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A heavily trafficked Web site for young attorneys and law students seeking government and social service jobs and pro bono opportunities is leaving New York University School of Law for new quarters in Washington, D.C., where it will become part of an expanded division of the National Association of Law Placement (NALP). The site, www.PSLawNet.org, was created by the Public Service Law Network, a consortium of 130 campuses around the country. Since its launch in 1989, the Web site has had offices at D’Agostino Hall, a largely residential facility at NYU Law. “We were the sole guardian for 14 years, sort of the foster parents,” explained Stephen Gillers, vice dean at NYU Law. “We felt it was time for someone else to take the helm, and NALP makes sense because it’s in the employment line of work.” Randall Scott, executive director of NALP, said he is now seeking a full-time Washington-based director for PSLawNet. “We haven’t decided on a specific title yet,” Scott said in a telephone interview, “because the new director will have additional responsibilities as we re-focus and enlarge our public service area.” In addition to a director, Scott said the new PSLawNet office will have a full-time deputy and work-study positions for up to 12 law students. Although NALP is known principally for placing lawyers in private firms, the organization has working relationships with Equal Justice Works (recently known as the National Association for Public Interest Law) and the Pro Bono Committee of the American Bar Association — both of which competed with NALP to take over PSLawNet. In its host proposal, said Scott, NALP had to demonstrate its ability to take on a Web site project with a projected loss of about $250,000 over the next three years. On an annual basis, he said, the Web site operates on a budget of about $215,000. “Of course, we’re bringing this on as a service, not as a profit center,” said Scott, who will spend two days a week at NYU Law during the transition period. “But we would certainly like to boost the 130 [law school] subscribers by another 15 to 20, which we think we can do. Then we’d like to take PSLawNet from red ink to break-even status.” Scott said there was no foreseeable plan to raise subscription fees for law schools, which average $1,100 annually.

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