2018 NW Public Service Career Fairs Student Registration NOW OPEN!; Amazon Catalyst Award; Advocates for Community Alternatives; Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic; U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division Law Clerk Positions.

 2018 NW Public Service Career Fairs in Seattle and Portland: Student Registration NOW OPEN!


Seattle Career Fair: Friday, February 2, 2018 in LeRoux Center, Student Center at Seattle University

Portland Career Fair: Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

Cost: $15 for one fair / $25 for both fairs


Registration is a multiple-step process. Your second step(s) will be determined by the fair you are attending and the school you attend. The Seattle Fair will manage applications through Symplicity; the Portland Fair will manage applications through Career Connect.


Click on the FAIR(s) below that you plan to attend.

Follow the link and submit your initial registration (use your school email) and payment.

Seattle Fair.

Portland Fair.

Both Fairs.

Step Two for the SEATTLE FAIR:

Step two for students attending law schools other than Seattle University:

1. Go to the SU School of Law Symplicity website here.

2. Select the ‘Sign Up’ button and sign up for an account. Required fields are: Name; Email (you must use your school email address only); Graduation date; Year in school (select from the NW Consortium student list); Practice area(s); work authorization; and privacy notifications.

3. Within 48 hours, you will receive confirmation that your registration has been accepted, and you will be prompted to log in to the system. To view participating employers and to submit applications for interviews, log in to Symplicity, select the OCI tab, and from the drop down menu select “2018 Seattle NW Public Service Career Fair.”

Apply for the Amazon Catalyst Award!UW Logo

Got a big idea that could change the world? Got a small idea that could have a huge impact? Apply for an Amazon Catalyst award.

Amazon Catalyst is an award program that helps UW students, staff, and faculty launch their big ideas. Offered through a collaboration between Amazon and UW CoMotion, initial awards are $25,000, given to individuals or teams that want to pursue solutions to real-world problems and make a positive impact.

We are hosting an Info Meeting on Nov 14.

– $25K award
– Potential for up to $75K more
– Open to UW students, faculty, and staff from all campuses
– All ideas are welcome, from any discipline: arts to engineering
– Simple application: 20 questions
– Next deadline: December 16

Want to learn more about the program and how to create a compelling application? Join us for the upcoming Amazon Catalyst Info Meeting. Snacks will be served!

Tuesday, November 14
6-7 pm
HUB 106

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact comoazon@u.washington.edu

Due November 30: Advocates for Community Alternatives, Legal Coordinator

Application Due: November 30, 2017

Advocates for Alternatives (ACA) is seeking a lawyer with international human rights expertise to manage our legal docket and provide support to our legal partners throughout West Africa.  The intended start date for this position is January 2018.

Established in April 2016, ACA helps West African communities that are threatened by the destructive impacts of extractives-led development to take control of their own futures.  We do this by working with communities to design their own sustainable development plans and advocate to achieve those plans.  And we build networks of lawyers and other experts to help the communities’ plans come to fruition.  Based in Accra, Ghana, ACA has projects in communities in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions, in addition to its collaboration and support programs for the Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA), a network of lawyers and legal advocates in eight West African countries.

Apply here.

Due December 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic,

Clinical Teaching Fellowship 2018-2020

Application Due: December 15, 2017

Columbia Law School is inviting applications for the Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship.  The two-year fellowship will begin in the summer of 2018.

The Fellow will work in the Columbia Human Rights Clinic and in the Human Rights Institute, and with its directors and staff, on clinical projects, syllabus development, teaching, scholarly research and writing, and human rights programming. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Columbia human rights community, and over the two years, will undertake increasing responsibility for designing and teaching clinic seminars; building and leading clinic projects in partnership with civil society organizations and affected communities; providing close supervision, guidance, and feedback to teams of students working on those projects; and conducting scholarly research and writing. The Fellow will be provided extensive professional, teaching, practice, and scholarship mentoring.

Apply here. 

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division Law Clerk Positions.

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division is hiring volunteer law clerks in Denver, Sacramento, and Washington, DC. Below are links to all of ENRD’s open volunteer law clerk positions.

