Pro Bono Opportunities, Writing Prizes, & 14th Annual White Privilege Conference

Recent Grad in Seattle? Volunteer for the Urban Indian Legal Clinic!

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.37.06 PMThe Urban Indian Legal Clinic is in urgent need of a volunteer attorney for its clinic. Volunteer attorneys are needed to support upcoming clinics, which are offered every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, including next week’s clinic on Tuesday the 19th from 6-8 p.m. (Illustration: KCBA.) For more information on the clinic, see the KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics website.

Common Good encourages recent grads to consider giving a few hours of time to help members of our Native community who are in need of legal advice. To volunteer, please contact Olive, Clinic Assistant at 206.292.6214, ext. 1286 or UrbanIndianLegalClinic@gmail.com.

Health Care Access Policy Advocates! Opportunity for Pro Bono Service

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.30.49 PMNomination deadline is Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

The Technical Advisory Committee is seeking nominations to the Washington Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors. The Affordable Care Act has already brought some great benefits to Washington’s kids. But much more remains to be done. Right now there is an opportunity for people who care about health equity to have a say in how federal Health Care Reform will impact children and families in Washington. (Photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi.)

The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) provides states with some flexibility about how to implement the law. There are opportunities within the Affordable Care Act to create a more equitable health care system. Decisions made now can help fix persistent health inequalities that are hurting children of color and their families.

Children’s Alliance is advocating to ensure that in Washington State we take advantage of every opportunity to improve access to affordable, high-quality care, and create better health for all Washingtonians.

The Washington Health Benefits Exchange is the agency that oversees implementation of some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The Exchange is currently recruiting members to join a Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee that will advise the Washington Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee will provide experience and/or professional perspectives related to health equity with a focus on:

  • Language access;
  • Health literacy;
  • Hard-to-reach populations;
  • Cultural sensitivity; and
  • Other general access to coverage issues.

You can read about the responsibilities of the committee online.

If you have experience with these issues, enjoy getting deep into details of policy decisions, and have time available to participate, please submit your nomination. If you are interested please contact Christina Peters, Health Policy Director at cpeters@childrensalliance.org or 1-800-854-5437 x22. She can provide more information on the responsibilities of serving on the Committee.

Submit! Eighth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.25.14 PMDeadline for submissions is Monday, March 4, 2013, at 5 PM (PST).

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) invite submissions for the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. The 1st place winning submission will have a presumption of publishability and will receive expedited review by New York University School of Law’s Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will also receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). (Photo: LSRJ.org.)

This year’s theme: “Economic (In)Justice of Reproductive Regulation.”

LSRJ & CRR seek student scholarship exploring the economic justice implications of laws and regulations that affect reproductive health and rights in the U.S. Papers may explore a range of issues, such as: tensions between affirmative state obligations and individual rights; consequences of health insurance regulation and the needs of individuals seeking preventative and/or “elective” reproductive care (e.g. should reproductive technologies and contraception be covered, and if so, how?); the impact of state support for specific practices (e.g. breastfeeding, vaccinations, birthing options) on the ability of women and families to make decisions about their care; and the role of the state in health care regulation and funding (e.g. how will Medicaid expansion affect reproductive health access? Who is most benefitted and/or who is left out of the Affordable Care Act?). These ideas are examples of topics that would fit the theme; however, many more issues could be fruitfully explored through the lens of economic justice.

For more information, see the call for submissions here.

To learn more about reproductive rights and justice, these online resources may be of interest:

Write for the Warren E. Burger Prize

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.11.57 PMSubmissions due by July 15. 

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. See here for more information.

Save the Date: 14th Annual White Privilege Conference

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 3.15.14 PMThe Color of Money: Reclaiming Our Humanity
April 10-13, 2013
Seattle, WA

www.whiteprivilegeconference.com

Judicial Externships in Oregon, Opportunities to Assist Rural Farm Workers, Pro Bono Services

Are You a 3L Graduating in March or a Recent Grad? Check Out this Opportunity at Legal Foundation of Washington 

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.16.08 PMDeadline to apply is February 22, 2013.

