NLG New York City Chapter Newsletter
June 2000

FEATURE ARTICLES

Last Month, the NLG co-hosted a benefit with the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, featuring the New York premier of "Steal This Movie," a new film starring Vincent D'Onofrio as Abbie and Janeane Garofalo as Anita Hoffman, which will be released publically in August. Hosting the event was Abbie's lawyer Gerald Lefcourt, past president of the NYSACDL. The Guild solicited these comments about the movie.

Can You Steal A Movie?

By David Becker

As a filmmaker and 23 year-old activist, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the National Lawyer's Guild benefit screening of Steal This Movie, directed by Robert Greenwald. I had read a book about Abbie Hoffman, so I knew a bit about his life. I have also been a member of Refuse & Resist!, an organization of which Abbie was an initiator, for over two years, so I know something about Abbie Hoffman's legacy.

In the discussion that followed the screening, Miles Solay, a member of the Youth Network of Refuse & Resist!, spoke briefly about Abbie's legacy among today's politically active youth. Miles' words clearly inspired the mostly adult crowd. In this way the screening created a rare opportunity for youth to inspire the very people who's own youthful activism has so inspired our generation.

I love that Steal This Movie does not follow Abbie's life all the way through - we do not see Abbie die. And that's so perfect because Abbie isn't dead. His spirit and his energy are alive and well and the youth culture is politicizing again. The world is readying for another Abbie. The spirit of Abbie Hoffman was reborn in Seattle at the tail end of the last century. It was seen again in D.C. on April 16 and can be seen in the anti-sweatshop movement sweeping the country's campuses, in the movement against police brutality, in the fight for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal, and in the many other social struggles of which youth are at the forefront. There's even talk of running a pig for president in 2000.

Today's youth have to find the seed of Abbie's ideas, because our time is so different than his; yet, that seed will still grow a tree. You can't steal a movie, can't steal a web page, can't steal a cell phone conversation. But you can (and we will) create a crisis, shift the debate, hope to explode. We can subvert the media. We can find that Yippie balance of youth + politics + drugs + art. And I expect that many people who look back on the 60's nostalgically may soon realize that their wisdom, their respect, and their return to action are what the next generation craves. That is why films like Steal This Movie are so important.

We may not mobilize thousands to levitate the Pentagon, but we'll sure as hell have thousands outside the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer. We may not take acid before taking the stand, but we'll sure as hell stand up against murderous cops and hanging judges. We may not have free love but we'll sure as hell demand environmental justice and freedom for political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. We've got Abbie's spirit back, and we're not letting it go.

 

STEAL THIS MOVIE: HOLLYWOOD DOES ABBIE

by Honorable Gustin L. Reichbach

It was with tension and unease that I sat through the benefit screening of STEAL THIS MOVIE, the major motion bio-pic of the times and life of Abbie Hoffman, long time friend and perpetual client of dozens of Guild lawyers. I found it utterly impossible to have any distance or objectivity in watching a movie in which I knew intimately all the major characters, depicted in events in which I was passionately engaged. Abbie was amongst my first clients, became an intimate friend and remained a close political comrade. The movie, while flawed, gives an occasional feel for the action and passion of the times and is very well intentioned.

By using the later more severe stages of manic depression as a point of dramatic tension, the movie gives short shrift to Abbie's joyful warmth and mischievous genius. In contrast to the rigid seriousness of the traditional left, both Old and New, Abbie and the Yippies understood that the rejection of materialist bourgeois American dreams by masses of disaffected youth, and their embrace of countercultural lifestyles, represented a profound break with a system based on domination and exploitation. The Revolution had to be fun and funny. Abbie fused a McCluanesque understanding of mass communication with traditional notions of agit-prop and exemplary if zany action. The deed of the act became the act of the deed. One needn't have read Das Kapital to appreciate the symbolism and profundity of watching stock traders claw over each other in a scramble to scoop up the dollar bills Abbie and the Yippees, in gleeful contempt, tossed off the balcony of the stock exchange.

