Impact litigation positions open in nonprofits and firms with public service focus

Jan. 6: Firm hiring junior associate for employment law class action practice

outten-and-goldenApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Outten & Golden seeks an associate who will work in its Washington, DC office (opening January 2016) for the firm’s class action practice group. The associate will work primarily on class and collective actions involving workplace discrimination and wage theft. The attorneys at O&G are at the forefront of cutting-edge impact litigation aimed at achieving economic and social justice. They have represented thousands of workers, across all industries, including misclassified workers in unpaid overtime lawsuits; low-wage workers in the restaurant industry and other industries in wage theft cases; women in the banking and tech industry in “glass ceiling” gender discrimination class actions; and African American and Latino job applicants in systemic failure to hire cases.

The associate will play a very active role on cases, including investigating new cases, handling discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting motions, participating in negotiations and mediations, attending court hearings, and participating in appellate litigation. O&G encourages all of its attorneys to seek out opportunities for public speaking, publishing, and bar association activities. Diversity, inclusiveness and equity are fundamental to our work at O&G. We believe that to be effective advocates for civil rights and workplace fairness we must strive for diversity within our own workforce. We are committed to diversity among our lawyers and staff, and to fostering a collegial and supportive workplace. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12, paid: Center for WorkLife Law hiring summer intern

center-for-worklife-lawApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

The Center for WorkLife Law, housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. Our current initiatives include legal advocacy to promote the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding employees; The Pregnant Scholar online toolkit on pregnancy and parenting in higher education; research on how gender bias differs by race; a path-breaking study on fair work schedules for hourly workers; social science research on interrupting bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries; and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. The Center has also been a pioneer in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.  An internship with WorkLife Law is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law, workers’ rights, and/or women’s advancement. Read more here.
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12: Summer legal ethics fellowship abroad

AuschwitzApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

FASPE Law (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Law) is a fully-funded two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study in contemporary legal ethics. FASPE Law is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 13: Peggy Browning Fund hiring fellows and summer interns

Peggy Browning FundApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Peggy Browning Fund and AFL-CIO hiring: 2017 Summer Fellowships (Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States), 2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship (1 funded part-time position in Chicago), AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program (10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing). Learn more about each position here.

Application Process: Apply through the Peggy Browning Fund website here.

Rolling Deadline: International Medical Corps legal internships

international-medical-corpsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The International Medical Corps Legal Intern will report to and work closely with the Deputy General Counsel. The Intern will collaborate with other members of the Legal Department and other employees to learn how to define, create and edit legal documents and contracts to both protect International Medical Corps and help us move our work forward. The Intern will assist in developing a centralized hub to organize and track all contract templates, and learn about the drafting of contract templates including the workflow process for intake and review of contracts. The Intern will also be involved in some or all of the following areas: identifying and resolving compliance issues in foreign countries, reviewing insurance policies to ensure adequate business coverage to minimize company risk, analysis of export compliance and sanctions matters, and drafting of reference guides as needed to assist other employees on compliance with Federal regulations. Openings in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Learn more here.

Application Process: Click here to apply. 

Rolling Deadline: ABA Center for Human Rights staff attorney position open

ABA Center for Human RightsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ABA Center for Human Rights is the focal point in the ABA for international human rights issues, and operates several programs. The Center is looking for a new staff attorney to serve as Senior Counsel to the Center with primary duties as Director of the ABA’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project, a program that promotes international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through education, advocacy, and practical legal assistance. The Director is responsible for this multifaceted program, and must be able to serve as a strong public ambassador for the Project; possess advanced knowledge of international criminal justice; have strong legal research, drafting, and editing skills including as it relates to legal advocacy; effectively manage a range of relationships with ABA leaders, external governmental/intergovernmental actors, and non-governmental partners; and be an effective project and event manager. Important that candidates be self-starters who thinks creatively as well as efficiently handle simultaneous priorities. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Staff attorney position working with foster youth

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This position manages and coordinates the Center For Children & Youth Justice’s (CCYJ’s) Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program operating in King County and supports LFI’s statewide initiatives, each of which serve to provide free civil legal services to young adults with a focus on those who have been in foster or kinship care. Funding for this position is confirmed for two years; continued employment will be dependent on continued funding. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Mississippi Center for Justice hiring fellow for impact litigation work

mississippi-center-for-justiceApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks an experienced litigation attorney to be the inaugural George Riley Fellow for impact litigation. This is a full-time position that reports to the Advocacy Director. The position is for two years, which may be renewed. The Fellow is responsible for identifying and leading significant litigation matters in each of the Center’s campaign areas- housing, fair credit, education, and health care access- with the assistance of pro bono counsel and MCJ staff attorneys. The position requires extensive litigation experience. The Fellow must be a strategic thinker and a team player with a strong commitment to social justice. Read more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

UW School of Law hiring Assistant Director

Dec. 13, paid: ABA Commission on Disability Rights and Traveler’s Insurance internship

travelersApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

The goal of the Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with seasoned attorneys during the summer months and conduct research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

Application Process: Please visit the website at  and if interested apply to one or both of the position IDs below: 9259BR – Legal Intern – Corporate and/or 9260BR – Legal Intern – Claim

Dec. 14, paid: Silbert Fellow internship in Wash., D.C. with the Council for Court Excellence

cceApplication Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The Silbert Fellowship is named for Earl J. Silbert, former president of the Council for Court Excellence, and is awarded to an individual studying at the graduate level who demonstrates a passion for improving the justice system as exemplified by Mr. Silbert throughout his career.

The Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that works to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the District of Columbia. CCE identifies lasting solutions that help fulfill the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Application Process: Find application instructions here.

Dec. 15: Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Staff Attorney

waaaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) is an exciting organization that does cutting edge work on behalf of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. You could be part of this amazing work!

The Staff Attorney will advocate for individuals with ASD/DD, specifically addressing the current lack of access to medically necessary treatments faced by individuals participating in Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid program). Candidates must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of systemic aspects of healthcare and health insurance disparity for individuals with disabilities, as well as an understanding of the issues related to individuals with ASD/DD, mental health and family services.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Jan. 1: Criminal Defense internship with the Legal Aid Society

legal-aid-societyApplication Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017

The Legal Aid Society has an extensive internship program for law students interested in the Criminal Defense Practice. Intern positions are unpaid. Full time and part time internships are available. Many staff attorneys at the Society are former law school interns.

The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City. The Criminal Practice handles a total of more than 230,000 cases each year with a staff of 800, including approximately 550 staff attorneys, supervising attorneys and management attorneys and nearly 270 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff.

Application Process: Click here to apply.

Rolling Deadline: Children’s Rights Project Staff Attorney in LA

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Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce a full-time staff attorney position in the Transition Age Foster Youth Advocacy (TAFY) Unit of the Children’s Rights Project.

The Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY) Unit works with current and former foster and probation youth, ages 13 to 24, to eliminate the barriers that keep youth from graduating high school and pursuing higher education and help the youth get on a stable path toward success.  Our interdisciplinary social work/legal team provides holistic and intensive services on a range of issues, including access to education, government benefits (including DCFS and DPSS benefits like ILP, bus passes, SILP, CalWORKS, Food Stamps, MediCal, etc), housing advocacy, tickets, sealing records/expungements, consumer/trade school debt, name changes, civil harassment and domestic violence restraining orders, and family law. We will also provide legal assistance on other issues on a case by case basis.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Team Child Staff Attorney

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Application Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney based out of our Seattle/King County office to lead our Reentry and Post-Disposition team. Legal representation at the critical stages of reentry planning and release can prevent homelessness, ensure educational continuity, and maintain a youth’s health and well-being. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth and young adults returning to the community after a period of incarceration. Advocacy will focus on reentry planning and breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers.

The Reentry and Post-Disposition staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including offering training and consulting to community partners, and advancing policy solutions that will promote the long-term success of these young people. This job involves significant travel in order to meet with clients in their home communities or in institutions.

Application process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: UW School of Law hiring Gates PSL Assistant Director

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Under the direction of the Gates PSL Director, the Assistant Director will provide specialized public service career coaching and academic advising to Gates Scholars and other law students and graduates who wish to pursue public service law pathways. This includes providing individualized and group coaching/advising sessions; developing, organizing, facilitating, leading presentations, workshops, panels and trainings related to public service law pathways as well as other topics including equity and inclusion, professionalism and leadership development; engaging in strategic outreach and relationship building with public service legal employers locally and nationally; as well as fostering and supporting leadership opportunities for students and student organizations with regard to various public service activities and initiatives, and working in collaboration with other faculty and staff in the equity, justice and inclusion communities.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Application Process: Learn more and apply here.

Register now for the 8th Annual Global Washington conference

Dec. 8: Global Washington conference

global-waTime: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Place: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Featured speakers include Shelmina Abji, Advisory Board, United Nations Foundation Girl Up and Former Vice President, IBM; Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response, Mercy Corps; Sheri Flies, Assistant General Merchandise Manager, Global Sourcing
Costco Wholesale Corporation; Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and President
Microsoft Philanthropies; Simon Winter, Senior Vice President of Development, TechnoServe.

Click here to view the program for the 8th Annual Global Washington conference. Click here to register.

Dec. 14: Supreme Court Recap: Federal Court Access Decisions from an Eight-Member SCOTUS webinar

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Place: Online, register here.

The 2015 Supreme Court Term was unusual because of Justice Scalia’s unexpected death and his still-vacant seat on the Court. How did this eight-member Court rule on issues affecting access to the federal courts?

Join the Shriver Center‘s next Advocacy Exchange, our live monthly video broadcast with advocates advancing change. We’ll talk with Gill Deford of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Jane Perkins of the National Health Law Program, Gary Smith of Legal Services of Northern California, and Mona Tawatao of the Western Center on Law and Poverty to get their annual recap of the previous Supreme Court Term and its implications for access to the federal courts.

Dec. 14: ABA Webinar on Establishing and Enhancing Legal Clinics to Serve Veterans

abasTime: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Place: Online. Register here.

This webinar is designed to inspire and assist civil legal aid organizations, law schools and bar associations in creating legal clinics to serve veterans in their communities.  Speakers will provide instruction on how to establish legal clinics in or near VA Medical Centers, how to establish a legal clinic as a Medical Legal Partnership, and how to create law school clinics that serve veterans.  Discussion will include identification of VA Medical Centers in need of legal clinics and examples of successful urban and rural models around the country.  The panel will also discuss the need to engage in culturally competent practices when representing veterans including referrals to wraparound services to address the needs of veterans and their families holistically.  Speakers will include representatives from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships, civil legal aid organizations, and law school clinic Professors.

International human rights organizations looking for interns and post-grads

Rolling deadline: Prof. Mastroianni looking for student research assistant

UW Law LogoApplication deadline: Open until filled

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

abasApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

irap-logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

african-court-of-human-rightsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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.

Continue reading here.

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.”

Continue reading here.

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.