Jobs, jobs, jobs! Exciting job opportunities on the horizon for students and graduates!

Due May 8: OneAmerica is seeking Special Projects Manager

OneAmerica is seeking a creative, strategic, and experienced Special Projects Manager to implement its nationally expanding English Innovations project. The ideal candidate is a confident program manager who has the commitment and ability to manage and implement a start-up project with multiple moving parts.

OneAmerica, in partnership with the Learning Games Network and the National Partnership for New Americans, is leading a national project utilizing technology to expand access to English language learning (ELL) and digital literacy opportunities for immigrants, particularly potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This effort is possible through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program is centered on OneAmerica’s English Innovations model, which uses blended learning instruction – a combination of face-to-face learning in a classroom setting coupled with online game-based learning. The live instruction will incorporate academically rigorous best practices for ELL education and will be delivered in six sites around the country with over 74 hours of in-class instruction plus additional time learning outside of class.

Xenos, a game-based learning tool, will be the model’s online component. Developed by the Learning Games Network, Xenos combines a virtual world, games, activities, and community in a playful, social, language-learning application. Independent research found that 50% of participants in the pilot program made gains in their English language skills over 12 weeks that were equivalent to those of traditional methods over a year.

This national project will be the basis for the establishment of a new initiative, the English Innovations Institute, which will seek to support and advocate for innovative best practices in ELL strategies that advance immigrant integration and economic opportunity for immigrant and refugee populations in the United States.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter, along with three references, to Audrey Buehring, Director of Special Projects, at jobs@weareoneamerica.org with the subject line “Special Projects Manager.” In your cover letter, please describe how your personal and professional backgrounds align with your interest in working with OneAmerica. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Please, no phone inquiries.

Due May 15: CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA (CENTRO LEGAL) – Worker’s Rights Attorney

centrologo cleaned up 2008Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal), founded in 1969, is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy.  The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants, throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.  

 Centro Legal de la Raza’s seeks to hire an attorney to join our Workers’ Rights Program. Centro Legal has secured funding for the position from June through November 2015, but it is likely there will be funding to extend the position.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org, with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights Attorney Position.” Applications must be received by May 15 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due July 1: Attention 2Ls interested in project-based post grad fellowships! National Center for Youth Law Seeks 2016 Post Grad Fellow

The National Center for Youth Law is seeking to sponsor applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, or other fellowships.  NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law.  In particular, candidates for sponsorship should have a keen interest in advocacy for poor and vulnerable children.

Founded in 1970, NCYL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create lasting change for children in need. NCYL uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.

NCYL focuses its work in four areas:

  • Safety and protection of abused and neglected children
  • Health and mental health care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Education for children in foster care
  • Commercially sexually exploited children

NCYL engages in class action litigation and other forms of advocacy intended to have a broad impact. The Center also provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide, conducts trainings, engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, and publishes a legal journal.

Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind.  We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.    

Due August 1: Internship with SIERRA CLUB: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in the Washington DC office is seeking law students interested in public interest, environmental litigation to assist with its strategic lawsuits. The DC office is largely focused on climate change related litigation, including litigation related to all parts of the lifecycle of the use of coal, oil, and natural gas for energy generation, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy expansion. Semester externs work on all aspects of litigation, including undertaking legal research, preparing written memoranda, and conducting factual investigation. Students may also draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, attend court appearances, and work on discovery. During the course of the program, students work with several of the Club’s attorneys, thus gaining exposure to a wide range of litigation styles.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental organization as well as the nation’s leader in environmental litigation. The Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club’s climate recovery campaigns and chapters. The Program’s docket covers a diversity of environmental issues, from local pollution issues to cases of national significance on greenhouse gases, toxic pollution, clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation.

– See more here.

SCOTUS blog is seeking a new intern!

SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us.  Details about the position’s qualifications and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, are below the jump.

The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting Tom with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly ten to twenty hours of work a week  on a generally flexible work schedule, which can be accomplished remotely.  The position will begin in mid-May, and the expected commitment would be through May 2016.

To qualify for the position, you must:

  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program (undergraduates are not eligible)
  • Have a strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings
  • Have some experience working with (or at least interest in) blog or website technology
  • Have demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

To apply, please send us the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references \
  • A writing sample of no more than five double-spaced pages that has not been edited by anyone other than you
  • An official or unofficial law school transcript.

Application materials should be sent to Kali Borkoski at kborkoski@scotusblog.com and Andrew Hamm (ahamm@scotusblog.com). Materials must be received by April 21 for consideration.

Murphy Anderson PLLC Associate position

Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking an associate with 0-7 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees in wage-and-hour class actions and represents whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.  Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample, reference list and law school transcript to Mark Hanna (mhanna@murphypllc.com).

Still looking for a summer job? Look no further than the Seattle and King County Dept. of Public Health!

If you’re still looking for a summer job, Seattle and King County Department of Public Health is looking for a Healthy Housing Policy Analysis and Development legal intern for the summer. The position is described as that the law student will “assist in legal research, policy development, and, potentially, local government rule making to promote healthy housing for King County’s residents…The student will collaborate with the division’s Healthy Housing Team and the department’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation staff, perform legal research and writing, assist in data gathering and analysis, and participate in policy development efforts.” The job begins at the earliest student time available and requires a minimum of 175 hours over ten weeks (we are flexible to accommodate student schedule and academic needs). There’s no financial stipend or compensation provided. You can contact Greg Wilson, Project/Program Manager for the Environmental Health Services Division at Greg.Wilson@KingCounty.gov or (206) 263-8449 with questions. 

