2L Weekly Docket

This week’s 2L Weekly Docket contains several job opportunities in public interest and government, including internships with Americorps JD, which are available in public interest organizations in multiple U.S. cities, Cara Family Detention Pro Bono Project, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and an Immigrants’ right summer fellowship. It also contains a $1,222 scholarship opportunity and an announcement that the Air Force is hosting a facebook live recruiting event this Saturday.

Job Opportunity: Americorps JD Internships in public interest organizations throughout the U.S.

Many organizations are hiring summer Americorps JD interns, including Lawyers for Children in New York, Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles, Equal Justice Center in Austin, LAF Chicago, and many more. Check this list for available host organizations and apply for $1,222 in scholarship funding here. If you’re interested in applying, check the available host organizations list and reach out to the contact listed with your resume. This is a relatively easy way to apply for a position with multiple organizations.

Job Opportunity: Cara Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Dilley Texas Legal Intership

The Project is currently accepting applications for legal interns for the Summer of 2018 from law students who have completed their first or second year of law school. The Dilley Pro Bono Project provides pro bono legal services to the women and children detained in the largest immigrant family detention center in the country, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

Depending on skills and interests, interns may work on tough interview cases, prepare clients for court hearings, write requests for re-interview, and take leadership positions to assist weekly volunteers. Law students will have the opportunity to gain court experience. The intensive hands-on immigration law experience is hard to beat.

Last Week by the Numbers
317 intakes with new clients
166 interview preps
1 negative fear findings issued by the Asylum Office
1 negative fear finding vacated by the Immigration Judge
0 negative fear findings affirmed by the Immigration Judge
1 RFR denied
0 deportations

An NDLS alum has volunteered to donate $500 each for 1-2 students to participate in the program.

Location: Dilley, Texas (one hour from San Antonio)

Timeframe: 10 week summer internship

Requirements: Spanish language ability

To apply, please submit the following to Managing Attorney, Shay Fluharty (shay@caraprobono.org) and Volunteer Coordinator, Caya Simonsen (caya@caraprobono.org):

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 2 References

Read more here.

Job Opportunity:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection – Office of Associate Chief Counsel, Chicago, March 15 Deadline

The Office of Associate Chief Counsel provides 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


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.

Job Opportunity: Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program, February 28 Deadline

The Fellowship will be awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. Applications for the 2018 Fellowship must be received by February 28, 2018 (see application form for details). Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend. The $1,500 amount may be paid by the host organization or may be provided by the law student through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. The Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship will provide an additional $2,500 stipend for a total award of $4,000.

The total stipend payment for the ten-week summer Fellowship is $4,000.

For the 2018 Fellowship, fiscal sponsor the American Immigration Lawyers Association will pay $2,500 and the host organization will pay $1,500. The Fellow will also receive the following benefits:

  1. a complimentary registration for the 2018 AILA Annual Conference in San Francisco;
  2. a complimentary registration to the 2018 NLG Annual Convention;
  3. a $500 travel stipend to attend the 2018 National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention;
  4. a complimentary registration to the National Immigration Project’s Immigration Skills seminar, if any, at the 2018 NLG Convention.

Read more and apply here.

 Scholarship Opportunity: Americorps JD $1,222 Segal AmeriCorps Award

The AmeriCorps JD Program gives students the opportunity to join a network of more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members and receive invaluable experience in various legal areas. All participants will receive a $1,222 Segal AmeriCorps Education award with the successful completion of the program.

If you have already secured a position with a legal host organization for this summer, you can apply for the AmeriCorps JD program here. If you are seeking an organization to work with this summer, see a list of potential AmeriCorps JD host sites here.

Live Facebook Event this Saturday: Air Force Hiring

This Saturday, 24 February 2018, at 12:00 eastern, Captain Tia Hooper, Chief Recruiting Branch, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Air Force will host a Facebook live event on the Air Force JAG’s recruiting page. During the event, she will focus on explaining what the first 4 years of service in the AF JAG corps will be like.  This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in learning more about the AF JAG Corps.  This is will also help applicants prepare and develop their application to the AF JAG Corps.



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