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Please see below announcements about current Fellowships:

 

 SABANY 2020 Public Interest Fellowship

The Fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for students to explore various public interest practice areas and is FREE money that should be taken advantage of. For the last 16 years, SABANY has awarded three students and recent graduates who will be devoting a portion of their summer to working the area of public interest law. Each fellowship award ranges from $2,000-$4,000. The selected students will be awarded the fellowship at our annual Public Interest Fellowship Reception which will be held this year on April 9th at the Harvard Club. The application is attached and also available here. Deadline is 6PM on March 15, 2020. 

 

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
RACIAL JUSTICE AND RE-ENTRY PAID SUMMER LAW FELLOWSHIP

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking
to hire a paid Summer Diversity Fellow help overcome the adverse impacts of criminal records and
justice system involvement on communities of color. The position is located in Albany, NY, the state
capital, and a lively family friendly city with a reasonable cost of living, excellent quality of life, and
easy access to major metropolitan areas as well as year-round outdoor opportunities.
Our mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society
which is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community and empower people by
using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities.

We seek a Summer Diversity Fellow who will be dedicated to our mission and will seek justice and
fairness for communities of color adversely impacted by justice system involvement. We are skilled,
creative and compassionate advocates combining a passion to serve with the skills and will to address
both individual and systemic injustice. Our office is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging
and supporting staff development. We take pride in providing holistic services to our clients with a
wide range of programs and substantive law expertise. We are an integral part of the legal and human
service community.

LASNNY is looking to hire a paid Summer Diversity Fellow in our Albany office, serving Albany,
Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. The goal of the Diversity Summer Fellowship is to help
overcome the adverse and disproportionate civil and financial impacts of criminal records and justice
system involvement on communities of color. The Diversity Fellow, working closely and
collaboratively with a Senior Attorney and the Deputy Director of Strategic Operations, will provide
legal assistance to individuals who need help sealing or correcting their criminal records and/or
obtaining certificates of relief to remove barriers to employment, occupational licensing, education and other economic opportunities. The Diversity Fellow will also assist with advocacy for persons who
have faced discrimination in employment, occupational licensing, housing, or public benefits or other
areas because of justice system involvement. The Diversity Fellow will help with place-based legal
services and projects, including helping to coordinate know-your-rights trainings and legal clinics in our office and at partner organizations in the Arbor Hill, West Hill and South End Neighborhoods in Albany as well as in Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties.

Requirements: Current law student or recent graduate. Position is full time 35 hours per week for 10 -
12 weeks. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low income and
disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to access employment, safety, housing and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, attention to
detail and a demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the low-income community. Must be able to
communicate well with low income people, and effectively with staff, work independently and
efficiently and be able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency
staff. Training or experience in community lawyering or community organizing, and demonstrated
strong listening and relationship building skills, experience, creativity and willingness to use varied
legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community identified initiatives preferred. Must be
willing to travel throughout the service area and have a car and a clean valid New York driver's
license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required. Ability to speak
Spanish a plus. Applicants with personal or other experience with the criminal justice system are also
strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: $17 per hour

Application Deadline: March 9, 2020

Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be
considered.


To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
1) Complete the Application linked here or the mobile friendly version linked here
2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
 


OGC Meloy Law Fellow

The OGC Meloy Law Fellow is a competitive position for a recent law school graduate interested in a one-year assignment with a non-profit organization. The OGC Meloy Law Fellow will assist attorneys in the Office of General Counsel with conducting factual and legal research, drafting litigation papers, assisting in the negotiation and drafting of agreements, advising with respect to University policies and other assignments. The OGC Meloy Law Fellow will have the opportunity to assist attorneys in all practice areas of the Office of General Counsel, including Intellectual Property, Litigation, Labor & Employment, Global, Corporate, Student Affairs, Real Estate, Trusts & Estates, and Non-profit & Tax. Specifically, the OGC Meloy Law Fellow will conduct research and provide legal advice and guidance in a variety of areas to the University including schools, departments, and University administrators; assist attorneys handing litigation, including preparing pleadings and motions and participating in all aspects of discovery; assist in negotiating and drafting agreements; and provide advice, counsel and research regarding international legal issues. This is a non-renewable appointment for one academic year - September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021. Preference will be given to applications submitted by Monday, December 30, 2019. Finalists will be contacted in January and a final offer will be made in February or March 2020.

