Interested in Alaska? Alaska Supreme Court Justice visiting UW; Alaska Legal Services Corp. info session

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Info session on summer internships at Alaska Legal Services Corporation

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join for a webcast discussion with attorney Sarah Carver from Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Learn about the unique legal needs of low-income, rural communities in AK and internship opportunities for UW Law students. RSVP in Symplicity.

 

 

March 23: Sing Into Spring, a karaoke fundraiser to support Fair Work Center 

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DateThursday, March 23, 2017
Place: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Whether you love singing for your friends or fear it, we hope you will join us for a fun night to support Fair Work Center. We’ll have a “not so silent” auction, where you can bid to see our special guest singers perform a song for the crowd, as well as other entertaining ways to have some fun and raise some money in support of Fair Work Center. Think you’ve got what it takes to play “karaoke hero” and lead the room in your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!? We hope so and can’t wait to see you at The Royal Room on Thursday, March 23.

Buy tickets here.

Celebrate Pro Bono with Columbia Legal Services and Celebrate NJP’s 20th Anniversary!

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference 

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time & Location: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 115 and Lobby) Evening Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 138)

Keynote address by Baltasar Garzon of the Fundacion International Baltasar Garzon, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzon is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

To RSVP, click here.

October 12: Global Mondays Speaker Series on Human Rights in Cambodia with Professor Stephen Rosenbaum

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Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 117, unless otherwise noted

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

The guest speaker this Monday will be Stephen Rosenbaum, Associate Professor, Golden Gate Law School; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law, who will be speaking on “Protecting Human Rights in a Constitutional Monarchy: The Case of Cambodia.”

Lunch will be served.

For a detailed event description, click here.

October 14: Columbia Legal Services Presents Celebrating the Art of Advocacy – 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception

4th Annual Pro Bono Celebration

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Doors open 5:00 PM | Brief program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drinks & appetizers provided

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice
in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

October 23: Northwest Justice Project 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

The Northwest Justice Project is Celebrating Twenty Years of Working for Equal Justice! 

NJP’s Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us on Friday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  as we kick off NJP’s 20th Anniversary year.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will reflect on Washington’s equal justice journey and celebrate our Access to Justice community, and the many equal justice champions, whose support and dedication helped Northwest Justice Project blossom into a vibrant state-wide law firm that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Light Hors d’oeuvres, and hosted reception provided by NJP.

To RSVP, click here.

November 2: Free Webinar on Wrongful Conviction 2015: Litigating Claims of Innocence

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Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Location: Webcast

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system.  While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services.  Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.   

To register, click here.

Attentions Law Students! Limited Funding Available for Equal Justice Works Career Fair! Apply Now!

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Limited Funding Support for UW Law Students

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As noted in the CommonGoodUW.org blog, UW Law students can request up to $450 in reimbursement for the cost of attending the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair October 23-24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.  Priority in selection will be given to students who have secured interviews and to 3Ls.

Application Procedure & Deadlines for UW Law:

To apply for funding please email Dean Storms at mestorms@uw.edu and provide a resume and a brief written statement describing why EJW career fair attendance will be useful for you. If you have applied for or secured an interview during the career fair please include this information.

Monday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.: deadline to apply for travel funding

Friday, October 9, noon: students to be notified of funding awards

Please note: the stipend will reimburse up to $450 of documented travel expenses.  Receipts are strictly required.

The Return of the Debtor’s Prison

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By Anthony D. Romero | Huffington Post | Photo Credit to Huffington Post

The debtors’ prison was supposed to be a thing of the past–a relic of the colonial era that was outlawed by the United States government nearly two centuries ago. More recently, the Supreme Court ruled that jailing people who lack the means to pay criminal justice fines or fees–a modern-day form of debtors’ prison–is unconstitutional. Ultimately, debtors’ prisons are not only illegal, they are counterproductive: incarceration strains limited public resources and can have devastating consequences on the lives of the poor.

