Category Archives: Legal Academia

Confronting Poverty: Poverty Risk Calculator

Confronting Poverty: Poverty Risk Calculator worth checking out and perhaps sharing with students.

Another Racial Dot Map–perhaps good for class use.

The map, which you can change focus and level, is available here, and an overview article is available here.

Gene Nichols Op-Ed on the continuing political attacks against UNC Law centers.

Here.

Collection of Advice Letters to Public Interest Law Students

I decided it was worth collecting some of the advice that has been given to public interest law students so that such writing could be more easily shared with law students.  Here are three such resources, but if anyone knows of other “letters,” please let me know and I will add them.

Fact v. Fiction: Public Interest Careers

FAQ from Yale Law that answers a student’s most pressing questions about a career in public interest law.

Letters to a Law Students Interested in Social Justice, by William P. Quigley

Public interest giant writes a fictional letter to a law student interested in public interest law.

Doing the Right Thing: How to Get into Public Interest Law, by Harrison Barnes

Article on how to get into public interest law and why it’s important. From LawCrossing.

 

Public Interest Job Search Guides

With the goal of helping students (and recent graduates) find public interest job search guides, below is a list of resources and guides that might be worth checking out or sharing with students.

American Bar Association: Public Interest Law Links

Provides links with initiatives and information on how to start a career in dozens of practice areas.

Harvard Law School Public Interest Links

Comprehensive list of links for job sites in the: general public interest, general nonprofits, federal government, state government, international public interest, international governmental organizations, and has separate pages for about a dozen specialty areas. Each section/topic area has dozens of links to guides and databases.

Open Legal Services

Provides affordable legal services to low and moderate income people, and provides a list of similar organizations nationwide to their own that offer legal services to individuals and other nonprofits on a sliding scale.

NALP

Professional association that advises students and schools. Includes a list of public service initiatives, as well as employment guides, conferences, and a new bulletin.

Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide (2012-2013)

Guide to find federal legal employment, by PSJD.

Equal Justice Works

The Equal Justice Network is an online meeting place, information source and connection mechanism for lawyers and other advocates committed to equal justice.

Careers in Public Interest Law, by the James L. Petigru Public Interest Law Society

Guide to careers in public interest law, finding clerkships and internships, and a resource guide.

Harvard Law: Public Interest Job Resources and Timeline for 3Ls

Includes career and application guides, fellowship information, and timelines for when and how to apply.

Harvard Law: Public Interest Job Resources and Timeline for 2Ls

Includes internship application guides, fellowship information, and timelines for when and how to apply.

Harvard Law: Public Interest Job Resources and Timeline for 1Ls

Includes internship application guides, fellowship information, and timelines for when and how to apply.

Harvard Law: Career & Application Guides

Links to career and application guides, by subject area. Includes guides for: fellowship and grant applications, administrative law, children’s rights, civil rights/ civil liberties, education law, environmental law, health law, immigration & refugee law, international development, intellectual property/cyber law, labor and employment, LGBT rights, national security, reproductive rights & justice, women’s rights.

Inside Miami Law: Public Interest Job Search Information

Includes links for public interest job resources, job fairs, summer opportunities, funding sources, and post-graduate fellowships. Provides an overview of public interest law and the different sectors available to students and lawyers.

Columbia Law: Social Justice Initiatives

Provides guides and links for public interest law. Includes practice-area specific guides.

Capital Defenders

A list compiled by Boalt Law School of law student internship opportunities (both summer and year-round) in offices around the country that are engaged in the defense of death row inmates or capitally charged defendants.

One World

Public interest law job search on a website similar to idealist.org.  Better for jobs abroad.

Lewis & Clark Law: Public Interest Careers

Includes guides and resources for those seeking public interest law jobs.

NALP: Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities

Guide for students who are interested in public service abroad or public international law.

NYU Law: Public Defender Handbook

Handbook for those who want to be public defenders.

Chicago-Kent Law: Public Interest Resources and Links

Resources and links for public interest law. Includes Chicago-specific resources.

National Lawyers Guild

Social justice organization, provides information on fellowships and lists opportunities for students.

Public Interest Law Initiative

Resources for students and lawyers, to help establish careers in the public interest. Includes events, articles, resources, guides, and links to databases.

