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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Job Posting: CAIR Coalition: Supervising Attorney - Detained Children's Program

Job Description:

The Detained Children’s Program Supervising Attorney oversees the program, ensuring effective implementation of the program and compliance with CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children Services (DCS) federal contract. The Supervising Attorney provides direct supervision to two staff attorneys and one legal assistant. Job responsibilities include the provision of direct legal services to detained youth, recruitment and mentoring of pro bono attorneys representing youth referred by CAIR Coalition, and training and outreach efforts. This position reports to the Legal Director.

You can find more information here.

Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute Boston 101 Spring 2014 Events

Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities

Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Agenda available on-line

Gateway Cities are midsize urban centers in Massachusetts facing stubborn social and economic challenges, but with many assets that have unrealized potential. This event will bring together community leaders, public officials, policymakers, faculty and students to exchange ideas and information about workable solutions for cities and local economies. The agenda will feature speakers who represent a cross-section of new ideas for revitalizing our cities and neighborhoods. Out of these discussions we hope to capture innovative, cross-sector, collaborative ideas and models that will feed into the work that is being done by students and faculty in urban planning.

Ending the Zero-Sum Game: Regionalizing Economic Development

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Joe Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
John Barros, Chief, City of Boston Economic Development Cabinet

The economy of Greater Boston has tremendous strengths and attracts businesses from around the world. Yet there is very little coordination of resources and activities around economic development among the municipalities that make up Greater Boston. In fact, many times they compete against each other for relocating firms. What would regional economic development look like and what structure would make it viable and durable?

Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

Technology's Promise: Can It Create Social Mobility?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Location TBD

Mayor Martin Walsh, Keynote Address

The Rappaport Institute’s spring conference will bring together political, industry, and academic leaders to explore the potential for greater Boston’s technology leadership to address social inequality and improve social mobility. It will explore technology’s promise in the spheres of school, life, and work.

Has CitiStat Worked in Greater Boston

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

UMass Campus Ballroom, UMass Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Building on a 2003 Rappaport Institute policy brief that asked the above question, this forum will examine how Citistat has been implemented in both small and large communities in Greater Boston. The discussion will seek to draw lessons from the experience of different communities and provide a framework for deepening and broadening the use of performance management in municipalities.

Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

Learning From Lawrence: Strategies for Turnaround Schools

Tuesday,June 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Bell Hall, 5th floor Belfer Buiding, at the Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Josh Goodman, Harvard Kennedy School
Beth Scheuler, Harvard Graduate School of Education

In 2011, Massachusetts took over the Lawrence Public Schools. The state instituted a variety of reforms, including Acceleration Academies, reassignment of teachers, and new district leadership. As the state examines the possibility of school and district turnarounds, what lessons can be learned from the Lawrence experience. Have the reforms worked? Which reforms appear to be more effective?

Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

A full listing of spring events can be found on our website at

Job Posting: 2014-2015 Reproductive Justice - HIV Fellowship

LSRJ seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work as a Reproductive Justice - HIV Fellow at a placement organization in either Atlanta, GA or Oakland, CA starting in late August 2014 through August 2015.

You can find more information here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Job Posting: VAN DER HOUT, BRIGAGLIANO & NIGHTINGALE, LLP is seeking a Litigation Research Fellow

VAN DER HOUT, BRIGAGLIANO & NIGHTINGALE, LLP is a nationally renowned, full-service immigration and nationality law firm in San Francisco. The firm was founded in 1980 and represents a wide range of clients.

We are seeking a licensed attorney with one to three years of experience or a recent law graduate (or current 3L) to serve as a Litigation Research Fellow. The position is initially one year with the possibility of a second year. The fellow will work directly with partners and associate attorneys on a wide range of immigration cases, including deportation defense, federal court litigation, family, asylum, naturalization, and a variety of cases involving the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Cases involve representing clients before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, CIS, ICE, CBP, and the federal courts. Fellow will work closely with attorneys in the firm, handling primarily legal research and writing in support of litigation and other advocacy in a cutting edge, diverse and complex immigration law practice.


  • Experience in/ Knowledge of immigration law strongly preferred.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability and interest in taking on complex and difficult immigration cases.
  • Spoken and written Spanish helpful.
  • Interest in fast-paced, energetic work environment.
  • Admission in a State Bar Preferred.

Start date flexible between May and September 2014

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please send your resume, short writing sample and cover letter to:

George Phillips, Office Administrator
via e-mail to or Facsimile to (415) 981-3003.
No telephone calls please.

Job Posting: Commission on Immigration - Staff Attorney - Children Harlingen, TX

 Job Description:

Staff Attorney - Children
Commission on Immigration
Grant Funded
Hiring range: $43,800- $47,400

To give appropriate legal orientation presentations to immigration children at risk of deportation, complete detainee intakes following presentations and prepare and conduct pro se workshops and individual orientations to assist these children. Recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys, and directly represents children in their cases before the immigration court and/or review boards.

Doctoral Degree (JD)

The childrens immigration project attorney should have experience working with immigrants as well as a fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures. Must exhibit strong writing skills, excellent communication skills and client interviewing abilities as well as the ability to work under pressure. Must be fluent in Spanish, must have a law degree, and have been admitted to a bar or have taken a bar examination and be waiting for the results by the start date of employment. Must have a law degree, and have been admitted to a bar or have taken a bar examination and be waiting for the results by the start date of employment.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

2014 Boston Campaign Manager Training Mass Alliance

Ever wonder what makes a good grassroots campaign?

