Immediate Deadlines! Fellowship Opportunity With Public Advocates Due Today!

Public Advocates Inc. Seeking Fellow for 2016-2018, Due Today!

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Public Advocates Inc. seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento.

We are a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy, and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. We currently focus on education equity, affordable housing, transportation justice, climate justice, and regional equity.

For more information, click here.

Council Central Staff Seeking Strategic Analyst, Due Tomorrow at 4:00 PM PST!

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The Seattle City Council’s Central Staff Division is seeking a dynamic individual who enjoys working with a forward thinking team, is able to adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and is able to get things done on behalf of the City’s full-time, nine-member Council. The Strategic Analyst will perform high level, independent policy and fiscal analysis, including conducting research, evaluating policy initiatives, drafting legislation, and presenting recommendations on a wide range of issues, such as parks and recreation, transportation, human services, housing, utilities, public safety, and municipal finance.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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Reprieve U.S. Seeking US Caseworker on Abuses in Counter-Terrorism, Due 7/17

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Located in New York, Reprieve US is the new sister non-profit to Reprieve UK, an NGO founded in 1999 by a dual US-UK citizen and lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith. We work closely with Reprieve UK and its network of Fellows operating around the world. We use investigation, litigation, press and diplomacy to challenge the death penalty and abuses committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror’. While the court of law is often our starting point, we also fight and win in the court of public opinion. Just one of Reprieve’s dozens of clients released from Guantánamo was freed by judicial order. Public advocacy is not just litigation window-dressing – it is central to what we do.

We’re looking for a keen strategic thinker, concise writer, and confident public speaker to help us develop our counter-terrorism work in the US. Working for us combines the excitement of a startup with the caseload of a larger and more established NGO (because of the link to Reprieve UK).  The US Caseworker will assist Reprieve US’ growing US strategy. S/he will help generate new projects and cases, while joining our existing ones, and will further Reprieve US’s mission through political and public engagement.

For more information, click here.

Metropolitan King County Council Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 7/20

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The Metropolitan King County Council is seeking a visionary leader who will direct and accomplish the Council and County’s political and legislative objectives at the state and federal level. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Council and play a role in providing quality regional services to county residents and foster an effective partnership with the state and federal governments.

The Director of Government Relations is an appointed, managerial position and requires considerable skill and extensive experience at mobilizing and managing County efforts to support and advocate specific legislation. This position plays a key leadership role and is integral in coordinating with legislative and executive branch staff and elected officials to develop, implement and monitor work plans to achieve the Council and County’s legislative objectives.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Seeking Applicants for Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, Due 7/21

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The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for the Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This is a temporary two-year position in the Chicago, Illinois office. The Honors Attorney Fellow is expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Fellowship is July 21, 2015.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information, click here.

Three Degrees Files Amicus Brief and ACLU Launches Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

UW Law Grads at the Three Degrees Project File Amicus Brief to Support Young  People Suing Feds for Failing to Act on Climate Change

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Three Degrees Warmer, a climate justice project based in Washington State, helped six faith-based groups file an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to support young people suing the federal government for not acting to reverse climate change. Late last month, attorneys for five youth appellants and two non-profits filed their opening brief in the D.C. Circuit court arguing that they have a constitutional right to the benefits of a protected atmosphere and a safe climate system.

As relief, the youth appellants seek a comprehensive federal Climate Recovery Plan, which would reduce U.S. emissions based on the prescription that Dr. James Hansen and other leading international climate scientists say will restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) by the end of the century.

The youths’ lawsuit was filed with the help of Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based non-profit orchestrating a game-changing, youth-driven legal campaign in the United States and across the world. The case relies upon the long-established principle of the public trust doctrine, which requires all branches of government to protect and maintain certain commonly shared resources fundamental for human health and survival.  Continue reading here.

Fair Justice Smart Justice: ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

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Today, the ACLU published an in-depth study of people imprisoned in the U.S. with no chance of parole for nonviolent offenses – including relatively minor drug and property crimes such as taking a wallet from a hotel room or serving as the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana. We found that at least 3,278 prisoners are serving these sentences in federal and state prisons combined.