Staff Attorney – Impact Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a Staff Attorney to join its Impact Litigation Unit (ILU). SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.

SCHR’s ILU challenges unconstitutional practices of the criminal justice system through federal and state litigation in Alabama and Georgia.  The ILU’s work currently includes cases on behalf of people who are poor and are being denied attorneys for their criminal cases, people who have faced debtors’ prison practices, incarcerated people who are subject to unacceptably high levels of violence, people who have been mistreated by police, and people detained in jails in overcrowded and deplorable conditions.

The Staff Attorney will join the eight-member ILU, consisting of five attorneys (two senior attorneys and three staff attorneys) and three paralegal/investigators. Responsibilities include: developing and extensively investigating cases for litigation; building relationships with clients and witnesses; working collaboratively with other SCHR attorneys, investigators, and volunteers on cases in all stages of federal and state litigation; and responding to requests for assistance from people in prisons and jails and their families. Frequent travel within Georgia and Alabama is required.

The candidate must have excellent writing and oral advocacy skills and a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation. SCHR seeks an attorney who takes initiative, responds to rapidly changing demands with flexibility, has skill and comfort working collaboratively with a team, ably balances working on multiple cases and assignments at once, and has a demonstrated track record of grace under pressure. A positive demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills are desired.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to working with the poor and communities of color and a keen awareness of the class and racial issues underlying the criminal justice system.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s salary range. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible). Minimum three year commitment required. Driver’s license is required.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Sara Totonchi, by email at stotonchi (at) schr.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 22, 2015. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Due 3/27 – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Tribal Senior Policy Advisor 

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of complexity in approach or methodology; prepares short- and long-range planning guidance in accordance with broad program policies and objectives; prepares guidance based on analyses of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs in one or more of the OJJDP specific policy areas that have a direct impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth (e.g. adapting a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform nationwide; responding to the key recommendations from the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence; family/youth engagement; child protection; juvenile justice system improvement; and delinquency prevention).

Northwest Justice Project – Summer 2015 Law Clerk

Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State’s indigent population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will experience the realities of a legal services office as they aid the attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office. Externships for credit during the school year are also available in the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma offices.

Positions for summer 2015 may include: Please indicate your locations of interest.

  • Combination Farm worker unit and general positions located in Wenatchee, Omak, Bellingham and Vancouver, WA (Spanish fluency may be required or preferred)
  • General legal services in Bremerton, Pt. Angeles, Pasco, Tacoma, Everett, Longview, Spokane, Olympia and Seattle

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Email: Resume & Writing Sample to:

  • Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources (please state location of interest)
  •  Northwest Justice Project
  • karenh@nwjustice.org

Eastside Legal Assistance Program – DVLP Managing Attorney

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Project. You can help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity. Materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 to be considered.

Please send résumé, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and list of two references to: Stan Kehl, Executive Director, stan@elap.org. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – Senior Program Associate, Civil

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public administration or related field, with a minimum of two to five years of experience in the non-profit sector, legal field or public policy sector. Experience collecting, analyzing, and organizing data, and producing reports is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong qualitative and analytic skills with a keen attention to detail and data accuracy and the ability to translate information into reports. Excellent research skills using both web-based and published materials required. Significant knowledge of civil legal aid programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey and research design methods and the ability to verify the accuracy of data sets and computer generated reports. The ability to work independently and in teams is required. The position requires excellent skills in written and oral communication. Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and E-mail; database proficiency and desktop publishing skills along with a willingness to learn HTML required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of NLADA and a thorough understanding of its work.

NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership. We are conveniently located near D.C.’s Metro Rail (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

To apply for this position send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to hr@nlada.org with the subject line “NLADA JOBS: Senior Program Associate, Civil.”

NLADA is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney!

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

Black Women’s Blueprint -DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Black Women’s Blueprint, is a civil and human rights organization. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Our flagship initiative is a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault in the U.S. (BWTRC). A core component of this ground-breaking initiative is to map the official and unofficial ways in which the rights of sexual assault survivors to personal and economic security have been violated. This participatory study will explore Human Rights Articles 2, 3, and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensure non-discrimination, personal security and economic security and will implement related policy advocacy.

Submit resume and cover letter to ftanis@blueprintny.org, with the subject DIRECTOR BWTRC in the subject line.

BAY LEGAL LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP – BAY AREA LEGAL AID

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to help provide comprehensive legal services to the poor. BayLegal is the largest staff based non?profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low?income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following 7 Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin (San Rafael); Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties. Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.

BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; (4) Health Access; and (5) Consumer Protection.

Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled (for summer candidates, we recommend submitting your application before March 1st).

Please submit a completed BayLegal Law Clerk Application indicating your office(s) and project(s) preference along with a copy of your resume,  cover letter, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:

Email: probono@baylegal.org or
Mail: Bay Area Legal Aid – Law Clerk Program
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

More Questions? Contact Staci Lambright, Director of Pro Bono Activities probono@baylegal.org

SUMMER LAW CLERK – AARP FOUNDATION

AARP Foundation Litigation is seeking to hire a summer law clerk to work with the Consumer Protection and Housing teams. The position supports senior attorneys working on a wide range of legal reform and impact litigation cases in courts nationwide.Law clerks will conduct legal research and write memoranda for amicus curiae briefs and litigation documents for cases in these different areas.

Remote work is a possibility. 

If interested, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-7 pages) to Michelle Poncetta at mponcetta@aarp.org. Please put “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of your email. The position is for 30-40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.Funding can be provided through your school program.

