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Instructions to Interview with Army JAG on Oct. 6, at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law

In Conference,Foreign Policy,Internships,Jobs,Summer opportunities,U.S. Government on October 2, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) is the oldest and second-largest law firm in the world, with offices throughout the United States and overseas. The JAG Corps provides new attorneys with immediate legal experience, leadership responsibility, and exposure to a wide variety of practice areas. From criminal law to environmental and contract law, new attorneys provide counsel and legal assistance to Soldiers, retirees and their families, legal advice to commanders, and argue before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.  The Army JAG Corps also hires second-year law students each summer to conduct paid legal internships all over the country and overseas.  3Ls and 2Ls who are interested in applying for the Army JAG Corps Active Duty positions or paid summer internships should click here for application instructions and contact Major LaJohnne White prior to the Conference at lajohnne.white@us.army.mil  to schedule an interview during the employment expo at the National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at UCLA School of Law.  Good luck to all applicants!

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Instructions to interview with Navy JAG at the 16th Annual NLLSA Conference at UCLA School of Law on Saturday, October 6, 2012

In Conference,Internships,Jobs,NLLSA,Summer opportunities,U.S. Government on September 12, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

NLLSA Conference Career Fair Attendees,

The Navy JAG Corps will be conducting interviews at the upcoming 16th Annual NLLSA Conference.  For more information about our permanent positions and internship/externship program, please visit our website at: http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/index.html.  If you are interested in interviewing for a permanent position with the Navy JAG Corps, please complete the following steps BEFORE your attendance at the career fair.

1) Visit http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/apply.html

2) Click the “Phase One: Professional Recommendation” link at the bottom of the page

3) Click the “JAG Corps Online Application” link

4) Create a login account

5) Practicing attorneys = Direct Appointment Application; and

Law school students = Student Program Application

6) Complete the application and submit all required supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, transcripts, photo, etc.)

7) Email LT Tashinda Richardson (Tashinda.richardson@navy.mil) and confirm that you have submitted your online application.  She will schedule your interview at that point.  If you complete your application while at the convention, you can schedule your interview with a JAG Corps Officer on site at our exhibit at the convention.  However, in order to ensure yourself an interview slot, it is best to schedule your interview in advance.

Applicants interested in applying to the summer internship/school year externship program can find the application at http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_internship.html.  There is no interview associated with the internship/externship application process (only applicants for permanent positions will require an interview).    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about the Navy JAG Corps and our application process at the below phone number.  Thank you and I look forward to meeting you at the NLLSA Conference!!

Respectfully,

LT Tashinda Richardson

Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Deputy Special Assistant for Diversity

1322 Patterson Avenue, SE

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066

(Office) 202-685-7257

(Fax) 202-685-5545

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Please join the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday March 21 at 1:30pm EST for information about career opportunities with the Federal Government!

In Jobs,Labor,U.S. Government on March 13, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

Interested in Federal employment?

Looking for a position focused on civil rights, labor law, and/or health law?

Want to learn more about USAJobs?

Opportunities are Open at the U.S. Department of Labor nationwide!

Dear friends and colleagues:

I hope this message finds you well.  We invite you to join U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) leadership to discuss opportunities that are open at the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), both in the Washington, DC headquarters and nationwide.  We will host a free, easy-to-use webinar on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 starting at 1:30pm EST.  Please register at the following link: Webinar Registration

All current DOL job postings are available at www.usajobs.gov.  For additional information about EBSA vacancies, interested candidates should contact Crystal Jordan via e-mail at Jordan.Crystal2@dol.gov.

We hope you will all join us for this information session.  In the meantime, see more information below about the DOL and EBSA.

Best,

M. Lucero Ortiz

Special Assistant

Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

(202) 693-6085

Ortiz.MLucero@dol.gov

Opportunities are Open at the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor and its 16,000 employees work to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.  Under the leadership of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, the Department is committed to ensuring Good Jobs for Everyone.

Currently, several opportunities are open for recent law school graduates and young attorneys (starting at the GS-9).  In addition, there are summer student temporary (STEP) and student career (SCEP) opportunities for current 1L and 2L law students.  The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), one of the Department’s law enforcement agencies, will have several vacancies in the near future.  For additional information about EBSA vacancies, organizations or candidate should contact Crystal via e-mail at Jordan.Crystal2@dol.gov.

All interested applicants should visit USA Jobs and begin building their profile.  Potential applicants are encouraged to view tutorials on building a Federal resume, conducting advanced searches on USA Jobs, and tips on applying and using keywords available athttp://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Tutorial#icc

 

EBSA Mission

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  EBSA’s top priority is to ensure that pension, health, and other employee benefit plans are operated in accordance with the law.  EBSA is recognized as the guardian of the private employee benefits system.

 

EBSA Auditors

Auditors plan, conduct, and coordinate civil and criminal investigations/audits of moderate size single or multi-employer benefit plans, service providers, trust departments, and other financial entities having relationships and conducting transactions with the plans.  These individuals determine the scope and investigative approaches to be taken for each investigation/audit and are assigned investigations/audits that cover areas where there may be a high probability of significant findings.  Auditors work with the legal staff of the Department’s Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in preparing cases for civil litigation and criminal prosecution and in developing documentary evidence.    

 

EBSA Benefit Advisors

Benefit Advisors provide technical information, guidance and assistance in response to the full range of written, telephonic, and walk-in inquiries from plan administrators, participants and beneficiaries, members of Congress, and the general public on the rights and benefits of individuals under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), etc.  These individuals advise participants, beneficiaries, and plan administrators in resolving differences about benefit eligibility by providing explanations of ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and plan provisions and by conducting analyses of the facts in particular situations.  Benefit Advisors also plans and conducts outreach and educational programs and workshops designed to communicate rights and benefits under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, etc. to employers and their employees.

EBSA Investigator

In addition to performing many of the duties assigned to Auditors above, Investigators determine the scope and investigative approaches to be taken for each investigation.  These individuals prepare comprehensive and well-documented investigative reports (including evidentiary materials and related documentation, work paper and financial analyses, problem identification, findings, citation of ERISA and related laws, regulations, interpretations, etc.  Investigators may serve as a witness for the Agency at civil and criminal court trials and may testify before Federal or State grand juries concerning facts and evidence developed during criminal investigations.

EBSA Employee Benefits Law Specialist

Employee Benefits Law Specialist assists and advises organizations and persons regarding exemptions, exemption policy, related legislation and enforcement.  These individuals represent the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) on various interagency task forces involving ERISA and national retirement income and health policy.  They develop and issue regulations, interpretations, and other guidance concerning the application of the provisions of Title I of ERISA, including provisions governing ERISA coverage, reporting, disclosure, fiduciary responsibility, claims procedures for pension, health and other employment based benefits.  Employee Benefits Law Specialist  assists and advise organizations and persons involved in all aspects of employee pensions and health care plan administration, including plan administrator and beneficiaries, insurers, and third party administrators.

EBSA Recruitment Coordinator

Crystal Jordan has been designated as EBSA central Recruitment Coordinator.  Crystal can assist individuals who would like to apply for vacancies in EBSA.  For additional information about EBSA vacancies, organizations or candidate should contact Crystal via e-mail at Jordan.Crystal2@dol.gov.

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2012 Hill and Government Days

In Academic,Legislation,NLLSA,Politics,Race,U.S. Government on January 27, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

Please join the National Latina/o Law Student Association and the National Black Law Student Association for the 2012 Hill and Government Days to take place on February 8 and 9, 2012!

Please register at the following link: http://www.nblsa.org/hillandgovdaysregistration

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Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Opportunity with the Department of Labor–Applications due Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In Internships,Jobs,Labor,U.S. Government on May 16, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , , ,

The information below is from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration:

The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) provides for formal periods of work and study while the student is enrolled in school.  The work performed in the SCEP must be related to the academic course of study.  The U.S. Department of Labor, the school, and the student complete a written agreement, which contains information on work assignments, schedule, etc.  Upon successful completion of the Program, students are eligible for conversion to the competitive service for up to 120 days following completion of the requirements of this program.   

This SCEP opportunity is with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), National Office.  The Division of Field Operations, Office of Enforcement (OE) is a major component of the EBSA.  EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  OE coordinates national enforcement policy with EBSA field offices and various governmental agencies.  OE promotes the protection of pension and welfare benefits under ERISA by ensuring a strong and effective national and field office enforcement program through: policy formulation; project identification and program planning; guidance development and implementation; field liaison, training, and field and project evaluation.

EMPLOYMENT/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Age 16 or over
  • Meet Department of Labor security requirements

To apply for this position, fax or e-mail a cover letter, complete resume, graduate degree transcript, and DD-214 (if you are former military).  Also please submit an SF-15, if applicable.  Please submit materials via fax to (202)693-8477 or email to gatesman.valerie@dol.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 31, 2011.  Please indicate the announcement number in your resume.

For more information about this opportunity, please click on the link below:

U.S. Dept. of Labor SCEP Posting

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The Future of Hispanic Education

In Education,NLLSA,U.S. Government on May 2, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , , , ,

President Barack Obama signs the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics on Oct. 19, 2010 at the White House.

Source: Education Week, “White House Renews Attention to Hispanic Education,” Oct. 19, 2010, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/19/09hispanic.h30.html.

Credibility is a problematic characteristic. The United States government has consistently exerted effort to convey to the Latino community that one of its priority initiatives is to improve the quality of life of the Latino community. Increasing the influence and strength of the community is part of the Obama administration’s “Winning the Future” campaign and President Obama himself has stated that “the future of the United States is inextricably linked to the future of the Hispanic community.” This fact makes true the perception that the education of the Latino community should be a priority of the federal government. A recent report that was released last week by the Department of Education states that while the Hispanic community compromises the largest percentage of American minority enrollment in public education institutions, it is also the group that is experiencing the lowest levels of educational attainment.

