Weekly Docket

I have a packed weekly docket for you this week with many excellent (including some paid) summer internship opportunities as well as entry-level attorney job opportunities for 3Ls. If you are looking for a great summer job, get on these opportunities ASAP. Many of them have a March 10 deadline.

Other opportunities featured in this week’s Weekly Docket include a $250 Equal Justice Works award, a $2000 summer stipend, a public interest newsletter, and a comprehensive list of diversity job fairs that will be taking place this summer.

The CTA is hiring PAID summer interns and entry-level attorneys

The CTA has an open Senior Attorney and a Chief Attorney position open in the department. They also have 2 open slots left in their summer internship program which pays $16/hr. If you’re interested, apply ASAP. They have already filled most of their summer slots and only have two left. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Kaplan rkaplan@transitchicago.com. You can read more about the CTA’s summer legal internship program here and my blog post from my employer outreach visit with them here.

 The Air Force is hiring entry level attorneys

If you are a 3L or alumni who is interested in applying to the active
duty Air Force JAG Corps, the April board is now open and applications are
due on March 10th. The application can be found at www.airforce.com/JAG.  The
federal hiring freeze does not apply to active duty military service.

Apply for a $250 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Award

The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, they honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more. Students with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work are eligible to win an EJW award. Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony with a commemorative plaque and a monetary award of $250.

If have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, head to the Student Justice Center to learn more about the award and to and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. If you want me to nominate you, email me. You can email EJW at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions. The deadline to apply is March 10th.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties: $2000 Summer Stipend for 1Ls

The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The fellowship recipients each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applications are due on April 30, 2017. No email applications will be considered; all applicants must send a hard copy to the address below.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:

Robert Masur Fellowship
The Nation Institute
116 East 16th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003

For more information, email annelise@nationinstitute.org.

You can read more about the Fellowship on their website.

Join the Equal Justice Works JDs for Justice Network for Early Access to Public Interest News

If you are interested in public interest opportunities, join the JDs for Justice Network. When you sign up for the mailing list, you get first dibs on all Equal Justice Works programs, resources and opportunities, including a Public Interest Law Jobs Digest. Sign up for the JDs for Justice Network today!

3Ls: Paid Entry-Level Public Interest Opportunities are Available Through Americorps Legal Fellowships

The Veterans Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, TX.

The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow focused on disaster relief at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

The Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing and Preservation Project is looking for legal fellows focused on preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States.

The VAHPP program is still recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Legal Services of Northern Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

 The VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev) still has openings at Nevada Legal Services (Las Vegas, NV) and the Georgia Legal Services Program(Gainesville, Georgia).

The justice AmeriCorps program is recruiting Fellows to serve in Texas and Ohio! If you are interested in a year of service representing unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation, click here for an up-to-date listing of open positions. Applications should be submitted directly to host organizations per the instructions outlined in the position descriptions.

AARP is Hiring Summer Law Clerks in Washington, DC

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older.  LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits. Depending on need and interest, the student(s) may be assigned to more than one project. The position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with any sources of funding available to the student.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to Janay Todd, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, jtodd@aarp.org. Please indicate in your cover letter the specific project(s) that interest you or whether you are interested in any and all of the projects. See the project options below.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project:

The Alternatives Project combines social work, legal and volunteer coordination to help prevent eviction of District elders. The student will assist attorneys in contesting illegal rent increases at the Office of Administrative Hearings, obtaining necessary repairs and rent abatements through demand letters, defending against eviction actions in Landlord/Tenant Court, raising fair housing complaints for tenants who need reasonable accommodations for physical and/or mental disabilities, and/or representing tenants in administrative proceedings before the DC Housing Authority to address repair issues, rent calculations and program termination issues.

Homebound Elderly Law Project (Project HELP):

Project HELP provides critically important legal assistance and advocacy to homebound seniors. The student will assist with interviewing clients at home regarding legal problems, drafting legal documents that seniors may need, such as powers of attorneys or wills, administering a public-benefit checkup to ensure seniors are getting all the benefits to which they are entitled, identifying housing or consumer problems, and/or ensuring proper follow-up on identified legal problems.


The Hotline provides free legal advice, assistance and referrals. Students will assist hotline attorneys in gathering information about the client’s question or problem and providing advice or assistance. If the problem requires further legal representation, the student may assist with referring the client to an LCE staff attorney or other programs.

Ombudsman Legal Assistance:

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. The law clerk would assist the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s staff attorney with individual cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). This support would include resident visits, drafting motions and participation in hearings.  In addition, the intern would assist with legal research on a variety of issues including long-term care Medicaid, nursing home resident rights and social security.

