Archive for Public Interest Jobs

February’s Regional Highlights

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It’s Feburary! Time to start applying to some of these great public interest positions! Find your region below to learn more about job opportunities and public interest events happening in your area this month. (Click image to enlarge map)

Here are February’s Regional Highlights:

West/Rocky MountainDirecting Attorney – Children and Youth Project (Seattle, WA); Directing Attorney – Economic Justice Project (Seattle, WA); 2016 QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship (Wenatchee, WA); Summer 2016 Judicial Externs (Salem, OR); Research & Writing Attorney (Boise, ID); Summer 2016 Internships/Externships (Boise, ID); Legal Fellow – Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (Salt Lake City, UT); Assistant Attorney General (Phoenix, AZ); Summer Clerkship (Denver, CO); 2016 Summer Intern, Migrant Farm Worker Division (Denver, CO); 2016 Summer Intern, Migrant Farm Worker Division (Various Locations, CO); Emmett/Frankel Fellowship in Environmental Law and Policy (Los Angeles, CA); Legal Fellows Program (San Francisco, CA); Teaching Fellow for Stanford Law (Stanford, CA); Fair Housing Coordinator (Santa Clara, CA); Assistant Federal Defender – Temporary Position (Sacramento, CA); Direct Representation Attorney (Merced, CA); Public Interest Internship: Education Advocacy (Los Angeles, CA); Public Interest Internship: Child Advocacy (Los Angeles, CA); Attorney – Health Consumer Center (Oakland, CA); Intermediary Liability Fellow (Stanford, CA); Summer 2016 Judicial Externship Program (Los Angeles, CA); Summer 2016 Litigation Internship (Torrance, CA); Summer Intern (San Francisco, CA); 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program (Los Angeles, CA); CA Attorney General Summer Legal Intern (San Francisco, CA); Staff Attorney (San Mateo, CA); Spring Law Clerk Positions (San Francisco, CA)

MidwestAssistant State’s Attorney II – With Underfill (Bismarck, ND); Assistant U.S. Attorney – Civil Division (Wichita, KS); Managing Attorney, Community Economic Development Program (St. Louis, MO); Summer Law Clerk (St. Paul, MN); Robins Kaplan Fellowship Attorney (Minneapolis, MN); Assistant United States Attorney (Hammond, IN); 2016 Law Clerk Position (Ann Arbor, MI); 2016 Summer Law Clerk Position (Ann Arbor, MI); Michigan Clinical Law Fellow – Entrepreneurship Clinic (Ann Arbor, MI); Michigan Clinical Law Fellow: Community and Economic Development Clinic (Ann Arbor, MI); Executive Director (Columbus, OH); Summer Intern (Cincinnati, OH); Managing Attorney (Steubenville, OH); Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Fellow (Dayton, OH); Part Time Extern – Capital Habeas Unit – Summer 2016 (Columbus, OH); Full-time extern – Capital Habeas Unit – Summer 2016 (Columbus, OH); Summer 2016 and Spring 2016 Internships and Fellowships – Unpaid (Chicago, IL); Summer 2016 and Spring 2016 Internships and Fellowships – Paid (Chicago, IL); Intern (Chicago, IL); Staff Attorney II (Chicago, IL)

SoutheastManaging Attorney (Louisville, KY); Faculty Position Criminal Law and Procedure (Chapel Hill, NC); Public Interest Summer Clerkship (Asheville, NC); Summer Intern (Raleigh, NC); Summer Internship (Memphis, TN); Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Coordinator (East Point, GA); Attorney (Macon, GA); Assistant United States Attorney (Tampa, FL); Assistant Director for the Academic Support Programs (Miami, FL); Human Rights Attorney (Sarasota, FL); 2016 Summer Internship (Montgomery, AL); Managing Attorney (New Orleans, LA); Summer 2016 Capital Litigation & Policy Law Clerk (Austin and Houston, TX); 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program (Dallas and Houston, TX); 2016 Summer Law Fellowship (Houston, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern (San Antonio/Pearsall, TX); Staff Attorney – Veteran Advocacy Project (San Antonio, El Paso, and Weslaco, TX); Staff Public Defender (Rio Grande Valley, TX); Staff Attorneys – Civil Division (All TRLA Office Locations, TX); Staff Attorneys – Defender Division (Various Locations, TX)

