Looking for Legal Experience in Human Rights? Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Grads!

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Amara Legal Center Seeking Spring Legal Intern, Due 11/18

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The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area and is currently seeking an intern for the Spring 2016.

Intern duties include: Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the intern and the intern will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services. After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in general legal research for expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Government Misconduct/Racial Justice Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  Some of our cases include: Stop-and-frisk litigation; challenges to solitary confinement and other abusive and discriminatory prison practices; FOIA cases and litigation in support of immigrants’ rights; and challenges to NYPD surveillance of Muslims and racial discrimination in FDNY hiring.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! La Isla Foundation Seeks Human Rights Research and Advocacy Intern for Spring 2016, Due 11/20

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Central America is being hit with an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). The population most acutely affected by the epidemic are the sugarcane cutters working in the lowlands of Western Nicaragua. Recent research shows that there is a strong relationship between the sickness and work conditions. Research also shows that many of the same work conditions linked to CKDnT are also in violation of domestic and international laws protecting worker health and safety. For this reason, Profesionales para la Auditoría Social y Empresarial (PASE) has opened a Legal Services Office in Chinandega, Nicaragua focused on serving sugarcane workers, ex-sugarcane workers and their families. The PASE Legal Services Office grew out of a collaboration with La Isla Foundation (LIF), a non-profit organization aimed at tackling CKDnT.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  Some of our cases include: Challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; ATS case in support of LGBTI Ugandan organizers; challenges to repression of people for speech criticizing Israeli government policy against Palestine; advocacy in support of accountability and reparations for the Iraq War; FOIA litigation for information about the U.S. role in the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the coup in Honduras; and human rights advocacy to challenge Catholic Church cover-up of sexual violence by priests.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! International Justice Resource Center Seeking International Human Rights Attorney, Due 11/30

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The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions).

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Seeks Summer Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights seeks a legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the 2016 spring semester (part time) and for summer 2016 (full time).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding (academic / research / work experience) of regional and international human rights law; working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

For more information, click here.

Root & Rebound Seeking Staff Attorney, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis, Position Open Until Filled

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Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is a California statewide reentry advocacy hub focused on building a strong model that promotes innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis in California and the United States. Our mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the day-to-day management, execution, and coordination of Root & Rebound’s legal education and trainings. In addition, the Staff Attorney will play an integral role in various programmatic efforts, including assisting with updates to the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide,  staffing the weekly reentry hotline, working on in-house legal services such as clinics, and helping the organization with its policy advocacy and litigation work. Root & Rebound seeks a candidate who is excited about working at an innovative and growing organization, and who has a desire to use his/her degree and legal education in a creative and dynamic way. The ideal candidate will be excited about practicing law as a reentry generalist across many areas and using public education as the central strategy to reaching the millions of Californians with a criminal record, and the 50,000 Californians who leave prison and jail each year.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney for Environmental Law Program, Position Open Until Filled

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We are hiring one associate attorney in our Environmental Law Program in San Francisco for a two-year position, to begin in September 2016. The associate attorney will evaluate proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation, serve as a resource to chapters and volunteer entities, and assist in prosecuting litigation aimed at advancing the national Club’s top priority campaigns. The successful candidate will have 0-3 years experience, solid writing and analytical skills, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and good knowledge of environmental law. The Sierra Club values diversity in our staff.

For more information, click here.

Advancement Project Seeking Staff Attorney for Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program

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Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong racial justice advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” Program.

The Staff Attorney will work with a team of attorneys and program staff to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline and school policing policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely with grassroots organizations representing communities of color around the country. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work collaboratively, using a variety of creative legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

For more information, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Young Center South Texas Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsinvites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardianad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the TVPRA.

For more information, click here.

Don’t Know What Legal Services Organizations are Available in Washington that Serve Youth? Take a Look at CYP’s Resource Guide

Columbia Legal Services Releases Resource on “Homeless Youth and Young Adults: Legal Services Organizations in Washington”

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Don’t know what legal services organizations are available in Washington that serve youth? Take a look at our resource “Homeless Youth and Young Adults: Legal Services Organizations in Washington.”

Click here to access the resource.

Attention Recent Grads!  Pro Bono Training Opportunity with Washington Medical Legal Partnership

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Want to help families of children with disabilities? Come learn about pro bono guardianship opportunities with the Washington Medical Legal Partnership.

