Events: LBAW/Skagit VLP Free Legal Clinic; Homeless Advocacy 101: Helping Homeless Students; NWIRP Evening of Justice; WA AGO Open House in Spokane

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program: Free Legal Clinic.

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Skagit Valley College, Angst Hall RM A125
2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Skagit Valley College Dreamers Club invite you to volunteer at our Mt. Vernon Legal Clinic.  We are in great need of immigration attorneys.

If you are able to volunteer or if you have questions, please email the Director of Clinics, Zaida Rivera, at clinics@lbaw.org.

Know someone who may need assistance at our Skagit Clinic? Please distribute our flyer: Mt. Vernon Free Legal Clinic Flyer.pdf

Homeless Advocacy 101/Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time:  9:00 am- 1:00 pm.  Check in opens at 8:30 am. Please be prompt.

Location:  Seola Gardens, Community Room (KCHA site) 11215 5th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

Join presenters from Columbia Legal Services, Schoolhouse WA, and national expert Dr. Lenore Rubin to learn about homeless students’ rights under federal law, and how staff and parents can ensure that students register, get to school, and have the supports they need for a successful school experience. Following an overview of the law, participants will work through case examples and discuss common challenges; and develop allies in helping homeless children and youth and their families. Register at www.homelessinfo.org.

This workshop is free, but registration is required, with preference to staff from Coalition Member agencies (see a list here).

Lawn Bowling Fundraiser for the Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location:  Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club
4103 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Please join the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness for our annual Lawn Bowling Party & Fundraiser!  Hosts Speaker Frank Chopp, Representative Nicole Macri & Deb Cayz, Humberto Alvarez, and Tony Lee.

Details: Lawn bowling is either a relaxing game or a fiercely competitive sport. You decide! In either case, please wear flat, rubber-soled shoes or prepare to go barefoot if you will be bowling! The greens are inviting and kids are welcome, but please note that the park is preferred for running around.

Register here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project : An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke

Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Location:  Wing Luke Museum

At this pivotal time for our country and community, we need an opportunity to come together in our commitment to immigrant rights.

We hope you will join us in doing so at our annual reception. An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke. We’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks from  Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, hear great live music, explore the museum, and share stories about what we are accomplishing together.

Tickets will be available soon.  Sponsorship info here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Spokane AGO 1116 W. Riverside Avenue Spokane, WA

Audience: Third-Year Law Students, Second-Year Law Students, Judicial Clerks, Licensed Attorneys

“The Attorney General’s Office is please to invite you to attend the first Open House in the Spokane AGO! This event will provide those who may be considering a career as an Assistant Attorney General or those seeking to serve as a law clerk the opportunity to hear from AG Bob Ferguson and learn about the AGO’s divisions and recruitment programs and meet with AGO representatives. We hope to see you there.”

More information here.

New Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Evictions; Gates Scholars Getting Things Done!; Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

Council member Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation of this pilot will allow new civic legal aid attorneys to partner with Public Defenders to advocate for the accused to keep their housing during the legal review and plea bargaining processes.

Read more here.

Gates Public Service Law Scholar Martina Kartman selected for 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship!

“The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2017 class of Soros Justice Fellows, a dynamic mix of attorneys, advocates, artists, writers, and scholars who bring fresh ideas and energy to the challenge of maintaining past gains and continuing to push for progress toward a more humane criminal justice system in the United States.

Working in 11 states across the country, the 23 fellows seek to address the country’s overly punitive approach to crime, develop effective responses to both interpersonal and police violence, and challenge the ways in which the effects of incarceration linger long after someone has been released from prison. Included in this group is the inaugural cohort of Soros Justice “Youth Activist” Fellows—seven people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are just beginning their careers and who show real promise to develop into social justice leaders and innovators.

Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.”

Read more here.

New York Times, Letter to the Editor, “Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana,” by Gates Public Service Law Scholar Theo Shaw!Scales of Justice

“The bill signed by the governor is a step in the right direction. But too many people are still suffering in this oppressive criminal system, mainly because of lack of quality legal representation.

People faced with a loss of liberty are entitled to more. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said the ideal that every person stands equal before the law cannot be realized if a poor person has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Read more here.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

“A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail, thus violating his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. The Court found that the County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons based on a civil immigration “warrant” — an administrative form issued by federal immigration officers. In an oral ruling after a lengthy hearing in Spokane, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. emphasized that the Fourth Amendment requires that an arrest warrant must be approved by a neutral and detached judge – not by an employee of the executive branch.

