Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships

Application

Asian Law Caucus
San Francisco, CA

The Asian Law Caucus is the nation's oldest legal and civil rights organization serving the low income Asian Pacific American communities. Founded in 1972, the Caucus has always strived to defend and empower the Asian Pacific community through provision of direct legal services, strategic impact litigation, and community education and organizing.

The Caucus employs a staff of 20, with six attorneys focused in the areas of labor/employment, housing, immigration, civil rights, hate crimes, and senior rights (including public benefits and healthcare). As a founding affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, the Caucus is also involved in setting national policies and direction in the areas of affirmative action, voting rights, census and language rights.

The current litigation docket includes more than a dozen impact cases including Kao v. Rohnert Park (police killing of an Asian based on martial arts stereotype) and Mao v. Top Line Electronics, (challenging homework in the electronic manufacturing industry). The Caucus is also participating in a lawsuit against retailers with sweatshops in the N. Marianas Islands, as well as combating racial profiling against Asian American scientists in government research labs in the Wen Ho Lee case and related matters.

The selected Fellow would join other law students in a summer class of four law clerks. Each clerk will be employed full time from the end of May/beginning of June through the first week of August. She or he will work closely with the legal staff in drafting pleadings and legal briefs, interviewing and representing clients in administrative hearings, and engaging in community organizing, education and outreach. Where appropriate, law clerks handle services cases with close attorney supervision in matters ranging from negotiating with creditors to litigating administrative matters.
Note: the stipend for this project may be as much as $2,500.

Contact:
Zenobia Lai
Executive Director
Asian Law Caucus Inc.
720 Market Street Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415/391-1655 x 16
Fax: 415/391-0366
ALC@asianlawcaucus.org

 

Cleveland Works, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Works, Inc. is a non profit job training and development program which seeks to secure full time employment with health care benefits for welfare dependent families. Cleveland Works offers free legal services to its participants as part of a multi-faceted approach which has, through sixteen years, determined that most poverty level families are entrenched and deterred from leaving the welfare system due to complications including unresolved legal matters.

The Cleveland Works legal department has welcomed the participation of summer law student volunteer interns since 1990. The staff makes all efforts to provide a flexible and hands-on experience to any eager intern. It offers a genuine opportunity to work directly with eager clients and the courts for law students who seek a down-to-earth opportunity to apply their classroom academic studies.

The Cleveland Works' legal staff is willing to accommodate scheduling needs, and encourages interested fellows to contact them:
Contact:

John H. Lawson
Legal Department Program Director
Cleveland Works, Inc.
3400 Hamilton Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216/589-WORK
Fax: 216/566-6980

 

Camden Regional Legal Services, Farmworker Division
Bridgeton, NJ

The Farmworker Division of Camden Legal Services (CRLS) represents farmworkers statewide in New Jersey. Through broad based advocacy approaches of individual litigation, impact litigation, community legal education and community economic development, the Farmworker Division is a crucial force in the advocacy for improvement in the working and living conditions for farmworkers in New Jersey. Through efforts including federal litigation for farmworker rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), to leading a collaborative farmworker services coalition in New Jersey, to providing extensive evening community legal education to migrant labor camps throughout the state, the Farmworker Division is at the center of advocacy efforts for farmworkers.

The Farmworker Division has expanded its advocacy efforts to meeting crucial new areas of need as well. The Farmworker Division has successful programs in citizenship/naturalization, with community legal education classes, and has provided much needed assistance on immigration problems. Ongoing advocacy in the priority areas of wages, housing, working conditions and public benefits remains central to the work of the Farmworker Division.

The Fellow's work will consist of client outreach, advocacy, community education and legal research and writing. It is anticipated that the Fellow will spend one/third of her or his time on client outreach, advocacy and community education, one/third of the time on complaint and litigation related writing, and the remaining time on legal and factual research on cases. The intern will be directly supervised by an attorney for the Farmworker Division. The program will assist the Fellow in finding low-cost housing. It would be very useful for the Fellow to be fluent in Spanish and to have a vehicle available to do outreach to farmworkers in the labor camps.

