Fellowship – For Lawyers from English-Speaking Countries of the Caribbean

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

Deadline to present applications:  May 2, 2014

Start and End Dates:  July 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Length of the Fellowship:  11 months

Objective: To provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member States to become familiar with and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights.

Program: To support the work of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, 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.

Expected Results may include:

  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases, and requests for precautionary measures.
  • Generating draft reports on petitions and cases.
  • Organization of research to analyze the human rights situation in specific countries and the preparation of the respective resulting reports.
  • Collaboration in thematic studies.
  • Preparation of summaries and other documents for hearings, working meetings, and visits of the IACHR.
  • Promotion and dissemination of the inter-American system of human rights.

Requirements: 

  • Be a citizen of an OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member State;
  • Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the law degree and grades obtained);
  • Knowledge of Caribbean legal systems;
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish (attach certificate accrediting); knowledge of other official OAS languages is desirable;
  • Must have received law degree within the past 7 years;
  • Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, with prior experience in promotional activities in the Caribbean desirable; and
  • Present a paper of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on a human rights issue of interest to the candidate.

For additional details and information, please visit Symplicity or the website.

NOTICE : This fellowship is offered thanks to the financial support of the United States Government.

 

Miami-Dade FAWL Invites You to Attend the Second Annual Law Day Presentation with the Honorable Milton Hirsch

Miami-Dade FAWL invites you to attend the Second Annual Law Day Presentation with the Honorable Milton Hirsch.  

As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. The Honorable Milton Hirsch will deliver this second annual Miami-Dade FAWL Law Day presentation.

The details are as follows:

Thursday, May 1, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131 

*1 hour CLE Credit Approved* 

Send inquiries to Deborah Baker. Click here to register.

Only One Week Left! 2014-2015 Reproductive Justice – HIV Fellowship Application Deadline May 7, 2014

LSRJ is now accepting applications for two RJ-HIV Fellow positions for the 2014-15 fellowship year at two leading organizations working at the intersection of HIV and reproductive justice: SisterLove in Atlanta, GA or Positive Women’s Network- USA in Oakland, CA.

LSRJ seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work as a Reproductive Justice – HIV Fellow at a placement organization in either Atlanta, GA or Oakland, CA starting in late August 2014 through August 2015. 

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a national network of law students, professors, and lawyers. They train and mobilize law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.

The Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) was created in 2010 to enhance the legal capacity of organizations working to influence law and policy as it relates to reproductive justice and to build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. The RJFP-HIV Fellowship is a pilot program launched in 2014. LSRJ will select and place two (2) RJ HIV Fellows for a one-year fellowship at two (2) nonprofits working on HIV policy.

Each RJ HIV Fellow will receive a $51,000 stipend and be placed at either Sister Love, in Atlanta, GA, or at the Positive Women’s Network USA, in Oakland, CA, from the end of August 2014 through August 2015. As a law school graduate with an understanding of the reproductive justice framework and HIV issues, the RJ HIV Fellow will assist in research, interpretation, and application of law to aid the placement organization’s education, organizing, publication, and policy pursuits. Thus, the RJ HIV Fellow will play an integral role in helping to influence public opinion, shape laws, and advance policy, aiming to ensure the future of reproductive justice for all people – irrespective of ability, age, ethnicity, status, gender, gender identity, income, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition, the RJFP provides rich opportunities for professional development, training, networking, and education in a supportive atmosphere. The RJ HIV Fellow will be mentored by the LSRJ Director of Academic & Professional Programs and participate in trainings and events with their Fellow cohort.

For more information about the Fellowship and how to apply, click here.

The Michigan State University College of Law Seeks Assistant Dean for Career Development

The Michigan State University College of Law invites nominations of and applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Assistant Dean for Career Development.

We seek creative, dynamic, and engaging candidates who can provide vision and leadership toward our ultimate goal of increasing student professional success, both regionally and nationally.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Dean leads a team of six dedicated professionals in providing proactive, comprehensive career planning and advising services. The successful candidate will develop and implement a vision and strategic plan that expands employment opportunities for students in a changing and challenging legal marketplace. The Assistant Dean focuses on building students’ career search skills; markets the talents of MSU Law students to a wide range of private, government and public interest employers; engages faculty and alumni in support of the mission; and develops an ambitious program directed at expanding internships, judicial clerkships, and job opportunities through on- and off-campus recruitment programs and other initiatives.

