Still Looking for Summer Internships? Check Out These Great Opportunities to Serve Low-Income Clients

Want to provide direct legal services to low-income clients? The Northwest Justice Project’s Veteran’s Project is Looking for Summer Interns!

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Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project seeks a summer law clerk in NJP’s Seattle Office.  The student law clerk will work with an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing civil legal aid to incarcerated veterans and veterans who are defendants in local veterans treatment courts.  Student law clerks will gain experience at Washington’s largest legal aid provider for low-income persons and develop skills in client interviewing, case management, and advocacy before the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Scheduling is flexible and a minimum commitment of ten 30 to 35 hour work weeks (or equivalent) is expected.  The position is unpaid.  Students may be eligible to seek summer funding under the AmeriCorps J.D. program.  Students wishing to receive externship credit are also welcome.  1L’s and 2L’s can apply by sending a resume and 1-page cover letter to leof@nwjustice.org.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

European Roma Rights Centre Seeking Consultant (Senior Researcher), Due 5/4

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The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

The ICJ is seeking to recruit a Programme Manager who will be responsible for working with the ICJ’s team to implement ICJs transitional justice work in Nepal.  The ideal candidate has practical experience managing projects in Nepal or in the South Asia region and has a background in human rights, social sciences or law. The position holder reports to the Director for South Asia and works closely with the rest of the team in Kathmandu. In addition, the Programme Manager reports indirectly to the Regional Director and the Senior Programme Manager at the Asia and Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok. This position is based in Kathmandu.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance in California Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 5/16

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A medical-legal partnership is a health care delivery model that improves the health and well-being of low-income and other vulnerable populations by addressing unmet legal needs and removing legal barriers that impede health. The Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney partners with front-line physicians, nurses, case managers and others to: (1) provide direct legal assistance to patients; (2) develop/align strategies to improve health and legal institutions and practices; and (3) change policies, all in service of ensuring vulnerable people get and stay healthy.

For a complete job description, click here.

Global Workers Justice Alliance Seeking Summer 2014 Legal Intern, Due 5/30

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Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation and win ‘portable justice’ for migrants and their families.  Global Workers seeks a summer law student intern to assist with several legal research and writing projects.

This is an unpaid internship.  We are willing and able to work with law students to complete and/or verify applications for outside funding to work with us.

Language(s): English. Spanish proficiency helpful, but not required.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeking Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Seeking Immigration Law Research Fellows in Washington, D.C., Paid Position

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government commission – the first of its kind in the world – that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leadership of both political parties.

As part of its mandate from Congress, USCIRF also monitors the U.S. government’s treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. For more information, please visit here.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking to hire two full-time Immigration Law Research Fellows for the summer.  Both will be paid positions.  The ideal candidate will have studied U.S. asylum law, including the procedures for processing asylum seekers in Expedited Removal.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Break the Cycle Seeking Legal and Policy Research Fellow for the Summer of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Break the Cycle is seeking a legal and policy research fellow to join our team of energetic professionals committed to social change! With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit that works to empower youth and adults to end dating abuse and promote healthy relationships. Break the Cycle interns and fellows build skills that can be applied to careers in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. We offer a casual, friendly work environment where interns and fellows are encouraged to contribute and learn.

The Legal and Policy Research Fellow will support work of both the Training and Technical Assistance and Legal programs.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Alaska Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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The Sierra Club is looking for a legal eagle to join its top-flight Environmental Law Program in our San Francisco headquarters. This position works as part of a team which litigates to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership, and works to implement a variety of strategic legal projects as well as evaluated proposed climate-related litigation projects. If you have a green fire in your belly, a JD, are licensed to practice and have at least one year’s experience in litigation, click here for full details and to apply.

Public International Law and Policy Group Seeking Legal Extern

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The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization which operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG’s Law Externship Program provides an opportunity for current law students to spend a semester working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office. Externs are current law school students who provide pro bono legal services to PILPG’s clients and gain experience in the field of public international law. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are offered based on the needs of PILPG’s offices and clients.  PILPG does not compensate externs for their assistance, however externships can be performed for academic credit.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The Garment Worker Center Seeks Full Time Organizing Coordinator in Los Angeles, Due 4/29

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a full time organizing coordinator who can coordinate the direction of GWC’s organizing work, including identifying campaign goals and targets, creating and executing work plans, identifying and developing worker leaders, running campaigns, and training support staff and worker members.

