DOJ Civil Rights Division hiring school-year externs

Due May 24: AGO hiring for Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 2: Texas Civil Rights Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017

The Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”) seeks a passionate, talented attorney based in our Austin, Texas office. While the position will focus on impact litigation and other advocacy on behalf of immigrants and their communities, the attorney will also be staffed on matters within TCRP’s Criminal Justice Reform and Voting Rights programs.

Apply and learn more here.

Opening June 28: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications

Application Deadline: Open from June 28 to Sept. 27, 2017

The 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will open June 28 and close September 27, giving law students more time to draft a standout application! Students should start to prepare for the 2018 Fellowship application now by reaching out to non-profit organizations they may want to partner with on an innovative proposal.

Check out where Fellows have been hosted in the past for some ideas, but keep in mind that any non-profit in the country is eligible! Please refer any non-profit organizations interested in hosting to Sarah Lilly at SLilly@equaljusticeworks.org for questions and assistance.

Read more and prep your application here.

Due June 30: Apply for a fall externship with SAM

Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

SAM is a nonprofit corporation operating three museum venues in Seattle. These locations are the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront, and the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA seeks Pro Bono Services Director

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

KCBA seeks a fulltime director to lead and manage the bar’s pro bono programs.  The director works to leverage and grow the commitment of the local bar to provide effective representation and counsel in targeted areas of legal need.  Areas of responsibility include management of KCBA’s existing pro bono programs; volunteer recruitment, mentoring, and oversight; and coordination of KCBA activities with local, state, and national pro bono networks.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Internship Opportunities in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

DOJ LogoApplication Deadlines: Deadlines differ based on which term

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Special Litigation Section is one of several sections in the Civil Rights Division. We work to protect civil rights in the following areas:

1) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs’ departments;
2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions;
3) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities;
4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system;
5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and
6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions.

Read more here.

API Chaya, Equal Justice Works partner organizations hiring student interns

Due May 12, paid: API Chaya hiring legal intern for fall and winter 

API Chaya LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
API Chaya hiring legal intern. The Legal Intern’s duties will include: Supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned.
The Intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors. Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization. This internship runs between September 2017 and June 2018. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to arpan@apichaya.org by May 12, 2017.

Due May 19: Legal Aid Society New York hiring for staff attorney for civil practice

Application Deadlines: Friday, May 19, 2017

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has an opening for a DV/Immigration staff attorney position in the Family/DV Project of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. The attorney must have at least three years’ experience in immigration law. The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. The DV/Immigration staff attorney is expected to represent clients in all five boroughs primarily in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, asylum applications, and T and U-visas, as well as represent clients in multiple venues, including Immigration, Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts. The attorney is required to work with Family/DV Project partners and community-based organizations in a city-wide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also be required to provide outreach at various off-site locations. The attorney will also actively participate in Citywide and Statewide committees and task forces on immigration and DV issues.

Apply and learn more here. 

Due May 24: KCBA Housing Justice Project hiring managing attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Applications sent in before Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will be given priority

Under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono Services (PBS), the Housing Justice Project (HJP) Managing Attorney is responsible for Housing Justice Project operations in Seattle and Kent, Washington. HJP is a court-based homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. The HJP program is a vital part of the Pro Bono Services programs, the largest provider of volunteer legal services in Washington State. The HJP Managing Attorney’s office is in Seattle, but frequent travel to Kent is necessary. This is a full time, 40 hour per week, exempt position.

The HJP Managing Attorney is responsible for program management which includes planning, organizing, operation, and evaluation of HJP.  The individual in this position works closely with Director of PBS on the development of HJP programs and establishment of program priorities. As a member of the PBS Leadership Team and a senior staff member of the King County Bar Association, the HJP Managing Attorney actively participates in departmental and organization planning and represents HJP, PBS and KCBA in the wider legal and social services community.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Justice Works organizations still hiring

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

If students are still looking for positions this summer, they should check out our list of over 100 organizations currently seeking candidates. There, we’ve prepared sample emails for the students to send to the organizations to inquire about the program and to get the details on each site’s enrollment process.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project hiring for Foreclosure Prevention Unit

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) has an exciting opportunity for an attorney admitted to practice in New York State to serve as a Staff Attorney in its Foreclosure Prevention Unit. Litigation experience and/or experience representing litigants in foreclosure matters is preferred but not required. Experience with low-income clients, and familiarity with public benefits, bankruptcy, consumer debt, and housing law is helpful but not required. We value strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing and computer skills. Fluency in another language besides English is helpful, but not required.

