HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of March 18, 2013

Please read below for upcoming events on campus, opportunities in the community, and other announcements. 

Upcoming Events:

*Save the Date* Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 p.m., HOPE Recognition Reception, Attention 3Ls – Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for, or nominate someone to receive, the Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award or the Exemplary Service to the Poor Award. Applications are due April 1st and will be presented at the HOPE Recognition Reception, on April 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. To RSVP, click here. 

Wednesday, March 20th, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Room F-309, Mitigation, Mental Health & Minors. Please join the HOPE Office and HOPE Fellows Nicole Devinette, Beth Gordon and Shanelle Johnson as they discuss their summer placements and give a presentation about common issues that arise in representing criminal defendants with special needs. There will also be special discussions about mitigating circumstances with juveniles and mentally ill individuals. Lunch will be served! Please contact HOPE for more information and to RSVP!

Wednesday, March 27th, Pro Bono Clinic for Nonprofits, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., CDO: Miami area transactional attorneys are coming together to provide free legal consultations to South Florida nonprofit organizations. Legal issues may touch upon contract, employment, corporate, intellectual property and real estate law. Students have the opportunity to shadow participating attorneys during the consultations. The reception and information session will commence on the Bricks at 5:30 p.m., with appointments starting at 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited. Please email Myles Cochran if you are interested.

Wednesday, April 4th, Bridging the Gap: UM Public Interest Opportunities Abroad, 12:30-1:50p.m., Room A-110. Speakers Rachel Oostendorp & Grant Lyons, Class of 2013, along with current HOPE Fellows, will inform students about the diverse internship opportunities available in the areas of international law, specifically the type of legal advocacy and policy work that can be funded through a HOPE Fellowship. Please contact HOPE for more information and to RSVP!

Wednesday, April 10th, HOPE Fellows: The Future of Marriage Equality, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Room F-309. Please join current HOPE Fellows in an event conducted by constitutional law scholar Caroline Mala Corbin, who will be lecturing about the two upcoming marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. The future of marriage equality, in regards to the constitutional changes to DOMS and Prop 8 will be discussed. Please contact HOPE for more information and to RSVP!

Featured Fellowships: 

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 information, visit the website. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 25th. 

The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, is hiring a Fellow for its Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program to begin in August 2013. The position is open to recent law graduates with up to three years of practice experience. 3Ls with relevant experience and qualifications will also be considered. The position is for one year, with the possibility of a second year renewal. Please contact HOPE for more information.

The U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in its Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic for At-Risk Youth and its Housing and Consumer Law Clinic. These two-year LL.M. programs will include coursework in public interest law, clinical pedagogy and systems change. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the program begins on August 1, 2013. Please contact HOPE for more information. 

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 information, visit the website.

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 online.

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.

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) via email to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

Announcements & Opportunities:

The application process for the International Moot Court Program is open. It is open until March 29th at 5:00 p.m. To apply and to learn more, visit the website. To login, you need to use your school email account and password. 

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring entry-level attorneys. They are looking for applicants with graduation dates from December 2012-June 2013 and eligibility to sit for the February or July 2013 Illinois Bar. For more information, please visit the website 

Inspired Leaders is a charitable organization serving high school students from underrepresented communities to develop higher education aspirations while teaching them about the law in an intensive summer law program. The program is looking for student volunteers to co-teach classes. For more info about the organization and the position, please contact HOPE. Resume and Cover letter are due by April 1st. 

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI), a nonprofit, public interest litigation firm, is seeking a law student to intern for the summer months. FJI conducts civil rights litigation primarily on behalf of those incarcerated in Florida’s prisons and jails. Since the bulk of their work is in federal court, the position entails a considerable amount of written legal pleading and practice work. For more information, visit the website. The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity to low-income students by offering college scholarships and caring mentors. They are currently looking for mentors. For more information about the organization, please click here. To become a mentor, visit here.

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 the website. For more information on how to apply, email UM HOPE.