Contact:

Keith G. Talbot
Camden Regional Legal Services, Inc.
Farmworker Division
22 Washington St. Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: (856) 451-0003

 

Defender Association of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization contracted by the County of Philadelphia to provide criminal representation for indigents arrested and charged with crimes. It employs over a hundred sixty lawyers appointed to approximately forty thousand cases per year.

The Philadelphia Death Penalty Project was started in 1995. Its purpose is to ensure that capital prosecutions in Philadelphia are conducted fairly and that race, gender and ethnicity do not influence charging and sentencing decisions. The project entails a comprehensive analysis of the imposition of the death penalty in Pennsylvania. The internship involves research into every aspect of charging, sentencing and appellate review of capital prosecutions.

The Haywood Burns Fellow will be a committed individual with good analytical skills. She or he will be expected to work quickly and accurately. This project requires meticulous attention to detail. In addition to legal research on current homicide issues, she or he will analyze prosecutorial decision making, identify aggravating and mitigating circumstances and other important factors, review biographical characteristics of the defendants, interpret "rap" sheets and docketing statements, compose factual summaries of the cases studied, and identify salient characteristics of jurors.

Fellows are also responsible for data entry and data checking for the cases under review. The Fellowship is open to first and second year law students interested college students may apply also.

Contact:
David Zuckerman, Assistant Defender
Defender Association of Philadelphia
70 N. 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 557-5023

East Bay Community Law Center
Berkeley, CA

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), an independent non-profit founded by University of California Boalt Hall law students in 1988, provides free legal services to low-income residents of Alameda county on landlord-tenant, HIV/AIDS, government benefits/income support and community economic development problems. EBCLC is a multicultural organization valuing diversity of every sort. Interns in each of the Center's practice areas are thoroughly trained by staff.

In the Income Support Unit, EBCLC fellows help people obtain Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Food Stamps and navigate through the new welfare (CalWorks) laws. Fellows interview and counsel clients, negotiate and represent clients at administrative hearings, and conduct community outreach and education at local parks, shelters and the public benefits office.

In the Housing Unit, eviction defense is homelessness prevention. EBCLC's study, Eviction Prevention as Homelessness Prevention: the Need for Access to Legal Representation for Low Income Tenants (Rebecca Hall, EBCLC, May 1, 1991) showed that unrepresented tenants in eviction cases win only 5.6% of the time, whereas when represented, they win 58.4% of the time. The study found that tenants are only represented 20.4% of the time. In addition to eviction defense, EBCLC conducts tenants' rights workshops. Interns interview and counsel clients, prepare pleadings, negotiate and (if certified) appear in court on their behalf, and participate in community education.

In the HIV/AIDS Unit, with the HIV epidemic devastating Alameda county residents, (especially women of color where transmission continues to increase) EBCLC's HIV/AIDS unit interns provide assistance with disability benefits, basic financial and estate planning assistance, such as wills and powers of attorney for health care and finances, uncontested divorces, guardianships and child support, and debt relief. The unit also conducts outreach and education programs at three primary care medical sites in the county.

In the Community Economic Development Unit, the creation of innovative and long-term solutions is a community-wide effort. EBCLC works to create greater economic security for all - those who can work and those who cannot. EBCLC collaborates with other East Bay human service organizations and community groups to:

Provide technical assistance for microenterprise start-up, job creation, nonprofit management, housing development and neighborhood development,
Form entities like the People's Community Partnership Federal Credit Union to ensure equal access to financial services,
Develop small business and self-employment opportunities.

The Haywood Burns Fellow may select one of these four practice areas to work in for the summer. Spanish, Cantonese or Vietnamese language skills are preferred. The Fellow must have a record of commitment to the needs of lower-income individuals.

