Attention Recent Grads! Employment Opportunities in the Washington Courts, Immigration Law, and Public Defense

KIND Seeking Children’s Coordinating Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinating Atorney in Seattle


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters.

KIND seeks a Children’s Coordinating Attorney to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Seattle area.

Based in KIND’s Seattle field office, the Children’s Coordinating Attorney will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide appropriate legal orientation presentations to immigrant children at risk of deportation;
  • Complete detainee intakes following presentations;
  • Prepare and conduct pro se workshops and individual orientations to assist these children;
  • Undertake direct representation as permitted for children in their cases before the immigration court and/or review boards;
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls;
  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers;
  • Assist with periodic trainings and presentations; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Interview and screen individual child clients, some in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and help them prepare for their immigration hearings;
  2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
  3. Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related state court matters;
  4. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  5. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
  6. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  7. Participate in conferences, meetings and trainings as needed;
  8. Potentially provide direct representation to individual child clients in immigration or state court dependency proceedings; and
  9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union – Capital Punishment Project Seeking Spring 2016 Legal Intern for ACLUF Capital Punishment Project


For 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 guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Spring 2016 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.

For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Seeking NDS Fellow for Fall 2016, Due 11/25

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem.

NDS Fellows assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, write motions, and compose pre-pleading and pre-sentencing memoranda. NDS Fellows spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

NDS Fellows participate in a rigorous and comprehensive training program over the course of the Fellowship. This training includes significant internal training and orientation at the commencement of the Fellowship period, as well as ongoing internal and external training opportunities over the life of the Fellowship. NDS places a high priority on continuing education for staff, and the Fellows are expected to participate in our training program.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Division Seeking 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern, Due 11/27


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in our Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing, and client meetings.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Public Counsel Seeking Summer Interns

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Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Our projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Working for the US Department of Justice This Summer? 

Wide Range of Practice Areas: As the nation’s largest legal employer, DOJ  offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area. Explore the work of various DOJ organizations and find those that best match your interests and expertise.

Offices Nationwide: Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

Law Student Opportunities: Learn everything you need to know about interning or externing at the DOJ. From the Volunteer Internship Program* to the paid SLIPS Program** there’s an opportunity out there for you!

*Please note that application deadlines for the volunteer internship program varies by office.
** The summer 2016 SLIPS deadline has passed. Summer 2017 applications will open in July 2016.

Court of Appeals, Division I of Seattle Seeking Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Staff Attorneys assist the court in resolving all types of motions and cases before the court and in handling court administrative matters as requested. Typical duties include reviewing briefs and trial court record, drafting prehearing memoranda, opinions, rulings, and orders. Knowledge and experience handling personal restraint petitions is highly desirable.

Graduation from an accredited law school AND a member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association AND four years experience in public or private appellate practice, an appellate court, or judicially related system

For more information, click here.

Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development Hiring Associate Director

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Associate Director to join our community.

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Professional Development(CPD), this position will counsel law students and law school alumni/ae to identify their career interests and goals, as well as to develop skills and strategies for their job searches and professional development.

This position will focus on public interest and government opportunities including the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and the law school’s Summer in D.C. Program.

For more information, click here.

Attention Attorneys with 2+ Years Experience! Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Tribal Prosecutor

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Nez Perce Tribe seeks Tribal Prosecutor to:

  • Represent the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court, reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents.
  • Work closely with the Tribal Police Department, Conservation Enforcement, Social Services, Probation, Domestic Violence Programs, and other tribal agencies in filing and prosecuting their cases in Tribal Court.
  • Supervise an office assistant, deputy prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement attorney.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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The City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Manager will provide leadership and vision to ensure innovative, effective strategies to achieve racial equity in the City of Seattle.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective advocate for structural change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a creative thinker; and an effective collaborator, supervisor and project manager.

The RSJI Manager reports directly to the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), which coordinates RSJI across Seattle city government. The RSJI Manager and the SOCR Director serve as the primary public faces of the Initiative, establishing and ensuring the integrity and impact of the Initiative within City government and the community. The RSJI Manager supervises 5-7 SOCR staff members who work directly on the Initiative.

For more information, click here.

What Does Health Care Look Like Beyond Our Borders? Join PhD Candidate Tanya Karwaki in a Talk on Medical Tourism!

November 20: City Council Meeting on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee

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Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor L2, Boards and Commissions Room, Seattle, WA 98124

The committee will handle issues concerning affordable housing, homelessness, child care, and disability services, local and regional public health, as well as policies relating to economic development and affordability, including the minimum wage.

November 21: UW EcoReps and Husky Neighborhood Partner for Neighborhood Street Sweep

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 17th Ave NE Meridian

Husky Neighborhood is partnering with Eco Reps at UW for the first Neighborhood Street Sweep of this academic year!  Recruit a team with your neighbors and join us help sweep the streets and collect trash around the North of 45th neighborhood!

