Fellowships, Clerkships, Internships, Oh My! Explore new opportunities from Anchorage to NY

Legal Counsel for the Elderly – Summer 2015 Law Clerks

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older. LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits.

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints of residents and to bring about resolution, including changes at the local, state and national levels to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Legislative Reform

Schedule H Case Handling

Ombudsman Legal Assistance

Nursing Homes and Alternatives Manual

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, rbobroff@aarp.org

Rolling Deadline!: NARAL PRO-CHOICE NEW YORK – Summer Legal Intern

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health, the sister organization of NARAL Pro-Choice New York focuses on research, education, and policy work in states and localities to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care, reduce unintended pregnancies, and empower youth to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions. The National Institute’s focus is on building support for a proactive agenda for, and unapologetic approach to, reproductive rights, health, and justice. We do this by helping to strengthen a decentralized yet interconnected movement, based on authentic partnerships founded on mutual respect and learning, capacity building, and information sharing in strategic cities and states across the country. To that end, the National Institute offers strategic guidance, hands?on support, and funding to help state and local leaders and organizations build a public base of support, engage policymakers, change public policy, and remove barriers to health care.

The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern.” People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Feb. 02, 2015: ROBERT F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS – Donald M. Wilson Fellowship

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) was founded as a living memorial to Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Ever since, the RFK Center has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice, are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the RFK Center. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with the RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

In 2011, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights established the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship program to provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent law school graduate each year. Donald M. Wilson and his family recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center. The Fellowship provides invaluable training and experience for a recent law school graduate preparing for a career in human rights.

The Fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. A LIFE magazine correspondent for twelve years, Donald M. Wilson covered the Korean and Vietnam wars for the magazine and afterward led LIFE’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he met Robert Kennedy. Following the campaign, Donald M. Wilson was appointed deputy director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1989, he retired as Corporate Vice President-Public Affairs at Time Inc. In 1991, with James L. Greenfield, a former assistant managing editor at The New York Times, he founded the Independent Journalism Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting free and independent media in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience with regional and international human rights law and norms; working knowledge of the United Nations treaty body system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights systems; an ability to maintain active contacts with international civil society as well as key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems; an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent) is required. We particularly encourage recent law school graduates (2013-2014) and those graduating in Spring 2015 to apply.

Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required.

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law), and a list of 3 references to:

Hiring Manager
Subject line: Donald M. Wilson Fellow
jobs@rfkcenter.org 

Feb. 13, 2015: Criminal Division (CRM) OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS – LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER (Washington, D.C.)

OEO is a non-litigating section of the Criminal Division. OEO provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and review and approval required by statute or policy in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government’s disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, subpoenas to members of the news media in federal cases, subpoenas to attorneys, applications to search the premises of attorneys, and requests to immunize witnesses. OEO provides legal advice to federal prosecutors and agencies on the above-mentioned programs and investigative techniques, and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO also responds to requests made to the Criminal Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and serves in a coordinating role for the Criminal Division with regard to victim and witness assistance. In addition, OEO supervises the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

Legal interns will be responsible for research/writing projects on diverse, complex legal issues in highly-sensitive matters, working under the supervision of OEO attorneys.

Qualification:

All applicants must be United States citizens and currently enrolled in law school. Applicants must have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, experience or a demonstrated interest in criminal law and/or a commitment to public service, and mature judgment. Because interns may be reviewing sensitive documents and confidential information from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it will be necessary for interns to obtain a security clearance. The security background check requires a fingerprint submission and takes two or three months. Any offer is contingent on clearing the background investigation.

Feb. 13, 2015: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – Summer 2015 Law Intern

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Office of Counsel, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is looking for a law intern for Summer 2015. The Alaska District is a full service district that maintains a wide spectrum of programs including military construction, civil works construction, and environmental cleanup and regulation.

Surrounded by the picturesque Chugach and Alaska Ranges, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with more than 250,000 people. Our office is located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, which is adjacent to Anchorage. Anchorage is well known for its long, cool summer days during which hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and fishing are within an easy driving distance after work and on the weekends.

The Alaska District Office of Counsel is a busy office with five attorneys and three paralegals. The law intern selected for this position will primarily assist our attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas such as litigation and government contracts, real estate, fiscal law, employment law, and environmental law and regulations.

Qualifications

The selected law clerk will be scheduled to work ten 40-hour weeks, between May and August 2015 with the exact start and end dates to be negotiated.

If you are interested, please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript for completed semesters or quarters through December 2014 to Carl Olson at carl.f.olson@usace.army.mil.

If you have any questions concerning the duties of this position, please contact Carl Olson or Brendan Davis at 907-753-2532.

For more information about the Alaska District, see our website at http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/About/Offices/Legal.aspx

Feb. 20, 2015: VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE – Summer 2015 Internship, Legal Orientation Program Law Student Intern 

The Vera Institute of Justice runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, in previous summers interns visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility; observed hearings at the New York City Immigration Court; lunched with executive-level management; and visited Vera demonstration projects.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice collaborates with government, nonprofits, and communities to develop evidence-based justice solutions for systems affecting immigrants and their families. The Center also addresses the challenges presented by the increasing convergence of the criminal justice and immigration systems. The Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a law student intern to work on the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. On behalf of the federal government’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, Vera staff work with nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 30 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

Responsibilities: The intern duties may include: conducting background legal and/or policy research; interviewing experts and others; drafting best practice memos and short reports; assisting in developing trainings and presentations; analyzing data collected to inform programs and help develop program plans; and researching potential funders and writing grant proposals. Students interested in the internship should note that while all of the work will be law-related, much of it will be supporting policy and technical assistance.  Vera does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent initiative, genuine flexibility, as well as a demonstrated interest in immigration, law/public policy, and/or criminal justice. Fluency in Spanish or another second language is a plus.

Salary

Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through their law schools, colleges, universities or public interest foundations, or through fellowship grants or internship programs.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred; however if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Summer Internships: CIJ LOP Internship

Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway,12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212-941-9407

Feb. 27, 2015: International Summer Internship Programme – International Law Institute (Uganda) 

ILI-ACLE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2015 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1 – July 31, 2015. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 27, 2015 OR WHEN ALL INTERNSHIP SEATS HAVE BEEN FILLED. EARLY APPLICATION ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Each year ILI-ACLE draws a talented pool of students and young professionals in its competitive Internship Programme. Over the years we have drawn interns from Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center, NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Temple Law School, Case Western Reserve School of Law and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, among others.

Responsibilities

Internships at the Institute are rewarding experiences for law students with drive and interest in legal and judicial reform and project implementation – with a focus on the African continent. Interns take part in any number of activities that are being implemented at their time of internship. These include assisting with the preparation of seminars (including curriculum development) and gaining insight into project implementation and management by assisting with ongoing technical assistance projects. Interns assist in conducting research, drafting reports, attending meetings and engaging in related administration. They also have an unparalleled opportunity to meet legal and other professional specialists at the forefront of public and private development in sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe.

Qualifications

Must be a law student.

Application Instructions:

To apply for an internship with ILI-ACLE, please email Ms. Keita Rose-Atkinson, Senior Associate Attorney/Public Sector Liaison at krose@ili.or.ug, copying administrator@ili.or.ug with a detailed letter of interest, current CV, academic/professional letter of recommendation and a writing sample. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via telephone, videoconferencing or in-person (for Ugandan applicants). Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Mar. 2, 2015: Attention recent grads! 2015 SANFORD HEISLER PUBLIC INTEREST DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP – Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion & Resources (FAIR)

The Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) is accepting applications for its second annual Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship, which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at the (1) Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and a (2) law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1100 workers’ rights advocates around California. Sanford Heisler, LLP, a leading national public interest firm, has donated the funds to FAIR to provide a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2015), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued.