April 30 Deadline- It’s April Fools Day but this is No Joke! Report Your Pro Bono Hours & Pave Your Way Towards Membership in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

It’s April Fools Day but this is no Joke! Time to Report Pro Bono Hours for Membership into the Pro Bono Honors Society! Submission Deadline: April 30!

2014 PB Leadership Training Collage

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project between April 2014 and March 2015? ?
  • Did you do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! 

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours.

How does recognition work?

JD Program Students = 70 hours of pro bono by March 31 of your graduating year (10 1L year and 30 in both 2L & 3L years)

LLM & PhD Students= 30 hours of pro bono by March 31 of your graduating year

Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Society though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

For complete details please click here.

Start this quarter off right with these new job opportunities!

COHEN, MILSTEIN, SELLERS & TOLL, PLLC seeking Associate Attorney

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is one of the country’s premier class action firms. With approximately 80 attorneys and five offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning Securities Fraud, Antitrust Violations, Civil Rights and Employment, Consumer Protection, Employee Benefits, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, International Human Rights, Catastrophic Injury and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

Cohen Milstein’s Washington, DC office has an opening for an associate in the Civil Rights and Employment practice group, which works to protect the rights of victims of civil rights and workplace law violations.

Please apply through the following link

Fair Food Standards Council seeking Human Rights Attorney

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

To learn more, please see the FFSC’s annual report (http://fairfoodstandards.org/reports.html) or the New York Times’ 2014 article (http://nyti.ms/1lLaEs2).

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at info@fairfoodstandards.org. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

 2015 SUMMER INTERNSHIP – UNITED FARM WORKERS OF AMERICA

The United Farm Workers (UFW) organizes to end poverty and empower farm workers to advance economic and social conditions within rural and Latino communities. Our specialty is labor law and our focus is providing effective legal servicesthat promote the growth of the UFW’s organizing and collective bargaining abilities. Significant pro-worker changes in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act became law in January 2012 and the continuing challenges to implement the law contribute to making the internship experiences unique and invaluable.

The UFW Legal Department has the capacity to work with 2 (two) law student interns in the summer or during another 10 week period. UFW law school interns participate in evidence gathering (including worker interviews), case development and legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas including labor law, civil rights, contracts, wage/hour violations and trademark protection. Law interns may also assist training organizing staff on basic labor law. Interns may spend part of their time working out of the UFW’s Legal Department headquarters in Keene, California andpart of the time working out of UFW Regional offices in Delano, Salinas, Santa Rosa, and Oxnard. The UFW Legal Department has 4 attorneys with a total of over sixty years of experience in the legal field in addition to a team of paralegals.

E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Marym1970@ufw.org with “Law Student Intern Application” in the subject line.

ContactMary Mecartney National Headquarters; 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road Keene, California 93531

Due April 7: Attorney position with U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR – OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR – NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE

The United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor seeks an experienced attorney to join the New York Regional Solicitor’s Office. The salary range for this position is $79,145.00 to $111,213.00 plus benefits. Our website is www.dol.gov/sol.

The New York Regional Solicitor’s Office litigates cases pursuant to the various laws administered by the Department of Labor in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Executive Order 11246, and numerous whistleblower statutes. The office also provides legal advice to Department of Labor agencies in our region.

Attorneys are responsible for the analysis, preparation and litigation of cases brought in the region by the Secretary of Labor. Attorneys prepare discovery requests and responses, represent the Secretary of Labor by taking depositions, prepare pleadings, legal memoranda and briefs, and represent the Secretary of Labor at pretrial hearings and trials/hearings before courts and administrative tribunals. 

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no longer than ten pages to Darren Cohen, Deputy Regional Solicitor, at NYSOLJOBS@dol.gov.  Applications must be received by April 7, 2015.

Due April 15: Assistant Attorney General – AGO’s Washington State University Division in Pullman

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges, and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the AGO is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing, and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The corevalues of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

The Washington State University (WSU) Division of the AGO, located in Pullman, has an opening for an attorney interested in providing legal advice and representation to the state’s land grant university, including its campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett. The WSU Division provides legal services in a wide variety of areas, including student affairs, employment, risk management, financial aid and student fees, academic programs and clinical placements, health care, intercollegiate athletics, research compliance, technology transfer, copyright and intellectual property, land use, real estate, data confidentiality and records management, public finance and bonding, gifts and trusts, constitutional law, civil rights, police matters, contracts, and construction.

