Jobs, Announcements and Events, oh my!

Hello blog readers!  There is so much news in the public service world that it turns out we have one last post before the Thanksgiving holiday after all.  Unlike the usual single-issue post this one includes JOBS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS.  Scroll down for the latest.  No pretty pictures today, “just the facts ma’am.”  Best wishes for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday weekend.  The blog will be back full steam and on the regular posting schedule December 2.

JOBS (5)

White House OSTP Internship Program—Now Accepting Applications for Spring & Summer 2014     (current students)The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Spring and Summer 2014 Legal Internship Program.  Students who are U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. More information, including application deadlines and instructions, is available at: the OSTP Internship Program.  Law students     who would like to apply for this program have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the United States Government. Prior OSTP Legal Interns have worked on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information     disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and pending legislation.  OSTP’s “small firm” environment provides law students with the opportunity to work closely with senior attorneys, gain practical legal experience, and network with other emerging members of the legal profession. Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel.

Students who are U.S. citizens and who are enrolled in law school or LLM programs are encouraged to apply using the “Legal Division” application on OSTP’s website. Legal interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall). Each term lasts up to 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments     provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Questions. For questions about OSTP’s Legal Internship Program, please contact Jennifer Lee at

Center for Constitutional Rights Bertha Fellowship (3L/post grad)

Deadline December 2!

The Bertha Fellowship is for  emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in  gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical     understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host     three Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2014, one in each of our docket     areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial     Justice; and (3) International Human Rights. Fellows will work alongside     attorneys in each of these docket areas.

The Bertha Fellowship at CCR is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which     hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In     addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR     will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings,  (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional  mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, management, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.

For application info:


The Northwest Workers’ Justice Project is a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to defend and strengthen the workplace and organizing rights of low-wage temporary and immigrant workers in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. At NWJP, we are guided by the belief that all workers share the fundamental human right to live and labor with dignity, safety, and hope.

NWJP seeks a Staff Attorney to provide employment-related legal assistance to low-wage temporary and immigrant workers throughout Oregon. The central focus of the position is client representation in the areas of wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, and employer retaliation.

Required qualifications: Ability to establish trusting relationships with     low-income clients and cultural competence to address the legal needs of immigrant workers; Excellent communication, writing, and research skills; Ability to work independently and as a team player; Ability to think creatively, and willingness to implement unconventional strategies;  Demonstrated commitment to social justice; Oregon bar or willingness and eligibility to take next available Oregon bar exam.

Preferred: Current membership in good standing in     any state bar; Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish strongly preferred;     Demonstrated litigation skills; experience in employment law; Demonstrated     commitment to workers’ rights.

Applicants are encouraged to apply before January 10,     2013. Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references, with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line, to NWJP is an equal opportunity employer. We especially     encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply.

Pamela Booth, Assistant District AttorneyThe Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA)     will be accepting applications for the position of Deputy District Attorney     I from December 2, 2013 to December 13, 2013.  On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, a web link to the exam bulletin will be posted online at

Applications will ONLY be accepted via ONLINE FILING. To apply online, please see the Tips to File Your Application on the District Attorney’s website    


SALARY: $5,152.36 – $6,062.45
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: No experience required.
LICENSES: Admission to practice law in California1

If you have any questions which are not answered online at, you may call the Human Resources Division (Exams Unit) at (213) 202-7730.

Social Justice Fund is Hiring a Project Manager – Deadline Dec. 9! (post grad — temporary position)

The Project Manager is a temporary  full-time, exempt employee in our Seattle office.  The position is planned for January 1 – July 31 with the possibility of becoming permanent.  This position is roughly 70% organizing, training, and facilitation, 15% direct fundraising, and 15% grants management.Qualifications & qualities:  Project planning experience—demonstrated ability to create and execute a project that meets expectations; Excellent facilitation skills, including working with people from diverse backgrounds; Demonstrated commitment to social     justice issues and a strong social justice analysis; Experience developing and leading workshops and trainings, preferably with an anti-oppression focus; Ability to quickly build strong relationships with members and grantees; Ability to motivate and engage volunteers and build a strong, functional team; Self-motivated, effective problem-solver; Computer skills including Microsoft Office and databases (eTapestry a plus); Willingness to work as a team on a variety of tasks; Willingness to work frequent evenings and weekends, and travel occasionally; Community organizing experience; Fundraising     experience; Strong communication skills; Fearlessness about asking—for money, time, etc.; Sense of humor.

Social Justice Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, people of     color, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.  A full benefits package is available, including 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, vacation, and sick leave. Anticipated salary range is  $40,000-45,000, DOE.

Find  the full job description here.  Please email your cover letter and resume to by end of day December 9, 2013.


