Interested in Federal Public Defense? Positions open in Idaho and Oregon

Feb. 24: Full-time Civil Rights Attorney for Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights WashingtonApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The attorney will spend a significant amount of time educating individuals with disabilities about legal rights and self-advocacy strategies. The attorney will respond to calls and letters from individuals seeking assistance from DRW and will travel to facilities serving these individuals to provide in-person services.  The attorney will provide services that empower people with disabilities to advocate for themselves through concise interviews, focused research, provision of information, referrals and advocacy tips, and development of informational publications. The attorney also will monitor, investigate and advocate for individuals and groups who are abused, neglected, or have had their civil rights violated. This position requires frequent travel throughout Washington State to monitor facilities and provide in-person technical assistance services.  This position will not have a primary focus on litigation, but the attorney will from time to time work on systemic litigation brought by DRW.

Read more and apply here.

March 1: Federal Defender Services of Idaho internship

federal-defenders-idahoApplication Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Federal Defender Services of Idaho is accepting applications from first- and second-year law students for a summer legal clerkship position with the Capital Habeas Unit for Summer 2017.  The Capital Habeas Unit, located in Boise, Idaho, represents individuals under a state sentence of death in Idaho, California and Nevada.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline, paid: Center for Reproductive Rights Global Legal Program internship

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA Legal Intake internship

aclu_picApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is seeking engaged, committed volunteers to help serve as the “face of the ACLU” in assisting our legal department in working with the thousands of Washingtonians who contact us each year seeking information and assistance. The ACLU of Washington is a dynamic non-profit, public interest organization devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights. Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast paced, friendly and professional office.

Legal Intake interns work within the ACLU of Washington’s Legal Department to assist with the organization, response, and analysis of intake complaints from around Washington State on a wide range of civil liberties and other issues such as free speech, student discipline, police practices, criminal law, and jail and prison conditions.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Summer fellowship with the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency at Yale Law School

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale Law School (YLS) invites applications for a summer fellow position. The summer fellow will assist in all aspects of CRIT’s ongoing litigation and other activities.

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is an inter-disciplinary initiative of YLS, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health, launched in 2016. CRIT staff work in collaboration with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at YLS to promote public health by ensuring open access to scientific data as well to improve the integrity of biomedical and clinical research.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Criminal Defense Investigator with the Federal Public Defender 

federal-public-defender-district-of-oregonApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Investigators are part of the FPD team representing indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from trespass to murder to complex fraud.  The work includes locating and interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, assessing legal claims (including habeas corpus claims), organizing documents in databases, and developing sentencing mitigation.  Some travel is required within the district, including occasional overnight or longer trips, as well as less frequent travel outside of the district.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Law Clerk for Immigration and Employment Law with Legal Aid Nonprofit in San Francisco

bayview-hunters-point-legal-aidApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal in San Francisco, CA, is working to prove that the law can work for everyone by creating the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation. We serve community members in the highest-need neighborhoods of San Francisco located in District 10: Bayview, Hunters Point, Potrero, Sunnydale, Visitation Valley. Eventually, we hope to expand, serve more neighborhoods, and create a model for national replication.
We are seeking a summer law clerk to help us handle immigration and employment cases. Fluent or highly proficient Spanish is required. You will work under the supervision and mentorship of our Senior Staff Attorney. Day-to-day work includes negotiating with adverse counsel, meeting clients, drafting demand letters and pleadings, and researching relevant law. We are fast-paced, high-volume office. We guarantee that you will not ever be bored. We value students who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and time management skills. We believe we offer extremely challenging and rewarding positions for students who want to learn how they can be a part of universal access.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter to adrian@bhpcommunitylegal.org

 

 

Coming up: First Amendment SJT, Judicial Clerkship interview primer, and more!

Jan. 17, SJT: The First Amendment: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Protests  

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

In the week leading up to the Inauguration, join the Women’s Law Caucus for a panel discussion on the First Amendment and free speech rights. What is hate speech? What is a legal protest? How can lawyers and law students balance civil rights with the freedom of speech on the federal and state levels? We’ll discuss that and more on 1/17. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity. Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Panelists include: La Rond Baker, ACLU; Prof. Ronald Collins, UW Law; and Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council.

Jan. 18, Coffee Talk: WA State Legislature Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC)

WAstatelegTime: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
 UW School of Law, Room 115 

Info session with JLARC for students interested in the work of Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee of the WA State Legislature. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 18: Judicial Clerkship Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 127

How would you answer the judge? “Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why? Name an opinion that illustrates your point.” “Describe a flaw in the justice system and how you would fix it.” “Which of my opinions have you read?” “If I made you an offer right now, would you accept it?”