A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses documents the thousands of lives ruined and families destroyed by sentencing people to die behind bars for nonviolent offenses and analyzes the laws that led to these harsh sentences. The 110 prisoners profiled in A Living Death are extreme examples of the millions of lives ruined by the persistent ratcheting up of our sentencing laws over the last forty years. As the report makes clear, we must change our sentencing practices to make our justice system smart, fair, and humane.

In addition to interviews, correspondence, and a survey of hundreds of prisoners serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses, the ACLU based “A Living Death” on court records and data from the United States Sentencing Commission, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and state Departments of Corrections obtained through Freedom of Information Act and open records requests. Read the full report here.

Bountiful Summer 2014 Internships, Urban Justice Center Hiring for Veterans’ Advocacy & Spokane County Bar Hiring Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator

Summer 2014 Goldmark Equal Justice Paid Internship at Unemployment Law Project in Seattle or Spokane

Unemployment ClaimsThe Unemployment Law Project (ULP) provides legal representation to unemployed workers of Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose right to those benefits is challenged.

A “total immersion” experience, the legal intern will work with ULP staff on all levels of client assistance, including client intake interviews, case review, representation at administrative hearings, written appeals to the Commissioner of the Employment Security Department, and possible appeals to the Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal.

The internship is open to law students who have completed their second year prior to the summer of 2014 and to recent law school graduates. The successful candidate will display proficiency in case review and identification of issues, excellent writing abilities and have client intake experience. Although being Rule 9 qualified is not a requirement, being so might open up additional advocacy opportunities.

Interviewing on average two to four potential clients a week, the intern will prepare for and represent clients at an average of one to three hearings a week, as well as meet each of those clients, in person or telephonically, at a pre-hearing conference in preparation for each hearing. The intern will be responsible for identifying the legal issues in assigned cases, researching applicable law, and formulating a written theory of both the client’s and the employer’s case.

This is 10 week internship with a $8000 stipend. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 11. For complete application information and instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Internship with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHSThe Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks second year law students with a demonstrated interest in public service and health care law. We anticipate selecting applicants for two to four unpaid summer law clerk positions lasting approximately ten weeks during the summer of 2014.

OCIG promotes the mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel. Legal interns will investigate cases, perform legal research, draft briefs, and write legal memorandums. Each legal intern will have an opportunity to work with all three branches of OCIG: the administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, the Industry Guidance Branch, and the Advice Branch. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in the global resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participating in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and the health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and the Department of Justice on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch provides legal advice on issues such as the scope and exercise of OIG’s authorities and responsibilities; investigative techniques, procedures, and conduct; audits and inspections; and the impact of legislative proposals.

Applications accepted no later than September 16. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Summer 2014 Legal Internship with the Center for Ocean Solutions

Center for Ocean SolutionsThe Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), a collaboration of Stanford University (through Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is seeking summer Legal Interns for ten-week positions starting in May or June 2014. The Center’s mission is to solve major problems facing the ocean and prepare the leaders who take on these challenges.

The Legal Intern will work primarily on research and writing projects within the Center’s ecosystem health, climate change, and land-sea interaction initiatives. Legal aspects of this work are likely to include environmental, public lands, administrative, and/or international law. Policy aspects of this work are likely to include monitoring and analysis of key state, federal, and international ocean governance and policy-making activities. Examples of recent Legal Intern projects include:

  • Researching the state of law of cumulative impact assessment under federal and state statutes;
  • Facilitating the use of science-based indicators and thresholds in management under existing statutory and regulatory frameworks;
  • Identifying policy and education opportunities to manage vectors of marine invasive species in California state waters;
  • Researching the impacts of relevant Executive Orders and their funding histories as points of comparison to the recently issued Executive Order on National Ocean Policy;
  • Reviewing U.S. state and local climate change adaptation strategies to inform coastal decision makers in the Monterey Bay area;
  • Assessing the interpretation of optimum yield in various natural resource areas to inform federal Fishery Management Council members’ thinking about optimum yield under the Magnuson-Stevens Act;
  • Reviewing state laws for opportunities to expand decision making through an ecosystem services lens;
  • Assessing implications for ocean and coastal management by examining successes and failures in the implementation of U.S. public lands management statutes; and
  • Identifying legal tools for addressing local causes of ocean acidification.