1) Save the date for the Public Interest Law Association’s 19th     Annual Benefit Auction! The auction will be February 1, 2014 at the Husky Union Building. Tickets are on sale now online at Questions? Contact us at

2) Each year, the Public Interest Law Association awards 15-20 grants     to students working public interest and non-profit jobs. These grants are funded through an auction in the spring—and many of the items are procured by students. Applying for a grant is pretty simple, but you need to volunteer hours with PILA. Luckily, you can waive these hours if you procure enough items for the auction!

Procuring items is easy, fun, and vital in ensuring PILA Grants continue to benefit UW Law Students. If you’re thinking about applying for a Grant this spring, the easiest way to get your hours is by taking part. When you’re with your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas, think about local stores you can contact, gifts you can donate, or activities you can provide for the auction. Almost anything works–from a $20 gift card at a local coffee shop to a weekend stay at your family’s timeshare!

Donation forms are available on the door of the PILA Office in Room 130 (also the SBA Office) right outside Room 127.  Please contact Michael Caulfield at     with any questions.


The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our third annual San Francisco     Public Interest Law City Visit for Friday January 17, 2014.  On that day we will visit 4 public interest/public service agencies – 2 in Oakland  and 2 in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and two more sites awaiting final     confirmation.  Over the past 2 years 13 UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public interest lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to     $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Dean Storms at if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by December 10 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to goforward with the trip.


In past years, our Summer Corps program has given AmeriCorps education awards to law students serving during the summer only. Now law students can earn education awards throughout the year. Because of the expansion, we will now refer to our program as AmeriCorps JD.

Law student slots throughout the school year will be available for placements where students provide legal assistance to low-income and homeless veterans or victims of disasters. Students can serve in any nonprofit organization, but they must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Please note that students receiving school credit for their service must get permission from their school’s administration to also receive an AmeriCorps education award. Students who receive compensation in excess of $4,300 for their service are not eligible.

Learn more about AmeriCorps JD!

WebsiteFree webinar  at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 26 (If you or your students are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be sent to all who registered following the webinar.)

EVENTS     (4)
1. Discovery Institute: December 4: Conservative Governance in Washington     State: 

Prospects for the 2014 legislative session and beyond

A     Legislative Panel Featuring: State Representative Matt Manweller,     LD 13,State Representative Norma Smith, LD 10 and State Representative JT     Wilcox, LD 2 Join Discovery Institute and the Washington Policy Center for     an inside look at the 2014 legislative session. Legislators will provide     up-to-date information on the 2013 special sessions and share their first-hand knowledge of the issues they face in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

This event will be held at Discovery Institute located at 208 Columbia Street in downtown Seattle. A reception will begin at 5:30 PM  followed by the program at 6 PM. A selection of wine and hors d’oeuvre will be available. For more information and to register online, please click here. If  you have questions or would like to register by phone, contact Anna Salick at 206-292-0401 ext. 102.

2. Discovery Institute: December 12: Are Hedge Funds Evil or Misunderstood?

A     Luncheon Featuring Timothy Spangler, Author of One Step Ahead: Private Equity and Hedge Funds After the Global Financial Crisis For many Americans, the term ‘hedge fund’ conjures up visions of greedy Wall Street investors making back room deals, possibly on insider information. But the truth is, few really know what hedge funds do, or how they contribute to the U.S. economy. In his new book, One Step Ahead, Timothy Spangler provides a compelling account of how flexible and entrepreneurial investment firms  can prosper in a volatile and rapidly changing financial world.  He also examines the new regulatory environment and how it hinders economic growth, while doing little to prevent a new crisis.  Join us for a special luncheon and book signing – sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality – on Thursday, December 12th at noon. Sandwiches, chips and sodas will be provided. Suggested donation is     $10 at the door. For more information and to register online, please click here. If   you have questions or would like to register by phone, contact Anna Salick at 206-292-0401 ext. 102.

3.WAACO’s South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series: So You Want To Be A Nonprofit? December 6

If you are thinking about starting a nonprofit, this is the workshop for you.  If you know someone in South King County (Kent, Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, Federal Way) who wants to start a nonprofit, let them know about this workshop by forwarding this email to them. We will discuss what you need to know before you start a nonprofit, alternatives to nonprofits, and how to start a nonprofit.

Date: December 5, 2013;Time:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Green River Community College, Kent Campus
Register at:
Speakers: ·Barbara Fane and La Traya Ellis, The Nonprofit Assistance Center and Jodi Nishioka, WAAO
$10 General Admission
This interactive, hands-on workshop is designed for individuals or community groups who think they want to create a nonprofit to do their work in the community.
We will cover: What you need to know before forming a nonprofit (Look before you Leap); How to assess your readiness to form  and sustain a nonprofit; Simple steps to take you from your dream to IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status; Helpful hints and pitfalls to avoid when forming your organization

This workshop is part of WAACO’s South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series.  This series of trainings are supported with funding from The Seattle Foundation and United Way of King County.

