Summer Career Building Series Kicks Off!

June 25: Summer Career Building Series Kick Off! Self-Awareness & Decision Making

Power suitsTaking classes this summer? Need to refocus your career planning? Come to this 6-part weekly lunch series to help you zero in on strategies and next steps in your legal career planning. All workshop sessions are from 12:30 to 1:20 in Room 117. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP via Symplicity. Brought to you by the Center for Professional & Leadership Development and the Center for Public Service Law.

 

June 25: Student Registration for the NW Minority Job Fair Opens

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The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, is an excellent place to begin.  For 28 years, this event has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity by providing a unique opportunity for employers, law students and lawyers to match legal talent with needs.

Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 27 law firms/agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office.   This year’s Fair will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Office of the Attorney General, 800 Fifth Avenue in Seattle.

Registration is free for students and all expenses are paid by the participating employers. Part of the registration fee provides scholarships for minority students.

The Attorney General’s Office is proud to be among the many dedicated law firms in Washington that have supported and hosted this event throughout its 28-year history, including: Lane Powell, Davis Wright Tremaine, KL Gates, Perkins Coie, Stoel Rives, Dorsey & Whitney and Williams Kastner.

July 11: Whole Person Leadership Seminar

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Public Interest Scholarship, Latino Judge Appointed to WA Federal Bench, Victory for Foster Youth & New Tools to Help Protect LGBTI Refugees

New Web Portal to Help Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Fighting for Safety

 

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On World Refugee Day (20 June 2014), ORAM – the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – is today launching a new online portal to help official bodies and NGOs share approaches to protecting LGBTI refugees and to adopt best practices in the face of rising persecution of LGBTI people globally.

The LGBTI Refugee Project Portal showcases projects and approaches that enhance the protection of LGBTI forced migrants in the areas of refugee status determination, policy development and research, practical protection measures and staff development. ORAM is encouraging posting of projects that will lead to better treatment of LGBTI refugees across the globe.

ORAM says the recent upsurge in the marginalization and persecution of millions of LGBTI people across the world has led to the number of refugee claims rising sharply, and yet only a small percentage are disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause, for fear of further persecution or rejection. Even when the refugees do come out, many refugee agencies are not handling their claims properly or sensitively.

In addition to launching the portal, ORAM is calling on the UNHCR to maintain and release statistics about the LGBTI refugees within its protection mandate. It says that only with accurate data can the crisis be appropriately addressed. ORAM is also calling on all government and intergovernmental bodies to ensure the appropriate training of their staff, to recognize genuine LGBTI asylum claims and to better understand what it means to be an LGBTI refugee, to help ensure they are sensitively and appropriately treated. Learn more here.

 

LBAW Congratulates Judge Sal Mendoza confirmation to the  2ndDistrict Federal Court of Washington 

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington offers our utmost congratulations to Judge Sal Mendoza on his confirmation by the United States Senate to the  2ndDistrict Federal Court of Washington. He was confirmed by a vote of 92-4. Speaking in support of his nomination on the Senate floor, WA Sen. Patty Murray described Judge Mendoza as “a man who is the son of immigrant farm workers and himself worked on farms in the Yakima Valley and is now called by the President of the United States to become the very first Latino federal judge in the Eastern District of Washington.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell spoke on the historical significance of Judge Mendoza’s confirmation stating that this “is a major step forward and one that is long overdue. One in every nine residents of Washington State is Hispanic and yet we have not had a Hispanic federal judge in the eastern part of our state.”

Judge Mendoza has also been a long-time proponent of equal access to justice through his work with Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society and he also serves as a Columbia Basin College trustee.  LBAW looks forward to many years of distinguished service from Judge Mendoza on the federal bench.

Historic Foster Care Ruling Strengthens Rights of Foster Youth in Washington State

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June 12, 2014- Columbia Legal Services

For the first time in Washington State’s history, an appellate court has ruled this week that failure to appoint counsel to a foster youth violated the youth’s legal rights. The case found that the Pierce County juvenile court misapplied due process law by understating the youth’s interests in his case as well as the risk of error in the case. In the case, In re the Dependency of J.A., the appellate court found that the government’s financial interests did not outweigh the interests of J.A. in having legal counsel.

