Weekly Docket

Several of us in the CDO received many emails this week from alumni, friends, and professors, calling for applications for summer positions so there are still plenty of summer internship opportunities available. In particular, this week’s weekly docket contains calls for 1L and 2L applications for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Colorado Legal Services, NPR, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and a law firm in Beijing. You can apply for any of these jobs through the job postings on symplicity.

The United States Commission on Civil Rights in DC is hiring interns

Carissa Mulder, NDLS 2009, reached out to me about this internship posting. Carissa said that any interested students are welcome to contact her if they would like to do talk to an ND alumna about the position. You can reach out to me if you would like her email.


Position Description from Carissa: 

I work as a special assistant and counsel to Commissioner Gail Heriot, who is one member of the eight-member Commission on Civil Rights. Gail is an independent who was appointed to the Commission on the recommendation of Senator Mitch McConnell. She is also a law professor at the University of San Diego; Commissioners are part-time and travel to Washington approximately once a month to attend to Commission business. Gail serves as the Chair of the Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group Executive Committee, and I am one of the Committee’s members.

The Commission was founded in 1957 and  is charged with appraising laws and policies “with respect to . . . discrimination or denials of equal protection under the laws of the Constitution of the United States because of color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.” In the ad that Commissioner Heriot posted several years ago advertising the position that I now hold, she noted that the Commission can be contentious, but that “Nobody works on more interesting issues than the Commission.”  After six (!) years at the Commission, I’ve come to agree wholeheartedly. I can’t say for 100% certain what issues will be on our plate this fall, but I imagine that work on the Commission’s reports on Stand Your Ground, ENDA, and federal enforcement of sexual harassment and assault laws will be among those covered.

Duties would include assisting Commissioner Heriot and me with researching and writing essays published in Commission reports; Commissioner letters, which are usually sent to members of Congress, the President, and/or executive branch officials; and possibly with Congressional testimony. If the intern wishes it, Commissioner Heriot and I would also be happy to have his or her assistance outside Commission hours on non-Commission civil rights-related research and writing projects, such as op-eds. The intern will also work frequently with Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, the member of the Commission who is philosophically closest to Commissioner Heriot, and his special assistant/counsel, Carissa Mulder. The intern will also work less frequently with some of the other members of the Commission and their special assistants and counsel.

Qualifications include:

(1)     Strong academic credentials

(2)    Broadly defined, philosophical and intellectual compatibility with Commissioner Heriot. To get a sense of where Commissioner Heriot stands, I recommend that candidates peruse a website that she and I have created in our spare time outside of the Commission, newamericancivilrightsproject.org. Note that even I don’t agree with 100% of the time with Commissioner Heriot, so perfect agreement with materials found there is not essential. Someone who is a good fit is likely to identify as a conservative, a libertarian, or some mix of both.

(3)    Strong interest in the civil rights issues that the Commission studies; previous work or academic experience studying these issues is preferred, although not essential.

I am willing to consider current law students, current undergrads, and recent college law or graduates for the position. I would tailor the intern’s duties to match his or her background; for example, if the intern is a law student, I would assign more legal research and writing than I would to an intern who is considering law school.

The internship is unpaid. But if the intern is eligible to receive funding from school or from another source, I am happy to work with the person to get the funding. I am also happy to work with the intern to see that he or she receives course credit if eligible.

Please note that the Commission does not actually enforce any civil rights laws,  so we may not be the best fit for someone looking for litigation experience.

Any students and recent grads who are interested in this opportunity should send a standard resume and cover letter explaining interest in, and qualifications for, the position to aschmauch@usccr.gov. I’m also happy to receive e-mails with questions at this address.

Colorado Legal Services is offering a summer internship

The generous Notre Dame Alumni Club of Denver even offers funding for the normally unpaid position! In addition to applying for federal work study and summer funding, the NDAC will pitch in additional funding. They have hosted a Notre Dame intern at CLS every year since 2001. And CLS hosted 2014 Shaffer Fellow Sarah Reimers. Check out Symplicity posting #17788 for more. Apply now!

NPR summer internships

Read about NPR internships here. The summer application goes live on February 13th and closes on March 5th.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection in downtown Chicago is hiring summer interns

Customs and Border Protection, Office of Associate Chief Counsel, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is hiring summer interns.

