Interested in Expanding Your Knowledge of Family Law? Apply to Intern with ELAP Winter Quarter!

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program Seeking Legal Externs for Winter, Spring, and Summer 2016 Quarters, Due 12/10, 2/15, 5/2 Respectively

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The Volunteer Legal Services Program in Pierce County is a program of the Tacoma-­‐Pierce County Bar Association funded by local contributors to the Tacoma-­‐Pierce County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded to support the Bar’s volunteer attorney program, and IOLTA/LawFund as a grantee of the Legal Foundation of Washington. The mission of the Volunteer Legal Services Program is to facilitate access to volunteer attorney advice and representation, as well as self-­‐help materials and general legal information, for low-­‐income individuals who have civil legal needs in Pierce County, Washington.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Health Law Advocates Seeking Health Justice Advocate, Due 12/13

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Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that works to achieve accessible and affordable health care for all through policy and legal advocacy, public education and support to community-based organizations. Founded in 1999, NoHLA is a leader of consumer advocacy on health care issues Washington State.

We are seeking a full-time Health Justice Advocate to work on issues related to consumer involvement in Washington’s innovative and changing landscape of health care delivery systems, with the goal of securing access to quality health care for all, regardless of income, ability, language or national origin. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of health laws and experience as a health advocate; strong communication, research and writing skills; and the ability to work individually and in teams or coalitions. There will be opportunities to collaborate with advocates on a national level.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent & Post Grads! Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator, Due 12/14

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LASO is a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance to low income clients in civil cases. The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO-PRO) is seeking a part-time staff attorney with 3-10 years of experience to assist in the coordination of pro bono projects for the office. The position is grant funded at a .6 FTE (21 hours per week) for two years, and will be a .5 FTE (17.5 hours per week) permanent position thereafter.

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.

Attention Recent Grads! Assistant Attorney General Position Opening for Natural Resources Division in Olympia

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The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, serving more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.

The Natural Resources Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office seeks an experienced attorney with an interest in natural resource management, environmental, contract, and real property law.  This is a project position only funded through June 2017.  The position represents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Resources Division, the manager of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands.  This area of practice will involve understanding and applying the state’s Aquatic Lands statutes in RCW Title 79; the State Environmental Policy Act; general principles of property law, including landlord-tenant law; federal law pertaining to watercourse boundaries, navigation, and commerce; environmental law; and the common law pertaining to the Public Trust Doctrine.  The position involves client advice and diverse litigation in state and federal courts and administrative forums.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Seeking Applicants for Unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program, Due 12/16

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). Opportunities are available in all of the USPTO Offices:  Alexandria, VA; San Jose, CA; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; and Dallas, TX.

The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it’s like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. This is an 8-week program with two sessions. The first session will begin on May 31, 2016 and will end on July 29, 2016. The second session will begin on June 13, 2016 and will end on August 12, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Global Legal Program Summer 2016 Legal Intern, Due 12/18

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to respect, protect, and fulfill.

The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

The internship is full-time, from June 2016 through August 2016.  Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship.  This internship is eligible for a small stipend if outside funding cannot be obtained.

For more information, click here.

City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant Director in Intergovernmental Relations, Due 12/18

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The Assistant Director conducts research, provides strategic analysis, and develops policy recommendations and position papers for the City Council and City Manager related to intergovernmental and regional and state legislative issues.   Coordinates with the Intergovernmental Relations Director to ensure alignment with the city’s overall intergovernmental strategic plan.  Represents the City at assigned regional forums; provides support to regional committees; and acts as staff support for City Council members appointed to intergovernmental committees.  Supports the Intergovernmental Director by overseeing the city’s internal cross-departmental regional issues cabinet: facilitates the identification of emerging issues, coordinates the monitoring of legislative proposals; develops and manages grants team; and ensures all representation on intergovernmental issues is aligned with the City’s overall strategic plan, vision, priorities and adopted policies.

For more information, click here.

National Lawyers Guild in San Francisco Seeking Law for the People Intern, Due 12/21

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The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) seeks an enthusiastic and administratively competent intern for the spring semester. The individual will gain access to the Bay Area progressive legal community and knowledge of challenges and attacks on human rights throughout the country. Includes working on issues such as demonstrations law (defending protesters), human rights, immigrant rights, anti-racism and queer/transgender rights. Also involves engaging with members of the NLGSF at events in various parts of the Bay Area.

The internship is a semester long, during which time the intern will assist office staff with general administrative duties and be assigned individual projects to complete during the semester.

