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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.

To continue reading, click here. Also, read her thoughts on the project in a piece written for The Stranger here.

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.

Attention Spanish-Speakers! Paid Opportunity to Work with Farmworkers in the Summer!

Columbia Legal Services Offering Laurel Rubin Farmworker Paid Summer Internship, Due 2/15/2016

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Columbia Legal Services is seeking a 2016 summer intern to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant and seasonal farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, and will play an essential role in assisting workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Fellowship funding is available for one position, located in Yakima, WA through the Laurel Rubin farmworker Justice Fellowship in the amount of $5,500 for a ten-week internship.

CLS legal interns participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education to advance systemic change in Washington State.

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Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Summer 2016 Law Student Intern in Legal Department, Due 2/19/2016

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

Vera runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns are welcome to participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, past interns have visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

For more information, click here.

New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Summer 2016 Intern, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis, Due 3/1/2016

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. 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 31st to August 5th) 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.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016.

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Baylegal Law Clerk Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 4/11/2016

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BayLegal is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BayLegal selects approximately 20-30 law students to work in our offices during the school year and approximately 40 students during the summer. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, interns will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery andother evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Interns also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on our client communities. BayLegal encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court.

During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, Interns work on a full-time basis.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William Gates Hall, RM 138

2015 Pro Bono Core Competencies Training FlyerAll UW Law students are welcome! Lunch provided. Please bring your laptop for a brief online exercise. Learn more about the UW Pro Bono Honors Society here.

October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Interested in Indian Law? Summer Internship Opportunities Available

U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 10/19

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The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

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Attention 2Ls! Southern Poverty Law Center Offering Paid Summer Legal Internship in Miami, Due 10/23

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Miami office works primarily in the areas of children’s rights and mass incarceration. It uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community mobilization to ensure that Florida’s juvenile justice and education systems result in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 10/25, Paid Position

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fellows and Legal Interns

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The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

To this end, we offer several fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

The John D. B. Lewis Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in international indigenous human rights issues.
The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fall 2015 Legal Intern, Position Open Until Filled

The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience.

Applications for the Fall 2015 legal internship are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

For more information, click here.

Procopio Seeks Summer 2016 Native American Intern, Due 10/30

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Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part of this engaging opportunity.

The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities.

For more information, click here.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks DC Summer 2016 Law Student Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting law student internship applications for Summer 2016.  Summer interns will be responsible for legal and policy research, legal writing, policy analysis, monitoring federal legislation and administrative activity, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach material, discovery review, and/or other needs that may arise during the summer.  Intern assignments depend on the needs of LDF’s legal and policy staff during the summer months. Summer interns will be exposed to a variety of activity within the largest national civil rights coalition, including a series of brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, attended by interns from numerous non-profit legal organizations. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Spanish Bilingual Staff Attorney in Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Yakima, WA), Due 11/2

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Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Immigrant Workers Group. 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 and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Planned Parenthood Seeking Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator in Washington, Position Open Until Filled

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Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii (PPVNH) is the advocacy and political arm of the four Planned Parenthood affiliates in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii. Collectively we advocate for the services that more than 200,000 patients receive at Planned Parenthood health centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands each year. We work on behalf of all women and men to promote government policies that ensure equal and open access to reproductive health care for women and their families.

We are seeking a Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator to lead the PPVNH state team’s government
relations in pursuit of public policies that protect and promote a full range of reproductive health and rights for all the diverse people in Washington’s communities, as well as those policies that make it possible for women, men, and families to access reproductive health services and information.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Health Communities Legal Fellow, Position Open Until Filled

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Earthjustice invites 2015 law school graduates and current law school students expecting to graduate before the fall of 2016 to apply for the two-year Healthy Communities Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is based in Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. office and will begin in September 2016.

This Fellowship is designed to help new attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective legal advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. Attorneys who graduated law school prior to 2015 are encouraged to apply to openings within Earthjustice’s Associate Attorney Program.

The term of the Fellowship is two years, after which the Fellow may be considered for open positions in the Associate Attorney Program. Starting salary for the Fellowship is competitive and we offer an excellent benefits package.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in a Fellowship? Apply Now!

Judge George Bowden Seeks Law Clerk, Open Until Filled

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Judge George Bowden presides at the Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, WA.  The law clerk will stay for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years.  The work week is typically 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday with 10 paid holidays annually.  When the employing judge is on vacation, the law clerk is on “call-in” status to fill-in for other clerks on an as-needed basis. The clerk position also has up to two weeks of paid vacation annually.  Duties include administrative and ministerial duties throughout the week, handling the judge’s schedule and all incoming phone calls, review of legal briefs and preparation of written legal memoranda when the judge is assigned to the civil motions calendar (typically four or more weeks a year).  Medical and dental benefits are provided in addition to the salary of $48,741.

