Attention 3Ls! Are You Interested in Human Rights? Join the IACHR as a Fellow!

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP Summer 2016 Law Clerk Paid Position Due Today

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Our diverse docket focuses on environmental protection, federal public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, health and consumer safety, and open government.  The person hired for this law clerk position will assist our litigation and related efforts in several of these topical areas.  Responsibilities will include legal research and writing; cite-checking briefs; attending oral arguments; and drafting comments, declarations, public records requests, and pleadings.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Legal Interns/Externs, Fall Quarter Applicants Due Tomorrow

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of
appeal.

For more information, click here.

Department of Interior – Office of the Solicitor Seeking Attorney Adviser in Salt Lake City, Due 9/17

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With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department’s Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.

This is an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 2 year, for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. This appointment may be extended for additional periods of time without further competition. The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

For more information, click here.

The Progress Alliance of Washington is Seeking New Operations Manager, Due 9/24

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The Progress Alliance of Washington is looking for an exceptional person to fill our new Operations Manager position. This is a full-time position and requires a diverse set of skills, attributes, and experience. The Operations Manager will work in collaboration with our entire team to support our grant programs, donor events, and internal operations.

Are you a leader looking to build political power in our state? Love working in collaboration to find creative solutions to thorny problems? Passionate about organizing for change? Join our team!

For more information, click here.

Romulo Gallegos Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 9/24

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Program Intern, Due 9/25

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

The International Human Rights (IHR) docket focuses on holding government officials and corporations accountable for serious violations of international law, primarily under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. It works primarily in U.S. courts, but also is involved in litigation in foreign and international courts, and advocacy using regional or international human rights mechanisms.

For more information, click here.

Department of Health and Human Services Seeking General Attorney, General Law Division, Due 9/25

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. This is a General Attorney position in the Claims and Employment Law Branch in the General Law Division.  The Office is seeking an attorney with experience in federal employment and labor law.  The incumbent will litigate cases before the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA and arbitrators.  Other duties will include providing litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices when cases are appealed into federal court and preparing legal opinion on all aspects of federal employment and labor law matters.

For more information, click here.

District Attorney’s Office of San Diego Seeking 2016 Summer Certified Legal Intern, Due 9/25

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The Summer Legal Intern program is a volunteer internship position open to 2L students only.  These internship positions can provide invaluable experience to law students interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Summer Legal Interns work closely with Deputy District Attorneys in all phases of prosecution.  Employment in this position would start in mid?to?late May 2016 and end in mid?to?late August 2016.

Last year our Office had Summer Legal Interns from 23 different law schools.  We hope to continue to attract dedicated, diverse and passionate law students who aspire to pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

For more information, click here.

Montana Legal Services Association Seeking Director of Litigation, Screening to Begin 9/25

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The Director of Litigation will work with the Executive Director to oversee the development and coordination of MLSA’s advocacy efforts.  The Litigation Director will be responsible for the planning, development and coordination of MLSA’s litigation strategy through lead counseling and co-counseling of major litigation, back-up of individual advocates and offices, and the training and coordination of MLSA’s substantive practice groups.  The Litigation Director also will carry a small active case load. The Litigation Director will have responsibility for supervising legal work and advocates across Montana.  The Litigation Director shall be responsible for ensuring client-centered and zealous advocacy by MLSA advocates, and for overseeing and advancing MLSA’s systemic advocacy efforts.  Travel within and without Montana will be required as needed.

For more information, click here.

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Seeks Spring 2016 Law Clerk, Due 9/27

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The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition.

Assignments will vary. In general, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting motions, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the protection of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws. An internship provides an outstanding opportunity to work on cutting edge issues of environmental law.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! Paid Internship with Goldmark Equal Justice Internship!

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Domestic Violence Legal Program Managing Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Are you an experienced attorney in the area of Domestic Violence and Family Law? Do you have experience in successfully managing employees, programs and volunteers? If the answer is yes, then ELAP has a dynamic opportunity for you to make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Program. ELAP provides civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence (DV) throughout King County. As a member of the leadership team this position reports to the Executive Director.

