Job Opportunities: NWIRP; ACLU;Youth, Rights, & Justice

Due August 18:  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Staff Attorney Position in Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: August 18, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney to work with individuals in removal proceedings in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide direct representation in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

This position is located in the Seattle office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 20: NWIRP, Bilingual Legal Advocate/Paralegal in Tacoma, WA

Application Deadline: August 20, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual legal advocate/paralegal to work in its Tacoma office. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. The advocate will work mainly with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1,575 detainees. The advocate will be part of a team providing immigration legal services to those detained at the detention center and will play a key role in collecting robust data, conducting case tracking, and producing . This will include assisting in case preparation and evidence gathering for high-volume workloads.

This position is located in the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 25:  NWIRP Bilingual Legal Advocate in Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual legal advocate to work in our Removal Defense unit. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish.

The Removal Defense unit provides direct representation, outreach and education throughout the state of Washington to immigrants in removal proceedings. The unit screens individuals in removal proceedings for various forms of relief, including but not limited to, asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, various forms of humanitarian relief under VAWA and TVPRA, and termination of proceedings. The legal advocate will also work with other staff members on different types of immigration cases as needed.

This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31: Youth, Rights & Justice -Staff Attorney in Portland, OregonChildren's Alliance Logo

Application deadline:  August 31, 2017

Seeking a juvenile or criminal defense attorney to join Youth, Rights & Justice to represent clients in the Multnomah County Juvenile Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington – Director of StrategyACLU of WA

Application Deadline:  Rolling.

The ACLU of WA is seeking a savvy, dynamic, and seasoned political strategist to help build and lead a new Political Strategies Department and to bring to bear advocacy and political strategies to ensure that work throughout the office takes the most effective approaches to achieve our goals.

Building upon our strong record of policy advocacy, the Director will work with our staff to develop multi-faceted, long-range campaigns, while at the same time, ensuring that we respond quickly to immediate opportunities to make an impact.  Candidates should be experienced enough to bring additional political acumen to an already strong staff. Our lawyers, policy experts, and other professionals work in sometimes fast-changing situations and are able to take advantage of opportunities while adhering to civil liberties principles and treating others respectfully.  We value readiness and reliability, and we pay particular attention to the rights of those who have historically been marginalized.  We seek a leader who shares these qualities and can apply them to gain effective outcomes.

Learn more and apply here. 

 

Events: LBAW/Skagit VLP Free Legal Clinic; Homeless Advocacy 101: Helping Homeless Students; NWIRP Evening of Justice; WA AGO Open House in Spokane

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program: Free Legal Clinic.

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Skagit Valley College, Angst Hall RM A125
2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Skagit Valley College Dreamers Club invite you to volunteer at our Mt. Vernon Legal Clinic.  We are in great need of immigration attorneys.

If you are able to volunteer or if you have questions, please email the Director of Clinics, Zaida Rivera, at clinics@lbaw.org.

Know someone who may need assistance at our Skagit Clinic? Please distribute our flyer: Mt. Vernon Free Legal Clinic Flyer.pdf

Homeless Advocacy 101/Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time:  9:00 am- 1:00 pm.  Check in opens at 8:30 am. Please be prompt.

Location:  Seola Gardens, Community Room (KCHA site) 11215 5th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

Join presenters from Columbia Legal Services, Schoolhouse WA, and national expert Dr. Lenore Rubin to learn about homeless students’ rights under federal law, and how staff and parents can ensure that students register, get to school, and have the supports they need for a successful school experience. Following an overview of the law, participants will work through case examples and discuss common challenges; and develop allies in helping homeless children and youth and their families. Register at www.homelessinfo.org.

This workshop is free, but registration is required, with preference to staff from Coalition Member agencies (see a list here).

Lawn Bowling Fundraiser for the Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location:  Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club
4103 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Please join the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness for our annual Lawn Bowling Party & Fundraiser!  Hosts Speaker Frank Chopp, Representative Nicole Macri & Deb Cayz, Humberto Alvarez, and Tony Lee.

Details: Lawn bowling is either a relaxing game or a fiercely competitive sport. You decide! In either case, please wear flat, rubber-soled shoes or prepare to go barefoot if you will be bowling! The greens are inviting and kids are welcome, but please note that the park is preferred for running around.

Register here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project : An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke

Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Location:  Wing Luke Museum

At this pivotal time for our country and community, we need an opportunity to come together in our commitment to immigrant rights.

We hope you will join us in doing so at our annual reception. An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke. We’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks from  Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, hear great live music, explore the museum, and share stories about what we are accomplishing together.

Tickets will be available soon.  Sponsorship info here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Spokane AGO 1116 W. Riverside Avenue Spokane, WA

Audience: Third-Year Law Students, Second-Year Law Students, Judicial Clerks, Licensed Attorneys

“The Attorney General’s Office is please to invite you to attend the first Open House in the Spokane AGO! This event will provide those who may be considering a career as an Assistant Attorney General or those seeking to serve as a law clerk the opportunity to hear from AG Bob Ferguson and learn about the AGO’s divisions and recruitment programs and meet with AGO representatives. We hope to see you there.”

