Some post-finals events to look forward to!

March 20: “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness Forum”

CautionwebPlease join us on Friday, March 20th for a “Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness Forum” hosted by The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, Everytown for Gun Safety, Center for Gun Responsibility, & The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

 We are convening this event so that people from the community could come together to learn about the research behind why Risk-Based Firearm Policy should be put in place, where Washington State currently stands when it is compared to those standards, and what we can do moving forward to make our communities safer. Local and national experts will discuss why we should refocus the dialogue away from firearm policies away from mental illness towards stronger indicators of risk of harm.

 This event will include Senator David Frockt, who introduced Extreme Risk Protection Orders in the State Senate; two nationally renowned researchers Dr. Jeffrey Swanson and Dr. Garen Wintemute, local mental health counselor Leanne Kennedy, and Jane Weiss an advocate and the aunt of Veronika Weiss who was killed at the UC Santa Barbara Shooting. The event will be hosted by Josh Horwitz, the Executive Director of The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

The forum will take place on Friday, March 20th 2015 in the Washington Mutual Room of Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch from 3pm-5pm. Please make sure you give yourself some extra time to find parking!

April 2: The Long Night screening and Q&A with the director

p0033-The-Long-Night-1920-poster-e1416953441827The April 2 (5-7 PM at Forum Parrington Hall) event will include the film screening of The Long Night along with a panel discussion with the film director and local experts including Val Richey, Senior King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and Nicholas Oakley, the Terri Kimball Fellow for the Protection of Children and Youth at the Center for Children and Youth Justice.

 This event is free and open to all graduate students. We hope to have a diverse group in the audience to address this issue from multiple perspectives.

Summer Funding Special Announcement!

Do you have an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization or government agency this summer?

Need some funding to help you get through those warm summer months?

In addition to applying for PILA, be sure to check out all of these other important summer funding options! Applications are due as early as March 23!

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 UW Law/ Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Public Interest Summer Grant (New for 2015)

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law Public Interest Summer Grant provides $5000 for one UW Law Latina/o student to intern with a public interest organization and/or any UW law student with a summer internship working with an organization providing access to justice/equal justice to Latina/o communities. The purpose of this grant is to support Latina/o UW Law students in pursuit of public interest careers and other UW law students committed to increasing access to justice to Latina/o communities.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ WSBA & KCBA Labor & Employment Law Summer Grants 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia: Signing of National Labor Relations Act

The King County Bar Association and Washington Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Sections are dedicated to education future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. These two grants give students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $6,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Grant Summer Grant

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Are you a member of the LGBT community or an ally? Do you have a full-time summer internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS? Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer). The goal of the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preference is given to applicants who are either a Washington State graduate student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after graduation.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS – including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT – are encouraged to apply.

Application is available here:  QLaw Foundation 2015 Grant Application.doc

For more information email Grant Coordinator, Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org.

Completed applications are due by April 3, 2015.

UW Law Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship

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Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

Eligibility: All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. “Continuing” means students who will be enrolled as full time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Prof. Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.

Purpose of the Fellowship: The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Funding Amount and Restrictions: The Fellowship amount is generally between $5000-$6000; the amount for this year will be updated soon. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at spangler@uw.edu spangler@or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due April 3, 2015 at 5:00PM. For more information, contact mestorms@uw.edu

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowship: Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for UW Students

osheroffThe Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications.

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights.

Application: For complete information please click here.

Deadline: Friday, April 3

Equal Justice America Summer Fellowship

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Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students to UW Law students who work full-time during Summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.

Application: For complete guidelines and application instructions please click here.

Deadline: Applications must be post marked by March 23.

 

 

 

 

Keep calm and look at these awesome job opportunities

Fair Food Standards Council hiring a Human Rights Attorney 

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at info@fairfoodstandards.org. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.

Apply for the GLOBAL WORKERS JUSTICE ALLIANCE internship! 

Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a non-profit transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for migrants and their families. Global Workers is located in Brooklyn, New York and has a staff of seven, including a policy advocate based in Mexico City. At the core of Global Workers’ mission is the maintenance of a network of human rights defenders in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Among other things, members of the Global Workers defender network partner with U.S. and Canadian advocates to advance cases for migrant workers. Global Workers is a leader in the dynamic field of transnational litigation and migrant worker policy advocacy throughout the region.

