Today is the last day to purchase tickets to attend the IPNW 15th Anniversary Dinner on April 4, 2013. Reception 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program 6:30 p.m. Herban Feast, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134
Institute for Justice Law Student Summer Boot Camp
The application deadline for the Institute for Justice annual summer Law Student Conference is Friday, April 1! IJ just released a 2-minute video that illustrates the unique advantages of getting involved with the organization.
The conference is July 26-28, 2013 on the George Washington University Law School campus in downtown Washington, DC. It brings together 40 outstanding law students from all over the country who are interested in learning more about IJ, constitutional law, and public interest litigation tactics. Travel scholarships are available. Students can learn more about the conference and apply on their website.
Want to Represent Taxpayers? Meet the Folks at the IRS!
On April 30th the IRS is hosting a meet and greet designed to introduce future tax practitioners to the people and offices of the IRS. Learn from each office and how you might interact with them as a taxpayer’s representative and best practices for working efficiently and effectively with the IRS. RSVP to Joseph Hochwalt. Learn more here.
#1) 1Ls and 2Ls: Summer Corps Application Deadline Extended until April 10.
Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.
AmeriCorps currently has four priority areas, and we are looking to fund projects in these areas for the 2013 Summer Corps program. Students with projects focusing on the following areas should apply!:
- serving veterans and military families,
- homeowners facing foreclosure,
- victims of disaster, and
- medical-legal partnerships.
Check out the EJW website here for resources on finding internships in our priority areas.
#2) Serve on Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee
Application deadline is Monday, April 22.
The EJW National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.
We are currently seeking law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013, for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015. As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.
More details on the NAC and the application will be available on our website here.
#3) Two PostGrad Fellowship Opportunities
AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships: In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to provide critical legal services to improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans and disaster victims. A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program.
Equal Justice Works Fellowships: As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., an Equal Justice Works Fellow creates his or her dream job with a nonprofit organization that has agreed to host the applicant if awarded a fellowship. Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for student loan repayment assistance.
More detailed information and application materials are available at www.equaljusticeworks.org.
Empire State Fellows Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is now accepting applications for the second class of Empire State Fellows.
The two-year Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government, and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups to join the Governor in creating a New New York. (Photo: Wikimedia.)
The 2013 class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2013 to September 2015, and receive an annual salary commensurate with experience not to exceed $72,765, plus a generous benefits package. At the end of the fellowship, a performance review process will identify fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program.
Governor Cuomo will appoint each Empire Fellow to work directly with a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or other high-level policy maker.
Work assignments will offer Fellows unparalleled experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process. While taking part in the work of government, Empire Fellows will participate in educational and professional development programs that will prepare them to confront the increasingly complex policy challenges facing New York State.
Additional information about the Empire State Fellows Program is available on our website at www.newnyleaders.com. If you have specific questions about the program you may contact email@example.com.
Attention 3Ls: Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship
Learn more about the newly expanded Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights at Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
The Garner Fellowship, previously a summer position, will now be a paid, full-time, year-long legal internship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices (New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, or Dallas).
You Can Still Apply for the QLaw Foundation Summer Grant
The QLaw Foundation has officially extended its deadline for its $5000 summer grant application. It’s now due April 10.
The QLAW Foundation Summer Grant Program funds innovative public interest projects that benefit the gay, lesbian bisexual or transgender (GLBT) community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS. The award consists of $5000 (max) for 10 full-time, 40-hour weeks.
The goal of the QLAW Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for GLBT rights develops the skills necessary for careers in the public interest.
See here for more information.
Columbia Legal Services announces that it is still accepting application’s for this fall’s REAP Externship protecting rural farmworkers. The externship seeks a Spanish/English bilingual person willing to live in eastern WA for fall quarter. There is a stipend for housing. Learn more information here. (Photo:National Farmworker Ministry.)
The goal of the externship is to 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.
3LS! Summer Internship at the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project
The Veteran Advocacy Project of the Urban Justice Center provides legal representation to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with PTSD, substance abuse problems, and other mental health issues. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper denial of benefits, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or commit suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by connecting them with resources and ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.
Our practice covers Housing Court, VA claims, public benefits, military discharge upgrades, and more. We are seeking 3Ls with excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, demonstrated proficiency in legal research, and the ability to communicate well with others, including those living with mental illness. Interns will participate in outreach, client interviews, and take on legal matters of their own. They will be able to represent veterans in administrative hearings, write legal memos, or participate in discharge upgrades or VA claims cases. They will be provided with training and supervision, and are invited to attend all training sessions offered to the 2013 summer intern class at the Urban Justice Center. Internships are unpaid and a minimum of 8 weeks.
