2001 NLG Summer Projects
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New Orleans, LA
In the narrow sense ACORN is a nation-wide organization of neighborhood groups. In the broadest sense, the ACORN movement consists of a number of different organizations which work individually and in concert to advance the interests of low and moderate income people in a number of areas: labor, media, housing, discrimination, energy, banking, environment, etc. Thus the Haywood Burns fellow might expect to work in any number of areas of the law, for any number of organizations.
Some projects include: researching and filing challenges to discriminatory practices implemented by banks, insurance companies, landlords, etc.; litigating voting rights cases, litigating First Amendment outreach cases; processing and appealing applications and licenses for community media before the FCC and relevant courts; corporate, tax, legal research and real estate work pertaining to purchases, re-hab, and sale of housing for low and moderate income people; legal work involving voter registration and mobilization; and legal work advancing the interests of labor unions.
Typing and word processing skills are necessary. A car is useful. The project will assist in finding low cost housing in New Orleans.
There are two Fellowships available for ACORN.
51420 Hunters Crossing Court
Granger, IN 46530
Phone: (219) 674-0718 Fax: (219) 674-0399
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 if 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 Asian based on martial arts stereotype) and Mao v. Top Line Electronics (challenging homework in the electronic manufacturing industry). We are 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 our summer class of four (4) 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
Khin Mai Aung
Asian Law Caucus, Inc.
720 market St. Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 391-1655 ext. 25 Fax: (415) 391-0366
CAMDEN REGIONAL LEGAL SERVICES,
The Farmworker Division of Camden Legal Services serves as legal counsel and advocate for migrant farmworkers throughout New Jersey. The concentration of labor intensive crops results in the southern New Jersey area having large numbers of migrant and seasonal workers. The Farmworkers Division handles litigation and administrative complaints concerning wages, housing, unemployment, social security, pesticides, field sanitation, and access to clearance order harvesting jobs with employers utilizing temporary foreign workers.
The Farmworkers Division has a long history of effective advocacy and involvement in significant cases involving farmworker law. It has been in the forefront of helping to create the legal rights for farmworkers with regard to access to legal services, wages, housing deductions, and unemployment benefits. The Farmworkers Division has been involved in extensive federal litigation enforcing wage and rights around harvesting work as well as employer compliance with federal and state safety laws related to pesticides.
The Farmworker Division works closely with successful membership-based farmworker organizations in the eastern migrant stream, and gives important support for this critical worker-based effort, helping them in efforts to improve wages and working conditions for farmworkers and migrant workers camps in New Jersey.
The Haywood Burns Fellow will conduct client outreach, intake, advocacy, community education and legal research and writing. It is anticipated that the intern will spend one third of her or his time on complaint and litigation related writing; one third on client outreach, intake, advocacy and community education; and the remaining time on legal and factual research on cases. The intern will be directly supervised by an attorney for the Farmworker Division.
It is preferable for the intern to be fluent in Spanish and to have a vehicle available to conduct outreach to farmworkers in the labor camps.
Keith G. Talbot,
Camden Regional Legal Services, Inc.
22 Washington St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: (856) 451-0003
THE DEFENDER ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA
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. We employ over a hundred and sixty lawyers and are appointed to approximately forty thousand cases per year.
The Philadelphia Death Penalty Project was started in 1995. It's 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.
Students are also responsible for data entry and data checking for the cases under review. The internship is open to first and second year law students, interested college students may apply as well.
Defender Association of Philadelphia
70 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 557-5023
EAST BAY COMMUNITY LAW CENTER
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 interns help people obtain Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Food Stamps, and navigate through the new welfare (CalWorks) laws. Interns 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 offices.
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 represented only 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 and people 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.
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.
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is a non-profit, community-based legal service organization which counsels and represents indigent immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in removal proceedings in local Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) custody. It is estimated that almost 10% of the national detained population is held at any given time at INS detention facilities in rural Florence and Eloy, Arizona. Without the right to paid counsel in removal proceedings, an estimated 90% of people detained by INS go unrepresented due to poverty. Responding to this legal emergency, the Florence Project provided more than 9,000 legal services to people detained by the INS 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 INS and Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court). We maintain systems of orientation and screening, interviewing, referral and representation, thereby providing all indigent detained people with beneficial legal advice or 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. S/he will conduct client intake; assist with applications for relief from removal; and represent individuals in their bond hearings before the Immigration Judge. S/he will also have the opportunity to represent a client in her merits hearing on her claim for relief from removal such as asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, or cancellation of removal. Additionally s/he will assist an attorney in counseling detained people how to represent themselves in their claims for relief when attorney representation or referral is unavailable. Finally, s/he will undertake a substantive writing project such as a pre-hearing brief(s) or motion.
The Project is seeking individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues, human rights and public interest law and a strong academic record. Prior advocacy or academic experience in immigration or human rights law would be helpful. Fluency in Spanish is essential.
