Staff attorney opportunities at the ACLU of WA, Fair Work Legal Center, Columbia Legal Services, and more

Due March 15: Fair Work Legal Center hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Close of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Learn more and apply here.

Due March 24: Columbia Legal Services hiring Statewide Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Due March 27: National Employment Law Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.

Apply and learn more here

 

Due March 31: Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: Summer internship with the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.

 E&C is responsible for handling enforcement actions against national banks, federal savings associations, and bank officers and employees, including large civil money penalties, suspensions and removals, temporary cease and desist orders, and other administrative enforcement actions. The Division also works closely with the Department of Justice and the other bank regulatory agencies on coordination of law enforcement efforts involving insured financial institutions. Typically E&C law clerks, working under the close supervision of attorneys, formulate and present enforcement recommendations, conduct legal research, draft memos, notices of charges and settlement documents.
 
Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: New York Legal Assistance Group summer internship positions

NYLAG LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Air Force JAG Corps 2017 summer internships available

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts.  This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.

Read more and apply here

It’s time to start thinking about summer jobs: Application review sessions and AGO open house coming up

Dec. 20 – 28: Internship Application Materials Review

UW Law LogoTime: Varies
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20 to Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Place: UW School of Law, Room 346

Stop by the UW School of Law over winter break to get your 1L summer application materials reviewed and edited by 2Ls, 3Ls, and career counselors. Click here for more information.

Jan. 19: Washington Attorney General’s Office Open House

washington-ago-color-sealTime: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: 800 Fifth Ave., Suite 2000, Seattle, WA

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) serves roughly 200 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to provide excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people. The Office is comprised of over 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff.
Attorney staff from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available. Read the flyer here.

Attention, enviromental lawyers! NOAA, Dept. of Energy hiring entry-level attorneys

Due Nov. 15: U.S. Dept. of Energy hiring trial attorney

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Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation is seeking an attorney to join the legal team supporting litigation involving challenges to DOE programs, actions and interests.

The incumbent represents DOE’s interests in litigation before administrative bodies, Federal district courts, courts of appeal, and other courts to provide legal advice and counsel on highly complex and difficult legal issues, and coordinates and prepares cases with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Cases may include issues of civil procedure, Federal court jurisdiction, and energy, administrative, Constitutional, environmental, contract, civil rights, or other areas of law. Cases assigned to the incumbent may have broad impact on government-wide programs and involve complex factual questions and significant legal issues. Given the scope, complexity, and sensitivity of cases, and the amount of potential damages, the incumbent maintains close working relations with officials at various levels within and outside DOE to resolve substantive problems and issues. Read more here.

 Application Process: Please submit your application to the mailbox– GC-16-0009@hq.doe.gov A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant’s skills in the qualifications for this position.

Due Nov. 18, 2016: NOAA hiring recent grads

noaaApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is recruiting highly-qualified law school students, judicial law clerks, and legal fellows for entry level attorney positions in regional and headquarters offices for our Fall 2017 Attorney Honors Program. Approximately two to four positions are available for the Fall 2017 Program.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in rotations through the legal sections located in the Washington, D.C. area. Attorneys may also volunteer to rotate through a regional section. At the end of the rotations and consistent with the needs of the Office, we will permanently place attorneys in a specific legal section, making reasonable efforts to take into account their preferences for a permanent location. While we expect to place attorneys in one of the Washington, D.C. area sections, attorneys may request permanent placement in one of the six regional sections in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. If a permanent placement involves a change in location, the attorney will be responsible for his or her relocation costs. Read more here.

Application Process: For employment beginning in fall 2017, the application period opened October 11, 2016, and will close on November 18, 2016. We will accept applications (cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript) for this vacancy as described in a USAJOBS that is posted at http://www.usajobs.gov/.