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “summer 2013.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Internship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is accepting applications for legal interns for Fall 2013. Seated within the Executive Office of the President, OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The Office of General Counsel works on a variety of issues in a “small firm environment,” including providing legal advice to, among others, the President’s Science Advisor and U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
Interns are given immediate hands-on experience related to questions on ethics and employment law, FOIA requests, and open government issues. Interns also perform time sensitive research and analysis where quick turnaround is often required. Students report to me, and I work very closely with interns to ensure that their experience is substantively rewarding and meaningful.
Students should have a strong academic record and commitment to public service. The internship is unpaid, but provides students with invaluable experience on the inner working of the highest levels of government. Students who are U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. More information and application instructions are available online.
For questions, please contact Lauren Andersen, at email@example.com.
Equal Justice Works Rapoport Foundation Fellowship for Work on LGBT Issues in New York City
The Rapoport Foundation (“The Foundation”) has joined with Equal Justice Works in honor of its founder, Paul Rapoport, to fund five fellowships that support work at an organization in New York City working on LGBT issues. One every two years, for the next ten years, beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please note that the fellowship criteria proposed by The Foundation are very specific.
The Foundation’s preferences, in this order, are as follows:
- An applicant who is LGBT (those who identify their sexual identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) and a person of color working at a host organization on LGBT issues in New York City.
- An applicant who identifies as LGBT and is of color working on any social issue in the NYC area.
- An applicant who (if not identifying as LGBT) works with a project and host organization that address these types of issues in the NYC area.
- Same criteria as #1 above but working in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Same criteria as #1 above but working in the South.
These fellowships will be offered through Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Therefore, the application process (creating a project and securing a host organization); duration (two years); when students apply (as a rising 3L); and application timeline (application period is open from July 8 to September 17) will be the same.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Fellowships team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trina Grillo Retreat Is Next Weekend
Bioethics Grand Rounds: A Talk by UW Law Grad Rebecca Levine on April 8
Come learn about 2012 UW Law Grad Rebecca Levine’s latest research on disability and health law. Her talk is titled: “From Congress and Courts to the Bench and Bedside: Promoting Dialogue between the Health Care and Disability Communities.”
Monday, April 8, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Building, K-069
Reception to follow
The relationship between the health care and disability communities is complex and is influenced by historical, social, and cultural factors. Patient-centered care and shared decision-making can help to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes by helping to bridge the gap between patients with disabilities and medical providers and researchers. Ms. Levine provides an overview of key legislative and court developments that reflect the way patients with disabilities approach the health care system. By recognizing the law’s progressive spirit in the way that it embodies the social model of disability, providers and researchers can more effectively assist patients with disabilities in reaching their personal health goals.
Rebecca Levine is a judicial clerk in the Washington Court of Appeals. She earned her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law. She has published articles on disability rights in the health care setting and on policies to reduce exposure to environmental toxins.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center
A National Conversation on Democracy and Climate April 17
April 17th of this year, Bard CEP and The C2C Fellows Network are sponsoring A National Conversation on Democracy and Climate. The event is anchored in a nationwide screening, with accompanying webinar, of film The Island President. (Photo: The Island President.)
A review of this incredibly powerful film is here: it illustrates that the fight for climate justice is also a fight for democracy and human rights. And with billions of dollars of fossil fuel money now hijacking American politics, and blocking climate action, this is a conversation for all of us.
Over a hundred colleges and universities, faith organizations and community groups will hopefully be participating. Join this exciting event: Sign up to sponsor a screening, and to be part of this national conversation.
This Friday Is the Deadline for Rome Program with Professors Ryan Calo and Anita Ramasastry
UW Law Professors Ryan Calo and Anita Ramasastry will be directing a 5-credit study abroad program focused on comparative law and politics in Rome Italy from August 21 to September 20. This program will be held at the UW Rome Center.
The cost, including tuition, housing, program fees and some meals and trips, is approx. $4,000. Financial aid is available and students may count these credits towards their JD degree. The late summer start allows students to extern or work prior to coming to Rome. The program is hosted by the Law Societies and Justice program at UW and brings together advanced undergrads and JD students. It is now in its 8th year and allows students to meet and interact with many Italian experts – lawyers, judges, human rights advocates, journalists, writers, etc. Questions – please contact Prof Ramasastry at email@example.com.
Applications are made online via the Int’l Programs and Exchanges website. Learn more here.
Monday is Deadline to Register for April’s International Humanitarian Law Workshop on Law and War
The International Humanitarian Law Workshop: Law & War will be Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7, American Red Cross Seattle, 1900 25th Ave South, Seattle.
Interested in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or want to learn more about what that is? Would you like to network with attorneys in international practice as well as students from across the northwest who are interested in international law and IHL? This two-day workshop, exclusively for law students, will feature lectures workshops that guide participants through an intensive examination of International Humanitarian Law, with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians.
