Immigration organizations need you! DOJ, KIND, and more hiring interns and fellows

Due Nov. 15: Immigrant Justice Corps hiring 3Ls and recent grads for immigrant rights fellowship

IJC LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016 

The IJC fellowship is a two year fellowship where recent law school graduates and new lawyers are placed with leading non-profit legal service providers in New York City and surrounding counties to provide to provide critically needed direct legal services to immigrants.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Dec. 16: KIND needs school-year and summer interns to work with unaccompanied and refugee children


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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

Application Process: Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of 3 references to Melody Young at myoung@supportkind.org. Include “[Your Name] – Legal Internship” in the subject of the email. Read more about the internship here.

Due Jan. 27: Legal Services of Northern California hiring 1L and 2L summer law clerks 

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Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

At Legal Services of Northern California, law clerks are exposed to the major legal problems facing low-income families and learn the practice skills necessary to work in public interest law. Each law clerk will be assigned to a mentor attorney in his or her office. The mentor attorney will guide the law clerk throughout the summer and supervise his or her legal work. All law clerks will have opportunities to work with other staff over the course of the internship. Read more here.

Application Process: Recruitment for summer law clerks will begin in late fall 2016.  LSNC will interview candidates in January and February 2017. To apply, 1L and 2L students should send a resumé and cover letter, including your preferred office placement(s), by January 27, 2017 to: Summer Intern Program, Legal Services of Northern California, 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Rolling deadline: DOJ Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration hiring Spring interns

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Application Deadline: Rolling

DOJ is looking to select law student interns for the spring 2017 semesters to work along side our attorneys and equal opportunity specialists. The position involves assisting our staff in litigation and investigating allegations of discrimination, such as conducting legal research, reviewing documents, compiling data, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and sitting in on and/or conducting witness interviews, as well as policy-related work, such as preparing comments on proposed regulations and draft legislation, and attending interagency meetings. The position is unpaid and we prefer that the student work for a duration of at least 10 weeks. Our ideal candidate has strong research, writing and communication skills as well as an interest in learning. Demonstrated interest or experience in immigration or employment discrimination a plus but not required. Positions with the Department of Justice are open to U.S. citizens only. Learn more about the internship here.

Application Process: If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and short writing sample to OSC’s internship opportunities email at crt.volunteervacancies-OSC@usdoj.gov. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, please see our webpage at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc.

Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! 2015 Fall Recruitment Program in Northern California Now Accepting Applications

American Diabetes Association Seeking Legal Advocacy Staff Attorney

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Every year, our Legal Advocate Staff Attorneys provide phone and email assistance to hundreds of people facing diabetes discrimination in every part of the United States. Some are in crisis. They have lost their job, had a child removed from school, or have had a loved one die in detention.

Legal Advocates do not engage in litigation. Instead, they empower individuals to engage in self-advocacy. Legal Advocates identify communication issues and sources of conflict. They give people professional information on their legal rights. They identify practical options for resolving problems, and coach them through self-advocacy action steps. When needed, Legal Advocates provide additional empowerment resources, or connect people to a network of attorneys for direct representation.

For more information, click here.

SEIU 775 Seeks Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director

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SEIU 775, Washington State’s and Montana’s long term care union, seeks a Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director to help fulfill our mission to unite all long-term care workers, improve the lives of working families and lead the way to a more just and humane society.

The Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all Washington state legislative efforts and leading innovative statewide legislative, political, and/or regulatory efforts to advance social justice and improve health and long-term care.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! Orleans Public Defenders Office Seeks Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/6

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The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

For more information, click here.

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Now Accepting Applicants for Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Due 12/14

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The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is now accepting applications for the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. This two-year program seeks to train academic bioethicists who will be future leaders in the field. Fellows will pursue mentored research and a Master of Bioethics or Master of Science in Medical Ethics degree. In addition, they will obtain training and experience in clinical and research ethics.

Eligible applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, JD) in hand by May 2016.  Previous work in bioethics is not required.  Applications will be accepted until December 14, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Equal Justice Society Seeking EJS Law Clerk for Summer of 2016, Due 12/15

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The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. A national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination, EJS’s goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity. Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees all citizens receive equal treatment under the law. We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

EJS has law clerk positions available for Summer 2016 at our office in Oakland (1999 Harrison St. Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612). EJS law clerks participate in legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! Legal Services of Northern California Seeking Applicants for 2015 Fall Recruitment Program, Due 12/31

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Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is the legal aid provider for 23 counties in Northern California. LSNC’s mission is to “provide quality legal services to empower the poor and to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community, by efficiently utilizing all available resources.”

In the Fall, LSNC begins its recruitment process for third-year law students preparing to take the California Bar Examination the following summer. For more than fifteen years, LSNC has hired at least one candidate, either through a fellowship or as a regular staff member, from among that year’s law school graduates. Depending upon staffing needs, LSNC may hire for any of its field offices or special projects, including its Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Vallejo, Woodland and Ukiah offices, through this process.

For more information, click here.

Center for Appellate Litigation Seeking Appellate Criminal Defense Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/8/2016

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The Center for Appellate Litigation is seeking full-time volunteer interns for the summer of 2016.  The internship has three components:

(i) helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;

(ii) working closely with experienced appellate attorneys on substantive writing projects, including briefs and motions; and

(iii) preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to assist with our other special projects.  Interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting legal documents.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor’s New York Regional Office Seeking 2016 Summer Intern, Due 2/2/2016

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The Office of the Solicitor’s mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor.  As the Secretary and other Department officials seek to accomplish the Department’s overall mission, the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) provides legal advice regarding how to achieve those goals.  In doing so, SOL ensures that the Nation’s labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation’s workers.

The United States Department of Labor seeks summer law interns in the New York Regional Office of the Solicitor (NY-RSOL).  The NY-RSOL provides litigation and legal advisory services to Department of Labor agencies located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  This office handles cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, among other statutes, and enforces numerous whistleblower protection laws.  The NY-RSOL is responsible for litigating in federal district courts and administrative tribunals; trial attorneys in our office regularly take depositions, conduct discovery, draft and argue pre-trial motions, and litigate cases at trial.  Applicants are encouraged to review SOL’s webpage at http://www.dol.gov/sol/.

For more information, click here.