For more information, click here.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Family Law Intern, Due 12/22

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The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (“ELAP”) is looking for a law student to intern in our Domestic Violence Legal Program (“DVLP”) for the Winter Quarter 2016.

ELAP is a non-profit organization that provides no-cost civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence, including related family law issues (such as custody, parenting plans, spousal support, etc.), throughout King County, Washington, and to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County.  The intern will work with staff attorneys in the representation of clients, including providing assistance to draft pleadings and to interview clients, as well as to research points of law.  By the conclusion of the internship, it is expected that the intern will craft a legal memorandum that can be used as a writing sample.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with low-income clients.  In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice, with an emphasis on representing domestic violence survivors. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

For more information, click here.

Department of Finance and Administrative Services Recruiting for City of Seattle’s ADA Coordinator, Applications Due 12/29

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The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) is recruiting for the City’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II Coordinator.

This position will develop and manage a new Citywide program to proactively ensure the City’s programs and services are compliant with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable state and local disability rights laws. This new program will lead the City in policy-setting, coordination, and training for ADA compliance. This work will include establishing a governance structure to ensure the successful implementation and ongoing operation of the program. This position will serve as the point of contact for the public and other external constituents, as well as City departments, in fielding customer inquiries and requests, and coordinating with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights to address and mitigate any formal complaints. This position will also work closely with the Mayor, City Council and City Budget Office as they decide how best to allocate resources in support of ADA Title II compliance. ADA experts in the City Attorney’s Office will provide legal support to this position and program.

For more information, click here.

Are You a Pro Bono Project Leader? Registration for the Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open!

Attention 2L & 3L Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono service learning projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Ed Law and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20pm.

Click here for the syllabus. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono service learning project.

UW Project Focuses on Fines and Fees that Create “Prisoners of Debt”

By: Deborah Bach | UW Today | Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Criminals are meant to pay their debts to society through sentencing, but a different type of court-imposed debt can tie them to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move forward with their lives.

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Though debtors’ prisons were eliminated in the United States almost two centuries ago, a modern-day version exists in the dizzyingly complex system of fines and fees levied against people as they move through the court system.

Offenders are charged for everything from DNA samples to electronic monitoring devices, jury trials and even room and board while imprisoned. The fees can add up to thousands of dollars, and those who fail to pay are routinely jailed.

Continue reading here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Working at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? Get Ahead by Submitting Your Resume Early in OCR’s Resume Bank!

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may be hiring in the near future and you may qualify under the Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

OCR is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly motivated, creative individual who would like to be involved in enforcing federal civil rights laws, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education, OCR is the place for you!

OCR maintains a resume bank from which candidates may be selected for consideration to fill vacancies for positions in OCR as they arise. OCR accepts resumes from individuals who are eligible for consideration for noncompetitive hiring via:  Schedule A Persons with Disabilities appointments (5 CFR 213.3102(u)); Veterans’ Recruitment Appointments; former Peace Corps and Americorps appointees (22 USC 2506); and Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

If you are interested in working at OCR and are eligible for consideration under any of these hiring authorities, please send your resume to OCRJobs@ed.gov.  In your email, please indicate the type of position as well as the regional office or offices for which you would like to be considered (Enforcement Offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and/or Washington DC; the Program Legal Group in Washington DC, and/or the Resource Management Group in Washington DC). For more information about OCR and our work, please see our website and our Annual Report.

OCR will keep your resume on file for possible consideration for 365 days following the date of submission. Please note, however, that the OCRJobs@ed.gov account is not staffed to respond to questions. Should you be selected for consideration, you will be contacted by OCR to confirm your continued interest. Interested candidates are encouraged to check www.usajobs.gov for OCR positions as well.

Our Gift to You: Free Debt Relief Webinar 

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By: Equal Justice Works

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

New REPAYE Plan Almost Ready for Launch

The Department of Education recently announced the new income-driven REPAYE (Revised Pay As You Earn) plan will be available to borrowers in mid-December! This revamped option will cap your monthly payments at 10% of your discretionary income, and will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed.

Sounds like a great plan, but there are some potential pitfalls that every savvy borrower should be aware of. We discuss some of these dangers in our latest Huffington Post blog article, “Love and Student Debt: How the New REPAYE Plan Could Affect Marriages,” and we’ll be talking in-depth about the REPAYE plan during our webinar.

We’ll be updating our free student debt e-book Take Control of Your Future to include all the in-depth information you need to know about REPAYE. Download it now to be notified of all updates!

