Columbia Legal Services seeking staff attorney

Due May 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic and Clooney Foundation for Justice ‘TrialWatch Legal Fellow’

Columbia Law School LogoThe Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic (“HRI” and “the Clinic”), and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (“CFJ”) are seeking a full time TrialWatch Legal Fellow. The Legal Fellow would be appointed at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar, depending on experience. The appointment will run from August 2018 to May 2020.

In connection with a collaboration between CFJ, HRI, and the Clinic, the Legal Fellow will play an integral role in the development and implementation of CFJ’s TrialWatch initiative. This initiative will monitor and respond to trials that pose a significant risk of human rights violations, with a particular focus on trials in which the law may be used as a tool to oppress vulnerable groups, to silence speech, or to target political opponents or critics. The Legal Fellow will also work in the Clinic, designing and implementing a clinical project in connection with the TrialWatch initiative, as well as contributing to syllabus development, seminar teaching, and scholarly research and writing. Read more here.

Due May 27: Columbia Legal Services hiring Yakima or Wenatchee staff attorney

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Wenatchee or Yakima office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing legal protections for farm workers and immigrants in our rural communities, including employment, civil rights, and access to equal opportunities. Read more here.

June 28: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hiring legal interns for fall

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues. Read more and apply here

Scholarships for 3Ls applying to the California Bar; new reports on refugee crisis, gender equity

AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published Feb. 8, 2017 as a Washington State Attorney General’s Office press release, media contact Peter Lavallee. Headline remained the same.

“An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include “anything of value,” rather than simply a fee.” Read the full press release here.

Refugee crisis reaches new peak amid ongoing conflicts, Islamophobic policies 

refugeesOriginally posted Feb. 7, 2017 by the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of Ggia via Wikimedia Commons. Headline remained the same.

“In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number in history. [World Economic Forum] Many of the migrants who are fleeing their countries are unable to permanently resettle for a number of reasons, including the global underfunding of refugee support programs and national policies motivated by Islamophobia or isolationism. See Amnesty International, Refugees & Asylum. [Slate] Migrants face dangerous conditions and human rights abuses both during travel and once they reach host countries. Thousands of migrants have drowned while attempting to reach Europe by sea and the conditions of detention in more common refugee destinations may include overcrowding and a failure to provide basic necessities.” Read the full report here.

New report: Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the United States

Columbia Law School LogoPrepared January 2017 by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. Headline remained the same.

“With a focus on women’s rights, this resource provides an overview of core human rights principles and how they can strengthen local policy‐making in the United States.  It describes ways in which local governments around the country are incorporating human rights into efforts to advance gender equity.   This resource is also forward‐looking.  It offers concrete suggestions for ways that state and local agencies and officials throughout the United States can use human rights standards and strategies to improve outcomes and opportunities for women, building upon established and emerging human rights initiatives.” Read the full report here.

Due Feb. 14: California 3L Diversity Scholarship

forallcaliforniansCalifornia Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who has a commitment to social justice/public interest, plans to practice in California, and who plans to take the July 2017 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.

Learn more and apply here

Attention 3Ls! Check Out the Fellowship Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Department Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services include the Family Law Mentor Program, the Self-Help Plus (SHP) Program, and the Kinship Care Solutions Project. These programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This intern/extern position will work with the Family Law Mentor program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions and parenting plan cases where children are at risk.

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced, cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities. Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, and IJ’s summer-long speaker series through which they will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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Approximately five student interns are sought to assist in conducting national research regarding the provision of indigent defense in the United States pursuant to Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, interns will conduct Westlaw, internet, and telephone research to determine how states and counties are meeting the mandate to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants. The internship will provide students with exposure to criminal justice systems, opportunities to interact with government attorneys nationwide, and experience with major policy and program initiatives.

Open to all law students, including 1Ls. Candidates must have good research and writing skills, an interest in criminal or public interest law, and willingness to learn and work under supervision. Candidates in the Chicago area are preferred, but remote-work opportunities will also be considered.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in New York

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The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), 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.