The following is a statement from Casey Trupin, Coordinating Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS):

“Columbia Legal Services is proud to have represented this youth on appeal and laud the court for finding that ‘the interest in protecting [him] far outweighed any administrative or fiscal burden that appointment of counsel for J.A. might have entailed.’ All children and youth like J.A., whose lives are now completely controlled by the state and the courts, should have a legal advocate to advise them and fight for their rights.”

Tuesday’s decision offers up more momentum in the fight to strengthen the rights of foster youth in our state and comes on the heels of recent legislation (SB 6126) that provides legal representation to the most vulnerable foster children and youth in Washington State. The decision in the case can be found here.

Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington Announces Public Interest Scholarship for Law Students melaw.

The Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (“MELAW”) will award one $1,000 public interest scholarship to a Washington state law student who has, is currently, or is planning on pursuing a public interest project that benefits the Middle Eastern community of Washington (the “Project”).

Judging Criteria: Applicants will be judged on their successful completion of the scholarship application, describing their Project and connection to the Middle Eastern community of Washington.

Deadline: All application materials must be received by September 15, 2014 to merit consideration. Please email completed applications to the MELAW Scholarship Committee at scholarship@melegal.org.

Selection and Notification: The recipient will be selected and notified by the MELAW Scholarship Committee and/or Board of Directors by October 31, 2014.

Scholarship recipients will be expected to provide a brief written report of the Project and may be asked to present on their experience at a MELAW event.

 

 

 

NJP Seeking Family Law Intern for ASAP, US DOJ Announces Summer & Entry Level Hiring & Other Great Opportunities

Don’t Have a Summer Job Lined Up Yet? Want to do Public Interest Work and Make a Difference? Northwest Justice Project Seeks Family Law Clerk for ASAP

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral (CLEAR)line is seeking law clerks for the summer and fall. CLEAR is the starting point for most low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil (non-criminal) legal problems. Services can be accessed through a statewide telephone service and/or an online application process. CLEAR is seeking law clerks to work with experienced attorneys to draft pleadings in family law cases, research legal issues, and work on special projects. CLEAR is seeking interns who can volunteer 10-20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Start date is as soon as possible but this is negotiable. Funding may be available through work study.

Don’t delay! Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. See full job description here.

Interested in Civil Rights and/or US Attorney Opportunities? Read these Important Hiring Updates from the US DOJ. Deadlines are Fast Approaching!

DOJThe US Department of Justice recently reached out to provide updated information about the upcoming Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) recruitment cycle.

Hiring projections for entry-level interns and compensated summer law interns this coming year are strong!  We currently have 207 vacancies listed for the HP and over 114 for the SLIP.  Visit www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details, participating components and general HP and SLIP eligibility requirements.

All litigating divisions are participating in this year’s HP.The Executive Office of Immigration Review anticipates hiring 77 HP attorneys this year. The U.S. Trustee Program will be hiring attorneys for Bankruptcy courts nationwide. In addition, we are launching the Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship (ICF); open to all eligible HP applicants, including law students who will graduate in academic year 2014-2015.  The 2014 ICF offers an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) appointment at a participating U.S. Attorney’s Office starting Fall 2015. Visit our website at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/ag-icf.html for details.

United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) are hiring through the HP and the SLIP.  Due to the level of responsibility held by AUSAs, most HP opportunities are restricted to applicants who are admitted to a bar or will take a summer bar examination with results due in fall 2014; however, the Northern District of Ohio will consider all HP applicants, including current law students.  Participating USAOs are:

  • The District of Arizona (HP)
  • The Central District of California (HP)
  • The Eastern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of New York (HP)
  • The Northern District of Ohio (HP)
  • The Southern District of Alabama (SLIP)
  • The Middle District of Pennsylvania (SLIP)

The Justice Department provides paid interview travel for most HP interviews, or offers alternative interview formats (e.g., video-conference) if appropriate.  SLIP interviews are generally conducted by telephone.The online application opens on July 31st and closes on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. Visit the legal recruiting website at www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details.

