Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum and Human Rights Council Votes on Landmark Resolution

In Controversial Landmark Resolution, Human Rights Council Takes First Step toward Treaty on Transnational Corporations’ Human Rights Obligations

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In a new attempt to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations, the United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to establish a working group to prepare a treaty imposing international human rights legal obligations on transnational corporations. [OHCHR Press Release] The mandate of the working group will be to “elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.” UN Human Rights Council, Resolution 26/9, Elaboration of an internationally legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1, 26 June 2014, para. 1.

The expected treaty, when eventually finalized, would be the first international human rights agreement to specifically and explicitly regulate the activities of transnational corporations with regard to individuals’ and communities’ fundamental rights. Previous efforts produced important guidelines and standards, but these are not directly, legally enforceable against business actors. States, however, do have certain legal obligations to regulate corporations and other private actors when their activities impact the enjoyment of human rights.

The decision has triggered mixed responses from the international community. While some civil society groups welcome the new working group, others fear that its mandate is too narrow in scope – by only including transnational corporations – or that it will delay or polarize discussions concerning corporate liability for human rights abuses. Continue reading here.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Announces Release of Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors Seeking Asylum

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The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is pleased to announce the release of our pro se manual for survivors of domestic violence seeking asylum, withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection in the United States – available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. We developed this manual in response to a call from advocates, and in recognition of the countless women who are eligible for asylum but due to lack of information and/or lack of access to legal representation, do not receive the protection they deserve. Our release of all three versions of this pro se manual is particularly timely given the refugee crisis at our border, and the thousands of women and girls fleeing domestic abuse in Central America. The manual, available in English, Spanish and Creole, is available for download here.

 

We encourage you to share these manuals widely and to distribute them to local legal aid organizations and advocates in your area. We have also made them available to Legal Orientation Programs (LOPs) with the assistance of the Vera Institute of Justice and are planning to distribute copies directly to immigration detention centers around the country. If you have any other questions, or if CGRS can be of assistance to you with any asylum cases you have, please visit our website and fill out a request for assistance form

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys  Announces Scholarship to Attend Annual Health Law Conference

WSSHAlogoThe Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys puts on its largest continuing legal education seminar each November in Vancouver, B.C.  This year, it will be held from noon on Friday, November 7 – Saturday, November 8th, noon.  It is a fabulous networking and learning opportunity.  After the seminar on Friday, WSSHA holds a wonderful cocktail party where you will have a chance to mix and mingle with the many of the best health law attorneys in the state of Washington.

WSSHA offers the Kristin Miles Scholarship to one student every year to attend the conference . Please review the instructions carefully if you are interested in applying for it.

If you are especially interested in health law, you are encouraged to consider attending the WSSHA conference whether or not you receive the scholarship.  Discounted students are available. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Lemly.

 

KCBA Seeking VLS Coordinator & Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

Attention Recent Grads!  KCBA Seeking Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, Deadline 2/5

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Work as a member of the Pro Bono Services team at the King County Bar Association, and manage the VLS program including program development, daily operations, and community outreach. This position is responsible for placing cases for ongoing representation with volunteer attorneys in priority legal subject areas, overseeing public education programs (currently Make Change!), and supporting the Bailey Boushay Wills Clinic.

For a full description and application details, please click here.

Washington Attorney General’s Office Torts Division in Tumwater Seeking Two Attorneys, Deadline 2/7

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The Torts Division has two openings for attorneys – one on the Corrections litigation team and the other on the Transportation litigation team. The Corrections team defends the Department of Corrections, the natural resource and environmental agencies, Financial Institutions, and the Secretary of State among others. The Transportation team handles tort work for the Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol, the Department of Labor and Industries, and the Department of Health.

Specific cases are assigned based on experience and interest; however, there are ample opportunities to work on cases outside of your assigned team. Torts practices in a fast-paced environment that is inclusive, supportive and fun-loving, but that maintains the appropriate emphasis on the significance of the important policy and legal issues inherent in tort cases. While these positions are located in the AGO’s Tumwater office, travel may be required.

