EJW & Immigration Law Postgraduate Fellowships, Justice Innovation Challenge, ENRD, and More!

EJW Fellowship Class of 2020 Application Period Now Open!

Immigrants, low-wage workers, communities touched by the opioid crisis—many people throughout our country face systemic injustices, yet few are fully equipped to fight back. No matter the issue, the guidance of a lawyer can make all the difference. With funding, training, and support, Equal Justice Works Fellows engage directly with issues and communities like these, expanding capacity at their host organizations and following their passions to enact real-world change.

From June 20 to September 20, 2019, aspiring public interest lawyers just like you will work to craft their dream jobs, pioneering solutions to legal issues on behalf of an underserved community.

The EJW Fellowship Application Period is now open! For application details and additional information about EJW fellowships please visit here.

DOJ ENRD Seeks Litigators for its Environmental Enforcement Section (Washington, DC)

DOJ - Attorney's OfficeThe Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States. The work of the Division arises under approximately 150 federal civil and criminal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Tucker Act.

ENRD is seeking experienced litigators for its Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington D.C. For more information about ENRD and to apply please visit here. Application deadline is July 2, 2019. 

LSAC Announces the Justice Innovation Challenge

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) recently announced the Justice Innovation Challenge, which will award up to $15,000 in seed funding and mentorship to law students with compelling ideas for addressing access to justice issues.

Open to all current law students in the U.S., the challenge requires individuals and teams of up to four members to collaborate with a nonprofit legal services organization to assist low-income people in need of legal support. Issues the teams will focus on include domestic violence, consumer debt, evictions, business entity formation, foreclosures, and access to government benefits. Participants will present their best ideas to a panel of judges, who will award three winners $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively to bring their ideas to fruition.

For application instructions and further information visit here. Application deadline is July 19, 2019.

Immigrant Justice Corps — 2020 Justice Fellow Applications Now Open

IJC LogoImmigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”), is the nation’s first and only immigration legal fellowship program. IJC seeks to expand access to counsel by increasing the quantity of immigration lawyers and the quality of the immigration bar. Each year IJC recruits talented young lawyers (“Justice Fellows”) and college graduates (“Community Fellows”) many of whom are first-generation immigrants and bi-lingual graduates from the country’s top universities, for a two-year fellowship. IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community-based organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, California, Nevada and Texas to provide legal services to low income immigrants.

Applications are now open for next year’s Justice Fellowship! For additional information and application instructions, please visit here. Final application deadline is October 11, 2019. 

Immigrant Justice Corps.

UW School of Law 2L/3L General Scholarship Application

Continuing JD students for 2019-20 academic year can now submit an application to be considered for scholarships from the general pool. The deadline is June 30, 2019. Decisions will be rendered after August 1. For application information and additional details please visit here.

Law for Black Lives and Huneke Fellowships plus Public Service Postgrad Jobs!

2019 Law for Black Lives Fellowship

Law For Black Lives is offering a 6-month fellowship for legal workers and lawyers to support work towards divestment from exploitative forces including prisons, police, surveillance and fossil fuels and investment in long term community based strategies for safe, sustainable communities. Fellows receive funding, training and community to turn their ideas into a reality and help build the necessary infrastructure to support transformative social change.

Application deadline is. June 17, 2019. For complete information and to apply visit here.

2019 Huneke Fellowship for Students Interested in International Practice

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. The Huneke Fellow will also have the opportunity to work directly with practitioners in the field of international law on IPS events and logistics. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student.

Application information is available here. Application deadline is July 8, 2019.

Alaska Public Defender Agency seeks Staff Attorneys

The Alaska Public Defender Agency seeks Staff Attorneys for its Juneau, Kodiak, Bethel and Palmer offices. Trial attorneys for the Alaska Public Defender Agency provide court appointed legal representation to indigent individuals in criminal cases. Applicants must possess outstanding writing and analytical skills and be able to work independently to research and compose legal briefs as well as possess strong oral advocacy skills and clinical/trial practicum experience. Applicants must be admitted to the Alaska bar, be willing to sit for the next Alaska Bar exam, or be eligible for bar admission by reciprocity. Prior legal experience preferred but not required.

For additional information and application instructions visit here. Application deadline is June 30, 2019.

Sauk-Suitattle Tribe seeks Public Defender/Legal Aid Attorney (near Darrington, WA)

The Sauk-Suitattle Tribe has a vacancy in their legal aid/public defender office. The Public Defender/ Legal Aid Attorney serves the general membership of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. The primary duty of this position is to act as a public defender in the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court, representing eligible defendants, and to advise and represent eligible clients in addressing civil legal matters before the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court and elsewhere.

If you would like additional information or to apply, please contact Elmer Ward.

Disability Rights Advocates seeks applicants for Fall 2020 Public Interest Fellowships (Berkeley, CA or NY, NY)

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law firm advancing equal rights and opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities, is setting precedents and challenging norms. Attorneys at DRA gain valuable experience in undertaking high-impact litigation while doing work that is meaningful and advances civil rights. With offices in California and New York, we provide legal representation in complex, system-changing, class-action cases, achieving dramatic improvements for people with all types of disabilities in all areas of life, such as: technology, health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting, juvenile justice, and housing.

DRA seeks passionate, talented, hard-working candidates to apply for a DRA Fellowship which will begin in September of 2020. For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Priority application deadline is June 28, 2019.






Register now for AEJ Summer Intern Orientation plus other Public Service Opportunities!

Alliance for Equal Justice Summer Orientation – Friday, June 21! Register now!

When: Friday, June 21, 2019, 10am-3:30pm
Where: Seattle University School of Law, Room c-5, or Gonzaga Law School, Courtroom

What is the Alliance for Equal Justice? What should you know to get the most out of your summer public interest internship? Join UW, Seattle U, and Gonzaga law schools on June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Seattle University School of Law or at Gonzaga University School of Law to learn about the Alliance, receive substantive training, and meet students interning at other public service organizations. Register HERE! Lunch will be provided.

It Takes Roots seeks National Organizer

It Takes Roots (ITR) to Grow the Resistance centers the leadership and power of urban and rural communities on the frontlines of racial, gender, housing, environmental, energy and climate justice in the United States to advance regenerative economies and healthy communities. ITR is a multiracial, multicultural, multi-generational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in over 50 states, provinces,
territories and Native lands in the U.S. and Canada, and is led by women, gender nonconforming people, Indigenous Peoples, Black, Latina/o, API, Arab and working class white communities.

ITR seeks a National Organizer to lead, develop, and implement programs across its 4 key alliances (Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Right to the City Alliance).

For additional details and to apply please visit here.

ACLU Racial Justice Project (RJP) seeks Fall 2020 Legal Fellowship Applicants

ACLU’s RJP is dedicated to the advancement of a country in which people of color have full access to the benefits of American society and live with dignity, opportunity, and freedom from discrimination.  Through litigation, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and public education, RJP fights to dismantle barriers to equality for people of color in education, housing, the economy, and the criminal legal system.  RJP has filed strategic litigation challenging the school-to-prison pipeline, attacks on educational diversity and inclusion programs, discrimination in housing and lending, racial profiling, debtors’ prisons, and the violation of the rights of Native Americans.

RJP seeks to sponsor a Legal Fellow to develop a project that advances our campaign to fight the criminalization of poor people of color through court fines and fees. The Legal Fellow will function as part of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program’s litigation team.

For additional details and to apply please visit here. Application deadline is June 30, 2019.

Reminder: UW Law Clinics are still hiring Work Study Interns!

The UW Law School Clinical Law Program provides legal representation, advice and other appropriate legal services to eligible clients on a pro bono basis. During the summer, legal interns provide legal assistance to clients of the Federal Tax Clinic, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. Intern tasks vary from clinic to clinic and generally include legal research, analysis and writing, client interviewing and other communications, court or administrative agency appearances, case management as well as additional tasks assigned.

The UW Clinical Program seeks up to six summer legal interns. Pay is $17/hour for up to 40 hours/week. Applicants should specify if they have a preference for working in a particular clinic.

How to Apply: Send a cover letter (include LARW instructor), resume and brief legal writing sample to clpapps@uw.edu. Please apply ASAP – positions open until filled. For questions regarding Work Study eligibility, please contact the Work Study Office of Student Financial Aid (workstdy@uw.edu) before applying.

EJW Seeks Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow

EJW LogoHouston Volunteer Lawyers, the pro bono service arm of the Houston Bar Association, has been selected to host a legal fellow as part of the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps for 1 year. The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps is a cohort of approximately twenty Legal Fellows placed at nonprofit legal services organizations in Texas and Florida to provide direct services, educate community members, and leverage volunteer resources in order to ensure that low-income individuals directly affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and rebuild their lives. The legal fellow will be supervised by Houston Volunteer Lawyers and based in Houston

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Applications reviewed as received.