Due Nov. 30: Colorado Legal Services hiring lawyers in multiple locations

colorado-legal-servicesApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Colorado Legal Services, LaJunta and Alamosa offices, are hiring attorneys to represent low-income clients in civil cases.  Salary range begins at $44,125 (DOE), and excellent benefits.  Applicants must be able to handle fast moving, high volume litigation caseload.  Sensitivity to the legal needs of low-income individuals and minorities is prerequisite. Bilingual English/Spanish desired. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Application Process: Learn how to apply here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA Project Safe Staff Attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, but screening begins Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Project Safety is a federally-funded (Victims of Crime Act) initiative that provides civil legal services to victims of crime in coordination with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office (KCPAO). Project Safety is an integrated, multi-agency partnership working to address a range of critical legal needs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of crime victims. KCBA Pro Bono Services seeks a Project Safety staff attorney to provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Domestic Violence Protection Order cases and to develop a pro bono court-based program in collaboration with KCPAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) at the King County Superior Court. The staff attorney will divide their time between the KCBA office and the POAP office at the Seattle courthouse. Read more here.

Application Process: Send a resume, three references and a cover letter, in which you address your qualifications for this position, particularly your commitment to equal justice and your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence. Application materials should be sent to: hr@kcba.org.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Program Research Counsel for WA House

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The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan staff support to House members and committees in Olympia. OPR is currently seeking candidates for a staff position as Counsel. The candidate selected to fill this position will provide support to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Environment Committee. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee considers issues relating to agricultural production, marketing, and sales; animal and plant disease control; fisheries and wildlife; forest practices and forest fire protection; water; and mining. The committee also considers the management of certain state-owned lands.

The House Environment Committee considers issues relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, the Shoreline Management Act, air quality, aquatic lands, oil spill prevention, recycling and solid waste, hazardous waste, toxics, climate change, and parks and recreation. The committee also oversees the Puget Sound Partnership’s activities in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Application Process: Contact the OPR here.

Rolling Deadline: Domestic Violence Prevention Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid

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The Napa, Marin & Contra Costa (NaCoMa) County Regional Office has offices located in Napa and Richmond with mobile advocacy sites throughout the counties in Bay Point, Concord and Pittsburg with possible travel throughout the Bay Area. We are seeking an experienced attorney to represent survivors of interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking) in a range of civil legal services. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Nina Vasquez, Human Resources at: jobs@baylegal.org. Please reference BayLegal NaCoMa DV Prevention Position Fall 2016 in your application.

Rolling Deadline: Advancement Project internship

Advancement Project LogoApplication Process: Open until filled

 

Advancement Project is currently seeking candidates for legal internships for Summer 2017 at our national Washington, DC office. Interns will work closely with our staff of civil rights attorneys, organizers, and communication experts in creating and implementing strategies to support identified community-organizing efforts around racial justice issues. Advancement Project is a policy and legal action civil rights organization that develops innovative strategies for achieving universal opportunity and a racially just democracy. With offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, we provide community-focused lawyering, policy research, and aggressive media strategies to grassroots organizations fighting to promote racial and social justice. Our efforts are primarily focused in these major areas: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, Voter Protection, Quality Education, Immigrant Justice, Policing/Mass Incarceration, and Right to Vote. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to the attention of Kaitlin Banner, at InternProgram@advancementproject.org. Reference “Summer 2017 Legal Internship – (Your First and Last Name)” in the subject line.

Rolling Deadline: Paid summer internship with Americans for Financial Reform

afrApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Americans for Financial Reform is seeking a law student intern for Summer 2017.

We are a public-interest group dedicated to fundamental reform of Wall Street, and to rooting out the abuses built into financial products such as payday loans and private student loans. Senator Elizabeth Warren helped found AFR, which played a pivotal role in creating and defending her vision of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In broader terms, we are committed to holding Wall Street accountable and to the goal of a smaller, simpler financial system that serves the needs of the society as a whole. For more about AFR and its work, see the video with Senator Warren posted at defenddoddfrank.org. Read more about the internship here.

Application Process: Please send a resume, two writing samples (ideally, one legal and one non-legal), unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts (with a list of first-year courses and first-semester grades, if available), and a short cover letter explaining your interest in AFR and the dates of your availability to AFRLegalInternship@gmail.com with the subject line “SUMMER 2017 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP.”

Internships with CRR, HRW, ACLU; City of Seattle and Bronx Defenders hiring grads

Due 11/8: City of Seattle seeks Civil Rights Investigator 

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

The Office for Civil Rights is committed to creating and sustaining an organization free of institutional racism; successful candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of race, racism, and multiculturalism to their job function and their commitment to creating organizations free of racism. This is a full-time position that will report to the Enforcement Manager.

