Interested in environmental law? Major environmental orgs hiring summer interns

Nov. 29: Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division position open in Seattle

DOJApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Application process here.

Dec. 6: Yakama Nation hiring Assistant Tribal Prosecutor

yakama-nationApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor provides professional legal prosecutorial work for the Yakama Nation to defend the Treaty of June 9, 1855 (12 Stat. 951) and the sovereignty of the Yakama Nation. Provides attorney services in tribal, state, and federal courts for the Yakama Nation. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor represents the Yakama Nation in criminal prosecutions (including infractions); civil matters including Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and dependency matters; may serve as legal advisor to Law Enforcement consistent with Tribal Policies and at the direction of the Tribal Prosecutor. Coordinates with police jurisdictions and other agencies to ensure prosecution activities to serve the interests of the Yakama Nation in protecting the safety of the community. Maintains contact with attorneys and other jurisdictions regarding tribal, state, and federal court matters affecting the Yakama Nation. Read more here. 

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: UC Hastings hiring staff attorney for gender and refugee studies

uchastingsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, one of the nation’s leading refugee advocacy organizations, works to advance the human rights of women, children, LGBT and other refugees who flee persecution, both in the United States and internationally. We provide nationally recognized expert consultation, including trainings, resource development and legal advice, in thousands of asylum cases each year, many of which result in grants of protection. CGRS also shapes asylum law through involvement in key cases with potential to set precedent, and ensures government accountability through groundbreaking and original research that analyzes adjudication trends. We improve conditions on the ground to prevent refugee flight by presenting the results of international human rights fact-finding, analyzing implementation of existing laws, and collaborating with grassroots movements to advocate for law reform and other justice measures. Read more about the internship here.

Application process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: McDonald’s hiring Human Rights Director

m_logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Director for Human Rights will play a strategic role to further embed, strengthen and evolve our Supplier Human Rights programme into our broader McDonald’s Supply. They will report directly into the Vice President McDonald’s Global Sustainability. In brief, the role will entail: Strategic responsibility for the current McDonald’s Supplier Workplace Accountability (SWA) Program; Working strategically with our external Program Management team and internal Compliance teams; Working with Supply Chain colleagues across the global and country teams to ensure SWA requirements are fully embedded into their category strategies; Participation / leadership in both industry and internal working groups; Liaison with Compliance and the Monitoring Firms (approval/ pricing) to ensure audit capacity, quality and calibration.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer internship with WildEarth Guardians 

Wild Earth Guardians LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

WildEarth Guardians is a Western regional environmental advocacy organization with over 120,000 members and online supporters dedicated to protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. WildEarth Guardians is now recruiting law students for summer 2017 to assist with case development and litigation to protect endangered species, reform public land and water policy, and curb destructive energy practices. Internships open in Santa Fe, NM; Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Portland, OR. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF file to apply@wildearthguardians.org: cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, one recent writing sample (preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work), and three references. The subject line of the email and your cover letter should indicate your preferred office location(s) and interest area. Interested students may apply to multiple offices with one application. Read more here.

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Earthjustice hiring 2017 summer clerks in multiple locations

 

EarthJustice LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Learn more here.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a stipend up to a maximum of $6,500, with the stipend amount dependent on the extent of a clerk’s funding from other sources for the summer. There are 12 regional offices and each accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest.

Application Process: Apply online here. Apply to each location individually.

Rolling Deadline: DOJ Consumer Protection Branch hiring summer and school-year interns

DOJApplication Process: Open until filled

The Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer. CPB leads the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce federal consumer protection statutes throughout the United States. Much of the litigation handled by CPB brings Congressional and media interest. Read more here.

CPB works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Postal Inspection Service, and FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation. CPB legal interns work closely with attorneys on a broad range of challenging substantive assignments,   including legal research projects, drafting pleadings and motions, attending court hearings and case meetings, and trial preparation. Interns are given ample opportunity to work on the many types of cases handled by CPB.

 Application Process: Submit Resume and Cover Letter to: CPB.lawintern@usdoj.gov, learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Legal Voice hiring summer interns 

 

Legal Voice LogoApplication Process: Open until filled

Legal Voice is a regional non-profit public interest organization that works to advance legal rights for women. Legal Voice’s litigation program brings impact cases with the potential to change the law or benefit large numbers of women. We work in the areas of reproductive rights, family law, lesbian rights, civil rights, violence against women, affirmative action, public benefits, prisoners’ rights, employment, health care, insurance and education. Read more here.

Legal Voice’s Legal Internship Program gives law students a unique opportunity to work in a non?profit legal setting and make a contribution to women’s rights. Interns work closely with staff attorneys on current legal issues in women’s rights law. Generally, interns research legal issues, work on case development, investigate policy issues and assist in preparing written materials.

Application Process: Interested persons should submit a detailed cover letter, résumé, transcript and writing sample. Mail, email or fax your application materials to: Chloë Phalan, Program Assistant, Legal Voice, 907 Pine Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101-1818, Fax: (206) 682-9556, cphalan@legalvoice.org. Read more here.

Coming up: Free immigration training hosted by NWIRP

Nov. 28, Global Mondays: Labor Standards in International Supply Chains

global1Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

“Creating and Sustaining Ethical Supply Chains” Margaret Levi, Director, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Political Science.

Stanford Professor Margaret Levi is well recognized for or her work in comparative political economy, labor politics, and democratic theory. The author or co-author of numerous articles and books, her most recent books are the coauthored In the Interest of Others (2013) and Labor Standards in International Supply Chains (2015).

Dec. 1: National Summit on Human Rights

hre_usa_logoTime: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Place: National Education Association 1201 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Join Human Rights Educators USA and USHRN members for a national summit to discuss education and training for human rights. Click here for more information.

