Get Ready for Some Spring & Summer 2014 Internships

US EPA Office of General Counsel Summer 2014 Student Honors Program

EPA 2The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor  to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.  OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency.

OGC Summer Honors Law Clerk Program: OGC operates a highly competitive, 12-week Summer Honors Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students). OGC seeks law clerks with strong academic credentials who have a demonstrated interest in environmental, administrative, government operations, civil rights, or public interest law.  The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.  Law clerks must be U.S. citizens.

OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience.  Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues.  Law clerks also are assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills.

Applications due August 30. For complete info and application instruction please click here.

ACLU Disability Rights Division in San Francisco Seeking Spring 2014 Legal Interns

ACLUThe Equality Center – Disability Rights Division of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City and San Francisco seeks applicants for Spring 2014 Legal Internships. The internships will be located in the San Francisco Office.

The Spring legal internships require a 10 to 16 week commitment. The internships may be full-time or part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. Arrangements can be made with the students’ schools for work/study or course credit.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES

The internship is designed to provide legal interns with the opportunity to learn about public interest law, with a disability rights focus. Interns will work closely with the Equality Center – Disability Counsel. Legal interns will be expected to:

  • Conduct legal research, analysis, and writing.
  • Conduct internet and other factual research and collaborate with staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues.
  • Collect and analyze statistical and social science data for use in litigation and policy presentations.
  • Conduct outreach to disability organizations.
  • Develop and maintain website content and other public information materials.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.

For complete info and application instructions please click here. Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Public Citizen’s Litigation Group Summer 2014 Internship Program

Public CitizenFounded in 1971, Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that advocates for good government, a strong regulatory system, a clean and sustainable environment, affordable and safe health care, citizen access to the courts, corporate accountability in the trade arena and more.

Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two to three summer law clerks for the summer of 2014. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment, including Internet free speech issues. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries and have a substantial practice before federal regulatory agencies. Our lawyers have argued 62 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, with another one coming up this fall.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the upervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients. For complete info and application instructions please click here.  Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Securities & Exchange Commission’s Summer 2014 Student Honors Program Accepting Applications

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The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.

Participants work with SEC staff members on projects that are exemplary of the  Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. For more information on our program, please visit our Student Honors Program Homepage.

The application period is from Monday, August 19th, 2013 through Friday, September 6th, 2013 (midnight Eastern Standard Time). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply: Students should prepare the following items and submit them during the application period in a single PDF here:

1) Résumé with current contact information 2) One page cover letter; indicating three preferred offices and divisions. 3)   Law school transcript 4) List of current courses;  5) and a 5 to 10 page legal writing sample. To receive consideration the PDF must be labeled-LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA, MICHELLE). 

If you have any questions please email students@sec.gov.

Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons Now Accepting Internship Applications

SCRAPlogoSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) is a private, non-profit public defense law firm with offices in Seattle and Kent, Washington. Bob Nickels founded Society of Counsel in 1976 to provide representation to indigent minors accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses, and to parents and minors in abuse and neglect dependency cases.

Since then Society of Counsel has grown to a staff of over 90 people dedicated to providing quality legal representation to indigent residents of King County. Our staff consists of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, social workers, and clerical and administrative employees.

Today Society of Counsel provides representation to over 13,000 clients per year. The agency is divided into the following practice areas: adult felonies; adult misdemeanors; dependencies; family law contempt of court; juvenile offender; and sexually violent predator. Our largest unit is adult felonies, which employs approximately 35% of our staff, followed by dependencies, juvenile offender, adult misdemeanor and contempt of court.

Society of Counsel views its mission as more than just providing quality legal representation to our clients. We believe part of our role is to try to address our clients broader challenges and help them avoid future entanglements with the system.

To learn more about internships at SCRAP please click here.

Ed Debt Webinar, ‘Girls Rising’ Film Screening at Gates Foundation & Networking with Orgs Working in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 5: Drowning in Educational Debt? Attend a Free EJW Webinar

EJW Ed Debt Relief12:00 pm – 1:15 pm PST

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 the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Useful for: public interest workers, graduate and professional students, undergraduate students, school advisors and administrators, and employers.

Click here to register. 

September 10: Don’d Miss the Screening of “Girls Rising” Hosted by the Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cordially invites you to the Community Film Club: Screening of Girl Rising on September 10th from 5:00 – 7:30pm at our Seattle campus.  

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this movie is about nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.  Watch the trailer here.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Director of Vulcan Productions (co-producer of the film) and Radha Rangarajan, Associate Program Officer, US Advocacy, from our US Program team.  Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Pre-registration is required. Please click here to confirm your attendance. We hope you will join us.

