3L Weekly Docket

This week’s edition of the Weekly Docket features several post-graduate job opportunity with organizations such as the Air Force, Washington Attorney General, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York, and public interest organizations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It also features an upcoming summer event in Chicago, DOJ webinars, the DOJ career fair, and an Air Force JAG’s experience in his first four years of practice.

Post-graduate Job Opportunity: Upcoming Application Windows/Deadlines for the Air Force

The September Selection Board is a great opportunity for rising 3Ls to get an early start on the application/selection process.  

September Board

1 Jul 2019: Online application opens at http://www.airforce.com/jag

10 Aug 2019: Online application closes

1 Sep 2019: Interviews must be completed

November Board

25 Sep 2019: Online application opens at http://www.airforce.com/jag

10 Oct 2019: Online application closes

1 Nov 2019: Interviews must be completed

If you’re interested in applying for an Air Force JAG position, reach out to me.

Post-graduate Job Opportunity: Washington Attorney General Honors Program, August 7 Deadline

Each fall the Office of the Attorney General conducts an Honors Program during which we entertain applications from third-year law students and judicial clerks.  At the end of this process, we will extend offers of Assistant Attorney General positions to approximately 5 applicants. For 3Ls:  To apply and be considered for an attorney position via our Honors Program, interested applicants will need to apply by visiting the posting located HERE and follow the application directions. Applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will then be extended.

Public Interest Law Initiative Event in Chicago: Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias, June 26

  • June 26th, 2019 – 8:15 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

RSVP here.

DOJ Career Fair, RSVP open June 19

The Career Fair is Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  in the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 

RSVP Instructions:

  1. RSVP will be accepted starting at 12:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on June 19 and will close June 21, or when filled, whichever occurs first. (Note: space is limited to 10 per law school and a total of 100 entries are available)
  2. RSVP to OARMevents@usdoj.gov (RSVPs will not be accepted prior to 19 June, 12:00 PM EST
  3. Please use email subject line:  DOJ Career Fair RSVP
  4. In the email state your
    1. Name
    2. Law school
    3. Email address
    4. Internship location, if applicable

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED to no more than 10 students from any one law school and 100 total spaces are available, so this event fills very quickly. The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management will confirm reservations after RSVP closes, and provide additional instructions on security requirements and building access.

DOJ Wednesday Webinar Series

June 19, 201912:00 PM ESTDrug Enforcement AdministrationEnvironment and Natural Resources DivisionExecutive Office of Immigration ReviewCivil Rights Division
July 10, 201912:00 PM ESTFederal Bureau of InvestigationNational Security DivisionUnited States Attorney’s OfficeUnited States Trustee Program

URL:  https://ecs.acms.com/dojwedweb/

Access Code:  10200   

Access the webinar from June 5, which included attorneys from the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Criminal Division, and Tax Division.

Students can access the recording here:  Wednesday Webinar June 5, 2019

First Four Years of Air Force JAG Corps Practice: Litigator Perspective

The most common question we get from applicants is:  “What kind of law would I be practicing?” In their first assignment, Air Force JAGs simultaneously prosecute cases, provide legal assistance to military members, and rotate through various specialty areas of the law. This exposure to different legal portfolios provides our JAGs the opportunity to identify the practice areas they are most passionate about.

Capt Andrew Trejo, 2014 graduate of CUNY School of Law, explains his experience during his initial four years of practice. Capt Trejo discovered he is a litigator at heart, so his career thus far has been shaped by his desire to get into the courtroom:

“When I first was assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, I started as the Chief of Preventive Law, running the Legal Assistance program. I also wrote legal reviews on ethics, labor law, and general law issues. I learned fast that a first assignment Captain in the Air Force JAG Corps must be flexible, and will quickly traverse the full spectrum of legal practice from general law to military justice. Within weeks, I prosecuted my first court-martial. That experience affirmed my passion for litigation. I later moved to the Chief of Litigation position, taking a leadership role mentoring younger JAGs. At my first assignment, I ultimately prosecuted 11 courts-martial, including 7 at the felony level.

During my initial assignment, I also deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. I quickly forward deployed to Afghanistan where I spent the entire deployment as a legal advisor for the Justice Center in Parwan. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. As a litigator, I was inspired by those patriots who, despite being in constant danger, continued to push boundaries to re-define the practice of criminal justice in their country. Not everyone joins the Air Force JAG Corps and discovers litigation is their calling, but my first assignment reaffirmed it was something I loved to do.

My second assignment led me to where I now sit in the Area Defense Counsel (ADC) office at Davis-Monthan. As an ADC, I work as an independent advocate, advisor, and defense counsel for Airmen on my installation and in my region. This summer, my ADC tour will end and I will be moving back to the prosecution side as a Circuit Trial Counsel. As a senior Air Force prosecutor, I will lead felony level prosecutions across the western part of the U.S. As you can see, my first four years have been dynamic and rewarding. The JAG Corps has given me general practice experience and allowed me to pursue what I am passionate about.”

Post-graduate job opportunity: Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Fellowship

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (The Foundation) will award two-year Justice for All Fellowships to outstanding recent law school graduates with a passion for public service. The Foundation supports fellowship projects which address unmet civil legal needs facing lowincome individuals and families in Ohio. Each fellow must work together with an Ohio nonprofit 501(c)3 host organization that has been in existence for no less than three (3) years to develop a proposed project. Fellows will receive a competitive salary, benefits, and up to $6,000 in annual educational loan repayment assistance.

Read more here and contact me to talk if you’re interested in applying for the position.

Post-graduate job: Independence Foundation Fellowship, Philadelphia

Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans. Thus the Foundation enables some of the best and brightest law school graduates to come to the Philadelphia area and obtain employment with a local organization that provides free legal services to the underserved.

Read more here and reach out to me if you’re interested in applying for the fellowship.

Post-graduate Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Fellowship, New York

Our talented team of twenty-six lawyers and legal advocates provide comprehensive civil legal services to thousands of low-income, often disenfranchised, individuals and families each year, including frail older adults, people who are homeless or who have disabilities, immigrants, low wage workers and low-income families. Our unique comprehensive legal practice, integrated within a larger social service and educational organization, connects our clients to the multidisciplinary resources that are often necessary to tackle our society’s most difficult challenges – lack of affordable housing, access to meaningful health care and critical income supports, and end-of-life planning.

We are currently seeking applicants who are interested in creating projects relating to Eviction Prevention and Tenants’ Rights in Manhattan, with a focus on East Harlem tenants. The Fellow will play a significant role in our efforts to prevent tenant harassment and displacement as part of the Universal Access to Counsel Program, New York City’s groundbreaking movement for social justice. This is a wonderful opportunity for a dedicated public interest attorney to join an established community-based legal services program in a dynamic nonprofit organization.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 125-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. We operate through a multidisciplinary holistic approach to legal representation, such that our clients receive assistance not only with their civil legal needs, but also have access to our social workers, care managers, ESOL classes and more within our organization. This synergy of legal advocacy and social services creates a powerful tool to achieve social and legal justice for those in need. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lenoxhill.org

Read more here and reach out to me if you’re interested in applying.

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