Summer fellowships, clerkships and internships: Peggy Browning Fund, KCPA, Institute for Justice, Pacific Legal Foundation, Legal Voice, ACLU, and more!

Due January 12:  Peggy Browning Fund 2018 Summer FellowshipsPeggy Browning Fund

Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations throughout the United States and 1 funded part-time position in Chicago.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $6,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowship description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind.

More info here.

Due January 12:  King County Prosecuting Attorney Summer 2018 externships

This is a 10-week program for students during the summer between their first and second years of law school.  Externs must be able to work full time, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a minimum of ten weeks.

The externship program is designed to give students a meaningful experience and exposure to our law practice. It is an excellent way to become acquainted with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, pursue an interest in criminal law, and determine whether trial practice is a future career path. The extern positions are unpaid, but many law schools offer credit for externship programs.

More info here. 

Due January 12: Institute for Justice Summer 2018 Clerkships

The Institute for Justice’s summer clerkship program provides an unparalleled opportunity for select law students to substantively contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge civil-rights litigation. Clerks conduct legal research; help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases; and draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs filed in both state and federal court.  Clerks have been involved in projects as diverse as:

  • Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action.
  • Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations.
  • Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit.
  • Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action.
  • Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country.
  • Helping prepare motions to exclude expert witness testimony and reports.
  • Drafting portions of opposition briefs to motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in both state and federal court.

More info here.

Due January 30:  Summer 2018 Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Clerkships

As Pacific Legal Foundation marches toward its 45th anniversary next year, we are redefining what it means to be a public interest law firm. Our attorneys identify and litigate important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

PLF attorneys continue to bring and win cases in the United States Supreme Court. Again this year, PLF will be arguing an important First Amendment case before the nation’s highest court. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win. Sound like the reason you went to law school? Then you ought to apply for our clerkship program.

We seek highly motivated, principled, and liberty-minded law students for paid, full-time summer clerkships, June through August 2018, in each of our offices: Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Bellevue, Washington; and Washington, DC.

More info here.

Rolling:  Legal Voice’s Legal Internship ProgramLegal Voice Logo

Legal Voice’s Legal Internship Program gives law students a unique opportunity to work in a non-profit legal setting while making a contribution to women’s rights! As an intern, you will work closely with staff attorneys on current issues in women’s rights law by researching legal issues, working on case development, investigating policy questions, and assisting in the preparation of written materials.

Summer Internships: 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applications must be submitted by January 31 of the year in which you would like to intern.

School-year Internships: Legal Voice accepts interns year-round, with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks. Please submit your application 5 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or quarter during which you would like to intern.

Please submit a detailed cover letter, résumé, transcript, and writing sample to CPhalan@LegalVoice.org or by mail.

More info here.

Rolling: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Pacific District North, Labor and Employment Law Summer InternVA Seal

Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
North Las Vegas, NV

The Office of General Counsel, Pacific District North, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks students for a volunteer internship this summer 2018. Interns will receive assignments in the area of LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW. There are internship opportunities in our Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Portland, Oregon offices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, and other facilities. It also administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

More info here on PSJD.

Rolling:  2018-19 ACLU of Washington Legal FellowshipACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from third-year law students and recent law school graduates for its Legal Fellowship.  The Fellowship will begin in the late summer/fall of 2018 and is a full-time position in ACLU of Washington’s Seattle office.  It provides recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our organization’s legal work supporting the civil rights of all Washington citizens.

More info here.

Rolling: ACLU-WA Summer Legal Internships

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer full-time summer legal internships to interested law school students for the summer of 2018.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students can work in either the litigation department, or in the policy advocacy group. Students will work closely with staff attorneys on active litigation, case development, advocacy with community groups and government entities, and legal research.

More info here. 

