Thinking Ahead for the Summer of 2015? Check Out These Recent Postings and Apply Early

Attention 2Ls! Natural Resources Defense Council Offering 2015 Paid Legal Internship, Due 10/24/14

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. Our more than 1.3 million members and activists reside in each of the United States and in the District of Columbia. NRDC employs over 400 scientists, lawyers, economists, media specialists, policy analysts, and administrators in its six offices, including in China. Within each of the organization’s program areas – air, water, oceans, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear non-proliferation – NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, hard-hitting scientific research, and broad-reaching public education. For over 40 years, NRDC has played a central role in crafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending virtually all of the nation’s environmental laws.

NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.

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

World Bank Seeking Extended Term Consultant – Health Specialist/Economist

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Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is the one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $61.0 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 mbillion was concessional financing to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff globally. The vision of the World Bank Group (WBG) is the eradication of extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and the promotion of shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent in each country.

ECA’s is recruiting an Extended term Consultant – ETC as a Health Specialist/Economist to be based in Kiev, Ukraine.  For this position, we are interested in candidates with a flexible range of skills, including strong analytical skills, experience in managing projects, and the ability to engage in constructive results-oriented policy dialogue.  The candidate will support the Health Sector Program in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, which will include lending and analytical work.

Click here for a complete job description and application instructions.

Council of State Governments Justice Center Seeking Senior Policy Analyst, Due 11/7/14

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for in-depth analysis of relevant administrative policy, programmatic design and implementation, research, and legislation; coordinating and sometimes leading teams of expert consultants conducting on-site, intensive technical assistance or data collection in state and local jurisdictions; developing legislative and administrative policy options; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates and other experts across the country. The Senior Policy Analyst will also be expected to contribute to organizational development by refining office policies and procedures; developing strategic project plans and timelines; and identifying grant opportunities and drafting proposals. The Senior Policy Analyst works on multiple projects across the Justice Center, focused on an issue or set of issues in which he or she has advanced knowledge and can provide technical assistance. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for an individual with an established career in either criminal justice policy or another social policy such as health or behavioral health with an interest in criminal justice issues.

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

Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP Offering Paid Summer Associate Position, Due 12/1/14

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The Spiegel Summer Program is designed to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer associates are intricatetly involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Summer associate projects are regular work assignments for Spiegel & McDiarmid clients. The majority of the work is billable. Summer associates receive work directly from lawyers or through the Spiegel summer assignment coordinator, who monitors the workload of all summer associates. We ask for practice area interests prior to the start of the program and make every effort to match available work with expressed interests. Specific substantive elements of the program include: 1) legal research, analysis and writing in a variety of subject areas, particularly energy regulation and deregulation, antitrust, transmission access, legislative representation, hydroelectric licensing, telecommunications and transportation; 2) drafting memos, briefs and other pleadings, including before federal and state administrative agencies and federal and state courts; 3) client contact and participation in case strategy discussions; 4) assisting with discovery and trial preparation; 5) monitoring legislation in the areas of energy, environment and transporation; and 6) assisting on pro bono matters. A number of educational and social events, generally involving all firm personnel (not just attorneys) round out the Spiegel Summer Program.

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

International Rights Advocates Seeking Spring 2015 Law Clerk, Due 12/31/14

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International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) builds and supports the capacity of women, human rights, labor, and legal organizations to develop and promote innovative legal strategies to hold multinational corporations accountable for labor, human rights, and environmental violations. IRAdvocates does so by supporting direct legal advocacy both in the U.S. and abroad, and by working with local partner organizations to develop and undertake precedent-setting legal actions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. IRAdvocates believes that only when multinational corporate actors are subject to meaningful and enforceable legal mechanisms both in the country where the violation occurs and abroad can individual human rights be fully realized.

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

U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section Seeking Volunteer Legal Intern for Summer 2015, Due 3/1/15

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The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, seeks full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer legal interns for summer 2015. Summer interns generally work for 10 weeks, but split summers (6 week minimum) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Students who will be second- or third-year law students, or enrolled in a graduate law program, in the 2015-2016 school year will be considered.

Interns work closely with Section attorneys in cases and investigations involving discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and disability in public schools, colleges, and universities. Assignments typically include legal research and writing, assisting attorneys with investigations and compliance monitoring, assisting with fact development (including participating in witness interviews), and preparing for court appearances, depositions, and settlement negotiations. Interested interns may participate in one of the Division-wide working groups, including the LGBTI Working Group, Indian Working Group, and Status Verification Working Group, as well as inter-agency working groups such as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.

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

Attention 3Ls!  PMF Applications Open for the Class of 2015 on Oct. 1-15

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The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders.  The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

For more information about the PMF Program, click here.

