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Job o’ the Day: Pro Bono Coordinator at Pro Bono Net in NY!

Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization using innovative technology to increase legal assistance for poor persons, seeks a highly qualified candidate to spearhead pro bono recruitment campaigns and support and maintain partnerships with nonprofit legal aid organizations in New York and nationally building legal resource web sites to serve pro bono, legal aid and human rights advocates. This full-time position reports to the Deputy Director and is based in New York City.

Pro Bono Net (PBN) works in close partnership with other nonprofit legal organizations across the U.S. and Canada to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people. It does so by (i) supporting technology innovation by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteers, and (iii) facilitating collaborations among advocates working on
similar issues or in the same region. Pro Bono Net’s programs include LawHelp.org, probono.net, Pro Bono Manager, and LawHelp Interactive. To learn more about Pro Bono Net’s programs, visit http://www.probono.net/about/item.Mission

To learn how to apply, check out the full listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Immigration Attorney at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo, MI!

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center seeks an attorney to focus on impact representation involving immigrant rights issues. Tasks will include direct client representation in state and federal litigation, case investigation and development, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, and policy analysis.

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is a resource center for advocates seeking equal justice for Michigan’s immigrants. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.

In order to realize this mission the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center:

  • Builds capacity through education and training about immigration law and the complex relationship between immigration status and immigrants’ rights in areas including access to public benefits, family law and child welfare, civil rights, and worker’s rights.
  • Answers questions and provides technical support to attorneys and advocates serving low-income immigrants.
  • Recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer pro bono attorneys.
  • Leads systematic advocacy to advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.
  • Tracks and analyzes legislative and legal developments related to immigration law and immigrants’ rights.
  • Builds coalition among immigrant advocacy and other social justice and civil rights organizations statewide.
  • Represents individual clients in priority areas including naturalization and citizenship matters and the rights of survivors of domestic violence, refugees, and unaccompanied minors.
  • Promotes respect and understanding among immigrants and receiving communities through our Welcoming Michigan initiative.

MIRC is a joint project of Legal Services of South Central Michigan’s Michigan Poverty Law Program and Farmworker Legal Services divisions. The work of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center is made possible by grants from the Michigan State Bar Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and a U.S. Department of Justice Legal Assistance for Victims Grant (from MIRC’s website).

Learn how to apply for the immigration attorney position at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Prosecutor for the City of Kansas City, Missouri!

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department has open positions in its City Prosecutor’s Office and Litigation Section. 

An Assistant City Attorney grant position is available in the City Prosecutor Division of the City Attorney’s Office through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  The attorney will serve as the neighborhood prosecutor for the communities in the East Patrol Division of the City and be a member of the Neighborhood Prosecution Team.  Neighborhood prosecution is designed to reduce crime, engage citizens, and utilize limited resources in the most efficient manner to make our neighborhoods safer.

A general litigator in the litigation section at the Assistant City Attorney level will appear as first chair before state and federal courts, including jury and bench trials in relatively less complex cases. The litigator will be responsible for the case from the initial filing of the petition or complaint, through the appeals stage. The litigator works with legal investigators to investigate the case, prepares all pleadings, engages in discovery, and works the case through trial and beyond as appropriate. The litigator will meet with department personnel in preparing and trying cases.

To learn how to apply, check the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Summer Law Clerk at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center!

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action (GNOFHAC) center is looking for dedicated, motivated, and talented law students to assist its staff with the investigation and enforcement of fair housing complaints.

GNOFHAC is a private, non-profit civil rights organization that was established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area through education, investigation, and enforcement activities. GNOFHAC is dedicated to fighting housing discrimination not only because it is illegal, but also because it is a divisive force that perpetuates poverty, segregation, ignorance, fear, and hatred.

Law clerks assist attorneys in all aspects of litigation including client intake, performing legal research, conducting factual investigation, drafting memoranda and motions, analyzing discovery materials, attending court proceedings, and preparing briefs.  Law clerks may also assist with community outreach events designed to educate the public about their fair housing rights.

For more information and to learn how to apply, check the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Civil Rights Internship at Equal Rights Center in DC!

The Equal Rights Center is seeking applicants who will be in the Washington, DC area during Summer 2012 to participate in its Civil Rights Internship Program. Civil Rights Interns work closely with the staff of the ERC to combat illegal discrimination in the Washington, DC area and across the nation. Interns work on a variety of substantive tasks related to ongoing studies, investigations, and complaints, and also help out with day to day administrative duties in our Washington, DC office. The Summer Internship runs from June 2012 through August 2012.

The Equal Rights Center (www.equalrightscenter.org) is a comprehensive civil rights organization with a mission to identify, challenge, and eliminate discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and government services in and around the nation’s capital and across the country. Through a variety of activities including education and outreach, complaint intakes and counseling, testing and private enforcement, and filing complaints, the ERC attempts to address the many harmful impacts of discrimination.

Learn how to apply at PSLawNet!

