1Ls’ Fall Career Workshop Series; Save the date for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Oct. and Nov.: Attention 1Ls! Announcing the Fall Career Workshop Series

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016-2017 Workshop Series!

Session 1: Identifying and Articulating Your Dependable Strengths (10/17)

Session 2: Mastering Professional Communication (10/19, Rm 133): Take the fear and the mystery out of the dreaded word “networking.” Create a game plan for common networking situations and learn some tools to help you prepare. This session is being offered as part of a five-session series, designed to prepare students for the job search process.

Session 3: Cover Letters (11/2)

Session 4: Application Materials (Resumes, Reference/LOR’s, Writing Samples, and More!) (11/9)

Session 5: Interviewing  (11/16)

Learn more here.

Oct. 18 SJT: Pro Bono Fair

sjtTime: 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Brotman Galleria and Room 115

This week’s Social Justice Tuesday will be a Pro Bono Fair for table talk networking with pro bono organizations from around the region! There won’t be lunch at this SJT but stop by to meet some great organizations. Find the list of organizations here.

Oct. 18: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project First Meeting

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30-1:20 p.m. 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Room 207

Please join us for our first IMAP meeting of the year! Interested in working for reproductive justice? Prison abolition? Come find out more about IMAP and how to get involved!

Oct. 20: U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Place: HUB Ballroom

U Lead We Lead is a cross-campus collaboration of faculty, staff and students that uses the art of storytelling to motivate leaders of today and tomorrow. As a community, we will dive into timely and relevant questions about leadership for a better tomorrow. No lectures here; this event is all about stories, experiences and learning from one another.

Three local luminaries will each share their story and perspectives and call you to action. At U Lead We Lead, you get to hear from inspiring people and meet other Huskies for enriching conversation. U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow will inspire you for what’s ahead. This event is free and includes dinner as well as fun opportunities such as a photo booth, a Dubs appearance, and special giveaways. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of UW Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks

Oct. 21: Academic Skills Series; Strategies for Successful Outlining–Best Practices and Examples to Get You Started

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Date: Friday, Oct. 21

Hear from fellow students about their approaches to outlining and see examples of different outlining styles. Anna Endter from the library will introduce you to library resources to help with outlining and give you tips about best practices. Dean Hotchkiss will be on hand to answer questions related to use of outlines during exams. A handout will also be circulated after the session.

Feb. 3 and 4: NW Public Service Career Fair

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Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 2017

Place: Seattle University and Lewis and Clark College

Save the date: NW Public Service Career Fair

For twenty-seven years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our ten NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs. Employer registration open!

Photo courtesy of Lewis and Clark NW Public Service Career Fair

Seattle Times gets it right on indigent defendant rights, LSE identifyies legal protections for women

New website dedicated to examining how international and domestic law can combat violence against women

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Tackling Violence against Women is a new website dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to tackle violence against women and girls.

In addition to explaining CEDAW (the UN treaty and monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women) the site highlights opportunities for interaction with other treaties and institutions in tackling gender-based violence. It introduces the other UN treaty bodies and explains how civil society can engage with their work and their potential to affect change. Sections on regional human rights treaties and organisations show how different bodies are simultaneously approaching the global problem. Read the full press release here.

Photo courtesy of the London School of Economics, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Seattle Times editorial board applauds WA Supreme Court for protecting defendant’s rights

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September, 29 2016
By Seattle Times Editorial Board
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In City of Richland v. Wakefield, the Washington State Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that judges must consider the financial standing of defendant’s when addressing what the defendant owes the court. The Seattle Times praised the ruling, and so do we!

“It was a good ruling because counties are tacking on discretionary court fines and fees to pay for their judicial systems, despite the fact that a vast majority of defendants are indigent,” wrote the editorial board.

Immigration organizations need you! DOJ, KIND, and more hiring interns and fellows

Due Nov. 15: Immigrant Justice Corps hiring 3Ls and recent grads for immigrant rights fellowship

IJC LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016 

The IJC fellowship is a two year fellowship where recent law school graduates and new lawyers are placed with leading non-profit legal service providers in New York City and surrounding counties to provide to provide critically needed direct legal services to immigrants.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Dec. 16: KIND needs school-year and summer interns to work with unaccompanied and refugee children


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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

Application Process: Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of 3 references to Melody Young at myoung@supportkind.org. Include “[Your Name] – Legal Internship” in the subject of the email. Read more about the internship here.

Due Jan. 27: Legal Services of Northern California hiring 1L and 2L summer law clerks 

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Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

At Legal Services of Northern California, law clerks are exposed to the major legal problems facing low-income families and learn the practice skills necessary to work in public interest law. Each law clerk will be assigned to a mentor attorney in his or her office. The mentor attorney will guide the law clerk throughout the summer and supervise his or her legal work. All law clerks will have opportunities to work with other staff over the course of the internship. Read more here.

Application Process: Recruitment for summer law clerks will begin in late fall 2016.  LSNC will interview candidates in January and February 2017. To apply, 1L and 2L students should send a resumé and cover letter, including your preferred office placement(s), by January 27, 2017 to: Summer Intern Program, Legal Services of Northern California, 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Rolling deadline: DOJ Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration hiring Spring interns

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Application Deadline: Rolling

DOJ is looking to select law student interns for the spring 2017 semesters to work along side our attorneys and equal opportunity specialists. The position involves assisting our staff in litigation and investigating allegations of discrimination, such as conducting legal research, reviewing documents, compiling data, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and sitting in on and/or conducting witness interviews, as well as policy-related work, such as preparing comments on proposed regulations and draft legislation, and attending interagency meetings. The position is unpaid and we prefer that the student work for a duration of at least 10 weeks. Our ideal candidate has strong research, writing and communication skills as well as an interest in learning. Demonstrated interest or experience in immigration or employment discrimination a plus but not required. Positions with the Department of Justice are open to U.S. citizens only. Learn more about the internship here.

Application Process: If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and short writing sample to OSC’s internship opportunities email at crt.volunteervacancies-OSC@usdoj.gov. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, please see our webpage at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc.

Exposing human rights violations, Sherman Alexie, and Afghanistan’s political transition

Oct. 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration with Sherman Alexie

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Photo courtesy of The Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Place: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall  600 4th Avenue

To honor Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the 2nd Monday in October, you are invited to attend a lunchtime event at Seattle City Hall, featuring guest speaker, Native American novelist and poet Sherman Alexie.

Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his young-adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, but it wasn’t until a college professor recognized his “intensity of language, passion, and energy” that he fully committed to writing. Shortly after, his first books of poetry were published, and he began developing into a gifted orator, telling tales of contemporary American Indian life with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit. His novels, such as Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World, have won numerous awards and accolades, including Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and Publishers Weekly’s Book of the Year.

Register and read more here.

Oct. 11 SJT: Closing the Access to Justice Gap in Washington- How You Can Make a Difference through Pro Bono 

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Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 127

Washington state recently underwent a comprehensive study to better understand the civil legal needs of low-income communities. The results are daunting. The good news is that we can all can do something to help close the access to justice gap. Learn about the community need and how law students can be part of the solution. This SJT will feature Jay Doran, Communications & Advocacy Director, Legal Foundation of Washington. If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity.

Oct. 13: Women Pursuing Justice in an Age of Extremism: Afghanistan after Obama
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Photo courtesy of World Affairs Council

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Place: Seattle University Law School, 901 12th Ave, Sullivan Hall, Room C-1, Seattle, WA 98122

Please join the World Affairs Council, Channel Foundation, Linksbridge SPC, and the Seattle University Law School Center for Global Justice in welcoming Afghan Judge Najla Ayubi for a moderated discussion with Center for Global Justice Director Dr. Tayyab Mahmud. In this conversation, Judge Ayubi will share her insights on the current social, economic, and security situation in Afghanistan, as well as her unique perspective on the political transition in Afghanistan, and the role of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan’s future.

This event is free to the community but registration is required. Register and read more here. 

Oct. 14: Human Rights Abuses: Expose the Cover-ups

cropped-humanrightsconf-final4_mayTime: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Place: UW School of Law

Seattle-area partners are hosting a conference on exposing human rights abuses. Keynotes by Vince Warren, Executive Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Almudena Bernabeu, Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability. Register and read more here. 

Photo courtesy of http://exposecoverups.com/

This week: Rights-focused student orgs host first general membership meetings

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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Place: Room 116

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF, first general meeting of 2016-2017. Food will be provided and animals other than humans will be discussed. In particular, we will talk about SALDF UW’s goals, as well as this year’s possible activities and pro bono projects. Contact Jennifer at jdcalkins2001@me.com with any questions.

Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) General Membership Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 119

Mark your calendars, folks. Wednesday, October 12th in room 119 12:30-1:30pm (lunch) is the General Membership Meeting for the Center for Human Rights and Justice. There will be food, and we will discuss 1L board positions, as well as our fall quarter programming.

The Center for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) exists to train University of Washington School of Law students in human rights law and to educate the community in human rights issues. We realize this goal by hosting speakers, symposia, and events on a wide variety of human rights topics. We coordinate human rights projects with area practitioners, lobby for a strong human rights curriculum, and fund student work in human rights through a Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grant.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) General Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Place: Room 118

Join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for the upcoming general meeting. Lunch will be provided.

 

Get involved in pro bono opportunities early!

Due Oct. 21: Transactional law and public service volunteer opportunities with the Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic

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Application Due: Friday, Oct. 21

Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Ventures and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs.

