This week’s Weekly Docket contains several job opportunities in government and one with a non-profit, an invitation to a public interest immersion program in Chicago over winter break, and a writing competition.
Job Opportunity: Colorado Attorney General Fellowship Program, Deadline Today
The Attorney General’s Fellowship Program has been established to provide opportunities for new attorneys to gain practical experience in the public sector while enjoying the personal satisfaction of serving the residents of Colorado and our many state agency clients. Our work at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office encompasses criminal prosecution, consumer protection, civil rights, torts, contracts, eminent domain, administrative law, tax, environmental law, violence prevention programs, public health, school safety, energy and much more.
Through the Fellowship Program, new attorneys enrich their legal experience, broaden their exposure to the public sector, and assume substantial individual responsibility for their work. In addition to exposure to state agencies, Fellows may become integral members of trial teams. They also receive training and supervision in particular practice areas to enhance proficiency and develop skills while in the program.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office fills these positions through a competitive application process. Successful candidates should demonstrate: interest in public service; history of academic achievement; participation in law journals and law school competitions; legal, professional, or personal experience related to the mission of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General; and participation in extracurricular activities.
Job Opportunity: Portland City Attorney’s Office, Honors Attorney Program, November 29 Deadline
The Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program for recent law school graduates, newly admitted lawyers and judicial clerks who are committed to public service. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for new lawyers to gain public law experience after law school. The Program actively seeks to recruit, hire, promote and retain a diverse class of Honors Attorneys every two years.
The Honors Attorney Program provides new attorneys an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a wide range of legal disciplines alongside more experienced attorneys. Participants will assume substantial individual responsibility for their work, will have the opportunity to gain courtroom experience, will closely observe municipal government in action and will independently draft legal documents.
Honor Attorneys will also participate in periodic events to introduce them to the work of the City Attorney’s Office and will have the opportunity to attend a variety of training sessions. Participants will receive on-the-job instruction and mentorship advice from some of the most senior members of the City Attorney’s Office.
The term of appointment is two years. During the two-year program, Honors Attorneys will handle a broad variety of assignments from all Practice Groups in the City Attorney’s Office. Each Practice Group will provide substantive and challenging assignments across a wide spectrum of legal fields. Salary: $75,530 – $90,147 plus excellent benefits.
Job Opportunity: Law Clerk, Office of the Secretary of Labor
Seeking 3Ls (must graduate w/in 3 months of Mar. 27, 2020 application close date), Recent Grads and JLCs for several paid (GS11), 14-mo (may receive term appointment as attorney upon admission to Bar), full-time law clerk positions working with Administrative Law Judges in the DC Office of Deputy Secretary. Clerks will draft proposed decisions for the Judges; prepare complex orders after researching the law, case pleadings, etc.; prepare pre-hearing synopses and reports of cases, and other duties as needed.
The Department administers federal laws affecting workers, including regulation of workplace safety and health, worker’s compensation, employment discrimination, minimum wage and overtime, job training, protection of pension and other plans, and whistle-blower protections. Administrative Law Judges conduct adjudicatory hearings and issue decisions for the DOL under more than 70 different laws and executive orders.
Job Opportunity: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Multiple Legal Fellowships, November 1 Deadline
The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that focuses on First Amendment issues, primarily involving libel, invasion of privacy, and protection of confidential sources and materials. It is funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The fellowship stipend is $65,000, with fully paid health benefits and 401k with up to a 5% match from day one.
The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that focuses on supporting local enterprise and investigative journalism, bolstering access to public records and encouraging greater government transparency.
The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for an early-career lawyer to play a hands-on role in the full scope of First Amendment and free press litigation matters handled by Reporters Committee attorneys. The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow will report directly to our Legal Director and work on small litigation teams with other legal fellows and Reporters Committee staff attorneys on a variety of First Amendment and media law cases, with a focus on assisting with access to courts and freedom of information litigation brought on behalf of journalists and news organizations.
The E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow will participate in all aspects of litigation at both the trial and appellate level, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.
Job Opportunity: University of Arizona Law Library Fellowship
Creating and mentoring law librarians has always been part of what we do at Cracchiolo Law Library.
In 2000, the Cracchiolo Law Library launched the Law Library Fellowship program. It was the culmination of an idea Associate Dean for Information Services Michael Chiorazzi had been contemplating and planning for several years. Dean Chiorazzi saw the importance of experienced librarians mentoring the next generation of law librarians, as well as the value of providing new librarians with teaching experience before they enter the professional world. He drew much of his inspiration from his mentor, the late Marian Gallagher, Professor and Director Emerita from the University of Washington’s School of Law. In 1940, Professor Gallagher began what was at the time the only law librarianship program in the United States. Her graduates have shaped the profession of law librarianship.
Using existing personnel lines he established law library fellowships for law graduates. The Cracchiolo Law Library Fellowship, which can last up to two years (although most graduate in a year and a half), requires that applicants have graduated from an ABA accredited law school. Working with the School of Information, the law library offers a unique curriculum that prepares students for law library careers in all types of law libraries.
Read more here and contact Interim Director Shaun Esposito, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and to apply.
Public Interest Resume Builder: Ascend Justice Chicago Winter Immersion Program, November 30 Deadline
Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending a week helping self-represented litigants petition the court for orders of protection through Ascend Justice’s Emergency Protection Project. Provide hands-on brief legal services and work directly with the litigants, conducting interviews and creating the documents they need to file. Observe court and see how judges use your own work product in determining whether the petitioner will receive an Emergency Order of Protection in an ex-parte hearing. Support the litigant during a time of crisis, by demystifying the court process.
Three Sessions Available:
Week 1: December 16-23, 2019
Week 2: January 2-3, 2020
Week 3: January 6-10, 2020
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Training will take place on the first day of the Immersion
Program for Weeks #1 (December 16) & #3 (January 6). Training for Week #2 is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Location TBD. Alternatively, students signed up for Week #2 and Week #3 may attend the either of the previous training sessions if available.
Depending on available spots, students may volunteer for more than one week and/or may split their time between two of the three weeks.
Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Kimberly Washington (email@example.com). Please indicate which week or weeks you’d like to volunteer and if you can attend one of the training sessions listed above. Applications due by Monday, November 30, 2019. Spots are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis so applying early is encouraged! Applicants must have a working laptop that can operate on a battery for at least one hour, and must be comfortable conducting sensitive legal interviews.
Kimberly Washington, Manager of Volunteer Services
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60607
Domestic Violence Courthouse 555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
University of Pennsylvania Public Interest Essay Competition, January 11 Deadline
The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on the topic of social justice and public interest law. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement a public interest project related to the article and a $500 cash prize. The Law Review is committed to improving the surrounding community in Philadelphia and the national legal community as a whole. Through this Competition, the Law Review seeks to serve this mission by publishing serious legal scholarship focused on social justice and public interest law.
If you want to apply for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help review your application materials. Just reach out to any counselor!