Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for summer 2018.  See the full announcement here.

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The University of Denver College of Law is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship program in clinical legal education. Denver Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in law school clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Graduate fellows also learn about academic legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LLM upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching.

Fellows enroll in a three-year program during which they are in residence at one of Denver Law’s five in-house clinics:  the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Civil Rights Clinic, the Community Economic Development Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Environmental Law Clinic. Fellows will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in the clinics, first as co-supervisors with clinic faculty and then on their own. Fellows also assist in teaching clinic seminars and perform work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, to complete the degree, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality.

Each of Denver Law’s five clinics will offer one clinical teaching fellowship that will commence in the summer of 2018. Clinical Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health and dental benefits, a waiver of all tuition and fees in the LLM program, and a travel budget for conferences. As full-time students, teaching fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. Fellows are integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. They are invited to attend faculty workshops and participate in mentoring sessions.

Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent; minimum 3 years of practice experience in the relevant area of law; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interest in clinical teaching. Fellows must be members of the Colorado Bar or willing to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship (Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a clinical program to waive into the Bar).

How to apply: To apply for a fellowship, please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • List of references
  • Statement of interest of no more than two pages. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the clinic; c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; and e) anything else you consider pertinent.
  • Please note: If you are applying for a fellowship in the Civil Rights Clinic or the Criminal Defense Clinic, please also submit a writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.

Please send all application materials via email to Laurie Saraceno at lsaraceno@law.du.edu, and use “LLM Application” as the subject line.

 Deadline: The application deadline is January 26, 2018, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by January 12, 2018.

December 2017 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.

November 29, 2017

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C.’s oldest and largest general civil legal services program, seeks a highly qualified candidate for its Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow. The one year fellowship, made possible through the generous support of Sidley Austin LLP, will begin Fall 2018.

Legal Aid’s nationally-recognized Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project, which will house the fellow, has been called a “model of excellence” by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Named after its first Director, a renown appellate and U.S. Supreme Court advocate, the Project litigates precedent-setting appeals on behalf of Legal Aid clients and files “friend of the court” briefs in cases involving matters of importance to people living in poverty. Beyond litigation, the Project provides appellate instruction, consultation, and advice to the larger D.C. legal services community. Although most of the Project’s work involves cases before the District’s highest court – the D.C. Court of Appeals – the Project also gets involved in administrative appeals and cases before the D.C. Superior Court and the federal courts. For more information about Legal Aid and the Appellate Advocacy Project, please visit our website, www.legalaiddc.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be responsible for conducting legal research and writing; drafting legal and factual memoranda and briefs; conducting applicant and client interviews and meetings; reviewing and analyzing court filings and records; assisting with the maintenance of Legal Aid’s appellate case files, records, and dockets; engaging in oral advocacy, as appropriate; and other tasks as assigned to him/her by the Appellate Project Director, the Legal Director, or the Executive Director.

Ideal applicants are recent law school graduates or individuals who have completed a judicial clerkship or will have completed a clerkship by the fall of 2018. The successful candidate will also have the following:

  • Exceptional legal research and writing skills;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • An ability to multitask, juggle and complete assignments, and meet deadlines;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • An ability to work with Legal Aid’s diverse client community; and
  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish or another language a plus.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the D.C. Bar is required.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=5. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced staff attorney to work on immigration matters and other general civil legal issues for D.C.’s immigrant communities. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest

and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation.

Tasks and Duties 

The immigrants’ rights staff attorney will handle a caseload of immigration law matters (U visas, T visas, VAWA petitions, and possibly DACA, SIJS, and TPS matters) and provide advice and representation to members of D.C.’s immigrant communities across a wide range of legal services practice areas, helping to promote family stability through litigation or negotiation of agreements regarding custody and support of children for immigrant parents, as well as handling housing, consumer, and public benefits matters as appropriate. In addition, the staff attorney will engage in community organizing and education, conduct interviews of prospective clients, and work on systemic advocacy efforts related to the protection of immigrants’ rights. He/she will represent and conduct outreach and training to immigrants regardless of their immigration status. Legal Aid’s immigrants’ rights attorney will primarily work out of Legal Aid’s central office and may also work and conduct initial applicant interviews out of a community office.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in immigration law and/or serving the legal needs of immigrant communities required;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
  • Experience in other legal services, including family law, housing, consumer, or public benefits strongly preferred; and
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Salary and Benefits

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=5. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

 

Entry Level Employment Justice Attorney

Employment Justice Clinic Coordinator

Bilingual Paralegal

Advocates for Justice and Education seeks a staff attorney.  See the full announcement here.