Location Semester Deadline Link
Denver, CO Spring 2018 11/30/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-84
Denver, CO Summer 2018 12/31/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-85
Sacramento, CA Summer 2018 2/1/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-summer-2018
Sacramento, CA Fall 2018 5/1/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-fall-2018
Sacramento, CA Spring 2018 11/30/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-spring-2018-0
Washington, DC Summer 2018 1/5/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/summer-2018-volunteer-law-clerk

Posner says he is organizing a national pro-bono group that includes ex-prisoner

By Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

“Former Judge Richard Posner is continuing his quest to help pro se litigants by forming a nationwide pro bono law group made up of lawyers and consultants.

Posner, a former judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, hopes to raise money for the group through foundations and other charitable sources, WBEZ reports.

Posner sees some merit in pro se litigating. He told the Chicago Tribune he would like to see both sides in a civil case go to trial without lawyers, like on Judge Judy. As a model, he pointed to nonadversarial legal systems that are led by judges in some European countries.”

Read the full article here.

RAICES Summer 2018 Internship; Environmental Law Institute Summer clerkship; Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship

Due February 15: RAICES Summer 2018 Internship Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

( RAICES ) is offering ten week unpaid summer internships with our Family Detention program

based in San Antonio, TX. The Family Detention program coordinates the Karnes Pro Bono

Project , which provides pro bono legal services to detained families as they navigate the

expedited removal process. Because the process moves so quickly, many families suffer from

serious procedural and due process defects. The goal of the Project is to ensure that families have

a fair chance to present their stories and have an opportunity to apply for asylum.

More info and apply here.

Due November 30: Open Society Public Health Program: Sex Work, Health, and Human Rights in Europe

Submission deadlines: Concept forms November 30, 2017

The Open Society Public Health Program invites concept forms from civil society organizations and networks that seek to advance the health and human rights of sex workers in Europe.

Marginalized by stigma and criminalization, sex workers face enormous obstacles to realizing their human rights, and oppression has led to extreme levels of violence, disease, and exploitation. Justice and health systems routinely fail sex workers, and at times compound their marginalization through harmful law enforcement practices and insurmountable barriers to health care. Sex worker organizing is sometimes vilified, further exacerbating problems related to workplace health and safety. The myriad of health challenges sex workers face cannot be addressed squarely within the health system, and the structural—and often political—determinants of sex worker health extend far beyond health care.

Complete application information and further description here: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/sex-work-health-and-human-rights-europe-20171101?utm_source=Open+Society+Foundations&utm_campaign=94a26d354e-Grants_RSS_email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d16374add2-94a26d354e-49882949

Due January 8: JustLead Washington 2018 Leadership Academy

Applications due by: Monday, January 8, 2018

JustLead Washington seeks applications for its 2018 Leadership Academy, a nine-month cohort-based experience designed to build a broad network of community leaders who can effectively and collaboratively work towards equity and justice throughout Washington State.

Further information and application materials here.

ACLU Hiring Staff Attorneys

Qualifications vary for each position, but generally the ACLU seeks attorneys with litigation experience and superior analytic, research and writing skills, and demonstrated commitment to public interest and civil liberties

Staff Attorney for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project (RFP-23) will litigate constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of reproductive rights related issues in the trial and appellate courts; analyze legislation for potential litigation and conduct legal research/write legal memoranda.   Apply here: https://www.aclu.org/careers/staff-attorney-rfp-23-acluf-reproductive-freedom-project-ny

Two Staff Attorneys, for the Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP-01/IRP-20) will help challenge:  The President’s Muslim ban; the unconstitutional use of mandatory and prolonged immigration detention; the lack of due process in the deportation system; unconstitutional state of anti-immigration laws; abusive immigration detainer practices; federal and state anti-sanctuary measures; and violations of the rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  Apply here: https://www.aclu.org/careers/staff-attorney-irp-01-irp-20-immigrants-rights-project-new-york-ny-or-san-francisco-ca.