September 11: Global WA’s Global Social on Sub-Saharan Africa

Global WA bannerWondering what other organizations are doing in Sub-Saharan Africa? Running a small non-profit in Tanzania and want some local business support? Operating a corporate office out of Zambia and looking for ways to give back? Global Washington invites you to meet with people and organizations working in the same region as your organization. Happy hour drinks and food will be included!

Who: Businesses, government, and non-profits working in your global region

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave South // Seattle, WA

When: Wednesday, September 11 // 4:30- 6:30pm

Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members

What to Bring: Networking tools, brochures, newsletters, and business cards to share

RSVP: Click here!

New ABA President Pledges to Work on Legal Jobs and ATJ, Call for Human Rights Conference Proposals, Rape Victims Legal Redress in Kenya & The Farm Worker Labor Debate

New ABA President Pledges to Work on Legal Jobs, Access to Justice

SilkenatCHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — James Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester, took office Tuesday as president of the American Bar Association.

The ABA held its annual meeting in San Francisco. It wrapped up Tuesday.

Silkenat, who is a member of the law firm’s corporate department, will serve as the association’s president until the close of its meeting next August.

Silkenat said he plans to help develop a Legal Access Job Corps, which will seek to address the country’s growing unmet legal needs and the underemployment of recent law graduates.

“Instead of looking at the dearth of jobs and the large number of unmet legal needs as two separate silos, we will find ways to match young lawyers who need practical job experience with disadvantaged clients who need legal assistance,” the new president said. Continue reading here.

US Human Rights Network Call for Conference Proposals

Advancing Human Rights ConfAre you working on a human rights concern that receives little to no attention? Do you need more champions and foot soldiers to advance your work or campaign?  Have you experienced a recent victory?

If so, then now is the time to Submit a Proposal Application to share your experiences and stories with other conference attendees and to strengthen a growing people-centered movement to secure dignity and justice for all in the U.S.

In preparing the proposal application we ask you to reflect on how race, gender, sexuality and class impact your work. We encourage you to use the Framing Questions on Intersectionality as a guide to assist you in developing your proposals. We hope that the Framing Questions will also serve as a good tool for assessing how an intersectionality approach can strengthen your current human rights work. PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 5!

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE TODAY: Join fellow human rights activists in Atlanta in December as we celebrate USHRN’s 10th Anniversary and gather to learn, share and organize. Click here to register. 

Registration Discounted for Members! Early Bird Registration Ends October 22. Limited Travel Scholarships Available: Click here to learn more and apply.

Debate Continues Over Farm Labor Contracting

Apple Picker Andy Sawyer Yakima HeraldAugust 12, 2013–By Mike Faulk, Yakima Herald, Photo courtesy by Andy Sawyer, Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Legal advocates for employees and employers are engaged in a public debate over whether the state Farm Labor Contractor Act is serving its original purpose to protect employees, or if it’s eliminating jobs by running unsuspecting companies out of business.

The debate follows two decisions in state and federal courts in recent years that haven’t settled the contention over what constitutes farm labor contracting, fees for service and how penalties and damages should be applied to those held liable for violating the law.

Legal advocates for employers say there could be hundreds of companies and farmers currently operating as unlicensed farm labor contractors under state law. Farm labor advocates, meanwhile, say the law is unambiguous and has successfully provided recourse to workers who were denied basic information about their wages and other terms of their contracts.  Continue reading here.

Kenyan Rape Victims Seek Compensation

nairobi_high_court_-_t_chenGroup of women who suffered sexual attacks during mass violence five years ago to sue officials.

August 14, 2013–By J.J. Wangui, Photo courtesy of Ting Chen/Flickr- International Justice – ICC, ACR Issue 358,

Eight Kenyan women who were victims of rape and sexual violence during months of unrest in 2007-08 are to bring a civil case against some of the country’s highest-ranking officials, accusing them of failing to investigate their cases.

The women say they have lost faith in seeing the perpetrators face prosecution, and argue that police, in particular, have been largely immune from prosecution for rape and other crimes.

An independent inquiry into the post-election violence carried out by the Waki Commission indicated that police were responsible for 405 shootings and hundreds of injuries and rapes during the violence.

Many of the women who were attacked, however, say they were turned away by police when they tried to report assaults by a member of the force.

“A number of victims have [attempted to lodge] criminal cases against the police who either shot or raped them but the latter has failed to document these cases,” Christine Kungu, a lawyer at the NGO Federation for Female Lawyers, FIDA, which is representing the women.