Nonetheless, in the wake of the recent economic recession, cash-strapped state and local governments have aggressively targeted poor individuals who have already served their criminal sentences. The March 2015 U.S. Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri, provides a horrifying glimpse of what can happen when governments treat the poor as mere revenue sources.

Continue reading here.

Establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

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By Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice

“Providing meaningful access to justice is a national responsibility and a moral charge.  I am delighted by President Obama’s action to expand legal aid resources for Americans in need, and excited for all that the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will achieve as it works to advance opportunity, promote equality, and ensure justice for all.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

What do 20 federal agencies, the United Nations, and civil legal aid have in common?  Plenty, according to President Obama who recently issued a presidential memorandum formally establishing the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR).  The presidential memorandum was announced by Roy Austin Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity as well as Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations at an event held on the eve of the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York.  The event highlighted the inclusion of Goal 16 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Goal 16 calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, for access to justice for all and for the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.  With Goal 16, the international community has recognized that access to justice is essential to sustainable development and necessary to end poverty.

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Pro Bono Gives Solos Experience and Satisfaction

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By Kevin Davis | ABA Journal | Photo of Jill Metz; Photo by Wayne Slezak

When Chicago attorney Jill Metz started practicing as a solo attorney in the early 1980s, she decided she would always make time to do pro bono work.

Though she needed to get her practice off the ground and earn a living, Metz volunteered five to 10 hours a week for the People’s Law Office in the Uptown neighborhood, doing criminal defense work and housing law for the mostly poor clientele.

Recent news stories have exposed that major law firms donate only 0.1 percent of their proceeds to legal aid for low-income people, making the contributions by lawyers like Metz even more crucial for impoverished clients.

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Attention Spanish-Speaking 2Ls and 3Ls!  International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity! EarthRights International Seeks 2L or 3L for Remote Litigation Support

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EarthRights International seeks a 2L or 3L for remote litigation support.  The time commitment is 9-10 hours per week.  No prerequisites, but experience with U.S. litigation is a plus.  The position requires proficiency in Spanish.  The volunteer will work closely with one of the attorney’s at EarthRights International with regular weekly check ins.

The volunteer will be conducting factual and U.S. legal research to assist ERI in developing a transnational injunctive strategy against a mega development project in the Amazon that poses a high risk of environmental and human rights abuses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Maryum Jordan, maryum@earthrights.org.  The application deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

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.

Wayfind Microenterprise Clinic and Nonprofit Law Clinic – UW Law Student Volunteers Needed- Application Due 10/20

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Assist pro bono transactional lawyers at either microenterprise clinics or nonprofit legal clinics by taking client interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. 

Wayfind provides free business legal services for nonprofit organizations and low-income microentrepreneurs.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys assist non-profit organizations with a range of legal matters including real estate, tax, non-profit governance, and intellectual property.  Wayfind pro bono attorneys also help low-income microentrepreneurs at legal clinics on legal matters including review of contracts, operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property matters including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Wayfind hosts different types of legal clinics for its two client populations: non-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs.

For more information, click here.

Attention Spanish Speakers Interested in Family Law & Equal Justice! Pro Bono Opportunity with the King County Bar Association Family Law Program

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions. The programs have expanded to help unaccompanied children from Central America who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent and who may be eligible for protective immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Volunteer attorneys assist caregivers and family law members with family law actions in order to obtain court findings that may be used in the SIJS process.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! International Human Rights Pro Bono Opportunity!

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An international corporate accountability and human rights NGO seeks a first- or second-year law student for a short-term unpaid legal internship to begin immediately.  Working closely with the NGO’s attorneys, the intern will conduct legal research and analysis to support litigation in U.S. federal court regarding environmental and human rights violations committed abroad.  The work will be completed remotely and on the intern’s own schedule as long as agreed-upon deadlines are met.  We estimate an initial commitment of 10-20 hours of work in the next month, with the possibility of additional assignments depending on how the matter proceeds.  Please submit a writing sample and a CV to Chris Benoit at chris@coylefirm.com. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Attention 3Ls, Recent Grads and Project Based Fellowship Applicants!

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Did you just submit an EJW or other project based fellowship application? Here’s another opportunity to get your innovative project up and running. Apply for the Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship! Application due January 15. UW Law students have been past recipients!

For complete info, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Opportunity Available Now!

Open Justice Society Initiative Seeking Fall Interns, Due 8/27

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

For more information, click here.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2015-2016 for Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders, Certificates Testifying Intermediate-Advanced Level Spanish Required, Due 8/31

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-american system of human rights in the are of human rights defenders.  The position starts from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union in New York Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Interns

ACLU LogoFall 2015 Legal Internship Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project, Position Open Until Filled

Founded in 1986, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) & AIDS Project is a division of the national office of the ACLU.  It is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief.  The Center for Liberty is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015.  A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

For more information, click here.

Fall 2015 Legal Internship, ACLUF, Reproductive Freedom Project, NY, Position Open Until Filled 

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Staff Attorney for Reproductive Freedom Project, Position Open Until Filled

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, racial justice, and LGBT rights.  In addition, the Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.  The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.

For more information, click here.

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) Seeking Equal Justice Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

ILAS Logo Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is seeking an innovative, creative and exceptional advocate who shares a commitment to equal justice and the delivery of high quality impact advocacy on behalf of low income clients and their communities. The advocate will identify issues and develop strategies to address systemic issues involving civil rights, housing, public benefits, Indian law, farm worker protection and other issues. The advocate will investigate and assess potential cases and develop case plans, tactics, and strategies to litigate cases in federal and state courts. The advocate will work closely with ILAS’s Associate Director who has 37 years of experience in public interest litigation.

Submit: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

Candidates should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, problem-solving, research, writing, and public speaking skills, and the ability to carry a varied caseload. Demonstrated litigation experience is important. A passionate commitment to the low income client community is essential. Initiative as well as ability to work as part of a team is also valuable. Current Bar admission is not a requirement and reciprocity is available.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Seeking Fall Law Clerk, Due 8/31

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”) advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, impact litigation, and policy advocacy legal strategies.

Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one or more of our issue areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.

For more information, click here.

Governor Jay Inslee Seeking Interested and Qualified WSBA Members to Fill Judicial Vacancy in King County Superior Court, Due 8/31

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To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the King County Bar Association and statewide minority bar associations.

All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by Aug. 31, 2015, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible. If you have previously submitted an application to the General Counsel and would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest along with any updates/supplemental materials to your application.

For more information, click here.

American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court Seeking Associate Legal Officer, Due 8/31

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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court seeks an Associate Legal Officer for its international secretariat in The Hague. The Associate Legal Officer will provide general legal support and coordination for CICC programs through legal research and analysis of issues related to international criminal law, law of international organizations, public international law and comparative law, and will provide coordination and advice on legal and institutional issues relating to the functioning of the ICC. The position is directly supervised by the Head of the CICC The Hague Office, under the overall direction by the CICC Convener and in close coordination with the members of the Legal Section and other CICC sections. The position is on a temporary basis to fill a secondment, and will start as soon as possible.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! The Arbitration Counsel Seeks Full-Time Intern (4 Month Commitment), Due 8/31

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The Arbitration Council (AC) is a national, independent institution with quasi-judicial authority established under the Labour Law 1997 of Cambodia.  The AC is empowered to assist employers and employees in resolving labour disputes by conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

The Legal Intern will have an opportunity to gain experience in a professional legal setting within a unique organisation.  Applicants should be either recent university graduates (having graduated from university within the last 12 months) or students undertaking university studies in the field of law from year 3.

For more information, click here.

J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, UW Application Deadline 9/9

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The University of Washington application deadline is September 9, 2015; UW alumni are encouraged to apply through the University here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

Successful applicants must be young professionals who have a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and the ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows will have the opportunity to use their subject area expertise, language fluency, and other skills, such as IT proficiency, during the program to support the achievement of host institution goals. Responsibilities will be finalized after the placement is made. Participants will also be expected to carry out an academic component, such as an independent research project or related coursework. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships are available to:  African Union, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine.

For more information, click here.

Welcome to 2015 Jobs and Internships!

National Housing Law Project in San Francisco Seeks Summer Interns, Due 3/31/15

NHLPThe National Housing Law Project (NHLP) was established in 1968 as a housing law and advocacy center that promotes housing justice on behalf of low income people and underrepresented communities. Through high-impact litigation and national leadership in policy advocacy, NHLP has been a driving force behind many fundamental housing rights enjoyed by low-income homeowners and tenants.

NHLP seeks students for summer 2015 internships. Recent significant student work projects have included writing amicus curiae briefs; drafting testimony for Congressional hearings; submitting comments on proposed regulations; researching the impact of proposed housing legislation and regulations; drafting amendments to federal housing legislation; summarizing briefs in preparation for oral arguments; providing research assistance in drafting pleadings and motions; drafting portions of advocacy guides used by housing advocates across the country; and researching and writing articles for NHLP’s monthly Housing Law Bulletin.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates possess high-caliber research and writing skills; demonstrate a commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations; and demonstrate an ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Students will have an opportunity to develop a writing sample as part of their work. NHLP has successfully sponsored several of its interns for post-graduate fellowships.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/15/15

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Assignments include conducting legal research, client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings and policy meetings, developing “Know Your Rights” materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending state and federal bills.

Interested candidates should have strong interests in social justice, non-profit/public interest work, and be committed to the community.  Language skills are highly desired as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention Law Grads! University of Washington Seeks Deputy Title IX/ ADA Coordinator, JD Preferred, Due 1/12/15

UW LogoGrow and maintain a model Compliance Support Program to support all University of Washington academic and administrative units and coordinate compliance with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors in all areas covered by the relevant laws, regulations and best practices.

Under the general direction of the University’s Title IX/ADA Coordinator, this position’s primary role
involves ensuring that University of Washington programs and personnel comply with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors laws and regulations.  As a result, this position includes high-level compliance and coordination responsibilities relating to University-wide planning and monitoring, grievance processes, consulting and outreach, and information and reporting.  It requires an understanding of Title IX, ADA, safety of minors, and related regulations as well as the agencies that enforce those laws and regulations.   It also requires expertise in applying those laws and regulations within a university setting and to existing and emerging situations.

The Deputy Title IX/ADA Coordinator will have University-wide visibility and responsibility for
supporting Title IX, ADA and safety of minors awareness and compliance and will represent the
University in interactions with regulatory agencies. The scope of ADA responsibilities includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as student and public access to programs and facilities.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

NYPD Office of the Inspector General Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Due 2/13/15

NYPD-logoThe Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is a newly-created independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. The OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and sits within the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI).  For more information, click here.

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The position offers an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a new, high-profile environment.  Law interns & fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by the OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Law Grads! Washington AGO Seeks Assistant AG for Civil Rights Unit in Seattle, Due 1/23/15

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Duties: The Attorney General of Washington seeks an excellent, highly motivated and experienced Washington-licensed attorney to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Unit. The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies. While the position is located in Seattle, travel around the state is necessary and may include litigation duties throughout the state.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and bring experience litigating and advising clients, and should have excellent oral and written communication skills, produce consistently high quality work product, exercise excellent litigating judgment, value diversity and inclusion, and be an outstanding team player. The applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and public service. The applicant should have the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships within the AG’s Office, as well as externally, with state agency clients, legislators, local and federal agencies, the media, and community groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Seeks Client Advocate Summer Interns, 1/26/15

LA LGBT centerJOB SUMMARY: If you are a compassionate person willing to listen to others, committed to social justice, and seeking to end violence based on transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, the Legal Services Department seeks your assistance as an Intern Client Advocate. Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year. Summer intern positions are full-time with exposure to the entire Department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE: 1) Staff the phone lines; 2) Conduct client intakes and schedule attorney consultation appointments; 3) Provide crisis counseling and resource/referral assistance; 4) Participate in evening Legal Clinics 5) Assist in preparation of legal documents, including restraining orders and U- Visas; 6) Assist in development of trainings and workshops; 7) Assist with data collection and analysis.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Attention Law Grads Interested in International Women’s Human Rights! UN Women Seeks Legal Analyst, Due 1/7/15- Act Fast!

UN womenUN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser the Legal Analyst will provide legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, sub-regional and country offices, as required.

For full job description and application instructions please click here.

 

You’re Invited to Join the Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion This Tuesday, 4:00 PM

October 28: Social Justice Tuesday – The ROOTS Project: Good News from Africa

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 127

Presented by Frank and Pam McKulka

2005 marked the end of a 21 year civil war in Sudan, which left more than 2 million dead. 2011 was the year that South Sudan became an independent country; tragically in December 2013 a rebellion began and many again have died or been displaced.

After working as a human rights investigator for the United Nations, Anyieth D’Awol, a South Sudanese woman established the ROOTS project in 2009. The organization’s mission is economic empowerment of women and preservation of traditional arts and crafts. More information at http://www.rootsofsouthsudan.org

Traditional and contemporary jewelry made at the Centre in Juba, South Sudan will be available on this date.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, October 27. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

October 28: Peggy Browning Fund Panel Discussion & Networking Reception – Advocating for Workplace Justice

Peggy Browning Fund

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM Panel Discussion
5:00-6:00 PM Networking reception with panelists, students and guests active in protecting workers’ rights
Gates Hall, RM 127

  • Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund’s Summer Fellowships
  • Hear what it’s like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers or a government agency regulating the workplace
  • Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice

Free admission to Seattle law school students. Webcast available to students of Gonzaga University School of Law. Information on where to watch the webcast will be provided after you register.

Panelists:

  • Carson Flora | Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP | Moderator
  • Judy Krebs | General Counsel, SEIU Healthcare 775
  • David Mark | Attorney, Law Office of David N. Mark
  • Andrea Schmitt | Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services — Working Families Project
  • Ann Marie Skov | Field Attorney, NLRB Region 19 | PBF ’00

REGISTER by October 21 with the Peggy Browning Fund here.

October 29: Careers in Public Policy

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
3:30-4:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 119

Meet the practitioners and learn about their career paths and strategies in:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Policy reform
  • Non-partisan policy work
  • Community relations
  • Non-profit management

Featuring:
Sumeer Singla, Precinct Liaison Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Janet Varon, Executive Director, Northwest Health Law Advocates
Rep. Gerry Pollet, Executive Director, Heart of America NW &
46th District, WA State House of Representatives

November 14: 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference

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Reclaiming our Humanity and Redefining our Narratives: Telling our own Stories
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 – Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405

This year’s conference theme “Reclaiming Our Humanity and Redefining Our Narratives: Telling Our Own Stories” speaks to the ways in which communities of color are negatively portrayed in our society. How people of color are often so narrowly depicted and the ways in which mainstream media dehumanizes people of color. The conference seeks to educate participants about the social and political inequalities facing students color as well as focus on the need for people of color to reclaim themselves as full human beings. We must embrace all of our identities and push back on spaces of dichotomy – when it comes to race as well as gender, sexuality, and class. The Oregon Students of Color Conference provides a space where students of color and their allies can come together to develop the skills and critical analysis needed for the advancement of students of color socially, economically, politically, and emotionally.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 14th Annual Oregon Students of Color Conference is now open!

REGISTRATION FEES AND DEADLINES

Early Bird Registration Deadline is October 17th:

    • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $70/ per person
    • Non-Members: $80/ per person

Late Registration Deadline: October 24th:

      • Oregon Student Association Member Campus: $75/ per person
      • Non-Member Campuses: $85/ per person

Information and Registration: Click here.

November 14: Save the Date! Seeking Community Input Racial Justice Initiative: Racial Impact Statements

Equal Justice

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
8:45 – 11:00 AM
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila, WA 98168

A joint Commission meeting between the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission & The Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Listen, Learn, & Participate ~ We want to hear from you!

Racial Impact Statements can be used as a tool for policymakers to address the potential racial impact of proposed legislation prior to enactment in order to reduce the scale of unwarranted disparities.

Please RSVP by emailing Cynthia.Delostrinos@courts.wa.gov. If you need any special accommodations, please send an email to the address listed above. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Equal Justice Victory, WA Contemplative Lawyers & Debtors’ Prison Film

Northwest Justice Project Announces Equal Justice Victory

NJP LogoJuly 23, 2014–By César E. Torres

In a major victory for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities and access to justice for Workers Compensation claimants, DOJ/DOL have found that L&I policies, practices, and procedures are inconsistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and implementing regulations and L&I grant obligations.  DOJ/DOL issued a 33 page decision in response to a complaint filed by NJP on behalf of 8 limited English proficient workers claiming denial of language access by the Department of Labor and Industries – Insurance Services Division.

 

The DOJ/DOL investigation found violations including, the failure (a) to take specific steps to develop, assess, and monitor its Language Assistance Program; (b) to adequately identify the language needs of claimants; (c) to assess the competency and quality of its interpretation services; (d) to ensure that all claimants are provided vital documents and information in a timely manner in a language they can understand, and (e) provide adequate notice of LEP claimants of available language assistance services. Specifically, DOJ/DOL decided that L&I needs to translate vital documents into languages other than Spanish, including Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and “a few” of the other more frequently encountered languages.  The list of vital documents required to be translated is extensive. 

 

This is a huge victory for all LEP workers in Washington and a major step to obtaining better and more just access to this important worker benefit system, particularly after the Kustera cases, in which the Washington Supreme Court rejected an array of language protections for LEP claimants in the L&I hearing process.  L&I has agreed to work toward developing an adequate language access program with appropriate monitoring and negotiations are underway. 

 

Congratulations to NJP attorneys Kelly Owen, Senior Attorney-Bellingham, Leticia Camacho, NJP-King County, and Patrick Pleas, NJP-Wenatchee, who filed and litigated the extensively documented complaint three years ago, with assistance from Kristi Cruz, NJP-CLEAR. 

 

Working in Downtown Seattle this Summer? Don’t Miss the WA Contemplative Lawyers Group!

Mindfulness Present Moment logoA growing number of legal professionals across the nation are applying mindfulness-based skills and training to lawyering. Read more about us here.

Monday Mid-Day Guided Meditation for Legal Professionals

Mondays (except holidays) from 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave; 11th floor) in downtown Seattle. Please arrive at 11:50 am as we start the sit promptly at 12 pm. No experience required. No charge. Just an opportunity to practice mindful meditation together at the beginning of the work week.

Learn more here.

 

New Film Decries The Return Of Debtors Prisons

Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Over the past decade, towns and counties across the United States have been locking up a growing number of people for failing to pay their debts. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice documented the practice in 2010, and Human Rights Watch released the results of its own investigation earlier this year.

Critics have decried the return of the debtors prison, the reviled institution of Charles Dickens’ day. Now, a short documentary, “To Prison for Poverty,” sheds light on a particularly contentious aspect of the story.

In Alabama, Georgia, and other Southern states, many local governments have signed contracts with “private probation” companies — for-profit firms that specialize in collecting fees and fines from people who owe the courts money for low-level infractions, usually traffic-related. Halli Wood, an unemployed 17-year-old from the small town of Columbiana, Alabama, told Brave New Films she was placed on probation with one of the largest of these companies, Judicial Correction Services, or JCS, after she couldn’t come up with the money to pay off a seat belt ticket.

Read the full article and watch part 2 of the film here.