New Summer Funding Resource plus Job & Internship Opportunities

New Summer Funding Sources Resource available in SCS Online!

Are you seeking funding sources for an unpaid public service position this summer? SCS’s new Summer Funding Sources Chart will help alert you to opportunities, and keep track of upcoming application deadlines and submission requirements.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) seeks Deputy Director for Legal Services for Western Office

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the leading national organization working to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region.

KIND seeks a Deputy Director for Legal Services for its Western Office. The Deputy Director directly supervises the Managing Attorneys for KIND’s four Western field offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Fresno, and Houston. Together with the other deputies, this position works to ensure excellent and consistent legal services operations nationwide and plays a critical role in KIND’s mission of ensuring that unaccompanied children have high quality legal representation in their immigration proceedings. This is a full-time position based in any of the following: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Houston, and may include a telecommuting component.

For additional details and to apply please visit here. Position will be open until filled.

Term Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Theresa L. Fricke (Tacoma, WA)

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington seeks qualified candidates for the position of Term Law Clerk for United States Magistrate Theresa L. Fricke. The Term Law Clerk will be appointed for a two-year term and will begin in March 2019. There is a possibility that the position could be extended for a duration of up to four years.

Qualifications: Candidate must be a law school graduate from an accredited law school by the position start date. The ideal candidate will be a well-organized, accurate, and efficient researcher and writer. The ideal candidate will have experience in civil litigation or federal court experience.

Full position and application details available in Oscar or PSJD (law students are eligible to set up free accounts in either database).

Staff Attorney opening at Home Base (San Francisco, CA)

HomeBase seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to join its San Francisco-based team of highly experienced public policy lawyers, policy analysts, and management professionals. HomeBase is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the social problem of homelessness. Its mission is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence, and decrease its effect on communities. HomeBase works at the state and national level to support communities in implementing responses to homelessness while fostering collaboration in addressing the political and economic causes of homelessness.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Legal Internship with the LGBT Bar

The national LGBT Bar is currently accepting applications for 2019 summer legal interns. As a legal intern you’ll be tasked with assisting with legal research and policy work, and with program development for LGBTQ+ and ally law students and attorneys. You’ll experience the nonprofit world while interacting with pro bono counsel at Am Law 100 firms and attorneys with years of experience in the LGBTQ+ advocacy realm. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference on the issues you care about.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to info@lgbtbar.org. Please include “Summer 2019 Legal Internship” in the subject.

Community Action of Skagit County seeks Part-Time Staff Attorney (Mt. Vernon, WA)

Community Action of Skagit County is a community-based organization working to move local families and Skagit County communities from poverty to prosperity.

Community Action of Skagit County seeks a part-time Staff Attorney to work under direction of the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program Manager. The Staff Attorney will manage and expand the mentoring program; recruit volunteer attorneys to participate in the mentoring program as well as other volunteer lawyer program activities; coordinate and supervise remote legal clinics as designated (specifically, the Will Clinics and the clinic in Concrete); and perform administrative functions in support of the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program.

For additional details and to apply please visit here.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Jobs! LGBT Bar, Rainier Valley Corps, Navy/JAG, Labor Law & More…

LGBT Bar Summer 2019 Legal Internship

If you are passionate about LGBTQ+equality and dedicated to justice, the LGBT Bar’s summer internships may be the perfect fit for you. As a legal intern you’ll be tasked with assisting with legal research and policy work and with program development for LGBTQ+ and ally law students and attorneys. You’ll experience the nonprofit world while interacting with pro bono counsel at Am Law 100 firms and attorneys with years of experience in the LGBTQ+ advocacy realm. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference on the issues you care about.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to: info@lgbtbar.org. Please include “Summer 2019 Legal Internship” in the subject. Internship includes a $1,000 stipend.

Rainier Valley Corps Community Impact Fellowship Program

Rainier Valley Corps (RVC)’s Community Impact Fellowship Program places talented leaders of color in a two-year full-time position at local grassroots organizations led by communities of color.

Our Fellows bring the experience, passion, and talent — we pay a livable wage, benefits, and provide ongoing professional development training.

For additional information and to apply, please visit here. Priority application deadline is February, 29, 2019. 

Navy/JAG Summer Internship (Paid position in Washington, DC)

Opportunity available to serve as a legal student trainee with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). Duties may include:

  • Assisting in the preparation of criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations and interviewing witnesses.
  • Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Sailors, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law.
  • Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, operational and cyber law, international law, and environmental law.

Additional details and application instructions available here. Application deadline is March 6, 2019.

