Updates on Immigrant Family Detention in Texas

Immigrants’ Attorneys Say They Were ‘Locked Out’ of Detention Centers After Raising Concerns

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By Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times

Pro bono attorneys working at the country’s two largest immigrant family detention centers in Texas said Monday that they have been “locked out” after they raised concerns last week that officials were forcing the immigrant mothers they represent to sign legal papers without consulting them.

The complaint comes as the Congressional Progressive Caucus and members of the House Judiciary Committee are preparing to hold a forum on family detention Tuesday that’s expected to include testimony from two immigrant women who were detained, a whistle-blower who worked at one of the Texas detention centers and experts on the psychological, developmental and legal implications of family detention.

It also comes after a federal judge in California gave the administration until Aug. 3 to show why she should not hold them to standards for detaining children set out in a 1997 legal settlement, potentially ending family detention.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times video on CARA Pro Bono Project.

Attention Recent Grads! Openings With Washington AGO

Public Justice Seeking Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC or Oakland, CA, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of corporate and government abuse, seeks to hire two legal interns for Summer 2016.  The interns will work in either Public Justice’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. or its Oakland, California office.  Both interns will assist attorneys in both of Public Justice’s offices.

Public Justice’s legal interns research and develop new cases in conjunction with our staff attorneys, law fellows, and cooperating counsel.  They also provide assistance to attorneys in ongoing litigation.  Their work will not, however, focus on our Environmental Enforcement Project.  Our interns are involved in legal research and writing, case review, and brainstorming on theories and approaches designed to ensure that justice is achieved.

For more information, click here.

Seattle City Light Seeking Employee Relations Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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Seattle City Light is the nations’ 9th largest publicly owned utility based on the number of customers served.  We are committed to ensuring that Seattle’s electric rates are affordable, that we provide reliable service, in an environmentally sound way. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Our 1,800 employees strive to exceed the customer service expectations of the residents of the City of Seattle and surrounding communities.

We are seeking an Employee Relations Manager to join the Seattle City Light Human Resources Leadership Team. Reporting to the Human Resources Officer, the successful candidate will deliver high quality employee relations counsel and support and be capable of developing proactive solutions while building strong relationships with all stakeholders. This position will play a key role in risk mitigation and will partner closely with other HR leaders to develop comprehensive, proactive plans and strategies to ensure a positive employee experience.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Seeking Assistant Attorney Generals in Seattle and Olympia, Deadlines 7/29 and 7/31 Respectively

Washington AGO University of Washington Division (Seattle) Seeks Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/29

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The University of Washington Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is soliciting applications for a part-time labor and employment attorney. The UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research universities.  Attorneys in the division work in three (4-6 attorney) practice teams – the Employment Team, the Healthcare team and the General Practice Team. We are currently seeking an experienced attorney to fill a new 80% position (.8 FTE) on our Employment Team.

For more information, click here.

Washington AGO (Olympia) Seeks Assistant Attorney General – Revenue Division, Due 7/31

The Revenue Unit has an opening for a lawyer who enjoys working in a collegial and supportive environment.  Revenue AAGs primarily handle all aspects of excise and property tax refund claims and provide advice to the Department of Revenue.  Revenue AAGs generally practice before the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) and the Thurston County Superior Court, and in the federal courts in tax disputes involving Indian law and other federal issues.  Practice in the Revenue Unit includes engaging in written discovery and taking depositions, a considerable amount of legal research and writing, arguing motions and handling hearings before the BTA, and motions practice in the Thurston County Superior Court.  Revenue AAGs also regularly handle appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court, and occasionally work on tax cases that reach the United States Supreme Court.  Revenue cases often involve challenging and complex statutory and constitutional issues, and multi-million dollar refund claims.  And since virtually all business activity in Washington is taxed, Revenue AAGs get to learn about all sorts of different businesses.

For more information, click here.

King County Bar Association Seeking Pro Bono Services Program Coordinator, Due 7/30

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The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services promote social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused legal services programs and provides services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low income King County residents who would not otherwise receive legal assistance.

The Pro Bono Coordinator provides administrative support, project management, and tech support for the Pro Bono Services Director and to PBS Department.

For more information, click here.

King County Superior Court Judge John H. Chun Now Accepting Judicial Externship Applications, Fall Quarter Deadline 8/1

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Judge John H. Chun seeks a judicial extern for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  Externs are expected to conduct legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and observe in-court proceedings, including trials.  Judge Chun will select his extern based on previous experience, grades, writing ability (including journal experience), and references.

