Paz Horowitz’ International Summer Internship Program

Paz Horowitz is proud to be the Ecuadorian sponsor of the American Bar Association’s International Summer Internship Program.

The purpose of the program is to provide foreign law students with an opportunity to acquire practical experience and learn about the practice of law in Latin America. Our interns work closely with the firm’s lawyers and Ecuadorian law clerks to gain an understanding of Ecuador’s laws and legal system.

Interns support firm attorneys in assigned cases and are expected to draft documents, carry out legal research, prepare correspondence and write legal memoranda and articles. Interns are also required to get on-the-job training carrying out various legal procedures and formalities at different public offices.

Internships are unpaid and applicants must be fluent in Spanish.

For additional details, please visit the website.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Seeking Advocacy Interns

CLINIC is a national network of immigration legal service providers that serve low income communities, and the Advocacy Department seeks to make the collective experience of our affiliates influence immigration policy.  Interns can expect to work in several different modes of advocacy, including tasks involving the administration’s immigration policy, state and local laws affecting immigrants, and the BIA Pro Bono Project.

Interns will assist attorneys with administrative advocacy efforts to remedy problems faced by low-income immigrants and CLINIC member agencies and assist in our efforts to support state advocates working to combat local anti-immigrant measures.  Tasks may include:

  • Reviewing government regulations and policy memos
  • Drafting comments on federal regulations
  • Attending meetings with government agencies, hearings, and other events
  • Assisting affiliate programs with individual case inquiries
  • Researching and analyzing state immigration-related legislation
  • Supporting pro bono attorneys in immigration appeals

Applicants must have strong writing and communication skills and excellent attention to detail.  These internships are ideal for law students considering a career in public policy or advocacy.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Allison Posner, CLINIC’s Director of Advocacy, no later than Friday, February 21, 2014.

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

 

CLINIC’s offices are conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line.

 

 

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY – A GREAT PLACE TO PRACTICE AND LIVE!

SAVE THE DATE!

The Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Presents: Law Student Forum & Networking Event (in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Bar Association).

This event is offered free to all law students to attend and gives the students a one-on-one with local attorney’s in different practice areas, as well as several local judge’s. This is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions about areas of the law that they may be interested in from a practical perspective.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Location: The Palm BeachCountyConvention Center

Address: 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Time: 2:00—5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

In order to attend each student must register and can do so by logging on to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website.

***Immediately following the forum, students are invited to attend a networking reception with local attorneys and judges***

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 17, 2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014: 

  • Judicial Clerkships Kickoff Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Law Campus Student Lounge. Do not miss this opportunity to ask federal and state court judges, as well as current and former judicial law clerks, about applying and interviewing for judicial clerkships. A catered reception will precede the panel discussion. To RSVP or for additional information, email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships.

LSAC’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition on Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention For Students of Color and Students From Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC is operating at least eight diversity initiatives. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops  that  promote  the  development of  outreach  and  early  educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC­ member law schools; maintaining databases and websites with information, resources and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and to equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.

JUDGING:

A panel of legal writing instructors and LSAC staff will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide not to issue an award or to publish a paper.  The panel’s decision will be final.

DEADLINE:

All papers must be uploaded no later than 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014. No extensions will be granted. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC.

TOPIC:

What  techniques,  resources  and  strategies   should  law  schools utilize  to recruit  and  retain students  of  color  and other  students who are from groups underrepresented  in law schools and the legal profession?

ELIGIBILITY:

Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC-member law schools.

LENGTH AND FORMAT:

Up  to  20  pages  (5000  words  or  less),  8  112 by  11  inch  paper, double spaced, I inch margins, Word format, 12 point font, with endnotes  written  in “A  Uniform  System  of  Citation”  (The  Blue Book) format.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Essays will be judged according to:

• Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases, law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies);

• Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing;

• Understanding, interpretations and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context;

• Full compliance with all competition procedures.

For additional details, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12491.

The Victim Rights Law Center is Hiring Two (2) Attorneys

Title:       Attorney

Status:   Full-time

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

To apply please send cover letter, resume with complete work history, salary requirements and a short writing sample via email with your last name and “Transitional Housing and TA Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email.  No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Title:      Attorney

Status:  Full-time

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, and legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

To apply send your cover letter, resume with complete work history, salary requirements and a writing sample via email with both your last name and “Privacy Project Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email.  No phone calls please. The position is open until filled, but applicants will be screened on a rolling basis.

2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application – Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014

Scholarship Requirements: 

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. See the last page of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals: 

  • Dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school
  • A current or past law professor
  • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood
  • line or adoption.

Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with his or her application. In that cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic, personal, and professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for a DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship award.

Essay Requirements: 

In addition to submitting the attached application and required recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (Advisory Committee) is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure aimed at reducing the costs and burdens of discovery. The two most important amendments are a rewrite of Rule 37(e), which regulates sanctions for failure to preserve discoverable information, and a revision to Rule 26(b)(1), which redefines the scope of discovery. The proposed amendments also include changes to rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, and 37. For a copy of the proposals, see http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/rules/preliminary-draft-proposed-amendments.pdfPlease discuss the pros and cons of the passage of the proposed amendments with regard to their effect on defendant businesses in civil litigation, commenting on those provisions that will have the most dramatic effect on business and indicating why. 

Submission Deadline: 

Applications and all other requested materials must be received by March 31, 2014. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar scheduled for June 12–13, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

All applications, essays and required materials must be submitted in hard copy format to:

Tim Kolly, Director of Communications
DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar
55 West Monroe Street, Suite   2000
Chicago, IL 60603

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Project, New York, Seeks Staff Attorney

The Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National office in New York seeks applicants for a Staff Attorney position. 

OVERVIEW:

The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, and freedom of religion and belief.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women’s Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to implement ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination.  WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU federal and state legislative work on women’s rights, and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, communications strategies, outreach, and participation in coalitions.  WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.

WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and violence against women.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women. 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage significant litigation in federal and state court including district and appellate court litigation, prepare and respond to written discovery requests, take and defend depositions, engage in motion practice, write briefs, present oral arguments, and conduct trials.
  • Create and implement multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy to further the ACLU’s strategic plan on women’s rights.
  • Provide assistance and advice to ACLU affiliates on litigation, legislative advocacy, and communications efforts.
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members.
  • Engage in public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and public generally.
  • Develop strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and ACLU volunteer lawyers.
  • Supervise junior attorneys, fellows, student interns and other staff.
  • Travel as required for litigation, policy advocacy, conferences and public speaking.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • J.D. and a minimum of four years of litigation experience required. Applicants with more experience are also encouraged and invited to apply.
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving women’s rights strongly preferred.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Capable of performing complex legal analytical work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated creativity in crafting strategies to advance women’s rights in WRP’s priority areas. Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU. 

COMPENSATION:

The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

HOW TO APPLY:

Individuals interested in applying should send a letter of interest, current resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and names and telephone numbers of three references via email. Reference [WRP-08/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Women’s Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Applications can also be mailed to:

Women’s Rights Project
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: [WRP-08/ACLU-W]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004 

Please indicate where you learned of this career opportunity. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

 

Social Justice Weekend – February 21-24, 2014

On February 21-24th, 2014, Miami’s social justice organizations are coming together to host its first Social Justice Weekend. Join them for regional asset mapping, legislative and communications training, and a picnic with John A. Powell, scholar, lawyer and author of Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. The weekend will close with the Racing to Justice Imagine Miami event.

Social Justice Weekend Schedule:

Miami-Dade Regional Asset Mapping For Community Change

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 9:30AM-3:00PM

Where: Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St., Miami, FL 33132

This event will be a powerful space to bring community organizations, social service providers, government, artists, health and education professionals, faith leaders, labor and other allies together to connect our different strengths with opportunities.  Asset Mapping challenges the idea that our communities are filled with only deficits by looking at what is working and to provide a resource map for new and deeper collaboration.

Social Justice Table Kick-Off Party

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 3:00PM-6:00PM

Where: City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137

Come celebrate the launch of the Social Justice Table, an initiative funded by the Allegany Franciscan Ministries that seeks to create a a synergistic and collaborative community of social justice organizations.

Freedom Flicks: Fruitvale Station 

When: Friday, February 21st

Time: 6:30PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

Screening of Ryan Coogler’s critically aclaimmed film. This follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

Rethinking the Florida Narrative: A Provocative Communications Training with Subhash Kateel

When: Saturday, February 22nd

Time: 10:00AM-12:30PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

This communications training will be led by Subhash Kateel, Deputy Communications Director of 1Miami and radio show host of Let’s Talk About It!. Subhash was a community organizer in immigrant communities for over twelve years. Subhash writes extensively on issues ranging from immigration and criminal justice to mental health, economic justice and gun control. When he isn’t writing or talking on the radio, Subhash is helping emerging leaders in Miami to develop their voice and leading workshops around the country to help social justice leaders communicate effectively.

