Fair Work Center Legal Clinic Summer Internship, WA AGO’s 2018 Honors Program, and more!

Due June 8:  Fair Work Center Legal Clinic Summer Internship

Paid summer internship at the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic in Seattle. The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic offers a free civil legal aid clinic operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law. We educate, advise and represent individuals in employment law cases.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic is hiring a temporary Intake Manager position for 6 weeks (beginning mid-June). In this position, you will work with two staff attorneys to schedule and conduct legal consultation with workers experiencing various workplace issues. You will also answer calls, schedule consultation sessions, and coordinate other legal clinic logistics as needed. Experience with client counseling is a plus but not required. Pay rate will begin at $22/hour.

For more information about the FWC, visit http://www.fairworkcenter.org.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Danielle@fairworkcenter.org by June 8.

Due May 31: Health Justice Project – Healthy Housing VISTA Attorney

The Health Justice Project (HJP) is hiring a full time VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) attorney to build its healthy housing advocacy work. The HJP healthy housing attorney will be responsible for increasing the capacity of the HJP, other Illinois medical-legal partnerships, and poverty lawyers to engage in meaningful and effective advocacy to improve access to healthy housing for vulnerable and low income families.

The HJP is a medical-legal partnership legal clinic housed in Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The HJP partners with Erie Family Health Center (a large federally qualified health center), and LAF (the largest provider of free legal services to people in poverty in the cook county area) to address the health-harming legal needs of patients/clients by advocating for access to health care, access to healthy housing, and the rights of people with disabilities. The HJP uses a holistic approach, addressing a wide variety of complex civil legal needs for clients, and utilizes both direct services for individual clients and upstream strategies to effectuate

The VISTA program is a volunteer-based national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTA members receive a living allowance in the amount of approximately $14,000 per year, an educational award of $6,000 or an end of services stipend of $1,800 at the end of the service year, student loan forbearance or deferment, health insurance, child care assistance, and are eligible for SNAP benefits. The HJP will also provide a monthly transit pass. This position is a one year position beginning on August 6, 2018 and continuing until July 31, 2019 with the possibility for a renewal.

Applicants must receive their law degree and take the bar exam before August 2018. Fluency in Spanish and experience working with people in poverty is preferred but not essential. Candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, submit an application through the Americorps program portal by setting up an account at my.americorps.gov. Contact the HJP Director, Kate Mitchell at kmitchell9@luc.edu with any questions. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018.

Apply here.

Due August 15: Washington State Assistant Attorney General – 2018 Honors Program

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite you to apply to our 2018 Honors Program. The 2018 Honors Program will culminate in offers of an Assistant Attorney General position to a small (5-8) number of applicants. The AGO’s Honors Program is open to all third-year law students (those graduating in the spring of 2019) of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and judicial clerks of the appellate and federal level. Those who receive offers will be placed into Assistant Attorney General positions starting in August of 2019. Offers are contingent upon passing the July 2019 Washington State Bar examination or, for judicial clerks not yet members of the Washington State Bar Association, admission to the Washington State Bar by one’s start date.

Apply here.

Due May 23: Staff Attorney, Oregon Law Center

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation.

The staff attorney will handle impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts. The staff attorney will conduct community education and outreach to clients and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel and occasional overnight travel. There are also opportunities to promote the interests of low-income individuals in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that directly affect our clients.

More info here.

Open Until Filled: Project on Predatory Student Lending – Racial Justice Fellowship, 2018-19

The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks an outstanding new lawyer to join our team for a year as a Racial Justice Legal Fellow. Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center’s Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending uses litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project’s work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.

The Racial Justice Legal Fellow will develop cutting-edge litigation to combat the discriminatory efforts of current higher education policies. The fellow will also lead outreach efforts by engaging with existing clients and community partners and forging new partnerships with communities impacted by the predatory for-profit industry. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for the Project’s mission;
  • Exceptional listening skills and a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing;
  • A commitment to using litigation and advocacy to combat systemic inequality;
  • A client and community centered orientation to public interest lawyering; and
  • The ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have the ability to receive temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. At least one year of experience is preferred. Background in the fields of civil rights, consumer protection, administrative law, and/or organizing are relevant to this position, but not required. Some travel may be required. This is a one-year appointment, from summer 2018 to summer 2019.

More info here.

Columbia Legal Services seeking staff attorney

Due May 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic and Clooney Foundation for Justice ‘TrialWatch Legal Fellow’

Columbia Law School LogoThe Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic (“HRI” and “the Clinic”), and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (“CFJ”) are seeking a full time TrialWatch Legal Fellow. The Legal Fellow would be appointed at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar, depending on experience. The appointment will run from August 2018 to May 2020.