Applications should include the following: cover letter (cover letter addressee: Ms. Jill Gerontis), resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references.  Applications may be submitted electronically to chun.court@kingcounty.gov or by regular mail.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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The Employment and Administrative Mandate Section of San Diego Seeks New Deputy Attorney General, Due 8/3

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The Employment & Administrative Mandate Section (EAM) has an opening for Deputy Attorney General in its San Diego office.  Deputy Attorney General III will also be considered. EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves jury trials and appellate arguments in state and federal courts. EAM’s advice practice provides representation to the Governor’s Office and over 100 state agencies in furtherance of the State of California’s mission to ensure equal employment opportunities for all. In addition to employment law, EAM represents such clients as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters. EAM attorneys litigate issues of statewide importance as part of our dedication to public service and the Attorney General’s mission to serve the People of California. EAM prosecutes employee disciplinary hearings and Horse Racing Board disciplinary matters; litigates writs of mandate involving the State’s drunk driving and alcohol beverage control laws and handles whistleblower complaints and personnel privacy issues. EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment.

Applicants must pass the online examination before submitting an application.

For more information, click here.

Center for Community Solutions Seeking Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence Program, Due 8/3

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Since 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been creating safe and healthy communities with a core emphasis on the prevention and intervention of sexual assault and relationship violence. Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence served by the East Domestic Violence Services (DVS) program.  Supervision for the position is provided by the Litigation Manager.  The position is stationed twenty hours per week at the El Cajon Courthouse to staff CCS’ Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic.  The remaining twenty hours per week are devoted to providing additional legal services to clients, providing education for the DVS advocacy staff, and conducting training and outreach in the community.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Human Rights Education Coordinator, Due 8/4

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Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence by opening a regional office in Mexico City and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our human rights education capacity. Being closer to the ground will enable us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced Human Rights Education Coordinator to coordinate and manage the development and implementation of regional, and where appropriate, national human rights education strategies, plans and projects in the Americas.

For more information, click here.

Evergreen State College Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 8/5

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The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The Director of Government Relations reports to the President’s Chief of Staff and has the authority to act independently to represent the President and the College on legislative matters within established guidelines and strategy.

The Director is responsible for coordinating the College’s work with the state Legislature, Governor’s Office, the Office of Financial Management and the Washington Student Achievement Council.  Monitor and analyze state and federal legislation or proposals having impact on the College, and provide information on such to the College community.  Work with the President and senior staff to develop positions on proposed state and federal legislation.  Represent the College and its positions to the Legislature and others.  Provide information to government officials as necessary.  Work with local government, business and civic organizations to provide information about the College and develop positive relationships and partnerships.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Research Intern, Due 8/7

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The Research Unit at Amnesty International USA is seeking legal interns with a strong background and interest in human rights to work on several US-based research projects during the fall semester of 2015.  Interns will work on research projects which are being developed as part of AIUSA’s current  campaigns on such issues as police accountability, torture, sexual reproductive rights and gun violence as well as the organization’s ongoing work on other issues such as immigration, national security and crimianl justice.

For more information, click here.

Clallam County Public Defender Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 8/7

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The Clallum Public Defender is hiring a full-time staff attorney.  The attorney will be responsible for representing indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in District Court, and must be able to organize and manage caseloads with minimum supervision.

Salary, D.O.E. with full benefit package.

For more information, see Symplicity.

Attention Advocates! Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

July 28: WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series – Addressing Implicit Bias in the Law

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Registration: Webcast registration closes at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Webcast
Free 1.5 Ethics CLE Credits

What does the latest research in biology and psychology tell us about implicit bias? And how does implicit bias play out in the legal profession — in everyday interactions with clients, colleagues, and the judicial system? Join presenter Sevilla P. Rhoads for a look at the ethical implications of implicit bias under Washington’s Rules of Professional Conduct. You’ll leave the webcast with a better understanding of implicit bias – and with some practical approaches, based on behavioral and cognitive interventions, for addressing it as a legal professional.

Register online here.

July 28: You’re Invited to Lambda Legal and K&L Gates’ Evening in Celebration of Equality & Diversity

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

Lambda Legal and K&L Gates invite you to connect with your fellow law firm summer associates and corporate interns to learn about the great work of Lambda Legal. We will be celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and discussing the status of marriage equality across the country as well as the impact the decision will have on lived LGBT equality outside of the marriage context.  Come for drinks and light appetizers and enjoy some of the best views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier from the 29th floor of K&L Gates in downtown Seattle.

To RSVP, please contact Jeannie Beth Asuncion.

September 10 – 11: Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium on Violence, Trauma, and Culture

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Date: Thursday, September 10 – Friday, September 11, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM (Thursday) – 4:30 PM (Friday)
Location: Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of gender-based/domestic violence.

