Don’t miss the next Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series on Palestine After Trump

April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump

In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.

Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients

Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.

“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”

 

PILA applications due April 16

Due April 16: Public Interest Law Association now accepting applications for summer funding

PILA LogoPILA grants are intended to fund projects that serve the public interest and provide a tangible benefit to the community. Each year, PILA awards full grants ($5,000) and partial grants ($2,500) to successful applicants.  The number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant are determined by the success of PILA’s fundraising efforts each year. 

The PILA Grant Selection Committee looks for projects that embody PILA’s mission and that advance the concepts of justice, equity, and the public good on behalf of underrepresented people and causes.  Any University of Washington law student who has a job offer from a qualifying organization (see below) and who will have completed at least one year of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply for a PILA grant.  Students who are members of the Grant Selection Committee are ineligible. Read more here.

Due April 30: Labor and Employment Law summer grant

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The Labor and Employment Law Summer Public Service Grant was implemented in Academic
Year 2004-2005, with funding provided by the Labor and Employment Section of the
Washington State Bar Association along with the University of Washington School of Law. The
WSBA Labor and Employment Section contributes $5000 towards the grant. For 2018, the
Gates Public Service Law Program (Gates PSL Program) at the UW School of Law contributes
$1000 towards the grant. Read more here

April 12: Juvenile Justice panel hosted by UW Professor Kim Ambrose

Featuring a youth panel: A panel of local youth who are affiliated with Community Passageways, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to promoting restorative juvenile justice.

And, a practitioners panel: Judge J. Wesley Saint Clair, Jimmy Hung, Elizabeth Mustin, Dominique Davis

MELAW, Muslim Community Resource Center need volunteers April 15 for legal clinic

Due April 16: Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging now accepting 2018-19 post-graduate fellows

The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging offers the opportunity to carry out a substantial project related to law and aging in partnership with a host agency. Up to three fellowships are available to law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Juvenile Law Center launches new website

 We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Juvenile Law Center! We partnered with Message Agency, a Philadelphia-based digital firm specializing in work with nonprofits, to build on our past website’s success and create a tool better able to reach the public and share our vital information for youth in the justice and child welfare systems.”

Volunteers needed for legal clinic from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 15

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) will be hosting a legal clinic this Sunday, April 15 from 2-5 PM in Redmond. This clinic is open to all who income qualify, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.   
 
We are still in need of additional volunteers for this Sunday’s clinic. Based on previous clinics, the highest demand for services is in the following practice areas:
  • Immigration (over 50% of clients)
  • Family Law
  • Employment
  • Housing
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: January 21;
  • 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 klevitas@gmail.com and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

UW Center for Human Rights Student Funding

FUNDING FOR UW STUDENTS! APPLY BY MARCH 30, 2018

The UW Center for Human Rights has the honor of administering several endowed funds to benefit UW graduate and undergraduate students. For this application cycle (February 20, 2018 to March 30, 2018), we have three funding opportunities for hands-on direct action projects as well as projects relating to dissertation and coursework (funds for travel, research, tuition, etc). Applications are open to graduate, professional and undergraduate students from all three UW campuses. Citizenship/permanent resident status not required.

1. Dr. Lisa Sable Brown Endowed Fund for Human Rights.
$1800 available. Graduate students only. For studies or research.

2. Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights. $5000 available. Graduate students only. For studies or research.

3. Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund.
$4500 available. Undergraduate and graduate students. For hands-on human rights projects through direct action.

More info here. 

WSBA, Sections Program LeadWSBA Logo

Starting Salary Range:  $55,033 – $61,912 DOE+ benefits

As a part of the sections team and with guidance from the Sections Program Manager, this position works collaboratively with leaders of an assigned number of the WSBA’s 29 sections in the development and implementation of the section’s vision, mission, goals and strategic plan. This includes the development and implementation of short- and long-term work plans to ensure that each of the sections work supports the WSBA’s Mission and Guiding Principles,  is viable and of value to its members and, that continuity of section leadership is established.

More info here.

PILnet Fellowship, Lawyering in the Age of Globalization

PILnet invites recent law graduates and students in their final year of study toward degrees in public interest law and related fields to apply for a fellowship at its New York office to begin in Summer 2018.

PILnet is an international non-profit organization that is changing the way people think about public interest law. By bringing the public and private sectors of the legal profession together, PILnet is unlocking law’s full potential to manage risks and protect the interests of everyone. This fellowship will provide an experiential learning opportunity in an emerging area of public interest lawyering that takes the techniques that have historically been used to benefit a powerful few and puts them to work for the most vulnerable.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018, on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

More info here.

 

Office of Program Research; Gates Foundation Internship Info Session; WSAJ Speed Networking Event

Information Session: Washington State House of Representatives, Office of Program Research

Date:  Friday, January 5

Time: 12:30-1:20 pm

Location Room 119

The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal research and support services to the standing committees of the Washington House of Representatives. Come join us for an interesting conversation about this important office and how you can get involved.