Global Workers is offering an unpaid summer internship opportunity for a bilingual (English and Spanish) law student seeking research and writing experience in a non-profit setting. Global Workers attorneys will closely supervise the intern’s work on various legal action and policy projects. The intern can choose to work either at the Global Workers NYC office, or from a remote location. 

Application Instructions:

Please send — attached as Word or PDF files — your cover letter, resume, a list of two references with contact information, and a recent legal writing sample to Ms. Nan Schivone, our Staff Attorney and Legal Manager, at nan@globalworkers.org. In the subject line of the email, please write “Summer Law Intern –- [Your Name].” We will review candidates on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Extern this summer with the Washington Public Defenders Immigration Project

For more than 15 years, WDA has prioritized assisting defenders to represent noncitizen clients to resolve their criminal charges to avoid deportation or mitigate the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. WDA’s Immigration Project has been a leader in pioneering the resources and the systems to give defenders the education and tools needed to accomplish this. WDA’s Immigration Project nationally-recognized staff also work with prosecutors, judges and legislators to bring systemic reforms and implement policies that make the rights recognized in the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Padilla v. Kentucky decision a reality. 

 WDA’s Immigration project will give you exposure to the world of “crimmigration”.  You will deepen your understanding of caselaw and legal issues, work with our Immigration Team to develop defender practice advisories, implement trainings and participate in policy reform initiatives.

PAST EXTERNS HAVE:

  • Published practice manuals and articles in Defense magazine
  • Written amicus briefs for hearings in the Appellate and Supreme Courts
  • Planned, created and moderated training and education programs
  • Drafted legislation and testified before the Washington State legislature

Due 3/13: ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES internship (unpaid)

The AO seeks 1Ls and 2Ls for unpaid, part-time to full-time Summer Legal Internships in the DC Office.Students may receive up to $130/month in Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.Interns perform a variety of tasks, such as helping to prepare staff for international briefings; coordinating meetings of judges and chamber staff; researching issues related to judicial administrative matters; revising manual; helping to update the civil cause code and criminal citation tables; and researching legal issues and writing memoranda on Supreme Court case law, circuit and court rulings.They also will attend a wide variety of networking opportunities, including a Supreme Court tour and training programs.

Apply by Fri., Mar. 13, 2015, submit resume (include full name, address, phone number, country of citizenship and job-related qualifications) or any other written format that describes job-related qualifications; transcript;Follow submission instructions as outlined in USAJobs link.If completed application materials are submitted via online link, do not supplement with fax or mail transmission.Otherwise, may use fax, mail or delivery to submit entire application, including copy of occupational questionnaire (see USAJobs), or selected application materials.A structured interview will be scheduled with selected candidates, who should site specific examples of experience, explain actions taken and outcome.Candidates will be evaluated based upon responses to questions.

Due 3/25: Law grads with teaching experience! Here’s an opportunity for you Federal Judicial Center Educational Specialist

The Federal Judicial Center is the federal courts’ agency for research and continuing education. A nine-member board, chaired by the Chief Justice of the United States, determines the Center’s basic policies.The Education Division designs and develops curricula to impart and enhance critical competencies tailored for federal court of appeals, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges and for federal judicial branch employees, including persons serving in clerk of court, probation, and pretrial services offices. Subject areas for judges include substantive and procedural legal topics, case and calendar management, ethics, and leadership and management. Subject areas for other court personnel include selected technical skills, ethics, and leadership and management. The division delivers education through a variety of means including: in-person programs to which participants travel; in-person programs conducted in courthouses for local participants; audio-, video-, and web conferences; programs and materials delivered over the courts’ intranet; and in printed publications.The Center’s Education Division has an opening for one or more education specialists to develop in-person and web-based continuing education programs for judges, court managers and support staff. 

Submit a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position and a resume that specifies dates of employment, salaries, and responsibilities for all related positions, and a sample lesson plan with supporting materials from an education or training program you have developed (all mandatory) to:

  • Federal Judicial Center
  • ATTN: Human Resources Office, Room 6-190
  • Announcement #15-01
  • Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
  • One Columbus Circle, NE
  • Washington, DC 20002-8003

To receive full consideration for this position, applications must be received by close of business March 25, 2015; however, this vacancy will remain open until filled. Please refer to Announcement #15-01 on your application.

