Are you a Strategic Thinker Looking for a Service Opportunity? Washington’s Access to Justice Board Could Use Your Help!

Opportunity for Service: Washington State Access to Justice Board

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The Access to Justice Board is seeking a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to equitable justice to fill a seat on the Access to Justice Board.  Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, the Board seeks to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers.  The three-year term begins in May 2015 and the position may be filled by an attorney or other community member.  The Board is especially interested in individuals who can help continue to build collaborative relationships with community-based organizations and the Alliance for Equal Justice.

To apply and/or learn more about the work of the Access to Justice Board, please visit www.wsba.org/ATJApplications are due January 9, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Request for Workshop Proposals: Access to Justice Conference

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Wenatchee Conference Center, June 12-14

The Access to Justice Board’s Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for 2015 Access to Justice Conference workshops.  This year’s conference will focus on solutions to address structural impediments to equitable justice and meet the needs of our growing client community.  We encourage and invite you to submit a 90 minute workshop proposal for consideration by the committee.  Proposals should be consistent with the criteria outlined in the attached document.  All workshops will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015. Submit proposals using the attached form to Terra Nevitt, terran@wsba.org. Electronic submissions only please. The conference planning committee will select the workshops and plenary sessions. You will be notified as soon as the final decisions have been made whether or not your proposal was selected. If your proposal is selected you will receive more detailed information about the conference planning process, procedures, policies and deadlines.  If you have questions, please call Terra at (206) 727-8282.

Washington State Association for Justice Offering Bar Preparation Scholarship for Diversity and Women, Apply Now for Exam Dates in July 2015/February 2016

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The Mission of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is to stand up in the courtroom and the halls of government for real people. We defend your Constitutional rights, including the right to have your day in court. We hold corporate and other powerful interests accountable. We are a community creating and sharing resources for our members to secure justice.

WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including (but not limited to) demonstrated interest and intent to practice in the plaintiff’s bar, financial need, academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities, and life experiences. No single criteria is determinative.

Applications are due by Monday, January 12, 2015. 

For more information on the diversity scholarship, click here.
For more information on the scholarship for women, click here.

Lawyers Fostering Independence Offering Free CLE This Friday

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Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) provides free civil legal services to young people who have been in foster, group, or kinship care at some point while growing up. With the help of volunteer attorneys, our mission is to improve outcomes for former foster youth by providing them with access to legal services – services that can mitigate the specific adversities experienced by these youth who have been raised in our care.

Our all-day training is on December 5th from 9:00am-3:30pm at Garvey Schubert Barer.

The morning will consist of an introduction to LFI, hearing from former foster youth about their experiences and needs, and our Trauma-Informed Legal Representation CLE (1.5 ethics credits pending). The afternoon will include two training sessions: one on credit and debt issues and the other on sealing juvenile records and vacating adult records. 1.25 CLE credits pending for each of these sessions.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Contact Serena Holthe to register.  Click here for more information.

The Innocence Project NW  Freedom Fridays

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Friday, December 5, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM 
Dorsey Whitney, 701 5th Avenue, Suite 6100, Seattle, WA

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline McMurtrie is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and the founder and Director of the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). The only resource of its kind in Washington State, IPNW’s mission is to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education. Since 1997, IPNW has obtained exonerations of thirteen men and women who collectively served over 90 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • Fernanda Torres is a Staff Attorney and Volunteer Coordinator at the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). She helps oversee the screening and review of applications for assistance and leads the litigation of non-DNA cases. She recruits and supervises IPNW volunteers. Prior to joining IPNW, Ms. Torres practiced criminal defense as a public defender and in private practice.

For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project and Family Law Program

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The Housing Justice Project is a walk-in legal clinic providing counsel and advice, negotiations with landlords or opposing counsel, and limited representation for low income residential tenants facing eviction in King county. HJP clinics operate at the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Apply to volunteer as an intern by January 25, 2015. For more information about the Housing Justice Project, click here.

Pro Bono Services family law programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability or other factors. Programs include the Family Law Mentor Program, Kinship Care Solutions Project and Self Help Plus Program.

Position is open until filled.  For more information about the Family Law Program, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity Working with Domestic Violence Survivors

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Your role as a Family Law Legal Support volunteer will be to assist staff attorneys in their representation of the client.

Note that this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.

This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good.

For more information, click here.

Equity and Social Justice Work is Hard. Seriously Hard Work. No, Really it is.

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By: Cultures Connecting Blog

Significant change, whether individual or within an organization can be challenging. Even when we want to change, it doesn’t happen easily. I recently heard implicit bias compared to a habit, albeit a bad one. Think about how hard it is to change a habit…

A couple of months ago, my brother in law was coming over to my house to pick up his dog after work. We’d talked earlier and he reminded me to leave the front door open for him. Then he sent me a text about 15 minutes before I was leaving as a second reminder. “Leave the door unlocked, leave the door unlocked,” I chanted in my head as I gathered my things to go. Then I went through my mental list of what I needed to bring with me, made sure I had it all, walked out, locked the door and left. His poor dog was locked inside.

Even though I wanted to change that habit and was focusing a lot of mental energy on doing something different, the moment I got distracted, I forgot and went back to what I do every day.