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Rule 9 Interns for 2014-15 for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution Positions

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury; •Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars; •Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and •Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions; •Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and •Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings: There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks New Director of Development & Communications

NWIRPThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project  is seeking an experienced and passionate Development and Communications Director to advance immigrant rights issues locally and nationally. The organization is stable and well-positioned for substantial growth. They seek a strong leader and inclusive team player to take the organization’s fundraising efforts and public presence to the next level. A successful Development and Communications Director will expertly define and execute a strategic and targeted development plan while implementing key fundraising strategies to achieve the short and long-term goals of the organization. They will also help lead our communication and marketing efforts. The Director supervises the two other members of the development team, as well as an internship program. To see the full job description click here

API Chaya is Hiring for 2 Positions: Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer as well as Program Manager

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API Chaya seeks to end systemic violence in our communities. We have served thousands of people and worked with dozens of community groups for community organizing and education regarding prevention of sexual and domestic violence, exploitation, and human trafficking. We understand the cultural norms and stigmas associated with such violence and believe in the inherent strength and potential of each person to address situations in which there has been systematic emotional and physical violence. Our services are free, confidential, and available to any person in need.

API Chaya formed from the merger of two organizations in 2011: the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and Chaya. The Safety Center grew out of organizing within the Filipino community in 1993 sponsored by the Washington State Commission on Asian American Affairs out of concern for the prevalence of violence against women in their community, including several murders of Asian Pacific women. The Safety Center hired staff in 1997 to work with community groups to organize for justice and social change. Chaya was established in 1996 to serve South Asian women in times of crisis and need and to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.

Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer- deadline this Friday, June 20! Click here for the full job description.

Program Manager- deadline Monday, June 23. Click here for the full job description.

City of Seattle Seeks Labor Negotiator. Deadline: 6/24

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The mission of the City of Seattle Personnel/Human Resources Department is to provide strategic and operational human resources services that meet the City’s workforce and organizational needs. Our values reflect our best thinking of how we want to act and interact with customers, consumers, stakeholders and each other: ingenuity, integrity, inclusion, commitment and respect.

As a Labor Negotiator, you will report directly to the Director of Labor Relations and you will have extensive contact with all levels of City management including elected City Officials, representatives from other governmental regulatory and administrative agencies, labor union representation, and their legal counsel. You will provide advice on handling difficult employee problems; represent the City in labor-management problem resolution, and resolve complex problems of a legal nature which may be politically sensitive and have substantial cost implications for the City. You will perform specialized, professional labor relations activities of a highly sensitive and confidential nature including formulation of strategy and coordination of resources to present the City’s interest in labor negotiations, mediation, arbitration, grievances and grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices, and state and federal agency proceedings. You will serve a chief spokesperson and negotiate labor contracts with unions that represent City employees; interpret collective bargaining agreements and negotiate mid-term changes; investigate grievances and recommend grievance responses and settlements to contract disputes and disciplinary actions; write or review discipline letters, grievance responses, last chance agreements, Letters of Agreement, and Memoranda of Understanding; and research, develop, and present training materials for supervisors, managers, City Officials, and Human Resources on labor relations issues.

Read complete job description here.

 

 

 

Juvenile Justice News, Leadership Training & Cutting Edge Research Guides Now Available

Lives of Thousands of Washington Youth to  Change Overnight this Thursday

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Law that seals most juvenile records goes into effect, offering path for successful reintegration

The Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) goes into effect on Thursday, June 12, opening up life-changing opportunities for young adults who have too often had to put their dreams on hold due to past mistakes. The Act will result in an automatic sealing of juvenile offense records for as many as 15,000 young adults each year, allowing them to pursue opportunities in housing, education, and employment.

