The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is proud to announce its 2017 Equality Fellowships.  The Community Equality Fellowship will support a law student working at DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organizations this summer.  The Lavender Equality Fellowship will provide the opportunity for a DC area law student to attend the 2017 Lavender Law Annual Conference & Career Fair in San Francisco this August.  The Equality Fellowships aim to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT legal issues.  The Equality Fellowships will pay up to $1,000 each to law students selected to be LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia Equality Fellows.

Qualifications for the Community Equality Fellowship

  • Current enrollment in a U.S. accredited law school
  • Summer employment offered by a legal organization in the Washington DC metro area
  • Preference will be given to those who work at an organization dedicated to LGBT rights/issues or those who show that their work will advance LGBT rights/issues
  • Employers must be non-profit and non-partisan
  • Commitment to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks at the organization during the summer
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to LGBT rights and LGBT issues
  • Total funding that the law student is already receiving for summer employment cannot exceed $5,000 (not including the Community Equality Fellowship)

Qualifications for the Lavender Equality Fellowship

  • Current enrollment in a DC-area accredited law school
  • Commitment to attend the 2017 Lavender Law conference in San Francisco in August
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to LGBT rights and LGBT issues
  • Cannot be receiving any other external funding to attend the Lavender Law conference
  • Preference will be given to those attending the Lavender Law conference for the first time.

Application Materials

Students interested in the Equality Fellowships should submit the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • Two references (contact information only; letters of recommendation not required)
  • For Community Equality Fellowship Applicants only: Commitment letter or email from employer, which describes (1) the mission and focus of the organization; (2) the type of work being performed by applicant; (3) the duration and hours of the summer position; and (4) the amount of compensation (if any) being offered for the summer position

Please submit all materials by July 7, 2017 to  Questions about the Equality Fellowships can be sent to the above email address.  Applicants will be notified of the Equality Fellowship’s decision in mid-July.

Paul S. Lee

Pro Bono Manager

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Legal Counsel for the Elderly is accepting resumes for a temporary staff attorney position for its Homebound Elderly Project.  The position is an 8 month assignment through December 2017.  Send a cover letter and resume to

Here is the position description:

Provides legal advice and counsel to homebound clients of Legal Counsel for the Elderly under the Homebound Elderly Project. Provides legal representation predominantly before administrative governmental agencies and periodically in court.  Representation involves civil matters involving older DC residents.


II. Task Statements

1.      Provides representation and/or timely accurate information, legal advice, referral, self-help materials, and guidance in a variety of civil matters to older DC residents in their homes.

2.      Legal services include, but are not limited to, estate planning (e.g. wills and powers of attorney), public benefits (e.g. food stamps, Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, health-related benefits), debt collection defense, other consumer, and landlord/tenant matters.    Cases primarily involve non-complex litigation.

3.      Effectively administers assigned cases and ensures that client problems are identified and resolved promptly, efficiently, and in an organized manner.

4.      Participates in community outreach and workshops as requested.

5.      Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records and notes in the case management system concerning cases handled.

6.      Provides guidance to, refers cases and monitors work of volunteer attorneys, legal assistants and interns on assigned cases.   Handles other projects as assigned.

7.      Attends training courses and conferences related to the work of the Project.

8.      Possesses a demonstrated interest in public interest law.


III. Latitude

Positions at this level exercise project latitude to accomplish assigned work duties and responsibilities.  Positions directly contribute to the achievement of group goals and objectives. Reports to Supervisory Legal Aid Attorney for the Homebound Elderly Project.


IV. Education and Work Requirements

Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree, a member in good standing of the DC Bar, and at least 2-4 years of directly related legal experience. Willingness to work with volunteers. Foreign language skills a plus.  Must have reliable transportation for home visits throughout the city.



Legal Counsel for the Elderly is hiring a part-time (31 hours/week) attorney for our legal Hotline.   Please note that this job requires 4 years of legal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.

You must apply via the AARP website, which you’ll find here (along with the job description):

McCree Ndjatou, PLLC, a dynamic and fast-growing civil litigation firm in Washington, D.C., is seeking Law Clerks to work on the firm’s pro bono matters. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest primarily in employment law. However, work load may also include commercial and probate litigation.
The ideal candidate must be a self-starter with strong research and writing skills. Additionally, we are looking for someone who is hard-working, detail-oriented and collegial. While being bilingual (English/Spanish) is not required, it is a bonus.
Duties of the incumbent Law Clerk include, but are not limited to, managing a case load; research and drafting motions and pleadings; drafting legal memoranda; client relations/interactions; and occasional administrative tasks.
The Law Clerk position is unpaid, but school credit could be granted if the requisite criteria is satisfied by the student. If interested please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

The new WCL Public Interest Jobs (fellowships and internships) Clearinghouse Newsletter is now available here: Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse


The Office of Private International Law in the Legal Adviser’s Office of the State Department is looking to fill our extern positions for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. We generally have one or two unpaid positions (part-time or full-time) available each semester. Externs work directly with attorneys in conducting research, analyzing issues, preparing memoranda and other documents, developing negotiating positions, and otherwise assisting in the day-to-day work of the office. Applicants must receive academic credit for the externship.

Background:  The Office of Private International Law (L/PIL), Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State is responsible for the negotiation, interpretation, and monitoring of conventions, model laws and rules, legislative guidelines, and other international instruments governing private transactions that cross international borders. Private international law topics include areas such as the  enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, conflicts of laws, alternative dispute resolution, family law, investment securities, insolvency, electronic commerce, transportation, commercial finance, and international judicial assistance (service, discovery, legalization), as well as laws governing wills, trusts, and estates.

L/PIL’s work arises primarily in connection with international organizations such as the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the International Institute for Unification of Private International Law (UNIDROIT), and the Organization of American States. The office also works closely with experts and domestic organizations involved in private international law matters, including the American Bar Association and the Uniform Law Commission. Further information is available on our office website:

Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and externs will be required to obtain a security clearance prior to commencing work. Applicants must possess strong writing and analytical skills. Students who will be in their third year of law school at the time of the externship are preferred.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, transcript (including in-progress coursework), and a legal writing sample to by January 16, 2017. Recommendation letters are welcome but not required. Applicants should indicate in their cover letters which semester(s) they would be available (fall 2017 and/or spring 2018). Please note that applications sent to the Office of the Legal Adviser regarding any other openings are not forwarded to L/PIL.

See the December 2016 Newsletter here.