Human Rights Webinar, NARPA Conference & Support OneAmerica and Real Change

September 17- OneAmerica Open House

OneAmericaThe Board and staff of OneAmerica are pleased to invite you to join us for complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in OneAmerica’s office in Seattle’s International District for an Open House and special update on its work in the immigrant community this fall and beyond.

As we organize, advocate and build power in immigrant communities statewide, we want you and our other valued supporters to have an opportunity to hear about our achievements, plans and strategy.

We will also be featuring our Youth Program, which is a winner of the 2013 Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award from CityClub Seattle and has recently been highlighted in the Seattle Globalist.

When? Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where? OneAmerica 1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 430 Seattle, WA 98144

To RSVP, please email becky@weareoneamerica.org or call 206-452-8411.

September 24- Come to the 19th Annual Real Change Breakfast

real change breakfast

Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Washington State Convention Center

Speakers: This year’s Breakfast will feature Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn, being interviewed by Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas, as they stake out their positions on homelessness and housing affordability to help us decide who should be the next Mayor of Seattle. This should be an exciting and informative discussion, and we hope you’ll join us for it.
Join the Party!
• Interested in becoming a Sponsor?  Check out our Sponsor Packet for more information.
• Want to invite your friends and family?  Learn more about becoming a Table Captain andclick here to register.
• Just want to come and find out what we’re all about?  Click here to register as an individual.
Please register by Monday, 9/16/13.
If you have questions about this event or would like to be a Sponsor, Table Captain, or Volunteer, please call 206.441-3247 ext. 221 or email breakfast@realchangenews.org

September 25-Human Rights Webinar: Focus on International Child Abduction

universal-declaration-of-human-rightsWednesday, September 25,  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds regular webinars to introduce legal aid attorneys to the Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys. This webinar will focus on a new section of the Handbook on International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention. Pamela Brown, Director of the Bi-National Family Violence Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., will lead the webinar and discuss how to formulate human rights arguments for U.S. courts and policymakers in international child abduction cases.

The online training is free and registration is open. Register here.

September 26-28- National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

NARPA logoThe National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy’s (NARPA) mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment.

For 31 years, NARPA has provided an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. We learn from each other and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric labels.

The Hilton Hartford                          Register Here:   (PDF)   (DOC)
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut                      Full Schedule 

 
Select List of Confirmed Presentations:

Don’t Miss the EJW Career Fair Applications & Registration Deadline; New Report on Access to Justice for LEP Persons; Diverse Women Mentors Needed; New Legal Resource Guide for Vets and How Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Important Reminder: Registration & Application Deadline for Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference Extended to Monday 9/16

EJW conferenceThe deadline to register and apply to available positions for the Equal Justice Works 2013 Conference and Career Fair has been extended to Monday, September 16 at 5 p.m. EST. 

There are now more than 1,000 openings available for more than 180 job and internship positions posted on the Career Fair database.
While the deadline to apply has been extended, we recommend registering and submitting all applications as soon as possible to avoid last minute traffic which may slow down the system.
Review our guide for instructions on navigating our system.
MORE EVENT DETAILS

FUNDING YOUR TRIP TO DC

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 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 16. 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.

TIMELINE

August 13- September 16: Student and recent graduate registration and application (App deadline has been extended!)

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

New Report Released on Access to the Courts for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

NCSCThe National Center for State Courts just released a comprehensive report and action plan to improve court systems for people with limited Engligh proficiency. Here’s an excerpt:

In our state courts today, the extent of the need for language interpretation services is staggering. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of LEP individuals in the United States grew by 80%, which represents 25.2 million people or 9% of the total U.S. population.  Those numbers are expected to continue to grow. In light of this, dramatic and comprehensive action must be taken. For individuals to be afforded equal justice, and for courts to achieve their mission of providing equal justice accessible to all, court systems must develop viable systems to provide competent interpretation services to limited and non-English speakers.

Read the full report here.

The Seattle Girls School Seeking Diverse Women for Volunteer Mentoring

sgs_logoThe Seattle Girls School is looking for mentors for this school year! The goal of the Mentor Program is to make our students “strong from the inside out” by building a village around each girl. SGS has a student population of 85 girls and we are looking for a diverse group of women mentors to match with our girls.

We welcome mentors from any race, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. In particular we are looking for women of color to match with girls of color. The unique experiences and insights that each student will gain by having a mentor will enhance her education at SGS and be a rewarding growth experience for each mentor as well.

