New judicial externship opportunities and a new art exhibit at UW!

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

“Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism” is up in Odegaard Library at UW-Seattle through June 30th (Hours & Map below).  The exhibit includes posters from a wide array of boycotts of the last 50 years (there’s even a Shell boycott poster!).

Map to Odegaard: uw.edu/maps/?oug (building & exhibit are wheelchair accessible)

Hours open to the public: M-F, 9am-7pm

Add video clip found here: http://boycott.afsc.org/

Judicial externship opportunities during Autumn Quarter 2015 and beyond

Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court is accepting applications for autumn quarter externships. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to ann.way@courts.wa.gov and by US mail to:

  • Justice Mary Yu
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • P.O. Box 40929
  • Olympia, WA 98504

 Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu by Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Cover letters should be addressed to: 

  • The Honorable Stan Bastian
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • PO Box 2706
  • Yakima, WA 98907

 In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

 Other justices and judges may also have openings for judicial externships. For information about these and other opportunities, please see the list here https://www.law.washington.edu/externship/private/ApprovedEmployerList.aspx?cat=Judicial_Externship.

 

Enjoy the summer sun and browsing through these new job opportunities

Due July 1: Attorney Advisers – Social Security Administration

Join the Social Security Administration as an Attorney Adviser and start your career as a member of the largest adjudicatory system in the western world!

Attorney Advisers write complex, legally sufficient decisions issued by our 1,500 Administrative Law Judges. They must be able to identify and research complex policy and legal issues, work independently, and possess excellent organization and writing skills.

We are hiring a large number of attorneys to assist our Administrative Law Judges in our hearings operations at our Richmond, California National Case Assistance Center (NCAC). With a workforce of more than 60,000 employees nationwide, we offer challenging and meaningful work and the opportunity for continued growth and advancement throughout your career. Best of all you will be helping those in need, on a daily basis!

Submit your application package via email to SF.CA.RO.HRC.Details@ssa.gov or fax to 510-970-2677. We will begin reviewing resumes as early as July 1, 2015.

Due July 1: PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION – Program Officer, Criminal Justice

The Public Welfare Foundation, a national foundation with assets of more than $500 million based in Washington, DC, is seeking a Program Officer who will oversee our grantmaking in the area of Criminal Justice.  The position reports to the President.

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice program is concerned that more than two million people are incarcerated in the United States – the largest inmate population in the world.  The number is growing daily, in large part because of harsh sentencing laws that impose excessively long sentences, even for non-violent offenders. The vast majority of prisoners are sentenced and housed in the states. Importantly, 60 percent of the people in prison are racial and ethnic minorities. Locking up increasing numbers of people – disproportionately people of color — at great expense to taxpayers, and later releasing them with little access to rehabilitation and drug treatment services, has not made our streets safe.

For eight years through our Criminal Justice program, the Foundation has worked to end overincarceration of adult offenders in the U.S., also aiming to reduce racial disparity. To advance this goal moving forward, the Program Officer will concentrate our grantmaking primarily on significantly reducing incarceration through sentencing reform. With more than 80 percent of prisoners sentenced and housed in the states, our program will focus largely on a range of reform efforts to reduce lengths of sentences affecting state prisoners.  

The Program Officer will confer with criminal justice policymakers, criminal justice agency leaders, scholars, and advocates to identify and assess opportunities for improvement and advancement which can help shape the grantmaking program and further refine our program guidelines. The Program Officer will engage with current grantees and seek out other potential grantees, work to develop ideas worthy of funding, review and evaluate grant applications, and recommend grant awards. S/he will network continually and develop relationships with knowledgeable experts, other grantmakers, policymakers, and community-based advocates to help support productive, innovative, and promising reform work within the field.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Applications are to be submitted via email only: hr@publicwelfare.org.

Due July 2: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES – Staff Attorney

Under the supervision of the Immigration Legal Services Division Director, the Staff Attorney will provide high quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Responsibilities include representing immigrants who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in immigration court and in various family courts.

