Post Grad Jobs Here We Come!

Attention New Grads! Grant County Seeks Entry Level Public Defender, Due 6/13- Don’t Delay!

Deep Lake, Grant County, WA

The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court.

  • Compliance with Performance Guidelines;
  • Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints;
  • Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel;
  • Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems;
  • Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics;
  • Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here for the Symplicity announcement. Don’t delay- application due this Friday!

Attention New Grads! EarthRights International Announces 2 year Post-Grad In house Fellowship, Due 6/15- Don’t Delay!

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EarthRights International (ERI) is now seeking applications for the position of 2014 -2016 Bertha Legal Fellow. Under the guidance and direction of the U.S. Legal Director, the Fellow will work with other ERI attorneys to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of ERI’s U.S. office in Washington, D.C., but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia.

The basic job responsibilities include:

  • Legal research on US law, international law, and other legal regimes
  • Preparation of legal memorandums, court briefs and filings for US and other legal systems
  • Work in collaboration with other NGOs and communities assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies
  • Research on new legal strategies to defend the human rights and environment of vulnerable communities
  • Communication of ERI’s work through web content and media contacts
  • Policy advocacy with the US legislative and executive branches

The Legal Fellow may also be asked to:

  • Travel domestically to court hearings
  • Travel internationally to meet with victims, communities and NGOs
  • Collaborate on ERI publications and assist in ERI events
  • Assist other ERI programs as needed

For complete job description an application instructions click here.

Attention New Grads! King County Seeking Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry Senior Project Manager, Due 6/18- Don’t Delay!

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This position is a term-limited temporary position (TLT) anticipated to last for two years with a possibility of extending to three years at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

King County leaders have identified the need to reduce the number of adults who cycle through the criminal justice system and to coordinate the County’s multiple on-going efforts to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry of incarcerated adults into the community.

The Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry Senior Project Manager will work collaboratively to build a County-wide strategic approach to recidivism reduction. The position will develop an implementation plan building on King County’s previous and ongoing re-entry plans and programs. Development of the plan will include at least the following activities:   (1) coordinating with internal and external partners to establish shared goals, definitions, and agreed-upon measurements and targets; (2) assisting with an effort to survey and map existing projects and programs that support reduced recidivism and re-entry, including consideration of equity and social justice impact; and (3) identifying additional culturally appropriate and effective strategies to reduce recidivism and improve re-entry, while specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.  The position may also support grant-funded efforts to improve re-entry in partnership with other agencies and jurisdictions.  Outcomes from this effort are expected to benefit adult jail inmates through better connection with services to meet the needs of incarcerated individuals so they can reduce future involvement with the criminal justice system. The ultimate goal of the work is to stop the revolving door of the justice system through coordination and strategic application of County and community programs. The position will not directly run or manage a program.

For full job description and application instructions click here.

Attention Class of 2015! Disability Rights Washington Seeks Post Grad Fellow to Sponsor for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Project-Based Fellowship. Due, 7/13

DRWNotice to all Third Year Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates:  Disability Rights Washington Seeks to Host a Sponsored Fellowship Addressing the Special Education Rights of Native American Students with Disabilities

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is seeking to host a sponsored fellowship, such as a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Ford Foundation, or law school-funded fellowship, that would start in fall 2015.

DRW is a private non-profit organization designated by the governor and mandated by the federal government to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Washington State. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. DRW provides free services to people with disabilities.

Project Description

DRW seeks to host a fellowship focused on improving graduation rates of Native American youth with disabilities attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and public high schools.

Washington State Native American students who receive special education services have very low high school graduation rates. They had the lowest graduation rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the 2012-2013 school year – a little over 50% graduate from high school in four years.  Graduation rates for students in special education at Washington State BIE schools ranged from 0% to 60%. This problem affects many youth because Washington is one of the states with the highest population of Native American students and those students are nearly twice as likely to be identified as having a disability as the general student population.