 

Abbie's personal generosity consistently overcame his intermittent uptightness about having no money. The single largest payday he ever had was a $25,000 advance on the movie rights to one of his books in the late sixties. That was an enormous sum at the time and without blinking Abbie immediately turned over the entire amount to bail out one of the imprisoned Panther 21. And Abbie never uttered a murmur of complaint when the defendant immediately jumped bail and the money was forfeited. Furthermore, while Abbie reveled in his unmistakable celebrity, he frequently and recklessly eschewed a leadership role to run in the streets as just another street commando. Unlike some of the serious sectarian types who dismissed him as not serious, and academic critics who continue to dismiss him as a creation of the media, Abbie was willing and frequently did put his body and freedom on the line. Facing the very real likelihood of long prison time it took enormous courage for Abbie to turn Julius Hoffman's courtroom into a stage for playing out the counter cultural battle raging throughout the nation. This defiance was not petulance, it was not egoism, or an infantile cry for attention, it was a determined, and brilliant and courageous stance by a serious and talented political organizer. For in the end Abbie was an indomitable organizer. From hippies on the Lower East Side through the "YIPPIE FREE STORE", to kids turned off by both the war and life in the suburbs through levitating the Pentagon, to the nations youth from the Festival of Life in the streets of Chicago, to uniting the full timers and summer folk to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from destroying the St. Lawrence River, or a new generation of environmentalist at the Delaware Water Gap or a new generation of anti-interventionist students at the CIA trial in Massachusetts. Who else but Abbie could be photographed receiving an award from a United States Senator under an assumed name while he was a fugitive!

In the end, Abbie's life was far too theatrical to be adequately captured in film. His real legacy can be better seen in the spirit, exuberance and creativity of those raising a new call to imaginative resistance on the streets of Seattle.

SMOKE SIGNALS FROM BATTERY PARK - THE ANNUAL MARIJUANA MARCH

by Jerry Greenberg

This year's Millennium Marijuana March and Rally, the 28th of its kind since 1972, brought out the best and the worst...as usual. In the former category: the organizers -- Bonnie Tocwish, John Wilson and, Aron "Pieman" Kay, the Grand Marshall; the soundstage marvels -- Alan Thompson at the main stage, and Robbie Roberson at the newly-instituted alternative stage; the presenters, like Dana Beal speaking about Ibogaine as an addiction-interrupter, Michael Rupert (ex LAPD) talking about "dirty tricks", and Dhoruba Bin Wahad urging resistance; and, last but not least, the several thousand, mostly young protesters, very interracial, who marched enthusiastically down Broadway from Houston Street and brought their good vibes onto Battery Park's lawn.

But, as usual, the undercover narcs were on hand, snooping and sniffing around, working in pairs, first sighting suspicious smoke rising, then moving in to check whether it was Ganja that was burning and, finally, collaring the smokers...in near record numbers (320+ according to NYPD). Neither the activist with his giant "Bill of Rights" placard, nor the Libertarian Party's cameraperson who both would follow the narcs and their collars all day, back and forth, from the lawn to the NYPD's Mobile Arrest van on the South Ferry runway could stop the flow...until finally, in the late afternoon, when they got some help from 150-200 protesters who, fed up with the stealth arrests, ganged up on 5-6 of the narcs and drove them, red-faced and embarrassed, out of the park and into the arms of their uniformed brethren to chants of "Free our Brothers"!

Unfortunately, the brothers and sisters were not freed. Those who were arrested were all put through the system. As I ascertained from the officer-in-charge that evening at about 8:30 pm, the order had come down two days before -- no desk appearance tickets for the Vieques protesters or the pot paraders.

