3L Weekly Docket

This week’s 3L Weekly Docket features several fellowship job opportunities in California, DC, Florida, and EJW’s design your own fellowship project, which can take place anywhere in the country at an organization of your choosing. It also features the latest DOJ webinar recording where attorneys from several different DOJ divisions speak about their work as well as an Equal Justice Works webinar on launching your public interest career. Lastly, it features an announcement that registration opens for the largest public interest career fair on August 12th and a debt repayment calculator.

DOJ Webinar Recording

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The recording of the last DOJ webinar featuring attorneys from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Security Division, United States Attorney’s Office, and the United States Trustee Program can be accessed here: Wednesday Webinar Jul 10, 2019

Job Opportunity: EJW Fellowship Application is Open, September 20 Deadline

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Interested in our Design Your Own postgraduate Fellowship or similar project-based Fellowships? For these types of Fellowships, you’re responsible for securing your own host organization prior to applying. Fortunately, there are many nonprofit and legal aid organizations that are looking to partner with interested candidates and have some ideas for projects in mind. These projects typically focus on a specific issue area related to the population the organization serves. Here are some organizations that are looking to apply with candidates this summer/fall for a 2020 start:

If you’re interested in pursuing an EJW fellowship, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu!

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid Association of California, August 16 Deadline

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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization of legal services nonprofits. Nearly 100 nonprofit civil legal aid providers around the state are members of LAAC. These civil legal aid nonprofits provide critical legal assistance to low-income Californians and ensure equal access to justice. LAAC serves and strengthens its members through advocacy, training, and support. LAAC does not directly provide legal services.

LAAC is particularly interested in fellowship candidates who want to collaborate on simultaneous applications to more than one funder, and on access to justice technology legal aid projects in the following areas:

  1. LAAC seeks a full-time Legal Technology Fellow to work on our LawHelpCA website accessibility project. The fellow will work to implement changes to LAAC’s Drupal-based website LawHelpCA in conjunction with the website development team and the LAAC Program Attorney. Changes will include creation and improvement of a triage tool for the website, and implementation of best practices for readability and accessibility.
  2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: LAAC seeks to make LawHelpCA.org a website that is accessible for everyone. LAAC strives to implement changes which will create a user-friendly and welcoming experience for all. LAAC seeks to consider people of every age, class, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, race, nationality, immigration, religion, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, or other characteristics when assessing access.
  3. The fellow will research current practices of California legal aid organizations regarding website maintenance and removal of barriers to access to services. The fellow will produce a paper, which will be made available to the California legal aid community, as to these findings and suggested best practices for improvements to legal aid online access for low-income and modest means Californians.

Other proposals also invited: While the above are the preferred focus areas, LAAC is open to project ideas that have a strong background or interest in technology to propose technology focused ideas.

LAAC works collaboratively and intensively with prospective fellows to develop projects that address access to justice legal issues. LAAC is committed to fully supporting and advising the applicant during the application process to ensure that a high quality and well-informed application is compiled and submitted.

Qualifications:

  • J.D.
  • Project management and/or event coordination experience
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write/edit well and produce quality publications with strong attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm for supporting the statewide network of nonprofits
  • Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases
  • Experience in template-based web pages required
  • Previous experience working with low-income and underserved communities preferred
  • Knowledge of web-based legal information and intake systems
  • Familiarity with Drupal 8 an asset, but is not required, comfort in exploring and willingness to learn this platform is a must
  • Familiarity communicating with website developers and software engineers a plus

Application Deadlines:

Applications for fellowship sponsorship by LAAC must be submitted to LAAC by August 16.

In addition, the collaborative applications are due directly to the fellowship organization by their designated deadlines. Their applications are due to Skadden by September 15, 2019; and EJW by September 20, 2019.

Applicant Instructions:

Please Send: (1) a cover letter (i) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as well as (ii) describing relevant work and volunteer background, and (iii) how your personal and professional experience would specifically contribute to LAAC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (2) your resume, (3) three references and their contact information via email to careers@laaconline.org.

Submit your LAAC applications by email to careers@laaconline.org; and include in the subject line “Attn: 2020-2022 Fellowship Application [YOUR LAST NAME]”. For questions, contact LAAC’s Program Attorney, Lauren Lofton (contact below).

Contact Information:

Lauren Lofton, Program Attorney

510-893-3000 x 107

LLofton@LAAConline.org

Job Opportunity: AFL-CIO Fellowship, Washington DC, November 8 Deadline

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress
of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship
beginning in September 2019. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for
recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide
variety of issues.

The fellowship salary is in the range of $65,000 to $70,000 depending on
experience. Benefits include excellent medical and dental insurance plus paid
vacation.

Read more about the fellowship and how to apply here

Job Opportunity: 2020-2022 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, American Bar Association/Section of Taxation, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, September 6 Deadline

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Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in applying for a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow for the 2020-2022 Fellowship term in support of its Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) located in Broward and Collier County.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

The fellowship recipient would assist low-income taxpayers in Broward and Collier County (including the City of Immokalee), with a focus on those who speak English as a second language (ESL). The Fellow would provide direct tax services to clients, represent clients in tax controversies against the IRS and at the US Tax Court, provide tax consultation services, engage in educational outreach projects, and develop a network of pro bono tax attorneys. Rural Collier County would be a focus for the Fellow because it is largely inhabited by ESL taxpayers. The Fellowship will be based in Broward County, with travel to Collier County twice per week (travel expenses will be covered).

Fellowship applicants must be third-year law students or 2019 law school graduates (LLM candidates/graduates are also eligible to apply). Students who are adept at conversational Spanish are encouraged to apply. The fellowship provides funding for salary and benefits, as well as law school debt assistance. Salary is commensurate with current U.S. Tax Court Law Clerk salary rates. While we cannot confirm the salary rate at this time, we believe it to be approximately $54,972.

All applications are reviewed, and successful applicants are selected by the Section’s Public Service Fellowship Committee. The Section plans to award as many as two (2) fellowships in early 2020. The Fellow will begin working September 2020. The Fellow must be granted admission to the Florida Bar within six months of the starting date.

Application deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00pm. Interested applicants must e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org. Please describe in the cover letter your past experience and your particular interest in tax law. Legal Aid will interview selected candidates in September and make a final decision by September 13, 2019. If candidates cannot be physically present for the interview, we will arrange to interview remotely via Skype or similar means. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

For more information about Legal Aid, please visit browardegalaid.org. For more information about the ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellowships, we encourage you to visit americanbar.org/groups/taxation/awards/psfellowship.html

Registration for Huge Public Interest Career Fair opens August 12th

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Student Registration for the 2019 Conference and Career Fair Opens August 12th

Student registration for the Equal Justice Works 2019 Conference and Career Fair opens Monday, August 12th. This year’s fair will take place October 19th and 20th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Click Here to Learn More

Useful Resource: Debt Repayment Calculator

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Tip of the Month: Use the repayment calculator to estimate your monthly loan payments. The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website provides a resourceful tool for borrowers to estimate payments under each repayment plan based on your eligible loans. When determining which repayment plan is best for you and your family, this is a useful resource that takes into account your eligible loan balance, income, family size, and projected loan forgiveness. Access the repayment estimator here.

Upcoming Webinar:  Launching Your Public Interest Career with Equal Justice Works

Wednesday, July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Register here.

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