Housing Advocacy Day, LBAW Annual Gala, Mentorship Opportunities & More!

Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day

When & Where: February 28th, United Churches of Olympic & Capitol Campus

Join Washington Low Income Housing Alliance for a day of action to support healthy and affordable housing for all Washington residents. Details and registration information available here.

Latino Bar Association of Washington Annual Gala

Where & When: March 1, 2019 at the Grant Hyatt, Seattle

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) is proud to announce its 2019 annual gala. For decades, LBAW has advocated for the well being of the Latino people of Washington State by bridging the divide between the legal profession and the community. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate another year of LBAW’s contributions to the legal community. Tickets available here.

SABAW & MELAW Mentorship Event

SABAW LogoWhen & Where: March 7, 6-8pm at Foster Pepper PLLC (111 3rd Ave, Suite 3000, Seattle)

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) aims to pair law students and young lawyers with mentor attorneys. Participant pairs will create their own agreement regarding discussion topics, meetings, and follow-up. The formal program will last through 2019, but we hope the relationships will continue beyond. For mentors and mentees alike, this is a fantastic opportunity to support one another, learn from one another, and meet the movers and shakers of our profession. Our networks tend to be South Asian and Middle Eastern lawyers, but participants from any and all backgrounds are most welcome to join us! To learn more or express interest in participating please email: scholarships@sabaw.org.

Community Speaks: Help shape the future of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (various dates, locations)

Seattle Office for Civil RightsThe Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting a series of “Community Speaks” events in effort to work together in rebuilding the office so that it is accountable to you and your community. We are here to learn what role you wish we could play in your community, how we can build an accountable relationship with your community, and what your community’s biggest barriers are where we can provide support. This information will be included in a larger report to City Council to determine what changes need to occur to the Office for Civil Rights. City Council will consider the recommendations from this report and make any necessary changes to the department.

For additional information about session dates and locations please visit here.

Summer & Postgrad Jobs: SCLC, NWIRP, Public Advocates, KIND, and More!

Seattle Community Law Center seeks Interns/Externs

SCLCSCLC’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the public benefits necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. SCLC seeks law student interns for for summer internships or school-year externships. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and directly represent of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Interns will engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

To apply please send an email with attached resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in SCLC, a program preference if any, and the amount of time you are able to commit per week (10 hours/week minimum). Materials can be sent to Executive Director, Alex Doolittle at alex@seattlecommlaw.org.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks Spring/Summer Interns (various locations)

NWIRP LogoThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is soliciting applications for spring and summer internship positions in all four offices. One internship in each of the Granger and Wenatchee offices are eligible for a $6,000 stipend (before tax). Internships in the Seattle and Tacoma offices are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with all summer interns to secure outside funding or academic credit if needed.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Application deadline (for summer positions) is March 1, 2019.

Summer Policy Advocacy Internships with Public Advocates, Inc. (San Francisco or Sacramento, CA)

Public Advocates seeks three policy interns for summer 2019 to join its Metropolitan Equity and Higher Education equity teams in its San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Interns play a crucial role in PA’s policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, PA is committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of its interns.

For additional information and application instructions please visit here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. $2,000 living allowance provided.

Attorney Opening: Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel

The Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel (Office of the Public Defender) seeks to fill an attorney position. The incumbent is responsible for providing professional legal indigent defense for clients in the District Court or Juvenile Court.

For further information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 27, 2019.

Kids in Need of Defense seeks Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney (Los Angeles, CA)

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Los Angeles, CA to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in California family, probate and/or guardianship proceedings. This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in the greater Los Angeles area in immigration proceedings and will represent them in obtaining legal remedies such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T visa, and/or U visas.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Position open until filled.

Staff Attorney opening at Merit Disability (Yakima, WA)

Merit Disability works to help individuals who suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities obtain necessary Social Security Disability Benefits when they need it the most. Based in Yakima, WA, they serve clients throughout the entire state of Washington. Merit Disability is looking for an additional attorney to join its growing practice. If interested, you should have a strong commitment to disability rights and desire to advocate for claimants in their goal to obtain Social Security Disability and/or SSI Benefits. Merit Disability strives to be client-centered with a team of people who fight to make a difference.

