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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Berkeley Law William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment Student Research Fellowships

The Berkeley Law William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment
Student Research Fellowships

The Berkeley Law Coblentz Civil Rights Fellows Committee is currently accepting applications for the William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment Student Research Fellowships. The Coblentz Fellowships provide students with a unique opportunity to develop important legal skills, build professional networks, and learn about substantive areas of law through Berkeley Law's cutting-edge research centers. 

The program supports research and activities relating to racial and ethnic justice in California and the nation. Six student Coblentz Fellows will be selected to work for one semester beginning the Fall of 2014, in one of four of Berkeley Law’s research centers: the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS), the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice (Henderson Center), the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, or the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy (Warren Institute).  Selected Fellows will support ongoing or new research efforts being conducted by the center in which they are placed.  Fellows can elect to work for their selected center in either the Fall or Spring semesters.  Fellows will work between 4-8 hours per week, depending on the needs of their selected center and Fellows' availability.  Fellows will be expected to produce a brief report at the end of the semester describing the goals, scope and outcomes of the assigned project.

The Coblentz Fellowship can be taken as a paid fellowship (approximately $2,583 for the semester) or for credit, but not for both. This determination, as well as start dates, will be made by each selected student prior to each appointment.


JD (rising 2Ls and 3Ls only), LLM, JSP-PhD, and JSD students who matriculate in academic year 2014-2015 are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Interested students should forward applications via e-mail to Alex Lee at the Career Development Office.  Questions may also be directed to Alex.  Applications should include a current resume and a brief cover letter (no more than two pages in length) demonstrating an applicant’s interest in and commitment to racial/ethnic justice. All materials must be submitted as a single PDF document.  Application materials not combined in a single electronic file will not be accepted.  Electronic files should be named in the following way: "[last name][first initial].coblentz.pdf." 

Applicants may indicate with which center they would prefer to work, but this is not required and does not guarantee placement in a given center if selected for the program.  The deadline to apply is 9 am, Monday, July 14th.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daily Immigration News Clips – June 25, 2014

Daily Immigration News Clips – June 25, 2014
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on June 25, 2014.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"How Immigration Became Illegal": Aviva Chomsky on U.S. Exploitation of Migrant Workers

We are joined by Aviva Chomsky, whose new book, "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal," details how systemic prejudice against Mexicans and many other migrant workers has been woven into U.S. immigration policies that deny them the same path to citizenship that have long been granted to European immigrants. She also draws parallels between the immigration laws now in place that criminalize migrants, and the caste system that...


Children on the Run: U.S. Detains Thousands of Young Migrants Seeking Safety, Family Reunification

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports over 47,000 unaccompanied children have been detained so far this year after crossing the border, almost double the number for all of 2013 and almost five times the number from 2009. President Obama has described the situation as a "humanitarian crisis." Some of the children have been detained in shocking conditions. Over 1,000 children are reportedly being held at a warehouse in Nogales, Arizona,...


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Closing Economic Windows: How H-1B Visa Denials Cost...

Closing Economic Windows: How H-1B Visa Denials Cost... 
  The Partnership for a New American Economy’s new report, Closing Economic Windows: How H-1B Visa...


New NFAP Policy Brief: The Increasing Importance of Immigrants to Science and Engineering in America

New NFAP Policy Brief: The Increasing Importance of Immigrants to Science and Engineering in America
Immigrants have played an increasingly important role in contributing to science and engineering advancements
in America, as demonstrated by their awards, research, entrepreneurship and education. This analysis finds that
while historically immigrants have always made important contributions to the country, objective measures indicate those contributions have increased significantly since the 1960s, when major restrictions on immigration were lifted, and, in particular, over the past 20 years, as immigrants have found important niches in science and
technology fields.


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