This intensive two-day training introduces future campaign leaders to the theory and practice behind successful grassroots campaigning.

Saturday & Sunday
March 29th & 30th 2014  
9 am to 5:30 pm

SEIU 1199
150 Mt. Vernon St.
Boston, MA

Mass Alliance is a coalition of progressive organizations. We work with candidates from wondering to winning. We have a track record of helping candidates run successful progressive, grassroots campaigns.

Attendees will learn from some of the best progressive campaign operatives in Massachusetts.  The training will cover:

•    Field organizing
•    Message development
•    Working with the press
•    Grassroots Fundraising
•    Other time-tested tactics for winning campaigns

The workshop is great training for full-time paid work on campaigns and is also helpful for issue and neighborhood activists who are hoping to enhance their understanding of how to influence the outcome of campaigns.

The workshop is offered on a sliding scale. The regular price is $90. If you can, please pay more to help us make it accessible to others. If you need to pay less than $90, please contact Jordan to arrange that.

For more information, or to register, contact Jordan at Mass Alliance: 617.722.4320 or

The European Roma Rights Centre and League of Human Rights invite applications for a Gender Research Fellowship in the Czech Republic

The European Roma Rights Centre and League of Human Rights invite applications for a Gender Research Fellowship in the Czech Republic

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the League of Human Rights invite applications for the position of the Gender Research Fellow. In 2014, the Gender Fellowship focuses on the particular issue of involuntary sterilisation of Romani women and women with disabilities in the Czech Republic. We are looking for researchers and activists with robust experience in conducting gender-specific, collaborative and action-oriented qualitative research. The ERRC specifically encourages researchers and activists from the Romani, Sinti and Travellers communities to apply for the Fellowship.

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2014

Information about the fellowship

The Fellowship is expected to start in May 2014 and will last for 7 months. The Fellow will be jointly supervised by the ERRC and League staff members. The selected Fellow will work closely with ERRC and League staff members on designing research objectives, selecting cases, tailoring methodology for fieldwork and document analysis, and ensuring compliance with ethical standards of social research, as relevant.

The selected Fellow will be offered a 7-months contract and an office space at the League’s central office in Brno, the Czech Republic. Fellows will additionally spend up to two weeks at the ERRC office in Budapest, Hungary at the start of the fellowship to finalise their research proposal.

The ERRC offers the Fellow a monthly stipend and financial support for expenses occurred during the field research.

Research Frame

In Czechoslovakia, a Public Decree on Sterilisation from 1972 enabled public authorities to take programmatic steps to encourage the sterilisation of Romani women and women with disabilities placed in mental institutions in order to control their birth-rate. This legal provision resulted in giving public authorities more or less free reign to systematically sterilise Romani women and women with disabilities without their full and informed consent. The practice of sterilising women against their will did not end with the fall of Communism, when the specific Decree was formally abolished, but it continued throughout the transition to liberal democracy. The Public Defender of Rights (Ombudsperson) Otakar Motejl published a report in 2005 on the practice of sterilisation of Romani women pre and post 1989 – a report that included preliminary data on the scope of the problem and recommendations to the Czech Government on how to address the issue and compensate victims of coercive sterilisation. Meanwhile a significant number of international bodies issued compensation recommendations: the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (in 2006 and 2010), the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) (in 2007), the UN Human Rights Committee (2007), the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review (2008) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2009). In November 2009, government authorities acknowledged individual failures of hospital personnel and expressed regret for involuntary sterilisations. However, the governmental response to date has not gone any further to introduce any form of compensation mechanism for women harmed by this practice.

The 2014 Gender Research Fellowship should closely follow up the existing evidence of previous legal and policy research on involuntary (forced and coercive) sterilisation with a qualitative research insight into the life course of women harmed by involuntary sterilisation. Focusing on a selected number of case studies, it should develop a qualitative component to existing documents and reports. Specific cases should demonstrate life trajectories of individual women against the background of state laws, policies and hospital practice. Case studies should provide insight into the women’s life before sterilisation; describing the context of the sterilisation act, as well as its consequences on their family, professional and personal life and their heath status.

The research proposal should embrace general awareness of Roma rights and disability rights issues and specifically it should demonstrate basic familiarity with the institutional frame and practice of involuntary sterilisations of Romani women and/or women with disabilities in the Czech Republic. It should also propose preliminary suggestions for (1) research design, (2) methodology for document analysis, selection of case studies, and empirical fieldwork, and (3) solutions for ethical clearance for conducting research on an ethically challenging issue

Research projects should be action-oriented and collaborative, i.e. they should aim at informing Romani women/women with disabilities or enabling them to benefit from the research (advocacy, direct action, litigation, raising awareness, etc.). The Fellow will also be expected to support the ERRC and League’s domestic and international advocacy and litigation strategies.

Profile of the applicants

The ERRC/League seek the Fellow with significant experience of living and working in Romani communities/or people with disabilities and who have been engaged in work with Romani communities/or people with disabilities for extended periods. The selected fellow should have robust skills in developing and conducting a qualitative action-oriented research, including the use of collaborative and gender-sensitive methods. The Fellow should be fluent in Czech and have a working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Romani language will be considered an advantage. The ERRC specifically encourages researchers and activists from the Romani, Sinti and Travellers communities to apply for the Fellowship.

See the CSO for details on how to apply.