Law Fund is hiring a Development Coordinator. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating fundraising activities for regional efforts across Washington state, including event planning, volunteer recruitment, and donor relations;
  • producing donor acknowledgment letters and pledge reminders;
  • assisting with database management and development of annual fundraising and communications materials;
  • conducting background research on donor prospects, corporate giving and foundation grant opportunities;
  • providing support on other organizational functions, as requested.

Since its founding in 1991, LAW Fund has raised more than $20 million in charitable support for legal aid programs throughout the state so that no population falls through the gap in the justice system. LAW Fund raises private contributions from the legal community through its annual fundraising drive, the Campaign for Equal Justice, as well as the Endowment for Equal Justice and the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. The Campaign for Equal Justice is LAW Fund’s collaborative annual fundraising drive.

LAW Fund is housed in Seattle with the Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) and LAW Fund staff are LFW employees. For more information about the position, please see the online job description.

To apply, please e-mail your résumé including three references, plus a letter of interest, to Dee Thierry at dtheories@legalfoundation.org by February 22, 2013.

Two Judicial Externships in Oregon

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.30.07 PMApplication deadlines are February 28 and March 1.

1. U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Application Deadline: February 28, 2013.  

Please note that the court only accepts paper applications, so you should allow sufficient time for mailing. (Photo: Andi Fisher, Flickr.)

The Honorable Marco Hernandez is accepting applications for judicial externships.  To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and names of three references to:

Honorable Marco Hernandez
U.S. District Court
1427 U.S. Courthouse
1000 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

2. Summer Externship with Oregon Appellate Courts
Application Deadline March 1, 2013, by 5:00 p.m.

Judicial externships are available in the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Appellate Commissioner’s Office. Details are available in the attached pdf or online.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copies of law school and college transcripts, a writing sample (no more than five pages), and a list of references. Original transcripts are not necessary; copies are acceptable.

Only one set of application materials should be submitted. Candidates may specify which court or office in which they wish to work, or particular justices/judges for whom they wish to work; however, unless a preference is specifically stated, the application will be circulated to all justices/judges or court staff who are interviewing as part of this externship cycle.

Send Required Materials to:

Jennifer McQuain
Oregon Supreme Court
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: (503) 986-5730

Or, send your applications via e-mail (as PDF attachments) to: Jennifer.L.McQuain@ojd.state.or.us

Application materials should be submitted directly to the courts.  Students who are considering enrolling in an externship through the school should also submit an Externship Application with resume and transcript to extern@uw.edu.

Laurel Rubin Rural Externship Advocacy Program (REAP)

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.32.15 PMApplication deadline is March 15, 2013, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Externship is autumn quarter. (Photo: Farmworkers’ Safeway Boycott II, 1973.)

The REAP externship advocates for rural farmworkers in Washington. THe externship is a collaborative project of the Access to Justice Law School Relations Committee.

REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, now joined by the University of Idaho College of Law.

Through this unique public service opportunity, offered only once a year and designed to address the much needed legal education and assistance for farm workers at the end of the harvest season (August–November), students will help expand access to justice for migrant and seasonal farm workers, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable group of workers in the U.S. With approximately 289,000 farm workers and family members, Washington has the fourth largest population of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the country.

This externship honors Laurel Rubin, who was a young, talented legal aid lawyer and advocate for farm worker justice.  Laurel died tragically on her way to meet with clients in Southeastern Washington.  Laurel was passionately committed to advocating for farm worker justice and helping farm workers obtain some measure of fairness and respect. Despite working in a somewhat isolated and rural community, Laurel’s good will, intelligence, and tenacity quickly established her promise as a justice fighter and admired community asset. Her memory lives on in this statewide collaborative program through the training of law students advocating for farm worker justice.

Learn more here.

Law Clerk/Farmworker Internship Opportunity at Columbia Legal Service’s Olympia Office

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.34.07 PMColumbia Legal Services has ongoing law clerk opportunities for the summer (full-time for 10-12 weeks) or during the school year (part-time for 20+ weeks).  Most positions are for school credit, are paid under work-study, are fellowship/public interest grant funded or are volunteer positions. (Photo: National Farmworker Ministry.)

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 for whom no alternative legal services are available.