Mary Ellen Krug Labor and Employment Law Scholarship for 3L’s ($8,000 Award)

The Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship honors the memory of one of UW Law’s most outstanding graduates. Ms. Krug’s character and success are indicated by her selection in 1984 as a Distinguished Alumna of the School of Law, her election as chair of the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association and the inclusion of her name in her firm’s title: Schweppe, Krug and Tausend. The award will be made to the student or students who have a demonstrated excellence in the fields of labor and employment law through their academic studies as well as labor/employment related activities outside of the classroom. Past award recipients have also indicated plans to practice in this area.

To apply: Please submit: (1) A cover letter explaining your qualifications (up to 4 pages long); (2) a current resume; (3) an unofficial transcript; and (4) two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members). All application materials (including the letters of recommendation) must be submitted to via email to: gatespsl@uw.edu no later than March 31, 2019.

Goodwin 1L Public Interest Diversity Fellowships ($10,000 Award)

Goodwin Fellowship ImageThe Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Application deadline extended to March 4, 2019! 

Gonzaga University School of Law seeks Inaugural Fellow for Center for Law, Commerce, and Ethics

Gonzaga School of Law is seeking to hire an inaugural Fellow for its newly renamed Center for Law, Commerce, and Ethics, formerly known as the Commercial Law Center.  The position is a 9-month, terminal visiting position beginning August 20, 2019 and ending May 8, 2020. Minimum Qualifications:  Juris Doctor degree from a ABA-accredited law school; excellent academic record; and superior recommendations.

To apply or view the complete position description, please visit here. Priority application deadline is March 10, 2019.

Housing Advocacy Day, LBAW Annual Gala, Mentorship Opportunities & More!

Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day

When & Where: February 28th, United Churches of Olympic & Capitol Campus

Join Washington Low Income Housing Alliance for a day of action to support healthy and affordable housing for all Washington residents. Details and registration information available here.

Latino Bar Association of Washington Annual Gala

Where & When: March 1, 2019 at the Grant Hyatt, Seattle

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) is proud to announce its 2019 annual gala. For decades, LBAW has advocated for the well being of the Latino people of Washington State by bridging the divide between the legal profession and the community. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate another year of LBAW’s contributions to the legal community. Tickets available here.

SABAW & MELAW Mentorship Event

SABAW LogoWhen & Where: March 7, 6-8pm at Foster Pepper PLLC (111 3rd Ave, Suite 3000, Seattle)

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) aims to pair law students and young lawyers with mentor attorneys. Participant pairs will create their own agreement regarding discussion topics, meetings, and follow-up. The formal program will last through 2019, but we hope the relationships will continue beyond. For mentors and mentees alike, this is a fantastic opportunity to support one another, learn from one another, and meet the movers and shakers of our profession. Our networks tend to be South Asian and Middle Eastern lawyers, but participants from any and all backgrounds are most welcome to join us! To learn more or express interest in participating please email: scholarships@sabaw.org.

Community Speaks: Help shape the future of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (various dates, locations)

Seattle Office for Civil RightsThe Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting a series of “Community Speaks” events in effort to work together in rebuilding the office so that it is accountable to you and your community. We are here to learn what role you wish we could play in your community, how we can build an accountable relationship with your community, and what your community’s biggest barriers are where we can provide support. This information will be included in a larger report to City Council to determine what changes need to occur to the Office for Civil Rights. City Council will consider the recommendations from this report and make any necessary changes to the department.

For additional information about session dates and locations please visit here.

Summer & Postgrad Jobs: SCLC, NWIRP, Public Advocates, KIND, and More!

Seattle Community Law Center seeks Interns/Externs

SCLCSCLC’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the public benefits necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. SCLC seeks law student interns for for summer internships or school-year externships. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and directly represent of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Interns will engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

To apply please send an email with attached resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in SCLC, a program preference if any, and the amount of time you are able to commit per week (10 hours/week minimum). Materials can be sent to Executive Director, Alex Doolittle at alex@seattlecommlaw.org.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks Spring/Summer Interns (various locations)

NWIRP LogoThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is soliciting applications for spring and summer internship positions in all four offices. One internship in each of the Granger and Wenatchee offices are eligible for a $6,000 stipend (before tax). Internships in the Seattle and Tacoma offices are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with all summer interns to secure outside funding or academic credit if needed.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Application deadline (for summer positions) is March 1, 2019.

Summer Policy Advocacy Internships with Public Advocates, Inc. (San Francisco or Sacramento, CA)

Public Advocates seeks three policy interns for summer 2019 to join its Metropolitan Equity and Higher Education equity teams in its San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Interns play a crucial role in PA’s policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, PA is committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of its interns.

For additional information and application instructions please visit here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. $2,000 living allowance provided.

Attorney Opening: Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel

The Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel (Office of the Public Defender) seeks to fill an attorney position. The incumbent is responsible for providing professional legal indigent defense for clients in the District Court or Juvenile Court.

For further information and to apply visit here. Application deadline is February 27, 2019.

Kids in Need of Defense seeks Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney (Los Angeles, CA)

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Los Angeles, CA to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in California family, probate and/or guardianship proceedings. This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in the greater Los Angeles area in immigration proceedings and will represent them in obtaining legal remedies such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T visa, and/or U visas.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Position open until filled.

Staff Attorney opening at Merit Disability (Yakima, WA)

Merit Disability works to help individuals who suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities obtain necessary Social Security Disability Benefits when they need it the most. Based in Yakima, WA, they serve clients throughout the entire state of Washington. Merit Disability is looking for an additional attorney to join its growing practice. If interested, you should have a strong commitment to disability rights and desire to advocate for claimants in their goal to obtain Social Security Disability and/or SSI Benefits. Merit Disability strives to be client-centered with a team of people who fight to make a difference.

Job responsibilities will include preparing the client though pre-hearing interviews and other case preparation for hearing, arguing Social Security Disability Claims in front of Administrative Law Judges, completing post hearing summaries, prepare post-hearing briefs, letter requests for On the Record (OTR) decision, dire need letters, responses to Consultative Examination (CE) reports and other written submissions required by SSA.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Tim Anderson at tim@meritdisability.com. Juris Doctorate Degree and accreditation with any State Bar required (preferably WA; applicant can apply even though they are awaiting bar exam results.). Travel required with the possibility to work at home at times. Salary compensation depending on experience. Benefits package is included. Position available immediately.

Upcoming Events: SJT on Mass Migration, PSL Community Dinner, Cocktails for a Cause, and More!

Social Justice Tuesday: Mass Migration – Current Events Through a Historical Lens

When & Where: February 19, 2019, 12:30-1:20 in Room 127
Hosted by the Center for Human Rights & Justice

Join us as we peek behind the headlines and look at the root causes of mass migration. Professor Dongsheng Zang (Director, Graduate Program in Global Business Law) will lead a discussion on how topics such as foreign intervention, climate change, and trade drive migration. Professor Zang will answer questions following the presentation. Lunch from Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria will be provided! Please RSVP through SCS online.

Public Service Law Community Dinner: The Climate of Immigration & How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

immigrationWhen & Where: Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-7:00 pm in Gates Hall Room 138

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Tuesday, February 19th.

Minority and Justice Commission Poverty Simulation – Volunteers Needed!

The Minority and Justice Commission will be facilitating a Poverty Simulation at the Superior Court Clerks’ Spring Conference on Monday, March 18th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The Poverty Simulation is meant to take participants through two weeks in the life of an individual living in poverty, which helps them build a better understanding and empathy for people who are experiencing poverty.

The Commission seeks multiple volunteers to play the roles of institutions, community services, and various other entities that make up our society. The conference will take place at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA, and the Commission is able to provide lunch and travel reimbursement to volunteers. To volunteer please email Chanel Rhymes at: Chanel.Rhymes@courts.wa.gov.

Legal Voice: Cocktails for A Cause

Legal Voice LogoWhen: Thursday, March 4, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1400 6th Ave.

What does the future look like to you? Exciting? Terrifying? Promising? Unsure? There’s a lot at stake, but how often do we really talk about the future we envision? Let’s get together, celebrate our victories, lament the uncertainty, and build a future we can believe in at Cocktails for a Cause! For tickets click here.

Youth Eastside Services (YES): Invest in Youth Breakfast

When: March 20, 2019, 7:30-8:45 am
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Join Youth Eastside Services for their annual breakfast benefit for youth, children, and families. You’ll have the chance to hear from keynote speaker Nic Sheff, whose heartbreaking struggle with substance use disorder is the story behind the recent major motion picture Beautiful Boy — a story many of our young clients can relate to. For tickets please visit here.

Jobs & Internships: DPD, Our Children’s Trust, Earthjustice, NARAL, and more!

King County Department of Public Defense – Application deadline 2/14/19

King County DPD is looking to fill up to two term-limited temporary Public Defense Attorney positions, with anticipated placement in the family defense practice area. This position is anticipated to be six months in length and will initially be assigned to work in any of the following Seattle and/or Kent work locations:  Dexter Horton Building, 710 Second Avenue, Seattle; Jefferson Street Building, 1401 East Jefferson, Seattle or Meeker Street Building, 420 West Harrison Street, Kent.

For more information and to apply visit here.

Spring Blossom Scholarship – Application deadline 2/20/19

ABAW LogoThe Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce a new $5,000.00 summer fellowship to work with a public interest organization to advance the legal rights of women and/or immigrants. Both full-time and part-time JD students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Please visit here for application information and details.

