Learn Social Justice Lawyering through an Ella Baker Internship or Professional Ethics in Auschwitz plus Much More

2014 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program: 2L Applications due October 11

Ella-Baker-w648The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. Along with the Ella Baker Program, the SJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. The program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.

Interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly educational seminars. Topics range from litigation skills, theories of social change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists. Interns’ responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.

The internship will begin on June 2, 2014 and end on August 8, 2014. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. All students will be asked to attend an Orientation on June 2-3 and a Final Debrief on August 7-8. The location for the orientation/debrief are TBD.

Don’t delay! 2L applications are due October 11. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Opportunity to Study Professional Ethics at Auschwitz

FASPE FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Applications from all law students, regardless of what field of law they are interested in, are sought. Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2014 program for FASPE Law will run from May 25 to June 5.

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2014. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls: Paid Legal Research Opportunity at Blue Water Legal PLLC

Blue water legalAmie C. Peters (’05), principal at Blue Water Legal PLLC, is accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls who are interested in working 5-6 hours per week throughout the coming academic year.  The opportunity is available immediately.

The job is very flexible; work can be done remotely (using DropBox to transfer documents), or can be done in the Blue Water Legal offices.  Compensation is $15/hour.

Hiring Criteria: The ideal candidate would be interested in plaintiff’s work or small firm practice, but that is not required.  Strong writing and research skills are important, as the successful candidate will be assisting with motions, medical reviews and legal research memos.  The ability to work independently and efficiently on complex projects involving an area of law that may be new is critical.

The successful candidate will be asked to certify that they have read the WA State Rules for Professional Conduct, and that they agree to follow those rules with regards to any cases in which they assist (especially, conflicts and confidentiality).

To Apply: Submit a resume and writing sample to jobs@bluewaterlegal.com. Include “Legal Researcher” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  More information about the firm is available at www.bluewaterlegal.com.

Human Rights First Seeking Refugee Program Legal Interns for DC Office

human_rights_firstHuman Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for a Spring 2014 internship in our Refugee Protection Program. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers.  Interns will be based in HRF’s Washington DC office and will be expected to work at least 15-20 hours per week for a 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.

The Refugee Protection Program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases.  The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. HRF is accepting applications for Spring quarter. For complete info and instructions please click here.

US Human Rights Network Seeks Human Rights at Home Campaign Director

ushrn_web_logo_borderUSHRN seeks a Campaign Director to coordinate the Human Rights at Home (HuRAH) Campaign. HuRAH is a collaborative effort to institutionalize concrete accountability mechanisms to help ensure that human rights principles, standards, and obligations are considered and implemented in all areas of domestic policy and practice in the United States. HuRAH is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by the US Human Rights Network, and comprised of the following organizations: US Human Rights Network, American Civil Liberties Union, Rights Working Group, Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Border Network for Human Rights. HuRAH is a collaborative initiative of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN). The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations. USHRN works to secure dignity and justice for all.

HuRAH’s goals over the next few years include: promoting the institutionalization, mandate expansion, and effective use of the U.S. Government’s Equality Working Group as a federal focal point for coordination and implementation of US human rights obligations; promoting meaningful coordination between the Equality Working Group, and other federal entities, with state and local officials in implementing human rights obligations; promoting the use of other accountability structures at the federal, state, and local levels for human rights compliance; expanding grassroots outreach and engagement in informing and advancing the accountability mechanisms identified by the Campaign; and advancing an issue area campaign focused on promoting human rights accountability in immigration enforcement. HuRAH’s structure includes seven entities: two HuRAH specific subcommittees – State and Local Coordination and Grassroots Engagement; four USHRN taskforces for each of the ratified treaties including ICERD, ICCPR, CAT and the UPR; and a Steering Committee.

Applications accepted through October 30. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

First Global Monday and Social Justice Tuesday of the Year Plus Much More

September 30:  A Tale of Three Countries, Spain, France and New Zealand: Travails over the International Law Concerning Oil Pollution Damages

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It’s the first Global Monday Speaker Series of the academic year!

