Come to a Discussion on What is Taught at UW Law and Why.

May 3: Social Justice Tuesday – Multi-Parent Adoptions within Washington State

sjtTuesday, May 3, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Room 127. Food provided!

 Come hear a distinguished panel of speakers discuss the fundamentals of how Washington handles adoptions involving more than two legal parents, as well as Washington’s take on custody decisions involving more than two adults when there is a separation or dissolution of the adult relationships.

  • Barbara Wechsler, an attorney with 30 years experience building families through adoption, will discuss approaches to structuring multi-parent adoptions. 
  • Raegan Rasnic, attorney and President of local firm Skellenger Bender, will discuss custody decisions in the event of a multi-parent separation.
  • Patricia Novotny, appellate attorney and University of Washington professor, will discuss appellate review of multi-parent arrangements. 

The event will be moderated by Professor Terry Price and is sponsored by Outlaws.

 RSVP in Symplicity by Monday 5/2 to reserve your lunch!

May 3: LEGAL EDUCATION MATTERS

image001Come to a Discussion on What is Taught at UW Law and Why. We will talk about:

  • What should be taught?
  • What tools do students and educators need?
  • What has worked-what can be improved?

YOUR  PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT

Join Us on Tuesday, May 3rd at 3:30 in Room 115

May 6: Addressing Seattle’s Urban Disorder with Collective Efficacy Principles

seattle_university_school_of_law1Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice’s  Center for the Study of Crime and Justice invites you to: Addressing Seattle’s Urban Disorder with Collective Efficacy Principles

Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Seattle University – Casey Building, 5th Floor

 Join the discussion regarding the urban disorder in Seattle.  Topics will include homelessness, mental health and crisis intervention, displaced youth, open-air drug activity, the line between free speech and criminal activity, and the collective response to public disorder.  Click here and see the attached agenda for more information. 

Cost: $100 General public; $75 Alumni; $50 Students and Campus Community 

To register: Email reynoldk@seattleu.edu or call (206)296-4580

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition

Attention UW Law Students! UW Pro Bono Honors Society deadline is right around the corner: Monday, May 9!

taupc7ah_400x400It is that time again: at the Center for Public Service Law we know that many of you have put in significant volunteer hours in your community and for causes you believe in. 2016 marks the fifth year that the Pro Bono Honors Society recognizes the public service efforts by all members of our UW Law community. Few law schools recognize the pro bono work of their faculty and staff together with students and we are proud to be leaders in this effort.  

We know many of you are not in it for the “award”, and appropriately so.  However, what the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.   

Please share this important message with your volunteers and peers!

Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline is Almost Here- Monday, May 9!

Between May 2015 and April  2016, did you:

  •  Volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, or ELS research project?
  • Volunteer for an emerging student-led pro bono project such as Trans Health, Ed Law or Jail Rights Project?
  • Do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization?
  • Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project?
  • Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
  • Volunteer for a community-based legal services organization working with underserved communities?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!

  • For complete information please click here.
  • First time participants should click here.
  •  Returning participants should click here.
  • Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition.

footer_shield2xThe University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students’ and recent graduates’ articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Period for submissions:
Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 PM.

Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.

Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

For complete contest rules and timeline, please visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Video as Evidence Field Guide is here!

vae_coverimage_text_700x340After in-depth research, field work, cross-sector collaboration, and (a whole lot of) writing, I’m excited to share with you the first Video as Evidence Field Guide.

At the core of WITNESS is our steadfast conviction that video is a uniquely powerful tool for human rights change. But citizen video doesn’t often reach a standard for it to be considered legal evidence; and simultaneously, legal systems around the world have been largely under-equipped to handle the influx of citizen footage made possible by today’s mobile technologies.

The goal of the Video as Evidence Field Guide to is bridge existing gaps so that citizens, activists, and lawyers can — together — use video more effectively for justice.

Leadership Academy Offers Innovative Curriculum to Equity and Justice Stakeholders

 By Joy Williams, Interim Co-Association Director, Advancement Department, Washington State Bar Association and Katharine Nyden, Pro Bono Coordinator, Blue Mountain Action Council

access_to_justice In early 2015 the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy (the Academy) welcomed its third cohort of legal aid providers and community partners from across the state to participate in a year-long training program. An initiative of the Access to Justice Board, the Academy offers an intentional and durable infrastructure that helps develop and sustain a broad, diverse, and deep network of leaders committed to equity and justices. Fellows are drawn from the Alliance for Equal Justice and community-based social justice organizations. The core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model. Taught by Shriver Center consultants and alumni from previous cohorts, Fellows learn to apply these competencies at four levels of leadership: self, organization, the Alliance, and the equity and justice movement.

 Read Cohort III Fellows, Joy Williams and Katharine Nyden, share their personal experiences, greatest learning, and takeaways from the experience.

 For more information about the Academy and/or to be notified of the request for applications for Cohort IV (slated to begin in early 2017), please contact Jennifer Werdell at 206-914-9406 or wa.ejcla@gmail.com.

New job opportunities to explore while you’re not enjoying the sun!

Office of Solicitor – Attorney

logo2With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department’s Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?:

  • The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.
  • For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior’s Telework Handbook at http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/documents/teleworkhandbookOctober2012.pdf.

For more information, click here

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – STAFF ATTORNEY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA OFFICE

44019The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Los Angeles Staff Attorney in one of the Young Center’s newest regional offices. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litemin immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.

The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity for an attorney to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of children in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will draft and submit best interests recommendations in immigration court, before asylum offices, to public interest attorneys, to the pro bono bar, and to the three federal agencies (DHS, HHS and DOJ) with responsibility for unaccompanied children in the United States. In Los Angeles, the Staff Attorney will work directly with detained children and children released to families or sponsors, to advocate for their best interests with respect to their custody, conditions of release, and their immigration proceedings. The Staff Attorney will help recruit, train and supervise bilingual and bicultural volunteer Child Advocates—teachers, law students, social workers, community members—who will work one-on-one with children. The Young Center team is a passionate and collegial group of professionals—attorneys, social workers, and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that children receive the full protection of federal immigration law, domestic child welfare law and international human rights law.

For more information, click here.

CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – Equal Access Fund Attorney

chrcl_photoThe Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law is a non­profit, public interest law office dedicated to furthering the legal, civil, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.

We have expertise in complex and class action litigation and in constitutional law. A partial list of the Center’s major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe , 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services , 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores , 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson , 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez , 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children’s access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position also requires recruitment and coordination of law clerks and volunteers to assist in the Center’s work.

The position requires a pro-active and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, a positive attitude as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

For more information, click here.

SOFTWARE FREEDOM LAW CENTER – ATTORNEY

sflc-0The Software Freedom Law Center,http://www.softwarefreedom.org, a New York based not-for-profit legal services organization that provides legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), seeks a junior attorney passionate about defending software freedom.

The position requires involvement in SFLC’s diverse practice, including counseling and advising on copyright and trademark licensing and policy, patent defense, non-profit corporate foundation and management, and some litigation.

In addition, the Attorney will be expected to publish writings and make public presentations on topics relating to software freedom.

A software or computer science related technical background, and familiarity with FOSS strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will already run a completely FOSS machine.

Salary is comparable to public sector legal positions in New York and not commensurate with private practice. An excellent benefits package is provided.

For more information, click here.

LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATION FUND – NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS:  TRANSGENDER RIGHTS PROJECT LAW STUDENT INTERN

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

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

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption, and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Brandon v. County of Richardson, Lopez v. River Oaks Imaging & Diagnostic Group, Glenn v. Brumby, L.P v. City of Philadelphia, Fields v. Smith.

For more information, click here.

May 6: THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT – Summer 2016 Law Clerk

tcrp_print_fullcolor_centered_lrg_eceThe Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is dedicated to leading a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis by using cutting-edge communications and grassroots strategies to educate the public about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

We are looking for a law clerk to join its legal department in support of its international campaign to bring the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engage the public in conversation about how to solve it. The law clerk will be a key member of our legal team, helping with various legal research and writing projects and accompanying administrative tasks that are critical to the operation of Climate Reality and its programs.

For more information, click here.

Due June 30: HUMAN RIGHTS NOW – Human Rights Project Manager/Researcher

513463996-japanese-activists-and-lawyers-lawyer-and-gettyimagesHuman Rights Now (HRN), a Tokyo-based international human rights NGO working for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide with a special focus in Asia, is currently taking applications for a full-time staff position responsible for our advocacy activities and project management. It is a rewarding position dealing with coordination and implementation of both domestic and international projects and advocacy activities.

The applicant should have a demonstrable interest in human rights or public-interest issues, particularly for the Asia region, and experience in human rights or public-interest work is favored. The applicant must have a native-level ability in speaking and writing Japanese, and a high-level fluent ability speaking and writing in English.

