Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for two fellowships & other job opportunities!

King County Public Defenders are seeking summer interns!

1280px-logo_of_king_county_washington-svgSummer 2016 1L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for One L students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. One L interns will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. A one L intern will be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail/other facilities where our clients are housed, assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  Within the Director’s Office, interns will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative responses and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

 Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates, as well as any geographic preference.

 Summer 2016 2L/3L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for Rule 9-qualified students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. Rule 9 interns will be able to represent clients, receiving active supervision and intensive training in both procedure and trial skills. In addition, Rule 9 students will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. Rule 9 students will also be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail and other facilities where our clients are housed, and assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  There will also be positions in the Director’s Office, where 2Ls and 3Ls will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative response, and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates as well as any geographic preference.

Jackson County, OR – Deputy District Attorney I (District Attorney Criminal Division)

nlwvciovProvides legal representation to prosecute a broad range of crimes in Circuit Court. May prepare and handle child support enforcement and modification hearings and trials. May prepare and present juvenile delinquency and dependency matters in the Circuit Court.

Examples of Essential Position Duties

  • Reviews and evaluates factual and legal bases for cases filed to determine legal sufficiency. Prepares charges to be filed with the court.
  • Prepares for motion hearings and trial through witness interviews, legal research, and investigation of facts and information; drafts, prepares, and files appropriate legal documents. Consults with law enforcement personnel regarding cases.
  • Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary.
  • Organizes cases for trial; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence.
  • Under general direction, conducts courtroom proceedings; determines strategy, organization, evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, and jury instructions.
  • Remains current on new laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information to law enforcement personnel, the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principles, the court process, and other related matters.
  • Adheres to County and departmental policies and procedures as well as safe work practices, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other staff, public officials, the general public and representatives of other agencies.
  • Attends and participates in required trainings.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance.
  • Working irregular hours is required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information about the position, click here.

The Office of Labor Standards is accepting applications for the position of Labor Standards Investigator

city_logoAs a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014. OLS implements City ordinances on minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, use of criminal history in employment decisions, wage theft and other laws that the City may enact in the future. OLS is housed within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

The Labor Standards Investigator position is a full-time emergency position with funding through December 31, 2016.

This position will be responsible for receiving and processing intakes, drafting complaints, and handling a complex caseload requiring investigation and resolution of complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (formerly known as the Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage Ordinance, Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance, and dual-filed discrimination cases in employment.
Applications close on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4 pm.

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Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for these two fellowships!

ac-logo-20141-300x75Washington, D.C.-based Policy Fellows

Policy Fellows will support Accountability Counsel in promoting corporate and government accountability and the protection of human and environmental rights. In this context, Fellows help advance our policy work toward the improvement of accountability mechanisms and their creation where they do not exist. Responsibilities include: conducting research and policy analysis; producing memos; reporting on international and domestic legal/policy developments; supporting our coalition-building efforts; and assisting with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and campaigns. Fellows will participate in meetings with stakeholders in government, business, international institutions, and partner organizations, as appropriate.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications for semester- and year-long positions from law students, graduate students and recent graduates (within on year of graduation) in relevant fields. Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Policy Fellow application can be found here.  We will begin reviewing Summer Policy Fellow applications in January and will accept applications until the positions are filled. (Note for Law School student applicants: We will accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. For 2Ls and higher, we accept applications on a rolling basis.)

Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellows

South Asia Law Fellows will primarily support Accountability Counsel in collaboration with South Asia-based communities in filing complaints and our development of resource materials for communities and advocates. South Asia Law Fellows will work with AC’s South Asia Director and be responsibly for legal research assignments and fact memos. They also may participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues as opportunities arise.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications from current law and graduate students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellow application can be found here. We will being reviewing South Asia Law Fellow applications beginning February 1st and will accept applications until the positions are filled

For more information, click here.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) – Fall 2016 Legal Internship Opportunity; Racial Justice Program, New York (NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS) 

15_1For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

 The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Fall of 2016. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the students’ law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Applicants should send a cover letter, describing their interest in racial justice issues and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume and two references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length, to hrjobsRJP@aclu.org reference [RJP Fall 2016 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to Racial Justice Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 

For more information, click here.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH – DISABILITY RIGHTS RESEARCHER/ADVOCATE

2000px-hrw_logo-svgThe Disability Rights Division (“DRD”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing research and advocacy strategies on the human rights of persons with disabilities.  Ideally, the position will be based in HRW’s New York office and will report to the Director of the Disability Rights Division.

Contact: Please apply immediately or by  February 22, 2016 by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to disability@hrw.org. Please use “Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate Application Ref: DRD-16-1002” as the subject of your email. 

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CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST (CSPI) – 2016 FOOD LAW & REGULATORY POLICY INTERNSHIP

WordPerfect CSPI with NAH color logoThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest?circulation nutrition newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry.  CSPI is supported by the subscribers to Nutrition Action, donors, and foundation grants.

CSPI’s food-regulation team, working with staff scientists, led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act; restrict the use of unsafe food additives; stop numerous deceptive ads and labels; and reduce amounts of sodium and trans fat in processed food.  The Food Law and Regulatory project leads CSPI’s efforts to use regulation, legislation, and other strategies to promote smarter government policies and better corporate practices to improve the public’s health. 

We’re searching for a bright, hardworking law student to work closely with the Director of Regulatory Affairs on food labeling and misbranding, food additives and government oversight of the food supply before federal agencies and in Congress. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as litigation over principles of administrative law and food law. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, op-ed pieces, reports, tracking regulation and legislation and assisting in ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.

To apply, please email a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and legal writing sample, to hr@cspinet.org.  Please include “PSJD-FL” in the email subject line.   

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