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

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


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


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


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


University of Washington, Seattle | April 4-6, 2014

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

Racial Justice Institute

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

PRRACbanner1by Salimah Hankins & Balthazar Becker in the current issue of Poverty
& Race
of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

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)


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!)


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)


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


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


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.


International Development and Human Rights Events Coming Your Way Plus More

January 13- Global Legal Advocacy: Promoting Human Rights in Zimbabwe

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Room 117, 12:30-1:20pm

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

“The Role of NGOs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Zimbabwe”

Charles Mutasa, Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW School of Law

In African countries such as Zimbabwe, NGOs are generally viewed as the bedrock of democracy as they play a watchdog role over government with the view of promoting good governance, human rights and sustainable development. This presentation is a critical appraisal of the role and effectiveness of the strategies used by local NGOs to promote human rights in Zimbabwe. Despite the difficulties associated with an unfavorable operating environment, which includes government’s defiance of court orders, politicization of state institutions and continuous harassment of human rights defenders, the NGOs have remained resilient and made significant achievements in promoting human rights in Zimbabwe. The presentation will also briefly looks at the interface between the local NGOs and the African human rights regional bodies in their attempts to address the human rights challenges Zimbabwe is facing. It concludes by looking at the successes and challenges faced by the NGOs and suggest a way forward.

Charles Mutasa is a Zimbabwean who has studied political science and development studies up to Masters level. He has over 16 years of experience working for international and national non-profit organizations in Africa in the area of governance, human rights, health, poverty and general development policy. Charles work in the fields of policy research, analysis, consultancy and advocacy focuses on the importance of linking human rights and the rule of law issues with other sustainable development issues especially economics and politics with the goal of contributing to Zimbabwe’s transitional justice issues.

The lecture is hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development.

January 13- Conscience & Privacy: A Panel Discussion on Stormans v. Selecky. 

gavelPresented by ACLU, CLS & LSRJ

Room 138, 12:30-1:20pm

Moderator: Dean Michele Storms


Tom Boeder, attorney with Perkins Coie and lead counsel for the Washington State Department of Health in Stormans v. Selecky

Kristen Waggoner, attorney with Ellis, Li, & McKinstry and lead counsel for Stormans Pharmacy in Stormans v. Selecky

Stormans v. Selecky is currently before the Ninth Circuit on appeal, and presents the issue of whether or not a pharmacy owner should be allowed to refuse to stock and dispense morning-after pill “Plan B” for conscience reasons. Current Washington Board of Pharmacy regulations do not permit a pharmacy owner or pharmacist to do so.Oral argument has been delayed pending the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case and other cases for which SCOTUS recently granted certiorari, and the attorneys representing for each side have graciously agreed to come and discuss the constitutional issues raised by this important case. Lunch will be provided.  Questions, please contact Thomas O’Ban, tcoban@uw.edu.

January 14- Don’t Forget! Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law


12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

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

January 28- Experience Girls Rising

Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable presents Girl Rising.  Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com.
For more information about the Girl Rising series, go to: http://theglobalstate.globalwa.orgPlease join us for this FREE event. Space is limited.
Who: Everyone
Where: First Free Methodist Church / Seattle Pacific University //3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA
Date: Tuesday, January 28 // 7pm – 9pm
Click HERE to RSVP

February thru June- Don’t Miss GlobalWA’s Regional Global Socials

Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington.  Composed of non-profit organizations, foundations, businesses, government and academic institutions, our members work collectively to build a more equitable and prosperous world.  Global Washington convenes members to generate new opportunities for growth; strengthens member organizations to increase their impact; and advocates across key global development issues at the local, national, and global level.
Learn about GlobalWA member organizations working in specific regions of the world and connect with others who share your interest in that region.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Who: Everyone
Where: TBD
Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members
  • Central America //  February 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • East Asia // March 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Middle East // April 3rd, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • South Asia // May 1st, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Sub-Saharan Africa // June 5th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP

March 21- Save the Date! Landesa’s 8th Annual Seed the Change Luncheon


Please join Landesa for our 8th annual Seed the Change Luncheon, to raise awareness and support for women’s land rights – the most important asset to break the poverty cycle.

Four Seasons Hotel: 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

REGISTRATION: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PROGRAM: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Megan Mylan, Academy Award-winning documentary film maker 

For more information or to register for the event, click here

The CPSL is Hiring! Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Don’t Delay- Monday, January 13 is the App Deadline

Monday, January 13: Application Deadline to Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair!

NW PS Career Fair logoFor over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  More than 75 non-profits and government offices and more than 600 students and alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2013.

Check out the list of employers participating at the Seattle fair on Friday, January 31. Check out the list of employers participating at the Portland fair on Saturday, February 1. Learn more about the application and interview process here.

The Center for Public Service Law is Hiring! Seeking a Communications Assistant- Work Study Position


About the CPSL: The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

Position Overview: The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 350 recipients to the blog.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. For more information about federal work study at UW please click here.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Applications for Human Rights Institute Now Accepted

Human Rights Institute at the Urban Justice Center will be held from April 2- 4, 2014 in New York City.

The Institute is a three-day professional development conference that brings select human rights advocates and policymakers from across the country to network, share ideas, and collaborate with others who are working to advance domestic human rights. Participants will be able to learn about the international human rights framework, apply it to their local organizing efforts and become contributors to the growing domestic human rights movement.