Featured Speakers:
Connie Burk – Executive Director, Northwest Network for LGBT Survivors of Abuse and Co-Author, Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Olga Trujillo – Consultant, Attorney, Speaker, Survivor. Author of “The Sum of My Parts” Memoir and “A Survivor’s Story” documentary and training video. Co-author of “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges”
Dr. Linda Chamberlain – Epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development. Founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project.
Leslye Orloff – Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
Russell Strand – Chief, Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Branch, U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. Leonard, MO. Retired U.S. Army CID special agent, trainer of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview
Heather Hackman, Ph.D. – Founder, Hackman Consulting Group, addressing deep diversity, equity and social justice issues in education, law, government, non-profit, medicine and business

Register online here.

October 14: Save the Date for Columbia Legal Service’s 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception – Celebrating the Art of Advocacy 

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square

Sponsored by: Sonata Capital, Sirianni Youtz Spoonemoore Hamburger.  Also sponsored by Barron Smith Daugert PLLC, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and SeaMar Community Health Centers.

Attention Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open

Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Outlaws and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  Will you be on a pro bono project board or steering committee next year?

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30.

See the syllabus here. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono project.  Photo courtesy of StockVault.

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Mobile App

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Get the latest information about legal careers at Justice with our mobile app, DOJ Law Jobs. Users can quickly and easily create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.  DOJ Law Jobs is available for free on iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad, and the Play Store for Android devices.

Professionalism Tip of the Week! 10 Common Email Mistakes: Using Email Effectively 

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By Keith Jackson | Mind Tools

How many hours do you spend communicating by email every day?  Most of us would answer “Too many!”  According to a study by McKinsey® & Company, people spend 28 percent of their working week reading and replying to emails. However, despite the risk of becoming overloaded with messages, it remains one of the most powerful and efficient communication tools.

Using email is a quick and easy way to stay connected with your team members, customers and stakeholders, particularly those who are geographically dispersed. However, it can be very easy to send ineffective emails, create the wrong impression, or even damage your reputation with sloppy practices.  In this article, we’ll look at 10 common mistakes that people make when they send emails, and explore what you can do to avoid these.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Biletskiy Evgeniy

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Council on Public Defense

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The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Today, the CPD provides a unique and valuable forum for bringing together representatives of the Bar, prosecutors, private and public criminal defense counsel, the bench, elected officials and the public.

The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the CPD. Except as noted, the members of the CPD are appointed for two-year terms, with the ability to renew their membership on the CPD for up to four years. All positions will begin Oct. 1, 2015. The open positions include:

  • Three current or former prosecutors/city attorneys. Two of the prosecutors/city attorneys will be appointed for two-year terms. One prosecutor/city attorney will be appointed for a one-year term.
  • One at-large member who will be appointed for a one-year term.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015. Please do not apply for any committee other than the Council on Public Defense, as the deadline for other committees has passed.

Interested in Voting Rights? Position Opening With ACLU of Washington!

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Deputy Director, Due 7/27

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is known nationally for its excellent legal representation of indigent clients in King County.  DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court.

DPD is looking for a Deputy Director who will assist the Director in leading this dynamic department. Per county code, the Deputy will serve as interim Public Defender in the event of a vacancy and act in her stead, as needed. The Deputy will supervise several attorney managers, providing leadership, support, and direction in all of DPD’s practice areas and in the department’s day-to-day operations, including strategic planning, policy development, hiring, and general department oversight. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a public defender, a passion for client-centered public defense, a commitment to addressing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and a collaborative, solutions-focused leadership style.

For more information, click here.

Department of Justice Special Litigation Section Seeking Deputy Chief (Supervisory Trial Attorney), Due 7/28

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The Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Chief. The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section’s work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (“HCFAC”) program, with an emphasis on the Section’s matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). More specifically, most of the incumbent’s work will be devoted to supervising the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of matters involving the unnecessary segregation or the risk of unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions. Most of the work involves allegations of patterns or practices of unlawful conduct.

For more information, click here.  For other position openings with SPL, click here.  Application period closes 7/21.

Honorable Richard Jones of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Externs 2015-2016

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The Honorable Richard A. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for full-time externs in the 2015-2016 school year. The Court has both a criminal and civil caseload.  Externs for Judge Jones will be performing legal research, writing memoranda, and drafting judicial orders.  There may be opportunities to work closely with Judge Jones’s current law clerks on current and on-going cases.  There will be exposure to a variety of legal issues including; employment discrimination, admiralty, personal injury, patent infringement, class actions, criminal and civil procedure, and criminal and civil trial preparation. Applicants must have completed Evidence. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and list of three references as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Richard A. Jones
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Seattle, WA 98101

Justice Charles K. Wiggins Now Accepting Applications for Fall Quarter Externs

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Justice Charles K. Wiggins is accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Sylvia Campbell at Sylvia.Campbell@courts.wa.gov.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/7

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NWIRP’s Seattle Office services low-income immigrants and refugees in Western Washington. The office provides direct legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys, pro se assistance, and workshops on immigration matters ranging from asylum, citizenship, family petitions, and protections for immigrant children and victims of crimes.

