Interested in Immigration Work? Fellowship Opportunities Available

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern, Due 11/7

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center’s state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

For complete details, click here.

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) Seeking Legal and Policy Intern for Spring 2015, Due 11/10

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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’s steering committee includes Amnesty International, EarthRights International, Global Witness, and Human Rights Watch.

ICAR seeks a bright and dedicated law student to work during the Spring 2015 semester in its Washington, DC office as a part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week, maximum of 20 hours per week), temporary (maximum of 11 weeks) intern on a number of corporate accountability and human rights initiatives.

For complete details, click here.

Snohomish County Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk/Bailiff, Due 11/12

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Provides administrative assistance to Superior Court Judges combined with the traditional function of bailiff.

Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking Campus & Community Programs Coordinator, Due 11/13

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LSRJ is a nationwide network of law students, professors, and practitioners ensuring the future
of reproductive justice by educating, organizing, and supporting law students on over 90 campuses throughout the country. Mentoring and mobilizing a diverse group of new lawyers is an essential long-term strategy for building additional capacity, vision, and guidance for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ is the only student-centered organization training and mobilizing the next generation of judges, scholars, advocates, and elected officials to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.

The Campus & Community Programs Coordinator (CCPC) plays a central role in the overall success of the organization and has significant input into LSRJ’s evolving strategies and programming priorities. S/he works closely with various LSRJ stakeholders, including: members and alumni, staff and volunteers, and colleagues from allied organizations and coalitions.

For complete details, click here.

U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel Seeking Two Volunteer Law Interns in Washington, D.C., Due 11/14

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The Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce (OCC-IC), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, seeks two full or part- time volunteer law interns for Winter/Spring 2015.

OCC-IC provides legal advice and support to the International Trade Administration (ITA) on international trade, investment, export promotion and antitrust matters.  International Commerce attorneys work closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the State Department, other government agencies, and the private sector.  Our eleven attorneys primarily focus on: Multilateral and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements, Bringing Down Trade Barriers, and Promoting U.S. Exports.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps Now Accepting Applications

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The new Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of that program, and we are now recruiting fellows to begin by Dec. 1!

The Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of the new justice AmeriCorps program. Through this initiative, Equal Justice Works is partnering with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) to place 55 legal professionals – lawyers and paralegals – in 14 cities across the United States.

We have created a separate website, join justiceamericorps.org, with more details on this new initiative, including how to apply and how you can help support the Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps.  Applications accepted now.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Accepting Applications Now, Due 11/15

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting for its second class of Fellows. We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country, who will work at top New York City immigration agencies, expanding the quality and quantity of immigration legal representation for under-served immigrants. We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

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

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

For complete details, click here.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission Seeking Spring 2015 Intern, Due 11/17

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The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships. We are now seeking interns for December/January through May of 2015 (specific dates are flexible). GHRC, founded in 1982, monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change.

Because the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a small organization, interns are integral and involved in all aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions.

For complete details, click here.

Fried Frank Now Accepting Applications for MALDEF Fellowship, Due 11/30

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Fried Frank has created unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law by joining with two of the country’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The LDF and MALDEF fellowships each give an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows hold high-level positions on the staffs of both LDF and MALDEF.

For complete details, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Staff Attorney in Houston, New York/New Jersey

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The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 Houston Texas Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the Houston Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 Houston Texas Staff Attorney Job DescriptionThe Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.

2014 New York New Jersey Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York/New Jersey Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 NY NJ Staff Attorney Job Description: The Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Do You Volunteer in the Community? Come Get Advanced Skills Training on Pro Bono Legal Assistance 10/11!

October 6: Global Mondays – Megan McCloskey on Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights around the World: Vietnam & Rwanda

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12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 117

Megan McCloskey is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy.  She will highlight the status of women’s rights and women’s political participation and leadership in Vietnam and in Rwanda.

For more information, click here.

October 7: SJT – UW Pro Bono Program: Get Trained, Do Pro Bono, Make A Difference

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Learn about pro bono service and training right here at UW Law! Get the nuts and bolts about the Pro Bono Program and learn from fellow students about their experiences volunteering with the following:

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of WA
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu

RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014.

