Coming up: First Amendment SJT, Judicial Clerkship interview primer, and more!

Jan. 17, SJT: The First Amendment: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Protests  

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

In the week leading up to the Inauguration, join the Women’s Law Caucus for a panel discussion on the First Amendment and free speech rights. What is hate speech? What is a legal protest? How can lawyers and law students balance civil rights with the freedom of speech on the federal and state levels? We’ll discuss that and more on 1/17. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity. Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Panelists include: La Rond Baker, ACLU; Prof. Ronald Collins, UW Law; and Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council.

Jan. 18, Coffee Talk: WA State Legislature Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC)

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Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
 UW School of Law, Room 115 

Info session with JLARC for students interested in the work of Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee of the WA State Legislature. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 18: Judicial Clerkship Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 127

How would you answer the judge? “Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why? Name an opinion that illustrates your point.” “Describe a flaw in the justice system and how you would fix it.” “Which of my opinions have you read?” “If I made you an offer right now, would you accept it?”

Not sure? Want to run your answer by someone? Then come to Clerkships 102: Interviewing Workshop  Tips on what to expect and practice with tough questions from actual interviews. Led by Clerkship Director Ben Halasz

Jan. 26: MentorLink Mixer: Women in Leadership

WSBA LogoTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2017
Place: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

MentorLink brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders and new attorneys to learn about and discuss relevant topics and support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is hosted by WSBA Mentorship in partnership with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association and Washington Women Lawyers. RSVP Here!

 To learn more or if you have any questions, check out MentorLink Mixers or email us at MentorLink@wsba.org.

Interested in Climate Change Law? Check Out Columbia’s Fellowship Opportunity!

Hanford Challenge Seeking Legal Externs, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Hanford Challenge is 501c3 Nonprofit Organization working to ensure the safe and effective cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site—the world’s largest environmental remediation project. Hanford Challenge exists to transform Hanford’s nuclear legacy into a model of safe and effective Hanford Challenge is looking for interns to assist with case preparation, legal research, and policy work.

Working at Hanford Challenge is an opportunity to gain experience in case strategy, legal drafting, case preparation, whistleblower and environmental policy, FOIA and state records act requests, and—depending on timing—even litigation. Students will also get exposure to the regulatory agencies involved at Hanford such as the Department of Energy, WA State Department of Ecology, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 3-6 Years Experience, Kantor Taylor Seeking Low Income Housing Tax Credit Attorney

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Kantor Taylor is currently seeking a qualified attorney for its Seattle office in transactions utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, with an emphasis on representation of nonprofit and governmental entities in the development and financing of affordable housing projects.

The ideal candidate will have with 3-6 years of experience working with developers and/or tax credit equity investors in connection with the acquisition, financing and syndication of affordable housing projects using low income housing tax credits and other public and private financing sources.  Experience with general real estate work is desired as well, such as drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, easements, condominium declarations and leases.

Kantor Taylor is a 14-attorney law firm located in Seattle, WA with a focus for affordable housing and community development.  We have a national practice across the areas of LIHTC, NMTC, HUD, Bond, and Real Estate transactions.

Please send resume in confidence to Lauren Lindheimer at llindheimer@kantortaylor.com

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! WSBA Elder Law Section Seeking Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Intern, Due 2/13/15

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The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Elder Law Section in partnership with the Washington State Bar Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is pleased to continue the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Internship for the summer of 2015. This is a 10-12 week, full-time, paid internship ($5000 stipend for the summer) funded by the WSBA Elder Law Section, administered by the Washington State Bar Foundation, and UW School of Law. The intern will work in the Seattle CLS office providing advocacy and research in support of low income seniors. The internship for the summer of 2015 is open to students at the UW School of Law.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Seeking 2015 Summer Janet D. Steiger Fellow

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for locations near their place of residence. In the event that a Steiger Fellow is not living at home during their fellowship, there is a possibility that an optional travel/housing stipend allowance in anamount yet to be determined may be available. Applicants should not rely upon receiving an allowance in deciding whether to apply for a fellowship.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Energy Seeking General Counsel Law Student Intern

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The Office of the General Counsel offers an exciting opportunity for law students to gain firsthand exposure to the fast-moving and evolving practice of energy law.  The General Counsel is charged by the Secretary of Energy with the authority to determine the Department’s authoritative position on any question of law.  The General Counsel’s Office provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.  The intern program is designed for a select group of law students to become integrated components of our practice groups by working closely with attorneys throughout the Office of the General Counsel.  Interns can expect demanding legal research and writing assignments concerning an array of energy-related practice areas, including:  energy efficiency, nuclear security and non-proliferation, renewable technologies, alternate fuels vehicles, environmental compliance, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and loan guarantee programs. We require interns to work a minimum of ten weeks during the summer.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Law School Now Accepting Applications for Fellowship in Climate Change Law, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Until 2/1/15

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (SCCCL) develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation.

