Chock Full O’ Events Galore

Moderate Means Program: What it’s All About!

SJTlogoLooking for a chance to work with real clients? Want to learn about housing, consumer and family law and help REAL people with REAL problems?

The Moderate Means Program may be the answer for you. 

Hear from Moderate Means Program Attorney, Clay Wilson, and current interns, Amy Shebeck and Caitlyn Evans about their work with clients of moderate mean.s

Tuesday, April 16, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, April 15.

 Global Health Career Week at UW

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The Global Health Resource Center (GHRC) in the UW Department of Global Health is excited to announce that Global Health Career Week 2013 is coming up next week – April 15-20th! This year’s line up includes:• a Career Resource Fair where you can network with over 20 local global health organizations • panel discussions with graduate students and faculty in the field • a screening of the film Girl Rising • a talk by a World Health Organization (WHO) leader on malaria • a new Global Health and the Arts Cafe and Symposium, featuring performances and discussion on innovative approaches to global health.

If you have ever been interested in global health, this week’s events are for you! The full schedule is available online here. You can also find their events on Facebook. Questions? Please contact ghrc@uw.edu.

Pioneering the Sacred: Indigenous Peoples and the ‘Genome Commons’

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Wednesday, April 17, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Gates Hall, room 133

Rebecca Tsosie, Regents’ Professor of Law

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

For more information contact: Kevin Schuda; kschuda@uw.edu; 206-616-5398

The Interaction of Legal Systems in the Proceedings of the International Criminal Tribunal For the Former Yugoslavia

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Patrick Lipton Robinson, OJ (born 29 January 1944, in Jamaica), is the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a position he was elected to in November 2008. He was first elected to the Tribunal in 1998 and has been re-elected twice since. In 2004, he presided over the trial of Slobodan Milošević, the former Yugoslav president and the first former head of state to be tried for war crimes.

He will be discussing on the interaction of the two legal systems (common law adversarial and civil law inquisitorial) in the work of the Tribunal and the impact of that interaction on the fairness of trials.

For more information contact gatespsl@uw.edu.

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Congressman Adam Smith on Budgetary Effects on Our National Security

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Please join us on May 1 to hear from Congressman Adam Smith of Washington’s 9th Congressional District. The event will take place from 5-6 p.m. in Parrington’s Forum.

Congressman Smith will be discussing “Budgetary Effects on Our National Security.”  While our economy is recovering from a devastating recession, our nation faces new threats to economic growth.  Sequestration, the debt ceiling, climbing deficits, and some Members of Congress using our regular appropriations process as a bargaining chip have placed our national security and economic health in jeopardy.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to hear from a senior member of the House of Representatives.

Litigating the Right to Peace CLE

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WSBA-CLE Presents “Litigating the Right to Peace”

Co-sponsored by the WSBA World Peace Through Law Section

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013, 7–9 p.m., Social Event to Follow

Cost: Free to WSBA members and guestsWhere: Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Ave., Seattle

International human rights attorney Roberto Zamora will talk about his successful litigation against governmental practices violating Costa Rica’s “Peace Constitution.” He will describe the use of an international forum, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to protect and institutionalize the right to peace, and discuss cooperation with Japanese lawyers and peace organizations to safeguard Article 9 (Peace Article) of Japan’s Constitution. Lessons for U.S. lawyers and peace activists will be explored.

Seating is limited, so please register online!

Approved for 2 CLE credits

Volunteer blog opportunity, LGBT rights training and free public interest career building webinars

KCBA Seeking Volunteer Editor for Pro Bono Services Blog

 Pro Bono Dicta encourages, inspires, and supports King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services’ volunteer community, and by doing so, enhances the level of pro bono services provided to low-income individuals in King County. Pro Bono Dicta was created with the goal of starting a dialogue among KCBA volunteers.

The Blog Editor will be responsible for editing content, creating an editorial plan, developing a consistent editorial voice for the blog and managing the blog’s publishing calendar. The Blog Editor will work with the Pro Bono Dicta subcommittee to recruit writers, produce content, and plan future blog posts. This is a volunteer position. Application deadline is April 30. For complete volunteer job description visit here.

