Interested in Children & Youth Advocacy? Multiple Openings Available Now!

California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research Seeking Summer Law Clerk, Due TODAY

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The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has an open position for one law clerk this summer, and multiple open positions in the fall. The law clerk will work with closely with OPR staff on a variety of projects related to water law, drought, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use and the environment. Law clerk will have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about State government and policy development. The law clerk will gain skills and experience in policy research, local government outreach, interagency coordination, land use planning, and more.

OPR is a part of the Governor’s Office. State planning law establishes OPR as the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR is responsible for formulating long-range goals and policies for land use, population growth and distribution, urban expansion, development and resource protection. OPR is also responsible for writing and updating the CEQA and the General Plan Guidelines.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! TeamChild Seeking Staff Attorney in Yakima Office, Open Until Filled

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TeamChild is a nonprofit civil legal services organization in Washington State with offices in King, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima Counties.  Valuing the potential in all young people, TeamChild is a voice for those facing tremendous obstacles due to poverty, racism, homelessness, neglect, abuse and other difficult circumstances.  TeamChild’s work focuses on helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system assert their right to education, mental and medical treatment, and safe living situations.  The program has been recognized nationally for its innovation and effective engagement of young people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima office.  Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile system.  Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to education, housing, health care services, and other civil rights issues.  The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities including partnering with local public defenders on behalf of common clients, community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Equality Now Seeking Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager in New York, Due 4/5

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Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to manage the work of the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF). This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to deliver a flagship global program for girls. Equality Now invites applications from exceptional candidates who have demonstrated an ability to manage international program networks and funds, deliver multi-country programs, and support an international team to drive innovative solutions and effect change for adolescent girls.

This is full-time position based in New York. The AGLDF Program Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Global Director (and in the future, the Program Director). The position requires close collaboration with program officers, communications and development staff across all offices. The Manager will provide both leadership and support to advance the goals and implement the strategic vision of AGLDF.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Seeking Attorney-Advisor (Civil Rights), Due 4/9

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from OJP, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) comply with civil rights laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in the delivery of services or benefits, or in their employment practices.

For a complete description of the position and application details, click here.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Attorney Advisor, Priority Consideration Due 4/10

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The Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to fill several advisory-attorney positions (GS 11/12/13/14) for its Ethics Division, which provides legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in clearing new Presidential appointees in the Senate confirmation process and also provide, in consultation with state bar authorities, guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Although the positions will have generalist ethics responsibilities, depending upon staffing needs, the positions may be focused on providing these services to a principal client agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division satellite office in Silver Spring, MD.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Seeking Children’s Representation Program Manager, Due 4/25

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The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. During the 2014 session, the Washington State Legislature enacted 2ESSB 6126 which provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights.

The Children’s Representation Program Manager will have primary responsibility to establish a program pursuant to which state funding will be made available to underwrite the appointment of attorneys to represent children in accordance with the practice, caseload and training standards outlined in 2ESSB 6126.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! ACLU Headquarters in New York Seeking Legal Intern for Voting Rights Project for Fall 2014, Due 5/12

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The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the Fall of 2014.

The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging voter suppression efforts in North Carolina and onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states including Arizona, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The Project also intervened on behalf of minority voters in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! John Hopkins Health Systems Seeking Legal Fellow in Baltimore, MD, Due 4/7

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Johns Hopkins employs more than 20,000 people annually across our health system.  Upon joining Johns Hopkins, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees.  Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry.  If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join an employer that is a leader and innovator in the healthcare field.

The Legal Department of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting competent and dedicated lawyers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of our department, our clients, and the community. We define diversity broadly to encompass, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, veteran and military status, marital and parental status, and disability. With greater diversity, we will be more creative, effective and inclusive, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, and interests to the practice of law in a corporate setting.