For more information click here.

Ziontz Chestnut Law Firm Seeking Entry-Level Associate Attorney

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Small, well-established Seattle law firm seeks entry-level associate with a strong academic background and excellent research and writing skills to join its practice beginning in fall 2016.  The firm primarily represents American Indian tribes, and also represents environmental organizations, businesses and individuals.  Work on litigation, transactional and other matters with dedicated attorneys who enjoy their careers.  Salary depends on qualifications.  Please send your cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample as a single PDF file by September 30, 2015, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com or 2101 4th Avenue, #1230, Seattle, WA, 98121.

For more information, click here.

National Indian Gaming Commission Seeking Records and Information Management Specialist, Due 9/2

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As an independent federal regulatory agency, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) was established pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA).

The Commission’s primary mission is to work within the framework created by IGRA for the regulation of gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands to fully realize IGRA’s goals. The NIGC offers an exciting, rewarding and challenging opportunity to be a part of positive interaction in Indian Country. The opportunity to work with Indian Nations, tribal regulatory partners and others within the Indian gaming community will offer experiences not offered anywhere else in the federal government.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Environmental and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Seeking Law Student Volunteer for ENRD Law Clerk Program, Due 9/6 (2Ls), 1/3 (1Ls and 2Ls)

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ENRD invites 1L and 2L applicants to apply for volunteer (unpaid) legal internships in
ENRD’s Law Clerk Program. Applications for 8-week internships in Washington, D.C. for
Summer 2016 will be accepted from August 1, 2015 to September 6, 2015 (from 2L applicants)
and from December 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (for 1L and 2L applicants). Admission is rolling,
and 2L applicants who are not selected during the first period ending on September 6 will be
considered in the second period of applications.

For more information, click here.

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal Seeking Bilingual Spanish/English Staff Attorney, Priority Consideration to Applications Received Before 9/7

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Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is the first nonprofit in the country to guarantee the ability to access legal representation for everyone living in a single neighborhood. We believe that everyone should be able to use the law to improve their lives and solve their problems. We believe that when this happens, poverty can be dramatically reduced.

We’re hiring a staff attorney to help us tackle the tough cases. This position will focus on family law cases, including domestic violence restraining orders, but will also include work in a variety of other subject areas. This position, like all our positions, also includes a significant volunteer management component: you will be expected to help train, mentor, and manage our legal volunteers.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 3Ls! Attorney General’s Honors Program Application Period Now Open for Entry-Level Attorneys, Due 9/8

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The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the Department of Justice’s recruitment
program for entry-level attorneys, and is the only way DOJ hires law students directly out of law
school. Judicial law clerks, full-time graduate law program (LLM) students, and law school
graduates in qualifying full-time legal fellowships are also eligible. The first opportunity for law
students to apply for the Honors Program is the summer before their third year of law school.
For the 2015-2016 Attorney General’s Honors Program, the on-line centralized electronic
application opened on July 31, 2015, and will close on September 8, 2015. Environment and Natural Resources Division intends to fill 10 slots this year.

For more information, click here.

Alaska Supreme Court Clerkship for Fall 2016, Due 9/11

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The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for Fall 2016 for the Alaska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court is the appellate court of final authority in Alaska. There are five Supreme Court Justices. Four  justices are located in Anchorage, one justice is in Fairbanks. The Court of Appeals hears appeals in criminal and quasi -criminal cases (such as juvenile delinquency cases). There are three appellate judges, all located in Anchorage. Judicial clerks conduct legal research and prepare memoranda of law for judges or justices. Positions commence mid-August to early September 2016.

Justice Craig Stowers will be conducting interviews for the whole Court at UW Law on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Justice Stowers will become Chief Justice in July.)

