Cool Public Interest Post Grad Positions Now Open in Alaska, Florida, Boston and LA

Provide Estate Planning Legal Services for Alaskan Tribes: Bristol Bay Native Association Now Accepting Applications from Graduation 3Ls for Post Grad Fellowship

Alaska map for BBAThe Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law and the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) has developed a project to provide estate planning services to BBNA members. The members reside in 36 villages in a remote area around Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are seeking a full-time Fellow to reside in Dillingham, Alaska, where BBNA is headquartered, for 9 months, from September 2013 through May 2014. The Fellow will travel to villages with BBNA staff to meet with clients and provide estate planning services. The Fellow will be supervised by Center personnel and will have on-site contact with an Alaska Legal Services attorney.

Qualifications: This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain hands-on legal experience in a unique location! BBNA members have special estate planning needs, and the Fellow will undergo training on those special needs, as well as estate planning for native Alaskans.

Salary: expense stipend of $34,000

Application Instructions: We will begin accepting applications for this Fellowship on May 1, 2013, with the deadline for applications on August 25, 2013. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and list of 3 references to Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney at wolfer@seattleu.edu.

Fair Food Standards Council in Florida Seeking Staff Attorney/Monitor Investigator

Fair Food standards councilThe Fair Food Standards Council is at the cutting edge of human rights in agriculture, serving as the monitoring and enforcement organization of the Fair Food Program. The FFSC is charged with monitoring and enforcing the agreements between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, growers and buyers in Florida’s tomato industry.

The FFSC conducts audits at all Participating Growers, interviewing management and workers to determine whether the Fair Food Code of Conduct is properly implemented. Our staff also responds to a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline, investigating and resolving worker complaints.

The position requires excellent interviewing skills, attention to detail, making findings of fact and applying the Code of Conduct to those facts, drafting comprehensive reports, negotiating corrective action plans, complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting, legal research and memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights and presentations to staff and director. Good speaking skills for public presentations concerning the Fair Food Program a plus. Applicant should be bilingual in Spanish and English. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email resume and cover letter to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at hon.s.espinoza@fairfoodstandards.org.

Staff Attorney Position Now Open at Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Los Angeles

CHRCL photoThe Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

A partial list of the Center’s major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services, 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez, 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children’s access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position requires a creative, pro-active, and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

Qualifications:  J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; Active membership in the California Bar; Exceptional legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the practice of law in the public interest; Expertise in constitutional law, immigration law, and/or federal litigation preferred; Ability to assist in grant administration and reporting.

Salary: $50,000-70,000 per year depending on qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and annual vacation, and the opportunity to learn or hone high-level litigation skills.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Peter Schey, Executive Director atpschey@centerforhumanrights.org AND Carlos Holguin, General Counsel at crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Health Care for All in Boston Seeks Legal Fellow for Policy Team

healthcarehumanrightsHCFA is seeking a Legal Fellow to join their Policy Team for a period of 6 months to one year to work on payment and delivery system reform issues.  Chapter 224, the recently passed comprehensive health care cost control legislation, sets the stage for fundamental changes aimed at reducing health care cost growth while improving the quality of care.  The Legal Fellow will work as a member of the HCFA Policy Team to advance public engagement and policymaker education in the implementation of Chapter 224.  JDs with or without bar license will be considered. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.