More information here.

First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, Washington Leadership Institute open for applications, and more!

Due September 11:  The Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

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Application Due:  Monday, September 11, 2017

This annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court, now in its tenth year, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the media law bar.

The team with the highest score for the final round of oral arguments will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. All students who attend the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to network with practicing media law attorneys from across the country and attend engaging and informative panels.

The ABA Forum on Communications Law invites qualified law students to apply to participate in the Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Final deadline to apply is Midnight, EDT, Monday, September 11, 2017

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 15: Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Is Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due: Friday, September 15, 2017

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. The WLI is accepting application for the 2018 institute. Applications are due by September 15, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Pro Bono Clearinghouse has officially opened to potential clients facing trademark issues in the US and Germany.Networking Image

“The clearinghouse had a pilot soft start on 1 January. In its current form, the clearinghouse offers a host of practitioners in the US and Germany that can help with trademark issues. Eligible clients will be matched with an INTA attorney to help guide them. The intended clients are low-income individuals and directors of non-profit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets that have no other option or don’t have access to legal advice in trademarks.”

Read more here.

Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits

“President Donald Trump has inspired a new online dating service-between lawyers seeking pro-bono work and opposition non-profits in need of help. We the Action,   launching Friday, will be an online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to potentially heading to court in immigration cases. Non-profits will be able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.”

Read more here.

Education Department delivers a troubling message about its loan forgiveness programImg fr. Oregon Courts: Signature

“In court documents filed late Monday, the federal agency reaffirmed earlier statements that borrowers could not rely on FedLoan Servicing, the company overseeing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, to accurately say whether they qualify for debt relief. The department’s position signals that there are no guarantees of loan forgiveness for people who have received assurances from the servicing company, a troubling realization for the hundreds of thousands of people participating in the program.” “‘Though the department’s contractor has made occasional errors in individual notifications to borrowers, it has corrected those errors,’ Education Department attorneys wrote in Monday’s filing.’Moreover, it has provided borrowers … ample opportunities to seek reconsideration of its decisions.’ The attorneys said the final decision on forgiveness is, and has always been, in the hands of the Education Department. That means borrowers will know for sure that their loans will be forgiven only after they have completed the 10 years of payments.”

Read more here.

Jobs! Fellowships! Clerkships! WA AGO’s; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; EarthJustice; Federal Defenders, and more!

Due August 14: Patent Experience Externship Program, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Application Deadline:  Monday, August 14, 2017

The USPTO is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). PEEP offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science, and law.  The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks and providing inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It’s an effort that contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century.

If you are considering asking for academic credit, please email a copy of your application material to extern@uw.edu.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 14: Assistant Attorney General (Section Chief): Torts Division in Olympia/Tumwater

Application Deadline:  Monday, August 14, 2017

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Torts Division has an immediate need to fill a managing attorney position, that is, the Section Chief of the Early Resolution Program (ERP) and Investigations Section in Tumwater, Washington.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: Assistant Attorney General: Torts Division

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, August 15, 2017

There is an opportunity to join the Washington State Attorney General Office’s Torts Division in Tumwater as an Assistant Attorney General and thereby doing work that makes a true difference to the people of Washington. The Torts Division’s Transportation team represents the Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, Department of Licensing, Department of Health, General Administration, and the Attorney General’s Office. Attorneys on this team regularly defend the state in cases including highway design and maintenance, excessive force, and civil rights.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 11: Garvey Schubert Barer Diversity Fellowship

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Application Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017

The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship will be offered to students who will be in their second year of law school during the 2017-2018 school year. The Diversity Fellow will receive a paid 10-week summer associate position in our Seattle office between their second and third year of law school. After successful completion of the summer associate position and upon acceptance by the Diversity Fellow of an offered attorney position with the firm, the Diversity Fellow will receive an additional $15,000 ($7,500 payable at the start of the first semester of the third year, and another $7,500 payable at the start of the second semester of the third year) upon showing of continued outstanding academic performance.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: EarthJustice Law ClerkEarthJustice Logo

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: Federal Defenders Of Eastern Washington And Idaho Fellowship Attorney

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is now accepting applications for a Fellowship Attorney position(s) in Spokane, Washington. This is a position for Fiscal Year 2018, with the possibility of an extension for Fiscal Year 2019. The primary practice areas will be before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This organization litigates cases in four locations: Richland, Yakima, and Spokane, WA (all in the Eastern District of Washington); and Coeur d’Alene, ID (District of Idaho).

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 10: Air Force JAG Corps

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Application Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Air Force Jag Corps selects applicants based on the “whole person” concept. Selection factors include: academic performance; work experience; leadership traits; extracurricular activities;  personal integrity; demonstrated elements of core values; awards and honors; adaptability and flexibility; motivational statement; and military records (if applicable).

