Announcing Entry-Level Post Grad Positions Galore

Northwest Justice Project Hiring Staff Attorney for Homeless Legal Services Project in Tacoma

NJPThe Homeless Legal Services Project is a partnership between NJP, Pierce County Community Connections’ Homeless programs office, and local homeless services providers. The Project’s design is to provide civil legal assistance to homeless families that are targeted to resolve issues most likely to preserve existing housing or assist families in becoming re-housed. Areas of legal services delivery will involve publically subsidized and private landlord-tenant disputes; other housing-related problems including deposit, tenant screening, and credit check issues; public benefits and healthcare; consumer; background checks, other administrative disqualifications from employment, driver’s license reinstatement; and other issues experienced by homeless clients.

Applicants should have experience either in law practice or clinic settings in assisting low income, homeless, mentally ill, or similarly marginalized populations; a demonstrated commitment to equal justice for low income communities; and a desire to work in Pierce County, WA. This project is grant funded for a three-year period and any commitment to employment at the end of three years is dependent on grant renewal or the availability of other funds.

APPLICATIONS:  Email a cover letter, resume and references by August 23, 2013 to Bridgette Murphy: re: Homeless Legal Services position. For complete application info and details please click here.

Disability Rights Washington Seeking Entry-Level Civil Litigation Attorney in Seattle

DRWDisability Rights Washington (DRW), a private non-profit organization advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, seeks a civil litigation attorney for an entry level position.  All candidates should have significant interest and experience in working with people with disabilities.

The attorney will conduct legal research, writing, and advocacy to support DRW’s class actions and other impact litigation.  Additionally, the attorney will work collaboratively with other DRW staff, co-counsel, and advocacy partners to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for Washingtonians with psychiatric, developmental, sensory, and physical disabilities.

DRW is designated by the governor as the independent federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State.  As such, DRW promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.

Excellent research and writing skills, academic performance, and references are required. Attorneys with disabilities and attorneys with bilingual fluency are strongly encouraged to apply. DRW is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for submissions is August 12, 2013. For complete application instructions please click here.

Post-Grad Fellowship at Human Rights Watch

HRWAlan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.

Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable. Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 16, 2013. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

The Defender Assocation’s Racial Disparity Project Seeks to Sponsor a 2014 Project Based Fellow


The Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project (RDP) is seeking to sponsor a public interest legal fellowship applicant. The opportunity is for those who wish to begin working in Fall 2014.

We invite people who are passionate about policy and legal issues that are affecting low-income individuals, communities of color, and people involved in the criminal justice system. We are looking for individuals who can work independently, innovatively, and passionately to effect change on a systemic level. Fellows are essential to the RDP’s work. Because the RDP is leanly staffed grant-funded project, fellows take on significant projects that move the RDP’s mission forward in leaps and bounds. This is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates and young lawyers to work in a progressive-minded environment.

Examples of appropriate public interest law fellowships to apply to include, but are not limited to:
-Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Application Deadline: 9/17/2013
-Skadden Fellowship, Application Deadline: 10/7/2013
-Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, Application Deadline: 10/23/2013

Check details on Symplicity and for more info contact Anita Khandelwal at

Washington Gender and Justice and Minority Justice Commissions Seeking Program Coordinator

WA AOCThe WA AOC has a job opening for someone who understands issues of equity and access to the justice system, has skills thinking and talking about the ways in which institutionalized racism and sexism manifest in the legal system, and would like to work in Seattle/Olympia, WA.

This position coordinates/staffs the Gender and Justice and Minority Justice Commissions out of the Administrative Office of the Courts.  This position works closely with Chief Justice of Washington’s Supreme Court, Justice Barbara Madsen.

The job description doesn’t really capture the fun and the potential of the job, which is working with some very dedicated judges, attorneys and advocates on these commissions to create educational programs, and further the work of these very important commissions.   Someone with organizational development, grant writing, diversity/anti-oppression training experience, and collaboration-building skills would be well-positioned to apply. Being an attorney is not necessary; but the ability to talk with judges is a requirement. The person has to spend some time in the Olympia office each week, but the possibility of working offsite in Seattle part of the time is potentially negotiable.

Act now!  The application deadline is July 26th.