Don’t miss the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference in NY

August 5-8: Lavender Law Conference 

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, individual career counselors, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.

Information for students

Over 450 candidates and 150 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2014 career fair in New York City.

Click here for a list of recruiters participating in the 2015 Lavender Law® Career Fair

Learn more about recruiting at the 2015 Lavender Law® Career Fair

  • Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment.
  • Sponsors are encouraged to take this opportunity to showcase their diversity efforts to top level law students and lateral candidates from around the country.

Students: To learn how to get the most out of your experience at Lavender Law, watch this short video.

White saviors and the Civil and Human Rights Coalition response to UN Human Rights recommendations for the U.S.

June 16: Student Volunteer Opportunity- Customs & Border Protection NGO Work Group Meeting: NOTE TAKERS NEEDED

On June 16th, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security will be holding a major meeting of the CBP-NGO Work Group in Seattle, WA.  The CBP-NGO Work Group is a network of national and community based civil rights and civil liberties organizations actively working with CBP to strengthen accountability and transparency within this federal agency.  Topics likely to be covered include, but are not limited to, the use of profiling of racial and religious minorities, the feasibility of body worn cameras as a transparency and accountability tool, agency responsiveness to civil rights complaints and requests for information through the federal Freedom of Information Act, and treatment of migrants (including unaccompanied migrant children) at the border and in CBP custody.  This is the first meeting of this Work Group in a northern border state.  Organizations participating in the event include the ACLU, the Latin American Working Group, the Northern Borders Coalition, the Southern Borders Community Coalition, the National Network of Arab American Communities, and other national and local organizations.  Individuals interested in volunteering as note takers should contact Hajer Al-Faham of OneAmerica (  Deliberations are intended to be off-the-record and closed to the media.

Annual NGO Ranking Shows “White Savior” Status Quo Remains Intact by Fairouz El Tom 

Teju Cole wrote that a white savior is someone who “supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.”

Global_Geneva recently released its third annual top NGO ranking, and unfortunately, it’s more of the same. In 2013, I reviewed the board profiles of the previous, focusing on their gender balance and diversity, and links to the tobacco, weapons, and finance industries. The findings were troubling. Many of the listed NGOs were not adequately diverse or representative, and over half had links to the above industries.

This year’s ranking reveals similarly disturbing trends. Though 78 percent of the activities of the NGOs listed take place in the majority world, the ranking remains skewed towards NGOs headquartered in the West (64 percent). This once again sends signals about who has value and expertise, and reinforces the fallacy that citizens of Western countries are best equipped to change the world.

Continue reading here.

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to United Nations Human Rights Recommendations for the U.S.

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the release of recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council following its Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. human rights record on May 11 in Geneva. The United States has until September 2015 to indicate whether it will accept or reject each of the Council’s 348 recommendations:

“The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review is an important process for holding nations accountable for their human rights records, and we’re pleased that in its review of the United States, many members of the Council have included recommendations raised by The Leadership Conference.

Among those recommendations are a call for the U.S. to reform its criminal justice system, including ending racial profiling, addressing the excessive use of force by police, and adopting a moratorium on the federal death penalty with a view toward its abolition. The Council also recognized that the United States still lacks a national human rights institution and is recommending the creation of a more robust domestic mechanism charged with implementing human rights obligations and treaty recommendations in the United States. We have urged the White House to take concrete steps to develop a systematic and effective interagency mechanism to advance implementation.

In addition, many members of the Council called on the United States to ratify international human rights treaties from which the United States is still not a party, particularly CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) and CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).  We urge the Obama administration to continue to pressure the Senate to ratify these fundamental human rights treaties.

We look forward to working with the administration and the Senate to achieve these goals.”

Wade Henderson is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit

Judge may send letter encouraging lawyers to do pro bono work, ABA ethics opinion says BY DAVID L. HUDSON JR.

An ABA ethics opinion issued today concludes that a state supreme court justice may sign a letter on the justice’s stationery that is then mailed by the state’s unified bar association to all lawyers licensed in the state encouraging them to meet their obligations to perform pro bono work. Rule 6.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct encourages—but does not require—lawyers to perform 50 hours of pro bono work per year.

Formal Opinion 470 (PDF), issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, concludes that a judge may send a general letter encouraging lawyers to engage in pro bono or other public service work without violating Rule 3.7 of the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Rule 3.7(B) states: “A judge may encourage lawyers to provide pro bono publico legal services.” Comment 5 to Rule 3.7 explains that “a judge may promote broader access to justice by encouraging lawyers to participate in pro bono public legal services, if in doing so the judge does not employ coercion, or abuse the prestige of judicial office.”

In its opinion, the Ethics Committee states that, “Although signing a letter encouraging lawyers to perform pro bono services is not one of the specific activities listed as permissible in comment 5, the committee thinks the rules do not prohibit a judge from sending the encouraging letter described in this opinion.” The committee notes that its conclusion is in accord with at least two other opinions issued at the state level.

The opinion also states that a judge’s efforts to encourage pro bono activities by lawyers must be in accord with Rule 3.1 of the Judicial Conduct Code. While Rule 3.1 permits judges to engage in extrajudicial activities, those activities may not interfere with the proper performance of the judge’s judicial duties; lead to frequent disqualification of the judge; appear to a reasonable person to undermine the judge’s independence, integrity or impartiality; or appear to a reasonable person to be coercive.