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

Urban Justice Center in NYC Hiring Staff Attorneys for Veteran’s Advocacy Project

Urban Justice Center NYCThe Veteran Advocacy Project(VAP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for a Housing Staff Attorney. The position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income veterans in housing matters. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to veterans in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, including representation in Housing Court, at NYCHA hearings, and in advocacy involving HUD-VASH vouchers. In addition, the position will involve work with veterans on minor matters concerning consumer finance, child support, and government benefits. 2 + years of Housing Court litigation experience. Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus.

They’re also seeking applicants for a Student Veterans Staff Attorney. The position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income veterans, with a focus on those transitioning from the military to civilian life in school.

The attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to veterans, primarily at higher education campuses around the New York metropolitan area, including representation in public benefits hearings, VA educational benefits claims, consumer finance, and child support. In addition, the position may involve work with veterans on Social Security claims and housing matters. Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus, including knowledge of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Applications accepted through August 19. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Spokane Volunteer Lawyer Program Seeking Program Coordinator

Spokane County BAThe Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting resumes for the full time position for coordinator of its Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Qualifications shall include: ability to work with people, managerial and accounting skills, grant writing experience, participation in The Alliance for Equal Justice network, ability to work under stress, experience working with volunteers is desirable. Prior family law experience helpful. The successful applicant will be able to manage all aspects of a small non-profit organization and work equally well with low-income clients in crisis, volunteer lawyers, and legal aid colleagues.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: SCBA VLP Position, Spokane County Bar Association, 1116 West Broadway Avenue, MS ANX-4-SCBA, Spokane, WA 99260 or email: pyoude@spokanebar.org. Application deadline is August 14, 2013.

Health Infrastructure in Burma, Technology and Your Civil Liberties & Scientific Updates on Global Warming

Burma/ Myanmar’s Health Infrastructure: The Evolving Context for Foreign Engagement

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Please join us for an interactive roundtable breakfast

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.

(Breakfast available from 8:30 a.m.)

George F. Russell Hall 1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 300 | Seattle, WA 98105

Please join us on May 22 for an interactive roundtable breakfast discussion with Benjamin Shobert, Founder and Managing Director of Rubicon Strategy Group. Benjamin recently conducted a healthcare survey in two major cities in Myanmar. From 1962-2010, Myanmar was a closed country under military rule. Once Asia’s wealthiest nation, it is now one of its poorest, despite having abundant natural resources.

Key discussion points:

  • What does Myanmar’s health system look like now, and how is it changing in the context of such dynamic political changes?
  • How “open” is the country in reality, and how is that openness making an impact on the health system?
  • Do sound distribution channels for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics exist? What about regulation for medical products?
  • What domestic and foreign private players currently have a footprint in the system? How might that footprint shift in the near and long term?
  • Would the country’s health system benefit from engagement from more multinational companies?

For more info please click here. Please RSVP to Cindy Elder at celder@nbr.org to reserve your seat.

Big Data vs. Privacy: Technology and Your Civil Liberties 

ACLU digitalThursday, May 23rd, Room 138, 3:30-4:40PM

The ACLU at UW and TechLaw invite you to a discussion on the impacts of Big Data and how it is affecting our civil liberties and the law. Has Big Data gone too far? Are concerns about privacy stifling innovation? How does the law grasp Big Data?

Join us on May 23, 2013 at 3:30pm-4:40pm in William Gates Hall Room 138 with distinguished speakers Jim Adler, former Chief Privacy Officer at Intelius, UW Professor Ryan Calo, and ACLU of Washington Board Member and Privacy Counsel Doug Klunder, to discuss these issues and to take your questions. Assistant Dean Michele Storms will moderate the panel. Appetizers will be provided.  Questions, please contact John Adam Marlow, marlowj@uw.edu.

