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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring three esteemed members of the Boston legal community. Maureen Monks, Associate Justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Manisha Bhatt, Senior Attorney in the Family Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and Susan M. Finegan, Pro Bono Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. will each discuss how their commitment to pro bono and public service work has shaped their careers, as well as the many ways in which all of us can incorporate giving back into our personal and professional lives. A reception to directly follow panel.
• Family Law Section
• Hon. Maureen H. Monks
o Middlesex Probate and Family Court
• Manisha Hemendra Bhatt
o Greater Boston Legal Services
• Susan M. Finegan
o Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Monday June 24th at noon- Equal Justice Works Information Session with Rhadika Singh Miller, Senior Program Manager of Law School Relations in room 230 at Docker Hall.
Monday July 8th at noon- Skadden Fellowship Information Session with Susan Butler Plum, director and Liza Hirsch a Northeastern alum and Skadden Fellow at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute in room 230 at Docker Hall.
Friday, April 26, 2013
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, DC
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
Since 2011, the number of arriving unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico has significantly increased in the U.S. UNHCR is concerned by the lack of comprehensive data concerning the influx of UASC coming to the United States and seeks to determine the specific root causes and “mechanics” of such movements from Central America and Mexico to inform the design of a regional strategy to prevent and respond to the protection needs of these children in a more comprehensive and effective manner.
To meet this goal in part, UNHCR will conduct research focused on examining the triggering events and/or characteristics of the movements of UASC through in-depth interviews with 400 UASC, 100 each from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The interviews will be with children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), released to sponsors in the U.S., in the custody of Mexico’s El Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) and NGO shelters in Mexico. UNHCR seeks to hire a short-term paid consultant to assist in conducting these interviews.
Scope of work:
This position is a short-term (10 week) consultancy from approximately May 20, 2013 to July 26, 2013. During this period, the consultant will travel to multiple locations within the U.S. and northern Mexico to assist in interviewing approximately 200 children in ORR custody, released to sponsors, and in DIF custody or at Mexican NGO shelters. The consultant, as part of a two-person interview team, will serve primarily as support to the interview team leader during the interviews and be responsible for note-taking. And after a period of training by the interview team leader, the consultant will then conduct a portion of the interviews him- or herself. The interviews are to be completed within a ten week timeframe according to the itinerary prepared ahead of time. The consultant will assist the interview team leader with communication and coordination with UNHCR in Washington throughout the duration of the travel period, including any logistical needs and an email or phone call update for each site where children are interviewed.
The consultant will perform other duties as needed, including drafting updates to assist UNHCR in reporting on the project and participating in a final de-brief with UNHCR personnel to share lessons learned upon the completion of the interviews.
Essential Job Functions
• Travel to various locations across the United States and into northern Mexico.
• Work as part of a two-person team to interview roughly 200 UASC.
• During the interviews lead by the interview team leader, input the interviewee’s answers into electronic survey.
• Serve as the lead interviewer in a portion of the interviews.
• Communicate with UNHCR on a regular basis regarding the progress made while in the field interviewing.
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience; JD or graduate degree preferred
• Spanish fluency
• Demonstrated knowledge and interest in immigrant rights and children’s rights
• Able to work well on a team
• Experience as an interviewer preferred
• Prior experience working with unaccompanied alien children in ORR custody strongly preferred
To apply send a letter of interest, resume, completed Form P-11 (available at http://www.unhcrwashington.org/site/c.ckLQI5NPIgJ2G/b.6770627/k.EC45/Vacancies.htm), and two references to Nicole Boehner, email@example.com
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We are seeking to fill this position immediately.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Work-study eligible research assistant needed for legislative analysis on criminal justice-related issues in May and June for approximately 10 hours per week. Researcher must be an extremely thorough and careful reader, with precise writing skills and ability to rapidly and succinctly distill legislation and judicial opinions. Please email cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample (authored without assistance or editing, maximum of 3 pages) to Abbagail Geroux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Mr. Varone was nominated by the Center for Law and Social Responsibility based on his Public Interest Clinic work in the area of domestic relations and social security cases. Mr. Varone showed incredible poise and intregity in the face of an opposing attorney who blatantly misrepresented a series of events leading up to the trial. In another case, Mr. Varone balanced a succesful outcome for his client and the ethicial issues he faced when the opposing client was unrepresented. The opposing client continually asked for Mr. Varone's advice and seemed to lack sufficient capacity to settle the case.
Mr. Varone continued his commitment to professionalism and ethics in the Criminal Procedure II clinic where he recieved high praise for his skill at trial and attention to detail in all aspects of the case.
Friday, April 12, 2013
“We listened to various keynote speakers and panel discussions and were able to select which workshops we wanted to go to. The workshops covered so many areas of practice that I was able to go to international human rights, labor laws in Mexico, and women in the legal profession workshops.” Hayat Bearat ‘2015.
Graduating student Benjamin Jones stated “The Retreat is a tradition that I plan to continue after I graduate-next year as a practitioner. The contacts I left the woods with have proven directly on point with the public interest efforts I am pursuing upon my return to my home state of Maine.”