Pullman, Washington, and the neighboring city of Moscow, Idaho, are small university towns offering the culture, diversity, and activities of larger cities. Pullman has achieved extensive recognition over the past few years for its quality of life, excellent schools, natural beauty, and safety (see http://www.pullman- wa.gov/about- pullman/awards-and- recognitions). A well- developed and extensive trail system, as well as proximity to mountains, lakes and rivers, make Pullman an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts.

To apply, click here.

Due April 17: On the Job! Senior Legal Officer, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is seeking candidates for a Senior Legal Officer position, to be based in their office in The Hague.

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for accountability for gender-based crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and domestic mechanisms including through the participation of women in peace building and formal peace negotiation processes. The organisation works with women most affected by each of the armed conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The organisation has extensive country-based programmes in collaboration with local and regional partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Libya along with ICC-related legal monitoring and advocacy programmes on the Central African Republic, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Mali. The organisation currently has offices in The Hague (the Netherlands) and Amolatar (Uganda). The Senior Legal Officer (SLO) post is located in The Hague Office. The organisation is seeking to appoint a highly experienced Senior Legal Officer (immediate appointment).  This is an international call for applications. More details about the organization can be found at http://www.iccwomen.org

Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully review the description of the position and the desired qualifications herehttp://iccwomen.org/documents/Senior-Legal-Officer-2.pdf

Due April 19: Paid Internship – JOAN BAUER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FELLOWSHIP

Vermont Legal Aid seeks a law student for its Joan Bauer Domestic Violence Fellowship. Second year law students are preferred, although first year students will be considered. The intern will work on a special project identified by the Poverty Law Project. The internship will provide an opportunity to be part of an exciting, friendly, pro?active legal services program as well as the chance to gain a wide range of experience. This may include direct representation of domestic violence victims under student practice rules, helping to draft pro se information regarding family court, drafting information for our website, and participating in meetings with public and/or non?profit organizations. The position will be located in Springfield, VT. Applicants must have a car. This position last for 10 weeks and has a $4,000 stipend.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references as one PDF to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o Elizabeth Davis at edavis@vtlegalaid.org with the subject line “JBDV Application.” Applications must contain all requirements listed above to be considered complete and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due April 19: THE OFFICE OF WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Office of White House Counsel advises the President, the Office of the President, and the White House staff on all legal issues pertaining to the President and the White House. It is often said that the office sits at the intersection of law, policy, and politics. The office advises on investigations, litigation, legislative and administrative proposals, policy initiatives, and judicial nominations, as well as providing legal advice on the myriad of questions that arise in the day-to-day work of the Executive Office of the President.

This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.

To apply, please click here. 

While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

Due April 20: American Indian Law Summer Program – Washington University in St. Louis Law School

Through this program, students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the summer working with select American Indian tribes and communities, helping them safeguard their rights and preserve their unique cultures and ways of life. Students participate in litigation, policy development, legislative advocacy, and transactional work.

The work is challenging, but extremely rewarding. In the past, students have drafted tribal legislation,assisted with tribal policy and economic ddevelopmentand participated inlitigation in tribal court. They have also worked on major federal cases, including Plains Commerce Bankv. Long Family Land and Cattle Co., which was decided in 2008 by the U.S.Supreme Court.

Students who participate in the American Indian Law Summer Program work directly for Indian tribes and tribal organizations in Indian country. Since the program’s inception in 2004, participants have been placed on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation inNorth and South Dakota, the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State, and at the offices of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To apply, please send a brief email describing your interest along with your resume and an official or unofficial copy of your transcript to the program director, Professor Steven J. Gunn, at sjgunn@wulaw.wustl.edu. Applications will be accepted—and positions filled—on a rolling basis.

Due April 30: Legal Research Internship – ORAM – ORGANIZATION FOR REFUGE, ASYLUM AND MIGRATION

Interns will conduct legal research, analysis, and writing under the supervision of an experienced attorney to improve the capacity of judges, lawyers, legislators, and other stakeholders to adjudicate the claims of refugees and asylum seekers requesting protection based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Internships available in Tel Aviv.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and personal statement explaining interest in working with ORAM to the Internship Coordinator at internship@oraminternational.orgPlease include “2015 Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please indicate fluency in languages in addition to English in your application. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. All applications should be submitted electronically.