For a full description and application details, please click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and Recent Grads! KCBA Pro Bono Services Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This position will work directly with the Kinship Care Solutions Project which provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self Help Plus program which provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions.

For a full description and application details, please click here.

Washington Appleseed Seeking Legal Fellow, Deadline 2/28

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Washington Appleseed works to address social and economic problems in our state by developing new public policy initiatives, challenging unjust laws, and helping people better understand and fully exercise their rights.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. Fellows work with Appleseed project teams to develop systemic responses to pressing local and national issues. Fellows can expect to be involved in legal and community organizing, research and writing, factual investigation and to work with staff and volunteer attorneys as well as activists. Specific issue focus varies throughout the year, though general issues being addressed include housing, consumer protection, children’s issues, public health/healthcare, juvenile justice, economic justice, educational reform, and corporate and government accountability.

For a full description and application details, please click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship, Deadline 3/1

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Justice Fellows will be hosted in clusters of 2-4 in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in the IJC on a competitive the basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though the IJC will, ultimately, make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants with the most complex cases that require lawyers to handle the case from start to finish, such as deportation defense and affirmative petitions for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking, among others. The Justice Fellows will be primarily supervised by experienced attorneys at their host organization, with supplemental support from the IJC’s own supervisory staff.

For more information and application details, please click here.

New Year’s Special Edition Internships!

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline through Career Fair Website is January 13!

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Important Reminder! Friday, January 31 is the Seattle fair. Saturday, February 1 is the Portland fair.

But…  if you want to interview for jobs or internships at the fair you MUST submit your application materials by January 13 through the career fair website.

Check out the full list of public service legal employers who will be at the career fair in Seattle and Portland this year. Remember, employers are still signing up on a rolling basis so make sure you have your application materials ready to go and upload them through the career fair website.

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable Seeks Legal &Policy Intern

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The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations.

ICAR seeks a bright and dedicated law student to work as an intern on a number of corporate accountability and human rights initiatives.

The intern will assist with various ICAR initiatives, including but not limited to:

  • Promoting human rights due diligence;
  • Ensuring access to effective judicial remedies for human rights victims;
  • Developing model National Action Plans for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • Working human rights considerations into public procurement policy;
  • Developing human rights standards for private security providers.

To learn more about this position and for full application instructions please click here for the announcement in PSJD. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through January 15.

New York Legal Assistance Group Now Accepting Apps for Summer Legal Intern Program

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers.  NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.

To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below.  Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 27th to August 1st) and is unpaid.  In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law.  To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org.   Applicants may be considered to for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014.

Learn more about all of the various NYLAG internships click here.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Seeking Summer Policy & Legal Interns for NY & DC Offices

Planned ParenthoodPlanned 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 2014.

PPFA conducts reproductive rights litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases over the past 15 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

Our litigation docket includes federal and state court challenges to laws and policies that restrict access to abortion and other reproductive health services. We also initiate litigation designed to expand access to reproductive health services and to protect providers of those services.  Interns can expect to work closely with PPFA attorneys on a wide variety of litigation responsibilities, including legal research and analysis; drafting memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, and briefs; factual development for ongoing or developing litigation; and communicating with clients.

Applications reviewed on rolling basis through February 28. Early applications encouraged.  For complete info and application instructions please click here for PSJD announcement.

Citizenship Day of Service Opportunity, Free Human Rights Webinar on Homelessness and ICCPR, plus much more

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizenship Day of Service

become a citizenLast year, there were an estimated 180,000 legal permanent residents living in Washington state who were eligible to apply for citizenship, but only about 17,000 naturalizations (less than 10%). Help expand access to citizenship by volunteering and spreading the word!

This is a great opportunity for law students to give back to their communities and practice their skills in the field.  Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at locations in Olympia, Des Moines, Wenatchee, and Pasco.

