Interested in Housing Policy Development? Position Opening with City of Seattle

Fair Foods Standards Council Seeking Human Rights Attorney, Spanish or Haitian Creole Fluency Required

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to
monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human
rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair
Food Program (FFP).

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft
comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation
and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare
memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and
director, as well as the public.

For more information, click here.

Washington Dental Service Foundation Seeking Policy Advocate & Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation is seeking a strategic, organized individual to lead the Foundation’s strategies for influencing public policy.

Our Policy Advocate & Analyst position involves identifying and analyzing public policies that will improve oral health in our state and nationally. This role builds knowledge of, and relationships within, the oral health, children’s health, and seniors health arenas — both locally and nationally. Our knowledge- and relationship-building efforts share the goal of creating the political will to change policies. Additionally, our Policy Advocate & Analyst partners with the Delta Dental of Washington Government Relations staff and the Foundation’s lobbyist in order to position the Foundation as the state’s oral health expert.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! US Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) Now Open!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is NOW open!  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and link to the application is here.   SLIP information and a link to the application are here.

Important Details:

We have approximately 217 Honors Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (14)
  • Civil Division (30)
  • Civil Rights Division (12)
  • Criminal Division (9)
  • Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program (3) – This is a three-year fellowship which may be extended or converted to a permanent position.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (3)
  • Environment & Natural Resources Division (10)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (95)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel (2) NEW!
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (4)
  • Indian Country Fellowship (1)
  • INTERPOL (1) NEW!
  • National Security Division (5: 3 permanent and 2 three-year fellowships)
  • Office of Information Policy (1) – Informal Participant
  • Tax Division (12)
  • U.S. Trustee Program (8)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Arizona, California, Ohio, and New York (7) (eligibility restrictions)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Vermont and Illinois (2) NEW! – Informal Participant (eligibility restrictions)

We have approximately 104 Summer Law Intern Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (23)
  • Civil Division (23)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (18)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (11)
  • Office of Information Policy (3)
  • Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (2)
  • Office of Legal Counsel (1) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Office of the Solicitor General (2) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Tax Division (15 – 20)
  • U.S. Parole Commission (1)

Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Externship Opportunities Available During 2015-2016 Academic Year

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Listed below are externship opportunities available during the 2015-2016 school year. For additional information about these and other externship opportunities, please check the list of approved externship placements here.  If you are interested in exploring an externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form here.

Judicial Externship: Washington Supreme Court’s Justice Mary Fairhurst Still Accepting Fall Quarter Applications

Justice Mary Fairhurst is still 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 Cindy Phillips at cindy.phillips@courts.wa.gov.

Judicial Externship: Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima Still Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 School Year

Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Criminal Justice Externship: Washington Defender Association’s Criminal Technical Assistance Division Now Accepting Applications

Washington Defender Association has openings in its Criminal Technical Assistance Division. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to magda@defensenet.org. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Magda Baker
Washington Defender Association
110 Prefontaine Place South, Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104

City of Seattle Seeking Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, Due 8/11

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The Seattle Office of Housing (OH) builds strong, healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.  In September of last year, Mayor Murray and City Council called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.

This position is a senior member of OH’s Policy and Equitable Development team, with responsibilities that span policy development, program development and communications. This position will engage in extensive and complicated policy and program development, stakeholder outreach and engagement, and close partnership with and presentation to senior management, other city departments, and elected officials.

For more information, click here.

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Intern for the Associated Counsel for the Accused Division, 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.

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.

For more information about the internship, click here.

Prisoners Legal Services of New York Seeking Fall Law Intern, Due 8/15

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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking fall interns for our regional offices in Albany and Buffalo for 2015.  PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization, founded in 1976. PLS provides civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State prisons, in cases where appointed counsel is not available.

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, student interns will respond to a variety of prisoners’ letters, review disciplinary hearings, draft administrative appeals and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to interview clients in prison. Limited work-study is available, but students are also strongly encouraged to inquire with their Career Services Office about funding for public interest positions.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeking Fall 2015 Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience. Interns will assist staff attorneys with legal projects, such as: Multilateral Development Banks, Strengthening Indigenous Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System, Guatemala, etc.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! City of Bellevue Seeking Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Due 8/17

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The Attorney 1-Deputy Prosecuting Attorney is an entry level position focusing on the prosecution of infractions, arraignments and in-custody hearings for the City of Bellevue. The position may also include prosecution of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases through all stages of prosecution at District Court (arraignments, motions, trials, reviews), as well as appellate matters.