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
300 South Main Street P.O. Box 654
Florence, AZ 85232
Georgia Resource Center
The Georgia Resource Center is seeking interns 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 nonprofit 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 clients' cases, researching issues to be raised in habeas corpus proceedings, visiting clients on death row, and interviewing and taking affidavits from extended family members 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.
Georgia Resource Center
303 Elizabeth Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 222-9202 Fax; (404) 222-9212
Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Inc.
New York City, 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 families 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 commmunity is preferred. Women an persons of color are encouraged to apply.
This stipend may be $ 3 000 due to the cost of living in New York City.
Director of Public Policy
Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center
1 Little West 12th Street
New York NY 10014
Phone: (212) 620-7310 Fax: (212) 924-2657
LOS ANGELES CHAPTER,
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
Los Angeles, CA
The National Lawyers Guild is a human rights bar association, dedicated to the proposition that human rights are more sacred than property interests. Its Los Angeles Chapter is currently active on a wide-array of political fronts, including combating police violence and corruption in Los Angeles; fighting for real welfare reform; working on "living wage" ordinances; supporting an opposing various ballot initiatives; leading a coalition to win a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal; assisting public interest law students at the UCLA School of Law; seeking the revocation of the charters of corporations who abuse human rights and environmental laws; and providing legal observers and attorneys for people in progressive political demonstrations.
The Haywood Burns Fellow will work in two (2) areas: 1) On police abuse issues, through the newly-formed, Los Angeles Coalition for Police Accountability, a coalition formed by the Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union in the wake of the current corruption and brutality scandal in the Los Angeles Police Department; and 2) On death penalty issues, through the Los Angeles Coalition to Stop the Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a coalition organized by the Lawyers Guild and chaired by the Executive Director of the Guild in Los Angeles. In both projects, the Fellow will have an opportunity to do legal research and writing, prepare "Know Your Rights" booklets, and conduct community educational legal sessions based on such booklets. The Fellow will also have an opportunity to speak on issues of police abuse and the death penalty to local churches, unions, community groups. etc. The Fellow will work under the supervision of James Lafferty, Executive Director of the Lawyers Guild in Los Angeles.
Typing and word processing skills would be useful. A car would be required.
National Lawyers Guild
8124 West Third St, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 653-3245 Fax: (323) 653-3245
MASSACHUSETTS CORRECTIONAL LEGAL SERVICES
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. We handle 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. We 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 we hope to use our 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 the 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.
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services Inc.
Eight Winter Street Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 482-2775 ext. 111
MASS DEFENSE PROJECT
Last summer a group of law students supervised by a Guild Member Attorney conducted a series of investigations into the use of excessive force by Police during the Anti-World Trade Organization Protests in Seattle in November 1999. Since that time, the Guild has decided to set aside money for two placements to be conducted in Mass Defense work. In this time of resurgent movements, particularly using tactics of civil disobedience and direct action, the necessity of legal work to defend the participants in these actions is incumbent on progressive legal bodies.
Due to the timely nature of such work, specific projects are to be announced.
National Lawyers Guild
126 University Place, 5th Floor
New York City, NY 10003-4538
Phone: (212) 627-2656 ext. 14 Fax: (212) 627-2404
MAURICE AND JANE SUGAR LAW CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
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 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 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 on of the fundamental components for any vision or model of an Economic Bill of Rights for this country. Furthermore, fair, equitable wages are understandably a requirement for any decent standard of living. Therefore, the GLC views the burgeoning Living Wage movement as an ideal place to provide concrete legal assistance to communities in need, while simultaneously advocating for broad-sweeping changes in the nature of economic rights in 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 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 laws 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. As part of this Project, the GLC has produced a working Manual to assist communities in better representing their own interests when responding to and challenging the siting of polluting facilities in their neighborhoods. In addition, the Project has developed a training program that enables communities to arm themselves with the skills and information they need to more effectively challenge the State licensing of polluting facilities.
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. It is meant to improve the competitiveness of workers and focus on the demand side of job creation. Through a strategy of "upward leveling" the standards of the most disadvantaged workers and communities will be raised by making corporations accountable for their job-related promises made in exchange for very large tax subsidies. 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 Fellows will be supervised by the GLC's Executive Director, Julie Hurwitz. Ms Hurwitz has 19 years experience as a civil rights trial attorney, preceded by several years as a community organizer before going to law school. She has published extensively on a variety of civil rights issues, successfully conducted jury trials involving complex federal and state court litigation, testified before Congress, worked with grassroots and national legal organizations to develop public policy, and engaged in extensive public speaking appearances and press interviews. Supervisory meetings with the Fellow will occur on at least a weekly basis. Ms Hurwitz will provide specific project assignments, be available on a daily basis for ongoing feedback, and will marshal all the human and office resources of the organization to support the work of the Fellows.
