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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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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 (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.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

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Summer Legal Clerk

The Organization

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana protects, empowers, and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Advocacy Center assists with a variety of legal issues including, public benefits (Medicaid), special education, advocacy for rights of residents of institutions including nursing homes and prisons, cases involving issues of inaccessibility or discrimination, community integration, and issues related to self determination.

The Position

Legal Clerks will provide assistance on to Advocacy Center attorneys.  Legal Clerks will assist attorneys on matters including legal research, investigation, advice to clients, negotiation on behalf of clients, and representation in court and administrative proceedings. We can usually arrange for some client contact and attendance at administrative or court hearings with our attorneys if this is of interest to the student.

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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.

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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.

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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

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