The event is Saturday 11/21 10:00 am-noon.

Support us as we help branch out to the community by creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood!  We will provide groups with maps and equipment at sign-in at the 17th Ave Median.

For more information, click here.

November 21: Microsoft Presents the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities 2015 Annual Conference

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, RM 208, 621 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Come join disability rights experts, policy makers, career counselors, and attorneys with disabilities as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Featuring panels on topics such as bar exam & LSAT accommodations, employment and disability disclosure, disability barriers to the legal profession, mentorship & networking, and career opportunities in the private & public sectors. Breakfast and lunch provided!

For more information and registration, click here.

November 23: Global Mondays – “Health Care Beyond Our Borders:  Medical Tourism” by Tanya Karwaki, Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

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Date: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Patients are part of increased globalization. If domestic health care services are less attractive then foreign services, patients with passports may be willing to cross international borders and travel long distances to their health care providers. Such patients choosing to travel internationally for health care services are often called medical tourists in the medico-legal literature.  While reliable data on the numbers of medical tourists are not yet available, medical tourism appears to be an emerging phenomenon.  In the United States, some self-funded employers are incentivizing their employees to participate in international medical tourism.

This presentation provides an overview of outbound medical tourism and domestic state legislation.  It also presents questions about the future of medical tourism and the potential public policy challenges.

For more information, click here.

November 24: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Presents “Solidarity with Syrian Refugees”

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, Reception afterwards in RM 115

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December 1: Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture: How Technology Impacts Humans

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall, RM 110

Technology designers are new policy makers. No one elected them and most people do not know their names, but the arbitrary decisions they make when producing the latest gadgets and online innovations dictate the code by which we conduct our daily lives and govern our country. As technology progresses, every democratic value and every law comes up for grabs and will likely be redefined by what technology enables or not. Privacy and security were just the first wave. In this talk, let’s see how it all fits together or falls apart.

As a professor at Harvard University, Latanya Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is the scientific study of technology’s impact on humankind, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of the newly formed journal Technology Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Trade Commission, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and founded 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies.  Professor Sweeney earned her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, being the first black woman to do so. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University.

For more information, click here.

Want to Gain Hands-On Experience in International Development and Human Rights? Apply for the International Human Rights Clinic!

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls & LLMs! Interested in International Human Rights and Development? Do you want hands-on experience working on real-life issues with expert support and supervision? Apply for the International Human Rights Clinic!

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If you are interested in gaining practical experience in international development and/or human rights, it is not too late to apply for three great opportunities to do work with great non-profit, non-governmental organizations right here at UW Law:

Development Innovations Lab (LAW B569) [Prof. Lenga-Long – Th 10:30–12:20 – 3 Winter/ 3 Spring], working with

  • NewCourse on a project involving human trafficking –
  • One additional organization on a project involving development and human rights

Global Development Policy Workshop (LAW B586) [Prof. Hedin – Tues 8:30–10:20 – 2 Winter/ 2 Spring], working with

International Human Rights Clinic (LAW E556)  [Prof. Gonza – Wed 10:30–12:20 – 3 Winter/ 3 Spring], working with 

To apply, be sure to fill out the 2015-16 Joint application for all clinics here. Learn more about the clinic and other human rights and international development courses here.

A Winter Quarter Studio: Increasing Bicycle Access to Sea-Tac Airport


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Instructor: Dan Carlson
3-5 Credits
Fridays 1:30-5:20 PM

For more information, email Dan Carlson at or Larissa Maziak at

This interdisciplinary studio will document the current state of bicycle connectivity in and
around Sea-Tac International Airport, and the status of plans for bicycle routes and services in surrounding jurisdictions and at the Port of Seattle. We will identify gaps and opportunities in plans and funding to reach more integrated bicycle connectivity with the airport. We will also explore issues and opportunities for inter-jurisdictional cooperation and conclude with a plan for the next phase for making Sea-Tac airport and its surroundings more bicycle friendly.

This studio builds on the work of a 2013 URBDP studio, which outlined actions the Port could take to make the airport more bicycle friendly. Many of these recommendations have been implemented. But many remain to be addressed.

Rising Rates Pose Challenge to Health Law

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By: Louise Radnofsky, Paul Overberg, and Stephanie Armour | The Wall Street Journal | Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Many people signing up for 2016 health policies under the Affordable Care Act face higher premiums, fewer doctors and skimpier coverage, which threatens the appeal of the program for the healthy customers it needs.

