2015-2017 Fellowship

Adapting to Climate Change – Law and Policy

Georgetown Law – Harrison Institute for Public Law, Washington, DC
Posted: 11/15/2014  – The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

Job Type:  Fellowship – Legal; supervise law students in a clinical program
Schedule TypeFull time, 28-month fellowship, March 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017
Practice AreasAcademic, state and local government, Land use, Environmental law, Federalism

Job Description
Georgetown fellows supervise upper-class law students in the clinical program, participate in curriculum development, and undertake research and writing projects.  This fellow will primarily work with the Georgetown Climate Center, which supports states and the federal government as they interact on climate policy.  The GCC web page is here: www.GeorgetownClimate.org; and the GCC’s Adaptation Clearinghouse is here: www.AdaptationClearinghouse.org.

This fellow will be part of the GCC’s team that works on adapting to climate change, including projects to help states and communities respond to the impacts of sea level rise (e.g., storm surge and erosion), upland flooding, or drought.  Legal issues often include land use and planning, floodplain management, insurance, federal disaster relief, infrastructure funding and financing, municipal law, and environmental law.  In addition to supervising student work, the fellow will interact with local, state and federal officials, the private sector, funders, etc.  The fellow may also help develop grant and projects proposals.

We seek post-JD applicants with:

  • knowledge of climate policy alternatives;
  • at least two years of relevant work experience;
  • strong research, writing, and public speaking skills;
  • academic training in environmental, administrative, or local government law;
  • membership in the D.C. bar or ability to waive into the D.C. Bar as a member of a state bar.

Salary and benefits
Upon completion, Georgetown awards clinical fellows the degree of Masters of Law (Advocacy).  Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $53,500 (taxable), health and dental benefits, and full tuition benefits in the LL.M program.

To apply
Send a resume and letter of interest that explains how this position relates to your career plans.

Send applications to:
Prof. Robert Stumberg
Harrison Institute for Public Law
111 F Street, NW, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20001

The Cardozo School of Law’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic is interested in hiring an attorney as a Clinical Teaching Fellow to start in fall 2015. View the job description here.



Date Posted: 11/05/2014
Job Type: INTERNSHIP – Unpaid
Schedule Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: Animal Rights, Civil Rights & Liberties/Racial Justice Issues, Environmental, Litigation

Job Description

Position Objective:
To work with attorneys at the PETA Foundation to provide assistance on a wide range of legal issues that arise in the course of PETA’s work to protect animals through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, and protest campaigns.

Term of Employment:
Temporary, unpaid position. Minimum 4-week commitment.

Washington, D.C., but remote locations will be considered.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research, interpret, and apply federal statutes and regulations, including, the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Research, interpret, and apply state statutes and regulations, including anti-cruelty and open records statutes.
  • Conduct legal research on a variety of animal protection and animal rights issues, such as standing, the doctrine of judicial review, and First Amendment issues.
  • Prepare comments for agencies on proposed rulemaking and permit applications.
  • Communicate with public interest and private attorneys, prosecutors, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of legal issues.
  • Assist caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners throughout PETA with a wide array of legal issues that arise in their cases.
  • Work with others to formulate and develop legal initiatives to further PETA’s objectives.


  • 3L or rising 3L student, or J.D. with 0-3 years of legal experience.
  • Superior legal research and writing skills.
  • Experience in animal law, administrative law, environmental law, and/or criminal law is desired, but resourcefulness and innovativeness are highly valued.
  • Supportive position vis-à-vis PETA’s philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA’s positions on issues.



Application Instructions:

The application deadline is rolling. Please send letter of interest, résumé, transcript, legal writing sample, and list of 3 professional references to: Amanda Schwoerke, Counsel, at AmandaSchwoerke@petaf.org.

