Upcoming Events on Land Rights, Access to Law, Climate Migration, Women’s Rights and More

Feb 3: Global Spotlight on Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Customary Justice in Africa

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Hosted by the International Law Society and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
“Updates on Landesa’s Work in Africa: From Addressing Large-scale Land Investments to Enhancing Women’s Access to Customary Justice”

Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney & Director of Special Initiatives & Reem Gaafar, Research Associate, Landesa

Mr. Vhugen will discuss Landesa’s work on the important issue of large-scale land investments in Africa. A global land rush—sparked initially by a dramatic rise in global food prices and now driven by a variety of factors including increased demand for food and biofuels, carbon markets and speculation—is remaking the face of agriculture and land use in the developing world. Large swathes of land in Africa, Latin America and Asia are being purchased or leased. While land-based investments present an opportunity for economic development, they can lead to a loss of access and rights to land, water and other natural resources for local communities, especially women.

Mr. Gaafar will introduce Landesa’s “Justice” Project: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In light of the recognition of women’s land rights and of “traditional dispute resolution mechanisms” in Kenya’s new Constitution, this project piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice related to land rights, including a short-term impact evaluation.

For details, click here.

Feb. 4: Come Attend Social Justice Tuesday on Youth, Poverty, and Access to Law

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Hosted by: Christian Law Society and the Center for Human Rights & Justice

William H. Gates Hall, RM 133
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:30 – 1:20 PM

What kinds of obstacles commonly confront children and those of humble means?  A panel of three will discuss issues at the heart of youth, poverty, and access to law.  The panelists will be discussing issues they confront on a daily basis and the legal challenges of their clients.

  • David MaceUnion Gospel Mission’s Open Door Legal Services
  • Serena HoltheCenter for Children & Youth Justice
  • Andrew SchneidlerChildren’s Law Center of Washington

If you would like lunch, please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 5: You’re Invited to the Public Service Law Connections Breakfast!

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William H. Gates Hall, RM 115
Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Want to learn more about career paths and strategies in public service law? Come bright and early to hear and learn from local public service attorneys’ insights and tips!

  • Leo Flor, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Veteran’s Project at Northwest Justice Project
  • Bruce Brown, Associate Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel, LegalVoice 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Attorney General, Labor & Industries, WA Attorney General’s Office

If you would like breakfast please RSVP via Symplicity or by email.  RSVP by 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Feb. 6: Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

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William H. Gates Hall
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Program at UW School of Law!

The SID LL.M. Program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. His legacy is an innovative program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary Event commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm with the lecture following at 6pm in Room 138.

More Information and RSVP here

Feb. 7-8: Climate Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender

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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join the University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (WJELP) for a symposium discussing the nature of climate change and its migration affects and concerns. Topics range from agriculture and food security internationally to public international law to current government and research based action.

Speakers include national and international interdisciplinary scholars, judges, government practitioners and advocates.

Agenda and Registration Here

Feb. 10: Annual Public Service Law Dinner: Continuing Dr. King’s Fight for Fair Housing

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University of Washington School of Law, RM 115
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Featuring: Bernard Kleina, Photographer & Civil Rights Activist

And Special Photo Exhibit: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Mr. Kleina has served as Executive Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL for over four decades. One of its founding members, Mr. Kleina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He is past President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. This evening will include historic and contemporary photographs by Mr. Kleina documenting the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email by February 7.

Attention Law Students! Last Minute Employers Have Signed at Public Service Career Fair

Interested in International Development? Rural Land Rights? Human Rights? Women’s Rights? Want to Stay in Seattle this Summer?

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Well look no further! Landesa will now be at the Seattle Career Fair tomorrow, Friday. January 31. They are now accepting applications for their PAID research assistant positions. Talk to their reps at the fair and submit an application through the Landesa website. For more info see here:

Haven’t registered for the public service career fair yet? No worries! You can register at the door. For complete career fair info please click here.

Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

Continue reading here.

Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

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US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

Continue reading here.

The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

Continue reading here.

Check Out These Positions Open to Recent Grads, Post-Grads, and Current Law Students: Early February Deadlines

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Bar Association Seeking Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, Deadline 2/5

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Work as a member of the Pro Bono Services team at the King County Bar Association, and manage the VLS program including program development, daily operations, and community outreach. This position is responsible for placing cases for ongoing representation with volunteer attorneys in priority legal subject areas, overseeing public education programs (currently Make Change!), and supporting the Bailey Boushay Wills Clinic.