Contact Information:

Jessica Burnstein
internship@oraminternational.org
Zeitlin 1
Tel-Aviv

Due May 1: Equal Justice Society FALL 2015 CLERKSHIP (Oakland, CA)

The Equal Justice Society is a national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination.  Our goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity.  Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause by replacing the Intent Doctrine with a Disparate Impact standard that addresses contemporary forms of racism.  We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience.  Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

EJS has law clerk positions available for Fall 2015 at our office in Oakland (1999 Harrison St. Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612).  EJS law clerks participate in legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice.  The positions are open to law students who have completed at least their first year of law school.  For more information, please visit http://www.equaljusticesociety.org or email jobs@equaljusticesociety.org.

EJS reviews law clerk applications & hires on a rolling basis.  Early application is highly recommended as positions fill quickly.  We will not accept applications after May 1, 2015Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample (a legal memorandum that is no more than 10 pages), and (4) a list of three references to jobs@equaljusticesociety.org with “Fall 2015 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line.

Some exciting events coming up just in time for Spring!

April 8: Education Law Summit on Juvenile Justice & Education

William H. Gates Hall; 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Justice Yu and other distinguished guests will discuss the state of juvenile justice and its impact on education in Washington State.

April 6: 2014-2015 Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series Julia Wilson, Executive Director OneJustice

As Executive Director, Julia R. Wilson is responsible for leading OneJustice’s statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. In addition to her executive responsibilities at OneJustice, Julia enjoys traveling around California providing training and consulting support to the executives and boards of the legal nonprofit organizations in OneJustice’s network. Her programmatic areas of expertise include designing innovative pro bono delivery systems and building effective and engaging board governance.

Julia graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Linguistics and with honors from Stanford Law School.

Julia started her legal career in 1998 as an Equal Justice Works (then NAPIL) Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, providing free legal assistance to low-income residents with a focus on serving very young children with disabilities. She became Directing Attorney and then Legal Aid’s first-ever Pro Bono Coordinator, developing and launching Legal Aid’s pro bono programs, which continue today.

Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement

RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu

April 6 at 4:00-5:00 pm – UW School of Law – Room 133; Reception to follow in Room 115.

April 8: Kathryn Ruemmler on “Leadership and Risk”

UW School of Law and UW Evans School of Public Affairs invite you and your guests to a Reception and Interview with Kathryn Ruemmler (Former Counsel to President Obama)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015; Reception 3:00-4:00 p.m., Interview 4:00-5:30 p.m.; William H. Gates Hall (in the NW Corner of the UW Campus). Space is limited! RSVP by March 31, 2015 here. Questions? Contact Bev Sanders at bsan@uw.edu or (206) 543-8707

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Who else is coming to this event? View the Guest List (Opens new window)

If you’d like to attend this event, you can register online.

March 30Keeping Families Together: KCBA Call to Service

King-County-Bar-AssociationThe King County Bar Association, in partnership with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, is exploring a special pro bono effort in support of President Obama’s executive action to help keep families of undocumented immigrants together.

Join us for an informational meeting:

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Times: 12:00pm (noon) and 5:00pm
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
Streaming Video: http://www.kcba.org/streaming

To RSVP or request more information: ToVolunteer@KCBA.org

April 10: Combating Threats to Voter Freedoms: In Collaboration with the KCBA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee

King-County-Bar-AssociationKing County Bar Association, Conference Room, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle (3.50 General CLE Credits); Also Available via Webcast

 “So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me.  I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.”

Excerpt from “Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South” by Martin Luther King, Jr.  Speech given before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington, May 17, 1957.

 Please join the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for this special program about Voting Rights.

 Fifty years after the voting rights act, voter suppression is a reality. Be a part of the continuing discussion that was so eloquently presented at the January 16th MLK Luncheon Celebration.

The Committee felt it was important to offer this program to give more authenticity to Dr. King’s legacy by honoring his special day beyond the annual luncheon – further discussion, further action.

April 2: 2015 IPNW Benefit and Awards Dinner

Please join Keynote speaker Kirk Bloodsworth (the first death row prisoner exonerated by DNA) and emcee Enrique Cerna (Executive Producer/Host KCTS Television) as they celebrate the Innocence Project NW at the Stand For Innocence Benefit and Awards Dinner. Honorees include: Innocence Champion Award – Matt Zuchetto: The Scott Law Group; Innocence Advocate Award – Diane Meyers, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP; and Pro Bono Award –  Jon Eldan, Attorney and Exoneree Advocate

April 2, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Herban Feast Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave. South
Seattle, WA

Register here for this wonderful event.

