Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

ACLU of Washington hiring staff attorney

Due May 1: Northwest Justice Project hiring Outreach Worker

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) seeks applications from interested individuals for the position of Outreach Worker. The Outreach Worker will work in collaboration with NJP’s Farm Worker Unit (FWU). The FWU is based in Yakima and provides legal assistance to low-income agricultural workers throughout Washington. This position is funded by a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to serve individuals impacted by labor trafficking and to increase awareness of trafficking and appropriate services in vulnerable communities throughout Washington. This is a full-time position funded for three years.

Read more and apply here.

Due May 1: Staff attorney position in the crime victims unit at Northwest Justice Project

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to fill the Staff Attorney position in our CLEAR/Crime Victims (CV) unit. This position is funded under the federal Victims of Crime Act provided through a sub-contract with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid. NJP anticipates continued receipt of these funds and the positions are not subject to any specific grant or contract term. This is a full-time position. This position is located in Seattle.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 5: Criminal defense staff attorney position with the Legal Aid Society

Application Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017

The Parole Revocation Defense Unit has four openings in Fall 2017 for Staff Attorneys. A PRDU Staff Attorney represents clients accused of violating their conditions of release at administrative parole revocation hearings held at the Rikers Island Judicial Center, federal detention facilities, and hospital prison wards throughout New York City. The Staff Attorney also appears on behalf of clients at related habeas corpus proceedings, administrative appeals, and other post conviction proceedings. The practice is fast paced and litigation intensive.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 31: Staff attorney with the Equal Access to Healthcare Program at the Positive Resource Center

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Staff Attorney of the Equal Access to Healthcare Program provides legal representation and consultation to low-income clients with HIV and/or mental health issues in order to access public disability income, as well as healthcare benefits and programs such as Medi-Cal, Covered California, California’s state office of AIDS programs, Medicare, etc.

Apply and learn more here.

Due May 31: ACLU-WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney for a two-year term to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians.  The ACLU-WA is increasing its level of operations in order to fight Donald Trump’s broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move forward our work. Our goal is not just resistance; it is progress. This new attorney position will help us push forward our affirmative agenda as well as engage in fast-moving, defensive battles against the Trump administration’s policies.

Read and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Immigration Counseling Service hiring bilingual staff attorney


Application Deadline: Open until filled

For almost 40 years Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) has been dedicated to improving the lives of Oregon’s immigrant communities through access to affordable legal services. In 2016 we expanded our services by opening a Regional office in Hood River, Oregon. The office is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, an hour east of Portland, and offers leisure activities such as windsurfing, hiking and skiing, has a strong Latino community, and local food and drink.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Staff attorney position open with HIV Law Project

Application Deadline: Open until filled

HIV Law Project (HLP) believes that all people deserve equal rights, including the right to live with dignity & respect, the right to be treated as equal members of society, and the right to have their basic human needs fulfilled. These fundamental rights are elusive for many people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Through innovative legal services and advocacy programs, HLP fights for the rights of underserved PLWHAs.

Apply and learn more here.

Upcoming this week: Perspectives on Addressing Corruption in Kenya

April 26: Cutting the Gordian Knot: Perspectives on Addressing Corruption in Kenya

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Place: MacFarlane Lounge, UW School of Law

Kenya has been one of the few countries in sub Saharan Africa to experience relative stability and security in the last 50 years. It has had a functioning government since independence and regular electoral cycles. It has often been the center of stability as conflict raged in neighboring countries such as Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. However, even with continued stability, corruption has remained a major impediment to progress. Transparency International has ranked Kenya poorly on levels of corruption for a long time. This is despite the country having a new constitution, functional institutions and strong anticorruption laws. This presentation will explore the impact of corruption on ordinary citizens and discuss why corruption remains pervasive and entrenched in the country. It will also discuss some practical solutions from a practitioners’ perspective. Read more here.

Upcoming events with Student and Career Services 

Academic Advising Information Session – Health Law. Session led by Health Law Program Associate Director Terry Price

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

 

2L Lunch with the Dean 

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

How to Succeed in Your Summer Job. Session led by Career Coach Renee Ryan

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 212

Academic Advising Information Session – Public Service Law. Session led by Director of the Gates Public Service Law Program Huy Nguyen

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 217

3Ls: Don’t forget to apply for the Pro Bono Honors Society and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Due April 27: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

Due May 3: Time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LRAP constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service as a public law school by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law.

Participants are required to commit to remain in public service employment for a three year period. Loans are given at the beginning of each of the three years. The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

The School of Law loans $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Read more and apply here.

Local organizations hiring students for summer externships

Due May 1: Northwest Justice Project hiring Labor Trafficking Attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) seeks applications from qualified attorneys to address labor trafficking in agriculture in collaboration with our Farm Worker Unit (FWU). The FWU is based in Yakima and provides legal assistance to low-income agricultural workers throughout Washington. This position is funded by a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to serve individuals impacted by labor trafficking and to increase awareness of trafficking and appropriate services in vulnerable communities throughout Washington. This is a full-time position funded for three years.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Seattle Community Law Center hiring summer and school-year externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) provides the accommodations, resources, and encouragement necessary to keep clients who are homeless engaged in their disability claim. DHAP delivers legal aid “in the field” at local shelters and sites accessible to the homeless population. The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) helps clients who have a legal problem with disability benefits that they are already receiving.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Thurston County Public Defense hiring summer externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) gives legal representation to people who can’t afford a lawyer, in criminal and dependency cases in Thurston County District Court and Superior Court.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer externship opportunities with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction-Equity and Civil Rights Office

Application Deadline: Open until filled

An extern would assist the Equity and Civil Rights Office and Legal Affairs Unit in providing support, information, and dispute resolution to help families and educators understand their rights and responsibilities. This will include: • Conducting legal research regarding civil rights issues affecting students and schools, including discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, and disability; • Drafting guidance materials, tools, and resources to assist schools and families understand their rights and responsibilities; • As needed, assisting with complaint investigations, analyzing potential discriminatory practices, and resolving concerns about discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others; and • Researching other legal issues that arise in the agency, such as public disclosure and allegations of unprofessional conduct by educators.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Kids In Need of Defense hiring attorney in California

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: American Immigration Council hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Council’s legal department advocates for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. It is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country.

Apply and learn more here

Get your free ticket now for Rights and Resistance: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Global LGBTIQ Movement

Upcoming events with Student and Career Services 

Academic Advising Information Session: Study Abroad, Externships and Non-Law Classes. Session led by Externship Director Esther Park, Professor Dana Raigrodski

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Academic Advising Information Session: Health Law. Session led by Health Law Program Associate Director Terry Price

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

April 24: Discussion with Col. Matthew Kent (USMC) Military Lawyer, Advisor and Judge Workshop

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge
Please join a discussion with Lt. Col. Matthew Kent (USMC) Military Lawyer, Adviser and Judge. He will be discussing operational law issues faced by military Judge Advocates in athe field and detainee issues. RSVP via Symplicity.

April 25: Rights and Resistance: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Global LGBTIQ Movement

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Place: Edelman, 1505 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us in Seattle for this year’s edition of TalkStory featuring Executive Director of OutRight Action International, Jessica Stern, and Nigerian LGBTIQ Activist, Michael Ighodaro. You’ll enjoy drinks and international hors d’oeuvres as we impart the challenging circumstances faced by LGBTIQ people.

Get your free ticket here.

Apply for the Pro Bono Honors Society before graduation

Due April 27: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

Due May 12: WSBA Labor and Employment Summer Grant 

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Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017

The purpose of the grant is to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the filed of labor and employment law where such experience would not otherwise be available because of limited funding. There is $6,000 available for the grant.

Apply and learn more here.