Law Student Volunteers Needed for Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 7, with OneAmerica and Washington New Americans

Law Student Volunteers Needed for Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 7, with OneAmerica and Washington New AmericansOneAmerica Logo

We are inviting you to take part at our Citizenship Day,  made possible by a partnership between OneAmerica, the Washington State Chapter of the American Lawyers Association (AILA-WA), and other partners. We are looking for law students to serve as form completers.  Law students will have the opportunity to meet one on one with clients to help them complete the N-400 naturalization form – can you help?  

This is a great opportunity for law students to learn about immigration while serving the 80 or so clients that arrive to our Citizenship Day sites.

DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018
TIME FOR VOLUNTEERS: 8:30 am- 5:30 pm
OPEN FOR CLIENTS: 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Yakima, Yakima Valley Community College
Vancouver, Clark College
Tacoma, Tacoma Community House

SIGN UP HERE!

ABOUT: Washington New Americans, a program of OneAmerica, promotes successful integration by connecting Legal Permanent Residents to the information and services they need to successfully pursue citizenship. Citizenship Days, held in partnership with AILA and community organizations across the state, offer assistance with citizenship applications in 8 cities in Washington State.  Last year, more than 375 volunteers supported Citizenship Days and served 531 individuals in 13 cities! Visit our website www.wanewamericans.org for more information.

“ACT” Webinar Series Alliance Communications Toolkit: How to Effectively Share Client Stories

The Access to Justice Board’s Communications Committee’s quarterly webinar series shares best practices and practical tools for Alliance organizations to strengthen how they communicate about their work. We are thankful for the valuable feedback received from the Alliance to identify our first four topics.

Anyone who supports the communications efforts of your organization is invited and encouraged to attend. The webinars are designed to give practical tools that a range of experience levels can use.

How to Effectively Share Client Stories

When: May 23 from 12pm – 1:30pm

Register: Registration will open in mid-April

What we’ll cover: Details will be shared in mid-April

CLE Credits: 1.5 credits pending

More info here.

April 27 MentorLink Mixer: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in LeadershipWSBA Logo

The WSBA’s MentorLink Mixers are unique, free-to-attend events that bring together potential mentees and mentors with similar interests in the legal profession. The April MentorLink Mixer will focus on diversity and inclusion through a leadership lens. This event will further the dialogue on building the leadership skills and opportunities for people in underrepresented groups in both the work place and the legal community. Experienced mentors will share their knowledge about how they have navigated their careers, stepped up to lead, and created a path for leadership opportunities. Attendees will leave educated, inspired, and encouraged to reflect on the barriers they face and their own goals as they strive to grow as leaders in the legal profession.April 27, 2018, Noon-1:30pm

WSBA Office
1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101

More info here.

 

Stokes Lawrence 1L Diversity Scholarship; Women Enabled International Releases its accountABILITY Toolkit

Due April 22: Stokes Lawrence 1L Diversity Scholarship

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goal is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place.

Criteria: The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Application: Applicants will submit a current resume and a personal essay of no more than 1,000 words with the following content:

  • Description of his or her thoughts on diversity and/or how diversity has played a role so far in his or her life
  • Description of his or her community involvement

Materials must be submitted to the appropriate law school no later than April 22, 2016. Please direct questions to diversity@stokeslaw.com.

Scholarship recipients will be announced by April 29, 2016.

All applicants for the scholarships will be invited to a reception at the Stokes Lawrence law offices in Seattle on May 18, 2016.

More info here.

Women Enabled International Releases its accountABILITY Toolkit 

Women Enabled International officially launched its accountABILITY Toolkit! The accountABILITY Toolkit consists of a series of briefing papers and fact sheets:

  • A guide to advocacy with the U.N. human rights system;
  • A summary analysis of U.N. human rights standards on sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • A summary analysis of U.N. human rights standards on the right to be free from gender-based violence; and
  • Three fact sheets summarizing how civil society can engage with U.N. treaty bodies, U.N. Special Procedures, and the Universal Periodic Review.

The Toolkit empowers women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to use U.N. human rights mechanisms to ensure that the human rights violations women with disabilities experience receive redress and that statements, recommendations, observations, and guidance from the U.N. incorporate an intersectional gender and disability rights perspective.

More info here.

Spring quarter begins! Looking for summer funding or a job?

Northwest Justice Project: Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team Summer 2018 Internship/ExternshipsNJP Logo

Under the supervision of  experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities.  The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning.  Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, develop training materials for staff and clients, work on outreach to minority communities, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the team.

More info here.

Northwest Justice Project: Medical Legal Partnership Summer/Fall 2018 Law ClerkNJP Logo

Under the supervision of  experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities.  With the Medical Legal Partnership, law clerks will aid three attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.

More info here.

Due April 13: The Betty Jane Narver Policy FellowshipWashington State Temple of Justice

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Narver Fellow. The application deadline is April 13, 2018.

The Betty Jane Narver Fellowship is a graduate level policy position within the Washington State Budget & Policy Center. The goal of the fellowship is to expand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and experiences that influence state policy.  We are seeking candidates with experience with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates who have an interest in working on policies that impact people with low and moderate incomes and communities of color. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and to recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds. Bilingual and multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The fellow will receive a stipend to total $6,000 over 6 to 9 months for a minimum of 360 hours, which can be scheduled around the fellow’s classes or other commitments. This position is not eligible for benefits.

More info here.

Due April 16: 500 Summer Opportunities & Funding Available Nationwide through AmeriCorps JDAmeriCorps Logo

Equal Justice Works is still looking for 1Ls and 2Ls to be part of a summer of service with AmeriCorps JD. While serving in communities across the nation, student AmeriCorps JD Service Members can apply their legal skills and knowledge to provide effective representation for low-income and underserved populations. This year, we’re looking for roughly 500 students to serve on projects focused on veterans, elder abuse, immigration (in NY only) and on civil legal aid generally.

All AmeriCorps JD service members will receive a $1,200 Segal AmeriCorps Education award upon successful completion of the program and are eligible to seek funding from the host or another source up to $4,422. The priority deadline is April 15, 2018.

More info here.

 Peggy Browning Fund: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW 2018 Summer FellowshipPeggy Browning Fund

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is a statewide union of more than 29,000 nurses and healthcare workers across Washington State. We believe that healthcare works best when healthcare employees have a strong voice in decision-making. We are also part of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union, the largest, most united union of healthcare workers in the United States.

We’re a small legal team (two attorneys, one legal assistant) that services the diverse needs of an ambitious and dynamic labor union. In a typical moment, we have 50+ active legal matters ranging from grievances and ULPs, to advice on contract negotiations, campaign strategy, and internal union matters.

More info here. 

Crime Victims Justice Corps Application Opens Next Month – Interested Students Should Continue to Sign Up to Receive Updates

Equal Justice Works is finalizing host organization recruitment for the Crime Victims Justice Corps, a new initiative designed to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims. The program will consist of 62 Fellows and 34 law students over a two-year period. Participants will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights.

Any student interested in receiving further information about the program, including open Fellowship positions, should complete this form to receive updates. The Fellow and law student recruitment will begin in April/May 2018. Law students will begin their 8-10 week service on June 1.

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Hiring Announcements 

The Veterans Legal Corps program, provides direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and with eligible military families on issues including landlord tenant matters, problems with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement issues.

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 location(s):

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. The program is currently looking for legal Fellows at the following location(s):