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, law students and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

Paralegal and law students assist immigration attorneys by meeting one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms.  Students may NOT provide legal advice. Students will NOT be giving legal advice.  ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person in Seattle on Thursday, October 10th.

This is a pre-approved volunteer opportunity eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program. Student volunteers can sign up here.

Free Webinar- Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading: Homelessness in the U.S. Under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights

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Monday, October 7, 2-3pm EDT.

On September 3, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released to the public a report, “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights,” addressing concerns raised by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in its review of the U.S.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, and endorsed by 23 other international, national, and local organizations, responds to a written question to the U.S. from the Human Rights Committee in March, as it prepares for its regular review of the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations, to take place on October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report clarifies that criminalization of homelessness, or penalizing homeless persons for basic life activities, such as sleeping, sitting, eating, or even going to the bathroom in public when they have no private alternatives, or targeting homeless persons for enforcement of other laws like jaywalking or littering, violates numerous rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. It also discusses
violations of the right to vote, to family , and nondiscrimination.

Speakers include:

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic
Amy Sawyer & Liz Osborn, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Come and learn about the rights involved, as well as the process of review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and how you can make human rights real in your community.

FLOW Scholarship Applications Now Due

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The Filipino Lawyers of Washington will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community.  The scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form which includes instructions and details about the scholarship, including key dates.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9. Please email abigail.daquiz@gmail.com with any questions.

Pangarap means to “dream and strive for a goal” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Farmworker Victory in Washington

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This past week, a Skagit County Superior Court judge issued the attached temporary restraining order requiring Sakuma Bros to remove security guards they had placed in worker housing, and to desist from conducting surveillance of workers in other ways. He found the presence of the guards “intimidating” and “chilling” to the workers’ rights to associate and organize under Washington labor law. The judge also scheduled a further hearing for October 8th. This is a big victory for the workers. The workers’ press release is also attached and some links are below.

Columbia Legal Services, along with Seattle firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt represented an individual worker and the workers’ group Familias Unidas por la Justicia. For more on this story click here and here.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal in Columbian Case

By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BananaSeptember 21, 2013, Miami (AP) — Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country’s bloody, decades-long civil war.

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

The Colombian lawsuits, consolidated for pretrial action before a federal judge in West Palm Beach, want Chiquita held liable for thousands of deaths at the hands of the AUC, the Spanish acronym for the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Colombian relatives have won several key pretrial rulings, but now Chiquita is taking its fight for dismissal to a new level.

In essence, Chiquita wants the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits because, the company claims, each murder cannot be tied specifically to the company. It’s not enough, Chiquita’s lawyers say in court papers, to assume the company’s payments to the AUC meant Chiquita knew about and supported those individual killings.

Read more here.

                       

EarthJustice in Bozeman Seeks Interns from UW Law, Corporate Accountability, Immigration and Human Rights Opportunities

EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeks Summer 2014 Interns from UW Law

EarthJusticeUW Law graduate is seeking UW law students to apply for a summer internship at the Northern Rockies office of EarthJustice.

EarthJustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular by ensuring clean air and water, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks will have the opportunity to work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

They offer a stipend, but strongly encourage candidates to obtain outside funding. The internship posting and application instructions are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but no later than December 2.

Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland Seeks Immigration Attorney 

CentroLegalCentro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) seeks an immigration attorney to provide direct representation to clients in family-based immigration, citizenship, U visas, DACA and removal defense.

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal is a comprehensive legal services agency providing free, bilingual, and culturally sensitive legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

This position provides the opportunity to work in a dynamic grassroots community law center and within a larger community of supporters, allies, and leaders working together to advance social justice.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instuctions please click here.

Reprieve in the UK Seeks Applications for Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate Position

ReprieveReprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, and secures each person’s right to a fair trial. Reprieve prioritises the cases of prisoners accused of the most extreme crimes, such as acts of murder or terrorism, as it is in such cases that human rights are most likely to be jettisoned or eroded. Reprieve focuses on cases involving the world’s most powerful governments, especially those that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.

The ‘war on terror’ has not been waged entirely by nation-states. Often, those states have contracted with private entities to do their work, at times with disastrous consequences for human rights. Contract interrogators were among those most infamous for abuses of prisoners at Guantánamo. Private jets, hired to carry out extraordinary renditions, flew kidnapped prisoners around the world to be tortured. Today, the massively-expanding fleet of drones used to wage undeclared wars in undeclared places is not just run by the CIA and JSOC – it is also big business for many. Food products and drugs designed to promote health are forcibly administered to detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo.

Fortunately, big business is not immune to pressure, and Reprieve’s CSR workserves to identify and exploit these pressure points in order to achieve positive change. The CSR Advocate’s task at Reprieve is twofold: a) to identify advocacy and future litigation opportunities arising from corporate involvement in the ‘war on terror’ and b) to lead the advocacy around the corporate issues s/he identifies, with the support of the rest of Reprieve’s team.

The Advocate will investigate companies profiting from abuses associated with the ‘war on terror’.  S/he will seek to persuade those companies of the damage their actions can entail, work with them to mitigate the human rights violations carried out and prevent further such abuses occurring.

More widely, the Advocate should be looking to shape the standards observed by businesses in the sector s/he is engaging, and use corporate accountability to promote Reprieve’s broader aims.  S/he will build on allegiances already established with journalists, other campaigners and parliamentarians (both in the UK and abroad) and will seek to develop new relationships on an ongoing basis to support Reprieve’s work.

For complete job description and application instruction click here. Applications accepted through October 6. Don’t delay.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in UK Seeks Winter Interns

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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has recently launched recruitment for winter internships based at their London headquarters:

  • Legal Research Intern to start in January/February 2014

About half the intern’s time will be spent developing our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal, the leading global information hub about human rights lawsuits against companies. The intern will research lawsuits and draft brief profiles in non-legal language explaining what the lawsuit is about, and what procedural stage it has reached. The intern will also search for ommentaries and official documents relating to each lawsuit, keep the profiles updated, and help inform legal advocates and others about the portal. The intern will also help develop contact lists and
disseminate our corporate accountability materials to legal contacts.

The full job description and application form can be found here. Applications due no later than October 17.

Attention 3Ls! Applications now Accepted for Winter “Internship” at the International Justice Resource Center

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The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) in San Francisco welcomes applications for a law fellow opening, beginning in January 2014. Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s Executive Director in developing and implementing projects in IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support, and trainings.

The law fellow position may be full- or part-time, but will require at least 20 hours per week in IJRC’s San Francisco office. Candidates must be able to commit to a fellowship of at least 10 weeks.

The International Justice Resource Center empowers others – from experienced human rights attorneys to community activists and individual victims – to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to promote and demand protection of human rights using international law and supranational human rights mechanisms. This position will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with substantive areas of international law, work with human rights advocates, and directly contribute to the success of IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about our mission and programs, please visit www.ijrcenter.org.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and the fellow’s particular interests, but will generally include:

• Legal research and writing for published manuals and analysis, and in response to advocates’ requests for amicus curiae briefs and other forms of advocacy and litigation support.

• Liaising with other human rights organizations to familiarize them with IJRC’s services and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Fellows will likely also have opportunities to participate in developing and implementing training programs, and in identifying additional opportunities for IJRC to provide support to advocates or litigants (e.g., drafting amicus briefs or developing international legal strategies in ongoing litigation).

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted through October 15.

Sizzlin’ Hot Fall Internships

Indian Law Resource Center in DC Seeking Fall Legal Interns

ILRCThe Washington, DC Office of the Indian Law Resource Center is seeking legal interns for the fall of 2013. Knowledge of international law and/or federal Indian law in the U.S. is preferred but not required. Spanish language skills are also preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience, from law students to practicing professionals. Please note that all internships are unpaid. We are flexible in terms of interns’ time commitment.

