Save the Date: Upcoming conference will discuss need for Inclusion and Equity Think Tank

Save the Date, May 11: WSBA Spring Inclusion and Equity Stakeholder’s Meeting

washington-state-bar-association-logoThe Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in partnership with The Puget Sound Administration of Legal Administrators (PSALA) is pleased to host an important conversation exploring the need for an Inclusion and Equity Think Tank in Washington’s legal profession. We will discuss the ongoing issues of retention and segmentation of underrepresented attorneys within the state’s legal profession and the impact on lawyers and the public. We will share WSBA mapping of the state’s diversity and inclusion efforts and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration. Our inclusion and Equity staff will be reaching out in preparation for the May meeting during the months of January, February and March 2017.

A webcast will be available. RSVP to diversity@wsba.org and indicate whether you will be attending in person or by webcast.

Upcoming conference on justice and advocacy soliciting workshop ideas

Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat upcoming; funding available for UW Law students

trinagrilloThe upcoming Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to recharge your social justice batteries at a day and a half long gathering with law students, faculty, staff and social justice advocates from the west coast.  This year’s event is March 4-5 at UC Berkeley School of Law. UW Law students can apply for up to $250 for documented travel reimbursement to attend this event. If you are interested send a note about why you would like to attend along with your resume to Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu Friday, Jan. 30 at 3pm. Read more about the event here.

New report on how human rights laws are interpreted in state courts 

screenshot-29The Opportunity Agenda and Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy have just issued “Human Rights in State Courts 2016,” a timely report that reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.  This new report updates our 2014 report, which details the ways in which state courts have considered and interpreted human rights.

“Human Rights in State Courts 2016” is intended for public interest lawyers, state court litigators, and judges, and also for state and municipal policymakers interested in integrating compliance with international human rights law into their domestic policies.

Legal advocates and access for justice conference looking for workshop proposals

shoulder-to-shoulderDeadline for submissions: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Now is the time for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. In this spirit, you are invited to submit a workshop proposal for either the Statewide Legal Advocates Training (“Shoulder to Shoulder: Pursuing Equity and Justice”), or at the ATJ Conference (“Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc”), or both.  The Statewide Legal Advocates Training is May 31 & June 1 and is immediately followed by the ATJ Conference June 2-4, 2017. Both are being held at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA. Learn more here.

Impact litigation positions open in nonprofits and firms with public service focus

Jan. 6: Firm hiring junior associate for employment law class action practice

outten-and-goldenApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Outten & Golden seeks an associate who will work in its Washington, DC office (opening January 2016) for the firm’s class action practice group. The associate will work primarily on class and collective actions involving workplace discrimination and wage theft. The attorneys at O&G are at the forefront of cutting-edge impact litigation aimed at achieving economic and social justice. They have represented thousands of workers, across all industries, including misclassified workers in unpaid overtime lawsuits; low-wage workers in the restaurant industry and other industries in wage theft cases; women in the banking and tech industry in “glass ceiling” gender discrimination class actions; and African American and Latino job applicants in systemic failure to hire cases.

The associate will play a very active role on cases, including investigating new cases, handling discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting motions, participating in negotiations and mediations, attending court hearings, and participating in appellate litigation. O&G encourages all of its attorneys to seek out opportunities for public speaking, publishing, and bar association activities. Diversity, inclusiveness and equity are fundamental to our work at O&G. We believe that to be effective advocates for civil rights and workplace fairness we must strive for diversity within our own workforce. We are committed to diversity among our lawyers and staff, and to fostering a collegial and supportive workplace. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12, paid: Center for WorkLife Law hiring summer intern

center-for-worklife-lawApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

The Center for WorkLife Law, housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. Our current initiatives include legal advocacy to promote the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding employees; The Pregnant Scholar online toolkit on pregnancy and parenting in higher education; research on how gender bias differs by race; a path-breaking study on fair work schedules for hourly workers; social science research on interrupting bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries; and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. The Center has also been a pioneer in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.  An internship with WorkLife Law is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law, workers’ rights, and/or women’s advancement. Read more here.
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12: Summer legal ethics fellowship abroad

AuschwitzApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

FASPE Law (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Law) is a fully-funded two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study in contemporary legal ethics. FASPE Law is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 13: Peggy Browning Fund hiring fellows and summer interns

Peggy Browning FundApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Peggy Browning Fund and AFL-CIO hiring: 2017 Summer Fellowships (Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States), 2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship (1 funded part-time position in Chicago), AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program (10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing). Learn more about each position here.

Application Process: Apply through the Peggy Browning Fund website here.

