Advances in Transgender Rights in Vietnam! Parliament Adopts New Legislation

Vietnam: Positive Step for Trangsender Rights – Vietnamese Parliament Adopts New Transgender Legislation

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By: Human Rights Watch

On November 24, 2015, the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a bill to legalize sex reassignment surgery and to introduce the right to legal gender recognition for transgender people who have undergone such surgery.

The law allows people who wish to undergo gender affirming surgeries to do so in Vietnamrather than abroad, and to subsequently change the gender marker on their official documents. This constitutes a small, but significant step toward recognition of transgender people’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Thousands Mourn Kurdish Human Rights Lawyer Killed in Turkey

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By: Ayla Albayarak | Wall Street Journal | Photo credit: Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered on Sunday to bid farewell to a prominent human rights lawyer whose shooting death delivered a setback to hopes of bringing an end to months of political violence that has swept through Turkey’s Kurdish region.

Tahir Elci, one of Turkey’s leading advocates for Kurdish rights, was killed Saturday after making an appeal for an end to clashes between Kurdish militants and state security forces.

Mr. Elci was shot during a clash on a narrow street in Diyarbakir, the Kurdish majority city in southeastern Turkey that has been one of the central battlegrounds for renewed clashes since a two-year-old cease-fire collapsed in July.

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Employers and Workers Grapple with Laws Allowing Marijuana Use

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By: G.M. Filisko | ABA Journal

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court was the ultimate buzzkill.

When the state’s residents passed a referendum in 2012 legalizing recreational marijuana use—long after the state sanctioned medical use in 2000—few had any idea that Coloradans who partook in the bud would end up jeopardizing their livelihood.

That’s exactly what the court permitted inCoats v. Dish Network. The case pitted a quadriplegic licensed to use medical marijuana against his employer. The court held the state’s “lawful activities statute,” which generally prohibits employers from firing employees for engaging in lawful activities off the job, applied only to activities lawful under Colorado and federal law. Because marijuana is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, its use isn’t lawful—and can remain a valid basis for termination in the state.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Spark More Unintentional-Discrimination Cases

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By: Stephanie Francis Ward | ABA Journal | Photo of Eva Paterson; Photo credit: Eva Paterson

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that addressed unconscious discrimination in a low-income housing case could have far-reaching effects on future civil rights and criminal cases involving implicit bias.

The June 2015 opinion (PDF) dealt with a claim against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. It alleged that the department disproportionately gave tax credits to developers of low-income housing in minority inner-city Dallas neighborhoods, while denying the credits in suburbs with large white populations. The Inclusive Communities Project brought the case, alleging that the state agency’s actions led to segregated housing, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Start off your February with new job opportunities throughout the U.S. and abroad!

Access to Justice seeking Attorney with at least three years of post-grad experience!

This position is located in the Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ). Established in 2010, ATJ serves as  a catalyst within the Department of Justice to marshal the power and resources of the Federal Government to secure fair and efficient outcomes for all in the justice system, regardless of wealth or status. ATJ staff work within the Department of Justice, across federal agencies, and with state, local, tribal, and international justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice system for people who are unable to afford lawyers.

The Attorney-Advisor works under the general supervision of the supervisor. The Attorney-Advisor and his/her supervisor develop a mutually acceptable project plan which typically identifies the work to be done, the scope of the project, and deadline for its completion. Within the parameters of the approved project plan, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for planning and organizing the work, coordinating with staff and management personnel, and working with others both inside and outside ATJ as necessary to complete the work. The Attorney-Advisor is responsible for reporting problems to the supervisor and bringing any unanticipated issues to the supervisor’s attention. Completed projects, evaluations, reports or recommendations are reviewed by the supervisor for compatibility with organizational goals, guidelines, presentation, and effectiveness in achieving intended objectives.