Previous presenters have included:

  • Laila Bourhil,Human Rights Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
  • Jamil Dakwar,Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program;
  • Risa Kaufman,Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School;
  • Ann Lehman, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women;
  • Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy for The Opportunity Agenda; and
  • Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

We have also offered an array of programming, such as:

  • The Fundamentals of Human Rights: Economic and Social Rights;
  • Crafting a Human Rights Media Strategy to Advance Your Domestic Campaign;
  • Employing International Human Rights Mechanisms for Domestic Advocacy;
  • A Guided Tour of the United Nations;
  • Reception with members of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
  • The Arts and Community Organizing.

The Institute application is available on the Human Rights Project website. The application process is open until February 7, 2014. A limited number of scholarships are available for those eligible for financial assistance; those applications are due February 1, 2014.

Announcing the 2014 UW Law Summer Course in Cambodia: Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

Cambodia summer courseUniversity of Washington, Law H516, Global Health GH 590, College of Education EDLPS 600, International Studies JSIS 596

This course offers a unique, multidisciplinary graduate-level study opportunity in Cambodia. Focusing on health and human rights of children, particularly those who have a disability, the course provides a classroom experience and an applied, skills-building practicum that explores the theoretical underpinnings and the practical applications of the rights of the child in the context of Cambodia’s health system. Child rights are studied from legal and health services perspectives, combining methodologies of research and analysis required for quality field work.

The six-week course is approved for a total of 10 credits. Five of the credits are received through the practicum experience. The practicum experience will enable the student to work with NGOs and other health and legal professionals in the investigation and analysis of a faculty-guided and approved practicum project.

The course is open to graduate and professional students from other universities.

Check out the UW Study Abroad website and the program brochure. For questions, contact Beth Rivin (brivin@uw.edu) or course TA, Ashley Paintner (ashley.paintner@uw.edu).

Summer Funding Strategies, Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast & WA AGO Open House Next Week

January 14- Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law

12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133


Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

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

January 15- Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast


7:30-8:20 am, Room 115

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development

  • Interested in criminal law?
  • Want to learn more about careers in prosecution and public defense?

Join prosecutors and public defenders for an informal early morning panel discussion and meet and greet. Light breakfast will be available. Bring your questions and learn more about their paths and strategies for careers in criminal law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or email gatespsl@uw.edu by Monday, January 13. 

January 15- Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House

AGO Open House

Get Ready for January Jobs and Internships

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer Law Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division

SeattlelogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for  2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their  first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all  City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City  Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in  labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court.
The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage  and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee  discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with  Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform
other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition,  externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for  observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship  provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced  group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so
would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Applications accepted through March 4. For complete description and application instructions please visit Symplicity.

Legal Intern Program 2014-2015, Washington State House of Representatives – Office of Program Research

WA State SealApply via Symplicity by Jan. 9th at noon; Interviews will be Jan. 10th on campus

Since 1974, the OPR’s legal intern program has provided law students with an opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process. Interns work under the supervision of lawyers employed by the OPR and are expected to perform general legal research and to assist in drafting bills and bill amendments.

The program is divided into two parts: summer and legislative session. Interns are expected to serve full time during the summer of 2014 and during that portion of the 2015 legislative session coinciding with the first academic quarter of 2015. The summer portion is considered a paid training period, during which interns acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform well during the legislative session. Whereas the summer portion is compensated at $2730 per month, the intern is required to receive externship credits during the legislative session (winter quarter).  Financial assistance for housing and/or commuting during the legislative session is available.

WomensLaw is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  WomensLaw aims to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse and assault. Our website (www.WomensLaw.org) publishes state-specific legal information about domestic violence and sexual assault and is visited by more than 1.1 million people per year. We also provide help through an Email Hotline  directly to victims and advocates throughout the U.S.

National Network to End Domestic Violence Seeks Summer Interns for WomensLaw Project

NNEDVLaw student interns at WomensLaw have the unique opportunity to produce information and materials that will be viewed by millions of survivors.  Currently, over 100,000 different people visit our site per month; we also answer over 250 emails from survivors monthly.

The intern will assist our organization by:

  • preparing and updating plain-language legal information for publication on the WomensLaw.org website;
  • interpreting statutes to be translated into plain language;
  • responding to some emails from survivors; and
  • other related tasks.

Topic areas include:

  • State-specific restraining order information,
  • State-specific custody information,
  • State-specific divorce information,
  • Federal immigration information,
  • Information on stalking and other crimes,
  • Other legal and non-legal areas affecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be registered with PSJD). Applications due no later than May 9.  

Center for Science in the Public Interest Announces One-Year Post Grad Litigation Fellowship


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest circulation health newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies, and ensures that advances in science are used for the public’s good.  CSPI is supported largely by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

CSPI is offering a one-year fellowship in the Litigation Project.  The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts, as well as filings before federal agencies, to help correct corporate misbehavior.  The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country.  CSPI’s legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing.  In addition, the Litigation Project files a variety of complaints and rulemaking requests before the FDA and other federal agencies.

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

ACLU San Diego Seeks Summer Interns for Voting Rights Project

ACLU SDFull-time summer position working with the voting rights project to reduce barriers to voting and expand opportunities for broader participation in the electorate. Second or Third year law students with an interest in voting rights and election law may apply. Strong research, writing, organizing and project management skills. Spanish-speaking a plus!

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