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Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.

Are You Interested in Defending Human Rights? Internship Opportunities Available

Disability Rights Washington Hiring Civil Rights Attorney, Due TODAY

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Disability Rights Washington (DRW) seeks two attorneys to advocate for people with mental illness in jails located in King County.  DRW is looking for one attorney with 3+ years experience and one entry-level attorney. 

Each attorney will spend a significant portion of his or her time monitoring one or two jails located in King County and educating inmates about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.  The attorney will also respond to allegations of abuse and neglect, develop and disseminate information and referral resources, and investigate systemic legal violations.  Each position will likely involve negotiation and collaboration with assigned jail(s), and may involve litigation.

For complete details, click here.

Brooklyn Defender Services Seeking Attorney to Work in Civil Justice Project’s Education Advocacy Unit, Due 10/30

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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 43,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-pacedsetting.

BDS’ Education Unit advocates for the educational rights of BDS’ clients in formal proceedings against the Department of Education, as well as informally and in collaboration with school officials. Frequently, the young clients BDS serves in family and criminal proceedings are “overage and under-credited,” and confronting obstacles to completing their education including, among other factors, special education needs, school suspensions, difficulty accessing alternative education options, and disruptions in education due to foster care placement, incarceration and homelessness.  We work with our young clients and their families to identify their educational goals and then provide the necessary representation and advocacy to remove the identified obstacles.

BDS has an immediate opening for an Education Staff Attorney to provide legal representation and informal advocacy to address the education needs of our criminal, family, and immigration defense clients.

For complete details, click here.

Department of Justice Offices Boards and Divisions Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 10/30

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The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

The Employment Litigation Section (ELS) enforces federal statutes and an executive order that prohibit employment discrimination. These statutes include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, which ELS enforces as to state and local government employers, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. 4312, which ELS enforces as to private, state and local government employers.

For complete details, click here.

Kendall Fellowship in Environmental Justice and Climate Policy, Due 10/31

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

For complete details, click here.

ACLU of Washington Seeking Temporary Legislative Session Aide, Due Before 11/1

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The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The Legislative Session Aide is part of the Policy Advocacy Group, which consists of legislative, field and policy staff who advance the ACLU-WA’s priorities at the state and local level and strategically involve ACLU-WA supporters in that effort.

The Legislative Session Aide will support the Legislative Director during the 2015 state legislative session in Olympia.  The Legislative Director is primarily in Olympia during the session and relies on the Session Aide, who works in our Seattle office, for managing scheduling, bill analysis and tracking, and other important support work.  The Session Aide also works within a closely coordinated four-person team consisting of the Legislative Director, Legislative Associate (who primarily lobbies in Olympia along with the Legislative Director) and Policy Advocacy Group Assistant (based in Seattle).  This is a full-time, temporary position which begins as soon as possible in November, and continues through the conclusion of the 2015 legislative session, currently slated for late April.

For complete details, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Anti-Trafficking Campaign Legal Intern, Due 11/14

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The Anti-Trafficking Campaign Legal Intern will support Human Rights First’s work researching the legal framework of human trafficking, particularly in the areas of criminal, labor, and international law. The Intern will work closely with team members to advance program goals and strategic objectives. The start date for this position January 20,2015. It may be either a part or full time position and will run through May 2015.

Please apply through Careers Human Rights.

For complete details, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Seeking International Human Rights Intern, Due 11/14

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between January and May 2015 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete details, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney for Its Institutions Project, Requires 3+ Years Litigation Experience

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The Institutions Project (IP) is seeking a full-time attorney with a minimum of three years of litigation experience. IP is an advocacy team consisting of five attorneys, a paralegal, and two legal assistants. IP engages in systemic advocacy for individuals and groups, in collaboration with other programs and the private bar, on behalf of people in facilities for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, and adult and juvenile state and local correctional facilities throughout Washington. IP systemic advocacy has focused on cases that have a broad impact on solving the most critical issues of clients in institutions, including class actions, legislative representation and other policy advocacy on behalf of clients.

For complete details, click here.

