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  • September 10, 2019 9:46 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    The Criminal Justice Act Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is soliciting applications from highly qualified and experienced criminal defense attorneys for membership on the CJA Panel for the District.

    Applications will be accepted from attorneys who are available for case assignments in either the Brooklyn or Central Islip Courthouses, or both. The Committee is also seeking applications from practitioners whose experience is uniquely suited to handling petitions for post-conviction relief.

    Assignments to the Panel will be for a three-year period, beginning January 1, 2020.

    Applications are available at the Clerk's Offices at the Courthouses in Brooklyn and Central Islip. The form of the application has also been posted at the Court's website at:

    Your application must be received by October 11, 2019. Please mail it to:

    Douglas C. Palmer, Clerk of Court United States District Court,Eastern District of New York 225 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Or submit via E-Mail at:

  • August 21, 2019 7:35 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR
    Safe Passage is the largest provider of free legal services for immigrant children in New York State; we currently represent almost 1,000 young people, in both NYC and Long Island, who are facing deportation. These young people are not appointed a lawyer, and if they cannot afford one, they must defend themselves. 

    Safe Passage already works with over 400 volunteer attorneys, most of whom have no prior immigration law experience. They are paired with an expert Safe Passage Project mentor who provides them with resources, sample pleadings, and strategic guidance throughout the life of a case. 

    Safe Passage continues to grow to meet the needs of immigrant youth and are recruiting new pro bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied children in immigration court. Their goal is to recruit 250 new volunteers by the end of the year. 

    Safe Passage Project Pro Bono One pager.pdf

    Pro Bono Recruitment Campaign 8.2019.pdf

  • August 12, 2019 8:16 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Testing Task Force is conducting a practice analysis survey. The survey is an essential component of the Task Force’s three-year study to ensure that the bar exam keeps pace with a changing legal profession. 

    The survey is open to attorneys nationwide and is focused on collecting information about the current job activities of newly licensed lawyers. The results, which will be published at the beginning of next year, will not only be used by NCBE to develop the next generation of the bar exam but will be informative to the profession as a whole. To participate in the survey and learn more about the study, visit 

    The New York Board of Law Examiners urges your participation in this survey. | 

  • June 10, 2019 10:20 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and Make the Road NY (MRNY) release a critical resource for defense attorneys that outlines best practices and crucial information for ensuring the rights of clients while they are detained by ICE:

    Guide for Criminal Defense Counsel:

    Representing Clients Detained by ICE

    Please share this information widely with the criminal defense attorneys in your area. Together, we must ensure the rights of immigrants in the face of federal attacks.

  • June 10, 2019 9:30 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    The Hispanic Federation has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to host a second Spanish Language Specialized High School Information Session.  As part of the event, there will be a Specialized High School and Resource Fair. We expect over 1,000 people, from across all five boroughs, to be in attendance. Hence, we need your help!
    DATE:           June 22, 2019
    TIME:            9:00AM – 3:00PM
    LOCATION:  Stuyvesant High School
                          345 Chambers St, New York, NY 10282<!4m5!3m4!1s0x0%3A0xb5084500683f46f9!8m2!3d40.7177577!4d-74.0138644&>

    As a volunteer you will help us with greeting, set up , ushering and break down throughout the event.  Food will be provided for you. If you are not available for a full shift, we also have half shifts from 9AM-12PM and 12PM-3PM. If interested and available, please email Chabelly Acosta,

  • May 02, 2019 9:45 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR


    Volunteer to provide limited legal advice and assistance to unrepresented consumers at court-based legal clinics.

    We currently have two Basic CLARO Trainings scheduled for this Spring/Early Summer.  Please see the details below for each:

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Where: New York County Lawyers Association

    14 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007

    To register for the May 15th Training, please click HERE.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Where: Wagner College

    One Campus Road

    Wagner Union Hall, 2nd Fl., Room 201

    Staten Island, NY 10301

    To register for the June 4th Training, please click HERE.

    Or Visit:

    3 CLE CREDITS: 1.5 Professional Practice, 1.5 Skills

    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Topics include: Introduction to CLARO; Ethical Considerations; Client Interaction; Pre-Litigation & The Life of a Debt; The Court Process & Key Motions; Substantive Defenses; Negotiating a Settlement; Stipulations 

    Your Commitment

    To receive 3 CLE credits you must volunteer for 6 hours total with CLARO by December 31, 2019.  Please allow between 4 and 6 weeks to receive the CLE certificate.