The Assistant Dean is a vital member of the LawCollege’s senior management team and works collaboratively with the Dean, Admissions, Student Engagement, Alumni Relations, and faculty and administrative colleagues. The Assistant Dean establishes short and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; oversees collection, analysis, and reporting of employment data; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; identifies and implements changes required for improvement; counsels students and alumni on career strategies; develops programming to promote law practice skills and related matters; and works closely with the Externship Program Director.

Other duties of the Assistant Dean include strategic allocation of resources based on data analysis and mission; the effective use of technology for communications, marketing, and tracking purposes, including social media and specialized database systems; and development and evaluation of a post-graduate fellowship program.

The Assistant Dean for Career Development reports directly to the Dean of the Law College.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have a record of success in law practice, legal academia, law school career services or within the legal recruiting industry, or the equivalent in a related industry. The successful candidate will have the skills and ambition to extend a strong network of contacts in the legal community, both inside and outside of Michigan; a track record of delivering outstanding results through professional positions in career services, and/or legal, corporate, government or public sector management, with demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience; a commitment and ambition to provide students with a comprehensive array of services to enable them to launch meaningful and successful careers; the ability and energy to develop and implement innovative initiatives that anticipate and adapt quickly and creatively to shifting dynamics in the marketplace; and the ability to foster engagement with students, faculty and alumni. Other requirements include a strong marketing and management background, and superior organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

An advanced degree is required and a JD is strongly preferred.

About Michigan  State University College of Law:

MSU Law is a dynamic, student-centered academic community. Michigan State College of Law offers a legal education that challenges students’ intellect, broadens their experiences, and prepares them for successful and rewarding careers. Cutting-edge faculty research and new initiatives focused on vital issues such as ethics, food and agriculture, human rights, indigenous rights, intellectual property, law and technology, and entrepreneurial lawyering provide rich learning opportunities for our students and fuel the LawCollege’s expanding national and international reputation and reach.

The Law College is perfectly situated in the heart of a Big Ten university, just minutes from the state capitol and within close proximity to Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

The student body is made up of approximately 900 J.D. students and 70 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the J.D. program are from Michigan, 45 percent are from states outside of Michigan, and 5 percent are international students.

Additional information regarding MSU Law can be found here.

For application process, please visit Symplicity. Applications should be submitted by May 1, 2014.

 

Assistant Dean Position at University of Florida Levin College of Law

The University of Florida Levin College of Law is seeking an Assistant Dean for Admissions. This senior-level position is responsible for supervising and managing the Office of Admissions at the College of Law. This position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Law. 

The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean for Admissions will include: working closely with the Admissions Committee and professional admissions staff to evaluate the candidate pool and ensure that decisions are made on a timely basis; managing the admissions process for entering JD, transfer and visiting students; monitoring the applicant and admitted pools to meet enrollment goals; developing and supervising all admissions recruitment and outreach programs; interpreting and administering existing admissions policies and developing new policies as needed;  supervising, leading and building a strong, team-oriented staff for the Office of Admissions; collecting, analyzing, and reporting recruitment and enrollment data; analyzing demographic trends and other data to create short and long range recruitment plans and new policies; serving as the Office of Admissions liaison to various University offices, constituencies and the law school faculty and staff; developing and monitoring the departmental budget; and updating and overseeing all publications, including the UF Law Prospectus and application forms.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree or a J.D. degree and 4 years’ experience in higher education working directly with students; or a bachelor’s degree and 6 years’ experience. Experience in admissions, recruitment, and enrollment management.

Preferred qualifications:

Ability to work with various constituencies including prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff; ability to think strategically in the delivery of programs and services; ability to create a marketing plan based on program data and industry information; strong familiarity with ACES2 and PeopleSoft programs; the candidate should have strong leadership and management skills as well as strong interpersonal abilities and should be a team player who can bring a positive and enthusiastic presence to a collegial environment. A J.D. degree is strongly preferred.

Salary is $90,000 – $110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested parties should apply online, requisition number: 0905454. Applications will be accepted until May 15 and the anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

NELP Immigrant Employment Rights Staff Attorney Opening – SPLC Atlanta Office

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks an attorney to join its Immigrant Justice Project office in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The Immigrant Justice Project works on cases involving the rights of immigrants in nine southern states. Representative cases include large scale litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking, class actions on behalf of guest workers based on violations of their federal employment rights, and civil rights litigation related to anti-immigrant laws, policies, and practices.

