Organization of American States Seeks Human Rights Specialist

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Human Rights Specialist will work as part of the team which supports the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  In this capacity, he or she will work under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), either directly or through the corresponding Specialist.  In this sense, the Human Rights Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Case processing and reporting

  • Contribute to the implementation of the individual petition system governed by the inter-American human rights instruments, preparing specialized opinions regarding complaints received against Member States at the study, admissibility, and merits stages.   Prepare specialized opinions related to requests for precautionary measures.
  • Draft case reports setting forth specialized analysis, conclusions and recommendations for Commission consideration.
  • Advice on the presentation of contentious cases and requests for advisory opinions before the Inter-American Court.
  • Prepare background documentation for case and thematic hearings and working meetings.
  • Prepare requests for information for States on priority human rights issues.
  • Advise petitioners and state representatives on the application of petition procedures and other matters related to human rights. Provide technical advisory services for other organs or agencies of the Organization, in relation to drafting and implementation of juridical international instruments in the field of human rights.

2. Research and monitoring:

  • Conduct legal research pertinent to specific cases and human rights issues;
  • Engage in fact finding on numerous situations and cases, and draft reports or sections of reports for review by senior staff.
  • Organize, coordinate, and participate in on-site visits conducted by the Commission and the Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: develop draft program of activities; manage logistical arrangements; facilitate meetings between Commission members and Government officials, representatives of local non-governmental organizations and other groups, such as alleged victims and their relatives, draft reports and recommendations for publication pending Commission approval.
  • Monitor the overall situation of human rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas by contacting and maintaining sources, collecting and reviewing information, coordinating general hearings before the Commission, and consulting with the Commission Rapporteur.
  • Prepare special reports on the situation of human rights of indigenous peoples and on selected human rights issues. This requires gathering and evaluating data from a wide range of sources, legal research and analysis, editing and translating documents , and the drafting of reports for publication, pursuant to Commission approval.

3. Other

  • Organize logistically and substantively promotional activities such as seminars and conferences on human rights issues.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others.


1. Education & Experience:

  • Essential: Juris Doctor or First University Degree (Bachelor’s) issued by a duly accredited institution in law, international public law or human rights and 4 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international level OR Advanced University Degree (Master’s) issued by a duly accredited institution in one of the fields listed above and 2 years of relevant experience. Knowledge of the principles and theories of international public law, human rights law, and the rights of indigenous peoples.  Technical and field experience working with indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.
  • Desirable: Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandates and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.  Experience working in international and/or regional organizations.

2. Computer Skills:

Ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, and Excel), and other software applicable to the area of work.

3. Languages:

  • Essential – Proficient in English and Spanish (read, write and communicate).
  • Desirable – Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese.
  • Personal Competencies: Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills. Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

4. Other requirements:

  • Candidates are required to submit an essay in English and/or Spanish including critical analysis of a recent decision of the Inter-American Commission or Court related to the rights of indigenous peoples (5 pages). This document should not be a version edited by third parties.
  • Broad knowledge of International Law of Human Rights and domestic law of OAS member countries. Knowledge of the international mechanisms of protection of human rights, particularly those applicable to the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Ability to research legal issues and work in the preparation of reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to travel.

To view the posting in detail, please visit the website.

Family Violence Appellate Project Seeks Staff Attorney

Family Violence Appellate Project is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. They represent clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submit amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, monitor unpublished cases daily and request publication of important domestic violence cases, provide training services and technical assistance to domestic violence attorneys and advocates, and assist pro per litigants. If you are interested in being part of a new and exciting resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates in California, this is the place for you!

FVAP is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to join their small but exceptional and dynamic staff. The ideal candidate will bring significant domestic violence litigation and appellate experience to the service of their appellate clients and technical support recipients, and will be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support a start-up nonprofit. You will be joining a dynamic legal team consisting of our Executive Director, Legal Director, and Senior Attorney.

Skills & Abilities: A successful Staff Attorney has strong critical thinking, legal, analytical, writing, and supervisory skills and is able to perform professionally in a fast-paced environment. This will necessitate multi-tasking, prioritizing tasks, and changing focus when circumstances demand. You are able to communicate effectively with other members of the FVAP team, including law student clerks, law firm co-counsel, clients, and prospective clients. You are able to supervise and manage people at all levels, including law student clerks and senior law firm partners who act as our co-counsel. You are detail-oriented and capable of managing a full slate of cases and tracking and complying with dozens of litigation deadlines at once.

