Welcome Class of 2022! Kicking off the year with LOTS of events & public service jobs!

The Weight of the World: Civil Rights Advocacy in 2019

Join the Gates PSL Program for this year’s FIRST Social Justice Tuesday!

When: Tuesday, September 24th, 1:30-2:30pm
Where: Gates Hall Room 127
RSVP: Via SCS Online

Are you curious what it’s like to be a civil rights lawyer in 2019? Do you want to learn more about what state and local civil rights legal organizations are doing to defend civil rights in an era of rights retrenchment? Come hear from seasoned civil rights lawyers and leaders about the challenges they face, the victories they’ve achieved, and what it’s like to have the “weight of the world” on your shoulders.

The State of African American Seattle

Join UW Law’s Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DAC-DEI) for a conversation about the state of African-American Seattle. All are Welcome!

When: Wednesday, September 25th, 12:30-1:20pm
Where: Gates Hall Room 133

National Juvenile Defender Center seeks 2020-2022 Gault Fellows and 2020 Summer Law Clerks

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) provides national leadership on juvenile indigent defense and due process deprivations that young people face in the delinquency system by providing training, technical assistance, policy development, community-building, leadership opportunities, legislative advocacy, litigation support, and research.

  • Gault Fellowship (Postgraduate Fellowship): NJDC invites recent law school graduates and current 3L/4LEs (Class of 2019 or 2020) to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship in Washington, DC, starting in September 2020. The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967). The Gault decision extended to youth many of the same due process protections afforded adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. NJDC currently hosts two Gault Fellows who overlap for one year. For additional details and to apply please visit here. Application deadline is October 28, 2019.
  • 2020 Summer Law Clerks: Current law school students are invited to apply for a 2020 Summer Law Clerk position with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, DC. For additional information and application instructions please visit here.

Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel (Public Defender) seeks Staff Attorney and Rule 9 Interns

Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel seeks Rule 9 licensed legal interns or externs, and a full-time extra-hire attorney. The ideal candidates will have excellent research and writing skills, courtroom experience, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Experience working with mentally ill, non-English speaking, and/or indigent populations is a plus. Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel provides in-house training, mentorship, and allows new attorneys to gain significant courtroom experience.

  • Rule 9’s: start date and length are flexible – both 2020 summer and 19-20 academic year opportunities may be available. Rule 9 unpaid externship or $20/hour internship positions available.
  • Extra-hire attorney: start date flexible, length is 6 month temporary position, that can be extended, and may lead to permanent staff attorney position. Extra-hire attorney pays $33 per hour, for 35 hours per week.

The deadline to apply is this Sunday, September 22. Interviews will be held at UW Law on Thursday, October 3. Apply via SCS Online.

Immigrant Justice Corps seeks Fellowship Applicants (3Ls or Recent Graduates)

IJC LogoThe Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC’s) mission is to recruit, train, and populate the immigration field with the highest quality legal advocates to create a new generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to immigrant justice. Our fellowships is the first and only fellowship of its kind, creating opportunities to become an expert in immigration law while filling critical gaps in representation for people that would otherwise face the system alone. As an IJC Fellow you will:

  • Work directly with the community you’re best positioned to serve: All Fellows have demonstrated commitment to immigrant legal services and find placement attuned to their interests, experience and urgency of community needs.
  • Join a host organization at the front lines of immigration law and advocacy: IJC Fellows join an active practice at one of our 42+ host organizations around the country, working in a wide range of communities and areas of the law.
  • Build expertise in immigration law and connect with leaders in our field: IJC provides immersive upfront training and ongoing support and career development – and all Fellows join an active network of alumni and host organizations sharing new practices and insights.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Application deadline is October 11, 2019.

The American Immigration Council seeks Summer 2020 Policy Interns

The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

The Council’s Policy Department is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who endeavor to provide thought leadership and expert insight for today’s immigration debate. In line with the mission of the Council, the Policy Department pursues strategies to limit unfair enforcement policies, protect due process rights and ensure a fair immigration process, reduce restrictions in business immigration, and maintain robust channels for future immigration flows.

