Attention Spanish-Speakers! Paid Opportunity to Work with Farmworkers in the Summer!

Columbia Legal Services Offering Laurel Rubin Farmworker Paid Summer Internship, Due 2/15/2016

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Columbia Legal Services is seeking a 2016 summer intern to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant and seasonal farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, and will play an essential role in assisting workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Fellowship funding is available for one position, located in Yakima, WA through the Laurel Rubin farmworker Justice Fellowship in the amount of $5,500 for a ten-week internship.

CLS legal interns participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education to advance systemic change in Washington State.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Summer 2016 Law Student Intern in Legal Department, Due 2/19/2016

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

Vera runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns are welcome to participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, past interns have visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

For more information, click here.

New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Summer 2016 Intern, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis, Due 3/1/2016

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below.  Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 31st to August 5th) and is unpaid.  In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Baylegal Law Clerk Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 4/11/2016

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BayLegal is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BayLegal selects approximately 20-30 law students to work in our offices during the school year and approximately 40 students during the summer. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, interns will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery andother evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Interns also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on our client communities. BayLegal encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court.

During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, Interns work on a full-time basis.

For more information, click here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients? Join UW Law’s In-House Bridging the Gap Program!

Free Legal Lunch Webcast on Sept. 30: Working With Clients With Disabilities

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Disability is the largest minority group in our society:

  • 27 percent of Washington households include a person with a disability.
  • 21 percent of adults in Washington have a mental illness.
  • 14 percent of people over 70 and 37 percent of people over 90 have dementia.

Given these statistics, no matter what kind of law you practice, you likely will have clients with disabilities. Disability can impact the attorney-client relationship in ways you may not have considered. Join the Director and Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington to explore the ways in which we think and talk about disability and to apply those perspectives to real-life scenarios involving the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve his or her representation of clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, brain injuries, or other disabilities.

WSBA webcasts are interactive. Bring your questions! Register online here.

In-House Pro Bono Opportunity at the UW! Check Out the Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.  Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services.

Law student interns interview clients by telephone to help connect them to attorneys who will take their cases for reduced rates. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts as credits for the Pro Bono Honors Program.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler by October 3, 2014.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Volunteer as a Legal Assistant

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Do you have research and analytical skills, legal assistant skills or experience and want to use these skills to help quantify legal realities for survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys with a targeted research project. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.

Your role as ELAP Legal Assistant volunteer will be to review DV and family law cases and quantify legal outcomes of those clients who worked with, and without, attorneys. This research will open up new ways to advocate for legal aid.

For a complete description of the volunteer opportunity, click here.

Free Webinar on Oct. 8 on Responsible Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Learn from leading experts about responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about strategies and tools for responsible innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn about the complexities of innovation, the critical importance of locally-responsible solutions, and how to develop and grow ideas into effective programs. This webinar is ideal for students, faculty, university advisors, and professionals interested in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and global health.

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber, Digital Inclusion Program Manager; Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Elizabeth Johansen, Director of Product Development, Design That Matters
  • Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi
  • ​Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

Register for the webinar here.

U.S. Department of Justice Introduces New Job Search Mobile App for Law Students and Attorneys

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The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department. DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

Download the application here on iTunes.  Android versions to follow.

 

Job Positions in Civil Rights, Juvenile Justice, Human Rights and More

RESULTS Accepting Applications for Real Change Fellow, Due 3/21

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RESULTS is taking applications for our REAL Change fellowship, which includes a scholarship that covers almost the entire costs of coming to our conference this summer along with training and support throughout the year. More on the program:

As A REAL Change Fellow You Will:

  • Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
  • Learn how to lobby your member of Congress on everything from tax policies that can lift millions of low-income Americans out of poverty to global health initiatives like GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations).
  • Become a skilled organizer who mobilizes your community to fight poverty.
  • Attend the RESULTS International Conference (IC) featuring speakers like World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim.
  • Write pieces that get published in the media.
  • Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.

For a full description and application details, click here.

Call for Applications for the Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Due 3/21

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The City of Seattle is opening up the application process for new commissioners to serve on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was created in January 2012 and this commission is one of the many important ways in which the City ensures that they are actively engaging and working with  immigrant and refugee communities.

With the unprecedented growth in the foreign-born population since the 1980s, Seattle has become an increasingly multi-cultural city, rich with diversity. In keeping with the Race and Social Justice Initiative, Mayor Edward B. Murray and the Seattle City Council want to ensure that city government provides high-quality customer service to all, including immigrants and refugees living and working in Seattle, and that residents are engaged in all aspects of Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. To this end, the Immigrant and Refugee Commission was created in 2008.

For more information and application details, click here.

Landesa Seeking Graduate Legal Intern, Due 3/21

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he Landesa Internship Program is part of Landesa’s broader efforts to incrase the number of professionals who work on and/or have an understanding of land rights, whether in the land right field specifically, the wider development community, the government sector, or elsewhere. Graduate Legal Interns will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of Landesa’s strategies and methodologies by attending project and staff meetings. They will also take part in periodic Q&A sessions with Landesa’s land tenure experts who can speak to land rights issues, specific projects, and careers in the international development field. Upon completing this internship at Landesa, Graduate Legal Interns will be invited to join an alumni network comprised of previous interns and fellows.

