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

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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.

Judge Mary Yu Joins the Washington Supreme Court

Governor Jay Inslee Appoints Judge Mary Yu to Washington State Supreme CourtJustice Mary Yu

By Washington Courts

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court. Yu will fill the seat of Justice Jim Johnson who retired from the court earlier this week due to health issues.

“Judge Yu has distinguished herself throughout her career as someone of great intellect, dedication and compassion,” Inslee said in announcing the appointment at the Temple of Justice. “She has brought to her work, and to her life, a never-wavering commitment to ensuring justice for everyone.

“Her appointment today is a moment all Washingtonians can be proud of.”

Appearing with current members of the Supreme Court, Yu committed herself to working collaboratively with her new colleagues “so the integrity of this institution is only strengthened by our work.”

“Trial court judges, at every level of court, are the workhorses of our system of justice,” she said. “I am proud to come from their ranks and will do all that I can to remember that the trial court remains the place where the law is actually applied to everyday life.”

Continue reading here.

Big News! Department of Education Guidance Says Transgender Students Protected Under Federal LawTransgender Law Center

By Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center praised the U.S. Department of Education for releasing guidelines today that make it clear transgender and gender nonconforming students are protected from discrimination under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in schools.

“We hear from hundreds of students each year who simply want to be themselves and learn at school,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center. ”Sadly, many schools continue to exclude transgender students from being able to fully participate. Now, every school in the nation should know they are required to give all students, including transgender students, a fair chance at success.”

Increasingly, courts and federal agencies are making clear that transgender and gender nonconforming people–people who do not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity–are covered under laws that protect people from discrimination based on sex.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Tools to Protect Foster Care Children From Credit Reporting ProblemsCFPB

By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action to better protect children in the foster care system from credit reporting problems that could compromise their future credit. The Bureau published action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find errors on the credit reports of the children in their care.

“The Bureau is very concerned about foster care children’s vulnerability to credit reporting problems that can wreak financial havoc for them,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “We want to help ensure that youth leave foster care with clean credit so that they have a firm foundation for their financial future.”

Credit reporting touches the financial lives of nearly each and every American and can be of particular significance to youth in foster care as they are more susceptible to credit problems and identity theft. The nearly 400,000 children in the United States foster care system often lack a permanent address, and their personal information is frequently shared among numerous adults and agency databases.

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Landesa Pilots Women First Model in Uganda

By Landesa, Rural Development InstituteLandesa_Women First Uganda

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights developed and piloted a model for working with women and their communities to strengthen women’s land tenure security in Northern Uganda. The project significantly improved women’s sense of security of their rights to land.

A total of 250 women participated in the pilot program. One year after the start of the pilot, those women reported an increase in the amount of land they could farm (on average a 3 acre increase) an increase in community recognition of their rights to land, an increased sense of long-term tenure security, and increased awareness of customary justice and dispute resolution mechanisms.  This tenure security can help the women feed themselves and their families, earn income, and helps women achieve direct financial benefits by allowing them to invest in their land to improve their harvests, rent out their land without fear that it will be usurped, sell their land when it is no longer needed, or use the land as collateral.

Click here for a final project report and a step-by-step toolkit that provides practitioners with the resources needed to replicate this model.

ALERT! Traveling abroad this summer for your internship or externship?

Travel abroad

The University of Washington has important resources for you and we urge you to take advantage of them.  Resources include travel insurance and also emergency contact information.  Please register your summer travel with the office of Global Affairs. 

Click here for more information.