University of Georgia Law: Government and Public Interest Law

Resources for students, including Georgia-specific organizations

Loyola Law: Public Interest Job Search Resources

Resources for students, including resume and cover letter tips, job fairs, and funding and debt relief.

Washington College of Law: Office of Public Interest

Resources for students, some of which is password-protected.

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law

Global network with offices worldwide that provides tools, resources, and guides to public interest lawyers. Useful for guides about pro bono law in Europe and Asia.

-Thanks to my research assistant who compiled this list.

Article: CED after #OWS: From Community Economic Development to Anti-Authoritarian Community Counter-Institutions

Article: Michael Haber, CED after #OWS: From Community Economic Development to Anti-Authoritarian Community Counter-Institutions, 43 Fordham Urb. L.J. 295 (2016).

Community Economic Development (“CED”) and community-based social justice non-profits more generally have been criticized by social justice lawyers, legal scholars, practitioners, and activists, who charge that these efforts too often overlook the structural drivers of inequality, strip social justice movements of their confrontational, activist politics, and fail to give community members meaningful control over their programs. Over the past decades, anti-authoritarian activists — perhaps most famously known through Occupy Wall Street — have developed new frameworks for social change movements based on philosophical commitments to horizontalism, autonomism, and prefigurative politics. Many anti-authoritarian activists have turned their attention to creating community-based social change groups. These groups often engage in both activism and service provision, but do so outside of traditional frameworks for community-based organizations. These “community counter-institutions” hold the potential to address some of the critiques of CED models, and may develop to become more confrontational, democratic, and inclusive community-based social change organizations that still provide essential community services as part of their work. Transactional social change lawyers can play an important supportive role in helping anti-authoritarian activists to develop these new models.

Article: Demosprudence on Trial: Ethics for Movement Lawyers, in Ferguson and Beyond

Article: Justin Hansford, Demosprudence on Trial: Ethics for Movement Lawyers, in Ferguson and Beyond, 85 Fordham L. Rev. 101 (2017).

A complex, dynamic, and creative tension endures between law and social movements. Not only can law affect and even help from social movements, but social movements can affect and even help form law. Just as jurisprudence is the study of how judges make law, demosprudence is the study and practice of how social movements can also affect change through the law.

This Article explores how movement lawyers can use demosprudence to promote social change outside of the courtroom. It uses the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson as examples. By applying this framework to the movement lawyering context, movement lawyers can adapt to the void in voice created by the vanishing trial in civil litigation and still help the movement.

Op-Ed: “How academia uses poverty, oppression, and pain for intellectual masturbation”

Op-Ed: Clelia O. Rodríguez, “How academia uses poverty, oppression, and pain for intellectual masturbation,” RaceBaitR, Apr. 6, 2017.

Announcement: Launch of the Economic Justice Program at American University Washington College of Law

We are happy to announce the launch of the Economic Justice Program (EJP) at American University Washington College of Law, https://www.economicjusticeprogram.com/. Though still in its early stages, the Economic Justice Program aims to advance the rights and interests of the poor and vulnerable by connecting students, advocates, and practitioners who share a commitment to anti-poverty work and by creating opportunities and space within the academy for such work.

The poverty law blog, https://maximinlaw.wordpress.com/, will keep its same website address, but you will notice a couple of changes.  First, the lead photo is now the EJP logo, but more importantly, we hope to expand a bit from a platform for sharing content from other sources (scholarship and news articles) to a site that also includes original commentary and work connected to the rapidly evolving poverty law landscape.

As part of the EJP’s effort to connect the academy with grounded work, we welcome ideas from practitioners—lawyers or community advocates—for research and writing projects which students can do as part of their upper level writing requirement or as possible student notes.  Please email any ideas you have for useful research topics or issues to ejp@wcl.american.edu.

We are also hoping to create a collection of public interest job search guides, so if you know of a resource that would be good to share with students, please let us know.  A lot of good guides, tools, and websites already exist and we hope to collect those for students.

Finally, if you have jobs or internships, during the summer or during the school year, for law students or for recent graduates, please share those with us.  We know many great students who would love the opportunity to do meaningful internships, gain valuable experience, and help out communities in need, so please email us at ejp@wcl.american.edu so we can help connect your organization with these eager students.

 

News Article: UNC May Bar Centers From Legal Work

News Article:Scott Jaschik, UNC May Bar Centers From Legal Work, Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 27, 2017).