Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! 2015 Fall Recruitment Program in Northern California Now Accepting Applications

American Diabetes Association Seeking Legal Advocacy Staff Attorney

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Every year, our Legal Advocate Staff Attorneys provide phone and email assistance to hundreds of people facing diabetes discrimination in every part of the United States. Some are in crisis. They have lost their job, had a child removed from school, or have had a loved one die in detention.

Legal Advocates do not engage in litigation. Instead, they empower individuals to engage in self-advocacy. Legal Advocates identify communication issues and sources of conflict. They give people professional information on their legal rights. They identify practical options for resolving problems, and coach them through self-advocacy action steps. When needed, Legal Advocates provide additional empowerment resources, or connect people to a network of attorneys for direct representation.

For more information, click here.

SEIU 775 Seeks Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director

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SEIU 775, Washington State’s and Montana’s long term care union, seeks a Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director to help fulfill our mission to unite all long-term care workers, improve the lives of working families and lead the way to a more just and humane society.

The Deputy Director of Public Affairs / Legislative and Policy Director is a senior management position responsible for overseeing all Washington state legislative efforts and leading innovative statewide legislative, political, and/or regulatory efforts to advance social justice and improve health and long-term care.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! Orleans Public Defenders Office Seeks Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/6

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The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

For more information, click here.

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Now Accepting Applicants for Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Due 12/14

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The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is now accepting applications for the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. This two-year program seeks to train academic bioethicists who will be future leaders in the field. Fellows will pursue mentored research and a Master of Bioethics or Master of Science in Medical Ethics degree. In addition, they will obtain training and experience in clinical and research ethics.

Eligible applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, JD) in hand by May 2016.  Previous work in bioethics is not required.  Applications will be accepted until December 14, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Equal Justice Society Seeking EJS Law Clerk for Summer of 2016, Due 12/15

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The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. A national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination, EJS’s goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity. Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees all citizens receive equal treatment under the law. We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

EJS has law clerk positions available for Summer 2016 at our office in Oakland (1999 Harrison St. Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612). EJS law clerks participate in legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls Taking the California Bar! Legal Services of Northern California Seeking Applicants for 2015 Fall Recruitment Program, Due 12/31

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Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is the legal aid provider for 23 counties in Northern California. LSNC’s mission is to “provide quality legal services to empower the poor and to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community, by efficiently utilizing all available resources.”

In the Fall, LSNC begins its recruitment process for third-year law students preparing to take the California Bar Examination the following summer. For more than fifteen years, LSNC has hired at least one candidate, either through a fellowship or as a regular staff member, from among that year’s law school graduates. Depending upon staffing needs, LSNC may hire for any of its field offices or special projects, including its Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Vallejo, Woodland and Ukiah offices, through this process.

For more information, click here.

Center for Appellate Litigation Seeking Appellate Criminal Defense Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/8/2016

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The Center for Appellate Litigation is seeking full-time volunteer interns for the summer of 2016.  The internship has three components:

(i) helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;

(ii) working closely with experienced appellate attorneys on substantive writing projects, including briefs and motions; and

(iii) preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to assist with our other special projects.  Interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting legal documents.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor’s New York Regional Office Seeking 2016 Summer Intern, Due 2/2/2016

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The Office of the Solicitor’s mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor.  As the Secretary and other Department officials seek to accomplish the Department’s overall mission, the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) provides legal advice regarding how to achieve those goals.  In doing so, SOL ensures that the Nation’s labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation’s workers.

The United States Department of Labor seeks summer law interns in the New York Regional Office of the Solicitor (NY-RSOL).  The NY-RSOL provides litigation and legal advisory services to Department of Labor agencies located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  This office handles cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, among other statutes, and enforces numerous whistleblower protection laws.  The NY-RSOL is responsible for litigating in federal district courts and administrative tribunals; trial attorneys in our office regularly take depositions, conduct discovery, draft and argue pre-trial motions, and litigate cases at trial.  Applicants are encouraged to review SOL’s webpage at http://www.dol.gov/sol/.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs! Check Out These Two New Development Courses this Fall!

