Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is now open! Every year, EJW honors law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to the Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! You can email at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Disability Rights Washington

CDC launches website for fellowship and internship opportunities 

cdcThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently established a resource that streamlines information from approximately 65 CDC fellowship and internship opportunities from multiple centers across the agency into a single website. Prospective fellows and interns can now access a single site to search opportunities by length, education/degree requirements, and topic areas. The site also includes a Minority Health Snapshot– opportunities to encourage interest in public health among underrepresented individuals as well as opportunities for those that have an interest in promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities.

Check out the new website here.

Jan 25: Alternatives to Litigation: Careers in ADR & Mediation

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: January 25, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Learn more about alternatives to litigation, such as ADR, meditation and negotiation. Join for a panel discussion with local attorneys. Read the flyer here.

Jan. 31: ABA Inaugural 2017 Fellows Program application now open

center-for-innovationThe ABA Center for Innovation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our inaugural 2017 Fellows Program.

This exciting new program will bring creative thinkers to the Center to develop and launch new projects to address critical needs in the legal sector. There are two categories of fellows—

  • NextGen Fellows are recent law school graduates who will spend one year in-residence at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago, IL. These fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000, plus benefits, during their time in the program. There are two (2) NextGen fellowships available with an August 2017 start date.
  • Innovation Fellows will rotate in and out of the Chicago office on a 9-12 week basis, beginning in April 2017. There is no stipend for this fellowship, but sponsorships might be available.

Detailed information about the programs, requirements, and application guidelines can be found here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Disability Rights Washington looking for volunteers

Disability Rights WashingtonDisability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that works on disability-rights issues across the state of Washington. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Volunteers who serve on our Board and councils are critical to our work. We are reaching out to encourage people with disabilities, people of color, and people from every corner of Washington to serve on our Board of Directors, our Mental Health Advisory Council, and our Disabilities Advisory Council. Thank you for applying, and thank you for sharing this message with your network.

Read more here and apply to be a volunteer here

Internship and fellow opportunities at Harvard Law School

Due Jan. 6, paid: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program with ABA seeking 1Ls and 2Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

aba-judicial-intern-opportunity-programThe American Bar Association Section of Litigation is now accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program from second-year law students. 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.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Application Process: Apply here.

Due Jan. 20, paid: EarthJustice seeks summer intern in Bozeman, MT

EarthJustice LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

The Northern Rockies Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for its 2017 summer law clerkship.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

Application Process: Learn more here.

Due Jan. 22: DOJ summer position in Denver, CO

DOJApplication Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

The Department of Justice has a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women. Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. If selected, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs.  The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules of practice for the Colorado United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.  In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings. Practice areas include appellate litigation, civil litigation, criminal litigation.

Application Process: Apply here

Due Jan. 27, paid: End-of-life nonprofit seeking student or recent grad intern

compassion-and-choicesApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding options for the end of life.

Compassion & Choices is pleased to offer a law student or recent law graduate a 10- to 12-week fulltime legal internship. Under the supervision of highly experienced staff, legal interns will serve as part of a nationwide advocacy effort to improve care and expand options for the end of life. Work will primarily consist of research and writing on issues related to end-of-life healthcare and is likely to involve civil, criminal, and federal and state constitutional law. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Application Process: Get information here.

Due Jan. 31: Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic internships

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Established in 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. FLPC strives to increase access to healthy foods, support small-scale and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. FLPC is also a leader in the laws and policies surrounding food waste, FLPC interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects focused on reducing food waste at the national, state and local levels.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice a number of valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns also have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients; for example, FLPC travels to work in places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation, among others.

Application Process: Application instructions here

Due Feb. 1: Harvard Law Human Rights Program Visiting Fellowships for 2017-2018

Harvard SealApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program gives individuals with a demonstrated commitment to human rights an opportunity to step back and conduct a serious inquiry in the human rights field. Visiting Fellows are usually scholars with a substantial background in human rights, experienced activists, or members of the judiciary or other branches of government. Learn more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling Deadline: NY nonprofit seeks immigration staff attorney

PLSNY LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

PLS is seeking to hire a staff attorney with some immigration experience to provide representation to immigrants facing removal while in the custody of NYS’ Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The staff attorney will provide a full range of legal services throughout the course of representation, including meeting with incarcerated clients, appearing at master calendar and merits hearings, appealing to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and providing other services related to incarceration. The successful applicant will also assist in preparing materials to help immigrants appear pro se, supervise law students, and conduct trainings for pro bono attorneys working with PLS.