Internship – International Criminal Court (ICC) Programme

REDRESS is currently seeking applications from law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international law to work on its International Criminal Court (ICC) programme. Due to the particular work of the ICC Programme, the Legal Intern working on the ICC Programme must have excellent written French. The legal intern will be based in The Hague and be hosted in the offices of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

REDRESS legal interns working on the ICC Programme will work with REDRESS programme staff on a variety of assignments, including monitoring of victim-specific ICC jurisprudence in view of producing quasi-monthly “Legal Updates”, work on the Victims’ Rights Working Group Bulletin “ACCESS” published by REDRESS twice a year, background research for reports and submissions and other related projects. Also, the Hague based intern will also be tasked with attending relevant ICC and diplomatic meetings in The Hague and provide support to advocacy efforts.

More information on REDRESS’ work can be found on its website at: www.redress.org and on its work on the ICC at:www.vrwg.org

Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office seeking summer externs/interns – applications accepted on rolling basis

The Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prosecutes all felonies and misdemeanors in Kitsap County, advise and represent all of the County’s elected officials and departments, provide legal advice to all county law enforcement agencies, establish and enforce child support obligations and provide victim and witness assistance services.  For more information on crime victims, see our Crime Victims section, Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Links.

In criminal matters, we represent the interests of the people of the State by ensuring that offenders within the county are timely charged with crimes that accurately reflect the offending conduct, and further, by taking all steps necessary to ensure that the conduct is appropriately punished.

Our Civil Division acts as the law firm representing the County and its agencies. The Civil Division advises and represents all of the County’s elected officials and departments on legal matters. The range of legal representation provided by the Civil Division is expansive and covers virtually every aspect of civil law.

The office is seeking 1L and 2L summer interns/externs. Applicants should email their resume, cover letter to Emily Jarchow at ejarchow@co.kitsap.wa.us. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due Feb. 9: FIAN International Traineeship Vacancy – Communications/Project Coordination

FIAN International is an international human rights organization that has advocated for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition for nearly 30 years. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people’s right to adequate food and nutrition wherever they may occur. FIAN’s International Secretariat offices are based in Heidelberg, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland. FIAN International has 19 national sections in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. www.fian.org

FIAN International is currently looking for a trainee to assist in the development of the 2015 edition of the publication Right to Food and Nutrition Watch (hereinafter the Watch), published by a Consortium of twenty civil society organizations and social movements;and to support FIAN International’s Communications Team. The trainee will work full-time (40 hours/week) and be based at the International Secretariat’s office in Heidelberg, Germany. The traineeship period is for one year, starting from 1 April, 2015.

Due Feb. 10: IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE PROGRAM SERVICES COORDINATOR – CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE  (AURORA, CO)

The Office of City Manager is looking for an Immigrant and Refugee Program Services Coordinator to provide outreach to Aurora’s immigrant and refugee community; serve as liaison between the City and Aurora Sister Cities International; coordinate participation in Immigrant/Refugee Task Force; serve as a liaison to the International Round table, assisting in the formulation of an annual work plan, producing meeting minutes, and generally staffing the Round table; serve as liaison to the Aurora Welcome Center;manage any MOU and/or service agreement between the City and the Center; assist in the coordination of City-wide translation services; assist in the planning and execution of Aurora Global Fest in coordination with the international community and appropriate city departments.

Due Feb. 17: City of Seattle – Equity and Environment Initiative 

The City of Seattle is launching a new Equity & Environment Initiative to advance racial and environmental equity in our community.  The Office of Sustainability & Environment has created a new position, Equity & Environment Program Manager, to work with City departments and offices and community partners to move the needle on equity in Seattle’s environmental work.

We are looking for someone who combines strong management, policy, and stakeholder engagement skills with experience working on racial equity and/or environmental justice.  If you or someone you know matches this description, please encourage them to visit this link to learn more and apply.  The posting is scheduled to close 2/17/15.