In support of our commitment to provide opportunities to talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds, we offer a one-year legal fellowship. The fellowship is primarily based in the Employment and Labor Affairs practice group, but also provides opportunities to work with other practice groups within the Legal Department.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Seeking Employee Benefits Law Specialist (Pathways Intern), Due 4/9

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA).  EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA’s mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the provisions of ERISA, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other laws affecting group health plans.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

United Nations PeaceKeeping Operations Seeking Judicial Affairs Officer in New York, Due 4/9

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The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security.  DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations.  DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Service or his/her delegate and will be responsible for the following duties:  Assist the Chief of CLJAS or his/her delegate in the administration of the Service, including the development of workplans and budgetary documents; Contribute to the development of technical guidance materials and training tools, including by collecting lessons learned and best practices from missions for inclusion in new and updating guidance materials and training tools; Work with the Department of Field Support to develop vacancy announcements; screen candidates; and support interview panels for judicial affairs officers for field missions; Liaise with partners within and outside the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including other United Nations entities engaged in the rule of law through the Global Focal Point arrangement and the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group; Draft project proposals for donor funding; Organize briefings, conferences and training events; Prepare, review and edit talking points, memoranda, meeting notes and other documents produced by CLJAS.

 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

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April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

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April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

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Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.

Needing Financial Support? SABAW & eWomen Network Foundation Offer Public Interest Grants

South Asian Bar Association of Washington Offering Public Interest Scholarships for Summer/Fall 2014

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A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded by SABAW to a law student working on a discrete public interest project or doing a summer/fall 2014 public interest internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to Mudit Kakar and received by April 30, 2014.

The scholarship recipient will be expected to attend the annual SABAW reception, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipients at the banquet will be a guest of SABAW. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased from SABAW directly.

Supreme Court Hears Case on Religious Freedom, Workers’ Rights and Contraceptives Yesterday

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument for a case about religious freedom, workers’ rights and covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.  The Washington Post describes the scene as “[w]ith both spring snow and demonstrators gathering on the sidewalk outside, the justices spent a spirited 90 minutes ­debating religious conviction, equal treatment for female workers and whether the court would be opening the door for religious challenges to all sorts of government regulation.”

While it is difficult to predict the outcome of the Court’s decision, the Guttmacher Institute released a new report in the interim, which synthesizes the most up-to-date family planning data and analyses to illustrate the current and future importance of family planning programs and the safety-net providers at the heart of this effort.

Click here to read the Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform Report.  Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

eWomenNetwork Foundation Offering Individual Grants to Nonprofits that Address Health, Wellness, and/or Safety of Underprivileged Women and/or Children

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Do you know a small non-profit whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children? Encourage them to apply for an eWomenNetwork Foundation Grant!  The eWomenNetwork Foundation is awarding individual grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.

For more information on the application and eligibility guidelines, click here. Deadline to submit applications is March 31st.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Provides Resources and Webinar for the Human Rights at Home Campaign

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) has provided a resource pack in conjunction with a March 6th webinar highlighting their federal advocacy as part of the Human Rights at Home Campaign. The resource pack includes a recording of the webinar and the NLCHP report Welcome Home: Rise of Tent Cities in the United States.

Openings in Migrant Rights, Housing Policy, Domestic Violence Advocacy, and Civil Legal Aid

REAP Seeking Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Extern for the Fall in Yakima, WA, Due 3/31

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REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, as well as the University of Idaho. This unique public service opportunity, offered only in the fall term, allows a cohort of law students to contribute valuable legal education and assistance to migrant and seasonal farm workers in Central Washington, while learning together about the workplace justice issues facing this most vulnerable group of immigrant workers. Students will participate in outreach to farm workers living in labor camps throughout Central Washington, as well as carry out research and writing in support of labor rights litigation and immigration cases at one of the placement legal assistance organizations. In the past few years, students have worked on sexual harassment litigation, class actions involving guest worker programs, and affirmative immigration applications and DACA pro se clinics for young immigrants.

For more information about the externship opportunity, visit Symplicity.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Inc. Seeking Housing Policy Intern in Illinois, Due 4/15

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Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is seeking a graduate student in law or public policy for a summer internship in its downtown Chicago office.  LCBH is the only legal-aid organization in the Chicago area that focuses exclusively on low and moderate income renters in the private housing market, providing free legal and supportive services to help truly disadvantaged renters defend against eviction, sub-standard living conditions, and address the special needs of renters living in foreclosed buildings. The LCBH holistic approach to services empowers clients to improve their lives and protect their families from homelessness and also strengthens communities by advocating for access to safe and affordable housing for all.

LCBH’s policy program endeavors to improve the access of low-income households to safe, accessible, affordable housing through original research and advocacy to bring about systemic change for housing justice. The policy intern will work directly with the Housing Policy Coordinator and the Legal Director to further LCBH’s policy and advocacy initiatives.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Full Time Attorney

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NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office that provides free civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers.  LegalHealth, a division of NYLAG is a medical-legal partnership that runs free legal clinics in hospitals and other community health facilities. LegalHealth also provides training to medical professionals to help them better understand the legal issues their patients encounter.

