It’s not too late to get summer funding

Due June 9: Interested in litigation? Apply for Dwyer Inn of Court

Application Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle-area state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2017-2018 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest. The meetings generally run between 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Seattle University.

Read more and apply here.

Are You Interested in Human Rights? Attorney and Internship Positions Open

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Offering Paid Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The AFSCME Office of the General Counsel seeks law clerks for the summer term of 2016. AFSCME primarily represents employees within the public sector. The Office of the General Counsel provides in-house legal advice to the officers and employees of AFSCME and to affiliates throughout the country. The Office of the General Counsel is active in initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agenciesto safeguard the interests of the union.In addition to traditional issues of labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous issues of constitutional law – especially federalism and First Amendment questions. The Office also provides substantial assistance to the union’s organizing and legislative departments in developing strategy and drafting legislation.

For more information, click here.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Seeking Equal Access Fund Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law is a non­profit, public interest law office dedicated to furthering the legal, civil, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position also requires recruitment and coordination of law clerks and volunteers to assist in the Center’s work.

The position requires a pro-active and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, a positive attitude as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights Watch Seeking International Justice Summer Intern

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Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern with the International Justice Program (“IJP”) in the New York office for summer 2016. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice.

This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Strong writing skills are essential. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. Ideally this internship is full-time and a minimum commitment of ten weeks is requested.

For more information, click here.

UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting Seeking Higher Education Policy Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB) reports to the Senior Vice President of Planning & Management and provides analysis and information services to enhance university-wide planning and policy formation. OPB is responsible for planning and allocation of financial and physical resources to help the University fulfill its mission. OPB also leads University efforts in the fiscal and policy analysis of state budgets and legislation.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Higher Education Policy Analyst to work within the OPB and across its departments to provide fiscal and policy analysis and research on national and state higher education policies and practices in support of the executive branch of the University. This position will require expertise and in-depth knowledge of state legislative processes, state-level and national higher education data, and budget cycles. During state legislative sessions, this position will provide front line analysis and communication to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting as well as the Office of State Relations. As such, this position requires flexibility, adaptability and experience in analyzing fiscal and policy information from a wide variety of sources.  This position will report to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting and provide support to the Provost and staff, the University President, college deans and administrators, and faculty senate committees. Additionally, this person will work closely with the Office of Institutional Analysis, the University’s Budget Office,  and the Office of State Relations in the execution of state budget development and analysis as well as miscellaneous research, reports and presentations, and other projects as assigned. Finally, this position will liaise with counterparts in the Council of Presidents as well as the other institutions of higher education in the state.

For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Defender Services Seeks Immigration Practice Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/30/2016

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The Immigration Practice of Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks summer 2016 law student interns.   BDS represents more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense.  We believe all people—regardless of economic means—deserve respect, individualized care, and the fullest extent of legal protections whether accused of a crime or facing a civil legal obstacle to justice and opportunity.

BDS’s Immigration Practice has three primary focus areas: Padilla, Youth and NYIFUP.

The focus of the Padilla team is to advise noncitizen clients of the immigration consequences of their criminal cases. Padilla Immigration Practice attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizens’ criminal cases. In a limited number of cases, immigration practice attorneys continue to advocate for BDS clients in the immigration system even after the criminal case is disposed. We advocate against our clients’ immigration detention, defend them in immigration removal proceedings, and provide assistance applying for immigration benefits.

For more information, click here.

Department of Homeland Security – Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Seeking CRCL Interns, Due 3/1/2016 for Summer

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties seeks to provide motivated law students entering their second or third year of law school with an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. The internship will provide experience in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Employment Law, Homeland Security, and the practical workings of the Federal Government.

The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)supports the Department’s mission to secure the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law. The statutory authority for the Office is described in 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1.

For more information, click here.

Environmental Law Foundation Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/1/2016

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the summer of 2016. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Opportunity Available Now!

Open Justice Society Initiative Seeking Fall Interns, Due 8/27

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

For more information, click here.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2015-2016 for Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders, Certificates Testifying Intermediate-Advanced Level Spanish Required, Due 8/31

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-american system of human rights in the are of human rights defenders.  The position starts from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union in New York Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Interns

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Founded in 1986, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) & AIDS Project is a division of the national office of the ACLU.  It is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief.  The Center for Liberty is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015.  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.

For more information, click here.

Fall 2015 Legal Internship, ACLUF, Reproductive Freedom Project, NY, Position Open Until Filled 

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Staff Attorney for Reproductive Freedom Project, Position Open Until Filled

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, racial justice, and LGBT rights.  In addition, the Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.  The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.

For more information, click here.