Due March 1: U.S. DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review – Tacoma Immigration Court

The Tacoma Immigration Court has an opening for a Summer 2015 volunteer legal intern. The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s judicial law clerks but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Interested students must submit the following information by March 1, 2015:
(1) a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship,
(2) resume,
(3) 5-10 page writing sample,
(4) law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and
(5) contact information for three references.

Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Melissa Tuttle (melissa.tuttle@usdoj.gov) or Julia Hunter (Julia.hunter@usdoj.gov). You may also contact Melissa and Julie by phone at (253) 779-6020 if you have any additional questions.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New Fellowship Applications Available Now

Portland Bureau of Development in Oregon Seeking City Planner

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City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, using computer applications and software pertaining to the work.

The Land Use Services Division of BDS currently has a 2-year, limited-term position available. Duties include administering the zoning code through review of development proposals, and providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

The Enforcement Division of the Inspections Division has a permanent position available. Duties and responsibilities include processing and investigating increasingly complex zoning enforcement complaints, i.e. environmental, tree cutting, site excavation, erosion control and/or grading disturbances, large signs, Central City Parking review, Vending/Food Cart pods, and Land Use conditions. Other duties include performing permit inspections for Development Review & Zoning Permits, posting Stop Work Order notices, providing feedback and direction to Code Specialists II & III and Housing Inspectors on zoning-code related questions and enforcement actions.

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

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Seeking ELL Program Specialist, Due 9/9

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is looking for a Program Specialist who is a strategic, results driven, and a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees.

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. In order for the department to realize its goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an experienced Program Specialist who will work with the OIRA team to develop and implement programs that build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

Reporting to the OIRA Director, you will utilize your program development experience to cultivate and coordinate a City-wide English Language Learner (ELL) initiative to address the unmet needs in ESL programming in our region. The city’s new ESL program is currently in development, so you will be responsible for managing the successful planning and implementation this innovative program.

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

Attention Post Grads! WildEarth Guardians Seeking Public Lands Director, Due 10/1

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The Public Lands Director is responsible for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands.

This position reports to the Wild Places ​Program ​Director and is located in Denver, CO or Missoula, MT.

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

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Applications Available for 2015-2017 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowhip, Due 10/15

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Applications are currently being accepted from students entering or in their third year of law school for the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship ‐ an exciting, two‐year, public interest fellowship opportunity. The Fellowship is a full‐time position; we are accepting applications for the term beginning September, 2015 and ending August 2017.

The Fellow will be placed at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  The Fellow will work with advocates in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester, New York office representing low‐income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy.

The Fellowship is being funded in memory of Hanna S. Cohn, a remarkable attorney who began her 25‐year career in poverty law as a public interest fellow. Hanna was the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) a pro bono program that, because of Hanna’s leadership, is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

New Fellowship Offering Available to Recent Grads, The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship

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The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship, part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian Country jurisdictions.  The Fellowship is named in honor of Department of Justice attorney, the late Gaye L. Tenoso. Gaye’s distinguished service to the Department and the people it serves spanned 30 years.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position. Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may have the opportunity to be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Position Opening as Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator for Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Open Until Filled

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The Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator facilitates off-site and evening legal clinics, provides support to attorneys volunteering in off-site and evening clinics, oversees late afternoon and evening non-attorney volunteers and performs regular data input to keep client records up to date.

This is a part-time position, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 time, hours and schedule to be determined and will remain flexible.

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

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Associate Positions Available Across the Nation!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Murphy Anderson PLLC Seeking Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., Due 4/20

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Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking a litigation associate with 0-5 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees concerning unpaid wages and whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.