Formal Opinion 470 urges judges to consider several factors before sending a letter encouraging lawyers to engage in pro bono work, including the number of lawyers who will receive the letter; the number of judges serving the jurisdiction; whether the letter is a personalized correspondence or a general plea to the bar as a whole; whether there will be some form of post-letter monitoring; and the tone of the letter.

States with unified bars require all lawyers licensed in the jurisdiction to be members of the association. Unified bars exist in 30 states plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

This week we have jobs from education, to LGBTQ rights, to clean energy, and more!

Safe Schools Coalition – Summer internship/externship opportunity

Safe Schools Coalition, located in Washington State, is a public-private partnership, in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, queer and questioning youth, working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

 The primary project for the law student will be a combination of a Know Your Rights guide and resources for the Safe Schools Coalition Website that help students and parents address issues of discrimination within the K-12 educational setting.

There may also be opportunities for outreach and collaboration with organizations like ACLU, Legal Voice, Team Child, and more.

 To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

 Cover letters should be addressed to:

 Jill Mullins-Cannon

600 Winslow Way E, Suite 232

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

LAW Advocates – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR position is now open

Whatcom County’s award-winning volunteer lawyer program, LAW Advocates, is seeking an Executive Director. LAW Advocates is a nonprofit entity that provides free legal services to qualified low income residents in Whatcom County via direct referral to volunteer attorneys or a host of specialized legal clinics and programs.  LAW Advocates enjoys strong support and participation from the local bar association and works closely with state access to justice partners.

The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of LAW Advocates, implements policies and objectives established by and at the direction of the Board of Directors, and directs the operation of LAW Advocates in all areas, including program supervision, administration and development; finance; staff management; general administration; grant and fundraising efforts and event coordination; volunteer  management and recruitment; and community and public relations.

 Bachelor’s degree required, non-profit management experience, legal experience or JD with current license to practice in Washington strongly preferred. 30-40 hours per week. Salary/benefits $45,000-$55,000 DOE. For complete job description and a description of our programs, visit our website at Send resumes to Hiring Committee, P.O. Box  937, Bellingham, WA 98227 or via email to:  No phone calls please.

Climate Solutions – Washington Director

 Climate Solutions is looking for a senior level person to provide leadership and cohesion to Climate Solutions’ Washington-based work to maximize the organization’s impact in statewide policy advocacy and in our programs.

 Climate Solutions is building the biggest campaigns and programs in the organization’s history, and seeks a hungry leader to accomplish ambitious objectives. The best candidate is inspirational, a strong manager, knowledgeable about climate and clean energy policy, and can build powerful partnerships with a diverse array of players across Washington.

 Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity go hand-in-hand. We are at the forefront of globally significant campaigns, including the West Coast Climate Campaign and Power Past Coal, in partnership with dozens of allies. Through our Business Partnership Program, New Energy Cities, and Sustainable Advanced Fuels programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional, and national action on climate and clean energy. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit

This is a full time, exempt position based in Seattle, Washington.


  • Email a résumé, cover letter and at least three professional reference contacts in PDF format to
  • Please put WASHINGTON DIRECTOR APPLICATION as the subject line of the email and address the cover letter to Gregg Small, Executive Director.
  • Please label the cover letter and resume with your last name.
  • In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
  • This position is open until filled, but priority review will be given to candidates who have submitted their applications by June 4th.  Applications received after that date may be reviewed in a second round.


CEOS is currently looking for 5 to 6 law students to volunteer part-time in the Fall of 2015. Those selected will work directly with the Section’s trial attorneys and management on a variety of assignments, ranging from researching and drafting legal memoranda, motions, warrants, indictments and other court filings, to assisting in investigations and prosecutions of child exploitation and obscenity offenses.

Please send applications no later than June 1, 2015 for consideration.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript to:


Fax: (202) 514-1793

Due June 1: AMERICANS UNITED FOR LIFE (AUL) – Summer 2015 Externship

Americans United for Life (AUL), a national public interest law and policy organization defending human life through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts, seeks highly-qualified and motivated law students to serve as legal externs for the Summer of 2015. The externship is unpaid and may be undertaken for credit (as approved by the extern’s law school) or to fulfill other graduation requirements.

Applications will be accepted and considered on a “rolling basis.” The deadline for the Summer 2015 program is June 1, 2015.  Students wishing to pursue an externship for law school credit should apply early to ensure that registration and other requirements are met. Send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to with “Summer 2015 Externship” in subject line. For more information, email or call (202) 289-1478.

Due June 1: Northwest Justice Project – Development Director

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is the largest publicly funded civil legal aid organization in Washington. As a statewide non-profit law firm, NJP provides legal services to low-income persons and communities facing problems affecting basic human needs. Through legal advocacy, NJP addresses the harsh impacts of social and economic inequity, such as loss of housing, health care or family safety, in ways other human services organizations cannot.

Although NJP receives federal and state funding for civil legal aid, the amount is not sufficient to address or keep pace with the growing demand for legal assistance. In order to generate philanthropic revenue to fortify its long-term sustainability, NJP is undertaking a significant commitment to private fundraising. NJP seeks its first full-time Development Director to implement fundraising strategies in the areas of annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, and special events.