Contact:

Manel Kappagoda, Esq.
Summer Hiring Committee
East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 548-4040
Fax: (510) 845-2305

 

Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Inc.
Florence, AZ

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is a non-profit, community based legal service organization which counsels and represents immigrant men, women and children detained in removal proceedings in local Immigration and Naturalization (INS) custody. It is estimated that almost 10% of the national detained population is held at any given time at INS detention centers in rural Arizona. Without the right to government-appointed counsel in removal proceedings, 90% of detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. Responding to this legal emergency, the Florence Project provided legal services to more than 6,000 detained people from over 50 countries last year.

Founded in 1989 by an NLG member, the Florence Project has become known nationally for its unique legal service delivery systems that ensure detained people's empowered access to justice while maximizing efficiency for the INS and immigration court. It provides a full range of services to people detained including live pre-hearing rights presentations,: confidential individual interviews; direct representation in clients' bond redetermination hearings and meritorious claims for relief from removal; and referral for pro bono representation.

The Haywood Burns Fellow will work directly with detained clients in immigration proceedings on a daily basis under the supervision of a staff attorney. She or he will conduct client intake; assist with preparing applications for relief from removal and legal and factual research; and represent individuals in their bond redetermination hearings before the immigration judge. She or he will also have the exceptional opportunity to represent a client in her or his individual merits hearing on her or his claim for relief from removal such as asylum or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Additionally, she or he will assist an attorney in conducting innovative workshops to teach detained people how to represent themselves in their claims for relief when attorney representation is unavailable. Finally, he or she will undertake a substantive writing project such as a prehearing brief, motion or policy memorandum.

The Project is seeking individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues, human rights, and public interest law and a strong academic background. Fluency in Spanish is essential and 2Ls are preferred. The Project recognizes the importance of diversity in the workplace and with our client constituency and encourages and welcomes applications by immigrants and refugees, people of color, gays/lesbians, students with disabilities and others from disadvantaged or marginalized backgrounds.

Contact:

Francisca Yoder
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
P.O. Box 654, 300 S. Main Street
Florence, AZ 85232
Phone: (520) 868-0191 ext. 5
Fax: (520) 868-0192
Firrp@primenet.com

 

Georgia Resource Center
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Resource Center is seeking Fellows to assist with representation of those on Georgia's Death Row. There is a tremendous need for additional people to help with this work since the number of people on death row is steadily increasing and since Georgia is one of only two states that does not entitle those on death row to an attorney during state habeas corpus proceedings. The months to come are expected to be especially busy since many defendants are approaching the final stages of their cases and executions are not far off.

The Resource Center is a non profit organization with six attorneys and several support staff. The work to be done includes investigating murder cases in various parts of Georgia, interviewing jurors who have imposed the death penalty in our client's cases. Researching issues to be raised in habeas corpus proceedings, visiting clients and friends of clients in preparation for mitigation arguments to be raised and writing research memorandum and sections of briefs to be filed in state and federal court.

Georgia Resource Center will attempt to assist Fellows in finding housing.

Contact:
Mary Schulman
Georgia Resource Center
303 Elizabeth Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 222-9202
Fax: (404) 222-9212

 

Harm Reduction Law Project
New York, NY

The Harm Reduction Law Project of the Urban Justice Center is the only project in the country focussed exclusively on providing legal representation and advocacy to current users of illegal drugs and individuals struggling with addiction. The HRLP assists people in New York City who have been arrested while participating in clean needle exchange programs, people who have been denied or who are being evicted from publicly-funded housing, people losing welfare benefits for failure to comply with new mandatory drug and alcohol treatment rules, individuals experiencing discrimination on the basis of their status as recovering drug addicts, and families seeking to retain custody of their children.

