PUBLIC ADVOCATES INC. – LEGAL CLERKSHIP ON PUBLIC ADVOCATES’ EDUCATION EQUITY TEAM: SUMMER 2015 – Paid Position!
Our Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of our impact work in an environment geared toward their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to one of our two program areas – 1) housing, transportation and climate justice, or 2) education equity – and to a supervising attorney who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Currently a position remains open on our Education Equity team.
Public Advocates works to ensure that clerks have assignments that address a variety of skills and training goals. We engage students in a wide range of our work to promote equity and systemic change including: major civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal; legislative, administrative and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications. Clerks have assisted in drafting briefs, participated in litigation meetings, attended administrative hearings, met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners. We seek law students both at our main office in San Francisco and at our Sacramento office, which specializes in legislative advocacy and community engagement for our education equity team.
Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining (1) specific interests and qualifications (please do not simply recap your résumé); (2) experiences and commitment to working with low-income communities, communities of color and immigrant communities; (3) reasons for applying to Public Advocates; and (4) whether they are volunteering or seeking academic credit. In addition, include a résumé, writing sample and list of references. Send your materials to: Rigel Massaro and David Zisser, Co-Directors of the Legal Clerkship Program (and CC: Princess Masilungan).
Center for Reproductive Rights – Global Advocacy Adviser
The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. Our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program, based in Washington, DC, focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. In recent years, the Center has been able to dramatically expand its pro bono support from U.S. and non-U.S. based law firms, supporting not only the work of our U.S. Legal Program, but also our U.S. Legal Program (engaged in federal advocacy in Washington D.C.) and our Global Legal Program (engaged in advocacy and litigation before the United Nations and various regional and national bodies throughout the world).
The Global Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally.
Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, writing sample in English (unedited and preferably relevant to international human rights advocacy) and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by March 27, 2015
Seattle Counseling Service – LGBTQ Refugee/Immigration Outreach Specialist
This is a project-based position focused on increasing knowledge by SCS about the needs of Refugee/Immigrant LGBTQ community members. Over the course of a nine-twelve month period, the person in the position is tasked with a set of discreet objectives to improve i access to care for Refugee/Immigrant members of the LGBTQ community who are not currently accessing SCS services.
Send a cover letter and resume by close of business Friday, March 20th. to : Ann McGettigan, Executive Director. 1216 Pine Street, Suite 300 Seattle WA 98101 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about SCS, check out our website at www.seattlecounseling.org
UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION (UFCW) -Summer 2015 Law Clerk
As the largest private sector labor union in North America, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers in the United States and Canada.Its members are employed principally in retail food stores; food processing, packing and manufacturing plants; department and drugs stores; and distillery and chemical industries.
Law clerks provide legal writing and research support to in-house and outside attorneys on a wide variety of issues and cases, including labor, employment and related court and administrative proceedings.Law clerks work closely with attorneys.We endeavor to involve law clerks as much as possible in discussions with attorneys and union representatives so that they have an understanding of how their work fits into a particular case, or in the development of overall strategies for organizing and representing workers.Law clerks will be permitted to use papers they draft for writing samples where appropriate.
Strong analytical abilities and effective oral and written communication skills. Commitment or interest in labor or employment law, or the labor movement, economic change, and social justice is preferred.Completion of one year of law school.
Service Employees International Union – 2015 Summer Law Clerk (Paid Position)
SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice. This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes.
Law clerks and externs in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.
Generally, law clerks and externsare assigned towork in the Legal Department in Washington, D.C. However, a full-time law clerk may be assigned to work at a field location. One or more of the summer clerks will be selected through the Peggy Browning Fund (www.peggybrowningfund.org).
We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and social change. The successful applicant will have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills. Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application. NOTE: THESE POSITIONS ARE ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT LAW STUDENTS; LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
Amnesty International – Policy & Activism Coordinator
This is an exceptional opportunity to work with Amnesty International USA, challenging abuses committed in the name of national security and working to protect the human dignity, freedom of expression and privacy of millions of people in the United States and all over the world.
The Coordinator develops and implements campaigning strategies, manages and coordinate actions, and coordinates rapid response. This position will initially lead a campaign on accountability for torture and other human rights violations committed in the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program. This position will also focus in significant part on U.S. surveillance and monitoring practices targeting communities in the United States. The coordinator may also cover, as needed, national security issues including indefinite detention at Guantanamo, mass surveillance, and use of lethal force.
The Coordinator will be experienced at working with diverse grassroots coalitions and organizers, using creative strategies to build momentum for significant reforms by the U.S. government. This is not an entry-level position.
Applicants should submit in a single PDF a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to: email@example.com.
Please include “[COORDINATOR – Your name]” in the subject line of your email.
LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW – 2015-2017 JERRY SHESTACK JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a premier national civil rights legal organization, is pleased to announce the creation of the Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. The fellowship provides the opportunity to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice.
The Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship is a two-year litigation-focused fellowship that will be selected on a bi-annual basis by the Lawyers’ Committee in consultation with the Shestack Justice Advisory Committee. Jerry Shestack was an extraordinary lawyer and a driving force in advancing the cause of civil and human rights. One of his greatest legacies was his central role in the founding of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1963.
Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have 2 to 3 years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights issues and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator.
Applications should be submitted electronically to https://podio.com/webforms/10775370/768081 and should include a resume, law school transcript, two-page letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.