Kenya descended into chaos when violence broke out along political and ethnic lines following the disputed outcome of the December 2007 general election. More than 1,100 people were killed and 3,500 injured before calm was restored in February 2008 by an internationally-brokered agreement between the rival Orange Democratic Movement and the Party of National Unity. Continue reading here.

Plentiful Government Service Internships & Jobs

U.S. Army JAG On-Campus Interviews

US army JAGThe U.S. Army JAG has registered for OCI on Friday, September 27.  Captain Elisabeth Gilman, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, will be on campus to interview all interested 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M.s.

Applications are being accepted through the OCI tab in “Symplicity”.  To see complete information and to apply, select OCI Fall 2013 – Session 2”, then select the Review” button.  You may bid for an interview with Captain Gilman by submitting a cover letter and a resume.  Application deadline is Thursday, September 12, 2013. 

Please visit http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html for guidance and complete application requirements.

San Francisco City Attorney 2014 Legal Intern Program Seeking Applicants for Spring, Summer & Fall

SF city attyThe San Francisco City Attorney’s Office seeks 35 1Ls and 2Ls for its unpaid part-time (min. 20 hrs/wk) Summer (early June – early Aug.) Internship Program, and approximately 25 2Ls and 3Ls for unpaid, part-time (min. 10 hrs/wk) internships in each of the Spring (mid-Jan. – mid-Apr.) and Fall (early Sept. – early Nov.) semesters.

Attorneys are organized into teams and, as closely as possible, intern will be placed in teams according to their preferences.  Litigation-oriented teams include Child Protection and Family Services, Code Enforcement, Contracts & Construction, Complex Litigation, Government, Labor, Land Use, Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation.  Other teams include Airport (located at SFO), Energy and Telecommunications, Ethics & Elections, Finance and Real Estate, Health & Human Services, Port (Located at Pier 1), Public Utilities, Taxation, and Transportation.

Interns work closely with 2-3 Deputy City Attorneys in drafting regulations and statutes, reviewing contracts, representing the City in court, and advising City agencies and departments.  They may also observe trials and depositions.  All interns attend a 1-day orientation program, receive computer training, and participate in CLEs, lectures, events and tours.  Past activities have included a ride on a Fireboat, as well as tours of Pacific Bell Park, the Animal Care and Control facility, the Youth Guidance Center, and the court system.

The Office provides legal services to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, School District, and other City and County offices.

For complete info and application instructions please click here.

King County Superior Court Judicial Clerk/Bailiff Position for 2014 Grad

KC superior courtThis is a year-long judicial clerkship in King County Superior Court beginning in August of 2014. Duties include assisting the judge with legal research and writing, processing orders, managing the court’s calendar, trial management, and overseeing all functions of the courtroom. You may also supervise legal externs and interns working in chambers, including assisting them with research and writing projects. The position is an extremely rewarding experience for a young lawyer interested in litigation. You will learn a great deal about the trial court, the rules of procedure, and motion and trial practice.  Washington State Bar membership is required.

Qualified applicants should possess strong oral communication and writing skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple tasks at one time. In addition, the position requires someone who is customer service-oriented, enjoys interacting with people, including jurors, attorneys, pro se litigants, and the general public, in a helpful, courteous manner.

Interested applicants should forward a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, short writing sample (5-7 pages) and a list of references (4 maximum) to Kathleen Manning, bailiff/law clerk for Judge Mariane Spearman via email at spearman.court@kingcounty.gov.  Interviews will be conducted at the King County Courthouse in October or November of 2013.  All applications must be received by October 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm to be considered for this position. Persons of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Federal Communications Commission Now Accepting Applications for Attorney Honors Program

FCCApplications for the Fall 2014 program will be accepted through October 1, 2013.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce law school graduates to the field of communications law and policy. On July 26, 2013, the FCC will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2014 class from law students in their final year of study and judicial clerks. Applications must be received October 1, 2013.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in the many varied aspects of federal administrative practice as they relate to the FCC’s oversight of television, radio, cable, wireless, wireline, satellite, and other communications services and facilities. Participants will also benefit from a wide variety of learning experiences. Attorneys at the FCC draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, work with internal and external constituencies to resolve complex policy issues before the agency, participate in international negotiations, represent the FCC in dealings with other government agencies, Congress and the private sector, and defend FCC decisions in the federal courts. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

US Mission to the European Union Seeking Legal Interns

US State DeptThe U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) seeks highly motivated students for several internship opportunities. Interns at USEU serve as full-time and respected members of the Mission team, allowing them to gain a comprehensive understanding of major issues in the transatlantic relationship and acquire first-hand practical experience of the diplomatic work of the U.S. government.