LegalHealth is expanding its network of hospital partners and seeks to hire one or more Staff Attorneys to work at hospital sites throughout New York City, including a VA Medical Center.

The attorneys will be responsible for staffing on-site legal clinics at these hospital partners, providing advice and representation in a wide range of legal issues affecting low-income, immigrant, and disabled client population.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Seeking DV Staff Attorney

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ELAP provides legal services to low income people on the Eastside and to survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. There are many low income individuals and families on the Eastside who need but cannot afford legal services. There are also many survivors of domestic violence in King County who need legal assistance from an attorney to protect them from the violence which threatens them and often their children. Volunteer attorneys, our staff DV attorney, and our paralegal provide the needed legal services through advice clinics, brief services appointments, workshops, and direct representation.

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by providing legal assistance to help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) serve low-income residents who are survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity as an ELAP DV Staff Attorney located on-site at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Legal Services Corporation Offering Paid Summer Internships in Washington, D.C., Position Open Until Filled

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, non-profit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

LSC is seeking Interns for several departments this summer. All positions are located in Washington, DC and all internships are paid. The internship will run from June to August 2014 with possible extension through the Fall 2014 semester.  The intern’s hours will be up to twenty (20) hours per week during the school year; up to thirty seven and one-half (37.5) hours per week during summer vacation and school breaks.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Northwest Justice Project Seeking Legal Intern for Veteran’s Project, Open Until Filled

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Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project seeks a summer law clerk in NJP’s Seattle Office.  The student law clerk will work with an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing civil legal aid to incarcerated veterans and veterans who are defendants in local veterans treatment courts.  Student law clerks will gain experience at Washington’s largest legal aid provider for low-income persons and develop skills in client interviewing, case management, and advocacy before the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Scheduling is flexible and a minimum commitment of ten 30 to 35 hour work weeks (or equivalent) is expected.  The position is unpaid.  Students may be eligible to seek summer funding under the AmeriCorps J.D. program or through PILA.  Students wishing to receive externship credit are also welcome.  1L’s and 2L’s can apply by sending a resume and 1-page cover letter to Leo Flor.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Celebrating International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21: Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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March 21, 2014– By USHRN. Photo courtesy all-images.org.

Today as we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we share Dr. Carol Anderson’s keynote address to the USHRN 2013 Biannual National Conference.

Dr. Anderson argues that the Civil Rights Movement “did not have the frame in order to deal with the depth of degradation that had happened from centuries of slavery and Jim Crow. And so as one victory after another led to greater exposure of the human rights remains in the black community, it became clear that the root of systemic inequalities remained even after all of the blood, all of the struggle, and all of the martyrs.”

A staunch advocate for human rights, in her seminal work, Eyes Off the Prize, Dr. Anderson reminds us that the struggle for human rights – the struggle for adequate healthcare, education, housing, decent work and our civil and political rights – is the path to ending racial discrimination in the U.S.

As we prepare for the review of the U.S. Government record to end racial discrimination in all of its forms by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in August of this year, we are reminded of the work ahead to ensure that the Obama administration adopts a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice. A National Plan of Action would address persistent contemporary forms of racial discrimination and race disparities in almost every sphere of life in the U.S. Click here for more information on why we need the National Plan of Action. Click here to access the US Human Rights Network’s Template for a National Plan of Action to learn how activists and advocates can provide input into developing a National Plan of Action.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination join us in our fight to end racial discrimination in the U.S. If you are interesting in learning more about the upcoming work on CERD, please join the ICERD Listserve.

Show me the Money! Public Service Summer Funding Options & Education Debt Relief News

Looking for Public Service Summer Funding? Don’t Forget: PILA Isn’t the Only Game in Town!

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Don’t miss out. There are some great summer funding sources that many UW law students have benefitted from in the past. For a comprehensive listing check out PSJD’s resources here. Keep in mind that many summer fellowships/grant applications require letters of recommendation so act fast! Deadlines are coming up so don’t miss out!

Here are some highlights:

Q Law Foundation Summer Grant: Deadline extended to this Friday, March 21!

Equal Justice America Fellowships: Deadline next Monday, March 24!

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund : Deadline March 31.

