Jobs, Announcements and Events, oh my!

Hello blog readers!  There is so much news in the public service world that it turns out we have one last post before the Thanksgiving holiday after all.  Unlike the usual single-issue post this one includes JOBS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS.  Scroll down for the latest.  No pretty pictures today, “just the facts ma’am.”  Best wishes for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday weekend.  The blog will be back full steam and on the regular posting schedule December 2.

JOBS (5)

White House OSTP Internship Program—Now Accepting Applications for Spring & Summer 2014     (current students)The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Spring and Summer 2014 Legal Internship Program.  Students who are U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. More information, including application deadlines and instructions, is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/.About the OSTP Internship Program.  Law students     who would like to apply for this program have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the United States Government. Prior OSTP Legal Interns have worked on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information     disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and pending legislation.  OSTP’s “small firm” environment provides law students with the opportunity to work closely with senior attorneys, gain practical legal experience, and network with other emerging members of the legal profession. Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel.

Students who are U.S. citizens and who are enrolled in law school or LLM programs are encouraged to apply using the “Legal Division” application on OSTP’s website. Legal interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall). Each term lasts up to 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments     provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Questions. For questions about OSTP’s Legal Internship Program, please contact Jennifer Lee at jlee@ostp.eop.gov.

Center for Constitutional Rights Bertha Fellowship (3L/post grad)

Deadline December 2!

The Bertha Fellowship is for  emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in  gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical     understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host     three Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2014, one in each of our docket     areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial     Justice; and (3) International Human Rights. Fellows will work alongside     attorneys in each of these docket areas.

The Bertha Fellowship at CCR is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which     hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In     addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR     will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings,  (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional  mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, management, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.

For application info: http://www.ccrjustice.org/2014-fellowship-application

NORTHWEST WORKERS JUSTICE PROJECT (Portland, OR) (post-grad)

The Northwest Workers’ Justice Project is a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to defend and strengthen the workplace and organizing rights of low-wage temporary and immigrant workers in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. At NWJP, we are guided by the belief that all workers share the fundamental human right to live and labor with dignity, safety, and hope.

NWJP seeks a Staff Attorney to provide employment-related legal assistance to low-wage temporary and immigrant workers throughout Oregon. The central focus of the position is client representation in the areas of wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, and employer retaliation.

Required qualifications: Ability to establish trusting relationships with     low-income clients and cultural competence to address the legal needs of immigrant workers; Excellent communication, writing, and research skills; Ability to work independently and as a team player; Ability to think creatively, and willingness to implement unconventional strategies;  Demonstrated commitment to social justice; Oregon bar or willingness and eligibility to take next available Oregon bar exam.

Preferred: Current membership in good standing in     any state bar; Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish strongly preferred;     Demonstrated litigation skills; experience in employment law; Demonstrated     commitment to workers’ rights.

Applicants are encouraged to apply before January 10,     2013. Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references, with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line, to attorneyapplicant@nwjp.org. NWJP is an equal opportunity employer. We especially     encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (post grad)
Pamela Booth, Assistant District AttorneyThe Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA)     will be accepting applications for the position of Deputy District Attorney     I from December 2, 2013 to December 13, 2013.  On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, a web link to the exam bulletin will be posted online at http://da.lacounty.gov/hr/default.htm.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via ONLINE FILING. To apply online, please see the Tips to File Your Application on the District Attorney’s website http://da.lacounty.gov/hr.    

DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 

SALARY: $5,152.36 – $6,062.45
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: No experience required.
LICENSES: Admission to practice law in California1

If you have any questions which are not answered online at http://da.lacounty.gov/hr, you may call the Human Resources Division (Exams Unit) at (213) 202-7730.

Social Justice Fund is Hiring a Project Manager - Deadline Dec. 9! (post grad — temporary position)

The Project Manager is a temporary  full-time, exempt employee in our Seattle office.  The position is planned for January 1 – July 31 with the possibility of becoming permanent.  This position is roughly 70% organizing, training, and facilitation, 15% direct fundraising, and 15% grants management.Qualifications & qualities:  Project planning experience—demonstrated ability to create and execute a project that meets expectations; Excellent facilitation skills, including working with people from diverse backgrounds; Demonstrated commitment to social     justice issues and a strong social justice analysis; Experience developing and leading workshops and trainings, preferably with an anti-oppression focus; Ability to quickly build strong relationships with members and grantees; Ability to motivate and engage volunteers and build a strong, functional team; Self-motivated, effective problem-solver; Computer skills including Microsoft Office and databases (eTapestry a plus); Willingness to work as a team on a variety of tasks; Willingness to work frequent evenings and weekends, and travel occasionally; Community organizing experience; Fundraising     experience; Strong communication skills; Fearlessness about asking—for money, time, etc.; Sense of humor.

Social Justice Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, people of     color, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.  A full benefits package is available, including 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, vacation, and sick leave. Anticipated salary range is  $40,000-45,000, DOE.

Find  the full job description here.  Please email your cover letter and resume to hr@socialjusticefund.org by end of day December 9, 2013.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (3) FROM THE PILA CORNER:

1) Save the date for the Public Interest Law Association’s 19th     Annual Benefit Auction! The auction will be February 1, 2014 at the Husky Union Building. Tickets are on sale now online at pila.ejoinme.org/registration. Questions? Contact us at pila@u.washington.edu.

