Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowships and Summer Internships

Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowships and Summer InternshipsEJW Logo

Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Crime Victims Justice Corps is a new initiative designed to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of victims of human trafficking, campus sexual assault, fraud, and hate crimes. View the open positions here. Organizations are seeking applicants that are recent graduates and are already licensed to practice law.

Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Disaster Recovery Legal Corps is a two-year Fellowship program designed to increase legal assistance for individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Organizations are seeking candidates that are recent graduates and already licensed to practice law. Now recruiting for the following sites:

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships

AmeriCorps Legal Fellows make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities and facilitating pro bono opportunities.

Now recruiting a Veteran Legal Corps Fellow to provide direct representation to veterans:

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh, PA) – Application Link

Equal Justice Works Georgia Housing Corps Fellowships

The Georgia Housing Corps (GHC) is an Equal Justice Works initiative designed to promote community redevelopment and address housing instability for low-income residents in communities harmed by the foreclosure crisis throughout the state of Georgia. The GHC is currently hiring Fellows and Community Advocates at the following location:

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Fulton County, GA)

Contact Michelle Gaeng at mgaeng@equaljusticeworks.org if you’re interested in applying for a GHC Fellowship position.

Summer 2018 Internships

Organization: National Women’s Law Center
Position: Summer Internship
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: Rolling Basis

Intern will work with the Legal Director on litigation across the Center’s program areas and the Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund on a variety of tasks including intake and case analysis. Apply for this position here.

Organization: National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter
Position: Law 4 The People Summer Intern
Location:  San Francisco, CA
Deadline: May 25, 2018

The Summer Intern will assist office staff and demonstrations committee with various assignments and projects to support active committees throughout the summer. Find out more about this position and apply here.

Organization: Mil Mujeres
Position: Legal Intern (Summer 2018)
Location: Alexandria, VA
Deadline: May 27, 2018

The intern assist the team by giving “Know Your Rights” presentations and conducting client intakes, preparing legal documents, and conducting legal research. Learn more about this position and apply on idealist.com.

Organization: Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Position: Summer Law Clerk
Location: Sacramento, CA
Deadline: Not Specified

The Law Clerk will handle a wide variety of work related to intake, case management of individuals who have been victims of religious discrimination, and research assistance on pending litigation.  Apply for this summer position here.

Fair Work Center Legal Clinic Summer Internship, WA AGO’s 2018 Honors Program, and more!

Due June 8:  Fair Work Center Legal Clinic Summer Internship

Paid summer internship at the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic in Seattle. The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic offers a free civil legal aid clinic operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law. We educate, advise and represent individuals in employment law cases.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic is hiring a temporary Intake Manager position for 6 weeks (beginning mid-June). In this position, you will work with two staff attorneys to schedule and conduct legal consultation with workers experiencing various workplace issues. You will also answer calls, schedule consultation sessions, and coordinate other legal clinic logistics as needed. Experience with client counseling is a plus but not required. Pay rate will begin at $22/hour.

For more information about the FWC, visit http://www.fairworkcenter.org.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Danielle@fairworkcenter.org by June 8.

Due May 31: Health Justice Project – Healthy Housing VISTA Attorney

The Health Justice Project (HJP) is hiring a full time VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) attorney to build its healthy housing advocacy work. The HJP healthy housing attorney will be responsible for increasing the capacity of the HJP, other Illinois medical-legal partnerships, and poverty lawyers to engage in meaningful and effective advocacy to improve access to healthy housing for vulnerable and low income families.

The HJP is a medical-legal partnership legal clinic housed in Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The HJP partners with Erie Family Health Center (a large federally qualified health center), and LAF (the largest provider of free legal services to people in poverty in the cook county area) to address the health-harming legal needs of patients/clients by advocating for access to health care, access to healthy housing, and the rights of people with disabilities. The HJP uses a holistic approach, addressing a wide variety of complex civil legal needs for clients, and utilizes both direct services for individual clients and upstream strategies to effectuate

The VISTA program is a volunteer-based national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTA members receive a living allowance in the amount of approximately $14,000 per year, an educational award of $6,000 or an end of services stipend of $1,800 at the end of the service year, student loan forbearance or deferment, health insurance, child care assistance, and are eligible for SNAP benefits. The HJP will also provide a monthly transit pass. This position is a one year position beginning on August 6, 2018 and continuing until July 31, 2019 with the possibility for a renewal.

Applicants must receive their law degree and take the bar exam before August 2018. Fluency in Spanish and experience working with people in poverty is preferred but not essential. Candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, submit an application through the Americorps program portal by setting up an account at my.americorps.gov. Contact the HJP Director, Kate Mitchell at kmitchell9@luc.edu with any questions. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018.

Apply here.