Responsibilities

Required Education:
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from ABA-accredited law school. and

Required Experience:
1+ years Excellent academic record and commitment to practicing in the field of nonprofit law and/or higher education; position designed for recent law school graduate or junior attorney interested in one-year assignment with non-profit organization. and

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent research skills; ability to work with diverse personnel; excellent interpersonal skills.

Qualifications

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Yale/NRDC Legal Fellow

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Responsibilities

This two-year legal fellowship starts in September 2020.

For the first year, through August 2021, the Fellow will work at NRDC. During that time, the Fellow will focus on litigation or policy efforts to redress environmental and public health harms, such as air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. If placed with an NRDC subject matter program (such as Climate & Clean Energy, Nature, or Healthy People & Thriving Communities), the Fellow may represent NRDC and its members in federal or state court and may also pursue policy initiatives in one or more of those areas. If placed with NRDC’s Litigation Team, the Fellow will litigate in federal or state court on a variety of environmental and/or public health issues. In doing so, the Fellow will represent NRDC and its members, and may collaborate with other environmental, labor, and public health groups. In either case the Fellow will work closely with, and be supervised by, experienced NRDC attorneys. The Fellow will be placed in one of NRDC’s major offices (New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, or Santa Monica), depending on the Fellow’s preference and NRDC’s needs.

For the second year, the Fellow will work at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, providing support for environmental law clinics, dual degree students, and events and activities relating to environmental law and policy. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and co-teach the Environmental Protection Clinic along with NRDC experts and a Yale faculty member. The Environmental Protection Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic offered jointly between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The Clinic creates teams of graduate students to work on substantial projects for outside organizations. Projects include litigation support, administrative advocacy, legislative drafting, strategic and communications planning, network building, scientific literature reviews, and more. In addition to being the primary coordinator of the Clinic, the Fellow will also have substantive supervision responsibilities for particular Clinic student projects. It is the intention of NRDC and Yale that those projects will include matters that the Fellow has already worked on during the first year of the Fellowship at NRDC.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate within the past three years from any law school.
  • Admission (or eligibility for admission on motion) to the relevant state bar for the NRDC office where the Fellow will work.
  • Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent academic and professional record.
  • Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork.
  • Capacity to work hard, efficiently, and independently.
  • Commitment to public service or social justice work.
  • Interest in mentoring students in environmental advocacy.
  • Judicial clerkship or substantial clinical experience (preferred).

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by
dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org.



Legal Fellow, The Center for Reproductive Rights

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global litigation and legal policy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals; an annual budget of approximately $40 million with an additional $22 million in donated services from leading law firms around the globe.

The Role: The Center seeks a Legal Fellow to join the Center’s U.S. Litigation Program. The Legal Fellow will be immersed and participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts around the country. The Center's high-profile and fast-paced litigation often involves novel legal claims, and our groundbreaking cases have changed the law and improved the lives of women throughout the U.S.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Legal Fellow will have the opportunity to gain valuable reproductive rights litigation experience, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Working with other members of the Litigation team to develop and pursue litigation on behalf of the Center and its clients;
  • Assisting in all stages of litigation (including trial and appellate work);
  • Legal and factual research on reproductive health and justice issues;
  • Drafting of analyses for Center publications or articles;
  • Public speaking; and
  • Legal analyses of state and federal legislation and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • J.D. degree required;
  • One to two years of post-law school experience preferred.
  • Applicants must be capable of complex legal analytical work and have the ability to write clearly and effectively;
  • Knowledge of constitutional law, ideally involving reproductive rights issues or other issues relating to human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice is a strong plus;
  • Applicants must be self-motivated with strong inter-personal skills; and
  • Strong oral communication skills.