The investigator will investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes. Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load. The work product of the Enforcement Division is ultimately subject to judicial scrutiny and must meet procedural and technical standards to withstand challenge. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Due 11/18: Bronx Defenders hiring immigration attorney

screenshot-9Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. 

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an immigration staff attorney to join our vibrant immigration practice.

The Bronx Defenders is a multi-service public defense organization dedicated to addressing the underlying issues that lead to involvement with the criminal and family justice systems. The Bronx Defenders’ collaborative approach brings together interdisciplinary work groups combining criminal defense and civil lawyers, social workers, investigators, and family court advocates to address not just the immediate criminal or family court case, but also the host of issues that drive individuals into the system. Our immigration practice, which currently consists of 18 attorneys, 2 social workers and 2 legal advocates, is housed within the Civil Action Practice, which provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our criminal and family defense practices.

Application process: To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references electronically via email to jobs@bronxdefenders.org by the end of business on Friday, November 18, 2016 and type “Staff Attorney (Immigration)” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. No faxes or phone calls please. Applications will be accepted immediately.

Due 12/9: Human Rights Watch Internship

2000px-hrw_logo-svgApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate interns for the spring of 2017. The internship will primarily focus on the research related to US human rights problems, especially those related to criminal justice and sexual assault. This internship will allow the intern to learn more about bail and sentencing reform, private probation companies, criminalization of drug possession, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases. Read more here.

Application Process: Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references in one PDF to usprog_jobs@hrw.org, using the subject line “NY Spring 2017 Graduate Internship.”

Due 12/24: Center for Reproductive Rights 2017 Spring Intern

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s Latin America & the Caribbean team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in litigation and advocacy activities to enforce reproductive rights norms in national, regional and international fora. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU National Security Project Intern

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

The National Security Project of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2017. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Application Process: Instructions here 

It’s almost spring! Celebrate by pursuing one of these potential jobs!

2/27: Los Angeles Superior Court – Summer Extern

The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles is currently accepting applications for summer 2015. Externs for the Superior Court generally work directly with the Superior Court’s judicial officers. Externs are often given the opportunity to research and write legal memoranda on pending law and motion matters, to observe trials and daily law and motion calendars, and to complete special projects.Externships are available in civil, criminal, family, and juvenile courtrooms. Part­time and full­time positions are available.

Interested students should submit a resume, transcript (if available) and writing sample via email. In the text of the email, please indicate your preferred area of law. All materials should be submitted as soon as possible. Positions will be filled on an on­going basis. Materials are accepted via email only and can be sent to: extern@lacourt.org. Please email any questions to extern@lacourt.org.

Students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (if available), and short writing sample by February 27th, 2015 to Charisse Brimmer, Supervising Research Attorney, at extern@lacourt.org

2/27: Department of Health and Human Services – Children & Family Services Specialist 

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) unit, Region III, Philadelphia, PA/Region IX, San Francisco, CA./Region X, Seattle, WA/ Region V Chicago, IL, Region I, Boston, MA.

For more information about the position and the application process, please click here.

Skokomish Tribe Contract Prosecutor Position

The Skokomish Indian Tribe is soliciting applications for a Tribal Prosecutor.  This is a two year contract position, subject to renewal, with a contract rate of four thousand dollars ($4,000) per month.  The contract requires the Tribal Prosecutor to be on site two days per week.  The applicant also must be a member in good standing of a state or territorial bar association.  Please send applications in Microsoft Word and/or Adobe Pdf format to: yoberly@skokomish.org.

Unpaid intern position for Commissioner Burrows

We are currently seeking unpaid legal interns for Spring (immediately), Summer, and Fall 2015. Commissioner Burrows was confirmed on December 2, 2014 and began her tenure in January. Thus, we are just getting settled. With a full Commission, it should be an exiting time and educational experience for law students interested in equal employment opportunity, employment, or civil rights law broadly.   

 If you have any questions, please email us at officeofcommissionerburrows@eeoc.gov.

