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The Center for Public Service Law will continue blogging throughout the holidays but we will refrain from emailing our News Flash during finals week so you can, well, focus on finals!

Take a study break and get inspired. Be sure to follow the blog and get the latest news, jobs and events!

Paid LGBT Rights Internship, Staff Attorney Position at NJP in Seattle & New Gov’t Opportunities Not to Miss!

Bay Area National Lawyer’s Guild Chapter Announces LGBT Rights Thomas Steel Summer Internship (Paid!)

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The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Thomas Steel Internship. The Thomas Steel intern will work closely with the NLGSF and will have the unique opportunity to conduct legal research, to outreach to the LGBT community, and to connect with partner organizations. Project focus is flexible, but an emphasis on an area of law relevant to the Bay Area LGBT community should be determined before the internship begins. Projects with a focus on transgender communities and/or queer people of color and immigrants are especially salient to the mission and direction of NLGSF.

In recent years the Thomas Steel intern has created scholarly articles for publication, organized a unique set of Know Your Rights materials for the transgender community, created a toolkit for Know Your Rights projects in other cities, supported housing rights activists in San Francisco, advocated for LGBT inmates in California prisons and organized Continuing Legal Education seminars for legal professionals.

The internship is based out of San Francisco, will last from roughly June through August, and has a stipend of $5,000. Interns are expected to commit to 35 hours per week for a 10 week period. Applicants should be law students who demonstrate a passion for social justice and commitment to public interest work. Past activist/organizing experience and involvement with the National Lawyers Guild a plus. People of color and members of the LGBTQ community strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is February 10, 2014. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to carlos@nlgsf.org or fax 415.285.5066.

Attention Recent Grads! NJP Seeking Bi-Lingual Attorney for Sexual Assault Unit

NJP_LogoThe Northwest Justice Project seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our King County office on Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors project, a partnership with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC), to address the legal needs of low-income monolingual Spanish speaking and Limited English Proficient sexual assault victims. This is a three-year grant based position.

The successful applicant will work together with our family law team on a range of legal needs experienced by immigrant sexual assault victims.  Clients will be referred by KCSARC Dando Voz advocates who focus on the legal needs of monolingual and LEP sexual assault victims in King County.  While the attorney will work across practice areas, priority areas of legal practice will be family law and immigration.

Applicants must be fully bilingual Spanish speakers, culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with sexual assault, immigrant and/or low-income communities. Washington State Bar membership in good standing or ability to become a member through reciprocity is required.

Application reviewed on a rolling basis through December 20. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

WA State Attorney General’s Office Seeks Veteran Summer Interns/Externs

WA AGO sealThe Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is currently seeking law students who are also veterans as defined by RCW 41.04.007 to apply to serve as a volunteer law clerk or legal extern for academic credit.

The selected candidate will serve the AGO’s Administrative Division in Seattle during summer 2014. Duties performed by the selected candidate will include, but are not limited to, researching and preparing memoranda on legal issues involving or faced by veterans and military families; researching and summarizing changes to federal and state laws offering protections and benefits to veterans and
military families in order to update the AGO Military & Veteran Legal Resource Guide; in conjunction with policy staff, work to identify issues for consideration as part of the AG’s legislative agenda; attend and help coordinate meetings of the Attorney General’s internal Military & Veterans Assistance
Team; participate in the AG’s outreach efforts to the veteran and military communities and meet with stakeholders; understand the consumer complaint process and assist in analyzing complaints for trends and possible enforcement actions; and work with the Military & Veterans Assistance Team on possible subjects for veteran or military-related CLE subjects.

Applications due no later than January 15, 2014. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! U.S. EPA Announces Two-Year Post Grad Attorney Honors Fellowship with Office of General Counsel

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The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. OGC attorneys provide counsel to ELP policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental law, as well as the law governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency.

The key objections of the program are to provide recent law graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector or general environmental law and to provide the Office of General Counsel with highly motivated, talented and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues.

This fellowship is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school in May/June 2014, students who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have prior law experience within 2 to 3 years of graduation from an ABA accredited law school. OCS is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective “people” skills, and the ability to take on significant responsibility.

Application deadline is Monday, February 3, 2014.  For more information about OGC, please visit our website: www.epa.gov/goc. For complete description and application instructions please click here. To access the voluntary demographic information form to include with your application materials please click here.

Attention 1Ls! U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission Seeking Applicants for Summer Student Honors Internship Program

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The SEC boasts robust programs in which students experience real world and real time assignments that are directly related or are in support of our mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation through securities and financial market regulation.

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market. Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.

For more information on our program, please visit our Student Honors Program Homepage.

The application period is from Monday, December 2, 2013  through Monday, February 3, 2014 (midnight Eastern Standard Time). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so act fast!

RSVP by December 10 for the Public Service City Visit to San Francisco on January 17 and Apps due January 13 for NW Public Service Career Fair

January 13 is the NW Public Service Career Fair Application/Request Interview Deadline 

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RSVP By December 10 ! San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit

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2014 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: JANUARY 17, 2014

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 – two in Oakland  and two 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), the California Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Office) and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the past two 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 mestorms@uw.edu 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 go forward with the trip.

Announcing EJW’s AmeriCorps JD Program

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While, in past years, our Summer Corps program has given AmeriCorps education awards to law students serving during the summer, law students will now be able to 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 U.S. 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!

ABA Rule of Law Initiative Announces New Platform Consolidating Human Rights Resources for ASEAN Civil Society Organizations

The website consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.In October, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched the Human Rights in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Online Platform. The website (www.humanrightsinasean.info), which consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues within the ASEAN, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The website consolidates information and advocacy materials on human rights institutions and issues in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.

