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Celebrate National Pro Bono Week!

Every October a national celebration known as Pro Bono Week takes place. Pro Bono Week provides attorneys and law students with a chance to get give back in their communities by volunteering pro bono. Here at PSJD, we are passionate about Pro Bono Week and want to highlight some of the active pro bono opportunities on our site:

PSJD Opportunities by Region:

     Mid-Atlantic:

     Southeast:

      Midwest:

     West Coast/Rocky Mountain:

Outside Opportunities

In addition to PSJD opportunities, we have included other coordinated events in major cities. If you want to participate, but don’t see an event in your local area look at the American Bar Association’s comprehensive list of pro bono events organized by state by clicking here. There are thousands of events happening across the nation. A few of these events are:

     Northeast:

  • Boston Bar Association (Boston, MA): Boston Bar Association has highlighted several events going on in greater Boston area. For a full list, please click here.
  • NYCourts.Gov (New York): NYCourts.gov has several ways to get involved in the New York area. For a full list, please click here.
  • Mass Pro Bono (Massachusetts): Mass Pro Bono has several pro bono events taking place throughout the month of October. To view their full calendar, please click here.
  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (Portland, Maine): This organization will be hosting a “Free Legal Answers May Kick-Off Event”. For the full details, please click here.

Mid-Atlantic:

  • Washington Council for Lawyers (Washington, D.C.): Washington Council of Lawyers plans extensive Pro Bono Week events in the Washington, D.C. area. To see their full schedule of events, please click here. To see affiliated events up on their site, please click here.
  • D.C. Law Students in Court Program (Washington, D.C.): This organization will be hosting a training titled “Sealing DC Criminal Records.” For full event details, please click here.

     Southeast:

  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL.): This organization will host an event titled “Hurricane Recovery Pro Bono Opportunities!”, which will provide more information on how local attorneys can get involved in hurricane relief efforts. For more information, please click here.
  • Houston Bar Association Legal Line (Houston, TX.): This organization is hosting an event called “Special Hurricane Relief Legal Line” where Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey can call in with legal questions. To learn more about the event, please click here.
  • Lone Star Legal Aid (Jacksonville, TX.): This organization will be hosting an event titled “Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Cherokee County Bar Association Meeting-Recruiting Event” which will honor the Cherokee County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. For more information, please click here.

     Midwest:

  • Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago Law School Consortium (Chicago, IL.): These organizations have joined efforts to host an event titled, “Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students”, which will provide law students in the area with more insight into public interest opportunities within the community. For more details, please click here.
  • Wayne County Friend of the Court (Detroit, MI.): This organization will be hosting an event titled “PPO Affidavit Assistance Project”, which will provide aid to victims of domestic violence and stalking by helping to fill out PPO applications. For more information, please click here.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Law School (Madison, WI.): These two organizations have teamed up to host an event called “Housing Advice Clinic” which will assist individuals with security deposit and small claims damages against landlords. For more information, please click here.

     West Coast/Rocky Mountain:

  • Practicing Law Institute (San Francisco, CA.): This organization will host an event titled “California Special Education Law 2017”, is a conference which will highlight the changes in California Special Education law that have occurred over the past year. For more information, please click here.
  • Denver Bar Association -Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver Access to Justice (Denver, CO.): These two organizations have teamed up to host an event titled, “Get Introduced to Volunteering with Metro Volunteer Lawyers.” This event will include speakers and a training on pro bono volunteering. For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions about Pro Bono Week, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at PSJD@nalp.org. Over the next several days our social media accounts will be highlighting additional ways for attorneys and law students to get involved.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Help Wanted

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General Tribal Attorney

The Organization

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is known for its innovative programs to restore and protect the Nisqually River and Puget Sound as well as its efforts to build a vibrant economy and create jobs for its community. Messages can be sent to Leighanna Scott.

The Position

Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice and services to Tribal Council.
  • Coordinate with Director to provide legal advice and assistance to tribal law enforcement; tribal court; the Indian child welfare department; the tribal health clinic; and other administrative departments (social services, education, personnel, accounting, planning, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Director in the negotiation of agreements with other state and local governments.
  • Advise Tribal Council regarding compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws, grant and contractual obligations, internal policies.
  • Review, advise and coordinate execution of contracts entered into by Nisqually Tribe.
  • Collaborate with Tribal Council to create, modify, and facilitate enforcement of tribal laws, codes, and policy.
  • Provide legal advice to Tribal Council related to employment classification and dispute resolution.
  • Review contracts and draft ordinances, legal briefs, memorandums, policies, codes, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Ready for this new opportunity? Check it out here on PSJD.

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – October 6, 2017

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

Happy Friday, everyone! I and many other NALP staffers will be out of the office today for the NALP Summit on Emerging Careers for Law Grads. In keeping with today’s theme, therefore, some choice words from legal futurist Richard Susskind:

“[I]f you’re interested in access to justice, there’s never been a better time because you can greatly change the way in which we deliver access to justice.”

Richard Susskind, in remarks to the Indiana State Bar Association (28 Sept. 2017)

Immigration/DACA

Student Loans

Disaster Relief

Civil Access to Justice

Criminal Justice

Music Bonus!