The fellow will investigate the causes of these low graduation rates, collaborate with interested stakeholders, educate Native American students and families about special education rights and self-advocacy steps they can take, and provide advocacy in individual and systemic cases to enforce special education rights of Native American students in order for them to more successfully transition to employment and post-secondary education.

For complete job description click here for the PSJD link. Register for PSJD.org for free here.

Swinomish Tribal Community Seeks Full Time Staff Attorney, Due Asap

swinomish-logo_438x0_scaleSwinomish Indian Tribal Community – La Conner, WA is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney.

Job description: Staff Attorney to provide advice and representation to various departments and entities of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community regarding a wide range of issues. We are seeking an energetic attorney with excellent written, oral and research skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, an ability to function collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary staff in a cross-cultural setting and a fast-paced work environment, and with a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities.

Education, training, experience: Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed, to practice in Washington and must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following fields: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; real estate transactions and foreclosure, preferably involving trust land; health care law; insurance/risk management or employment benefits; taxation; Indian law.

Compensation DOE. Contact Swinomish Tribal office: 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-1134 Mon-Thurs.

 Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers Hiring Organizer, Apply NOW!

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The Early Learning Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Organizer. This is an organizing position to work on organizing campaigns with early learning educators in the state of Washington based in Seattle.

This is a full-time position for an organizer. Applicant will be expected to perform field organizing, leadership identification and development, training. In addition, the Applicant will be responsible for providing regular progress reports, completing employee assessments and following the guidelines of the AFT Organizing Model. AFT seeks organizers that have a strong commitment to organizing for social and economic justice.

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

Washington Conservation Voters Seeking Political Director, Due 6/13

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Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), the political voice for the environment, is seeking a dynamic Political Director to lead our statewide campaign efforts. The Political Director is a key member of the WCV team who is expected to design and implement the organization’s electoral outreach programs. This is a full time position that reports to the WCV President and is based in Seattle, WA.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.  We have a close partnership with Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and share one CEO. WEC is a 501(c)3 organization and has been instrumental in passing (and now enforcing) the foundational laws that help keep Washington’s environment healthy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington State. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together through certain programs. Combined, we have a staff of 20 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits and the opportunity to make a difference.

Deadline is Friday, June 13th.  For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention New Grads! Washington Budget & Policy Center Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship, Due 7/14

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Washington Budget & Policy Center is now accepting applications for the 2014 – 2015 Betty Jane Narver Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy. To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The fellow will receive a monthly stipend and be responsible for less than 20 hours a week.  This position is not eligible for benefits. Reimbursable travel may be required to specific policy-related trainings chosen by the Budget & Policy Center.  The fellowship will generally run from November 2014 through April 2015 (this is flexible).

For more information about the Narver Fellowship, click here.  To apply, click here.

Celebrate the Holidays by Applying for an Awesome Job or Internship!

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Seeks Legal Interns/Externs Year-Round

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty seeks diverse, well-qualified candidates with a passion for social justice. The Law Center offers sponsor-paid and unpaid fellowships, internships, and pro bono opportunities. The Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color, LGBT persons, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Legal Internships/Externships:
Legal internships are available year-round to second- and third-year law students. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please submit a cover letter, resume, 2-5 page writing sample, and two to three references to Janelle Fernandez. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Meridian Institute Policy Fellowship

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings within the Meridian Institute Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian Institute has two offices (Washington DC and Dillon, CO) and fellows may be placed in either office, depending on staffing needs and their preferences.

Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues to solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. In addition to process design, facilitation, mediation, and strategy assessment and planning, Meridian offers expert administrative and meeting logistics services and the creative and appropriate application of information technology tools, to support our projects. Some of the topics we work on include: Agriculture and Food Security; Climate Change and Energy; Environment and Natural Resources; Global Stability and Security; Health; Sustainability and Resilience; and Science and Technology

Applications due no later than February 7. Start date between June 1 and July 1, 2014. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seeking Summer Fellows

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to three (3) Minority Law Fellows to match with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney members for up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice.

