Hogar Citizenship Program: Community Service Opportunity

Posted by OPI at 10:44 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- Need 5-6 Volunteers on Friday APR 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM for about 2 hours to assist with Outreach for the Hogar Citizenship Program. You will be stuffing the Sunday bulletins for Spanish Masses throughout Northern Virginia with information about the Hogar Citizenship Program and the Hogar ESOL Program. There are 5,000 bulletins to stuff!!! This activity is very important to get the word out about citizenship classes, upcoming workshops, and ESOL classes - your actions will help reach thousands!! (literally!) Location:  Migration and Refugee Services office of Catholic Charities (Next to the main office on Glebe road, Arlington). Address:  80 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. Report To: Krupskaya Elliott Please RSVP to REldridge@ccda.net if you can come help. ***Note: This opportunity counts towards the pledge as community service hours.

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CARCEN: Volunteers Needed for 4/10 Immigration Rally

Posted by OPI at 9:16 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- Join CARCEN and tens of thousands of community, labor and immigrant rights supporters to urge Congress to address the nation's immigration crisis by passing commonsense immigration reform in 2013 that includes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. The rally will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 3:00pm on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Volunteer marshals and peace keepers are needed downtown on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and surrounding Metro stops. Volunteers will be directing people from Metro stops closest to the West Lawn, on the way to the West Lawn of the Capitol, and access to stage, will hand signs to the rally participants coming in by bus from throughout the region and will ensure our action will be conducted in an orderly fashion.   Training is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at SEIU 32BJ office at 1025 Vermont Ave NW, 7th floor (near McPherson Square Metro). Lots of bilingual volunteers needed! If you are interested in volunteering email carecen@carecendc.org or just show up for training. ***Note: This opportunity counts towards the pledge as community service hours.

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National Lawyers Guild: Call for Volunteers

Posted by OPI at 4:35 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- The NLG 2012 Convention decided to organize around the issue of Secure Communities and immigration policing. We have two NLG interns who are creating an online library of resources and we need volunteers to help with some research tasks over the next few weeks. Some of you have already volunteered and received assignments, but we have a lot of work and need some more help! The first two tasks we have for students are to 1) read and annotate law review articles which our spring interns have compiled and 2) research if your local cities/states have introduced any bills related to S-Comm and if so, ascertain the legislature's timeline for passing those bills

Part 1: We need students to read the articles, briefly summarize the argument and findings -- in particular the to the extent that they relate to Secure Communities, on either a national or a state level. We are also interested in how Secure Communities fits into broader federal/state approaches to immigration enforcement, so we'd like you to flag that when it comes up. Each annotation should be about 1-2 paragraphs. We have about 40 articles that need to be reviewed in the next several weeks. If you have time to work on this, please respond and indicate how many articles you think you can realistically read and annotate in a 2-3 week period. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project Seeks Volunteers

Posted by OPI at 4:32 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project is looking for volunteers (law students, grads, undergrads) for research/policy analysis. NIWAP advocates for laws, policies and practices that enhance legal options for immigrant women and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. It's a great, small organization where you can really make a difference for immigrant women and families all over the country. It's a great opportunity to be involved in advocacy work, immigration reform and women's issues.

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Neighborhood Legal Services Program: April -May Opporunities

Posted by OPI at 4:29 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- NLSP is looking for short-term opportunities to fulfill your  pro bono pledge hours in late-April and May?  The Neighborhood Legal Services Program is  looking for volunteers to help out in mid-April until Memorial Day in both its Brief Services Unit and to help  staff the Small Claims Resource Center on Thursday mornings. NLSP would like for volunteers to do a minimum of 15 hours (ideally two full days) a week for four, consecutive weeks. If you aren't taking a lot of finals, have some free time before starting your summer placement and would like to help out, please send a resume and your availability  for last week of April until May to:

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Pro Bono Volunteer Training: "Small Claims Resource Center"

Posted by OPI at 8:12 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- Help Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) staff the Small Claims Resource Center in D.C. Superior Court! Volunteer lawyers and law students are needed on several Thursdays from 9 am - 1 pm to provide legal information to pro se litigants about small claims law and procedure in the District of Columbia. When you serve as a volunteer in the Resource Center, you will be supervised by an attorney from NLSP.

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Take Back Your Home Foreclosure Outreach

Posted by OPI at 2:56 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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Our combined community efforts to combat foreclosure in Prince George County, MD  will continue throughout the semester. No prior experience is required, and we will group new students up with seasoned volunteers so they can learn the ropes. There will also be a short training at the beginning to serve as a refresher for anyone who might like a little reminder.

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Hogar Citizenship Boot Camp Training

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CALL FOR A STUDENT VOLUNTEER - LEGAL RESEARCH!

