public interest

Finding & Funding Your Summer Job – Tuesday, January 24 at noon

Don’t miss this presentation next week:

Want to get details on the summer PILO grant application process or hear from students about how they found and funded their summer jobs last year?  


Finding & Funding Your Summer Job

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

12:00 – 12:50 pm in the Courtroom

 

A panel of six students will discuss their summer job search process and methods of financing their summer work experience. The summer grant application process for PILO and work study grants will be described, along with other financing options/resources. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP in Symplicity by 3pm Friday, January 20th,  but please bring your own drink.

**This is a required program for 1Ls; you do not need to RSVP.


The panelists include: 

Tiffany Chadwick (’12) US Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Regional Office, Salt Lake City, UT

Melissa Evett (’13) Lee County District Attorney’s Office, Sanford, NC

Allison McCowan (’13) Judicial Intern for the Honorable Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Supreme Court of Delaware, Dover, DE

Brittany Speas (’12) Forsyth County Public Defender’s Office, Winston-Salem, NC

Villy Stolper (’13) Legal Aid of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC

Scott Villarreal (’12) Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, Dallas, TX

 

Grant application forms will be available in the Office of Career & Professional Development as well as on the Intranet, after the program.

Government Hiring is Down, But There is a Glimmer of Hope

This recent post from the PSLawNet blog discusses the most recent hiring statistics from federal government honors programs.  While the numbers are troubling, it’s important to focus on the good news – there are federal agencies with new or reinstated honors programs:

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a new federal agency devoted to safeguarding the economic strength and vitality of America’s families.  The Louis D. Brandeis Attorney Honors program is a two-year fellowship that gives graduates an opportunity to participate in enforcement actions under consumer financial and fair-lending laws, participate in court proceedings defending Bureau rules and regulations, provide analysis for fair-lending compliance examinations, and develop policy.  The application deadline for the 2012 program was October 5, 2011, and will probably be in early October 2012 for the 2013 program.
  • The new Department of Energy Honors Program is a 6-12 month rotation during which graduates are assigned to individual Assistant General Counsel offices.  The offices offer a wide variety of legal practice areas including environmental law, legislation and regulation, litigation and enforcement, international law, procurement, intellectual property and others.  Honors Attorneys may be eligible to compete for permanent positions in DOE after passing the bar exam.  The deadline for the 2013 program will likely be late September 2012.
  • The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year program during which attorneys participate in various aspects of federal administrative practice as they relate to the FCC’s oversight of television, radio, cable, wireless, wireline, satellite, and other communications services and facilities. Attorneys at the FCC draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, work with internal and external constituencies to resolve complex policy issues before the agency, participate in international negotiations, represent the FCC in dealings with other government agencies, Congress and the private sector, and defend FCC decisions in the federal courts.  All Honors Program participants will work at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, DC and will be assigned to one of the agency’s bureaus. At the end of the two-year program, Honors Program attorneys will be eligible for consideration for continued employment at the FCC. The deadline for the 2013 program will likely be late September 2012.

The PSLawNet blog post also offers some valuable advice on making yourself competitive for these government positions – tips include showing a commitment to public service, enthusiasm, and a demonstrated interest in the agency’s area of law. Foreign language skills and experience in the agency’s area of law (including internships) are also a plus.

How do you show these things?  By doing volunteer work, participating in community service activities, and taking part in events that demonstrate your commitment to a particular issue or cause.  In addition, attend conferences and take classes in the particular area of law that interests you.  If you are interested in working for the government, there is still a lot you can do to make yourself a competitive candidate, and it starts with being aware of what that agency is looking for.

Champions of Change: Celebrating Public Service Lawyers with the White House

Interested in public service?

Please join us for “Champions of Change: Celebrating Public Service Lawyers with the White House”
A live-streaming event on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 2:00-3:30pm
Room 1312 (large courtroom)

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice will host a national, on-line conversation among law students, faculty, and staff, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder, to talk about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap.  The conversation will illustrate the range and quality of public interest lawyers’ accomplishments by honoring 16 exemplar public service Champions at the White House. The event seeks to inspire students to think of new ways that they can use their law degrees toward the common goal of public service.

Attorney General Holder will field questions submitted electronically from interested parties in classrooms  from across the nation about how  to improve access to our justice system.

U.S. Department of State 2012 Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for its Summer 2012 Student Internship Program.

Click here http://careers.state.gov/students/programs to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. The deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2011.

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

 

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference

Students interested in public interest law careers are encouraged to attend the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Conference and Career Fair for the opportunity to meet with more than 130 public interest employers, practitioners and leaders. The EJW Conference and Career Fair is taking place in Bethesda, MD on October 22 and 23. Submit your resumes soon! The deadline to submit resumes to employers is Friday, September 24.

Note: 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during Table Talk on Friday and Saturday.

Webinar on Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Equal Justice Works is offering a webinar Monday, Aug. 2 at 10:00 am Eastern for people interested in their post-graduate fellowship program. You can register online for the webinar, which will cover:
  •  Who is eligible to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship (Candidate, Project, Host Organization)
  •  The benefits of a Fellowship and the Host Organization’s responsibilities
  •  How the application process works
  •  Tips in creating a successful application that cover Project Description, Candidate Background, and Host Organization Background.
The deadline to submit your application and supporting paperwork for the EJW Fellowship is 5:00 pm Eastern on September 15, 2010.

Discover the PATH to Becoming a Public Defender

Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring Conference (PATH) will take place at Georgetown University Law Center on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the conference, there will be a networking happy hour at a local venue.

PATH is designed to provide law students considering or planning careers in indigent criminal defense representation information and guidance about how public defender offices hire, train and provide advocacy to indigent defendants. You have the opportunity to choose from 12 sessions on the different PATH tracks, all of which are calculated to help you understand what it means to be a public defender. No registration fee. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE – If interested, register ASAP!

Legal Fellowships with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Lawis accepting applications for the 2011 Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW) and George N. Lindsay Legal Fellowships.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and equal opportunity for all. Applicants should be dedicated to using innovative strategies (including non-litigation strategies) to address entrenched or cutting edge racial, national origin and other discrimination matters. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in advocating for racial, national origin, gender, or economic justice for the most excluded people in our society. Continue reading »

ASPIRE- public interest student resource

ASPIRE is a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. Through this program LexisNexis provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within their research system.

Many students facing heightened challenges securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy are pursuing public interest work to enhance their resumes and gain experience. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career.

Students can find complete details and apply for the program on the LexisNexis law student website www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool.

Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

The Institute for Justice is now taking applications for its annual law student conference held each July in downtown Washington, D.C. Thirty students from the nation’s top law schools take part in this three-day conference on shaping the world through the IJ way of public interest litigation.

The annual conference covers IJ’s four litigation pillars: First Amendment rights, school choice, economic liberty and private property rights. These topics are taught alongside others rarely discussed in law school, such as: natural rights theory, public interest litigation tactics, cutting-edge constitutional theories, media skills, and the use of social science research. The faculty combines IJ attorneys and staff members with leading law professors and legal experts including Randy Barnett, Roger Pilon, and Todd Zywicki. After attending this crash course in public interest law, the IJ-Way, participants are able to recognize and seize public interest opportunities in the future.

This year’s conference will be held July 23rd through the 25th at The George Washington University. The application deadline is Monday, March 15th and interested students can apply at www.ij.org/students.