Why Public Defense is Important

Welcome to the New PILA Corner!

A joint effort of the UW Law Center for Public Service Law and the UW Public Interest Law Association, PILA Corner as an Op-Ed space for members of the UW Public Interest Association and other student public interest leaders at UW Law School addressing public interest topics such as social, economic and racial justice, human rights, volunteerism, leadership, internship experiences, public interest careers tips and more. PILA Corner postings and content express the views of the author(s) only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the UW Public Interest Association or UW Law School and are only listed for identification purposes. Submissions are welcome by all UW law students and graduates. For submission guidelines please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu.

Why Public Defense is Important

By Sarah Tatistcheff, UW Law, JD Class of 2016

 From Curiosity to Transformation

This summer I had the opportunity and privilege to be a Rule 9 intern at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. When I accepted the position I was excited at the prospect of learning about public defense. I enjoyed studying criminal law and thought I had a knack for the defense side. I wanted to try public defense but I also thought that prosecution was also a career possibility. Little did I know that by the end of my summer I would not be able to imagine myself doing anything but public defense for the rest of my career.

 3044867827_6e619a0f80My first week started out like an average first week at any job. We did basic training and a few court appearances and was paired with my supervisor. My supervisor was Braden Pence who was in the Evergreen District Court working solely on the City of Snohomish cases. Braden ended up being a great mentor who taught me valuable skills as a trial attorney. He helped me appreciate and realize what being a public defender truly means. His method of teaching was throwing me into the mix and giving me hands on experience straight from the beginning.

 The first case he threw me in on was a complicated animal cruelty case in where a single mother had her three horses taken from her. The oldest of the three who she owned since she was a child was euthanized by the City before she had a chance to say goodbye. After examining the case and evidence, it was obvious that the City was being overzealous in prosecuting this woman for something that was clearly not animal abuse. This was going to end up being a complicated case with expert and characters witnesses, doctors, and an animal control officer. Luckily, before we went to trial, we won the case because the search and seizure of the property and horses was illegal. Braden and I went with our client to retrieve the horses. The look on her face and her appreciation is something I will never forget.

 Seeking Justice for Average People

Throughout my summer, I had many different experiences like this, working with average people from all backgrounds who just needed to feel heard and get justice from a system that had wronged them so many times before. In all, I was able to participate in five trials, three of which I tried by myself, two which resulted in a not guilty verdict. From the first trial, I was instantly hooked on the high of presenting a case and questioning witnesses in front of the jury. It was exciting to stand up and object or to have the prosecutor’s objections fall flat.

 My last trial was by far the most exciting and rewarding. I worked with a different attorney on a case out in the South Division in Lynnwood which was a Domestic Violence Assault. Our client was clearly innocent and the girlfriend was being vindictive and creating a web of ridiculous stories. The trial was long and tedious with the prosecutor giving this case all that he had since this was his last trial before he left the County. The day after our trial the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. That verdict meant everything for our client who was relying on it for a job promotion. It felt like justice was done.

Overall, after my experiences this summer secured my belief that public defense is vital to maintain the system. The most important lesson I learned this summer is that everyone has a story that needs to be heard. Their lives depend on these charges and it is our job to get the best result for them. After this summer, I cannot imagine myself doing any other career.

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Look out for these upcoming deadlines! Fellowships, clerkships, internships, & more!

Fellowship – Environmental Law Institute (Washington, D.C.)

eli-client-logo2-420x280With 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.

This is a marvelous opportunity for us all.  I look forward to your applications.

Fellow ‑ Georgetown University Law Center-Housing and Community Development Clinic

 georgetown2‑year fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center leading to an  LL.M. in advocacy; the stipend for 2016-2017 is at least $53,500 (taxable) plus health and dental benefits.  The Fellow will supervise 2nd and 3rd year law students working on affordable housing transactions, including acquisitions and renovations.  The Fellow will also assist in the teaching of a weekly seminar.  Required: minimum 2 yrs. legal experience with background in transactional housing and/or business matters.  Spanish language ability is a plus.  Admission, or ability to waive into the DC Bar is required.   Send letter of interest and resume by 2/15/16 to Professor Michael Diamond, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 102, Washington., DC 20001 or by email to diamondm@law.georgetown.edu.  Applications will be reviewed as received. 

