Choc Full O’ Important Training Opportunities!

June 14: Sin País (Without Country) Documentary Film Screening

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Tuesday, June 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Ave, 10th Floor, Nisqually Room, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for on June 14 at noon at Fenwick and West’s Nisqually Room for lunch and a screening of Sin País (Without Country), a striking 20-minute film about a real family from Guatemala whose lives in Marin County are suddenly fractured by deportation. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the family members featured in the film, as well as a short presentation by nonprofit attorneys regarding how Fenwick volunteers can help out on pro bono cases for families in need representation in their immigration cases.

  • Melody Young, Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Renée Schomp, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and Staff Attorney at OneJustice

RSVP by emailing probonoregistration@fenwick.com for Seattle screening. Add to your calendar

June 16: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:05 PM PDT

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future,” at EqualJusticeWorks.org/ed-debt/ebook.

Register here.

June 17: Attention Attorneys! Be a volunteer lawyer for a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

PRO BONO TRAINING DEPENDENCY CASA- 8:30 am – 12 noon. Room Still Available!

Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101-3099

CLE credits pending

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June 15: Law & Liberty CLE- Transgender Rights & Public Accomodations

ACLU of WA 

Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 1pm

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164

This ACLU-sponsored event will cover Washington State legal protections for transgender individuals, as well as the legal implications of the current political backlash. Jennifer Shaw, the ACLU of Washington’s Deputy Director; and Denise Diskin, an attorney with Teller & Associates, will present. This event will take place at the ACLU office in Seattle and is open to all attorneys .

$5 Registration Fee. Lunch provided. 1 General CLE credit. Space is limited. Register here to reserve your seat!

June 17: Asylum for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Training by Kids in Need of Defense – Free 1.0 Law & Legal CLE Credit (Pending)

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Friday, June 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for a 60-minute presentation that teaches the essentials of working with children in their asylum claims.  Following the training, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for pro bono cases for children in need of representation in their immigration cases.  It’s a chance to make an immense difference for a child who would otherwise face complex proceedings pro se.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

RSVP by COB on June 16 to Julie Park at jjpark@fenwick.com.

 

Attention Spanish-Speakers! Paid Opportunity to Work with Farmworkers in the Summer!

Columbia Legal Services Offering Laurel Rubin Farmworker Paid Summer Internship, Due 2/15/2016

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Columbia Legal Services is seeking a 2016 summer intern to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant and seasonal farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, and will play an essential role in assisting workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Fellowship funding is available for one position, located in Yakima, WA through the Laurel Rubin farmworker Justice Fellowship in the amount of $5,500 for a ten-week internship.

CLS legal interns participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education to advance systemic change in Washington State.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Summer 2016 Law Student Intern in Legal Department, Due 2/19/2016

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

Vera runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns are welcome to participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, past interns have visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

For more information, click here.

New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Summer 2016 Intern, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis, Due 3/1/2016

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. 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 31st to August 5th) 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.

Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to volunteer@nylag.org. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recruiting is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Baylegal Law Clerk Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 4/11/2016

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BayLegal is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BayLegal selects approximately 20-30 law students to work in our offices during the school year and approximately 40 students during the summer. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, interns will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery andother evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Interns also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on our client communities. BayLegal encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court.

During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, Interns work on a full-time basis.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Environmental Law? Gain Two Years’ Experience and Earn Your LLM with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic!

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Global Legal Program Summer 2016 Legal Intern, Applications Reviewed on Rolling Basis, 1L Applications Accepted After 12/1

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to respect, protect, 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 Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Summer Interns for 2016 Ella Baker Program, Due 12/18

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

For more information, click here.

UnLocal, Inc. Seeking Summer Immigration Law Intern, Due 12/31

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UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal services and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

We are recruiting for an Immigration Law Intern to join our team for a Summer 2016 internship to work on our Immigrant Child Legal Services Project, Garifuna Assistance Project and our general deportation defense work. We are looking for someone who is dedicated, creative, and passionate and who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/15/2016

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The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is pleased to invite eligible candidates to apply for a two-year Clinic Fellow position from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM degree in Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work with experienced environmental attorneys and students in a clinic focused on public interest cases. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $35,000 to cover living expenses.

In addition to pursuing the LLM, the Clinic Fellow is expected to work at least 20 hours per week in the ENRLC. The Fellow will serve as a part-time staff attorney, with significant responsibility for one or more ENRLC cases or projects. The Clinic Fellow will work closely with the ENRLC Director and other faculty and staff to represent clients and supervise student clinicians.

