Check out local and far-flung public-interest jobs for both recent graduates and experienced practitioners in the June edition of the WCL Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.

  • When: 22 June 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Georgetown University Law Center – Gewirz Center, 12th Floor (120 F Street NW)
  • Cost: Free for WCL Members; $8 for non-members

Fellowships 101 introduces law students to post-graduate public-interest fellowships. It has three parts:

First, the evening starts with a casual reception, where you’ll meet current and past fellows.

Next, NALP fellow Delisa Morris will discuss PSJD and other online resources for finding fellowships.

Finally, our expert panelists will explain how to maximize your chances of landing the fellowship of your dreams, and they’ll take audience questions as well. The panel includes:

  • Adina Appelbaum (Equal Justice Works Fellow, CAIR Coalition);
  • Connor Cory (Skadden Fellow, Whitman-Walker Clinic);
  • Matthew Hendley (Director of Litigation, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs); and
  • A to-be-announced representative from the Partnership for Public Service.

Our moderator will be Sterling Morriss from Equal Justice Works.

Fellowships 101 is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and $8 for non-members.

Thanks to our co-sponsors: Georgetown University Law Center and NALP.

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 to serve as its inaugural Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow. The one-year fellowship, made possible through the generous support of Sidley Austin LLP, will begin Fall 2017.

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.” The largest part of our work is individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

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 2017. 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. Please email a letter of interest and resume to: appellatefellow@legalaiddc.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Ayuda is hiring a Spanish-English bilingual Immigration Staff Attorney for our Takoma Park office. The position will focus on working with child clients as part of growing our children’s program. If you have a passion for social justice, and a desire to work in a supportive organization that has been making a difference for immigrants since 1973, please take a look at the link below to get more information. This could be a great job for an entry level attorney or a new challenge for someone with a little more experience.

https://careers.jobscore.com/careers/ayuda/jobs/bilingual-staff-attorney-immigration-or-domestic-violence-cAS5I-75Sr5Rr1eMg-44q7

Litigation Attorney:

In the last decade, Justice in Aging’s litigation team has returned or preserved more than two billion dollars in safety net benefits for seniors and people with disabilities living in poverty. This position presents an excellent opportunity to contribute to this impactful work in a time when the challenges to the safety net seniors rely on could not be greater. This position will be located in our Washington, DC office, and will report to our new litigation director, Regan Bailey, while working closely with other staff members. Read the full job description

Fellows:

We are also currently accepting applications for Post-Graduate Law School Fellows in any of our three offices (Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA or Oakland, CA).

See the announcement here.

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in the Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic to start on or about August 1, 2017. This public interest fellowship program offers attorneys who are interested in pursuing a law school teaching career exposure to law school clinical teaching.
The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic represents low-income individuals in veterans law litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal reform.  The Clinic handles a wide variety of cases, which include VA disability claims and appeals, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims appeals, discharge upgrade applications, and veterans treatment court cases. The Clinic Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of case work by clinic students and clinic classroom teaching in coordination with clinic faculty. Fellows also pursue professional goals in conjunction with his/her clinic director, including scholarly research and writing. This Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month position, and Fellows are responsible for case coverage during summer, winter, and other school breaks. 
This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.
Qualifications: excellent oral and written communication skills; at least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer primarily in veterans law; a strong academic record and/or other indicia of high performance ability; commitment to work for low income clients and a strong interest in teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar (currently licensed in Maryland or willing to take the next Maryland Bar exam) in order to supervise law practice by students.
Salary: The current salary is $55,000.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement annuities, research support, and travel allowance. 
Position is open until filled, and applications submitted by June 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration. For more details about the Fellows’ Program, please view our website athttp://law.ubalt.edu/clinics/fellows/.
We appreciate your interest in our recruitment. Please review the information at the bottom of the Job Posting here http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/human-resources/jobs-at-ub.cfm?&posting=1234 before you visit http://www.ubalt.edu/candidate_gateway/erecruit.html to apply.
We need to receive your electronic application in our system by the vacancy closing date in order to consider you for the vacancy. 
If you have any questions about the position, please email Prof. Hugh McClean at hmcclean@ubalt.edu