Interested in Housing Policy Development? Position Opening with City of Seattle

Fair Foods Standards Council Seeking Human Rights Attorney, Spanish or Haitian Creole Fluency Required

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to
monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human
rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair
Food Program (FFP).

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft
comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation
and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare
memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and
director, as well as the public.

For more information, click here.

Washington Dental Service Foundation Seeking Policy Advocate & Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation is seeking a strategic, organized individual to lead the Foundation’s strategies for influencing public policy.

Our Policy Advocate & Analyst position involves identifying and analyzing public policies that will improve oral health in our state and nationally. This role builds knowledge of, and relationships within, the oral health, children’s health, and seniors health arenas — both locally and nationally. Our knowledge- and relationship-building efforts share the goal of creating the political will to change policies. Additionally, our Policy Advocate & Analyst partners with the Delta Dental of Washington Government Relations staff and the Foundation’s lobbyist in order to position the Foundation as the state’s oral health expert.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! US Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) Now Open!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is NOW open!  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and link to the application is here.   SLIP information and a link to the application are here.

Important Details:

We have approximately 217 Honors Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (14)
  • Civil Division (30)
  • Civil Rights Division (12)
  • Criminal Division (9)
  • Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program (3) – This is a three-year fellowship which may be extended or converted to a permanent position.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (3)
  • Environment & Natural Resources Division (10)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (95)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel (2) NEW!
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (4)
  • Indian Country Fellowship (1)
  • INTERPOL (1) NEW!
  • National Security Division (5: 3 permanent and 2 three-year fellowships)
  • Office of Information Policy (1) – Informal Participant
  • Tax Division (12)
  • U.S. Trustee Program (8)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Arizona, California, Ohio, and New York (7) (eligibility restrictions)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Vermont and Illinois (2) NEW! – Informal Participant (eligibility restrictions)

We have approximately 104 Summer Law Intern Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (23)
  • Civil Division (23)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (18)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (11)
  • Office of Information Policy (3)
  • Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (2)
  • Office of Legal Counsel (1) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Office of the Solicitor General (2) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Tax Division (15 – 20)
  • U.S. Parole Commission (1)

Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Externship Opportunities Available During 2015-2016 Academic Year

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Listed below are externship opportunities available during the 2015-2016 school year. For additional information about these and other externship opportunities, please check the list of approved externship placements here.  If you are interested in exploring an externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form here.

Judicial Externship: Washington Supreme Court’s Justice Mary Fairhurst Still Accepting Fall Quarter Applications

Justice Mary Fairhurst is still accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Cindy Phillips at cindy.phillips@courts.wa.gov.

Judicial Externship: Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima Still Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 School Year

Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Criminal Justice Externship: Washington Defender Association’s Criminal Technical Assistance Division Now Accepting Applications

Washington Defender Association has openings in its Criminal Technical Assistance Division. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to magda@defensenet.org. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Magda Baker
Washington Defender Association
110 Prefontaine Place South, Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104

City of Seattle Seeking Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, Due 8/11

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The Seattle Office of Housing (OH) builds strong, healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.  In September of last year, Mayor Murray and City Council called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.

This position is a senior member of OH’s Policy and Equitable Development team, with responsibilities that span policy development, program development and communications. This position will engage in extensive and complicated policy and program development, stakeholder outreach and engagement, and close partnership with and presentation to senior management, other city departments, and elected officials.

For more information, click here.

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Intern for the Associated Counsel for the Accused Division, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense.

For more information about the internship, click here.

Prisoners Legal Services of New York Seeking Fall Law Intern, Due 8/15

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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking fall interns for our regional offices in Albany and Buffalo for 2015.  PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization, founded in 1976. PLS provides civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State prisons, in cases where appointed counsel is not available.

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, student interns will respond to a variety of prisoners’ letters, review disciplinary hearings, draft administrative appeals and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to interview clients in prison. Limited work-study is available, but students are also strongly encouraged to inquire with their Career Services Office about funding for public interest positions.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeking Fall 2015 Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience. Interns will assist staff attorneys with legal projects, such as: Multilateral Development Banks, Strengthening Indigenous Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System, Guatemala, etc.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! City of Bellevue Seeking Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Due 8/17

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The Attorney 1-Deputy Prosecuting Attorney is an entry level position focusing on the prosecution of infractions, arraignments and in-custody hearings for the City of Bellevue. The position may also include prosecution of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases through all stages of prosecution at District Court (arraignments, motions, trials, reviews), as well as appellate matters.

For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees of Spokane Bar Association Accepting Applications for Executive Director, Due 8/20

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The Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  Duties include overall management of the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program operations, hiring and supervision of a staff of 5-6, working with the SCBA and VLP Board of Trustees, managing finances for both SCBA and VLP, organizing SCBA/VLP membership events and functions, and representing the SCBA membership at events and in the community.

Qualified applicants must have strong management and organizational skills as well as being an excellent communicator.  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and multitask.  Bookkeeping/accounting experience and a working knowledge of the legal system or legal assistant/paralegal experience preferred.  Grant writing experience is desirable.  Some travel is required.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to info@spokanebar.org with the subject line “SCBA Executive Director Position.”  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, August 20, 2015.  Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview after the deadline.

Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Seeking Director for Community Engaged Learning in Human Rights

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Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) seeks a Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) to expand and strengthen community engaged learning opportunities for Stanford undergraduate students in the area of Human Rights.  The DCEL initiative is a pilot program that stems from the 2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, which asserted that community engaged learning “not only advances the fundamental aims of a Stanford education, it also exemplifies the fundamental character of the institution.”

For more information, click here.

Upcoming scholarships and new racial justice resources

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Charles Z. Smith Scholarship

The Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors WA state Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees.

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law;
(2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship;
(3) must have financial need (determined through OSFA) and
(4) must submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. This personal statement should not exceed 2 type-written double-spaced pages. All application materials must be sent via e-mail to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UW law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on divorce and family law. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family attorney practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters.

To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law.

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) A personal statement (no more than 700 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) One letter of recommendation describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. The letter must be in a sealed envelope and can be delivered to the Office of Admissions & Financial, Room 231 by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Want to Access More Skills and Tools to Achieve Racial Equity? Check out this Extraordinary Resource!

Whether you are student, staff, faculty or UW law grad, you have an opportunity to learn about and take action to achieve racial equity and justice. RacialEquity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Check it out!