3L Weekly Docket

This jam packed edition of your 3L Weekly Docket features several entry-level post-graduate job opportunities with organizations such as the Environmental Law Institute, Air Force JAG (application due today), NRDC/Yale, the resource for seeking government jobs, and PILI’s fellowship program for students who have accepted positions with law firms that sponsor PILI Fellows. It also features invitations to several great events such as the Domestic Violence Winter Immersion, 7th Circuit Fellows program, New York State Public Defenders Career Fair, and several Student Loan Repayment Webinars.

Job Opportunity: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Washington DC, November 21 Deadline


Based in Washington, DC, ELI is accepting applications for several positions that may be of interest to law students considering careers in environmental law and policy.

Public Interest Law Fellowship. Each year, ELI hires one or more recent law school graduates to work closely with the Institute’s attorneys and other professionals to advance environmental protection through the effective use of law and policy. Successful candidates for the one-year fellowship will have a strong academic background, superior legal research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in environmental issues. Applications for 2019-20 are now being accepted through November 21, 2018.

For more information about any of these positions, or to apply, please visit: http://www.eli.org/employment


Job Opportunity: Yale/NRDC Environmental Law Fellow


Position Summary and Responsibilities:

The two-year fellowship is available starting in September 2019. For the first year, through August 2020, the Fellow will work at NRDC. During that time, the Fellow will focus on litigation or policy efforts to redress environmental and public health harms, such as air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. If the Fellow is placed with an NRDC subject matter program (such as Climate & Clean Energy, Nature, or Healthy People & Thriving Communities), she may represent NRDC and its members in federal or state court litigation and may also pursue policy initiatives in one or more of those areas. If the Fellow is placed with NRDC’s Litigation Team, she will litigate in federal or state court on a variety of environmental and/or public health issues. In doing so, she will represent NRDC and its members, and may collaborate with other environmental, labor, and public health groups. In either case the Fellow will work closely with, and be supervised by, experienced NRDC attorneys. The Fellow will be placed in one of NRDC’s major offices (New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, or Santa Monica), depending on the Fellow’s preference and NRDC’s needs.

For the second year, the Fellow will work at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, providing support for environmental law clinics, dual degree students, and events and activities relating to environmental law and policy. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and co-teach the EPC along with NRDC experts and a Yale faculty member. As noted above, the EPC is an interdisciplinary clinic offered jointly between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The EPC creates teams of graduate students to work on substantial projects for outside organizations. Projects include litigation support, administrative advocacy, legislative drafting, strategic and communications planning, network building, scientific literature reviews, and more. In addition to being the primary coordinator of the EPC, the Fellow will also have substantive supervision responsibilities for particular EPC student projects. It is the intention of NRDC and Yale that those projects will include matters that the Fellow has already worked on during the first year of the Fellowship at NRDC.


  • Juris Doctorate within the past three years from any law school.
  • Admission (or eligibility for admission on motion) to the relevant state bar for the NRDC office where the Fellow will work.
  • Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent academic and professional record.
  • Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork.
  • Capacity to work hard, efficiently, and independently.
  • Commitment to public service or social justice work.
  • Interest in mentoring students in environmental advocacy.
  • Judicial clerkship or substantial clinical experience (preferred).

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Excellent resource for 3L government jobs

If you’re interested in pursuing a post-graduate government positions (federal, state, or local) be sure to check out the Arizona Government Honors Handbook, password: GoIrish. Go to the drop down menu where it says “select a resource” and click “3L Applications by Deadline.” This is a comprehensive resource that lists pretty much any post-graduate federal honors program position you could be interested in and it clearly lays out the opportunities by when the applications are due. Many opportunities are coming up. For example, the U.S. Postal Service Attorney Honors Program application is due October 28 and Colorado Attorney General Fellowship program applications are due on November 16.

Winter Break Opportunity: DVLC Winter Immersion Program, Apply by November 26


Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending a week over winter break helping self-represented litigants petition the court for orders of protection through the DVLC’s Emergency Protection Project. Provide hands-on brief legal services and work directly with the litigants, conducting interviews and creating the documents they need to file. Observe court and see how judges use your own work product in determining whether the petitioner will receive an Emergency Order of Protection in an ex-parte hearing. Support the litigant during a time of crisis, demystifying the court process and explaining outcomes.

Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Cheryl DeMichele Price (cprice@dvlcchicago.org). Applications due by November 26. 711 License Not Required. Applicants must have a working laptop that can operate on a battery for at least one hour, and must be comfortable conducting sensitive legal interviews.

Three Sessions Available:

Week 1: December 17-21, 2018

Week 2: January 2-4, 201

Week 3: January 7-11, 2019

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Training will occur on the first day of each session.


Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60607

Free 7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students
Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018, RSVP by October 17

Friday, October 19, 2018 Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Cozen O’Connor, 123 North Upper Wacker Drive, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Hosted by Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th Floor, Chicago, IL
9:30 am Is the Law of the Workplace Drifting Rightward? Moderator: Martin H. Malin, IIT Chicago-Kent COL
● Private Sector Labor Law – Jonathan D. Karmel, The Karmel Law Firm, Chicago, IL
Joshua L. Ditelberg, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL
●Public Sector Labor Law – Michael J. McAuley, National Treasury Employees Union, Chicago, IL
R. Theodore Clark, Jr., Clark Smith Baird, LLP, Chicago, IL
● Privatization of Workplace Justice – Noah A. Finkel, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Chicago, IL
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Is the Law of the Workplace Drifting Rightward – Part II
● EEO Issues – Lori D. Ecker, Law Office of Lori D. Ecker, Chicago, IL
Diane M. Soubly, Butzel Long, Ann Arbor, MI
● Wage Hour Issues – ** TBA **
● Immigration – Tejas Shah, Franczek Radelet, Chicago, IL
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Pathways to Practice

Moderator: Richard Gonzalez, IIT Chicago-Kent COL
● Howard L. Bernstein – ‘Avoiding Mistakes in Your Job Search’ (Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago, IL)
● Margaret Angelucci – Union practice (Asher Gittler D’Alba, Ltd. Chicago, IL)
● Charles B. Baldwin – Management practice (Ogletree Deakins, Indianapolis, IN)
● Tamara L. Cummings – Union In-House (FOP Labor Council, Western Springs, IL)
● Dennis R. Favaro – Employee practice (Favaro & Gorman Ltd., Palatine, IL)
● Brenda H. Feis – Employee practice (Feis Goldy LLC, Chicago, IL)
● Kathryn Hartrick –Management practice, former In-house Counsel (Hartrick Employment Law, Chicago, IL)
● Karen Mines – Government attorney (US Department of Education, Chicago, IL)
● Mark L. Olson – Management practice (Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC, Waukesha, WI)
● Joseph E. Tilson – Management practice (Cozen O’Connor, Chicago, IL)
3:30 pm Women’s Rights and Labor and Employment Law – Viewing of the College-produced video featuring perspectives from three prominent women attorneys who were part of the rise of women in law schools during the 1960s and spearheaded women’s rights before the EEOC and in the courts.
These events are free of charge; however, an RSVP is required for both.
Please do so by Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

New York State Public Defenders Career Fair, Friday, October 19th – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

University at Buffalo, Center for Tomorrow

Registration is required by October 12 at www.law.buffalo.edu/pd-career-fair

Due to an influx of financial support from New York State, public defender offices from all 62 counties in New York will be hiring at an unprecedented rate for the next five years.  This means that there will be many jobs for current students looking for summer internships, graduating students looking for entry level jobs, and even recent grads who can start right away. Students from law schools all over the country are welcome to attend this career fair for free.

So far, public defenders from the following counties are attending:

New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Albany, Erie (Buffalo), Monroe (Rochester), Broome (Binghamton), Ontario, St. Lawrence, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Wyoming, Oneida, Franklin, Livingston, Warren.

We are also expecting Bronx and Queens.  The list is updated regularly on the registration website.

Student Loan Repayment Webinars


Facebook Live Chat
What You Need to Know About Student Loan RepaymentThursday, October 18 at 1:00 pm ET

AccessLex Center for Education and Financial Capability Manager of Product Development, Ann Durandetta, AFC®, and Manager of Education Services, Derek Brainard, AFC®, will discuss all things ‘student loan repayment’ and take questions during this Facebook Live Chat: What You Need to Know About Student Loan Repayment. Ann is an expert in communicating proactive financial planning to students and Derek’s keen financial advice has been published widely, including in USA Today and US News & World Report.

New webinar
Your PSLF Action Plan

A recent report by the US Government Accountability Office shows that although the Education Department has made efforts to inform borrowers, the large number of PSLF requests that are denied suggests that many borrowers do not understand or are not aware of the requirements. In our new webinar, Your PSLF Action Plan, participants will learn the requirements of the program and get a step-by-step plan to follow to be sure they are on their way to successful eligibility.

Join AccessLex on one of the dates below:

PILI’s Graduate Fellowship Program

PILI’s online application system for our Graduate Fellowship Program for 2019 will also open on October 15th at 10:00 a.m. CT. To participate in this program, the graduating law student must have accepted an offer of employment from a firm that is willing to sponsor PILI Fellows. PILI has approved over 120 Fellow positions at 60 public interest agencies across Illinois. For more information about how to apply for PILI’s Graduate Fellowship Program, visit www.pili.org/fellowships/how-to-apply.

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