Job responsibilities will include preparing the client though pre-hearing interviews and other case preparation for hearing, arguing Social Security Disability Claims in front of Administrative Law Judges, completing post hearing summaries, prepare post-hearing briefs, letter requests for On the Record (OTR) decision, dire need letters, responses to Consultative Examination (CE) reports and other written submissions required by SSA.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Tim Anderson at tim@meritdisability.com. Juris Doctorate Degree and accreditation with any State Bar required (preferably WA; applicant can apply even though they are awaiting bar exam results.). Travel required with the possibility to work at home at times. Salary compensation depending on experience. Benefits package is included. Position available immediately.

Upcoming Events: SJT on Mass Migration, PSL Community Dinner, Cocktails for a Cause, and More!

Social Justice Tuesday: Mass Migration – Current Events Through a Historical Lens

When & Where: February 19, 2019, 12:30-1:20 in Room 127
Hosted by the Center for Human Rights & Justice

Join us as we peek behind the headlines and look at the root causes of mass migration. Professor Dongsheng Zang (Director, Graduate Program in Global Business Law) will lead a discussion on how topics such as foreign intervention, climate change, and trade drive migration. Professor Zang will answer questions following the presentation. Lunch from Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria will be provided! Please RSVP through SCS online.

Public Service Law Community Dinner: The Climate of Immigration & How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

immigrationWhen & Where: Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-7:00 pm in Gates Hall Room 138

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Tuesday, February 19th.

Minority and Justice Commission Poverty Simulation – Volunteers Needed!

The Minority and Justice Commission will be facilitating a Poverty Simulation at the Superior Court Clerks’ Spring Conference on Monday, March 18th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The Poverty Simulation is meant to take participants through two weeks in the life of an individual living in poverty, which helps them build a better understanding and empathy for people who are experiencing poverty.

The Commission seeks multiple volunteers to play the roles of institutions, community services, and various other entities that make up our society. The conference will take place at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA, and the Commission is able to provide lunch and travel reimbursement to volunteers. To volunteer please email Chanel Rhymes at: Chanel.Rhymes@courts.wa.gov.

Legal Voice: Cocktails for A Cause

Legal Voice LogoWhen: Thursday, March 4, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1400 6th Ave.

What does the future look like to you? Exciting? Terrifying? Promising? Unsure? There’s a lot at stake, but how often do we really talk about the future we envision? Let’s get together, celebrate our victories, lament the uncertainty, and build a future we can believe in at Cocktails for a Cause! For tickets click here.

Youth Eastside Services (YES): Invest in Youth Breakfast

When: March 20, 2019, 7:30-8:45 am
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Join Youth Eastside Services for their annual breakfast benefit for youth, children, and families. You’ll have the chance to hear from keynote speaker Nic Sheff, whose heartbreaking struggle with substance use disorder is the story behind the recent major motion picture Beautiful Boy — a story many of our young clients can relate to. For tickets please visit here.

Jobs & Internships: DPD, Our Children’s Trust, Earthjustice, NARAL, and more!

King County Department of Public Defense – Application deadline 2/14/19

King County DPD is looking to fill up to two term-limited temporary Public Defense Attorney positions, with anticipated placement in the family defense practice area. This position is anticipated to be six months in length and will initially be assigned to work in any of the following Seattle and/or Kent work locations:  Dexter Horton Building, 710 Second Avenue, Seattle; Jefferson Street Building, 1401 East Jefferson, Seattle or Meeker Street Building, 420 West Harrison Street, Kent.

For more information and to apply visit here.

Spring Blossom Scholarship – Application deadline 2/20/19

ABAW LogoThe Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce a new $5,000.00 summer fellowship to work with a public interest organization to advance the legal rights of women and/or immigrants. Both full-time and part-time JD students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Please visit here for application information and details.

Summer Internship with Our Children’s Trust (Eugene, OR)

Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a nonprofit organization seeking law students who are interested in using the law to fight climate change and playing an integral part in what is being called the “trial of the century.” Our Children’s Trust works to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations through its coordination of a global legal campaign. For additional information and application details visit here.

Earthjustice Postgraduate Legal Fellowship, Fall 2019 (Various locations)

EarthJustice LogoEarthjustice is now accepting applications for candidates interested in seeking postgraduate legal fellowship funded through a law school or other sources to join their office in the fall of 2019.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, taking on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  In the United States and around the world, Earth Justice wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Interested applicants should submit their application by February 21, 2019.