NEWSBRIEFS:

Following are excerpts from a letter sent to Chief Justice Judith Kaye on April 11th by many Legal Services and Family Law practitioners to address the reassignment of Family Court Judge Margarita Lopez-Torres who was elected to the Civil Court bench with Guild support in 1996:

Dear Judge Kaye:

We, the undersigned attorneys, are greatly disturbed by the Office of Court Administration's plan to transfer Judge Margarita Lopez Torres out of the Child Protective Part of the Kings County Family Court. We are particularly disturbed by the reasons that OCA gave for the transfer - that Judge Lopez Torres works past 5:00 PM and therefore generates overtime costs, and that Judge Lopez Torres has a large backlog of cases.

It is well known that the caseloads of New York City Family Court judges are far too high. The judges themselves have repeatedly pointed out that their caseloads have been growing astronomically. Judge Lopez Torres herself has 40 to 60 cases on her calendar each day, all of which have been assigned to her by OCA.

Faced with constantly increasing caseloads, a Family Court judge has only two options - either adjourn cases or work past 5:00 PM. Many Family Court judges have, unfortunately, chosen the former option. Recently, the panel appointed by the United States District Court to monitor the settlement in the Marisol decision issued a report sharply criticizing the New York City Family Court for its failure to provide families with any meaningful review of the actions by the New York City Administration for Children's Services, and for the excessive delays and adjournments of cases. Justice delayed means justice denied to the children and families who come before the Family Court.

Judge Lopez Torres has courageously chosen the latter option. She conducts hearings, and provides due process of law to children and their parents. Those tasks take time and effort, by the judge, court staff, and the attorneys who appear before her and, given the enormous caseload Judge Lopez Torres was assigned, sometimes cause her courtroom to remain open beyond 5:00 p.m. By removing Judge Lopez Torres from the Child Protective Part, OCA is indicating that they would prefer her simply to adjourn more cases, causing more delay, more backlog, and more injustice. In effect, Judge Lopez Torres is being punished for working too hard.

Almost all of the families who appear in the Child Protective Parts are poor and minority. By punishing a judge for working past 5:00 PM, OCA is denying those families due process of law.

Judge Lopez Torres, a courageous and independent jurist, has ruled against ACS more frequently than other Family Court judges do. She has published at least one decision which criticized ACS for providing misleading information to the court. While we do not have direct information that ACS has sought to have Judge Lopez Torres transferred, this plan by OCA causes us great concern.

We urge OCA to reverse its determination to transfer Judge Margarita Lopez Torres.

Kristin Bebelaar
Julie Chartoff
Beth Harrow
Caroline Kearney
Maxine Ketcher
Carolyn Kubitschek
David Lansner
Carole Levy
Jennifer Novell
Florence Roberts
Nanette Schorr
Brian Zimmerman

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PATAKI TRIES TO REWRITE RENT STABILIZATION CODE THROUGH ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS

The Governor's latest efforts to rescind rent regulation came in the form of a 200-page proposed codification of the Rent Stabilization Code which was presented for public hearings in Manhattan, Manhasset and White Plains in May. The deadline for commenting on the proposed administrative changes was May 30th. However, the public was disadvantaged by the lack of a printed copy of the proposal. The Rent Stabilization Association and the Department of Housing and Community Renewal's general counsel maintain that the code contains nothing new and only codifies recent court decisions. A few tenant advocates who managed to get advance copies pointed out sweeping changes that go far beyond existing law. One such provision would impose a 90-day statute of limitations to challenge rent overcharges in luxury decontrolled apartments. The current law is four years, a provision that was also enacted at the behest of the Rent Stabilization Association, the landlord's lobby. The proposal would also allow landlords to charge more than one month's security deposit. A third change would allow the legal rent for a vacant apartment to be set at whatever the parties agree to, a provision that would gut rent regulation by making the legal registered rent irrelevant to landlord-tenant negotiations. A fourth provision would expand the definition of "immediate family" so that a building owner could require a tenant to vacate if the owner wanted to provide the apartment to any of his or her in-laws.

