WA Attorney General Opening Preferred Pool, DC Fellowship with Partnership for Public Service, Fall Internship at CCR and Fellowships with National Immigration Law Center and Equal Justice Society Open Up

WA Attorney General’s Office Opening Preferred Pool Status

WA AGOThe Washington State Attorney General’s Office invites third-year law students (those who will graduate from law school in 2014) and judicial clerks of appellate courts whose clerkships will end in the summer of 2014 to apply for “preferred pool status” within our larger attorney hiring pool.  We expect that at the end of the process, up to 8 to 10 applicants will attain “preferred pool status”.

From a practical standpoint, this means that between August 1st and November 1st of 2014, divisions with approval to fill vacancies consistent with the interests and experience of those who have preferred status, must consider these particular candidates before they will be allowed to consider candidates from the larger pool.  The files of preferred pool candidates not placed by November 1, 2014 will revert to the larger hiring pool. To be considered for the 2013 Preferred Pool, application material must be received by close of business Thursday, September 5, 2013. For complete info please click here.

Interested in Helping Revitalize the Federal Gov’t? Consider a Fellowship at the Partnership for Public Service

Partnership for PS logoThe Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

At the Partnership, fellows are integral to the day-to-day operations, programs and activities of our organization. They value the contributions of fellows and work to provide relevant and useful experiences in return. Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events, and projects to help revitalize the federal government by focusing on the people working in it. Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership’s internal teams, but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. For more info please click here.

Fall Internship at Center for Constitutional Rights

CCR logoThe Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. CCR’s legal internships are part of CCR’s new Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.  The SJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, the summer Ella Baker Program, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of issues and projects.  Responsibilities include: assisting in legal research and writing; performing factual research and review; reviewing and indexing documents released by government agencies in FOIA litigation; assisting in writing reports and engaging in advocacy; and assisting with trial preparation.

For complete internship description and application instructions please click here. Applications due no later than July 31.

National Immigration Law Center Seeks to Sponsor Post Grad Fellowship Applicant

NILC logoThe National Immigration Law Center (NILC) invites third-year law students or judicial clerks to apply for NILC sponsorship of applications to the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate fellowships.

NILC seeks fellowship applicants to work on a project benefiting low-income immigrants in one of NILC’s priority areas: immigration enforcement, workers’ rights, access to public benefits, access to health care, or access to legal status. NILC will work closely with the selected applicant to ensure that the project proposal is integral to NILC’s priorities and meets a core need in the immigrant community. The fellow will work out of either our Los Angeles or Washington, DC, office.  Applications will be taken on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by July 29, 2013. For complete application instructions please click here.

Equal Justice Society  in Oakland Now Accepting Applications for the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Post Grad Fellowship

The Equal Justice Society is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, named after the first African American woman to serve on the federal bench.

EJS is a national civil rights law organization heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse.  Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment by replacing the Intent Doctrine with a Disparate Impact standard that addresses contemporary forms of racism.

Applications accepted through October 1. For complete description and instructions please click here.

Free ID Fraud and Debt Relief Webinars, CLS Celebrates Farmerworker Justice & GlobalWA Hosts Foreign Investment and Food Security Talk

July 15- Free Webinar on Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization and Fraud

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During the past year, a multitude of national disasters swept across the United States, from the man-made destruction caused by the Marathon bombings, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Texas explosion, to the natural devastations of severe storms, flooding, Oklahoma tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, and the still ongoing Colorado fires.

Unfortunately, in the wake of and even during these events, scammers and identity thieves are plying their trades, seizing on an opportunity to victimize Americans going through an already horrific time in their lives as well as scam those who try to offer aid.

What can we as professionals do to help prevent the crime and assist the victims in recovery from disaster related fraud and identity theft? The National Identity Theft Victims’ Assistance Network invites you to learn from experts at “Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization & Fraud,” a free webinar on July 15, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET.

For more info and to register please click here.

July 25- A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley

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Dolores HuertaPlease join Columbia Legal Services as we honor hundreds of farm worker clients whose labor of justice in the case of Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons will be recognized by national civil rights leader and beloved farm worker pioneer Dolores Huerta.

A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley with Dolores Huerta President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers

July 25, 2013, Thursday,  4:00 p.m.