Primary Job Functions: 

  • Litigate cases under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director and/or Senior Staff Attorneys;
  • Develop new cases in consultation with other Immigrant Justice Project staff;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance;
  • Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and federal and state agencies;
  • Extensive travel may be required.

Qualifications – Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Juris Doctor degree;
  • Georgia Bar membership or willingness to sit for the next exam;
  • Strong academic background;
  • 3-5 years relevant legal experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
  • Bilingual, Strong Proficiency in Spanish and English.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Familiarity with advocating on behalf of low-income poultry processing workers a plus, but not required;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast paced work environment.

To Apply: 

The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit the following documents as one attachment to the link provided: a cover letter, resume, writing sample (excerpt from brief), and three references.

From the CDO: Summer Funding Available for Public Interest, Government or Judicial Positions

The CDO wants you to know about a source of funding for law student summer service:  the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program.  Through this program, students who have secured their own placements at nonprofit organizations, courts or local, county or state governments can earn an education award of $1,175 that can be applied to tuition or student loans.

To qualify, students must:

  • complete a brief application (available here);
  • serve in qualifying organizations (nonprofit      organizations, courts, government agencies);
  • serve at least 300 hours; and
  • submit a short report of their activities

Students may not earn academic credit for the same service but can receive outside funding up to $4,300 and still be eligible for the education award.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 2, 2014.  More information is available at the Equal Justice Works website.

 

Attend the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. Open House on Tuesday, May 13, 2014!

We look forward to you joining us on Tuesday, May 13th for an Open House where you will learn about University of Miami School of Law LL.M. programs.

  • Visit with directors, faculty and alumni to talk about latest program developments
  • Find out about full-time and part-time options
  • Hear about hybrid on campus and online options for select programs
  • Learn how select program size enables directors to develop a personalized course schedule and provide guidance on career options

This event takes place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Morton’s Steakhouse, 1200   Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131.

For more info and free registration, please click here.

 

 

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders Seeks Interns for the Period May – December 2014 (flexible – 6 months)

The intern will be required to track policy deliberations on the UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security; post 2015 development agenda, CEDAW and other international laws, relevant to women and peace building.  

Deadline:         Open until filled 

Location:         New York 

Organization:   GNWP 

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders seeks interns for the period May – December 2014 (flexible -6 months).

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), an autonomous program of the International Civil Society Action Network, is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and West Asia—mostly in conflict-affected countries—that are actively involved in advocacy and action for the full and effective implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.

GNWP aims to bridge the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women and peace and security issues. To achieve this aim, GNWP engages in four programmatic areas: CapacityBuilding, Advocacy, Research and Institutional Strengthening. This programmatic focus includes various initiatives such as Civil Society Monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR 1325; Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820; Education and Advocacy on the CEDAW General Recommendation on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and  Post-conflict Situations; 1325 Media Outreach; Multi-stakeholders Financing Mechanism for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans; Engagement with the Security Sector and Support to national action planning processes.

GNWP’s work focuses on the following objectives:

  • Enhancing women’s capacities to use legal mechanisms available at the international, regional and national levels in order to protect their rights and ensure their participation in decision-making, peace building, conflict prevention and reconstruction;
  • Enhancing capacity amongst civil society, especially women’s civil society, to conduct effective monitoring, mobilize and advocate for effective policy implementation;
  • Bringing visibility to women’s issues and concerns on peace and security and amplify their voices at the national, regional and global levels;
  • Supporting effective implementation of UNSCR 1325, 1820 and the supporting Women, Peace and Security resolutions, particularly at the national level;
  • Bolstering Member State (MS) and UN accountability in a range of ways/fora, including the UNSCR and 1325 anniversaries every October and Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. 

Description:

The internship is 70 per cent projects, 30 per cent organizational and administrative responsibilities. The intern will be required to:

  • Track policy deliberations on the UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security; post-2015 development agenda, CEDAW and other international laws, relevant to women and peacebuilding;
  • Conduct project based research;
  • Assist in preparatory phases of country-level programs;
  • Assist in preparations for the anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in October;
  • Communicate with network members and assist these with preparing funding applications; research etc.;
  • Track developments on gender perspectives on global policies;
  • Prepare materials for and update specific sections of the website;
  • Actively engage on social media platforms where GNWP is active (twitter; facebook); and
  • Work in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. All interns work as part of a multi-disciplinary team but are given substantial autonomy in the area that they have been assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Background/interest in public policy and advocacy, with a particular interest in moving global issues to national and community level; and amplifying the voices of grassroots women at the global level;
  • Knowledge of international policies (and discussions) that impact women, specifically UNSCRs 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889, 1960, 2016, 2122; the post-2015 development agenda, CEDAW;
  • Excellent information and communication skills, with attention to evolving strategies that bring issues on women, peace and security to the public forum;
  • Stellar writing and research abilities;
  • A self-starter with the ability to keep deadlines and commitments;
  • French and/or Spanish language skills are helpful; and
  • A creative outlook, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective. 

