Internships, Externships, and SCOTUSblog positions

Paid Legal Internship Opportunity with Washington House of Representatives Office of Program Research

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March 15, 2013, is the deadline to apply.

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
Olympia, Washington

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

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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 and mmallory@scotusblog.comby April 1. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is in Washington, DC.

Public Defender Summer Externship (Mental Health and Competency Proceedings)

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 2.23.02 PMApril 12, 2013, is the deadline to apply. But students are encouraged to apply early.

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:

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

Practical Experience:

·         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, 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. 

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 2.25.35 PMWhat Do YOU Think About Diversity and Inclusion? Tell us by 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!

Thank you!