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.