Applications: This is for immediate hire, so Judge Bowden will review resumes and contact selected applicants for an interview as soon as possible. The start date will likely be October 12, 2015, with 1-2 days of training beforehand.

Applicants may forward a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Joseph Mendes at joseph.mendes@snoco.org.  Transcripts are not required, but may be included if necessary.

Building Changes Seeking Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy, Position Open Until Filled

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Building Changes seeks a Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy. This position is a key member of our program staff and we are looking for someone with the unique ability to articulate how legislation impacts programs and conversely, how programs can be supported with legislation. This person will act as liaison to external stakeholders and seek to collaboratively advance BC’s legislative and policy priorities. They will monitor, analyze and track local, state and federal legislation, regulation and implementation in targeted policy areas. The Senior Manager conducts needed research on federal and state policy, regulatory trends, implementation practices, best practices, and legislation to improve support services, public benefits, and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The work of the Senior Manager informs and educates key partners, including policy makers, peer non-profits implementing programs, funders/donors, the business community, advocacy community, the media, and the general public about policy platforms and opportunities for mobilizing our constituents to align funding and policies toward practices proven to end homelessness and increase housing stability. The Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy reports to the Director who oversees Capacity Building, Statewide Grantmaking and Policy.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate for Center on Immigration and Justice, Position Open Until Filled

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world.

 Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Program Associate to work in its New York office with its Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

 The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 35 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

For more information, click here.

New York University’s Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights Seeking Clinical/Research Fellow, Due 10/9

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NYU School of Law invites applications for a one-year Clinical/Research Fellowship with its Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and Global Justice Clinic for academic year 2015-2016. The fellowship will begin as soon as possible, with the exact start date negotiable. The ideal candidate will be an advocate with several years of experience who is eager to work in a combined scholarly-advocacy environment. The incumbent will spend about half of his/her time working on Global Justice Clinic cases and projects and half of his/her time on program development and management for NYU’s new Bernstein Institute for Human Rights. This is not a classroom teaching position.

The Fellow will work closely with Clinic and Institute Director Professor Margaret Satterthwaite, and will enjoy mentorship in human rights lawyering, program management, and applied research. S/he will also work closely with Clinic Professor Nikki Reisch, Institute researchers, an administrator, student research assistants, and interns. The Fellow will have a role representing GJC and the Institute at public events.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Employees

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Associate

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Associate to work as an assistant lobbyist in Olympia and Seattle before and during the 2016 state legislative session.  Under the direction of the Legislative Director, the Legislative Associate will engage in a variety of advocacy tasks, including participating in lawmaker and stakeholder meetings, reviewing and analyzing bills, working with internal and external issue experts, drafting and presenting testimony and analysis to legislative committees, and working with legislative staff and lawmaker offices.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Session Aide

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Session Aide. The Legislative Session Aide is part of the Policy Advocacy Group, which consists of legislative, field and policy staff who advance the ACLU-WA’s priorities at the state and local level and strategically involve ACLU-WA supporters in that effort.

For more information, click here.

Securities and Exchange Commission Seeking Summer 2016 Students Honors Program, Due 10/12

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The SEC’s mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC seeks high-caliber law students who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. Using your legal education and experience, you will gain insightful experience into the regulation of security markets and how they must comply with securities laws. SEC Staff members serve as professional mentors, assisting with research and writing projects as well as providing advice and guidance on career development.

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its 2016 Summer Honors Program in the Washington, DC Home Office and our egional Offices.  We offer law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws.

For more information, click here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Seeking Summer 2016 Criminal Justice Program Clerk, Due 10/16

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These clerkships are generously funded by Mr. David Reuben, a long-time ALDF supporter, who shares our mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Through these clerkship positions, Mr. Reuben’s unflinching and selfless commitment to protecting non-human animals is recognized and honored. Since 2007, 17 outstanding law students have benefited from this unique opportunity to be trained by top ALDF experts in animal law. Included are just of few of the testimonials we’ve received over the years highlighting the impact that the David Reuben Legal Clerkships have had on the next generation of animal lawyers

For more information, click here.

Attention Class of 2016! Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, Nonclinical Placements Due 10/16 

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The WLPPFP Application for the 2016-2017 Fellowship year is now available here.

  • The deadline for applicants for the nonclinical placements is October 16, 2015.
  • The deadline for the Domestic Violence Clinical Teaching Fellowship is November 13, 2015.

For information on the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic Placement, please click here.

For information on the Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellowship, please click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Coordinating Attorneys, Due 10/16CLS Logo

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.

Children & Youth Coordinating Attorney, Due 10/16

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Coordinating Attorney to supervise the litigation and policy initiatives of our Children and Youth Project Group. This position is based in Seattle.

For more information, click here.

Economic Justice Project Coordinating Attorney, Due 10/16

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Coordinating Attorney to supervise the litigation and policy initiatives of our Economic Justice Project Group. This position may be based in Olympia or Seattle.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! Center for Constitutional Rights Bertha Fellowship 2016 Application, Due 10/16

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Bertha Fellowship is a two year fellowship for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2016. This fellowship position requires a two-year commitment from September 2016 to September 2018.

The Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  During the course of the fellowship, there may also be opportunities to do work which straddles different dockets.

The Bertha Fellowship at CCR is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.

For more information, click here.

Celebrate Pro Bono with Columbia Legal Services and Celebrate NJP’s 20th Anniversary!

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference 

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time & Location: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 115 and Lobby) Evening Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 138)

Keynote address by Baltasar Garzon of the Fundacion International Baltasar Garzon, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzon is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

To RSVP, click here.

October 12: Global Mondays Speaker Series on Human Rights in Cambodia with Professor Stephen Rosenbaum

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Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 117, unless otherwise noted

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

The guest speaker this Monday will be Stephen Rosenbaum, Associate Professor, Golden Gate Law School; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law, who will be speaking on “Protecting Human Rights in a Constitutional Monarchy: The Case of Cambodia.”

Lunch will be served.

For a detailed event description, click here.

October 14: Columbia Legal Services Presents Celebrating the Art of Advocacy – 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception

4th Annual Pro Bono Celebration

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Doors open 5:00 PM | Brief program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drinks & appetizers provided

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice
in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

October 23: Northwest Justice Project 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

The Northwest Justice Project is Celebrating Twenty Years of Working for Equal Justice! 

NJP’s Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us on Friday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  as we kick off NJP’s 20th Anniversary year.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will reflect on Washington’s equal justice journey and celebrate our Access to Justice community, and the many equal justice champions, whose support and dedication helped Northwest Justice Project blossom into a vibrant state-wide law firm that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Light Hors d’oeuvres, and hosted reception provided by NJP.

To RSVP, click here.

November 2: Free Webinar on Wrongful Conviction 2015: Litigating Claims of Innocence

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Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Location: Webcast

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system.  While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services.  Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.   

To register, click here.

Did You Save Room for Food Justice?

September 30: 2015 Seattle Pro Bono Fair

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Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101

What do pro bono, wine and chocolate all have in common?  They are good for you!  Please join us for the 2015 Pro Bono Fair where representatives from legal services organizations will be available to meet with lawyers and law students looking for pro bono opportunities.  Learn how you can put your skills to use (and develop new skills) helping immigrants, veterans, nonprofits, low income entrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence and much more while tasting a variety of wines and chocolates.  Retired Federal Public Defender, Tom Hillier is the featured speaker.

To RSVP, click here.

October 16-17: Columbia Legal Services & the Social Justice Film Festival Present Film. Art. Voices – Food Justice in Focus 

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00
Film + Panel Discussion + Exhibit

Food Chain$

Join us for a community discussion and screening of FOOD CHAIN$, a documentary about the human costs of our food supply. From wages to threats and violence, FOOD CHAIN$ explores the food industry’s treatment of farm workers and the role large buyers play in keeping wages low. The film was executive-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Be one of the first to see FRUITS OF JUSTICE,  a short film highlighting a true grassroots movement in Washington’s Skagit Valley. You’ll meet farm workers who formed their own union, Familias Unidas, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with protests, boycotts, and social media campaigns and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice.

Immediately following the screening will be a panel discussion led by FOOD CHAIN$ director Sanjay Rawal, featuring national and local food justice activists and advocates dedicated to tackling issues related to fair production and access to healthy food for all.

Feed your mind during intermission with refreshments and the photo exhibition “Faces of Food Justice” by Audra Mulkern of the Female Farmer Project.

For tickets, click here. To read more, click here.

Date: Friday, Oct. 17
Time: 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: All films by suggested donation
Film Festival

More fresh voices on food! Browse food-justice exhibits and watch contemporary films that explore:

  • Waste in our food system
  • Animal poaching in Puget Sound and in Africa
  • International aid: Does it help?
  • Living wages for food workers
  • Farmworker resistance in Honduras
  • Fair-trade cocoa farming

Feature-length movies include: RESISTENCIA, THE HAND THAT FEEDS, and POVERTY, INC.

Read more about it here.

November 6: CLE on the Basics of Asylum Law and Procedure Hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine

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Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 3rd Ave #2200, Seattle, WA 98101
CLE Credits: 2 (pending)

Want to learn about the basics of asylum law and procedure?  The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is putting on a CLE training graciously hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine.  The training will cover asylum’s definitions, its elements, bars to asylum eligibility, alternatives to asylum, asylum procedure, procedural issues, and mock interview/questions.

To register, download the registration form here.  Send the information to Jordan Wasserman.