Welcome to 2015 Jobs and Internships!

National Housing Law Project in San Francisco Seeks Summer Interns, Due 3/31/15

NHLPThe National Housing Law Project (NHLP) was established in 1968 as a housing law and advocacy center that promotes housing justice on behalf of low income people and underrepresented communities. Through high-impact litigation and national leadership in policy advocacy, NHLP has been a driving force behind many fundamental housing rights enjoyed by low-income homeowners and tenants.

NHLP seeks students for summer 2015 internships. Recent significant student work projects have included writing amicus curiae briefs; drafting testimony for Congressional hearings; submitting comments on proposed regulations; researching the impact of proposed housing legislation and regulations; drafting amendments to federal housing legislation; summarizing briefs in preparation for oral arguments; providing research assistance in drafting pleadings and motions; drafting portions of advocacy guides used by housing advocates across the country; and researching and writing articles for NHLP’s monthly Housing Law Bulletin.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates possess high-caliber research and writing skills; demonstrate a commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations; and demonstrate an ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Students will have an opportunity to develop a writing sample as part of their work. NHLP has successfully sponsored several of its interns for post-graduate fellowships.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/15/15

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Assignments include conducting legal research, client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings and policy meetings, developing “Know Your Rights” materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending state and federal bills.

Interested candidates should have strong interests in social justice, non-profit/public interest work, and be committed to the community.  Language skills are highly desired as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention Law Grads! University of Washington Seeks Deputy Title IX/ ADA Coordinator, JD Preferred, Due 1/12/15

UW LogoGrow and maintain a model Compliance Support Program to support all University of Washington academic and administrative units and coordinate compliance with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors in all areas covered by the relevant laws, regulations and best practices.

Under the general direction of the University’s Title IX/ADA Coordinator, this position’s primary role
involves ensuring that University of Washington programs and personnel comply with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors laws and regulations.  As a result, this position includes high-level compliance and coordination responsibilities relating to University-wide planning and monitoring, grievance processes, consulting and outreach, and information and reporting.  It requires an understanding of Title IX, ADA, safety of minors, and related regulations as well as the agencies that enforce those laws and regulations.   It also requires expertise in applying those laws and regulations within a university setting and to existing and emerging situations.

The Deputy Title IX/ADA Coordinator will have University-wide visibility and responsibility for
supporting Title IX, ADA and safety of minors awareness and compliance and will represent the
University in interactions with regulatory agencies. The scope of ADA responsibilities includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as student and public access to programs and facilities.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

NYPD Office of the Inspector General Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Due 2/13/15

NYPD-logoThe Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is a newly-created independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. The OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and sits within the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI).  For more information, click here.

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The position offers an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a new, high-profile environment.  Law interns & fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by the OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Law Grads! Washington AGO Seeks Assistant AG for Civil Rights Unit in Seattle, Due 1/23/15

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Duties: The Attorney General of Washington seeks an excellent, highly motivated and experienced Washington-licensed attorney to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Unit. The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies. While the position is located in Seattle, travel around the state is necessary and may include litigation duties throughout the state.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and bring experience litigating and advising clients, and should have excellent oral and written communication skills, produce consistently high quality work product, exercise excellent litigating judgment, value diversity and inclusion, and be an outstanding team player. The applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and public service. The applicant should have the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships within the AG’s Office, as well as externally, with state agency clients, legislators, local and federal agencies, the media, and community groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Seeks Client Advocate Summer Interns, 1/26/15

LA LGBT centerJOB SUMMARY: If you are a compassionate person willing to listen to others, committed to social justice, and seeking to end violence based on transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, the Legal Services Department seeks your assistance as an Intern Client Advocate. Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year. Summer intern positions are full-time with exposure to the entire Department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE: 1) Staff the phone lines; 2) Conduct client intakes and schedule attorney consultation appointments; 3) Provide crisis counseling and resource/referral assistance; 4) Participate in evening Legal Clinics 5) Assist in preparation of legal documents, including restraining orders and U- Visas; 6) Assist in development of trainings and workshops; 7) Assist with data collection and analysis.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Attention Law Grads Interested in International Women’s Human Rights! UN Women Seeks Legal Analyst, Due 1/7/15- Act Fast!

UN womenUN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser the Legal Analyst will provide legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, sub-regional and country offices, as required.

For full job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Breaking News! BIA Recognizes Domestic Violence as Basis for Asylum

Northwest Justice Project’s New Text Campaign Connects People to Legal Information

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The Northwest Justice Project is pleased to announce that we have recently launched a text campaign connecting individuals with legal information via their cell phone. Individuals who need a driver’s license for work and have a suspended driver’s license because of unpaid traffic fines, suspension due to a car accident while uninsured, or had one or more convictions for driving with a suspended license and still have unpaid fines even though the suspension period is over can text the keyword DRIVE to 877877. 

Click here to view the short video describing the campaign.

