The Animal Legal Defense Fund is Hiring an Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellow

Position Description: ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce a fellowship position with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of all animals.

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 110,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:

  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.

In addition to the national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.

About the Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:

The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2015, lasts roughly two years and is based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $39,500 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals.

The application deadline for this position is January 15, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Recent graduates interested in applying should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) via email. Please include all materials into a single PDF file. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund 2013-2014 Fellowship Position 170 E. Cotati Ave. Cotati, CA 94931 Attention – Wendy Cromwell.

For more information, please visit the website.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Seeks Law Students as Summer Fellows for 2015

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau seeks to hire approximately 17 law students to serve as Summer Fellows for 2015. Summer Fellows will be the primary case handlers on approximately 10-15 cases at a time in the areas of housing, family, government benefits and wage and hour litigation. They interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses and government agencies; engage in extensive factual and legal investigation; draft motions and briefs; research legal issues; conduct discovery; and appear and argue in court. Rising 3Ls and 2Ls may apply, though rising 3Ls and rising 2Ls who have taken an evidence or trial advocacy course are preferred.

HLAB Summer Fellows are supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law. HLAB Summer Fellows generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas.  In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents victims of domestic violence in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support, and custody disputes.  In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized, and private housing, and also works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area.

In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or unemployment benefits.

Finally, in the Fair Wage practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws.  We ask student to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law. Most Summer Fellows working at HLAB do so full-time, although we are willing to discuss alternative arrangements with students facing extenuating circumstances.  Due to funding restrictions, HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Fellows.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau was founded in 1913 to provide free legal services for low-income people in the Greater Boston community. As the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau aspires to be an engine for progressive change and social justice. To learn even more about the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, visit the website.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a law school transcript, and (4) two references to: Chad Baker, Executive Director.

Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Description of the Fellowship:

The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.

Description of the Clinic:

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court. The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation. Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation. Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship. For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner. The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity. Finally, each semester students develop a group project focused on improving law, policy, or community education, that is designed to expose them to bigger picture ways to pursue social justice for their chosen client base.

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation. In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations. In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

Application Process:

Please complete an application and submit it both to the Domestic Violence Clinic, c/o Chase Whiting and to the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program. Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on your application. Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 14, 2014. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews in December or January, and selection will occur shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July, 2015, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June, 2017.

 

ABA Law Student Division Competitions

The Law Student Division annually sponsors four national competitions. These competitions offer participating students a forum to develop the very skills they will use as practitioners, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students and legal practitioners – future colleagues – from around the nation. Competitions also provide an excellent opportunity for law students to gain important resume-building experience and recognition. 

Arbitration Competition:

Entry deadline: October 3 (Extended) The Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate. For more details, see the website.

Negotiation Competition:

Entry deadline: October 3 (Extended) The Negotiation Competition promotes greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. For more details, see the website.

Client Counseling Competition:

Entry deadline: October 17 (Extended) The Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. For more details, see the website.

National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC):

Entry deadline: October 31 (Extended) The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court. For more details, see the website.

Roig Lawyers Seeking Law Clerks for Deerfield Beach Office

Roig Lawyers, located throughout the state of Florida, is currently accepting resumes for law clerk positions in their Deerfield Office.  They are seeking candidates that are computer, web and technology savvy, and with strong writing skills and strong organizational skills. Insurance background a plus. Those candidates selected will receive training and mentorship.  The firm offers flexible schedules to Law Clerks while attending law school.  Please send resume and cover letter via email for consideration. You may also check Symplicity Posting ID#13390 for details.

 

 

Upcoming Government Deadlines for 2L and 3L Students

Upcoming 2L Deadlines

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.

Spring

  • Office of the District Attorney Denver, CO – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Maricopa County Attorney – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Administrative Conference of the United States – Legal Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/14)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/14)
  • Department of Transportation – Office of Chief Counsel Maritime Administration Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/4)
  • Executive Office of the President – Council on Environmental Quality Legal Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/03/14)
  • Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office – Volunteer Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/03/14)

Summer

  • City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office Summer Legal Internships (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/20/14)
  • Colorado Public Defender – Summer Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/26/14)
  • Boise, ID Office of the City Attorney – Legal Intern-Extern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Environmental Protection Agency – R7 Summer Legal Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Federal Reserve Board – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Clerkship & Externship Programs (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel Law Student Summer Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Alabama Office of the Attorney General – Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/13)
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Summer Pathways Internship Program (Paid, Deadline Early Oct.)

Upcoming 3L Deadlines

The following government programs have 3L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.