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is an innovative collaboration between medical providers, social workers and attorneys to address the unmet legal needs and improve the health of vulnerable patients and families by integrating legal care into comprehensive healthcare. MLP’s partnership includes Northwest Justice Project, Harborview Medical Center, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

MLP is currently in need of attorneys to advise and counsel families of children with disabilities about preparing for the transition to adulthood, including offering pro bono legal assistance for guardianships. A guardian, usually the parent, is a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a person who is incapacitated, often used to ensure continuity of care for a young adults suffering severe mental or physical disability. Once MLP has completed an initial assessment, the family is referred to our pro bono partner.

The pro bono attorney will meet with the family to help them to navigate the judicial process. Guardianships involve filings and a court appearance, but attorneys who do not regularly litigate should find this pro bono opportunity manageable, especially with the support of more experienced attorneys who have already completed guardianship proceedings. The time commitment for a guardianship case can vary depending on the experience of the attorney, case complexity and other factors, but should generally require about 15-20 hours over a 4-6 month period.

This process will be discussed in more detail at the Q&A, where you will hear from MLP and some of the pro bono attorneys about guardianship cases they have handled. Please join us!

PLEASE RSVP by sending a brief email to Amy Dahl.

Cultural Spanish Classes Offered at El Centro de La Raza

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Free Educational Debt EBook for Students by Equal Justice Works

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Our free e-book, Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is a comprehensive guide to making monthly student loan payments affordable and earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness in ten years.

Download your copy here.

Looking for a Paid Internship? Check Out ACLU’s Reproductive Rights Project in New York!

On Campus Interviews: New Employers, Apply Through Symplicity

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – Deloitte Tax” CPSL Logo

Deloitte Tax Interviews (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Thursday, October 2 at 11:30 P.M.
Students will be notified of interviews by Friday, October 10.  Interviews will be held on campus Thursday, October 16.   Deloitte Tax Information Session:  Monday, September 29 in Room 115.

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Public Defender/Navy OGC” 

Department of the Navy OGC (2L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON
Public Defender Service for DC (2L, 3L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON

Students will be notified of interviews by Monday, September 15.  Interviews will be held on campus Friday, September 19.

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – NOAA OGC.”    (Apply through Symplicity—not USA Jobs.)

NOAA Office of General Counsel Honors Program (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Monday, September 15 at NOON
Students will be notified of interviews by Thursday, September 18.  Interviews will be held on campus Wednesday, September 24.

On-Campus Interview employers – Continuing to accept applications

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Session 2.”

Application deadline:  Monday, September 15, at NOON.  Students will be notified of interviews by Tuesday, September 23.
King County Bar Association (2L, 3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 3
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 2

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders Program Calling for 2015 Applications, Due 9/28

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The U.S. Embassy in Oslo, together with the Arctic Frontiers Secretariat, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for young U.S. citizens with a professional interest in the Arctic to learn more about the region. The annual Arctic Frontiers conference brings academia, government and business together to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development in the Arctic. The conference takes place in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, known as the Gateway to the Arctic.

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders program invites young representatives of academia, business and the public sector to meet with leaders to discuss future development in the High North. Selected candidates will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events, accompanied by mentors. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the coastal steamer and ends in Tromsø. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program. The content of the program is linked to the Arctic Frontiers 2015 conference topic “Climate and Energy.”

For a complete program description and application instructions, click here.

ACLU Foundation & HRW Seeking Applicants for 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship, Due 10/15

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU created the fellowship in 2002 with generous funding from the Open Society Institute to honor the legacy of Aryeh Neier. As executive director of the ACLU and then of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier helped develop both organizations into powerful forces for justice and human rights.

A special committee from both organizations will select the fellow, who will begin the two-year fellowship in the fall of 2015. He or she will most likely be placed in the New York City offices of Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, spending a year at each; however, the fellow should be open to placement in the organizations’ offices in other locations in the US.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

SCLC Seeking Directing Attorney of Social Security Advocacy Project

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The Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is a non-profit specialty civil legal aid organization that provides legal representation to low-income individuals with disabilities in matters related to their eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI benefits. SCLC hosts two major projects: the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP). SSAP prioritizes cases in which a person who has received or is receiving SSI/SSDI receives notice of reduction or termination of benefits. SSAP clients have a difficult time obtaining representation through the private bar, either due to lack of fee generating potential or multiple barriers, such as mental illness, limited English proficiency, and chemical dependency, which make it difficult for the client to stay engaged in an attorney client relationship and navigate the administrative structure of the Social Security Administration.

