Summer fellowships, clerkships and internships: Peggy Browning Fund, KCPA, Institute for Justice, Pacific Legal Foundation, Legal Voice, ACLU, and more!

Due January 12:  Peggy Browning Fund 2018 Summer FellowshipsPeggy Browning Fund

Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations throughout the United States and 1 funded part-time position in Chicago.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $6,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowship description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind.

More info here.

Due January 12:  King County Prosecuting Attorney Summer 2018 externships

This is a 10-week program for students during the summer between their first and second years of law school.  Externs must be able to work full time, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a minimum of ten weeks.

The externship program is designed to give students a meaningful experience and exposure to our law practice. It is an excellent way to become acquainted with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, pursue an interest in criminal law, and determine whether trial practice is a future career path. The extern positions are unpaid, but many law schools offer credit for externship programs.

More info here. 

Due January 12: Institute for Justice Summer 2018 Clerkships

The Institute for Justice’s summer clerkship program provides an unparalleled opportunity for select law students to substantively contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge civil-rights litigation. Clerks conduct legal research; help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases; and draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs filed in both state and federal court.  Clerks have been involved in projects as diverse as:

  • Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action.
  • Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations.
  • Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit.
  • Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action.
  • Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country.
  • Helping prepare motions to exclude expert witness testimony and reports.
  • Drafting portions of opposition briefs to motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in both state and federal court.

More info here.

Due January 30:  Summer 2018 Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Clerkships

As Pacific Legal Foundation marches toward its 45th anniversary next year, we are redefining what it means to be a public interest law firm. Our attorneys identify and litigate important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

PLF attorneys continue to bring and win cases in the United States Supreme Court. Again this year, PLF will be arguing an important First Amendment case before the nation’s highest court. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win. Sound like the reason you went to law school? Then you ought to apply for our clerkship program.

We seek highly motivated, principled, and liberty-minded law students for paid, full-time summer clerkships, June through August 2018, in each of our offices: Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Bellevue, Washington; and Washington, DC.

More info here.

Rolling:  Legal Voice’s Legal Internship ProgramLegal Voice Logo

Legal Voice’s Legal Internship Program gives law students a unique opportunity to work in a non-profit legal setting while making a contribution to women’s rights! As an intern, you will work closely with staff attorneys on current issues in women’s rights law by researching legal issues, working on case development, investigating policy questions, and assisting in the preparation of written materials.

Summer Internships: 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applications must be submitted by January 31 of the year in which you would like to intern.

School-year Internships: Legal Voice accepts interns year-round, with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks. Please submit your application 5 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or quarter during which you would like to intern.

Please submit a detailed cover letter, résumé, transcript, and writing sample to CPhalan@LegalVoice.org or by mail.

More info here.

Rolling: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Pacific District North, Labor and Employment Law Summer InternVA Seal

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The Office of General Counsel, Pacific District North, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks students for a volunteer internship this summer 2018. Interns will receive assignments in the area of LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW. There are internship opportunities in our Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Portland, Oregon offices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, and other facilities. It also administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

More info here on PSJD.

Rolling:  2018-19 ACLU of Washington Legal FellowshipACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from third-year law students and recent law school graduates for its Legal Fellowship.  The Fellowship will begin in the late summer/fall of 2018 and is a full-time position in ACLU of Washington’s Seattle office.  It provides recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our organization’s legal work supporting the civil rights of all Washington citizens.

More info here.

Rolling: ACLU-WA Summer Legal Internships

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer full-time summer legal internships to interested law school students for the summer of 2018.

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 can work in either the litigation department, or in the policy advocacy group. Students will work closely with staff attorneys on active litigation, case development, advocacy with community groups and government entities, and legal research.

More info here. 