New Development Course at UW Law: Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 564, Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management (Autumn, 3 Credits).

Instructor: Renee Giovarelli
Senior Attorney and Advisor at Center for Gender and Resource Equity

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to issues of development and environmental conservation, helping students to understand the complexities that face policy and law reform in developing countries. The course discusses gender mainstreaming as a prerequisite to development and conservation solutions.

Questions? Please contact Professor Giovarelli at reneeg3@uw.edu.

New Development Course at UW Law: Law & Development – History and Theories

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 579, Law and Development: History and Theories (Autumn, 4 Credits).

Instructors: Anita Ramasastry, Professor, UW School of Law
Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, UW Office of Global Affairs

The field of law and development examines the role of law in fostering economic and social development in developing countries, emerging markets and nations in transition. This course provides a historical overview of the role of law in alleviating poverty and exposes students to key theoretical perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer! University of Washington School of Law Hosts Second Annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic

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Interested in giving back to the community and gaining some new legal experiences?

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the University of Washington School of Law will host the second annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic from 9am to 4pm.

Volunteer attorneys staffing the one-day clinic will prepare estate planning documents for veterans of the US Armed Forces free of charge.

For more information, click here.

WDWA Federal Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee Presents: “Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Pro Bono Matters Matter” 

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Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC

FREE BREAKFAST
FREE LUNCH
FREE CLE CREDITS (3 GENERAL 1 ETHICS)

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1. For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Blacks Were More Likely to Lose Jobs During Recession, UW Study Finds

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By Amy Radil | KUOW.org | Photo Credit to AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.

The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – WDWA Federal Bar Association’s CLE & Pro Bono Program

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
CLE Event Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC
Registration Details: To register, RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1, 2015. Space is limited.
Contact: Joanna Boisen at boleb@foster.com; Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com

Free CLE Credits: 3.0 General; 1.0 Ethics

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1.

For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Attention 3Ls! Interested in Tax Law and Public Service? Here’s Your Chance To Do Both!

2016-2018 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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The Section of Taxation is now accepting applications for the 2016-2018 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Please click here to download the application form.

The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate. In 2013, the Public Service Fellowship was re-named the Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship in honor of the late Christine A. Brunswick, the Section’s former Executive Director for over 20 years. Christine was a strong proponent of advancing public service efforts in tax law and fostering a fair and equitable tax system. Under her leadership, the Tax Section has devoted significant resources to further that goal.

For more information, click here.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Pro Bono Coordinator/Staff Attorney in Portland

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The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO-PRO) is seeking a part-time (.5 – .6 FTE) staff attorney with 3-10 years of experience to assist in the coordination of pro bono projects for the office.

The attorney in this position is responsible for creating and maintaining excellent relationships with the private bar and helping to operate the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The staff attorney/pro bono coordinator will be responsible for conducting client intake, recruiting and mentoring pro bono attorneys, coordinating the daily operation of the office’s pro bono projects and some contract management. The functions of this position will include advising clients on legal matters but will not generally include representing clients.

For more information, click here.

Job Opportunities at DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.

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DNA-People’s Legal Services is seeking to hire a Staff Attorney for Four Corners Legal Care, DNA’s medical-legal partnership (MLP) program. Four Corners Legal Care offers trainings for health providers and comprehensive legal assistance for low-income patients at two hospitals and four health centers on the Navajo Nation. By focusing on cases that promote income growth, housing stability, and personal safety, the MLP uses legal advocacy as a tool to address social determinants of health. The Staff Attorney opening is in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Staff Attorney – Tuba City, Arizona

DNA-People’s Legal Services is seeking applications for a Staff Attorney position in Tuba City, Arizona. DNA Staff Attorneys provide direct legal services to low-income individuals on a wide range of civil matters, including consumer law, family law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, employment, education, health, disability, and elder law. Staff Attorneys represent clients in tribal, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Staff Attorneys work closely with DNA’s tribal court advocates (tribal members who are licensed to practice in tribal courts) and regularly participate in outreach and community education projects. This is a fast-paced and dynamic position, appropriate for applicants who are committed to the ideals of legal services, able to live in a remote area, and willing to travel extensively throughout the Four Corners region.

