ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND 2014 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS:

Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas:

  • Anti-Trafficking Initiative – legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
  • Community Health Care Initiative – legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;
  • Economic Justice for Workers – legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.
  • Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;
  • Housing Justice Project – community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities;
  • Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Voting Rights – legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 31, 2014 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 31, 2014 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or via email (please do NOT email applications here).

 

Careers in International Organizations Event Being Held January 29 at Tillar House!

Working at an international organization offers unique insight into how international law is made through the convergence of national interests, personal dynamics, global realities and constantly evolving norms. But how does a lawyer enter these labyrinths?  What is it like to work in them?  How do you get the assignments that advance your career once inside?  And where do you go from there?

Panelists at this event sponsored by ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States and other international organizations, answering these questions and ones posed by the audience.

Panelists include:

Although the event takes place in Washington, DC, it will be livestreamed for viewers outside DC or otherwise unavailable on Wednesday, January 29th at Tillar House. The panelists will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and other international organizations, answering questions about how to get a job at an international organization among other professional development lessons from their experiences. The audience is encouraged to ask questions.

To be a part of this event, please click here.

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2013-2014 Bar Study Scholarship

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is a professional organization devoted to actively promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession and expanding the leadership role of its members in the community at large. To achieve these goals, CFAWL will further the common interests of its members and encourage camaraderie and learning among its members. CFAWL will promote women’s opportunities and rights, uphold the highest standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in the law and facilitate the administration of justice.

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is proud to invite applications for its third annual Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission, while helping the recipient during his/her study for the Florida Bar Exam. The scholarship is funded by the generous donations of CFAWL members and friends and by CFAWL fundraising efforts.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time or part-time law student taking the Florida Bar Exam in July 2014 for the first time;
  • Academic achievement and excellence (no specific GPA required); and
  • Significant campus and community involvement and/or leadership.

Completed applications must be postmarked by March 28, 2014.

See scholarship application online for mailing address and further information about how to apply.

Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and the recipient notified no later than April 26, 2014.

The recipient will be invited to attend the May 2, 2014, CFAWL luncheon in Orlando, where the recipient will be introduced. The award will be paid to the recipient after his/her law school graduation, in June of 2014.

CFAWL will award a $1,000 scholarship to the recipient.

For more information visit the CFAWL website.


The 10th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Description: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel has announced the 10th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Any J.D. and graduate law student is eligible to enter. The submissions should deal with employee benefits topics, such as legal issues involving health benefits, severance, or fiduciary obligations. Winners will be selected by the committee based on the following: depth and creativity of legal analysis, thoroughness of legal research, organization and writing style, difficulty of subject matter, and consideration of employee benefits policy implications.

Winning papers will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 25th, 2014 in Washington, D.C. They will also receive a plaque, and an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. They will also be published by BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication.

Prizes: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award- $1,500.00 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award- $1,500.00

Deadline: June 3, 2014.

For more information, including rules, please see visit the website, Symplicity or you can contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Competition Committee.

The 2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest – Deadline is February 21, 2014!

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

General criteria: The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the ABA no later than February 21, 2014.

Topic: This year’s contest hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Deadline: February 21, 2014

Amount of award: $5,000

Submission information: For the essay contest hypothetical and rules visit this link.

For additional information, please visit the ABA website.

The City of Chicago Department of Law is Seeking Entry-Level Attorneys for the Position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring entry-level attorneys.  The following job opportunity is for Class of 2014 (December 2013 -June 2014 juris doctor graduates). Additional information can be found within the actual posting online.

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Various Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking entry-level attorneys for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions. Attorneys placed in one of the Litigation Divisions will handle litigation in state and/or federal court, and/or proceedings before administrative bodies. Attorneys placed in one of the Transactional Divisions will analyze transactions for compliance with the law, advise City departments on legal compliance, review, draft and negotiate contracts and other agreements. Attorneys placed in one of the Prosecutions Divisions will prosecute violations of Chicago’s Municipal or Buildings Codes or Illinois Vehicle Code in Circuit Court or at the Department of Administrative Hearings.

