Neighborhood Legal Clinics Need Intake Volunteers, 50th Anniversary of Gideon Decision, Puget Sound Fair Housing Survey & Attorney Needed for Certified Professional Guardian Board

Neighborhood Legal Clinics Intake and Referral Volunteers Needed

nlcdoorThe Neighborhood Legal Clinics (“NLC”) are looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping people in our community.

Each year in Washington, 87% of low-income households experience a civil legal problem; over 88% of those households will attempt to face their legal problem without an attorney. NLC offers free limited legal advice to King County residents, with a focus on providing service to low-income clients. We serve over 8,000 clients annually and have 34 legal clinincs throughout King County, most operating on a weekly basis. As an intake and referral line volunteer, you are a lifeline for people in need. You will be connecting clients to vital legal services which help them stay in their homes, keep their families together, get protection from domestic violence, manage their debt, and keep their heads above water within a complex legal system.

Phone line volunteers provide a valuable service to the community by connecting clients with resources and information; this volunteer position plays an invaluable role in empowering clients to create solutions to their most urgent problems. Volunteers will become experts on the community resources available in King County. Volunteers are provided extensive training regarding a variety of civil legal issues and dealing with people in crisis is provided, as well as access to substantive legal continuing education courses.

Shifts are available Tuesday-Thursdays from 8:30am-12:30pm. Minimum commitment is 4-8 hours a week for 4-6 months.

For complete description and contact info click here.

50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM FAIL

NLADAThe National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Gideonat50 website, a collaborative venture generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

As you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the court unanimously agreed that all individuals must have a qualified defense attorney, regardless of income.

Thanks to the tireless work and dedication of public defenders, many individuals unable to afford counsel are zealously represented against immeasurable odds.  Unfortunately, such representation is not always possible everywhere in the nation due to significant resource imbalances and systemic inequities.  Chronic under-funding and overwhelming caseloads for public defenders are stretching the justice system to the breaking point.

As a result, 50 years after the decision, the promise of Gideon goes largely unfulfilled. 

Gideonat50 is an interactive and informative place for visitors to:

  • Learn about America’s justice system crisis.
  • See a new interactive map prepared by NLADA that for the first time provides a detailed overview of the national  landscape of public defense and state specific descriptions.
  • Sign up to get involved in the Gideonat50 campaign.

The site also features information about three powerful works of literature and film:

  • Gideon’s Army, a Sundance award-winning documentary by director Dawn Porter that follows three young public defenders challenging a broken justice system.
  • Chasing Gideon,  a book by veteran reporter Karen Houppert that movingly chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon’s promise.
  • Defending Gideon, a short film produced by The Constitution Project and narrated by actor Martin
    Sheen that features interviews with the key players in the Gideon v. Wainwright
    case.

We encourage you to visit the site and sign up to be a part of this exciting campaign to fix the justice system crisis and ensure the constitutional right to counsel is protected. Help raise awareness of this critical issue in your community by scheduling a screening of “Gideon’s Army” or a discussion of “Chasing Gideon” or “Defending Gideon.”

Learn what you can do here.

Fair Housing and Equity in the Puget Sound Region: The Puget Sound Regional Council and the Fair Housing Center of Washington Need Your Help

FHCWThe Puget Sound Regional Council, in tandem with the Fair Housing Center of Washington, is gathering information on barriers to equal housing opportunities with a special focus on the major transportation corridors in Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties.  This Fair Housing Equity Assessment is part of the Growing Transit Communities three year project to ensure equity along transit lines.  They need your help in three ways!

Please complete the short survey here. This survey can be translated into languages for groups of significant size. For more info on translations contact  Lauren Walker to discuss this possibility.

Deadline for surveys is June 30th.

Hard copy surveys can be returned to the following address: Fair Housing Center of Washington, 1517 South Fawcett, Suite 250, Tacoma, WA  98402.

The Certified Professional Guardian Board Seeks WSBA Representative for Three-Year Term

WSBA.jpegThe Certified Professional Guardian Board has an opening for a WSBA representative for a three-year term starting Oct. 1, 2013. The WSBA Board of Governors will nominate an individual who will be appointed by the Supreme Court.