HEARING OFFICER – ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – ALASKA LABOR RELATIONS AGENCY

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency is a quasi-judicial agency that handles collective bargaining issues for public employers and public employees for the state, university, railroad, school districts, and political subdivisions within our jurisdiction.  The mission of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency is to facilitate cooperative relations between Alaska’s public employers and the labor organizations that represent public employees.  The agency is recruiting for a Hearing Officer to help with this mission.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

The incumbent independently serves as hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating public labor relations disputes.  As the Agency’s sole hearing officer and investigator for a lay board, the incumbent exercises substantial independent discretion. The incumbent investigates petitions and charges and mediates between parties. The incumbent conducts adversarial hearings and proposes decisions for adoption by the board. The incumbent evaluates settlement agreements, responds to inquiries from the public, and performs other duties as assigned, such as drafting or editing proposed regulations or statutes, conducting public board meetings, holding pre-hearings and pre-election conferences, issuing rulings on motions and matters before and during hearings, issuing subpoenas and conducting elections.

The incumbent must be able to comprehend applicable statutes and regulations and to communicate effectively to explain agency services and requirements. 

The potentially heavy workload demands ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work under stress. The incumbent must have good oral and written communication skills. Writing skills must include the ability to draft logically organized legal decisions that clearly evaluate evidence, summarize facts, apply legal principals, and evaluate arguments. In addition the incumbent must be able to independently conduct impartial investigations, hearing, and mediations. This position requires tact, discretion, confidentiality, and the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Apply online at http://workplace.alaska.gov/

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PUBLIC ADVOCATES INC. – LEGAL CLERKSHIP ON PUBLIC ADVOCATES’ EDUCATION EQUITY TEAM: SUMMER 2015 – Paid Position!

Our Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of our impact work in an environment geared toward their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to one of our two program areas – 1) housing, transportation and climate justice, or 2) education equity – and to a supervising attorney who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Currently a position remains open on our Education Equity team.

 Public Advocates works to ensure that clerks have assignments that address a variety of skills and training goals. We engage students in a wide range of our work to promote equity and systemic change including: major civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal; legislative, administrative and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications. Clerks have assisted in drafting briefs, participated in litigation meetings, attended administrative hearings, met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners. We seek law students both at our main office in San Francisco and at our Sacramento office, which specializes in legislative advocacy and community engagement for our education equity team.

Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining (1) specific interests and qualifications (please do not simply recap your résumé); (2) experiences and commitment to working with low-income communities, communities of color and immigrant communities; (3) reasons for applying to Public Advocates; and (4) whether they are volunteering or seeking academic credit. In addition, include a résumé, writing sample and list of references. Send your materials to: Rigel Massaro and David Zisser, Co-Directors of the Legal Clerkship Program (and CC: Princess Masilungan).

Center for Reproductive Rights – Global Advocacy Adviser

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. Our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program, based in Washington, DC, focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. In recent years, the Center has been able to dramatically expand its pro bono support from U.S. and non-U.S. based law firms, supporting not only the work of our U.S. Legal Program, but also our U.S. Legal Program (engaged in federal advocacy in Washington D.C.) and our Global Legal Program (engaged in advocacy and litigation before the United Nations and various regional and national bodies throughout the world).

The Global Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally.

Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample in English (unedited and preferably relevant to international human rights advocacy) and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

https://reproductiverights.applicantpro.com/jobs/185123.html

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by March 27, 2015

Seattle Counseling Service – LGBTQ Refugee/Immigration Outreach Specialist

UntitledThis is a project-based position focused on increasing knowledge by SCS about the needs of Refugee/Immigrant LGBTQ community members. Over the course of a nine-twelve month period, the person in the position is tasked with a set of discreet objectives to improve i access to care for Refugee/Immigrant members of the LGBTQ community who are not currently accessing SCS services.

Send a cover letter and resume by close of business Friday, March 20th. to : Ann McGettigan, Executive Director. 1216 Pine Street, Suite 300 Seattle WA 98101 or to ann@seattlecounseling.org. For more information about SCS, check out our website at www.seattlecounseling.org

UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION (UFCW) -Summer 2015 Law Clerk

InternationalAs the largest private sector labor union in North America, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers in the United States and Canada.Its members are employed principally in retail food stores; food processing, packing and manufacturing plants; department and drugs stores; and distillery and chemical industries.

Law clerks provide legal writing and research support to in-house and outside attorneys on a wide variety of issues and cases, including labor, employment and related court and administrative proceedings.Law clerks work closely with attorneys.We endeavor to involve law clerks as much as possible in discussions with attorneys and union representatives so that they have an understanding of how their work fits into a particular case, or in the development of overall strategies for organizing and representing workers.Law clerks will be permitted to use papers they draft for writing samples where appropriate. 

Strong analytical abilities and effective oral and written communication skills. Commitment or interest in labor or employment law, or the labor movement, economic change, and social justice is preferred.Completion of one year of law school.

Service Employees International Union – 2015 Summer Law Clerk (Paid Position)

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields.  Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice.  This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes. 

 Law clerks and externs in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.

 Generally, law clerks and externsare assigned towork in the Legal Department in Washington, D.C.  However, a full-time law clerk may be assigned to work at a field location.  One or more of the summer clerks will be selected through the Peggy Browning Fund (www.peggybrowningfund.org).

