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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 amy@educationvoters.org 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
  • Erica.Sumioka@va.gov
  • 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 dmcgee@baylegal.org

Application Deadline: 05/22/2015 – See more at: https://www.psjd.org//opportunitydetails?OppID=59429#sthash.riBQ1uWv.dpuf

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 jobs@columbialegal.org

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).

ACLU SECOND CHANCES PROJECT STAFF ATTORNEY (Full-time)

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 Jobs@aclu-wa.org 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 http://www.ACLU-WA.org/AboutUs/Jobs.

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:  http://www.sioi.org/pages/en/home.php

 Student inquiries and requests for assistance with the application process should be directed to Giuseppe Leporace (glepo@uw.edu).

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—www.yaleghjp.org). 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 health.justice@yale.edu, cc-ing gregg.gonsalves@yale.edu