QLaw LGBT Legal Clinic Training

When: Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30 a.m.-5p.m., includes breakfast and lunchGLBT clinic logo

Cost: $75 per person; free to QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Volunteers*

Where: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

The QLaw Association and the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic are proud to present their members and other interested Washington attorneys the opportunity to receive a full-day, affordable and high-quality CLE regarding a variety of ways that the law supports and protects LGBT individuals and families. The program examines the legal issues that arise at all stages of an LGBT relationship as well as discrimination protections and employee benefits issues for LGBT individuals and families. The morning session will conclude with a lunch and Supreme Court Update presented by David Ward of Legal Voice and Sarah Dunne of the ACLU of Washington.

For those wishing to complete training for the QLaw Foundation’s GLBT Legal Clinic, the CLE continues with afternoon programming on a variety of topics key to working with clients in the Legal Clinic context. The program is hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and, for the convenience of QLaw members who are traveling to Seattle to attend our Eighth Annual Banquet, will be held the day following the Banquet.

For complete info visit the QLaw website.

Free Equal Justice Works Webinars

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Professional Social Networking

Friday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. PST. Register here.

Helping Those Who Served: Addressing the Legal Needs of Veterans

Friday, April 26 at 12 p.m. PST. Register here.

PIRGs Recruiting JDs, Gender Violence Post Grad Fellowship, Human Rights Internship at CCR & Fall Internships

PIRGs Recruiting JDs for Advocacy & Leadership Positions Nationwide

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U.S. PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. For decades, they’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests. State-based PIRGs and the US PIRG are  soliciting applications from JDs with a passion for consumer and environmental justice and leadership and organizing skills. Postions are located in DCMontana , Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Post Grad Fellowship Working with the Allied Criminal Justice System to Refine System Reponses to Gender-Based Violence

AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, a non-profit agency comprised of former prosecutors, is accepting applications from candidates for two post-graduate fellowship opportunities. The Fellows will begin in the fall of 2014.

AEquitas is comprised of legal experts whose mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. Their goal is to constantly develop innovative prosecutorial practices that directly affect the way that justice professionals and all of society respond to crimes involving violence against women. They also collaborate on special projects that support their mission of increasing victim safety. For complete application info visit here.

CCR Seeks International Human Rights Summer Intern

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects.

The intern will work 20-40 hours per week (unpaid) over the summer, assisting legal workers and attorneys in CCR’s IHR docket on several on-going projects and case development. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a range of issues and cases. Responsibilities would include: assisting in factual research, review, and writing; reviewing and indexing documents, especially those released by government agencies in FOIA requests; litigation; performing literature and press reviews, identifying vendors; experts, and gathering information as part of outreach strategy; and general administrative tasks. Application deadline is May 3. For complete info visit here.

ACLU Seeking Fall Legal Intern for Criminal Law Reform Project

The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. The Project focuses its work at the “front end” of the criminal justice system, from an individual’s first contact with law enforcement through to the sentencing phase, with an emphasis on ending drug prohibition, which has failed to achieve public safety while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights.

The Project fulfills its mission by litigating and conducting strategic and precedent-setting advocacy that promotes reform of the criminal justice system and drug laws in particular, reduces the number of people entering the system, and protects the constitutional rights of those in the system. Application deadline is August 15. For complete application info visit here.

ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Seeks Fall Legal Interns

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The ABA created the Project in 1986 in order to better inform the bar and public about the lack of representation available to death row inmates. They address this urgent need by recruiting competent, volunteer attorneys, offering counsel training and assistance, and working for systemic reform to ensure that individuals facing a sentence of death are represented at every stage of the proceedings by competent counsel.

Interns do legal and policy research, prepare case summaries, review inmate letters, maintains resources and website. Application deadline is August 15. For complete application info visit here.

Awesome Events Coming Up

Tim Wise “Antiracist Essayist, Author and Educator” Coming to UW April 9

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 5.51.35 PMAuthor of “Dear White America and Between Barack and a Hard Place,” Tim Wise will be speaking at UW on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Kane Hall, Room 130
7:00 PM

RSVP online

“Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.”
— Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author and University of Pennsylvania professor

“Tim Wise is a vanilla brother in the tradition of (antiracism and antislavery fighter) John Brown.”
— Cornel West, philosopher and author

Can you Measure the Rule of Law? Wednesday, April 10

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 5.59.09 PMDate: Wednesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m.
Room: 212, William Gates Hall

Join us for an informal discussion with Juan Botero, the Executive Director of the World Justice Project, where he discusses the WJP Rule of Law Index and how he and his team have developed a research methodology to compare the quality of the rule of law in over countries.