King County Superior Court Seeking On-Call Bailiffs, Paid Position

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Temporary, at-will employee who is employed at the pleasure of the hiring authority, King County Superior Court. The position is short term in duration, 910 hours or less in a calendar year. Work is sporadic and not guaranteed. Employee will cover in court for absent bailiffs when they are on leave.

Duties: Assist the assigned judge, act as a liaison between the court and other agencies, jurisdictions, jurors observers, court staff visitors and the general public. Handle sensitive, confidential and potentially volatile situations. Maintain database of case management. Ensures confidential and direct support to facilitate the operation of the Court.

Skills required: Ability to work in high pressure environment in a calm, professional manner. Ability to maintain confidential information on matters before the court. Skill in organizational techniques including prioritizing multiple tasks while adapting to frequent and sudden changes in workload demand. Must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Rate of pay is $27.61 per hour, with 40 hours of paid training provided prior to assignments. This on-call position is not benefits eligible.

There are two positions that are open immediately. Please email Heiti Milnor-Lewis and/or Sandra Ogilvie with a resume.

Children’s Law Center of California Seeking Contract Attorney in Dependency Law

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Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) represents children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned that come under the protection of either the Los Angeles or Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency Court systems. Children’s Law Center was created by the Superior Court in 1990 to serve as appointed counsel for these Los Angeles youth. In July of 2011 we opened our doors in Sacramento County and now serve as appointed counsel for all abused and neglected children in both Los Angeles and Sacramento counties.

CLC seeks to hire a contract attorney in dependency law.

For complete details, click here.

You’re Invited to Join the Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion This Tuesday, 4:00 PM

October 28: Social Justice Tuesday – The ROOTS Project: Good News from Africa

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 127

Presented by Frank and Pam McKulka

2005 marked the end of a 21 year civil war in Sudan, which left more than 2 million dead. 2011 was the year that South Sudan became an independent country; tragically in December 2013 a rebellion began and many again have died or been displaced.

After working as a human rights investigator for the United Nations, Anyieth D’Awol, a South Sudanese woman established the ROOTS project in 2009. The organization’s mission is economic empowerment of women and preservation of traditional arts and crafts. More information at http://www.rootsofsouthsudan.org

Traditional and contemporary jewelry made at the Centre in Juba, South Sudan will be available on this date.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, October 27. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

October 28: Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion & Networking Reception – Advocating for Workplace Justice

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM Panel Discussion
5:00-6:00 PM Networking reception with panelists, students and guests active in protecting workers’ rights
Gates Hall, RM 127

  • Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s Summer Fellowships
  • Hear what it’s like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers or a government agency regulating the workplace
  • Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice

Free admission to Seattle law school students. Webcast available to students of Gonzaga University School of Law. Information on where to watch the webcast will be provided after you register.

Panelists:

  • Carson Flora | Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP | Moderator
  • Judy Krebs | General Counsel, SEIU Healthcare 775
  • David Mark | Attorney, Law Office of David N. Mark
  • Andrea Schmitt | Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services — Working Families Project
  • Ann Marie Skov | Field Attorney, NLRB Region 19 | PBF ’00

REGISTER by October 21 with the Peggy Browning Fund here.

October 29: Careers in Public Policy

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
3:30-4:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 119

Meet the practitioners and learn about their career paths and strategies in:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Policy reform
  • Non-partisan policy work
  • Community relations
  • Non-profit management

Featuring:
Sumeer Singla, Precinct Liaison Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Janet Varon, Executive Director, Northwest Health Law Advocates
Rep. Gerry Pollet, Executive Director, Heart of America NW &
46th District, WA State House of Representatives

November 14: 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference

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Reclaiming our Humanity and Redefining our Narratives: Telling our own Stories
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 – Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405

This year’s conference theme “Reclaiming Our Humanity and Redefining Our Narratives: Telling Our Own Stories” speaks to the ways in which communities of color are negatively portrayed in our society. How people of color are often so narrowly depicted and the ways in which mainstream media dehumanizes people of color. The conference seeks to educate participants about the social and political inequalities facing students color as well as focus on the need for people of color to reclaim themselves as full human beings. We must embrace all of our identities and push back on spaces of dichotomy – when it comes to race as well as gender, sexuality, and class. The Oregon Students of Color Conference provides a space where students of color and their allies can come together to develop the skills and critical analysis needed for the advancement of students of color socially, economically, politically, and emotionally.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference is now open!

REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES

Early Bird Registration Deadline is October 17th:

    • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $70/ per person
    • Non-Members: $80/ per person

Late Registration Deadline: October 24th:

      • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $75/ per person
      • Non-Member Campuses: $85/ per person

Information and Registration: Click here.

November 14: Save the Date! Seeking Community Input Racial Justice Initiative: Racial Impact Statements

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Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
8:45 – 11:00 AM
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila, WA 98168

A joint Commission meeting between the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission & The Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Listen, Learn, & Participate ~ We want to hear from you!

Racial Impact Statements can be used as a tool for policymakers to address the potential racial impact of proposed legislation prior to enactment in order to reduce the scale of unwarranted disparities.

Please RSVP by emailing Cynthia.Delostrinos@courts.wa.gov. If you need any special accommodations, please send an email to the address listed above. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Want to Get Plugged In To the Community? Volunteer Opportunities at ELAP

Volunteer Opportunities with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)

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ELAP is in need of volunteers in several areas. Here are two great opportunities. Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting ELAP in one of these areas.

ELAP Intern Videographer – Do you like being behind the camera, capturing important moments?  Or creating videos that move people to action? Come help make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) in producing a variety of content for powerful, thought provoking videos that tell our story and get people on board with our mission.   The Intern Videographer will work closely with our Lead Videographer on various multi-media projects.  The goal of this effort is to record video CLEs for our online CLE library, increase the visibility and awareness of ELAP services, and to encourage a greater understanding of ELAP’s mission.  Please click here for more details.

ELAP Family Law Legal Support – Do you have legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys.  Note: this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila,WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.  Please click here for more details.

To volunteer, fill out a volunteer applicationELAP also has other volunteer opportunities which are listed on the volunteer page on our website.

Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys

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The Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys covers all stages of federal litigation, from drafting and filing the complaint to trial practice and limitations on relief. This popular resource, available free of charge online, includes relevant recent caselaw and legal developments. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gutman, Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School, with the assistance of a group of experienced legal aid advocates, the manual includes links to federal statutes, Supreme Court case citations, and relevant regulations. Moreover, the full text of the manual is searchable by keyword.

Click here for more information.

PLI Offering Free Prison Law Webcast on 10/30

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Live Webcast – October 30, 2014

Co-Chairs:
Tamar Kraft-StolarDirector, Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of
New York
Alexander A. ReinertProfessor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Join PLI’s Webcast of Prison Law 2014 on October 30, 2014 and learn about the legal framework for civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people across the country. Experienced faculty will discuss women in prison, including legal issues that arise for these women, the role of gender and gender identity in prisons, and client-based issues and non-litigation advocacy reforms. By watching this Webcast program, advocates will learn how to better navigate this frequently complex and challenging legal environment.

Click here for more information.

The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland Calling for Submissions, Due 1/16/15

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The Cork Online Law Review at University College Cork, Ireland is a non-profit Law Review which provides an opportunity for undergraduates and graduates alike, to have their work published. The Cork Online Law Review (more fondly known as COLR) was revolutionary when established by law students who had the vision of forming Ireland’s only online law review to be run solely by law students.  The Cork Online Law Review is internationally renowned, having been described by the New York University Law Faculty as ‘the leading online law review in Ireland,’ and can be viewed at http://corkonlinelawreview.com.

The Editorial Board of the Cork Online Law Review is currently seeking submissions for the 14th Edition which is due to be published online here and in hard copy on the 26th March 2015. All submissions should be on a legal topic, and be between three and nine thousand words in length. Submissions are also welcome in Irish, French and German. Book reviews and case notes will also be considered. We use the Oxford Style guide as our house style guide.

There is a medal for the overall best submission, with an accompanying cash prize of €300. There is also a medal for best non-English submission.

The closing date for submissions is 16th January 2015. All interested parties should submit their articles and enquiries to Kate Murphy: editor@corkonlinelawreview.com.

