OCLA, Seattle City Attorney OCI, DOJ Honors Program, and much more!

Due August 31: Opportunity for Service: Civil Legal Aid Oversight CommitteeOCLA Logo

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Access to Justice Board seeks letters of interest from individuals interested in being considered for appointment by the Washington Supreme Court to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.  There are two open positions on the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee for which letters of interest are invited.  The application deadline has been extended and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Read more and apply here.

Due July 24 at noon:  OCI: Seattle City Attorney, Criminal Division InternshipsCity of Seattle Logo

Application Deadline:  Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.

The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2017 and spring and summer 2018.  (Please note that offers will be extended for either criminal or infraction prosecution—not a combination.) All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week

For complete job description go to Symplicity and apply here.

Attorney General’s Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application opens on Monday, July 31, 2017.DOJ - Attorney's Office

You are invited to attend a webinar on:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM AND SUMMER LAW INTERN PROGRAM AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

During the webinars, participants will:
• Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs;
• Receive answers to questions about the application; and
• Gain an understanding of the hiring timeline.

Please RSVP to OARMposition@usdoj.gov for one session (listed below) by Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please include your name, law school, and the webinar date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:00PM (EST)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

More information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found at:

HP:   https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys

SLIP:  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Launching Asylum Expert Witness Database

“The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is launching a new project—a searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. This service will be offered to attorneys and experts alike, free of charge. In other areas of the law, the provision of expert witness referrals is highly developed and professionalized, but this will be the first project of its kind to do so in the asylum field.

The Asylum Expert Witness Database is scheduled to go live in late 2017 and will contain detailed profiles for hundreds of experts, as well as information, including outcomes, about cases for which they have provided testimony. When available, we will also include sample transcripts of the expert’s prior testimony and any government challenges to an expert’s qualifications. Experts will be able to update their own profiles to include information about current availability and fee requirements. In the meantime, we will continue to provide referrals when requested through our website http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance.

We are currently seeking information from attorneys about recommended country specialists or health professionals for inclusion in the database. Please send information about any recommended experts, including contact information, areas of expertise, and CVs, to CGRS at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu. We will follow up with attorneys and the experts themselves as we get closer to the go-live date.

For more information, please contact CGRS Staff Attorney Robyn Barnard at BarnardRobyn@uchastings.edu.”

New ABA Network Increases Legal Services for Homeless Youth

“In an effort to increase legal services to [homeless youth], the American Bar Association (ABA) recently launched the Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN). The initiative helps homeless youth ages 25 and younger, while also providing opportunities for legal professionals and service providers. ‘The Homeless Youth Legal Network is a fine example of how the American Bar Association can link youth experiencing homelessness with experts in the legal community who can help,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein. ‘This project, made possible with a grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, shows how we can harness the power and reach of the ABA to improve access to justice by providing much-needed legal assistance to vulnerable populations.'”

Read more here.

Public-Defender Fees Waived for Those Found Innocent in California

“Californians accused of a crime but found not guilty will no longer have to pay for their public defenders after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a criminal justice-reform law striking the requirement. Under a bill authored by a pair of Los Angeles-area state senators, people using court-appointed counsel must only repay courts for legal costs if they are convicted. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said the current reimbursement laws are a detriment to low-income Californians and that Senate Bill 355 closes a damaging loophole which punishes individuals who are falsely arrested.”

Read more here.

Law schools are filled with Asian Americans. So why aren’t there more Asian judges?Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

“While Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in law, and are overrepresented in the country’s top law schools as well as at major law firms, they lag behind all other racial groups when it comes to attaining leadership roles in the legal profession, according to a study released Tuesday by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.”

Read more here.

Are You Looking for a Summer Judicial Internship? Check Out the Externship Program Website!

Building Changes Seeking Public Policy Analyst, Part Time/Temporary (6 Months)

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Building Changes is seeking a part-time policy analyst for six months at 30 hrs/week to conduct bill analysis, research local and state policies, regulatory trends, best practices, and legislation to improve support services, public benefits, and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The work of the Public Policy Analyst will inform Building Changes legislative priorities and work with key advocacy audiences and partners.

To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume and salary requirements to , Subject: Policy Analyst – Temporary.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Now Accepting State Policy Fellowship Applications, Due 1/25

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State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organization or with one of two  Washington, D.C.-based organizations, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

For more information, click here.

Interested in a Summer Judicial Externship?

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Externships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country. All externship sites must be approved by the Externship Program before any student may begin working there for academic credit, and pre-approved externship sites listed below, with details where information has been provided. Students interested in other courts should contact those courts for their application procedures and also email extern@uw.edu to request approval as an externship site.

Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early. Generally, students should apply directly to the courts. For judges who request applications to be submitted through the Externship Program, instructions will be announced by email and posted on the Externship Program website.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking 2016 Legal Interns/Externs

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged. Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the externship/internship time period, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond:

Interested students should submit a cover letter, résumé and legal writing sample. Applications for Winter, Spring and Summer will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Seeks 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution.

For more information, click here.

2016 Paid Summer Fellowship at Yale Law School Now Accepting Applications for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Due 2/15

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2016 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work. The Fellowship will run from May 24 to August 26, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Health Law? University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Seeking Health Law Fellowship Intern

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The Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine is offering a full-time, one year fellowship for a recent law school graduate starting in September, 2016. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) represents the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine in all legal matters and will provide a new attorney with exposure to unique legal issues involved in hospital and health care administration. This role will provide legal support and advice for the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine along with its departments/divisions in connection with transactional matters, contracts, corporate services, and litigation, across a variety of legal practice areas, including healthcare, real estate, labor and employment, tax, and intellectual property.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Employers Now Accepting 1L Applications!

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish-Bilingual Attorneys to Work in Wenatchee and Granger, Priority Deadline TODAY

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Wenatchee, WA Staff Attorney Position

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington. Depending on the experience of the applicant, she or he may be considered for a supervising attorney position.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members. The attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations to persons who may be eligible for immigration benefits.

For more information, click here.

Granger, WA Staff Attorney Position

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima.  From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington.  The office has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information, click here.

2015 Judith Stronach Summer Fellowship with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings Law, Applications Due TODAY!

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2015 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution.

Summer fellowship positions are full-time for 10- to 12-week terms. Law fellows are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, and work closely with CGRS lawyers and staff in other projects as needed.

For more information, click here.

Open Society Institute (OSI) Seeking Legal Research Intern, Due TODAY!

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

The objective of the internship program with the Open Society Justice Initiative is to train participants on some of the methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups like Open Society to foster and encourage reform, inclusion, human rights, and the building of legal capacity for open societies.

For more information, click here.

House of Delegates Office of the Legal Counsel Seeking House Legal Counsel, Due 12/5/14

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Duties and Responsibility: The Legal Counsel for the House of Delegates will:

  • Draft bills, resolutions, committee reports, speeches, letters and other correspondence as needed or requested by the Delegates
  • Perform legal research and issue legal opinions on questions as requested by the Delegates
  • Review international treaties and conventions, executive orders, and administrative rules and regulations
  • Analyze proposed legislation for constitutionality and legal forms
  • Advise Delegates on legislative procedure
  • Attend meetings with international organizations and government agencies
  • Represent the House of Delegates in litigation filed by or involving the House of Delegates as needed
  • Manage and supervise Legal Counsel Office staff and interns; coordinate Legal Counsel Office internship program

For more information, click here.

Surge Northwest Seeking Program & Outreach Director, Due 12/8/14

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Surge Northwest is looking for an exceptional person to fill our new Program & Outreach Coordinator position and help grow our organization and efforts. This person will work in a team with our board and partner organizations. This requires a diverse set of skills, attributes, and experience.

Do you love working in collaboration to find creative solutions to thorny problems? Are you Passionate about reproductive justice and organizing for change? This is an opportunity to join our team and help build a new organization dedicated to social change through community engagement.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Seeking International Human Rights Program Intern in New York, Due 12/12/14

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

The International Human Rights (IHR) docket focuses on holding government officials and corporations accountable for serious violations of international law, primarily under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. It works primarily in U.S. courts, but also is involved in litigation in foreign and international courts, and advocacy using regional or international human rights mechanisms.

The intern will work 10-25 hours per week between January and May 2015, assisting legal workers and attorneys in CCR’s IHR docket on several on-going projects and case development. The intern will have the opportunity to work on a range of issues and cases.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Pathways Legal Intern, Due 12/12

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

Opportunities are available in the OGC offices in different practice areas.

For more information about Washington DC positions, click here.

For more information about New York positions, click here.

Seattle University Law School Seeking Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Due 12/15 For Full Consideration

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Seattle University School of Law invites applications to serve as the Director for the Academic Resource Center (ARC), ideally beginning on June 1, 2015. ARC is a nationally renowned academic support program, which is known for its commitment to providing access to the legal profession. The ARC program’s dual purpose is to support the diverse and non-traditional students admitted through SU’s Access Admission Program so they excel in law school and beyond, as well as to provide general academic support and bar preparation assistance to the entire student body. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in providing academic support for law students, as well as teaching excellence and administrative capability.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Still Seeking US Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern in Washington DC, Students Encouraged to Apply by 12/15

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center’s state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

For more information, click here.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel Seattle Seeking Volunteer Law Clerk and Offering Officer Manager Position

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The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel, Seattle, is offering practica in our 5-attorney law office this summer.  These are volunteer positions that will provide the students with broad exposure to a variety of areas, including medical malpractice law and personnel/EEO litigation.  Other areas of practice include: employee ethics, bioethics, government contracts, fiduciary law and release of information law.  Legal research and writing and assisting with development of cases will be part of the clerks’ responsibilities.  Attendance at hearings, federal court proceedings and other meetings involving issues our clients face will also be offered.  Both first-year and second-year students are encouraged to apply.

*Deadline for applications: December 15, 2014.  Half-time or full-time positions available.  Summer 2015 and/or Fall 2015 positions available.  Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:  Michael Hughes, Regional Counsel, 100 SW Main Street, Floor 2 Portland, OR 97204 or 915 Second Ave., Suite 1386, Seattle, WA 98174.

Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum and Human Rights Council Votes on Landmark Resolution

In Controversial Landmark Resolution, Human Rights Council Takes First Step toward Treaty on Transnational Corporations’ Human Rights Obligations

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In a new attempt to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations, the United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to establish a working group to prepare a treaty imposing international human rights legal obligations on transnational corporations. [OHCHR Press Release] The mandate of the working group will be to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.” UN Human Rights Council, Resolution 26/9, Elaboration of an internationally legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1, 26 June 2014, para. 1.

The expected treaty, when eventually finalized, would be the first international human rights agreement to specifically and explicitly regulate the activities of transnational corporations with regard to individuals’ and communities’ fundamental rights. Previous efforts produced important guidelines and standards, but these are not directly, legally enforceable against business actors. States, however, do have certain legal obligations to regulate corporations and other private actors when their activities impact the enjoyment of human rights.

The decision has triggered mixed responses from the international community. While some civil society groups welcome the new working group, others fear that its mandate is too narrow in scope – by only including transnational corporations – or that it will delay or polarize discussions concerning corporate liability for human rights abuses. Continue reading here.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Announces Release of Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum

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The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is pleased to announce the release of our pro se manual for survivors of domestic violence seeking asylum, withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection in the United States – available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. We developed this manual in response to a call from advocates, and in recognition of the countless women who are eligible for asylum but due to lack of information and/or lack of access to legal representation, do not receive the protection they deserve. Our release of all three versions of this pro se manual is particularly timely given the refugee crisis at our border, and the thousands of women and girls fleeing domestic abuse in Central America. The manual, available in English, Spanish and Creole, is available for download here.

 

We encourage you to share these manuals widely and to distribute them to local legal aid organizations and advocates in your area. We have also made them available to Legal Orientation Programs (LOPs) with the assistance of the Vera Institute of Justice and are planning to distribute copies directly to immigration detention centers around the country. If you have any other questions, or if CGRS can be of assistance to you with any asylum cases you have, please visit our website and fill out a request for assistance form

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys  Announces Scholarship to Attend Annual Health Law Conference

WSSHAlogoThe Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys puts on its largest continuing legal education seminar each November in Vancouver, B.C.  This year, it will be held from noon on Friday, November 7 – Saturday, November 8th, noon.  It is a fabulous networking and learning opportunity.  After the seminar on Friday, WSSHA holds a wonderful cocktail party where you will have a chance to mix and mingle with the many of the best health law attorneys in the state of Washington.

WSSHA offers the Kristin Miles Scholarship to one student every year to attend the conference . Please review the instructions carefully if you are interested in applying for it.

If you are especially interested in health law, you are encouraged to consider attending the WSSHA conference whether or not you receive the scholarship.  Discounted students are available. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Lemly.