The WJP Rue of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project offering a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project’s Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Previous experiences include service as the Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C., Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and Judicial Clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court.

He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Mr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. He is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sponsored by the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program.

International Immigrant Rights Activist to Visit Seattle on April 11

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 5.37.20 PMAlejandro Solalinde, an internationally recognized Human Rights activist and Catholic priest, will be speaking in Seattle on Thursday, April 11. Father Solalinde has dedicated his life to provide a place of safety for Central American and South American migrants on their journey through Mexico to the United States.

His talk is titled, “A Celebration of Immigrants and Refugee Human Rights.” Thursday, April 11, from 7–8:30 PM at Seattle City Hall.

Event at EMP Museum on April 11: The Rule of Law in Zimbabwe

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325 5th Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Film Screening begins at 6:00 p.m.
Discussion at 7:00 p.m., Concert at 8:00 p.m.

Evening Highlights

The film features one of the bravest lawyers in Africa, Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe. In spite of beatings by police, she has courageously defended in court those jailed by the Mugabe government—peace activists, journalists, opposition candidates, farmers that had their land confiscated, ordinary citizens that had the courage to speak up.

Discussion following the film screening features the following panelists:

  • Juan Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project
  • Lorie Conway, Filmmaker
  • Thomas Mapfumo, Globally-Renowned Musician
    and Zimbabwe refugee
  • The Hon. Lyna Sarapei, Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services Fellow, Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Kenya
  • Concert & Reception featuring Thomas Mapfumo
    and The Blacks Unlimited
  • Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo is known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe” and “Mukanya” for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, which is heard throughout the documentary.

* Advance ticket purchase required by April 8, 2013.

Tickets for the April 11 event are available online. Price for students and non-profit sector employees are $10; public tickets are $25.

Cancelled! Dark Side of Chocolate Film Screening

The film screening of the Dark Side of Chocolate on April 11, 2013, has been canceled.

If you are interested in the film, you can learn more about it here.

Evening with John Cruden on Tuesday, April 16

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 5.36.14 PMUW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy, with the environmental and energy lawyers at Marten Law PLLC, invite you to a special evening with a distinguished leader:

John Cruden
President, Environmental Law Institute

April 16, 2013

6 p.m. Keynote  7 p.m. Reception
The Rainier Club
820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Environmental Law at a Crossroads

RSVP Online.

Calling All Volunteers: Event to Benefit Mary’s Place on May 2 Needs You

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 5.43.14 PMKCWWL seeks volunteers for a Spring Job Training and Mentorship Volunteer Event to benefit Mary’s Place. Please join the King County Washington Women Lawyers for a Spring Job Training and Mentorship Volunteer Event to benefit Mary’s Place, the only day center for homeless women in King County that accepts women with children, on May 2.

Mary’s Place
314 Bell Street
Seattle, WA 98121

Thursday, May 2nd, 12:30pm-2:00pm

KCWWL volunteers will act as Job Coaches to mentor Mary’s Place residents by providing one-on-one resume feedback.  Job coaches will be paired with Mary’s Place residents for a short term meeting to review each individual’s job background, work experience, and resume, and offer professional advice and feedback.

KCWWL members have the opportunity to pass on their job search and interviewing experience by providing guidance, encouraging confidence, and offering their professional perspectives to homeless women in need.

Please RSVP to Stephanie Marshall at stephanie.ne@gmail.com. We need your help with this great event and hope to see you there!

Opportunities to Serve Justice

Deadline for Completing Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist Extended until April 10

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PMAll forms and reflective essay are due no later than April 10, 2013.

