Interested in Immigration Work? Fellowship Opportunities Available

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern, Due 11/7

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center’s state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

For complete details, click here.

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) Seeking Legal and Policy Intern for Spring 2015, Due 11/10

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The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes, and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. ICAR’s steering committee includes Amnesty International, EarthRights International, Global Witness, and Human Rights Watch.

ICAR seeks a bright and dedicated law student to work during the Spring 2015 semester in its Washington, DC office as a part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week, maximum of 20 hours per week), temporary (maximum of 11 weeks) intern on a number of corporate accountability and human rights initiatives.

For complete details, click here.

Snohomish County Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk/Bailiff, Due 11/12

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Provides administrative assistance to Superior Court Judges combined with the traditional function of bailiff.

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

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking Campus & Community Programs Coordinator, Due 11/13

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LSRJ is a nationwide network of law students, professors, and practitioners ensuring the future
of reproductive justice by educating, organizing, and supporting law students on over 90 campuses throughout the country. Mentoring and mobilizing a diverse group of new lawyers is an essential long-term strategy for building additional capacity, vision, and guidance for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ is the only student-centered organization training and mobilizing the next generation of judges, scholars, advocates, and elected officials to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.

The Campus & Community Programs Coordinator (CCPC) plays a central role in the overall success of the organization and has significant input into LSRJ’s evolving strategies and programming priorities. S/he works closely with various LSRJ stakeholders, including: members and alumni, staff and volunteers, and colleagues from allied organizations and coalitions.

For complete details, click here.

U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel Seeking Two Volunteer Law Interns in Washington, D.C., Due 11/14

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The Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce (OCC-IC), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, seeks two full or part- time volunteer law interns for Winter/Spring 2015.

OCC-IC provides legal advice and support to the International Trade Administration (ITA) on international trade, investment, export promotion and antitrust matters.  International Commerce attorneys work closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the State Department, other government agencies, and the private sector.  Our eleven attorneys primarily focus on: Multilateral and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements, Bringing Down Trade Barriers, and Promoting U.S. Exports.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps Now Accepting Applications

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The new Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of that program, and we are now recruiting fellows to begin by Dec. 1!

The Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of the new justice AmeriCorps program. Through this initiative, Equal Justice Works is partnering with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) to place 55 legal professionals – lawyers and paralegals – in 14 cities across the United States.

We have created a separate website, join justiceamericorps.org, with more details on this new initiative, including how to apply and how you can help support the Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps.  Applications accepted now.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Accepting Applications Now, Due 11/15

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting for its second class of Fellows. We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country, who will work at top New York City immigration agencies, expanding the quality and quantity of immigration legal representation for under-served immigrants. We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in IJC on a competitive basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though IJC will ultimately make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

For complete details, click here.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission Seeking Spring 2015 Intern, Due 11/17

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The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships. We are now seeking interns for December/January through May of 2015 (specific dates are flexible). GHRC, founded in 1982, monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change.

Because the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a small organization, interns are integral and involved in all aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions.

For complete details, click here.

Fried Frank Now Accepting Applications for MALDEF Fellowship, Due 11/30

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Fried Frank has created unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law by joining with two of the country’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The LDF and MALDEF fellowships each give an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows hold high-level positions on the staffs of both LDF and MALDEF.

For complete details, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Staff Attorney in Houston, New York/New Jersey

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The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 Houston Texas Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the Houston Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 Houston Texas Staff Attorney Job DescriptionThe Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.

2014 New York New Jersey Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York/New Jersey Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 NY NJ Staff Attorney Job Description: The Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.

Are You Interested in Defending Human Rights? Internship Opportunities Available

Disability Rights Washington Hiring Civil Rights Attorney, Due TODAY

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Disability Rights Washington (DRW) seeks two attorneys to advocate for people with mental illness in jails located in King County.  DRW is looking for one attorney with 3+ years experience and one entry-level attorney. 

Each attorney will spend a significant portion of his or her time monitoring one or two jails located in King County and educating inmates about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.  The attorney will also respond to allegations of abuse and neglect, develop and disseminate information and referral resources, and investigate systemic legal violations.  Each position will likely involve negotiation and collaboration with assigned jail(s), and may involve litigation.

For complete details, click here.

Brooklyn Defender Services Seeking Attorney to Work in Civil Justice Project’s Education Advocacy Unit, Due 10/30

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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 43,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-pacedsetting.

BDS’ Education Unit advocates for the educational rights of BDS’ clients in formal proceedings against the Department of Education, as well as informally and in collaboration with school officials. Frequently, the young clients BDS serves in family and criminal proceedings are “overage and under-credited,” and confronting obstacles to completing their education including, among other factors, special education needs, school suspensions, difficulty accessing alternative education options, and disruptions in education due to foster care placement, incarceration and homelessness.  We work with our young clients and their families to identify their educational goals and then provide the necessary representation and advocacy to remove the identified obstacles.

BDS has an immediate opening for an Education Staff Attorney to provide legal representation and informal advocacy to address the education needs of our criminal, family, and immigration defense clients.

For complete details, click here.

Department of Justice Offices Boards and Divisions Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 10/30

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The Civil Rights Division (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 Employment Litigation Section (ELS) enforces federal statutes and an executive order that prohibit employment discrimination. These statutes include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, which ELS enforces as to state and local government employers, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. 4312, which ELS enforces as to private, state and local government employers.

For complete details, click here.

Kendall Fellowship in Environmental Justice and Climate Policy, Due 10/31

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

For complete details, click here.

ACLU of Washington Seeking Temporary Legislative Session Aide, Due Before 11/1

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The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The Legislative Session Aide is part of the Policy Advocacy Group, which consists of legislative, field and policy staff who advance the ACLU-WA’s priorities at the state and local level and strategically involve ACLU-WA supporters in that effort.

The Legislative Session Aide will support the Legislative Director during the 2015 state legislative session in Olympia.  The Legislative Director is primarily in Olympia during the session and relies on the Session Aide, who works in our Seattle office, for managing scheduling, bill analysis and tracking, and other important support work.  The Session Aide also works within a closely coordinated four-person team consisting of the Legislative Director, Legislative Associate (who primarily lobbies in Olympia along with the Legislative Director) and Policy Advocacy Group Assistant (based in Seattle).  This is a full-time, temporary position which begins as soon as possible in November, and continues through the conclusion of the 2015 legislative session, currently slated for late April.

For complete details, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Anti-Trafficking Campaign Legal Intern, Due 11/14

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The Anti-Trafficking Campaign Legal Intern will support Human Rights First’s work researching the legal framework of human trafficking, particularly in the areas of criminal, labor, and international law. The Intern will work closely with team members to advance program goals and strategic objectives. The start date for this position January 20,2015. It may be either a part or full time position and will run through May 2015.

Please apply through Careers Human Rights.

For complete details, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Seeking International Human Rights Intern, Due 11/14

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between January and May 2015 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete details, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney for Its Institutions Project, Requires 3+ Years Litigation Experience

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The Institutions Project (IP) is seeking a full-time attorney with a minimum of three years of litigation experience. IP is an advocacy team consisting of five attorneys, a paralegal, and two legal assistants. IP engages in systemic advocacy for individuals and groups, in collaboration with other programs and the private bar, on behalf of people in facilities for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, and adult and juvenile state and local correctional facilities throughout Washington. IP systemic advocacy has focused on cases that have a broad impact on solving the most critical issues of clients in institutions, including class actions, legislative representation and other policy advocacy on behalf of clients.

For complete details, click here.

King County Superior Court Seeking On-Call Bailiffs, Paid Position

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Temporary, at-will employee who is employed at the pleasure of the hiring authority, King County Superior Court. The position is short term in duration, 910 hours or less in a calendar year. Work is sporadic and not guaranteed. Employee will cover in court for absent bailiffs when they are on leave.

