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.

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.

Echoing Green and Soros Justice Fellowships, Northwest Justice Project joins OPEIU 8, and October On Campus Interviews

Due October 24: 2018 Echoing Green Fellowship 3L Application Dates

“The search for the next class of Echoing Green Fellows will officially begin when the application opens on September 26. To support our 2018 applicants, we will be sharing a series of tips, resources, and opportunities over the next couple of months.

The application timeline:
• Application Opens: September 26, 2017
• Application Closes: October 24, 2017
• Second Round Application Opens: January 2018
• Finalists Interviews in New York: April 2018
• 2018 Fellows Announced: June 2018

To learn about eligibility requirements, Fellowship selection criteria, and to review frequently asked questions, please visit echoinggreen.org/apply. ”

Due December 7:  Soros Justice Fellowships.

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

More information here.

NW Justice Project staff joins together with OPEIU 8

“Northwest Justice Project (NJP) employees voted by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a mail ballot election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 163 case attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, receptionists, screeners and other employees join with thousands of OPEIU Local 8 members in social service and healthcare organizations to improve standards for all non-profit workers.

“Choosing this work and serving our clients have always given me a sense of kinship with my co-workers but never more so than now,” said Abby Goldy, attorney at NJP in Seattle. “Knowing that there was an overwhelming favorable response to the formation of our union has re-energized me for our work. With a union, I am confident we can work together towards a better organization and I look forward to our next steps.”

Northwest Justice Project is Washington’s statewide publicly funded legal aid program that provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people. These workers help keep families in their homes, advocate for children and adults with disabilities, ensure people get access to medical care, and much more. Each year, their services reach nearly 30,000 people around Washington state.”

More information here.

Due September 4 at noon:  OCTOBER OCI: Thinking about your next move professionally?

Application Deadline:  Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon.

If you haven’t submitted applications to the October OCI employers now is the time to do so. We had two new employers join the session at the end of last week so we have extended the application deadline to Monday, September 4 at noon to give all students a chance to apply for these new additions. You can view all of the October OCI postings, see the application materials requested, and apply for the positions in the OCI portal in Symplicity. The OCI application instructions are attached and can also be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.

Here is the current list of October OCI employers taking part in OCI Session 2 (October 5 & 6):

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth PS (Seattle, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Senate Committee Services (Olympia, Washington) – interviewing 2Ls
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Worldwide) – interviewing 3Ls
U.S. Army JAG Corps (Worldwide) – interviewing 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs

Friday, October 6, 2017

Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (Portland, OR) – interviewing 2Ls
*Lukins & Annis, P.S. (Spokane, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL) – interviewing 2Ls
*If you applied to Likins & Annis through the last OCI session, you should not need to resubmit applications again. Applications submitted before the July 18th deadline from Session 1 were moved to Session 2 at the request of the employer.  You can review your submission and make adjustments to it in the OCI portal under Session 2.

Here are the rest of the important dates you will need to know about for participating in this round of OCI.

OCI Interview Invitation (Preselect) Visible: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
OCI Interview Time Request Window: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM- Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM
OCI Revised Interview Schedule Visible: Monday, September 25, 2017 at noon
If other employers wish to interview on campus in October, we will create a new session for them and share that information with you via email to make you aware of the application deadlines and interview dates related to that employer’s visit. If you have questions about this, email lawpath@uw.edu.

Jobs! Fellowships! Clerkships! WA AGO’s; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; EarthJustice; Federal Defenders, and more!

Due August 14: Patent Experience Externship Program, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Application Deadline:  Monday, August 14, 2017

The USPTO is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). PEEP offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science, and law.  The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks and providing inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It’s an effort that contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century.

