Upcoming Events/Opportunities

The Unemployment Appeals Clinic is Looking for Volunteers!
June 24th, 2013

The Unemployment Appeals Clinic has openings for student advocates for the summer with an opportunity to continue into the fall. Rising 2Ls and 3Ls are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. This is a great opportunity to earn pro bono hours and litigation experience working with real clients. In the summer, the clinic runs every other Monday evening where we do intake and assess individual cases. Then you'd have the opportunity to represent clients in their appeal hearings. You will be trained this summer and then formal training will be in fall.

Please email a brief statment of interest to Laura Steigerwald, Student Administrator, at LSteigerwald@wisc.edu or uwuac@rso.wisc.edu

The Tenant Resource Center is Looking for Volunteers
June 27th, 2013

Law students who are able to make at least a one-year commitment are invited to volunteer as Housing Counselors at Tenant Resource Center, where you will gain invaluable experience with housing laws, small claims court procedures, and out-of-court negotiation, while serving a diverse population of primarily low-income tenants. Housing Counselors work directly with tenants and landlords in our main office, helping them understand their rental rights and responsibilities, and offering information and referrals for issues such as eviction, discrimination, repairs, security deposits, domestic violence, and ending leases. You will receive 12 hours of training on local, state, and federal housing laws, and shadow experienced counselors before working on your own (with staff support at all times).

This is highly challenging and rewarding work, and is ideal for anyone who wants to use legal education to empower their community! Shifts are available at our Williamson Street office from 9am - 6pm, Monday-Friday, and can be flexible for semester schedule changes.

If you have questions and to apply, please contact Anders Zanichkowsky: (608) 257-0143 or anderstrc@gmail.com.

Midwest Environmental Defense Center (MEDC)

c/o James N. Saul, McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC
211 S. Paterson Street, Suite 320
Madison WI 53703
(608) 628-2420

MEDC’s mission is to protect and restore the environment, natural resources, and public health of the upper Midwest by ensuring that laws designed to protect us are applied and enforced as they were intended. MEDC engages in administrative advocacy and litigation to protect clean air and water, public lands, endangered species, and public health across Wisconsin and beyond.

MEDC has a number of ongoing projects related to air and water quality, sustainable energy, and conservation. All of our projects are developed to serve our goals of holding polluters accountable; improving the effectiveness of our existing environmental laws and regulations; and/or protecting the public health, environment, and natural resources. Assignment of projects will be based upon MEDC’s current organizational priorities and student interest. Each project will require extensive legal research, data / record review, interaction with state or federal agency personnel, and production of a detailed work product which varies by project (e.g., permit comments, petition for rulemaking, complaint, etc.).

Number of student volunteers requested: 2 per semester/summer
Project start date: Typically the Beginning of the Semester
Project end date: End of Semester
Approximate hours of work requested: Approximately 4 hours/week, or 48 hours per semester; weekly hours can be flexible so long as interim deadlines are completed and final work product is prepared by the end of the semester.
Training: James N. Saul, an environmental attorney and the program supervisor for MEDC, will provide necessary training.
Work will be performed: Students will be expected to work independently, but will be able to work at least part of the time out of the office of McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC in Madison.
Transportation: Accessible by walking (15-20 minutes) or bus transportation (10 minutes) from the Law School.
Requirements: Volunteers must have completed their first year of law school by their start date. Preference may be given to students who have completed coursework in environmental or administrative law.
To apply: Contact Jamie Saul at saul@mwbattorneys.com. Please include the following in your email: (1) a brief statement explaining why you are interested in learning about or practicing public-interest environmental law; (2) how much time per week you can commit to MEDC; and (3) a short summary of any relevant experience or coursework.

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