Glenn Greenwald in Seattle & Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg!

June 17: Glenn Greenwald Speaking in Seattle

Glenn Greenwald

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

TICKETS only $6!

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet a source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Don’t miss Greenwald speak in-person as he fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Glenn Greenwald will be signing his new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (available from Elliott Bay Book Company). Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

Click here to reserve a spot.

June 18-19: Tenth Annual Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg, WA

NW Justice Forum

Wednesday-Thursday, June 18-19, 2014
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Bridging the Divide
Schools, Juvenile Justice, and Community

Featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Judge Steven C. Teske

Pre-Forum Trainers:

Christina Albo, Resolutions Northwest

Kellie Henderson, Clark County Juvenile Court

Click here for the forum brochure. Click here to register.

September 10-13: Hispanic National Bar Association’s Career Fair

Hispanic National Bar Association

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 HNBA Career Fair
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 10-13, 2014 HNBA Convention
Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC

Students and alumni are invited to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10-13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event will give you access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allow you to make contacts that may lead to employment or other post-graduation professional opportunities.

To register, click here.

Working in DC this Summer? Consider Learning More About Law & Policy Making

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) Releases Documentary about the WSBA’s “Questions of Discrimination”

By Gillian Maguire, Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights Washington’s video “Questions of Discrimination” criticizes the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) exam questions that single out applicants with mental health disabilities and ask for treatment records.

In Washington, as in many other states, several bar application questions and rules call into question an individual’s “character and fitness” to practice law if they have a mental health disability.

According to several law students and attorneys, applicants struggle in answering these questions because they feel forced to choose between their rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, and their ability to practice their chosen profession.

“WSBA asks a question that’s trying to identify whether or not a lawyer is going to be a problem from a character standpoint. They take kind of a wholesale question like, ‘have you ever been treated for mental health’, that has a built-in assumption that anybody who has ever seen a therapist has a character flaw that might be a problem with them being an attorney. And that’s not borne out by science,” says Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Continue reading here.

Duke Law Offering 2014 Summer Institute on Law & Policy in Washington, DC

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Working in Washington? Put the Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy on your agenda: A great way to learn law applicable to your policy area of expertise — without ever leaving Washington.

Course offerings in the 2014 Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy focus on topics important to current and aspiring practitioners in fields that require mastery of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law and policymaking. The two sessions this summer are July 7-17, 2014, and July 21-July 31, 2014.  Each course is designed to provide an accessible introduction to the pertinent legal and policy subject matter. Those living and working in Washington who are potentially interested in attending law school, or who otherwise seek greater familiarity with the legal framework in a particular field, are especially encouraged to enroll.

In each two-week session, classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from either5:45-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Duke in Washington office located near Metro Center at 1201 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1110, in Washington.Wednesday evenings are reserved for special programs, including events with Judge Patricia Millett on July 23, and with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg onJuly 30. Participants in either or both sessions are invited to attend all of the Wednesday night events.

To enroll, click here.

Asian Pacific American Legal Groups Urge Chicago Officials to Investigate Anti-Asian and Anti-Immigrant Video Incident

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By Tina Matsuoka, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and its Chicago-based affiliates — the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA), Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (CABA), and Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) — along with the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA) and the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago (IABA) express concern over the actions of certain Chicago police officers captured by recently-released video surveillance, which depicts officers using racist and anti-immigrant language during an arrest last summer.

“The actions shown in the video raise questions about how people of color and immigrants, particularly those who are limited English proficient, are treated by Chicago police officers,” said Bill Simonitsch, president of NAPABA. “We urge Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to fully investigate this incident and work with the local Asian Pacific American community to ensure that immigrants and all people of color feel protected by local law enforcement officials.”

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 14, 2014, Chicago police officers verbally harassed and physically abused a Chinese American spa manager during a raid on a local business in July 2013. The security video shows officers entering the spa, apprehending the woman and striking her while she was kneeling and handcuffed. Police officers can be heard on the video making racist and anti-immigrant remarks during the arrest. One officer refused to believe that the woman was an American citizen and told her “You’re not f—— American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from.”

