2L Weekly Docket

This week’s edition of the 2L Weekly Docket features several job postings for those of you still looking for a summer job and a federal honors programs teleconference for students who are planning on applying to federal honors programs 3L year.

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The New York State Department of State Office of General Counsel provides legal assistance to the Department’s diverse portfolio of divisions, including the Division of Local Government Services, Division of Administrative Rules, Division of Building Standards and Codes, and the Division of Licensing. The Office of General Counsel is also responsible for drafting written comments for the Governor regarding select legislation affecting the agency, and drafting ethics opinions. The Department’s Office of General Counsel seeks a summer legal intern to assist its various Divisions with matters that arise in the context of the Division’s activities.

The position is unpaid and requires and requires a minimum of 20 hours per week over an 8-10 week period.

The legal intern will assist the Office of General Counsel with regard to:

  • Researching legislation and assistance drafting formal legislative recommendations (10-day bill memorandums) for consideration by the Governor.
  • Assisting Counsel to the Division of Local Government Services regarding municipal law topics.
  • Assisting Counsel to the Division of Licensing regarding administrative enforcement of licensing laws.
  • Assisting Counsel to the Division of Administrative Rules with rule-making activity and the State Register.
  • Assisting Counsel to the Division of Building Standards and Codes with representing the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, and updating the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
  • Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to David González, Office of General Counsel, Department of State, at David.Gonzalez@dos.ny.gov

Crime Victims Justice Corps Summer positions open across the country with stipend

The Crime Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) mobilizes more than 60 Fellows and 30 law students across the country to deliver civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims. CVJC Fellows focus on serving survivors of campus sexual assault, hate crimes, fraud, identity theft, as well as immigrant victims of crime.

Law students work alongside Fellows during the summer at legal services organizations to help provide civil legal services to address issues arising from crime victimization, including family law, education, and employment, as well as providing outreach and training to community partners. Law students are required to serve for a period of eight to ten weeks and earn a stipend upon successful completion of service.

You can see a list of organizations hiring here. 

Veterans Legal Corps summer positions, across the country with stipend

Through the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (VLC), formerly AmeriCorps JD, Fellows and law students provide legal services that enable low-income and homeless veterans and their families to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives. Law students, referred to as “Student Members” are hosted at legal services organizations across the country where they:

  • Provide legal assistance to veterans and their families on issues related to housing, employment, consumer and medical debt, government benefits, child support, and other family law matters
  • Build relationships with community partners, including staff at the VA hospitals, clinics, and veterans centers, as well as work with law schools
  • Deliver presentations on veterans’ rights and benefits, and create educational tools and resources that can be shared across their host organization and with community partners

Read more and apply here.

PAID Summer job: 2019 Carl L. McConnell Summer Fellowship, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Organization: The mission of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. We believe every person should have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education, and freedom from violence and abuse. We strive to empower people to overcome the causes and effects of poverty so they can participate in their community with dignity and respect. We seek to remove barriers related to poverty, disability, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status through community education, legal representation, systemic advocacy and collaboration with community partners.

Legal Aid is inviting current law students to work with and learn from our attorneys in our established housing or health law programs. The 2019 Carl L. McConnell Summer Fellow will work with Legal Aid attorneys for ten weeks in one of the following areas:

  • Housing: Fellows with the Home Savers project work with the staff attorneys on behalf of low-income tenants to prevent homelessness through eviction defense, advocacy, and community education. Fellows assist with client intake at three weekly housing clinics; prepare pleadings for self-represented tenants in eviction proceedings, including Answers, Motions to Vacate Default Judgments, and Ex Parte Stay Applications; advise self-represented litigants regarding court procedure and settlement negotiations; and assist staff attorneys with litigation of unlawful detainer cases, including drafting discovery, motions, and trial documents (court experience for certified law students).
  • Health: Fellows with our Health Consumer Center assist in the direct representation of low-income clients on health care access issues. Work may include conducting intakes and interviewing clients, observing administrative hearings, and attending partner and community meetings. Fellows may also work on systems issues affecting our client population.
  • Currently enrolled in law school (first and second year students welcome to apply)
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Excellent writing and research skills

  • Fellows are expected to commit 35 hours per week for 10 weeks at $15/hour.

Email your resume and a cover letter that includes your area of interest to: fellowships@legalaidsmc.org.

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Child Welfare & Immigration Project and Kinship Project Legal Interns, April 10 Deadline, Washington DC

The ABA Center on Children and the Law seeks Summer 2019 legal interns for two projects: Child Welfare & Immigration Project and Kinship Project.

  • The Child Welfare and Immigration Project focuses the intersection of immigration and child welfare law, with a goal of increasing the legal community’s knowledge in each field about the other to more effectively address the needs of immigrant clients.
  • Interns with the Immigration Project will research state child welfare agency and court policies affecting immigrant families, create fact sheets of recommended policies and practices, and monitor federal legislation affecting immigrant families.
  • The Kinship Project provides resources, training, and technical assistance to professionals who work with relatives caring for children when they cannot live safely with their parents. We manage a website which provides a database of state bills, laws and policies, as well as other kinship resources and materials.
  • Interns for the Kinship Project will conduct legal and legislative research of kinship care and related child welfare issues to support the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center (http://grandfamilies.org).
  • Interns will have other assignments including analyzing state kinship policies and monitoring federal legislation.

Send resume and cover letter that highlights relevant experience to Cristina.Cooper@americanbar.org

Texas Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel Summer Legal Intern, Houston

The intern will gain experience working with attorneys and paralegals in METRO’s Legal Department. Our goal is to expose the intern(s) to the types of legal services provided to various departments and share valuable insight on in-house counsel’s role to support the agency’s decision-making for providing public transportation services within the region. The intern will have an opportunity to learn board governance, transaction negotiations and preparation; litigation discovery and trial experience, enhance and develop strong legal research and writing skills, and assist attorneys with interpretation of state and federal laws.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

  • Assist attorneys and paralegals with trial preparation
  • Assist with the determining the Agency’s legal compliance
  • Attend board meetings, depositions, mediations, hearings and trial
  • Conduct court and other legal research and assist attorneys with drafting motions and opinions
  • Assist attorneys with statutory interpretation and draft summary reports of discovery
  • Work closely with other paralegals throughout the department

Selected participants will be compensated $1,800 upon completion of the program.

Apply here.

Federal Honors Programs Teleconference for law student, April 17 4-5:30 PM

For anyone interested in practicing regulatory law, the federal government is a terrific place to begin a career. Attorneys from the Departments of Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, and Transportation will provide information and answer questions about their agencies’ honors programs for new law graduates. Professor Kati Kovacs, who worked at the Department of Justice for twelve years, will moderate the discussion.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Hector O. Huezo, United States Department of Transportation
  • Veronica Larvie, Acting Regional Solicitor, United States Department of the Interior
  • Patricia McKenna, United States Department of Justice
  • Amy B. Newman, Attorney-Advisor, Litigation, Supervisory Attorney-Advisor & Program Manager, Honors Attorney Program, United States Department of Justice
  • Kati Kovacs, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, Moderator

Registration is free, but required. Please send an e-mail to Rebecca.mobley@americanbar.org with your contact details to register.

Deadline for Registration is Tuesday April 16, 2019

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