Open Until Filled: National Center for Youth Law – Law Clerk, Summer 2018

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a non-profit law firm that has transformed how public agencies support our country’s most vulnerable children, including foster youth, youth with disabilities, child sex trafficking victims, youth in the juvenile justice system, and youth of color. NCYL leads multiyear campaigns to change laws and regulations, redesign government services, and hold public agencies accountable for the well-being of children in their care through litigation and other approaches.

NCYL is currently seeking 7-10 Summer Law Clerks to volunteer for ten weeks in Summer 2018 in their Oakland, CA and Washington, DC offices.  Applications for the summer program are reviewed on a rolling basis and applications from rising 3Ls are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible.

NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth.

Oakland office, more info here; DC office, more info here.

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

Jobs, fellowships, and scholarships!

Due December 6:  Columbia Legal Services, Temporary Research Attorney

Columbia Legal Services is looking for a temporary, part-time Research Attorney. The Research Attorney will report to the Advocacy Director and will work with our project teams to conduct discrete legal research projects relating to their litigation and policy efforts. The Research Attorney’s duties may also include assisting with individual case work, such as factual investigation, drafting memos and pleadings, client outreach, and litigation support. Desired qualities include proficiency with legal research and writing consistent with experience.

Open until filled:  Columbia Legal Services, Policy Analyst, Children and Youth Project

Columbia Legal Services is looking for a temporary, part-time Policy Analyst for our Children and Youth Project. The Policy Analyst will work with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff to develop policy options to improve education outcomes and housing options for Washington’s 32,494 homeless students. The Policy Analyst will work closely with staff to collect and evaluate all relevant research and data that will be used to create a compelling public policy narrative to address student homelessness. The position is available for 20 hours per week and concludes on February 16th, with a possible extension.

More info here.

Due December 31: The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Staff Attorney in Wenatchee, WashingtonNWIRP

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Bilingual Staff Attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington. Fluency in Spanish is required.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing victims of violent crimes in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas, T visas and other forms of relief; and 3). representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters as needed.

Priority December 10:  The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Staff Attorney in Tacoma, Washington

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections. The staff attorney will be a member of the Tacoma Survivors’ Unit (TSU), which provides legal services to immigrants in the South Sound area, including the Olympic Peninsula and Southwestern Washington.

Priority December 11:  The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Internship in Tacoma

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for spring and summer internship positions in its Tacoma office. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit. Interested applicants should apply to each office individually by sending a cover letter and resume to the contact person listed below with “2018 Summer [or Spring] Internship- NAME” in the subject line.

For summer, full consideration will be given to applications received by December 11, 2017. No
applications will be accepted after March 1, 2018.

More info and apply here.

Due February 12:  Attorney General’s Office, Law Clerk Opportunities – All Offices

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified first and second-year law students to apply for summer 2018 volunteer or externship positions. Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country.

In addition to fully completing a profile and responding to all supplemental questions, you

must upload the following materials by Monday, February 12, 2018. (If you are only interested in our Spokane office, you must apply to the “2018 Spring Law Clerk Recruitment Program – Spokane Office” posting by January 28th.)

More info here.

Due December 15:  Center for Constitutional Rights, Ella Baker Summer Internship Program, 1Ls Only

We are now seeking applications from 1Ls until December 15, 2017.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering. Ella Baker Interns also become connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through our Ella Baker Alumni Network.

Ella Baker interns work at the Center for Constitutional Rights’ office in New York City on cases in CCR’s three docket areas: Government Misconduct/Racial Justice, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative and International Human Rights. Students at CCR experience the unique opportunities and challenges of doing social justice lawyering at a national organization.

More info here.

Due February 9: Access to Justice Tech Fellows program 2018.

The deadline for applications is February 9, 2018.

Each tech fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend in consideration for the ten weeks that she or he spends with their designated host organization over the summer. Fellows may also seek additional outside funding in addition to the stipend provided by the fellows program.

To be considered for the ATJ Tech Fellows program you must submit a completed application including 1) responses to personal statement questions; 2) a resume; 3) an official letter of academic good standing from a ABA-accredited law school; and 4) a contact list of two references, which should be included with your attached resume document.