For more information, click here.

Main Street Alliance of Washington Seeking State Director

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The Main Street Alliance of Washington is a coalition of thousands of small business owners working strategically to provide small businesses a new voice on the most pressing public policy issues of our time.

The Main Street Alliance of Washington (a project of Washington CAN!) is seeking a State Director to help us mobilize our small business membership base, develop small business owners into dynamic, socially responsible small business leaders, and support local, state, and federal campaigns for economic justice, tax fairness, racial justice and immigrant rights, and other issues. We are seeking a Director who is energetic, willing to learn, and has a passion for justice.

For more information, click here.

Public Citizen Seeking Summer Public Interest Law Clerk

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Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two summer law clerks for the summer of 2016. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, access-to-courts issues, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Litigation Group lawyers have argued 63 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Public Schools Seeking Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer

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Seattle Public Schools (“District”) is committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps, and ensuring excellence in education for every student in every classroom every day. Creating and maintaining a learning environment that is safe and that does not discriminate in any of its opportunities is imperative. The Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer plays a key role in helping the district achieve its vision of a safe learning environment that supports our respective 53,000+ student journeys. The Student Civil Rights Compliance Officer serves on the superintendent’s extended cabinet team and is tasked with reviewing, establishing and strengthening protocols to ensure the District is providing an environment that protects students’ Civil Rights.

For more information, click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund National Headquarters Seeking Transgender Rights Project Law Student Internship for Fall and Spring Semester

Lambda Legal Logo Lambda Legal seeks a Law Student Intern for its Legal Department at its New York City Headquarters. The intern will assist the Transgender Rights Project Director with research, preparation of legal filings, and project organization to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) people and those with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office Seeks Associate Attorney and Summer Law Clerks

EarthJustice Logo Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana, is currently accepting applications for an associate attorney to begin no later than Fall 2016, and law clerks for Summer 2016.

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, with eleven regional offices across the country.  In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in litigation focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region and combating coal mining, coal-fired power, and natural gas development that threatens public health and drives climate change.  In recent years, our work has increasingly touched on Native American interests and issues of Indian law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.  We regularly litigate federal and state court cases in an effort to defeat the major threats to the ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies region.

For more information, click here

SEIU 775 Seeks Research Analyst for Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations Team

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SEIU 775 is a fast-growing union committed to uniting the strength of long term care workers and improving the lives of working people.

The research analyst will join an organization of researchers, specialists, field organizers and lobbyists who support innovative statewide, multi-state and national efforts, in the areas of collective bargaining, legislation and/or regulations, to improve the long-term care industry’s practices with regard to worker wages and benefits, contract negotiations, contract compliance, patient care and public accountability. Work will include developing, monitoring, researching and analyzing employment contracts, employer standards and practices, collective bargaining contract proposals; industry, company and individual research; analysis of health care, actuarial, and financial data; development of contract proposals and campaign materials; assisting and/or directing contract enforcement and compliance efforts as directed; and policy analysis.

For more information, click here.

Wayfind Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Wayfind seeks a part-time Staff Attorney to manage our legal services programs.  We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, community-minded, committed to social justice, and detail oriented.

The Staff Attorney will process intake of all new nonprofit legal requests: Review and approve applications for service; Manage case load for organization; Match attorneys to nonprofit; Follow up with attorneys after match to ensure matters continue to move from start to close; Answer phone and email inquiries; Carry small personal caseload (hard to match matters, and variety of matters); Outreach to nonprofit community to increase case load; Keep database of matters updated; Keep files of matters updated.

For more information, click here.

Stay Engaged! Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, CLEs and Pro Bono Opportunities!