Open Until Filled: National Center for Youth Law – Law Clerk, Summer 2018

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a non-profit law firm that has transformed how public agencies support our country’s most vulnerable children, including foster youth, youth with disabilities, child sex trafficking victims, youth in the juvenile justice system, and youth of color. NCYL leads multiyear campaigns to change laws and regulations, redesign government services, and hold public agencies accountable for the well-being of children in their care through litigation and other approaches.

NCYL is currently seeking 7-10 Summer Law Clerks to volunteer for ten weeks in Summer 2018 in their Oakland, CA and Washington, DC offices.  Applications for the summer program are reviewed on a rolling basis and applications from rising 3Ls are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible.

NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth.

Oakland office, more info here; DC office, more info here.

Attention 3Ls! Check Out the Fellowship Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Department Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services include the Family Law Mentor Program, the Self-Help Plus (SHP) Program, and the Kinship Care Solutions Project. These programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This intern/extern position will work with the Family Law Mentor program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions and parenting plan cases where children are at risk.

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced, cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities. Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, and IJ’s summer-long speaker series through which they will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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Approximately five student interns are sought to assist in conducting national research regarding the provision of indigent defense in the United States pursuant to Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, interns will conduct Westlaw, internet, and telephone research to determine how states and counties are meeting the mandate to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants. The internship will provide students with exposure to criminal justice systems, opportunities to interact with government attorneys nationwide, and experience with major policy and program initiatives.

Open to all law students, including 1Ls. Candidates must have good research and writing skills, an interest in criminal or public interest law, and willingness to learn and work under supervision. Candidates in the Chicago area are preferred, but remote-work opportunities will also be considered.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in New York

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The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), 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.

CSC seeks an experienced professional to support CSC’s conditions of confinement work as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, depending on the candidate’s breadth of skills, experience and qualifications. The (Senior) Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project and the Segregation Reduction Project.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. PIRG Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

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We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy.

At PIRG, we know that a smart policy solution, or real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for it. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

HRW Seeking Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement

HRWThe US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

For more information, click here.

HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on Criminal Justice to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses experienced by persons in the US criminal justice system through the media and directly with policymakers. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and advocating against racial injustice in policing; abusive prosecutorial policies; excessively harsh sentencing and post-conviction collateral consequences; pre-conviction confinement including bail policies; drug policies that improperly emphasize criminalization; solitary confinement and other abusive or inhumane prison conditions; and criminal justice policies that have a particularly harsh impact on youth or low-income populations accused of or victimized by crime. The position reports to the Director of the US Program and may be based in one of HRW’s offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and LLMs! Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Seeks 2 Legal Experts to Direct Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”), the only attorneys’ association in Washington committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys, is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the retirement of its long-term executive. Serving over 2,400 members throughout the state of Washington, WSAJ has a stellar reputation for providing high quality legal education as well as law practice resources , and it is the leading political force in the state protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers. Reporting to WSAJ’s 51-member Board comprised of successful trial attorneys, the ED holds a position of strategic leadership and management, serving as WSAJ’s Chief Executive Officer and executing on its strategic priorities. The ED will oversee a $4 million budget, lead and manage a dedicated staff of 18 professionals, and will represent WSAJ, locally, regionally and nationally. Carlson Beck has been retained by WSAJ to lead this search. For a detailed position specification, please contact Debra M. Vinikour, Principal, at debra@carlsonbeck.com or Sally A. Carlson, Managing Partner, at sally@carlsonbeck.com.

Meridian Institute Seeking Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program, Due 2/5/2016

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian has two offices (Washington, D.C. and Dillon, CO) and Fellows are hired for both locations.

To apply, click here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 5, 2016.

Compassion Over Killing Seeking Summer 2016 Litigation Intern, Due 2/12/2016

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking legal interns for Summer 2016 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture.

COK’s Legal Advocacy Program is offering Litigation Internships out of its West Coast office in Torrance, California. Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law.

Interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s attorneys.

For more information, click here.