For more details and how to apply, please see the information below.

For more information, click here.

Be sure to check out the play “Force Continuum” at UW!

April 26: RACE TALKS @ 12:30 p.m.- Room 447

taupc7ah_400x400The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity urges you to “drop in” on an ongoing discussion about race, power and the law. This is an ongoing, open-ended conversation. Feel free to stop by anytime between 12:30 and 1:20 to listen and share your thoughts. Professor Brenda Williams will moderate

Lunch will be provided.

April 27: Financial Planning for Grads

taupc7ah_400x400Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-1:20 pm Room 127
Are you worried about repaying your student loans and other debt? Please join us for this informative 50 minute session.

Speakers:

  • Mathiew Le, UW, Assistant Dean Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Aline Carton-Listfjeld, UW, Director, Center for Public Service Law

It is important for law students to master the basics of personal financial management. Basic principles of personal finance are not difficult to learn and apply, but they may seem so because they are rarely explained in a simple, straightforward manner.

This presentation will provide an overview of the fundamentals of personal financial management for law students with little or no prior exposure to the subject. Topics covered will include strategies to track income and expenses, repayment loan options and establish budget priorities including common mistakes to avoid.

April 27-May 8: FORCE CONTINUUM

force820x400_2MFA director Malika Oyetimein will stage Kia Corthron’s explosive socio-political drama about three generations of African American police officers torn apart by the very organization to which they have dedicated their loyalty and working lives. Corthron tells an unflinching and deeply felt story of tragically flawed human beings trying to do the right thing in difficult circumstances and getting it very, very wrong.

As timely now as it was when first produced in 2001, Force Continuum stands as a potent theatrical criticism of modern day police brutality and the relationship between police and the black community.

To buy tickets, click here.

April 27: From Standing in the Street to Having a Seat at the Table

jsternJoin CPSL and Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International for a discussion of OutRight’s work supporting LGBTQI individuals living in the Middle East. OutRight Action International is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Jessica Stern specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. RSVP for this event through Symplicity. Campus location: William H. Gates Hall (LAW). Campus room: Room 138. Event types: Lectures/Seminars.

Event sponsors: The Center for Public Service Law and OutRight Action International. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

May 3: SJT – Multi-Parent Adoptions within Washington State

SJTOutlaws is hosting a panel presentation regarding multi-parent adoptions within Washington State. The panel will explain to the audience the fundamentals of how Washington handles adoptions involving more than two legal parents, as well as Washington’s take on custody decisions involving more than two adults when there is a separation or dissolution of one or more adult relationships.

Room 127 at 12:30pm.

May 4: The “Ins and Outs” of Applying for a 2L Summer Position: A Student Panel Discussion and Networking Reception for 1L Students

taupc7ah_400x400Please join LBA and ILS on Wednesday, May 4 for a student panel discussion followed by a networking reception.

The event will begin at 3:30pm in room 138 with a moderated panel of 2L and 3L students who will share their experiences applying for a 2L summer position. Immediately following the panel, there will be reception held in the Gallagher Law Library with local recruiters and attorneys from law firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations. During the reception, students will have the opportunity to meet with attorneys and recruiters and learn more about their organizations. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to speak with current 2L and 3L students who can share lessons, experiences, and tips for researching and applying for a 2L summer position.

Room 138 and Gallagher Law Library at 3:30-6pm

Still looking for a summer job?

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington.

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions; and 3) representing victims of violent crimes in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas and other forms of relief). The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

The attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations to persons who may be eligible for immigration benefits.

Send cover letter, resume and references to: wenatcheeattorney@nwirp.org with the subject “Staff Attorney Application – Wenatchee”. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by May 13, 2016, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Summer opportunity: Center for Children and Youth Justice

39285ecLawyers Fostering Independence is looking for an intern or extern with a demonstrated or well-stated interest in child welfare, juvenile justice, or related fields, and/or experience working with youth, at-risk families or underserved communities. In addition we are looking for a person with solid interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, an ability to be curious and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals, and a knack for being detail oriented. To apply, please send a cover letter, 1-page resume, transcript, writing sample limited to 5 pages, and a list of references to hgateless@ccyj.org. Cover letter should be addressed to:

 Mr. Hickory Gateless

Center for Children and Youth Justice

615 2nd Ave, Ste 275

Seattle, WA 98104

ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS – HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

mastheadRobert F. Kennedy Human Rights is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in applying to Equal Justice Works, Soros, Skadden, or other post-graduate public interest fellowships and seeking a fellowship host.