Both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens may apply to intern at USEU, but only U.S. citizens are eligible for certain internships.  A security clearance must be obtained for certain internships. While internships are unpaid, we offer a rewarding experience in an excellent working environment.

USEU is situated in the heart of Brussels and enjoys convenient access to public transportation. For insight into the activities of our Mission’s interns, visit the USEU Intern blog on Facebook.

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS: The  U.S. AmbassadorDeputy Chief of Mission, and Legal Counselor are located in the Executive Office (EXEC). This intern will have first-hand exposure to the workings of USEU at the highest level on a range of key policy and legal issues.  Specific duties, under the supervision of the Staff Assistant, are likely to include preparing briefing materials for the Ambassador, performing research and assisting in the preparation of the Ambassador’s public remarks, and helping represent the U.S. government at public events.

This intern also works directly with the Mission’s legal counselor, tracking and analyzing cases in the European Court of Justice with a nexus to U.S. policy, as well as observing and reporting on other legal developments relating to the EU institutions. Applicants from U.S. law schools are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: This internship is open to U.S. Citizens only. Please apply here and clearly mention in your statement of purpose that you wish to intern in the Executive Office of USEU.

Save the Date Events: Get Ready for Fall!

Octorber 15: Washington Appleseed’s Breakfast with the Best

Please join Washington Appleseed for breakfast on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30am in celebration of a year of great social progress and the pro bono teams who helped to make it all happen! RSVP to Katie@WaAppleseed.org.

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November 13: Global Washington’s 5th Annual Conference

 Global WA 2013 conference

Join Global WA on November 13th at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle for our 5th Annual Conference! This year’s conference will continue to use Collective Impact to highlight the best examples of partnerships, innovations, and collaborations in the global development community. We invite you to join us this November to connect, learn, and share with others in Washington State’s vibrant global development community!

Reserve your spot. Early bird pricing ends Friday, August 30th.

Early bird: Member: $100 Non-Member: $150

Registration after August 30: Member: $150 Non-Member: $225

RSVP today- click here!

Conference Speakers:

GlobalWA Deogratias NiyizonkizaDeogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza is the founder and chief executive officer of Village Health Works, a grassroots non-profit organization providing compassionate, quality health care to the most vulnerable community members in rural Burundi, East Africa. Deo is the protagonist of The New York Times bestseller Strength In What Remains, which depicts Deo’s journey from medical student in Burundi, to struggling immigrant in New York City, to Ivy League-educated global health practitioner and doctor-in-training.

GlobalWA Sam Daley-HarrisSam Daley-Harris is founder of RESULTS, an international citizens’ lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. In 2007, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus said: “…no other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund’s Microcredit Summit Campaign.”

January 31- February 1, 2014: NW Public Service Career Fair

NW PS Career Fair logoGet Ready Law Students and Recent Grads! Don’t miss on this great opportunity to connect and interview with non-profit and government legal employers in Seattle on Friday, January 31 and/or in Portland on Saturday, February 1.

For complete info check out the career fair website here. Employers will be registering on a rolling basis throughout the fall check the website frequently for the latest updates!

IMPORTANT DATES FOR LAW STUDENTS & RECENT GRADS

November 4, 2013: Student registration opens

January 13, 2014: Student deadline for requesting interviews

January 24, 2014: Students are notified of interview schedules

January 26, 2014: Student pre-registration closes (you may still register at the door)

January 29, 2014: Student deadline for rejecting interviews

January 31, 2014: Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University

February 1, 2014: Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark College

October 23: Columbia Legal Services 2013 Annual Pro Bono Reception 

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Student Loan News, Student Funding for EJW Career Fair, WLI Applications Now Open, Global Justice Series and the Local Take on the ‘War on Drugs’

EJW Debt Relief News: The Future Looks Grim for Student Loans

EJW Ed Debt Relief

Here’s the latest on Education Debt Relief News from Equal Justice Works.

In case you hadn’t heard, Congress did retroactively fix the doubling of subsidized Direct Loan interest rates that took effect July 1. The deal reached in the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act creates fixed rates each academic year that are based on the 10-year Treasury rate plus a set amount that varies depending on the type of loan. For example, the interest rate for loans to undergraduates will be the Treasury note rate plus an additional 2.05 percentage points. For graduate and professional students, interest rates will be calculated by adding 3.6 percentage points to their Direct Unsubsidized Loans and 4.6 percentage points to their PLUS Loans.

