Interested in Climate Change Law? Check Out Columbia’s Fellowship Opportunity!

Hanford Challenge Seeking Legal Externs, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Hanford Challenge is 501c3 Nonprofit Organization working to ensure the safe and effective cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site—the world’s largest environmental remediation project. Hanford Challenge exists to transform Hanford’s nuclear legacy into a model of safe and effective Hanford Challenge is looking for interns to assist with case preparation, legal research, and policy work.

Working at Hanford Challenge is an opportunity to gain experience in case strategy, legal drafting, case preparation, whistleblower and environmental policy, FOIA and state records act requests, and—depending on timing—even litigation. Students will also get exposure to the regulatory agencies involved at Hanford such as the Department of Energy, WA State Department of Ecology, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 3-6 Years Experience, Kantor Taylor Seeking Low Income Housing Tax Credit Attorney

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Kantor Taylor is currently seeking a qualified attorney for its Seattle office in transactions utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, with an emphasis on representation of nonprofit and governmental entities in the development and financing of affordable housing projects.

The ideal candidate will have with 3-6 years of experience working with developers and/or tax credit equity investors in connection with the acquisition, financing and syndication of affordable housing projects using low income housing tax credits and other public and private financing sources.  Experience with general real estate work is desired as well, such as drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, easements, condominium declarations and leases.

Kantor Taylor is a 14-attorney law firm located in Seattle, WA with a focus for affordable housing and community development.  We have a national practice across the areas of LIHTC, NMTC, HUD, Bond, and Real Estate transactions.

Please send resume in confidence to Lauren Lindheimer at llindheimer@kantortaylor.com

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! WSBA Elder Law Section Seeking Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Intern, Due 2/13/15

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The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Elder Law Section in partnership with the Washington State Bar Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is pleased to continue the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship for the summer of 2015. This is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5000 stipend for the summer) funded by the WSBA Elder Law Section, administered by the Washington State Bar Foundation, and UW School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle CLS office providing advocacy and research in support of low income seniors. The internship for the summer of 2015 is open to students at the UW School of Law.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Seeking 2015 Summer Janet D. Steiger Fellow

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for locations near their place of residence. In the event that a Steiger Fellow is not living at home during their fellowship, there is a possibility that an optional travel/housing stipend allowance in anamount yet to be determined may be available. Applicants should not rely upon receiving an allowance in deciding whether to apply for a fellowship.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Energy Seeking General Counsel Law Student Intern

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The Office of the General Counsel offers an exciting opportunity for law students to gain firsthand exposure to the fast-moving and evolving practice of energy law.  The General Counsel is charged by the Secretary of Energy with the authority to determine the Department’s authoritative position on any question of law.  The General Counsel’s Office provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.  The intern program is designed for a select group of law students to become integrated components of our practice groups by working closely with attorneys throughout the Office of the General Counsel.  Interns can expect demanding legal research and writing assignments concerning an array of energy-related practice areas, including:  energy efficiency, nuclear security and non-proliferation, renewable technologies, alternate fuels vehicles, environmental compliance, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and loan guarantee programs. We require interns to work a minimum of ten weeks during the summer.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Law School Now Accepting Applications for Fellowship in Climate Change Law, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Until 2/1/15

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (SCCCL) develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.

Applications are invited for a fellowship in climate change law at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.  The salary will be $60,000/year plus benefits.  Applicants must have received a J.D. or LL.M. degree within three years prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Strong academic qualifications and background in environmental or energy law and policy will be expected. The Fellow will work on a wide variety of research and writing projects; will help organize conferences, seminars, and collaborative publications; and will contribute to other research- and advocacy-oriented projects concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For complete details, click here.

Planned Parenthood of America Offering Legal Internships in New York and Washington DC, Due 2/28/15

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. For more than 90 years, we’ve done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of PPFA seeks 1L and 2L law student interns for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer of 2015.

For more information about the Washington DC position, click here.