Training followed by a 10-week host placement, where fellows work with some of our nation’s most dynamic legal services organizations in the country, working on innovative projects and initiatives that leverage technology to improve the delivery of legal services for low-income Americans.

More info and apply here.

Due January 23: Steiger Fellowship Project legal internship in Seattle, WA

The Steiger Fellowship Project is a ten-week (paid) legal internship in the Seattle office of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Divisions of the Washington Office of the Attorney General.  Applications are due on January 23, 2018.

More info and apply here.

Rolling: Center for Reproductive Rights, U.S. Human Rights Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

The Center’s U.S. Human Rights team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights and reproductive justice issues to engage in a variety of projects related to our work. The internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in researching, analyzing, and developing human rights strategies to advance the full spectrum of reproductive rights in the United States, and will include work focused on maternal  health and assisted reproductive technologies.

More info and apply here.

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.

RAICES Summer 2018 Internship; Environmental Law Institute Summer clerkship; Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship

Due February 15: RAICES Summer 2018 Internship Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

( RAICES ) is offering ten week unpaid summer internships with our Family Detention program

based in San Antonio, TX. The Family Detention program coordinates the Karnes Pro Bono

Project , which provides pro bono legal services to detained families as they navigate the

expedited removal process. Because the process moves so quickly, many families suffer from

serious procedural and due process defects. The goal of the Project is to ensure that families have

a fair chance to present their stories and have an opportunity to apply for asylum.

More info and apply here.

Due November 30: Open Society Public Health Program: Sex Work, Health, and Human Rights in Europe

Submission deadlines: Concept forms November 30, 2017

The Open Society Public Health Program invites concept forms from civil society organizations and networks that seek to advance the health and human rights of sex workers in Europe.

Marginalized by stigma and criminalization, sex workers face enormous obstacles to realizing their human rights, and oppression has led to extreme levels of violence, disease, and exploitation. Justice and health systems routinely fail sex workers, and at times compound their marginalization through harmful law enforcement practices and insurmountable barriers to health care. Sex worker organizing is sometimes vilified, further exacerbating problems related to workplace health and safety. The myriad of health challenges sex workers face cannot be addressed squarely within the health system, and the structural—and often political—determinants of sex worker health extend far beyond health care.

Complete application information and further description here: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/sex-work-health-and-human-rights-europe-20171101?utm_source=Open+Society+Foundations&utm_campaign=94a26d354e-Grants_RSS_email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d16374add2-94a26d354e-49882949

Due January 8: JustLead Washington 2018 Leadership Academy

Applications due by: Monday, January 8, 2018

JustLead Washington seeks applications for its 2018 Leadership Academy, a nine-month cohort-based experience designed to build a broad network of community leaders who can effectively and collaboratively work towards equity and justice throughout Washington State.

Further information and application materials here.

ACLU Hiring Staff Attorneys

Qualifications vary for each position, but generally the ACLU seeks attorneys with litigation experience and superior analytic, research and writing skills, and demonstrated commitment to public interest and civil liberties

Staff Attorney for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project (RFP-23) will litigate constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of reproductive rights related issues in the trial and appellate courts; analyze legislation for potential litigation and conduct legal research/write legal memoranda.   Apply here: https://www.aclu.org/careers/staff-attorney-rfp-23-acluf-reproductive-freedom-project-ny

Two Staff Attorneys, for the Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP-01/IRP-20) will help challenge:  The President’s Muslim ban; the unconstitutional use of mandatory and prolonged immigration detention; the lack of due process in the deportation system; unconstitutional state of anti-immigration laws; abusive immigration detainer practices; federal and state anti-sanctuary measures; and violations of the rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  Apply here: https://www.aclu.org/careers/staff-attorney-irp-01-irp-20-immigrants-rights-project-new-york-ny-or-san-francisco-ca.