SCLC is searching for an outstanding attorney to serve as the directing attorney of the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP). The directing attorney is responsible for overseeing and managing SSAP. This is a full-time attorney position starting immediately. This position requires the ability to travel to client meetings, community events, and hearings, and may require some work on nights or weekends.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

ACLU Offering 2014-2015 Internships/Externships, Due 11/30 for Winter or Spring Quarter Externship

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

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

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories
and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints.
Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while
developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project Offering Paid Internship for Summer of 2015

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. In particular, RFP works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, and affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of all women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

The internship offers the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The internship is full-time and requires a 10 week commitment with a preferred start date of May 26, 2015.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

City of Seattle Posted New Job of Employee and Labor Relations Specialist

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The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist is a trusted advisor who builds the capacity of managers to create and sustain safe, innovative and inclusive workplaces within a union environment. This position provides support within Seattle Public Utilities for labor policy and procedures; works directly with management and staff to administer labor agreements, assists with disciplinary processes and provides expert-level consultation and guidance to managers and staff on a variety of workplace issues. We are looking for a human resource professional who has successfully provided consultation on, and managed, complex workplace and employee issues in a manner that ensures consistency, fairness, perseveration of employee rights, supports effective decision-making and mitigates organizational risk. The position reports to the Labor Relations Strategic Advisor.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Save the Children International Seeks Project Coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process (Geneva)

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Save the Children International is looking for a project coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process, to support the process of finalizing the  Lucens Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, and encouraging states to endorse and implement them, including by mobilizing civil society support.  The project coordinator will support the work of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), of which Save the Children is a Steering Committee member.

The position is located at the Geneva Advocacy Office of Save the Children International and the contract will last through June 2015.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

 

Post Grad Jobs Here We Come!

Attention New Grads! Grant County Seeks Entry Level Public Defender, Due 6/13- Don’t Delay!

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court.

  • Compliance with Performance Guidelines;
  • Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints;
  • Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel;
  • Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems;
  • Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics;
  • Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here for the Symplicity announcement. Don’t delay- application due this Friday!

Attention New Grads! EarthRights International Announces 2 year Post-Grad In house Fellowship, Due 6/15- Don’t Delay!

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EarthRights International (ERI) is now seeking applications for the position of 2014 -2016 Bertha Legal Fellow. Under the guidance and direction of the U.S. Legal Director, the Fellow will work with other ERI attorneys to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of ERI’s U.S. office in Washington, D.C., but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia.

The basic job responsibilities include:

  • Legal research on US law, international law, and other legal regimes
  • Preparation of legal memorandums, court briefs and filings for US and other legal systems
  • Work in collaboration with other NGOs and communities assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies
  • Research on new legal strategies to defend the human rights and environment of vulnerable communities
  • Communication of ERI’s work through web content and media contacts
  • Policy advocacy with the US legislative and executive branches

The Legal Fellow may also be asked to:

  • Travel domestically to court hearings
  • Travel internationally to meet with victims, communities and NGOs
  • Collaborate on ERI publications and assist in ERI events
  • Assist other ERI programs as needed

For complete job description an application instructions click here.

Attention New Grads! King County Seeking Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry Senior Project Manager, Due 6/18- Don’t Delay!

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This position is a term-limited temporary position (TLT) anticipated to last for two years with a possibility of extending to three years at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

King County leaders have identified the need to reduce the number of adults who cycle through the criminal justice system and to coordinate the County’s multiple on-going efforts to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry of incarcerated adults into the community.

The Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry Senior Project Manager will work collaboratively to build a County-wide strategic approach to recidivism reduction. The position will develop an implementation plan building on King County’s previous and ongoing re-entry plans and programs. Development of the plan will include at least the following activities:   (1) coordinating with internal and external partners to establish shared goals, definitions, and agreed-upon measurements and targets; (2) assisting with an effort to survey and map existing projects and programs that support reduced recidivism and re-entry, including consideration of equity and social justice impact; and (3) identifying additional culturally appropriate and effective strategies to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry, while specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.  The position may also support grant-funded efforts to improve re-entry in partnership with other agencies and jurisdictions.  Outcomes from this effort are expected to benefit adult jail inmates through better connection with services to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals so they can reduce future involvement with the criminal justice system. The ultimate goal of the work is to stop the revolving door of the justice system through coordination and strategic application of County and community programs. The position will not directly run or manage a program.

