Scholarships for 3Ls applying to the California Bar; new reports on refugee crisis, gender equity

AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published Feb. 8, 2017 as a Washington State Attorney General’s Office press release, media contact Peter Lavallee. Headline remained the same.

“An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include “anything of value,” rather than simply a fee.” Read the full press release here.

Refugee crisis reaches new peak amid ongoing conflicts, Islamophobic policies 

refugeesOriginally posted Feb. 7, 2017 by the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of Ggia via Wikimedia Commons. Headline remained the same.

“In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number in history. [World Economic Forum] Many of the migrants who are fleeing their countries are unable to permanently resettle for a number of reasons, including the global underfunding of refugee support programs and national policies motivated by Islamophobia or isolationism. See Amnesty International, Refugees & Asylum. [Slate] Migrants face dangerous conditions and human rights abuses both during travel and once they reach host countries. Thousands of migrants have drowned while attempting to reach Europe by sea and the conditions of detention in more common refugee destinations may include overcrowding and a failure to provide basic necessities.” Read the full report here.

New report: Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the United States

Columbia Law School LogoPrepared January 2017 by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. Headline remained the same.

“With a focus on women’s rights, this resource provides an overview of core human rights principles and how they can strengthen local policy‐making in the United States.  It describes ways in which local governments around the country are incorporating human rights into efforts to advance gender equity.   This resource is also forward‐looking.  It offers concrete suggestions for ways that state and local agencies and officials throughout the United States can use human rights standards and strategies to improve outcomes and opportunities for women, building upon established and emerging human rights initiatives.” Read the full report here.

Due Feb. 14: California 3L Diversity Scholarship

forallcaliforniansCalifornia Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who has a commitment to social justice/public interest, plans to practice in California, and who plans to take the July 2017 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.

Learn more and apply here

ICC loses members; UW student group dedicated to reproductive rights

African countries withdraw from International Criminal Court

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

“Burundi, South Africa to Withdraw from International Criminal Court” published October 25, 2016 by International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

“Both Burundi and South Africa announced in the last two weeks that they intend to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On October 12, 2016, 94 of 110 parliamentary members in Burundi voted in support of retracting Burundi’s membership as a State party to the ICC’s treaty, the Rome Statute. [ICC Press Release] On October 18, 2016, the president of Burundi signed legislation withdrawing the country from the ICC. [NY Times: Vote] Three days later, South Africa announced its plans to withdraw from the ICC; the country sent an official notice to the United Nations earlier in the week. [Washington Post] Withdrawal takes effect a year after official notice is provided to the UN Secretary General. [NY Times: Vote] Although others have threatened to withdraw from the ICC, Burundi and South Africa will be the first countries to do so. [NY Times: Vote]” Read the full article here.

Reproductive Justice student group re-launches

screenshot-1If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (previously Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is re-launching its UW chapter. This student organization is dedicated to education and activism surrounding women’s access to comprehensive health care, including the right to make reproductive choices free from violence and coercion. Keep an eye out for information about the upcoming general meeting. Or, for more information or to get involved, please email Sarah Aitchison at sarah.aitchison@gmail.com.

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.

Continue reading here.

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.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Paid Internships? Check Out the Juvenile Record-Sealing Position with TeamChild

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Immigration Externships in Winter and Spring 2015, Due TODAY