Apply and learn more here.

Staff attorney opportunities at the ACLU of WA, Fair Work Legal Center, Columbia Legal Services, and more

Due March 15: Fair Work Legal Center hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Close of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Learn more and apply here.

Due March 24: Columbia Legal Services hiring Statewide Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Due March 27: National Employment Law Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.

Apply and learn more here

 

Due March 31: Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: Summer internship with the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.

 E&C is responsible for handling enforcement actions against national banks, federal savings associations, and bank officers and employees, including large civil money penalties, suspensions and removals, temporary cease and desist orders, and other administrative enforcement actions. The Division also works closely with the Department of Justice and the other bank regulatory agencies on coordination of law enforcement efforts involving insured financial institutions. Typically E&C law clerks, working under the close supervision of attorneys, formulate and present enforcement recommendations, conduct legal research, draft memos, notices of charges and settlement documents.
 
Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: New York Legal Assistance Group summer internship positions

NYLAG LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Air Force JAG Corps 2017 summer internships available

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts.  This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.

Read more and apply here

Why we kept the electoral college; pro bono opportunity in housing law

TIME: The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Signing of the Constitution of the United States, with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the Constitutional Convention of 1787; oil painting on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. The painting is 20 by 30 feet and hangs in the United States Capitol building. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

The Signing of the Constitution of the United States, with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the Constitutional Convention of 1787; oil painting on canvas by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. The painting is 20 by 30 feet and hangs in the United States Capitol building. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists” published Nov. 8, 2016, updated Nov. 10, 2016, by TIME Magazine, written by Akhil Reed Amar. Illustration courtesy of TIME/Getty Images.

“Enter the 12th Amendment, which allowed each party to designate one candidate for president and a separate candidate for vice president. The amendment’s modifications of the electoral process transformed the Framers’ framework, enabling future presidential elections to be openly populist and partisan affairs featuring two competing tickets. It is the 12th Amendment’s Electoral College system, not the Philadelphia Framers’, that remains in place today. If the general citizenry’s lack of knowledge had been the real reason for the Electoral College, this problem was largely solved by 1800. So why wasn’t the entire Electoral College contraption scrapped at that point?

Standard civics-class accounts of the Electoral College rarely mention the real demon dooming direct national election in 1787 and 1803: slavery.” Read the full article here.

Due Jan. 1, Pro Bono Opportunity: Tenant Rights Bootcamp

be-seattleApplication Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Law students welcome to apply to Tenant Rights Bootcamp Group Leader, Be:Seattle Organizing

Group leaders will act as a point of information for groups of 5-20 tenants. Group leaders hear and answer basic questions relating to a tenants situation  (i.e. What is the best way to communicate with my landlord? How do I ask for a repair? Can my landlord lock me out or vice versa? Etc.) or refer them to a tenant advocacy organization if their situation requires legal assistance. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Please send a letter of interest to the contact email provided below to Devin Silvernail, devin@beseattle.com, 206-295-4192

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

Neighborhood Legal Services Program

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.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program, Due 10/19

Position: Volunteer Intern
Volunteers Needed: 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs; 1Ls (training now; volunteer work in January)
Time Commitment: 5 hours per week for the Fall and Winter Quarters (1 hour weekly staff meeting)
Location: William H. Gates Hall
Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the program.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
Contact: Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu

Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

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

Interested in Working in the Bay Area? Join CPSL For Its Annual San Francisco Visit

Attention Law Students Interested in Working in Bay Area! Join the CPSL for our Annual San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit.  RSVP By December 8

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2015 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our fourth annual San Francisco  Public Service Law City Visit for Friday, January 16, 2014.  On that day we will visit four public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Ella Baker Center, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the last several years UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest or public service law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public service lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by Monday, December 8 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Volunteer Opportunities with the WSBA Board of Governors, Due 12/30

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The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the following council and committees. Notice of BOG action will follow its January 2015 meeting.