  • Providing legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration and family court to obtain SIJS.
  • Representing minors in probate court, dependency court or family court to obtain predicate orders supporting SIJS.
  • In-office consultation for clients including asylum, U-visa, T-visa, VAWA, SIJS, detention and removal relief and any other applicable relief.
  • Representing clients in immigration court with asylum, cancellation, adjustment of status or any other applicable remedy.
  • Preparing and filing supporting documentation for court cases.
  • Researching and writing motions and briefs related to court cases.
  • Legal researching and writing for asylum cases.
  • Maintaining client databases, case notes, and files for caseload as determined with the Division Director.
  • Conducting community outreach to clients regarding available remedies under the Immigration Law.
  • Attending meetings and conferences as directed.
  • Keeping accurate records and maintains confidentiality.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are required to complete an IILA employment application. IILA will not accept resumes in lieu of an employment application. Send resume and application to:

Veronica Leon, International Institute of Los Angeles

3845 Selig Place

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 224-3800

vleon@iilosangeles.org

Due July 6: FINANCIAL INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY (FINRA) – Legal Externship

Ombudsman externs assist staff in reviewing issues raised by firms and their employees, public investors or any business or individual that voices concerns about operations, enforcement or other FINRA activities. Externs perform a variety of tasks including research, analyses and writing, document review, preparation for interviews, contributing to case responses, as well as providing assistance in developing reports to other FINRA business areas.

  • Externs in a Legal course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on securities industry rules and procedures.
  • Externs in a Business course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on historical Ombudsman case trends, as well as current industry practices.
  • Externs in a Dispute Resolution course of study may be assigned research and analysis pertaining to cases where Dispute Resolution knowledge is valued.

Applicants must apply through the Ombudsman extern posting on http://www.finra.org/AboutFINRA/Careers/index.htm. The cover letter should explain why the applicant is interested in the externship and the qualifications that make him/her an appropriate candidate. A list of references and a writing sample will also be required at the interview stage.

 All successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening test and a background check prior to starting work.

Due July 10: Partnership for Public Service – Public Service Fellows

The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows also receive the following stipends:

Full-time fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree receive $1000 per month. Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students receive $800 per month. Stipends for part-time fellows will be pro-rated accordingly.
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams
  • There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

The application for the Fall 2015 term closes on Friday, July 10. Apply today!

Due September 1: CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – Fall externship

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

Currently, we are working on a motion to enforce Flores v. Johnson (Case No. CV 85-4544-DMG (AGRx)), a class action settlement on behalf of children apprehended at the border. We are involved in policy work related to prisoners in solitary confinement and immigration reform. We are developing a report on the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. and also advocating for executive pardon and a parole hearing in the case of Mutulu Shakur.

The Center seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to social justice to help the Center advocate for prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable communities.

Law clerks will work closely with the Center’s Director and Staff Attorney in developing legal strategies, conducting legal and policy research, and developing advocacy projects and advocacy materials.

Applicants for Summer and Fall law clerk opportunities should provide a cover letter and a resume. Please send the completed package by email only to: Marta Escobar, Administrator, admin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Public Defender Association – Civil Rights Community Organizer

The Public Defender Association (PDA), a civil rights and justice system reform organization in Seattle, Washington, is launching a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, and HIV/AIDS to create healthy and just communities. Modeled after VOCAL-NY, the project is a semi-autonomous project of the Public Defender Association.

This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism. Applicants must be flexible, creative, and willing to start building from the ground up! The structure and method of this project will be closely modeled on VOCAL-NY, and the selected applicant will be expected to work with and receive guidance from VOCAL staff who are consulting on this effort, as well as from PDA staff.

Position Description

PDA seeks a talented individual interested in creating grassroots political power as part of a small, but dynamic, team. The community organizer will support leadership development, community empowerment and civic engagement among low-income people who are impacted by mass incarceration, and promote their participation in planning and policymaking that affects their lives.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. phone calls, data entry) are assigned as needed

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Patricia Sully, patricia [dot] sully [at] defender [dot] org. In the subject line, please put “Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls please.

The position will remain open until filled.

ACLU – VOTER ENGAGEMENT ADVOCATE (Yakima)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past year in Washington state, we’ve won a lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist, a major victory for Latino voting rights in Yakima, and a ruling that stops the horrific practice of warehousing mentally ill persons in jails without mental health treatment, and much more. The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

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 Voter Engagement Advocate. 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 www.ACLU-WA.org/AboutUs/Jobs.

NARAL PRO-CHOICE NY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH – Fall Legal Externship

The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York are affiliated organizations partner organizations that promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care in New York and in cities and states across the country. NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health works through a partnership model in cities and states across the U.S. to promote a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through strategic risk-taking and a focus on long-term change, the National Institute galvanizes public support, changes public policy, and expands access to reproductive health care, with a specific focus on abortion. By building connections between and among partner organizations, developing proactive policy strategies, and providing capacity-building assistance, we are strengthening local and state movements, and thus shifting the culture on the national level.

 The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern”. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Upcoming social justice events!

July 18-21: RESULTS International Conference in Washington, D.C.