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Washington Defender Association (WDA) Immigration Project: WDA’s Immigration Project seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to research the immigration consequences of various convictions and work preparing publications and training programs for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and the court. WDA provides constitutionally mandated advice to attorneys across Washington on whether their non-citizen clients will face immigration consequences as a result of their convictions.  Students working in this rapidly evolving area must have taken immigration law and/or be taking criminal procedure (or have equivalent experience).  Students must work at the field placement for 16 – 20 hours/week. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Tacoma Office: NWIRP’s Tacoma office seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in directly representing immigrant detainees in removal (deportation) proceedings. This may include appearing in immigration court hearings, preparing clients for court, preparing witnesses, drafting a number of legal briefs and making oral arguments in court. NWIRP provides legal representation to immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Students must work at the field placement for 20 – 35 hours a week. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this ext! ernship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Seattle Office, Asylum Unit:
NWIRP’s Seattle office’s asylum unit seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in helping asylum-seekers prepare declarations, doing research on country conditions, and writing legal briefs in support of asylum applications, with the possibility of making oral arguments in court. Students will also provide legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied Central American migrant youth. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Seminar Description:
B512 Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy
This course will examine immigration laws and policies related to how removal (deportation) laws and policies are established and implemented, and including the emergence and role of social change movements. Topics will include the intersection of immigration and criminal law, border security, state and local enforcement, the root causes of unauthorized migration, and the challenges of immigration law reform. The course will cover both legal doctrine and legislative issues concerning immigration detention and enforcement.

Application Process
To apply for any of the above Immigration Externships, please submit an application for each placement you are interested in, including a cover letter, your resume, and your law school transcript by email to extern@uw.edu by November 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. Each application should be a single pdf file labeled with your last name and the placement. Letters may be addressed to Esther Park with the name of the placement in the Re: line. Please also include a completed Externship Application, available here: https://www.law.washington.edu/externship/default.aspx.

Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP Fellowship Applications Due TODAY

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Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, a leading plaintiff’s employment boutique firm in Oakland, California, is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 fellowship, which will begin in September 2016.  This one-year fellowship offers talented recent law school graduates who are committed to workers’ rights a year of intensive litigation experience in a women-owned, private law firm.  The LVBH Fellow will work directly with attorneys in the firm on ongoing litigation in individual and class action cases and will receive training in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, writing and providing direct client services.  Applicants should have 0-3 years experience in the practice of law; experience or class room instruction in the field of employment law is a plus, but is not required.  Demonstrated commitment to public interest or civil rights work is required.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a writing sample to sharon@levyvinick.com.

International Justice Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/28

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The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) invites applications for a new Staff Attorney position. IJRC 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.

In joining IJRC, the Staff Attorney will gain unique opportunities to help build a one-of-a-kind online resource hub, contribute to the understanding and effective use of international human rights law, forge relationships with advocates around the world, and assist individuals and groups in their vital struggle for fundamental freedoms. This position, open to young attorneys, offers a chance to become an important part of an organization whose impact and reputation are rapidly expanding.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney with substantial working knowledge of international human rights law and the bodies that enforce it, as well as excellent writing and editing skills.

For more information, click here.

United Nations the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Seeking MENA Project Intern for Spring 2015, Due TOMORROW

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Would you like to work with women, peace and security issues? Do you want to apply your textbook Human Rights law skills to the real world setting of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? Do you want to interact with NGOs from MENA and contribute to their work for Peace, Women and Security? Do you want to experience the exciting – and sometimes chaotic – life of working in a civil society organisation with small budgets and big ambitions?

If you have answered YES to the questions above, then we want you to be our MENA Project intern for Spring 2015.

As a member of the dedicated WILPF team, your tasks will be exciting, diverse, and challenging. You will take part in the UN human rights bodies’ sessions, you will liaise with our partners in the MENA region and learn from their work and you will report on all of that using your academic knowledge.

We encourage you to apply if you are a committed activist interested on Women’s rights and Peace issues. The internship is perfect for an energetic, motivated person who wants to discover the world of feminist organisations and activism.

For more information, click here.

TeamChild Seeking Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern, Paid Position, Due 12/5

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The Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern is responsible for assisting young men and women with motions to seal their juvenile record. The Intern will be responsible for running two juvenile record sealing clinics in King County. The clinics occur one Wednesday and one Saturday a month, October-May and two or three summer clinics. The intern’s attendance at these clinics is mandatory. The Intern will be responsible for organizing outreach efforts to ensure attendance at the Clinic and coordinating the participation of attorney and student volunteers.

