Free Webinar on PTSD; Beer and Justice; Register for the NW Minority Job Fair by August 1

Free Webinar: A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free

Although PTSD can cause symptoms that significantly affect cognition and behavior, the people who assist or make critical decisions affecting those who experience PTSD may not recognize or understand these symptoms well. This training provides advocates with an understanding of PTSD.

Led by a faculty that includes a VA psychologist with extensive clinical expertise in PTSD and lawyers specializing in mental health-related advocacy, this training will provide:

  • An understanding of how trauma and PTSD affect the brain;
  • A description of PTSD symptoms and how they affect people in their day-to-day lives;
  • Discussion of how PTSD symptoms can be relevant in legal proceedings;
  • Guidance for developing relevant information and evidence about PTSD;
  • Insight into mental health reports, evaluations, and other clinical evidence; and
  • Strategies for working effectively with mental health professionals to develop and present information about PTSD that supports advocacy for those affected by trauma

Register here.

Campaign for Equal Justice: Beer and Justice

Date:  Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in Bellingham, Washington

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Harmon Tap Room Beer Garden in Tacoma, Washington

Campaign for Equal Justice LogoJoin us for a happy hour event in your city to raise awareness and funds for legal aid! Through the Campaign for Equal Justice, your donations support nonprofit legal aid providers in Washington state. In partnership with the Legal Foundation of Washington, there is a strong return on your investment. For every $1 donated to the Campaign, anywhere from $3 – $9 goes to 23 non-profit legal aid providers in their annual grants from the Legal Foundation.

More information here.

Due August 1:  31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair on August 19
Registration Due:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Date: Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Location: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

This year’s Fair will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Pacifica Law Group, 1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000, in Seattle. Registration is free for students. Part of the registration fee provides scholarships for minority students.

Learn more and register here.

 

Protecting At-Risk Children, KCBA Pro Bono Program, State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8M

Columbia Legal Services: Governor Signs Two Bills Protecting At-risk Children

“On July 6, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed two bills to better protect at-risk children in Washington. The first creates a pilot program allowing for abused and neglected children to better navigate the court system. The other creates a cabinet level agency to better coordinate services for children and families in the state.

Senate Bill (SB) 5890 improves the state’s foster system for both foster children and foster parents and funds a research project targeted at providing legal representation for children and youth in foster care.

“For children and youth in foster care, having an attorney means a greater chance to stay with family members, to spend less time in foster care, and to avoid homelessness,” said Hillary Madsen, staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “This study will provide critical information for lawmakers about the importance of attorneys.”

Read more here.

New Leadership for King County Bar Association’s pro bono programKCBA Logo

Anne Daly will be taking over leadership of the King County Bar Association’s pro bono programs. Anne has served as a past KCBA president (2013–14) who for the past 25 years has been with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, leading that public defense nonprofit since 1999. While her focus there has been on criminal defense for the indigent, her overall lifelong commitment to social justice and service to the marginalized in our community is inspiring.

A copy of a Bar Bulletin profile about Anne from 2013 is online here.

Legal Foundation of Washington: State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8MLogo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

“After a long six-month legislative session, the House and Senate finally agreed on a Fiscal Year 2017-2019 operating budget on Friday, June 30th. Late that night, Governor Inslee signed the budget to narrowly avoid a partial government shutdown. In a budget year when legislators struggled with issues such as education, mental health, and transportation, to receive a $4.8 million increase for legal aid (roughly a 20% increase in funding) is a gratifying result.

During FY 2017-2019, the new funding for legal aid will:

  • Create 15 new staffed civil legal aid attorneys;
  • Increase the capacity of pro bono programs across the state;
  • Invest in research and training for legal aid and pro bono attorneys; and,
  • Provide Northwest Justice Project attorneys with long overdue cost of living and salary adjustments.”

Read more here.

Former bank robber helped by Gates fund now professor at Georgetown Law School

“University of Washington law-school grad Shon Hopwood once served time in federal prison for robbing banks. Now he’s accepted a law professorship at Georgetown University.

