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.