ACLU invites you to watch arguments for landmark discrimination case before WA Supreme Court

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

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We are no longer collecting RSVPs. This event is now full. Please join us for the talk at 4pm.

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

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Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

November 8: Election Day. Do Your Part-Don’t Forget to Vote!

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November 8: Social Justice Tuesday- Student-Led Pro Bono Projects: Rewards, Challenges & Opportunities

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Time: 12:30-1:20pm

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Place: W.H. Gates Hall room 127

Interested in student-led law-related pro bono projects?  

Curious about what it takes to lead a mini-non-profit organization trying to increasing access to justice to underserved communities?  

Come hear from a panel of your colleagues who are taking on leadership roles with student-led pro bono projects here at UW Law. You’ll learn about the work of these projects and get an opportunity to speak to the students leading the charge. They are eager to share with you the project missions, goals and why there is a need for these kinds of projects here in Washington State. RSVP in Symplicity for lunch.

Nov. 14: Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series: “Criminal Justice Reform: National & Local Efforts”

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Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Place: Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Let’s Talk About Justice Speaker Series is the first in what we hope will be provocative gatherings featuring change agents, policy makers, and civil legal aid providers discussing issues facing the growing number of low-income families in America. These events will shed light on the important role of civil legal aid in alleviating the effects of poverty and we’ll hear first-hand from our grantees providing legal aid around the state. Featuring Alison Holcomb, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice, Director and Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, Director.

Nov. 15: Join the ACLU support the Arlene’s Flowers plaintiffs

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Place: Bellevue College, Carlson Theatre

Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll wanted flowers for their wedding, but a flower shop in Tri-Cities turned them away because they are gay.  The case is now before the state’s highest court and the ACLU is representing the couple.

Join us on November 15 at 7:30 am at Carlson Theatre on the campus of Bellevue College to support Curt and Rob at oral argument of their case, Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, before the Washington Supreme Court. We anticipate a large showing of people in support of the florist.  Please join us to show Curt and Rob we support their courageous effort to fight discrimination in Washington state. Discrimination hurts. No one should be turned away from a public business just for being who they are. Businesses open to the general public may not violate anti-discrimination laws, even on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Please let the ACLU-WA know if you can join us so we have an accurate count.  Here’s to equality!

Nov. 16: Live Broadcast: Making the Case for Community Lawyering

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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Place: Online, register here.

Legal aid lawyers and community organizers may work with the same client groups, but their strategies and perspectives may not always align. Can lawyers and organizers ever work together? Can such a community lawyering practice benefit clients?

Join our next Advocacy Exchange, our live monthly video broadcast with advocates advancing change. We’ll talk with Taylor Healy—a Bread for the City attorney—and Aja Taylor—a Bread for the City organizer—about their community lawyering practice.

 

It’s a Summer Kick Off- Check Out these Sizzlin’ Opportunities!

Electronic Frontier Foundation Seeks Applications from UW Law Students for Fall Internship/Externship- Deadline 7/15

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Based in San Francisco, EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Our lawyers and activists protect user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to electronic voting to the PATRIOT Act; take a look at http://www.eff.org/cases/ for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world.

Law students of all levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues, along with excellent research and writing skills and the initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment. (Being a bit of a geek may help, but isn’t required!) For more details please click here.

California Rural Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney- Deadline 7/18

CRLAReporting to the Directing Attorney or Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice,negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program prioritiesand case handling policies.
  • Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and grouplitigation or community economic development beneficial to the low income community.
  • Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Works to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts asa resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other humanservices providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

New Markets Lab Announces Fall Legal Internship in International Trade & Development- Deadline 7/15

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The New Markets Lab (NML) works to open up new market potential in developing countries through targeted, inclusive legal and regulatory interventions. Our innovative approach, which strengthens feedback loops between policymakers and the market, helps address concrete legal and regulatory challenges and facilitate broader systemic change.