Mid-AtlanticLSAC Diversity Initiatives 2016 Summer Intern (Newtown, PA); Community Advocate (Melcroft, PA); Legal Intern (Washington, PA); Summer Law Intern (Pittsburgh, PA); Attorney (Arlington, VA); Attorney – Office of Chief Counsel, Administrative General Law Section (Arlington, VA); Attorney – Office of Chief Counsel – Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section (Arlington, VA); Pro Bono Fellow (Richmond, VA); JustChildren Intern (Charlottesville, VA); Staff Attorney (Norfolk and Hampton, VA); Part Time Attorney (Springfield, VA); Civil Advocacy Program Summer Intern (Charlottesville, VA); Managing Attorney (Baltimore, MD); Staff Attorney – CINA – FT Temp (Hughesville, MD); Staff Attorney (Baltimore, MD); Staff Attorney (Landover, MD); Trial Attorney – Child Support Services Division (Washington, DC); Director of the Departmental Ethics Office (Washington, DC); Chief, Educational Opportunities Section (Washington, DC); Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (Washington, DC); 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program (Washington, DC); Attorney – Office of the Assistant Attorney General (Washington, DC); Attorney Advisor (Washington, DC); Director of Advocacy (Washington, DC); General Counsel – Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (Washington, DC); Investigator: Criminal Justice Research and Writing Project (Washington, DC); Young Center Supervising Attorney (Washington, DC); Attorney Advisor (Washington, DC); Senior Staff Attorney (Washington, DC); Environmental Law Staff Attorney (Washington, DC); Summer 2016 Internship (Washington, DC)

NortheastStaff Attorney (Various locations, NH); Summer 2016 Internship (Cambridge, MA); Lichten & Liss Riordan Wage Justice Internship (Boston, MA); Senior Staff Attorney (Boston, MA); Staff Attorney (New Haven, CT); Summer 2016 Law Student Volunteer (Hartford, CT); Supervising Attorney (Providence, RI); Attorney (Jersey City, NJ); Managing Attorney (Jersey City, NJ); Legal Intern (Newark, NJ); Law Intern – Summer (Albany, Buffalo, Plattsburgh and Ithaca, NY); Assistant Corporation Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (New York, NY); Summer 2016 Internship (New York, NY); Post-Grad Law Fellowship, Fall 2016 (New York, NY); Housing Law Clerk (Albany, NY); Immigration Law Clerk (Albany, NY); Summer Intern (Brooklyn, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Legal Research Fellowship (New York, NY); 2016 Summer Internship (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (Ossining, NY); Americorps/EJW Summer Internship (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (Bronx, NY); 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (Geneva, NY); Assistant Corporation Counsel, Administrative Law (New York, NY); Summer Intern – FDIC (New York, NY); Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate (New York, NY); Attorney (New York, NY); Summer 2016 Legal Fellowship – Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (New York, NY); Assistant Federal Defender (New York, NY); Associate (New York, NY); Summer Internship (New York, NY); Legal Internship – Summer 2016 (New York, NY); NYLAG Special Litigation Unit Summer 2016 (New York, NY);

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Job’o’th’week (JD Advantage Position) – Human Rights Watch

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The Disability Rights Division of the Human Rights Watch is seeking highly qualified applications for the position of Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing research and advocacy strategies on the human rights of persons with disabilities. The position will ideally be based in HRW’s New York Office and will report to the Director of the Disability Rights Division.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post here. (Application Deadline: February 22, 2016)

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Job’o’th’week (Fellowship Edition) – Higher Education Law Fellow

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Penn State University’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel is seeking to hire a recent law school graduate as a Higher Education Law Fellow for a one-year period to begin in the summer or early fall of 2016. No prior legal experience is required. The Law Fellow may be assigned research and other projects in any of the subject matter areas handled by the Office, including those related to employment, faculty, students, research, governance, contracts, compliance, intellectual property, constitutional law, health care, litigation, government relations, regulatory matters and others.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: Rolling)

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Job’o’th’week (Summer Internship Edition) – DC Office of Human Rights

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The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) is seeking skilled law clerks interested in investigating complaints of discrimination for their investigations division. OHR was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. Investigations law clerks will be involved in many aspects of the agency’s day-to-day work, participate in the implementation of program activities, and provide critical support to the Division.

If this sounds like you, check out the full post on PSJD.  (Application Deadline: February 19, 2016)

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Job’o’th’week (Experienced Edition) – Rhode Island Center for Justice

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The Rhode Island Center for Justice is seeking to hire a Supervising Attorney. The Supervising Attorney will provide direct legal representation and supervise provision of legal services to clients across their program areas which currently include the Wage Justice Project, Tenant Advocacy Project, and Lifeline Project. The Center for Justice is a non-profit public interest law center with a mission to expand access to justice for low-income communities by providing free civil legal representation to low income Rhode Island individuals, families, and communities.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: February 29, 2016 )

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Regional Highlights

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Happy 2016! If job hunting is on your list of new years resolutions, find your region below to learn more about job opportunities happening in your area this month! (Click image to enlarge map)

Here are January’s Regional Highlights:

West/Rocky MountainStaff Attorney, Domestic Violence (Bozeman, MT); Staff Attorney, Medical Legal Partnership (Helena, MT); EPA Region 8 2016 Honors Attorney Fellowship Program (Denver, CO); Senior Attorney or Staff Attorney (Denver, CO); Summer 2016 Internship for Law Students (Denver, CO); Summer Law Internships (Various Locations, AZ); Assistant Federal Public Defender – Capital Habeas Unit (Phoenix, AZ); Summer Internship 2016 (Tuscon, Florence, and Phoenix, AZ); AmeriCorps Law Student Fellows (Las Vegas and Reno, NV); Staff Attorney (Las Vegas, NV); Portland Bilingual Staff Attorney (Portland, OR); Legal Intern – Spring & Summer 2016 (Eugene, OR); Pacific Legal Foundation Liberty Clerkship – Summer 2016 (Sacramento, CA and Bellevue, WA); Legal Internship/Externship (Seattle, WA); Intern (San Francisco, CA); Summer 2016 Law Clerk (Sacramento, CA); Fair Housing Coordinator – Monterey County (Salinas, CA); Summer Law Clerk (Oakland, CA); Public Interest Grants (Berkeley, CA); Assistant City Attorney (Petaluma, CA); City Attorney (Pleasonton, CA); Law Student Union Summer 2016 (Oakland and Vacaville, CA); 1L 2016 Summer Legal Internships (Santa Monica and San Francisco, CA)

MidwestAssistant Attorney General (Bismarck, ND); Antitrust Attorney (Saint Paul, MN); Law Clerk (Grand Rapids, MI); Legal Intern Summer 2016 (Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI); Law Student Union Summer 2016 (Detroit, MI and Dayton, OH); Summer 2016 Legal internship (Chicago, IL); 1L 2016 Summer Legal Internships (Chicago, IL); Winter/Spring 2016 Civil Rights Law Clerk (Chicago, IL); Intern – Legal Services Division (Chicago, IL); Assistant State Public Defender – Trial Attorney (Madison, WI); Staff Attorney (Chillicothe, OH)

