University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition

Attention UW Law Students! UW Pro Bono Honors Society deadline is right around the corner: Monday, May 9!

taupc7ah_400x400It is that time again: at the Center for Public Service Law we know that many of you have put in significant volunteer hours in your community and for causes you believe in. 2016 marks the fifth year that the Pro Bono Honors Society recognizes the public service efforts by all members of our UW Law community. Few law schools recognize the pro bono work of their faculty and staff together with students and we are proud to be leaders in this effort.  

We know many of you are not in it for the “award”, and appropriately so.  However, what the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.   

Please share this important message with your volunteers and peers!

Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline is Almost Here- Monday, May 9!

Between May 2015 and April  2016, did you:

  •  Volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, or ELS research project?
  • Volunteer for an emerging student-led pro bono project such as Trans Health, Ed Law or Jail Rights Project?
  • Do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization?
  • Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project?
  • Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
  • Volunteer for a community-based legal services organization working with underserved communities?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!

  • For complete information please click here.
  • First time participants should click here.
  •  Returning participants should click here.
  • Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition.

footer_shield2xThe University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students’ and recent graduates’ articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Period for submissions:
Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 PM.

Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.

Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

For complete contest rules and timeline, please visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Video as Evidence Field Guide is here!

vae_coverimage_text_700x340After in-depth research, field work, cross-sector collaboration, and (a whole lot of) writing, I’m excited to share with you the first Video as Evidence Field Guide.

At the core of WITNESS is our steadfast conviction that video is a uniquely powerful tool for human rights change. But citizen video doesn’t often reach a standard for it to be considered legal evidence; and simultaneously, legal systems around the world have been largely under-equipped to handle the influx of citizen footage made possible by today’s mobile technologies.

The goal of the Video as Evidence Field Guide to is bridge existing gaps so that citizens, activists, and lawyers can — together — use video more effectively for justice.

Leadership Academy Offers Innovative Curriculum to Equity and Justice Stakeholders

 By Joy Williams, Interim Co-Association Director, Advancement Department, Washington State Bar Association and Katharine Nyden, Pro Bono Coordinator, Blue Mountain Action Council

access_to_justice In early 2015 the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy (the Academy) welcomed its third cohort of legal aid providers and community partners from across the state to participate in a year-long training program. An initiative of the Access to Justice Board, the Academy offers an intentional and durable infrastructure that helps develop and sustain a broad, diverse, and deep network of leaders committed to equity and justices. Fellows are drawn from the Alliance for Equal Justice and community-based social justice organizations. The core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model. Taught by Shriver Center consultants and alumni from previous cohorts, Fellows learn to apply these competencies at four levels of leadership: self, organization, the Alliance, and the equity and justice movement.

 Read Cohort III Fellows, Joy Williams and Katharine Nyden, share their personal experiences, greatest learning, and takeaways from the experience.

 For more information about the Academy and/or to be notified of the request for applications for Cohort IV (slated to begin in early 2017), please contact Jennifer Werdell at 206-914-9406 or wa.ejcla@gmail.com.

Are you a Strategic Thinker Looking for a Service Opportunity? Washington’s Access to Justice Board Could Use Your Help!

Opportunity for Service: Washington State Access to Justice Board

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The Access to Justice Board is seeking a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to equitable justice to fill a seat on the Access to Justice Board.  Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, the Board seeks to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers.  The three-year term begins in May 2015 and the position may be filled by an attorney or other community member.  The Board is especially interested in individuals who can help continue to build collaborative relationships with community-based organizations and the Alliance for Equal Justice.