Now imagine there are a bunch of individuals trying to change an organization. But they’ve all learned and practiced habits of stereotypes, biases, and institutional oppression for years. Some have even gotten rewarded for this behavior by being told they’re a “good fit” at the company and getting promoted. Some are the founders of the organization or have worked there so long they see any mention of needed change as a personal affront. Others have been going along to get along, trying not to make waves by bringing up experiences of marginalization. They may even be telling themselves they imagined it or making excuses for oppressive behavior such as, “I know he didn’t mean it that way.”

Continue reading here.

Special Job Announcement! The Center for Public Service Law Seeks Communications Assistant

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

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Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6

Hourly Rate: $12-15 per hour DOE

Duration: Winter through Spring quarter 2015. Preferred start date is the week of January 5.

Report to: CPSL, Assistant Director

About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 500+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Assistant Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Assistant Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 500+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

 

 

Attention 1Ls! Employers Now Accepting 1L Applications!

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish-Bilingual Attorneys to Work in Wenatchee and Granger, Priority Deadline TODAY

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Wenatchee, WA Staff Attorney Position

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington. Depending on the experience of the applicant, she or he may be considered for a supervising attorney position.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members. The attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations to persons who may be eligible for immigration benefits.

For more information, click here.

Granger, WA Staff Attorney Position

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima.  From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington.  The office has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information, click here.

2015 Judith Stronach Summer Fellowship with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings Law, Applications Due TODAY!

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2015 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution.

Summer fellowship positions are full-time for 10- to 12-week terms. Law fellows are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, and work closely with CGRS lawyers and staff in other projects as needed.

For more information, click here.

Open Society Institute (OSI) Seeking Legal Research Intern, Due TODAY!

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

The objective of the internship program with the Open Society Justice Initiative is to train participants on some of the methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups like Open Society to foster and encourage reform, inclusion, human rights, and the building of legal capacity for open societies.

For more information, click here.

House of Delegates Office of the Legal Counsel Seeking House Legal Counsel, Due 12/5/14

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Duties and Responsibility: The Legal Counsel for the House of Delegates will:

  • Draft bills, resolutions, committee reports, speeches, letters and other correspondence as needed or requested by the Delegates
  • Perform legal research and issue legal opinions on questions as requested by the Delegates
  • Review international treaties and conventions, executive orders, and administrative rules and regulations
  • Analyze proposed legislation for constitutionality and legal forms
  • Advise Delegates on legislative procedure
  • Attend meetings with international organizations and government agencies
  • Represent the House of Delegates in litigation filed by or involving the House of Delegates as needed
  • Manage and supervise Legal Counsel Office staff and interns; coordinate Legal Counsel Office internship program

For more information, click here.

Surge Northwest Seeking Program & Outreach Director, Due 12/8/14

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Surge Northwest is looking for an exceptional person to fill our new Program & Outreach Coordinator position and help grow our organization and efforts. This person will work in a team with our board and partner organizations. This requires a diverse set of skills, attributes, and experience.

Do you love working in collaboration to find creative solutions to thorny problems? Are you Passionate about reproductive justice and organizing for change? This is an opportunity to join our team and help build a new organization dedicated to social change through community engagement.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Seeking International Human Rights Program Intern in New York, Due 12/12/14

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

The International Human Rights (IHR) docket focuses on holding government officials and corporations accountable for serious violations of international law, primarily under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. It works primarily in U.S. courts, but also is involved in litigation in foreign and international courts, and advocacy using regional or international human rights mechanisms.

The intern will work 10-25 hours per week between January and May 2015, assisting legal workers and attorneys in CCR’s IHR docket on several on-going projects and case development. The intern will have the opportunity to work on a range of issues and cases.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Pathways Legal Intern, Due 12/12

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

Opportunities are available in the OGC offices in different practice areas.

For more information about Washington DC positions, click here.

For more information about New York positions, click here.

Seattle University Law School Seeking Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Due 12/15 For Full Consideration

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Seattle University School of Law invites applications to serve as the Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), ideally beginning on June 1, 2015. ARC is a nationally renowned academic support program, which is known for its commitment to providing access to the legal profession. The ARC program’s dual purpose is to support the diverse and non-traditional students admitted through SU’s Access Admission Program so they excel in law school and beyond, as well as to provide general academic support and bar preparation assistance to the entire student body. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in providing academic support for law students, as well as teaching excellence and administrative capability.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Still Seeking US Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern in Washington DC, Students Encouraged to Apply by 12/15

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center’s state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

For more information, click here.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel Seattle Seeking Volunteer Law Clerk and Offering Officer Manager Position

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The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel, Seattle, is offering practica in our 5-attorney law office this summer.  These are volunteer positions that will provide the students with broad exposure to a variety of areas, including medical malpractice law and personnel/EEO litigation.  Other areas of practice include: employee ethics, bioethics, government contracts, fiduciary law and release of information law.  Legal research and writing and assisting with development of cases will be part of the clerks’ responsibilities.  Attendance at hearings, federal court proceedings and other meetings involving issues our clients face will also be offered.  Both first-year and second-year students are encouraged to apply.

*Deadline for applications: December 15, 2014.  Half-time or full-time positions available.  Summer 2015 and/or Fall 2015 positions available.  Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:  Michael Hughes, Regional Counsel, 100 SW Main Street, Floor 2 Portland, OR 97204 or 915 Second Ave., Suite 1386, Seattle, WA 98174.