For more information, click here.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position, Due 1/29/2016

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2016. Summer law clerks are expected to become integral members of a team of dedicated attorneys and staff that exclusively represent plaintiffs in civil rights and workers’ rights litigation.

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.

For more information, click here.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC, Due 2/16/2016

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts on May 31, 2016 and lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 5+ Years Experience! National Employment Lawyers Association Seeking Program Director, Position Open Until Filled

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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is seeking a full-time experienced Program Director. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NELA is the country’s largest professional association of lawyers who represent employees in employment matters. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Founded in 1985, NELA promotes and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA protects the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, public policy, amicus curiae litigation, and other advocacy activities.

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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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.

The Average Number of Legal Problems Per Low-Income Household Has Tripled Over the Last Decade

New Report: 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Update Reveals Troubling Justice Gap

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By: Equal Justice Coalition 

SEATTLE — Oct. 29, 2015 — A Washington Supreme Court commissioned statewide survey of more than 1,600 low-income Washingtonians discovered that seven of ten low-income individuals and families in Washington State face at least one significant civil legal problem each year, and the average number of problems per low-income household has tripled over the last decade.

Despite the growing number of civil legal problems that often implicate their most basic needs, the vast majority of low-income Washingtonians do not receive the legal help they need to solve these problems. More than three-quarters of those with civil legal problems struggle without a lawyer or any type of legal help.

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Free CLE for ABA Members: From Montgomery to Ferguson and Baltimore, Lawyers as Agents of Change: The Role of the Law in the Long Arc of Justice

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Monday, November 16, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:35 PM ET

1.5 General CLE Credits

Webinar
List price $195
ABA Member Price FREE

In this month’s ABA Free CLE Series, join us as we:

  • Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Explore the role of lawyers and the judiciary as a participant in resolving social conflicts

Speakers
Nicole Austin-Hillery | Director and Counsel | The Brennan Center For Justice | Washington, DC
Sheila Y. Thomas | Attorney at Law | Law Offices of Sheila Thomas | Oakland, CA
Stephen F. Hanlon | Adjunct Professor | Saint Louis University School of Law | St. Louis, MO

Moderator
Paulette Brown
President | American Bar Association

Register online here.

Seminar Promotes Access to Justice for the Deaf

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By: Sean O’Riodan | Irish Examiner | Photo credit David Keane

“We can learn a lot from the experiences shared by the members of the Irish deaf community who participated in this research,” said Ms Harold.

“One of the most significant findings is the need to improve communication awareness amongst those who assist and support Deaf victims of crime, in order to make their services more accessible.”

Ms Harold, who has been funded by Irish Research Council to explore deaf people’s experiences as victims of crime and their interaction with the criminal justice process, said the event was very worthwhile.

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For Non-U.S. Citizens, Early Release from Prison Means Swift Deportation

By: Pamela Constable | Washington Post | Photo credit: Washington Post

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Nearly one in three of the inmates being released from U.S. prisons this month as part of an effort to roll back harsh drug sentences will not be returning to the states and cities where they were arrested.

Instead, they are being deported.

They are non-U.S. citizens, who in many cases were in this country legally when they were caught selling drugs and given long sentences under the “mandatory minimum” laws that grew out of the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.

Like the rest of the 6,000 prisoners selected for the U.S. Prison Bureau’s largest-ever mass release, each has been found by a judge not to be a threat to society. But every one of the non-citizens in the group had either received final deportation orders from immigration judges or was being reviewed for deportation before the mass release was planned, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules that Smoking Pot is a Fundamental Human Right

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By: Christopher Ingraham | Washington Post | Photo Credit: Alex Cruz/European Press Photo Agency

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled 4-to-1 Wednesday that outlawing the possession and use of the marijuana plant represents a violation of fundamental human rights. While the ruling does not mean that marijuana is now legal in the country — it only applies to the four plaintiffs in this specific case — it gives a tremendous amount of political space for lawmakers to introduce marijuana reform bills at the state and federal level in Mexico.

“It’s really a monumental case,” said Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug reform advocacy group, in an interview. “It was argued on human rights grounds, which is unusual, and it’s taking place in Mexico, the epicenter of some of the worst effects of the war on drugs.”

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Looking for Legal Experience in Human Rights? Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Grads!

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Amara Legal Center Seeking Spring Legal Intern, Due 11/18

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The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area and is currently seeking an intern for the Spring 2016.

