PCDC – OCU LAW Government, Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Career Fair

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Atrium

Representatives from public service, public interest, non-profit and governmental agencies come to the law school to offer information about working in their organizations. Many of these sites offer volunteer opportunities to students, for which they can receive a Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowship. This is an open-forum networking event; all law students are welcome to attend.

PCDC-Equal Justice Works News

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
Remembering 9/11 ten years later

How can any of us forget the tragedy of 9/11? Like most people, I remember exactly where I was. I was leading a staff meeting when someone whispered in my ear that a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon. Early reports suspected it was terrorism.
     
FELLOWS ON THE FRONT

Uncovering the veil of racial profiling post- 9/11

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Nina Farnia, knows the racial implications of living in a pre-9/11 world. Born Iranian-American, she recalled the impact of the Iran-U.S. Hostage Crisis of 1979. “There has always been a level of hostility towards Arabs and Iranians in America,” said Nina.
  Nina Farnia
     
ALUMNI NEWS

The day the world changed

September 11, 2001, was unsuspectingly beautiful. The skies were clear, the sun was shining- and it was a typical morning for Equal Justice Works alumnus Ahilan Arulanantham…At 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the WTC.
  Ahilan Arulanantham
     
STUDENT DEBT TIP OF THE MONTH

Are you on the Income-Based Repayment plan and getting married?

How you file your taxes could affect how much you’ll have to pay each month as part of Income-Based Repayment.
     
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2011
ANNOUNCEMENTS
& EVENTS
  • Student registration for the 2011 Conference and Career Fair has been extended!
  • We’ve moved! Equal Justice Works is now located at 1730 M Street, NW Washington D.C. 20036
  • Are you on Twitter? Want to know more about our student debt initiatives? Follow our new hash tag #studentdebthelp
PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE NEWS
BLOG LOG
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Equal Justice Works would like to thank Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP for their generous donation of our Fellowships and 25th Anniversary Dinner.
1730 M Street, NW, STE 1010, Washington DC ++ 202.466.3686 ++ equaljusticeworks.org 
 

PCDC-Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

2011 Conference and Career Fair student registration and interview application period has been extended to Monday, September 19 at 5 p.m. EDT

 Students who attend the Conference and Career Fair not only have access to numerous internship, fellowship, and full-time employment opportunities, but also meet and network with more than 1,000 of their peers from some 200 law schools from around the nation.  Below are tips for students on getting the most out of the Career Fair:
 
Tip One: Check job postings often!  
Employers will continuously be posting new jobs opportunities through Wednesday, September 14 at 5 p.m. EDTAlso remember to apply through the JusticeWork! system, do not apply directly to the employer.  Employers will review all the application from September 21 to October 3 and you will receive an email letting you know whether you were accepted for an interview or not.  If you receive an invitation to interview, you must accept the invitation and schedule a timeslot to interview no later than Monday, October 10 or your interview slot will be forfeited.
 
Tip Two: Do your homework to increase your chances.  
You will make a better impression with employers if you know what they do before your interview or table talk opportunity.  For example, “I understand your organization litigates housing discrimination cases” makes a better impression than “Can you tell me what your organization does?”

 
Tip Three:  Network, network and network.
Everyone you meet at the Fair may, at one time or another, become your colleague, mentor, supervisor and/or professional resource. This is a great opportunity to meet the key people in the public interest community.  

Tip Four: Stay informed.
Follow us on Twitter (#EJWCCF), like us on Facebook and check back often for updated information.

For more information, visit our website and:
See the Schedule.
See the Conference Keynote by U.S. Solicitor General Donald J. Verrilli, Jr., and workshops.

Reserve a Hotel Room or make travel arrangements.
 
Important Dates:  
September 19: Last day for students to apply for interviews
October 3: Students notified of interview selections
October 10: Last day for students to accept or decline an interview slot

October 10: Last day to cancel registration for a full refund
October 21 & 22: 2011 Conference and Career Fair

If you have any questions regarding the Conference and Career Fair please contact careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org or call (202) 466-3686 ext. 142.

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Wills Project
Friday, September 23, 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 102

This project involves Habitat for Humanity and allows law students to provide pro bono law-related services for qualified Habitat homeowners. 

Habitat for Humanity homeowners typically are not financially able to afford lawyers for the legal services many of us take for granted, like the preparation of a simple will.  However, Habitat provides certain services for people who have qualified to be Habitat homeowners; one of these services is the preparation of a will.  Law students who are taking or who have taken Wills are eligible for this project and may draft these wills under the supervision of a lawyer licensed to practice in Oklahoma. 

Professor Greg Eddington, with the assistance of Professor Kelly Baldrate, a member of OCU LAW’s adjunct faculty and a Habitat for Humanity committee, will supervise a volunteer project for law students that involves attending an initial training session of about an hour, a meeting with the qualified homeowners, and then drafting wills and any other necessary documents to protect the homeowners’ assets and to provide for their families.  This experience allows students to work with real clients with real legal needs; you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to put your legal skills and knowledge to work for people who need your services.

Please contact ljones@okcu.edu with any questions.

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Federal Public Defender’s Office (Capital Habeas Corpus Unit)
Monday, September 19, 2011
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 109

Pro bono volunteer(s) will serve with a group of lawyers and investigators who represent clients on Oklahoma’s death row.  This unit is appointed to represent death-sentenced individuals as they conclude state review and reach the level of federal review.  The Capital Habeas Corpus Unit researches, investigates, and prepares capital habeas petitions, pursues the cases on appeal in the Tenth Circuit win or lose and, if necessary, presents clemency cases for its clients.  Volunteers will conduct legal research and may be assigned to assist a team of lawyers and investigators in their work on behalf of a particular capital client.

Volunteers must be highly motivated to assist in a team environment, have completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law,  and Professional Responsibility, and have excellent research and writing skills.

Please contact ljones@okcu.edu with any questions.

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Advancing public interest law through innovation

In 1992, Equal Justice Works awarded its first postgraduate fellowships to seven recent law school graduates. To receive these fellowships, these entrepreneurial lawyers had to develop innovative solutions to the legal issues facing underserved populations. That first year we received more than 300 applications for those few coveted spots.
FELLOWS ON THE FRONT

The intersection of economic development and environmental protection

Current Equal Justice Works Fellow, Mike Becher, found his love for the environment and activism as a Biology and Geology major in college. But, he did not imagine that his passions would lead him to become an attorney at the Appalachian Mountain Advocates.
  Mike Becher
     
ALUMNI NEWS

Equal Justice Works alum, Dave Palmer, helps New York go green

Dave Palmer, 2006 Equal Justice Works alumnus and Executive Director of the Center for Working Families (CWF), describes his organization as a “think and do tank.” That means CWF is engaged with policy development from initial research to final implementation. The steps in between include detailed analysis, grassroots organizing and coalition building.
  Dave Palmer
     
STUDENT DEBT TIP OF THE MONTH

Got your book list?

There are many ways to save and manage your educational debt burden. Consider buying used books instead of new and brewing your own coffee at home. Use your credit cards and educational loans wisely. Read this blog to learn more. For more student debt tips and information, follow the Equal Justice Works Student Debt Relief hash tag, #studentdebthelp on Twitter.
     
 
 
 
AUGUST 2011
ANNOUNCEMENTS
& EVENTS
BLOG LOG
PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE NEWS
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Equal Justice Works would like to thank Bingham McCutchen LLP for their generous support of our Fellowship programs and 25th Anniversary.
Bingham and McCutchen LLP
1730 M Street, NW, STE 1010, Washington DC ++ 202.466.3686 ++ equaljusticeworks.org 
 

Equal Justice Works 2011 Conference and Career Fair

October 21-22, 2011
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington DC

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event, solely dedicated to law students, where you’ll find more than 1000 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. Our conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals.

For more program details, eligibility, timelines, and registration instructions please log into Symplicity and review Job Listing 6334.

*Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during “Table Talk” on Friday and Saturday. 1L’s are encouraged to contact the PCDC for more information.

Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Training

Saturday, October 15, 2011
10:00 am to Noon
Sarkeys Law Center Room 103

Pre-registration in Symplicity is required for participation in this program.
Deadline: 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oklahoma Lawyers for Children was co-founded in 1997 by D. Kent Meyers and Don R. Nicholson II, both of whom are attorneys in private practice in Oklahoma City. A judicial order was issued giving OLFC the authority to assist the overburdened public defenders in representing deprived children. These children have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse by their parent(s) and/or caretaker. Two additional orders have since been signed expanding the role of OLFC volunteers. Currently OLFC has more than 400 volunteer attorneys, over 150 non-attorney volunteers, as well as legal assistants, mediators, court reporters, private investigators, legal graphic and copy companies, who donate their time, talent, and resources to help abused and neglected children. To date OLFC volunteers have represented more than 2,666 children in Oklahoma County. The Courts and DHS have recently asked OLFC to assist children in Canadian and Cleveland Counties also. Many OCU law students and their family members have volunteered in this important program.

Extensive details about this program are available in the Symplicity Event.

Attire is casual.

Project Re-Entry Training

Saturday, September 10, 2011  POSTPONED
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 104

The presenter is unable to attend – this opportunity will have to be rescheduled.

Any current law student (1L, 2L, 3L, 4L) interested in a substantive pro bono volunteer opportunity should attend the following program which will be presented by Stan Basler, Director of Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries for the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church and OCU LAW Adjunct Law Professor, and by Laurie Jones, OCU LAW Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Coordinator and Professor of Legal Research and Writing.

Each year, over 650,000 people are released from federal prisons, and over seven million are released from state and local jails. Pre-release programs are few, and many prisoners are released with only $50, a set of clothes, and a bus ticket. Most of them face tremendous obstacles as they try to re-enter society successfully, encountering impediments to obtaining employment, overcoming addictions, gaining custody of children, or finding affordable housing. Two-thirds of those released are arrested within three years.

OCU LAW students can participate in making the road to re-entry easier for those who have paid their debt to society. Project Re-Entry allows law students to assist work-release inmates in discovering and resolving outstanding legal obligations that make the road to re-entry more difficult. Students work under the supervision of experienced and well-known Oklahoma City lawyers, a retired judge, and a licensed Methodist minister and lawyer. Much of the work can be done from the law school or from a student’s home, as activities include online document searches, phone calls, and legal and factual research.

Habitat Wills Training

Saturday, September 10, 2011  POSTPONED
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 108

The presenter is currently unavailable – this opportunity will have to be rescheduled.

This project involves Habitat for Humanity and results in law students providing pro bono law-related services for qualified Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity homeowners typically are not financially able to afford lawyers for the legal services many of us take for granted, like the preparation of a simple will. However, Habitat provides certain services for people who have qualified to be Habitat homeowners; one of these services is the preparation of a will.

Law students who have taken Wills are eligible for this project and may draft these wills under the supervision of a lawyer licensed to practice in Oklahoma.

Kelly Baldrate, a member of OCU LAW’s adjunct faculty and a Habitat committee member, will supervise a volunteer project for law students that would involve an initial training session of about an hour, a meeting with the qualified homeowners, and then drafting a will and any other necessary documents to protect the homeowners’ assets and to provide for their families. This experience will allow you to work with real clients with real legal needs; you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to put your legal skills and knowledge to work for people who need your services.