For a complete description and application information, click here. Photo of Washington, D.C. Capitol Building courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP Seeking Associate Attorney to Work in Pasadena, California, Due 4/20

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Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, a prominent civil rights and plaintiffs’ employment law firm located in Pasadena, California, announces an opening for the position of associate attorney with 0-5 years experience.  Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are required.  Current admission to the California Bar preferred.  Judicial clerkships are a plus.  We value a diverse workplace and welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Northwest Office of Earthjustice Seeking Associate Attorney, Due 4/25

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law firm.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The associate attorney program comprises a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year.  Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.  The associate attorney program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP Seeking Associate Attorney in Denver, Colorado

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The lawyers of KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In our role as trial and appellate lawyers, we are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, our mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of our clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations.

We represent people, and our opponents are almost always institutional entities. We strongly believe in, and take pride in enforcing, our Constitution and the laws guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the clients we represent.  We seek an associate attorney to join our office.  Candidates must have at a minimum a Juris Doctorate.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.  For more information about the position, contact Darold Killmer.

For more about the firm, click here.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Accepting Applications for Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice, Due 4/30

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The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For this cycle we are seeking applications from candidates who bring considerable experience in addressing issues confronting low wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrant communities.

We seek energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work with a strong component addressing issues confronting low wage workers, experience in developing and implementing projects, excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, and leadership potential.

Candidates for the Dodyk Fellowship should be at a relatively early stage of their legal careers – preferably those with up to four years of practice in the public or private sector, including law clerks and current or former Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other Fellows. While preference will be given to candidates with one to four years of relevant experience after law school, third year students with extensive experience working with low wage worker issues or labor organizing may be considered. Applicants not yet admitted to the bar should be prepared to satisfy bar admission requirements.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

OCA Seeking Candidates for 2014-2015 Civil Rights Fellowship, Due 4/30

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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the 2014 – 2015 OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through a series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

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

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Advocacy Adviser in Geneva, Due 5/1

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The Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Global Advocacy who will support the Global Advocacy Team in the Global Legal Program and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

Attention Post-Grads!  Partnership for Working Families Seeking Staff Attorney for Community Benefits Law Center, Due 5/9

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The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who find solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. We are driving change in major cities across the country, bringing together community, labor, faith, and environmental partners to build coalitions and campaigns that create and sustain an economy that works for everyone. Our network does all of the kinds of work that is required to make real change. We research tough problems, develop new policy tools, give individuals a way to find power though organizing, and put together new coalitions. Most importantly, we build the long term governing power that it takes to implement our ideas and policy solutions.

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney to undertake major pieces of the core work of the Center. To be eligible, an applicant must have a J.D. and at least 2 years of work as an attorney in a field relevant to the Partnership’s work and, prior to starting work with the Center, be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.

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

Pro-Bono Summer Opportunities on Long Island: Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Work

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Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in October 2012 devastating the lives of thousands of residents.
Thanks to a generous grant by the Rausch Foundation, Touro Law Center was able to set up TLC-HEART
(Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team) which enabled the school to provide assistance in
the immediate aftermath of the storm. At that time pro-bono opportunities involved direct client contacts,
performing intakes, and advising on where to obtain immediate survival assistance relating to food and shelter.
Now the work has evolved to researching and preparing for litigating cases in federal court on flood insurance
claims and researching and preparing policy recommendations to advocate for better disaster management
policy and procedures in case of future natural or man-made disasters. Touro Law Center’s continued work
in the area of disaster related legal assistance is now made possible by a grant from Montana Legal Services
Association which sponsors a Volunteer Sandy Assistance at Touro Law Center for a period of one year

For more information about the clinic and how to participate, click here.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of the Chair Internship Program Seeking Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 Interns, Fall 2014 Applications Due 5/16

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The Office of Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien is currently seeking interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency.  As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs.   The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

OCH is currently looking for 2L, 3L or LLM law student interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.  Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.

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

Upcoming Fellowships, Full-Time Attorney Positions, and Volunteer Opportunities

U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Seeking Associate RSD Officer, Due 3/14

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UNHCR Kenya currently comprises a Branch Office in Nairobi and 2 Sub-Offices in Dadaab and Kakuma. The Sub-offices are responsible for coordinating the activities of the refugee camps under their respective jurisdictions. Dadaab hosts mostly Somali refugees while Kakuma is populated by 13 different nationalities including Somalis (53%), Sudanese (34%), and refugees from the Great lakes region.