Radio KDNA – Northwest Community Education Center

121 Sunnyside Ave, Granger, WA 98932

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP Preferred, cheli.bueno@columbialegal.org

July 25- Free Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Webinar

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Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Thursday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. EDT

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from income driven repayment plans, including President Obama’s new Pay As You Earn program, and exactly how Public Service Loan Forgiveness works.

Learn more about EJW webinars here .

July 30- The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment

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Please join GlobalWA for a fireside chat with Dr.Gregory Myers, Chief Land Tenure & Property Rights Division, USAID,  and Tim Hanstand, President & CEO, Landesa  

When: Tuesday July 30, 4:30-6:30pm

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave S // Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: Member $10 // Non-Member $20

RSVP: Click here! 

“The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment” will explore the relationship between food security, local land tenure, and poverty.  For those not familiar, the global farms race is the practice of wealthy countries or investors leasing or buying outright huge swaths of arable land in low-income countries, often displacing local populations without consultation or compensation.

Using real world examples of land right acquisition from Benin to Tajikistan, Dr. Myers will demonstrate the importance of inclusive land use policy in ensuring proper nutrition, mitigating conflict, gender equality, environmental conservation, and ending the cycle of poverty in many low-income countries.

Dr. Myers will highlight how developing countries, investors, international organizations such as USAID and DFID, and non-profits like Landesa, are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the Global Farms Race. And will discuss how with strong land tenure policies and transparency, the Global Farms Race can benefit both investors and locals alike.”

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2014 EJW Fellowship Applications Now Open, Training Materials on Human Rights Framework & Student Loan Ranger News

2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.21.47 PMThe 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now open and will close on September 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance.

Depending on funding, they are able to provide between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors and leaders of the private and public interest bars, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

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International Justice Resource Center Releases Materials from their International Human Rights Advocacy Training

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IJRC held an international human rights advocacy training conference, The International Human Rights Framework: Opportunities for Social Justice & Civil Rights Advocates, at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. More than 70 participants learned from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced human rights practitioners in the country on how to effectively engage with local, regional and international courts and monitoring bodies to advance human rights.

The training materials and background information are available for viewing and download at: http://bit.ly/humanrightsframework. These documents include IJRC’s newly revised and updated handbook on human rights advocacy for U.S. based advocates, as well as the relevant human rights treaties, decisions and reports.

The videos of each session are available on IJRC’s Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Get the Latest News on Student Loan Debt Relief from EJW’s Student Loan Ranger Blog

Student Loan Ranger - Education (usnewsAs usual, it’s been a busy month on Equal Justice Works Student Loan Ranger blog. They took a look at a recent bankruptcy case that offers hope for distressed borrowers, reviewed how the dueling House and Senate budget proposals would impact student loans and examined why the federal government is currently making a $50 billion profit on student loans.

Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship at NJP, Fall Externships in DC & San Diego, Colorado Migrant Farm Worker Justice and Fellowships with Equal Rights Advocates in SF

Northwest Justice Project Hiring Post Grad Veteran Legal Corps Fellows

homeless_veteransThe Northwest Justice Project is now accepting applications for three new one-year fellowships sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works to focus exclusively on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans remove barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  This Fellowship is focused on attorneys with 0-1 year experience, but NJP will consider applicants with up to 3 years’ experience, contingent on Equal Justice Works approval.  For complete info click here.  Applications due no later than July 22.

Fall Externship with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in DC

CFSYlogoThe Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) works to end the practice of sentencing youth to life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP) in the United States. The CFSY works with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. We work with active state campaigns and are advised by a committee of experts in the field.

Duties:

  • Collaborate with attorneys in post-conviction challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences
  • Participate in amicus strategies in state supreme court cases regarding the implementation of Miller v. Alabama
  • Develop trainings and materials to be used in mitigation hearings
  • Track case law developments with regards to Miller v. Alabama
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in public interest or criminal defense law. Second or third year law student. Excellent legal writing and research skills. Well developed organizational skills and attention to detail.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages) toinfo@fairsentencingofyouth.org no later than August 1.

