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  1. 1. OPICS Pro Bono Opportunities Bulletin Week of November 10, 2008 Below is a selection of pro bono opportunities that are currently listed on Symplicity. For more details about these and other available internships, including to whom and where to send your application materials, please log on to symplicity.com. If you do not have a password or have forgotten yours, contact the Office of Career Services. Before applying for any of these positions, you should visit the websites of the organizations you are interested in to learn more about them and the work they do. Also, some of these organizations may not accept you as a volunteer unless you are getting academic credit. In the past, some organizations have accepted your participation in the Pro Bono Pledge program to be sufficient “credit” for their purposes, but you should inquire up front. If you have any questions or would like to pursue a more tailored pro bono placement, please make an appointment with Holly Eaton, the Director of Pro Bono Programs in OPICS. NB: These postings are for second and third year students and US-educated LLM’s. A listing of opportunities for 1L’s is available at the OPICS office and online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/opics/index.html although you are welcome to glance through this list to learn about the types of opportunities that will be available to you in the future. Foreign educated LLM’s should make an appointment with Holly Eaton in OPICS.  This symbol denotes listings that are new this week. Civil Rights U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division - Special Litigation Section (Washington, DC) - www.usdoj.gov/crt/split The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division enforces federal civil rights statutes concerning institutionalized persons and the conduct of law enforcement agencies. Internship involves conducting legal and factual research, witness interviews, and assisting attorneys in with preliminary inquiries, investigations, litigation, or monitoring. (Job ID #12598, posted 8/21/2008)  International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (Washington, DC) - http://www.icnl.org The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks bright, energetic students with an interest in international affairs to serve as interns for the 2009 spring semester. ICNL's internship offers a unique opportunity to be involved in the promotion of an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. Intern duties might include conducting comparative legal research, legal analysis, and supporting ICNL’s lawyer partners in-country. (Job ID #13152, posted 11/3/2008) 1
  2. 2. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, DC) - www.lawyerscomm.org The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks to pursue justice through litigation and advocacy in the areas of voting rights, education housing, community economic development, environmental justice and employment. Seeking student interns who will be assigned to work in specific project areas to draft documents, memoranda, and conduct factual investigations. (Job ID #12682, posted 9/2/2008) National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (Washington, DC) – The Task Force’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Department provides drafting and other technical assistance to states and localities seeking to pass LGBT civil rights legislation or defeat anti-LGBT measures. Seeking Holley Law Fellows (unpaid interns) to work with the State Legislative Director and the Transgender Civil Rights Project Director. Responsibilities include drafting legislation, advisory memoranda, advocacy letters, talking points and other materials supporting local, state, and federal civil rights legislation. (Job ID # 12390, posted 7/30/200) Constitutional Constitutional Sources Project, ConSource (Washington, DC) - http://www.consource.org The Constitutional Sources Project has created a free online library of the Founders’ documents that relate to the Constitution. Current collection include the Federalist Papers and James Madison’s handwritten notes of the Constitutional Convention, and the collection will eventually include all available constitutional sources from Antiquity to the 27th Amendment. Intern needed to conduct research projects and draft memoranda, draft correspondence, track pending legislation, and to assist the General Counsel and her staff. (Job ID #12662, posted 9/1/2008) Domestic Violence, Family Law, Legal Services Ayuda Inc. (Washington, DC) - http://www.ayudainc.org Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit: The Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit seeks bilingual Spanish-English interns to support its legal work and attorneys. The Family Law/Domestic Violence Interns will have significant contact with clients from a variety of cultures and will work directly with the attorneys and clients in helping to prepare cases. Interns will also perform tasks that include (but are not limited to): conduct client intake interviews; accompany clients to court as an advocate; draft legal documents; and translate documents in English and Spanish. (Job ID #13088, posted 10/21/2008)  Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) (Washington, DC) - http://www.weaveincorp.org/ WEAVE works closely with adult and teen survivors of relationship violence and abuse, providing an innovative range of legal, counseling, economic, and educational services. Our Legal Services Program provides representation to clients in civil protection order, child support, custody, divorce, and immigration matters related to their abuse. Intern responsibilities include conducting legal research on cases, policy issues, and legislative initiatives, drafting legal memoranda, court documents, and trial materials, and assisting with client intake, interviewing, and case management. (Job ID # 12216, posted 7/7/2008) Government Federal Communications Commision - FCC (Washington, DC) - www.fcc.gov Students receive their own cases to prosecute under the supervision of senior staff attorneys. Students may have the opportunity to work on telecommunications, media (including indecency investigations), wireless, and satellite cases. Internships are generally 15 weeks long per semester, Fall or Spring, on a part-time basis (two-three days per week). (Job ID #12678, posted 9/2/2008) 2