The Burns Fellow will assist the Project's director with all aspects of the people's current litigation in federal district and administrative fair hearings. He or she will also conduct outreach at the city's needle exchange/harm reduction programs, engage in legal research and writing, and assemble and distribute materials to drug users about their rights and how to advocate for themselves.

Fellows should be energetic, committed to working with active and recovering drug users, and have good research and writing skills. First and second year law students are encouraged to apply.

Contact:

Corinne A. Carey
Director
Harm Reduction Law Project
666 Broadway, 10th Floor
NY, NY 10012
Phone: (646) 602-5680
Fax: (212) 533-4598


Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center
New York, NY

Established in 1983, the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-service organization on the East Coast, serving more than 5,000 people each week. The Center has become New York City's leading LGBT organization by uniquely combining much needed health and social services with community building activities that help people address personal health issues, integrate themselves into a caring community and spur their individual and collective empowerment to live more productive lives.

The Haywood Burns Fellow will support the work of the Public Policy Department's Center Kids, its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family program. The project includes legal research, education, and lobbying around issues including domestic partnership, marriage, sperm donation, and rights of the family - both domestically and internationally.

Specifically, the Fellow will conduct research on the state of progress of LGBT family rights issues for LGBT people. In addition to information on governmental recognition of same-sex partnerships, the Center is interested in compiling data on adoption and reproductive rights and restrictions for LGBT communities worldwide.

The Burns Fellow will research on both national and local levels the restrictions existing that prohibit gay men from acting as donors through sperm banks. Once fully informed on the status of the issue, the Fellow will be involved in lobbying to overturn such discriminatory policies where they exist.

Computer literacy, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of personalities are essential. Knowledge of, and experience with, the LGBT community is preferred. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

The stipend for this project may be $3,000 due to the high cost of living in New York City.

Contact:
Carmen Varquez, Director of Public Policy
Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center
1 Little West 12th St. NY, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 620-7310
Fax: (212) 924-2657
www.gaycenter.org


Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
Boston, MA

Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, Inc. (MCLS) is a small legal services office (currently five attorneys) that provides civil legal services to persons incarcerated in Massachusetts in connection with matters connected to their incarceration. MCLS handles civil rights and administrative law matters both with legal advice and with other brief legal services and through litigation.

MCLS has found that guard brutality against prisoners is one of the most difficult elements of prison life to combat. They have determined to implement a program designed to carry through a significant number of civil lawsuits against guards who assault prisoners in the Massachusetts state district courts, which are courts of limited jurisdiction where such actions may be brought quickly to trial. Several of these matters have already been filed and MCLS hopes to use their experiences with these cases as the basis for developing a high volume clinic staffed by law students.

The Haywood Burns Fellow would assist in the implementation of this program, as well as day-to-day intake, client visits, legal research and writing, filings and court work associated with carrying through the high volume of civil lawsuits involved.

Note that the stipend for this project may only be $1000

Contact:

Peter Costanza, Acting Director
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, Inc.
8 Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 482-2775 ext 111




Mass Defense Project

Last summer a Haywood Burns intern supervised by attorneys from the San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild compiled a resource directory for organizations conducting demonstrations and protests nationwide. Due to the success of this work, as well as a similar project in the summer of 2000, the Guild has decided to set aside money for a placement in the area of mass defense, should such work be needed next summer. In this time of movement resurgence, particularly in the area of anti-war activism, it is incumbent upon progressive legal bodies to provide resources to defend participants.

Due to the timely nature of this work, specific details are not yet available.

Contact:

Macdonald Scott, Membership Coordinator
National Lawyers Guild National Office
126 University Place, Fifth Floor
NY, NY 10003-4538
Phone: (212) 627-2656 ext 14
Fax: (212) 627 -2404
Nlgmember@nlg.org



Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
Detroit, MI


The NLG/Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Social and Economic Justice (GLC) was founded in 1991 on the principle that economic justice and civil rights are inseparable. The mission of the GLC is to provide legal advocacy and support to the powerless, the oppressed, the disenfranchised, and those seeking social change. The mission of the GLC has been nurtured by the social/economic justice and workers' rights priorities of the benefactors Maurice and Jane Sugar and by the preamble to the NLG constitution which stands for the proposition that "…human rights shall be more sacred than property interests."

