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.

New government jobs, political opportunities, and more!

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice – Inclusion Officer

The Office of Equity and Social Justice, established in 2015, serves to: embed an equity lens in all decision-making processes and business and organizational practices; improve county community engagement and inclusion practices; lead and support regional efforts to advance equity and social justice; support equity and social justice capacity-building internally and externally through trainings and other efforts; promote accountability and organizational advancement towards equity.

The Inclusion Manager will lead the effective development of inclusive government practices, engagement with and among communities, strengthening of networks via communication and collaboration with internal and external partners to support both King County and community goals and priorities, improve interagency coordination and develop and implement tools county-wide. Particular focus is on residents who have historically lacked a strong voice and influence in local government, including communities of color, limited-English speaking populations and low-income residents. A major goal of this position will be to implement the next steps and recommendations advanced in the 2014 Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) Proviso Report. For additional information please visit our website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity. Success for this position will involve creating new and effective ways for King County to work with communities and advancing systems and policies to support historically under-served communities.

The Office of Equity and Social Justice values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. Please apply online at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs, or submit your resume with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to seth.watson@kingcounty.gov.  Call him at 206-477-5330 if you have additional questions regarding this opportunity.

BROOKYLN LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR HOUSING LAW UNIT

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Director for its Housing Law Unit. The Housing Law Unit preserves affordable housing for Brooklyn’s low-income communities by preventing evictions, collaborating with community based organizations, and commencing affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors that displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing. The Unit is expanding its anti-displacement advocacy, focused on supporting Brooklyn communities facing rapid gentrification. Recent affirmative cases and community projects include a Fair Housing case against a landlord with a record of harassing Black tenants, numerous cases that seek to maintain the affordability of buildings that received tax breaks, and a coordinated litigation campaign to protect rent regulated tenants in buildings in foreclosure.  Please see complete announcement attached.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “Housing Director” in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Meghan Faux, Acting Project Director, at mfaux@sbls.org or (718) 246-3276

City of Seattle -Special Advisor on Homelessness (Strategic Advisor 3)

The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking an experienced executive to serve as the Special Advisor on Homelessness with the Director’s Office. Reporting to the Director, this position will provide strategic leadership to the department and the city in efforts to align strategy and resources to address and end homelessness. This position will not directly provide operational management or oversight.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net, investing $99 million annually through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support the most vulnerable residents in the region.The Department works closely with its community partners, including other public and non-profit funders and services providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional service delivery system.

The Department’s work is carried out through resource planning, grant making, and direct services to ensure that youth are prepared for school and life, our community is safe, stable and self-reliant, and our community promotes healthy aging and lifestyles. The Special Advisor on Homelessness will engage in professional work in the planning, analysis and coordination of strategy related to the department’s work to address and end homelessness.  He/she will serve as a key advisor to senior officials, and/or make recommendations which help shape significant City policies or programs, and/or represent the City in strategic arenas, without having full accountability for managing resources to achieve specific outcomes.

For more information on the Human Services Department, please visit: www.seattle.gov/humanservices. Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the application process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION – SEIU LAW STUDENT PROGRAM INTERNS AND EXTERNS

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice. This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes.

 Law clerks and externs in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.

 Generally, law clerks and externsare assigned towork in the Legal Department in Washington, D.C. However, a full-time law clerk may be assigned to work at a field location. One or more of the summer clerks will be selected through the Peggy Browning Fund (www.peggybrowningfund.org).

 Law clerks are paid $22/hour. Externs receive credit from their law schools. We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and social change. The successful applicant will have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills. Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application.

 To apply for this opportunity include:

  • a cover letter that contains references
  • resume
  • short writing sample
  • law school grades

Submit all of the required materials at the same time.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOUNDATION (OAKLAND, CA) – 2015 Fall Legal Internship

ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the fall of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work. 

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample that is entirely your own work. Legal writing, such as a memo or a portion of a brief composed for an internship, is preferable to academic writing. To apply, please contact Nathaniel Kane at nkane@envirolaw.org. The position will be open until filled. No calls please.

 Due June 12: Political Director – Friends of Dow Constantine

Friends of Dow Constantine is the campaign organization for King County Executive Dow Constantine. In 2009, FODC prevailed in an 8-way, open-seat race for King County Executive, defeating Susan Hutchison in the general election, while raising $1.3 million. In 2013, FODC prevailed again, defeating Alan Lobdell by a margin of nearly 50 points, while raising nearly $1 million.

FODC is looking for a self-motivated, organized and focused full-time Political Director to manage FODC organizational responsibilities with the guidance of the candidate and senior advisors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and maintain a database of supporters. This includes donors as well as subscribers who receive emails from FODC;
  • With the guidance of senior advisors, and in cooperation with contracted fundraising firm, manage and coordinate fundraising activities, including scheduling events, email communications, adherence to monthly/quarterly goals;
  • Manage and coordinate outreach activities, including scheduling political events;
  • Draft communications to constituents and donors;
  • Staff Executive Constantine at certain events;
  • Represent Executive Constantine at events he cannot attend, but at which he wishes to have a FODC presence;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@dowconstantine.com by 5pm on Friday, June 12th.

Due July 17: THE KURLAND GROUP – Fall Internships 2015

The Kurland Group, a boutique LGBTQ civil rights law firm, is accepting applications for 2015 Fall Semester legal interns at its office in Manhattan.

Qualifications

Requirements include  (1) at least one year of law school completed, (2) excellent legal research and writing skills, and (3) dedication to providing legal services to the LGBTQ community.

Application Instructions:

Please send resume and cover letter by email to kagan@kurlandassociates.com with subject of email: “Fall Internship 2015.”

Contact Information:

Erica T. Kagan
kagan@kurlandassociates.com
160 Broadway
East Building – 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Application Deadline: 07/17/2015 – See more at: https://www.psjd.org/opportunitydetails?OppID=59626&SearchTypeID=2&Keyword=fall 2015&sortBy=PostDate&Search=Y#sthash.bed8QEk5.dpuf