Washington Council of Lawyers features over 40 exciting opportunities in the October 2017 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse


DC Office of Attorney General, Child Protection Section is seeking an attorney with 1-5 years of experience.  Please see the full announcement for details.

 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for a two-year clinical fellowship in Immigration Law, beginning January 8, 2018, in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’sChildren and Family Justice Center.  The fellowship will provide an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in both clinical law teaching and immigration law.

Founded in 1992, the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) is a comprehensive children’s law office and part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  CFJC attorneys and law students work together to promote justice for children, adolescents, and their families through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and law reform.  The CFJC’s Immigration Law Project represents youth and indigent parents in deportation proceedings before the Chicago immigration court.  Immigration Law Project clients include unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant youth involved in multiple legal systems, and parents at risk of separation from their U.S. citizen or immigrant children.

The Immigration Law Fellow will represent youth and parents in immigration court proceedings as well as assist in the supervision and teaching of clinical students.   The fellow will also design and participate in community outreach activities and use a broad range of strategies, including public advocacy and policy-related research, to advance the interests of immigrant youth and parents.

The fellowship is open to applicants with two to four years of immigration-related experience.  Admission to a state bar is required and admission to the Illinois bar is preferred.  Additional experience in family law or criminal law and fluency in Spanish are also preferred.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.  Applicants should submit a one-page statement of interest describing the applicant’s reasons for applying for the fellowship, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and the names of three professional references.  Applications and inquiries should be directed to Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe at u-nzelibe@law.northwestern.edu.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Center for International Human Rights, the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, the MacArthur Justice Center, the Environmental Advocacy Center, the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation, externships, negotiations and trial advocacy.

NVRDC seeks a full-time staff attorney to advocate for and represent victims of crime in
DC. This attorney will work collaboratively with NVRDC’s leadership, legal team, and case managers to provide legal support and advocacy to victims of crime with a strong focus on advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. This individual will be resourceful, highly organized, a team player, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning. The staff attorney will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational
backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC’s dedication to social justice and access to justice for
all victims of crime in DC.  See the full announcement here.

The May edition of WCL’s Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse. has just been published.

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 tsnelson@aarp.org.

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.



The ABA Center for Innovation and Microsoft are excited to announce a unique new fellowship opportunity for recent law school graduates. The inaugural ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will gain invaluable experience while positively impacting the delivery of legal services to those most in need of assistance.

ABA Center for Innovation

The ABA Center for Innovation encourages and accelerates innovations that improve the accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services in the United States. Through its Fellows Program, the Center works with established and emerging leaders to develop cutting-edge legal tech and process innovations.

ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow

Among other exciting projects related to innovation in legal services, in 2016, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to create statewide online justice portals. The project’s aim is to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources in each state. It seeks to transform a system that is too often opaque, confusing, and inefficient into a single, simple, statewide access point for legal aid resources.

In residence at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will spend most of his or her time helping to advance the LSC portal project, while also contributing to a variety of other technology initiatives. The Fellow will join an exclusive cohort of ABA NextGen and Innovation Fellows, most of whom will be in residence at ABA Headquarters in Chicago Illinois. The ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow may therefore travel on occasion to meet with ABA members, staff, and Fellows at ABA Headquarters.


The Center is seeking a recent (within the last 5 years) law school graduate to spend one year in residence (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018) at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. This Fellow will receive a $45,000 salary and benefits. Bar admission is not necessary.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to improving access to justice
  • Working knowledge of technology design and web development
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Curiosity about the evolution of legal services


Applicants should submit the following:

  • A short statement (500 to 750 words) demonstrating their interest in and qualifications for the ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow
  • A resume, including links (if available) to a website or professional social media profile
  • A short (approximately two minute) video or multimedia presentation, highlighting the candidate’s qualifications

Please submit your application to innovationcenter@americanbar.org by April 15, 2017.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by ABA members and staff, as well as by Microsoft staff. Finalists will be contacted in early April to schedule an interview.

For more information, click here.