Thursday, February 6, 2014

Public Interest Opportunities of the Week

USPS Honors Program – The US Postal Service has some exciting Honors Attorney positions open in Washington, DC; Long Beach, CA; Windsor, CT; and Chicago, IL. This is a permanent, full-time position with benefits.  The salary set initially at $75,000 annually. Apply online by going to click on the careers link near the bottom of the page and search for Honors Program. Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and recent transcript to your application to be considered for the position. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

Future Appointed Counselor Training Program, Harris County Public Defender’s Office – The Harris County Public Defender’s Office (PDO) has established the Future Appointed Counsel Training (FACT) Program, a year-long training program for new criminal defense lawyers.  The goal of the FACT Program is to provide comprehensive training, mentoring, and support for new criminal defense lawyers to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively represent indigent defendants. Although it does not include an offer of a job with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, it does include free training at Gideon's Promise, mentoring with a Harris County criminal defense lawyer, and local training for attorneys who are interested in indigent criminal defense. Click here for more details and application instructions: Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.

1Ls and 2Ls
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund – The San Antonio Regional Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) seeks legal interns for Summer 2014. MALDEF is a national non-profit organization whose principal objective is to promote and protect the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Celina Moreno at with Summer Internship in the subject line. Positions are unpaid.  Deadline to apply is February 14, 2014.

Access to Justice Internship Program – The Access to Justice Internship Program (ATJIP) provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with non-profit providers of civil legal services located in areas without a local law school. Each law student will provide direct legal services to low-income clients under the supervision of accomplished lawyers, while learning about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships, and legal institutions. A stipend of $500/week (a lump sum of $5,000) will be provided to every student to help defray living expenses. For more details and application instructions, go to: Deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas Stipends – The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas will provide eight stipends with a value of $4,000 each to eight (8) Texas law students who spend the summer of 2014 working on litigation matters at a legal aid, pro bono or other non-profit legal services organization or program in Texas. The public interest organization must apply for the stipend, so students are encouraged to ask their host organizations to apply on their behalf.  More information and application instructions can be found here: Deadline for organizations to apply is February 15, 2014.