Great News! Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding Deadline Extended!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014 Deadline Extended

Summer Funding

The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015.

Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program. The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Dean Storms.

Today is the Last Day to Apply for Position Opening as Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club

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The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s Eastside advocacy efforts. The Eastside Manager is expected to track and influence major, non­motorized policy and funding decisions at the regional and city level (including priority cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue).

The manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade members on the Eastside. The Manager will have expertise in community organizing, transportation or legislative policy and strategy, and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure, and funding decisions. The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager will work directly with local, regional, and state elected officials and staff to collaboratively develop a better community through bicycling.

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

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

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By Tasho Moro, Communications Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild

A new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United Statesbrings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

From 1940-1975, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies spied on, infiltrated and disrupted the NLG and its members. Even though no alleged or suspected criminal wrongdoing existed to justify governmental intrusion, the FBI illegally recorded privileged conversations of members, led media smear campaigns against the NLG, and even inserted informants posing as NLG staff – all resulting in significant financial and organizational damage to the Guild.

Continue reading here.

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts: Ten Years Later, the United States Still Hasn’t Come Clean on Its Torture Record

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Photo courtesy of Politico Magazine. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

By Juan E. Mendez, Politico Magazine

en years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Continue reading here.

Did You Know?  The Asian Bar Association of Washington Offers Free Membership to Law Students

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Law students may join the Asian Bar Association of Washington for free.  Membership in the Asian Bar Association could provide you with many benefits.  It has a great list serve that includes job announcements.  In fact, one of the job announcements I sent out today came from their list serve. It also holds events that will give you an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers. See highlighted section below re membership for students and check out their website.

Law students must email Sieu Che and indicate that they are students in lieu of sending payment.

Still Looking for Summer Internships? Check Out These Great Opportunities to Serve Low-Income Clients

Want to provide direct legal services to low-income clients? The Northwest Justice Project’s Veteran’s Project is Looking for Summer Interns!

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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.  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 leof@nwjustice.org.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

European Roma Rights Centre Seeking Consultant (Senior Researcher), Due 5/4

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The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

The ICJ is seeking to recruit a Programme Manager who will be responsible for working with the ICJ’s team to implement ICJs transitional justice work in Nepal.  The ideal candidate has practical experience managing projects in Nepal or in the South Asia region and has a background in human rights, social sciences or law. The position holder reports to the Director for South Asia and works closely with the rest of the team in Kathmandu. In addition, the Programme Manager reports indirectly to the Regional Director and the Senior Programme Manager at the Asia and Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok. This position is based in Kathmandu.

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

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance in California Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 5/16

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A medical-legal partnership is a health care delivery model that improves the health and well-being of low-income and other vulnerable populations by addressing unmet legal needs and removing legal barriers that impede health. The Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney partners with front-line physicians, nurses, case managers and others to: (1) provide direct legal assistance to patients; (2) develop/align strategies to improve health and legal institutions and practices; and (3) change policies, all in service of ensuring vulnerable people get and stay healthy.

For a complete job description, click here.

Global Workers Justice Alliance Seeking Summer 2014 Legal Intern, Due 5/30

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Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation and win ‘portable justice’ for migrants and their families.  Global Workers seeks a summer law student intern to assist with several legal research and writing projects.

This is an unpaid internship.  We are willing and able to work with law students to complete and/or verify applications for outside funding to work with us.

Language(s): English. Spanish proficiency helpful, but not required.

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

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeking Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

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

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Seeking Immigration Law Research Fellows in Washington, D.C., Paid Position

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government commission – the first of its kind in the world – that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leadership of both political parties.

As part of its mandate from Congress, USCIRF also monitors the U.S. government’s treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. For more information, please visit here.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking to hire two full-time Immigration Law Research Fellows for the summer.  Both will be paid positions.  The ideal candidate will have studied U.S. asylum law, including the procedures for processing asylum seekers in Expedited Removal.

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

Break the Cycle Seeking Legal and Policy Research Fellow for the Summer of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Break the Cycle is seeking a legal and policy research fellow to join our team of energetic professionals committed to social change! With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit that works to empower youth and adults to end dating abuse and promote healthy relationships. Break the Cycle interns and fellows build skills that can be applied to careers in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. We offer a casual, friendly work environment where interns and fellows are encouraged to contribute and learn.

