Want to SERVE? Apply now for NBLSA's Amicus Curiae & White Paper Programs!
The National Judicial Advocacy Team is seeking highly motivated students with extensive legal research and writing experience to join the 2012-2013 Amicus Curiae Program and White Paper Committee.
The National Judicial Advocacy Team is currently seeking team members with extensive experience in drafting appellate briefs or writing on matters of public policy. Candidates should possess a strong background in legal research and Bluebooking. Team members should expect a regular time commitment, beginning in the summer of 2012, which will intensify as filing deadlines approach. The Attorney General and Judicial Advocacy Specialist will maintain consistent communication with team members via both telephone and email. Those who are selected as members of the team will have the opportunity to participate in important legal matters which will not only advance the initiatives of NBLSA, but also our Nation as a whole.
The Amicus Curiae Program is a competitive opportunity that enables NBLSA students to empower communities by drafting and submitting amicus curiae briefs supporting judicial decisions affecting the Black community. Participation in this program allows students to research current appellate cases and assist in the preparation of briefs that advocate for reforms consistent with NBLSA's initiatives. The primary undertaking for the program in the 2012-13 year will be the completion of a brief in Fisher v. Univ. of Texas-Austin, as the Supreme Court again considers the use of race in higher education admissions.
The White Paper Committee is an opportunity for NBLSA students to advocate on emerging issues of the law pertinent to the Black community, as they arise from current or pending legislation, regulation, or policy. Participation in this program allows students to interact with legislators and national policymakers and supplement their education by writing authoritative works in underdeveloped legal areas. During the 2012-13 year, the committee will publish a paper on "Stand Your Ground" laws, for presentation at a symposium to be held during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend.
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