For a full description of the job position, please download here.

Applications will be accepted through February 5, 2014.

Attention Recent Grads!  SCLC Seeking Development Coordinator, Position Available Immediately

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The Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is a specialty civil legal aid organization that provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. We further our mission through targeted advocacy projects that help people with Social Security disability issues.

SCLC is seeking to hire a passionate Development Coordinator to stand with us as we work with people who are living with disabilities and fighting for their economic and medical security. We are seeking an inclusive team player to accelerate the organization’s fundraising success and public presence through the development and implementation of a strategic and targeted development and communication plan. The Development Coordinator will be chiefly responsible for coordinating our delivery on key fundraising strategies to achieve the short-term
and long‐term goals of the mission.

For a full description and instructions on how to apply, click here.  This position is available immediately.

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls!  World Bank Seeks Law Student Public Interest Fellow in DC, Deadline 2/7

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The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) offers qualified law students with funded summer-public-interest fellowships the opportunity to work with INT’s Investigations Unit and Special Litigation Unit.

We are interested in candidates with strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. Fluency in a foreign language, demonstrated interest or experience in international law and development, and past experience working in a multicultural environment are pluses, but are not required.

For a full description, click here. Application deadline is February 7, 2014.

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice Seeking Summer Clerk, 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls Encouraged to Apply, Deadline before 2/15

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Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice (LEJ) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) law firm created to advocate on behalf of low income individuals and families in Hawaii on civil legal issues of statewide importance and to complement the assistance provided by existing legal services providers in the state.

Each summer LEJ recruits between 6 and 8 summer clerks to help advance our work. Summer clerks are primarily attending law school but undergraduate student are also considered depending on their particular interests, skills and backgrounds. Summer clerks engage in a variety of activities including research, assistance with class action litigation, outreach and legislative advocacy. To learn more about our summer clerks program click here.  Interested applicants should contact our program before February 15th to express interest and ask about the application process.

Post-Grad Positions in Indian Child Welfare Law for Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Closes When Filled

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Indian Child Welfare Attorney (2+ Years Experience)

The position is for an attorney to advise and represent the Tribal government on various issues regarding Indian child welfare and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

For a full description and information on how to apply, download here.

Assistant Prosecutor/ICW Child Welfare Prosecuting Officer (2+ Years Experience)

Responsible for planning, organizing, and directing assigned ICW/Child Welfare cases within the Prosecutor’s Office and serves as the Assistant Prosecutor/Juvenile/ICW and Child Welfare Presenting Officer for the Tribe.

For a full description and information on how to apply, download here.

Attention Post-Grads, Arctic Law and Policy Institute Seeks Legal Fellow, Deadline 3/31

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The University of Washington Arctic Law and Policy Institute is committed to developing future leaders and subject matter experts in the fields of Arctic law and policy and the intersection of both with natural and social sciences and international and intergovernmental affairs. To achieve that goal, the Institute has established a research fellowship program for recent law school graduates who aspire to provide the critical leadership and analytical skills needed to address emerging Arctic opportunities and challenges.

Duties will include conducting assigned research in current Arctic law and policy issues, distributing Institute research via the Institute web site and by other methods, organizing conferences, workshops and webinars, and preparing and administering grant proposals. This is a non-teaching position; however, the Fellow will assist faculty in preparing and delivering courses and seminars (live and online) and may be asked to provide advice to the university’s law, graduate and undergraduate students in their Arctic related studies and research.

Download the full description here.  Applications due March 31, 2014.

Support Students in Public Service, Job Fairs & More!

January 28: Social Justice Tuesday -Voting Rights After the Shelby County Decision: New Challenges for Voting Equality Today

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Room 133
Date: Tuesday, 1/28/2014
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Speaker: Matt Barreto, Associate Professor, Political Science

Please RSVP by Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu.

