Volunteer Opportunities at Eastside Legal Assistance Program

#1 Seeking Phone Intake Line Volunteers:

Do you like talking to people and helping others?  Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) has openings for volunteers to answer our phone intake line and help potential clients for our program.  ELAP provides free legal services to low income residents of East and Northeast King County, and Domestic Violence survivors from all over King County.  As a Phone Intake Line Volunteer, you would staff our phone line and provide intake and referral services for our clients.  Qualifications include commitment to ELAP’s mission in promoting access to equal justice, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, ability to learn quickly and absorb new information, ability to type, computer literate, good interpersonal skills.

As a Phone Intake Line Volunteer, you will help low income individuals and families on the Eastside who need legal services but cannot afford them. Low income individuals and families have, on average, at least one situation each year where they need legal advice. You can help us provide these much needed legal services by volunteering as a Phone Intake Line Volunteer.

The position is open to all levels.  The time commitment is 4 hours weekly for six months, and you would work in our office in Bellevue.

#2  Legal Advice Clinic Intake Volunteers:

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) has openings for Legal Advice Clinic Intake Volunteers for its legal clinics.  At the clinics, low income residents of East King County meet with volunteer attorneys to discuss their civil legal issues, such as landlord tenant, credit, wills, contract, divorce, or domestic violence. Clinics are approximately two hours and there are between one and three attorneys at each clinic.

As a Legal Advice Clinic Intake Volunteer you organize and support ELAP’s legal advice clinics.  You help low income individuals and families on the Eastside who need legal services but cannot afford them. Low income individuals and families have, on average, at least one situation each year where they need legal advice. You can help us provide these much needed legal services by volunteering as a Legal Advice Clinic Intake Volunteer.

The position is open to all levels.  The time commitment varies from 3-12 hours each month for 1 year, and the clinics are located in different locations around the Eastside.

To apply for either position: send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to Judith Shoshana, Program Director, 1510 140th Ave NE Suite 110, Bellevue, WA 98005.

2L and 3L alert — Opportunities to Interview with Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) will interview UW law students on campus at UW Law in September for both summer and post-graduate positions!  The specific information is loaded into Symplicity but the application deadline is September 12 so if you are interested do not delay!

Learn more about the agency here.


An Opportunity for Those Interested in Academia

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University invites outstanding faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for visiting, residential appointments for the academic year 2013–2014. Each year, through its fellows program, LAPA brings to Princeton world-class experts on the law. Successful candidates will devote an academic year in residence at Princeton engaging in their own research and in the intellectual life of the campus. Under exceptional circumstances, applications for only one semester in residence may be considered.

Learn more here.

Be More Like Wonder Woman

Finding the right job is a lot of work.  You have to know what you are looking for and then you have to match that to something that is available or that you can create.  But eventually you narrow your search to the top positions of interest to you and you spend a lot of time sending out polished resumes and cover letters.  Once you get the coveted interview you want to be able to put your best foot forward.  Check out this video on the power of body language and then prepare to unleash your inner Wonder Woman!

Amy Cuddy: Power Poses

Educational Debt Relief Webinars

Equal Justice Works has a full slate of free webinars answering a variety of questions students and recent grads have about dealing with educational debt.  There are several webinars in the month of September.  Topics include:

These webinars are of great value but you must register in advance for the webinars as they fill quickly.  Learn more here.

Meet Amy Kosterlitz!

Our Center for Public Service Law is lucky to have a new professional development coach joining us for the next several months while Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld is on parent leave.  Amy Kosterlitz will be with us a few days a week to meet with students and to help them plot their career paths!  After several years of practice in both non profit, governmental and private firm sectors, Amy sought training to become a professional development coach and now has her own private coaching practice.  About her work she says:

“I am a coach and consultant working with attorneys, other professionals and leaders in business and non-profits on professional development, leadership and team-building. I assist clients to envision and realize their desired futures—be it taking a career to the next level or in a new direction, improving leadership presence, finding a better work-life balance, or navigating career/life challenges and transitions.  My thirty years of experience in law practice, law firm management, advising leaders in corporations and non-profits, and leading interdisciplinary teams give me the background and perspective to assist my clients navigate challenges and reach their goals. My coaching certification training deepened my understanding of career and life transition cycles, the interplay of one’s various roles and responsibilities, the importance of aligning work with one’s core values, the characteristics of good communicators and leaders, and strategies for navigating change.”

If you are a 2L this year who worked with Aline in the past, Amy is available to help you.  You can make appointments with her through Symplicity.

Consumer Rights Conference Coming to Seattle

The  21st Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference (NCLC) will take place in Seattle, October 25-28.  The conference will include more than 17 hours of breakout sessions and plenaries, 57 courses, and top speakers. NCLC’s annual conference is the premier gathering of attorneys and advocates providing aggressive and professional representation for American consumers. For more information, visit the NCLC website.

Fall, 2012, Internships Available with International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has several internships available this fall. Among them are:

Advocacy & Documentation Intern

Advocacy & Documentation Interns will gain significant hands-on experience in research and data collection for use in advocacy related to human rights violations affecting LGBT communities around the world. Responsibilities may include general research assignments on various human rights topics and assisting with the drafting of shadow reports to regional and international human rights bodies Responsibilities may also include drafting correspondence and administrative support. Ideal candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students with a demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular interest in social justice, human rights, and/or LGBT issues with strong writing abilities. Continue reading

September 4th Deadline for Applying to AG Honors & Summer Law Intern Programs

The deadline to apply to the Attorney Generals Honors Program or the Summer Law Intern Program is Tuesday, September 4th!

Hiring projections for this year are strong! All litigating divisions are participating in this years’ Honors Program. The Executive Office of Immigration Review anticipates hiring 72 HP attorneys this year. And the new Criminal Division Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Fellowship, now in its second year, will hire 3 new attorneys.

The online applications open on July 31st and close on September 4, 2012 (12:00 p.m. midnight, Eastern time; 11:00 p.m., Central; 10:00 p.m., Mountain; 9:00 p.m., Pacific).

More United States Attorneys Offices (USAOs) are hiring through the Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program. Due to the level of responsibility held by these positions, most of the Honors Program opportunities are only available to applicants who are admitted to a bar or, in some cases, have taken a summer bar examination with results due in fall 2012. One USAO (Northern District of Ohio) will consider all Honors Program applicants, including current law students. USAOs participating in the HP include:

  • The District of Arizona
  • The Central District of California
  • The Southern District of California
  • The Northern District of Ohio* (will consider all applicants)
  • The Southern District of New York
  • The Western District of Texas
  • The Northern District of Illinois (informal participant)

In addition, the Office of the Solicitor General is hiring an Honors Program attorney to serve as special assistant to the Solicitor General. Applicants with federal circuit court of appeals experience should definitely consider this opportunity.

The Justice Department provides paid interview travel for many Honors Program interviews, or offers alternative interview formats (e.g., video-conference) if appropriate.

For details, visit the USAO legal recruiting website.

Santa Clara County DA’s Office Offering Paid and Unpaid Positions

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for the internships below. These internships are excellent opportunities for students who are interested in criminal law and living in the Bay Area:


Spring (unpaid): January 2–April 26 2013

1L Summer (unpaid): May 20–August 9, 2013

2L Honors Program (Paid): May 20–August 9, 2013

July Post Bar (unpaid) August 12–December 6, 2013

Feb Post Bar (unpaid) March 4–May 17, 2013

For more information, including deadlines, and to apply, visit the DA’s website.