The Board was created by the Supreme Court to regulate the practice of Certified Professional Guardians and Agencies and help assure that qualified professional guardians are available to assist incapacitated individuals. Learn more about the Board on its web page.

Interested in serving on the Board? Email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org by June 14, 2013, or mail to Communications Department, WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Seattle WA 98101-2539.

ACLU Alaska, HJP Seattle, Pierce County Public Defender, Bay Area Legal Aid and CRR Hiring Recent Grads

ACLU of Alaska Seeking Applicants for New Project-Based Fellowship

aclu_alaskaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation is glad to announce a new sponsorship opportunity for public interest legal fellows, and invites rising third-year law students and current lawyers to apply. As an integral part of the ACLU of Alaska, our fellows gain practical experience through defending and expanding Alaskans’ civil liberties and constitutional rights: they will work on lawsuits, legislative advocacy, policy research, and public education.

We will work with successful applicants to develop a funding proposal for specific organizations, including Equal Justice Works, Soros, and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, and for law schools, such as Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship program to both address an important civil liberties issue and develop the fellow’s skills as a lawyer, while satisfying the funding organization’s requirements.

Application deadline is July 1. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel Hiring Public Defender

PDlogo Attorney is expected to have general knowledge of criminal law and procedures. Attorney will represent indigent defendants in misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors in Pierce County District Court and/or Tacoma Municipal Court. Experience in criminal law defense work is preferred. Must be licensed in WA. Salary: $23.00/Hr., 35 Hrs./Wk. Send cover letter, resume and references to: Denise Whitley, 949 Market Street, Ste 334, Tacoma, WA 98402, dwhitle@co.pierce.wa.us, Phone: 253 798-6986, Fax: 253 798-6715. Applications accepted through June 12.

Two-Year Human Rights Fellowship at Center for Reproductive Rights

crr-logo-englishThe Center for Reproductive Rights in New York is accepting applications for the position of Human Rights Fellow in the U.S. Legal Program. The Human Rights Fellow will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of U.S.-based human rights and other advocacy work in the State Policy and Advocacy Program. The Human Rights Fellow will report directly to the Human Rights Counsel.

Responsibilities of the Human Rights Fellow will include: Conducting fact-gathering projects in the U.S. in support of advocacy efforts; Conducting legal and factual research and analysis to support advocacy in U.S. and with UN bodies; Drafting advocacy materials on reproductive rights issues for U.S. audiences that incorporate a human rights analysis; Contributing to the development of international human rights norms concerning reproductive rights as well as domestic implementation of these standards; Drafting legal submissions to human rights experts and treaty bodies, including complaints, urgent appeals, shadow letters, and responses to requests for information; Assisting more senior staff with developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including reproductive justice organizations, immigrant and human rights groups, and other domestic constituencies; federal and state policy makers; and international and regional human rights experts; and engaging in public speaking and other representation of the Center at external events such as conferences and coalition meetings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 28. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Seattle Housing Justice Project Hiring Program Operations Coordinator

hjplogo1The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer based legal services to low income, residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility. 

The coordinator is responsible for logistical and administrative functions; volunteer management; litigation support and clinical coordination as well as outreach and community coordination. Applications accepted through June 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Bay Area Legal Aid Seeking Youth Law, Reentry Legal Services, Bilingual Disability Rights and Family Law Attorneys

BayLegalBay Area Legal Aid is the largest civil legal services provider in the Bay Area. Applications will be accepted through June 21. For complete job descriptions and application instructions please click here.

WA Attorney General’s Office Open House, Special Screening of American Winter and the Berlin Patient Comes to Town

Save the Date! August 12 Washington Attorney General Olympia Office Open House

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On August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host an Open House in his Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorneypositions. This event is open to all current and incoming third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

Additional details will be sent to law schools and will be posted on our website as the event draws near. For questions in the meantime, please contact Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or linda.nakamura@atg.wa.gov.

