LatinoJustice Public Interest Fellowship

In NLLSA on July 12, 2012 by Public Relations Director

2013 Public Interest Fellowship

Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunities with LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Download Public Interest Fellowship Details

LatinoJustice PRLDEF is seeking to sponsor a rising 3L or recent law school graduate who will be clerking in 2012-13 for Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships. Applications for 2013-2014 Fellowship Opportunities must be submitted to LatinoJustice by no later than July 25th, 2012,

LatinoJustice primarily focuses on law reform impact litigation, partnering with prominent pro bono law firms, and other public interest civil rights organizations. Legal Fellows through their fellowship project will have the opportunity to engage in client outreach through legal clinics and know your rights workshops, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, trial practice, writing amicus briefs, and appeals. Non-litigation activities typically include legal services in collaboration with out community based organizational partners, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matter.

Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Applicants for the two-year Skadden Fellowship and EJW Fellowship should consult those programs for more details about their respective fellowship eligibility requirements, previous successful fellowship proposals, selection process, and respective application deadlines.


Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and equal opportunity for all. Applicants should be dedicated to the deployment of innovative and cutting-edge strategies (including non-litigation strategies) in addressing entrenched racial and national origin discrimination matters. Applicants for the 2013-2014 Fellowships must graduate from law school by June 2013, or have graduated in 2011-2012 and are currently clerking in 2012-13.

Applicants should have bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate involvement in scholarship, activities or employment which promote racial, national origin, gender, and economic justice on behalf of Latino communities. Project proposals focusing on the Southeastern United States are welcome.


Please submit an initial application consisting of cover letter describing your interest at working with LatinoJustice and project proposal, academic transcript, and resume to by no later than July 25th, 2012. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

For questions about Fellowship application process or other LatinoJustice employment opportunities, please contact Jose Perez, Associate General Counsel (212) 219-3360 or



AZ Job

In NLLSA on May 21, 2012 by Public Relations Director

Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel (OCC)

Job description:

Represent children in dependency, divorce, and criminal cases (as the victim or witness).  File pleadings and appellate briefs where necessary.  Maintain client contact, including home visits.  Work will include some nights and weekends.

A dependency action is a case filed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Child Protective Services Division or by a private individual alleging that a child is need of proper care and control because their parents are either unable or unwilling to do so.  An attorney from the OCC is appointed to represent each child in a dependency proceeding.

OCC attorneys are occasionally appointed as attorneys in very contested divorce cases.  Additionally, OCC attorneys may be appointed in criminal cases where the child is the victim or witness in a case.  OCC does not represent children  in delinquency proceedings.

Job qualifications:

Graduation from accredited school of law. Admission to the Arizona State Bar at time of appointment.


Preference will be given to those applicants with experience working with children and those who have participated in a family law or child advocacy clinic in law school.

Starting Salary $25.25 per hour DOE

This job is scheduled to begin towards the end of June 2012.  Interviewing will begin on May 23, 2012 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Rebecca Curtiss:

Include “Bilingual Attorney Application” in the subject line of your email. 


5th Annual NLLSA Moot Court Competition to be held Oct. 4-5, 2012, at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California

In NLLSA on May 20, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

On behalf of the 2011-2012 NLLSA Executive Board, I am delighted to invite you to compete in the Fifth Annual National Latina/o Association Moot Court Competition.  This year the competition will be taking place in Los Angeles, California at the 16th Annual Conference on October 4-5, at UCLA School of Law.

NLLSA is a progressive organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining the academic success of Latina/o law students as well as to encouraging the discussion of issues relevant to the Latina/o population.  As the largest minority in the United States, it is valuable to create a forum where Latina/o law students can vibrantly debate contemporary legal issues that affect our community.

We have consistently focused on Moot Court topics relevant to the Latina/o community.  Last year in New Orleans, participants of the 4th Annual moot Court Competition debated the constitutional questions raised by the enactment of Arizona’s SB1070.  This year, we have selected a topic that addresses another timely issue facing our community.

It is a great pleasure to present this great opportunity for Latina/o law students to engage with a moot court topic significant to our community while they are able to sharpen their advocacy skills through fervent competition against students from across the country.  Please remember to submit your team’s Notice of Intent to Participate to me at on June 30, 2012, before 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

Good luck to all the participants, and I look forward to a stimulating competition.


