3L Weekly Docket

This week’s 3L weekly Docket reminds all 3Ls starting public service careers after graduation to register for LRAP, encourages any 3L who has not landed a post-graduation job to talk to me about Bridge-to-Practice, and it contains three fellowship job opportunities.

Register for LRAP!

If you are going into a public service career and would like to take advantage of loan repayment assistance, register for LRAP today so you are set to receive updates about the program and don’t miss any deadlines. 3Ls who want to apply for LRAP 2020 need to register by going to the LRAP web page and clicking the blue button:


Looking for your first job out of law school? Talk to me about the Bridge-to-Practice Program!

The Bridge-to-Practice program is an amazing opportunity for any 3L searching for post-graduation employment.

Through the program, you can work for just about any organization of your choice (as long at it is not a private law firm) and get paid a stipend from NDLS to do so. You can see a list of organizations where previous Bridge-to- Practice participants have worked here. (This list is not an exhaustive list of options of organizations where you can work. It’s just a list of where past participants have worked. I can always work with you on finding a new organization.) You can read success stories of former Bridge-to-Practice participants here, here, here, and here.

If you get another job, you can pull out of the program at anytime with no consequences but if you end up not landing a job, you will want to preserve this program as an option so if you haven’t landed a great post-grad job yet, there is no reason not to apply for this program.

If you are looking for your post-graduation job, talk to me about Bridge-to-Practice ASAP. You can email me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu. A conversation with me does not obligate you to the program but it does give you the chance to learn more about it and see if it is a fit for you.

Staff Attorney Job, The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid), Richmond, Kentucky, May 17 Deadline

This position focuses on housing and consumer law.  This well-established legal services program is in its 48th year of serving low-income clients and client groups in a 37-county area, which includes the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and rolling hills of south central Kentucky.

AppalReD Legal Aid staff has been involved in significant representation of clients and client groups leading to the liberalization of standards for black lung benefits, establishment of shelters for victims of domestic violence, incorporation of and assistance to economic development groups, and development of due process procedures for utility cutoffs. AppalReD Legal Aid has also served thousands of low-income clients with their day-to-day needs in the traditional areas of poverty law representation including housing, consumer matters, public benefits, and domestic relations.

AppalReD Legal Aid operates a network of six field offices with a staff of 22 attorneys, 3 paralegals, and supporting personnel. Each branch office has excellent facilities and the necessary equipment to permit the staff to function as a first-class law firm.

Applicants should have a strong interest in serving the legal needs of low-income people, a special desire to work in a rural area, and a particular interest in the problems of Appalachia.  Experience and/or interest in housing law, consumer matters, and bankruptcy preferred. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Kentucky or eligible for admission without examination or limited admission.  Annual salary is $40,500 + D.O.E. with generous benefits and leave time.

Interested applicants should apply to Robert C. Johns, Executive Director, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., 120 N. Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653 or via email at robertj@ardfky.org. Applicants should send a resume under a cover letter indicating the specific nature of their interest in the position and particularly in working in a rural area. Applicants should also enclose a writing sample and list of references. Selected applicants will be asked to visit the Richmond office and possibly AppalReD’s administrative office in Prestonsburg.  For further information and questions, interested applicants may call Robert C. Johns at (606) 886-9876, ext. 1247.

National Juvenile Defender Center Gault Fellowship, May 6 Deadline

Recent law school graduates and current 3L/4LEs (Class of 2018 or 2019) are invited to apply for a one-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, DC, which will begin immediately or no later than September 2019.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967). The Gault decision extended to youth many of the same due process protections afforded adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. NJDC currently hosts two Gault Fellows who overlap for one year.

NJDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense. Through community building, training, and policy reform, we provide national leadership on juvenile defense issues with a focus on curbing the deprivation of young people’s rights in the court system.

Our reach extends to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, where we elevate the voices of youth, families, and defenders to create positive case outcomes and meaningful opportunities for children. We also work with broad coalitions to ensure the reform of juvenile courts includes the protection of children’s rights — particularly the right to counsel.

The Gault Fellows (Fellows) collaborate with NJDC staff to develop legal and policy initiatives focused on a broad range of juvenile defense issues. The Fellows perform extensive legal research and analysis for NJDC and assist with the provision of training and technical assistance to the juvenile defense community. The Fellows work closely with juvenile defense attorneys, public defender offices, law schools, legal clinics, and nonprofit law centers to improve access to counsel and the quality of representation for all children.

The Fellows write reports, articles, issue briefs, and fact sheets to inform the field, and additionally review the content and citations of all materials developed by NJDC. The Fellows may also assist in long-term research and writing on a variety of high-level reform projects. Each Fellow is expected to proactively initiate projects to improve the provision of justice in the juvenile delinquency system.

Read more and get application instructions here.

Equal Justice Works Virginia Housing Justice Program to Begin Fellowship Recruitment Next Month

The new Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program mobilizes a cohort of Fellows to serve low-income individuals residing in the Greater Richmond Region of Virginia who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction. Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations in the Greater Richmond Region where evictions and housing instability have reached epidemic proportions.

Fellowship recruitment is expected to begin next month. For questions, please contact Selena Hunn at housingjustice@equaljusticeworks.org.

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