Intern duties include: Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the intern and the intern will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services. After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in general legal research for expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Government Misconduct/Racial Justice Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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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.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  Some of our cases include: Stop-and-frisk litigation; challenges to solitary confinement and other abusive and discriminatory prison practices; FOIA cases and litigation in support of immigrants’ rights; and challenges to NYPD surveillance of Muslims and racial discrimination in FDNY hiring.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! La Isla Foundation Seeks Human Rights Research and Advocacy Intern for Spring 2016, Due 11/20

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Central America is being hit with an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). The population most acutely affected by the epidemic are the sugarcane cutters working in the lowlands of Western Nicaragua. Recent research shows that there is a strong relationship between the sickness and work conditions. Research also shows that many of the same work conditions linked to CKDnT are also in violation of domestic and international laws protecting worker health and safety. For this reason, Profesionales para la Auditoría Social y Empresarial (PASE) has opened a Legal Services Office in Chinandega, Nicaragua focused on serving sugarcane workers, ex-sugarcane workers and their families. The PASE Legal Services Office grew out of a collaboration with La Isla Foundation (LIF), a non-profit organization aimed at tackling CKDnT.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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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.

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.  Some of our cases include: Challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; ATS case in support of LGBTI Ugandan organizers; challenges to repression of people for speech criticizing Israeli government policy against Palestine; advocacy in support of accountability and reparations for the Iraq War; FOIA litigation for information about the U.S. role in the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the coup in Honduras; and human rights advocacy to challenge Catholic Church cover-up of sexual violence by priests.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! International Justice Resource Center Seeking International Human Rights Attorney, Due 11/30

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The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions).

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Seeks Summer Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights seeks a legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the 2016 spring semester (part time) and for summer 2016 (full time).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding (academic / research / work experience) of regional and international human rights law; working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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Root & Rebound Seeking Staff Attorney, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis, Position Open Until Filled

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Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is a California statewide reentry advocacy hub focused on building a strong model that promotes innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis in California and the United States. Our mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the day-to-day management, execution, and coordination of Root & Rebound’s legal education and trainings. In addition, the Staff Attorney will play an integral role in various programmatic efforts, including assisting with updates to the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide,  staffing the weekly reentry hotline, working on in-house legal services such as clinics, and helping the organization with its policy advocacy and litigation work. Root & Rebound seeks a candidate who is excited about working at an innovative and growing organization, and who has a desire to use his/her degree and legal education in a creative and dynamic way. The ideal candidate will be excited about practicing law as a reentry generalist across many areas and using public education as the central strategy to reaching the millions of Californians with a criminal record, and the 50,000 Californians who leave prison and jail each year.

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Attention Recent Grads! Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney for Environmental Law Program, Position Open Until Filled

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We are hiring one associate attorney in our Environmental Law Program in San Francisco for a two-year position, to begin in September 2016. The associate attorney will evaluate proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation, serve as a resource to chapters and volunteer entities, and assist in prosecuting litigation aimed at advancing the national Club’s top priority campaigns. The successful candidate will have 0-3 years experience, solid writing and analytical skills, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and good knowledge of environmental law. The Sierra Club values diversity in our staff.

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Advancement Project Seeking Staff Attorney for Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program

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Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong racial justice advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” Program.

The Staff Attorney will work with a team of attorneys and program staff to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline and school policing policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely with grassroots organizations representing communities of color around the country. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work collaboratively, using a variety of creative legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

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Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Young Center South Texas Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsinvites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardianad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the TVPRA.

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Judge George Bowden Seeks Law Clerk, Open Until Filled

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Judge George Bowden presides at the Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, WA.  The law clerk will stay for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years.  The work week is typically 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday with 10 paid holidays annually.  When the employing judge is on vacation, the law clerk is on “call-in” status to fill-in for other clerks on an as-needed basis. The clerk position also has up to two weeks of paid vacation annually.  Duties include administrative and ministerial duties throughout the week, handling the judge’s schedule and all incoming phone calls, review of legal briefs and preparation of written legal memoranda when the judge is assigned to the civil motions calendar (typically four or more weeks a year).  Medical and dental benefits are provided in addition to the salary of $48,741.

Applications: This is for immediate hire, so Judge Bowden will review resumes and contact selected applicants for an interview as soon as possible. The start date will likely be October 12, 2015, with 1-2 days of training beforehand.

Applicants may forward a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Joseph Mendes at joseph.mendes@snoco.org.  Transcripts are not required, but may be included if necessary.