To apply for positions in the Supreme Court and be considered for an interview with Chief Justice Stowers on October 1, applicants must submit the following: a cover letter, resume, a copy of all law school transcripts, and a brief writing sample which was not substantially edited by someone else. Two or three letters of recommendation from law professors or employers are also required to complete the application and be considered for an interview. All application material should be delivered to the Center for Public Service Law in Room 346 by Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Please note this date is earlier than deadlines posted on the Court’s website.

You only need to submit one set of application materials, addressed to:

Chief Justice Craig Stowers
Alaska Supreme Court
303 K Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

To request letters of recommendation from UW Law faculty, please use the LOR Tracker.

General application guidelines and application procedures for lower courts can be found in guidelines set forth on the Alaska Courts webpage here.

If you are considering a post-graduate judicial clerkship and have not yet signed up for UW Law’s Class of 2016 judicial clerkship mailing list, please do so by clicking here and following the instructions. Please include your full name to expedite the approval of your subscription request. We often send information about judicial clerkships to this mailing list rather than the entire student body. As you may have heard, some judges begin reviewing applications outside of any established recruiting schedule. We collect this information and share it as much as we can, but it is important for you to also do your own research into courts and judges.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking Academic & Attorney Programs Coordinator, Due 9/30

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks a dedicated, motivated, skilled attorney to coordinate innovative national programs in core action areas of curriculum enrichment, community building, and professional development.

The Academic & Attorney Programs Coordinator (AAPC) will work closely with the Director of Academic & Professional Programs to oversee projects within the Curriculum Enrichment, Community Building, and Professional Development program areas. Projects include: Course Campaigns and Survey; Scholarship; Alumni and Attorney Outreach; and Continuing Legal Education (CLEs). This position has a national scope and offers abundant opportunities for professional growth in a supportive atmosphere.

For more information, click here.

Asylum Access Seeking Refugee Rights Toolkit Intern, Due 9/30

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Asylum Access is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to realizing refugee rights in the Africa, Asia and Latin America through legal services, community legal empowerment, policy advocacy and litigation. The organization is currently seeking an intern to support the ongoing development of the Refugee Rights Toolkit.

The Refugee Rights Toolkit intern will be report directly to the Global Strategy and Operations Director and participate in developing a cutting-edge tool to support the development of refugee rights projects world-wide. In doing so, s/he will have the opportunity to lead dynamic research projects, work in a relaxed and supportive working environment, develop a solid understanding of the refugee rights and refugee response regime and receive mentoring by leading refugee rights lawyers and advocates.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! Legal Foundation of Washington’s Goldmark Internship Program Now Accepting Applications, Paid Position, Due 10/16

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The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is a 10 week, paid summer internship for 2Ls and 3Ls. Created in honor of LFW’s second president, Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship provides hands-on experience in providing legal aid through research, writing, casework, and client services. In addition to gaining valuable experience in public interest law, the Goldmark Intern receives an $8,000 stipend.

Please see LFW’s Goldmark Internship Program webpage for details of the host program site, Northwest Justice Project’s RISE project, which provides legal services to currently and recently incarcerated mothers.

For more information, click here.

Equal Rights Advocates Offering Ruth Chance Law Fellowship, Due 10/26

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ERA is now accepting applications for our one-to-two-year in-house Ruth Chance Law Fellowship for the period beginning in the fall of 2016.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellowship is an entry level position for a recent law school graduate, which offers the opportunity to obtain training and experience in litigation and other aspects of public interest practice.  As a member of the legal team at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow oversees the Advice and Counseling program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy efforts.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellow is a one- or two-year position (renewable by mutual agreement) beginning in August 2016.  This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive public interest fellowship salary and excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation.

For more information, click here.

California Department of Justice Seeking Executive Office Legal Intern, Due 10/31

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Legal Internships in the Attorney General’s Executive Office are designed for current law students who have completed at least one year of law school coursework. Internships are available in the Attorney General’s San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles Offices. These positions are unpaid and interns are responsible for their own transportation. Internships are available during the Summer term (application deadline: January 31st), the Fall term (application deadline: July 31st), and the Spring term (application deadline: October 31st). Interns are asked to dedicate at least 24 hours a week during the school year or 40 hours a week during the summer.

