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Building Changes Seeking Public Policy Analyst, Part Time/Temporary (6 Months)

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Building Changes is seeking a part-time policy analyst for six months at 30 hrs/week to conduct bill analysis, research local and state policies, regulatory trends, best practices, and legislation to improve support services, public benefits, and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The work of the Public Policy Analyst will inform Building Changes legislative priorities and work with key advocacy audiences and partners.

To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume and salary requirements to , Subject: Policy Analyst – Temporary.

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Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Now Accepting State Policy Fellowship Applications, Due 1/25

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State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organization or with one of two  Washington, D.C.-based organizations, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

For more information, click here.

Interested in a Summer Judicial Externship?

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Externships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country. All externship sites must be approved by the Externship Program before any student may begin working there for academic credit, and pre-approved externship sites listed below, with details where information has been provided. Students interested in other courts should contact those courts for their application procedures and also email extern@uw.edu to request approval as an externship site.

Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early. Generally, students should apply directly to the courts. For judges who request applications to be submitted through the Externship Program, instructions will be announced by email and posted on the Externship Program website.

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American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking 2016 Legal Interns/Externs

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged. Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the externship/internship time period, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond:

Interested students should submit a cover letter, résumé and legal writing sample. Applications for Winter, Spring and Summer will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Seeks 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2016 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution.

For more information, click here.

2016 Paid Summer Fellowship at Yale Law School Now Accepting Applications for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Due 2/15

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2016 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work. The Fellowship will run from May 24 to August 26, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

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Interested in Health Law? University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Seeking Health Law Fellowship Intern

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The Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine is offering a full-time, one year fellowship for a recent law school graduate starting in September, 2016. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) represents the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine in all legal matters and will provide a new attorney with exposure to unique legal issues involved in hospital and health care administration. This role will provide legal support and advice for the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine along with its departments/divisions in connection with transactional matters, contracts, corporate services, and litigation, across a variety of legal practice areas, including healthcare, real estate, labor and employment, tax, and intellectual property.

For more information, click here.

Looking to Fund Your Summer Internship in Civil Legal Aid? Check Out Funding Opportunities with the Curtin Justice Fund

Will You be Working with Low-Income Communities this Summer Providing Civil Legal Aid Assistance? Looking for Some Summer Funding?

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PILA is not the only game in town! The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information and the application package, click here. 

Updated Inter-American Commission Report Reviews Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Standards

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By: International Justice Resource Center

Containing references to relevant IACHR’s merits decisions and thematic and country reports, judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), and provisions of regional instruments such as the American Convention on Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and Convention of Belém do Pará, the report is a comprehensive examination of the standards of the Inter-American human rights system. SeeIACHR, Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights(2015), para. 10.

The Commission welcomed reforms concerning gender equality and women’s rights in Member States and called on them to continue their efforts to improve the situation. However, it also stressed that in spite of these efforts, there are still numerous human rights problems women experience in the Americas, including various forms of violence against women, and discrimination across a wide range of rights and spheres. See id. at paras. 2-15.

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Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

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By: American Civil Liberties Union

The guidance was announced today, Dec. 15, 2015, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was a joint effort by the following offices in the Department of Justice: the Office on Violence Against Women, the Civil Rights Division, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Purpose of the Guidance: In partnership with law enforcement leaders and advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ issued the guidance to explain how gender bias can undermine police response to sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a set of principles that, when integrated into police policies, trainings, and practices, will help ensure that police efforts to keep victims safe and perpetrators accountable are not undermined by gender bias.

Today, DOJ issued ground-breaking guidance to law enforcement, aimed at combating gender discrimination in how police address domestic violence and sexual assault. The guidance explains how gender-biased policing is a significant civil rights issue. By issuing the guidance, DOJ is broadening the discussion about policing practices to include a focus on how women and LGBT individuals, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, can be impacted by discriminatory policing.

For the DOJ press release, click here.

For the Guidance, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! King County Department of Public Defense Now Accepting Resumes for OCI!

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! King County Department of Public Defense Now Accepting Applications for OCI Until 8/19

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King County Department of Public Defense Invites Applications for the Position of Rule-9
Licensed Legal Intern.  DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County. Governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory
board comprised of regional leaders in public defense.

DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court. The department also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural and/or systemic issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. It employs not only attorneys, but also skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff. Expert services are regularly funded, in keeping with state court rules. King County public defense has also been a leader in the development of therapeutic courts, providing diversion and support to clients who have entered the criminal justice system due to drug involvement, mental illness, or other issues.

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