The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has worked since 1980 to ensure that our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel receive the government benefits to which they are entitled. NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® (LSW) Pro Bono Program assists veterans with disability claims including challenges to VA denials of service-connection for PTSD due to military sexual trauma, applications for combat related special compensation, requests for medical retirement, discharge upgrades, and claims before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

NVLSP seeks an attorney or law student volunteer to assist the LSW program in our DC office on Fridays. The volunteer will work closely with LSW attorneys to monitor case developments and ensure client readiness for representation. The position will involve extensive contact with Veteran clients and pro bono lawyers and will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of military disability law.  The position is available immediately and can continue into the fall.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Rochelle Bobroff, Director of Pro Bono Program at NVLSP, Rochelle@nvlsp.org.

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If you are looking for a hands-on learning opportunity for the summer, consider helping out with an impactful pro bono project. Our friends at KIND need a passionate student interested in helping out over the summer months, please see the details below.

Organization: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Project: Assist with an upcoming asylum case.
Dates: Begins Now
Details: Work can be done Remotely.
We have an opportunity for a law student to help out with an asylum case. A pro bono attorney who is a solo practitioner, is filing a UAC asylum application for a young woman who suffered severe sexual abuse and also faced gang threats in El Salvador. The claim is a complex one and developing the claim will likely require in-depth legal and country conditions research.

The attorney plans on filing the asylum application in early August. We anticipate that the interview will be set for sometime in September or October.
If interested: Email the Pro Bono Coordinator, Aoife Delargy (delargy@law.edu) and she will put you in touch with the KIND contact.
Be sure to check the Pro Bono TWEN page for additional summer pro bono opportunities!
Have a great day!

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL DIVISION CHILD EXPLOITATION AND OBSCENITY SECTION (CEOS) and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU), created in 2002, are the nation´s experts in prosecuting child exploitation cases, and in investigating high-technology child exploitation crimes. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists help lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve the enforcement of federal child exploitation laws and prevent the exploitation of children. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists investigate and prosecute defendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and also assist the 94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals related to these offenses. In addition, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists perform other vital functions within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, including providing advice and training to federal prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and government officials, and participating in national and international meetings on training and policy development. CEOS also works to develop and refine proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, government practices, and agency regulations. In all aspects of their work, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists seek to blend investigative and prosecutorial experience with policy expertise in order to create innovative solutions to the threats posed by those who violate federal child exploitation laws.

Job Description: Legal interns work directly with the Section’s trial attorneys on a variety of assignments, ranging from conducting legal research and writing to assisting in the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation and obscenity offenses.

Qualifications: First-year and second-year law students are eligible to apply, with a preference for second-year students. Prior to finalizing an appointment, all interns are required to undergo a security check, which includes a name and fingerprint clearance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a determination of suitability for employment based on the information a candidate provides in the security form. Candidates should possess a strong academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in criminal prosecution.

Salary: Uncompensated. CEOS works with law schools that offer academic course credit or work-study.

Application Process: To be considered for a Summer 2016 internship position, please submit your materials no later than February 1, 2016. We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that all positions may be filled prior to the application deadline. Applicants can expect a response on the outcome of their application by March 1, 2016.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to ceos.interns@usdoj.gov. The cover letter should be addressed to the “CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator.” It is best to send all documents in .PDF format.

You may also mail your application using FedEx, UPS, DHL or other courier service to:

CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator

U.S. Department of Justice

Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

1400 New York Avenue, 6th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20530

Note: If mailing application, .

Staying in DC for spring break? Volunteer with the DC Alternative Spring Break Project and make a difference in the lives of others! The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law is collaborating with Georgetown Law Center and American University Washington College of Law on this exciting new initiative to serve the DC community at local nonprofits.

Participating host organizations include:

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

So Others Might Eat

Public Justice Center

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Mothers’ Outreach Network

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition

See the ASB Project Descriptions here.

Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSYP8LH

We are looking for 30 individuals who are willing to spend a day sitting as practice jurors to help test the facts and strategies of a particular case. As a volunteer, you would sit on a jury which will hear arguments, see actual trial witnesses and other evidence, and then have an opportunity to deliberate and give your views on how you would decide the case if you had been selected for jury duty. The specifics of the day are as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: Jones Day’s Washington D.C. Office, located at 51 Louisiana Avenue, NW, 20001
Time: 8:15 AM to approximately 5:00 PM

Volunteers must arrive no later than 8:15 AM on March 29, 2014.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Each volunteer will receive payment of $150 at the end of the day.

If you are interested in participating, please respond to Sheila M. Harris-El, 202-879-3499 or smharrisel@JonesDay.com, no later than Monday, March 21, 2014.  

Additional details:
–        Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
–        Volunteers will be asked to fill out questionnaires about your background and your thoughts throughout the practice trial.  Volunteers will sit through a mini-trial, overseen by a mock judge, and hear arguments and evidence from both sides of the case.  After the trial, jurors will be asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case.  The practice trial is intended to very closely simulate a real trial.
–        Volunteers will need to sign Confidentiality Agreements—that is, an agreement to keep secret and not share any of the information discussed during the practice trial event.
–        You will need to bring nothing other than your common sense and open mind.  Any and all materials will be provided to you the day of the practice trial.
–        We will ask for all electronics to be turned off, but there will be breaks where there will be opportunities to listen to messages and return calls or messages.
–        No photos or recording devices will be allowed.
–        Metered parking is available nearby.
–        The office is also located within walking distance of the Judiciary Square and Union Station red line stops.

We are looking for 30 individuals who are willing to spend a day sitting as practice jurors to help test the facts and strategies of a particular case. As a volunteer, you would sit on a jury which will hear arguments, see actual trial witnesses and other evidence, and then have an opportunity to deliberate and give your views on how you would decide the case if you had been selected for jury duty. The specifics of the day are as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: Jones Day’s Washington D.C. Office, located at 51 Louisiana Avenue, NW, 20001
Time: 8:15 AM to approximately 5:00 PM

Volunteers must arrive no later than 8:15 AM on March 29, 2014.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Each volunteer will receive payment of $150 at the end of the day.

If you are interested in participating, please respond to Sheila M. Harris-El, 202-879-3499 or smharrisel@JonesDay.com, no later than Monday, March 21, 2014.  

Additional details:
–        Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
–        Volunteers will be asked to fill out questionnaires about your background and your thoughts throughout the practice trial.  Volunteers will sit through a mini-trial, overseen by a mock judge, and hear arguments and evidence from both sides of the case.  After the trial, jurors will be asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case.  The practice trial is intended to very closely simulate a real trial.
–        Volunteers will need to sign Confidentiality Agreements—that is, an agreement to keep secret and not share any of the information discussed during the practice trial event.
–        You will need to bring nothing other than your common sense and open mind.  Any and all materials will be provided to you the day of the practice trial.
–        We will ask for all electronics to be turned off, but there will be breaks where there will be opportunities to listen to messages and return calls or messages.
–        No photos or recording devices will be allowed.
–        Metered parking is available nearby.
–        The office is also located within walking distance of the Judiciary Square and Union Station red line stops.

Organisation: Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE)
Closing date: 18 April 2014 (All day)
Location: Southeast Asia
Duration: 11 weeks
Role: Other
Paid/Expenses/Unpaid: Unpaid
Terms: Full-time
Suitable for: Those with experience in fundraising, community development and outreach, business and law

Suitable for individuals with experience in:
The clinic is open to both legal and non-legal studies students, graduates and professionals but especially those with fundraising and community outreach experience. Dates of the clinic may be flexible, depending on your schedule and availability. You may be eligible for academic credit, fellowships and/or financial support, depending on your university or institution.

To apply, send an email to: phat@babseacle.org, Externship Coordinator. and also cc. to Wendy Morrish at: wmorrish@babseacle.org and Mr. Bruce A. Lasky at: blasky@babseacle.org.

Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) is currently accepting applicants for its May 2014-August 2014 Legal Studies Externship and Events Coordination Internship Clinics. BABSEA CLE is looking for anyone with experience in fundraising, community development and outreach, business and law. BABSEA CLE offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to assisting others in overcoming the hardships and legal inequity in Southeast Asia whilst being involved in a remarkable experience of living and working in the region. Students, graduates and professionals are all welcome to apply.
What is the programme?

As a BABSEA CLE 2014 Legal Studies Extern or BABSEA CLE Access to Justice Events Coordination Intern you will contribute in four ways:
– Community legal education research and curriculum development
– Community service
– Education and culture
– Self-development through reflection.
What Events Can You Help Organise?
As a BABSEA CLE 2014 Legal Studies Extern or BABSEA CLE Access to Justice Events Coordination Intern you will contribute towards the following events:
-The Pro Bono Conference and Workshop, Trio For Justice and The Access to Justice Public Interest Fair: These are BABSEA CLE’s 3 major events each year which involve a coming together of pro bono advocates from around S-E Asia, a fundraising fun run and an excellent networking opportunity for all Access to Justice organisations in the region respectively.
-Help to set up CLE and Live Client Clinics: A major part of BABSEA CLE’s mission is expanding access to justice in S.E. Asia. You can help to set up CLE and Live Client clinics and workshops in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia..
-Volunteer Teaching: Teach local and Myanmar children at Wat Sai Moon Buddhist Temple or help educate women from marginalized communities in S-E Asia about their rights under the lawat the Wildflower Home.

Externs contribute $2,800 USD for their costs (shared accommodations included). There are a limited number of partial cost waivers for applicants who demonstrate great financial need and a history of being involved in access to justice/community service projects.
For more information visit: http://www.babseacle.org/international-externship-clinic

Position Title Legal Advocate / Intern

Volunteer Legal Advocates work at various House of Ruth Maryland legal offices, including Upper Marlboro, Baltimore City, Hyattsville, and Montgomery County walk-in clinics or courthouse offices.

Job Responsibilities
• Participate in client intake interviews in person or by telephone
• Provide legal information and referrals to victims of domestic violence
• Accompany staff attorneys to court to inform potential clients of House of Ruth Maryland
services
• Accompany a domestic violence client to criminal or civil proceedings involving or related to
domestic violence
Time Commitment
• Weekdays ONLY. Shifts can be arranged between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
• Must commit to 8 hours a week (must come in for at least two 4-hour shifts).
Qualifications
• Strong computer skills
• Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
• Sensitivity to domestic violence issues
• Must be able to train at our administrative offices in Baltimore
To Apply
Send cover letter and resume to:
Mary Pezzulla, Esq.
House of Ruth Maryland
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
mpezzulla@hruthmd.org