Need summer funding? Apply for the Fitzpatrick Fellowship

Due April 3: Fitzpatrick Fellowship summer funding available

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Read more and get application here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights opens hotline to report discriminatory harassment 

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) today announced a new hotline for people to report harassment in Seattle. The Hotline is part of the City of Seattle’s Bias Hurts Campaign for Seattle residents and business owners who are the targets of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying. Call 206.233.7100 or go online to report discriminatory harassment. 

AG Ferguson to U.S. Supreme Court: Uphold transgender rights

Originally published March 3, 2017 by Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Media contact Peter Lavellee.

“Late yesterday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling recognizing the right of a transgender student in Virginia to use the school bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. The states, co-led by Ferguson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, filed a lawsuit after his school board changed district policy in reaction to some parents’ complaints, barring him from using the boys’ restroom. A federal district court dismissed his claim, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling and ordered the district court to continue hearing the case. Grimm brought his suit under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.”

Read the full press release here.

ABA seeking nominations for Harrison Tweed Award

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants & The National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2017 Harrison Tweed Award. The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for persons living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents. The award, given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is presented during the ABA Annual Meeting at a joint meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.

Read more and nominate here.

Staff attorney opportunities at the ACLU of WA, Fair Work Legal Center, Columbia Legal Services, and more

Due March 15: Fair Work Legal Center hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Close of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Learn more and apply here.

Due March 24: Columbia Legal Services hiring Statewide Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Due March 27: National Employment Law Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.

Apply and learn more here

 

Due March 31: Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: Summer internship with the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.

 E&C is responsible for handling enforcement actions against national banks, federal savings associations, and bank officers and employees, including large civil money penalties, suspensions and removals, temporary cease and desist orders, and other administrative enforcement actions. The Division also works closely with the Department of Justice and the other bank regulatory agencies on coordination of law enforcement efforts involving insured financial institutions. Typically E&C law clerks, working under the close supervision of attorneys, formulate and present enforcement recommendations, conduct legal research, draft memos, notices of charges and settlement documents.
 
Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: New York Legal Assistance Group summer internship positions

NYLAG LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Air Force JAG Corps 2017 summer internships available

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts.  This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.

Read more and apply here

Interested in Alaska? Alaska Supreme Court Justice visiting UW; Alaska Legal Services Corp. info session

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Info session on summer internships at Alaska Legal Services Corporation

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join for a webcast discussion with attorney Sarah Carver from Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Learn about the unique legal needs of low-income, rural communities in AK and internship opportunities for UW Law students. RSVP in Symplicity.

 

 

March 23: Sing Into Spring, a karaoke fundraiser to support Fair Work Center 

singintospringTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and later
DateThursday, March 23, 2017
Place: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Whether you love singing for your friends or fear it, we hope you will join us for a fun night to support Fair Work Center. We’ll have a “not so silent” auction, where you can bid to see our special guest singers perform a song for the crowd, as well as other entertaining ways to have some fun and raise some money in support of Fair Work Center. Think you’ve got what it takes to play “karaoke hero” and lead the room in your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!? We hope so and can’t wait to see you at The Royal Room on Thursday, March 23.

Buy tickets here.

TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

equal_justice_works_logoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Interested in Family Law? UW Moderate Means Program accepting spring and summer interns

Due March 8: Staff Attorney position with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation 

land-of-lincolnApplication Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides free legal services to low-income individuals in central and southern Illinois. The program has a strong history of high quality and innovative advocacy for its clients. The Northern Regional office is located in Springfield, Illinois.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 13: Colectiva Legal del Pueblo hiring full-time staff attorney

clpApplication Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchical collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education. Immigration services include U-visas, Asylum and family petitions as well as representing clients in detained and non-detained removal proceedings. This position is based out of our Burien, WA office and may require some statewide travel. Apply and learn more here

Due March 15: Summer internship with NWIRP VAWA Unit

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit provides legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will maintain their own caseload and provide direct representation to clients by filing petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Those petitions will include I-360 VAWA Self-Petitions and U Visas.  Interns will also assist attorneys in representing clients who are in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Internships during the summer are full time, for a minimum of ten weeks. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

Learn more and get application instructions here. 

Due March 18: Intern Positions Available with Navajo Nation Department of Justice

navajoApplication Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2017

DOJ provides legal services to and litigates on behalf of the three governmental branches of the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters and entities, in matters in which the Navajo Nation government has an interest. The Attorney General also defends litigation against the Navajo Nation and supervises outside attorneys who assist the Nation with various cases. UW students should contact Professor Gonza before applying.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: UW Law Moderate Means Program is recruiting interns for spring and summer

UW Law LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. 75% of our cases are family law!

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: AmeriCorps Legal Fellow hiring announcements 

AmeriCorps LogoApplication Deadlines: Open until filled

Click on each link for more information on each position.

  • The Veterans Legal Corps provides direct representation to homeless veterans or those at risk of becoming homeless. Our fellows also represent eligible military families for cases such as landlord-tenant disputes, issues with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, reinstatement of drivers’ licenses, and expungement. The Veterans Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, TX.

  • The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps removes legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged job seekers, allowing them to secure new or improved jobs. Our fellows provide legal services such as expunging and sealing criminal records, restoring drivers’ licenses, and obtaining or restoring occupational licenses. The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow focused on disaster relief at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

  • The Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing and Preservation Project is looking for legal fellows focused on preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. The VAHPP program is still recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Legal Services of Northern Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

  • The VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev) still has openings at Nevada Legal Services (Las Vegas, NV) and the Georgia Legal Services Program (Gainesville, Georgia).
  • The justiceAmeriCorps program is recruiting Fellows to serve in Texas and Ohio! If you are interested in a year of service representing unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation, click here for an up-to-date listing of open positions. Applications should be submitted directly to host organizations per the instructions outlined in the position descriptions.

Rolling: Rule of Law intern with the International Rescue Committee

ircApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world providing relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to families impacted by conflict and disasters. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships, and accountability to those we serve.

 

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: Staff Attorney position with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

 

lccr_logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, Lawyers’ Committee provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education.

Apply and learn more here. 

 

Upcoming: Empowering women through legal rights and economic opportunity

Feb. 28, SJT: TeamChild Information Session

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join Marcos Zuniga, an Investments and Partnership Officer at TeamChild, please join him in a discussion on the legal services that TeamChild provides, sharing his experiences in legal services, talking about potential student internships with the organization, and followed up by a Q&A. RSVP on Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Annual Public Service Law Community Dinner, Intersectinality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change?
How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind?
How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work?

Please join us for a community dinner and inspiring discussion about movement building lawyering in the 21st century. RSVP on Symplicity.

March 1: Women Rise: Empowering Women through Legal Rights and Economic Opportunity

GlobalWATime: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Place: Westlake Tower, 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

Global Washington, in celebration of International Women’s Day, is hosting a panel discussion regarding legal rights and economic opportunity for women in developing countries. Please join us! Panelists include Kelly McDonald, Director of Advancement, Agros International, Eileen Moncoeur, Executive Director, Partners Asia, Tzili Mor, Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, Moderator: Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation.

Read the issue statement here and register here

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Why Consumer Protection?

abasTime: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: Tele-panel

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussion to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussion will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

Register here