Category: Jobs, Externships, & PostGrad Fellowships

Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Recent Grads! Equal Justice Works Announces AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps for 2014-15. Apply ASAP!

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An AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship is a great way to launch or re-launch a public interest career. Our fellows work with nonprofit legal aid organizations on cutting-edge projects, provide direct legal assistance, and strengthen communities by serving as a legal resource. For the 2014-2015 program year, there are open Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship positions located in California, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Delaware, and New York with a focus on veterans’ assistance and disaster response.

The Veterans Legal Corps position descriptions can be found on our website: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITIONS. Candidates will apply directly to the host sites and those hired will become 2014 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows.

Attention Recent Grads! Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) Seeks Candidates Legislative Committee Policy Staff Positions. Deadline: 8/16

WAstatelegThe Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for two legislative committee policy staff positions as Session Counsel. These positions are nonpartisan and exempt from civil service. These are temporary positions as specified below.

House Judiciary Committee - The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Judiciary Committee. This committee considers issues relating to commercial law, torts, probate, guardianships, civil commitment, firearms, eminent domain, landlord/tenant law, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes, and courts and judicial administration. It also considers family law issues such as marriage, marriage dissolution, child support, and adoption. This is a temporary position through July 31, 2015.

House Public Safety Committee - The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Public Safety Committee. This committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, adult correctional programs and institutions, mentally ill offenders, and state and local government preparedness to respond to public emergencies, including the interoperability of emergency communications systems. This is a temporary position through April 30, 2015.

2014 Law grads are encouraged to apply. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention 3Ls! Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Fall, Winter & Spring Rule 9 Interns for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution. Deadline 8/21

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury;
•Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars;
•Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and
•Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions;
•Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and
•Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings:
There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.  

Amnesty International Seeks Researcher/Advisor on Business and Human Rights for London Office. Deadline 8/20

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Please note that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 29th August

Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of eradicating human rights violations related to corporate activity. But in order to act, we need informed strategy based on thorough and irrefutable research. So as a Researcher, your contribution will be absolutely critical.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a specialist researcher in this emerging area of human rights, you’ll carry out in-depth investigations which will bring corporations to account for involvement in human rights abuses. Focusing largely on extractive industries, that means researching key issues like the impact of mining practices on indigenous peoples and women in India and the impact of oil pollution on people’s right to water, livelihoods and a clean environment in the Niger delta. Whether you’re carrying out desk-based research or conducting in-country fact-finding, you will be contributing to advancing the debate on corporate accountability for human rights abuses by using an evidence based approach.

You will be able to analyse and document key findings in light with international standards on business and human rights and collate your research into comprehensive and influential reports recommending legal and political change relevant to this subject area from the London office. In fact, capitalising on your astute understanding and awareness of Business & Human Rights, you’ll advise people right across AI. More than that, providing expert guidance on research and methodology, you’ll promote the quality and consistency of our work. You’ll also be involved taking forward relevant lobbying and advocacy strategies, so you can expect to have a big impact on our strategic direction.

 

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! American Association for Justice Seeks Legal Content Editor. Rolling Deadline!AAJlogo

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill a Legal Content Editor position in its Education Department. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

AAJ is looking for a Legal Content Editor to:

• Format, proofread, and edit speaker papers for publication; review speaker papers for AAJ Education seminars, colleges, and conventions for content, subject matter, appropriateness, and length.
• Coordinate production of course materials for seminars and colleges, including creating and maintaining production schedule; assist with production of convention reference materials.
• Research content for curriculum and product development.
• Make and review requests for reprint permission.
• Assist in developing AAJ Press, AAJ’s line of books and multimedia on advocacy and practice-specific topics; research possible titles and authors; draft and review marketing copy; communicate with publishers.
• Manage the AAJ Education resource library.

For full description and application instructions please click here.

Justice for Our Neighbors Seeks Rural Capacity Building Bilingual Staff Attorney in Nebraska

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Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

Responsibilities of the position: The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Crete and South Sioux City. The RCB Staff attorney will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities. The RCB Staff Attorney position will be located in Omaha and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.

DUTIES: Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for reports Steer outreach and education programs.

For complete description and application instructions please click the PSJD announcement here.

 

 

More Sizzlin’ Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Class of 2016! NARF Announced Paid Summer 2015 Internship. Deadline: 9/29

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About NARF: Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide. NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

Summer Clerkships: NARF is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2015 Clerkships! Each year, NARF conducts a nation-wide search for law students to participate in its Law Clerk Program. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C.

For complete info and application instructions please click here.

LAW Adovcates of Whatcom County Seeks New Executive Director. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lawadvocateslogoLAW Advocates is a non-profit organization based in Bellingham that provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom and Island Counties, primarily through volunteer attorneys.

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the vision of the Board of Directors of LAW Advocates as laid forth in its strategic plan and directing LAW Advocates’ activities in all areas including the delivery of legal services, development and finance, personnel and administration, and community relations.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so act fast!