The PMF Program Office invites interested applicants to join us for two upcoming webcasts, conducted through Adobe Connect, to provide information for the Class of 2015 PMF application.

The Class of 2015 PMF application will open from October 1-15, 2014, and the announcement can be found at www.USAJOBS.gov when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period).

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov  In addition, the 2015 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern Time):  A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Wednesday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30pm (Eastern Time):  A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

These webcasts will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

WSBA Seeking Program Coordinators

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At the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), our mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice. This mission focus brings us into contact with a wide variety of people – members, stakeholders and the public – accessing the WSBA and its services for everything from requests on accessing attorneys and the legal system, questions or complaints against lawyers, continuing legal education, attorney licensing and much more.

Justice Programs Coordinator

The objective of the Justice Programs Coordinator position is to facilitate efficient, effective and smooth operations of the Washington State Access to Justice Board, the WSBA Council on Public Defense, and their committees. This position reports to the ATJ Board Manager, receives input regarding the Council on Public Defense from the CPD’s staff liaison (currently the Director of Advancement) and works with other applicable staff members.

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

Justice & Diversity Programs Coordinator

The objective of this position is to facilitate efficient, effective and smooth operations of WSBA’s Public Service and Diversity Programs. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, this position works at the direction of the Public Service Program Manager and Diversity Program Manager and collaborates with other applicable staff members at the WSBA. The Coordinator’s key functions are:  (a) Meeting and Event Coordination, (b) Administrative & Project Support, and (c) Stakeholder Communications. In the performance of these duties, the Justice & Diversity Programs Coordinator has the following responsibilities: Coordinating and supporting meetings and events of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and the Diversity Committee by: scheduling and tracking RSVPs and attendance venue logistics, including help with set-up and clean-up; assigning and tracking use of conference call codes; agenda and materials preparation; Taking minutes and tracking action items; Preparing a year-end record; processing volunteer expense reimbursements; coordinating annual appointment processes; tracking volunteer registrations; Sending welcome messages; authenticating volunteers to access free educational programs; managing assigned webpages and list serves monitoring program in boxes and responding to inquiries and preparing diversity updates.

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

Curious What Others Did This Summer? Come Join Us For the First SJT of the Year!

September 30: Social Justice Tuesday Presents What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Student Panel:

  • Jordan Taren: Columbia Legal Services
  • Amanda Dalmendray: U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Crys R. O’Grady: Judicial Internship-Northern District of Alabama
  • AnnaRae Goethe: Open Society Foundation (Budapest)

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 29, 2014.

September 30: Presidential Management Fellows Applicant Information Session Webcast

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3:30 – 4:30 PM EST

A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

October 1: Mission Possible – Choose the Future of Your Practice

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Online Only

Mission Possible: Choose the Future of Your Practice highlights the latest trends, tools, best practices and practical tips for you to adapt and thrive in the changing legal profession. This half-day online symposium offers inspiration and real world examples for retooling your practice, organized by 3 major themes: The New Legal Market & the New Practitioner, Smart Marketing and Emerging Business Models.

Click here to view the agenda.

To register, click here.

October 2: Latino Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Law Student Welcome Potluck

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October 8: Presidential Management Fellowship Q&A Webcast Session on 2015 Applications

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1:30 – 3:30 PM EST

A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to http://opm.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/mobile-meetings.html.

As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application.  General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov

October 17-18: Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference

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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014
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Stanford Law School’s 15th annual Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference will be held on October 17 and 18, 2014.  Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice.  We are excited to feature civil rights advocate Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as our keynote speaker at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

Shaking the Foundations is a two-day conference that will feature a series of panels and workshops on a broad range of progressive topics.  Panel topics for this year include victim empowerment, environmental justice, immigration, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, international human rights, and community organizing to reform the criminal justice system.

View the conference schedule here. Register online here.

Note: Early bird registration (from now until October 1st) is $8.  Housing is guaranteed for the first thirty registrants who request it, and we will do our best to accommodate more people if necessary.  

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

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Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

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The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.

 

Looking for a Paid Internship? Check Out ACLU’s Reproductive Rights Project in New York!

On Campus Interviews: New Employers, Apply Through Symplicity

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – Deloitte Tax” CPSL Logo

Deloitte Tax Interviews (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Thursday, October 2 at 11:30 P.M.
Students will be notified of interviews by Friday, October 10.  Interviews will be held on campus Thursday, October 16.   Deloitte Tax Information Session:  Monday, September 29 in Room 115.

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Public Defender/Navy OGC” 

Department of the Navy OGC (2L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON
Public Defender Service for DC (2L, 3L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON

Students will be notified of interviews by Monday, September 15.  Interviews will be held on campus Friday, September 19.

