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

1Ls’ Fall Career Workshop Series; Save the date for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Oct. and Nov.: Attention 1Ls! Announcing the Fall Career Workshop Series

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016-2017 Workshop Series!

Session 1: Identifying and Articulating Your Dependable Strengths (10/17)

Session 2: Mastering Professional Communication (10/19, Rm 133): Take the fear and the mystery out of the dreaded word “networking.” Create a game plan for common networking situations and learn some tools to help you prepare. This session is being offered as part of a five-session series, designed to prepare students for the job search process.

Session 3: Cover Letters (11/2)

Session 4: Application Materials (Resumes, Reference/LOR’s, Writing Samples, and More!) (11/9)

Session 5: Interviewing  (11/16)

Learn more here.

Oct. 18 SJT: Pro Bono Fair

sjtTime: 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Brotman Galleria and Room 115

This week’s Social Justice Tuesday will be a Pro Bono Fair for table talk networking with pro bono organizations from around the region! There won’t be lunch at this SJT but stop by to meet some great organizations. Find the list of organizations here.

Oct. 18: Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project First Meeting

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30-1:20 p.m. 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Place: Room 207

Please join us for our first IMAP meeting of the year! Interested in working for reproductive justice? Prison abolition? Come find out more about IMAP and how to get involved!

Oct. 20: U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow

ulead_we_lead_photoTime: 6 to 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Place: HUB Ballroom

U Lead We Lead is a cross-campus collaboration of faculty, staff and students that uses the art of storytelling to motivate leaders of today and tomorrow. As a community, we will dive into timely and relevant questions about leadership for a better tomorrow. No lectures here; this event is all about stories, experiences and learning from one another.

Three local luminaries will each share their story and perspectives and call you to action. At U Lead We Lead, you get to hear from inspiring people and meet other Huskies for enriching conversation. U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow will inspire you for what’s ahead. This event is free and includes dinner as well as fun opportunities such as a photo booth, a Dubs appearance, and special giveaways. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of UW Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks

Oct. 21: Academic Skills Series; Strategies for Successful Outlining–Best Practices and Examples to Get You Started

Time: 12:30-1:20 p.m.UW Law Logo

Date: Friday, Oct. 21

Hear from fellow students about their approaches to outlining and see examples of different outlining styles. Anna Endter from the library will introduce you to library resources to help with outlining and give you tips about best practices. Dean Hotchkiss will be on hand to answer questions related to use of outlines during exams. A handout will also be circulated after the session.

Feb. 3 and 4: NW Public Service Career Fair

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Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 2017

Place: Seattle University and Lewis and Clark College

Save the date: NW Public Service Career Fair

For twenty-seven years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our ten NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs. Employer registration open!

Photo courtesy of Lewis and Clark NW Public Service Career Fair

Looking for new job opportunities?

WESTON FIRM – Associate Attorney: Consumer Class Actions

mr3aglxWe seek a zero-to-six-year attorney who can write great briefs about complex areas of the law such as food and drug regulation.

The Weston Firm is a public interest law firm whose focus is on class actions on behalf of consumers and small businesses against large corporate defendants. We have frequently been appointed lead class counsel by federal judges throughout California.

We are an approved public interest employer for Harvard and Michigan, eligible for school-funded public interest loan repayment.

While we prefer full time, 3/5 time is possible for attorneys with childcare responsibilities, and attorneys returning to the workforce after taking a break for raising children are encouraged to apply.

We will also consider applicants outside of San Diego who can work from a home office for a trial period.

For entry level, we seek excellent academic records and writing ability. For experienced attorneys, complex litigation in California’s federal courts is the most relevant experience. Federal court and class action experience elsewhere is also helpful.

Work hours are somewhat flexible and t-shirt beach casual is OK the entire year.

Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho looking for Public Defenders!

logo20copy1The Nez Perce Tribe Department of Law & Justice is recruiting for: DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER HR-15-190 This position is responsible for handling of cases as assigned by the Nez Perce Tribal Public Defender. Responsible for preparing reports, legal memoranda, correspondence, and other documents. Under the direction of the Public Defender. Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. Requires license to practice law in Idaho State, Federal and Tribal court. Requires at least one (1) year working as a Public Defender, or preferably five (5) years working in a closely related field for a tribal government. Please provide a cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, and a resume listing three work-related references and state bar licensure. Pre-employment drug testing required. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured under the Tribe’s policy. (If your driver’s license is not issued from Idaho; a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the state your driver’s license is issued, is required with your application.) Open Until Filled. 