Due August 15: Washington State Assistant Attorney General – 2018 Honors Program

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite you to apply to our 2018 Honors Program. The 2018 Honors Program will culminate in offers of an Assistant Attorney General position to a small (5-8) number of applicants. The AGO’s Honors Program is open to all third-year law students (those graduating in the spring of 2019) of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and judicial clerks of the appellate and federal level. Those who receive offers will be placed into Assistant Attorney General positions starting in August of 2019. Offers are contingent upon passing the July 2019 Washington State Bar examination or, for judicial clerks not yet members of the Washington State Bar Association, admission to the Washington State Bar by one’s start date.

Apply here.

Due May 23: Staff Attorney, Oregon Law Center

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation.

The staff attorney will handle impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts. The staff attorney will conduct community education and outreach to clients and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel and occasional overnight travel. There are also opportunities to promote the interests of low-income individuals in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that directly affect our clients.

More info here.

Open Until Filled: Project on Predatory Student Lending – Racial Justice Fellowship, 2018-19

The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks an outstanding new lawyer to join our team for a year as a Racial Justice Legal Fellow. Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center’s Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending uses litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project’s work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.

The Racial Justice Legal Fellow will develop cutting-edge litigation to combat the discriminatory efforts of current higher education policies. The fellow will also lead outreach efforts by engaging with existing clients and community partners and forging new partnerships with communities impacted by the predatory for-profit industry. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for the Project’s mission;
  • Exceptional listening skills and a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing;
  • A commitment to using litigation and advocacy to combat systemic inequality;
  • A client and community centered orientation to public interest lawyering; and
  • The ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have the ability to receive temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. At least one year of experience is preferred. Background in the fields of civil rights, consumer protection, administrative law, and/or organizing are relevant to this position, but not required. Some travel may be required. This is a one-year appointment, from summer 2018 to summer 2019.

More info here.

Upcoming: Symposium on Legal Financial Obligations

June 6: LFOs: Beyond Defining the Problem; Advancing Solutions

The Washington State Minority & Justice Commission is proud to share the final flyer and program agenda for its upcoming Symposium, Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs): Beyond Defining the Problem; Advancing Solutionson June 6, 2018, at Seattle University School of Law (901 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122). The Symposium will be held in conjunction with “Exploring Policy Implementation and Alternatives,” a conference organized by the University of Washington Department of Sociology that will take place immediately after the Symposium at Seattle University School of Law. Please see below and attached. Feel free to share this email with your networks. These events are FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP HERE by May 31. Space is limited.

$5,000 scholarship opportunity for law students

Inaugural LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship 

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA. Applications are now open! This scholarship will provide up to $5000.00 in financial assistance to law students or recent law school graduates who are or will become members of the HNBA, and who will be performing public interest work (advocacy, policy, and/or direct legal services) with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals during their 2018 Summer (current law students) or 2018 Summer/Fall (recent law grads). Read more here.

 

May 24: National Health Law Program offering training seminars

NHeLP is once again opening up our intern trainings to legal aid and other public interest organizations. NHeLP’s summer intern training webinar series provides an overview on key 2018 health policy issues, beginning with Medicaid 101. These webinars are more informal than other NHeLP trainings and are geared for law students working in health policy and legal services. Additional upcoming trainings include Medicaid and Health Law Research, Reproductive Health and Justice 101, and Medicaid § 1115 Demonstrations. Read more and register here

Washington Attorney General hiring around the state

Due May 30: Legal Intern for API Chaya, stipend included

API Chaya LogoThe Legal Intern’s duties will include: supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned. Read more here.

 

Washington State Attorney General hiring for three positions

Due May 16: Assistant Attorney General – Regional Services Division in Yakima

Due May 23: Assistant Attorney General – Spokane Division

Due May 27: Assistant Attorney General – Transportation & Public Construction Division, Olympia

 

Equal Justice Works  hiring fellows for Crime Victims Justice Corp.

EJW LogoFellows 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. Organizations are seeking applicants that are recent graduates and are already barred. Read more and apply to organizations here

 

 

Upcoming events: Learn how to avoid burnout while changing the world

May 15: How to avoid burnout while changing the world

Nip burnout in the bud by attending this interactive workshop with one of the leading thinkers on doing good while staying well. Beth Kanter is the author of many books about, and for, nonprofits and the social sector. In this workshop, she will lay out an action plan for doing high-impact work in a way that is healthy for organizations and individuals. Her holistic, down to-earth approach to leadership development will put you on the path to a happy, healthy career! Read more here.

 

May 17: Northwest Indian Bar Association Annual Dinner

It will be an evening of great food, fantastic auction items, and wonderful company on May 17th at Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall. Register here.

May 18: CLE on Legal Aid and Domestic Violence

Please join for a one credit CLE (.5 ethics) about Legal Aid as a Tool to Stop Domestic Violence with King County Prosecutor David Martin and ELAP attorney Rochelle Krebs sharing information on the innovative Project Safety.  For more information, see flyer below. Foster Pepper Lunch included with RSVP to Brendan@legalfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

May 18: The Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship Dinner

Join the Loren Miller Bar Association in celebrating their 50th anniversary! Justice Adrienne Nelson from the Oregon Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker. Register to attend or sponsor here.

