Nov. 29: Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division position open in Seattle
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com: 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 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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, learn more here.
Rolling Deadline: Legal Voice hiring summer interns
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, email@example.com. Read more here.
Nov. 28, Global Mondays: Labor Standards in International Supply Chains
Time: 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
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
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.
Student registration now open for the NW Public Service Career Fair
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Josie Mitchell at email@example.com.
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
Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Nov. 23: Registration deadline for “Race, Equity, and Access to Justice” joint meeting
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
Nov. 30: Pierce County Prosecutors Office Information Session
TIME: The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists
“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
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, email@example.com, 206-295-4192
Rolling deadline: Prof. Mastroianni looking for student research assistant
Application deadline: Open until filled
Professor Anna Mastroianni is seeking a student to provide an average of 5-7 hours per week (variable during the quarter based on workload and availability) in project management support for two academic book projects (12 chapters on justice and research; 70 multi-authored chapters on ethics and public health) during the upcoming year. Project management tasks to include: chapter tracking and database management; coordination of conference calls (agendas, minutes); corresponding and requesting updates from authors and section editors; and reference formatting. The successful candidate will possess the following skills at the outstanding or excellent levels: project management, excellent email etiquette, database management (e.g., GoogleSheets, Excel, Asana, Zotero), proofreading and overall attention to detail. Interested?
Application process: Please send an email expression of interest, highlighting your relevant experience, if any, and your resume to Professor Anna Mastroianni, firstname.lastname@example.org. Work study applicants encouraged.
Rolling deadline, paid: Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 7th for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students.
Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Read more here.
Application Process: Read about the process here.
Rolling deadline: IRAP, UNHCR hiring for Middle East Deployment Program
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.
IRAP, in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is excited to announce our 2017 Middle East Deployment Program. We are seeking several highly committed individuals to dive into the intense world of frontline work with refugee recognition, protection, and resettlement. Our goal is to increase UNHCR’s capacity to prepare resettlement applications for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees so that they can emigrate to the U.S., Canada, Europe, and other countries. Positions will be based in Jordan, and possibly other locations in the MENA region. This is a great opportunity for individuals with experience in the areas of refugee, asylum, human rights, and/or international humanitarian issues looking to make a difference in the lives of those most at-risk, and be involved in the response to the most urgent refugee crisis since WWII. Start date: January 1, 2017. Read more here.
Application Process: Please send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 2-3 pages) to email@example.com. Please note “2017 Deployment Program” in the email title. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Start date: January 1, 2017
Rolling deadline: Intern at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights
This continental court was established in 1998 by African countries to ensure protection of human and people’s rights. The protocol came into force in 2004 and to date 27 states have ratified the protocol. The court is composed of eleven judges and has its seat in Arusha. Volunteers and interns can gain practical working experience and develop skills in areas of relevance to their careers. They have to be registered in or have graduated from a recognized academic institution. Read more here.
Application process: Apply online http://www.projectsoverland.org or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolling deadline: Summer internships, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law in NY and DC
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and DC offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.
Rolling deadline, paid: ACLU hiring interns for multiple offices
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
Application process: Each office has a slightly different process. Apply online to each office by clicking the links above.
Rolling deadline: Judge John Chun, King County Superior Court, accepting winter externship applications
Judge John H. Chun is now accepting applications for winter externships in his chambers.
Application Process: Read more and apply here.
Nov. 14: Women in Politics Panel & Networking Reception
Time: 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Place: Room 133
This year, the Women’s Law Caucus is hosting a unique event called ‘Women in Politics’. We are excited to host a panel of women who will share their unique experiences working in politics, with a special emphasis on the intersection between working in the law and working in politics. A networking reception will follow. Panelists include Representatives Farrell, Stambaugh, and Kuderer, Halei Watkins, Sahar Fathi, and judicial candidate Cathy Moore. Representative Laurie Jinkins will serve as moderator.
We expect the panel to last from 4:30pm-6:00pm (at the latest) and the reception will begin around 6:00pm in the Gallagher Law Library. We would love it if you could make it for one or both parts of our event.
Nov. 15, SJT: Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the U.S.
Time: 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Place: Room 127
This presentation will discuss the ways that advocacy for Palestinian equality is both thriving and under attack, especially on U.S. college campuses. Palestine Legal has responded to nearly 600 incidents of suppression since 2014, the vast majority of which have targeted students or scholars. Activists — particularly students — have been questioned by police, investigated, censored, threatened with lawsuits and called terrorists and anti-Semites — all for taking a principled stance for Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, legislatures in more than 20 states have passed or considered bills designed to punish the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that boycotts are protected forms of political speech and thus a right under the Constitution, but political opponents of BDS are using state legislatures to chill speech. We’ll discuss the First Amendment right to support justice in Palestine – including through BDS.
Nov. 17: Election Effects on Policy and Advocacy
Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Place: Room 133
Join us for a panel discussion on this election’s effects on policy making and advocacy. Prof. Zarowsky teaches the Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Prof. Spitzer focuses on Washington state government and constitutional issues, and political science Prof. Wilkerson researches the US Congress. Lunch will be served. Hosted by SOFA & the Federalist Society.