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Doing Good Work: Georgia Legal Service Program’s Wanda Andrews Says She’s “Just Another Lawyer”

From Savannah Morning News:

Attorney Wanda Andrews is the type of person you wouldn’t even know was there unless you needed her or injured one of her clients.

“I’m just another lawyer,” said the low-key senior staff attorney at the Georgia Legal Service Programs office on Abercorn Street.

She handles domestic cases — including domestic violence issues — for the office’s low-to-moderate income clients in an 11-county region.

That seems rather mundane, except for many of those clients, she is their only shot at getting access to justice or a voice before a judge.

“I think the ability to be of service is important,” Andrews, 56, said. “A lot of people need legal assistance but would not be able to afford equal access to justice without our help.”

For Andrews, legal aid has dominated her life since law school at Northwestern’s law school in Chicago, where she earned her law degree in 1981. While doing so she worked for two years in the school’s clinic before returning to her Savannah home and the Georgia Legal Services office.

She credits her grandmother, Agnes Key, and mother, Mildred Stewart, for her work ethic and desire to help others.

“They believed in work, being independent,” Andrews said. “I grew up with the work ethic.”

The Statesboro native moved to Savannah when she was 14, later graduating from Beach High School in 1974. She graduated from Fisk University in 1979, then law school in 1981.

She never seriously pursued going into private practice, Andrew said, and never really considered leaving the legal aid work. That work, while personally rewarding, does not offer the big-bucks opportunities of the private-practice arena.

Money is not everything, she explained.

“I think what I do makes a difference in the lives of a lot of people in a variety of ways,” she said.

Read more here.

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Register for Washington Council of Lawyers, Arnold & Porter, LLP’s Litigation Skills Training!

Registration is now open for the Washington Council of Lawyers and Arnold & Porter’s annual Litigation Skills Training on May 17 & 18.

Litigation Skills Training is a two-day course that provides a combination of lecture presentations and on-your-feet skills practice.

Topics covered include:

  • opening & closing statements
  • evidence & impeachment
  • direct & cross examination

Registration for the full two-day course for public interest attorneys is $60 (council members) or $90 (non-members). For private attorneys, registration is $90 (council members) or $150 (non-members).

For more details, see the Washington Council of Lawyers website.

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Wondering How to Get an Attorney Mentor? Here’s How.

by Kristen Pavón

Michael P. Maslanka, the managing partner of the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, authored a post on LawJobs.com about how to approach a mentor. He gives 5 great tips for law students and new attorneys.

It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and think about mentoring from the mentor’s perspective when you’re so caught up in your own job searching worries, troubles and goals — but we can’t forget the the attorneys who are so willing to help us young ones and everything they’ve got going on!

Here are Maslanka’s 5 Tips on How to Approach a Mentor:

• No. 1: Be humble.

• No. 2: Time is our most valuable possession.

• No. 3: If you say something is important, treat it as if it is important.

• No. 4: Create contact capital.

• No. 5: Stay in touch.

In addition to these great tips, Maslanka offers some wise insight for each one. Check it out here; it’s worth it.

Thoughts? Anything you’d add to the list?

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A Word of Advice on Being Competitive for Public Interest Jobs

by Kristen Pavón

We all know participating in clinics, volunteering, and getting involved with legal aid organizations in your community are great ways to show commitment to public interest and even get a foot in the door.

However, at the ABA Midyear Meeting earlier this month, co-executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Mark Moreau suggested something I had never heard before.

Moreau advised that if you’re interested in public interest law, you should have a strong tax law background. Yes, tax law.

“At a time where over half of legal services clients are working poor, a strong understanding in tax or welfare law is important,” he explained, noting that inadequate understanding of welfare and tax law is a major deficiency among legal aid providers.”

You can read more here.

Did you take tax law in law school? Will you take tax law?

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NALP’s 2012 Public Interest Salary Survey – Response Deadline Extended to March 16!

Participate in the National Association for Law Placement’s 2012 Public Sector & Public Interest Attorney Salary Survey.  Every two years, NALP conducts this unique survey to gather important data on attorney salaries, benefits packages, and loan repayment assistance programs.  Public interest law offices rely upon this survey data to set salary scales, negotiate union contracts, implement loan repayment programs, and for other purposes.

Who should participate?

  • Civil Legal Services Organizations
  • Public Defenders’ Offices
  • District Attorney/Local Prosecutors’ Offices
  • All other nonprofit, public interest law offices (e.g. those organizations that promote civil liberties, human rights, advocate for the homeless, etc.)

A survey instrument was mailed to public interest organizations throughout the country on 1/19/12.  An electronic version is available here: https://survey.vovici.com/se.ashx?s=17CFEB607A3193C6.  A PDF is available for hard-copy printing here: http://tinyurl.com/89bjqqh(Please complete only one version of the survey.)  All survey participants will receive a free electronic copy of the report when it is released later in the year.  The survey response deadline is extended until March 16, 2012, but we encourage you to complete it as soon as possible.

Please contact Steve Grumm, NALP’s Director of Public Service Initiatives, with any questions: sgrumm@nalp.org or 202-296-0057.

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