    Volunteers may serve with one of the following consumer debt pro se assistance programs, all of which provide limited legal advice to unrepresented consumers: 

    • Bronx CLARO
    • Brooklyn CLARO
    • Manhattan CLARO (must be a NYCLA member or Fordham Law School alumnus/a)
    • Queens CLARO
    • Staten Island CLARO 
    • Westchester CLARO

    For more information about the CLARO Programs, view a video or visit the program website here.

    Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer with the CLARO Program.

    Volunteers who have participated through a CLARO Program for at least six months will also be eligible to volunteer for limited-scope consumer clinics to serve low-income veterans and their family members through the Feerick Center's Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans Program.

    For more information, please contact Julia Cummings at jcummings20@fordham.eduor (212) 636-6222.

  • April 11, 2019 6:50 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    Deadline to Apply: April 12, 2019, by 8:00 PM EST

    The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is an annual leadership academy for diverse bar leaders from each of the CBLA member organizations: the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), National Bar Association (“NBA”), National LGBT Bar (“LGBT Bar”), and the National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”).

    Through this collaboration, the CBLA aims to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA benefits current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This year's program will be in June 23-25, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

    CBLA is intended for: 
    •    Up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years.
    •    Have served in leadership role with an HNBA Affiliate or local minority bar association, or who have served as an HNBA Regional President, Deputy Regional President, or chair or co-chair of an HNBA committee, section, division, or task force.

    How to Apply

    The application deadline for the 2019 CBLA is April 12, 2019.

    Submit an application HERE.

    All accepted applicants will be notified to register by May 3, 2019.

  • April 11, 2019 6:45 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    In 2013, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) launched an exciting and bold new program to increase Latino representation in the field of intellectual property law. In initial partnership with Microsoft, and now expanded to include other Corporate Fellows, the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute  (IPLI)* is making a difference for Latino law students. Innovation is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and IP law is an increasingly important factor in America’s future economic strength. Yet, statistics show that Latino lawyers are underrepresented in the field of IP law. The low numbers suggest a lack of understanding about IP law, a lack of role models, and a misconception about the skills and background needed to practice in the IP field. Six years ago, Latino IP attorneys were 1.8% of the profession, and with a 75% success rate, IPLI has helped increase those numbers.

    2019 IPLI Law Firm Fellows:

    • Davis Wright Tremaine
    • Ferraiuoli
    • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
    • Fish & Richardson PC.
    • Merchant & Gould
    • Polsinelli
    • Sheppard Mullin
    • Shook Hardy & Bacon
    • Sidley Austin
    • Troutman Sanders
    • Wilmer Hale
    • Workman Nydegger

    Up to thirty Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute, with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

    To apply to participate in IPLI 2019, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:
    • Personal statement (maximum 1000 words)
    • Your most recent law school transcript
    • Your current resume



    Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • A rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2019
    • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area
    • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor

    NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2019 is NOT eligible.

    The selection committee will select up to 30 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: an evaluation of expressed personal interest; academic record; dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; professional and faculty recommendations; and technical/scientific-related educational and employment background (if applicable). No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

    Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IP Law Institute to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.


    * The IPLI is a joint enterprise with the HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund, the HNBA’s 501(c)(3) arm.

  • April 09, 2019 7:50 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

    Public Rights Project Fellows, David Ureña and Callie Wilson, will be hosting office hours for attorneys interested in learning more about the benefits and responsibilities of the Public Rights Project Fellowship!

    In 2018, David Ureña was accepted into the fellowship and placed in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, while Callie Wilson was placed in the Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. During office hours, David and Callie will host a video conference to share their experiences with prospective candidates. It is important to note that this conference will not have any observation from the Public Rights Project Fellowship staff nor will it affect the selection process. Therefore, potential applicants are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to ask current fellows directly about how the Public Rights Project Fellowship has helped them to improve their legal skills, build upon their professional network and gain valuable experience working in public service.

    To read more about David and Callie and sign up for office hours, please click here. We recommend that you join from a computer so that you can both view the slides and hear and participate in the audio. Office Hours will be held according to the following schedule:

    • Callie:

      • Friday, April 12, 2019 9:30am – 10:30am (Pacific Time)

      • Saturday, April 13, 2019 1pm – 2pm (Pacific Time)

      • Friday, April 26, 2019 10:30am – 11:30am (Pacific Time)

    • David:

      • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 11am – 12pm (Pacific Time)

      • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7am – 8am (Pacific Time)

      • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11am – 12pm (Pacific Time)

    Interested attorneys can apply to the Public Rights Project Fellowship until May 15th, 2019. 


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