The consequences of a halted academic career are well documented. Educational achievement on average leads to a more comfortable level of existence. Many aspects of life are improved through the process of high levels of educational attainment. Experiences are acquired, skills are developed and sharpened, and networks of resources and critical relationships are constructed through a maturation process that includes a serious investment in education. According to a Gallup poll, income and education levels combine to predict health problems. It has been established and confirmed that higher levels of educational attainment facilitate the achievement of high-level compensation. Therefore, truncated academic careers have an adverse effect on the potential for high-income growth as well as the physical health of individuals who have not developed fully academically. This is also a concern because of the conservative proposal to make significant funding cuts in federal subsidies dedicated to healthcare. Pending budget cuts have the possibility of impeding the path to success for many Latino students and, additionally, present the risk of exacerbating the educational and social concerns.

In a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center study, approximately 47 percent of Latinos ages 16 to 25 believed they would attend graduate or professional school when asked how much further in school they planned to go. While this is an encouraging statistic regarding the desires of Latino students, only 4 percent of Latinos ages 26 and older have completed postgraduate training or professional schooling after college. Economics can be attributed to the unquenched thirst for educational progression. This same report asked students what they considered major reasons for not continuing their education. 40 percent of students ages 16 to 25 reported that they felt an elongated academic career was unaffordable. 74 percent of students of that same age group felt compelled to support their family financially rather than continue in school. This financial barrier is affecting young Latinos financially, socially, and physically.

The odds are not auspicious for the Latino community’s education ambitions. The current discussion about federal budget cuts is affecting education from grammar school to graduate school. According to a Huffington Post article that discusses state budget cuts in education, most of the stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was utilized for job-saving expenditures. This means that funds were not allocated directly to the improvement of the quality of education Latinos and other minority students were receiving, which is a disappointment since approximately 66 percent of students ages 16 to 25 believe that too many teachers don’t know how to work with Hispanic/Latino students because they come from different cultures. Part of the Department of Education’s strategy for assisting Latino students to succeed is to increase access to higher education through increased federal funding. This goal, however, is in danger. According to a US News report, a shortage of college grants—which includes Pell Grants and other federally financed education awards—are likely in 2011 and 2012.

The current administration has acknowledged that the Hispanic community will play an integral role in the future of the United States. It is important for the prospect of re-election that the President’s administration seriously considers the concerns and demands of the largest minority group in the United States. Latino communities have demonstrated that they are unwilling to accept administrative and legislative policy that has negative effects on the probability of success for Latino students. The legislative and executive branches have to demonstrate that they are willing to be partners in the development of the Latino community in the United States rather than inhibiting agents. Conduct to the contrary will create an attitude within the community that will be reflected in election results. In the discussion regarding how to best reduce the federal deficit, those who have stated that they advocate for the Latino community need to protect the community’s interests. If not, the credibility that so much effort has been expended for will dissolve swiftly.

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Ernie Dominguez is a first-year student at the University of Maryland School of Law and serves as NLLSA’s Policy Initiative Director.

For more about NLLSA’s Policy Initiative, please visit http://www.nllsa.org/policy.

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Opportunities with the Department of Justice–Applications Available July 25, 2011

In Internships,Jobs,NLLSA,Summer opportunities,U.S. Government on April 19, 2011 by Barbara

The following are full-time and summer 2012 opportunities for rising 2Ls and 3Ls with the U.S. Department of Justice. Make sure to apply early!

The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) is Justice’s recruitment program for entry-level attorneys, and is the only way Justice hires graduating law students.  Judicial law clerks, full-time graduate law program (LLM) students, and law school graduates in qualifying full-time legal fellowships are also eligible.  The first opportunity for law students to apply for HP is the summer before their third year of law schoolThis year, the on-line centralized electronic application opens July 25, 2011, and closes September 6, 2011.  Participating Justice offices and components will be listed at: www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hpparticipatingcomp.htm.

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is Justice’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Law students who have completed at least one full semester of law school by the application deadline are eligible to apply; however, the majority of SLIPs are second-year law students who work at Justice the summer between their second and third years of law school.  But the SLIP is also open to recent graduates between graduation and the start of a judicial clerkship or full-time qualifying legal fellowship. This year, the on-line centralized electronic application opens July 25, 2011, and closes September 6, 2011. Thus, current 1Ls (i.e., rising 2Ls) who are interested in a paid internship for Summer 2012should apply by September 6, 2011. Participating Justice offices and components will be listed at: www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/sp/spcomponents.htm

More information about Justice’s hiring programs, including volunteer internship opportunities across the county, may be found at the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) website at: http://www.justice.gov/oarm/