Fenwick & West hosting upcoming poverty simulation.

June 13: Fenwick & West is hosting “A Day in the Life of a Pro Bono Client” (Poverty Simulation)

fenwick-560x264Join us for an eye-opening opportunity to deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by those living in poverty and find out about ways to help. During the exercise, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to seniors trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities on a limited budget while interacting with community resources such as the bank, grocery store, school, and legal aid. After the training is over, there will be a debriefing discussion.

“The Poverty Simulation Kit” was created by Missouri Association for Community Action to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding and inspire local change. The “Kit” has been used by over 1,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, nonprofits, and governmental agencies.

If you would like a preview of the event, this short video was made by a former participant: Please click HERE.

Facilitated by Tiela Chalmers, Esq., CEO, Alameda County Bar Association

Monday, June 13th
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Fenwick & West
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Click here for directions.

Refreshments provided at end of program.

Please RSVP by June 6, 2016.  Click here to add to your calendar.

2.0 hours of CLE Ethics Credit will be provided.

The Metropolitan Policy Program and the Center on Children and Families at Brookings release study on multidimensional poverty and race in America.

Adding a legal dimension to multidimensional poverty | Paul Prettitore

jordan_soldierwater001_16x9Last month, the Metropolitan Policy Program and the Center on Children and Families at Brookings released a study on multidimensional poverty and race in America. The study shows why it’s important to look at poverty through the dimensions of low household income, limited education, lack of health insurance, concentrated spatial poverty, and unemployment, and why we should consider ways to de-cluster and reduce the links between them.

For the last couple years I have been conducting research on the relationship between the justice sector and poverty. More recently my research has focused on the links between legal problems and poverty.  Why a focus on legal problems? Because they are often a symptom of a combination of poor policy, inadequate legal and regulatory frameworks, and weak delivery of public services.

In this context, it becomes quickly evident how legal problems are an integral part of poverty. Our most recent research explores the role of legal problems in pushing the vulnerable into poverty, and in preventing households from escaping poverty. Research is currently being piloted in three upper-middle-income countries—Jordan, Colombia, and Peru.

Continue reading here Photo source: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/future-development/posts/2016/05/19-legal-view-multidimensional-poverty-prettitore

Take a break from counting the days until summer & check out these new opportunities!

Due May 30: Hiring Summer Interns for UW Law Clinics

taupc7ah_400x400Are you interested in earning money and gaining experience in tribal public defense, taxation, international human rights and other public interest subject matter?  Rising 1 and 2Ls, may apply now through May 30 for summer work study positions in the Clinical Law Program.

These are opportunities to improve lawyering skills–client representation, research, writing and policy analysis are among the tasks that will be assigned. Generally, these are full time positions paying $17/hr. for the period July 1 through September 27.

Please submit your letter of interest (including your LARW instructor’s name), resume and a brief writing sample to hdaniels@uw.edu.  You may bring your packet to Suite 265 in William H. Gates Hall, if you prefer.

Due July 25: HEALTH ADVOCATES, LLC – SSI / SSDI Attorney

pexels-photoHealth Advocates is seeking a highly motivated Attorney with Social Security Disability experience for our main office in Chatsworth, CA. This position will report under Leibovic Law Group, LLP, the in-house law firm for Health Advocates that provides legal guidance and representation when needed in front of an ALJ and/or State and Federal courts.

Job Summary: Evaluate SSI/SSDI case referrals and/or claim denials to determine whether or not the denied claim can be overturned. Job responsibilities: reviews new and open cases during application, reconsideration and hearing level to determine merit of the case and implement case development and strategy, prepares the client and case for hearing, represents claimants before an AJL on SSI/SSDI claims, prepares post-hearing briefs, letter requests for OTR, dire need letters, responses to CE reports and other written submissions required by SSA. 

