Love animals? New report explores career opportunities in animal law

Was your clothing made free from forced labor?

business-and-human-resource-center-logoKnowTheChain, which ranked the 20 of the largest global apparel & footwear companies on the steps they are taking to combat forced labor in their supply chain, finds most companies have systems in place to monitor and react to forced labor and human trafficking, but few address systemic causes.

The four highest performing companies (Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon) achieve scores above 60/100. Among the lowest performing companies are Hong Kong-based Belle International Holdings (0/100), Chinese clothing manufacturer Shenzhou International Group Holdings (1/100), and the luxury Italian fashion house, Prada (9/100). Read the full report here.

Check out UNHCR’s career opportunities

unhcr-logoUNHCR employs some 9,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.

UNHCR offers opportunities in a wide range of functional areas where you can achieve your professional goal to be a humanitarian.

Animals need lawyers, too: New report identifies career opportunities in animal law

screenshot-33The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently issued a report on opportunities and resources for people interested in working in animal law. Read the full report here.

Want to Protect the Earth? Summer Internship Positions in Environmental Law!

Office of Management and Budget Recruiting Two Policy Analysts

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We are recruiting for two policy analysts for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We are seeking someone with experience relating to K-12 education and someone with experience in labor-related issues, including job training, pensions and unemployment insurance.  In both cases we are particularly interested in current students or recent or upcoming graduates of master’s degree programs in relevant fields.

Policy analyst positions at OMB are particularly exciting for people launching their careers in public policy.    In addition to developing the President’s Budget, OMB staff are responsible for providing the Executive Office of the President with policy and technical support on a wide range of issues. Analysts in these positions are responsible for reviewing the work and recommendations of agencies at many levels, and play a critical role in the policy and budget formulation processes.  OMB analysts interact with and provide policy analysis to numerous offices throughout the Executive Office of the President, including the Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, and Office of the Chief of Staff.  These career positions provide a great opportunity for individuals interested in public policy to see how Federal programs work at all levels.  We are looking for individuals who have strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

For more information, click here.

University of Oregon School of Law Seeking Two Associate Directors for the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development in Eugene, Position Open Until Filled

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As the state’s only public law school, the University of Oregon School of Law is charged with providing an exemplary, accredited legal education in a cost-effective manner.

The Associate Director is one of three full-time professionals in the Center for Career Planning and Professional Development (Career Center) who report to the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development.  We are currently seeking to fill two Associate Director positions.

The Associate Director’s work is shaped by key areas of substantive expertisesuch as: state trial court clerkships, private law firms, alternative JD career paths, and public interest and public service.  In addition to substantial career counseling responsibilities, including job search strategy, document review, and interview preparation, the Associate Director represents the Career Center and the University of Oregon School of Law to external audiences while engaging in marketing and outreach.  The Associate Director also collaborates with the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development on the content and execution of the 1L Career Exploration and Professional Planning course.  Duties also include planning and facilitating Career Center programming, including workshops and panel presentations, and managing budgets related to these activities.

For more information, click here.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide Seeking Summer Environmental Law Intern

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ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to protect the environment. We provide legal and scientific resources to advocates in approximately 70 countries who are working to protect the environment and human rights. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance. These requests generate both short and long-term projects. Projects may include legal research (US and international); obtaining information about multinational companies planning to enter new countries; identifying model statutes and regulations; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda to send to overseas advocates and communicate directly with these lawyers. ELAW Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Law Externs in Northwest Office for 2016, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Northwest Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Seattle, Washington, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for externships in the spring or fall of 2016.

Externs work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Externs 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.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation in Washington, D.C., Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 Opportunities Available

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Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for its spring 2016 legal internship with the Refugee Representation team. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are preferably fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of indigent asylum-seekers.

We seek part-time interns (15 hours per week minimum) for the spring semester. Interns will be based in our Washington, D.C. office. All internships are unpaid.

The Refugee Representation program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases. The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

For more information, click here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Seeking Summer 2016 ALDF Litigation Program Clerk, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 12/1

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The clerkships are full-time, during summer 2016, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Due 12/2

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Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education.  Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2016 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits. Law students who wish to intern with the Children’s Law Center will receive one-on-one supervision from an attorney throughout the summer.

The following projects within Children’s Law Center are accepting summer law clerks: Guardian ad litem Project (GAL), GAL Special Education Project, Families First (FF), Heathy Together (HT), and Policy Team.

For more information, click here.

