Equal Justice America just reached out to invite CUA law students to apply for some last-minute funding available for summer work. They will award on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis three $1,000 stipends to students working with non-profit organizations providing direct civil legal services to the poor.
Note: Placements with public defender offices and government agencies DO NOT qualify. More info about the program is available at http://www.equaljusticeamerica.org/prev_applications/ApplicationSummer.htm.
To apply, send an email to Dan Ruben at dan@equaljusticeamerica.org with the following attached:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Confirmation of employment (an email or letter from your placement)
4. Information about any funding you are already slated to receive.
5. Note: Although the EJA website mentions submitting 2 recommendation letters, you do not need to do so to apply for this funding.
Cover letters should be addressed to
Dan Ruben
Equal Justice America
Building II – Suite 204
13540 East Boundary Road
Midlothian, VA 23112

Pro Bono Coordinator, Jen Tschirch, is happy to help answer any questions you may have and/or quickly review a cover letter (202-319-5132/tschirch@law.edu). Given the 1st come/served approach, I advise that you act quickly if you’re eligible and interested!

Law students with summer internships at nonprofits or in government anywhere in the country are eligible for a $1,212 Segal Education Award through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program. In addition, students who apply will be automatically entered to win one of 20 iPad Air or Surface 3 tablets!

This is a great way for students to get funds to reduce the cost of law school AND win a free tablet just for working at their summer public interest jobs. The deadline is June 1, so sign up today!

Here’s how to do it in 2 easy steps:

1. Review our Five Easy Steps to Apply to AmeriCorps JD.

2. Apply through our Student Application Manager (SAM).

The application should only take 30 minutes. If you have any problems or questions, you can read the Application Guide or contact us at AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

University Legal Services (ULS), a nonprofit protection and advocacy agency that advances the rights of DC residents with disabilities, seeks a law school graduate for a short-term, temporary position focusing on securing timely Social Security disability benefits for incarcerated women with mental illness who are preparing to return to the community. Our goal is to promote the successful integration into the community of DC residents with mental illness.

As part of the Women’s Resiliency and Reentry Project, the Benefits Specialist assists women with mental illness at Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) facilities, including halfway houses, and the DC Correctional Treatment Facility with prerelease applications for SSI and SSDI in preparation for their reentry. Responsibilities include:

– Managing existing caseload of filed applications, partially completed applications and possibly some filings for reconsideration.
– Identify and collect or develop medical evidence in support of claims for disability benefits.
– Prepare and submit memoranda to the Social Security Administration in support of claims for disability benefits, if needed.
– Act as liaison with the Social Security Administration to follow up benefits applications and advocate for applicants.
– Track project outcomes and produce regular reports for both internal and external use.

Compensation: The Benefits Specialist will be paid $25/hour, either full- or part-time for a maximum of approximately 300 hours between June 1 and August 14, 2015.

– Required: JD degree
– Required: Ability to communicate and build rapport with women who have extensive trauma histories, serious and persistent mental illness, and criminal justice involvement, and    who are predominantly low-income and women of color.
– Required: Ability to communicate and work effectively as a proactive member of interdisciplinary team. Demonstrated competence in verbal, written, organizational and prioritization skills. Strong problem-solving skills and ability to troubleshoot challenging situations and creatively advance civil rights protections.
– Required: Familiarity and/or experience with SSI/SSDI eligibility and application process.
– Preferred: Experience working within a social justice or civil rights organization, or for a criminal defense law office, particularly one that serves homeless or incarcerated individuals.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references electronically
no later than May 22, 2015 to:

Tammy Seltzer, Director
DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project
University Legal Services
No calls please

Applications will be considered as soon as they are received.

ULS values diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and is an equal opportunity employer by choice. People with personal experience in the criminal justice system are welcome and encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit our website at www.uls-dc.org.

Tammy Seltzer, Esq.
Director, DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project
University Legal Services
220 I Street, NE Suite 130
Washington, DC 20002
202-547-0198 x 121
202-547-2662 (fax)
202-547-2657 (TTY)

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for the Michael and Mary Schuette Clinical Fellowship in Health and Human Rights, beginning in mid-August 2015 in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center for International Human Rights, with a particular focus on the work of the Northwestern Access to Health Project.  The Michael and Mary Schuette Fellow will have a unique opportunity to gain extensive training and experience in global health, human rights law and economic development, as well as clinical legal teaching.

The Schuette Fellow will work on issues related to global health, human rights and development as they pertain to ongoing community global health work in Mali, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan, as well as other potential sites.  A demonstrated interest in global health law and fluency in French and/or Spanish is preferred. Applicants should send letters of interest and resumes to Juliet Sorensen, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Center for International Human Rights (j-sorensen@law.northwestern.edu).  The deadline for applications is July 16, 2015. It is anticipated that the fellowship will begin in mid – late August 2015 and end December 31, 2016.  Salary and benefits will be competitive.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Center on International Human Rights, the Entrepreneurship Law Center, Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, the Environmental Law Clinic, Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions,  and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation (predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions, an landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

Northwestern University School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minority candidates.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs D. C. Prisoners’ Project seeks a talented law student committed to social justice to work a part-time internship during summer 2015. The intern may work remotely with occasional in office meetings. Please see the attached job description.

The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is seeking a staff attorney for its training and technical assistance team.  the full job description can be found here.

WWH seeks an attorney dedicated to its mission and passionate about serving our clients, specifically the LGBT community and people living with HIV. The applicant must have a minimum of five years of legal practice experience. Candidates with expertise in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply and are preferred. The applicant must also have at least one to three years of supervisory experience. Applicants must be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to waive in immediately. Additional membership in the Maryland and/or Virginia Bar is preferred. See the full announcement here.


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