The work for a student placed in Olympia would include visit to the underserved area of southwest Washington berry farms. Work may also include advocacy on behalf of the Mam-speaking Guatemalan communities on the Olympic peninsula, whose members primarily work in the “brush picking” industry (gathering floral greenery in the forest).

If you are interested in a law clerk opportunity with Columbia Legal Services please send a cover letter, resume, references and a 3-page writing sample to:

Sharon Nyland
Columbia Legal Services
101 Yesler Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98104
jobs@columbialegal.org

Recent Law Grad? Looking for Pro Bono Experience? Seattle Community Law Center Wants You!

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.35.30 PMSeattle Community Law Center (SCLC)’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

SCLC is seeking recent JDs with an interest in public benefits or Social Security law for a part-time volunteer position at our organization. Volunteers at SCLC work on all aspects of our practice from the intake process through varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Volunteers may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy. The time commitment is flexible and detailed training on Social Security law will be provided.

Potential projects include the Social Security Advocacy Project and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project:

The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) provides legal advice, advocacy, referral and direct legal representation to low-income individuals facing disputes with the Social Security Administration regarding their eligibility for benefits. SSAP also hosts a weekly overpayment clinic at our office where we provide counsel and advice to those facing an overpayment of their Social Security benefits.

The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) was created to proactively identify and assist homeless individuals who have “slipped through the cracks” of the state and federal safety net programs that provide cash and medical assistance to the disabled and to help them obtain benefits to which they are entitled. DHAP staff and volunteers hold clinics at local homeless shelters and day centers and provide information, advice, advocacy and direct legal representation to qualified individuals throughout Social Security’s application and appeals process.

If interested, please contact Alexandra Doolittle at Alex@seattlecommlaw.org or (206) 686-7252, x104.

Amazing Events Coming Up Soon: Not to Miss

1Ls and 2Ls Interested in a Summer Corps Position: Free Webinar THIS Wednesday 

Summer_CorpsSummer Corps is an AmeriCorps–funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program is now open.

Equal Justice Works will be accepting students into the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18.

Sign up for the webinar on Wednesday, February 13, at 12 p.m. PST.

Wed. Night: Student Social with WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 6.15.07 PMThe WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section is hosting a “professional social” with the University of Washington and Seattle University law school students who are involved and interested in environmental and land use legal careers. (Photo: kewlwallpapers.com)

When: Wednesday, Feb. 13; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar; 700 3rd Ave. Seattle

Rise Up Seattle: This V-Day

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.16.04 PMJoin the Global Campaign – ONE BILLION RISING  – To Stop Violence Against Women And Girls.

Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF), Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), and Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) Present Rise Up Seattle.

February 14, 5:30-7:30+
HUB Seattle 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, (map)
More information and tickets here
$15/person or $25/2 people (All are Welcome)

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.  With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, we will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we demand change, strike, dance, and RISE UP in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

Access to Justice Forum and Goldmark Luncheon 

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 5.15.05 PMFriday, February 15, 10am–5pm (can select some or all events)
Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA

The Washington State Access to Justice Board invites you to join attorneys from across the state for special sessions and a social hour in conjunction with Legal Foundation of Washington’s annual Goldmark Award Luncheon. This “ATJ Forum” is being offered in lieu of prior year’s summer Access to Justice Conferences and Goldmark Student Mini-Conferences. The following sessions will include:

    • The Role of Lawyers in Social Justice Movements (10 –11:30 am): Throughout history, lawyers have played critical roles in social justice movements. We’ll talk with local attorneys, each using their law practice in a different way to make justice equal. With moderator Michele Storms, we’ll come away inspired by the stories and insights of Lisa Daugaard, The Defender Association; Jeff Robinson, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender; Lisa Stone, Legal Voice; and others to be announced.
    • Goldmark Luncheon Honoring Anne Ellington (12-1:30pm)
    • A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court (2-3:30 pm)
    • Networking/Social Hour (3:30 – 5 pm)

Reserve your seat today! The Access to Justice Forum and Goldmark Luncheon are open to all law students and attorneys. ATJ Forum events are free; the luncheon costs $50. Please RSVP here. Luncheon registration can be found separately here.

Please contact Jennifer Werdell, werdellj@seattleu.edu, regarding student participation.

