Check out UW Law alum, Nikkita Oliver, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Columbia Legal Services: Student Homelessness Across Washington State Increases 9%: Approximately 1 in 30 students homeless

columbia20legal20servicesSEATTLE – This week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) reported that 35,511 students were homeless in the 2014-15 school year–a 9.1 % increase from the previous year. This alarming increase underscores the enormous scope of the challenges facing students who are experiencing homelessness. The data reveals that homelessness disproportionately impacts students of color.
African American, American Indian, and Latino students are 2 to 3 times more likely to be homeless. We estimate that between 2,600 and 4,400 of these students may be unaccompanied homeless youth who are not in the custody of a parent or guardian.

Homelessness has a significant impact on a student’s ability to learn. OSPI noted that homeless students have a graduation rate of 51.9%, compared to 78.1% in the general population. It is estimated that every time a student changes schools they lose 4-6 months of educational progress. Schools receive little support to address the needs of homeless students. Only 34 of Washington’s 300 school districts receive modest federal grants under the federal McKinney-Vento Act to help support homeless students, leaving many districts to tackle this crisis alone.

To continue reading, click here.

SUBMIT YOUR PAPER to the 15th Annual National Native American Law Students Association Writing Competition

cropped-cropped-nnalsa_logoThe NNALSA Writing Competition aims to recognize excellence in legal research/writing related to Indian law; encourage the development of writing skills among NNALSA members; and enhance substantive knowledge in Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of government.

Eligible Topics Include:

  • Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Tribal Law and Policy
  • International Law and Policy Concerning Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Law (i.e. Inter-Tribal or Gov.-to-Gov. Studies)
  • Other Related Topics


  • First Prize: $1,000Publication in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, sponsored by Sonosky
  • Second Prize: $500, sponsored by Dentons
  • Third Prize: $250, sponsored by Akin Gump

Awardees will be recognized at the National NALSA annual meeting (part of the 41st Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference on April 7–8, 2016).

Submit To:

  • Please remove identifying information such as name and school.
  • No need to supply any registration form or identification number.
  • All competitors must be current NNALSA members.
  • To become a member, visit

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, February 8, 2016.

For more information, visit or contact

UW Law Alum Nikkita Oliver on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!

Here is a bit that Nikkita wrote explaining her involvement with “White Privilege II”:

24_oliver_wideIn the winter of 2014, after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, Hollis Wong-Wear hit me up saying, “Macklemore (Ben) would like to meet with you (and other BLM activists/organizers) about the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.” My initial reaction was, “Why?” Like many black members of the hip-hop community I have a rather critical analysis of Macklemore and white supremacy in hip-hop—an art form and culture birthed out of the struggles and ingenuity of black people. Yet, I knew if I truly value the principle “each one teach one,” then I would sit down and have, in the least, a dialogue with Ben.

 Hollis, Ben and I talked for nearly three hours about BLM, Seattle, hip-hop, intersectionality, and ending white supremacy. It was clear to me from that conversation that Ben’s desire to be a part of the movement in an accountable manner was genuine.

 A month later Ben asked if he could spit some bars for me. Sitting in his Cadillac on Broadway I listened to the first iteration of the song. For nearly two hours we talked; thinking through different elements of the writing, the movement, and what it looks like to stand in accountable solidarity with BLM as a wealthy white cis-gender male with a wide music platform.

To continue reading, click here. Also, read her thoughts on the project in a piece written for The Stranger here.

UW Law Student Researches Industry Gender Inequity, Calls for Reforms by Peter Kelley, UW Today

Women routinely outperform men in university classrooms across the United States and are invited more often than men to join student honors societies — yet women continue to be paid far less than similarly qualified male colleagues. Photo of Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law

Adding to that inequity, women also fare poorly when suing to recover damages for workplace sex and gender discrimination in the courts, with only 6 percent of such cases going to trial and then only one-third of even those cases being successful.

These are among the points underscored by Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law and holder of this year’sHazelton Research Fellowship, in a research paper on gender inequity in the American workplace.

To continue reading, click here

Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for two fellowships & other job opportunities!

King County Public Defenders are seeking summer interns!