The website’s content—available in English with online translation options for seven Southeast Asian languages—includes information on the mandate, representatives and activities of three key ASEAN human rights bodies: the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on the Rights of Women and Children and the Committee on Migrant Worker Rights. Prior to the platform’s launch, information on these human rights institutions was scattered across different websites, with activity-related information only able to be obtained via informal communications with the institutions’ members or representatives. The platform will make a broader range of information more easily accessible to the public, facilitating increased civil society engagement as well as increased transparency in the ASEAN region.

“FORUM-ASIA hopes to see the [website] used by civil society in [the] ASEAN region and beyond to build solidarity and sharing on their human rights advocacy,” said Atnike Sigiro, FORUM-ASIA’s ASEAN advocacy program manager.

In addition to providing a registry of human rights organizations in Southeast Asia and a forum where civil society organizations (CSOs) can access information about how to engage with different ASEAN bodies, the platform also allows CSOs to post documents, including information on upcoming events.

To learn more about our work in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.

One-Pagers on Human Rights Issues

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Civil Society Section – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

We are pleased to share a series of one-pagers developed by OHCHR. One-pagers provide concise and practical information on complex human rights issues. We hope you find them useful in your human rights work.

Please find below one-pagers on:

Core human rights in the two Covenants

Death penalty

Free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples

Gender-related killings of women and girls

Maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights

National action plans against racial discrimination

Participation of minorities in policing

Trafficking in persons

Transitional justice

Xenophobia

Blogging is Back in Full Swing- Great Opportunities Bubble Up

WA State Access to Justice Board and King County Bar Association Hiring Program Manager for New Statewide Pro Bono Council

kcba_logoSummary: A new Statewide Pro Bono Council will be formed as a committee of the Washington State Access To Justice Board beginning January 2014. On a pilot basis, the Council will be staffed by a full time employee, primarily based out of the King County Bar Association (Seattle, WA), with funding made available through Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) and the Legal Foundation of Washington. A work plan will be developed that outlines goals and objectives, areas of focus and benchmarks to measure the success of this initiative.

This position will provide:

Pro Bono Council Support by:

  • Planning, preparing and organizing council meetings
  • Participating in the Access to Justice Board Delivery Systems Committee
  • Coordinating Council appointment process

A statewide focus by:

  • Supporting efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between volunteer lawyer programs and Alliance for Equal Justice members
  • Providing technical assistance for implementation of State Plan initiatives focused on pro bono
  • Working to overcome challenges to integration, identifying successful models, documenting best practices, and developing technical assistance materials, resources and tools
  • Sharing appropriate resources with the volunteer legal services community: serving as an information clearinghouse, helping connect those who have experience, materials, program development strategies, etc. with those who need help.
  • Promoting effective integration of volunteer attorney programs into the work of other Alliance partners.
  • Assisting volunteer attorney programs implement the initiatives related to pro bono in the ATJ Board’s State Plan Implementation Report of August 20, 2008
  • Hosting a listserv for pro bono managers in the state
  • Developing recruitment, training, and publicity materials for pro bono programs to provide to volunteers
  • Developing a statewide directory of pro bono and legal services programs within the state

An individualized volunteer attorney program focus by:

  • Assessing issues/problems
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Training and mentoring individual staff members of volunteer programs

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 16th and will be accepted through December 30th.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces WKKF Community Leadership Fellowship in Child Advocacy

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a long history of supporting emerging and existing leaders. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of our most effective tools for realizing the belief that leadership is a critical tool for individual development, community-grounded leadership and broader societal change. It is with great pride that we announce the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a new program that constitutes a renewed commitment to leadership development.

This fellowship is rooted in WKKF’s mission of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on racial equity and community and civic engagement. In alignment with our grantmaking strategies, a total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from our U.S. priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans—and will do their work there. Another 20 fellows will be selected from outside the priority places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

It is our hope that this fellowship program is able to nurture and inspire developing or established leaders, helping them to become transformative change agents in their communities, guiding vulnerable children and their families toward optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement and financial security.

This three-year program focuses on strengthening the skills and competencies of our fellows, as well as promoting the direct application of knowledge and skills to community-based projects. We are looking for fellows who, as passionate voices in their communities, feel a deep urge to balance personal growth with meaningful contributions to the community.

Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. For complete info please click here.

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2014 Summer Paid Internships at Yale Law School Yale law

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation.  The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the  Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

For more info and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This opportunity is open to non-Yale law students!

Public Health Law and Policy Internship for Winter/Spring 2014

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Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit is seeking a public health law and policy intern for spring, 2014, to serve as a student intern on a policy project related to marijuana legalization in Washington State.  This position will support creation of a policy surveillance system of local municipal and county ordinances that address marijuana legalization at the local level.  Through this project, the student will identify existing ordinances, learn about methods for and create a policy coding book with support of the team leads, and review and code ordinances for inclusion in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s new online policy surveillance system.  If time permits, the student may write a brief report analyzing the variation in local ordinances related to marijuana legalization in Washington state.

The outcomes of the project will include availability of an easily and publicly accessible online policy query and mapping tool that demonstrates change over time, a replicable policy codebook for researchers in other states, and increased knowledge of policy makers regarding the variation in local ordinances pertinent to marijuana legalization.

For more info please click here: Public Health Law and Policy Internship. Act fast– Applications due no later than December 6!

Summer Internship Opportunity  Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2014 summer internship program. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic fairness, and improving conditions of confinement for youth in secure facilities.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, systems reform, and racial and ethnic disparities reduction, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

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