International human rights organizations looking for interns and post-grads

Rolling deadline: Prof. Mastroianni looking for student research assistant

UW Law LogoApplication 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, amastroi@uw.edu.  Work study applicants encouraged.

Rolling deadline, paid: Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

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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

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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 hr@refugeerights.org. 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

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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 info@projectsoverland.org

Rolling deadline: Summer internships, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law in NY and DC

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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.

Application process: Click here to apply to the New York office, and here to apply to the D.C. office.

Rolling deadline, paid: ACLU hiring interns for multiple offices

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ACLU is hiring interns for their Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, Racial Justice Program, and Criminal Law Reform Project, and more.

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. ChunApplication deadline: Open until filled

Judge John H. Chun is now accepting applications for winter externships in his chambers.

Application Process: Read more and apply here.

Post-election discussions; UW externship fair; Southern Human Rights Organizer’s Conference save the date

Nov. 14: Women in Politics Panel & Networking Reception

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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.

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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

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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 

UW Law LogoTime: 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

nohlaTime: 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

ago_logoTime: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

shrocDates: 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.

Save the Date: Citizen University National Conference 2017
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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.

NW Public Service Career Fair registration open for students; where to go for support

What you need to know about immigration in a Trump administration

ilrcThe 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.

Read more here. For a Spanish version, click here.

Support resources for students in the wake of Nov. 8

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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
http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible, by Miriam Zoila Perez
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/4-self-care-resources-days-when-world-terrible

3 Ways to Prioritize Self-Care While Resisting Dehumanization: Because #BlackWellnessMatters,
by Akilah S. Richards
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/self-care-resisting-dehumanization/

Transforming Anger into Building Solidarity, by Beth Berila
http://www.contemplativepracticesforantioppressionpedagogy.com/blog/transforming-anger-into-building-solidarity-by-beth-berila-phd

5 Self-Care Tips for Activists – ‘Cause Being Woke Shouldn’t Mean Your Spirit’s Broke, by Kim Tran
http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/self-care-for-woke-folks/

What’s Missing When We Talk About Self-Care, by Carmenleah Ascencio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eX5Wjm4FrE

Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How, by Sian Ferguson
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/guide-to-calling-in/

Solidarity Building
30 Ways to Be a Better Ally, by Jamie Utt
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/01/30-ways-to-be-a-better-ally-in-2014/

Being An Ally/Building Solidarity, by Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.)
http://southernersonnewground.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SONG-Being-An-Ally-Building-Solidarity.pdf

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
https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final

24-Hour Crisis Clinic
http://crisisclinic.org/find-help/crisis-line/
866-427-4747 or 206-461-3222

King County
Dial 211 (M–F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Pierce County Crisis Line
800-576-7764

Snohomish County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-5578 or 425-258-4357

Skagit County 24-Hour Crisis Line
800-584-3578

NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
http://www.nwnetwork.org/
206–568-7777

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860

UW Seattle Hall Health Center – Mental Health Clinic
http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/project/mental-health-clinic/
206-543-5030

Due Feb. 1: Sustainable International Development L.L.M., M.J. applications

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2016

The University of Washington School of Law is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development Law (LL.M. and M.J. degrees).

 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.

Application process: Apply and learn more online. Click here for an L.L.M. and here for an M.J.

Student registration for the 2017 NW Public Service Career Fairs open

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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.

Attention, enviromental lawyers! NOAA, Dept. of Energy hiring entry-level attorneys

Due Nov. 15: U.S. Dept. of Energy hiring trial attorney

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Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation is seeking an attorney to join the legal team supporting litigation involving challenges to DOE programs, actions and interests.

The incumbent represents DOE’s interests in litigation before administrative bodies, Federal district courts, courts of appeal, and other courts to provide legal advice and counsel on highly complex and difficult legal issues, and coordinates and prepares cases with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Cases may include issues of civil procedure, Federal court jurisdiction, and energy, administrative, Constitutional, environmental, contract, civil rights, or other areas of law. Cases assigned to the incumbent may have broad impact on government-wide programs and involve complex factual questions and significant legal issues. Given the scope, complexity, and sensitivity of cases, and the amount of potential damages, the incumbent maintains close working relations with officials at various levels within and outside DOE to resolve substantive problems and issues. Read more here.

 Application Process: Please submit your application to the mailbox– GC-16-0009@hq.doe.gov A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant’s skills in the qualifications for this position.