We ask mentors to make a twice a month commitment of in person time with their mentee from November to June. There are many ways to be involved in a mentee’s life like coming to the school for lunch, attending a class culmination or bringing your mentee to work. SGS organizes and hosts once a month activities for all involved in the program like climbing, ice skating, volunteering and more.

Click here for the online application or email Betty Lundquist or call 206.709.2228 Ext. 1900 for more information.

Washington Attorney General Ferguson  Unveils New Legal Resource Guide for Veterans and Military Personnel

Bob Ferguson AGO logoWashington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week announced a new “Military and Veterans Legal Resource Guide” to help veterans, military personnel and their families understand their legal rights and protections.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I know how important it is to honor the service of our brave men and women in the Armed Forces by making sure they have the support and resources they need,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “This new resource guide is an example of how the Attorney General’s Office can work with other organizations to help veterans and military personnel access the unique rights and protections available to them under the law.”

With approximately 640,000 veteran residents, Washington State has the 12th largest veteran population in the United States.  Washington is also home to a number of major military installations, such as Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Base Kitsap, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Between active duty military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserve, there are about 62,000 service members in Washington. Taken together, veterans and military personnel account for more than 10 percent of Washington’s total population.

To access the free guide please click here.

Bad Decisions Don’t Make You Poor. Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions.

clipping couponsNew research shows that worrying about money causes cognitive impairments.

By , Slate.com, Updated Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at 2:04 PM

How much money do I waste in a given month by doing most of my grocery shopping at the Whole Foods that’s directly on my route home rather than taking the three-minute detour to Safeway? I have no idea. As a business writer, I’m aware that the Whole Foods markup is big on some items and small on others. I know that it sometimes reflects genuinely higher quality and sometimes doesn’t. But in my actual life as a person who shops, the main thing is that I prefer Safeway’s flour tortillas, so I go there if and only if I want to buy some flour tortillas. Otherwise, convenience is king. All I really need to know is that my grocery spending is within my budget, and even though I’m probably wasting money, it’s not worth the time and hassle to think about it too much.

Such are the privileges of affluence. It’s not just that you can afford nicer stuff than poor people or have a greater ability to spend money for the sake of convenience. You get to take advantage of what is, in some ways, the greatest convenience of all—the convenience that comes from not having to sweat the small stuff.

study published last week in the journal Science shows that the stress of worrying about finances can impair cognitive functions in a meaningful way. The authors gathered evidence from both low-income Americans (at a New Jersey shopping mall) and the global poor (looking at farmers in Tamil Nadu, India) and found that just contemplating a projected financial decision impacted performance on spatial and reasoning tests.

Among Americans, they found that low-income people asked to ponder an expensive car repair did worse on cognitive-function tests than low-income people asked to consider cheaper repairs or than higher-income people faced with either scenario. To study the global poor, the researchers looked at performance on cognitive tests before and after the harvest among sugarcane farmers. Since it’s a cash crop rather than a food one, the harvest signals a change in financial security but not a nutritional one. They found that the more secure postharvest farmers performed better than the more anxious preharvest ones. Continue reading here.

International, Constitutional Law and Public Interest Litigation Opportunities

Alfa Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

alfaThe Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. or U.K. citizen
  • 25–35 years old at the application deadline
  • Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
  • Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
  • At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.
For more information, check out their website here.

Eyes on the International Criminal Court Seeks 2013-14 Editor-in-Chief

CASINBannerThe Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is accepting applications for the volunteer position of Editor-in-Chief of Eyes on the International Criminal Court (Eyes), CASIN’s flagship academic journal on the International Criminal Court. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, law school graduates, and advanced graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

Eyes is the only peer-reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court. It has been published since 2004 by the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of a network of students and young professionals from around the world.

Eyes is an interdisciplinary journal that invites submissions from any field that addresses the International Criminal Court or international criminal law more generally. Past editors have come from the fields of international law, international relations, and sociology. To view current and previous volumes, please visit the journal’s website.

Don’t delay! Applications due September 16. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

Institute for Justice Seeks Constitutional Law Fellows

IJlogoThe Institute for Justice seeks candidates for its Constitutional Law Fellowship program. Fellowships are unpaid positions open to recent law school graduates interested in gaining hands-on litigation experience by working closely with IJ attorneys on cutting-edge constitutional cases. Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to employment@ij.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

Relman Civil Rights Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2014

RelmanRelman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Qualifications: Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014-2015 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Relman, Dane & Colfax is a civil rights law firm based in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in Ohio and New Mexico.  We litigate civil rights cases in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability.  Our national practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, source of income, and sexual orientation.