January 29: You’re Invited to the Attorney General’s Info Session

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Date: Wednesday, 1/29/2014
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Jessica Creighton and Lisa Keeler from the Attorney General’s Office will be here to discuss the opportunities within their offices both during and after law school. Bring your questions and your lunch for an informative presentation. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

January 31: Don’t Miss the NW Public Service Career Fair! 1/31 in Seattle, 2/1 in Portland

NW PS Career Fair logoDon’t forget to register for the NW Public Service Career Fair this Friday, 1/31 in Seattle, and Saturday on 2/1.  For over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  More than 75 non-profits & government offices and more than 600 students & alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2013.  Click here to view a sample list of participating employers.

Register at the door or online here.

Check out these table talk tips here and these career fair interviewing tips here.

February 1: Support Students’ Commitment to Public Service!  Donate to PILA

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Whether you can make to this year’s PILA Auction on Saturday, February 1 or not, now’s a great time to make a special donation to ensure the sustainability of its summer grant program for law students working in public service!

When you give this year, remember two things:  (1) this year, your gift will have “triple effect” because of the Dean’s match and will support a permanent—rather than a single year—grant (with the dean’s match, the faculty/staff has already funded three grants for this summer!); (2) because of rising tuitions costs, a difficult legal job market, and dwindling budgets for legal aid and public defense, there has never been a time of greater need.
To learn more about PILA and make a donation online, please click here

February 6: The Sustainable International Development LLM Program Celebrates 20 Years

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Please join us for a celebration to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at UW School of Law.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Reception: 4:30pm
Formal Program: 6:00pm

The SID graduate program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor.  His legacy is an innovative graduate program designed to provide students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID 20th Anniversary celebration commemorates the past and celebrates the future.

Remarks by: Roy Prosterman, Founder, Landesa and the Sustainable International Development graduate program; Jeffrey Riedinger ‘80, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington; Tim Hanstad ‘88, ‘95, President and CEO, Landesa; Yoichi Shio, SID LL.M. ‘04, Director, Law and Justice Division, Governance Group; Anita Ramasastry, UW Law Foundation Professor of Law and Director, Sustainable International Development graduate program.

RSVP Here.

February 21: Join the Social Reception Featuring Members of the Washington Supreme Court at the 28th Goldmark Award Luncheon

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Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Followed by the ATJ Forum Celebration of Leadership which includes a panel featuring members of the Washington Supreme Court plus a social reception to bestow the Rainier Cup! https://2014atjforum.eventbrite.com

Register here.

Give Generously: Support PILA’s Public Service Summer Grant Program!

The UW Moderate Means Program Seeks Volunteers for Winter & Spring

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The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State. The Program offers students the opportunity to interview potential clients and refer them to attorneys who will represent them for reduced fees.  Students in the Program will learn about family, consumer and housing law; will gain experience in client interviewing and the Legal Server database; and will have the opportunity to work with private attorneys.

Student interns commit to a minimum of five hours per week and the scheduling of the hours is flexible around your schedule.  Those selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend approximately fifteen hours of training.  All client intakes and interviews will be done over the telephone at the law school. Applicants are encouraged to commit to at least two quarters in the program.

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter and resume care to Ann Spangler at gatespsl@uw.edu.  Please include “MMP” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 on Friday, January 31. All law students are eligible (including LLMs).

Program questions: e-mail Chach Duarte White, Interim MMP Attorney, at chachdw@uw.edu.

Attention Attorneys! Capital Qualifications Committee Seeking Applicants. Deadline February 28

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The Washington Supreme Court is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Capital Qualifications Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Washington Supreme Court pursuant to SPRC 2. Four positions are available. The term of each position is three years with a maximum term of six consecutive years, at which time the individual member must have a break in service before seeking for reappointment. The three-year terms are from April 1, 2014, through April 1, 2017. 

The Capital Qualifications Committee was established by the Supreme Court by order on Dec. 7, 1997, for the development of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty cases. In February 2003, the Court expanded the committee to consist of one active or former superior court judge from the area of each division of the Court of Appeals, two federal public defenders, two attorneys, experienced in criminal defense law who have experience with capital litigation, and one alternate. No member of the panel may be currently serving as a prosecuting attorney. The committee meets an average of three times per year.

Letters of interest and résumés should be submitted to: Washington Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, Temple of Justice, PO Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929 or email no later than Feb. 28, 2014.