We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and social change.  The successful applicant will have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills.  Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application.  NOTE:  THESE POSITIONS ARE ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT LAW STUDENTS; LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE

Amnesty International – Policy & Activism Coordinator

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with Amnesty International USA, challenging abuses committed in the name of national security and working to protect the human dignity, freedom of expression and privacy of millions of people in the United States and all over the world.

The Coordinator develops and implements campaigning strategies, manages and coordinate actions, and coordinates rapid response. This position will initially lead a campaign on accountability for torture and other human rights violations committed in the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program. This position will also focus in significant part on U.S. surveillance and monitoring practices targeting communities in the United States. The coordinator may also cover, as needed, national security issues including indefinite detention at Guantanamo, mass surveillance, and use of lethal force.

The Coordinator will be experienced at working with diverse grassroots coalitions and organizers, using creative strategies to build momentum for significant reforms by the U.S. government. This is not an entry-level position.

Applicants should submit in a single PDF a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to: security@aiusa.org.

Please include “[COORDINATOR – Your name]” in the subject line of your email.

LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW – 2015-2017 JERRY SHESTACK JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a premier national civil rights legal organization, is pleased to announce the creation of the Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. The fellowship provides the opportunity to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice.

The Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship is a two-year litigation-focused fellowship that will be selected on a bi-annual basis by the Lawyers’ Committee in consultation with the Shestack Justice Advisory Committee. Jerry Shestack was an extraordinary lawyer and a driving force in advancing the cause of civil and human rights. One of his greatest legacies was his central role in the founding of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1963.

Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have 2 to 3 years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights issues and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator.

Applications should be submitted electronically to https://podio.com/webforms/10775370/768081 and should include a resume, law school transcript, two-page letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

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Fair Food Standards Council hiring a Human Rights Attorney 

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at info@fairfoodstandards.org. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.

Apply for the GLOBAL WORKERS JUSTICE ALLIANCE internship! 

Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a non-profit transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for migrants and their families. Global Workers is located in Brooklyn, New York and has a staff of seven, including a policy advocate based in Mexico City. At the core of Global Workers’ mission is the maintenance of a network of human rights defenders in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Among other things, members of the Global Workers defender network partner with U.S. and Canadian advocates to advance cases for migrant workers. Global Workers is a leader in the dynamic field of transnational litigation and migrant worker policy advocacy throughout the region.

Global Workers is offering an unpaid summer internship opportunity for a bilingual (English and Spanish) law student seeking research and writing experience in a non-profit setting. Global Workers attorneys will closely supervise the intern’s work on various legal action and policy projects. The intern can choose to work either at the Global Workers NYC office, or from a remote location. 

Application Instructions:

Please send — attached as Word or PDF files — your cover letter, resume, a list of two references with contact information, and a recent legal writing sample to Ms. Nan Schivone, our Staff Attorney and Legal Manager, at nan@globalworkers.org. In the subject line of the email, please write “Summer Law Intern –- [Your Name].” We will review candidates on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Extern this summer with the Washington Public Defenders Immigration Project

For more than 15 years, WDA has prioritized assisting defenders to represent noncitizen clients to resolve their criminal charges to avoid deportation or mitigate the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. WDA’s Immigration Project has been a leader in pioneering the resources and the systems to give defenders the education and tools needed to accomplish this. WDA’s Immigration Project nationally-recognized staff also work with prosecutors, judges and legislators to bring systemic reforms and implement policies that make the rights recognized in the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Padilla v. Kentucky decision a reality. 

 WDA’s Immigration project will give you exposure to the world of “crimmigration”.  You will deepen your understanding of caselaw and legal issues, work with our Immigration Team to develop defender practice advisories, implement trainings and participate in policy reform initiatives.

PAST EXTERNS HAVE:

  • Published practice manuals and articles in Defense magazine
  • Written amicus briefs for hearings in the Appellate and Supreme Courts
  • Planned, created and moderated training and education programs
  • Drafted legislation and testified before the Washington State legislature

Due 3/13: ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES internship (unpaid)

The AO seeks 1Ls and 2Ls for unpaid, part-time to full-time Summer Legal Internships in the DC Office.Students may receive up to $130/month in Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.Interns perform a variety of tasks, such as helping to prepare staff for international briefings; coordinating meetings of judges and chamber staff; researching issues related to judicial administrative matters; revising manual; helping to update the civil cause code and criminal citation tables; and researching legal issues and writing memoranda on Supreme Court case law, circuit and court rulings.They also will attend a wide variety of networking opportunities, including a Supreme Court tour and training programs.

Apply by Fri., Mar. 13, 2015, submit resume (include full name, address, phone number, country of citizenship and job-related qualifications) or any other written format that describes job-related qualifications; transcript;Follow submission instructions as outlined in USAJobs link.If completed application materials are submitted via online link, do not supplement with fax or mail transmission.Otherwise, may use fax, mail or delivery to submit entire application, including copy of occupational questionnaire (see USAJobs), or selected application materials.A structured interview will be scheduled with selected candidates, who should site specific examples of experience, explain actions taken and outcome.Candidates will be evaluated based upon responses to questions.

Due 3/25: Law grads with teaching experience! Here’s an opportunity for you Federal Judicial Center Educational Specialist

The Federal Judicial Center is the federal courts’ agency for research and continuing education. A nine-member board, chaired by the Chief Justice of the United States, determines the Center’s basic policies.The Education Division designs and develops curricula to impart and enhance critical competencies tailored for federal court of appeals, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges and for federal judicial branch employees, including persons serving in clerk of court, probation, and pretrial services offices. Subject areas for judges include substantive and procedural legal topics, case and calendar management, ethics, and leadership and management. Subject areas for other court personnel include selected technical skills, ethics, and leadership and management. The division delivers education through a variety of means including: in-person programs to which participants travel; in-person programs conducted in courthouses for local participants; audio-, video-, and web conferences; programs and materials delivered over the courts’ intranet; and in printed publications.The Center’s Education Division has an opening for one or more education specialists to develop in-person and web-based continuing education programs for judges, court managers and support staff. 

