International human rights organizations looking for interns and post-grads

Rolling deadline: Prof. Mastroianni looking for student research assistant

UW Law LogoApplication deadline: Open until filled

Professor Anna Mastroianni is seeking a student to provide an average of 5-7 hours per week (variable during the quarter based on workload and availability) in project management support for two academic book projects (12 chapters on justice and research;  70 multi-authored chapters on ethics and public health) during the upcoming year. Project management tasks to include: chapter tracking and database management; coordination of conference calls (agendas, minutes); corresponding and requesting updates from authors and section editors; and reference formatting. The successful candidate will possess the following skills at the outstanding or excellent levels: project management, excellent email etiquette, database management (e.g., GoogleSheets, Excel, Asana, Zotero),  proofreading and overall attention to detail. Interested?

Application process: Please send an email expression of interest, highlighting your relevant experience, if any, and your resume to Professor Anna Mastroianni, amastroi@uw.edu.  Work study applicants encouraged.

Rolling deadline, paid: Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 7th for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Read more here.

Application Process: Read about the process here.

Rolling deadline: IRAP, UNHCR hiring for Middle East Deployment Program

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The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP, in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is excited to announce our 2017 Middle East Deployment Program. We are seeking several highly committed individuals to dive into the intense world of frontline work with refugee recognition, protection, and resettlement. Our goal is to increase UNHCR’s capacity to prepare resettlement applications for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees so that they can emigrate to the U.S., Canada, Europe, and other countries. Positions will be based in Jordan, and possibly other locations in the MENA region. This is a great opportunity for individuals with experience in the areas of refugee, asylum, human rights, and/or international humanitarian issues looking to make a difference in the lives of those most at-risk, and be involved in the response to the most urgent refugee crisis since WWII. Start date: January 1, 2017. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample in English (no longer than 2-3 pages) to hr@refugeerights.org. Please note “2017 Deployment Program” in the email title. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Start date: January 1, 2017

Rolling deadline: Intern at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights

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This continental court was established in 1998 by African countries to ensure protection of human and people’s rights. The protocol came into force in 2004 and to date 27 states have ratified the protocol. The court is composed of eleven judges and has its seat in Arusha. Volunteers and interns can gain practical working experience and develop skills in areas of relevance to their careers. They have to be registered in or have graduated from a recognized academic institution. Read more here.

Application process: Apply online http://www.projectsoverland.org or send an email info@projectsoverland.org

Rolling deadline: Summer internships, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law in NY and DC

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and DC offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

Application process: Click here to apply to the New York office, and here to apply to the D.C. office.

Rolling deadline, paid: ACLU hiring interns for multiple offices

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ACLU is hiring interns for their Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, Racial Justice Program, and Criminal Law Reform Project, and more.

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 that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, 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, disability or national origin.

Application process: Each office has a slightly different process. Apply online to each office by clicking the links above.

Rolling deadline: Judge John Chun, King County Superior Court, accepting winter externship applications

Judge John H. ChunApplication deadline: Open until filled

Judge John H. Chun is now accepting applications for winter externships in his chambers.

Application Process: Read more and apply here.

Check out these upcoming judicial externships!

Judicial Externships Available in Summer 2016

 The Honorable Charles K. Wiggins of the Washington Supreme Court.

 justice_charles_wigginsTo apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications may be submitted by mail:

 The Honorable Charles K. Wiggins

Washington Supreme Court

P.O. Box 40929

Olympia, WA 98504-0929

 Or by email to Sylvia Campbell at Sylvia.Campbell@courts.wa.gov.

 The Honorable Ann Schindler of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I.

116as To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, self-edited writing sample, and list of references by email to erin.sanders@courts.wa.gov or by regular mail.

 The Honorable Ann Schindler

Washington Court of Appeals, Division I

600 University Street

Seattle, WA 98101

 Judge Sharon L. Gleason of the U.S. District Court for the District Of Alaska.

judge_sharon_l-_gleason To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references by email to Anne_Masneri@akd.uscourts.gov (PREFERRED) or by regular mail.