NAPABA, AABA, CABA, KABA, FALA, and IABA urge the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department to fully investigate the specific allegations raised by the video, determine whether any systemic problems of official misconduct exist, and take appropriate action to ensure that all visitors and residents, regardless of gender, race, national origin, immigration status, or English proficiency, feel welcome and safe in the City of Chicago.

Full Time Staff Attorney Position Vacancies & Other Summer Opportunities!

UW Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters, Due 6/6

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The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall! The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

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

Attention Recent Grads! Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Seeking Staff Attorney

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The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

In eviction and subsidy termination cases, clients first speak to our staff over the phone to have their case evaluated. Then they may be scheduled for an appointment. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal assistance ranging from self-help information to representation in court.

This position is responsible for providing legal services to low income households facing eviction, housing subsidy terminations or other barriers to securing suitable housing.

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

Attention Post Grads!  Northwest Justice Project Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney in Everett With 3+ Years Experience

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett regional office.

Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with a minimum of 3 years in family law, preferably in Washington State.  Experience preferred in one or more additional areas of law that particularly impact low income persons. Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.

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

Transgender Law Center Seeking 2014 Immigration Detention Law Clerk

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center to challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.

A clerkship with the Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in the intersection of transgender law, immigrants’ rights, and anti-incarceration work. Clerks will receive close training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

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

Transgender Law Center Seeking Fall 2014 Legal Intern

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 2,200 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder.

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

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

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Adjunct Attorney in Its Children & Youth  Project in Olympia, 2+ Years Experience Required

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in advocacy intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Columbia Legal Services seeks an attorney with experience in child welfare, education, or juvenile justice cases. The position is full-time and will be based in our Olympia office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Seattle office throughout the year. This is an adjunct, twelve-month position, with possible extension depending on funding. Job responsibilities include policy advocacy in the legislative and administrative forums, and litigation. Applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here

Upcoming Events on the Law, Race, Human Rights and Justice

May 28: Webinar: CCR, CRR & USHRN Present “Defending the Defenders”

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), in collaboration with the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) are hosting a webinar this coming Wednesday, May 28th at 2 pm EST on human rights defenders in the United States. Please join us to learn about how we can use the human rights framework to protect ourselves and our work, hear from others who have successfully engaged in human rights defenders advocacy, and to get details on how you can join a new USHRN human rights defenders member-initiated action team!

Speakers:

  • Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network
  • Sunita PatelStaff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Karla Torres, Human Rights Fellow at Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director at Dream Defenders
  • Reena Shah, Director of Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid

Click here to register.

May 29: Senator Elizabeth Warren Reading of A Fighting Chance: Elizabeth Warren by Henry Holt

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:00 PM
University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd Street

In her first year as senior senator of Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a liberal political hero and a lively, say-it-like-it-is star of what might otherwise be a dull Senate floor. This spring, you can hear Warren speak yourself as she presents her new memoir about her journey from small-town Oklahoma to the political chambers of Washington, D.C. that is as passionate, funny and rabble rousing as Warren herself. Join us for an evening with the Senator, and if rumors turn out to be true, you might even be able to say you met a future presidential frontrunner.

Tickets are $32.76 and available from Brown Paper Tickets. Each ticket admits one person and includes a copy of A Fighting Chance.

Click here for more information.

May 29: Tele-Conference – Combating Violence Against Women: What’s Working?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
By Teleconference Only

A FREE non-CLE teleconference proudly presented by ABA Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee; Asia/Pacific Committee; India Committee; NGO & Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee; Women’s Interest Network (WIN) and IMPOWR

Recent horrific and highly publicized attacks against women, international advocacy to combat sex trafficking, and efforts to pass I-VAWA and other legislation have heightened awareness about the global epidemic of violence against women. Less well-know are the various innovative and practical strategies and approaches around the globe that have significantly increased prosecutions and convictions of offenders, empowered women to vindicate their right to be free from violence, and otherwise improved the safety and security of women. This teleconference will highlight best practices throughout the world to combat violence against women, including: mobile courts to enhance access to justice for victims in rural areas; coordinated response centers for victims of sexual violence; and, specialized units training of judges, police officers, prosecutors and local leaders/elders to educate them about gender violence and to ensure effective and timely investigations, prosecutions and convictions. Speakers will include representatives from advocacy groups operating in various regions of the world and judges/law enforcement personnel involved in developing/implementing these approaches.

