3L public interest and a few government job opportunities are picking up this week and this week’s 3L Weekly Docket features many of them including opportunities with FairVote in DC, Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Corps, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs entry-level law clerk program, Equal Justice Works Housing Corps Fellowships in Atlanta, the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellowship, Equal Justice Works VISTA Legal Fellowships in New York and Chicago, and a staff attorney position with Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights.
Job Opportunity: FairVote Legal Fellow, Washington DC, April 13 Deadline
FairVote’s Legal Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for those with an interest in election reform to work on substantive projects while building valuable skills and networking with others in the field. Fellows will be assigned projects to manage throughout their tenures, and will also assist with the supervision of FairVote interns. They will be exposed to the broad workings of FairVote, ranging from research, communications and advocacy, to building websites, blogging, and representing FairVote in coalition meetings and on Capitol Hill.
The positions are paid, with healthcare benefits and a stipend for commuting expenses. Fellows will be given opportunities to build their skills and knowledge base both through on-the-job training and opportunities to attend workshops and seminars. Nearly every graduate of FairVote’s Fellowship Program has either continued at FairVote as a full-time staff member or gone on to work at another public interest organization.
Fellows in FairVote’s Law and Policy Department are typically recent law school graduates who work closely with Legal Director Drew Spencer Penrose and the rest of FairVote’s legal team, legal allies, and legal interns on a range of projects relating to the laws of elections and voting methods. Past projects have included collaborating on amicus briefs, drafting legislation, writing articles, and editing reports.
Responsibilities of Legal Fellows include:
- Researching local, state, and federal election law
- Assisting with drafting legislation
- Aiding with compliance and due diligence relating to lobbying disclosure and registration and issues relating to FairVote’s nonprofit status
- Writing posts for FairVote’s “Voices & Choices” blog
- Reviewing and monitoring legislation relevant to FairVote’s mission
How to Apply
Resume, cover letter, two writing samples (one of which reflects your skills writing for a popular audience) and two names of references required. In your cover letter, please explain why you want to be a Legal Fellow and what skills you hope to gain from the experience. Please feel encouraged to express interest in any particular project or issue within FairVote’s mission and work. Please send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to specifically address all materials to FairVote’s Law and Policy Director, Drew Spencer Penrose. Applications for fellowships starting in September will be considered on a rolling basis until April 13, 2018.
Job Opportunity: Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Board of Veteran Affairs, March 29 Deadline
Clerks will work directly with Veterans Law Judges to draft tentative decisions in all types of Veterans’ appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy. Clerks review and analyze case material; assist in case management, researching and drafting memos, correspondence, and other legal documents in preparation for Board Hearings, Travel Board Hearings and Video-conference Hearings; locate, analyze and evaluate information to be used in support of findings of fact which must be developed from the record of proceedings; and perform legal research and draft legal documents.
The Board of Veterans’ Appeals is responsible for entering final decisions in claims for entitlement to veterans’ benefits that have been presented for appellate review.
Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships
AmeriCorps Legal Fellows make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities and facilitating pro bono opportunities.
Now recruiting a Veteran Legal Corps Fellow to provide direct representation to veterans:
- Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh, PA) –Application Link
Job Opportunity: Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellowship Program, April 1 Deadline
The Commission seeks 20 bachelor degree recipients or 2 advanced degree recipients, including 3Ls for its paid ($31,200/yr plus possible $2,000 completion bonus) full-time, 13-month LSC Fellowship Program with the Ohio General Assembly. The program runs from the first week of Dec. 2018 to end of Dec. 2019. Fellows are assigned to work with the majority or minority party caucus in the House or Senate, LSC research and fiscal staff, and The Ohio Channel (with parent company, the Ohio Government Telecommunications). Most Fellows assist legislative staff by writing press releases and speeches. 1-2 interns are assigned to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, where they assist staff members with researching and writing legislation (advanced degree required). Permanent employment is not guaranteed at Fellowship’s end; however, the office provides guidance to Fellows during their job search and reaches out to contacts for possible employment opportunities.
The Ohio Legislative Service Commission researches and produces bills for the Ohio General Assembly. Occasionally former interns have been hired for full-time employment after completion of the program.
Read more and apply here.
Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works VISTA Legal Fellowships
The goal of the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing.
Now recruiting members for the following Legal sites:
- Legal Assistance of Western New York (Rochester, NY)
- Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Chicago, IL)
Candidates interested in applying for open VAHPP Legal Fellowship should apply online here.
Now recruiting members for the following Community Organizer sites:
- New Settlements’s Community Action for Safe Apartments (New York, NY)
- Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (New York, NY)
Candidates interested in applying for open VAHPP Community Organizer positions should apply online here
Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works Georgia Housing Corps Fellowships
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. The GHC is currently hiring Fellows and Community Advocates at the following locations:
- Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Atlanta, GA)
- Georgia Legal Services (Savannah, Georgia)
Contact Michelle Gaeng at email@example.com if you’re interested in applying for a GHC Fellowship position
Job Opportunity: Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights (CLCCR), Staff Attorney, Chicago, IL, March 23 Deadline
The staff attorney will lead the Equitable Development Initiative that is part of the Community Law Project and will provide legal, policy, and strategic support to community-based organizations. Apply for this position here.