The Legal Aid Society And The Attorneys of Color and LGBT Caucuses of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA) Host October 30 Diversity Fair For 1L And 2L Law Students

On Wednesday October 30, 2013, The Legal Aid Society, in partnership with the Attorneys of Color and LGBT Caucuses of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA), will welcome 1L and 2L law students to attend the first annual Diversity Fair. Hosted at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, the Diversity Fair will offer law students from all diverse communities the opportunity to network with Legal Aid Society supervisors and staff attorneys, including supervisors and staff attorneys who are People of Color and/or LGBT, and learn more about internship and job opportunities at The Legal Aid Society. Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, is located at 919 Third Avenue in Manhattan. The firm is generously providing their space for this event, in addition to supplying light refreshments for attendees.

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Attendee registration and opportunities to meet Legal Aid Society staff, including attorneys and supervisors who are People of Color and/or LGBT.
  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm: Panel of speakers representing leadership and senior managers of The Legal Aid Society: Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Seymour James, Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Practice; Tina Luongo, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Practice; Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice; and, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice.
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Law students will be invited to attend various breakout sessions and mingle with attorneys and supervisors, and learn more about summer internship and full-time employment. Please note that résumés and transcripts will not be collected at this event; however, there will be information provided as to how and when to apply for these opportunities.

We offer law students the opportunity to advocate for social justice, while developing the legal skills they need to compete in the workforce. Please RSVP to by October 26, 2013 and come to our Diversity Fair to learn more about what each Practice area has to offer law students as you begin your legal careers.

The Legal Aid Society is the oldest and largest law firm for low-income families and individuals in the United States, providing services in three practice areas: the Civil Practice, which provides comprehensive legal services in substantive areas such as eviction and homelessness prevention, immigration, family/domestic violence, public benefits, foreclosure, health, and law reform; the Criminal Defense Practice, which is the primary public defender in the City with specialized initiatives, including the Parole Revocation Defense Unit, the DNA Unit, the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project, the Adolescent Defense Unit, the MICA Unit, the Appeals Bureau, and the Special Litigation Unit; and the Juvenile Rights Practice, which is the institutional provider of attorneys for children in abuse and neglect cases, PINS cases and delinquency cases in Family Court, and has a number of special programs, including an Appeals Unit, a Special Litigation Unit, and an Education Advocacy Project. The Society also launched a cross-practice LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.

Founded in 1969, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA)/UAW 2325 is the oldest and largest major union of lawyers in United States, and is made up of over 1,000 Legal Aid Society staff attorneys who each year provide representation and legal assistance in some 300,000 cases and legal matters for indigent New Yorkers. Within ALAA there are several caucuses representing the diverse interests of its membership.

The Attorneys of Color Caucus (ACLA) was founded nearly 20 years ago by attorneys of color within The Legal Aid Society to address the need to recruit, retain and promote attorneys of color. The goal of ACLA is to empower and foster a positive environment for attorneys of color in the legal profession, and specifically within The Legal Aid Society.

The LGBT Caucus was founded to advocate for change relevant to LGBT clients, staff, and allies, and to promote an inclusive atmosphere at The Legal Aid Society. The goal of the LGBT Caucus is to recruit and retain LGBT-identified staff members and allies and to provide culturally competent services to our clients.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.