June 18: Special Film Screening of American Winter

Join us Tuesday June 18th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for a special film screening of the acclaimed HBO documentary American Winter at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

American Winter follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot in Portland, Oregon, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, of rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

The screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please reserve your tickets today by clicking here.

Following the film there will be a brief panel discussion to examine how many of the issues raised in the film are impacting families in Washington state.

June 19: Timothy Ray Brown, aka “The Berlin Patient,” the First Person Cured of HIV Speaks at Seattle University

timothy ray brownLearn how he inspires Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists’ quest to cure HIV

with cell-based therapies.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seattle University, Pigott Building

901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

6 p.m. – 7 p.m: Social Hour

PACCAR Atrium

Light Refreshments

Informational Community Tables

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m: Moderated Panel Discussion and Open Q&A

Pigott Auditorium

Julie McElrath, director of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infection Disease Division, kicks off a discussion moderated by King 5’s Margaret Larson with Timothy Ray Brown and Fred Hutch defeatHIV researchers Drs. Keith Jerome, Hans-Peter Kiem, and Michele Andrasik.

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Questions? externalrel@fhcrc.org or 206-667-4211 or www.fhcrc.org/fromonetomany

CPSL End-of-Year Message, Volunteers Needed for LBAW Clinic, Report on Right to Housing & CEDAW Lobby Day

End-of-Year Message from the Center for Public Service Law

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We’ve all had a full, busy and productive school year.  It has been our pleasure to work with all of you this year and we hope the summer will be equally productive while also providing time for much needed recreation and relaxation!

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls Pursuing Careers in Public Service Law!

Next academic year, rising 3Ls will have the opportunity to work directly with Michele Storms, Assistant Dean for Public Service Law! Michele will be able to pick up where you left off with Aline who primarily coaches 1Ls and 2Ls. Rising 2Ls will continue to work directly with Aline.

Congratulations to all of the Graduating Law Students!

It has been a real honor to work with so many of you who are deeply committed to working for the global common good.  You inspire and challenge us to be forward-thinking and creative in the ways we support and coach students in developing careers in social justice, human rights, pro bono and public service. Please remember that we continue to be available to support and coach you in your career development beyond graduation.   Indeed, if you are still looking for that right place to start your public service career please be in touch with Michele after the bar exam.  And for those of you taking the exam – best wishes.  Remember to keep exercise and good nutrition in the mix with your busy study schedule.  You can do it.

Wishing you all a restful and productive summer,

Michele & Aline

Volunteers Needed for Bi-Lingual Legal Clinic

LBAWlogoWHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: El Centro de la Raza, Third Floor
2524 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144

Attorneys needed to provide consults in the following areas: Immigration, Family, Personal Injury, Landlord-Tenant, Criminal, Property and Consumer Finance.   Non-Attorneys (i.e., legal staff and law students) are also needed for intakes!

LBAW and Schroeter Goldmark & Bender invite you to be a volunteer at an upcoming Free Bilingual Legal Clinic. Spanish interpreters are available! If you are able to volunteer, please download and complete the attached Volunteer Application. The application and all questions should be directed to LBAW Community Service Committee Chairs, M. Lorena González and Fé Lopez, at clinics@sgb-law.com.

Report on the Right to Adequate Housing Symposium

national law center housingOn April 26, 2013, a packed room of close to 150 attorneys, advocates, and federal, state, and local government officials gathered in New York City for a national symposium on Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), and the Northeastern Law School Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), and hosted at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the symposium connected participants to advanced legal analysis and practice from the U.S. and abroad to aid the housing rights movements’ ability to advocate on behalf of homeless and poor Americans. Read more here.

CEDAW-Human Rights Lobby Day on Capitol Hill – June 14

IMPOWER logoIMPOWR is an innovative initiative to establish a global collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. It promises to play a unique role in supporting the worldwide implementation of the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Please register now to join ABA Members on June 14, 2013 for the first ABA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY on Capitol Hill. ABA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY will convene lawyers and law students to lobby members of Congress to seek their support for U.S. ratification of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and for greater U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court (ICC). They will also lobby House Representatives to ask them to become a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

They can provide training and support for folks who can’t come to Washington and would like to participate by writing letters or visiting the local offices of their Congressional representatives. Visit the IHRC website for more information to to download the registration form.
Can’t Make It to Washington, D.C.? 
Lobby to your home district offices or make phone calls to support those lobbying on Capitol Hill.