The Legal and Policy Research Fellow will support work of both the Training and Technical Assistance and Legal programs.

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

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Alaska Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

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

Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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The Sierra Club is looking for a legal eagle to join its top-flight Environmental Law Program in our San Francisco headquarters. This position works as part of a team which litigates to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership, and works to implement a variety of strategic legal projects as well as evaluated proposed climate-related litigation projects. If you have a green fire in your belly, a JD, are licensed to practice and have at least one year’s experience in litigation, click here for full details and to apply.

Public International Law and Policy Group Seeking Legal Extern

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The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization which operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG’s Law Externship Program provides an opportunity for current law students to spend a semester working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office. Externs are current law school students who provide pro bono legal services to PILPG’s clients and gain experience in the field of public international law. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are offered based on the needs of PILPG’s offices and clients.  PILPG does not compensate externs for their assistance, however externships can be performed for academic credit.

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

The Garment Worker Center Seeks Full Time Organizing Coordinator in Los Angeles, Due 4/29

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a full time organizing coordinator who can coordinate the direction of GWC’s organizing work, including identifying campaign goals and targets, creating and executing work plans, identifying and developing worker leaders, running campaigns, and training support staff and worker members.

For a complete job description and application instructions, see Symplicity.

Upcoming Events on the Syrian War, Mass Incarceration, Holocaust Remembrance, and Health & the Environment

April 28: Global Mondays – Spotlight on the Syrian Civil War

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

“Prospects for accountability in the Syrian Civil War”
Frederick Michael Lorenz JD, LLM, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UW School of Law 

Hosted by the International Law Society and the Center for Human Rights and Justice 

Frederick Lorenz served in the US Marine Corps for twenty-seven years as a judge advocate, including a tour as an infantry company commander. In 1992 he joined the First Marine Expeditionary Force and was the senior legal advisor for the United Nations authorized military intervention in Somalia, and returned there as senior legal advisor for the UN evacuation in 1995. In 1996 he served in Bosnia as a legal advisor for the NATO implementation force, and went on to teach Political Science at the National Defense University. After his retirement from the Marine Corps as a colonel in 1998 he spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in St Petersburg, Russia, teaching courses in international law, environmental law and US foreign policy. In 2000 he served as a United Nations legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the UN Civil Administration. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the UW School of Law. He is a Senior Peace Fellow for the Public International Law and Policy Group, with missions in the Republic of Georgia and Armenia in 2006 and 2007, and three US State Department sponsored trips to Somaliland in between 2008 and 2010.

April 29: Social Justice Tuesday- Radical Lawyering Panel

Tuesday, April 29, 12:30-1:20pm in Room 133

The UW National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter is hosting a panel of radical lawyers to share their experiences as lawyers for the people! Whether you are interested in exploring new ways to engage with justice issues as a member of the legal community, curious to hear stories from local leaders and activists, or simply need a reminder that your JD can enable you to be a force for good in the world, come join us and hear our speakers.

Speaker Bios:

Jenn Kaplan is the current vice president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and an attorney at The Law Office of Gilbert Levy, a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Seattle. In addition to practicing general criminal defense, Jenn maintains a docket of political cases, representing anarchist, animal rights, Occupy Seattle, and other progressive activists in various capacities. Jenn is a graduate of New York University and the University of Washington School of Law.

Devin Theriot-Orr is a 2003 graduate of UW Law where he was a member of the immigration and appellate advocacy clinics. He is presently a senior attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw, where he represents noncitizens in deportation proceedings, visa petition proceedings, and complex, federal litigation, including class actions. Devin is also a member of the local technology collective riseup.net, providing secure communications tools for activists since 1999. Devin teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Martha L. Schmidt  is a graduate of the University of Washington (L.L.M,  Law and Marine Affairs) and the University of Wisconsin (J.D.) Her diverse practice focuses on employment and labor law, focusing on conflict resolution in the work place on behalf employees, using mediation, collaborative law, conflict coaching and training. She was also an attorney/organizer for the Seattle Worker Center, the first staff attorney for the Unemployment Law Project, and a Juvenile defender in Snohomish and Island counties. She also is an international human rights law consultant, and has served as an election / trial observer in El Salvador, Venezuela, and Peru.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Ways to Reform the Criminal Justice System

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Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 133

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of Mass Incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education. 

