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.