International human rights organizations looking for interns and post-grads

Rolling deadline: Prof. Mastroianni looking for student research assistant

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Professor Anna Mastroianni is seeking a student to provide an average of 5-7 hours per week (variable during the quarter based on workload and availability) in project management support for two academic book projects (12 chapters on justice and research;  70 multi-authored chapters on ethics and public health) during the upcoming year. Project management tasks to include: chapter tracking and database management; coordination of conference calls (agendas, minutes); corresponding and requesting updates from authors and section editors; and reference formatting. The successful candidate will possess the following skills at the outstanding or excellent levels: project management, excellent email etiquette, database management (e.g., GoogleSheets, Excel, Asana, Zotero),  proofreading and overall attention to detail. Interested?

Application process: Please send an email expression of interest, highlighting your relevant experience, if any, and your resume to Professor Anna Mastroianni, amastroi@uw.edu.  Work study applicants encouraged.

Rolling deadline, paid: Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 7th for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Read more here.

Application Process: Read about the process here.

Rolling deadline: IRAP, UNHCR hiring for Middle East Deployment Program

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The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP, in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is excited to announce our 2017 Middle East Deployment Program. We are seeking several highly committed individuals to dive into the intense world of frontline work with refugee recognition, protection, and resettlement. Our goal is to increase UNHCR’s capacity to prepare resettlement applications for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees so that they can emigrate to the U.S., Canada, Europe, and other countries. Positions will be based in Jordan, and possibly other locations in the MENA region. This is a great opportunity for individuals with experience in the areas of refugee, asylum, human rights, and/or international humanitarian issues looking to make a difference in the lives of those most at-risk, and be involved in the response to the most urgent refugee crisis since WWII. Start date: January 1, 2017. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 2-3 pages) to hr@refugeerights.org. Please note “2017 Deployment Program” in the email title. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Start date: January 1, 2017

Rolling deadline: Intern at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights

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This continental court was established in 1998 by African countries to ensure protection of human and people’s rights. The protocol came into force in 2004 and to date 27 states have ratified the protocol. The court is composed of eleven judges and has its seat in Arusha. Volunteers and interns can gain practical working experience and develop skills in areas of relevance to their careers. They have to be registered in or have graduated from a recognized academic institution. Read more here.

Application process: Apply online http://www.projectsoverland.org or send an email info@projectsoverland.org

Rolling deadline: Summer internships, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law in NY and DC

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and DC offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

Application process: Click here to apply to the New York office, and here to apply to the D.C. office.

Rolling deadline, paid: ACLU hiring interns for multiple offices

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ACLU is hiring interns for their Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, Racial Justice Program, and Criminal Law Reform Project, and more.

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Application process: Each office has a slightly different process. Apply online to each office by clicking the links above.

Rolling deadline: Judge John Chun, King County Superior Court, accepting winter externship applications

Judge John H. ChunApplication deadline: Open until filled

Judge John H. Chun is now accepting applications for winter externships in his chambers.

Application Process: Read more and apply here.

Attention Law Students! Paid Legal Internship with the Steiger Fellowship Project!

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Paid Position, Due 1/6

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

The Legal Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks a highly motivated law student with strong academic and professional qualifications to join our 2016 Summer Internship Program. There is a strong preference for first year law students to apply for this internship. “Guidance, Solutions, Integrity” describes the Legal Team’s approach to providing
comprehensive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation’s strategies.
The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops
and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation’s investment making
practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks
and safeguard the foundation’s reputation.

For more information, click here.

Interested in a Volunteer Internship or Clerkship with US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington?

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington prides itself on its law clerk program. We select a highly qualified and diverse group of students for our extern and summer clerk positions, entrust our law clerks with substantial responsibilities, and rely on them as active participants, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, in pursuing significant federal cases. The work is challenging, exciting, and fun. Our students enhance their legal education while at the same time making important contributions to the society in which we all live.

Our law clerk program has two distinct components:

  1. The Summer Law Clerk Program– Application for Summer 2016 is due no later than January 5, 2016.
  2. The Externship Program, (positions available through the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, during the academic year, for academic credits).

