STUDY BREAK: Browse these new jobs while you have the day off

Due 2/17: Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy

The Office of Housing works to build strong healthy communities and increase opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.

As a senior member on the Office of Housing’s Policy and Equitable Development team, you will be responsible for crafting innovative policies to foster housing affordability. You will oversee place-based initiatives, pursue site-specific opportunities and develop programs to produce and preserve affordability within the private housing market. You will perform data analysis and lead research initiatives and communicate findings to broad audiences.  Acting as both a technical expert and a big picture strategist, you will work with community members, housing developers, senior management and policy makers to promote housing affordability and equitable development patterns throughout Seattle.

If you have questions please contact Yoshiko Matsui (Yoshiko.matusi@seattle.gov)

Due 2/27: Want a Judicial Internship/Externship in Los Angeles this Summer? Los Angeles Superior Court Seeks 1L & 2Ls. 

The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles is currently accepting applications for summer 2015. Externs for the Superior Court generally work directly with the Superior Court’s judicial officers. Externsare often given the opportunity to research and write legal memoranda on pending law and motion matters, to observe trials and daily law and motion calendars, and to complete special projects.Externships are available in civil, criminal, family, and juvenile courtrooms. Part­time and full­time positions are available.

Interested students should submit a resume, transcript (if available) and writing sample via email. In the text of the email, please indicate your preferred area of law. All materials should be submitted as soon as possible. Positions will be filled on an on­going basis. Materials are accepted via email only and can be sent to: extern@lacourt.org. Please email any questions to extern@lacourt.org.

Students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (if available), and short writing sample by February 27th, 2015 to Charisse Brimmer, Supervising Research Attorney, at extern@lacourt.org

Interest in Policy Work? Senator Patty Murray Seeks Student Interns in DC

Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Minority Oversight & Investigations Office is seeking unpaid Law Clerks for Summer 2015.

The position offers law students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings. Qualifications: Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants available full-time throughout the summer are preferred, though candidates available part-time may also be considered.

To learn more about the committee’s work please visit here: http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=0496b1ed-ab8f-4db2-bfc6-8109a2cc1a65&groups=Chair

Applications: Interested applicants should apply for this position by emailing a cover letter, resume, writing sample and availability to HELPOversightClerk@gmail.com as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Attorney General’s Office is seeking AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst, Civil Rights Unit

The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a full time permanent AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst in our Civil Rights Unit. This position is located in downtown Seattle. The incumbent in this position will be required to fluently read, write, and speak in English and Spanish languages and have the ability to effectively, efficiently and accurately translate from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington State that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies.

Paid Fellowship ($5500) Available for Yakima position through Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project.  

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects.  Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State.  The position in Yakima is focused full –time on farmworker advocacy.  A position in the Wenatchee office will combine farmworker outreach with general legal services legal advocacy.   Positions may become available in other NJP offices.

Email cover letter, resume and & writing sample to: Attn.: Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources; Northwest Justice Project; karenh@nwjustice.org

The Center for WorkLife is seeking summer interns for PAID position

The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) is a nonprofit research and advocacy group housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  WLL seeks to jump-start the stalled gender revolution by producing concrete social and institutional change. Our current initiatives include an innovative working group on pregnancy accommodation, research on how gender bias differs by race, a path-breaking study on predictable scheduling of hourly workers, and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. WLL is also a leader in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.

 Summer interns are involved in all facets of the Center’s work, including participating in strategy sessions, researching law and policy, contributing to articles and reports, and attending the Center’s special events. Summer interns typically produce a significant piece of written work over the course of the summer, usually in the form of a legal research memo.

Summer interns receive a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time work.

For more information about the Center, please visit www.worklife.org.

Hiring Criteria: Open to rising second- and third-year law students; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills required; and an internship with WLL is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law and women’s advancement.

 To Apply: Please send a cover letter, a resume, a list of three references, and a writing sample to Sanaz Rizlenjani at rizlenjanis@uchastings.edu.

Due Feb. 20: NJP seeks Pro Bono Innovation Fund Project Attorney

Under the overall supervision of NJP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, the PBIF Project Attorney will carry out the activities described in the grant proposal to increase the level of “extended service” provided by volunteer attorneys in partner volunteer lawyer programs.

All NJP attorneys are expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Duties:

  • Work collaboratively with project partners and NJP staff to identify substantive law areas of focus and to produce “toolkits” including written and other resources to support pro bono attorneys in undertaking matters in the focus areas
  • Mentor pro bono attorneys who are participating in the project
  • Train private attorneys on how to mentor other attorneys as well as on substantive law as needed
  • Keep supervisors apprised of project progress and provide information needed for reporting to LSC and other funders

The position will be based in Bellingham and service responsibilities will be in both Northwest and Eastern Washington locations.  Travel to project partner and NJP Seattle locations and other sites as needed. Must be able to work occasionally in the evening as needed to meet the needs of partner volunteer lawyer programs.

Email Cover letter, resume and writing sample to Karen Holland, karenh@nwjustice.org no later than February 20, 2015.

Due March 1: National Women’s Law Center is seeking a new VP!

The Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights (HRR) is responsible for identifying, planning and implementing NWLC’s programmatic and advocacy initiatives pertaining to women’s health and reproductive rights.  S/he will advocate before legislatures and Congress, courts and administrative agencies, work with varied coalitions at state/national level, conduct research and identify and provide necessary information to the public about HRR issues.  S/he will lead a talented team and manage a multi-million dollar departmental budget; work in close partnership with the Development Team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors who support the HRR program; and serve as a key member of NWLC’s senior leadership team. S/he will report directly to the Co-Presidents.

 Ideal qualifications include: Demonstrated track record of accomplishment in leading health and reproductive rights initiatives, developing innovative programs, and translating strategy into targeted goals and actions; expertise on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and on legislative and administrative advocacy; significant experience in cultivating donors and maintaining on-going relations with program funders; strong management skills and the ability to recruit, motivate and supervise a team of professionals using a collaborative, team-driven style; strong organizational, analytical, and time-management  skills and ability to manage multiple and shifting priorities; superior writing and public presentation skills; impeccable judgment and integrity;  commitment to social and economic justice, and passion for NWLC’s mission.  Law degree and 10 years or more experience required.

 Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Applications will be considered in confidence by Conway Strategic and NWLC. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume by March 1, 2015 to Search@ConwayStrategic.com.  Kindly direct all inquiries to Search@ConwayStrategic.com; do not contact NWLC.   

Due March 31: INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FOREIGN LAW CLERKS

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 April 2015.

Each year, 15 to 20 young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties. The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all chambers.

Substantial knowledge of South African law is not a prerequisite, but familiarity with South Africa’s history and contemporary affairs is highly valued.

Applications must include the following: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the Court’s work that must specify a proposed start date (or range of start dates) for which he or she would like to be considered; (2) a full curriculum vitae; (3) copies of all post- secondary academic records (unofficial transcripts are permitted); (4) a legal writing sample of approximately 6-12 pages; and (5) at least two reference letters (at least one academic and one professional). Please note that applicants may either have references send the letters directly to the Court or applicants may compile the letters and send a complete application to the Court themselves.