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Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish Count Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk, Due 11/12

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Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.  The job description for the law clerk/bailiff position is attached.

For complete details, click here.

Oregon Law Center Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 11/14

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Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Coos Bay along the rugged southern Oregon coast, and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. These counties have a high poverty rate and limited access to services.

OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates ten offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

For more information, click here.

City of Olympia Municipal Court Seeking Municipal Court Public Defender, Due 11/15

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The City of Olympia Municipal Court is accepting applications for contract public defender. The City is hiring four public defenders with the contract beginning January 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the WA State Bar Association with a minimum of two years criminal law experience, preferably in a Municipal or District Court with public defense experience. Contract period runs from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2015, with an option to renew. The monthly salary is $5,000. Public Defenders must be able to meet caseload standards and certifications. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program, Due 11/15

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The Legal Department of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL‑CIO”) is offering a one‑year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL‑CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL‑CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL‑CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL‑CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments.  The AFL‑CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

For more information, click here.

Social Justice Fund NW Seeking Program Director, Due 11/19

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Social Justice Fund is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.  The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

The Program Director is a full-time, exempt employee and reports to the Executive Director.  The Program Director is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all aspects of Social Justice Fund’s programs, including our Giving Projects and all of our grantmaking.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Rule 9 Position with the Snohomish County Public Defenders, Due 11/21

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 2L Summer interns for 2015 Rule 9 positions. The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. The positions will be in the Misdemeanor unit at the office. Each intern will be paired up with a supervising attorney who will assign tasks as needed.

After an initial training period, which will last approximately two weeks, the position will require frequent court appearances, meeting with clients, possible interviews at various correctional facilitates, motions practice, and any other task assigned by a supervising attorney. The position will likely require a significant amount of time in court. Only those interested in working with indigent people and who are interested in trial work should apply. Positions are unpaid. Externship credit is possible but will require the student to coordinate with the school. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Sute 200, Colby Ave, , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until November 21st applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Advocacy Director

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services and its predecessor organizations has represented some of the most marginalized people in Washington. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Advocacy Director to oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. This position is likely based in Seattle, with statewide responsibilities. Working closely with a dynamic advocacy team that spans five locations and four statewide project teams, the Advocacy Director will work collaboratively with an executive leadership team, and work in partnership with the Policy Director and five Coordinating Attorneys. This position reports to the Director.

For complete details, click here.

Washington House Democrats Hiring Legislative Aides

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Washington House Democrats is offering positions as legislative to the following Representatives in Washington’s Democratic House.  Click on the links below for a full job description.

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Morris — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lytton — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Hunter — Job announcement
Legislative Assistant to Rep. Carlyle — Job announcement

Attention Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Bozeman, MT Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; preparing comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements; developing oral advocacy and presentation skills.

For complete details, click here.

National Security Agency at Fort Mead, MD Seeking Full-Time Attorney in Acquisition, Research & Technology

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The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel is seekingan attorney with at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution to joinits Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The attorney will have responsibility for providing a full range of Intellectual Property (IP) legal services.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.NSA.gov/Careers and click the ‘Job Search/Apply Now’ button located at the top left of your screen.

Search the job posting, Attorney position, job # 1051588, and click the job to apply. After completing the application and clicking the ‘Submit Final’ button, you will receive a confirmation email.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Opening at Earthjustice in Bozeman, MT

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The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice, located in Bozeman, Montana, has an opening for an associate attorney to begin work in the fall of 2015.

In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in a regional litigation program focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the ecological integrity of these spectacular areas.

We are equally engaged in the battle to combat global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, and we are responding to a rapid natural gas development boom that is spreading across the Northern Rockies region.

For complete details, click here.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/6/15

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FASPE is a set of innovative programs for students in professional schools designed to address contemporary ethical issues through a unique historical context. The Fellowships provide journalism, law, medical, seminary, and business students with a structured program of study that initially focuses on the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and uses that historic focus as a framework for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues. Through an all-expenses-paid two-week summer intensive course in New York, Germany, and  Poland, students will explore such topics as The Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness; The Role and Limits of Bioethics; The Goals of Morality in the Face of Evil; The Responsibility to Report; and Ethical Limitations on Profit-Seeking.

For complete details, click here.

