Learn Social Justice Lawyering through an Ella Baker Internship or Professional Ethics in Auschwitz plus Much More

2014 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program: 2L Applications due October 11

Ella-Baker-w648The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. Along with the Ella Baker Program, the SJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

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

The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.

Interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly educational seminars. Topics range from litigation skills, theories of social change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists. Interns’ responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.

The internship will begin on June 2, 2014 and end on August 8, 2014. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. All students will be asked to attend an Orientation on June 2-3 and a Final Debrief on August 7-8. The location for the orientation/debrief are TBD.

Don’t delay! 2L applications are due October 11. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Opportunity to Study Professional Ethics at Auschwitz

FASPE FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Applications from all law students, regardless of what field of law they are interested in, are sought. Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2014 program for FASPE Law will run from May 25 to June 5.

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2014. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls: Paid Legal Research Opportunity at Blue Water Legal PLLC

Blue water legalAmie C. Peters (’05), principal at Blue Water Legal PLLC, is accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls who are interested in working 5-6 hours per week throughout the coming academic year.  The opportunity is available immediately.

The job is very flexible; work can be done remotely (using DropBox to transfer documents), or can be done in the Blue Water Legal offices.  Compensation is $15/hour.

Hiring Criteria: The ideal candidate would be interested in plaintiff’s work or small firm practice, but that is not required.  Strong writing and research skills are important, as the successful candidate will be assisting with motions, medical reviews and legal research memos.  The ability to work independently and efficiently on complex projects involving an area of law that may be new is critical.

The successful candidate will be asked to certify that they have read the WA State Rules for Professional Conduct, and that they agree to follow those rules with regards to any cases in which they assist (especially, conflicts and confidentiality).

To Apply: Submit a resume and writing sample to jobs@bluewaterlegal.com. Include “Legal Researcher” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  More information about the firm is available at www.bluewaterlegal.com.

Human Rights First Seeking Refugee Program Legal Interns for DC Office

human_rights_firstHuman Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for a Spring 2014 internship in our Refugee Protection Program. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers.  Interns will be based in HRF’s Washington DC office and will be expected to work at least 15-20 hours per week for a 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.

The Refugee Protection Program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases.  The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. HRF is accepting applications for Spring quarter. For complete info and instructions please click here.

US Human Rights Network Seeks Human Rights at Home Campaign Director

ushrn_web_logo_borderUSHRN seeks a Campaign Director to coordinate the Human Rights at Home (HuRAH) Campaign. HuRAH is a collaborative effort to institutionalize concrete accountability mechanisms to help ensure that human rights principles, standards, and obligations are considered and implemented in all areas of domestic policy and practice in the United States. HuRAH is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by the US Human Rights Network, and comprised of the following organizations: US Human Rights Network, American Civil Liberties Union, Rights Working Group, Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Border Network for Human Rights. HuRAH is a collaborative initiative of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN). The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations. USHRN works to secure dignity and justice for all.

HuRAH’s goals over the next few years include: promoting the institutionalization, mandate expansion, and effective use of the U.S. Government’s Equality Working Group as a federal focal point for coordination and implementation of US human rights obligations; promoting meaningful coordination between the Equality Working Group, and other federal entities, with state and local officials in implementing human rights obligations; promoting the use of other accountability structures at the federal, state, and local levels for human rights compliance; expanding grassroots outreach and engagement in informing and advancing the accountability mechanisms identified by the Campaign; and advancing an issue area campaign focused on promoting human rights accountability in immigration enforcement. HuRAH’s structure includes seven entities: two HuRAH specific subcommittees – State and Local Coordination and Grassroots Engagement; four USHRN taskforces for each of the ratified treaties including ICERD, ICCPR, CAT and the UPR; and a Steering Committee.

Applications accepted through October 30. For complete info and application instructions please click here.