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

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By Kimberly Lowe | ABA Dialogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coming Full Circle

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By Kate Clark | The Daily UW

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

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

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

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

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Check Out These Fellowships, Immigration Work, and Other Housing-Related Positions

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Nome Superior Court in Alaska Court System Seeking Law Clerk I, Due TODAY

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The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for a Law Clerk to serve a Superior Court Judge in Nome, Alaska. The position will be available August or September 2014 and last one year. The successful applicant will perform research relating to motions before the court; summarize case files; and prepare memoranda and recommendations. The position may also organize files, review case files for procedural sufficiency, review orders and judgments prepared for signature, and assist in the preparation of jury instructions and other duties. After training, the law clerk will act as the Deputy Magistrate during arraignment hearings one weekend per month.

Benefits: The ACS provides health insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, 11 paid holidays, personal leave accrual, Supplemental Benefits System (SBS), and the opportunity to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan. Travel and moving expenses may be eligible for reimbursement according to the policies of the ACS.

For more information and application details, click here.  Click on “Information for Prospective Law Clerks” for complete details.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking Summer Intern in Immigration Section in Washington D.C., Due 3/9

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The purpose of this internship for Summer 2014 is to assist the Immigration Section in the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). CRCL’s Immigration Section works to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department’s immigration-related policies, programs, and activities and supports the CRCL Officer in her role as the designated Department point of contact for international human rights treaty reporting and coordination under Executive Order 13107.

This internship is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) in Washington, D.C.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention Class of 2016!  Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color, Due 3/14

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color.  Our fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school.  Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

Click here for additional information on the Fellowships and application details.

Attention Recent and Post Grads!  U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration Seeking Full Time Attorney, Due 3/14

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The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer and the overall supervision of the Representative. After undergoing necessary briefing on the job, the incumbent and the supervisor will agree on a number of objectives to be met as well as core, functional and managerial competencies s/he should demonstrate during the assignment. The supervisor will provide the necessary coaching required by the incumbent throughout the assignment.

Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.  Application deadline is March 14, 2014.  Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads! Victim Rights Law Center Seeking Two Full Time Staff Attorneys in Oregon, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

Privacy Project Staff Attorney Position

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

For application information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Andrade Legal Seeking Summer Law Clerk To Assist With Its Immigration Docket in Idaho, Due 4/1

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Andrade legal seeks law student for a summer internship to assist with its immigration docket.  Student will join team of lawyers and staff handling the firms removal defense, family immigration and detention docket.  Law student will also assist firm prepare educational materials to be used in trainings with criminal defense attorneys, courts and the community at large.  Tasks may include drafting legal memorandum, legal research, gathering and summarizing evidence in support of hardship waivers and visa applications and assisting attorneys launch a program to educate incarcerated individuals about deportation proceedings.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Seeking Full Time Attorney in Boston

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ZALKIND DUNCAN & BERNSTEIN LLP, a premier Boston criminal defense and civil litigation firm, seeks an associate to start in fall 2014.  This progressive 10-lawyer law firm has an exceptionally interesting and dynamic federal and state court practice, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Recent criminal cases include first degree murder, white collar, federal drug, sex offender registry and street crime cases.  Our civil practice consists of employment discrimination, civil rights, academic discipline, First Amendment litigation, GLBT legal issues, complex domestic relations, and serious personal injury litigation. Excellent benefits.  More information about our firm can be found on our website: http://www.zalkindlaw.com.

For more information on the position and application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in California? The Eviction Defense Collaborative Seeks Entry-Level Staff Attorney in their San Francisco Office

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The Eviction Defense Collaborative seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and saving homes. As a staff attorney you will work with a team of attorneys, interns and volunteers in assisting primarily in pro. per. tenants fight their eviction lawsuits.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance and advocacy to low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions and negotiating legal settlements. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a small staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions, and we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help.

For more information and application details, click here.

Photo of Golden Gate Bridge courtesy of Arvind Balarama & Free Digital Photos.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Seeking Summer Intern in Washington D.C., Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Professional Staff Group (PSG) VII, the Office of the General Counsel’s Appellate Litigation Division, represents the Secretary before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). It is the newest and largest group in OGC. With more than 120 persons, the staff includes approximately 70 appellate attorneys and a support staff of paralegals, legal assistants, and copy clerks. A 14-member management team completes the PSG VII staff.

Interns will initially be provided instruction in veterans law, as well as the VA adjudication system. The student will then be assigned a limited case load and will perform research and writing tasks associated with the needs of individual cases depending on their procedural posture. It is expected that at the completion of the
externship, the student will have prepared a pre-Briefing Conference memo, participated in a Briefing Conference, drafted procedural motions, and drafted and filed an Appellate brief with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Additionally, the student will be expected to attend and participate in moot
courts in preparation for oral argument before the CAVC.

For more information and application details, click here.