Help Protect Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As always, we urge you to take action to preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness before Congress moves forward with capping or eliminating this vital program for public service workers. In addition to coming to the December 17th webinar for the latest legislative updates, you can join  the ABA’s Save #Loan4Giveness campaign today by taking action via social media!

Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Duty to Protect the Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations

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By: Our Children’s Trust

Late last night, eight Washington youth received a groundbreaking ruling from Judge Hollis Hill in their climate change lawsuit. In this landmark decision, Judge Hill declared “[the youths’] survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming…before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late.

The court confirmed what the Washington petitioners and other young people we work with across the nation have been arguing in the courts, that “[t]he state has a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people.”

Continue reading here.

2015 UW Law Grad Nikkita Oliver Wins Human Rights Award! Come Celebrate at the Annual Human Rights Day Event!

December 8: Free Screening of Dreamer Documentary 

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA

On Tuesday, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and several of our partners will be hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” a documentary about undocumented students whose inspirational victory in an underwater robotics competition helped start a tradition of DREAMer advocacy at their high school.

The free screening will take place at the Seattle Central Library at 1000 4th Avenue in Seattle, WA at 7pm, and we would love to have you join us.   The film’s director and some of the students featured in the film will be in attendance and will speak after the screening.

Again, the screening is free but we’d appreciate if you could RSVP on Facebook at this link, or by emailing Ella Youtsey at ella@nwirp.org.

For more information about the film, click here.

December 9: Statesmanship in the Statehouse

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates Law Firm, LLP, 925 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

You are invited to attend a lunch conversation with four State Senators selected by Slade Gorton and Bill Ruckelshaus to discuss their views on leadership and bipartisan policy development in the Washington State Senate. Panelists will share their thoughts on the current legislative climate, along with prospects for increasing collaboration in the statehouse.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $35.00. Space is limited.

To register, click here.
(Admission is complimentary for Ruckelshaus Chairman’s Circle members)

December 9: An Evening with Exoneree Nate Fields and Musician Bradford Loomis

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ballard Beer Company, 2050 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Witness to Innocence will be co-hosting a friendraiser/fundraiser on December 9th!There are no tickets for this event. We’ll have some light snacks to share, and you can show your love to Ballard Beer Company for donating their space to us by purchasing some of their great local beers (non-alcoholic beverages available too!). We’ll of course “pass the hat” for the fundraising part of the evening, and all donations will be equally shared between the two non-profit organizations.

We will be joined by exoneree Nate Fields, who became the country’s 129th death row exoneree after serving 20 years – 11 of those on death row – for a crime he did not commit. He will share with us the story of his journey to exoneration.

We will also be joined by the Executive Director of Witness to Innocence, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, and the WCADP President, Stefanie Anderson. More speakers will be added in the coming weeks!

Bradford Loomis, a wonderful local musician, will be there to share his music with us. There’s a rumor going around that WCADP’s Stefanie Anderson may have a musical surprise up her sleeve, so don’t miss it!

To RSVP, click here.

December 10: Kimberle Crenshaw: Annual Human Rights Day – Black Lives Matter

Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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December 17: Webinar on “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

To register, click here.

December 22: Free CLE on Institutional Racism and Legal System Responsibilities – Race: The Power of Illusion

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle, WA

6.5 WSBA Approved Ethics Credits

This CLE will involve a facilitated viewing & discussion of the PBS documentary “Race-The Power of an Illusion”, which seeks to shift the conversation from discussing diversity and respecting cultural difference to building a more just and equitable society. You won’t want to miss it!

Optional: Bring a project or case you are working on and bring your team!

Presenters: 
Darby DuComb, Deputy City Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Darlene Flynn RSJI Policy & Development Lead Seattle Office of Civil Rights

Space is limited! RSVP online here.

Lawyers: When you RSVP, please include your full name, Bar number, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials.

Non-Lawyers: Please RSVP with your name, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials at the event.

Paper copies of the materials cost $15 at the event (cash or checks made payable to the City of Seattle). You must order a paper copy if you want one.

Download the materials here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! UW-Exclusive Paid Internship Opportunity! Check Out the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC!

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children) Seeking Immigrant Children’s Legal Program Intern, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 1/5/2016

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information, click here.

UW Exclusive – Paid Summer Position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, Due 1/11/2016

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With the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, UW Law is pleased to once again announce an exclusive clerkship position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2016.  The position description and application procedure are explained in the attached flyer.