A Staff Attorney National Security Project (NSP-12)  will further litigation and advocacy related to: government surveillance, targeted killing, unlawful detention, accountability for torture, discrimination, censorship and secrecy.  Apply here:  https://www.aclu.org/careers/2-year-staff-attorney-nsp-12-acluf-national-security-project-ny

Due November 30: The Northwest Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney position

Application Deadline: November 30, 2017

The Northwest Consumer Law Center (NWCLC) is a young, innovative, nimble, and unique 501(c)(3) social profit (more commonly known as “nonprofit”) legal services organization that focuses exclusively on consumer law, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, debt collection, credit reporting, automobile fraud, and student loans. Based in Seattle, we fight for economic justice and prosperity, financial stability, and stable homeownership for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities across Washington State.

Application information here.

Due December 1: Environmental Law Institute Summer clerkship

Application Deadline: Friday, December 1

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.

Complete job description and application information here.

Due December 15: Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship

Application Deadline: Second year law student applications due December 15, 2017

All other law student applications due February 2, 2018

The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5,000 stipend for the summer) funded by the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and University of Washington School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle office of Columbia Legal Services. This internship is open to students at University of Washington School of Law. The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship is intended as a way to increase awareness of, and interest in, the practice of elder law on behalf of low-income clients and to support systemic reform that was the hallmark of Peter Greenfield’s work. The position offers the opportunity to advocate for low-income seniors through legal research and writing, community education, and other types of advocacy

Complete information and application here

UC Berkeley School of Law Pro Bono Program Coordinator

Application Deadline: January 1, 2018

The University of California School of Law invites applications for the position of Pro Bono Program Coordinator expected to begin on January 1, 2018.  This is a one-year, full-time appointment, subject to renewal. The Coordinator for the Pro Bono Program will continue to build, coordinate and supervise the Pro Bono Program and the Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, working closely with the Pro Bono Program Faculty Co-Directors.  The Coordinator will operate as part of a team that focuses on public interest and service learning at the law school, and works to raise the profile of pro bono both within the law and in the larger community.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 20, 2017.  For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please visit:  https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01548 .  If you have questions about the position, please contact:  academicpositions@law.berkeley.edu, or you are welcome to reach out to Sue Schechter, sschechter@law.berkeley.edu.

Summer is over, but summer internship applications are here! San Francisco Attorney’s Office, Queens Legal Services, Legal Services for Children, National Employment Law Project and more!

Due October 27: San Francisco City Attorney’s Office Internships

Application deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work in a large and award-winning municipal law office, which has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for outstanding excellence. Our internship program reflects an important priority for the City Attorney’s Office; to give back to the legal community in meaningful and important ways.  The program runs from January 8th, 2018 through March 16, 2018, with a mandatory orientation on Monday, January 8th.

Applications must include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) brief legal writing sample. Please email your application to CATintern.Applications@sfgov.org or by U.S. Postal Service to:

Palek Sheth
Managing Director of the Affirmative Litigation Task Force
S.F. City Attorney’s Office City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Due November 30: Jackson Lewis Labor and Employment Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: November 30, 2017

Jackson Lewis Scholarship program is designed to provide support to law school students, pursuing a career in Labor or Employment Law, who are from underrepresented groups. All applicants will be considered but diversity is “a plus”.

As part of its on-going commitment to the advancement of a diverse legal community, Jackson Lewis hopes the scholarship program will encourage and reward law students from underrepresented social and economic background to pursue legal careers in the areas of Labor and Employment law. Through the Program, Jackson Lewis awards $5,000 to a second or third year law student from the University of Washington School of Law.

  1. Eligibility

1) Candidates must be enrolled at the University of Washington School of Law as a 2L or 3L student, as of September 1, 2017.

2) Candidates may not be current or past employees of Jackson Lewis.

  1. Application Requirement Checklist:

1) Current resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts.

2) A legal writing sample (maximum 10 pages).

3) Letters of recommendation. Two letters of recommendation from former employers or professors regarding the academic ability, character, or professional aptitude of the applicant.

