October 28, 2014

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.

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS
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
vbatters-thompson@dcbar.<orgmailto:vbatters-thompson@dcbar.org>
No calls, please.

The Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia has recently announced three six job openings.  Three on in the Appeals Group and three in the Mental Health Group.  Click on the live link to access the job announcments.

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is offering a new, two-year fellowship opportunity for lawyers interested in providing family law services to low-income DC residents. The fellowship description is attached.

DOJ has just launched an app for searching for jobs and externships within DOJ.  Currently only the iOS version is available, but an Android version is coming.

Here is the information on the iTunes page: “DOJ Law Jobs is a quick and easy way to find an attorney job or law student internship with the nation’s largest legal employer, the U.S. Department of Justice. Searches are simple, fast-loading, and allow users to find jobs in desired locations. DOJ Law Jobs is a must have app for lawyers and law students who want to find attorney jobs and legal internships at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Features of DOJ Law Jobs:
•Creates personalized searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.
•Provides instructions on how to apply to attorney jobs and legal internships.
•Saves search criteria for quick access to future opportunities.
•Save, share, and email your favorite jobs.
•Access to hundreds of attorney jobs and legal internships at the U.S. Department of Justice.”

The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application deadline has been extended for two categories of applications:

1 – Proposals on animal law issues anywhere in the country; and

2 – Proposals with Texas Access to Justice Foundation grantees as host organizations. (A list of TAJF grantees is available at: http://www.teajf.org/news/releases/Grants%202013-14.aspx )

You may access the application through Equal Justice Works’ website at www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply.

These applications must be submitted no later than December 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The only proposals submitted during this extended period that will be considered for fellowships are those that address animal law issues or have TAJF grantees as the host organization. No determinations have been made on any previously submitted applications (before the Sept. 17 deadline), which currently are in the process of review.

If you have questions about this opportunity or Equal Justice Works Fellowships in general, please visit www.equaljusticeworks.org or contact Carolyn Schorr at cschorr@equaljusticeworks.org.

The Employment Litigation Section of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is
hiring! We have openings for three permanent trial attorneys, as well as
one trial attorney on a 3-year term appointment. Applications are due by
October 30. See the links for the full postings on USAJOBS.

Trial Attorney (permanent) -
<https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/383323100>

Trial Attorney (3-year term) -
<https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382591900>

CARECEN is seeking a full-time Paralegal to work in its Immigration Legal Program as a citizenship specialist. Additionally, the paralegal will work a portion of their time on providing direct services in other immigration related cases as needed. See the full job announcement here.

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