2L Weekly Docket

This week’s packed weekly docket includes several job opportunities with public interest, government, and lobbying organizations, some of which are paid. It also contains the announcement for the $5000 CCHR fellowship for an NDLS student working in a public interest position this summer, an announcement for the $10,000 Church, State & Society fellowship for students working in a religious institution this summer, two events taking place in Chicago this week, and a writing competition with an $1800 award.

Summer Funding Opportunity ($5000): Notre Dame CCHR Summer Fellowship, Deadline March 19


Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) sponsors the CCHR Summer Fellowship, a $5000 stipend for legal work in a public interest organization that promotes civil or human rights, and/or the enforcement of federal rights on behalf of underrepresented minorities. Only Notre Dame law students are eligible for the stipend.

Read more about the fellowship and instructions for applying here.

Summer Funding Opportunity ($10,000): NDLS Program on Church, State & Society Summer Fellowship

Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society will award four summer fellowships, in the amount of $10,000 each, to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity for the summer of 2018.

Read here for more information.  The deadline to apply is Feb. 16.

Job Opportunity: Journey’s End Refugee Services, Buffalo, NY (ND Alumnus hiring)

Immigration Legal Services Intern Position

Summer 2018

The Immigration Legal Services Program at Journey’s End Refugee Services seeks to hire unpaid interns for the upcoming summer. Journey’s End is a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit refugee resettlement agency in downtown Buffalo, New York. We are a community-based organization with the mission of providing refugees with the resources and support they need to become successful, active and contributing members of the Western New York Community. The Immigration Legal Services Program offers many services to refugees and low-income immigrants, including immigration representation on matters before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Buffalo Immigration Court – including but not limited to asylum and withholding of removal, adjustment of status, naturalization, family re-unification, Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals (DACA), temporary protected status, employment authorization, and removal defense.

Intern’s duties will include:

– Providing assistance in the legal representation of refugee, asylee, and immigrant clients
– Case preparation and research related to immigration filings with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration Court
– Providing assistance with general program administration
– Providing assistance with outreach and educational programming as needed

Qualifications include:

– Experience with or a strong desire to learn immigration US law
– Demonstrated commitment to working in public service
– Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or other relevant humanities discipline (preferred)
– Strong oral and written communication skills
– Strong organizational skills
– Some previous office experience (including filing, letter-drafting, data entry, completion of organizational tasks in a timely manner, etc.)
– Proficiency in Word, Excel and Adobe programs
– Experience working with low income, refugee and/or immigrant populations (preferred)

We are happy to do video conference interviews.

 To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Contact Information: Sarah A. Bertozzi
Managing Attorney
2495 Main Street, Suite 530
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: 716-882-4963 x 203; Cell: 716-440-6505
Fax: 716-882-4977

Job Opportunity: Office of the Appellate Defender multiple offices in Illinois, January 31 Deadline

The State Appellate Defender encourages law students interested in the practice of appellate advocacy to apply to one of its intern programs. Interns gain valuable research and writing experience while serving the indigent community of Illinois. The State Appellate Defender has offices in each of the five appellate court districts of Illinois. Internship opportunities vary by office.

Applicants must be current law students and possess excellent legal research, writing, editing, and oral communication skills; the ability to understand and present factual and legal issues clearly and concisely; and experience in computer-assisted legal research. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated interest in public service, as well as course work in criminal law, evidence, and appellate advocacy.

Please specify in your cover letter which program you are applying for, and submit your cover letter and resume to:
Intern Coordinator
Office of the State Appellate Defender
203 North LaSalle Street, 24th Floor
Chicago Illinois, 60601
Email: 1stdistrict.internprogram@osad.state.il.us

Applications should be sent in PDF format.
You can read more about the office here.

