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You Can Still Apply for the QLaw Foundation Summer Grant

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The QLaw Foundation has officially extended its deadline for its $5000 summer grant application. It’s now due April 10.

The QLAW Foundation Summer Grant Program funds innovative public interest projects that benefit the gay, lesbian bisexual or transgender (GLBT) community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS. The award consists of $5000 (max) for 10 full-time, 40-hour weeks.

The goal of the QLAW Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for GLBT rights develops the skills necessary for careers in the public interest.

See here for more information.

REAP Externship

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Columbia Legal Services announces that it is still accepting application’s for this fall’s REAP Externship protecting rural farmworkers. The externship seeks a Spanish/English bilingual person willing to live in eastern WA for fall quarter.  There is a stipend for housing. Learn more information here. (Photo:National Farmworker Ministry.)

The goal of the externship is to expand access to justice for migrant and seasonal farm workers, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable group of workers in the U.S. With approximately 289,000 farm workers and family members, Washington has the fourth largest population of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the country.

This externship honors Laurel Rubin, who was a young, talented legal aid lawyer and advocate for farm worker justice. Laurel died tragically on her way to meet with clients in Southeastern Washington. Laurel was passionately committed to advocating for farm worker justice and helping farm workers obtain some measure of fairness and respect. Despite working in a somewhat isolated and rural community, Laurel’s good will, intelligence, and tenacity quickly established her promise as a justice fighter and admired community asset. Her memory lives on in this statewide collaborative program through the training of law students advocating for farm worker justice.

3LS! Summer Internship at the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project

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The Veteran Advocacy Project of the Urban Justice Center provides legal representation to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with PTSD, substance abuse problems, and other mental health issues. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper denial of benefits, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or commit suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by connecting them with resources and ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.

Our practice covers Housing Court, VA claims, public benefits, military discharge upgrades, and more. We are seeking 3Ls with excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, demonstrated proficiency in legal research, and the ability to communicate well with others, including those living with mental illness. Interns will participate in outreach, client interviews, and take on legal matters of their own. They will be able to represent veterans in administrative hearings, write legal memos, or participate in discharge upgrades or VA claims cases. They will be provided with training and supervision, and are invited to attend all training sessions offered to the 2013 summer intern class at the Urban Justice Center. Internships are unpaid and a minimum of 8 weeks.

Please send a resume and cover letter to veterans@urbanjustice.org with the subject: “summer 2013.”  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Internship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is accepting applications for legal interns for Fall 2013. Seated within the Executive Office of the President, OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.  The Office of General Counsel works on a variety of issues in a “small firm environment,” including providing legal advice to, among others, the President’s Science Advisor and U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

Interns are given immediate hands-on experience related to questions on ethics and employment law, FOIA requests, and open government issues.  Interns also perform time sensitive research and analysis where quick turnaround is often required.  Students report to me, and I work very closely with interns to ensure that their experience is substantively rewarding and meaningful.

Students should have a strong academic record and commitment to public service.  The internship is unpaid, but provides students with invaluable experience on the inner working of the highest levels of government.  Students who are U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.  More information and application instructions are available online.

For questions, please contact Lauren Andersen, at landersen@ostp.eop.gov.

Equal Justice Works Rapoport Foundation Fellowship for Work on LGBT Issues in New York City

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.22.29 PMRising 3Ls can apply this summer. Applications open July 8, 2013.

The Rapoport Foundation (“The Foundation”) has joined with Equal Justice Works in honor of its founder, Paul Rapoport, to fund five fellowships that support work at an organization in New York City working on LGBT issues.  One every two years, for the next ten years, beginning in the fall of 2014.

Please note that the fellowship criteria proposed by The Foundation are very specific.

The Foundation’s preferences, in this order, are as follows:

  • An applicant who is LGBT (those who identify their sexual identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) and a person of color working at a host organization on LGBT issues in New York City.
  • An applicant who identifies as LGBT and is of color working on any social issue in the NYC area.
  • An applicant who (if not identifying as LGBT) works with a project and host organization that address these types of issues in the NYC area.
  • Same criteria as #1 above but working in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Same criteria as #1 above but working in the South.

These fellowships will be offered through Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Therefore, the application process (creating a project and securing a host organization); duration (two years); when students apply (as a rising 3L); and application timeline (application period is open from July 8 to September 17) will be the same.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Fellowships team at fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org.