 

Application Process: Get instructions here.

Gates Foundation internship and career information session coming up

Jan. 6: Gates Foundation career and internship information session 

icon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logoTime: 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2016
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 115

A panel of Gates Foundation attorneys will discuss their career paths from law school to the Gates Foundation. They will also speak about their summer internship for 1Ls and the type of work they do at the foundation. RSVP in Symplicity.

Attention, enviromental lawyers! NOAA, Dept. of Energy hiring entry-level attorneys

Due Nov. 15: U.S. Dept. of Energy hiring trial attorney

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Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation is seeking an attorney to join the legal team supporting litigation involving challenges to DOE programs, actions and interests.

The incumbent represents DOE’s interests in litigation before administrative bodies, Federal district courts, courts of appeal, and other courts to provide legal advice and counsel on highly complex and difficult legal issues, and coordinates and prepares cases with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Cases may include issues of civil procedure, Federal court jurisdiction, and energy, administrative, Constitutional, environmental, contract, civil rights, or other areas of law. Cases assigned to the incumbent may have broad impact on government-wide programs and involve complex factual questions and significant legal issues. Given the scope, complexity, and sensitivity of cases, and the amount of potential damages, the incumbent maintains close working relations with officials at various levels within and outside DOE to resolve substantive problems and issues. Read more here.

 Application Process: Please submit your application to the mailbox– GC-16-0009@hq.doe.gov A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant’s skills in the qualifications for this position.

Due Nov. 18, 2016: NOAA hiring recent grads

noaaApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is recruiting highly-qualified law school students, judicial law clerks, and legal fellows for entry level attorney positions in regional and headquarters offices for our Fall 2017 Attorney Honors Program. Approximately two to four positions are available for the Fall 2017 Program.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in rotations through the legal sections located in the Washington, D.C. area. Attorneys may also volunteer to rotate through a regional section. At the end of the rotations and consistent with the needs of the Office, we will permanently place attorneys in a specific legal section, making reasonable efforts to take into account their preferences for a permanent location. While we expect to place attorneys in one of the Washington, D.C. area sections, attorneys may request permanent placement in one of the six regional sections in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. If a permanent placement involves a change in location, the attorney will be responsible for his or her relocation costs. Read more here.

Application Process: For employment beginning in fall 2017, the application period opened October 11, 2016, and will close on November 18, 2016. We will accept applications (cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript) for this vacancy as described in a USAJOBS that is posted at http://www.usajobs.gov/.

Due Nov. 30: Colorado Legal Services hiring lawyers in multiple locations

colorado-legal-servicesApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Colorado Legal Services, LaJunta and Alamosa offices, are hiring attorneys to represent low-income clients in civil cases.  Salary range begins at $44,125 (DOE), and excellent benefits.  Applicants must be able to handle fast moving, high volume litigation caseload.  Sensitivity to the legal needs of low-income individuals and minorities is prerequisite. Bilingual English/Spanish desired. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Application Process: Learn how to apply here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA Project Safe Staff Attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, but screening begins Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Project Safety is a federally-funded (Victims of Crime Act) initiative that provides civil legal services to victims of crime in coordination with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office (KCPAO). Project Safety is an integrated, multi-agency partnership working to address a range of critical legal needs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of crime victims. KCBA Pro Bono Services seeks a Project Safety staff attorney to provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Domestic Violence Protection Order cases and to develop a pro bono court-based program in collaboration with KCPAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) at the King County Superior Court. The staff attorney will divide their time between the KCBA office and the POAP office at the Seattle courthouse. Read more here.

Application Process: Send a resume, three references and a cover letter, in which you address your qualifications for this position, particularly your commitment to equal justice and your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence. Application materials should be sent to: hr@kcba.org.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Program Research Counsel for WA House

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The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan staff support to House members and committees in Olympia. OPR is currently seeking candidates for a staff position as Counsel. The candidate selected to fill this position will provide support to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Environment Committee. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee considers issues relating to agricultural production, marketing, and sales; animal and plant disease control; fisheries and wildlife; forest practices and forest fire protection; water; and mining. The committee also considers the management of certain state-owned lands.