If you have submitted your resume and application, please make sure that you attend this information session as it is required for the interview that day.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Internship Information Session

Date:  Monday, January 8, 2018

Time: 12:30-1:20 pm

Location: Room 119

A panel of Gates Foundation attorneys will join us to discuss their career paths from law school to their current roles with the Gates Foundation. They will also speak about their summer internships for 1Ls and the type of work they do at the foundation.  RSVP in SCS Online.

Washington State Association for Justice-Speed Networking with Civil Justice AttorneysWSAJ Logo

Date:  Tuesday, January 9

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Room 115

 Do you want a career that is rooted in Social Justice?

Do you want to advocate for real people against corporations and special interests?

Learn from real trial lawyers who stand up in the courtroom every day for the powerless, poor and disenfranchised against injustice!   RSVP information in SCS Online.

Diversity Fellowships, Teamchild 2018 summer internships, Environmental Law Institute Summer Clerkship with stipend

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Kegler Brown & Ritter
Deadline: January 29, 2018

The Columbus, Ohio-based law firm of Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter is offering a first-year law student, who is a member of a historically underrepresented population a $10,000.00 scholarship, plus a paid summer clerkship position with our 2018 first-year class. Our Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually based on demonstrated academic performance, accomplishments and activities. Those interested in being considered should submit the following materials no later than January 29, 2018:   Cover page including name, address, phone number, e-mail address and underrepresented population status·  Resume· Undergraduate Transcripts· First Semester Transcripts when available·  Completed Application Questions  (Please keep each response to one typed page): 1. Describe a major accomplishment that has shaped your life, how it influenced your decision to pursue a career in law and prepared you for your future as a lawyer.2. Explain what diversity means to you.3. List any training and/or experience you believe to be relevant to this clerkship. 4. Discuss why you have applied for this scholarship.

More info here.

Cooley 1L Diversity Fellowship:  For 1L students in the 2017–2018 academic year
Applications must be received by January 5, 2018.

Upon receipt of first-term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to diversityfellowship@cooley.com. Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews. Please direct any inquiries to diversityfellowship@cooley.com  As part of Cooley’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to offer diversity fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L summer associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

More info here.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
Deadline for applying is January 16, 2018.

Students are encouraged to apply before winter break http://diversityinpractice.org/programsinitiatives/1l-summer-rotation-clerkship/. 4. Questions? Call (612) 343-7999. First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

More info here.

Open until filled: Teamchild, 2018 Summer Internships Team Child Logo

TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit serving vulnerable youth across Washington State.  TeamChild is best known for its legal services program reaching children in crisis in King, Pierce, Spokane, and Yakima counties. Our clients are generally 12-18 years old or older and many are involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Our legal services program is designed to keep young people out of juvenile court by supporting them in how they want to reconnect to education, healthcare, housing, and other community supports. We work closely with families, public defenders, juvenile court staff, and the community to positively impact the young person’s life while helping the youth to accomplish their goals and reduce further contact with the courts. Our mission is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile justice system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing, and other support they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. In our work we aim to move systems away from exclusion, arrest, and incarceration towards more effective strategies that have the best chance of promoting the well being and success of our most vulnerable children.

More info here.

Due January 12:  Environmental Law Institute Summer Clerkship with stipend
Application deadline extended to January 12, 2018

In accord with our mission to build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides opportunities for law students to join us at the Institute. The University of Washington School of Law, with the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, is providing funding for one UW Law student to participate in our summer clerkship program with a stipend.

ELI summer law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international projects spanning ELI’s full range of expertise. Law clerks also may assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, drafting memoranda, attending and reporting on briefings and current events, and assisting in the preparation of reports and other published materials.

We encourage law clerks to supplement their work experience by attending the lunchtime seminars and events that ELI hosts, as well as social and networking opportunities provided by ELI and our partners.

The position is open to current 2Ls, and to exceptional 1Ls with outstanding environmental experience or education prior to law school.

Stipend: Clerks will be paid $6,500 for the summer and must commit to working with ELI for at least 10 weeks.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application to toddw2@uw.edu. Please include a cover letter, resume (including law school and undergraduate GPAs), references, and a writing sample. 2L applicants should include a law school transcript; 1L applicants should include an undergraduate transcript. Cover letters should address the candidates’ personal goals as well as their experience and interest in environmental law and policy.

More info here. Please note that the deadline is no longer December 1 but has been extended to January 12

2018 NW Public Service Career Fairs Student Registration NOW OPEN!; Amazon Catalyst Award; Advocates for Community Alternatives; Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic; U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division Law Clerk Positions.

