You’re Invited to Rethink School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District Today at 11:30 AM!

July 17: Rethinking School Discipline with the Oakland Unified School District

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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch and Learn Session – Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue    –   Bring your lunch and join Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Seattle City Council Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee for a special presentation from OUSD representatives.  Everyone welcome. Water and juices will be provided.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Community Session – South Shore PK-8 School, 4800 S. Henderson, Seattle  –  Join fellow community members, parents, educators, and officials in an interactive learning session with OUSD representatives to learn about their efforts and their outcomes in reducing suspensions and eliminating racial disparity.  Everyone welcome.  Food will be provided at 5:30; program will begin at 6pm. 

Approach:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
  • Culturally Relevant Instruction

OUSD Representatives:

  • Theresa Clincy – Coordinator of Attendance and Discipline
  • Antonio Fregoso – Sergeant, Oakland School Police
  • Barbara McClung – Director, Behavioral Health Initiatives
  • Emilio Ortega – Manhood Development Instructor and Restorative Justice Coordinator

Sponsors: 

City of Seattle, King County, University of Washington School of Social Work – Communities in Action, Seattle Public Schools’ African American Male Scholar Think Tank, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Community Center for Education Results-The Road Map Project

Background:  In 2010, OUSD began an integrated 4-pronged approach to reducing discipline and eliminating racial disproportionality.  They have achieved significant outcomes, including a 47% decrease in suspensions. The four evidence-based components of their approach are:

July 17: Early Bird Rate for the Tacoma Trauma Stewardship Institute

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Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Landmark Convention Center, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Do you feel like the work you’re doing or the life you’re living is taking a toll on you?  Are you noticing amongst your co-workers or community a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you can’t do enough, or spike in your cynicism? Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on?  Please join us for a day of raising awareness individually, organizationally, institutionally, and systemically on how to live and work sustainably.

For more information and to register, click here.

July 23: Global Washington and Landesa Invite Students to Upcoming Panel Discussing “Charting a Career in International Development”

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Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Doors open
3:30 PM – 3:35 PM: Introduction by Melissa Merritt
3:35 PM – 4:15 PM: Program
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM : Q&A
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Reception
Location: PATH Seattle Headquarters, 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 USA

Global Washington and Landesa invite students to an upcoming panel event featuring leaders from Landesa LogoPATH, World Justice Project, and Landesa discussing the topic: “Charting a Career in International Development.” Panelists will speak about their own career paths and impart tips for students interested in careers in international development.

To RSVP, click here.

August 4: Washington Attorney General Open House in Olympia/Tumwater

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Date: August 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia, WA 98501

On August 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Washington Attorney General’s Office will host its third annual Open House in the Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney or law clerk positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming second and third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

For more information, click here. 

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

Prison in Washington

Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

Immediate Deadlines! Fellowship Opportunity With Public Advocates Due Today!

Public Advocates Inc. Seeking Fellow for 2016-2018, Due Today!

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Public Advocates Inc. seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento.

We are a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy, and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. We currently focus on education equity, affordable housing, transportation justice, climate justice, and regional equity.

For more information, click here.

Council Central Staff Seeking Strategic Analyst, Due Tomorrow at 4:00 PM PST!

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The Seattle City Council’s Central Staff Division is seeking a dynamic individual who enjoys working with a forward thinking team, is able to adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and is able to get things done on behalf of the City’s full-time, nine-member Council. The Strategic Analyst will perform high level, independent policy and fiscal analysis, including conducting research, evaluating policy initiatives, drafting legislation, and presenting recommendations on a wide range of issues, such as parks and recreation, transportation, human services, housing, utilities, public safety, and municipal finance.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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Reprieve U.S. Seeking US Caseworker on Abuses in Counter-Terrorism, Due 7/17

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Located in New York, Reprieve US is the new sister non-profit to Reprieve UK, an NGO founded in 1999 by a dual US-UK citizen and lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith. We work closely with Reprieve UK and its network of Fellows operating around the world. We use investigation, litigation, press and diplomacy to challenge the death penalty and abuses committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror’. While the court of law is often our starting point, we also fight and win in the court of public opinion. Just one of Reprieve’s dozens of clients released from Guantánamo was freed by judicial order. Public advocacy is not just litigation window-dressing – it is central to what we do.

We’re looking for a keen strategic thinker, concise writer, and confident public speaker to help us develop our counter-terrorism work in the US. Working for us combines the excitement of a startup with the caseload of a larger and more established NGO (because of the link to Reprieve UK).  The US Caseworker will assist Reprieve US’ growing US strategy. S/he will help generate new projects and cases, while joining our existing ones, and will further Reprieve US’s mission through political and public engagement.

For more information, click here.

Metropolitan King County Council Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 7/20

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The Metropolitan King County Council is seeking a visionary leader who will direct and accomplish the Council and County’s political and legislative objectives at the state and federal level. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Council and play a role in providing quality regional services to county residents and foster an effective partnership with the state and federal governments.

The Director of Government Relations is an appointed, managerial position and requires considerable skill and extensive experience at mobilizing and managing County efforts to support and advocate specific legislation. This position plays a key leadership role and is integral in coordinating with legislative and executive branch staff and elected officials to develop, implement and monitor work plans to achieve the Council and County’s legislative objectives.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Seeking Applicants for Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, Due 7/21

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The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for the Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This is a temporary two-year position in the Chicago, Illinois office. The Honors Attorney Fellow is expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Fellowship is July 21, 2015.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information, click here.

Judicial Externship Opportunities Available Now for the New Academic Year

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney in Pendleton, OR, Due 7/22

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Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is an effective, high quality legal services program with a mission to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon.  LASO is seeking a .75 FTE (26.25 hours per week) attorney for its office in Pendleton. The attorney could combine this position with a part-time private law practice.

The part-time staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied poverty law caseload, emphasizing family law.

For more information, click here.

Archcity Defenders Seeking Bertha Foundation Racial Justice and Social Impact Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri (5-7 Years Experience), Due 7/23

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ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy to the poor and homeless in the St. Louis region and beyond. ArchCity Defenders uses direct services, impact litigation,and advocacy through policy and public relations as its primary tools to promote racial justice and protect civil and human rights. Our goal is to provide zealous direct holistic legal representation and generate systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color.

We seek an experienced attorney to help manage federal and state class action lawsuits representing communities of color and the homeless who have been locked in modern day debtors’ prisons in Ferguson and the surrounding areas, denied counsel and access to the Courts, and charged illegal fees and fines that have destroyed their lives in the name of profit. This attorney will work on impact litigation, provide direct client representation, and supervise and develop legal interns. Must have a commitment to indigent defense, holistic representation, and systemic change. Looking for a self-­starter with a passion for justice.

For more information, click here.

Justice Mary Yu Now Accepting Autumn Quarter Externships

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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 Now Accepting Externship Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Due 7/24

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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.

Disability Rights Oregon Seeking Attorney for Medication Hearings and Guardianship Review (Entry-Level), Due 7/27

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Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), Oregon’s Protection and Advocacy System for individuals with disabilities, has an opening for an entry-level Attorney. This is an important opportunity to help promote and defend the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to represent individuals in the Oregon State Hospital in administrative law hearings that determine their capacity to give informed consent for medication.  In addition, the candidate will review guardianship filings and provide legal services and assistance to proceed protected persons when needed.  As available, the candidate may also be assigned to other cases and projects that address other program priorities.

For more information, click here. 

Global Witness Seeking Policy Advisor, Due 7/27

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Global Witness is looking for a US based Policy Advisor to join our dynamic Forest Asia team, to play an integral role in supporting the investigations and advocacy of its international forest policy with a focus on the Asia / Pacific region. This is a permanent position, located at Global Witness’s office in Washington, DC.

Applicants must have demonstrated research and advocacy skills, an ability to understand and effectively communicate policy issues to a range of audiences, and experience of developing and implementing campaign strategies. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are essential. Knowledge of forest and land policy issues, particularly in the Asia / Pacific, will be an advantage.

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking 2015-2016 Legal Fellow, Due 7/31

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks applications from recent law school graduates and new attorneys to work as a Legal Fellow for one year at the LSRJ national office in Oakland, California starting in August 2015.

The Legal Fellow will primarily manage the Legal Research Initiative (LRI), which matches volunteer law students and lawyers with allied organizations and advocates needing pro bono legal research on discrete projects. For the LRI, the Legal Fellow will solicit volunteers and projects, supervise the research, and oversee deliverables, performing substantive research to support projects as needed. The Legal Fellow will also work with LSRJ student chapters who are utilizing the Pro Bono and Clinical Toolkit to establish RJ clinics and pro bono projects on their campuses. Finally, the Legal Fellow will assist the LSRJ staff with major events, conferences, coalition meetings, intern hiring and trainings, intern supervision, and campaigns.

For more information, click here.

You’re Invited to Join Law for Black Lives in New York City

July 31: Invitation for Lawyers to Join Law for Black Lives, NYC

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#Law4BlackLives is a national gathering of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers who are committed to building a world where #BlackLivesMatter. More than a meeting or a conference, this gathering is a call to action for legal advocates from diverse parts of the country to join together and spend a day dreaming about how we can support the growing Movement For Black Lives.

This space will prioritize the voices and leadership of people of color, most importantly Black lawyers and legal advocates.

REGISTER TODAY at law4blacklives.org. Space is limited. Limited travel and registration scholarships will be available.

For more information visit www.law4blacklives.org or email law4blacklives@gmail.com.

October 16 & 17: 17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

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We are pleased to announce our 17th annual conference, scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2015.

Much More: With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Registration will open in mid July, 2015. For more information, click here.

Preliminary Results for the Civil Legal Needs Study Now Available

Mayor Introduces New Legislation Requiring Places of Public Accommodation to Designate All-Gender Restrooms

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By Kathryn Robertson | Seattle.gov

Today Mayor Ed Murray introduced legislation that would require all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing or future single-occupant restrooms as all-gender facilities. All existing City-controlled single-occupant restrooms (across all City departments, from City Hall to Parks) will be re-signed to conform to this new standard. The proposal was one that was introduced to the City by the Seattle LGBT Commission as part of its ongoing work, and is one of the early recommendations from the Mayor’s LGBT Task Force.

“The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “That’s why Seattle is building upon our history of being one of the most welcoming cities in the world by ensuring restrooms are available and safe for all.”

Continue reading here.

Volunteer Opportunity with the Washington Court Reports Commission, Application Deadline 7/9

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The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested serving a four-year term on the Washington Court Reports Commission. The term begins Aug. 2, 2015, and expires Aug. 1, 2019.

The Washington Court Reports Commission is as an advisory body for the Washington Supreme Court, regarding publication of official opinions from the state’s appellate courts. See RCW 2.32.160. The commission is chaired by Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen. Additional members include a Supreme Court justice, a Court of Appeals judge, the state reporter of decisions, the state law librarian, the state code reviser, and two representatives from the WSBA. Members are appointed by the chief justice to serve four-year terms.

The commission is involved in issues, such as the periodic awarding of publishing contracts, publication of official opinions in the Washington Reporter series of books, and electronic publication of opinions. The commission usually meets once annually in the summer in Olympia or SeaTac.

The commission would find it particularly helpful for the Bar’s nominee to have an interest and knowledge in technology issues related to electronic publications of official documents.

For more information about the Washington Court Reports Commission contact Rick Neidhardt, Washington State Reporter of Decisions, at 360-357-2090 or Rick.Neidhardt@courts.wa.gov.

Fair Housing Victory 

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On Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled that disparate impact can continue to be used as evidence in illegal discrimination cases. Under disparate impact, actions that create discrimination can be found to violate fair housing and fair employment laws, even if those actions do not intend to discriminate. U.S. courts have used disparate impact for decades to assess discrimination charges; the Supreme Court’s ruling means we can continue to take disparate impact into consideration.

Read the full opinion here.

WSBA Board of Governors Accepting Letters of Interest for Judicial Information Systems Committee, Due Tomorrow

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The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested serving a three-year term on the Judicial Information System Committee (JISC). The term begins Aug. 1, 2015 and expires July 31, 2018.

The JISC is the policy-level steering committee for the court’s automation system. The committee is composed of 12 Bar members, including four members representing each of three areas of the judicial system — appellate court, superior court, and courts of limited jurisdiction. Three at-large committee members from outside the judiciary include a Bar member, a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and a member of the Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Learn more about the JISC or contact Pam Payne, senior administrative assistant, at 360-705-5277 or pamela.payne@courts.wa.gov.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to: WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539, or via email to barleaders@wsba.org.

The Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid Releases Preliminary Results on the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study

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The Washington State Supreme Court’s Civil Legal Needs Study Update Committee commissioned the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University to conduct a comprehensive update of the 2003 Civil Legal Needs Study.  The survey research was conducted in late 2014.  Publications documenting the research findings are found below.

Continue reading here.

Western States Center Extends Registration for Activists Mobilizing for Power Training 2015

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Western States Center offers training and strategy event at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  Workshops run from 10 am to 5 pm with a 2-hour lunch break.  Long lunch breaks are designed to give you a chance to network with other attendees and participate in lunch-time meetings. Space is limited.

To register online, click here.

Check Out This Post-Grad Opportunity to Serve Human Rights in Alaska

Cohen Weiss & Simon, LLP Seeking Law Clerks in NY for Fall 2015, Paid Position

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Cohen, Weiss, and Simon LLP is a full service union-side labor, employee benefits, and employment law firm. The firm represents national, regional and local labor unions, pension plans, and the interests of employees in a wide variety of matters.

Applicants should have strong research and writing skills.  Course work in labor law, employment law and/or ERISA is preferred.  Experience working for a labor union as well as journal and/or moot court experience is desirable.  Compensation is $25/hour.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Yakama Tribal Court Seeking Immediate Summer Intern

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The intern works directly for Chief Judge Ted Strong.  All work assignments will be issued by the Chief Judge at the beginning of each work week by personal discussion. On any given week the intern will be asked to attend both criminal and civil court hearings with the Chief Judge for the purpose of assisting in the writing of court orders.

The intern will conduct research to assist the Chief Judge in his writing of motions mostly in criminal court such as dismiss for lack of properly stated crime; suppression of evidence; dismiss for improper arrest; dismiss or combine charges based on duplicity; dismiss for lack of jurisdiction; and many other motions.

The intern will be asked to publish court orders, motion orders and tribal traditional orders. At times the intern will assist the Chief Judge in preparing materials for public speaking  engagements and researching materials for public meetings with various officials. The intern will be asked to help arrange electronic files in chronological or other order. The intern will assist the Chief Judge in writing the Yakama Nation Bar documents.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Chief Judge Strong at tstrong@yakama.com.

Alaska Human Rights Commission Seeking Human Rights Field Representative III, Due 7/8 by 5:00 PM

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The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is seeking a qualified individual to investigate and resolve discrimination cases.

The Human Rights Commission is located in Anchorage and is an executive branch agency within the State of Alaska, Office of the Governor. The Commission is seeking an investigator (Human Rights Field Representative III) to analyze facts, apply discrimination law theories, draft determinations, negotiate settlements, and manage a monthly case load of approximately 35 cases. The investigator will also conduct intakes with Alaskans who allege violations of the state human rights law, draft complaints of discrimination, conduct witness interviews, and write reports. This position requires skill in reading and understanding civil rights statutes, court decisions, and legal precedents. This position also require the ability to conduct impartial investigations, analyze evidence, draw logical conclusions, prepare clear and comprehensive investigative reports, and work independently. Knowledge of civil rights law and procedure and theories of discrimination is required. One year of experience as a Human Rights Field Representative II with the State or the equivalent elsewhere is required.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Center for Justice and Accountability Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Intern in Human Rights Litigation, Due 7/13

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The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) is now seeking applications for legal internships at our San Francisco headquarters for Fall 2015. CJA is a nonprofit international human rights organization with the mission to end torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world.

We generally accept second and third-year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice Seeking Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/13

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The U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights.  The Civil Rights Division (CRT or Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs.  The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions of public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) who is supported by five Deputy Assistant Attorneys General (DAAGs).  Each DAAG is responsible for reviewing  the work on policy issues and other matters related to the sections he or she supervises.

For more information, click here.