The legislation also raises the interest rate caps on all those loans. Undergraduates could find themselves paying up to 8.25 percent (compared to a current maximum of 6.8 percent). Graduate and professional students could be even harder hit: the interest rate cap for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is 9.5 percent (versus the current 6.8 percent max) and the cap for PLUS Loans is now a whopping 10.5 percent (far above the current 7.9 percent max).

The bottom line? While this legislation is good for current students who will benefit from today’s low interest rates, future students will pay far, far higher rates. In fact, if CBO estimates are correct, students will start paying higher rates by 2017.

Our recommendation? Set yourself up for success in managing your student debt by purchasing (and reading!) our comprehensive student debt e-book, viewing our weekly Student Loan Ranger blog, and attending one of our free webinars.

Skoll World Forum Launches Special Global Justice Series 

WJPThe World Justice Project is pleased to announce that the Skoll World Forum, in partnership with Thompson Reuters Foundation, has launched a special series on global justice featuring participants of our World Justice Forum IV (convened last month in The Hague, Netherlands). Speakers were asked to reflect on a wide range of issues including land rights, access to water, criminal justice, and more. Articles will be published every day throughout the week, and can be found here: Skoll World Forum: A Special Series on Global Justice. The pieces will also be syndicated through www.trust.org, the Thompson Reuters Foundation website. Featured writers so far have included Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning), Faustina Pereira (BRAC), John Oldfield (WASH Advocates), and William H. Neukom (World Justice Project), with more to come in the following days.

Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Now Accepting Applications: Deadline September 20, 2013

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe WLI is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the WLI is to recruit and train diverse and underrepresented lawyers for future leadership within the legal and bar community.  Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Need funding to Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair?

EJW conferenceOnce again this fall UW Law through the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of UW Law students to attend the EJW Conference and Career Fair in October.

The time frame to apply for travel reimbursement is between September 23 and October 4 (at noon).  You may request travel reimbursement (stipends will range from $400-$450 for reimbursement only) by sending your statement of interest and need along with your updated résumé to Assistant Dean Michele Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by noon Friday October 4.  Priority will be given to students who have been granted interviews at the career fair (students will be notified by October 3) but if you are serious about attending and do not have an interview you should still apply.  Please note that the deadline to apply for interviews at the career fair is September 12.  Please do not apply for travel reimbursement until September 23.  Reimbursement award decisions will be made by noon October 8.

For students attending the fair, regardless of interview status we’re having a lunch time session on how to make the best use of the conference and career fair.  That session will take place Friday October 21 at 12:30 location TBA.

Reminder of EJW Important Dates:

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations

Federal “De-Escalation” of War on Drugs Follows King County’s Five Year Plan

KCPA Dan Satterberg

THE PROSECUTOR’S POST, Vol. 6, Issue 4 August 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new “Smart on Crime” policy shift for federal law enforcement this week in the approach to illegal drug markets.  The AG said that his new approach is aimed at undoing laws that maintain “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration” that “traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.”

Federal prosecutors generally have not handled low level drug cases, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for our area accounts for only about 5% of all local prosecutions.  Nevertheless, Attorney General Holder should be commended for recognizing something that King County has acknowledged for years —  we cannot arrest and prosecute our way out of the social and criminal problems associated with low level drug markets.

The shift in King County began as leaders came to see more clearly that drug crimes are different than other crimes.  People addicted to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and/or prescription drugs present complex issues that are not solved through incarceration.  The costs of incarceration have been borne by all of us, the public, the addict, and many families and community members who watched a loved one spiral out of control through the grip of addiction and then lost that family member to prison.

Here in King County we began the journey envisioned by Attorney General Holder almost 20 years ago, when we started the nation’s 12th Drug Diversion Court – a court centered on treatment and a clean and sober life – not on jail and prison. There are now over 2,000 drug courts nationwide.  The State of Washington followed suit over ten years ago, when the State Legislature reduced sentences for drug crimes, reversing the trend started in 1989 of very long prison sentences for drug sales, regardless of the amount.  Continue reading here.

Bountiful Summer 2014 Internships, Urban Justice Center Hiring for Veterans’ Advocacy & Spokane County Bar Hiring Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator

Summer 2014 Goldmark Equal Justice Paid Internship at Unemployment Law Project in Seattle or Spokane

Unemployment ClaimsThe Unemployment Law Project (ULP) provides legal representation to unemployed workers of Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose right to those benefits is challenged.