4) A personal statement of no more than 500 words. The form and content of the personal statement are up to you. Successful applicants might describe their interest in labor and employment law; significant personal, academic, and professional experiences; meaningful intellectual interests and extracurricular activities; factors inspiring them to obtain a legal education, and/or significant obstacles, challenges, or disadvantages met and overcome.

III. Selection Criteria

1) A demonstrated desire to pursue a career in labor and/or employment law,

2) exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school levels,

3) relevant work experience, community service, leadership skills and special accomplishments, and

4) belonging to a socially or economically underrepresented group in the legal profession preferred.

Please submit your completed application to martha.tanner@jacksonlewis.com by November 30, 2017.

This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Jackson Lewis. Rather, it is open to all second and third year UW School of Law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys practicing labor and employment law will benefit the entire profession.  The recipient will be announced by December 15, 2018

QUEENS LEGAL SERVICES (QLS), New York, NY, Summer 2018 Interns.

Legal Services NYC fights poverty and seeks racial, social and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. Our neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs help more than 80,000 New Yorkers annually

For complete application here and further information here.

Due December 15: LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN (LSC) – SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

Application Due: December 15, 2017

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children.  Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow.  We believe that our youth deserve positive alternatives to unnecessary placement in foster care, juvenile justice facilities, and immigration detention.  LSC pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that is considered a best practice in juvenile law today.  We deploy attorney-social worker teams to assist at-risk children who need to access the legal system to stabilize or improve their lives.  LSC’s attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, infraction defense, and other civil legal matters. Our social workers provide crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and psychosocial assessments.  LSC staff also engage in policy and advocacy projects aimed at advancing the rights of children.

For complete application and further information here.

Due November 10: Equal Justice Works, Post Graduation Fellowship Application Re-opened for Selected ProjectsEJW Logo

Application Due: November 10, 2017

Equal Justice Works has extended the Fellowship application deadline to November 10 for several specific project types. Equal Justice Works has confirmed funding in the following categories and highly encourages students to apply in these areas:

  • LGBTQIA candidates of color serving LGBTQIA communities of color in NYC
  • Immigration or Veterans projects in Seattle, WA
  • Agriculture or poverty alleviation projects in Davenport and Betendorf Iowa and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline Illinois

Students can learn more and begin their application online here. Students with questions should email Fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org

The Council on Environmental Quality, 2018 Spring Legal Clerkship

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the spring 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.

Job Requirements 

Requirements: CEQ seeks second and third year law students and recent law school graduates who are highly motivated, willing to contribute where needed, and able to exercise professional judgment and maturity. In addition, applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Application

Prepare the materials in the checklist below and combine them into a single PDF file addressed to the CEQ Attorney Advisor, Howard Sun. Name the PDF file following our convention: Last Name, First Name – 2018 Spring Clerkship Application Date Submitted; e.g., “Smith, Jane – 2018 Spring Clerkship Application 11-01-17.” Email the PDF file to internships@ceq.eop.gov, indicating in the email subject line that you are applying for a Spring Law Clerkship; e.g., “Spring 2018 Law Clerkship Application.”

CEQ will contact selected applicants to interview. Should you need to hear from CEQ sooner, please advise us of this fact by emailing internships@ceq.eop.gov or calling the CEQ mainline at (202) 395-5750 and asking for Howard Sun.

Document Requirements

  1. Application form (see below)
  2. Cover letter (see instructions below)
  3. Resume (1 page maximum)
  4. References (see instructions below)
  5. Law school transcript (most recent; an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  6. Writing sample (3-5 pages maximum)
  7. The application form can be downloaded here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/ceq/ceq_LEGAL_clerkship_application_new.pdf

Due October 27: UW Student Legal Services

Application Deadline: 10/27/2017

This is your chance to receive hands on training working on real-world cases.

