Positions in Public Defense, South African Constitutional Court and More!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Constitutional Court of South Africa Seeking Foreign Law Clerks

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The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 July 2014.

Background: South Africa continues to be regarded as one of the most intriguing and compelling examples of constitutionalism in the transition to democracy. Its Constitution is viewed as one of the world’s most progressive founding charters.

The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, is the guardian of that promise. It has, in a range of ground-breaking decisions, given content to the Constitution’s guarantees by, for instance, ruling the death penalty unconstitutional; upholding full equality for gay and lesbian people; declaring that resident non-citizens are entitled to social benefits; and ordering the government to make anti-retroviral treatment available to pregnant mothers living with HIV/AIDS.

About the Position of a Foreign Law Clerk: Each year, six to ten young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties.

The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all Chambers.

Foreign clerks are generally appointed to serve one six-month term. Some may, however, serve for longer and sometimes in more than one Chambers.

Foreign law clerks are not remunerated by the Court. So, it is essential that they seek their own funding to cover their expenses, including food, accommodation, travel to South Africa, visas and travel to and from work.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 1L & 2L Summer Interns/Externs

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking  2L Summer interns for  2014 Rule 9 positions and 1L Summer interns for legal research positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County.  Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit.

Rule 9 Positions: The Rule 9 positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office.  Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed. After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney.  The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court.  Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply.  Positions are unpaid.  Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school.

Legal Research Positions: Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units.  Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through.  After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects.  These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office.

For complete descriptions and application instructions please visit Symplicity. Applications accepted through February 7th, 2014.  

Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel Seeking Entry-Level Public Defender

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There is one opening for an attorney with Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel.   Assignment and duties will depend on experience and the needs of the Department and are subject to change. Initial assignment will be in the Juvenile  Court for representation of juveniles in offender proceedings and juveniles in ‘Becca’ proceedings .   Applicants who have at least two years of prior experience and otherwise qualify for a position may be hired in either the Attorney I or Attorney II classification.  The hiring salary range for the Attorney I classification $51,074 – $59,764 per year and the hiring range for the  Attorney II classification is $63,460 to $74,744 per year.  This position is “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Assigned Counsel.

Essential Functions: Attorney I positions are given assignments and cases at the entry to moderate level of complexity and seriousness.  Functions listed below are a representative sample.

Criminal Matters:  Provides legal advice and representation for accused at in-custody arraignment proceedings.  Responds to individuals arrested who wish to consult with an attorney at critical stages of proceedings, which may involve on-call rotation work. Interviews and confers with clients regarding facts, plea discussions, trial, sentencing and progress of case. Evaluates each case assessing its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation. Coordinates or conduct case investigation for trial preparation as necessary.  Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interview or direct interviews of witnesses as required. Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represent the interest of the client. Represents clients at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments.  Conducts all trial actions, including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post trial motions.

Civil Matters:  Represents clients at all stages of civil commitment proceedings, Involuntary Treatment Act hearings (mental), child support proceedings, paternity proceedings, contempt proceedings, child dependency proceeding, truancy  and other ‘Becca’ proceedings, and drug forfeiture proceedings. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, pre-trial motions, trials and appeals as required. Performs other job-related duties as required.

Applications accepted though January 23. For complete description and application instructions please click here

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office Seeking Spring Externs (Unpaid Law Clerks)

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office is seeking unpaid Law Clerks for spring 2014. The position offers law students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings.

Qualifications: Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants available full-time through the spring are preferred, though candidates available part-time may also be considered.

Applications: Interested applicants should apply for this position by emailing a cover letter, resume, writing sample and availability to alyssa_mowitz@help.senate.gov with “Law Clerks” in the subject line as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Now Accepting Applications for Summer Intern Program

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Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas: Anti-Trafficking, Community Health Care Initiative, Economic Justice for Workers, Educational Equity, Housing Justice Project, Immigrant Access to Justice, Voting Rights

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

For complete description and application information please click here. Applications will be reviewed through January 31.