Staff Attorney – Office of Legislative Counsel (CONGRESS OF THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA)

The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is seeking a staff attorney to work in the Office of the Legislative Counsel.  The Federated States of Micronesia is an island national located in the Western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator.  The nation’s lush tropical foliage, coral reefs, and sparkling lagoons make it one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Its capital is located on the island of Pohnpei. More information on the FSM can be found at the FSM Visitor’s Board website at http://www.visit-micronesia.fmThe official website of the FSM Congress is at www.fsmcongress.fm

The responsibilities of a staff attorney include drafting legislation, legal research, providing advice to members of Congress, and working with the Executive Branch of the government on legislative matters.  The work is diverse, ranging from tax and budget legislation to fundamental issues of national social policy.  

Applications, including a cover letter and resume, should be emailed to the hiring committee at cfsmolcjobs@gmail.com. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS/JUSTICE AMERICORPS -Legal Fellowship Opportunity

The Equal Justice Works/justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will work full-time at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and will be responsible for providing full-scope direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Immigration Court proceedings and related proceedings before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and in State Court. The term of the fellowship is one year, with the possibility of renewal.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, brief writing sample, and list of three references; if a recent law school graduate, please include a law school transcript (an unofficial copy is fine). Send complete application to the attention of: Silvia Contreras, Immigrant Justice Program, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Submission via email to scontreras@lccr.com, with the subject line of “EJW/jAC Fellowship,” is preferred, but applications may alternatively be mailed to 131 Steuart Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; position to start as soon as possible.

For more information, please click here.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, OFFICE OF PRO SE LITIGATION – Pro Se Law Clerk

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is hiring one pro se law clerk to serve a two-year term (subject to available funding) for the Office of Pro Se Litigation. The Office of Pro Se Litigation serves the District and Magistrate Judges of the Court in the handling of all cases filed by individuals who are representing themselves in court. It provides legal support to the Court’s judges to assist them in managing their pro se docket (which accounts for approximately 25% of the Court’s civil filings). Pro se law clerks review initial pro se filings and draft legal memoranda and proposed orders and decisions for judicial officers. Pro se law clerks report directly to the Chief Counsel of the Office of Pro Se Litigation.

In addition to providing substantive support to judicial officers, pro se law clerks work on other matters handled by the Office of Pro Se Litigation, including preparing forms, manuals, and other materials to provide assistance to pro se litigants.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, list of at least three references, and a recent, self-edited writing sample and be sent by email to PSLC@nysd.uscourts.gov using “Pro Se Law Clerk” as the subject line (all documents should be combined into a single PDF file).

Due to the volume of applications, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. For more information, click here

3/16: NAACP – John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellowship

The John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellowship provides a mid-level lawyer with the opportunity to spend a year as a staff attorney at  LDF litigating cutting-edge civil rights cases.

 We’ll be accepting applications until March 16, 2015 and would welcome any help you might be able to offer in spreading the word or recommending good candidates.  Please find more information here.

Robert L. Carter Fellowship 

The Opportunity Agenda seeks candidates for the Robert L. Carter fellowship, for a two-year term beginning no later than September of 2015 for its New York office. The Opportunity Agenda is a social justice communication lab that collaborates with social justice leaders to move hearts and minds, driving lasting policy and culture change. We amplify the inspirational voice of opportunity through a combination of communication expertise, creative engagement and research.

Working under the supervision of the Director of Law and Advocacy, and in coordination with other program and development staff, this position’s responsibilities include:

The Fellow will participate in legal research and legal advocacy; work with coalitions on framing and messaging concerns; and collaborate with local and national public interest organizations and policymakers on policy and communications efforts. The Fellow will focus on promoting equal opportunity and protecting human rights in such sectors as economic opportunity and immigration and criminal justice policy. Activities are likely to include conducting research and writing legal and policy briefs; helping to create communications strategies and tools; and engaging in policy advocacy, often in partnership with coalition allies. This work will be done in close collaboration with The Opportunity Agenda’s legal, research, and communications staff, providing opportunities for social science research and media experience, as well as legal work.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to jobs@opportunityagenda.org. Include the job title “Robert L. Carter fellowship” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

STUDY BREAK: Browse these new jobs while you have the day off

Due 2/17: Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy

The Office of Housing works to build strong healthy communities and increase opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.