Georgetown Law Center – Human Rights Institute

georgetownThe International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, based at Georgetown University Law Center, is seeking a program manager to establish and oversee a Secretariat to manage its work promoting the recognition and protection of the rights of migrants through research, education, and advocacy grounded in the IMBR – a comprehensive, coherent articulation of the legal rights of all international migrants. The program manager will join the growing Initiative at an exciting time and will be responsible for piloting a new advocacy campaign to promote the IMBR in the Americas and to expand its partnerships in the region.

 The program manager should be based in Washington, DC, and will receive support from and access to resources at the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute. Please note this is an 18-month full-time independent consultancy and not an academic appointment. The salary will be $75,750 for the 18-month period.

 Applications are due by January 29, 2016. More information about the IMBR Initiative can be found here.

Applications should be submitted electronically to migrantsrights@law.georgetown.edu by January 29, 2016 and should include (preferably in a single PDF file)

  • A cover letter describing your commitment to human and migrants’ rights as well as advocacy and other relevant experience;
  • A resume or CV;
  • A law school transcript and any other relevant graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted);
  • A brief (2-10 page) unedited writing sample; and
  • References (only the references of finalists will be contacted).

 Only finalists will be contacted. Finalists should expect to be interviewed via telephone or Skype between February 1, 2016 and February 12, 2016. The 18-month consultancy will start immediately.

 EarthJustice – Access to the courts advocate (Washington, D.C.)

photoEarthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

 Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with ten offices across the U.S.

 This position in Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation department is focused on developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies regarding citizen access to the courts, judicial nominations, federal rulemaking procedures, and other issues as assigned. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter.

Click here to apply. See more at: https://www.psjd.org/opportunitydetails?OppID=63833#sthash.L2dJ7cwy.dpuf

2016 QLAW FOUNDATION SHER KUNG SUMMER FELLOWSHIP (WENATCHEE, WA)

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and community education.

The QLAW fellow will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office and provide crucial direct legal representation and outreach to LGBTQ immigrants and/or immigrants living with HIV in rural central Washington.

Many LGBTQ immigrants in the United States were forced to flee and are afraid of returning to their country of origin due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Others are persecuted, abused and discriminated within the United States because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Those in rural communities are especially vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because of a lack of support and resources in isolated areas.

The QLAW fellow will focus on providing direct legal services, under the supervision of attorneys. In addition to direct legal services, the fellow will conduct outreach presentations to both community members and social service providers, such as other legal service providers, farmworker advocates, medical clinics, etc.

 Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Vanessa Gutierrez via email – vanessag@nwirp.org with “QLAW Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications must be received by February 15, 2016 for full consideration.

For more information, click here

Americans United for Separation of Church & State – CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION FELLOWSHIP

logo_of_americans_united_for_separation_of_church_and_state_updated_in_2014Americans United for Separation of Church and State — the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization — is accepting applications to join our seven-attorney legal team for a two-year Constitutional Litigation Fellowship starting in September 2016.  We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions.  We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.  We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation.  Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

Fellows participate in all aspects of litigation before trial and appellate courts across the country.  Among other tasks, fellows may conduct research, draft pleadings and discovery, write briefs, work with clients and interview witnesses, communicate with co-counsel and opposing counsel, participate in settlement negotiations and mediations, screen incoming complaints, and assist with development of new cases.  Fellows may also have opportunities to take depositions or conduct in-court examinations of witnesses.  Fellows receive intensive training in trial and appellate litigation under the close supervision of our three experienced litigators.

Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org.  No faxes or telephone calls please. 

TeamChild is looking for a Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern

logo_for_twitter_and_facebook_copy_400x400The Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern is responsible for assisting young men and women with motions to seal their juvenile record. The Intern will be responsible for running two juvenile record sealing clinics in King County. The clinics occur one Wednesday and one Saturday a month, October-May and two or three summer clinics. The intern’s attendance at these clinics is mandatory. The Intern will be responsible for organizing outreach efforts to ensure attendance at the Clinic and coordinating the participation of attorney and student volunteers.

Following the clinics, the Intern will be responsible for the filing and processing of paperwork necessary to seal juvenile criminal history. This requires the intern to be present at the King County juvenile courthouse two Fridays a month. The Intern will also be responsible for publicizing the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics in King County and responding to calls and emails seeking general information regarding the record sealing process. The intern will also be asked to gather information on current juvenile offenders.