Although students in each program have many of the same experiences and opportunities within the office, there are differences in the structure and in the application process for the two programs. The links above provide further details about the respective programs.

APPOINTMENT IS SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING CREDIT, ARREST, REFERENCE, AND DRUG USE INQUIRIES.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED.

The Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

To learn more, please click here.

Ecology Division in Olympia Seeking Assistant Attorney General, Due 1/8

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The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, serving more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.

The Ecology Division of the Attorney General’s Office seeks an experienced attorney with an interest in environmental law. Our Division is located in Olympia and consists of 37 attorneys and professional staff. We value teamwork, diversity, flexibility, and collegiality.

This position is part of a nine-member attorney team providing primarily advice to the Department of Ecology’s Waste Programs. The areas of practice will involve understanding and applying a broad range of state and federal environmental statutes, including the state Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and state law implementing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

For more information, click here.

The Constitution Project Seeks Criminal Justice Staff Attorney, Due 1/10

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The Constitution Project (TCP), a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks a Staff Attorney to work on a criminal justice research and writing project. The position is for one year.

The Staff Attorney will work with TCP staff, outside experts and practitioners, and former policymakers to conduct extensive research and analysis of specific death penalty-related laws and processes, as well as critical components of the broader criminal justice system. On the basis of that research and analysis the Staff Attorney will draft sections of a comprehensive report about the administration of capital punishment.

The position is for one year, with a preferred start date of mid- to late-January 2016. The position presents the opportunity to work on critical criminal justice issues in a challenging, fast-paced environment, with high-profile members of the state and national legal communities.

For more information, click here.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/13

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The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice.

Emerson Hunger Fellows gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through field placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Fellows also explore the root causes of hunger and poverty in a peer learning community. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

For more information, click here.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project Now Accepting Applications, Paid Internship, Due 1/15

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

For more information, click here.

Peggy Browning Fund Seeks 2016 Summer Fellows, Due 1/15

Peggy Browning FundThe mission of the Peggy Browning Fund (PBF) is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers.  Since our first Summer Fellowship Program in 1998, the prestige of a Peggy Browning Fellowship has become widely recognized.

Students have been consistently enthusiastic about the invaluable experience they gained.  Many law firms, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations serving workers  have reported that, because of our reputation and their experience with our Fellows, they consider a Peggy Browning Fellowship as an especially important credential.

During 2016, we expect to offer approximately 70 funded ten-week Summer Fellowships.    In addition, we will once again offer a funded part-time School-Year Fellowship (at the Chicago Newspaper Guild).

For more information, click here.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 1/19

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education.

The summer program is ten weeks, from June 6 through August 12, 2016.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.

For more information, click here.

Call for Writing Submissions! 2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition

National Lawyers Guild  Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition

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By: National Lawyers Guild

Following the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Law for the People Convention in October, NLG membership adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons. The U.S. currently holds the world’s largest prison population at a cost of $80 billion per year, and spends six times more on prisons than education. “Calling for the abolition of this profit-motivated system that is designed to maintain racial and economic inequality while relying on individualized punishment as a primary response to social problems falls directly within our mission of protecting human rights over property interests,” said Sharlyn Grace, NLG Co-Executive Vice President.

Furthermore, the resolution identifies the damaging injustices perpetuated by the current prison system, including racism, classism, ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, labor abuse, marginalization of non-Christians, and criminalization of political dissent. Prisons legitimize capitalism and feed corporate wealth directly at the expense of poor communities, and especially urban communities of color.

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New! Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and About Women Human Rights Defenders

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By: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition | Logo credit: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

To mark International Women Human Rights Defender Day (29 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is introducing its new publication, “Gendering Documentation: A Manual For and About Women Human Rights Defenders”. The manual is now available for download.

Click here to access the manual.

Judge Rules Yakima-Area Hospitals Violated Charity Care Law and Breached Contracts with Indigent Patients

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By: Columbia Legal Services

Last week, a Yakima County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a class of indigent patients against the parent company of Yakima Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Toppenish Community Hospital. Judge Susan L. Hahn found that the hospitals had a practice of violating the Washington Charity Care Act by failing to screen patients for financial need before demanding payments from patients-many times in the form of up-front deposits as a condition of receiving care. She also found that this practice violated the hospital’s contract with its patients because it caused patients to pay money they did not owe under Washington law.

“All Hospitals have to provide their fair share of charity care, under Washington law,” said Eleanor Hamburger, of Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger and one of the attorneys for the class. “By making their obligation to provide charity care a well-kept secret, the hospitals required some patients to pay more than legally allowed for treatment, forced others to go without the medical care they needed, and foisted its responsibility for providing charity care on its closest competitor. Now the Court has concluded that this practice is illegal and a breach of contract.”

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2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition, Due March 4th

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The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law is now accepting writing submission for the 2016 Law Student Writing Competition.

Eligibility:  Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School who are members of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Topic:  Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements: Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the articles title, the students name, and the students contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award: Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forums Annual Conference, May 25-27, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (airfare and lodging included)*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on Fair Market Value (FMV) of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date:  All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 4, 2016.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief:
Laurie Hauber
Community Economic Development Program
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
4232 Forest Park Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63108
hauberyang@gmail.com

Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org , if you have any questions.

*Coach airfare, 21-day advance purchase and lodging at the conference hotel for 2 nights.

Attention 3Ls! Check Out the Fellowship Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Department Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services include the Family Law Mentor Program, the Self-Help Plus (SHP) Program, and the Kinship Care Solutions Project. These programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This intern/extern position will work with the Family Law Mentor program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions and parenting plan cases where children are at risk.

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced, cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities. Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, and IJ’s summer-long speaker series through which they will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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Approximately five student interns are sought to assist in conducting national research regarding the provision of indigent defense in the United States pursuant to Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, interns will conduct Westlaw, internet, and telephone research to determine how states and counties are meeting the mandate to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants. The internship will provide students with exposure to criminal justice systems, opportunities to interact with government attorneys nationwide, and experience with major policy and program initiatives.

Open to all law students, including 1Ls. Candidates must have good research and writing skills, an interest in criminal or public interest law, and willingness to learn and work under supervision. Candidates in the Chicago area are preferred, but remote-work opportunities will also be considered.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in New York

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The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

CSC seeks an experienced professional to support CSC’s conditions of confinement work as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, depending on the candidate’s breadth of skills, experience and qualifications. The (Senior) Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project and the Segregation Reduction Project.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. PIRG Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

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We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy.

At PIRG, we know that a smart policy solution, or real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for it. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

HRW Seeking Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement

HRWThe US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

For more information, click here.

HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on Criminal Justice to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses experienced by persons in the US criminal justice system through the media and directly with policymakers. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and advocating against racial injustice in policing; abusive prosecutorial policies; excessively harsh sentencing and post-conviction collateral consequences; pre-conviction confinement including bail policies; drug policies that improperly emphasize criminalization; solitary confinement and other abusive or inhumane prison conditions; and criminal justice policies that have a particularly harsh impact on youth or low-income populations accused of or victimized by crime. The position reports to the Director of the US Program and may be based in one of HRW’s offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and LLMs! Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Seeks 2 Legal Experts to Direct Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”), the only attorneys’ association in Washington committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys, is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the retirement of its long-term executive. Serving over 2,400 members throughout the state of Washington, WSAJ has a stellar reputation for providing high quality legal education as well as law practice resources , and it is the leading political force in the state protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers. Reporting to WSAJ’s 51-member Board comprised of successful trial attorneys, the ED holds a position of strategic leadership and management, serving as WSAJ’s Chief Executive Officer and executing on its strategic priorities. The ED will oversee a $4 million budget, lead and manage a dedicated staff of 18 professionals, and will represent WSAJ, locally, regionally and nationally. Carlson Beck has been retained by WSAJ to lead this search. For a detailed position specification, please contact Debra M. Vinikour, Principal, at debra@carlsonbeck.com or Sally A. Carlson, Managing Partner, at sally@carlsonbeck.com.

Meridian Institute Seeking Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program, Due 2/5/2016

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian has two offices (Washington, D.C. and Dillon, CO) and Fellows are hired for both locations.

To apply, click here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 5, 2016.

Compassion Over Killing Seeking Summer 2016 Litigation Intern, Due 2/12/2016

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking legal interns for Summer 2016 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture.

COK’s Legal Advocacy Program is offering Litigation Internships out of its West Coast office in Torrance, California. Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law.

Interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s attorneys.

For more information, click here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Internship in Civil Legal Aid? Check Out Funding Opportunities with the Curtin Justice Fund

Will You be Working with Low-Income Communities this Summer Providing Civil Legal Aid Assistance? Looking for Some Summer Funding?

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PILA is not the only game in town! The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information and the application package, click here. 

Updated Inter-American Commission Report Reviews Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Standards

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By: International Justice Resource Center

Containing references to relevant IACHR’s merits decisions and thematic and country reports, judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), and provisions of regional instruments such as the American Convention on Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and Convention of Belém do Pará, the report is a comprehensive examination of the standards of the Inter-American human rights system. SeeIACHR, Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights(2015), para. 10.

The Commission welcomed reforms concerning gender equality and women’s rights in Member States and called on them to continue their efforts to improve the situation. However, it also stressed that in spite of these efforts, there are still numerous human rights problems women experience in the Americas, including various forms of violence against women, and discrimination across a wide range of rights and spheres. See id. at paras. 2-15.

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Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

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By: American Civil Liberties Union

The guidance was announced today, Dec. 15, 2015, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was a joint effort by the following offices in the Department of Justice: the Office on Violence Against Women, the Civil Rights Division, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Purpose of the Guidance: In partnership with law enforcement leaders and advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ issued the guidance to explain how gender bias can undermine police response to sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a set of principles that, when integrated into police policies, trainings, and practices, will help ensure that police efforts to keep victims safe and perpetrators accountable are not undermined by gender bias.

Today, DOJ issued ground-breaking guidance to law enforcement, aimed at combating gender discrimination in how police address domestic violence and sexual assault. The guidance explains how gender-biased policing is a significant civil rights issue. By issuing the guidance, DOJ is broadening the discussion about policing practices to include a focus on how women and LGBT individuals, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, can be impacted by discriminatory policing.

For the DOJ press release, click here.

For the Guidance, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! UW-Exclusive Paid Internship Opportunity! Check Out the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC!

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children) Seeking Immigrant Children’s Legal Program Intern, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 1/5/2016

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information, click here.

UW Exclusive – Paid Summer Position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, Due 1/11/2016

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With the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, UW Law is pleased to once again announce an exclusive clerkship position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2016.  The position description and application procedure are explained in the attached flyer.

Founded in 1969, the Environmental Law Institute is one of the nation’s leading environmental law and policy organizations.  ELI may be the most widely respected national voice dedicated exclusively to environmental law: they are non-partisan, do not lobby, and do not litigate.  Their work spans the globe.  Located in D.C., ELI hosts a rich variety of summer programs that are magnificent opportunities for learning and national networking.

This extraordinary position is open only to 2Ls and exceptional 1Ls currently enrolled at UW Law.  Please send application materials to toddw2@uw.edu by January 11, 2016 for joint review by UW environmental law faculty and ELI.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship – Fellowship Sponsor 2016, Due 1/15/2016

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The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future. The Steel Fellowship is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school.

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Paid Summer Internship! American Bar Section of Antitrust Law Seeking Applications for 2016 Steiger Fellowship Project, Due 1/15/2016

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States. The eight?ten week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service, and several have already entered public service upon graduation.

Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

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U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Immigration Litigation Seeks Summer 2016 Volunteer Legal Intern/Extern, Due 1/15/2016

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The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) – Appellate Section coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals,involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals.

Must be a rising 2L by the start date of the internships. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Be a United States citizen and is required to have a background investigation. Be able to commit a minimum of 30-40 hours per week for 10-12 continuous weeks. Demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law. Show strong research and writing skills.

Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.For the summer semester, we require that interns work full?time, 35?40 hours, for a minimum period of 10-12 weeks.

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American Bar Association of Litigation Now Accepting Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Applications, Due 1/4/2016

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 9. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2015, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois and Texas.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 4, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

Attention 3Ls! 2016 Honors Fellowship Opportunity with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Due 2/1/2016

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The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.

This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2016. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.

For more information, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Tech Law & Policy Intern, Due 3/15/2016

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in Summer 2016.

Summer interns work closely with CDT policy experts, technologists, and attorneys on an array of civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the Internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and consumer privacy.

Law students and recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Advances in Transgender Rights in Vietnam! Parliament Adopts New Legislation

Vietnam: Positive Step for Trangsender Rights – Vietnamese Parliament Adopts New Transgender Legislation

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By: Human Rights Watch

On November 24, 2015, the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a bill to legalize sex reassignment surgery and to introduce the right to legal gender recognition for transgender people who have undergone such surgery.

The law allows people who wish to undergo gender affirming surgeries to do so in Vietnamrather than abroad, and to subsequently change the gender marker on their official documents. This constitutes a small, but significant step toward recognition of transgender people’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Thousands Mourn Kurdish Human Rights Lawyer Killed in Turkey

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By: Ayla Albayarak | Wall Street Journal | Photo credit: Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered on Sunday to bid farewell to a prominent human rights lawyer whose shooting death delivered a setback to hopes of bringing an end to months of political violence that has swept through Turkey’s Kurdish region.

Tahir Elci, one of Turkey’s leading advocates for Kurdish rights, was killed Saturday after making an appeal for an end to clashes between Kurdish militants and state security forces.

Mr. Elci was shot during a clash on a narrow street in Diyarbakir, the Kurdish majority city in southeastern Turkey that has been one of the central battlegrounds for renewed clashes since a two-year-old cease-fire collapsed in July.

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Employers and Workers Grapple with Laws Allowing Marijuana Use

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By: G.M. Filisko | ABA Journal

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court was the ultimate buzzkill.

When the state’s residents passed a referendum in 2012 legalizing recreational marijuana use—long after the state sanctioned medical use in 2000—few had any idea that Coloradans who partook in the bud would end up jeopardizing their livelihood.

That’s exactly what the court permitted inCoats v. Dish Network. The case pitted a quadriplegic licensed to use medical marijuana against his employer. The court held the state’s “lawful activities statute,” which generally prohibits employers from firing employees for engaging in lawful activities off the job, applied only to activities lawful under Colorado and federal law. Because marijuana is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, its use isn’t lawful—and can remain a valid basis for termination in the state.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Spark More Unintentional-Discrimination Cases

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By: Stephanie Francis Ward | ABA Journal | Photo of Eva Paterson; Photo credit: Eva Paterson

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that addressed unconscious discrimination in a low-income housing case could have far-reaching effects on future civil rights and criminal cases involving implicit bias.

The June 2015 opinion (PDF) dealt with a claim against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. It alleged that the department disproportionately gave tax credits to developers of low-income housing in minority inner-city Dallas neighborhoods, while denying the credits in suburbs with large white populations. The Inclusive Communities Project brought the case, alleging that the state agency’s actions led to segregated housing, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Attention 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls! Paid Internships Available with NHeLP and Center for Food Safety!

Attention Rising 3Ls! National Health Law Program Seeking Spitzer Summer Intern, Paid Position

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is pleased to announce the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of immediate past Executive Director Emily Spitzer.

NHeLP seeks rising 3L students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations.

Spitzer Interns will work closely with NHeLP staff attorneys who are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected health law advocates in the nation. NHeLP attorneys work collaboratively across offices and all engage in the primary work of the organization – providing high quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policy makers. All of our offices engage in federal administrative advocacy, litigation, and state-based advocacy, however opportunities to participate in litigation may be greater in our Carrboro, NC office, opportunities to work on California state policy may be greater in Los Angeles and opportunities to work on national policy may be greater in Washington, DC.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! The Consumer Protection Branch of the United States Department of Justice Seeks Legal Interns, Applications Reviewed on a Rolling Basis

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The Consumer Protection Branch is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer. Based in Washington, D.C., the Consumer Protection Branch leads the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce federal consumer protection statutes throughout the United States.