The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For more information, click here.

Department of Public Defense Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit. Applicants must be Rule 9 eligible.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense. Job duties include assisting attorneys at hearings with in and out-of-custody arraignments, pretrial hearings, sentencing and probation review; legal research and writing; assisting with trial preparation; and others.

For more information, click here. 

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Voting Rights Researcher (9 Mo. Position), Open Until Filled

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The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.  Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.

We are seeking a Voting Rights Researcher to help identify jurisdictions in Washington that fall short of providing fair and open voting and elections practices.  In particular the ACLU is investigating whether electoral practices provide racial and ethnic minorities a meaningful voice in local government and whether counties are recognizing the rights of all voters.  The Voting Rights Researcher will be a member of the Legal Department and supervised by a Staff Attorney.

For more information, click here.

The San Juan Preservation Trust Seeks Assistant Director, Open Until Filled

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Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) is a nationally accredited private, non-profit and membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director by managing day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. Primary responsibilities include oversight and/or support for all of the organization’s administrative activities, including budgeting, planning, trustee engagement, staff and committee coordination, implementation and tracking of new initiatives, and overall organizational effectiveness. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director, supervises one staff member (our Office Manager), supports logistical, budgeting and financial functions for our program directors (Development, Conservation and Stewardship), and works closely with the Executive Director, staff, a 21-member board of trustees, and numerous committees and advisory bodies. Our entire staff, including this position, actively participates in fundraising, outreach and membership engagement activities, and is required to perform a wide variety of tasks as needed.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks U.S. Policy & Advocacy Law Student Intern for Fall 2015, Open Until Filled

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) department is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to federal policy analysis and nonprofit advocacy. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to day operations of a dynamic in-house federal policy team, including legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is part-time, and will begin in September 2015 and end in November 2015. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student’s academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit from their schools. If credit is not offered by your school, a small stipend may be available for the right candidate.

For more information, click here.

United Nations Seeking Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) P-3

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The position is intended to fill functions of short-term duration This temporary position is initially offered for three (3) months with possibility of extension. All posts are subject to availability of funds.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer P3 reports directly to the Head of the Policy and Planning Unit, located under the Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS), within the Emergency Services Branch (ESB), Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, click here.

You’re Invited to Rethink School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District Today at 11:30 AM!

July 17: Rethinking School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District

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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch and Learn Session – Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue    –   Bring your lunch and join Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Seattle City Council Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee for a special presentation from OUSD representatives.  Everyone welcome. Water and juices will be provided.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Community Session – South Shore PK-8 School, 4800 S. Henderson, Seattle  –  Join fellow community members, parents, educators, and officials in an interactive learning session with OUSD representatives to learn about their efforts and their outcomes in reducing suspensions and eliminating racial disparity.  Everyone welcome.  Food will be provided at 5:30; program will begin at 6pm. 

Approach:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
  • Culturally Relevant Instruction

OUSD Representatives:

  • Theresa Clincy – Coordinator of Attendance and Discipline
  • Antonio Fregoso – Sergeant, Oakland School Police
  • Barbara McClung – Director, Behavioral Health Initiatives
  • Emilio Ortega – Manhood Development Instructor and Restorative Justice Coordinator

Sponsors: 

City of Seattle, King County, University of Washington School of Social Work – Communities in Action, Seattle Public Schools’ African American Male Scholar Think Tank, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Community Center for Education Results-The Road Map Project

Background:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

July 17: Early Bird Rate for the Tacoma Trauma Stewardship Institute

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Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Do you feel like the work you’re doing or the life you’re living is taking a toll on you?  Are you noticing amongst your co-workers or community a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you can’t do enough, or spike in your cynicism? Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on?  Please join us for a day of raising awareness individually, organizationally, institutionally, and systemically on how to live and work sustainably.

For more information and to register, click here.

July 23: Global Washington and Landesa Invite Students to Upcoming Panel Discussing “Charting a Career in International Development”

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Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Doors open
3:30 PM – 3:35 PM: Introduction by Melissa Merritt
3:35 PM – 4:15 PM: Program
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM : Q&A
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Reception
Location: PATH Seattle Headquarters, 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 USA

Global Washington and Landesa invite students to an upcoming panel event featuring leaders from Landesa LogoPATH, World Justice Project, and Landesa discussing the topic: “Charting a Career in International Development.” Panelists will speak about their own career paths and impart tips for students interested in careers in international development.

To RSVP, click here.

August 4: Washington Attorney General Open House in Olympia/Tumwater

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Date: August 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia, WA 98501

On August 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Washington Attorney General’s Office will host its third annual Open House in the Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney or law clerk positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming second and third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

For more information, click here. 

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

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Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

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