Supreme Court Throws Out Overseas Human Rights Case

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said again Tuesday that federal courts are not the world’s forum for dealing with human rights abuses, tossing out a lawsuit brought in California by Argentines who sued German automaker Mercedes-Benz over atrocities perpetrated during the South American country’s “dirty war” of the late 1970s.

In a 9-0 decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for what she called “exorbitant exercises of all-purpose jurisdiction.”

“It was therefore error for the 9th Circuit to conclude that Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) was at home in California, and hence subject to suits there on claims by foreign plaintiffs having nothing to do with anything that occurred or had its principal impact in California,” she said.

The decision is consistent with rulings in recent years in which the high court has said that suits over abuses that took place overseas are not to be tried in the U.S. courts simply because the plaintiffs target a multinational corporation that does business in the United States.

Continue reading here.

Support Student Summer Public Service Work! Time to be Generous and Support PILA!

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Whether you can make to this year’s PILA Auction on Saturday, February 1 or not, now’s a great time to make a special donation to ensure the sustainability of its summer grant program for law students working in public service!

When you give this year, remember two things:  (1) this year, your gift will have “triple effect” because of the Dean’s match and will support a permanent—rather than a single year—grant (with the dean’s match, the faculty/staff has already funded three grants for this summer!); (2) because of rising tuitions costs, a difficult legal job market, and dwindling budgets for legal aid and public defense, there has never been a time of greater need.
To learn more about PILA and make a donation online, please click here

Positions in Public Defense, South African Constitutional Court and More!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Constitutional Court of South Africa Seeking Foreign Law Clerks

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The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 July 2014.

Background: South Africa continues to be regarded as one of the most intriguing and compelling examples of constitutionalism in the transition to democracy. Its Constitution is viewed as one of the world’s most progressive founding charters.

The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, is the guardian of that promise. It has, in a range of ground-breaking decisions, given content to the Constitution’s guarantees by, for instance, ruling the death penalty unconstitutional; upholding full equality for gay and lesbian people; declaring that resident non-citizens are entitled to social benefits; and ordering the government to make anti-retroviral treatment available to pregnant mothers living with HIV/AIDS.

About the Position of a Foreign Law Clerk: Each year, six to ten young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties.

The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all Chambers.

Foreign clerks are generally appointed to serve one six-month term. Some may, however, serve for longer and sometimes in more than one Chambers.

Foreign law clerks are not remunerated by the Court. So, it is essential that they seek their own funding to cover their expenses, including food, accommodation, travel to South Africa, visas and travel to and from work.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 1L & 2L Summer Interns/Externs

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking  2L Summer interns for  2014 Rule 9 positions and 1L Summer interns for legal research positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County.  Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit.

Rule 9 Positions: The Rule 9 positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office.  Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed. After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney.  The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court.  Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply.  Positions are unpaid.  Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school.

Legal Research Positions: Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units.  Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through.  After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects.  These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office.

For complete descriptions and application instructions please visit Symplicity. Applications accepted through February 7th, 2014.  

Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel Seeking Entry-Level Public Defender

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There is one opening for an attorney with Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel.   Assignment and duties will depend on experience and the needs of the Department and are subject to change. Initial assignment will be in the Juvenile  Court for representation of juveniles in offender proceedings and juveniles in ‘Becca’ proceedings .   Applicants who have at least two years of prior experience and otherwise qualify for a position may be hired in either the Attorney I or Attorney II classification.  The hiring salary range for the Attorney I classification $51,074 – $59,764 per year and the hiring range for the  Attorney II classification is $63,460 to $74,744 per year.  This position is “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Assigned Counsel.

Essential Functions: Attorney I positions are given assignments and cases at the entry to moderate level of complexity and seriousness.  Functions listed below are a representative sample.

Criminal Matters:  Provides legal advice and representation for accused at in-custody arraignment proceedings.  Responds to individuals arrested who wish to consult with an attorney at critical stages of proceedings, which may involve on-call rotation work. Interviews and confers with clients regarding facts, plea discussions, trial, sentencing and progress of case. Evaluates each case assessing its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation. Coordinates or conduct case investigation for trial preparation as necessary.  Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interview or direct interviews of witnesses as required. Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represent the interest of the client. Represents clients at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments.  Conducts all trial actions, including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post trial motions.