Nov. 17: Cardozo CLE on Paid Family Leave
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Place: Summit Law Group, 315 5th Ave S #1000 Seattle, WA 98104
Because Washington State has no required Paid Family Leave law, there are many questions running through the minds of most prospective parents. Join Cardozo, The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and a panel of experts for an incredible CLE on paid family leave – who has it, who doesn’t, and what the prospects are for the future. Read more and register here.
Nov. 18: Election Post-Mortem with Prof. Manheim
Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Place: Room 133
Join UW Law’s expert in Election Law for a presentation and short discussion addressing what we can take away from the 2016 elections. Themes include polarization, race and ethnicity, and the role of constitutional norms. Lunch will be served. Hosted by American Constitution Society & the Federalist Society.
Nov. 18: UW Externship Fair
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Nov. 18. 2016
Place: UW School of Law Galleria
Participating organizations include: ACLU of Washington Foundation; CoMotion; Earthjustice; Equal Employment Opportunity; Commission; Federal Public Defender; Federal Trade Commission; Hanford Challenge; IRS Office of Chief Counsel; KCBA Pro Bono Services; Kids in Need of Defense; King County Department of Public Defense; King County Prosecutor; Kitsap County Prosecutor; Legal Action Center; Legal Voice; NW Consumer Law Center; Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; Northwest Justice Project; Office of Program Research; Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel; Seattle City Attorney; Seattle Community Law Center; Snohomish County Legal Services; Student Legal Services; Thurston County Prosecutor; U.S. Attorney’s Office; U.S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights; U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Unemployment Law Project; Washington State Attorney General’s Office; Washington Appleseed; Washington Defender
Association; Washington State Health Care Authority
Nov. 18: Health Care CLE on Pursuing Equity & Value
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Place: Riddell Williams P.S. 1001 Fourth Ave., Suite 4500, Seattle, WA
Washington State leads the nation in transforming health coverage and care. Please join us for our annual CLE – a unique opportunity to hear from advocates, practitioners, and state officials about how health care in Washington is being transformed.
This seminar offers you the most up-to-date information on health reform law as it affects Washington State residents and attorneys who advise and represent them. Experienced practitioners, government agency staff, and public policy professionals discuss highlights of new statutes, rules, programs and the status of their implementation in Washington.
Save the Date: Attorney General Open House
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: AGO’s downtown Seattle office, 800 Fifth Ave., Suite 2000, Seattle, WA
Attorney staff from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.
Save the Date: Southern Human Rights Organizer’s Conference
Dates: Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Register by Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 for a special rate.
Place: Tougaloo College, Tougaloo Missippi
SHROC serves as an important link between US Southern human rights struggles and those in the Global South. The primary goal is to develop innovative and practical methods of organizing across the region Another important objective is to strengthen the capacity of civil rights and social justice organizations in the Deep South. This would enable these organizations to expand their programmatic work beyond civil rights and social justice campaigns to more effectively address international human rights issues. Read more and register here.
Date: Friday, March 24 to Saturday, March 25, 2016
Place: Fisher Pavilion – Seattle Center, 298 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Citizen University National Conference is a civic gathering unlike any other in America. Join hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts to learn about power, deepen your networks, and recharge your sense of purpose.
With luminary speakers, master teachers, and lessons on civic power, the conversation will be rich and provocative. This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship and remake the narrative of America. Register and read more here.
What you need to know about immigration in a Trump administration
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has released information on immigration reform and status in light of the presidential election.
On DACA: President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.
On CIR: Based on Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the new composition of Congress, we do not expect a comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization to be introduced in the coming years.
What immigrants can do now: People should go to a legal services provider to be screened for any possible immigration options other than DACA they for which they may already eligible.
Support resources for students in the wake of Nov. 8
On Tuesday night we witnessed a historic and unprecedented national election, the results of which have sent shock waves through the nation. However this historic time is affecting you, there are resources here to support you. Here are just a few:
Campus and Community Resources for Self-Care and Mental Health
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone, by Heather Plett
4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible, by Miriam Zoila Perez
3 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care While Resisting Dehumanization: Because #BlackWellnessMatters,
by Akilah S. Richards
Transforming Anger into Building Solidarity, by Beth Berila
5 Self-Care Tips for Activists – ‘Cause Being Woke Shouldn’t Mean Your Spirit’s Broke, by Kim Tran
What’s Missing When We Talk About Self-Care, by Carmenleah Ascencio
Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How, by Sian Ferguson
30 Ways to Be a Better Ally, by Jamie Utt
Being An Ally/Building Solidarity, by Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)
Ways to Contribute to Community Organizing
26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets, by Anderson, Barett, Dixon, Garrido, Kane, Nancherla, Narichania, Narasimham, Rabiyah and Richart
24-Hour Crisis Clinic
866-427-4747 or 206-461-3222
Dial 211 (M–F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Pierce County Crisis Line
Snohomish County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-5578 or 425-258-4357
Skagit County 24-Hour Crisis Line
NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
UW Seattle Hall Health Center – Mental Health Clinic
Due Feb. 1: Sustainable International Development L.L.M., M.J. applications
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2016
The UW Law School is the first U.S. law school to provide a graduate degree in Sustainable International Development. Students of the Program learn through a practical and innovative approach, with course offerings focused on five key areas: rule of law and governance, law as a tool of poverty alleviation, global environmental protection, corporate responsibility & sustainability, indigenous people’s rights.
Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs 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. Register and read more here.