The Development Director will work closely with NJP’s Executive Director, board, and staff to create and execute on achievable fund-raising goals. The Development Director is part of the leadership team at NJP and will implement and manage NJP’s comprehensive fund development and stewardship program. The ideal candidate is an experienced fundraiser, an excellent communicator, collaborative, highly organized, detail-oriented, and flexible enough to assume a range of roles: no task is too big or too small.

The successful candidate is passionate about fundraising to promote justice for low-income individuals, families, and communities, and has a proven track record as a successful fundraiser who can prioritize and manage multiple work streams simultaneously while meeting critical deadlines. Such a candidate is a self-starter who can work independently, and in collaboration with NJP partners and stakeholders. This individual will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, exceptional written and oral communication skills, navigate a complex statewide multi- location entity, engage with staff, external partners, and stakeholders, and work cooperatively with NJP’s leadership team

To Apply: Salary based on experience. NJP offers an attractive benefits package. Submit a letter of interest, current resume, writing sample, and sample fundraising plan to Karen Holland, NJP Human Resources Director: – Subject Line: Development Director Position.

Due June 19: LEGAL FELLOW – CLEAN ENERGY (2015-2016)

Help accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid! The Clean Coalition is looking for a full-time, paid legal fellow to make a one-year commitment (Summer 2015-Spring 2016) to assist with the following tasks:

  • Research, draft, edit, fact check, proofread, and file comments, testimony, motions, and other documents with public utilities commissions and other energy agencies in California and other states.
  • Develop proposals for local renewable energy programs and policies.
  • Participate in workshops, hearings, and energy policy events.

About the Clean Coalition: The Clean Coalition ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid.

Application Instructions:

  • Please email your application to Brian Korpics at
  • Use “Legal Fellow 2015-2016” in the subject line of your email.
  • Attach your resume, a short writing sample (approximately 5 pages), law school transcript, and a list of references.
  • The deadline to submit is June 19th, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Congratulations to the 2015 members of the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Congratulations to the 2015 Members of the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society

 Fulfilling the promise of equal justice through public service.

UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Program and Honors Society recognizes members of our law school community (students, faculty and staff) who commit to providing high quality pro bono legal assistance and community service. We encourage law students to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation (30 hours for LLM and PhD students). By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.

Pro Bono Student of the Year: Erin Apte

Pro Bono Faculty/Staff Member of the Year: Anita Ramasastry

Community Service Staff Member of the Year: Laurie Carlsson

2L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Sarah Tatistcheff

1L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Travis Mann

Student Pro Bono Leadership Awards

  • Audrey Frey
  • Bruna Estrada
  • Camille McDorman
  • Clive A. Pontusson
  • Cody Ryan Mullikin
  • Laura Kathleen Daugherty
  • Lindsay Donahue
  • Mariah Ferraz
  • Martha Muldowney
  • Melody W. Young
  • Zyanya Breuer

Student Pro Bono Certificates of Recognition

  • Aaron Brinckerhoff
  • Ada da Silva
  • Alex Sidles
  • Audrey Frey
  • Baily Mullins
  • Brittany Tri
  • Bruna Estrada
  • Camille McDorman
  • Catherine Moore
  • Catherine Willis
  • Claire Carden
  • Claire Sullivan
  • Clive A Pontusson
  • Cody Ryan Mullikin
  • Crystal Rose O’Grady
  • David Russell
  • Desiree Phair
  • Ellie Page
  • Frederic Dallan Sawyer
  • Gina Topp
  • Hathaway Burden
  • Inwoo Lee
  • Jeffrey Musto
  • Jeremy Wood
  • John Marlow
  • Joseph F. Hayes
  • Kaitlyn Kelly
  • Katy Reed
  • Laura Kathleen Daugherty
  • Lindsay Donahue
  • Lydia Ansari
  • Mala Bhatt-Mehta
  • Mariah Ferraz
  • Martha Muldowney
  • Martina Kartman
  • Melody W. Young
  • Meredith Conley
  • Neil S. Brown
  • Phoebe Huang
  • Pia Fertilio Olmos
  • Reid E. McEllrath
  • Samantha Deighton
  • Sarah McEahern
  • Siana Danch
  • Sophia R. Posnock
  • Steven McKevett
  • Tadeu F. Velloso
  • Tomer Vandsburger
  • Valerie Walker
  • Weston LeMay
  • Yutaka Ishida
  • Zoe Alexandria Wong
  • Zyanya Breuer

Faculty/Staff Pro Bono & Community Service Certificates of Recognition

  • Kim Ambrose
  • Bob Anderson
  • Michael Atkins
  • Dawn Bell
  • Aline Carton-Listfjeld
  • Lauren Collins
  • Julia Gold
  • Lenny Hom
  • Jackie McMurtrie
  • Esther Park
  • Terry Price
  • Kelly Ruhlig
  • Ann Spangler
  • Michele Storms
  • Kellye Testy

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:  Rolling


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

Apply for the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program (Applications due June 1)!


Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides all types of civil legal assistance. Members mainly focus their service on Equal Justice Works’ priority areas, which include removing barriers to employment and housing, serving the legal needs of veterans, and providing disaster relief.


AmeriCorps JD Members are students enrolled at Equal Justice Works’member law schools, who serve at a variety of organizations as detailed here. Qualifying organizations include those that host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or privately-funded Equal Justice Works Fellows (click here for a list of current Fellows and host organizations), those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation, State Offices of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans Treatment Courts.