Student Legal Services has two openings for Rule 9 eligible third-year law students for positions starting immediately through the end of the school year. Rule 9 Legal Interns advise and represent UW students in a wide range of legal issues including landlord/tenant, estate planning, debt collection, family law, immigration, contracts, and other issues. Legal Interns are expected to work 10 to 12 hours per week, but the hours are flexible.

As a Rule 9, you will manage your own case load and collaborate with other interns and the Director/Staff Attorney and your cases.

Apply via Symplicity Job Requisition #15434

Due November 10:  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Bilingual Staff Attorney Position in Wenatchee, WA

Application Deadline: 11/10/2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Bilingual Staff Attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington. Fluency in Spanish is required.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing victims of violent crimes in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas, T visas and other forms of relief); and 3). representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters as needed.

The attorney will also work closely with other staff members and community partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations to persons who may be eligible for immigration benefits

To apply and complete job description here.

Due November 22:  Brennan Center for Justice: Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program

Application Due: November 22, 2017

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Part think tank, part public interest law center, part cutting-edge communications hub, we are known for our rigorous research. We craft innovative policies and we fight for them — in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program works to advance effective national security policies that respect the rule of law and constitutional values. Our current program priorities include protecting against abuses of emergency powers and surveillance authorities, reining in excessive government secrecy, and countering Islamophobic policies and rhetoric.

Position: The Brennan Center seeks an attorney for its Liberty and National Security Program. The position is based in the Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. office and requires occasional travel to New York City and other locations. The position is funded for a two-year period; an extension of this period is possible but not guaranteed.

The attorney will focus primarily on the Program’s efforts to protect against the abuse of emergency powers and to ensure that domestic security activities are conducted in accordance with the rule of law.

Applications:  Applications are due by November 22, but earlier applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/njyOv7EqhF/Counsel-Liberty-And-National-Security-Program and upload the following application materials: cover letter, resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Counsel Position (Liberty and National Security)” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

National Employment Law Project 2018 Summer Legal Internships

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking law students for our 2018 summer legal internship program in New York City and Washington D.C.

The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. We collaborate with national, state and local allies–including worker centers, community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks–to create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

More information here.

Goldmark Internship, California DOJ Attorney General’s Honors Program, National Trans Bar Association Seeking Board Applicants

Goldmark Internship deadline extended to Monday, October 23, 2017Logo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees holds a competitive process each year to select a legal aid program in Washington State to host the Goldmark Intern during the following summer. The 2018 host program is the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) http://seattlecommlaw.org/projects/disabled-homeless-advocacy-project/ a program of the Seattle Community Law Center .   Internship applicants should review the position description and qualifications here.

Due October 20:  The National Trans Bar Association is Seeking Applicants to Serve on Our Board of Directors!

Application Due:  Friday, October 20, 2017

As a new and growing organization, Board members have an exciting opportunity to shape the direction of NTBA and direct its mission and programs moving forward. NTBA has been many years in the making and was recently founded with the following core mission:

  • Recruit, support and develop the skills of trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) legal professionals and law students;
  • Increase access to affordable, legally and culturally competent legal services for TGNC communities;
  • Work in partnership with existing organizations to foster bold, inclusive, and creative legal strategies to expand formal legal protections for TGNC people and meaningfully address issues of equity; and
  • Elevate intersectional work and cross movement collaborations

More info and apply here.

Due October 23: California Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program

Application Due:  Monday, October 23, 2017. 

***ATTENTION THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS AND RECENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES***DOJ & OAG Seal for California

The Office of the Attorney General is now accepting applications for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to launch your legal career with the State of California’s top law agency!

Apply here.

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

By Timothy Williams, The New York Times.

“One homeless man has been arrested or cited 270 times on the same charge, trespassing. He has never been represented by a lawyer.”  In a profile focused on South Carolina, the New York Times called attention to how defendants facing misdemeanor charges often go without court-appointed representation. The ACLU is challenging the practice in South Carolina, and also in Florida.

Read full articles in the links above.