12:30-1:20 pm, Room 117, lunch provided

Thomas J. Schoenbaum, JD, PhD; Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Visiting Professor, UW Law

Professor Schoenbaum will focus on the two International Maritime Organization treaties that establish liability for oil pollution damages and create an international fund to pay claims. 107 countries—but not the United States—are parties to these treaties. He will discuss three recent ship disasters that have focused attention on the deficiencies of these treaties: the wreck of the ship Erika off the coast of France; the wreck of the ship Prestige off the coast of Spain; and the grounding of the ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand. 

Dr. Thomas J.Schoenbaum is a Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and a Visiting Professor at UW Law for the Fall 2013 quarter, teaching International Environmental Law. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) as well as Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge (PhD). Professor Schoenbaum has practiced law extensively, including serving as maritime counsel to the State of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez grounding and oil spill in 1989 and representing several Japanese clients in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation in the Eastern Distrct of Louisiana. He has served as Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Dean of the Tulane University Law School, the holder of the Dean Rusk Chair of International Law at the University of Georgia; and Professor of Graduate Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Schoenbaum is the author of many articles and books, including The World Trade Organization: Law, Policy and Practice (2003), Admiralty and Maritime Law (3d ed. 2001), and Environmental Policy Law (2002). He is currently working on new books in the areas of international environmental law and international business transactions.

October 1: First Social Justice Tuesday of the Year! What I did Last Summer in Public Service Law


12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Featuring a panel of fabulous law students who will discuss what kind of public service work they did in government, civil legal aid and human rights  at home and abroad.

Student Panel:     

  • Blake Koerner: Northwest Justice Project
  • Jessica Erickson: Washington Defender Assn
  • Elysia Ruvinsky: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
  • Ashley Paintner: Human Rights Course in Cambodia
  • Liz Allen: Office for Civil Rights, US Dept. of Education

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand. 

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 30, 2013.

October 1: Live Webcast, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Live Webcast from American University College of Law, 1-3pm EST

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will discuss the role of the international treaty system in the protection and promotion of human rights, its interaction with other mechanisms, and its relevance as a preventive early warning system. She will also address the impact of the work of treaty bodies on the ground, where it matters most.

October 3: Interested in Working for the Federal Government? Attend Important Info Session on the Presidential Management Fellows Program

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Are you interested in public service or a career with the Federal Government? One of the best ways to get fast-tracked into the system is the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Applications are only open once a year for a short window, but those who are selected for the PMF program receive a high level 2-year appointment with salary and benefits, the prestige of being selected for an elite federal program, and the opportunity to work at the agency of your dreams.

If you want to learn more about the PMF program, the Jackson School of International Studies will be hosting an open info session on October 3rd. RSVPs are not required to attend.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 4:30pm. 

Venue: Thomson Hall, room 101

Eligibility: Any graduate student (Masters or above) who will be completing their degree between 9/1/13 and 8/31/14. Alternatively, any recent graduate who obtained their advanced degree no more than 2 years before 10/1/13 is also eligible for the 2014 PMF program.

This year’s PMF program application is slated to be open though USAjobs.gov only between 10/1/13 and 10/15/13 – the more you do now, the better your chances of being selected as a finalist! Alternatively, this info session is perfect for those who want to start building their application for next year.

October 11: Last Chance! Register for Forces of Change Conference


Register here.

Join the University of Washington School of Law and the Education Law & Policy Society for a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington State. Come learn how law and policy shape equity for Washington’s students.

Engage with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars through panel discussions, lightning talks, two inspirational keynote addresses and Q&A sessions. Click here for more information, including registration and the schedule.

Be a part of the solution! Clock hours and CLEs pending.

Questions? Contact Taylor David Richman or Liz Allen.

Moderate Means Program Seeks Fall Volunteers, CPSL Coaching Reminder, Olympia Quarter Fellows, QLaw FallTacular & Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Released from Prison

Looking for the Chance to Work with Real Clients? The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Fall Quarter


The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State. The Program offers students the opportunity to interview potential clients and refer them to attorneys who will represent them for reduced fees.  Students in the Program will learn about family, consumer and housing law; will gain experience in client interviewing and the Legal Server database; and will have the opportunity to work with private attorneys.

Student interns commit to a minimum of five hours a week.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training, some of which will be on weekends.  Client telephone intake will begin as soon as the initial training is completed.  Applicants are encouraged to commit to at least two quarters in the program.  

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter, resume and class schedule to Ann Spangler at gatespsl@uw.edu.  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, October 4. This program is open to 2Ls and 3Ls in the fall.  1Ls can participate in the spring.

For program questions please email Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney.

Reminder to Public Service Focused 2Ls & 3Ls: It’s Coach Switch-a-roo Time!

CPSL_Logo3Ls: Now that you have survived two years of law school you can officially switch from working with Aline Carton-Listfjeld as your career coach and start working with Assistant Dean Michele Storms on public service career planning and professional development. Lucky you!

Aline primarily works with 1Ls and 2Ls whereas Dean Storms primarily works with 3Ls. Don’t fret, we always ensure the smoothest of transitions to make sure that Dean Storms is fully up to speed on everything going on for you! Keep in mind that Aline is available as a backup if you need immediate assistance and Dean Storms is unavailable.

To schedule an appointment with Dean Storms please email Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu. Please do not attempt to schedule an appointment with Dean Storms through Symplicity.

2Ls: Welcome back! Now’s a great time to start scheduling appointments with Aline. The best way to schedule is through Symplicity.

Reminder: If your career plans have shifted with more of a focus towards private sector opportunities, please let us know and we will help you connect with a career coach with Center for Professional and Leadership Development.

Wishing you all a great quarter!

Be an Olympia Quarter Fellow – Take an Externship in Olympia During Winter Quarter


The Olympia Quarter Fellows Program provides a select group of students from the University of Washington Law School and the Evans School of Public Affairs the opportunity to discover how legislation, regulation, and judicial decisions work together to create Washington law and public policy. Program participants will develop practical legal and policy making skills through full-time externships in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of state government. Placements are also available in local government offices and with non-profit organizations. Students will work in their externship placements during the University of Washington’s Winter Quarter, which coincides with the regular session of the Washington State Legislature.

Justice Gerry Alexander, who retired from the Washington State Supreme Court at the end of 2011, is expected to teach the required General Externship Perspectives for students doing externships in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014.

Examples of available placements include the following: Washington Supreme Court, Office of the Governor’s General Counsel, Washington Attorney General’s Office, State Representative Gerry Pollet, Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney and Columbia Legal Services, Olympia Office.

If you are interested in taking an externship in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2014, please contact Esther Park at ejp@uw.edu.

Volunteers needed for QLaw Foundation’s 8th Annual FallTacular!

Q_LawEvent Description: 8th Annual FallTacular to support and celebrate the QLaw Foundation’s endeavors—including public interest law grants, the GLBT Legal Clinic, and Project OUTReach: community education programming. As the QLaw Foundation’s only annual fundraiser, the FallTacular is vital to the continuation of these programs. The annual fundraising event and is attended by over 150 attorneys, judges, elected officials, and business professionals.

Event Details: FallTacular will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle.

Volunteer Details: We need 8 volunteers total: 4 to volunteer from 5pm to 7pm and 4 to volunteer from 7pm to 9pm. Volunteers will assist with registration and other tasks.

Volunteer Benefits: Volunteers are welcome to stay for the entire event (tickets are normally $40). This is an excellent opportunity for networking with the LGBTQ legal community.

For more information on QLaw Foundation or the event please visit click here  or email Nicholas Oakley .