SALARY: $57,192.00 annually

Qualifications:

Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a Juris Doctor between December 2013 and June 2014 and eligibility to sit for the February or July 2014 Illinois Bar Examination.

NOTE: These hires are expected to take place in the Fall of 2014 with an anticipated admission to the Illinois Bar by December 2014.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Strong research, writing, editing, analytical and client counseling skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • A strong commitment to public service

Application Process and Materials: 

There is a two-step application process for this position. Please check Symplicity for application instructions.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is March 14, 2014 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is March 21, 2014.

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.

 

Check Out the Equal Justice Works Programs & Resources

See the following resources from Equal Justice Works (EJW):

Free Student Debt Relief Webinar:

There are powerful federal programs that can help student loan borrowers right now, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The free webinar, Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST.

Don’t Forget The Comprehensive E-Book:

The comprehensive student debt e-book, Take Control of Your Future, is available in the Kindle Store. (It can also be read in your web browser or on your mobile phone using Amazon’s free reading apps.) Buy your copy today and help support ongoing work to provide relief to student loan borrowers.

Follow EJW for More Information and Updates:

Want to know more and stay up to date? Follow EJW on Twitter (@EJW_org, #studentdebthelp) and on Facebook.

 

 

National LGBT Bar Association 2014 1L Summer Internship Program Prudential Financial, Inc.

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2014 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000. Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. 

Internship Responsibilities

The summer intern will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of the Prudential businesses. The summer intern will also participate in the summer intern training program, which includes programs presented by Prudential attorneys that highlight different areas of the business and the legal department. Each intern will be paired with an attorney who will serve as a mentor during the program and will provide guidance on projects. The summer intern may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects. The summer internship will run between June 2, 2014 and August 8, 2014. The summer intern will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.

Qualifications

Each applicant must be a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and must be a law student enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school and be scheduled for graduation in spring 2016 (full-time students) or spring 2017 (part-time students). Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 7, 2014. Finalist shall be selected and notified on or before February 25, 2014.

For information on how to apply, please visit Symplicity.

Attention Law Students: Volunteer at the Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast

If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and want to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, University of Miami law students have been invited to participate in the 75th Annual Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast as a student volunteer.

The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process, “kick off their shoes,” and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. In addition to being a great time, it can be a unique opportunity for law students to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges.

This year, as they have in the past, they are inviting law students to attend for FREE (yes, free!) if they assist with the cleanup process. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, so if you are interested in participating, please make contact ASAP via email.

The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Please include the following in your email.

1. Name, address, and phone number;

2. Your law school;

3. Are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar? (We encourage all student-volunteers to sign up for the Clearwater bar Association. There are no membership fees for student-members and this is a terrific way to connect with the local legal community)

4. Are you available for cleanup on:

the night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 29, 2014);

the morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 30, 2014); or

Both?

We ask that you only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend, as they will be depending on your help.

 

University of Baltimore is Seeking Clinical Fellow for Immigrant Rights Clinic

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Immigrant Rights Clinic to start on or about July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching, and is aimed at attorneys who wish to shift from law practice into clinical teaching.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic represents low-income immigrants in a range of direct client representation and immigrant rights policy work. Individual client work includes litigation of asylum and cancellation cases in Baltimore’s immigration court, and preparation of a broad range of applications before USCIS. The policy work has included such projects as state-level legislative amendments that would benefit immigrants in Maryland, building a brief bank for a coalition of clinics, and developing community education materials requested by a community partner.

This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years, and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills; at least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer primarily in immigration, including both defensive and affirmative work; a strong academic record and/or other indicia of high performance ability; commitment to work for low income and immigrant clients; and a strong interest in teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar (currently licensed in Maryland or willing to take the next Maryland Bar exam) in order to supervise law practice by students.

Salary: The current salary is between $50,000 – $55,000.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement annuities, research support and travel allowance.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is January 17, 2014.

For detailed job descriptions of each position, please view the website.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Elizabeth Keyes
Assistant Professor
University of Baltimore School of Law
1420 N. Charles Street
BaltimoreMD21201