1280px-logo_of_king_county_washington-svgSummer 2016 1L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for One L students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. One L interns will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. A one L intern will be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail/other facilities where our clients are housed, assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  Within the Director’s Office, interns will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative responses and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

 Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates, as well as any geographic preference.

 Summer 2016 2L/3L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for Rule 9-qualified students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. Rule 9 interns will be able to represent clients, receiving active supervision and intensive training in both procedure and trial skills. In addition, Rule 9 students will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. Rule 9 students will also be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail and other facilities where our clients are housed, and assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  There will also be positions in the Director’s Office, where 2Ls and 3Ls will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative response, and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates as well as any geographic preference.

Jackson County, OR – Deputy District Attorney I (District Attorney Criminal Division)

nlwvciovProvides legal representation to prosecute a broad range of crimes in Circuit Court. May prepare and handle child support enforcement and modification hearings and trials. May prepare and present juvenile delinquency and dependency matters in the Circuit Court.

Examples of Essential Position Duties

  • Reviews and evaluates factual and legal bases for cases filed to determine legal sufficiency. Prepares charges to be filed with the court.
  • Prepares for motion hearings and trial through witness interviews, legal research, and investigation of facts and information; drafts, prepares, and files appropriate legal documents. Consults with law enforcement personnel regarding cases.
  • Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary.
  • Organizes cases for trial; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence.
  • Under general direction, conducts courtroom proceedings; determines strategy, organization, evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, and jury instructions.
  • Remains current on new laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information to law enforcement personnel, the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principles, the court process, and other related matters.
  • Adheres to County and departmental policies and procedures as well as safe work practices, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other staff, public officials, the general public and representatives of other agencies.
  • Attends and participates in required trainings.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance.
  • Working irregular hours is required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information about the position, click here.

The Office of Labor Standards is accepting applications for the position of Labor Standards Investigator

city_logoAs a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014. OLS implements City ordinances on minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, use of criminal history in employment decisions, wage theft and other laws that the City may enact in the future. OLS is housed within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

The Labor Standards Investigator position is a full-time emergency position with funding through December 31, 2016.

This position will be responsible for receiving and processing intakes, drafting complaints, and handling a complex caseload requiring investigation and resolution of complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (formerly known as the Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage Ordinance, Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance, and dual-filed discrimination cases in employment.
Applications close on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4 pm.

Click here to apply.

Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for these two fellowships!

ac-logo-20141-300x75Washington, D.C.-based Policy Fellows

Policy Fellows will support Accountability Counsel in promoting corporate and government accountability and the protection of human and environmental rights. In this context, Fellows help advance our policy work toward the improvement of accountability mechanisms and their creation where they do not exist. Responsibilities include: conducting research and policy analysis; producing memos; reporting on international and domestic legal/policy developments; supporting our coalition-building efforts; and assisting with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and campaigns. Fellows will participate in meetings with stakeholders in government, business, international institutions, and partner organizations, as appropriate.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications for semester- and year-long positions from law students, graduate students and recent graduates (within on year of graduation) in relevant fields. Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Policy Fellow application can be found here.  We will begin reviewing Summer Policy Fellow applications in January and will accept applications until the positions are filled. (Note for Law School student applicants: We will accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. For 2Ls and higher, we accept applications on a rolling basis.)

Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellows

South Asia Law Fellows will primarily support Accountability Counsel in collaboration with South Asia-based communities in filing complaints and our development of resource materials for communities and advocates. South Asia Law Fellows will work with AC’s South Asia Director and be responsibly for legal research assignments and fact memos. They also may participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues as opportunities arise.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications from current law and graduate students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellow application can be found here. We will being reviewing South Asia Law Fellow applications beginning February 1st and will accept applications until the positions are filled

For more information, click here.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) – Fall 2016 Legal Internship Opportunity; Racial Justice Program, New York (NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS) 

15_1For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

 The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Fall of 2016. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the students’ law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Applicants should send a cover letter, describing their interest in racial justice issues and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume and two references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length, to reference [RJP Fall 2016 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to Racial Justice Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 

For more information, click here.


2000px-hrw_logo-svgThe Disability Rights Division (“DRD”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing research and advocacy strategies on the human rights of persons with disabilities.  Ideally, the position will be based in HRW’s New York office and will report to the Director of the Disability Rights Division.

