Blogs entries posted in December, 2012.

SANDY COMMUNITY SURVEY with Legal Services NYC

Posted by OPI at 4:59 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- Legal Services NYC seeks law student volunteers to conduct a community needs assessment in Sandy-impacted New York neighborhoods. Our goal: Reach 5,000 New Yorkers over three weeks in January 2013. Student canvassers will be trained to assess for immediate legal needs and to provide resources and referrals. LSNYC and our community partners will use the survey results to advocate for a broad spectrum of expanded resources, law and policy reforms.

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The Student Press Law Center

Posted by OPI at 3:50 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free legal assistance to student journalists and the teachers who work with them nationwide. The SPLC is considering a facial constitutional challenge to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"), a federal statute that frequently is misapplied to obstruct journalists' access to information from colleges and schools. We believe the statute -- violation of which is punishable by complete withdrawal of a school's federal funding -- is constitutionally infirm under the principles set forth in the "Obamacare" ruling, NFIB v. Sebelius. The research assignment would be gathering and analyzing caselaw from the Ninth Circuit to determine (1) the prerequisites for a facial First Amendment challenge to a federal statute, and (2) the standing issues involved in challenging the statute from the vantage point of a requester of public records rather than the institution that actually faces the potential forfeiture of federal funding. The student's work would assist SPLC in building the strongest case to withstand a motion to dismiss. SPLC would hope for a written memo summarizing the student's findings, but the memo can be relatively informal. The work probably will take about a 30-hour week, but it is divisible if the student would prefer a less demanding assignment. There is no specific deadline. Inquiries can be directed to Frank D. LoMonte at director@splc.org

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Klamp & Associates - Lawyers Serving the Nonprofit Community

Posted by OPI at 3:48 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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Project: Intellectual property research and registration for a new nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and promoting civil society development in Syria.

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Posted by OPI at 1:06 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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If you’ll be in Texas over the break, check out the opportunity below.  

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has 15 offices with 300 staffers in 69 Texas Counties and several more counties in some southern states where Texas migrant farm workers go to work.

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The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Posted by OPI at 11:00 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, through its Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy, is seeking 1-2 legal interns/volunteers to provide short-term support in the completion of the 7th edition of the Child Pornography: Model Legislation and Global Review.  In particular, assistance is needed in researching the existing child pornography laws in a dozen countries, sending verification letters to local Embassies, reviewing and updating footnotes, and drafting and reviewing several new sections of the report on online grooming, data retention laws, and implementation. Ideally a student would work a minimum of 15 hours/week. The research work can be done  remotely, but the other components would need to be done onsite. Simply as a point of reference, the report is expected to be fully completed for publication by late February. Interested students can contact WCL Alumnus Sandra Marchenko at smarchenko@icmec.org or 703.837.6340.

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The Due Process of Law Foundation

Posted by OPI at 10:59 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The Due Process of Law Foundation needs pro bono translation help.  The organization has a lot of Amicus Briefs and other official legal letters to judicial authorities in Latin America that need to be translated from Spanish to English for their website.  There are more than ten documents, and each document should not take more than 30 mins to translate each depending on the student’s level of Spanish. If you are interested in helping, please contact Stephanie Luckam, Intern Coordinator, sluckam@dplf.org

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The Humane Party

Posted by OPI at 10:57 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- The Humane Party is looking for pro bono support. The Humane Party is the U.S.A.'s first political party committed to running and electing only candidates who have committed to humane values both personally and politically.

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Shared Hope International

Posted by OPI at 10:56 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- Shared Hope International just released the 2012 Protected Innocence Challenge report which grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well their existing legislative frameworks combat domestic minor sex trafficking and protect victims. The organization needs help to create additional tools that advocates can use in the upcoming 2013 state legislative sessions to advocate for improvements in their states’ laws. This would involve reviewing and compiling specific results of their policy work into charts and other formats that allow for easy reference.