JW Saxe Fund: Deadline April 1st.

WSBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Grant: Deadline April 3.

KCBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Grant: Deadline April 3.

UW Law International Summer Fellowships: Deadline April 3.

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowships: Deadline April 4.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties: Deadline April 15.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program: Deadline April 15.

President Obama’s Budget Proposal & Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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March 10, 2014– by Elle Hogan at Equal Justice Works

President Obama’s latest budget proposal includes new initiatives to help Americans deal with their hefty loads of student debt, including expanding eligibility for Pay As You Earn, the most protective income-driven repayment plan. However, it also proposes to cap Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) at the aggregate loan limit for independent undergraduate students, which is currently set at $57,500. This will have the unintended consequence of steering Americans away from public service.

PSLF provides graduates with an incentive to commit to long-term public service careers by helping make them financially viable. If the President’s proposal becomes law and forgiveness is capped at this level, many law school graduates who embark on public service careers will still be paying off their student loans at least 20 years or longer after they graduate (with the possibility of a large tax burden). Many of them will be unable to make this sacrifice, which will mean fewer public defenders, fewer legal aid attorneys, and fewer attorneys working at a wide range of nonprofits. Ultimately, this will result in even less access to justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

To read more about this issue and who will be affected, visit Equal Justice Works’ blog.

Job Positions in Civil Rights, Juvenile Justice, Human Rights and More

RESULTS Accepting Applications for Real Change Fellow, Due 3/21

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RESULTS is taking applications for our REAL Change fellowship, which includes a scholarship that covers almost the entire costs of coming to our conference this summer along with training and support throughout the year. More on the program:

As A REAL Change Fellow You Will:

  • Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
  • Learn how to lobby your member of Congress on everything from tax policies that can lift millions of low-income Americans out of poverty to global health initiatives like GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations).
  • Become a skilled organizer who mobilizes your community to fight poverty.
  • Attend the RESULTS International Conference (IC) featuring speakers like World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim.
  • Write pieces that get published in the media.
  • Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.

For a full description and application details, click here.

Call for Applications for the Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Due 3/21

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The City of Seattle is opening up the application process for new commissioners to serve on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was created in January 2012 and this commission is one of the many important ways in which the City ensures that they are actively engaging and working with  immigrant and refugee communities.

With the unprecedented growth in the foreign-born population since the 1980s, Seattle has become an increasingly multi-cultural city, rich with diversity. In keeping with the Race and Social Justice Initiative, Mayor Edward B. Murray and the Seattle City Council want to ensure that city government provides high-quality customer service to all, including immigrants and refugees living and working in Seattle, and that residents are engaged in all aspects of Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. To this end, the Immigrant and Refugee Commission was created in 2008.

For more information and application details, click here.

Landesa Seeking Graduate Legal Intern, Due 3/21

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he Landesa Internship Program is part of Landesa’s broader efforts to incrase the number of professionals who work on and/or have an understanding of land rights, whether in the land right field specifically, the wider development community, the government sector, or elsewhere. Graduate Legal Interns will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of Landesa’s strategies and methodologies by attending project and staff meetings. They will also take part in periodic Q&A sessions with Landesa’s land tenure experts who can speak to land rights issues, specific projects, and careers in the international development field. Upon completing this internship at Landesa, Graduate Legal Interns will be invited to join an alumni network comprised of previous interns and fellows.

The Graduate Legal Intern conducts research and supports the research efforts of others on a variety of topics relevant to Landesa’s work. Past Graduate Legal intern assisgnments include: compiling case studies of large-scale corporate land acquisitions; identifying and analyzing the particular effects of climate change on women’s land rights; conducting a legal review of Rwandan land laws; helping to write a concept note (a Landesa project design tool) for a project proposing to use mobile technology in Kenya; and identify and analyzing Myanmar’s resettlement practices and laws on takings and compensation.

The Graduate Legal intern will be supervised by a land rights attorney and will work with Landesa program staff requesting research including Program Directors and project leads.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Seeking General Attorney, Due 3/24

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The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is seeking a full time attorney at entry level and experienced level positions.  As the General Attorney, you will have the responsibility for participating on a civil rights compliance and enforcement team that supports the mission of the Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) Strategic Plan. This position is located in a regional civil rights office. OCR operates under the jurisdiction of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and their implementing regulations.

For a full description and application details, click here.

National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute Offers Fellowship for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Due 4/7

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Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, or any of a hundred other unjust, unfair things that can blight young people’s lives.