Civil Matters:  Represents clients at all stages of civil commitment proceedings, Involuntary Treatment Act hearings (mental), child support proceedings, paternity proceedings, contempt proceedings, child dependency proceeding, truancy  and other ‘Becca’ proceedings, and drug forfeiture proceedings. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, pre-trial motions, trials and appeals as required. Performs other job-related duties as required.

Applications accepted though January 23. For complete description and application instructions please click here

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office Seeking Spring Externs (Unpaid Law Clerks)

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Oversight & Investigations Office is seeking unpaid Law Clerks for spring 2014. The position offers law students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings.

Qualifications: Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants available full-time through the spring are preferred, though candidates available part-time may also be considered.

Applications: Interested applicants should apply for this position by emailing a cover letter, resume, writing sample and availability to alyssa_mowitz@help.senate.gov with “Law Clerks” in the subject line as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Now Accepting Applications for Summer Intern Program

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Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas: Anti-Trafficking, Community Health Care Initiative, Economic Justice for Workers, Educational Equity, Housing Justice Project, Immigrant Access to Justice, Voting Rights

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

For complete description and application information please click here. Applications will be reviewed through January 31.

Rise Up! Restore the Dream on MLK Day, January 20th

January 20: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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January 21: Social Justice Tuesday- Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

Cambodia summer course12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Hosted by:  Center for Public Service Law

·         Interested in legal and health issues in Cambodia?

·         Wondering how you could earn 10 credits while studying in Cambodia with the University of Washington?

·         Want to spend your summer developing research skills in human rights and international law, while creating an excellent writing sample?

Join us for a discussion on global health, human rights, and the rights of the child in Cambodia. Students will share about their research and experiences from last year, and information will be presented on the upcoming 2014 summer course!

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, January 13th.  No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

January 21: Clients in Crisis & Secondary Trauma Issues for Advocates

Recommended Readings:

Abby Anna Batko-Taylor & Melissa L. Shearer, Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You, Voice for the Defense Online (2012)

Marjorie A. Silver, Dr. Sanford Portnoy, & Jean Koh Peters, Stress, Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Other Emotional Realities in the Lawyer/Client Relationship- A Panel Discussion, 19 Touro L. Rev. 847 (2004)

Crisis Trauma Training

January 23: UW Grad Student Networking Event

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Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni

5:30-7:00pm, Kane 225

Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started?  This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni – both inside and outside their academic field – in a safe and semi-structured environment.  Attendees will have the chance to practice their “elevator speech” and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads.  All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because “you just never know” if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success – sometimes the person you least suspect could be helpful to you has the best advice and most extensive network!  And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine…for FREE!   No registration required.  Sponsored in conjunction with the 10th annual Career Symposium for Grad Students & Postdocs in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Alumni Association. More details available at http://grad.washington.edu/profdev/symposium/

Among the many professionals slated to attend, if you’re interested in learning more about the Gates Foundation, don’t miss your chance to meet with Kate Lawyer.

Kate Lawyer works as an embedded consultant for the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate’s work focuses on developing policies, partnerships, and institutional support to governments in West Africa. Prior to joining the Third Sector Intelligence, Kate earned her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, where her coursework focused on NGO-management and program evaluation in the developing world. Kate completed this master’s program concurrent with spending three years in West Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. During her tenure in the Peace Corps, Kate served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer in Niger, working with rural mayoral offices to help execute community development plans that had been drafted jointly by the community’s local government and traditional authorities. Following two years in Niger, Kate spent a year in Senegal as a Program Assistant for a Senegalese-run non-governmental organization, providing services and programs to vulnerable children and underage workers. Kate has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including living for six months in Argentina researching the land rights of indigenous peoples in Patagonia. Kate holds a BA from the University of Washington in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to her Spanish background, Kate speaks Zarma, French, and basic Wolof.

February 21-22: Rebellious Lawyering Conference

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Join us for RebLaw2014 on February 21-22, 2014, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. Registration is now open at www.rsvpbook.com/reblaw2014.

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is an annual gathering of law students, activists, and legal practitioners dedicated to legal work in the service of communities and social change movements and to challenging hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education. Grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, the conference is in its twentieth year and the largest student-run public-interest law conference in the U.S.

