1L Weekly Docket

No summer job locked down yet? Don’t stress. There are still plenty of great job opportunities available for this summer!

This week’s 1L Weekly Docket lists several 1L summer jobs that my network emailed me over the past week including Americorps JD Internships in many cities throughout the U.S, which come with a $1,222 scholarship, the Cara Family Detention Pro Bono project, which comes with alumni funding, an internship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, internships at the City of Chicago, Department of Law, which has extended their deadline to March 31, an internship at the LGBT Bar in DC, paid ($6000) labor internships through the Peggy Browning Fund in LA, Seattle, and Chicago. This week’s docket also includes a $1,222 scholarship for students working in public interest organizations this summer, a debt repayment resource, and an upcoming LGBT Bar webinar.

Job Opportunity: Americorps JD Internships in public interest organizations 500 opportunities available nationwide!

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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

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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

associatechiefcounselchicago@dhs.gov

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: City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Internship, Deadline Extended to March 31

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Law students, law graduates, and lawyers have many opportunities for meaningful involvement in the important work of the Department of Law as legal externs, law clerks, summer program participants, post-graduate fellows, and lawyers.  Participants gain invaluable hands-on legal experience by working on complex and diverse projects with Law Department attorneys.  They participate in negotiations and Client advising meetings, conduct research and analysis to draft dispositive motions on constitutional or procedural issues of law, and – utilizing an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license – appear on behalf of the City in Court or before Administrative Tribunals.

All volunteer law clerk programs are designed to provide law students, law graduates, and lawyers with a challenging clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for one of the largest law firms in the country.  (*Give yourself plenty of time to apply, as the City requires fingerprinting and background checks of employees and volunteers.)

  • Law students volunteer full-time for a minimum of 10- weeks with a flexible start date during the summer months
  • Students may obtain academic credit or grant funding (through their schools)
  • Law clerks participate in Summer Law Clerk Program Lecture Series
  • Law clerks are invited to behind-the-scenes tours of City Departments
  • Law clerks have opportunities to meet with City Department officials and members of the State and Federal Judiciary
  • Applications accepted from January 15 to March 1*

APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Legal Recruiter, City of Chicago Department of Law

30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1640

Chicago, IL 60602

Email applications will not be accepted.  Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcripts, are received.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter (in addition to identifying three ranked Division preferences, please indicate for which program you are applying)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • One writing sample

For a listing and description of Divisions, and the type of work you’d perform in each Division, click here to see our Employer ViewBook.

You can read more about the City of Chicago, Department of Law here

Job Opportunity: LGBT Bar Internship in Washington, DC

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Are you looking for an unforgettable summer experience? Apply for an internship with the LGBT Bar! Every summer, we welcome interns from across the country and around the world at the LGBT Bar’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Legal Intern: Assist with legal research and policy work. Experience the nonprofit world while interacting with pro bono counsel at Am Law 100 firms. Attend multiple events around the nation’s capital related to current policy and legal issues. Please note that this internship is open only to current law students and recent law school graduates.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to positions@lgbtbar.org stating they are applying for the legal internship in the subject line of the email. 

Paid Job Opportunity ($6000): Peggy Browning Fund Summer Labor Internship (LA, Chicago, Seattle) APPLY ASAP

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The Peggy Browning Fund has paid internship positions with four organizations still available including two brand new positions announced last week:

Construction and General Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW – Seattle, WA area

Still Accepting Applications

  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network – Los Angeles, CA

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2017, we awarded funded summer fellowships to 80 law students, and we anticipate awarding between 70 and 80 fellowships in 2018.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $6,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowship description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind.

Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and commited group.

Since our beginning in 1997, we have placed over 850 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, union-side law firms, and other labor-friendly organizations.  Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide.  At least 68.8% of  Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers’ rights labor law or public interest law (not counting our alumni who are still in law school).

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.

1L Firm Diversity Fellowships, Apply ASAP

Many firms have 1L diversity fellowships and some applications are still open. Check the CDO’s list here. 

Debt Repayment Resource

It’s never too early to educate yourself on debt repayment options. Equal Justice Works has an incredibly informative website that will help you learn more about managing your student loan debt, including information on income-driven repayment plans and loan forgiveness. If you’re confused about different loan repayment plans, this website can help provide much needed clarity.

The LGBT Bar Webinar

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On Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00pm ET, the National LGBT Bar Association will host a call-in titled, “Employment Law Post-Evans.” Panelists Pierce Blue (EEOC), Jennifer Levi (GLAD), and Greg Nevins (Lambda Legal), will discuss the state of employment law with regard to LGBT rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital and the Second Circuit’s ruling in Zarda v. Altitude Express.

Dial-in Number: (712) 432-6333
Participant Code: 187141#
 If you want to work through any job applications with the CDO, engage in a conversation about your career plan, or wish to talk through anything related to your job search, please do not hesitate to reach out to a CDO counselor. We want to talk to you and we’re open through spring break!

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