Contact: Please apply immediately or by  February 22, 2016 by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to Please use “Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate Application Ref: DRD-16-1002” as the subject of your email. 

For more information, click here


WordPerfect CSPI with NAH color logoThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest?circulation nutrition newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry.  CSPI is supported by the subscribers to Nutrition Action, donors, and foundation grants.

CSPI’s food-regulation team, working with staff scientists, led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act; restrict the use of unsafe food additives; stop numerous deceptive ads and labels; and reduce amounts of sodium and trans fat in processed food.  The Food Law and Regulatory project leads CSPI’s efforts to use regulation, legislation, and other strategies to promote smarter government policies and better corporate practices to improve the public’s health. 

We’re searching for a bright, hardworking law student to work closely with the Director of Regulatory Affairs on food labeling and misbranding, food additives and government oversight of the food supply before federal agencies and in Congress. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as litigation over principles of administrative law and food law. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, op-ed pieces, reports, tracking regulation and legislation and assisting in ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.

To apply, please email a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and legal writing sample, to  Please include “PSJD-FL” in the email subject line.   

For more information, click here

Want to learn more about law-specific LGBTQ identities?

February 16: Introduction to Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue for Advocates

  • How might working with a client in crisis impact the lawyer herself?SJT
  • What is secondary trauma and compassion fatigue? What are the signs?
  • How to do you prevent it from happening?
  • What viable strategies can be used mitigate or reduce its effects?

 Who should attend?

  • Clinical law students
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP) volunteers
  • App Help volunteers
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) volunteers
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) volunteers
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP) volunteers
  • or anyone who provides direct legal services to low-income and marginalized communities

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, February 15, 2016.

February 17: Queer 101: A law-specific introduction to queer, trans, and non-binary identities

outlaws_logoWHAT IS THIS?
This training will give an overview of the language and concepts tied to LGBTQ identities, and provide a glimpse into the intersections of queerness and the legal system.

Anyone and everyone!
Particularly those likely to work with queer/trans people (a.k.a. anyone and everyone).

The training will be tailored towards law students and faculty.

Erika Bleyl is a queer, mixed, femme 2L with a background in working with queer youth. Last summer they interned with TGI Justice Project and provided legal advocacy for transgender incarcerated people.

Nico Quintana is a student at UW Law and a Gates Public Service Scholar. Nico is a queer, trans, chicano activist and policy advocate. Prior to law school, Nico worked on issues of transgender health policy, economic justice and anti-violence work.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 12:30 – 1:30pm | Room 207 | FOOD PROVIDED!

February 17: Access to Justice & the Power of Low Bono Lawyering

taupc7ahPromoting an expansive view of a public interest lawyer’s role, low bono or moderate means lawyering stresses the importance of thinking beyond the traditional public service model of facilitating access to justice. Low bono lawyers provide critical legal services to people of moderate means who don’t qualify for traditional free legal aid but also can’t afford to hire attorneys at a full rate.

Join us for a community dinner and opportunity for students to connect with and learn from inspiring low bono practitioners at the front lines of an expansive view of access to justice law- yering in the 21st century.


  • Jenny Anderson ’07, WSBA Low Bono Section
  • Clay Wilson ‘98, UW Law Bridging the Gap & SU Law Moderate Means Program

For more information, click here: (2016 Annual Public Service Law Dinner FINAL revised)

March 10: “The Right to Unite” screening

seiuNow is an important time for the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. CTA, which threatens workers’ rights to organize in effective unions. The Court heard oral arguments on January 11. Join us for a special screening of The Right to Unite, our short film highlighting the importance of unions through the stories of two home healthcare workers. Following the film will be discussion about the case and the threat to all workers’ rights posed by the conservative majority.
Reception at 6:00PM | Program at 6:30PM | Refreshments Provided
SEIU 775, 215 Columbia St., Seattle, WA, 98104


avatar_dwt_logoSAVE THE DATE!  The 2016 Legal Executives Diversity Summit: Taking Back Affirmative Action – Coordinating Strategic Responses to I-200. Join members of the Washington legal community in discussing the benefits and burdens of I-200 and where to go from here.

1:00 PM AT DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE 1201 THIRD AVENUE, SUITE 2200, SEATTLE, WA. Reception following the summit.



