Archive for Public Interest Jobs

Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Immigration Justice Campaign Fellow, Pro Bono Coordinator

The Organization

The American Friends Service Committee promotes a longstanding Quaker concern for the causes and impact of human migration.  Since 1988, the Immigrant Rights Program based in New Jersey has worked to increase the protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees through legal representation, community education, community organizing, monitoring of rights, advocacy, and training.

Since 1996, the AFSC has provided legal counseling and representation to thousands of immigrants, including people in detention, youth, and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  AFSC has also conducted training sessions and education to immigrant communities, social service providers and attorneys in New Jersey.

The Position

In collaboration with the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), AFSC will expand pro bono referral efforts and the reach of AFSC’s work. This position will develop and pilot strategies for further engaging and retaining pro bono attorneys to ensure greater access to representation for immigrants detained in New Jersey and facing deportation. The fellowship is funded for one year.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

Legal Extern

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Equality Ohio Education Fund and Equality Ohio were founded in 2005 by a group of 65 dedicated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies from all corners of Ohio after voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage and civil unions. EOEF continues to advance its vision and mission by working to change the hearts and minds of Ohioans about the LGBTQ community and our civil rights.

The Position

Assist the Managing Legal Director and/or Executive Director with the:

  • Creation and implementation of a legal survey to analyze current legal need of the LGBTQ community in Ohio;
  • Outreach to LGBTQ & Allied attorneys, legal-serving organizations, and LGBTQ-serving organizations;
  • Assist in the creation of LGBTQ Know Your Rights pamphlets and brochures;
  • Analysis of legal servicing intake tools and technologies; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Director of Litigation and Policy

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Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is one of Los Angeles County’s leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for 48 years and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001.  NLSLA’s staff of 100+, including 40 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law, domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights, and environmental justice.  NLSLA’s program offices are located in Pacoima and the cities of Glendale and El Monte.

The Position

NLSLA is seeking a Director of Litigation & Policy, the position will be based at its El Monte office. The Director is expected to provide overall leadership and direction to the legal staff, with the support of the NLSLA senior team to ensure high quality advocacy, community engagement, strategically strong decision-making, grant compliance, leadership, and professional development both substantively and procedurally. The Director should lead overall program advocacy focused on the unique diversity of the San Gabriel Valley. It is also expected that the Director will develop and lead advocacy to address some specific area(s) of poverty law in which NLSLA is not now focused.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

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Staff Attorney

The Organization: 

Tahirih Justice Center 

By providing holistic legal services and engaging in national public policy advocacy, the Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih), a national, non-profit organization, protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. Tahirih elevates the voices of our clients in communities, courts, and Congress to create a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih is a Baha’i-inspired nonprofit organization that offers pro bono representation to women and girls seeking protection from such gender-based human rights abuses as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital cutting, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Winner of the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, Tahirih has offices in Falls Church, VA; Houston, TX; and Baltimore, MD.

The Position:

Tahirih is recruiting for the full-time position of Immigration Staff Attorney to represent immigrant women residing in the Greater Houston area who have suffered sexual assault. This position will be based in the Houston, Texas office. This position is a one-year grant funded position with the possibility of renewal.

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Public Interest Law Fellow

The Organization

The history of the Marquette University Law School dates to the fall of 1892 when students seeking legal education in Milwaukee founded what was to be known as the Milwaukee Law Class. The Law School, which became a part of Marquette University in 1908, is the only law school in the City of Milwaukee. The Law School became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1912 and received American Bar Association approval in 1925, shortly after the American Bar Association program of accreditation began. Marquette University enjoys the highest form of accreditation available from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools: accreditation as a mature doctoral granting institution.

The Position

  • Train, supervise, and schedule all volunteer law students and lawyers engaged in work with the estate planning clinic.
  • Maintain all client files as required.
  • Respond to all client requests for estate planning clinic services.
  • Schedule estate planning clinic appointments for clients and communicate relevant details to clients and volunteers.
  • Attend all estate planning clinics to ensure support and required technology are properly provided for all volunteers and clients.
  • Attend community meetings and gatherings for legal aid providers or prospective clients, including but not limited to the Coalition for Access to Legal Resources (CALR) quarterly meeting and the Wisconsin Department of Human Services Office on Aging work group focused on the legal needs of the elderly.
  • Assess and recommend for consideration additional estate planning clinic locations and services.
  • Participate in the more general but relevant work of the Law School’s Office of Public Service
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry Level Edition)

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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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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Anti-Corruption Fellowship

The Organization

The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) aims to improve the capacity of public offices and practitioners to deter, identify, and combat corruption. We work to:

Build and support a vibrant community of leaders in the public integrity field.

Develop tools and resources to help governments and practitioners fight corruption.

Promote research and scholarship on important public integrity issues.

The Position

The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School invites talented law school students from the Class of 2018 to apply for a post-graduate one-year fellowship at CAPI.

We are looking for a fellow for a one-year posting, starting in August 2018. Those interested in the substantive areas of political corruption, public ethics, criminal justice, and related fields who have strong legal research and writing skills, are welcome to apply.

The CAPI fellow will primarily work on CAPI’s research projects and written publications. He or she will spearhead various projects, working with anti-corruption scholars and practitioners, law students, and others to conceive appropriate topics, conduct necessary research, and draft and/or edit original CAPI work products such as reports, best practices issue briefs, longer form articles from community members, practitioner toolkits, and material for our website.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

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Internship

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

The Organization

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) is a non-profit agency that provides legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in Charlotte and mid-western North Carolina.

LSSP provides an intense, practical, and worthwhile internship for students interested in providing legal services to low-income people. LSSP has a long tradition of aggressive and effective advocacy, including individual cases, complex litigation and other advocacy projects. Our interns work with staff attorneys on routine cases, handle administrative cases as the primary advocate under the supervision of an attorney, and participate in significant client advocacy projects, as described in the job description below. You can find more information about our organization and our work on our website at www.lssp.org.

The Position

Help LSSP Attorneys Represent Clients

Assist attorneys as directed on specific cases, including interviewing clients and witnesses; collecting, evaluating and preparing evidence for presentation; performing legal research; drafting pleadings, briefs and other legal documents; consistent with LSSP standards for representation. Interns are generally assigned to one attorney supervisor for each half of the summer, and work primarily with that attorney on routine cases such as eviction defense, public assistance and social insurance eligibility, protection from domestic violence and predatory lending. Interns have the opportunity for extensive client contact, participate in all stages of case development, and accompany the staff attorneys to court hearings.

Handle Administrative Cases

As primary advocate under attorney supervision, handle limited number of administrative cases such as Unemployment Insurance appeals, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid disability appeals, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamp or other administrative cases; attend to cases on a timely basis; keep clients notified of progress on cases; maintain case files in accordance with program policy; maintain tickler system, prepare periodic case reports as required; close cases promptly upon completion of representation. Interns will be primarily responsible for at least one administrative hearing and generally will handle between two and five hearings during the summer. Although opportunities are presented to watch one or two hearings and close attorney supervision is provided, the interns will actually make the presentation of cases.

Participate in Significant Client Advocacy Projects

Under the supervision of a staff attorney, participate in significant client advocacy project such as major litigation, community education, outreach, and other non-case related program activities. Interns will participate in a major advocacy project to permit them to see how broad problems affecting many individuals can be addressed through the legal process.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

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Assistant State Public Defender

The Office

SPD’s mission is to enhance the quality of justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high-quality cost-effective representation to indigent clients, protecting the rights of accused individuals, and by serving as advocates for effective defense services and a rational criminal justice system. The SPD is extremely proud that its system of indigent defense is considered a model for public defender programs around the world. The SPD serves indigent clients in all 72 Wisconsin counties as authorized by the state legislature. Please visit our website at www.wispd.org.

The Position

This position requires experience representing criminal cases or an emphasis on criminal course work in law school. An ASPD must possess a strong sense of commitment and dedication to indigent defense. Requirements include the ability to manage a deadline driven caseload; strong litigation skills; strong writing skills; effective communication skills; and the ability to interact professionally with co-workers, justice officials, clients and others in the office and court system. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

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Veteran Legal Corps Fellow

The Organization

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through five regional offices. Land of Lincoln is funded by numerous partners, including the Legal Services Corporation, Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, CNCS AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works, United Way, Area Agencies on Aging.

The Position

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship opportunity to aid the legal needs of veterans and military families across the nation. The Veteran Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to veterans and military families.

One Fellowship is available in the Eastern Regional office, in Champaign, Illinois. Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin in September 2017 for one year (with a possible renewal contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding). Position requires completion of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint criminal background checks and compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

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