Washington State House of Representatives, Office of Program Research in Olympia Seeks Research Analyst or Committee Counsel. Deadline: Rolling thru 7/26WAstateleg

The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for a legislative committee policy staff position as a Research Analyst or Committee Counsel. This position is nonpartisan and exempt from civil service.

The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee. This committee considers issues relating to early learning from birth to kindergarten, as well as a broad array of issues affecting children and families, including parent education, foster care, dependency, child protective services, child welfare services, children’s mental health, and family reconciliation services. The committee also considers issues relating to family support programs, including TANF and Disability Lifeline, persons with developmental disabilities, adults in need of drug and alcohol treatment, vocational rehabilitation, at risk-youth, youth violence prevention, and juvenile offenders.

For complete job description and application instructions please visit Symplicity or click here.

 

US Department of Energy Seeks Entry-Level Attorney for Idaho Office. Deadline: Rolling thru 8/5

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The U.S. Department of Energy – Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) has an opening for an Entry Level Attorney looking for a challenging career. The Idaho Operations Office is located in Idaho Falls in southeastern Idaho. Our office has oversight responsibility for the Idaho National Laboratory. Our mission is at the forefront of helping the Nation meet our energy, scientific, environmental, and national security goals. These include developing and deploying new energy technologies and reducing our dependence upon foreign energy sources. Additionally, DOE-ID is responsible for the safe environmental cleanup of legacy contamination.

The Office of Chief Counsel within DOE-ID has six attorneys who assist an office of federal employees. This office has oversight responsibility for a contractor workforce of over 6,000 and a budget of over a billion dollars. Our practice areas are diverse, including Environmental, Government Contracts, Labor and Employment, Administrative Law, and wide-ranging Litigation.

This is a permanent position in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by a competitive appointment. Service in this position may be fully creditable toward civil service retirement. Any selected applicant who is in the competitive service will be taken out of the competitive service when he or she occupies this position and will compete only with other excepted status employees in the event of a reduction-in-force.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

USDA Office of General Counsel Seeks Entry-Level Attorney for Juneau Office. Deadline: Rolling thru 7/31

USDA-logoUSDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation’s natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Attorneys assigned to field offices in the Office of the General Counsel (offices physically located outside the Washington, D.C., Headquarters) provide legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Current Judicial Clerks! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore Announces Post Grad Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship

MurnaghanfellowshipThe Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship is awarded annually to a recent law graduate who has completed a judicial clerkship.  The Fellow must have passed a state bar examination and be eligible for admission to the bar of that state by the commencement of the Fellowship.  Applicants should possess excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrable commitment to social justice.

To apply for the 2015-2016 Fellowship (beginning September 2015), applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, the names of three professional or academic references, and a brief statement of interest. We request this application by October 17, 2014.

For complete information please click here.

Attention Class of 2016! EarthJustice Seeks Summer 2015 Clerks for Offices Nationwide. Deadline: Rolling so Act Fast!

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Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

Our work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury.
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

Complete information and application instructions please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves and Start Applying! Plenty of Entry-Level Attorney & Policy Positions Opening Up.

Attention Recent Grads! Grays Harbor County Seeking Entry-Level Prosecuting Attorney. Deadline: 8/1

GraysHarborCountylogoThe Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorneys Office is accepting applications for an entry level deputy prosecutor whose primary responsibility will be to prosecute cases in District Court.

Duties: The deputy prosecuting attorney prosecutes, on behalf of the State of Washington and Grays Harbor County, all felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors and probation violations in Superior Court and District Court, including infractions in Juvenile Court and traffic infractions through the District Courts, at the discretion of the duly elected or appointed Prosecuting Attorney. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of the case through trial and sentencing, and the handling of all appeals concerning that case.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lambda-legal-logoLambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall semester internship.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

Responsibilities The intern will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project. This internship will not offer any opportunity to be directly involved with any aspects of litigation.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! WSDOT’s and Intergovernmental &Tribal Relations Office  Seeks Two Legislative Analysts in Olympia

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Position Profile: Currently the Washington State Department of Transportation Intergovernmental and Tribal Relations office is seeking two Legislative Analysts (Management Analyst 4) to work closely with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues. This work will not only include working with approximately 35 internally designative legislative coordinators, but also allow for exposure to policy analysis and research, interaction with executive level staff and a high degree of exposure to professional, high level, time sensitive work.
As a Legislative Analyst the future incumbents will be helping to coordinate the agency request legislation process and review, and respond to daily calls and emails from legislators and staff requesting information. These positions deal with ongoing, critical and time sensitive research, problem solving, reports, and white paper writing. The positions are also responsible for providing support to the Director and Tribal Liaison as the team works with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues.
The ideal candidates will have a passion for both state and federal legislation, a high degree of initiative, and excellent writing skills. These positions act as a representative to our agency and will be working on building and maintaining collaborative relationships, so diplomacy and tactful communication skills are a must have. This role is unique in our Agency. It requires an attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done, within a fast-paced atmosphere. It may not always be your typical nine to five but the reward is high. Due to the nature of the legislative session extra hours may be required.   These positions are eligible for overtime and flexible work schedules will also be an option to provide work-life balance.
If you have the potential and drive for these positions, accept this challenge, the experience and exposure to government is well worth the effort put in. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Seeks Fall Intern for Delegation to UN in NYC. Deadline: 7/31

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Job Description: In partnership with 178 member organizations in over 100 countries, the FIDH New York office is responsible for advocacy initiatives targeted at the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the Secretariat of the United Nations, as well as the U.S. government in Washington, DC.