The DHCR, which does not have the authority to legislate, only to interpret legislation, will probably adopt the proposal within a few weeks. Because the state administrative procedures act requires an opportunity for public notice and comment, the proposed revision is highly vulnerable, and Michael McKee of the New York State Tenants and Neighbor's Coalition has already vowed to sue.

ROSENBERG DENIED PAROLE AGAIN

In a remarkable 13-column NYLJ decision printed on May 19th, Southern District Judge Charles Haight denied Susan Rosenberg any relief from her 58-year sentence stemming from 1984 New Jersey charges of possession of explosives. Susan Rosenberg made the dicey request of asking the government to reopen the 1981 Brinks armed robbery case and to charge her so that she could have a chance to prove her innocence. Through her Washington, DC attorney Mary K. O'Melveny, Rosenberg argued that the prosecution's request that the Brinks charges be considered nolle prosequi was made in bad faith. The bad faith showed itself in 1994 when Rosenberg first came up for parole. The prosecution at that time wrote an unsolicited letter to the Parole Commission, opposing Rosenberg's release on the grounds of her suspected involvement in the Brinks robbery. Parole was denied, meaning Rosenberg must wait until 2010 to be reconsidered for parole. Then-SDNY prosecutor Rudy Giuliani had sought nolle prosequi on the grounds that Rosenberg's lengthy sentence for her New Jersey crimes rendered prosecution of the unrelated Brinks charges unnecessary. The government's motion was granted in 1985 over Rosenberg's objection. Judge Haight acknowledged that he found Rosenberg's treatment to be "troublesome," saying that "the reasonable man might be troubled by the timing of the government's conduct and the practical consequences of that conduct." Two of the original Brinks' defendants were acquitted after jury trial. Rosenberg first became eligible for parole in 1995, after serving ten years of her sentence. Her co-defendant Timothy Blunk was released at that time.

In support of her request for parole, Rosenberg obtained the support of the Chief Psychologist at Danbury, who wrote that "in his 14 years in prison work he has never regarded a prisoner as highly as he does" Rosenberg, and of Prison Chaplain Raftery who said that she sees her "public rejection of terrorism and violence as a method for social change to be thoroughly sincere. In fact, I am a witness to this rejection and conversion which has allowed her to develop in prison as a peace-loving and caring woman who knows how to make decent and positive choices in relation to herself and to others." Rosenberg must now serve an additional 15 years before she is eligible to apply again for parole.

ACTIVIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS H. RAP BROWN FACES CAPITAL CHARGES

(Excerpts from an article by Vern E. Smith in the June 2000 issue of Emerge magazine)

Muslim minister Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, was arrested and taken into custody on March 21st, 2000, for the shooting death of a Fulton County, Georgia sheriff's deputy and the wounding of another in a March 16th shootout. The shooting took place at 10pm at night in front of his corner store in southwest Atlanta, where the deputies had gone to try to serve a warrant for charges of impersonating an officer, and having no proof of insurance, charges that arose on May 31st, 1999 when Al-Amin was stopped in a car that was reported to have been stolen.

Al-Amin was arrested on the shooting charges in Lowndes County, Alabama by the FBI, who swarmed into the woods near a shack owned by Al-Amin with 100 officers and dogs. At the time he was arrested, he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

About the March 16th incident, law enforcement authorities say the deputies ordered Al-Amin to get out of the car he was driving and, that upon being asked to show his hands, that he began firing from a .223-caliber assault rifle that was concealed under his coat. Both deputies, who were also African-American, returned the fire. Al-Amin was identified by the surviving deputy from a photo he was shown in the hospital. This officer said that he though he had shot his assailant in the stomach. Authorities said that ballistics tests conducted on guns found in the woods near where Al-Amin was arrested, matched bullets that were recovered from the officer's bodies. Blood from an unknown fourth party had also been found at the shooting scene. When Al-Amin was arrested, he showed no wounds.

