Immediate Deadlines! Fellowship Opportunity With Public Advocates Due Today!

Public Advocates Inc. Seeking Fellow for 2016-2018, Due Today!

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Public Advocates Inc. seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento.

We are a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy, and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. We currently focus on education equity, affordable housing, transportation justice, climate justice, and regional equity.

For more information, click here.

Council Central Staff Seeking Strategic Analyst, Due Tomorrow at 4:00 PM PST!

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The Seattle City Council’s Central Staff Division is seeking a dynamic individual who enjoys working with a forward thinking team, is able to adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and is able to get things done on behalf of the City’s full-time, nine-member Council. The Strategic Analyst will perform high level, independent policy and fiscal analysis, including conducting research, evaluating policy initiatives, drafting legislation, and presenting recommendations on a wide range of issues, such as parks and recreation, transportation, human services, housing, utilities, public safety, and municipal finance.

For more information, click here.

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Reprieve U.S. Seeking US Caseworker on Abuses in Counter-Terrorism, Due 7/17

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Located in New York, Reprieve US is the new sister non-profit to Reprieve UK, an NGO founded in 1999 by a dual US-UK citizen and lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith. We work closely with Reprieve UK and its network of Fellows operating around the world. We use investigation, litigation, press and diplomacy to challenge the death penalty and abuses committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror’. While the court of law is often our starting point, we also fight and win in the court of public opinion. Just one of Reprieve’s dozens of clients released from Guantánamo was freed by judicial order. Public advocacy is not just litigation window-dressing – it is central to what we do.

We’re looking for a keen strategic thinker, concise writer, and confident public speaker to help us develop our counter-terrorism work in the US. Working for us combines the excitement of a startup with the caseload of a larger and more established NGO (because of the link to Reprieve UK).  The US Caseworker will assist Reprieve US’ growing US strategy. S/he will help generate new projects and cases, while joining our existing ones, and will further Reprieve US’s mission through political and public engagement.

For more information, click here.

Metropolitan King County Council Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 7/20

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The Metropolitan King County Council is seeking a visionary leader who will direct and accomplish the Council and County’s political and legislative objectives at the state and federal level. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Council and play a role in providing quality regional services to county residents and foster an effective partnership with the state and federal governments.

The Director of Government Relations is an appointed, managerial position and requires considerable skill and extensive experience at mobilizing and managing County efforts to support and advocate specific legislation. This position plays a key leadership role and is integral in coordinating with legislative and executive branch staff and elected officials to develop, implement and monitor work plans to achieve the Council and County’s legislative objectives.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Seeking Applicants for Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, Due 7/21

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The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for the Fall 2015 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship. This is a temporary two-year position in the Chicago, Illinois office. The Honors Attorney Fellow is expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Fellowship is July 21, 2015.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information, click here.

NJP Veterans Project and ELAP Looking for a Few Good People- Plus a Whole Lot More

Northwest Justice Project Seek Veterans Project Interns (AmeriCorps education award available)

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Join a team of six Northwest Justice Project attorneys as we empower Washington’s low-income veterans to overcome civil legal obstacles to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  Law Clerks will work with NJP attorneys and legal fellows and will have opportunities to interview clients, create client education materials, meet with community partners and assist attorneys in legal research, case planning, and advising clients. Student work plans are designed collaboratively based on student goals and office needs.

Position: Veterans Project Student Law Clerk

Location: 401 Second Ave S., Ste 407 Seattle, WA. We are also looking for law clerks in Olympia and Everett.

Open to: All Law Students

Time Commitment: 300 hours by August 31, 2014 to receive AmeriCorps Education Award. Additional restrictions may apply. Other short term positions are available as well. Accepting applications for school year law clerks as well as summer law clerk positions.  Please send questions to achromy@nwjustice.org.

Application Process: Email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to achromy@nwjustice.org. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis through February 23 so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Women, people of color, LGTB people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

City of Kennewick Seeks Rule 9 Summer Intern (Paid!)

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The intern will be expected to assist the City Attorney with projects as needed and will be expected to handle his/her own caseload of criminal cases in District Court. This will include jury and non-jury trials and pre-trial hearings.

The pay is $20 per hour. Resume and cover letter should be mailed to: Lisa Beaton, Kennewick City Attorney, PO Box 6108, Kennewick, WA 99336. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through February 10. 