To apply and/or learn more about the work of the Access to Justice Board, please visit www.wsba.org/ATJApplications are due January 9, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Request for Workshop Proposals: Access to Justice Conference

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Wenatchee Conference Center, June 12-14

The Access to Justice Board’s Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for 2015 Access to Justice Conference workshops.  This year’s conference will focus on solutions to address structural impediments to equitable justice and meet the needs of our growing client community.  We encourage and invite you to submit a 90 minute workshop proposal for consideration by the committee.  Proposals should be consistent with the criteria outlined in the attached document.  All workshops will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015. Submit proposals using the attached form to Terra Nevitt, terran@wsba.org. Electronic submissions only please. The conference planning committee will select the workshops and plenary sessions. You will be notified as soon as the final decisions have been made whether or not your proposal was selected. If your proposal is selected you will receive more detailed information about the conference planning process, procedures, policies and deadlines.  If you have questions, please call Terra at (206) 727-8282.

Washington State Association for Justice Offering Bar Preparation Scholarship for Diversity and Women, Apply Now for Exam Dates in July 2015/February 2016

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The Mission of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is to stand up in the courtroom and the halls of government for real people. We defend your Constitutional rights, including the right to have your day in court. We hold corporate and other powerful interests accountable. We are a community creating and sharing resources for our members to secure justice.

WSAJ is committed to implementing strategies that will result in significant and measurable progress towards increasing diversity in the plaintiff’s bar. To help achieve this endeavor, WSAJ has pledged scholarship monies to assist diverse individuals in covering the tuition cost of a bar preparation course. Diversity refers to individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against and or those groups that are historically under-represented in the legal profession based on disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including (but not limited to) demonstrated interest and intent to practice in the plaintiff’s bar, financial need, academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities, and life experiences. No single criteria is determinative.

Applications are due by Monday, January 12, 2015. 

For more information on the diversity scholarship, click here.
For more information on the scholarship for women, click here.

Lawyers Fostering Independence Offering Free CLE This Friday

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Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) provides free civil legal services to young people who have been in foster, group, or kinship care at some point while growing up. With the help of volunteer attorneys, our mission is to improve outcomes for former foster youth by providing them with access to legal services – services that can mitigate the specific adversities experienced by these youth who have been raised in our care.

Our all-day training is on December 5th from 9:00am-3:30pm at Garvey Schubert Barer.

The morning will consist of an introduction to LFI, hearing from former foster youth about their experiences and needs, and our Trauma-Informed Legal Representation CLE (1.5 ethics credits pending). The afternoon will include two training sessions: one on credit and debt issues and the other on sealing juvenile records and vacating adult records. 1.25 CLE credits pending for each of these sessions.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Contact Serena Holthe to register.  Click here for more information.

The Innocence Project NW  Freedom Fridays

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Friday, December 5, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM 
Dorsey Whitney, 701 5th Avenue, Suite 6100, Seattle, WA

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline McMurtrie is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and the founder and Director of the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). The only resource of its kind in Washington State, IPNW’s mission is to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education. Since 1997, IPNW has obtained exonerations of thirteen men and women who collectively served over 90 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • Fernanda Torres is a Staff Attorney and Volunteer Coordinator at the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). She helps oversee the screening and review of applications for assistance and leads the litigation of non-DNA cases. She recruits and supervises IPNW volunteers. Prior to joining IPNW, Ms. Torres practiced criminal defense as a public defender and in private practice.

For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project and Family Law Program

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The Housing Justice Project is a walk-in legal clinic providing counsel and advice, negotiations with landlords or opposing counsel, and limited representation for low income residential tenants facing eviction in King county. HJP clinics operate at the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Apply to volunteer as an intern by January 25, 2015. For more information about the Housing Justice Project, click here.

Pro Bono Services family law 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 or other factors. Programs include the Family Law Mentor Program, Kinship Care Solutions Project and Self Help Plus Program.

Position is open until filled.  For more information about the Family Law Program, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity Working with Domestic Violence Survivors

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Your role as a Family Law Legal Support volunteer will be to assist staff attorneys in their representation of the client.

Note that this position is based out of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.

This is a volunteer opportunity provided by VolunteerMatch, in partnership with LinkedIn for Good.