The Graduate Legal Intern conducts research and supports the research efforts of others on a variety of topics relevant to Landesa’s work. Past Graduate Legal intern assisgnments include: compiling case studies of large-scale corporate land acquisitions; identifying and analyzing the particular effects of climate change on women’s land rights; conducting a legal review of Rwandan land laws; helping to write a concept note (a Landesa project design tool) for a project proposing to use mobile technology in Kenya; and identify and analyzing Myanmar’s resettlement practices and laws on takings and compensation.

The Graduate Legal intern will be supervised by a land rights attorney and will work with Landesa program staff requesting research including Program Directors and project leads.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Seeking General Attorney, Due 3/24

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The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is seeking a full time attorney at entry level and experienced level positions.  As the General Attorney, you will have the responsibility for participating on a civil rights compliance and enforcement team that supports the mission of the Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) Strategic Plan. This position is located in a regional civil rights office. OCR operates under the jurisdiction of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and their implementing regulations.

For a full description and application details, click here.

National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute Offers Fellowship for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Due 4/7

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Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, or any of a hundred other unjust, unfair things that can blight young people’s lives.

Chances are this army-of-one you’re picturing in your mind is ready to apply to the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a robust, year-long fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network that focuses on cultivating and supporting professionals of color. Our goal is to create the foundation for a more effective juvenile justice reform movement by developing a strong base of advocates and organizers who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.

Applications are due April 7, 2014.

For more information, click here.  Click here to download the application packet.

The Opportunity Agenda Seeking Summer 2014 Law and Advocacy Intern, Due 4/21

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The Opportunity Agenda is a non-partisan public interest organization that promotes opportunity and human rights in the United States, bringing together legal and policy advocacy, social science research, and communications strategies.  Our mission is to build the national will to expand opportunity in America.  The Opportunity Agenda focuses on issues that incorporate racial justice, women’s rights, immigrant rights and economic justice for all.

The Opportunity Agenda is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, strong research and writing skills, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential.

Law students will assist in legal research and writing to support The Opportunity Agenda’s Law and Advocacy work.  This summer, the focus would be on immigration policy, racial justice, human rights, and economic opportunity.  Past research topics have included the application of international human rights laws to state constitutional and statutory jurisprudence, analysis of, and advocacy around, existing state and federal policies to promote equality across race, gender, income, and other characteristics; new approaches to addressing subconscious and structural bias in the law; and promising policies for promoting immigrant rights and economic opportunity.  The work will be supervised by The Opportunity Agenda’s Robert L. Carter Fellow and Director of Law and Advocacy.

For complete details and application information, click here.

OBMICA Seeking Summer Intern to Work in Dominican Republic, Spanish Fluency Required

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OBMICA, a forward-looking think tank based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is seeking a summer legal intern to assist in ongoing research and monitoring of human rights of migrants and their descendants in the DR. Potential projects in which the intern would participate include gender needs in the deportation process, monitoring the implementation of the national regularization plan for migrants, or others.   The intern’s work will focus on identifying the legal issues and their social implications, paying attention to human rights violations under regional and national, and international jurisprudence.

The experience will most likely involve client interaction and fact gathering with persons directly affected, as well as a heavy legal writing component, working in conjunction with OBMICA and other organizations on the ground.  The goal of the internship is to draft a legal memo that may be made public through OBMICA and their national and international partners.  A full work program will be drawn up by mutual agreement upon commencement of the internship.

For complete information and application details, visit Symplicity.  For more information on OBMICA, visit their website here.

Two Summer Clerk Positions Still Available at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, CA

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Adoptions Project

The Adoptions Project provides free legal representation to foster parents who are adopting children out of foster care, and also advocates for additional services and benefits for the children being adopted. The Adoptions Project has an available position for a summer law clerk. Summer interns generally have the opportunity to: (1) acquire practical skills working with professionals from different fields; (2) conduct client interviews and help to identify gaps in clients’ services or benefits; (3) work on an adoption case from start to finish under the supervision of an attorney; and (4) conduct legal research applicable to the Project.

Date Needed: May 27, 2014 – August 1, 2014, but looking to interview candidates as soon as possible

Community Development Project

Public Counsel’s Community Development Project (CDP) strives to build healthy, inclusive, economically stable communities through the delivery of pro bono legal services to community-based nonprofits and small businesses in Los Angeles County. CDP provides transactional legal services to nonprofits that assist lower income people and neighborhoods and to entrepreneurs located in, and employing residents of, low income neighborhoods. CDP also advances community driven planning, development and litigation strategies to promote affordable housing and equitable development, create jobs and encourage child care facilities. Our clients include neighborhood based community development corporations, housing advocacy and organizing groups and coalitions, health care clinics, small businesses and child care providers serving areas in need in Los Angeles, including Boyle Heights, South LA, Pico Union, Wilmington, San Gabriel Valley and Skid Row.

