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Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, 3L
Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez came to RWU Law without the benefit of close family or acquaintances in the profession. “I had no connections in the legal...

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Law Alumni Holiday Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Address
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
RWU Law | Bristol Campus
Champions for Justice
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Omni Providence Hotel
25th Annual Barrister's Ball
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
Law Alumni United States Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC



Job Positions
Many agencies list their summer jobs on this site.

Capitol Hill Job Website
This site contains information on jobs in the capitol area. Some of these positions are unpaid, while others pay minimally.

AALS Pro Bono Website
This site contains information on the pro bono programs at different law schools, the AALS Commission on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities report, Learning to Serve, and a list of pro bono-related publications.

ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Website
This site offers a variety of resources relating to pro bono and public service programs and opportunities.

Alliance for Justice
The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's, and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the alliance has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.

American Civil Liberties Union
This website contains information on membership and contributions, the latest news about issues the ACLU champions, contact information for local affiliate ACLU chapters, ACLU and the Supreme Court cases dating back to 1994, legislative updates searchable by issue and region, activism tools in the Take Action Center, highlighted topics like Get Busy, Get Equal and Reproductive Rights, and forums for discussing all these topics and much more.

Amnesty International
Amnesty International works independently and impartially to promote respect for all the human rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International believes that human rights are interdependent and indivisible - all human rights should be enjoyed by all people at all times, and no one set of rights can be enjoyed at the expense of other rights. It concentrates on ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.

Boston Resource Net
ResourceNet represents a special collaboration between two very different human service organizations in Boston: Action for Boston Community Development, Boston's anti-poverty agency, and the Boston Public Health Commission, the nation's first public health department. These two organizations have come together to provide visitors with accurate and up-to-date information on the wide variety of human services available across the city of Boston.

Center for Law and Education
The Center for Law and Education strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality throughout the nation and to help enable communities to address their own public education problems effectively, with an emphasis on assistance to low-income students and communities. For more than a quarter of a century, the Center has worked to bring about school- and district-wide change across the country in order to improve educational outcomes, particularly for low-income students.

Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASP is an organization of program staff whose work is concentrated on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, workforce development, child care, child support enforcement, child welfare, couples and marriage policy, and reproductive health and teen parents.

City Limits
City Limits is recognized for its authoritative investigations into the city housing, welfare, and healthcare bureaucracies and the criminal justice system, as well as their hard-hitting economic and environmental reporting. Lauded as "an essential metro resource" by the Village Voice, City Limits is a must-read "for anyone who needs to understand the politics of poverty and race in New York City," according to Jonathan Kozol, author of Rachel and Her Children and Savage Inequalities. "I've found City Limits the most useful, energized, politically dynamic source of news on New York City," he adds.
Home to socially-concerned, issues-oriented original audio, video, and written programming, is committed to serving as the online nerve center not only for the struggle against discrimination in all its forms, but also for building the public understanding that it is essential for this nation to continue its journey toward social and economic justice.

Coalition on Human Needs
The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Connecticut Bar Association

Department of Education

Equal Justice Works (EJW)
Equal Justice Works is a national organization focused exclusively on providing opportunities for law students to pursue careers in public interest law. Our student group APIL (Association for Public Interest Law) is a chapter member of Equal Justice Works. EJW hosts a public interest career fair each October which brings together more than 200 employers from around the country. EJW also sponsors both summer and post-graduate fellowship opportunities for law students. (This organization was formerly known as the National Association for Public Interest Law, NAPIL.)

Farmers' Legal Action Group
Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Since its inception, FLAG has provided an extensive array of legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide.

Human Rights Internet
The HRI site has become the portal for human rights in cyberspace. As such it constitutes an on-line resource, information, and documentation center for human rights activists and organizations, and it is a center for education around human rights issues and the role of civil society.

Human Rights Resource Center
The Human Rights Resource Center is an integral part of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and works in partnership with that University's Human Rights Library to create and distribute Human Rights Education resources; train activists, professionals, and students as human rights educators; build advocacy networks to encourage effective practices in human rights education; and support the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005 - 2007) and the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995 - 2004).

Human Rights First
Human Rights First works in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity, and respect for the rule of law. It supports human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protects refugees in flight from persecution and repression; helps build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and works hard to ensure that human rights laws and principles are enforced in the U.S. and abroad.

Legal Services Corporation
This site was developed to inform about LSC's work and the services available; increase the efficiency and client services within grantee programs; and establish an interactive exchange among Corporation staff, grantees, clients, and potential clients.

Maine Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

National Center on Poverty Law
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a national resource, champions law and policy promoting equal opportunity and support for low-income individuals, families, and communities so that they can escape poverty permanently. The Shriver Center takes action to end poverty. From idea to law to practice to monitoring, The Center works to overcome the myriad issues that combine to cause poverty.