Moderator: 

  • Elizabeth Brundige, Executive Director, Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Speakers:

  • Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Argentina and founder of the Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Office
  • Maimbo Ziela,National Coordinator of WLSA-Zambia
  • Smriti Minocha, Senior Program Officer, Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, India

Please RSVP to Jonathan Lewis at jonathan.lewis@americanbar.org.

Email questions to: inthumrights@gmail.com or tweet us @ABAIHRC or use the hashtag #ABAIHRC

June 9: Discussion on Perceptions of Justice

Equal Justice

Monday, June 9, 2014
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
*Registration opens at 8:30 AM
OB2 Auditorium DSHS, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA

Sponsored by: The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission

Prosecutors, police representatives, judges, defense counsel, and representatives of community organizations will be present for this discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the presentations and for informal conversations during the lunch hour.

Speakers:

  • Don Stemen, Measures for Justice
  • Mark Peffley, John, Hurwitz, and Jeffrey Mondak, Researchers

No Cost to Register ~ Lunch provided.

Advance registration is recommended. Register by emailing: cynthia.delostrinos@courts.wa.gov with “Perceptions of Justice” in the subject line.

*3 general CLE credits approved.

June 20: Save the Date for Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Gates Hall, RM 138

One of the most challenging skills that an attorney can conquer is learning to humanize their client and translating that practice into a successful negotiation of their client’s case. This CLE will focus on how to improve your awareness of the obstacles that our clients face in their lives. You will learn how to negotiate your cases in a way that uses this understanding.

Speakers include:

  • John A. Powell, Berkeley Law, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties and structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy.
  • Judge Robert S. Lasnik , U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who recently decided the landmark Wilber v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.

Sponsored by the University of Washington Law School, the Washington Defender Association, Columbia Legal Services, ACLU-WA, Northwest Justice Project, TeamChild and Center for Children & Youth Justice.

CLE credits pending. This program is free nad open to WDA members, civil legal service attorneys, attorneys in private practice who handle pro bono cases and law students.

Advance registration is required. Please email wda@defensenet.org or fax (206) 623-5420 with the following information:
-Name ______________
-Bar Number ______________
-Are You a WDA Member? Yes ______ No _______
-I may want to join WDA – please send info. ______
-Email: ______________________
-Employer/Organization: ____________________
-Phone: _________________________________

Are You Interning for a Public Service Org This Summer? Come Attend This Training Orientation

2014 Alliance for Equal Justice Summer Intern Orientation, 6/23

Public Service

Date & Time: Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: 
WSBA Conference Center (1501 4th Avenue, Seattle), Gonzaga University School of Law (721 N Cincinnati St, Spokane)
Registration Process: Fill out application
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 6, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Werdell, werdellj@seattleu.edu

Are you a law student who is interning or externing for an Alliance for Equal Justice or other Washington State civil legal organization this summer? Join this annual orientation to learn more about the Alliance for Equal Justice, develop client skills that will enhance your summer experience, and connect to dozens of other law students and practicing attorneys.

Space is Limited! Register by Friday, June 6, 2014.  Click here to register

Can’t attend in person?

Come in person to take advantage of small group and networking activities, or watch live via webcast if you can’t make it. Indicate your preferred location/method of attendance at registration.

Questions?

Please contact Jennifer Werdell, werdellj@seattleu.edu.

Sponsored by the Washington Access to Justice Board’s Leadership Development Committee and the Washington State Bar Association.

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply 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.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

Continue reading here.

Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.

Positions & Fellowships in Human Rights, Clean Energy, and Civil Legal Assistance

Cohen Milstein Seeking Human Rights Attorney

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Cohen Milstein is one of the country’s premier law firms for complex civil ligation on behalf of plaintiffs.  With approximately 80 attorneys and four offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, employee benefits, international human rights, securities, and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations.

Cohen Milstein’s Washington, DC office seeks a junior-level attorney, with one to four years of litigation experience, to work with our Human Rights Practice Group.  The Human Rights Group represents victims of human trafficking, forced labor, torture and other abuses in civil suits in U.S. courts.

Candidates must possess excellent writing and analytical skills and strong academic credentials. Foreign language skills and experience in international human rights or working with victims of human trafficking are a plus.

