EJW Announces New Employment Opportunity Fellowship, Demystifying Federal Gov’t Entry-Level Programs and More!

Attention Class of 2015! Thinking of Federal Service? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Get Your Foot in the Door through an Honors Attorney Program. Deadline Range 9/10-10/10

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Many federal agencies hire new attorneys primarily (and sometimes solely) through an “Honors Attorney Program.”  These programs are also sometimes called federal fellowships and usually last about two years. 3Ls can typically apply in their summer between 2L and 3L year until around Labor Day depending on the federal agency. Each department/agency administers their program so there’s no centralized application process. Applicants need to research specific agencies directly and learn about their program guidelines, eligibility requirements and application procedures. There are many federal agencies that hire entry-level attorneys through this process. The agency/department (not surprisingly) hires the most attorneys is the US Department of Justice– but don’t limit your search there. There are plenty of other agencies that hire attorneys (most years) that can offer great opportunities to work for justice. Examples include but are not limited to: State Dept, CIA, EPA, FTC, FDIC, HUD, DOL, FCC, IRS and even the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For a comprehensive resource on summer and entry-level attorney government opportunities be sure to check out the Governmental Honors & Internship Handbook (check Symplicity’s Document Library for current password). Keep in mind that each agency announces their application period at different times so don’t despair if you don’t see updated info for 2014. Keep checking. Your top agency pick isn’t hiring this year? Consider applying through another agency to get your foot in the door and you might have a good shot as a lateral transfer. Remember, perseverance pays off!

For more info please check out the newly updated 2014-15 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide published by PSJD.org.

Attention Class of 2014! Interested in Environmental Law? EPA Announces Two- Year Fellowship for Philadelphia Office. Rolling Deadline Thru 8/29

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The Michael F. Vaccaro Fellowship (which begins in the fall of 2014) is open to U.S. citizens with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental career or the public sector, and who are:

  • 2013 and 2014 graduates from an accredited law school, or
  • current judicial clerks (one or two years out of law school), or
  • JAG attorneys completing their initial tour of duty following completion of law school.

A law school graduate who has been employed as an attorney, other than judicial clerks and JAG service, will not be considered.

The Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Attorney Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to practice law in a major governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. The Fellowship recipient will work in the Office of Regional Counsel on particular matters arising under the major federal environmental statutes (such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Superfund, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and other federal statutes relevant to EPA Region 3 operations (such as the Ethics in Government Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Freedom of Information Act). These matters typically require the application of emerging law and policy to significant environmental issues in Region 3. The Fellowship will also include an opportunity to manage environmental enforcement cases.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition Announces EJW AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Fellowship. Deadline 8/11

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The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) seeks an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow to represent clients in removing prior juvenile adjudications from their records, represent clients who are eligible to remove their names from the Colorado sex offender registry, and develop and manage a program to provide quality representation in these areas to indigent clients in order to help these clients procure employment.

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellow working for CJDC will focus his or her efforts on providing legal assistance to persons with a legal barrier to employment due to their juvenile histories by focusing on expunging juvenile records and removing individuals from the sex offender registry when they are required to register due to juvenile adjudications. The fellow will assist in the creation of both practice standards for expungement and deregistration cases and indigency guidelines; marketing the expungement and deregistration program; participating in community education and direct pro bono assistance; and supervising interns, students, and pro bono attorneys who provide assistance in expungement and deregistration to clients. Throughout the fellowship the fellow will carry a caseload of expungement and/or deregistration cases and will directly assist clients in procuring employment.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here (free PSJD registration required).

Attention Recent Grads! Mississippi Center for Justice Announces EJW AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellowship. Deadline: 9/30

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The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks applicants for an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow position to be funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (administered by Equal Justice Works) and the Mississippi Center for Justice. Beginning between August and September, 2014, the fellow will work at the Center’s Jackson office on re-entry issues in order to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals. Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service is two years, pending renewal after the first year.

The fellowship will focus on getting former prisoners back to work, providing assistance in expungement, license renewal, and assistance with managing financial challenges such as child support obligations and debt. Court cases will be filed for expungement of records and modification of outstanding child support obligations that have remained unpaid while a responsible parent was incarcerated. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will assist in removing legal barriers to employment by getting professional licenses reinstated and assisting former inmates in getting driver’s licenses. In addition, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will work with community organizations such as the City of Jackson’s Fresh Start Program to provide employment opportunities for clients. The Fellow will develop leadership and management skills as well as a broad network of partnerships. S/he will work in partnership with law students and pro bono attorneys to assist clients in gaining expungements. S/he will manage outreach, legal clinics, law student interns, teams of volunteer law students, and pro bono attorneys.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here (free PSJD registration required).

Attention 3Ls! Thinking About Doing a Worker’s Rights Fellowship? NELP Seeks to Host a Project Based Fellow in 2015. Deadline: 8/15

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The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking a dynamic law student or judicial clerk to sponsor for a Skadden or Equal Justice Works Fellowship application in the fall of 2014. The legal fellow may be based in NELP’s offices in New York City, Oakland, or Seattle. This position offers an opportunity to join a committed and high-impact team at NELP that, in partnership with national and grassroots advocates, is working to improve economic opportunity and security for low-wage, immigrant, and unemployed workers.