  3. 3. US Dept. of Justice, Immigration Court (Arlington, VA) - The DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review is seeking interns for Spring 2009. Immigration judges preside over immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible, or removable from the United States. The internship will entail research and analysis of legal issues,preparation of legal memoranda and the opportunity to draft decisions taken under. In addition, they will be able to observe of matters brought before the Court. (Job ID #12906, posted 9/30/2008) US Dept. of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs (Washington, DC) - OIA works with state and local prosecutors in the United States to secure the return of fugitives from abroad and to obtain from foreign countries evidence and other assistance (e.g., freezing of accounts and forfeiture of funds) needed in criminal investigations and prosecutions. OIA in turn assures that the U.S. meets its reciprocal obligations to foreign countries by responding to their requests for the extradition of fugitives and the production of evidence located in the United States. (Job ID #13059, posted 10/17/2008)  U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons - Legislative and Correctional Issues (Washington, DC) - www.bop.gov Issues concerning the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) include sentencing, security, and inmate correctional programming and re-entry needs. The Legislative & Correctional Issues Branch (LCI) seeks a law student intern to conduct legal research, and draft memoranda and policy analyses, 10-20 hours per week, Spring semester. (Job ID #13173, posted 11/5/2008) US Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division (Washington, DC) - http://labornet.dol.gov/ The law clerk will assist the Civil Rights and Labor- Management Division in the Office of the Solicitor which provides a broad range of legal services, including advice, litigation, and rulemaking to the Office of Labor – Management Standards concerning employment-related statutes including those covering labor-management reporting and disclosure and employee protection agreements. Duties will include working on legal analyses, legal research and writing, and may include attending meetings with the client agencies and other SOL divisions if appropriate. (Job ID #12908, posted 9/30/2008) Human Rights Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights (Washington, DC) - www.rfkmemorial.org Interns will perform a variety of tasks to help with the Advocacy Team, such as conducting factual research and draft memoranda on the human rights situation in specific countries and on thematic issues (for example, the human right to health, the right to development, etc.); preparing documents for submission to government or U.N. officials; and attending and reporting on briefings, Congressional hearings, symposia and other meetings. Ability in one of the following languages is helpful, but not required: Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, or Spanish. (Job ID #13073, posted 10/21/2008)  Polaris Project (Washington, DC) - http://www.polarisproject.org Polaris Project is a leading international organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The Legal and Policy Fellows will work on a team with the Managing Attorney and Policy Counsel, assisting with 3
  4. 4. local and national advocacy for stronger comprehensive state and federal policies on human trafficking. Responsibilities will include communicating and providing assistance to policy makers, providing technical assistance during the bill drafting process, and conducting legal research and monitoring legislation. (Job ID #13161, posted 11/3/2008) Immigration National Immigration Forum (Washington, DC) - http://www.immigrationforum.org The National Immigration Forum seeks interns to assist with research, preparation of materials and monitoring meetings and activities of the executive and legislative branches of government on immigration issues. Interns will also participate in formal and informal meetings with NGOs and government officials to discuss immigration policy and strategy. Approximately 15-20 hours per week. (Job ID #13093, posted 10/22/2008) Ayuda Inc. (Washington, DC) - http://www.ayudainc.org Immigration Unit: The Immigration Unit seeks interns to carry active caseloads of immigration cases and assist attorneys in their legal work. Candidates who speak another language (such as French, Amharic, Thai), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply. The Immigration Interns will meet independently and frequently with their own caseload of clients, preparing filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) including, but not limited to, family petitions, adjustments of status, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status and work authorization. (Job ID #13088, posted 10/21/2008) Judicial Note: for additional information on judges, visit the Office of Career Services for the Hearsay Book, which includes information from students who have interviewed with, or clerked for, judges. For DC Superior Judges, check http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/judges.jsp for judge profiles. US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington, DC) - Judge Ricardo M. Urbina is currently hiring judicial interns for Spring 2009. A judicial extern’s primary responsibility is to work with a law clerk to prepare drafts of proposed memorandum opinions and to prepare draft bench memoranda. Interns are hired to work no less than 16 hours/week. (Job ID #13045, posted 10/16/2008) US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington, DC) - The Chambers of United States District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman is seeking judicial interns for the Spring of 2009. Internship duties include: analyzing