For more information, click here.

Equity and Social Justice Work is Hard. Seriously Hard Work. No, Really it is.

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By: Cultures Connecting Blog

Significant change, whether individual or within an organization can be challenging. Even when we want to change, it doesn’t happen easily. I recently heard implicit bias compared to a habit, albeit a bad one. Think about how hard it is to change a habit…

A couple of months ago, my brother in law was coming over to my house to pick up his dog after work. We’d talked earlier and he reminded me to leave the front door open for him. Then he sent me a text about 15 minutes before I was leaving as a second reminder. “Leave the door unlocked, leave the door unlocked,” I chanted in my head as I gathered my things to go. Then I went through my mental list of what I needed to bring with me, made sure I had it all, walked out, locked the door and left. His poor dog was locked inside.

Even though I wanted to change that habit and was focusing a lot of mental energy on doing something different, the moment I got distracted, I forgot and went back to what I do every day.

Now imagine there are a bunch of individuals trying to change an organization. But they’ve all learned and practiced habits of stereotypes, biases, and institutional oppression for years. Some have even gotten rewarded for this behavior by being told they’re a “good fit” at the company and getting promoted. Some are the founders of the organization or have worked there so long they see any mention of needed change as a personal affront. Others have been going along to get along, trying not to make waves by bringing up experiences of marginalization. They may even be telling themselves they imagined it or making excuses for oppressive behavior such as, “I know he didn’t mean it that way.”

Continue reading here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow! Apply Now!

2015-2016 Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow!

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The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

2015-16 Fulbright-Clinton Fellows are being hosted by the African Union, Bangladesh, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Timor-Leste, and Samoa.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

21 Progress Seeking Executive Director, Due 10/15

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We are seeking a dynamic, progressive leader who has a passion for social justice and a commitment to building a new generation of leaders. The successful candidate should see this work as a calling rather than a job. 21 PROGRESS is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 and seeded with start up funds from UFCW 21, the largest private sector union in Washington. 21 PROGRESS works to increase the number and expertise of new progressive leaders through leadership development programs in civic engagement, economic justice, arts & culture, and everyday economics. These programs serve DREAMers, New Americans and other low wage workers, their families and communities. 21 PROGRESS operates with a small core staff of four, a $400,000 annual operating budget and diverse programming partners throughout the community. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Georgetown Law’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship, Due 10/17

GeorgetownThe Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.  Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP.

The Fellowships are determined each year based upon several factors, including the interests of the top Fellowship candidates, the potential placement organizations and the donors supporting the Fellowships.  Since the establishment of the Program, WLPPFP has been fortunate to be able to place a Women’s Law Fellow each year with the Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center – three preeminent women’s rights entities in Washington, DC.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Carey & Lillevik, PLLC Seeking Associate Attorney in Seattle

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A position has opened at Carey & Lillevik for an associate attorney. The firm would like to hire an associate attorney on or before October 20th.

Carey & Lillevik’s practice areas include child protection services/CPS, juvenile crime, criminal defense, divorce, family law, education law, and estate planning. Partners Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik founded the firm on the premise that deep commitment to clients and a comprehensive understanding of the law are essential components to successful client outcomes.

For more information about the firm, click here.  

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, references and brief writing sample to Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik.

Attention 2Ls! Paid Summer Internship with Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Due 10/25

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in DC Offering Paid Internships, Due 1/16/15

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NRDC is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, hard-hitting scientific research, and broad-reaching public education.

NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.

Washington State Pro Bono Council Offering 2014-2015 Access to Justice Policy Internship, Open Until Filled

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Volunteer lawyer programs (VLPs) in Washington State have a unique and complex history. Each of the 18 current VLPs evolved in its own way. Several VLPs started as projects of local bar associations, while others were started by groups of attorneys responding to the need in their community. Some programs became stand-alone nonprofit corporations, others became part of community action centers, and three programs remain part of their local bar associations. The local nature of the VLPs is both a challenge and strength.

