Summer & Postgrad Jobs: SCLC, NWIRP, Public Advocates, KIND, and More!

Seattle Community Law Center seeks Interns/Externs

SCLCSCLC’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the public benefits necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. SCLC seeks law student interns for for summer internships or school-year externships. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and directly represent of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Interns will engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

To apply please send an email with attached resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in SCLC, a program preference if any, and the amount of time you are able to commit per week (10 hours/week minimum). Materials can be sent to Executive Director, Alex Doolittle at

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks Spring/Summer Interns (various locations)

NWIRP LogoThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is soliciting applications for spring and summer internship positions in all four offices. One internship in each of the Granger and Wenatchee offices are eligible for a $6,000 stipend (before tax). Internships in the Seattle and Tacoma offices are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with all summer interns to secure outside funding or academic credit if needed.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Application deadline (for summer positions) is March 1, 2019.

Summer Policy Advocacy Internships with Public Advocates, Inc. (San Francisco or Sacramento, CA)

Public Advocates seeks three policy interns for summer 2019 to join its Metropolitan Equity and Higher Education equity teams in its San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Interns play a crucial role in PA’s policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, PA is committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of its interns.

For additional information and application instructions please visit here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. $2,000 living allowance provided.

Attorney Opening: Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel

The Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel (Office of the Public Defender) seeks to fill an attorney position. The incumbent is responsible for providing professional legal indigent defense for clients in the District Court or Juvenile Court.

For further information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 27, 2019.

Kids in Need of Defense seeks Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney (Los Angeles, CA)

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Los Angeles, CA to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in California family, probate and/or guardianship proceedings. This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in the greater Los Angeles area in immigration proceedings and will represent them in obtaining legal remedies such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T visa, and/or U visas.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Position open until filled.

Staff Attorney opening at Merit Disability (Yakima, WA)

Merit Disability works to help individuals who suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities obtain necessary Social Security Disability Benefits when they need it the most. Based in Yakima, WA, they serve clients throughout the entire state of Washington. Merit Disability is looking for an additional attorney to join its growing practice. If interested, you should have a strong commitment to disability rights and desire to advocate for claimants in their goal to obtain Social Security Disability and/or SSI Benefits. Merit Disability strives to be client-centered with a team of people who fight to make a difference.

Job responsibilities will include preparing the client though pre-hearing interviews and other case preparation for hearing, arguing Social Security Disability Claims in front of Administrative Law Judges, completing post hearing summaries, prepare post-hearing briefs, letter requests for On the Record (OTR) decision, dire need letters, responses to Consultative Examination (CE) reports and other written submissions required by SSA.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Tim Anderson at Juris Doctorate Degree and accreditation with any State Bar required (preferably WA; applicant can apply even though they are awaiting bar exam results.). Travel required with the possibility to work at home at times. Salary compensation depending on experience. Benefits package is included. Position available immediately.

Upcoming Events: SJT on Mass Migration, PSL Community Dinner, Cocktails for a Cause, and More!

Social Justice Tuesday: Mass Migration – Current Events Through a Historical Lens

When & Where: February 19, 2019, 12:30-1:20 in Room 127
Hosted by the Center for Human Rights & Justice

Join us as we peek behind the headlines and look at the root causes of mass migration. Professor Dongsheng Zang (Director, Graduate Program in Global Business Law) will lead a discussion on how topics such as foreign intervention, climate change, and trade drive migration. Professor Zang will answer questions following the presentation. Lunch from Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria will be provided! Please RSVP through SCS online.

Public Service Law Community Dinner: The Climate of Immigration & How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

immigrationWhen & Where: Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-7:00 pm in Gates Hall Room 138

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Tuesday, February 19th.

Minority and Justice Commission Poverty Simulation – Volunteers Needed!

The Minority and Justice Commission will be facilitating a Poverty Simulation at the Superior Court Clerks’ Spring Conference on Monday, March 18th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The Poverty Simulation is meant to take participants through two weeks in the life of an individual living in poverty, which helps them build a better understanding and empathy for people who are experiencing poverty.

