans Legal Corps Fellow

The Organization 

The Veteran Advocacy Project provides free civil legal services to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and substance use issues. We are partnered with VA hospitals, health clinics, and local veterans’ groups to reach servicemembers where they are. While our attorneys tackle the legal challenges, our advocates ensure that our clients are connected to appropriate social services. With a dedicated team, the project allows veterans to achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.

The Position

The Veteran Advocacy Project seeks a law graduate to serve as an AmeriCorps Fellow for the 2016-2017 program year. This fellowship is available due to a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps through which legal assistance is provided to veterans and military families across the nation. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.

Ready to apply? See the full post on PSJD.

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