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NY State Legal Services Providers to Get $25 Million State Appropriation

By: Steve Grumm

Some good funding news for a change.  According to Thomson-Reuters:

Nonprofit groups that provide free civil legal services to low-income people in New York have received twice the state funding they were awarded last year, state court administrators said.

At the request of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, state lawmakers this year doubled to $25 million total funding for the programs, court administrators announced on Tuesday. The programs have lost millions of dollars in federal and local funding over the last few years.

Judge Lippman has of late been getting a lot of press regarding the new rule which will require 50 hours of pro bono before one can be licensed to practice in New York.  (Here is our super intern Maria Hibbard’s take on that.)  But for a much longer stretch he’s been working tirelessly to support access to justice – and he’s backing it up with funding.  This is great news for legal services providers – and perhaps also for law grads who may see more employment opportunities as a result of this cash infusion.

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Job o’ the Day: Legal Intern at Brazilian Alliance in CA!

Brazilian Alliance – a non-profit organization providing legal, educational, and advocacy services to Portuguese-speaking communities in the San Francisco Bay Area – seeks legal interns for the Spring, Summer, and/or Fall. 

Brazilian Alliance wants to give their interns significant work responsibility. Interns will interview and perform legal tasks under attorney supervision, and draft written work products.

Brazilian Alliance’s mission is to provide Social Services to the Brazilians and Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) communities living in the Bay Area by building alliances with local, state, federal, and international community organizations.

To learn more, visit PSLawNet!

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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 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: Assistant Public Defender in Maryland!

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an independent state agency with over 800 employees dedicated to providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants in the State of Maryland.  The Office of the Public Defender seeks dynamic and dedicated litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in District Court locations throughout the State of Maryland. 

Assistant Public Defender I Responsibilities:

  • Represents indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in district courts throughout the State of Maryland.
  • Prepares for and handles bail review hearings, district court trials, preliminary hearings, violations of probation hearings, sentence review hearings and modification of sentence hearings.
  • Handles telephone inquiries and correspondence from clients and the public.
  • Participates in Office of the Public Defender trainings.

Assistant Public Defender I positions are located at OPD offices throughout the State of Maryland.

Learn how to apply 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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Closing the Access to Justice Gap… In a Mall

From Huffington Post:

. . . [Attorney Melva] Rozier founded a new type of law firm — or rather, a law store — inside the Boynton Beach Mall near West Palm Beach, Fla. The Law Booth counsels walk-in clients on divorce, foreclosure and other legal topics at discounted rates from a kiosk planted between American Eagle Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret shops. . . .

While lawyers can play a crucial role in helping those in need, the cost of their services is out of reach for many Americans. Free
legal services, offered by nonprofit organizations, typically serve only those most destitute, while private law firms tend to charge expensive fees. A 2011 survey by the World Justice Project called the U.S. judicial system “inaccessible to disadvantaged groups,” ranking it 52 out of 66 countries when it comes to “access to civil justice.” . . .

In Rozier’s regular law office, clients schedule appointments in advance and pay an initial $125 fee for a consultation. At the Law Booth, they can walk in at, say, 8 p.m. on a Saturday, sit in a chair, eat a pretzel and consult her or one of her two partners for a fee that starts at $25. People can stop in for preparation of a will, advice about starting a business or questions about bankruptcy or a personal injury matter.

The idea for the Law Booth grew out of Rozier’s experiences of working with clients affected by foreclosure. Palm Beach County has the fourth highest number of foreclosures of any county in Florida — a state that ranks among the ones with the highest counts, according to RealtyTrac, a foreclosure database. Rozier started her career by representing clients at real estate closings, only to see her business “dissolve” when the real estate downturn hit, she said. “I started realizing how much people were hungry for information.” . . .

Some lawyers argue that the commercialization of legal services has changed the industry for the worse, causing a huge surge in claims and a culture of litigation as people try to sue for just about anything. Others say that marketing and advertising simply help disenfranchised people learn about services that they wouldn’t otherwise know about.

“Allowing access [to lawyers] has been a great benefit for the community,” said Richard Carey, 28, one of Rozier’s two partners at the Law Booth. “We want to be where the people are. If people are shopping at 4 a.m., we want to make sure we’re there.”

Read more here.


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Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York!

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. seeks a dynamic staff attorney with experience or interest in family law to work in our Binghamton, New York office. LASMNY program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

The staff attorney will provide direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including advice, negotiation, motion practice and litigation. Additionally, the staff attorney will represent clients primarily in family law cases, including custody/visitation, paternity, support violations, family offenses and abuse/ neglect matters.

Sound like a good fit for you? Check the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Juvenile Justice/Education Rights Staff Attorney at the Public Counsel Law Center in LA!

Public Counsel Law Center is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the nation. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families, senior citizens, and victims of consumer fraud. Our professional staff, along with thousands of volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals, assists over 30,000 low-income children, youth, adults, and families, as well as eligible community organizations each year.

Public Counsel is currently seeking a staff attorney for its Juvenile Justice Education Advocacy Legal Clinics at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center and at the STAR court (a specialized collaborative court for youth involved in prostitution) at the Compton Juvenile Court. The attorney will be responsible for all aspects of these clinics’ operation, including managing referrals, conducting intakes, providing education and special education advocacy, and tracking outcomes.

Interested? See the full listing at PSLawNet!

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