Friday, September 12, 2014

Volunteer Associates in Public Service Program at the New Jersey Attorney General's Division of Law

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The Attorney General has developed a Volunteer Associate Program for lawyers who are interested in public service in New Jersey. Many recent graduates and admitted attorneys with differing levels of experience have participated in the program since its inception in September of 2009. The Volunteer Associate Program affords participants the opportunity to learn how state government works and allows them exposure to unfamiliar fields of law. The Volunteer Associate Program is specifically designed to give participants:       

The Attorney General has developed a Volunteer Associate Program for lawyers who are interested in public service in New Jersey. Many recent graduates and admitted attorneys with differing levels of experience have participated in the program since its inception in September of 2009. The Volunteer Associate Program affords participants the opportunity to learn how state government works and allows them exposure to unfamiliar fields of law. The Volunteer Associate Program is specifically designed to give participants:                                
  • Meaningful and Rewarding Work: Whether writing briefs in child protection appeals, defending actions that affect the public fisc, moving to enforce consumer or environmental protection laws, engaging in motion practice in corrections cases in federal court or assisting in myriad other matters to which the state is a party, we offer participants an opportunity to use their time to make a difference. A position with the DOL may be the most rewarding experience in your legal career.
  • Experience to Enhance Skills and Foster Professional Development: Depending on interest and experience, volunteers may be asked to conduct depositions, perform research and write briefs, work with investigators or assist with discovery demands. Those who can make substantial time commitments may be able to get on their feet experience in administrative matters before agencies and the Office of Administrative Law and in court. Ongoing supervision will be provided to ensure that volunteers have a valuable educational experience. Participants will also be able to participate in informal section training and attend seminars offered by the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, a highly regarded program available to DOL lawyers, for which credit may be granted towards continuing legal education requirements.
  • Flexibility to Explore Other Career Options: While participants are asked to make a significant
    commitment, they do have flexibility to seek other
    employment. Participants able to commit to longer periods of time or who decide to stay on for a longer duration may be afforded greater opportunities to assume responsibility in litigation assignments. Participants who have fulfilled the commitment and obtain full time legal employment or decide to leave for other reasons will be expected to give reasonable notice and to act as responsible professionals in the finalization or transfer of work responsibilities.
Additional information and application instructions may be found at:
http://www.nj.gov/oag/law/volunteer-associate.htm