Clerkships, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities for Social Justice

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Seeking Program Intern in Spring 2015, Due 1/5/15

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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information on the internship, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Applications Now Open, Due 1/9/15

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2014, 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. Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program.   Applications must be submitted by the January 9, 2015 deadline. Screening interviews will be used to better determine student qualifications.  Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.  Additional applicants will be interviewed on an as needed basis.  We will make every attempt to interview students where they attend school and in person.  Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to set up the interview.

Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews.  Students will be notified when they are sent on for a judicial interview.  Judicial interviews will continue until all positions are filled.  All applicants will be notified when the program or certain locations have closed for the year and all positions are filled.

The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program. 

For more information, click here.

Clerkship Opportunities with Institute for Justice, Preferred Submissions Before 1/9/15

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.  Clerkships are a great way to get a foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

The application for our highly-competitive summer clerkship is live now.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the January 9th deadline.  We’ll begin interviews in early January with rolling offers until all positions are filled.  The clerkships last for 10 weeks.

Is your law school near our headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia or one of our chapter offices in Bellevue, Tempe, Austin, Minneapolis, or Miami?  Our limited number of spring clerkship positions offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through mid-December.

To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Public Counsel Now Accepting Summer 2015 Clerkship Applications

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For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2015 Summer Clerkship Program. Applications from 1L’s will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Any questions regarding the summer program should be directed to Public Counsel Summer Program Coordinator, Sandra Madera.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page here

Public Knowledge Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Public Knowledge is currently hiring summer law clerks for 2015. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest technology policy, including issues arising under telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

For more information, click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeking Constitutional Litigation Intern for Summer 2015, Due 1/15/15

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

For more information, click here.

Sierra Club in Portland, Oregon Seeking Chapter Director

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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

For more information, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Seeking Education Director, Open Until Filled

The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) seeks an Education Director to staff the Equal Justice Coalition and support our efforts to maintain and increase public funding for civil legal aid at the federal, state and local levels. The Education Director works closely with the Access to Justice Board, a core workgroup, an advisory council, stakeholder organizations, and more than 3000 friends of equal justice that include lawyers, judges, community leaders, law students and members of the public committed to making equal justice for all a reality in Washington state.

The Education Director educates the public, elected officials and the media about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income people. The Education Director works closely with key partners, stakeholders and our Olympia-based lobbying team to develop and implement communication strategies, education efforts, and media outreach to preserve and increase funding for civil legal aid in Washington. The work is challenging and fast-paced, and requires someone who works well both on a team and independently.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! American Constitution Society Seeking 2015-2016 Law Fellow

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) seeks a talented recent law school graduate to fill a position in ACS’s national headquarters. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and end in August 2016. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Department of Policy Development and Programming staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. He or she will work with the Department staff to implement an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials, and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of progressive issues that are reflective of the ACS Issue Groups, which include Access to Justice; Criminal Justice; Economic, Workplace and Environmental Regulation; First Amendment; Separation of Powers and Federalism; Constitutional Interpretation and Change; Democracy and Voting; Equality and Liberty; and Judicial Nominations.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! National Lawyers Guild Offering 2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

The Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to the Public Interest Boot Camp

Attention Recent Grads & Post-Grads! Free CLE Pro Bono Training on Representing Parents in Muckleshoot Youth-in-Need-of-Care Cases

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Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper PLLC, 1111 3rd Ave., Ste. 3000
CLE Credits: General: 4.0, Ethics, 1.0

Are you interested in child welfare proceedings and practicing in tribal communities? Are you interested in developing direct representation and courtroom skills?  Are you looking for a meaningful pro bono opportunity?  If you answered yes to these questions, join us at this FREE CLE!

We are seeking pro bono attorneys to represent eligible parents engaged in child welfare cases in Muckleshoot Tribal Court. This CLE will cover the basics of child welfare advocacy at Muckleshoot, including cultural competency, best practices, and an ethics discussion. Participation in this free CLE confirms your willingness to serve as pro bono counsel.  Lunch provided courtesy of Foster Pepper PLLC.