Chances are this army-of-one you’re picturing in your mind is ready to apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a robust, year-long fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network that focuses on cultivating and supporting professionals of color. Our goal is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.

Applications are due April 7, 2014.

For more information, click here.  Click here to download the application packet.

The Opportunity Agenda Seeking Summer 2014 Law and Advocacy Intern, Due 4/21

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The Opportunity Agenda is a non-partisan public interest organization that promotes opportunity and human rights in the United States, bringing together legal and policy advocacy, social science research, and communications strategies.  Our mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity in America.  The Opportunity Agenda focuses on issues that incorporate racial justice, women’s rights, immigrant rights and economic justice for all.

The Opportunity Agenda is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, strong research and writing skills, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential.

Law students will assist in legal research and writing to support The Opportunity Agenda’s Law and Advocacy work.  This summer, the focus would be on immigration policy, racial justice, human rights, and economic opportunity.  Past research topics have included the application of international human rights laws to state constitutional and statutory jurisprudence, analysis of, and advocacy around, existing state and federal policies to promote equality across race, gender, income, and other characteristics; new approaches to addressing subconscious and structural bias in the law; and promising policies for promoting immigrant rights and economic opportunity.  The work will be supervised by The Opportunity Agenda’s Robert L. Carter Fellow and Director of Law and Advocacy.

For complete details and application information, click here.

OBMICA Seeking Summer Intern to Work in Dominican Republic, Spanish Fluency Required

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OBMICA, a forward-looking think tank based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is seeking a summer legal intern to assist in ongoing research and monitoring of human rights of migrants and their descendants in the DR. Potential projects in which the intern would participate include gender needs in the deportation process, monitoring the implementation of the national regularization plan for migrants, or others.   The intern’s work will focus on identifying the legal issues and their social implications, paying attention to human rights violations under regional and national, and international jurisprudence.

The experience will most likely involve client interaction and fact gathering with persons directly affected, as well as a heavy legal writing component, working in conjunction with OBMICA and other organizations on the ground.  The goal of the internship is to draft a legal memo that may be made public through OBMICA and their national and international partners.  A full work program will be drawn up by mutual agreement upon commencement of the internship.

For complete information and application details, visit Symplicity.  For more information on OBMICA, visit their website here.

Two Summer Clerk Positions Still Available at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, CA

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Adoptions Project

The Adoptions Project provides free legal representation to foster parents who are adopting children out of foster care, and also advocates for additional services and benefits for the children being adopted. The Adoptions Project has an available position for a summer law clerk. Summer interns generally have the opportunity to: (1) acquire practical skills working with professionals from different fields; (2) conduct client interviews and help to identify gaps in clients’ services or benefits; (3) work on an adoption case from start to finish under the supervision of an attorney; and (4) conduct legal research applicable to the Project.

Date Needed: May 27, 2014 – August 1, 2014, but looking to interview candidates as soon as possible

Community Development Project

Public Counsel’s Community Development Project (CDP) strives to build healthy, inclusive, economically stable communities through the delivery of pro bono legal services to community-based nonprofits and small businesses in Los Angeles County. CDP provides transactional legal services to nonprofits that assist lower income people and neighborhoods and to entrepreneurs located in, and employing residents of, low income neighborhoods. CDP also advances community driven planning, development and litigation strategies to promote affordable housing and equitable development, create jobs and encourage child care facilities. Our clients include neighborhood based community development corporations, housing advocacy and organizing groups and coalitions, health care clinics, small businesses and child care providers serving areas in need in Los Angeles, including Boyle Heights, South LA, Pico Union, Wilmington, San Gabriel Valley and Skid Row.

Public Counsel’s Community Development Project has an available position for a summer law clerk. The bulk of the work will involve legal research, policy analysis, writing memos, and reviewing planning documents regarding extremely low-income communities of color in Los Angeles and all over the U.S. The clerk’s work will include efforts to understand, investigate, and engage processes and policies around transit-oriented development which may result in the displacement of low-income communities. The clerk may also help support CDP’s transactional and litigation programs to advance affordable housing, child care and job creation strategies.

Date Needed: May 27, 2014 – August 1, 2014, but looking to interview candidates as soon as possible

For complete information and application details, here.

