Are You Interested in Human Rights? Attorney and Internship Positions Open

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Offering Paid Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The AFSCME Office of the General Counsel seeks law clerks for the summer term of 2016. AFSCME primarily represents employees within the public sector. The Office of the General Counsel provides in-house legal advice to the officers and employees of AFSCME and to affiliates throughout the country. The Office of the General Counsel is active in initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agenciesto safeguard the interests of the union.In addition to traditional issues of labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous issues of constitutional law – especially federalism and First Amendment questions. The Office also provides substantial assistance to the union’s organizing and legislative departments in developing strategy and drafting legislation.

For more information, click here.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Seeking Equal Access Fund Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law is a non­profit, public interest law office dedicated to furthering the legal, civil, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position also requires recruitment and coordination of law clerks and volunteers to assist in the Center’s work.

The position requires a pro-active and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, a positive attitude as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights Watch Seeking International Justice Summer Intern

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Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern with the International Justice Program (“IJP”) in the New York office for summer 2016. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice.

This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Strong writing skills are essential. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. Ideally this internship is full-time and a minimum commitment of ten weeks is requested.

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UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting Seeking Higher Education Policy Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB) reports to the Senior Vice President of Planning & Management and provides analysis and information services to enhance university-wide planning and policy formation. OPB is responsible for planning and allocation of financial and physical resources to help the University fulfill its mission. OPB also leads University efforts in the fiscal and policy analysis of state budgets and legislation.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Higher Education Policy Analyst to work within the OPB and across its departments to provide fiscal and policy analysis and research on national and state higher education policies and practices in support of the executive branch of the University. This position will require expertise and in-depth knowledge of state legislative processes, state-level and national higher education data, and budget cycles. During state legislative sessions, this position will provide front line analysis and communication to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting as well as the Office of State Relations. As such, this position requires flexibility, adaptability and experience in analyzing fiscal and policy information from a wide variety of sources.  This position will report to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting and provide support to the Provost and staff, the University President, college deans and administrators, and faculty senate committees. Additionally, this person will work closely with the Office of Institutional Analysis, the University’s Budget Office,  and the Office of State Relations in the execution of state budget development and analysis as well as miscellaneous research, reports and presentations, and other projects as assigned. Finally, this position will liaise with counterparts in the Council of Presidents as well as the other institutions of higher education in the state.

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Brooklyn Defender Services Seeks Immigration Practice Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/30/2016

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The Immigration Practice of Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks summer 2016 law student interns.   BDS represents more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense.  We believe all people—regardless of economic means—deserve respect, individualized care, and the fullest extent of legal protections whether accused of a crime or facing a civil legal obstacle to justice and opportunity.

BDS’s Immigration Practice has three primary focus areas: Padilla, Youth and NYIFUP.

The focus of the Padilla team is to advise noncitizen clients of the immigration consequences of their criminal cases. Padilla Immigration Practice attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizens’ criminal cases. In a limited number of cases, immigration practice attorneys continue to advocate for BDS clients in the immigration system even after the criminal case is disposed. We advocate against our clients’ immigration detention, defend them in immigration removal proceedings, and provide assistance applying for immigration benefits.

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Department of Homeland Security – Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Seeking CRCL Interns, Due 3/1/2016 for Summer

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties seeks to provide motivated law students entering their second or third year of law school with an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. The internship will provide experience in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Employment Law, Homeland Security, and the practical workings of the Federal Government.

The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)supports the Department’s mission to secure the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law. The statutory authority for the Office is described in 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1.

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Environmental Law Foundation Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/1/2016

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the summer of 2016. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work.

For more information, click here.

This Valentine’s Week, treat yourself to some new amazing public service experiences

Apply Today for the Washington Bus Fellowship to learn about grassroots organization!

If you or a young person in your life (18-25) is looking for a transformative experience this summer, check out the Washington Bus’s Fellowship–a ten-week paid political, social justice, and community building program where young folks learn practical grassroots organizing skills and put them to work influencing progressive change in Seattle! Fellows will participate in hands-on activities and work with progressive leaders from across the state. The application can be found here.

Summer 2015 International Human Rights Law Internship 

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is a seeking a creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working legal intern for its Washington, DC office for the summer. Interns will: prepare client complaints for documentation with the Special Procedures of the United Nations; identify and research pertinent domestic and international law; prepare research memoranda on United Nations systems; assist with client interviews as necessary; assist the advocacy team as necessary; and assist with administrative duties as required.

Please email a resume, cover letter, excerpted legal brief (10 pages max.) to internships [at] adhrb.org with the subject lineLEGAL EXTERN APPLICATION. We would additionally welcome any papers that a student has written analyzing international human rights law.

Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel seeks Staff Attorney

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel offers an active and dynamic opportunity to assist the Tribe in protecting and advancing in sovereignty and treaty rights. The Office is seeking a staff attorney at its office in Lapwai, Idaho to join its team. The new hire is expected to immediately assume responsibility for handling a substantial work load, primarily involving natural resource issues related to the protection and advancement of tribal sovereignty and treaty-reserved rights. The work load includes handling an active litigation docket and providing legal counsel on a broad variety of issues associated with the Tribe’s interests. The new staff attorney will also be responsible for tasks delegated by the Managing Attorney. A complete application includes: resume, writing sample, and three letters of reference to – Lee Bourgeau, Director, Human Resources, RE: Staff Attorney, No., HR 15-108, P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, Idaho, 83540 by 4:30 PM on February 27. For more information contact the Managing Attorney, Julie S. Kane at juliek@nezperce.org

Due 2/15: Entry Level Attorney position at Department of Homeland Security

Do you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests, and to secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) are calling.

