“Road Ahead for Social Justice,” Washington Appleseed Breakfast, Seattle Citywide Pro Bono Fair, Columbia Legal Services event

WSBA “Road Ahead for Social Justice” WebinarWSBA Logo

 Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time:  10:00 am to noon.

Location: Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 2pm EST, when we continue our Road Ahead for Social Justice series with a conversation about the portrayals of immigrants in popular television shows, and the potential that popular culture presents for transformative change.

In this webinar, we will discuss the need for more diverse stories and representation based on findings from our latest research, Power of POP. Guest speakers Bassem Kawar from Take on Hate and Carl Lipscombe from Black Alliance for Just Immigration will provide best practices and recommendations for engaging popular culture based on their own advocacy work.

Please join us for this important conversation!

Register here.

Campaign for Equal Justice- Beer & Justice, an event Campaign for Equal Justice Logosupporting legal aid for low-income families in King County. Proceeds support the Campaign for Equal Justice

Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Place: Alstadt BierHalle 209 First Avenue S. Seattle, WA

Special Guest Lucy Lee Helm, Exec VP & Chief Partner Officer, StarbucksProceeds support the Campaign for Equal Justice

RSVP here.

Washington Appleseed Breakfast with the BestWA Appleseed Logo

Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Location: The Hilton, 1301 6th Ave. Seattle

Please join Washington Appleseed for our annual Breakfast with the Best. This year’s Breakfast will celebrate the launch of the Washington Reentry Guide.

Further information and RSVP here.

Seattle Citywide Pro Bono FairPerkins Coie Logo

Date:  October 11, 2017

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, Washington 98101-3099

Interested in pro bono volunteerism and don’t know where to start? Come to the Pro Bono Fair to meet with representatives from local legal service organizations to find the opportunity right for you.

More info and RSVP here.

Imagine Justice – Columbia Legal Services

Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm

Where: Impact Hub Seattle 220 Second Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104

An evening of hope and inspiration celebrating 50 years of advocacy Every day, it seems, we must respond to yet another outrageous statement or proposal attacking our communities coming from Washington D.C.  It can wear you down. But we’re up for the challenge – and have been for half a century. Columbia Legal Services-past, present and future-fights alongside our client community and allies to strengthen the justice and equity movement across Washington State. Join us in celebrating fifty years of working for justice in Washington and imagining a future together in which all communities thrive.

Purchase tickets here.

ACLU, Seattle Women’s Commission, Earthjustice, ABA Center for Innovation, Columbia Legal Services

ACLU: When Heritage = Hate: The Truth About the Confederacy in AmericaACLU of WA

When: Thursday August 24

Time: 5:00 pm

Where:  ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101

A presentation by Jeffery Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality.

President Trump claims that removing Confederate symbols amounts to erasing history. False. This is about whether we as a nation choose to honor those who made their names fighting for white supremacy and slavery. Taking down these symbols from our public spaces is a critical step toward rooting out racial injustice and creating a more inclusive and just society.

We need to be informed for this fight. Jeffery Robinson will speak about the dark history of the Confederacy and the monuments built in public spaces around the country – what these symbols really mean and how they’ve been used by politicians to rewrite history and incite racial violence. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and join the movement to take down every last one.

RSVP here.

The Seattle Women’s Commission will honor Riddhi Mukhopadhyay for the 2017 Jeanette Williams AwardCity of Seattle Logo

When:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Columbia City Theater,  4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Women’s Commission is proud to announce Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Legal Director of the Sexual Violence Legal Services, as the winner of the 2017 Jeanette Williams Award.

The Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS) is a program of the YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish, and provides trauma-informed direct representation to victims of sexual violence in a wide variety of legal matters, along with technical assistance to attorneys and advocates statewide. Mukhopadhyay has been in the field for over 15 years, previously volunteering and working as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate with local domestic violence advocacy groups in North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Legal Voice, and the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence. She is also the current co-chair for Seattle’s Immigration and Refugee Commission.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP here.