Classification: This position is exempt, full-time, and at-will. 

Compensation: Starting salary is $50,000 – $60,000 depending on experience. 

Application deadline is August 14, 2014, 5pm PDT (applications must be received in the office by this date/time). The preferred start date is October 1, 2014.

For essential duties/responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply, please visit the website or Symplicity.

Family Violence Appellate Project Seeks Development Associate

Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. They are a start-up nonprofit agency whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of survivors and their children by helping them obtain effective appellate representation. If you are interested in being part of a new and exciting resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates in California, this is the place for you!

FVAP is seeking a full-time Development Associate to join their dynamic staff in a significant development role in support of social justice. The ideal candidate will support the Executive Director’s fundraising efforts, manage annual fundraising events, bring new fundraising ideas and avenues to the organization, and be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support a start-up nonprofit. The immediate supervisor is the Executive Director.

For essential, required and preferred qualifications, as well as how to apply, visit the website or Symplicity. You can learn more online 

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is October 1, 2014 or earlier.


Read Chambers Associate Article About On Campus Interviewing (OCI)

With Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) season coming up, it is a good idea to read up on the process in general, bidding, resumes, etc. Chambers Associate interviews the interviewers to help guide you through the OCI process.

Visit the Chambers Associate website regarding OCI interviews to learn more. For this, and additional useful information and resources, click here.

Upcoming 2L Government Honors Deadlines

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2013-14 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located online. The link is password protected, so if you have any questions, please ask your CDO advisor.


  • International Trade Administration – Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 07/30/14)
  • Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe – US Helsinki Commission Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 07/31/14)
  • Federal Aviation Administration – Office of Chief Counsel Law Honors Program (Unpaid, Deadline 08/01/14)
  • Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Satellite Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 08/01/14)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 08/01/14)

Programs with “Rolling Deadlines” review applications and fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs.


LATINOJUSTICE PRLDEF seeks to SPONSOR rising 3L or recent law graduates currently clerking for  Fall 2015 PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP.

LatinoJustice is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency. Since 1972, they have brought precedent setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the treatment of Latinos in our society. Current areas of focus include immigrants’ rights, redistricting, voting rights, housing, access to education, language and job discrimination, workplace justice issues, freedom of movement and treatment  of day laborers, criminalization of Latinos, unlawful police practices and all forms of bias that adversely affect Latinos.

Primary fellowship geographic area is the Eastern United States, including an expanded focus on Florida from the new Southeastern Regional Office in Orlando.


Applicants must be rising law students entering their third or final year of law school or recent graduates completing a judicial clerkship in 2014-15 who are eligible for a fellowship commencing Fall 2015. LatinoJustice is seeking energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice issues and who have excellent legal research, writing and communications skills. Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required.

LatinoJustice invites applicants to submit a fellowship project proposal summary or outline which should describe how the proposed project  fits within  LatinoJustice’s mission and their current  litigation  priorities. Proposals should also incorporate and include law reform litigation  as part of the project. Note that  Skadden, Equal Justice Works and other  fellowship programs each have their own specific eligibility  criteria which applicants should check for further details and requirements.

For additional information, including how to apply, please see Symplicity Posting ID#13222.

University of San Diego School of Law is Seeking an Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

University of San Diego School of Law is seeking an Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development to focus primarily on employment reporting with some advising and other duties.

Title: Assistant Director

Department:  School of Law/Career & Professional Development                                          

Admin Full-Time 

Job IRC#14329

Job Description:

Manage graduate and student data collection and reporting together with Assistant Dean.  Advise J.D. and LL.M students and alumni on legal careers and law clerk and post-graduate job opportunities.  Develop career-search resource and tools and programs   Design, create and present programs and projects in response to dynamic legal employment market.  Manage relationships with student groups and outside constituents to design and initiate programs and projects.

Works under the general guidance of Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development of the Law School.  Provides direction and oversight to staff and student workers on relevant projects and assignments, as needed.

