November 7, 2014
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
P.O. Box 1023
Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1023
(Email submission alone is fine.)
November 6, 2014
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.
DESCRIPTION OF INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
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 email@example.com:
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.
November 6, 2014
Here is the Washington Council of Lawyers’ November 2014 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse, containing info about jobs, externships & fellowships:
November 4, 2014
A great service, learning and networking opportunity.
CUA Law is participating in a D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Advice & Referral Clinic in partnership with Dickstein Shapiro, Steptoe & Johnson and the DOJ’s Antitrust Division on Saturday, November 8, from 9:30 AM-1:00 PM. Each student will be paired with an attorney from Dickstein or a CUA Law alum to shadow and act as “co-counsel” on intakes for low-income members of the community seeking legal assistance.
Visit the link below to sign up. Space is limited to, but we have a few spots left. I’ll be sending the participant list to Dickstein in the next day or two, so sign up asap if you’re available and committed to participating.
The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2015 spring and summer internship programs. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic justice, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane conditions in facilities that house children.
The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, reform of public agencies and systems, and racial justice, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth. CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in legal and policy advocacy for youth in the juvenile justice system. Strong consideration will be given to applicants with relevant work experience and course work. Applicants should have excellent research and communication skills and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and a commitment improving the lives of troubled and at-risk youth. Internships are unpaid, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of ten weeks of full-time employment.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Staff Attorney Jason Szanyi at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2014 Summer Internship Application.” For more information on the Center, visit www.cclp.org. The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
November 4, 2014
Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for spring 2015. Interns will research substantive and procedural legal issues and draft written recommendations for resolving those issues. They will also be responsible for detailed editing and citation checking. Additionally, interns will have regular opportunities to observe court proceedings.
This unpaid internship is open to all law students. Interns during the semester are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, preferably over two full days a week.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is accepted), a short (15 pages or less) writing sample that reflects the applicant’s research and analytical skills, and a list of three references.
Please send all applications via email to Judge_Jackson_Internships@dcd.uscourts.gov by November 25, 2014. Please do not mail applications. Also, please title the subject line as follows:
Spring 2015 Intern Application: [applicant’s name]
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Questions may be directed to chambers via phone at 202-354-3460 or to the above email address.
A volunteer legal internship is available beginning January 2015 at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program for a law student, focusing primarily on client intake and supporting the management of our various pro bono programs. The Pro Bono Program recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The program also helps small businesses and community-based nonprofits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Program touched the lives of 20,000 D.C. residents.
This is a part-time, unpaid internship during the spring semester with the possibility of a continued internship during the summer break. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working a minimum of fourteen hours as two full days per week. There is no compensation for this position, however the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will consider a law student who has fellowship or grant money for public interest employment. Additionally, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will provide support to students seeking academic credit for their work. The law student reports to a Managing Attorney.This description of the volunteer legal internship is intended to help prospective applicants understand what volunteer opportunities and experiences will be available to them during their internship. This is not a job or employment announcement.
The volunteer legal intern may provide support to various pro bono projects, including the Advocacy and Justice Clinic, Health Care Access Project, Probate Resource Center, Landlord Tenant Resource Center, Consumer Law Resource Center, and the Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic. Specific pro bono opportunities may include:
1. Interviewing prospective clients and assisting in the screening of cases before the
case is placed with a pro bono attorney.
2. Helping coordinate arrangements and logistics for clinics.
3. Maintaining contact with clients and prepares client case files.
4. Helping maintain the Pro Bono Program database of clients and volunteers.
5. Providing legal research as needed.
6. Assisting with updating online pro bono and pro se materials in various substantive
law areas, including but not limited to public benefits and family law.
7. Drafting forms, materials, reports, correspondence, notices and other documents.
8. Interviewing customers at court-based resource centers and assisting in screening the
customers before they meet with an attorney.
1. A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and completion of at least one year of law school.
3. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skill with an ability to write clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences.
5. Excellent organizational abilities, attention to detail, and ability to manage several priorities in a day.
6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop good working relationships with staff, clients, and attorney, paralegal, and law student volunteers.
7. Spanish-speaking capabilities a plus.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume no later than November 18th to:
Vanessa Batters-Thompson, Managing Attorney
No calls, please.