The Nairobi-based Country Representative is the overall manager of the Kenya program. He is assisted by a Deputy Representative (in charge of operations) and an Assistant Representative for Protection. The Protection Section in Nairobi includes an eligibility and registration center, a protection delivery unit, and a resettlement unit.

Sub-Office Kakuma is managed by the Head of Sub-Office. The Protection, Resettlement, Community Services, Registration, and Eligibility Units are supervised by the Senior Protection Officer (P-4) who is also the head of Protection Section. There are a number of national staff and some international staff working under these protection-related units. In Kakuma the RSD team currently has a staffing capacity of 6 Eligibility Assistants and one RSD Clerk and is faced with an increasing backlog of pending cases due to a steady flow of new arrivals into the camp.

For complete details on the Associate RSD position and application details, click herePhoto courtesy of UNHCR.

Center for Conflict Studies Offers Peacebuilders Fellowship, Due 3/15

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In keeping with the mission of the Center, the goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change.”

For the year 2014, the Center will be focusing on water conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders in a water conflict.  The four regions of focus for the year 2014 are Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East.

For more information and application details, click here.

Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs (Consumer Protection Group) Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/16

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with the prevention of fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices that adversely affect consumers or competition.  In recent years, the Commission’s consumer protection mission has taken on increased international focus as more and more FTC cases involve offshore defendants or assets.  For example, the FTC has sued overseas telemarketers responsible for scamming consumers out of tens of millions of dollars, the FTC has pursued foreign spammers responsible for deluging consumers’ in-boxes with unwanted email, and the FTC has gone after U.S. promoters of bogus weight-loss products who concealed their ill-gotten gains in a maze of offshore bank accounts.

The FTC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to further both the competition and consumer protection missions of the FTC by promoting cooperation with foreign law enforcement and by serving as an internal resource to other Commission offices.  On the consumer protection side, OIA attorneys provide investigative assistance and share information with our consumer protection counterparts around the world, and we assist FTC litigators in other offices with cross-border aspects of their litigation.  OIA attorneys also play a significant role in promoting sound consumer protection policies internationally. Our attorneys have served as consumer protection experts on U.S. delegations to international organizations and foreign agencies, and we have worked with foreign colleagues to produce international guidelines on the identification and prevention of cross-border consumer fraud, on privacy and spam enforcement cooperation, and on consumer dispute resolution and redress.   We also work on international privacy, data security, and e-commerce policy issues that arise in the borderless realm of the Internet, and we share our technical expertise with developing countries seeking to develop and implement an effective consumer protection regime.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Spanish Required, Due 3/31

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Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.   Kalamazoo is a college town in southwestern Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit.

LSSCM is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to very low income and senior persons in 13 counties in south central Michigan.  FLS is the division of LSSCM that provides legal advice, referrals, direct representation and systemic advocacy to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, as further described at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.

The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce farmworkers’ rights.  Advocacy tasks will include field investigation and camp outreach, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, policy analysis, and direct representation in administrative hearings, as well as state and federal litigation and appeals.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Tenants Union Seeking Volunteer Policy Researcher, Due 3/31

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The City of Seattle is facing the highest rent increases in the nation which is causing low-income tenants to be displaced at alarming rates, in addition to communities of color being disproportionately impacted. The TU is developing a grassroots response to the housing crisis and is developing an anti-displacement policy platform. This position would research effective policies in other states and cities that have been contemplated or implemented to counteract the growing wave of displacement and gentrification. Hours are flexible. Technical assistance and legal guidance will be provided on an as needed basis through our legal partners Columbia Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project, however they will not be providing direct supervision over the position.

For more information and application details, click here.