September 28: KCBA Training on Family Law and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training

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Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 1.5 General Credits (Approval #: 406732)

Over the past year, thousands of unaccompanied children and youth have arrived in the U.S. fleeing poverty, violence, persecution, trafficking or other danger. Many of these children and youth have been placed with caregivers in Washington State.

Come learn about how you can help these vulnerable children and youth through family law proceedings and how it can lead to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a form of humanitarian protection created by Congress. Topics to be covered in this training will include:

    • Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    • Overview of Family law issues affecting immigrant youth
    • How to Obtain SIJS Findings in Family Law Proceedings including Nonparental Custody, Dissolution and Parenting Plan actions.
    • View From the Bench

Presenters:
The Honorable Lori K. Smith, King County Superior Court Chief UFC Judge.
Rebekah Fletcher and Merkys Gómez, Staff Attorneys, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Lucia Ramirez Levias, Attorney, DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC.
Susan Carroll, Attorney, Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.
Judy Lin, Sr. Managing Attorney, Family Law Pro Bono Programs, KCBA

To register, contact Judy Lin.

September 30: Early Bird Registration Deadline for GlobalWA 7th Annual Conference on Disruptive Development

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Conference Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121
Cost: Members: $125; Non-Members: $175

GlobalWA’s 7th annual conference will be examining “Disruptive Development.” Early registration ends September 30th.

To register, click here.

October 9-11: Human Right to Family Planning Conference

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Date: Oct. 9-11, 2015
Time: Click here to view the program schedule.
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall

The UW School of Law in collaboration with UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine and the UW Department of Global Health in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health are partnering with PPGNHI (Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands) to host the Human Right to Family Planning or ‘HR2FP’ Conference.  Click here for the conference website.

Millions of women die prematurely and suffer long-term health and social consequences because they experience unintended pregnancy due to lack of access to family planning information, services, and commodities. Many of these women do not have the freedom or opportunity to choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies. These challenges are greatest for the most impoverished and socially disadvantaged women in countries, rich and poor, all over the world. Inadequate access to quality family planning services, including abortion, can lead to severe consequences.  In the U.S., where there is no legally enforceable right to health, certain populations of women are faced with disturbing parallels to women living in low and middle income countries. In some U.S. states, access to evidence-based health information and comprehensive family planning services are more and more limited to greater and greater numbers of women.

Our HR2FP conference is the first to be sponsored by a U.S. university in collaboration with civil society actors. It will explore the relationship between the right to family planning and its application to improving universal access– globally and locally.  The event will bring together academicians, practitioners, and students in public/global health, medicine and law, NGOs, donor institutions, international organizations and others from the Global North and South. The conference aims to educate and focus on action to improve family planning for women and adolescents.

To register, click here.

October 16: The STAR Project’s Legal Financial Obligations After Blazina – Best Practices CLE

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: Chuck Fulton Community Room, Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore St. WAlla Walla, WA 99362

In State v. Blazina, the Washington State Supreme Court chronicled the burdens of legal financial obligations (LFOs) on defendants and those exiting incarceration, and emphasized the trial court’s obligation to consider a defendant’s current and future ability to pay LFOs. This training discusses the mandates of Blazina, and focuses on best practices for attorneys and judges when addressing the issue of LFOs during sentencing, and post-sentencing, including the appeal process. This CLE provides perspectives from both the bench and the defense bar in order to foster quality work that is well-organized and efficient.

If you have any questions, contact Ingrid Zerpa.

Presenters:
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud
King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle
Appellate Criminal Defense Attorney, Jennifer Dobson
Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington, Prachi Dave

Agenda:
12:00 – 12:45      Registration, Deli Style Lunch
12:45 – 1:00        Welcome and Introduction
1:00 – 1:45           Blazina and Progeny
1:45 – 2:45           Sentencing: Best Practices
2:45 – 3:00           Break
3:00 – 4:00           Post-Sentencing: Best Practices
4:00 – 5:00           Appeals Practice
5:00 – 5:15           Wrap up: Materials, pro-se pleadings, etc.

To register, click here. 