 The Honorable Sharon L. Gleason

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska

222 West Seventh Avenue, No. 54

Anchorage, AK 99513-7545

 Opportunities with other judges in these and other courts are also available. If you are interested in a judicial externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form at http://tinyurl.com/newcmqd.

Externship Fair – Wednesday, March 2, 12:30-1:20p.m. in Room 115

taupc7ah_400x400 Now is the time to plan for externships in the 2016-2017 school year. Come meet representatives of various organizations to learn about what they do and opportunities available during the school year. Some organizations may also still have openings for the summer.

 Please go to Symplicity for details and to RSVP.

 Current list of participating organizations:

  • CoMotion (formerly UW Center for Commercialization)
  • Earthjustice
  • Legal Voice
  • MultiCare Health System Legal Department
  • New Beginnings Legal Advocacy Program
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Seattle Community Law Center
  • Solid Ground Family Assistance Program
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  • U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Legal Office
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington State Attorney General’s Office

DUE PROCESS OF LAW FOUNDATION (DPLF) seeking Legal Intern

logo1DPLF, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C., works to strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights in Latin America through applied research, strategic alliances, advocacy and outreach.

Our vision is a Latin America in which civil society, using national and international legal instruments,participates fully in consolidation of the rule of law, and in which judicial institutions are independent,transparent, accessible, and able to fulfill their role in strengthening democracy. DPLF was founded by Professor Thomas Buergenthal, retired judge at the International Court of Justice (The Hague), and his former colleagues from the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador.

The legal intern’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, following and researching various issues of interest to DPLF and keeping the project staff informed on relevant legal and factual developments.

Research issues include:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Impact of the mining industry on indigenous Peoples
  • Transitional justice
  • Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Pretrial detention
  • Selection of Judges in Central America

In addition to legal research, interns will have the opportunity to participate in activities surrounding DPLF’s thematic hearings before the Inter?American Commission on Human Rights where logistical support and attendance at events and meetings on behalf of the organization will be required.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples(English and Spanish) to info@dplf.org, with “Legal Internship Application” in the subject line.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – Atlanta is looking for applicants for attorney fellowship position!

zuno-client-kindWe are recruiting for a justice Americorps attorney fellowship position in KIND’s Atlanta office.  We are seeking to fill this position immediately.  Here is the posting:

 https://supportkind.org/jobs/justice-americorps-fellow-atlanta-ga/

 Christina Iturralde, who is running KIND’s Atlanta office and is frankly, fantastic, will be overseeing the lucky attorney fellow.  Also, we were also funded for a justice Americorps paralegal in KIND’s Atlanta office, in addition to this attorney fellow position, which means the attorney fellow will have tremendous support for his or her case work.  The paralegal, Kevin Amaya, has already started in KIND’s Atlanta office and is looking forward to the attorney fellow coming on board.  In short, the justice Americorps attorney fellow will be able to hit the ground running with a great team in place, and working in a beautiful office at our generous Atlanta host, Troutman Sanders LLP, I might add! 

 Applicants should send cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and references to: jobs@supportkind.org. No phone calls please.

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES ASSOCIATE (HUMAN RIGHTS LAW)

logo2 International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) seeks a full time associate to work on its international human rights cases, which employ legal strategies to hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. All cases are administered through Washington, D.C.

 The applicant must be a U.S. licensed attorney with at least three years substantive, civil litigation experience in U.S. courts and possess the ability to work independently under time constraints.*  The applicant should also possess excellent research and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or human rights advocacy. Please also note that this position may require travel outside the U.S. (particularly to Colombia and Indonesia). Women and Persons of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. IRAdvocates is an equal opportunity employer.*

 *Please note that this is not an entry level position. We will not review any applications with less than the required minimum 3 years of substantive, civil litigation experience.

 **Only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please do not call the office.

 Specific Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with legal issues that arise in transnational corporate accountability litigation, including case law under the ATS and TVPA, international human rights, and issues of corporate law (alter ego), choice of law and forum non conveniens.
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples in the Latin America, Africa, and Asia, especially concerning human rights.
  • Spanish-language ability strongly preferred.
  • Interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for using the law as a vehicle for social change.

 To Apply: Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Jianing Xie at info@iradvocates.org. Please address your materials to Terrence Collingsworth. Position open until filled.

Attention Recent Grads! Openings With Washington AGO

Public Justice Seeking Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC or Oakland, CA, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of corporate and government abuse, seeks to hire two legal interns for Summer 2016.  The interns will work in either Public Justice’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. or its Oakland, California office.  Both interns will assist attorneys in both of Public Justice’s offices.

Public Justice’s legal interns research and develop new cases in conjunction with our staff attorneys, law fellows, and cooperating counsel.  They also provide assistance to attorneys in ongoing litigation.  Their work will not, however, focus on our Environmental Enforcement Project.  Our interns are involved in legal research and writing, case review, and brainstorming on theories and approaches designed to ensure that justice is achieved.

For more information, click here.

Seattle City Light Seeking Employee Relations Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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Seattle City Light is the nations’ 9th largest publicly owned utility based on the number of customers served.  We are committed to ensuring that Seattle’s electric rates are affordable, that we provide reliable service, in an environmentally sound way. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Our 1,800 employees strive to exceed the customer service expectations of the residents of the City of Seattle and surrounding communities.

We are seeking an Employee Relations Manager to join the Seattle City Light Human Resources Leadership Team. Reporting to the Human Resources Officer, the successful candidate will deliver high quality employee relations counsel and support and be capable of developing proactive solutions while building strong relationships with all stakeholders. This position will play a key role in risk mitigation and will partner closely with other HR leaders to develop comprehensive, proactive plans and strategies to ensure a positive employee experience.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Seeking Assistant Attorney Generals in Seattle and Olympia, Deadlines 7/29 and 7/31 Respectively

Washington AGO University of Washington Division (Seattle) Seeks Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/29

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The University of Washington Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is soliciting applications for a part-time labor and employment attorney. The UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research universities.  Attorneys in the division work in three (4-6 attorney) practice teams – the Employment Team, the Healthcare team and the General Practice Team. We are currently seeking an experienced attorney to fill a new 80% position (.8 FTE) on our Employment Team.

For more information, click here.

Washington AGO (Olympia) Seeks Assistant Attorney General – Revenue Division, Due 7/31

The Revenue Unit has an opening for a lawyer who enjoys working in a collegial and supportive environment.  Revenue AAGs primarily handle all aspects of excise and property tax refund claims and provide advice to the Department of Revenue.  Revenue AAGs generally practice before the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) and the Thurston County Superior Court, and in the federal courts in tax disputes involving Indian law and other federal issues.  Practice in the Revenue Unit includes engaging in written discovery and taking depositions, a considerable amount of legal research and writing, arguing motions and handling hearings before the BTA, and motions practice in the Thurston County Superior Court.  Revenue AAGs also regularly handle appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court, and occasionally work on tax cases that reach the United States Supreme Court.  Revenue cases often involve challenging and complex statutory and constitutional issues, and multi-million dollar refund claims.  And since virtually all business activity in Washington is taxed, Revenue AAGs get to learn about all sorts of different businesses.

For more information, click here.

King County Bar Association Seeking Pro Bono Services Program Coordinator, Due 7/30

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The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services promote social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused legal services programs and provides services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low income King County residents who would not otherwise receive legal assistance.

The Pro Bono Coordinator provides administrative support, project management, and tech support for the Pro Bono Services Director and to PBS Department.

For more information, click here.

King County Superior Court Judge John H. Chun Now Accepting Judicial Externship Applications, Fall Quarter Deadline 8/1

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Judge John H. Chun seeks a judicial extern for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  Externs are expected to conduct legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and observe in-court proceedings, including trials.  Judge Chun will select his extern based on previous experience, grades, writing ability (including journal experience), and references.

Applications should include the following: cover letter (cover letter addressee: Ms. Jill Gerontis), resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references.  Applications may be submitted electronically to chun.court@kingcounty.gov or by regular mail.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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The Employment and Administrative Mandate Section of San Diego Seeks New Deputy Attorney General, Due 8/3

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The Employment & Administrative Mandate Section (EAM) has an opening for Deputy Attorney General in its San Diego office.  Deputy Attorney General III will also be considered. EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves jury trials and appellate arguments in state and federal courts. EAM’s advice practice provides representation to the Governor’s Office and over 100 state agencies in furtherance of the State of California’s mission to ensure equal employment opportunities for all. In addition to employment law, EAM represents such clients as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters. EAM attorneys litigate issues of statewide importance as part of our dedication to public service and the Attorney General’s mission to serve the People of California. EAM prosecutes employee disciplinary hearings and Horse Racing Board disciplinary matters; litigates writs of mandate involving the State’s drunk driving and alcohol beverage control laws and handles whistleblower complaints and personnel privacy issues. EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment.

Applicants must pass the online examination before submitting an application.

For more information, click here.

Center for Community Solutions Seeking Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence Program, Due 8/3

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Since 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been creating safe and healthy communities with a core emphasis on the prevention and intervention of sexual assault and relationship violence. Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence served by the East Domestic Violence Services (DVS) program.  Supervision for the position is provided by the Litigation Manager.  The position is stationed twenty hours per week at the El Cajon Courthouse to staff CCS’ Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic.  The remaining twenty hours per week are devoted to providing additional legal services to clients, providing education for the DVS advocacy staff, and conducting training and outreach in the community.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Human Rights Education Coordinator, Due 8/4

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Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence by opening a regional office in Mexico City and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our human rights education capacity. Being closer to the ground will enable us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced Human Rights Education Coordinator to coordinate and manage the development and implementation of regional, and where appropriate, national human rights education strategies, plans and projects in the Americas.

For more information, click here.

Evergreen State College Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 8/5

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The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The Director of Government Relations reports to the President’s Chief of Staff and has the authority to act independently to represent the President and the College on legislative matters within established guidelines and strategy.

The Director is responsible for coordinating the College’s work with the state Legislature, Governor’s Office, the Office of Financial Management and the Washington Student Achievement Council.  Monitor and analyze state and federal legislation or proposals having impact on the College, and provide information on such to the College community.  Work with the President and senior staff to develop positions on proposed state and federal legislation.  Represent the College and its positions to the Legislature and others.  Provide information to government officials as necessary.  Work with local government, business and civic organizations to provide information about the College and develop positive relationships and partnerships.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Research Intern, Due 8/7

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The Research Unit at Amnesty International USA is seeking legal interns with a strong background and interest in human rights to work on several US-based research projects during the fall semester of 2015.  Interns will work on research projects which are being developed as part of AIUSA’s current  campaigns on such issues as police accountability, torture, sexual reproductive rights and gun violence as well as the organization’s ongoing work on other issues such as immigration, national security and crimianl justice.

For more information, click here.

Clallam County Public Defender Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 8/7

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The Clallum Public Defender is hiring a full-time staff attorney.  The attorney will be responsible for representing indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in District Court, and must be able to organize and manage caseloads with minimum supervision.

Salary, D.O.E. with full benefit package.

For more information, see Symplicity.

Judicial Externship Opportunities Available Now for the New Academic Year

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney in Pendleton, OR, Due 7/22

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Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is an effective, high quality legal services program with a mission to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon.  LASO is seeking a .75 FTE (26.25 hours per week) attorney for its office in Pendleton. The attorney could combine this position with a part-time private law practice.

The part-time staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied poverty law caseload, emphasizing family law.

For more information, click here.

Archcity Defenders Seeking Bertha Foundation Racial Justice and Social Impact Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri (5-7 Years Experience), Due 7/23

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ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy to the poor and homeless in the St. Louis region and beyond. ArchCity Defenders uses direct services, impact litigation,and advocacy through policy and public relations as its primary tools to promote racial justice and protect civil and human rights. Our goal is to provide zealous direct holistic legal representation and generate systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color.

We seek an experienced attorney to help manage federal and state class action lawsuits representing communities of color and the homeless who have been locked in modern day debtors’ prisons in Ferguson and the surrounding areas, denied counsel and access to the Courts, and charged illegal fees and fines that have destroyed their lives in the name of profit. This attorney will work on impact litigation, provide direct client representation, and supervise and develop legal interns. Must have a commitment to indigent defense, holistic representation, and systemic change. Looking for a self-­starter with a passion for justice.

For more information, click here.

Justice Mary Yu Now Accepting Autumn Quarter Externships

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Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court is accepting applications for autumn quarter externships. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to ann.way@courts.wa.gov and by US mail to:

Justice Mary Yu
Washington Supreme Court
P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504

Judge Stan Bastian Now Accepting Externship Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Due 7/24

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Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu by Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Disability Rights Oregon Seeking Attorney for Medication Hearings and Guardianship Review (Entry-Level), Due 7/27

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Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), Oregon’s Protection and Advocacy System for individuals with disabilities, has an opening for an entry-level Attorney. This is an important opportunity to help promote and defend the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to represent individuals in the Oregon State Hospital in administrative law hearings that determine their capacity to give informed consent for medication.  In addition, the candidate will review guardianship filings and provide legal services and assistance to proceed protected persons when needed.  As available, the candidate may also be assigned to other cases and projects that address other program priorities.

For more information, click here. 

Global Witness Seeking Policy Advisor, Due 7/27

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Global Witness is looking for a US based Policy Advisor to join our dynamic Forest Asia team, to play an integral role in supporting the investigations and advocacy of its international forest policy with a focus on the Asia / Pacific region. This is a permanent position, located at Global Witness’s office in Washington, DC.

Applicants must have demonstrated research and advocacy skills, an ability to understand and effectively communicate policy issues to a range of audiences, and experience of developing and implementing campaign strategies. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are essential. Knowledge of forest and land policy issues, particularly in the Asia / Pacific, will be an advantage.

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking 2015-2016 Legal Fellow, Due 7/31

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks applications from recent law school graduates and new attorneys to work as a Legal Fellow for one year at the LSRJ national office in Oakland, California starting in August 2015.

The Legal Fellow will primarily manage the Legal Research Initiative (LRI), which matches volunteer law students and lawyers with allied organizations and advocates needing pro bono legal research on discrete projects. For the LRI, the Legal Fellow will solicit volunteers and projects, supervise the research, and oversee deliverables, performing substantive research to support projects as needed. The Legal Fellow will also work with LSRJ student chapters who are utilizing the Pro Bono and Clinical Toolkit to establish RJ clinics and pro bono projects on their campuses. Finally, the Legal Fellow will assist the LSRJ staff with major events, conferences, coalition meetings, intern hiring and trainings, intern supervision, and campaigns.

For more information, click here.

It’s Winter Break so Now’s a Great Time for Some Career Strategizing Refresher FAQs!

How Do I Apply for a Judicial Externship?

judicialbranchExternships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country. Making a decision to apply and determining to which judges one should apply calls for planning and strategy. Students who are considering a judicial externship are encouraged to meet with their professional development coaches soon to discuss their plans and to have their application material reviewed.

Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early.

Learn everything you need to know about judicial externships and the application process on the law school’s judicial externships page here.

How Can I Learn More About Judicial Clerkships?

A judicial clerkship is a highly rewarding and intellectually satisfying post graduate job.  Judicial clerks sharpen their research and writing skills, are exposed to a variety of legal issues, and gain insight into the entire litigation process.

Before doing anything carefully read through our Judicial Clerkship Manual. Don’t miss out! Most of your questions will be answered by reading this really important document! Then, start researching opportunities by clicking here.

What’s the Scoop on this PSJD I Keep Hearing About?

psjd_logoPSJD – formerly PSLawNet – is a unique online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest job listings and career-building resources.  As a collaborative project among over 200 American and Canadian law schools, PSJD is a free resource for law students and alumni of their subscriber schools to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities and employer profiles.  Employer organizations may also post job opportunities for free.  In addition to its database, PSJD offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service.  These resources are publicly available to all website visitors.

For Job Seekers

Job listings in the PSJD database include internships (fall, spring, and summer), postgraduate fellowships, and a wide variety of permanent positions.  PSJD also includes over 13,000 organizational profiles for nonprofit, government, and other public interest employers spanning the globe.  Registered users may search the database, flag and store opportunities for later viewing, receive email alerts with newly posted opportunities, and apply directly for opportunities via PSJD.

New to PSJD? Students and alumni at subscriber law schools may register for free.  Individual subscriptions are also available for those not affiliated with a subscriber school.  Register here.  For tips on using the site, visit the How to Use PSJD page.

Did You do an Internship, Externship or Have You Volunteered Recently? Your Peers Can Learn from Your Experience!

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DOJ Civil Rights Division Summer Internships, Gates Foundation Seeking Motivated 2L or LLM, San Francisco Legal Aid Seeking UW Law Students and More

Gates Foundation Seeking Highly Motivated 2L or LLM Student for Summer Legal Internship

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The Legal Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks a highly motivated 2L student to join our 2014 Summer Internship Program.

“Guidance, Solutions, Integrity” describes the Legal Team’s approach to providing comprehensive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation’s strategies. The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation’s investment making practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks and safeguard the foundation’s reputation.

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of the Legal Team to provide advice and counsel on a broad range of legal issues critical to the foundation’s mission, which may include exposure to the foundation’s various program teams and strategies.
  • Work on matters across the various practice groups of the legal team, including tax, intellectual property and complex transactions.
  • Although work assignments vary depending on client needs, we expect to rely on our summer associate to help complete actual client work.
  • Review and participate in preparing grant agreements, review proposals, concept notes and contracts, and identify issues related to proposed projects.
  • Provide guidance in the due diligence process to assess business structures and intellectual property rights of potential grantees.
  • Become familiar with laws and best practices applicable to private foundations generally as well as other issues that are applicable to the foundation.
  • Provide support in other investment matters or foundation policies and issues as needed, providing counsel and creative problem solving on a broad range of issues.

Don’t delay! The Gates Foundation is accepting applications from law students from any law school this year. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through November 3. For complete description and application instructions check the Symplicity posting here.

Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center in San Francisco Seeking UW Law Summer Interns

LAS-ELC  The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, the LAS–ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving their employment opportunities. We believe that stable working conditions and adequate income strengthen families and build communities. By protecting the employment status of wage earners, we provide families the means to pull through adverse times, avoid the downward spiral caused by job loss, and be fully contributing members of society.

For complete information and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Don’t delay!

** SPECIAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR UW LAW STUDENTS** In addition to following the application instructions listed on the website, be sure to ALSO copy the email to Marsha Chien at mchien@las-elc.org.

King County Hiring Senior Deputy Ombudsman for Rural and Unincorporated Area Affairs

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The Senior Deputy Ombudsman investigates and seeks resolution of jurisdictional citizen complaints about King County government operations and alleged ethics code violations, and employee reports of improper governmental action or retaliation. The duties of the Senior Deputy Ombudsman for Rural and Unincorporated Area Affairs will emphasize land use-related issues and complaints. The Rural Ombudsman is generally sole or lead investigator on complaints by property owners involving the departments of Permitting and Environmental Review, Natural Resources and Parks, Transportation-Roads Division, and Environmental Health. The position reports directly to the Ombudsman-Director.

Minimum Qualifications: The position requires graduation from an accredited four-year institution of higher learning with coursework in public administration, political science, law, business, communications, or other fields relevant to this position plus four years of progressively responsible research and investigative work, issue analysis, land use, public policy formulation, or code compliance, preferably in the government sector; OR any equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. Formal training and certifications in conducting investigations, interviewing techniques, dispute resolution, and public presentations are desirable.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, October 28. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

The Feds Are Back in Business: Check Out All of the Summer Internship Programs with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

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Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of the Division. Interns will assist Division attorneys and/or specialists in a variety of assignments, including conducting legal and factual research, preparing documents and exhibits, interviewing witnesses, summarizing depositions, analyzing records, and other case-related work. Interns in the Policy and Strategy Section, as well as interns in some other sections, will assist the Division with a full range of civil rights policy work, including legislative proposals, policy development, and engaging civil rights stakeholders.

From the Office of Attorney General, Disability Rights, Employment Litigation, Policy and Strategy, to Voting Rights (to name a few), there’s virtually something for every social justice, public service and law enforcement interest. While each division has it’s own application process, do apply early. Applications tend be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For more info. application instructions and the complete list of specialized offices, please click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Washington Supreme Court is Looking for a Few Good Externs

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Judicial Externships in Oregon, Opportunities to Assist Rural Farm Workers, Pro Bono Services

Are You a 3L Graduating in March or a Recent Grad? Check Out this Opportunity at Legal Foundation of Washington 

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Law Fund is hiring a Development Coordinator. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating fundraising activities for regional efforts across Washington state, including event planning, volunteer recruitment, and donor relations;
  • producing donor acknowledgment letters and pledge reminders;
  • assisting with database management and development of annual fundraising and communications materials;
  • conducting background research on donor prospects, corporate giving and foundation grant opportunities;
  • providing support on other organizational functions, as requested.

Since its founding in 1991, LAW Fund has raised more than $20 million in charitable support for legal aid programs throughout the state so that no population falls through the gap in the justice system. LAW Fund raises private contributions from the legal community through its annual fundraising drive, the Campaign for Equal Justice, as well as the Endowment for Equal Justice and the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. The Campaign for Equal Justice is LAW Fund’s collaborative annual fundraising drive.

LAW Fund is housed in Seattle with the Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) and LAW Fund staff are LFW employees. For more information about the position, please see the online job description.

To apply, please e-mail your résumé including three references, plus a letter of interest, to Dee Thierry at dtheories@legalfoundation.org by February 22, 2013.

Two Judicial Externships in Oregon

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1. U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Application Deadline: February 28, 2013.  

Please note that the court only accepts paper applications, so you should allow sufficient time for mailing. (Photo: Andi Fisher, Flickr.)

The Honorable Marco Hernandez is accepting applications for judicial externships.  To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and names of three references to:

Honorable Marco Hernandez
U.S. District Court
1427 U.S. Courthouse
1000 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

2. Summer Externship with Oregon Appellate Courts
Application Deadline March 1, 2013, by 5:00 p.m.

Judicial externships are available in the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Appellate Commissioner’s Office. Details are available in the attached pdf or online.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copies of law school and college transcripts, a writing sample (no more than five pages), and a list of references. Original transcripts are not necessary; copies are acceptable.

Only one set of application materials should be submitted. Candidates may specify which court or office in which they wish to work, or particular justices/judges for whom they wish to work; however, unless a preference is specifically stated, the application will be circulated to all justices/judges or court staff who are interviewing as part of this externship cycle.

Send Required Materials to:

Jennifer McQuain
Oregon Supreme Court
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: (503) 986-5730

Or, send your applications via e-mail (as PDF attachments) to: Jennifer.L.McQuain@ojd.state.or.us

Application materials should be submitted directly to the courts.  Students who are considering enrolling in an externship through the school should also submit an Externship Application with resume and transcript to extern@uw.edu.

Laurel Rubin Rural Externship Advocacy Program (REAP)

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.32.15 PMApplication deadline is March 15, 2013, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Externship is autumn quarter. (Photo: Farmworkers’ Safeway Boycott II, 1973.)

The REAP externship advocates for rural farmworkers in Washington. THe externship is a collaborative project of the Access to Justice Law School Relations Committee.

REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, now joined by the University of Idaho College of Law.

Through this unique public service opportunity, offered only once a year and designed to address the much needed legal education and assistance for farm workers at the end of the harvest season (August–November), students will help expand access to justice for migrant and seasonal farm workers, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable group of workers in the U.S. With approximately 289,000 farm workers and family members, Washington has the fourth largest population of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the country.

This externship honors Laurel Rubin, who was a young, talented legal aid lawyer and advocate for farm worker justice.  Laurel died tragically on her way to meet with clients in Southeastern Washington.  Laurel was passionately committed to advocating for farm worker justice and helping farm workers obtain some measure of fairness and respect. Despite working in a somewhat isolated and rural community, Laurel’s good will, intelligence, and tenacity quickly established her promise as a justice fighter and admired community asset. Her memory lives on in this statewide collaborative program through the training of law students advocating for farm worker justice.

Learn more here.

Law Clerk/Farmworker Internship Opportunity at Columbia Legal Service’s Olympia Office

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.34.07 PMColumbia Legal Services has ongoing law clerk opportunities for the summer (full-time for 10-12 weeks) or during the school year (part-time for 20+ weeks).  Most positions are for school credit, are paid under work-study, are fellowship/public interest grant funded or are volunteer positions. (Photo: National Farmworker Ministry.)

Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a statewide legal aid program in Washington State representing low-income people and vulnerable groups with critical civil legal needs for whom no alternative legal services are available.

The work for a student placed in Olympia would include visit to the underserved area of southwest Washington berry farms. Work may also include advocacy on behalf of the Mam-speaking Guatemalan communities on the Olympic peninsula, whose members primarily work in the “brush picking” industry (gathering floral greenery in the forest).

If you are interested in a law clerk opportunity with Columbia Legal Services please send a cover letter, resume, references and a 3-page writing sample to:

Sharon Nyland
Columbia Legal Services
101 Yesler Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98104
jobs@columbialegal.org

Recent Law Grad? Looking for Pro Bono Experience? Seattle Community Law Center Wants You!

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 4.35.30 PMSeattle Community Law Center (SCLC)’s mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

SCLC is seeking recent JDs with an interest in public benefits or Social Security law for a part-time volunteer position at our organization. Volunteers at SCLC work on all aspects of our practice from the intake process through varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Volunteers may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy. The time commitment is flexible and detailed training on Social Security law will be provided.

Potential projects include the Social Security Advocacy Project and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project:

The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) provides legal advice, advocacy, referral and direct legal representation to low-income individuals facing disputes with the Social Security Administration regarding their eligibility for benefits. SSAP also hosts a weekly overpayment clinic at our office where we provide counsel and advice to those facing an overpayment of their Social Security benefits.

The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) was created to proactively identify and assist homeless individuals who have “slipped through the cracks” of the state and federal safety net programs that provide cash and medical assistance to the disabled and to help them obtain benefits to which they are entitled. DHAP staff and volunteers hold clinics at local homeless shelters and day centers and provide information, advice, advocacy and direct legal representation to qualified individuals throughout Social Security’s application and appeals process.

If interested, please contact Alexandra Doolittle at Alex@seattlecommlaw.org or (206) 686-7252, x104.