Coming up: Presidential Power in 2017, Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival, and more

Jan. 31, SJT: Apply to a PILA Grant

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Date: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Are you working at an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit organization or government agency? Want to apply for a $2,500 or $5,000 grant to support your work?

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn about how to apply for a PILA grant! Come learn about the application, requirements, deadline, etc.!

Feb. 1: Presidential Power in 2017

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Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Place: Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Presidential transitions raise a host of important questions. Among them, how much power does a president have? In what ways will an incoming president exercise that power? And how, if at all, can individuals participate in the political process once the election is over? The University of Washington School of Law invites members of the public to join a panel of scholars to discuss the scope, and limits, of presidential power in modern politics. Topics include how President Trump plans to exercise power in his own administration and how members of the public can remain engaged, beyond the ballot box, in the political pro‍cess. Read about the event here.

Feb. 2: Launching Your Public Interest Law Career

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Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 118

Equal Justice Works staff will provide expert advice on: postgraduate fellowship opportunities, law student internship opportunities, educational awards for public interest internships, managing your student debt.

 

 

 

Feb. 2: Alex Baron and Friends: a fundraising concert for AID NW

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Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Place: Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave. Seattle, WA

AID NW is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, both during detention and post release. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online. Read more here.

Feb. 3: What Exxon Knew – and What it Did Anyway

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Date: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join us for Matt Pawa’s presentation on the strategies that he is bringing to bear in litigating cases in the fight against global warming. More information can be found on the registration page. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by February 1.

Feb 6: Revolutionary Mothering and Queer Survival

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Date: Monday, Feb. 6., 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

Learn abut the legal system’s relationship to family through the lens of incarceration, race and queerness. Join activists working at the intersections locally and nationally for a discussion on critical strategies of reproductive injustice and community-generated strategies for survival, healing, justice and transformation.

Don’t Miss Out on Some Terrific Post Grad Opportunities and Fall Paid Internship!

Yakama nationDue 6/8: Yakama Nation Office of Public Defender Seeks Entry-Level Attorney

Employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. WSBA membership and 6 months experience required.

Download full announcement here. Download application here. Application due by: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Due 7/15: Fall/Winter Part-Time Paid Legal Internship with API Chaya

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API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya engages communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms of oppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society.

Legal Intern Duties include:

  • Supporting Advocates to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law)
  • Accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings
  • Working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors
  • Working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants
  • Possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual, particularly in Asian, South Asian, or Pacific Island languages
  • Experience or familiarity with the issues we address and communities we serve as well as previous legal experience
  • Have taken courses on family law and immigration law or will be taking it in the course of the internship

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.

Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization.

This internship runs between September 2016 to June 2017. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: 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. To apply, send resume and cover letter to anita@apichaya.org by July 15, 2016.

Due 7/11: US DOJ Seeks RFPs for Anti-Trafficking Post Grad Fellowship

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The DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime has just posted the 2016 Fellowship solicitation, applications are due July 11, 2016. This single solicitation includes nine purpose areas: Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. OVC intends to make one award in each purpose area of up to $150,000 each. Only individuals may apply, and they don’t have to be recent grads. For complete instructions and application information please see here: http://ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/2016-Fellowship-Solicitation-508.pdf

 

Due 6/30: Superior Court of the Northern Mariana Islands Accepting Law Clerk Applications for August Start Date!

Northern_Mariana_Islands_sealPOSITION: Law Clerk to the Honorable Roberto C. Naraja

You will work under the general supervision of the Presiding or an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located on the island of Saipan.

LOCATION:

Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Superior Court law clerks conduct legal research, as well as review, edit, and draft bench memoranda, judicial decisions, and orders. Law clerks also assist the Court in its community outreach programs and administrative functions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At the commencement of employment, applicants must be admitted to a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction, or awaiting bar results. Applicants must be able to work both independently as well as with others. Strong legal research and writing skills are essential.

For complete details and application instructions please click here.

Rolling Deadline: Public International Law & Policy Group Seeks Assistant Counsel

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Public International Law & Policy Group Overview The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to governments, sub-state entities and civil society groups engaged in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and establishing and operating transitional justice mechanisms.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.   PILPG has advised over 20 governments, sub-state entities, and civil society organizations involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitutions, and transitional justice mechanisms, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

Position Overview:   PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office is currently hiring for Assistant Counsel, who will support PILPG’s work from PILPG’s headquarters in D.C.  Assistant Counsel will be responsible for working closely with Senior Counsel and Counsel to provide legal advice to PILPG’s clients, and help to manage the implementation of programs.  Depending on the nature of the work to which the Assistant Counsel is assigned, travel to PILPG’s field offices and other client locations may be required.

Role & Responsibilities:   The primary duties as Assistant Counsel will include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing legal memoranda, training materials, policy proposals, and other resources on substantive topics relating to public international law and PILPG clients;
  • Participating in and organizing workshops, trainings, and other PILPG events;
  • Working closely with PILPG’s D.C. office on program design and development;
  • In coordination with PILPG’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, collaborating with PILPG’s strategic partners, including private law firms and pro bono staff;
  • Assisting with management of client and key partner relationships, including government officials and members of civil society;
  • Reviewing, editing, and managing the production of legal work produced by PILPG legal research and drafting teams;
  • Providing support to field staff and senior members of program teams with program management tasks, including tracking monitoring and evaluation indicators, establishing and reviewing work plans, and maintaining relationship with donors;
  • Assisting in the drafting and review of periodic reports on program progress for submission to PILPG’s funders; monitoring and reporting requirements for PILPG overseas programs, including the drafting and review of periodic reports;
  • Based on program needs, traveling to work with clients in the field and supporting PILPG programming overseas; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for PILPG Assistant Counsel include:

  • A law degree;
  • A current bar membership;
  • One to three years previous professional experience, preferably in international law or a related field;
  • Previous program management experience preferred, does not necessarily need to be post-law school;
  • Ability to work independently, while also collaborate with a team;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple assignments;
  • Knowledge of public international law;
  • Strong legal drafting, editing, and research skills;
  • Fluency in English; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly French or Arabic, would be an asset.

Salary: DOE. Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions: To submit an application for the Assistant Counsel position, submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample online at http://publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/work-for-us/.  The cover letter should outline the candidate’s interest in PILPG and salary expectations.     After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview. Act Fast! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

Due 7/11: Center for Children & Youth Justice Seeks to Sponsor an Applicant for a Two-Year Post Grad Fellowship with Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Fellowship. Start Fall 2017

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FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP – CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH JUSTICE

The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is seeking to sponsor an applicant for a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, or other post-graduate legal fellowship focused on the replication/expansion of CCYJ’s Lawyers Fostering Independence program (LFI) from its current location in Seattle, WA to areas in need outside of King County. The fellowship would begin in the fall of 2017, is based in Seattle, WA, and will require travel.

Background

The Center for Children & Youth Justice was founded in 2006 with one mission: reform the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve the lives of generations of children and youth. Our focus is large-scale, lasting systemic change. We carry out the research, pilot projects, policy advocacy, and grassroots engagements that make that change possible. No one else is doing this critical work. Our work is effective because we collaborate with all systems stakeholders including families and youth impacted by systems involvement.

LFI is a one-of-a-kind program that CCYJ began in 2008 with the aim of improving outcomes for current and former foster youth by providing civil legal aid to remove barriers that stand in the way of successful, independent adulthood. Every year in Washington over 500 young people age out of foster care and experience elevated rates of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment as compared to their peers from intact families. Current and former foster youth also struggle to overcome legal impediments, such as juvenile records, bad credit due to identity theft, domestic violence, and housing justice issues. Through the coordinated efforts of volunteer attorneys and partner service providers, LFI is able to help current and former foster youth reach for their future without being blocked by their past. Doing so enables LFI clients to secure stable housing, good employment, and desired education, i.e., the necessary pillars of a successful life. LFI currently operates in King County with the goal of replicating/expanding statewide on a county-by-county basis.