 2018 NW Public Service Career Fairs in Seattle and Portland: Student Registration NOW OPEN!

FAIR DATES – LOCATIONS – COST

Seattle Career Fair: Friday, February 2, 2018 in LeRoux Center, Student Center at Seattle University

Portland Career Fair: Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

Cost: $15 for one fair / $25 for both fairs

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Registration is a multiple-step process. Your second step(s) will be determined by the fair you are attending and the school you attend. The Seattle Fair will manage applications through Symplicity; the Portland Fair will manage applications through Career Connect.

Step One (ALL STUDENTS/FAIRS):

Click on the FAIR(s) below that you plan to attend.

Follow the link and submit your initial registration (use your school email) and payment.

Seattle Fair.

Portland Fair.

Both Fairs.

Step Two for the SEATTLE FAIR:

Step two for students attending law schools other than Seattle University:

1. Go to the SU School of Law Symplicity website here.

2. Select the ‘Sign Up’ button and sign up for an account. Required fields are: Name; Email (you must use your school email address only); Graduation date; Year in school (select from the NW Consortium student list); Practice area(s); work authorization; and privacy notifications.

3. Within 48 hours, you will receive confirmation that your registration has been accepted, and you will be prompted to log in to the system. To view participating employers and to submit applications for interviews, log in to Symplicity, select the OCI tab, and from the drop down menu select “2018 Seattle NW Public Service Career Fair.”

Apply for the Amazon Catalyst Award!UW Logo

Got a big idea that could change the world? Got a small idea that could have a huge impact? Apply for an Amazon Catalyst award.

Amazon Catalyst is an award program that helps UW students, staff, and faculty launch their big ideas. Offered through a collaboration between Amazon and UW CoMotion, initial awards are $25,000, given to individuals or teams that want to pursue solutions to real-world problems and make a positive impact.

We are hosting an Info Meeting on Nov 14.

AMAZON CATALYST AWARD
– $25K award
– Potential for up to $75K more
– Open to UW students, faculty, and staff from all campuses
– All ideas are welcome, from any discipline: arts to engineering
– Simple application: 20 questions
– Next deadline: December 16

AMAZON CATALYST INFO MEETING
Want to learn more about the program and how to create a compelling application? Join us for the upcoming Amazon Catalyst Info Meeting. Snacks will be served!

Tuesday, November 14
6-7 pm
HUB 106

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact comoazon@u.washington.edu

Due November 30: Advocates for Community Alternatives, Legal Coordinator

Application Due: November 30, 2017

Advocates for Alternatives (ACA) is seeking a lawyer with international human rights expertise to manage our legal docket and provide support to our legal partners throughout West Africa.  The intended start date for this position is January 2018.

Established in April 2016, ACA helps West African communities that are threatened by the destructive impacts of extractives-led development to take control of their own futures.  We do this by working with communities to design their own sustainable development plans and advocate to achieve those plans.  And we build networks of lawyers and other experts to help the communities’ plans come to fruition.  Based in Accra, Ghana, ACA has projects in communities in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions, in addition to its collaboration and support programs for the Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA), a network of lawyers and legal advocates in eight West African countries.

Apply here.

Due December 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic,

Clinical Teaching Fellowship 2018-2020

Application Due: December 15, 2017

Columbia Law School is inviting applications for the Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship.  The two-year fellowship will begin in the summer of 2018.

The Fellow will work in the Columbia Human Rights Clinic and in the Human Rights Institute, and with its directors and staff, on clinical projects, syllabus development, teaching, scholarly research and writing, and human rights programming. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Columbia human rights community, and over the two years, will undertake increasing responsibility for designing and teaching clinic seminars; building and leading clinic projects in partnership with civil society organizations and affected communities; providing close supervision, guidance, and feedback to teams of students working on those projects; and conducting scholarly research and writing. The Fellow will be provided extensive professional, teaching, practice, and scholarship mentoring.

Apply here. 

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division Law Clerk Positions.

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division is hiring volunteer law clerks in Denver, Sacramento, and Washington, DC. Below are links to all of ENRD’s open volunteer law clerk positions.

Location Semester Deadline Link
Denver, CO Spring 2018 11/30/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-84
Denver, CO Summer 2018 12/31/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-85
Sacramento, CA Summer 2018 2/1/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-summer-2018
Sacramento, CA Fall 2018 5/1/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-fall-2018
Sacramento, CA Spring 2018 11/30/2017 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/volunteer-law-clerk-intern-spring-2018-0
Washington, DC Summer 2018 1/5/2018 https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/summer-2018-volunteer-law-clerk

Posner says he is organizing a national pro-bono group that includes ex-prisoner

By Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

“Former Judge Richard Posner is continuing his quest to help pro se litigants by forming a nationwide pro bono law group made up of lawyers and consultants.

Posner, a former judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, hopes to raise money for the group through foundations and other charitable sources, WBEZ reports.

Posner sees some merit in pro se litigating. He told the Chicago Tribune he would like to see both sides in a civil case go to trial without lawyers, like on Judge Judy. As a model, he pointed to nonadversarial legal systems that are led by judges in some European countries.”

Read the full article here.