Due 3/27: RUKIN HYLAND DORIA & TINDALL seeking attorney

Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP is looking to hire a bright, enterprising, and highly-motivated associate attorney for our employment and class action litigation practice.  Applicants must possess exceptional writing, research, and analytic skills and the ability to work in a busy small-firm environment.  They should also be self-starters comfortable with assuming responsibility. Prior litigation experience (including judicial clerkship or law firm experience) is strongly preferred.  RHDT handles individual and class action employment matters (including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retirement benefits, whistleblower, and wrongful termination claims) as well as consumer fraud class actions. 

For more information about our practice, visit our website at www.rhdtlaw.com.  Interested attorneys should send a resume and cover letter (preferably via email) to:

  • Steven M. Tindall
  • Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall
  • 100 Pine Street, Suite 2150
  • San Francisco, CA 94111
  • stindall@rhdtlaw.com

Put down the books & take note of these exciting events coming up soon

King v. Burwell: Obamacare in the Supreme Court (Again)

ObamacareOnce again, the Supreme Court is set to examine the Affordable Care Act. After surviving a constitutional attack, the statute now faces a challenge based on its own words. Challengers claim that the plain language of the statute makes subsidies (a critical part of the ACA) unavailable on federally facilitated insurance exchanges. A panel of professors will discuss the case from the perspective of health law, tax law, statutory interpretation, and administrative law.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Wednesday, March 11; Room 119; 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

U.S. Human Rights Network: How to Advocate Effectively in Geneva and Stateside for the Universal Periodic Review

Do you know what you need to do between now and the U.S. in-person dialogue with the Human Rights Council in May?

 No? …then join USHRN Coordinating Center staff and the UPR Taskforce on March 11, 2015 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM) for a free webinar on how to advocate effectively in Geneva and here in the U.S. for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The webinar will cover the broad strategy for maximizing your advocacy in March and May, provide an introduction to Geneva and what you will need to plan your travels, present opportunities to engage for those remaining in the U.S., and share successful examples of lobbying in Geneva and the U.S.  Their knowledgeable speakers will also discuss the most effective lobbying strategies with diplomats, share details of other opportunities to connect with UN officials while in Geneva, and present ways to get your one-pager to Geneva even if you will not be there.

 Yes! …then you still need to join this call. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any advocate participating in the UPR process.

 Register now!

 Speakers include:

  • Ejim Dike, USHRN Executive Director
  • Bernadette Bellorin, USHRN UPR Coordinator
  • Thenjiwe McHarris, USHRN Human Rights at Home Campaign Director
  • Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum and UPR Task Force Co-chair

Sovereignty, Development and Human Security: A Colloquium on United States and Native American Relations

Please join us on Thursday, May 28-Friday, May 29 in person or via webinar for this extraordinary program focused on strengthening self-determination and quality of life in Tribal communities.

The United States and Native American nations have a treaty-based, government-to-government relationship with a unique political and legal dynamic of mutual sovereignty. This colloquium will feature recognized experts presenting in-depth information and current perspectives on U.S./Tribal relations, their evolving sovereignty balance, and innovative strategies and programs for enhancing Native American development and human security.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • The United States Special Trustee for American Indians
  • The President of the National Congress of American Indians
  • Leaders of Tribal Governments, Economic Enterprises, and Community Organizations
  • Tribal Court Judges, Law Professors, and Legal Advocates
  • National Experts in Indigenous Education, Health, and Cultural Heritage

Attention Student Pro Bono Project Leaders!

Are you a 2 or 3L? Do want to get academic credit for your pro bono project leadership work? Do you want to be part of a structured cohort with guidance and support to strengthen your student-led pro bono project? 

You’ve heard the rumors… and they are true! Introducing our Pro Bono Advocacy course for student pro bono project leaders!

I’m happy to report that we finally have our inaugural pro bono leadership course entitled, “Pro Bono Advocacy” for this spring quarter. It is currently listed  as a special topics course. Next year, we plan to have it offered as a year-round course for 2L and 3L pro bono project leaders.