Not sure? Want to run your answer by someone? Then come to Clerkships 102: Interviewing Workshop  Tips on what to expect and practice with tough questions from actual interviews. Led by Clerkship Director Ben Halasz

Jan. 26: MentorLink Mixer: Women in Leadership

WSBA LogoTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2017
Place: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

MentorLink brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders and new attorneys to learn about and discuss relevant topics and support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is hosted by WSBA Mentorship in partnership with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association and Washington Women Lawyers. RSVP Here!

 To learn more or if you have any questions, check out MentorLink Mixers or email us at MentorLink@wsba.org.

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

BrennanCenterApplication deadline: Open until filled

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

aclu_picApplication deadline: Open until filled

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.

ACLU invites you to watch arguments for landmark discrimination case before WA Supreme Court

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

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We are no longer collecting RSVPs. This event is now full. Please join us for the talk at 4pm.

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

November 8: Election Day. Do Your Part-Don’t Forget to Vote!

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November 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Student-Led Pro Bono Projects: Rewards, Challenges & Opportunities

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Time: 12:30-1:20pm

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Place: W.H. Gates Hall room 127

Interested in student-led law-related pro bono projects?  

Curious about what it takes to lead a mini-non-profit organization trying to increasing access to justice to underserved communities?  

Come hear from a panel of your colleagues who are taking on leadership roles with student-led pro bono projects here at UW Law. You’ll learn about the work of these projects and get an opportunity to speak to the students leading the charge. They are eager to share with you the project missions, goals and why there is a need for these kinds of projects here in Washington State. RSVP in Symplicity for lunch.

Nov. 14: Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series: “Criminal Justice Reform: National & Local Efforts”

seattle_university_school_of_lawTime: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Place: Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series is the first in what we hope will be provocative gatherings featuring change agents, policy makers, and civil legal aid providers discussing issues facing the growing number of low-income families in America. These events will shed light on the important role of civil legal aid in alleviating the effects of poverty and we’ll hear first-hand from our grantees providing legal aid around the state. Featuring Alison Holcomb, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice, Director and Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, Director.

Nov. 15: Join the ACLU support the Arlene’s Flowers plaintiffs

ACLU of WATime: 7: 30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Place: Bellevue College, Carlson Theatre

Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll wanted flowers for their wedding, but a flower shop in Tri-Cities turned them away because they are gay.  The case is now before the state’s highest court and the ACLU is representing the couple.

Join us on November 15 at 7:30 am at Carlson Theatre on the campus of Bellevue College to support Curt and Rob at oral argument of their case, Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, before the Washington Supreme Court. We anticipate a large showing of people in support of the florist.  Please join us to show Curt and Rob we support their courageous effort to fight discrimination in Washington state. Discrimination hurts. No one should be turned away from a public business just for being who they are. Businesses open to the general public may not violate anti-discrimination laws, even on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Please let the ACLU-WA know if you can join us so we have an accurate count.  Here’s to equality!

Nov. 16: Live Broadcast: Making the Case for Community Lawyering

Shriver CenterTime: 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Place: Online, register here.

Legal aid lawyers and community organizers may work with the same client groups, but their strategies and perspectives may not always align. Can lawyers and organizers ever work together? Can such a community lawyering practice benefit clients?

Join our next Advocacy Exchange, our live monthly video broadcast with advocates advancing change. We’ll talk with Taylor Healy—a Bread for the City attorney—and Aja Taylor—a Bread for the City organizer—about their community lawyering practice.

 

Internships with CRR, HRW, ACLU; City of Seattle and Bronx Defenders hiring grads

Due 11/8: City of Seattle seeks Civil Rights Investigator 

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

The Office for Civil Rights is committed to creating and sustaining an organization free of institutional racism; successful candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of race, racism, and multiculturalism to their job function and their commitment to creating organizations free of racism. This is a full-time position that will report to the Enforcement Manager.

The investigator will investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes. Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load. The work product of the Enforcement Division is ultimately subject to judicial scrutiny and must meet procedural and technical standards to withstand challenge. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Due 11/18: Bronx Defenders hiring immigration attorney

screenshot-9Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. 

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an immigration staff attorney to join our vibrant immigration practice.

The Bronx Defenders is a multi-service public defense organization dedicated to addressing the underlying issues that lead to involvement with the criminal and family justice systems. The Bronx Defenders’ collaborative approach brings together interdisciplinary work groups combining criminal defense and civil lawyers, social workers, investigators, and family court advocates to address not just the immediate criminal or family court case, but also the host of issues that drive individuals into the system. Our immigration practice, which currently consists of 18 attorneys, 2 social workers and 2 legal advocates, is housed within the Civil Action Practice, which provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our criminal and family defense practices.

