Prepared by NALP's GLBT Committee, winter 2004.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES (Specific and General Information)
AIDS Project LA (APLA)
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest AIDS service organizations, provides direct services to more than 10,000 men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. APLA is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies and legislation on the local, state and federal level. APLA offers an unpaid Government Affairs Internship for graduate students. Interns assist in the development and execution of special policy-related projects working directly with the Policy Analyst. Requires a 3-6 month commitment.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU National Office in New York City offers the Crawford Fellowship focusing on lesbian and gay rights and AIDS Projects. These projects bring "impact" lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country - cases designed to have a significant effect on LGBT people and those with HIV/AIDS. Salary is covered by ACLU scale. Deadline is the end of November for the following summer. Other summer internships are available with the ACLU, but these are unpaid positions.
Equality California (formerly California Alliance for Pride and Equality)
Equality California and its sister organizations, Equality California Institute and Equality California PAC, share a common mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Equality California, formerly known as California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE), was founded in 1998. EQCA is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Equality California leads efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state level through an array of strategies including lobbying legislators, building coalitions and empowering other organizations and individuals to engage in the legislative process, and sponsoring bills and leading efforts to ensure their passage. Unpaid internship positions are available in the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento offices.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Unpaid internships are available in either the New York or Los Angeles offices.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Providing litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of cooperating attorneys across New England. Law clerk/legal internships are available but are unpaid. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials. A related organization, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, at www.victoryinstitute.org, to ensure that LGBT Americans are not excluded from the electoral process and does this work by offering through its Leadership Institute Candidate & Campaign Training program nonpartisan trainings on the ins and outs of campaigns. In addition, it works to help openly gay and lesbian officeholders develop professionally through its collaboration with the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials and co-sponsorship of the annual Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Founded in 1980, HRC lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to candidates for federal office, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting LBGT Americans, including workplace, family and discrimination issues.
Under their McLeary Law Fellows program in Washington, D.C., HRC offers 4 fall and spring legal fellowships and 3 full-time summer fellowships. A stipend of $3,000 is offered for an 11-week minimum commitment. Deadlines are rolling, but for summer positions deadlines are generally the beginning of February.
ImmigrationEquality (formerly Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force)
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (now called Immigration Equality) is a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists who address the widespread impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community and immigrants who are living with HIV/AIDS. Incorporated in 1994, LGIRTF is a non-profit organization that seeks to help those affected by these discriminatory practices through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a nationwide resource network. LGIRTF offers free legal clinics and support group meetings, publishes an informative newsletter and a heavily trafficked website. LGIRTF responds to hundreds of individual requests for information and assistance each year. There are local chapters nationwide, and unpaid internships are available by emailing email@example.com.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lambda Legal is a non-profit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Lambda routinely hires for staff attorney positions in its National Headquarters Office in New York, as well as affiliate locations around the country. They also offer summer internships for law students.
Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
www.le-gal.org LeGaL offers the Dr. M.L. "Hank" Henry, Jr. Fund for Judicial Internships. A $3,500 stipend is awarded to a law student to support a 10-week summer judicial internship in New York City under the auspices of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGaL Foundation"). The program is designed to give the intern exposure to a variety of courts or tribunals. The Fund for Judicial Internships was established in memory of Dr. Henry, whose ground breaking work encouraged openly lesbian and gay lawyers to seek and achieve judicial office in New York City. The internship is intended for students with a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, LGBT rights. (Deadline is typically early January; check website for details.)
Log Cabin Republicans
www.logcabin.org Log Cabin Republicans is an organization dedicated to tolerance, fairness, and inclusion in the GOP. Log Cabin has become a leading voice on the national stage working to educate other Republicans and all elected officials about the importance of gay and lesbian civil rights. For information on unpaid internships offered in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Located in San Francisco, NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education.
NCLR hires law clerks for the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters. Application deadlines are rolling but early submissions are encouraged.
National Lesbian and Gay Task Force (NLGTF)
The Policy Institute of NGLTF is the largest think tank in the U.S. engaged in research, policy analysis, and strategic action to advance equality and understanding of LGBT people. The Vaid Fellowship is offered to graduate or post-graduate (within 12 months) law students in the New York City offices. The fellowship is offered part-time in the winter, and full-time in the summer with a weekly stipend of $400 for a full-time position. Deadline for application is March 7, 2004.
Pride Law Fund
Pride Law Fund strives to support work that promotes the legal rights of the LGBT community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding legal services and projects and by sponsoring education and outreach.