  • Comptroller of the Currency – Law Department Chief Counsel’s Employment Program (Paid, Deadline 09/19/14)
  • City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office Third Year Law Student New Attorney Hiring Program (Paid, Deadline 09/20/14)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Office of General Counsel 2015 Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/28/14)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – 2015 Legal Division Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Atomic Safety * Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Congressional Research – American Law Division CRS Law Recruit Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14 Expression of interest email)
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office – Assistant District Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14)

Spring

  • Maricopa County Attorney – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
  • Administrative Conference of the United States – Legal Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/14)
  • Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/14)
  • Department of Transportation – Office of Chief Counsel Maritime Administration Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/14)
  • Executive Office of the President – Council on Environmental Quality Legal Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/03/14)
  • Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office – Volunteer Law Internship Program (Unpaid, deadline 10/03/14)

Details of these programs are provided in the 2014-15 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.

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

 

 

Howard University Seeks Assistant Director of Career Services

The Assistant Director of Career Services’ duties are:

  • Counsels students and alumni in all phases of career development and employment search strategies
  • Reviews application documents and advises as necessary
  • Assists in development and implementation of programs for students and alumni including job search skills and practice area seminars
  • Develops and implements on-campus recruiting events throughout the academic year
  • Assists in developing marketing strategies to a wide range of potential employers
  • Maintains career development resource library and online library
  • Assists in management and development of off-campus recruiting programs including consortium events
  • Assists in all administrative responsibilities including job postings, reciprocity requests, and career surveys (NALP, ABA, etc)
  • Participates in university committees as necessary and in local, regional and national legal recruitment associations and other professional associations
  • Assists with the management of the day to day business and operational functions of the office
  • Responds to requests for information from prospective employers, students, alumni, faculty and the public
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Career Services, as needed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  J.D. and at least 3 years of legal practice experience required. Current bar membership preferred.  To apply, click here.

2014 College Scholarship Essay Contest

Staver Law Group, P.C. is proud to announce its inaugural scholarship program to help individuals who have been negatively impacted by accidents. As many have come to realize, accidents can have long-lasting consequences emotionally and financially. In some instances, they can mean missing out on opportunities for higher education and career advancement. As personal injury attorneys, Staver Law Group sees this happen in our clients’ lives and seeks to mitigate this for others.

The scholarship program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and they will be asked to share how an accident directly impacted their lives. The application deadline is November 15, and the recipient will be notified on December 1. After confirmation of current enrollment and academic status, the recipient will be awarded $2,000 towards educational expenses.

You can find the full details of the scholarship along with forms here.

 

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School Announce New Graduate Clinical Fellowships for 2015-17

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2015-17.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.  Friedman Fellows obtain LL.M. degrees while examining and engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law.

The 2015-17 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2015.  Each fellowship is affiliated with a specific law school clinic.  Although the various clinics provide the fellows diverse responsibilities and experiences, each provides the Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program enables every Fellow to learn about clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, teaching and supervising law students engaged in these endeavors, and participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  In the process, Fellows receive mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and the law school in general.

Fellows enroll in two year-long courses in Clinical Teaching and Scholarship taught by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and other clinical faculty.  As part of this course sequence, Fellows receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising law students, and in writing a publishable thesis.  Fellows also enroll part-time in other law school classes, and receive an LL.M. degree upon completion of the class and thesis requirements of the LL.M. program.

The program is currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience, especially with a background and experience in the following areas: administrative law, appellate practice, community economic development law, civil legal aid practice, criminal defense practice, litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, and transactional law.

Fellows receive an annual stipend between $45,000 and $50,000, tuition remission for the LL.M. program, health insurance and other benefits, and possible student loan deferment.  Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar.

Each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of references, and a complete law school transcript by October 15, 2014 to Associate Dean Phyllis Goldfarb.  The preferred submission method is by email.

In the alternative, applications can be mailed to the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics c/o Executive Assistant Norma Lamont, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20052.

 

ABA Section of Family Law Fellowship Opportunity

The Section of Family Law has started a Fellowship Program for diverse attorneys and/or attorneys who work for legal services organization and have a financial need.

The Section is currently recruiting interested applicants.  There are five (5)  fellowship positions available.

This is a two (2) year program and will begin in October 2014 and end in August 2016.  The attorneys selected to participate in the fellowship program must attend each conference for the next two (2) years and the first conference is scheduled for October 15-18, 2014 in Stowe, VT.

To read more about the program and download the application, visit the website.

Completed applications should be sent to Cynthia Swan via email  no later than September 18, 2014.