3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket features several job opportunities with non-profit organizations and in government. If you’re interested in applying, the CDO is here to help with application materials.

Job Opportunity: EarthJustice International Bertha Justice Legal Fellow in DC, December 15 Deadline


EarthRights International, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, is seeking a recent U.S. law school graduate for a two-year paid fellowship in our Washington, DC, office starting September 2020.

Summary Description

EarthRights International (EarthRights) is now seeking applications for the position of 2020-2022 U.S. Bertha Justice Fellow. This fellowship is supported by the generosity of the Bertha Foundation, whose “Be Just” initiative is intended to “train the next generation of social justice and movement lawyers by funding two-year Fellowships at the best public interest law centers around the world, where emerging lawyers receive practical training from renowned professionals.” The fellowship is geared toward attorneys with less than two years’ experience in public interest law.

Over the past 20 years, EarthRights has built a reputation as one of the leading legal organizations representing communities and individuals from around the world whose rights, livelihoods, and homelands are harmed by corporations, financial institutions, and governments. Our lawyers have worked closely with our clients, co-counsel, partner NGOs, campaigners, and others to bring groundbreaking lawsuits and pursue legal advocacy to provide remedies and ensure legal accountability. Our cases have set legal precedents, brought millions of dollars of compensation to survivors of human rights violations and industrial pollution, and changed the behavior of corporations and international institutions; a recent case, Jam v. International Finance Corporation, set important U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Legal research on U.S. law, international law, and other legal regimes.
  • Prepare legal memorandums, court briefs, and filings for U.S. and other legal systems.
  • Work in collaboration with partner NGOs and communities to assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies.
  • Research new legal strategies to defend the human and environmental rights of frontline communities.
  • Communicate EarthRights’ work through web content and media contacts.
  • Conduct policy advocacy with the U.S. legislative and executive branches.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, Appellate Division, Baltimore, November 22 Deadline


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) seeks a zealous and dedicated advocate to serve as an attorney in its Appellate Division. The OPD strives to provide superior representation to indigent criminal defendants, juvenile respondents in delinquency cases, and parents in child access cases, and to promote its vision of Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. Our core values are a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and team unity, and we were the first statewide public defense agency to offer a Gideon’s Promise certified training program. Through representing our clients in Maryland’s Courts of Appeal, the Appellate Division is in a unique position to influence the development of criminal and constitutional law in Maryland and to advocate for systemic reforms.

An Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division provides representation for indigent clients during the appellate process before both the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Assistant Public Defenders combine their demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with their strong research, writing, and litigation skills to provide exceptional representation. The projected start date for this position will be September, 2020. The position will be located at 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland, and requires frequent travel to the appellate courts in Annapolis and to correctional facilities.


  • Provide superior representation to clients throughout the appellate process, including identifying appellate issues, conducting thorough legal research, writing persuasive briefs and certiorari petitions, and presenting oral arguments.
  • Actively and effectively communicate with clients, their families, trial attorneys, court staff and opposing counsel.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the OPD to advance the interests of our clients.
  • Continuously seek professional development through trainings, continuing legal education, and advocacy courses.


  • Demonstrated commitment to our clients and to zealous and comprehensive public defense.
  • Strong issue spotting, research, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Superior communication and advocacy skills.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or the Bar of another State. Individuals who are or who will become members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of their start date with the OPD. OPD will consider candidates who recently sat for the bar and are awaiting results. Offers will be given contingent upon admission to the bar in advance of start date with OPD.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Juvenile Rights Practice, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of New York, January 3 Deadline


The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP) has openings in several of its trial offices for the Fall 2020 Class of entry-level Staff Attorneys. JRP provides legal representation to children, ages 0 to 21, who are before New York City Family Courts on child welfare, PINS (Persons-in-Need-of-Supervision), juvenile delinquency, and termination of parental rights petitions. JRP attorneys practice in an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, paralegals, and investigators.

* Represent clients in fact-finding, dispositional and post-dispositional hearings.
* Handle institutional assignments including intake and case coverage.
* Conduct out-of-court case preparation including interviewing, investigation, document review, and witness preparation.
* Draft motions, orders, bills/demands, and other documents.
* Counsel and interview clients.
* Consult and advocating with service providers.
* Identify issues and resources.
* Collaborate with other in-house staff.
* Seek compliance with court orders, regulatory requirements, and agency policies.
* Ensure that the child has a voice in all decisions made about their life.
* Other appropriate duties.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Service Employees International Union NORM GLEICHMAN LAW FELLOWSHIP, Washington DC, December 1 Deadline


The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union has an opening for a law fellow, starting in September 2020.  The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.  The program was renamed the Norm Gleichman Fellowship to honor the life of Deputy General Counsel Norm Gleichman, who was a dedicated mentor to SEIU law fellows.

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic, and growing labor organization of over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.  Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing non-union workers, improving working conditions for all workers, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice.  This includes legal work on a wide range of litigation, regulatory and legislative matters, and policy and advising on union governance issues, organizing campaigns, and other legal work in furtherance of working people, and their communities.

The Gleichman Law Fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in most areas of the legal department’s work.  While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work:  litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program.

The Fellowship is based in Washington, D.C, and has a one-year term, with an option to renew for a second year (with the mutual agreement of the Fellow and SEIU).  SEIU staff enjoy benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, holidays and vacation policies, and a 401(K) Plan.  Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students are welcome to apply.  Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, and a desire to practice union-side labor law.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Children and Family Law Division, Trial Attorney, Massachusetts


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the public defender agency for Massachusetts, seeks attorneys to represent children and parents in child welfare cases.  CPCS provides legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney.   The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in child welfare matters, including care and protection (C&P) proceedings, children requiring assistance (CRA) cases, actions to terminate parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor cases, and any other child custody proceeding where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a party or where the court is considering granting custody to DCF.

CAFL’s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families.  For a parent involved in a C&P case, having a skilled CAFL lawyer may mean the difference between the family’s reunification and the termination of parental rights – the “death penalty of family law.”  For a teenager who is the subject of a truancy CRA case, CAFL’s advocacy may secure the special education services that enable the client to succeed in school and avoid being placed in a foster home.  For siblings looking for stability after the court has freed them for adoption, a CAFL attorney will fight to ensure that they are provided a permanent home – one that allows them to stay together.

New Trial Attorneys in the CAFL Offices begin their CPCS career with a nationally recognized, comprehensive, skills-based training course to ensure they are ready to represent their clients to their full capabilities.  Continuing legal education programs for new and experienced Trial Attorneys are held periodically to ensure that our Trial Attorneys are up to date on the law and have the skills necessary to provide zealous representation to their clients.

The Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking Trial Attorneys to provide child welfare representation.  Attorneys interested in applying for these positions are invited to submit an application, as further described below.

We will be prioritizing recruiting and hiring in our Springfield, Northampton/Amherst, and Pittsfield Offices.

Positions will be filled as our budget allows.  This posting does not guarantee that we will be filling Trial Attorney positions.

These positions have an expected start date in late August/early September 2020.

Read more and apply here

Job Opportunity: Fellowship Lawyer, AFL-CIO, DC


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.

Read more and apply here. 

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