Paid ($3,500) Summer Job Opportunity: Legal Aid of North Carolina

Location: Ahoskie, Concord, Durham, Greenville, Morganton, Pembroke, Fair Housing Project (in Raleigh), Sylva, and Wilson
Deadline: Rolling Basis

Interns will experience client contact, learn practical skills, and legal advocacy on real cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys. Interested students should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to suzannec2@legalaidnc.org. Please identify preferred three locations. Interns will be paid $3,500 for 10 weeks of work.

Paid Job Opportunity: Immigrant Law Group, Portland, Oregon, January 29 Deadline

Each summer, ILG sponsors a summer clerk to work with the firm in advancing the human rights of immigrants and refugees.  The clerkship provides an opportunity for law students to work directly with clients and get hands-on experience with impact litigation.  Past clerks worked on nationwide-precedent setting cases, engaged in civil rights litigation on detainers, represented asylum-seekers and special immigrant juveniles, and provided inspiring community-education workshops on going beyond just knowing one’s rights.

Read more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY), January 31 Deadline

Position: New York State Family Security Project Law Student
Location: Geneva and Jamestown, NY
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Law students will assist Legal Fellows with representing clients in immigration court and educating the community on impact of evolving immigration law and policy. Apply for this great opportunity here

Job Opportunity: Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel Legal Internship Program


The Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC) Legal Internship Program provides law students with an opportunity to build valuable legal and professional skills in research, writing, and advocacy, while learning about different areas of OGC’s work, such as education law and policy (e.g., early learning, K-12 education, career and technical education, other higher education, civil rights, special education), litigation, regulatory matters, employment and privacy law, contracts, and more.

Interns are typically assigned to two or more of OGC’s seven Legal Divisions and/or OGC’s Front Office, and assist with research and writing to support attorneys providing legal advice and counseling to clients, or assist in drafting and filing briefs or motions in litigation in support of the Department’s education mission and its operations. Interns also may be involved in matters related to proposed guidance, regulations, or legislation. For more information about OGC and its seven Legal Divisions, please visit:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ogc/org.html.


There are no prerequisites or established GPA for applicants, but in previous years, selected interns have demonstrated strong academic achievement, excellent legal research and analytical skills, strong writing and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and an interest in the work of the Department.

Generally, interns must be current law students. In select circumstances, we may consider a candidate who is an undergraduate or graduate student with a demonstrated interest in education law and policy.

All interns work at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C. Our internship program accepts up to six law students per semester, with semesters beginning in the spring, summer, and fall. Interns work full-time in the summer, and full-time or part-time (e.g., 20 hours per week) in the fall or spring in order to accommodate coursework and schedules. The program is presently for non-paid internship positions. We are happy to work with institutions to ensure that interns receive academic credit for their internship work.

How to Apply and Deadlines:

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript, and (4) brief writing sample (no longer than 10 pages) to OGCinterns@ed.gov.

Read more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, January 26 Deadline

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The Bronx County DA will hire 35 rising 3Ls and 10 rising 2Ls for this summer. Twenty-five percent of the Fall 2018 class consists of former interns so if you want to work at the Bronx County DA after graduation, an internship is a great way to get started. Apply here.

PAID Job Opportunity ($5000): Rural Summer Legal Corps – Application Opens January 15

Equal Justice Works is seeking applications from students to fill 30 exciting positions in rural communities nationwide in the Rural Summer Legal Corps program. Selected participants will begin the summer with intensive training in DC from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law, and receive a$5,000 stipend. After the training, the law students will return directly to their host site to continue their 8-10 week placement.