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The American Society of International Law

Posted by OPI at 10:55 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The American Society of International Law needs help on some short-term projects consisting of bluebooking assignments for two publications (International Legal Materials and ASIL Insights), research of current developments in international law (with particular focus on main international tribunals/institutions), correspondence with authors/editors, tracking of status charts, proof reading, and short writing assignments. The supervisor will be out of the country until January 4, but may be able to supervise and train virtually before then. These projects could be completed during the spring semester.

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DC Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment (DC SAFE)

Posted by OPI at 10:52 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. -- DC Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment (DC SAFE) is looking for volunteers for the DC Domestic Violence Court Watch Project. Commitment is flexible, training is short and occurs frequently, and students get to sit in CPO court to observe and record their findings. Volunteering for this project will be an important contribution to a project enhancing access to justice. To fill out an application form, and to find more information about the project, please visit the website:

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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Posted by OPI at 10:45 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Please click the "Read more" button below for the whole message. --- The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program was created in 1992 with a dual mission:  1) to provide assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court), and 2) to recruit and train attorneys in the field of veterans' law.  For additional information about the Consortium, please visit www.vetsprobono.org.

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AEquitas: Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women

Posted by OPI at 10:43 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women is an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability.

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The Law Office of Maribel LaFontaine P.C.

Posted by OPI at 4:54 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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The Law Office of Maribel LaFontaine P.C.is a private, for-profit firm. However, the firm works on many pro-bono and “low-bono” cases.  Most of the cases are in family law and one is an immigration matter.  The following cases could be worked on in the winter break timeframe; all but the first could be done remotely, however the students may find they will get a richer learning experience if they complete the assignment in the office.  

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Hogar Immigrant Services

Posted by OPI at 7:06 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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Help Hogar stuff the Sunday bulletins for Spanish Masses throughout Northern Virginia with information about the Hogar Citizenship Program and the Hogar ESOL Program. This activity is very important to get the word out about citizenship classes, upcoming workshops, and ESOL classes – your actions will help reach thousands! Friday, December 14 at 1:00 PM  for about 2 hours.  Location:  Migration and Refugee Services office of Catholic Charities (Next to the main office on Glebe road, Arlington). Address:  80 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203, RSVP to Richard Eldridge at REldridge@ccda.net.

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ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Posted by OPI at 11:52 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is looking for pro bono help. This would be a great project over the winter break. Some of the work can be done remotely.

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DC Employment Justice Center's Workers' Rights Clinic

Posted by OPI at 6:06 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

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WCL students can get legal pro bono hours by helping with the clinic. At the clinic, low-income workers can walk in without an appointment and have a one-on-one consultation with a trained intake counselor who will provide legal advice with the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney. The next intake training will be held on  Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Bread for the City, which is located at  1525 7th Street NW Washington, DC 20001.

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UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic translation work

Posted by OPI at 3:39 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Seeking fluent Spanish and English speakers to translate parts of a submission to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The translation will be from Spanish into English with a 5 hour minimum commitment. Work can be done remotely. Deadline for translations is Friday December 28, 2012. Please contact Professor Ali Beydoun at beydoun@american.edu if you are interested.



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Naturalization Workshops with Hogar Hispano

Posted by OPI at 3:36 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Saturday 1/12/13  9:15 AM – 3:30 PM at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church,  46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, VA 20164. Hogar Hispano is a part of Catholic Charities.  At the naturalization workshops, volunteers will help eligible permanent residents (green card holders) completed naturalization applications to become U.S. citizens. Donuts & coffee will be served for breakfast and pizza during lunch.  (Note: If you need to leave early, please let Hogar Hispano know. But all volunteers must be there at 9:15 before the 9:30 training starts.) Please RSVP to Richard Eldridge either by email or by calling 703-534-9805  X-239.   ***Future Dates (Mark your calendars!): February 23, 2013: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Alexandria VA 22309; March 16, 2013: Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Take Back Your Home Pro Bono Hours over Winter Break 2012

Posted by OPI at 10:20 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Take Back Your Home - There is still great need for foreclosure outreach in Prince George's County over winter break! We could do a traditional morning of door-knocking, or we could visit some of the housing counseling agencies if you all are interested in learning what they do to help people through the process. There are a lot of opportunities, so let me know if you're interested! You can email me directly at amygellatly@gmail.com



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