SoutheastStaff Attorney – SMLS (Nashville, TN); Staff Attorney (Clarksville, TN); Death Penalty Summer Internship (Durham, NC); Staff Attorney (Raleigh, NC); Justice Americorps Fellow (Atlanta, GA); Coordinating Pro Bono Attorney (Atlanta, GA); Staff Attorney (Albany, GA); Staff Attorney (Macon, GA); Summer 2016 Legal Internship (Atlanta, GA); Legal Intern – Summer 2016 (Lumpkin, GA); Economic Justice: Staff Attorney (Montgomery, AL); Assistant Federal Public Defender (New Orleans, LA); Staff Attorney (Guymon, OK); Staff Attorney (Austin, TX); Regional Managing Attorney (San Antonio, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Immigrant Children’s Project (Dallas, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Women and Children’s Program (Dallas, TX); Summer 2016 Legal Intern: Asylum Program (Dallas, TX); Texas Defender Service John P. Niland Fellow (Austin, TX); Staff Public Defender (Rio Grande Valley, TX); Investigator, Public Defender Division (Rio Grande Valley, TX); Legal Intern (Houston, TX); Intake Attorney (San Antonio, TX); Summer Law Clerks (Various Locations, TX)

Mid-AtlanticStaff Attorney (Manassas, VA); Bilingual Immigration Attorney (Fall Church, VA); Spring 2016 General Counsel Legal Intern (Arlington, VA); Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Appeals Division (Baltimore, MD); Deputy Chief – Enforcement Consumer Protection Division (Baltimore, MD); Staff Attorney (Salisbury, MD); Summer 2016 Legal Internships (Baltimore, MD); Street Law’s Summer Student in Residence 2016 (Silver Spring, MD); Summer Clerkship (Bristol, PA); Philadelphia Immigration Court Summer 2016 Legal Internship (Philadelphia, PA); Summer 2016 Legal Intern (Philadelphia, PA); Attorney (Washington, DC); Barton Child Law & Policy Center Fellowship (Washington, DC); Staff Attorney/Fellowship (Washington, DC); National Fair Housing Alliance – Civil Rights Summer Law Clerk (Washington, DC); Law Clerk Summer (Washington, DC); Attorney (Washington, DC); Attorney (Washington, DC); Attorney Advisor (Washington, DC); Bertha Legal Fellow (Washington, DC); Appellate Attorney (Washington, DC); Juvenile Services Program Attorney (Washington, DC); Criminal Justice Staff Attorney (Washington, DC); Legal Intern – Summer 2016 (Washington, DC);

NortheastInternships at Make the Road New Jersey (Elizabeth, NJ); The Ronnie Ann Powell Internship (Montclair, NJ); 2016 Summer Internship (Montclair, NJ); Prisoner’s Rights Attorney (Montpelier, VT); Summer 2016 Domestic Violence Fellowship (Burlington, VT); Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Fellowship (South Royalton, VT); Staff Attorney (Boston, MA); Summer 2016 Legal Intern (Yarmouth, MA); Associate (Boston, MA); Summer 1016 Food Law and Policy Clinic Internship (Boston, MA); Summer 2016 Health Law and Policy Clinic Internship (Boston, MA); 2016 Internship (Lynn, MA); 2016-2018 Democracy Honors Fellowship (Newton, MA); 2016 Summer Internship (New Haven, CT); Assistant Corporation Counsel, Legal Counsel Division (New York, NY); Deputy Chief, Special Federal Litigation Division (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (New York, NY); Supervising Attorney (New York, NY); LawHelpNY Program Director (New York, NY); Staff Attorney (Hempstead, NY); Spring 2016 Legal Internship (New York, NY); Director of Legal Advocacy (New York, NY); Criminal Defense Attorney (New York, NY); Deputy Director (New York, NY); Law Intern – Spring (Albany, Ithaca, Plattsburgh and Buffalo, NY); Staff Attorney (Islandia, NY); Acting Deputy General Counsel (New York, NY); Law Student Summer Internship (New York, NY)

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Job’o’th’week (Entry Level) – South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project (ProBAR)

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The South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project (ProBAR) has an immediate opening for an attorney or law graduate at the ProBAR Children’s Project. ProBAR provides direct legal services to unaccompanied children detained along the southern border in Texas and the Children’s Project serves the population of over 2,000 detained, unaccompanied children at Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters across the Rio Grande Valley.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: Rolling)

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A message from the ABA Division for Public Services regarding the Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program.

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016. For more information and the application package, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship1.html.