Please complete an online application at www.healthadvocates.com

See more at: https://www.psjd.org//opportunitydetails?OppID=65778#sthash.St8HECaS.dpuf

Photo credit: https://static.pexels.com/photos/34846/pexels-photo.jpg


d5b7456c37302f006e90326b08d881fe_400x400IRAP is seeking Policy Counsel to be based at IRAP’s headquarters in New York City as part of IRAP’s growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugee, human rights and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at-risk. The Policy Counsel will:

  • Engage in advocacy with federal administrative agencies and congressional offices on the need for improved access to and processing in the U.S. refugee resettlement and special immigrant visa programs.
  • Work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to improve the identification and processing of vulnerable refugee cases for registration,protection and resettlement.
  • Collaborate with IRAP’s Legal team to research and develop proposed policy initiatives and strategy.
  • Develop and oversee strategies to engage IRAP’s law student chapters and student volunteers to engage in research, outreach and advocacy work on behalf of refugees and Special Immigrant Visa (“SIV”) applicants.
  • Expand, organize, and collaborate with IRAP’s volunteers and supporters to build a grassroots advocacy network in support of refugee and Special Immigrant Visa applicants.
  • Liaise and manage relationships with partner organizations.
  • Support IRAP’s media advocacy in conjunction with IRAP’s Communications Manager.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 3 pages) using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

Berkey Williams LLP Seeks Associate Attorney

berkeywilliams-logoBerkey Williams LLP is an Indian law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations on matters such as natural and cultural resource protection, land, water, governance development, health care, ICWA, tribal TANF, and employment. The firm has a distinguished record of championing tribal interests to protect and advance the legal, political, cultural, and economic rights of tribes and nations. Additional information about Berkey Williams LLP can be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com.

The firm seeks an Associate Attorney with two or more years of experience and the following qualifications:

• Relevant experience in the firm’s practice areas;
• Excellent legal writing and research skills;
• Demonstrated understanding of tribal and federal Indian law and of native communities;
• Demonstrated commitment to working for tribes and tribal organizations;
• Willingness and ability to work on Indian Child Welfare matters for the firm’s clients in California, including occasional overnight travel;
• Superior communication skills; and,
• Licensed and in good standing with the California State Bar (or if licensed in another state, with the expectation that the candidate will promptly become admitted in California).

Native lawyers are encouraged to apply. Compensation package includes competitive salary, flexible work options, and excellent benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and concise writing sample (10 or fewer pages) to Gloria Coronado at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls, please.

Assistant Director – Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

phrge-banner-960The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (“PHRGE”) of Northeastern University School of Law (“NUSL”) was founded in 2005 as a law school-based program to engage in the study, promotion, implementation and constructive critique of rights-based approaches to economic development and social transformation, with particular attention to economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights. PHRGE’s mission is threefold: (1) to promote human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, within the Northeastern community; (2) to support cutting-edge scholarship on human rights, with a particular focus on economic, social and cultural rights; and (3) to work to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide. To those ends, PHRGE sponsors an on-line ESC rights journal with an international circulation; develops human rights analyses, reports and briefs to support litigation and other advocacy efforts domestically and internationally; convenes scholars and activists engaged with ESC rights issues for discussion and exchanges; sponsors human rights programming at NUSL; and sponsors several funded human rights cooperative education placements for NUSL law students.

PHRGE seeks a dynamic and skilled Assistant Director to work with the Executive Director to lead the program in fulfilling its mission. This is a part-time, (2/3rds time) benefits-eligible, grant-funded position for one year, which may be renewed subject to funding.


logo1NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2017, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

NCLEJ welcomes applications describing possible projects that fit within NCLEJ’s mission and areas of work, as well as applications from individuals who have not yet formulated a project; if we select the applicant we will work with that person to develop a project in an area where interesting new work is emerging, such as:

  1. Protecting the Rights of Low-Wage Workers.  Even with increases to the minimum wage on national and local levels, many workers are still being denied basic employment rights. Migrant and seasonal dairy workers in upstate New York are especially vulnerable. Wage theft is rampant and the workers’ compensation systems set up to provide for injured workers are failing dairy workers and others who work in low-wage jobs, such as restaurant workers and home care attendants. Potential projects include addressing these failings though outreach to farms and dairies, collaboration with upstate or New York City-based worker centers, and a multi-pronged advocacy approach at the national level.
  2. Fighting Debt Collection Abuses in State Courts.  Over the last decade, debt collectors have flooded state court systems with unjust collection lawsuits that are disproportionally concentrated in communities of color. The people sued are nearly all very low-income and without access to legal services. Many never get notice of the lawsuits at all. Armed with unjust judgments, debt collectors seize people’s bank accounts and garnish their wages – leaving low-income families without money for rent, food, and medical care. The Fellow would work with partner organizations around the country to address these problems using a variety of tools including litigation, policy advocacy, and programs to support pro se litigants.
  3. Building Collaboration to Support Domestic Care Workers in Addressing Income Inequality.  Women of color consistently have the highest poverty levels in the domestic care industry. They confront lack of health care and other benefits and unfair work schedules. Over the past six years, however, several states, including New York have passed laws granting domestic workers important protections such as minimum and overtime wages, paid time off and work breaks. The Fellow will use a variety of tools, including individual advocacy and impact work to effectuate implementation of the law.
  4. Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Persons with disabilities face significant barriers in attempting to access and maintain public benefits. Projects could address disability-based discrimination regarding: appointing counsel and providing other assistance in administrative hearings as a reasonable accommodation for persons with mental impairments; refusal to provide interpreters for persons who are deaf; the lack of availability of documents converted into alternate formats for persons who are blind; ensuring adequate access to personal care services for persons with disabilities living at home, in order to prevent their being forced into nursing homes and other institutional settings; and allowing persons with developmental disabilities to transition from rote, subminimum wage work activities in sheltered workshops to competitive employment in the open labor market. 
  5. Combatting Child Hunger.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 70% of recipients of food stamps are in households with a child under 18. Food stamps help reduce family poverty and contribute to better health and educational outcomes for children. Yet, challenges remain in ensuring that eligible households have access to food stamps. The Fellow would develop a project addressing systemic barriers, working with partners in selected states, and would use a combination of individual assistance, impact advocacy, and policy work to help increase food stamps access. 

 See our website at http://nclej.org/jobs-and-internships for links to a video and other information about past fellows.

Please submit (1) a cover letter setting out why you believe you would be a good candidate for such a fellowship, and your ideas about what you would hope to accomplish in such a fellowship, (2) a resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) three references. Send these materials by e-mail to fellowship@nclej.org or by mail to Fellowship Applications, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, 275 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1506, New York NY 10001-6860. Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail.

– See more at: https://www.psjd.org//opportunitydetails?OppID=65726#sthash.qE29i46r.dpuf

Don’t miss the Supreme Court Symposium!

May 25: Supreme Court Symposium – “Pre-Trial Justice: Reducing the Rate of Incarceration”

gu-mjc-flyerPre-trial justice is garnering national attention as data shows the challenges that exist in the current front-end systems. The symposium will examine various pre-trial practices and identify opportunities for reform including: risk-assessment tools, the reality of poverty and bail practices, and the consequences of denying the right to counsel. The innovative criminal justice reforms currently underway in Yakima and Spokane will be highlighted.

Keynote speaker: Cynthia Jones – Professor of Law American University College of Law and Executive Director of the Pre-Trial Racial Justice Iniative

8:30am-12:45pm at the Temple of Justice in Olympia.



As the details of our lives become more and more digitized, privacy concerns loom large. This volunteer, grassroots, community forum seeks to raise awareness regarding digital privacy concerns, especially for marginalized and underrepresented populations. The program addresses a broad range of challenges that historically vulnerable communities face in navigating their privacy rights including: online addiction, cyber-bullying, identity and senior fraud, and greater demands for personal data access. The forum will also discuss concerns about instances of government surveillance, like police body cameras and increasing digital intrusion through basic government services. The event will focus on hyper-local, no- or low-cost actions to help individuals address the powerful networks that take advantage of personal privacy weaknesses.

PANEL: (Click names for bios)

  • G. Bob Ferguson: Keynote: Consumer Privacy Protection, resources, stories, actions
  • Pramila Jayapal: New police body camera guidelines, community issues, actions
  • Scilla Andreen: Backstory to “Screenagers” documentary, actions for youth, families
  • Hilarie Cash: Clues to online addiction, interventions, stories, residential treatment
  • Trish Millines Dziko: “Data Branding” implications for students of color
  • Drew Atkins: Call for university “Transparency Reports” on Law Enforcement requests
    for student, faculty and staff data
  • Tarek Dawoud: Muslim Surveillance, Privacy, Challenges for cloud software providers
  • Beryl Fernandes, Ph.D., Moderator, Community Stories: Youth Privacy Matters; Small
    Business Reputations & Open Data Quality; Selected Worker Issues 


  • 5-5.50pm Town Hall Lobby: Networking, Resource Fair, Video Clips
  • 6-7.30pm Town Hall Great Hall: Interactive Forum
  • 7.30-8pm Town Hall Café: Post-Forum “Screenagers” trailer and discussion
    Special Guests from California, Producers Delaney Ruston & Scilla Andreen

REGISTER EARLY: Tickets $5.00 FREE for students and others unable to pay



August 2: Attorney General’s Open House

preferred20bob20ferguson20head20shotOn August 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Attorney General’s Office will host its fourth annual Open House in the Olympia/Tumwater office for those who wish to learn more about the Office and how to apply for attorney or law clerk positions.  This event is open to all current and incoming second and third-year law students, judicial clerks and/or licensed attorneys.

 August 2, 2016 (11:00 am to 1:00 pm)

7141 Cleanwater Lane SW, Olympia, WA  98501

Call for Participation: Seeking Researchers and Women’s Organizations for UN Study!

Apply Now for the 2016-2017 Jackson Leadership Fellows Program!

hjflogo-150Last fall the Foundation launched its first cohort of Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows. We had an outstanding group of eight Fellows in our 2016 class. This program has exceeded our expectations many times over. The Fellows themselves have remarked on what an exceptional professional development program this has been for each of them. According to one Fellow, Tamara Power-Drutis:

“The Fellowship program has surrounded me with the tools and resources I need to become the most effective servant leader I desire to be: training and workshops to explore my leadership and team strengths and challenges; input and problem solving with the other fellows as we apply the principles we learn back into our professional worlds; regular mentorship to work through the questions and opportunities as I experience them, and a strong network that will continue to have a positive impact on me, my career, and our region.”

The application process for the 2016-2017 class of Jackson Leadership Fellows is now open. If you are a working professional 40 years old or under, please consider applying for the Fellows program. If you know someone who meets this description, please nominate them. You can learn more about the Fellows program activities here, and download an application or a nomination form. The deadline to submit an application is June 30, 2016.
The Foundation embarked on the Fellowship program in part to reach out to the next generation and inculcate them with Senator Jackson’s values. As we near the end of the year for this inaugural class, it is clear that those values – and the man behind them – remain relevant today.

Call for Participation: Seeking Researchers and Women’s Organizations for UN Study

 maxresdefaultThe Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI), co-founded by internationally renowned Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist Alda Facio, is undertaking a two-year research and advocacy project to promote participation in data gathering for the upcoming thematic report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice (UNWGDAW) on “good practices” in addressing discrimination and promoting women’s self-empowerment.  The project will focus on identifying potential “good laws” and/or important case law that promote women’s substantive equality, and developing case studies that delve into the content of the laws, their impact and implementation mechanisms, as well as the complex set of factors and actors involved in their creation and implementation.

 We have a particular interest in looking at the participation of women’s organizations and civil society in the process of developing laws that promote women’s de facto equality.  The project seeks to involve women’s organizations, researchers and women’s human rights experts in identifying case studies and in contributing to a greater understanding of what constitutes a “good practice” in the context of promoting women’s enjoyment of their human rights. It also seeks to question and deepen the parameters for understanding how to define “good practices” in the context of women’s human rights implementation.

 The information on the website describes the roles and parameters of participation in this important global study.  The results of the study will be submitted to the UNWGDAW to contribute towards their official report on this theme to the Human Rights Council, and will also be disseminated through a range of methods once the study is completed. Individual researcher applicants must have a degree in a related field, research experience, and excellent English writing skills. All interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names and contact information of two professional references, and a writing sample in English, (all in a single Word or PDF document, please) to: research@learnwhr.org by May 30, 2016.  Please indicate clearly which regional team you are looking to join, and whether you are applying to be a researcher or a research team coordinator.  The regions and teams are outlined in the parameters below.

 We are also seeking the involvement of women’s organizations with expertise in these areas to submit case studies based on your work.  If your organization would like to get involved in the study, please contact us at research@learnwhr.org with the following information: name and profile of organization; region(s) of work; area of specialization; relevant existing studies to contribute to research project; and contact person for follow-up as soon as possible.

 See our website for terms of reference for participation:  www.learnwhr.org/research

Apply for AmeriCorps JD by June 3

bhfdt7pcuaabqslOur AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to commit to providing legal assistance to underserved communities across the country. Veteran focused projects will be highly considered. Apply by June 3 to earn this $1,222 Segal Education Award! Please email americorpsjd@equaljusticeworks.org and apply today! Spread the word by sharing this link on Facebook!

Looking for new job opportunities?

WESTON FIRM – Associate Attorney: Consumer Class Actions

mr3aglxWe seek a zero-to-six-year attorney who can write great briefs about complex areas of the law such as food and drug regulation.

The Weston Firm is a public interest law firm whose focus is on class actions on behalf of consumers and small businesses against large corporate defendants. We have frequently been appointed lead class counsel by federal judges throughout California.

We are an approved public interest employer for Harvard and Michigan, eligible for school-funded public interest loan repayment.

While we prefer full time, 3/5 time is possible for attorneys with childcare responsibilities, and attorneys returning to the workforce after taking a break for raising children are encouraged to apply.

We will also consider applicants outside of San Diego who can work from a home office for a trial period.

For entry level, we seek excellent academic records and writing ability. For experienced attorneys, complex litigation in California’s federal courts is the most relevant experience. Federal court and class action experience elsewhere is also helpful.

Work hours are somewhat flexible and t-shirt beach casual is OK the entire year.

Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho looking for Public Defenders!

logo20copy1The Nez Perce Tribe Department of Law & Justice is recruiting for: DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER HR-15-190 This position is responsible for handling of cases as assigned by the Nez Perce Tribal Public Defender. Responsible for preparing reports, legal memoranda, correspondence, and other documents. Under the direction of the Public Defender. Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. Requires license to practice law in Idaho State, Federal and Tribal court. Requires at least one (1) year working as a Public Defender, or preferably five (5) years working in a closely related field for a tribal government. Please provide a cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, and a resume listing three work-related references and state bar licensure. Pre-employment drug testing required. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured under the Tribe’s policy. (If your driver’s license is not issued from Idaho; a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the state your driver’s license is issued, is required with your application.) Open Until Filled. 

Columbia Legal Services – Staff Attorney: Working Families Project (Yakima, WA)

aaeaaqaaaaaaaatpaaaajgvmnthmnzlllwm5owitndq0mc05zdbiltrkntm0mwnmmwjknwColumbia Legal Services seeks a full‐time Staff Attorney to work in our Working Families Project. This position will provide systemic, multi‐forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low‐wage workers and their families in Washington. This position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights matters and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

First round of applications will be considered by June 30, 2016. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. CLS will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If e‐mailed, please make Yakima Staff Attorney ‐ WFP your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and a 5‐10 page writing sample to:

  • Trisa Kern, Director of Program Administration
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • 101 Yesler Way Suite 300
  • Seattle, Washington, 98104
  • jobs@columbialegal.org

Tulalip Tribes Victim Advocate Attorney Job Posting

tulaliptribes_logoThe Tulalip Tribes seeks a Victim Advocate Attorney to provide holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through the Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid, the Victim Advocate Attorney will work closely with the Legacy of Healing program to deliver a responsive system to victims with immediate access to legal services.

For details on the position, please see the attached job description.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Wendy Church, Court Director, at wchurch@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov or by mail to 6103 31st Ave NE, Tulalip, WA 98271.  For more information, please contact Nicole Sieminski at (360) 716-5401.

Materials received after 4:00pm PDT on May 23, 2016 will not be accepted.

Washington House Democrats – Health Care Policy Analyst

hdc-logo-blueThe House of Representatives is comprised of the elected Members of the House of Representatives and the staff necessary to carry out the business of a legislative branch of government. The Democratic Caucus consists of the Democratic members of the Washington State House. Each caucus has partisan staff positions that assist the members of the House. This job is in Olympia during the legislative session with an option to work in Seattle during the interim. It is a full-time, exempt position with benefits.

Caucus Policy Analysts are experienced research professionals who are responsible for analyzing and developing innovative public policy solutions for House Democrats. In this instance the policy focus is in health care and another issue to be named at a later date.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Working with elected officials and staff to develop, analyze, and interpret public policy proposals
  • Researching issues and writing issue briefs, legislative proposals and summaries
  • Providing strategic advice about public policy
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders
  • Working efficiently with diverse personalities in both team and individual settings

INTERESTED CANDIDATES should send electronically a cover letter, résumé and a writing sample to:


King County Bar Association: Volunteer Position – Family Law Legal Intern/Extern (Bilingual Spanish)

king-county-bar-associationThe Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. Many of the cases that are handled help unaccompanied children from Central America and other countries who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The programs assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

Send resume and cover letter to:

King County Bar Association, Attn: Judy Lin

1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700

Seattle, WA 98101


Fax: 206.267.7099


Email: JudyL@kcba.org

For more information, click here (SHP and Kinship- Summer 2016-Spanish)


logoLa Raza is a community-based legal organization dedicated to empowering Latino, immigrant and low-income communities of San Francisco to advocate for their civil and human rights.  We combine legal services and advocacy to build grassroots power and alliances towards creating a movement for a just society. We were established in 1973, and we are located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Learn more at www.lrcl.org.

La Raza Centro Legal (“La Raza”) seeks full-time law student interns for its immigration practice area for summer 2016. While at La Raza, interns will:

  • Learn the basics of immigration law for applications including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Advance Parole, Naturalization, and more;
  • Conduct intakes for new immigration clients;
  • Work with clients on their immigration cases; and
  • Learn practical skills including case management and professional responsibility.


oceana-logoOceana’s Legal Department seeks current law students who have an interest in ocean conservation or environmental law to serve as law clerks or externs. The legal team brings strategic federal litigation to advance marine conservation goals (mainly under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act) and supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives. Oceana’s current campaigns focus on encouraging responsible fisheries, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; and advocating clean offshore energy while fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Applications should be sent to the email address listed below. Please include a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial or official), a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. 

Watch new documentary “The Return” at UW this week!

May 11: Come watch “The Return” at UW

ibg_xcdyJoin director Kelly Duane de la Vega, executive producer Anne Devereux-Mills, and film subject Mike Romano, director of the Justice Advocacy Project at Stanford Law School (formerly Three Strikes Project) for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film, THE RETURN.

This event will kick-off THE RETURN PROJECT’s State(s) of Reform Tour, which will bring a screening of the film to 10 communities across the U.S. in advance of its broadcast premiere on PBS’s award-winning POV on May 23.

Doors will open on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00pm. The screening will begin at 6:30pm, following a welcome and remarks by Steve Herbert, Professor and Director of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers, film subject, and business and criminal justice reform stakeholders after the screening of the film.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Add to Calendar
University of Washington – Kane Hall Room 210, Seattle, WA 98105 – View Map

May 12: Understanding Intimate Partner Abuse

nb20logo20screenNew Beginnings next Understanding Intimate Partner Abuse community training is coming up Thursday, May 12th! Learn how to identify unhealthy behaviors or abusive relationships, be most helpful to a loved one or friend experiencing abuse, and access local resources. The education session will be held: 

 Thursday, May 12th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm at North Seattle College (Room CC1161) – Appetizer dinner and refreshments will be served

 If you haven’t already signed up, RSVP to epankow@newbegin.org, call 206-926-3016 or, for additional details, visit our website or Facebook. We hope you can join us!

May 13: Mental Health and the Law

taupc7ah_400x40012:30 pm | Room 133

People accused of crimes languish in jail for months awaiting competency evaluations, breaking Washington State’s own laws. Will the A.B. by and through Trueblood v DSHS decision be a fix?

Join us for a panel discussion about Washington State’s competency evaluation delay and current efforts to fix this problem, featuring:

  •  Cassie Trueblood, Snohomish County Public Defenders
  • Jason Schwarz, Snohomish County Public Defenders
  • Chris Carney, Carney Gillespie Isitt PLLP

 Co-hosted by the Disability Law Alliance and Innocence Project Northwest

Food will be provided (Pupusas!)

June 1: Wayfind Law & Libations Happy Hour – Connecting Lawyers, Nonprofits and Communities.

 wayfind-banner-loginJoin us to celebrate Wayfind’s community impact and to honor founding board member Andy Guy’s legacy as a pro bono leader.

This will be a festive happy hour event to celebrate and connect with each other and to raise money for Wayfind’s expansion of programs to serve community organizations.

The event will be at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square.

We’ll have delicious food, beer and wine.

Date: June 1, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 6:00 pm short program

Hope to see you there!

 Please RSVP here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2532448

Don’t Forget to Donate a Day’s Pay with Center for Human Rights & Justice!

Stress in America

americanpsychoassSince 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign to examine the state of stress across the country and understand its impact. The Stress in America™ survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. The results of the survey draw attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and the inextricable link between the mind and body.

For more information, click here

It’s your voice that’s missing. VOTE in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaal7aaaajdhhyteyndnilwu4zmytngyxzi1ioguxltyznme5ymvhmduznqWhat would happen if 15,000 people joined forces to tell the world’s judges that human rights matter?

This is our challenge. Last year, more than 12,000 people from around the world voted in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards. This year, we want to smash that record – and show judges that we will not tolerate decisions that perpetuate sexism.

You need to vote to make this possible.

Do you think one of the cases this year is great? Give a Gavel Award to the amazing judicial decisions that promote sexual and reproductive rights, or help put an end to discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.

Does one of the cases make you really angry? Use the Bludgeon Award to call out decisions that failed to give justice to victims of gender violence or allowed employers to get away with blatant discrimination.

Voting is quick and easy:

  1. Go to the website.
  2. Choose your favorite.
  3. Hit “Vote” and enter the captcha code. Your vote will be registered.
  4. Tell the world you voted on social media!

And remember that you can vote every day for your favorite cases!

Want to learn more about the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards? Then watch our video on how to vote here.

Vote and share – and help us break our record!

Success in school starts at home by Katara Jordan, Columbia Legal Services and UW Law Alum

kkddodm6Anyone can be an advocate. As an attorney who works with families and students experiencing homelessness, I am fortunate to partner with advocates from every possible professional background and walk of life, each dedicated to ensuring homeless children and families have access to safe, stable housing, with as little educational disruption as possible.

Two years ago I received a phone call from one of these advocates who described herself as:

  • a former Microsoft employee,
  • a domestic violence survivor,
  • a mom of three.

After two years of rotating between friends’ houses, shelters and motels; trying to find a job, and a stable place to stay so that her three daughters (ages, 3, 5 and 13) could stay in their own school district, Ada Andersen was exhausted.

Ada was desperate to maintain the consistency and familiarity that school provided for her daughters – a place of normalcy in childhoods turned upside down. On that day two years ago, what brought us together was Ada’s concern that her children’s school district would not transport one of her daughter’s between school and child care. Without transportation, Ada faced a decision between continuing her search for jobs and housing or losing her child care support.

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Center for Human Rights & Justice until May 13.

taupc7ah_400x400Your donation will fund a student’s unpaid summer human rights internship. Stop by the table and make a difference! To donate online, click here.

First 40 students to donate $100+ will enjoy dinner and drinks with faculty students. Hosted by Professor Elizabeth Porter on Saturday, May 14th at 6:00pm.