3L Weekly Docket

This week’s 3L Weekly Docket includes the new Arizona Government Honors Handbook, the best resource for your government job search, a fall volunteer opportunity in Chicago, a reminder about the DOJ Honors application, an announcement for upcoming August webinars on applying for DOJ Honors, a tax law fellowship in Florida, a combination fellowship between a law firm and public interest organization in New York that will give you a taste of both worlds, and a program that offers full-time jobs in libertarian or conservative organizations in DC and elsewhere.

2018/2019 Government Honors Handbook is now Live!

The updated Arizona Government Honors Handbook with deadlines for the upcoming year is now live. You can access it here. Password: GoIrish If you’re interested in pursuing entry-level opportunities with government agencies, this is the resource for you!

Chicago Public Interest Fall Volunteer Opportunity

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Domestic Violence Legal Clinic: Emergency Order of Protection Fall Clinic. DVLC volunteers work with survivors of domestic violence to obtain an order of protection. Emergency Orders of Protection volunteers provide brief services for litigants filing civil Orders of Protection and conduct interviews, complete pleadings, and draft affidavits. Volunteers must work one four shift per week.

Read more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: DOJ Honors Program Application Now Open, Closes on September 4

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The link to apply at https://www.avuedigitalservices.com/casting/aiportal/control/mainmenu?agency=dojoarm. Additional information about SLIP, including participating offices, number of available positions, eligibility information, and answers to frequently asked questions is available at:

More information about the honors program, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found at:

HP:   https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys

In addition, please feel free to review the July 30th webinar discussing the Programs at https://ecs.acms.com/pv8tzvrpwjdz/ .  The link will remain open until August 13, 2018.  For more information on all of the Department’s legal hiring programs, please go to https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers.

DOJ Webinars in August

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Job Opportunity: 2019-2021 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship American Bar Association/Section of Taxation, September 7 Deadline

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Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in hiring a fellow in support of its Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) located in Broward and Collier County.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

The fellowship recipient would assist low-income taxpayers in Broward and Collier County (including the City of Immokalee), with a focus on those who speak English as a second language (ESL). The Fellow would provide direct tax services to clients, represent clients in tax controversies against the IRS and at the US Tax Court, provide tax consultation services, engage in educational outreach projects, and develop a network of pro bono tax attorneys. Rural Collier County would be a focus for the Fellow because it is largely inhabited by ESL taxpayers. The Fellowship will be based in Broward County, with travel to Collier County twice per week (travel expenses will be covered).

Fellowship applicants must be third-year law students or 2018 law school graduates (LLM candidates/graduates are also eligible to apply). Students who are adept at conversational Spanish are encouraged to apply. The fellowship provides funding for salary and benefits, as well as law school debt assistance. Salary is commensurate with current U.S. Tax Court Law Clerk salary rates. While we cannot confirm the salary rate at this time, we believe it to be approximately $54,972.

All applications are reviewed, and successful applicants are selected by the Section’s Public Service Fellowship Committee. The Section plans to award as many as two (2) fellowships in early 2019. The Fellow will begin working September 2019. The Fellow must be granted admission to the Florida Bar within six months of the starting date.

Application deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:00pm. Interested applicants must e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org. Please describe in the cover letter your past experience and your particular interest in tax law. Legal Aid will interview selected candidates in September and make a final decision by September 14, 2018. If candidates cannot be physically present for the interview, we will arrange to interview remotely via Skype or similar means. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

For more information about Legal Aid, please visit browardegalaid.org. For more information about the ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellowships, we encourage you to visit americanbar.org/groups/taxation/awards/psfellowship.html.

Job Opportunity: Fried Frank- MALDEF Legal Defense Fund Fellowship Civil Rights Fellowship, New York (Due August 23)

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The Fried Frank-LDF fellowship effectively bridges the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law by joining with one of the country’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).

The LDF fellowship gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with LDF. At the end of their four-year commitment, successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. A number of former Fellows hold high-level positions on the staff of LDF.

The ideal candidate for a Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship is a third-year law student or recent graduate currently in a judicial clerkship. Candidates for LDF fellowship should have a genuine interest in both corporate and civil rights litigation.

To be considered, please email the following documents to fellowship@friedfrank.com no later than August 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST:

• A résumé
• Two letters of recommendation (one each from a law school faculty member and an employer)
• A legal writing sample
• A 500-word essay, as described below
• A law school transcript

You can read the application essay and learn more about the fellowship here.

Job Opportunity: Koch Associate Program, Washington DC & elsewhere

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The Koch Associate Program offers a full-time paid position in a libertarian or conservative public interest organization in DC and other cities as well as a year of professional education and networking. 3Ls are eligible to apply. You will have the best chance of succeeding in the application process if you apply in September-December so if you’re interested, it is best to start learning more about the program and preparing your application materials soon.

Organizations you can work for through the Koch Associate Program include the Koch Institute, California Public Policy Center, Heritage Foundation, Illinois Public Policy Institute, and many others. See the list of partner organizations here.

If you’re interested in applying, reach out out to me. My first job out of law school was through the Koch Associate Program so I can guide you through the application process.

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