The Roberta Achtenberg, Steven Block and Mary Morgan Summer Fellowship Programs are open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization anywhere in the country. The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship is to fund a new lawyer each year to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the LGBT community. Please check the website for deadline information (typically in March or April).
Project Inform is a non-profit, San Francisco-based national HIV/AIDS treatment information organization. Serving individuals and organizations with up-to-the minute treatment information and advocacy, Project Inform offers unpaid summer advocacy and policy internships in the San Francisco office.
Servicemembers' Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance. SLDN seeks legal interns annually, selecting two candidates for intern positions each semester, and they also entertain applications from 1Ls and 2Ls. The positions are unpaid, though SLDN encourages applicants to secure funded fellowships. Students may also receive credit in exchange for their services as allowed by their law school.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SLRP, a satellite of Urban Justice Center)
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. The Urban Justice Center serves low-income New Yorkers through a unique combination of direct legal services, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. SLRP offers unpaid internship positions in its New York offices throughout the year.
ONLINE RESOURCES (Employment Related)
The Williams Project
The Charles R. Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA is the nation's first think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. The Project supports legal scholarship, legal research, policy analysis, and education regarding sexual orientation discrimination and other legal issues that affect lesbian and gay people. This website offers information on upcoming events, conferences and opportunities for student involvement as well as local resources for LGBT law students.
National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
NLGLA is the voice of the LGBT legal profession. This professional association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association since 1992 sponsors Lavender Law, an annual CLE conference for the LGBT legal community. Each year, Lavender Law offers a Career Fair for LGBT law students and lateral candidates. NLGLA also offers networking to its over twenty affiliated state, regional or local LGBT bar associations across the country.
The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
LGLA offers the William J. Clayton Student Mentorship Program to provide mentors to law students in the Los Angeles area. LGLA also administers and raises funds for the Donald L. Snow Scholarship, which it awards to deserving law students each year. Yearly deadline is October.
Equality California's mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians. Formerly known as CAPE (California Alliance for Pride and Equality), EQCA was founded in 1998 and is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization that focuses on state law-making and legislative lobbying efforts. Law students are invited to volunteer.
Lambda Community Services
This site offers an array of resources and links to other organizations and sites dedicated to LGBT issues. Provides comprehensive listing of legal-related sites and employment information.
This site provides a list of GLBT-related non-profit organizations offering internships and fellowships.
This site describes a number of scholarships available to lesbian, gay and bisexual students. The criteria for eligibility varies.
The Point Foundation is the first and only nationwide LGBT scholarship organization that focuses exclusively on granting assistance to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students of distinction.
Queer Resources Directory
Online directory with information about legal employers, companies with non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation, and companies providing domestic partner benefits.
A new employment service for GLBT people. Employers and recruiters can post job openings, and job seekers can post resumes.
This site has resources for special populations including African Americans, disabled, LGBT, Native Americans, and women. Their mission is to "facilitate excellence in diversity recruitment by bringing together human resources professionals with quality professional candidates from diverse backgrounds."
This site has resources and advice, as well as job listings, for various minority groups, including the GLBT Community.
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. There are resources listed on their website specifically targeting gay and lesbian lawyers.
Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship
www.equityfoundation.org A scholarship between $1000-$3000 is offered by the founders of PFLAG, Bill and Ann Shepherd. Although based in Oregon, the applicant doesn't have to be from Oregon or intend to practice there.
ONLINE RESOURCES (General Information)
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 400 member organizations. Every continent and around 90 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities. ILGA is to this day the only international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation focused on presenting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation as a global issue.
This site is home of the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. Provides comprehensive materials on the Solomon Amendment to-date. Also accessible through www.aals.org.
A comprehensive website with links to a detailed history of the Solomon Amendment, forms of amelioration, and resources and ideas for students and faculty members to raise awareness and fight discrimination.
An excellent resource on the Solomon Amendment and related topics created by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance. This site provides up-to-the-minute information for LGBT military members as well as legal resources.
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Feldman, R.C. and M. Boucai, Due Justice: Amelioration for Law School Compliance with the Solomon Amendment - A Handbook for Law Schools, Georgetown University Law Center, 2003
The most comprehensive, detailed resource regarding compliance and "amelioration" suggestions for law school students, faculty and career services offices. Also includes links to law school campuses and their efforts at amelioration. Available at: www.solomonresponse.org/duejustice.pdf
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