CSC seeks an experienced professional to support CSC’s conditions of confinement work as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, depending on the candidate’s breadth of skills, experience and qualifications. The (Senior) Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project and the Segregation Reduction Project.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. PIRG Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

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We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy.

At PIRG, we know that a smart policy solution, or real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for it. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

HRW Seeking Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement

HRWThe US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

For more information, click here.

HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on Criminal Justice to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses experienced by persons in the US criminal justice system through the media and directly with policymakers. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and advocating against racial injustice in policing; abusive prosecutorial policies; excessively harsh sentencing and post-conviction collateral consequences; pre-conviction confinement including bail policies; drug policies that improperly emphasize criminalization; solitary confinement and other abusive or inhumane prison conditions; and criminal justice policies that have a particularly harsh impact on youth or low-income populations accused of or victimized by crime. The position reports to the Director of the US Program and may be based in one of HRW’s offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and LLMs! Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Seeks 2 Legal Experts to Direct Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”), the only attorneys’ association in Washington committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys, is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the retirement of its long-term executive. Serving over 2,400 members throughout the state of Washington, WSAJ has a stellar reputation for providing high quality legal education as well as law practice resources , and it is the leading political force in the state protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers. Reporting to WSAJ’s 51-member Board comprised of successful trial attorneys, the ED holds a position of strategic leadership and management, serving as WSAJ’s Chief Executive Officer and executing on its strategic priorities. The ED will oversee a $4 million budget, lead and manage a dedicated staff of 18 professionals, and will represent WSAJ, locally, regionally and nationally. Carlson Beck has been retained by WSAJ to lead this search. For a detailed position specification, please contact Debra M. Vinikour, Principal, at debra@carlsonbeck.com or Sally A. Carlson, Managing Partner, at sally@carlsonbeck.com.

Meridian Institute Seeking Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program, Due 2/5/2016

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian has two offices (Washington, D.C. and Dillon, CO) and Fellows are hired for both locations.

To apply, click here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 5, 2016.

Compassion Over Killing Seeking Summer 2016 Litigation Intern, Due 2/12/2016

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking legal interns for Summer 2016 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture.

COK’s Legal Advocacy Program is offering Litigation Internships out of its West Coast office in Torrance, California. Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law.

Interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s attorneys.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Climate Change Law? Check Out Columbia’s Fellowship Opportunity!

Hanford Challenge Seeking Legal Externs, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Hanford Challenge is 501c3 Nonprofit Organization working to ensure the safe and effective cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site—the world’s largest environmental remediation project. Hanford Challenge exists to transform Hanford’s nuclear legacy into a model of safe and effective Hanford Challenge is looking for interns to assist with case preparation, legal research, and policy work.

Working at Hanford Challenge is an opportunity to gain experience in case strategy, legal drafting, case preparation, whistleblower and environmental policy, FOIA and state records act requests, and—depending on timing—even litigation. Students will also get exposure to the regulatory agencies involved at Hanford such as the Department of Energy, WA State Department of Ecology, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 3-6 Years Experience, Kantor Taylor Seeking Low Income Housing Tax Credit Attorney

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Kantor Taylor is currently seeking a qualified attorney for its Seattle office in transactions utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, with an emphasis on representation of nonprofit and governmental entities in the development and financing of affordable housing projects.

The ideal candidate will have with 3-6 years of experience working with developers and/or tax credit equity investors in connection with the acquisition, financing and syndication of affordable housing projects using low income housing tax credits and other public and private financing sources.  Experience with general real estate work is desired as well, such as drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, easements, condominium declarations and leases.

Kantor Taylor is a 14-attorney law firm located in Seattle, WA with a focus for affordable housing and community development.  We have a national practice across the areas of LIHTC, NMTC, HUD, Bond, and Real Estate transactions.

