Paid summer internships in justice technology and housing for rising 2Ls and 3Ls!

Due Jan. 30: Paid, William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship

omelvenyApplication Deadline: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

O’Melveny has created the William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship for first-year law students. Named for O’Melveny senior partner Bill Coleman, who played a key role in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v Board of Education, the Fellowship will be awarded to first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and desire to contribute to the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals. If chosen, Fellows will be accepted to O’Melveny’s paid summer associate program and receive up to US$10,000 to use for law school tuition and expenses

Read more and apply here

Due Jan. 31: Paid, Fair Housing Enforcement and Policy summer law clerks with the National Fair Housing Alliance

 

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The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is a national civil rights office, based in Washington, DC. NFHA serves as the trade association for a consortium of private, fair housing organizations from throughout the United States dedicated to promoting equal housing, lending, and insurance opportunities through enforcement, advocacy, training, and research. Founded in 1988, NFHA is the only national organization dedicated solely to the eradication of housing discrimination in the United States. NFHA pursues cutting-edge litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act, often utilizing testing-based evidence and working in partnership with its network of local fair housing centers, and files amicus briefs to promote sound fair housing jurisprudence.

The law clerks will assist with forwarding NFHA’s systemic investigations and enforcement efforts, including developing litigation and administrative complaints against entities engaged in providing, financing and/or building housing in a discriminatory manner. The law clerks will also assist with the technical support NFHA provides its member organizations on enforcement matters. Finally, the law clerks will assist with NFHA’s federal public policy advocacy, in coordination with legislative offices and federal agencies.

Learn more and apply here

Due Jan. 31: Executive Director, Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program

ccvlpApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Vancouver, WA based non-profit organization seeks Executive Director with prior management experience in non-profit realm. Focus for position is program development and fundraising, with some day-to day office management for a small, two employee office. Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors, and provide outreach to partnerships with other organizations in Clark County to increase program awareness through social media and networking. The Executive Director will work closely with attorneys and other legal professionals, but legal experience is not a prerequisite. This position requires flexibility, the ability to work with community partners, including advanced interpersonal and communication skills. Travel may be required, and occasionally require evening and weekend work.

Learn more and apply here

Due Feb. 10: World Bank Group Integrity Vice President internship 

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The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) offers qualified law students with funded summer-public-interest fellowships the opportunity to work in INT for a summer.

The World Bank Group (WBG) consists of five organizations, with 189 member countries, more than 10,000 employees, and over 100 offices around the world. Our mission is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, and boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in all developing countries. To achieve these goals, WBG-supported activities address a wide range of issues, from sustainable framing in Vietnam, to supporting social safety nets in Madagascar, to tackling both the causes and effects of climate change.

Learn more and apply here 

Due Feb. 15: Two-year human rights and justice fellowship with UT Austin

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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin, an interdisciplinary human rights center housed in the School of Law, seeks applications for a two-year residential fellowship beginning summer 2017. Applicants from all disciplines and countries are welcome to apply.

Seeking an academic or a practitioner who is either currently engaged in human rights research with an interest in labor or has experience in international labor rights. Additional familiarity with natural resource governance is an advantage. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for critical analysis of human rights issues and practices, particularly from a global perspective. Learn more here.

Apply here

Due Feb. 15: Paid summer fellowship working on justice techonology

atjApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

The ATJ Tech Fellows program provides law students a unique experiential opportunity to take part in a 10-week paid summer fellowship program, where they’ll spend their summer working on a range of innovative projects and initiatives aimed to improve our civil justice system.

At the intersection of access to justice and innovation, the ATJ Tech Fellows program integrates a part virtual curriculum with practical application, where fellows learn the varied use of technology in delivering legal services and other translational legal skills.

 

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer interns in a variety of fields

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Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects currently accepting summer interns. Our projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform.

Learn more and apply here

Reduce your financial burden! Scholarships available; ensure loan forgiveness eligibility

Due Jan. 13: Pride Foundation has $400,000 in scholarships available

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The Pride Foundation 2017 scholarship application for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and ally students is officially open!

