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Due September 27:  Equal Justice Works 2018 Fellowships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With less than two weeks left to apply, we are truly in the final stretch! Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide innovative solutions to issues facing vulnerable individuals and communities, and we’re accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship class until 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2017.

Apply here.

Due May 31:  Equal Justice Works VISTA Legal Fellowships

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The goal of the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing. Now recruiting members for several sites. Apply here.  

2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships

Application Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017

From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy.

In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen our work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”

For application and further information, apply here.

Due October 13: Eastside Legal Assistance Program Family Law Fellowship

Application Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017

Would you like a free opportunity to learn hands-on legal skills, earn CLE credits, network, have a space to start your own legal practice, and to have firms (both private and non-profit) want to hire you on the spot?

The year-long 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.

Contact ELAP’s Managing Attorney, Juanita Cope, at juanita@elap.org or 425.747.7274 ext 204.

Due October 31: K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The fellowship was established in September 1999 to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2018, the program will award one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend eight weeks of their summer working at Neighborhood Legal Services Association. For additional details about Neighborhood Legal Services Association, please click on the below link.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association strives to ensure access to justice by providing free “civil” legal services to low income individuals and families. For more information, please visit https://nlsa.us/.

In 2018, the fellowship recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his or her public interest service. All stipend checks will be made payable to the student and mailed to Neighborhood Legal Services Association.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 31, 2017. For a copy of the application materials, please visit here.

Due October 9: Justice in Aging, Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018

Application deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017

Justice in Aging is pleased to announce its first Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018. The fellow may work in any of our three offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. This is a paid fellowship.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) with a passion for public interest law and a commitment to communities of color for a 10-week summer fellowship focused on the intersection of poverty, aging, and racial justice. The fellow will work with staff to identify a project that integrates Justice in Aging’s core programs, health care and economic security, with the fellow’s personal and professional interests.

For information and to apply.

Due October 16: ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties – Notice to Third-Year Law Students and Recent GraduatesACLU of WA

Application Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017.

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties seeks applicants for a legal fellowship for the Border Litigation Project (BLP), to begin in Fall 2018.

For information and apply here.

Due October 30:  National Juvenile Defender Center,  2018-2020 Gault Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2017 or 2018) are invited apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defense Center (NJDC) in Washington, DC starting in September 2018

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to juveniles many of the same due process protections afforded adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel.

For information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: The Washington Defender Association Incarcerated Parents Project Externship

Application Deadline: Rolling

The impact of incarceration upon parent-clients and their children presents a devastating set of circumstances, from which families may never fully recover.  Unnecessarily separating families is devastating to children, their incarcerated parents and our communities. In contrast, family reunification is linked to reduced recidivism, greater family stability, and improved emotional response for children. No parent should face the punishment of losing a child simply because he/she is serving a sentence.

At IPP, we attempt to address the unique needs of families facing incarceration and help individuals preserve relationships with their children by providing case assistance and training to practitioners and the bench; by establishing best practices in support of providing holistic representation; and by implementing legislative strategies to reduce traumatic effects of family separation that parental incarceration inflicts upon children in Washington State.

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to dadre@defensenet.org

Rolling Deadline: The Washington Defender Association – Technical Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Rolling

WDA’s technical assistance attorneys provide support and resources to public defenders throughout Washington.  We do this through case consultations, practice advisories and sample motions. Case consultations involve answering specific questions about specific cases or brainstorming and strategizing with defenders addressing specific legal issues or problems. Practice advisories summarize criminal law in specific areas for busy public defenders. We also plan and present at CLEs for public defenders and write amicus briefs in cases that will have a broad impact in Washington. Working with WDA’s technical assistance attorneys will give you exposure to criminal law and issues facing Washington’s public defenders. You will deepen your understanding of case law, statutes and legal issues.

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Magda Baker at magda@defensenet.org .

Due October 6: Vermont Legal Aid, Disability Law Attorney

Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017

Vermont Legal is opening the search for a full-time Disability Law Attorney in our Montpelier office. Responsibilities include individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of persons with disabilities.

For information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Center for Reproductive Rights: Staff Attorney, US Litigation New York, New York

Application Deadline: Rolling

The Staff Attorney will be part of the Center’s litigation team and participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts. Find out more about this position and apply here. 

DOJ Civil Rights Division hiring school-year externs

Due May 24: AGO hiring for Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 2: Texas Civil Rights Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017

The Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”) seeks a passionate, talented attorney based in our Austin, Texas office. While the position will focus on impact litigation and other advocacy on behalf of immigrants and their communities, the attorney will also be staffed on matters within TCRP’s Criminal Justice Reform and Voting Rights programs.

Apply and learn more here.

Opening June 28: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications

Application Deadline: Open from June 28 to Sept. 27, 2017

The 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will open June 28 and close September 27, giving law students more time to draft a standout application! Students should start to prepare for the 2018 Fellowship application now by reaching out to non-profit organizations they may want to partner with on an innovative proposal.

Check out where Fellows have been hosted in the past for some ideas, but keep in mind that any non-profit in the country is eligible! Please refer any non-profit organizations interested in hosting to Sarah Lilly at SLilly@equaljusticeworks.org for questions and assistance.

Read more and prep your application here.

Due June 30: Apply for a fall externship with SAM

Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

SAM is a nonprofit corporation operating three museum venues in Seattle. These locations are the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront, and the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA seeks Pro Bono Services Director

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KCBA seeks a fulltime director to lead and manage the bar’s pro bono programs.  The director works to leverage and grow the commitment of the local bar to provide effective representation and counsel in targeted areas of legal need.  Areas of responsibility include management of KCBA’s existing pro bono programs; volunteer recruitment, mentoring, and oversight; and coordination of KCBA activities with local, state, and national pro bono networks.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Internship Opportunities in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

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The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Special Litigation Section is one of several sections in the Civil Rights Division. We work to protect civil rights in the following areas:

1) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs’ departments;
2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions;
3) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities;
4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system;
5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and
6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions.

Read more here.

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

Prison in Washington

Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

Fellowship Opportunities in Equal Justice Works, Appellate Advocacy, and Animal Rights!

Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/22

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This position will assist the ANDVSA Legal Program in coordinating statewide efforts for legal services for domestic and sexual violence.

This job description defines areas for which an individual has primary responsibility and is not intended to limit the scope of the job in any way.  Supervised by ANDVSA Senior Staff Attorney; Interview and screen prospective clients for eligibility into ANDVSA’s Legal Program; Civil Legal representation including case and factual research and appellate work if necessary; Maintain a caseload of civil legal cases, primarily family law (statewide); Case-conference and coordinate with ANDVSA Legal Program staff regarding case referrals; Assist ANDVSA Legal Program with efforts to ensure successful representation of victims in the courts including advocacy and legal research; Confer and consult advocates, attorneys and other professionals.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 11/24

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The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios. First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses. HRSP’s attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.

The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

For complete details, click here.

Defenders of Wildlife Seeking Legal Fellow

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The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office. The position is intended for a highly qualified individual committed to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Primary emphasis is on providing legal research, writing, and litigation support for cases involving federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and the advancement of Defenders’ conservation policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Spring and Summer Intern in the Office for Civil Rights, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis

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The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer 2015 Intern in Washington DC

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, these prosecutions extend from misdemeanor drug possession cases to murders. On the federal side, these prosecutions extend from child pornography to gangs to financial fraud to terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia.

The Office also enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in civil suits brought in the district. Its location in the seat of the federal government gives it responsibility for many cases of national importance, including far-reaching challenges to federal policies and employment practices.

In all things, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is committed to ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Our Office offers volunteer and academic credit internships to undergraduates, graduate students and to law students. Work study funds may be available contingent upon the budgetary constraints of both the educational institution and this Office. We accept college undergraduates, graduate students, and second and third year law students, with the permission of their school, to work in the Office assisting our attorneys in case preparation. In the summer, most students work 40 hours a week.

For more information, click here.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Seeking Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Washington DC

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in its Washington, DC field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children residing in Virginia and Washington, DC through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities.

For more information, click here.

New Deadline for Equal Justice Works Fellowship in Texas, Due 12/1

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Every year Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides funding for Equal Justice Works Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites. We recently learned that Equal Justice Works’ applicant pool for the 2015-16 Class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. While TAJF has made no decision regarding any current applicants, they have asked Equal Justice Works to re-open the application to diversify the pool. Again, the quality of the current candidates has not yet been reviewed or judged – this decision is about the total number of applications received. All applicants will be carefully reviewed once the pool is complete.

Equal Justice Works is seeking additional applications in Texas

Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition exclusively for applications with TAJF grantees as host organizations. We strongly encourage your students to consider applying.

The new deadline for these Fellowship applications is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can find more information on the program and its application below. Should you have any questions please contact Carolyn Schorr at cschorr@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686 ext. 137. To speak to TAJF about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Melton at ldmelton@teajf.org.

Attention 1Ls!  Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 2015 Legal Intern, Due 12/19

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 1L Summer interns for 2015 positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units. Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through. After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects. These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Suite 200, Colby Ave , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until December 19th applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Offering Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy John Payton Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The prestigious John Payton Fellowship offers attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy with the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice law firm.

Payton Fellows will have the opportunity to litigate cutting-edge civil rights cases, particularly with a focus on appellate and Supreme Court advocacy in LDF’s program areas, which include education, criminal justice, voting, and/or economic justice. The Fellows will also help develop public policy and create public education campaigns about racial discrimination, in addition to leading community meetings, participating in conferences, and/or developing public information pieces. During her or his tenure, the Payton Fellow will cultivate relationships with leading litigators, government officials, academics, and organizing/ advocacy experts.

The program will annually hire one Payton Fellow. The inaugural Fellowship will commence in 2015.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Defending the Earth? EarthJustice Position Openings

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish Count Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk, Due 11/12

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Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.  The job description for the law clerk/bailiff position is attached.

For complete details, click here.

Oregon Law Center Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 11/14

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Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Coos Bay along the rugged southern Oregon coast, and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. These counties have a high poverty rate and limited access to services.

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates ten offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

For more information, click here.

City of Olympia Municipal Court Seeking Municipal Court Public Defender, Due 11/15

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The City of Olympia Municipal Court is accepting applications for contract public defender. The City is hiring four public defenders with the contract beginning January 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the WA State Bar Association with a minimum of two years criminal law experience, preferably in a Municipal or District Court with public defense experience. Contract period runs from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2015, with an option to renew. The monthly salary is $5,000. Public Defenders must be able to meet caseload standards and certifications. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program, Due 11/15

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL‑CIO”) is offering a one‑year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL‑CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL‑CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL‑CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL‑CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments.  The AFL‑CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For more information, click here.

Social Justice Fund NW Seeking Program Director, Due 11/19

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Social Justice Fund is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.  The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director.  The Program Director is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all aspects of Social Justice Fund’s programs, including our Giving Projects and all of our grantmaking.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Rule 9 Position with the Snohomish County Public Defenders, Due 11/21

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2015 Rule 9 positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. The positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed.

After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Sute 200, Colby Ave, , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until November 21st applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Advocacy Director

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services and its predecessor organizations has represented some of the most marginalized people in Washington. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Advocacy Director to oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. This position is likely based in Seattle, with statewide responsibilities. Working closely with a dynamic advocacy team that spans five locations and four statewide project teams, the Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with an executive leadership team, and work in partnership with the Policy Director and five Coordinating Attorneys. This position reports to the Director.

For complete details, click here.

Washington House Democrats Hiring Legislative Aides

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Washington House Democrats is offering positions as legislative to the following Representatives in Washington’s Democratic House.  Click on the links below for a full job description.

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Morris — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lytton — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Hunter — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Carlyle — Job announcement

Attention Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.

For complete details, click here.

National Security Agency at Fort Mead, MD Seeking Full-Time Attorney in Acquisition, Research & Technology

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The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel is seekingan attorney with at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution to joinits Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The attorney will have responsibility for providing a full range of Intellectual Property (IP) legal services.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.NSA.gov/Careers and click the ‘Job Search/Apply Now’ button located at the top left of your screen.

Search the job posting, Attorney position, job # 1051588, and click the job to apply. After completing the application and clicking the ‘Submit Final’ button, you will receive a confirmation email.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Opening at Earthjustice in Bozeman, MT

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, and we are responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading across the Northern Rockies region.

For complete details, click here.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/6/15

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FASPE is a set of innovative programs for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, seminary, and business students with a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. Through an all-expenses-paid two-week summer intensive course in New York, Germany, and  Poland, students will explore such topics as The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.

For complete details, click here.

 

Equal Justice Works Offers Tips & Tricks on Educational Debt Relief & Fellowships!

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2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Tips: Free Webinar

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The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Please register for our free webinar to learn more about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program and get application tips from the experts on our Fellowships Team.

Webinar: Creating a Successful Application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:00 PM EDT

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. We will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

This webinar will also be offered on June 18July 16, and August 13. Information about registering for these sessions will be available on our website soon.

If you have questions about Equal Justice Works Fellowships, please visit our website or contact us.

Call for Nominations for the Mario Savio Young Activist Awards, Deadline 7/1

Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund

The Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award, housed at Tides Foundation, invites you to nominate a candidate for the annual Young Activist Award. The award this year carries a cash prize of $6000, divided equally between the prize-winner and his or her organization, and will be given to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.  The nominees should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity and integrity.

The nomination deadline is July 1, 2014.

For more information on nominating a young activist, click here.

 

 

CLS and ACLU Protect Detainees’ Free Speech Rights at the Northwest Detention Center

Associated Press Detention Center Holding Cell

By: Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Today, the ACLU of Washington (ACLU) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit after successfully getting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release hunger striking detainees from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  The ACLU and CLS had filed this lawsuit on April 2, 2014 to prohibit ICE from retaliating against detainees at the NWDC who engage in First Amendment protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

Problems first arose after several hundred immigration detainees at the NWDC went on hunger strikes on March 7, 2014 to express concerns with national immigration policies and to raise awareness about the conditions of their confinement.  Their grievances about conditions at the NWDC included poor food quantity and nutritional quality, $1.00 per day wages for work performed at the NWDC, and the lack of access to bond hearings.

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