Wayfind volunteer transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership. Law student clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney.

The City of Seattle’s Office Of immigrant and Refugee Affairs is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming citizenship workshop, a collaborative community effort to help residents of Seattle/King County complete their naturalization applications and become new citizens. Join your fellow law students and professors in this effort!

Paid fellowship positions galore! And work opportunities for 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent grads

Due Oct. 14: Work with clients through UW’s Moderate Means Program

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Application Deadline:  Friday, October 14, 2016

Open to:  All students (1Ls may train fall quarter but will not begin to interview clients until winter quarter)

Time Commitment:  Five hours a week for two quarters. Fall quarter training is 2-4 pm on Fridays.

Application Process:  Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler (spangler@uw.edu).

The Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing the training, MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the winter quarter (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Due Oct. 31: NWIRP hiring bilingual staff attorney

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters. This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families. The staff 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.

Application Process: Send cover letter, resume and references to: laura@nwirp.org with the subject “Staff Attorney Application – Granger”. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by October 31, 2016 but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Rolling deadline: Paid fellowship, work for the organization that won Lawrence v. Texas and other landmark cases

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Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Lambda Legal is pleased to announce the 2016-2018 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights.  Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, 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.  The Garner Fellowship is a paid, full-time legal fellowship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices. The fellowship is open until filled and will run through the summer of 2018.

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; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal legal system, and other areas; and harassment and violence.  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, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Brandon v. County of Richardson and Obergefell v. Hodges, et al.

Application Process: Please send résumé, writing sample, and letter of interest indicating the Lambda Legal office(s) in which the applicant would be interested in working; a description of experience working in communities of color; a description of interest in addressing LGBT and HIV issues in African-American communities; and particular areas or legal issues of interest relating to the position to: Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
fellowships@lambdalegal.org

Rolling deadline: Paid summer immigrant defense fellowship for rising 3L 

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Application Deadline: Open until filled

Centro Legal de la Raza seeks paid summer California Bar Foundation Removal Defense Fellow. Due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies, hundreds of asylum-seekers and other non-citizens are detained in the California Central Valley without access to lawyers or others who can help them. Apart from this fellowship, no legal service provider in California has funding to assist these individuals. At the end of March of 2015, ICE contracted with GEO Group, a private prison company, to re-open the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield, California. Individuals in immigration custody do not have the right to a government appointed attorney. Accordingly, the vast majority of individuals are forced to represent themselves while detained. Although many have meritorious defenses to deportation, without representation, individuals are much less likely to succeed in their cases. The California Bar Foundation summer fellow will be integral to establishing a long term pro se and pro bono representation project for individuals in immigration custody in Bakersfield.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the fellowship position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter addressed, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “CA Bar Foundation Summer Removal Defense Fellow.”

Rolling deadline: The Center for Reproductive Justice is hiring! Staff attorney, legal fellowship positions open

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: All are open until filled

The Center for Reproductive Rights is growing and hiring U.S.-based positions.

Senior Director, Policy & Managing Director, DC Office: A senior management position that will oversee the Center’s federal, state, and local policy work in the United States, as well as lead the DC office in deepening our efforts, maximizing our impact, and investing in the growth of our DC presence and staff.

Staff Attorney: A key member of the Center’s U.S. litigation team who will participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts around the country.

Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy: An integral player in the Center’s judicial strategy work, which focuses on ensuring strong protection for reproductive rights in the courts.

Legal Fellow, U.S. Legal Program: A fantastic opportunity for an early career attorney to work with the Center’s preeminent U.S. litigation team, which has helped millions of women and their families by securing government funding for abortions, striking down abortion bans and other access restrictions, and protecting teens’ access to emergency contraception and confidential reproductive healthcare services and information.

Rolling deadline: Paid fellowship for recent grads at whistleblower firm

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Application Deadline: Open until filled

Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto, LLP is the leading whistleblower rights law firm, serving both national and international clients.  Legal Fellows are responsible for assisting in all aspects of the litigation process and have responsibility over ongoing cases, including assisting in research and writing assignments, trial preparation, pre-trial discovery and other work normally assigned to associate attorneys.  Legal Fellows also assist with key public policy assignments that are part of the firm’s pro bono programs, designed to expand the scope of whistleblower protections.  Pays $41k – $55k/year. Practice areas include: Employment/Labor, First Amendment, General Public, International Human Rights, Litigation, Regulatory Affairs

Application Process: The Public Interest Law Fellowship position is a one-year full-time paid position, specifically designed for recent law school graduates.  You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, and you must have sat for a bar examination at the time the Fellowship commences.  Applications are being reviewed on a “rolling” basis. If you are interested in applying for the one year Law Fellowship position please fill out the application form from the following link: http://bit.ly/2dLx3bC