This edition of the Weekly Docket features a free debt-ebook to help you take charge of your loans, a multitude of 2L summer job opportunities in government, public interest, and JD advantage roles, several of which are paid, a webinar to help you prepare for EJW conference and career fair interviews, and an invitation to a labor conference in Maryland.
Take charge of your student loans: Free Debt-Ebook:
Download the 2018 Edition of Equal Justice Work’s Student Debt E-book! An updated version of EJW’s comprehensive student debt e-book is now available. As always, it is free to download and provides vital information public interest lawyers need to manage their student loans.The update includes the lowdown on the temporary expansion of Public Service Loan Forgiveness recently approved by Congress, the pluses and minuses of all your income-driven repayment plan options, including the REPAYE plan, and an updated list of loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) for public interest lawyers. Make sure you are taking the right steps to manage your student loans and earn forgiveness by downloading the e-book today!
Job Opportunity: Office of Chief Counsel, Department of the Treasury (IRS), General Legal Services Division (GLS) Chicago, March 22 Deadline for Summer
GLS is the Office of Chief Counsel’s Non-Tax Law legal division; this position in the Chicago Area Counsel office will focus on federal sector labor and employment law.
Pamela D. Langston-Cox
Office of Chief Counsel, Department of the Treasury (IRS)
General Legal Services Division
200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60606-5236
Students who are interested in federal sector labor and personnel law are invited to participate in an unpaid program with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, General Legal Services Division, Area Counsel Office in Chicago. During the academic year, our Chicago Chief Counsel office offers volunteer positions for a limited number of highly qualified law students.
Our program provides an opportunity for law students to obtain legal work experience while gaining a familiarity with the Chief Counsel organization and its work. The program helps students improve their ability to identify, understand, and analyze federal sector labor and employment law issues as well as enhance their legal research and writing.
Below is a brief description of GLS’s Chicago Area Counsel Office:
The GLS Chicago Area Counsel Office litigates and arbitrates labor and personnel cases arising in its geographic area before various administrative fora, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and arbitrations under the collective bargaining agreement. It also provides advice to management and litigation support in Federal courts to the Department of Justice in a variety of matters, such as EEO, Bivens suits and suits arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
GLS externs work alongside GLS attorneys on a variety of labor and personnel related work assignments and provide legal assistance to them. Students may assist in assignments involving fact gathering and reviewing, legal research, drafting opinions and memoranda, pre and post-trial preparation, case management, and providing assistance at administrative hearings. Our attorneys have responsibility for formulating work assignments and monitoring work on such assignments under the supervision of the Area Counsel. A final performance evaluation is prepared for each student after the completion of the externship.
Program Requirements [Note: these are the minimum requirements to satisfy the LSV Program; your law school may require additional hours to earn school credit for your participation in the Program.
- Work a minimum of 12 hours per week in increments of at least 4 hours per day, for a total minimum of 150 hours per semester.
- U.S. Citizenship.
- Security Clearance.
Applicants are required to submit a standard Office of Chief Counsel application (Form 6524). Applicants should indicate a potential term of externship on the application form. To be considered for the position, the following documents are also required:
- Law School Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
- Resume and Cover Letter (please include GPA and class rank if available)
- Writing Sample
Note: Letters of recommendation are optional and may be submitted. A letter of recommendation is particularly helpful in illustrating both skills and accountability.
Preference for an externship in GLS is given to students with a demonstrated interest in labor and employment law.
Applicants should apply by either e-mailing their initial application documents to ChicagoLSV@irscounsel.treas.gov or by sending them directly to the address below:
Office of Chief Counsel (IRS)
General Legal Services Division (GLS)
Attention: Law Student Volunteer Program
200 West Adams Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60606-5236
When a favorable decision is made on behalf of the candidate, we will send notification to the candidate promptly. Our office will also inform candidates if they were not selected for the program.
Below are three deadline dates for a candidate to consider. For administrative purposes, we ask that all candidates and respected schools submit all forms and application materials in a timely fashion. Students must apply on or before the following deadlines to be considered for the semesters listed:
Spring Semester 2019 (Chicago program): October 26, 2018
Summer 2019: March 22, 2019
Fall Semester 2019 (Chicago program): June 14, 2019
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our externship program, we can be reached at ChicagoLSV@irscounsel.treas.gov or at the phone numbers listed above.
Job Opportunity: Animal Legal Defense Fund, October 22 Deadline
Criminal Justice Summer Clerkship in Portland:
The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will learn how to review cruelty reports, communicate with law enforcement officers, animal welfare investigators and prosecutors, assist in the development of proposed legislation, research a wide range of legal issues, and help draft pleadings and research memoranda. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on criminal cases involving animal cruelty, but there will exposure to civil animal law issues as well.
Read more and apply here.
Litigation Summer Clerkship in Cotati, California:
The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law.
Read more and apply here.
Webinar: Public Interest Law Job Interviewing 101 at the EJW Conference and Career Fair, October 8 from 2-3
Join Equal Justice Works for a webinar on how to prepare for interviews and make the most of your time at the 2018 Conference and Career Fair. Register here! If you can’t attend live, register and you’ll receive the recording 24-48 hours after the presentation.
National Law Students Workers Rights Conference, October 12 & 13, 2018, Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD, Registration Deadline: Friday, September 28
Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, AFL-CIO
Disempowering Workers through Voter Suppression: The Fight to Protect the Right to Vote
Employee Benefits Law: What Do I Need to Know and Why Do I Need to Know About It?
Fighting Back – The World after Janus
Introduction to Basic Labor Law
Immigrants’ Rights Are Workers’ Rights: Protecting and Organizing Immigrant Workers
Sports and Labor Law
The Rewards of Labor Law Practice
Trade and Labor – Complementary or Antagonistic: New Models for Fair as Opposed to Free Trade
#MeToo Forum: Union Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Register online at
Questions? Contact Mary Anne Moffa
Job Opportunity: Justice in Aging Summer Clerkships, Paid $5000 Stipend, September 28 Deadline
Justice in Aging seeks a current 2L with a passion for public interest law and a commitment to communities of color for a 10-week summer fellowship focused on the intersection of poverty, aging, and racial justice. The fellow will work with staff on projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs—health care and economic security—with the fellow’s personal and professional interests.
During the fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to author a writing sample. The fellow will participate in all intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings and events, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.
The fellow will be an integrated member of the Justice in Aging team and will participate in our substantive team meetings and in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging is also interested in working with the summer fellow to craft a post-graduate fellowship application for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or the equivalent.
Read more and apply here.
Job Opportunity: Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship, December 18 Deadline, Paid $7200 stipend
he Summer Fellowship connects Fellows with a high-impact placement opportunity at a leading education organization, where you can drive critical work on a defined project over 10 consecutive weeks. You’re matched with a placement opportunity based on your history of experience and the skills our Partner organizations need – so you can jump right in and make an immediate impact. We focus on four priority experience areas: data and analysis, operations, strategy and planning, and program and project management. Preview what full-time work in the education sector can look like—and see the role you could play throughout your career.
Read more and apply here.