Paid Internship! District Department of the Environment Seeking Environmental Legal Intern, Due 12/4

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The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks to hire a legal intern.  DOEE is the leading agency for energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia.

DOEE’s OGC has a staff of nine attorneys and one operations specialist.  Legal interns are generally responsible for assisting OGC attorneys with the issues described above and various research projects as they arise. In addition, legal interns have the opportunity to interact with many of DOEE’s engineers, biologists, technicians, inspectors, environmental specialists, and other staff on a wide variety of District?related issues, including air and water quality, hazardous and toxic substances, underground and leaking underground storage tanks, lead?based paint matters, and energy and sustainability issues.

Legal interns are immersed in work of the office and have consistent communication with staff and supervising attorneys.  Interns participate in all office functions and are in consistent contact in person or via email.  Interns may work closely with a number of different attorneys who are all asked to comment, review, and evaluate the intern’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! New York University School of Law’s Open Society Presidential Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 12/10

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The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations.

Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

For more information, click here.

Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads!

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The Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads! The Public Interest Network  is a family of organizations that use organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, and litigation to create change. They work on a variety of issues, including stopping global warming, protecting consumers, and getting money out of politics. They are actively recruiting UW law grads for JD advantage positions! For the right candidates they may delay start date for after the bar exam.

Check out some recent postings here:

Clean Water Advocate (Environment America) (DC)
Clean Energy Advocate (Environment America) (DC) 

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New Fellowship Applications Available Now

Portland Bureau of Development in Oregon Seeking City Planner

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City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, using computer applications and software pertaining to the work.

The Land Use Services Division of BDS currently has a 2-year, limited-term position available. Duties include administering the zoning code through review of development proposals, and providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

The Enforcement Division of the Inspections Division has a permanent position available. Duties and responsibilities include processing and investigating increasingly complex zoning enforcement complaints, i.e. environmental, tree cutting, site excavation, erosion control and/or grading disturbances, large signs, Central City Parking review, Vending/Food Cart pods, and Land Use conditions. Other duties include performing permit inspections for Development Review & Zoning Permits, posting Stop Work Order notices, providing feedback and direction to Code Specialists II & III and Housing Inspectors on zoning-code related questions and enforcement actions.

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

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Seeking ELL Program Specialist, Due 9/9

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is looking for a Program Specialist who is a strategic, results driven, and a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees.

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. In order for the department to realize its goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an experienced Program Specialist who will work with the OIRA team to develop and implement programs that build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

Reporting to the OIRA Director, you will utilize your program development experience to cultivate and coordinate a City-wide English Language Learner (ELL) initiative to address the unmet needs in ESL programming in our region. The city’s new ESL program is currently in development, so you will be responsible for managing the successful planning and implementation this innovative program.

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

Attention Post Grads! WildEarth Guardians Seeking Public Lands Director, Due 10/1

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The Public Lands Director is responsible for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands.

This position reports to the Wild Places ​Program ​Director and is located in Denver, CO or Missoula, MT.

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

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Applications Available for 2015-2017 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowhip, Due 10/15

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Applications are currently being accepted from students entering or in their third year of law school for the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship ‐ an exciting, two‐year, public interest fellowship opportunity. The Fellowship is a full‐time position; we are accepting applications for the term beginning September, 2015 and ending August 2017.

The Fellow will be placed at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  The Fellow will work with advocates in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester, New York office representing low‐income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy.

The Fellowship is being funded in memory of Hanna S. Cohn, a remarkable attorney who began her 25‐year career in poverty law as a public interest fellow. Hanna was the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) a pro bono program that, because of Hanna’s leadership, is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

New Fellowship Offering Available to Recent Grads, The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship

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The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship, part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian Country jurisdictions.  The Fellowship is named in honor of Department of Justice attorney, the late Gaye L. Tenoso. Gaye’s distinguished service to the Department and the people it serves spanned 30 years.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position. Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may have the opportunity to be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Position Opening as Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator for Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Open Until Filled

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The Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator facilitates off-site and evening legal clinics, provides support to attorneys volunteering in off-site and evening clinics, oversees late afternoon and evening non-attorney volunteers and performs regular data input to keep client records up to date.

This is a part-time position, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 time, hours and schedule to be determined and will remain flexible.

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

Attention 3Ls! Positions Open with TDA and DOL Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Defender Association Division Seeking Full Time Public Defense Attorney, Due 4/22

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The Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense seeks an experienced staff attorney to work full time. Since its inception in 1969, The Defender Association Division has undertaken not only to provide excellent representation to indigent clients, but also to address systemic inequities in the justice system.

Public defense attorneys provide legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, civil commitment and civil commitment of sexually violence predators. The scope of representation is defined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards are observed in accordance with WSBA guidelines. 

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

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/28

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The Employees’ Compensation appeals Board (ECAB), a United States Department of Labor appellate adjudicatory board, is seeking to hire a Law Clerk with a projected start date in May 2014. 

The ECAB, located at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., hears appeals taken from determinations and awards under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) with respect to claims of federal employees injured in the course of their employment.  The decisions of the Board are made in accordance with its statutory mandate, based on a thorough review of the case record as compiled by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).  The ECAB has final ­authority to determine benefits payable with respect to the disability or death of federal employees injured in the scope of their employment.  There is no further administrative or judicial appeal of ECAB decisions.

The Law Clerk position is a two-year appointment at the GS-11, Step 1 level. The primary responsibilities of the Law Clerk is to review and analyze case records and arguments, conduct legal research, draft decisions and orders, and responses to motions. Familiarity and work experience with the ECAB and its procedures as well as the FECA is most desirable.

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

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  Paid Health Summer Internship with the Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems; and 90 academic and scientific societies.  Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world’s most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public’s trust for the role we play in improving the nation’s health.

The AAMC’s Office of Legal Services is seeking a rising 3L (or exceptional rising 2L) for a legal clerkship. A clerkship with the Office of Legal Services provides students with a unique opportunity to work in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Although we are a non-profit organization, the Office of Legal Services functions in much the same way that an in-house legal department would in a for-profit company.  Clerks will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, however, applicants should be aware that most litigation matters are not handled internally.

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

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Appellate Public Defense! Backlund & Mistry Seeking Fall Legal Intern

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Small Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

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

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Seeks Externs During 2014-2015 Year, Contact Esther Park if Interested

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The Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division is recruiting 1Ls and 2Ls for externships during the 2014-2015 school year.

This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. This division furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. The division’s mission is to serve the University of Washington — and the students, patients and citizens who benefit from its teaching, healthcare and research — by assuring that it receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards. The UW Division will take externs or volunteers on a part-time or full-time basis. Hours to be determined with supervising attorney.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Esther Park first before applying.

Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC Seeking Bilingual Immigration Legal Assistant – Chinese (Mandarin) and English, Due 5/15

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Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC is seeking an immigration Legal Assistant/Paralegal that is fluent in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.  currently the firm has a vacancy in its China practice department involving immigration and international law.

This is a fast paced position, so ability to multitask is a must and we desire applicants that can learn quickly and has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in immigration practice.

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

Attention Current 1Ls and 2Ls, or LLMs!  Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal Seeking Fall 2014 Clerk, Due 5/5

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Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm in the nation’s capital focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for the fall 2014 semester.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.  Law clerks may be 2L, 3L, or LLM students, or may be recent law school graduates looking for a temporary clerkship.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding will be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Extends Externship Deadline to 5/1

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This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. The University has campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma, enrolls over 50,000 students, employs over 40,000 individuals, and operates academic medical centers. Externs and volunteer law clerks to this division may have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft client advice memoranda, participate in client meetings, attend court proceedings when available, draft or revise contracts, and attend client presentations.

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

Check Out These International Internships and Legislative Counsel Positions! Also, Federal Public Defender Position Due Today!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Western District of Washington Seeks Full Time Federal Public Defender, Due TODAY

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The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington, operating under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal matters in the federal courts, is seeking a Research and Writing Specialist. Applicants must be law school graduates, who have been admitted to and are in good standing with their state bars. A minimum of two years of legal experience and knowledge of criminal law is required. Experience in habeas law and handling federal criminal cases is strongly preferred. This position is dependent on federal funding.

Deadline February 17, 2014.

For more information, click here.  For application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in Illinois?  Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 2/19

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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a 75-lawyer legal services organization, serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County, is seeking applicants for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our office in McHENRY.  This office, located approximately 60 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is staffed by two attorneys and serves McHenry County.  The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for low-income persons.  The work will be concentrated exclusively in housing law, including eviction and foreclosure defense.  Staff attorneys are involved in the communities served by the office, and the successful applicant will be involved with extensive outreach and collaboration with other organizations serving low-income persons in McHenry County.  A commitment to legal aid work is essential for this position.  Applicants should be aware that this position is funded for one year, although we anticipate that continued funding is possible.

Deadline: February 19, 2014

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post Grad!  City of Seattle Legislative Department Seeking City Council Central Staff Director, Due 2/25

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The City of Seattle is looking for an intelligent, motivated, civic-minded leader who is passionate about helping shape public policy issues in a fast-paced environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a progressive city government that values civic discourse and inclusion of the City’s many diverse communities while constantly striving to make Seattle a great city to live, learn, work, and play.

We are currently recruiting for the City Council Central Staff Director. The Director manages the 18 member policy unit, which provides policy analysis for all nine Council members and their legislative aides, develops legislative initiatives for individual Council member offices and the Council as a whole, and reviews legislative proposals from the Mayor, City Attorney, and Municipal Court. The Director also oversees the finance function for the Legislative Department, which involves managing an additional staff of two and an annual budget of more than $2.9 million.

Visit www.seattle.gov/jobs by 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to complete an online application.  Job Number 2014-00127.

Interested in Working in Guatemala?  The Rabinal Legal Clinic Seeks Volunteer to Join Its Team

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The Rabinal Community Legal Clinic is an organization that is working to bring to justice perpetrators of violence related to Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding working with a team of primarily indigenous Maya Achi lawyers. They are currently looking for someone to volunteer.

For a complete description of qualifications and application details, click here.

Looking to Work in Cambodia this Summer? Vishnu Law Group Offers International Internship

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Vishnu Law Group is the leading public interest law firm in Cambodia, well known for its public interest work and pro bono services.  Projects include high profile legal advocacy to defend human rights, defense of poor communities in land dispute cases, and legal cooperation projects to develop environmental legislation and provide tenure security for poor communities.  Vishnu also handles a range of private legal matters.

The selected students will participate and assist in all aspects of the firm’s work, including: research on legal and technical issues relevant to the firm’s work; meetings with civil society and international stakeholders; development of innovative legal strategies; assisting in the capacity development of the firm’s team, and donor relations, including drafting proposals and reports.

For a complete description and application details, click here. (Note: Malware warning on Vishnu Law Group website, approach with caution.)  Image courtesy of pakorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Attention Recent Grads with Political Democratic Experience! Senator Hirono Seeking Legislative Counsel to Join Judiciary Committee

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Senator Hirono’s Office is seeking Legislative Counsel to join its staff in handling Judiciary Committee work, including immigration and intellectual property. The senator has a strong interest in consumer protection issues. Other issues in the portfolio could include privacy, nominations, and more. Responsibilities include developing a proactive legislative agenda, keeping the senator up to date, staffing the Senator during committee meetings, and writing statements and speeches. Qualified candidates should have a J.D., be strong writers, and have prior Capitol Hill experience.

Senator Hirono’s office is an equal opportunity employer.  To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample here. Please make sure to note which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email (Judiciary Position).

For more information about Senator Hirono, click here.

Interested in Policy Work in Olympia this Summer?  Take Advantage of the Governor’s Leadership Academy, Due 3/31

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Take advantage of a unique internship program through the Governor’s Leadership Academy. Great opportunities to work in legislative affairs and policy for law students. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through March 31.

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office.  The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Externship Opportunity for Animal Rights Activists

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Friends of Animals is pleased to announce summer (2014) externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism.  Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference.  Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.

Check out Symplicity for full description and application information.

Looking for a Spring Externship? Department of Labor Seeking Spring Extern for OSHA Discrimination Case

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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discrimination case in federal court.  The DOL Office seeks an extern available in the Spring Quarter who can assist in trial preparation.  If you are interested in anti-discrimination issues, this is a rare opportunity to gain experience in discrimination law under OSHA and Title VII as such cases rarely go to trial.  Externs must be available for at least 16 hours per week, though more hours are available upon request.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Bruce Brown directly by email.  Mr. Brown is the Associate Regional Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.

Inspiring East Coast Opportunities Percolating

DC-Based Environmental Protection & Animal Law Firm Seeks 2Ls & 3Ls for Winter/Spring

MeyerGlitzensteinDCfirmMeyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, animal law, natural resource conservation, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for spring 2014.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.

Qualifications: Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Salary: Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding may be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through November 3. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Seeks Policy Director

Natl domestic workers allianceThe National Domestic Workers Alliance  organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building, we seek to help build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum and currently represents 41 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks an energetic and experienced Campaign Director to direct and develop the Alliance’s policy agenda, including providing policy analysis and development on issues that address domestic worker rights.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania’s Community Justice Project seeks an attorney for its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office

Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania_photomontageCJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits.