FIDH-New York’s activities include:

• Developing advocacy strategies to protect and promote human rights in crisis situations (for example: Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, & Haiti) and on thematic issues (for example: the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, fighting impunity for international crimes and human rights violations

• Bringing local human rights defenders (from Indonesia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc.) to New York and Washington for advocacy meetings with senior UN and government officials

• Analyzing UN policies and programs and developing and presenting recommendations to strengthen the work of the UN in upholding human rights

Intern’s responsibilities:

Based on your background and expertise, you will be assigned several thematic and country portfolios for which you will be the lead researcher in the FIDH-NY intern team. For each of your portfolios you will be asked to:

• closely follow and keep FIDH informed of international news developments, as well as relevant decisions and statements by UN member states, UN representatives, and government officials around the world;
• participate in related meetings with diplomatic missions and UN officials, and provide short internal reports to international FIDH offices;
• help organize visits and advocacy meetings for human rights defenders coming to New York and Washington, DC to meet with government and UN officials;
• contribute to the development of advocacy strategies and campaigns.

You will work as part of the FIDH-NY intern team, contributing to research and advocacy on a variety of topics beyond those assigned to you.

Depending on your skills and interest level, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of FIDH through a special project to be determined by you and your supervisor. Previous interns have developed media strategies for advocacy campaigns, or have written research reports on topics such as the protection of human rights in the global fight against terrorism.

Qualifications:

- Ideal candidate will possess a good working knowledge of current affairs, international human rights laws and conventions, and international relations (preferably working toward an advanced degree in any of these areas)
– Familiarity with UN mechanisms and international human rights instruments strongly preferred
– Written and oral fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in another UN language (Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and preferably French) is an asset
– Attention to detail and good written and oral communication skills are highly valued

Salary:  As a non-profit organization, we cannot offer remuneration for this position. However, an FIDH internship provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to advocacy and policy development at the United Nations, to collaborate with several renowned NGOs and human rights defenders, to attend meetings and events at the UN, and to contribute to the promotion of human rights around the world.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this internship, please send the following documents:

- A cover letter,
– A copy of your resume/CV, and
– A writing sample (maximum 5 pages), preferably on the topic of human rights or international affairs with the subject line: ‘FIDH-NY Internship Candidate’, to Ms. Stephanie David at: sdavid@fidh.org

Attention Recent Grads! Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society Seeks Research Fellow. Deadline: Rolling

CISlogoNetwork Neutrality Fellow: The Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society (CIS) seeks a full-time residential Research Fellow to conduct legal and policy analysis on network neutrality. The individual will work closely with CIS’s Director, Professor Barbara van Schewick, a leading expert on network neutrality.

Duties include: • Researching, writing and editing comments to the FCC, policy papers, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of publishable quality, individually and collaboratively; • Researching current legal and policy issues in network neutrality; • Preparing materials, including one-pagers and visuals, to help inform stakeholders about key issues; presenting ideas and conclusions in small and large meetings; • Organizing and contributing to meetings and events; • Opportunity to contribute to fundraising efforts; and • Engaging in the intellectual life of the Center and Stanford Law School.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns for Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Project and International Human Rights Project. Deadline: Rolling through 7/25.

CCR logoThe 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. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.  CCR’s legal internships are part of CCR’s Bertha Justice Institute (BJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.  The BJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, the summer Ella Baker Program, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between September and December 2014 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete information and application instructions for the Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Internship please click here.

For complete information and application instructions for the International Human Rights Internship please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Statewide Poverty Action Network is Hiring! Deadline: Rolling through 7/18. Act Fast!

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Poverty Action is looking for passionate people who want to work for justice by helping people unlock their voice and their power!

We are looking to hire a Public Policy Campaign Manager & an Operations and Communications Specialist!

We’re hunting for folks who want to work with a stellar team dedicated to community organizing and innovative policy to end poverty. The position is based at our HQ in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and will travel frequently to visit with our amazing members across Washington and to have some #realtalk with lawmakers in Olympia.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the state’s largest anti-poverty organization, we hope to see your application! We are an organization committed to anti-oppression in all levels and aspects of our work and encourage people across all expressions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and music tastes to apply.

Poverty Action’s parent agency is Solid Ground and we use their HR policies. Click here for the Public Policy Campaign Manager job description, click here for the Operations and Communications Specialist job description.  Then, make sure to also complete the application for the Campaign Manager position or complete this application for the Operations and Communications Specialist. We’re hoping to hire quickly, please make sure to submit your application by Friday July, 18 at 5:00 pm.