Applications are invited for a fellowship in climate change law at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.  The salary will be $60,000/year plus benefits.  Applicants must have received a J.D. or LL.M. degree within three years prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Strong academic qualifications and background in environmental or energy law and policy will be expected. The Fellow will work on a wide variety of research and writing projects; will help organize conferences, seminars, and collaborative publications; and will contribute to other research- and advocacy-oriented projects concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For complete details, click here.

Planned Parenthood of America Offering Legal Internships in New York and Washington DC, Due 2/28/15

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. For more than 90 years, we’ve done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of PPFA seeks 1L and 2L law student interns for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer of 2015.

For more information about the Washington DC position, click here.

For more information about the New York City position, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/15/15

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to host volunteer interns interested in law, policy, and technology, who wish to contribute to CDT’s work. We offer internships over the summer and during the academic semester in our Washington, DC, office.

Interns work closely with CDT’s attorneys, technologists, and policy experts on a broad array of issues related to technology, civil liberties, and human rights, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, health and consumer privacy, cybersecurity, and global Internet governance.

Interns who are current law students – or who already earned a law degree – can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Seeking Summer Intern, Due 3/31/15

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WTB is a dynamic and innovative bureau concentrating on a portfolio of contemporary issues addressing the nation’s telecommunication needs. The Wireless Bureau is responsible for facilitating the rapid and widespread deployment of wireless broadband services, ensuring an effective and interoperable communications environment supporting homeland security and public safety first responders, fostering a forward-looking and cohesive focus concerning spectrum policy and competition, and promoting efficient and transparent access to spectrum including the transition to innovative uses.

Wide variety of legal issues and tasks related to the telecommunications industry and services which may include but are not limited to the following duties: prepare legal documents, conduct research on rulemakings and proceedings, and assimilate comments on rulemakings.

For more information, click here.

Clerkships, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities for Social Justice

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Seeking Program Intern in Spring 2015, Due 1/5/15

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information on the internship, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Applications Now Open, Due 1/9/15

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2014, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program.   Applications must be submitted by the January 9, 2015 deadline. Screening interviews will be used to better determine student qualifications.  Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.  Additional applicants will be interviewed on an as needed basis.  We will make every attempt to interview students where they attend school and in person.  Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to set up the interview.

Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews.  Students will be notified when they are sent on for a judicial interview.  Judicial interviews will continue until all positions are filled.  All applicants will be notified when the program or certain locations have closed for the year and all positions are filled.

The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program. 

For more information, click here.

Clerkship Opportunities with Institute for Justice, Preferred Submissions Before 1/9/15

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.  Clerkships are a great way to get a foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

The application for our highly-competitive summer clerkship is live now.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the January 9th deadline.  We’ll begin interviews in early January with rolling offers until all positions are filled.  The clerkships last for 10 weeks.

Is your law school near our headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia or one of our chapter offices in Bellevue, Tempe, Austin, Minneapolis, or Miami?  Our limited number of spring clerkship positions offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through mid-December.

To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Public Counsel Now Accepting Summer 2015 Clerkship Applications

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For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2015 Summer Clerkship Program. Applications from 1L’s will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Any questions regarding the summer program should be directed to Public Counsel Summer Program Coordinator, Sandra Madera.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page here

Public Knowledge Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Public Knowledge is currently hiring summer law clerks for 2015. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest technology policy, including issues arising under telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

For more information, click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeking Constitutional Litigation Intern for Summer 2015, Due 1/15/15

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

For more information, click here.

Sierra Club in Portland, Oregon Seeking Chapter Director

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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

For more information, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Seeking Education Director, Open Until Filled

The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) seeks an Education Director to staff the Equal Justice Coalition and support our efforts to maintain and increase public funding for civil legal aid at the federal, state and local levels. The Education Director works closely with the Access to Justice Board, a core workgroup, an advisory council, stakeholder organizations, and more than 3000 friends of equal justice that include lawyers, judges, community leaders, law students and members of the public committed to making equal justice for all a reality in Washington state.

The Education Director educates the public, elected officials and the media about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income people. The Education Director works closely with key partners, stakeholders and our Olympia-based lobbying team to develop and implement communication strategies, education efforts, and media outreach to preserve and increase funding for civil legal aid in Washington. The work is challenging and fast-paced, and requires someone who works well both on a team and independently.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! American Constitution Society Seeking 2015-2016 Law Fellow

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) seeks a talented recent law school graduate to fill a position in ACS’s national headquarters. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and end in August 2016. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Department of Policy Development and Programming staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. He or she will work with the Department staff to implement an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials, and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of progressive issues that are reflective of the ACS Issue Groups, which include Access to Justice; Criminal Justice; Economic, Workplace and Environmental Regulation; First Amendment; Separation of Powers and Federalism; Constitutional Interpretation and Change; Democracy and Voting; Equality and Liberty; and Judicial Nominations.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! National Lawyers Guild Offering 2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Law School Releases New Practice Guide Addressing Gender-Based Violence

New Resource on Human Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence in the United States

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By: JoAnn Kamuf, Bringing Human Rights Home

A new resource developed by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the University of Miami International Human Rights Clinic is now available.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the U.S.:  A Human Rights Based Approach & Practice Guide includes core human rights principles related to gender-based violence, as well as relevant treaties, case-law, related reports and organizational resources.   It also discusses recent developments in U.S. policy and the value added of human rights in the U.S. domestic context.  It can be accessed through this link or on our publications page.