For more information, click here.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Seeking Research Assistant or Associate – Federal Budget and Tax Policy, Position Open Until Filled (Applicant Must Be Available to Start This Fall)

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nationally recognized non-profit that conducts research on budget, tax, and other issues and promotes policies to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income people.  We are seeking a Research Assistant or Associate (RA) – title commensurate with experience – to work with a team of highly skilled national policy analysts on a range of current federal budget, tax, and low-income policy issues.

The RA will collect and analyze data, develop written analyses and graphic presentations of findings, and use academic research and other resources.  The RA will help prepare reports on, and analyses of, major decisions before Congress and the Executive Branch, examining the budget implications of such proposals, how their benefits would be distributed across different income groups, and the extent to which they will likely achieve their stated objectives.  The RA will also work on projects for Policy Futures, a new Center initiative that focuses on medium- and long-term policy challenges, particularly the link between budget choices and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.  In addition, the RA will respond to information requests by policymakers, the media, and other national organizations.

For more information, click here.

Are You Interested in Business Law? Learn How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice!

Food For Thought on Privilege from the World Trust’s Summer of Justice & Racial Healing Series

By World Trust

Spotlight on Business Law Pro Bono: How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice

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By Kimberly Lowe | ABA Dialogue

“Pro bono service has to become as much a part of our substantive efforts as corporate law, tax law, real estate law and all of the other aspects of law that form part of our business law practice.—Joseph Mullaney, General Counsel of Gillette Company

Business law lawyers often feel challenged to provide pro bono legal services within their legal practice area. In an effort to increase the number of pro bono volunteers, many pro bono organizations and professionals claim (and in some instances proclaim) how much business law lawyers grow when they “step out of their comfort zone” and tackle litigation-based pro bono cases. Most business law lawyers (myself included) take offense to the suggestion that we somehow need to grow. Instead of encouraging a business law lawyer to grow experientially through litigation based pro bono, we should encourage each business law lawyer to use his or her legal skills to meet the ethical obligations of ABA Model Rule 6.1, which encourages every lawyer to provide pro bono legal services to “persons of limited means or . . . charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means.” A business law lawyer need not depart from his or her practice area in order to meet this obligation. Assisting a client of limited means in obtaining economic justice (or a nonprofit organization assisting their clients to do the same) is just as laudable as battling on behalf of a client of limited means in a court of law.

Continue reading here.

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Now Accepting Applications for Practice of Law Board, Due 8/21

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The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the Practice of Law Board. The Board was created by the Washington Supreme Court in 2001 and Reconstituted in July 2015. This Board will focus on:

  • Convening stakeholders to discuss the Practice of Law Board’s future and submit recommendations to the Court;
  • Educating the public about how to receive competent legal assistance; and
  • Considering new avenues for nonlawyers to provide legal and law-related services
  • Rendering Advisory Opinions
  • Referring non-frivolous complaints alleging unauthorized practice of law to appropriate authorities

The Court appoints members after considering nominations from the Practice of Law Board, the Board of Governors and other interested people and organizations. The Board has 13 members and at least four must be community representatives. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment to a second term. Lawyer members must be WSBA members on active status. Terms begin Oct. 1, 2015. The Board will have up to 11 openings, including at least three community representatives.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2015. Please apply only for the Practice of Law Board, as the deadline for other opportunities has passed.

Justice Department Condemns Local Criminalization of Homelessness, Files Brief in Case Against Boise, Idaho

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By National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty | Idaho Legal Aid Services

On August 6, 2015, the Department of Justice put enforcement power behind longstanding federal policy against criminalization of homelessness by filing a statement of interest brief in a case opposing a Boise, ID anti-camping ordinance brought by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) and Idaho Legal Aid Services, with the pro bono support of Latham & Watkins LLP.

