2016 Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship

Established by a generous gift from Parkin Lee and
The Rockefeller Group, the NAPABA Law Foundation in partnership with the
Fred T. Korematsu Institute have launched the Fred T. Korematsu Summer
Fellowship program.

The Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship provides a
$6000 scholarship for one law student to gain meaningful legal
experience at a public interest host organization. The Fellowship is
open to all rising 1L and 2L law students at any qualified
host organization in the United States. Deadline for organizations to apply is February 5, 2016.
The application will be available on the
NAPABA website
shortly.

Find out more at http://bit.ly/2016korematsuflwshp

Vietnamese American Bar Association Of Northern California Public Interest Fellowship Program

The
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) Law
Foundation (VLF) Public Interest Fellowship Program will fund one
$50,000 award to a recent law graduate or new attorney for the duration
of one year to provide legal services and advocacy for the
under-served and marginalized communities.                

The
VLF Fellowship Program seeks to increase access to legal services on
critical issues and improve the quality of legal services delivered to
under-resourced populations, including but not limited to the Vietnamese
American community.

Applications can be found here, and are due on Jan. 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. PST.

2016 NAPABA Law Foundation Summer Public Interest Internship

The NLF Public
Interest Internship is to provide support for one law student to gain
meaningful legal experience during a 2016
summer internship at a public interest organization that provides
direct legal services, impact litigation, and/or legal advocacy on
behalf of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. 

The deadline for Host application submission is January 15, 2016.  Find out more at http://bit.ly/2016nlfsmrpiintrnshp

FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP & INTERNSHIPS – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP & INTERNSHIPS – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Public Interest Fellowships for the 2015 ACS National Convention

In order to help public interest lawyers attend the ACS National Convention, ACS will again be making available a limited number of fellowships for attorneys working in the government and public interest sectors.  The 2015 ACS National Convention will take place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC from June 11-13.  Recipients will receive a combination of registration for the Convention, lodging at the Capital Hilton and/or a stipend for travel.

The ACS National Convention provides unparalleled networking opportunities for progressive lawyers.  There will again be dedicated networking time following each panel discussion and fellowship recipients will be able to meet leaders from their respective practice and geographic areas. In order to strengthen ties between fellowship recipients and ACS, we require that fellowship recipients join ACS and complete at least three of the following in the coming year:

To apply, please click here and complete the simple online application.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until April 15, 2015, or until filled. Please share this information with public interest attorneys who may be interested in this opportunity. 

ACS National Convention
June 11-13, 2015
Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 

2015 Fellowship Applications Accepted Until: Wednesday, April 15

To apply, please click here

AALDEF 2015 Summer Undergraduate Internships: Applications Due Feb. 9

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 1st through August 7th, 2015The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Community Health Care Initiative Intern:  community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;

Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.

Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues. 

Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.   

Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; conduct voter registration drives.

Requirements: Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills.  Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 9, 2015 to:

Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email: info@aaldef.org  

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or jweng@aaldef.org.

AALDEF 2015 Summer Legal Internship Program: Applications Due Jan. 30

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Internships for the summer of 2015 are available in the following program areas:

  • Anti-Trafficking Initiative – legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
  • Community Health Care Initiative – legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;
  • Economic Justice for Workers – legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.  
  • Educational Equity and Youth Rights: legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, language access, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.
  • Housing & Environmental Justice Project: community outreach/education, research, and litigation on gentrification and other land use issues affecting low-income and Asian immigrant communities.
  • Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities’ access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for undocumented youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, e.g., “Secure Communities” program. **Law students ONLY**
  • Voting Rights – legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballot, produce reports and organize public forums, and assist in organizing legal trainings.

Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 1 through August 7, 2015Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 30, 2015 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.
  • Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.
  • Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 30, 2015 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process. 

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: 
info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or kkimerling@aaldef.org
* * *Please do NOT email applications to kkimerling@aaldef.org* * *

Japanese American Bar Association Scholarships: Applications Due Jan. 18

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is currently accepting applications for the five law student scholarships offered this year through the Foundation and its wonderful sponsors. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 18, 2015.

For this cycle, JABA Educational Foundation will award five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each, including the inaugural M. Dick Osumi Civil Rights and Public Interest Scholarship to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, civil rights law, and/or public policy.

For application materials and instructions or for more information, please visit http://www.jabaonline.org/scholarships/. For questions about the scholarships or the scholarship process, please email: JEFSCHOLARSHIP@gmail.com.

NAPABA Community Law Fellowship: Applications Due Dec. 31

The NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship Program was launched in 2004 to address the need for attorneys working on behalf of the Asian Pacific American populations. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the shortage of entry-level jobs, the NLF Community Law Fellowship provides an opportunity for a new attorney to gain substantive experience at a nonprofit national or community-based organization during the two-year Fellowship period.

More information can be found here. Applications due December 31, 2014

Summer 2015 NAPABA Law Foundation Public Interest Internship Grant, Deadline Dec. 10

Goal: The NLF Public Interest Internship will provide support for one law student to experience a meaningful 2015 summer internship at a public interest organization that provides either direct legal services, impact litigation, or advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

Overview:

  • Public interest organizations will provide NLF with a legal intern summer project proposal. 
  • NLF will select a host organization from these submissions. Host organization awardee is permitted and encouraged to advertise the internship opportunity in its recruitment.
  • In March, the selected host organization will provide a list of summer legal interns (hired or tentative) for consideration of the award, along with their resumes and any additional supplemental materials for consideration.
  • NLF will conduct telephonic interviews with the submitted summer legal intern(s). NLF at its option may select to narrow the pool of eligible summer legal interns to interview. The recipient of the award will be decided by the interviews, resume, supporting materials, and input from the host organization.
  • A grant of $6,000 will be provided to the host organization. 100% of this grant must be used for the legal intern’s salary. The host organization is responsible for any administrative fees, payroll processing fees, federal withholding, taxes, etc.
  • The selected intern shall work at the host organization for a minimum of 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer.

Parameters:

  • The NLF Public Interest Internship will provide $6,000 in total for the summer for the finalist.
  • The funding for the internship will be paid directly to the host organization only

Criteria for Host Organization(s):

  • The host organization must be a non-profit organization which serves the APA community.
  • The summer project must provide legal services, impact litigation, or advocacy that affects the APA community.
  • Host organization must have at least one lawyer on staff to supervise the legal intern.
  • The goals and perceived benefits of the proposed project’s goals as well as the applicant’s competency, character, and commitment to the APA community will be considered.
  • Internship must further the missions of the NLF.

Time Frame:

December 10, 2014: Deadline for host organization submit application

December 17, 2014: Host organization awarded grant

March 1, 2015: Host organization submits intern(s) for consideration

March 16 – 31, 2015: Host organization intern(s) interviewed

April 1, 2015: Finalist chosen

Summer 2015 (10 weeks): Internship begins at host organization

Past Recipients

  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach)
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus
  • Greater Boston Legal Services – Asian Outreach Unit