Legal Counsel for the Elderly is expanding our Legal Hotline and adding a full-time attorney to our team.  Please note that this job requires 4 years of legal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.  Non-DC Barred applicants must be eligible to waive in.
You must apply via the AARP website, which you’ll find here (along with the job description): http://careers.aarp.org/ShowJob/Id/1369819/Legal-Aid-Attorney-Hotline/

Please be sure to include a cover letter, which you must combine it into a single document with your resume before uploading.

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

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.)

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.

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.

The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

 

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.

 

Description of the Clinic

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court. The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation. Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation. Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

 

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship. For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner. The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity. Finally, each semester students develop a group project focused on improving law, policy, or community education, that is designed to expose them to bigger picture ways to pursue social justice for their chosen client base.

 

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation. In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations. In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

 

Application Process

Please complete an application (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wlppfp/us/USapplication.cfm), and submit it both to the Domestic Violence Clinic, c/o Briana Hauser (dvclinic@law.georgetown.edu), and to the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (wlppfp@law.georgetown.edu). Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on your application. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 13, 2017. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews in December or January, and selection will occur shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July 2018, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June 2020.