Welcome spring with these new, awesome job opportunities for students and alumni!

Due 3/27 – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Tribal Senior Policy Advisor 

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of complexity in approach or methodology; prepares short- and long-range planning guidance in accordance with broad program policies and objectives; prepares guidance based on analyses of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs in one or more of the OJJDP specific policy areas that have a direct impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth (e.g. adapting a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform nationwide; responding to the key recommendations from the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence; family/youth engagement; child protection; juvenile justice system improvement; and delinquency prevention).

Northwest Justice Project – Summer 2015 Law Clerk

Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State’s indigent population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will experience the realities of a legal services office as they aid the attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office. Externships for credit during the school year are also available in the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma offices.

Positions for summer 2015 may include: Please indicate your locations of interest.

  • Combination Farm worker unit and general positions located in Wenatchee, Omak, Bellingham and Vancouver, WA (Spanish fluency may be required or preferred)
  • General legal services in Bremerton, Pt. Angeles, Pasco, Tacoma, Everett, Longview, Spokane, Olympia and Seattle

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Email: Resume & Writing Sample to:

  • Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources (please state location of interest)
  •  Northwest Justice Project
  • karenh@nwjustice.org

Eastside Legal Assistance Program – DVLP Managing Attorney

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Project. You can help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity. Materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 to be considered.

Please send résumé, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and list of two references to: Stan Kehl, Executive Director, stan@elap.org. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – Senior Program Associate, Civil

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public administration or related field, with a minimum of two to five years of experience in the non-profit sector, legal field or public policy sector. Experience collecting, analyzing, and organizing data, and producing reports is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong qualitative and analytic skills with a keen attention to detail and data accuracy and the ability to translate information into reports. Excellent research skills using both web-based and published materials required. Significant knowledge of civil legal aid programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey and research design methods and the ability to verify the accuracy of data sets and computer generated reports. The ability to work independently and in teams is required. The position requires excellent skills in written and oral communication. Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and E-mail; database proficiency and desktop publishing skills along with a willingness to learn HTML required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of NLADA and a thorough understanding of its work.

NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership. We are conveniently located near D.C.’s Metro Rail (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

To apply for this position send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to hr@nlada.org with the subject line “NLADA JOBS: Senior Program Associate, Civil.”

NLADA is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney!

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

Black Women’s Blueprint -DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Black Women’s Blueprint, is a civil and human rights organization. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Our flagship initiative is a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault in the U.S. (BWTRC). A core component of this ground-breaking initiative is to map the official and unofficial ways in which the rights of sexual assault survivors to personal and economic security have been violated. This participatory study will explore Human Rights Articles 2, 3, and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensure non-discrimination, personal security and economic security and will implement related policy advocacy.

Submit resume and cover letter to ftanis@blueprintny.org, with the subject DIRECTOR BWTRC in the subject line.

BAY LEGAL LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP – BAY AREA LEGAL AID

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to help provide comprehensive legal services to the poor. BayLegal is the largest staff based non?profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low?income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following 7 Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin (San Rafael); Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties. Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.

BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; (4) Health Access; and (5) Consumer Protection.

Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled (for summer candidates, we recommend submitting your application before March 1st).

Please submit a completed BayLegal Law Clerk Application indicating your office(s) and project(s) preference along with a copy of your resume,  cover letter, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:

Email: probono@baylegal.org or
Mail: Bay Area Legal Aid – Law Clerk Program
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

More Questions? Contact Staci Lambright, Director of Pro Bono Activities probono@baylegal.org

SUMMER LAW CLERK – AARP FOUNDATION

AARP Foundation Litigation is seeking to hire a summer law clerk to work with the Consumer Protection and Housing teams. The position supports senior attorneys working on a wide range of legal reform and impact litigation cases in courts nationwide.Law clerks will conduct legal research and write memoranda for amicus curiae briefs and litigation documents for cases in these different areas.

Remote work is a possibility. 

If interested, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-7 pages) to Michelle Poncetta at mponcetta@aarp.org. Please put “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of your email. The position is for 30-40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.Funding can be provided through your school program.

HEARING OFFICER – ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – ALASKA LABOR RELATIONS AGENCY

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency is a quasi-judicial agency that handles collective bargaining issues for public employers and public employees for the state, university, railroad, school districts, and political subdivisions within our jurisdiction.  The mission of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency is to facilitate cooperative relations between Alaska’s public employers and the labor organizations that represent public employees.  The agency is recruiting for a Hearing Officer to help with this mission.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

The incumbent independently serves as hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating public labor relations disputes.  As the Agency’s sole hearing officer and investigator for a lay board, the incumbent exercises substantial independent discretion. The incumbent investigates petitions and charges and mediates between parties. The incumbent conducts adversarial hearings and proposes decisions for adoption by the board. The incumbent evaluates settlement agreements, responds to inquiries from the public, and performs other duties as assigned, such as drafting or editing proposed regulations or statutes, conducting public board meetings, holding pre-hearings and pre-election conferences, issuing rulings on motions and matters before and during hearings, issuing subpoenas and conducting elections.

The incumbent must be able to comprehend applicable statutes and regulations and to communicate effectively to explain agency services and requirements. 