For more information about the New York City position, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/15/15

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to host volunteer interns interested in law, policy, and technology, who wish to contribute to CDT’s work. We offer internships over the summer and during the academic semester in our Washington, DC, office.

Interns work closely with CDT’s attorneys, technologists, and policy experts on a broad array of issues related to technology, civil liberties, and human rights, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, health and consumer privacy, cybersecurity, and global Internet governance.

Interns who are current law students – or who already earned a law degree – can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/31/15

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WTB is a dynamic and innovative bureau concentrating on a portfolio of contemporary issues addressing the nation’s telecommunication needs. The Wireless Bureau is responsible for facilitating the rapid and widespread deployment of wireless broadband services, ensuring an effective and interoperable communications environment supporting homeland security and public safety first responders, fostering a forward-looking and cohesive focus concerning spectrum policy and competition, and promoting efficient and transparent access to spectrum including the transition to innovative uses.

Wide variety of legal issues and tasks related to the telecommunications industry and services which may include but are not limited to the following duties: prepare legal documents, conduct research on rulemakings and proceedings, and assimilate comments on rulemakings.

For more information, click here.

Gearing up for 2015? Many Fellowships Now Accepting Applications!

Ella Summer Internship Program with the Center for Constitutional Rights Now Accepting Applications, Due 10/24 for 2Ls and 12/19 for 1Ls

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.

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

 

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Roderick and Solange Macarthur Justice Center at New Orleans Seeking Attorney, Due 10/31

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The MacArthur Justice Center is seeking an attorney for its office located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a public interest law firm that brings high-impact cases targeted at reforming the criminal justice system.

The Center is looking for a talented, dedicated attorney to fill an attorney position. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience in criminal or civil litigation, high academic qualifications, exemplary writing and oral argument skills, ability to work in a team, and a demonstrated commitment to the rights of poor persons in the criminal justice system. Membership in the Louisiana Bar is preferred, but persons eligible to take the bar examination within 6 months of hiring may apply.

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

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program Beginning September 2015, Due 11/17

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The Legal Department of the America Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the legal movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

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

Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Offering Temporary Position

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The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is soliciting applications for an extra help deputy prosecuting attorney in the Civil Division to perform work in the areas of land use, real estate, public contracting, and Washington general municipal law.

To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to Jacquelyn M. Aufderheide, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 614 Division Street, MS-35A, Port Orchard, WA  98366, or apply online here

Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school. Additional requirements are set forth in the application materials.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

MENA Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Seeking Applicants, Fluency in Arabic Required

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The Gender Law and Policy Project (GLPP) is seeking applicants for a one year Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Position working on gender-based violence and LGBT violence and discrimination in the MENA region. The fellow will also work closely with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization.

Our project works to promote the rights, protection and physical security of marginalized and at-risk populations. We integrate advocacy and capacity building, with documentation and reporting of LGBT and women’s human rights violations in order to bring accountability and redress for these crimes in transitional justice processes. We also aim to increase participation of women within national and international venues charged with upholding human rights and building peace.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Lambda Defense and Education Fund Offering Fair Courts Project Internship for Fall, Spring, and Summer

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Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall, Spring and Summer semester internships.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

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

Earthjustice’s Seattle Office Seeking Externs for Winter & Spring 2015

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The Northwest office of Earthjustice is currently accepting applications for externships for Winter and Spring 2015, with a preference for at least 20 hours per week.

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law firm, representing—without charge—hundreds of public interest clients, large and small.  Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; and to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat.  Founded in 1971 as Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice has played a leading role in shaping the development of environmental law.

Externs will have an opportunity to work with several attorneys on case development and litigation.  Students may draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents; perform legal research and prepare legal memoranda; develop strategy and legal theories; and attend court proceedings, full-office argument moots, meetings with clients, and conferences with opposing counsel.

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

Position Openings in Seattle’s Legislative Department! Also, Fellowship & Other Clerkship Opportunities for 2015!