Compensation:

GNWP will cover monthly metrocards and give small stipends whenever possible.

To apply please send cover letter, CV and short writing sample via email.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Program Offers a United Nations (UN) Security Council Monitor (SCM) Research Fellowship Through Their New York City UN Office

The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website, and provides PeaceWomen staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with UN Member States. 

Deadline:             April 25, 2014 

Location:             New York 

Organization:      PeaceWomen

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Program offers a United Nations (UN) Security Council Monitor (SCM) Research Fellowship through their New York City UN office. This competitive unpaid fellowship is offered to graduate students or professionals interested in women, peace and security issues. A small travel stipend is included. The experience offers an opportunity to do analysis, research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with grassroots communications and non-governmental organization management in the context of the United Nations.

The SCM Research Fellow is the project lead for PeaceWomen’s Security Council Monitor project, which provides comprehensive and up to date information on all Security Council debates and other action addressing issues of Women Peace and Security. The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website, and provides PeaceWomen staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with UN Member States. The fellow collects monitoring information about the Council including on upcoming missions and countries on the Council’s agenda with particular focus on countries where there are peace support operations. They participate in PeaceWomen’s Women Peace and Security lecture series and have access to related events and policy discussions through the UN and civil society community.

Fellows should be highly self-motivated and well-organized; work well both independently and as part of a team; open-minded, flexible, and not afraid to take initiative; and able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks on tight deadlines. The fellowship requires initiative, creativity, flexibility, and commitment while maintaining PeaceWomen’s high professional standards. 

Term

The term of this fellowship is for 8 months- 12 months, from May 2014. While a 1 year commitment is preferred, they are open to considering the shorter term lengths for exceptional candidates although a minimum commitment of 5 months is required.

Qualifications:

  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate program (MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, gender studies, or related field
  • Background or interest in issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to sexual violence in conflict, women’s roles in decision-making, women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding
  • Background in or strong interest in the United Nations system, understanding of its basic functions, structure
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); editing and website development experience including Content Management System (CMS) a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter); experience with blogging and multi-media platforms a plus
  • Ability to commit to at least 3 full days per week beginning May 2014;
  • Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.

Please note that the organization is unable to provide work visas for this position.

Expectations:

The SCM fellow will work three to five days per week in the WILPF PeaceWomen office and will have a key role in programmatic work. The fellow’s work will be guided by the PeaceWomen Program Manager and Program Director.

In addition to being project lead on the Security Council Monitor, the fellow should contribute as part of a team to other PeaceWomen projects and communications. Fellows will also be responsible for posting news, resources, and initiatives on the website according to their regional focus area as well as which are forwarded to them for posting by Program staff. The regions which PeaceWomen covers are listed online.

Additional duties include:

  • Develop expertise on Security Council procedures and work
  • Monitor and analyze international policy developments with short turn-around times to maintain most current information for advocacy and monitoring
  • Contribute to other PeaceWomen projects including other UN and national implementation advocacy, monitoring & evaluation, & capacity building initiatives
  • Contribute to PeaceWomen communications, including monthly Enews and social media

Fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work which they will be trained on, including updating the PeaceWomen website, attending meetings, taking notes and performing general support and administrative tasks.

Application Process:

To be considered for the UN Security Council Monitor Research Fellowship, applicants should submit the following documents by 25 April 2014 via email. The subject of the e-mail should be “Spring/Summer 2014 Security Council Monitor Fellow Application” and all documents should be combined into one PDF or DOCX file.

  • CV or Resume indicating education, relevant past activities and experience
  • Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced), including start/end dates & days/week available
  • 3 References, including names and contact information
  • Writing Sample (optional, no more than 5 pages), addressing an issue related to women, peace, and security demonstrating ability to write in short, clear, and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work)

No phone calls please.