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) Seeking Equal Justice Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

ILAS Logo Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is seeking an innovative, creative and exceptional advocate who shares a commitment to equal justice and the delivery of high quality impact advocacy on behalf of low income clients and their communities. The advocate will identify issues and develop strategies to address systemic issues involving civil rights, housing, public benefits, Indian law, farm worker protection and other issues. The advocate will investigate and assess potential cases and develop case plans, tactics, and strategies to litigate cases in federal and state courts. The advocate will work closely with ILAS’s Associate Director who has 37 years of experience in public interest litigation.

Submit: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

Candidates should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, problem-solving, research, writing, and public speaking skills, and the ability to carry a varied caseload. Demonstrated litigation experience is important. A passionate commitment to the low income client community is essential. Initiative as well as ability to work as part of a team is also valuable. Current Bar admission is not a requirement and reciprocity is available.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Seeking Fall Law Clerk, Due 8/31

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”) advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, impact litigation, and policy advocacy legal strategies.

Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one or more of our issue areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.

For more information, click here.

Governor Jay Inslee Seeking Interested and Qualified WSBA Members to Fill Judicial Vacancy in King County Superior Court, Due 8/31

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To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the King County Bar Association and statewide minority bar associations.

All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by Aug. 31, 2015, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible. If you have previously submitted an application to the General Counsel and would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest along with any updates/supplemental materials to your application.

For more information, click here.

American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court Seeking Associate Legal Officer, Due 8/31

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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court seeks an Associate Legal Officer for its international secretariat in The Hague. The Associate Legal Officer will provide general legal support and coordination for CICC programs through legal research and analysis of issues related to international criminal law, law of international organizations, public international law and comparative law, and will provide coordination and advice on legal and institutional issues relating to the functioning of the ICC. The position is directly supervised by the Head of the CICC The Hague Office, under the overall direction by the CICC Convener and in close coordination with the members of the Legal Section and other CICC sections. The position is on a temporary basis to fill a secondment, and will start as soon as possible.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! The Arbitration Counsel Seeks Full-Time Intern (4 Month Commitment), Due 8/31

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The Arbitration Council (AC) is a national, independent institution with quasi-judicial authority established under the Labour Law 1997 of Cambodia.  The AC is empowered to assist employers and employees in resolving labour disputes by conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

The Legal Intern will have an opportunity to gain experience in a professional legal setting within a unique organisation.  Applicants should be either recent university graduates (having graduated from university within the last 12 months) or students undertaking university studies in the field of law from year 3.

For more information, click here.

J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, UW Application Deadline 9/9

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The University of Washington application deadline is September 9, 2015; UW alumni are encouraged to apply through the University here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

Successful applicants must be young professionals who have a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and the ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows will have the opportunity to use their subject area expertise, language fluency, and other skills, such as IT proficiency, during the program to support the achievement of host institution goals. Responsibilities will be finalized after the placement is made. Participants will also be expected to carry out an academic component, such as an independent research project or related coursework. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships are available to:  African Union, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine.

For more information, click here.

Are You Interested in Business Law? Learn How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice!

Food For Thought on Privilege from the World Trust’s Summer of Justice & Racial Healing Series

By World Trust

Spotlight on Business Law Pro Bono: How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice

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By Kimberly Lowe | ABA Dialogue

“Pro bono service has to become as much a part of our substantive efforts as corporate law, tax law, real estate law and all of the other aspects of law that form part of our business law practice.—Joseph Mullaney, General Counsel of Gillette Company

Business law lawyers often feel challenged to provide pro bono legal services within their legal practice area. In an effort to increase the number of pro bono volunteers, many pro bono organizations and professionals claim (and in some instances proclaim) how much business law lawyers grow when they “step out of their comfort zone” and tackle litigation-based pro bono cases. Most business law lawyers (myself included) take offense to the suggestion that we somehow need to grow. Instead of encouraging a business law lawyer to grow experientially through litigation based pro bono, we should encourage each business law lawyer to use his or her legal skills to meet the ethical obligations of ABA Model Rule 6.1, which encourages every lawyer to provide pro bono legal services to “persons of limited means or . . . charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means.” A business law lawyer need not depart from his or her practice area in order to meet this obligation. Assisting a client of limited means in obtaining economic justice (or a nonprofit organization assisting their clients to do the same) is just as laudable as battling on behalf of a client of limited means in a court of law.

Continue reading here.

