September 15, 2014
The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University
Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships
for the academic years of 2015-17. In recognition of the generous gift of
Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows. Friedman
Fellows obtain LL.M. degrees while examining and engaging in clinical legal
education and public interest law.
The 2015-17 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2015. Each
fellowship is affiliated with a specific law school clinic. Although the
various clinics provide the fellows diverse responsibilities and
experiences, each provides the Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and
co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students
enrolled in the clinic.
The Friedman Fellowship program enables every Fellow to learn about
clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of
engaging in each, teaching and supervising law students engaged in these
endeavors, and participating in a program of study in which these are the
primary topics of inquiry. In the process, Fellows receive mentorship and
support from the clinical faculty and administration, and the law school in
Fellows enroll in two year-long courses in Clinical Teaching and
Scholarship taught by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and other
clinical faculty. As part of this course sequence, Fellows receive
specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising law students,
and in writing a publishable thesis. Fellows also enroll part-time in
other law school classes, and receive an LL.M. degree upon completion of
the class and thesis requirements of the LL.M. program.
We are currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic,
clinical, and lawyering experience. We are especially interested in
applications from lawyers with background and experience in the following
areas: administrative law, appellate practice, community economic
development law, civil legal aid practice, criminal defense practice,
litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, and transactional law. Fellows
receive an annual stipend between $45,000 and $50,000, tuition remission
for the LL.M. program, health insurance and other benefits, and possible
student loan deferment. Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates
who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver
into the D.C. Bar.
Each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of
references, and a complete law school transcript by October 15, 2014 to
Associate Dean Phyllis Goldfarb. The preferred submission method is by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the alternative, applications can be
mailed to the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics c/o Executive Assistant
Norma Lamont, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 G St. NW,
Washington, DC 20052. The George Washington University Law School is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University undertakes
special efforts to employ a diverse workforce.
September 9, 2014
The Falls Church office of the Tahirih Justice Center seeks a Spanish-speaking Immigration Attorney to provide maternity leave coverage on a fulltime, temporary basis beginning in November 2014 and continuing for a minimum of three months, with exact dates to be determined in consultation with the successful applicant. The attorney will represent clients and mentor pro bono attorneys on the full range of Tahirih cases, which includes VAWA self-petitions, T and U nonimmigrant visas, and gender-based asylum claims. The attorney will also be responsible for screening potential clients for eligibility and additional tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have at least three (3) years of experience practicing immigration law, experience working with survivors of trauma, and a high degree of multi-cultural competency.
Responsibilities of the Immigration Attorney include:
Represent clients in immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration Courts
Provide case coverage for diverse immigration caseload and assist other immigration attorneys with legal cases as needed
Mentor and work collaboratively with pro bono attorneys who are cocounseling Tahirih immigration cases
Screen potential clients for eligibility
Attend coalition meetings, conduct trainings, and perform additional tasks as needed
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
A JD and active bar admission
A minimum of three years’ experience practicing immigration law, preferably seeking remedies available to survivors of gender-based violence
Fluent or highly proficient in Spanish
Experience working with female survivors of trauma and those from diverse cultural backgrounds
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to multitask and manage stress in a fast-paced environment
Extremely responsible, self-motivated, and focused
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references with “Temporary Immigration Attorney” in the subject line to:
Tahirih Justice Center
Attn: Human Resources
6402 Arlington Blvd, Suite 300
Falls Church, VA 22042
September 8, 2014
The Federal Capital Habeas Project (the “§ 2255 Project”), a program of the Federal Public Defender system, seeks a highly motivated and skilled Paralegal. The Project was created to ensure that prisoners on federal death row in post-conviction proceedings receive high quality legal representation, and is responsible for recruiting, training and advising lawyers in capital § 2255 cases in addition to providing direct representation. The position will be located in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt, outside Washington, D.C.
Requirements and Qualifications: The Project Paralegal will work closely with the § 2255 Project Director and staff attorneys. The paralegal will be responsible for information management; collecting data on federal capital post-conviction proceedings; conducting research using online databases; organizing, reviewing, and summarizing documents, files, and factual research. Other duties include collecting court, social, medical, and legal records; preparing for hearings by organizing, coding and summarizing information and documents; preparing witness/document lists; maintaining case files and databases; and operating electronic document management systems.
The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills; exceptional research and writing skills; working knowledge of typical office computer applications (including spreadsheets); and a genuine interest in indigent defense and/or capital defense work. The candidate must possess great attention to detail; have the ability to work independently with strong follow-through skills; meet short deadlines; perform well while managing multiple projects simultaneously in a pressured environment; and be able to work well in a team environment. A bachelor’s degree is required; a commitment of 3 years is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position. Federal salary and benefits apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) of net pay. The initial period of employment will be probationary, subject to successful completion of a background check.
How to Apply: To be considered, please submit (1) a cover letter; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) the names of three references via email to Tawana Sampson, Tawana_Sampson@fd.org,
Federal Capital Habeas Project, 6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 710, Greenbelt, MD 20770. No telephone calls please; ONLY email applications will be accepted. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED.
September 3, 2014
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is hiring a volunteer coordinator. This is
an excellent position for a recent college graduate interested in working
with a legal services organization, coordinating pro bono lawyers. See the announcement here.
September 3, 2014
Dear CUA Law students and faculty,
Our Supreme Court Moot program will begin again tomorrow, September 4, with an opportunity to observe Nathan Lewin prepare for his upcoming argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry. The moot court will begin at 3:15 in the Slowinski Courtroom.
Mr. Lewin is an experienced and talented Supreme Court litigator. Over the course of his career at the Solicitor General’s office and in private practice, Mr. Lewin has argued nearly 30 cases at the Supreme Court. He has represented presidents (Richard Nixon), celebrities (John Lennon and Jodie Foster) and a wide variety of parties in civil and criminal cases.
The question presented in Zivotofsky v. Kerry is:
Whether a federal statute that directs the Secretary of State, on request, to record the birthplace of an American citizen born in Jerusalem as born in “Israel” on a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and on a United States passport is unconstitutional on the ground that the statute “impermissibly infringes on the President’s exercise of the recognition power reposing exclusively in him.”
More information about the case is available on scotusblog at:
Mr. Lewin will be mooted by a group of experienced Supreme Court advocates and subject matter experts. If you are not in class, we hope you will take advantage of this outstanding learning opportunity.
Attendance is limited to CUA Law students and faculty who have no conflict of interest and agree to maintain strict confidentiality of the moot. Attendees will be asked to sign a confidentiality form, and failure to keep confidentiality will be considered an Honor Code violation. Forms will be available at the registration desk outside Slowinski Courtroom, and you will be asked to sign the form and attendance log before entering the courtroom.
We hope that as many of you as possible can join us to take advantage of this wonderful and unique program here at CUA Law.
Mark Rienzi and Mary Leary
Co-Chairs, CUA Law Supreme Court Moot Program
September 2, 2014
The DC Bar Foundation is co-sponsoring a National Institute for Trial
Advocacy <http://www.nita.org/> (NITA) Basic Litigation Skills training,
specifically for public interest lawyers, from Wednesday, October 22 to
Saturday, October 25 at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP (700 Sixth St NW
#700, Washington, DC 20001).
We are currently looking for volunteers to cover half- or full-day shifts
Wednesday to Saturday, between 8 am and 5 pm. In the past, law students and
interns have volunteered, but we are always open to anyone who is
interested in volunteering. In return, the volunteers will be able to
observe the training sessions for free, enjoy a catered breakfast and
lunch, and receive a travel stipend. The volunteers’ duties will be to
assist with logistics, including handing out name tags, distributing
materials, assisting instructors, and monitoring the classrooms. The attire
for volunteers is business casual. The training participants will be
dressed for moot court.
Please respond *by Friday, September 19* if you’re interested in
volunteering. Simply email Christina Lynch, Programs Assistant with the DC
Bar Foundation, at email@example.com to volunteer or with questions.
August 21, 2014
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who cannot otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. For more than 80 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice.
The majority of Legal Aid’s work involves direct client representation. We also help clients prevent legal problems through outreach and education and assist clients in resolving their own disputes with advice and other brief assistance. In addition, when issues that have an impact beyond an individual client are identified, we often seek a structural solution, a change in the law, or a reform of government practice.
Academic year interns (Fall or Spring term) are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week throughout the semester, to be arranged according to their class schedules.
Legal Aid is divided into four substantive practice units — housing law, domestic violence/family law, public benefits, and consumer law. Law student interns are assigned to one of Legal Aid’s practice units. Accordingly, applicants should express in their cover letter a preference to work with one or more of these practice units:
Housing/Landlord and Tenant – preventing eviction, addressing housing code violations, and preserving affordable housing
Public Benefits – obtaining access to health care, Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income, and other available public benefits
Domestic Violence and Family Law – securing safety from domestic violence and achieving family stability through custody arrangements and support orders
Consumer Law – preventing foreclosure and abusive debt collection practices
Interns work with Legal Aid attorneys representing clients in matters pending in the D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and before public agencies. They have the opportunity to interact with clients and may attend client meetings, hearings, trials and administrative proceedings. Typical assignments include factual investigation, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, and hearing/trial preparation. Interns also participate in internal meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript (can be unofficial) to Jodi Feldman, Supervising Attorney, at firstname.lastname@example.org.