In connection with a collaboration between CFJ, HRI, and the Clinic, the Legal Fellow will play an integral role in the development and implementation of CFJ’s TrialWatch initiative. This initiative will monitor and respond to trials that pose a significant risk of human rights violations, with a particular focus on trials in which the law may be used as a tool to oppress vulnerable groups, to silence speech, or to target political opponents or critics. The Legal Fellow will also work in the Clinic, designing and implementing a clinical project in connection with the TrialWatch initiative, as well as contributing to syllabus development, seminar teaching, and scholarly research and writing. Read more here.

Due May 27: Columbia Legal Services hiring Yakima or Wenatchee staff attorney

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Wenatchee or Yakima office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing legal protections for farm workers and immigrants in our rural communities, including employment, civil rights, and access to equal opportunities. Read more here.

June 28: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hiring legal interns for fall

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues. Read more and apply here

King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice internship available

Due May 13: Legal Aid Services of Oregon hiring full time staff attorney

LASO LogoLASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Western Environmental Law Center hiring post-grads

The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 25-year legacy of success using the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We seek an attorney with 0-4 years of experience to join our team on a full-time basis beginning September 2018 for a two-year period with the prospect of an extension or permanent position contingent on funding and performance. Our preference is to locate this position in Eugene, Oregon but we will also entertain applicants interested in either our Taos, NM, Seattle, WA, or Helena, MT office locations. The position will defend and advocate for federal wildlife and public lands conservation protections across the Western U.S. Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice

King County LogoThe Civil Rights Legal Internship will provide a rich personal development opportunity and exposure to various aspects of investigation and enforcement in partnership with a Civil Rights Manager/Investigator.  Some examples of what you will learn/be exposed to include: Basics in employment law as it relates to Title VII; Basics in administrative procedure; Case file management and mediation techniques; observation/liaison to Civil Rights Commission meetings; how to complete an intake, draft complaints and final determinations, jurisdictional civil rights protections and advanced interview skills.

If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at seth.watson@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-5330. Apply online here

 

Rolling Deadline: Swinomish Staff Attorney Position

Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Read more and apply here.

NWIRP hiring for two post-grad positions

NWIRP hiring for two-year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Fellowship beginning in June

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end on May 31, 2020. The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from  the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.

Learn more and apply for the fellowship here.

 

NWIRP hiring full-time staff attorney for the Family Services Unit

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in
our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: direct representation; individual consultations; self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings, and 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

Learn more and apply for the staff attorney position here.

Equal Justice Works funding deadline extended to May 15

Rolling Deadline: TeamChild hiring staff attorney for Yakima office

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TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima County office. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to, education, safe and stable living situations, mental health care and medical services, and other civil rights issues. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, advocacy in juvenile court in partnership with public defenders to promote alternatives to secure detention, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers. The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

Read more and apply here. 

 

Due May 14: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons

IACHR LogoThe fellow will assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) persons of the ES/IACHR under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the ES/IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out by the fellow. This fellowship is subject to the availability of funds.

Read more and apply here.

 

Due May 15: Equal Justice Works summer funding deadline extended

All AmeriCorps JD service members will receive a $1,200 Segal AmeriCorps Education award upon successful completion of the program and are eligible to seek funding from the host or another source up to $4,422. The priority deadline has been extended through May 15, 2018

There are two ways for your students to get involved:

Read more and apply here

 

 

King County Public Defense, Public Counsel LA hiring

Due April 18: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring attorneys

The Department is looking for talented, committed, hardworking advocates with excellent trial, research, and writing skills, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. Read more and apply here.

 

Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer law clerks in LA

If you are seeking an opportunity to develop your interviewing and legal advocacy skills while also helping to address the growing homeless epidemic in Los Angeles, being a summer clerk with Public Counsel CARES is for you. Public Counsel CARES stands for “Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services.” As a summer law clerk, you will be able, with the supervision and support of our staff attorneys, to advocate on behalf of impoverished clients, helping them secure desperately needed shelter, food, healthcare, transportation and other social services and benefits and train others to do this work as well. Read more about Public Counsel here.

2019 Equal Justice Works Fellowship; Environment and Natural Resources Division Internship

2019 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open on June 27 and Due on September 19EJW Logo

Want to design your own Fellowship? Equal Justice Works Fellows create projects that enable them to be the solution for the nation’s injustices. We have funded over 1800 Fellows since 1992.

Fellowship candidates partner with a non-profit organization in any US state or territory to design a unique two-year public interest project and then apply together to Equal Justice Works for funding.

Timeline

  • June 27, 2018 Fellowship application opens online
  • September 19, 2018 Application Due
  • December 2018 Interviews with sponsors begin for selected candidates
  • December 2018 – April 2019 Interviews continue; Fellowships are offered on a rolling basis
  • September 2019 Fellows begin service

More info here.

Due April 22:  Environment and Natural Resources Division InternshipPhoto of Environment

The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.

Assignments will vary. In general, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws. An internship provides an outstanding opportunity to work on cutting edge issues of environmental law.

More info here.