Building Changes Seeking Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy, Position Open Until Filled

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Building Changes seeks a Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy. This position is a key member of our program staff and we are looking for someone with the unique ability to articulate how legislation impacts programs and conversely, how programs can be supported with legislation. This person will act as liaison to external stakeholders and seek to collaboratively advance BC’s legislative and policy priorities. They will monitor, analyze and track local, state and federal legislation, regulation and implementation in targeted policy areas. The Senior Manager conducts needed research on federal and state policy, regulatory trends, implementation practices, best practices, and legislation to improve support services, public benefits, and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The work of the Senior Manager informs and educates key partners, including policy makers, peer non-profits implementing programs, funders/donors, the business community, advocacy community, the media, and the general public about policy platforms and opportunities for mobilizing our constituents to align funding and policies toward practices proven to end homelessness and increase housing stability. The Senior Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy reports to the Director who oversees Capacity Building, Statewide Grantmaking and Policy.

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Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate for Center on Immigration and Justice, Position Open Until Filled

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world.

 Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Program Associate to work in its New York office with its Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

 The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 35 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

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New York University’s Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights Seeking Clinical/Research Fellow, Due 10/9

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NYU School of Law invites applications for a one-year Clinical/Research Fellowship with its Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and Global Justice Clinic for academic year 2015-2016. The fellowship will begin as soon as possible, with the exact start date negotiable. The ideal candidate will be an advocate with several years of experience who is eager to work in a combined scholarly-advocacy environment. The incumbent will spend about half of his/her time working on Global Justice Clinic cases and projects and half of his/her time on program development and management for NYU’s new Bernstein Institute for Human Rights. This is not a classroom teaching position.

The Fellow will work closely with Clinic and Institute Director Professor Margaret Satterthwaite, and will enjoy mentorship in human rights lawyering, program management, and applied research. S/he will also work closely with Clinic Professor Nikki Reisch, Institute researchers, an administrator, student research assistants, and interns. The Fellow will have a role representing GJC and the Institute at public events.

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American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Employees

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Associate

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Associate to work as an assistant lobbyist in Olympia and Seattle before and during the 2016 state legislative session.  Under the direction of the Legislative Director, the Legislative Associate will engage in a variety of advocacy tasks, including participating in lawmaker and stakeholder meetings, reviewing and analyzing bills, working with internal and external issue experts, drafting and presenting testimony and analysis to legislative committees, and working with legislative staff and lawmaker offices.

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American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Short-Term Legislative Session Aide

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Session Aide. 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.

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Securities and Exchange Commission Seeking Summer 2016 Students Honors Program, Due 10/12

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The SEC’s mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC seeks high-caliber law students who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. Using your legal education and experience, you will gain insightful experience into the regulation of security markets and how they must comply with securities laws. SEC Staff members serve as professional mentors, assisting with research and writing projects as well as providing advice and guidance on career development.

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its 2016 Summer Honors Program in the Washington, DC Home Office and our egional Offices.  We offer law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Seeking Summer 2016 Criminal Justice Program Clerk, Due 10/16

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These clerkships are generously funded by Mr. David Reuben, a long-time ALDF supporter, who shares our mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Through these clerkship positions, Mr. Reuben’s unflinching and selfless commitment to protecting non-human animals is recognized and honored. Since 2007, 17 outstanding law students have benefited from this unique opportunity to be trained by top ALDF experts in animal law. Included are just of few of the testimonials we’ve received over the years highlighting the impact that the David Reuben Legal Clerkships have had on the next generation of animal lawyers

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Attention Class of 2016! Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, Nonclinical Placements Due 10/16 

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The WLPPFP Application for the 2016-2017 Fellowship year is now available here.

  • The deadline for applicants for the nonclinical placements is October 16, 2015.
  • The deadline for the Domestic Violence Clinical Teaching Fellowship is November 13, 2015.

For information on the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic Placement, please click here.

For information on the Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellowship, please click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Coordinating Attorneys, Due 10/16CLS Logo

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. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Children & Youth Coordinating Attorney, Due 10/16

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Coordinating Attorney to supervise the litigation and policy initiatives of our Children and Youth Project Group. This position is based in Seattle.

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Economic Justice Project Coordinating Attorney, Due 10/16

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Coordinating Attorney to supervise the litigation and policy initiatives of our Economic Justice Project Group. This position may be based in Olympia or Seattle.

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Attention 3Ls & Recent Grads! Center for Constitutional Rights Bertha Fellowship 2016 Application, Due 10/16

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Bertha Fellowship is a two year fellowship for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2016. This fellowship position requires a two-year commitment from September 2016 to September 2018.

The Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  During the course of the fellowship, there may also be opportunities to do work which straddles different dockets.

The Bertha Fellowship at CCR is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.

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