The ruling has wide implications as similar policies are in effect across the nation.”

Read more here.

Opportunity to Serve on WSBA’s Civil Litigation Rules TaskforceWSBA Logo

The Washington State Bar Association is seeking a lawyer with experience litigating in Superior and/or District Court in Washington to serve on a rule-drafting Task Force, to replace a member who had to resign. The Task Force was created by Bar’s  Board of Governors in November 2016 to draft amendments to the Washington Civil Rules for eventual submission to the Supreme Court. The Board of Governors established the Task Force after considering and voting on some of the recommendations submitted by an earlier group, the Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force (ECCL).

If interested in serving, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested to Kevin Bank,WSBA Assistant General Counsel at kevinb@wsba.org. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2018.  More information on the Task Force can be found here.

One Week Left to Apply for Positions and Interview at the NW Public Service Fair!

Hot Diggity! Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney in Wenatchee Office, Deadline rolling through 3/11. Act Fast!

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. 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. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is that when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Our advocacy is conducted by four project teams. This position will focus on cases assigned to our Basic Human Needs Project, which safeguards access to health care, safe housing, food, financial assistance, and other basic rights for low-income people, using a full range of advocacy including complex litigation and appeals, and policy advocacy. The attorney must:

  • Be available to travel occasionally around the state, and may spend some time in Olympia during the legislative session.
  • Work with teams of attorneys on complex litigation, including class actions.
  • Identify practices and laws that adversely affect the rights and diminish the benefits for low income populations.
  • Coordinate with other advocacy groups and legal service organizations and the private bar to identify opportunities and execute strategies to advance the law for low income populations.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline is Monday, January 19. Don’t Miss Out!

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For twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for Labor & Employment Accepting Applications through Friday, 1/16!

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, networking and other programs, we provide unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at pre-selected labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015 – 2016.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with 149 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

For more information and application requirements please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Alaska Legal Services Seeks Entry-Level Attorney at Dillingham Office, Rolling Deadline.

AK Legal ServicesAlaska Legal Services Corporation has an opening for a full-time attorney in Dillingham, to provide estate planning services to Bristol Bay Native Association tribal members with an interest in restricted property. Estate planning services may include advice, research, investigation, and drafting and execution of wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to meet a member’s estate planning needs. The attorney will create and distribute educational materials addressing estate planning, fractionation and probate, and conduct outreach efforts including travel to Bristol Bay villages and hosting clinics to encourage restricted property owners to draft wills and address fractionation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Rule 43 admission can be found at https://www.alaskabar.org/. Computer proficiency required, (Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail and data entry).  Experience working or living in cross-cultural settings preferred.

Salary: Salary $53,592 — $76,320, annually, DOE.  Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the contact below. Preference in hiring given to Native American applicants.  Position open until filled.

Contact Information: Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney ldickey@alsc-law.org

Seattle City Attorney Seeks Intern/Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division, Deadline 3/4

City of Seattle LogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for 2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court. The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition, externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Submit resume and cover letter to Assistant City Attorney Katrina Kelly katrina.kelly@seattle.gov. For more info about other volunteer internship opportunities with the Seattle City Attorney’s office please click here.

National Veterans Legal Services Seeks Litigation Attorney, Deadline 3/1.

NVLSPThe National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.

The major responsibility of the Veterans Law Litigation Attorney is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful.  Experience in veterans law, although not required, is preferred.

Application Instructions: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to Amy Odom, Director of Litigation, at amy@nvlsp.org.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiative Seeks Summer Intern, Deadline 2/20

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Applications are being accepted for a paid summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only to:

Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

NOTE: We will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation.

City of Bellevue Seeks Principal Policy Planner, Deadline 1/16

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The Principal Policy Planner serves as the City’s Land Use Policy and Code Development Program Manager.  This position reports directly to the Land Use Division Director, and is responsible for advancing the day-to-day implementation of the Land Use Code Amendment program for the City, while contributing to leadership and strategy development to advance the overall land use program.
Advancing the Land Use Policy and Code Development Program is a major citywide initiative of high priority, and as such involves extensive interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, community and business stakeholders, and the general public, requiring extensive night meetings at times.  The Program Manager is the primary point of contact for public inquiries about the work program and is responsible to ensure that an appropriate public involvement effort is coordinated with the Council-prioritized work program.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Appleseed Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications, Deadline 2/6

WA Appleseed LogoThis summer, Appleseed will be hiring a team of 2-4 Legal Fellows and 1-3 Research Fellows to work together with existing project teams to forge meaningful solutions to social justice problems in our state.

