WSBA MentorLink Mixer; Qlaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event; Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

MentorLink Mixer: Pro Bono and Public Service in King CountyWSBA Logo

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

Celebrate Pro Bono Week through this mentoring opportunity! WSBA Mentorship brings together a diverse mix of attorneys to support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is an opportunity for attorneys who are interested in pro bono and public service work, in King County, to gain insight from attorneys who have experience serving the public through pro bono and public service organizations.

RSVP here.

QLaw Mentorship Kick-Off Event: Participation Forms due Friday, October 27QLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time:  5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas Street, Seattle, WA

If you are a law student or new lawyer, the QLaw Mentorship Program is great opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with an experienced attorney to gain helpful insights into practice, and to make those important networking connections. Whether you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, or just would like to come learn more about the program,

To participate in the program, please complete the appropriate participation form here and email to Josh Treybig at treybig@gmail.com  by Friday, October 27, 2017.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: Policy Analyst For Immigrant Women’s Health and Rights

Application Due:  Open until filled.

Founded in 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

POSITION Description:  NLIRH seeks a Policy Analyst to help promote a national policy agenda designed to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, while supporting the policy needs of the state-based Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs). The Policy Analyst will lead and be responsible for the immigrant women’s health and rights portfolio.  As such, the Policy Analyst must be able to evaluate complex public programs, projects and studies, proposed federal and state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s policy and advocacy work in the area of immigrant women’s health and rights. The Policy Analyst will be supervised and report to the Senior Director of Government Relations in our Washington, D.C. office. The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Apply here.

Nisqually Indian Tribe:  General Tribal Attorney

Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and services to Tribal Council.
  • Coordinate with Director to provide legal advice and assistance to tribal law enforcement; tribal court; the Indian child welfare department; the tribal health clinic; and other administrative departments (social services, education, personnel, accounting, planning, etc.)
  • Coordinate with Director in the negotiation of agreements with other state and local governments.
  • Advise Tribal Council regarding compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws, grant and contractual obligations, internal policies.
  • Review, advise and coordinate execution of contracts entered into by Nisqually Tribe.
  • Collaborate with Tribal Council to create, modify, and facilitate enforcement of tribal laws, codes, and policy.
  • Provide legal advice to Tribal Council related to employment classification and dispute resolution.
  • Review contracts and draft ordinances, legal briefs, memorandums, policies, codes, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Apply here.

Rolling Application: All of Us or None National Organizer

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

The National Organizer will assist in planning, coordinating, and organizing All of Us or None chapter activities nationwide. The person holding the position will work in close cooperation with staff organizers and volunteer leaders to promote the development of AOUON and support the establishment of chapters nationwide.

Full job description here.

Due December 6: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

The Soros Justice Fellowship application is due on December 6, 2017.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) seeks third year law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with LSPC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, and may begin anytime between July and October 2018.

Full Fellowship description here.

New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youths and Youths With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement

By Angela Helm, The Root

“The report found that despite progress at the federal level and in a growing number of states, solitary confinement of youths remains widespread (two-thirds of the public defenders surveyed reported that their clients spent time in “punitive segregation”), with a disproportionate impact on youths of color, girls, LGBTQ youths and young people with disabilities (and any intersection thereof) because these populations are overrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and there are few to no resources for them.”

Read the full article here.

Goldwater, National Resources Defense Council, NAACP, Equal Justice Works Fellowships and more!

Due October 13: Summer 2018 Law Clerk Goldwater Institute

Application Deadline: October 13, 2017

The litigation center at the Goldwater Institute is currently accepting applications from law students for law clerk positions available during the summer of 2018. We are looking forward to reviewing applications and conducting interviews until all the open summer clerk positions are filled.

More info and apply here. 