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Job’o’th’week (Entry/Experienced) – Homeless Action Center

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The Homeless Action Center (HAC) is seeking a Staff Attorney to primarily represent clients in applications and appeals for SSI/Social Security Disability benefits and Medi-Cal. HAC is a community based legal services program founded in 1990 to provide legal services to homeless people in Alameda County, California. The position will be based in Oakland, CA.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post here. (Application Deadline: January 4, 2016)

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Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Calendar Year 2014 Report

Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

One of the biggest benefits of federal employment for recent law school graduates is student loan repayment assistance. Federal agencies are authorized to provide up to $10,000 in loan repayment assistance per year for federally-made, insured or guaranteed student loans with a total lifetime cap of $60,000 per employee. In exchange for each year that an employee accepts this benefit, she or he must commit to working for the federal government for an additional three years. If an employee accepts this benefit and leaves (separates either voluntarily or involuntarily) before this period expires, she or he must repay the full amount.

While not all agencies offer this benefit, many do. In 2014, 33 federal agencies provided more than $58.7 million in loan repayment assistance to their employees.  This represents a 6.5 percent increase in the number of agencies offering a loan repayment program from 2013, and a 10.9 percent increase in agencies’ overall financial investment in this particular incentive. However, the average student loan repayment benefit in CY 2014 was $6,937, a 4.1 percent decrease compared to CY 2013.

The five agencies that provided the most loan repayment assistance in CY 2014 were:

Agency Number of Employees Receiving Benefits Total Amount of Assistance Change in Number of Employees Receiving Benefits Change in Total Assistance from CY 2013
Department of Defense 1,774 $12,135,381 -23.5% -25.6%
Department of Justice 1,728 $12,897,251 105.2% 119.5%
Department of State 1,415 $11,136,296 8.7% 2.8%
Veterans Affairs 713 $4,145,654 27.5% 53.5%
Securities and Exchange Commission  

675

$6,170,327 4.6% 6.5%
Subtotal 6,305 $46,485,200    
28 other agencies 2,164 $12,261,655    
Total 8,469 $58,746,855 15.8% 11.0%

 

Most notably, the Securities and Exchange Commission used the majority of its loan repayment funds on mission critical occupations, with Attorney-Advisor being the largest category of recipients (371 attorneys received benefits in CY 14) and the JD advantage position Securities Compliance Examiner (32).  The Department of Veterans Affairs also used a large portion of funding on the JD advantage positions of Contract Specialists (116) and Human Resource Specialists (106).

Overall, departments and agencies report that the use of student loan repayment assistance as a recruitment and retention tool for highly skilled workers has been effective.  For example, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission uses its funds mainly as a retention tool, providing a majority of the benefits to mission critical occupations such as Attorney and Energy Industry Analyst.  Of special note, Housing and Urban Development provided loan repayment assistance to their Presidential Management Fellow in addition to other legally related positions.

Agencies continue to report that the primary barrier to using student loan repayments for recruitment or retention is a lack of overall funding for the program.  Other reported barriers were the corresponding three-year service agreement, the tax liability associated with the student loan repayments, and the yearly cap of $10,000 on benefits.  Some agencies reported candidates were unwilling to commit to three years of service in return for the student loan repayment benefit. Both the tax liability and the cap in relation to rising student loan debt were seen as diminishing the value of the benefit.  However, the primary impediment appears to be need — many agencies do not have hard-to-fill jobs or don’t have difficulty recruiting and retaining employees.

The following departments or agencies provided loan repayment assistance to one or more attorneys: Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Regulatory Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Government Accountability Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Postal Regulatory Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Surface Transportation Board.

The following departments or agencies provided loan repayment assistance to one or more JD advantage positions: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, Federal Regulatory Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Postal Regulatory Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additionally, 9 agencies recently established student loan repayment assistance programs that they did not use in CY 2014.  These agencies include the Agency for International Development, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Government Printing Office, National Capital Planning Commission, Office of Government Ethics, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. AbilityOne Commission.

To learn more about the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program, visit opm.gov or contact human resources representatives at the federal agencies in which you are most interested. Click here to view the complete report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for calendar year 2014.

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