3L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket contains three job opportunities. Two are Equal Justice Works fellowships; one through the Crime Victims Justice Corps and one with the Georgia Housing Corps seeking fellows in both Atlanta and Savannah. The City of Chicago, Department of Law has also announced their fellowship, which bridge to practice participants can take advantage of. The docket also features an excellent debt repayment resource and an upcoming LGBT Bar webinar.

Job Opportunity: Crime Victims Justice Corps Application Opens this Spring

Equal Justice Works is currently recruiting host organizations for the Crime Victims Justice Corps, a new initiative designed to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims. The program will consist of 62 Fellows and 34 law students over a two-year period. Participants will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights.

Any student interested in receiving further information about the program, including open Fellowship positions, should complete this form to receive updates. The Fellow and law student recruitment will begin in April/May 2018.

This program is supported by an $8.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

Job Opportunity through Bridge to Practice: City of Chicago, Department of Law Fellowship

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites applications from graduating law students seeking full-time or part-time placements for law school funded post-graduate fellowships. Fellows will work on interesting cases with an unusually high degree of responsibility and independence. Our supervisors have extensive experience guiding recent graduates through the transition from school to legal practice.

The Department of Law is comprised of 14 (soon to be 15) Divisions that handle affirmative and defense litigation, transactional projects, prosecutions, and legislative projects. Divisions consider hosting fellows on a case-by-case basis; we ask that you specify three Division choices and your order of preference. For descriptions of our Divisions and the work they perform, visit this link and/or read Katelynn’s blog post on the Department.

Funding from Notre Dame Law School is available through our bridge to practice program. Email Christine Holst, cholst@nd.edu, for more information and to start a conversation about the program.

Application Process

Applications are accepted year round, but we place most of our post-graduate fellows in August.

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 – Suite 1640 Chicago, IL 60602

E-mail applications will not be accepted.

Required application materials:

 Cover letter, including the following:

o Indicate that your application is for the Post-Graduate Fellowship Program;

o Identify your funding source;

o Identify three Divisions and your order of preference; and

o Include the terms of your availability (i.e., how long and how many hours per week)

 Resume

 Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)

 One writing sample

Job Opportunity: Georgia Housing Corps Seeks Fellows

Supported by the Georgia Bar Foundation, the Georgia Housing Corps (GHC) is an Equal Justice Works initiative designed to promote community redevelopment and address housing instability for low-income residents in communities harmed by the foreclosure crisis throughout the state of Georgia over two years. Comprised of eleven Legal Fellows and seven Community Advocates, the program works to keep residents in their homes, preserve affordable housing through community education and client representation, and remove barriers to housing at the local and statewide levels through systemic advocacy. Available host sites are below:

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Georgia Legal Services (Savannah, GA)

Interested applicants should email Michelle Gaeng atmgaeng@equaljusticeworks.org for more information.

Debt Repayment Resource

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

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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