Please send resume in confidence to Lauren Lindheimer at llindheimer@kantortaylor.com

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! WSBA Elder Law Section Seeking Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Intern, Due 2/13/15

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The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Elder Law Section in partnership with the Washington State Bar Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is pleased to continue the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship for the summer of 2015. This is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5000 stipend for the summer) funded by the WSBA Elder Law Section, administered by the Washington State Bar Foundation, and UW School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle CLS office providing advocacy and research in support of low income seniors. The internship for the summer of 2015 is open to students at the UW School of Law.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Seeking 2015 Summer Janet D. Steiger Fellow

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for locations near their place of residence. In the event that a Steiger Fellow is not living at home during their fellowship, there is a possibility that an optional travel/housing stipend allowance in anamount yet to be determined may be available. Applicants should not rely upon receiving an allowance in deciding whether to apply for a fellowship.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Energy Seeking General Counsel Law Student Intern

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The Office of the General Counsel offers an exciting opportunity for law students to gain firsthand exposure to the fast-moving and evolving practice of energy law.  The General Counsel is charged by the Secretary of Energy with the authority to determine the Department’s authoritative position on any question of law.  The General Counsel’s Office provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.  The intern program is designed for a select group of law students to become integrated components of our practice groups by working closely with attorneys throughout the Office of the General Counsel.  Interns can expect demanding legal research and writing assignments concerning an array of energy-related practice areas, including:  energy efficiency, nuclear security and non-proliferation, renewable technologies, alternate fuels vehicles, environmental compliance, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and loan guarantee programs. We require interns to work a minimum of ten weeks during the summer.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Law School Now Accepting Applications for Fellowship in Climate Change Law, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Until 2/1/15

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (SCCCL) develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.

Applications are invited for a fellowship in climate change law at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.  The salary will be $60,000/year plus benefits.  Applicants must have received a J.D. or LL.M. degree within three years prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Strong academic qualifications and background in environmental or energy law and policy will be expected. The Fellow will work on a wide variety of research and writing projects; will help organize conferences, seminars, and collaborative publications; and will contribute to other research- and advocacy-oriented projects concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For complete details, click here.

Planned Parenthood of America Offering Legal Internships in New York and Washington DC, Due 2/28/15

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. For more than 90 years, we’ve done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of PPFA seeks 1L and 2L law student interns for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer of 2015.

For more information about the Washington DC position, click here.

For more information about the New York City position, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/15/15

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to host volunteer interns interested in law, policy, and technology, who wish to contribute to CDT’s work. We offer internships over the summer and during the academic semester in our Washington, DC, office.

Interns work closely with CDT’s attorneys, technologists, and policy experts on a broad array of issues related to technology, civil liberties, and human rights, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, health and consumer privacy, cybersecurity, and global Internet governance.

Interns who are current law students – or who already earned a law degree – can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/31/15

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WTB is a dynamic and innovative bureau concentrating on a portfolio of contemporary issues addressing the nation’s telecommunication needs. The Wireless Bureau is responsible for facilitating the rapid and widespread deployment of wireless broadband services, ensuring an effective and interoperable communications environment supporting homeland security and public safety first responders, fostering a forward-looking and cohesive focus concerning spectrum policy and competition, and promoting efficient and transparent access to spectrum including the transition to innovative uses.

Wide variety of legal issues and tasks related to the telecommunications industry and services which may include but are not limited to the following duties: prepare legal documents, conduct research on rulemakings and proceedings, and assimilate comments on rulemakings.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Paid Internships? Check Out the Juvenile Record-Sealing Position with TeamChild

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Immigration Externships in Winter and Spring 2015, Due TODAY