This year, the conference will bring together activists and attorneys for more than twenty panelsdiscussing struggles in environmental, economic, racial, gender, immigration, and criminal justice. Topics include campaign finance reform, food sustainability, the rights of sex workers, mobilizing among communities of color, feminist responses to the drug war, and defending radical animal rights activists. Attendees are also invited to participate in workshops on movement lawyering, anti-oppression strategies when working with clients, legal observation of protests, law school classroom hierarchies, and coping with vicarious trauma. We are honored to have Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders and Cristina Tzintzun, executive director of the Workers Defense Project as our keynote and endnote speakers.

Registration is $30 and includes a happy hour on Friday and lunch on Saturday. (Registration is free for Yale, Quinnipiac, and UConn law students, and New Haven residents.) For law students wishing to attend who may otherwise find hotel costs prohibitive, we do our best to coordinate housing with Yale Law student volunteers. The deadline to register for housing eligibility is January 31.

Questions? Email rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Register here.

April 4-6: Save the Date! 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference at UW

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The 2014 Western Regional International Health Conference is presented by: the WRIHC Student Committee, the UW chapter of GlobeMed, and the UW Department of Global Health

With generous support from: Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; OHSU Global Health Center; PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine; PNWU Global Health Club; Seattle University College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon African Studies Program; University of Oregon Department of Biology; University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute;  UW Center for Global Studies; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program; UW Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance

With additional co-sponsorship by: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; UC San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University

Register here.

Racial Justice Training Institute, ATJ Essay Contest & Using the Human Rights Framework in the U.S.

The Shriver Center Announces New Racial Justice Training Institute

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Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement and the launch of the War on Poverty, the inextricable links between race and poverty continue. Marking these two anniversaries and recognizing the critical role that lawyers and advocates can play in advancing racial equity, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law announces the first Racial Justice Training Institute. By placing tools of race conscious advocacy in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute will ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve. 

The Institute will cover a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy to media and messaging to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in race-equity teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants will use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams will pursue throughout the Institute.

Taking place over seven months (late May-November 2014), the Institute includes three parts:

PART 1: Online (May 26 – June 13, 2014)

PART 2: Onsite in Chicago (June 17-20, 2014)

PART 3: Online (July – November 2014)

Up to 35 advocates will be selected for the first Institute cohort based on a variety of factors, including experience, interest, goals, capacity, and racial and geographic diversity.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Training Institute

Application Deadline: February 14, 2014

A Different Lens: Applying a Human Rights Framework to Disparities in the United States

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Despite its complicated history in American politics and activism, human rights discourse is emerging once more as a powerful alternative framework to scrutinize issues related to poverty and race in the United States. This article offers a brief introduction of the U.S. Human Rights Network’s (USHRN) 2013 report, “Advancing Human Rights: A Status Report on Human Rights in the United States,” which outlines the implications of human rights as they relate, among other things, to housing, education and the criminal justice system. The article highlights pivotal policies reviewed in the report and examines the ways in which a human rights lens can provide a public forum for resolving civil rights abuses on a national level.

While the language of civil rights, revolving around the U.S. Constitution, usually dominates much of mainstream discourse in this nation, for at least 65 years there has existed an alternative ethical and legal horizon. African-American organizations and individuals instantly recognized the rhetorical power and political potential of the emerging human rights discourse at its onset in response to the ravages of World War II and the Holocaust. Fully aware of the inherent contradiction of the United States’ ascension to moral world leadership— while the nation was holding on to a system of segregation in the South and practicing unequal access in a variety of areas, including housing and education— the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and others had, in Carol Anderson’s words, “already decided that only human rights could repair the damage that more than three centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism had done to the African American community.” Continue reading here.

$5000 Access to Justice Essay Contest Sponsored by Public Justice 

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NJP Veterans Project and ELAP Looking for a Few Good People- Plus a Whole Lot More

Northwest Justice Project Seek Veterans Project Interns (AmeriCorps education award available)

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Join a team of six Northwest Justice Project attorneys as we empower Washington’s low-income veterans to overcome civil legal obstacles to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  Law Clerks will work with NJP attorneys and legal fellows and will have opportunities to interview clients, create client education materials, meet with community partners and assist attorneys in legal research, case planning, and advising clients. Student work plans are designed collaboratively based on student goals and office needs.

Position: Veterans Project Student Law Clerk

Location: 401 Second Ave S., Ste 407 Seattle, WA. We are also looking for law clerks in Olympia and Everett.