Attention Recent Grads! CAIR Washington Seeks Civil Rights Manager. Act Fast: Rolling Deadline through 7/21!

CAIRThe Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Manager full-time position. JDs are encouraged to apply! Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.  Learn about CAIR-WA’s work through our web site www.cairseattle.org our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cairwashington and national YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cairtv

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

 

 

It’s a Summer Kick Off- Check Out these Sizzlin’ Opportunities!

Electronic Frontier Foundation Seeks Applications from UW Law Students for Fall Internship/Externship- Deadline 7/15

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Based in San Francisco, EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Our lawyers and activists protect user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to electronic voting to the PATRIOT Act; take a look at http://www.eff.org/cases/ for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world.

Law students of all levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues, along with excellent research and writing skills and the initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment. (Being a bit of a geek may help, but isn’t required!) For more details please click here.

California Rural Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney- Deadline 7/18

CRLAReporting to the Directing Attorney or Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice,negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program prioritiesand case handling policies.
  • Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and grouplitigation or community economic development beneficial to the low income community.
  • Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Works to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts asa resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other humanservices providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

New Markets Lab Announces Fall Legal Internship in International Trade & Development- Deadline 7/15

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The New Markets Lab (NML) works to open up new market potential in developing countries through targeted, inclusive legal and regulatory interventions. Our innovative approach, which strengthens feedback loops between policymakers and the market, helps address concrete legal and regulatory challenges and facilitate broader systemic change.

NML is a non-profit organization founded in early 2013 by Katrin Kuhlmann, a lawyer and former trade negotiator with nearly twenty years of experience in trade, law, and development. We work in developing markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Our partners include the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Global Harvest Initiative, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

The New Markets Lab is seeking a passionate, motivated, and flexible individual to provide research and legal support to Katrin Kuhlmann, the President of the New Markets Lab (NML). The Legal Intern will: conduct research on trade, investment and related laws in African markets; update ongoing projects, including providing analysis for NML’s legal guides; and analyze agricultural supply chains with untapped economic potential, identifying the legal constraints to development.

The Legal Intern will gain experience researching concrete challenges facing businesses in developing countries. The position represents an ideal opportunity for the selected candidate to become involved in the early stages of an innovative and fast-paced initiative, influencing the scope and focus of its work. The intern will be granted considerable autonomy and encouraged to take significant ownership of his or her work. This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled law student or recent graduate; A strong interest in the role of legal and regulatory issues in development; Enthusiastic self-starter; demonstrated ability to work independently; Excellent written communication abilities, including editing and formatting; Flexibility and the ability to multitask; Proficiency in Microsoft Word

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter info@newmarketslab.org by July 15th, 2014. Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be contacted. Contact Information: Shannon Keating Phone: 202-263-3524 skeating@newmarketslab.org

California Immigrant Policy Center Seeks Policy Coordinator in LA Office. Apps Accepted on Rolling Basis!

CPICThe California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is seeking a Policy Coordinator in its Los Angeles
or Oakland office to assist with advocacy efforts.

Background: The California Immigrant Policy Center was founded to respond to the 1996  passage of federal immigration and welfare laws that profoundly affected immigrants. CIPC
helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy that aims at improving the quality of life for all Californians. CIPC also provides technical assistance, training, and education on
immigrant issues. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles fiscally sponsors CIPC.

Position Summary: CIPC is seeking a policy coordinator to assist with advocacy efforts to end  unjust detentions and deportations, promote workers’ rights, and other civil rights issues. S/he  will analyze the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations on low-income immigrants and their  families in California. The Coordinator will also be responsible for supporting the implementation  of the TRUST Act and the Safe & Responsible Driver Act (AB 60).

The Coordinator position can be located in CIPC’s Los Angeles or Oakland office. The Policy Coordinator reports to the Policy Manager and will work within cross-department teams. For complete job description and application instructions please visit here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! Apply Early for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Deadline 10/17.

RelmanEach year, the Relman Civil Rights Fellowship offers one talented and committed new attorney the opportunity to litigate important civil rights cases with experienced practitioners at Relman, Dane & Colfax. We created this one-year fellowship to help us provide clients with legal services of the highest quality while promoting social justice through vigorous enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws.

Relman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2015 are eligible to apply for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship must be received no later than October 17, 2014. To apply for the Civil Rights Fellowship position, please submit:  (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript; (4) letters of recommendation from (i) a law school professor and (ii) an employer; (5) a legal writing sample (reflecting the applicant’s own work without significant revision from others); and (6) a personal statement (of 300 words or less) describing a personal or professional experience that has shaped the applicant’s interest in civil rights litigation to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. For all telephone inquiries, please contact Debbie at 419-873-1814. Note that while the mailing address is Ohio, the Fellowship position is located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C., office.

Attention Rising 2Ls: Interested in Paid Civil Rights Work? Relman, Dane & Colfax Seeks 2015 Summer Associates in DC Office. Deadline 9/1

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Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm. Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Qualifications: Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.

Salary: Paid position.

Application Instructions: Candidates interested in positions for Summer 2015 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office.

Contact Information: Debbie Adoline Phone: (419) 873-1814 careers@relmanlaw.com 213 Louisiana Avenue Perrysburg, OH 43551

 

NJP Seeking Family Law Intern for ASAP, US DOJ Announces Summer & Entry Level Hiring & Other Great Opportunities

Don’t Have a Summer Job Lined Up Yet? Want to do Public Interest Work and Make a Difference? Northwest Justice Project Seeks Family Law Clerk for ASAP

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral (CLEAR)line is seeking law clerks for the summer and fall. CLEAR is the starting point for most low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil (non-criminal) legal problems. Services can be accessed through a statewide telephone service and/or an online application process. CLEAR is seeking law clerks to work with experienced attorneys to draft pleadings in family law cases, research legal issues, and work on special projects. CLEAR is seeking interns who can volunteer 10-20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Start date is as soon as possible but this is negotiable. Funding may be available through work study.

Don’t delay! Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. See full job description here.

Interested in Civil Rights and/or US Attorney Opportunities? Read these Important Hiring Updates from the US DOJ. Deadlines are Fast Approaching!

DOJThe US Department of Justice recently reached out to provide updated information about the upcoming Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) recruitment cycle.

Hiring projections for entry-level interns and compensated summer law interns this coming year are strong!  We currently have 207 vacancies listed for the HP and over 114 for the SLIP.  Visit www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details, participating components and general HP and SLIP eligibility requirements.

All litigating divisions are participating in this year’s HP.The Executive Office of Immigration Review anticipates hiring 77 HP attorneys this year. The U.S. Trustee Program will be hiring attorneys for Bankruptcy courts nationwide. In addition, we are launching the Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship (ICF); open to all eligible HP applicants, including law students who will graduate in academic year 2014-2015.  The 2014 ICF offers an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) appointment at a participating U.S. Attorney’s Office starting Fall 2015. Visit our website at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/ag-icf.html for details.

United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) are hiring through the HP and the SLIP.  Due to the level of responsibility held by AUSAs, most HP opportunities are restricted to applicants who are admitted to a bar or will take a summer bar examination with results due in fall 2014; however, the Northern District of Ohio will consider all HP applicants, including current law students.  Participating USAOs are:

  • The District of Arizona (HP)
  • The Central District of California (HP)
  • The Eastern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of New York (HP)
  • The Northern District of Ohio (HP)
  • The Southern District of Alabama (SLIP)
  • The Middle District of Pennsylvania (SLIP)

The Justice Department provides paid interview travel for most HP interviews, or offers alternative interview formats (e.g., video-conference) if appropriate.  SLIP interviews are generally conducted by telephone.The online application opens on July 31st and closes on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. Visit the legal recruiting website at www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details.

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Rule 9 Interns for 2014-15 for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution Positions

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury; •Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars; •Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and •Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions; •Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and •Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings: There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks New Director of Development & Communications

NWIRPThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project  is seeking an experienced and passionate Development and Communications Director to advance immigrant rights issues locally and nationally. The organization is stable and well-positioned for substantial growth. They seek a strong leader and inclusive team player to take the organization’s fundraising efforts and public presence to the next level. A successful Development and Communications Director will expertly define and execute a strategic and targeted development plan while implementing key fundraising strategies to achieve the short and long-term goals of the organization. They will also help lead our communication and marketing efforts. The Director supervises the two other members of the development team, as well as an internship program. To see the full job description click here

API Chaya is Hiring for 2 Positions: Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer as well as Program Manager

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API Chaya seeks to end systemic violence in our communities. We have served thousands of people and worked with dozens of community groups for community organizing and education regarding prevention of sexual and domestic violence, exploitation, and human trafficking. We understand the cultural norms and stigmas associated with such violence and believe in the inherent strength and potential of each person to address situations in which there has been systematic emotional and physical violence. Our services are free, confidential, and available to any person in need.

API Chaya formed from the merger of two organizations in 2011: the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and Chaya. The Safety Center grew out of organizing within the Filipino community in 1993 sponsored by the Washington State Commission on Asian American Affairs out of concern for the prevalence of violence against women in their community, including several murders of Asian Pacific women. The Safety Center hired staff in 1997 to work with community groups to organize for justice and social change. Chaya was established in 1996 to serve South Asian women in times of crisis and need and to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.

Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer- deadline this Friday, June 20! Click here for the full job description.

Program Manager- deadline Monday, June 23. Click here for the full job description.

City of Seattle Seeks Labor Negotiator. Deadline: 6/24

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The mission of the City of Seattle Personnel/Human Resources Department is to provide strategic and operational human resources services that meet the City’s workforce and organizational needs. Our values reflect our best thinking of how we want to act and interact with customers, consumers, stakeholders and each other: ingenuity, integrity, inclusion, commitment and respect.

As a Labor Negotiator, you will report directly to the Director of Labor Relations and you will have extensive contact with all levels of City management including elected City Officials, representatives from other governmental regulatory and administrative agencies, labor union representation, and their legal counsel. You will provide advice on handling difficult employee problems; represent the City in labor-management problem resolution, and resolve complex problems of a legal nature which may be politically sensitive and have substantial cost implications for the City. You will perform specialized, professional labor relations activities of a highly sensitive and confidential nature including formulation of strategy and coordination of resources to present the City’s interest in labor negotiations, mediation, arbitration, grievances and grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices, and state and federal agency proceedings. You will serve a chief spokesperson and negotiate labor contracts with unions that represent City employees; interpret collective bargaining agreements and negotiate mid-term changes; investigate grievances and recommend grievance responses and settlements to contract disputes and disciplinary actions; write or review discipline letters, grievance responses, last chance agreements, Letters of Agreement, and Memoranda of Understanding; and research, develop, and present training materials for supervisors, managers, City Officials, and Human Resources on labor relations issues.

Read complete job description here.

 

 

 

Post Grad Jobs Here We Come!

Attention New Grads! Grant County Seeks Entry Level Public Defender, Due 6/13- Don’t Delay!

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court.

  • Compliance with Performance Guidelines;
  • Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints;
  • Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel;
  • Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems;
  • Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics;
  • Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here for the Symplicity announcement. Don’t delay- application due this Friday!

Attention New Grads! EarthRights International Announces 2 year Post-Grad In house Fellowship, Due 6/15- Don’t Delay!

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EarthRights International (ERI) is now seeking applications for the position of 2014 -2016 Bertha Legal Fellow. Under the guidance and direction of the U.S. Legal Director, the Fellow will work with other ERI attorneys to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of ERI’s U.S. office in Washington, D.C., but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia.

The basic job responsibilities include:

  • Legal research on US law, international law, and other legal regimes
  • Preparation of legal memorandums, court briefs and filings for US and other legal systems
  • Work in collaboration with other NGOs and communities assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies
  • Research on new legal strategies to defend the human rights and environment of vulnerable communities
  • Communication of ERI’s work through web content and media contacts
  • Policy advocacy with the US legislative and executive branches

The Legal Fellow may also be asked to:

  • Travel domestically to court hearings
  • Travel internationally to meet with victims, communities and NGOs
  • Collaborate on ERI publications and assist in ERI events
  • Assist other ERI programs as needed

For complete job description an application instructions click here.

Attention New Grads! King County Seeking Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry Senior Project Manager, Due 6/18- Don’t Delay!

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This position is a term-limited temporary position (TLT) anticipated to last for two years with a possibility of extending to three years at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

King County leaders have identified the need to reduce the number of adults who cycle through the criminal justice system and to coordinate the County’s multiple on-going efforts to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry of incarcerated adults into the community.

The Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry Senior Project Manager will work collaboratively to build a County-wide strategic approach to recidivism reduction. The position will develop an implementation plan building on King County’s previous and ongoing re-entry plans and programs. Development of the plan will include at least the following activities:   (1) coordinating with internal and external partners to establish shared goals, definitions, and agreed-upon measurements and targets; (2) assisting with an effort to survey and map existing projects and programs that support reduced recidivism and re-entry, including consideration of equity and social justice impact; and (3) identifying additional culturally appropriate and effective strategies to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry, while specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.  The position may also support grant-funded efforts to improve re-entry in partnership with other agencies and jurisdictions.  Outcomes from this effort are expected to benefit adult jail inmates through better connection with services to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals so they can reduce future involvement with the criminal justice system. The ultimate goal of the work is to stop the revolving door of the justice system through coordination and strategic application of County and community programs. The position will not directly run or manage a program.

For full job description and application instructions click here.

Attention Class of 2015! Disability Rights Washington Seeks Post Grad Fellow to Sponsor for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Project-Based Fellowship. Due, 7/13

DRWNotice to all Third Year Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates:  Disability Rights Washington Seeks to Host a Sponsored Fellowship Addressing the Special Education Rights of Native American Students with Disabilities

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is seeking to host a sponsored fellowship, such as a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Ford Foundation, or law school-funded fellowship, that would start in fall 2015.

DRW is a private non-profit organization designated by the governor and mandated by the federal government to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Washington State. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. DRW provides free services to people with disabilities.

Project Description

DRW seeks to host a fellowship focused on improving graduation rates of Native American youth with disabilities attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and public high schools.

Washington State Native American students who receive special education services have very low high school graduation rates. They had the lowest graduation rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the 2012-2013 school year – a little over 50% graduate from high school in four years.  Graduation rates for students in special education at Washington State BIE schools ranged from 0% to 60%. This problem affects many youth because Washington is one of the states with the highest population of Native American students and those students are nearly twice as likely to be identified as having a disability as the general student population.

The fellow will investigate the causes of these low graduation rates, collaborate with interested stakeholders, educate Native American students and families about special education rights and self-advocacy steps they can take, and provide advocacy in individual and systemic cases to enforce special education rights of Native American students in order for them to more successfully transition to employment and post-secondary education.

For complete job description click here for the PSJD link. Register for PSJD.org for free here.

Swinomish Tribal Community Seeks Full Time Staff Attorney, Due Asap

swinomish-logo_438x0_scaleSwinomish Indian Tribal Community - La Conner, WA is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney.

Job description: Staff Attorney to provide advice and representation to various departments and entities of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community regarding a wide range of issues. We are seeking an energetic attorney with excellent written, oral and research skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, an ability to function collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary staff in a cross-cultural setting and a fast-paced work environment, and with a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities.

Education, training, experience: Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed, to practice in Washington and must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following fields: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; real estate transactions and foreclosure, preferably involving trust land; health care law; insurance/risk management or employment benefits; taxation; Indian law.

Compensation DOE. Contact Swinomish Tribal office: 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-1134 Mon-Thurs.

 Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers Hiring Organizer, Apply NOW!

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The Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Organizer. This is an organizing position to work on organizing campaigns with early learning educators in the state of Washington based in Seattle.

This is a full-time position for an organizer. Applicant will be expected to perform field organizing, leadership identification and development, training. In addition, the Applicant will be responsible for providing regular progress reports, completing employee assessments and following the guidelines of the AFT Organizing Model. AFT seeks organizers that have a strong commitment to organizing for social and economic justice.

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

Washington Conservation Voters Seeking Political Director, Due 6/13

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Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), the political voice for the environment, is seeking a dynamic Political Director to lead our statewide campaign efforts. The Political Director is a key member of the WCV team who is expected to design and implement the organization’s electoral outreach programs. This is a full time position that reports to the WCV President and is based in Seattle, WA.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.  We have a close partnership with Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and share one CEO. WEC is a 501(c)3 organization and has been instrumental in passing (and now enforcing) the foundational laws that help keep Washington’s environment healthy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington State. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together through certain programs. Combined, we have a staff of 20 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits and the opportunity to make a difference.

Deadline is Friday, June 13th.  For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention New Grads! Washington Budget & Policy Center Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship, Due 7/14

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Washington Budget & Policy Center is now accepting applications for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy. To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend and be responsible for less than 20 hours a week.  This position is not eligible for benefits. Reimbursable travel may be required to specific policy-related trainings chosen by the Budget & Policy Center.  The fellowship will generally run from November 2014 through April 2015 (this is flexible).

For more information about the Narver Fellowship, click here.  To apply, click here.

Planning for Fellowships in 2015? Apply Now, Apply Early!

Attention All Law Students!  Washington State Supreme Court Seeking Survey Volunteer Interviewers, Due 6/1/14

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Under auspices of the Washington State Supreme Court CLNS Update Committee, work with the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid and Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (WSU-SESRC) conducting face-to-face interviews to update our understanding of the unmet civil (non-criminal) legal problems faced by low-income residents of Washington State.

Time commitment: Completion of up to 3 hours of required training; up to 15 contact hours for completing 8 interviews and entering information.

Interviewer’s primary responsibility will be to conduct face-to-face interviews with low-income Washington State residents & enter the data into a secure data base following the interview. The project includes mandatory training in interviewing protocols.

For a complete description on the scope of the volunteer work and application instructions, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Institutions Project Staff Attorney, Due 6/25/14

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The Institutions Project (IP) is seeking a full-time attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience.  IP is an advocacy team consisting of five attorneys, a paralegal, and two legal assistants. IP engages in system systemic advocacy for individuals and groups, in collaboration with other programs and the private, 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.

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, staff attorneys provide civil legal advice and representation in areas of importance to Columbia Legal Services low-income clients.  Staff attorneys are expected to be able to use the full range of potential forums appropriate to address relevant issues for our clients, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legislative representation.  The changing needs of our clients require attorneys to engage in an ongoing effort to gain and share expertise and resources with their coworkers and others throughout the Alliance for Equal Justice.

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

Community Legal Services in Philly Accepting 2015 Fellowship Applications, Due 7/7

CLSPhillyCommunity Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) sponsors law students and lawyers for fellowships funded by the Independence Foundationthe Skadden Fellowship FoundationEqual Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations, theStoneleigh Foundation, the Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging, and other fellowship programs (including fellowships offered directly by law schools).  Fellows work closely with our experienced staff attorneys and are directly supervised by a more senior attorney.  Fellows carry their own caseload and gain valuable experience in providing a wide range of services, from brief advice and counsel to representation at administrative hearings, judicial proceedings, and appeals.  Fellows are also deeply involved in our policy and systemic advocacy work.  Past fellows have provided crucial advocacy for our clients, contributed greatly to CLS’ development as a legal services organization, and many have become long-term members of our staff.

CLS invites law students beginning their third year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to apply for sponsorship for a fellowship.  For consideration for fellowships that begin in 2015, applications will be accepted until Monday, July 7, 2014. 

For a complete description and application instructions, click here. Please note this post has recently been corrected.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Rule 9 Intern, Due 12/31

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The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low income residents of East and Northeast King County Washington and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County.

Your role as a Rule 9 Intern will be to assist ELAP DV Staff Attorneys in their representation of clients who are survivors of domestic violence.  This volunteer position requires a minimum of ten hours a week for a minimum of one semester.