The RESULTS International Conference is an opportunity to come together as a community calling for the end of poverty. Join us at the 2015 RESULTS International Conference on July 18-21 to learn new skills, hear from leading experts and take your message straight to Capitol Hill.
Who We Are
RESULTS is an international movement of grassroots advocates raising their voices to end poverty. Together we support long-term solutions to poverty by advocating for government programs and policies that address its root causes: lack of access to medical care, education, and opportunity to move up the economic ladder. We prove that ordinary people can create extraordinary change.

To learn more about RESULTS, visit www.results.org.

October 21-25: Save the Date! Law for the People 2015

Calling all activists, allies, and legal professionals! Join us for the NLG’s annual ‪#‎Law4thePeople‬ Convention,October 21-25 in Oakland, CA for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie.

This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international law, and much more.

More details coming soon… check back at nlg.org/convention and RSVP to the Facebook event to stay up-to-date on the latest news!

To check out highlights from last year’s #Law4thePeople Convention in Chicago, see the Summer/Fall and Winter issues of Guild Notes and the 2014 convention page.

Have you been thinking about writing a social justice based law review article? Here’s a new opportunity for you!

 Call for Human Rights and Social Justice Articles

About Us: The City University of New York Law Review (CUNYLR), a publication committed to promoting social justice scholarship, welcomes submissions related to our social justice mission. Our journal is affiliated with the City University of New York School of Law, one of the most diverse law schools in the nation. 

 Topics: We are currently seeking submissions for Executive Articles for our 19th volume (Winter 2015/Summer 2016), which will continue the journal’s tradition of advancing legal scholarship highlighting the touchstones of our publication’s work—including civil rights, progressive legal reform, the impact of the law on marginalized communities, international human rights, and attorney insights on law and organizing. We are also interested in reflections analyzing how recent developments in the law have affected public-interest practices in New York and beyond. 

 Guidelines

1) Articles should be at least 15,000 words (including footnotes).

2) We will also accept abstracts for article submissions to the Summer 2016 edition.

3) Citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.), andappear as footnotes rather than endnotes. 

4) Please include the following contact information with your manuscript: (name, e-mail, school/organization affiliation, mailing address, and phone number)

DeadlinesWinter 2015 

August 14, 2015 

Summer 2016 

Rolling Deadline 

Historic Washington Supreme Court Decision Impacts Juvenile Justice: Sealing Records Will Allow Thousands of Youth in Washington  a Second Chance

Today, in one of the biggest juvenile justice decisions in state history, the Washington Supreme Court sided with former juvenile offenders, Columbia Legal Services, and other organizations in ruling that juveniles can move past their youthful indiscretions in order to contribute fully to society. Writing for the Court in State v. SJC, Justice Mary Yu wrote that making juvenile records open to the public forever except in very limited circumstances would be inconsistent with the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system.

“Today’s decision opens up opportunities for young people while being good for public safety,” said Casey Trupin, Children & Youth Project Managing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “If young people are going to be able to move on with their lives and become productive members of society, they need to be unshackled from mistakes made as youth as is the case almost everywhere else in the nation.”

Echoing the brief of Columbia Legal Services, Justice Yu noted that the need for sealing was important to prevent unnecessary denials of housing, employment and education opportunities, and to prevent exacerbation of racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. Data indicate that an onerous sealing process especially impacts youth of color and youth from low-income communities, further worsening racial disparities within our society. Thousands of young people every year will be protected by today’s ruling, as well as more than a decade of laws that Columbia Legal Services helped to write and pass.

Alaska Supreme Court clerkship applications

The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for Fall 2016 for the Alaska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court is the appellate court of final authority in Alaska. There are five Supreme Court Justices. Four  justices are located in Anchorage, one justice is in Fairbanks. The Court of Appeals hears appeals in criminal and quasi -criminal cases (such as juvenile delinquency cases). There are three appellate judges, all located in Anchorage. Judicial clerks conduct legal research and prepare memoranda of law for judges or justices. Positions commence mid-August to early September 2016.

 Justice Craig Stowers will be conducting interviews for the whole Court at UW Law on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Justice Stowers will become Chief Justice in July.)

 To apply for positions in the Supreme Court and be considered for an interview with Chief Justice Stowers on October 1, applicants must submit the following: a cover letter, resume, a copy of all law school transcripts, and a brief writing sample which was not substantially edited by someone else. Two or three letters of recommendation from law professors or employers are also required to complete the application and be considered for an interview. All application material should be delivered to the Center for Public Service Law in Room 346 by Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Please note this date is earlier than deadlines posted on the Court’s website.