Webinar for Recent Grads or Students Interested in Serving on a Non-Profit Board

An upcoming webinar, “Serving on a Non-Profit Board: What Lawyers Need to Know,” might be of interest to our Common Good audience. The webinar will be held via video webcast on February 15 from 10:30–12 noon. The cost is $169. See the American Law Institute’s website for more information or to register.

Free Webinar on Renters and Foreclosures

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.57.28 PMInterested in fair housing law? On Wednesday, February 20, from 10–11 PST, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will be hosting a free webinar discussing findings from its report, “Eviction (Without) Notice: Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis.” (Photo: Sarah Ji, Flickr.)

The report shows how, for many low-income renters, the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) is all that stands between housing and homelessness. It also includes a nationwide survey of tenants’ rights advocates and renters themselves and offers recommendations to better protect renters under the law. Register here.

Defending Dissent: A CLE on Civil and Criminal Legal Issues Relating to Protest Activities & Film Screening

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.24.08 PMFebruary 22, 2013    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Washington HUB, North Ballroom

Since the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle, government entities across the country have increasingly tried to limit access to public space for free speech activities and sought to criminalize political expression.  This seminar will provide nuts and bolts litigation training for unique issues arising when representing protesters in both the civil and criminal contexts.  The CLE speakers have recent experience in representing people and movements, both as civil plaintiffs and as criminal defendants, in a variety of contexts ranging from the Occupy movement to labor union struggles.  The emphasis will be on skill building, so that more practitioners feel comfortable with litigating these types of cases.

Also, on the evening of February 22, the Grand Illusion theatre, also in the U District, will be showing the film Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary.

For more information, including the CLE schedule, see here.

The Pursuit of Justice Conference April 18–20, 2013

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 4.33.31 PMThe Pursuit of Justice Conference will bring together the foremost interdisciplinary institute for hate studies, the social justice leadership of Gonzaga University School of Law, and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System. It provides compelling opportunities to align interests in understanding and addressing fear and ignorance of the “other,” with interests in how these conditions manifest in hatred, intolerance, and inequality.

The Conference will be held at Gonzaga University School of Law, in Spokane, Washington, April 18–20, 2013.

To register and to learn more see the conference flyer here.

Reminder to ILs: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship Applications Due March 1

Screen shot 2013-02-07 at 2.29.04 PMA reminder to 1Ls that the Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color is accepting fellowship applications through March 1. Please consider applying!

For the past seven years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering offered fellowships to high-achieving law students of color. The fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their 1L year. This program allows Goodwin to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of its summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization. Additional information on the Fellowships (including how to apply) can be found here.

Check Out Upcoming Trainings, Service Opportunities, Calls for Papers, and Scholarships

Dangerous Topics Lecture TOMORROW!

dangerous_topicsChild-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dream Activists

Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:00pm
Communications 120

Come hear Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez
, American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, tackle important immigration issues.

The Latino/a child citizen subject has become the focal point for all sorts of discourses about citizenship, be they the figure of the Anchor Baby, Dora the Explorer as a potential illegal immigrant, the Dream Activists of Freedom University, or a newly emerging unprotected group, unaccompanied migrant children facing deportation proceedings. In this talk, I demonstrate the ways in which race, immigration status, social mobility, skin color, social class and gender determine whether or not a child is in fact deemed worthy of citizenship, worthy of being saved, and worthy of being incorporated into the nation. Larger media trends have made such Latinas/o child-citizen subjects increasingly visible in the last fifteen years as the U.S.-Mexico border is more militarized than ever.

Students: Apply for the GO Health Fellowship

IMG_0075The deadline is no later than midnight on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. However, interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by February 15, 2013.

The purpose of the GO Health Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a graduate student, professional student, or medical resident at the University of Washington so that they may gain valuable international fieldwork experience in global health.  The funds have been generously provided by donors committed to the education of global health professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

The Fellowship of up to $4,000 (USD) can be used to support travel costs, including room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies for a particular global health project.   The GO Health Fellowship cannot be used to cover tuition costs, school supplies, conference attendance or other non-project related expenses.  Funds can be used for experiences taking place anytime from summer quarter 2013 up to, and including spring quarter 2014.

See here for information about the process and to apply.

