Entry Level Employment Justice Attorney

Employment Justice Clinic Coordinator

Bilingual Paralegal

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The November 2017 Edition of the Washington Council of Lawyers Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse has been published.  You can see the Newsletter here.

As recovery efforts begin in Texas and Louisiana, it is clear the damage and devastation from Hurricane Harvey will certainly reach historic levels. Homes, businesses, and lives have been uprooted by the sheer force of nature, affecting millions of people.  And right behind Harvey, we will be facing the aftermath related to Irma.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is one of the key Federal government agency sources of money to help homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations recover from disasters.

While help has poured in from across the country, the road to recovery is going to be long.  SBA is preparing to process an extraordinary number of disaster loan applications, and we have already hired hundreds of additional staff to help process these loans.  However, demand for SBA assistance is expected to escalate quickly.  To augment our reserves, SBA is reaching out to individuals and businesses who can support our staff if needed, including the following roles – lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants.

Position: Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants.
Description: These positions require individuals to be able to perform one or more of the following functions, including but not limited to: speak with borrowers and prepare associated legal documents, review closing documents, and validate deeds and collateral. While a background in these areas is useful, training on all required tasks will be provided by SBA Staff. Personnel will be located in one of our 3 processing centers in Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, or Buffalo, NY.

Qualifications: Due to the range of required legal tasks we are looking for individuals with a range of qualifications. The positions call for skill sets with a background in law, so attorneys and paralegals and legal assistants are encouraged to apply. In addition to the above qualifications any applicant with fluency in a foreign language is encouraged to highlight their language and level of proficiency on their application.

Expectations: All legal specialists will become temporary SBA employees and as such will be required to meet the following requirements:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen
2. Pass a credit and background check
3. Able to work between 40 to 84 hours a week based upon case load

Compensation: The SBA will cover all travel and per diem based on the government rate for every individual. Compensation will be based on each individual’s qualifications, skillsets, responsibility, hours, and location. Compensation for attorneys and paralegals will range from $25.41 to $39.96 per hour. Overtime ($38.12 to $41.97) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly. Compensation for legal assistants will range from $16.77 to $27.01 per hour. Overtime ($25.16 to $40.52) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly.

If you are interested in an individual position as a lawyer, paralegal or legal assistant, please send your resume to PDCHR@SBA.gov or call 817-868-2300 and ask for Human Resources.

Law Clerk/Intern position

August 24, 2017

First Shift Justice Project, a legal services organization with a mission to empower low-income pregnant women and parents to assert their workplace rights and maintain their
employment, seeks a law clerk.

Our ideal candidate has demonstrated interest in strengthening women and families, strong writing skills and experience working directly with clients. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Law clerk positions at First Shift Justice Project are unpaid; however, we will work with our law clerks to secure any funding available from other sources. The time commitment is 10-15 hours per week. Work hours are flexible.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Brown,
lbrown@firstshift.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Loyola University Chicago’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic invites applications for its Salisbury post-graduate Clinical Teaching Fellowship.  This is a two-year position open to relatively recent law school graduates (at least 2 years’ experience preferred), commencing in July 2017.  The full announcement can be found here.

The AFSCME Office of the General Counsel seeks law clerks for each of the fall term of 2016 and spring term of 2017, respectively.  AFSCME is a labor union with more than 1.6 million members.  A successful candidate should possess good research and writing skills, demonstrated academic excellence, and a serious commitment to work for the labor movement.

Salary: $20.00 per hour. 

Position is for 2Ls and 3Ls in either the Fall or Spring Semester

Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and a transcript to the Hiring Committee at bcontee@afscme.org; mblumin@afscme.org; and nserrano@afscme.org.  Applicants may also send materials to:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO

Office of the General Counsel

1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 900

Washington, DC  20036

Attn: Hiring Committee

The full announcement may be found here.