Earthjustice Sues the EPA after a Former Industry Official Rewrites the Rules on Toxic ChemicalsEarthJustice Logo

“The EPA official tasked to head up the Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office, Nancy Beck, came to the job after working as a former high-level official for a chemical industry association. She was charged with updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which addresses the production, use and disposal of such chemicals as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.

Not surprisingly, Beck’s updated TSCA regulations significantly weaken government regulations over these chemicals in consumer products and building materials by removing the provision for regulating all uses of chemicals.

In response, Earthjustice filed two lawsuits against the EPA late last week for weakening these regulations. The suits were filed on behalf of organizations representing populations that are most at risk from weakened chemical regulations—low-income communities, parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, workers and indigenous populations.

The lawsuits challenge two EPA regulations that set ground rules for how the EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and then evaluate the risks of those chemicals under TSCA.”

Read more here.

Due October 10 and 18: White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy – Legal Internship ProgramWhite House Fellowship Seal

Application Due:  See deadlines in the job description.

“OSTP supports and coordinates the Administration’s science and technology priorities. Students interested in working directly with policy advisors on the development of national policy should apply for a Policy internship. Ideal Policy intern candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects, and a willingness to support outreach events and communications. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs. Any student (including law students) may apply for a Policy internship.

Law students and LLM students who serve as legal interns with OSTP have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. OSTP legal interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys.”

For more information, or to apply here.

American Bar Association Center for Innovation announces eight Inaugural Fellows, including UW Law alum Aurora Martin!

“One will work with the Legal Services Corporation to develop web portals to help low-income Americans find appropriate legal aid resources. Another will help innocence projects develop a tool to better communicate with each other. These will be two of the eight first-time Fellows announced Monday who will work under the umbrella of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation. The Center was established in September 2016 at the recommendation of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services to encourage and accelerate innovations that improve the accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of legal services and to transform how the public accesses the law and legal information. The Fellows, who were selected by the ABA Center for Innovation Fellows Committee, will begin work later this summer. Each will spend between three months and one year at the Center, and the group includes five NextGen Fellows, who will spend a year on projects, and three Innovation Fellows, whose fellowships run up to four months. ‘We’re thrilled to welcome these Fellows to the Center for Innovation,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein said. ‘They’re not only helping lawyers and their clients in creative new ways, they’re also giving us a glimpse into what legal services could look like in the decades to come.’”

Read more here and here.

Columbia Legal Services: Seattle City Council Votes To Remove Criminal Records From Tenants Screening Process

“The Seattle City Council voted today to reduce barriers to rental housing for thousands of Seattle residents and recognized that criminal background check for housing are counterproductive and discriminatory. Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair chance Housing Ordinance, which addresses some of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, including racial discrimination and homelessness. The move is a long time coming for groups like Village of Hope and Sojourner Place (now Jubilee Women’s Center), who first raised the issue in 2006. Pending Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s signature, the law reflects the most progressive housing policy for people with criminal records of any major city in the country.”

Read more here.

Upcoming Events: Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition, WSBA Decoding the Law series, Solid Ground Mayoral Candidates Debate, Columbia Legal Services

Non-profit Anti-Racism Coalition: “Supporting Student Resistors”pro bono
Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Public Library, 9125 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA

“As we look to the beginning of another school year, we wanted to bring the community together to brainstorm and reflect on how we can support student leaders. Student leaders confront racism in their institutions daily–in the classroom, in the administration, and in their peers. As students push back on racism, how are non-profits and the community supporting them? Join us on August 10th for a conversation about racism in education: Supporting Resilient Resistors.

Whether you are in education or supportive of student-resistors, we look forward to exploring the roles each of us play in student movements and resistance.”

Register here. 

WSBA Decoding the Law series: “Immigration: Personal Perspective”WSBA Logo

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: WSBA office, 1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

“Legal practitioners and law enforcement will address immigration rights, enforcement of immigration laws, and how to be an ally.

