Jobs, jobs, jobs! Exciting job opportunities on the horizon for students and graduates!

Due May 8: OneAmerica is seeking Special Projects Manager

OneAmerica is seeking a creative, strategic, and experienced Special Projects Manager to implement its nationally expanding English Innovations project. The ideal candidate is a confident program manager who has the commitment and ability to manage and implement a start-up project with multiple moving parts.

OneAmerica, in partnership with the Learning Games Network and the National Partnership for New Americans, is leading a national project utilizing technology to expand access to English language learning (ELL) and digital literacy opportunities for immigrants, particularly potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This effort is possible through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program is centered on OneAmerica’s English Innovations model, which uses blended learning instruction – a combination of face-to-face learning in a classroom setting coupled with online game-based learning. The live instruction will incorporate academically rigorous best practices for ELL education and will be delivered in six sites around the country with over 74 hours of in-class instruction plus additional time learning outside of class.

Xenos, a game-based learning tool, will be the model’s online component. Developed by the Learning Games Network, Xenos combines a virtual world, games, activities, and community in a playful, social, language-learning application. Independent research found that 50% of participants in the pilot program made gains in their English language skills over 12 weeks that were equivalent to those of traditional methods over a year.

This national project will be the basis for the establishment of a new initiative, the English Innovations Institute, which will seek to support and advocate for innovative best practices in ELL strategies that advance immigrant integration and economic opportunity for immigrant and refugee populations in the United States.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter, along with three references, to Audrey Buehring, Director of Special Projects, at jobs@weareoneamerica.org with the subject line “Special Projects Manager.” In your cover letter, please describe how your personal and professional backgrounds align with your interest in working with OneAmerica. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Please, no phone inquiries.

Due May 15: CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA (CENTRO LEGAL) – Worker’s Rights Attorney

centrologo cleaned up 2008Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal), founded in 1969, is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy.  The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants, throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.  

 Centro Legal de la Raza’s seeks to hire an attorney to join our Workers’ Rights Program. Centro Legal has secured funding for the position from June through November 2015, but it is likely there will be funding to extend the position.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org, with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights Attorney Position.” Applications must be received by May 15 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due July 1: Attention 2Ls interested in project-based post grad fellowships! National Center for Youth Law Seeks 2016 Post Grad Fellow

The National Center for Youth Law is seeking to sponsor applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, or other fellowships.  NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law.  In particular, candidates for sponsorship should have a keen interest in advocacy for poor and vulnerable children.

Founded in 1970, NCYL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create lasting change for children in need. NCYL uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.

NCYL focuses its work in four areas:

  • Safety and protection of abused and neglected children
  • Health and mental health care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Education for children in foster care
  • Commercially sexually exploited children

NCYL engages in class action litigation and other forms of advocacy intended to have a broad impact. The Center also provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide, conducts trainings, engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, and publishes a legal journal.

Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind.  We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.    

Due August 1: Internship with SIERRA CLUB: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in the Washington DC office is seeking law students interested in public interest, environmental litigation to assist with its strategic lawsuits. The DC office is largely focused on climate change related litigation, including litigation related to all parts of the lifecycle of the use of coal, oil, and natural gas for energy generation, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy expansion. Semester externs work on all aspects of litigation, including undertaking legal research, preparing written memoranda, and conducting factual investigation. Students may also draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, attend court appearances, and work on discovery. During the course of the program, students work with several of the Club’s attorneys, thus gaining exposure to a wide range of litigation styles.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental organization as well as the nation’s leader in environmental litigation. The Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club’s climate recovery campaigns and chapters. The Program’s docket covers a diversity of environmental issues, from local pollution issues to cases of national significance on greenhouse gases, toxic pollution, clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation.

– See more here.

SCOTUS blog is seeking a new intern!

SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us.  Details about the position’s qualifications and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, are below the jump.

The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting Tom with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly ten to twenty hours of work a week  on a generally flexible work schedule, which can be accomplished remotely.  The position will begin in mid-May, and the expected commitment would be through May 2016.

To qualify for the position, you must:

  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program (undergraduates are not eligible)
  • Have a strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings
  • Have some experience working with (or at least interest in) blog or website technology
  • Have demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

To apply, please send us the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references \
  • A writing sample of no more than five double-spaced pages that has not been edited by anyone other than you
  • An official or unofficial law school transcript.

Application materials should be sent to Kali Borkoski at kborkoski@scotusblog.com and Andrew Hamm (ahamm@scotusblog.com). Materials must be received by April 21 for consideration.

Murphy Anderson PLLC Associate position

Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking an associate with 0-7 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees in wage-and-hour class actions and represents whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.  Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample, reference list and law school transcript to Mark Hanna (mhanna@murphypllc.com).

Still looking for a summer job? Look no further than the Seattle and King County Dept. of Public Health!