Duties: Assist the assigned judge, act as a liaison between the court and other agencies, jurisdictions, jurors observers, court staff visitors and the general public. Handle sensitive, confidential and potentially volatile situations. Maintain database of case management. Ensures confidential and direct support to facilitate the operation of the Court.

Skills required: Ability to work in high pressure environment in a calm, professional manner. Ability to maintain confidential information on matters before the court. Skill in organizational techniques including prioritizing multiple tasks while adapting to frequent and sudden changes in workload demand. Must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Rate of pay is $27.61 per hour, with 40 hours of paid training provided prior to assignments. This on-call position is not benefits eligible.

There are two positions that are open immediately. Please email Heiti Milnor-Lewis and/or Sandra Ogilvie with a resume.

Children’s Law Center of California Seeking Contract Attorney in Dependency Law

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Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) represents children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned that come under the protection of either the Los Angeles or Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency Court systems. Children’s Law Center was created by the Superior Court in 1990 to serve as appointed counsel for these Los Angeles youth. In July of 2011 we opened our doors in Sacramento County and now serve as appointed counsel for all abused and neglected children in both Los Angeles and Sacramento counties.

CLC seeks to hire a contract attorney in dependency law.

For complete details, click here.

Interested in Working for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights? Applications Open Now for 2015 Fellowship!

National Immigration Forum Seeking Policy and Advocacy Intern in Washington DC

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We are hiring interns to assist us with research, analysis, drafting of written materials, and monitoring activities of the executive and legislative branches of government on immigration issues. The National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.  For over 30 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.

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

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Offering 2015 Romulo Gallegos Fellowship, Due 10/29

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is pleased to inform about the launching of a new automatized system to apply for fellowships, which as of today is the only means of presenting applications. The goal of this new digital system is to facilitate and streamline processes, to the benefit of all involved parties.

The Commission appreciates the cooperation and support of all users in the current process of modernization and digitalization of our systems.

For more information about the fellowship, click here.  Deadline 10/29.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council Seeking 2014-2015 Housing Fellow, Due 10/31

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At the present time, PRRAC’s work is focused in the areas of housing, education, environmental justice, and domestic human rights, with a particular emphasis on the continuing consequences of historical patterns of housing segregation and development.

In addition to national-level law and policy research and advocacy, we are engaged in local technical assistance work in Baltimore and Hartford, in support of regional desegregation cases filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. PRRAC is also working to support the development of a regional housing mobility program in the Philadelphia area.

The incoming Fellow will focus on our housing, community development, and environmental justice portfolios. The position is based in Washington, D.C. , and the fellowship term will run through summer 2015 (beginning and end dates negotiable).

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

Environmental Law Foundation Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Oakland, CA

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a full-time basis during the summer of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we are looking for someone who is 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.

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

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Spitzer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is excited to accept applications for the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of immediate past Executive Director Emily Spitzer. NHeLP seeks up to three law students to participate in the program, with the paid positions divided among offices in Washington, DC, Carrboro, NC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Potential Spitzer interns are rising 2L or 3L students, with 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 work collaboratively across offices and engage in the primary work of the organization–providing high-quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policymakers.

For more information, click here.

Urban Justice Center Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Community Development Project, Due 1/9/15

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The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns who are interested in working with us during the Summer of 2015 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues. The main types of substantive areas in which we work include:  housing; workers’ rights; consumer justice; and transactional legal services (e.g. legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives). By providing legal support in these substantive areas, our mission is to advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice.

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

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2015 Law Clerk, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Through 1/30/15

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2015.

Job duties will entail researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefs, participating in meetings with clients and attorneys, developing prospective cases, and attending depositions, hearings, and mediations.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to work in public interest law, have strong research and writing skills, and will be in their second year of law school.

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

 

Need A Good Laugh? Join SCLC For Its Annual Comedy Fundraiser!

October 18-30: Social Justice Film Festival

Preempting Dissent

UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

October 20: Civil Liberties Post 9/11 – Criminalizing Activism

Join us for a night of film and discussion to explore how post-9/11 protest policing and laws challenge the civil liberties of activists and citizens. Watch the movie Preempting Dissent, followed by a discussion with journalist Will Potter. Potter focuses on animal rights and environmental movements and will speak about the shocking movement to criminalize non-violent protest.