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Washington Defender Association (WDA) Immigration Project: WDA’s Immigration Project seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to research the immigration consequences of various convictions and work preparing publications and training programs for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and the court. WDA provides constitutionally mandated advice to attorneys across Washington on whether their non-citizen clients will face immigration consequences as a result of their convictions.  Students working in this rapidly evolving area must have taken immigration law and/or be taking criminal procedure (or have equivalent experience).  Students must work at the field placement for 16 – 20 hours/week. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Tacoma Office: NWIRP’s Tacoma office seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in directly representing immigrant detainees in removal (deportation) proceedings. This may include appearing in immigration court hearings, preparing clients for court, preparing witnesses, drafting a number of legal briefs and making oral arguments in court. NWIRP provides legal representation to immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Students must work at the field placement for 20 – 35 hours a week. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this ext! ernship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Seattle Office, Asylum Unit:
NWIRP’s Seattle office’s asylum unit seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in helping asylum-seekers prepare declarations, doing research on country conditions, and writing legal briefs in support of asylum applications, with the possibility of making oral arguments in court. Students will also provide legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied Central American migrant youth. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Seminar Description:
B512 Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy
This course will examine immigration laws and policies related to how removal (deportation) laws and policies are established and implemented, and including the emergence and role of social change movements. Topics will include the intersection of immigration and criminal law, border security, state and local enforcement, the root causes of unauthorized migration, and the challenges of immigration law reform. The course will cover both legal doctrine and legislative issues concerning immigration detention and enforcement.

Application Process
To apply for any of the above Immigration Externships, please submit an application for each placement you are interested in, including a cover letter, your resume, and your law school transcript by email to extern@uw.edu by November 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. Each application should be a single pdf file labeled with your last name and the placement. Letters may be addressed to Esther Park with the name of the placement in the Re: line. Please also include a completed Externship Application, available here: https://www.law.washington.edu/externship/default.aspx.

Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP Fellowship Applications Due TODAY

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Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, a leading plaintiff’s employment boutique firm in Oakland, California, is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 fellowship, which will begin in September 2016.  This one-year fellowship offers talented recent law school graduates who are committed to workers’ rights a year of intensive litigation experience in a women-owned, private law firm.  The LVBH Fellow will work directly with attorneys in the firm on ongoing litigation in individual and class action cases and will receive training in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, writing and providing direct client services.  Applicants should have 0-3 years experience in the practice of law; experience or class room instruction in the field of employment law is a plus, but is not required.  Demonstrated commitment to public interest or civil rights work is required.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a writing sample to sharon@levyvinick.com.

International Justice Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/28

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

In joining IJRC, the Staff Attorney will gain unique opportunities to help build a one-of-a-kind online resource hub, contribute to the understanding and effective use of international human rights law, forge relationships with advocates around the world, and assist individuals and groups in their vital struggle for fundamental freedoms. This position, open to young attorneys, offers a chance to become an important part of an organization whose impact and reputation are rapidly expanding.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney with substantial working knowledge of international human rights law and the bodies that enforce it, as well as excellent writing and editing skills.

For more information, click here.

United Nations the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Seeking MENA Project Intern for Spring 2015, Due TOMORROW

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Would you like to work with women, peace and security issues? Do you want to apply your textbook Human Rights law skills to the real world setting of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? Do you want to interact with NGOs from MENA and contribute to their work for Peace, Women and Security? Do you want to experience the exciting – and sometimes chaotic – life of working in a civil society organisation with small budgets and big ambitions?

If you have answered YES to the questions above, then we want you to be our MENA Project intern for Spring 2015.

As a member of the dedicated WILPF team, your tasks will be exciting, diverse, and challenging. You will take part in the UN human rights bodies’ sessions, you will liaise with our partners in the MENA region and learn from their work and you will report on all of that using your academic knowledge.

We encourage you to apply if you are a committed activist interested on Women’s rights and Peace issues. The internship is perfect for an energetic, motivated person who wants to discover the world of feminist organisations and activism.

For more information, click here.

TeamChild Seeking Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern, Paid Position, Due 12/5

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The Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern is responsible for assisting young men and women with motions to seal their juvenile record. The Intern will be responsible for running two juvenile record sealing clinics in King County. The clinics occur one Wednesday and one Saturday a month, October-May and two or three summer clinics. The intern’s attendance at these clinics is mandatory. The Intern will be responsible for organizing outreach efforts to ensure attendance at the Clinic and coordinating the participation of attorney and student volunteers.