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

Full Time Staff Attorney Position Vacancies & Other Summer Opportunities!

UW Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters, Due 6/6

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The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall! The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

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

Attention Recent Grads! Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Seeking Staff Attorney

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The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

In eviction and subsidy termination cases, clients first speak to our staff over the phone to have their case evaluated. Then they may be scheduled for an appointment. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal assistance ranging from self-help information to representation in court.

This position is responsible for providing legal services to low income households facing eviction, housing subsidy terminations or other barriers to securing suitable housing.

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

Attention Post Grads!  Northwest Justice Project Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney in Everett With 3+ Years Experience

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett regional office.

Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with a minimum of 3 years in family law, preferably in Washington State.  Experience preferred in one or more additional areas of law that particularly impact low income persons. Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.

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

Transgender Law Center Seeking 2014 Immigration Detention Law Clerk

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center to challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.

A clerkship with the Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in the intersection of transgender law, immigrants’ rights, and anti-incarceration work. Clerks will receive close training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

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

Transgender Law Center Seeking Fall 2014 Legal Intern

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 2,200 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder.

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

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

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Adjunct Attorney in Its Children & Youth  Project in Olympia, 2+ Years Experience Required

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in advocacy intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Columbia Legal Services seeks an attorney with experience in child welfare, education, or juvenile justice cases. The position is full-time and will be based in our Olympia office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Seattle office throughout the year. This is an adjunct, twelve-month position, with possible extension depending on funding. Job responsibilities include policy advocacy in the legislative and administrative forums, and litigation. Applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here

Positions & Fellowships in Human Rights, Clean Energy, and Civil Legal Assistance

Cohen Milstein Seeking Human Rights Attorney

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Cohen Milstein is one of the country’s premier law firms for complex civil ligation on behalf of plaintiffs.  With approximately 80 attorneys and four offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, employee benefits, international human rights, securities, and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations.

Cohen Milstein’s Washington, DC office seeks a junior-level attorney, with one to four years of litigation experience, to work with our Human Rights Practice Group.  The Human Rights Group represents victims of human trafficking, forced labor, torture and other abuses in civil suits in U.S. courts.

Candidates must possess excellent writing and analytical skills and strong academic credentials. Foreign language skills and experience in international human rights or working with victims of human trafficking are a plus.

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

Snohomish County Prosecutor Seeking Experienced Attorney in Civil Division (Land Use, Environmental, Municipal, and Real Estate), Due 6/2

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an attorney with a minimum of 4 years of experience representing and advising clients on land use and environmental law, municipal law, or real estate issues. The current opening is in the Land Use and Environmental Law Unit of the office. This unit provides comprehensive legal services to county officials and agencies on a broad variety of legal matters with a focus on land use and environmental law matters (excluding labor, employment, and tort claims). Duties include conducting legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting contracts and other legal instruments, developing legislation, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation before courts and administrative tribunals.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, analysis, and communication skills; and experience in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens. The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201. The deadline for submittals is June 2, 2014.

Open Society Foundations’ US Programs/National Security & Human Rights Campaign Seeking Program Officer, Due 6/6

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.  The National Security and Human Rights Campaign promotes respect for human rights and civil liberties, open society values, and the rule of law in U.S. national security policy with a focus on counterterrorism measures and their domestic and international consequences for open society.

The Program Officer will work as part of a team, based in New York, to advance the Campaign’s overall goals. In an exceptional case placement in Washington, DC may be considered. The Program Officer’s primary responsibility will be to oversee strategy development and grantmaking relating to the Campaign’s goals, under the direction of the Campaign Manager. The Program Officer shares responsibility for building connections between this work and the other priorities of U.S. Programs and OSF’s work internationally.

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Legal Services Corporation Seeking Graduate Fellow in Legal Affairs, Paid Position

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, non-profit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) serves as in-house counsel to the Corporation. The Office carries out traditional “lawyer” functions, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing legal instruments such as contracts, settlement agreements, releases, applications for funding, and grant documents, and representing the Corporation’s interests in litigation, directly or through retention and management of outside counsel.  

Graduate Fellows perform a broad variety of work including legal research and writing on a myriad of topics such as interpretation of federal statutes and regulations regarding appropriations, federal grants and oversight of federally-funded legal services, non-profit corporation legal issues, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues; assistance with LSC’s rulemaking; drafting and review of contracts; drafting of internal policies; and assistance in litigation matters. 

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

Clean Coalition Seeking Legal Fellow in Clean Energy for 2014-2015 in San Francisco, CA

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The Clean Coalition (www.Clean-Coalition.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid.  Help accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid! The Clean Coalition is looking for a full-time, paid legal fellow to make a one-year commitment (Summer 2014 – Spring 2015) to assist with the following tasks:

  • Research, draft, edit, fact check, proofread, and file comments, testimony, motions, and other documents with public utilities commissions and other energy agencies in California and other states.
  • Develop proposals for local renewable energy programs and policies.
  • Participate in workshops, hearings, and energy policy events.

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

 

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Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

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

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

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

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

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