The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) takes the lead in infusing the law school’s public interest mission into all facets of the student experience. While supporting every aspect of the law school’s commitment to social justice, the center is also launching a variety of programs and initiatives that address broader justice issues in the community, nation and world. The center’s most recent initiative is NUSL Student Volunteers for Justice, which provides law students with volunteer opportunities to help defeat many of the recent federal executive orders and proposed changes in federal law intent on cutting back individual rights and freedoms. Students are providing pro bono legal research and assistance to organizations such as the ACLU’s Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, GLAD, the National Lawyers Guild and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The center is also taking the lead in planning is the law school’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will include conversations and events aimed at reimagining the nature of public interest law in the 21st century.

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CPIAC is HiringCPIAC is Hiring!

The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration is hiring its first managing director and seeks an enthusiastic attorney who will serve as a role model for students and administrators alike. The ideal candidate will have spent time on the front lines of public interest work in one or more areas related to immigration, environment, access to justice, low-wage labor and employment, economic justice, social welfare, poverty and criminal justice issues and/or issues affecting women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, low-income people and those with disabilities. The director must be flexible and able to think outside of the box to help prepare students for the wide variety of ways they may use their law degrees in service of the public interest.

CPIAC is the hub of myriad, outstanding public interest activities that reflect the School of Law’s ethos: that law is most powerful when it serves social justice. The School of Law boasts 14 clinics, institutes and special programs that bring a public interest focus to their mission and work, and a broad-ranging curriculum exploring legal areas that disproportionately affect the underrepresented and marginalized in our society, including the unique, client-centered, first-year course Legal Skills in Social Context. The law school annually hosts world-class, public interest attorneys to share experiences with our students, including the Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows, the Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturers and the Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecturer, sponsored by the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy. Northeastern law students aspire to public interest careers at a rate exceeding those of nearly every law school in the country. Relative to graduating-class size, Northeastern University School of Law ranks fifth in the country, according to one recent study, in receiving the prestigious Skadden Fellowships and Equal Justice Awards. 

Lucy Williams“Law practice in the service of social justice is an ideal coded into our institutional DNA,” says Professor Lucy Williams, the center's faculty director. “A commitment to public interest is an overarching ethos of our curriculum and pedagogy. However, we need to push our institution to become the leading public interest law school in the 21st century. We are looking for a director who can both manage and be a visionary. This is a wonderful opportunity for a seasoned attorney with a passion for social justice to join a dynamic community that is leading the discussion about public interest advocacy and is looking to innovate.

To learn more about the role and to apply, please visit: https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/55725

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