To Apply, please visit:  https://reproductiverights.org/careers?gh_jid=4383780002?gh_jid=4383780002



Summer 2020 Public Service Fellowship - NYS Office of the Attorney General 

Placements for Law Students with Work Study or

Public Interest/Service Funding

The application deadline is March 20, 2020

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is one of the largest public-interest law firms in the country.  The Attorney General, along with her staff of 650+ attorneys, are charged with guarding the legal rights of New York’s 19.84 million residents, its organizations, and its natural resources, as well as defending actions and proceedings on behalf of the state and advising the Executive branch of state government. To further the spirit of this mission, the

OAG has placements available during the summer for talented law students who are eligible to receive public interest/service grants or work-study funded by their law schools.

A number of law schools guarantee summer funding for students seeking public interest/service placements. If this applies to you, we encourage you to confer with your school’s public interest/service career advisors or financial aid office for more information about available funding for public interest/service placements with a government agency such as the OAG.

The ideal candidates are hardworking law students who are committed to public service and have excellent legal research and writing skills; fluency in other languages (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, etc.) in addition to English is a plus, but not required. Law students assist attorneys in all phases of their work including, but not limited to legal research; drafting of briefs, memos and pleadings; document review; responding to discovery requests; preparing for depositions and trials; and performing some clerical work. A key objective is for law students to finish the summer with a professional writing sample.

Fellowship placements are available statewide within the Divisions of Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Social Justice, State Counsel, Appeals and Opinions, Regional Affairs and Executive. Law students are placed to work in a specific bureau in the main offices located in Manhattan and Albany, or for one of the smaller regional offices. The practice area of a bureau is generally reflected in its name. The regional offices are full-service locations handling civil and criminal matters as well as state counsel matters in defense of New York State. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting the Divisions and Bureaus and Media sections of the OAG website.

Program Details

  • First year law students (1Ls) should not submit applications before December 1, 2019 AND only after they have received their first semester grades.
  • The summer program officially runs for 8 weeks between June and July (10-week placements are available, if required by the applicant’s funding source).
  • Selected law students will be placed to work full-time (37.5 hours/week) for the duration of the program, unless otherwise specified by their funding source.
  • The 2020 summer program will officially start on June 1, 2020.
  • Applications will be received online until March 15, 2020 and fellowship offers will be made on a rolling basis.
  • Law Students should only apply to those bureaus and/or regional offices that are of interest to them. Location preferences will be honored; however, bureau assignments may ultimately be made based upon the needs of the OAG.
  • Applicants must be available to meet in person or by video conference for interviews.
  • At the time of hire, fellows are required to provide written confirmation of their public service or work-study funding. All law student funding agreements must be reviewed and approved by the OAG.
  • Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizenship and New York State residency are not required.

How To Apply

The following section provides detailed information about the application process and application requirements. Please review the complete list of instructions prior to preparing and submitting your application materials online.

  • Applications for summer fellowship placements are being received online. To apply, please visit our careers website: http://www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings.
  • REMINDER: Prior to submitting your fellowship application, we encourage applicants to confer with their school’s public interest/service career advisors or financial aid offices for information about available funding for public interest/service placements with a government agency such as the OAG.
  • Please apply to no more than five (5) bureaus/regional offices.
  • Applications are submitted separately for each bureau/regional office, and an applicant’s candidacy for each application is determined separately by each bureau/regional office.
  • The application deadline is March 20, 2020, but please note that fellowships will be filled on a rolling basis.