Al-Amin converted to a conservative school of Islam in prison, known as the Dar-al group which has its largest congregation in Brooklyn. The former activists, H. Rap Brown was elected to succeed Stokely Carmichael as the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) chairman in 1967 at the age of 23. H. Rap Brown was charged with arson and arms possession after violence broke out between Black residents and police in Cambridge, Maryland in 1967. For these charges, he was represented by the late William Kunstler. While the arms conviction was on appeal, Brown went into hiding, only to be captured by New York City police in 1971. He then served five years for crossing state lines to incite riot, violating a law hurriedly passed by Congress in 1967 and dubbed "The H. Rap Brown law."

Al-Amin founded the Community Mosque of Atlanta after his release from prison in 1976. He is known locally as a family man, and as an anti-drug activist and his mosque is at the center of a rebirth of Atlanta's West End.

Al-Amin is currently represented by veteran civil rights attorney J. L. Chestnut, who unsuccessfully battled the move to extradite Al-Amin from Alabama to Georgia in April. Al-Amin was indicted on March 28th by a Georgia grand jury on 13 counts, including four counts of felony murder. Prosecutors vow to seek the death penalty.

Al-Amin had been a subject of intense interest to law enforcement authorities for years. When the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993, federal agents investigated members of the Dar-al sect Muslims for any connection. None was found. In 1995, Al-Amin was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon after a 22-year old accused him of shooting him in the leg as he walked through Al-Amin's neighborhood. The young man later recanted and said that police had pressured him into naming Al-Amin as the perpetrator.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The next two Executive Committee meetings will be held on July 12th and August 9th. EC meetings are always the second Wednesday of every month, beginning at 6:30pm at the NLG office at 126 University Place, near Union Square, on the 5th floor. All members are welcome.

Check out the new anti-police brutality web site from Thunderwerks@ http://www.41bullets.com dedicated to Amadou Diallo. This site is to be distinguished from www.41shots.com which is a pro-police brutality site.

The annual NLG Convention will be in Boston, November 1-5, 2000 at the unionized Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Watch this newsletter and Guild Notes for more information, or see www.nlg.org.

The IADL Congress in Havana October 16-20, 2000, will be featuring Legal Bases for a New International Legal Order and Solidarity. Contact www.iadllaw.org for on-line registration, or contact Arthur Heitzer of the NLG Cuba subcommittee at or call (414) 273-1040. Register by July 15th for discounted registration.

There will be no July issue of the New York City News, but look for an August edition. Submissions must be received at by August 1.

JOB OPENINGS

ASSOCIATE WANTED for 25-year-old small, employment discrimination/civil rights/tenant law, plaintiff-oriented firm. Must be admitted or admission-eligible. Fax resume with salary requirements to C. Sanders at (212) 431-3614.

South Brooklyn Legal Services (Corp. B) seeks a Family Law Staff Attorney to work on child welfare issues. The Unit has seven staff attorneys who represent parents and relatives in foster care cases and victims of domestic violence. The staff attorney will represent individual clients who are affected by substance abuse in Family Court and will work on substance abuse policy issues within Legal Services Corporation restrictions. Ability to speak Spanish desirable. Send resume to Project Director John C. Gray, Brooklyn Legal Services, 105 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA, INC., is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Public Policy Litigation and Law Department. Involves conducting and participating in high visibility litigation throughout the country to advance the Planned Parenthood mission; providing strategic legal advice to Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout the country. Some travel required, as well as some public speaking. 2 or more years of litigation experience, preferably in the area of reproductive rights or other areas of constitutional law' experience with Title VII a plus. Salary approximately $70,000. Send resume to Senior Director, Public Policy Litigation and Law at 810 Seventh Avenue, 12th floor, New York, NY 10019.