A Staff Attorney National Security Project (NSP-12)  will further litigation and advocacy related to: government surveillance, targeted killing, unlawful detention, accountability for torture, discrimination, censorship and secrecy.  Apply here:  https://www.aclu.org/careers/2-year-staff-attorney-nsp-12-acluf-national-security-project-ny

Due November 30: The Northwest Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney position

Application Deadline: November 30, 2017

The Northwest Consumer Law Center (NWCLC) is a young, innovative, nimble, and unique 501(c)(3) social profit (more commonly known as “nonprofit”) legal services organization that focuses exclusively on consumer law, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, debt collection, credit reporting, automobile fraud, and student loans. Based in Seattle, we fight for economic justice and prosperity, financial stability, and stable homeownership for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities across Washington State.

Application information here.

Due December 1: Environmental Law Institute Summer clerkship

Application Deadline: Friday, December 1

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

Institute. 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.

Complete job description and application information here.

Due December 15: Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship

Application Deadline: Second year law student applications due December 15, 2017

All other law student applications due February 2, 2018

The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5,000 stipend for the summer) funded by the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and University of Washington School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle office of Columbia Legal Services. This internship is open to students at University of Washington School of Law. The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship is intended as a way to increase awareness of, and interest in, the practice of elder law on behalf of low-income clients and to support systemic reform that was the hallmark of Peter Greenfield’s work. The position offers the opportunity to advocate for low-income seniors through legal research and writing, community education, and other types of advocacy

Complete information and application here

UC Berkeley School of Law Pro Bono Program Coordinator

Application Deadline: January 1, 2018

The University of California School of Law invites applications for the position of Pro Bono Program Coordinator expected to begin on January 1, 2018.  This is a one-year, full-time appointment, subject to renewal. The Coordinator for the Pro Bono Program will continue to build, coordinate and supervise the Pro Bono Program and the Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, working closely with the Pro Bono Program Faculty Co-Directors.  The Coordinator will operate as part of a team that focuses on public interest and service learning at the law school, and works to raise the profile of pro bono both within the law and in the larger community.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 20, 2017.  For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please visit:  https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01548 .  If you have questions about the position, please contact:  academicpositions@law.berkeley.edu, or you are welcome to reach out to Sue Schechter, sschechter@law.berkeley.edu.

UW Minority Law Student Association Community Dinner; Social Justice Tuesday: Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants; 2017 Qlaw Falltacular

UW Minority Law Student Association – Brown and Down Community Dinner: For those in the Community, Working for the Community

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Perkins Coie, Room 115

MLSA invites minority lawyers, attorneys, and law students to talk about our experiences in the legal community. Come make connections, share space, and enjoy a night with community. Food and beverages served.

Who should attend: POC, Queer Folks and Allies

Special guests: Various judges and attorneys in the community

Why: To strengthen communities of color and representation in the legal field.

 Social Justice Tuesday – Lawyering in Support of Detained Immigrants

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time:  12:30-1:20 pm

Where: UW School of Law, Room 127

Please join Angelica Chazaro, UW Assistant Professor of Law and Marsha Chien, attorney with Washington State Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit.

Marsha and Angelica will be discussing about lawyering in support of detained immigrants from their distinct perspectives.  There will be an 11 minute documentary featuring detained people talking about their own experiences.

Please join us for a very timely and informational Social Justice Tuesday.

The QLaw Foundation of Washington- Falltacular 2017 Come to the CabaretQLaw Logo

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time:  5:30-8:00 pm

Where: The Bullitt Cabaret in ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle

Premiering in less than two weeks – Qlaw Foundation Falltacular! Now featuring generous sponsors Skellenger Bender and Bavariya Law!

Register here http://www.qlawfoundation.org/falltacular.html

National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Webinar: Partnerships in Federal Funding: Case studies in Community Economic Redevelopment

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

This webinar will showcase successful Community Economic Redevelopment program partnerships that are supported with Federal funds. Presenters will discuss their experience in obtaining funding, challenges and successes of working together, and where their program is going in the future. The information provided will help attendees to understand how they might form their own unique partnerships to leverage resources and gain access to federal funding. This webinar is created as the fifth session in a 5-part series.

Register here.