To sign up: Please email Nicholas Oakley  with your name, email address, phone number, and the time slot in which you can volunteer.

Human Rights Award Winning Iranian Lawyer Released from Prison

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights attorney and this year’s recipient of the ABA International Law Section’s International Human Rights Award, has been released from prison in Iran.  Ms. Sotoudeh was serving six years in prison for endangering national security and misusing her profession as a lawyer.  On the eve of a visit by Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, to the United States, the Iranian authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, including seven other women and three men.

The ABA Justice Defenders Program and Amnesty International along with the International Human Rights Committee this past year had been a supporter urging for her release. Learn more here.

EarthJustice in Bozeman Seeks Interns from UW Law, Corporate Accountability, Immigration and Human Rights Opportunities

EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeks Summer 2014 Interns from UW Law

EarthJusticeUW Law graduate is seeking UW law students to apply for a summer internship at the Northern Rockies office of EarthJustice.

EarthJustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular by ensuring clean air and water, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks will have the opportunity to work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

They offer a stipend, but strongly encourage candidates to obtain outside funding. The internship posting and application instructions are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but no later than December 2.

Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland Seeks Immigration Attorney 

CentroLegalCentro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) seeks an immigration attorney to provide direct representation to clients in family-based immigration, citizenship, U visas, DACA and removal defense.

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal is a comprehensive legal services agency providing free, bilingual, and culturally sensitive legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

This position provides the opportunity to work in a dynamic grassroots community law center and within a larger community of supporters, allies, and leaders working together to advance social justice.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instuctions please click here.

Reprieve in the UK Seeks Applications for Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate Position

ReprieveReprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, and secures each person’s right to a fair trial. Reprieve prioritises the cases of prisoners accused of the most extreme crimes, such as acts of murder or terrorism, as it is in such cases that human rights are most likely to be jettisoned or eroded. Reprieve focuses on cases involving the world’s most powerful governments, especially those that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.

The ‘war on terror’ has not been waged entirely by nation-states. Often, those states have contracted with private entities to do their work, at times with disastrous consequences for human rights. Contract interrogators were among those most infamous for abuses of prisoners at Guantánamo. Private jets, hired to carry out extraordinary renditions, flew kidnapped prisoners around the world to be tortured. Today, the massively-expanding fleet of drones used to wage undeclared wars in undeclared places is not just run by the CIA and JSOC – it is also big business for many. Food products and drugs designed to promote health are forcibly administered to detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo.

Fortunately, big business is not immune to pressure, and Reprieve’s CSR workserves to identify and exploit these pressure points in order to achieve positive change. The CSR Advocate’s task at Reprieve is twofold: a) to identify advocacy and future litigation opportunities arising from corporate involvement in the ‘war on terror’ and b) to lead the advocacy around the corporate issues s/he identifies, with the support of the rest of Reprieve’s team.

The Advocate will investigate companies profiting from abuses associated with the ‘war on terror’.  S/he will seek to persuade those companies of the damage their actions can entail, work with them to mitigate the human rights violations carried out and prevent further such abuses occurring.

More widely, the Advocate should be looking to shape the standards observed by businesses in the sector s/he is engaging, and use corporate accountability to promote Reprieve’s broader aims.  S/he will build on allegiances already established with journalists, other campaigners and parliamentarians (both in the UK and abroad) and will seek to develop new relationships on an ongoing basis to support Reprieve’s work.

For complete job description and application instruction click here. Applications accepted through October 6. Don’t delay.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in UK Seeks Winter Interns


Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has recently launched recruitment for winter internships based at their London headquarters:

  • Legal Research Intern to start in January/February 2014

About half the intern’s time will be spent developing our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal, the leading global information hub about human rights lawsuits against companies. The intern will research lawsuits and draft brief profiles in non-legal language explaining what the lawsuit is about, and what procedural stage it has reached. The intern will also search for ommentaries and official documents relating to each lawsuit, keep the profiles updated, and help inform legal advocates and others about the portal. The intern will also help develop contact lists and
disseminate our corporate accountability materials to legal contacts.

