Legal Aid Internships Serving Veterans, NWIRP Hiring Attorneys, Seattle Attorney’s Office Seeking Rule 9 Interns, Post Grad Americorps Positions in Mass, Women’s Global Justice Post Grad Fellowship

Internship at Swords to Plowshares: A Veterans’ Rights Organization

woman-vetweb-300x273Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. We are committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world.

Swords to Plowshares is a national model for veteran services and advocacy. With nearly 40 years of experience, we have established the most respected and comprehensive model of care for veterans in the country. Our legal services include free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; we also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  We are a small, collegial staff.  We seek students who are dynamic, creative, and highly motivated.  We are open to pursuing post-graduate fellowship applications with interns.  We have successfully received Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.

Tasks:  Under attorney supervision, law clerks will engage in legal and factual research, write legal memoranda, interview potential clients and assess eligibility for services, draft briefs, create and update self-help materials, and assist clients in obtaining public benefits.  Opportunities may also be available to do policy work with Swords’ Institute of Veterans Policy (IVP).  Applications accepted on rolling basis through June 3. For complete internship description click here.

Two Bilingual Staff Attorney Positions Open Up at NWIRP

NWIRPLogoBilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney, Full time, Wenatchee, WA. For full consideration, please submit application by May 22.  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families. For more information, please click here. PDF

Bilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney, Full-Time, Tacoma, WA. For full consideration, please submit application by May 22. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings. For more information,please click here. PDF

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Seeks Rule 9 Summer Interns/Externs

SeattlelogoThe Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division is currently seeking volunteer attorneys/externs to work as infraction prosecutors on behalf of the City of Seattle.  Infraction cases include traffic citations, noise, vending, limo solicitation, animal control, and other violations. Preparation of cases for hearings includes case investigation, witness interviews (including police officers on certain cases), and researching legal issues as needed. Duties will include:

  • Trying contested infraction cases and related motions in Seattle Municipal Court;
  • Handling pre-hearing matters, including discovery related issues, etc.; and
  • Preparing any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Applicants should have knowledge of evidence rules, criminal and civil procedure, and legal research and writing. Prior experience arguing in court or competing in Moot Court activities is a plus. Part-time, full-time, and externship credit opportunities are available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description please check Symplicity.

Post Grad Americorps Legal Advocate Positions in Massachsetts

AmeriCorps NCCC banner - Leave Your Mark-MThe Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency AmeriCorps Program places 28 college and law school graduates with an interest in public service law in participating legal services organizations in high need areas throughout the Massachusetts.  There is a placement available with the Massachusetts Websites Project — we operate two statewide websites,, the statewide website for low income, low literate Massachusetts residents who need practical information about their legal rights and, the statewide website for legal services advocates in Massachusetts.  We are also engaged in a variety of other tech projects.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a tech savvy person who is committed to promoting access to justice through innovative uses of technology and is ready to serve starting September 2013. For complete job description click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Post Grad Fellowship at Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School

AVON_header_tall_redThe Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School is seeking applications for the 2013-14 Women and Justice Fellowship.  The Fellow will play an integral role in executing and further developing the Center’s initiatives.

The Center works with judges, legal practitioners, civil society advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to end gender-based violence.  The Center’s initiatives focus on advancing access to justice and the international rule of law, with an emphasis on defending the human rights of women and girls.  For more information, please review the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice website.

This one-year fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including legal research and project management.  In addition to working with the Center team, the Fellow will interact with students, faculty, judges, and advocates from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  Cornell Law School provides an intellectually engaging work atmosphere, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. For complete position description please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through May 24.