For a complete job description and application instructions, see Symplicity.

Need to Learn the Ins and Outs of Getting Funding? Look No Further!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015. Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program.

The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Dean Storms.

Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation: An Introductory Workshop to Kingian Nonviolence on May 1-2

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Hosted by: University of Washington and Bellevue College

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. An approach of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

Dates and Cost

We ask participants to commit to both days of the workshop.

May 1 @ Bellevue College: 4:00 – 4:30 PM sign-in, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
May 2 @ University of Washington, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost is $25 per person, to be paid in cash or check at registration sign-in. An introductory manual is included in this fee. Specific room details will be provided after registration; sandwiches and snacks will be provided each day.

For more information, click here.

Working in Civil Legal Aid, Public Defense or Gov’t Agency this Summer? Still Looking for Summer Funding? Americorps JD May be Right for You! Deadline Extended to May 2

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The deadline for students to apply to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

We have more spots available for students working with various populations in any area of law in addition to funding for students providing legal services to veterans, including those serving at legal aid, public defender, other nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies.

These funds are currently underutilized, so please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!  By completing a simple application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

For a step by step guide on the application process, click here.  Click here to apply online.

Show me the money! Resources and Tips for Grant writing from the Gallagher Law Library

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Want to start your own legal services or social justice organization? The Gallagher Law Library has compiled some fabulous resources for public service startups.

Check it out here.

 

 

Final Reminder! Report Pro Bono Hours by Monday, April 28!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say 100% of UW Law students, faculty and staff give back to the community!?   

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS, research project  NW Detention Center Project or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?

 

    • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

 

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program!

APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students with 30 hours (10 hours for 1Ls) of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT!

 Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Upcoming Fellowships, Full-Time Attorney Positions, and Volunteer Opportunities

U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Seeking Associate RSD Officer, Due 3/14

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UNHCR Kenya currently comprises a Branch Office in Nairobi and 2 Sub-Offices in Dadaab and Kakuma. The Sub-offices are responsible for coordinating the activities of the refugee camps under their respective jurisdictions. Dadaab hosts mostly Somali refugees while Kakuma is populated by 13 different nationalities including Somalis (53%), Sudanese (34%), and refugees from the Great lakes region.

The Nairobi-based Country Representative is the overall manager of the Kenya program. He is assisted by a Deputy Representative (in charge of operations) and an Assistant Representative for Protection. The Protection Section in Nairobi includes an eligibility and registration center, a protection delivery unit, and a resettlement unit.

Sub-Office Kakuma is managed by the Head of Sub-Office. The Protection, Resettlement, Community Services, Registration, and Eligibility Units are supervised by the Senior Protection Officer (P-4) who is also the head of Protection Section. There are a number of national staff and some international staff working under these protection-related units. In Kakuma the RSD team currently has a staffing capacity of 6 Eligibility Assistants and one RSD Clerk and is faced with an increasing backlog of pending cases due to a steady flow of new arrivals into the camp.

For complete details on the Associate RSD position and application details, click herePhoto courtesy of UNHCR.

Center for Conflict Studies Offers Peacebuilders Fellowship, Due 3/15

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In keeping with the mission of the Center, the goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change.”

For the year 2014, the Center will be focusing on water conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders in a water conflict.  The four regions of focus for the year 2014 are Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East.

For more information and application details, click here.

Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs (Consumer Protection Group) Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/16

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with the prevention of fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices that adversely affect consumers or competition.  In recent years, the Commission’s consumer protection mission has taken on increased international focus as more and more FTC cases involve offshore defendants or assets.  For example, the FTC has sued overseas telemarketers responsible for scamming consumers out of tens of millions of dollars, the FTC has pursued foreign spammers responsible for deluging consumers’ in-boxes with unwanted email, and the FTC has gone after U.S. promoters of bogus weight-loss products who concealed their ill-gotten gains in a maze of offshore bank accounts.