For question or to RSVP, contact Stacey Lara.

QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?  Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to Its Public Interest Boot Camp, Applications Due 3/21

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce our Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New LondonMcComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.  We’ll also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21. 

For details and more information on how to apply, click here

Columbia Legal Services’ Institutions Project Advocacy Expands Opportunities Through its Reentry Clinic

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By Sonja Demco, Columbia Legal Services
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Since 2011, IP has held free legal clinics to help low-income people who have been involved with the criminal justice system navigate legal issues surrounding their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs are the fees, fines, and restitution resulting from a criminal conviction). With funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Legal Foundation of Washington, IP is excited to expand these clinics to address access to employment and housing in addition to LFOs.

The support also allows IP to partner with FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Seattle. Through this partnership, we will offer training and special legal clinics for FareStart students. The FareStart clinic will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. beginning January 28th, 2014, at the FareStart offices.

IP will continue to host reentry clinics for the community on the second Monday of each month at 2:45 p.m. at the Public Law Library of King County in the County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Suite W621, Seattle, WA.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sonja Demco.

Legislature Seeks to Track Dropout Rate Among Homeless Students

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By Annaliese Davis, The News Tribune, published Jan. 27, 2014

More than 27,000 students in Washington are homeless, and without the proper support, many fall behind and fail to graduate high school.  According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 27,390 students were homeless during the 2011-12 school year, and that number continues to rise.  “It is far too often that these children are not properly identified and allowed to slip through the cracks,” said Miles Nowlin, the family support coordinator within the Shelton School District.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts across the country to identify homeless students within their district and provide them with the necessary support to complete their schooling. In Washington, the information is collected, but the dropout rates of homeless students are not tracked or reported.  Legislation proposed by Republican Rep. Kevin Parker of Spokane would require OPSI to compile and record the dropout number among homeless students.

Continue reading here.

Entry-level civil legal aid positions, paid internships, externships- Oh, My!

Entry-Level Staff Attorney Position at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco

Attention recent grads! Don’t delay! Applications are due no later than Friday, November 8.

Legal Services for Children (LSC) was founded in 1975 as one of the first non-profit law firms in the country to provide free legal representation and social work services to children and youth.

LSC’s mission is to ensure that all children and youth in San Francisco Bay Area have an opportunity to be raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and the services and supports they need to become healthy and productive young adults. LSC pioneered a unique interdisciplinary approach to legal services, employing teams of attorneys and social workers to comprehensively meet the needs of our clients.

LSC’s team advocacy approach enables us to provide a wide spectrum of services. We represent children and youth in cases that include legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, emancipation, and restraining order proceedings.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Paid Consumer Protection/ Anti-Trust Internship with State Attorney General’s Office

Attention 1L and 2Ls! Experience a career-making internship opportunity through the ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship. Work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state Offices of Attorneys General and other governmental offices throughout the US. Applications are due December 13, 2013. Submit an Online Application

About the Steiger Fellowship: The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship gives law students hands-on, practical experience by placing them in offices of State Attorneys General or other state/territorial government offices for 8 weeks, with a $5000 stipend.
Fellowship Details: Each Fellowship is part of the Consumer Protection Outreach Initiative of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.

Students will be placed in the Consumer Protection Departments of each state office and more than 50% of each student’s time will be devoted to consumer protection matters. The remainder of each student’s time, at the option of each state, may be devoted to antitrust matters.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $5000 for the eight week period.  Each Steiger Fellow will be responsible for all taxes and other required deductions.

Fellowships Available for: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware*, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,  New York, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,  Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

*will only consider 2Ls.

The Northwest Justice Project Foreclosure Consequences Action Team Seeks Winter and Spring Legal Externs

NJP_LogoAttention 2L and 3Ls interested in poverty law and civil legal aid!