Sessions will be led by law professors, military professionals, and non-governmental organizations and include topics ranging from an introduction to IHL, the role of entities such as the American Red Cross and International Criminal Court, domestic and international enforcement of IHL, constitutional issues over targeted killing of Americans, the case against torture, genocide, and professional careers in international law and IHL. Hosted by the American Red Cross and co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute and International Law Society. Applications to participate can be found here; more info available here.
There is a $20 registration fee but waivers can be requested. Single-day participation is also possible. Contact Holly Jacoby, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more info.
Coming Up: Don’t Miss Trina Grillo Retreat for Spirited Entrepreneurial Weekend
Want a chance to deeply engage with your aspirations and public service vision? Want to meet and interact with others of similar entrepreneurial spirit? Need help finding funding for your great idea? Then the Trina Grillo Retreat is just what the doctor ordered! Register today. (Photo: incrowdnow.com.)
UW Law and the Center for Public Service Law Team are hosting this year’s retreat. After months of careful planning, the dedicated theme for this year’s gathering is, “Social Justice Lawyering: Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship.”
Hey 1Ls! Apply for the Robert Masur Fellowship
The Robert Masur Fellowship, sponsored by the Nation Institute in New York, is now accepting applications for 2013. The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.
Applications must be sent via postal mail. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. Learn more and apply here.
Hey 3Ls! Apply for Post-Grad Fellowship in Immigration Law at the University of Arizona
The Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program Fellowship at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law seeks 3Ls and Recent Law Graduates for paid ($44,000 annual salary plus benefits), full-time, 1-year fellowship, with possibility of a second year renewal.
The Fellowship has three major components:
1) primary responsibility for the Tucson Immigrant Workers’ Project, a component of the Program that advocates for the rights of low-wage immigrant workers through direct service, public policy research, and community education and outreach;
2) supervision of law students in the Immigration Law Clinic in preparing affirmative applications for immigration benefits, such as U visas, and/or possibly removal defense, and participation in the classroom component of the Immigration Law Clinic and teaching selected classroom sessions; and
3) design and implementation of an immigration policy research project, which will likely focus on immigrant workers, in order to build on the research previously conducted on working conditions for low-wage immigrant women workers in Tucson, Arizona.
3Ls must have relevant experience and qualifications. Recent law graduates may have up to 3 years of practice experience. Proficiency in Spanish is required; fluency is preferred. Other qualifications include: experience working with low-wage workers, immigrants, refugees, victims of trauma, and/or incarcerated populations; familiarity with immigration and/or employment law; strong communication skills, with particular sensitivity to cultural differences; experience working in interdisciplinary settings with minimal direct supervision; and willingness to work irregular hours (some nights and weekends).
Apply by Fri., Apr. 5, 2013. Submit cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and three references to Professor Nina Rabin, Director, The Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program, at email@example.com. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.
Paid Legal Internship Opportunity with Washington House of Representatives Office of Program Research
The Office of Program Research in the Washington House of Representatives is seeking candidates for its legal intern program. Both first and second year law students are invited to apply. Candidates must have exceptional legal research and analysis skills and strong communication and interpersonal skills. (Photo: Wikipedia.)
The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal, research, and support services to the standing committees of the Washington House of Representatives. Since 1974, the OPR’s legal intern program has provided law students with an opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process. Interns work under the supervision of lawyers employed by the OPR and are expected to perform general legal research and to assist in drafting and analyzing bills and amendments.
The program is divided into two parts: summer and legislative session. Interns are expected to serve full time during the summer of 2013 and during that portion of the 2014 legislative session coinciding with the first academic period (quarter or semester) in 2014. The summer portion is considered a training period, during which interns acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform well during the legislative session.
For the legislative session portion of the legal intern program, the student must make arrangements with the student’s law school to obtain academic credit; stipends are not permitted, but the student may be granted reimbursement for travel or Olympia room expenses. During the summer, compensation is $2,648 per month.
To Apply: Law students desiring to apply should submit, by March 15, 2013, a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcripts via email to:
Jill Reinmuth, Assistant Director
Office of Program Research
House of Representatives
The Washington House of Representatives is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process should call (206) 786-7101 or TDD 1-800-635-9993.
SCOTUSblog Is Hiring
April 1, 2013, is the deadline to apply.
Attention 3Ls. SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell, P.C., are beginning the hiring process for two positions based in Washington, D.C., that will be open in late summer and early fall. More information on each position and how to apply is available below.
Blog Manager: We are hiring a new blog manager to begin work in August. The blog manager’s job includes, but is not limited to:
· Coordinating online symposia and case coverage;
· Maintaining publication schedule and preparing posts for review and publication;
· Updating and maintaining case pages and homepage sidebar content;
· Coordinate with Bloomberg Law on event planning and technical needs;
· Drafting posts as needed and contributing to “live blogs”;
· Contributing to broader blog strategy and the execution of new features; and
· Occasional special projects, drafting memos / presentations.