Following the clinics, the Intern will be responsible for the filing and processing of paperwork necessary to seal juvenile criminal history. This requires the intern to be present at the King County juvenile courthouse two Fridays a month. The Intern will also be responsible for publicizing the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics in King County and responding to calls and emails seeking general information regarding the record sealing process. The intern will also be asked to gather information on current juvenile offenders.

A successful applicant will be a law student in good academic standing. The position requires someone who is self-motivated and has an excellent demeanor with clients and colleagues. This position is open to both work study and non work study qualified students. The time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours per month and the rate of pay is $18 an hour. The intern must be able to attend the sealing clinics (1st Wednesday of every month from 6-8 PM and 1 Saturday every month from 9:00-11:00 AM) and the King County Juvenile Court hearing (at least one morning a month from 8:30-11:30 AM). A car is useful but not necessary.

This is a great opportunity for a 1L or 2L that wants to practice communicating with clients, community members, and is also seeking courtroom experience. If you are interested please email a resume and cover letter to recordsealing@teamchild.org by 5:00 PM on December 5, 2014. Interviews will be conducted in January, and training will begin in February.

Accountability Counsel Seeking Spring 2015 Law Fellow

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Our Law Fellows will work with Accountability Counsel’s staff toward our mission:

Accountability Counsel defends the environmental and human rights of communities around the world who are harmed by internationally financed development projects. We specialize in non-judicial accountability mechanisms established to receive community complaints. We accomplish our mission through: (1) assisting communities to use these mechanisms effectively and; (2) policy advocacy, ensuring that these complaint offices are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.

Our Law Fellows will support Accountability Counsel’s collaboration with communities around the world in their complaints to accountability mechanisms, as well as policy work toward improvement of accountability mechanisms. Law Fellows will work on legal research assignments and fact memos, and will participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues. We expect students to work at least 10 hours per week.

For more information, click here.

Application Launch for 2015-2016 White House Fellows

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We are pleased to support the White House Fellows program in announcing that the 2015-2016 White House Fellows application officially launches online on November 1, 2014! Open season is from November 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and over the course of nine presidential administrations – four Democrat and five Republican – the nonpartisan White House Fellows program has become the nation’s premier fellowship for public service and leadership. The program’s mission is to expose Fellows to first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government. The program consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. During a year in Washington, DC, Fellows also participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the Federal government. It is an extraordinary year that yields a lifetime of rewards.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund National Headquarters Seeking Summer Interns

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The Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund is offering summer internships for law students. Primarily, summer interns assist attorneys with investigation, research and drafting in ongoing cases, prospective cases, and amicus curiae briefs, in all areas of sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination. Interns may also research, draft, and/or edit publications on these issues for public education, and will assist in maintenance and expansion of resources for our national legal Help Desk.

For more information, click here.

University of Minnesota Center for New Americans Clinical Teaching Fellowship, Position Open Until Filled

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The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a clinical teaching fellowship beginning fall 2015 with the Center for New Americans. The Center for New Americans is a comprehensive immigration law center composed of the three interrelated clinics: The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, The Detainee Rights Clinic, and the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, as well as an education and outreach program. The Law School currently offers twenty-two clinical courses with a broad diversity of subject matters. Thirteen in-house clinical faculty members and nineteen part-time adjunct instructors teach in the program. The Law School is committed to providing national leadership in clinical education and to ensure that students be prepared for the increasing complexities of legal practice in a diverse community.

For more information, click here.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) Seeking Summer Legal Interns in New York City, Due 12/15

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The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker
organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking dynamic law students for our 2015 summer legal internship program in New York City.  With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

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Attention 3Ls! Projects Selected for the 2014-2015 Emerging Leader Fellowship

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Welcome to the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) application process!   If you are not familiar with this fellowship program, we encourage you to visit the Stoneleigh Foundation at www.stoneleighfoundation.org.