Human Rights, Justice, and Public Interest Related Announcements

Hunger Strike at Tacoma’s Immigration Detention Center Enters Day Four

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By Alexis Krell, The News Tribune

Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center was working Monday to determine how many of its 1,300 detainees were on a hunger strike, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The agency said 130 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tideflats declined meals as of lunchtime and indicated they were striking, compared to 330 Sunday. Supporters said about 1,200 detainees started the strike Friday in protest of deportations, and in demand of better food, treatment by guards and working conditions at the center.

Continue reading herePhoto courtesy of the Associated Press and Ted S. Warren.

Washington State Ranks High on Justice Index

By: Cardozo Law School, The Justice Index

The Justice Index is a snapshot of the degree to which best practices for ensuring access to the civil and criminal justice systems have been adopted across the country. This aggregate map gives a summary view of the national and state-by-state commitment to providing access to the civil and criminal courts for some of our most vulnerable populations.

For complete information and details on the Justice Index’s findings, click here.

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Leitner Center at Fordham Law School Offers New Summer Human Rights Program, July 28 – Aug. 8

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The Leitner Center is organizing a new program this year — the 2014 Summer Human Rights Institute at Fordham Law School. The Institute is a two-week certificate program that will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of human rights law. The course, this year held from July 28 to August 8, will include practice-based examples for lawyers and other professionals working in a range of fields. The course will be taught by professors from Fordham Law School, and will be a rigorous program with daily lectures and workshops. The program will provide an overview of international law as well as focused subject lectures and workshops. It will also include fieldwork and discussions with attorneys practicing international law in New York, in governments, and with non-governmental organizations.

The program is suitable both for recent graduates from undergraduate programs as well as advanced degrees, advanced professionals, as well as people working in international law, development, and business. The course is open to students from around the world. The Leitner Center will work with students to obtain necessary visas and other paperwork.

For inquiries about the program, contact the Leitner Center here.

PILA Grants Application Now Available, Due 4/3

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The PILA grant application is now available!  PILA provides $5,000 and $2,500 grants to fund students’ public service projects. Students may use their grant this summer or any quarter in the 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have already completed 5 volunteer hours for PILA.

The application can be accessed hereThere is a binder of past PILA grant applications in the Career Services Office (Room 346) that applicants may look at for guidance and inspiration.

Applications are due to Academic Services (Room 361) by 4:30PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the grants process, please contact PILA Grants Coordinator Tori Ainsworth.

Attention 1Ls!  Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color Due THIS FRIDAY, 3/15

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color. This year, we will again offer awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interview season during their second year of law school. Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

For additional information on the Fellowships, please click here.

U.S. Justice Gap is Under International Scrutiny – Op-Ed

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By Risa E. Kaufman, The National Law Journal

The United States will be reviewed on March 13 and 14 for how it is meeting its commitments under this core human rights treaty. Concerned with the civil justice gap in the United States, the U.N. committee of human rights experts conducting the review has put squarely on the agenda the question of what steps this country has taken to improve legal representation in civil proceedings for litigants belonging to racial, ethnic and national minorities, and for victims of domestic violence.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of Alandj / iStockphoto.com. UN European HQ in Geneva

Upcoming Fellowships, Full-Time Attorney Positions, and Volunteer Opportunities

U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Seeking Associate RSD Officer, Due 3/14

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UNHCR Kenya currently comprises a Branch Office in Nairobi and 2 Sub-Offices in Dadaab and Kakuma. The Sub-offices are responsible for coordinating the activities of the refugee camps under their respective jurisdictions. Dadaab hosts mostly Somali refugees while Kakuma is populated by 13 different nationalities including Somalis (53%), Sudanese (34%), and refugees from the Great lakes region.

The Nairobi-based Country Representative is the overall manager of the Kenya program. He is assisted by a Deputy Representative (in charge of operations) and an Assistant Representative for Protection. The Protection Section in Nairobi includes an eligibility and registration center, a protection delivery unit, and a resettlement unit.

Sub-Office Kakuma is managed by the Head of Sub-Office. The Protection, Resettlement, Community Services, Registration, and Eligibility Units are supervised by the Senior Protection Officer (P-4) who is also the head of Protection Section. There are a number of national staff and some international staff working under these protection-related units. In Kakuma the RSD team currently has a staffing capacity of 6 Eligibility Assistants and one RSD Clerk and is faced with an increasing backlog of pending cases due to a steady flow of new arrivals into the camp.