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of Mass Incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

RSVP here.

April 30: Yom HaShoah: Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

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Guest Speaker: Reut Cohen, New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Program Fellow
Respondents: Rabbi Oren Hayon, Hillel UW; UW Professor Stephen Rosenbaum, UW Law

As the Holocaust (Shoah) is observed throughout the world this week and the UW community welcomes jurist, memoirist and concentration camp survivor Thomas Buergenthal, it is a fitting time to consider the contemporary commemoration of state-sponsored murder by the Nazi regime. Lawyer/Activist Reut Cohen writes: “We Israelis grow up in the shadows of the Holocaust. It’s always there and always very present. I don’t this this is necessarily bad, but I recognize two possible educational messages that derive from this: the first is ‘We must never let this happen us (Jews/Israel) again and have to do everything in order to prevent it’ and the second is ‘We must never let this happen again to any other nation or people.'”

Co-sponsors: (partial list)
Wm. H. Gates Public Service Law Program, Center for Human Rights, Law Societies and Justice, Hillel UW, Jewish Law Students Ass’n (UW Law), Center for Human Rights and Justice (UW Law)

May 6: Human Rights Webinar: Focus on Right to a Healthy Environment

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds regular webinars to introduce legal aid attorneys to the Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys.  This webinar will focus on a new section of the Handbook that covers the right to a healthy environment.  The new section of the Handbook will be available shortly before the webinar on our website.

To register for this free webinar, click here.

Need to Learn the Ins and Outs of Getting Funding? Look No Further!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015. Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program.

The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Dean Storms.

Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation: An Introductory Workshop to Kingian Nonviolence on May 1-2

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Hosted by: University of Washington and Bellevue College

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. An approach of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

Dates and Cost

We ask participants to commit to both days of the workshop.

May 1 @ Bellevue College: 4:00 – 4:30 PM sign-in, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
May 2 @ University of Washington, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost is $25 per person, to be paid in cash or check at registration sign-in. An introductory manual is included in this fee. Specific room details will be provided after registration; sandwiches and snacks will be provided each day.

For more information, click here.

Working in Civil Legal Aid, Public Defense or Gov’t Agency this Summer? Still Looking for Summer Funding? Americorps JD May be Right for You! Deadline Extended to May 2

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The deadline for students to apply to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

We have more spots available for students working with various populations in any area of law in addition to funding for students providing legal services to veterans, including those serving at legal aid, public defender, other nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies.

These funds are currently underutilized, so please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!  By completing a simple application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

For a step by step guide on the application process, click here.  Click here to apply online.

Show me the money! Resources and Tips for Grant writing from the Gallagher Law Library

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Want to start your own legal services or social justice organization? The Gallagher Law Library has compiled some fabulous resources for public service startups.

Check it out here.

 

 

Final Reminder! Report Pro Bono Hours by Monday, April 28!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say 100% of UW Law students, faculty and staff give back to the community!?   

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS, research project  NW Detention Center Project or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?

 

    • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

 

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program!

APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students with 30 hours (10 hours for 1Ls) of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT!

 Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Attention 3Ls! Positions Open with TDA and DOL Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Defender Association Division Seeking Full Time Public Defense Attorney, Due 4/22

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The Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense seeks an experienced staff attorney to work full time. Since its inception in 1969, The Defender Association Division has undertaken not only to provide excellent representation to indigent clients, but also to address systemic inequities in the justice system.

Public defense attorneys provide legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, civil commitment and civil commitment of sexually violence predators. The scope of representation is defined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards are observed in accordance with WSBA guidelines. 

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

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/28

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The Employees’ Compensation appeals Board (ECAB), a United States Department of Labor appellate adjudicatory board, is seeking to hire a Law Clerk with a projected start date in May 2014. 

The ECAB, located at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., hears appeals taken from determinations and awards under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) with respect to claims of federal employees injured in the course of their employment.  The decisions of the Board are made in accordance with its statutory mandate, based on a thorough review of the case record as compiled by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).  The ECAB has final ­authority to determine benefits payable with respect to the disability or death of federal employees injured in the scope of their employment.  There is no further administrative or judicial appeal of ECAB decisions.