Congratulations! César Vargas Just Became New York’s First Undocumented Lawyer

Looking for Some Table Talk & Interview Tips for this Week’s NW Public Service Career Fair?

 25083_nwpifair-logoThat’s right, folks; The NW Public Service Career Fair is just a few short days away!

 First, breathe. Next, check out these great resources from our friends at Equal Justice Works. Taking just a few minutes to check out these great (and brief) articles on how best to prep for table talk and career fair interviews will give you the confidence you need to make the best impression and meet great attorneys in the process!

 For complete details on the fairs this Friday and Saturday please visit:

 Looking forward to seeing you there!

 -the Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works has new summer funding opportunities!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiEqual Justice Works is excited to announce the Rural Summer Legal Corps program which connects public interest law students with LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities. 

Applications must be submitted by February 29 for the 31 positions open nationwide. Participants must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016 to receive the $4,000 stipend.

More information can be found below and at Please share this opportunity with any students who may be interested! Questions can be directed


The Rural Summer Legal Corps program will operate between May-August 2016. Participants will begin the summer with intensive training from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. After the training, the law students will travel directly to their host site to begin their 8-10 week placement.

Participants will build their legal skills in various areas, such as direct legal services, outreach and education, and capacity building.


Position descriptions and more information on the Legal Aid Providers can be found on our website. Applications must be submitted here by February 29.

César Vargas Just Became New York’s First Undocumented Lawyer

05-cesar-vargas-w529-h352After a nearly three-year wait, a five-judge panel in New York ruled this week that César Vargas — a native of Mexico and longtime New Yorker — can be admitted to practice law in the state he’s called home since he was 5, even though he remains an undocumented immigrant. The unanimous decision can be read as a huge win for DREAMers, who have faced some tough opposition in Congress and the courts — just last week, a federal appeals court in Texas refused to block a February ruling that effectively halted President Obama’s plan to ease restrictions on millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

But Vargas’s case was chiefly a state matter. And boiled down to its basics, the judges faced a rather simple question: Does the fact of Vargas’s undocumented status reflect in any way on his “character and fitness” to practice law in New York? The court ruled conclusively:

We find that the undocumented status of an individual applicant does not, alone, suggest that the applicant is not possessed of the qualities that enable attorneys to vigorously defend their client’s interests within the bounds of the law, nor does it suggest that the applicant cannot protect, as an officer of the court, the rule of law and the administration of justice.

The judges reached this conclusion rather easily. They deferred to the bar committee’s “stellar” rating of Vargas, determined that he met all the statutory requirements to become an attorney, and found “no rational basis” that his immigration status “reflects adversely on his competence to practice law in the State of New York.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Donald Bowers/2013 Getty Images

Consider applying for the 2016 Pro Bono Scholars program!

U.S. PIRG is hiring a Program Director

logoU.S. PIRG is hiring a Program Director to lead our national Consumer Team Program. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising, and coalition-building to drive the program.

The Consumer Program Director will be taking on an issue of extreme importance to American households. We’re working to convince our leaders to stop unfair banking practices and to empower consumers in the marketplace. Whether it’s by defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the first federal agency tasked solely with the job of protecting consumers from unfair financial practices, or by documenting the challenges consumers face in the emerging digital marketplace, U.S. PIRG is working to protect consumers.

The Program Director will spearhead this program in coordination with Ed Mierzwinski, Senior Fellow for the Consumer Program. Mr. Mierzwinski is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading consumer advocates, regularly quoted in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, called to testify by Congress, and recognized by The Hill as a “Top Lobbyist.”

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP – 2016 Pro Bono Scholars Program

akin-gump-logo-wwh_4_2015The Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program, started in 2008, provides top first year law students interested in law firm practice the opportunity to develop an early expertise in public interest law. The skills acquired during this program build a foundation for pro bono work and billable practice that will serve participants throughout their careers. The program spans two summers, with the Pro Bono Scholars working both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the first summer (as rising 2Ls). The next (rising third year) summer, the Pro Bono Scholars join the firm as participants in the firm’s general summer associate program.

In 2016, the Pro Bono Scholars Program will be offered in our Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices.