The House Environment Committee considers issues relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, the Shoreline Management Act, air quality, aquatic lands, oil spill prevention, recycling and solid waste, hazardous waste, toxics, climate change, and parks and recreation. The committee also oversees the Puget Sound Partnership’s activities in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Application Process: Contact the OPR here.

Rolling Deadline: Domestic Violence Prevention Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid

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The Napa, Marin & Contra Costa (NaCoMa) County Regional Office has offices located in Napa and Richmond with mobile advocacy sites throughout the counties in Bay Point, Concord and Pittsburg with possible travel throughout the Bay Area. We are seeking an experienced attorney to represent survivors of interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking) in a range of civil legal services. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Nina Vasquez, Human Resources at: jobs@baylegal.org. Please reference BayLegal NaCoMa DV Prevention Position Fall 2016 in your application.

Rolling Deadline: Advancement Project internship

Advancement Project LogoApplication Process: Open until filled

 

Advancement Project is currently seeking candidates for legal internships for Summer 2017 at our national Washington, DC office. Interns will work closely with our staff of civil rights attorneys, organizers, and communication experts in creating and implementing strategies to support identified community-organizing efforts around racial justice issues. Advancement Project is a policy and legal action civil rights organization that develops innovative strategies for achieving universal opportunity and a racially just democracy. With offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, we provide community-focused lawyering, policy research, and aggressive media strategies to grassroots organizations fighting to promote racial and social justice. Our efforts are primarily focused in these major areas: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, Voter Protection, Quality Education, Immigrant Justice, Policing/Mass Incarceration, and Right to Vote. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to the attention of Kaitlin Banner, at InternProgram@advancementproject.org. Reference “Summer 2017 Legal Internship – (Your First and Last Name)” in the subject line.

Rolling Deadline: Paid summer internship with Americans for Financial Reform

afrApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Americans for Financial Reform is seeking a law student intern for Summer 2017.

We are a public-interest group dedicated to fundamental reform of Wall Street, and to rooting out the abuses built into financial products such as payday loans and private student loans. Senator Elizabeth Warren helped found AFR, which played a pivotal role in creating and defending her vision of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In broader terms, we are committed to holding Wall Street accountable and to the goal of a smaller, simpler financial system that serves the needs of the society as a whole. For more about AFR and its work, see the video with Senator Warren posted at defenddoddfrank.org. Read more about the internship here.

Application Process: Please send a resume, two writing samples (ideally, one legal and one non-legal), unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts (with a list of first-year courses and first-semester grades, if available), and a short cover letter explaining your interest in AFR and the dates of your availability to AFRLegalInternship@gmail.com with the subject line “SUMMER 2017 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP.”

ICC loses members; UW student group dedicated to reproductive rights

African countries withdraw from International Criminal Court

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

“Burundi, South Africa to Withdraw from International Criminal Court” published October 25, 2016 by International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

“Both Burundi and South Africa announced in the last two weeks that they intend to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On October 12, 2016, 94 of 110 parliamentary members in Burundi voted in support of retracting Burundi’s membership as a State party to the ICC’s treaty, the Rome Statute. [ICC Press Release] On October 18, 2016, the president of Burundi signed legislation withdrawing the country from the ICC. [NY Times: Vote] Three days later, South Africa announced its plans to withdraw from the ICC; the country sent an official notice to the United Nations earlier in the week. [Washington Post] Withdrawal takes effect a year after official notice is provided to the UN Secretary General. [NY Times: Vote] Although others have threatened to withdraw from the ICC, Burundi and South Africa will be the first countries to do so. [NY Times: Vote]” Read the full article here.

Reproductive Justice student group re-launches

screenshot-1If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (previously Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is re-launching its UW chapter. This student organization is dedicated to education and activism surrounding women’s access to comprehensive health care, including the right to make reproductive choices free from violence and coercion. Keep an eye out for information about the upcoming general meeting. Or, for more information or to get involved, please email Sarah Aitchison at sarah.aitchison@gmail.com.

Take a break from counting the days until summer & check out these new opportunities!