Summer Internship with Our Children’s Trust (Eugene, OR)

Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a nonprofit organization seeking law students who are interested in using the law to fight climate change and playing an integral part in what is being called the “trial of the century.” Our Children’s Trust works to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations through its coordination of a global legal campaign. For additional information and application details visit here.

Earthjustice Postgraduate Legal Fellowship, Fall 2019 (Various locations)

EarthJustice LogoEarthjustice is now accepting applications for candidates interested in seeking postgraduate legal fellowship funded through a law school or other sources to join their office in the fall of 2019.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, taking on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  In the United States and around the world, Earth Justice wields 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.

For complete job description and to apply visit here. Interested applicants should submit their application by February 21, 2019.

NARAL Summer Legal Fellowship (Washington, DC)

As the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including access to abortion.

NARAL seeks summer legal interns to assist with legal and policy research, conduct legal analysis, assist with other projects and tasks as assigned, and provide administrative support to the Government Relations Department.

For complete job description and to apply visit here.

Florida Legal Aid – Volunteer Summer Internships

The two Greater Fort Lauderdale area Legal Aid offices, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, are accepting applications for volunteer internships for Summer 2019. The mission of these programs is to provide high-quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County. Service areas include, but are not limited to, housing, children’s, consumer, immigration, public benefits, family, tax, senior citizens, domestic violence, homeless, veterans law, and special projects, including major litigation and education/employment.

To apply for either or both offices please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org. Please describe in the cover letter your particular interest in public interest law and any preferences for program placement. Application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

Upcoming Events & Awards: Immigration Law, Equal Justice Lobby Day, Trauma Stewardship, and More!

ACS: David Carliner Public Interest Award

ACSThe American Constitution Society David Carliner Award recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers. The winner of the award receives a $10,000 a cash prize, plus travel (transportation and lodging) to the ACS National Convention in Washington, DC to accept the Award in person. The recipient’s organization also receives a $2,500 award. Any public interest attorney who graduated between May 2007 and May 2012 and earns an annual salary of $110,000 or less is eligible to apply or be nominated.

For more information visit here. Application deadline is March 17, 2019.

Social Justice Tuesday: Collateral Consequences, from Immigration Representation to Criminal Defense

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:30-1:20 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 127
Hosted by the Minority Law Students Association

Sara Sluszka from the Washington Defender Association will share her thoughts on collateral consequences of immigration and criminal proceedings. She currently advises criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences for clients accused of crimes. Previously, she worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma representing people in immigration proceedings and advising them of collateral consequences.

Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times, with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship Institute

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 138

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling mix of personal insight, cutting-edge research and personal stories to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain the skills needed to reconcile it.

Gates PSL Dinner: The Climate of Immigration and How Lawyers can Advance Immigrants’ Rights

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: William H. Gates Hall Room 115

Please join the Gates Public Service Law Program for a conversation and discussion about the current state of immigration law, hot topics in the field, and what can be done by lawyers and advocates to protect immigrants’ rights. We will be joined by Bruna Estrada Fortanelli from NWIRP and Melody Young from KIND.

Space is limited. RSVP via SCS online by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Equal Justice Lobby Day: Thursday, February 21 in Olympia, WA

Sign up for Equal Justice Lobby Day in Olympia on Thursday, February 21! The Equal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan group of stakeholders that educates policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid, will host dozens of supporters for a day of grassroots training and meetings with legislators. This year is especially important as the Legislature considers its biennial budget that could fund 40 new legal aid attorneys around the state and stabilize service capacity at pro bono programs. Whether you are pursuing a career in public interest, or support those who are, help make Justice for All a reality, and ensure the Legislature honors its commitment to legal aid by lending your voice. Register for Equal Justice Lobby Day here

WSBA Community Networking Event – Bellevue

WSBA LogoWhen: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5-9pm
Where: Tutta Bella Bellevue Location (15600 NE 8th Street, Suite J1)

The Washington State Bar Association and Washington State Bar Foundation invite you to a community networking event in Bellevue. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the legal profession. This event is hosted in partnership with the Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Korean Bar Association of Washington, South Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Loren Miller Bar Association, QLAW, Washington Attorney’s with Disabilities Association, Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers.

To attend please RSVP here by February, 15th.

Seattle Community Law Center Spring Into Action!

SCLCWhen: March 14, 2019 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Join SCLC for a fun-filled evening to support legal advocacy for people with disabilities who are homeless or low-income and to celebrate their right to economic stability.

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased here

Save the Date: API Chaya Gala – April 20, 2019

API Chaya LogoYou’re invited to API Chaya’s 2019 Gala! We are celebrating growth and transformation for our clients and community, and welcoming keynote speaker Sujatha Baliga.

For further information and tickets visit here.