Public Service Section

The Public Service Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for advising law students whose career paths lead to public sector, public interest, and pro bono work during law school and after graduation. The section supports NALP's role as one of the leading providers of information and education about public service opportunities for law students and lawyers. NALP's public sector and nonprofit employer members and those responsible for implementing or marketing law school or law firm pro bono programs also participate in this section.

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2016-17 Section Chair: Katie Dilks, Georgetown University Law Center, skd9@law.georgetown.edu

February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Program Proposals
Brainstorm with Section members on a track of programming/speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference. Assist members with completion of the RFP process.

PSJD Resource Development Work Group
In collaboration with the PSJD Advisory Group (as that Group identifies the need for additional resources that will be useful to public interest and government job seekers), develop new resources that will be available to all NALP members. Prior to developing new resources on a particular topic, the Group should investigate whether this resource already exists and, if so, whether PSJD can get permission to copy or link to it (to avoid “reinventing the wheel”). This Group will start with the development of a resource for Capitol Hill careers.

LRAP Initiatives/CCRAA Developments
Continue to monitor developments and provide analysis about best practices for creating and maximizing a law school LRAP programs. Monitor and report back on developments on the federal legislative front.

Pro Bono Work Group
In light of the increased national dialogue brought about by the NY State’s 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the Bar (that other states may follow), continue to compile information for (and draft) a “Best Practices” resource that will include information on how to develop pro bono opportunities for students. Track (and report back to the Section and NALP’s larger membership on) developments with other state bars considering adopting pro bono requirements similar to New York’s. Collaborate with the New York Pro Bono Requirement Work Group in the International and Advanced Degree Recruiting and Advising Section as appropriate. Look for opportunities to collaborate with other sections (Lawyer and Law Student PD) as appropriate.

NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference Planning
Plan content and logistics for the 2016 Mini-Conference.

Publications
Brainstorm on topics to be covered in the NALP Bulletin and submit appropriate proposals with at least one article on government hiring issues and/or initiatives. Provide reminders to authors about upcoming submission deadlines. Encourage and facilitate opportunities for Section members to publish in non-NALP publications ((such as ABA, NLADA, local bar associations etc).


2015-16 Section Chair: Danielle Sorken, Brooklyn Law School, danielle.sorken@brooklaw.edu

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Program Proposals
Brainstorm with Section members on a track of programming/speakers for the 2016 Annual Education Conference. Assist members with completion of the RFP process. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience.

PSJD Resource Development Work Group
In collaboration with the PSJD Advisory Group (as that Group identifies the need for additional resources that will be useful to public interest and government job seekers), develop new resources that will be available to all NALP members. Prior to developing new resources on a particular topic, the Group should investigate whether this resource already exists and, if so, whether PSJD can get permission to copy or link to it (to avoid “reinventing the wheel”). This Group will start with the development of a resource for Capitol Hill careers.

LRAP Initiatives/CCRAA Developments
Continue to monitor developments and provide analysis about best practices for creating and maximizing a law school LRAP programs. Monitor and report back on developments on the federal legislative front to change CCRAA’s provisions (e.g., President Obama’s recent budget proposal to cap public service loan forgiveness at $57,500).

Pro Bono Work Group
In light of the increased national dialogue brought about by the NY State’s 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the Bar (that other states may follow), continue to compile information for (and draft) a “Best Practices” resource that will include information on how to develop pro bono opportunities for students. Track (and report back to the Section and NALP’s larger membership on) developments with other state bars considering adopting pro bono requirements similar to New York’s. Collaborate with the New York Pro Bono Requirement Work Group in the International and Advanced Degree Recruiting and Advising Section as appropriate. Look for opportunities to collaborate with other sections (Lawyer and Law Student PD) as appropriate.

NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference Planning
Plan content and logistics for the 2015 Mini-Conference.

Publications
Brainstorm on topics to be covered in the NALP Bulletin and submit appropriate proposals with at least one article on government hiring issues and/or initiatives. Provide reminders to authors about upcoming submission deadlines. Encourage and facilitate opportunities for Section members to publish in non-NALP publications ((such as ABA, NLADA, local bar associations etc).


2014-15 Section Chair: Kim Bart, Duke University School of Law, bart@law.duke.edu

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Program Proposals
Brainstorm with Section members on a track of programming/speakers for the 2015 Annual Conference. Assist members with completion of the RFP process. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience. Vice Chair: Hillary Exter, Fordham University Law School.

PSJD Resource Development Work Group
In collaboration with the PSJD Advisory Group (as that Group identifies the need for additional resources that will be useful to public interest and government job seekers), develop new resources that will be available to all NALP members. Prior to developing new resources on a particular topic, the Group should investigate whether this resource already exists and, if so, whether PSJD can get permission to copy or link to it (to avoid “reinventing the wheel”). This Group will start with the development of a resource for Capitol Hill careers. Vice Chairs: Leslie Thrope, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and Michael Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative.

LRAP Initiatives/CCRAA Developments
Continue to monitor developments and provide analysis about best practices for creating and maximizing a law school LRAP programs. Monitor and report back on developments on the federal legislative front to change CCRAA’s provisions (e.g., President Obama’s recent budget proposal to cap public service loan forgiveness at $57,500). Vice Chair: Nicole Simmons, The University of Texas School of Law.

Pro Bono Work Group
In light of the increased national dialogue brought about by the NY State’s 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the Bar (that other states may follow), continue to compile information for (and draft) a “Best Practices” resource that will include information on how to develop pro bono opportunities for students. Track (and report back to the Section and NALP’s larger membership on) developments with other state bars considering adopting pro bono requirements similar to New York’s. Collaborate with the New York Pro Bono Requirement Work Group in the International and Advanced Degree Recruiting and Advising Section as appropriate. Vice-Chairs: Danielle Sorken, Brooklyn Law School, and Jennifer Tschirch, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference Planning
Plan content and logistics for the 2014 Mini-Conference. Vice Chair: Katie Dilks, Georgetown University Law Center.

Publications
Brainstorm on topics to be covered in the NALP Bulletin and submit appropriate proposals with at least one article on government hiring issues and/or initiatives. Provide reminders to authors about upcoming submission deadlines. Encourage and facilitate opportunities for Section members to publish in non-NALP publications ((such as ABA, NLADA, local bar associations etc). Vice Chair: Jennifer Pollard, University of Maryland School of Law.


2013-14 Section Chair: Samantha Z. Kasmarek, Syracuse University College of Law


2012-2013 Section Chair: Leeor Neta, Golden Gate University School of Law


2011-2012 Section Chair: Jessica Kitson, Rutgers University School of Law – Newark


2010-2011 Section Chair: Alisa Rosales, DePaul University College of Law


2009-2010 Section Chair: Nicole Vikan, Georgetown University Law Center


2008-09 Section Chair: Karen Comstock, Cornell Law School


2007-08 Section Chair: Michelle Stevens, Emory University School of Law

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