The Common Good blogger is getting some R&R for a week and will be back with a combo Jobs/Announcements posting on Wednesday, September 4. And for a little history lesson on the origins of Labor Day in the US, see the US Department of Labor’s info here.
US EPA Office of General Counsel Summer 2014 Student Honors Program
The 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
The 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
Founded 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons Now Accepting Internship Applications
Society 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.
September 5: Drowning in Educational Debt? Attend a Free EJW Webinar
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.
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
Wondering 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, Access to Justice
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
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!
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
August 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
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.
U.S. Army JAG On-Campus Interviews
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
The 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
This 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 email@example.com. 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
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
The 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. Ambassador, Deputy 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.
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.
November 13: Global Washington’s 5th Annual 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!
Deogratias “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.
Sam 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
Get 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
EJW Debt Relief News: The Future Looks Grim for Student Loans
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
The 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
The 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?
Once 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.