UC Hastings Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)


Social Justice Career Panel by Paul Rivera
April 6, 2010, 7:25 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities, Networking & Events

On April 6, PALS, along with Hastings Race and Poverty Law and Career Services held a panel exploring careers in Social Justice.  The popular event garnered over 60 attendees and featured panelists in the fields of community development and immigration law.


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SUMMER AND SPRING OPPORTUNITIES by Paul Rivera
November 23, 2008, 9:14 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities

BAY AREA MINORITY SUMMER CLERKSHIP PROGRAM (BAMSCP)
Since its founding in 1990, BAMSCP has helped law firms and other organizations recruit over 300 minority law students into their summer programs. The purpose of BAMSCP is to introduce talented minority first year students who might not have been selected for the firms’ traditional summer to the firm or corporate experience, while at the same time furthering the desire of many firms in today’s marketplace to further diversity goals and provide opportunities to young lawyers.  Please complete the BAMSCP Application and return to the SCCBA, 31 N. Second St., #400, San Jose, CA 95113.

BAMSCP 2009 APPLICATION

ABA ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP
The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is pleased to announce the sponsorship of several Diversity Fellowships for law students during the summer of 2009.  The ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law program is designed to encourage disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students to study and pursue careers in environmental law and is open to first and second year law students and third year night students. Please feel free to forward this message on to anyone you know who may be interested in this opportunity.

The Fellowship guidelines require an 8-10 week minimum commitment wherein the recipient will work on legal matters for a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy, or resources law, with emphasis on air pollution.  Additionally, each recipient will participate in meetings of the bar association’s relevant committees and be assigned a mentor to aid in his or her pursuit of a career in environmental law.  Employment opportunities shall be provided within LA County and Central Valley area basins.

Each successful recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend in exchange for participation in the Fellowship program.  The stipend does not cover travel expenses or include a housing allowance; these expenses are paid by the Fellowship recipient.

Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 15, 2009 to be considered.

ABA ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

JUSTICE NOW INTERNSHIP
Justice Now in Oakland, CA, is currently recruiting law student
interns for Spring and Summer 2009.  We are a legal advocacy and human
rights organization focusing on issues facing people in CA’s women’s
prisons.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from students
of color, students who have been formerly imprisoned, and students who
have family members who have been imprisoned.

JUSTICE NOW FLYER



ASIAN LAW CAUCUS LAW CLERK OPPORTUNITIES by Paul Rivera
October 8, 2008, 5:34 pm
Filed under: Career Opportunities

The Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s oldest legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities.  Founded in 1972, ALC strives to defend and empower the APA community through a three-pronged strategy of community organizing, direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.

Program Areas:

Employment & Labor Project: defends the rights of low-wage immigrant workers, and is comprised of three programs:

  • The Nail Salon Project improves worker health and safety in nail salons by providing community education and policy advocacy.
  • The Civil Rights Project challenges workplace discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, and religion in a post-9/11 context.
  • The Taxi Workers Project confronts workplace safety/exploitation and unfair wages in San Francisco’s largely immigrant taxi industry by providing legal and non-legal services, including community education, legal representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

The Housing Advocacy and Community Development Project: provides legal assistance to low-income tenants and seniors and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods.  The Project also represents community constituents in the public planning process.

Immigrants’ Rights Project: leverages litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach for undocumented communities in the Bay Area around detention; deportation; constitutional and due process claims, including supporting community mobilization and education regarding comprehensive immigration reform.

Juvenile Justice and Education Project: provides legal advocacy, education, and policy advocacy to assist youths of color and their families with navigating language and cultural barriers in the juvenile justice system and with curbing school harassment and violence in the K-12 school system.

Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Profiling Project: challenges national security practices that impinge on the civil rights of South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern descent, including unfair searches and interrogations of individuals returning to the United States after travels abroad.  The Project uses litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of vulnerable communities.

The Law Experience: During the Fall and Spring semesters, law clerks must be available at least 12 hours per week.  During the Summer, law clerks are full-time.  Assignments include conducting client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings, creating know your rights materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending bills in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:  Please e-mail or fax a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample, and 2-3 references to:

Angela Chan, Staff Attorney

Asian Law Caucus

San Francisco, CA

Phone: (415) 848-7719

Fax:  (415) 896-1702

E-mail:  angelac@asianlawcaucus.org

Website:  www.asianlawcaucus.org

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2008: October 1, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.

Spring 2009: December 22, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.

Summer 2009: February 6, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.



ASIAN LAW CAUCUS FALL 2008 LAW CLERK INTERNSHIPS by Paul Rivera
September 3, 2008, 5:24 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities

The Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s oldest legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities.  Founded in 1972, the Caucus strives to defend and empower the APA community through a three-pronged strategy of community education and organizing, provision of direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.