Submit a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position and a resume that specifies dates of employment, salaries, and responsibilities for all related positions, and a sample lesson plan with supporting materials from an education or training program you have developed (all mandatory) to:

  • Federal Judicial Center
  • ATTN: Human Resources Office, Room 6-190
  • Announcement #15-01
  • Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
  • One Columbus Circle, NE
  • Washington, DC 20002-8003

To receive full consideration for this position, applications must be received by close of business March 25, 2015; however, this vacancy will remain open until filled. Please refer to Announcement #15-01 on your application.

Due 3/27: RUKIN HYLAND DORIA & TINDALL seeking attorney

Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP is looking to hire a bright, enterprising, and highly-motivated associate attorney for our employment and class action litigation practice.  Applicants must possess exceptional writing, research, and analytic skills and the ability to work in a busy small-firm environment.  They should also be self-starters comfortable with assuming responsibility. Prior litigation experience (including judicial clerkship or law firm experience) is strongly preferred.  RHDT handles individual and class action employment matters (including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retirement benefits, whistleblower, and wrongful termination claims) as well as consumer fraud class actions. 

For more information about our practice, visit our website at www.rhdtlaw.com.  Interested attorneys should send a resume and cover letter (preferably via email) to:

  • Steven M. Tindall
  • Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall
  • 100 Pine Street, Suite 2150
  • San Francisco, CA 94111
  • stindall@rhdtlaw.com

Fellowships, Clerkships, Internships, Oh My! Explore new opportunities from Anchorage to NY

Legal Counsel for the Elderly – Summer 2015 Law Clerks

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older. LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits.

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints of residents and to bring about resolution, including changes at the local, state and national levels to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Legislative Reform

Schedule H Case Handling

Ombudsman Legal Assistance

Nursing Homes and Alternatives Manual

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, rbobroff@aarp.org

Rolling Deadline!: NARAL PRO-CHOICE NEW YORK – Summer Legal Intern

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health, the sister organization of NARAL Pro-Choice New York focuses on research, education, and policy work in states and localities to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care, reduce unintended pregnancies, and empower youth to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions. The National Institute’s focus is on building support for a proactive agenda for, and unapologetic approach to, reproductive rights, health, and justice. We do this by helping to strengthen a decentralized yet interconnected movement, based on authentic partnerships founded on mutual respect and learning, capacity building, and information sharing in strategic cities and states across the country. To that end, the National Institute offers strategic guidance, hands?on support, and funding to help state and local leaders and organizations build a public base of support, engage policymakers, change public policy, and remove barriers to health care.

The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern.” People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Feb. 02, 2015: ROBERT F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS – Donald M. Wilson Fellowship

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) was founded as a living memorial to Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Ever since, the RFK Center has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice, are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the RFK Center. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with the RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

In 2011, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights established the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship program to provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent law school graduate each year. Donald M. Wilson and his family recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center. The Fellowship provides invaluable training and experience for a recent law school graduate preparing for a career in human rights.

The Fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. A LIFE magazine correspondent for twelve years, Donald M. Wilson covered the Korean and Vietnam wars for the magazine and afterward led LIFE’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he met Robert Kennedy. Following the campaign, Donald M. Wilson was appointed deputy director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1989, he retired as Corporate Vice President-Public Affairs at Time Inc. In 1991, with James L. Greenfield, a former assistant managing editor at The New York Times, he founded the Independent Journalism Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting free and independent media in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience with regional and international human rights law and norms; working knowledge of the United Nations treaty body system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights systems; an ability to maintain active contacts with international civil society as well as key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems; an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent) is required. We particularly encourage recent law school graduates (2013-2014) and those graduating in Spring 2015 to apply.

Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required.

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law), and a list of 3 references to:

Hiring Manager
Subject line: Donald M. Wilson Fellow
jobs@rfkcenter.org 

Feb. 13, 2015: Criminal Division (CRM) OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS – LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER (Washington, D.C.)

OEO is a non-litigating section of the Criminal Division. OEO provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and review and approval required by statute or policy in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government’s disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, subpoenas to members of the news media in federal cases, subpoenas to attorneys, applications to search the premises of attorneys, and requests to immunize witnesses. OEO provides legal advice to federal prosecutors and agencies on the above-mentioned programs and investigative techniques, and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO also responds to requests made to the Criminal Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and serves in a coordinating role for the Criminal Division with regard to victim and witness assistance. In addition, OEO supervises the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

Legal interns will be responsible for research/writing projects on diverse, complex legal issues in highly-sensitive matters, working under the supervision of OEO attorneys.

Qualification:

All applicants must be United States citizens and currently enrolled in law school. Applicants must have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, experience or a demonstrated interest in criminal law and/or a commitment to public service, and mature judgment. Because interns may be reviewing sensitive documents and confidential information from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it will be necessary for interns to obtain a security clearance. The security background check requires a fingerprint submission and takes two or three months. Any offer is contingent on clearing the background investigation.

Feb. 13, 2015: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – Summer 2015 Law Intern

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Office of Counsel, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is looking for a law intern for Summer 2015. The Alaska District is a full service district that maintains a wide spectrum of programs including military construction, civil works construction, and environmental cleanup and regulation.