1st SUMMER: Following the first year of law school, the Pro Bono Scholars will spend at least seven weeks at a public interest organization. The Pro Bono Scholars also spend four weeks with the firm working on pro bono matters; receiving substantive assignments and training in areas in which the firm focuses its pro bono practice.

2nd SUMMER: During their second summer at the firm, Pro Bono Scholars will join Akin Gump’s Summer Associate Program for rising third-year law students in their selected offices. The summer program includes a workload of commercial assignments, as well as pro bono opportunities. Like all other summer associates, after completing their second summer at Akin Gump, the Pro Bono Scholars are eligible for consideration for an offer of employment to join the firm as an associate in one of the firm’s commercial practices following their law school graduation.

COMMITMENT: The firm expects Pro Bono Scholars to return for a second summer (following the second year of law school) to gain experience in Akin Gump’s commercial practice. Accordingly, Pro Bono Scholars will be exempted from the on-campus interview process during fall of their second year. In the event that the Pro Bono Scholar’s performance does not meet the firm’s standards, the firm may decline to ask the student to return for the second summer, or may decline to make an offer of future employment as an associate.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here


1428518860TGI Justice Project is seeking law clerks to assist with all aspect of its Legal Advocacy and Organizing project including, advocating and providing legal services for transgender, gender-variant and intersex people in prisons, assisting in our public policy work, resource development, and assisting with the legal aspects of the Melenie Eleneke Grassroots Re-Entry Program.

Much of the clerk’s time will be devoted to interacting with members of the TGI community who contact TGI Justice Project and handling their questions from start to finish under the supervision and training of the TGIJP staff attorney. Clerks also conduct case research, update publications, and draft memos on a wide range of issues affecting Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex people in the criminal (in)justice system.

Positions are available in TGI Justice Project’s Office in San Francisco, CA. Summer clerks work full time (32 hours per week), and semester clerks may work full or part-time (minimum 10 hours per week).

TGIJP hires law clerks for the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters.

For more information, click here.


2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svgWe are a small office in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. We enforce a federal statute that protects U.S. citizens and work-authorized non-citizens from immigration-related employment discrimination. OSC seeks volunteer law student and undergraduate student interns yearround, including for the fall semester, winter/spring semester, and for the summer. School-year internships may be full-time or part-time. Fall internships are typically part-time. Please see below our current internship opportunities postings. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

For more information, click here


2000px-seal_of_idaho-svg1Federal Defender Services of Idaho is now accepting applications for a Research and Writing Attorney in the Capital Habeas Unit in Boise, Idaho. The attorney position will be responsible for impact area research and writing projects as well as drafting pleadings, interacting with clients and witnesses, and assisting with development of the record.

 Federal Defender Services of Idaho is the Community Defender Organization (see 18 U.S.C. §3006A(g)(2)(B)) for the District of Idaho. The Capital Habeas Unit’s caseload is limited to federal habeas corpus cases and collateral proceedings in capital cases. The Capital Habeas Unit provides representation primarily in federal district court, as well as the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. The office is currently staffed by three attorneys, three investigators, three paralegals and related support staff.

For more information, click here


oregon_supreme_courtExterns for the Oregon Supreme Court work either for individual justices or for the court as a whole. Primarily, externs write petition memoranda that analyze and recommend dispositions on petitions for review of decisions from the Court of Appeals. Duties also may include research, writing, and organizing and summarizing factual and legal information for individual justices or for the court’s legal staff. Other duties occasionally are assigned.

Externs for the Oregon Court of Appeals work directly for one of the judges. Externs may perform some or all of the following work: research issues in a case that has been assigned to the supervising judge; compile and discuss such research with the judge or the judge’s law clerks; prepare research memoranda for the judge or law clerks; read and summarize parts of the record in a case; prepare a draft of an opinion or section of an opinion; assist the judge to prepare for oral argument by reading briefs and writing summaries (“bench memos”) or researching selected issues before argument. Externs have the opportunity to attend oral argument, as well as pre-argument and post-argument conferences.

Externs for the Office of the Appellate Commissioner work with the appellate commissioner. Externs are expected to review and analyze substantive motions filed in the Court of Appeals, review files, conduct legal research as necessary to resolve motions, and prepare memoranda containing their analysis and recommended disposition. Externs also have the opportunity to meet monthly with the Court of Appeals’ Motions Department and are expected to be able to explain and defend their recommended disposition of motions referred to that department. Externs also may have the opportunity to assist in drafting opinions related to certain motions; other duties occasionally are assigned.


For more information, see here (2016 Summer Extern Opportunities – Oregon Appellate Courts copy)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-Seattle Field Office

1000px-us-eeoc-seal-svgWe believe that the most meaningful externship experience involves active participation. To that end, we expect intellectually rigorous work from the extern and in return provide ongoing encouragement, feedback, and career advice. The extern’s duties reflect the nature of our charge processing and, accordingly, can include the following: observation of staff investigators interviewing aggrieved individuals; participation with attorneys in investigatory planning; processing of Freedom of Information Act requests, with a grounding in the laws that both require and prohibit disclosure of documents; assistance to attorneys in drafting complaints and discovery requests; responding to discovery from a defendant; researching and drafting legal memoranda on legal issues; observation of mediations; witness contact; and attendance at depositions and court appearances.

For more information, click here

U.S. DOJ, Executive Office for Immigration Review-Tacoma Court

2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svgPart of the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Tacoma, WA immigration court serves the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center.

The types of projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket and will include:

• Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;
• Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s judicial law clerk but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVIC­ES – Staff Attorney- Employment/Farmworker/LITC (Phoenix, AZ)

39e6be7Community Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney with 0-2 years of experience for its Central Phoenix Office. This position will work both in federal tax and employment law issues.   A significant part of the employment work will be for low income agricultural workers throughout Arizona.

The qualified applicant must: be a member of the Arizona State Bar; and have a demonstrated interest in tax, employment or farmworker law, as well as an interest in eliminating poverty-based inequities in the civil justice system by providing high-quality legal advice, advocacy and assistance to low-income Arizonans.

For more information, see here (Job Announcement – LITC Staff Attorney (002))

Make sure to check out this week’s Social Justice Tuesday & these other events!

February 2: Social Justice Tuesday – Theater, the Law and Crafting “The Reckoning, Pecora for the Public”

SJTA summary framework of how lawyers have been portrayed on stage, in TV, and the movies; how those portrayals temepred Neil‘s crafting of his new one-person play about the 1933 US Senate hearings into the 1929 stock market crash; the role of Ferdinand Pecora as chief counsel. A short recitation from the play the actor, Bob De Dea.

Tuesday, February 2
12:301:20 pm
Room 127

Speaker: Neil Proto, Laywer, Lecturer, Author

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, February 1, 2016.

February 4: Summer Internship: Alaska Legal Services’ Pro Bono Training Academy  

 12:30-1:20pm, Room 118

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Are you looking for a summer opportunity that allows you to give back while you’re gaining substantive experience? Do you have an interest in poverty law and/or Native American & Alaska Native law? On Thursday, February 4, at 12:30 in room 118 we will be joined by Sarah M. Carver, an attorney from Alaska Legal Services Corporation and the Program Coordinator for the Pro Bono Training Academy (PBTA). Ms. Carver will share with us the mission and vision of the PBTA, speak about summer opportunities for law students, and talk about her experience working in on pro bono cases in Alaska.

 Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring 1L and 2L interns to work on a variety of projects for their Pro Bono Training Academy (PBTA). Interns will provide pro bono representation in complex matter to clients in and around Anchorage, Alaska. They will assist in research and writing projects for the PBTA and will be involved in the community education efforts of PBTA’s mission.

 February 3: Public Service Law Connections Breakfast

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  • Interested in pursuing a career in public service law?
  • Want to hear from and meet attorneys from non-profit advocacy organizations and government agencies in an informal setting?
  • Working on getting up earlier in the morning?
    Join us for an informal panel discussion & light breakfast with:

    Katara Jordan, Columbia Legal Services;

    Jeannie Gorman, US Department of Labor;

    Janet Gwilym, Kids in Need of Defense;

    Representative, US JAG Marine Corps


    Please RSVP via Symplicity or by Feb. 2

    Don’t miss out on an opportunity to hear about their career paths and their hot public service career tips!

