Celebrate Pro Bono in Tacoma!

You are invited to Tacoma Pro Bono Night, Tuesday October 23, from 5–7 p.m. at The Hub Event Space, 203 Tacoma Avenue South. More details are available online.

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation is celebrating the great work our volunteers do in our community as part of National Pro Bono Celebration week, October 21-27; hope to see you there!

The event is sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation and Messina Bulzomi Christensen.


Two Immigration Law Externships Available for Winter/Spring Quarters

The Center for Professional and Leadership Development at UW Law would like to share two externship opportunities in immigration law for Winter 2012 or Spring 2013. Applications for both externships are due on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

1) U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section, located in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section, located in Washington, D.C., has two openings for UW Law students during Winter Quarter 2012 or Spring Quarter 2013. Interns are assigned to one of the Appellate Section’s litigation teams and work under the supervision of the team’s Assistant Director and Senior Litigation Counsel. Interns may be assigned to draft motions for appellate cases, perform administrative records review, conduct various research projects, and draft appellate briefs.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a 5–10 page writing sample to extern@uw.edu or to Esther Park’s mailbox on the 3rd floor by October 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  Interviews will be conducted on Friday, October 12.

The letter should be addressed to:

Ms. Terri León-Benner
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division
Office of Immigration Litigation
P.O. Box 878
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044

b) Seattle Immigration Court 

The Seattle Immigration Court has an opening for a Winter 2012/Spring 2013 volunteer legal intern. The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s attorney advisor but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, resume, 5–10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Candidates selected to interview will be notified very soon after this deadline.  Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Joyce Adams, by phone at 206-370-3007 or via email at joyce.adams@usdoj.gov.

Important: In addition to specific application materials requested above, students should also submit an Externship Application (here) to extern@uw.edu.

Vietnamese American Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellowship

For the third year, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) is pleased to announce that it will be receiving applications for its $30,000 public interest law fellowship program. The deadline is December 3, 2012.

This Fellowship Program will fund one law graduate who will work for one year to provide legal services to and advocacy for the Vietnamese American community and/or other underserved, underresourced communities.

The objective of the Fellowship is to provide legal services on issues related to racial/ethnic communities in the law and to improve the quality of legal services delivered to underserved minority populations, including but not limited to the Vietnamese American community. The Fellowship will thus support a law graduate whose work will support underserved, underrepresented communities in an increasingly diverse state and nation.

For more information, see the online flier. Please contact Nhung Le with any questions.


Deputy Defender I (Appellate Attorney) Position Available in Oregon

The Appellate Division of the Office of Public Defense Services in Salem, OR, is accepting applications for Deputy Defender I positions. The deadline for applying is October 5, 2012. The salary for this position is $4,789.00–$6,120.00 monthly.

The Appellate Division of the Office of Public Defense Services represents financially eligible persons in criminal and parole appeals before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and, on occasion, the US Supreme Court.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Deputy Defender 1 position is an ideal entry level opportunity for the individual who has a strong interest in criminal defense, possesses superior research, analytic, and writing skills, and enjoys learning and working cooperatively in an office environment. An attorney in this position manages a caseload of misdemeanor, simple felony, and parole appeals.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

Applicants must be members of the Oregon State Bar, or willing to sit for the next available bar examination (February, 2013)

Additional Information:

This position includes full state employment benefits.

Please attach a cover letter, resumé, references, and writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages) to your application. View the online application here.

Weekend Symposium at UO on Human Rights and the Environment

This weekend (September 28–29), the University of Oregon School of Law is hosting a symposium inspired by by Svitlana Kravchenko: New Directions for Human Rights and the Environment.

The symposium is dedicated to Svitlana Kravchenko who inspired generations of students, scholars, and lawyers to make the connections between human rights and the environment. Dr. Kravchenko wanted scholars to break the chains of old thinking. She was always ready to welcome new ideas. She loved to learn about creative jurisprudence in one part of the world or at the international level and promoted efforts to bring it to the attention of a wider audience in another part of the world. She also took new thinking out of the classroom and into actual practice, whether in her work with the United Nations or her leadership of her law firm in Ukraine. Scholars are encouraged to propose articles and talks that propose “new directions” in this evolving field. Presenters confirmed included Keynote Speaker Bill Rodgers.

Admission is free. However, there will be charges for food and CLE credits. 9.25 CLE credits available. Register online. See a list of confirmed speakers here. Schedule is available online.

Open Call for Public Interest Fellowship Applicants to Work with The Defender Assocation

The Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project (RDP) is seeking to sponsor public interest legal fellowship applicants. The opportunity is for recent grads who wish to begin working in Fall 2013.

The RDP invites people who are passionate about policy and legal issues that are affecting low-income individuals, communities of color, and people involved in the criminal justice system. It is looking for innovative individuals who can work independently and passionately to effect change on a systemic level.

