UW Law Celebrates the Success of Saturday’s Pro Bono & Leadership Training

Celebrating Pro Bono at UW Law- Annual Pro Bono & Leadership Training Day is a Success!

By: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

CPSL Logo This past Saturday, October 11 from 8:30am-5:30pm Gates Hall was filled with over 100 students committed to fulfilling the promise of equal justice by attending our Pro Bono Core Competencies Training and Advanced Pro Bono Legal Assistance and Leadership Development Fundamentals Workshops! Training topics ranged from professionalism, addressing and managing bias, working with clients in poverty and crisis, secondary trauma, leadership theory, event planning, accountability, developing organizational mission, vision and core values and more!

These trainings and workshops are a joint initiative of the Center for Public Service Law and student leaders from the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP), Center for Human Rights & Justice’s App Help Project (CHRJ’s App Help), Street Youth Law Advocates of Washington at UW (SYLAW), Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Prison & Family Justice Project (formerly IMAP).

A special thanks goes to the following faculty who co-led trainings with student leaders including: Dean Michele Storms, Dean Mary Hotchkiss, Professor Kim Ambrose, Professor Lisa Kelly, Professor Tom Andrews, and Professor Angelica Chazaro. In addition, this training would not be possible without the participation of student leaders of pro bono projects most notably Melody Young, Erin Apte, Alex Revelas, Crys O’Grady, Claire Sullivan, Michael Gerbec, Michael Huggins and Katherine Chung. Another thanks goes to Thomas O’Ban who helped staff the registration table in the morning.

Another big thank you goes to our dedicated program assistant, Ann Spangler, who works behind the scenes graciously juggling multiple projects making our success possible.

Attention Pro Bono Students: Please Evaluate the Pro Bono Core Competencies Training!

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Pro Bono students, thank you for your interest in pro bono service and for attending our recent Pro Bono Core Competencies training.

Please help us continually improve this annual training. Kindly take a couple of minutes to  complete this brief survey:

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Event Tomorrow – Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers Who Sew UW Clothes

Solidarity USAS

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6 PM
Savery 264, UW Campus Quad

https://www.facebook.com/events/1501149146820448
*free & open to the public*

Meet workers who sew Husky apparel! Hear how UW can support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Honors Program, UW United Students Against Sweatshops, Washington Fair Trade Coalition

CONTACT: UW United Students Against Sweatshops, uwusas@uw.edu, Solidarity Ignite, info@solidarityignite.org

Critical Language Scholarship Fellowship – Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is now live and available online here

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

New Advisory Opinion and Country Visit by the Inter-American Human Rights Bodies Clarify the Rights of Migrant Children

By: International Justice Resource Center

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Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released an Advisory Opinion defining the scope of States’ obligations to protect the rights of migrant children and families. See I/A Court H.R., Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection, Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, 19 August 2014. State Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man must take this Advisory Opinion into consideration when “designing, adopting, implementing, and applying their immigration policies.” See id.at para. 50. Relatedly, from September 29 to October 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted a country visit to the United States, examining the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children who had crossed the southern border into the United States. [IACHR Press Release] The Inter-American bodies’ focus on migrants’ rights comes at a point in time when the United States and Mexico, in particular, are facing scrutiny for their treatment of undocumented migrants – including an influx of children – from Central America.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Wayfind – Volunteer Microenterprise Clinic, Applications Due 10/17

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Wayfind connects nonprofit organizations and low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with transactional lawyers who will assist them, pro bono, on business legal matters. Wayfind hosts two microenterprise legal clinics, in partnership with Washington CASH and Start Zone NW, two nonprofit organizations that provide support to low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs. Wayfind pro bono transactional lawyers meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to issue-spot and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture.

The types of legal issue that clients typically present include: review of contracts operating agreements and leases, business entity selection, intellectual property including publishing and trade name, and adding people to a partnership.

Law student volunteer clinic assistants are needed to assist the lawyers at the microenterprise clinic by taking interview notes and drafting the client “work plan” which summarizes the legal advice given by the attorney. The WA CASH clinic takes place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month; and the Start Zone NW clinic takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 quarterly (December 2nd and March 3rd). This opportunity is open to all law students.

  • Time Commitment: Must commit to volunteering at least one 3-hour clinic
  • Location: Clinics held at Washington CASH in Seattle and Start Zone NW at Edmonds Community College
  • Training: Must participate in the UW Law’s Pro Bono Core Competencies training on Saturday, October 11, 8:30am- 3:00pm and watch a video of the 10/2/12 Microenterprise 101 training.
  • Application Process: Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Jodi Nishioka, Wayfind Executive Director to the contact below.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Contact: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Still Looking for Summer Positions? Internships in Family Law, Women’s Rights, Environmental Justice & More!

Seattle Public Utilities’ Environmental Justice and Service Equity Offers One-Year Paid Internship, Due 5/6City of Seattle Logo

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking one intern at either the undergraduate or graduate level to learn about and support the Environmental Justice and Service Equity (ESJE) Division staff in achieving its business objectives, service equity goals and SPU’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) work plan objectives. Priority focus areas for this division include Equity Planning and Analysis, Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) program, and the Environmental Justice Network in Action (EJNA) program. The intern will report to various program leads.