For full job description and application instructions click here.

Attention Class of 2015! Disability Rights Washington Seeks Post Grad Fellow to Sponsor for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Project-Based Fellowship. Due, 7/13

DRWNotice to all Third Year Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates:  Disability Rights Washington Seeks to Host a Sponsored Fellowship Addressing the Special Education Rights of Native American Students with Disabilities

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is seeking to host a sponsored fellowship, such as a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Ford Foundation, or law school-funded fellowship, that would start in fall 2015.

DRW is a private non-profit organization designated by the governor and mandated by the federal government to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Washington State. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. DRW provides free services to people with disabilities.

Project Description

DRW seeks to host a fellowship focused on improving graduation rates of Native American youth with disabilities attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and public high schools.

Washington State Native American students who receive special education services have very low high school graduation rates. They had the lowest graduation rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the 2012-2013 school year – a little over 50% graduate from high school in four years.  Graduation rates for students in special education at Washington State BIE schools ranged from 0% to 60%. This problem affects many youth because Washington is one of the states with the highest population of Native American students and those students are nearly twice as likely to be identified as having a disability as the general student population.

The fellow will investigate the causes of these low graduation rates, collaborate with interested stakeholders, educate Native American students and families about special education rights and self-advocacy steps they can take, and provide advocacy in individual and systemic cases to enforce special education rights of Native American students in order for them to more successfully transition to employment and post-secondary education.

For complete job description click here for the PSJD link. Register for PSJD.org for free here.

Swinomish Tribal Community Seeks Full Time Staff Attorney, Due Asap

swinomish-logo_438x0_scaleSwinomish Indian Tribal Community – La Conner, WA is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney.

Job description: Staff Attorney to provide advice and representation to various departments and entities of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community regarding a wide range of issues. We are seeking an energetic attorney with excellent written, oral and research skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, an ability to function collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary staff in a cross-cultural setting and a fast-paced work environment, and with a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities.

Education, training, experience: Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed, to practice in Washington and must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following fields: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; real estate transactions and foreclosure, preferably involving trust land; health care law; insurance/risk management or employment benefits; taxation; Indian law.

Compensation DOE. Contact Swinomish Tribal office: 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-1134 Mon-Thurs.

 Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers Hiring Organizer, Apply NOW!

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The Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Organizer. This is an organizing position to work on organizing campaigns with early learning educators in the state of Washington based in Seattle.

This is a full-time position for an organizer. Applicant will be expected to perform field organizing, leadership identification and development, training. In addition, the Applicant will be responsible for providing regular progress reports, completing employee assessments and following the guidelines of the AFT Organizing Model. AFT seeks organizers that have a strong commitment to organizing for social and economic justice.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Washington Conservation Voters Seeking Political Director, Due 6/13

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Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), the political voice for the environment, is seeking a dynamic Political Director to lead our statewide campaign efforts. The Political Director is a key member of the WCV team who is expected to design and implement the organization’s electoral outreach programs. This is a full time position that reports to the WCV President and is based in Seattle, WA.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.  We have a close partnership with Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and share one CEO. WEC is a 501(c)3 organization and has been instrumental in passing (and now enforcing) the foundational laws that help keep Washington’s environment healthy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington State. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together through certain programs. Combined, we have a staff of 20 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits and the opportunity to make a difference.

Deadline is Friday, June 13th.  For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention New Grads! Washington Budget & Policy Center Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship, Due 7/14

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Washington Budget & Policy Center is now accepting applications for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy. To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend and be responsible for less than 20 hours a week.  This position is not eligible for benefits. Reimbursable travel may be required to specific policy-related trainings chosen by the Budget & Policy Center.  The fellowship will generally run from November 2014 through April 2015 (this is flexible).

For more information about the Narver Fellowship, click here.  To apply, click here.

LGBT Month, Minimum Wage, Chemical Warfare, Joy Rides, and Tiananmen – Get the Scoop!

President Barack Obama Releases Proclamation Declaring June LGBT Pride Month

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By James Nichols, Huffington Post

President Barack Obama has released a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Check out the excerpt below.