Non-Profit Legal Trainings Coming Up

WAACO announces its 2013 Nonprofit Legal Training Schedule. Webinars, workshops, brownbag lunches all feature experts in non-profit law. See the schedule and sign up here. The first webinar is February 26 from 9–10 AM (free).

ATTENTION 3LS! 2014 RFK Donald Wilson Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 6.58.20 PMApplication Deadline is February 28, 2013.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights seeks a legal fellow for a domestic and international human rights advocacy position.

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 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 carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

The Donald Wilson Fellowship is currently a 9 month position beginning in January 2014. The annual salary is $45,000 + standard benefits package (prorated for nine months).

Learn more about the position here.

Recent Grads: Opportunity to Serve on the Practice of Law Board

IMG_1024Application deadline is February 28, 2013.

The Practice of Law Board has two openings on its Board effective immediately. We’re looking for thoughtful and hard-working people committed to the Board’s mission of serving the public. The Washington Supreme Court established the Board and described its purpose in General Rule 25(a):

  • Promote expanded access to affordable and reliable legal and law-related services;
  • Expand public confidence in the administration of justice;
  • Make recommendations regarding the circumstances under which nonlawyers may be involved in the delivery of certain types of legal and law-related services;
  • Enforce rules prohibiting individuals and organizations from engaging in unauthorized legal and law-related services that pose a threat to the general public; and
  • Ensure that those engaged in the delivery of legal services in the state of Washington have the requisite skills and competencies necessary to serve the public. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

The Board has 13 members, at least four of whom must be non-lawyers. The Board represents the public interest in the delivery of legal and law-related services and should reflect the broad range of diversity of individuals who use or are part of the justice system in Washington State.

For details on responsibilities, term of service (3 years), and compensation (unpaid), see here.

How to Apply: Please send us a résumé and letter describing your background, qualifications, commitment, experience, and interest in service to:

Practice of Law Board
1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Questions: Contact Practice of Law Board Administrator Julie Shankland at JulieS@WSBA.org or at (206) 727-8280.

Call for Papers on Information and Human Rights

Deadline: March 1st, 2013.

Conectas Human Rights (Brazil), Article 19 (UK/Brazil) and Fundar (México) invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles for SUR Journal’s Issue No. 18, to be published in July 2013, which shall focus on the theme Information and Human Rights. (Photo: Mauro Moroni.)

SUR—an International Journal on Human Rights—is published twice a year by Conectas, in partnership with and with the support of Fundação Carlos Chagas. It is edited in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish), distributed free of charge to approximately 2,400 readers in more than a hundred countries, and can be fully accessed online here.

In its 18th issue, SUR intends to promote a debate on the relationship between information and human rights. Some of the questions that SUR would like to see discussed in its number 18 include:

Does publicizing information about atrocities committed in the past, for example, contribute to avoid them in the present? Or does it only polarize society, contributing to new human rights violations? Does naming and shaming States, businesses and other groups that commit human rights violations help combat them? Does the way in which the media portrays human rights violations perpetuate the scenarios in which they occur or does it help mobilize people and organizations to combat them? Is there a right to communication? Can Internet tools help avoid human rights violations?

Learn more about how to submit a paper here.

3Ls: Apply for the American Association for Justice Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship

Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 7.05.16 PMApplication deadline is May 1, 2013.

The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) announces the Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in San Francisco.

Find the application here.

4th Jacques Leroy International Business and Human Rights Prize

Screen shot 2013-02-06 at 7.06.09 PMEntries must be submitted by June 30, 2013.

This prize is awarded each year to a law student who, by his or her written submission, promotes the recognition of human rights in the business world.

Organized by The Union Internationale Des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers), an organization that brings together over 2, 000 individual member lawyers and 200 bar, federation and association members, from more than 110 countries.

The topic for the 2013 prize is: Fair Trade; how can we establish rules that are specific and realistic?

The rules for this competition are available online at www.uianet.org. See also here for additional information.