NELP will work with the legal fellow to develop a project that supports federal, state and local policy and organizing campaigns seeking to promote good jobs and fair access to employment for our nation’s low-wage and immigrant workforce. NELP would consider a project that strengthens and enforces strong labor standards in the low-wage labor markets, that advances the rights of people with criminal records, or that addresses the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality. The fellow’s project may employ a variety of strategies, including:

  • Providing legal, policy and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Strategic participation in litigation related to wage and hour and other labor standards issues;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.
  • Coordinating networks of advocates to develop and advance policy campaigns

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Empire Justice Center Seeks Workers’ Rights Attorney for Rochester Office. Rolling Deadline Thru 8/15

Empire_Justice_CenterEmpire Justice Center is a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on improving the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides direct representation and support to local legal services programs and community based organizations.  As an advocacy organization, we engage in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of those harmed by poverty and discrimination.  As a non-profit law firm, we provide legal assistance to those in need and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised New Yorkers.

The Workers’ Rights Attorney will represent individuals and groups of low wage and immigrant workers in the Genesee Valley region in wage theft and related claims.  The Attorney will work with community organizations and worker centers to develop effective strategies to address wage theft and other forms of workplace exploitation.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Organization of American States Seeks Human Rights Specialist. Rolling Deadline! 

OASThe Human Rights Specialist will work as part of the team which supports the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  In this capacity, he or she will work under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), either directly or through the corresponding Specialist.  In this sense, the Human Rights Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

Sample Duties Include:

  • Advice on the presentation of contentious cases and requests for advisory opinions before the Inter-American Court.
  • Draft case reports setting forth specialized analysis, conclusions and recommendations for Commission consideration.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the individual petition system governed by the inter-American human rights instruments, preparing specialized opinions regarding complaints received against Member States at the study, admissibility, and merits stages.  Prepare specialized opinions related to requests for precautionary measures.
  • Advise petitioners and state representatives on the application of petition procedures and other matters related to human rights. Provide technical advisory services for other organs or agencies of the Organization, in relation to drafting and implementation of juridical international instruments in the field of human rights.
  • Monitor the overall situation of human rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas by contacting and maintaining sources, collecting and reviewing information, coordinating general hearings before the Commission, and consulting with the Commission Rapporteur.  Prepare special reports on the situation of human rights of indigenous peoples and on selected human rights issues. This requires gathering and evaluating data from a wide range of sources, legal research and analysis, editing and translating documents, and the drafting of reports for publication, pursuant to Commission approval.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Class of 2016! Considering Private Firm Opportunities? Garvey Schubert Barer Announces 2L Diversity Summer 2015 Diversity Fellowship. Deadline Rolling Thru 9/1

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About: Diversity and inclusion are core values at Garvey Schubert Barer. As a diverse and inclusive firm, we enhance our ability to provide clients with innovative thinking and insightful solutions, and also create a vibrant and exciting workplace community. Whether our attorneys are persons of color, women, GLBT or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity, we seek and are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our firm and the legal profession.

Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 2L Diversity Fellowship

The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship will be offered to a second year law student in honor of Ken Schubert Jr., one of our founders, a UW Law School Alumni, and a champion of diversity in the profession. The Schubert Diversity Fellow will receive a paid l 0-week Summer Associate position at the firm between their second and third year of law school. After successful completion of the Summer Associate position and upon acceptance by the Fellow of an offered attorney position with the firm , the Schubert Diversity Fellow will receive an additional $15 ,000 ($7,500 payable at the start of the first semester of the third year, and another $7,500 payable at the start of the second semester of the third year upon showing of continued outstanding academic performance).

Eligibility: The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship is open to all second year law students (including, but not limited to, persons of diverse social, cultural, ethnic, racial, GLBT groups and those with physical limitations) who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the profession and who will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the Firm. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and in good standing at the University of Washington School of Law. We are pleased to consider candidates who:

  • Are committed to diversity and inclusion in the profession;
  • Clearly demonstrate a record of academic and community achievement that suggests that he or she will have continued success in law school and as a professional in our legal community;
  • Have demonstrated excellence and leadership, including, but not limited to engagement in community and volunteer activities in their communities of interest;
  • Can participate in and successfully complete GSB’s Summer Associate program;
  • Are committed to practicing private sector law in the Pacific Northwest at the conclusion of their legal studies.

Application Requirements: Eligible University of Washington law students in their second year of study who are interested in applying for the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship should submit the following information to the firm:

  • A cover letter indicating an interest in applying for the Fellowship and which demonstrates satisfaction of all eligibility criteria and how they will meaningfully contribute to GSB’s core values of diversity and inclusion.
  • The student’s most recent resume.
  • A copy of the student’s undergraduate and law school transcripts.
  • A brief writing sample (7-page limit).
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s practice interest. It should describe the student’s unique qualifications for the Fellowship, and any other matter the student believes would assist the Firm in evaluating the application (1000-word limit).
  • The names and contact information for three (3) references that can attest to the student’s professional and academic abilities.

Application Process: All applications should be addressed to Ronald J. Knox, c/o Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Program, Garvey Schubert Barer, 1191 Second Avenue, Suite 1800, Seattle, WA 98101. The selection committee will review applications by September 15 and will notify each applicant shortly thereafter if they have been selected for an interview and the subsequent interview schedule. Interviews will be conducted at the firm ‘s offices in Seattle. Interviewed applicants will be informed of final selection during the first week of October. Questions about the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship program should be directed to KLSDFquestions@gsblaw.com for response.

Applications may be submitted beginning August 1, and must be postmarked no later than September 1, to be eligible for consideration. All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time. Late received applications will not be considered.

The Firm recognizes the substantial expense associated with attendance at law school and the effort and particular struggle many students experience in financing their education. In light of this reality, demonstrated need may be taken into account in the application process. However, applicants are not required to disclose their financial circumstances in order to be considered for the Fellowship.