This edition of the Weekly Docket features a free debt-ebook to help you take charge of your loans, several job opportunities including a clinical job at Georgetown, a public interest fellowship in Nashville, and Air Force JAG entry-level hiring. It also includes 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: Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, October 12 Deadline
Description of the Fellowship
The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.
Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty. Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.
The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.
Description of the Clinic
Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court. The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation. Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation. Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.
Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship. For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner. The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity. Finally, each semester students develop a group project focused on improving law, policy, or community education, that is designed to expose them to bigger picture ways to pursue social justice for their chosen client base.
To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation. In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations. In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.
Please complete an application at:
and submit it both to the Domestic Violence Clinic, c/o Briana Hauser (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (email@example.com). Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on your application. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 12, 2018. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews in December or January, and selection will occur shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July 2019, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June 2021.
Job Opportunity: Charles H. Warfield Fellowship at the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville, October 22 Deadline
The one-year, renewable Warfield Fellowship, based at TJC’s offices in Nashville, TN, focuses on representing and improving policies affecting some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, including older adults and people with disabilities. It is open to applicants who are admitted to the Tennessee bar or who, if awarded a fellowship, agree to sit for the July 2019 Tennessee bar exam.
Charles Warfield is a distinguished leader of the Tennessee bar who is widely admired for a half century of service to his country, his community and to the administration of justice. Since 2015, friends and colleagues have funded the public interest fellowship in his name.
The Warfield fellow will join a dynamic legal team at TJC. TJC is a 22-year-old non-profit that uses the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity. We help Tennesseans one-by-one and then take what we learn from their experiences to advocate for large-scale changes that help others in the same boat. Over two decades, TJC has won landmark decisions and billions of dollars in health care and public benefits for vulnerable Tennessee families.
Interested students can apply here.
Job Opportunity: Air Force JAG, October 10 Deadline
The Air Force JAG Corps’ November Direct Appointment Program board is now open! 3Ls can apply at www.airforce.com/JAG. The online application is due 10 October 2018, and the Staff Judge Advocate interview must be completed by 1 November 2018.
You can reach the Air Force JAG Recruiting team at 1-800-JAG-USAF (524-8723) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
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
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Questions? Contact Mary Anne Moffa