There is one internship opportunity available and will be filled at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The projected start date for this internship is mid-to-late-May. This internship is for up to 18 months or graduation, whichever comes first. We require a 1-year commitment for this intern opportunity.

Under “Student Opportunities,” Job number: 2014-00414

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

Attention 2Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeks Last Minute Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

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

Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California Seeking Assistant Federal Defenders in Sacramento and Fresno, Due 5/16

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The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California is seeking applications for the
position of Assistant Federal Defender for its Sacramento Office. More than one selection may be
made from this announcement. The Office of the Federal Defender operates under authority of the
Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide legal representation in federal criminal cases and
related matters in the federal courts.

An Assistant Federal Defender provides zealous, professional legal representation to indigent persons
charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. Responsibilities include managing an extensive caseload with cases at varying
stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs, and motions; appearing on behalf of clients in court
hearings and at other related proceedings; reviewing various documents; developing litigation strategies;
meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, family members, and others.

For a complete job description of the position in Sacramento, click here.

For a complete job description of the position in Fresno, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  KCBA Still Seeks Family Law Legal Intern/Extern for Summer 2014

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This position will work directly with the Family Law Mentor Program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions, petitions to establish parenting plans, and parentage cases where children are at risk often due to domestic violence.

This volunteer position requires a minimum of 7 hours a day, 3 days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays), for 10 weeks.

Second or third year law student, law school graduate, or certified paralegal. Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or other people in crisis, as well as fluency in Spanish or another non-English language is preferred.

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

Children’s Alliance Seeking to Hire Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

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

The Garment Worker Center Seeks to Hire Part-Time Health & Safety Organizer in Los Angeles, Due 5/20 (early submissions encouraged)

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a part-time (20 hours) Health and Safety Organizer who can coordinator GWC’s health and safety plans, build GWC’s membership base of workers, manage garment worker health and safety claims through an effective referral system, collaborate in an ongoing study of the local garment industry, participate and represent GWC in coalitions and networks, and support fundraising efforts and other GWC activities as needed.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Symplicity.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Policy Fellowship Opportunity Available for Law Grads, Apply Now

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An Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) policy fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Qualified persons who have earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, public policy, law or science within the last five years are encouraged to apply for this opening. Experience in writing papers that address specific aspects of the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research is a plus. 

The Research Participation program for HHS is administered by ORISE. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OHRP contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. 

For complete fellowship details and application instructions, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL), Appellate Section Offering Volunteer Legal Internship Program in DC for Spring 2015, Due 7/21

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The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL Appellate attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. OIL Appellate provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the office’s civil litigation. OIL Appellate provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under our immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications. OIL Appellate has approximately 260 attorneys and 100 support staff and handles approximately thirty percent of the Civil Division’s caseload.

Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.

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

The Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship, Application Opens 7/31, Deadline 9/1

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The Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian County jurisdictions.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position.  Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may occasionally be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.  Fellowship appointments may, at the hiring component’s discretion, be extended or converted to permanent positions without further competition. This year’s Indian Country Fellowship will offer placement only in USAOs.  Candidates will interview with a joint panel of attorneys from the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) and USAOs.  Candidates who receive an offer of employment will be able to select their assignment preferences from the list of participating Districts.  Actual placement will be mutually agreed upon by the Fellow and the District.  In addition to the joint EOUSA/USAO selections, individual USAOs may offer additional Indian County Fellowship positions at their discretion, with hiring conducted according to their regular procedures.

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

Attention Post Grads!  Legal Services Corporation Seeking Program Counsel with 5+ Years Experience

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, nonprofit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

Under the general direction of the Director of the Office of Program Performance (OPP) or his or her designee, works with grantee programs to provide programmatic oversight and to improve the delivery of quality legal services to the eligible population. Assists programs to improve and expand the development of innovative, comprehensive, and effective best practices and solutions. Extensive travel is required. This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 135.

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

American Bar Association Seeks Editor to Work in Chicago, Illinois

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This position manages the editorial operations of multiple ABA publications (which may include: books, magazines, newsletters, journals, annuals, and e-newsletters). Responsible for management, budgeting, scheduling, editing, production, and distribution of legal content. Work includes heavy involvement with some or all of the following: publishing and/or marketing staff, member editorial boards, section/bar leadership, and authors. May involve hiring and directing of freelance writers, copyeditors, and proofreaders, manuscript soliciting and development, writing, developing editorial policies & procedures, and legal research.

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

United States Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Offers Student Academic Internship Program (SAIP) in Washington, DC

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conducts public education, outreach, complaint investigation and resolution, and other compliance activities to ensure that people living in the United States have equal access to health care in all HHS-funded programs without facing unlawful discrimination or impermissible disclosure or use of protected health information.

OCR enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination by health care and human service providers that receive funds from DHHS. Such laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Community Service Assurance Provisions of the Hill-Burton Act, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

For a complete job description of the available internship positions, click here.