Applications due October 18. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

2014 Summer Associates for DC Civil Rights Firm

Relman 2Relman, Dane & Colfax is also seeking summer 2014 associates for their DC office.

Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm.  Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Candidates interested in positions for summer 2014 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com.

ACT NOW! Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.  Hiring decisions will be made in Fall 2013.

Foreign Service Careers, Trial Courts Documents Class & Webinar on Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry

September 9- Interested in a Career in the Foreign Service? Attend a Special Workshop at UW Jackson School

state dept seal LARGEThe Jackson School will be hosting a special workshop next Monday evening looking at how to maximize your chances of success at the final stage of the Foreign Service selection: the oral assessment. This workshop, led by the West Coast Diplomat in Residence Steven A. Browning, will cover the three main elements of the oral assessment and what State Department evaluators are looking for in their candidates. This workshop is free and open to all students, graduates, and alumni who are applying to, or have an interest in the Foreign service. To learn more about career opportunities with the Foreign Service click here.

When? Monday, September 9th, 6– 8pm, Where? Room 101, Thomson Hall, University of Washington

September 11- Perfect Class for Fall Externs! Finding and Filing: Trial Court Documents in King County 

Superior Court Clerks

Finding and Filing: Trial Documents in King County is a 90 minute class designed to introduce King County’s most useful electronic tools of the trade. We teach you how to locate, retrieve, and file King County documents from the comfort of your own office. Topics include:

  • How to retrieve documents from DCOR (District Court Online Records)
  • How to retrieve documents from ECR Online (King County Superior Court Records)
  • How to use the Washington Courts Case Searcher (for Washington State Superior Courts)
  • eFiling basics (for electronically initiating cases in King County Superior Court, and for electronically filing documents into existing King County Superior Court cases)

Wednesday, September 11th, 12:00-1:30pm. Class is free of charge. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Class will be held in the Seattle law library on the sixth floor of the King County Courthouse at 516 3rd Avenue, Suite W621.  Call the Library at 206-477-1305 to sign up. 

September 12- Trapped: The Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry, Free Webinar

jail handsThe criminal justice system has increasingly imposed fees, costs, and charges as well as fines and restitution amounts, on people who are convicted, or sometimes merely accused, of crimes over the past decade. The result: a dramatic increase in debt among people with conviction records. These individuals can become trapped in the complex web of the criminal justice system, debt, and poverty.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Illinois Asset Building Group will cosponsor a webinar exploring criminal defendant/prisoner debt in the U.S. and its effects on reentry and asset building opportunities. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys Carl Takei and Eric Balaban will discuss recent data on the level criminal debt and its impacts on individuals and society at large. Rebecca Vallas, an attorney with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, will examine effective programs and policies for mitigating such impacts.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Register Now 

Serve on NJP Board of Directors, Connect with Students About Your Summer Internship, Tips to Avoid Burnout & Criminalization of the Poor

Apply to Serve on the Northwest Justice Project’s Board of Directors

NJP_LogoApplication Deadline: Sept. 5, 2013. That’s tomorrow folks!

The Northwest Justice Project has an opening on its Board of Directors for three attorneys, for three-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2014. NJP is a statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 13 offices.

For more information about the position and how to apply, see the Volunteer Opportunities area of the WSBA website.

Just Finished your Summer Internship, Externship or Volunteer Experience? Want Other Students to Benefit and Learn from Your Experience? Got 3 minutes?

networkingIf you answered YES to all of these questions then be sure to add your contact info to our public service student experiences database so that other students can connect with you to learn about your internship, externship or volunteer experience! Click here to access the database and add your contact info.  Be ready to enter your UW NetID to access the database. Please note that this database is only available for current UW law students.

From Fired up to Burnt Out: 7 tips to help you sustain a life committed to social justice

Stone CirclesBy Lindsey Mullen, Reprinted by Idealist.org, photo credit stone circles at The Stone House

When she was an organizer in the 1990s, Claudia Horwitz began to notice that many of the people she worked with were overworked, exhausted, and stressed out. Responding to the urgent need she saw in the activist community, Claudia founded stone circles, an organization that works to strengthen and sustain people committed to transformation and justice.

