Study on Composition of International Bodies Shows that Women are Under-Represented

Want Direct Client Experience and Make a Difference? Applications Now Being Accepted for Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program- Due 10/19

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Bridging the Gap provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the WSBA Moderate Means Program.

Bridging the Gap is a UW Law in-house pro bono program. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as Bridging the Gap volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing training, Bridging the Gap interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of fall and winter quarters (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State, and many other states;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time spent volunteering for Bridging the Gap counts for recognition with the Pro Bono Honors Society.

Upper level students (2L, 3L and LLM) may participate in training for the program now (fall quarter) and begin interviewing clients in November. 1Ls can train now and begin interviewing clients in January.

To apply for the program, submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler at spangler@uw.edu by October 19, 2015.

GQUAL Campaign to Increase Gender Parity on International Rights Bodies

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According to a study conducted by GQUAL, the lack of gender parity, specifically the underrepresentation of women, affects almost all international tribunals and monitoring bodies. They report that women hold only 17% of positions on international courts and 25% of positions on regional human rights bodies. The GQUAL Declaration notes that States are generally responsible for nominating and electing candidates to these international bodies, but often lack transparent guidelines and procedures for such processes. Additionally, most States do not have mechanisms to correct gender disparities. By not respecting the principle of non-discrimination, States Parties may be in violation of Article 8 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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Call for Submissions: American University Washington College of Law’s Human Rights Essay Award Competition, Deadline 2/1/2016

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Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 31 – June 17. This year’s topic is “Extractive Industries and Human Rights” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2016. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

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Jameson Crane III Disability and Law Writing Competition, Deadline 1/15/2016

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

If you win, you will get a $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.  Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.)

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There is still time to register for the Equal Justice Works 2015 Conference and Career Fair!

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Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
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While the period to apply for prescheduled interviews has closed, students and recent graduates may register through October 9 to speak with employers during table talk and to attend conferences sessions.

NETWORK with more than 150 public interest employers. We have heard from many employers and students that interviews and job offers have been secured from meetings during table talk!

LEARN during our conference sessions lead by experienced public interest attorneys on international and immigration careers, managing student debt, and how students can organize to fight injustice!

Learn more and register here! Registration deadline is October 9

National Juvenile Defender Center Publishes Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

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The National Juvenile Defender Center prepared the Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide to provide students and others with valuable resources to jumpstart a juvenile defense career. It includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.

Click here for the resource guide.

Would you like access to free hands on legal training, CLE credits, and networking opportunities to help start your own law practice? If so, ELAP Family Law Fellowship is the Answer!

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Eastside Legal Assistance Program is now accepting applications this month for this November’s fellowship class.  The yearlong program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

For more information, click here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow! Apply Now!

2015-2016 Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow!

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The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

2015-16 Fulbright-Clinton Fellows are being hosted by the African Union, Bangladesh, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Timor-Leste, and Samoa.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

21 Progress Seeking Executive Director, Due 10/15

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We are seeking a dynamic, progressive leader who has a passion for social justice and a commitment to building a new generation of leaders. The successful candidate should see this work as a calling rather than a job. 21 PROGRESS is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 and seeded with start up funds from UFCW 21, the largest private sector union in Washington. 21 PROGRESS works to increase the number and expertise of new progressive leaders through leadership development programs in civic engagement, economic justice, arts & culture, and everyday economics. These programs serve DREAMers, New Americans and other low wage workers, their families and communities. 21 PROGRESS operates with a small core staff of four, a $400,000 annual operating budget and diverse programming partners throughout the community. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

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

Georgetown Law’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship, Due 10/17

GeorgetownThe Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.  Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP.

The Fellowships are determined each year based upon several factors, including the interests of the top Fellowship candidates, the potential placement organizations and the donors supporting the Fellowships.  Since the establishment of the Program, WLPPFP has been fortunate to be able to place a Women’s Law Fellow each year with the Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center – three preeminent women’s rights entities in Washington, DC.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Carey & Lillevik, PLLC Seeking Associate Attorney in Seattle

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A position has opened at Carey & Lillevik for an associate attorney. The firm would like to hire an associate attorney on or before October 20th.

Carey & Lillevik’s practice areas include child protection services/CPS, juvenile crime, criminal defense, divorce, family law, education law, and estate planning. Partners Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik founded the firm on the premise that deep commitment to clients and a comprehensive understanding of the law are essential components to successful client outcomes.

For more information about the firm, click here.  

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, references and brief writing sample to Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik.

Attention 2Ls! Paid Summer Internship with Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Due 10/25

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

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

Attention 1Ls! Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in DC Offering Paid Internships, Due 1/16/15

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NRDC is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, hard-hitting scientific research, and broad-reaching public education.

NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.

Washington State Pro Bono Council Offering 2014-2015 Access to Justice Policy Internship, Open Until Filled

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Volunteer lawyer programs (VLPs) in Washington State have a unique and complex history. Each of the 18 current VLPs evolved in its own way. Several VLPs started as projects of local bar associations, while others were started by groups of attorneys responding to the need in their community. Some programs became stand-alone nonprofit corporations, others became part of community action centers, and three programs remain part of their local bar associations. The local nature of the VLPs is both a challenge and strength.

In response to these realities, the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Board’s Delivery Systems Committee proposed that a Statewide Pro Bono Council (PBC) be formed to unify and address the needs of Washington’s VLPs – the proposal was adopted in July 2013 and launched in January 2014. The PBC is situated as a committee of the Access to Justice Board.  The PBC welcomes the participation of a law student as an ATJ intern.

The student will be invited to attend PBC meetings, shadow VLP clinics and projects, and be able to work on discrete projects related to the effective delivery of pro bono services in Washington, including one major research project. The nature and scope of these projects will be determined by the PBC, the Manager, and the student as the relationship develops. The research project will involve investigation and analysis of the systemic delivery of legal aid across the state.

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

Washington Supreme Court Seeking Externs in Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters – Work with Justice Gonzalez

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Justice González is an associate justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, the highest state appellate court.  His externs work under the close supervision of his lead law clerk, Laura Anglin. Externs will review and draft memoranda to the court analyzing and recommending the proper disposition of motions and state habeas corpus (personal restraint) petitions. They will review and make recommendations on bench memos, opinions, and attorney discipline matters. They may assist in the preparation of speeches, CLE materials, rules, and opinions. Externs must be able to both work independently, and work closely with a team, and learn from vigorous copy editing. Considerable research and writing is required.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Economic Justice Project in Montgomery, Alabama

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The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks an attorney to join the Economic Justice Project in its Montgomery, Alabama office. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Economic Justice Project seeks to address the systems, both public and private, that keep people trapped in poverty. Past and present areas of focus have been predatory payday and car title lending, the criminalization of poverty and related barriers the criminal justice system creates for persons to escape poverty, modern debtors’ prisons, access to public benefits and more. The practice group is based in Montgomery, Alabama but works across the Southeast United States. The practice group was formed in 2012, and is growing significantly to expand its work. The practice group is headed by a Deputy Legal Director who oversees this and another practice group, and has two full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, and a researcher/advocate; the practice group is in the process of hiring a second researcher/advocate.

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