The full job description and application form can be found here. Applications due no later than October 17.

Attention 3Ls! Applications now Accepted for Winter “Internship” at the International Justice Resource Center


The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) in San Francisco welcomes applications for a law fellow opening, beginning in January 2014. Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s Executive Director in developing and implementing projects in IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support, and trainings.

The law fellow position may be full- or part-time, but will require at least 20 hours per week in IJRC’s San Francisco office. Candidates must be able to commit to a fellowship of at least 10 weeks.

The International Justice Resource Center empowers others – from experienced human rights attorneys to community activists and individual victims – to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to promote and demand protection of human rights using international law and supranational human rights mechanisms. This position will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with substantive areas of international law, work with human rights advocates, and directly contribute to the success of IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about our mission and programs, please visit www.ijrcenter.org.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and the fellow’s particular interests, but will generally include:

• Legal research and writing for published manuals and analysis, and in response to advocates’ requests for amicus curiae briefs and other forms of advocacy and litigation support.

• Liaising with other human rights organizations to familiarize them with IJRC’s services and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Fellows will likely also have opportunities to participate in developing and implementing training programs, and in identifying additional opportunities for IJRC to provide support to advocates or litigants (e.g., drafting amicus briefs or developing international legal strategies in ongoing litigation).

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

Latina Leadership, Inequality for All Film Screening, 1L Mentor Reception & SABAW Benefit Dinner

September 21: Invitation to Latina Leadership Event

women leadersEvent:  Advancing Latina Leaders Through the Power of Influence

Date:    Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel – Cirrus Ballroom, 12400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 For more info please click here.

About the Program: The 2013 WOA program has been designed to provide our Latina membership with professional development and networking opportunities where they can learn more about effective leadership through influence, and incorporate influencing techniques in their professional and personal interactions. The program serves as a foundation to create a road map to break into leadership by developing influencing skills. Aligned with ALPFA’s Perpetual Connectivity Model, the program is relevant to all ALPFA members at any level in their careers: Students, Mid-level Professionals, and Senior Executives.

About Women of ALPFA:  Women of ALPFA empowers Latinas and women to reach their Full potential. Through targeted programs, access to opportunities and exposure to senior leaders, we provide a road map to strengthen leadership and management skills that fosters both professional and personal development.

September 23: Inequality for All Film Screening

TICKETS: Tickets are FREE. RSVP to info@reclaimingprosperity.org. Priority given to RSVP list. Plan to arrive early to ensure a seat. Due to high interest, we cannot guarantee a seat.

EVENT: Special preview screening of the documentary film INEQUALITY FOR ALL. With Robert Reich as our guide, the feature film explores the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America and asks what it means to the future of our economy and our nation.

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Harvard Exit theatre, 807 East Roy at Harvard, Seattle, WA 98102

MORE ABOUT THE FILM: www.inequalityforall.com

This is the fourth event in a new and ongoing event series presented by Town Hall called Reclaiming Prosperity, focused on transforming our economy and building a prosperous future for working people and their families.

September 25: Attention 1Ls! Professional Mentor Program Reception

MentorWednesday, September 25, 5:30-7:30pm

Gallagher Law Library, Gates Hall

Please RSVP to cpld@uw.edu

Don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunity to kick start the beginning of your legal career by connecting with members of our local legal community and your assigned professional mentor.

October 4: South Asian Bar of Washington Annual Benefit Dinner

fundraising-basicsCome join us at our Annual Reception and fundraiser on Friday, October 4  at FareStart Restaurant in downtown Seattle.  The festivities will begin at 6pm, and the evening will include a South Asian inspired meal (including dessert), a full bar, and most importantly, the chance to unwind and spend time with old friends and make new ones.

This year, we will be honoring the achievements of the members of our legal community.  In particular, we will have a brief program featuring Judge Ketu Shah, Judge Susan Amini, Rep. Cyrus Habib, and Gaurab Bansal (former counsel for Obama for America).