The Commission seeks multiple volunteers to play the roles of institutions, community services, and various other entities that make up our society. The conference will take place at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA, and the Commission is able to provide lunch and travel reimbursement to volunteers. To volunteer please email Chanel Rhymes at:

Legal Voice: Cocktails for A Cause

Legal Voice LogoWhen: Thursday, March 4, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1400 6th Ave.

What does the future look like to you? Exciting? Terrifying? Promising? Unsure? There’s a lot at stake, but how often do we really talk about the future we envision? Let’s get together, celebrate our victories, lament the uncertainty, and build a future we can believe in at Cocktails for a Cause! For tickets click here.

Youth Eastside Services (YES): Invest in Youth Breakfast

When: March 20, 2019, 7:30-8:45 am
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Join Youth Eastside Services for their annual breakfast benefit for youth, children, and families. You’ll have the chance to hear from keynote speaker Nic Sheff, whose heartbreaking struggle with substance use disorder is the story behind the recent major motion picture Beautiful Boy — a story many of our young clients can relate to. For tickets please visit here.

Jobs & Internships: DPD, Our Children’s Trust, Earthjustice, NARAL, and more!

King County Department of Public Defense – Application deadline 2/14/19

King County DPD is looking to fill up to two term-limited temporary Public Defense Attorney positions, with anticipated placement in the family defense practice area. This position is anticipated to be six months in length and will initially be assigned to work in any of the following Seattle and/or Kent work locations:  Dexter Horton Building, 710 Second Avenue, Seattle; Jefferson Street Building, 1401 East Jefferson, Seattle or Meeker Street Building, 420 West Harrison Street, Kent.

For more information and to apply visit here.

Spring Blossom Scholarship – Application deadline 2/20/19

ABAW LogoThe Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce a new $5,000.00 summer fellowship 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. Please visit here for application information and details.

Summer Internship with Our Children’s Trust (Eugene, OR)

Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a nonprofit organization seeking law students who are interested in using the law to fight climate change and playing an integral part in what is being called the “trial of the century.” Our Children’s Trust works to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations through its coordination of a global legal campaign. For additional information and application details visit here.

Earthjustice Postgraduate Legal Fellowship, Fall 2019 (Various locations)

EarthJustice LogoEarthjustice is now accepting applications for candidates interested in seeking postgraduate legal fellowship funded through a law school or other sources to join their office in the fall of 2019.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, taking on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  In the United States and around the world, Earth Justice wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Interested applicants should submit their application by February 21, 2019.

NARAL Summer Legal Fellowship (Washington, DC)

As the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including access to abortion.

NARAL seeks summer legal interns to assist with legal and policy research, conduct legal analysis, assist with other projects and tasks as assigned, and provide administrative support to the Government Relations Department.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Florida Legal Aid – Volunteer Summer Internships

The two Greater Fort Lauderdale area Legal Aid offices, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, are accepting applications for volunteer internships for Summer 2019. The mission of these programs is to provide high-quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County. Service areas include, but are not limited to, housing, children’s, consumer, immigration, public benefits, family, tax, senior citizens, domestic violence, homeless, veterans law, and special projects, including major litigation and education/employment.

To apply for either or both offices please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at Please describe in the cover letter your particular interest in public interest law and any preferences for program placement. Application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

Upcoming Events & Awards: Immigration Law, Equal Justice Lobby Day, Trauma Stewardship, and More!

ACS: David Carliner Public Interest Award

ACSThe American Constitution Society David Carliner Award recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers. The winner of the award receives a $10,000 a cash prize, plus travel (transportation and lodging) to the ACS National Convention in Washington, DC to accept the Award in person. The recipient’s organization also receives a $2,500 award. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2007 and May 2012 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible to apply or be nominated.

For more information visit here. Application deadline is March 17, 2019.