Due October 13: National Resources Defense Council: Charles Koob Litigation Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 13, 2017

This two-year fellowship is available starting in September 2018 and is open to those who have received their Juris Doctorate within the past three years. The Fellow will focus on litigation to redress environmental and public health harms, including air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. The Fellow will represent NRDC and its members in federal or state court litigation, and may work closely with other environmental, labor, and public health groups. The position is a two-year placement, and will likely be based in San Francisco or Washington, DC, depending on candidate preference and NRDC’s needs.

The application deadline for the Charles Koob Litigation Fellowship is October 13, 2017. We will review applications and schedule interviews for this position on a rolling basis.

More info and apply here.

Due October 12:  NRDC Environmental Law Fellowship

Application Deadline  October 12, 2017

The two-year fellowship is available starting in September 2018 and is open to those who have received their Juris Doctorate within the past three years. For the first year, through August 2019, the Fellow will work at NRDC in one of our US offices, depending on candidate preference. During that time, the Fellow will focus on litigation or policy efforts to redress environmental and public health harms, including air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. The Fellow will work closely with, and be supervised by, experienced NRDC attorneys.

For the second year, the Fellow will work at Yale in New Haven, CT, providing support for environmental law clinics, dual degree students, and events and activities relating to environmental law and policy. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and co-teach the Environmental Protection Clinic (EPC) along with NRDC experts and a Yale faculty member. Projects include litigation support, administrative advocacy, legislative drafting, strategic and communications planning, network building, scientific literature reviews, and more. In addition to being the primary coordinator of the EPC, the Fellow will also have substantive supervision responsibilities for particular EPC student projects. Those projects will include matters that the Fellow has already worked on during the first year of the Fellowship at NRDC.

The application deadline for the Environmental Law Fellowship is October 12, 2017. NRDC and Yale will review applications and schedule interviews for this position on a rolling basis.

More info and apply here.

Applications September 29 through February 23, 2018:  NAACP Office of the General Counsel: 2018 Law Fellow ProgramNAACP Logo

Applications from September 29, 2017 to February 23, 2018

The NAACP Law Fellow Program is designed to give individuals who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to work for the summer at NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. The NAACP Law Fellow Program is made possible through the generous support of the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, which has funded the program since its inception in 2003. This year, the NAACP Law Fellow Program celebrates its 16th Anniversary. The Law Fellow Program is contingent upon continued funding.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, September 29, 2017 – Friday, February 23, 2018. Materials requested: Resume, Cover Letter, Transcript, Writing Sample and two (2) Letters of Recommendation via email to Human Resources at legal@naacpnet.org. Questions concerning the program should be directed to Anson Asaka at legal@naacpnet.org.   Please use the subject line of 2018 Law Fellow Program.

Due October 24: Municipal Court of Seattle, Relief BailiffCity of Seattle Logo

Application Deadline: October 24, 2017

Relief Bailiffs play a critical role in the courtroom and act as a liaison between the Judge, jurors, attorneys, outside agencies and other areas of the court. They review dispositional documents with defendants, coordinate with the Marshals the transport of in-custody defendants and independently prepare and processes all documents required for jail commitments and release

More info and apply here.

Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing and Preservation Project (VAHPP) Fellowships

The Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing and Preservation Project (VAHPP) is looking for legal fellows focused on preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. The program is currently looking for legal Fellows at the following locations:

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Chicago, IL)

More info here.

Legal Assistance of Western New York (Rochester, NY)

More info here.

The VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development (TECDev) TECDev Legal Fellows provide capacity building services to their host sites to assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) properties regarding their rights, responsibilities and options.

More info here.

Maryland Legal Aid (Baltimore, MD)

More info here

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Externship/Intership; Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship; Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network

Rolling Application: Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division: Torts Section Externship/Internship for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 City of Seattle Logo

Application Due: Rolling, but decisions will be made at the end of October.

Injuries, accidents and property damage happen every day in Seattle.  The Torts section engages in an extensive and wide-ranging advisory practice focused on preventing loss and avoiding litigation. The 12 attorneys in the Torts Section also defend tort lawsuits against the City.  These suits include personal injury, property damage, police action, civil rights and other claims. This externship/internship is for general tort cases that exclude police action cases.