ICYMI: Spring break edition

Call for Papers: Human Rights and the ‘Forever War’—Columbia Human Rights Law Review Symposium

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR), in collaboration with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI), is publishing a symposium edition about the relationship between the U.S. ‘War on Terror’, sometimes referred to as the ‘Forever War,’ and human rights law. We invite proposals on topics of your own framing consistent with the symposium’s general purpose of advancing scholarship and critical analysis regarding human rights law and its relationship with international humanitarian law and jus ad bellum during and after the ‘Forever War.’ We are seeking articles that examine both the short-term and long-term challenges that arise from the relationship between the ‘Forever War’ and human rights law, and are particularly interested in papers that seek to strengthen the role of human rights law in institutions and policy decisions worldwide. We invite papers from both scholars and practitioners, and encourage submissions from outside the United States. Individuals interested in publishing should submit a prospectus summary of no more than 1000 words describing the paper’s proposed topic, themes, and research methodologies by no later than April 20, 2015.  HRLR and HRI will select 4–6 papers for presumption of publication. Please submit abstracts to HRLRsubmissions@law.columbia.edu under the subject line “HRLR Symposium Abstract.” Visit our website for more information and suggestions for possible themes and issues.

ECTHR: REFUSAL TO AUTHORIZE GENDER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY VIOLATES CONVENTION

On March 10, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) released its judgment in Y.Y. v. Turkey, where it unanimously held that the State’s refusal to authorize gender reassignment surgery for the transsexual applicant violated the right to respect for private life under theEuropean Convention of Human Rights. See ECtHR,Y.Y. v. Turkey, no. 14793/08, Judgment of 10 March 2015 (decision is currently being processed). The Court reasoned that the State’s grounds for denying the surgery – including that the applicant was not unable to procreate – were not sufficient, and that the State’s interference with Y.Y.’s right to respect for his private life was not “necessary” in a democratic society, thus violating Article 8 of the European Convention. The Court stated that transsexuals’ rights to personal development and physical and moral security “could not be regarded as a matter of controversy.” [ECtHR Press Release]

To read more, click here.

‘Transformation’ ahead, says Seattle lawyer chosen for ACLU national leadership from The Seattle Times, by Steve Miletich

Jeffery Robinson grew up in racially segregated Memphis, Tenn., where in the late 1960s the FBI had to move his African-American family into a hostile white neighborhood, and where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

It was during this time, at age 11 or 12, that Robinson decided he wanted to be a criminal-defense lawyer.

So nearly 50 years later, at age 58, after graduating from Harvard Law School and working 34 years in Seattle as a public defender, federal defender and in private practice, becoming one of the city’s most prominent criminal-defense lawyers, it was a “big deal” for Robinson to say the words he did on Monday: that he will be “leaving the practice of law.”

But after much soul-searching, he said during an emotional interview, he realized his deceased parents would have been deeply disappointed if he had turned down the “humbling” and thrilling opportunity he has accepted: to serve as the director of The Center for Justice of the national American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York City.

To read more, click here.

Welcome spring with these new, awesome job opportunities for students and alumni!

Due 3/27 – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Tribal Senior Policy Advisor 

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of complexity in approach or methodology; prepares short- and long-range planning guidance in accordance with broad program policies and objectives; prepares guidance based on analyses of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs in one or more of the OJJDP specific policy areas that have a direct impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth (e.g. adapting a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform nationwide; responding to the key recommendations from the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence; family/youth engagement; child protection; juvenile justice system improvement; and delinquency prevention).

Northwest Justice Project – Summer 2015 Law Clerk

Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State’s indigent population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will experience the realities of a legal services office as they aid the attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office. Externships for credit during the school year are also available in the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma offices.

Positions for summer 2015 may include: Please indicate your locations of interest.

  • Combination Farm worker unit and general positions located in Wenatchee, Omak, Bellingham and Vancouver, WA (Spanish fluency may be required or preferred)
  • General legal services in Bremerton, Pt. Angeles, Pasco, Tacoma, Everett, Longview, Spokane, Olympia and Seattle

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Email: Resume & Writing Sample to:

  • Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources (please state location of interest)
  •  Northwest Justice Project
  • karenh@nwjustice.org

Eastside Legal Assistance Program – DVLP Managing Attorney

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Project. You can help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity. Materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 to be considered.

