California Attorney General’s Honors Program Recruiting for 2013 Class

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is recruiting for the 2013 class of the California Attorney General’s Honors Program.  The Honors Program is an entry-level hiring program for third-year law students, students in the final year of other graduate law programs, judicial clerks, those participating in other government or public-interest fellowships and newly admitted attorneys in their first year of practice.

One Honors attorney will be designated as the Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellow and will exclusively work in the California Solicitor General’s Office for two years.

The Honors Program will begin accepting applications for the September 2013 class on August 15, 2012.  The application deadline is October 3, 2012.  The Honors Program is a paid, two-year program that also offers the following benefits:

  • Formal training sessions designed to develop litigation skills and educate Honors Program participants on the work of the Department of Justice’s different legal sections;
  • the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as a Deputy Attorney General including the chance to take a lead role in cases and independently draft motions and pleadings; and
  • the opportunity to help formulate Attorney General policy initiatives and/or draft legislation.

For more information on the Attorney General’s Honors Program, please visit the AG’s website. Details including the program’s eligibility requirements, the application process, and salary and benefits can be found online.  If you have any other questions about the program, please e-mail Jonathon.BertranHarris@DOJ.ca.gov or call him at 415-703-5851.

Government Honors and Internship Deadlines for 3Ls

The following government programs have 3L deadlines coming up in the next two weeks. Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  Login and password information is available in the document library on Symplicity.

FALL

  • August 31, 2012: Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau—Student Internship Program (unpaid)
  • August 31, 2012: City of Houston Legal Department—Student Externship (unpaid)
  • September 1, 2012: Illinois Attorney General’s Office – Law Clerk Program (unpaid)

SPRING

  • September 1, 2012: Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor—Legal Internship/Externship Program (unpaid)

 POST-GRADUATE

  • September 1, 2012: Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser—3-year New Attorney Program (paid)

For a complete list of 3L programs, see Table 4 – 3L, “Applications by Deadline.”

Government Honors and Internship Deadlines for 2Ls

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next two weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook. Login and password information is available in the document library on Symplicity.

FALL

  • August 31, 2012: Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau—Student Internship Program (unpaid)
  • August 31, 2012: City of Houston Legal Department—Student Externship (unpaid)
  • September 1, 2012: Illinois Attorney General’s Office—Law Clerk Program (unpaid)

SPRING

  • September 1, 2012: Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor—Legal Internship/Externship Program (unpaid)

SUMMER

  • August 24, 2012: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel—Summer Honors Program & Summer Law Clerk Program (paid)
  • September 1, 2012: Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel—Summer Associate Program (paid)
  • September 1, 2012: Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser—Summer Intern (unpaid)

For a complete list of 2L programs, see Table 3 – 2L, “Applications by Deadline.”

Family Law / Child Advocacy Externships

We’d like to share two exciting family law/ child advocacy externship opportunities beginning Fall Quarter.

1) Family Law CASA has an externship position available for the upcoming school year, starting as early as Autumn Quarter 2012, to work on cases in which the court has appointed lay volunteers to make recommendations as to the best interests of children in contested divorce, third-party custody and paternity cases.  The Family Law CASA program provides legal representation to these lay volunteers by assisting them in the writing of their reports and the presentation of their cases in court.  Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with family law practice and procedure and will have the opportunity to network with those involved in the family law bar.  The position is open to students who are Rule 9 eligible.  Student must work at the field placement for 12-24 hours/week.  The two-credit Child Advocacy Seminar offered by Professor Lisa Kelly in Fall Quarter 2012 will satisfy the seminar requirement for students taking 6+ credits, and Professor Kelly will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

2) Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP): The Dependency Division of SCRAP seeks one extern for Fall Quarter 2012 to work on cases representing young people who are in state care due to alleged abuse, neglect, abandonment, or who have no parent that is otherwise able to care for them.  Either 2Ls or 3Ls may apply. Student must work at the field placement for 18-39 hours/week (preference will be given to students who are available more rather than fewer hours).  Regardless of how many externship credits student seeks, student must also enroll in the two-credit Child Advocacy Seminar offered by Professor Lisa Kelly in Fall Quarter 2012 (which satisfies the seminar requirement for this externship).  Professor Kelly will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

To apply for either of the above Child Advocacy/Family Law Externships, please submit a cover letter for each placement you are interested in, your resume, and your law school transcript to Esther Park’s mailbox on the 3rd Floor or by email to extern@uw.edu by August 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  Letters may be addressed to Esther Park with the name of the placement in the Re: line.