Due May 30: Hiring Summer Interns for UW Law Clinics

taupc7ah_400x400Are you interested in earning money and gaining experience in tribal public defense, taxation, international human rights and other public interest subject matter?  Rising 1 and 2Ls, may apply now through May 30 for summer work study positions in the Clinical Law Program.

These are opportunities to improve lawyering skills–client representation, research, writing and policy analysis are among the tasks that will be assigned. Generally, these are full time positions paying $17/hr. for the period July 1 through September 27.

Please submit your letter of interest (including your LARW instructor’s name), resume and a brief writing sample to hdaniels@uw.edu.  You may bring your packet to Suite 265 in William H. Gates Hall, if you prefer.

Due July 25: HEALTH ADVOCATES, LLC – SSI / SSDI Attorney

pexels-photoHealth Advocates is seeking a highly motivated Attorney with Social Security Disability experience for our main office in Chatsworth, CA. This position will report under Leibovic Law Group, LLP, the in-house law firm for Health Advocates that provides legal guidance and representation when needed in front of an ALJ and/or State and Federal courts.

Job Summary: Evaluate SSI/SSDI case referrals and/or claim denials to determine whether or not the denied claim can be overturned. Job responsibilities: reviews new and open cases during application, reconsideration and hearing level to determine merit of the case and implement case development and strategy, prepares the client and case for hearing, represents claimants before an AJL on SSI/SSDI claims, prepares post-hearing briefs, letter requests for OTR, dire need letters, responses to CE reports and other written submissions required by SSA. 

Please complete an online application at www.healthadvocates.com

See more at: https://www.psjd.org//opportunitydetails?OppID=65778#sthash.St8HECaS.dpuf

Photo credit: https://static.pexels.com/photos/34846/pexels-photo.jpg

URBAN JUSTICE CENTER – Policy Counsel

d5b7456c37302f006e90326b08d881fe_400x400IRAP is seeking Policy Counsel to be based at IRAP’s headquarters in New York City as part of IRAP’s growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugee, human rights and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at-risk. The Policy Counsel will:

  • Engage in advocacy with federal administrative agencies and congressional offices on the need for improved access to and processing in the U.S. refugee resettlement and special immigrant visa programs.
  • Work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to improve the identification and processing of vulnerable refugee cases for registration,protection and resettlement.
  • Collaborate with IRAP’s Legal team to research and develop proposed policy initiatives and strategy.
  • Develop and oversee strategies to engage IRAP’s law student chapters and student volunteers to engage in research, outreach and advocacy work on behalf of refugees and Special Immigrant Visa (“SIV”) applicants.
  • Expand, organize, and collaborate with IRAP’s volunteers and supporters to build a grassroots advocacy network in support of refugee and Special Immigrant Visa applicants.
  • Liaise and manage relationships with partner organizations.
  • Support IRAP’s media advocacy in conjunction with IRAP’s Communications Manager.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 3 pages) using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

Berkey Williams LLP Seeks Associate Attorney

berkeywilliams-logoBerkey Williams LLP is an Indian law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations on matters such as natural and cultural resource protection, land, water, governance development, health care, ICWA, tribal TANF, and employment. The firm has a distinguished record of championing tribal interests to protect and advance the legal, political, cultural, and economic rights of tribes and nations. Additional information about Berkey Williams LLP can be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com.

The firm seeks an Associate Attorney with two or more years of experience and the following qualifications:

• Relevant experience in the firm’s practice areas;
• Excellent legal writing and research skills;
• Demonstrated understanding of tribal and federal Indian law and of native communities;
• Demonstrated commitment to working for tribes and tribal organizations;
• Willingness and ability to work on Indian Child Welfare matters for the firm’s clients in California, including occasional overnight travel;
• Superior communication skills; and,
• Licensed and in good standing with the California State Bar (or if licensed in another state, with the expectation that the candidate will promptly become admitted in California).

Native lawyers are encouraged to apply. Compensation package includes competitive salary, flexible work options, and excellent benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and concise writing sample (10 or fewer pages) to Gloria Coronado at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls, please.