Social Justice Tuesday: Collateral Consequences, from Immigration Representation to Criminal Defense

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:30-1:20 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 127
Hosted by the Minority Law Students Association

Sara Sluszka from the Washington Defender Association will share her thoughts on collateral consequences of immigration and criminal proceedings. She currently advises criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences for clients accused of crimes. Previously, she worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma representing people in immigration proceedings and advising them of collateral consequences.

Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times, with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship Institute

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 138

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting-edge research and personal stories to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain the skills needed to reconcile it.

Gates PSL Dinner: The Climate of Immigration and How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 115

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Equal Justice Lobby Day: Thursday, February 21 in Olympia, WA

Sign up for Equal Justice Lobby Day in Olympia on Thursday, February 21! The Equal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan group of stakeholders that educates policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid, will host dozens of supporters for a day of grassroots training and meetings with legislators. This year is especially important as the Legislature considers its biennial budget that could fund 40 new legal aid attorneys around the state and stabilize service capacity at pro bono programs. Whether you are pursuing a career in public interest, or support those who are, help make Justice for All a reality, and ensure the Legislature honors its commitment to legal aid by lending your voice. Register for Equal Justice Lobby Day here

WSBA Community Networking Event – Bellevue

WSBA LogoWhen: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Tutta Bella Bellevue Location (15600 NE 8th Street, Suite J1)

The Washington State Bar Association and Washington State Bar Foundation invite you to a community networking event in Bellevue. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the legal profession. This event is hosted in partnership with the Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Korean Bar Association of Washington, South Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Loren Miller Bar Association, QLAW, Washington Attorney’s with Disabilities Association, Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers.

To attend please RSVP here by February, 15th.

Seattle Community Law Center Spring Into Action!

SCLCWhen: March 14, 2019 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Join SCLC for a fun-filled evening to support legal advocacy for people with disabilities who are homeless or low-income and to celebrate their right to economic stability.

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased here

Save the Date: API Chaya Gala – April 20, 2019

API Chaya LogoYou’re invited to API Chaya’s 2019 Gala! We are celebrating growth and transformation for our clients and community, and welcoming keynote speaker Sujatha Baliga.

For further information and tickets visit here.


Jobs & Internships: NJP, City of Seattle, AGO, CA Changelawyers

NJP – Medical Legal Partnership Attorney

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and promote human dignity through high quality legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy to mitigate systemic barriers to opportunity experienced by our client communities. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) to address the legal needs of low-income patients and families with health-harming legal needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. This is a full-time position.

For complete information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Washington State AGO Summer Internships – February 10 Application Deadline!

The Washington State Office of the Attorney General is pleased to invite qualified first and second-year law students to apply for summer 2019 volunteer law clerk or externship positions. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.  The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences while working in public service for the state of Washington.

For complete information and to apply visit here. February 10 Application deadline; multiple locations statewide.

City of Seattle Inspector General for Public Safety (2 positions available: Audit & Investigation Specialist and Community Engagement & Communications Specialist)

City of Seattle LogoThese positions offers an exciting opportunity to be on the leading edge of police reform. The Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) was established as part of the City of Seattle’s police accountability reform effort. The goal of OIG is to ensure constitutional, accountable, effective, and respectful policing that reflects the values of Seattle’s diverse communities and engenders community trust.

To apply for the Audit & Investigation Specialist position visit here. For the Community Engagement & Communications Specialist position visit here. Application deadline for both positions is February 12, 2019.

“California Changelawyers” Summer Fellowship at Root & Rebound (Fresno, CA)

Root and Rebound LogoLike all Root & Rebound law clerks and fellows, the Summer Legal fellow will be trained in “reentry law,” a holistic and restorative justice model of legal practice embedded in the needs and goals of systems-impacted individuals. Trained as a “legal generalist”, the fellow will learn to serve people across many areas of law & life, understanding how a person’s record presents a barrier to employment, housing, education, immigration, health care, asset-building, family reunification, and civil rights.

For additional information and to apply visit here. Applications deadline is May 27, 2019 but earlier application is encouraged.