Schedule:
7:30 pm – Screening of Preempting Dissent
8:30 pm – A Conversation with Will Potter

Cost:
Suggested Donation of $5

Click here to buy tickets.  Click here for more information.

October 18: Film Screening of Documented with Jose Antonio Vargas

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Doors at 5:30
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King Street, Seattle
RSVP is required: click here.

Please join us for a screening of the film: “Documented”, by Filipino undocumented American filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

This is an excellent film and we’re thrilled that Jose will be joining us in-person for Q&A panel, joined by Jill Mangaliman of Gabriela Seattle.

The event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Filipino American community as a part of the Carlos Bulosan Centennial Celebration.

October 20: Global Mondays Lecture – “Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle”

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Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
12:30-1:20
William H. Gates Hall, RM 117
*Lunch served*

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

October 30: U-Visa Certification Program at the US Department of Labor

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U-VISA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM at the U.S. Department of Labor

INFO SESSION // Meet and Greet
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
300 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
11th Floor, Room 1125

Jennifer Tse, the Western Region U-Visa Coordinator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor will be here to share information about the U-Visa and the Department’s certification process and protocols.

Jennifer Tse is the U Visa Coordinator for the Western Region in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Her region covers eight states and three U.S. territories, including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.  In her position as the U Visa Coordinator, she works with exploited workers and makes recommendations whether to certify immigrant victims of labor crimes for immigration relief.  Of the labor crimes, she works especially with victims of trafficking crimes.  Prior to her position with the Department of Labor, Jennifer was an attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta.  She worked both as an immigration attorney and in litigation primarily involving class-action labor trafficking, workers’ rights, and civil rights cases. She has provided technical legal support and trainings related to immigration relief on behalf of victims of human trafficking, including U and T visas, to federal government officials, national civil rights organizations, advocates, and private firm attorneys.  She is also a member of the White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders’ Regional Interagency Working Group for Region IX.  A California native, Jennifer received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. from UCLA.

November 5: 4th Annual LOL for SCLC Comedy Fundraiser!

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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
6:30-8:30 PM
Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle

The Seattle Community Law Center provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. Simply put, SCLC helps break the cycle of homelessness. Seattle has the highest population of people in Washington living with disabilities that need help with legal problems.  If we want a strong safety net to ensure all people can achieve economic and medical stability, we all have to do our part.

Join us in celebrating and supporting the great work of the Seattle Community Law Center and share a few good laughs at our upcoming 4thAnnual Comedy Fundraiser LOL for SCLC comedy event on Wednesday, November 5th! The show starts at 6:30 and will end around 8:30.  It will be held at Parlor Live! Comedy Club in Downtown Seattle.  Pat Cashman [Almost Live!] and his son Chris Cashman [the 206] will be hosting this event.

Attendance at the event is free this year, and the suggested donation is $100 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please see the RSVP here and join us for a few laughs, raffle items, great company, and of course to support a good cause. Bring your friends-You can RSVP for them too!

June 12-14: Save the Date for the Access to Justice Conference in Wenatchee, WA

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The Access to Justice Board and our Conference Co-Chairs, Hon. Ann Schindler and Colleen Kinerk, are pleased to announce that the Washington State Access to Justice Conference is back by popular demand!  Please mark your calendars for three days of community, skills and leadership development in sunny Wenatchee and look for registration materials in early April.

If you would like to be involved in the conference planning or have questions or comments, please contact Terra Nevitt, Access to Justice Board Manager at terran@wsba.org.

Interested in Lawyering in the Tropics? Staff Attorney Position in Micronesia!

Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Seeking Staff Attorney to Serve in the Office of Legislative Counsel

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The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is seeking a staff attorney to work in the Office of the Legislative Counsel.  The Federated States of Micronesia is an island national located in the Western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator.  The nation’s lush tropical foliage, coral reefs, and sparkling lagoons make it one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Its capital is located on the island of Pohnpei. More information on the FSM can be found at the FSM Visitor’s Board website at http://www.visit-micronesia.fm

The official website of the FSM Congress is at www.fsmcongress.fm

The responsibilities of a staff attorney include drafting legislation, legal research, providing advice to members of Congress, and working with the Executive Branch of the government on legislative matters.  The work is diverse, ranging from tax and budget legislation to fundamental issues of national social policy.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  Photo courtesy of Kevin Davidson.

Northwest Justice Project Seeking Winter/Spring Semester Intern/Extern in Its Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team

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Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, develop training materials for staff and clients, work on outreach to minority communities, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the team.

The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team addresses the impacts of foreclosures on individuals and communities. The team deals with a variety of issues, including, among others, (1) situations in which lenders or foreclosure sale purchasers fail to honor the rights of homeowners and tenants in homes that are being foreclosed; (2) vulnerable homeowners and tenants who need assistance with the transition to new housing; (3) scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; (4) predatory purchase and sale agreements; (5) neighborhood blight; and (6) promoting occupation of foreclosed homes.

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

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

International Justice Project Seeking Law & Policy Intern

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The intern will research international criminal law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law to assist with the legal representation of clients at the International Criminal Court. Intern duties will also include compiling personal data, completing individual Standard Application Forms of Darfurian victims for participatory rights in ICC Proceedings, and monitoring and analyzing current legal and political developments pertaining to our cases.

Additionally, s/he will assist in drafting public statements related to our advocacy efforts. S/he may also be involved with tasks associated with fundraising, marketing, and outreach through social media.

Please note, this internship position is only open to current law students or recent law graduates.

Preferred qualifications:

1. Knowledge of international law, human rights law, international criminal law, or a related field.
2. Proven ability to work cross-culturally, especially with victims of trauma and/or mass atrocities.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to ijp@internationaljusticeproject.com with “Law and Policy Internship” in the subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here for more information. Photo credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNAMID

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Public Defender Service for DC Accepting Applications for OCI, Due 9/11

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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.

Trial attorneys are responsible for providing outstanding oral and written advocacy in their individual cases and for working effectively with forensic workers, investigators and other specialists to achieve each client’s desired outcome.

We will be interviewing 2L’s and 3L’s for summer law clerk and attorney positions.  The summer law clerks are unpaid, but it mostly depends on the PDS’ budget.  The 3Ls are permanent paid positions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Symplicity.

Position Opening for Assistant Director Academic Outreach & Development at the UCLA School of Law

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Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director works to develop, implement and administer a wide variety of outreach initiatives. The Assistant Director helps to leverage the resources of a major research university to strengthen the student preparation pipeline in traditionally underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and schools. This includes the nationally renowned Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the legal profession. The Assistant Director creates new programs and systems to address currently unmet needs and evaluates and improves existing initiatives, including an expanded array of development initiatives. Additionally, the Assistant Director assists in identifying and disseminating best practices in the academic preparation, retention, success and promotion of underserved populations.

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

Attention Recent Law School Graduates or 3Ls! 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship Opportunity for the Human Rights Watch / American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Due 10/15

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU created the fellowship in 2002 with generous funding from the Open Society Institute to honor the legacy of Aryeh Neier. As executive director of the ACLU and then of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier helped develop both organizations into powerful forces for justice and human rights.

A special committee from both organizations will select the fellow, who will begin the two-year fellowship in the fall of 2015. He or she will most likely be placed in the New York City offices of Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, spending a year at each; however, the fellow should be open to placement in the organizations’ offices in other locations in the US.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Human Rights, Justice, and Public Interest Related Announcements

Hunger Strike at Tacoma’s Immigration Detention Center Enters Day Four

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By Alexis Krell, The News Tribune

Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center was working Monday to determine how many of its 1,300 detainees were on a hunger strike, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The agency said 130 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tideflats declined meals as of lunchtime and indicated they were striking, compared to 330 Sunday. Supporters said about 1,200 detainees started the strike Friday in protest of deportations, and in demand of better food, treatment by guards and working conditions at the center.

Continue reading herePhoto courtesy of the Associated Press and Ted S. Warren.

Washington State Ranks High on Justice Index

By: Cardozo Law School, The Justice Index

The Justice Index is a snapshot of the degree to which best practices for ensuring access to the civil and criminal justice systems have been adopted across the country. This aggregate map gives a summary view of the national and state-by-state commitment to providing access to the civil and criminal courts for some of our most vulnerable populations.

For complete information and details on the Justice Index’s findings, click here.

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Leitner Center at Fordham Law School Offers New Summer Human Rights Program, July 28 – Aug. 8

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The Leitner Center is organizing a new program this year — the 2014 Summer Human Rights Institute at Fordham Law School. The Institute is a two-week certificate program that will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of human rights law. The course, this year held from July 28 to August 8, will include practice-based examples for lawyers and other professionals working in a range of fields. The course will be taught by professors from Fordham Law School, and will be a rigorous program with daily lectures and workshops. The program will provide an overview of international law as well as focused subject lectures and workshops. It will also include fieldwork and discussions with attorneys practicing international law in New York, in governments, and with non-governmental organizations.

The program is suitable both for recent graduates from undergraduate programs as well as advanced degrees, advanced professionals, as well as people working in international law, development, and business. The course is open to students from around the world. The Leitner Center will work with students to obtain necessary visas and other paperwork.

For inquiries about the program, contact the Leitner Center here.

PILA Grants Application Now Available, Due 4/3

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The PILA grant application is now available!  PILA provides $5,000 and $2,500 grants to fund students’ public service projects. Students may use their grant this summer or any quarter in the 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have already completed 5 volunteer hours for PILA.

The application can be accessed hereThere is a binder of past PILA grant applications in the Career Services Office (Room 346) that applicants may look at for guidance and inspiration.

Applications are due to Academic Services (Room 361) by 4:30PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the grants process, please contact PILA Grants Coordinator Tori Ainsworth.

Attention 1Ls!  Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color Due THIS FRIDAY, 3/15

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color. This year, we will again offer awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interview season during their second year of law school. Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

For additional information on the Fellowships, please click here.

U.S. Justice Gap is Under International Scrutiny – Op-Ed

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By Risa E. Kaufman, The National Law Journal

The United States will be reviewed on March 13 and 14 for how it is meeting its commitments under this core human rights treaty. Concerned with the civil justice gap in the United States, the U.N. committee of human rights experts conducting the review has put squarely on the agenda the question of what steps this country has taken to improve legal representation in civil proceedings for litigants belonging to racial, ethnic and national minorities, and for victims of domestic violence.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of Alandj / iStockphoto.com. UN European HQ in Geneva

Looking to Fund Your Summer Doing Public Service Work? Apply for the Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications

Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender for DC Announces 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, Due TODAY

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The Black Law Students Association Alumni Committee of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2014 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by Superior Court judges.

The Institute will be held March 10 – March 14, 2014.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging. To apply, students must be a member of the school’s Black Law Students Association and commit to the entire program.

Students should submit their applications electronically by clicking here. For more information about PDS, click here.  The deadline to submit  applications is Friday, February 26, 2014.

2014 Labor & Employment Summer Grant Applications Now Available, Due 4/3

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Do you have an unpaid summer internship lined up with a government agency or non-profit organization working on labor and/or employment law issues? Wondering how you can fund your summer doing  this public service work?

The Labor and Employment Law sections of the King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association are dedicated to educating future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. They sponsor two $6000 summer grants to give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law in King County and Washington State respectively. Applications including letters of recommendation are due no later than Thursday, April 3. Download the KCBA application here. Download the WSBA application here. For more information please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law.

Click here to download the WSBA Summer Grant Application information.

Click here to download the KCBA Summer Grant Application information.

Honoring Justice Tom Chambers in Special Edition of Trial News

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In honor of Justice Tom Chambers – Trial News published a special edition of Trial News this month.  It is on-line – below are instructions on how to access the paper.