UW Colloquium: Update on Global Warming

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Physics/Astronomy Auditorium A102, UW Seattle Campus

Presented by Cecilia Bitz, Associate Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department, an Affiliate Physicist for the Polar Science Center, and part of the Program on Climate Change, all at University of Washington.

Climate scientists have overwhelmingly agreed that global warming is unequivocal. Professor Bitz will present the latest evidence from observations detailing the warming and related climate change since pre-industrial times and compare it to proxy climatic records of the past few hundred thousand years. The talk will include a description of the scientific basis for natural and anthropogenic mechanism of climate change. Finally, she will discuss the reliability of global climate models and their response to past climate forcing and future emissions scenarios.

LRAP applications Now Available, Checklist for 3Ls, Thin Ice Film Screening, Animal Law CLE & Opportunity to Serve

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 30. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld

Graduating this Quarter? Don’t Forget Your Checklist

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.41.11 PM1. Determine whether you need to take a bar exam loan

http://www.law.washington.edu/FinAid/default.aspx?vw=Exam

2. Figure out what kind of federal loans you have and which loan servicer manages your loan

http://nslds.ed.gov

3. Discover and compare loan repayment options

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans

4. Use the repayment calculator

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/standard/comparison-calculator

5. Assess Pros/Cons of Federal Direct Consolidation Loans

http://www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov/

6. If planning on working in public service, research:

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness

UW Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program

7. Around graduation time, complete exit counseling and select a loan repayment plan

https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Questions? Please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Free Film Screening! Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch (6801 35th Ave NE)

Climate science continues to be a divisive topic with the science under attack by a vocal minority, leading geologist Simon Lamb to investigate what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. The climate scientists talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with rare candor and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. The original intention of the film was to provide a realistic portrait of the diverse range of scientific endeavor required to understand climate change.

Celebrate Earth Week by checking out Thin Ice! This film has been featured on the popular climate science blog Real Climate and will be screened around the world as part of Earth Week. Discussion of climate science (with UW climate scientists) and reaction to Thin Ice, following the screening, represents a great opportunity to put this important topic into local perspective.

Animal Law CLE: Conceptualizing Our Relationships with Animals – The Six Ways We Interact: Food, Clothing, Wildlife, Science, Pets and Entertainment

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Keynote Speaker: Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund.

UW Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is hosting its annual Animal Law CLE program in Room 133 at William Gates Hall from 8:30am-4:30pm on May 10.

FREE for non-credit seeking attendees. $25 for those who would like the 6.25 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit. If you cannot attend the entire day’s events, please still register, and attend individual presentations! For complete info and registration click here.

Program Highlights:

  • Ethics of Animals in Entertainment
  • Animal Rights in the Farming Industry
  • Obstacles for Companion Animal Protections
  • Marine Life Preservation
  • Issues in the Animal Shelter System
  • Discharging Firearms at Nonhuman Animals

SeattlelogoSeattle Councilmember Harrell Seeks Applications for the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities

The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on issues that affect people with disabilities. The Commission works to increase understanding within the disability community as well as between the disability community and the nondisabled community. The Commission monitors and provides expertise on issues that affect people with disabilities in Transportation, Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations.

Councilmember Harrell strongly encourages veterans with disabilities to apply. The most recent data shows that veterans make up 9.4% of the population for people with disabilities in the United States. As of May 2012, 45% of the 1.6 million veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were seeking compensation for service-related injuries with these numbers currently on the rise. This is more than double the estimate of 21% who filed claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

“The representation of our veterans with disabilities on the Commission is absolutely essential to greater communication between the City and the communities we serve. Their representation will work to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that affect veterans with disabilities and create a more inclusive Seattle while creating policy decisions,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee.

Interested candidates should deliver a resume and cover letter by April 30th to Councilmember Bruce Harrell by email (bruce.harrell@seattle.gov), by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Bruce Harrell) or by mail to:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Seattle City Council

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.