Job Description

CCYJ is eager to sponsor a law student graduating in 2017 or recent law school graduate (including judicial law clerks) who are interested in partnering with CCYJ to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in Fall 2017. The sponsored candidate would work with CCYJ to submit a project proposal to research, design, implement, and evaluate the sustainable replication/expansion of LFI into other Washington counties in collaboration with community partners. If selected, under the supervision of LFI’s Managing Attorney, the fellow will:

  • Provide direct service and representation to clients to further develop context for general legal issues faced by LFI clients and for a deep understanding of how LFI operates now and how it can best be replicated/expanded elsewhere
  • Research and identify county-based need/demand and existing support structures for LFI services in selected areas in Washington
  • Develop a manual to be used in aid of the replication/expansion of LFI
  • Coordinate and lead an advisory group in counties identified for replication/expansion
  • Build local partnerships with law firms, service providers, and community stakeholders to learn about local issues and ensure success of services implemented
  • Recruit, train, and provide support to volunteer attorneys
  • Provide educational workshops to service providers and community stakeholders to increase engagement and support for the services implemented
  • Lead and evaluate data collection and program evaluation
  • Provide advocacy and support for legislative efforts on laws supportive of LFI clients
  • Provide other support, as needed, to LFI’s Managing Attorney

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited law school by the time the fellowship begins
  • Apply for bar membership in Washington state within the first year of the fellowship, or before
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving the underserved
  • Be a motivated, ambitious, self-starter
  • Possess skills in oral and written communication
  • Fluent in English 

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate from an EJW member law school
  • Have skills needed to effectively conduct community meetings and educational workshops
  • Possess ability and interest in community engagement
  • Have experience working in civil legal aid, volunteer coordination, and/or social services
  • Fluent in Spanish

Salary

DOE, competitive with other Seattle-based nonprofit organizations focused on legal services

Application Instructions

Interested candidates for fellowship sponsorship should send a one-page cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Hickory Gateless at hgateless@ccyj.org with the subject line, “CCYJ Fellowship 2017”. The Application Deadline is July 11, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Are You a Pro Bono Project Leader? Registration for the Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open!

Attention 2L & 3L Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono service learning projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Ed Law and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  

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 Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20pm.

Click here for the syllabus. 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 service learning project.

UW Project Focuses on Fines and Fees that Create “Prisoners of Debt”

By: Deborah Bach | UW Today | Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Criminals are meant to pay their debts to society through sentencing, but a different type of court-imposed debt can tie them to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move forward with their lives.

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Though debtors’ prisons were eliminated in the United States almost two centuries ago, a modern-day version exists in the dizzyingly complex system of fines and fees levied against people as they move through the court system.

Offenders are charged for everything from DNA samples to electronic monitoring devices, jury trials and even room and board while imprisoned. The fees can add up to thousands of dollars, and those who fail to pay are routinely jailed.

Continue reading here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Working at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? Get Ahead by Submitting Your Resume Early in OCR’s Resume Bank!

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may be hiring in the near future and you may qualify under the Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

OCR is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly motivated, creative individual who would like to be involved in enforcing federal civil rights laws, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education, OCR is the place for you!

OCR maintains a resume bank from which candidates may be selected for consideration to fill vacancies for positions in OCR as they arise. OCR accepts resumes from individuals who are eligible for consideration for noncompetitive hiring via:  Schedule A Persons with Disabilities appointments (5 CFR 213.3102(u)); Veterans’ Recruitment Appointments; former Peace Corps and Americorps appointees (22 USC 2506); and Excepted Hiring Authority for Attorneys.

If you are interested in working at OCR and are eligible for consideration under any of these hiring authorities, please send your resume to OCRJobs@ed.gov.  In your email, please indicate the type of position as well as the regional office or offices for which you would like to be considered (Enforcement Offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and/or Washington DC; the Program Legal Group in Washington DC, and/or the Resource Management Group in Washington DC). For more information about OCR and our work, please see our website and our Annual Report.

OCR will keep your resume on file for possible consideration for 365 days following the date of submission. Please note, however, that the OCRJobs@ed.gov account is not staffed to respond to questions. Should you be selected for consideration, you will be contacted by OCR to confirm your continued interest. Interested candidates are encouraged to check www.usajobs.gov for OCR positions as well.

Our Gift to You: Free Debt Relief Webinar 

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By: Equal Justice Works

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

New REPAYE Plan Almost Ready for Launch

The Department of Education recently announced the new income-driven REPAYE (Revised Pay As You Earn) plan will be available to borrowers in mid-December! This revamped option will cap your monthly payments at 10% of your discretionary income, and will be available to all undergraduate and graduate federal loan borrowers regardless of when the money was borrowed.

Sounds like a great plan, but there are some potential pitfalls that every savvy borrower should be aware of. We discuss some of these dangers in our latest Huffington Post blog article, “Love and Student Debt: How the New REPAYE Plan Could Affect Marriages,” and we’ll be talking in-depth about the REPAYE plan during our webinar.

We’ll be updating our free student debt e-book Take Control of Your Future to include all the in-depth information you need to know about REPAYE. Download it now to be notified of all updates!

Help Protect Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As always, we urge you to take action to preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness before Congress moves forward with capping or eliminating this vital program for public service workers. In addition to coming to the December 17th webinar for the latest legislative updates, you can join  the ABA’s Save #Loan4Giveness campaign today by taking action via social media!

Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Duty to Protect the Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations

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By: Our Children’s Trust

Late last night, eight Washington youth received a groundbreaking ruling from Judge Hollis Hill in their climate change lawsuit. In this landmark decision, Judge Hill declared “[the youths’] survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming…before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late.

The court confirmed what the Washington petitioners and other young people we work with across the nation have been arguing in the courts, that “[t]he state has a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people.”

Continue reading here.

2015 UW Law Grad Nikkita Oliver Wins Human Rights Award! Come Celebrate at the Annual Human Rights Day Event!

December 8: Free Screening of Dreamer Documentary 

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA

On Tuesday, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and several of our partners will be hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” a documentary about undocumented students whose inspirational victory in an underwater robotics competition helped start a tradition of DREAMer advocacy at their high school.

The free screening will take place at the Seattle Central Library at 1000 4th Avenue in Seattle, WA at 7pm, and we would love to have you join us.   The film’s director and some of the students featured in the film will be in attendance and will speak after the screening.

Again, the screening is free but we’d appreciate if you could RSVP on Facebook at this link, or by emailing Ella Youtsey at ella@nwirp.org.

For more information about the film, click here.

December 9: Statesmanship in the Statehouse

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates Law Firm, LLP, 925 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

You are invited to attend a lunch conversation with four State Senators selected by Slade Gorton and Bill Ruckelshaus to discuss their views on leadership and bipartisan policy development in the Washington State Senate. Panelists will share their thoughts on the current legislative climate, along with prospects for increasing collaboration in the statehouse.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $35.00. Space is limited.

To register, click here.
(Admission is complimentary for Ruckelshaus Chairman’s Circle members)

December 9: An Evening with Exoneree Nate Fields and Musician Bradford Loomis

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Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ballard Beer Company, 2050 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Witness to Innocence will be co-hosting a friendraiser/fundraiser on December 9th!There are no tickets for this event. We’ll have some light snacks to share, and you can show your love to Ballard Beer Company for donating their space to us by purchasing some of their great local beers (non-alcoholic beverages available too!). We’ll of course “pass the hat” for the fundraising part of the evening, and all donations will be equally shared between the two non-profit organizations.

We will be joined by exoneree Nate Fields, who became the country’s 129th death row exoneree after serving 20 years – 11 of those on death row – for a crime he did not commit. He will share with us the story of his journey to exoneration.

We will also be joined by the Executive Director of Witness to Innocence, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, and the WCADP President, Stefanie Anderson. More speakers will be added in the coming weeks!

Bradford Loomis, a wonderful local musician, will be there to share his music with us. There’s a rumor going around that WCADP’s Stefanie Anderson may have a musical surprise up her sleeve, so don’t miss it!

To RSVP, click here.

December 10: Kimberle Crenshaw: Annual Human Rights Day – Black Lives Matter

Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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December 17: Webinar on “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

It’s the holidays! For law students, ‘tis the season for intense study groups, first semester finals, and (hopefully) a much-needed chance to relax after it’s all over.

We know that the holiday season can be tough. That’s why we’re offering our free monthly webinar,  “Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT to help student loan borrowers plan out their finances just in time for the new year! Whether you’re currently a law student, recent law graduate, or professional attorney, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, income-driven repayment plans, and more. Come check it out and learn how to manage your student debt!

To register, click here.

December 22: Free CLE on Institutional Racism and Legal System Responsibilities – Race: The Power of Illusion

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle, WA

6.5 WSBA Approved Ethics Credits

This CLE will involve a facilitated viewing & discussion of the PBS documentary “Race-The Power of an Illusion”, which seeks to shift the conversation from discussing diversity and respecting cultural difference to building a more just and equitable society. You won’t want to miss it!

Optional: Bring a project or case you are working on and bring your team!

Presenters: 
Darby DuComb, Deputy City Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Darlene Flynn RSJI Policy & Development Lead Seattle Office of Civil Rights

Space is limited! RSVP online here.

Lawyers: When you RSVP, please include your full name, Bar number, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials.

Non-Lawyers: Please RSVP with your name, email address, and whether you will buy a paper copy of the materials at the event.

Paper copies of the materials cost $15 at the event (cash or checks made payable to the City of Seattle). You must order a paper copy if you want one.

Download the materials here.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Check Out the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Announcement

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6
Hourly Rate: $15 per hour
Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .
Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law
About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Equal Justice Works Virtual Conference and Career Fair Taking Place Friday, 10/30, Registration Open Through 10/27

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While our annual Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. We are excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair. We hope to grow the virtual event in the future.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seeking Civil Rights Investigator, Due Tomorrow!

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Investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes.

Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Inner City Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Homelessness Prevention Project, Priority to Applications Received by 10/30

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Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles.

ICLC is currently searching for a full-time Staff Attorney in our Homelessness Prevention Project focusing on eviction defense litigation. Staff attorneys for the project defend low-income defendants in eviction cases as part of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act pilot program. The pilot program is designed to ensure unrepresented parties in certain civil cases affecting housing have meaningful access to justice and to address substantial inequities that result when parties cannot afford the cost of retaining a lawyer.

For more information, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Office Seeks Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Due 10/31

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This position will focus on economic development issues relating to outdoor recreation which includes performing policy planning, analysis, development, and implementation consistent with the Governor’s priorities. The success of this position will be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies for increasing the number of new jobs and economic activity related to outdoor recreation. A secondary measure will be increased participation by citizens and visitors in outdoor recreation as well as increases in outdoor recreation opportunities. This position is responsible for working with outdoor recreation related businesses, the recreation industry, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, legislators and constituents to better understand the political landscape and provide informed counsel to the Governor.

For more information, click here.

Partnership for Public Service Now Accepting Applications for Public Service Fellows Program, Paid Position, Due 10/31

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The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/1

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an entry-level attorney with at least one year of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the county in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Duties include conducting discovery, performing legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting memoranda and legal pleadings, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation. The Civil Division provides significant opportunities for growth, as attorneys will handle cases independently, as well as partner with senior attorneys on higher profile cases.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).

The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at jcummings@co.snohomish.wa.us. The deadline for submittals is November 1, 2015.

Attention Post Grads with 3+ Years Experience! City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant City Attorney, Due 11/3

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The Senior Attorney (Civil Division) in the City Attorney’s Office provides consultation, advice and representation for assigned City departments and may occasionally represent the City in civil litigation. The best candidate for this position must have significant experience in at least one or more areas of law applicable to the City’s operation, such as: municipal, finance, land use, transportation, utilities, employment, telecommunications and administrative law.  An emphasis in employment law and/or land use is highly desirable. Civil litigation experience is helpful.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Western Environmental Law Center Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 11/6

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The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2016 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana, Taos, New Mexico, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish Bilingual Immigrant Youth Attorney, Full Consideration to Applicants Who Apply by 11/8

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families.

The staff attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the region in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations and representation to persons who may be eligible for the DACA program. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) individual consultations; (2) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (3) direct representation in priority cases. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office. The attorney must have a car and driver’s license, and must be willing to travel around the State in order to conduct community education and workshops. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties.  Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants.  We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis.  Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.  The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final placement decisions.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! The Arc of the United States Seeks Criminal Justice Fellow, Due 11/15

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to work for The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability™ (NCCJD) as a Criminal Justice Fellow.

NCCJD is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as a Criminal Justice Fellow with NCCJD for two years and work closely with the Program Manager for Justice Initiatives to take  NCCJD to the next level.  The objective is to continue NCCJD core programs and services, while developing a vision, resources and a plan to expand the programs and services, as well as advocating for needed system reforms and providing individual advocacy support for individuals with I/DD who are navigating the criminal justice system and their families.

The Fellow should have a passion for supporting the rights of victims, suspects/defendants/offenders, and witnesses with I/DD.  S/he will play a critical role in advancing the goals of NCCJD, working collaboratively with talented professionals in The Arc’s national headquarters with expertise in I/DD, criminal justice, public policy, communications and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Pro Bono This Year? Come Attend the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training Tomorrow!

October 16: Columbia Legal Services and Social Justice Film Festival Present “Food Justice Film Festival”

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University Christian Church

Check out this powerful preview of our upcoming film festival about food justice – if you are what you eat, come see how we can all do better! Columbia Legal Services is teaming up with the Social Justice Film Festival to produce a Food Justice Film Festival October 16th. 

For more information, click here.

October 17: Pro Bono Legal Aid Core Competencies Training

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: William Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 19: Immigration Application Assistance Project (“App Help”) Training

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Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 212

Are you interested in immigrant rights?  Want to learn more about the asylum process through direct interaction with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center?  This is your chance!

Come join the Center for Human Rights and Justice in this mandatory training for the “App Help” Project.  Food will be provided.

If you have questions, please contact Clive Pontusson at cponstuss@uw.edu.

October 20: Social Justice Tuesday – Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms: Perspectives from the Kenyan Experience with Judiciary Transformation

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 138

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October 27: Equal Justice Works – Free Upcoming Educational Debt Relief Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Online

EJW LogoA must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

To register for “JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness,” click here.

October 27: You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities.  You have two chances to attend the webinar.

Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015.  Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST or Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST

Study on Composition of International Bodies Shows that Women are Under-Represented

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

GQUAL Campaign to Increase Gender Parity on International Rights Bodies

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According to a study conducted by GQUAL, the lack of gender parity, specifically the underrepresentation of women, affects almost all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. They report that women hold only 17% of positions on international courts and 25% of positions on regional human rights bodies. The GQUAL Declaration notes that States are generally responsible for nominating and electing candidates to these international bodies, but often lack transparent guidelines and procedures for such processes. Additionally, most States do not have mechanisms to correct gender disparities. By not respecting the principle of non-discrimination, States Parties may be in violation of Article 8 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions: American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Essay Award Competition, Deadline 2/1/2016

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 31 – June 17. This year’s topic is “Extractive Industries and Human Rights” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2016. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For more information, click here.

Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition, Deadline 1/15/2016

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

If you win, you will get a $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.  Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.)

For more information, click here.

There is still time to register for the Equal Justice Works 2015 Conference and Career Fair!

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Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
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While the period to apply for prescheduled interviews has closed, students and recent graduates may register through October 9 to speak with employers during table talk and to attend conferences sessions.

NETWORK with more than 150 public interest employers. We have heard from many employers and students that interviews and job offers have been secured from meetings during table talk!

LEARN during our conference sessions lead by experienced public interest attorneys on international and immigration careers, managing student debt, and how students can organize to fight injustice!

Learn more and register here! Registration deadline is October 9

National Juvenile Defender Center Publishes Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

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The National Juvenile Defender Center prepared the Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide to provide students and others with valuable resources to jumpstart a juvenile defense career. It includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.

Click here for the resource guide.

Would you like access to free hands on legal training, CLE credits, and networking opportunities to help start your own law practice? If so, ELAP Family Law Fellowship is the Answer!

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Eastside Legal Assistance Program is now accepting applications this month for this November’s fellowship class.  The yearlong program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

For more information, click here.