October 8: The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Free Speech for People present Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations

Jeffrey Clements
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLC
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900
Seattle, WA

Featuring:
Jeffrey Clements
Author, Corporations Are Not Peoples
President, Free Speech for People
To RSVP, click here.

October 9: FREE CLE “WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2.5 Total Credits (1.75 General, .75 Ethics)
Webcast Only
Seminar Cost:  FREE!

While you may know your subject area, this CLE will cover what you need to know to effectively serve your pro bono clients. This CLE will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In partnership with KCBA and under MCLE Regulation 103(f), this pro bono training allows for attorneys who volunteer with a Qualified Legal Service Provider to convert a minimum of four hours of pro bono work into four pro bono service CLE credits.

AGENDA:

  • RPC 6.1 Overview and Additional Rules to Support Your Pro Bono Effort
  • Ethical Rules and Considerations in Rendering Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Cultural Competencies: What to be aware of when working with clients who face
    • Mental or physical health barriers
    • Limited English Proficient barriers
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Living in a constant state of poverty
  • Strategies, tools and a Road Map to Effectively Communicate with Pro Bono Clients

Space is limited: Register online here.

October 11: Attention 1Ls! Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

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Get Trained. Do Pro Bono. Make a Difference Now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Room 127, 8:30am-3:00pm*

Thinking about volunteering for…

  • Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program (MMP)
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)
  • Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  • CHRJ’s Asylum Application Help Project
  • Environmental Law Society Pro Bono Research Project (ELS)
  • or any of the dozens of community legal aid programs in the Seattle area?

If the answer is YES! then you need to get trained on the fundamentals of providing pro bono legal assistance!

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

Time Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-10:50 Working Across Difference with Clients in Poverty
10:50-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Professionalism & Student Pro Bono Assistance
11:30-12:15 Basic Client Interviewing Skills
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 Crisis and Trauma in Clients
2:15-3:00 Pair up, Hypos & discussion
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-5:30 IFAP training*

October 11: Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014,
Room 117, 8:30am-12:00pm

  • Did you attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training last year?
  • Did you have public interest internship/externship or pro bono experience this past summer?
  • Have you been volunteering for IMAP, IFAP, SYLAW, Bridging the Gap/MMP or out in the community providing pro bono legal assistance?

Attendance required for UW Pro Bono Honors Society membership at graduation.

If you answered YES! then this is a great opportunity to reflect and engage in a deeper analysis to improve skills when providing pro bono legal assistance.

Topics include: lessons from the front lines in managing bias, cultural and cross difference competence as well as secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

October 11: Attention Student Leaders! Leadership Development Workshop

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00– 5:30pm, Room 117

  • Are you a student organization leader or member?
  • Want to learn how to better plan and run your organization?
  • Need some basic tips on how to get funding and plan events at UW Law?

Join us for some nuts and bolts tips and strategies addressing leadership and management fundamentals at UW Law and beyond. All students are welcome.

Topics include: Leadership theory; developing your mission, vision, values; how to use an organizing/strategy chart; best practices for student-led pro bono projects; SBA 101; event planning and funding at UW Law; facilitating meetings and difficult conversations.

These trainings are brought to you by: the UW Law Center for Public Service Law, UW Law Pro Bono Program, Immigrant Families Advocacy Pro-ject, Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington at UW, Out-Laws, Environmental Law Society, CHRJ’s App Help Project & SBA.

October 14: ACLU of Washington – LFO Speaker Training

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Wednesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices (901 5th Ave, Seattle)

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) – fines and fees imposed by the court system on top of criminal convictions – are punishing people for being poor in Washington.  Our state’s system for imposing and collecting LFOs keeps people tied to the criminal system for decades and can even result in people being locked up because they lack the money – creating modern-day debtors’ prisons.

The ACLU of Washington will be training a group of speakers to help us educate impacted individuals and community members all across the state.  The group will learn about how LFOs impact individuals, from sentencing on, and identify the major problems with Washington’s LFO system.  Our goal is to shine light on a broken system and build momentum to enact a comprehensive overhaul of LFO laws that will end debtors prisons in Washington and make our criminal justice system more fair.