As a senior member on the Office of Housing’s Policy and Equitable Development team, you will be responsible for crafting innovative policies to foster housing affordability. You will oversee place-based initiatives, pursue site-specific opportunities and develop programs to produce and preserve affordability within the private housing market. You will perform data analysis and lead research initiatives and communicate findings to broad audiences.  Acting as both a technical expert and a big picture strategist, you will work with community members, housing developers, senior management and policy makers to promote housing affordability and equitable development patterns throughout Seattle.

If you have questions please contact Yoshiko Matsui (Yoshiko.matusi@seattle.gov)

Due 2/27: Want a Judicial Internship/Externship in Los Angeles this Summer? Los Angeles Superior Court Seeks 1L & 2Ls. 

The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles is currently accepting applications for summer 2015. Externs for the Superior Court generally work directly with the Superior Court’s judicial officers. Externsare often given the opportunity to research and write legal memoranda on pending law and motion matters, to observe trials and daily law and motion calendars, and to complete special projects.Externships are available in civil, criminal, family, and juvenile courtrooms. Part­time and full­time positions are available.

Interested students should submit a resume, transcript (if available) and writing sample via email. In the text of the email, please indicate your preferred area of law. All materials should be submitted as soon as possible. Positions will be filled on an on­going basis. Materials are accepted via email only and can be sent to: extern@lacourt.org. Please email any questions to extern@lacourt.org.

Students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (if available), and short writing sample by February 27th, 2015 to Charisse Brimmer, Supervising Research Attorney, at extern@lacourt.org

Interest in Policy Work? Senator Patty Murray Seeks Student Interns in DC

Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Minority Oversight & Investigations Office is seeking unpaid Law Clerks for Summer 2015.

The position offers law students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting document review, policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports and preparing for hearings. Qualifications: Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants available full-time throughout the summer are preferred, though candidates available part-time may also be considered.

To learn more about the committee’s work please visit here: http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=0496b1ed-ab8f-4db2-bfc6-8109a2cc1a65&groups=Chair

Applications: Interested applicants should apply for this position by emailing a cover letter, resume, writing sample and availability to HELPOversightClerk@gmail.com as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Attorney General’s Office is seeking AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst, Civil Rights Unit

The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a full time permanent AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst in our Civil Rights Unit. This position is located in downtown Seattle. The incumbent in this position will be required to fluently read, write, and speak in English and Spanish languages and have the ability to effectively, efficiently and accurately translate from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington State that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies.

Paid Fellowship ($5500) Available for Yakima position through Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project.  

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects.  Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State.  The position in Yakima is focused full –time on farmworker advocacy.  A position in the Wenatchee office will combine farmworker outreach with general legal services legal advocacy.   Positions may become available in other NJP offices.

Email cover letter, resume and & writing sample to: Attn.: Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources; Northwest Justice Project; karenh@nwjustice.org

The Center for WorkLife is seeking summer interns for PAID position

The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) is a nonprofit research and advocacy group housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  WLL seeks to jump-start the stalled gender revolution by producing concrete social and institutional change. Our current initiatives include an innovative working group on pregnancy accommodation, research on how gender bias differs by race, a path-breaking study on predictable scheduling of hourly workers, and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. WLL is also a leader in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.

 Summer interns are involved in all facets of the Center’s work, including participating in strategy sessions, researching law and policy, contributing to articles and reports, and attending the Center’s special events. Summer interns typically produce a significant piece of written work over the course of the summer, usually in the form of a legal research memo.

Summer interns receive a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time work.

For more information about the Center, please visit www.worklife.org.

Hiring Criteria: Open to rising second- and third-year law students; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills required; and an internship with WLL is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law and women’s advancement.

 To Apply: Please send a cover letter, a resume, a list of three references, and a writing sample to Sanaz Rizlenjani at rizlenjanis@uchastings.edu.

Due Feb. 20: NJP seeks Pro Bono Innovation Fund Project Attorney

Under the overall supervision of NJP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, the PBIF Project Attorney will carry out the activities described in the grant proposal to increase the level of “extended service” provided by volunteer attorneys in partner volunteer lawyer programs.

