3L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket features three job opportunities including a one year, project based fellowship that enables you to create your own public interest job, the Commerce Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of the General Counsel Honors Program, and the Colorado Attorney General Fellowship Program. The weekly docket also contains two student debt webinars.

Job Opportunity: Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship, Deadline January 12

The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is now soliciting proposals for one-year public interest legal projects to begin in 2018. To be considered, proposals must be received electronically by 11:59​ ​p.m.​ ​on​ ​Friday,​ ​January​ ​12,​ ​2018​.

BLF traditionally awards one to two grants per year to individuals undertaking public interest law projects that will serve legally disadvantaged or politically under-represented groups and promote systemic change. We view our grants as seed money for innovative projects that will immediately provide sorely needed legal services and will continue providing such services for years to come. This document consists of a request for proposals and grant application instructions. For a list of our previous grantees, their project titles and sponsoring organizations, please visit the BLF website at http://www.berkeleylawfoundation.org/post-graduate-fellowships/past-fellows/.

Although many of our grantees have been located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we fund projects throughout the country. Past projects have been located in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Southern California, California’s Central Valley, Florida, Washington, and Arizona, among other locales. Each year’s grant amounts depend on the availability of funds.

Proposals received by January 12, 2018 will be reviewed over several weeks. Finalists will be selected in March 2018 and interviewed via teleconference or Skype videoconference in April 2018. BLF will select its 2018-2019 grantees by early May 2018.

BLF seeks to fund projects that include the following components: legal advocacy, community education, and/or policy change in areas affecting groups of people who generally lack access to the legal system.

Because grants are for one year only, proposed projects must be designed so that they can achieve results within that time and can either demonstrate the capacity to become self-supporting or can develop other funding sources after the grant year.

BLF prefers to make grants that provide seed money for new projects rather than assist established, ongoing projects. While we understand that administrative or overhead costs may be a part of a project’s expenses, BLF will not fund grants primarily or exclusively targeted toward administrative or overhead costs. BLF also will not fund projects where the principal purpose is to conduct research.

Factors also considered in awarding grants include:

  • Need for the proposed project
  • Impact of the proposed project
  • Availability or lack of other funding sources
  • Level of existing legal services that address the project’s identified problem
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Applicant’s connection to the community served
  • Diversity of the applicant
  • Stability of sponsoring organization
  • Date of graduation
  • Applicant’s demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Qualification of the applicant

Read more and apply here.

Student Debt Webinars

  • On Tuesday, November 28th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have a new free webinar, “The Public Service Loan Application Process.” October marks the ten year anniversary of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and the first group of borrowers can earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). This free webinar will teach you about PSLF and the application process. You can join live or watch later. if you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!
  • On Wednesday, November 29th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Job Opportunity: Commerce Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of the General Counsel Honors Program, Deadline November 17

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Attorneys serve 2-3 3-6 month rotations in DC sections, and may be able to serve in a regional office. At end of rotations, attorneys are permanently placed in a specific section (usually in DC area but, occasionally, in a regional office if desired). Honors Attorneys receive peer and supervisory mentors and work on cutting-edge issues relating to management and conservation of natural resources. They interact with scientists, policy makers and technical staff, Department of Commerce officials, Federal and state agency officials, the regulated community, and representatives of public interest organizations. The work involves active participation with DOJ attorneys, in prosecuting and defending NOAA cases brought under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Oil Pollution Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and similar laws. Must pass bar exam and be active member of bar in any U.S. jurisdiction w/in 14 months.

By Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017, submit cover letter, resume (include GPA, class rank, citizenship and Selective Service status if male) and unofficial transcript (in single PDF). Only finalists will be contacted.

Submit by Email ONLY:
GCHonors.Program2018@noaa.gov
USAJobs Announcement # SO-OGC-2017-0011

Job Opportunity: Colorado Attorney General Fellowship Program, Deadline November 17

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Applicants must submit the following required materials and all materials are to be received no later than November 17, 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews.

A complete application package is comprised of the following items:
  1. One-page statement or cover letter explaining both your commitment to public interest law and the sections you are interested in working with while at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office;
  2. OFFICIAL law school transcript (can be sent via e-mail) and current cumulative GPA;
  3. Contact information for three professional references;
  4. Resume; and,
  5. Unedited writing sample (6-page limit, please)

Email applications to fellowship.program@coag.gov.

Read more here.

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