The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, invites applications from law students to take part during the summer in our work advancing racial and economic justice in Mississippi. Law students will become a part of history as they bring their time and talents to our campaigns that address sustainable, systemic changes in policies related to predatory lending practices, affordable housing, access to healthcare for everyone, equality in education, re-entry services and more. Although we cannot provide a stipend, we will work with students to meet grant application deadlines at their schools or with other funders, and we can work with the school to provide course credit for the summer experience where appropriate. We will encourage all summer interns accepted into our program to submit an application to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps to earn a $1000 education award (applications open in spring 2018 – check www.equaljusticeworks.org for more information). We also offer a unique legal experience that isn’t limited by the walls of a courtroom. You’ll gain invaluable insight into the many ways that the law can and should improve the quality of life for all Mississippians.

Students should submit a résumé with current contact information, including an e-mail address, and a cover letter that outlines interest in the Mississippi Center for Justice and our work, and identifies what kind of experiences and policy areas draw them to our organization. Email applications are preferred.  Students should also include three references.  If you are applying for a summer grant from an external source, please make any deadlines you must meet clear in the opening paragraph. Please also indicate whether you have a preference for working out of our Jackson, Biloxi (Gulf Coast) or Indianola (Mississippi Delta) office, or if you are open to placement in any of our offices. More information about the Center is available at www.mscenterforjustice.org.

Applications for Summer 2018 placement will be reviewed as they are received.

 

Send resume, cover letter and references to:

Mississippi Center for Justice

Cathy Costello

P.O. Box 1023

Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1023

Phone: (601)352-2269

ccostello@mscenterforjustice.org

(Email submission alone is fine.)

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 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.

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab seeks to fill a staff attorney position with someone with federal court and/or appellate litigation experience. CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab responds proactively to disproportionate legal injustices detained immigrant men, women, and children face by expanding cutting-edge impact litigation to engender systemic change through legal precedent that benefits broad groups of immigrants. We provide an innovative space to engage in this litigation with major pro bono law firm partners to leverage limited resources for the maximum impact.

Description of responsibilities:

Identifying, developing, and participating in federal, appellate, and state-level impact litigation, including novel theories of litigation.

Submitting friend of the court briefs.

Providing technical legal assistance to other advocates on a variety of legal issues affecting immigrants in detention, including the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

Mentor and co-counsel with teams of pro bono attorneys on cases through the life of the case.

Educating pro bono attorneys and other advocates through trainings and panels, development and maintenance of practice advisories and other legal resources, and relevant outreach.

Implementing the programmatic priorities of CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab and mentoring staff.

Requirements:

J.D. degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association.

Demonstrated ability to identify innovative litigation approaches.

Experience in federal court and/or appellate litigation.

Experience or knowledge of immigration and/or criminal issues preferred but not required.

Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Strong organization and time management skills.

Driver’s license and ability to travel occasionally for work.

Salary and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Application process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to hr@caircoalition.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged, as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please.

NLSP attorney opening

September 15, 2017

Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney to oversee its “Private Attorney Involvement” program and to manage all of the firm’s pro bono initiatives and partnerships.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) is a federally-funded, non-profit, civil legal aid law firm that provides free legal information, advice and representation to low-income District of Columbia residents.  We help with problems involving housing, family, domestic violence, public benefits and barriers to employment. We also provide advice on some consumer issues and assist with preparing wills and advance directives.  Volunteers play a critical role in helping us to provide access to counsel and justice.  Our neighborhood-based, service delivery model — which includes three offices in Wards 5, 7 and 8 — allows us to bring volunteers into low-income communities across the city to provide legal help while they learn first-hand the myriad, daily challenges faced by residents living in poverty.

The Pro Bono Counsel is the senior attorney in the firm who is responsible for identifying and managing the rich range of pro bono resources that are generously provided to the firm by members of the private bar, government attorneys, law school students, in-house legal departments and paralegal programs in the District of Columbia.  The Pro Bono Counsel serves as a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team, reports directly to the Executive Director and is actively involved in firm management including setting case acceptance priorities, attorney hiring, budgeting, development and long-term, strategic planning.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for managing the firm’s “Private Attorney Involvement” program (45 C.F.R § 1614) which was designed to ensure that recipients of federal, Legal Services Corporation grants involve private attorneys in the delivery of legal assistance to eligible clients.
  • Develop and manage relationships with private law firms, in-house counsel, government attorneys and law schools to identify and recruit potential volunteer attorneys and law students.
  • Collaborate closely with the firm’s Managing Attorneys to identify opportunities to innovatively involve volunteers in the firm’s work and to better support their existing practices.
  • Deliver trainings and, as-needed, directly supervise the legal work of the pro bono attorneys.  Design all operational controls, training materials, and administrative processes used to track, monitor and coordinate pro bono legal work.
  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Manager to provide funders and other stakeholders with statistical analyses and other data related to the firm’s use of volunteers as part of the firm’s development initiatives and grant-reporting responsibilities.
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, government agencies, and other entities that serve the District’s low-income community to raise awareness about NLSP’s services and to foster collaborations to better address the needs of our shared client community.
  • Work closely with NLSP’s Litigation and Advocacy Director to promote community engagement strategies and use of volunteers in a manner that furthers NLSP’s overall advocacy goals and strengthens its capacity to serve clients.
  • Identify opportunities for NLSP to join local and national conversations around poverty, removing barriers to access to justice, challenges facing the District’s low-income residents and the use of volunteers to deliver legal services.
  • Actively participate in the District’s growing community of pro bono professionals.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to seek admission.
  • At least 5 years of legal experience with preference shown to candidates with experience supervising attorneys in a litigation setting.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono legal service; experience lawyering in the public interest; and a familiarity with the local, legal services community.
  • Must be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to immediately seek admission.

COMPENSATION

Competitive salary and benefits package including: employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; employer-subsidized family health coverage; paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick leave; 8-week parental leave for birth or adoption of a child; employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) Thrift Plan (voluntary retirement savings program); and tax-free transit benefits.

ABOUT NLSP

Established in 1964, NLSP pioneered the concept of a law office rooted in the neighborhoods that it serves and established landmark precedents which have retained their vitality and relevance. NLSP remains embedded in D.C.’s most low-income communities, builds its work on strong partnerships with community-based organizations, and seeks to achieve lasting change for its clients and their communities by using a full range of advocacy tools. Its diverse, multi-lingual and passionate staff embrace an explicitly anti-poverty mission and share a deep commitment to securing meaningful access to justice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application deadline line is September 24, 2017.  Interested persons should submit a current resume and a cover letter (no longer than one page single-spaced) expressing your qualifications and interest in this position. Submit all requested documents to Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director at  KNewtonCole@nlsp.org or by mail to Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 64 New York Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20002, Attn: Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director.

Questions about the position or application process should be directed to Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director at  KNewtonCole@nlsp.org.

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.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless seeks interns for the Fall Semester. The Legal Clinic provides District of Columbia residents with legal representation in public benefits, shelter, housing, police misconduct, disability rights, and other civil matters. Our interns work alongside staff attorneys in providing direct representation, education and policy advocacy on behalf of individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Under attorney supervision, interns gain experience doing the following:
-Direct client casework
– Legal research
– Drafting legal pleadings
– Public policy advocacy
– Community engagement

Qualifications: Internships are open to current law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in homelessness, affordable housing, social justice, legal services, public policy advocacy, and/or public interest law, and are interested in doing pro bono or public interest law upon graduation. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills. Prior experience and interest in direct services and/or working with people who are homeless is helpful, but not required.

Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in:
– Social justice
– Homelessness
– Affordable housing
– Legal services & public interest law
– Public policy advocacy

How to apply: Applications will be accepted through Monday, September 18th. Our internships are unpaid; however, we encourage applicants to seek out credit or funding from their schools or other fellowship sources. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to our volunteer coordinator:
Kelsey Vaughan
kelsey.vaughan@legalclinic.org (email submission is preferred)
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
1200 U Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Or, for more information, call 202-328-5500.

FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and individualized sentencing and prison policies that are just and cost-effective, protect public safety, and strengthen families.

FAMM is seeking lawyers to support our work on a report about state compassionate release laws, regulations, and practices.  Many states have programs that permit early release from prison for prisoners who are severely disabled, ill, and/or near death.  We are conducting a fifty-state (and the District of Columbia) survey outlining the laws and rules governing compassionate release.  See the announcement here.

This is a job well suited to a recent law school graduate, or a more experienced attorney seeking a temporary position.

You should be a law school graduate, have excellent legislative and regulatory research skills, and be a clear writer (including the ability to write for a lay audience) and communicator.

The position is open until filled.

This is a temporary contract position.  The consultant can work from our office in Washington, D.C., but need not do so. Compensation will depend on experience.

Candidates should apply by sending a letter of interest to Jobs@famm.org addressing this position, and include a resume and short writing sample.