Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Employment, fellowship, and internship opportunities update: 1

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Program overview: The VAHPP is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

During the first year, Equal Justice Works will manage 45 VISTA Members – 12 Legal Fellows and 33 Community Organizers – in the provision of community organizing and legal services work with the goal of preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. Equal Justice Works will work closely with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) to accomplish this goal.

Service – Legal Fellows’ responsibilities include (can vary slightly based on host site):

  • Provide generalized support and legal information to VISTA organizers
  • Support VISTA organizers in developing formal by-laws and incorporating tenant associations of residents
  • Interview residents and conduct research to properly identify the legal challenges of each relevant building
  • Attend membership meetings and present “Know your Rights and Responsibilities” workshops
  • Facilitate meetings and/or mediations between tenant associations and HUD representatives
  • Draft correspondence to HUD on behalf of tenant associations
  • Document and file administrative complaints with HUD regarding environmental hazards, substandard management, and general quality of life issues
  • Represent tenants and tenant associations at administrative hearings
  • Recruit and assist pro bono attorneys to support the project
  • Advise tenant associations and organizing sites regarding the best course of action to build tenant associations and preserve affordable housing
  • Assist organizing groups to assemble technical assistance teams where tenant ownership or nonprofit financing is determined to be the best course of action
  • Provide litigation support to legal host site staff (can include legal research and writing, client interviews, assistance with administrative hearings, discovery and trial preparation) as it relates to VAHPP

Who: J.D. required (bar passage/admission NOT required). All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. and all applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Where: Legal Fellow host site locations include: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, St. Paul, Washington D.C., and Worcester

When: VAHPP Members will begin their year of service between February – April 2015. Legal Fellows and Community Organizers will serve a minimum of one year and have the opportunity to serve for two years at selected host sites.

Requirements: Please see position descriptions through the host sites to learn more


  • Community Organizers must have relevant experience
  • Experience working in the field of affordable housing preservation preferred
  • Experience with community lawyering and/or law and organizing preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus (not required)

Contact: Inquiries can be sent to

Application: Each applicant must apply directly with the host site. A position is open at Legal Services of Greater Miami in Florida. List of host sites are available @ (applicants can also use the AmeriCorps VISTA application portal – required if they are selected by a host site)



The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Internship Program was formed in 2010 to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in legal work environments.  Prior to 2011 the program had previously been run as the Minority Law Clerk Program, and was focused solely upon providing inroads into the legal work experience to students from historically disadvantaged minority groups.  The program was expanded in 2010 to open the opportunity to a broader range of diverse groups that have experienced obstacles to securing legal employment.  In providing such opportunities, the Palm Beach County Bar Association intends that the law students will gain valuable work experience, have opportunities at future employment, and decide to stay and live in Palm Beach County, with the end result to create a diverse bar that reflects the diversity of the Palm Beach County community as a whole.

Law firms of many different practice areas and those classified as large, medium and small have participated in the program.  The program has also included opportunities for governmental and public interest employment.  The program has also resulted in some of the law clerks being offered opportunities for future, permanent employment.  However, future, permanent positions are not promised.

Who: 1Ls and 2Ls


Submission components: (1) Application, (2) resume, (3) legal writing sample (15 pages or less), and (4) a brief statement explaining what makes you a diverse intern for consideration (400 words or less)

Send to: Jean Middleton, Esq. @

Contact: Please contact Jean Marie Middleton, Esq. for any questions or comments @ 561.432.6368.

Complete details and application: Available @

Flyer: Please see attachment below (at Comment section)




2015 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the U.S.

2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship: 1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Where: Fellowships locations have expanded – new this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle

Requirements: Available @

Complete details: Available @

Application: Available @

Additional information: Available @



PSJD offers “Fellowship Listings By Deadline” in their resource The Comprehensive Fellowship Guide, 2014-2015. Please find below the listings with deadlines for February – May 2015:

  • 02/01/2015: Center for the Constitution Fellowship, Georgetown University Law Center
  • 02/01/2015: Law and Economics Fellowship, New York University School of Law
  • 02/27/2015: Center For Reproductive Rights Fellowship, Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 03/01/2015: New America Fellows Program, New America
  • 03/13/2015: Democracy Fellowship Program, Fair Vote
  • 04/01/2015: LSC Legislative Fellowship Program, Ohio Legislative Service Commission
  • 04/15/2015: Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging, Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging
  • 04/27/2015: Legislative Fellows Program, New York State Senate: Student Programs Office
  • 04/27/2015: Richard A. Wiebe Public Service Fellowship, New York State Senate: Student Programs Office
  • 05/01/2015: LL.M. in Health Law Fellow, Loyola University Chicago School of Law – Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy


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