Following the clinics, the Intern will be responsible for the filing and processing of paperwork necessary to seal juvenile criminal history. This requires the intern to be present at the King County juvenile courthouse two Fridays a month. The Intern will also be responsible for publicizing the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics in King County and responding to calls and emails seeking general information regarding the record sealing process. The intern will also be asked to gather information on current juvenile offenders.

A successful applicant will be a law student in good academic standing. The position requires someone who is self-motivated and has an excellent demeanor with clients and colleagues. This position is open to both work study and non work study qualified students. The time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours per month and the rate of pay is $18 an hour. The intern must be able to attend the sealing clinics (1st Wednesday of every month from 6-8 PM and 1 Saturday every month from 9:00-11:00 AM) and the King County Juvenile Court hearing (at least one morning a month from 8:30-11:30 AM). A car is useful but not necessary.

This is a great opportunity for a 1L or 2L that wants to practice communicating with clients, community members, and is also seeking courtroom experience. If you are interested please email a resume and cover letter to recordsealing@teamchild.org by 5:00 PM on December 5, 2014. Interviews will be conducted in January, and training will begin in February.

Accountability Counsel Seeking Spring 2015 Law Fellow

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Our Law Fellows will work with Accountability Counsel’s staff toward our mission:

Accountability Counsel defends the environmental and human rights of communities around the world who are harmed by internationally financed development projects. We specialize in non-judicial accountability mechanisms established to receive community complaints. We accomplish our mission through: (1) assisting communities to use these mechanisms effectively and; (2) policy advocacy, ensuring that these complaint offices are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.

Our Law Fellows will support Accountability Counsel’s collaboration with communities around the world in their complaints to accountability mechanisms, as well as policy work toward improvement of accountability mechanisms. Law Fellows will work on legal research assignments and fact memos, and will participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues. We expect students to work at least 10 hours per week.

For more information, click here.

Application Launch for 2015-2016 White House Fellows

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We are pleased to support the White House Fellows program in announcing that the 2015-2016 White House Fellows application officially launches online on November 1, 2014! Open season is from November 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and over the course of nine presidential administrations – four Democrat and five Republican – the nonpartisan White House Fellows program has become the nation’s premier fellowship for public service and leadership. The program’s mission is to expose Fellows to first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government. The program consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. During a year in Washington, DC, Fellows also participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the Federal government. It is an extraordinary year that yields a lifetime of rewards.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund National Headquarters Seeking Summer Interns

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The Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund is offering summer internships for law students. Primarily, summer interns assist attorneys with investigation, research and drafting in ongoing cases, prospective cases, and amicus curiae briefs, in all areas of sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination. Interns may also research, draft, and/or edit publications on these issues for public education, and will assist in maintenance and expansion of resources for our national legal Help Desk.

For more information, click here.

University of Minnesota Center for New Americans Clinical Teaching Fellowship, Position Open Until Filled

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The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a clinical teaching fellowship beginning fall 2015 with the Center for New Americans. The Center for New Americans is a comprehensive immigration law center composed of the three interrelated clinics: The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, The Detainee Rights Clinic, and the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, as well as an education and outreach program. The Law School currently offers twenty-two clinical courses with a broad diversity of subject matters. Thirteen in-house clinical faculty members and nineteen part-time adjunct instructors teach in the program. The Law School is committed to providing national leadership in clinical education and to ensure that students be prepared for the increasing complexities of legal practice in a diverse community.

For more information, click here.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) Seeking Summer Legal Interns in New York City, Due 12/15

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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.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking dynamic law students for our 2015 summer legal internship program in New York City.  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 complete details, click here.

Attention 3Ls! Projects Selected for the 2014-2015 Emerging Leader Fellowship

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Welcome to the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) application process!   If you are not familiar with this fellowship program, we encourage you to visit the Stoneleigh Foundation at www.stoneleighfoundation.org.

We have selected six (6) projects of non-profit organizations in Philadelphia which can provide an opportunity for an Emerging Leader Fellow to contribute to improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.  The fellowship term is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Stanford Law School Seeking Research Fellow, Due 12/7/14

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Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School.  Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.  They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science.

Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests.  As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.

For more details, click here.

Legal Momentum Seeking Legal Intern, Due 12/31/14

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Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1970. Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. We are the oldest national women’s rights legal advocacy organization, with a rich history in litigation and public policy development. We have worked to enact, expand, and enforce many of the most important laws and policies that affect women, including employment rights under Title VII, educational equity under Title IX, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

 

Legal Momentum strives to provide its legal interns with a stimulating and diversified clinical experience. In the past, Legal Momentum interns have participated in both litigation and other projects, performing such duties as researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefspreparing Congressional testimony, drafting model legislation, screening potential cases for Legal Momentum involvement, and drafting informational pamphlets on legal topics.  Applicants should expect most of their work to involve legal research and writing. Interns are also encouraged to participate in regular meetings of the legal staff, as well as meetings with other groups.

For more information, click here.

Looking to Refine Your Resume? Check Out These Great Tips!

Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.

Columbia Law School Releases New Practice Guide Addressing Gender-Based Violence

New Resource on Human Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence in the United States

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By: JoAnn Kamuf, Bringing Human Rights Home

A new resource developed by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the University of Miami International Human Rights Clinic is now available.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the U.S.:  A Human Rights Based Approach & Practice Guide includes core human rights principles related to gender-based violence, as well as relevant treaties, case-law, related reports and organizational resources.   It also discusses recent developments in U.S. policy and the value added of human rights in the U.S. domestic context.  It can be accessed through this link or on our publications page.

This resource is an outgrowth of a DOJ-DOS sponsored roundtable held in April of this year and reflects the input of a number of network members and U.S. government representatives.  Building on conversations that took place at the roundtable, the Practice Guide offers concrete ideas for incorporating human rights into federal policy and practice.

What’s at Stake for Hong Kong?

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By: Scott Neuman, National Public Radio (NRP)

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory’s next chief executive.

Here’s a closer look at the issue and what’s at stake:

What Was In The Handover Agreement?

Hong Kong was designated a “special administrative region” within China and promised a “high degree of autonomy,” including the eventual election of its chief executive. Hong Kong people retained their own passports, making it easier for them to travel abroad than it was for their mainland counterparts. The territory has also retained the Hong Kong dollar as its currency and issues its own postage stamps, though Queen Elizabeth’s image no longer appears on either.

“The central government will not interfere,” Lu told People’s Daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. China touted its relationship with Hong Kong as “one country, two systems.”

Although Hong Kong’s first several chief executives were selected by a committee appointed by Beijing, China promised that the election of the territory’s leader would eventually be democratic.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit Carlos Barria (Reuters/Landov).

UN Climate Summit 2014 Yields Mass Public Mobilization, Political Commitments as Participants Hope to Lay Groundwork for Global Climate Change Treaty

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By: International Justice Resource Center

The much anticipated one-day Climate Summit 2014 took place this Tuesday, September 23 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, marking the international community’s latest effort to address climate change. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Summit 2014 aimed to engage world leaders and encourage international action to slow climate change. Governments at the Summit were expected to produce “concrete initiatives” and discuss ways to lower industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to the heating of the planet.  The primary purpose of Climate Summit 2014 is to generate momentum for a global agreement on climate change in 2015.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Update: Public & Private Solutions to Providing Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

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By: ABA Access to Justice Blog

In early August “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms…to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation…  Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases.”

Since then, government (on all levels), law firms, and other private-sector actors are reacting to the glut of unaccompanied minors who are being processed through the U.S.’s byzantine immigration system without legal counsel.  Here’s the underlying problem as reported by the Press Democrat:

Border patrol agents picked up more than 66,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along the southern U.S. border between Oct. 1, 2013, and the end of last month. They were turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, then underwent medical checks and were given immunizations before being placed in shelters or with relatives and sponsors.

Those shelters and other living accommodations are scattered throughout the U.S. So the question has arisen about how to ensure that unaccompanied minors have access too legal services.

Continue reading here.