motions, writing memoranda, drafting opinions and briefing staff on substantive and procedural issues. Requires 20 hours per week. (Job ID #13083, posted 10/21/2008) U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt, MD) - Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. is currently hiring judicial interns for the Spring 2009 semester. A judicial intern’s primary responsibility is to conduct legal research and prepare draft orders, bench memoranda, and memorandum opinions. Judicial interns will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings and may be responsible for some administrative tasks. Interns are expected to work no less than 15 hours per week. (Job ID #13128, posted 10/28/2008) U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt, MD) - Magistrate Judge Jillyn Schulze is interested in hiring a well-qualified candidate for a Spring internship position. (Job ID #13147, posted 10/30/2008)  DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp Judge Gerald Fisher at D.C. Superior Court seeks interns and/or externs for the spring semester. Judge Fisher carries a busy civil docket and interns would gain significant research and writing 4
  5. 5. experience, as well as have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings and interact closely with the Judge. Interns would be expected to devote between 10 and 15 hours per week, although that may be negotiable. (Job ID #13007, posted 10/15/2008)  DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp The Chambers of the Honorable Judith N. Macaluso, of the District of Columbia Superior Court, is seeking an intern for the spring semester. Candidates should have an interest in litigation and exceptional attention to detail. (Job ID #13008, posted 10/15/2008)  DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp Judge Ann O’Regan Keary, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of D.C. Superior Court, is seeking an intern for the spring semester. The judicial intern will have the opportunity to draft opinions, observe court proceedings, assist in managing the daily docket, and work on policy issues and various matters that are unique to Judge Keary’s position as Presiding Judge. This internship is ideal for a law student who is considering a career in criminal defense or prosecution. (Job ID #13187, posted 11/6/2008) DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp Judge Greene is seeking interns to assist with a trial that the judge is presiding over, which is estimated to last 4 to 6 months. The trial is a 6 co-defendant case with over 40 counts in the indictment. The primary charge is conspiracy to distribute narcotics, with accompanying murder and obstruction of justice charges. Ideally, an intern would be available to start immediately and remain into the spring semester; however, interns that are only available this semester will be considered. (Job ID #13124, posted 10/27/2008) DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp Judge James E. Boasberg is accepting applications for fall and/or spring internships. Interns will have an opportunity to work on substantive matters of criminal law, while observing the stages of the criminal trial court process. (Job ID #12896, posted 9/29/2008) DC Superior Court (Washington, DC) - http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/index.jsp DC Superior Court Judge Craig Iscoe presides over East of the River Community Court (“ERCC”), which seeks to reduce low-level and quality-of-life offenses in Southeast D.C. by utilizing a collaborative, problem-solving approach to crime. Partnering with government agencies, East of the River residents, community organizations, faith-based groups, social services providers and businesses, the ERCC endeavors to hold defendants accountable, address the factors that often underlie defendant’s criminal behavior, improve the quality of life in East of the River neighborhoods and increase the public’s confidence in the court system. Internships available Spring 2009. (Job ID #12962, posted 10/7/2008) Legislative US Senate, Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism Technology and Homeland Security (Washington, DC) - Senator Feinstein is seeking candidates for unpaid, full-time or part-time spring law clerkship in Senate Judiciary Subcommittee office. The Subcommittee staff advises the Senator in areas related to terrorism, criminal and civil law, civil rights, privacy, intellectual property, and immigration, as well as judicial nominations. Law clerks assist the Subcommittee staff with legislative and oversight responsibilities and attend hearings, conduct legal research, and draft briefing memos for the Senator. (Job ID #12984, posted 10/9/2008) 5
  6. 6. Museum and Library Sciences Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of General Counsel (Washington, DC) - http://www.imls.gov The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries throughout the country. A legal intern would be expected to be able to conduct research projects and draft memoranda with appropriate supervision. (Job ID # 12559, posted 8/19/08) Public Policy Brookings Institution (Washington, DC) - http://www.brookings.edu/ The Office of General Counsel of the Brookings Institution, a policy think tank, seeks a Spring intern to conduct research, draft memoranda and agreements, and provide general legal support to the General Counsel. An opportunity to see first-hand the operation of a small, relatively new legal department. Position requires 10-15 hours per week, but would welcome more. (Job ID #12883, posted 9/26/2008) Tax Tax Foundation (Washington, DC) - http://www.taxfoundation.org The Tax Foundation is a non- partisan non-profit organization that advocates for economic policy decisions guided by the principles of neutrality, simplicity, transparency, and stability and works to educate the general public about economics. Law clerks (unpaid interns) needed for research and writing and editing assistance in the preparation of amicus briefs and special reports on legal and economic issues relating to tax. (Job ID #12551, posted 8/18/2008) 6

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