For complete details on the Associate RSD position and application details, click herePhoto courtesy of UNHCR.

Center for Conflict Studies Offers Peacebuilders Fellowship, Due 3/15

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In keeping with the mission of the Center, the goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change.”

For the year 2014, the Center will be focusing on water conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders in a water conflict.  The four regions of focus for the year 2014 are Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East.

For more information and application details, click here.

Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs (Consumer Protection Group) Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/16

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with the prevention of fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices that adversely affect consumers or competition.  In recent years, the Commission’s consumer protection mission has taken on increased international focus as more and more FTC cases involve offshore defendants or assets.  For example, the FTC has sued overseas telemarketers responsible for scamming consumers out of tens of millions of dollars, the FTC has pursued foreign spammers responsible for deluging consumers’ in-boxes with unwanted email, and the FTC has gone after U.S. promoters of bogus weight-loss products who concealed their ill-gotten gains in a maze of offshore bank accounts.

The FTC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to further both the competition and consumer protection missions of the FTC by promoting cooperation with foreign law enforcement and by serving as an internal resource to other Commission offices.  On the consumer protection side, OIA attorneys provide investigative assistance and share information with our consumer protection counterparts around the world, and we assist FTC litigators in other offices with cross-border aspects of their litigation.  OIA attorneys also play a significant role in promoting sound consumer protection policies internationally. Our attorneys have served as consumer protection experts on U.S. delegations to international organizations and foreign agencies, and we have worked with foreign colleagues to produce international guidelines on the identification and prevention of cross-border consumer fraud, on privacy and spam enforcement cooperation, and on consumer dispute resolution and redress.   We also work on international privacy, data security, and e-commerce policy issues that arise in the borderless realm of the Internet, and we share our technical expertise with developing countries seeking to develop and implement an effective consumer protection regime.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Spanish Required, Due 3/31

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Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.   Kalamazoo is a college town in southwestern Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit.

LSSCM is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to very low income and senior persons in 13 counties in south central Michigan.  FLS is the division of LSSCM that provides legal advice, referrals, direct representation and systemic advocacy to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, as further described at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.

The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce farmworkers’ rights.  Advocacy tasks will include field investigation and camp outreach, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, policy analysis, and direct representation in administrative hearings, as well as state and federal litigation and appeals.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Tenants Union Seeking Volunteer Policy Researcher, Due 3/31

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The City of Seattle is facing the highest rent increases in the nation which is causing low-income tenants to be displaced at alarming rates, in addition to communities of color being disproportionately impacted. The TU is developing a grassroots response to the housing crisis and is developing an anti-displacement policy platform. This position would research effective policies in other states and cities that have been contemplated or implemented to counteract the growing wave of displacement and gentrification. Hours are flexible. Technical assistance and legal guidance will be provided on an as needed basis through our legal partners Columbia Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project, however they will not be providing direct supervision over the position.

For more information and application details, click here.

Kitsap Legal Services Seeking 2014 Intern, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Under the supervision of Kitsap Legal Services’ (KLS) Executive Director and highly experienced volunteer attorneys, interns will serve as part of a countywide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively with other providers to bring high quality representation to Kitsap County’s vulnerable and low-income population. Substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, bankruptcy, Social Security disability benefits application, and immigration. Interns will experience the realities of a small nonprofit legal services office as they interview clients, direct clients to appropriate community resources or free civil legal advice clinics, or observe and aid attorney in provision of legal services. Interns may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.

Interns will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, countywide holistic delivery system. Intern skills must include the ability to treat community partners and all clients with compassion, dignity and respect.

For more details and application information, click here.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in Denver, CO Seeking Volunteer Interns, Applications Considered on a Rolling Basis

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces civil rights laws, including those that protect people from discrimination in educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age.  We primarily investigate civil rights complaints.  We do not litigate.  We have volunteer internship positions available every semester, especially in the summer months, for motivated students who share our dedication.  Our region handles issues arising in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interns participate in all aspects of complaint investigations, including local on-site investigations.  Interns make legal determinations regarding OCR’s jurisdiction over complaints; interview witnesses, collect data; analyze data; draft evaluation and resolution letters; and conduct civil rights-related legal research and analysis.  Interns also perform other duties as assigned.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and 3Ls!  WA’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Seeking Program Supervisor in Equity and Civil Rights, Open Until Filled

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The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Program Supervisor for the Department of Equity and Civil Rights. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.

