Plenty of post-grad jobs with legal services, USPTO, and more!

Due Oct. 18: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hiring entry-level lawyers

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Application Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It’s an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

As an Attorney Advisor, you will be responsible for the complete ex parte examination of applications for the registration of trademarks to ensure compliance with the Trademark Act of 1946 and related statutes. Issues that may arise during the examination include: likelihood of confusion, ownership, use of the mark in commerce, descriptive or generic uses of the mark, acquired distinctiveness, functionality and/or ornamentation.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Oct. 19: Fellowship on International Protection and Internal Displacement 2016

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This fellowship will provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights in the area of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless persons, other persons in need of international protection and internal displaced persons. The fellow will assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Oct. 28: Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon

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Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland. LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. Read more here.

Application Process: Send resume, letter of interest, brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and list of 3 professional references to:
Jennifer Amiott, Director
Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 201, Portland, OR 97215
Email: napolsjobs@lasoregon.org / Fax: (503) 206-7073
Please, no phone calls.

Oct. 30: Thurston County hiring Defense Attorney II

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Application Process: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

A Defense Attorney II in Thurston County practices in District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court with minimal supervision from a higher-level defense attorney.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Nov. 4: Caribbean Protection Unit Legal Intern
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Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Washington Regional Office seeks legal interns and externs for its Caribbean Protection Unit.

The Caribbean Protection Unit protects and assists asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons in a particularly dynamic, unique, and challenging context. The Unit covers 27 different countries and territories in the Caribbean, the majority of which do not have functioning asylum systems. As a result, UNHCR works with governments in Caribbean countries to develop and strengthen their protections for asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons, conducts refugee status determinations for asylum-seekers, and monitors and reports on the treatment of refugees and stateless persons throughout the Caribbean region. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send your complete applications, including your resume, cover letter with dates of availability, a brief writing sample, and a list of three professional references, to: UNHCR, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036, via email at usawaint@unhcr.org and note in the subject line CARIBBEAN PROTECTION UNIT INTERNSHIP.

Rolling Deadline: Alaska Legal Services Corporation hiring Shelter-Based Staff Attorney

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Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring a full-time attorney in Juneau, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant’s purpose is to enhance options available to victims of domestic violence to resolve family disputes quickly and peacefully, and to provide representation in a variety of civil matters.  The project will prioritize services to two traditionally underserved and vulnerable groups of domestic violence victims: Alaska Native/American Indian victims and victims experiencing disabilities.

The attorney will appear in state and tribal court civil proceedings involving family law, housing, consumer protection, public benefits, and health care.  The attorney will also partner with AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies) on a project to develop and provide safe, out-of-court alternative dispute resolution services for domestic violence victims in family law cases, when appropriate. The attorney will be based at AWARE, and will work closely with ALSC’s supervising attorney and staff attorney, an AWARE legal advocate, and a part-time family counselor. Read more here.

Application Process:  To apply, submit cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three professional references to:
Holly Handler, Juneau Supervising Attorney
hhandler@alsc-law.org