To see examples of our AmeriCorps JD Members in action, please review one of our AmeriCorps JD Success Stories.

For more information about serving as an AmeriCorps JD Member, including education award benefits, please visit I want to apply to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD.


If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to

New local, national, and international job postings!

League of Educated Voters – SENIOR POLICY ANALYST

The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for understanding and leading work in education policy at the federal, state, and local levels. The position will support internal efforts to develop policy goals based on research and promising practices. Areas covered may include, but are not limited to: an overall understanding of the public education system in Washington state from cradle to career; education funding; systemic challenges and education outcomes for subgroups of students who have historically underperformed (such as but not limited to students of color, low-income students, students receiving special education services, and ELL students); increasing the quality of instruction students receive; increasing the level of academic rigor students experience; improving access, affordability, and completion rates in postsecondary education; creating more positive school climates; and early learning.

To accomplish this, the Senior Policy Analyst works closely with LEV’s Government Relations, Communications, and Field teams, as well as LEV external partners and coalitions. The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Policy Director

To Apply Please submit in one email:

  • 1) A cover letter
  • 2) A résumé
  • 3) A writing sample (as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF)
  • 4) A brief description of the goal of the writing sample and the intended audience Please send the email to with “LEV Senior Policy Analyst position – [First and last name of the applicant]” as the subject heading.

For the writing sample, please submit something that is preferably: • 2–4 pages in length (excerpts from a longer piece are acceptable) • Regarding a policy issue you are knowledgeable about (preferably, but not necessarily, regarding education)

Due May 20: Internship with Seattle Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel

Major practice areas include torts (medical malpractice, personal injury, property damage), employment law, information law (FOIA, HIPAA, Privacy Act, VA confidentiality statutes), health care law, employee ethics and bioethics, and contracts. If we can’t provide a litigation experience during an internship/externship, our local U.S. Attorney’s office partners with us to offer an opportunity to observe a court proceeding.

We enjoy working with students and volunteers, and are grateful for the substantive work provided by them. Our goal is to fashion a part-time or full-time experience that meets your needs and interests, as well as ours. Please submit your application materials (cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample) to the following by May 20, 2015:

  •  Erica E. Sumioka
  • Staff Attorney
  • Fax: (206) 220-6105
  • Phone: (206) 220-6102 x 3509

Due May 22: BAY AREA LEGAL AID Attorney Position

We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to split time between our Legal Barriers to Employment Project (LBEP) and our San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (SFMLP). LBEP is an innovative project that offers a comprehensive approach in assisting welfare recipients with civil legal problems which interfere with their ability to obtain or retain employment and/or education and training.  Common legal issues include: suspended professional and driver’s licenses, criminal records, child support obligations, unemployment insurance, immigration, and access to public benefits.  The position also requires advocacy at administrative hearings, court appearances, impact policy advocacy, and community outreach.

The SFMLP provides legal assistance to clients whose access point to our services is through San Francisco General Hospital’s (SFGH) Family Health Center. The attorney will focus on civil legal services designed to meet the individualized needs of patients and their families. Advocacy will be across practice areas, including housing, health access, public benefits (e.g. SSI, CalWORKs, and General Assistance), immigration, and education. The successful applicant will be expected to run on-site legal clinics at SFGH’s Family Health Center. Client representation will include interviews, negotiations with governmental agencies/opposing parties, research and writing, and representation at administrative and court proceedings. The attorney is expected to train health professionals on issue-spotting and triage of the civil legal needs of their patients and to engage in outreach with social services and other community organizations. The attorney will be working on-site at SFGH at least one day per week.

We encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before May 22, 2015. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: David McGee, Director of Human Resources at

Application Deadline: 05/22/2015 – See more at:

Due May 22: Columbia Legal Services – Children and Youth Project Gates Policy Assistant 

The Children and Youth Project of Columbia Legal Services is looking for a temporary policy assistant for our School Housing Connection Project. The assistant will work with attorneys in the Seattle Office to develop policy options to improve education outcomes and housing options for Washington’s 32,494 homeless students. The assistant will work closely with staff to collect and evaluate all relevant research and data that will be used to create a compelling public policy narrative to address student homelessness.

Deadline to apply is May 22, 2015. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. We will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. No phone calls please. If e-mailed, please make CYP Gates Policy Assistant your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume and two references to:

  • Trisa Kern, Director of Program Administration Columbia Legal Services
  • 101 Yesler Way, Suite 300
  • Seattle, WA 98104

Summer Extern/Internship with the Sexual Violence Legal Service in King County

 The Sexual Violence Legal Service program’s mission is to improve the legal response to survivors of sexual violence through legal assistance, consultation and referral services, education and training. SLVS provides free, comprehensive legal services to survivors in King County including direct legal representation in many areas of law (protection orders, family law, civil rights, privacy, employment, housing, immigration, etc.). SVLS also offers legal information and referrals through a hotline, and legal consultations/limited legal services. The SVLS service region includes all of King County and Snohomish County.

The position includes three primary components:

  1. Casework. The student will have the opportunity to work on SVLS cases, including working directly with clients, under the supervision of an SVLS attorney. The student’s participation in these cases will include many aspects of casework, such as case planning, client interviews, communication with opposing counsel and witnesses, discovery, drafting pleadings, etc. It is unlikely to include court appearances, even if the student is Rule 9 eligible, but exceptions will be considered.
  2. Research/writing for publication. The student will work with SVLC to research and begin writing one or more law journal articles related to the application of the Rules of Evidence in criminal sexual assault cases and Sexual Assault Protection Order cases. Depending on the degree of a student’s involvement in the preparation of an article, co-authorship credit may be considered.
  3. Other research/writing. SVLS will be working on one appeal of an SVLS case this summer, as well as working on amicus briefs in one or more other appeals, and the student may assist with drafting these briefs. The student may also assist SVLS in assembling sample briefing and other resources (such as a training curriculum) that will be used to train pro bono attorneys.

    SVLS is interested in adapting the externship to match the student’s interests and skill set. For example, the student will have the opportunity to identify what types of cases interest them most, and SVLS will attempt to provide the opportunity to work on that sort of case (for example, an immigration case, a civil protection order case, or a motion regarding the victim’s privacy rights in a criminal case).


The ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) invites applications for the position of Second Chances Project Staff Attorney. The Second Chances Project Staff Attorney is a member of the ACLU of WA’s Legal Department, and uses a broad range of litigation and advocacy tools to ensure that individuals with criminal history have meaningful pathways to rebuild their lives and fully integrate into society. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for civil rights and criminal justice reform and the ability to use a variety of tools – litigation, policy advocacy, and community education – to achieve systemic reform. This position reports to the Legal Director and is currently funded for four years.

To apply, email a letter of application and resume to and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Second Chances Project Staff Attorney. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at

Intern for one or two months (June-July) at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization) in Rome, Italy.

SIOI is a UN agency located in Palazzetto Venezia, Rome, and its institutional aims are diplomatic and international training, gathering research and information on topics in international organization, international relations, international cooperation, and international protection of human rights.

 We believe that this will be a remarkable experiential learning opportunity for our students, particularly but not exclusively for those students in the fields of Political Science, Law, and International Studies/Relations. While interning at SIOI, UW students will have an opportunity to be involved in the organization of international events, assist with receptions and lectures by heads of states and Ambassadors hosted at SIOI, and, importantly, they will be granted access to the rich archives of SIOI for their own academic research.

 These SIOI internships are not paid. However, last year two UW who participated in SIOI internships applied for special grants within and outside of the UW in order to cover some of the financial costs for their stay in Rome.

 I encourage you to call this opportunity to the attention of qualified students. For further information about SIOI activities please visit:

 Student inquiries and requests for assistance with the application process should be directed to Giuseppe Leporace (

Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice

The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a two-year position designed for graduates of law and public health schools as well as other health professionals with experience in domestic and/or international health policy and advocacy who are interested in preparing for a career in global health justice or interdisciplinary clinical teaching. The Fellow will supervise the experiential learning component of the Global Health Justice Partnership (the “Practicum”) and help to coordinate the activities of the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP— The Fellowship is supported through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights.

The Clinical Fellow will have the opportunity to work on other GHJP projects outside of the Practicum and develop other courses for the GHJP with the faculty director and co-directors and to engage in his or her own scholarly research and writing. At the current time, the GHJP is working on projects related to access to HCV drugs in the US (and in particular in state prisons); research and advocacy to protect and advance the regulatory authority of the US FDA and our evidence base around medicines; next steps in research and community support for advocates working at the intersection of health and the criminalization of selling sex in the U.S.; the role in law and policy for new findings on the use of sexual violence in conflict; and the scope of the meaning of ‘gender’ in the international women’s and human rights machinery. The GHJP also runs a student fellowship program that brings graduate and professional students from around the university together once each month with leaders in global health justice and researchers in the field.  We also host visiting scholars and activists at Yale and hosts lectures and workshops several times a semester.  The Clinical Fellow would assist in shaping and coordinating these other activities as well.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately. We encourage interested applicants to submit the required materials by 1 July 2015, as the initial round of interviews will be conducted by telephone in the first two weeks of July, with secondary interviews conducted in-person in New Haven, CT, during the following two weeks. All interested parties should submit their applications by 1 August 2015by 5PM Eastern Time. The position will begin 1 September 2015, though there is flexibility in the starting date.  

Applicants should send a resume, a letter making the case for their candidacy, contact information for three references, and a writing sample by email at to, cc-ing

Happy Friday! Here are some events to look forward to!

May 20: Importance of trafficking laws for legal service and employment attorneys

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act has become an important tool for attorneys who represent vulnerable low-wage workers. Join us as we talk to Spring Miller and Stacie Jonas–the former and current managing attorneys of the Human Trafficking Team at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid–about the importance of trafficking laws for legal services and employment attorneys.

Be sure to read their new Clearinghouse Article, Using Anti-trafficking Laws to Advance Workers’ Rights.

May 27-May 29: UW Center for Communication, Difference and Equity Opening Events

This is a friendly reminder of the University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) opening with three days of opening events from Wednesday, May 27th-Friday, May 29th.  We would love for you to join in on the events!

 Three events that we would like to highlight are: on Wednesday, May 27, a cross-cultural communication workshop with Rosetta Lee, “What I Said and What I Meant,” on Friday, May 29th the CCDE will host an all-day conference, Why Communication? Why Difference?  Why Equity?: A Diversity Intervention for the 21st Century.”

Dr. Herman Gray (Professor and Chair of Sociology, UCSC) will give the Earl and Edna Stice keynote lecture, and Precarious Diversity: Media, Representation, and Inequality,” Lisa B. Thompson (playwright and Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies, UT Austin) will give a staged reading of her play The Mamalogues.

 For more information on all of our events and to RSVP, please visit  UWCCDEOpening.eventbrite.comA flier with the full Opening schedule is also attached to this email.

 If you have any questions, feel free to email CCDE Program Manager, Erika Samson at

June 19: Alliance for Equal Justice 2015 Summer Intern Orientation

Are you a law student who is interning or externing for an 
Alliance for Equal Justice or other Washington State civil legal organization this summer?

 Join this annual orientation (9:00am – 3:00pm) to learn more about the Alliance for Equal Justice, develop client skills that will enhance your summer experience, and connect to dozens of other law students and practicing attorneys.

WSBA Conference Center (1501 4th Avenue, Seattle) | Gonzaga University School of Law (721 N Cincinnati St, Spokane)

 Space is Limited! Register by Friday, June 5

 Can’t Attend in Person? Come in person to take advantage of small group and networking activities, or watch live via webcast if you can’t make it. Indicate your preferred location/method of attendance at registration.

 Questions? Please contact Jennifer Werdell,

Looking for summer reading? We’ve got you covered.

May 13: LBAW Clinic in need of volunteers!

Saludos LBAW Members and Supporters-

We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for this month’s LBAW/Schroeter Goldmark Legal Clinic coming up tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th  at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.  We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help! 

PLEASE consider volunteering this month and throughout the rest of 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.

Just complete the Volunteer Application.  

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law 
  • Immigration
  • Criminal Law *especially high need in this area this month*
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law 
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant *especially high need in this area this month*

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Please spread the word (Clinic Flier).  If you have any questions or hesitations, you’re welcome to contact me anytime!   

Summer Reading: “New Literature Tackles Big Questions on Mass Incarceration” by James Kilgore

  • The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, Dan Berger, University of North Carolina Press, 2014
  • Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, Marie Gottschalk, Princeton University Press, 2014
  • A Costly American Hatred, Joe Dole, Midnight Express Books, 2015

Literature on mass incarceration comes in waves. Around the turn of the century, with the issue still largely off the radar, academics like David Garland, Christian Parenti and Marc Mauer led the way with books that aimed to put the expanding prison system into the public eye. Then came a second wave of important works, which highlighted the structural and racial dimensions of the “prison-industrial complex.” Among the most prominent of these were Angela Davis’Are Prisons Obsolete?, Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s Golden Gulag, various books by Loic Wacquant – and, of course, the most famous of them all, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander…

Continue here.

“Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness”  By Douglas Quenqua

Of the many rewards associated with becoming a lawyer — wealth, status, stimulating work — day-to-day happiness has never been high on the list. Perhaps, a new study suggests, that is because lawyers and law students are focusing on the wrong rewards.

Researchers who surveyed 6,200 lawyers about their jobs and health found that the factors most frequently associated with success in the legal field, such as high income or a partner-track job at a prestigious firm, had almost zero correlation with happiness and well-being. However, lawyers in public-service jobs who made the least money, like public defenders or Legal Aid attorneys, were most likely to report being happy.

Lawyers in public-service jobs also drank less alcohol than their higher-income peers. And, despite the large gap in affluence, the two groups reported about equal overall satisfaction with their lives.

Continued here.

Take a mid-May study break and browse through these job opportunities!


The Washington, DC’s Executive Office of the Mayor is opening their Summer L.E.A.D. DC Internship program by offering current law students and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Opportunities are vast and can range from public policy, business development, communications, finance, law, health and human services, intergovernmental affairs, and government operations.

Applications are now being accepted for the summer internship program. We are looking to accept students quickly so I highly encourage interested applicants to apply quickly. To apply, send me your resume and cover letter to

Due May 17: U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Fraud Division FALL 2015 EXTERNSHIP

The DOJ Civil Fraud Section enforces the civil False Claims Act, investigating and litigating multi-million dollar cases for fraud against the government, mostly in the areas of healthcare and defense. We are looking for highly qualified law student externs who can work 15 hours per week in Fall 2015, performing legal research and writing in support of these important cases. This press release describes our work. For more information, students can see  and check for other recent DOJ press releases. Interns have the chance to work side by side with our attorneys on some of our busiest cases.

Email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Assistant Director Sara McLean, Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due May 18: Fiscal Senior Legislative Analyst

The Council is seeking to hire one Senior Legislative Analyst with a strong background in navigating complex and controversial policy initiatives.  The Senior Legislative Analyst (SLA) is the third level in a five-level career path of professional staff that supports the Metropolitan King County Council and its committees.

 The Senior Legislative Analyst develops policy and fiscal options for council decision-makers and conducts analysis of legislation and issues that have profound and enduring impacts on how the county does business.  This position is currently assigned to the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and monitoring the county budget and other fiscal matters.
The Legislative Analyst is a salaried, overtime-exempt classification, and member of the Teamsters Local 117.
This position is open to all qualified candidates. The annual salary range for this position is $95,200.56 – $120,672.24 (DOQ) and includes an innovative and award winning employer with paid medical, dental and vision insurance as well as a generous vacation and leave program. To see all of King County’s benefits, please visit our website at:
A King County application is required to be considered for this opportunity. Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest with your application.
A complete job description can be downloaded by going to:

Due May 19: Deputy City Attorney – City of Bellevue

Performs a variety of complex administrative, technical, and professional work advising city officials as to legal rights and obligations and practicing other phases of applicable local, state, and federal law. Jointly oversees the advice and opinions function of the civil division, drafting of city council legislation, and other document review and drafting processes. Participates and leads in regional partnership or Inter-local projects with other local governments.  Assists with management of the Legal Department and serves as city attorney in his/her absence.

To view the full job description and apply online, please click here. You will be redirected to a different web site ( where you will be able to view the full job announcement and submit your application.

Due May 20: National Center for Youth Law – Executive Direction Position

The new Executive Director will serve as the organization’s principal strategist as well as its leader in other respects including management of the organization. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, the Executive Director will work to advance NCYL’s mission.

The Executive Director will represent NCYL in a variety of diverse communities and settings, and must be able to navigate relationships confidently, gracefully, and respectfully. The new Executive Director will be charged with establishing and maintaining partnerships with funders and other stakeholders key to NCYL’s operational success. The new Executive Director will share the values of deep collaboration, teamwork, and mentorship, as well as embrace the benefits of diverse perspectives.

The new Executive Director is expected to start work between July and October and will work from NCYL’s Oakland office.

Due May 22: FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION – Fall 2015 Clerkship

FTC’s Division of Financial practices is seeking two volunteer law clerks for Fall 2015. Candidates should have experience with, or an interest in, consumer financial services issues, such as mortgage and debt relief, mobile cramming, emerging payment systems, payday lending, and debt collection.

The selected law clerks will be integrated into the Division’s investigative and litigation teams. Students will have an opportunity to develop their writing, analytical, and investigative skills by drafting declarations and pleadings; interviewing consumers; reviewing discovery requests and responses; leading interview calls; and researching a wide range of novel legal issues.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, writing sample, and an unofficial transcript to Ms. Yaa Apori,, by May 22, 2015.

Due May 22: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Law Student Internship

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area that covers the southwestern third of the state of Texas, including the entire Texas-Mexico border region. TRLA also serves migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout Texas and six southern states (Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky). The 68 county service area includes the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Laredo, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.

The TRLA-EL Paso branch office just received a grant from State Bar of Texas’s Labor and Employment Law Section to support a labor/employment law school intern this summer.

This internship will focus on labor and employment law in the legal aid context. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s office in El Paso, Texas serves a large low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking population. We provide a variety of legal services to our clients, including housing and family law services, in addition to hosting a Homeless Legal Clinic. An intern would have the opportunity to work on some of these non- labor and employment matters, but the majority of the intern’s time would focus on labor and employment cases, outreach, and research.

Our office handles a variety of employment matters. We handle employment discrimination cases; employment disputes involving pay, hours, classification, and other matters; and complex, multi-party farmworker cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and various state common law claims. The intern that comes to our office this summer can expect to participate in various federal cases on behalf of farmworkers, who face specialized and fascinating employment issues, in addition to employment discrimination cases and other employment matters that may come up. The intern will also participate in outreach to the farmworker community on their employment rights.

This grant requires an intern to commit to working 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. The intern will be paid *$5,000.00* for the summer (this goes a long way in El Paso). The intern will be required to prepare a final report to submit to the State Bar of Texas’s Labor and Employment Law Section, which is sponsoring this grant. Spanish proficiency is preferred.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to TRLA’s Recruitment Coordinator, Monica Bustamante, at with a cc to TRLA-El Paso Branch Manager, Alberto Mesta, at . Deadline is May 22, 2015 at Midnight MST. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

On the Job! Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law is seeking a Director. The Center strives to advance access to justice for children and families, through advocating for law reform and supporting court and legal practice improvement. The Center, established in 1978, is a program of the American Bar Association. As part of the preeminent national association of nearly 400,000 lawyers, judges, legal educators, and law students, the ABA provides the Center a unique platform to accomplish this mission.

The position is responsible for the leadership and management of the Center. This includes leadership in identifying, establishing and implementing Center priorities, fund raising to sustain and grow the Center, supervising staff (14-18), conceptualizing and helping implement new projects, liaising with internal and external collaborators and entities, supporting ABA-wide initiatives and leadership, and speaking and writing on substantive legal matters involving children and the law. The Director is or will become a nationally recognized child law authority, representing both the Association and this specialized field of legal practice, and will possess a vision for, and demonstrated career commitment to, how the legal system interfaces with children and families.

All applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position please click here.

Port of Seattle – Paid Legal Internship Opportunity

The Port of Seattle is looking for interested 2L students who would like an opportunity to work with our Legal Department at the Port. We are seeking a hard-working, dedicated student who is interested in public service and making major contributions to the economic vitality of our region through careful legal analysis.

We are offering one, full-time paid internship this summer with possible extension that gives qualified candidates an opportunity to excel in their field of study and perform real, meaningful work to jump start their careers. In return, the port gains a fresh perspective from the next generation of attorneys and leaders. To review our full job description and apply, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Derek Bender.

Three awesome webinars coming up just for you!

May 12: Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness (a CLIO webinar)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET

How today’s busy lawyers can improve focus and productivity.

Is your mind constantly going at 150 mph? Do you find yourself wasting precious time on thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Do you struggle to keep your attention on a task? Are you always multitasking, unable to focus? Is stress or anxiety keeping you from doing your best work?

The practice of ‘mindfulness’ is gaining traction amongst modern professionals, and with good reason. In a world where distractions abound but productivity must remain at an all-time high, it’s imperative that lawyers stay focused, calm, and controlled.

Join Clio’s Lawyer in Residence, Joshua Lenon, and Jeena Cho, author of ‘The Anxious Lawyer’, as they cover how today’s lawyer can improve productivity and output while reducing stress and anxiety. In this free, hour-long webinar, you’ll learn:

  • tools for stress and anxiety management;
  • understanding the stress response;
  • practical mindfulness techniques you can employ in your daily life ; and
  • tips for increasing focus and productivity.

May 19: Join us for a Supporting Grandfamilies webinar at 2:00 PM EDT.

Register now!:

Grandfamilies or kinship families are raising 2.5 million children, and a fourth of all children in foster care. Grandparents, other extended family members and close family friends step forward, often at a moment’s notice, to raise these children. Research shows that the children fare well. They have more stability, less trauma, and a greater sense of stability than children raised by non-relatives. Although there are many benefits, acknowledged through federal law and its preferences for relative placements and connections, there are still many challenges. Relatives are often not told of their placement and legal options, and the benefits and services that can correspond with those options. They also may have trouble accessing school enrollment and health care for the children. This webinar will address the strengths and challenges of grandfamilies both inside and outside the foster care system. We will explore relevant federal laws, state care and custody options, and benefits and services. Attendees will come away with practical tools and resources to better serve grandfamilies. 

Presenter: Ana Beltran, Special Advisor and Attorney, Generations United. Moderated by Jerry Battle, Staff Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center 

There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. If you have any questions email

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

May 20: Hangout – Trafficking Laws as a Tool for Workers’ Rights

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act has become an important tool for attorneys who represent vulnerable low-wage workers. Join us for a Google+ Hangout on Air as we talk to Spring Miller and Stacie Jonas–the former and current managing attorneys of the Human Trafficking Team at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid–about the importance of trafficking laws for legal services and employment attorneys.

Be sure to read their new Clearinghouse Article, Using Anti-trafficking Laws to Advance Workers’ Rights.

This free event will take place on Wednesday, May 20, from 12:00 to 12:30 pm CDT.

Scholarship opportunity for 3Ls and new opportunity for those interested in Public Policy!

Attention 3LS: Loren Miller Bar Foundation’s Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship due May 15!

The Loren Miller Bar Foundation provides the Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship to deserving third-year law students of African/African-American descent and/or law students who possess a demonstrated commitment to improving the African-American community. The scholarship funds are provided expressly to offset the recipient’s Washington State Bar Exam preparation course expenses. For questions, please email The scholarship application may be downloaded at Deadline is May 15.

Graduating? Wondering about your education debt and loan repayment options? Don’t miss these great resources!

If you missed our recent presentations on financial planning and loan repayment options for graduates don’t fret- we’ve got you covered:

 Watch the Podcast: First, check out the podcast from our April 27 presentation here. To access the recording, click (or copy to browser address bar) the link below. You will be directed to a login page where you must enter your UW NetID and password before being directed to the download page. If you want to save the file, look for Save as (or similar command) in the File or context (right-click) menus.

 Download the power point: Wow, that went by too fast! Would you like to better understand what Aline Carton-Listfjeld was talking about in the podcast? Download the slides here.

 Get the resources: Access our basic checklist and resources so you can take control of your education debt.

 Still want more? Check out the free student debt relief webinars led by the our good friends at Equal Justice Works here.

Three UW Law Clinic Victories!

 Legislative Clinic (CAYLAC) Juvenile Records Sealing Bill:  Students have accomplished the passage of a far-reaching law that will impact tens of thousands of people who have been unable to seal their juvenile records because of the inability to pay court costs and other assessed legal costs. Congratulations are due to Erin McCann and her intrepid team!

IPNW Legislative Clinic Evidence Preservation Bill.   This year’s students saw through to passage a law to prevent the destruction of biological evidence.  Prior to the law’s passage, no statewide law governed the preservation of biological evidence.  IPNW has had to close many cases because testable evidence had been destroyed, so this issue was a high priority.  A shout-out to Lara Zarowsky and her team.

Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic Jury Trial:  Students Kiry Nelson and Claire Sullivan, completed a 2 day jury trial in the Tulalip Tribal Court today. After fairly brief deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty to the charge of Assault in the second degree. The defense, prepared for many weeks, was self defense. As you can imagine, the students were delighted to represent their client to this outcome.  Congratulations to Brenda Williams, Molly Cohan and the clinic students.

Concentration in Public Policy and Management (PPM) offered by the Evans School for PhD students from other UW academic units

The Concentration in Public Policy and Management offers University of Washington Ph.D. students in the social sciences and related applied fields an opportunity to broaden their background and credentials for the job market. To earn the concentration, students take a series of linked courses (21 credits) in the Public Policy and Management Ph.D. program at the Evans School of Public Affairs: