‘Tis the Season to Apply for Summer Internships at the NW Public Service Career Fair! Application Deadline for Interviews at the Fair is January 17!

‘Tis the Season to Apply for Summer Internships at the NW Public Service Career Fair! Application Deadline for Interviews at the Fair is January 17!

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Are you interested in an internship or externship with a public interest organization or government agency this summer in the Northwest? If yes, don’t miss your best shot at securing a position with an employer participating in the 2016 NW Public Service Career Fair. 50+ employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 11 but now is the time to work on your application materials and upload them to the career fair website. Students can do informational interviews (aka table talk) in the morning and have formal interviews in the afternoon. To get a chance at a pre-selected afternoon interview be sure to review UW Law public service career resources and tips and to submit your tailored application materials through the career fair website by January 17.

Seattle Location:

When? Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Where? LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Portland Location:

When? Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Where? Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For complete details and registration information please click here.

Innocence Project Northwest Client Donovan Allen Freed After 15 Years in Prison

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By: Innocence Project NW

On December 2, 2015, Donovan Allen was freed from prison after spending nearly 16 years wrongly convicted of his mother’s murder. On December 1, the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office formally charged Donovan’s cousin, Brian Kitts, with the February 2000 murder of Sharon Cox. Prosecutors then agreed to vacate Donovan’s conviction based on new DNA evidence obtained by Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW). Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning dismissed the charges and ordered Donovan Allen’s immediate release from prison.

Donovan was met at Clallam Bay Corrections Center by his attorneys, IPNW Director Anna Tolin, Legal Intern Richard Devenport and former Intern Lauren Connor. After a welcome cup of fresh coffee, Donovan took a walk on the beach while a pair of bald eagles landed nearby.  Richard Devenport had recently visited Donovan in prison and said: “Watching Donovan walk free and confront the sea, made even the Juan de Fuca look small in comparison.”

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Study: Reason, not disruption, rules when growing a social movement

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By: Peter Kelley

When campaigning for social change, disruptive protests may win a few battles but education is more likely to win the war, according to research by Abhinav Gupta, an assistant professor of strategic management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Gupta and co-authors studied “Rein in Russell,” a 2009 campaign by United Students Against Sweatshops at Pennsylvania State University and other institutions designed to pressure the company Russell Athletic to change its anti-union business tactics and reopen a shuttered unionized plant in Honduras. Their campaign involved targeting Russell Athletics’ major business allies — other universities in the United States — and urging them to sever their licensing contracts with the company.

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Attention 2L & 3L Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Winter Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

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Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono service learning projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Ed Law and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20pm.

Click here for the syllabus. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono service learning project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Ways Law Students Can Be More Persuasive in Job Interviews

The top ten ways to be more persuasive in a job interview, according to Lisa Abrams, Director of Career Services at the University of Chicago, all share a common takeaway point: Prepare in advance. How? Here are ten strategies. The sky’s the limit.

1) Thoroughly and thoughtfully research the organization…. Search news articles, Google, and talk to people with knowledge and insight into the organization.

2) You MUST be able to answer the question “Why did you go to law school?” This is always a hard question. Come up with one sentence in advance of the interview that allows you to state your answer succinctly (“I went to law school because…”) and connect your reason with your interest in the organization.

3) Identify three of your strongest skills and give up to three examples of each from your educational experience or work history.

4) State what you think is special about the organization. “Law is a service profession, and legal employers want to hire people who are truly engaged in what they do. What about the employer do you value? Its mission? The type of work done at their office?”

5)  You will always be asked, “What questions do you have for me?,” sometimes at the beginning of an interview. Don’t be caught unprepared. Show your curiosity, intelligence, and creativity by avoiding questions whose answers are easily attainable by reading the organization’s website. See tip #1.

6) Come up with a list of the toughest questions you might be asked and strategize about how you will answer them.

7) Practice speaking your answers outloud! “Hearing in your own voice your carefully planned answers will make you feel more sincere and comfortable.”

For more tips, read the full article, “Ten Ways Law Students Can Be More Persuasive in Job Interviews,” by Lisa Abrams, published in the August edition of the NALP Bulletin here.