Contact Information:

Amanda Schwoerke
1536 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Application Deadline: 05/01/2015

Tahirih is seeking to hire a Public Policy Attorney to contribute to Tahirih’s efforts to secure stronger protections and supports for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, including under US asylum laws, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Public Policy Attorney will be responsible for elevating Tahirih’s national advocacy initiatives, forging and mobilizing diverse coalitions, and engaging bipartisan allies to press for laws, regulations, policies, and precedent that better protect immigrant women and girls from violence. See the full job announcement here. <http://lsji.law.edu/res/docs/Tahirih-Justice-Ctr-Public-Policy-Att.pdf&gt;

The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, invites applications from law students to take part during the summer in our work advancing racial and economic justice in Mississippi. Law students will become a part of history as they bring their time and talents to our campaigns that address sustainable, systemic changes in policies related to predatory payday lending practices, foreclosure prevention, affordable housing, access to healthcare for children, equality in education, re-entry services and more. Although we cannot provide a stipend, we will work with students to meet grant application deadlines at their schools or with other funders, and we can work with the school to provide course credit for the summer experience where appropriate. We will encourage all summer interns accepted into our program to submit an application to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps to earn a $1000 education award (applications open in spring 2015 – check www.equaljusticeworks.org for more information). We also offer a unique legal experience that isn’t limited by the walls of a courtroom. You’ll gain invaluable insight into the many ways that the law can and should improve the quality of life for all Mississippians.

Students should submit a résumé with current contact information, including an e-mail address, and a cover letter that outlines interest in the Mississippi Center for Justice and our work, and identifies what kind of experiences and policy areas draw them to our organization. Email applications are preferred.  Students should also include three references.  If you are applying for a summer grant from an external source, please make any deadlines you must meet clear in the opening paragraph. Please also indicate whether you have a preference for working out of our Jackson, Biloxi (Gulf Coast) or Indianola (Mississippi Delta) office, or if you are open to placement in either office. More information is available at www.mscenterforjustice.org.

Applications for Summer 2015 placement must be received via e-mail by February 1, 2015.

Send resume, cover letter and references to:

Mississippi Center for Justice

Courtney Choi

P.O. Box 1023

Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1023

Phone: (601)352-2269


(Email submission alone is fine.)

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking law students with a passion for public interest law and immigrants’ rights to be part of our internship program.  We are currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2015 positions.   Interns working with CAIR Coalition will assist our staff with representing detained child and adult immigrants, including going on jail visits, assisting with direct representation of clients, attending hearings, and improving pro se assistance guidance.

The mission of CAIR Coalition is to serve as the primary source of legal assistance for detained immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area.  The goal of our internship program is to grow the services and programs we provide by utilizing the skills of hard-working and creative law students.


Our summer internship program requires a full-time commitment for 10 weeks, while the spring semester internships require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week.  All positions are unpaid, but CAIR Coalition is happy to assist with externship credit administration.

During the course of an internship, students will be tasked with complex legal analysis in support of our work on behalf of detained immigrants.  In addition to assisting with CAIR Coalition’s caseload, interns will likely also take part in the following:

Representation of Detained Immigrants:

Depending on the availability of cases and scheduling, legal interns may be assigned to work with CAIR Coalition’s legal team to provide direct representation to detainees and/or assistance to pro bono attorneys who agree to represent detainees.  In working on cases, interns will have the chance to meet with clients, conduct evidentiary assessments, prepare pleadings, and appear in immigration court.  CAIR Coalition makes every attempt to ensure that interns are able to work on these types of matters.

Jail Visits and Pro Se Assistance:

Interns will accompany CAIR Coalition’s staff on visits to adult and youth detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland.  During these visits, interns will conduct individual intake with detained immigrants.  Following intake, interns will assist with case follow up, including contacting family members, obtaining criminal and medical records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, and conducting legal research to assist staff in determining eligibility for relief and possible pro bono placement.  Interns will also provide pro se assistance, including providing instruction and information on guidelines, court procedure, and case law to assist a detainee represent himself/herself in immigration court.


  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred (required for work with the children’s program).
  • Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus.
  • Interns must be able to provide their own laptops for use during the internships.
  • Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus.
  • For summer internship positions: Ability to commit 40 hours per week to CAIR Coalition for at least 10 weeks is required. Days that include jail visits are usually 10-12 hour days, leaving early in the morning from the CAIR Coalition office and returning the evening of the same day.


Please submit the following materials via email to Michael Lukens, CAIR Coalition’s Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, at michael@caircoalition.org:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in an internship with CAIR Coalition (please state if you possess a particular interest in the adult or children’s program);
  • A resume; and
  • A writing sample.

See the link for information — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at CUA Law: http://tinyurl.com/nyq4k88


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