 You only need to submit one set of application materials, addressed to:

  •  Chief Justice Craig Stowers
  • Alaska Supreme Court
  • 303 K Street
  • Anchorage, AK 99501

 To request letters of recommendation from UW Law faculty, please use the LOR Tracker (https://www.law.washington.edu/students/forms/private/clerkship/default.aspx).

 General application guidelines and application procedures for lower courts can be found in guidelines set forth on the Alaska Courts webpage at http://courts.alaska.gov/hr/prosclerk.htm.

 If you are considering a post-graduate judicial clerkship an have not yet signed up for UW Law’s Class of 2016 judicial clerkship mailing list, please do so by clicking here (https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/judicialclerkships-2016) and following the instructions. Please include your full name to expedite the approval of your subscription request. We often send information about judicial clerkships to this mailing list rather than the entire student body. As you may have heard, some judges begin reviewing applications outside of any established recruiting schedule. We collect this information and share it as much as we can, but it is important for you to also do your own research into courts and judges.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Essential Security Measures at Washington’s Women’s Prisons

On Friday, June 12, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Washington’s Department of Corrections (DOC) may require that women correctional officers hold sensitive posts throughout the two women’s prisons, Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor and Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair. In so doing, the Court rejected an appeal from male correctional officers and their union which had challenged the employment of women correctional officers in housing units and other places where women prisoners are unclothed or require invasive body searches.

The Ninth Circuit reached its opinion after a long series of court battles which began in 2007 when Columbia Legal Services (CLS) brought suit in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia against the DOC on behalf of a class of women prisoners. Stemming from a number of incidents, the law suit, Jane Doe v. Clarke, alleged a widespread pattern of sexual abuse of women prisoners by male correctional officers stationed in housing units and other places in the women’s prisons.

 “This decision comes after a long course of litigation that resulted in safer and more secure women’s prisons,” said Melissa Lee, CLS Coordinating Attorney with the  Institutions Project  and representing the women prisoner class. “Before filing the original suit, only men supervised women in their housing units and in highly secure places where women were required to be pat searched or strip searched. This male-only staffing pattern led to significant levels of staff sexual misconduct. Placing women correctional officers inside the housing units and throughout the women’s prisons has ended this unfortunate practice. The courage of the women who came forward to report their abuse has once again been rewarded with a court ruling that protects all women inmates and ensures that their privacy is respected.

After initiation of the Jane Doe lawsuit, the DOC undertook a review of its women’s institutions, hired experts to provide recommendations and sought approval of plans to require women correctional officers to be posted in sensitive places in the prisons. With the introduction of these and other reforms, the women prisoners agreed to settle their lawsuit with DOC.

Following this settlement, Teamsters Local Union No. 117, the union representing correctional officers in Washington’s prisons sued the DOC in federal court in Tacoma. Though men continued to be employed in over half of the correctional officer posts in the women’s prisons even after introduction of the gender-appropriate designated posts, the Teamsters lawsuit nonetheless claimed that DOC’s women-designated posts discriminated against male correctional officers and violated federal anti-discrimination laws. CLS again represented the women prisoners and intervened in the District Court to protect the earlier court settlement and ensure that the privacy and security of women prisoners was not once again endangered.

 After U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle ruled against the Teamsters and dismissed their case, the union appealed to the Ninth Circuit (Teamsters v. DOC, 9th Cir. No. 13-35331 (June 12, 2015)). In its Friday ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that DOC correctly decided to require that women correctional officers supervise women prisoners where they shower, change and use the bathroom. The Court ruled that the privacy needs of women prisoners and the security needs of the prisons supported having women correctional officers present in the housing units. The Ninth Circuit pointed out that the unfortunate history of widespread male staff sexual misconduct against women inmates justified the measures DOC took at the behest of the class of women prisoners. The Court wrote: “The Department was well-justified in concluding that rampant abuse should not be an accepted part of prison life and taking steps to protect the welfare of inmates under its care.”

Kick back, relax, and check out some of these cool job opportunities

Due July 17: U.S. Dept of Health & Human Service, Civil Rights Division seeking recent grads for general attorney positions!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Civil Rights Division is seeking applicants with at least one year of legal experience post bar for two general attorney positions in Washington, D.C. at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($63,722 – 139,523).  The attorneys will provide legal advice and services to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in one position, in regard to the enforcement and administration of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules; and in the other position, in regard to civil rights issues with a primary focus on the on the enforcement and administration of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in certain health programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability.   Applications may be submitted until July 17, 2015.  See attached announcements for additional information.

Due August 15: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth – LEGAL ADVOCACY INTERN – FALL 2015

The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release.

The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.