This is a great opportunity for a 1L or 2L that wants to practice communicating with clients, community members, and is also seeking courtroom experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • E-mail letter of interest, resume, and legal writing sample to: recordsealing@teamchild.org by 5:00 PM on January 25, 2016.
  • Interviews will be conducted in late January, and training will begin in February.

Barton Child Law and Policy Center Fellowship

wvv9rtysThe Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship housed with the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law to provide a recent law school graduate the opportunity to learn

to be an effective researcher, advisor to practitioners, and policy advocate while working on issues of child neglect and abuse, poverty, juvenile justice and other legal issues impacting children and families. The Fellowship will begin August 2016 and continue through August 2017. Please see the here (2016-17BartonCenterABAFellowshipJobPost_FINAL[2]) for additional details.

Please direct questions to:

Michele Papotto, Program Coordinator                                                                                Barton Child Law and Policy Center                                                                                       Emory University School of Law                                                                                                 1301 Clifton Road                                                                                                                        Atlanta, Georgia 30322                                                                                                              Phone: (404) 712-8367 | Fax: (404) 727-7851 | E-mail: mpapott@law.emory.edu 

Don’t miss the upcoming PILA auction & these other events!

January 21: WASHINGTON YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE – OPEN SECTIONS NIGHT

washington-state-bar-association-logoFind your footing in a new practice area and make connections with legal professionals by attending the popular Open Sections Night sponsored jointly by the WSBA Sections and the Washington Young Lawyers Committee.

  • When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: WSBA Conference Center 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle
  • RSVP: By January 8, 2016 at http://goo.gl/forms/0okBh0RoFR

January 21: John Tirpak at UW Law

unemployment-law-projectJohn Tirpak, Executive Director of the Unemployment Law Project (ULP) is visiting UW Law on January 21, 2016 to speak about the invaluable work ULP does in Washington State. Unemployment Law Project is a non-profit legal service located in Seattle and Spokane that provides direct representation in administrative hearings to help individuals secure their unemployment insurance. For students, it is a unique opportunity to represent individuals in hearings over the phone with Administrative Law Judges, practicing skills of direct/cross examination and opening/closing statements early in their legal career. ULP is looking to recruit student volunteers and potential interns for the summer and this event is a great opportunity to meet John Tirpak, hear about ULP, and help the hundreds of people who go unrepresented in administrative hearings every year. Details are below:

 If you have any questions, please email Students for Labor and Employment Justice (SLEJ) at slejlaw@gmail.com.

January 29: Hang Your Own Shingle 2016

washington-state-bar-association-logoHanging your own shingle (establishing a successful solo practice) means laying a proper foundation! The Washington State Bar Association Low Bono Section and the Access to Justice Institute of the Seattle University School of Law present this day of “foundation building.” Think about it: Over half of WSBA members are solo practitioners, so you have lots of company! For many people attorneys are unaffordable. The resulting unmet civil legal need (and potential market for your services) is enormous. That is why we are determined to attract attorneys to help meet this legal services gap. Join us on January 29 and bring your questions and business cards!

February 5: 21st Annual PILA Benefit Auction – Off to the Races!

cardraise2Friday, February 5, 2016
At the Husky Union Building (HUB)
Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Register and Purchase tickets here.

Can’t attend this year? You can also donate directly to PILA here.

If you would like to donate items to be auctioned off at this year’s action, please fill out this form.

Why donate to PILA? 2015 Impact Statement

Where is the auction this year, anyway? Directions.

March 5-6: 18th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Law Retreat – BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY

santa-clara-law-badgeUW Law students: the upcoming Trina Grillo Public Interest Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and public interest advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 5-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  Students can apply for up to $250 in travel funds to attend this event.  If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu by January 27.

Upcoming fellowship/grant deadlines to put on your calendar!

A New Way to Do Pro Bono in Washington State

From the Washington State Bar Association’s NWSidebar

hammer-719066_960_720If you’re like many of the attorneys I know, you want to do pro bono work, but it can be hard to find the time. Most lawyers are busy, with important responsibilities to current clients, families and friends. If this describes you, good news: a new way to serve low-income clients has arrived in Washington. It’s called Washington Web Lawyer (WaWL).

WaWL is a website where low-income clients can post civil legal questions and pro bono attorneys can log on from anywhere, day or night, and answer client questions. There is no expectation that the attorney will provide any other service other than answering the question. The idea for WaWL began with the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee (formerly the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee) and is modeled after Online Tennessee Justice.

Washington is one of a growing number of states launching this web-based tool. Here are five reasons you should get involved…

Continue reading here.

Photo: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/04/12/16/33/hammer-719066_960_720.jpg

Attention 1Ls! Want to be Eligible for  PILA Grant to Fund Your Public Service Work this Summer?

 williamgateslaw-750x498If so, you need to volunteer for PILA to qualify! Don’t miss out. What’s the best thing you can do? Procure auction items for the upcoming PILA Auction on Friday, February 5! To learn more, connect with your class captain or email Sophia Posnock at sposnock@gmail.com.

 To learn more about the auction and register click here: http://students.washington.edu/pila/auction.html

Photo: William H. Gates Hall, home to the Law School, at sunset. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee presenting awards to public interest students!

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiThis year, Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee is presenting awards to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. Your school is in the “Mountain Region,” and your National Advisory Committee representatives are Maura Cook and Jennifer Werdell.

 The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through law school clinics, volunteer work, internships, and/or extracurricular projects. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016, and instructions and further details can be found here (2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards Application – Mountain).

 If you have any questions, please email us at ejw.mountainregion@gmail.com.

Seeking two JD students to join the International Human Rights Clinic.

icar-logoProf. Alejandra Gonza is seeking 1-2 JD Students, to join the International Human Rights Clinic (E556, Winter-Spring, 3-3 credits, scheduled W 10:30-12:20). The selected students will be working with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. See website: http://icar.ngo/ (Links to an external site.) If you are interested in taking this, submit a resume and a course request as soon as possible.

 For more information please contact: agonza@uw.edu

Arc of Justice Fellowship due soon!

  • public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce a new summer 2016 fellowship opportunity for law students committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. The “Arc of Justice” is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. This first Arc fellow will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates, with dedicated support from CHBA. This fellowship provides a deserving 2L student $3000 minimum stipend. The preferred deadline is January 31, 2016. 

Planning on Doing a Child Welfare Advocacy Internship this Summer? Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Get Top Notch Training!

ku34tu-8The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

The 2016 Bergstrom Fellowship training dates are May 11, 12, and 13. The 2016 Application is now available (2016 Application Interactive.pdf )The deadline for the Bergstrom application is March 15, 2016. Please send application materials by email as directed on the application. For more information, contact Jackie Julien at 734.763.5000 or jmjulien@umich.edu.

For complete details please visit: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx

David Carliner Public Interest Award!

baddcdde7bba545931dbb0b258eb263f_400x400The American Constitution Society (ACS) is administering the David Carliner Public Interest Award, which recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and I hope that you can share information about this award with alumni from your public interest program.

The winner of the award receives a $10,000 cash prize, transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. to accept the Award in person, and an award of $2,500 to the recipient’s organization. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2004 and May 2009 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible. Applicants may nominate themselves or have someone apply on their behalf. For more information, please visit the award’s website.

Are You Looking for a Summer Judicial Internship? Check Out the Externship Program Website!

Building Changes Seeking Public Policy Analyst, Part Time/Temporary (6 Months)

Building Changes

Building Changes is seeking a part-time policy analyst for six months at 30 hrs/week to conduct bill analysis, research local and state policies, regulatory trends, best practices, and legislation to improve support services, public benefits, and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The work of the Public Policy Analyst will inform Building Changes legislative priorities and work with key advocacy audiences and partners.

To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume and salary requirements to , Subject: Policy Analyst – Temporary.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Now Accepting State Policy Fellowship Applications, Due 1/25

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State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organization or with one of two  Washington, D.C.-based organizations, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

For more information, click here.

Interested in a Summer Judicial Externship?

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Externships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country. All externship sites must be approved by the Externship Program before any student may begin working there for academic credit, and pre-approved externship sites listed below, with details where information has been provided. Students interested in other courts should contact those courts for their application procedures and also email extern@uw.edu to request approval as an externship site.

Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early. Generally, students should apply directly to the courts. For judges who request applications to be submitted through the Externship Program, instructions will be announced by email and posted on the Externship Program website.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking 2016 Legal Interns/Externs

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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.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged. Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the externship/internship time period, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond:

Interested students should submit a cover letter, résumé and legal writing sample. Applications for Winter, Spring and Summer will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Seeks 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution.

For more information, click here.

2016 Paid Summer Fellowship at Yale Law School Now Accepting Applications for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Due 2/15

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2016 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work. The Fellowship will run from May 24 to August 26, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Health Law? University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Seeking Health Law Fellowship Intern

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The Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine is offering a full-time, one year fellowship for a recent law school graduate starting in September, 2016. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) represents the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine in all legal matters and will provide a new attorney with exposure to unique legal issues involved in hospital and health care administration. This role will provide legal support and advice for the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine along with its departments/divisions in connection with transactional matters, contracts, corporate services, and litigation, across a variety of legal practice areas, including healthcare, real estate, labor and employment, tax, and intellectual property.

For more information, click here.

2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Week @ UW!

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of strength, resilience and compassion are a worldwide touchstone of civic responsibility and action. This January, honor his memory and the contributions of all people — past and present — who stand for justice, and join the University of Washington’s MLK Week!

Celebrate and carry on Dr. King’s legacy with your UW community by participating in these and other MLK Week events. Find more details here.

SIGNATURE EVENTS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR:

  • 1/9/16 | Nonviolent Direct Action Training | 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | New Holly Gathering Hall
  • 1/13/16 | MLK Jr. Tribute | 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Magnuson Health Sciences
  • 1/14/16 | Dr. Ralina Joseph, What’s the Difference with “Difference”? | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | Kane Hall
  • 1/15/16 | MLK Birthday Party and Kickoff!| 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. |HUB Street
  • 1/18/16 | MLK Day of Service | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Locations Vary
  • 1/20/16 | Race and the Legacy of Dr. King: The Sequel | 12–1:30 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • 1/20/16 | Unconscious Bias Workshop | 4–6 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • 1/21/16 | Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz | 8–10 p.m. | Ethnic Cultural Theater
  • 1/22/16 | Black Lives Matter Teach-In | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Don’t miss this upcoming CLE on wage theft!

Tuesday, January 19: New Year, New You: Take Control of Your Student Loans- Free Debt Relief Webinar Hosted by Equal Justice Works

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiHappy New Year! While everyone else is making plans to hit the gym, we’ve got a better suggestion for your New Year’s Resolution: get a firm handle on your student loans!

Sounds like a lofty goal? No worries – Equal Justice Works is here to help! 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 Tuesday, January 19, 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!

Also, this webinar will provide valuable information about the Department of Education’s new REPAYE Plan for loan repayment. Equal Justice Works also updated their 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 automatically of all updates!

Students for Labor and Employment Justice (SLEJ) Presents Wage Theft: Now and Looking Forward

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Program includes an overview 6745112495_4473880b49_o.jpgof wage and hour class action litigation,
individual and small group representation, an overview of private lien and bond claim, & new developments in Washington wage and hour law.

Register here!

Date & Time:Friday, February 12, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

LocationUniversity of Washington School of Law William H. Gates Hall, Seattle, Washington

CLE Credits: 4.00 CLE Credits Approved

Cost: Bar Members………….$45.00 (includes lunch)
Students………………..Free

 

Social Justice Tuesday:Funding Your Summer Public Service Internship

Tuesday, January 12 12:30-1:20 pm @ Room 127

SJTAre you applying for unpaid summer internships with non-profit organizations or government agencies this summer?
Are you planning to apply for a PILA grant?
Do you want to increase your chances of getting summer funding?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, don’t miss
out on your chance to learn about a variety of summer grants other than PILA for which you will likely be eligible and competitive! Get hot tips and strategic advice from your peers and where to find the resources.

Panelists:

2L, James Carr, Equal Justice America Fellowship Recipient
2L, Ryan Jones, KCBA Labor & Employment Section Summer Grant Recipient
3L, Mariah Hanley, ABA John J. Curtin Fellowship Recipient
3L, Anna Rae Goethe, UW Law Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship
Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law

Hosted by: the Public Interest Law Association, Center for Human Rights & Justice and the Center for Public Service Law

Please RSVP via Symplicity by Monday, January 11