Dec. 16: Free immigration 101 training for Tacoma service providers hosted by NWIRP

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331Time: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Place: UW Tacoma William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA

We are happy to announce we will be hosting a free training for service providers who are interested in learning more about how you can help the immigrants in your community. The 3.5 hour training will discuss several immigration issues, including immigration status, work permits, unaccompanied youth, detention and deportation, and deferred action. This training is aimed at social service providers and people working closely with the immigrant community, and will be conducted in English. It is not a legal training, and Continuing Legal Education credits will not be offered. For immigrant community members, please see our “Know Your Rights” presentations that are geared towards helping answer your questions. Read more here.

Law Students: Register for the NW Public Service Career Fair

Student registration now open for the NW Public Service Career Fair

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Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs is now open.
Each year the Public Service Career Fairs, hosted in Seattle and Portland, draw local and national government and non-profit employers who are hiring students for summer and academic year internships/externships, and for post-graduate attorney positions. Employers began to register in October and will continue to register until January 10. This year Lewis & Clark has partnered with Seattle University to facilitate student registration and interview selections for a more streamlined process.

Seattle Career Fair: Friday, February 3, 2017 in the LeRoux Center, Student Center at Seattle University

Portland Career Fair: Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College
Cost is $15 for one fair, or $25 for both.

Registration Instructions
Step one: Go to 123Signup where you can submit your initial registration and payment to participate in the fair(s). The small registration fee covers your refreshments for the day, including lunch.
Step two:
1. Go to the SU School of Law Symplicity website.
2. Select the “Register” button, and sign up for an account. Required fields are name, email (law school email address only ), graduation date, year in school (select from the NW Consortium student list), practice area(s), work authorization, and privacy notifications. 3. Within 48 hours, you will receive confirmation that your registration has been accepted, and will be prompted to log in to the system. 4. To view participating employers and to submit applications for interviews, log in to Symplicity, select the OCI tab, and from the drop down menu select “NW Public Service Career Fair/Seattle” or NW Public Service Career Fair/Portland to review participating employers for each fair. Check Symplicity regularly for newly registered employers.
Full details about the registration and application process are available at NW Public Service
Career Fair and at the Interviews page.
If you have questions or would like assistance with registration, please contact Junsen Ohno at
ohnoj@seattleu.edu, or Josie Mitchell at mitchejo@seattleu.edu.

NW Consortium Law Schools:
• Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
• Brigham Young University Law School
• Gonzaga University School of Law
• Lewis & Clark Law School
• Seattle University School of Law
• University of Idaho College of Law
• University of Oregon School of Law
• University of Utah School of Law
• University of Washington School of Law
• Willamette University College of Law

Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

nw-justice-projectApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Civil justice attorney speed networking; WSBA meeting on ‘Race, Equity, and Access to Justice’

Nov. 23: Registration deadline for “Race, Equity, and Access to Justice” joint meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoTime: 8:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016; register by Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Place: WSBA Conference Center, 1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

Register by Nov. 23rd for an opportunity to hear about the work of the Washington Access to Justice Board, Gender and Justice Commission, Interpreter Commission, and Minority and Justice Commission.  These four Supreme Court appointed entities will meet to share about their respective work in race, equity, and access to justice and identify ways for potential collaboration.  All are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more or register.

Nov. 29: Washington State Association for Justice Speed Networking with Civil Justice Attorneys

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127
Do you want to pursue a career that is rooted in social justice? Are you an advocate for real people against powerful corporations and special interests? Learn from real trial lawyers who stand up in the courtroom every day for the powerless, poor and unpopular against injustice. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP via Symplicity to ensure we have enough for food.
 

Nov. 30: Pierce County Prosecutors Office Information Session

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney SealTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 118
Mark Lindquist, Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, will join us for a brown bag Q&A session discussing the work of his office and some of the opportunities available to students. Learn more on Symplicity.

Why we kept the electoral college; pro bono opportunity in housing law

TIME: The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Signing of the Constitution of the United States, with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the Constitutional Convention of 1787; oil painting on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. The painting is 20 by 30 feet and hangs in the United States Capitol building. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

The Signing of the Constitution of the United States, with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the Constitutional Convention of 1787; oil painting on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. The painting is 20 by 30 feet and hangs in the United States Capitol building. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists” published Nov. 8, 2016, updated Nov. 10, 2016, by TIME Magazine, written by Akhil Reed Amar. Illustration courtesy of TIME/Getty Images.

“Enter the 12th Amendment, which allowed each party to designate one candidate for president and a separate candidate for vice president. The amendment’s modifications of the electoral process transformed the Framers’ framework, enabling future presidential elections to be openly populist and partisan affairs featuring two competing tickets. It is the 12th Amendment’s Electoral College system, not the Philadelphia Framers’, that remains in place today. If the general citizenry’s lack of knowledge had been the real reason for the Electoral College, this problem was largely solved by 1800. So why wasn’t the entire Electoral College contraption scrapped at that point?

Standard civics-class accounts of the Electoral College rarely mention the real demon dooming direct national election in 1787 and 1803: slavery.” Read the full article here.

Due Jan. 1, Pro Bono Opportunity: Tenant Rights Bootcamp

be-seattleApplication Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Law students welcome to apply to Tenant Rights Bootcamp Group Leader, Be:Seattle Organizing

Group leaders will act as a point of information for groups of 5-20 tenants. Group leaders hear and answer basic questions relating to a tenants situation  (i.e. What is the best way to communicate with my landlord? How do I ask for a repair? Can my landlord lock me out or vice versa? Etc.) or refer them to a tenant advocacy organization if their situation requires legal assistance. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Please send a letter of interest to the contact email provided below to Devin Silvernail, devin@beseattle.com, 206-295-4192