ACLU staff attorney Vanessa Hernandez will lead the presentation and provide supporting materials.  Following the training,  the ACLU will send out people to speaking engagements, depending on each person’s availability.

Dial-in access is available.  Dinner will be provided.

If you’re interested in participating, respond to jflodin@aclu-wa.org.

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104

Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart
Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

2014 PRO BONO HONOREES  

Lenell Nussbaum
Suzanne Lee Elliott
For their work on cases related to juvenile life without parole

Carey & Lillevik
For their representation of amici in appeals to establish a right to counsel for all children in foster care

Garvey Schubert Barer
For their longstanding partnership with Columbia Legal Services and commitment to justice for all

Kathleen Phair Barnard  of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP
For advancing the rights of farm worker families in northwest Washington

To RSVP, click here.  RSVP preferred by October 10, 2014.

January 23: Save the Date! Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) 23rd Annual Awards Gala

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March 20-21: Register Now for the Citizen University National Conference – Pre-Sale Tickets Available

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In November we’ll announce the lineup of speakers and teachers at Citizen University’s annual conference and start early-bird registration. But today, we are offering friends like you a chance to buy “pre-sale” tickets at an even more discounted price.

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you.

This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

The Center for Public Service law will coordinate a process to apply for the tickets.  Stay tuned for more info on this if you wish to attend.

To purchase your pre-sale tickets now, click here.

Interested in Children & Youth Advocacy? Multiple Openings Available Now!

California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research Seeking Summer Law Clerk, Due TODAY

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The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has an open position for one law clerk this summer, and multiple open positions in the fall. The law clerk will work with closely with OPR staff on a variety of projects related to water law, drought, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use and the environment. Law clerk will have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about State government and policy development. The law clerk will gain skills and experience in policy research, local government outreach, interagency coordination, land use planning, and more.

OPR is a part of the Governor’s Office. State planning law establishes OPR as the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR is responsible for formulating long-range goals and policies for land use, population growth and distribution, urban expansion, development and resource protection. OPR is also responsible for writing and updating the CEQA and the General Plan Guidelines.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! TeamChild Seeking Staff Attorney in Yakima Office, Open Until Filled

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TeamChild is a nonprofit civil legal services organization in Washington State with offices in King, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima Counties.  Valuing the potential in all young people, TeamChild is a voice for those facing tremendous obstacles due to poverty, racism, homelessness, neglect, abuse and other difficult circumstances.  TeamChild’s work focuses on helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system assert their right to education, mental and medical treatment, and safe living situations.  The program has been recognized nationally for its innovation and effective engagement of young people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima office.  Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile system.  Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to education, housing, health care services, and other civil rights issues.  The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities including partnering with local public defenders on behalf of common clients, community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Equality Now Seeking Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager in New York, Due 4/5

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Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to manage the work of the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF). This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to deliver a flagship global program for girls. Equality Now invites applications from exceptional candidates who have demonstrated an ability to manage international program networks and funds, deliver multi-country programs, and support an international team to drive innovative solutions and effect change for adolescent girls.

This is full-time position based in New York. The AGLDF Program Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Global Director (and in the future, the Program Director). The position requires close collaboration with program officers, communications and development staff across all offices. The Manager will provide both leadership and support to advance the goals and implement the strategic vision of AGLDF.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Seeking Attorney-Advisor (Civil Rights), Due 4/9

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from OJP, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) comply with civil rights laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in the delivery of services or benefits, or in their employment practices.

For a complete description of the position and application details, click here.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Attorney Advisor, Priority Consideration Due 4/10

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The Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to fill several advisory-attorney positions (GS 11/12/13/14) for its Ethics Division, which provides legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in clearing new Presidential appointees in the Senate confirmation process and also provide, in consultation with state bar authorities, guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Although the positions will have generalist ethics responsibilities, depending upon staffing needs, the positions may be focused on providing these services to a principal client agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division satellite office in Silver Spring, MD.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Seeking Children’s Representation Program Manager, Due 4/25

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The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. During the 2014 session, the Washington State Legislature enacted 2ESSB 6126 which provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights.

The Children’s Representation Program Manager will have primary responsibility to establish a program pursuant to which state funding will be made available to underwrite the appointment of attorneys to represent children in accordance with the practice, caseload and training standards outlined in 2ESSB 6126.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! ACLU Headquarters in New York Seeking Legal Intern for Voting Rights Project for Fall 2014, Due 5/12

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The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the Fall of 2014.

The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging voter suppression efforts in North Carolina and onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states including Arizona, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The Project also intervened on behalf of minority voters in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! John Hopkins Health Systems Seeking Legal Fellow in Baltimore, MD, Due 4/7

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Johns Hopkins employs more than 20,000 people annually across our health system.  Upon joining Johns Hopkins, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees.  Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry.  If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join an employer that is a leader and innovator in the healthcare field.

The Legal Department of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting competent and dedicated lawyers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of our department, our clients, and the community. We define diversity broadly to encompass, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, veteran and military status, marital and parental status, and disability. With greater diversity, we will be more creative, effective and inclusive, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, and interests to the practice of law in a corporate setting.

In support of our commitment to provide opportunities to talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds, we offer a one-year legal fellowship. The fellowship is primarily based in the Employment and Labor Affairs practice group, but also provides opportunities to work with other practice groups within the Legal Department.

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

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Seeking Employee Benefits Law Specialist (Pathways Intern), Due 4/9

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA).  EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA’s mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the provisions of ERISA, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other laws affecting group health plans.

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

United Nations PeaceKeeping Operations Seeking Judicial Affairs Officer in New York, Due 4/9

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The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security.  DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations.  DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Service or his/her delegate and will be responsible for the following duties:  Assist the Chief of CLJAS or his/her delegate in the administration of the Service, including the development of workplans and budgetary documents; Contribute to the development of technical guidance materials and training tools, including by collecting lessons learned and best practices from missions for inclusion in new and updating guidance materials and training tools; Work with the Department of Field Support to develop vacancy announcements; screen candidates; and support interview panels for judicial affairs officers for field missions; Liaise with partners within and outside the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including other United Nations entities engaged in the rule of law through the Global Focal Point arrangement and the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group; Draft project proposals for donor funding; Organize briefings, conferences and training events; Prepare, review and edit talking points, memoranda, meeting notes and other documents produced by CLJAS.

 

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

Tips for Table Talk & New Summer Funding Fellowship

Feeling Lost on What to Do at a Career Fair?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

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Whether you plan to attend the NW Public Interest Career Fair or not, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here or register at the door.  View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

SABA North America Announces its First Annual Public Interest Fellowship

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SABA North America is excited to announce its first annual Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 to 2 law students who will be working in the public interest field during the summer of 2014.

All applications should be emailed here.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website here.

Counting self-represented cases now possible

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) releases report that standardizes definitions and counting rules for SRLs

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Reports have long asserted that self-represented litigation, SRL, is on the rise. But validating those reports or accurately appropriating resources to support SRL cases has been nearly impossible for state courts—until now. NCSC has developed a set of standardized definitions, counting rules, and reporting guidelines for national reporting of cases with self-represented litigants. The definitions and counting rules are being incorporated into the latest edition of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, published by the NCSC’s Court Statistics Project (CSP), and also will be included in updates to the court technology functional standards. For years, the lack of standardized definitions and counting rules has prevented state courts from comparing caseloads across jurisdictions and inhibited courts from accurately calculating judges’ and staffs’ workloads. Something as basic as whether to count cases involving self-represented litigants or the litigants themselves is not uniform.  “This represents an important first step toward the routine and systematic use of data to drive management decisions to improve the access to justice for self-represented litigants,” said Shauna Strickland, NCSC senior court research analyst. This project was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute.

Continue reading here.

Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Boosted by Landmark Reparations Bill

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US expected to instruct World Bank [and Inter-American Development Bank] to address atrocities suffered by residents during Chixoy dam construction

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is poised to sign into law next week a landmark bill bringing closer the prospect of reparations for the indigenous Maya Achi community, more than 30 years after hundreds were massacred to clear the way for building the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

The 2014 consolidated appropriations bill, involving more than $1tn, which funds discretionary government spending, instructs the US directors of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – which co-financed construction of the dam – to “report … on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of a 2010 reparation plan (pdf) for damages suffered by the communities when the dam was built”.

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The Hidden Crisis of the Syrian Civil War: An Undereducated Generation

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By Holly Koch, Global WA

In a conflict that has seen little reprieve since its start in March 2011, Syria’s Civil War has had a catastrophic impact on its citizens, approximately 4.5 million1 of whom have been internally displaced and an additional 2,358,180 2 who are now refugees in the surrounding region. Of the neighboring countries bearing the burden of this war, Lebanon and Jordan have seen the greatest number of refugees (approximately 862,000 and 576,000, respectively), with Turkey close behind.34  As with most humanitarian crises, the children of Syria have been disproportionately affected by the struggle between President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian rebels. With nearly 50 percent of Syrian refugees under age 18 and 37 percent under 12, the war-stricken country is in danger of developing a generation of children who fall through the cracks of the education system.

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Free ID Fraud and Debt Relief Webinars, CLS Celebrates Farmerworker Justice & GlobalWA Hosts Foreign Investment and Food Security Talk

July 15- Free Webinar on Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization and Fraud

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During the past year, a multitude of national disasters swept across the United States, from the man-made destruction caused by the Marathon bombings, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Texas explosion, to the natural devastations of severe storms, flooding, Oklahoma tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, and the still ongoing Colorado fires.

Unfortunately, in the wake of and even during these events, scammers and identity thieves are plying their trades, seizing on an opportunity to victimize Americans going through an already horrific time in their lives as well as scam those who try to offer aid.

What can we as professionals do to help prevent the crime and assist the victims in recovery from disaster related fraud and identity theft? The National Identity Theft Victims’ Assistance Network invites you to learn from experts at “Disaster Related Identity Theft Victimization & Fraud,” a free webinar on July 15, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET.

For more info and to register please click here.

July 25- A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley

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Dolores HuertaPlease join Columbia Legal Services as we honor hundreds of farm worker clients whose labor of justice in the case of Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons will be recognized by national civil rights leader and beloved farm worker pioneer Dolores Huerta.

A Harvest of Justice for the Farm Workers of Yakima Valley with Dolores Huerta President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers

July 25, 2013, Thursday,  4:00 p.m.

Radio KDNA – Northwest Community Education Center

121 Sunnyside Ave, Granger, WA 98932

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP Preferred, cheli.bueno@columbialegal.org

July 25- Free Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Webinar

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Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Thursday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. EDT

A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from income driven repayment plans, including President Obama’s new Pay As You Earn program, and exactly how Public Service Loan Forgiveness works.

Learn more about EJW webinars here .

July 30- The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment

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Please join GlobalWA for a fireside chat with Dr.Gregory Myers, Chief Land Tenure & Property Rights Division, USAID,  and Tim Hanstand, President & CEO, Landesa  

When: Tuesday July 30, 4:30-6:30pm

Where: HUB Seattle // 220 2nd Ave S // Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: Member $10 // Non-Member $20

RSVP: Click here! 

“The Global Farms Race: Implications for Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment” will explore the relationship between food security, local land tenure, and poverty.  For those not familiar, the global farms race is the practice of wealthy countries or investors leasing or buying outright huge swaths of arable land in low-income countries, often displacing local populations without consultation or compensation.

Using real world examples of land right acquisition from Benin to Tajikistan, Dr. Myers will demonstrate the importance of inclusive land use policy in ensuring proper nutrition, mitigating conflict, gender equality, environmental conservation, and ending the cycle of poverty in many low-income countries.

Dr. Myers will highlight how developing countries, investors, international organizations such as USAID and DFID, and non-profits like Landesa, are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the Global Farms Race. And will discuss how with strong land tenure policies and transparency, the Global Farms Race can benefit both investors and locals alike.”

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State Civil Legal Aid Funding Protected, New UN Gender Indicators, Interactive Poverty Map & LBAW Immigation Clinic

WA Equal Jusitce Coalition Reports State Legal Aid Funding Preserved

EqualJusticeUnderLawImageState legal aid funding has been protected for the 2013-2015 biennium. The Governor signed into law the agreed upon budget that adopts the House appropriations level for the Office of Civil Legal Aid, funding OCLA and Northwest Justice Project at the same level that the Legislature provided in the 2011-2013 biennium.

At a time when budgets were slashed for many entities, this result is a huge relief. This result could not have been possible without the help of countless equal justice advocates and supporters who wrote loads of emails and made calls to legislators. As you will recall, the Senate originally proposed cuts to legal aid of about $5 million, which would have been devastating. For more about the Equal Justice Coalition please click here.

New Poverty Rates Mapping Tool

prracThe Poverty & Race Research Action Council reports a that there’s a new interactive map from the Urban Institute that graphically shows shifts in poverty rates in both urban and suburban areas from 1980 to 2010 – zoom in to see how your metro area has changed (and hasn’t changed).

To Improve Data Collection, UN Agrees on Ground-Breaking Gender Indicators

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Data collection on social and economic development has come a long way, particularly since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the eight anti-poverty goals internationally agreed upon more than a decade ago. Yet, much remains to be done, particularly in the area of gender statistics, which can help to illustrate the impact development policies have on women’s lives. For example, only a little over one-third of Governments regularly generate statistics on their citizens’ access to clean water, which directly impacts the women who spend hours collecting it; and while the figures are somewhat higher when it comes to measuring violence against women, only 41 per cent of States do so regularly. [1] But very little of this data can be compared between countries because of differences in how violence against women is currently being measured. Read more here.

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Spring in Events in Full Swing

Challenges Facing Diverse Attorneys

SJTlogoTuesday, April 30, 12:30-1:20pm,  Room 133, Gates Hall

The Minority Law Students Association invites you to join Chach Duarte White, Consultant for TrueBearing, and formerly Diversity Program Manager at the Washington State Bar Association. She will be discussing the WSBA Membership study which was in the spring of 2011 in order to achieve four interlocking goals:

1) Gather reliable demographic and career-related data about the WSBA membership overall;

2) Initiate an exploration of the characteristics and work experiences of diverse segments of the membership;

3) Explore patterns of professional transitions among the WSBA membership, identifying causal factors where possible, and

4) Establish a statistically reliable database that can serve as:

• a practical benchmark for understanding membership trends,

• a guide to policy and program planning, and

• a clear baseline for use in future program evaluation.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, April 29, 2013. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

Need to Rethink Your Job Search Strategy? Recently Changed Your Career Goals? Interested in Public Service/ Public Interest? Attend the Four Job Search Essentials Workshop

Job SearchThursday, May 2, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 212

It’s never too late to take a step back and evaluate your professional development, career goals and strategies. In fact, job seekers who regularly spend some quality time examining their values, passions, skills, interests and experiences write better cover letters, perform better in interviews and feel more comfortable networking.

Join Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law and Amy Kosterlitz, Professional Development Consultant, for an interactive small group workshop where you’ll get to take a step back and assess where you are and where you want to go in your professional development. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students are all welcome.

Please RSVP in Symplicity or via gatespsl@uw.edu.

burma051313Please join the Asian Law Center, on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary and the Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program’s 20th Anniversary, for a roundtable discussion honoring Professor Roy Prosterman Founder of Landesa and the Sustainable International Development Law LL.M. Program at UW School of Law.

After more than 50 years of internal repression, civil wars and estrangement from the international community, Myanmar (Burma) has embarked on a process of reform. The country looks set once again to engage with the global economy.

What role can law play in alleviating poverty and in promoting responsible investment in Myanmar? Join a panel discussion that will discuss emerging legal challenges to inclusive development in Myanmar.

For complete program info and to RSVP please click here.