Applications Open for New Affordable Housing Community Scholars Program!

The University of Miami is excited to announce the opening of applications for the first Community Scholars in Affordable Housing program, an innovative new program designed to familiarize emerging leaders and young professionals with best practices in community development and affordable housing policy and practice in the United States.

The program is coordinated by the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement, in partnership with the South Florida Community Development Coalition and the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network, drawing on the success of the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network workshop series and its “Community of Practice” model, as well as the networks and knowledge base of the South Florida Community Development Coalition.

Beginning in January 2014, participants will have the opportunity to engage with local and national experts to explore techniques and concepts in the development of affordable housing, including critical issues facing South Florida such as funding, design, special-needs populations, home ownership, advocacy, markets and engaging stakeholders. Through collaborating with a select cohort of peers, participants will acquire skills and build networks that will lead to enhanced opportunities in the field of affordable housing and community development.

The program is open to interested professionals working in non-profit, for-profit,and government sectors including development, real estate, finance, design, public administration, community and economic revitalization or related fields. Sessions will begin in January and go through May 2014. 

Applications are due December 2. Please download the program application or visit the website for more information.

U.S. Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internship Program in DC, Summer 2014

The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL Appellate attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. OIL Appellate provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the office’s civil litigation. OIL Appellate provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under our immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications. OIL Appellate has approximately 260 attorneys and 100 support staff and handles approximately thirty percent of the Civil Division’s caseload.


Must be a rising 2L by the start date of the internships. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Be a United States citizen and is required to have a background investigation. Be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for 10 continuous weeks. Demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law. Show strong research and writing skills.


Summer 2014: January 15, 2014 (Application Submission Begins December 9, 2013).

Academic Credit:

Course credit and externship opportunities are available depending on school requirements.


Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.

For additional information, including how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12109.

Ave Maria School of Law is Seeking An Assistant/Associate Director of Career Services


The Assistant / Associate Director of Career Services works directly under the Director of Career Services to make the Career Services Office (CSO) effective in meeting the needs of students and alumni and forging relationships with legal employers. The Assistant / Associate Director primarily meets with students and alumni personally to develop individual job search, writing and interviewing skills. The Assistant / Associate Director also helps develop programming and other learning tools, researches current legal employment trends and job opportunities, and assists with marketing and outreach. 

Job qualifications or specifications:

  • JD Required
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Visio
  • Strong Internet research skills
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Knowledge of the legal profession and legal job search process
  • Knowledge of law school curriculum
  • Knowledge of Symplicity preferred

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will be open until filled.

The Ave Maria School of Law, providing legal education enriched by the Catholic Faith, seeks employees whose education, experience and beliefs are consistent with its mission. Ave Maria School of Law complies with federal and state laws regarding equal employment opportunity.

For additional information about how to apply and job duties, please visit Symplicity.

The ACLU Seeks Staff Attorney in its Tampa Office

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU-FL) invites applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney in its Tampa, Florida office.

The ACLU-FL, the state’s largest legal and public advocacy organization, is a not-for profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, and communications to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights.

The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU which implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of four offices in Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville, the Florida affiliate has a $3.5 million operating budget and 30 staff positions, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.

The ACLU-FL litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies. The staff attorney, who will be based in the ACLU’s Mid-Florida Regional Office in Tampa, will be primarily responsible for developing new cases and litigation strategies in the region, and must be able to work both independently and as part of a statewide litigation team. In addition, a part of the attorney’s time may also be devoted to public policy advocacy and to supporting the programmatic work of the Regional Office.


  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts, particularly in the Mid-Florida region. This includes working and co-counseling with cooperating attorneys; conducting extensive research and factual investigations; writing motions, briefs, and other court filings; court appearances; and oral arguments.
  • Identify and develop new cases and new litigation strategies in the ACLU-FL’s programmatic priority areas.
  • Supervise student interns and legal fellows.
  • Support and promote the work of the Mid-Florida Regional Office on ACLU priority civil rights/civil liberties issues.
  • Participate where appropriate on relevant task forces and coalitions.
  • Work closely with the ACLU-FL’s Public Policy and Communications departments in helping to advance the ACLU’s public policy objectives.
  • Assist in developing and writing advocacy materials, including blog and media materials.
  • Engage in public speaking and articulate ACLU policies and programs to the public and the media on a broad range of issues.


  • J.D. degree and a minimum of three years of litigation experience required. Candidates with significant experience are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level.
  • Member of Florida Bar or admission within one year of starting position.
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, factual investigation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including: elected officials, attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, supporters, the media, and the general public.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to travel around the State, particularly in the Mid-Florida region.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights/civil liberties issues, and the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

For additional information, including how to apply, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID# 11974.

The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship Application Opens on December 3, 2013!

Would you like to receive 2014 Fellowship Application related email updates and guidance from Echoing Green? If yes, you must sign up here.

During the application cycle, Echoing Green will release updates, video tips on selection criteria, and information to help you build a compelling application. But, you must sign up directly for the 2014 Application Newsletter.

The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 18, 2013)

Tuesday, November 19:

  • U.S. Marine Corps JAG Corps Presentation – 4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m., F-108 – Join the local United States Marine Corps JAG Corps recruiter and current JAG Corps officer as they discuss the mission and duties of JAG attorneys, as well as the hiring process. Any student considering a career with a military JAG Corps should attend this program as much of the information will be relevant to the other branches of the military.

Thursday, November 21:

  • Judicial Clerkship Nuts & Bolts Application Workshop – 12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m., Room A-110 –Information Session for 2Ls regarding Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships. 3Ls and 1Ls are also welcome to attend.

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Summer Fellowship Program

During the summer, HLAB selects approximately 15-20 law students to serve as Summer Fellows, who will interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies; engage in extensive factual and legal investigation; hone their research and writing abilities; and develop their litigation skills.  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.

HLAB Summer Fellows serve as the primary case handlers on every matter assigned to them and manage client contact, drafting of pleadings and motions, communication with opposing counsel, and advocating in courtroom and administrative hearing settings.  Their work is 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, as well as 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 Social Security and Social Security Disability benefits, unemployment benefits, and welfare benefits.  Finally, in the Wage and Hour 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.

Application Instructions (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:  
Jared Nicholson, Executive Director
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street, First Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

To visit the website, please click here.

Echoing Green: What’s Your Problem?

Echoing Green Fellows don’t just identify social problems—they are driven to do whatever it takes to solve them. That’s owning a problem.

Echoing Green imagines a world where we all look into what really matters to us, identifying our purpose in work that shakes us to the core. What would our neighborhood, cities, countries or our world look like if we all owned a problem and dedicated ourselves to addressing it?

Watch and share our latest video featuring 2013 Echoing Green Fellows.

Fellowship Application: Three Updates

1. The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014.

Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.

2. The new Echoing Green Climate Fellowship for next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The Climate Fellowship joins the portfolio that includes the issue-agnostic Global Fellowship and the Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship.

3. If you want to receive 2014 application information and guidance, you must sign up here.

During the application cycle, Echoing Green will release updates, video tips on selection criteria and information to help you build a compelling application. Because we are careful about the number of emails sent to you, you must sign up directly for the 2014 Application Newsletter. And feel free to share this link:



New Article From Business Week: “Hey Female Lawyers, This Firm Wants You to Stop Giggling and Showing Cleavage”

Claire Suddath is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and she recently  wrote an article titled “Hey Female Lawyers, This Firm Wants You to Stop Giggling and Showing Cleavage.” In the article, she refers to law firms’ expectations of professionalism and dignity at all times.

Among other things, Ms. Suddath discusses issues pertaining to female attorneys.  To read the entire article, please visit the website.

The American Civil Liberties Union National Office’s Summer and Spring Semester Internships

The ACLU National Office’s summer and spring semester internship postings have gone up.  They are as follows: 

Racial Justice Program:
Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Racial Justice Program, New York»

Criminal Law Reform Project:

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Criminal Law Reform Project, NY»

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Criminal Law Reform Project, NY»

Women’s Rights Project:

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Women’s Rights Project, NY»

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Women’s Rights Project, NY»

Center for Democracy (National Security Project; Human Rights Program; Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project):

2014 Summer Legal Internship-ACLUF Center for Democracy, New York»

Immigrants’ Rights Project:

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Immigrants’ Rights Project, NY/CA»

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Immigrants’ Rights Project, NY/CA»

Reproductive Freedom Project:

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Reproductive Freedom Project, New York»

Disability Rights:

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Equality Center, Disability Rights Unit, San Francisco»

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Equality Center, Disability Rights Unit, San Francisco»

LGBT and AIDS Project:

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, New York»

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, NY»

Washington Legislative Office:

Summer Legal Internship-ACLU Washington Legislative Office, DC»

National Prison Project:

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF National Prison Project, Washington, D.C.»

Voting Rights Project:

Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Voting Rights Project, NY»

Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Voting Rights Project, NY»

Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief:

2014 Summer Legal Internship-ACLUF Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, DC»