COLLINS, DOBKIN & MILLER, LLP, a tenant-side litigation firm, will hire a summer associate to research and draft motions and briefs and conduct some investigation. Salary is $400.00 per week. Submit writing sample, course and any written job evaluations to Seth A. Miller or Timothy L. Collins at Five Beekman Street, ste 210, New York, NY 10038-2206.

THE HONORABLE GUSTIN L. REICHBACH seeks a law clerk. Duties include legal research and writing, assist with drafting opinions, preparing jury instructions and other materials for hearings and trials (mostly criminal.) Exceptional writing skills, 1+ years criminal law experience preferred. Excellent salary and benefits. Send resume and writing sample to The Honorable Gustin L. Reichbach at Supreme Court of the State of New York, 120 Schemerhorn Street, rm 1004A, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Health and Human Services. The Deputy Director is the highest ranking career employee in OCR and works with the Office of the Director in carrying out a nationwide civil rights enforcement program designed to ensure that all eligible people have access to critical health and human services free from discrimination. Salary range $115,811 to $130,200. Membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, Territory, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and experience in issues related to the application of civil rights laws in the health and human services contest, including health care financing and services, services in community-based programs, managed care and welfare, is helpful but not required. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Division of Personnel Operations-Switzer, P.O. Box 37113, Washington, DC 20201 by July 7, 2000. For more information, call Kathryn A. Ellis, Principal Deputy Director, HHS/OCR Headquarters at (212) 619-0403. You may also visit the OCR websight at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/ Indicate announcement # EX-03-00 when applying.

GOODMAN & ZUCHLEWSKI LLP is seeking an associate with 2 - 5 years litigation experience, clerkship experience, or comparable experience in the area of employment law. We are a small public interest law firm representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases and other employment related matters. We litigate primarily in Federal Court. Salary commensurate with legal aid salary. Send resume and writing sample to Janice Goodman, Goodman and Zuchlewski, 500 Fifth Avenue, suite 5100, New York, NY 10110 or fax to (212) 768-3020.

CLINICAL STAFF ATTORNEY Special Education Clinic, Rutgers Law School-Newark. Demonstrable interest or experience in special education matters. The staff attorney conducts legal representation in routine matters, including litigation and other methods of advocacy. Supervise law student's legal work performed in the clinic and train students in various aspects of lawyers ind trial skills via participation in the teaching of the weekly clinic seminar. Must be a licensed attorney eligible to practice before agencies or courts appropriate to the assigned cases and/or substantial experience in litigation and in training lawyers. Salary range $58,182 - $78,093, doe plus benefits. AA/EOE. Send resume and list of references to Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Department of Personnel, 249 University Avenue, rm 202, Newark, NJ 07102.

PACE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW has two openings: Professor and Supervising Attorney for Disability Rights Clinic which focuses on advocacy for the disabled, broadly defined to include both transactional and litigation elements, as well as legislative and regulatory work, with a heavy emphasis on clients with significant psychiatric impairments and disabled/elderly immigrants. A substantial amount of teaching and supervision will occur after 6pm on weekdays and on weekends. Send resume, writing sample and references to Professor Barbara Black, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at above address; or e-mail bback@law.pace.edu

IOLA Social Justice Fellow: Legal representation of low-income clients in areas such as housing, health care, welfare, immigration, consumer, employment and family law. JD, recent graduate; strong commitment to practice of poverty law; bar admission or awaiting. Send cover letter detailing what influenced your decision to attend law school, and why you want to represent law income people, official law school transcript, resume, two letters of recommendation highlighting ability and commitment to practice poverty law to Vanessa Merton, Associate Dean of Clinical Education at above address. Fax (914) 422-4391. E-mail vmerton@law.pace.edu

NASSAU COUNTY LEGAL AID SOCIETY has positions available for lawyers interested in criminal defense. 0+ years experience. Salary $34K plus benefits. Fax resumes to (516) 565-3694.