This resource is an outgrowth of a DOJ-DOS sponsored roundtable held in April of this year and reflects the input of a number of network members and U.S. government representatives.  Building on conversations that took place at the roundtable, the Practice Guide offers concrete ideas for incorporating human rights into federal policy and practice.

What’s at Stake for Hong Kong?

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By: Scott Neuman, National Public Radio (NRP)

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory’s next chief executive.

Here’s a closer look at the issue and what’s at stake:

What Was In The Handover Agreement?

Hong Kong was designated a “special administrative region” within China and promised a “high degree of autonomy,” including the eventual election of its chief executive. Hong Kong people retained their own passports, making it easier for them to travel abroad than it was for their mainland counterparts. The territory has also retained the Hong Kong dollar as its currency and issues its own postage stamps, though Queen Elizabeth’s image no longer appears on either.

“The central government will not interfere,” Lu told People’s Daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. China touted its relationship with Hong Kong as “one country, two systems.”

Although Hong Kong’s first several chief executives were selected by a committee appointed by Beijing, China promised that the election of the territory’s leader would eventually be democratic.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit Carlos Barria (Reuters/Landov).

UN Climate Summit 2014 Yields Mass Public Mobilization, Political Commitments as Participants Hope to Lay Groundwork for Global Climate Change Treaty

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By: International Justice Resource Center

The much anticipated one-day Climate Summit 2014 took place this Tuesday, September 23 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, marking the international community’s latest effort to address climate change. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Summit 2014 aimed to engage world leaders and encourage international action to slow climate change. Governments at the Summit were expected to produce “concrete initiatives” and discuss ways to lower industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to the heating of the planet.  The primary purpose of Climate Summit 2014 is to generate momentum for a global agreement on climate change in 2015.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Update: Public & Private Solutions to Providing Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

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By: ABA Access to Justice Blog

In early August “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms…to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation…  Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases.”

Since then, government (on all levels), law firms, and other private-sector actors are reacting to the glut of unaccompanied minors who are being processed through the U.S.’s byzantine immigration system without legal counsel.  Here’s the underlying problem as reported by the Press Democrat:

Border patrol agents picked up more than 66,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along the southern U.S. border between Oct. 1, 2013, and the end of last month. They were turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, then underwent medical checks and were given immunizations before being placed in shelters or with relatives and sponsors.

Those shelters and other living accommodations are scattered throughout the U.S. So the question has arisen about how to ensure that unaccompanied minors have access too legal services.

Continue reading 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.

Equal Justice Works Offers Tips & Tricks on Educational Debt Relief & Fellowships!

Want to Stay on Top of Education Debt Relief News and Updates?

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Student debt relief options and procedures change rapidly. Sign up to receive Equal Justice Works’ important updates on student debt, new forms of relief, and upcoming events and webinars. Staying updated will help you take control of your future!

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2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Tips: Free Webinar

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The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Please register for our free webinar to learn more about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program and get application tips from the experts on our Fellowships Team.

Webinar: Creating a Successful Application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:00 PM EDT

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. We will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

This webinar will also be offered on June 18July 16, and August 13. Information about registering for these sessions will be available on our website soon.

If you have questions about Equal Justice Works Fellowships, please visit our website or contact us.

Call for Nominations for the Mario Savio Young Activist Awards, Deadline 7/1

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The Board of Directors of the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award, housed at Tides Foundation, invites you to nominate a candidate for the annual Young Activist Award. The award this year carries a cash prize of $6000, divided equally between the prize-winner and his or her organization, and will be given to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.  The nominees should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity and integrity.

The nomination deadline is July 1, 2014.

For more information on nominating a young activist, click here.

 

 

CLS and ACLU Protect Detainees’ Free Speech Rights at the Northwest Detention Center

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By: Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Today, the ACLU of Washington (ACLU) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit after successfully getting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release hunger striking detainees from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  The ACLU and CLS had filed this lawsuit on April 2, 2014 to prohibit ICE from retaliating against detainees at the NWDC who engage in First Amendment protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

Problems first arose after several hundred immigration detainees at the NWDC went on hunger strikes on March 7, 2014 to express concerns with national immigration policies and to raise awareness about the conditions of their confinement.  Their grievances about conditions at the NWDC included poor food quantity and nutritional quality, $1.00 per day wages for work performed at the NWDC, and the lack of access to bond hearings.

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Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

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Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

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Photo of activists rallying outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014, courtesy of Reuters and Jason Redmond.

By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

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Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.