The FTC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to further both the competition and consumer protection missions of the FTC by promoting cooperation with foreign law enforcement and by serving as an internal resource to other Commission offices.  On the consumer protection side, OIA attorneys provide investigative assistance and share information with our consumer protection counterparts around the world, and we assist FTC litigators in other offices with cross-border aspects of their litigation.  OIA attorneys also play a significant role in promoting sound consumer protection policies internationally. Our attorneys have served as consumer protection experts on U.S. delegations to international organizations and foreign agencies, and we have worked with foreign colleagues to produce international guidelines on the identification and prevention of cross-border consumer fraud, on privacy and spam enforcement cooperation, and on consumer dispute resolution and redress.   We also work on international privacy, data security, and e-commerce policy issues that arise in the borderless realm of the Internet, and we share our technical expertise with developing countries seeking to develop and implement an effective consumer protection regime.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Spanish Required, Due 3/31

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Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.   Kalamazoo is a college town in southwestern Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit.

LSSCM is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to very low income and senior persons in 13 counties in south central Michigan.  FLS is the division of LSSCM that provides legal advice, referrals, direct representation and systemic advocacy to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, as further described at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.

The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce farmworkers’ rights.  Advocacy tasks will include field investigation and camp outreach, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, policy analysis, and direct representation in administrative hearings, as well as state and federal litigation and appeals.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Tenants Union Seeking Volunteer Policy Researcher, Due 3/31

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The City of Seattle is facing the highest rent increases in the nation which is causing low-income tenants to be displaced at alarming rates, in addition to communities of color being disproportionately impacted. The TU is developing a grassroots response to the housing crisis and is developing an anti-displacement policy platform. This position would research effective policies in other states and cities that have been contemplated or implemented to counteract the growing wave of displacement and gentrification. Hours are flexible. Technical assistance and legal guidance will be provided on an as needed basis through our legal partners Columbia Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project, however they will not be providing direct supervision over the position.

For more information and application details, click here.

Kitsap Legal Services Seeking 2014 Intern, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Under the supervision of Kitsap Legal Services’ (KLS) Executive Director and highly experienced volunteer attorneys, interns will serve as part of a countywide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively with other providers to bring high quality representation to Kitsap County’s vulnerable and low-income population. Substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, bankruptcy, Social Security disability benefits application, and immigration. Interns will experience the realities of a small nonprofit legal services office as they interview clients, direct clients to appropriate community resources or free civil legal advice clinics, or observe and aid attorney in provision of legal services. Interns 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.

Interns will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, countywide holistic delivery system. Intern skills must include the ability to treat community partners and all clients with compassion, dignity and respect.

For more details and application information, click here.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in Denver, CO Seeking Volunteer Interns, Applications Considered on a Rolling Basis

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces civil rights laws, including those that protect people from discrimination in educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age.  We primarily investigate civil rights complaints.  We do not litigate.  We have volunteer internship positions available every semester, especially in the summer months, for motivated students who share our dedication.  Our region handles issues arising in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interns participate in all aspects of complaint investigations, including local on-site investigations.  Interns make legal determinations regarding OCR’s jurisdiction over complaints; interview witnesses, collect data; analyze data; draft evaluation and resolution letters; and conduct civil rights-related legal research and analysis.  Interns also perform other duties as assigned.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and 3Ls!  WA’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Seeking Program Supervisor in Equity and Civil Rights, Open Until Filled

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The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as the Program Supervisor for the Department of Equity and Civil Rights. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan.

Under the direction of the Equity and Civil Rights Program Director, the Program Supervisor will work collaboratively with school district personnel to monitor and ensure compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. The Program Supervisor will provide technical assistance and training to school district personnel, and will respond to allegations of discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others. The position requires broad understanding of state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, and veteran or military status.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads Interested in Practicing in Montana!  Office of the State Public Defender of Montana Seeks to Hire Full Time Attorney, Due 6/30

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Assistant Public Defenders represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act.

Assistant Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Public Defender Commission standards. Case assignments are determined by the Regional Deputy Public Defender. Assistant Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.

For a complete description and application details, click here.  Application Deadline: 6/30/2014.