    • If you didn’t get a chance to attend all three live trainings you can access them here:
      1. Professionalism & Direct Legal Services: Watch the training video.
      2. Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue When Working with Clients in Crisis: Missed the training? Watch the training video
      3. Providing Cross-Difference Competent Legal Assistance: Missed the training? No podcast is available for this training session. Please complete the following assignment in lieu of training session attendance:
  • After watching the video please write a reflective essay (about 600 words) that discusses one or more of the following:
    1. What sort of assumptions (ie. “single stories”) have you made about a particular client or client population? These could be positive or negative singles stories. Describe an instance.
    2. Why do you think you made those assumptions?
    3. How do you think this may have affected communication and understanding between you and the client? How do you think this may have affected your ability to competently assist the client? How do you think this may have affected the outcome of the client’s legal problem?
    4. Looking back on this instance(s) now, how do you think you might approach those types of interactions differently?
    5. Please write-in on your Certification of Training attendance form that you are attaching this essay.
  • Fill out the log of completed pro bono hours.
    1. If you’ve managed or coordinated a pro bono project please fill out the leadership hours log.
    2. If you’ve provided direct legal assistance or conducted research and writing please fill out the legal assistance hours log.
    3. If you’ve done both types of pro bono please complete two different sets of logs.
  • Fill out the Pro Bono Project Work Completion Form for each type of pro bono project you’ve worked on and have your supervisor sign the form. If you are unable to get your supervisor’s signature, please have him/her confirm your hours and type of work via email to Aline Carton-Listfjeld atacarton@uw.edu
  • Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay* about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
    • *Please Note:* The Pro Bono Honors Program may use quotes from your reflective essay to help promote our program. If you do not wish to have any portion of your essay potentially shared with the public please email acarton@uw.edu.
  • By April 10: Send your essay and your completed forms to acarton@uw.eduor drop them in the mail box marked Aline Carton/ Pro Bono Honors located in the faculty/staff mail boxes on the 3rd floor of Gates Hall.

Serve on Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee 

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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.

Apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute 

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The National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute is looking for ten great reformers.

Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, or any of a hundred other unjust, unfair things that can blight young people’s lives.

You can see this person in your mind’s eye, right?  You’re picturing someone who stands up, speaks out, and can work with others to reform what’s not working.  A person, in other words, who is ready to take the next step to grow as a leader.

Chances are this army-of-one you’re picturing in your mind is ready to apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a robust, year-long fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network that focuses on cultivating and supporting professionals of color. Our goal is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.

By the way, your force-of-nature will not need to quit his or her job. It does mean that he or she will join a hand-picked group of 10 fellows assembled from all over the country to learn about leadership, juvenile justice system policies and practices, theories of change, and develop their skills as advocates.  Plus, it’s free (or close to it). Travel and lodging is paid for; tuition is minimal when compared to other programs of this length and intensity.

Anyone who wants to apply for the Institute can:

  • Learn more about it here.
  • Watch our 1:30 video and download the application packet now
  • Contact the Institute’s coordinator, Diana Onley-Campbell, at diana@juvjustice.org.

This year, Diana Onley-Campbell will host two informational webinars for prospective applicants:

  • April 4, 2013, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST. Click to register.
  • April 10, 2013, 1 pm – 2 pm EST. Click to register.

Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense Is Now Available

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 6.33.24 PM Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.54.04 PMThe Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) has issued its Report to the Washington Supreme Court on the Implementation of Standards for Indigent Defense, which includes information on recent law changes, development of case weighting policies, an inventory of diversion programs, and an examination of the impacts of attorney experience on caseload capabilities. To gather this information, OPD conducted written surveys of public defense attorneys, court personnel, city and county administrators, and prosecutors, and interviewed 56 experienced public defense attorneys; reviewed national and state research; and accessed data from the Judicial Information System (JIS). The report provides a great overview of the issues affecting the implementation of the standards.

Trina Grillo Retreat

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Right before Spring Break, UW Law hosted the Trina Grillo Social Justice retreat. The weekend began with Judge Mary Yu’s inspiring keynote speech and an improv session with Jet City Improv that had everyone thinking on their feet. Saturday continued with interactive workshops testing new ideas. Amazing advocates offered their ideas on panels designed to help participants turn ideas into entrepreneurial opportunities to serve justice in our communities.

Follow what happened on Twitter. We grateful to Mary Whisner for Tweeting! She captured a ton of fantastic advice and ideas.

Participants also engaged with personal goals for moving toward new ideas confidently with courage. Here’s a snapshot of a group brainstorm on how to move from obstacles toward vision and finally, practical, everyday steps that facilitate positive action.

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Thanks to all who participated!

Several Exciting New Positions Available

Internships at the National Bureau of Asian Research

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Applications must be submitted by April 12, 2013.

There are Seattle-based internships in health and international affairs available at the Center for Health and Aging (CHA) and the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) divisions of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

Learn more about these internships online.

2013 NASABA National Conference Scholarships 

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2013 marks the Tenth Annual Convention of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA). NASABA’s Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network. The South Asian Bar Association of Washington will grant two scholarships of $1,000 each to two law students and two lawyers who can best demonstrate a commitment to the South Asian community, locally or at large, to attend the 2013 NASABA National Convention on June 20-23, 2013, in San Francisco, and report back to the local SABAW membership.