Kitsap Legal Services Seeking 2014 Intern, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Under the supervision of Kitsap Legal Services’ (KLS) Executive Director and highly experienced volunteer attorneys, interns will serve as part of a countywide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively with other providers to bring high quality representation to Kitsap County’s vulnerable and low-income population. Substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, bankruptcy, Social Security disability benefits application, and immigration. Interns will experience the realities of a small nonprofit legal services office as they interview clients, direct clients to appropriate community resources or free civil legal advice clinics, or observe and aid attorney in provision of legal services. Interns may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.

Interns will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, countywide holistic delivery system. Intern skills must include the ability to treat community partners and all clients with compassion, dignity and respect.

For more details and application information, click here.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in Denver, CO Seeking Volunteer Interns, Applications Considered on a Rolling Basis

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces civil rights laws, including those that protect people from discrimination in educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age.  We primarily investigate civil rights complaints.  We do not litigate.  We have volunteer internship positions available every semester, especially in the summer months, for motivated students who share our dedication.  Our region handles issues arising in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interns participate in all aspects of complaint investigations, including local on-site investigations.  Interns make legal determinations regarding OCR’s jurisdiction over complaints; interview witnesses, collect data; analyze data; draft evaluation and resolution letters; and conduct civil rights-related legal research and analysis.  Interns also perform other duties as assigned.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and 3Ls!  WA’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Seeking Program Supervisor in Equity and Civil Rights, Open Until Filled

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The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Program Supervisor for the Department of Equity and Civil Rights. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.

Under the direction of the Equity and Civil Rights Program Director, the Program Supervisor will work collaboratively with school district personnel to monitor and ensure compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. The Program Supervisor will provide technical assistance and training to school district personnel, and will respond to allegations of discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others. The position requires broad understanding of state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and veteran or military status.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads Interested in Practicing in Montana!  Office of the State Public Defender of Montana Seeks to Hire Full Time Attorney, Due 6/30

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Assistant Public Defenders represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act.

Assistant Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Public Defender Commission standards. Case assignments are determined by the Regional Deputy Public Defender. Assistant Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.

For a complete description and application details, click here.  Application Deadline: 6/30/2014.

Check Out These International Internships and Legislative Counsel Positions! Also, Federal Public Defender Position Due Today!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Western District of Washington Seeks Full Time Federal Public Defender, Due TODAY

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The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington, operating under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal matters in the federal courts, is seeking a Research and Writing Specialist. Applicants must be law school graduates, who have been admitted to and are in good standing with their state bars. A minimum of two years of legal experience and knowledge of criminal law is required. Experience in habeas law and handling federal criminal cases is strongly preferred. This position is dependent on federal funding.

Deadline February 17, 2014.

For more information, click here.  For application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in Illinois?  Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 2/19

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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a 75-lawyer legal services organization, serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County, is seeking applicants for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our office in McHENRY.  This office, located approximately 60 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is staffed by two attorneys and serves McHenry County.  The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for low-income persons.  The work will be concentrated exclusively in housing law, including eviction and foreclosure defense.  Staff attorneys are involved in the communities served by the office, and the successful applicant will be involved with extensive outreach and collaboration with other organizations serving low-income persons in McHenry County.  A commitment to legal aid work is essential for this position.  Applicants should be aware that this position is funded for one year, although we anticipate that continued funding is possible.

Deadline: February 19, 2014

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post Grad!  City of Seattle Legislative Department Seeking City Council Central Staff Director, Due 2/25

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The City of Seattle is looking for an intelligent, motivated, civic-minded leader who is passionate about helping shape public policy issues in a fast-paced environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a progressive city government that values civic discourse and inclusion of the City’s many diverse communities while constantly striving to make Seattle a great city to live, learn, work, and play.