The Law Clerk position is a two-year appointment at the GS-11, Step 1 level. The primary responsibilities of the Law Clerk is to review and analyze case records and arguments, conduct legal research, draft decisions and orders, and responses to motions. Familiarity and work experience with the ECAB and its procedures as well as the FECA is most desirable.

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

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  Paid Health Summer Internship with the Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems; and 90 academic and scientific societies.  Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world’s most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public’s trust for the role we play in improving the nation’s health.

The AAMC’s Office of Legal Services is seeking a rising 3L (or exceptional rising 2L) for a legal clerkship. A clerkship with the Office of Legal Services provides students with a unique opportunity to work in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Although we are a non-profit organization, the Office of Legal Services functions in much the same way that an in-house legal department would in a for-profit company.  Clerks will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, however, applicants should be aware that most litigation matters are not handled internally.

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

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Appellate Public Defense! Backlund & Mistry Seeking Fall Legal Intern

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Small Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

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

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Seeks Externs During 2014-2015 Year, Contact Esther Park if Interested

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The Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division is recruiting 1Ls and 2Ls for externships during the 2014-2015 school year.

This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. This division furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. The division’s mission is to serve the University of Washington — and the students, patients and citizens who benefit from its teaching, healthcare and research — by assuring that it receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards. The UW Division will take externs or volunteers on a part-time or full-time basis. Hours to be determined with supervising attorney.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Esther Park first before applying.

Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC Seeking Bilingual Immigration Legal Assistant – Chinese (Mandarin) and English, Due 5/15

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Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC is seeking an immigration Legal Assistant/Paralegal that is fluent in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.  currently the firm has a vacancy in its China practice department involving immigration and international law.

This is a fast paced position, so ability to multitask is a must and we desire applicants that can learn quickly and has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in immigration practice.

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

Attention Current 1Ls and 2Ls, or LLMs!  Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal Seeking Fall 2014 Clerk, Due 5/5

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Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm in the nation’s capital focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for the fall 2014 semester.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.  Law clerks may be 2L, 3L, or LLM students, or may be recent law school graduates looking for a temporary clerkship.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding will be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Extends Externship Deadline to 5/1

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This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. The University has campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma, enrolls over 50,000 students, employs over 40,000 individuals, and operates academic medical centers. Externs and volunteer law clerks to this division may have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft client advice memoranda, participate in client meetings, attend court proceedings when available, draft or revise contracts, and attend client presentations.

For a full job description and application details, click here.

Do You Enjoy Free Film Screenings? Check Out These Amazing Films!

April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film

Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

Click here for more information.

April 22: Social Justice Tuesday- American Indian Children and Families:  Understanding the History and Experiences that Inform Native People’s Interactions with U.S. Legal Systems

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12:30-1:20, Room 133

Speaker:  Dian Million, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

Hosted by: The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

Description:  Dr. Million (Tanana Athabascan) is a poet, professor and scholar. Her research explores the politics of knowledge, colonialism, human rights and healing.  By placing community health in the context of race, class, gender and identity issues, Dr. Million shares perspectives on Native family life that will enhance cultural competency, challenge assumptions, and illuminate the connections among social and political conditions.  Her insights into the tensions between Native sovereignty and American governing practices are relevant to lawyers and law students working with tribes, government policy, family or criminal law, as well as anyone who is interested in a more complex and honest view of U.S. history.

Please RSVP to gatespsl@uw.edu by 12 noon on Monday, April 21 if you’d like lunch.

April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force).  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

Click here to register.

April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Admission: Free

Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.

The program includes:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)

Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)

Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

For more information, click here.

April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing

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Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST

To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.  

The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions. 

Speakers include: 

  • Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
  • Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
  • Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors!  Click here to register.

April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar

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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.

This is a great networking and learning opportunity.  The registration fee for students is $115.  If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.

Click here to view the brochure.  The registration form is on the brochure itself.

April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138

In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.

The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings.  The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.

The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing.  During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement.  Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.

RSVP online here.

April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today

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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
10:00 AM
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305

In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.

For more information, click here.

May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair?  Are All Communities Represented?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119

Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law

Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?

On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.

Do You Plan on a Career in Public Service? Apply Now For LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Pro Bono Honors Program Deadline Extended to Monday, April 28!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS research project  or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to either of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program! APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls and 3Ls with 30 hours of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT! Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this! Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Register your pledge to do pro bono
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Public Interest Scholarships, Due 5/23

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Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

For more information, click here.