Ernie Dominguez-Rodriguez

Attorney General, NLLSA

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2013


“Su Voz, Mi Voto” Press Conference Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 12:30pm ET

In NLLSA on April 18, 2012 by NLLSA Chair


Washington, D.C.:  Tomorrow, members of DRM Capitol Group and the iDREAM campaign, along the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will hold a press conference to announce the launch of a new civic engagement campaign to engage Latinos called “Su Voz, Mi Voto,” or in English, “Their Voice, My Vote.” The program’s goal is to motivate and educate Latino voters that their vote in 2012 will be the voice for their undocumented friends, family members and classmates.
WHAT: Press Conference on “Su Voz, Mi Voto” and Latino engagement
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:30 pm ET
WHERE: House Triangle position in Washington, DC
  • Erick Garcia- Arizona undocumented youth
  • Jose Manuel Godinez- Florida Undocumented youth who graduated from law school
  • Lucy Allain- New York undocumented youth who confronted Romney on his DREAM Act stance
  • Daniela Rodriguez- Latino voter from Maryland 
  • Members of the  Hispanic Caucus: 
    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Charles Gonzalez (TX-20)
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), Immigration Task Force Chairman
    • Rep. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7)
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
    • Rep.  Nydia Velázquez (NY-12)
    • Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), First Vice Chairman
    • Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)
    • Rep. Joe Baca (CA-43)
DRM Capitol Group serves as a voice for undocumented youth and lobbying arm of the dream movement. Our work ensures that undocumented youth are represented in the halls of power and are correctly and directly informed of the actions of Congress, Executive Agencies, and the Courts.


2012 Central Region Encuentro Recap

In Academic, Conference, Education, Immigration, NLLSA on April 10, 2012 by NLLSA Chair

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, The National Latina/o Law Student Association and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Hispanic Latino Law Student’s Association co-hosted the Central Region Encuentro at  Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  The audience was composed by law students coming from various schools located all over the Midwest, as well as undergraduate and high school students from the greater Chicago land area. During registration, we had representatives from the Department of Labor providing information about their job openings and the DePaul College of Law Human Rights in the Americas Summer Program providing information to students interested in summer school.

   The Encuentro began with an introduction into the Latino/a Critical Thinking Theory (LatCrit) by Northern Illinois University Law professor Guadalupe Luna.  She also spoke about her experiences teaching property law and the different pedagogical approaches taken by other professors and case book authors in the area of property law.

The first panel discussion, led by Professor Alberto Coll from DePaul Law, discussed the recent Supreme Court decision Padilla v. Kentucky. Our panelists, Professors: Anita Maddali, César Garcia-Hernandez, and Linus Chan discussed the Padilla ramifications, and described the importance of having assistance of counsel during immigration proceedings.

The second panel discussion, led by Professor Jones from NIU Law, addressed important aspects of immigration law practice. Our panelists: David Richmond and Salvador Cicero, both practitioners of immigration law, shared their practical experiences at their respective law firms and provided valuable career advice to our attendees.

The final panel discussion, led by Chicago-Kent HLLSA President Veronica Cortez, hosted four members of the judiciary who shared their experiences at the bench. Our panelists: Hon. Edward Arce, Hon. Mark Lopez, Hon. Luciano Panici, and Hon. Raul Vega from Cook County explained their work, discussed interesting cases currently before them, and encouraged students to pursue careers in the judiciary. The Cook county judges concluded the event by inviting students to visit their courtrooms so the students can witness the judges daily work.

Overall, it was a rewarding experience to witness our community gathering together and participate in academic discussions. It was a pleasure to work with the panelists, moderators, presenters, and others who volunteer their time and effort to make this 2012 “Encuentro” for the Central Region a great success!

See you at the National Conference this fall at UCLA.


Omar Salguero

NLLSA Central Region Director

Northern Illinois College of Law 2012


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  For additional information about EBSA vacancies, interested candidates should contact Crystal Jordan via e-mail at

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


M. Lucero Ortiz

Special Assistant

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

(202) 693-6085

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

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 at


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


Reed Smith’s 2012 Diverse Scholars Program

In NLLSA on March 13, 2012 by Public Relations Director

Dear NLLSA Members:

Reed Smith is pleased to present its 2012 Diverse Scholars Program. Reed
Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm
in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. Rewarding young
future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and
introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of
this program.

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition
for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate
position after completion of the second year of law school. The program
is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent
academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application,
two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript
and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.

Summer associate positions in 2013 are available in: Chicago; Falls
Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia;
Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by
August 6, 2012.

Attached is a copy of the application. Students may also visit the
Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at  for
more information about our program and to download an application.

To learn more about Reed Smith’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,
please visit