Special On The Docket: Public Service
Public Service Resources

Please contact us for advice regarding public interest or government careers, post-graduate judicial clerkships and judicial internships, post-graduate public interest fellowships, pro bono volunteer opportunities, and bar association involvement by emailing Assistant Dean for Public Service Rita Sheffey.
Immigration Volunteer Opportunity 

Emory Law is collaborating with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) to hold monthly drop-in clinics to advise members of the community on immigration matters.  The next one will be Wednesday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. (orientation at 6pm and debrief at 9 p.m.), and then the second Wednesday of each month.  We particularly need Spanish-speaking volunteers, but all are welcome to volunteer.  To express your interest, email lawcommunity@emory.edu, with "Volunteer" on the subject line.  In the email, indicate whether you are available September 12 (6-9:30 p.m.) at La Mansión Events, 5522 New Peachtree Road in Chamblee (about a 20-30 minute drive from Emory Law), any languages in which you are fluent, and previous experience with client intake/screening or immigration issues.
2018-19 Public Interest Dinner Series

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Public Interest Dinner Series, particularly for 1L students and other students new to Emory Law. Beginning in September, we will have informal monthly dinners with a public interest/government lawyer talking about his or her career path. Invited speakers include attorneys from the following organizations: Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Federal Defender Program, Georgia Justice Project, Access to Law Foundation, Georgia Appleseed, and the Georgia Charter Schools Association. The deadline to apply is August 31. Apply here »
EPIC Conference on October 6, 2018
Peggy Browning Fellowships- Deadline January 12, 2019

2018 Summer Fellowships -  Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations throughout the United States

Application deadline: January 12, 2019

Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply. Information is available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

Fellowship Opportunities

Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowships

The application deadline for 2019 is September 21, 2018.  Detailed information is on www.equaljusticeworks.org, including this Application Guide.  EJW has an upcoming webinar on September 15 with last-minute tips on creating a competitive application.  If you are planning to apply this year, please contact Assistant Dean Rita Sheffey.

Note that several organizations in Atlanta and Alabama are still looking for candidates for 2019 fellowships. 

  • The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) is interviewing this week. Please contact Alpa Amin. 
  • Legal Services Alabama may have an opportunity. Please contact Jaffe Pickett immediately, if interested. 
  •  The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program has a largely developed idea for a project focused on community redevelopment.  The position with ADAP is a three-year fellowship position: two years through EJW and one through other funds.  Please contact Nancy Anderson if you would like to apply. Below is an abstract of the project.
The Black Belt Disability Justice Project (BBDJP) will protect the civil rights of children with disabilities in the eighteen county region that makes up Alabama’s Black Belt (BB).  The project will include a broad and interconnected set of four individual and systemic advocacy initiatives related to: 1) ensuring that dispositional decisions made by BB juvenile courts in dependency or delinquency matters are responsive to the disability-related needs of children (modeling an existing ADAP-lead effort in one juvenile court in the state); 2) ensuring that Medicaid-eligible children with disabilities are provided appropriate mental health and behavioral services in compliance with a recent settlement agreement which resolved pending litigation between ADAP and the State of Alabama; 3) investigating the safety and well-being of children with disabilities placed in residential treatment facilities, including faith-based facilities; and 4) advocating for the provision of appropriate educational services to students with disabilities and related systemic educational equity.  
The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans has Moved! Volunteers Needed!

As of Fall 2018, the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans has moved to a new and expanded office in G110, across from the Center for Public Service. 2Ls, 3Ls, JM, and LLM students are eligible for participation in the Fall 2018 clinic semester under the supervision of clinic staff attorney Keely Youngblood. The application window for Fall 2018 students will be announced next week. 

The Clinic offers students the opportunity to work on appellate-level casework in a structured environment that provides prompt feedback on professional practices and competencies, client and supervisor management, discovery skills and brief writing. Pro Bono volunteer attorneys partner frequently with students, both on casework and intermittent Pro Bono events sponsored by the VCV. 

The VCV is partnering with Duane Morris LLP to host a Pro Bono Clinic providing Wills and Powers of Attorney to veterans at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on Saturday, September 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Volunteer students are needed to assist the attorneys. Please email Keely Youngblood if interested. 

Post-graduate Judicial Clerkships

2Ls & 3Ls:  Welcome back!  If you are considering a post-graduate judicial clerkship and have not engaged with the Center for Public Service, please contact Rita Sheffey to make an appointment.  Please send your current resume and law school transcript along with some days/times you could be available to meet.  

2Ls: Please note that for federal clerkships, there is a new hiring plan in place. The plan can be found here » Our current information is that judges in the following circuits have specifically agreed to comply with this plan:  First, Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, and DC.  Judges in other circuits may follow the plan, or not.  Please make an appointment with Assistant Dean Sheffey to discuss your specific interests and circumstances.  Watch for judicial clerkship programs throughout the year!

1Ls: As you consider post-graduate judicial clerkships, note that the new hiring plan will apply to you as well.  Plan to attend our clerkship programs this fall for more information.

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