University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition

Attention UW Law Students! UW Pro Bono Honors Society deadline is right around the corner: Monday, May 9!

taupc7ah_400x400It is that time again: at the Center for Public Service Law we know that many of you have put in significant volunteer hours in your community and for causes you believe in. 2016 marks the fifth year that the Pro Bono Honors Society recognizes the public service efforts by all members of our UW Law community. Few law schools recognize the pro bono work of their faculty and staff together with students and we are proud to be leaders in this effort.  

We know many of you are not in it for the “award”, and appropriately so.  However, what the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.   

Please share this important message with your volunteers and peers!

Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline is Almost Here- Monday, May 9!

Between May 2015 and April  2016, did you:

  •  Volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, or ELS research project?
  • Volunteer for an emerging student-led pro bono project such as Trans Health, Ed Law or Jail Rights Project?
  • Do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization?
  • Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project?
  • Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
  • Volunteer for a community-based legal services organization working with underserved communities?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!

  • For complete information please click here.
  • First time participants should click here.
  •  Returning participants should click here.
  • Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review taking submissions for Public Interest Essay Competition.

footer_shield2xThe University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students’ and recent graduates’ articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Period for submissions:
Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 PM.

Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.

Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

For complete contest rules and timeline, please visit https://www.pennlawreview.com/PublicInterestEssayCompetition/

Video as Evidence Field Guide is here!

vae_coverimage_text_700x340After in-depth research, field work, cross-sector collaboration, and (a whole lot of) writing, I’m excited to share with you the first Video as Evidence Field Guide.

At the core of WITNESS is our steadfast conviction that video is a uniquely powerful tool for human rights change. But citizen video doesn’t often reach a standard for it to be considered legal evidence; and simultaneously, legal systems around the world have been largely under-equipped to handle the influx of citizen footage made possible by today’s mobile technologies.

The goal of the Video as Evidence Field Guide to is bridge existing gaps so that citizens, activists, and lawyers can — together — use video more effectively for justice.

Leadership Academy Offers Innovative Curriculum to Equity and Justice Stakeholders

 By Joy Williams, Interim Co-Association Director, Advancement Department, Washington State Bar Association and Katharine Nyden, Pro Bono Coordinator, Blue Mountain Action Council

access_to_justice In early 2015 the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy (the Academy) welcomed its third cohort of legal aid providers and community partners from across the state to participate in a year-long training program. An initiative of the Access to Justice Board, the Academy offers an intentional and durable infrastructure that helps develop and sustain a broad, diverse, and deep network of leaders committed to equity and justices. Fellows are drawn from the Alliance for Equal Justice and community-based social justice organizations. The core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model. Taught by Shriver Center consultants and alumni from previous cohorts, Fellows learn to apply these competencies at four levels of leadership: self, organization, the Alliance, and the equity and justice movement.

 Read Cohort III Fellows, Joy Williams and Katharine Nyden, share their personal experiences, greatest learning, and takeaways from the experience.

 For more information about the Academy and/or to be notified of the request for applications for Cohort IV (slated to begin in early 2017), please contact Jennifer Werdell at 206-914-9406 or wa.ejcla@gmail.com.

Interested in Voting Rights? Position Opening With ACLU of Washington!

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Deputy Director, Due 7/27

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is known nationally for its excellent legal representation of indigent clients in King County.  DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court.

DPD is looking for a Deputy Director who will assist the Director in leading this dynamic department. Per county code, the Deputy will serve as interim Public Defender in the event of a vacancy and act in her stead, as needed. The Deputy will supervise several attorney managers, providing leadership, support, and direction in all of DPD’s practice areas and in the department’s day-to-day operations, including strategic planning, policy development, hiring, and general department oversight. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a public defender, a passion for client-centered public defense, a commitment to addressing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and a collaborative, solutions-focused leadership style.

For more information, click here.

Department of Justice Special Litigation Section Seeking Deputy Chief (Supervisory Trial Attorney), Due 7/28

DOJ

The Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Chief. The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section’s work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (“HCFAC”) program, with an emphasis on the Section’s matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). More specifically, most of the incumbent’s work will be devoted to supervising the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of matters involving the unnecessary segregation or the risk of unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions. Most of the work involves allegations of patterns or practices of unlawful conduct.

For more information, click here.  For other position openings with SPL, click here.  Application period closes 7/21.

Honorable Richard Jones of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Externs 2015-2016

Judge Richard Jones

The Honorable Richard A. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for full-time externs in the 2015-2016 school year. The Court has both a criminal and civil caseload.  Externs for Judge Jones will be performing legal research, writing memoranda, and drafting judicial orders.  There may be opportunities to work closely with Judge Jones’s current law clerks on current and on-going cases.  There will be exposure to a variety of legal issues including; employment discrimination, admiralty, personal injury, patent infringement, class actions, criminal and civil procedure, and criminal and civil trial preparation. Applicants must have completed Evidence. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and list of three references as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Richard A. Jones
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Seattle, WA 98101

Justice Charles K. Wiggins Now Accepting Applications for Fall Quarter Externs

Justice Charles Wiggins

Justice Charles K. Wiggins is accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Sylvia Campbell at Sylvia.Campbell@courts.wa.gov.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/7

NWIRP

NWIRP’s Seattle Office services low-income immigrants and refugees in Western Washington. The office provides direct legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys, pro se assistance, and workshops on immigration matters ranging from asylum, citizenship, family petitions, and protections for immigrant children and victims of crimes.

The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For more information, click here.

Department of Public Defense Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit. Applicants must be Rule 9 eligible.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense. Job duties include assisting attorneys at hearings with in and out-of-custody arraignments, pretrial hearings, sentencing and probation review; legal research and writing; assisting with trial preparation; and others.

For more information, click here. 

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Voting Rights Researcher (9 Mo. Position), Open Until Filled

ACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.  Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.

We are seeking a Voting Rights Researcher to help identify jurisdictions in Washington that fall short of providing fair and open voting and elections practices.  In particular the ACLU is investigating whether electoral practices provide racial and ethnic minorities a meaningful voice in local government and whether counties are recognizing the rights of all voters.  The Voting Rights Researcher will be a member of the Legal Department and supervised by a Staff Attorney.

For more information, click here.

The San Juan Preservation Trust Seeks Assistant Director, Open Until Filled

San Juan Preservation Trust

Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) is a nationally accredited private, non-profit and membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director by managing day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. Primary responsibilities include oversight and/or support for all of the organization’s administrative activities, including budgeting, planning, trustee engagement, staff and committee coordination, implementation and tracking of new initiatives, and overall organizational effectiveness. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director, supervises one staff member (our Office Manager), supports logistical, budgeting and financial functions for our program directors (Development, Conservation and Stewardship), and works closely with the Executive Director, staff, a 21-member board of trustees, and numerous committees and advisory bodies. Our entire staff, including this position, actively participates in fundraising, outreach and membership engagement activities, and is required to perform a wide variety of tasks as needed.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks U.S. Policy & Advocacy Law Student Intern for Fall 2015, Open Until Filled

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) department is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to federal policy analysis and nonprofit advocacy. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to day operations of a dynamic in-house federal policy team, including legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is part-time, and will begin in September 2015 and end in November 2015. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student’s academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit from their schools. If credit is not offered by your school, a small stipend may be available for the right candidate.

For more information, click here.

United Nations Seeking Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) P-3

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The position is intended to fill functions of short-term duration This temporary position is initially offered for three (3) months with possibility of extension. All posts are subject to availability of funds.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer P3 reports directly to the Head of the Policy and Planning Unit, located under the Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS), within the Emergency Services Branch (ESB), Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, click here.