Please email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due August 31: U.S. EPA 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, in Washington DC is taking applications for their 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program.  OGC operates a highly competitive, 12-week volunteer Summer Honors Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students) at an American Bar Association accredited law school.  OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience.  Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues.  Law clerks are also assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills. 

Please include the attached fact sheet and demographic form (vacancy announcement number blank) in your listings of available summer job opportunities.  Also, note that the application deadline is August 31, 2015.  For more information about OGC, please visit our website: www.epa.gov/ogc/summerhonors.htm.

If you have any questions, please contact me on (202) 564-0052.  

Due September 30: LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES (LAFLA) – VETERANS LEGAL CORPS FELLOW

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Manage independent veterans benefits and military discharge upgrade caseload, which includes interviewing clients, developing case plans, propounding discovery, legal research and filing claims;
  • Represent Veterans in administrative hearings before the Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;
  • Assume responsibility for major impact caseload including complex cases;
  • Place and supervise veterans benefits cases with pro bono attorneys and law students;
  • Staff community clinics for Veterans who are homeless and/or very low-income; and
  • Develop Materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.

HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90019; jobs@lafla.org; or via fax at (323)801-7945.

OXFAM AMERICA – DIRECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR DEPARTMENT (PSD)

A unique opportunity to spearhead Oxfam America’s Private Sector growth initiatives and evolving influence as a thought leader in applied social innovation and alliances and partnerships to co-create sustainable solutions to complex global challenges that enhance the rights and opportunities of the poor. As Sector Leader, this position serves as a key ambassador for all private sector initiatives including policy and campaign advocacy, direct collaboration with private sector industry leaders, innovation and expansion of sub sector and cross-sector initiatives, thought leadership forums, alliances with the NGO and philanthropic community, and more. Oxfam America seeks a mission driven leader who embraces complex challenges and whose goal is to make major sustainable impacts through the influence of private sector transformation.

To apply online, click here

Brennan Center for Justice in NYC Seeks UW Law Students to Apply for Fall Externship

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, to address the challenge of special interest money in our politics, to end mass incarceration, and to advance Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

Each semester, the Brennan Center hosts 4-5 law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and reforming our criminal justice system. Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes civic participation. Interns assist attorneys with litigation, scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. 

Interested students should go to http://www.brennancenter.org/Employment and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”): 

  • a cover letter explaining which particular program or programs they are interested in joining
  • a current law school transcript
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages
  • a current resume
  • contact information for three references

You may compile your documents and upload them here, or use the separate buttons for each document. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, you may also e-mail them to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with “Fall 2015 Legal Internship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. We accept applications and will fill positions on a rolling basis through September 14, 2015, but priority is given to applications received by July 17, 2015. We encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early.

On the Job! American Red Cross hiring an IHL Legal Advisor

The Legal Advisor will work as part of the IHL team where he/she will teach an IHL CLE/professional course; assist with research, writing and analysis on IHL and conflict-related issues; and will support the team in complementing and revising educational materials on IHL to highlight the contemporary relevancy of humanitarian issues. Knowledge of international humanitarian law required and a strong interest in international issues, public international law, human rights and international relations or related fields is essential. This position will report to the Director, International Humanitarian Law.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=56011&CurrentPage=1.

CLE – Dependency CASA program attorney training

June 26: DEPENDENCY CASA PROGRAM – PRO BONO ATTORNEY TRAINING

Join us on June 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200 Seattle, WA).

Speak Up For A Child: Be A Volunteer Lawyer For A Court Appointed Special Advocate

The Dependency CASA Program of King County Superior Court (CASA) seeks pro bono attorneys to represent CASA volunteers in litigation as they advocate for the needs and interests of children in foster care. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who care about kids and receive extensive training and supervision by court staff. After assignment to a case, the CASA volunteer then investigates the family situation, reviews documents and interviews everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the Court, recommending what they believe is best for the child and providing information that will help the Court make an informed decision. CASA volunteers may be the only constant the child knows as he moves through the labyrinth of the child welfare system.

What Can You Do?

We need enthusiastic volunteer lawyers to represent CASA volunteers at trial. Each year there are hundreds of trials in King County to determine the outcomes for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers have the best interests of the children in mind and need help advocating in Court. Your skills can help these children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. Dependency CASA Program legal staff will train you, match you to a CASA volunteer and case and provide you with assistance and consultation. You will develop your trial skills, become familiar with local judicial officers and gain confidence, ease and poise in court.

The CLE Will Cover:

We will cover the basics of Dependency Law (Chapter 13.34 RCW), preparing for and taking testimony from the CASA, cross-examining other witnesses, some common evidence problems and ethical issues that arise in representing CASA volunteers.

