Weekly Docket

This week, public interest organizations across the state are still looking for summer interns but you must apply by Friday, there is a list of free lunch events featuring accomplished public interest, government, and judicial speakers in Chicago over the summer, and there are multiple 3L job opportunities, including a pro bono job sponsored by a firm and four public interest fellowships in Florida.

Last minute 1L & 2L Job Opportunity: Indiana Legal Services and other Americorps JD Summer Internships

Public interest organizations across the country are still seeking summer interns through Americorps JD. Americorps JD interns receive $1,230 toward their loans. Organizations in Chicago, New York, California, and other states, including Indiana, are still searching for interns. You can read more about Americorps JD here and see a list of organizations that are looking for fellows here. You must apply here May 19th. If you want help crafting your Americorps JD application or have questions about the program, email me.

3L Job Opportunity: Hunton & Williams New York Pro Bono Fellow

2017-2019 New York Pro Bono Fellowship

Location: New York

The law firm of Hunton & Williams invites qualified individuals to apply for a two year pro bono fellowship based in its New York office to commence in August 2017.  Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to a career in public interest law and be admitted to the New York State Bar.  We anticipate that the fellow will focus on representing immigration clients through two referral organizations, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Legal Aid Society of New York.  The fellow may also be asked to take on additional matters through other legal service providers and will partner with lawyers in the firm’s New York office on pro bono cases.
The firm intends to fully integrate into Hunton & Williams the fellow, with opportunities available to the fellow for legal training, professional development and social participation that are open to associates at the firm.

Length of Fellowship Program: Two year program (August 2017 – September 2019)

Location: Offices of Hunton & Williams LLP, New York office (MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (1410 Broadway Ave), Legal Aid Society of New York (199 Water Street)

Reporting: Assigned to Hunton & Williams Litigation Team, reporting to a Litigation Team partner

Compensation: Salary competitive with the entry level for legal aid and public interest staff attorneys; school loan repayment program; benefits comparable with those afforded to Hunton & Williams associates

Interested applicants should apply online and upload a resume, include a law school transcript, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and desire to explore a career in public interest law, and a list of at least three references.  Admission to the New York bar is required.  Applications should be submitted no later than May 31.  Interviews will be scheduled in May and June in the offices of Hunton & Williams, New York.

Free Lunch Events open to all students and recent grads in Chicago this summer: Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Educational Series

PILI offers a wide array of weekly lunchtime programming (with free lunch!) in Chicago throughout the summer and happily welcomes any law students or recent law school graduates who are working at public interest law or government organizations in Chicago to attend many of these programs. These are excellent, educational programs featuring active public interest attorneys as speakers and I encourage you attend as many as you can.

You can attend any program you wish but please register in advance here or email me and I will send your name to PILI.

These are the wonderful programs that PILI is offering this summer. Put them on your calendar!

Wednesday June 7, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. Parentage, Divorce, Custody and Child Support in Illinois, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200 Family law is one of the greatest areas of need in legal aid. This seminar will highlight the significant changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and the Parentage Act that recently went into effect, impacting parentage, divorce, and child custody as well as the overhaul of the Illinois child support formula which is set to take effect on July 1.

Tuesday June 13, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, Learn strategies to interview low-income clients in a variety of settings as well as the tools needed to elicit information needed to assist them, including questioning techniques, approaches to make the client feel comfortable, and how to structure the interview.

Tuesday June 20, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. How to Be an Effective Advocate: A View from the Bench, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, A panel of judges will share their expectations and suggestions for new attorneys to be effective advocates, and will discuss the role attorneys play in addressing the access to justice gap.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. What You Need To Know About Vicarious Trauma, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, It is common for those working with clients who have experienced traumatic life events to also bear an emotional impact from the exposure to hearing the client’s stories and witnessing the client’s pain and fear. Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. Public Interest Law Career Path, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, This seminar features a panel of dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. How Will Immigration Law Affect Your Practice, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, To say that immigration law is extensive and complex is an understatement. Learn the basics of Immigration Law and understand the key issues to look for when dealing with non-citizen clients, including the recent updates to immigration policies and the effect these policies have had on the practice of immigration law.

Thursday August 3, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. Engaging in Your Community, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, From writing to their legislature about a specific issue to serving on young professional and non-profit boards and other community and politically active institutions, attorneys engage in their community on various levels. Learn how to become more active in your community as well as the considerations to make as you decide to become more politically and socially active.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m. Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career, The John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, PILI Alumni will share insights and practical tips from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

3L Job Opportunity due May 26: Florida Immigration Fellowships

Equal Justice Works is currently accepting Fellowship applications for the following four projects focused on the nexus of immigrant populations and community economic development. Interviews will take place in June and selected Fellows begin service September 2017. Candidates may apply to one or more projects online.  Please email Fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org with questions about the application, and listed host organization contacts below for additional information about each project.

CATHOLIC LEGAL SERVICES, ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI, INC. (MIRAMAR, FL) Fight back against unjust detention of immigrants through representation and by mitigating the effects of detention on children and families by helping parents prepare and appoint guardians. The Fellow will represent detained immigrants to maintain the stability and economic viability of immigrant families.  Questions? Contact pstphilippe@cclsmiami.org

FLORIDA LEGAL SERVICES, INC. (NEWBERRY, FL) Use education, outreach, community lawyering, legislative advocacy and impact litigation to increase access to affordable, safe and sanitary housing for migrant farmworker communities across Florida. This project aims to prevent deteriorating housing conditions and increase stable housing by providing advocacy, community outreach, and education to farmworker communities caused by misinformation about the impact of immigration status on eligibility for affordable housing. Questions? Contact EJWapplicant@floridalegal.org

LATINOJUSTICE PRLDEF (ORLANDO, FL) Provide legal advocacy and representation for low-wage Latina workers in the hospitality industry experiencing wage theft, discrimination, harassment and other employment issues in Central Florida.  Questions? Contact kromero@latinojustice.org

LEGAL SERVICES OF GREATER MIAMI, INC. (MIAMI, FL) Help poor immigrant stakeholders in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood work collectively to advocate and protect their interests during ongoing neighborhood gentrification. Haitian-Creole speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions? Contact srowley@legalservicesmiami.org

3L Job Opportunity: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Plan Unit Full-Time Staff Attorney

Islandia, NY
Application Deadline: 06/01/2017


Date Posted: 04/06/2017
Job Type: Attorney Position
Schedule: Long-term & full-time
Experience: Entry Level 0-3 years
Bar membership required: At time of application, At start date, Awaiting Results

Practice Areas: Administrative Hearings, Administrative Law, Disability Rights, Family, Health, Landlord/Tenant, Litigation

Job Description

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff attorney for a project to represent low-income cancer patients and survivors, and their dependent children in Suffolk County. The project provides legal representation and advice with an emphasis on basic survival issues such as public benefits including but not limited to Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps; housing issues; health and disability insurance; medical debt; child and/or spousal support; and dependent guardianships. The attorney is expected to handle the case from intake, through trial or hearing, and appeal if necessary.


Nassau Suffolk Law Services is a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to low-income households. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English is a plus. Applicants are expected to bring a commitment to the representation of the low-income population. Admission to the New York State Bar, or having passed New York State Bar Examination, is preferred.


$41k – $55k/year

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit their resume to:

Victoria Osk, Esq.

Managing Attorney

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

1757 Veteran’s Highway, Suite 50

Islandia, New York 11749


3L Job Opportunity: Staff Attorney, Lasting Solutions Program (Family/Domestic Violence Law), Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

St. Louis, MO
Application Deadline: 06/04/2017


Date Posted: 05/04/2017
Job Type: Attorney Position
Schedule: Long-term & full-time
Experience: Entry Level 0-3 years
Bar membership required: No

Practice Areas: Administrative Hearings, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Negotiation/Mediation, Family, Litigation, Policy

Job Description


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc. (LSEM), a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to persons living with low income/low opportunity, seeks an attorney to work in the LSEM St. Louis office domestic violence prevention family program known as the Lasting Solutions Program, in all substantive aspects of family law in Missouri. The attorney will represent survivors of domestic violence in orders of protection, divorce, custody and paternity cases in St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County. The position will involve broad-based community advocacy and impact litigation where appropriate. The position also will involve community outreach activities and participating in collaborative efforts with agency partners on domestic violence/family law matters. This position will provide holistic advocacy along with a team of attorneys and a social worker.

Strong work ethic, communication skills, ability to relate well with low-income, disabled and senior clients, flexibility and teamwork required. Previous experience in legal services and/or demonstrated commitment to public interest law work or to legal services for persons living with low-income or who are disabled is strongly preferred. Missouri Bar license or ability to be admitted by the first available exam, by application without examination or by temporary certification required. Family Law experience strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong litigation and advocacy skills, excellent writing ability and be computer proficient. Compliance with various grant reporting needs and LSEM regulatory rules required. LSEM is an equal opportunity employer. www.lsem.org

Salary and Benefits Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, a generous time off policy, 403(b) and profit sharing plans, long-term disability and life insurance, employee assistance plan, flexible spending account, and paid CLE and Bar dues.


Dependent on Experience

Application Instructions:

Application Information:

Please send a cover letter and resume to: John Early, Human Resources Director, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, at jgearly@lsem.org.

Submission Deadline: June 4, 2017

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