The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving law school students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. Fellows will actively intern in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, or Denver, CO.  Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications due no later than January 15.

New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Staff Attorney for Rural Office

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New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a staff attorney to join our Silver City office. The Silver City staff attorney will represent low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The attorney will be active in local bar and community activities.  The work also will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients; and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

The Silver City office handles creative, challenging and complex work throughout southwestern and west central New Mexico. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve rural communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

Requirements:  Experience with advocacy in rural communities will be highly preferred. Must be willing to travel. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community.  Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Send a current resume, a list of three references, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to:  Gloria Molinar at: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

Salary:  DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer.  Deadline to apply is January 3rd, 2014.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeks New Program Director

ELAP_2012_Logo_for_web_mod_3_AEH_560x560We are looking for a highly motivated person to manage our volunteer legal services programs. The person will work independently and with others to help meet the legal needs of low income people and survivors of domestic violence. The perfect candidate will also be able to assist in expanding funding resources available to (ELAP).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Providing direct oversight of program services (legal advice clinics, lectures, brief services, direct representation, and interpreters) including monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports to the Executive Director

2. Supervising Clinic Coordinator and Community Outreach Manager

3. Overseeing organizing lectures, workshops, and Continuing Legal Education classes

4. Developing new program services to provide legal services to underserved clients

5. Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners in East King County, in the domestic violence community, and the legal community

6. Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer attorneys in coordination with the DVLP Managing Attorney

7. Maintaining good communication and positive relationships with volunteer attorneys to promote continued involvement with ELAP

8. Supervising Volunteer Manager

9. Overseeing recruiting, training and managing of office and clinic volunteers

10. Researching and analyzing data pertaining to the need for legal services in East and North King County

11. Assisting the Executive Director in development and fundraising activities

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Appellate Public Defense Externship Opportunity in Olympia

scalesSmall Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

Qualifications:

  • Dedicated commitment to indigent criminal defense.
  • Current 2L or 3L.
  • Outstanding legal research and writing skills.
  • Willingness to pursue outlandish legal issues.
  • Working knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure.

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to backlundmistry@gmail.com

Entry-Level Grant County Public Defender Position Opens Up 

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court. Compliance with Performance Guidelines; Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints; Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel; Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems; Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics; Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For full description, benefit information, and to submit an online application in order to be eligible please go to: www.grantcountyweb.com. Applications accepted through December 31.

Public Advocates Seeks Civil Rights Policy Advocate/Attorney

public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates Inc., a bold and highly-regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy group, has a rare opening for an attorney to join our exceptional and dedicated staff. Our goal is to eradicate poverty and discrimination and promote thriving communities. For forty-two years Public Advocates has used a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making. We are seeking an experienced policy advocate and/or attorney to join Public Advocates’ transportation, housing and climate justice team. Learn more about our work in these areas. Responsibilities

  • Policy Development: Develop, analyze and promote policy change in the areas of affordable housing, equitable development, public transportation and climate justice at the state and regional levels.
  • Legislative and Administrative Advocacy: Promote the policy agenda of Public Advocates and our coalition partners in Sacramento, in both legislative and administrative agency decisions affecting the needs of disadvantaged communities, and in Bay Area regional policy and investment decisions.
  • Coalition Leadership: Effectively and strategically co-lead large and sophisticated state and regional coalitions in policy, investment and budget campaigns.
  • Strategy: Help shape strategic directions in our housing, transportation, regional equity and climate justice work, incorporating policy advocacy, community collaboration, research, and media and communication to achieve our objectives.
  • Communication: Develop and execute outreach and media strategies, including messaging, community education, writing and representing Public Advocates and coalitions to the press and public.
  • Resource development: Help identify and pursue funding opportunities and contribute to foundation relations.

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