Washington Courts Historical Society CLE open to law students: “Keeping the People Informed:  Open Government in Washington State.”Washington State Temple of Justice

When: Friday December 1, 2017

Time: 9 am-4:30 pm

Where:  Temple of Justice Courtroom, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, Washington

The program kicks off with a presentation by Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey on the political and historic contexts of Washington’s Public Records and Open Public Meetings Acts.  Justice Mary Yu and Justice Steven Gonzalez will follow with a presentation on Open Courts in Washington. Seattle attorney Kathy George will present an overview of the Freedom of Information Act.  Seattle attorney Michele Earl-Hubbard will present on the Open Public Meetings Act.  Seattle attorneys Eric Stahl and Steve DiJulio will follow with detailed information about the Public Records Act. Peter Lavallee, Executive Director of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission will begin the afternoon session.  Judge Marlin Appelwick will follow on Access to Administrative Court Records under GR 31.1.  Doug Ende of WSBA and Reiko Callner, Executive Director of the Commission on Judicial Conduct will present on confidentiality of disciplinary records.  Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander will moderate a panel discussion with Michele Earl-Hubbard, Ramsey Ramerman and Tacoma attorney James Beck on the Value of Openness and Emerging Issues.  The program concludes with an ethics presentation by Everett attorney Ramsey Ramerman on ethics in attorney-client issues.

Registration is limited to 115 persons and space will be allocated based upon date of payment.  The fee is $245, which includes coffee service and a box lunch, seminar materials, and a one year membership in the Washington Courts Historical Society.

Those who attended the fall 2015 Washington Court Historical Society CLE can register for $225.  Several places will be held for students at a $50 fee. However, if we have an overflow attendance, we will ask students to watch on a monitor in the foyer of the Temple.  No refunds after November 20, 2017.  Registration ends November 28, 2017.

Online registration at: https://wchs2017cle.bpt.me

The full program and registration are available on the Washington Courts Historical Society website at: http://wacourthistory.org/events/2017/

WSAJ Bar Review Scholarships; 2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs; PILA Brewfest

Due November 17: Washington State Association for Justice Bar Review ScholarshipsWSAJ Logo

Women of WSAJ (WOW) Bar Prep Scholarship Application In 1993, the Women of WSAJ (WOW) section was established to encourage female-identifying members to exchange ideas and create mentorship relationships with  other female attorneys to further the mission of WSAJ. To support aspiring female-identifying plantiff’s attorneys, WOW provides women law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates with scholarships to help defray the costs of bar review courses.

Diversity Bar Prep Scholarship Application WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a Themis bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and/or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

LGBTQ Bar Prep Scholarship Application In December of 2016, WSAJ created its LGBTQ section, a group open to all WSAJ members to focus on LGBTQ issues in the law, as well as to provide a safe, open and honest environment for LGBTQ members to discuss and confront issues that arise in their day-to-day practices and legal communities. To support aspiring plaintiff’s attorneys from the LGBTQ community, the section raises funds from its membership to provide scholarships to help defray the costs of a Themis bar review course to law school graduates and APR 6 law clerk graduates who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise self-identify as a part of the queer community.

More info and apply here.

2018 Northwest Public Service Career Fairs: Student Registration Opens November 6

For twenty-eight years, the Northwest Public Service Career Fairs have introduced public service-minded law students to employers working to advance concepts of justice, fairness, and the well-being of the general public. Hosted at Seattle University School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School, traditionally more than 50 non-profit employers and government offices engage with more than 500 students from the Northwest Consortium’s ten participating law schools.

Student Timeline

Friday, November 6, 2017
Student registration opens.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ Noon
Student application deadline for interviewing employers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ Noon
Students are notified of interview schedules.

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ Noon
Student deadline for declining interviews

Friday, February 2, 2018
Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark.

More info here. 

Governor Inslee Makes the Case for Civil Legal Aid During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“October is a time to raise awareness about the epidemic of domestic violence, which makes up 50 percent of all reported crimes committed against people in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators have been working on strategies to protect domestic violence and sexual assault survivors by addressing the underlying causes of these crimes and holding perpetrators accountable.”

Read the full announcement here.

UW Law’s Public Interest Law Association’s Brewfest

When:  Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: Floating Bridge Brewing – 722 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA.

Our friends at Floating Bridge will be donating $1 for each beer sold during the event – just let the bartender know you are there to support PILA.  Come for snacks provided by PILA, raffles, networking, and to support the ever-increasing importance of public interest law in Washington state and beyond.

More info here.