LAST: Don’t forget we do have one more Social Justice Tuesday presentation for this quarter– November 26: Social Justice Tuesday- “History did not end in 1965”: Shelby County and the Voting Rights Act, 12:30-1:20 Gates Hall 133.

Public Service Law Career Building Workshop Materials & Comprehensive Federal Jobs Guide Now Available

Missed one or both of the Friday Fall Quarter Public Service Law Career Building Workshops?Skills Set

Here’s your chance to catch up on some of the presentation materials we used for our workshop series on Public Service Law Career Building Essentials.

Nuts and bolts of public service resumes and cover letters click here.

Self assessment and developing your pitch/narrative click here.

If there’s enough of a demand we might offer more these Friday workshops in January. Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld if you like more of these workshops offered next quarter.

Thinking About a Legal Career with the Federal Government? Be Sure to Read Through this Comprehensive and Updated Guide

psjd_logo At first glance, seeking and applying for federal jobs can seem incredibly overwhelming, and job-seekers may not know where to begin. The 2013-14 NALP/PSJD Federal Opportunities Guide contains:

  • information about the benefits of a career in federal government;
  • a look at the various kinds of work attorneys perform;
  • an overview of where the most attorney jobs are (and will be) in the executive branch;
  • resources to aid in finding the ideal opportunity; and
  • tips on application processes.

NOTE: in addition to content offered in the Guide, NALP offers expanded content and resources on PSJD’s Federal Government Careers page: We encourage readers to use the online content in tandem with the Guide. Online content offers the ability to:

  • browse a clickable table of contents to immediately identify the most useful content;
  • use dozens of hyperlinks in the Web content to click through to numerous useful online federal career resources; and
  • benefit from continuous addition to and revision of online content instead of waiting for the annually updated print edition.

The New Voting Rights Act & Ethical and Risk Management Solutions for the New Solo Practitioner

November 26: Social Justice Tuesday- “History did not end in 1965”: Shelby County and the Voting Rights Act

sjtlogoTuesday, November 26, 12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

In June 1963, the situation in Birmingham, Alabama had gotten so bad – the violence against and suppression of civil rights activists so abhorrent – that President John F. Kennedy announced on national TV that the events had “so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.”

In June 2013, another Alabama jurisdiction prevailed before the United States Supreme Court in its challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, perhaps the most important and sweeping civil rights legislation in the country’s history – and a direct legislative response to that violence from fifty years before.  In explaining his ruling, Chief Justice Roberts announced that “history did not end in 1965” and, moreover, that “things have changed dramatically.”  In dissent, Justice Ginsburg argued not only that the “scourge of discrimination” still exists, but also that invalidating the Voting Rights Act was as fundamentally wrongheaded as “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

In this discussion, we will address the Voting Rights Act, the Court’s decision in Shelby County, the effects of the Court’s ruling, and what interested observers might do in response.

Professor Lisa Manheim will give a short lecture on the implications of that decision for the future of elections in this country with respect to race and socioeconomic class.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by Monday, November 25.

November 28: Happy Thanksgiving UW Law Community!


December 5: Ethical and Risk Management Solutions for the New Solo Practitioner

Pete RobertsThursday, December 5, 12-5pm, UW Law Gates Hall, Room 119

Thinking about starting your own private practice firm to do plaintiff-side public interest work? Don’t  miss this must attend CLE!Ethical & risk mgt

Awesome Opportunities- Bring it On!

Echoing Green Announces Next Fellowship Application Cycle

echoinggreenHave an entrepreneurial idea for social justice organization ? Interested in some seed money and technical support to launch this organization?

Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship. During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers.

We believe investing in and supporting the right people relative to the right ideas and ability to execute, rather than specific business plans, results in a lifetime of leadership. Echoing Green has invested over $33 million in seed-stage funding and strategic assistance in nearly 600 world-class leaders driving positive social change around the globe. Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of Teach For America, City Year, College Summit, Citizen Schools, One Acre Fund, and SKS Microfinance.


The Global Fellowship is our twenty-five year-old program for smart young leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.

The Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. The BMA Fellowship unlocks access to the vast communities of Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations.

The Climate Fellowship, announced in 2013, is specifically targeted for the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship Application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014.

Lawyers Fostering Independence Program Seeking UW Law Student Summer Interns CCYJ

Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to reforming the state’s juvenile justice and child welfare system.  Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program is an initiative within the CCYJ that connects former foster youth with pro bono legal representation on civil legal issues.  A part-time legal intern/extern is sought.  This person will work closely with the LFI Managing Attorney, conducting client screening, outreach and substantive legal research, and some administrative tasks.  The extern may also have the opportunity to work more hours and gain experience in other practice areas if interested in other projects at CCYJ.

This internship/externship is open to all law students.