In March, 2014, CJP will be hiring a staff attorney to work from its Harrisburg office. The attorney will be responsible for litigation and advocacy that addresses illegal behavior and seeks to improve the lives of low income people. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own outreach to Hispanic communities from offices in Reading, Hazleton, and Pittsburgh. The attorney will work closely with outreach paralegals on many issues and cases from these communities. Spanish language ability is very helpful. Demonstrated litigation ability is also very helpful. A demonstrated commitment to the low income client community is essential.

Applicants should send a letter, resume, and writing sample to Larry Norton, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. lnorton@palegalaid.net. 1-800-322-7572 ext. 209.  Applications are to be received by September 30, 2013. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Seeks Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney

DC LASlogoThe Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

The ideal candidate will have the following:
 Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
 The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
 A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
 Experience in legal services preferred, ideally with a background in DV/family law; and
 Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) strongly preferred   but not required.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Act now! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in DC Seeks Advocacy Officer- JD Preferred

RFK centerSince 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

Duties: The Advocacy Officer will be an integral member of the RFK Partners for Human Rights team. S/he will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing advocacy and capacity building initiatives in support of the social justice goals of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other strategic objectives of RFK Partners for Human Rights. S/he must also be prepared to support the litigation activities of the RFK Center.

The work of the Advocacy Officer will include fact-finding; legal research; domestic and international advocacy before a range of governmental and inter-governmental actors; campaign and public awareness strategies; and capacity building initiatives of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other civil society. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its Laureates and other civil society partners. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights.

This is an immediate opening. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

LRAP applications Now Available, Checklist for 3Ls, Thin Ice Film Screening, Animal Law CLE & Opportunity to Serve

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 30. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld

Graduating this Quarter? Don’t Forget Your Checklist

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PM1. Determine whether you need to take a bar exam loan

http://www.law.washington.edu/FinAid/default.aspx?vw=Exam

2. Figure out what kind of federal loans you have and which loan servicer manages your loan

http://nslds.ed.gov

3. Discover and compare loan repayment options

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans

4. Use the repayment calculator

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/standard/comparison-calculator

5. Assess Pros/Cons of Federal Direct Consolidation Loans

http://www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov/

6. If planning on working in public service, research:

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness

UW Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program

7. Around graduation time, complete exit counseling and select a loan repayment plan

https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Questions? Please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Free Film Screening! Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch (6801 35th Ave NE)

Climate science continues to be a divisive topic with the science under attack by a vocal minority, leading geologist Simon Lamb to investigate what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. The climate scientists talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with rare candor and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. The original intention of the film was to provide a realistic portrait of the diverse range of scientific endeavor required to understand climate change.

Celebrate Earth Week by checking out Thin Ice! This film has been featured on the popular climate science blog Real Climate and will be screened around the world as part of Earth Week. Discussion of climate science (with UW climate scientists) and reaction to Thin Ice, following the screening, represents a great opportunity to put this important topic into local perspective.

Animal Law CLE: Conceptualizing Our Relationships with Animals – The Six Ways We Interact: Food, Clothing, Wildlife, Science, Pets and Entertainment

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Keynote Speaker: Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund.

UW Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is hosting its annual Animal Law CLE program in Room 133 at William Gates Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm on May 10.

FREE for non-credit seeking attendees. $25 for those who would like the 6.25 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit. If you cannot attend the entire day’s events, please still register, and attend individual presentations! For complete info and registration click here.

Program Highlights:

  • Ethics of Animals in Entertainment
  • Animal Rights in the Farming Industry
  • Obstacles for Companion Animal Protections
  • Marine Life Preservation
  • Issues in the Animal Shelter System
  • Discharging Firearms at Nonhuman Animals

SeattlelogoSeattle Councilmember Harrell Seeks Applications for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that affect people with disabilities. The Commission works to increase understanding within the disability community as well as between the disability community and the nondisabled community. The Commission monitors and provides expertise on issues that affect people with disabilities in Transportation, Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations.

Councilmember Harrell strongly encourages veterans with disabilities to apply. The most recent data shows that veterans make up 9.4% of the population for people with disabilities in the United States. As of May 2012, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were seeking compensation for service-related injuries with these numbers currently on the rise. This is more than double the estimate of 21% who filed claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

“The representation of our veterans with disabilities on the Commission is absolutely essential to greater communication between the City and the communities we serve. Their representation will work to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that affect veterans with disabilities and create a more inclusive Seattle while creating policy decisions,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by April 30th to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Seattle City Council

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.