The Haywood Burns Fellow at the GLC will be exposed to and obtain experience in litigation, appellate advocacy, administrative advocacy, public education and policy development, with a focus on weaving this work into grassroots organizing efforts. The majority of the work will involve legal research and writing in one of the four projects advanced by the organization, and in particular, our new "Live Up to the Living Wage" project. The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn the opportunity to learn from experienced attorneys in a small, friendly and supportive work environment.

The "Live Up to the Living Wage" project is a natural outgrowth of the Economic Bill of Rights Project started in 1998 by constitutional scholar Professor Emeritus Harold Norris. The GLC Board of Directors, along with executive director and staff, identified the Living Wage movement, with an eye toward focusing on grassroots, "economic" rights organizing, as an area in which there is concrete need for legal assistance. The guarantee of a decent standard of living is clearly one of the fundamental components for any model of an Economic Bill of Rights for this country.

The Plant Closings Project assists workers whose employers engage in mass layoffs or plant closings without giving them proper notice, in violation of the Workers Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Since 1991, the GLC has been the national advocate on behalf of the dislocated 
workers whose rights have been violated under the WARN Act. The GLC serves as the national clearinghouse for WARN Act litigation. In addition to direct representation of workers across the country who have been abruptly terminated unlawfully, we provide public education and technical assistance to lawyers, unions, workers and government agencies.

The Environmental Justice Project uses civil rights law as a means of addressing the problems of environmental racism and works to improve state and federal laws to recognize the cumulative burdens faced by communities of color, especially in the urban environment. This work includes: direct legal representation of affected communities; provision of technical assistance to community organizations and legislators; public education; building bridges between the fields of environmental and civil rights law and between community organizations and academic institutions; and working to expose the myth that the environmental justice movement destroys jobs and prevents economic development.

The Communities Reinvestment Project, founded in 1995 focuses on enhancing the ability of grassroots community organizations and labor unions to exercise democratic control over economic development strategies. The project promotes economic justice for working people by increasing corporate accountability. While the corporate welfare issue has received enormous attention in the press in recent years, this Project fills a gaping hole by providing legal assistance, in the form of technical assistance, advice and litigation when appropriate.

The Law Center seeks Fellows who are interested in economic rights and who have demonstrated capabilities in research and writing. Familiarity with Word Perfect would be helpful but is not crucial. The Fellows will need a car. Assistance in finding housing with a local Guild members will be made if necssary.

Contact:

Julie H. Hurwitz, Executive Director
Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
645 Griswold Suite 1800
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 962-6540
Fax: (313) 962-4492
Mail@sugarlaw.org

 

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Berkeley, CA

Founded in 1965, the Meiklejohn Institute has become part of the infrastructure of the peace and justice community, empowering people to protect and expand their rights under the law. The Institute seeks to create a more just society through education, and technical and legal assistance on human rights and peace law. The Institute assists grassroots activists on how to raise the strongest legal issues in their campaigns. It educates the public, attorneys and judges on the use of the United Nations Charter, Nuremburg Principles, international human rights treaties, along with the U.S. and state constitutions and Bills of Rights. The Institute collects and archives important documents from civil rights and liberties struggles in the United States. It publishes books and provides internships and work-study opportunities.

The Haywood Burns Fellow will assist in this ongoing work, working at the Meiklejohn Institute office in Berkeley California, using MCLI files of cases and clippings, internet, correspondence with activists and lawyers and NGOs all over the U.S. and work with Berkeley City Commissions and City Council members.
Note: The total stipend for this fellowship is $1,000.

