Organizations and elected officials will work together to educate the Latino community
about the importance of participating in Census 2020
Washington, D.C. – As part of the April 1st National Census Day of Action, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today announced that it will join¡Hágase Contar! Campaign partners and elected officials for a series of events held across the country. A full list of events is available here.
The goal of this year’s day of action is to educate the Latino community about the importance of participating in Census 2020. With Latinos now the nation’s second largest population group and one out of every six Americans, full and accurate data about the Latino community are critical for our country’s economic, social and civic well-being.
“Given the importance of Census 2020 in distributing billions of dollars in federal funding and the allocation of political power to communities across the country for the next 10 years, we cannot afford to have millions of Latinos and other Americans missed in the nation’s decennial count,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Chief Executive Officer. “A failed count of the nation’s second largest population group would mean a failed decennial count for the country. That’s why we are proud to join forces with our ¡Hágase Contar! Campaign partners to educate Latinos across the nation about the importance of making themselves count in Census 2020.”
Census data are crucial for our representative democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government. These data also guide the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families, including those affecting health, transportation, education and housing.
Several challenges post a threat to a full and accurate count of Latinos in Census 2020, including the addition of the citizenship question, a climate of fear and distrust in the government, a lack of adequate funding for the Census Bureau, and a shift to the internet as the primary response option for the first time in history.
In the lead up to Census 2020, NALEO Educational Fund is calling on the Latino community to pledge to get themselves counted. Supporters can sign the online pledge to participate in Census 2020 atwww.naleo.org/censuspledge and follow the April 1st National Census Day of Action activities on social media by searching #HagaseContar.
Led by NALEO Educational Fund, the ¡Hágase Contar! Campaign is a nationwide effort to achieve a full and accurate count of Latinos in Census 2020. Additional information is available atwww.hagasecontar.org (site launches April 1, 2019).
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The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is accepting applications for the Court’s Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel. The Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel is authorized by Local Rule 33.1, and is governed by the Second Circuit's Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel Plan. Members of the Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel serve as volunteer mediators for counseled, civil appeals.
All applicants must be attorneys admitted to, and in good standing with, the Bar of the Second Circuit or the bar of a state within the Second Circuit. Applicants must have 10 years of legal experience and substantial mediation experience.
As explained in the Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Plan, the Panel's size is limited; therefore, the Court cannot appoint every qualified applicant. Membership will be on a three-year rotational basis, subject to a limit of two consecutive terms.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and this application to the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs and the Chief Circuit Mediator via email to email@example.com.
Applications must be received by May 1, 2019. Please use the subject line: Appellate Mediator Panel.
Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) is seeking attorneys to volunteer at our Monday night legal clinic. Attorneys admitted to the Bar of New York and in good-standing are eligible. We are seeking a volunteer attorney for each date marked "open." Your help is much appreciated.
April 8 - open
April 15 - open
April 22 - open
April 29 - open
May 6 - open
May 13 - open
May 20 -open
May 27 - Holiday
June 3 - open
June 10 - open
June 17 - open
June 24 - open
More about HCC's Clinic
Any New York City resident can visit HCC's legal clinic, regardless of income. Our volunteer lawyers explain basic legal rights and often refer visitors to other legal resources/agencies around New York City. The questions are primarily about housing and housing-related legal issues. However, while most visitors come for advice on housing-related matters, attorneys may field questions about other basic legal matters as well (employment, contracts, immigration, family law issues etc.). The Clinic is for 15-minute, informational consultations only. Visitors do not retain the volunteer attorneys.
The clinic starts at 7:00pm and ends roughly at 9:00pm (often earlier, depending on the number of visitors). To keep the clinic manageable, signup is limited to eight visitors. HCC's office is located on 10th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets.
If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact:
Senior Supervising Attorney
Housing Conservation Coordinators
777 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Tel.: (212) 541-5996
Fax: (212) 541-5966
Both new lawyers and experienced attorneys are welcome to attend and are awarded up to 21 free CLE credits (in addition to 10 pro bono CLE credits) in return for service in the Court’s pro bono programs.
The Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is accepting applications for the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel. The deadline is April 30, 2019.
Pro Bono Panel members will, at the Court’s invitation or on a litigant’s motion for appointment of counsel, represent pro se litigants in civil appeals that present issues of first impression, complex issues of law or fact, or potentially meritorious claims warranting further briefing and oral argument. Pro bono representation will be provided to litigants who would otherwise be unable to pay for counsel and are ineligible for the appointment of counsel pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.
Cases in which pro bono counsel will be appointed cover a broad range of legal issues, including prisoner civil rights, labor and employment, discrimination, social security, immigration, and tax law.
Applicants must be admitted to and members in good standing of the Bar of the Second Circuit or have an admission application pending before this Court, and have at least three years of appellate litigation experience. Pro Bono Panel members will serve for a three-year term.
Pro Bono Panel members who were appointed by the Court in 2016 for a three-year term must submit a new application if they wish to remain on the Panel.
An application package must contain a resume, a written application and three writing samples, preferably appellate briefs on which the applicant was the primary author. These materials must be submitted to David Bober, Director of Legal Affairs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007, by April 30, 2019.
For more information and to apply CLICK HERE.
The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Judiciary is seeking recommendations for Family Court Judge Alicea Elloras-Ally whose term will expire March 2, 2019.
Formal request can be found here.
Information can be sent to the Committee on any personal experience with these candidates regarding their judicial temperament, treatment of attorneys, litigants and court personnel, fairness, ethics, legal ability, industriousness, case management skills, knowledge of current substantive and procedural law, etc.
Please keep in mind that per the Committee's standards for accuracy and fairness, if any materially adverse information is presented, the Committee requests all available minutes of court proceedings demonstrating the facts in question. If minutes are unavailable, the captions of cases, docket numbers, dates of court proceedings, and a brief explanation of the issues deemed relevant to the Committee's evaluation should be listed.
All information should be sent to:
Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary
100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Judiciary is seeking recommendations for incumbent judges for their reappointment to the Criminal, Family and Interim Civil Court.
The list of Interim Civil Court Judges whose terms will expire on December 31, 2018 can be found here.
The Latino Judges Association is now accepting applications for their 2018 Latino Judges Association Summer Internship program which will provide one law student with a very unique experience. For more information and application, click here
The application is due February 23, 2018 by 5 PM
The intern will be under the supervision of a Judge or Justice assigned to the New York City, New York State or Federal Court. The intern will rotate among the courts (Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, Supreme Court, Family Court, Criminal Court, Housing Court, Civil Court, Federal Court and/or Town Court) on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. The Internship will run from June 4, 2018 until August 10, 2018 and the student will receive a $2,500 stipend. The application is due February 23, 2018 by 5 PM and accompanying materials may be sent via e-mail to Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Supreme Court, Kings County – Criminal Term, 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
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