Fellows are essential to the RDP’s work. Because the RDP is a leanly staffed grant-funded project, fellows take on significant projects that move the RDP’s mission forward in leaps and bounds. This is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates to work in a progressive-minded environment.

Examples of appropriate public interest law fellowship applications include, but are not limited to:

Some law schools also offer school-specific public interest law fellowships, which would be appropriate for RDP sponsorship as well. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list.

Before beginning a fellowship application, please contact Isabel Bussarakum (information below) to ensure that your proposal advances the RDP’s mission and to confirm that the RDP will sponsor your application. Fellows are welcomed to work on the LEAD pilot program (described below), to provide legal services to the participants of the LEAD pilot program, or to develop independent projects that would benefit communities of color affected by the criminal justice system. The RDP is also more than happy to develop your fellowship proposal with you. Continue reading

Calling Young Lawyer Writers

For more than 25 years, the WSBA Young Lawyers Division has provided a forum for new attorneys to share perspectives, tips, and information valuable to their transition into practice through its De Novo publication. This fall, De Novo will transition and take on new forms with articles in the WSBA Bar News and in a soon-to-launch WSBA blog. New contributors are invited to write for and shape the content for both WSBA’s print and online publications through work on the Young Lawyers Editorial Advisory Committee.

• Get published and see your voice being read around the state
• Share your wisdom and resources with young lawyer colleagues
• Network and collaborate with bar leaders
Have something you would like to write? Curious, but need story ideas? Questions about the time commitment? Contact Joel Matteson, Young Lawyers Editorial Advisory Committee chair, at jmatteson@tariolaw.com.

International Human Rights Fellowship

The 2013 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights is an award open to outstanding students to support them in the pursuit of full-time graduate studies in the fields of international human rights or international organization at leading institutions in Canada or worldwide. Each year, at least one fellowship may be set aside for students entering a Masters level programme.

The Fellowship honors John Peters Humphrey, a renowned Canadian international lawyer who worked to promote wide ratification of the major international and regional human rights instruments. (More information available here.)

The value of each scholarship is up to CDN $35,000 (a maximum of CDN$25,000 for tuition and fees and a stipend for living expenses of CDN$10,000). Awards will be for a one-year period of study.

Eligibility criteria are available here.

Deadline for applying is November 15, 2012.

Questions? Please contact the Canadian Council on International Law, 275 Bay Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 5Z5, CANADA. Tel: 613-235-0442; Fax: 613-232-8228; E-mail: manager@ccil-ccdi.ca

Freedom and Fashion Event

Freedom and Fashion (FnF) is dedicated to educating society about the global social issues of modern-day slavery, sex trafficking, child labor, and human rights violations. FnF addresses these injustices through the purchasing power of conscious consumerism, by increasing the demand for socially-responsible and ethically-produced goods and ensuring they are readily available to consumers.

On January 25–26, 2013, Freedom and Fashion will host the first social enterprise conference of its kind in Los Angeles, CA, that will unite leading industry professionals, including the legal community, to equip and transform mainstream culture into one of conscious consumerism. With an expected attendance of 500–1000 business professionals and industry leaders, the Freedom and Fashion Collective will be the first ever social enterprise conference that will accelerate the fight against modern-day labor and sexual slavery through conscious consumerism by:

UNITING industry, business professionals, the media, and the mass public;

EQUIPPING activists to push conscious consumerism deeper into mainstream culture; and

TRANSFORMING society to choose lifestyles that heal and liberate.

Among many objectives, the event aims to unite industry professionals, the media, and the mass public to collaborate and devise social and economic solutions to the exploitation of human beings. To learn more about this particular event, see this flier.

Key topics to include:

  • The Future of Ethical Fashion
  • The Economics Behind Human Problems, Policies and Shelters
  • Fundraising: How to Raise $1Million Dollars in One Year
  • A Successful Business Model: Freedom and Fashion’s Clients, Sovereign Strong and Gallant Suits, and Their Successful Business using Former Victims As Their Labor Force

Attend the conference or other FnF events, or check out the Freedom and Fashion Facebook page to stay connected to this exciting effort.

Graduate Funding for Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $4.3 million for 278 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2012–13 academic year.

AAUW encourages women graduate students to apply for our generous fellowships and grants, especially AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships.

These awards help women pursue graduate and professional degrees in designated fields in which women traditionally have been underrepresented and in which the employment outlook and earnings potential are strong.

Fellowships in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, and mathematics and statistics are currently available to women who are in various stages of their graduate training.

Because women of color are still underrepresented in some promising professions, fellowships for business administration, law, and medicine have been available exclusively to women of color since 1991. AAUW is dedicated to encouraging gender and cultural diversity in these fields.

Apply today.