HOUSING COURT JUDGE Civil Court, City of New York. Requirements are five years admission to the New York bar, two of which have been in active practice, qualified by training, interest, experience, judicial temperament and knowledge of federal, state and local housing laws and programs. Write to the Office of the Administrative Judge, Civil Court, room 1240, 111 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013, for a questionnaire form and waivers which must be completed and returned to the same address no later than July 31, 2000. Salary is $95,376.

NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW PROJECT Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst position. Promote reform of the unemployment insurance system and other workforce development programs to better meet the needs of low-wage and women workers. Qualifications are several years experience in public policy advocacy or related experience in legal services, community organizing, journalism or public policy research. Compensation pursuant to collective bargaining agreement. Excellent benefits. Send cover letter, resume and three references to Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst Search, National Employment Law Project, 55 John Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10038.

THE HIV LAW PROJECT, INC seeks an experienced family law attorney to provide direct representation of low-income HIV positive residents of Manhattan and the Bronx. Substantial experience in child abuse and neglect cases, termination of parental rights, custody, visitation, child support and paternity. Salary up to mid-$50,000's, doe. Send or fax resume and cover letter including salary requirements to Victoria F. Neilson, Esq., The HIV Law Project, Inc, 841 Broadway, ste. 608, New York, NY 10003. Fax (212) 674-7450.

THE AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE Immigrant Rights Program seeks a full-time attorney for its education and representation project for political asylum seekers at the INS Elizabeth Detention Center. Experience in immigration law, bar admission and fluency in a second language preferred. Excellent benefits package. Please mail or fax resumes by June 16 to Anne Wright, Assistant to the Regional Director, American Friends Service Committee, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. Fax (212) 529-4603.

STAFF ATTORNEY- Union-affiliated legal benefit plan with offices in Rego Park, Queens seeks experienced and motivated attorney. Areas of practice include wills, residential real estate, consumer, bankruptcy, family and immigration law. Candidate must be admitted at least two years with solid experience in at least three relevant areas of practice. Bilingual a plus. Great growth opportunity. Congenial atmosphere. Benefits include health, optical, dental, pension and scholarship plans. Mail or fax resume & salary history to Managing Attorney, 1115 Legal Service and Benefits Fund, 145 Pinelawn Road, Melville NY 11747. Fax (631) 694-1296. EOE.

NEDAP Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project seeks full-time Fair Lending Coordinator to conduct community outreach and education on predatory lending. Will be responsible for analyzing and mapping lending data, and identifying and documenting redlining and other evidence of discriminatory lending. Qualifications are BA plus at least 3 years experience working in community reinvestment or civil rights issues. Proficiency in GIS software preferred. Resume and cover letter to NEDAP, 299 Broadway, suite 706, New York, NY 10001.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. Intake Attorney. Term is for one year, includes basic insurance coverage and education award or stipend at the end of year of service. Monthly stipend of approximately $800. Responsibilities: Work with NMIC's Intake Department to identify and track cases, Obtain repairs from landlords, work with landlords to resolve eviction cases out of court, develop workshops on tenants rights. Please fax resume to Barbara Lowry (212) 928-4180.

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York, NY 10021 seeks Fellows for the program year September 2000 to June 2001. Open to scholars, educators, writers and policy practitioners engaged in work related to the moral dimensions of international affairs. Younger scholars, mid-career professionals, and those from developing countries are encouraged to apply. All fellows must be fluent in English. Fellowships will link individual research projects to ongoing Carnegie Council projects. Among the topics and areas eligible are" Human Rights' Environmental Values' Conflict Prevention; Justice and the World Economy; History, Memory and Reconciliation; Curriculum Development in Ethics and International Affairs. For application information, see our website at www.cceia.org or e-mail (subject: fellows program.) Deadline June 30, 2000.

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

Union Square area offices available in newly-constructed law office with receptionist, conference room, kitchen and library. Call (212) 228-7727 for more information.