On April 2, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Act into law, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“A youthful mistake can create barriers for adults long after they’ve paid their debts and prevent them from fully contributing to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “The first day the Youth Opportunities Act goes into effect marks one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades and offers a path forward for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.”

For four years, CLS worked closely with partners such as Friends of Youth, Faith Action Network, YouthCare, the University of Washington Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed. The compromise bill ultimately drew support from the Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, who had opposed previous versions, and was supported by the superior and juvenile court judges’ associations.

The Youth Opportunities Act strikes a balance between rehabilitation and public safety by sealing the great majority of juvenile court records after completion of the sentence and payment of fines and fees, with some exceptions. Under the new law, courts would hold regular hearings to seal records of minors once they turn 18 years of age and have completed their sentence, unless the offense is one of the “most serious offenses,” sex offense, or felony drug offense or there is a compelling reason not to seal. Importantly, the courts will now immediately seal records upon acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School Releases New Desk Manual on Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole

columibia law schoolThe Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School recently published Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: How Has Human Rights Made A Difference? a case study on how human rights frameworks and strategies advance domestic social justice advocacy work. The case study looks at efforts to end juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) and explores how advocates have used a wide range of human rights strategies to advance those efforts. The Institute hopes that this case study will be useful in your work and in conversations with colleagues and funders about how human rights can make an impact.

Looking forward, they are interested in exploring other issue areas that may serve as helpful case studies as well. If you have been working on domestic social justice issues where a range of human rights efforts have been useful, please do not hesitate to send them your suggestions.

 

Open Leadership Institute Announces 2015 Applications Now Open

Institute for Open LeadershipCreative Commons is developing an Institute for Open Leadership (IOL) to train new leaders in education, science, and public policy fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. By training new leaders, connecting them to each other and helping them complete their first capstone open project in their institution, we will prepare them to guide emerging movements in open science, open education, open government, and open culture. These movements are using Creative Commons licenses to broaden public access to knowledge, data, culture, and research around the world, creating new opportunities for education, innovation, and creativity.

The first Institute for Open Leadership cohort will attend the institute during one of these two weeks (which week to be based on conference facility availability): 12-16 January or 19-23 January, 2015. The web site will be updated and applicants notified as soon as the week is selected. Applications are due June 30. For more info and application instruction click here.

Center for International Environmental  Law Launches New Research & Advocacy Tools

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When you work on international environmental law and policy issues as we do, it can be challenging to feel optimistic.  As the global community watches the UN climate discussions underway in Bonn, Germany, however, we are writing to share a couple pieces of hopeful news. First, CIEL has developed two tools to enable all of us to push for stronger international policies that protect forests and related rights. Last February, we announced the launch of ForestDefender, an interactive online legal database that is easily accessible to and usable by lawyers and those familiar with legal systems. As a complementary tool, last week we published My Guide,” A Community Resource Guide to REDD+ Rights, available in both English and Spanish. My Guide simplifies key human rights relevant to REDD+ that are found in the international treaties, declarations, and decisions included in ForestDefender. It also suggests options for what to do if these rights are violated. These two complementary tools are geared towards safeguarding forests and sustainable livelihoods. They were developed to enable advocates to evaluate if and ensure that the required REDD+ safeguards and rights protections are enforced. They can also be used for other forest governance and climate initiatives. We created these tools in response to specific requests from partners, local community members, indigenous peoples, and supporters like you. They translate relevant international law to the national level and empower lawyers, activists, and community leaders to defend their rights and their forests. Please use ForestDefender and My Guide and share them with others!

Post Grad Jobs Here We Come!

Attention New Grads! Grant County Seeks Entry Level Public Defender, Due 6/13- Don’t Delay!

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court.

  • Compliance with Performance Guidelines;
  • Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints;
  • Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel;
  • Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems;
  • Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics;
  • Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here for the Symplicity announcement. Don’t delay- application due this Friday!

Attention New Grads! EarthRights International Announces 2 year Post-Grad In house Fellowship, Due 6/15- Don’t Delay!