The award winners will be required to attend the entire convention and write a very brief essay suitable for publication in the SABAW newsletter and/or the SABAW website.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be current law students or attorneys (public-interest lawyers, government lawyers, solo practitioners, and lawyers seeking employment only) residing in the State of Washington.

To apply, please send an essay less than 200 words to Mudit Kakar (kakar.mudit@dorsey.com) describing your connection to the South Asian community and intent to attend the 2013 NASABA National Convention by April 15, 2013.

The awards will be disbursed upon a showing of proof by the awardees of registration for the 2013 NASABA National Conference, hotel reservations and travel reservations. Early bird registration rates expire on May 20, 2013. For more information on the convention, visit the NASABA Convention website here.

Apply for a Workers’ Rights Manual Project Internship

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The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle Community College is seeking a number of interns for our Washington Workers’ Rights Manual Project.

The Labor Center works with unions and community-based organizations throughout Washington State to provide trainings and classes for and about working people. Our mission is to collaborate with unions and community members in designing programs that will help them develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to become more effective leaders, staff, and rank-and-file activists. The year-long Workers’ Rights Manual project consists of updating and distributing a workers’ rights manual that covers federal, state and local laws and also includes a significant list of community and legal resources. This work will be done in collaboration with a broad base of labor unions, community organizations, worker and immigrant rights advocates, and K-12 teachers and community colleges.

Intern candidates should have an interest in workers’ rights, the labor movement and law. Bilingual applicants, particularly Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali or Amharic speakers, are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities could include:

  • Researching laws that affect workers in Washington State and translating them into plain language
  • Researching community and legal resources
  • Attending occasional meetings with community leaders and labor union activists
  • Helping to design and create online and print resources such as brochures, fact sheets or videos
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of a training curriculum for community leaders, teachers and labor union leaders to teach the manual

Internships are open to all college students and graduates. The time commitment is flexible and together we can work out a schedule that meets both your needs and ours but should be the equivalent of 10-15 hours per week for 3-4 months starting as soon as May 2013. The internship will be compensated with a stipend of $2000.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to WRM Project Manager Kia Sanger at kia.sanger@seattlecolleges.edu.

For more information on the manual and The Labor Education Research Center please see our website.

Deputy Associate General Counsel for Program Integrity

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Salary Range: $119,554.00 to $179,700.00/Per Year
Location: Baltimore, MD, or Washington, DC

Job Summary:

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. For more information about the Department’s mission, please visit the HHS website.

The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is currently conducting a search for one Deputy Associate General Counsel for Program Integrity in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division (CMSD). For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website.

The incumbent will be in charge of program integrity matters arising from programs operated by CMSD as assigned by the Associate General Counsel. In this capacity, the incumbent will serve as the deputy chief legal officer for program integrity for a great portion of the Department’s public benefit programs authorized by the Social Security Act, including Medicare (Title XVIII), Medicaid (Title XIX), and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Title XXI).

You can find the posting on USAJOBS.gov, Job Announcement Number: HHS-OGC-ES-13-850870. If you have any questions concerning this announcement, please contact ogchr@hhs.gov.

Public Interest Scholarships for Summer/Fall 2013 offered by South Asian Bar Association of Washington

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One $4,000 and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to law students or lawyers working on a discrete public interest project or doing a summer 2013 public interest internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington.

All applications will require an essay of no more than 300 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to abbasr@nwjustice.org and received by April 22, 2013.

All scholarship recipients are expected to attend the annual South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) banquet, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipients at the banquet will be guests of SABAW.

Governor’s Leadership Academy Seeks Applicants

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 6.34.55 PMProspective applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible; rolling review.

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office.The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

Qualifications
·         Outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills
·         Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines
·         Ability to work well and creatively, in a team environment and independently
·         Good judgment, ability to manage sensitive situations, and highly personable
·         Passion for public service

Internship Opportunities

1. Boards and Commissions

Boards and commissions are designed to give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of our state. Washington State has 200+ boards and commissions to which Gov. Inslee appoints citizen members. Interns will assist the Director of Boards and Commissions in the fulfillment of office responsibilities including, but not limited to: soliciting, receiving, organizing, processing and responding to applications, assisting in outreach to board and commission members and researching board functions.