National Center for Youth Law
The National Center for Youth Law uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in poverty. The law can offer hope and help for vulnerable children and youth, but children need advocates to make these laws work for them. NCYL speaks for those children and their families, insisting that they receive the benefit of laws that offer them access to safety, shelter, health care and hope for a better future.

National Consumer Law Center
The National Consumer Law Center is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice.

National Employment Lawyers Association
The National Employment Lawyers Association advocates for employee rights and workplace fairness while promoting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and judicial integrity. NELA is dedicated to promoting the interests of individual employees and assisting the lawyers who represent them.

National Fair Housing Advocate Online
The National Fair Housing Advocate Online is a resource designed to serve both the fair housing advocacy community and the general public with timely news and information regarding the issues of housing discrimination.

National Health Law Program
The National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for American's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.

National Housing Law Project
NHLP works to achieve its missions through public policy advocacy and by providing research, legal assistance, training, publications, and technical assistance to a broad audience of housing lawyers and advocates. NHLP focuses on issues and problems that will have the greatest impact on the housing rights of the poor.

National Immigration Law Center
The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members. NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees. Their extensive knowledge of the complex interplay between immigrants' legal status and their rights under U.S. laws is an essential resource for legal aid programs, community groups, and social service agencies across the country.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association
NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals - those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is proud to be the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the Law Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. To amplify the work of its small staff, the Law Center relies on interns, volunteers, and the pro bono assistance of the private bar.

National Legal Center for the Public Interest
The Center contributes to the development of public debate and policy through its educational publications, and educational radio program, and educational forums, which bring senior federal governmental and judicial officials together with members of its constituency. The Center also sponsors a legal intern program for students of law and government.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. As a national support center, NSCLC advocates through litigation, legislative and agency representation, and assistance to attorneys and paralegals in field programs. NSCLC maintains a national reputation for professional quality and successful advocacy.

National State Attorney General Program
The Columbia Law School has created the National State Attorney General Program. The program is designed to help educate students and the general public about current state attorneys general throughout the country. The website contains a wealth of useful information and has interactive maps that guide visitors to the actual attorneys general websites. Visitors to this website can also sign up to receive the Program's newsletter.

National Veterans Legal Services Program
The National Veterans Legal Services Program is an independent, non-profit veterans service organization that has been assisting veterans and their advocates for more than 25 years. NVLSP achieves its mission through education, advocacy, litigation, training advocates who represent veterans, and publications.

Native American Rights Fund
The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide - a constituency that often lacks access to the justice system. NARF focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations.

New Hampshire Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Pro Bono Institute
The Pro Bono Institutes is a small non-profit organization housed at the Georgetown University Law Center that provides research, consultative services, analysis and assessment, publications, and training to a broad range of legal audiences. The Pro Bono Institute is mandated to explore and identify new approaches to - and resources for - the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.

Rhode Island Bar Association

Senior Law
Here, senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners can access information about Elder Law, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts, and the rights of the elderly and disabled.

Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups
The Federation is an alliance of state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. They uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.

Public Justice
(formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)
Public Justice is the trial law firm of the public interest community. Supported by more than 3,000 trial lawyers and public interest advocates throughout the world, their cutting-edge litigation has made new law and won justice for thousands.

Vermont Bar Association

National Center for Law and Economic Justice (formerly the Welfare Law Center)
The Center works with and on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support is available whenever and to the extent necessary to meet basic needs and foster healthy human and family development.

Equal Justice Works (EJW)
Equal Justice Works is a national organization focused exclusively on providing opportunities for law students to pursue careers in public interest law. Our student group APIL (Association for Public Interest Law) is a chapter member of Equal Justice Works. EJW hosts a public interest career fair each October which brings together over 200 employers from around the country. EJW also sponsors both summer and post-graduate fellowship opportunities for law students. (This organization was formerly known as the National Association for Public Interest Law, NAPIL.)

Peggy Browning Fund
This is a nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Roger Williams University School of Law is a participating law school in the Fund, and therefore, our law students are entitled to apply for eighteen summer internships in the field of labor law. The internships pay $4000 for a ten-week summer. Deadline is January 17, 2002. In addition, the Fund hosts a National Student Labor Rights Conference each fall, and one RWU SOL student is entitled to attend, with all expenses paid. Two other students have the opportunity to have conference fees waived.

PSLawNet (Public Service Law Network)
PSLawNet is a comprehensive database of public interest jobs, fellowships, internships, and pro bono opportunities. 120 law schools and 10,000 law-related public service organizations are members of this network. Roger Williams University School of Law subscribes to this database for the use of our law students. You must register your user profile and then you will have access. Instructions for use are available in the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service.

Society of American Law Teacher (contains announcements, public interest job openings)
Click on "job openings"

Swearer Center for Public Service
The Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service web site lists a number of public service opportunities, community projects, and resources in Rhode Island in addition to public interest job opportunities.