Jobs, jobs, jobs! Exciting job opportunities on the horizon for students and graduates!

Due May 8: OneAmerica is seeking Special Projects Manager

OneAmerica is seeking a creative, strategic, and experienced Special Projects Manager to implement its nationally expanding English Innovations project. The ideal candidate is a confident program manager who has the commitment and ability to manage and implement a start-up project with multiple moving parts.

OneAmerica, in partnership with the Learning Games Network and the National Partnership for New Americans, is leading a national project utilizing technology to expand access to English language learning (ELL) and digital literacy opportunities for immigrants, particularly potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This effort is possible through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program is centered on OneAmerica’s English Innovations model, which uses blended learning instruction – a combination of face-to-face learning in a classroom setting coupled with online game-based learning. The live instruction will incorporate academically rigorous best practices for ELL education and will be delivered in six sites around the country with over 74 hours of in-class instruction plus additional time learning outside of class.

Xenos, a game-based learning tool, will be the model’s online component. Developed by the Learning Games Network, Xenos combines a virtual world, games, activities, and community in a playful, social, language-learning application. Independent research found that 50% of participants in the pilot program made gains in their English language skills over 12 weeks that were equivalent to those of traditional methods over a year.

This national project will be the basis for the establishment of a new initiative, the English Innovations Institute, which will seek to support and advocate for innovative best practices in ELL strategies that advance immigrant integration and economic opportunity for immigrant and refugee populations in the United States.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter, along with three references, to Audrey Buehring, Director of Special Projects, at jobs@weareoneamerica.org with the subject line “Special Projects Manager.” In your cover letter, please describe how your personal and professional backgrounds align with your interest in working with OneAmerica. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Please, no phone inquiries.

Due May 15: CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA (CENTRO LEGAL) – Worker’s Rights Attorney

centrologo cleaned up 2008Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal), founded in 1969, is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy.  The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants, throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.  

 Centro Legal de la Raza’s seeks to hire an attorney to join our Workers’ Rights Program. Centro Legal has secured funding for the position from June through November 2015, but it is likely there will be funding to extend the position.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org, with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights Attorney Position.” Applications must be received by May 15 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due July 1: Attention 2Ls interested in project-based post grad fellowships! National Center for Youth Law Seeks 2016 Post Grad Fellow

The National Center for Youth Law is seeking to sponsor applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, or other fellowships.  NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law.  In particular, candidates for sponsorship should have a keen interest in advocacy for poor and vulnerable children.

Founded in 1970, NCYL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create lasting change for children in need. NCYL uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.

NCYL focuses its work in four areas:

  • Safety and protection of abused and neglected children
  • Health and mental health care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Education for children in foster care
  • Commercially sexually exploited children

NCYL engages in class action litigation and other forms of advocacy intended to have a broad impact. The Center also provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide, conducts trainings, engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, and publishes a legal journal.

Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind.  We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.    

Due August 1: Internship with SIERRA CLUB: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in the Washington DC office is seeking law students interested in public interest, environmental litigation to assist with its strategic lawsuits. The DC office is largely focused on climate change related litigation, including litigation related to all parts of the lifecycle of the use of coal, oil, and natural gas for energy generation, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy expansion. Semester externs work on all aspects of litigation, including undertaking legal research, preparing written memoranda, and conducting factual investigation. Students may also draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, attend court appearances, and work on discovery. During the course of the program, students work with several of the Club’s attorneys, thus gaining exposure to a wide range of litigation styles.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental organization as well as the nation’s leader in environmental litigation. The Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club’s climate recovery campaigns and chapters. The Program’s docket covers a diversity of environmental issues, from local pollution issues to cases of national significance on greenhouse gases, toxic pollution, clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation.

– See more here.

SCOTUS blog is seeking a new intern!

SCOTUSblog is now accepting applications from current law students interested in interning with us.  Details about the position’s qualifications and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, are below the jump.

The principal focus of the internship (which is a paid one) will be assisting Tom with the “Petition of the day” and “Petitions to watch” features on the blog and maintaining the case pages. This will require roughly ten to twenty hours of work a week  on a generally flexible work schedule, which can be accomplished remotely.  The position will begin in mid-May, and the expected commitment would be through May 2016.

To qualify for the position, you must:

  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program (undergraduates are not eligible)
  • Have a strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings
  • Have some experience working with (or at least interest in) blog or website technology
  • Have demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

To apply, please send us the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references \
  • A writing sample of no more than five double-spaced pages that has not been edited by anyone other than you
  • An official or unofficial law school transcript.

Application materials should be sent to Kali Borkoski at kborkoski@scotusblog.com and Andrew Hamm (ahamm@scotusblog.com). Materials must be received by April 21 for consideration.

Murphy Anderson PLLC Associate position

Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking an associate with 0-7 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees in wage-and-hour class actions and represents whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.  Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample, reference list and law school transcript to Mark Hanna (mhanna@murphypllc.com).

Still looking for a summer job? Look no further than the Seattle and King County Dept. of Public Health!

If you’re still looking for a summer job, Seattle and King County Department of Public Health is looking for a Healthy Housing Policy Analysis and Development legal intern for the summer. The position is described as that the law student will “assist in legal research, policy development, and, potentially, local government rule making to promote healthy housing for King County’s residents…The student will collaborate with the division’s Healthy Housing Team and the department’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation staff, perform legal research and writing, assist in data gathering and analysis, and participate in policy development efforts.” The job begins at the earliest student time available and requires a minimum of 175 hours over ten weeks (we are flexible to accommodate student schedule and academic needs). There’s no financial stipend or compensation provided. You can contact Greg Wilson, Project/Program Manager for the Environmental Health Services Division at Greg.Wilson@KingCounty.gov or (206) 263-8449 with questions. 

Staff Attorney – Impact Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a Staff Attorney to join its Impact Litigation Unit (ILU). SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. For more information about SCHR, see our website at www.schr.org.

SCHR’s ILU challenges unconstitutional practices of the criminal justice system through federal and state litigation in Alabama and Georgia.  The ILU’s work currently includes cases on behalf of people who are poor and are being denied attorneys for their criminal cases, people who have faced debtors’ prison practices, incarcerated people who are subject to unacceptably high levels of violence, people who have been mistreated by police, and people detained in jails in overcrowded and deplorable conditions.

The Staff Attorney will join the eight-member ILU, consisting of five attorneys (two senior attorneys and three staff attorneys) and three paralegal/investigators. Responsibilities include: developing and extensively investigating cases for litigation; building relationships with clients and witnesses; working collaboratively with other SCHR attorneys, investigators, and volunteers on cases in all stages of federal and state litigation; and responding to requests for assistance from people in prisons and jails and their families. Frequent travel within Georgia and Alabama is required.

The candidate must have excellent writing and oral advocacy skills and a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation. SCHR seeks an attorney who takes initiative, responds to rapidly changing demands with flexibility, has skill and comfort working collaboratively with a team, ably balances working on multiple cases and assignments at once, and has a demonstrated track record of grace under pressure. A positive demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills are desired.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to working with the poor and communities of color and a keen awareness of the class and racial issues underlying the criminal justice system.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s salary range. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible). Minimum three year commitment required. Driver’s license is required.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Sara Totonchi, by email at stotonchi (at) schr.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 22, 2015. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Happy Halloween! Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro de la Raza!

November 1: 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event with El Centro de la Raza

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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 PM
El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. A chicken mole dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe.

November 3: Registration Now Open for “Beyond the Headlines: National Security in the 21st Century” with Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
6:00 PM
City University, 521 Wall St. Seattle, WA 98121

The World Affairs Council is hosting Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Assistant Secretary of State Talwar will give an overview of the crowded roster of international crises and ongoing threats to U.S. security and interests—from ISIL to Russia to emerging threats. Informed by his current position at the State Department and his previous experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss current policy direction and U.S. efforts, including security partnerships, to counter the threats the United States currently faces—including those that are not necessarily making headlines. Yet.

Register now, tickets are limited.  

Click here to register online.

November 4: Ferguson – What’s Next?

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 PM
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Join the First Year and Pre Major (CUSP) Office for a fireside chat on Ferguson, Missouri and the Aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

We will be hosting Dr. Alexis Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, Dr. John Vinson, Chief of Police, UW Police Department, and Marcus Johnson, Graduate Student from the Masters of Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothel.

The conversation will be moderated and the audience will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and each other.

November 3, 5, 13: Three Public Meetings to Inform Rulemaking for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)

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Seattle’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2015! The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is hosting 3 public meetings to gather information for the administrative rulemaking process:

Monday, Nov.3, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Bertha Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/3 here.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM
NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/5 here.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE., Seattle, WA
RSVP for 11/13 here.

We want to hear from you! We know that employers and employees have many questions about how the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be implemented. Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning. Reasonable accommodations and language interpretation for meetings are available on request. Call 206-684-4507 for more information. Childcare will be available for the evening meeting on Wednesday, November 5. Please note any other special requests on your registration form.

New City website for information on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/minimumwage.htm for up-to-date information about Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The website features a new Frequently Asked Questions section, plus links to the ordinance and contact information for submitting questions and comments. The site also will list other public meetings and events as they are scheduled.

November 4: Social Justice Tuesday – Justified? Examining Police Brutality and Civil Rights Issues

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Join the Center for Public Service Law and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for a conversation with:

  • David Whedbee (attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless)
  • Fe Lopez (Executive Director, City of Seattle-Community Police Commission

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014.

November 5: General Externship Perspectives Seminar – Lawyer Mistakes: Lessons in Professionalism

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 207

Join the General Externship Perspectives Seminar on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 207 to hear guests David West and Travis Stearns discuss lawyer mistakes.  Mr. West handles risk management for the Garvey Schubert Barer firm.  Mr.  Stearns, a long time public defender, works with the Washington Defender Association.

November 5: Tacoma Joint Networking Event

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM
The Matador, 721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

The Minority Bar Associations (MBAs), together with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), invite you to a joint networking event in Tacoma.  This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys in and around the South Sound.  Join us!  Light appetizers will be served with no host bar.

RSVP by Monday, November 3 to: diversity @wsba.org.

Sponsoring MBAs: Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS), Pierce County Minority Bar Association (PCMBA), South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL).

November 6: Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 6th. RSVP today!

This free event features a light breakfast, a dialogue with legislators, and an opportunity hear what is at stake for kids in the 2015 legislative session.  The panel discussion with state legislators will focus on advocacy strategies to advance race equity and improve the lives of all Washington’s children.  Bring a friend, your questions for legislators, and your voice for kids!

Children are welcome and a space for children’s activities will be provided. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits of the NW African American Museum following the event. Please RSVP online or contact Emijah Smith at 206.342.0340 x25.

December 12: Save the Date & Register Early for the A Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

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Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

PLEASE JOIN US in Seattle for this not to be
missed workshop offering a practical and holistic approach of sustaining ourselves individually and collectively. Whether you are a nurse, teacher, conservationist, journalist, doctor, police officer, firefighter, community organizer, biologist, or
caring for a loved one in need, this day is for you. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer a compelling
mix of personal insight, cutting edge research,
personal stories, and countless New Yorker cartoons
to help us understand the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering over time and gain concrete
skills to reconcile it.

Participants are welcome from all professional disciplines and life circumstances.

CEUs: 5 hours are available for: Nurses, Psychologists, Professional Counselors,
Certified Counselors, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists 

The cost for CEUs is $30 and must be paid for at the time of registration. 

Early bird rate through November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $80
Per Day – Group Rate (5 or more):  $70

After November 1st:
Per Day – Individual Rate:  $90
Per Day – Group Rate:  $80 

Register online here.

EarthJustice in Bozeman Seeks Interns from UW Law, Corporate Accountability, Immigration and Human Rights Opportunities

EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeks Summer 2014 Interns from UW Law

EarthJusticeUW Law graduate is seeking UW law students to apply for a summer internship at the Northern Rockies office of EarthJustice.

EarthJustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular by ensuring clean air and water, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks will have the opportunity to work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

They offer a stipend, but strongly encourage candidates to obtain outside funding. The internship posting and application instructions are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but no later than December 2.

Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland Seeks Immigration Attorney 

CentroLegalCentro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) seeks an immigration attorney to provide direct representation to clients in family-based immigration, citizenship, U visas, DACA and removal defense.

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal is a comprehensive legal services agency providing free, bilingual, and culturally sensitive legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

This position provides the opportunity to work in a dynamic grassroots community law center and within a larger community of supporters, allies, and leaders working together to advance social justice.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instuctions please click here.

Reprieve in the UK Seeks Applications for Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate Position

ReprieveReprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, and secures each person’s right to a fair trial. Reprieve prioritises the cases of prisoners accused of the most extreme crimes, such as acts of murder or terrorism, as it is in such cases that human rights are most likely to be jettisoned or eroded. Reprieve focuses on cases involving the world’s most powerful governments, especially those that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.

The ‘war on terror’ has not been waged entirely by nation-states. Often, those states have contracted with private entities to do their work, at times with disastrous consequences for human rights. Contract interrogators were among those most infamous for abuses of prisoners at Guantánamo. Private jets, hired to carry out extraordinary renditions, flew kidnapped prisoners around the world to be tortured. Today, the massively-expanding fleet of drones used to wage undeclared wars in undeclared places is not just run by the CIA and JSOC – it is also big business for many. Food products and drugs designed to promote health are forcibly administered to detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo.

Fortunately, big business is not immune to pressure, and Reprieve’s CSR workserves to identify and exploit these pressure points in order to achieve positive change. The CSR Advocate’s task at Reprieve is twofold: a) to identify advocacy and future litigation opportunities arising from corporate involvement in the ‘war on terror’ and b) to lead the advocacy around the corporate issues s/he identifies, with the support of the rest of Reprieve’s team.

The Advocate will investigate companies profiting from abuses associated with the ‘war on terror’.  S/he will seek to persuade those companies of the damage their actions can entail, work with them to mitigate the human rights violations carried out and prevent further such abuses occurring.

More widely, the Advocate should be looking to shape the standards observed by businesses in the sector s/he is engaging, and use corporate accountability to promote Reprieve’s broader aims.  S/he will build on allegiances already established with journalists, other campaigners and parliamentarians (both in the UK and abroad) and will seek to develop new relationships on an ongoing basis to support Reprieve’s work.

For complete job description and application instruction click here. Applications accepted through October 6. Don’t delay.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in UK Seeks Winter Interns

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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has recently launched recruitment for winter internships based at their London headquarters:

  • Legal Research Intern to start in January/February 2014

About half the intern’s time will be spent developing our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal, the leading global information hub about human rights lawsuits against companies. The intern will research lawsuits and draft brief profiles in non-legal language explaining what the lawsuit is about, and what procedural stage it has reached. The intern will also search for ommentaries and official documents relating to each lawsuit, keep the profiles updated, and help inform legal advocates and others about the portal. The intern will also help develop contact lists and
disseminate our corporate accountability materials to legal contacts.

The full job description and application form can be found here. Applications due no later than October 17.

Attention 3Ls! Applications now Accepted for Winter “Internship” at the International Justice Resource Center

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The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) in San Francisco welcomes applications for a law fellow opening, beginning in January 2014. Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s Executive Director in developing and implementing projects in IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support, and trainings.

The law fellow position may be full- or part-time, but will require at least 20 hours per week in IJRC’s San Francisco office. Candidates must be able to commit to a fellowship of at least 10 weeks.

The International Justice Resource Center empowers others – from experienced human rights attorneys to community activists and individual victims – to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to promote and demand protection of human rights using international law and supranational human rights mechanisms. This position will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with substantive areas of international law, work with human rights advocates, and directly contribute to the success of IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about our mission and programs, please visit www.ijrcenter.org.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and the fellow’s particular interests, but will generally include:

• Legal research and writing for published manuals and analysis, and in response to advocates’ requests for amicus curiae briefs and other forms of advocacy and litigation support.

• Liaising with other human rights organizations to familiarize them with IJRC’s services and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Fellows will likely also have opportunities to participate in developing and implementing training programs, and in identifying additional opportunities for IJRC to provide support to advocates or litigants (e.g., drafting amicus briefs or developing international legal strategies in ongoing litigation).

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted through October 15.