Due Nov. 18, 2016: NOAA hiring recent grads

noaaApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is recruiting highly-qualified law school students, judicial law clerks, and legal fellows for entry level attorney positions in regional and headquarters offices for our Fall 2017 Attorney Honors Program. Approximately two to four positions are available for the Fall 2017 Program.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in rotations through the legal sections located in the Washington, D.C. area. Attorneys may also volunteer to rotate through a regional section. At the end of the rotations and consistent with the needs of the Office, we will permanently place attorneys in a specific legal section, making reasonable efforts to take into account their preferences for a permanent location. While we expect to place attorneys in one of the Washington, D.C. area sections, attorneys may request permanent placement in one of the six regional sections in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. If a permanent placement involves a change in location, the attorney will be responsible for his or her relocation costs. Read more here.

Application Process: For employment beginning in fall 2017, the application period opened October 11, 2016, and will close on November 18, 2016. We will accept applications (cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript) for this vacancy as described in a USAJOBS that is posted at http://www.usajobs.gov/.

Due Nov. 30: Colorado Legal Services hiring lawyers in multiple locations

colorado-legal-servicesApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Colorado Legal Services, LaJunta and Alamosa offices, are hiring attorneys to represent low-income clients in civil cases.  Salary range begins at $44,125 (DOE), and excellent benefits.  Applicants must be able to handle fast moving, high volume litigation caseload.  Sensitivity to the legal needs of low-income individuals and minorities is prerequisite. Bilingual English/Spanish desired. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Application Process: Learn how to apply here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA Project Safe Staff Attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, but screening begins Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Project Safety is a federally-funded (Victims of Crime Act) initiative that provides civil legal services to victims of crime in coordination with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office (KCPAO). Project Safety is an integrated, multi-agency partnership working to address a range of critical legal needs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of crime victims. KCBA Pro Bono Services seeks a Project Safety staff attorney to provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Domestic Violence Protection Order cases and to develop a pro bono court-based program in collaboration with KCPAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) at the King County Superior Court. The staff attorney will divide their time between the KCBA office and the POAP office at the Seattle courthouse. Read more here.

Application Process: Send a resume, three references and a cover letter, in which you address your qualifications for this position, particularly your commitment to equal justice and your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence. Application materials should be sent to: hr@kcba.org.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Program Research Counsel for WA House

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The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan staff support to House members and committees in Olympia. OPR is currently seeking candidates for a staff position as Counsel. The candidate selected to fill this position will provide support to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Environment Committee. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee considers issues relating to agricultural production, marketing, and sales; animal and plant disease control; fisheries and wildlife; forest practices and forest fire protection; water; and mining. The committee also considers the management of certain state-owned lands.

The House Environment Committee considers issues relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, the Shoreline Management Act, air quality, aquatic lands, oil spill prevention, recycling and solid waste, hazardous waste, toxics, climate change, and parks and recreation. The committee also oversees the Puget Sound Partnership’s activities in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Application Process: Contact the OPR here.

Rolling Deadline: Domestic Violence Prevention Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid

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The Napa, Marin & Contra Costa (NaCoMa) County Regional Office has offices located in Napa and Richmond with mobile advocacy sites throughout the counties in Bay Point, Concord and Pittsburg with possible travel throughout the Bay Area. We are seeking an experienced attorney to represent survivors of interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking) in a range of civil legal services. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Nina Vasquez, Human Resources at: jobs@baylegal.org. Please reference BayLegal NaCoMa DV Prevention Position Fall 2016 in your application.

Rolling Deadline: Advancement Project internship

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Advancement Project is currently seeking candidates for legal internships for Summer 2017 at our national Washington, DC office. Interns will work closely with our staff of civil rights attorneys, organizers, and communication experts in creating and implementing strategies to support identified community-organizing efforts around racial justice issues. Advancement Project is a policy and legal action civil rights organization that develops innovative strategies for achieving universal opportunity and a racially just democracy. With offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, we provide community-focused lawyering, policy research, and aggressive media strategies to grassroots organizations fighting to promote racial and social justice. Our efforts are primarily focused in these major areas: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, Voter Protection, Quality Education, Immigrant Justice, Policing/Mass Incarceration, and Right to Vote. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to the attention of Kaitlin Banner, at InternProgram@advancementproject.org. Reference “Summer 2017 Legal Internship – (Your First and Last Name)” in the subject line.

Rolling Deadline: Paid summer internship with Americans for Financial Reform

afrApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Americans for Financial Reform is seeking a law student intern for Summer 2017.