We have selected six (6) projects of non-profit organizations in Philadelphia which can provide an opportunity for an Emerging Leader Fellow to contribute to improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.  The fellowship term is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Stanford Law School Seeking Research Fellow, Due 12/7/14

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Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School.  Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.  They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science.

Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests.  As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.

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Legal Momentum Seeking Legal Intern, Due 12/31/14

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Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1970. Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. We are the oldest national women’s rights legal advocacy organization, with a rich history in litigation and public policy development. We have worked to enact, expand, and enforce many of the most important laws and policies that affect women, including employment rights under Title VII, educational equity under Title IX, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

 

Legal Momentum strives to provide its legal interns with a stimulating and diversified clinical experience. In the past, Legal Momentum interns have participated in both litigation and other projects, performing such duties as researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefspreparing Congressional testimony, drafting model legislation, screening potential cases for Legal Momentum involvement, and drafting informational pamphlets on legal topics.  Applicants should expect most of their work to involve legal research and writing. Interns are also encouraged to participate in regular meetings of the legal staff, as well as meetings with other groups.

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Interested in Defending the Earth? EarthJustice Position Openings

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish Count Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk, Due 11/12

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Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.  The job description for the law clerk/bailiff position is attached.

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Oregon Law Center Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 11/14

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Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Coos Bay along the rugged southern Oregon coast, and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. These counties have a high poverty rate and limited access to services.

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates ten offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

For more information, click here.

City of Olympia Municipal Court Seeking Municipal Court Public Defender, Due 11/15

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The City of Olympia Municipal Court is accepting applications for contract public defender. The City is hiring four public defenders with the contract beginning January 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the WA State Bar Association with a minimum of two years criminal law experience, preferably in a Municipal or District Court with public defense experience. Contract period runs from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2015, with an option to renew. The monthly salary is $5,000. Public Defenders must be able to meet caseload standards and certifications. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program, Due 11/15

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL‑CIO”) is offering a one‑year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL‑CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL‑CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL‑CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL‑CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments.  The AFL‑CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For more information, click here.

Social Justice Fund NW Seeking Program Director, Due 11/19

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Social Justice Fund is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.  The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director.  The Program Director is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all aspects of Social Justice Fund’s programs, including our Giving Projects and all of our grantmaking.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Rule 9 Position with the Snohomish County Public Defenders, Due 11/21

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2015 Rule 9 positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. The positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed.

After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Sute 200, Colby Ave, , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until November 21st applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Advocacy Director

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services and its predecessor organizations has represented some of the most marginalized people in Washington. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Advocacy Director to oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. This position is likely based in Seattle, with statewide responsibilities. Working closely with a dynamic advocacy team that spans five locations and four statewide project teams, the Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with an executive leadership team, and work in partnership with the Policy Director and five Coordinating Attorneys. This position reports to the Director.

For complete details, click here.

Washington House Democrats Hiring Legislative Aides

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Washington House Democrats is offering positions as legislative to the following Representatives in Washington’s Democratic House.  Click on the links below for a full job description.

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Morris — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lytton — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Hunter — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Carlyle — Job announcement

Attention Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.

For complete details, click here.

National Security Agency at Fort Mead, MD Seeking Full-Time Attorney in Acquisition, Research & Technology

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The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel is seekingan attorney with at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution to joinits Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The attorney will have responsibility for providing a full range of Intellectual Property (IP) legal services.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.NSA.gov/Careers and click the ‘Job Search/Apply Now’ button located at the top left of your screen.

Search the job posting, Attorney position, job # 1051588, and click the job to apply. After completing the application and clicking the ‘Submit Final’ button, you will receive a confirmation email.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Opening at Earthjustice in Bozeman, MT

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, and we are responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading across the Northern Rockies region.

For complete details, click here.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/6/15

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FASPE is a set of innovative programs for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, seminary, and business students with a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. Through an all-expenses-paid two-week summer intensive course in New York, Germany, and  Poland, students will explore such topics as The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.

For complete details, click here.

