Public Service Loan Forgiveness in 5 Easy Steps

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a great solution for folks with lots of student loans planning careers in government or non-profit employment.  But you have to take specific steps to benefit and the requirements can be confusing.  

Heather Jarvis can break it down for you step by step so it makes sense once and for all.  Bring your toughest questions because the expert is in the house! 

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Tue, May 3, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

Thu, May 5, 2011 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EDT  

Wed, May 25, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM PDT

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

The Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair

On September 2, 2011, the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) will host its annual Career Fair, the largest Latino Career Fair for legal professionals in the country. The HNBA 36th Annual Convention: Forging the Future Together will be held August 31 – September 3, 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas hotel in Texas.  

As part of the convention, the HNBA Career Fair provides law students, young and seasoned attorneys and Convention attendees with a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other leading Latino attorneys from across the country.  The Career Fair also plays host to a symposium designed to help law students enhance their marketing skills for the tough legal market.   

The HNBA Career Fair starts on Friday, September 2nd with an orientation from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., where candidates are invited to meet with employers and are provided interviewing advice, tips to enhance resumes and network. Beginning at 9:00 A.M., one-on-one interviews will be scheduled in 30-minute intervals until 4:00 P.M.  The Career Fair will break for ninety minutes during the afternoon so attendees can participate in the Friday Convention Luncheon. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in the HNBA’s Annual Career Fair. 

Please visit the HNBA’s Annual Career Fair at http://www.hnba.com/career-fair/ to register today!

Part-Time Attorney (Legal Services for Entrepreneurs)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2011. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

General Summary of Work Performed

Manage Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE), a racial and immigrant justice project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. LSE provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals, including women, people of color, and immigrants, who want to start or develop for-profit businesses, and for-profit businesses committed to investing in economically distressed minority and immigrant communities. LSE clients are matched with pro bono attorneys from law firms throughout the Bay Area. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

1.         Manage LSE’s pro bono attorney matching program, including reviewing applications for LSE services, conducting intakes with potential clients, screening cases, and overseeing placement of cases with pro bono attorneys.

2.         Oversee LSE’s community-based legal clinics and workshops. Supervise volunteers who are staffing clinics and workshops, update workshop presentations and self-help materials, and attend clinics and workshops.

3.         Provide legal consultations to small business clients and represent individual clients, as needed, on an emergency basis.

4.         Oversee ongoing outreach to potential LSE clients, and build LSE’s relationships with community-based organizations and within the microenterprise community.

5.         Identify issues appropriate for LSE to address through policy advocacy and/or community education.

6.         Supervise the work of LSE law students, fellows, volunteers, and other LSE staff.

7.         Proactively seek opportunities to engage in public education and media advocacy to strengthen pro bono and impact work. 

Other Duties and Responsibilities

1.          Work to further LCCR’s long-range goals as appropriate, including maintaining and establishing good relationships with the private bar and work on internal matters as identified or assigned, including:

2.          Ensuring that LCCR’s pro bono and impact work is functioning in furtherance of LCCR’s strategic goals and mission

3.          Assisting the Development and Communications Team in the drafting and development of proposals and reports, program budgets, and fundraising materials

4.          Identifying potential donors and solicitors, as well as new members and Board members

5.          Attending staff meetings

6.          Attending Board meetings, including the Annual Meeting

7.          Contributing to the newsletter and other public relations materials

8.          Other duties as assigned by the Director of Policy and Programs and/or Executive Director

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

1.         Member of CA Bar in good standing with experience in transactional law &/or experience working with small businesses on legal issues

2.         Proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin) and/or prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and/or immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area is desired but not required

3.         Ability to plan and coordinate own work and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision

4.         Strong supervision and mentoring skills

5.         Excellent oral and written communication skills

6.         Values working cooperatively with others, both within the organization and in the community

To Apply

Please send cover letter, a resume with three references and a writing sample to Lawyers’ Committee c/o Silvia Contreras by email at scontreras@lccr.com, by fax to (415) 543‐0296, or by mail to: 

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

131 Steuart Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94105

www.lccr.com

Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Fellowship

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning on May 16, 2011.

Description of Fellowship: 

The Lawyers’ Committee views the causes they champion as broadly related to positions and ethical stances taken by Justice Thurgood Marshall during his distinguished legal career. The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship is designed for an attorney who has practiced for a minimum of two years and has a demonstrated commitment to civil rights law. It is Committee’s hope that the fellowship will enhance the Fellow’s understanding of civil rights law and prepare the Fellow for a career of promoting social justice. 

Duration of Fellowship: 

Fellowship is available for a two-year term (September 2011-September 2013)

General Summary of Work Performed:

The Thurgood Marshall Fellow will primarily assist with the Committee’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and direct services work in the area of racial justice. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to work on projects in the area of immigrant justice. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Identify impact issues for impact litigation or policy advocacy, including conducting intake and investigation of cases, strengthening the organization’s ties with grassroots, grasstops & legal groups, representing Lawyers’ Committee at key coalition, task force & community meetings, and obtaining feedback from community stakeholders.

Assist with impact litigation. This may include legal research, drafting and reviewing filings and correspondence, discovery, motion practice, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and/or other litigation tasks.