Application process: To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references electronically via email to jobs@bronxdefenders.org by the end of business on Friday, November 18, 2016 and type “Staff Attorney (Immigration)” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. No faxes or phone calls please. Applications will be accepted immediately.

Due 12/9: Human Rights Watch Internship

2000px-hrw_logo-svgApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate interns for the spring of 2017. The internship will primarily focus on the research related to US human rights problems, especially those related to criminal justice and sexual assault. This internship will allow the intern to learn more about bail and sentencing reform, private probation companies, criminalization of drug possession, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases. Read more here.

Application Process: Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references in one PDF to usprog_jobs@hrw.org, using the subject line “NY Spring 2017 Graduate Internship.”

Due 12/24: Center for Reproductive Rights 2017 Spring Intern

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

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

The Center’s Latin America & the Caribbean team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in litigation and advocacy activities to enforce reproductive rights norms in national, regional and international fora. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU National Security Project Intern

aclu_picApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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 guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, 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, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

The National Security Project of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2017. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Application Process: Instructions here 

Choc Full O’ Important Training Opportunities!

June 14: Sin País (Without Country) Documentary Film Screening

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Tuesday, June 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Ave, 10th Floor, Nisqually Room, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for on June 14 at noon at Fenwick and West’s Nisqually Room for lunch and a screening of Sin País (Without Country), a striking 20-minute film about a real family from Guatemala whose lives in Marin County are suddenly fractured by deportation. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the family members featured in the film, as well as a short presentation by nonprofit attorneys regarding how Fenwick volunteers can help out on pro bono cases for families in need representation in their immigration cases.

  • Melody Young, Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Renée Schomp, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and Staff Attorney at OneJustice

RSVP by emailing probonoregistration@fenwick.com for Seattle screening. Add to your calendar

June 16: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

EJW Educational Debt Relief

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:05 PM PDT

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future,” at EqualJusticeWorks.org/ed-debt/ebook.

Register here.

June 17: Attention Attorneys! Be a volunteer lawyer for a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

PRO BONO TRAINING DEPENDENCY CASA- 8:30 am – 12 noon. Room Still Available!

Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101-3099

CLE credits pending

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June 15: Law & Liberty CLE- Transgender Rights & Public Accomodations

ACLU of WA 

Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 1pm

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164

This ACLU-sponsored event will cover Washington State legal protections for transgender individuals, as well as the legal implications of the current political backlash. Jennifer Shaw, the ACLU of Washington’s Deputy Director; and Denise Diskin, an attorney with Teller & Associates, will present. This event will take place at the ACLU office in Seattle and is open to all attorneys .

$5 Registration Fee. Lunch provided. 1 General CLE credit. Space is limited. Register here to reserve your seat!

June 17: Asylum for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Training by Kids in Need of Defense – Free 1.0 Law & Legal CLE Credit (Pending)

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Friday, June 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for a 60-minute presentation that teaches the essentials of working with children in their asylum claims.  Following the training, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for pro bono cases for children in need of representation in their immigration cases.  It’s a chance to make an immense difference for a child who would otherwise face complex proceedings pro se.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

RSVP by COB on June 16 to Julie Park at jjpark@fenwick.com.

 

Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for two fellowships & other job opportunities!

King County Public Defenders are seeking summer interns!

1280px-logo_of_king_county_washington-svgSummer 2016 1L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for One L students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. One L interns will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. A one L intern will be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail/other facilities where our clients are housed, assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  Within the Director’s Office, interns will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative responses and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

 Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates, as well as any geographic preference.

 Summer 2016 2L/3L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for Rule 9-qualified students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. Rule 9 interns will be able to represent clients, receiving active supervision and intensive training in both procedure and trial skills. In addition, Rule 9 students will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. Rule 9 students will also be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail and other facilities where our clients are housed, and assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  There will also be positions in the Director’s Office, where 2Ls and 3Ls will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative response, and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates as well as any geographic preference.

Jackson County, OR – Deputy District Attorney I (District Attorney Criminal Division)

nlwvciovProvides legal representation to prosecute a broad range of crimes in Circuit Court. May prepare and handle child support enforcement and modification hearings and trials. May prepare and present juvenile delinquency and dependency matters in the Circuit Court.

Examples of Essential Position Duties

  • Reviews and evaluates factual and legal bases for cases filed to determine legal sufficiency. Prepares charges to be filed with the court.
  • Prepares for motion hearings and trial through witness interviews, legal research, and investigation of facts and information; drafts, prepares, and files appropriate legal documents. Consults with law enforcement personnel regarding cases.
  • Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary.
  • Organizes cases for trial; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence.
  • Under general direction, conducts courtroom proceedings; determines strategy, organization, evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, and jury instructions.
  • Remains current on new laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information to law enforcement personnel, the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principles, the court process, and other related matters.
  • Adheres to County and departmental policies and procedures as well as safe work practices, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other staff, public officials, the general public and representatives of other agencies.
  • Attends and participates in required trainings.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance.
  • Working irregular hours is required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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The Office of Labor Standards is accepting applications for the position of Labor Standards Investigator

city_logoAs a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014. OLS implements City ordinances on minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, use of criminal history in employment decisions, wage theft and other laws that the City may enact in the future. OLS is housed within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

The Labor Standards Investigator position is a full-time emergency position with funding through December 31, 2016.

This position will be responsible for receiving and processing intakes, drafting complaints, and handling a complex caseload requiring investigation and resolution of complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (formerly known as the Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage Ordinance, Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance, and dual-filed discrimination cases in employment.
Applications close on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4 pm.

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Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for these two fellowships!

ac-logo-20141-300x75Washington, D.C.-based Policy Fellows

Policy Fellows will support Accountability Counsel in promoting corporate and government accountability and the protection of human and environmental rights. In this context, Fellows help advance our policy work toward the improvement of accountability mechanisms and their creation where they do not exist. Responsibilities include: conducting research and policy analysis; producing memos; reporting on international and domestic legal/policy developments; supporting our coalition-building efforts; and assisting with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and campaigns. Fellows will participate in meetings with stakeholders in government, business, international institutions, and partner organizations, as appropriate.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications for semester- and year-long positions from law students, graduate students and recent graduates (within on year of graduation) in relevant fields. Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Policy Fellow application can be found here.  We will begin reviewing Summer Policy Fellow applications in January and will accept applications until the positions are filled. (Note for Law School student applicants: We will accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. For 2Ls and higher, we accept applications on a rolling basis.)

Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellows

South Asia Law Fellows will primarily support Accountability Counsel in collaboration with South Asia-based communities in filing complaints and our development of resource materials for communities and advocates. South Asia Law Fellows will work with AC’s South Asia Director and be responsibly for legal research assignments and fact memos. They also may participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues as opportunities arise.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications from current law and graduate students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellow application can be found here. We will being reviewing South Asia Law Fellow applications beginning February 1st and will accept applications until the positions are filled

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AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) – Fall 2016 Legal Internship Opportunity; Racial Justice Program, New York (NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS) 

15_1For 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.

 The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Fall of 2016. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the students’ law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Applicants should send a cover letter, describing their interest in racial justice issues and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume and two references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length, to hrjobsRJP@aclu.org reference [RJP Fall 2016 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to Racial Justice Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 

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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH – DISABILITY RIGHTS RESEARCHER/ADVOCATE

2000px-hrw_logo-svgThe Disability Rights Division (“DRD”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing research and advocacy strategies on the human rights of persons with disabilities.  Ideally, the position will be based in HRW’s New York office and will report to the Director of the Disability Rights Division.

Contact: Please apply immediately or by  February 22, 2016 by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to disability@hrw.org. Please use “Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate Application Ref: DRD-16-1002” as the subject of your email. 

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CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST (CSPI) – 2016 FOOD LAW & REGULATORY POLICY INTERNSHIP

WordPerfect CSPI with NAH color logoThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest?circulation nutrition newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry.  CSPI is supported by the subscribers to Nutrition Action, donors, and foundation grants.

CSPI’s food-regulation team, working with staff scientists, led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act; restrict the use of unsafe food additives; stop numerous deceptive ads and labels; and reduce amounts of sodium and trans fat in processed food.  The Food Law and Regulatory project leads CSPI’s efforts to use regulation, legislation, and other strategies to promote smarter government policies and better corporate practices to improve the public’s health. 

We’re searching for a bright, hardworking law student to work closely with the Director of Regulatory Affairs on food labeling and misbranding, food additives and government oversight of the food supply before federal agencies and in Congress. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as litigation over principles of administrative law and food law. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, op-ed pieces, reports, tracking regulation and legislation and assisting in ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.

To apply, please email a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and legal writing sample, to hr@cspinet.org.  Please include “PSJD-FL” in the email subject line.   

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