Public Counsel’s Community Development Project has an available position for a summer law clerk. The bulk of the work will involve legal research, policy analysis, writing memos, and reviewing planning documents regarding extremely low-income communities of color in Los Angeles and all over the U.S. The clerk’s work will include efforts to understand, investigate, and engage processes and policies around transit-oriented development which may result in the displacement of low-income communities. The clerk may also help support CDP’s transactional and litigation programs to advance affordable housing, child care and job creation strategies.

Date Needed: May 27, 2014 – August 1, 2014, but looking to interview candidates as soon as possible

For complete information and application details, here.

Neighborhood Legal Clinics Need Intake Volunteers, 50th Anniversary of Gideon Decision, Puget Sound Fair Housing Survey & Attorney Needed for Certified Professional Guardian Board

Neighborhood Legal Clinics Intake and Referral Volunteers Needed

nlcdoorThe Neighborhood Legal Clinics (“NLC”) are looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping people in our community.

Each year in Washington, 87% of low-income households experience a civil legal problem; over 88% of those households will attempt to face their legal problem without an attorney. NLC offers free limited legal advice to King County residents, with a focus on providing service to low-income clients. We serve over 8,000 clients annually and have 34 legal clinincs throughout King County, most operating on a weekly basis. As an intake and referral line volunteer, you are a lifeline for people in need. You will be connecting clients to vital legal services which help them stay in their homes, keep their families together, get protection from domestic violence, manage their debt, and keep their heads above water within a complex legal system.

Phone line volunteers provide a valuable service to the community by connecting clients with resources and information; this volunteer position plays an invaluable role in empowering clients to create solutions to their most urgent problems. Volunteers will become experts on the community resources available in King County. Volunteers are provided extensive training regarding a variety of civil legal issues and dealing with people in crisis is provided, as well as access to substantive legal continuing education courses.

Shifts are available Tuesday-Thursdays from 8:30am-12:30pm. Minimum commitment is 4-8 hours a week for 4-6 months.

For complete description and contact info click here.

50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM FAIL

NLADAThe National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Gideonat50 website, a collaborative venture generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

As you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the court unanimously agreed that all individuals must have a qualified defense attorney, regardless of income.

Thanks to the tireless work and dedication of public defenders, many individuals unable to afford counsel are zealously represented against immeasurable odds.  Unfortunately, such representation is not always possible everywhere in the nation due to significant resource imbalances and systemic inequities.  Chronic under-funding and overwhelming caseloads for public defenders are stretching the justice system to the breaking point.

As a result, 50 years after the decision, the promise of Gideon goes largely unfulfilled. 

Gideonat50 is an interactive and informative place for visitors to:

  • Learn about America’s justice system crisis.
  • See a new interactive map prepared by NLADA that for the first time provides a detailed overview of the national  landscape of public defense and state specific descriptions.
  • Sign up to get involved in the Gideonat50 campaign.

The site also features information about three powerful works of literature and film:

  • Gideon’s Army, a Sundance award-winning documentary by director Dawn Porter that follows three young public defenders challenging a broken justice system.
  • Chasing Gideon,  a book by veteran reporter Karen Houppert that movingly chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon’s promise.
  • Defending Gideon, a short film produced by The Constitution Project and narrated by actor Martin
    Sheen that features interviews with the key players in the Gideon v. Wainwright
    case.

We encourage you to visit the site and sign up to be a part of this exciting campaign to fix the justice system crisis and ensure the constitutional right to counsel is protected. Help raise awareness of this critical issue in your community by scheduling a screening of “Gideon’s Army” or a discussion of “Chasing Gideon” or “Defending Gideon.”

Learn what you can do here.

Fair Housing and Equity in the Puget Sound Region: The Puget Sound Regional Council and the Fair Housing Center of Washington Need Your Help

FHCWThe Puget Sound Regional Council, in tandem with the Fair Housing Center of Washington, is gathering information on barriers to equal housing opportunities with a special focus on the major transportation corridors in Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties.  This Fair Housing Equity Assessment is part of the Growing Transit Communities three year project to ensure equity along transit lines.  They need your help in three ways!

Please complete the short survey here. This survey can be translated into languages for groups of significant size. For more info on translations contact  Lauren Walker to discuss this possibility.

Deadline for surveys is June 30th.

Hard copy surveys can be returned to the following address: Fair Housing Center of Washington, 1517 South Fawcett, Suite 250, Tacoma, WA  98402.

The Certified Professional Guardian Board Seeks WSBA Representative for Three-Year Term

WSBA.jpegThe Certified Professional Guardian Board has an opening for a WSBA representative for a three-year term starting Oct. 1, 2013. The WSBA Board of Governors will nominate an individual who will be appointed by the Supreme Court.

The Board was created by the Supreme Court to regulate the practice of Certified Professional Guardians and Agencies and help assure that qualified professional guardians are available to assist incapacitated individuals. Learn more about the Board on its web page.

Interested in serving on the Board? Email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org by June 14, 2013, or mail to Communications Department, WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Seattle WA 98101-2539.