If you have any questions about the application and selection process, please email ruralcorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

PAID Job Opportunity: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Policy and Federal Relations Intern, February 23 Deadline


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) was established in 1966 and supports the financial aid profession, advocates for public policies and programs that increase student access to and success in postsecondary education, and serves as a forum for communication and collaboration on student financial aid issues. The Association seeks to hire an intern with skills and interests in public policy to assist the Policy and Federal Relations staff with their duties related to advocacy, policy, and research. The person selected will operate in a fast-paced environment and will manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

The intern will work closely with and support all members of the Policy and Federal Relations staff and will:

  • Assist in the development of advocacy materials, including letters to Congress, position statements, and grassroots initiative communications
  • Attend and summarize legislative hearings and events, coalition meetings, internal meetings, and other external events
  • Assist in the planning and organization of a student aid orientation for congressional staff
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy, development, and advocacy
  • Interact and engage with NASFAA members at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference in Austin, TX
  • Analyze, interpret, and write about current and pending legislation and/or regulations
  • Write a weekly blog post summarizing the week’s activities
  • Complete other tasks as necessary

Qualifications/Skills & Knowledge Requirements

  • We welcome applicants who are undergraduate or master’s level students (current or recently graduated) or students who are currently enrolled in law school. Those students studying in fields related to higher education, public policy, political science, and history may benefit most from this internship.
  • Desire to pursue a career in higher education or public policy
  • Excellent – and proven – research, writing and organizational skills required
  • General understanding of federal legislative processes required
  • Experience managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Coursework or experience in education policy and related issues of access and equity desired

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, February 23, 2018, to be considered. This is a paid internship. Bi-weekly pay will occur upon start and until completion of the 12-week period. NASFAA will also provide limited reimbursements for pre-approved expenses associated with execution of job duties, in accordance with the Association’s travel policy. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing.

Interested applicants should complete the form here and upload a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample. Questions regarding this internship and/or the application can be directed to policy@nasfaa.org.

Job Opportunity: Just Neighbors, Washington DC


Just Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Annandale, Virginia which provides immigration legal services to immigrants and refugees who earn 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Just Neighbors has a rich 22-year history of providing excellent legal representation to low-income immigrants and focuses almost exclusively on humanitarian-based immigration, including applications and petitions filed under the Violence Against Women’s Act, U Visas, Trafficking Visas, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile, Asylee and Refugee Adjustment of Status, as well as a myriad of other application types.

We are a small, collegial, fast-paced office which has an excellent mentorship and volunteer attorney program and we are well-placed to provide guidance and mentorship to summer law interns looking to gain expertise in immigration law, work one-on-one with clients, and work in a collaborative environment.  Applicants should be motivated, detail-oriented, able to work independently and have a passion for immigration or human rights issues.  Law students interested in applying for an un-paid summer internship should send a cover letter and resume to Dominique Poirier, Director of Legal Services at dominique@justneighbors.org.

Event: Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Chicago on Thursday from 1-3

U.S. v. Brown Hearing | January 25, 1-3 pm | Power Rogers & Smith Courtroom, 10th Floor, Loyola University School of Law | RSVP to nationalsecuritylaw@luc.edu

The Court will hold a formal session and hear argument in the case of Sergeant Brown, who was convicted of aggravated assault for his alleged role in a bar altercation in Baumholder, Germany. In a pretrial motion, defense counsel sought to suppress any identification of SGT Brown by the victim, Ms. LW.  At trial, over defense counsel’s objection, Ms. LW identified SGT Brown in-person as her attacker. On appeal, SGT Brown argues, inter alia, the military judge abused his discretion by admitting evidence stemming from the photographic lineup conducted by the German authorities.

Immediately after the hearing, the audience will be provided an opportunity to ask questions of the judges and counsel.  A reception will follow.

Event: Women in Law Summit in Chicago, Friday, January 26

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will hold an inaugural Women in Law Summit, on January 26, 2018 at the law school. The all-day Summit will feature presentations and panels addressing issuing facing women in the profession and provide attendees with concrete tips, strategies and connections for success.

Few the full agenda and register here.

Writing Competition: Trandafir International Business Writing Competition $1800 prize, Due February 1

Competition Website: https://tlcp.law.uiowa.edu/trandafir-writing-competition

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern.

Prize Information:

Prize $1,800

The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.


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