Learn more and apply here.

Due November 1: Alaska Court System First Judicial District Clerkship Alaska State Seal

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Adventure and opportunity await the few clerks chosen for the 2018-19 year. Summer and winter activities-including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, power boating, fishing, skiing and hiking – abound and law clerks will find that working and living in Southeast Alaska will be a rich and rewarding experience.

Applications are now being accepted from 3L students from August 1, 2017 until November 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Upcoming Events: Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition, WSBA Decoding the Law series, Solid Ground Mayoral Candidates Debate, Columbia Legal Services

Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition: “Supporting Student Resistors”pro bono
Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Public Library, 9125 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA

“As we look to the beginning of another school year, we wanted to bring the community together to brainstorm and reflect on how we can support student leaders. Student leaders confront racism in their institutions daily–in the classroom, in the administration, and in their peers. As students push back on racism, how are non-profits and the community supporting them? Join us on August 10th for a conversation about racism in education: Supporting Resilient Resistors.

Whether you are in education or supportive of student-resistors, we look forward to exploring the roles each of us play in student movements and resistance.”

Register here. 

WSBA Decoding the Law series: “Immigration: Personal Perspective”WSBA Logo

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

“Legal practitioners and law enforcement will address immigration rights, enforcement of immigration laws, and how to be an ally.

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing on this page after each event.”

More info here.

Solid Ground: Mayoral Candidates Debate on Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University

“Join Moderator Enrique Cerna of Crosscut and KCTS9 and the two Mayoral candidate finalists for a debate on how Seattle should address its most pressing issues: Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness.

Solid Ground, in partnership with Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, the Housing Development Consortium, Housing Action Group and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) wanted to shine a light on how Seattle’s next mayor would address these critical issues.  Before the primary, we asked all the candidates seven questions to understand their positions.”

More info and register here.

Columbia Legal Services: “Imagine Justice.”
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  5:00 pm
Location:  Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA

“As Columbia Legal Services celebrates fifty years of working for justice in Washington State, we invite you to join us in imagining a future in which all communities thrive.

Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, one of the first civil legal aid organizations in the state. Seattle Legal Services transformed into the statewide program Evergreen Legal Services, stepping forward to advocate for a more inclusive vision of justice in our state. Today, Columbia Legal Services and our allies in the justice and equity movement have continued our collective work representing individuals and entire communities who use the tools of the law to manifest justice.”

More info here.

New Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Evictions; Gates Scholars Getting Things Done!; Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

Council member Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation of this pilot will allow new civic legal aid attorneys to partner with Public Defenders to advocate for the accused to keep their housing during the legal review and plea bargaining processes.

Read more here.

Gates Public Service Law Scholar Martina Kartman selected for 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship!

“The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2017 class of Soros Justice Fellows, a dynamic mix of attorneys, advocates, artists, writers, and scholars who bring fresh ideas and energy to the challenge of maintaining past gains and continuing to push for progress toward a more humane criminal justice system in the United States.

Working in 11 states across the country, the 23 fellows seek to address the country’s overly punitive approach to crime, develop effective responses to both interpersonal and police violence, and challenge the ways in which the effects of incarceration linger long after someone has been released from prison. Included in this group is the inaugural cohort of Soros Justice “Youth Activist” Fellows—seven people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are just beginning their careers and who show real promise to develop into social justice leaders and innovators.

Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.”

Read more here.

New York Times, Letter to the Editor, “Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana,” by Gates Public Service Law Scholar Theo Shaw!Scales of Justice

“The bill signed by the governor is a step in the right direction. But too many people are still suffering in this oppressive criminal system, mainly because of lack of quality legal representation.

People faced with a loss of liberty are entitled to more. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said the ideal that every person stands equal before the law cannot be realized if a poor person has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Read more here.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

“A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail, thus violating his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. The Court found that the County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons based on a civil immigration “warrant” — an administrative form issued by federal immigration officers. In an oral ruling after a lengthy hearing in Spokane, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. emphasized that the Fourth Amendment requires that an arrest warrant must be approved by a neutral and detached judge – not by an employee of the executive branch.

The ruling has wide implications as similar policies are in effect across the nation.”

Read more here.

Opportunity to Serve on WSBA’s Civil Litigation Rules TaskforceWSBA Logo

The Washington State Bar Association is seeking a lawyer with experience litigating in Superior and/or District Court in Washington to serve on a rule-drafting Task Force, to replace a member who had to resign. The Task Force was created by Bar’s  Board of Governors in November 2016 to draft amendments to the Washington Civil Rules for eventual submission to the Supreme Court. The Board of Governors established the Task Force after considering and voting on some of the recommendations submitted by an earlier group, the Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force (ECCL).

If interested in serving, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested to Kevin Bank,WSBA Assistant General Counsel at kevinb@wsba.org. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2018.  More information on the Task Force can be found here.