Pro Bono Opportunity: Attorneys, Accredited Reps & Law Students Needed for Haitian Asylum-Seekers and Migrants
Hundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently.
The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here.
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is creating the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to address the detainees’ legal needs and issues, fill in gaps where possible and coordinate advocacy for better policies and practices.
The HDRN will start as a Google Group list-serve. To join, please fill out this form. If any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And please forward this to others in your network who might be interested!
Due March 5: Scholarship opportunity for students working in Massachusetts
Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2017 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in public interest law, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.
Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten (10) weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.
Apply and learn more here.
Due May 5: Nominations for the Public Service and Leadership Award
Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community? Nominate them for the Washington Young Lawyers Committee’s (WYLC) Public Service and Leadership Award!
This year the WYLC will recognize the achievements of five new or young lawyers. The committee considers the nominees’ leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1.
Nominate and learn more here.