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EarthRights International (ERI) is now seeking applications for the position of 2014 -2016 Bertha Legal Fellow. Under the guidance and direction of the U.S. Legal Director, the Fellow will work with other ERI attorneys to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of ERI’s U.S. office in Washington, D.C., but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia.

The basic job responsibilities include:

  • Legal research on US law, international law, and other legal regimes
  • Preparation of legal memorandums, court briefs and filings for US and other legal systems
  • Work in collaboration with other NGOs and communities assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies
  • Research on new legal strategies to defend the human rights and environment of vulnerable communities
  • Communication of ERI’s work through web content and media contacts
  • Policy advocacy with the US legislative and executive branches

The Legal Fellow may also be asked to:

  • Travel domestically to court hearings
  • Travel internationally to meet with victims, communities and NGOs
  • Collaborate on ERI publications and assist in ERI events
  • Assist other ERI programs as needed

For complete job description an application instructions click here.

Attention New Grads! King County Seeking Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry Senior Project Manager, Due 6/18- Don’t Delay!

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This position is a term-limited temporary position (TLT) anticipated to last for two years with a possibility of extending to three years at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

King County leaders have identified the need to reduce the number of adults who cycle through the criminal justice system and to coordinate the County’s multiple on-going efforts to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry of incarcerated adults into the community.

The Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry Senior Project Manager will work collaboratively to build a County-wide strategic approach to recidivism reduction. The position will develop an implementation plan building on King County’s previous and ongoing re-entry plans and programs. Development of the plan will include at least the following activities:   (1) coordinating with internal and external partners to establish shared goals, definitions, and agreed-upon measurements and targets; (2) assisting with an effort to survey and map existing projects and programs that support reduced recidivism and re-entry, including consideration of equity and social justice impact; and (3) identifying additional culturally appropriate and effective strategies to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry, while specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.  The position may also support grant-funded efforts to improve re-entry in partnership with other agencies and jurisdictions.  Outcomes from this effort are expected to benefit adult jail inmates through better connection with services to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals so they can reduce future involvement with the criminal justice system. The ultimate goal of the work is to stop the revolving door of the justice system through coordination and strategic application of County and community programs. The position will not directly run or manage a program.

For full job description and application instructions click here.

Attention Class of 2015! Disability Rights Washington Seeks Post Grad Fellow to Sponsor for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Project-Based Fellowship. Due, 7/13

DRWNotice to all Third Year Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates:  Disability Rights Washington Seeks to Host a Sponsored Fellowship Addressing the Special Education Rights of Native American Students with Disabilities

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is seeking to host a sponsored fellowship, such as a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Ford Foundation, or law school-funded fellowship, that would start in fall 2015.

DRW is a private non-profit organization designated by the governor and mandated by the federal government to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Washington State. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. DRW provides free services to people with disabilities.

Project Description

DRW seeks to host a fellowship focused on improving graduation rates of Native American youth with disabilities attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and public high schools.

Washington State Native American students who receive special education services have very low high school graduation rates. They had the lowest graduation rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the 2012-2013 school year – a little over 50% graduate from high school in four years.  Graduation rates for students in special education at Washington State BIE schools ranged from 0% to 60%. This problem affects many youth because Washington is one of the states with the highest population of Native American students and those students are nearly twice as likely to be identified as having a disability as the general student population.

The fellow will investigate the causes of these low graduation rates, collaborate with interested stakeholders, educate Native American students and families about special education rights and self-advocacy steps they can take, and provide advocacy in individual and systemic cases to enforce special education rights of Native American students in order for them to more successfully transition to employment and post-secondary education.

For complete job description click here for the PSJD link. Register for PSJD.org for free here.

Swinomish Tribal Community Seeks Full Time Staff Attorney, Due Asap

swinomish-logo_438x0_scaleSwinomish Indian Tribal Community – La Conner, WA is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney.