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – NOAA OGC.”    (Apply through Symplicity—not USA Jobs.)

NOAA Office of General Counsel Honors Program (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Monday, September 15 at NOON
Students will be notified of interviews by Thursday, September 18.  Interviews will be held on campus Wednesday, September 24.

On-Campus Interview employers – Continuing to accept applications

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Session 2.”

Application deadline:  Monday, September 15, at NOON.  Students will be notified of interviews by Tuesday, September 23.
King County Bar Association (2L, 3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 3
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 2

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders Program Calling for 2015 Applications, Due 9/28

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The U.S. Embassy in Oslo, together with the Arctic Frontiers Secretariat, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for young U.S. citizens with a professional interest in the Arctic to learn more about the region. The annual Arctic Frontiers conference brings academia, government and business together to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development in the Arctic. The conference takes place in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, known as the Gateway to the Arctic.

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders program invites young representatives of academia, business and the public sector to meet with leaders to discuss future development in the High North. Selected candidates will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events, accompanied by mentors. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the coastal steamer and ends in Tromsø. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program. The content of the program is linked to the Arctic Frontiers 2015 conference topic “Climate and Energy.”

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

ACLU Foundation & HRW Seeking Applicants for 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship, Due 10/15

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU created the fellowship in 2002 with generous funding from the Open Society Institute to honor the legacy of Aryeh Neier. As executive director of the ACLU and then of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier helped develop both organizations into powerful forces for justice and human rights.

A special committee from both organizations will select the fellow, who will begin the two-year fellowship in the fall of 2015. He or she will most likely be placed in the New York City offices of Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, spending a year at each; however, the fellow should be open to placement in the organizations’ offices in other locations in the US.

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

SCLC Seeking Directing Attorney of Social Security Advocacy Project

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The Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is a non-profit specialty civil legal aid organization that provides legal representation to low-income individuals with disabilities in matters related to their eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI benefits. SCLC hosts two major projects: the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP). SSAP prioritizes cases in which a person who has received or is receiving SSI/SSDI receives notice of reduction or termination of benefits. SSAP clients have a difficult time obtaining representation through the private bar, either due to lack of fee generating potential or multiple barriers, such as mental illness, limited English proficiency, and chemical dependency, which make it difficult for the client to stay engaged in an attorney client relationship and navigate the administrative structure of the Social Security Administration.

SCLC is searching for an outstanding attorney to serve as the directing attorney of the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP). The directing attorney is responsible for overseeing and managing SSAP. This is a full-time attorney position starting immediately. This position requires the ability to travel to client meetings, community events, and hearings, and may require some work on nights or weekends.

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

ACLU Offering 2014-2015 Internships/Externships, Due 11/30 for Winter or Spring Quarter Externship

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid
summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A
minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer
positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights
issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely
with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting
correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties
and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for
litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of
appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories
and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints.
Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while
developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged.

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

New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project Offering Paid Internship for Summer of 2015

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. In particular, RFP works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, and affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of all women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

The internship offers the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The internship is full-time and requires a 10 week commitment with a preferred start date of May 26, 2015.

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

City of Seattle Posted New Job of Employee and Labor Relations Specialist

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The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist is a trusted advisor who builds the capacity of managers to create and sustain safe, innovative and inclusive workplaces within a union environment. This position provides support within Seattle Public Utilities for labor policy and procedures; works directly with management and staff to administer labor agreements, assists with disciplinary processes and provides expert-level consultation and guidance to managers and staff on a variety of workplace issues. We are looking for a human resource professional who has successfully provided consultation on, and managed, complex workplace and employee issues in a manner that ensures consistency, fairness, perseveration of employee rights, supports effective decision-making and mitigates organizational risk. The position reports to the Labor Relations Strategic Advisor.

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

Save the Children International Seeks Project Coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process (Geneva)

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Save the Children International is looking for a project coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process, to support the process of finalizing the  Lucens Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, and encouraging states to endorse and implement them, including by mobilizing civil society support.  The project coordinator will support the work of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), of which Save the Children is a Steering Committee member.

The position is located at the Geneva Advocacy Office of Save the Children International and the contract will last through June 2015.

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

 

Get Informed About Debt Relief! Check Out EJW’s Free Webinar

September 24: Free Phone Seminar on ATJ Partnerships between the Courts, Legal Aid, and the Private Bar

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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 PM, EST
This is a free program.

Access to Justice Commissions or similar partnerships in several states have produced concrete results in making our justice systems work for low-income and vulnerable client communities. Join us to discuss why and how it is critical to bring several stakeholders – like the judiciary and courts, legal aid, and the organized bar – together to address Access to Justice challenges. We will explore our experiences in very different states, and will concentrate on principles and practices that you use in your states.