We are currently recruiting for the City Council Central Staff Director. The Director manages the 18 member policy unit, which provides policy analysis for all nine Council members and their legislative aides, develops legislative initiatives for individual Council member offices and the Council as a whole, and reviews legislative proposals from the Mayor, City Attorney, and Municipal Court. The Director also oversees the finance function for the Legislative Department, which involves managing an additional staff of two and an annual budget of more than $2.9 million.

Visit www.seattle.gov/jobs by 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to complete an online application.  Job Number 2014-00127.

Interested in Working in Guatemala?  The Rabinal Legal Clinic Seeks Volunteer to Join Its Team

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The Rabinal Community Legal Clinic is an organization that is working to bring to justice perpetrators of violence related to Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding working with a team of primarily indigenous Maya Achi lawyers. They are currently looking for someone to volunteer.

For a complete description of qualifications and application details, click here.

Looking to Work in Cambodia this Summer? Vishnu Law Group Offers International Internship

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Vishnu Law Group is the leading public interest law firm in Cambodia, well known for its public interest work and pro bono services.  Projects include high profile legal advocacy to defend human rights, defense of poor communities in land dispute cases, and legal cooperation projects to develop environmental legislation and provide tenure security for poor communities.  Vishnu also handles a range of private legal matters.

The selected students will participate and assist in all aspects of the firm’s work, including: research on legal and technical issues relevant to the firm’s work; meetings with civil society and international stakeholders; development of innovative legal strategies; assisting in the capacity development of the firm’s team, and donor relations, including drafting proposals and reports.

For a complete description and application details, click here. (Note: Malware warning on Vishnu Law Group website, approach with caution.)  Image courtesy of pakorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Attention Recent Grads with Political Democratic Experience! Senator Hirono Seeking Legislative Counsel to Join Judiciary Committee

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Senator Hirono’s Office is seeking Legislative Counsel to join its staff in handling Judiciary Committee work, including immigration and intellectual property. The senator has a strong interest in consumer protection issues. Other issues in the portfolio could include privacy, nominations, and more. Responsibilities include developing a proactive legislative agenda, keeping the senator up to date, staffing the Senator during committee meetings, and writing statements and speeches. Qualified candidates should have a J.D., be strong writers, and have prior Capitol Hill experience.

Senator Hirono’s office is an equal opportunity employer.  To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample here. Please make sure to note which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email (Judiciary Position).

For more information about Senator Hirono, click here.

Interested in Policy Work in Olympia this Summer?  Take Advantage of the Governor’s Leadership Academy, Due 3/31

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Take advantage of a unique internship program through the Governor’s Leadership Academy. Great opportunities to work in legislative affairs and policy for law students. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through March 31.

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office.  The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Externship Opportunity for Animal Rights Activists

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Friends of Animals is pleased to announce summer (2014) externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism.  Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference.  Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.

Check out Symplicity for full description and application information.

Looking for a Spring Externship? Department of Labor Seeking Spring Extern for OSHA Discrimination Case

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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discrimination case in federal court.  The DOL Office seeks an extern available in the Spring Quarter who can assist in trial preparation.  If you are interested in anti-discrimination issues, this is a rare opportunity to gain experience in discrimination law under OSHA and Title VII as such cases rarely go to trial.  Externs must be available for at least 16 hours per week, though more hours are available upon request.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Bruce Brown directly by email.  Mr. Brown is the Associate Regional Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.

Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship at NJP, Fall Externships in DC & San Diego, Colorado Migrant Farm Worker Justice and Fellowships with Equal Rights Advocates in SF

Northwest Justice Project Hiring Post Grad Veteran Legal Corps Fellows

homeless_veteransThe Northwest Justice Project is now accepting applications for three new one-year fellowships sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works to focus exclusively on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans remove barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  This Fellowship is focused on attorneys with 0-1 year experience, but NJP will consider applicants with up to 3 years’ experience, contingent on Equal Justice Works approval.  For complete info click here.  Applications due no later than July 22.