A “total immersion” experience, the legal intern will work with ULP staff on all levels of client assistance, including client intake interviews, case review, representation at administrative hearings, written appeals to the Commissioner of the Employment Security Department, and possible appeals to the Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal.

The internship is open to law students who have completed their second year prior to the summer of 2014 and to recent law school graduates. The successful candidate will display proficiency in case review and identification of issues, excellent writing abilities and have client intake experience. Although being Rule 9 qualified is not a requirement, being so might open up additional advocacy opportunities.

Interviewing on average two to four potential clients a week, the intern will prepare for and represent clients at an average of one to three hearings a week, as well as meet each of those clients, in person or telephonically, at a pre-hearing conference in preparation for each hearing. The intern will be responsible for identifying the legal issues in assigned cases, researching applicable law, and formulating a written theory of both the client’s and the employer’s case.

This is 10 week internship with a $8000 stipend. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 11. For complete application information and instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Internship with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHSThe Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks second year law students with a demonstrated interest in public service and health care law. We anticipate selecting applicants for two to four unpaid summer law clerk positions lasting approximately ten weeks during the summer of 2014.

OCIG promotes the mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel. Legal interns will investigate cases, perform legal research, draft briefs, and write legal memorandums. Each legal intern will have an opportunity to work with all three branches of OCIG: the administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, the Industry Guidance Branch, and the Advice Branch. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in the global resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participating in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and the health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and the Department of Justice on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch provides legal advice on issues such as the scope and exercise of OIG’s authorities and responsibilities; investigative techniques, procedures, and conduct; audits and inspections; and the impact of legislative proposals.

Applications accepted no later than September 16. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Legal Internship with the Center for Ocean Solutions

Center for Ocean SolutionsThe Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), a collaboration of Stanford University (through Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is seeking summer Legal Interns for ten-week positions starting in May or June 2014. The Center’s mission is to solve major problems facing the ocean and prepare the leaders who take on these challenges.

The Legal Intern will work primarily on research and writing projects within the Center’s ecosystem health, climate change, and land-sea interaction initiatives. Legal aspects of this work are likely to include environmental, public lands, administrative, and/or international law. Policy aspects of this work are likely to include monitoring and analysis of key state, federal, and international ocean governance and policy-making activities. Examples of recent Legal Intern projects include:

  • Researching the state of law of cumulative impact assessment under federal and state statutes;
  • Facilitating the use of science-based indicators and thresholds in management under existing statutory and regulatory frameworks;
  • Identifying policy and education opportunities to manage vectors of marine invasive species in California state waters;
  • Researching the impacts of relevant Executive Orders and their funding histories as points of comparison to the recently issued Executive Order on National Ocean Policy;
  • Reviewing U.S. state and local climate change adaptation strategies to inform coastal decision makers in the Monterey Bay area;
  • Assessing the interpretation of optimum yield in various natural resource areas to inform federal Fishery Management Council members’ thinking about optimum yield under the Magnuson-Stevens Act;
  • Reviewing state laws for opportunities to expand decision making through an ecosystem services lens;
  • Assessing implications for ocean and coastal management by examining successes and failures in the implementation of U.S. public lands management statutes; and
  • Identifying legal tools for addressing local causes of ocean acidification.

Applications accepted through October 15. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Urban Justice Center in NYC Hiring Staff Attorneys for Veteran’s Advocacy Project

Urban Justice Center NYCThe Veteran Advocacy Project(VAP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for a Housing Staff Attorney. The position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income veterans in housing matters. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to veterans in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, including representation in Housing Court, at NYCHA hearings, and in advocacy involving HUD-VASH vouchers. In addition, the position will involve work with veterans on minor matters concerning consumer finance, child support, and government benefits. 2 + years of Housing Court litigation experience. Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus.

They’re also seeking applicants for a Student Veterans Staff Attorney. The position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income veterans, with a focus on those transitioning from the military to civilian life in school.

The attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to veterans, primarily at higher education campuses around the New York metropolitan area, including representation in public benefits hearings, VA educational benefits claims, consumer finance, and child support. In addition, the position may involve work with veterans on Social Security claims and housing matters. Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus, including knowledge of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Applications accepted through August 19. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Spokane Volunteer Lawyer Program Seeking Program Coordinator

Spokane County BAThe Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting resumes for the full time position for coordinator of its Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Qualifications shall include: ability to work with people, managerial and accounting skills, grant writing experience, participation in The Alliance for Equal Justice network, ability to work under stress, experience working with volunteers is desirable. Prior family law experience helpful. The successful applicant will be able to manage all aspects of a small non-profit organization and work equally well with low-income clients in crisis, volunteer lawyers, and legal aid colleagues.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: SCBA VLP Position, Spokane County Bar Association, 1116 West Broadway Avenue, MS ANX-4-SCBA, Spokane, WA 99260 or email: pyoude@spokanebar.org. Application deadline is August 14, 2013.

Marriage Equality After DOMA, WSBA Town Hall, Minority Bar Assn’s Happy Hour, Annual DV Symposium & Criminal Law Soirée

August 12: QLaw Event- Marriage Equality After DOMA

What Happened After Marriage Equality Arrived in Washington State from Alex Liberato on Vimeo.

QLaw Event: Marriage Equality After DOMA

Monday, August 12th, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium (Directions)
Click to Send RSVP Email, or RSVP on Facebook

Now that part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, what does it mean for you and your relationship? And what are the next steps to achieve the freedom to marry in every state in the country?

Join QLaw for a free community meeting that will help answer those questions. Panelists will provide information and answer questions on issues including federal taxes, employee benefits, family law, Social Security, military benefits, immigration, and what’s being done currently to make the freedom to marry a reality in all 50 states.

The discussion will be moderated by Lacey All, chair of Washington United for Marriage. Panelists include:

  • Howard Bye-Torre, Stoel Rives
  • Shelbi Day, Lambda Legal
  • Wendy Goffe, Stoel Rives
  • Janet Helson, Skellenger Bender, P.S.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to events@aclu-wa.org or visit our event page on Facebook.

August 12: WSBA Governance Structure Town Hall

wsba2It’s not too late to make plans and join us either via webcast or in-person next Monday for a discussion about WSBA’s governance structure. Over the last six months, a task force has explored a number of questions, like:

  • Should  Board members be elected, appointed,or a combination of elected and appointed? If elected, should the present system be modified?
  • Should the WSBA Board include representation from non-lawyers?
  • How many members should comprise the board? How long should a board term be?  Should a Board member be able to run for more than one term? Should there be a cap on the number of terms a Board member could serve?
  • What is the Board’s primary role, and what should it focus on?
  • Should board candidates have certain experience or qualifications in order to serve on the board? If so, what are they?
  • Should there be a different approach to diversity appointments to the board?
  • What should the role of the president of the WSBA be, and how should the president be selected?

As key stakeholders, the Governance Task Force is seeking your input as it deliberates the types of questions posed above. By late fall, the Task Force will submit a proposal to the Washington State Supreme Court and the Board of Governors, and that report will incorporate feedback and comments provided by the WSBA membership.

Please join two members of the task force, both former WSBA Board of Governors members — Nancy Isserlis and Doug Lawrence — who will lead a Town Hall discussion around WSBA Governance, on Monday, Aug. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the WSBA Conference Center, located at 1501 4th Ave. #308, Seattle. Or join via webcast from your desktop.

What: Town Hall Discussion on WSBA Governance

When: Monday, Aug. 12, noon–1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Avenue, #308, Seattle (or attend via webcast)

To join via webcast, you must register in advance. Please register here. If you plan on attending in person, please let us know, although registration is not required.

August 21: Minority Bar Associations’ August Happy Hour

diversity handsPlease join the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), GLBT Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA), and the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) for an upcoming networking event. Light appetizers will be served with a no-host bar. Come network with your Minority Bar Association colleagues!  Please RSVP by Friday, August 16, 2013 to Nilly Park at npark@AlturaLaw.com.

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: Triple Door, Musicquarium Lounge

Address: 216 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

September 12-13: 5th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium: “Reality DV”

cycle of violenceSeattle University – Pigott Building 901 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 398-4281, Email: parkerr@seattleu.edu
Printable directions to Seattle University, Campion Tower and the Murphy Garage are available by clicking here.  If you wish to use Google Maps, please use 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98122 as the address. Email Us

September 26: King County Washington Women Lawyers’ Annual Criminal Law Soirée

wwllogoPlease join us for KCWWL’s Annual Criminal Law Soirée on Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and there is no cost of admission.  The Soirée will be held at the Chinese Room at the historic Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave #1021, Seattle, WA 98104.

We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Chief Judge Marsha J. Pechman, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, as our keynote speaker. Topic:  the effects of sequestration on access to justice.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the work of KCWWL’s Criminal Law Section and to foster communication and collaboration among women lawyers.  We encourage criminal, civil, defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys to attend.

Please RSVP through Eventbrite to save your spot! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7696024015.

