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.

Sizzlin’ Hot Fall Internships

Indian Law Resource Center in DC Seeking Fall Legal Interns

ILRCThe Washington, DC Office of the Indian Law Resource Center is seeking legal interns for the fall of 2013. Knowledge of international law and/or federal Indian law in the U.S. is preferred but not required. Spanish language skills are also preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience, from law students to practicing professionals. Please note that all internships are unpaid. We are flexible in terms of interns’ time commitment.

Interns will assist staff with one or more legal projects, such as these current projects: multilateral development banks; protecting indigenous rights in climate policies; draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; strengthening indigenous rights in the Inter-American human rights system; protecting the Maya Q’eqchi’ communities of El Estor, their resources, and the local environment; handbook for conservationists: working to close the knowledge gap;  law reform: working to change federal law concerning Indian and Alaska Native nations.

Interns may assist with research and writing and provide support for briefings and events.  Application deadline: July 1, 2013. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Fall Legal Intern Sought to Work on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

ccw-logo_color-2_medGrounded in rigorous research and best  practice, the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation offers meaningful, measurable and sustainable strategies and programs for those who care about children and youth,  and for young people themselves.  CCWF provides youth, adult caregivers and community and professional leaders the information, connections and tools they need to succeed.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been ratified (signed) by every country in the world, except the United States and Somalia. Learn more about the campaign for US ratification, about the international standards of child protection and children’s rights established in the UNCRC and about international best practice in a variety of fields. This internship would help the applicant gain a broader understanding of international standards and individual nation compliance to the UNCRC. If your interest lies in international law, children’s rights or best practice standards, this internship provides a great opportunity to study all three. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Prisoners’ Rights Project Internship in Cameroon

GCIOne of the biggest human rights issues facing Cameroon today is prisoners’ rights. Accused and convicted inmates of the country’s prisons and police/gendarmerie cells suffer from the numerous life-threatening conditions of these facilities, including insufficient food provisions, inadequate medical attention, overcrowding, and violent and degrading treatment at the hands of guards, police, and other staff members. These conditions are compounded by the degeneration of criminal procedure standards: arbitrary bail, judicial inefficiency, and even administrative errors resulting in lost paperwork and forgotten prisoners.

Resolving these issues has been a priority for the Global Conscience Initiative since the beginning of the organization, resulting in the formation of the Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) in 2008. The PRP aimed to improve prison conditions and protect inmates’ rights by collecting data on incarcerated persons, organizing education and training sessions for prison workers, mobilising and coordinating civil society to support prison communities, and providing legal assistance and representation to indigent detainees and prisoners.

For a complete description and applications instructions please click here.

Center for International Environmental Law Seeking Fall Legal Interns

CIELThe Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a non-profit, public interest environmental group committed to strengthening and using international law & institutions in order to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. We also assist non-governmental organizations and governments in developing countries who are working to strengthen their systems of environmental law. CIEL offers exceptional opportunities for aspiring lawyers who wish to become involved with cutting-edge international environmental law.

Our internship program is a critically important component of the work of our organization. Many of our program areas explore innovative developments in international environmental law, so there is a great need for thoughtful and creative research and analysis. The fellowship program provides CIEL with a vitally important base of assistance in our work. Responsibilities include: researching and writing about areas of international law and policy; assisting with policy analysis and advocacy; attending meetings and conferences; assisting with the production of CIEL publications; and otherwise working closely with CIEL staff on various projects.

As such, we are currently searching for law students or graduates for our Fall 2013 session (roughly September through December, with a minimum commitment period of ten weeks). The position can be either full or part-time.

To apply for internships or fellowships in Washington, D.C., please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to info@ciel.org. Please sure to specify that you are applying for our Fall 2013 session (we can also consider applicants for Spring 2014).

Move to Amend Seeks Fall or Spring Legal Research Intern

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Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

Interns work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA – one of our Move to Amend founding organizations OR telecommute from your home/school.

Move to Amend is seeking a Legal Intern to assist our Law & Research Team, which collaborates with and provides legal support for Move to Amend affiliate groups across the country. Please note that this is a unique opportunity that blends a legal practice with grassroots organizing for systemic change. We are committed to changing existing “settled law” as it relates to the role and functions of corporations in US society. For more about the internship click here.