Breaking News! Highest U.S. Immigration Tribunal Recognizes Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum

By: Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

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The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) today issued a landmark ruling, Matter of A-R-C-G-, with the potential to affect immigrant women across the country. As CGRS has done with so many asylum cases based on domestic violence, we assisted the attorney in this case (Roy Petty) with briefing and strategy, and we filed an amicus brief in support of the client.

CGRS has pioneered this area of the law in two internationally known cases – starting with the case of Rody Alvarado, Matter of R-A-, and then in Matter of L-R-. CGRS Director Karen Musalo, working with her colleagues at CGRS, represented both women. In 2004, and again in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) set forth its position that women fleeing intimate partner violence can qualify for asylum and agreed to grants of asylum in R-A- and L-R-, respectively. These were important victories, signaling that these cases are viable, but they did not set precedent. Now, for the first time, we have binding precedent to support domestic violence survivors who seek protection in the United States.

Continue reading here.

CERD Issues Its Concluding Observations on the United States

By: Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

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The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued its Concluding Observations on U.S. compliance with the CERD treaty, reflecting many of the concerns raised by the delegation of U.S. civil and human rights groups that came to Geneva to testify.  We were especially pleased to see the strong recommendations (pp. 6-7) on U.S. housing and education policy (issues where PRRAC had submitted coalition comments).  Stay tuned for Megan Haberle’s report on the CERD review in the next Poverty & Race, and thanks to the U.S. Human Rights Network for coordinating a successful advocacy effort.

Click here for the full report.

Moldovan Legal Professionals Trained on Fighting High-Level Corruption

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By: American Bar Association

From May 4–10, six Moldovan legal professionals attended the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Institute’s second regional anti-corruption training with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). ABA ROLI also selected the Moldovan participants, including two prosecutors, a judge and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) trainer, who were accompanied by an ABA ROLI staff attorney. A total of 24 lawyers, including from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, attended the Prague workshop.

The interactive course addressed several aspects of investigating high-level corruption, including tracking money, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and presenting evidence. The training employed a case study, allowing participants to work in smaller groups to accomplish various tasks, such as identifying potential corrupt practices, developing an investigation plan, identifying and interviewing witnesses and defendants, analyzing financial data and presenting evidence in court.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: American Bar Association

Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

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By: Shaila Dewan, New York Times

Just after 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of the duplex apartment, holding a fluorescent orange eviction notice. The process was quick and efficient. A moving crew began to carry out the family’s possessions and stack them neatly at the curb. Celeste Wilson, the tenant, appeared on the front step in pajama pants.

Ms. Wilson, 36, explained that the family had missed a month of rent when her husband fell ill, so the landlady filed for eviction. Knowing they would be thrown out, the Wilsons had already found a new home, paying a double security deposit and an extra $300 because of the open eviction case.

“It’s the stability I worry about,” Ms. Wilson said, watching her five children trickle out into the yard that had been their playground for five years. “They’ve got to start off fresh, get new friends, new neighbors. It might not show now, but maybe later on in life.”

Continue reading herePhoto credit: Ben Brewer of the New York Times

Opportunity for Service! Northwest Justice Project Accepting Letters of Interest for Its Board of Directors

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By: WSBA Board of Governors

The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). There are three attorney positions open for three-year terms commencing January 2015 and ending in December 2017. Notice of BOG action will follow its November 2014 meeting.

The Northwest Justice Project is a 125-attorney statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout Washington. NJP is funded primarily by the State of Washington and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Legal Foundation of Washington. NJP’s 2014 budget is $22 million.

Board members play an active role in setting program policy, assuring adequate oversight of program operations, and must have a demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the delivery of high-quality civil legal services to low-income people.

NJP’s Board is a working board. Board members are expected to attend quarterly meetings in Seattle normally on the last Saturday of January, April, July, and October. Board members also serve actively on one or more standing committees. The Board typically holds a one-day annual Board retreat, which may be held in conjunction with an appropriate equal justice conference. Attorney Board members are expected to participate and support NJP efforts in legal community activities and limited resource development efforts. Travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

Openings in Migrant Rights, Housing Policy, Domestic Violence Advocacy, and Civil Legal Aid

REAP Seeking Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Extern for the Fall in Yakima, WA, Due 3/31

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REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, as well as the University of Idaho. This unique public service opportunity, offered only in the fall term, allows a cohort of law students to contribute valuable legal education and assistance to migrant and seasonal farm workers in Central Washington, while learning together about the workplace justice issues facing this most vulnerable group of immigrant workers. Students will participate in outreach to farm workers living in labor camps throughout Central Washington, as well as carry out research and writing in support of labor rights litigation and immigration cases at one of the placement legal assistance organizations. In the past few years, students have worked on sexual harassment litigation, class actions involving guest worker programs, and affirmative immigration applications and DACA pro se clinics for young immigrants.