This year’s event is on a Friday, and so we’ve invited a DJ and will be moving to an after-party nearby so that the fun can continue as long as you can!

Tickets are $65/person (and include food and one drink ticket).   Buy your tickets today!

100% of the profits from the Reception will be reinvested in SABAW’s programs, most notably our award winning scholarship program (which fund summer public interest grants!)  Learn more about SABAW here.

Welcome 1Ls! WLI Application Deadline, DC Public Service City Visit, Legal Victory for Immigrants and Landmark Victory for Botswana Women

Welcome UW Law 1Ls!

CPSLlogo.The staff at the Center for Public Service Law (CPSL) are delighted to welcome you to the UW Law. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to building a successful career in public service; environmental justice; civil, human, workers, and immigrant rights; and everything in between. To get get late breaking updates on public service relating programming, events, announcements and jobs, click on the “follow” button on the right hand tool bar. To learn more about all of CPSL work click here.

Reminder! Washington Leadership Institute’s Application Deadline is September 20

WLI logo UWLAW WSBAThe Washington Leadership Insitute (WLI) is a collaborative leadership training program administered by the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law.  The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and        develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location.Download the application packet for more information and to apply.

Get Ready! CPSL hosts Washington ,D.C. Public Service City Visit on November 8

DCmontage4The Center for Public Service Law is pleased to announce our first-ever public service/public interest city visit to the nation’s capital!  Many of you know or have participated in past public service city visits to San Francisco.  We’ll still go to San Francisco in January 2014 but due to student demand we are going to Washington, D.C. this fall.  On Friday November 8 we will visit four agencies: the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Justice – Civil Rights and the Senate Judiciary Committee are all confirmed and a fourth organization (it will be a nonprofit) will be confirmed shortly.

The trips are at student expense although the Center will be able to offer between $150-200 as reimbursement for actual travel costs to students who request it.  The Center will also host lunch on the 8th.

These visits are a great opportunity to learn more about places you might wish to apply for intern/externships or post graduate work.  At each visit you’ll have the chance to learn about the organization and ask questions of an employee.  We are excited that UW Law alums employed by these organizations will be present to greet you and share their experiences as well.

If you are interested in attending send an email to gatespsl@uw.edu addressed to Assistant Dean Storms by October 9.  Your email should include a copy of your resume and a short explanation of why you wish to attend.  Because we need a minimum of 5 people to confirm the trip early applications are welcome.  You should also be prepared to confirm your attendance as we will cap the number of students at 10. If there are any questions please direct them to Dean Storms.

NWIRP and ACLU Wins Important Legal Vicotory for Immigrant Rights in Washington State

NWIRPAn important legal victory for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project , the ACLU of Washington and the Alliance for Equal Justice that became final this week. In a case described in more detail below, the state court made it clear that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration status, citizenship status and/or national origin.”  We hope this ruling will put other local law enforcement agencies on notice about the scope of their authority.

You can view the court’s order on NWRIP’s website  and scroll to the end of the press release.There’s also an article on the case appearing on the Seattle Times.

Botswana Women Win Landmark Right to Inherit Under Customary Law

Botswana womenSeptember 4–By Lisa Anderson, NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

A Botswana court made history Tuesday by upholding the right of women to inherit under customary law and rejecting the tradition of males as sole heirs, according to a report in The Maravi Post.

In a case heard by the appeals court in the capital city of Gaborone, the issue was whether daughters can inherit family property under customary law that long has held only males had the right of inheritance.

Edith Mmusi, 80 years old, argued that since she lived in the ancestral family home, and she and her sisters had invested in improving it, she and her three sisters should inherit it.

Her claim was challenged by a nephew’s assertion that, as the male heir, he should inherit the homestead, although he had never lived there, because his father had been given the home by a male relative.

The judges unanimously ruled in favour of the four sisters, rejecting a long history of customary law that favoured males in inheritance matters.

“The judgment today by the Court of Appeal made it clear that women are not second class citizens in Botswana,” said Priti Patel, deputy director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the sisters’ case. Continue reading here.

Post Grad Human Rights Fellowship, ALJ positions and Smokin’ Summer 2014 Internships

Attention 3Ls! Human Rights Watch 2014 Fellowship Application Available

HRWAlan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The NYU, Sandler, and Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch.

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

Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Recent examples include projects on: police corruption and access to justice in Liberia; accessibility for people with disabilities in Russia; youth in solitary confinement in US prisons; hazardous child labor in artisanal gold mining in Tanzania; police abuse of gay men in Kyrgyzstan.

Application deadline: October 16

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Office of Administrative Hearings Hiring ALJs


The Washington Office of Administrative Hearings is seeking applications for pro tem or full time ALJs working out of the Tacoma and possibly Seattle offices.  Pro tem is very flexible scheduling and where ALJs can hold hearings by phone (from  home!) even though technically working out of the Tacoma office.  They have an “open posting”  we know they need to hire in the near future.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may conduct several types of hearings, including, but not limited to child support, public assistance, unemployment insurance, professional licensing, and other government benefit or regulatory programs. Hearings vary in complexity. Some, like toll violation appeals, involve fast-paced, high volume work with minimal decision-writing. Others relate to agency regulatory activities and may involve hearings over several days, substantial motion practice, and complex legal issues. ALJs are expected to manage the variety in case type and complexity.
ALJs provide high quality and timely administrative hearings and decisions pursuant to RCW Chapter 34.05 and other applicable laws consistent with the requirements of due process. ALJs provide courteous and fair treatment to all concerned. The ALJ works as called upon to support and carry out the agency mission, vision, values, and goals.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer 2014 Summer Legal Interns (Paid!)

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation.  Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBT community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Interns in the Montgomery office will work primarily on issues affecting children, prisoners, the LGBT community, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

Interns receive $700.00 per week.  Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014.  A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and the names and phone numbers of two references no later than October 25, 2013, to https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=6462791. The Center expects to select interns by early December 2013.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

The Center for Popular Democracy Seeks 2Ls for Summer 2014 Community Lawyering InternshipCenter for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a high-impact national organization based in New York City that promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build community power and transform the state and local policy landscape. Working in the areas of immigrant rights and racial justice as well as economic and community justice, CPD provides legal and strategic support on state and local legislative campaigns that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. We also collaborate with established and emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising, and communications infrastructure. We currently are engaged in 90 projects in 26 states. Our team of nine attorneys and law graduates provides policy, legal, and strategic support on wide array of legislative and administrative campaigns.

CPD seeks talented, public interest-oriented 2Ls to participate in our summer Internship in Community Lawyering & Policy Innovation. Students will provide critically important support for CPD’s work in both issue areas through:

  • Legal research and analysis that supports development of viable policy options;
  • Policy research and analysis that identifies and evaluates approaches taken in jurisdictions across the country;

In addition, interns will conduct campaign research that informs strategy and produce related materials such as draft legislative language, proposal summaries and op-eds.

Learn more about CPD and this internship through this PSJD posting here.

Application Instructions: Current 2Ls should submit a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample and three references to Brittny Saunders at bsaunders@populardemocracy.org, with “Internship in Community Lawyering and Policy Innovation” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2013 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should also complete our online form at the time that they submit their applications. You must submit the written materials AND fill out the online form in order for your application to be considered complete.

2014 Law Student Union Summer Applications Now Available

LSUS-2013_articleimageLaw Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country.

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.

Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memoranda with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor-related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues that may arise during organizing or contract campaigns, such as: wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions, whistle-blower protections and/or others. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required; work will vary from placement to placement; students may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm.

Application Deadlines: October 18 for 2Ls, January 17 for 1Ls

For complete description and application instructions please click here.