Legal interns works closely with trial attorneys on substantive assignments, including draft pleadings and motions; legal research projects and memos; trial preparation; and attend hearings and case meetings. Interns are assigned an Attorney Mentor in the office and have the opportunity to attend presentations by CPB attorneys about recent cases, in addition to Justice Departmentwide training programs and special intern events.

To apply, 2L and 3L students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to: CPB.lawintern@USDOJ.gov.

Include in the subject line of your message: “Law Intern Application – [Last Name]”

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for future terms welcome. Selected candidates must undergo a background investigation.

National Employment Law Project Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that 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.

With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Neighborhood Legal Services Programs Seeking Staff Attorney for Housing and Community Redevelopment

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Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), a private, non-profit law firm that provides high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia, seeks a Staff Attorney who will focus on implementing a project to prevent loss of home ownership in DC’s Deanwood neighborhood. The Staff Attorney should have at least two years of housing law experience (law school clinical experience may count), be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, a creative and zealous lawyer and a team-player, committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities. This is a grant-funded project that currently is funded for one year.

For more information, click here.

Center for Food Safety Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position

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Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization that works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

CFS is seeking motivated law clerks interested in doing meaningful litigation and policy work on behalf of the public and the environment. Specific issues include, for example, genetic engineering, pesticides, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs, or factory farms), aquaculture, organics, and food labeling. Clerks’ responsibilities vary each year but typically include performing legal research, drafting pleadings, attending hearings, drafting comments and petitions to submit to administrative agencies, and supporting attorneys in litigation. Clerks are also expected to do minor administrative tasks as needed. Law clerks work closely with attorneys and staff, and are able to gain practical litigation and policy experience in a small nonprofit setting.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Center for Children’s Law and Policy in DC Seeking Academic Year Intern/Extern and 2016 Summer Legal Intern

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its summer internship program and academic year internships and externships. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems.  The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic justice, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane conditions in facilities that house children.

For more information about the academic internship/externship, click here.

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HomeBase – Center for Common Concerns Seeking Legal Intern

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HomeBase is California’s public policy law firm on homelessness. Our purpose is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence and decrease its effect on communities. Our approach is two-fold:identifying and analyzing the causes of homelessness and developing and implementing long-term solutions that remove thesecauses. We work with service providers, local communities and public and non-profit sectors to implement these solutions. HomeBase has an available internship opportunity for a law studentinterested in homelessness, housing, and health care in a publicpolicy, non-profit and/or administrative law setting. This unpaid internship is a great opportunity for a law student interested in homelessness and housing in a public policy and/or administrative law framework. We work with local, state, and federal governmentsto impact regulations, funding, and programming related to the myriad of issues faced by persons experiencing homelessness. We provide technical assistance to local non-profit service providersactively addressing the needs of the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve. Our method is to collaborate with policymakers to create local strategic plans, develop appropriate implementation mechanisms, monitor progress and outcomes, andseek out best practices for replication.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Section of Litigation Now Accepting Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Applications

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 9. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2015, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

 

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! 2016-2017 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program Applications Now Available, Due 12/1

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Fired up about social justice issues like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, and how they intersect with reproductive rights and justice?  Want to get hands on training in federal or state law and policy and rub elbows with and learn from leading advocates in the field?

Then consider submitting an application for the 2016-17 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP). The program runs from the end of August 2016 through August 2017.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to help advance reproductive justice through law and policy. Fellows in our pilot RJ State Program will be matched with one of two joint placements: New Voices For Reproductive Justice & Women’s Law Project, in Pittsburgh, PA, or Legal Voice & Surge NW, in Seattle, WA.

For more information, click here.

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard Invites Applications for One-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship, Due 12/1

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The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of violence and non-violence. The call to arms and the politics of non-violent resistance are often represented as polarities. There are, however, many gray areas that define the dialectical relationship between violence and non-violence. The Mellon seminar, in which the postdoctoral fellows play a central role, explores a different dimension of the interrelationship between violence and non-violence—as disciplinary formation, historical event, ideological or ethical discourse—each year.

Following on the themes of war (2014-15) and everyday violence (2015-16), the seminar will focus on slow violence in 2016-17.

We intend to focus on practices and processes of violence involved in large-scale historical and political transformations. The ongoing, incremental processes of slow violence may be manifested in the degradation of social and economic structures, the violation of cultural forms and practices, and the fraying of ethical and political systems. Slow violence endangers the security and sustainability of the quality of life.

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Seeks Fellowship Lawyer, Due 12/1

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL CIO”) is offering a one year fellowship beginning in September 2016. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.

For more information, click here.

The Average Number of Legal Problems Per Low-Income Household Has Tripled Over the Last Decade

New Report: 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Update Reveals Troubling Justice Gap

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By: Equal Justice Coalition 

SEATTLE — Oct. 29, 2015 — A Washington Supreme Court commissioned statewide survey of more than 1,600 low-income Washingtonians discovered that seven of ten low-income individuals and families in Washington State face at least one significant civil legal problem each year, and the average number of problems per low-income household has tripled over the last decade.

Despite the growing number of civil legal problems that often implicate their most basic needs, the vast majority of low-income Washingtonians do not receive the legal help they need to solve these problems. More than three-quarters of those with civil legal problems struggle without a lawyer or any type of legal help.

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Free CLE for ABA Members: From Montgomery to Ferguson and Baltimore, Lawyers as Agents of Change: The Role of the Law in the Long Arc of Justice

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Monday, November 16, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:35 PM ET

1.5 General CLE Credits

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List price $195
ABA Member Price FREE

In this month’s ABA Free CLE Series, join us as we:

  • Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Explore the role of lawyers and the judiciary as a participant in resolving social conflicts

Speakers
Nicole Austin-Hillery | Director and Counsel | The Brennan Center For Justice | Washington, DC
Sheila Y. Thomas | Attorney at Law | Law Offices of Sheila Thomas | Oakland, CA
Stephen F. Hanlon | Adjunct Professor | Saint Louis University School of Law | St. Louis, MO

Moderator
Paulette Brown
President | American Bar Association

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Seminar Promotes Access to Justice for the Deaf

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By: Sean O’Riodan | Irish Examiner | Photo credit David Keane

“We can learn a lot from the experiences shared by the members of the Irish deaf community who participated in this research,” said Ms Harold.

“One of the most significant findings is the need to improve communication awareness amongst those who assist and support Deaf victims of crime, in order to make their services more accessible.”

Ms Harold, who has been funded by Irish Research Council to explore deaf people’s experiences as victims of crime and their interaction with the criminal justice process, said the event was very worthwhile.

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For Non-U.S. Citizens, Early Release from Prison Means Swift Deportation

By: Pamela Constable | Washington Post | Photo credit: Washington Post

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Nearly one in three of the inmates being released from U.S. prisons this month as part of an effort to roll back harsh drug sentences will not be returning to the states and cities where they were arrested.

Instead, they are being deported.

They are non-U.S. citizens, who in many cases were in this country legally when they were caught selling drugs and given long sentences under the “mandatory minimum” laws that grew out of the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.

Like the rest of the 6,000 prisoners selected for the U.S. Prison Bureau’s largest-ever mass release, each has been found by a judge not to be a threat to society. But every one of the non-citizens in the group had either received final deportation orders from immigration judges or was being reviewed for deportation before the mass release was planned, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules that Smoking Pot is a Fundamental Human Right

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By: Christopher Ingraham | Washington Post | Photo Credit: Alex Cruz/European Press Photo Agency

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled 4-to-1 Wednesday that outlawing the possession and use of the marijuana plant represents a violation of fundamental human rights. While the ruling does not mean that marijuana is now legal in the country — it only applies to the four plaintiffs in this specific case — it gives a tremendous amount of political space for lawmakers to introduce marijuana reform bills at the state and federal level in Mexico.

“It’s really a monumental case,” said Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug reform advocacy group, in an interview. “It was argued on human rights grounds, which is unusual, and it’s taking place in Mexico, the epicenter of some of the worst effects of the war on drugs.”

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Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities? Volunteer with the WA Vets Wills Clinic on October 24th!

Pro Bono Opportunity Eligible for Pro Bono Honors: Washington Vets Wills Clinic on Saturday, October 24

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The Washington Vets Wills Clinic (“Clinic”) has been providing pro bono legal advice and free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses for three years.  Founded in 2012, the Clinic is a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, and veterans’ service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. The Clinic assists Veterans while providing pro bono opportunities to the legal community and experiential learning through service to law students.

The second annual North Sound Clinic will be hosted in Seattle on 24 October 2015, at the University of Washington School of Law.  The Clinic’s goal is to ensure that every attending Veteran and spouse meets with a lawyer and leaves the Clinic with an executed and notarized will, power of attorney, and health care directive.

To participate in the Clinic, Veterans apply online and the information requested in the application is used to create unique estate planning documents for each Veteran client. Not all that apply are accepted, and the Clinic reserves the right to determine rules of use and participation.  Once the Veteran and spouse are accepted, Clinic staff assigns them an appointment time.  On the day of the Clinic, Veterans check in, enjoy refreshments, and visit with the clinic partners and other veterans until their appointment time.

At their appointment time, the assigned law clerk greets the Veteran and their spouse, and accompanies them to a room where they meet in confidence with an assigned lawyer.  The lawyer interviews, counsels, and advises the clients while the law clerks draft any changes to the packet of pre-filled estate planning documents.  The lawyer reviews these with the clients and, once final copies are printed, guides them through execution of the documents.  Volunteer notaries public assist with formally executing the documents.  Finally, the law clerk escorts the clients back to the lobby.

A free Continuing Legal Education training class precedes each Clinic event, to teach lawyers and supporting volunteers the estate planning process, and to acquaint them with the basic documents used at the Clinic.

As one second-year law student volunteer observed, “As I saw the Vets leave after their sessions, they left holding hands with their spouses, smiling and thanking volunteers.  It was apparent that the services we provided had both legal and emotional benefits for the clients.”  Those legal and emotional benefits extend to the students, who find it very gratifying to serve the Veterans population, while learning about estate planning from practicing attorneys.

Law students can volunteer in two ways. The first is to volunteer for the day of the clinic, for a morning shift, afternoon shift, or all day (both) shift. The day of shifts will involve a combination of observing attorneys advising veteran clients, as well as general all-around and administrative tasks. The Clinic will work diligently to provide a combination of exposure to legal work as well as general purpose work. The second way to volunteer is for making confirmation calls to the veteran clients of their appointments, which will occur on Sat Oct 17th. This option allows for an hour or two of service, though the confirmations are more administrative than legal work. Please volunteer through the online form at www.wavetswillclinic.com/volunteer and use the comments box to indicate what volunteer opportunity you are interested in.

ABA Announces Mini-Grants for Projects Expanding Pro Bono Attorneys Representation of Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

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ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to legal assistance providers engaging pro bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied minor immigrants. The mini-grants are intended to provide initial financial support for innovative and sustainable pro bono models of legal representation of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

Applications are due no later than September 30, 2015. Please click here to view and download the Request for Proposals and Grant Application.

Questions regarding the mini-grants should be directed to Juliet Gilbert.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference – Last week for interview applications!

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The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  More than 140 public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. Students and recent graduates can apply for interviews through September 14 and may register to attend informal table talk networking and workshop sessions through October 9. UW Law students who’ve secured interviews may be eligible for limited funding associated with travel costs to DC. Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu for more details.

For more information, visit the Equal Justice Works website.

King County’s First Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan: We Want to Hear from Local Organizations!

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King County is in the early stages of developing an actionable, countywide strategic plan to advance Equity and Social Justice in our region.  We need your input to ensure the plan is informed and grounded in the true needs and opportunities within communities, as well as how the county can act as a responsive and effective partner. 

We are asking organizations in all sectors to please go to our survey to share your ideas on how to increase equity in King County.  Let us know what issues we should collectively tackle, what’s working to increase equity, and what are emerging opportunities. We also want your ideas about how we can collectively partner to advance equity in our region.

We will continue to stay in touch about this process as we collectively shape priorities and strategies.