Engage in legislative & administrative advocacy, such as drafting of regulations and legislation, meetings with client organizations, representation of groups before administrative and legislative bodies, and technical assistance to policy makers.

Assist with intake and placement of cases through our Tuesday Legal Services Clinic. The Tuesday Clinic helps clients overcome legal barriers to employment and housing resulting from past contact with the criminal justice system.

Proactively seek opportunities to engage in public education & media advocacy. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

1.         A minimum of two years post-graduate legal experience (this may include up to one year of a post-graduate judicial clerkship)

2.         Bar membership (membership in California Bar preferred)

3.         Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in civil rights law

4.         Prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and/or immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and/or proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin) is desired but not required

5.         Excellent oral and written communication skills

6.         Values working cooperatively with others, both within the organization and in the community

Compensation: 

$56,000 annual salary. Competitive benefits package also offered. 

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, a resume with three references and a writing sample to Lawyers’ Committee c/o Silvia Contreras by email to scontreras@lccr.com, by fax to (415) 543‐0296, or by mail at the address below.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

131 Steuart Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94105

For additional information, please go to www.lccr.com.   

New Website With Updated Resources About Student Loans

Packed with frequently updated resources for student loan borrowers and the people who love them, askheatherjarvis.com is the go-to site for students, graduates, and school professionals. 

Webinar Series: Free interactive sessions with the expert herself, go to http://askheatherjarvis.com/webinars.

Essential Tools: Free worksheets, summaries, and multimedia resources to help borrowers understand their options and manage student loans.

Forums: Have a tricky student loan question?  Ask Heather in the forums and get a real answer at http://askheatherjarvis.com/tools.

This Week at the CDO (Week of April 18, 2011)

*This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The weekly posts will return in the fall.*

 

Tuesday, April 19

Deadline to pre-register for four job fairs.  Pre-registration does not bind you to participate in any of the job fairs.  Rather, it guarantees that you will receive information on how to participate in the job fairs.

Pre-registration forms were emailed to all students and are also available from your CDO advisor.   Please submit your completed pre-registration form to Nirva Pierre-Louis or bring a hard copy to the CDO, Room A-112.

 

Wednesday, April 20

Finding Success:  Overcoming Adversity in your Job Search.

Enjoy breakfast with the Career Development Office as graduates share their personal journeys and insight about how to overcome adversity and find success in your job search.  Attorneys will provide vital information about networking in a challenging market, reinventing yourself and creating new possibilities.   Breakfast will be provided.

To attend, please RSVP to Luevenia Sterling of the CDO.

 

Finding Success: Overcoming Adversity in Your Job Search

Finding Success: Overcoming Adversity in Your Job Search

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

7:30 to 9:00 AM

Faculty Meeting Room, Law Library, 4th Floor

Enjoy breakfast with the Career Development Office as graduates share their personal journeys and insight about how to overcome adversity and find success in your job search.  Attorneys will provide vital information about networking in a challenging market, reinventing yourself and creating new possibilities.   Breakfast will be provided.

Please RSVP to Luevenia Sterling of the CDO by Monday, April 18th.

Invitation for UM Law Alumni to Attend Legal Seminar (with CLE) and Open House

Ratzan Law Group is hosting an All-Day Legal seminar “Sharpening the Saw:  Trial Practice for the 21st Century” on May 5, 2011 followed by an Open House cocktail party at its office immediately afterwards.  This seminar features an array of distinguished speakers and attendees can earn 6.50 General CLE credits including up to 4.00 Certification Credits.

Ratzan Law Group cordially invites all University of Miami School of Law alumni to attend the seminar and open house.  For more information, please view the invitation.


 

 

Applications Now Available for Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee

Applications are now available for the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC). 

The NAC seeks to recruit three (3) new law student members and three (3) law school professional (faculty and staff) members to serve two-year terms from August 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.  

The NAC provides a vehicle through which students and professionals at Equal Justice Works member law schools help advance the organization’s goal of having students develop a lifelong commitment of working on behalf of under-represented individuals, communities and causes. 

Click this link for additional information about the NAC including a list of current members. 

Current NAC members represent the following schools:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • California Western School of Law
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Lewis and Clark University School of Law
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Rutgers University Law School at Camden
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Southern California Law School

ABA Volunteer Opportunity in Health Care

Attention all Law Students:  Interested in health care law?  Want to network with attorneys in the field? 

ABA OnRamps allows law students to attend ABA conferences and have their registration fee waived in exchange for their services.  This is a great way to serve the profession while learning valuable legal info not often taught in law school. 

Students are not expected to attend the entire conference. Instead, you can volunteer in shifts based on your availability.  When not volunteering, students are free to either attend the conference or return to campus for class if necessary.  Plus, volunteers are free to attend all conference receptions.  With the number of practicing attorneys expected, this will be an exciting networking opportunity.

Duties will vary for each event.  Primarily, student volunteers help prepare conference materials, aid with various registration tables, and attend panels to collect CLE registration forms.  Again, outside their volunteer commitment, students are free to attend or free to leave.
 
Any ABA members who would like to volunteer needs to send an email to Richard A. Manhattan with your name, address, phone, email, ABA# and the days and times you are able to volunteer.  Non-ABA members may also volunteer; however, preference will be given to ABA members.  Space is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

This is the information for the Health Care Fraud conference:

 May 11-13, 2011
Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach