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

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URBAN JUSTICE CENTER – Policy Counsel

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.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR LAW AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE – Economic Justice Fellowship

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