Jobs & Fellowships: NWIRP, AFL-CIO, Lavender Rights Project, Public Interest Firms, and more!

Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project EJW Crime Victim’s Justice Corps Fellowship (Postgraduate Fellowship in Tacoma, WA – begins on March 1!)

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will host a fellow over 17 months as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about March 1, 2019 and end on July 31, 2020.

The EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.

For additional information and application instructions visit here. Please submit applications ASAP.

McDonald Hoague & Bayless, Associate Attorney (Seattle)

McDonald, Hoague & Bayless is seeking a full-time associate attorney to fight for the civil rights of workers, persons with disabilities, prisoners, tenants, victims of police misconduct and others. The associate will work with other attorneys at the firm on all phases of litigation from intake to trial and appeal.

For further information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 22nd, 2019.

UW Student Legal Services seeks Rule 9 Legal Intern

UW LogoApply to be a summer intern with UW Student Legal Services. This is a paid, on campus position. One intern will work full-time during summer quarter 2019. This intern, plus six other incoming interns, will work 10-12 hours per week from autumn quarter 2019 to spring quarter 2020. Applicants must be “Admission to Practice Rule 9” eligible by beginning of employment.

For further information and to apply visit here. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 8, 2019.

2019-2020 AFL-CIO Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Program (Washington, D.C.)

AFL-CIO LogoThe Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is offering a one year fellowship beginning in September 2019. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

To apply visit here. Application deadline is February 28, 2019.

John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship ($3,500 Summer Stipend)

ABA LogoThe Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program, managed by the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, seeks motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization. The Program will pay a $3,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.

For complete information and application visit here. Application deadline is March 30, 2019.

CLS Working Families Project Legal Fellow (2-year postgraduate fellowship in Yakima, WA)

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Legal Fellow to work for its Working Families Project in Yakima, WA. This position will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their families in Washington. The position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights matters and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Staff Attorney at Lavender Rights Project (Seattle, WA)

The Lavender Rights Project seeks a full-time staff attorney to serve low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and LGB+ people in Seattle and across Washington. The attorney will assist with a wide variety of legal needs ranging from direct representation in family law, employment, civil rights, and other legal areas to identity-related needs such as name and/or gender marker changes and sealing records. LRP aims to bring someone onto its small and dedicated team whose values align with the organization’s commitment to intersectional awareness, cultural competency, accessibility, by-and-for services, and creative community legal solutions for marginalized communities.

For additional details and application instructions visit here. Application deadline is February 6, 2019.

Judicial Clerkships at Tulalip Tribal Court (paid summer or school year position)

The Tulalip Tribal Court is a general civil and misdemeanor criminal court. The Judicial Clerk will draft orders, research motions, draft memorandum on discreet legal issues, participate in multi-disciplinary meetings for drafting of rules. The position may require confidential research on procedural or substantive Indian criminal justice issues.

For additional information or to apply visit here.

Espada Law Firm Summer 2019 Internship (Seattle, WA)

Espada Criminal Defense, a criminal defense law firm with clients across Washington state, seeks a summer legal intern interested in criminal defense. A summer internship at Espada provides a unique opportunity to work in a bilingual, high-stakes criminal defense firm fighting on the front lines in state and federal courts. This is a paid position.

For additional information and application instructions visit here.


Upcoming Events & Conferences!

Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Applications and Interviewing (Student Panel)

January 29, 12:30-1:20pm
Room 127, hosted by PILA

Join the Public Interest Law Association for a panel discussion with 2Ls and 3Ls who have experience in summer public interest positions. Panelists will discuss the job search process, interviewing for public interest legal jobs, and be able to answer student questions. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP via SCS online and entered into a lottery for a pad folio!

Gates Speaker Series: “How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times” with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship Institut

Monday, February 4, 3:15-4:15pm
UW School of Law Room 138

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. Join Laura and UW Law for a lecture and discussion about her book and her important work!

BLOCK Project Legal Counsel for Host Families: Seeking pro bono counsel able to start week of 2/4 ($500 stipend available)

The BLOCK Project gives community a role in the task of ending homelessness by building small, LEED certified homes in the backyards of Host Families. The BLOCK Project is currently seeking counsel to represent a family who is volunteering their yard to ensure that they understand the required legal documents. Because these documents are needed for the housing placement to move forward, your work will be of a charitable nature ultimately benefiting the resident who will be housed.

For further information or to volunteer please email Jennifer Tee at

Student Debt Relief Basics: How to Repay Your Loans and Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Tuesday, Jan 29, 12-1pm PST

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar sponsored by Equal Justice Works explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Register here.

Legal Lunchbox™ Series: Suicide Awareness and Referral Training for Legal Professionals (Webcast)

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 12-1:35pm 

WSBA Lunchbox Series ImageThe U.S. suicide rate is “nothing short of an epidemic,” according to Scientific American, with one life lost every 11.7 minutes. Washington’s suicide rate is 11 percent higher than the national average, with almost 1,300 suicide deaths in 2017—twice the number of lives lost to opioid overdose or to traffic fatalities in the same year. Lawyers are at even higher risk for suicide, and may also see clients who are at risk.

Join WSBA for a 90-minute training, prepared with legal professionals in mind, to help increase your awareness of this pressing public health issue and provide you with tools to help prevent it.

Register here.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson invites you to an Open House!

Tuesday, January 29, 3:30-5:30pm
AGO’s Downtown Seattle Office: 800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.


Unemployment Law Project & Somali Community Services Community Celebration!

February 9, 2019, 5-8pm
Somali Community Services of Seattle,
8810 Renton Ave. S, Seattle, WA

Join the Unemployment Law Project and Somali Community Services of Seattle for a community celebration. There will be food. There will be music. There will be dancing. And there will be information about services. The event is free and open to all ages. RSVP to


American Bar Association 2019 Equal Justice Conference (May 9-11, Louisville Kentucky)

The Equal Justice Conference joins all components of the civil legal aid community to discuss and address issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. For additional details and registration information visit here.

21st Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat — Resist and Recharge: Sustaining Social Justice Lawyering

Friday, March 15 – Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ UCLA School of Law

The Trina Grillo Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, staff and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice. The Retreat offers public-interest minded law school students an opportunity to break the isolation by meeting and networking with other students from around the west coast, and can spawn creative ways to approach social change using the law as an instrument.

To register or for additional information about the retreat visit here.

Spring Blossom Fellowship ($5000 summer grant)

ABAW LogoThe Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce a new $5000 summer fellowship to a law student (UW, Gonzaga or SU) seeking to work with a public interest organization to advance the legal rights of women and/or immigrants. Both full-time and part-time JD students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Details and application instructions available here. Application Deadline: February 20, 2019.

Paid Summer Fellowships and Public Interest Law Jobs!

Rural Summer Legal Corps – Various Locations ($5,000 Stipend)

In partnership with LSC, Equal Justice Works is accepting law student applications for the 2019 Rural Summer Legal Corps application. This summer, 30 law student Fellows will work with host organizations in rural locations for 8-10 weeks to provide legal services to underserved and low-income individuals. Participants will develop valuable skills and gain hands-on training through direct involvement with results-driven community projects. Students will receive a $5,000 stipend for their service. View the organizations hosting students here and apply for this opportunity here.

Application deadline: February 11, 2019
Direct application questions to:

QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship, Trans in Prison Justice Project ($7,500 Stipend)

QLaw LogoThe Trans in Prison (TIP) Justice Project is a project of Disability Rights Washington’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Program. TIP is excited to serve as the host organization for the 2019 QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship, which offers a 10 week, full-time, paid ($7,500) opportunity for a graduate or law student. TIP seeks a fellow who is passionate about working at the intersections of disability and trans justice. TIP works out of both the Seattle
and Olympia offices of Disability Rights Washington. While both locations are available to the
fellow, a strong preference will be given for applicants willing to be primarily based out of the
Olympia office.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019
Additional details and application instructions available here.

Bilingual VAWA Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Seattle, WA)

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections.
The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education. The attorney will focus on providing representation on cases involving U-visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions, adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief. The attorney will also provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019
Additional details and application instructions available here.

Staff Attorney (two-year position), ACLU of Washington (Seattle, Washington)

ACLU of WAThe American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney for a two-year term (may be extended, subject to funding) to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians.

The ACLU-WA has increased its level of operations in order to fight the current administration’s broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move forward  the work of our existing projects—much of which will also be affected by the actions of the Administration: protecting the rights of immigrants; criminal justice reform; the school to prison pipeline; using religion to oppose LGBT rights and reproductive freedom; and privacy, surveillance, and technology.  Our goal is not just resistance; it is progress.

This new attorney position will give the ACLU the capacity to push forward its affirmative agenda as well as engage in fast-moving, defensive battles against the current administration’s policies.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Additional details and application instructions available here.

Prisoners’ Rights Litigation Attorney, Disability Rights Washington (Seattle, Spokane, Olympia)

DRW’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program seeks a full-time prisoners’ rights litigator with a demonstrated interest in conducting impact litigation to enforce the legal rights of incarcerated individuals enduring abuse, neglect, or other human and civil rights violations. This position will require a licensed attorney with the ability to conduct systemic investigations, develop complex advocacy strategies, and represent both classes and individuals. The AVID Program enjoys DRW’s unique access authority, which will allow the attorney the ability to see firsthand the conditions in Washington prisons and jails, even in the most secluded and segregated parts of those facilities.

Additional details and application instructions available here.