County & State Legislative Overview: Connecting the Dots with Karen Woodall and Francesca Menes  

When: Saturday, February 22nd

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM

Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200, Miami, FL 33132

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Karen Woodall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the FloridaCenter for Fiscal and Economic Policy, and Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy coordinator at Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Picnic with John A. Powell

When: Sunday, February 23rd

Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM

Where: At Blue Marlin Fish House, located at 2500 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Socialize, relax and enjoy a delicious lunch in the company of John Powell and Miami’s social justice collaborators.

Imagine Miami: Racing to Justice with John A. Powell 

When: Monday, February 24th

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM

Where: UM, Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146

A conversation around ethical and practical considerations to build an inclusive society. This event will be led by Dr. John Powell, internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties.

For additional details, tickets, etc., visit the website.

Fellowship – Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2014

The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) invites young indigenous lawyers, from the Member States of the OAS, to apply for a fellowship to assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship in Washington, D.C. The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the IACHR was created in 1990 in order to strengthen, promote and systematize the IACHR’s actions in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Americas. The fellowship provides the opportunity to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights. The deadline to present applications is February 14.

1) Venue of Fellowship: Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS).  Address:  1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.20006, United States of America

2) Modality: On-site

3) Deadline to present applications: February 14, 2014

4) Start and End Dates: April 1 2014 to March 31, 2015

5) Length of the Fellowship: 12 months

6) Objective: To provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights. The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the IACHR was created in 1990 in order to strengthen, promote and systematize the IACHR’s actions in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Americas.

7) Program: To assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-American Commission, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

8) Requirements:

  • Be a citizen of an OAS Member State;
  • Be member of an indigenous community of the Americas;
  • Spanish language proficiency (knowledge of other official OAS languages is desirable);
  • Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the law degree and grades obtained);
  • Have received law degree after January 1, 2006;
  • Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, specifically in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights; and
  • Present a paper of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on a human rights issue of interest to the candidate in the area of indigenous peoples’ rights.

9) Required documents: The following documents are required in order to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Letter of interest
  • Completed Fellowship Application (LINK)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of law degree and grades obtained
  • Written paper of up to five pages

10) Benefits:

  • The IACHR provides a monthly stipend of US$3,200.00 for the period covered by the fellowship,  that is US$38,400.00 total for 12 months. With the stipend provided, the fellow is responsible for obtaining health insurance coverage of his/her choosing for the duration of the fellowship, and should provide proof of coverage to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR.
  • Round-trip economy class air transportation from the participant’s country of residence to Washington, D.C. Terminal and transfer expenses are not covered.
  • The IACHR will award a certificate of participation in the Fellowship Program to the fellows who satisfactorily complete the entire period of the fellowship.

11) Responsibilities of the selected candidates:

  • Once an applicant has been selected, he/she should formally accept the fellowship in writing, confirming with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights his/her availability to complete the fellowship during the specified time period. Once accepted, the IACHR will proceed with the necessary arrangements for purchase of round-trip economy air transportation between the candidate’s country of origin/residence and Washington, D.C.
  • In the event a candidate accepts a fellowship but cannot complete it, for whatever reason, he/she must immediately inform the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights so that the course of action may be decided.
  • It is the responsibility of each selected candidate to request and obtain the necessary visa to enter the United States, and/or transit visa (if applicable) in a timely manner.  The IACHR will not incur in any expense related to the processing of immigration or visa documents. The IACHR will provide the candidate a document certifying his/her selection as an official fellow of the IACHR so that he/she may request the corresponding visa, which is the sole responsibility of the selected candidate. In addition, the OAS will send a diplomatic note to the Embassy or Consulate where the selected candidate will be requesting his/her visa, certifying the fellow’s selection.
  • It is the responsibility of the selected candidate to arrive in a timely manner so that he/she will be present for the commencement of the fellowship on the date established by the IACHR.
  • If the selected candidate declines the fellowship after the flight ticket has been purchased, or does not travel on the established dates or changes routes, the candidate shall reimburse the IACHR the cost of the flight ticket or any additional costs incurred. The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the IACHR, such as extra costs for accommodation during the candidate’s travel to and from Washington, D.C.
  • If the candidate resigns, cancels or terminates the fellowship after the program has begun without providing sufficient reason and evidence to the IACHR for doing so, he/she will fully reimburse the IACHR for all costs incurred on his/her behalf.

12) Presentation of candidates:

The application and other required documents indicated in sections 8 and 9 must be submitted to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR prior to the closing date of the application period, by email, fax (202-458-3992) or mail to: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1889 F Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20006