Assistant Director – Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

phrge-banner-960The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (“PHRGE”) of Northeastern University School of Law (“NUSL”) was founded in 2005 as a law school-based program to engage in the study, promotion, implementation and constructive critique of rights-based approaches to economic development and social transformation, with particular attention to economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights. PHRGE’s mission is threefold: (1) to promote human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, within the Northeastern community; (2) to support cutting-edge scholarship on human rights, with a particular focus on economic, social and cultural rights; and (3) to work to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide. To those ends, PHRGE sponsors an on-line ESC rights journal with an international circulation; develops human rights analyses, reports and briefs to support litigation and other advocacy efforts domestically and internationally; convenes scholars and activists engaged with ESC rights issues for discussion and exchanges; sponsors human rights programming at NUSL; and sponsors several funded human rights cooperative education placements for NUSL law students.

PHRGE seeks a dynamic and skilled Assistant Director to work with the Executive Director to lead the program in fulfilling its mission. This is a part-time, (2/3rds time) benefits-eligible, grant-funded position for one year, which may be renewed subject to funding.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR LAW AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE – Economic Justice Fellowship

logo1NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2017, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

NCLEJ welcomes applications describing possible projects that fit within NCLEJ’s mission and areas of work, as well as applications from individuals who have not yet formulated a project; if we select the applicant we will work with that person to develop a project in an area where interesting new work is emerging, such as:

  1. Protecting the Rights of Low-Wage Workers.  Even with increases to the minimum wage on national and local levels, many workers are still being denied basic employment rights. Migrant and seasonal dairy workers in upstate New York are especially vulnerable. Wage theft is rampant and the workers’ compensation systems set up to provide for injured workers are failing dairy workers and others who work in low-wage jobs, such as restaurant workers and home care attendants. Potential projects include addressing these failings though outreach to farms and dairies, collaboration with upstate or New York City-based worker centers, and a multi-pronged advocacy approach at the national level.
  2. Fighting Debt Collection Abuses in State Courts.  Over the last decade, debt collectors have flooded state court systems with unjust collection lawsuits that are disproportionally concentrated in communities of color. The people sued are nearly all very low-income and without access to legal services. Many never get notice of the lawsuits at all. Armed with unjust judgments, debt collectors seize people’s bank accounts and garnish their wages – leaving low-income families without money for rent, food, and medical care. The Fellow would work with partner organizations around the country to address these problems using a variety of tools including litigation, policy advocacy, and programs to support pro se litigants.
  3. Building Collaboration to Support Domestic Care Workers in Addressing Income Inequality.  Women of color consistently have the highest poverty levels in the domestic care industry. They confront lack of health care and other benefits and unfair work schedules. Over the past six years, however, several states, including New York have passed laws granting domestic workers important protections such as minimum and overtime wages, paid time off and work breaks. The Fellow will use a variety of tools, including individual advocacy and impact work to effectuate implementation of the law.
  4. Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Persons with disabilities face significant barriers in attempting to access and maintain public benefits. Projects could address disability-based discrimination regarding: appointing counsel and providing other assistance in administrative hearings as a reasonable accommodation for persons with mental impairments; refusal to provide interpreters for persons who are deaf; the lack of availability of documents converted into alternate formats for persons who are blind; ensuring adequate access to personal care services for persons with disabilities living at home, in order to prevent their being forced into nursing homes and other institutional settings; and allowing persons with developmental disabilities to transition from rote, subminimum wage work activities in sheltered workshops to competitive employment in the open labor market. 
  5. Combatting Child Hunger.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 70% of recipients of food stamps are in households with a child under 18. Food stamps help reduce family poverty and contribute to better health and educational outcomes for children. Yet, challenges remain in ensuring that eligible households have access to food stamps. The Fellow would develop a project addressing systemic barriers, working with partners in selected states, and would use a combination of individual assistance, impact advocacy, and policy work to help increase food stamps access. 

 See our website at http://nclej.org/jobs-and-internships for links to a video and other information about past fellows.

Please submit (1) a cover letter setting out why you believe you would be a good candidate for such a fellowship, and your ideas about what you would hope to accomplish in such a fellowship, (2) a resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) three references. Send these materials by e-mail to fellowship@nclej.org or by mail to Fellowship Applications, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, 275 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1506, New York NY 10001-6860. Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail.

– See more at: https://www.psjd.org//opportunitydetails?OppID=65726#sthash.qE29i46r.dpuf