Contact:
Ann Fagan Ginger
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Box 673
Berkeley, CA 94701-0673
Phone: (510) 848-0599
Fax: (510) 848-6008

 

National Housing Law Project
Oakland, CA

Established in 1968, the mission of the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is to advance housing justice for poor people. Our goals are to: increase and preserve the supply of decent, affordable housing; improve existing housing conditions; expand and enforce low-income tenants' and homeowners' rights; and increase housing opportunities for groups and classes that experience housing discrimination. We give priority to serving the poorest and most vulnerable families and individuals.

The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA), devolved responsibility for the administration of public and Section 8 voucher housing programs to local public housing authorities (PHAs). Some public housing and voucher tenants, applicants and other interested parties have been able to secure favorable policies in PHA plans and are seeking to enforce these policies that are not required by federal law but are discretionary. NHLP is seeking a Fellow to research the legal arguments regarding the enforceability of these discretionary policies and to put together a model memorandum.

In addition, federal law provides that "employment and other economic opportunities generated by federal financial assistance for housing a community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed toward low and very low income persons…" The Fellow placed with NHLP will research this statute and assist in formulating the arguments for advocates who are seeking to enforce compliance with the statute.

At the conclusion of the placement, the student will write an analysis of findings to be published in the NHLP monthly newsletter.

NHLP staff attorney Catherine Bishop will act as the Fellow's supervisor. Ms. Bishop is a recognized legal expert in federal housing issues with more than twenty seven years of training, litigation and advocacy experience.

Contact:
Elaine Beale, Development Director
National Housing Law Project
614 Grand Avenue, Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 251-9400
Fax: (510) 451-2300
Nhlp@nhlp.org

 

National Whistleblower Center
Washington, DC

The National Whistleblower Center is a non-profit educational and advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of employee whistleblowers. The Center was created in 1988 in response to the need to protect whistleblowers who could not find representation from existing public interest organizations and attorneys. The overall goal of the Center is to support precedent setting litigation on behalf of employee whistleblowers, provide legal advice and referrals for counsel to whistleblowers nationwide, and educate the public about the rights of employees to make disclosures regarding nuclear safety, corporate or government misconduct, environmental protection or health and safety violations. The Center also advocates the First Amendment rights of employees to engage in constitutionally protected speech.

The Center supports the Forensic Justice Project (FJP), which was formed in 1998 for the purpose of review and oversight of crime labs and to insure that forensic misconduct does not occur. The FJP is currently undertaking the review of death penalty cases in the states of Texas and Florida in order to establish the integrity of the forensic evidence involved in the cases as well as the applicability of the forensics to the defendants.

The Fellow assigned to the Center will receive one-on-one supervision from an attorney, and will be are assigned significant legal research and writing projects, assist at trials and perform all the work of an associate attorney.

The lead supervisor for the Fellows is Stephen M. Kohn. Mr. Kohn is a former clinical supervisor at the Antioch School of Law. He is an expert in the field of whistleblower practice and has authored several books on the subject.
Contact:

Joyce Claro, Administrative Director
National Whistleblower Center
3238 P. Street NW
Washington, DC 20007-2756
Phone: (202) 342-1903
Fax: (202) 342-1904

 

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Seattle, WA

In 1983, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) began as a the Joint Legal Task Force for Central American Refugees. It later merged with several other organizations to become NWIRP. It currently serves immigrants and refugees from dozens of countries (in 1999, NWIRP served over fifty language groups). NWIRP is the only organization in Washington State providing broad-based immigration legal services for low-income immigrants and refugees.

NWIRP is a nationally recognized immigrant rights organization that has co-counseled several successful major cases, and is undertaking cutting edge work in areas of domestic violence. Staff and/or board members have served on the boards of national immigrant rights organizations and have co-authored instructional manuals in various areas of immigration law. One of NWIRP's legal directors is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington's School of Law.