All NJP attorneys are expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Duties:

  • Work collaboratively with project partners and NJP staff to identify substantive law areas of focus and to produce “toolkits” including written and other resources to support pro bono attorneys in undertaking matters in the focus areas
  • Mentor pro bono attorneys who are participating in the project
  • Train private attorneys on how to mentor other attorneys as well as on substantive law as needed
  • Keep supervisors apprised of project progress and provide information needed for reporting to LSC and other funders

The position will be based in Bellingham and service responsibilities will be in both Northwest and Eastern Washington locations.  Travel to project partner and NJP Seattle locations and other sites as needed. Must be able to work occasionally in the evening as needed to meet the needs of partner volunteer lawyer programs.

Email Cover letter, resume and writing sample to Karen Holland, karenh@nwjustice.org no later than February 20, 2015.

Due March 1: National Women’s Law Center is seeking a new VP!

The Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights (HRR) is responsible for identifying, planning and implementing NWLC’s programmatic and advocacy initiatives pertaining to women’s health and reproductive rights.  S/he will advocate before legislatures and Congress, courts and administrative agencies, work with varied coalitions at state/national level, conduct research and identify and provide necessary information to the public about HRR issues.  S/he will lead a talented team and manage a multi-million dollar departmental budget; work in close partnership with the Development Team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors who support the HRR program; and serve as a key member of NWLC’s senior leadership team. S/he will report directly to the Co-Presidents.

 Ideal qualifications include: Demonstrated track record of accomplishment in leading health and reproductive rights initiatives, developing innovative programs, and translating strategy into targeted goals and actions; expertise on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and on legislative and administrative advocacy; significant experience in cultivating donors and maintaining on-going relations with program funders; strong management skills and the ability to recruit, motivate and supervise a team of professionals using a collaborative, team-driven style; strong organizational, analytical, and time-management  skills and ability to manage multiple and shifting priorities; superior writing and public presentation skills; impeccable judgment and integrity;  commitment to social and economic justice, and passion for NWLC’s mission.  Law degree and 10 years or more experience required.

 Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Applications will be considered in confidence by Conway Strategic and NWLC. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume by March 1, 2015 to Search@ConwayStrategic.com.  Kindly direct all inquiries to Search@ConwayStrategic.com; do not contact NWLC.   

Due March 31: INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FOREIGN LAW CLERKS

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 April 2015.

Each year, 15 to 20 young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties. The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all chambers.

Substantial knowledge of South African law is not a prerequisite, but familiarity with South Africa’s history and contemporary affairs is highly valued.

Applications must include the following: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the Court’s work that must specify a proposed start date (or range of start dates) for which he or she would like to be considered; (2) a full curriculum vitae; (3) copies of all post- secondary academic records (unofficial transcripts are permitted); (4) a legal writing sample of approximately 6-12 pages; and (5) at least two reference letters (at least one academic and one professional). Please note that applicants may either have references send the letters directly to the Court or applicants may compile the letters and send a complete application to the Court themselves.

Start off your February with new job opportunities throughout the U.S. and abroad!

Access to Justice seeking Attorney with at least three years of post-grad experience!

This position is located in the Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ). Established in 2010, ATJ serves as  a catalyst within the Department of Justice to marshal the power and resources of the Federal Government to secure fair and efficient outcomes for all in the justice system, regardless of wealth or status. ATJ staff work within the Department of Justice, across federal agencies, and with state, local, tribal, and international justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice system for people who are unable to afford lawyers.

The Attorney-Advisor works under the general supervision of the supervisor. The Attorney-Advisor and his/her supervisor develop a mutually acceptable project plan which typically identifies the work to be done, the scope of the project, and deadline for its completion. Within the parameters of the approved project plan, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for planning and organizing the work, coordinating with staff and management personnel, and working with others both inside and outside ATJ as necessary to complete the work. The Attorney-Advisor is responsible for reporting problems to the supervisor and bringing any unanticipated issues to the supervisor’s attention. Completed projects, evaluations, reports or recommendations are reviewed by the supervisor for compatibility with organizational goals, guidelines, presentation, and effectiveness in achieving intended objectives.

