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Here’s How to Maximize Your Summer Public Interest Experience!

by Kristen PavĂłn

Yesterday, we hosted our Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience webinar. Our presenters, Deb Ellis, the former Assistant Dean for Public Service at NYU School of Law, and Lindsay M. Harris, the EJW fellow and Immigration Staff Attorney at Tahirih Justice Center, provided some great tips on how interns/externs/volunteers can maximize their summers. If you were “there,” thanks for attending! 🙂

In case you missed it, the webinar recording should be available in the next week or so. In the meantime, here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Act as though your summer position is an extended interview.
  • Be realistic about your expectations for feedback (meaning, don’t expect to get comments and notes on every single assignment).
  • Make your supervisor your mentor.
  • Be indispensable and take advantage of all learning opportunities (some organizations take note of attendance and non-attendance).
  • Keep track of your summer work product.
  • If you’re in a new city for the summer, have fun! (Check out PSLawNet’s Having Fun on the Cheap page for suggestions!)

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How to Write a Get-Noticed, Persuasive Resume

Michael P. Maslanka, the managing partner of the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, penned Five Tips for Writing a Get-Noticed, Persuasive Resume for LawJobs.com. He offers creative advice specifically for attorneys (like “Be vivid.” Bet you haven’t hear that before!)– it’s a quick and easy read, so check it out here!

 

 

 

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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: Capital Trial Attorney at Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans!

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is a not-for-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana committed to excellence in the provision of defense services to indigent clients facing the death penalty.
The LCAC is principally a trial level office, representing indigent capital clients in cases throughout Louisiana. In addition, the LCAC provides resource and consultative services to other capital trial counsel throughout Louisiana. LCAC also represents capital defendants in state post-conviction and federal habeas proceedings.

As a part of a defense team, the capital trial attorney will be involved in and/or take direct responsibility for the provision of effective assistance of counsel in accordance with the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases.

Interested? Learn more at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Attorney at the Education Law Center in Newark, NJ!

The Education Law Center (ELC) is looking for an experienced attorney to work in New York City and New York State to enforce the specific education entitlements established in the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity case. The attorney will advocate for educational opportunities for the public schoolchildren of New York City and New York State, including the opportunity to obtain a “sound basic education” as guaranteed by the New York Constitution. The work will include litigation, public education, legislative advocacy and policy initiatives.

The attorney will have the support and work under the supervision of the main office in Newark. The attorney must be able to work in New York and be available to come to Newark to meet with ELC staff as needed.

Founded in 1973, ELC serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of public school students, ELC also promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in the states and at the federal level.

To apply, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Human Rights USA to Close at End of Month

Another sad story from within our public interest sphere.

From Human Rights USA‘s Board of Directors:

Human Rights USA’s Board of Directors is sad to announce that the organization will be closing down on April 30, 2012, and our clients placed with other organizations and law firms who will continue their representation.  The Board’s decision comes primarily as a result of the difficult funding landscape facing public interest organizations at this time.  We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Human Rights USA’s staff, clients, current and past funders, the countless pro bono attorneys and law student volunteers who have worked with us, and all of the organizations that have partnered with us over the years.

Human Rights USA was founded in 1996 as the World Organization Against Torture USA.  Under its founding director, Morton Sklar, the organization began by reporting to the United Nations on U.S. compliance with human rights treaties and litigating cutting-edge asylum cases on behalf of women fleeing female genital mutilation.  Our asylum work gradually expanded to cover other forms of gender-based violence, including human trafficking and forced marriage, forms of harm that at one time were not considered to establish eligibility for refugee protection.  Human Rights USA has also litigated ground breaking federal court cases, winning the first direct legal challenge to the policy of rendition to torture, and helping many survivors of torture, human trafficking, and other human rights abuses hold the perpetrators accountable and recover compensation for their suffering.

Throughout all of this, Human Rights USA continued to produce reports on critical human rights issues, and in recent years began training other attorneys to utilize human rights principles in their own litigation.  Our 2011 *Guide to Establishing the Asylum Eligibility of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Forced Marriage* will continue to be available through the Tahirih Justice Center (<www.tahirih.org>), an organization that has also performed ground breaking work on gender-based asylum issues for over a decade.  Our 2012 report *Indefensible:  A Reference for Prosecuting Torture and Other Felonies Committed by US Officials Following September 11th*, produced in collaboration with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, will be available through the Washington College of Law ( <http://www.wcl.american.edu/clinical/inter.cfm>).

Countless law students, staff members and pro bono attorneys have been mentored and trained in human rights law through Human Rights USA over the years, and we take great pride in the small role we have played in the development and education of part of the next generation of human rights attorneys.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

Sincerely,

Human Rights USA Board of Directors

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Job o’ the Day: Summer 2012 Advocate at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in St. Paul, MN!

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services is hiring two advocates to handle migrant farmworker cases for the summer of 2012. The office in St. Paul covers the migrant farmworker stream of central and southern Minnesota. 

The summer advocates operate SMRLS’s satellite offices in the small towns in the migrant stream under the supervision of unit attorneys. The work of the summer advocates primarily involves conducting outreach, interviewing clients, and developing their cases. Such representation commonly includes investigation, negotiation, legal research and administrative representation. The caseload is made up of employment issues, public benefits, immigration and numerous miscellaneous areas of law.

The experience also provides an excellent opportunity for the exercise of considerable responsibility with close supervision by experienced attorneys.

Ready to apply? Learn how at PSLawNet!

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