The American Immigration Council (the Council) is looking for a qualified law student to join the policy department as an intern for the summer of 2020. For additional information and to apply visit here.

Fight for Social Justice With Your Legal Practice: WSAJ Plaintiff’s Practice Panel

Join the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) for a plaintiff’s practice panel. Talk to attorneys practicing in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, medical negligence, employment law, and more. Pizza will be served!

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Where: Gates Hall Room 127
RSVP: To raphaela@washingtonjustice.org

JAG Day: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard

Are you interested in a career with JAG? Wondering how to apply for a position with JAG? Want to learn more about JAG and what it does? Please join UW Law for a panel discussion to have these questions answered and more.

When: Monday, September 30, 12:30-1:20
Where: Gates Hall Room 117
RSVP: via SCS Online

Postgraduate Jobs & Fellowships + Upcoming Community Events!

ACLU of Washington seeks Public Interest Fellow to address Youth Homelessness (Fall 2020 Start)

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from rising or graduating third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply during the 2019-2020 funding cycle for a public interest legal fellowship. As an integral part of ACLU-WA, the fellow will work closely with attorneys to gain practical experience through defending and expanding civil liberties and constitutional rights. The position will provide recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in ACLU’s cutting-edge legal work, gaining practical hands-on experience in a supportive and mentoring environment.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until September 23, 2019.

WSAJ 2020 Summer Fellowship Program (paid position)

The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) has established a Fellowship Program to introduce a diverse group of law students to the plaintiffs’ bar generally, and to WSAJ specifically. The Fellowship Program will allow selected students to observe the work of trial attorneys as part of a twelve week mentoring program during the summer. Fellows will gain exposure to the work of trial attorneys by “shadowing” three mentor law firms during the summer. Fellows will attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors. They will also have the opportunity to work on short-duration projects, including a writing assignment.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Application deadline is October 18, 2019. 

U.S. Copyright Office, Barbara A. Ringer/Copyright Honors Program

The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Ringer Honors Program) offers 18 to 24 month paid fellowships for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law. Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office of the Register, and/or the Registration Program on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. In addition to performing an important public service, Ringer Fellows acquire unparalleled insight into the U.S. copyright system to draw upon in their future careers.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Application deadline is September 30, 2019.

Super Law Group, LLC seeks Associate Attorney (New York)

Super Law Group (SLG) seeks an associate attorney to join its team of litigators dedicated to environmental protection. The position will start in the fall of 2019. Established in 2008, SLG is a small law firm based in lower Manhattan that represents environmental organizations and others who seek to preserve natural resources. As lawyers for the environmental movement, SLC’s practice concentrates on litigation in federal and state courts and administrative forums, with a strong focus on water. Other practice areas include energy, endangered species, parkland protection, land use, environmental impact review, and access to public records.

SLC seeks a full-time associate attorney with 0-3 years of experience after law school (1-3 years of experience is preferred). We require an exceptional commitment to environmental protection, a strong academic record, excellent research and writing skills, and relevant experience in environmental law, advocacy, or science (before, during, and/or after law school). For additional information and to apply please visit here.

QLaw Foundation LGBTQ+ Community/Legal Convening – September 27th at Seattle University

QLaw LogoWhen: Friday, September 27th, 10am-3pm
Where: Seattle University School of Law, Room 110
RSVP to: info@qlawfoundation.org
Facilitated by: Nikkita Oliver!

This event will create an opportunity for LGBTQ+ community, and particularly queer and trans communities of color, to connect with legal services providers to communicate current or emerging needs, and for legal services providers to take LGBTQ+ communities “behind the curtain” and provide understanding about their programs, functions, decisionmaking with respect to taking cases, and strategic approaches.