2) Each year, the Public Interest Law Association awards 15-20 grants     to students working public interest and non-profit jobs. These grants are funded through an auction in the spring—and many of the items are procured by students. Applying for a grant is pretty simple, but you need to volunteer hours with PILA. Luckily, you can waive these hours if you procure enough items for the auction!

Procuring items is easy, fun, and vital in ensuring PILA Grants continue to benefit UW Law Students. If you’re thinking about applying for a Grant this spring, the easiest way to get your hours is by taking part. When you’re with your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas, think about local stores you can contact, gifts you can donate, or activities you can provide for the auction. Almost anything works–from a $20 gift card at a local coffee shop to a weekend stay at your family’s timeshare!

Donation forms are available on the door of the PILA Office in Room 130 (also the SBA Office) right outside Room 127.  Please contact Michael Caulfield at mcaulfi@uw.edu     with any questions.

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: JANUARY 17, 2014

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our third annual San Francisco     Public Interest Law City Visit for Friday January 17, 2014.  On that day we will visit 4 public interest/public service agencies – 2 in Oakland  and 2 in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and two more sites awaiting final     confirmation.  Over the past 2 years 13 UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public interest lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to     $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by December 10 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to goforward with the trip.

AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM: EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS

In past years, our Summer Corps program has given AmeriCorps education awards to law students serving during the summer only. Now law students can earn education awards throughout the year. Because of the expansion, we will now refer to our program as AmeriCorps JD.

Law student slots throughout the school year will be available for placements where students provide legal assistance to low-income and homeless veterans or victims of disasters. Students can serve in any nonprofit organization, but they must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Please note that students receiving school credit for their service must get permission from their school’s administration to also receive an AmeriCorps education award. Students who receive compensation in excess of $4,300 for their service are not eligible.

Learn more about AmeriCorps JD!

WebsiteFree webinar  at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 26 (If you or your students are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be sent to all who registered following the webinar.)

EVENTS     (4)
1. Discovery Institute: December 4: Conservative Governance in Washington     State: 

Prospects for the 2014 legislative session and beyond

A     Legislative Panel Featuring: State Representative Matt Manweller,     LD 13,State Representative Norma Smith, LD 10 and State Representative JT     Wilcox, LD 2 Join Discovery Institute and the Washington Policy Center for     an inside look at the 2014 legislative session. Legislators will provide     up-to-date information on the 2013 special sessions and share their first-hand knowledge of the issues they face in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

This event will be held at Discovery Institute located at 208 Columbia Street in downtown Seattle. A reception will begin at 5:30 PM  followed by the program at 6 PM. A selection of wine and hors d’oeuvre will be available. For more information and to register online, please click here. If  you have questions or would like to register by phone, contact Anna Salick at 206-292-0401 ext. 102.

2. Discovery Institute: December 12: Are Hedge Funds Evil or Misunderstood?

A     Luncheon Featuring Timothy Spangler, Author of One Step Ahead: Private Equity and Hedge Funds After the Global Financial Crisis For many Americans, the term ‘hedge fund’ conjures up visions of greedy Wall Street investors making back room deals, possibly on insider information. But the truth is, few really know what hedge funds do, or how they contribute to the U.S. economy. In his new book, One Step Ahead, Timothy Spangler provides a compelling account of how flexible and entrepreneurial investment firms  can prosper in a volatile and rapidly changing financial world.  He also examines the new regulatory environment and how it hinders economic growth, while doing little to prevent a new crisis.  Join us for a special luncheon and book signing – sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality – on Thursday, December 12th at noon. Sandwiches, chips and sodas will be provided. Suggested donation is     $10 at the door. For more information and to register online, please click here. If   you have questions or would like to register by phone, contact Anna Salick at 206-292-0401 ext. 102.

3.WAACO’s South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series: So You Want To Be A Nonprofit? December 6

If you are thinking about starting a nonprofit, this is the workshop for you.  If you know someone in South King County (Kent, Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, Federal Way) who wants to start a nonprofit, let them know about this workshop by forwarding this email to them. We will discuss what you need to know before you start a nonprofit, alternatives to nonprofits, and how to start a nonprofit.

Date: December 5, 2013;Time:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Green River Community College, Kent Campus
Register at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476833
Speakers: ·Barbara Fane and La Traya Ellis, The Nonprofit Assistance Center and Jodi Nishioka, WAAO
$10 General Admission
This interactive, hands-on workshop is designed for individuals or community groups who think they want to create a nonprofit to do their work in the community.
We will cover: What you need to know before forming a nonprofit (Look before you Leap); How to assess your readiness to form  and sustain a nonprofit; Simple steps to take you from your dream to IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status; Helpful hints and pitfalls to avoid when forming your organization

This workshop is part of WAACO’s South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series.  This series of trainings are supported with funding from The Seattle Foundation and United Way of King County.

LAST: Don’t forget we do have one more Social Justice Tuesday presentation for this quarter– November 26: Social Justice Tuesday- “History did not end in 1965”: Shelby County and the Voting Rights Act, 12:30-1:20 Gates Hall 133.