Since 1990, Pride Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to support LGBTQ and ally students. There are more than 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete. Read the flier here.

Set yourself up for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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U.S. News recently published a report on the best way to ensure eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For example, to qualify there must be proof of employment for all 10 years.

“In less than a year – in September 2017 – the first borrowers will fulfill all the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and could receive the remainder of their eligible federal student loans forgiven, tax-free, as soon as October. While these borrowers are counting down the days and the required loan payments with anticipation, other borrowers may soon realize that the loans they’ve assumed would go away after 10 years may not have qualified for PSLF.” Read the full article here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Commends US DOJ for Supporting Seattle Anti-Criminalization of Homelessness Bill

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Press release originally published Oct. 14, 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

“The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is gratified that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter late Thursday affirming that Seattle Council Bill 118794 is ‘without question’ consistent with important constitutional principles. The Seattle Bill creates protections for unsheltered homeless people who are forced to live in public spaces, while also carving our sections of the city where encampments are not permitted. These important protections would help preserve the constitutional rights of people who experience homelessness and who are, too often, deprived of their civil, human, and constitutional rights.” Read the full press release here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Internship in Civil Legal Aid? Check Out Funding Opportunities with the Curtin Justice Fund

Will You be Working with Low-Income Communities this Summer Providing Civil Legal Aid Assistance? Looking for Some Summer Funding?

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PILA is not the only game in town! The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information and the application package, click here. 

Updated Inter-American Commission Report Reviews Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Standards

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By: International Justice Resource Center

Containing references to relevant IACHR’s merits decisions and thematic and country reports, judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), and provisions of regional instruments such as the American Convention on Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and Convention of Belém do Pará, the report is a comprehensive examination of the standards of the Inter-American human rights system. SeeIACHR, Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights(2015), para. 10.

The Commission welcomed reforms concerning gender equality and women’s rights in Member States and called on them to continue their efforts to improve the situation. However, it also stressed that in spite of these efforts, there are still numerous human rights problems women experience in the Americas, including various forms of violence against women, and discrimination across a wide range of rights and spheres. See id. at paras. 2-15.

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Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

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By: American Civil Liberties Union

The guidance was announced today, Dec. 15, 2015, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was a joint effort by the following offices in the Department of Justice: the Office on Violence Against Women, the Civil Rights Division, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Purpose of the Guidance: In partnership with law enforcement leaders and advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ issued the guidance to explain how gender bias can undermine police response to sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a set of principles that, when integrated into police policies, trainings, and practices, will help ensure that police efforts to keep victims safe and perpetrators accountable are not undermined by gender bias.

Today, DOJ issued ground-breaking guidance to law enforcement, aimed at combating gender discrimination in how police address domestic violence and sexual assault. The guidance explains how gender-biased policing is a significant civil rights issue. By issuing the guidance, DOJ is broadening the discussion about policing practices to include a focus on how women and LGBT individuals, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, can be impacted by discriminatory policing.

For the DOJ press release, click here.

For the Guidance, click here.

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls! Paid Internships Available with NHeLP and Center for Food Safety!

Attention Rising 3Ls! National Health Law Program Seeking Spitzer Summer Intern, Paid Position

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is pleased to announce the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of immediate past Executive Director Emily Spitzer.

NHeLP seeks rising 3L students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations.

Spitzer Interns will work closely with NHeLP staff attorneys who are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected health law advocates in the nation. NHeLP attorneys work collaboratively across offices and all engage in the primary work of the organization – providing high quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policy makers. All of our offices engage in federal administrative advocacy, litigation, and state-based advocacy, however opportunities to participate in litigation may be greater in our Carrboro, NC office, opportunities to work on California state policy may be greater in Los Angeles and opportunities to work on national policy may be greater in Washington, DC.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! The Consumer Protection Branch of the United States Department of Justice Seeks Legal Interns, Applications Reviewed on a Rolling Basis

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The Consumer Protection Branch is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer. Based in Washington, D.C., the Consumer Protection Branch leads the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce federal consumer protection statutes throughout the United States.

Legal interns works closely with trial attorneys on substantive assignments, including draft pleadings and motions; legal research projects and memos; trial preparation; and attend hearings and case meetings. Interns are assigned an Attorney Mentor in the office and have the opportunity to attend presentations by CPB attorneys about recent cases, in addition to Justice Departmentwide training programs and special intern events.

To apply, 2L and 3L students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to: CPB.lawintern@USDOJ.gov.

Include in the subject line of your message: “Law Intern Application – [Last Name]”

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for future terms welcome. Selected candidates must undergo a background investigation.

National Employment Law Project Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Neighborhood Legal Services Programs Seeking Staff Attorney for Housing and Community Redevelopment

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Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), a private, non-profit law firm that provides high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia, seeks a Staff Attorney who will focus on implementing a project to prevent loss of home ownership in DC’s Deanwood neighborhood. The Staff Attorney should have at least two years of housing law experience (law school clinical experience may count), be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, a creative and zealous lawyer and a team-player, committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities. This is a grant-funded project that currently is funded for one year.

For more information, click here.

Center for Food Safety Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position

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Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization that works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

CFS is seeking motivated law clerks interested in doing meaningful litigation and policy work on behalf of the public and the environment. Specific issues include, for example, genetic engineering, pesticides, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs, or factory farms), aquaculture, organics, and food labeling. Clerks’ responsibilities vary each year but typically include performing legal research, drafting pleadings, attending hearings, drafting comments and petitions to submit to administrative agencies, and supporting attorneys in litigation. Clerks are also expected to do minor administrative tasks as needed. Law clerks work closely with attorneys and staff, and are able to gain practical litigation and policy experience in a small nonprofit setting.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Center for Children’s Law and Policy in DC Seeking Academic Year Intern/Extern and 2016 Summer Legal Intern

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its summer internship program and academic year internships and externships. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems.  The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic justice, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane conditions in facilities that house children.

For more information about the academic internship/externship, click here.

For more information about the summer internship, click here.

HomeBase – Center for Common Concerns Seeking Legal Intern

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HomeBase is California’s public policy law firm on homelessness. Our purpose is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence and decrease its effect on communities. Our approach is two-fold:identifying and analyzing the causes of homelessness and developing and implementing long-term solutions that remove thesecauses. We work with service providers, local communities and public and non-profit sectors to implement these solutions. HomeBase has an available internship opportunity for a law studentinterested in homelessness, housing, and health care in a publicpolicy, non-profit and/or administrative law setting. This unpaid internship is a great opportunity for a law student interested in homelessness and housing in a public policy and/or administrative law framework. We work with local, state, and federal governmentsto impact regulations, funding, and programming related to the myriad of issues faced by persons experiencing homelessness. We provide technical assistance to local non-profit service providersactively addressing the needs of the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve. Our method is to collaborate with policymakers to create local strategic plans, develop appropriate implementation mechanisms, monitor progress and outcomes, andseek out best practices for replication.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Section of Litigation Now Accepting Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Applications

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 9. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2015, in accordance with NALP guidelines. 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, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

 

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! 2016-2017 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program Applications Now Available, Due 12/1

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Fired up about social justice issues like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, and how they intersect with reproductive rights and justice?  Want to get hands on training in federal or state law and policy and rub elbows with and learn from leading advocates in the field?

Then consider submitting an application for the 2016-17 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP). The program runs from the end of August 2016 through August 2017.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to help advance reproductive justice through law and policy. Fellows in our pilot RJ State Program will be matched with one of two joint placements: New Voices For Reproductive Justice & Women’s Law Project, in Pittsburgh, PA, or Legal Voice & Surge NW, in Seattle, WA.

For more information, click here.

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard Invites Applications for One-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship, Due 12/1

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The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of violence and non-violence. The call to arms and the politics of non-violent resistance are often represented as polarities. There are, however, many gray areas that define the dialectical relationship between violence and non-violence. The Mellon seminar, in which the postdoctoral fellows play a central role, explores a different dimension of the interrelationship between violence and non-violence—as disciplinary formation, historical event, ideological or ethical discourse—each year.

Following on the themes of war (2014-15) and everyday violence (2015-16), the seminar will focus on slow violence in 2016-17.

We intend to focus on practices and processes of violence involved in large-scale historical and political transformations. The ongoing, incremental processes of slow violence may be manifested in the degradation of social and economic structures, the violation of cultural forms and practices, and the fraying of ethical and political systems. Slow violence endangers the security and sustainability of the quality of life.

For more information, click here.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Seeks Fellowship Lawyer, Due 12/1

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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 2016. 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 Legal Department works on a wide range of litigation, policy, regulatory and legislative matters, and assists with organizing campaigns, corporate governance issues, and other AFL CIO initiatives. The Legal Department also administers the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, a national organization of union side attorneys, which issues various publications and holds educational conferences on a regular basis.

For more information, click here.

Need to Support Your Law School Education? Part-Time Paid Legal Assistant Position Now Open

Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance Seeking Director for 100% Talent, Position Open Until Filled

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The Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance have joined forces to launch 100% Talent, a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all. We’re now hiring a director who will be primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing this five-year initiative.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships and is primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Chamber’s 100% Talent Initiative. This five-year initiative, a joint project of the Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance, is a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all.

For more information, click here.

Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs Seeking PEB Hearings & Policy Coordinator, Position Open Until Filled

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The Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs is seeking an applicant to fill a hearings and policy coordinator position on a team that supports the Public Employees Benefits Division. Your rewarding work will include impacting the medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance benefits for many public employees, retirees, and their dependents throughout the state.

The PEB Hearing Representative represents HCA in complex cases at quasi-judicial administrative hearings before an HCA Presiding Officer or Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in a wide variety of case types ranging from public employee appeals of health benefit plans, self-insurance plans, COBRA, ERISA, and self-insurance health plans.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation, Position Open Until Filled

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Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team welcomes law students to apply for its Fall 2015 legal internship in its Washington, D.C. office. This internship will provide qualified applicants with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. asylum system, as well as practical experience in interviewing, case preparation, and direct client service skills. Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest and commitment to legal representation of asylum seekers, and wish to work directly with asylum seeking clients. Those selected for the internship will preferably be fluent in a relevant second language, but this is not a requirement for the position. This internship is unpaid and is part-time (minimum commitment of 2 days per week).

For more information, click here.

Law Office of Tim Leary, Criminal Defense Attorney Seeking Part-Time Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Position Open Until Filled

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This is a part-time position with flexible hours in a small, fast-paced, criminal defense law office.  The ideal candidate will have an exceptional telephone presence, strong organizational and computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and some writing experience in a professional environment.  The successful applicant will serve as the initial and primary point of contact for existing and potential clients as well as the lead in communications with court staff and other attorneys, so a mix of professionalism and empathy are a must.  We are looking for someone with a positive outlook, initiative and a desire to partner with the attorney.

Customer service and/or office experience is required.  A paralegal certificate would be nice, but don’t worry – we’ll train the right candidate.  To apply, please provide a resume with an e-mail denoting your interest to office@learydefense.com.

Compensation: DOE & Competitive
Medical Benefits
Monthly paid vacation and/or sick leave
Potential Bonuses depending on performance

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director of SPD Office of Professional Accountability, Position Open Until Filled 

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The City of Seattle is recruiting a Deputy Director for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). OPA, for employment purposes is considered within the Police Department, but is an independent office. This position reports to the OPA Director who reports directly to the Mayor. In the absence of the OPA Director, the Deputy will represent OPA. The Deputy will help manage the overall mission of the OPA and therefore is essential to its success. The Deputy will play a key role in the operational effectiveness of OPA, with responsibility for helping to meet OPA’s timeliness and transparency goals, including data input and collection, analysis of trends and timelines, compilation of information for public reports, social media presence, public presentation materials and responsiveness to participants. The Deputy will have primary responsibility for implementation of new programs. In collaboration with the OPA Director, the Deputy will play a highly visible and integral role in expanding the OPA community outreach programs and in the research, development and implementation of best practices in police accountability. The OPA Deputy will review case files in collaboration with the Director and serve as Civilian Acting Director as necessary.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Community Law Center Seeking Volunteer Student Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

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SCLC’s mission is to provided accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

The position will provide opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Staff and setting provide a fantastic place to further your education while impacting the community. Interns may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) of Seattle Seeking Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Position Open Until Filled

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs to manage and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners in Seattle.

For more information, click here.

Immigration Center for Women and Children Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) seeks a full-time staff attorney in our Oakland office. ICWC is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California.

The attorney will work with other attorneys and legal assistants. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct immigration legal services, outreach and education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

For more information, click here.

Homebase Center for Common Concerns Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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HomeBase, a non-profit public policy law firm focused on homelessness, seeks a full-time attorney to join our San Francisco-based team. HomeBase seeks an experienced individual who will work closely on site with staff in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally to support efforts to prevent and address homelessness.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting implementation of federal, state, and local programs to address homelessness, housing, and poverty.
  • Identifying the local gaps and assessing the needs of the homeless response system, and providing tailored content and processes to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
  • Guiding implementation of data-driven systems to measure performance, evaluate outcomes, identify cross-system usage trends, and develop policy solutions to address homelessness.
  • Training key stakeholders about best practices, program models, and regulations to educate and inform community-based decision-making processes.
  • Facilitating community-based strategic planning processes and engaging key stakeholders in efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Creating tools for local and national audiences, including curricula, manuals, user guides, and other training and resource materials.

For more information, click here.

Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP Seeking Junior Associate at Employment Litigation Firm, Due 8/31

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We have an immediate opening for a highly qualified junior associate to join our plaintiffs’ employment practice.  The associate will be responsible for managing individual plaintiff’s cases and will participate in local and national worker’s rights class actions. Between working together with our attorneys, managing cases with federal and state agencies and collaborating with top plaintiffs’ employment firms around the country, the associate will gain experience in the full scope of employment law.

For more information, click here.

Are You Interested in Business Law? Learn How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice!

Food For Thought on Privilege from the World Trust’s Summer of Justice & Racial Healing Series

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Spotlight on Business Law Pro Bono: How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice

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By Kimberly Lowe | ABA Dialogue

“Pro bono service has to become as much a part of our substantive efforts as corporate law, tax law, real estate law and all of the other aspects of law that form part of our business law practice.—Joseph Mullaney, General Counsel of Gillette Company

Business law lawyers often feel challenged to provide pro bono legal services within their legal practice area. In an effort to increase the number of pro bono volunteers, many pro bono organizations and professionals claim (and in some instances proclaim) how much business law lawyers grow when they “step out of their comfort zone” and tackle litigation-based pro bono cases. Most business law lawyers (myself included) take offense to the suggestion that we somehow need to grow. Instead of encouraging a business law lawyer to grow experientially through litigation based pro bono, we should encourage each business law lawyer to use his or her legal skills to meet the ethical obligations of ABA Model Rule 6.1, which encourages every lawyer to provide pro bono legal services to “persons of limited means or . . . charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means.” A business law lawyer need not depart from his or her practice area in order to meet this obligation. Assisting a client of limited means in obtaining economic justice (or a nonprofit organization assisting their clients to do the same) is just as laudable as battling on behalf of a client of limited means in a court of law.

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Opportunity for Service: WSBA Now Accepting Applications for Practice of Law Board, Due 8/21

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The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the Practice of Law Board. The Board was created by the Washington Supreme Court in 2001 and Reconstituted in July 2015. This Board will focus on:

  • Convening stakeholders to discuss the Practice of Law Board’s future and submit recommendations to the Court;
  • Educating the public about how to receive competent legal assistance; and
  • Considering new avenues for nonlawyers to provide legal and law-related services
  • Rendering Advisory Opinions
  • Referring non-frivolous complaints alleging unauthorized practice of law to appropriate authorities

The Court appoints members after considering nominations from the Practice of Law Board, the Board of Governors and other interested people and organizations. The Board has 13 members and at least four must be community representatives. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment to a second term. Lawyer members must be WSBA members on active status. Terms begin Oct. 1, 2015. The Board will have up to 11 openings, including at least three community representatives.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2015. Please apply only for the Practice of Law Board, as the deadline for other opportunities has passed.

Justice Department Condemns Local Criminalization of Homelessness, Files Brief in Case Against Boise, Idaho

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By National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty | Idaho Legal Aid Services

On August 6, 2015, the Department of Justice put enforcement power behind longstanding federal policy against criminalization of homelessness by filing a statement of interest brief in a case opposing a Boise, ID anti-camping ordinance brought by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) and Idaho Legal Aid Services, with the pro bono support of Latham & Watkins LLP.

The NLCHP case, filed in 2009, seeks to overturn a Boise ordinance which criminalizes sleeping in public, even when there are not enough shelter beds available to homeless individuals. Boise amended its ordinance in 2014 in response to the lawsuit, but continues to allow police to ticket homeless persons if any shelter beds are open, even if those beds are unavailable to individuals due to disability or religious objection, and although the total number of homeless people in Boise far exceeds the number of beds.

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Coming Full Circle

Krystal Koop Photo (c) Lindsey Yamada

By Kate Clark | The Daily UW

At the age of 12, Krystal Koop found herself living on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. An abusive relationship was the primary catalyst to her two years of homelessness. She couch-surfed, spent innumerable nights in shelters, and, on the good days, found refuge in a close friend’s home.

At 14, she got shingles — an extremely painful skin rash very rare among teenagers — from the stress and trauma she endured daily. It went untreated for weeks. She had no access to proper treatment or someone she could readily confide in. Eventually, her close friend’s mom, the one she spent many nights with, noticed her itching and squirming.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” the woman asked Koop.

“There were so many reasons why I couldn’t, didn’t say anything,” Koop said.

Continue reading here. Photo credit of Lindsey Yamada.

New government jobs, political opportunities, and more!

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice – Inclusion Officer

The Office of Equity and Social Justice, established in 2015, serves to: embed an equity lens in all decision-making processes and business and organizational practices; improve county community engagement and inclusion practices; lead and support regional efforts to advance equity and social justice; support equity and social justice capacity-building internally and externally through trainings and other efforts; promote accountability and organizational advancement towards equity.

The Inclusion Manager will lead the effective development of inclusive government practices, engagement with and among communities, strengthening of networks via communication and collaboration with internal and external partners to support both King County and community goals and priorities, improve interagency coordination and develop and implement tools county-wide. Particular focus is on residents who have historically lacked a strong voice and influence in local government, including communities of color, limited-English speaking populations and low-income residents. A major goal of this position will be to implement the next steps and recommendations advanced in the 2014 Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) Proviso Report. For additional information please visit our website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity. Success for this position will involve creating new and effective ways for King County to work with communities and advancing systems and policies to support historically under-served communities.

The Office of Equity and Social Justice values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. Please apply online at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs, or submit your resume with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to seth.watson@kingcounty.gov.  Call him at 206-477-5330 if you have additional questions regarding this opportunity.

BROOKYLN LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR HOUSING LAW UNIT

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Director for its Housing Law Unit. The Housing Law Unit preserves affordable housing for Brooklyn’s low-income communities by preventing evictions, collaborating with community based organizations, and commencing affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors that displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing. The Unit is expanding its anti-displacement advocacy, focused on supporting Brooklyn communities facing rapid gentrification. Recent affirmative cases and community projects include a Fair Housing case against a landlord with a record of harassing Black tenants, numerous cases that seek to maintain the affordability of buildings that received tax breaks, and a coordinated litigation campaign to protect rent regulated tenants in buildings in foreclosure.  Please see complete announcement attached.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “Housing Director” in the subject line of the email. For more information, please contact Meghan Faux, Acting Project Director, at mfaux@sbls.org or (718) 246-3276

City of Seattle -Special Advisor on Homelessness (Strategic Advisor 3)

The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking an experienced executive to serve as the Special Advisor on Homelessness with the Director’s Office. Reporting to the Director, this position will provide strategic leadership to the department and the city in efforts to align strategy and resources to address and end homelessness. This position will not directly provide operational management or oversight.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net, investing $99 million annually through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support the most vulnerable residents in the region.The Department works closely with its community partners, including other public and non-profit funders and services providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional service delivery system.