Please send résumé, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and list of two references to: Stan Kehl, Executive Director, stan@elap.org. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – Senior Program Associate, Civil

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public administration or related field, with a minimum of two to five years of experience in the non-profit sector, legal field or public policy sector. Experience collecting, analyzing, and organizing data, and producing reports is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong qualitative and analytic skills with a keen attention to detail and data accuracy and the ability to translate information into reports. Excellent research skills using both web-based and published materials required. Significant knowledge of civil legal aid programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey and research design methods and the ability to verify the accuracy of data sets and computer generated reports. The ability to work independently and in teams is required. The position requires excellent skills in written and oral communication. Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and E-mail; database proficiency and desktop publishing skills along with a willingness to learn HTML required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of NLADA and a thorough understanding of its work.

NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership. We are conveniently located near D.C.’s Metro Rail (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

To apply for this position send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to hr@nlada.org with the subject line “NLADA JOBS: Senior Program Associate, Civil.”

NLADA is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney!

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

Black Women’s Blueprint -DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Black Women’s Blueprint, is a civil and human rights organization. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Our flagship initiative is a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault in the U.S. (BWTRC). A core component of this ground-breaking initiative is to map the official and unofficial ways in which the rights of sexual assault survivors to personal and economic security have been violated. This participatory study will explore Human Rights Articles 2, 3, and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensure non-discrimination, personal security and economic security and will implement related policy advocacy.

Submit resume and cover letter to ftanis@blueprintny.org, with the subject DIRECTOR BWTRC in the subject line.

BAY LEGAL LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP – BAY AREA LEGAL AID

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to help provide comprehensive legal services to the poor. BayLegal is the largest staff based non?profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low?income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following 7 Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin (San Rafael); Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties. Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.

BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; (4) Health Access; and (5) Consumer Protection.

Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled (for summer candidates, we recommend submitting your application before March 1st).

Please submit a completed BayLegal Law Clerk Application indicating your office(s) and project(s) preference along with a copy of your resume,  cover letter, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:

Email: probono@baylegal.org or
Mail: Bay Area Legal Aid – Law Clerk Program
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

More Questions? Contact Staci Lambright, Director of Pro Bono Activities probono@baylegal.org

SUMMER LAW CLERK – AARP FOUNDATION

AARP Foundation Litigation is seeking to hire a summer law clerk to work with the Consumer Protection and Housing teams. The position supports senior attorneys working on a wide range of legal reform and impact litigation cases in courts nationwide.Law clerks will conduct legal research and write memoranda for amicus curiae briefs and litigation documents for cases in these different areas.

Remote work is a possibility. 

If interested, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-7 pages) to Michelle Poncetta at mponcetta@aarp.org. Please put “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of your email. The position is for 30-40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.Funding can be provided through your school program.

HEARING OFFICER – ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – ALASKA LABOR RELATIONS AGENCY

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency is a quasi-judicial agency that handles collective bargaining issues for public employers and public employees for the state, university, railroad, school districts, and political subdivisions within our jurisdiction.  The mission of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency is to facilitate cooperative relations between Alaska’s public employers and the labor organizations that represent public employees.  The agency is recruiting for a Hearing Officer to help with this mission.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

The incumbent independently serves as hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating public labor relations disputes.  As the Agency’s sole hearing officer and investigator for a lay board, the incumbent exercises substantial independent discretion. The incumbent investigates petitions and charges and mediates between parties. The incumbent conducts adversarial hearings and proposes decisions for adoption by the board. The incumbent evaluates settlement agreements, responds to inquiries from the public, and performs other duties as assigned, such as drafting or editing proposed regulations or statutes, conducting public board meetings, holding pre-hearings and pre-election conferences, issuing rulings on motions and matters before and during hearings, issuing subpoenas and conducting elections.

The incumbent must be able to comprehend applicable statutes and regulations and to communicate effectively to explain agency services and requirements. 

The potentially heavy workload demands ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work under stress. The incumbent must have good oral and written communication skills. Writing skills must include the ability to draft logically organized legal decisions that clearly evaluate evidence, summarize facts, apply legal principals, and evaluate arguments. In addition the incumbent must be able to independently conduct impartial investigations, hearing, and mediations. This position requires tact, discretion, confidentiality, and the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Apply online at http://workplace.alaska.gov/

Congratulations on finishing finals! Check out this exciting and insightful webinar happening next week!

March 24: The Lawyer as Peacemaker: Finding a New Client Base Using Collaborative and Preventive Law Approaches

practice_management_420x120Forrest Mosten creates a unique perspective on practicing law that is an alternative to the aggressive advocacy-based approach by combining unbundled legal services, mediation, collaborative law, and preventive law. Practitioners may be drawn to the traditional methods, but some clients will find Mosten’s alternatives far more attractive.

