King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice internship available

Due May 13: Legal Aid Services of Oregon hiring full time staff attorney

LASO LogoLASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Western Environmental Law Center hiring post-grads

The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 25-year legacy of success using the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We seek an attorney with 0-4 years of experience to join our team on a full-time basis beginning September 2018 for a two-year period with the prospect of an extension or permanent position contingent on funding and performance. Our preference is to locate this position in Eugene, Oregon but we will also entertain applicants interested in either our Taos, NM, Seattle, WA, or Helena, MT office locations. The position will defend and advocate for federal wildlife and public lands conservation protections across the Western U.S. Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice

King County LogoThe Civil Rights Legal Internship will provide a rich personal development opportunity and exposure to various aspects of investigation and enforcement in partnership with a Civil Rights Manager/Investigator.  Some examples of what you will learn/be exposed to include: Basics in employment law as it relates to Title VII; Basics in administrative procedure; Case file management and mediation techniques; observation/liaison to Civil Rights Commission meetings; how to complete an intake, draft complaints and final determinations, jurisdictional civil rights protections and advanced interview skills.

If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at seth.watson@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-5330. Apply online here

 

Rolling Deadline: Swinomish Staff Attorney Position

Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Read more and apply here.

NWIRP hiring for two post-grad positions

NWIRP hiring for two-year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Fellowship beginning in June

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end on May 31, 2020. The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from  the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.

Learn more and apply for the fellowship here.

 

NWIRP hiring full-time staff attorney for the Family Services Unit

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in
our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: direct representation; individual consultations; self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings, and 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

Learn more and apply for the staff attorney position here.

King County Public Defense, Public Counsel LA hiring

Due April 18: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring attorneys

The Department is looking for talented, committed, hardworking advocates with excellent trial, research, and writing skills, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. Read more and apply here.

 

Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer law clerks in LA

If you are seeking an opportunity to develop your interviewing and legal advocacy skills while also helping to address the growing homeless epidemic in Los Angeles, being a summer clerk with Public Counsel CARES is for you. Public Counsel CARES stands for “Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services.” As a summer law clerk, you will be able, with the supervision and support of our staff attorneys, to advocate on behalf of impoverished clients, helping them secure desperately needed shelter, food, healthcare, transportation and other social services and benefits and train others to do this work as well. Read more about Public Counsel here.

Need summer funding? Apply for the Fitzpatrick Fellowship

Due April 3: Fitzpatrick Fellowship summer funding available

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Read more and get application here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights opens hotline to report discriminatory harassment 

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) today announced a new hotline for people to report harassment in Seattle. The Hotline is part of the City of Seattle’s Bias Hurts Campaign for Seattle residents and business owners who are the targets of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying. Call 206.233.7100 or go online to report discriminatory harassment. 

AG Ferguson to U.S. Supreme Court: Uphold transgender rights

Originally published March 3, 2017 by Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Media contact Peter Lavellee.

“Late yesterday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling recognizing the right of a transgender student in Virginia to use the school bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. The states, co-led by Ferguson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, filed a lawsuit after his school board changed district policy in reaction to some parents’ complaints, barring him from using the boys’ restroom. A federal district court dismissed his claim, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling and ordered the district court to continue hearing the case. Grimm brought his suit under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.”

Read the full press release here.

ABA seeking nominations for Harrison Tweed Award

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants & The National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2017 Harrison Tweed Award. The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for persons living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents. The award, given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is presented during the ABA Annual Meeting at a joint meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.

Read more and nominate here.

Interested in Family Law? UW Moderate Means Program accepting spring and summer interns

Due March 8: Staff Attorney position with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation 

land-of-lincolnApplication Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides free legal services to low-income individuals in central and southern Illinois. The program has a strong history of high quality and innovative advocacy for its clients. The Northern Regional office is located in Springfield, Illinois.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 13: Colectiva Legal del Pueblo hiring full-time staff attorney

clpApplication Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchical collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education. Immigration services include U-visas, Asylum and family petitions as well as representing clients in detained and non-detained removal proceedings. This position is based out of our Burien, WA office and may require some statewide travel. Apply and learn more here

Due March 15: Summer internship with NWIRP VAWA Unit

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit provides legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will maintain their own caseload and provide direct representation to clients by filing petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Those petitions will include I-360 VAWA Self-Petitions and U Visas.  Interns will also assist attorneys in representing clients who are in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Internships during the summer are full time, for a minimum of ten weeks. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

Learn more and get application instructions here. 

Due March 18: Intern Positions Available with Navajo Nation Department of Justice

navajoApplication Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2017

DOJ provides legal services to and litigates on behalf of the three governmental branches of the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters and entities, in matters in which the Navajo Nation government has an interest. The Attorney General also defends litigation against the Navajo Nation and supervises outside attorneys who assist the Nation with various cases. UW students should contact Professor Gonza before applying.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: UW Law Moderate Means Program is recruiting interns for spring and summer

UW Law LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. 75% of our cases are family law!

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: AmeriCorps Legal Fellow hiring announcements 

AmeriCorps LogoApplication Deadlines: Open until filled

Click on each link for more information on each position.

  • The Veterans Legal Corps provides direct representation to homeless veterans or those at risk of becoming homeless. Our fellows also represent eligible military families for cases such as landlord-tenant disputes, issues with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, reinstatement of drivers’ licenses, and expungement. The Veterans Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, TX.

  • The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps removes legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged job seekers, allowing them to secure new or improved jobs. Our fellows provide legal services such as expunging and sealing criminal records, restoring drivers’ licenses, and obtaining or restoring occupational licenses. The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps is recruiting for a Legal Fellow focused on disaster relief at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

  • The Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing and Preservation Project is looking for legal fellows focused on preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. The VAHPP program is still recruiting for a Legal Fellow at Legal Services of Northern Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

  • The VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev) still has openings at Nevada Legal Services (Las Vegas, NV) and the Georgia Legal Services Program (Gainesville, Georgia).
  • The justiceAmeriCorps program is recruiting Fellows to serve in Texas and Ohio! If you are interested in a year of service representing unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation, click here for an up-to-date listing of open positions. Applications should be submitted directly to host organizations per the instructions outlined in the position descriptions.

Rolling: Rule of Law intern with the International Rescue Committee

ircApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world providing relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to families impacted by conflict and disasters. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships, and accountability to those we serve.

 

Apply and learn more here

Rolling: Staff Attorney position with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

 

lccr_logoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, Lawyers’ Committee provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education.

Apply and learn more here. 

 

Upcoming: Empowering women through legal rights and economic opportunity

Feb. 28, SJT: TeamChild Information Session

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join Marcos Zuniga, an Investments and Partnership Officer at TeamChild, please join him in a discussion on the legal services that TeamChild provides, sharing his experiences in legal services, talking about potential student internships with the organization, and followed up by a Q&A. RSVP on Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Annual Public Service Law Community Dinner, Intersectinality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change?
How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind?
How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work?

Please join us for a community dinner and inspiring discussion about movement building lawyering in the 21st century. RSVP on Symplicity.

March 1: Women Rise: Empowering Women through Legal Rights and Economic Opportunity

GlobalWATime: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Place: Westlake Tower, 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

Global Washington, in celebration of International Women’s Day, is hosting a panel discussion regarding legal rights and economic opportunity for women in developing countries. Please join us! Panelists include Kelly McDonald, Director of Advancement, Agros International, Eileen Moncoeur, Executive Director, Partners Asia, Tzili Mor, Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, Moderator: Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation.

Read the issue statement here and register here

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Why Consumer Protection?

abasTime: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: Tele-panel

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussion to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussion will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

Register here

Student internship opportunity with the International Criminal Court

Multiple Deadlines: Positions open with Washington Attorney General’s Office

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Multiple, from Feb. 20 to March 6, 2017

At the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, we aspire to be the best public law office in the nation.  We are committed to providing excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and to protecting the rights of its people.  It is essential to our mission to create and maintain an office that is diverse, respectful, inclusive and composed of the best legal talent available.

Click the links below to read more and apply to each position:

Due March 7: Internship – Immediate Office of the Registrar at the International Criminal Court

iccApplication Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Registrar is the principal administrative officer of the Court, elected by an absolute majority of judges for a term of five years, and is responsible for the non-judicial aspects of the administration and servicing of the Court. This implies providing management and judicial support services to the Court, as well as dealing with those aspects of external affairs and field operations falling within the purview of the Registry. The three divisional Directors support the Registrar through the Registry Management Team in ensuring that the Registry fulfills its tasks effectively and efficiently.

UW Law students should contact Professor Gonza if they choose to apply.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 10, paid: Internships with the Washington Governor’s Office

Governor Jay Inslee LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for currently enrolled college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office. The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 10: Associate Attorney position open with Earthjustice

EarthJustice LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. 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 citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Staff Attorney/DNA Fellow with the Innocence Project NW

IPNWApplication Deadline: Open until filled 

INNOCENCE PROJECT NORTHWEST, founded in 1997 at the University of Washington School of Law, has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to serve as our DNA Fellow. This position is funded by a two-year NIJ/Bloodsworth grant and will manage an active caseload of post-conviction DNA cases while working to expand access to DNA testing for eligible prisoners.  In addition to litigating post-conviction DNA motions throughout Washington, the fellow will conduct prisoner outreach and help recruit, train and coordinate with our pro bono partners.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer law intern with the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. 

crlaApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The CRLA office in Stockton, California is seeking applicants for Summer 2017 Summer Law Intern positions. Positions are available immediately and applicants will be considered until the positions are filled. The student intern law clerks will have the opportunity to develop their legal skills supporting the work of Basic Unit staff attorneys as it relates to their representation of rural and low-income individuals and families.

 

 

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Education Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Southern California

aclu-so-calApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California seeks a staff attorney to focus primarily on education, including early childhood education, K-12 education, postsecondary education, and students’ rights, but may also work in other areas. The Staff Attorney should have at least five years of relevant experience, although strong candidates with less experience will also be considered. The Staff Attorney will work in the Los Angeles, Orange County, or Inland Empire office, supervised primarily by the Director of Education Equity.

 Apply and learn more here