3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the Weekly Docket features several federal job opportunities designed for graduating 3Ls, an NYU Law Policing Project Legal Fellow position, The Miami Dade Public Defender, and a Bridge-to-Practice host organization.

Veterans Legal Institute, Santa Ana, CA, looking for Bridge-to-Practice Fellow

Veterans Legal Institute is a small non-profit public interest law firm in Orange County, California that provides free legal services to low income veterans. We are one of only a very few nonprofit law firms nationwide that serves a military-specific population.

VLI takes cases in a number of legal areas, and we are able to work with fellowship recipients to create opportunities to work on specific projects.
We are looking for 3L Bridge-to-Practice fellow.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to abalta@vetslegal.com with “Postgraduate Fellow” in the subject heading.

Entry-Level Trial Attorney, Miami Dade County Public Defender

Assistant Public Defenders are accountable for providing high quality representation to our clients. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing each case efficiently and diligently;
  • advising and counseling each client;
  • establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with each client;
  • effectively and efficiently using investigators, mitigation specialists and other support staff;
  • seeking assistance from experts appropriate to the case;
  • upholding professional and ethical standards;
  • exercising sound judgment; and,
  • assisting the Public Defender in carrying out his responsibilities.
  • Complete an Application for Employment at http://www.pdmiami.com/attorney-app.pdf. Submit cover letter explaining your qualifications and reasons for seeking this position. The completed application, resume, cover letter and writing sample, all in PDF format, must be emailed to jobs@pdmiami.com.

NYU School of Law Policing Project Litigation Fellow, April 26 Deadline

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law invites applications for our 2019-2020 Litigation Fellowship, a one-year, potentially-renewable position based in New York City and beginning August/September 2019. This fellowship is designed for recent graduates with an interest in litigation and passion for improving how policing occurs. The Litigation Fellow will play a significant role in crafting and driving the Policing Project’s litigation efforts. The goal of this litigation is not to target particular police departments, but to develop creative and innovative claims to reshape constitutional and administrative law toward promoting democratic accountability in policing.

This position is funded by the generous support of The Justice Catalyst. The Catalyst’s mission is to activate path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering that have real-world impact and improve the lives of those denied access to justice by developing and supporting creative legal strategies that have concrete impact on a broad scale.

The Litigation Fellow will report directly to the Policing Project’s leadership team and will be responsible for:

  • Spearheading litigation development efforts, including developing plausible legal claims and evaluating jurisdictions to determine which will be more favorable on issues such as justiciability; non-delegation of authority to administrative bodies; how police and local entities are treated under state administrative law; what state administrative or due process law requires in terms of cabining discretion; fee-shifting; and other critical issues;
  • Conducting factual research into potential claims and clients;
  • Assisting leadership in developing and working with pro bono partners;
  • Working with and supervising undergraduate and graduate interns, as needed.

The Fellow’s initial salary will be $65,000 (with some adjustment for additional experience). Compensation includes an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and at least two references to info@policingproject.org. Please indicate “Litigation Fellow Application” in the subject line of your email. Cover letters should include when you are available to start and any salary requirements. Applications should be submitted by April 26, 2019, and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview.

Read more here.

National Indian Gaming Commission Legal Fellow, Washington, DC

The Commission’s primary mission is to work within the framework created by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) for the regulation of gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands to fully realize IGRA’s goals: (1) promoting tribal economic
development, self-su!iciency and strong tribal governments; (2) maintaining the integrity of the Indian gaming industry; and (3) ensuring that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming activities.

This is a temporary appointment not to exceed one year.
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel. The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel to the Commission on all matters relating to IGRA and its compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Office represents
the Chair in enforcement actions and, as needed, coordinates with the U.S. Department of Justice to implement the Commission’s enforcement actions. The Office also plays a role in handling appeals before the full Commission. When Commission action results in litigation, the Office works directly with the Department of Justice.

Read more and get link to application here.

Law Clerk, Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board, Secretary of Labor, Washington DC

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary of Labor, and serves as a Law Clerk for the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board.  The Board is an independent quasi-judicial body with exclusive authority to consider and decide appeals within its area of jurisdiction.

– This position is inside the bargaining unit


$68,036 to $88,450 per year


Reviewing legal pleadings, medical evidence, hearing transcripts, and other materials in conjunction with the facts and law of each case;

Preparing a large volume of high-quality draft decisions and orders following an examination of case records in FECA claims;

Proof-reading all written materials for accuracy of factual findings, legal citations and conclusions of law;

Conducting legal research on questions arising from states, regulations, decisions, legislative history, policy guides, and other legal authorities; and

Providing assistance to the Board by preparing updates, regarding recent decisions of the Board and statures, regulations, and policy guides. 

Read more and apply here.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Law Clerk, Washington, DC

The incumbent serves as Law Clerk in the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO). The position supports fulfillment of the Board’s mission.

The work is very similar to a judicial clerkship, in that the principal duty of the attorney is to work directly with a Veterans Law Judge to draft tentative decisions in Veterans’ appeals. The primary purpose of this position will be to handle all types of appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy. This position requires knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to Veterans’ benefits. The incumbent will utilize initiative and judgment in evaluating the evidence and making findings of fact and conclusions of law in tentative decisions. Incumbent will be under direct supervision of the Senior Counsel or Chief Member, and will perform the following duties:

  • Reviews and analyzes case material pertaining to appeals before BVA Veterans Law Judges.
  • Assists staff in case management, researching and drafting memos, correspondence, and other legal documents in preparation for Board Hearings, Travel Board Hearings and Video-conference Hearings.
  • Searches for, analyzes and evaluates information to be used in support of findings of fact which must be developed from the record of proceedings.
  • Drafts legal documents, and adheres to all laws administered by the VA.
  • Inputs and accesses appellate case information performing legal research.

Promotion Potential: When Bar Licensure is obtained, the candidate may be non-competitively reassigned to an Attorney-Advisor, GS-905-11. These positions are career appointments with promotion potential to GS-905-14.

This is an entry level position intended to attract recent law school graduates prior to passage of any U.S. state or territory’s Bar. Applicants must be a 2018/2019 graduates of an accredited approved law school with a J.D. degree and become a member of the Bar within 14 months following appointment. Failure to obtain Bar licensure within 14 months will result in termination from the position.

Read more and apply here.

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