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing on this page after each event.”

More info here.

Solid Ground: Mayoral Candidates Debate on Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University

“Join Moderator Enrique Cerna of Crosscut and KCTS9 and the two Mayoral candidate finalists for a debate on how Seattle should address its most pressing issues: Growth, Affordable Housing & Homelessness.

Solid Ground, in partnership with Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, the Housing Development Consortium, Housing Action Group and Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) wanted to shine a light on how Seattle’s next mayor would address these critical issues.  Before the primary, we asked all the candidates seven questions to understand their positions.”

More info and register here.

Columbia Legal Services: “Imagine Justice.”
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  5:00 pm
Location:  Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA

“As Columbia Legal Services celebrates fifty years of working for justice in Washington State, we invite you to join us in imagining a future in which all communities thrive.

Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, one of the first civil legal aid organizations in the state. Seattle Legal Services transformed into the statewide program Evergreen Legal Services, stepping forward to advocate for a more inclusive vision of justice in our state. Today, Columbia Legal Services and our allies in the justice and equity movement have continued our collective work representing individuals and entire communities who use the tools of the law to manifest justice.”

More info here.

Protecting At-Risk Children, KCBA Pro Bono Program, State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8M

Columbia Legal Services: Governor Signs Two Bills Protecting At-risk Children

“On July 6, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed two bills to better protect at-risk children in Washington. The first creates a pilot program allowing for abused and neglected children to better navigate the court system. The other creates a cabinet level agency to better coordinate services for children and families in the state.

Senate Bill (SB) 5890 improves the state’s foster system for both foster children and foster parents and funds a research project targeted at providing legal representation for children and youth in foster care.

“For children and youth in foster care, having an attorney means a greater chance to stay with family members, to spend less time in foster care, and to avoid homelessness,” said Hillary Madsen, staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “This study will provide critical information for lawmakers about the importance of attorneys.”

Read more here.

New Leadership for King County Bar Association’s pro bono programKCBA Logo

Anne Daly will be taking over leadership of the King County Bar Association’s pro bono programs. Anne has served as a past KCBA president (2013–14) who for the past 25 years has been with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, leading that public defense nonprofit since 1999. While her focus there has been on criminal defense for the indigent, her overall lifelong commitment to social justice and service to the marginalized in our community is inspiring.

A copy of a Bar Bulletin profile about Anne from 2013 is online here.

Legal Foundation of Washington: State Funding for Legal Aid Increased by $4.8MLogo for the Legal Foundation of Washington

“After a long six-month legislative session, the House and Senate finally agreed on a Fiscal Year 2017-2019 operating budget on Friday, June 30th. Late that night, Governor Inslee signed the budget to narrowly avoid a partial government shutdown. In a budget year when legislators struggled with issues such as education, mental health, and transportation, to receive a $4.8 million increase for legal aid (roughly a 20% increase in funding) is a gratifying result.

During FY 2017-2019, the new funding for legal aid will:

  • Create 15 new staffed civil legal aid attorneys;
  • Increase the capacity of pro bono programs across the state;
  • Invest in research and training for legal aid and pro bono attorneys; and,
  • Provide Northwest Justice Project attorneys with long overdue cost of living and salary adjustments.”

Read more here.

Former bank robber helped by Gates fund now professor at Georgetown Law School

“University of Washington law-school grad Shon Hopwood once served time in federal prison for robbing banks. Now he’s accepted a law professorship at Georgetown University.

Eighteen years ago, Nebraska native Shon Hopwood went to prison for breaking the law. This year, the University of Washington law-school graduate has been hired to teach it.

Hopwood has accepted a position as professor at Georgetown University School of Law. The 2014 graduate of the UW law school had gone to federal prison for 10 years in the late 1990s for robbing five banks in the Midwest.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

Staff attorney opportunities at the ACLU of WA, Fair Work Legal Center, Columbia Legal Services, and more

Due March 15: Fair Work Legal Center hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Close of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Learn more and apply here.

Due March 24: Columbia Legal Services hiring Statewide Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Due March 27: National Employment Law Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.

Apply and learn more here

 

Due March 31: Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: Summer internship with the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.

 E&C is responsible for handling enforcement actions against national banks, federal savings associations, and bank officers and employees, including large civil money penalties, suspensions and removals, temporary cease and desist orders, and other administrative enforcement actions. The Division also works closely with the Department of Justice and the other bank regulatory agencies on coordination of law enforcement efforts involving insured financial institutions. Typically E&C law clerks, working under the close supervision of attorneys, formulate and present enforcement recommendations, conduct legal research, draft memos, notices of charges and settlement documents.
 
Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: New York Legal Assistance Group summer internship positions

NYLAG LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Air Force JAG Corps 2017 summer internships available

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts.  This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.

Read more and apply here

Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. 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. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

nw-justice-projectApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Plenty of post-grad jobs with legal services, USPTO, and more!

Due Oct. 18: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hiring entry-level lawyers

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Application Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It’s an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

As an Attorney Advisor, you will be responsible for the complete ex parte examination of applications for the registration of trademarks to ensure compliance with the Trademark Act of 1946 and related statutes. Issues that may arise during the examination include: likelihood of confusion, ownership, use of the mark in commerce, descriptive or generic uses of the mark, acquired distinctiveness, functionality and/or ornamentation.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Oct. 19: Fellowship on International Protection and Internal Displacement 2016

interamerican-commission-on-human-rightsApplication Deadline: 11:59 EST Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

This fellowship will provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights in the area of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless persons, other persons in need of international protection and internal displaced persons. The fellow will assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Oct. 28: Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon

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Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland. LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. Read more here.

Application Process: Send resume, letter of interest, brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and list of 3 professional references to:
Jennifer Amiott, Director
Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 201, Portland, OR 97215
Email: napolsjobs@lasoregon.org / Fax: (503) 206-7073
Please, no phone calls.

Oct. 30: Thurston County hiring Defense Attorney II

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Application Process: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

A Defense Attorney II in Thurston County practices in District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court with minimal supervision from a higher-level defense attorney.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Nov. 4: Caribbean Protection Unit Legal Intern
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Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Washington Regional Office seeks legal interns and externs for its Caribbean Protection Unit.

The Caribbean Protection Unit protects and assists asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons in a particularly dynamic, unique, and challenging context. The Unit covers 27 different countries and territories in the Caribbean, the majority of which do not have functioning asylum systems. As a result, UNHCR works with governments in Caribbean countries to develop and strengthen their protections for asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons, conducts refugee status determinations for asylum-seekers, and monitors and reports on the treatment of refugees and stateless persons throughout the Caribbean region. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send your complete applications, including your resume, cover letter with dates of availability, a brief writing sample, and a list of three professional references, to: UNHCR, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036, via email at usawaint@unhcr.org and note in the subject line CARIBBEAN PROTECTION UNIT INTERNSHIP.

Rolling Deadline: Alaska Legal Services Corporation hiring Shelter-Based Staff Attorney

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Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring a full-time attorney in Juneau, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant’s purpose is to enhance options available to victims of domestic violence to resolve family disputes quickly and peacefully, and to provide representation in a variety of civil matters.  The project will prioritize services to two traditionally underserved and vulnerable groups of domestic violence victims: Alaska Native/American Indian victims and victims experiencing disabilities.

The attorney will appear in state and tribal court civil proceedings involving family law, housing, consumer protection, public benefits, and health care.  The attorney will also partner with AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies) on a project to develop and provide safe, out-of-court alternative dispute resolution services for domestic violence victims in family law cases, when appropriate. The attorney will be based at AWARE, and will work closely with ALSC’s supervising attorney and staff attorney, an AWARE legal advocate, and a part-time family counselor. Read more here.

Application Process:  To apply, submit cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three professional references to:
Holly Handler, Juneau Supervising Attorney
hhandler@alsc-law.org