Columbia Legal Services – Staff Attorney: Working Families Project (Yakima, WA)

aaeaaqaaaaaaaatpaaaajgvmnthmnzlllwm5owitndq0mc05zdbiltrkntm0mwnmmwjknwColumbia Legal Services seeks a full‐time Staff Attorney to work in our Working Families Project. This position will provide systemic, multi‐forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low‐wage workers and their families in Washington. This position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights matters and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

First round of applications will be considered by June 30, 2016. Please note that due to the volume of applications received, CLS is unable to respond to every application. CLS will contact you if we decide to pursue your application. If e‐mailed, please make Yakima Staff Attorney ‐ WFP your subject line. Please send your letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and a 5‐10 page writing sample to:

  • Trisa Kern, Director of Program Administration
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • 101 Yesler Way Suite 300
  • Seattle, Washington, 98104
  • jobs@columbialegal.org

Tulalip Tribes Victim Advocate Attorney Job Posting

tulaliptribes_logoThe Tulalip Tribes seeks a Victim Advocate Attorney to provide holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through the Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid, the Victim Advocate Attorney will work closely with the Legacy of Healing program to deliver a responsive system to victims with immediate access to legal services.

For details on the position, please see the attached job description.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Wendy Church, Court Director, at wchurch@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov or by mail to 6103 31st Ave NE, Tulalip, WA 98271.  For more information, please contact Nicole Sieminski at (360) 716-5401.

Materials received after 4:00pm PDT on May 23, 2016 will not be accepted.

Washington House Democrats – Health Care Policy Analyst

hdc-logo-blueThe House of Representatives is comprised of the elected Members of the House of Representatives and the staff necessary to carry out the business of a legislative branch of government. The Democratic Caucus consists of the Democratic members of the Washington State House. Each caucus has partisan staff positions that assist the members of the House. This job is in Olympia during the legislative session with an option to work in Seattle during the interim. It is a full-time, exempt position with benefits.

Caucus Policy Analysts are experienced research professionals who are responsible for analyzing and developing innovative public policy solutions for House Democrats. In this instance the policy focus is in health care and another issue to be named at a later date.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Working with elected officials and staff to develop, analyze, and interpret public policy proposals
  • Researching issues and writing issue briefs, legislative proposals and summaries
  • Providing strategic advice about public policy
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders
  • Working efficiently with diverse personalities in both team and individual settings

INTERESTED CANDIDATES should send electronically a cover letter, résumé and a writing sample to:

Amy.Ruble@leg.wa.gov

King County Bar Association: Volunteer Position – Family Law Legal Intern/Extern (Bilingual Spanish)

king-county-bar-associationThe Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services 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. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. Many of the cases that are handled help unaccompanied children from Central America and other countries who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The programs assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

Send resume and cover letter to:

King County Bar Association, Attn: Judy Lin

1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700

Seattle, WA 98101

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Fax: 206.267.7099

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Email: JudyL@kcba.org

For more information, click here (SHP and Kinship- Summer 2016-Spanish)

Due June 25: LA RAZA CENTRO LEGAL (LRCL) – IMMIGRATION PROGRAM INTERN

logoLa Raza is a community-based legal organization dedicated to empowering Latino, immigrant and low-income communities of San Francisco to advocate for their civil and human rights.  We combine legal services and advocacy to build grassroots power and alliances towards creating a movement for a just society. We were established in 1973, and we are located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Learn more at www.lrcl.org.

La Raza Centro Legal (“La Raza”) seeks full-time law student interns for its immigration practice area for summer 2016. While at La Raza, interns will:

  • Learn the basics of immigration law for applications including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Advance Parole, Naturalization, and more;
  • Conduct intakes for new immigration clients;
  • Work with clients on their immigration cases; and
  • Learn practical skills including case management and professional responsibility.

Due August 1: OCEANA – FALL LAW CLERK

oceana-logoOceana’s Legal Department seeks current law students who have an interest in ocean conservation or environmental law to serve as law clerks or externs. The legal team brings strategic federal litigation to advance marine conservation goals (mainly under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act) and supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives. Oceana’s current campaigns focus on encouraging responsible fisheries, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; and advocating clean offshore energy while fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Applications should be sent to the email address listed below. Please include a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial or official), a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. 

WA Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Farmworkers Who Challenged Gun-toting Foreman’s Intimidating Practices

Washington Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Farmworkers Who Challenged Gun-toting Foreman’s Intimidating Practices

columbia20legal20servicesThe Washington Supreme Court today announced a unanimous decision in favor of Farmworkers who were threatened by a gun-toting foreman and fired after reporting his practice to law enforcement. The Court was tasked with answering two legal questions involving the definition of a “farm labor contractor” under Washington’s Farm Labor Contractor Act (FLCA) and whether the agribusiness defendants “knowingly” used the contractor. The Court answered both questions in the affirmative, supporting the Farmworkers.