Funded Internship to Advocate for Trans Rights in Europe

INTERIGHTS is pleased to invite applications for a three month funded internship based in London starting October 1, 2012, for a lawyer / academic working on Trans Rights in Europe. Applications due September 3, 2012.

Established in 1982, INTERIGHTS works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. We achieve this through a range of activities: strategic litigation through co-representation, legal support to applicants and third party interventions before international, regional, and national human rights courts and bodies; advising lawyers on the use of international and comparative human rights law before their domestic courts; building capacity through litigation partnerships, targeted training activities and internships, and dissemination of legal information.

The precise nature of the job activities will depend on organisational and programme priorities at the time of the placement; however, it is likely that the main areas in which experience will be offered will include:

  • Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice relating to Trans Rights to support the preparation of briefs before domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights;
  • preparation of materials for INTERIGHTS’ training workshops on Trans Rights;
  • assistance on INTERIGHTS’ publications on Trans Rights; and
  • attendance at meetings with human rights practitioners, lectures, or visits to other international / national human rights organisations based in London. Continue reading

Aspiring Law Professors Conference

Want to teach law? The Aspiring Law Professors Conference is designed for Visiting Assistant Professors, fellows, and others who plan to go on the academic teaching market. The conference is also valuable to anyone considering a career as a law professor. Attend and learn to succeed in the entry-level law teaching market; obtain an insider’s perspective on the appointments process from faculty with extensive hiring experience; participate in a mock interview or mock job talk; and gain feedback from law professors.

The Aspiring Law Professors Conference will be held on September 15, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. See the flyer for more information.

Farmworker Attorney Position in Oregon

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a full-time staff attorney for the Woodburn, OR, office of its Farmworker Program. The Farmworker Program represents migrant and seasonal farm, nursery and forestry workers primarily in employment, housing and civil rights cases. Application due August 31, 2012.

BACKGROUND: LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO has nine regional offices that serve the general low-income population and two specialized statewide programs that provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems.

The Farmworker Program consists of a director, four attorneys (including a supervising attorney), two paralegals and an office manager located in three different offices. The majority of our farmworker clients are Spanish-speaking immigrants. They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, poor working conditions, unsafe housing, discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of their legal rights.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney will represent farmworkers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. The case load consists primarily of employment, housing, civil rights, unemployment and tax cases. The staff attorney will also be involved in community education and outreach to migrant labor camps and community-based groups, which may include occasional overnight travel. Continue reading

Extern for EarthJustice

EarthJustice is looking for externs! EarthJustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. Contact Professor Knudsen (sknudsen@uw.edu) or Todd Wildermuth (toddw2@uw.edu) for more information.

Clerk for EPA Region Ten

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), Region 10, has full-time volunteer clerkship positions available during the summer, fall and spring, in the Office of Regional Counsel (“ORC”) in downtown Seattle. Law clerks will conduct legal research, prepare pleadings and motions in administrative cases, draft legal memoranda, attend negotiations with members of the regulated community, and attend meetings with representatives of other agencies. Opportunities may also arise to participate in administrative enforcement hearings or attend court proceedings.  Second year law students with strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in environmental law and policy are encouraged to apply. Continue reading

2Ls and 3Ls: The Defender Association Is Seeking a Fall Extern

The Defender Association seeks a fall intern or extern to assist on the arraignment calendars in Seattle District Court.  Applicant must be available to be in court on Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. Intern can start as soon as possible or at the beginning of fall quarter.  If interested provide a résumé, cover letter and references to Theresa Allman, allman@defender.org, or Theresa Allman, 810 3rd Avenue, 8th Floor, Seattle, Washington 98104.

The Defender Association has 80 attorneys representing more than 11,000 cases per year in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, family advocacy, and civil commitment cases, as well as a number of appeals at all levels of the state courts.  The Defender is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in public defense, and its staff members are active in the statewide Defender organization, local and state bar association work, as well as the National Lawyers Guild and other alternative bar groups.