Surrounded by the picturesque Chugach and Alaska Ranges, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with more than 250,000 people. Our office is located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, which is adjacent to Anchorage. Anchorage is well known for its long, cool summer days during which hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and fishing are within an easy driving distance after work and on the weekends.

The Alaska District Office of Counsel is a busy office with five attorneys and three paralegals. The law intern selected for this position will primarily assist our attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas such as litigation and government contracts, real estate, fiscal law, employment law, and environmental law and regulations.

Qualifications

The selected law clerk will be scheduled to work ten 40-hour weeks, between May and August 2015 with the exact start and end dates to be negotiated.

If you are interested, please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript for completed semesters or quarters through December 2014 to Carl Olson at carl.f.olson@usace.army.mil.

If you have any questions concerning the duties of this position, please contact Carl Olson or Brendan Davis at 907-753-2532.

For more information about the Alaska District, see our website at http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/About/Offices/Legal.aspx

Feb. 20, 2015: VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE – Summer 2015 Internship, Legal Orientation Program Law Student Intern 

The Vera Institute of Justice runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, in previous summers interns visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility; observed hearings at the New York City Immigration Court; lunched with executive-level management; and visited Vera demonstration projects.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice collaborates with government, nonprofits, and communities to develop evidence-based justice solutions for systems affecting immigrants and their families. The Center also addresses the challenges presented by the increasing convergence of the criminal justice and immigration systems. The Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a law student intern to work on the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. On behalf of the federal government’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, Vera staff work with nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 30 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

Responsibilities: The intern duties may include: conducting background legal and/or policy research; interviewing experts and others; drafting best practice memos and short reports; assisting in developing trainings and presentations; analyzing data collected to inform programs and help develop program plans; and researching potential funders and writing grant proposals. Students interested in the internship should note that while all of the work will be law-related, much of it will be supporting policy and technical assistance.  Vera does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent initiative, genuine flexibility, as well as a demonstrated interest in immigration, law/public policy, and/or criminal justice. Fluency in Spanish or another second language is a plus.

Salary

Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through their law schools, colleges, universities or public interest foundations, or through fellowship grants or internship programs.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred; however if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Summer Internships: CIJ LOP Internship

Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway,12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212-941-9407

Feb. 27, 2015: International Summer Internship Programme – International Law Institute (Uganda) 

ILI-ACLE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2015 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1 – July 31, 2015. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 27, 2015 OR WHEN ALL INTERNSHIP SEATS HAVE BEEN FILLED. EARLY APPLICATION ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Each year ILI-ACLE draws a talented pool of students and young professionals in its competitive Internship Programme. Over the years we have drawn interns from Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center, NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Temple Law School, Case Western Reserve School of Law and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, among others.

Responsibilities

Internships at the Institute are rewarding experiences for law students with drive and interest in legal and judicial reform and project implementation – with a focus on the African continent. Interns take part in any number of activities that are being implemented at their time of internship. These include assisting with the preparation of seminars (including curriculum development) and gaining insight into project implementation and management by assisting with ongoing technical assistance projects. Interns assist in conducting research, drafting reports, attending meetings and engaging in related administration. They also have an unparalleled opportunity to meet legal and other professional specialists at the forefront of public and private development in sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe.

Qualifications

Must be a law student.

Application Instructions:

To apply for an internship with ILI-ACLE, please email Ms. Keita Rose-Atkinson, Senior Associate Attorney/Public Sector Liaison at krose@ili.or.ug, copying administrator@ili.or.ug with a detailed letter of interest, current CV, academic/professional letter of recommendation and a writing sample. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via telephone, videoconferencing or in-person (for Ugandan applicants). Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Mar. 2, 2015: Attention recent grads! 2015 SANFORD HEISLER PUBLIC INTEREST DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP – Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion & Resources (FAIR)

The Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) is accepting applications for its second annual Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship, which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at the (1) Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and a (2) law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1100 workers’ rights advocates around California. Sanford Heisler, LLP, a leading national public interest firm, has donated the funds to FAIR to provide a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2015), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued.

On this MLK day look through new social justice and public interest positions!

HIRING: For spring and summer 2015 – Disability Rights CA is seeking law clerk (rolling deadline)

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a nonprofit public interest law firm which is federally mandated to protect the legal, civil and service rights of persons with disabilities. Established in 1978, DRC served persons with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism and other severe disabilities. In 1986, DRC expanded its services topersons with psychiatric disabilities. DRC now serves all Californians with disabilities—physical, psychiatric,and developmental.

Law clerks will carry a diverse workload that will help develop traditional legal skills as well as skills beneficial to working with clientele in a legal services environment. Law clerks will also gainsubstantive knowledge regarding the systems and laws that affect the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Law clerks at DRC will have the opportunity to:

  • Interview clients and consumers
  • Provide information on self-advocacy
  • Conduct legal research and produce legal writing
  • Represent clients in mediations and at administrative hearing
  • Provide assistance to people with disabilities who areincarcerated to ensure the enforcement of their legal rights
  • Assist clients in filing disability-based complaints with appropriate state and federal agencies
  • Investigate serious and systemic abuse and neglect instate and private facilities serving people with disabilities
  • Conduct trainings on disability law.

Although some DRC positions are available, preference is given to work-study and volunteer students. Attorneys at DRC are willing to assist students develop grant proposals and fellowship applications.

