Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level & Experienced Edition)

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The Organization

The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Institute) is an Italian non-profit organization dedicated to education, training, and research in international and comparative criminal justice and human rights. The Institute is recognized by Decree of the Italian government and enjoys special consultative status with the United Nations. The Institute provides training and educational conferences and seminars that connect experts, practitioners, and attendees. The Institute has also published scholarly and scientific research on topics relating to international and comparative criminal law, human rights, and country-specific issues of criminal law and procedure.

The Position

The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights seeks postgraduate ad hoc Researchers and Analysts (RAs) to contribute research, analysis, and data collection relating to international criminal justice. The work schedule is very flexible as RAs will work remotely and be offered assignments as they arise.

The ideal candidates will have a postgraduate qualification in law with an interest and experience in transnational crime, international criminal justice, and human rights. Candidates will also be independent, detail-oriented, and able to adhere to strict deadlines. Fluency in a language other than English is desirable.

See the full post on PSJD: https://www.psjd.org/job?OppID=101103

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PSJD Public Interest News Digest – April 3, 2020

Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

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Hello there, interested public! Once again, the news is overwhelming. I’ve done my best to catalogue it for you all below. One big announcement: as major stories roll out everywhere concerning eviction moratoria, changes to court procedures, changes to policing and carceral policies, and government hiring freezes, we’ve collected resources that are working to centralize information on these stories as they develop in the PSJD resource center. This section of the resource center also includes links to student-driven pro bono projects that have sprung up in response to the pandemic.

As for the digest itself, you will still find some of the most prominent stories on these topics, but please refer to the PSJD resource page for materials that focus on them exclusively and that attempt to be comprehensive.

Major news this week includes reporting that analyzes the impact of last week’s $2.2 trillion CARES Act on student loan debt payments (and employer-driven student loan benefits). Also, you’ll find lawsuits challenging the ongoing detention of incarcerated individuals, whether as pretrial detainees, convicts, or detainees in ICE facilities. Additionally, there’s a new section looking at the growing pro bono response to the pandemic–and particularly at the areas into which lawyers are productively channelling their energies to address the crisis.

These stories and more are in the links below. As with last week, in each section news that is not related to the current crisis appears at the section’s end, separated from Coronavirus content with a horizontal line (—).

Stay well,

Sam

Editor’s Choice

Remote Court Practice & Lawmaking

Pro Bono Response

Student Loans & Student Debt

Non-Profit & Gov’t Management & Hiring

  • In Washington DC, “the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled the department [of Veterans Affairs] could not retroactively apply the 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, nor could it declare its punishments ineligible for review. The decision strikes major blows to VA’s authorities to enforce the law it, Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had trumpeted as a fundamental step to ease the disciplinary process for misbehaving and poorly performing employees.
  • Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Issues

    Access to Justice – Criminal & Decarceration

  • In Wyoming, the state Supreme Court reversed a contempt order levied against State Public Defender Diane Lozano “after she decided her office could no longer provide representation for defendants in misdemeanor cases due to a heavy caseload and an ongoing understaffing crisis.
  • Access to Justice – Civil & Economic

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    Job’o’th’Week (Fellowship Edition)

    The Organization

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    The Civitas ChildLaw Center at Loyola University Chicago School of Law is an internationally recognized academic center that offers clinical and substantive coursework while advancing the rights of children in both litigation and policy realms. Civitas ChildLaw Center functions in four capacities: a center for the human rights of the child, an education law and policy institute, a child law policy institute, and a legal clinic. Through these four capacities, Civitas ChildLaw Center trains law students, and children’s rights leaders to advocate zealously and effectively for children and families.

    The Position

    Civitas ChildLaw Center seeks an Anti-Bullying Fellow to lead a comprehensive statewide initiative seeking to eliminate bullying in schools. In conjunction with Center faculty, the Fellow will create a program to expand and enhance the implementation and enforcement of bullying laws and protections.

    The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in education law or complex litigation. Candidates eligible for admission to the Illinois bar in July are also welcome to apply.

    See the full post on PSJD: https://www.psjd.org/job?OppID=99993

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    PSJD Public Interest News Digest – March 27, 2020

    Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

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    Hello there, interested public! It’s been a busy week–so busy in fact that the digest will be a bit brief today. To start with, our PSJD Fellow Brittany Valente has done a stellar job pulling together all of the various orders under which state judiciaries are now operating across the country, which is available now as a resource on PSJD. We hope to add information about federal courts before too long, and are also working on a document about changes in carceral policies and policing.

    As with last week, in each section news that is not related to the current crisis appears at the section’s end, separated from Coronavirus content with a horizontal line (—).

    Stay well,

    Sam

    Tracking the Changing Landscape

    Remote Court Practice & Lawmaking

    Student Loans & Student Debt

    Non-Profit & Gov’t Management & Hiring

    Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Issues

    Decarceration

    Access to Justice – Civil & Economic

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    Job’o’th’Week (Experienced Edition)

    The Organization

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    Vital Strategies is an international public health organization tasked with developing and overseeing government programs that strengthen public health systems. Their headquarters is based in New York City and their global network reaches 73 countries. With a team of over 400 professionals, the organization’s work spans many areas including the prevention of overdoses, epidemics, childhood lead poisoning, and obesity.

    The Position

    Vital Strategies seeks a Program Liaison to work with the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice in its administration of the Police Assisted Diversion Program (PAD). PAD is a pre-booking diversion program that allows police officers to exercise discretion to divert individuals committing low-level drug, retail-theft, and sex-work related offenses into a community-based, trauma-informed, case management program. The Program Liaison will be responsible for strategic planning to strengthen the expansion of the PAD Program to include new pilot programs.