Eighteen years ago, Nebraska native Shon Hopwood went to prison for breaking the law. This year, the University of Washington law-school graduate has been hired to teach it.

Hopwood has accepted a position as professor at Georgetown University School of Law. The 2014 graduate of the UW law school had gone to federal prison for 10 years in the late 1990s for robbing five banks in the Midwest.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

YWCA Staff Attorney, NWIRP/VAWA internship, ACLU internship, National Health Law Program Attorney and Fellow positions

Due July 26:  Sexual Violence Legal Services (YWCASeattle/King/Snohomish) Staff Attorney

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The YWCA’s Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS) aims to improve the legal response to survivors of sexual violence through (1) holistic legal representation in King and Snohomish Counties; (2) consultations for survivors, attorneys and advocates assisting survivors; (3) trainings and education for legal professionals and advocates; and, (4) brief services and resources for survivors, attorneys and sexual assault advocates statewide.

The Staff Attorney implements the core services provided by SVLS. The ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented, multi-tasking social justice advocate who is adept at facilitating creative and strategic trauma-informed legal representation and assistance for victims of sexual violence.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31:  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Fall 2017 Internship

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) Unit provides legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will maintain their own caseload and provide direct representation to clients by filing petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Those petitions will include I-360 VAWA Self-Petitions and U and T Visas.  Interns will also assist attorneys representing clients who are in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, an interest in immigration law. For complete job description go to Symplicity job #14981.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31: ACLU of Washington Fall 2017 Internship/Externship 

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017 ACLU of WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid school-year internships and externships to interested law school students for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year.  For complete job description go to Symplicity job posting #14717.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline:  National Health Law Program (NHelp) Reproductive Health Attorney and Fellow Positions. 

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled. NHELP Logo

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is seeking a Reproductive Health Attorney, a full-time position, for its Los Angeles office.

We are looking for an experienced attorney to be involved in a broad range of advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs, through a reproductive health lens. See the full job description here, which includes instructions for applying.

NHeLP is also seeking three Policy Fellows to serve in its D.C., N.C., and Los Angeles offices. The Policy Fellow positions last for two years. See here for requirements and how to apply.

WA AGO Open House, 9th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

August 9:  Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House
Date:  August 9, 2017
Time:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Tumwater AGO in Olympia, WA

Second-year law students, third-year law students, judicial clerks, and licensed attorneys are invited to the AGO’s fifth annual Open House!  This event will provide those who may be considering a career as an Assistant Attorney General or as a Law Clerk the opportunity to learn about the AGO’s various divisions and recruitment programs and network with AGO representatives.  For more information, contact Linda Nakamura at Linda.Nakamura@atg.wa.gov

More information here.

September 7 & 8:  9th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium: The Bigger Picture
Date:  Thursday and Friday, September 7 & 8, 2017
Time:  8:30 a.m.
Location:  Seattle University

“Spend two days with us and your colleagues as we explore aspects that factor into the bigger picture of gender-based violence and response.  We will hear from The Full Frame Initiative, Futures Without Violence and others on topics including well-being, immigration, sexual coercion and violence, prevention, athletics, procedural justice, bias and culture, trial advocacy and more, highlighting that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.
In 2017 we will focus on “the Bigger Picture” of gender-based violence featuring:

  • The work of the Full Frame Initiative, an organization that works with systems to break cycles of poverty, violence, trauma and oppression by increasing access to wellbeing, especially for the marginalized;
  • The work of Futures Without Violence, specifically: 1) Changing Minds Campaign to End Childhood Trauma, 2) Audrie & Daisy film screening and discussion, and 3) Coaching Boys into Men program
  • The work of the Center for Court Innovation on Procedural Justice and Domestic Violence
  • The work of Caprice Hollins, Psy.D. with Cultures Connecting
  • Several presentations on issues impacting immigrant and refugee survivors
  • An array of other workshops that address contextual factors surrounding domestic and sexual violence and response.”

Register here.

