Consider applying for the 2016 Pro Bono Scholars program!

U.S. PIRG is hiring a Program Director

logoU.S. PIRG is hiring a Program Director to lead our national Consumer Team Program. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising, and coalition-building to drive the program.

The Consumer Program Director will be taking on an issue of extreme importance to American households. We’re working to convince our leaders to stop unfair banking practices and to empower consumers in the marketplace. Whether it’s by defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the first federal agency tasked solely with the job of protecting consumers from unfair financial practices, or by documenting the challenges consumers face in the emerging digital marketplace, U.S. PIRG is working to protect consumers.

The Program Director will spearhead this program in coordination with Ed Mierzwinski, Senior Fellow for the Consumer Program. Mr. Mierzwinski is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading consumer advocates, regularly quoted in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, called to testify by Congress, and recognized by The Hill as a “Top Lobbyist.”

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP – 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program

akin-gump-logo-wwh_4_2015The Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program, started in 2008, provides top first year law students interested in law firm practice the opportunity to develop an early expertise in public interest law. The skills acquired during this program build a foundation for pro bono work and billable practice that will serve participants throughout their careers. The program spans two summers, with the Pro Bono Scholars working both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the first summer (as rising 2Ls). The next (rising third year) summer, the Pro Bono Scholars join the firm as participants in the firm’s general summer associate program.

In 2016, the Pro Bono Scholars Program will be offered in our Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices.

1st SUMMER: Following the first year of law school, the Pro Bono Scholars will spend at least seven weeks at a public interest organization. The Pro Bono Scholars also spend four weeks with the firm working on pro bono matters; receiving substantive assignments and training in areas in which the firm focuses its pro bono practice.

2nd SUMMER: During their second summer at the firm, Pro Bono Scholars will join Akin Gump’s Summer Associate Program for rising third-year law students in their selected offices. The summer program includes a workload of commercial assignments, as well as pro bono opportunities. Like all other summer associates, after completing their second summer at Akin Gump, the Pro Bono Scholars are eligible for consideration for an offer of employment to join the firm as an associate in one of the firm’s commercial practices following their law school graduation.

COMMITMENT: The firm expects Pro Bono Scholars to return for a second summer (following the second year of law school) to gain experience in Akin Gump’s commercial practice. Accordingly, Pro Bono Scholars will be exempted from the on-campus interview process during fall of their second year. In the event that the Pro Bono Scholar’s performance does not meet the firm’s standards, the firm may decline to ask the student to return for the second summer, or may decline to make an offer of future employment as an associate.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here


1428518860TGI Justice Project is seeking law clerks to assist with all aspect of its Legal Advocacy and Organizing project including, advocating and providing legal services for transgender, gender-variant and intersex people in prisons, assisting in our public policy work, resource development, and assisting with the legal aspects of the Melenie Eleneke Grassroots Re-Entry Program.

Much of the clerk’s time will be devoted to interacting with members of the TGI community who contact TGI Justice Project and handling their questions from start to finish under the supervision and training of the TGIJP staff attorney. Clerks also conduct case research, update publications, and draft memos on a wide range of issues affecting Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex people in the criminal (in)justice system.

Positions are available in TGI Justice Project’s Office in San Francisco, CA. Summer clerks work full time (32 hours per week), and semester clerks may work full or part-time (minimum 10 hours per week).

TGIJP hires law clerks for the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters.

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2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svgWe are a small office in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. We enforce a federal statute that protects U.S. citizens and work-authorized non-citizens from immigration-related employment discrimination. OSC seeks volunteer law student and undergraduate student interns yearround, including for the fall semester, winter/spring semester, and for the summer. School-year internships may be full-time or part-time. Fall internships are typically part-time. Please see below our current internship opportunities postings. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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2000px-seal_of_idaho-svg1Federal Defender Services of Idaho is now accepting applications for a Research and Writing Attorney in the Capital Habeas Unit in Boise, Idaho. The attorney position will be responsible for impact area research and writing projects as well as drafting pleadings, interacting with clients and witnesses, and assisting with development of the record.

 Federal Defender Services of Idaho is the Community Defender Organization (see 18 U.S.C. §3006A(g)(2)(B)) for the District of Idaho. The Capital Habeas Unit’s caseload is limited to federal habeas corpus cases and collateral proceedings in capital cases. The Capital Habeas Unit provides representation primarily in federal district court, as well as the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. The office is currently staffed by three attorneys, three investigators, three paralegals and related support staff.

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oregon_supreme_courtExterns for the Oregon Supreme Court work either for individual justices or for the court as a whole. Primarily, externs write petition memoranda that analyze and recommend dispositions on petitions for review of decisions from the Court of Appeals. Duties also may include research, writing, and organizing and summarizing factual and legal information for individual justices or for the court’s legal staff. Other duties occasionally are assigned.

Externs for the Oregon Court of Appeals work directly for one of the judges. Externs may perform some or all of the following work: research issues in a case that has been assigned to the supervising judge; compile and discuss such research with the judge or the judge’s law clerks; prepare research memoranda for the judge or law clerks; read and summarize parts of the record in a case; prepare a draft of an opinion or section of an opinion; assist the judge to prepare for oral argument by reading briefs and writing summaries (“bench memos”) or researching selected issues before argument. Externs have the opportunity to attend oral argument, as well as pre-argument and post-argument conferences.

Externs for the Office of the Appellate Commissioner work with the appellate commissioner. Externs are expected to review and analyze substantive motions filed in the Court of Appeals, review files, conduct legal research as necessary to resolve motions, and prepare memoranda containing their analysis and recommended disposition. Externs also have the opportunity to meet monthly with the Court of Appeals’ Motions Department and are expected to be able to explain and defend their recommended disposition of motions referred to that department. Externs also may have the opportunity to assist in drafting opinions related to certain motions; other duties occasionally are assigned.


For more information, see here (2016 Summer Extern Opportunities – Oregon Appellate Courts copy)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-Seattle Field Office

1000px-us-eeoc-seal-svgWe believe that the most meaningful externship experience involves active participation. To that end, we expect intellectually rigorous work from the extern and in return provide ongoing encouragement, feedback, and career advice. The extern’s duties reflect the nature of our charge processing and, accordingly, can include the following: observation of staff investigators interviewing aggrieved individuals; participation with attorneys in investigatory planning; processing of Freedom of Information Act requests, with a grounding in the laws that both require and prohibit disclosure of documents; assistance to attorneys in drafting complaints and discovery requests; responding to discovery from a defendant; researching and drafting legal memoranda on legal issues; observation of mediations; witness contact; and attendance at depositions and court appearances.

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U.S. DOJ, Executive Office for Immigration Review-Tacoma Court

2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svgPart of the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Tacoma, WA immigration court serves the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center.

The types of projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket and will include:

• Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;
• Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s judicial law clerk but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

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COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVIC­ES – Staff Attorney- Employment/Farmworker/LITC (Phoenix, AZ)

39e6be7Community Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney with 0-2 years of experience for its Central Phoenix Office. This position will work both in federal tax and employment law issues.   A significant part of the employment work will be for low income agricultural workers throughout Arizona.

The qualified applicant must: be a member of the Arizona State Bar; and have a demonstrated interest in tax, employment or farmworker law, as well as an interest in eliminating poverty-based inequities in the civil justice system by providing high-quality legal advice, advocacy and assistance to low-income Arizonans.

For more information, see here (Job Announcement – LITC Staff Attorney (002))