Since 2007, stone circles has been based in Mebane, North Carolina at The Stone House, a retreat and training center on 70 acres of land. One of stone circles’ primary goals is to address high rates of burnout among activists and organizers.

Burnout is more than just a busy week at work—it’s the long-term result of carrying continual stress, exhaustion, anxiety, or isolation.

Here are some tips from stone circles for addressing burnout:

1. Develop a personal practice.

A practice is simply a habit that gives us energy and reminds us of what matters most. Having a practice helps us pay concentrated attention to the inner voice—a presence that has the power to continually re-inform the activities of our daily lives. Mindful breathing, yoga, meditation, prayer, and journal writing are all examples of personal practice. Choose a practice that replenishes you and commit to doing it daily for a month. This can help make it a habit. Conitinue reading here.

Civility 

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by Tim Harris, Real Change Executive Director, Alliance for Equal Justice September Newsletter
A Pioneer Square business owner angrily compares homeless people in a nearby park to pigeons and demands in a public meeting that they be cleared away immediately.  Yakima considers new anti-panhandling legislation, and sheriffs in Snohomish County are ticketing freeway on-ramp beggars for pedestrian interference.
While all of this is recent, none of it is new.  Over the past two decades, as the numbers of homeless people have steadily risen, visible poverty has been criminalized across the United States, with a battery of legislation to prohibit sitting or lying on public sidewalks, camping on public property, overnight parking, panhandling, feeding people in public, and even the possession of a shopping cart or a blanket.
While these laws have added to the troubles that poor people face with fines, jail time, and criminal records that makes it harder to find housing and work, homelessness itself has continued to rise.
Recent budget cuts at both the state and federal levels have not helped.  Over the past four years, more than $20 million has been slashed from Washington state programs offering mental health and addiction treatment services to the very poor.
Once proposed, these laws, driven by fear and prejudice, almost always pass.  Seattle has provided a few recent exceptions, but these stand as a fragile hedge against the greater trend. Continue reading here.

Inspiring East Coast Opportunities Percolating

DC-Based Environmental Protection & Animal Law Firm Seeks 2Ls & 3Ls for Winter/Spring

MeyerGlitzensteinDCfirmMeyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, animal law, natural resource conservation, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for spring 2014.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.

Qualifications: Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Salary: Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding may be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through November 3. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Seeks Policy Director

Natl domestic workers allianceThe National Domestic Workers Alliance  organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building, we seek to help build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum and currently represents 41 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks an energetic and experienced Campaign Director to direct and develop the Alliance’s policy agenda, including providing policy analysis and development on issues that address domestic worker rights.

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

Pennsylvania’s Community Justice Project seeks an attorney for its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office

Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania_photomontageCJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits.

In March, 2014, CJP will be hiring a staff attorney to work from its Harrisburg office. The attorney will be responsible for litigation and advocacy that addresses illegal behavior and seeks to improve the lives of low income people. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own outreach to Hispanic communities from offices in Reading, Hazleton, and Pittsburgh. The attorney will work closely with outreach paralegals on many issues and cases from these communities. Spanish language ability is very helpful. Demonstrated litigation ability is also very helpful. A demonstrated commitment to the low income client community is essential.

Applicants should send a letter, resume, and writing sample to Larry Norton, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. lnorton@palegalaid.net. 1-800-322-7572 ext. 209.  Applications are to be received by September 30, 2013. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Seeks Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney

DC LASlogoThe Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

The ideal candidate will have the following:
 Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
 The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
 A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
 Experience in legal services preferred, ideally with a background in DV/family law; and
 Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) strongly preferred   but not required.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Act now! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in DC Seeks Advocacy Officer- JD Preferred

RFK centerSince 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

Duties: The Advocacy Officer will be an integral member of the RFK Partners for Human Rights team. S/he will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing advocacy and capacity building initiatives in support of the social justice goals of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other strategic objectives of RFK Partners for Human Rights. S/he must also be prepared to support the litigation activities of the RFK Center.

The work of the Advocacy Officer will include fact-finding; legal research; domestic and international advocacy before a range of governmental and inter-governmental actors; campaign and public awareness strategies; and capacity building initiatives of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other civil society. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its Laureates and other civil society partners. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights.

This is an immediate opening. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.