The following documents are required for each application that is submitted:

(Click on the document name to learn more)

  • Cover Letter
    • Please address to Legal Recruitment.
    • If applying to multiple bureaus/regional offices, we recommend that you submit the same cover letter for each application, ranking those bureaus/regional offices in order of your preference.
    • Indicate in your cover letter whether there are any funding or other deadlines related to your candidacy.
  • Resume
  • List of three (3) references.
    • Only submit professional (i.e., supervisor or professor) references.
    • Indicate your professional relationship to each reference.
    • Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
  • Transcript
    • An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
    • 1Ls: a college transcript will not satisfy this requirement. 1Ls must wait to apply until after they have received their first semester grades.
  • Writing Sample
    • Submit any piece of legal writing that demonstrates your ability to analyze legal issues in a clear and concise manner, as well as your advocacy and grammatical skills. For example, an advisory opinion, memorandum of law in support of a motion, or appellate brief would be acceptable.
  • Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your candidacy.
  • Please submit your application for a Summer 2020 Public Service Fellowship at least three (3) weeks prior to any deadlines that could impact your candidacy (e.g., work study funding deadline) and note this in your cover letter.
  • Please allow at least three (3) business weeks for your application to be processed and reviewed by the hiring bureau/regional office. After three (3) weeks, to request a status update, please click here.

If you have questions about a position with the OAG, the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment at recruitment@ag.ny.gov.



Fall 2020 Legal Fellowships - Bronx Legal Services NYC

Bronx Legal Services seeks applicants to sponsor for fellowships beginning Fall 2020.

Bronx Legal Services, the Bronx office of Legal Services NYC, is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough, and the largest single legal services office in New York City. Our mission is to advance society's promise to its most vulnerable members that all are entitled to equal access to justice through our legal system. Specifically, we are seeking fellowship applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis and other outside funded fellowships for our Economic Justice, Family and Immigration, Foreclosure, LGBTQ Advocacy and Public Benefits Units.

Our Economic Justice Unit advocates for workers’ rights in the workplace, and represents individuals seeking unemployment benefits. In addition we assist consumers with a range of debt collection issues in and out of court, including student loans, nursing home and medical debt, credit card debt. We represent low‐income taxpayers in federal and related state tax disputes, ensuring they receive credits they are entitled to, relieving them from collection efforts and penalties, or helping them achieve affordable payment plans. The Unit also helps seniors over the age of 60 prepare wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney. We defend seniors facing issues with home health care, Medicaid and Medicare, nursing home problems, disability, public benefits, consumer law problems, SCRIE, elder abuse. As well, our Unit represents low‐income disabled children and adults in federal disability benefits applications and in cessation hearings.

Our Family and Immigration Unit is engaged in individual and systemic advocacy regarding intimate partner violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and other forms of violence in a wide range of family and immigration matters, including orders of protection, custody/visitation, child/spousal support, U & T non-immigrant status, VAWA, SIJS, and asylum. It also does work regarding family‐based immigration applications and naturalizations, trying to keep children out of the foster care system, family reunification, and supporting employment by clearing records of maltreatment with the New York State Central Registry.

Our Foreclosure Unit works to stem the tide of foreclosures brought on by the historic foreclosure crisis of the last decade. Many Bronx communities of color have been targeted with abusive mortgages while disproportionately being denied conventional mortgages and other financial services. Through litigation, representation in court settlement conferences and non‐litigation advocacy outside of court, the Foreclosure Prevention unit seeks to end these abusive practices while remediating the legacy of predatory lending in the Bronx by transforming these mortgages into affordable loans that preserve homeownership and retain wealth in the form of home equity.

Our LGBTQ Advocacy Project handles individual cases and identifies systemic issues affecting these communities. We handle a wide variety of matters in a general practice model including immigration, public benefits, family, divorce, domestic/intimate partner violence, health, and education matters. Our Project coordinates with LSNYC's Citywide LGBTQIH Project and works closely with CBOs throughout the City who work with LGBTQ‐identified people.

Our Public Benefits Unit represents clients challenging denials or reductions of public assistance, Medicaid, home care, and SNAP benefits. It represents clients in administrative Fair Hearings and appeals in Supreme Court Article 78 proceedings. We also pursue affirmative litigation to challenge systemic barriers that prevent or limit access to benefits by working people, the disabled, and individuals requiring language access.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a resume, two writing samples, and three references to:

Sandra Sanchez, Assistant to the Project Director

Bronx Legal Services, 349 East 149th Street, 10th Floor, Bronx, NY 10451 Email: ssanchez@lsnyc.org