Under the direction of the Equity and Civil Rights Program Director, the Program Supervisor will work collaboratively with school district personnel to monitor and ensure compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. The Program Supervisor will provide technical assistance and training to school district personnel, and will respond to allegations of discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others. The position requires broad understanding of state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and veteran or military status.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads Interested in Practicing in Montana!  Office of the State Public Defender of Montana Seeks to Hire Full Time Attorney, Due 6/30

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Assistant Public Defenders represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act.

Assistant Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Public Defender Commission standards. Case assignments are determined by the Regional Deputy Public Defender. Assistant Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.

For a complete description and application details, click here.  Application Deadline: 6/30/2014.

Do You Know What Community Lawyering Is? Learn More at This Week’s SJT!

March 8: Landesa Presents International Women’s Day Breakfast

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

Enjoy a lively and inspirational conversation with Renée Giovarelli & Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

Renée and Ruth are two of the world’s premiere land rights practitioners and advocates for improving the lives of women around the world. They will share stories about how millions of women and their families are climbing out of poverty through the power of land – for today and for generations to come.

This event will raise funds to support Landesa’s work on securing land rights for women and their families throughout the world.  For more information, click here.

March 8: Seattle Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Agua Verde, Northeast Boat Street, Seattle, WA

Seattle Oxfam Action Corps invites you to come celebrate International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8th! We will be hosting a light luncheon at Aqua Verde Cafe from 12pm-2pm.  This year, Seattle Oxfam Action Corps, would like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while also reflecting on how local efforts are having a worldwide impact of women, farming, and food justice.

We will be hearing from four local women within our own community who are involved in farming and who have had a great influence on the Seattle area and beyond. Among are featured guests are Katie Pencke and Karla Faris with Seattle Tilth, local photographer Audra Mulkern, and Sister of the Planet Ambassador Ellen Southard.

Join us in celebrating the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while enjoying some great food! We look forward to seeing you.  To register, click here.

March 11: Social Justice Tuesday- Community Lawyering: What does it mean and how can we do more of it?

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Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Promoting an expansive view of a legal aid lawyer’s role, community lawyering stresses the importance of thinking beyond litigation (while retaining litigation as a vital tool) in addressing the kinds of structural problems low-income communities face.

Community lawyers often prioritize community economic development, to help increase a community’s economic resources, such as housing; do community organizing as a vehicle for mobilizing communities to work on short, winnable, issue-oriented campaigns against specific targets with the longer-term goal of creating self-sustaining, community-based organizations capable of even greater changes; as well as engage in community building  to help increase the “social capital” within a community— identifying community resources, building new relationships among community members, and nurturing new leaders.

Please join us for an engaging discussion on community lawyering; what it means and how we can do more of it.

Speakers:
Angélica Cházaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW School of Law who teaches Poverty Law and Critical Race Theory. She is a former staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

La Rond Baker is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 10. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 1: Marten Environmental Leadership Series Student Dinner featuring Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 115

Send an email here to sign up! Only 20 Seats! 

The final dinner of this year’s series will be held on April 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, in Room 115.

The speaker at this dinner will be Maia Bellon, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Maia previously served as program manager for Ecology’s Water Resources program, overseeing a staff of 130.  That program is charged with sustainably managing the state’s water resources, including the allocation of water and protection of water rights, instream flows and environmental functions.

Before joining Ecology, Maia served as an assistant attorney general with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She served as the lead attorney for the underground storage tank program and was Ecology’s lead advisor on mining and Model Toxics Control Act voluntary cleanup issues. She also served for two years as the lead attorney for Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

From 2000 to 2001, Maia served as the special assistant to the president for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and earned her law degree from Arizona State University.

April 10-11: Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

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Thursday, Apr. 10 – Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is very pleased to be hosting the Medical-Legal Partnership Summit on April 10-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  MLP’s mission is to build a better healthcare team that can identify, treat and prevent the health-harming legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. MLP helps people who have lost income or benefits; families who are struggling to maintain housing; and parents who can’t get the services their children need at school.  MLP trains medical providers and social workers to identify legal needs and intervene and advocates on systemic issues to change policies.  We integrate legal assistance into patient care and take a patient-to-policy approach.

The Summit will focus on medical-legal partnership in the era of health reform.  Themes will address medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery (related to prevention and outcomes), interprofessional education and population health change.

To review the full summit agenda, click here.  To register, click here.