Register for PLI’s Free Seminar on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children – Effective Representation 2014

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Date: 11/25/14
Location: Online
Time: 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST
Attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied immigrant children will learn the framework for legal relief for these clients and effective strategies for working with children.
What you will learn:
  • How removal proceedings against children are conducted, and some of the key affirmative defenses available under US immigration law
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking special immigrant juvenile status, a remedy for certain children subjected to maltreatment by one or both parents
  • Eligibility requirements and procedural steps in seeking asylum as an unaccompanied child
  • Best practices in representing children

Register online here.

Pro Bono Service Opportunity with the Volunteer Tax & Loan Program in Alaska

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The Alaska Business Development Center, Inc. (ABDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, has been providing a wide spectrum of business consulting services to rural Alaska since 1978. ABDC created the Volunteer Tax and Loan Program (VTLP) after recognizing the need for quality tax services in the isolated, rural communities of Alaska that are very often only accessible by small aircraft. Since 1996, VTLP has strived to provide quality tax preparation services and education on taxpayer rights and obligations to rural residents across the state.

VTLP is seeking volunteers from various professions and local universities to participate in the program. Volunteers will be trained as either a tax preparer or educator/team leader, or both.  Volunteers typically travel in teams of two to four volunteers, one educator/leader and up to three preparers based on the needs of the community.  The weekend trips are three to four days, depending upon flight schedules, while the week long trips are for a week and typically service multiple communities. Prior tax experience is helpful but not required.

To participate, submit a completed application and attend an interview.

For more information, please click here.  The application is accessible here.  Click here for the flyer.

The VTLP qualifies for recognition for the Pro Bono Honors Society.  Track your hours and submit them for recognition at graduation!

Interested in Working for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights? Applications Open Now for 2015 Fellowship!

National Immigration Forum Seeking Policy and Advocacy Intern in Washington DC

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We are hiring interns to assist us with research, analysis, drafting of written materials, and monitoring activities of the executive and legislative branches of government on immigration issues. The National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.  For over 30 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Offering 2015 Romulo Gallegos Fellowship, Due 10/29

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is pleased to inform about the launching of a new automatized system to apply for fellowships, which as of today is the only means of presenting applications. The goal of this new digital system is to facilitate and streamline processes, to the benefit of all involved parties.

The Commission appreciates the cooperation and support of all users in the current process of modernization and digitalization of our systems.

For more information about the fellowship, click here.  Deadline 10/29.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council Seeking 2014-2015 Housing Fellow, Due 10/31

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At the present time, PRRAC’s work is focused in the areas of housing, education, environmental justice, and domestic human rights, with a particular emphasis on the continuing consequences of historical patterns of housing segregation and development.

In addition to national-level law and policy research and advocacy, we are engaged in local technical assistance work in Baltimore and Hartford, in support of regional desegregation cases filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. PRRAC is also working to support the development of a regional housing mobility program in the Philadelphia area.

The incoming Fellow will focus on our housing, community development, and environmental justice portfolios. The position is based in Washington, D.C. , and the fellowship term will run through summer 2015 (beginning and end dates negotiable).

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Environmental Law Foundation Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Oakland, CA

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a full-time basis during the summer of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we are looking for someone who is ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Spitzer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is excited to accept applications for the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of immediate past Executive Director Emily Spitzer. NHeLP seeks up to three law students to participate in the program, with the paid positions divided among offices in Washington, DC, Carrboro, NC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Potential Spitzer interns are rising 2L or 3L students, with a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations.

Spitzer interns will work closely with NHeLP staff attorneys, who work collaboratively across offices and engage in the primary work of the organization–providing high-quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policymakers.

For more information, click here.

Urban Justice Center Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Community Development Project, Due 1/9/15

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The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns who are interested in working with us during the Summer of 2015 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues. The main types of substantive areas in which we work include:  housing; workers’ rights; consumer justice; and transactional legal services (e.g. legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives). By providing legal support in these substantive areas, our mission is to advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2015 Law Clerk, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Through 1/30/15

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2015.