Interns will assist staff with one or more legal projects, such as these current projects: multilateral development banks; protecting indigenous rights in climate policies; draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; strengthening indigenous rights in the Inter-American human rights system; protecting the Maya Q’eqchi’ communities of El Estor, their resources, and the local environment; handbook for conservationists: working to close the knowledge gap;  law reform: working to change federal law concerning Indian and Alaska Native nations.

Interns may assist with research and writing and provide support for briefings and events.  Application deadline: July 1, 2013. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Fall Legal Intern Sought to Work on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

ccw-logo_color-2_medGrounded in rigorous research and best  practice, the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation offers meaningful, measurable and sustainable strategies and programs for those who care about children and youth,  and for young people themselves.  CCWF provides youth, adult caregivers and community and professional leaders the information, connections and tools they need to succeed.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been ratified (signed) by every country in the world, except the United States and Somalia. Learn more about the campaign for US ratification, about the international standards of child protection and children’s rights established in the UNCRC and about international best practice in a variety of fields. This internship would help the applicant gain a broader understanding of international standards and individual nation compliance to the UNCRC. If your interest lies in international law, children’s rights or best practice standards, this internship provides a great opportunity to study all three. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Prisoners’ Rights Project Internship in Cameroon

GCIOne of the biggest human rights issues facing Cameroon today is prisoners’ rights. Accused and convicted inmates of the country’s prisons and police/gendarmerie cells suffer from the numerous life-threatening conditions of these facilities, including insufficient food provisions, inadequate medical attention, overcrowding, and violent and degrading treatment at the hands of guards, police, and other staff members. These conditions are compounded by the degeneration of criminal procedure standards: arbitrary bail, judicial inefficiency, and even administrative errors resulting in lost paperwork and forgotten prisoners.

Resolving these issues has been a priority for the Global Conscience Initiative since the beginning of the organization, resulting in the formation of the Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) in 2008. The PRP aimed to improve prison conditions and protect inmates’ rights by collecting data on incarcerated persons, organizing education and training sessions for prison workers, mobilising and coordinating civil society to support prison communities, and providing legal assistance and representation to indigent detainees and prisoners.

For a complete description and applications instructions please click here.

Center for International Environmental Law Seeking Fall Legal Interns

CIELThe Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a non-profit, public interest environmental group committed to strengthening and using international law & institutions in order to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. We also assist non-governmental organizations and governments in developing countries who are working to strengthen their systems of environmental law. CIEL offers exceptional opportunities for aspiring lawyers who wish to become involved with cutting-edge international environmental law.

Our internship program is a critically important component of the work of our organization. Many of our program areas explore innovative developments in international environmental law, so there is a great need for thoughtful and creative research and analysis. The fellowship program provides CIEL with a vitally important base of assistance in our work. Responsibilities include: researching and writing about areas of international law and policy; assisting with policy analysis and advocacy; attending meetings and conferences; assisting with the production of CIEL publications; and otherwise working closely with CIEL staff on various projects.

As such, we are currently searching for law students or graduates for our Fall 2013 session (roughly September through December, with a minimum commitment period of ten weeks). The position can be either full or part-time.

To apply for internships or fellowships in Washington, D.C., please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to info@ciel.org. Please sure to specify that you are applying for our Fall 2013 session (we can also consider applicants for Spring 2014).

Move to Amend Seeks Fall or Spring Legal Research Intern

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Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

Interns work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA – one of our Move to Amend founding organizations OR telecommute from your home/school.

Move to Amend is seeking a Legal Intern to assist our Law & Research Team, which collaborates with and provides legal support for Move to Amend affiliate groups across the country. Please note that this is a unique opportunity that blends a legal practice with grassroots organizing for systemic change. We are committed to changing existing “settled law” as it relates to the role and functions of corporations in US society. For more about the internship click here.