Moderator: Steve Grumm, ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives

Speakers:

Click here to register.

September 25: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Free Webinar

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM, EDT

JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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.

Click here to register online.

Calling for Submissions! Human Rights and Refugee Essay Competitions

Seattle Women’s Commission Seeking Candidates for Vacant Seats on the Commission, Due 9/22

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The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and city government.

As advisors to the Mayor, City Council and city departments, commissioners have the opportunity to address issues of concern for Seattle women and to work for positive change.

Terms are three, two-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

The SWC is seeking candidates with a particular interest in the following areas, in accordance with the SWC’s annual work plan:

  • Economic opportunities for women, including pay equity, job opportunities, and women-owned businesses
  • Health disparities affecting women, including access to healthy food, reproductive rights, and the social determinants of health such as infant and maternal mortality
  • Housing and homelessness including affordable housing, tenant rights, institutional and informal housing and shelters, and vehicular residents and women living in encampments in the city
  • Violence prevention including training for police and other responders, sexual assault, domestic violence and preventing youth violence
  • The SWC aims to work closely with governmental and community-based organizations to make certain that women of color, women with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, returning female veterans, youth and members of the LGBTQI communities are being served appropriately by the Commission’s work.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by September 22, 2014. Please reference your experience and interest in the previously mentioned issue areas in your cover letter. To reduce paper consumption, electronic submissions are preferred. Email your letter of interest and resume to: marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

PLI Offering Online Seminar on Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client

PLI SeminarAs states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. PLI’s first open interactive course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

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Call for Submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English & Spanish, Due 2/1/15

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By: Cecilia Marcela Bailliet

Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.

Volunteer Lawyer Programs Assist in Disaster Relief Efforts

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By: Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Oso Mudslide

After the mudslide that devastated Oso in May 2014, there was an emergent need for legal services in the area. Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) responded by partnering with the local bar association and with Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  NJP launched a toll free number for those affected by the 530 Slide and informational flyers were distributed by  SCLS and NJP. Additionally, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) sent out an email to member attorneys to gauge interest in assisting – over 100 attorneys signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to the victims of the disaster.  Additionally, Foster Pepper and Perkins Coie offered their assistance to SCLS in this effort and SCLS was able to secure emergency funding from Legal Foundation of Washington to hire a part time staff attorney, Dustin Hoegemeyer, to help coordinate volunteers and assist victims of the slide.

With all of this support and dedication from the local legal community and professional organizations,  SCLS has assisted more than 30 clients to date and referrals are still coming in.  SCLS Executive Director Anita Hale reports that “It has been humbling to be part of such an amazing effort and to see individuals receive the legal support they need to start moving forward with their lives.”

Okanogan County Fires

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) developed a legal aid response to the wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee-based nonprofit opened its intake to include Okanogan County residents who were affected by the fires. VAS, in partnership with the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, began referring fire-related legal matters to local attorneys in July. The volunteer legal program will facilitate free legal advice through the end of 2014 and, in addition, plans to organize informational meetings and legal clinics in affected areas.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Call for Papers

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The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission.

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Join GlobalWA in Conversing with Sarah Dengnan Kambou Tomorrow About Women and Alleviating Poverty

September 16: A Conversation with Sarah Degnan Kambou

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
World Trade Center Seattle, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410, Seattle, WA 98121

Lunch will be served.

Today, more than 600 million adolescent girls around the world are faced with poverty, early marriage, pregnancy, and HIV, or any combination of these factors.

Join Global Impact and Global Washington in a conversation with Sarah Degnan Kambou, President of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW),to discuss new findings about effective interventions working towards ending the harmful practice of child marriage, and the integral role of women and girls in alleviating global poverty.

Strategies to be discussed include:

  • Empowering girls with information, skills and support networks
  • Educating and rallying parents and community members
  • Providing economic support and incentives to girls and their families
  • Enhancing girls’ access to a high-quality education
  • Advocating for supportive laws and policies

Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Jackie Newman.

September 23: Come Celebrate with TeamChild Second Chances for Youth

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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 PM
FareStart, 700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Please join us for a reception and fundraiser to support TeamChild’s critical legal advocacy for youth.   Appetizers and no host bar.  Prizes, music, remarks from Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, & more!
Suggested investment: $100
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October 2: Save the Date for the LBAW Annual Law Student Welcome

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Latino Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Law Student Welcome
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
3:30 PM
Location TBA

Latino Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 30, 201
5:30 PM
O’Asian Restaurant, Seattle

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents Its 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104
Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

Click here to RSVP, preferred by October 10, 2014.