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

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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

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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

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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.