  • Council on Public Legal Education — The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. This is a three-year term.
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee — The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. This is a three-year term.
  • Washington Pattern Forms Committee — The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms. This is a four-year term.

For more information on these opportunities, click here.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

President Obama Announces Sweeping Immigration Reform, Says His Plan Is Lawful

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

German and Lorenza Artiga

By Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Lorenza and German Artiga raised six children in a rent-controlled bungalow here, their only home since they moved from El Salvador 29 years ago.

So they were stunned this past summer when their landlord served them with eviction papers, claiming that their 12-year-old granddaughter Carolyn, whose mother was killed in a car crash in 2007, was an illegal occupant.

Up against a seasoned lawyer and bewildering paperwork, the couple, who speak little English and could never afford a lawyer, would very likely have been forced out of their home and the landlord could have raised the rent for new tenants.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

WSBA Pro Bono 101 Training: How To Be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, Free CLE

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As part of our goal to enhance a culture of service within the WSBA membership, we are pleased to offer free CLE courses to volunteer attorneys who participate in WSBA Public Service Programs and provide pro bono assistance in their communities.

We are excited to announce WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, a CLE that will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service. We had over 750 members join us on October 9th for the original webcast and we’re excited to provide this as an A/V CLE through our Public Service Trainings page.

Volunteers must be authenticated to view any Public Service Trainings. To be authenticated, volunteers will need to email publicservice@wsba.org and include their name, bar number, and the name of the Qualified Legal Service Provider they are currently working with.

Zeid urges restraint, and determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination in wake of U.S. Ferguson verdict

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By: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Geneva

“The Grand Jury’s decision not to charge a police officer who fatally shoot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to violent protests, including looting and arson. I urge all protestors to avoid violence and destruction in the wake of this decision, in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Brown’s parents and with the law. People have the right to express their dismay and their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s verdict, but not to cause harm to others, or to their property, in the process.

Without knowing the details of the evidence laid before the Missouri Grand Jury – which in turn depends on the quality of the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown – I am not, at this point, able to comment on whether or not the verdict conforms with international human rights law.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.

Continue reading here.

Full Time Staff Attorney Position Vacancies & Other Summer Opportunities!

UW Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters, Due 6/6

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The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall! The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Seeking Staff Attorney

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The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

In eviction and subsidy termination cases, clients first speak to our staff over the phone to have their case evaluated. Then they may be scheduled for an appointment. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal assistance ranging from self-help information to representation in court.

This position is responsible for providing legal services to low income households facing eviction, housing subsidy terminations or other barriers to securing suitable housing.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Northwest Justice Project Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney in Everett With 3+ Years Experience

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett regional office.

Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with a minimum of 3 years in family law, preferably in Washington State.  Experience preferred in one or more additional areas of law that particularly impact low income persons. Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking 2014 Immigration Detention Law Clerk

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center to challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.

A clerkship with the Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in the intersection of transgender law, immigrants’ rights, and anti-incarceration work. Clerks will receive close training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking Fall 2014 Legal Intern

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 2,200 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder.

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Adjunct Attorney in Its Children & Youth  Project in Olympia, 2+ Years Experience Required

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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 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 advocacy intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Columbia Legal Services seeks an attorney with experience in child welfare, education, or juvenile justice cases. The position is full-time and will be based in our Olympia office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Seattle office throughout the year. This is an adjunct, twelve-month position, with possible extension depending on funding. Job responsibilities include policy advocacy in the legislative and administrative forums, and litigation. Applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

Photo of activists rallying outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014, courtesy of Reuters and Jason Redmond.

By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.