As part of both USCIS and the DHS Office of the General Counsel, you will work with other highly talented attorneys and colleagues on a rich array of intellectually challenging, critically important, cutting edge legal issues. DHS components work collectively, and USCIS strives, to enforce and administer immigration laws fairly, efficiently, and in keeping with the law, at the same time that we seek to prevent terrorism, secure borders, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission are achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join OCC, USCIS, and DHS!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking recent law schools graduates since January 1, 2012 with more than 1 year of post-JD experience for an entry level attorney position in New York, NY as an Associate Counsel with the Northeastern Law Division (NELD).  The position is supervised by a NELD Deputy Chief and the NELD Chief.

Due 2/18: Become the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Specialist in King County

 incumbent is responsible for supporting volunteers who are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in child abuse and neglect cases. Will supervise CASA volunteers, conduct case management, train, and provide support in court. Primary emphasis is placed on volunteer supervision. This is a paid, full-time position in King County Superior Court. To apply, click here.

Due 2/27: Become a Global Advocacy Adviser for the Center of Reproductive Rights

Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries.  The Global Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org. The Center seeks a Global Advocacy Adviser who will support the work of the Global Advocacy team in the Global Legal Program, and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

Please click on this link to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample in English (unedited and preferably relevant to international human rights advocacy) and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

Check Out These Fellowships, Immigration Work, and Other Housing-Related Positions

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Nome Superior Court in Alaska Court System Seeking Law Clerk I, Due TODAY

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The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for a Law Clerk to serve a Superior Court Judge in Nome, Alaska. The position will be available August or September 2014 and last one year. The successful applicant will perform research relating to motions before the court; summarize case files; and prepare memoranda and recommendations. The position may also organize files, review case files for procedural sufficiency, review orders and judgments prepared for signature, and assist in the preparation of jury instructions and other duties. After training, the law clerk will act as the Deputy Magistrate during arraignment hearings one weekend per month.

Benefits: The ACS provides health insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, 11 paid holidays, personal leave accrual, Supplemental Benefits System (SBS), and the opportunity to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan. Travel and moving expenses may be eligible for reimbursement according to the policies of the ACS.

For more information and application details, click here.  Click on “Information for Prospective Law Clerks” for complete details.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking Summer Intern in Immigration Section in Washington D.C., Due 3/9

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The purpose of this internship for Summer 2014 is to assist the Immigration Section in the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). CRCL’s Immigration Section works to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department’s immigration-related policies, programs, and activities and supports the CRCL Officer in her role as the designated Department point of contact for international human rights treaty reporting and coordination under Executive Order 13107.

This internship is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) in Washington, D.C.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention Class of 2016!  Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color, Due 3/14

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color.  Our fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school.  Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

Click here for additional information on the Fellowships and application details.

Attention Recent and Post Grads!  U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration Seeking Full Time Attorney, Due 3/14

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The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer and the overall supervision of the Representative. After undergoing necessary briefing on the job, the incumbent and the supervisor will agree on a number of objectives to be met as well as core, functional and managerial competencies s/he should demonstrate during the assignment. The supervisor will provide the necessary coaching required by the incumbent throughout the assignment.

Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.  Application deadline is March 14, 2014.  Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads! Victim Rights Law Center Seeking Two Full Time Staff Attorneys in Oregon, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

Privacy Project Staff Attorney Position

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

For application information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Andrade Legal Seeking Summer Law Clerk To Assist With Its Immigration Docket in Idaho, Due 4/1

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Andrade legal seeks law student for a summer internship to assist with its immigration docket.  Student will join team of lawyers and staff handling the firms removal defense, family immigration and detention docket.  Law student will also assist firm prepare educational materials to be used in trainings with criminal defense attorneys, courts and the community at large.  Tasks may include drafting legal memorandum, legal research, gathering and summarizing evidence in support of hardship waivers and visa applications and assisting attorneys launch a program to educate incarcerated individuals about deportation proceedings.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Seeking Full Time Attorney in Boston

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ZALKIND DUNCAN & BERNSTEIN LLP, a premier Boston criminal defense and civil litigation firm, seeks an associate to start in fall 2014.  This progressive 10-lawyer law firm has an exceptionally interesting and dynamic federal and state court practice, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Recent criminal cases include first degree murder, white collar, federal drug, sex offender registry and street crime cases.  Our civil practice consists of employment discrimination, civil rights, academic discipline, First Amendment litigation, GLBT legal issues, complex domestic relations, and serious personal injury litigation. Excellent benefits.  More information about our firm can be found on our website: http://www.zalkindlaw.com.

For more information on the position and application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in California? The Eviction Defense Collaborative Seeks Entry-Level Staff Attorney in their San Francisco Office

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The Eviction Defense Collaborative seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and saving homes. As a staff attorney you will work with a team of attorneys, interns and volunteers in assisting primarily in pro. per. tenants fight their eviction lawsuits.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance and advocacy to low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions and negotiating legal settlements. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a small staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions, and we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help.

For more information and application details, click here.

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U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Seeking Summer Intern in Washington D.C., Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Professional Staff Group (PSG) VII, the Office of the General Counsel’s Appellate Litigation Division, represents the Secretary before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). It is the newest and largest group in OGC. With more than 120 persons, the staff includes approximately 70 appellate attorneys and a support staff of paralegals, legal assistants, and copy clerks. A 14-member management team completes the PSG VII staff.

Interns will initially be provided instruction in veterans law, as well as the VA adjudication system. The student will then be assigned a limited case load and will perform research and writing tasks associated with the needs of individual cases depending on their procedural posture. It is expected that at the completion of the
externship, the student will have prepared a pre-Briefing Conference memo, participated in a Briefing Conference, drafted procedural motions, and drafted and filed an Appellate brief with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Additionally, the student will be expected to attend and participate in moot
courts in preparation for oral argument before the CAVC.

For more information and application details, click here.