The Department’s work is carried out through resource planning, grant making, and direct services to ensure that youth are prepared for school and life, our community is safe, stable and self-reliant, and our community promotes healthy aging and lifestyles. The Special Advisor on Homelessness will engage in professional work in the planning, analysis and coordination of strategy related to the department’s work to address and end homelessness.  He/she will serve as a key advisor to senior officials, and/or make recommendations which help shape significant City policies or programs, and/or represent the City in strategic arenas, without having full accountability for managing resources to achieve specific outcomes.

For more information on the Human Services Department, please visit: www.seattle.gov/humanservices. Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the application process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION – SEIU LAW STUDENT PROGRAM INTERNS AND EXTERNS

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice. This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes.

 Law clerks and externs in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.

 Generally, law clerks and externsare assigned towork in the Legal Department in Washington, D.C. However, a full-time law clerk may be assigned to work at a field location. One or more of the summer clerks will be selected through the Peggy Browning Fund (www.peggybrowningfund.org).

 Law clerks are paid $22/hour. Externs receive credit from their law schools. We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and social change. The successful applicant will have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills. Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application.

 To apply for this opportunity include:

  • a cover letter that contains references
  • resume
  • short writing sample
  • law school grades

Submit all of the required materials at the same time.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOUNDATION (OAKLAND, CA) – 2015 Fall Legal Internship

ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the fall of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work. 

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample that is entirely your own work. Legal writing, such as a memo or a portion of a brief composed for an internship, is preferable to academic writing. To apply, please contact Nathaniel Kane at nkane@envirolaw.org. The position will be open until filled. No calls please.

 Due June 12: Political Director – Friends of Dow Constantine

Friends of Dow Constantine is the campaign organization for King County Executive Dow Constantine. In 2009, FODC prevailed in an 8-way, open-seat race for King County Executive, defeating Susan Hutchison in the general election, while raising $1.3 million. In 2013, FODC prevailed again, defeating Alan Lobdell by a margin of nearly 50 points, while raising nearly $1 million.

FODC is looking for a self-motivated, organized and focused full-time Political Director to manage FODC organizational responsibilities with the guidance of the candidate and senior advisors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and maintain a database of supporters. This includes donors as well as subscribers who receive emails from FODC;
  • With the guidance of senior advisors, and in cooperation with contracted fundraising firm, manage and coordinate fundraising activities, including scheduling events, email communications, adherence to monthly/quarterly goals;
  • Manage and coordinate outreach activities, including scheduling political events;
  • Draft communications to constituents and donors;
  • Staff Executive Constantine at certain events;
  • Represent Executive Constantine at events he cannot attend, but at which he wishes to have a FODC presence;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@dowconstantine.com by 5pm on Friday, June 12th.

Due July 17: THE KURLAND GROUP – Fall Internships 2015

The Kurland Group, a boutique LGBTQ civil rights law firm, is accepting applications for 2015 Fall Semester legal interns at its office in Manhattan.

Qualifications

Requirements include  (1) at least one year of law school completed, (2) excellent legal research and writing skills, and (3) dedication to providing legal services to the LGBTQ community.

Application Instructions:

Please send resume and cover letter by email to kagan@kurlandassociates.com with subject of email: “Fall Internship 2015.”

Contact Information:

Erica T. Kagan
kagan@kurlandassociates.com
160 Broadway
East Building – 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Application Deadline: 07/17/2015 – See more at: https://www.psjd.org/opportunitydetails?OppID=59626&SearchTypeID=2&Keyword=fall 2015&sortBy=PostDate&Search=Y#sthash.bed8QEk5.dpuf