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Disability Rights Washington Hiring Civil Rights Attorney, Due TODAY

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

Please apply through Careers Human Rights.

For complete details, click here.

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

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

For complete details, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLC seeks to hire a contract attorney in dependency law.

For complete details, click here.

Planning for Fellowships in 2015? Apply Now, Apply Early!

Attention All Law Students!  Washington State Supreme Court Seeking Survey Volunteer Interviewers, Due 6/1/14

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Under auspices of the Washington State Supreme Court CLNS Update Committee, work with the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid and Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (WSU-SESRC) conducting face-to-face interviews to update our understanding of the unmet civil (non-criminal) legal problems faced by low-income residents of Washington State.

Time commitment: Completion of up to 3 hours of required training; up to 15 contact hours for completing 8 interviews and entering information.

Interviewer’s primary responsibility will be to conduct face-to-face interviews with low-income Washington State residents & enter the data into a secure data base following the interview. The project includes mandatory training in interviewing protocols.

For a complete description on the scope of the volunteer work and application instructions, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Institutions Project Staff Attorney, Due 6/25/14

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

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, staff attorneys provide civil legal advice and representation in areas of importance to Columbia Legal Services low-income clients.  Staff attorneys are expected to be able to use the full range of potential forums appropriate to address relevant issues for our clients, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legislative representation.  The changing needs of our clients require attorneys to engage in an ongoing effort to gain and share expertise and resources with their coworkers and others throughout the Alliance for Equal Justice.

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

Community Legal Services in Philly Accepting 2015 Fellowship Applications, Due 7/7

CLSPhillyCommunity Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) sponsors law students and lawyers for fellowships funded by the Independence Foundationthe Skadden Fellowship FoundationEqual Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations, theStoneleigh Foundation, the Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging, and other fellowship programs (including fellowships offered directly by law schools).  Fellows work closely with our experienced staff attorneys and are directly supervised by a more senior attorney.  Fellows carry their own caseload and gain valuable experience in providing a wide range of services, from brief advice and counsel to representation at administrative hearings, judicial proceedings, and appeals.  Fellows are also deeply involved in our policy and systemic advocacy work.  Past fellows have provided crucial advocacy for our clients, contributed greatly to CLS’ development as a legal services organization, and many have become long-term members of our staff.

CLS invites law students beginning their third year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to apply for sponsorship for a fellowship.  For consideration for fellowships that begin in 2015, applications will be accepted until Monday, July 7, 2014. 

For a complete description and application instructions, click here. Please note this post has recently been corrected.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Rule 9 Intern, Due 12/31

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The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low income residents of East and Northeast King County Washington and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County.

Your role as a Rule 9 Intern will be to assist ELAP DV Staff Attorneys in their representation of clients who are survivors of domestic violence.  This volunteer position requires a minimum of ten hours a week for a minimum of one semester.

For a complete job description and application instructions, 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.

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