A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Check Out the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Announcement

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6
Hourly Rate: $15 per hour
Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .
Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law
About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Equal Justice Works Virtual Conference and Career Fair Taking Place Friday, 10/30, Registration Open Through 10/27

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While our annual Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. We are excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair. We hope to grow the virtual event in the future.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seeking Civil Rights Investigator, Due Tomorrow!

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Investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes.

Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Inner City Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Homelessness Prevention Project, Priority to Applications Received by 10/30

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Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles.

ICLC is currently searching for a full-time Staff Attorney in our Homelessness Prevention Project focusing on eviction defense litigation. Staff attorneys for the project defend low-income defendants in eviction cases as part of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act pilot program. The pilot program is designed to ensure unrepresented parties in certain civil cases affecting housing have meaningful access to justice and to address substantial inequities that result when parties cannot afford the cost of retaining a lawyer.

For more information, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Office Seeks Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Due 10/31

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This position will focus on economic development issues relating to outdoor recreation which includes performing policy planning, analysis, development, and implementation consistent with the Governor’s priorities. The success of this position will be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies for increasing the number of new jobs and economic activity related to outdoor recreation. A secondary measure will be increased participation by citizens and visitors in outdoor recreation as well as increases in outdoor recreation opportunities. This position is responsible for working with outdoor recreation related businesses, the recreation industry, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, legislators and constituents to better understand the political landscape and provide informed counsel to the Governor.

For more information, click here.

Partnership for Public Service Now Accepting Applications for Public Service Fellows Program, Paid Position, Due 10/31

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The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/1

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an entry-level attorney with at least one year of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the county in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Duties include conducting discovery, performing legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting memoranda and legal pleadings, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation. The Civil Division provides significant opportunities for growth, as attorneys will handle cases independently, as well as partner with senior attorneys on higher profile cases.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).

The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at jcummings@co.snohomish.wa.us. The deadline for submittals is November 1, 2015.

Attention Post Grads with 3+ Years Experience! City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant City Attorney, Due 11/3

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The Senior Attorney (Civil Division) in the City Attorney’s Office provides consultation, advice and representation for assigned City departments and may occasionally represent the City in civil litigation. The best candidate for this position must have significant experience in at least one or more areas of law applicable to the City’s operation, such as: municipal, finance, land use, transportation, utilities, employment, telecommunications and administrative law.  An emphasis in employment law and/or land use is highly desirable. Civil litigation experience is helpful.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Western Environmental Law Center Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 11/6

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The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2016 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana, Taos, New Mexico, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish Bilingual Immigrant Youth Attorney, Full Consideration to Applicants Who Apply by 11/8

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families.

The staff attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the region in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations and representation to persons who may be eligible for the DACA program. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) individual consultations; (2) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (3) direct representation in priority cases. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office. The attorney must have a car and driver’s license, and must be willing to travel around the State in order to conduct community education and workshops. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties.  Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants.  We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis.  Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.  The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final placement decisions.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! The Arc of the United States Seeks Criminal Justice Fellow, Due 11/15

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to work for The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability™ (NCCJD) as a Criminal Justice Fellow.

NCCJD is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as a Criminal Justice Fellow with NCCJD for two years and work closely with the Program Manager for Justice Initiatives to take  NCCJD to the next level.  The objective is to continue NCCJD core programs and services, while developing a vision, resources and a plan to expand the programs and services, as well as advocating for needed system reforms and providing individual advocacy support for individuals with I/DD who are navigating the criminal justice system and their families.

The Fellow should have a passion for supporting the rights of victims, suspects/defendants/offenders, and witnesses with I/DD.  S/he will play a critical role in advancing the goals of NCCJD, working collaboratively with talented professionals in The Arc’s national headquarters with expertise in I/DD, criminal justice, public policy, communications and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Searching For A Career in Government? Career Fair This Tuesday at Mary Gates Hall!

October 24: Fair Housing Community Workshop

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

In 2014 the Seattle Office for Civil Rights tested rental units across the city. In two thirds of tests, prospective renters were treated differently on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To register, click here.

October 26: Global Mondays “Local Immigrant and Refugee Communities’ Political Participation and Collaboration with Seattle Police Department” by Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010), Immigrants and Refugee Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Global Mondays

We are pleased to welcome back to UW Law Mr. Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010). Mr. Abdi graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and then worked as a social worker. Due to severe human rights violations in that part of the world, he decided to go into the legal field. He obtained an LL.M in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University in Florida in 2008 and an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from UW Law in 2010. Having previously worked as a Commissioner with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs, and later with the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Abdi currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole on relation building with Immigrants and Refugees.

Mr. Abdi will discuss immigrant and refugee participation in local politics. As an example, he will highlight the successes and challenges the East African Communities (mainly Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans) are experiencing in King County and in the Puget Sound.