Rolling Deadline: International Medical Corps legal internships

international-medical-corpsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The International Medical Corps Legal Intern will report to and work closely with the Deputy General Counsel. The Intern will collaborate with other members of the Legal Department and other employees to learn how to define, create and edit legal documents and contracts to both protect International Medical Corps and help us move our work forward. The Intern will assist in developing a centralized hub to organize and track all contract templates, and learn about the drafting of contract templates including the workflow process for intake and review of contracts. The Intern will also be involved in some or all of the following areas: identifying and resolving compliance issues in foreign countries, reviewing insurance policies to ensure adequate business coverage to minimize company risk, analysis of export compliance and sanctions matters, and drafting of reference guides as needed to assist other employees on compliance with Federal regulations. Openings in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Learn more here.

Application Process: Click here to apply. 

Rolling Deadline: ABA Center for Human Rights staff attorney position open

ABA Center for Human RightsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ABA Center for Human Rights is the focal point in the ABA for international human rights issues, and operates several programs. The Center is looking for a new staff attorney to serve as Senior Counsel to the Center with primary duties as Director of the ABA’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project, a program that promotes international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through education, advocacy, and practical legal assistance. The Director is responsible for this multifaceted program, and must be able to serve as a strong public ambassador for the Project; possess advanced knowledge of international criminal justice; have strong legal research, drafting, and editing skills including as it relates to legal advocacy; effectively manage a range of relationships with ABA leaders, external governmental/intergovernmental actors, and non-governmental partners; and be an effective project and event manager. Important that candidates be self-starters who thinks creatively as well as efficiently handle simultaneous priorities. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Staff attorney position working with foster youth

ccyj_logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

This position manages and coordinates the Center For Children & Youth Justice’s (CCYJ’s) Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program operating in King County and supports LFI’s statewide initiatives, each of which serve to provide free civil legal services to young adults with a focus on those who have been in foster or kinship care. Funding for this position is confirmed for two years; continued employment will be dependent on continued funding. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Mississippi Center for Justice hiring fellow for impact litigation work

mississippi-center-for-justiceApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks an experienced litigation attorney to be the inaugural George Riley Fellow for impact litigation. This is a full-time position that reports to the Advocacy Director. The position is for two years, which may be renewed. The Fellow is responsible for identifying and leading significant litigation matters in each of the Center’s campaign areas- housing, fair credit, education, and health care access- with the assistance of pro bono counsel and MCJ staff attorneys. The position requires extensive litigation experience. The Fellow must be a strategic thinker and a team player with a strong commitment to social justice. Read more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Gates Foundation internship and career information session coming up

Jan. 6: Gates Foundation career and internship information session 

icon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logoTime: 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2016
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 115

A panel of Gates Foundation attorneys will discuss their career paths from law school to the Gates Foundation. They will also speak about their summer internship for 1Ls and the type of work they do at the foundation. RSVP in Symplicity.

Resources for juvenile defense work; fundraising support available for nonprofits

Office of Public Defense releases video tutorials on juvenile reentry

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The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) is pleased to announce the release of a series of web videos on Juvenile Reentry made possible by grant funds received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionJuvenile court involvement can impact youths’ opportunities in areas such as housing, education, employment, and healthcare. OPD developed a series ofweb videos to help youth, their families, and people working in the juvenile justice system better understand and address these unanticipated consequences.  

The topics covered by the 15-20 minute tutorials include: Reentry SuccessHousingEducationEmploymentHealthcareRecord Sealing.

The web tutorials were made possible with the assistance from TeamChild, Washington Defender Association, University of Washington Law School, Skagit and Whatcom County public defender offices and private counsel.

National Juvenile Defender Center releases “Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide”

njdcThe National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) recently published a guide on juvenile defense. Find the report here.

Jan. 31: “Seattle-based consulting firm offering pro-bono work for nonprofits promoting tolerance, understanding”

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ostara-groupOriginally published on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in the Capitol Hill Times.

“Seattle-based consulting firm The Ostara Group is seeking applications from emerging nonprofits promoting tolerance and understanding to be award 25 hours of pro-bono support in fundraising and organizational strategy.” The deadline is January 31, 2017. Read more here.

Stoneleigh Foundation funding multiple post-grad fellowships for community building

Jan. 9, paid: Environmental Law Institute summer clerkship

Application Deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

In accord with our mission to build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides opportunities for law students to join us at the Inenvironmental-law-institutestitute. The University of Washington School of Law, with the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, is providing funding for one UW Law student to participate in our summer clerkship program with a stipend.

ELI summer law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international projects spanning ELI’s full range of expertise. Law clerks also may assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, drafting memoranda, attending and reporting on briefings and current events, and assisting in the preparation of reports and other published materials. Learn more here.

Application Process: Get more information here.

