Hot Post Grad Positions Bubbling Up!

NJP Hiring Staff Attorney for Supportive Services for Veteran Families 

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to secure justice for low income persons in Washington. With over 100 attorneys working in 17 offices located throughout the state, NJP is the largest provider of civil legal aid in Washington. NJP expects to receive funding to develop and implement a special project focusing on housing-related legal problems of veterans and their families. The position will be located in Tacoma, focus on serving clients in Pierce, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific & Wahkiakum counties, and may serve veterans in other regions as part of NJP’s statewide Veterans Project Team.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) project is a partnership between NJP, Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), the Longview Housing Authority, and other social services providers. The Project’s design is to provide civil legal assistance that will help veterans and their families obtain or retain stable housing. Issues may involve landlord-tenant disputes; deposit, tenant screening, and credit check issues; public benefits and healthcare; consumer; family law (including child support); and other issues experienced by veteran families that influence housing stability.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted AND REVIEWED on a rolling basis through October 11. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Whatcom County Hiring Entry-Level Public Defender

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Are you a licensed attorney with a passion for public defense?
• Would you enjoy the challenge of working in a high-volume, fast-paced environment, handling a caseload of criminal clients?
If so, we hope to hear about your qualifications to fill this key role in the Public Defender’s Office. Deputy Public Defenders serve as court-appointed counsel representing individuals accused of misdemeanors or felonies in superior, district and juvenile courts. Deputies represent clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. Responsible for the investigation and preparation of each case assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a current member in good standing of the WSBA, OR must be a current member in good standing of another State Bar Association & pass the next Washington bar exam. Trial experience in criminal law is preferred. Spanish language fluency is desired.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Background check must meet County criteria for criminal justice positions. Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.

Applications accepted through October 22. For complete information and application instruction please click here

Attention 3Ls! Vermont Access to Justice Campaign Announces 2-year Paid Poverty Law Fellowship

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The Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Access to Justice Campaign are pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship (VPLF) beginning in August 2014. The VPLF program is designed to allow graduating law students and other new lawyers to help expand the reach of Vermont’s existing legal services providers. Funding for salary and benefits will be provided by the Vermont Access to Justice Fund and will be matched by supervision and office support from a host Vermont legal services organization.

The specific fellowship projects will be designed to take advantage of the Fellow’s background and the needs of the low-income community, and will be integrated directly into the services being delivered by one or more of the three major legal services programs in Vermont: Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, and/or the South Royalton Legal Clinic at Vermont Law School. The fellowship will include work on one or more specific projects impacting the lives of low-income Vermonters, as well as the day-to-day delivery of legal services to clients. The three prior Fellows focused on foreclosure defense, Tropical Storm Irene relief and education issues. Additional areas of legal aid in Vermont include but are not limited to legal services to veterans, consumer, housing, public benefits, disability rights and immigration.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through November 8. For complete description and application instructions please click here

Attention 3Ls! Berkeley Law Foundation Announces 2014 Project-Based Post Grad Fellowships

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The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is now soliciting proposals for one-year public interest legal projects to begin in 2014.  To be considered, proposals must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014.

BLF traditionally awards one to two grants per year to individuals undertaking public interest law projects that will serve legally disadvantaged or politically under-represented groups and promote systemic change.  We view our grants as seed money for innovative projects that will immediately provide sorely needed legal services and will continue providing such services for years to come.

For complete information please click here. If you are seriously considering applying we urge you to please contact Dean Storms for advice and support.

Brennan Center for Justice Seeks Spring 2014 Interns

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

Each semester, the Brennan Center hosts 4-5 law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and improving access to a fair and impartial justice system.  Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promtes civic participation.  Interns assist attorneys with litigation, scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing.  The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning.

Priority given to applications received before November 30. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.