If you are considering asking for academic credit, please email a copy of your application material to extern@uw.edu.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 14: Assistant Attorney General (Section Chief): Torts Division in Olympia/Tumwater

Application Deadline:  Monday, August 14, 2017

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Torts Division has an immediate need to fill a managing attorney position, that is, the Section Chief of the Early Resolution Program (ERP) and Investigations Section in Tumwater, Washington.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: Assistant Attorney General: Torts Division

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, August 15, 2017

There is an opportunity to join the Washington State Attorney General Office’s Torts Division in Tumwater as an Assistant Attorney General and thereby doing work that makes a true difference to the people of Washington. The Torts Division’s Transportation team represents the Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, Department of Licensing, Department of Health, General Administration, and the Attorney General’s Office. Attorneys on this team regularly defend the state in cases including highway design and maintenance, excessive force, and civil rights.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 11: Garvey Schubert Barer Diversity Fellowship

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Application Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017

The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship will be offered to students who will be in their second year of law school during the 2017-2018 school year. The Diversity Fellow will receive a paid 10-week summer associate position in our Seattle office between their second and third year of law school. After successful completion of the summer associate position and upon acceptance by the Diversity Fellow of an offered attorney position with the firm, the Diversity Fellow will receive an additional $15,000 ($7,500 payable at the start of the first semester of the third year, and another $7,500 payable at the start of the second semester of the third year) upon showing of continued outstanding academic performance.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: EarthJustice Law ClerkEarthJustice Logo

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 15: Federal Defenders Of Eastern Washington And Idaho Fellowship Attorney

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is now accepting applications for a Fellowship Attorney position(s) in Spokane, Washington. This is a position for Fiscal Year 2018, with the possibility of an extension for Fiscal Year 2019. The primary practice areas will be before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This organization litigates cases in four locations: Richland, Yakima, and Spokane, WA (all in the Eastern District of Washington); and Coeur d’Alene, ID (District of Idaho).

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 10: Air Force JAG Corps

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Application Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Air Force Jag Corps selects applicants based on the “whole person” concept. Selection factors include: academic performance; work experience; leadership traits; extracurricular activities;  personal integrity; demonstrated elements of core values; awards and honors; adaptability and flexibility; motivational statement; and military records (if applicable).

Learn more and apply here.

Due November 1: Alaska Court System First Judicial District Clerkship Alaska State Seal

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Adventure and opportunity await the few clerks chosen for the 2018-19 year. Summer and winter activities-including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, power boating, fishing, skiing and hiking – abound and law clerks will find that working and living in Southeast Alaska will be a rich and rewarding experience.

Applications are now being accepted from 3L students from August 1, 2017 until November 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

JOBS: Columbia Law Human Rights Legal Fellow; NJP Part-time Attorney; ACLU fellowships and more

Due July 29: The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute 2017-2018 Legal Fellow

Application deadline: Thursday, July 29, 2017Columbia Law School Logo

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites candidates for the position of Legal Fellow for the Institute’s human rights in the US work. This position will run from September 2017-May 2018, with the possibility of renewal.

The Legal Fellow will play an integral role in strengthening awareness and implementation of international human rights norms in the United States, with a particular focus on advancing racial and gender justice, equality, and accountability.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 4: Northwest Justice Project Part-time Staff Attorney Kent/Renton

Application deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017NJP Logo

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and protect human dignity through provision of civil legal services to Washington’s low-income populations. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our King County office on the Family Advocacy Center (FAC) project, a partnership with the Center for Children & Youth Justice, to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care. FAC’s offices are located at the YWCA South King County Regional Center in Renton.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 15: ACLU of Washington Public Interest Fellowships

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017ACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from graduating third-year low students and recent law graduates to work with us under a public interest legal fellowship. As an integral part of ACLU-WA, the fellow will work closely with attorneys in the Legal Department and/or the Policy Advocacy Group to gain practical experience through defending and expanding civil liberties and constitutional rights. The position will provide recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our cutting edge legal work, gaining practical hands-on experience in a supportive and mentoring environment.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 18: 2018-2020 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, American Bar Association/Section of Taxation

Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in applying for a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow for the 2018-2020 Fellowship term with Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) located in both Broward and Collier County, Florida.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

Learn more and apply here and here

Rolling Deadline: The Center for Reproductive Rights

ART Human Rights Policy Counsel, USPA Center: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Learn more and apply here

Due October 18:  U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Interns-Immigration Court Seattle Application Deadline: October 18, 2017

The Seattle Immigration Court has openings for Winter 2018 volunteer legal interns.

Projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket but will include:

• Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;

• Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and

• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Eligibility & Qualifications:

Students who are entering their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in current student status. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required.

All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship.

Application Instructions:

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Please submit all direct inquires and application materials to Anna Cleveland via email at Anna.Cleveland@usdoj.gov.

 

WA Supreme Court on domestic violence, 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship, Legal Checkup for Veterans.

Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence – parents can petition for Protection OrdersNJP Logo

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families. For complete article click here.  

Due July 17: National Juvenile Defender Center: 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship

Application Due:  Monday, July 17, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2016 or 2017) are invited to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C. starting in September 2017.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to children many of the same due process protections afforded to adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. Learn more and apply here.

New online tool helps veterans identify legal issues and take action to resolve them 

The American Bar Association, ARAG® legal insurance and CuroLegal announced the launch of a new online tool, Legal Checkup for Veterans. The free web-based application helps veterans identify legal needs in their lives – and provides them with straightforward suggestions and resources to help resolve their legal issues.

The online tool is part of a signature initiative by ABA President Linda Klein to improve legal services for veterans, and will complement other resources being developed by the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission .

“Legal Checkup for Veterans is a much-needed tool that offers a necessary first step in solving this important group’s access to justice issues,” Klein said. “It provides veterans with free and fast help in identifying their legal needs and clear paths to resolution.” Further information here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NJP, ACLU, and OCI

Due July 1: Bilingual Staff Attorney – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Seattle, WA

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2017, or until filled.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, WA.

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.

Apply and learn more here.

Due July 10: Northwest Justice Project – Staff Attorney & Senior Attorney, Yakima, WA;  Senior Attorney, Pasco, WA.

Application Deadline:  July 10, 2017. 

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NJP pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Yakima office. NJP’s Yakima office serves Yakima and Kittitas counties. This is a full-time position.  Application deadline is July 10, 2017.

Apply and learn more here.

NJP is seeking qualified candidates willing to serve as Senior Attorney for is six-county Southeast Washington regional services office located in Pasco.  Application deadline is open until filled.

Apply and learn more here.

NJP is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Senior Attorney for its central Washington regional service office located in Yakima. NJP’s Yakima office serves Yakima and Kittitas counties.  Application deadline is open until filled.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline:  ACLU of Washington – Seattle, WA:  Staff Attorney & Senior Attorney

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.

ACLU of WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an attorney with five or more years of litigation experience to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians.

Apply and learn more here .

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 30:  South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) Public Interest Law Student Scholarship

Application Deadline:  Friday, June 30, 2017

A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest law projector doing summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship. Applications must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to scholarships@sabaw.org by June 30, 2017.

Due July 18:  OCI: Thinking about your next move professionally?

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at noon.

OCI isn’t just for private sector employers there are a variety of public service opportunities as well. The following employers will be participating in OCI in August:

Earthjustice
Federal Trade Commission
King County Department of Public Defense
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Seattle City Attorney
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Social Security Administration
Washington State Attorney General’s Office

Want to make sure that your application materials are ready to go? Before submitting your final resume on Symplicity, ask your coach or another member of the Student and Career Services to review it.  Resumes may be submitted in hard copy to Suite 346 or via email to your coach or lawpath@uw.edu.  Please submit your resume and other application materials for review as soon as possible.  After July 7 we will do our best but cannot guarantee a complete review of your materials.  All OCI application materials must be submitted through Symplicity by Tuesday, July 18 at noon.

Now is a great time to start thinking about references.  As you compile your list, check with each reference to confirm their preferred email address and phone number.

Finally, if you wish to participate in the Fall Recruiting Program through either OCI or Resume Collections, you must complete the 2017 Fall Recruiting Participation Agreement, by noon on Tuesday, July 18.  The agreement requires that you read, understand, and agree to comply with the following three documents:

Please contact lawpath@uw.edu with any questions – we are here to help!