For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees of Spokane Bar Association Accepting Applications for Executive Director, Due 8/20

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The Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  Duties include overall management of the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program operations, hiring and supervision of a staff of 5-6, working with the SCBA and VLP Board of Trustees, managing finances for both SCBA and VLP, organizing SCBA/VLP membership events and functions, and representing the SCBA membership at events and in the community.

Qualified applicants must have strong management and organizational skills as well as being an excellent communicator.  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and multitask.  Bookkeeping/accounting experience and a working knowledge of the legal system or legal assistant/paralegal experience preferred.  Grant writing experience is desirable.  Some travel is required.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to info@spokanebar.org with the subject line “SCBA Executive Director Position.”  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, August 20, 2015.  Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview after the deadline.

Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Seeking Director for Community Engaged Learning in Human Rights

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Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) seeks a Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) to expand and strengthen community engaged learning opportunities for Stanford undergraduate students in the area of Human Rights.  The DCEL initiative is a pilot program that stems from the 2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, which asserted that community engaged learning “not only advances the fundamental aims of a Stanford education, it also exemplifies the fundamental character of the institution.”

For more information, click here.

Updates on Immigrant Family Detention in Texas

Immigrants’ Attorneys Say They Were ‘Locked Out’ of Detention Centers After Raising Concerns

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By Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times

Pro bono attorneys working at the country’s two largest immigrant family detention centers in Texas said Monday that they have been “locked out” after they raised concerns last week that officials were forcing the immigrant mothers they represent to sign legal papers without consulting them.

The complaint comes as the Congressional Progressive Caucus and members of the House Judiciary Committee are preparing to hold a forum on family detention Tuesday that’s expected to include testimony from two immigrant women who were detained, a whistle-blower who worked at one of the Texas detention centers and experts on the psychological, developmental and legal implications of family detention.

It also comes after a federal judge in California gave the administration until Aug. 3 to show why she should not hold them to standards for detaining children set out in a 1997 legal settlement, potentially ending family detention.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times video on CARA Pro Bono Project.

Attention Recent Grads! Openings With Washington AGO

Public Justice Seeking Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC or Oakland, CA, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of corporate and government abuse, seeks to hire two legal interns for Summer 2016.  The interns will work in either Public Justice’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. or its Oakland, California office.  Both interns will assist attorneys in both of Public Justice’s offices.

Public Justice’s legal interns research and develop new cases in conjunction with our staff attorneys, law fellows, and cooperating counsel.  They also provide assistance to attorneys in ongoing litigation.  Their work will not, however, focus on our Environmental Enforcement Project.  Our interns are involved in legal research and writing, case review, and brainstorming on theories and approaches designed to ensure that justice is achieved.

For more information, click here.

Seattle City Light Seeking Employee Relations Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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Seattle City Light is the nations’ 9th largest publicly owned utility based on the number of customers served.  We are committed to ensuring that Seattle’s electric rates are affordable, that we provide reliable service, in an environmentally sound way. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Our 1,800 employees strive to exceed the customer service expectations of the residents of the City of Seattle and surrounding communities.

We are seeking an Employee Relations Manager to join the Seattle City Light Human Resources Leadership Team. Reporting to the Human Resources Officer, the successful candidate will deliver high quality employee relations counsel and support and be capable of developing proactive solutions while building strong relationships with all stakeholders. This position will play a key role in risk mitigation and will partner closely with other HR leaders to develop comprehensive, proactive plans and strategies to ensure a positive employee experience.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Seeking Assistant Attorney Generals in Seattle and Olympia, Deadlines 7/29 and 7/31 Respectively

Washington AGO University of Washington Division (Seattle) Seeks Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/29

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The University of Washington Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is soliciting applications for a part-time labor and employment attorney. The UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research universities.  Attorneys in the division work in three (4-6 attorney) practice teams – the Employment Team, the Healthcare team and the General Practice Team. We are currently seeking an experienced attorney to fill a new 80% position (.8 FTE) on our Employment Team.

For more information, click here.

Washington AGO (Olympia) Seeks Assistant Attorney General – Revenue Division, Due 7/31

The Revenue Unit has an opening for a lawyer who enjoys working in a collegial and supportive environment.  Revenue AAGs primarily handle all aspects of excise and property tax refund claims and provide advice to the Department of Revenue.  Revenue AAGs generally practice before the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) and the Thurston County Superior Court, and in the federal courts in tax disputes involving Indian law and other federal issues.  Practice in the Revenue Unit includes engaging in written discovery and taking depositions, a considerable amount of legal research and writing, arguing motions and handling hearings before the BTA, and motions practice in the Thurston County Superior Court.  Revenue AAGs also regularly handle appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court, and occasionally work on tax cases that reach the United States Supreme Court.  Revenue cases often involve challenging and complex statutory and constitutional issues, and multi-million dollar refund claims.  And since virtually all business activity in Washington is taxed, Revenue AAGs get to learn about all sorts of different businesses.

For more information, click here.

King County Bar Association Seeking Pro Bono Services Program Coordinator, Due 7/30

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The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services promote social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused legal services programs and provides services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low income King County residents who would not otherwise receive legal assistance.

The Pro Bono Coordinator provides administrative support, project management, and tech support for the Pro Bono Services Director and to PBS Department.

For more information, click here.

King County Superior Court Judge John H. Chun Now Accepting Judicial Externship Applications, Fall Quarter Deadline 8/1

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Judge John H. Chun seeks a judicial extern for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  Externs are expected to conduct legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and observe in-court proceedings, including trials.  Judge Chun will select his extern based on previous experience, grades, writing ability (including journal experience), and references.

Applications should include the following: cover letter (cover letter addressee: Ms. Jill Gerontis), resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references.  Applications may be submitted electronically to chun.court@kingcounty.gov or by regular mail.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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The Employment and Administrative Mandate Section of San Diego Seeks New Deputy Attorney General, Due 8/3

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The Employment & Administrative Mandate Section (EAM) has an opening for Deputy Attorney General in its San Diego office.  Deputy Attorney General III will also be considered. EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves jury trials and appellate arguments in state and federal courts. EAM’s advice practice provides representation to the Governor’s Office and over 100 state agencies in furtherance of the State of California’s mission to ensure equal employment opportunities for all. In addition to employment law, EAM represents such clients as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters. EAM attorneys litigate issues of statewide importance as part of our dedication to public service and the Attorney General’s mission to serve the People of California. EAM prosecutes employee disciplinary hearings and Horse Racing Board disciplinary matters; litigates writs of mandate involving the State’s drunk driving and alcohol beverage control laws and handles whistleblower complaints and personnel privacy issues. EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment.

Applicants must pass the online examination before submitting an application.

For more information, click here.

Center for Community Solutions Seeking Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence Program, Due 8/3

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Since 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been creating safe and healthy communities with a core emphasis on the prevention and intervention of sexual assault and relationship violence. Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence served by the East Domestic Violence Services (DVS) program.  Supervision for the position is provided by the Litigation Manager.  The position is stationed twenty hours per week at the El Cajon Courthouse to staff CCS’ Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic.  The remaining twenty hours per week are devoted to providing additional legal services to clients, providing education for the DVS advocacy staff, and conducting training and outreach in the community.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Human Rights Education Coordinator, Due 8/4

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Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence by opening a regional office in Mexico City and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our human rights education capacity. Being closer to the ground will enable us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced Human Rights Education Coordinator to coordinate and manage the development and implementation of regional, and where appropriate, national human rights education strategies, plans and projects in the Americas.

For more information, click here.

Evergreen State College Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 8/5

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The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The Director of Government Relations reports to the President’s Chief of Staff and has the authority to act independently to represent the President and the College on legislative matters within established guidelines and strategy.

The Director is responsible for coordinating the College’s work with the state Legislature, Governor’s Office, the Office of Financial Management and the Washington Student Achievement Council.  Monitor and analyze state and federal legislation or proposals having impact on the College, and provide information on such to the College community.  Work with the President and senior staff to develop positions on proposed state and federal legislation.  Represent the College and its positions to the Legislature and others.  Provide information to government officials as necessary.  Work with local government, business and civic organizations to provide information about the College and develop positive relationships and partnerships.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Research Intern, Due 8/7

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The Research Unit at Amnesty International USA is seeking legal interns with a strong background and interest in human rights to work on several US-based research projects during the fall semester of 2015.  Interns will work on research projects which are being developed as part of AIUSA’s current  campaigns on such issues as police accountability, torture, sexual reproductive rights and gun violence as well as the organization’s ongoing work on other issues such as immigration, national security and crimianl justice.

For more information, click here.

Clallam County Public Defender Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 8/7

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The Clallum Public Defender is hiring a full-time staff attorney.  The attorney will be responsible for representing indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in District Court, and must be able to organize and manage caseloads with minimum supervision.

Salary, D.O.E. with full benefit package.

For more information, see Symplicity.