The Fellow will work in one of three immigration law areas, depending on his or her interests and skills, and NWIRP's area of greatest need at that time: removal defense and detention work, domestic violence or asylum. Second year law students may be considered if they have previous immigration law experience (paralegals, accredited reps., etc.). No student will be considered unless they have previous immigration law work experience. Students entering third year are preferred.

The Fellow should have research and analysis skills, excellent English communication skills strong client interview skills. Language skills in other languages, while not required, are preferred (Spanish is important for much of the detained population work, Asian and Eastern African languages are helpful). The placement start date is flexible, but ten weeks full time are required. NWIRP cannot assist with housing.
Contact:

Send Applications to: Amy Kratz, Legal Director
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Western Washington Office
909 8th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
Fax: (206) 587-4025 amy@nwirp.org
For Questions contact Leah Iraheta, Acting Director
Phone: (206) 587-4009 ext. 124 Leah@nwirp.org

 

Protection & Advocacy
Oakland, CA

Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (PAI) is a nonprofit public interest law firm, established in 1978 under federal mandates to protect the legal, civil and service rights of persons with disabilities. PAI serves persons with developmental disabilities (such as mental retardation, autism, and other severe disabilities) as well as persons with psychiatric disabilities regarding their rights within the mental health system, and persons with mobility and communication disabilities. PAI has been involved in important class actions and individual litigation regarding de-institutionalization and forced drugging and discrimination issues under the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The Haywood Burns Fellow will: 1) interview clients and consumers, 2) provide information on self-advocacy and conduct legal research and writing, 3) provide representation at mediation and administrative hearings at school districts, universities, regional centers, Social Security, 4) provide assistance to people with psychiatric disabilities who are incarcerated in psychiatric institutions to ensure the enforcement of their federal, state, constitutional and statutory rights, 5) work to assist clients to file charges of discrimination, 6) assist in investigating systemic and potentially life-threatening abuse and neglect in state and private facilities serving people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities, and 7) conduct trainings on the law and multicultural outreach.
Contact:

Stephen Rosenbaum, Law Intern Supervising Attorney
Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
433 Hegenberger Road Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: (510) 430-8033 Stephen.rosenbaum@pai-ca.org

 

September 11 Support Project

Following the events of September 11 massive changes to immigration and civil rights legislation have necessitated the commitment of Guild resources to ensuring that civil rights and the legal rights of immigrants and refugees are safeguarded. As well, the NLG has committed to ensuring that international law is followed in any response to the events of September 11. A Fellow in this project will perform legal work in any of a number of areas connected to the aftermath of the events of September 11.

Due to the ever changing nature of this work, the specifics will not be available until closer to the summer of 2002.
Contact:

Macdonald Scott, Membership Coordinator
National Lawyers Guild National Office
126 University Place Fifth Floor
NY, NY 10003-4538
Phone: (212) 627-2656 ext 14 Nlgmember@nlg.org

 

Southern Arizona People's Law Center
Tucson, AZ

The Southern Arizona People's Law Center is a community based law project located in Tucson, Arizona. The Project was established in 1990, and has since we have used a combination of legal work, organizing, and advocacy in an effort to bring about social change.

In the last few years, the Center's work has focussed primarily on the areas of housing and civil rights. Its housing work involves representing low income tenants in eviction proceedings, filing affirmative slumlord suits, fair housing cases and tenant organizing. The civil rights work is done primarily against government actors who negatively impact the rights of poor and homeless people. The majority of this work involves legal responses to police misconduct and abuse.

The Fellow placed with the Center will be working in all of these areas. The Fellow will be conducting client intake, doing legal research, drafting memos and briefs and working with local activists for change. In the past Fellows have worked at the Center full time for ten weeks. The only requirements for work with the Center are a strong commitment to the concept of the law being an instrument for positive social change and the desire to work in a non-traditional legal setting.
Contact:

Paul Gattone
The Southern Arizona People's Law Center
611 North Fourth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 623-7306
Fax: (520) 670-9122