NML is a non-profit organization founded in early 2013 by Katrin Kuhlmann, a lawyer and former trade negotiator with nearly twenty years of experience in trade, law, and development. We work in developing markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Our partners include the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Global Harvest Initiative, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

The New Markets Lab is seeking a passionate, motivated, and flexible individual to provide research and legal support to Katrin Kuhlmann, the President of the New Markets Lab (NML). The Legal Intern will: conduct research on trade, investment and related laws in African markets; update ongoing projects, including providing analysis for NML’s legal guides; and analyze agricultural supply chains with untapped economic potential, identifying the legal constraints to development.

The Legal Intern will gain experience researching concrete challenges facing businesses in developing countries. The position represents an ideal opportunity for the selected candidate to become involved in the early stages of an innovative and fast-paced initiative, influencing the scope and focus of its work. The intern will be granted considerable autonomy and encouraged to take significant ownership of his or her work. This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled law student or recent graduate; A strong interest in the role of legal and regulatory issues in development; Enthusiastic self-starter; demonstrated ability to work independently; Excellent written communication abilities, including editing and formatting; Flexibility and the ability to multitask; Proficiency in Microsoft Word

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter info@newmarketslab.org by July 15th, 2014. Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be contacted. Contact Information: Shannon Keating Phone: 202-263-3524 skeating@newmarketslab.org

California Immigrant Policy Center Seeks Policy Coordinator in LA Office. Apps Accepted on Rolling Basis!

CPICThe California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is seeking a Policy Coordinator in its Los Angeles
or Oakland office to assist with advocacy efforts.

Background: The California Immigrant Policy Center was founded to respond to the 1996  passage of federal immigration and welfare laws that profoundly affected immigrants. CIPC
helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy that aims at improving the quality of life for all Californians. CIPC also provides technical assistance, training, and education on
immigrant issues. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles fiscally sponsors CIPC.

Position Summary: CIPC is seeking a policy coordinator to assist with advocacy efforts to end  unjust detentions and deportations, promote workers’ rights, and other civil rights issues. S/he  will analyze the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations on low-income immigrants and their  families in California. The Coordinator will also be responsible for supporting the implementation  of the TRUST Act and the Safe & Responsible Driver Act (AB 60).

The Coordinator position can be located in CIPC’s Los Angeles or Oakland office. The Policy Coordinator reports to the Policy Manager and will work within cross-department teams. For complete job description and application instructions please visit here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! Apply Early for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Deadline 10/17.

RelmanEach year, the Relman Civil Rights Fellowship offers one talented and committed new attorney the opportunity to litigate important civil rights cases with experienced practitioners at Relman, Dane & Colfax. We created this one-year fellowship to help us provide clients with legal services of the highest quality while promoting social justice through vigorous enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws.

Relman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2015 are eligible to apply for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship must be received no later than October 17, 2014. To apply for the Civil Rights Fellowship position, please submit:  (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript; (4) letters of recommendation from (i) a law school professor and (ii) an employer; (5) a legal writing sample (reflecting the applicant’s own work without significant revision from others); and (6) a personal statement (of 300 words or less) describing a personal or professional experience that has shaped the applicant’s interest in civil rights litigation to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. For all telephone inquiries, please contact Debbie at 419-873-1814. Note that while the mailing address is Ohio, the Fellowship position is located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C., office.

Attention Rising 2Ls: Interested in Paid Civil Rights Work? Relman, Dane & Colfax Seeks 2015 Summer Associates in DC Office. Deadline 9/1

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Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm. Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Qualifications: Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.

Salary: Paid position.

Application Instructions: Candidates interested in positions for Summer 2015 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com. Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office.

Contact Information: Debbie Adoline Phone: (419) 873-1814 careers@relmanlaw.com 213 Louisiana Avenue Perrysburg, OH 43551

 

Do You Know What Community Lawyering Is? Learn More at This Week’s SJT!

March 8: Landesa Presents International Women’s Day Breakfast

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

Enjoy a lively and inspirational conversation with Renée Giovarelli & Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

Renée and Ruth are two of the world’s premiere land rights practitioners and advocates for improving the lives of women around the world. They will share stories about how millions of women and their families are climbing out of poverty through the power of land – for today and for generations to come.