This is a nationally recognized research institution with an unlimited archive of information that will provide a rich learning opportunity for the Fellows. The specific training for the Fellows will involve orientation to the specific projects on which the Fellows will be working, and access to our two full time Staff Attorneys, Mark Fancher and Alma Lowry, who have a combined total of 23 years of legal experience.
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 "Big Three" made sure no one would be able to survive in Detroit without a car. Assistance in finding housing with a local Guild member will be made if necessary.
Note: There are 2 positions available with the GLC.
Julie H. Hurwitz,
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
MEIKLEJOHN CIVIL LIBERTIES INSTITUTE
Founded in 1965, 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, Nuremberg 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 provide internships and work-study opportunities.
The two projects for 2001 are: 1) Preparing for the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in South Africa, August 31st to September 8th and the Non-Governmental Organization conferences around these dates, 2) Participating in the first ever report by a city in the United States to be included in the U.S. reports to the UN Human Rights Committee, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the UN Committee Against Torture.
The work will be done at the Meiklejohn Institute office in Berkeley, California, using MCLI files of cases and clippings, internet, correspondence with activists and lawyers and NGO's all over the U.S. and work with Berkeley City Commissions and Council members.
Note: the total stipend for this Fellowship is $ 1,000
Ann Fagan Ginger,
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Box 673 Berkeley, CA
94701-0673 Phone: (510) 848-0599 Fax: (510) 848-6008
NATIONAL POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT
New York City, NY
The National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to curtailing police abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education and support for organizations combating police misconduct. We provide; training and support for attorneys and legal workers; public education and information around issues relating to police misconduct; consulting services for nonprofits and community groups who work with victims of police misconduct and support for legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of accountability for police. NPAP is housed at the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC and is a component of CCR's Police Accountability Initiative.
The 2001 Burns Fellow will gather and update information on legal resources relating to police misconduct and post this information to the project's website. this will include sample legal documents for our electronic brief bank, research papers on related legal topics, information on expert witnesses and other available legal resources.
Applicants should have a commitment to working in the area of civil rights litigation. Experience with webpage design helpful but not required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
For more information visit our website at www.nlg.org
National Police Accountability Project
c/o Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York City, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 614-6432 Fax: (212) 614-6499
NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT
In 1983, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) began as 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 boards of national immigrant rights organizations and have co-authored instructional manual 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 immigration law. The Fellow will work in one of three immigration law areas, depending on their 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 student may be considered if they have previous immigration law experience (paralegals, accredited reps., etc.). No student will be considered who has not completed an immigration law course 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, and 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.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Western Washington Office
909 Eighth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 587-4009 ext. 106 Fax: (206) 587-4025
PROTECTION & ADVOCACY
Protection & 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.
PAI is engaged in a variety of precedent-setting cases including fair housing litigation and ADA litigation and is actively involved with education and outreach to under-represented communities with disabilities.
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 and others, 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) assist clients to file charges of discrimination with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Education, U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 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.
Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
449 15th Street, Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 839-0811
REDWOOD SUMMER JUSTICE PROJECT
The Redwood Summer Justice Project (RSJP) is the fundraising and political advocacy arm of the litigation on behalf of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney against the FBI and the Oakland Police.
RSJP is scheduled to go to trial in October 2001. The Haywood Burns Fellow would work with the legal team in Oakland to prepare for the trial. The Fellow would do legal research, assist in the preparation of in limine motions, and generally help organize evidence for the trial. The Fellow should be prepared for the unfortunate reality that there is a great deal of tedium underlying trial preparation, and she/he will need to pitch in, just as all the attorneys and paralegals will, to get done what needs to be done for trial. With this in mind, this is an endlessly fascinating lawsuit with enormous political implications. A summer with the RSJP legal team promises to be exciting and will provide a unique opportunity to learn the mechanics of many facets of pre- trial litigation.
RSJP will attempt to provide housing for the Fellow as necessary.
Note: the stipend for this Fellowship may only be $ 1500.
674 23rd St, Suite G,
Phone: (415) 982-7714
SOUTHERN ARIZONA PEOPLE'S LAW CENTER
The Southern Arizona People's Law Center is a community based law project located in Tucson, Arizona. The project was established in January of 1990. During that time we have used a combination of legal work, organizing, and advocacy in an effort to bring about social change.
In the last few years our work has focused primarily on the areas of housing and civil rights. Our housing work involves representing low-income tenants in eviction proceedings, filing affirmative slumlord suits, and fair housing cases, and doing tenant organizing. Our 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 our office 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. Students from any year are welcome to apply. In the past the Fellows have worked here full-time for a ten week period. The only requirements needed for work with our office is a strong commitment to the concept of law being an instrument for positive social change, and the desire to work in a non-traditional legal setting.
The Southern Arizona People's Law Center
611 North Fourth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 623-7306 Fax: (520) 670-9122
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