Colorado Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney for Migrant Farm Worker Division

colorado farm workers pesticides1 resized smallColorado Legal Services Migrant Farm Worker Division cases mainly involve issues surrounding the working conditions of farm workers (e.g., wages, pesticides, sexual harassment and human trafficking), immigration law cases, as well as cases occasionally related to housing, benefits or civil rights. Duties include federal and state litigation; administrative advocacy; summer outreach to workers at labor camps; and working with community-based groups. The staff attorney will assume a caseload that includes federal litigation and will supervise summer interns doing outreach throughout Colorado. Excellent opportunity to work with other advocates committed to combating poverty and injustice in a friendly and supportive office environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has experience working with or on behalf of low-income communities, a demonstrated commitment to workplace and social justice, excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to successfully balance a variety of responsibilities. Spanish/English proficiency and regular travel in Colorado is required. Preference for applicants with prior litigation experience and admission to the Colorado Bar or eligible for reciprocal admission.

Applications considered on a rolling basis; position open until filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references and one legal writing sample to:

Amy Wood-Ocaña, Migrant Farm Worker Division, Colorado Legal Services, 1905 Sherman St., Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80203; awoodocana@colegalserv.org.

Need Some Sun in the Fall? Labor-Side Public Interest Firm in San Diego Hiring Fall Legal Clerks

OLG Logo NewOchoa Legal Group is seeking 1-2 law clerks for Fall 2013 positions in workers’ rights. The firm is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of law students interested in joining the ranks of union-side labor lawyers, and takes great pride in giving students challenging work opportunities that mirror the daily work done by our lawyers while providing exposure to the wide variety of issues that arise in the labor and employment field.

A law clerk can expect to take on brief-writing, assist with grievances and arbitrations, hearings, negotiations, meet with clients, engage in community legal education and work on litigation in state court, federal court, and various administrative agencies.

To be considered for a law clerk position, 2L and 3L law students should forward a resume, cover letter, references, writing sample and law school transcript to Ochoa Legal Group.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application instructions please click here.

White House Council on Environmental Quality Seeking Fall 2013 Externs from UW Law 

CEQThe Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. The Council’s Chair, Nancy Sutley, serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President.

CEQ is also responsible for ensuring that Federal agencies operate in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental and social aspirations has put NEPA and CEQ at the forefront of our Nation’s efforts to protect the environment.

CEQ interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with staff from all levels and a variety of backgrounds. The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. Interns can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The last day to apply for the fall term has been extended to July 12. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Equal Rights Advocates Opening 2014 Ruth Chance Fellow Applications

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ERA has been a pioneer in advancing gender equity in work and schools for women and girls across the country since its founding.  Through our campaign approach—which incorporates public education, direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: from ensuring access and equity in educational institutions, to combating sex discrimination in employment, to advocating for policies that make the workplace more hospitable to working families.  From assisting in the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellowship is an entry level position for a recent law school graduate, which offers the opportunity to obtain training and experience in litigation and other aspects of public interest practice.  As a member of the legal team at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow oversees the Advice and Counseling program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy efforts. For more about the position and application instructions please click here.

ERA is also seeking to sponsor Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellows. For more about these post grad fellowship opportunities with ERA please click here.

State Civil Legal Aid Funding Protected, New UN Gender Indicators, Interactive Poverty Map & LBAW Immigation Clinic

WA Equal Jusitce Coalition Reports State Legal Aid Funding Preserved

EqualJusticeUnderLawImageState legal aid funding has been protected for the 2013-2015 biennium. The Governor signed into law the agreed upon budget that adopts the House appropriations level for the Office of Civil Legal Aid, funding OCLA and Northwest Justice Project at the same level that the Legislature provided in the 2011-2013 biennium.

At a time when budgets were slashed for many entities, this result is a huge relief. This result could not have been possible without the help of countless equal justice advocates and supporters who wrote loads of emails and made calls to legislators. As you will recall, the Senate originally proposed cuts to legal aid of about $5 million, which would have been devastating. For more about the Equal Justice Coalition please click here.

New Poverty Rates Mapping Tool

prracThe Poverty & Race Research Action Council reports a that there’s a new interactive map from the Urban Institute that graphically shows shifts in poverty rates in both urban and suburban areas from 1980 to 2010 – zoom in to see how your metro area has changed (and hasn’t changed).