City of Seattle’s Legislative Department Offering Employment Opportunities

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Position Opening for Policy Analyst to Work in Central Staff Division, Due 8/12 by 4:00 PM

The Legislative Department, Central Staff Division, has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Policy Analyst. Analysts conduct research and analysis on public policy and budget issues; evaluate proposed policy initiatives; draft legislation; and make recommendations regarding local, regional, and state issues for Seattle’s full-time, nine-member City Council. Analysts work with the Councilmembers, Legislative Aides, high-level government officials, and a wide variety of stakeholders. This “at-will” appointment serves at the discretion of the Central Staff Director.

This position will perform complex, independent policy analysis and advise the City Council on a wide-range of policy and budget issues with a focus on human services and education, including but not limited to preschool education, support for the Seattle School District, civil rights, evaluation of human services programs, domestic and youth and domestic violence prevention.

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

Position Opening for Legislative Assistant in the Office of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Due 8/19

The Legislative Department is seeking applicants for the position of Legislative Assistant in the office of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. This is a dynamic and fast paced environment which provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills in constituent relations, public policy development, research, analysis and community outreach. The office is comprised of three staff members and this position reports to the City Councilmember.

The position’s primary functions are to ensure the timely and accurate response to constituent requests and messages; to assist in the development of public policy through legislation, identify emerging issues, conduct research and analysis and recommend policies and course of action for successful outcomes. The person in this role provides advice to Councilmember on issues of policy, politics and procedures, including local, regional and state issues.  The Legislative Assistant articulates and advances the goals and polices of the Councilmember and helps develop strategies for a successful passage of legislation and implementation of policies as requested by the Councilmember.

This at-will appointment serves at the discretion of the Councilmember. The Councilmember seeks an organized individual, with a passion for public service, who can meet deadlines and who has strong analytical, written and oral communication skills.

For a complete job description, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Environmental Defense Center Seeking Summer Law Clerk/Semester Extern, Due 9/1

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The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm, established in 1977, that represents community groups dedicated to environmental quality in California’s South Central Coast region (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties). EDC represents clients in court and before government agencies, provides legal counsel and advice, and offers educational opportunities to the community on issues involving land use, open space and habitat protection, watersheds and water quality, wetland and natural resource protection, toxics, offshore oil and gas development, public lands, endangered species, marine protection, and public access.

EDC hires law students for summer clerkships as well as externships during the regular school year. Law clerks and externs are involved in substantive activities such as conducting legal research; drafting memos and pleadings; participating in client meetings, strategy discussions and negotiations; appearing before public agencies; and observing court arguments. EDC attorneys involve students in every aspect of actual cases.

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

Position Opening For Research Analyst 4 on Aging & People With Disabilities in Oregon’s Department of Human Services, Due 9/5

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The Oregon Department of Human Services, within Office of Business Intelligence, is seeking to fill one permanent, full-time Research Analyst 4 position to provide services to the Research and Analysis Unit.  This position is located in Salem (500 Summer St NE) and is represented by a union.

This position will be heavily involved in the design and creation of a SQL-server-based data warehouse for the APD Case Management system. This includes working independently to understand the data tables and relationships in the online-transactional database of the Oregon Access Case Management system and to determine business rules that help transform this data into more usable reporting constructs.  Independently or in consultation with users identify areas and topics needing data/report support.  Focus on the design and development of automated and distributed reports for APD Program. Work with other program areas as needed to further the goals of DCRU.

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

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) Offering Employment Opportunity for Legal Corps Fellow, Due 10/5

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Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals in northwest Minnesota with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, revocation/denial of an occupational license, and the loss of a driver’s license.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides high quality legal representation and community legal education to low-income and elderly persons in 22 northwestern Minnesota counties, using three staffed law offices and 210 private Judicare attorneys.  One Fellowship is available in LSNM’s Alexandria regional office.  Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on (Date TBD) for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

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

Attention Rising 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Fellowship Sponsor – Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship in New York Seeking Applicants for the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program!  Due 10/15

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Overview
The Fellowship was established by the ACLU Board of Directors in memory of Marvin M. Karpatkin, the late General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, who died in January 1975, at the age of 48.  Mr. Karpatkin was one of the ACLU’s most active attorneys during the 1960s and early 1970s.  He left his special mark in the areas of selective service and military law.  His interest in those areas grew out of his own strong opposition to the Vietnam War and his desire to help those who, younger than himself, were faced with performing military service in a war they would not support.

Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work to challenge racial discrimination and related issues that have a disparate impact on communities of color, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education and seeks to provide full access to participation in the economic system regardless of race or ethnicity.  In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting and incarceration of people of color.  In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. Specifically, we have filed civil challenges to the inadequate provision of indigent criminal and juvenile defense, racial profiling, and disparate educational opportunities.  We have also campaigned against the racially-disproportionate imposition of incarceration and school discipline and are working to counteract the negative effects of discrimination in mortgage lending on communities of color.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Offering 2015 Summer Goldmark Internship in Walla Walla, WA, Due 10/17 by 5:00 PM

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The program is named for Charles A. Goldmark, the Foundation’s second president at his untimely death in January 1986. Chuck was a firm believer in, and a forceful advocate for, equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment. The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is made possible by a matching grant from the Goldmark Family Foundation.

The STAR Project serves individuals with felony convictions, most having been released from incarceration in the past year. A majority of clients
have significant Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) which impede their integration back into society as contributing members.  The Goldmark Intern will aid clients who receive Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits to have their LFOs waived by the courts, and work to establish reasonable restitution payments for clients seeking employment but who have holds on their driver’s licenses.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Glenn Greenwald in Seattle & Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg!

June 17: Glenn Greenwald Speaking in Seattle

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

TICKETS only $6!

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet a source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Don’t miss Greenwald speak in-person as he fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Glenn Greenwald will be signing his new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (available from Elliott Bay Book Company). Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

Click here to reserve a spot.

June 18-19: Tenth Annual Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg, WA

NW Justice Forum

Wednesday-Thursday, June 18-19, 2014
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Bridging the Divide
Schools, Juvenile Justice, and Community

Featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Judge Steven C. Teske

Pre-Forum Trainers:

Christina Albo, Resolutions Northwest

Kellie Henderson, Clark County Juvenile Court

Click here for the forum brochure. Click here to register.

September 10-13: Hispanic National Bar Association’s Career Fair

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Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 HNBA Career Fair
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 10-13, 2014 HNBA Convention
Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC

Students and alumni are invited to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10-13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event will give you access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allow you to make contacts that may lead to employment or other post-graduation professional opportunities.

To register, click here.

Working in DC this Summer? Consider Learning More About Law & Policy Making

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) Releases Documentary about the WSBA’s “Questions of Discrimination”

By Gillian Maguire, Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights Washington’s video “Questions of Discrimination” criticizes the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) exam questions that single out applicants with mental health disabilities and ask for treatment records.

In Washington, as in many other states, several bar application questions and rules call into question an individual’s “character and fitness” to practice law if they have a mental health disability.

According to several law students and attorneys, applicants struggle in answering these questions because they feel forced to choose between their rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, and their ability to practice their chosen profession.

“WSBA asks a question that’s trying to identify whether or not a lawyer is going to be a problem from a character standpoint. They take kind of a wholesale question like, ‘have you ever been treated for mental health’, that has a built-in assumption that anybody who has ever seen a therapist has a character flaw that might be a problem with them being an attorney. And that’s not borne out by science,” says Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Continue reading here.

Duke Law Offering 2014 Summer Institute on Law & Policy in Washington, DC

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Working in Washington? Put the Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy on your agenda: A great way to learn law applicable to your policy area of expertise — without ever leaving Washington.

Course offerings in the 2014 Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy focus on topics important to current and aspiring practitioners in fields that require mastery of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law and policymaking. The two sessions this summer are July 7-17, 2014, and July 21-July 31, 2014.  Each course is designed to provide an accessible introduction to the pertinent legal and policy subject matter. Those living and working in Washington who are potentially interested in attending law school, or who otherwise seek greater familiarity with the legal framework in a particular field, are especially encouraged to enroll.

In each two-week session, classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from either5:45-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Duke in Washington office located near Metro Center at 1201 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1110, in Washington.Wednesday evenings are reserved for special programs, including events with Judge Patricia Millett on July 23, and with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg onJuly 30. Participants in either or both sessions are invited to attend all of the Wednesday night events.

To enroll, click here.

Asian Pacific American Legal Groups Urge Chicago Officials to Investigate Anti-Asian and Anti-Immigrant Video Incident

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By Tina Matsuoka, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and its Chicago-based affiliates — the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA), Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (CABA), and Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) — along with the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA) and the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago (IABA) express concern over the actions of certain Chicago police officers captured by recently-released video surveillance, which depicts officers using racist and anti-immigrant language during an arrest last summer.

“The actions shown in the video raise questions about how people of color and immigrants, particularly those who are limited English proficient, are treated by Chicago police officers,” said Bill Simonitsch, president of NAPABA. “We urge Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to fully investigate this incident and work with the local Asian Pacific American community to ensure that immigrants and all people of color feel protected by local law enforcement officials.”

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 14, 2014, Chicago police officers verbally harassed and physically abused a Chinese American spa manager during a raid on a local business in July 2013. The security video shows officers entering the spa, apprehending the woman and striking her while she was kneeling and handcuffed. Police officers can be heard on the video making racist and anti-immigrant remarks during the arrest. One officer refused to believe that the woman was an American citizen and told her “You’re not f—— American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from.”

NAPABA, AABA, CABA, KABA, FALA, and IABA urge the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department to fully investigate the specific allegations raised by the video, determine whether any systemic problems of official misconduct exist, and take appropriate action to ensure that all visitors and residents, regardless of gender, race, national origin, immigration status, or English proficiency, feel welcome and safe in the City of Chicago.

Equal Justice Works Offers Tips & Tricks on Educational Debt Relief & Fellowships!

Want to Stay on Top of Education Debt Relief News and Updates?

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Student debt relief options and procedures change rapidly. Sign up to receive Equal Justice Works’ important updates on student debt, new forms of relief, and upcoming events and webinars. Staying updated will help you take control of your future!

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2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Tips: Free Webinar

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The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Please register for our free webinar to learn more about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program and get application tips from the experts on our Fellowships Team.

Webinar: Creating a Successful Application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:00 PM EDT

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. We will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

This webinar will also be offered on June 18July 16, and August 13. Information about registering for these sessions will be available on our website soon.

If you have questions about Equal Justice Works Fellowships, please visit our website or contact us.

Call for Nominations for the Mario Savio Young Activist Awards, Deadline 7/1

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The Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award, housed at Tides Foundation, invites you to nominate a candidate for the annual Young Activist Award. The award this year carries a cash prize of $6000, divided equally between the prize-winner and his or her organization, and will be given to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.  The nominees should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity and integrity.

The nomination deadline is July 1, 2014.

For more information on nominating a young activist, click here.

 

 

CLS and ACLU Protect Detainees’ Free Speech Rights at the Northwest Detention Center

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By: Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Today, the ACLU of Washington (ACLU) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit after successfully getting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release hunger striking detainees from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  The ACLU and CLS had filed this lawsuit on April 2, 2014 to prohibit ICE from retaliating against detainees at the NWDC who engage in First Amendment protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

Problems first arose after several hundred immigration detainees at the NWDC went on hunger strikes on March 7, 2014 to express concerns with national immigration policies and to raise awareness about the conditions of their confinement.  Their grievances about conditions at the NWDC included poor food quantity and nutritional quality, $1.00 per day wages for work performed at the NWDC, and the lack of access to bond hearings.

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Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Associate Positions Available Across the Nation!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Murphy Anderson PLLC Seeking Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., Due 4/20

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Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking a litigation associate with 0-5 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees concerning unpaid wages and whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.

For a complete description and application information, click here. Photo of Washington, D.C. Capitol Building courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP Seeking Associate Attorney to Work in Pasadena, California, Due 4/20

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Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, a prominent civil rights and plaintiffs’ employment law firm located in Pasadena, California, announces an opening for the position of associate attorney with 0-5 years experience.  Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are required.  Current admission to the California Bar preferred.  Judicial clerkships are a plus.  We value a diverse workplace and welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Northwest Office of Earthjustice Seeking Associate Attorney, Due 4/25

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law firm.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The associate attorney program comprises a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year.  Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.  The associate attorney program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP Seeking Associate Attorney in Denver, Colorado

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The lawyers of KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In our role as trial and appellate lawyers, we are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, our mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of our clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations.

We represent people, and our opponents are almost always institutional entities. We strongly believe in, and take pride in enforcing, our Constitution and the laws guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the clients we represent.  We seek an associate attorney to join our office.  Candidates must have at a minimum a Juris Doctorate.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.  For more information about the position, contact Darold Killmer.

For more about the firm, click here.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Accepting Applications for Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice, Due 4/30

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The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For this cycle we are seeking applications from candidates who bring considerable experience in addressing issues confronting low wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrant communities.

We seek energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work with a strong component addressing issues confronting low wage workers, experience in developing and implementing projects, excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, and leadership potential.

Candidates for the Dodyk Fellowship should be at a relatively early stage of their legal careers – preferably those with up to four years of practice in the public or private sector, including law clerks and current or former Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other Fellows. While preference will be given to candidates with one to four years of relevant experience after law school, third year students with extensive experience working with low wage worker issues or labor organizing may be considered. Applicants not yet admitted to the bar should be prepared to satisfy bar admission requirements.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

OCA Seeking Candidates for 2014-2015 Civil Rights Fellowship, Due 4/30

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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the 2014 – 2015 OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through a series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Advocacy Adviser in Geneva, Due 5/1

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The Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Global Advocacy who will support the Global Advocacy Team in the Global Legal Program and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

Attention Post-Grads!  Partnership for Working Families Seeking Staff Attorney for Community Benefits Law Center, Due 5/9

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The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who find solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. We are driving change in major cities across the country, bringing together community, labor, faith, and environmental partners to build coalitions and campaigns that create and sustain an economy that works for everyone. Our network does all of the kinds of work that is required to make real change. We research tough problems, develop new policy tools, give individuals a way to find power though organizing, and put together new coalitions. Most importantly, we build the long term governing power that it takes to implement our ideas and policy solutions.

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney to undertake major pieces of the core work of the Center. To be eligible, an applicant must have a J.D. and at least 2 years of work as an attorney in a field relevant to the Partnership’s work and, prior to starting work with the Center, be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.

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

Pro-Bono Summer Opportunities on Long Island: Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Work

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Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in October 2012 devastating the lives of thousands of residents.
Thanks to a generous grant by the Rausch Foundation, Touro Law Center was able to set up TLC-HEART
(Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team) which enabled the school to provide assistance in
the immediate aftermath of the storm. At that time pro-bono opportunities involved direct client contacts,
performing intakes, and advising on where to obtain immediate survival assistance relating to food and shelter.
Now the work has evolved to researching and preparing for litigating cases in federal court on flood insurance
claims and researching and preparing policy recommendations to advocate for better disaster management
policy and procedures in case of future natural or man-made disasters. Touro Law Center’s continued work
in the area of disaster related legal assistance is now made possible by a grant from Montana Legal Services
Association which sponsors a Volunteer Sandy Assistance at Touro Law Center for a period of one year

For more information about the clinic and how to participate, click here.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of the Chair Internship Program Seeking Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 Interns, Fall 2014 Applications Due 5/16

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The Office of Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien is currently seeking interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency.  As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs.   The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

OCH is currently looking for 2L, 3L or LLM law student interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.  Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.

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