And now, some parting words from Leonard Cohen:

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

Help Wanted

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Staff Attorney (Appellate) 

The Organization: 

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) is accepting applications for an appellate staff attorney position in its Washington, D.C. office. MJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. Working in collaboration with four other MJC offices, the Washington D.C. office is part of the firm’s Appellate Project, which seeks to advance criminal and racial justice through litigation before federal and state courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States. For more information about MJC and its past work, click here.

The Position:

MJC is looking for an attorney with one to three years of experience, who is passionate about both criminal justice issues and appellate work. The successful candidate will work on appeals that concern a broad array of issues, including prisoner and detainee rights, police misconduct, constitutional rights of accused persons, and religious discrimination at the border. Specific responsibilities include:

Know you would be a stellar fit for the position? See the full post on PSJD.

 

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Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

Help Wanted

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The Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program

The Organization

The Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program was established for the purpose of offering opportunities to recent law school graduates to gain practical experience working for Connecticut civil legal aid providers.

The Position

Candidates are sought from a broad spectrum of backgrounds who reflect the diversity of residents of Connecticut’s cities, towns and rural communities served by the state’s legal aid providers. The work of the legal aid providers encompass a wide range of legal issues, including but not limited to family, domestic violence, landlord-tenant, housing, education, employment, immigration, government benefits, healthcare, and elder law.

The aspirational goal of the Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program is to retain Fellows to practice public interest law in Connecticut upon completion of the Fellowship.

Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program Applicants Must:

  • be a recent graduate or a law student in his or her graduating year from an accredited law school prior to commencement of the Fellowship;
  • have submitted a completed Fellowship Application;
  • have satisfactorily completed an interview with the Selection Committee;
  • be admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut prior to or during the term of the Fellowship

Is this your dream opportunity?  See the full-post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition)

Help Wanted

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SPRING 2018 LEGAL INTERNSHIP

NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – OFFICE OF THE CHIEF COUNSEL 

The Organization

The Office of the Chief Counsel at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a dynamic, interesting, and spirited law practice comprising 20 legal professionals who, as a cohesive and collegial organization, provide the full range of legal advice and legal services for NASA’s programs and operations at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

We are an industrious team of public servants who are focused on results while embracing camaraderie, cooperation, mutual respect, diversity, sound perspective, a sense of humor, passion for the practice of law, and compassion for each other. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

The Position

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic law school interns. If you want an internship in a dynamic environment that is both exceptionally challenging and rewarding, then come join the NASA legal team at Kennedy Space Center where you will have an opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make valuable contributions to the Office of the Chief Counsel.

Know that you would be a great fit?  Check out the full-post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Help Wanted

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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.

Know you have what it takes? Apply here on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

Help Wanted

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Outreach Project Attorney: Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc. 

The Organization: 

Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded 501(c)(3) organization providing free legal assistance and court representation to low-income individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Indian Reservations in northern Minnesota. Legal services are provided through grants and contracts with federal, state and tribal governments along with foundational support.

The Position:

ALS is looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated licensed attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts and Administrative Forums. This position is specially funded under a one year project grant. Attorney duties will include: extensive outreach and civil legal education efforts across the three Reservation service area entailing a significant amount of travel, creation of self-help materials specific to tribal communities, and direct client services including handling a caseload that covers a wide variety of civil legal matters such as housing, family law matters, and debt/consumer issues.

Know you would be a stellar fit for the position? See the full post on PSJD.

 

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Job’o’th’Week (Internship Edition): U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Help Wanted

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Legal Intern

The Organization

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for adjudicating applications for immigration benefits in the United States.The Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) provides in-house legal guidance and counsel to USCIS offices throughout the United States. Interns from local law schools are tasked to assist OCC Associate Counsel in their duties and responsibilities.

The Position

The USCIS Denver Field Office, located in Centennial, Colorado, will host 1 law student intern for the spring 2018 academic semester. Through a combination of assigned projects, readings, writing activities and meetings, the law students will be provided with the following opportunities: to learn substantive immigration law, to improve research and writing skills, in the context of immigration law, to learn about the roles and jobs of USCIS attorneys, to learn about the roles and jobs of USCIS Field Office Operations personnel (such as adjudications officers and supervisors), and about the roles and jobs of various USCIS positions at offices other than USCIS Field Offices, to make contacts within the USCIS agency nationwide, and to learn about the roles and jobs of non-USCIS government attorneys in the field of immigration law, such as immigration judges in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (DOJ-EOIR), and immigration court trial attorneys in the United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE)

Know that you would be a great fit?  Check out the full-post on PSJD.

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Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

Help Wanted

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Law

The Organization

The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and is a major research university committed to combining high level research with strong undergraduate and graduate teaching. Founded in 1876, UO enrolls almost 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 95 countries; and offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. There are also 30 research centers, institutes, and core research facilities. Since July 2014, the University has been governed by an independent Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon. One of two AAU institutions in the Pacific Northwest, the University is widely known for a mix of highly ranked departments and innovative interdisciplinary programs; a strong commitment to research and education; and a collaborative, non-hierarchical institutional culture.

The Position

Seeking an individual who has demonstrated academic excellence, demonstrated success or the potential for success in scholarship and teaching, and a JD from an accredited law school or its equivalent. Successful candidates must have strong interpersonal skills sufficient to inspire and work effectively with diverse groups of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members of the bar. Preference will be given to applicants with scholarship, teaching, or practice expertise in criminal law and related fields.

Is this the position for you? See the full-post on PSJD.

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