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.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to work in public interest law, have strong research and writing skills, and will be in their second year of law school.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

 

Need A Good Laugh? Join SCLC For Its Annual Comedy Fundraiser!

October 18-30: Social Justice Film Festival

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UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

October 20: Civil Liberties Post 9/11 – Criminalizing Activism

Join us for a night of film and discussion to explore how post-9/11 protest policing and laws challenge the civil liberties of activists and citizens. Watch the movie Preempting Dissent, followed by a discussion with journalist Will Potter. Potter focuses on animal rights and environmental movements and will speak about the shocking movement to criminalize non-violent protest.

Schedule:
7:30 pm – Screening of Preempting Dissent
8:30 pm – A Conversation with Will Potter

Cost:
Suggested Donation of $5

Click here to buy tickets.  Click here for more information.

October 18: Film Screening of Documented with Jose Antonio Vargas

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Doors at 5:30
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King Street, Seattle
RSVP is required: click here.

Please join us for a screening of the film: “Documented”, by Filipino undocumented American filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

This is an excellent film and we’re thrilled that Jose will be joining us in-person for Q&A panel, joined by Jill Mangaliman of Gabriela Seattle.

The event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Filipino American community as a part of the Carlos Bulosan Centennial Celebration.

October 20: Global Mondays Lecture – “Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”

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Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
12:30-1:20
William H. Gates Hall, RM 117
*Lunch served*

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

October 30: U-Visa Certification Program at the US Department of Labor

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U-VISA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM at the U.S. Department of Labor

INFO SESSION // Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
300 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
11th Floor, Room 1125

Jennifer Tse, the Western Region U-Visa Coordinator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor will be here to share information about the U-Visa and the Department’s certification process and protocols.

Jennifer Tse is the U Visa Coordinator for the Western Region in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Her region covers eight states and three U.S. territories, including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.  In her position as the U Visa Coordinator, she works with exploited workers and makes recommendations whether to certify immigrant victims of labor crimes for immigration relief.  Of the labor crimes, she works especially with victims of trafficking crimes.  Prior to her position with the Department of Labor, Jennifer was an attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta.  She worked both as an immigration attorney and in litigation primarily involving class-action labor trafficking, workers’ rights, and civil rights cases. She has provided technical legal support and trainings related to immigration relief on behalf of victims of human trafficking, including U and T visas, to federal government officials, national civil rights organizations, advocates, and private firm attorneys.  She is also a member of the White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders’ Regional Interagency Working Group for Region IX.  A California native, Jennifer received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. from UCLA.

November 5: 4th Annual LOL for SCLC Comedy Fundraiser!

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
6:30-8:30 PM
Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle

The Seattle Community Law Center provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. Simply put, SCLC helps break the cycle of homelessness. Seattle has the highest population of people in Washington living with disabilities that need help with legal problems.  If we want a strong safety net to ensure all people can achieve economic and medical stability, we all have to do our part.

Join us in celebrating and supporting the great work of the Seattle Community Law Center and share a few good laughs at our upcoming 4thAnnual Comedy Fundraiser LOL for SCLC comedy event on Wednesday, November 5th! The show starts at 6:30 and will end around 8:30.  It will be held at Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle.  Pat Cashman [Almost Live!] and his son Chris Cashman [the 206] will be hosting this event.

Attendance at the event is free this year, and the suggested donation is $100 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please see the RSVP here and join us for a few laughs, raffle items, great company, and of course to support a good cause. Bring your friends-You can RSVP for them too!

June 12-14: Save the Date for the Access to Justice Conference in Wenatchee, WA

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The Access to Justice Board and our Conference Co-Chairs, Hon. Ann Schindler and Colleen Kinerk, are pleased to announce that the Washington State Access to Justice Conference is back by popular demand!  Please mark your calendars for three days of community, skills and leadership development in sunny Wenatchee and look for registration materials in early April.

If you would like to be involved in the conference planning or have questions or comments, please contact Terra Nevitt, Access to Justice Board Manager at terran@wsba.org.

UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M3VYZZP.

We really value your feedback.

Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

Solidarity USAS

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

IACHR Border Visit

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Daniel Cima

Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law