    The ideal candidate will have professional experience in criminal justice reform, harm reduction, and project management, and will have strong interpersonal skills. It is preferred that applicants are also familiar with law enforcement, behavioral health systems, or criminal justice diversionary programs.

    See the full post on PSJD: https://www.psjd.org/job?OppID=100853

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    PSJD Public Interest News Digest – March 20, 2020

    Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

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    Hello there, interested public! It shouldn’t shock anyone at this point to learn that a lot has happened in the past week. Various authorities are either making or entertaining fundamental changes to the way the legal system functions in response to the extraordinary conditions under which we must all now live; similarly fundamental changes to related systems such as the penal system and the educational finance system are also underway.

    In this digest, I’ve done my best to highlight articles and resources that describe overall trends that are beginning to emerge in the way these systems are adapting. In some instances, I haven’t been able to find resources that capture these overall trends. Where possible, NALP’s Public Service team is working on creating these materials. We hope to be able to share them with you soon. In the meantime, I will note the existence of a trend and reference a few key articles below.

    I hope you all find this approach helpful. Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know if you have thoughts about how I can best keep you all informed in this period of uncertainty.

    One more thing: In each section, news that is not related to the current crisis appears at the section’s end, separated from Coronavirus content with a horizontal line (—).

    Stay well,

    Sam

    Remote Court Practice & Lawmaking

    Student Loans & Student Debt

    Non-Profit & Gov’t Management & Hiring

    Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Issues

    Decarceration

    Access to Justice – Civil & Economic

    Access to Justice – Criminal

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    Criminal Justice Reform

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    Job’o’th’Week (Entry-Level Edition)

    The Organization

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    The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) provides statewide representation in criminal defense cases to those unable to afford an attorney. Maryland OPD employees operate according to a common principle: Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All. Under this guiding principle, Maryland OPD attorneys represent clients in criminal defense, parental, defense, appeals, post-conviction, and mental health cases.

    The Position

    The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is hiring its Fall 2020 Class of assistant public defenders to work in its offices throughout the state. Assistant public defenders are responsible for zealously advocating for indigent criminal defendants through competent and resourceful representation and thoughtful communication with clients and team members.

    The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public defense and social justice, will be compassionate, and will thrive in a fast-paced environment.

    See the full post on PSJD: https://www.psjd.org/job?OppID=100760

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    PSJD Public Interest News Digest – March 13, 2020

    Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

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    Hello there, interested public! We have a theme this week. There’s news I don’t need to share with you all currently affecting every corner of our society–including the topics we cover together in this Digest. (For those of you who are interested, you can find NALP’s statement concerning COVID-19 here.) Here’s how COVID-19 is playing out in the Public Interest Legal world:

    Some courts have begun suspending in-person operations. Some public defenders’ offices have begun calling for the release of pretrial detainees and vulnerable members of our incarcerated population. Some cities have begun placing moratoria on eviction proceedings and water utility shutoffs. It is not clear yet how federal immigration policy will affect public health in this moment. After the Fed announced plans to “pump in up to $1.5 trillion into the financial system in an effort to combat potential freezes brought on by the coronavirus,” some politicians on both sides of the aisle have begun asking whether other stimulus options, such as student loan debt relief, should also be considered.

    Stay well,

    Sam

    Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Issues

     

    Student Loans & Student Debt

    Legal Technology

    Non-Profit & Gov’t Management & Hiring

    Rule of Law

    Access to Justice – Civil & Economic

    Access to Justice – Criminal

    Criminal Justice Reform

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    Job’o’th’Week (Student Edition)

    The Organization

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    The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools in North America and beyond. NALP believes in fairness, facts and the power of a diverse community. NALP staff work every day to be the best career services, recruitment, and professional development organization in the world because they want the lawyers and law students they serve to have an ethical recruiting system, employment data they can trust, and expert advisers to guide and support them in every stage of their careers.  

    A NALP initiative, PSJD is a unique online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest job listings and career-building resources. As a collaborative project among over 200 American and Canadian law schools, PSJD is a free resource for law students and alumni of our subscriber schools to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities and employer profiles. Public service employer organizations may also post job opportunities for free. In addition to its database, PSJD offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service. These resources are publicly available to all website visitors.

    The Position

    NALP is hiring 2-3 law students to work in our office this summer as PSJD Project Assistants. Project Assistants are the backbone of our service as they complete data entry tasks that keep our service robust and helpful for our users.

    Project Assistants are paid $15 per hour and are asked to dedicate 8-10 hours per week to NALP, so this position is perfect for law students who will be completing unpaid internships in D.C. this summer. Project Assistants are required to work in the NALP office during regular business hours, but shifts can be scheduled around other commitments.

    The ideal candidates will have an interest in legal public service organizations and have excellent skills in attention to detail and accuracy.

    Learn more about this opportunity on PSJD: https://www.psjd.org/job?OppID=90562&Search=Y&OrgID=105860

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    PSJD Public Interest News Digest – March 6, 2020

    Sam Halpert, NALP Director of Public Service Initiatives

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    Hello there, interested public! Major stories this week include the 9th Circuit’s decision temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, three Senators’ concern over racial disparities in the federal student loan system, and widespread condemnation of Montgomery County Pennsylvania’s decision to fire its Chief and Deputy Chief Public Defenders after they filed an amicus brief critical of the county’s bail practices.

    As always, these stories and more are in the links below.

    See you around,

    Sam

    Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Issues

    Student Loans & Student Debt

    Legal Technology

    Non-Profit Management & Hiring

    Rule of Law

    Access to Justice – Civil

    Access to Justice – Criminal

    Criminal Justice Reform

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