In this program, Mosten will take you on a journey of his own career path of offering non-court unbundled legal services to self-represented clients in family law to demonstrate how lawyers can be profitable by becoming a peacemaker. He’ll show you how to offer your clients a consumer-oriented menu of legal service options and models that could set your practice apart and redefine how you provide legal services.

 

Please join this webinar from 2:00PM-3:00PM (Eastern time) on Tuesday, March 24. 

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Forgiving vs. Forgetting: For offenders seeking a new life, a new redemption tool by Eli Hager [The Marshall Project]

hand on barsIn February of 2003, a much younger Barack Obama rose before the Illinois State Senate to introduce a new piece of legislation that, he said, contained a compromise. The bill would help job-seekers who had long ago been convicted of a nonviolent crime (or two, at most) overcome the barriers to employment that came with having a criminal history. But the bill would do so withoutexpunging their records.

Instead, Obama’s bill would create a final, years-later stage on the timeline of these ex-offenders’ cases. They had already completed the stages of arrest, booking, indictment, plea bargaining or trial, sentencing, incarceration and/or probation. Now, ex-felons who had stayed crime-free for a few years would be eligible to come back to court and, in a full-blown hearing before a judge, attempt to “prove” that they had been rehabilitated.

Any ex-offender who succeeded in doing so, Obama announced, would be granted one of two new legal documents, the Certificate of Good Conduct or the Certificate of Relief from Disabilities. The certificate would represent an official assurance to employers – though, again, short of full expungement – that the ex-offender should no longer be judged for his or her crimes. More concretely, the good conduct certificate would make the ex-offender eligible for a range of municipal jobs, including in the public schools, the transit system, and the parks; the certificate of relief would remove barriers to a range of licenses, from real estate to barbering, cosmetology, and mortician’s licenses. Finally, any private employer who hired the now officially rehabilitated ex-offender would be insulated from liability suits claiming negligent hiring. Continue reading here.

Human Rights in the 2015 Climate Change Agreement

shutterstock_153806906Climate Change: tackling the greatest human rights challenge of our time, a joint report with Center for International and Environmental Law and CARE International, details how climate change is not only an environmental issue but also an issue of justice and inequality. For the millions of people and communities around the world who are already experiencing climate harms, and for future generations who will suffer increasingly severe loss and damage, urgent action is required at all levels to minimize and halt the impacts of climate change.

These climate change impacts – as well as the responses taken to address climate change – are already affecting people’s human rights. The report provides an overview of the human rights implications of climate change as well as the obligations of States to protect human rights in relation to climate change. In particular, the report explores how human rights can, and must, be integrated in the UN climate agreement to be adopted at the end of the year in Paris. Read the full report here. 

Mary Ellen Krug Labor and Employment Law Scholarship – Deadline April 13

Labor_Employment_Law_2013_IMECApplications are now being accepted for the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Award. The Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship honors the memory of one of our most outstanding graduates. Ms. Krug’s character and success are indicated by her selection in 1984 as a Distinguished Alumna of the School of Law, her election as chair of the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association and the inclusion of her name in her firm’s title: Schweppe, Krug and Tausend.

An award will be made to a third-year (3L) student(s) who have demonstrated both an interest and proficiency in the fields of labor and employment law and related subjects. The amount of the award(s) will be determined (approximately $8,000 total). Recipient(s) will be selected upon the recommendation of faculty members teaching labor and employment law.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications; (2) a resume; and (3) two letters of recommendations (preferably faculty members). All application materials including the letters of recommendation must be sent to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or in the alternative to: lawadm@uw.edu no later than 5PM PST on April 13, 2015.

What did Congress do to fight poverty in 2014?

scorecard-cover-smallDespite the economic recovery, 45 million Americans currently live in poverty, and millions more are only one paycheck away from joining them. Yet Congress enacted only two bills in 2014 that will significantly improve the lives and opportunities of poor Americans.

The Shriver Center’s 2014 Poverty Scorecard, released today, reports on how each member of Congress voted on the most important poverty-related legislation considered during the session. The votes selected cover a wide range of subject areas important to low-income people, including housing, employment, health care, and education. Each member is assigned a letter grade (A+ to F-) based on his or her votes.

The Poverty Scorecard allows voters to hold their representatives accountable for their action or inaction to address poverty. Learn more at povertyscorecard.org.