NARAL Summer Legal Fellowship (Washington, DC)

As the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including access to abortion.

NARAL seeks summer legal interns to assist with legal and policy research, conduct legal analysis, assist with other projects and tasks as assigned, and provide administrative support to the Government Relations Department.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Florida Legal Aid – Volunteer Summer Internships

The two Greater Fort Lauderdale area Legal Aid offices, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, are accepting applications for volunteer internships for Summer 2019. The mission of these programs is to provide high-quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County. Service areas include, but are not limited to, housing, children’s, consumer, immigration, public benefits, family, tax, senior citizens, domestic violence, homeless, veterans law, and special projects, including major litigation and education/employment.

To apply for either or both offices please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org. Please describe in the cover letter your particular interest in public interest law and any preferences for program placement. Application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

Upcoming Events & Awards: Immigration Law, Equal Justice Lobby Day, Trauma Stewardship, and More!

ACS: David Carliner Public Interest Award

ACSThe American Constitution Society David Carliner Award recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers. The winner of the award receives a $10,000 a cash prize, plus travel (transportation and lodging) to the ACS National Convention in Washington, DC to accept the Award in person. The recipient’s organization also receives a $2,500 award. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2007 and May 2012 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible to apply or be nominated.

For more information visit here. Application deadline is March 17, 2019.

Social Justice Tuesday: Collateral Consequences, from Immigration Representation to Criminal Defense

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:30-1:20 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 127
Hosted by the Minority Law Students Association

Sara Sluszka from the Washington Defender Association will share her thoughts on collateral consequences of immigration and criminal proceedings. She currently advises criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences for clients accused of crimes. Previously, she worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma representing people in immigration proceedings and advising them of collateral consequences.

Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times, with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship Institute

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 138

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting-edge research and personal stories to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain the skills needed to reconcile it.

Gates PSL Dinner: The Climate of Immigration and How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 115

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Equal Justice Lobby Day: Thursday, February 21 in Olympia, WA

Sign up for Equal Justice Lobby Day in Olympia on Thursday, February 21! The Equal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan group of stakeholders that educates policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid, will host dozens of supporters for a day of grassroots training and meetings with legislators. This year is especially important as the Legislature considers its biennial budget that could fund 40 new legal aid attorneys around the state and stabilize service capacity at pro bono programs. Whether you are pursuing a career in public interest, or support those who are, help make Justice for All a reality, and ensure the Legislature honors its commitment to legal aid by lending your voice. Register for Equal Justice Lobby Day here

WSBA Community Networking Event – Bellevue

WSBA LogoWhen: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Tutta Bella Bellevue Location (15600 NE 8th Street, Suite J1)

The Washington State Bar Association and Washington State Bar Foundation invite you to a community networking event in Bellevue. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the legal profession. This event is hosted in partnership with the Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Korean Bar Association of Washington, South Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Loren Miller Bar Association, QLAW, Washington Attorney’s with Disabilities Association, Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers.

To attend please RSVP here by February, 15th.

Seattle Community Law Center Spring Into Action!

SCLCWhen: March 14, 2019 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Join SCLC for a fun-filled evening to support legal advocacy for people with disabilities who are homeless or low-income and to celebrate their right to economic stability.

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased here

Save the Date: API Chaya Gala – April 20, 2019

API Chaya LogoYou’re invited to API Chaya’s 2019 Gala! We are celebrating growth and transformation for our clients and community, and welcoming keynote speaker Sujatha Baliga.

For further information and tickets visit here.


Jobs & Internships: NJP, City of Seattle, AGO, CA Changelawyers

NJP – Medical Legal Partnership Attorney

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and promote human dignity through high quality legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy to mitigate systemic barriers to opportunity experienced by our client communities. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) to address the legal needs of low-income patients and families with health-harming legal needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. This is a full-time position.

For complete information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Washington State AGO Summer Internships – February 10 Application Deadline!

The Washington State Office of the Attorney General is pleased to invite qualified first and second-year law students to apply for summer 2019 volunteer law clerk or externship positions. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.  The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences while working in public service for the state of Washington.

For complete information and to apply visit here. February 10 Application deadline; multiple locations statewide.

City of Seattle Inspector General for Public Safety (2 positions available: Audit & Investigation Specialist and Community Engagement & Communications Specialist)

City of Seattle LogoThese positions offers an exciting opportunity to be on the leading edge of police reform. The Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) was established as part of the City of Seattle’s police accountability reform effort. The goal of OIG is to ensure constitutional, accountable, effective, and respectful policing that reflects the values of Seattle’s diverse communities and engenders community trust.

To apply for the Audit & Investigation Specialist position visit here. For the Community Engagement & Communications Specialist position visit here. Application deadline for both positions is February 12, 2019.

“California Changelawyers” Summer Fellowship at Root & Rebound (Fresno, CA)

Root and Rebound LogoLike all Root & Rebound law clerks and fellows, the Summer Legal fellow will be trained in “reentry law,” a holistic and restorative justice model of legal practice embedded in the needs and goals of systems-impacted individuals. Trained as a “legal generalist”, the fellow will learn to serve people across many areas of law & life, understanding how a person’s record presents a barrier to employment, housing, education, immigration, health care, asset-building, family reunification, and civil rights.

For additional information and to apply visit here. Applications deadline is May 27, 2019 but earlier application is encouraged.

Jobs & Fellowships: NWIRP, AFL-CIO, Lavender Rights Project, Public Interest Firms, and more!

Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project EJW Crime Victim’s Justice Corps Fellowship (Postgraduate Fellowship in Tacoma, WA – begins on March 1!)

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will host a fellow over 17 months as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about March 1, 2019 and end on July 31, 2020.

The EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.

For additional information and application instructions visit here. Please submit applications ASAP.

McDonald Hoague & Bayless, Associate Attorney (Seattle)

McDonald, Hoague & Bayless is seeking a full-time associate attorney to fight for the civil rights of workers, persons with disabilities, prisoners, tenants, victims of police misconduct and others. The associate will work with other attorneys at the firm on all phases of litigation from intake to trial and appeal.

For further information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 22nd, 2019.

UW Student Legal Services seeks Rule 9 Legal Intern

UW LogoApply to be a summer intern with UW Student Legal Services. This is a paid, on campus position. One intern will work full-time during summer quarter 2019. This intern, plus six other incoming interns, will work 10-12 hours per week from autumn quarter 2019 to spring quarter 2020. Applicants must be “Admission to Practice Rule 9” eligible by beginning of employment.

For further information and to apply visit here. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 8, 2019.

2019-2020 AFL-CIO Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Program (Washington, D.C.)

AFL-CIO LogoThe Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is offering a one year fellowship beginning in September 2019. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

To apply visit here. Application deadline is February 28, 2019.

John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship ($3,500 Summer Stipend)

ABA LogoThe Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program, managed by the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, seeks motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization. The Program will pay a $3,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.

For complete information and application visit here. Application deadline is March 30, 2019.

CLS Working Families Project Legal Fellow (2-year postgraduate fellowship in Yakima, WA)

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Legal Fellow to work for its Working Families Project in Yakima, WA. This position will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their families in Washington. The position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights matters and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Staff Attorney at Lavender Rights Project (Seattle, WA)

The Lavender Rights Project seeks a full-time staff attorney to serve low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and LGB+ people in Seattle and across Washington. The attorney will assist with a wide variety of legal needs ranging from direct representation in family law, employment, civil rights, and other legal areas to identity-related needs such as name and/or gender marker changes and sealing records. LRP aims to bring someone onto its small and dedicated team whose values align with the organization’s commitment to intersectional awareness, cultural competency, accessibility, by-and-for services, and creative community legal solutions for marginalized communities.

For additional details and application instructions visit here. Application deadline is February 6, 2019.

Judicial Clerkships at Tulalip Tribal Court (paid summer or school year position)

The Tulalip Tribal Court is a general civil and misdemeanor criminal court. The Judicial Clerk will draft orders, research motions, draft memorandum on discreet legal issues, participate in multi-disciplinary meetings for drafting of rules. The position may require confidential research on procedural or substantive Indian criminal justice issues.

For additional information or to apply visit here.

Espada Law Firm Summer 2019 Internship (Seattle, WA)

Espada Criminal Defense, a criminal defense law firm with clients across Washington state, seeks a summer legal intern interested in criminal defense. A summer internship at Espada provides a unique opportunity to work in a bilingual, high-stakes criminal defense firm fighting on the front lines in state and federal courts. This is a paid position.

For additional information and application instructions visit here.