Attention 2Ls! Teach for America Legal Teams Seeking Summer Interns (NYC, Chicago or Memphis)

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The Role
The Legal Affairs internship provides a platform for law students committed to working in a mission-driven organization to develop legal skills and acumen while partnering directly with our attorneys to work on various legal projects throughout the summer.  The intern will get exposure to a wide range of matters from lobbying compliance to developing organization-wide policies to real estate matters.  Through this summer internship, you will have the chance to observe the strategy development of a national non-profit.

The Team
The Legal Affairs Team provides legal and strategic advice to the forty-eight Teach For America regions nationwide and the central functional teams – Program, Regional Operations, Finance, Marketing and Communications, Growth Strategy and Development and Human Assets. Our team of attorneys consists of lawyers that practice in a wide range of substantive areas including employment law, administrative law, nonprofit law, trademark and copyright protection, general compliance, and education laws.  The day-to-day work often includes, partnering closely with staff members to manage questions of law and policy; creating training materials for organizational compliance such as copyright and lobbying trainings; and drafting and negotiating contracts with other partner entities and vendors.

Act fast! Applications accepted through January 20. For complete description and application instructions please click here

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Phone Legal Intake Volunteers

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ELAP has brought legal services to low income residents and survivors of domestic violence throughout King County since 1989.  ELAP has three DV Staff Attorneys and about 189 volunteer attorneys which offer pro bono services.

Phone Legal Intake Assistant screens callers and perform the detailed case intake required for ELAP staff or pro bono clinic attorneys to provide issue-tailored legal advice. This volunteer position is available immediately on Fridays immediately and Tues-Thurs starting in March.

This volunteer opportunity is eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program recognition.

Deadline Extended! Public Advocates in San Francisco Seeking Education Attorney

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Public Advocates Inc. has a rare opening for an experienced attorney to join our exceptional and dedicated staff.  The successful candidate will join Public Advocates’ education team as a staff attorney or senior staff attorney, depending on experience.  Our team’s work currently includes a major constitutional challenge to the state’s inadequate school funding system, successful advocacy to help pass the state’s new more equitable school funding formula, advocacy to advance state and federal teacher quality reforms and accountability reforms, more broadly, and efforts to help build advocacy power among our grassroots community allies across the state.  See http://www.publicadvocates.org/education to learn more about our education work.

Read the job description and application instructions here: http://www.publicadvocates.org/jobs/education-civil-rights-attorneyWhile applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, we are looking to fill the opening as soon as possible.

Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School Seeking One-Year Fellow

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The Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project invites applicants for its Fellowship position. The fellow will join the Project at Stanford Law School where his or her primary responsibility will be will representing prisoners sentenced under California’s Three Strikes law for minor crimes. The fellow will also assist with the supervision of law students and participate in scholarship and research projects involving criminal justice policy and reform.  This is a one-year fixed term position.

The Three Strikes Project is a unique organization within Stanford Law School. Since its inception, the Project has spearheaded the evolution of the Three Strikes law in California.  In 2012, the Project and its partners successfully amended the law, creating a path to re-sentencing for 3,000 currently incarcerated individuals and averting the possibility of a life sentence for non-serious, non-violent offenders in the future. In the wake of this new law, the Project has continued its blend of policy work, litigation, and teaching law students in a live experiential setting. More information about the Project is available at threestrikesproject.org.

Act fast! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Friday Special- Too Many Great Opportunities to Pass Up!

Council on American-Islamic Relations Has Immediate Opening for Civil Rights Associate for WA State Chapter

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The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking a goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Associate (CRA) position. The civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to effect positive societal changes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Case management/resolution
    • Oversee cases of religious discrimination, profiling, and denial of religious accommodations, spanning across law enforcement, employment, education, immigration, vandalism, hate crimes, and jail/prison conditions.
    • Ensure follow-through with offending parties and clients, and assertively pursue full resolution.
    • Maintain databases and metrics about abuses reported to CAIR-WA.
    • Develop civil rights department’s procedures and capabilities, e.g.: investigation skills and protocols; case management process (intake/documentation/review).
    • Expand referral network for cases outside of CAIR-WA’s scope.
    • Effectively manage 2-3 competent civil rights interns and/or volunteers to maximize department capacity.
  • Develop winning advocacy strategies
    • Develop strategies such as advocacy letters/meetings, media work, and network of volunteer attorneys.
    • Develop strategic relationships with senior government, law enforcement, and other officials to drive desired outcomes and policy changes.
    • Collaborate with civil rights activists nationally, across CAIR chapters and partner organizations, to ensure the local success of nationwide campaigns or mutually beneficial efforts.
    • Partner with the executive director to maximize media exposure and public awareness of CAIR-WA’s efforts, including drafting press releases, speaking at press conferences, and aggressively pursuing positive media opportunities related to casework.
  • Community education
    • Seek opportunities to deliver “know your rights” presentations and information at schools, organizations, and religious institutions to increase case reporting.
    • Produce monthly online digests and case studies, and an annual report to inform the public of CAIR-WA’s civil rights efforts and to encourage reporting of cases by the community.
    • Proactively maintain contact with mosques and community organizations across the Northwest to ensure public safety and increase case reporting.
    • Contribute to CAIR-WA’s social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

Paid Farmworker Justice Internships with Columbia Legal Services

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Columbia Legal Services seeks up to three farm worker justice interns who will work on farm worker advocacy cases and projects in one of the following offices: Kennewick, Yakima and, if funding is available, Olympia.  All applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively in verbal Spanish.  The Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project funds successful applicants at $5,500 for the 10-12 week internship.

The Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice interns will support the advocacy of the CLS Projects as they relates to farm workers. Working as part of a statewide outreach team, the interns will participate in efforts to educate farm workers about their basic employment rights and other relevant topics through visits to farmworker housing, presentations and meetings with community groups, and radio advocacy. The interns will also do legal research, prepare written memoranda, and provide support for litigation, legislative or administrative advocacy on behalf of farm workers.  Every effort will be made to provide interns with the opportunity to work on an advocacy project on behalf of an individual worker or family and therefore the intern will likely have some opportunity to work on client interviewing skills.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

University of Baltimore School of Law Seeks Family Law Clinical Teaching Fellow

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The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Family Law Clinic to start on or around July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching.

The Family Law Clinic represents low-income individuals and organizations in domestic violence and family law litigation, legislative advocacy, legal reform and community education.  The Clinic handles a wide variety of cases, which include civil protection order, divorce, custody, support, adoption, paternity, Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases and name changes.  The Family Law Clinic is dedicated to serving low income clients residing in Baltimore City, and places a special focus on persons subjected to abuse and the LGBTQ community.

The Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of clinic students’ client, case, legislative advocacy and community education work, co-teaching a weekly clinic seminar, and engaging in course planning and preparation with the other faculty members in the Family Law Clinic.  Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue other professional goals, including scholarship, during the Fellowship.  Fellows are responsible for case coverage during school vacations.  This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through January 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Paid Education Equity/Justice Summer Internship through the Southern Education Leadership Initiative


Southern Education Foundation aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leadership, and since 2004 has provided trainings and paid summer fellowships to a diverse and inspired group of 165 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofits and foundations to make systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.

Summer Fellows Receive:
  • Experience: an opportunity to work for eight weeks in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or philanthropic institution;
  • Stipend: a living expense stipend of $4,000 (for undergraduate juniors or graduating seniors), or $4,500 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2014);
  • Travel: all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site (assistance also provided by SEF in making travel arrangements);
  • Trainings: Fellows are provided pre- and post-placement trainings (Orientation and Closing Meeting) that expose them to research in the field, stress the importance of civic engagement, teach strategies for making change, and provide opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education leadership and advocacy efforts. At the Closing Meeting, fellows will present their work to their peers, reflect, and brainstorm how to take the lessons learned from this experience back to their communities. Attendance is required for both meetings in full.
  • Fellowship Placement: guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects.
Read more and access application here. Applications accepted through February 28.

The National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College Seeks Program Attorney njc-logo

The National Judicial College seeks a team-oriented individual to fill the position of program attorney for the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Under the supervision of the Director of NTJC, program attorney responsibilities include developing academic courses on a variety of topics and issues in the area of tribal judicial education, preparing course materials, planning and conducting courses, and seeking further funding to support the work of the National Tribal Judicial Center and other NTJC projects.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Develops, implements and continually strives to improve continuing education programs for tribal judges.  Identifies, recruits, develops and evaluates faculty.  Assists faculty with production of course materials.  Drafts publications for use by tribal court systems.   Writes, solicits and edits articles regarding tribal systems for publication.  Drafts curricula and grant applications to support tribal programs.  Assists with marketing and program development of the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Establishes strong networks within Indian Country.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

First Global Monday and Social Justice Tuesday of the Year Plus Much More

September 30:  A Tale of Three Countries, Spain, France and New Zealand: Travails over the International Law Concerning Oil Pollution Damages

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It’s the first Global Monday Speaker Series of the academic year!

12:30-1:20 pm, Room 117, lunch provided

Thomas J. Schoenbaum, JD, PhD; Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Visiting Professor, UW Law

Professor Schoenbaum will focus on the two International Maritime Organization treaties that establish liability for oil pollution damages and create an international fund to pay claims. 107 countries—but not the United States—are parties to these treaties. He will discuss three recent ship disasters that have focused attention on the deficiencies of these treaties: the wreck of the ship Erika off the coast of France; the wreck of the ship Prestige off the coast of Spain; and the grounding of the ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand. 

Dr. Thomas J.Schoenbaum is a Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and a Visiting Professor at UW Law for the Fall 2013 quarter, teaching International Environmental Law. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) as well as Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge (PhD). Professor Schoenbaum has practiced law extensively, including serving as maritime counsel to the State of Alaska after the Exxon Valdez grounding and oil spill in 1989 and representing several Japanese clients in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation in the Eastern Distrct of Louisiana. He has served as Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Dean of the Tulane University Law School, the holder of the Dean Rusk Chair of International Law at the University of Georgia; and Professor of Graduate Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Schoenbaum is the author of many articles and books, including The World Trade Organization: Law, Policy and Practice (2003), Admiralty and Maritime Law (3d ed. 2001), and Environmental Policy Law (2002). He is currently working on new books in the areas of international environmental law and international business transactions.

October 1: First Social Justice Tuesday of the Year! What I did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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12:30-1:20pm, Room 133

Featuring a panel of fabulous law students who will discuss what kind of public service work they did in government, civil legal aid and human rights  at home and abroad.

Student Panel:     

  • Blake Koerner: Northwest Justice Project
  • Jessica Erickson: Washington Defender Assn
  • Elysia Ruvinsky: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
  • Ashley Paintner: Human Rights Course in Cambodia
  • Liz Allen: Office for Civil Rights, US Dept. of Education

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand. 

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 30, 2013.

October 1: Live Webcast, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Live Webcast from American University College of Law, 1-3pm EST

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will discuss the role of the international treaty system in the protection and promotion of human rights, its interaction with other mechanisms, and its relevance as a preventive early warning system. She will also address the impact of the work of treaty bodies on the ground, where it matters most.

October 3: Interested in Working for the Federal Government? Attend Important Info Session on the Presidential Management Fellows Program

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Are you interested in public service or a career with the Federal Government? One of the best ways to get fast-tracked into the system is the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Applications are only open once a year for a short window, but those who are selected for the PMF program receive a high level 2-year appointment with salary and benefits, the prestige of being selected for an elite federal program, and the opportunity to work at the agency of your dreams.

If you want to learn more about the PMF program, the Jackson School of International Studies will be hosting an open info session on October 3rd. RSVPs are not required to attend.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 4:30pm. 

Venue: Thomson Hall, room 101

Eligibility: Any graduate student (Masters or above) who will be completing their degree between 9/1/13 and 8/31/14. Alternatively, any recent graduate who obtained their advanced degree no more than 2 years before 10/1/13 is also eligible for the 2014 PMF program.

This year’s PMF program application is slated to be open though USAjobs.gov only between 10/1/13 and 10/15/13 – the more you do now, the better your chances of being selected as a finalist! Alternatively, this info session is perfect for those who want to start building their application for next year.

October 11: Last Chance! Register for Forces of Change Conference

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Register here.

Join the University of Washington School of Law and the Education Law & Policy Society for a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington State. Come learn how law and policy shape equity for Washington’s students.

Engage with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars through panel discussions, lightning talks, two inspirational keynote addresses and Q&A sessions. Click here for more information, including registration and the schedule.

Be a part of the solution! Clock hours and CLEs pending.

Questions? Contact Taylor David Richman or Liz Allen.