Employment & Labor Projects: focuses on defending the rights of some of the most exploited members of the work force: low-wage immigrant workers. The Nail Salon Project confronts health and safety hazards in nail salons by providing community education and policy advocacy.  Our employment project also challenges workplace discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, and religion in a post-9/11 context.  The Taxi Workers Project confronts workplace safety/exploitation and unfair wages in San Francisco’s largely immigrant taxi industry by providing greatly needed legal and non-legal services, including community education, legal representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

Immigrants’ Rights: focuses on litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach focusing on undocumented communities in the Bay Area around detention; deportation; constitutional and due process claims, including supporting community mobilization and education regarding comprehensive immigration reform.

Housing: The Housing Advocacy and Community Development Project provides legal assistance to individual non-English speaking API tenants and seniors facing homelessness and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods.  The Project intends to represent community constituents in the public planning process.

Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Profiling:   Our work includes challenges to national security practices that impinge on the civil rights of South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern descent, including unfair searches and interrogations of individuals returning to the United States after travels abroad.  We use litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of vulnerable communities.

Language Rights: services and community education for immigrants who speak limited or no English and experience unequal access to government services.

Juvenile Justice: provides legal advocacy, education, and policy advocacy for youth of color and their families.  Its two focus areas are Juvenile Justice and School Harassment, Violence and Discrimination.

Being a Law Clerk at the Caucus:  Fall law clerks must be available at least 12 hours / week.     Assignments include meeting with clients to draft declarations, helping to research and draft court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings, creating community education bulletins, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending bills in Sacramento and Washington.

How to Apply:  Send a brief letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and 2-3 references to Sin Yen Ling (e-mail or paper).  Call or e-mail if you have questions:

Asian Law Caucus                                           Phone: (415) 896-1701, ext. 110
939 Market Street, Suite 201                          sinyenL@asianlawcaucus.org
San Francisco, CA 94103                              www.asianlawcaucus.org

Application Deadlines:  September 1, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available

Sin Yen Ling
Staff Attorney
Asian Law Caucus
939 Market Street, Ste. 201
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: 415-896-1701 x 110
Fax: 415-896-1702
Email: sinyenL@asianlawcaucus.org
Website:  www.asianlawcaucus.org

This communication may contain information that is confidential and/or subject to the attorney client privilege.  If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, please be advised that any use , distribution, or copying of this communication, including any or all attachments,  is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately.  Thank you.



Fellowship Opportunity at API Legal Outreach, San Francisco by Paul Rivera
August 11, 2008, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Career Opportunities

API Legal Outreach is a community-based, social justice organization
serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater Bay
Area.

We are excited to announce that we will have a fellowhip position
opening in our San Francisco office and hope that you are able to help
us distribute this fellowship opportunity through your network.
Attached is the fellowship description.  Application deadline is
August 15, 2008.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Robert Uy at
ruy@apilegaloutreach.org or 415-567-6255.  For more information about
our agency, please visit our website at www.apilegaloutreach.org



A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process by Paul Rivera
August 10, 2008, 3:34 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities

For People of Color, Inc. proudly announces the release of its newest publication, entitled: “A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process For People of Color.”  The guide is authored by Ms. Norma Nava, Vice President & Board Member of For People of Color, Inc.

Clerkships offer a unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about the judicial system.  They also provide an unparalleled training opportunity.  It is an unfortunate fact, however, that relatively few students of color pursue judicial clerkships because they erroneously assume that grades alone will prevent them from securing a valuable position.  The purpose of this guide is to provide students of color with a useful and practical tool that will assist them in obtaining a judicial clerkship.

Norma Nava is currently a fellow with the ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz, California.  She previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver W. Wanger, U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California.  She earned her juris doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law where she was the Co-Chair of La Raza Law Students’ Association, Managing Editor of the Chicano/Latino Law Review, and served as the Chair of the inaugural board of the National Latina/o Law Students’ Association.  Furthermore, Norma is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California.  She is the first person in her family to attain a college degree and juris doctor.  Norma received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

For People of Color, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people of color who want to enter the legal profession.  For People of Color, Inc. has vast knowledge and expertise in assisting diverse law school applications gain admission to the law school of their choice. Also, the organization is keenly focused on providing mentorship and professional development opportunities to current diverse law students, and law school graduates.

Click Here to Download the Guide



Legal Diversity Career Fair, Aug. 21 by Paul Rivera
August 10, 2008, 3:29 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities

Gain access to Vault’s insider career information on schmoozing,
interviewing and more!

Network with law firm partners, associates and general counsel!

Advance your career!

Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) are
excited to invite you to their legal diversity career fair in San
Francisco on August 21, 2008. This event will feature over 100 legal
employers including law firms, general counsel, nonprofit and
government agencies actively seeking diverse talent.
Attendees will have the opportunity to interview with partners and
decision makers at the fair, develop business relations with
colleagues and general counsel from Fortune 500 companies, and gain
professional development insight at sessions led by industry leaders.

The event details are below, for more information on the event and to
register please visit www.vault.com/legaldiversity

Date: August 21, 2008

Location: Palace Hotel
2 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

There are no fees associated with participation at this event.

Please register for this event by July 28th to confirm your attendance
at www.vault.com/legaldiversity