Various Deadlines: Two-year fellowships for post-grads

Stoneleigh FoundationApplication Deadline: Each fellowship has a different deadline ranging from Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 to Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

The Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship provides hands-on experience for early career professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, or advocacy.  Fellows work collaboratively with a host organization to execute a project that simultaneously advances the mission of the organization and provides the Fellow with the opportunity to gain new skills, leadership, and experience.  This full-time, two-year Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development.

Opportunities: Leveraging Civil Legal Services to Fight Youth Homelessness (Dec. 20), Reducing Education Barriers of LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming Youth (Dec. 30), Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Through Higher Education (Dec. 31), Coalition Building to Address Youth Homelessness (Jan. 6)

Application Process: Apply for each fellowship individually here.

Rolling Deadline: Associate Legal Aid Attorney for the AARP

aarpApplication Deadline: Open until filled

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. Read more about the position here.

 Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling Deadline: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring 3L for full-time position
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Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students committed to working in public defense in King County to begin employment in late summer 2017. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. The scope of representation expected by an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards established by the State Supreme Court and that foster excellence in legal representation are observed in accordance with Washington State Bar Association guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to complete all required trainings and to actively advance their level of practice by seeking additional learning opportunities. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Learn more here and apply online here

Rolling Deadline: Campaign Legal Center hiring Summer Law Clerk

campaign-legal-centerApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Washington, DC, is seeking law students to serve as summer law clerks in 2017. CLC’s mission is to improve our democracy and protect the fundamental right of all Americans to participate in the political process. To that end, CLC litigates impact cases on voting rights, partisan gerrymandering, and campaign finance protections. CLC also runs a state and local program to help draft and defend democracy reforms at the local level. CLC oversees the Voting Rights Institute. Now more than ever, CLC’s work protecting our democracy is critical.

 

Summer law clerks at CLC have the opportunity to work across all of CLC’s issue area. Summer law clerks are tasked with advanced legal work including writing legal pleadings and briefs, researching complex issues for pending and potential lawsuits, investigating claims of voting discrimination, drafting regulatory language, and writing complaints to the Federal Election Commission. CLC anticipates that 2017 law clerks will assist with pending litigation attacking felon disfranchisement, partisan gerrymandering, and FEC inaction to enforce our campaign finance laws. Summer law clerks will also assist in writing testimony for CLC staff who testify before Congress or other bodies on proposed legislation or oversight hearings. Through the VRI, summer associates will also have the opportunity to work with voting rights lawyers to help train the next generation of voting rights lawyers and to guide voting rights research needed to safeguard the right to vote. Learn more about the position here

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: DOJ summer legal internship in the civil rights, education opportunities section

DOJApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Educational Opportunities Section enforces federal laws that protect students from discrimination. The Section is responsible for enforcing, among other statutes, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher learning; the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 which, among other things, requires states and school districts to provide English Language Learner students with appropriate services to overcome language barriers; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability. The Section also plays a significant role in enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin by recipients of federal funds); Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex by recipients of federal funds); and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Section enforces these statutes and court decisions in a diverse array of cases involving elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education. The Section may intervene in private suits alleging violations of education-related anti-discrimination statutes and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School

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Application Deadline: Open until filled

The fellowship will provide an opportunity for an attorney to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) on direct representation of individuals applying for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection, starting in the summer of 2017. The Fellow, who will be housed at Harvard Law School, will assist with the supervision of clinical students and work closely with experienced attorneys and clinicians at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Fellow will appear in immigration court and in front of administrative bodies with clinic students and will provide close supervision of student casework in conjunction with the Clinic Director and Assistant Director. The Fellow will assist with supervising the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), the student practice organization, in conjunction with the HIP supervising attorney. Learn more here.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: School-year and summer judicial externship for 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls

u-s-district-eastern-washingtonApplication deadline: Open until filled

The Honorable Salvador Mendoza, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, is hiring externs. His office is looking for a 2L or 3L for Winter or Spring 2017, and a 1L for Summer 2017.

Application Process: Email Monica Villanueva (Monica_Villanueva@waed.uscourts.gov) with a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample.

It’s time to start thinking about summer jobs: Application review sessions and AGO open house coming up

Dec. 20 – 28: Internship Application Materials Review

UW Law LogoTime: Varies
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20 to Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 346

Stop by the UW School of Law over winter break to get your 1L summer application materials reviewed and edited by 2Ls, 3Ls, and career counselors. Click here for more information.

Jan. 19: Washington Attorney General’s Office Open House

washington-ago-color-sealTime: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: 800 Fifth Ave., Suite 2000, Seattle, WA

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves roughly 200 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to provide excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.
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. Read the flyer here.