The potentially heavy workload demands ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work under stress. The incumbent must have good oral and written communication skills. Writing skills must include the ability to draft logically organized legal decisions that clearly evaluate evidence, summarize facts, apply legal principals, and evaluate arguments. In addition the incumbent must be able to independently conduct impartial investigations, hearing, and mediations. This position requires tact, discretion, confidentiality, and the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Apply online at http://workplace.alaska.gov/

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Northern California Innocence Project seeks Staff Attorney

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), a clinical program of Santa Clara University School of Law, seeks an attorney to focus on investigation and litigation of post-conviction claims of innocence.

NCIP’s mission is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent. Reporting to the Assistant Legal Director, the Staff Attorney is a full-time one year fixed term position, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Responsibilities include investigating inmates’ claims of innocence, litigating those claims, representing inmates in court, and assisting in all aspects of NCIP’s law practice.

To apply, click this link.

Post-Grad Fellowship Opportunity for 3Ls with Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem. NDS represents residents of Northern Manhattan who are charged with crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients are represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and team administrators. NDS also provides pre-arrest representation to clients under threat of arrest. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes.

 NDS seeks to hire one or more recent law school graduates for the NDS Fellows Program. The positions will be available beginning Fall 2015 and will continue through Fall 2017. Applicants who have not yet graduated from law school will be considered and should apply if interested.

 NDS Fellows will assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleadings, motions and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients. NDS Fellows will also spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

Interested applications should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary Clare Patterson at mcpatterson@ndsny.org with the subject line, “NDS Fellows Fall 2015.” Please send your application as one document, preferably PDF. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County Seeks Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors.  It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS).  LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated and well-organized STAFF ATTORNEY to support its Norwalk & Compton Offices.  Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will support LASOC/CLS and assist clients with a variety of civil law matters such as housing, family law, dissolution of marriage, paternity, IEPs, administrative law hearings, request for orders, domestic violence restraining orders with emphasis on client representation. 

This position is available in the Compton office and requires that the attorney occasionally travel to the Norwalk office.  Candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Key coordination and communication is necessary with the Director of Litigation, the Directing Attorneys, support staff, and various Program Managers/Directing Attorneys and outside agencies.   The attorney will occasionally serve on the Hotline to provide advice and supervision for Hotline intake. 

This position requires a dedicated, professional, highly organized, and detail-oriented attorney who has a strong academic background and some evidence of commitment to dealing with the problems of the poor.  Salary commensurate with experience. 

TO APPLY, SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO IRIS MA AT IRISMA@LEGAL-AID.COM.  Position is open until filled.  EOE.

Due March 6: Summer 2015 Law Student Externship Program (Unpaid)

Interested in spending an exciting summer in one of our Regional Offices (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, or San Francisco), while obtaining meaningful work experience?  The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is seeking energetic, highly motivated students enrolled in an accredited law school to fill our summer law externship positions in one of our regional offices. This is an opportunity for you to gain professional legal experience and exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices.

Summer 2015 externship positions are available with the FLRA with an anticipated start shortly after Memorial Day 2015, and not-to-exceed August 28, 2015. The selectees are expected to work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.You will be involved in a variety of assignments with attorneys in the respective regional office.  You will perform entry-level legal assignments in support of the mission of the agency.  You will conduct legal research and analysis on questions relating to federal labor relations law and other federal laws; write memoranda, response letters or other legal documents; summarize cases and relevant information; assist staff attorneys with the preparation of briefings and hearings; and perform other duties as assigned.

The mission of the FLRA is to promote stable, constructive labor-management relations in the federal government by resolving and assisting in the prevention of labor-management disputes in a manner that gives full effect to the rights of employees, unions, and agencies.  Externships will be available in the Office of the General Counsel Regional Offices.  For more information on each of these offices, please visit the FLRA’s website at www.flra.gov.

Due March 13: Center for Justice and International Law is seeking a Spanish/English Bilingual Attorney

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) Attorney to litigate human rights cases before the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.  This position will be based in Washington, D.C. Established in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights defenders, CEJIL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is the promotion and protection of human rights in the Americas through the use of the Inter-American Human Rights System and other international mechanisms of protection. 

No phone calls please – Interested candidates should send by e-mail a cover letter in English, resume and two (2) writing samples (one in English and one in Spanish) no later than March 13th, 2015 to: washington@cejil.org Subject: Position-2015-DC Attorney

Due March 16: Columbia Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney for their Basic Human Needs Project

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Basic Human Needs Project, which protects and defends the rights and benefits of all Washington residents living in poverty. Our Staff Attorney will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy for low-income clients dealing with housing, health care, and financial support, and serve as the primary staff member supporting elderly clients in areas of: long-term care, federal and state public benefits, guardianship and substitute decision-making tools, bankruptcy and consumer fraud, elder abuse and exploitation, and general elder law matters.

Submit application materials by March 16, 2015 in Microsoft Word format with 14 point font. No phone calls. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. CLS will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If e-mailed, please make Staff Attorney – Basic Human Needs Project your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume, a short writing sample (3-5 pages) and references to: