Need summer funding? Apply for the Fitzpatrick Fellowship

Due April 3: Fitzpatrick Fellowship summer funding available

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Read more and get application here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights opens hotline to report discriminatory harassment 

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The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) today announced a new hotline for people to report harassment in Seattle. The Hotline is part of the City of Seattle’s Bias Hurts Campaign for Seattle residents and business owners who are the targets of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying. Call 206.233.7100 or go online to report discriminatory harassment. 

AG Ferguson to U.S. Supreme Court: Uphold transgender rights

Originally published March 3, 2017 by Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Media contact Peter Lavellee.

“Late yesterday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling recognizing the right of a transgender student in Virginia to use the school bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. The states, co-led by Ferguson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, filed a lawsuit after his school board changed district policy in reaction to some parents’ complaints, barring him from using the boys’ restroom. A federal district court dismissed his claim, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling and ordered the district court to continue hearing the case. Grimm brought his suit under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.”

Read the full press release here.

ABA seeking nominations for Harrison Tweed Award

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants & The National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2017 Harrison Tweed Award. The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for persons living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents. The award, given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is presented during the ABA Annual Meeting at a joint meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.

Read more and nominate here.

Internship and fellow opportunities at Harvard Law School

Due Jan. 6, paid: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program with ABA seeking 1Ls and 2Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

aba-judicial-intern-opportunity-programThe American Bar Association Section of Litigation is now accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program from second-year law students. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

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

Application Process: Apply here.

Due Jan. 20, paid: EarthJustice seeks summer intern in Bozeman, MT

EarthJustice LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

The Northern Rockies Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for its 2017 summer law clerkship.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

Application Process: Learn more here.

Due Jan. 22: DOJ summer position in Denver, CO

DOJApplication Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

The Department of Justice has a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women. Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. If selected, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs.  The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules of practice for the Colorado United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.  In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings. Practice areas include appellate litigation, civil litigation, criminal litigation.

Application Process: Apply here

Due Jan. 27, paid: End-of-life nonprofit seeking student or recent grad intern

compassion-and-choicesApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding options for the end of life.

Compassion & Choices is pleased to offer a law student or recent law graduate a 10- to 12-week fulltime legal internship. Under the supervision of highly experienced staff, legal interns will serve as part of a nationwide advocacy effort to improve care and expand options for the end of life. Work will primarily consist of research and writing on issues related to end-of-life healthcare and is likely to involve civil, criminal, and federal and state constitutional law. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Application Process: Get information here.

Due Jan. 31: Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic internships

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Established in 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. FLPC strives to increase access to healthy foods, support small-scale and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. FLPC is also a leader in the laws and policies surrounding food waste, FLPC interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects focused on reducing food waste at the national, state and local levels.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice a number of valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns also have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients; for example, FLPC travels to work in places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation, among others.

Application Process: Application instructions here

Due Feb. 1: Harvard Law Human Rights Program Visiting Fellowships for 2017-2018

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program gives individuals with a demonstrated commitment to human rights an opportunity to step back and conduct a serious inquiry in the human rights field. Visiting Fellows are usually scholars with a substantial background in human rights, experienced activists, or members of the judiciary or other branches of government. Learn more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling Deadline: NY nonprofit seeks immigration staff attorney

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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

PLS is seeking to hire a staff attorney with some immigration experience to provide representation to immigrants facing removal while in the custody of NYS’ Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The staff attorney will provide a full range of legal services throughout the course of representation, including meeting with incarcerated clients, appearing at master calendar and merits hearings, appealing to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and providing other services related to incarceration. The successful applicant will also assist in preparing materials to help immigrants appear pro se, supervise law students, and conduct trainings for pro bono attorneys working with PLS.

 

Application Process: Get instructions here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 12: Summer legal ethics fellowship abroad

AuschwitzApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

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

Application Process: Instructions here.

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

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

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

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

Rolling Deadline: International Medical Corps legal internships

international-medical-corpsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

Application Process: Click here to apply. 

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

ABA Center for Human RightsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

Rolling Deadline: Staff attorney position working with foster youth

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

Application Process: Instructions here.

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

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

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

Application Process: Instructions here.

Register now for the 8th Annual Global Washington conference

Dec. 8: Global Washington conference

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Place: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

Our law clerk program has two distinct components:

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

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

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

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

To learn more, please click here.

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

Call for Writing Submissions! 2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition

National Lawyers Guild  Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition

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By: National Lawyers Guild

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

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

Continue reading here.

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

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

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

Click here to access the manual.

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

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By: Columbia Legal Services

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

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

Continue reading here.

2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition, Due March 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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

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

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

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

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

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HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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