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

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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: http://hungercliff.org/ or http://frac.org/leg-act-center/

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

October 24, 2013– By Emily Badger, TheAtlanticCities.com, 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

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About
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: extern@uw.edu. 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 www.ij.org/students.

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.

Labor Rights Mean Immigrant Rights, Confident Communications Workshop, 1L Job Search Strategies and More

November 5: Social Justice Tuesday- When Labor Rights Mean Immigrant Rights: Union, Immigrant Works, and Immigration Reform

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Labor rights and immigration rights are increasingly intertwined.  Join us to hear Dan Hutzenbiler and Professor Angélica Cházaro discuss the growth of alliances and strategies for representation and reform that bring these actors and their legal issues together and the resulting benefits and compromises.

Dan Hutzenbiler, a partner at Robblee, Detwiler, & Black, is a union-side labor law attorney who advises unions and represents building and construction workers.  He will speak to the ways in which immigration law and rights come up in a legal practice dedicated to protecting unions and workers.  Professor Angélica Cházaro is a former immigration attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and now a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW Law teaching Poverty Law.  She will discuss the growing coalescence of unions, worker organizing, and immigration reform movements in national immigration reform and in the local Sakuma Berry Farms strike of immigrant farmworkers in Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu  RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2013.

November 6: 1L Job Search Strategies

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12:30-1:20pm, Room 119

How do you get started? Where are the resources? Where are the opportunities? What are employers looking for? Who can you talk to for support, advice and feedback?

Join Lisa Castilleja from the Center for Professional & Leadership Development and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law for a discussion on the nuts and bolts of job search strategizing for 1Ls.

November 6: Confident Communications Workshop with Professor Judith Shahn of the UW School of Drama

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November 7: Successful Careers of Past Judicial Clerks

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November 7: Seattle Community Law Center Comedy Friendraiser

SCLC Comedy fundraiser

7:30pm at the Comedy Underground

Bill Cosby said “you can turn painful situations around through laughter.  If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”  SCLC uses the tools of legal advocacy to help people with disabilities facing the risks and realities of homelessness overcome barriers to economic and medical stability. For the third year, we will be merging Cosby’s approach with ours in one great event.  Come celebrate with us, and listen to Joe Vespasiani and Drew Barth at the Comedy Underground, Thursday November 7th at 7:30pm. 

December 10:  Get the Early Bird Rate for Transforming Trauma  with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

December 10, 9am-4pm, Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

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▪  Do you feel like the work you’re doing or the life you’re living is
    taking a toll on you?
▪  Are you noticing amongst your co-workers or community a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you can’t do enough, or a spike in your cynicism?
▪  Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on? Please join us for a day of raising awareness individually,
organizationally, institutionally, and systematically on how to live and work sustainably.
 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Founder and Director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for 26 years.