Open to: All Law Students

Time Commitment: 300 hours by August 31, 2014 to receive AmeriCorps Education Award. Additional restrictions may apply. Other short term positions are available as well. Accepting applications for school year law clerks as well as summer law clerk positions.  Please send questions to achromy@nwjustice.org.

Application Process: Email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to achromy@nwjustice.org. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis through February 23 so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Women, people of color, LGTB people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

City of Kennewick Seeks Rule 9 Summer Intern (Paid!)

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The intern will be expected to assist the City Attorney with projects as needed and will be expected to handle his/her own caseload of criminal cases in District Court. This will include jury and non-jury trials and pre-trial hearings.

The pay is $20 per hour. Resume and cover letter should be mailed to: Lisa Beaton, Kennewick City Attorney, PO Box 6108, Kennewick, WA 99336. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through February 10. 

Attention 2Ls! Teach for America Legal Teams Seeking Summer Interns (NYC, Chicago or Memphis)

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The Role
The Legal Affairs internship provides a platform for law students committed to working in a mission-driven organization to develop legal skills and acumen while partnering directly with our attorneys to work on various legal projects throughout the summer.  The intern will get exposure to a wide range of matters from lobbying compliance to developing organization-wide policies to real estate matters.  Through this summer internship, you will have the chance to observe the strategy development of a national non-profit.

The Team
The Legal Affairs Team provides legal and strategic advice to the forty-eight Teach For America regions nationwide and the central functional teams – Program, Regional Operations, Finance, Marketing and Communications, Growth Strategy and Development and Human Assets. Our team of attorneys consists of lawyers that practice in a wide range of substantive areas including employment law, administrative law, nonprofit law, trademark and copyright protection, general compliance, and education laws.  The day-to-day work often includes, partnering closely with staff members to manage questions of law and policy; creating training materials for organizational compliance such as copyright and lobbying trainings; and drafting and negotiating contracts with other partner entities and vendors.

Act fast! Applications accepted through January 20. For complete description and application instructions please click here

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Phone Legal Intake Volunteers

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ELAP has brought legal services to low income residents and survivors of domestic violence throughout King County since 1989.  ELAP has three DV Staff Attorneys and about 189 volunteer attorneys which offer pro bono services.

Phone Legal Intake Assistant screens callers and perform the detailed case intake required for ELAP staff or pro bono clinic attorneys to provide issue-tailored legal advice. This volunteer position is available immediately on Fridays immediately and Tues-Thurs starting in March.

This volunteer opportunity is eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program recognition.

Deadline Extended! Public Advocates in San Francisco Seeking Education Attorney

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Public Advocates Inc. has a rare opening for an experienced attorney to join our exceptional and dedicated staff.  The successful candidate will join Public Advocates’ education team as a staff attorney or senior staff attorney, depending on experience.  Our team’s work currently includes a major constitutional challenge to the state’s inadequate school funding system, successful advocacy to help pass the state’s new more equitable school funding formula, advocacy to advance state and federal teacher quality reforms and accountability reforms, more broadly, and efforts to help build advocacy power among our grassroots community allies across the state.  See http://www.publicadvocates.org/education to learn more about our education work.

Read the job description and application instructions here: http://www.publicadvocates.org/jobs/education-civil-rights-attorneyWhile applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, we are looking to fill the opening as soon as possible.

Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School Seeking One-Year Fellow

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The Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project invites applicants for its Fellowship position. The fellow will join the Project at Stanford Law School where his or her primary responsibility will be will representing prisoners sentenced under California’s Three Strikes law for minor crimes. The fellow will also assist with the supervision of law students and participate in scholarship and research projects involving criminal justice policy and reform.  This is a one-year fixed term position.

The Three Strikes Project is a unique organization within Stanford Law School. Since its inception, the Project has spearheaded the evolution of the Three Strikes law in California.  In 2012, the Project and its partners successfully amended the law, creating a path to re-sentencing for 3,000 currently incarcerated individuals and averting the possibility of a life sentence for non-serious, non-violent offenders in the future. In the wake of this new law, the Project has continued its blend of policy work, litigation, and teaching law students in a live experiential setting. More information about the Project is available at threestrikesproject.org.

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