As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

Last year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my Administration is extending family and spousal benefits — from immigration benefits to military family benefits — to legally married same-sex couples.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of the Associated Press and Susan Walsh.

Seattle raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

By John Bacon, USA Today

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Martina Phelps says the Seattle City Council’s historic vote Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life.

Phelps, 22, earns $9.47 per hour working for a McDonald’s restaurant near downtown. She wants to move out of her mother’s South Seattle home, and she wants to go back to school. She says those things could happen now that the city will have the nation’s highest minimum wage.

“It’s hard right now,” she told USA TODAY hours before the midafternoon vote. “I have been trying to save up for school, but I just can’t do it. This would mean a lot.”

The council unanimously approved the measure before a packed house.

Continue reading here.  Photo of waiter Spencer Meline at Ivar’s courtesy of the Associated Press.

Woman Not Guilty of Chemical Warfare; Constitution Saved

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By Garrett Epps, The Atlantic

The Supreme Court Monday stepped back from the abyss.

By a vote of 6-3, it refused to invent limits on the federal government’s power to make and enforce treaties.

The case was Bond v. United StatesThis is the second installment of the soap opera of Carol Anne Bond. Bond’s husband and her best friend conceived a child. When she found out, Bond, a trained laboratory technician, turned to the hostile use of 10-chloro-10H-phenoxarsine and potassium dichromate, both deadly poisons. She smeared them on various doorknobs and car doors at Hayes’s house, on one occasion giving Hayes’s thumb a nasty burn. She also unwisely smeared them on Hayes’s mailbox, which is by law part of the U.S. Postal System. Postal inspectors posted security cameras and caught her on video.

Federal prosecutors proclaimed this “a very serious, scary case,” because Bond had stolen four pounds of potassium dichromate from her workplace. They charged her with theft of the mail—and violation of 18 U.S.C. § 229, the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998.

On Monday a six-justice majority, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, told the government it had misread the statute to “sweep in everything from the detergent under the kitchen sink to the stain remover in the laundry room,” and “make[] it a federal offense to poison goldfish.” Roberts was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. All nine justices agreed that the government had gone too far in prosecuting Bond. The majority said the indictment violated the statute; Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito would have held the prosecution unconstitutional.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit courtesy of Eric Thayer & Reuters.

Locked Up and Locked Out: How a three-minute joy ride cost one foster youth his AB 12 benefits

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By Brian Rinker, The Chronicle of Social Change

When Terrick Bakhit turned 18 while incarcerated in a juvenile correction facility, the foster care system that had watched over him for the previous five years abruptly cut him off.

On June 13, 2012, Bakhit emerged from San Diego County’s Camp Barrett homeless and broke.

“After being locked up for 11 months I felt free, but in the wrong way,” said Bakhit, who was left to fend for himself on the streets of downtown San Diego. “I slept in the rain. I slept on the street. No roof. No house. No nothing. I was stealing food.”

California state law ensures that youths who turn 18 in foster care are eligible for support up to the age of 21 if they choose, to help the transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency. But a small percentage of foster youth can become ineligible for extended benefits if they happen to turn 18 inside a correctional facility without a foster care placement order waiting for them on release.

“If you are incarcerated and don’t have a placement still intact on your 18th birthday, you can’t get benefits,” said Amy Lemley, policy director at the John Burton Foundation, referring to to the benefit foster youth can get after extended foster care benefits.

The problem seems to be rooted in the varying interpretations of state law among counties and the lack of inter-agency communication. Because of the confusion, kids like Bakhit struggle to make ends meet while eligible foster youth continue to receive benefits.

Continue reading here.  Photo of Terrick brothers, Terrick, left, Matthew, middle, Joseph, right; Photo credit courtesy of Terrick Bakhit.

Voices from Tiananmen

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By South China Morning Post

[Today] marks the 25th anniversary of a brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy protests led by students and residents in Beijing. Hundreds of people were killed and many more were wounded when People’s Liberation Army units rolled into Tiananmen Square, ending more than a month of peaceful protests seeking political reforms.

In the following pages, former government officials, student leaders and other eyewitnesses revisit the momentous events of spring, 1989. These personal accounts, gathered from recent video interviews, as well as memoirs, shed new light on the hope and despair left by those days, which continue to haunt China a quarter century later.

Click here to continue reading.  Photo credit courtesy of South China Morning Post.

 

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.