Here’s the basic information for this spring:

Course # B-599 Special Topics: Pro Bono Advocacy

Instructors: Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld

2 credits

Mondays, 5:30-7:20 pm, room 207

4 in-class meetings: 3/30, 4/20, 5/4 & 5/18

Registration: Because this course is specifically designed for student pro bono project leaders it requires instructor approval.  In order to register, go to My Law and email Aline Carton-Listfjeld directly to confirm your intent to register. We will confirm the list of registrants with Academic Services. Please register ASAP.

Syllabus: Attached, please find the syllabus here. Please keep in mind that the syllabus reflects the year-long course. We will have a modified version for our spring quarter course where you will have an opportunity as a cohort to identify priority areas for us to focus on.

How do we define student leader for purposes of this course? Any student who is taking an active role in creating, developing and supporting an existing or emerging student-led law-related pro bono project based here at UW Law. This can include students who have formal positional leadership roles (i.e. board members, steering committee members etc..) as well as students who don’t have formal leadership roles but are part of a team of students who manage an existing or emerging student project. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld explaining your role in a student pro bono project and you will be notified of whether this course will be a good fit.

Please help spread the word! 

Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

 RSVP to be a volunteer at the UW Law Academy!

image004You decide your time commitment and we guarantee your volunteer service will be fun! The UW Law Academy will take place on March 13, 2015 at the William H. Gates Hall. The schedule for the day includes:

  • 11am-Extreme Advocacy: How to develop an Effective Closing Argument
  • Noon hour-Lunch & Learn (Student/Professionals Mixer—speed networking)
  • 1:00 pm– Small Group Workshops (coach students for oral arguments)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the MLK FAME Community Youth & Law Forum, the UW Law Academy invites volunteer attorneys, judges, and law students to share their stories during lunch with our invited high school students from diverse backgrounds, help coach students during the afternoon small group sessions, and/or join us for the day to share in the fun! Consider setting up a table display during lunch and be a coach for oral arguments! (High school students will be at the law school from 10:30 am-3:00 pm).

RSVP to Lisa Castilleja: ecc93@uw.edu (Please include full name and estimated time of arrival)

If you are unable to attend (or even if you are attending!), consider being a sponsor to help defray the cost of the students’ attendance.  Make checks payable to UW School of Law and list UW Law Academy donation in the memo line of your check.  Please send to Lisa Castilleja at UW School of Law-CPLD, Box 353020 Seattle, WA 98195 (tax credit applies).

  • Purple & Gold Level (“Most awesome!”):  $201-$300 or more!
  • Silver Level (“Awesome like the ‘80s!”): $101-$200
  • Bronze Level (“We Rock!”): up to $100

 Green Building Law & Risk Mitigation Course (Spring, 2015) – RE 598/URBDP 598

environment-303693_640This multidisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of green, high performing buildings and the law. Students will learn to identify and understand the risks and challenges presented by high-performing buildings, and analyze frameworks and strategies to manage and overcome these challenges. This practical course is designed to prepare future sustainability leaders for the issues they will encounter as this area continues to evolve and become increasingly regulated. Students will be empowered to take an active role in mitigating climate change through the built environment.

This course was developed and is instructed by Nicole DeNamur, an attorney and LEED Green Associate. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, studied at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 campus, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law. She has experience litigating construction and insurance matters.

Nicole has a passion for the intersection of green building, sustainability, and the law. Her background in environmental topics and experience as an attorney give her a unique perspective on these issues.

Questions? Please email Nicole at ndenamur@uw.edu.

It’s March! Browse these jobs to start a new month and wind down the quarter

Northern California Innocence Project seeks Staff Attorney

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), a clinical program of Santa Clara University School of Law, seeks an attorney to focus on investigation and litigation of post-conviction claims of innocence.

NCIP’s mission is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent. Reporting to the Assistant Legal Director, the Staff Attorney is a full-time one year fixed term position, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Responsibilities include investigating inmates’ claims of innocence, litigating those claims, representing inmates in court, and assisting in all aspects of NCIP’s law practice.

To apply, click this link.