Founded in 1969, the Environmental Law Institute is one of the nation’s leading environmental law and policy organizations.  ELI may be the most widely respected national voice dedicated exclusively to environmental law: they are non-partisan, do not lobby, and do not litigate.  Their work spans the globe.  Located in D.C., ELI hosts a rich variety of summer programs that are magnificent opportunities for learning and national networking.

This extraordinary position is open only to 2Ls and exceptional 1Ls currently enrolled at UW Law.  Please send application materials to toddw2@uw.edu by January 11, 2016 for joint review by UW environmental law faculty and ELI.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship – Fellowship Sponsor 2016, Due 1/15/2016

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The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future. The Steel Fellowship is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school.

For more information, click here.

Paid Summer Internship! American Bar Section of Antitrust Law Seeking Applications for 2016 Steiger Fellowship Project, Due 1/15/2016

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States. The eight?ten week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service, and several have already entered public service upon graduation.

Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Immigration Litigation Seeks Summer 2016 Volunteer Legal Intern/Extern, Due 1/15/2016

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The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) – Appellate Section coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals,involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals.

Must be a rising 2L by the start date of the internships. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Be a United States citizen and is required to have a background investigation. Be able to commit a minimum of 30-40 hours per week for 10-12 continuous weeks. Demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law. Show strong research and writing skills.

Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.For the summer semester, we require that interns work full?time, 35?40 hours, for a minimum period of 10-12 weeks.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association of Litigation Now Accepting Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Applications, Due 1/4/2016

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 9. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2015, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois and Texas.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 4, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

Attention 3Ls! 2016 Honors Fellowship Opportunity with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Due 2/1/2016

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The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.

This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2016. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.

For more information, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Tech Law & Policy Intern, Due 3/15/2016

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in Summer 2016.

Summer interns work closely with CDT policy experts, technologists, and attorneys on an array of civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the Internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and consumer privacy.

Law students and recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Advances in Transgender Rights in Vietnam! Parliament Adopts New Legislation

Vietnam: Positive Step for Trangsender Rights – Vietnamese Parliament Adopts New Transgender Legislation

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By: Human Rights Watch

On November 24, 2015, the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a bill to legalize sex reassignment surgery and to introduce the right to legal gender recognition for transgender people who have undergone such surgery.

The law allows people who wish to undergo gender affirming surgeries to do so in Vietnamrather than abroad, and to subsequently change the gender marker on their official documents. This constitutes a small, but significant step toward recognition of transgender people’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Thousands Mourn Kurdish Human Rights Lawyer Killed in Turkey

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By: Ayla Albayarak | Wall Street Journal | Photo credit: Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered on Sunday to bid farewell to a prominent human rights lawyer whose shooting death delivered a setback to hopes of bringing an end to months of political violence that has swept through Turkey’s Kurdish region.

Tahir Elci, one of Turkey’s leading advocates for Kurdish rights, was killed Saturday after making an appeal for an end to clashes between Kurdish militants and state security forces.

Mr. Elci was shot during a clash on a narrow street in Diyarbakir, the Kurdish majority city in southeastern Turkey that has been one of the central battlegrounds for renewed clashes since a two-year-old cease-fire collapsed in July.

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Employers and Workers Grapple with Laws Allowing Marijuana Use

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By: G.M. Filisko | ABA Journal

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court was the ultimate buzzkill.

When the state’s residents passed a referendum in 2012 legalizing recreational marijuana use—long after the state sanctioned medical use in 2000—few had any idea that Coloradans who partook in the bud would end up jeopardizing their livelihood.

That’s exactly what the court permitted inCoats v. Dish Network. The case pitted a quadriplegic licensed to use medical marijuana against his employer. The court held the state’s “lawful activities statute,” which generally prohibits employers from firing employees for engaging in lawful activities off the job, applied only to activities lawful under Colorado and federal law. Because marijuana is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, its use isn’t lawful—and can remain a valid basis for termination in the state.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Spark More Unintentional-Discrimination Cases

Eva Paterson

By: Stephanie Francis Ward | ABA Journal | Photo of Eva Paterson; Photo credit: Eva Paterson

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that addressed unconscious discrimination in a low-income housing case could have far-reaching effects on future civil rights and criminal cases involving implicit bias.

The June 2015 opinion (PDF) dealt with a claim against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. It alleged that the department disproportionately gave tax credits to developers of low-income housing in minority inner-city Dallas neighborhoods, while denying the credits in suburbs with large white populations. The Inclusive Communities Project brought the case, alleging that the state agency’s actions led to segregated housing, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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