Looking for Legal Experience in Human Rights? Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Grads!

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Amara Legal Center Seeking Spring Legal Intern, Due 11/18

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The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area and is currently seeking an intern for the Spring 2016.

Intern duties include: Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the intern and the intern will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services. After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in general legal research for expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Government Misconduct/Racial Justice Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  Some of our cases include: Stop-and-frisk litigation; challenges to solitary confinement and other abusive and discriminatory prison practices; FOIA cases and litigation in support of immigrants’ rights; and challenges to NYPD surveillance of Muslims and racial discrimination in FDNY hiring.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! La Isla Foundation Seeks Human Rights Research and Advocacy Intern for Spring 2016, Due 11/20

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Central America is being hit with an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). The population most acutely affected by the epidemic are the sugarcane cutters working in the lowlands of Western Nicaragua. Recent research shows that there is a strong relationship between the sickness and work conditions. Research also shows that many of the same work conditions linked to CKDnT are also in violation of domestic and international laws protecting worker health and safety. For this reason, Profesionales para la Auditoría Social y Empresarial (PASE) has opened a Legal Services Office in Chinandega, Nicaragua focused on serving sugarcane workers, ex-sugarcane workers and their families. The PASE Legal Services Office grew out of a collaboration with La Isla Foundation (LIF), a non-profit organization aimed at tackling CKDnT.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  Some of our cases include: Challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; ATS case in support of LGBTI Ugandan organizers; challenges to repression of people for speech criticizing Israeli government policy against Palestine; advocacy in support of accountability and reparations for the Iraq War; FOIA litigation for information about the U.S. role in the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the coup in Honduras; and human rights advocacy to challenge Catholic Church cover-up of sexual violence by priests.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! International Justice Resource Center Seeking International Human Rights Attorney, Due 11/30

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The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions).

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Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Seeks Summer Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights seeks a legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the 2016 spring semester (part time) and for summer 2016 (full time).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding (academic / research / work experience) of regional and international human rights law; working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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Root & Rebound Seeking Staff Attorney, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis, Position Open Until Filled

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Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is a California statewide reentry advocacy hub focused on building a strong model that promotes innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis in California and the United States. Our mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the day-to-day management, execution, and coordination of Root & Rebound’s legal education and trainings. In addition, the Staff Attorney will play an integral role in various programmatic efforts, including assisting with updates to the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide,  staffing the weekly reentry hotline, working on in-house legal services such as clinics, and helping the organization with its policy advocacy and litigation work. Root & Rebound seeks a candidate who is excited about working at an innovative and growing organization, and who has a desire to use his/her degree and legal education in a creative and dynamic way. The ideal candidate will be excited about practicing law as a reentry generalist across many areas and using public education as the central strategy to reaching the millions of Californians with a criminal record, and the 50,000 Californians who leave prison and jail each year.

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Attention Recent Grads! Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney for Environmental Law Program, Position Open Until Filled

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We are hiring one associate attorney in our Environmental Law Program in San Francisco for a two-year position, to begin in September 2016. The associate attorney will evaluate proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation, serve as a resource to chapters and volunteer entities, and assist in prosecuting litigation aimed at advancing the national Club’s top priority campaigns. The successful candidate will have 0-3 years experience, solid writing and analytical skills, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and good knowledge of environmental law. The Sierra Club values diversity in our staff.

For more information, click here.

Advancement Project Seeking Staff Attorney for Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program

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Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong racial justice advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” Program.

The Staff Attorney will work with a team of attorneys and program staff to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline and school policing policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely with grassroots organizations representing communities of color around the country. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work collaboratively, using a variety of creative legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

For more information, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Young Center South Texas Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsinvites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardianad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the TVPRA.

For more information, click here.

Are You Interested in the Environment and Indian Law? Guest Speakers at the UW Speak on the Subject Next Week!

April 8: Social Justice Tuesday – Indian Law & Alaska Native Fishing Rights

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Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker Professor Anderson

Hosted by the Public Interest Law Association

Professor Anderson will discuss long-running litigation (29 years) against the State of Alaska to secure some measure of protection for Alaska Native fishing rights.  Anderson was lead counsel for the Native community in the recent successful effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the State of Alaska’s petition for review of a Ninth Circuit decision favorable to Alaska Natives.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 7.

April 10: Katherine O’Brien to Speak on Environmental and Indian Law

Katherine O’Brien — UW Law alum, former Gates Scholar, and current Associate Attorney with Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office — will be on campus.  She has agreed to speak with a small group of interested students about environmental and Indian law opportunities over the lunch hour.  The environmental program will provide lunch, but students need to send RSVPs to Todd Wildermuth by noon on Wednesday, April 9. Please specify any dietary restrictions.

April 15 & 16: Graduating Checklist for 3Ls

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 – Part 1: Financial Aid/CPLD
Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – Part 2: Student Loan Repayment Options for Graduating 3Ls
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 217

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Center for Public Service Law, and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development are co-hosting an importation presentation series for graduating 3Ls.  Please join us for both presentations discuss all things financial aid, bar loans, student loan repayment options, and important CPLD information. The first part will focus on administrative and logistic matters in preparing to graduate and the second part will focus on different student loan repayment options.  All times are at 12:30PM-1:20PM in room 217.  Both presentations will be podcasted and made available for students who will not be able to attend.

April 17: You’re Invited To View the West Coast Premiere of “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” Documentary

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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Film will begin at 7:00 PM

Filmed on location in Vietnam, “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” follows a group of U.S. veterans as they travel with PeaceTrees Vietnam to the infamous Khe Sanh battlefield in Quang Tri Province in hopes of finding reconciliation by meeting face to face with former enemies of war. Captured on film by cinematographer Luke Hansen of Albany, N.Y., the outcome of the meeting includes a historic event of profound and lasting significance.

Following the screening, audience members will have the unique opportunity to hear from the filmmaker and subjects of the film in a panel discussion moderated by Kevin Espirito, Sr. Manager of Community Engagement for Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Find more information about “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” here. View the film trailer here.  Reserve your complimentary ticket here.

May 22: Annual Fair Housing Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

This year’s theme is “Taking the Lead: Creating Partnerships for Inclusive Communities.” The 2014 conference is organized by the City of Tacoma and King County Office of Civil Rights with in partnership with the Fair Housing Partners of Washington (Washington State Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, King County Office of Civil Rights, City of Tacoma Human Rights, Fair Housing Center of Washington, and Northwest Fair Housing Alliance).

The conference draws over 350 housing industry personnel from maintenance staff to real estate brokers, attorneys, government staff, and community based social service agencies from throughout western Washington.

For more information, click here.