We are a public-interest group dedicated to fundamental reform of Wall Street, and to rooting out the abuses built into financial products such as payday loans and private student loans. Senator Elizabeth Warren helped found AFR, which played a pivotal role in creating and defending her vision of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In broader terms, we are committed to holding Wall Street accountable and to the goal of a smaller, simpler financial system that serves the needs of the society as a whole. For more about AFR and its work, see the video with Senator Warren posted at defenddoddfrank.org. Read more about the internship here.

Application Process: Please send a resume, two writing samples (ideally, one legal and one non-legal), unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts (with a list of first-year courses and first-semester grades, if available), and a short cover letter explaining your interest in AFR and the dates of your availability to AFRLegalInternship@gmail.com with the subject line “SUMMER 2017 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP.”

ACLU invites you to watch arguments for landmark discrimination case before WA Supreme Court

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

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We are no longer collecting RSVPs. This event is now full. Please join us for the talk at 4pm.

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

November 8: Election Day. Do Your Part-Don’t Forget to Vote!

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November 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Student-Led Pro Bono Projects: Rewards, Challenges & Opportunities

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Time: 12:30-1:20pm

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Place: W.H. Gates Hall room 127

Interested in student-led law-related pro bono projects?  

Curious about what it takes to lead a mini-non-profit organization trying to increasing access to justice to underserved communities?  

Come hear from a panel of your colleagues who are taking on leadership roles with student-led pro bono projects here at UW Law. You’ll learn about the work of these projects and get an opportunity to speak to the students leading the charge. They are eager to share with you the project missions, goals and why there is a need for these kinds of projects here in Washington State. RSVP in Symplicity for lunch.

Nov. 14: Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series: “Criminal Justice Reform: National & Local Efforts”

seattle_university_school_of_lawTime: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Place: Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series is the first in what we hope will be provocative gatherings featuring change agents, policy makers, and civil legal aid providers discussing issues facing the growing number of low-income families in America. These events will shed light on the important role of civil legal aid in alleviating the effects of poverty and we’ll hear first-hand from our grantees providing legal aid around the state. Featuring Alison Holcomb, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice, Director and Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, Director.

Nov. 15: Join the ACLU support the Arlene’s Flowers plaintiffs

ACLU of WATime: 7: 30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Place: Bellevue College, Carlson Theatre

Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll wanted flowers for their wedding, but a flower shop in Tri-Cities turned them away because they are gay.  The case is now before the state’s highest court and the ACLU is representing the couple.

Join us on November 15 at 7:30 am at Carlson Theatre on the campus of Bellevue College to support Curt and Rob at oral argument of their case, Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, before the Washington Supreme Court. We anticipate a large showing of people in support of the florist.  Please join us to show Curt and Rob we support their courageous effort to fight discrimination in Washington state. Discrimination hurts. No one should be turned away from a public business just for being who they are. Businesses open to the general public may not violate anti-discrimination laws, even on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Please let the ACLU-WA know if you can join us so we have an accurate count.  Here’s to equality!

Nov. 16: Live Broadcast: Making the Case for Community Lawyering

Shriver CenterTime: 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Place: Online, register here.

Legal aid lawyers and community organizers may work with the same client groups, but their strategies and perspectives may not always align. Can lawyers and organizers ever work together? Can such a community lawyering practice benefit clients?

Join our next Advocacy Exchange, our live monthly video broadcast with advocates advancing change. We’ll talk with Taylor Healy—a Bread for the City attorney—and Aja Taylor—a Bread for the City organizer—about their community lawyering practice.

 

Got the law school blues? The Peer Support Program can help; op-ed on importance of restorative justice

Law school got you down? The Peer Support Program is here to help

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Due 1/9: National Lawyer’s Guild Fellowship

national-lawyers-guildApplication Deadline: Monday, Jan. 9 ,2016

The application for the NLG’s Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2017 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice.

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Due 1/15: Legal writing contest with cash prize and possible publication

james_crane_writing_competitionSubmission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Read more here.

Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

 Submission process: Email submissions to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

Seattle Times editorial discusses restorative justice, UW Law Race and Justice clinic

39776226-9d5a-11e6-aac3-ec08c086559c-780x483Restorative justice can lead to healthier communities” published October 28, 2016 by the Seattle Times, written by Chris West. Illustration courtesy of the Seattle Times/ William Brown.

A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times discusses the benefits of restorative justice. When pursuing restorative justice after being the victim of a crime, Chris West utilized UW’s Race and Justice Clinic.

“The concept of restorative justice is beginning to take hold in King County, as prosecutors try counseling and self-reflection for teens. This is a commendable step toward creating healthier communities. Our country’s incarceration rate is unprecedented.” Read the full article here.