August 25, 2015
The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release once they have been rehabilitated.
Legal Advocacy Intern
The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups. During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.
The litigation intern will help support CFSY by drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating to extreme sentences for youth, parole and review eligibility for youth, and mitigating sentencing factors for courts to consider once a juvenile has been tried and convicted in adult court. The work of the litigation intern will be integral toward our broader strategy of eliminating life without parole as a sentencing option for juveniles.
Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is sufficient) to email@example.com. Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Please specify if you are interested in the Legal Advocacy Internship or the Litigation Internship. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Here are general guidelines:
Summer internship (late May/early June through August): February 1
Fall internship (early September through mid-December): August 15
Spring internship (mid-January through May): November 15
August 19, 2015
The Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice has posted a vacancy announcement for trial attorney positions.
The link to the announcement on USAJOBS is available at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410161500
August 11, 2015
Maryland Legal Aid’s office in Prince George’s County is looking to hire one part-time law clerk for the fall semester. The position would provide support to attorneys in our general unit, which handles housing, consumer, domestic, and public benefits matters. There will be opportunities for client interviews and intake, gathering facts and information about cases, conducting legal research, assisting with discovery and litigation, and possibly handling an administrative hearing.
We can be flexible in terms of days/hours to accommodate class schedules. Pay is $13/hour for 1L and 2L students, $15/hour for 3Ls. In some cases, if mutually desired, we have been able to extend the opportunity into the spring semester. These positions are not available for those who have graduated from law school or who are licensed to practice law.
Please circulate to law students who may be interested in this opportunity. Interested applicants should e-mail me cover letters and resumes by August 21, 2015.
Sabrina B. Wear
Maryland Legal Aid
Metropolitan Maryland Office
6811 Kenilworth Ave.
Riverdale, MD 20737
fax (301) 927-4258
August 10, 2015
Here is the announcement: The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Equal Justice Works inspires and provides opportunities for the legal community to change lives, make careers, and deliver on the promise of justice for all. Please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org to learn more.
Equal Justice Works seeks a Director of Fellowships to join our growing and dynamic team. The Director of Fellowships will be responsible for implementing and executing a strategy to grow the private Fellowships program and to ensure its excellent quality. Each year 60 to 70 new privately funded Fellows begin unique two-year entrepreneurial projects that serve and address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, education, homelessness, community economic development, LGBTQ rights, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice. Equal Justice Works has helped launch the careers of more than 1,200 lawyers, 85 percent of whom remain in public interest after their fellowships are completed.
Equal Justice Works Fellowship programs have been growing dramatically. In the past year, we have grown from 150 lawyers in the field to 250 due to growth in public and private support. Our organization’s budget has grown from $12 million to $18 million, and we believe there are significant opportunities for further growth.
Working together with the Chief Development Officer and the Director of Federal Programs, the Director of Fellowships will implement a strategy to renew and secure new multi-year private fellowship commitments. A key to successful implementation of this strategy will building relationships with the nation’s largest law firms, foundations, and corporations. The Director will also seek cy pres funds awarded to Equal Justice Works to underwrite fellowships.
The Director will represent the organization at the most senior level with law firms, corporations, foundations and peer organizations. The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with a proven track record of leading and effectively managing a high-performing team, have proven fundraising or revenue generation experience in the private sector, experience working with the established legal community, and a strong commitment to the mission of Equal Justice Works.
The Director is a vital part of the senior leadership team, sharing responsibility for development and execution of organization-wide strategic plans, and reports to the Chief Operating Officer.
- Ensure the successful performance of the private Fellowship program, managing a budget of $7M and supporting 135 fellows using measures and reports on progress against timely goals.
- Lead and manage a high performing team of 7-8 staff to ensure program success and positive results consistent with the strategic objectives of Equal Justice Works including recruitment of sponsors, Fellows and host sites; implementation of program control and reporting systems; design of monthly progress reports; and development of effective systems to document and evaluate results.
- Human resource management including recruitment, employment, and release of Equal Justice Works personnel working in the Fellowships Unit, i.e., staff, contractors, and volunteers; aligning human capital and intellectual resources to achieve goals.
- Lead working partnerships with colleagues to design and execute rigorous plans that marry programs with investment potential – identify potential sponsors, implement outreach to viable likely sponsor prospects.
- Approach potential sponsors and funders, prepare sponsorship proposals, make the ask to fund or renew sponsorships and negotiate terms of their support.
- Prepare reports to the Board of Directors and the Board Development Committee, and attend board meetings.