Fall Externship with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in DC

CFSYlogoThe Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) works to end the practice of sentencing youth to life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP) in the United States. The CFSY works with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. We work with active state campaigns and are advised by a committee of experts in the field.

Duties:

  • Collaborate with attorneys in post-conviction challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences
  • Participate in amicus strategies in state supreme court cases regarding the implementation of Miller v. Alabama
  • Develop trainings and materials to be used in mitigation hearings
  • Track case law developments with regards to Miller v. Alabama
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in public interest or criminal defense law. Second or third year law student. Excellent legal writing and research skills. Well developed organizational skills and attention to detail.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages) toinfo@fairsentencingofyouth.org no later than August 1.

Colorado Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney for Migrant Farm Worker Division

colorado farm workers pesticides1 resized smallColorado Legal Services Migrant Farm Worker Division cases mainly involve issues surrounding the working conditions of farm workers (e.g., wages, pesticides, sexual harassment and human trafficking), immigration law cases, as well as cases occasionally related to housing, benefits or civil rights. Duties include federal and state litigation; administrative advocacy; summer outreach to workers at labor camps; and working with community-based groups. The staff attorney will assume a caseload that includes federal litigation and will supervise summer interns doing outreach throughout Colorado. Excellent opportunity to work with other advocates committed to combating poverty and injustice in a friendly and supportive office environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has experience working with or on behalf of low-income communities, a demonstrated commitment to workplace and social justice, excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to successfully balance a variety of responsibilities. Spanish/English proficiency and regular travel in Colorado is required. Preference for applicants with prior litigation experience and admission to the Colorado Bar or eligible for reciprocal admission.

Applications considered on a rolling basis; position open until filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references and one legal writing sample to:

Amy Wood-Ocaña, Migrant Farm Worker Division, Colorado Legal Services, 1905 Sherman St., Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80203; awoodocana@colegalserv.org.

Need Some Sun in the Fall? Labor-Side Public Interest Firm in San Diego Hiring Fall Legal Clerks

OLG Logo NewOchoa Legal Group is seeking 1-2 law clerks for Fall 2013 positions in workers’ rights. The firm is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of law students interested in joining the ranks of union-side labor lawyers, and takes great pride in giving students challenging work opportunities that mirror the daily work done by our lawyers while providing exposure to the wide variety of issues that arise in the labor and employment field.

A law clerk can expect to take on brief-writing, assist with grievances and arbitrations, hearings, negotiations, meet with clients, engage in community legal education and work on litigation in state court, federal court, and various administrative agencies.

To be considered for a law clerk position, 2L and 3L law students should forward a resume, cover letter, references, writing sample and law school transcript to Ochoa Legal Group.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application instructions please click here.

White House Council on Environmental Quality Seeking Fall 2013 Externs from UW Law 

CEQThe Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. The Council’s Chair, Nancy Sutley, serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President.

CEQ is also responsible for ensuring that Federal agencies operate in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental and social aspirations has put NEPA and CEQ at the forefront of our Nation’s efforts to protect the environment.

CEQ interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with staff from all levels and a variety of backgrounds. The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. Interns can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The last day to apply for the fall term has been extended to July 12. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Equal Rights Advocates Opening 2014 Ruth Chance Fellow Applications

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ERA has been a pioneer in advancing gender equity in work and schools for women and girls across the country since its founding.  Through our campaign approach—which incorporates public education, direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: from ensuring access and equity in educational institutions, to combating sex discrimination in employment, to advocating for policies that make the workplace more hospitable to working families.  From assisting in the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellowship is an entry level position for a recent law school graduate, which offers the opportunity to obtain training and experience in litigation and other aspects of public interest practice.  As a member of the legal team at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow oversees the Advice and Counseling program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy efforts. For more about the position and application instructions please click here.

ERA is also seeking to sponsor Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellows. For more about these post grad fellowship opportunities with ERA please click here.