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

Snohomish County Prosecutor Seeking Experienced Attorney in Civil Division (Land Use, Environmental, Municipal, and Real Estate), Due 6/2

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an attorney with a minimum of 4 years of experience representing and advising clients on land use and environmental law, municipal law, or real estate issues. The current opening is in the Land Use and Environmental Law Unit of the office. This unit provides comprehensive legal services to county officials and agencies on a broad variety of legal matters with a focus on land use and environmental law matters (excluding labor, employment, and tort claims). Duties include conducting legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting contracts and other legal instruments, developing legislation, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation before courts and administrative tribunals.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, analysis, and communication skills; and experience in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens. The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201. The deadline for submittals is June 2, 2014.

Open Society Foundations’ US Programs/National Security & Human Rights Campaign Seeking Program Officer, Due 6/6

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.  The National Security and Human Rights Campaign promotes respect for human rights and civil liberties, open society values, and the rule of law in U.S. national security policy with a focus on counterterrorism measures and their domestic and international consequences for open society.

The Program Officer will work as part of a team, based in New York, to advance the Campaign’s overall goals. In an exceptional case placement in Washington, DC may be considered. The Program Officer’s primary responsibility will be to oversee strategy development and grantmaking relating to the Campaign’s goals, under the direction of the Campaign Manager. The Program Officer shares responsibility for building connections between this work and the other priorities of U.S. Programs and OSF’s work internationally.

Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

Legal Services Corporation Seeking Graduate Fellow in Legal Affairs, Paid Position

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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.

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) serves as in-house counsel to the Corporation. The Office carries out traditional “lawyer” functions, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing legal instruments such as contracts, settlement agreements, releases, applications for funding, and grant documents, and representing the Corporation’s interests in litigation, directly or through retention and management of outside counsel.  

Graduate Fellows perform a broad variety of work including legal research and writing on a myriad of topics such as interpretation of federal statutes and regulations regarding appropriations, federal grants and oversight of federally-funded legal services, non-profit corporation legal issues, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues; assistance with LSC’s rulemaking; drafting and review of contracts; drafting of internal policies; and assistance in litigation matters. 

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

Clean Coalition Seeking Legal Fellow in Clean Energy for 2014-2015 in San Francisco, CA

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The Clean Coalition (www.Clean-Coalition.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid.  Help accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid! The Clean Coalition is looking for a full-time, paid legal fellow to make a one-year commitment (Summer 2014 – Spring 2015) to assist with the following tasks:

  • Research, draft, edit, fact check, proofread, and file comments, testimony, motions, and other documents with public utilities commissions and other energy agencies in California and other states.
  • Develop proposals for local renewable energy programs and policies.
  • Participate in workshops, hearings, and energy policy events.

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

 

Come Join in Celebrating Achievements in Our Local Community

May 19: Afternoon Reception & Presentation with Department of Commerce Visiting Delegation from Arabian Peninsula

World Globe Flags

Monday, May 19, 2014
3:30 PM Presentation in RM 115
4:30 PM Reception in RM 447

International Commercial Law Principles and Sharia

Muddassir Siddiqui, Senior Legal Advisor, CLDP & Haitham Osta, PhD Candidate, UW School of Law

Next week, UW Law, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, will host a delegation of esteemed visitors from Baharain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for week-long presentations and meetings with senior legal advisors from the Department of Commerce, several faculty members, Boeing, Microsoft, the World Justice Project, Amazon, Costco, and DLA Piper. The overall focus is on how GCC countries can harmonize and improve their business law environment to facilitate greater trade and investment.

Please join us for an afternoon reception at 4:30 in Room 447, where you will have the opportunity to chat with Dept. of Commerce senior legal advisors and our esteemed guests:

  • Mohamed Essam, Legal Director, Gulf Holding Company, Bahrain
  • Abdulla Monsour, Advisor, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain
  • Hatim Zu’bi, Partner, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain/UAE
  • Tarek Hajjiri, Director Legal Policy, Dubai Economic Council, UAE
  • Mohamed Almarzouqi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Hosaam Alyammahi, Judge, Ministry of Justice, UAE
  • Khaled Mohamed Matar Alkaabi, Director Legal Policies and Agreements, Department Economic Development, UAE
  • Shamlan Alsawalehi, Judge, Dubai International Financial Center Courts, UAE
  • Dr. Sherif Ghannam, Professor, Dubai Police Academy, UAE
  • Sultan Ayidh M Alqahtani, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Maher Othman A Alsaeed, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Saad Fahd Dileym, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Badr Abdulmusen Haddab, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Saud Alduhaim, Attorney, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia

May 22: Equal Justice Works Webinar: “Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00 – 4:10 PM, EDT

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A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After the presentation (whether you are able to attend or not), you will be emailed a recording of the session that you can view at any time. Detailed information about the federal student debt relief programs covered in this webinar are available in our e-book, Take Control of Your Future, which is available in the Kindle Store.

Register online here.

May 22: Eastside Legal Assistance Project Celebrates 25 Years of Service

ELAP 25th Anniversary

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

We are having a big party on May 22nd where we will celebrate ELAP’s 25 years of service to our community serving low-income families and individual on the Eastside and survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. It would be great if you could join us for this celebration. We will see a great video which will describe where ELAP has been, where we are now, and a little bit of what the future holds for ELAP and the clients we serve.

It’s only two weeks until the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice, so it’s time to register now to reserve you place.

Click here to register.  Suggested minimum donation $150.

June 18: KCBA Awards Dinner

KCBA Awards Dinner

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Reception – 5:30 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Individual tickets are $100 each; $1,000 for reserved tables of ten.  Please register by June 11th.

You are cordially invited to join KCBA members, judges and community leaders of King County on Wednesday, June 18th at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for the 2014 KCBA Annual Awards Dinner.  The evening celebrates a group of inspiring award recipients who have made a tremendous impact on the practice of law and administration of justice in our community.  The event includes a reception, gourmet dinner and the awards presentations.

Once again we are offering the opportunity for friends and colleagues of the honorees and the bar to place congratulatory greeting messages in the keepsake program book.  This provides a special way to honor the awardees and recognize the accomplishments of the bar over the last year.

Click here to register online.

June 19-22: 2014 Minidoka Pilgrimage

Minidoka Pilgrimage

Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 2014

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp” near Twin Falls, Idaho.  This summer, the 11th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends – from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho.  This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience.  Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends.  Participation is limited.  Scholarships are available.  

Deadline is June 1.  Registration information online here.

Equal Justice Works Offers Tips & Tricks on Educational Debt Relief & Fellowships!

Want to Stay on Top of Education Debt Relief News and Updates?

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Student debt relief options and procedures change rapidly. Sign up to receive Equal Justice Works’ important updates on student debt, new forms of relief, and upcoming events and webinars. Staying updated will help you take control of your future!

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2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Tips: Free Webinar

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The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Please register for our free webinar to learn more about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program and get application tips from the experts on our Fellowships Team.

Webinar: Creating a Successful Application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:00 PM EDT

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. We will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

This webinar will also be offered on June 18July 16, and August 13. Information about registering for these sessions will be available on our website soon.

If you have questions about Equal Justice Works Fellowships, please visit our website or contact us.

Call for Nominations for the Mario Savio Young Activist Awards, Deadline 7/1

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The Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award, housed at Tides Foundation, invites you to nominate a candidate for the annual Young Activist Award. The award this year carries a cash prize of $6000, divided equally between the prize-winner and his or her organization, and will be given to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.  The nominees should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity and integrity.

The nomination deadline is July 1, 2014.

For more information on nominating a young activist, click here.

 

 

CLS and ACLU Protect Detainees’ Free Speech Rights at the Northwest Detention Center

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By: Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Today, the ACLU of Washington (ACLU) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit after successfully getting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release hunger striking detainees from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  The ACLU and CLS had filed this lawsuit on April 2, 2014 to prohibit ICE from retaliating against detainees at the NWDC who engage in First Amendment protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

Problems first arose after several hundred immigration detainees at the NWDC went on hunger strikes on March 7, 2014 to express concerns with national immigration policies and to raise awareness about the conditions of their confinement.  Their grievances about conditions at the NWDC included poor food quantity and nutritional quality, $1.00 per day wages for work performed at the NWDC, and the lack of access to bond hearings.

Continue reading here.

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

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

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

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

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

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