Deadline Extended for Brooklyn District Attorney’s High School Internship Program

The Summer High School Internship is a hands-on experience that pairs students with Assistant District Attorneys, offering an insider’s view of the inner working of one of the largest DA’s offices in the country. Selected students will be assigned to a unit within the DA’s office and will support the work of Assistant District Attorneys and other members of the DA’s staff. The program is open to qualifying sophomores, juniors and rising seniors who reside in and attend school in Brooklyn. Applicants must be able to commit to the entire duration of the internship, which will run from July 10, 2017 through August 11, 2017, from 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am-2pm on Friday. Students will receive a weekly $150 stipend and a MetroCard.

To ensure that every student who has interest has the opportunity to apply, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 5th.

More information can be found at

If there are any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to them at (718) 250-4873 or


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Intern Duties:

  • Assist with legal research and analysis utilizing various sources such as the internet, news articles, and legal periodicals.
  • Provide assistance to attorneys and support staff at various phases of a matter including pretrial, conference and/or trial.
  • Perform a variety of paralegal and/or clerical functions, as required.
  • Assist attorneys with case preparation, discovery, file maintenance and organization of court documents.
  • Participate in workshops pertinent to different departments and legal zones.
  • Participate in judicial, legal and law enforcement observational field trips.
  • Observe criminal trials and defendants during sentencing in court.

JRC Nominee Wins Professional Educator Award

Tara Kelly accepts her award at the 2017 NYSCSS Convention
Tara Kelly accepts her award at the 2017 NYSCSS Convention

The New York State Council for the Social Studies presented the Outstanding Social Studies Classroom Teacher Award to Tara Kelly at their annual conference last weekend. Tara was nominated for the award by the Justice Resource Center in recognition of her “demonstrated exceptional teaching ability” in her Forest Hills classroom and with the JRC’s We the People workshops. Congratulations, Tara!


2017 James Madison Legacy Project Summer Institute

The Justice Resource Center is now accepting applications for the 2017 James Madison Legacy Project Summer Institute! Deadline to apply is May 12.

This unique five day Summer Institute for NYC teachers will feature constitutional workshops facilitated by federal judges and prominent law professors. It will be followed up by two (2) PD sessions held throughout the following school year. Attendance of all dates is mandatory. Teachers will be compensated for their time.

For more details about the program, please click here.

Find Per Session Vacancy Notice VC#906 under the DOE Career Opportunities webpage, or simply download here.

To apply, please download the application here and submit to by May 12th.

2017 Law Day – High School Essay Contest

The Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and the New York Law Journal have partnered with the New York City Dept. of Education to sponsor the Sixteenth annual essay contest for 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students.  Ten students will win the opportunity to intern for one week with a Justice of the Supreme Court and earn a $100.00 gift card.  A maximum of ten entries from each school will be considered. One of the winning essays will be published in the New York Law Journal, a legal periodical published by ALM.

The Law Day theme for 2017, is “The 14th Amendment:  Transforming American Democracy.”

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society.  Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and an inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

Students should write a 500 word essay presenting a compelling discussion on the topic with special focus on the importance and impact of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Call for Judges for Mock Trial

The 2017 NYSBA High School Mock Trial Tournament is underway. The Justice Resource Center, NYC coordinator of this premier law-related competition, is currently recruiting volunteer judges.

More than 90 schools from all five boroughs will meet at one of three courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens from February 28th to April 26th. Serving as a judge requires a time commitment of a few hours on a weekday evening, and prior knowledge of the case and tournament rules. Information about this year’s case, tournament rules, scoring guidelines and more can be found at

Volunteer judges who are members in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and are also admitted to the New York State Bar for at least two years are eligible for up to three (3) CLE credits for their service. Past volunteers can receive CLE credits once every two years for their service in the Mock Trial Tournament.

Please see the application for complete details. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please complete this application and submit to or fax to (212) 580-5918 no later than February 6, 2017.