Insurers have raised premiums steeply for the most popular plans at the same time they have boosted out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, copays and coinsurance in many of their offerings. The companies attribute the moves in part to the high cost of some customers they are gaining under the law, which doesn’t allow them to bar clients with existing health conditions.

Continue reading here.

Honduran 2001 Murder Case Filed in Human Rights Court

By: teleSUR | Photo credit: IACHR

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed the case of a Honduran man, murdered in 2001 as a congressional candidate, to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for investigation on Tuesday.

Angel Pacheco Leon was murdered on Nov. 23, 2001 when he was a candidate for the Honduran National Congress, but the case has long been met with impunity.

Continue reading here.

Somalia: senior UN official calls for global support to improve human rights situation

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By: UN News Centre | Photo of Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović | Photo credit: UN Photo/Omar Abdisalan

While noting significant improvement in several sectors in long-troubled Somalia, a senior United Nations official today warned that the country’s progress is “at risk” without increased support from international partners to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

“Despite persisting challenges there is a significant improvement in the security situation in Somalia,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Šimonović told reporters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, at the end of a five-day visit to the country.

Mr. Šimonović also observed that meaningful progress has been made by Somalia in its operations against Al Shabaab militia, in the implementation of the Human Rights Road Map, in reforming the justice and security sectors, in the State-building process and the consultations on an electoral model for 2016.

Continue reading here.


Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Environmental Law? Gain Two Years’ Experience and Earn Your LLM with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic!

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Global Legal Program Summer 2016 Legal Intern, Applications Reviewed on Rolling Basis, 1L Applications Accepted After 12/1

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to respect, protect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Summer Interns for 2016 Ella Baker Program, Due 12/18

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

For more information, click here.

UnLocal, Inc. Seeking Summer Immigration Law Intern, Due 12/31

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UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal services and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

We are recruiting for an Immigration Law Intern to join our team for a Summer 2016 internship to work on our Immigrant Child Legal Services Project, Garifuna Assistance Project and our general deportation defense work. We are looking for someone who is dedicated, creative, and passionate and who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/15/2016

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The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is pleased to invite eligible candidates to apply for a two-year Clinic Fellow position from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM degree in Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work with experienced environmental attorneys and students in a clinic focused on public interest cases. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $35,000 to cover living expenses.

In addition to pursuing the LLM, the Clinic Fellow is expected to work at least 20 hours per week in the ENRLC. The Fellow will serve as a part-time staff attorney, with significant responsibility for one or more ENRLC cases or projects. The Clinic Fellow will work closely with the ENRLC Director and other faculty and staff to represent clients and supervise student clinicians.

For more information, click here.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position, Due 1/29/2016

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2016. Summer law clerks are expected to become integral members of a team of dedicated attorneys and staff that exclusively represent plaintiffs in civil rights and workers’ rights litigation.

Job duties will entail researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefs, participating in meetings with clients and attorneys, developing prospective cases, and attending depositions, hearings, and mediations.

For more information, click here.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC, Due 2/16/2016

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts on May 31, 2016 and lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 5+ Years Experience! National Employment Lawyers Association Seeking Program Director, Position Open Until Filled


The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is seeking a full-time experienced Program Director. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NELA is the country’s largest professional association of lawyers who represent employees in employment matters. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Founded in 1985, NELA promotes and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA protects the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, public policy, amicus curiae litigation, and other advocacy activities.

For more information, click here.

Drowning in Debt? Learn More about Your Repayment Options at EJW’s Free Webinar!

November 16: Advocating for Criminal Defense – A Students Organizing For Advocacy (SOFA) Presentation

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Moderated presentation and Q&A with representatives of the Department of Public Defense, Washington Defenders Association, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They will discuss their legislative agenda for 2016, internships within the organizations, and their own personal experience as lobbyists and members of the criminal defense community.

November 17: Social Justice Tuesday – Mental Illness: Civil Liberties vs. Public Safety


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Post Talk Discussion: 1:30 – 2:20 PM in RM 115 (Perkins Coie Room)

Judge Robert Lasnik, US District Court, Seattle

  • Erin Ehlert, Asst. Chief, Criminal Division, King Co. Prosecutor
  • Eric Pisconski, Crisis Response Unit, Seattle Police Department
  • Abe Bergman, MD, UW Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (parent)
  • Robert Boruchowitz, Professor, SU Law School; former director, Defender Association.

Format: Panelists will make 5-7 minute introductory statements on how they view the present status of individuals with mental illness in relationship to the criminal justice system. The moderator will then pose questions to the panelists from himself and the audience.

Is safety of the public, and of individuals with mental illness jeopardized by current civil liberties protections?

Currently treatment for individuals with serious mental illness can only be compelled if they are committed to mental hospitals. Should treatment be compelled in less restrictive settings, i.e. outpatient and/or supportive housing?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 16

November 17: Center for Constitutional Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

Alexis Agathocleous, Deputy Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, is visiting the law school on Tuesday, November 17, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 115, courtesy of the National Lawyers Guild. This is an informal opportunity to chat with Alexis and get the inside scoop about CCR’s work, including a few recent major wins for the organization:

  • A landmark settlement that effectively ends indeterminate long-term solitary confinement in California prisons, a policy that is tantamount to torture;
  • An historic decision stating that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held accountable for post-9/11 torture and abuse; and
  • The reinstatement of a case challenging the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey.

November 17: Equal Justice Works Presents Free Webinar on Student Debt

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

New REPAYE Plan to Launch in December for All Federal Borrowers

In December, REPAYE – or Revised Pay As You Earn – will become available as another repayment option for your federal student loans.

Like the other income-driven repayment plans, REPAYE ties your monthly payments to your earnings. Payments are capped at 10 percent of your discretionary income.

The big deal about the REPAYE plan is that it will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal student loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed, and there is no partial financial hardship required to qualify.

There are other key differences between this new plan and other income-driven repayment plans. If you want more information about REPAYE and the other debt relief options available, keep reading!

Want to Learn More about Your Debt Relief Options?

Equal Justice Works is here to help you understand the growing labryinth of student loans! We will be hosting our free webinar, “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT.

For more information, click here.

November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Speed Networking Event


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 133

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy? Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the Bar, getting jobs, different areas of practice, etc. So come join us!

Room 133 – 6:00-Panel Presentation
Speed Networking Follows

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

November 18: Legal Voice Washington: Women’s Rights, Nothing Less

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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 118

Janet Chung, legal and legislative counsel for Legal Voice Washington, will highlight issues facing women and girls in the northwest, and present her legislative agenda for 2016. She will also discuss her experience as an advocate for women’s rights, and ways for students to get involved.

Celebrate Human Rights Day! Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission at Town Hall Seattle

Volunteer for the SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza on Wednesday, December 9th!


We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for next month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up on Wednesday, December 9th. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help in all areas of law!!

PLEASE consider volunteering in December 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.

Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant
  • Workers Comp

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Op-Ed: The New Rent Control Wars

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By Randy Shaw | Beyond Chron

On November 4, a near riot broke out in the usually quiet city of Alameda, California The reason? A battle over rent control. Rising rents and evictions are causing tenant displacement and activists hoped that the November 4 City Council meeting would bring some relief. Instead, the meeting broke out in violence, with a city official assaulting  a tenant activist and the police arresting two tenants for the “crime” of advocating for rent control.

Alameda is the latest battleground in the new rent control wars. Earlier this year the city of Richmond, California enacted a rent control and just cause eviction law, only to have landlords get it suspended by qualifying a referendum. Instead of waiting for the election on the referendum Richmond activists are now gathering signatures to put their own measure on the November 2016 ballot.

Continue reading here.

Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission for Human Rights Day

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On behalf of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and our Human Rights Day planning partners, we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle.

Every year at our Human Rights Day celebration we recognize our City’s exceptional human rights leaders.  Please help us identify those leaders in Seattle by nominating those that have advanced human rights locally, nationally or globally.

Award Categories:
1) Human rights leader (individual)
2) Rising human rights leaders (youth),
3) Human rights organization
4) Human rights business
5) Human rights artist
6) Human rights coalition

Please nominate those individuals and
Nomination deadline: November 15th, 2015.

Awardee selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights
  • Works for racial and social justice
  • Provides courageous leadership
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination
  • Business awardees: Provides a living wage, fosters a positive work environment, and has family friendly policies

Past award recipients have included The Colectivo de Detenidos, Matt Remle, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Yasmin Christopher, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Molly Moons and Tutta Bella, among others.

Thank you so much for your participation! If you have any questions, please call Marta Idowu at 206-684-0390 or email her at

UN Human Rights Experts Welcome Release of Egyptian Journalist and Rights Defender

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By UN News Centre

UN human rights experts today welcomed the release of Egyptian journalist Hossam Bahgat but expressed their “grave concern” over the “very difficult environment” for journalists and human rights defenders in Egypt that deters reporting and intimidates writers and activists of all kinds.

In a joint statement, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, said “even after his release, his detention sends a signal of disrespect for the very principles of freedom of expression that [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] Sisi only days ago claimed his Government upheld.”

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Pro Bono Opportunity – SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza, 12/9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave South, Third Floor, Seattle, WA 98144
Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: Chach Duarte White, LBAW President

Volunteers Needed: Attorneys, Law Students, Interpreters

We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for this month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up Wednesday, December 9. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help!

PLEASE consider volunteering in December.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.  Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law *especially high need in this area this month*
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant *especially high need in this area this month*

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.