HOPE News for the Week of February 25, 2013

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, February 28th, 12:30-1:30PM, A-216B (above the CDO). Join the Public Interest Lecture Series for a roundtable luncheon with Shahrzad Emami, Affordable Housing Project Director, at Legal Services of Greater Miami. Please RSVP to UM HOPE.

Monday, March 4th, 12:30PM, Room 108. Please join us for a training session for a court observation project to examine the Three Minute Justice problem in County Court. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the three-minute justice issue where individuals are accepting pleas without contemplating or understanding the implications, as well as explore the client experience with the justice system. If interested in participating, email here 

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-5pm, Main Library- 101 West Flagler Street. The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking volunteer tutors for Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade). This one-on-one tutoring session assists adults with basic reading and writing skills. For more information, click here. 

The Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia. is one of the world’s leading conferences for social, financial and environmental sustainability. This year, the Conference is designed for social entrepreneurs engaged in transformative ventures. The program brings together leaders from more than 50 countries, and is taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center between April 17th and 19th. For more information, visit the website.

Featured Fellowships:

Florida Legal Services in midtown Miami needs a legal intern to administer its Reemployment Assistance Pro Bono Project starting February 2013. The individual will oversee outreach to unemployed individuals in the community, screen and interview clients, assess the merits of clients’ cases, provide advice to clients, and follow-up with assigned attorneys on the status of the cases. The job is anticipated to require a commitment of at least ten hours per week and will pay $15 per hour depending upon experience. For more information, contact UM HOPE. 

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applicants to the PILnet Fellowship for 2013-2014. PILnet will select lawyers for eight months of study and practical experience in New York City. The program, now in its sixteenth year, targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy. For more info, visit the website 

The George Washington University Law School is now accepting applications for its Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics’ graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2013-15. Fellows obtain LL.M. degrees while examining and engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law. For more info, visit the website 

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic is hiring a fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. Law school graduates within three years of graduation (including 2013 graduates) are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by February 28th.

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau seeks 16 law students to serve as Summer Fellows, who will interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies. Find out more here. Application instructions for HLAB: Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a writing sample, (4) a law school transcript, and (5) two references to Joshua Rovenger, Executive Director, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 23   Everett Street, First Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138 via email. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is accepting applications for a Legal Intern (Summer 2013) and a Legal Fellow (2013-2014) to work on legal and public advocacy seeking UN accountability for Haiti’s cholera epidemic. More information on these positions can be found here.

$300,000+ in Funding Available for CGI U 2013 Students! Turn your ideas into action by applying online for Clinton Global Initiative University.

Equal Justice Works: New application period for 2013 Summer Corps program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning Tuesday, December 18, 2012 until Monday, March 18, 2013. See here for program details.

2013 Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program. Approximately 15 positions are available for first and second year law students at Legal Services of New Jersey. Click here for application.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Click here for information.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division seeks second year law students as legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Peggy Schmidt to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

Announcements & Opportunities:

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is seeking interns for 2013. Located in Washington, DC, internships are year-round and flexible on start/end dates. Internships are available in APA worker and immigration issues, research and legislative issues.  

Miami Law’s Clinics are now accepting applications for the fall and summer. You can learn more about each clinic here, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions. You can click here to watch short videos about each clinic. The deadline to apply for a fall clinic is March 6th. You can apply online here. The deadline for summer clinics is rolling, but you are encouraged to apply early.

The NLG Military Law Task Force is looking for student researchers for two projects, both excellent ways to get legal research and writing experience. One project involves researching statutes of ROTC regulations and drafting memos, and the other involves revising and updating military medical policies.

Empowered Youth and Child Advocacy and Family Society is looking for volunteers and mentor. For more information, email here.

LSGMI, Inc. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is seeking clerks to fill a variety of volunteer law clerk positions. Interested students should be able to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a week for the Spring semester. For more information regarding the program, visit this link. For more information on how to apply, email UM HOPE.