In response to these realities, the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Board’s Delivery Systems Committee proposed that a Statewide Pro Bono Council (PBC) be formed to unify and address the needs of Washington’s VLPs – the proposal was adopted in July 2013 and launched in January 2014. The PBC is situated as a committee of the Access to Justice Board.  The PBC welcomes the participation of a law student as an ATJ intern.

The student will be invited to attend PBC meetings, shadow VLP clinics and projects, and be able to work on discrete projects related to the effective delivery of pro bono services in Washington, including one major research project. The nature and scope of these projects will be determined by the PBC, the Manager, and the student as the relationship develops. The research project will involve investigation and analysis of the systemic delivery of legal aid across the state.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Washington Supreme Court Seeking Externs in Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters – Work with Justice Gonzalez

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Justice González is an associate justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, the highest state appellate court.  His externs work under the close supervision of his lead law clerk, Laura Anglin. Externs will review and draft memoranda to the court analyzing and recommending the proper disposition of motions and state habeas corpus (personal restraint) petitions. They will review and make recommendations on bench memos, opinions, and attorney discipline matters. They may assist in the preparation of speeches, CLE materials, rules, and opinions. Externs must be able to both work independently, and work closely with a team, and learn from vigorous copy editing. Considerable research and writing is required.

For a complete job description and application details, click herePhoto credit: Washington Courts.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Economic Justice Project in Montgomery, Alabama

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The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks an attorney to join the Economic Justice Project in its Montgomery, Alabama office. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Economic Justice Project seeks to address the systems, both public and private, that keep people trapped in poverty. Past and present areas of focus have been predatory payday and car title lending, the criminalization of poverty and related barriers the criminal justice system creates for persons to escape poverty, modern debtors’ prisons, access to public benefits and more. The practice group is based in Montgomery, Alabama but works across the Southeast United States. The practice group was formed in 2012, and is growing significantly to expand its work. The practice group is headed by a Deputy Legal Director who oversees this and another practice group, and has two full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, and a researcher/advocate; the practice group is in the process of hiring a second researcher/advocate.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Do you care about Access To Justice? Want to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed!

 

May 13: OCI – Insider’s Guide to Government Recruiting

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:30-1:20pm, William H. Gates Hall RM 133

Jump-start your preparation for On-Campus Interviews and your search for a job next summer or after graduation.  Get inside information from government employers on navigating their hiring processes, and what they look for in candidates.

Panelists:

  • Mafe Rajul, Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kim Johnson, Staff Counsel, Senate Committee Services
  • Brialle Engelhart, Criminal Division Manager, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Vikash Chhagen, Deputy Regional Chief Counsel, Social Security Administration

Remember to RSVP in “Symplicity” if you plan to attend.

May 14: Riding the Coffee Circuit: Practical Networking Tips for Summer & Beyond

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3:30-4:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 133

  • How do I find out about networking opportunities?
  • How do I talk to people at an event or reception without feeling icky?
  • How do I reach out to complete strangers for an informational interview/coffee?
  • How should I follow up?

Get the answers to these probing questions and so much  more at our upcoming workshop. All law students are welcome!

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email.

May 15: Demystifying the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: JD Career Paths to the Foundationicon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logo

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 117

Panel presentation regarding alternative JD pathways to a career at The Gates Foundation. Are you curious about what it would be like to work at BMGF? Find out what types of careers JDs have pursued at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Panelists:

  • Patricia Loera, Senior Program Officer, Education
  • Emma Zavala-Suarez, Officer, Grants and Contracts Management
  • Karen Halazon, Assistant General Counsel

RSVP through Symplicity by NOON on May 14, 2014.

May 15: 2014 Innocence Project Northwest Benefit & Awards Dinner

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM
Herban Feast Sodo Park, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three
Jason Baldwin served more than eighteen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. After being freed in 2011, Jason moved to Seattle where he has pursued his college education and is working on a memoir. Jason plans to attend law school in the future and is a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad.

Honoring:
Innocence Champion Award 
Representative Tina Orwall
Washington House of Representatives
Prime sponsor of the wrongful conviction compensation bill enacted into law in 2013

Innocence Advocate Award 
Duane Statler, Citizen Advocate
Parent, uncle, and friend of exonerees   

Purchase tickets online by May 8. 

May 15: Access to Justice Celebratory Reception: Volunteers needed! 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel

Do you care about Access To Justice?  What to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed! 

The Access to Justice Board is turning 20!  In recognition of this milestone, the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Bar Association is hosting a celebratory reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We are looking for a few volunteers to serve in greeting and registration duties at this event.  Through an expansive network that includes the courts, the Bar, legal aid providers, funders, and hundreds of volunteers, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access to the justice system for the most vulnerable in our state.  The 20thAnniversary Celebration will be a wonderful evening of networking and recounting stories from the ATJ Board’s rich history over the past 2 decades.  There will be a short speaking program that will feature Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, WSBA President Patrick Palace, and past and current ATJ Board Chairs.   Appetizers will be served, along with a no-host bar.  This will be a great opportunity to meet major players in Washington’s social justice movement.

For more information, please email Bina Ellefsen.  Please indicate your interest as soon as possible but no later than May 13.

May 15: Moderate Means Program Information Session

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 127
12:30-1:20PM

Please join Clay Wilson, Moderate Means Attorney as he answers “What is the Moderate Means Program?”  and how can you get involved.

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • The program will focus on the areas of Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by Wednesday, May 14.

May 21: Community Film Screening: Cola Road

Cola Road

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
4:30 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

In August 2012, Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as they prepared to launch a project that would make an anti-diarrhea kit as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in rural communities in Zambia. This is her story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani, ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser, designer and supervisor of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Please click HERE to confirm your attendance.

May 21: Panel Discussion of The Goldmark Case: 50 Years Later

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12:00 PM
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104

Hosted By the Attorney General of Washington – Seattle Office

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant trials in Washington legal history.  In 1962, state Rep. John Goldmark was the victim of a “red-baiting” attack that labeled him and his wife Sally Goldmark as “communist tools.”  The attack destroyed Goldmark’s political career, but he responded by suing his accusers for libel.  The trial drew national attention, vindicated the Goldmarks, and resulted in one of the largest libel awards in Washington history.  Almost immediately, however, the verdict was indirectly overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision inNew York Times v. Sullivan, limiting libel actions involving “political” speech.

This distinguished panel features Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, son of plaintiff John Goldmark; former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, who testified at the trial in support of John Goldmark; King County Superior Court Judge Judith Ramseyer, former law clerk to Judge William Dwyer, John Goldmark’s attorney at the trial; and Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington.  Please join them to remember the Goldmark case and consider its legacy half a century later.

Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  There is no charge to attend this event but an RSVP is required.  To RSVP, please email to: RaelynnP@ATG.WA.GOV.

Application will be made for 1 hour of Washington CLE credit.

June 6-7: Penn State’s “Education and Civil Rights Conference” in State College, PA

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Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 2014
Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University Park, State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State’s College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference and related graduate student symposium in the summer of 2014. The primary goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality pre–K through higher education — still uneven for young people from historically marginalized groups and/or in many urban and increasingly in suburban settings. While many policy proposals have focused on access to education, there has been much less attention to racial inequality and segregation in access to P–20 education, even as the percentage of students of color is rapidly increasing. This conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students — and how we can implement additional best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.

The Conference will feature 30 new papers from leading social scientists, educators, and legal scholars. Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker. 

More information and registration here

Last Day to Register at Noon Today for an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind

February 18: Social Justice Tuesday: Black Law Students Association Screening of Gideon’s Army

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, in RM 133

Interested in the criminal justice system? Want to learn more about what it’s like to serve clients zealously? Please join BLSA as we screen segments of the HBO documentary Gideon’s Army, a powerful film about indigent defense in this country. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion period for reactions, thoughts, and questions about the issues discussed in the film.

Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. They struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon v. Wainright, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by email by 12:00 pm Monday, January 17, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

February 18: UW and DWT Invite You to Attend an Evening with Tim Wise, Author of ColorBlind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality, Last Day to Register is TODAY at NOON

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, RM 138
Speaker: 5:30–6:30 PM
Book signing: 6:30–7:00 PM
Reception in RM 115: 6:30–7:30 PM

The University of Washington School of Law, Perkins Coie and Davis Wright Tremaine cordially invite you to attend an evening with special guest, Tim Wise.

Mr. Wise is an author and speaker on racial equity issues in the U.S. He has spoken across the country at over 400 college campuses, Fortune 500 companies, and civic and community organizations. Mr. Wise argues liberals have advocated a retreat from color-conscious public policies such as affirmative action, and even from open discussion of racism as a key factor in the perpetuation of racial inequity in the United States. In discussing the pitfalls of “colorblindness” in the Obama era, Mr. Wise argues against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice.

Mr. Wise has authored several books, including: White Like Me: Reflections on Race >From a Privileged SonDear White America: Letter To A New MinorityColorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics And The Retreat From Racial Equity. He will be available for book signing after his talk and Q & A.

The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, February 14 here. CLE credit (1 ethics) pending approval.

February 21: Attention Public Service and Pro Bono Students, Faculty & Staff!  Don’t Miss the Annual Access to Justice Forum

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

The Washington State Access to Justice Board invites you to join them for a special session and a social hour in conjunction with Legal Foundation of Washington’s annual Goldmark Award Luncheon.

Are you a law student? Would you like to connect with a legal aid or pro bono attorney buddy who can hang out with you during the afternoon’s events? Please RSVP here by Monday, February 17 and we’ll try to pair you up with an attorney with similar interests.

A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court (2-3:30 pm)
Members of the Washington Supreme Court will participate in a discussion around issues relevant to lawyers, judges, and other supporters of the Alliance for Equal Justice.

Celebration of Leadership Reception (3:30–5 pm)
Join us in celebrating leadership in the Alliance for Equal Justice at a reception featuring a brief presentation by the inaugural class of the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy and the presentation of the Campaign for Equal Justice’s Rainier Cup!

The Access to Justice Board Forum is free! Space is limited. Reserve your seat for the afternoon session today! Register online here.

February 24: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series Presents “Questioning the Unquestionable – Public Service,” by Henry Aronson

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, in RM 133
Reception to follow in RM 115

Henry Aronson admits to having a knee jerk cynical response to conventional wisdom and to being obsessed with the importance of defining success and quantifying outcomes. We assume “public service” is a good thing. But what is public service? Do we know if current responses to problems, issues, challenges related to “public service” are effective, worthwhile, justifiable?

Aronson has spent the better part of his career involved with public issues. Highlights include working in Mississippi in the mid-60’s representing civil rights workers, and leaders (including Dr. King, Robert Moses and Stokely Carmichael); directing the Vera Institute of Justice Manhattan Court Employment Project; directing a law office in Saigon Vietnam in the early 1970’s and creating and leading the successful opposition to the Seattle monorail. Henry Aronson is currently focused on issues related to poverty and education.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email.

April 2: Save the Date! Early Bird Registration for The Trauma Stewardship Institute’s Transforming Trauma Workshop in Seattle

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00 – 4:00 PM, check-in at 8:00 AM

Please join us in Seattle for this not to be missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you.

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

Register here.

Blogging is Back in Full Swing- Great Opportunities Bubble Up

WA State Access to Justice Board and King County Bar Association Hiring Program Manager for New Statewide Pro Bono Council

kcba_logoSummary: A new Statewide Pro Bono Council will be formed as a committee of the Washington State Access To Justice Board beginning January 2014. On a pilot basis, the Council will be staffed by a full time employee, primarily based out of the King County Bar Association (Seattle, WA), with funding made available through Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) and the Legal Foundation of Washington. A work plan will be developed that outlines goals and objectives, areas of focus and benchmarks to measure the success of this initiative.

This position will provide:

Pro Bono Council Support by:

  • Planning, preparing and organizing council meetings
  • Participating in the Access to Justice Board Delivery Systems Committee
  • Coordinating Council appointment process

A statewide focus by:

  • Supporting efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between volunteer lawyer programs and Alliance for Equal Justice members
  • Providing technical assistance for implementation of State Plan initiatives focused on pro bono
  • Working to overcome challenges to integration, identifying successful models, documenting best practices, and developing technical assistance materials, resources and tools
  • Sharing appropriate resources with the volunteer legal services community: serving as an information clearinghouse, helping connect those who have experience, materials, program development strategies, etc. with those who need help.
  • Promoting effective integration of volunteer attorney programs into the work of other Alliance partners.
  • Assisting volunteer attorney programs implement the initiatives related to pro bono in the ATJ Board’s State Plan Implementation Report of August 20, 2008
  • Hosting a listserv for pro bono managers in the state
  • Developing recruitment, training, and publicity materials for pro bono programs to provide to volunteers
  • Developing a statewide directory of pro bono and legal services programs within the state

An individualized volunteer attorney program focus by:

  • Assessing issues/problems
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Training and mentoring individual staff members of volunteer programs

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 16th and will be accepted through December 30th.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces WKKF Community Leadership Fellowship in Child Advocacy

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a long history of supporting emerging and existing leaders. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of our most effective tools for realizing the belief that leadership is a critical tool for individual development, community-grounded leadership and broader societal change. It is with great pride that we announce the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a new program that constitutes a renewed commitment to leadership development.

This fellowship is rooted in WKKF’s mission of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on racial equity and community and civic engagement. In alignment with our grantmaking strategies, a total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from our U.S. priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans—and will do their work there. Another 20 fellows will be selected from outside the priority places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

It is our hope that this fellowship program is able to nurture and inspire developing or established leaders, helping them to become transformative change agents in their communities, guiding vulnerable children and their families toward optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement and financial security.

This three-year program focuses on strengthening the skills and competencies of our fellows, as well as promoting the direct application of knowledge and skills to community-based projects. We are looking for fellows who, as passionate voices in their communities, feel a deep urge to balance personal growth with meaningful contributions to the community.

Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. For complete info please click here.

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2014 Summer Paid Internships at Yale Law School Yale law

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation.  The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the  Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

For more info and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This opportunity is open to non-Yale law students!

Public Health Law and Policy Internship for Winter/Spring 2014

Public Health Seattle King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit is seeking a public health law and policy intern for spring, 2014, to serve as a student intern on a policy project related to marijuana legalization in Washington State.  This position will support creation of a policy surveillance system of local municipal and county ordinances that address marijuana legalization at the local level.  Through this project, the student will identify existing ordinances, learn about methods for and create a policy coding book with support of the team leads, and review and code ordinances for inclusion in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s new online policy surveillance system.  If time permits, the student may write a brief report analyzing the variation in local ordinances related to marijuana legalization in Washington state.

The outcomes of the project will include availability of an easily and publicly accessible online policy query and mapping tool that demonstrates change over time, a replicable policy codebook for researchers in other states, and increased knowledge of policy makers regarding the variation in local ordinances pertinent to marijuana legalization.

For more info please click here: Public Health Law and Policy Internship. Act fast– Applications due no later than December 6!

Summer Internship Opportunity  Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2014 summer internship program. 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 fairness, and improving conditions of confinement for youth in secure facilities.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, systems reform, and racial and ethnic disparities reduction, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.