Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic is seeking a full-time attorney with 0-3 years’ experience for our Housing Law practice.  Specifically, the attorney will work in our Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, a joint initiative with two other local legal services providers.  The project will focus on expanding access to representation to tenants in subsidized housing at risk of eviction.  The attorney will work several days per week in a court-based office at the Landlord/Tenant Branch of D.C. Superior Court, providing representation to tenants referred for emergency matters and to tenants identified ahead of time through a targeted outreach effort.  The attorney will also conduct advocacy, education and other outreach activities.

Qualifications:

  • Member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to waive in (no 2016 law school graduates will be considered);
  • Strong organizational, research, and oral and written communication skills;
  • Litigation experience;
  • Ability to proceed effectively in court with little time for preparation;
  • Adept at working collaboratively with other staff and interacting with a wide variety of people;
  • Comfortable working in an open work environment, with no private offices for staff;
  • Self-motivated;
  • High degree of flexibility;
  • Sense of humor;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
  • Prior experience in a legal services or other public interest setting highly desirable;
  • Some knowledge or experience in housing law a plus; and
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required;
  • Ability to work with volunteers in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Familiarity with Google Organization & Productivity Tools (Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar) and/or ability to learn new technology systems;
  • Willingness to learn and carry out Bread for the City’s commitments to social justice and racial equity.

Compensation:

Bread for the City offers competitive non-profit salaries based on experience and a generous benefits package.

 

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a letter that speaks to your interest and qualifications to work@breadforthecity.org with “Housing Attorney” in the subject line.  Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls, please.

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program has an opening for a clinical fellow. This post is for someone who is out of law school 1-3 years and is a 3-year term appointment: http://bit.ly/1QpJtvE

The Binder Clinical Teaching Fellowship offers opportunities for clinical teaching and research designed to prepare the fellow to seek a permanent clinical faculty position at a law school.  The fellow will be expected to teach in clinics and/or experiential courses each semester, including the first year Introduction to the Lawyer Client Relationship.  During the summer, the fellow will be fully engaged with a scholarly research project.  The law school would provide research support and faculty mentoring on legal scholarship.  In the second year, the fellow would be expected to complete the research project for publication, supervise externs, and teach or co-teach each semester.

Candidates should possess a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree; an excellent academic record; at least two years of practice experience (more preferred); admission to the California bar; excellent analytical and writing skills; an aptitude for student supervision; a collegial style; and a demonstrated interest in or potential for scholarship, particularly in the area that informs experiential learning.  In order to meet student interest and institutional need, preference may be given to candidates who are interested in teaching and writing in the areas of criminal or immigration law.  UCLA School of Law seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Applicants should apply online by submitting a cover letter discussing their qualifications and clinical teaching interests, a cv or resume, a law school transcript, contact information for three references, and a one-to two-page statement of research interests at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02160.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, May 16, 2016, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.

The Civil Jury Project at NYU Law School is opening a position for a one-year fellowship.  The Project is currently undertaking research on the role of the civil jury.  In its first year, the Project held a conference at NYU on the current use of jury trials and hosted Justice Sotomayor for a discussion of that theme.  This fall the Project will host a conference on the role of juries in patent disputes.  The Project is also sponsoring empirical research on trial innovations and jury capabilities.

The Fellowship offers an opportunity for a year of research on topics related to civil jury trials.  It pays competitively and all benefits.  The Fellow is expected to assist in the work of the project and help oversee empirical and other research, as well as to help generate materials for the Project.

Ideally, fellows will be top graduates looking for a year between clerkships or before starting a clerkship.  Any interested candidates should write to:

amy.wright-parra@nyu.edu and should include a cover letter and résumé.  Please write Research Fellow for The Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law in the subject line of the email.

Equal Justice America has funding available again for this summer for Catholic University law students working with programs that provide civil legal assistance to the poor. If you are doing similar work again this summer, please send a cover letter, resume and employer confirmation letter to applications@equaljusticeamerica.org.

Applying students should include information in their cover letters about any funding they are already receiving. EJA can provide supplemental funding up to a total funding maximum of $7,500. Students not receiving funding could get an EJA grant of up to $4,000.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney for its consumer law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work consists of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law matters. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic consumer practice. We give priority to cases in which our lawyers can assist clients to avoid foreclosure and/or preserve homeownership or can protect clients against abusive debt collection practices. In addition to maintaining an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. At full capacity, our unit is staffed by one supervising attorney, two staff attorneys, one full-time fellow, two part-time volunteer attorneys, and a legal assistant. In addition, we are seeking funding to expand the unit by at least one attorney.

Consumer attorneys work out of Legal Aid’s central office, its community office in Southeast DC, and its court-based offices in DC Superior Court. The unit handles a broad range of consumer law matters, with a focus on judicial and non-judicial foreclosures and debt collection defense actions. The Supervising Attorney will be expected to provide overall leadership and vision for Legal Aid’s consumer law practice; maintain his or her own caseload of consumer cases; supervise all of the staff attorneys, fellows, interns, and volunteer attorneys in the unit; oversee and manage Legal Aid’s two consumer court-based projects (the Court-based Foreclosure Prevention Project and the Consumer Court-based Legal Services Project); conduct and supervise initial client interviews; and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Substantial experience in legal services, preferably with a background in consumer law;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • The ability to work collaboratively;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) preferred but not required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Salary and Benefits

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should email a letter of interest and resume to: consumersupervisorsearch@legalaiddc.org.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  Position remains open until filled.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for fall 2016.

Interns will research substantive and procedural legal issues and draft written recommendations for resolving those issues. They will also be responsible for detailed editing and citation checking. Additionally, interns will have regular opportunities to observe court proceedings.

This unpaid internship is open to all law students. Semester interns are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, preferably over two full days a week.

Applications should contain a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is accepted), three professional or academic references, and a short writing sample of 15 or fewer pages that reflects the applicant’s research and analytical skills. First year students should provide updated transcripts with their spring 2016 grades separately when they become available.

Please send all applications by email to: Judge_Jackson_Internships@dcd.uscourts.gov. Please title the subject line as follows:
Fall 2016 Intern Application: [applicant’s name]

Please do not mail applications.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Questions may be directed to chambers by phone at 202-354-3460 or to the above email address.

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