The NLCHP case, filed in 2009, seeks to overturn a Boise ordinance which criminalizes sleeping in public, even when there are not enough shelter beds available to homeless individuals. Boise amended its ordinance in 2014 in response to the lawsuit, but continues to allow police to ticket homeless persons if any shelter beds are open, even if those beds are unavailable to individuals due to disability or religious objection, and although the total number of homeless people in Boise far exceeds the number of beds.

Continue reading here.

Coming Full Circle

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By Kate Clark | The Daily UW

At the age of 12, Krystal Koop found herself living on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. An abusive relationship was the primary catalyst to her two years of homelessness. She couch-surfed, spent innumerable nights in shelters, and, on the good days, found refuge in a close friend’s home.

At 14, she got shingles — an extremely painful skin rash very rare among teenagers — from the stress and trauma she endured daily. It went untreated for weeks. She had no access to proper treatment or someone she could readily confide in. Eventually, her close friend’s mom, the one she spent many nights with, noticed her itching and squirming.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” the woman asked Koop.

“There were so many reasons why I couldn’t, didn’t say anything,” Koop said.

Continue reading here. Photo credit of Lindsey Yamada.

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Entry-Level Attorney

API Chaya Seeking Legal Intern for Fall/Winter Quarters, Paid Position, Open Until Filled

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API Chaya is seeking a legal intern committed to a minimum of six months with our organization. The intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors.

A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Voter-Engagement Advocate, Full Time Position, Limited Term

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal Seeks UW Law Interns for Fall or Winter, Position Open Until Filled

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Litigation Interns are a vital part of our mission to ensure universal access to civil representation for everyone in San Francisco’s highest need neighborhoods. We operate as a general counsel for the neighborhood, helping people with legal issues in over three dozen practice areas.

In our litigation program, you will assist our senior staff attorney in litigation cases that impact many community members. Currently, we are looking for help in a potential suit against a housing provider for fraudulently embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars owned by low-income residents. Possible assignments include interviewing clients and witnesses, investigation and analysis of records and legal documents, drafting memoranda, drafting pleadings and motions, obtaining declarations, and propounding and responding to discovery. We value interns who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and project management skills.

To apply, fill out the volunteer form here and email a cover letter and resume to Adrian Tirtanadi, Executive Director.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Advocacy Counsel

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Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  The Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance Human Rights First’s objectives to protect the rights of refugees. S/he will develop plans to persuade policy makers to adopt the Human Rights First’s proposals drawing on resources from across the organization including Human Rights First’s experts in refugee policy, the organization’s communications team, other members of the government relations department, the refugee representation team, and the organization’s leadership.  The Advocacy Counsel will be Human Rights First’s lead liaison on refugee protection issues to the Department of State, Justice, and Homeland Security, the corresponding Congressional committees, Congressional leadership, and other decision makers as necessary, working with other team members.

For more information, click here.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Seeking Government Relations & Public Affairs Intern for Fall 2015, Paid Position

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Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

LSC is accepting applications from current undergraduate, graduate, and law school students.  Ideal candidates can work independently, will have excellent research and writing skills and an interest in public service, government or congressional affairs, public affairs or communications. Should have a good understanding of social media and working knowledge of Microsoft Office projects (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  The internship will run from September – December 2015.

For more information, click here.

State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services Seeking Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (Contested Case Representative), Due 8/7

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is a progressive business regulatory state agency dedicated to the mission of protecting and serving Oregon’s consumers and workers while supporting a positive business climate.  The successful candidates will represent the division throughout the contested case hearing process, including making recommendations to the administrator and boards for handling of cases, preparing appropriate filings and notices, conducting alternative dispute resolution and coordinating with respondents and the Office of Administrative Hearings. In certain instances the individual represents the division during a contested case hearing.

For more information, click here.

East Bay Community Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Due 8/9

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The Health & Welfare Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to provide representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families assisted through our medical-legal partnerships with East Bay hospitals and our weekly Public Benefits Clinic, and to assist with the training and supervision of law student interns. The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills; experience in public benefits advocacy; interest in training law students; and a passion for working with low-income people.

EBCLC is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As UC Berkeley Law School’s community-based clinic, EBCLC is currently the largest provider of free legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay, with a staff of 40 and an annual roster of 150 law student interns providing services to 5,000 clients each year.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment Seeking Food Access Planner, Due 8/11

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The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) was established as an executive office in 2000 to develop and coordinate environmental policies and programs. As the Food Access Planner, you will strategically grow the Fresh Bucks program to increase access to healthy food for low-income families. Through strategic planning and partnerships, project management, communication and outreach, and collaboration with internal and community partners, you will increase use of the program, expand locations where affordable healthy food is available, and develop leading-edge strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income households.  You will lead OSE’s Fresh Bucks work and also be responsible for managing OSE’s role as the lead partner for Seattle and King County in a recently awarded federal grant, including oversight of federal and matching funds, working closely with the grant lead (Washington State Dept. of Health) and other statewide sub-awardees, and managing implementation and evaluation activities.  This is a key opportunity to develop and manage a program to increase equitable outcomes in our City.

For more information, click here.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Level I Attorney, Due 8/14

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Under general supervision, the Level 1 Attorney represents indigents in criminal cases filed in Snohomish County District Court and Mental Health Civil Commitments.  The Level 1 Attorney must have experience or demonstrated commitment to defending and working with indigent people.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sara Wilson.  Applicants selected for interviews will also need to submit references and a writing sample.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director for Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Position Open Until Filled

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic, cultural, and linguistic life. To realize our goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an innovative and experienced Deputy Director who will help OIRA build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

You will develop an innovative growth plan for OIRA to ensure the equitable inclusion of immigrant and refugee needs across all City programs and policies, including preschool, employment, economic development, transit, parks, public safety, and the protection of civil rights, among many others. You’ll use your policy analysis, political judgment and legislative advocacy to address the existing and emerging needs of immigrants and refugees. You will have the opportunity to lead engagement strategies across all OIRA programs and build strong relationships with stakeholders across the City, helping to create an environment that welcomes the participation and engagement of immigrants and refugees in all areas. You will work with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to advance the mission of OIRA.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Justice is Hiring Paid Summer Interns & Entry-Level Attorneys!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) opens July 31, 2015.  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and a link to the application is here.  SLIP information and a link to the application is here.  Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Attention Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open

Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Outlaws and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  Will you be on a pro bono project board or steering committee next year?

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30.

See the syllabus here. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono project.  Photo courtesy of StockVault.

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Mobile App

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Get the latest information about legal careers at Justice with our mobile app, DOJ Law Jobs. Users can quickly and easily create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.  DOJ Law Jobs is available for free on iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad, and the Play Store for Android devices.

Professionalism Tip of the Week! 10 Common Email Mistakes: Using Email Effectively 

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By Keith Jackson | Mind Tools

How many hours do you spend communicating by email every day?  Most of us would answer “Too many!”  According to a study by McKinsey® & Company, people spend 28 percent of their working week reading and replying to emails. However, despite the risk of becoming overloaded with messages, it remains one of the most powerful and efficient communication tools.

Using email is a quick and easy way to stay connected with your team members, customers and stakeholders, particularly those who are geographically dispersed. However, it can be very easy to send ineffective emails, create the wrong impression, or even damage your reputation with sloppy practices.  In this article, we’ll look at 10 common mistakes that people make when they send emails, and explore what you can do to avoid these.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Biletskiy Evgeniy

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Council on Public Defense

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The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Today, the CPD provides a unique and valuable forum for bringing together representatives of the Bar, prosecutors, private and public criminal defense counsel, the bench, elected officials and the public.

The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the CPD. Except as noted, the members of the CPD are appointed for two-year terms, with the ability to renew their membership on the CPD for up to four years. All positions will begin Oct. 1, 2015. The open positions include:

  • Three current or former prosecutors/city attorneys. Two of the prosecutors/city attorneys will be appointed for two-year terms. One prosecutor/city attorney will be appointed for a one-year term.
  • One at-large member who will be appointed for a one-year term.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015. Please do not apply for any committee other than the Council on Public Defense, as the deadline for other committees has passed.

Interested in Voting Rights? Position Opening With ACLU of Washington!

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Deputy Director, Due 7/27

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is known nationally for its excellent legal representation of indigent clients in King County.  DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court.

DPD is looking for a Deputy Director who will assist the Director in leading this dynamic department. Per county code, the Deputy will serve as interim Public Defender in the event of a vacancy and act in her stead, as needed. The Deputy will supervise several attorney managers, providing leadership, support, and direction in all of DPD’s practice areas and in the department’s day-to-day operations, including strategic planning, policy development, hiring, and general department oversight. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a public defender, a passion for client-centered public defense, a commitment to addressing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and a collaborative, solutions-focused leadership style.

For more information, click here.

Department of Justice Special Litigation Section Seeking Deputy Chief (Supervisory Trial Attorney), Due 7/28

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The Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Chief. The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section’s work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (“HCFAC”) program, with an emphasis on the Section’s matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). More specifically, most of the incumbent’s work will be devoted to supervising the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of matters involving the unnecessary segregation or the risk of unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions. Most of the work involves allegations of patterns or practices of unlawful conduct.

For more information, click here.  For other position openings with SPL, click here.  Application period closes 7/21.

Honorable Richard Jones of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Externs 2015-2016

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The Honorable Richard A. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for full-time externs in the 2015-2016 school year. The Court has both a criminal and civil caseload.  Externs for Judge Jones will be performing legal research, writing memoranda, and drafting judicial orders.  There may be opportunities to work closely with Judge Jones’s current law clerks on current and on-going cases.  There will be exposure to a variety of legal issues including; employment discrimination, admiralty, personal injury, patent infringement, class actions, criminal and civil procedure, and criminal and civil trial preparation. Applicants must have completed Evidence. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and list of three references as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Richard A. Jones
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Seattle, WA 98101

Justice Charles K. Wiggins Now Accepting Applications for Fall Quarter Externs

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Justice Charles K. Wiggins is accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Sylvia Campbell at Sylvia.Campbell@courts.wa.gov.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/7

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NWIRP’s Seattle Office services low-income immigrants and refugees in Western Washington. The office provides direct legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys, pro se assistance, and workshops on immigration matters ranging from asylum, citizenship, family petitions, and protections for immigrant children and victims of crimes.

The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For more information, click here.

Department of Public Defense Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit. Applicants must be Rule 9 eligible.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense. Job duties include assisting attorneys at hearings with in and out-of-custody arraignments, pretrial hearings, sentencing and probation review; legal research and writing; assisting with trial preparation; and others.

For more information, click here. 

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Voting Rights Researcher (9 Mo. Position), Open Until Filled

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The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.  Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.

We are seeking a Voting Rights Researcher to help identify jurisdictions in Washington that fall short of providing fair and open voting and elections practices.  In particular the ACLU is investigating whether electoral practices provide racial and ethnic minorities a meaningful voice in local government and whether counties are recognizing the rights of all voters.  The Voting Rights Researcher will be a member of the Legal Department and supervised by a Staff Attorney.

For more information, click here.

The San Juan Preservation Trust Seeks Assistant Director, Open Until Filled

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Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) is a nationally accredited private, non-profit and membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director by managing day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. Primary responsibilities include oversight and/or support for all of the organization’s administrative activities, including budgeting, planning, trustee engagement, staff and committee coordination, implementation and tracking of new initiatives, and overall organizational effectiveness. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director, supervises one staff member (our Office Manager), supports logistical, budgeting and financial functions for our program directors (Development, Conservation and Stewardship), and works closely with the Executive Director, staff, a 21-member board of trustees, and numerous committees and advisory bodies. Our entire staff, including this position, actively participates in fundraising, outreach and membership engagement activities, and is required to perform a wide variety of tasks as needed.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks U.S. Policy & Advocacy Law Student Intern for Fall 2015, Open Until Filled

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) department is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to federal policy analysis and nonprofit advocacy. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to day operations of a dynamic in-house federal policy team, including legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is part-time, and will begin in September 2015 and end in November 2015. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student’s academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit from their schools. If credit is not offered by your school, a small stipend may be available for the right candidate.

For more information, click here.

United Nations Seeking Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) P-3

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The position is intended to fill functions of short-term duration This temporary position is initially offered for three (3) months with possibility of extension. All posts are subject to availability of funds.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer P3 reports directly to the Head of the Policy and Planning Unit, located under the Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS), within the Emergency Services Branch (ESB), Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, click here.

Check Out This Post-Grad Opportunity to Serve Human Rights in Alaska

Cohen Weiss & Simon, LLP Seeking Law Clerks in NY for Fall 2015, Paid Position

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Cohen, Weiss, and Simon LLP is a full service union-side labor, employee benefits, and employment law firm. The firm represents national, regional and local labor unions, pension plans, and the interests of employees in a wide variety of matters.

Applicants should have strong research and writing skills.  Course work in labor law, employment law and/or ERISA is preferred.  Experience working for a labor union as well as journal and/or moot court experience is desirable.  Compensation is $25/hour.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Yakama Tribal Court Seeking Immediate Summer Intern

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The intern works directly for Chief Judge Ted Strong.  All work assignments will be issued by the Chief Judge at the beginning of each work week by personal discussion. On any given week the intern will be asked to attend both criminal and civil court hearings with the Chief Judge for the purpose of assisting in the writing of court orders.

The intern will conduct research to assist the Chief Judge in his writing of motions mostly in criminal court such as dismiss for lack of properly stated crime; suppression of evidence; dismiss for improper arrest; dismiss or combine charges based on duplicity; dismiss for lack of jurisdiction; and many other motions.

The intern will be asked to publish court orders, motion orders and tribal traditional orders. At times the intern will assist the Chief Judge in preparing materials for public speaking  engagements and researching materials for public meetings with various officials. The intern will be asked to help arrange electronic files in chronological or other order. The intern will assist the Chief Judge in writing the Yakama Nation Bar documents.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Chief Judge Strong at tstrong@yakama.com.

Alaska Human Rights Commission Seeking Human Rights Field Representative III, Due 7/8 by 5:00 PM

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The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is seeking a qualified individual to investigate and resolve discrimination cases.

The Human Rights Commission is located in Anchorage and is an executive branch agency within the State of Alaska, Office of the Governor. The Commission is seeking an investigator (Human Rights Field Representative III) to analyze facts, apply discrimination law theories, draft determinations, negotiate settlements, and manage a monthly case load of approximately 35 cases. The investigator will also conduct intakes with Alaskans who allege violations of the state human rights law, draft complaints of discrimination, conduct witness interviews, and write reports. This position requires skill in reading and understanding civil rights statutes, court decisions, and legal precedents. This position also require the ability to conduct impartial investigations, analyze evidence, draw logical conclusions, prepare clear and comprehensive investigative reports, and work independently. Knowledge of civil rights law and procedure and theories of discrimination is required. One year of experience as a Human Rights Field Representative II with the State or the equivalent elsewhere is required.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Center for Justice and Accountability Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Intern in Human Rights Litigation, Due 7/13

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The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) is now seeking applications for legal internships at our San Francisco headquarters for Fall 2015. CJA is a nonprofit international human rights organization with the mission to end torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world.

We generally accept second and third-year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice Seeking Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/13

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The U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights.  The Civil Rights Division (CRT or Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs.  The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions of public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) who is supported by five Deputy Assistant Attorneys General (DAAGs).  Each DAAG is responsible for reviewing  the work on policy issues and other matters related to the sections he or she supervises.

For more information, click here.