Job description: Staff Attorney to provide advice and representation to various departments and entities of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community regarding a wide range of issues. We are seeking an energetic attorney with excellent written, oral and research skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, an ability to function collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary staff in a cross-cultural setting and a fast-paced work environment, and with a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities.

Education, training, experience: Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed, to practice in Washington and must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following fields: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; real estate transactions and foreclosure, preferably involving trust land; health care law; insurance/risk management or employment benefits; taxation; Indian law.

Compensation DOE. Contact Swinomish Tribal office: 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-1134 Mon-Thurs.

 Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers Hiring Organizer, Apply NOW!

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The Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Organizer. This is an organizing position to work on organizing campaigns with early learning educators in the state of Washington based in Seattle.

This is a full-time position for an organizer. Applicant will be expected to perform field organizing, leadership identification and development, training. In addition, the Applicant will be responsible for providing regular progress reports, completing employee assessments and following the guidelines of the AFT Organizing Model. AFT seeks organizers that have a strong commitment to organizing for social and economic justice.

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

Washington Conservation Voters Seeking Political Director, Due 6/13

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Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), the political voice for the environment, is seeking a dynamic Political Director to lead our statewide campaign efforts. The Political Director is a key member of the WCV team who is expected to design and implement the organization’s electoral outreach programs. This is a full time position that reports to the WCV President and is based in Seattle, WA.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.  We have a close partnership with Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and share one CEO. WEC is a 501(c)3 organization and has been instrumental in passing (and now enforcing) the foundational laws that help keep Washington’s environment healthy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington State. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together through certain programs. Combined, we have a staff of 20 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits and the opportunity to make a difference.

Deadline is Friday, June 13th.  For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention New Grads! Washington Budget & Policy Center Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship, Due 7/14

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Washington Budget & Policy Center is now accepting applications for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy. To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend and be responsible for less than 20 hours a week.  This position is not eligible for benefits. Reimbursable travel may be required to specific policy-related trainings chosen by the Budget & Policy Center.  The fellowship will generally run from November 2014 through April 2015 (this is flexible).

For more information about the Narver Fellowship, click here.  To apply, click here.

Check Out These Interesting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Opportunities!

June 10: Screening of “American Winter” in Everett

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30 PM (doors open); 6:00 PM (screening begins)
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College, 200 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201 (parking is free)

FREE Tickets.  Register online here.

The foreclosure crisis is anything but ‘over’ for thousands of Washington families.  Though the number of foreclosures is gradually decreasing, data from Mortgage Bankers Association showed more than 25,000 homes in the foreclosure process at he end of 2013.  Those numbers represent real people, real families, who are struggling to make ends meet — some of whom are facing homelessness.  To encourage a community dialogue — including what community members can do about the matter of foreclosure and homelessness in Snohomish County – the Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Outreach Coalition has arranged a screening of American Winter in Everett.

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a brief panel Q & A discussion with experts and join local organizations for a resource fair.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register online here.

June 20: WDA CLE on Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
University of Washington School of Law, 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 Wilbur v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.
  • Lara Zarowsky, Innocence Project Northwest Policy Director, who will provide effective negotiation tools for use in your cases.

 For more information and how to register, click here.

July 15: WSBA Diversity Program Offers CLE on Achieving Inclusion: Providing Culturally Competent Representation to Undocumented Survivors of Trauma

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Ave. Ste. 308, Seattle, WA 98101

CLE Credits Pending: Ethics 2.00; Open to Law Students

In addition to the many challenges faced by undocumented immigrants, many have also experienced torture and trauma prior to immigrating; some have experienced new trauma and victimization after immigrating. When these clients access legal services, legal professionals need to be aware of and sensitive to their life experiences in order to provide effective – and culturally competent – representation. Join our faculty from immigration practice, public policy, academia, and mental health counseling as they offer pragmatic guidance on how to:

  • Effectively interview undocumented survivors of trauma
  • Understand and address the unique obstacles undocumented survivors of trauma encounter in the legal system
  • Understand the psychological effects of immigration and of experiencing torture and trauma

Space is limited.  Register online here.