Internship – International Criminal Court (ICC) Programme

REDRESS is currently seeking applications from law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international law to work on its International Criminal Court (ICC) programme. Due to the particular work of the ICC Programme, the Legal Intern working on the ICC Programme must have excellent written French. The legal intern will be based in The Hague and be hosted in the offices of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

REDRESS legal interns working on the ICC Programme will work with REDRESS programme staff on a variety of assignments, including monitoring of victim-specific ICC jurisprudence in view of producing quasi-monthly “Legal Updates”, work on the Victims’ Rights Working Group Bulletin “ACCESS” published by REDRESS twice a year, background research for reports and submissions and other related projects. Also, the Hague based intern will also be tasked with attending relevant ICC and diplomatic meetings in The Hague and provide support to advocacy efforts.

More information on REDRESS’ work can be found on its website at: www.redress.org and on its work on the ICC at:www.vrwg.org

Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office seeking summer externs/interns – applications accepted on rolling basis

The Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prosecutes all felonies and misdemeanors in Kitsap County, advise and represent all of the County’s elected officials and departments, provide legal advice to all county law enforcement agencies, establish and enforce child support obligations and provide victim and witness assistance services.  For more information on crime victims, see our Crime Victims section, Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Links.

In criminal matters, we represent the interests of the people of the State by ensuring that offenders within the county are timely charged with crimes that accurately reflect the offending conduct, and further, by taking all steps necessary to ensure that the conduct is appropriately punished.

Our Civil Division acts as the law firm representing the County and its agencies. The Civil Division advises and represents all of the County’s elected officials and departments on legal matters. The range of legal representation provided by the Civil Division is expansive and covers virtually every aspect of civil law.

The office is seeking 1L and 2L summer interns/externs. Applicants should email their resume, cover letter to Emily Jarchow at ejarchow@co.kitsap.wa.us. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due Feb. 9: FIAN International Traineeship Vacancy – Communications/Project Coordination

FIAN International is an international human rights organization that has advocated for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition for nearly 30 years. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people’s right to adequate food and nutrition wherever they may occur. FIAN’s International Secretariat offices are based in Heidelberg, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland. FIAN International has 19 national sections in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. www.fian.org

FIAN International is currently looking for a trainee to assist in the development of the 2015 edition of the publication Right to Food and Nutrition Watch (hereinafter the Watch), published by a Consortium of twenty civil society organizations and social movements;and to support FIAN International’s Communications Team. The trainee will work full-time (40 hours/week) and be based at the International Secretariat’s office in Heidelberg, Germany. The traineeship period is for one year, starting from 1 April, 2015.

Due Feb. 10: IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE PROGRAM SERVICES COORDINATOR – CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE  (AURORA, CO)

The Office of City Manager is looking for an Immigrant and Refugee Program Services Coordinator to provide outreach to Aurora’s immigrant and refugee community; serve as liaison between the City and Aurora Sister Cities International; coordinate participation in Immigrant/Refugee Task Force; serve as a liaison to the International Round table, assisting in the formulation of an annual work plan, producing meeting minutes, and generally staffing the Round table; serve as liaison to the Aurora Welcome Center;manage any MOU and/or service agreement between the City and the Center; assist in the coordination of City-wide translation services; assist in the planning and execution of Aurora Global Fest in coordination with the international community and appropriate city departments.

Due Feb. 17: City of Seattle – Equity and Environment Initiative 

The City of Seattle is launching a new Equity & Environment Initiative to advance racial and environmental equity in our community.  The Office of Sustainability & Environment has created a new position, Equity & Environment Program Manager, to work with City departments and offices and community partners to move the needle on equity in Seattle’s environmental work.

We are looking for someone who combines strong management, policy, and stakeholder engagement skills with experience working on racial equity and/or environmental justice.  If you or someone you know matches this description, please encourage them to visit this link to learn more and apply.  The posting is scheduled to close 2/17/15.

Due March 1: U.S. DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review – Tacoma Immigration Court

The Tacoma Immigration Court has an opening for a Summer 2015 volunteer legal intern. The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s judicial law clerks but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Interested students must submit the following information by March 1, 2015:
(1) a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship,
(2) resume,
(3) 5-10 page writing sample,
(4) law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and
(5) contact information for three references.

Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Melissa Tuttle (melissa.tuttle@usdoj.gov) or Julia Hunter (Julia.hunter@usdoj.gov). You may also contact Melissa and Julie by phone at (253) 779-6020 if you have any additional questions.