Essential Duties:

  • Statistical Collection, Recordkeeping, Reporting
  • Career Advising and Programs
  • External Relations and Management
  • Management of Recruitment Programs
  • Other Duties, As Assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Juris Doctor strongly preferred.
  • At least three years of work experience in the legal profession, education administration, student services, recruiting or a related field required.
  • One year of counseling experience in a student-oriented (customer-service) setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in Excel and/or database management and Word.
  • Demonstrated ability to address issues raised by a large, diverse student body, along with the ability to successfully interact with various populations including students, faculty, administrators, employers and colleagues at other institutions.
  • Strong understanding of career development issues affecting law students, lawyers, and the legal profession.
  • Ability to develop related programs and materials.
  • Knowledge of legal career employment opportunities and local, regional and national job markets.
  • Ability to develop marketing strategies to enhance employment opportunities.
  • Skill in use of computer software and web-based legal employer and job search programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

 Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.  

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Business & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits.

Hours: 37.5 per week; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Requires occasional late evenings when programs and events occur, and during extended office hours at peak times.

Closing date: August 1, 2014.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is Seeking an Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Communications

The University of Detroit Mercy invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Communications at the School of Law. Founded in 1912, the School of Law is located in the heart of Detroit’s growing downtown. The School of Law’s innovative curriculum integrates theory, doctrine and practice through its nationally-recognized Clinical Programs, Legal Writing Program and Law Firm Program. The School of Law places social justice and engagement in global affairs at the core of its educational missions. The School has an expanding dual degree program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

This position reports directly to the Dean of the School of Law and works in a collaborative relationship with faculty and other departments within the School of Law, alumni and the legal community. Key responsibilities include providing the overall vision and administrative leadership in the admissions department, developing and implementing competitive marketing and recruitment strategies to strengthen the academic quality and diversity of the student body, and strategically leveraging resources to meet enrollment and retention goals in a competitive market. Travel is required.

This position requires a minimum of three years of enrollment management experience, with preference given to those who have experience in law schools and/or a Juris Doctor. In addition, because this position will coordinate admissions in our dual degree programs as well as the J.D. program, experience with international programs and/or multiple degree programs is a plus.

To view the full listing and to apply, please visit the website.




When:            October 17 & 18, 2014

Where:           The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD 

Deadline:      August 28, 2014

Register:       Register online (this option will be available shortly) or use the form in the conference brochure.

Check for additional details on the website.

For a copy of the brochure or the FAQs, please visit the CDO or ask your CDO advisor.


Dive In, Palm Beach County Attorneys – DiveBar is Coming to West Palm!

Enjoy a free drink and appetizers…on Thursday, August 14th 2014, from 6pm-8pm at The Dive Lounge at The Wine Dive, 319 North Clematis Street, West Palm Beach.

Space is limited. Please RSVP here.

What is DIVEBAR?

DiveBar is a bar association composed of legal professionals that promotes education and awareness about coral reefs and the marine environment through scuba diving, philanthropic activities, and learning experiences. In the past year, they have:

- Traveled to Belize to dive with whale sharks

- Explored some of the world’s largest artificial reefs in the Florida Keys

- Gone diving in the Bahamas with lemon sharks and tiger sharks

Some of their philanthropic achievements include:

- Joining the world renowned biologists at the University of Miami’s RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program on an expedition to tag and release sharks for research and conservation

- Partnering with Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center to support coral research and restoration through the sponsorship and development of a new DiverBar Reef in South Florida

- Pairing with the Diveheart Foundation, an organization that builds confidence and independence in people with disabilities through scuba diving

Why Join?

Anyone who dives knows the excitement that comes with it, the colorful characters it attracts and the great stories to tell. When you join DiveBar, you’ll expand your network of legal professionals all while going on some of the best dive trips South Florida and the Caribbean have to offer.

You’ll also get to combine your passion for the sea with “doing good,” as DiveBar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which has had its impressive array of philanthropic work featured in four articles in just the past year: twice on the cover of the Florida Bar News, as well as in Florida Trend and Nova Southeastern University’s Horizons magazine.

Not a diver? Not a problem! DiveBar has plenty of members who do not dive, and if you want to become certified, we can connect you with a dive shop in your area.

DiveBar membership year runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Law students pay $60.00 for membership.

Signing up now provides you with membership until June 30, 2015.

Learn more on the website.