If interested, please e-mail fellowships@rfkhumanrights.org to submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and including a description of the nature of your funding source
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law)
  • List of three references

Applications are considered on a rolling basis; most fellowships begin in September and last for one year, but other arrangements can be made where needed.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates with regard to the interview process. No calls or emails, please.

 For more information, click here 

Due May 2:  IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CORPS – Summer Legal Intern

fullscreen20capture20122620142011220520am-bmpImmigrant Justice Corps is the country’s first immigration legal fellowship program.  Our internal legal staff of three directly supervises community fellows — BIA accredited representatives — and provides secondary supervision to our justice fellows — law graduates.

We are looking for a full-time summer legal intern to provide some combination of the following services:

  • Legal research for fellows — we wish to develop memoranda on recurring legal issues such as particular         social group precedent in asylum law; a survey of recent Chinese asylum decisions
  • Assistance in writing an editing an update to a  treatise on immigration and HIV
  • Assistance at legal clinics, including citizenship clinics and potentially asylum application clinics
  • Assistance with screening individuals in immigration court for possible relief
  • Conducting client intakes at various locations around NYC
  • Other functions as needed

Salary: Unpaid

Application Instructions: This is an *unfunded* internship.  IJC will only accept an intern who brings his or her own funding or receives credit through his or her law school.  

 To apply please send a detailed cover letter and resume to vneilson@justicecorps.org

For more information, click here

Due May 8: MARYLAND OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER – Juvenile Defender

opd_home_01An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The position will commence in September, 2016 and will be located at 14735 Main Street, Suite 272B, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive juvenile public defense.
  • Criminal trial experience preferred, specific experience representing juveniles strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
  • Strong client communication skills.
  • Must have membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State by August, 2016.

 Salary: $56k – $70k/year

Application Instructions: To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay (available on our website under “Careers”). Cover letters should be addressed to: Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment, 6 St. Paul Street, 22nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

 Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD Juvenile Division District V.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information, click here

Due July 1: URBAN JUSTICE CENTER – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT 2016 FELLOWSHIP

d5b7456c37302f006e90326b08d881fe_400x400The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2017 (applications due fall 2016).   

The Community Development Project is seeking prospective third-year law students and recent law graduates currently clerking or with clerkships beginning in the fall to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, and other similar programs.  We are looking for fellowship applicants interested in providing legal services in the areas of consumer justice, workers’ rights, and/or the intersection between workers’ rights and immigration law.

The Community Development Project strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities.  We partner with community organizations to win legal cases, publish community-driven research reports, assist with the formation of new organizations and cooperatives, and provide technical and transactional assistance in support of their work towards social justice.  Currently our work with grassroots groups includes affordable housing, workers’ rights, consumer economic justice, land use, zoning, transactional legal services, and worker cooperatives.  Please read an overview of our work for more information.

Interested applicants who are eligible for the fellowships described above (i.e., prospective third-year law students, recent law graduates currently clerking or those with clerkships beginning in the fall), should send a resume and cover letter including a brief description of their interest in being considered for sponsorship by the Community Development Project as well as information about the type of fellowship project they are considering.  Applicants should show a basic familiarity with the fellowship opportunities available and the requirements of each. 

Please note: this is not a job posting.  General application materials will not be considered.  Send the requested documents by e-mail with the words “Fellowships 2016” in the subject line to cdpfellowships@urbanjustice.org.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through 5 p.m. EST on July 1, 2016.  Due to our rolling deadline, early applications are encouraged.

For more information, click here

Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General seeking additional summer interns!

washington-ago-color-sealWhile the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General had expected to only take two interns this summer, we now have the capacity to take at least one (and maybe two) more.  Therefore, if you could please post this opportunity on your respective job bulletin boards, I would greatly appreciate it.  Should you or any of the applicants have any questions, feel free to contact me.   The deadline to apply for an internship is Friday the 6th of May.  When a candidate applies, please have them send an email to our recruiting coordinator, Letrice Tobin, at LetriceA@ATG.WA.GOV.   All applications must be completed using the link below:

Don’t miss Jessica Stern at UW Law!

April 21: Environment and Natural Resources Division: U.S. DOJ Information Session

2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svg12:30-1:20 PM | Room 118

 Are you interested in litigating in any of these areas?:

  • Wildlife and Marine Resources
  • Pollution
  • Lands and Natural Resources
  • Indian Resources
  • Land Acquisition

Internships for law students and entry-level attorney positions are available with the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice in a variety of locations across the country.

Attorneys at ENRD represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. Come learn more about these positions and the work of the ENRD.
Please RSVP in Symplicity. Lunch is being sponsored by the Environmental Law Program

April 22, 23: 2016 Anti-Human Trafficking Conference

2016-human-trafficking-conferenceThis conference will examine the intersection between human trafficking, trade & business, and global health. The discussion highlights are as follows:  Survivors of Human Trafficking and Forced Labor;  Trade Agreements and Forced Migration; Tools for Social Change; Ethical Sourcing; Student and Community Activism; and Health Care and Human Trafficking.

April 22: 9am-5:30pm at Intellectual House; 6:30pm Keynote Speaker in Kane Hall Room 130

April 23: 9am-10:30am Kane Hall Room 130

Click here to register

April 27: From Standing in the Street to Having a Seat at the Table

jsternJoin CPSL and Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International for a discussion of OutRight’s work supporting LGBTQI individuals living in the Middle East. OutRight Action International is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Jessica Stern specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. RSVP for this event through Symplicity. Campus location: William H. Gates Hall (LAW). Campus room: Room 138. Event types: Lectures/Seminars.

Event sponsors: The Center for Public Service Law and OutRight Action International. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Join the Community Partnership for Transition Services for the Reentry Summer institute in Tacoma!

‘Color of Justice’ kindles youth interest, encourages diversity in legal system by Peter Boskofsky

alaskanjustice1Learning by doing was part of an adventure that brought nearly 80 high school students from Anchorage and across Alaska to the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage. The concept is simple: A law-related education program designed to promote diversity in the legal profession through exposing high school students to legal training, exercises and active learning.

OK, we know what parents and teachers are thinking right now: How is that going to engage teenagers? Well, it’s simple. The Color of Justice Program is all about collaboration, interactivity, interesting and controversial legal scenarios, personal growth … and fun.

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Lawyers’ Committee looking for George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellows

skadden-foundationThe Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s foremost civil right legal organizations, annually sponsors a one-year fellowship under the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Program. The Lindsay Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice. Non-litigation activities include legal services to community development groups, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matters.

The one year Fellowship pays a stipend of $42,000, supplemented by a loan forgiveness payment of $2,000. The yearly stipend is also supplemented by payment of bar review and fees. Fellows have the opportunity to gain legal experience in one or more of the following areas: Voting Rights, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Justice, Education, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

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LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE SPONSORSHIP FOR SKADDEN FELLOWSHIP

skadden-foundation1The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking to sponsor a bright, creative, and driven individual for the 2017-2019 Skadden Fellowship. The Skadden applicant has the option of working on any of the following project areas: Education, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Justice, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

Applications for sponsorship must be received by April 25, 2016. Please apply at: https://podio.com/webforms/15341491/1028436

After selection, the Lawyers’ Committee will work with the final candidate to compose the application to the Skadden Foundation by the October 3, 2016 deadline. Interested individuals should also consult the Skadden Foundation website for additional details about the applicable requirements, selection process and salary.

Due to the volume of applications received the Fellowship Selection Committee will not be able to inform every applicant regarding the status of his or her application. Semi-finalists will be contacted once candidates are selected for interviews. We thank you for your understanding in advance.

2016 PROGRAM OF ADVANCED STUDIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

logo_white_blueThe Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce its call for applications to the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This annual Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from over 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s and professors from all over the world. DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

 The application form for this program is available at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy. For more information please contact us at: hracademy@wcl.american.edu.

Join the Community Partnership for Transition Services for the Reentry Summer institute in Tacoma!

hqdefaultThe Community Partnership for Transition Services is hosting a Reentry Summer Institute this July 27-28 in Tacoma. Please forward widely http://www.cpts.info/summer_institute.aspx

2016 CPTS Summer Institute: Unstacking the Deck: Addressing Power, Race & Poverty After Incarceration

Pierce CPTS, the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, and New Connections invite you to the 2016 Regional Reentry Summer Institute.

The theme of the 2016 summer institute is Unstacking the Deck: Addressing Power, Race & Poverty after Incarceration. The institute aims to connect people and resources, support service providers, and foster collaborative partnerships to promote successful community transitions after incarceration.

2016 Summer Institute Schedule

Wednesday, July 27th

  7:30 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking Opportunities

  8:30 am – 3:30 pm Plenary Session and Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, July 28th

  8:30 am – 3:30 pm Summer Institute Sessions