 

Upcoming Events on the Syrian War, Mass Incarceration, Holocaust Remembrance, and Health & the Environment

April 28: Global Mondays – Spotlight on the Syrian Civil War

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Photo courtesy of StockVault and Nicolas Raymond

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

“Prospects for accountability in the Syrian Civil War”
Frederick Michael Lorenz JD, LLM, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UW School of Law 

Hosted by the International Law Society and the Center for Human Rights and Justice 

Frederick Lorenz served in the US Marine Corps for twenty-seven years as a judge advocate, including a tour as an infantry company commander. In 1992 he joined the First Marine Expeditionary Force and was the senior legal advisor for the United Nations authorized military intervention in Somalia, and returned there as senior legal advisor for the UN evacuation in 1995. In 1996 he served in Bosnia as a legal advisor for the NATO implementation force, and went on to teach Political Science at the National Defense University. After his retirement from the Marine Corps as a colonel in 1998 he spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in St Petersburg, Russia, teaching courses in international law, environmental law and US foreign policy. In 2000 he served as a United Nations legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the UN Civil Administration. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the UW School of Law. He is a Senior Peace Fellow for the Public International Law and Policy Group, with missions in the Republic of Georgia and Armenia in 2006 and 2007, and three US State Department sponsored trips to Somaliland in between 2008 and 2010.

April 29: Social Justice Tuesday- Radical Lawyering Panel

Tuesday, April 29, 12:30-1:20pm in Room 133

The UW National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter is hosting a panel of radical lawyers to share their experiences as lawyers for the people! Whether you are interested in exploring new ways to engage with justice issues as a member of the legal community, curious to hear stories from local leaders and activists, or simply need a reminder that your JD can enable you to be a force for good in the world, come join us and hear our speakers.

Speaker Bios:

Jenn Kaplan is the current vice president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and an attorney at The Law Office of Gilbert Levy, a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Seattle. In addition to practicing general criminal defense, Jenn maintains a docket of political cases, representing anarchist, animal rights, Occupy Seattle, and other progressive activists in various capacities. Jenn is a graduate of New York University and the University of Washington School of Law.

Devin Theriot-Orr is a 2003 graduate of UW Law where he was a member of the immigration and appellate advocacy clinics. He is presently a senior attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw, where he represents noncitizens in deportation proceedings, visa petition proceedings, and complex, federal litigation, including class actions. Devin is also a member of the local technology collective riseup.net, providing secure communications tools for activists since 1999. Devin teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Martha L. Schmidt  is a graduate of the University of Washington (L.L.M,  Law and Marine Affairs) and the University of Wisconsin (J.D.) Her diverse practice focuses on employment and labor law, focusing on conflict resolution in the work place on behalf employees, using mediation, collaborative law, conflict coaching and training. She was also an attorney/organizer for the Seattle Worker Center, the first staff attorney for the Unemployment Law Project, and a Juvenile defender in Snohomish and Island counties. She also is an international human rights law consultant, and has served as an election / trial observer in El Salvador, Venezuela, and Peru.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Ways to Reform the Criminal Justice System

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Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 133

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of Mass Incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education. 

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of Mass Incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

RSVP here.

April 30: Yom HaShoah: Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

Holocaust Remembrance Bracelet

Guest Speaker: Reut Cohen, New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Program Fellow
Respondents: Rabbi Oren Hayon, Hillel UW; UW Professor Stephen Rosenbaum, UW Law

As the Holocaust (Shoah) is observed throughout the world this week and the UW community welcomes jurist, memoirist and concentration camp survivor Thomas Buergenthal, it is a fitting time to consider the contemporary commemoration of state-sponsored murder by the Nazi regime. Lawyer/Activist Reut Cohen writes: “We Israelis grow up in the shadows of the Holocaust. It’s always there and always very present. I don’t this this is necessarily bad, but I recognize two possible educational messages that derive from this: the first is ‘We must never let this happen us (Jews/Israel) again and have to do everything in order to prevent it’ and the second is ‘We must never let this happen again to any other nation or people.'”

Co-sponsors: (partial list)
Wm. H. Gates Public Service Law Program, Center for Human Rights, Law Societies and Justice, Hillel UW, Jewish Law Students Ass’n (UW Law), Center for Human Rights and Justice (UW Law)

May 6: Human Rights Webinar: Focus on Right to a Healthy Environment

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project holds regular webinars to introduce legal aid attorneys to the Human Rights in the U.S. Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys.  This webinar will focus on a new section of the Handbook that covers the right to a healthy environment.  The new section of the Handbook will be available shortly before the webinar on our website.

To register for this free webinar, click here.

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

Image courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

2014 Clinic Info Week Schedule

April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

Thomas Buergenthal

Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.