 

Jan. 21, 2015: U.S. Dept. of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons

This attorney will have the opportunity to work with Central Office, regional and institution management and line staff with respect to litigation affecting the Bureau of Prisons, as well as attorneys in the Solicitors General’s Office and other attorneys in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in the U. S. Attorney’s Offices. The incumbent’s responsibilities include: analyzing adverse decisions against the BOP and drafting recommendations to DOJ for the Assistant Director/General Counsel’s signature, this includes cases before the Supreme Court; analyzing adverse decisions against other correctional agencies and developing a position for the Bureau on amicus participation by the United States in the Supreme Court; developing an expertise in the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and constitutional issues affecting Bureau litigation; providing training to Bureau and DOJ attorneys on issues affecting Bureau litigation; and participating in moot courts with assistant U.S. attorneys and DOJ attorneys.

The primary duties of the incumbent will be to respond to legal issues involving conditions of confinement arising out of specialized housing units, to include but not limited to, administrative remedy responses, requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act, replies to official correspondence, and manages litigation, to include discovery issues, affecting the Bureau of Prisons.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year of post-J.D. experience
  • Preferred qualifications: Some litigation experience is desired.

 

Jan. 22, 2015: Assistant Attorneys General- Criminal Justice Division (Oregon)

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking applications for an Assistant Attorney General to serve as a critical member of the Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Division. This position is based in Salem and will require periodic travel throughout the state.

The Criminal Justice Division is looking for an experienced prosecutor who is enthusiastic about working with federal, state and local law enforcement across the state to actively investigate and prosecute organized criminal enterprises, public corruption, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking.
Applicants will be expected to evaluate and pursue cases that will result in arrest and conviction. Applicants will also be expected to provide advice and support for District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys across the state, and to present at trainings. Additionally, applicants will be expected to prosecute conflict cases and specialty cases at the request of District Attorneys.
 
Experience prosecuting significant cases in a District Attorney’s office (or equivalent experience) is required. Experience prosecuting RICO cases and directing large-scale grand jury and criminal investigations is preferred, but not required.
This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or the Senior Assistant Attorney General level depending on experience and other factors. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Darin Tweedt, Chief Counsel of the Criminal Justice Division, at (503) 378-6347, (800) 735-1232 TTY.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • All final candidates for employment must pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • Applicants must possess a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Oregon and be eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Oregon at the time of appointment.
  • Experience prosecuting significant cases in a District Attorney’s office (or equivalent experience) is required. Experience prosecuting RICO cases and directing large-scale grand jury and criminal investigations is preferred, but not required.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity. The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Jan. 29, 2015: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks a new staff attorney

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to
provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic
violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct
representation (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education. The attorney will
focus on providing representation on cases involving U visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions,
adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief. The attorney will also
provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney
may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law degree;
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S., but will consider an applicant who has taken the bar exam and is awaiting results
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
  • Fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
  • Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel.

Feb. 1, 2015: New York Lawyers for Public Interest seeking staff attorney

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit civil rights law firm committed to advancing equality and civil rights is seeking applicants for the position of Staff Attorney in
its Health Justice (HJ) Program to provide immigration representation and lead legal and policy
campaigns to increase health access for marginalized communities

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an attorney in good standing.
  • Must either be licensed to practice law in the State of New York or be eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire).
  • A minimum of two years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy.
  • A minimum of one year of experience representing clients in affirmative immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, I-130 and I-485 petitions, U- and TNonimmigrant status, and deferred action. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered.
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns.
  • Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations.
  • Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills.

Feb. 6, 2015: Columbia Legal Services summer internship opportunities for law students!

Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a statewide legal aid program in Washington State representing low-income people and vulnerable groups with critical civil legal needs. We represent clients in a wide variety of civil cases including class actions and legislative rule-making advocacy from five statewide offices: Seattle, Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima and Kennewick. We offer several summer internship opportunities for law students. Summer Interns are expected to commit to full-time work for a minimum of 10 weeks. Most positions are for school credit, are paid under work-study, or are fellowship/public interest grant funded. The following positions are offered for 2015:

  • Basic Human Needs (Seattle) [Preference given to Seattle U and Gonzaga students]
  • Children & Youth Project (Seattle)
  • Institutions Project (Seattle)
  • Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project (Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima) [PAID position]
  • Working Families Project Foreclosure Work Group (Olympia) [Policy intern]
  • Working Families Project Foreclosure Work Group (Seattle)
  • Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Seattle)

Feb. 13, 2015: 2015 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship – CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

The primary mission of the Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship is to strengthen law students’ long-term commitment to promote justice and equality for vulnerable immigrant groups.

The Fellowship will be awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend (the Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship will provide a $2,500 stipend). The Fellow will be required to provide reports half way through and at the conclusion of the Fellowship, regarding his or her progress in meeting the goals of the project. The host organization must be willing to supervise and provide all logistical needs of the Fellow including office space and supplies. Host organization will also be asked to provide a brief report at the end of the Fellowship.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) in good standing at any accredited law school program in the United States.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or immigrants’ rights issues.

Mar. 1, 2015: Northwest Immigrants Rights Project – Intern for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls!

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

Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will assist with case matters before the Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Depending on unit placement, interns’ responsibilities may include: Conducting legal research and drafting briefs in support of applications for relief; researching country conditions in support of claims for asylum; preparing and submitting filings with the Immigration Court and USCIS; and working directing with clients, such as conducting intakes and drafting client declarations in support of
applications for relief.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

 

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeking juvenile justice attorney in their Oakland office (rolling deadline)

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) (www.youthlaw.org) is a non-profit organization that for more than four decades has used the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. NCYL’s primary areas of focus are child welfare, juvenile justice, and health/mental health.

