3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket contains job postings with the Oregon Department of Justice (due tomorrow), the Air Force JAG, Center for Appellate Litigaton, Immigrant Justice Corps, and the brand new Justice Catalyst Fellowship as well as several upcoming networking receptions in Chicago.

Justice Catalyst Fellowship, Choose your own Organization, First step due October 13

 A brand new fellowship, the Justice Catalyst Fellowship, has just been announced. It runs for one year and pays $60,000.

The Justice Catalyst administers one-year, potentially renewable, project-based fellowships for graduating law students, or graduates up to two years out of law school, to support innovative public interest work at non-profit organizations.


The Justice Catalyst activates path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering and affirmative litigation that have real-world impact and improve the lives of low-wage workers, the poor, and the marginalized. Towards this end, the Catalyst launches and supports early-stage projects with existing public interest organizations or public agencies that employ or wish to adopt innovative approaches or legal strategies to address social problems, and seeds new organizations aiming at transformative change. More information at http://justicecatalyst.org/.


The Catalyst is looking for projects from diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long fellowships, with a possibility of renewal. The Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer. In addition, you can submit a prospectus without a host organization, and work with us to identify a way to launch the project.

The Catalyst’s philosophy is problem-centric. Successful projects start with a problem in the world and identify the novel and potentially transformative ways to attack it. While the Catalyst’s core programmatic work is focused on litigation as a tool, fellowship project proposals need not be. Every problem has multiple possible solutions, and tailoring your project proposal to your understanding of the problem is key. While direct representation can be a major component of your project, the Catalyst is interested in projects that build towards broad scale change, including projects that fall outside traditional conceptions of legal work.

In addition, projects that can be started now (e.g. while you are still in law school, even if you are a 1L or a 2L) are extremely attractive to us. We have various options to get you jump started on your project. Indicate your interest in part time advance work in your prospectus.

See past fellows at http://justicecatalyst.org/fellows, and an illustrative list of potential host organizations and/or project directions at http://justicecatalyst.org/suggestions/. Applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

The full amount of funding to the host organization is $60,000. Our expectation is that that money will be devoted to salary, and that host organizations will provide health benefits in addition. In special circumstances we can discuss other arrangements. Individual questions and specific needs can be emailed to fellowships@justicecatalyst.org.

The first step in applying is submitting a resume and prospectus by October 13th. You can read more here.

If you’re interested in applying, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu ASAP.

Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program, September 27 Deadline


The Oregon Department of Justice is accepting applications for our 2020 Honors Attorney Program.  Placement will begin September 2020 following a comprehensive recruitment and evaluation process.   Depending on assignment, selected candidates may be located in one of our Salem or Portland offices.


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.

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. 

The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state. Assistant Attorneys General work in virtually every area of legal practice including protecting children, fighting crime, defending criminal convictions, protecting consumers and the elderly, protecting our natural resources, fighting discrimination, defending the state and state employees, and providing legal advice to state agencies, officers and elected officials. This work makes a difference to the citizens of Oregon and provides unparalleled career satisfaction and professional opportunities.

Read more and apply here

AIR FORCE JAG CORPS: November 2019 Direct Appointment Program, October 10 Deadline


Apply now at: http://www.airforce.com/JAG
• Select the “Apply Now” button under the “Becoming a JAG” section
• October 10, 2019: Complete and submit online application
• November 1, 2019: Complete interview with Staff Judge Advocate
• Law Student: Must have completed 2/3 of credit hours required for your Juris Doctor
• Attorney: Must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the highest court of any state or federal territory
• Have obtained, or will obtain, a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school
• Citizen of the United States of America (birth or naturalization)
• Must be able to commission as an officer before the age of 40
Selection Criteria:
• The Air Force JAG Corps selects applicants based on the “whole person” concept
• Selection factors include: academic performance; work experience; leadership traits; extracurricular activities; personal integrity; demonstrated elements of core values; awards and honors; adaptability and flexibility; motivation for service; and military records (if applicable)
*Your appointment as a judge advocate is contingent upon providing proof of legal licensing and completion of the Air Force medical requirements (after selection)

Center for Appellate Litigation (New York), Staff Attorney Fellowship, November 15 Deadline


The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) has funded Staff Attorney Fellowship positions available starting in September 2020.
These salaried positions provide attorneys with extensive exposure not only to appellate practice but also to all aspects of post-conviction proceedings. Fellows have the opportunity to write briefs and argue in the Appellate Division and Appellate Term, as well as to appear in trial court on re-sentencing matters, motions to vacate convictions based on constitutional violations or newly discovered evidence, and community notification proceedings in sex offender cases. CAL’s close supervision process, varied practice, and supportive environment provide an ideal experience for a new attorney.
The fellowship openings are for three-year positions.  Fellows will be considered for senior staff attorney positions at the conclusion of their fellowship.  Applications must be submitted between September 1 and November 15, 2019.
Law graduates (current 3Ls), current judicial clerks, and recent graduates with strong writing backgrounds and a demonstrated interest in criminal law and helping the underserved are welcome to apply.
All applicants must have excellent analytical, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills, and a strong commitment to public criminal defense and serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Because we believe a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and people of LGBTQ+ identities.  CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.
Starting salary for law graduates for September 2020 will be $62,000 with an increase to $64,000 upon admission to the bar; for recent graduates and experienced attorneys it is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits are provided.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by email (only) between September 1 and November 15, 2019.  The email should be sent to RDean@cfal.org and the subject line of the email should read “2020 Fellowship.”  Attached to the email should be a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) with the cover letter addressed to:
Robert S. Dean
Center for Appellate Litigation
120 Wall Street, 28th Floor
New York, NY  10005-4003
Because of the expected high number of applications, we ask that applicants not contact the office to inquire about the status of their application.  Any necessary updates to an application should be sent to DKlem@cfal.org with the subject line “2020 Fellowship Update.”
Read more here

Immigrant Justice Corps, Justice Fellowship, October 11 Deadline


Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to 25 recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and for immigrants.

IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. IJC matches selected Fellows with our partnering host organizations based on the applicant’s experience and interest, gaps in services within the community, location interests, and partnering host organizations’ needs.

Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including:

  • Removal defense

  • Complex affirmative asylum applications

  • Relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking.

IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided with a full salary and benefits.

Read more and apply here

7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students, October 3 RSVP Deadline

Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019 Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Ogletree Deakins
155 North Upper Wacker Drive, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 5, 2019 Hosted by Chicago Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Morris Hall –
10th Floor, Chicago, IL
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

● NLRB – New directions coming from the Trump-appointed Board
● Immigration – Recent developments and how they affect the workplace

10:45 am Break
11:00 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law – Part II

● Marijuana and the Workplace
● EEO – LGBT issues pending before the Supreme Court, key recent decisions under the ADA,
● Employment and Labor Arbitration

12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Special Guest Speaker – Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, USDC ND Illinois
2:00 pm Pathways to Practice

Hear from seasoned lawyers who will share their wisdom, advice and thoughts on how to make that positive impression during your interview and, more importantly, what not to say. In addition, these Fellows will speak on their areas of interest, with speakers who are government attorneys, management attorneys from small boutique to large firms, in-house counsel on the management side and union side, attorneys who represent employees and those who represent unions. Learn how much more there is to a labor and employment law practice and how to be successful in that practice!

3:30 pm Adjourn

These events are free of charge; however, an RSVP is required for both.

Please do so by Wednesday, October 3, 2019.

Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

“Going After the Helpers:” 

A Humanitarian Advocate Targeted by the U.S. Government for her work at the Border


Presented by: The Center for the Human Rights of Children and the Rodin Center for Social Justice

Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

Nora Phillips will offer a powerful account of her work as the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Al Otro Lado, which provides legal and mental health services to immigrants, refugees, and deportees, in Los Angeles and Tijuana. Phillips is a plaintiff in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. She and two other humanitarians were placed on a secret government watch list to gather information and disrupt their work. Beginning in October 2018, the government tracked their movements and actions, as well as harassed them at the border. Phillips was refused entry to Mexico, separated from her family, detained, and forcibly returned to the United States.

Register here.

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Networking Reception in Chicago, October 14 RSVP Deadline


The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee invites Chicago area law students to join union labor lawyers for a networking reception! This is a great opportunity to learn about a legal career in the labor movement and the various resources available to law students through LCC.

October 21, 5-6:30 PM

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Morris Hall, 10th Floor

RSVP by emailing Johnny Derogene, AFL-CIO Law Fellow, jderogene@aflcio.org. 

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Program for Law Students, Registration Required by October 24


Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.


Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Venue: Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Address: 5th Floor, 565 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60661

      • 10:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
      • 10:15 a.m. – Opening Session: A Conversation on Access to Justice
      • 11:00 a.m. – Break
      • 11:10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions

    The Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
    Next Steps: Preparing for Post-Graduate Opportunities

      • 12:10 p.m. – Lunchtime Session:Hot Topics in Social Justice
      • 1:20 p.m. – Break
      • 1:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions

    Plotting Your Government Career Path
    Innovative Ways to Fill the Justice Gap

    Breakfast & lunch will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended.

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