Over 10% of the residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are Spanish speakers, and the number of Spanish-speaking individuals is projected to continue to increase over the next five years. In other words, it’s important for us lawyers (and law students) to brush up on our Spanish.

Fortunately, our Spanish Language Exchange is an easy way to practice speaking Spanish with other public-interested-minded lawyers and students. And our próxima oportunidad de hablar español is this Friday, December 4, from noon to 1:30 pm at Mayer Brown (1999 K Street, NW).

You can RSVP by clicking here or on the graphic below:

IJDH is hiring law students for our Summer 2016 internship program. Interns will be based in our Boston office and help with our cholera accountability and other human rights work. Applicants must be fluent in either Haitian Creole or French and have a demonstrated commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. First-year law students can also apply specifically for our Ella Baker Internship until December 18, here. Ella Baker internships run from June 6 through August 12, 2016. Interns are based in Boston, with possible travel to Haiti during this internship.

Application Details

The Council for Court Excellence (CCE), whose mission is to improve justice for the Washington, DC community, seeks a full-time Policy Analyst to start ASAP. For more information on CCE, go to http://www.courtexcellence.org.  A summary of the position can be found here.

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University invites applications for a full-time clinical professor to direct its Indie Film Clinic. The successful candidate will join a robust clinical program at a law school long dedicated to experiential learning and public service.

Now in its fifth year of operation, Cardozo’s Indie Film Clinic is the first law school clinic in New York to provide pro bono legal services to emerging and independent filmmakers. The clinic assists in drafting and negotiating formation, acquisition, chain of title, and sales documents and agreements for filmmakers and provides advice on licensing and fair use. Students take part in every aspect of the representation, gaining critical transactional, analytic, and client-service skills. The clinic’s client films have screened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and in leading US and international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, South by Southwest, and Tribeca. Several have achieved critical acclaim: “She’s Lost Control,” a narrative film, won the CICAE Art Cinema Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and “La Camioneta,” a documentary, was selected as a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times. More information about the clinic can be found at http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/indiefilmclinic.

The Clinic Director will be responsible for designing and overseeing all aspects of the clinic’s teaching and client-service missions. This will include supervising students in all aspects of representing a business client, preparing and teaching a classroom seminar for clinic students, and building the Clinic’s network of partner organizations, clients, and funders in New York City and beyond. The Clinic Director will be a full-time member of the faculty and expected to take an active part in faculty governance and the intellectual life of the law school.

Applicants should have a JD degree, at least five years of experience in transactional lawyering in film or related industries, and strong interest or experience in clinical teaching. New York State bar admission is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Professor Michael Herz at herz@yu.edu. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington Council of Lawyers extends a welcome to attend its monthly Spanish Language Exchange, an informal brown-bag lunch opportunity to practice Spanish language skills in casual conversations and legal situation role plays with other public-interest-minded attorneys, law students, and legal professionals. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to native speaker.

The next Spanish Language Exchange takes place on Friday, November 13, from noon – 1:30 pm at Mayer Brown (1999 K Street NW). There is no cost to attend, but WCL asks that you RSVP ahead of time at this link:

If you cannot come tomorrow, you can come to future Spanish Language Exchanges

On  December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4, and April 8.

The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic (Puller Clinic) Fellowship: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellowship based at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Puller Clinic (HOST SITE) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting veterans with disability compensation claims and discharge upgrades, and partnering with and building a referral base of needed community resources. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at HOST SITE’s local office, and will coordinate extensively with organizations and agencies that serve veterans in that community.

See the full announcement here.

Bread for the City Legal Clinic seeks an experienced attorney for its housing practice, which consists of a dedicated team of 5 housing attorneys and 1.5 associates loaned from area law firms. The attorneys in the housing practice focus primarily on an innovative project to provide same-day representation to tenants they meet for the first time at court at a critical point in their landlord-tenant case (and many of those cases are retained by our attorneys for continued representation). The Senior Attorney will participate in same-day representation and ongoing casework and help both staff attorneys and loaned associates think through appropriate and innovative legal and non-legal strategies to achieve client goals. The Senior Attorney will also help support housing-related advocacy and policy reform efforts in the District.


Member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to waive in;

3-5 years of litigation experience;

At least 1 year of experience in a supervisory position;

Knowledge of landlord-tenant law;

Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;

High degree of flexibility;

Sense of humor;

Strong organizational, research, and oral and written communication skills;

Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and interact with a wide variety of people;

Comfortable working in an open work environment, with no private offices for staff;

Experience in a legal services or other public interest setting;

Knowledge of or experience with DC housing law a plus; and

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required.


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