3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket is packed with post-graduate job opportunities including government honors programs and public interest fellowships. It also includes an invitation to the largest public interest career fair in the country, a reminder about the Federal Government Honors handbook as an excellent resources for tracking down government jobs, and invitations to a couple of conferences.

Design Your Dream Job: Last call for public interest fellowship applications

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Notre Dame fellowships are due on September 20th and there is still time to find a host organization and apply! If you want to create your own dream job with a non-profit or government organization of your choice, reach out to me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu ASAP

Design your own dream job again: Equal Justice Works Fellowships, September 20 Deadline

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Equal Justice Works fellowships have a very similar application to Notre Dame Fellowships so if you’re applying for an ND fellowship, you might as well apply to EJW too! Interested in our Design Your Own postgraduate Fellowship or similar project-based Fellowships? Prior to applying to these types of Fellowships, you must have a host organization who has agreed to host you should you be selected for a Fellowship. Fortunately, there are many nonprofits and legal aid organizations that are looking to partner with interested candidates! Below is a list of some organizations looking to host a Fellow for a 2020 start date:

The application period for the Equal Justice Works “Design Your Own Fellowship” project closes on September 20, 2019. Need help working on your project? Download the Fellowship Applicant Guide to help you as you work with a host organization to design your Fellowship project. You can also visit our website to learn more about the application process and find other useful resources.

Job Opportunity: BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship in Chicago, October 11 Deadline

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Each fall, BPI hires a recent law or policy school graduate to become a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for a two-year term, beginning the following fall.  BPI created the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship in 1999 to honor Alexander Polikoff, who served as BPI’s Executive Director for 29 years, and Dorothy Gautreaux, the public housing activist who gave her name to Polikoff’s landmark lawsuit.

BPI’s fellowship program is designed to prepare the next generation of public interest professionals.  Our Fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in nonprofit leadership, affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, and government.  Current Board President, Nick Brunick, is a former Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow.

Fellows receive an annual salary of $52,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Download more information about the Fellowship.

To apply, send resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 11, 2019 to fellowships@bpichicago.org, or via postal mail (postmarked by October 11, 2019) to:

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship
25 E. Washington St., Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60602

Registration open for largest public interest career fair in the country, EJW Conference and Career Fair, September 15 Deadline

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Hundreds of public interest and government employers are interviewing at this conference and NDLS has travel stipends available. Read more and register here

Job Opportunity: AFL-CIO Fellowship, 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 2020. 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 AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 55 national and international unions which represent over 12 million working women and men in the United States. The AFL-CIO works on a variety of fronts to improve the lives of working families, to secure social and economic justice in the United States, and to protect the interests of working people in the global economy. The AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been instrumental not only in negotiating good pay and benefits for union members, but also in the enactment and enforcement of laws that protect important rights for all workers, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL-CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also houses the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union-side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide variety of matters. The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals and before the NLRB and a small number of state appellate courts. In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers. Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

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.

Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third year law students are welcome to apply. Applicants should have excellent legal research and writing skills and enjoy legal research and appellate work. Applicants should also have a commitment to workers’ rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. The AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the fellowship, a current resume, a transcript, a short writing sample, a letter of reference and a list of two additional references. Letters of references can also be mailed to AFL-CIO’s Office of the General Counsel, ATTN: Fellowship position, 815 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. The application process is rolling but for full consideration an application should be complete by November 8, 2019.

Read more and learn how to apply here.

Job Opportunity: Oregon Department of Justice Attorney Honors Program, September 27 Deadline

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The Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program is designed to provide outstanding, recent law school graduates who have not practiced law–including those who are serving as judicial clerks–with the opportunity to gain public law experience after law school. As an Honors Attorney, you will immediately handle your own caseload and have the opportunity to work on some of the most pressing issues facing the state. Whether you are interested in complex litigation, criminal law, antitrust, consumer protection, protecting Oregon’s children, or constitutional issues, the Honors Attorney Program enables new attorneys to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in a wide range of legal disciplines alongside more experienced attorneys. As an employee of the Oregon Department of Justice, you will work with talented and dedicated attorneys and staff to represent the State of Oregon, its departments, agencies and institutions, and, most importantly, its citizens.

