Attention Post Grads! Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Opportunity Available Now!

Open Justice Society Initiative Seeking Fall Interns, Due 8/27

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2015-2016 for Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders, Certificates Testifying Intermediate-Advanced Level Spanish Required, Due 8/31

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The objective of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-american system of human rights in the are of human rights defenders.  The position starts from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The fellow will provide support to the work of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the ES/IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

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American Civil Liberties Union in New York Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Interns

ACLU LogoFall 2015 Legal Internship Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project, Position Open Until Filled

Founded in 1986, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) & AIDS Project is a division of the national office of the ACLU.  It is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief.  The Center for Liberty is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015.  A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

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Fall 2015 Legal Internship, ACLUF, Reproductive Freedom Project, NY, Position Open Until Filled 

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a part-time legal intern for the Fall of 2015. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

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American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Staff Attorney for Reproductive Freedom Project, Position Open Until Filled

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all.

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, racial justice, and LGBT rights.  In addition, the Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.  The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.

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Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) Seeking Equal Justice Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

ILAS Logo Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is seeking an innovative, creative and exceptional advocate who shares a commitment to equal justice and the delivery of high quality impact advocacy on behalf of low income clients and their communities. The advocate will identify issues and develop strategies to address systemic issues involving civil rights, housing, public benefits, Indian law, farm worker protection and other issues. The advocate will investigate and assess potential cases and develop case plans, tactics, and strategies to litigate cases in federal and state courts. The advocate will work closely with ILAS’s Associate Director who has 37 years of experience in public interest litigation.

Submit: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

Candidates should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, problem-solving, research, writing, and public speaking skills, and the ability to carry a varied caseload. Demonstrated litigation experience is important. A passionate commitment to the low income client community is essential. Initiative as well as ability to work as part of a team is also valuable. Current Bar admission is not a requirement and reciprocity is available.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Seeking Fall Law Clerk, Due 8/31

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”) advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, impact litigation, and policy advocacy legal strategies.

Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one or more of our issue areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.

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Governor Jay Inslee Seeking Interested and Qualified WSBA Members to Fill Judicial Vacancy in King County Superior Court, Due 8/31

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To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the King County Bar Association and statewide minority bar associations.

All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by Aug. 31, 2015, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible. If you have previously submitted an application to the General Counsel and would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest along with any updates/supplemental materials to your application.

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American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court Seeking Associate Legal Officer, Due 8/31

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The Coalition for the International Criminal Court seeks an Associate Legal Officer for its international secretariat in The Hague. The Associate Legal Officer will provide general legal support and coordination for CICC programs through legal research and analysis of issues related to international criminal law, law of international organizations, public international law and comparative law, and will provide coordination and advice on legal and institutional issues relating to the functioning of the ICC. The position is directly supervised by the Head of the CICC The Hague Office, under the overall direction by the CICC Convener and in close coordination with the members of the Legal Section and other CICC sections. The position is on a temporary basis to fill a secondment, and will start as soon as possible.

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Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! The Arbitration Counsel Seeks Full-Time Intern (4 Month Commitment), Due 8/31

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The Arbitration Council (AC) is a national, independent institution with quasi-judicial authority established under the Labour Law 1997 of Cambodia.  The AC is empowered to assist employers and employees in resolving labour disputes by conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

The Legal Intern will have an opportunity to gain experience in a professional legal setting within a unique organisation.  Applicants should be either recent university graduates (having graduated from university within the last 12 months) or students undertaking university studies in the field of law from year 3.

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J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, UW Application Deadline 9/9

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The University of Washington application deadline is September 9, 2015; UW alumni are encouraged to apply through the University here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

Successful applicants must be young professionals who have a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and the ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows will have the opportunity to use their subject area expertise, language fluency, and other skills, such as IT proficiency, during the program to support the achievement of host institution goals. Responsibilities will be finalized after the placement is made. Participants will also be expected to carry out an academic component, such as an independent research project or related coursework. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships are available to:  African Union, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine.

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

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

By World Trust

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

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By Kimberly Lowe | ABA Dialogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coming Full Circle

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By Kate Clark | The Daily UW

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

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

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

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

Continue reading here. Photo credit of Lindsey Yamada.