What the Office of Associate Chief Counsel does:


The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel provides legal advice to, and legal representation for, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees in matters relating to the activities and functions of CBP. These areas include customs and immigration enforcement, seizures and forfeitures, MSPB and EEO hearings and grievance arbitrations.  The Office is also responsible for reviewing proposed actions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, preparing formal legal opinions, preparing or reviewing responses in all court actions, civil or criminal, involving CBP, and developing, implementing, and evaluating nationwide programs, policies, and procedures within its functional areas.

Application Materials: Students interested in being considered for an extern position should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Office of Associate Chief Counsel

610 South Canal St., Rm. 767

Chicago, Illinois 60607


Qualifications: The positions are open to applicants in their second or third year of law school.  The positions are unpaid, but the law student may earn academic credit for the externship. All applicants must be a United States citizen. Law students selected by the Office of Associate Chief Counsel will be required to complete a background investigation.

Application Deadline: For the summer term, applications should be submitted by February 28, 2017.

Time Requirement: 10 weeks minimum, 15-20 hours per week

Assignments: The law student will perform legal research and, depending upon current work demands, will draft pleadings and memoranda, prepare litigation reports, declarations, discovery and other documents.

For general information about CBP, please go to http://www.cbp.gov.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is hiring 15 law students for this summer

Clinical experience is essential to any law student who wants to truly advocate and litigate in their careers outside of law school.” “A unique experience with amazing people.” The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau seeks to hire approximately 15 law students to serve as Summer Legal Interns for 2017.

What Summer Legal Interns will do:

Summer Legal Interns will be the primary case handlers on approximately 10-15 cases at a time in the areas of housing, family, government benefits, and wage and hour litigation. They interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies, engage in extensive factual and legal investigation, draft motions and briefs, research legal issues, conduct discovery, and appear and argue in court. Rising 3Ls and 2Ls may apply, though rising 3Ls and rising 2Ls who have taken an evidence or trial advocacy course are preferred.

HLAB Summer Legal Interns are supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law. HLAB Summer Legal Interns generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas. In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents victims of domestic violence in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support, and custody disputes. In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized, and private housing, and also works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area. In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or unemployment benefits. Finally, in the Fair Wage practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws.

We ask student to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law. Summer Legal Interns working at HLAB maintain a full-time (40 hours per week) schedule. Though HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Legal Interns due to funding restrictions, we work closely with hired students to secure third-party funding.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau was founded in 1913 to provide free legal services for low-income people in the Greater Boston community. As the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau aspires to be an engine for progressive change and social justice. To learn even more about the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, visit http://www.harvardlegalaid.org/.

Application Instructions (accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled): Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a law school transcript; (4) two references; and (5) a legal writing sample to: Jackie Ebert, Outreach Director, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 23 Everett Street, First Floor Cambridge, MA 02138 HLABrecruitment@gmail.com

The Legal Aid Service of Broward County is hiring summer interns

Intern(s) would work with Legal Aid in Broward County, Florida (Greater Fort Lauderdale area) to provide assistance to indigent clients. Applications are due on March 1st.

The mission of these programs is to provide high-quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County. Service areas include, but are not limited to, housing, children’s, consumer, immigration, public benefits, family, tax, senior citizens, domestic violence, homeless, veterans law, and special projects, including major litigation and education/employment. For more information on the wide variety of programs and legal services offered, please visit legalaid.org.

The internship recipients would provide assistance to benefit the low-income community in Broward County. Possible tasks include client interviews, drafting pleadings and memoranda, and legal research. Internship applicants can be first, second or third year law students.

Although the internship is unpaid, applicants are encouraged to research any fellowship opportunities through their law school to possibly fund the internship.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer summer internship with Legal Aid, please e-mail a cover letter and your resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Please describe in the cover letter your particular interest in public interest law and any preferences for program placement.

Summer Law Firm Opportunities in Beijing, China

Beijing AnJie Law Firm is offering 1-2 six week summer internship positions this year. The summer intern will be working primarily on IP matters related to international clients and rising local stars.

The IP practice of AnJie Law Firm, led by ND law alum, is well recognized by the Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500, and Managing Intellectual Property etc., covering patents, trademark, copyright, IP policy and antitrust related fields.

This is a paid position. Chinese language ability is preferred, but not required.

Candidates for internship positions may send resume to Ms Ya Liu at liuya@anjielaw.com.  A video interview will be arranged.


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