For more information about the externship opportunity, visit Symplicity.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Inc. Seeking Housing Policy Intern in Illinois, Due 4/15

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Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is seeking a graduate student in law or public policy for a summer internship in its downtown Chicago office.  LCBH is the only legal-aid organization in the Chicago area that focuses exclusively on low and moderate income renters in the private housing market, providing free legal and supportive services to help truly disadvantaged renters defend against eviction, sub-standard living conditions, and address the special needs of renters living in foreclosed buildings. The LCBH holistic approach to services empowers clients to improve their lives and protect their families from homelessness and also strengthens communities by advocating for access to safe and affordable housing for all.

LCBH’s policy program endeavors to improve the access of low-income households to safe, accessible, affordable housing through original research and advocacy to bring about systemic change for housing justice. The policy intern will work directly with the Housing Policy Coordinator and the Legal Director to further LCBH’s policy and advocacy initiatives.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Full Time Attorney

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NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office that provides free civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers.  LegalHealth, a division of NYLAG is a medical-legal partnership that runs free legal clinics in hospitals and other community health facilities. LegalHealth also provides training to medical professionals to help them better understand the legal issues their patients encounter.

LegalHealth is expanding its network of hospital partners and seeks to hire one or more Staff Attorneys to work at hospital sites throughout New York City, including a VA Medical Center.

The attorneys will be responsible for staffing on-site legal clinics at these hospital partners, providing advice and representation in a wide range of legal issues affecting low-income, immigrant, and disabled client population.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Seeking DV Staff Attorney

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ELAP provides legal services to low income people on the Eastside and to survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. There are many low income individuals and families on the Eastside who need but cannot afford legal services. There are also many survivors of domestic violence in King County who need legal assistance from an attorney to protect them from the violence which threatens them and often their children. Volunteer attorneys, our staff DV attorney, and our paralegal provide the needed legal services through advice clinics, brief services appointments, workshops, and direct representation.

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by providing legal assistance to help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) serve low-income residents who are survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity as an ELAP DV Staff Attorney located on-site at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Legal Services Corporation Offering Paid Summer Internships in Washington, D.C., Position Open Until Filled

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, non-profit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

LSC is seeking Interns for several departments this summer. All positions are located in Washington, DC and all internships are paid. The internship will run from June to August 2014 with possible extension through the Fall 2014 semester.  The intern’s hours will be up to twenty (20) hours per week during the school year; up to thirty seven and one-half (37.5) hours per week during summer vacation and school breaks.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Northwest Justice Project Seeking Legal Intern for Veteran’s Project, Open Until Filled

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Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project seeks a summer law clerk in NJP’s Seattle Office.  The student law clerk will work with an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing civil legal aid to incarcerated veterans and veterans who are defendants in local veterans treatment courts.  Student law clerks will gain experience at Washington’s largest legal aid provider for low-income persons and develop skills in client interviewing, case management, and advocacy before the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Scheduling is flexible and a minimum commitment of ten 30 to 35 hour work weeks (or equivalent) is expected.  The position is unpaid.  Students may be eligible to seek summer funding under the AmeriCorps J.D. program or through PILA.  Students wishing to receive externship credit are also welcome.  1L’s and 2L’s can apply by sending a resume and 1-page cover letter to Leo Flor.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Marriage Equality Explained & Save the Date for Fall Housing & Food Conferences

Historic Win for LGBT Equality! US Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA & Restores Marriage Equality in CA: What Does this Mean? 

Legal VoiceWe know folks will have a lot of questions about the rulings and what they mean for LGBT couples in Washington. So please join Legal Voice next Tuesday, July 2 for a noontime discussion of the decisions.

The Marriage Rulings: Tuesday, July 2, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Paramount Theatre Lobby, 901 Pine Street, Seattle

Please RSVP to Michelle

Panelists will include Legal Voice staff attorney David Ward and attorneys from the Skellenger Bender law firm.

Save the Date! National Housing Conference, September 16-18, Atlanta

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At Solutions 2013, our national conference on state and local housing policy, you’ll have access to a wealth of workshops that will help you increase your effectiveness as a housing practitioner and advocate. Register here.  

Our four workshop tracksRestoring NeighborhoodsSolutions for Inclusive CommunitiesHow Housing Matters, and Housing Communications–will provide answers to some of the most pressing questions for state and local housing policy and practice today:

  • How can we bring our neighborhoods back from the housing crisis?
  • How can communities create and sustain affordable living options in areas of opportunity for a wide range of households?
  • How does stable, affordable housing help support other important social goals?
  • How can small organizations communicate effectively and strategically about the need for and benefits of affordable housing?

Learn more and register.

Attention Food Law Folks: Save the Date! Provender Alliance Natural Foods Conference October 2-4, Hood River

Provender_logo_600pxProvender Alliance, which began in 1977, is a non-profit membership organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest.

The Annual Provender Conference provides a fun, cooperative atmosphere for members to teach and learn from each other and to network about the heart & soul and nuts & bolts of natural products business in a nontrade show setting.

“Cultivating Change Through Intentional Relationships”

October 2-4, 2013 Hood River, OR, Confirmed Keynote: Wenonah Hauter, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Scholarships and work exchanges available for interested studetents. For more info click here.