- Work closely with the Chief Development Officer, Director of Philanthropy and the Director of Federal Programs to explore, recommend, create, and pursue new external funding from public and private sources, strategic partnerships and cooperative agreements in support of Equal Justice Works’ overall strategic plan to grow fellowship programs.
- Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to keep Equal Justice Works’ name and achievements in the minds of decision-makers at law firms, corporate law departments, foundations and other funding entities.
- Lead cross-functional teams supporting change management efforts, including but not limited to: transition management; collaborative implementation and communication of major initiatives; risk assessment; and culture change.
- Effectively communicate and engage with internal and external stakeholders, including participation in issue-specific and legal aid panels and working closely with partner organizations.
- Develop and manage annual budget based on needs and priorities.
- Senior Managers of Fellowships (2), Program Managers (3), Program Coordinators (2) and consultants and temporary staff as needed.
- Ability and willingness to travel 15-25%.
- J.D. with at least [seven] years of senior staff and project management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working as a lawyer in a nonprofit organization, General Counsel’s office, law firm, or governmental agency.
- Strong understanding of and passion for social justice and legal justice issues.
- Demonstrated successful fundraising experience for sponsored programs, including foundation grants, major donors, and corporate contributions.
- Knowledge and experience in budget process.
- Experience in outcomes-based performance management and program evaluation.
- Ability to think creatively, strategically and analytically.
- Comfort working with change management.
- Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities in order to achieve results.
- Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a team and develop talent.
- High degree of self-motivation and determination, balanced with grace and political savvy.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary is commensurate with experience. Employees participate in Equal Justice Works’ standard health insurance, dental insurance, and flexible spending account plans, and life, accidental death and disability insurance policies. Leave includes 20 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, 10 days of sick leave and two days of personal leave. Employees are eligible to participate in 403(b) retirement plan and transportation fringe benefit program, and may apply to participate in Equal Justice Works’ loan repayment assistance plan.
To Apply: Applicants should send a resume, three references, and cover letter describing in detail their experience, qualifications and why they would be a good fit firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Director of Fellowships”.
No phone calls please.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
For information, see http://www.legalaiddc.org/volunteer-opportunities/intern/.
August 10, 2015
Here is their announcement:
The D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center seeks an attorney to join its growing “low bono” law practice.
We are a small, private, public-interest law firm. Our goal is to find ways to provide high-quality
legal help that is affordable to any tenant in the District of Columbia. We charge low fees, accept
cases on contingency, and offer unbundled services.
We assist with repair issues, evictions, withheld security deposits, illegal rent increases, personal
injuries, and other disputes with landlords. We also help persons with disabilities facing housing
discrimination; and we represent tenants asserting rights under the D.C. Tenant Opportunity to
The staff attorney will advise tenants, negotiate with landlords, and provide representation in all
phases of litigation. The attorney will also be involved in developing the firm’s strategies for
expanding access to legal services.
Candidates must already be licensed to practice law, and, if not barred in the District of Columbia,
must be eligible to waive in to the D.C. Bar. The ideal candidate will have some or all of the
A commitment to social justice, and to zealous, client-empowering advocacy;
Strong research, analytical, and writing skills;
Good oral communication skills;
A D.C. Bar license;
The ability to juggle multiple tasks;
An entrepreneurial spirit;
Work experience in housing-law matters; and
The position is compensated at rates comparable to those at nonprofit legal services organizations.
Interested persons should email a cover letter and resume to employment@dcTenants.com.
Questions are welcome. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly Part-Time Attorney or Law Graduate Position August 2015 to March 2016
August 10, 2015
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older. LCE seeks an attorney or law school graduate to work 20 hours per week from August 2015 to March 2016, to assist with LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project. The candidate does not need to be a member of any bar. The salary is $25/hour.
Schedule H is a DC tax credit for low-income individuals with high housing costs, providing a benefit of up to $1,000 per year. LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a full tax return. LCE staff and volunteers meet with clients, assist them with filling out the Schedule H forms, advise them regarding supporting documentation, and follow up with the Office of Tax Revenue regarding disposition. LCE also conducts Schedule H pro bono clinics at DC law firms.
The attorney will be responsible for working with clients to ensure high attendance rates at pro bono clinics, reviewing documents completed at clinics, meeting with clients who did not bring all necessary documents to the clinics, and advocating on behalf of clients when the credit is improperly denied. The temporary attorney will also utilize telephone interpreter services to provide assistance to clients who do not speak English and conduct home visits to homebound clients.
Prior experience working with low-income and/or disadvantaged populations is preferred. Training will be provided regarding the Schedule H credit, and no prior knowledge of tax law is needed.
To apply, submit a resume, writing sample and two references to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, email@example.com.