• U.S. Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (Use this # to reach the office of any U.S. Senator or Representative.)

• U.S. Senate – Find Your Senator: http://1.usa.gov/9V5s

• U.S. House of Representatives – Find Your District: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find

Summer Research Assistant Position; Fall Internship in Environmental Law & Post Grad Positions in Immigration and Human Rights

LGBT Rights Research Opportunity this Summer with Professor Nicolas

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesProfessor Nicolas seeks a part-time research assistant to assist him on a variety of projects involving GLBT rights. Interested students should contact Professor Nicolas at pnicolas@uw.edu. Include your resume, transcript, work study status, and the name of a faculty member familiar with your research skills (in most cases, your 1L LARW professor).

Fall 2013 Internship or Externship with SF-based Wild Equity Institute

wei-logoThe Wild Equity Institute (“WEI”) is currently accepting applications for legal internships for the fall of 2013.

WEI is a San Francisco-based organization with a national and international mission: to build a healthy and sustainable global community for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth. As such, WEI is engaged in cutting-edge litigation at the intersection of the environmental justice and grassroots conservation movements, and our cases highlight the two movements’ shared moral foundation: equity, the creation of a more just and fair world.

WEI offers a flexible work environment with excellent mentoring opportunities. Specific work projects may include drafting complaints; researching various aspects of civil procedure and environmental law for inclusion in summary judgment motions; and preparing administrative petitions.

WEI is dedicated to conducting the highest quality legal work within the movement. We litigate under laws such as the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and the Civil Rights Act in an effort to create a more equitable world for all. We seek creative, motivated, dedicated, and good-humored law students to join us in these efforts. A background in ecology and/or civil rights is preferred.

Applications accpeted on a rolling basis. For complete externship information and application instruction please click here.

Americans for Immigrant Justice in Florida Seeks Staff Attorney

aijustice-largeAmericans for Immigrant Justice’s Lucha Project, established in 1997, serves immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking. Lucha attorneys work with grant partners to provide coordinated services in South Florida. Lucha has been at the forefront of service provision, legislative changes, and national advocacy efforts.
Duties include effectively managing large VAWA, U-visa, T-visa, & VAWA-related Removal Defense caseload; screening immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking for eligibility for immigration benefits; supervising legal interns and paralegals representing clients; representing AI Justice’s Lucha Project at community meetings, events, advocacy committees, task forces; collaborating with government agencies and community based organizations to improve systemic responses to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking; educating and providing technical assistance concerning immigration issues affecting victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete information and application instructions please click here.

InIRadvocatesternational Rights Advocates Seeks Self-Funded 2014 Legal Fellow

IRAdvocates seeks a full-time fellow to work on its international human rights cases, which employ legal strategies to hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. All cases are administered through the Washington, DC office of Conrad & Scherer, LLP. Additionally, the fellow will assist in developing new capacity building projects with partner organizations, which are designed to support on-going litigation initiatives and advance new litigation strategies at the local, regional, and international level.

The applicant must be a U.S. licensed attorney, or have bar membership pending.  Civil litigation experience in U.S. courts is preferred.  The applicant should possess excellent research and writing skills, as well as a commitment to contributing to public interest law and/or human rights advocacy. The applicant must also possess the ability to work independently under time constraints. Please note that this position could require travel outside the U.S. Women and Persons of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. For complete information and application instructions please click here.

Solidarity Center in DC Seeking Contract Researcher on International Human Rights & Gender

bangladesh_garmentThe Solidarity Center seeks a JD or LLM graduate with research and writing on International Human Rights Law and International Labor Law. Salary is $20-$25 per hour. Applicants should send send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ziona Tanzer ztanzer@solidaritycenter.org. Open until filled.