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National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Seeks Legal Interns/Externs Year-Round

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty seeks diverse, well-qualified candidates with a passion for social justice. The Law Center offers sponsor-paid and unpaid fellowships, internships, and pro bono opportunities. The Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color, LGBT persons, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Legal Internships/Externships:
Legal internships are available year-round to second- and third-year law students. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please submit a cover letter, resume, 2-5 page writing sample, and two to three references to Janelle Fernandez. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Meridian Institute Policy Fellowship

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings within the Meridian Institute Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian Institute has two offices (Washington DC and Dillon, CO) and fellows may be placed in either office, depending on staffing needs and their preferences.

Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues to solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. In addition to process design, facilitation, mediation, and strategy assessment and planning, Meridian offers expert administrative and meeting logistics services and the creative and appropriate application of information technology tools, to support our projects. Some of the topics we work on include: Agriculture and Food Security; Climate Change and Energy; Environment and Natural Resources; Global Stability and Security; Health; Sustainability and Resilience; and Science and Technology

Applications due no later than February 7. Start date between June 1 and July 1, 2014. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seeking Summer Fellows

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to three (3) Minority Law Fellows to match with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney members for up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice.

The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving law school students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. Fellows will actively intern in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, or Denver, CO.  Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications due no later than January 15.

New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Staff Attorney for Rural Office

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New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a staff attorney to join our Silver City office. The Silver City staff attorney will represent low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The attorney will be active in local bar and community activities.  The work also will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients; and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

The Silver City office handles creative, challenging and complex work throughout southwestern and west central New Mexico. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve rural communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

Requirements:  Experience with advocacy in rural communities will be highly preferred. Must be willing to travel. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community.  Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Send a current resume, a list of three references, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to:  Gloria Molinar at: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

Salary:  DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer.  Deadline to apply is January 3rd, 2014.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeks New Program Director

ELAP_2012_Logo_for_web_mod_3_AEH_560x560We are looking for a highly motivated person to manage our volunteer legal services programs. The person will work independently and with others to help meet the legal needs of low income people and survivors of domestic violence. The perfect candidate will also be able to assist in expanding funding resources available to (ELAP).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Providing direct oversight of program services (legal advice clinics, lectures, brief services, direct representation, and interpreters) including monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports to the Executive Director

2. Supervising Clinic Coordinator and Community Outreach Manager

3. Overseeing organizing lectures, workshops, and Continuing Legal Education classes

4. Developing new program services to provide legal services to underserved clients

5. Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners in East King County, in the domestic violence community, and the legal community

6. Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer attorneys in coordination with the DVLP Managing Attorney

7. Maintaining good communication and positive relationships with volunteer attorneys to promote continued involvement with ELAP

8. Supervising Volunteer Manager

9. Overseeing recruiting, training and managing of office and clinic volunteers

10. Researching and analyzing data pertaining to the need for legal services in East and North King County

11. Assisting the Executive Director in development and fundraising activities

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Appellate Public Defense Externship Opportunity in Olympia

scalesSmall Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

Qualifications:

  • Dedicated commitment to indigent criminal defense.
  • Current 2L or 3L.
  • Outstanding legal research and writing skills.
  • Willingness to pursue outlandish legal issues.
  • Working knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure.

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to backlundmistry@gmail.com

Entry-Level Grant County Public Defender Position Opens Up 

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court. Compliance with Performance Guidelines; Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints; Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel; Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems; Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics; Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For full description, benefit information, and to submit an online application in order to be eligible please go to: www.grantcountyweb.com. Applications accepted through December 31.

Public Advocates Seeks Civil Rights Policy Advocate/Attorney

public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates Inc., a bold and highly-regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy group, has a rare opening for an attorney to join our exceptional and dedicated staff. Our goal is to eradicate poverty and discrimination and promote thriving communities. For forty-two years Public Advocates has used a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making. We are seeking an experienced policy advocate and/or attorney to join Public Advocates’ transportation, housing and climate justice team. Learn more about our work in these areas. Responsibilities

  • Policy Development: Develop, analyze and promote policy change in the areas of affordable housing, equitable development, public transportation and climate justice at the state and regional levels.
  • Legislative and Administrative Advocacy: Promote the policy agenda of Public Advocates and our coalition partners in Sacramento, in both legislative and administrative agency decisions affecting the needs of disadvantaged communities, and in Bay Area regional policy and investment decisions.
  • Coalition Leadership: Effectively and strategically co-lead large and sophisticated state and regional coalitions in policy, investment and budget campaigns.
  • Strategy: Help shape strategic directions in our housing, transportation, regional equity and climate justice work, incorporating policy advocacy, community collaboration, research, and media and communication to achieve our objectives.
  • Communication: Develop and execute outreach and media strategies, including messaging, community education, writing and representing Public Advocates and coalitions to the press and public.
  • Resource development: Help identify and pursue funding opportunities and contribute to foundation relations.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.