Program Details

The term of appointment is one year, which may be (and customarily is) extended to a second year. Honors Attorneys typically rotate from one division to another after their first year, enabling them to obtain a breadth of experience in diverse areas of the law and to work with colleagues from different divisions in the office. Participants are eligible to apply for permanent positions with the department after completing their first year in the program, but they should not expect the appointment to extend beyond two years.

Oregon Department of Justice

With more than 1300 dedicated employees, including approximately 300 excellent attorneys, the Oregon Department of Justice is the largest law firm in Oregon. Our goal is to be the best public law office in the nation. We are committed to finding, developing and retaining the finest legal professionals. We offer our employees a challenging, fun, and rewarding work environment with great benefits–resulting in a satisfying career. Because of our size and the volume of our legal work, we are able to entrust each attorney with an appropriate level of responsibility, helping people work productively by facilitating growth and development of their knowledge and skills. We are seeking individuals who are dedicated to justice and motivated to work hard on important legal matters on behalf of the citizens of Oregon. Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and officers and agencies of the State in most civil and many criminal proceedings. 

Read more and apply here

Register for Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference, October 1 Deadline

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When:  Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2019

Where: The Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Keynote Address & Peter Mitchell Labor Law Lecture, sponsored by IUE-CWA
                                Sharon Block
Executive Director of the Labor & Worklife Program
and Lecturer on Law
Harvard Law School

Friday Evening:     Networking Dinner
PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED

Much More: With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Read more and register here

Registration open for Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting

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If you’re interested in building your career in Indianapolis, registration just opened for the State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting this fall, which is in Indianapolis this year – Oct. 16-18. The registration price for law students is $150.00, which includes all events/meals.

ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

  • House of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday afternoon. (If you would like to register for the House of Delegates meeting ONLY, rather than the full Annual Meeting, please click here.)
  • Welcome Reception.
  • Section & Committee Annual Business Meetings on Thursday and Friday mornings.
  • Three targeted CLE Tracks (voices in the courtroom, professional development/essential skills and hot topics)
  • Family Feud Lunch. Join our Emcee James Bell as our teams compete for prizes and bragging rights.
  • Member Assembly Meeting on Thursday afternoon.
  • Law School Alumni Receptions.
  • Keynote dinner featuring David Rudolf – a defense attorney featured in the Netfl­ix docuseries “The Staircase” whose clients include author Michael Peterson and former NFL player Rae Carruth.
  • Social hosted by our Young Lawyers Section on Thursday evening.

Read more about the Annual Meeting and register here.

Resource: Federal Government Job Search- The Arizona Government Honors Handbook

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Are you interested in working in government next summer? The University of Arizona annually publishes the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, which is a comprehensive guide to all Local, State and Federal government Honors (postgraduate opportunities.) The Handbook is updated as they become aware of new opportunities or as opportunities become defunct. This should be considered the authoritative source for finding these opportunities.

You can access the handbook here. I suggest using the “3L Applications by Deadline” search function. If you’re interested, take a look soon. Several deadlines are coming up very fast such as the Department of Transportation Honors Program (August 30) and the State Department’s New Attorney Program (September 1).

Job Opportunity: Air Force JAG, October 10 Deadline

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If you’re interested in applying for an entry-level JAG position in the Air Force, now is the time to be thinking about the November Board! Here are some dates relevant to the November Board:

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

10 Oct 2019: Online application closes

1 Nov 2019: Interviews must be completed

When evaluating applicants, Air Force selection boards use the whole person concept.  They consider academic performance, curricular and extracurricular involvement, community service, work experience, strength of character, and leadership potential.  They look for agile applicants who want to be challenged and are open to multiple areas of practice. They seek applicants who have the desire and potential to take on immediate practice opportunities to include litigating cases in the courtroom, counseling clients on civil legal matters, and advising commanders on various legal issues.

In your application package, you can demonstrate these principles in a number of ways. For example, in your resume, you should identify any experience gained in oral and written advocacy, client counseling, and legal research and writing. In your motivational statement, you should explain why you want to serve in the JAG Corps, and provide some background on who you are as a person. Letters of recommendation provide a great opportunity to not only highlight an applicant’s legal talents, but also to demonstrate dependability, the ability to successfully work on a team, and character. Applicants should prepare for the interview by familiarizing themselves with the JAG Corps practice model and military life. Finally, you should apply early and if you are not selected, you should reapply!

You can read more here and if you’re interested in applying, please reach out to me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu. 

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