 

Apply today for the UW Summer Internship Loan Program

Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Program

Established through the University of Washington School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours.  Priority will be given to students with public service (non-pirofit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000. Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement.  Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period. The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full. Read more and apply here

 

May 10: Q&A with Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF President & General Counsel

A group of women demonstrating on the U.S. Supreme Court steps prayed over Thomas Saenz,  President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund the weekend before oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

Saenz argued for the first time before the High court focusing on the lives of millions of immigrants who would benefit from Obama’s executive action. RSVP here.

Due May 15: 2Ls, enter to win up to $40,000 for tuition

As things wrap up, we at AccessLex are celebrating the first year of the MAX program and the upcoming Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on May 15 in which two lucky MAX-participating students will each receive up to $40,000 toward their 2L tuition.

We can’t wait to help make two students’ law school experience a whole lot easier with these scholarships.  But more than that, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership in the program this year. We look forward to bringing you MAX for 1Ls AND 2Ls this coming academic year, and to releasing the program even earlier on June 1. Read more here.

Due May 29: Huneke Fellowship for international  law

The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS).  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student. Read more here

Columbia Legal Services seeking staff attorney

Due May 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic and Clooney Foundation for Justice ‘TrialWatch Legal Fellow’

Columbia Law School LogoThe Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic (“HRI” and “the Clinic”), and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (“CFJ”) are seeking a full time TrialWatch Legal Fellow. The Legal Fellow would be appointed at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar, depending on experience. The appointment will run from August 2018 to May 2020.

In connection with a collaboration between CFJ, HRI, and the Clinic, the Legal Fellow will play an integral role in the development and implementation of CFJ’s TrialWatch initiative. This initiative will monitor and respond to trials that pose a significant risk of human rights violations, with a particular focus on trials in which the law may be used as a tool to oppress vulnerable groups, to silence speech, or to target political opponents or critics. The Legal Fellow will also work in the Clinic, designing and implementing a clinical project in connection with the TrialWatch initiative, as well as contributing to syllabus development, seminar teaching, and scholarly research and writing. Read more here.

Due May 27: Columbia Legal Services hiring Yakima or Wenatchee staff attorney

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Wenatchee or Yakima office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing legal protections for farm workers and immigrants in our rural communities, including employment, civil rights, and access to equal opportunities. Read more here.

June 28: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hiring legal interns for fall

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues. Read more and apply here

Upcoming CLEs focus on Legal Financial Obligations and Attorney Client Relationship

May 8: CLE on Legal Financial Obligations

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WSBA Presents is putting on a short ½ day CLE program on Legal Financial Obligations next week (May 8, 8:25am-11:45am, 3.00 Credits, In Person and Webcast). Please see below for a little bit more information. Learn more here
 
Join us for a half-day program to learn about LFOs generally, including changes in the law that go into effect June 7, 2018, following the passage of under HB 1783, that address:
·       interest on LFOs;
·       imposition of costs at sentencing;
·       payment alternatives;
·       payment plans as an option for indigent offenders;
·       standards for determining willful failure to pay.

May 15: Creating a Culture of Racial Equity

Dismantling institutional racism and otherwise unlearning oppressive systems that are engrained in our culture is a winding path with endless stops and starts. This month we are looking inward to realize our values and how we can use them as guide posts on this journey. We’ll also discuss roadblocks like gatekeeping and understanding your role in a situation. Learn more here.

June 8: Second Annual Law Bono Conference — Unbundling: Reimagining the Attorney-Client Relationship

Unbundled legal services is a vital emerging market for lawyers. This CLE will provide you the information, resources and practical advice to help you improve your practice if you are currently using unbundled legal services or help you see how best to introduce it to your practice. Co-hosted by the WSBA Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law CLE, the 2nd Annual Low Bono Conference will provide practical advice on providing your clients with exactly the services they need, when they need them, without wasting time, money or resources.

Topics include: How unbundled services work and how it is currently being applied by lawyers; how to explain unbundled legal services to clients; the roles of drafting, negotiation, research and brief services. Register here.

June 15: Alliance for Equal Justice Legal Aid Summer Intern Orientation

What is the Alliance for Equal Justice? What should you know to get the most out of your summer internship? Join us on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at the University of Washington School of Law Room 138 (or via livestream from Gonzaga in room 227) to learn about the Alliance, receive substantive training, and meet students interning at other organizations. Final agenda will be posted soon. Co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. Lunch generously sponsored in Seattle and Spokane by Foster Pepper PLLC. RSVP here

Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Application

UW LAW SUMMER INTERNSHIP LOAN APPLICATION Due May 9

Established through the University of Washington  School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours.  Priority will be given to students with public service (non-profit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000.  Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement.  Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period.  The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full.

More info here.