Firm Manager: We will also be hiring a second individual to serve as both the firm manager for Goldstein & Russell P.C. and the deputy manager of SCOTUSblog. The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
· Coordinating and proofing Supreme Court filings;
· Administrative work for the firm and in particular for Tom Goldstein, the firm’s managing partner;
· Scheduling travel, which may entail making frequent last-minute changes and arrangements, sometimes during off hours;
· Miscellaneous personal work;
· Overseeing all web development for the blog, from strategy and planning, to execution by web development team;
· Assisting the blog manager with case coverage; and
· Overseeing occasional special projects, including the Supreme Court Prediction Challenge.
The qualifications for both positions include:
· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Excellent writing and editing skills.
· Strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings.
· Part-time students are not eligible for this position.
· Ability to improvise. We occasionally need all hands on deck both during and outside of normal business hours.
To Apply: A commitment of at least two years is required for both positions. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (either official or unofficial), and unedited writing sample (no more than five pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com April 1. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is in Washington, DC.
Public Defender Summer Externship (Mental Health and Competency Proceedings)
The Washington Defender Association (WDA) and the Snohomish County Public Defender (SCPDA) are seeking a student who is interested in working with attorneys who represent mentally ill persons. This will be a full-time shared position between WDA’s office in Seattle and SCPDA in Everett. The position will provide you with the opportunity to experience or participate in court hearings where issues of mental health and criminal law converge and to develop materials for attorneys who practice in these specialized areas. (Photo: Wikimedia.org.)
Possible research topics and resource development include:
· Challenging a Finding Competency
· Examining and researching the history of competency/restoration laws in our state and the practice in other states
· Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Mental Health Courts – Collect and Create Briefing on Civil Commitments
· ITA Procedure– After criminal case ends, how to advise the client about what to expect when a criminal case is dismissed
· Help prepare and potentially participate in felony hearings contesting competency and forced medication
· Participate in or observe Snohomish County Mental Health Court
· Participate in or observe ITA court hearings
To Apply: Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to WDA’s Deputy Director, Travis Stearns at firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 12, 2013. However, students are encouraged to apply early as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
P.S. Common Good Asks Our Readers to Take the Diversity and Inclusion Survey by this Friday, March 15.
- What are the legal profession’s ultimate diversity and inclusion goals?
- When we talk about diversity and inclusion, do we all mean the same thing?
- Do we value some kinds of diversity more than others? Should we?
- What kinds of strategies should be implemented to meet our diversity and inclusion goals? (Photo: Flickr.)
YOUR opinion matters! Please tell us what you think by completing the online survey before March 15, 2013. All responses are anonymous and completely confidential!
Info for Seattle International Humanitarian Law Workshop, April 6–7
Are you a current law student interested in learning more about international humanitarian law? Do you work closely with law students who might be interested in international humanitarian law?
Please join us on April 6-7 for: “Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop.”
The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties and Seattle University’s School of Law will present a two-day intensive workshop in international humanitarian law April 6–7, 2013. Legal professionals, law professors, and a representative from the American Red Cross will lead a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises. Topics include the role of the ICRC in IHL, the law governing the means and methods of warfare, protection of civilians under IHL, actions by non-state actors, and enforcement of IHL.
The workshop is available to full- and part-time students attending a U.S. or Canadian law school. Registration is limited and competitive. Completed applications must be received by Saturday, March 9th, 2013.
To Apply: Please see here.
For questions or comments regarding the international humanitarian law workshop or American Red Cross International Services, please feel free to contact Holly Jacoby at email@example.com or 206-726-3554.
KCBA Breakfast with Champions Is March 19
Join us for a Film Screening & Discussion on Human Trafficking on April 11, 2013
The Women’s Center at the University of Washington, the Gates Center for Public Service Law are co-hosting a film screening & discussion on human trafficking on April 11, 2013, from 3:30–5:00 PM, at the Women’s Center.
Watch a screening of the film The Dark Side of Chocolate. In this amazing film, a team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations.
Save the Date: Climate Solutions 5th Annual Breakfast & 15th Anniversary Celebration
Climate Solutions Annual Breakfast is on Monday, May 13, at the Westin Seattle, with Tom Steyer as our keynote. Tom Steyer, Co-Founder, Center for the Next Generation, believes “global warming is the big moral issue of our time. I want to change the dialogue and practices around energy.” California League of Conservation Voters refers to him as a “Game-changing clean energy advocate.”
The Climate Solutions Breakfast is a not-to-miss event and networking opportunity that will inspire and bring together supporters of the climate and clean energy economy.
If you’ve already registered or are sponsoring the Breakfast, thank you. If not, click here for information about registration.