NCYL seeks an attorney to lead projects aimed at improving the educational outcomes of probation-involved youth. The work will focus on serving youth who have been adjudicated delinquent and remain under the jurisdiction of the probation agency, but are not in a locked facility. The attorney will be supervised by NCYL attorneys with expertise in juvenile justice and foster youth education.

The attorney’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapting FosterEd’s model, strategies, program materials, and technology tools to meet the needs of probation-involved youth;
  • Partnering with state and local agency partners to implement programs serving probation-involved youth;
  • Developing measurable project objectives and detailed workplans; and
  • Ensuring implementation of program goals and outcomes.

This job will not involve providing direct legal representation to juveniles.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree
  • Ability to work with probation, child welfare, education, and judicial agencies, and with at-risk youth and their families; to manage complex projects; to pay close attention to details and manage multiple assignments; and to work in a fast-paced nonprofit environment
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth

Desired Qualifications:

  • An understanding of the education, child welfare, probation, and juvenile court systems
  • Significant experience working with the juvenile probation system and/or the juvenile court system
  • Experience forming and participating in cross-system collaborative teams; working directly with at-risk children and youth; and working with data

 

One Week Left to Apply for Positions and Interview at the NW Public Service Fair!

Hot Diggity! Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney in Wenatchee Office, Deadline rolling through 3/11. Act Fast!

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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 that 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 large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Our advocacy is conducted by four project teams. This position will focus on cases assigned to our Basic Human Needs Project, which safeguards access to health care, safe housing, food, financial assistance, and other basic rights for low-income people, using a full range of advocacy including complex litigation and appeals, and policy advocacy. The attorney must:

  • Be available to travel occasionally around the state, and may spend some time in Olympia during the legislative session.
  • Work with teams of attorneys on complex litigation, including class actions.
  • Identify practices and laws that adversely affect the rights and diminish the benefits for low income populations.
  • Coordinate with other advocacy groups and legal service organizations and the private bar to identify opportunities and execute strategies to advance the law for low income populations.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline is Monday, January 19. Don’t Miss Out!

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For twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for Labor & Employment Accepting Applications through Friday, 1/16!

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, networking and other programs, we provide unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at pre-selected labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015 – 2016.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with 149 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

For more information and application requirements please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Alaska Legal Services Seeks Entry-Level Attorney at Dillingham Office, Rolling Deadline.

AK Legal ServicesAlaska Legal Services Corporation has an opening for a full-time attorney in Dillingham, to provide estate planning services to Bristol Bay Native Association tribal members with an interest in restricted property. Estate planning services may include advice, research, investigation, and drafting and execution of wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to meet a member’s estate planning needs. The attorney will create and distribute educational materials addressing estate planning, fractionation and probate, and conduct outreach efforts including travel to Bristol Bay villages and hosting clinics to encourage restricted property owners to draft wills and address fractionation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Rule 43 admission can be found at https://www.alaskabar.org/. Computer proficiency required, (Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail and data entry).  Experience working or living in cross-cultural settings preferred.

Salary: Salary $53,592 — $76,320, annually, DOE.  Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the contact below. Preference in hiring given to Native American applicants.  Position open until filled.

Contact Information: Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney ldickey@alsc-law.org

Seattle City Attorney Seeks Intern/Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division, Deadline 3/4

City of Seattle LogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for 2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court. The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition, externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Submit resume and cover letter to Assistant City Attorney Katrina Kelly katrina.kelly@seattle.gov. For more info about other volunteer internship opportunities with the Seattle City Attorney’s office please click here.

National Veterans Legal Services Seeks Litigation Attorney, Deadline 3/1.

NVLSPThe National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.

The major responsibility of the Veterans Law Litigation Attorney is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful.  Experience in veterans law, although not required, is preferred.

Application Instructions: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to Amy Odom, Director of Litigation, at amy@nvlsp.org.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiative Seeks Summer Intern, Deadline 2/20

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Applications are being accepted for a paid summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only to:

Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

NOTE: We will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation.

City of Bellevue Seeks Principal Policy Planner, Deadline 1/16

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The Principal Policy Planner serves as the City’s Land Use Policy and Code Development Program Manager.  This position reports directly to the Land Use Division Director, and is responsible for advancing the day-to-day implementation of the Land Use Code Amendment program for the City, while contributing to leadership and strategy development to advance the overall land use program.
Advancing the Land Use Policy and Code Development Program is a major citywide initiative of high priority, and as such involves extensive interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, community and business stakeholders, and the general public, requiring extensive night meetings at times.  The Program Manager is the primary point of contact for public inquiries about the work program and is responsible to ensure that an appropriate public involvement effort is coordinated with the Council-prioritized work program.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Appleseed Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications, Deadline 2/6

WA Appleseed LogoThis summer, Appleseed will be hiring a team of 2-4 Legal Fellows and 1-3 Research Fellows to work together with existing project teams to forge meaningful solutions to social justice problems in our state.

We will be accepting applications for both sets of positions through Friday, February 6 and will be interviewing and making offers by February 27. Please see below for information about each position. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note these are unpaid fellowships, though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit or other compensation.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. This summer, Legal Fellows will participate in one or more of the following social justice projects:

  • The Washington Reentry Guide.
  • Protecting the Rights of the Homeless.

  • Transforming School Discipline.

  • Fair Financial Access for Immigrant Communities.

For complete project descriptions please click here.

 Download the full position overview here. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note this is an unpaid internship though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit.