Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN 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 development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. 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. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

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The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Attention Spanish-Speakers! Paid Opportunity to Work with Farmworkers in the Summer!

Columbia Legal Services Offering Laurel Rubin Farmworker Paid Summer Internship, Due 2/15/2016

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Columbia Legal Services is seeking a 2016 summer intern to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant and seasonal farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, and will play an essential role in assisting workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Fellowship funding is available for one position, located in Yakima, WA through the Laurel Rubin farmworker Justice Fellowship in the amount of $5,500 for a ten-week internship.

CLS legal interns participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education to advance systemic change in Washington State.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Summer 2016 Law Student Intern in Legal Department, Due 2/19/2016

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

Vera runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns are welcome to participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, past interns have visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

For more information, click here.

New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Summer 2016 Intern, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis, Due 3/1/2016

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below.  Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 31st to August 5th) and is unpaid.  In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Baylegal Law Clerk Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 4/11/2016

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BayLegal is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BayLegal selects approximately 20-30 law students to work in our offices during the school year and approximately 40 students during the summer. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, interns will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery andother evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Interns also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on our client communities. BayLegal encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court.

During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, Interns work on a full-time basis.

For more information, click here.

Still Looking for a Job? Check Out These New Positions!

Attention Recent Grads! Northwest Justice Project Hosting Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow, Due 8/22

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is hosting an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow sponsored by Equal Justice Works and the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. The EOLC Fellow will focus on removing legal barriers to employment facing economically disadvantaged individuals, including but not limited to, legal assistance with vacating/sealing eligible criminal records, revocation/denial of occupational licenses, and driver’s license suspensions.

The EOLC Fellowship will target low-income and economically disadvantaged communities in Southwest Washington, including Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. The AmeriCorps Fellow will be a full-time attorney based in NJP’s Aberdeen, Washington office. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will work closely with NJP’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system (CLEAR), NJP field offices serving the region, and will also work in collaboration with local social service providers and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to identify and target barriers to employment in the service area.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Public Citizen Litigation Group Offering Summer Clerkship

public citizenPublic Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two summer law clerks for the summer of 2015. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, access-to-courts issues, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Litigation Group lawyers have argued 63 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Washington State Board of Health Seeking Health Policy Advisor, Due 8/24

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There is one (1) opening for a permanent full-time Health Services Consultant 4 within the Washington State Board of Health.  This position is part of a team of dedicated and enthusiastic public health professionals that supports the Board.  The incumbent will be a Department of Health employee on loan to the Board.

The Board’s mission is to provide statewide leadership in advancing policies that protect and improve the public’s health. It does this by reviewing and monitoring the health status of all people in Washington; analyzing policies, providing guidance, and developing rules; promoting system partnerships; and encouraging public engagement in the public health system.

This position is citical to all those activities, particularly as they relate to environmental health and communicable disease control. It coordinates rule writing, tracks health status, analyzes policies, supports efforts to gather public input, and helps forge and maintain system partnerships.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years’ Experience! Farmworker Justice Seeking Health Policy Attorney in Washington, DC

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Farmworker Justice is a national organization based in Washington, D.C. that empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. FJ engages in advocacy and policy analysis, litigation, education and training, and coalition building, and has a respected national reputation for its high-quality, dedicated, and innovative service to farmworkers.

The Health Policy Attorney is responsible for analyzing federal and state law and policy affecting farmworkers’ health and safety and access to healthcare, and representing farmworkers and their families in administrative agencies. The Health Policy Attorney supports FJ’s legal team in litigation and legislative advocacy efforts to ensure healthy and secure living and working conditions for workers and their families. The Health Policy Attorney disseminates policy analyses through written and oral presentations, including reports and policy briefs, website and blog postings, and conference and webinar presentations. The Attorney also provides legal and technical assistance to farmworkers, farmworker organizations, legal advocates and healthcare providers. This position reports to FJ’s Director of Occupational and Environmental Health and collaborates closely with other FJ staff. The position is in Washington, D.C.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

ACLU of Washington Seeking Technology and Liberty Director

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The ACLU of Washington invites applications for the full-time position of Technology and Liberty Director to lead its work at the intersection of civil liberties and technology.  The Technology and Liberty Director identifies and addresses civil liberties issues arising from the use and development of new technologies.  The position works closely with senior legal, legislative, and communications staff and has significant interaction with its national ACLU counterparts.  The position reports to the Executive Director through the Deputy Director.

The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.  The ACLU-WA is a leader in state-level policy advocacy on privacy, free speech and access issues.  It has participated in law reform and policy advocacy related to geo-location devices, RFID, data aggregation, surveillance, and online free speech.  The ACLU-WA is among the top affiliates of the national ACLU network.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Department of Health & Human Services Offering Two New Positions

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

General Attorney Claims & Employment Law Branch

This is a General Attorney position for the Claims and Employment Law Branch in the General Law Division. The Office is seeking an attorney with experience in federal employment and labor law. The incumbent will litigate cases before the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA and arbitrators. Other duties will include providing litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices when cases are appealed into federal court and preparing legal opinion on all aspects of federal employment and labor law matters.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.

General Attorney Information Law Team

This is a General Attorney position for the Information Law Team in the General Law Division. The incumbent will provide advice on the use, disclosure, protection of federal information for the entire Department. Specifically, the Team advises HHS agencies and offices regarding the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Information Systems Management Act, the Federal Records Act, as well as other administrative law topics, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Congressional Review Act, and policies and regulations relating to the use of HHS logos and seals, delegations, and statements of organization. The Team also provides substantial assistance to the Department of Justice in information law-related Federal court litigations.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.

Interested in Poverty Law, Legal Aid, or Human Rights? New Summer Internships Just Right for You!

Environmental Protection Agency Accepting Fellowship Applications, Due TODAY!

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The EPA Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and strong interests in an environmental law career and public service. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 10 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a challenging caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years Experience! Western District of Washington DOJ Seeking Attorneys for Hire, Priority Consideration to Applications Submitted by 2/26

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Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

Civil Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The anticipated positions will be located in the Civil Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  For more information, click here.

Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Tacoma

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice Seeks Summer Fellows, Due 2/28

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice offers genuine supervision of the internship, a dynamic and flexible work environment, and motivated and energetic staff. The Hague Institute will offer Summer Fellows housing for the duration of their tenure at the Institute. Additional costs, including travel, living expenses, visa arrangements and medical insurance connected with the program must be borne by Fellows.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  US Department of Health and Human Services Seeking Summer Interns in Besthesda, MD, Due 3/1

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The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Public Health Division, NIH Branch is now welcoming applications from law students interested in a summer internship with us.  The chosen intern will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the summer intern will assist attorneys in the NIH Branch with a variety of legal matters that they handle for the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH, which could include clinical trials, grants, administrative procedure, privacy, animal welfare, intellectual property, and technology transfer issues.

For more information and application details, click here.

Congressional Executive Commission on China Offering Paid Internship, Due 3/1

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2014 for the Summer 2014 internship that runs from June to August 2014. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week. See application instructions below.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Southern Poverty Law Center Offers Paid Legal Internship on LGBT Rights in Montgomery, Alabama, Due ASAP

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The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. The internship position is located in the Montgomery office.

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

For more details and application instructions, click here.

Interested in Human Rights?  Vance Center for International Justice Seeks Human Rights Intern, Reviewed on Rolling Basis

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The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

The Intern – who must be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese – will work with the the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  NWIRP’s Granger Office Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Staff Attorney, Full Consideration for Application Submitted by 3/7

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office currently has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information and application details, click here.

Community Lawyers, Inc. Seeking Legal Summer Intern in Los Angeles, CA, Due 3/15

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Community Lawyers, Inc. (“CLI”) seeks law students for its 10 week-summer internship program that focuses on providing legal assistance to low-income and moderate-income clients. The internship program is structured to strengthen the relationships between the private bar and legal aid organizations in Southern California to increase the options available to legal services consumers.

The CLI Summer Internship Program allows law students to obtain first-hand working experience in the community-based legal services arena. In addition, students will be given the unique opportunity to build relationships with judges, attorneys and community leaders to increase the delivery of affordable legal services while bolstering their abilities to navigate the legal profession. Interns will spend a portion of their summer at a small law firm and will spend a portion of their summer at a non-profit legal aid office. Placements will be determined by the student’s individual interests.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students!  New York’s Open Society Foundations Seeks Legal Research Intern this Summer, Due 3/15

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

For this internship program, OSF is seeking individuals currently enrolled in a relevant law school program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

For more information and application details, click here.

Friday Special- Too Many Great Opportunities to Pass Up!

Council on American-Islamic Relations Has Immediate Opening for Civil Rights Associate for WA State Chapter

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The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking a goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Associate (CRA) position. The civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to effect positive societal changes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Case management/resolution
    • Oversee cases of religious discrimination, profiling, and denial of religious accommodations, spanning across law enforcement, employment, education, immigration, vandalism, hate crimes, and jail/prison conditions.
    • Ensure follow-through with offending parties and clients, and assertively pursue full resolution.
    • Maintain databases and metrics about abuses reported to CAIR-WA.
    • Develop civil rights department’s procedures and capabilities, e.g.: investigation skills and protocols; case management process (intake/documentation/review).
    • Expand referral network for cases outside of CAIR-WA’s scope.
    • Effectively manage 2-3 competent civil rights interns and/or volunteers to maximize department capacity.
  • Develop winning advocacy strategies
    • Develop strategies such as advocacy letters/meetings, media work, and network of volunteer attorneys.
    • Develop strategic relationships with senior government, law enforcement, and other officials to drive desired outcomes and policy changes.
    • Collaborate with civil rights activists nationally, across CAIR chapters and partner organizations, to ensure the local success of nationwide campaigns or mutually beneficial efforts.
    • Partner with the executive director to maximize media exposure and public awareness of CAIR-WA’s efforts, including drafting press releases, speaking at press conferences, and aggressively pursuing positive media opportunities related to casework.
  • Community education
    • Seek opportunities to deliver “know your rights” presentations and information at schools, organizations, and religious institutions to increase case reporting.
    • Produce monthly online digests and case studies, and an annual report to inform the public of CAIR-WA’s civil rights efforts and to encourage reporting of cases by the community.
    • Proactively maintain contact with mosques and community organizations across the Northwest to ensure public safety and increase case reporting.
    • Contribute to CAIR-WA’s social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

Paid Farmworker Justice Internships with Columbia Legal Services

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Columbia Legal Services seeks up to three farm worker justice interns who will work on farm worker advocacy cases and projects in one of the following offices: Kennewick, Yakima and, if funding is available, Olympia.  All applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively in verbal Spanish.  The Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project funds successful applicants at $5,500 for the 10-12 week internship.

The Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice interns will support the advocacy of the CLS Projects as they relates to farm workers. Working as part of a statewide outreach team, the interns will participate in efforts to educate farm workers about their basic employment rights and other relevant topics through visits to farmworker housing, presentations and meetings with community groups, and radio advocacy. The interns will also do legal research, prepare written memoranda, and provide support for litigation, legislative or administrative advocacy on behalf of farm workers.  Every effort will be made to provide interns with the opportunity to work on an advocacy project on behalf of an individual worker or family and therefore the intern will likely have some opportunity to work on client interviewing skills.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

University of Baltimore School of Law Seeks Family Law Clinical Teaching Fellow

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The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Family Law Clinic to start on or around July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching.

The Family Law Clinic represents low-income individuals and organizations in domestic violence and family law litigation, legislative advocacy, legal reform and community education.  The Clinic handles a wide variety of cases, which include civil protection order, divorce, custody, support, adoption, paternity, Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases and name changes.  The Family Law Clinic is dedicated to serving low income clients residing in Baltimore City, and places a special focus on persons subjected to abuse and the LGBTQ community.

The Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of clinic students’ client, case, legislative advocacy and community education work, co-teaching a weekly clinic seminar, and engaging in course planning and preparation with the other faculty members in the Family Law Clinic.  Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue other professional goals, including scholarship, during the Fellowship.  Fellows are responsible for case coverage during school vacations.  This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through January 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Paid Education Equity/Justice Summer Internship through the Southern Education Leadership Initiative


Southern Education Foundation aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leadership, and since 2004 has provided trainings and paid summer fellowships to a diverse and inspired group of 165 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofits and foundations to make systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.

Summer Fellows Receive:
  • Experience: an opportunity to work for eight weeks in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or philanthropic institution;
  • Stipend: a living expense stipend of $4,000 (for undergraduate juniors or graduating seniors), or $4,500 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2014);
  • Travel: all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site (assistance also provided by SEF in making travel arrangements);
  • Trainings: Fellows are provided pre- and post-placement trainings (Orientation and Closing Meeting) that expose them to research in the field, stress the importance of civic engagement, teach strategies for making change, and provide opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education leadership and advocacy efforts. At the Closing Meeting, fellows will present their work to their peers, reflect, and brainstorm how to take the lessons learned from this experience back to their communities. Attendance is required for both meetings in full.
  • Fellowship Placement: guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects.
Read more and access application here. Applications accepted through February 28.

The National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College Seeks Program Attorney njc-logo

The National Judicial College seeks a team-oriented individual to fill the position of program attorney for the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Under the supervision of the Director of NTJC, program attorney responsibilities include developing academic courses on a variety of topics and issues in the area of tribal judicial education, preparing course materials, planning and conducting courses, and seeking further funding to support the work of the National Tribal Judicial Center and other NTJC projects.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Develops, implements and continually strives to improve continuing education programs for tribal judges.  Identifies, recruits, develops and evaluates faculty.  Assists faculty with production of course materials.  Drafts publications for use by tribal court systems.   Writes, solicits and edits articles regarding tribal systems for publication.  Drafts curricula and grant applications to support tribal programs.  Assists with marketing and program development of the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Establishes strong networks within Indian Country.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Citizenship Day of Service Opportunity, Free Human Rights Webinar on Homelessness and ICCPR, plus much more

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizenship Day of Service

become a citizenLast year, there were an estimated 180,000 legal permanent residents living in Washington state who were eligible to apply for citizenship, but only about 17,000 naturalizations (less than 10%). Help expand access to citizenship by volunteering and spreading the word!

This is a great opportunity for law students to give back to their communities and practice their skills in the field.  Washington New Americans, a partnership of the State of Washington and OneAmerica, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at locations in Olympia, Des Moines, Wenatchee, and Pasco.

Citizenship Day is a day-long legal clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals, law students and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications.  This is one of the only free citizenship services left in Washington State and it is open to everyone.  Last year, over 375 volunteers helped more than 622 people become citizens!

Paralegal and law students assist immigration attorneys by meeting one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms.  Students may NOT provide legal advice. Students will NOT be giving legal advice.  ALL volunteers will be required to attend trainings prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person in Seattle on Thursday, October 10th.

This is a pre-approved volunteer opportunity eligible for the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Program. Student volunteers can sign up here.

Free Webinar- Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading: Homelessness in the U.S. Under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights

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Monday, October 7, 2-3pm EDT.

On September 3, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released to the public a report, “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights,” addressing concerns raised by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in its review of the U.S.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, and endorsed by 23 other international, national, and local organizations, responds to a written question to the U.S. from the Human Rights Committee in March, as it prepares for its regular review of the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations, to take place on October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report clarifies that criminalization of homelessness, or penalizing homeless persons for basic life activities, such as sleeping, sitting, eating, or even going to the bathroom in public when they have no private alternatives, or targeting homeless persons for enforcement of other laws like jaywalking or littering, violates numerous rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. It also discusses
violations of the right to vote, to family , and nondiscrimination.

Speakers include:

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic
Amy Sawyer & Liz Osborn, US Interagency Council on Homelessness

Come and learn about the rights involved, as well as the process of review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee and how you can make human rights real in your community.

FLOW Scholarship Applications Now Due

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The Filipino Lawyers of Washington will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to law students attending a law school in Washington State. The Pangarap Scholarships are intended to recognize law students who have demonstrated significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Filipino/Filipino American community.  The scholarship applicants do not have to be of Filipino descent.  Click here for the Scholarship Application Form which includes instructions and details about the scholarship, including key dates.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wed., Oct. 9. Please email abigail.daquiz@gmail.com with any questions.

Pangarap means to “dream and strive for a goal” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Farmworker Victory in Washington

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This past week, a Skagit County Superior Court judge issued the attached temporary restraining order requiring Sakuma Bros to remove security guards they had placed in worker housing, and to desist from conducting surveillance of workers in other ways. He found the presence of the guards “intimidating” and “chilling” to the workers’ rights to associate and organize under Washington labor law. The judge also scheduled a further hearing for October 8th. This is a big victory for the workers. The workers’ press release is also attached and some links are below.

Columbia Legal Services, along with Seattle firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt represented an individual worker and the workers’ group Familias Unidas por la Justicia. For more on this story click here and here.

Chiquita Seeks Dismissal in Columbian Case

By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BananaSeptember 21, 2013, Miami (AP) — Faced with potentially billions of dollars in legal liability, Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to block lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in that country’s bloody, decades-long civil war.

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

The Colombian lawsuits, consolidated for pretrial action before a federal judge in West Palm Beach, want Chiquita held liable for thousands of deaths at the hands of the AUC, the Spanish acronym for the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Colombian relatives have won several key pretrial rulings, but now Chiquita is taking its fight for dismissal to a new level.

In essence, Chiquita wants the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits because, the company claims, each murder cannot be tied specifically to the company. It’s not enough, Chiquita’s lawyers say in court papers, to assume the company’s payments to the AUC meant Chiquita knew about and supported those individual killings.

Read more here.