We will be accepting applications for both sets of positions through Friday, February 6 and will be interviewing and making offers by February 27. Please see below for information about each position. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note these are unpaid fellowships, though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit or other compensation.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. This summer, Legal Fellows will participate in one or more of the following social justice projects:

  • The Washington Reentry Guide.
  • Protecting the Rights of the Homeless.

  • Transforming School Discipline.

  • Fair Financial Access for Immigrant Communities.

For complete project descriptions please click here.

 Download the full position overview here. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note this is an unpaid internship though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit.

 

 

 

 

Summer Funding Options, Opportunities for Service & Using Mindfulness to Mitigate Bias

How Will YOU  Fund your Public Service Internship this Summer?

piggybankBy Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

At UW Law we are lucky to have a powerhouse student organization like PILA and a supportive administration which fundraises tons of money to help support summer public service internships. Unfortunately, there are always more deserving applicants than there is funding. So, are you going to put all of your eggs in your PILA basket or are you going to do some research and apply for many other funding sources that are out there? Hint: the latter.

Check out all the great summer funding resources on the Center for Public Service Law’s quick  reference guide (under summer funding towards the bottom of the page). These include labor and employment specific funding, LGBT rights funding, civil legal aid funding, human rights funding, international funding, and new for this year Latina/o advocacy  funding (just to name a few). Application deadlines tend to range between December through April with the bulk due in March/April giving you time to secure your summer internship. We highlight some of the most common sources of summer funding that UW Law students have applied for and obtained. But wait, there’s more! Also check out the great resources compiled by our friends at PSJD here and here. Investing a few hours in research and applications will pay huge dividends (literally). Don’t miss out!

If you missed our lunchtime presentation today don’t fret. Here are the slides to help you connect the dots.

New research finds implicit bias can be tamed through the use of time-honored meditation techniques.

trayvon-protestDecember 2, 2014 By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard- The Science of Society

A large crowd gathers to peacefully protest the Trayvon Martin murder case in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013. (Photo: Marie Havens/Shutterstock)

Racial bias has declined drastically in the United States over the past few decades. And yet, recent reaction to the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests race continues to color our opinions, with both blacks and whites holding firm assumptions that their counterparts completely reject.

It’s something of a conundrum, until you consider implicit beliefs—the automatic thoughts and feelings that arise when one looks at an image of someone of another race. While these often operate below our level of consciousness, they shape our views of society and opinions on such policy issues as affirmative action, voter ID laws, and whether the justice system is genuinely just.

Fortunately, new research has documented a surprisingly simple way to short-circuit these knee-jerk negative associations. The key, according to Central Michigan University psychologists Adam Lueke and Bryan Gibson, is mindfulness.

Whites have “quicker response times for words that represent good things when paired with white faces than with black faces, and quicker response times for words that represent bad things when paired with black faces than white faces.” Continue reading here.

Attention Pro Bono Attorneys! Opportunity to Support Homeless Advocacy.

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SHARE is a homeless shelter in Seattle served by the Homeless Experience Legal Protection program. Presently, two matters are of huge concern to its community, as to which it is seeking pro bono legal representation. One concerns Nickelsville, an independent encampment of homeless people that is following all the legal obligations put upon it by the City of Seattle & etc. They are not receiving the same police services as other encampments, shelters and transitional housing projects and it is jeopardizing their safety and future. SHARE needs to figure out a way to get SPD to provide its residents the same support they provide others. The second issue concerns the complete defunding of SHARE – the county’s largest shelter provider – by King County Government. SHARE is also by far the most cost effective shelter outfit per bed night. SHARE would like to challenge the County’s defunding on numerous grounds – procedural, legal, common sense and political. This defunding isn’t something we can just let sit – the County Council is going to have to reconsider the whole thing sometime. If a lawyer in your firm is interested in either project, please have him/her contact Scott Morrow at Share Shelters shelters@sharewheel.org

Attention Lawyers & Community Members Committed to Social Justice! Washington State Access to Justice Board Seeks New Board Members. Application Due This Friday, January 9. Act Fast!

ATJ Board announcement