Please RSVP and Let Us Know You’re Coming

3.5 CLE Credits pending (.75 Ethics)

Email tashamcgee@dwt.com to RSVP or for further information.

Tips for success in federal government jobs and more!

Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Neuroscience (from NWSideBar)

“Neuroscience, Decisions and the Law.” Looking at the topic, one might think that the seminar speaker will be wearing a white lab coat and showing slides of CAT scans and lab rats. However, this seminar is actually an insightful presentation on how unconscious preconceptions and predispositions dramatically influence decision-making. This seminar is for anyone who cares about how hidden biases influence thinking and drive seemingly unconnected behaviors. If you care about any of the these topics, then you should go:

  • Understanding how people react to race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Understanding how deeply hidden preconceptions instantaneously influence perceptions at subconscious levels
  • Understanding why certain groups are profoundly underrepresented in the top ranks of the legal profession despite years of efforts by the Bar, bench, and society in general

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Finding jobs and turning heads in the federal government by Sam Halpert, PSJD Fellowo (2014-15)

3063021398_8be1b97954_o (1)The federal government is big and does a lot of stuff. [citation needed] Folks across the political spectrum approach this fact with various feelings, but it’s true. And with great scope comes great opportunity. Almost regardless of what your interests are as a lawyer, odds are some corner of the Fed might enable you to pursue them. If you’re in the midst of your job search and you haven’t taken a look around the government yet, you probably should. You never know what you might find.
USAJobs.gov handles so many different fields, it can be hard to find relevant information. The problem is, the federal government is big and does a lot of stuff. That means that taking a look around is far from simple. USAJobs.gov–the federal hiring portal– handles so many job notices in so many different fields, it can be hard to find relevant information. Moreover, once you find positions you want to apply to you’ll probably learn that the federal hiring process involves different conventions than most other employers.
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Nation’s first limited license legal technicians; seven from WA

Seven people have cleared a major hurdle to become the nation’s first limited license legal technicians. Nine people took Washington state’s first exam for limited license legal technicians, and seven of them passed. Washington is the first state with a program to allow limited license legal technicians to help litigants prepare legal documents and provide advice on legal procedures without a lawyer’s supervision. The seven applicants passed a test to work in domestic relations, the first practice area open to technicians in Washington’s program. The seven people will still have to show they have insurance and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. A licensing fee and trust account reporting are also required.”  (ABA Journal)

Enjoy the Seattle sun and some job opportunities today!

Want to learn more about career opportunities with the UN High Commission for Refugees?

UNHCR employs some 9,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.

This is something that our staff takes great pride of, despite the many hardships they face while working in deep field operations, at times close to or within conflict areas. Our greatest reward is to know that our work has a major positive impact and brings hope to people uprooted by conflict and persecution.

Join the organization and help make a difference at a time when more people than ever need our help.

UNHCR offers opportunities in a wide range of functional areas where you can achieve your professional goal to be a humanitarian.

To learn more about career opportunities at UNHCR click here.

Interested in Anti-Trafficking Work? Opportunity to Intern Remotely for US State Department this Summer!

An attorney at the US Department of State’s Trafficking in persons office – which compiles the annual trafficking in persons country reports, will be looking for some virtual interns for this summer.  Should you be interested, please email Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.   She will look into the requirements as to how this can be structured  (e.g. externship versus independent study credits).  

The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network is looking to hire an attorney

GAINThe Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN), a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation in immigration matters to persecuted asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, is seeking an Asylum Attorney to supervise and run our organization’s Asylum Project.

This is a very unique opportunity for a dedicated, creative and passionate individual who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.  The applicant must have the skill and ability to work with volunteer attorneys from the private bar and directly represent cases as well.

How to Apply: To apply for this position, please email cover letter and resume to Madeline Hall at mhall@georgiaasylum.org. Please apply by June 30th, 2015.

Due June 19: OneJustice – VETERAN LEGAL CORPS FELLOWSHIP (LOS ANGELES)

The Fellow will be charged with: (1) working with isolated and rural low-income communities to identify and understand unmet legal needs; (2) developing strategies to meet identified legal needs; and (3) building and mobilizing coalitions and partnerships—with other legal services nonprofits, community-based nonprofits, law schools, and law firms—aimed at providing much-need legal assistance to identified isolated and rural communities. The Fellow may provide the following types of assistance (among other possible forms of assistance) to isolated and rural communities: VA benefits; immigration (DACA, Naturalization, etc.); public benefits; workers’ rights; consumer debt; expungement; and housing.

 Since 2007, the Justice Bus Project has helped thousands of Californians in rural and isolated areas get access to free legal help by facilitating trips to these regions with pro bono attorneys and law students from California’s cities. To help meet the growing needs of underserved veterans and low-income Californians, OneJustice’s Fellow will be responsible for expanding the Justice Bus Project by identifying legal needs in rural and isolated areas of California. The Fellow will formulate and execute appropriate methods of assistance to meet those needs during one-day and overnight Justice Bus trips. In implementing these strategic responses to pressing legal needs, the Fellow will build partnerships with local legal services nonprofits, recruit pro bono attorneys and law students, and facilitate all necessary trainings to ensure effective and efficient use of pro bono resources. Instead of providing direct legal services to veterans and low-income residents, the Fellow will leverage the enthusiasm, skill, and time of pro bono attorneys and law students to increase the availability of free legal help available to California’s most vulnerable communities. The Fellow reports to OneJustice’s Senior Staff Attorney in Los Angeles and serves a vital role in the organization’s Pro Bono Justice team. Travel is required on Justice Bus trips and attendance at national conferences.

APPLICATION:  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please send applications to Amy Kaizuka via email to careers@one-justice.org with “Los Angeles Veterans Legal Corps Fellow” as the subject line. DEADLINE: June 19, 2015.  

Due July 10: RUDY EXELROD ZIEFF & LOWE, LLP seeks Associate (San Francisco)

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP is a leading law firm in the field of employee rights and protections, including both individual cases and wage and hour class actions.  We are interviewing candidates for an associate attorney position to work on a wide variety of cases, including those brought to enforce anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws and whistleblower protection and anti-retaliation laws. 

 Associates can expect to work on cases of varied subject matter in state and federal courts.  Associates work closely with partners, but they are afforded responsibility for their cases and significant opportunity to appear in court and before arbitrators.

 Compensation Salary is commensurate with experience, and the firm offers a complete benefits package.  Between two and five years of law firm or clerkship experience is required.

 Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe is an equal opportunity employer.  Female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

 For more information on our firm please visit our website: www.rezlaw.com 

Please submit cover letter and resume by July 10, 2015 to John Mullan at jtm@rezlaw.com.  Put “Associate Attorney” in your subject line

Due July 17: NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. (LDF) – Post-Graduate Fellowship (NYC)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Inc. (“LDF”) invites rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates to apply for LDF sponsorship for public interest fellowship projects to begin in the fall of 2016. Sponsorship will enable the applicant to submit proposals for consideration to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program, and/or similar programs, including fellowships offered by the applicant’s law school.

We seek to sponsor a public interest Fellow to address systemic obstacles and policies that underlie continuing racial disparities and discrimination. The Fellow will work with LDF attorneys and other staff on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, policymaking, and/or other forms of advocacy. Fellowship projects may include the following issues:

  • Education
  • Economic Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Voting Rights

Interested candidates should apply by sending the following materials: (1) a cover letter specifying the candidate’s interest in working with LDF and relevant experience; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references; and (4) a legal writing sample. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a brief description of potential project idea(s) in the cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis prior to July 17, 2015; however, applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible, as most relevant fellowships have deadlines in the early fall.

Please e-mail application materials toHUjobs@naacpldf.org with the subject line “[First Name + Last Name] – Fellow” and address the cover letter to:

Monica Garcia
Director of Human Resources
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10006

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

Record sealing CLE and a social-justice minded Google+ hangout

June 9: Lawyers Fostering Independence: Juvenile Record Sealing CLE

The CLE will cover the current ju- venile record sealing laws in Wash- ington. You will learn how to seal juvenile records by motion.

The CLE Presenter is Hickory Gateless, Man- aging Attorney of Lawyers Fostering Inde- pendence. Hickory regularly presents on juvenile record sealing and has sealed multiple juvenile records in Washington.

June 9, 2015 9:00am—10:30am (Check-in, 8:45-9:00 am)

HOSTED BY PERKINS COIE: 1201 3rd Ave #4900 Seattle, WA 98101

TO REGISTER: Contact Hickory Gateless (LFI Managing Attorney) (hgateless@ccyj.org)

June 23: Shriver Center Google+ Hangout

Working 9 to 5? Hardly. Low-wage workers face unpredictable and unstable work schedules that make arranging child care or holding a second job almost impossible.

Join us as we talk to Sherry Leiwant of A Better Balance and Shawn Sebastian of the Center for Popular Democracy about efforts to control abusive scheduling practices.

Be sure to read their new Clearinghouse Article, Work Schedules and Working Families: Solutions to a Growing Problem.

Tuesday, June 23
1:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central

Register now for this free event.

Where Freedom Stands:  The State of Civil Liberties at the Supreme Court

Date and Time: Monday, June 15th  (Door open at 6:30, event begins at 7:30 PM)
Location: Town Hall, Seattle (1119 8
th Ave) 

 Join the ACLU of Washington as we hear about the latest about legal battles for civil liberties at the U.S. Supreme Court.  National ACLU legal director Steve Shapiro will discuss vital cases on extending the right for lesbians and gays to marry,  reining in government surveillance, countering the Hobby Lobby decision, protecting voting rights, tackling injustice in the criminal justice system, and more.  Shapiro is a noted legal expert who has been counsel on more than 200 briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 Approved for .75 General CLE credits (WSBA Seminar #399804)

 $5 to attend.  To register, click here.  

Are them some changes that need to made to the legal profession?

Legal Aid, Law Firms & Lawyers of Color by Steve Grumm

A recent New York Times op-ed, “The Case for Black Doctors,” looked at the relatively small number of black physicians in the US and argued that this “dearth of black doctors” is a contributing factor causing alarmingly poor health measurements in African American communities.

The article got me thinking about the legal world, and in particular about legal aid lawyers, who serve relatively large percentages of clients of color.  To be clear: comparing the delivery of medical services and legal services, to say nothing of measuring outcomes, is not even an apples/oranges comparison.  It’s apples/aardvarks.  So the op-ed, which is worth reading in its own right, just served to spur thought for me about things closer to home.

Nonetheless the general idea of client communities of color benefiting when they are able to interface with lawyers of color, a point the op-ed author makes about patients and doctors, makes sense to me.  With that in mind I went hunting for data.  I hope to do more thinking on this later, but for now the data looks like this…

Continue reading here.

Attention Class of 2017! Interested in a Post Grad Judicial Clerkships?

 A judicial clerkship is a highly rewarding and intellectually satisfying job. Judicial clerks sharpen their research and writing skills, are exposed to a variety of legal issues, and gain insight into the entire litigation process.

 To learn more about judicial clerkships, please read the Judicial Clerkship Manual and  sign up for UW Law’s Class of 2017 judicial clerkship mailing list by going to this page https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/judicialclerkships-2017 and following the instructions. We often send information about judicial clerkships to this mailing list rather than the entire student body. 

OSCAR (https://oscar.uscourts.gov), the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, which many federal court judges use for law clerk recruitment, is now open to the Class of 2017 for read-only access. You may register for an account, manage your applicant profile, upload application documents, and research openings. You will gain full access on August 1, 2015 at which time you will be able to submit applications for available positions. Please note that OSCAR will be unavailable from June 8 through June 15 to implement software enhancements.

USHRN Human Rights Hearing Report Released!

Serious violations of human rights are occurring across the United States, and they too often go under the radar. Issues of racial discrimination are rarely discussed within the context of human rights in the United States, especially their aggravation at the intersection of race and poverty. Environmental racism and access to repro – ductive health are downplayed as human rights issues at home, yet they feature pervasively in the lives of people most directly impacted by injustice. The everyday violence against transgender people and immigrant communities do not often make the front page of newspapers. And the police violence we would call torture anywhere else around the globe is called police brutality here. That was the impetus for USHRN holding the human rights hearings across the United States that are documented in this report.

Continue reading Testimonies of Human Rights at Home: Documenting Injustice in the United States! The report summarizes findings from hearings in NM, AZ, New Orleans, Detroit & Rio Grande Valley.

We don’t need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones. by Martha Bergmark (The Washington Post)

In 2014, a Louisiana woman, J., landed in court after a dispute with her landlord over a $25 parking fee. J., 52, was suffering from cancer and did not have an attorney. The court ruled against her, and ordered her to vacate her home within 24 hours.

J.’s case, which was later taken on by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, sounds extreme, but for someone who can’t afford legal counsel, the outcome isn’t surprising. The sad reality is that many Americans facing the loss of a home, family or livelihood are going it alone in civil court, and they’re losing.

In well over two thirds of critical cases in America’s civil courts, people appear without a lawyer, even though the stakes are often just as high as in criminal proceedings. Many people suffer crushing losses in court not because they’ve done something wrong, but simply because they don’t have legal help.

The future of the legal profession is unclear. Student loan debt for law graduates now averages $84,000 for public law schools and $122,000 for private law schools, reflecting the dramatic rise in the cost of attending law school in the past three decades. Despite the growing costs for students, long-term job prospects have become less certain. One study found that among 2010 law school graduates, 20 percent hold jobs that don’t require a law degree. Only 40 percent are employed by law firms, where the financial returns are highest.

Continue reading here.