October 19: Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship Deadline for WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar

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Seminar Date: Friday Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 7, 2015
Location: Vancouver, B.C.

The Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship honors Kristin’s commitment to ensuring that law students had every opportunity to participate in Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) programs. She was ever vigilant in reminding the Board of our obligations to advance the education of future members by making our programs accessible to the law student community. While we cannot replace Kristen’s passion, dedication and always present good humor, we honor her by providing this support to a law student each year.

The scholarship provides:

      • All seminar fees to the WSSHA Annual Hospital & Health Law Mid-Year Seminar November 6 & 7, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C.;
      • One night lodging at the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel; and
      • $50/per diem for a maximum of two days.

Eligibility:
Any second and third year law students enrolled in law school located in Washington State, including previous applicants not selected who are encouraged to re-apply.

Please note: The conference room rate at the Pan Pacific Hotel is available only until October 5th or until the reserved rooms have been taken. The winner of the Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship will not be selected until after October 5th, so students planning to attend the seminar are encouraged to reserve rooms before October 5th. Room reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

To apply, provide a resume and a brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in healthcare law. Submit application materials electronically to Collin Foulds at collin.foulds@chpw.org.

October 30: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project’s Annual CLE Training

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Room 4907, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 4.25, including .75 Ethics Credits
Cost: Only $35 for those who volunteer to serve as IFAP attorneys during the 2015-2016 school year; $150 for all others

The CLE, Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, is part of the pro bono project the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), a partnership of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the UW Law School. Each year, IFAP trains and matches law students with pro bono attorneys to provide legal aid to immigrant victims of domestic violence who self-petition for a U-Visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Students receive extensive training, enabling them to do the bulk of the work on a U-Visa petition. We currently have over 50 U-Visa applicants awaiting student-attorney teams for 2015-2016.

First time IFAP attorney volunteers must attend the CLE, which covers the basics of immigration law, U-Visa petitions and adjustment status, confidentiality and ethics, working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and supervising law students. This year’s CLE takes place Friday, October 30th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie. Attorneys who agree to accept one IFAP case may attend the CLE for only $35. Attendees will receive 4.25 CLE credits, including .75 ethics credits.

To register, email theifap@uw.edu.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Releases New Tool Called “Your Money Your Goals” For Financial Empowerment

Volunteer for Citizenship Day in Moses Lake, and Pasco on Saturday, September 19

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): Moses Lake – Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; Pasco – Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Citizenship Day is a FREE one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens. We’ll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s).  It’s a great way to earn community service hours without a long-term commitment, meet other students, and help your community.

WE ARE IN NEED OF INTERPRETERS: General volunteers and bilingual interpreters (Spanish and English) are needed at the Pasco and Moses Lake sites on September 19th. If you are interest in helping, please email Katelyn Chrisman at Katelyn@weareoneamerica.org, and SIGN UP HERE.

To sign up, click here. 

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Offers 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, Sign Up Now!

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We are excited to reintroduce LBAW’s Mentorship Program.  We encourage you to sign up!

If you would like to be a part of LBAW’s 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, please complete the mentor form or mentee form and return it to membership@lbaw.org no later than Tuesday, September 22. 

LBAW’s Mentor/Mentee Welcome will be held Friday, September 25, at the home of LBAW’s President Chach Duarte White on Mercer Island at 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Come eat, drink, and meet your mentor/mentee!  Details will be included in the next LBAW Announcement and on the LBAW website and Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Now Open for Stanford Law School’s 16th Annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference on October 17

Shaking the Foundations 2015

Stanford Law School’s 16th annual Shaking the Foundations conference will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This year, we are excited to feature Bay Area workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, as our keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together each year to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year’s conference will focus on West Coast issues. Panel and workshop topics include criminal justice, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, Native American law, labor, housing, and other progressive topics. Check out our website for the full schedule.

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Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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By William J. Woodward, Jr. | ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange

“Holistic pro bono” is an idea whose time may have come. When used in the legal pro bono community, the term refers to supplying a needy client with help that may go beyond legal help to include help from other professionals such as housing counselors, addiction experts, accountants, technology specialists, and so on.

The idea may have just had a substantial boost from the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), the Federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank law and charged with protecting consumers of financial products and services. While the agency has regulatory and enforcement power, Congress also charged it broadly with educating consumers in financial matters.

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Call for Submissions for the 11th Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 18, 2016.  Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions here.

Attention 3Ls! Are You Interested in Human Rights? Join the IACHR as a Fellow!

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP Summer 2016 Law Clerk Paid Position Due Today

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Our diverse docket focuses on environmental protection, federal public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, health and consumer safety, and open government.  The person hired for this law clerk position will assist our litigation and related efforts in several of these topical areas.  Responsibilities will include legal research and writing; cite-checking briefs; attending oral arguments; and drafting comments, declarations, public records requests, and pleadings.

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American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Legal Interns/Externs, Fall Quarter Applicants Due Tomorrow

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of
appeal.

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Department of Interior – Office of the Solicitor Seeking Attorney Adviser in Salt Lake City, Due 9/17

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With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department’s Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.

This is an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 2 year, for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. This appointment may be extended for additional periods of time without further competition. The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

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The Progress Alliance of Washington is Seeking New Operations Manager, Due 9/24

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The Progress Alliance of Washington is looking for an exceptional person to fill our new Operations Manager position. This is a full-time position and requires a diverse set of skills, attributes, and experience. The Operations Manager will work in collaboration with our entire team to support our grant programs, donor events, and internal operations.

Are you a leader looking to build political power in our state? Love working in collaboration to find creative solutions to thorny problems? Passionate about organizing for change? Join our team!

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Romulo Gallegos Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 9/24

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

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Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Program Intern, Due 9/25

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

The International Human Rights (IHR) docket focuses on holding government officials and corporations accountable for serious violations of international law, primarily under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. It works primarily in U.S. courts, but also is involved in litigation in foreign and international courts, and advocacy using regional or international human rights mechanisms.

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Department of Health and Human Services Seeking General Attorney, General Law Division, Due 9/25

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. This is a General Attorney position in the Claims and Employment Law Branch in the General Law Division.  The Office is seeking an attorney with experience in federal employment and labor law.  The incumbent will litigate cases before the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA and arbitrators.  Other duties will include providing litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices when cases are appealed into federal court and preparing legal opinion on all aspects of federal employment and labor law matters.

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District Attorney’s Office of San Diego Seeking 2016 Summer Certified Legal Intern, Due 9/25

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The Summer Legal Intern program is a volunteer internship position open to 2L students only.  These internship positions can provide invaluable experience to law students interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Summer Legal Interns work closely with Deputy District Attorneys in all phases of prosecution.  Employment in this position would start in mid?to?late May 2016 and end in mid?to?late August 2016.

Last year our Office had Summer Legal Interns from 23 different law schools.  We hope to continue to attract dedicated, diverse and passionate law students who aspire to pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

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Montana Legal Services Association Seeking Director of Litigation, Screening to Begin 9/25

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The Director of Litigation will work with the Executive Director to oversee the development and coordination of MLSA’s advocacy efforts.  The Litigation Director will be responsible for the planning, development and coordination of MLSA’s litigation strategy through lead counseling and co-counseling of major litigation, back-up of individual advocates and offices, and the training and coordination of MLSA’s substantive practice groups.  The Litigation Director also will carry a small active case load. The Litigation Director will have responsibility for supervising legal work and advocates across Montana.  The Litigation Director shall be responsible for ensuring client-centered and zealous advocacy by MLSA advocates, and for overseeing and advancing MLSA’s systemic advocacy efforts.  Travel within and without Montana will be required as needed.

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The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Seeks Spring 2016 Law Clerk, Due 9/27

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The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition.

Assignments will vary. In general, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting motions, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the protection of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws. An internship provides an outstanding opportunity to work on cutting edge issues of environmental law.

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