If you’re still looking for a summer job, Seattle and King County Department of Public Health is looking for a Healthy Housing Policy Analysis and Development legal intern for the summer. The position is described as that the law student will “assist in legal research, policy development, and, potentially, local government rule making to promote healthy housing for King County’s residents…The student will collaborate with the division’s Healthy Housing Team and the department’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation staff, perform legal research and writing, assist in data gathering and analysis, and participate in policy development efforts.” The job begins at the earliest student time available and requires a minimum of 175 hours over ten weeks (we are flexible to accommodate student schedule and academic needs). There’s no financial stipend or compensation provided. You can contact Greg Wilson, Project/Program Manager for the Environmental Health Services Division at Greg.Wilson@KingCounty.gov or (206) 263-8449 with questions. 

Staff Attorney – Impact Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a Staff Attorney to join its Impact Litigation Unit (ILU). SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.

SCHR’s ILU challenges unconstitutional practices of the criminal justice system through federal and state litigation in Alabama and Georgia.  The ILU’s work currently includes cases on behalf of people who are poor and are being denied attorneys for their criminal cases, people who have faced debtors’ prison practices, incarcerated people who are subject to unacceptably high levels of violence, people who have been mistreated by police, and people detained in jails in overcrowded and deplorable conditions.

The Staff Attorney will join the eight-member ILU, consisting of five attorneys (two senior attorneys and three staff attorneys) and three paralegal/investigators. Responsibilities include: developing and extensively investigating cases for litigation; building relationships with clients and witnesses; working collaboratively with other SCHR attorneys, investigators, and volunteers on cases in all stages of federal and state litigation; and responding to requests for assistance from people in prisons and jails and their families. Frequent travel within Georgia and Alabama is required.

The candidate must have excellent writing and oral advocacy skills and a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation. SCHR seeks an attorney who takes initiative, responds to rapidly changing demands with flexibility, has skill and comfort working collaboratively with a team, ably balances working on multiple cases and assignments at once, and has a demonstrated track record of grace under pressure. A positive demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills are desired.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to working with the poor and communities of color and a keen awareness of the class and racial issues underlying the criminal justice system.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s salary range. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible). Minimum three year commitment required. Driver’s license is required.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Sara Totonchi, by email at stotonchi (at) schr.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 22, 2015. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Clerkships, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities for Social Justice

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Seeking Program Intern in Spring 2015, Due 1/5/15

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information on the internship, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Applications Now Open, Due 1/9/15

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2014, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program.   Applications must be submitted by the January 9, 2015 deadline. Screening interviews will be used to better determine student qualifications.  Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.  Additional applicants will be interviewed on an as needed basis.  We will make every attempt to interview students where they attend school and in person.  Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to set up the interview.

Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews.  Students will be notified when they are sent on for a judicial interview.  Judicial interviews will continue until all positions are filled.  All applicants will be notified when the program or certain locations have closed for the year and all positions are filled.

The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program. 

For more information, click here.

Clerkship Opportunities with Institute for Justice, Preferred Submissions Before 1/9/15

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.  Clerkships are a great way to get a foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

The application for our highly-competitive summer clerkship is live now.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the January 9th deadline.  We’ll begin interviews in early January with rolling offers until all positions are filled.  The clerkships last for 10 weeks.

Is your law school near our headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia or one of our chapter offices in Bellevue, Tempe, Austin, Minneapolis, or Miami?  Our limited number of spring clerkship positions offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through mid-December.

To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Public Counsel Now Accepting Summer 2015 Clerkship Applications

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For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2015 Summer Clerkship Program. Applications from 1L’s will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Any questions regarding the summer program should be directed to Public Counsel Summer Program Coordinator, Sandra Madera.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page here

Public Knowledge Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Public Knowledge is currently hiring summer law clerks for 2015. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest technology policy, including issues arising under telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

For more information, click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeking Constitutional Litigation Intern for Summer 2015, Due 1/15/15

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

For more information, click here.

Sierra Club in Portland, Oregon Seeking Chapter Director

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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

For more information, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Seeking Education Director, Open Until Filled

The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) seeks an Education Director to staff the Equal Justice Coalition and support our efforts to maintain and increase public funding for civil legal aid at the federal, state and local levels. The Education Director works closely with the Access to Justice Board, a core workgroup, an advisory council, stakeholder organizations, and more than 3000 friends of equal justice that include lawyers, judges, community leaders, law students and members of the public committed to making equal justice for all a reality in Washington state.

The Education Director educates the public, elected officials and the media about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income people. The Education Director works closely with key partners, stakeholders and our Olympia-based lobbying team to develop and implement communication strategies, education efforts, and media outreach to preserve and increase funding for civil legal aid in Washington. The work is challenging and fast-paced, and requires someone who works well both on a team and independently.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! American Constitution Society Seeking 2015-2016 Law Fellow

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) seeks a talented recent law school graduate to fill a position in ACS’s national headquarters. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and end in August 2016. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Department of Policy Development and Programming staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. He or she will work with the Department staff to implement an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials, and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of progressive issues that are reflective of the ACS Issue Groups, which include Access to Justice; Criminal Justice; Economic, Workplace and Environmental Regulation; First Amendment; Separation of Powers and Federalism; Constitutional Interpretation and Change; Democracy and Voting; Equality and Liberty; and Judicial Nominations.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! National Lawyers Guild Offering 2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.