Time commitment: Varies between 10-20 hours per week and can be extremely flexible around your schedule, though we ask that you try to work at least 5 hours, two days a week.  We also require a commitment for at least two quarters.
Location: 615 2nd Ave, Ste 275 (Pioneer Square), Seattle, WA

Recommended Skills: Demonstrated interested in child welfare, juvenile justice, or related fields, and/or experience working with youth, at-risk families or underserved communities.

Supervision/Training: Direct supervision by an attorney; training provided as needed.

Application Process: Send resume, transcript (unofficial is ok), and cover letter to the LFI Managing Attorney, Serena E. Holthe at  Writing sample and two professional references may be requested if selected for interview.

Application Deadline:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact: Serena E. Holthe – – 206-696-7503 x.17

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Bi-Lingual Staff Attorney for Yakima Office


Columbia Legal Services seeks an experienced bilingual attorney to work on a broad range of systemic legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their family members in Washington, but particularly in the Central Washington region. The range of potential issues the attorney may work on include employment, health care, housing, food, benefits, and economic justice. Experience working with immigrant and indigenous populations on basic human needs or farm worker employment issues is strongly desired and bilingual skills in Spanish/English is required.

The position is full-time and will be located in Yakima. The position is open until filled. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeks Staff Attorney for Immigrant Justice Project in Atlanta SPLC

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks an attorney to join its Immigrant Justice Project office in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Immigrant Justice Project works on cases involving the rights of immigrants in nine southern states. Representative cases include large scale litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking, class actions on behalf of guest workers based on violations of their federal employment rights, and civil rights litigation related to anti-immigrant laws, policies, and practices.

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

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks Law Student Interns for its Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee Offices

NWIRPThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for summer internship positions in its Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee offices. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

Interested applicants should apply to each office individually by sending a cover letter and resume to the contact person listed here with “2014 Summer Internship” in the subject line.

For complete job descriptions and application instructions please click here. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 5, 2013. No applications will be accepted after February 15, 2014.

Public Policy Career Panel, Earthjustice VP, Immigrant Detainee Pro Bono Project Info Session, Human Rights 101 Webinar and Ahhh, Mindfulness Workshop

November 18: Careers in Public Policy

PP policy panel

November 19: Social Justice Tuesday- Citizen Enforcement of Environmental Laws: Why it is Essential and How it is At Risk”

Tuesday, November 19, Room 133

Presented by:  Gates Public Service Law Program 

patti-goldmanPatti Goldman, Vice President for Litigation at Earthjustice, leads the organization’s ten regional offices in developing and implementing effective legal strategies to protect the environment for future generations. Patti works with Earthjustice’s managing attorneys to coordinate the legal program, knit together the work throughout the regions, and ensure that the organization achieves long-range goals. Patti Goldman, Vice President for Litigation, leads the organization’s ten regional offices in developing and implementing effective legal strategies to protect the environment for future generations. Patti works with Earthjustice’s managing attorneys to coordinate the legal program, knit together the work throughout the regions, and ensure that the organization achieves long-range goals.

As Vice President for Litigation, Patti works with Earthjustice regional offices to mount strategic campaigns that produce lasting and often groundbreaking environmental safeguards. Whether addressing global warming, toxic pollution, wildlife protection, or management of lands owned by the American people, Earthjustice chooses cases for maximum, far-reaching impact. Patti ensures that our actions will continue to catalyze broad environmental protection, prevent irretrievable losses, and ensure that the laws already on the books stay there and are put to work to protect a healthy environment for future generations. 

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by 12:00 pm Monday, November 18,  2013. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

November 20: Immigrant Detainee Pro Bono Project Info Session

Immigrant detaineeWednesday, November 20, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 217

Interested in working directly with detained immigrants?  The Center for Human Rights & Justice (CHRJ) is partnering with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Tacoma office to provide application assistance for immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA during the Winter quarter.  In immigration proceedings, detainees have no right to free counsel.  By volunteering, you are assisting pro se detainees in filling out their applications and drafting declarations for immigration relief (i.e. asylum, withholding, cancellation, etc.).  Volunteers will receive training by a NWIRP staff attorney prior to visiting the detention center.  All final work will be reviewed by a NWIRP staff attorney prior to submission to the Immigration court (EOIR).  Transportation is available should you require it.  This is volunteer work is pre-approved for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

If you are interested in participating or have questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Melody Young at

November 21: Human Rights 101 for US Domestic Lawyering- Free Webinar, Registration Required

Thursday, November 21 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT

What are human rights and how can they be useful to me in my case strategy, litigation and overall work?

humanrightsJoin the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project on Thursday, November21 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT for a free online webinar, Human Rights 101. This webinar will focus on the basics of human rights law, the universal and regional human rights systems, and how human rights law can be used in U.S. courts and before U.S. policymakers. The one-hour free webinar will be led by Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.   To register for the webinar, click here.