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Now Accepting Applications for Practice of Law Board, Due 8/21

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The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the Practice of Law Board. The Board was created by the Washington Supreme Court in 2001 and Reconstituted in July 2015. This Board will focus on:

  • Convening stakeholders to discuss the Practice of Law Board’s future and submit recommendations to the Court;
  • Educating the public about how to receive competent legal assistance; and
  • Considering new avenues for nonlawyers to provide legal and law-related services
  • Rendering Advisory Opinions
  • Referring non-frivolous complaints alleging unauthorized practice of law to appropriate authorities

The Court appoints members after considering nominations from the Practice of Law Board, the Board of Governors and other interested people and organizations. The Board has 13 members and at least four must be community representatives. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment to a second term. Lawyer members must be WSBA members on active status. Terms begin Oct. 1, 2015. The Board will have up to 11 openings, including at least three community representatives.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2015. Please apply only for the Practice of Law Board, as the deadline for other opportunities has passed.

Justice Department Condemns Local Criminalization of Homelessness, Files Brief in Case Against Boise, Idaho

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By National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty | Idaho Legal Aid Services

On August 6, 2015, the Department of Justice put enforcement power behind longstanding federal policy against criminalization of homelessness by filing a statement of interest brief in a case opposing a Boise, ID anti-camping ordinance brought by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) and Idaho Legal Aid Services, with the pro bono support of Latham & Watkins LLP.

The NLCHP case, filed in 2009, seeks to overturn a Boise ordinance which criminalizes sleeping in public, even when there are not enough shelter beds available to homeless individuals. Boise amended its ordinance in 2014 in response to the lawsuit, but continues to allow police to ticket homeless persons if any shelter beds are open, even if those beds are unavailable to individuals due to disability or religious objection, and although the total number of homeless people in Boise far exceeds the number of beds.

Continue reading here.

Coming Full Circle

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By Kate Clark | The Daily UW

At the age of 12, Krystal Koop found herself living on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. An abusive relationship was the primary catalyst to her two years of homelessness. She couch-surfed, spent innumerable nights in shelters, and, on the good days, found refuge in a close friend’s home.

At 14, she got shingles — an extremely painful skin rash very rare among teenagers — from the stress and trauma she endured daily. It went untreated for weeks. She had no access to proper treatment or someone she could readily confide in. Eventually, her close friend’s mom, the one she spent many nights with, noticed her itching and squirming.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” the woman asked Koop.

“There were so many reasons why I couldn’t, didn’t say anything,” Koop said.

Continue reading here. Photo credit of Lindsey Yamada.

Advocate for Housing for the Homeless! Register Now for Advocacy Day!

December 19: Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) Holiday Party and CLE

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Please join the ABAW for its final social event of the year on Friday, December 19th at the House of Hong, 409 – 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104.   First, join us for a free CLE from 4:00 – 5:30 PM presented by our very own Serin Ngai (“Nuts and Bolts of Family Law – How Parenting Plans are Developed”).  Then stay for the festivities from 5:30 PMonward.  As always, we will be hosting a White Elephant style gift exchange ($20 or less please).  Members only!  Please RSVP to christopher.wong@kingcounty.gov by Monday, December 15, 2014 so we can have an accurate headcount.  Also, please let us know if you are intending to attend the CLE, the dinner, or both.

CLE Details: 

  • Date/Time: 4:00 -5:30 on December 19, 2014
  • Topic: Nuts and Bolts of Family Law-How Parenting Plans Are Developed
  • Speaker: Serin Ngai
  • CLE Credits: 1.0 for General and 0.5 for Ethics; pending approval
  • Description:  This CLE provides the general practitioner with basic knowledge of the practice of family law in King County beginning with the procedural nuts and bolts, such as how to file motions and the motions practice. The seminar will then primarily focus on parenting plans – how they are developed, what GALs review and consider when performing investigations and making recommendations to the court, and tips and suggestions on how to fine-tune and finesse a parenting plan that works for various relationships and unique situations. Finally, the seminar will touch upon the ethical obligations that may arise for a family law attorney.
  • Speaker’s Bio:  Serin Ngai is the Managing Member of Sound Family Solutions, PLLC. Ms. Ngai is a certified Title 26 Guardian ad Litem on the King County GAL Registry and is also certified in Collaborative Law. She has also served as an ABAW board member for the past 7 years in various positions, and is currently the Pro Bono Chair and manages the ABAW’s two legal clinics. She also volunteers in the Family Law Clinic with the King County Bar Association SW Legal Clinic in West Seattle. She was recently awarded one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under Age of 40 in Washington state by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

January 30-31: Arctic Encounter Symposium 2015

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Charting a Path to US Leadership in the Far North

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-31, 2015
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
University of Washington & Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, WA

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier – the Arctic. Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic’s full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers, and regional stakeholders.

This year’s symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities, and international relations. The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities, and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program includes complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, and keynote luncheons on both Friday and Saturday. Participants will enjoy a networking reception and seated dinner at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at Lake Union on the evening of Friday, January 30. A closing reception will take place at the conclusion of the program on Saturday, January 31.

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

February 17: Registration for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2015 Now Open

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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
United Churches, 110 Eleventh Ave. SE, Olympia, WA

Join hundreds of fellow advocates from across Washington on Tuesday, February 17 for Advocacy Day. This is an important day for the statewide affordable housing and homelessness movement to come together, get energized, and learn more about the latest legislation and policies creating more opportunities for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Last year, the 600+ voices at Advocacy Day set the stage to help pass homelessness legislation, in the 11th hour, that had been initially killed in a Senate committee.

This year, an immense $4.5 billion budget shortfall means we’re facing several mandates that have the potential to de-fund crucial safety net services and investments in affordable homes. But on the bright side, there are important advances to be made in tenants rights and supportive housing.

We have to make sure these issues are front-and-center in Olympia because everyone needs a home. And coming together during Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is a great way to start!

Register online here.  For more information, click here.

Fellowship Opportunities in Equal Justice Works, Appellate Advocacy, and Animal Rights!

Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/22

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This position will assist the ANDVSA Legal Program in coordinating statewide efforts for legal services for domestic and sexual violence.

This job description defines areas for which an individual has primary responsibility and is not intended to limit the scope of the job in any way.  Supervised by ANDVSA Senior Staff Attorney; Interview and screen prospective clients for eligibility into ANDVSA’s Legal Program; Civil Legal representation including case and factual research and appellate work if necessary; Maintain a caseload of civil legal cases, primarily family law (statewide); Case-conference and coordinate with ANDVSA Legal Program staff regarding case referrals; Assist ANDVSA Legal Program with efforts to ensure successful representation of victims in the courts including advocacy and legal research; Confer and consult advocates, attorneys and other professionals.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 11/24

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The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios. First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses. HRSP’s attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.

The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

For complete details, click here.

Defenders of Wildlife Seeking Legal Fellow

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The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office. The position is intended for a highly qualified individual committed to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Primary emphasis is on providing legal research, writing, and litigation support for cases involving federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and the advancement of Defenders’ conservation policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Spring and Summer Intern in the Office for Civil Rights, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis

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The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer 2015 Intern in Washington DC

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, these prosecutions extend from misdemeanor drug possession cases to murders. On the federal side, these prosecutions extend from child pornography to gangs to financial fraud to terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia.

The Office also enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in civil suits brought in the district. Its location in the seat of the federal government gives it responsibility for many cases of national importance, including far-reaching challenges to federal policies and employment practices.

In all things, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is committed to ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Our Office offers volunteer and academic credit internships to undergraduates, graduate students and to law students. Work study funds may be available contingent upon the budgetary constraints of both the educational institution and this Office. We accept college undergraduates, graduate students, and second and third year law students, with the permission of their school, to work in the Office assisting our attorneys in case preparation. In the summer, most students work 40 hours a week.

For more information, click here.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Seeking Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Washington DC

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in its Washington, DC field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children residing in Virginia and Washington, DC through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities.

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New Deadline for Equal Justice Works Fellowship in Texas, Due 12/1

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Every year Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides funding for Equal Justice Works Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites. We recently learned that Equal Justice Works’ applicant pool for the 2015-16 Class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. While TAJF has made no decision regarding any current applicants, they have asked Equal Justice Works to re-open the application to diversify the pool. Again, the quality of the current candidates has not yet been reviewed or judged – this decision is about the total number of applications received. All applicants will be carefully reviewed once the pool is complete.

Equal Justice Works is seeking additional applications in Texas

Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition exclusively for applications with TAJF grantees as host organizations. We strongly encourage your students to consider applying.

The new deadline for these Fellowship applications is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can find more information on the program and its application below. Should you have any questions please contact Carolyn Schorr at cschorr@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686 ext. 137. To speak to TAJF about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Melton at ldmelton@teajf.org.

Attention 1Ls!  Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 2015 Legal Intern, Due 12/19

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 1L Summer interns for 2015 positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units. Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through. After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects. These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Suite 200, Colby Ave , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until December 19th applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Offering Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy John Payton Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The prestigious John Payton Fellowship offers attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy with the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice law firm.

Payton Fellows will have the opportunity to litigate cutting-edge civil rights cases, particularly with a focus on appellate and Supreme Court advocacy in LDF’s program areas, which include education, criminal justice, voting, and/or economic justice. The Fellows will also help develop public policy and create public education campaigns about racial discrimination, in addition to leading community meetings, participating in conferences, and/or developing public information pieces. During her or his tenure, the Payton Fellow will cultivate relationships with leading litigators, government officials, academics, and organizing/ advocacy experts.

The program will annually hire one Payton Fellow. The inaugural Fellowship will commence in 2015.

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Looking to Refine Your Resume? Check Out These Great Tips!

Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.