RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN SERVING AS HOSTS FOR DEFERRED AND FURLOUGHED ASSOCIATES
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Public Interest Fellowship Program
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has developed a Public Interest Fellowship Program, through which the firm will provide individuals previously extended an offer to join the firm in October a stipend if they elect to volunteer for a public interest organization for one year. Most Fellows will begin the Fellowship in October 2009, and conclude the Fellowship in October 2010. To qualify for the stipend, the firm prefers that the Fellow secures a legal position with a host organization that is a nonprofit, a governmental agency or an academic institution and which can provide appropriate supervision for a junior attorney. Nonprofits that do not have an attorney on staff to supervise the Fellow will not be considered.
Organizations that are interested in applying to serve as a host organization should submit a brief (two to three paragraphs) job description to Amanda Smith at email@example.com, and include contact information; a description about your organization; and a description of what the Fellow will be requested to do during the fellowship; a description about any administrative issues; and a copy of the organization’s job application, if required. The application will be posted on the firm’s extranet site for review by the Fellows. The firm will send an e-mail of introduction to an organization selected by the Fellow, along with the Fellow’s resume. Fellows will contact the potential host organizations directly by e-mail. For more information about the program, please contact Amanda Smith at the e-mail address listed above.
Public Service Law Network
www.PSLawnet.org: The Public Service Law Network (PSLawnet) is an online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest opportunities and information on public interest careers. As a collaborative project among over 190 American and Canadian law schools, PSLawNet is a free resource for law students and alumni of subscriber schools to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities, postgraduate fellowship opportunities, law student positions, and employer profiles. Employer organizations may also post job opportunities for free. In addition to its database, PSLawNet offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service. Public interest legal organizations may now register placement opportunities for associates who have been deferred or furloughed under a new job type category, “Law Firm Associate Host,” or email a job announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org. This service is also free for NALP member law firms searching the listings.
American Bar Association Pro Bono Center
www.abanet.org: The American Bar Association has posted resources for law firms, lawyers and public interest legal organizations on a link entitled “Strategies for Pro Bono and Public Service During the Recession.” A document entitled, “Considerations for the Placement of Law Firm Attorneys into Public Interest Organizations” is available on this site, which was prepared by the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and provides a detailed list of considerations for law firms, public interest legal organizations and any party considering participating in a program placing law firm attorneys into public interest organizations along with instructions on how to post and access placements through PSLawNet.