December 14: Mindfulness Workshop Co-Led by Attorney Sevilla Rhoads, RSVP Required

mindfulness workshop

Three Degrees Files Amicus Brief and ACLU Launches Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

UW Law Grads at the Three Degrees Project File Amicus Brief to Support Young  People Suing Feds for Failing to Act on Climate Change


Washington, D.C. – Today, Three Degrees Warmer, a climate justice project based in Washington State, helped six faith-based groups file an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to support young people suing the federal government for not acting to reverse climate change. Late last month, attorneys for five youth appellants and two non-profits filed their opening brief in the D.C. Circuit court arguing that they have a constitutional right to the benefits of a protected atmosphere and a safe climate system.

As relief, the youth appellants seek a comprehensive federal Climate Recovery Plan, which would reduce U.S. emissions based on the prescription that Dr. James Hansen and other leading international climate scientists say will restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) by the end of the century.

The youths’ lawsuit was filed with the help of Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based non-profit orchestrating a game-changing, youth-driven legal campaign in the United States and across the world. The case relies upon the long-established principle of the public trust doctrine, which requires all branches of government to protect and maintain certain commonly shared resources fundamental for human health and survival.  Continue reading here.

Fair Justice Smart Justice: ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

ACLU living death

Today, the ACLU published an in-depth study of people imprisoned in the U.S. with no chance of parole for nonviolent offenses – including relatively minor drug and property crimes such as taking a wallet from a hotel room or serving as the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana. We found that at least 3,278 prisoners are serving these sentences in federal and state prisons combined.

A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses documents the thousands of lives ruined and families destroyed by sentencing people to die behind bars for nonviolent offenses and analyzes the laws that led to these harsh sentences. The 110 prisoners profiled in A Living Death are extreme examples of the millions of lives ruined by the persistent ratcheting up of our sentencing laws over the last forty years. As the report makes clear, we must change our sentencing practices to make our justice system smart, fair, and humane.

In addition to interviews, correspondence, and a survey of hundreds of prisoners serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses, the ACLU based “A Living Death” on court records and data from the United States Sentencing Commission, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and state Departments of Corrections obtained through Freedom of Information Act and open records requests. Read the full report here.

Happy Veteran’s Day! Exciting New Opportunities to Serve for Law Students & Recent Grads

Applications Now Accepted for Peggy Browning Fund Labor Rights Paid Internship

A project of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Margaret A. Browning

The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of law students to become advocates for workplace justice.

Through Summer Fellowships, an annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference and networking opportunities, we provide diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers’ rights. Our goal is to increase the students’ understanding of the current issues workers face as well as promote the students’ entry into the practice of public interest labor law.

We are currently seeking applications from interested law students for our 2014 summer legal internship program. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, our approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and then translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century. Our work includes:

1. Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low?wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize;

2. Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from these protections;

3. Working with policymakers and community coalitions to make economic development accountable to community needs and create living wage jobs for local residents.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of their work. Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of policy advocacy, litigation and community education, and will assist in drafting manuals, articles and policy briefs for publication. Interns may also work with NELP’s National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse, a growing movement of unions, community groups, worker centers, legal services, plaintiff’s attorneys and public agencies working to make headway against wage theft and the erosion of the minimum wage floor and right to overtime pay.

Applications due by January 17. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a subscriber).

Legal Services of Northern California Hiring 3Ls for Post Grad Positions


In the Fall, Legal Services of Northern California begins its recruitment process for third-year law students preparing to take the California Bar Examination the following summer. For more than fifteen years, LSNC has hired at least one candidate, either through a fellowship or as a regular staff member, from among that year’s law school graduates. Depending upon staffing needs, LSNC may hire for any of its field offices or special projects, including its Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Vallejo, Woodland and Ukiah offices, through this process.
LSNC accepts applications beginning in August and continuing through December, conducting initial interviews at various public interest career events and in-house between October and mid-February. Second interviews are granted to some candidates in March and offers are generally extended in April and continuing through the Spring and Summer as positions open. Since candidates are considered on a rolling basis, the process may not conclude until after the Bar Examination.

Open to third-year law students preparing to the the California Bar Examination for the following summer. Applications due by December 31. For complete information and application instructions please click here (must be a subscriber).

Disability Rights California in San Francisco Seeking Staff Attorney


The Staff Attorney shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to clients with disabilities. The Staff Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Associate Managing Attorney and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts.

The Staff Attorney will focus his/her work on special education issues and the rights of people with developmental disabilities.  The ideal candidate has knowledge about special education and laws that effect people with developmental disabilities.  In addition, s/he has experience representing people with disabilities in a variety of forums including at meetings, hearings and in court.

Applications due by November 15. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

International Human Rights Fellowship at Fordham Law

Leitner Center at Fordham

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is dedicated to promoting human rights scholarship and advocacy at Fordham Law School and around the world.  The Program’s core elements include an annual two-week fact-finding project in another country, a human rights lecture and brown bag series, a summer internship program, and student research projects involving various human rights issues. The students involved in the project participate in course work, independent research, planning and conducting the project, and related follow-up work.