Panel This Thursday: Private Firms in the Public Interest

law_firmPassionate about public interest work? Curious about how private firm work can fit with your values? (Image: Flickr.) Then please join us for an engaging panel discussion with attorneys working for plaintiff-side public interest firms this Thursday from 12:30-1:20, in room 133. Hear firm lawyers speak about their career paths, practice areas, commitment to social justice work, and tips on how to pursue public interest opportunities in the private sector. Guests will be joining us from the following firms:

· Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

· Skellenger Bender

· Bean Porter Hawkins

· Public Interest Law Group

· Chihak & Associates

RSVP via gatespsl@uw.edu to reserve your slice of pizza!

Opportunities Galore for Students and Recent Grads

Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls: Check this cheat sheet for upcoming government honors deadlines. Good luck preparing your applications.

Internship with World Bank

world_bankApplications are due by February 8, 2013.

The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) offers qualified law students with funded summer-public-interest fellowships the opportunity to work with INT’s Investigations Unit, Special Litigation Unit, and Preventive Services Unit. (Image: worldbank.org.)

Fellows working with INT’s Directorate of Operations’ investigative unit will assist with all aspects of INTOP’s investigative work, including developing investigative strategies, analyzing collected evidence, and drafting reports stating INT’s findings for the World Bank President.

Fellows working with the INTOP’s Special Litigation Unit (SLU) will, among other tasks, draft Statements of Accusations and Evidence and other legal documents; review investigative reports for evidentiary support and adherence to the Bank’s framework; assist SLU lawyers in addressing specific issues; and partner with investigative teams on specific cases.

Fellows working with the INT’s Preventive Services Unit (PSU) will assist the PSU in providing practical, operational support to World Bank clients and staff to help identify and prevent fraud and corruption in Bank-funded activities.

Qualifications: Fellows are expected to participate in open debates between the representatives of different legal systems and contribute to solutions that take the Bank’s international legal framework into account.

We are interested in candidates with strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. Fluency in a foreign language, demonstrated interest or experience in international law and development, and past experience working in a multicultural environment are pluses, but are not required.

Salary: These positions are unpaid, will last approximately 10 weeks, and require Fellows to have funding. Start and end dates are flexible.

Application Instructions: If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and short writing sample to Robert Delonis, Esq., INT Senior Litigation Specialist, at rdelonis@worldbank.org. Candidates may be asked to supply references.

2Ls and 3Ls: 2013 Summer Legal Internship in Tacoma Immigration Court

DOJApplication Deadline is February 11, 2013. 

The Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Tacoma’s Immigration Court is accepting applications for summer internships.

The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges.

Internship projects may include:

  • Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;
  • Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
  • Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

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 judicial law clerk but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Qualifications: Law students in their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required. Ability to work under deadlines required. All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship.

Salary: This summer internship is an unpaid/volunteer position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit and are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine their eligibility. A full-time commitment during the summer is required

Application Instructions: 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 Monday, February 11, 2013. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible after the closing date.

Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Casey Wallace, by phone at 253-396-8410 or via email at catherine.m.wallace@usdoj.gov.

2Ls and 3Ls: Internship with Portland Immigration Court, U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review 

DOJ_EagleThe deadline for applications is Friday, February 15, 2013.

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.

Projects assigned to interns vary depending on the court’s docket but will include:

·        Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;
·        Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and
·        Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal under Article 3 of the   U.N. Convention Against Torture.

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 judicial law clerk but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Qualifications: Law students in their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must currently be in student status. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required. All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship.

Salary: This internship is an unpaid volunteer position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit and are strongly encouraged to contact their law school to determine their eligibility.

Application Instructions: 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 Friday, February 15, 2013. Please submit materials in one pdf document to sarah.pixler@usdoj.gov.

Interviews will be scheduled during the month of February. Priority will be given to applicants who can commit to working at least ten weeks, full time, during the months of June-September.

Entry-Level Staff Attorney Position with Oregon Law Center’s Farmworker Program

OR_Law_CentApplication deadline is February 25, 2013.

The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney for its Farmworker Program to focus on issues affecting employment and other priority issues for agricultural workers in Oregon including health and safety and unlawful discrimination. The position will be located at OLC’s Farmworker Office in Hillsboro.

OLC is an effective legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation.

Learn more here.

Four Positions Available at UCLA School of Law

1. Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs

2. Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy

3. Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy Teaching Fellowship

4. Clinical Teaching Fellowship