2. Office of the Chief of Staff

The office of the Chief of Staff is a fast-paced environment that offers interns the unique opportunity to interact directly with the Governor’s Executive Team, Cabinet members, agency staff and constituents. Interns are required to assist with briefings for the Chief of Staff, prepare agendas for Cabinet-level meetings, and administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff.

3. Communications Office

The Communications office works with the media to inform the public of the Governor’s actions, goals and ideas. An intern in the Communications office would assist with the assembling of daily news clips, drafting press releases, assisting with media events, assisting with Social Media and other administrative duties as assigned.

4. Constituent Services

The office of Constituent Services receives and processes 80,000 to 100,000 contacts each year. Interns will respond to constituent comments and concerns via email and letters, but also face to face and by phone as necessary. Interns will assist in drafting and processing official correspondence for publication, opening the mail, scanning correspondence, data entry work and filing. Constituent Services interns are expected to have a high level of interpersonal, writing and research skills.

5. Internal Relations Office

The office of Internal Relations oversees the Governor’s Small Agency Cabinet, the Boards and Commissions office, the Governor’s International Relations office and the Executive Residence. An intern for the Internal Relations office will have a unique opportunity to interact with the Governor’s Executive Team, The First Lady, small agency cabinet members and constituents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing briefing material for the Executive Director of Internal Relations and First Lady, preparing meeting agendas, research, special projects, event coordination and other administrative duties as assigned.

6. External Relations Office

The Governor’s office of External Relations is responsible for statewide outreach on behalf of the Governor to a diverse set of stakeholders and constituency groups. The External Relations office provides staffing and briefing for the Governor’s public events and are the eyes and ears on the ground for the office of the Governor. Interns in the External Relations office will work closely with Regional Outreach Representatives to assist with briefing materials, research, event coordination and other duties as assigned.

7. Office of General Counsel

The Governor’s General Counsel provides a variety of legal advice to the Governor and the Governor’s Executive Team, including advice on judicial appointments; clemency or pardon petitions; executive orders; legislation; and ethics. Interns and externs will assist with legal research, writing and other duties as assigned. Internships in this office are intended for second and third year law students.

8. Legislative Affairs and Policy

The Legislative Affairs and Policy Office (LAPO) are comprised of approximately 20 professionals who manage the Governor’s legislative agenda. They work closely with legislators, stakeholders, governmental entities and numerous constituent groups in their work to develop and/or guide policy initiatives in support of the Governor’s agenda. LAPO advisors are assigned to specific issue area(s) such as Education, Health Care, Aerospace, Energy and Environment and more. This staffs ensure the Governor’s policy interests are represented at all levels of government, including in Washington, D.C. Interns in LAPO will have the unique opportunity to be indirectly involved in the legislative process by assisting in responsibilities which may include policy and issue research, development of briefing documents, tracking high priority bills, analyzing bills, coordinating bill signing and various administrative duties.

9. Scheduling and Reception

The first point of contact for many constituents is often the Governor’s executive receptionist. Interns who work with the Executive Receptionist are responsible for taking calls, directing guests and meeting attendees and other duties as assigned. Interns who work with the Governor’s scheduler will have an opportunity to help with special projects for the Governor.

10. International Relations and Protocol

The Governor’s office meets and hosts numerous international dignitaries every year. Interns who work with the International Relations Director will assist with preparing briefings, correspondence, protocol, event coordination and other duties as assigned.

11. Washington DC Office

Interns in the Washington, DC office will have a unique opportunity to assist the Director of the Washington, DC Office with projects related to the Governor’s federal agenda, and that will promote Washington State interests in the nation’s capital. Interns will assist with research, preparing briefing memos, scheduling and other administrative duties as assigned.

How to Apply

To be considered, you must apply at www.careers.wa.gov. As part of the application, interested applicants must submit (attach) the following: (1) a letter of interest describing your specific qualifications, (2) a current resume detailing experience and education. Please indicate up to two (2) categories below that best match the area of work which the experience and knowledge of state government you wish to gain.

·         The internship is unpaid but reimbursements for travel may be available on a case by case basis.
·         Interns must be available for at least 10 hours a week for 12 weeks – minimum.
·        We will work with your individual academic institution to attempt obtaining college course credit for academic internships.
·         Location: The program is based in Olympia, WA and Washington DC.

For more information about this position, please contact Unjin Lee at (360) 902.4111 or by e-mail unjin.lee@gov.wa.gov.

For information regarding the system and application process, please contact Don Chavez at (360) 407.8407 or by email don.chavez@des.wa.gov.