The Crowley Program is administered by a fellow who is a law school graduate.  As a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School, the Fellow will teach a seminar in human rights in preparation for the annual fact-finding project during the spring semester.  The additional responsibilities of the fellow are substantial:  planning all substantive and logistical aspects of the fact-finding project, participating in the project, writing and publishing a post-project report, and day-to-day administration of the program, including running a year-round lecture series, advising students seeking international human rights internships and post-graduation employment, and coordination with the human rights community. Applicants must have a J.D. and demonstrate a strong interest in international human rights issues.

Applications due by January 31. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a subscriber).

National Senior Citizens Law Center Seeks Summer Interns for Oakland, Los Angeles and DC Offices


The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) is at the forefront of efforts to obtain justice for America’s low-income older adults and people with disabilities, with a special emphasis on problems affecting people of color and women. Our advocacy efforts focus on access to health care, income support, long-term care, and access to the courts to enforce federal rights.

Law Student Opportunities: NSCLC seeks outstanding law students to work in its Washington DC, Los Angeles and Oakland offices during the summer of 2014. The students selected will have a chance to be involved firsthand in significant policy and litigation initiatives as they may arise. Areas of the students’ focus will be one or more of the following:

  • Health Advocacy:  The health advocacy team conducts strategic national litigation and administrative advocacy to preserve and expand access to Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care (both nursing homes and at-home care) for low-income older adults.  The team also provides technical assistance and trainings to health advocates across the country.  Law clerks will assist NSCLC attorneys with legal research related to litigation, administrative advocacy and health care reform implementation.
  • Income Advocacy:  The income advocacy team engages in systemic litigation and administrative advocacy to protect Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as these programs provide economic security and a critical safety net to the elderly poor.  A recent court settlement, Clark v. Astrue, resulted in $1 billion in back benefits being restored to individuals who had been wrongly denied benefits.  Several parallel cases are now being investigated; law clerks will assist with the development of this important litigation and with related income projects.

Applications accepted on a rollin basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a subscriber)

Career Strategies for Public Service, Out of State Jobs, Plaintiff-Side Firms and More

November 12: Social Justice Tuesday- Public Service Law Career Strategies


Tuesday, November 12, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Featuring Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian with the Gallagher Law Library and Aline Carton-Listfjeld with the Center for Public Service Law.

Join us for a comprehensive presentation on the nuts and bolts of launching your career public service law.

Topics covered include:

  • •       How to research opportunities
  • •       Ways to use your law degree
  • •       Examples of public service
  • •       How to realize your public service goals
  • •       Upcoming opportunities
  • •       Resources

November 12: Prison Higher Education Volunteer Information Session

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Tuesday, November 12th, from 5-6pm. UW Communications Building, room 202

Did you know?

  • The US comprises less than five percent of the world population, but has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners (New York Times, 2008)
  • Approximately 75% of state prison inmates did not graduate high school (Teachers College, 2005)
  • Prisoners who go to college while incarcerated are 45% less likely to return to prison than those who do not (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2005)

Want to know more? On Tuesday, November 12th, from 5-6pm we will be holding a Prison Higher Education Volunteer Information Session in the Communications Building, room 202.

There are volunteer opportunities to teach credit and non-credit classes, tutor and present one-time seminars. We will discuss the steps to becoming a volunteer, hear from current volunteers about their experience teaching in prison and have time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.

This event is sponsored by: Transformative Education Behind Bars (TEBB): A UW Simpson Center sponsored collaboration of students, faculty and community partners who are involved in WA prison higher education.

Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE): A UW RSO motivated by a group of students who participated in a class with prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex this summer.

November 13: Strategies for Out of State Jobs


William O. Douglas Society Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 12:30-1:20pm. Room 119

Interested in working in another state for the summer? Curious about how to find a summer position in another country? Come hear from students who worked out-of-state and out-of-country last summer in private, government and public service jobs. Discover tips for your own out-of-Washington job search!

Student panelists include:
Jeannie Gong (China)
Mo Johnston (Florida)
Tamara Gaffney (Colorado)
Kendra Rychlick (Ireland)

November 13: Speed Networking with Washington Association for Justice WSAJ (plaintiff-side and public interest private firms)


Wednesday, November 13, 5:30-7:30pm. Room 115 A-B-C

Not sure what kind of law you want to practice? Interested in helping the little guy?

Come to this speed-networking event to get one on one time with civil litigators. At the event you will have 5-7 minutes with each attorney to ask any questions you have about school, the bar, getting jobs, different areas of practice, etc.

Refreshments & appetizers provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

November 13: South End Minority Bar Association Networking Event

south end networkingNovember 20: TeamChild’s “Second Chances” Event & Fundraiser


Wednesday, November 20, 5:30pm. FareStart in Seattle.

Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild wants to invite all of you to our upcoming “Second Chances” event and fundraiser on November 20th at 5:30pm at FareStart in Seattle.  As advocates and leaders in social justice all of you know just how important a second chance can be for a child or youth who is struggling in their life.  Please join us for an evening of music, conversation and great food and be a part of making sure that every child in Washington has a chance to succeed.

If you RSVP before Friday 11/8/13 you will receive a free drink of your choice at the bar.

CLS Launches Re-Entry Legal Clinic, NJP Launches Veteran’s Legal Project, More Poverty Law News and Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Columbia Legal Services Launches Re-Entry Legal Clinic


Pro bono attorneys and law students needed!

Re-entry Clinic: Addressing the legal needs of people turning their lives around after a criminal conviction.

What is the Re-Entry Clinic? It provides free legal services to low-income men and women with criminal records trying to reenter society, but facing barriers to a successful reentry.

What legal issues does the clinic address? Legal financial obligations (fees, fines and restitution) and access to employment and housing.

How does it work? Volunteer attorneys attend the clinic for about 2.5 hours to provide legal advice and counsel. Law students volunteer as legal assistants. Volunteers can assist at the clinic as often as s/he likes, but we ask for a minimum of four times per year. A staff attorney will be at the clinic to assist.

Where are the clinics held? There are two.  One is located at the Public Law Library of King County the second Monday of the month from 2:45-4:45pm. The other is at FareStart the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:40-4:30pm.

Will there be training? Yes. Please join us on December 2, 9am-3:30pm at Perkins Coie for a CLE on reentry law. Topics include: fair credit reporting act, legal financial obligations, housing law and employment screening.

Where can I learn more info? Please email Nick Allen at Columbia Legal Services.

Northwest Justice Project Announces Expanded Legal Services for Veterans

NJP_LogoNJP’s Veterans Project provides free legal services for civil problems that are barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. The Veterans Project also focuses on women veterans who face greater barriers to accessing services and often require special outreach and services to deal with service-related sexual abuse trauma.

In addition to performing direct outreach to low-income and at-risk veterans, the Veterans Project team of attorneys coordinates with veterans’ social services, health and housing providers, and Veterans Treatment Courts. Veterans Project attorneys are located in Spokane, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett and provide services statewide.

The Veterans Project provides legal advice, representation, and referrals on a variety of civil legal issues including:

  • Child Support (modification and arrears forgiveness)
  • Vacating Criminal Convictions / Records
  • Consumer Law
  • Housing Issues
  • Veteran’s benefits, and state public / health benefits
  • Discharge Upgrades (less than 15 years old)

Veterans can call NJP’s Veterans Project directly.  The toll free, statewide Veterans Project number is: 1-855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387).

Veterans facing issues not listed above can apply online or call NJP’s CLEAR line to find out if they qualify for free legal aid.

Op Ed- A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

Huff Post Food for Thought

October 30, 2013–by Smita Narula and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Huffington Post

Last month, the USDA reported that 49 million Americans live in “food insecure” households, meaning they cannot afford adequate food for themselves or their families. In other words, nearly one in six individuals in the richest country in the world is struggling to put food on the table. Hunger in the United States is not the result of a shortage of food or resources — it is the direct result of poverty perpetuated through policies that fail to prioritize Americans’ fundamental needs.

On the heels of the USDA report, the House voted to cut $40 billion over the next ten years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s largest anti-poverty program. Under the House version of the farm bill, 3.8 million individuals would lose their SNAP benefits in 2014 alone, and an estimated 210,000 children would be kicked off of free school lunch programs. On November 1, SNAP recipients will see an automatic decline in their benefits when a temporary boost to the program (voted in as part of the 2009 Recovery Act) ends.

The impact of these assaults on our nutrition assistance programs will be felt over a generation and possibly beyond. Children who do not receive adequate nutrition — including prenatally — are at risk of serious health and developmental problems. Hungry children struggle to learn in school and, according to a report by Feeding America, are far more likely to experience behavioral problems, increasing the chance that they will drop out of school and decreasing their lifetime earning potential. By failing to adequately feed our children, we are setting them up to fail.

This is a moral failing. It is also a violation of human rights.

For full article please click here. To learn more and to take action against SNAP cuts, please visit: or

How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

October 24, 2013– By Emily Badger,, photo courtesy- The Atlantic

housingThe housing crisis sounded all kinds of alarms for policymakers and the public about what happens when families can’t afford their homes, or when they lose the stability that a secure home provides. We’ve heard about the effects of foreclosures on neighborhoods, the weight ofhousing stress on human health, the impact of lost equity on household wealth for huge portions of the U.S. population.

But something has been absent in all this talk about how unstable housing in any form affects families.