Gender Justice in North Africa, Decriminalizing Homelessness & Combatting Source of Income Discrimination in Rental Housing

Underage Girls Are Egypt’s Summer Rentals

Underage-girls-IPS-571x472By Cam McGrath, Inter Press News Agency

El HAWAMDIA, Egypt , Aug 5 2013 (IPS) – Each summer, wealthy male tourists from Gulf Arab states flock to Egypt to escape the oppressive heat of the Arabian Peninsula, taking residence at upscale hotels and rented flats in Cairo and Alexandria. Many come with their families and housekeeping staff, spending their days by the pool, shopping, and frequenting cafes and nightclubs. Others come for a more sinister purpose.

In El Hawamdia, a poor agricultural town 20 kilometres south of Cairo, they are easy to spot. Arab men in crisp white thawbs troll the town’s pot-holed, garbage-strewn streets in their luxury cars and SUVs. As they arrive, Egyptian fixers in flip flops run alongside their vehicles, offering short-term flats and what to them is the town’s most sought-after commodity – underage girls.

Each year, in El Hawamdia and other impoverished rural communities across Egypt, thousands of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 are sold by their parents to wealthy, much older Gulf Arab men under the pretext of marriage. The sham nuptials may last from a couple of hours to years, depending on the negotiated arrangement.

“It’s a form of child prostitution in the guise of marriage,” Azza El-Ashmawy, director of the Child Anti-Trafficking Unit at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) tells IPS. “The man pays a sum of money and will stay with the girl for a few days or the summer, or will take her back to his country for domestic work or prostitution.”

The girl is returned to her family when the marriage ends, usually to be married off again.

“Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18,” says El-Ashmawy. “Most ‘marriages’ last for just a couple of days or weeks.”

The deals are hatched in El Hawamdia’s myriad “marriage broker” offices, identifiable by the conspicuous presence of air-conditioners in a ramshackle town with intermittent power.

The brokers, usually second-rate lawyers, also offer a delivery service. Village girls as young as 11 are brought to the Arab tourists’ hotel or rented flat for selection. Arab men travelling with their wives and children often arrange a separate flat for such purposes.

The temporary marriages offer a way to circumvent Islamic restrictions on pre-marital sex. Continue reading here.

Moroccan Civil Society Organization Works to Implement Constitutional Gender-Parity Provisions

Morroccan Gender ParityIn May, Jossour Forum Des Femmes Marocaines, a Moroccan women’s rights organization and an ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) partner, held a national colloquium in Rabat on the implementation of the 2011 constitution’s women’s rights-related provisions. Attended by 140 civil society representatives, parliamentarians, journalists, human rights lawyers and citizens, the event was organized to advance the constitution’s gender-parity provisions by educating the public and by advocating for women’s rights.

Read more about the colloquium here.

News from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

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Across the country, advocates, including homeless and formerly homeless people, are calling for legislation that protects the basic rights and dignity, and ensures equal access to opportunity regardless of housing status.

Last year, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to enact an enforceable bill of rights, and the Law Center is proud to have worked with advocates there on that effort.  Since then, similar bills have become law in CT and IL, one is in the works in CA, and advocates in other states are contemplating similar initiatives. We are supporting these efforts and planning more support going forward.

These new laws aim to prevent discrimination based on housing status in the use of public space, as well as in employment, housing, voting.  These are key issues in communities across the country-and such discrimination serves as a barrier preventing their efforts to escape homelessness.  Fighting discriminatory policies with proactive, affirmative campaigns goes to the core of our mission to end and prevent homelessness.

We’re also working with the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Department of Justice to build on the report published by the two agencies last year, Searching out Solutions, and to urge further steps by these and other federal agencies to implement its recommendations. Click here to continue reading. 

Landlord Discrimination Restricts the Use of Rental Vouchers

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Our latest report on housing discrimination found that some of the most blatant acts of discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities have declined over the last decade. However, minority renters and homeowners are still shown and told about fewer properties than similarly qualified whites. These forms of discrimination raise the costs of housing searches for minorities and restrict their choices.

Low-income minority renters face another form of discrimination when using Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to help pay for housing. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is the nation’s largest federal housing assistance program, providing more than 2.1 million low-income households with vouchers to subsidize their rent in the private market.  The Federal Fair Housing Act does not prohibit discrimination against renters based on vouchers or other sources of income (SOI).   Although ostensibly HCV facilitates mobility to better neighborhoods, because HCV program participants are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, landlords are free to reject their applications because of their voucher. This has the potential to limit housing choice. Continue reading here.