3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket features seven job opportunities for graduating 3Ls in organizations such as Legal Aid Chicago, HUD, and Harvard Medical School. Please reach out to the CDO if you want help with your application materials.

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid Chicago Staff Attorney Hiring for Fall 20202 Class, February 3 Deadline


For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions.

In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run
community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent problems that affect low-income families. At Legal Aid Chicago we are actively engaged in dialogue regarding how legal services organizations can contribute to and further racial justice for low income communities.

Legal Aid Chicago seeks five full-time staff attorneys to begin on October 1, 2020. Applicants must be willing to work in any of the above practice groups. Ultimate placements will be assigned based upon practice group need and considering the interests, skills, and experience of the applicant.

Read more and apply here

Job Opportunity: HUD Legal Honors Program, January 31 Deadline


HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys.

Read all about the program in HUD’s very detailed honors program brochure.

Read more and apply here.

There are 10 vacancies at various offices located around the nation, as described in the announcement.  Two current HUD attorneys have volunteered to answer student questions:

Job Opportunity: Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship in Urban Land Use Law, January 31 Deadline


New York City has been both the laboratory and battleground for innovations in land use regulation, including urban environmental controls, zoning, open space, and historic preservation. Legislation drafted or refined through litigation in New York has provided the model for land use laws throughout the country.

The Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), gives recent law school graduates an opportunity to acquire first-hand experience in the legislative process, litigation, and advocacy before New York’s regulatory bodies. It provides the intensive learning experience of a judicial clerkship with a greater opportunity for independent, creative work in finding solutions to new and persistent problems in urban life.

About The Menapace Fellowship

The Menapace Fellow will be involved in litigation, legislative work, and the preparation and delivery of testimony in proceedings before state and federal administrative bodies, as well as the City Planning Commission (CPC), Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA), and the City Council. The Fellow will also serve as in-house counsel, assisting in corporate and non-profit law matters for MAS.

The Fellow’s term, to commence in September 2020, will run for a mandatory two-year period. The Fellowship is a salaried position, commensurate with a judicial clerkship, and offers standard MAS benefits. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Vice President for Policy and Programs in the MAS office at 488 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Interested candidates should email a cover letter indicating the basis of their interest, resume, legal writing sample (no longer than ten pages), and transcript by January 31, 2020 to jobs@mas.org. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 23, 2020.

Read more and apply here

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center 2020 Fellow Position


The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two-year fellowship position targeted at recent law school graduates and beginning in fall 2020. The LCAC is a non-profit law office in New Orleans that represents poor people facing the death penalty. Our primary focus is trial-level representation, but we also represent clients in appellate, post-conviction, and federal habeas proceedings. The LCAC represents clients in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and federal capital cases.

The LCAC has been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as racial and religious discrimination, the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments, prosecutorial misconduct, and inadequate indigent defense funding. In the context of our casework, we pursue impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

This fellowship provides new lawyers with an in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Attorney fellows participate in researching and drafting legal filings, conducting fact and mitigation investigation, gathering and analyzing records, maintaining contact with clients, managing case files, and preparing for hearings and trials. They are part of case teams and work closely with senior attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists. Fellows are encouraged to take ownership of projects but receive close supervision from more experienced staff members.

We invite attorneys with less than three years of experience in criminal law and law students graduating in spring 2020 to apply. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, list of three references, and law school transcript to Linda Cortez at hiring@thejusticecenter.org. This position is fully funded by the LCAC and includes benefits.

Read more here

Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL), February 14 Deadline


The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2018 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research. Current fellows have studied FDA regulation, patents, drug access and costs, and competition in the therapeutic marketplace. Other areas of focus include intellectual property, ethics, and comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, procedures, and diagnostics.

Applications are invited from researchers with doctoral degrees (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2020. Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from faculty members in the Division, and engage in one or more projects intended to start their careers in law and public health research. Fellowship length will vary depending on the candidate (Minimum: 1 year).

 To apply, please send to asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu: (1) a CV, (2) a writing sample, and (3) a cover letter describing your past work, ideas for the kind of research you’d like to do in the fellowship, and career goals. The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics is a close-knit 70-member interdisciplinary research center. Our work focuses on the evaluation, regulation, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of prescription drugs and medical devices, as well as the development and evaluation of policies to improve use of therapeutics.

E-mail Ameet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D. at asarpatwari@bwh.harvard.edu with any questions.

Inner City Law Center Homelessness Prevention/Eviction Defense Post-Graduate Fellowship, Rolling until March


Background on Inner City Law Center:
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit legal services organization headquartered on Skid Row in Los Angeles. ICLC has been serving the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County since 1980. Founded on the basic principle that every human being should be treated with dignity and respect at
all times, ICLC’s staff of nearly 70 attorneys, advocates, tenant organizers, and other professionals, provides free legal representation and social service advocacy to thousands of homeless and working poor clients each year.

For many clients, ICLC is the first step out of homelessness and into safe and dignified housing. ICLC is widely recognized for its expertise in housing issues, as well as government and veterans benefits. As a fellow, you can create safe, healthy, and affordable housing, improve the quality of life for people living on the streets, and prevent families from being evicted into homelessness.

Read more and apply here: Homelessness Prevention Eviction Defense Fellowship Posting (1)

Cato Institute Entry-Level Positions, February 15 Deadline


Employer: Cato Institute, Center for Constitutional Studies (Washington, DC)

Contact: Sam Spiegelman (sspiegelman@cato.org)

Qualifications: 3L Entry Level Positions

Requested Documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Unofficial Transcript

Position Title: Legal Associate

Position Description: The Cato Institute invites graduating law students to apply to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies. This is an opportunity to assist projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers to the Cato Supreme Court Review. This is a one-year, fixed-term program that enables policy-focused young lawyers to jump-start their careers. Students are encouraged to take the bar exam before beginning employment, but this is not a requirement. Employment will begin in Summer 2020—dates flexible and partly depend on when current associates depart. To apply, applicants should send their resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and their unofficial law school transcript to Sam Spiegelman at sspiegelman@cato.orgThe deadline for applying is February 15.

Hiring Criteria: Successful applicants will exhibit an interest in libertarian theory, strong writing and communication skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Salary: $50,000 (We strongly encourage applicants to pursue public interest funding programs to cover part of this salary)

Security Clearance: No

US Citizenship: No

Non-Discriminatory Policy Affirmed: Yes

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