Post-Grad Fellowship Opportunity for 3Ls with Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem. NDS represents residents of Northern Manhattan who are charged with crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients are represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and team administrators. NDS also provides pre-arrest representation to clients under threat of arrest. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes.

 NDS seeks to hire one or more recent law school graduates for the NDS Fellows Program. The positions will be available beginning Fall 2015 and will continue through Fall 2017. Applicants who have not yet graduated from law school will be considered and should apply if interested.

 NDS Fellows will assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleadings, motions and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients. NDS Fellows will also spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

Interested applications should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary Clare Patterson at mcpatterson@ndsny.org with the subject line, “NDS Fellows Fall 2015.” Please send your application as one document, preferably PDF. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County Seeks Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors.  It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS).  LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated and well-organized STAFF ATTORNEY to support its Norwalk & Compton Offices.  Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will support LASOC/CLS and assist clients with a variety of civil law matters such as housing, family law, dissolution of marriage, paternity, IEPs, administrative law hearings, request for orders, domestic violence restraining orders with emphasis on client representation. 

This position is available in the Compton office and requires that the attorney occasionally travel to the Norwalk office.  Candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Key coordination and communication is necessary with the Director of Litigation, the Directing Attorneys, support staff, and various Program Managers/Directing Attorneys and outside agencies.   The attorney will occasionally serve on the Hotline to provide advice and supervision for Hotline intake. 

This position requires a dedicated, professional, highly organized, and detail-oriented attorney who has a strong academic background and some evidence of commitment to dealing with the problems of the poor.  Salary commensurate with experience. 

TO APPLY, SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO IRIS MA AT IRISMA@LEGAL-AID.COM.  Position is open until filled.  EOE.

Due March 6: Summer 2015 Law Student Externship Program (Unpaid)

Interested in spending an exciting summer in one of our Regional Offices (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, or San Francisco), while obtaining meaningful work experience?  The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is seeking energetic, highly motivated students enrolled in an accredited law school to fill our summer law externship positions in one of our regional offices. This is an opportunity for you to gain professional legal experience and exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices.

Summer 2015 externship positions are available with the FLRA with an anticipated start shortly after Memorial Day 2015, and not-to-exceed August 28, 2015. The selectees are expected to work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.You will be involved in a variety of assignments with attorneys in the respective regional office.  You will perform entry-level legal assignments in support of the mission of the agency.  You will conduct legal research and analysis on questions relating to federal labor relations law and other federal laws; write memoranda, response letters or other legal documents; summarize cases and relevant information; assist staff attorneys with the preparation of briefings and hearings; and perform other duties as assigned.

The mission of the FLRA is to promote stable, constructive labor-management relations in the federal government by resolving and assisting in the prevention of labor-management disputes in a manner that gives full effect to the rights of employees, unions, and agencies.  Externships will be available in the Office of the General Counsel Regional Offices.  For more information on each of these offices, please visit the FLRA’s website at www.flra.gov.

Due March 13: Center for Justice and International Law is seeking a Spanish/English Bilingual Attorney

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) Attorney to litigate human rights cases before the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.  This position will be based in Washington, D.C. Established in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights defenders, CEJIL is a non-governmental organization whose mission is the promotion and protection of human rights in the Americas through the use of the Inter-American Human Rights System and other international mechanisms of protection. 

No phone calls please – Interested candidates should send by e-mail a cover letter in English, resume and two (2) writing samples (one in English and one in Spanish) no later than March 13th, 2015 to: washington@cejil.org Subject: Position-2015-DC Attorney

Due March 16: Columbia Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney for their Basic Human Needs Project

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Basic Human Needs Project, which protects and defends the rights and benefits of all Washington residents living in poverty. Our Staff Attorney will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy for low-income clients dealing with housing, health care, and financial support, and serve as the primary staff member supporting elderly clients in areas of: long-term care, federal and state public benefits, guardianship and substitute decision-making tools, bankruptcy and consumer fraud, elder abuse and exploitation, and general elder law matters.

Submit application materials by March 16, 2015 in Microsoft Word format with 14 point font. No phone calls. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. CLS will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If e-mailed, please make Staff Attorney – Basic Human Needs Project your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume, a short writing sample (3-5 pages) and references to: