Don’t Miss Out on Some Terrific Post Grad Opportunities and Fall Paid Internship!

Yakama nationDue 6/8: Yakama Nation Office of Public Defender Seeks Entry-Level Attorney

Employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. WSBA membership and 6 months experience required.

Download full announcement here. Download application here. Application due by: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Due 7/15: Fall/Winter Part-Time Paid Legal Internship with API Chaya

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API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya engages communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms of oppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society.

Legal Intern Duties include:

  • Supporting Advocates to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law)
  • Accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings
  • Working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors
  • Working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants
  • Possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual, particularly in Asian, South Asian, or Pacific Island languages
  • Experience or familiarity with the issues we address and communities we serve as well as previous legal experience
  • Have taken courses on family law and immigration law or will be taking it in the course of the internship

The intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors.

Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization.

This internship runs between September 2016 to June 2017. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other. To apply, send resume and cover letter to anita@apichaya.org by July 15, 2016.

Due 7/11: US DOJ Seeks RFPs for Anti-Trafficking Post Grad Fellowship

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The DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime has just posted the 2016 Fellowship solicitation, applications are due July 11, 2016. This single solicitation includes nine purpose areas: Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. OVC intends to make one award in each purpose area of up to $150,000 each. Only individuals may apply, and they don’t have to be recent grads. For complete instructions and application information please see here: http://ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/2016-Fellowship-Solicitation-508.pdf

 

Due 6/30: Superior Court of the Northern Mariana Islands Accepting Law Clerk Applications for August Start Date!

Northern_Mariana_Islands_sealPOSITION: Law Clerk to the Honorable Roberto C. Naraja

You will work under the general supervision of the Presiding or an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located on the island of Saipan.

LOCATION:

Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Superior Court law clerks conduct legal research, as well as review, edit, and draft bench memoranda, judicial decisions, and orders. Law clerks also assist the Court in its community outreach programs and administrative functions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At the commencement of employment, applicants must be admitted to a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction, or awaiting bar results. Applicants must be able to work both independently as well as with others. Strong legal research and writing skills are essential.

For complete details and application instructions please click here.

Rolling Deadline: Public International Law & Policy Group Seeks Assistant Counsel

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Public International Law & Policy Group Overview The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to governments, sub-state entities and civil society groups engaged in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and establishing and operating transitional justice mechanisms.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.   PILPG has advised over 20 governments, sub-state entities, and civil society organizations involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitutions, and transitional justice mechanisms, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

Position Overview:   PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office is currently hiring for Assistant Counsel, who will support PILPG’s work from PILPG’s headquarters in D.C.  Assistant Counsel will be responsible for working closely with Senior Counsel and Counsel to provide legal advice to PILPG’s clients, and help to manage the implementation of programs.  Depending on the nature of the work to which the Assistant Counsel is assigned, travel to PILPG’s field offices and other client locations may be required.

Role & Responsibilities:   The primary duties as Assistant Counsel will include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing legal memoranda, training materials, policy proposals, and other resources on substantive topics relating to public international law and PILPG clients;
  • Participating in and organizing workshops, trainings, and other PILPG events;
  • Working closely with PILPG’s D.C. office on program design and development;
  • In coordination with PILPG’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, collaborating with PILPG’s strategic partners, including private law firms and pro bono staff;
  • Assisting with management of client and key partner relationships, including government officials and members of civil society;
  • Reviewing, editing, and managing the production of legal work produced by PILPG legal research and drafting teams;
  • Providing support to field staff and senior members of program teams with program management tasks, including tracking monitoring and evaluation indicators, establishing and reviewing work plans, and maintaining relationship with donors;
  • Assisting in the drafting and review of periodic reports on program progress for submission to PILPG’s funders; monitoring and reporting requirements for PILPG overseas programs, including the drafting and review of periodic reports;
  • Based on program needs, traveling to work with clients in the field and supporting PILPG programming overseas; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for PILPG Assistant Counsel include:

  • A law degree;
  • A current bar membership;
  • One to three years previous professional experience, preferably in international law or a related field;
  • Previous program management experience preferred, does not necessarily need to be post-law school;
  • Ability to work independently, while also collaborate with a team;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple assignments;
  • Knowledge of public international law;
  • Strong legal drafting, editing, and research skills;
  • Fluency in English; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly French or Arabic, would be an asset.

Salary: DOE. Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions: To submit an application for the Assistant Counsel position, submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample online at http://publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/work-for-us/.  The cover letter should outline the candidate’s interest in PILPG and salary expectations.     After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview. Act Fast! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

Due 7/11: Center for Children & Youth Justice Seeks to Sponsor an Applicant for a Two-Year Post Grad Fellowship with Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Fellowship. Start Fall 2017

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FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP – CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH JUSTICE

The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is seeking to sponsor an applicant for a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, or other post-graduate legal fellowship focused on the replication/expansion of CCYJ’s Lawyers Fostering Independence program (LFI) from its current location in Seattle, WA to areas in need outside of King County. The fellowship would begin in the fall of 2017, is based in Seattle, WA, and will require travel.

Background

The Center for Children & Youth Justice was founded in 2006 with one mission: reform the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve the lives of generations of children and youth. Our focus is large-scale, lasting systemic change. We carry out the research, pilot projects, policy advocacy, and grassroots engagements that make that change possible. No one else is doing this critical work. Our work is effective because we collaborate with all systems stakeholders including families and youth impacted by systems involvement.

LFI is a one-of-a-kind program that CCYJ began in 2008 with the aim of improving outcomes for current and former foster youth by providing civil legal aid to remove barriers that stand in the way of successful, independent adulthood. Every year in Washington over 500 young people age out of foster care and experience elevated rates of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment as compared to their peers from intact families. Current and former foster youth also struggle to overcome legal impediments, such as juvenile records, bad credit due to identity theft, domestic violence, and housing justice issues. Through the coordinated efforts of volunteer attorneys and partner service providers, LFI is able to help current and former foster youth reach for their future without being blocked by their past. Doing so enables LFI clients to secure stable housing, good employment, and desired education, i.e., the necessary pillars of a successful life. LFI currently operates in King County with the goal of replicating/expanding statewide on a county-by-county basis.

Job Description

CCYJ is eager to sponsor a law student graduating in 2017 or recent law school graduate (including judicial law clerks) who are interested in partnering with CCYJ to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in Fall 2017. The sponsored candidate would work with CCYJ to submit a project proposal to research, design, implement, and evaluate the sustainable replication/expansion of LFI into other Washington counties in collaboration with community partners. If selected, under the supervision of LFI’s Managing Attorney, the fellow will:

  • Provide direct service and representation to clients to further develop context for general legal issues faced by LFI clients and for a deep understanding of how LFI operates now and how it can best be replicated/expanded elsewhere
  • Research and identify county-based need/demand and existing support structures for LFI services in selected areas in Washington
  • Develop a manual to be used in aid of the replication/expansion of LFI
  • Coordinate and lead an advisory group in counties identified for replication/expansion
  • Build local partnerships with law firms, service providers, and community stakeholders to learn about local issues and ensure success of services implemented
  • Recruit, train, and provide support to volunteer attorneys
  • Provide educational workshops to service providers and community stakeholders to increase engagement and support for the services implemented
  • Lead and evaluate data collection and program evaluation
  • Provide advocacy and support for legislative efforts on laws supportive of LFI clients
  • Provide other support, as needed, to LFI’s Managing Attorney

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited law school by the time the fellowship begins
  • Apply for bar membership in Washington state within the first year of the fellowship, or before
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving the underserved
  • Be a motivated, ambitious, self-starter
  • Possess skills in oral and written communication
  • Fluent in English 

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate from an EJW member law school
  • Have skills needed to effectively conduct community meetings and educational workshops
  • Possess ability and interest in community engagement
  • Have experience working in civil legal aid, volunteer coordination, and/or social services
  • Fluent in Spanish

Salary

DOE, competitive with other Seattle-based nonprofit organizations focused on legal services

Application Instructions

Interested candidates for fellowship sponsorship should send a one-page cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Hickory Gateless at hgateless@ccyj.org with the subject line, “CCYJ Fellowship 2017”. The Application Deadline is July 11, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited to Join Law for Black Lives in New York City

July 31: Invitation for Lawyers to Join Law for Black Lives, NYC

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#Law4BlackLives is a national gathering of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers who are committed to building a world where #BlackLivesMatter. More than a meeting or a conference, this gathering is a call to action for legal advocates from diverse parts of the country to join together and spend a day dreaming about how we can support the growing Movement For Black Lives.

This space will prioritize the voices and leadership of people of color, most importantly Black lawyers and legal advocates.

REGISTER TODAY at law4blacklives.org. Space is limited. Limited travel and registration scholarships will be available.

For more information visit www.law4blacklives.org or email law4blacklives@gmail.com.

October 16 & 17: 17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

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We are pleased to announce our 17th annual conference, scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2015.

Much More: With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Registration will open in mid July, 2015. For more information, click here.

New Public Defender Career Handbook, Networking Opportunities & Human Rights News

Interested in Career in Public Defense? Check out the Newly Updated Public Defender Handbook

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PSJD.org recently published NYU’s 2014 Public Defender Handbook. One of the most comprehensive career handbooks around this guide will walk you through all of the nuts and bolts of building a career in public defense. Don’t miss out!

 

Are you Looking for Any Easy Way to Network with UW Law Alumni? Regional Networking Groups are Now Available Online!

networkingUW Law alumni extend across the country and internationally. Regional alumni groups allow alumni and students in these regions to stay connected with each other and the law school. Check out the regional networking groups here.

Friendly Networking Tips:

  1. before you contact alumni be sure to research them to learn more about their practice area.
  2. when you do email them, be sure to mention that you got their contact info from the UW regional networking group link.
  3. if you don’t get a response right away don’t worry, it might be a busy time for them. Give it some time and a couple of tries. Persistence usually pays off. Otherwise, just contact another regional member!

Attention Law Grads! Announcing the 2015 Human Rights Essay Award

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Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

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Activists celebrated after the anti-gay law was thrown out, reports Andrew Harding. Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal. Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned the “promotion of homosexuality”. Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Ugandan government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the government was still waiting the attorney general’s advice about whether to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court. He added that the ruling showed to Western donors that Uganda’s democracy was functioning very well and that they should reinstate any aid they had cut. Continue reading here.

Advocates for Children, Families Oppose Cuts to Services to Fund McCleary

 

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August 4, 2014 – Columbia Legal Services

Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.

The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services, and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families. The brief may be found here.

“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”

While education must be fully funded, the brief explains how students in low-income families face barriers outside the classroom that prevent them from obtaining a basic education. These barriers also expand the educational opportunity gap that exists between white students and students of color.

In the brief, the organizations explain how, even with the existing level of funding for social programs, students in low-income families and students of color often cannot achieve educational opportunity. Thus, the organizations argue, financing education by cutting or freezing basic services would exacerbate the barriers to education that students in low-income families and students of color already face.

Housing advocates assert the legislature has already cut to the bone funding for both housing and homelessness services. For instance, the State Housing Trust Fund has declined sharply since 2008. This important tool for creating affordable homes received zero dollars this most recent legislative session. Cutting programs could not have come at a worse time, as students in homeless households are at an all-time high. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reported 30,609 homeless students in the 2012-13 school year.

“For children across Washington, the lack of a safe, stable home can be a huge barrier to learning,” says Housing Alliance executive director Rachael Myers. “We already have proven, innovative programs that create affordable homes and keep families and children stably housed. They just need to be adequately funded.”

“Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed,” adds Maranan. “Good nutrition, household economic stability, child care, health care: these help keep kids in school, body and mind.”

Another Amicus brief was filed today by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and six co-signing organizations. Their brief argues that legislators cannot responsibly fund education without raising new revenue, and that failure to raise revenue will lead to budget cuts that will harm kids’ ability to succeed in the classroom.

The Amicus participants support the Court’s finding in McCleary that the state must provide adequate funding to ensure the right of all children to an education that prepares them for lifelong success.

 

 

Rock ’em Sock ’em Jobs and Internships to Apply For!

Attention Recent Grads! Equal Justice Works Announces AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps for 2014-15. Apply ASAP!

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An AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship is a great way to launch or re-launch a public interest career. Our fellows work with nonprofit legal aid organizations on cutting-edge projects, provide direct legal assistance, and strengthen communities by serving as a legal resource. For the 2014-2015 program year, there are open Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship positions located in California, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Delaware, and New York with a focus on veterans’ assistance and disaster response.

The Veterans Legal Corps position descriptions can be found on our website: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITIONS. Candidates will apply directly to the host sites and those hired will become 2014 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows.

Attention Recent Grads! Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) Seeks Candidates Legislative Committee Policy Staff Positions. Deadline: 8/16

WAstatelegThe Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) is seeking candidates for two legislative committee policy staff positions as Session Counsel. These positions are nonpartisan and exempt from civil service. These are temporary positions as specified below.

House Judiciary Committee – The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Judiciary Committee. This committee considers issues relating to commercial law, torts, probate, guardianships, civil commitment, firearms, eminent domain, landlord/tenant law, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes, and courts and judicial administration. It also considers family law issues such as marriage, marriage dissolution, child support, and adoption. This is a temporary position through July 31, 2015.

House Public Safety Committee – The person selected to fill this position will provide staff support to the House Public Safety Committee. This committee considers issues relating to law enforcement agencies, crime prevention, criminal penalties and sentencing, impaired driving, registration and civil commitment of sex offenders, adult correctional programs and institutions, mentally ill offenders, and state and local government preparedness to respond to public emergencies, including the interoperability of emergency communications systems. This is a temporary position through April 30, 2015.

2014 Law grads are encouraged to apply. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention 3Ls! Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Fall, Winter & Spring Rule 9 Interns for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution. Deadline 8/21

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle 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.

Criminal Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury;
•Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars;
•Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and
•Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties:
•Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions;
•Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and
•Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings:
There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.  

Amnesty International Seeks Researcher/Advisor on Business and Human Rights for London Office. Deadline 8/20

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Please note that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 29th August

Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of eradicating human rights violations related to corporate activity. But in order to act, we need informed strategy based on thorough and irrefutable research. So as a Researcher, your contribution will be absolutely critical.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a specialist researcher in this emerging area of human rights, you’ll carry out in-depth investigations which will bring corporations to account for involvement in human rights abuses. Focusing largely on extractive industries, that means researching key issues like the impact of mining practices on indigenous peoples and women in India and the impact of oil pollution on people’s right to water, livelihoods and a clean environment in the Niger delta. Whether you’re carrying out desk-based research or conducting in-country fact-finding, you will be contributing to advancing the debate on corporate accountability for human rights abuses by using an evidence based approach.

You will be able to analyse and document key findings in light with international standards on business and human rights and collate your research into comprehensive and influential reports recommending legal and political change relevant to this subject area from the London office. In fact, capitalising on your astute understanding and awareness of Business & Human Rights, you’ll advise people right across AI. More than that, providing expert guidance on research and methodology, you’ll promote the quality and consistency of our work. You’ll also be involved taking forward relevant lobbying and advocacy strategies, so you can expect to have a big impact on our strategic direction.

 

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! American Association for Justice Seeks Legal Content Editor. Rolling Deadline!AAJlogo

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill a Legal Content Editor position in its Education Department. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

AAJ is looking for a Legal Content Editor to:

• Format, proofread, and edit speaker papers for publication; review speaker papers for AAJ Education seminars, colleges, and conventions for content, subject matter, appropriateness, and length.
• Coordinate production of course materials for seminars and colleges, including creating and maintaining production schedule; assist with production of convention reference materials.
• Research content for curriculum and product development.
• Make and review requests for reprint permission.
• Assist in developing AAJ Press, AAJ’s line of books and multimedia on advocacy and practice-specific topics; research possible titles and authors; draft and review marketing copy; communicate with publishers.
• Manage the AAJ Education resource library.

For full description and application instructions please click here.

Justice for Our Neighbors Seeks Rural Capacity Building Bilingual Staff Attorney in Nebraska

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Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

Responsibilities of the position: The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Crete and South Sioux City. The RCB Staff attorney will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities. The RCB Staff Attorney position will be located in Omaha and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.

DUTIES: Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for reports Steer outreach and education programs.

For complete description and application instructions please click the PSJD announcement here.

KCBA Seeking VLS Coordinator & Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

Attention Recent Grads!  KCBA Seeking Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, Deadline 2/5

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Work as a member of the Pro Bono Services team at the King County Bar Association, and manage the VLS program including program development, daily operations, and community outreach. This position is responsible for placing cases for ongoing representation with volunteer attorneys in priority legal subject areas, overseeing public education programs (currently Make Change!), and supporting the Bailey Boushay Wills Clinic.

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

Washington Attorney General’s Office Torts Division in Tumwater Seeking Two Attorneys, Deadline 2/7

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The Torts Division has two openings for attorneys – one on the Corrections litigation team and the other on the Transportation litigation team. The Corrections team defends the Department of Corrections, the natural resource and environmental agencies, Financial Institutions, and the Secretary of State among others. The Transportation team handles tort work for the Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol, the Department of Labor and Industries, and the Department of Health.

Specific cases are assigned based on experience and interest; however, there are ample opportunities to work on cases outside of your assigned team. Torts practices in a fast-paced environment that is inclusive, supportive and fun-loving, but that maintains the appropriate emphasis on the significance of the important policy and legal issues inherent in tort cases. While these positions are located in the AGO’s Tumwater office, travel may be required.

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

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and Recent Grads! KCBA Pro Bono Services Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This position will work directly with the Kinship Care Solutions Project which provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self Help Plus program which provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions.

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

Washington Appleseed Seeking Legal Fellow, Deadline 2/28

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Washington Appleseed works to address social and economic problems in our state by developing new public policy initiatives, challenging unjust laws, and helping people better understand and fully exercise their rights.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. Fellows work with Appleseed project teams to develop systemic responses to pressing local and national issues. Fellows can expect to be involved in legal and community organizing, research and writing, factual investigation and to work with staff and volunteer attorneys as well as activists. Specific issue focus varies throughout the year, though general issues being addressed include housing, consumer protection, children’s issues, public health/healthcare, juvenile justice, economic justice, educational reform, and corporate and government accountability.

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

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship, Deadline 3/1

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Justice Fellows will be hosted in clusters of 2-4 in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in the IJC on a competitive the basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though the IJC will, ultimately, make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants with the most complex cases that require lawyers to handle the case from start to finish, such as deportation defense and affirmative petitions for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking, among others. The Justice Fellows will be primarily supervised by experienced attorneys at their host organization, with supplemental support from the IJC’s own supervisory staff.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Rise Up! Restore the Dream on MLK Day, January 20th

January 20: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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January 21: Social Justice Tuesday- Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

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Hosted by:  Center for Public Service Law

·         Interested in legal and health issues in Cambodia?

·         Wondering how you could earn 10 credits while studying in Cambodia with the University of Washington?

·         Want to spend your summer developing research skills in human rights and international law, while creating an excellent writing sample?

Join us for a discussion on global health, human rights, and the rights of the child in Cambodia. Students will share about their research and experiences from last year, and information will be presented on the upcoming 2014 summer course!

 If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, January 13th.  No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

January 21: Clients in Crisis & Secondary Trauma Issues for Advocates

Recommended Readings:

Abby Anna Batko-Taylor & Melissa L. Shearer, Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You, Voice for the Defense Online (2012)

Marjorie A. Silver, Dr. Sanford Portnoy, & Jean Koh Peters, Stress, Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Other Emotional Realities in the Lawyer/Client Relationship- A Panel Discussion, 19 Touro L. Rev. 847 (2004)

Crisis Trauma Training

January 23: UW Grad Student Networking Event

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Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni

5:30-7:00pm, Kane 225

Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started?  This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni – both inside and outside their academic field – in a safe and semi-structured environment.  Attendees will have the chance to practice their “elevator speech” and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads.  All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because “you just never know” if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success – sometimes the person you least suspect could be helpful to you has the best advice and most extensive network!  And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine…for FREE!   No registration required.  Sponsored in conjunction with the 10th annual Career Symposium for Grad Students & Postdocs in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Alumni Association. More details available at http://grad.washington.edu/profdev/symposium/

Among the many professionals slated to attend, if you’re interested in learning more about the Gates Foundation, don’t miss your chance to meet with Kate Lawyer.

Kate Lawyer works as an embedded consultant for the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate’s work focuses on developing policies, partnerships, and institutional support to governments in West Africa. Prior to joining the Third Sector Intelligence, Kate earned her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, where her coursework focused on NGO-management and program evaluation in the developing world. Kate completed this master’s program concurrent with spending three years in West Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. During her tenure in the Peace Corps, Kate served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer in Niger, working with rural mayoral offices to help execute community development plans that had been drafted jointly by the community’s local government and traditional authorities. Following two years in Niger, Kate spent a year in Senegal as a Program Assistant for a Senegalese-run non-governmental organization, providing services and programs to vulnerable children and underage workers. Kate has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including living for six months in Argentina researching the land rights of indigenous peoples in Patagonia. Kate holds a BA from the University of Washington in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to her Spanish background, Kate speaks Zarma, French, and basic Wolof.

February 21-22: Rebellious Lawyering Conference

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Join us for RebLaw2014 on February 21-22, 2014, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. Registration is now open at www.rsvpbook.com/reblaw2014.

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is an annual gathering of law students, activists, and legal practitioners dedicated to legal work in the service of communities and social change movements and to challenging hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education. Grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, the conference is in its twentieth year and the largest student-run public-interest law conference in the U.S.

This year, the conference will bring together activists and attorneys for more than twenty panelsdiscussing struggles in environmental, economic, racial, gender, immigration, and criminal justice. Topics include campaign finance reform, food sustainability, the rights of sex workers, mobilizing among communities of color, feminist responses to the drug war, and defending radical animal rights activists. Attendees are also invited to participate in workshops on movement lawyering, anti-oppression strategies when working with clients, legal observation of protests, law school classroom hierarchies, and coping with vicarious trauma. We are honored to have Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders and Cristina Tzintzun, executive director of the Workers Defense Project as our keynote and endnote speakers.

Registration is $30 and includes a happy hour on Friday and lunch on Saturday. (Registration is free for Yale, Quinnipiac, and UConn law students, and New Haven residents.) For law students wishing to attend who may otherwise find hotel costs prohibitive, we do our best to coordinate housing with Yale Law student volunteers. The deadline to register for housing eligibility is January 31.

Questions? Email rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Register here.

April 4-6: Save the Date! 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference at UW

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University of Washington, Seattle | April 4-6, 2014

The 2014 Western Regional International Health Conference is presented by: the WRIHC Student Committee, the UW chapter of GlobeMed, and the UW Department of Global Health

With generous support from: Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; OHSU Global Health Center; PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine; PNWU Global Health Club; Seattle University College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon African Studies Program; University of Oregon Department of Biology; University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute;  UW Center for Global Studies; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program; UW Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance

With additional co-sponsorship by: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; UC San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University

Register here.

International Development and Human Rights Events Coming Your Way Plus More

January 13- Global Legal Advocacy: Promoting Human Rights in Zimbabwe

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Room 117, 12:30-1:20pm

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

“The Role of NGOs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Zimbabwe”

Charles Mutasa, Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW School of Law

In African countries such as Zimbabwe, NGOs are generally viewed as the bedrock of democracy as they play a watchdog role over government with the view of promoting good governance, human rights and sustainable development. This presentation is a critical appraisal of the role and effectiveness of the strategies used by local NGOs to promote human rights in Zimbabwe. Despite the difficulties associated with an unfavorable operating environment, which includes government’s defiance of court orders, politicization of state institutions and continuous harassment of human rights defenders, the NGOs have remained resilient and made significant achievements in promoting human rights in Zimbabwe. The presentation will also briefly looks at the interface between the local NGOs and the African human rights regional bodies in their attempts to address the human rights challenges Zimbabwe is facing. It concludes by looking at the successes and challenges faced by the NGOs and suggest a way forward.

Charles Mutasa is a Zimbabwean who has studied political science and development studies up to Masters level. He has over 16 years of experience working for international and national non-profit organizations in Africa in the area of governance, human rights, health, poverty and general development policy. Charles work in the fields of policy research, analysis, consultancy and advocacy focuses on the importance of linking human rights and the rule of law issues with other sustainable development issues especially economics and politics with the goal of contributing to Zimbabwe’s transitional justice issues.

The lecture is hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development.

January 13- Conscience & Privacy: A Panel Discussion on Stormans v. Selecky. 

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Room 138, 12:30-1:20pm

Moderator: Dean Michele Storms

Panelists:

Tom Boeder, attorney with Perkins Coie and lead counsel for the Washington State Department of Health in Stormans v. Selecky

Kristen Waggoner, attorney with Ellis, Li, & McKinstry and lead counsel for Stormans Pharmacy in Stormans v. Selecky

Stormans v. Selecky is currently before the Ninth Circuit on appeal, and presents the issue of whether or not a pharmacy owner should be allowed to refuse to stock and dispense morning-after pill “Plan B” for conscience reasons. Current Washington Board of Pharmacy regulations do not permit a pharmacy owner or pharmacist to do so.Oral argument has been delayed pending the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case and other cases for which SCOTUS recently granted certiorari, and the attorneys representing for each side have graciously agreed to come and discuss the constitutional issues raised by this important case. Lunch will be provided.  Questions, please contact Thomas O’Ban, tcoban@uw.edu.

January 14- Don’t Forget! Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law

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12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12pm Monday, January 13. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12pm.

January 28- Experience Girls Rising

Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable presents Girl Rising.  Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com.
For more information about the Girl Rising series, go to: http://theglobalstate.globalwa.orgPlease join us for this FREE event. Space is limited.
 
Who: Everyone
Where: First Free Methodist Church / Seattle Pacific University //3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA
Date: Tuesday, January 28 // 7pm – 9pm
Click HERE to RSVP

February thru June- Don’t Miss GlobalWA’s Regional Global Socials

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Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington.  Composed of non-profit organizations, foundations, businesses, government and academic institutions, our members work collectively to build a more equitable and prosperous world.  Global Washington convenes members to generate new opportunities for growth; strengthens member organizations to increase their impact; and advocates across key global development issues at the local, national, and global level.
Learn about GlobalWA member organizations working in specific regions of the world and connect with others who share your interest in that region.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Who: Everyone
Where: TBD
Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members
When: 
  • Central America //  February 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • East Asia // March 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Middle East // April 3rd, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • South Asia // May 1st, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Sub-Saharan Africa // June 5th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP

March 21- Save the Date! Landesa’s 8th Annual Seed the Change Luncheon

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Please join Landesa for our 8th annual Seed the Change Luncheon, to raise awareness and support for women’s land rights – the most important asset to break the poverty cycle.

Four Seasons Hotel: 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

REGISTRATION: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PROGRAM: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Megan Mylan, Academy Award-winning documentary film maker 

For more information or to register for the event, click here

The CPSL is Hiring! Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Don’t Delay- Monday, January 13 is the App Deadline

Monday, January 13: Application Deadline to Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair!

NW PS Career Fair logoFor over two decades, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  More than 75 non-profits and government offices and more than 600 students and alumni from our 11 schools participated in 2013.

Check out the list of employers participating at the Seattle fair on Friday, January 31. Check out the list of employers participating at the Portland fair on Saturday, February 1. Learn more about the application and interview process here.

The Center for Public Service Law is Hiring! Seeking a Communications Assistant- Work Study Position

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About the CPSL: 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 350 recipients to the blog.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. For more information about federal work study at UW please click here.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Applications for Human Rights Institute Now Accepted

Human Rights Institute at the Urban Justice Center will be held from April 2- 4, 2014 in New York City.

The Institute is a three-day professional development conference that brings select human rights advocates and policymakers from across the country to network, share ideas, and collaborate with others who are working to advance domestic human rights. Participants will be able to learn about the international human rights framework, apply it to their local organizing efforts and become contributors to the growing domestic human rights movement.

Previous presenters have included:

  • Laila Bourhil,Human Rights Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
  • Jamil Dakwar,Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program;
  • Risa Kaufman,Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School;
  • Ann Lehman, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women;
  • Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy for The Opportunity Agenda; and
  • Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

We have also offered an array of programming, such as:

  • The Fundamentals of Human Rights: Economic and Social Rights;
  • Crafting a Human Rights Media Strategy to Advance Your Domestic Campaign;
  • Employing International Human Rights Mechanisms for Domestic Advocacy;
  • A Guided Tour of the United Nations;
  • Reception with members of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
  • The Arts and Community Organizing.

The Institute application is available on the Human Rights Project website. The application process is open until February 7, 2014. A limited number of scholarships are available for those eligible for financial assistance; those applications are due February 1, 2014.

Announcing the 2014 UW Law Summer Course in Cambodia: Global Health, Human Rights, and the Rights of the Child in Cambodia

Cambodia summer courseUniversity of Washington, Law H516, Global Health GH 590, College of Education EDLPS 600, International Studies JSIS 596

This course offers a unique, multidisciplinary graduate-level study opportunity in Cambodia. Focusing on health and human rights of children, particularly those who have a disability, the course provides a classroom experience and an applied, skills-building practicum that explores the theoretical underpinnings and the practical applications of the rights of the child in the context of Cambodia’s health system. Child rights are studied from legal and health services perspectives, combining methodologies of research and analysis required for quality field work.

The six-week course is approved for a total of 10 credits. Five of the credits are received through the practicum experience. The practicum experience will enable the student to work with NGOs and other health and legal professionals in the investigation and analysis of a faculty-guided and approved practicum project.

The course is open to graduate and professional students from other universities.

Check out the UW Study Abroad website and the program brochure. For questions, contact Beth Rivin (brivin@uw.edu) or course TA, Ashley Paintner (ashley.paintner@uw.edu).

Blogging is Back in Full Swing- Great Opportunities Bubble Up

WA State Access to Justice Board and King County Bar Association Hiring Program Manager for New Statewide Pro Bono Council

kcba_logoSummary: A new Statewide Pro Bono Council will be formed as a committee of the Washington State Access To Justice Board beginning January 2014. On a pilot basis, the Council will be staffed by a full time employee, primarily based out of the King County Bar Association (Seattle, WA), with funding made available through Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) and the Legal Foundation of Washington. A work plan will be developed that outlines goals and objectives, areas of focus and benchmarks to measure the success of this initiative.

This position will provide:

Pro Bono Council Support by:

  • Planning, preparing and organizing council meetings
  • Participating in the Access to Justice Board Delivery Systems Committee
  • Coordinating Council appointment process

A statewide focus by:

  • Supporting efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between volunteer lawyer programs and Alliance for Equal Justice members
  • Providing technical assistance for implementation of State Plan initiatives focused on pro bono
  • Working to overcome challenges to integration, identifying successful models, documenting best practices, and developing technical assistance materials, resources and tools
  • Sharing appropriate resources with the volunteer legal services community: serving as an information clearinghouse, helping connect those who have experience, materials, program development strategies, etc. with those who need help.
  • Promoting effective integration of volunteer attorney programs into the work of other Alliance partners.
  • Assisting volunteer attorney programs implement the initiatives related to pro bono in the ATJ Board’s State Plan Implementation Report of August 20, 2008
  • Hosting a listserv for pro bono managers in the state
  • Developing recruitment, training, and publicity materials for pro bono programs to provide to volunteers
  • Developing a statewide directory of pro bono and legal services programs within the state

An individualized volunteer attorney program focus by:

  • Assessing issues/problems
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Training and mentoring individual staff members of volunteer programs

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 16th and will be accepted through December 30th.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces WKKF Community Leadership Fellowship in Child Advocacy

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a long history of supporting emerging and existing leaders. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of our most effective tools for realizing the belief that leadership is a critical tool for individual development, community-grounded leadership and broader societal change. It is with great pride that we announce the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a new program that constitutes a renewed commitment to leadership development.

This fellowship is rooted in WKKF’s mission of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on racial equity and community and civic engagement. In alignment with our grantmaking strategies, a total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from our U.S. priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans—and will do their work there. Another 20 fellows will be selected from outside the priority places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

It is our hope that this fellowship program is able to nurture and inspire developing or established leaders, helping them to become transformative change agents in their communities, guiding vulnerable children and their families toward optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement and financial security.

This three-year program focuses on strengthening the skills and competencies of our fellows, as well as promoting the direct application of knowledge and skills to community-based projects. We are looking for fellows who, as passionate voices in their communities, feel a deep urge to balance personal growth with meaningful contributions to the community.

Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. For complete info please click here.

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2014 Summer Paid Internships at Yale Law School Yale law

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program.  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.  The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the  Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

For more info and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. This opportunity is open to non-Yale law students!

Public Health Law and Policy Internship for Winter/Spring 2014

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Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit is seeking a public health law and policy intern for spring, 2014, to serve as a student intern on a policy project related to marijuana legalization in Washington State.  This position will support creation of a policy surveillance system of local municipal and county ordinances that address marijuana legalization at the local level.  Through this project, the student will identify existing ordinances, learn about methods for and create a policy coding book with support of the team leads, and review and code ordinances for inclusion in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s new online policy surveillance system.  If time permits, the student may write a brief report analyzing the variation in local ordinances related to marijuana legalization in Washington state.

The outcomes of the project will include availability of an easily and publicly accessible online policy query and mapping tool that demonstrates change over time, a replicable policy codebook for researchers in other states, and increased knowledge of policy makers regarding the variation in local ordinances pertinent to marijuana legalization.

For more info please click here: Public Health Law and Policy Internship. Act fast– Applications due no later than December 6!

Summer Internship Opportunity  Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2014 summer internship program. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic fairness, and improving conditions of confinement for youth in secure facilities.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, systems reform, and racial and ethnic disparities reduction, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Awesome Opportunities- Bring it On!

Echoing Green Announces Next Fellowship Application Cycle

echoinggreenHave an entrepreneurial idea for social justice organization ? Interested in some seed money and technical support to launch this organization?

Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship. During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers.

We believe investing in and supporting the right people relative to the right ideas and ability to execute, rather than specific business plans, results in a lifetime of leadership. Echoing Green has invested over $33 million in seed-stage funding and strategic assistance in nearly 600 world-class leaders driving positive social change around the globe. Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of Teach For America, City Year, College Summit, Citizen Schools, One Acre Fund, and SKS Microfinance.

ECHOING GREEN MANAGES THREE DISTINCT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

The Global Fellowship is our twenty-five year-old program for smart young leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.

The Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. The BMA Fellowship unlocks access to the vast communities of Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations.

The Climate Fellowship, announced in 2013, is specifically targeted for the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship Application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014.

Lawyers Fostering Independence Program Seeking UW Law Student Summer Interns CCYJ

Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to reforming the state’s juvenile justice and child welfare system.  Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program is an initiative within the CCYJ that connects former foster youth with pro bono legal representation on civil legal issues.  A part-time legal intern/extern is sought.  This person will work closely with the LFI Managing Attorney, conducting client screening, outreach and substantive legal research, and some administrative tasks.  The extern may also have the opportunity to work more hours and gain experience in other practice areas if interested in other projects at CCYJ.

This internship/externship is open to all law students.

Time commitment: Varies between 10-20 hours per week and can be extremely flexible around your schedule, though we ask that you try to work at least 5 hours, two days a week.  We also require a commitment for at least two quarters.
Location: 615 2nd Ave, Ste 275 (Pioneer Square), Seattle, WA

Recommended Skills: Demonstrated interested in child welfare, juvenile justice, or related fields, and/or experience working with youth, at-risk families or underserved communities.

Supervision/Training: Direct supervision by an attorney; training provided as needed.

Application Process: Send resume, transcript (unofficial is ok), and cover letter to the LFI Managing Attorney, Serena E. Holthe at sholthe@ccyj.org.  Writing sample and two professional references may be requested if selected for interview.

Application Deadline:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact: Serena E. Holthe – sholthe@ccyj.org – 206-696-7503 x.17

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Bi-Lingual Staff Attorney for Yakima Office

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Columbia Legal Services seeks an experienced bilingual attorney to work on a broad range of systemic legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their family members in Washington, but particularly in the Central Washington region. The range of potential issues the attorney may work on include employment, health care, housing, food, benefits, and economic justice. Experience working with immigrant and indigenous populations on basic human needs or farm worker employment issues is strongly desired and bilingual skills in Spanish/English is required.

The position is full-time and will be located in Yakima. The position is open until filled. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeks Staff Attorney for Immigrant Justice Project in Atlanta SPLC

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks an attorney to join its Immigrant Justice Project office in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Immigrant Justice Project works on cases involving the rights of immigrants in nine southern states. Representative cases include large scale litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking, class actions on behalf of guest workers based on violations of their federal employment rights, and civil rights litigation related to anti-immigrant laws, policies, and practices.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks Law Student Interns for its Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee Offices

NWIRPThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for summer internship positions in its Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee offices. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

Interested applicants should apply to each office individually by sending a cover letter and resume to the contact person listed here with “2014 Summer Internship” in the subject line.

For complete job descriptions and application instructions please click here. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 5, 2013. No applications will be accepted after February 15, 2014.