Washington State Bar Foundation seeking law student to serve on its Board of Trustees

The Washington State Bar Foundation has an opening on its Board of Trustees for a law student, for a term beginning October, 2017.  The Washington State Bar Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Washington State Bar Association. Its mission is to provide financial support for WSBA programs that promote diversity within the legal profession and enhance the public’s access to and understanding of the justice system. Bar Foundation funding helps to power vital programs like the WSBA Moderate Means Project, Call To Duty, and more.

This term will begin October 1st, and will last for the duration of the student’s time in law school. Trustees are stewards of the Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and are actively involved in all aspects of donor development. This is a great opportunity for students interested in diversity, justice and public service, and for those looking to gain fundraising and nonprofit leadership experience while getting exposure to our statewide legal community.  If you wish to be considered, please submit a cover letter/e-mail and resume to foundation@wsba.org.
To learn more, please contact Laura Sanford, Donor & Community Partnerships Specialist at foundation@wsba.org or 206.239.2137.

More information here.

WA Supreme Court on domestic violence, 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship, Legal Checkup for Veterans.

Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence – parents can petition for Protection OrdersNJP Logo

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families. For complete article click here.  

Due July 17: National Juvenile Defender Center: 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship

Application Due:  Monday, July 17, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2016 or 2017) are invited to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C. starting in September 2017.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to children many of the same due process protections afforded to adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. Learn more and apply here.

New online tool helps veterans identify legal issues and take action to resolve them 

The American Bar Association, ARAG® legal insurance and CuroLegal announced the launch of a new online tool, Legal Checkup for Veterans. The free web-based application helps veterans identify legal needs in their lives – and provides them with straightforward suggestions and resources to help resolve their legal issues.

The online tool is part of a signature initiative by ABA President Linda Klein to improve legal services for veterans, and will complement other resources being developed by the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission .

“Legal Checkup for Veterans is a much-needed tool that offers a necessary first step in solving this important group’s access to justice issues,” Klein said. “It provides veterans with free and fast help in identifying their legal needs and clear paths to resolution.” Further information here.

Seattle Community Law Center and Department of Justice

Rolling Deadline:  Seattle Community Law Center: Mobile Attorney

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.SCLC

“We are looking for an attorney with 1-5 years of experience to serve the community as a Mobile
Attorney.   SCLC is a compassionate legal services organization, committed to delivering:
high-quality trauma informed advocacy centered on client needs; honor for the humanity of every client; and a continually inclusive and collaborative environment for all. We make direct legal
representation in Social Security matters accessible at the convenience of low-income
community members in King County. We offer legal advocacy that accommodates disabilities
and other barriers that low-income people may face.
We are hiring a mobile attorney so that we may better serve the needs of community members in the South end of King County. The mobile attorney will make SCLC’s client-centered
services available to people at several locations in South King County in partnership with community partners.”

Learn more and apply here

Due September 5:  U.S. Department of Justice: Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, September 5, 2017DOJ - Attorney's Office

The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) opens July 31, 2017.  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).  Honors Program information and a link to the application is at https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys.  SLIP information and a link to the application is at https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program.  Please spread the word about these exciting legal hiring programs and opportunities to join the United States Department of Justice!  Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found at https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers

Due July 10:  ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL: CAMPAIGN FINANCE UNIT IN OLYMPIA
Application Deadline:  Monday, July 10, 2017

The Campaign Finance Unit of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office has an opening for a lawyer with five-plus years of practice experience, including significant litigation experience as described in more detail below, to enforce state campaign finance and disclosure laws. The Unit currently consists of two attorneys and 3 staff who will handle assigned investigations and the civil regulatory enforcement litigation stemming from those investigations. The Unit is housed in Olympia.

The successful candidate will prosecute civil regulatory enforcement cases against defendants who violate state campaign finance laws. The successful candidate will be responsible for working as part of a team and oversee investigations, compose charging documents, conduct and answer discovery, bring and answer motions, participate in alternative dispute resolution, work with and against expert witnesses, handle superior court bench trials, including meeting deadlines for pre-trial schedules, and work with the Solicitor General’s Unit on case appeals, writing briefs and presenting oral arguments.

Learn more and apply here.