The February issue of Trial News is now viewable online here.  If you would like to read Trial News offline you can use the Free App – FLIPEXPLORER – it can be used to download or transfer the publication into iPad/iPhone/iPod and Android for offline reading.

The Opportunity Agenda Publishes Report on Human Rights in State Courts 2014

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The Opportunity Agenda and the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy of Northeastern University School of Law has released a new report, Human Rights in State Courts 2014. The report reviews state court decisions and Attorneys General opinions interpreting human rights treaties, laws, and standards.

Since the last version of this report was released in 2011, litigants have continued to use international human rights law in their arguments before state courts. In fact, the range of cases in which international law arguments are offered seems to have increased, now encompassing environmental claims, tort cases, and guardianship matters. Many of these arguments have been cursorily dismissed, with a few courts and individual judges staking out their opposition to the application of international human rights law. However, some state courts have considered and affirmatively used international law as persuasive authority for the interpretation of state constitutions, statutes, and common law. Further, individual judges regularly draw on human rights norms in concurring or dissenting opinions.

Read the complete report here.

Become a F.I.H.R.E. Starter! Apply to USHRN’s Human Rights Education Program, Due 3/14

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As the U.S. human rights movement grows, so does the need for accessible, strategically-focused human rights education to ignite change. The goal of the USHRN Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (F.I.H.R.E) Program is to do just that. A re-launch of our Summer Training Institute, FIHRE aims to place the tools of a people-centered human rights framework in the arsenal of human rights defenders to ensure coordinated, strategic, and holistic growth to the movement.

For complete application details, click here.

Center for Women & Democracy Offers Its Leadership Institute from June 24-28 This Year at SU, Applications Due 4/1

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Center for Women & Democracy’s signature program – our Leadership Institute – will take place this year from June 24th to 28th at Seattle University. This week-long program offers a format built for women, by women and for women, training them to lead wherever they land. From knowing how to handle money and negotiating for better wages, to listening & leading skills, to appreciating cultural diversity, to achieving balance in your life, this celebrated curriculum also features the best women: elected leaders, professional business women, non-profit geniuses, young entrepreneurs, and women succeeding in all aspects of life.

The Center underwrites all but $275 per person for this five-day experience, including all food, housing, trainings, events & materials. This program draws applicants from all over the world and has graduated more than 400 very impressive women who have gone on to become successful leaders, international scholars, elected officials, and innovative business entrepreneurs. Some of these accomplished young women return to the program year after year to mentor the new class.

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Calling for Volunteers! UW Offering Its First Law Academy for Diverse High School Students

Friday, March 14, 2014
UW Law School, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to participate in our first UW Law Academy! 

With the help of the UW Office of Minority Affairs, Rise UP/GEAR UP! and DiscoverLaw.org, the UW School of Law is inviting diverse high school students from around the State to spend the day at the law school.  We hope to inspire students to really consider pursuing a legal education and career by introducing them to judges, attorneys, and law students.

We need attorney/professor/judge/law student volunteers to help make this a great experience for our high school guests.  Please RSVP at Lisa Castilleja  ASAP.  Let her know if you would like to attend the morning or afternoon session, either session +the luncheon, or stay with us for the entire day.  Please feel free to forward the invitation to your colleagues (Walk-ins Welcome!).

Proposed schedule:
10:00-10:20 am: Check in/Registration/
10:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, WA Supreme Court
11:00 am-1200 pm: Overview and Action Plan (from High School to Law School): Sehee Thomas, Associate Director of Admissions/Lisa Castilleja, Assistant Director, CPLD
12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch & Learn;
1:15- 1:30 pm: Break
1:30pm-2:45 pm: Street Law Programming/Mock Trial
2:45pm-3pm: Closing  Remarks

Attention Law Students! This is a great networking opportunity!
Law student volunteers are especially needed to help with the mock trial portion of the program which includes the lunch & learn and then partnering with the volunteer attorneys on the mock trial.

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