February 10: Learn About the Findings and Implications of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update

oclalogoThe findings of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update will be formally presented to the Washington State Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The presentation will be introduced by Justice Charles Wiggins, Chair of the Supreme Court’s Civil Legal Needs Update Committee and facilitated by John McKay, longtime champion of civil equal justice and Visiting Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.  The presentation will involve a review of the methodology and core findings of the 2015 CLNS Update, presentations by low-income Washingtonians who have faced many of the problems that are documented in the study, and a discussion of the fiscal, policy and service delivery implications of the study. 

  •  What:         Presentation of the Findings of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update
  • When:        Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Where:       Washington State Supreme Court
  • Time:          2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 The presentation will be open to the public.  We look forward to sharing the important facts relating to the civil justice challenges facing low-income people in Washington State and the road we need to take to address the Justice Gap documented in the study. 

February 22: Michael Morton and the Legal Process

michael20morton20photo20by20jorge20sanhueza-lyon20kutMichael Morton will speak on prosecutorial integrity and the Innocence Project at this dinner event.  Pre-registration is required.  Click HERE to register online.

City of Seattle releases “Race & Social Justice Community Survey”

New CAGJ Webinar: “Linking Food Justice to Trade Policy”

3815441846_4f038805b5_o_dWebinar: “Linking Food Justice to Trade Policy”
A 30 min. webinar (on you-tube) about how food justice and food sovereignty are threatened by new (so-called) free-trade agreements,  the TPP/Trans-Pacific Partnership, and TTIP/Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

  • About Food Sovereignty & Fair Trade, What is Fair about Free Trade? What is Fast Track?
  • Corporate Influence on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Impacts of NAFTA on Mexico, FTAs and the Domestic Economy, Currently proposed Trade Agreements

After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back – Patricia Murphy

clayhull-2015-8edit_custom-afe9e1889c09769894f8e31e7c7abe20fabeafa0-s800-c85Clay Hull has a stubborn sense of justice.

After an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq ended his time in the military, he fought the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs over the amount of compensation they awarded him for his injuries.

“If I’m in the wrong, I’ll admit it. But I’m not going to let somebody just push me around, especially the VA,” he says.

It was complicated and drawn out, but Hull now gets the maximum the VA pays for disability.

The money pays for his mortgage, support for his young son and feed for the livestock on Hull’s 3 acres in south central Washington — 2 1/2 hours from Seattle.

He has a day job as a shipping clerk and then comes home to work on his place. He’s currently fixing a fence that runs along his property line.

Four years after he moved in, Hull went to prison on a weapons charge. Hull notified the VA he was in prison.

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Photo credit: Gordon King for NPR

AP: Feds imperiled many migrant kids during surge

4556659182_c4981bc62d_o_dLOS ANGELES — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Without enough beds to house the record numbers of young arrivals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lowered its safety standards during border surges in the last three years to swiftly move children out of government shelters and into sponsors’ homes. The procedures were increasingly relaxed as the number of young migrants rose in response to spiraling gang and drug violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to emails, agency memos and operations manuals obtained by AP, some under the Freedom of Information Act.

First, the government stopped fingerprinting most adults seeking to claim the children. In April 2014, the agency stopped requiring original copies of birth certificates to prove most sponsors’ identities. The next month, it decided not to complete forms that request sponsors’ personal and identifying information before sending many of the children to sponsors’ homes. Then, it eliminated FBI criminal history checks for many sponsors.

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It’s here! The Race and Social Justice Community Survey

official_seal_of_seattle The City of Seattle wants to hear from YOU! Seattle has launched its second Race and Social Justice Community Survey. The survey measures how people who live, work or go to school in Seattle think the City is doing on jobs, housing, meeting community needs and race and equity. The information collected will help guide the City’s racial equity work and determine areas for City government to prioritize through its policies and programs. The survey is anonymous and takes about 12 minutes to complete.

Take the survey: 

The survey runs for three weeks from January 13th through Friday, February 5th. To ensure representation from Seattle’s diverse communities and those without access to the internet, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights is conducting targeted outreach and partnering with community organizations. The survey is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Amharic, Somali, Oromo and Chinese. The links to translated surveys will be available starting the week of Jan 19th at

Survey results will be shared at a community meeting in the spring of 2015. 

To learn more visit or contact Brenda Anibarro at (206) 684-4514 or email