 

Juvenile Justice News, Leadership Training & Cutting Edge Research Guides Now Available

Lives of Thousands of Washington Youth to  Change Overnight this Thursday

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Law that seals most juvenile records goes into effect, offering path for successful reintegration

The Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) goes into effect on Thursday, June 12, opening up life-changing opportunities for young adults who have too often had to put their dreams on hold due to past mistakes. The Act will result in an automatic sealing of juvenile offense records for as many as 15,000 young adults each year, allowing them to pursue opportunities in housing, education, and employment.

On April 2, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Act into law, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“A youthful mistake can create barriers for adults long after they’ve paid their debts and prevent them from fully contributing to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “The first day the Youth Opportunities Act goes into effect marks one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades and offers a path forward for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.”

For four years, CLS worked closely with partners such as Friends of Youth, Faith Action Network, YouthCare, the University of Washington Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed. The compromise bill ultimately drew support from the Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, who had opposed previous versions, and was supported by the superior and juvenile court judges’ associations.

The Youth Opportunities Act strikes a balance between rehabilitation and public safety by sealing the great majority of juvenile court records after completion of the sentence and payment of fines and fees, with some exceptions. Under the new law, courts would hold regular hearings to seal records of minors once they turn 18 years of age and have completed their sentence, unless the offense is one of the “most serious offenses,” sex offense, or felony drug offense or there is a compelling reason not to seal. Importantly, the courts will now immediately seal records upon acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School Releases New Desk Manual on Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole

columibia law schoolThe Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School recently published Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: How Has Human Rights Made A Difference? a case study on how human rights frameworks and strategies advance domestic social justice advocacy work. The case study looks at efforts to end juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) and explores how advocates have used a wide range of human rights strategies to advance those efforts. The Institute hopes that this case study will be useful in your work and in conversations with colleagues and funders about how human rights can make an impact.

Looking forward, they are interested in exploring other issue areas that may serve as helpful case studies as well. If you have been working on domestic social justice issues where a range of human rights efforts have been useful, please do not hesitate to send them your suggestions.

 

Open Leadership Institute Announces 2015 Applications Now Open

Institute for Open LeadershipCreative Commons is developing an Institute for Open Leadership (IOL) to train new leaders in education, science, and public policy fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. By training new leaders, connecting them to each other and helping them complete their first capstone open project in their institution, we will prepare them to guide emerging movements in open science, open education, open government, and open culture. These movements are using Creative Commons licenses to broaden public access to knowledge, data, culture, and research around the world, creating new opportunities for education, innovation, and creativity.

The first Institute for Open Leadership cohort will attend the institute during one of these two weeks (which week to be based on conference facility availability): 12-16 January or 19-23 January, 2015. The web site will be updated and applicants notified as soon as the week is selected. Applications are due June 30. For more info and application instruction click here.

Center for International Environmental  Law Launches New Research & Advocacy Tools

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When you work on international environmental law and policy issues as we do, it can be challenging to feel optimistic.  As the global community watches the UN climate discussions underway in Bonn, Germany, however, we are writing to share a couple pieces of hopeful news. First, CIEL has developed two tools to enable all of us to push for stronger international policies that protect forests and related rights. Last February, we announced the launch of ForestDefender, an interactive online legal database that is easily accessible to and usable by lawyers and those familiar with legal systems. As a complementary tool, last week we published My Guide,” A Community Resource Guide to REDD+ Rights, available in both English and Spanish. My Guide simplifies key human rights relevant to REDD+ that are found in the international treaties, declarations, and decisions included in ForestDefender. It also suggests options for what to do if these rights are violated. These two complementary tools are geared towards safeguarding forests and sustainable livelihoods. They were developed to enable advocates to evaluate if and ensure that the required REDD+ safeguards and rights protections are enforced. They can also be used for other forest governance and climate initiatives. We created these tools in response to specific requests from partners, local community members, indigenous peoples, and supporters like you. They translate relevant international law to the national level and empower lawyers, activists, and community leaders to defend their rights and their forests. Please use ForestDefender and My Guide and share them with others!