2L Weekly Docket

This edition of the Weekly Docket features several job opportunities, including paid public interest opportunities in Chicago and Philadelphia, several additional public interest opportunities, the San Francisco City Attorney Legal Internship program, and the recording of the DOJ’s volunteer law clerk webinar. If you’re interested in applying to any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help with your application materials.

Business People for the Professional Interest Internship Chicago, Applications accepted on rolling basis

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is currently hiring interns for summer 2018. One of the country’s foremost public interest law and policy centers, BPI strives to resolve compelling social justice issues in the Chicago region. Interns will have the opportunity to work in one or more of our three program areas: criminal justice reform and police accountability; public housing and community development; and public education and early learning. Many BPI interns have previous work or volunteer experience in at least one of our program areas.

BPI interns research legal and policy issues, write memoranda, briefs and policy papers, analyze opportunities for reform, develop policy and legislation, and advocate for the most effective policy solutions.

We are currently considering applications for summer 2019 on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and writing sample to internships@bpichicago.org.

More information can also be found on our website: https://www.bpichicago.org/fellowships/student-internships/

DOJ Webinar Links

If you missed the webinars on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice, you can watch the following webinar recordings. Please note that the DOJ had attorneys from different offices who gave their insight into working for their respective components and tips for applicants. The webinar links will remain open until December 1, 2018.

We encourage your first- and second-year law students to review our summer volunteer legal internship opportunities at  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers. They should keep checking the site for new openings in the coming weeks.  

DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Webinar Nov 14, 2018 – ENRD and TAX

DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Webinar Nov 15, 2018 – CRM, EOIR, USAO-DC

Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation Summer Fellowship, Due February 15, $5000 Stipend

 We are pleased to announce that the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) in partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office have created a fellowship program to recommend law students for paid and unpaid eight-week summer internships with the State’s Attorney’s Office. This internship is a great opportunity to obtain hands-on legal experience and work closely with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. We believe this opportunity will provide invaluable experience to the selected students. This is part of an effort to actively attract and recruit qualified lawyers with diverse backgrounds, with the hope that they will one day join the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Assistant State’s Attorneys. Enclosed are detailed information and application forms. Interested law students must complete and submit applications at the designated address by February 15, 2019. 

AABA Law Foundation will accept fellowship applications along with the State’s Attorney’s Internship Application, which will all be reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney’s Office in turn will interview and make the final selection from the applicants for paid positions. The AABA Law Foundation will award a $5,000 fellowship to an applicant selected by the State’s Attorney’s Office to intern within the State’s Attorney’s Office. The AABA Law Foundation will notify the applicant selected to receive its fellowship by April 2019. The internship applicant selected by the State’s Attorney Office who receives the AABA Law Foundation’s fellowship may be asked and should be available to be recognized at the State’s Attorney’s Asian American Heritage Month reception inMay 2019(exact date and location TBA). Thank you for your interest.

Juvenile Law Center Summer Internship, Philadelphia, $5000 Stipend

Juvenile Law Center is a national public interest law firm located in Philadelphia that advocates for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, applied fairly, and reflective of international human rights values.  

Summer interns will receive a summer stipend of up to $5,000. We hope to offer additional funding for moving expenses, pending fundraising.

Interns are invited to learn more about Juvenile Law Center and our work during the course of the summer. Interns participate in brown bag lunches with staff at Juvenile Law Center and other Philadelphia public interest law firms. They are also invited to visit and learn about other organizations that serve youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, a writing sample, two references with email addresses and phone numbers, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to internships@jlc.org with the subject line “Summer Law and Policy Internship.”

We want to know why you are applying for an internship with Juvenile Law Center. In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in working with Juvenile Law Center; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support Juvenile Law Center’s commitment to diversity.

American Dental Association Summer Internship, Chicago

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.

The ADA Division of Legal Affairs actively and enthusiastically advances the ADA’s Mission & Vision for the public’s oral health by protecting, defending and advocating for the legal rights and interests of the ADA.

Qualifications: Student in good standing. Resumes demonstrating an interest in health care law and students who have completed their second year of law school are highly preferred.

Typical Work and Projects Assigned: The extern’s work in the Division of Legal Affairs will be largely research, writing and legal analysis. The writing will be diverse. At times, the writing will be for lawyers; and other times it will be for dentists. The research will take the extern into areas that he or she has not studied in law school and should help to bridge the gap between what the extern was taught and what he or she will likely be doing when practicing law. The extern may be given legal assignments that will require legal analysis with reference to issues, often issues without direct legal precedent.

To apply: submit a resume and writing sample to:

Lisa M. Schnick schnickl@ada.org
Assistant to the General Counsel 
Senior Manager, Administrative Services
Division of Legal Affairs

Please note that the ADA is not eligible for federal work study. 

San Francisco City Attorney’s Office Law School Internship Program, Due December 10

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work in a large and award-winning municipal law office, which has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for outstanding excellence. Our internship program reflects an important priority for the City Attorney’s Office: to give back to the legal community in meaningful and important ways.  

City Attorney Herrera chairs an application evaluation committee that seeks to identify prospective interns based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law. Once accepted, interns work closely with deputy city attorneys who are designated mentors on a meaningful (yet manageable) caseload. Each team also has an internship coordinator, who works to ensure that program participants benefit from their assignments, team and client interactions, and have full access to resources like the city’s law library and electronic research materials. Interns typically work with at least two to three attorneys, who provide ongoing professional feedback and keep interns involved as team members and part of the office’s broader attorney-client relationship with city departments, commissions and officials.

Depending on their assignments, interns can take part in client meetings with department staff and elected officials; trials, court hearings, and depositions; public meetings and closed sessions with city commissions and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and even press conferences related to the office’s work. City Attorney interns also benefit from events, tours and lectures that the office schedules for interns every season. Special programming offers an inside-view of important and sometimes surprising work required of lawyers for a city as innovative, fast-growing and unique as San Francisco. Past programming has included:

  • Tours of AT&T Park, home of our World Champion San Francisco Giants, which the City Attorney’s Office helped to develop, and where legal issues still figure prominently in a rapidly-developing corner of the city.
  • Fireboat tours by the S.F. Fire Department, which highlight its preparedness for modern maritime emergencies and its historical role in major disasters like the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
  • Animal Care and Control facilities tours, which reflect some of the unique challenges and innovative approaches of the City of St. Francis—where dogs actually outnumber children.
  • Tours of San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, which offers progressive-minded educational, medical, mental health, socialization and counseling services to youth in short-term detention.

Read more and apply here

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