More info and apply here.

Due June 1: The Scrofana Law PC Aspiring Public Defender $1,500 Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Scrofano Law PC, has established a $1,5000.00 annual scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

The Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship is available every year with a June 1 application deadline. The application requirements include a resume, transcript and written proof of intern or externship at a public defender’s office as well as an essay.

More info and apply here.

Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network: Have you or has someone you know received a notice from immigration court or been detained by ICE? 

If you are in need of immigration legal services and cannot pay for them, call any one of the Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network organizations listed below. To qualify for Legal Defense Network services, you must be low-income and work in the city of Seattle or live in King County.

To see if you are eligible for free legal services, call one of these community navigators:

• Filipino Community of Seattle: (206) 280-8406

• South Park Information and Resource Center: (206) 767-7445

• West African Community Council: (206) 349-0892

Legal services will be provided by:

• Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (for adults and families): (206) 816-3870

• Kids in Need of Defense (for unaccompanied children): (206) 359-3266

Services begin in October 2017.

More info here.

Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Foundation of Washington, Endowment for Equal Justice: Let’s Talk About Justice Doctors and Lawyers Working Together for GoodCampaign for Equal Justice Logo

When: October 25, 2017

Noon-1:00 pm

1201 Third Avenue #2200, Seattle

Lunch provided with RSVP Brendan@legafoundation.org

Join Us to learn about Washington’s Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical-legal Partnership is a healthcare delivery model that improves the health and well-being of vulnerable populations by removing legal barriers to better health. Partners include Seattle Children’s, Harborview, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Center, the Northwest Justice Project and Davis Wright Tremaine Law Firm.

Featured Speaker Dr. Ben Danielson, Founder, Washington Medical Legal Partnership Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

More info here.

Trustees for Alaska; WSBA NW Lawyer Editor; WSAJ Summer Fellowship

Rolling Basis: Trustees for Alaska: Summer 2018 Internship

Application Due: Rolling Basis

Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm with a busy and diverse docket, is now accepting current 2L  applications for summer legal interns for 2018. For over 40 years, Trustees has been working to protect Alaska’s environment. Trustees provides counsel to local, regional, and national conservation organizations, tribal councils and other Alaska Native entities, fishing organizations, and others in environmental and natural resource matters.

Trustees’ work generally focuses on state and federal law issues concerning clean water, public lands and wildlife, climate change, coal mining and combustion, protection of marine resources, and hard rock mining.

Complete job description and apply here.

WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: NW Lawyer Editor

WSBA LogoThis position is responsible for curating editorial content for WSBA’s official publication, NWLawyer, and managing the magazine’s editorial calendar. The Editor ensures a uniform reading experience, including adherence to WSBA style and standards, for NWLawyer readers. Serves asHome project lead of the NWLawyer editorial staff and works closely with the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and the Communications Manager. This position requires a task-oriented self-starter.

More information and apply here.

Due October 6: Washington State Association for Justice:Trial Advocacy Summer Fellowship ProgramWSAJ Logo

Application Due: Friday, October 6, 2017

Be a part of an organization that stands up for citizens against powerful wrongdoers. Our civil justice system ensures that all citizens, regardless of stature, economic status or power, have the ability to hold wrongful entities more powerful than themselves accountable under the law. We have three branches of government for a reason — checks and balances. Our civil justice system is a founding part of our democracy. View WSAJ’s Mission and Vision Statement. https://www.washingtonjustice.org/index.cfm?pg=aboutWSAJ

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Students seeking consideration for a Fellowship must submit their application no later than October 6, 2017. Based upon qualifications, the WSAJ Fellowship Taskforce will invite applicants to be interviewed. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the month of November. Students selected for the Fellowship will be notified in the month of December.

Apply online,  or download a printable application here.