“The attention raised by the mortgage crisis and the foreclosure crisis really missed a lot of central aspects of housing that are likely to be important for children,” says Rebekah Levine Coley, a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Notably, it’s the quality of housing – the presence of peeling paint or cockroaches, broken appliances or damaged walls – that most strongly predicts a child’s well-being and development.

Continue reading here.

World Justice Forum Announces the World Justice Challenge

The World Justice Challenge is an open competition designed to inspire individuals to create initiatives that will strengthen the rule of law where they live and work. It provides an opportunity for individuals to test practical solutions on the ground supported by:
  • Modest seed grants—the typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 to $25,000
  • Connections to others in the WJP’s global network
  • Increased visibility through media and communications support
The WJP believes that everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law, and that a multidisciplinary approach is essential to creating long-lasting change.

How to Apply

The World Justice Challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and entities from any country. The competition will launch on November 5 and close January 15. Approximately 10 grantees will be selected by a Selection Panel using the criteria listed in the application. The typical size of a seed grant is $15,000 – $25,000.

For complete info please click here.

Entry-level civil legal aid positions, paid internships, externships- Oh, My!

Entry-Level Staff Attorney Position at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco

Attention recent grads! Don’t delay! Applications are due no later than Friday, November 8.

Legal Services for Children (LSC) was founded in 1975 as one of the first non-profit law firms in the country to provide free legal representation and social work services to children and youth.

LSC’s mission is to ensure that all children and youth in San Francisco Bay Area have an opportunity to be raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and the services and supports they need to become healthy and productive young adults. LSC pioneered a unique interdisciplinary approach to legal services, employing teams of attorneys and social workers to comprehensively meet the needs of our clients.

LSC’s team advocacy approach enables us to provide a wide spectrum of services. We represent children and youth in cases that include legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, emancipation, and restraining order proceedings.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Paid Consumer Protection/ Anti-Trust Internship with State Attorney General’s Office

Attention 1L and 2Ls! Experience a career-making internship opportunity through the ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship. Work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state Offices of Attorneys General and other governmental offices throughout the US. Applications are due December 13, 2013. Submit an Online Application

About the Steiger Fellowship: The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship gives law students hands-on, practical experience by placing them in offices of State Attorneys General or other state/territorial government offices for 8 weeks, with a $5000 stipend.
Fellowship Details: Each Fellowship is part of the Consumer Protection Outreach Initiative of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.

Students will be placed in the Consumer Protection Departments of each state office and more than 50% of each student’s time will be devoted to consumer protection matters. The remainder of each student’s time, at the option of each state, may be devoted to antitrust matters.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $5000 for the eight week period.  Each Steiger Fellow will be responsible for all taxes and other required deductions.

Fellowships Available for: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware*, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,  New York, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,  Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

*will only consider 2Ls.

The Northwest Justice Project Foreclosure Consequences Action Team Seeks Winter and Spring Legal Externs

NJP_LogoAttention 2L and 3Ls interested in poverty law and civil legal aid!

The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team at the Northwest Justice Project works on issues involving loan origination; scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; barriers to housing and employment; remaining debt issues post-foreclosure; issues with credit, education, health and transportation stemming from foreclosure; eviction from foreclosed homes; neighborhood blight; promoting occupation of foreclosed homes; and discriminatory or otherwise improper marketing of bank-owned properties.  The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team conducts outreach to minority communities and collaborates with community organizations.

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

General Counsel for Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Art Museum Seeks Winter, Spring & Summer Externs Seattle_Art_Museum_logo

The general counsel of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Art Museum is looking for two exceptional externs for Winter, Spring and Summer 2014. Duties include shadowing general counsel, reviewing and revising a multitude of eclectic contracts, addressing intellectual property rights and a multitude of other legal issues, researching and preparing memos, meeting with internal staff clients, and assisting with risk management in general for these two Seattle icons. Extern must have top credentials and research and writing skills; previous in-house or law firm experience a plus, as is experience with the arts. Copyright experience/class a plus. Extern must be organized, focused and a self-starter — extern will have plenty of freedom/discretion to address workload. Hours may be part-time or full-time; minimum of 8 hours/week. 2Ls and 3Ls may apply for any quarter. 1Ls may apply for summer quarter.

Application Instructions: Candidate should submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Candidate must pass criminal history background check.

Cover letters should be addressed to: Bernel Goldberg, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Applications should be emailed to: For Winter Quarter, applications are due on November 15.

Institute for Justice Seeking Spring & Summer Interns

natnl-libertyFounded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As the national law firm for liberty, we stick to a clear mission engaging in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government.  Our four pillars of litigation are private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Simply put, we seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.

The Institute for Justice is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.   Clerkships are a great way to get your foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

Our limited number of spring clerkships offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through early December. To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, please visit

We’ll begin interviewing for our highly-competitive summer clerkships in January, but the application is already here and students are encouraged to apply well before the January 10 deadline.  Summer clerkships are full time positions for 10 weeks.