To Improve Data Collection, UN Agrees on Ground-Breaking Gender Indicators

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Data collection on social and economic development has come a long way, particularly since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the eight anti-poverty goals internationally agreed upon more than a decade ago. Yet, much remains to be done, particularly in the area of gender statistics, which can help to illustrate the impact development policies have on women’s lives. For example, only a little over one-third of Governments regularly generate statistics on their citizens’ access to clean water, which directly impacts the women who spend hours collecting it; and while the figures are somewhat higher when it comes to measuring violence against women, only 41 per cent of States do so regularly. [1] But very little of this data can be compared between countries because of differences in how violence against women is currently being measured. Read more here.

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Inspiring Local Internship and National Post Grad Opportunities

Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team Seeking Fall Intern/Extern

NJPjustice-250Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, training materials for staff and clients, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the office.
The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team works on issues involving loan origination;scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; barriers to housing and employment;remaining debt issues post-foreclosure; issues with credit, education, health and transportation stemming from foreclosure; eviction from foreclosed homes; neighborhood blight; promoting occupation of foreclosed homes; and discriminatory or otherwise improper  marketing of bank-owned properties. The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team conducts outreach to  minority communities and collaborates with community organizations. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in the Bay Area Seeking Asylum Program Coordinator

LCCR-logoCombining direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation strategies, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area advances the rights of immigrants, refugees and communities of color, with a specific focus on low income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. We provide leadership and expertise in identifying legal issues and cases that are critical to the advancement of minority and immigrant communities, and we marshal the resources of the private bar to help effect structural change.

In the area of asylum and related immigration matters, the Asylum Program Coordinator is responsible for: Conducting client intake interviews, country conditions research, and case assessment and screening; Recruiting, training, and supervising other intake specialists; Recruiting pro bono attorneys, volunteer immigration specialists, and volunteer interpreters for cases; Coordinating work of volunteers; Conducting community outreach; Planning legal workshops and volunteer trainings; Developing and updating written program and training material; and Case and volunteer tracking and related data management functions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisClick here to learn more.

Sierra Club in DC Seeking Environmental Law Staff Attorney

Sierra ClubThe Staff Attorney litigates key Sierra Club cases, helps implement national strategic litigation campaigns, and helps build the Sierra Club’s in‑house litigation component of its Law Program.  As part of a team of attorneys, the Staff Attorney is involved with ongoing in‑house legal duties, including evaluation and supervision of the entire docket of Sierra Club environmental litigation, strategic planning with a range of Sierra Club leaders, fundraising, media work, and general supervision of the Law Program. The position involves daily contact with Sierra Club volunteer activists, staff, and attorneys throughout the nation. 3 + years of lawyer experience desired. Applications accepted on rolling basis. For complete application info please click here.

Latino Justice Seeking to Sponsor Rising 3L or Recent Grad for 2014 Public Interest Fellowship

LatinoJusticeLatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.  Since 1972 we have brought precedent-setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the treatment of Latinos in our society.  Current areas of focus include constitutional rights, immigrants’ rights, redistricting, voting rights, housing, education, language and job discrimination, workplace justice issues, freedom of movement and treatment of day laborers, criminalization of Latinos, unlawful police practices, and all forms of bias that adversely affect Latinos.

LatinoJustice seeks applications from rising law students entering their third year of law school or recent graduates who will be engaged in a judicial clerkship for the coming year who will be eligible for a fellowship commencing in September 2014.  We are seeking energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice issues, and who have excellent legal research, writing and communications skills.  Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required. Applications due no later than July 26. For complete application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney

immigrationPIRC is a non-profit agency that provides education and direct legal representation to vulnerable immigrants, including individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania detention facilities. PIRC provides on-site group legal orientations, individual consultations, self-help workshops, and pro bono attorney referral services under its Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a DOJ/EOIR-funded program. Services for the LOP program are currently provided in York, Pennsylvania and at the Berks Family Shelter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides free legal assistance to torture survivors and other vulnerable immigrant populations who are isolated in immigration detention and facing removal from the United States. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 26, 2013 or until the position is filled. Early submission highly encouraged. The Hiring Committee will begin screening resumes upon receipt. For complete application instructions please click here.