The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is pleased to host bridge-to-practice fellows from the Class of 2014. NAAG is the professional organization for the Attorneys General Offices of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five territories. Through its training and research arm, the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, it conducts training in both professional skills and substantive issues for the Attorneys General and provides research assistance. Our law school graduate fellows whom we have been privileged to host have been invaluable members of our staff and have experienced a wide variety of activities. They have conducted research and authored manuals for the Attorneys General offices; attended meetings with White House, congressional, and international organizations, such as the World Bank and the International Association of Prosecutors; assisted with the editing of Supreme Court amicus briefs; conducted research and assisted in the writing of briefs for NAAG’s Tobacco project; helped provide legal research for our substantive trainings, such as intellectual property theft and human trafficking; developed articles for the NAAGazette; assisted with our International Fellows program; and attended NAAG professional trainings and meetings. Several have gone on to full-time jobs with Attorneys General offices; all have subsequently found full-time jobs in their areas of interest in the law. We would encourage you and your graduates to consider NAAG as a host for your bridge-to-practice fellowship program. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Toth, Executive Director, National Association of Attorneys General at 202-326-6021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 6, 2013
Echoing Green is one of the many “non-legal” fellowships that greatly appeal to law students. “The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014. Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship. During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers.” Echoing Green manages three fellowship programs including the new climate fellowship for 2013. (Echoing Green)
December 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Civil Rights Center (CRC), located in the DOL Headquarters, Washington, D.C., seeks law students interested in the field of civil rights for volunteer service opportunities.1 CRC is responsible for ensuring nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (EO) for two primary populations: employees of, and applicants for employment
with, DOL; and the more than 39 million individuals served by the nation’s American Job Center’s service delivery system (including the Job Corps program). Volunteer service opportunities are available in CRC’s three offices: External Enforcement,
Internal Enforcement, and Compliance Assistance and Planning. For details see the announcement here.
November 26, 2013
From the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:
You can be a sharp writer and a nimble researcher who is skilled at analyzing cases.
But for law school graduates entering the workforce, it’s the softer skills, like work ethic, collegiality and a sense of individual responsibility, that really impress legal employers, according to a new study.
University of Dayton School of Law researchers conducted focus with legal employers to find out what they expect from new law school graduates.
Dayton law professor Susan Wawrose said researchers had thought that the attorneys would focus mostly on the need for basic practical skills, like writing, analysis and research. But comments on soft skills — defined as “personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make someone a good employee” — tended to dominate the responses.
“The most surprising outcome of our research was the primary importance employers placed on the ‘intra- and interpersonal (socio-emotional)’—soft skills—needed for workplace success,” writes Ms. Wawrose, who authored a report on the study appearing in the Ohio Northern University Law Review.
The researchers interviewed 19 attorneys in the Dayton area who are “actual or potential employers” of graduates from the law school. Most were employed at law firms of varying size. Several others worked as in-house counsel, as an assistant federal public defender, or for legal aid.
Continue reading here.
November 25, 2013
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.
Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.
LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. For 2014, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:
- Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic
- Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
- Criminal Justice Clinic
- Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
- Immigration Legal Services
- Landlord Tenant Legal Services
- Legal Services for Immigrant Communities
- Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation
- Transnational Development Clinic
- Veterans Legal Services Clinic
- Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.
Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.
Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you are interested, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and two references to email@example.com. The deadline to submit application materials is January 15, 2014. Early applications are encouraged.
November 22, 2013
I hope you will join us at the D.C. Bar Conference Center for the final two FREE sessions of our 2013 Public Benefits Brown-Bag Lunch Series:
Social Security Benefits (SSDI / SSI) and IDA Session Wednesday, 12/04 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Session
Tuesday, 12/17 – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Both sessions are FREE and will begin at noon at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. Refreshments and coffee will be provided-but remember to bring your lunch with you!
The public benefits brown-bag lunch training series is a free, seven-part series presented each fall by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, in collaboration with Bread for the City, D.C Hunger Solutions, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Whitman-Walker Health. Sessions are appropriate for all members of the public, particularly case managers, client advocates and lawyers.
University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program – Fellowship in the International Transaction Clinic
November 22, 2013
The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for fellowships in its International Transaction Clinic. This fellowship is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year. The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with the clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for professional development and scholarship.
Founded in 2008, the ITC offers students the opportunity to acquire skills that are critically important to their professional development as they enter into practice areas that involve international transactions. The ITC has a diverse clientele ranging from for-profit to not-for-profit organizations; start-up enterprises to well-established businesses; and impact investors to social enterprises. While some ITC clients are located in Ann Arbor, most are based outside of Michigan – from Atlanta to Nairobi.
View the complete position posting here. We will begin reviewing applications on December 20th. Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowships begins on July 1, 2014.