If you are a legal service provider, this event is for you!  If you are part of LGBTQ+ community-based movements and organizing, this event is also for you!

For additional details please visit here.

South Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Banquet ~ September 27th!

SABAW LogoWhen: Friday, September 27th at 6pm
Where: Washington Athletic Club, Seattle
RSVP: bit.ly/sabaw2019

SABAW is an organization of South Asian legal professionals in Washington State dedicated to providing access to legal resources and support for issues relevant to the South Asian community. SABAW invites you to attend its annual Banguet & Fundraiser which supports SABAW’s efforts to expand its community outreach and enhance opportunity for law students and young lawyers.

UndocuQueer Conference ~ October 12 @ UW

UndocuQueer is a day long mini conference to bring together students, professionals, and community to discuss the challenges and successes in higher education regarding undocumented/queer students.  This event is geared toward providing knowledge, resources, tools, and networking opportunities for students and student affairs professionals who care about these issues. Some functional areas targeted in this event include considerations for working with undocumented/queer students in the following areas: legal resources, academic advising, financial aid, study abroad, access to food stamps and emergency resources, and ally training.

When: Saturday, October 12th from 9am-4pm
Where: UW Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
RSVP: RSVP here by October 1, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Catalina Velasquez

 

Jobs & Internships at NWIRP, Justice in Aging plus upcoming Events of Interest!

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks Law Student Interns (Tacoma) and Removal Defense Attorney (Seattle)

NWIRP LogoLegal Internships (Tacoma): Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks law student applicants for fall and spring internship positions in its Tacoma office. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For spring interns, the priority application deadline is the first Monday in October (Oct 7), however all applications will be consider on a rolling basis. For additional details and to apply please visit here.

Bilingual Removal Defense Attorney (Seattle): NWIRP seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work with individuals in removal proceedings in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide direct representation in removal proceedings, including at the Seattle and Tacoma Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The attorney will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

For complete descriptions and to apply please visit here. Priority application deadline is September 20, 2019.

Justice in Aging seeks Racial Justice & Health Law Summer Fellowship Applicants and Summer/School Year Interns (Los Angeles, CA)

Justice in Aging is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law.

  • Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020: Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its third annual Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020. The fellow may work in any of Justice in Aging’s three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a paid fellowship. For complete job description and to apply visit here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 25th.
  • Colin Alexander Health Law Fellowship for Summer 2020: Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its third annual Colin Alexander Health Law Fellowship for Summer 2020. The fellow may work in any of our three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a paid fellowship. For complete job description and to apply visit here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 25th.
  • Internships/Externships: Justice in Aging seeks current law students to work with attorneys on multiple projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs. Generally, interns will have the opportunity to author a writing sample, conduct shorter term writing and research projects, participate in intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. Interns can work on policy advocacy or litigation-based projects. For complete job description and to apply please visit here.

Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

CourtThe Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, invites law students and young lawyers to an upcoming diversity symposium, Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

When: October 24, 2019 at 1pm (Reception to Follow)
Where: US Courthouse, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
To Register: Additional information and registration available here. Space is limited!

The program will inform law students and attorneys about federal judgeships with a spotlight on bankruptcy judgeships. The event will feature a live broadcasted national panel discussion from Washington, DC, followed by local roundtable discussions in 19 cities with the federal bench, bar association members, and law students.

MELAW Annual Event – Registration Now Open!

The Middle Eastern Law Association of Washington (MELAW) is a non-profit legal organization for attorneys and law students of Middle Eastern descent, along with their friends and supporters.

Join MELAW for a night of celebration appreciation, and camaraderie, all while enjoying delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.

When: October 3, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Registration Info: Please visit here

The keynote speaker is Majd Baniodeh, a revolutionary woman who will share a compelling life journey that helped transform her love for giving back to a full-time career. In an effort to continue paying it forward, MELAW is donating a percentage of this year’s proceeds to the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).