Posted by OPI at 3:14 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- A local attorney is seeking a law student to assist with legal research pertaining to a current case. The questions presented are as follows:

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Citizenship Info Sessions/Eligibility Screening at CARECEN

Posted by OPI at 5:55 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- Citizenship Info Sessions and Eligibility Screening at CARECEN | CARECEN will be holding a citizenship informational session and screen potential citizenship applicants immediately after. Our immigration attorneys will be making a presentation about eligibility requirements, documents needed to apply, exceptions, citizenship interview and exam and will answer questions. We are looking for volunteers who can help us screen those interested to start the application process.  Spanish fluency required. Then clinic will take place on January 19, 2013 at 12 noon, 1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1

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SAALT Naturalization Clinics

Posted by OPI at 5:54 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- SAALT Naturalization clinics provide multilingual legal advice and immigration assistance, as well as referral services for a host of different citizenship needs. Naturalization clinics offer free assistance and up-to-date information to community members who may have limited access to resources due to income, level of English-proficiency, and other considerations. As a law student volunteer, your role would focus on initial intake duties, assisting pro bono immigration attorneys, and providing interpretation in Montgomery County, MD. You may register for one or more half-day clinics. Training will be provided. Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Tamil or proficiency in another South Asian language preferred but not required. The first clinic will be held on January 27, 2013 , 10am – 2pm at the Southern Asian Seventh Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, MD.Please contact Avani Mody at avani@saalt.org by January 18 to participate.

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Legal Services Corporation

Posted by OPI at 4:47 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- -- The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) needs help with legal research, much of which can be done remotely. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

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SANDY COMMUNITY SURVEY with Legal Services NYC

Posted by OPI at 4:59 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- Legal Services NYC seeks law student volunteers to conduct a community needs assessment in Sandy-impacted New York neighborhoods. Our goal: Reach 5,000 New Yorkers over three weeks in January 2013. Student canvassers will be trained to assess for immediate legal needs and to provide resources and referrals. LSNYC and our community partners will use the survey results to advocate for a broad spectrum of expanded resources, law and policy reforms.

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The Student Press Law Center

Posted by OPI at 3:50 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free legal assistance to student journalists and the teachers who work with them nationwide. The SPLC is considering a facial constitutional challenge to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"), a federal statute that frequently is misapplied to obstruct journalists' access to information from colleges and schools. We believe the statute -- violation of which is punishable by complete withdrawal of a school's federal funding -- is constitutionally infirm under the principles set forth in the "Obamacare" ruling, NFIB v. Sebelius. The research assignment would be gathering and analyzing caselaw from the Ninth Circuit to determine (1) the prerequisites for a facial First Amendment challenge to a federal statute, and (2) the standing issues involved in challenging the statute from the vantage point of a requester of public records rather than the institution that actually faces the potential forfeiture of federal funding. The student's work would assist SPLC in building the strongest case to withstand a motion to dismiss. SPLC would hope for a written memo summarizing the student's findings, but the memo can be relatively informal. The work probably will take about a 30-hour week, but it is divisible if the student would prefer a less demanding assignment. There is no specific deadline. Inquiries can be directed to Frank D. LoMonte at director@splc.org

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Klamp & Associates - Lawyers Serving the Nonprofit Community

Posted by OPI at 3:48 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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Project: Intellectual property research and registration for a new nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and promoting civil society development in Syria.

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Posted by OPI at 1:06 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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If you’ll be in Texas over the break, check out the opportunity below.  

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has 15 offices with 300 staffers in 69 Texas Counties and several more counties in some southern states where Texas migrant farm workers go to work.

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The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Posted by OPI at 11:00 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, through its Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy, is seeking 1-2 legal interns/volunteers to provide short-term support in the completion of the 7th edition of the Child Pornography: Model Legislation and Global Review.  In particular, assistance is needed in researching the existing child pornography laws in a dozen countries, sending verification letters to local Embassies, reviewing and updating footnotes, and drafting and reviewing several new sections of the report on online grooming, data retention laws, and implementation. Ideally a student would work a minimum of 15 hours/week. The research work can be done  remotely, but the other components would need to be done onsite. Simply as a point of reference, the report is expected to be fully completed for publication by late February. Interested students can contact WCL Alumnus Sandra Marchenko at smarchenko@icmec.org or 703.837.6340.

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The Due Process of Law Foundation

Posted by OPI at 10:59 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The Due Process of Law Foundation needs pro bono translation help.  The organization has a lot of Amicus Briefs and other official legal letters to judicial authorities in Latin America that need to be translated from Spanish to English for their website.  There are more than ten documents, and each document should not take more than 30 mins to translate each depending on the student’s level of Spanish. If you are interested in helping, please contact Stephanie Luckam, Intern Coordinator, sluckam@dplf.org

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The Humane Party

Posted by OPI at 10:57 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- The Humane Party is looking for pro bono support. The Humane Party is the U.S.A.'s first political party committed to running and electing only candidates who have committed to humane values both personally and politically.

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Shared Hope International

Posted by OPI at 10:56 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- Shared Hope International just released the 2012 Protected Innocence Challenge report which grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well their existing legislative frameworks combat domestic minor sex trafficking and protect victims. The organization needs help to create additional tools that advocates can use in the upcoming 2013 state legislative sessions to advocate for improvements in their states’ laws. This would involve reviewing and compiling specific results of their policy work into charts and other formats that allow for easy reference.

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