 The class action lawsuit was filed in 2012, after a group of ten farmworkers alleged they were fired by their employer, NW Management and Realty Services, Inc. (NW Management), in retaliation for contacting authorities because their foreman was routinely displaying and shooting his gun in the orchards to intimidate the workers and cheat them of their wages. Several of the fired farmworkers had worked at the same orchards for more than a decade.

 In 2013, a federal judge awarded the class of 722 farmworkers $1,004,000 in damages against NW Management and the orchard owners, affiliates of the John Hancock Insurance company, for violations of state law protecting farm workers. Additional worker claims, including the retaliatory firing claims, were settled by the parties at the time. As a result of today’s decision, the case will return to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and, based on the Washington Supreme Court’s definitive ruling, the 2013 judgment is likely to be upheld and each worker will receive between $1,000 – $3,000 depending on how many seasons she or he worked.

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Application deadlines for scholarships extended!

Charles Z. Smith Scholarship – Application Deadline extended to April 1

mainThe Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees. 

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color in the 1L class; (2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship; (3) must have financial need (as determined by OSA); and (4) must submit a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. All application materials must be submitted to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to:lawadm@uw.edu by 5:00PM PST on April 1, 2016.

 Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship – Application Deadline extended  April 1

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law. 

This scholarship is open to all students and the recipient will be awarded $2,500. 

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) one letter of recommendation (the recommender may send their recommendation directly via email to lawadm@uw.edu) describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted to William H. Gates Hall, Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) by 5:00PM PST on April 1, 2016.

Right to sexual and reproductive health indivisible from other human rights – UN experts

25-08-2011humanrightsGENEVA (8 March 2016) – The right to sexual and reproductive health is not only an integral part of the general right to health but fundamentally linked to the enjoyment of many other human rights, including the rights to education, work and equality, as well as the rights to life, privacy and freedom from torture, and individual autonomy, UN experts have said in an authoritative new legal commentary*.

Yet, the experts from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) note, “the full enjoyment of the right to sexual and reproductive health remains a distant goal for millions of people, especially for women and girls, throughout the world.”

The commentary, adopted by CESCR’s 18 independent members, highlights the numerous legal, procedural, practical and social barriers people face in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and information, and the resulting human rights violations.

“For example, lack of emergency obstetric care services or denial of abortion often lead to maternal mortality and morbidity, which in turn constitutes a violation of the right to life or security, and in certain circumstances, can amount to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the experts say in their commentary.

The experts’ guidelines, known as a General Comment, concern Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which refers to the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

“As a Committee we have spoken before about the right to health, but we thought that given, for example, high maternal mortality rates around the world or harmful practices that women and girls especially go through, like female genital mutilation and early child marriage, it was important to specifically address the issue of sexual and reproductive health,” said Committee member Heisoo Shin.

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Check out UW Law alum, Nikkita Oliver, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Columbia Legal Services: Student Homelessness Across Washington State Increases 9%: Approximately 1 in 30 students homeless

columbia20legal20servicesSEATTLE – This week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) reported that 35,511 students were homeless in the 2014-15 school year–a 9.1 % increase from the previous year. This alarming increase underscores the enormous scope of the challenges facing students who are experiencing homelessness. The data reveals that homelessness disproportionately impacts students of color.
African American, American Indian, and Latino students are 2 to 3 times more likely to be homeless. We estimate that between 2,600 and 4,400 of these students may be unaccompanied homeless youth who are not in the custody of a parent or guardian.

Homelessness has a significant impact on a student’s ability to learn. OSPI noted that homeless students have a graduation rate of 51.9%, compared to 78.1% in the general population. It is estimated that every time a student changes schools they lose 4-6 months of educational progress. Schools receive little support to address the needs of homeless students. Only 34 of Washington’s 300 school districts receive modest federal grants under the federal McKinney-Vento Act to help support homeless students, leaving many districts to tackle this crisis alone.

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SUBMIT YOUR PAPER to the 15th Annual National Native American Law Students Association Writing Competition

cropped-cropped-nnalsa_logoThe NNALSA Writing Competition aims to recognize excellence in legal research/writing related to Indian law; encourage the development of writing skills among NNALSA members; and enhance substantive knowledge in Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of government.

Eligible Topics Include:

  • Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Tribal Law and Policy
  • International Law and Policy Concerning Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Law (i.e. Inter-Tribal or Gov.-to-Gov. Studies)
  • Other Related Topics

Prizes:

  • First Prize: $1,000Publication in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, sponsored by Sonosky
  • Second Prize: $500, sponsored by Dentons
  • Third Prize: $250, sponsored by Akin Gump

Awardees will be recognized at the National NALSA annual meeting (part of the 41st Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference on April 7–8, 2016).

Submit To: 2016NNALSAWritingCompetition@gmail.com.

  • Please remove identifying information such as name and school.
  • No need to supply any registration form or identification number.
  • All competitors must be current NNALSA members.
  • To become a member, visit www.nationalnalsa.org.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, February 8, 2016.

For more information, visit goo.gl/RMvhuy or contact jmb2369@columbia.edu

UW Law Alum Nikkita Oliver on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!

Here is a bit that Nikkita wrote explaining her involvement with “White Privilege II”:

24_oliver_wideIn the winter of 2014, after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, Hollis Wong-Wear hit me up saying, “Macklemore (Ben) would like to meet with you (and other BLM activists/organizers) about the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.” My initial reaction was, “Why?” Like many black members of the hip-hop community I have a rather critical analysis of Macklemore and white supremacy in hip-hop—an art form and culture birthed out of the struggles and ingenuity of black people. Yet, I knew if I truly value the principle “each one teach one,” then I would sit down and have, in the least, a dialogue with Ben.

 Hollis, Ben and I talked for nearly three hours about BLM, Seattle, hip-hop, intersectionality, and ending white supremacy. It was clear to me from that conversation that Ben’s desire to be a part of the movement in an accountable manner was genuine.

 A month later Ben asked if he could spit some bars for me. Sitting in his Cadillac on Broadway I listened to the first iteration of the song. For nearly two hours we talked; thinking through different elements of the writing, the movement, and what it looks like to stand in accountable solidarity with BLM as a wealthy white cis-gender male with a wide music platform.

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UW Law Student Researches Industry Gender Inequity, Calls for Reforms by Peter Kelley, UW Today

Women routinely outperform men in university classrooms across the United States and are invited more often than men to join student honors societies — yet women continue to be paid far less than similarly qualified male colleagues. Photo of Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law

Adding to that inequity, women also fare poorly when suing to recover damages for workplace sex and gender discrimination in the courts, with only 6 percent of such cases going to trial and then only one-third of even those cases being successful.

These are among the points underscored by Harlan Mechling, a graduate student in the UW School of Law and holder of this year’sHazelton Research Fellowship, in a research paper on gender inequity in the American workplace.

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Call for Writing Submissions! 2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition

National Lawyers Guild  Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition

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By: National Lawyers Guild

Following the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Law for the People Convention in October, NLG membership adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons. The U.S. currently holds the world’s largest prison population at a cost of $80 billion per year, and spends six times more on prisons than education. “Calling for the abolition of this profit-motivated system that is designed to maintain racial and economic inequality while relying on individualized punishment as a primary response to social problems falls directly within our mission of protecting human rights over property interests,” said Sharlyn Grace, NLG Co-Executive Vice President.

Furthermore, the resolution identifies the damaging injustices perpetuated by the current prison system, including racism, classism, ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, labor abuse, marginalization of non-Christians, and criminalization of political dissent. Prisons legitimize capitalism and feed corporate wealth directly at the expense of poor communities, and especially urban communities of color.

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New! Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and About Women Human Rights Defenders

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By: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition | Logo credit: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

To mark International Women Human Rights Defender Day (29 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is introducing its new publication, “Gendering Documentation: A Manual For and About Women Human Rights Defenders”. The manual is now available for download.

Click here to access the manual.

Judge Rules Yakima-Area Hospitals Violated Charity Care Law and Breached Contracts with Indigent Patients

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By: Columbia Legal Services

Last week, a Yakima County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a class of indigent patients against the parent company of Yakima Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Toppenish Community Hospital. Judge Susan L. Hahn found that the hospitals had a practice of violating the Washington Charity Care Act by failing to screen patients for financial need before demanding payments from patients-many times in the form of up-front deposits as a condition of receiving care. She also found that this practice violated the hospital’s contract with its patients because it caused patients to pay money they did not owe under Washington law.

“All Hospitals have to provide their fair share of charity care, under Washington law,” said Eleanor Hamburger, of Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger and one of the attorneys for the class. “By making their obligation to provide charity care a well-kept secret, the hospitals required some patients to pay more than legally allowed for treatment, forced others to go without the medical care they needed, and foisted its responsibility for providing charity care on its closest competitor. Now the Court has concluded that this practice is illegal and a breach of contract.”

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2016 Law Student Legal Writing Competition, Due March 4th

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The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law is now accepting writing submission for the 2016 Law Student Writing Competition.

Eligibility:  Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School who are members of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Topic:  Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements: Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the articles title, the students name, and the students contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award: Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forums Annual Conference, May 25-27, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (airfare and lodging included)*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on Fair Market Value (FMV) of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date:  All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 4, 2016.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief:
Laurie Hauber
Community Economic Development Program
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
4232 Forest Park Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63108
hauberyang@gmail.com

Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org , if you have any questions.

*Coach airfare, 21-day advance purchase and lodging at the conference hotel for 2 nights.