Awesome opportunities, from LGBTI work to research, headed your way!

LOOKING FOR THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS?The UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters

  • Open to: All students
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of five hours a week up to full time
  • Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Contact: spangler@uw.edu

The Bridging the Gap program is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall!  The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services.  The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.  Qualifying cases will be referred by the interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Bridging the Gap clients for a reduced fee. Interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the summer, but may also work more if they are able to.

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;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all.

Questions?

Contact Clay Wilson, Affiliate Instructor of Law, at clayw2@uw.edu.

Due April 28: New attorney position with Assistant United States Attorney at USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Spokane office. The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws. The primary assignments for this attorney be the investigation and prosecution of white collar fraud and economic crimes, but will also include a wide-range of criminal matters involving firearms, drug trafficking, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, and violent crimes. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The office is located in Spokane in eastern Washington. The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west. This area is rich in rolling farm land, forested mountains, and arid desert. Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons, recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting. More information on Spokane and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at http://www.visitspokane.com[external link].

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: United States Attorneys Office, Attn: Kathy Devlin, Administrative Services Specialist, Post Office Box 1494, Spokane, Washington 99210-1494 (or 920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340, Spokane, WA 99201).

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received in the office or post-marked no later than April 28, 2015.

Due May 1: Legal intern position at UNITED STATES PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (U.S. PIRG)

At The Public Interest Network, our interns have the opportunity to put their ideals into action.  Our network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, just and democratic future. 

 Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ more than 500 staff, who wield a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

 Over the next year, our member groups will work to take on the fossil fuel industry to stop global warming and fracking and promote clean energy, advocate for stopping the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, protect our rivers and streams, and help turn out thousands of young people to vote.

 Currently U.S. PIRG is looking for a summer intern to work in our Boston office on our Transportation Campaign. Application deadline for summer 2015-May 1st , 2015.

 Legal internships are unpaid and no future employment or preference for future employment will be promised by The Public Interest Network. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

  Please email your cover letter and resume to jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship App”.  If you have any questions, email jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship Question”.

Attention bar-licensed recent grads: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (LGBTI)

  • Collaboration with the team of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons of the IACHR in the elaboration of thematic and country reports.
  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases and requests for precautionary measures relating to the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Preparation of draft reports on petitions and cases concerning the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Research on the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons in specific countries and preparing specific reports based on the information collected.
  • Preparation of memos and other documents for hearings, working meetings and visits of the Commission related to the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and dissemination of the human rights system and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Updating of the website of the Commission in relation to the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.

To complete the electronic application form, click here

The fellowship application must be completed via the automated digital system created by the IACHR for this purpose. The system is open from April 15 to April 29, 2015, inclusive. We will only accept applications received via the automated digital system using the above link.

National Health Law Project seeking new attorneys in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

NHeLP is hiring in our LA and DC offices. We are looking for two stellar individuals to join our team.

 In Los Angeles, we are hiring an attorney or senior policy analyst to focus on reproductive health. In Washington DC, we are hiring an attorney to work at the intersection of reproductive health and health disparities, and to expand our health disparities work more broadly.

 Please circulate this widely. The two job descriptions are attached and linked below.

Nazdeek is hoping to place volunteers at one of their project sights in Deli!

Nazdeek is a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek’s mission is to advance social and economic rights, with a core focus on women and Dalits and Adivasi communities.

Nazdeek is currently engaged in two main projects in India, one concerning labor and health rights violations of tea garden workers in Assam’s tea gardens (North East India), and a second aimed at strengthening the housing and health rights of slum dwellers in Delhi.

Nazdeek offers volunteers placements for the following periods:
– January – March
– April – June
– July – September
– October – December

However, duration of the placement can be agreed upon depending on the ongoing work and the applicant’s availability.

Volunteers will assist in a range of activities, including legal research, conducting fact-finding visits, preparing and delivering trainings and workshops, drafting legal briefs and reports as well as undertaking communication and administrative tasks. Strong research, writing and communication skills are required. Cultural sensitivity a must. The position is open for applicants from Law, Social Science or Communications background. Candidates with strong communications skills or past campaign and/or communication experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Placements will be based in Delhi, with possibility of travel to project areas. The position is unpaid, however we’re happy to support applications for external funding may you be aware of it. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter (pdf version), indicating period of availability, to:francescaferuglio@nazdeek.org

Deadline for applications for July- September: 15th May 2015.

Summer opportunity at UW CoMotion!

CoMotion has an opening this summer for a student with an electrical engineering/computer science background. UW CoMotion accepts legal interns and externs (“interns”) who seek to learn about protecting and managing the University’s intellectual property. The IP legal interns assist Patent Agents/Attorneys and/or a Copyright/Trademark Manager in evaluating, protecting, and commercializing the University’s intellectual property. To apply, please send a resume, a short statement of interest in the body of the email (including interested position and terms), and an unofficial law school transcript (and undergraduate transcript for patent interns) to Scott Smith at ssmith73@uw.edu. – See more here.