Lunch will be served.

October 27: Social Justice Tuesday “D is for Disability: The ABC’s of Disability”

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, unless otherwise noted

“Did you know that approximately one in five individuals in America has a disability? Although individuals with disabilities have faced a long history of widespread discrimination and exclusion they are becoming more involved in society every year. As a result it is crucial that current and future legal practitioners better understand individuals with disabilities in order to effectively serve their community. Would you like to obtain a better understanding of disability etiquette as well as how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so then, please join us.

Speakers:

Emerson Sekins from Washington Access Fund
Nancy Boulet, National Disability Institution
Alumni Conrad Reynoldson

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015.

October 27: 2015 Government Career Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Commons

Dress: Business Casual

Open to All Majors, Class Levels, and Alumni from All Three UW Campuses!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 27th. Registered government employers are looking to fill part-time, full time and internship opportunities for their agency and are looking to HIRE HUSKIES.Before attending the fair, please check out the list of attending agencies and to research those employers you’re interested in meeting by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

For more information, click here.

October 28: Career Building Workshop – Cover Letters that Work

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

A cover letter is not a mere recitation of your resume in narrative form. It is an opportunity to articulate a connection between you and a prospective employer; to identity relevant skills and experiences that may benefit the employer; and to demonstrate your persuasive writing skills- all on one page!

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own) lunch career workshop to learn the basics of writing a winning cover letter for legal employers. All UW law students are welcome.

October 29: An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 South King St., Seattle, WA

You’re invited to attend NWIRP’s annual fall reception, An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke, next Thursday!

We’ll have live music, food and drinks, museum exploration (including the new Bruce Lee exhibit), and a short program celebrating our shared commitment to justice and honoring our community, including our 2015 Outstanding Community Partner, Puentes.

To purchase tickets, click here.

October 30: Attention Attorneys! Reception to Meet UW Law International LLM Students Practicing Their Networking Skills

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding networking training sessions for its international LL.M. students on October 30th.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by K&L Gates.  Please come to get to know some of the 115 LL.M. students.  The school has students from 47 countries this year who are getting their LLMs in one of its seven LL.M. programs.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900.

The UW School of Law would greatly appreciate your participation in this endeavor to help its talented group of international LL.M. students practice their networking skills.  If you can attend, please email your name and the name of your firm ASAP to gradlaw@uw.edu so that K&L Gates can estimate the amount of food and drink for the reception.

November 5: Advice from Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

Webinar Panelists:​

  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
  • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund

Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

To register, click here.

November 8: Save the Date for LOL – A Comedy Event to Prevent and End Homelessness brought to you by Seattle Community Law Center, Featuring Brett Hamil

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, 98101

LOL Fundraiser

For more information, click here.

November 16: UW School of Law Invites You to a Special Discussion on Advancing Diversity in Law, Business, and Public Institutions

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Welcome & Conversation; 7:00 PM Reception
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Join these leaders in discussing the next steps for making diversity and inclusion happen in legal practice, all the way up to the top levels of leadership. The gap between diversity in the legal profession and the nation’s population has widened in recent years. That gap is biggest at the top levels of management. Hear about the best practices of each of these leaders and their suggestions for how to address this challenge. Discover the success they have found in developing a diverse pipeline of new, inclusive leaders for tomorrow’s legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Justice Mary Yu, Associate Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

To register, click here.

December 10: Register Now for 7th Annual Global WA Conference on Disruptive Development

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Washington state has a powerful concentration of NGOs, for-profit businesses, academic institutions, and philanthropists working to improve the lives of people living in poor countries. Global Washington brings these stakeholders together at an annual conference to spotlight the most relevant and timely issues.

Our annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast, including NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists, and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations, and productive failures within global development.

To register, click here.

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy? Eligible for work study? Come work for CPSL!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6

Hourly Rate: $15 per hour

Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .

Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law

About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter everyMonday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

Prison in Washington

Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

Awesome opportunities, from LGBTI work to research, headed your way!

LOOKING FOR THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS?The UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters

  • Open to: All students
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of five hours a week up to full time
  • Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Contact: spangler@uw.edu

The Bridging the Gap program is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall!  The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services.  The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.  Qualifying cases will be referred by the interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Bridging the Gap clients for a reduced fee. Interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the summer, but may also work more if they are able to.

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all.

Questions?

Contact Clay Wilson, Affiliate Instructor of Law, at clayw2@uw.edu.

Due April 28: New attorney position with Assistant United States Attorney at USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Spokane office. The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws. The primary assignments for this attorney be the investigation and prosecution of white collar fraud and economic crimes, but will also include a wide-range of criminal matters involving firearms, drug trafficking, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, and violent crimes. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The office is located in Spokane in eastern Washington. The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west. This area is rich in rolling farm land, forested mountains, and arid desert. Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons, recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting. More information on Spokane and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at http://www.visitspokane.com[external link].

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: United States Attorneys Office, Attn: Kathy Devlin, Administrative Services Specialist, Post Office Box 1494, Spokane, Washington 99210-1494 (or 920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340, Spokane, WA 99201).

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received in the office or post-marked no later than April 28, 2015.

Due May 1: Legal intern position at UNITED STATES PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (U.S. PIRG)

At The Public Interest Network, our interns have the opportunity to put their ideals into action.  Our network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, just and democratic future. 

 Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ more than 500 staff, who wield a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

 Over the next year, our member groups will work to take on the fossil fuel industry to stop global warming and fracking and promote clean energy, advocate for stopping the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, protect our rivers and streams, and help turn out thousands of young people to vote.

 Currently U.S. PIRG is looking for a summer intern to work in our Boston office on our Transportation Campaign. Application deadline for summer 2015-May 1st , 2015.

 Legal internships are unpaid and no future employment or preference for future employment will be promised by The Public Interest Network. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

  Please email your cover letter and resume to jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship App”.  If you have any questions, email jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship Question”.

Attention bar-licensed recent grads: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (LGBTI)

  • Collaboration with the team of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons of the IACHR in the elaboration of thematic and country reports.
  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases and requests for precautionary measures relating to the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Preparation of draft reports on petitions and cases concerning the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Research on the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons in specific countries and preparing specific reports based on the information collected.
  • Preparation of memos and other documents for hearings, working meetings and visits of the Commission related to the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and dissemination of the human rights system and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Updating of the website of the Commission in relation to the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.

To complete the electronic application form, click here

The fellowship application must be completed via the automated digital system created by the IACHR for this purpose. The system is open from April 15 to April 29, 2015, inclusive. We will only accept applications received via the automated digital system using the above link.

National Health Law Project seeking new attorneys in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

NHeLP is hiring in our LA and DC offices. We are looking for two stellar individuals to join our team.

 In Los Angeles, we are hiring an attorney or senior policy analyst to focus on reproductive health. In Washington DC, we are hiring an attorney to work at the intersection of reproductive health and health disparities, and to expand our health disparities work more broadly.

 Please circulate this widely. The two job descriptions are attached and linked below.

Nazdeek is hoping to place volunteers at one of their project sights in Deli!

Nazdeek is a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek’s mission is to advance social and economic rights, with a core focus on women and Dalits and Adivasi communities.

Nazdeek is currently engaged in two main projects in India, one concerning labor and health rights violations of tea garden workers in Assam’s tea gardens (North East India), and a second aimed at strengthening the housing and health rights of slum dwellers in Delhi.

Nazdeek offers volunteers placements for the following periods:
– January – March
– April – June
– July – September
– October – December

However, duration of the placement can be agreed upon depending on the ongoing work and the applicant’s availability.

Volunteers will assist in a range of activities, including legal research, conducting fact-finding visits, preparing and delivering trainings and workshops, drafting legal briefs and reports as well as undertaking communication and administrative tasks. Strong research, writing and communication skills are required. Cultural sensitivity a must. The position is open for applicants from Law, Social Science or Communications background. Candidates with strong communications skills or past campaign and/or communication experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Placements will be based in Delhi, with possibility of travel to project areas. The position is unpaid, however we’re happy to support applications for external funding may you be aware of it. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter (pdf version), indicating period of availability, to:francescaferuglio@nazdeek.org

Deadline for applications for July- September: 15th May 2015.

Summer opportunity at UW CoMotion!

CoMotion has an opening this summer for a student with an electrical engineering/computer science background. UW CoMotion accepts legal interns and externs (“interns”) who seek to learn about protecting and managing the University’s intellectual property. The IP legal interns assist Patent Agents/Attorneys and/or a Copyright/Trademark Manager in evaluating, protecting, and commercializing the University’s intellectual property. To apply, please send a resume, a short statement of interest in the body of the email (including interested position and terms), and an unofficial law school transcript (and undergraduate transcript for patent interns) to Scott Smith at ssmith73@uw.edu. – See more here.

 

It’s winter time, so warm up with some with these upcoming community events!

Jan. 24, 2015: Body-worn cameras: Will they increase police accountability? 

The Seattle Police Commission will be hosting a panel discussion about the initiation of Seattle Police Department’s body cameras to answer the community’s questions about the new initiative, in light of recent events. Panelists will include: Jay Hollingsworth (John T. Williams Organizing Committee), Marissa Johnson & Dan Bash (Outside Agitators 206), Andrew Myerberg (Assistant City Attorney of Seattle), Jennifer Shaw (ACLU), Detective Ron Smith (Seattle Police Officers’ Guild), and Mike Wagers (Seattle Police Department). The event will be moderated by Fe Lopez. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 9:30am to 12:00pm at 7054 32nd Ave South. If you have any questions feel free to contact Tracy Whitlatch at (206) 233-2664 or tracym.whitlatch@seattle.gov.

Jan. 28: Job Search Strategies for People with Disabilities from 12:30-1:20 pm (Room 127)

What kinds of questions can employers ask regarding an applicant’s disability? Should you mention that you have a disability in a cover letter or interview? If so, how do you discuss it? Join the Disability Law Alliance, Diversity Committee, Center for Professionalism and Leadership Development, and Center for Public Service Law for a panel discussion on navigating some legal, professionalism and etiquette issues for people with disabilities seeking employment!

Jan. 27: Homeless youth in Seattle

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

SJTThe panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Ellen Sims, Divine Roots Wellness
  • Hickory Gateless, Center for Children and Youth Justice
  • Katara Jordan, Columbia Legal Services

Jan. 29: Debt and Democracy – How the collection of civil fees and fines contributed to the unrest in Ferguson

This webinar will discuss the levying and collection of unfair fees and fines by municipalities and their courts. According to The New York Times, unjust municipal fee and fine practices were one of the “simmering” issues underlying tensions in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. According to The Times, “Young black men in Ferguson and surrounding cities routinely find themselves passed from jail to jail as they are picked up on warrants for unpaid fines.” The webinar will present an overview of the causes, consequences and pervasiveness of the problem, and impact on the community, both in Missouri and around the nation. The webinar will also discuss steps to address the problem, including policy advocacy, legislation and litigation. Register for the webinar here.

Jan 30-31: Arctic Encounter Symposium 

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier – the Arctic. Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic’s full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers, and regional stakeholders.

This year’s symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities, and international relations. The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities, and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program includes complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, and keynote luncheons on both Friday and Saturday. Participants will enjoy a networking reception and seated dinner at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at Lake Union on the evening of Friday, January 30. A closing reception will take place at the conclusion of the program on Saturday, January 31.

CLE credit is available to attending attorneys. Please direct questions to mgavin2@uw.edu

The AES Committee is pleased to announce the following committed speakers at this time:

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate – Alaska State Legislature
  • Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Pacific Area Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Defense Force West
  • Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Commander, 17th Coast Guard District
  • Edward Itta, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, former Mayor of the North Slope Borough of Alaska, former President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association and the Inuit Circumpolar Council – Alaska
  • Brigadier General Guy Hamel, Royal Canadian Air Force, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Plans, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)
  • Representative Bob Herron, Co-Chair, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, Alaska
  • Mikå Mered, Managing Partner, POLARISK Group – London
  • Marilyn Heiman, Director, U.S. Arctic Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Brendan Kelly, Chief Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium, former Assistant Director for Polar Sciences, The White House
  • Rick Fox, President & General Manager, Edison Chouest Offshore
  • Senator Lesil McGuire, Co-Chair, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, Alaska State Legislature
  • Dr. Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Studies & Policy
  • Mead Treadwell, Owner, Treadwell Development; Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 2010-2014; Advisor and Former Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Adrianna Muir, Ph.D., Deputy Senior Arctic Official, U.S. Department of State
  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Alaska Dispatch News; Co-Founder, The Arctic Circle
  • Dr. James Kendall, Regional Director, Alaska OCS Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Michael K. Young, President, The University of Washington
  • Kellye Testy, Dean, UW School of Law
  • Craig H. Allen Sr., Judson Falknor Professor of Law; Director, UW Arctic Law & Policy Institute
  • Reggie Joule, Mayor, The Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Rachel Kallander, Founder & Executive Director, Arctic Encounter Symposium; Manager, Kallander & Associates LLC
  • John Iani, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Chris Gregorich, Chief of Staff, The Office of Mayor Murray, City of Seattle
  • Steve Wackowski, Operations Manager, Tulugaq, LLC
  • Captain John Reeves, USCG Cutter HEALY

Feb. 4: Panel on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA), which offered important protections to tenants in  residential property subject to foreclosure, expired at the end of 2014. Housing advocates are invited to join us for a free webinar to discuss strategies to protect tenants post-PTFA. Five panelists, including Jeremy Bergstrom of the Shriver Center, Kent Qian of the National Housing Law Project, Tristia Bauman of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Matt Hill of the Public Justice Center, and Linda Couch of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, will discuss the implications of the PTFA’s expiration and state initiatives to pass similar protections.Feb. 4: Panel about the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

Special Job Announcement! The Center for Public Service Law Seeks Communications Assistant

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

announcemnt

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6

Hourly Rate: $12-15 per hour DOE

Duration: Winter through Spring quarter 2015. Preferred start date is the week of January 5.

Report to: CPSL, Assistant Director

About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 500+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Assistant Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Assistant Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 500+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.