 Public Benefits and General Services Unit (PBGS):

The goal of the PBGS is to ensure seniors receive the income, benefits and services to which they are entitled that enable them to live independently in the community. The student will assist attorneys in cases involving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, home health services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Veterans benefits. The student may also be asked to assist with small consumer cases or utility disputes.

Schedule H Property Tax Case Handling:

Schedule H is a DC tax credit for low-income individuals with high housing costs, providing a benefit of up to $1,000 per year. LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a full tax return.  The student will meet with clients, assist them with filling out the Schedule H forms, advise them regarding supporting documentation, and follow up with the Office of Tax Revenue regarding disposition. The student will also assist with pro bono clinics at DC law firms.

Self-Help Office (SHO):

SHO provides community-based, free legal services to DC seniors at five partnering sites in the community, including churches and senior centers. The student will assist clients with obtaining legal information, self-help guides, public benefits checkups, applications for public benefits, drafting consumer complaint letters, referrals to social service agencies, assistance filing small claims cases, and/or information on requests for vital records.

American University is Hiring An Attorney with Three Years of Experience

American University, Washington College of Law is seeking candidates for their Practitioner-in-Residence program in two of their clinics—Civil Advocacy Clinic and Immigrant Justice Clinic—starting AY 2017-18.  The positions are described as follows:

Minimum qualifications include a JD degree, outstanding academic record, three years’ experience as a lawyer and membership in a state bar. The salary for the position is $90,000. American University is an EEO\AA employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

You can read more about the positions and apply for them at:

https://apply.interfolio.com/40714 – Practitioner-In-Residence for the Immigrant Justice Clinic

https://apply.interfolio.com/40715 – Practitioner-In-Residence for the Civil Advocacy Clinic

Please contact Brian Cofilll, Faculty Coordinator, at bcoffill@wcl.american.edu  or (202-274-4139) if you have any general questions regarding the application process and Professor Robert Dinerstein, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, rdiners@wcl.american.edu for any other questions about the positions. The positions will remain open until filled.

National Employment Law Project Hiring Experienced Staff Attorney

NELP is hiring a Staff Attorney in their Berkeley office. The person in this position will support federal, state and local campaigns to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. Three years of legal experience is preferred.

The Staff Attorney will work with NELP’s team – in Berkeley and in NELP’s other offices – to advance several key reform priorities, including fair chance hiring, occupational licensing reform, arrest and conviction record accuracy, and other policies that break down barriers to employment for people with records.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume by March 27th to nelp@nelp.org with “Berkeley Staff Attorney Application” in the subject heading.  See the announcement here: http://www.nelp.org/job/staff-attorney-berkeley-california-office/

Summer Diversity Hiring Fairs!

Name Date Location Deadline for Employers Deadline for Students Website Contact
National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair July 25, 2017 Cleveland, OH http://blackprosecutors.org/annual-conference
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair  TBA San Francisco, CA https://www.sfbar.org/jdc/diversity/diversity-programs/career-fair.aspx
Southeastern Minority Job Fair July 21-22, 2017 Marietta, GA March 6 – April 28, 2017 Registration Deadline: April 17 – register w/ individual schools; Bidding: May 12 – May 31 www.semjf.org  
Northeast BLSA  TBA
Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair July 21, 2017 Denver, CO June 1, 2017 June 3, 2017 http://centerforlegalinclusiveness.org/students/  
Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program July 28, 2017 Dallas, TX June 9, 2017 http://www.sunbeltjobfair.com
IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 14-15, 2017 Indianapolis, IN July 1, 2017 www.ibadiversityjobfair.com
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair  TBA Boston, MA Determined in the spring http://thebostonlawyersgroup.com
Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference  TBA Minneapolis, MN http://diversityinpractice.org/initiatives/mmrc/
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair  TBA Kansas City, MO www.heartlanddiversity.org
Lavender Law® Career Fair August 2-4, 2017 San Francisco, CA August 2, 2017 (on-site registration permitted) http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/  
Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair  August 11, 2017 Chicago, IL http://ccbaminorityjobfair.org/  
Northwest Minority Job Fair  TBA Seattle, WA http://www.nwmjf.org/
St. Louis Diversity Job Fair  TBA St. Louis, MO http://stldiversityjobfair.com/
Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair September 8, 2017 Kansas City, MO August 1, 2017 August 1, 2017 http://hnba.com/2017-annual-convention/career-fair/

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