The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team at the Northwest Justice Project works on issues involving loan origination; scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; barriers to housing and employment; remaining debt issues post-foreclosure; issues with credit, education, health and transportation stemming from foreclosure; eviction from foreclosed homes; neighborhood blight; promoting occupation of foreclosed homes; and discriminatory or otherwise improper marketing of bank-owned properties.  The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team conducts outreach to minority communities and collaborates with community organizations.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

General Counsel for Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Art Museum Seeks Winter, Spring & Summer Externs Seattle_Art_Museum_logo

The general counsel of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Art Museum is looking for two exceptional externs for Winter, Spring and Summer 2014. Duties include shadowing general counsel, reviewing and revising a multitude of eclectic contracts, addressing intellectual property rights and a multitude of other legal issues, researching and preparing memos, meeting with internal staff clients, and assisting with risk management in general for these two Seattle icons. Extern must have top credentials and research and writing skills; previous in-house or law firm experience a plus, as is experience with the arts. Copyright experience/class a plus. Extern must be organized, focused and a self-starter — extern will have plenty of freedom/discretion to address workload. Hours may be part-time or full-time; minimum of 8 hours/week. 2Ls and 3Ls may apply for any quarter. 1Ls may apply for summer quarter.

Application Instructions: Candidate should submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Candidate must pass criminal history background check.

Cover letters should be addressed to: Bernel Goldberg, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Applications should be emailed to: extern@uw.edu. For Winter Quarter, applications are due on November 15.

Institute for Justice Seeking Spring & Summer Interns

natnl-libertyFounded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As the national law firm for liberty, we stick to a clear mission engaging in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government.  Our four pillars of litigation are private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Simply put, we seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.

The Institute for Justice is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.   Clerkships are a great way to get your foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

Our limited number of spring clerkships offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through early December. To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, please visit www.ij.org/students.

We’ll begin interviewing for our highly-competitive summer clerkships in January, but the application is already here and students are encouraged to apply well before the January 10 deadline.  Summer clerkships are full time positions for 10 weeks.

International, Constitutional Law and Public Interest Litigation Opportunities

Alfa Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

alfaThe Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. or U.K. citizen
  • 25–35 years old at the application deadline
  • Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
  • Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
  • At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.
For more information, check out their website here.

Eyes on the International Criminal Court Seeks 2013-14 Editor-in-Chief

CASINBannerThe Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is accepting applications for the volunteer position of Editor-in-Chief of Eyes on the International Criminal Court (Eyes), CASIN’s flagship academic journal on the International Criminal Court. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, law school graduates, and advanced graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

Eyes is the only peer-reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court. It has been published since 2004 by the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of a network of students and young professionals from around the world.

Eyes is an interdisciplinary journal that invites submissions from any field that addresses the International Criminal Court or international criminal law more generally. Past editors have come from the fields of international law, international relations, and sociology. To view current and previous volumes, please visit the journal’s website.

Don’t delay! Applications due September 16. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

Institute for Justice Seeks Constitutional Law Fellows

IJlogoThe Institute for Justice seeks candidates for its Constitutional Law Fellowship program. Fellowships are unpaid positions open to recent law school graduates interested in gaining hands-on litigation experience by working closely with IJ attorneys on cutting-edge constitutional cases. Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to employment@ij.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

Relman Civil Rights Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2014

RelmanRelman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Qualifications: Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014-2015 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Relman, Dane & Colfax is a civil rights law firm based in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in Ohio and New Mexico.  We litigate civil rights cases in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability.  Our national practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, source of income, and sexual orientation.

Applications due October 18. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

2014 Summer Associates for DC Civil Rights Firm

Relman 2Relman, Dane & Colfax is also seeking summer 2014 associates for their DC office.

Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm.  Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Candidates interested in positions for summer 2014 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com.

ACT NOW! Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.  Hiring decisions will be made in Fall 2013.