This event will raise funds to support Landesa’s work on securing land rights for women and their families throughout the world.  For more information, click here.

March 8: Seattle Oxfam Action Corps Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Agua Verde, Northeast Boat Street, Seattle, WA

Seattle Oxfam Action Corps invites you to come celebrate International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8th! We will be hosting a light luncheon at Aqua Verde Cafe from 12pm-2pm.  This year, Seattle Oxfam Action Corps, would like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while also reflecting on how local efforts are having a worldwide impact of women, farming, and food justice.

We will be hearing from four local women within our own community who are involved in farming and who have had a great influence on the Seattle area and beyond. Among are featured guests are Katie Pencke and Karla Faris with Seattle Tilth, local photographer Audra Mulkern, and Sister of the Planet Ambassador Ellen Southard.

Join us in celebrating the efforts of women farmer’s all around the world while enjoying some great food! We look forward to seeing you.  To register, click here.

March 11: Social Justice Tuesday- Community Lawyering: What does it mean and how can we do more of it?

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Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Promoting an expansive view of a legal aid lawyer’s role, community lawyering stresses the importance of thinking beyond litigation (while retaining litigation as a vital tool) in addressing the kinds of structural problems low-income communities face.

Community lawyers often prioritize community economic development, to help increase a community’s economic resources, such as housing; do community organizing as a vehicle for mobilizing communities to work on short, winnable, issue-oriented campaigns against specific targets with the longer-term goal of creating self-sustaining, community-based organizations capable of even greater changes; as well as engage in community building  to help increase the “social capital” within a community— identifying community resources, building new relationships among community members, and nurturing new leaders.

Please join us for an engaging discussion on community lawyering; what it means and how we can do more of it.

Speakers:
Angélica Cházaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UW School of Law who teaches Poverty Law and Critical Race Theory. She is a former staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

La Rond Baker is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Washington.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 10. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 1: Marten Environmental Leadership Series Student Dinner featuring Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 115

Send an email here to sign up! Only 20 Seats! 

The final dinner of this year’s series will be held on April 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, in Room 115.

The speaker at this dinner will be Maia Bellon, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Maia previously served as program manager for Ecology’s Water Resources program, overseeing a staff of 130.  That program is charged with sustainably managing the state’s water resources, including the allocation of water and protection of water rights, instream flows and environmental functions.

Before joining Ecology, Maia served as an assistant attorney general with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She served as the lead attorney for the underground storage tank program and was Ecology’s lead advisor on mining and Model Toxics Control Act voluntary cleanup issues. She also served for two years as the lead attorney for Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

From 2000 to 2001, Maia served as the special assistant to the president for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and earned her law degree from Arizona State University.

April 10-11: Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

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Thursday, Apr. 10 – Friday, Apr. 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is very pleased to be hosting the Medical-Legal Partnership Summit on April 10-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  MLP’s mission is to build a better healthcare team that can identify, treat and prevent the health-harming legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. MLP helps people who have lost income or benefits; families who are struggling to maintain housing; and parents who can’t get the services their children need at school.  MLP trains medical providers and social workers to identify legal needs and intervene and advocates on systemic issues to change policies.  We integrate legal assistance into patient care and take a patient-to-policy approach.

The Summit will focus on medical-legal partnership in the era of health reform.  Themes will address medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery (related to prevention and outcomes), interprofessional education and population health change.

To review the full summit agenda, click here.  To register, click here.

Interested in Poverty Law, Legal Aid, or Human Rights? New Summer Internships Just Right for You!

Environmental Protection Agency Accepting Fellowship Applications, Due TODAY!

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The EPA Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and strong interests in an environmental law career and public service. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 10 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a challenging caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years Experience! Western District of Washington DOJ Seeking Attorneys for Hire, Priority Consideration to Applications Submitted by 2/26

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Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

Civil Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The anticipated positions will be located in the Civil Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  For more information, click here.

Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Tacoma

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice Seeks Summer Fellows, Due 2/28

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice offers genuine supervision of the internship, a dynamic and flexible work environment, and motivated and energetic staff. The Hague Institute will offer Summer Fellows housing for the duration of their tenure at the Institute. Additional costs, including travel, living expenses, visa arrangements and medical insurance connected with the program must be borne by Fellows.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  US Department of Health and Human Services Seeking Summer Interns in Besthesda, MD, Due 3/1

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The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Public Health Division, NIH Branch is now welcoming applications from law students interested in a summer internship with us.  The chosen intern will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the summer intern will assist attorneys in the NIH Branch with a variety of legal matters that they handle for the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH, which could include clinical trials, grants, administrative procedure, privacy, animal welfare, intellectual property, and technology transfer issues.

For more information and application details, click here.

Congressional Executive Commission on China Offering Paid Internship, Due 3/1

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2014 for the Summer 2014 internship that runs from June to August 2014. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week. See application instructions below.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Southern Poverty Law Center Offers Paid Legal Internship on LGBT Rights in Montgomery, Alabama, Due ASAP

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The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. The internship position is located in the Montgomery office.

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.  Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

For more details and application instructions, click here.

Interested in Human Rights?  Vance Center for International Justice Seeks Human Rights Intern, Reviewed on Rolling Basis

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The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

The Intern – who must be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese – will work with the the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  NWIRP’s Granger Office Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Staff Attorney, Full Consideration for Application Submitted by 3/7

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office currently has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information and application details, click here.

Community Lawyers, Inc. Seeking Legal Summer Intern in Los Angeles, CA, Due 3/15

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Community Lawyers, Inc. (“CLI”) seeks law students for its 10 week-summer internship program that focuses on providing legal assistance to low-income and moderate-income clients. The internship program is structured to strengthen the relationships between the private bar and legal aid organizations in Southern California to increase the options available to legal services consumers.

The CLI Summer Internship Program allows law students to obtain first-hand working experience in the community-based legal services arena. In addition, students will be given the unique opportunity to build relationships with judges, attorneys and community leaders to increase the delivery of affordable legal services while bolstering their abilities to navigate the legal profession. Interns will spend a portion of their summer at a small law firm and will spend a portion of their summer at a non-profit legal aid office. Placements will be determined by the student’s individual interests.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students!  New York’s Open Society Foundations Seeks Legal Research Intern this Summer, Due 3/15

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

For this internship program, OSF is seeking individuals currently enrolled in a relevant law school program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

For more information and application details, click here.

Post Grad Human Rights Fellowship, ALJ positions and Smokin’ Summer 2014 Internships

Attention 3Ls! Human Rights Watch 2014 Fellowship Application Available

HRWAlan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The NYU, Sandler, and Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch.

Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Recent examples include projects on: police corruption and access to justice in Liberia; accessibility for people with disabilities in Russia; youth in solitary confinement in US prisons; hazardous child labor in artisanal gold mining in Tanzania; police abuse of gay men in Kyrgyzstan.

Application deadline: October 16

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Office of Administrative Hearings Hiring ALJs

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The Washington Office of Administrative Hearings is seeking applications for pro tem or full time ALJs working out of the Tacoma and possibly Seattle offices.  Pro tem is very flexible scheduling and where ALJs can hold hearings by phone (from  home!) even though technically working out of the Tacoma office.  They have an “open posting”  we know they need to hire in the near future.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may conduct several types of hearings, including, but not limited to child support, public assistance, unemployment insurance, professional licensing, and other government benefit or regulatory programs. Hearings vary in complexity. Some, like toll violation appeals, involve fast-paced, high volume work with minimal decision-writing. Others relate to agency regulatory activities and may involve hearings over several days, substantial motion practice, and complex legal issues. ALJs are expected to manage the variety in case type and complexity.
ALJs provide high quality and timely administrative hearings and decisions pursuant to RCW Chapter 34.05 and other applicable laws consistent with the requirements of due process. ALJs provide courteous and fair treatment to all concerned. The ALJ works as called upon to support and carry out the agency mission, vision, values, and goals.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer 2014 Summer Legal Interns (Paid!)

SPLCThe 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. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation.  Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBT community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Interns in the Montgomery office will work primarily on issues affecting children, prisoners, the LGBT community, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

Interns receive $700.00 per week.  Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014.  A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and the names and phone numbers of two references no later than October 25, 2013, to https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=6462791. The Center expects to select interns by early December 2013.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

The Center for Popular Democracy Seeks 2Ls for Summer 2014 Community Lawyering InternshipCenter for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a high-impact national organization based in New York City that promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build community power and transform the state and local policy landscape. Working in the areas of immigrant rights and racial justice as well as economic and community justice, CPD provides legal and strategic support on state and local legislative campaigns that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. We also collaborate with established and emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising, and communications infrastructure. We currently are engaged in 90 projects in 26 states. Our team of nine attorneys and law graduates provides policy, legal, and strategic support on wide array of legislative and administrative campaigns.

CPD seeks talented, public interest-oriented 2Ls to participate in our summer Internship in Community Lawyering & Policy Innovation. Students will provide critically important support for CPD’s work in both issue areas through:

  • Legal research and analysis that supports development of viable policy options;
  • Policy research and analysis that identifies and evaluates approaches taken in jurisdictions across the country;

In addition, interns will conduct campaign research that informs strategy and produce related materials such as draft legislative language, proposal summaries and op-eds.

Learn more about CPD and this internship through this PSJD posting here.

Application Instructions: Current 2Ls should submit a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample and three references to Brittny Saunders at bsaunders@populardemocracy.org, with “Internship in Community Lawyering and Policy Innovation” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2013 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should also complete our online form at the time that they submit their applications. You must submit the written materials AND fill out the online form in order for your application to be considered complete.

2014 Law Student Union Summer Applications Now Available

LSUS-2013_articleimageLaw Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country.

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.

Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memoranda with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor-related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues that may arise during organizing or contract campaigns, such as: wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions, whistle-blower protections and/or others. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required; work will vary from placement to placement; students may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm.

Application Deadlines: October 18 for 2Ls, January 17 for 1Ls

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Inspiring East Coast Opportunities Percolating

DC-Based Environmental Protection & Animal Law Firm Seeks 2Ls & 3Ls for Winter/Spring

MeyerGlitzensteinDCfirmMeyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, animal law, natural resource conservation, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for spring 2014.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.

Qualifications: Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Salary: Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding may be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through November 3. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Seeks Policy Director

Natl domestic workers allianceThe National Domestic Workers Alliance  organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building, we seek to help build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum and currently represents 41 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks an energetic and experienced Campaign Director to direct and develop the Alliance’s policy agenda, including providing policy analysis and development on issues that address domestic worker rights.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania’s Community Justice Project seeks an attorney for its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office

Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania_photomontageCJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits.

In March, 2014, CJP will be hiring a staff attorney to work from its Harrisburg office. The attorney will be responsible for litigation and advocacy that addresses illegal behavior and seeks to improve the lives of low income people. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own outreach to Hispanic communities from offices in Reading, Hazleton, and Pittsburgh. The attorney will work closely with outreach paralegals on many issues and cases from these communities. Spanish language ability is very helpful. Demonstrated litigation ability is also very helpful. A demonstrated commitment to the low income client community is essential.

Applicants should send a letter, resume, and writing sample to Larry Norton, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. lnorton@palegalaid.net. 1-800-322-7572 ext. 209.  Applications are to be received by September 30, 2013. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Seeks Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney

DC LASlogoThe Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

The ideal candidate will have the following:
 Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
 The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
 A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
 Experience in legal services preferred, ideally with a background in DV/family law; and
 Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) strongly preferred   but not required.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Act now! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in DC Seeks Advocacy Officer- JD Preferred

RFK centerSince 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

Duties: The Advocacy Officer will be an integral member of the RFK Partners for Human Rights team. S/he will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing advocacy and capacity building initiatives in support of the social justice goals of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other strategic objectives of RFK Partners for Human Rights. S/he must also be prepared to support the litigation activities of the RFK Center.

The work of the Advocacy Officer will include fact-finding; legal research; domestic and international advocacy before a range of governmental and inter-governmental actors; campaign and public awareness strategies; and capacity building initiatives of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other civil society. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its Laureates and other civil society partners. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights.

This is an immediate opening. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Inspiring Local Internship and National Post Grad Opportunities

Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team Seeking Fall Intern/Extern

NJPjustice-250Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, training materials for staff and clients, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the office.
The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team works on issues involving loan origination;scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; barriers to housing and employment;remaining debt issues post-foreclosure; issues with credit, education, health and transportation stemming from foreclosure; eviction from foreclosed homes; neighborhood blight; promoting occupation of foreclosed homes; and discriminatory or otherwise improper  marketing of bank-owned properties. The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team conducts outreach to  minority communities and collaborates with community organizations. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in the Bay Area Seeking Asylum Program Coordinator

LCCR-logoCombining direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation strategies, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area advances the rights of immigrants, refugees and communities of color, with a specific focus on low income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. We provide leadership and expertise in identifying legal issues and cases that are critical to the advancement of minority and immigrant communities, and we marshal the resources of the private bar to help effect structural change.

In the area of asylum and related immigration matters, the Asylum Program Coordinator is responsible for: Conducting client intake interviews, country conditions research, and case assessment and screening; Recruiting, training, and supervising other intake specialists; Recruiting pro bono attorneys, volunteer immigration specialists, and volunteer interpreters for cases; Coordinating work of volunteers; Conducting community outreach; Planning legal workshops and volunteer trainings; Developing and updating written program and training material; and Case and volunteer tracking and related data management functions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisClick here to learn more.

Sierra Club in DC Seeking Environmental Law Staff Attorney

Sierra ClubThe Staff Attorney litigates key Sierra Club cases, helps implement national strategic litigation campaigns, and helps build the Sierra Club’s in‑house litigation component of its Law Program.  As part of a team of attorneys, the Staff Attorney is involved with ongoing in‑house legal duties, including evaluation and supervision of the entire docket of Sierra Club environmental litigation, strategic planning with a range of Sierra Club leaders, fundraising, media work, and general supervision of the Law Program. The position involves daily contact with Sierra Club volunteer activists, staff, and attorneys throughout the nation. 3 + years of lawyer experience desired. Applications accepted on rolling basis. For complete application info please click here.

Latino Justice Seeking to Sponsor Rising 3L or Recent Grad for 2014 Public Interest Fellowship

LatinoJusticeLatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.  Since 1972 we have brought precedent-setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the treatment of Latinos in our society.  Current areas of focus include constitutional rights, immigrants’ rights, redistricting, voting rights, housing, education, language and job discrimination, workplace justice issues, freedom of movement and treatment of day laborers, criminalization of Latinos, unlawful police practices, and all forms of bias that adversely affect Latinos.

LatinoJustice seeks applications from rising law students entering their third year of law school or recent graduates who will be engaged in a judicial clerkship for the coming year who will be eligible for a fellowship commencing in September 2014.  We are seeking energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice issues, and who have excellent legal research, writing and communications skills.  Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required. Applications due no later than July 26. For complete application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney

immigrationPIRC is a non-profit agency that provides education and direct legal representation to vulnerable immigrants, including individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania detention facilities. PIRC provides on-site group legal orientations, individual consultations, self-help workshops, and pro bono attorney referral services under its Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a DOJ/EOIR-funded program. Services for the LOP program are currently provided in York, Pennsylvania and at the Berks Family Shelter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides free legal assistance to torture survivors and other vulnerable immigrant populations who are isolated in immigration detention and facing removal from the United States. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 26, 2013 or until the position is filled. Early submission highly encouraged. The Hiring Committee will begin screening resumes upon receipt. For complete application instructions please click here.