PILA applications due April 16

Due April 16: Public Interest Law Association now accepting applications for summer funding

PILA LogoPILA grants are intended to fund projects that serve the public interest and provide a tangible benefit to the community. Each year, PILA awards full grants ($5,000) and partial grants ($2,500) to successful applicants.  The number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant are determined by the success of PILA’s fundraising efforts each year. 

The PILA Grant Selection Committee looks for projects that embody PILA’s mission and that advance the concepts of justice, equity, and the public good on behalf of underrepresented people and causes.  Any University of Washington law student who has a job offer from a qualifying organization (see below) and who will have completed at least one year of law school by the time the proposed project begins is eligible to apply for a PILA grant.  Students who are members of the Grant Selection Committee are ineligible. Read more here.

Due April 30: Labor and Employment Law summer grant

WSBA Logo

The Labor and Employment Law Summer Public Service Grant was implemented in Academic
Year 2004-2005, with funding provided by the Labor and Employment Section of the
Washington State Bar Association along with the University of Washington School of Law. The
WSBA Labor and Employment Section contributes $5000 towards the grant. For 2018, the
Gates Public Service Law Program (Gates PSL Program) at the UW School of Law contributes
$1000 towards the grant. Read more here

April 12: Juvenile Justice panel hosted by UW Professor Kim Ambrose

Featuring a youth panel: A panel of local youth who are affiliated with Community Passageways, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to promoting restorative juvenile justice.

And, a practitioners panel: Judge J. Wesley Saint Clair, Jimmy Hung, Elizabeth Mustin, Dominique Davis

Resources for juvenile defense work; fundraising support available for nonprofits

Office of Public Defense releases video tutorials on juvenile reentry

washington-state-office-of-public-defense

The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) is pleased to announce the release of a series of web videos on Juvenile Reentry made possible by grant funds received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionJuvenile court involvement can impact youths’ opportunities in areas such as housing, education, employment, and healthcare. OPD developed a series ofweb videos to help youth, their families, and people working in the juvenile justice system better understand and address these unanticipated consequences.  

The topics covered by the 15-20 minute tutorials include: Reentry SuccessHousingEducationEmploymentHealthcareRecord Sealing.

The web tutorials were made possible with the assistance from TeamChild, Washington Defender Association, University of Washington Law School, Skagit and Whatcom County public defender offices and private counsel.

National Juvenile Defender Center releases “Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide”

njdcThe National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) recently published a guide on juvenile defense. Find the report here.

Jan. 31: “Seattle-based consulting firm offering pro-bono work for nonprofits promoting tolerance, understanding”

capitol-hill-times

ostara-groupOriginally published on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in the Capitol Hill Times.

“Seattle-based consulting firm The Ostara Group is seeking applications from emerging nonprofits promoting tolerance and understanding to be award 25 hours of pro-bono support in fundraising and organizational strategy.” The deadline is January 31, 2017. Read more here.

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

Bridging the Gap Logo

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

GQAL Study Image

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).

Continue reading here.

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

WCL

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.

For more information, click here.

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

James Crane Writing Competition

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.)

For more information, click here.

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

EJW Logo

Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
Crystal Gateway Marriott

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

NJDC Logo

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!

ELAP Logo

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.

UW CAYLAC Clinic Helps Open New Opportunities Through Juvenile Justice Law

Starting Today, Juvenile Justice Law Opens Up Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Washingtonians 

CLS Logo

By Columbia Legal Services

Today, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and thousands of youth every year, will have significantly more opportunities despite childhood mistakes. This historic change comes as a result of a major juvenile justice law – the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (SB 5564) – which was passed by the Washington legislature this past legislative session. […]

The prime legislative sponsors were Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and the advocacy was also led by students from the University of Washington Children and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic. More information on the YEAR Act is available here.

Read the entire publication here.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) Hosting First Annual Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Health, Now Accepting Paper Submissions

WJELP Logo

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers focused on ocean acidification. Partnering with the UW Law Environmental Law Program, WJELP will be hosting an Ocean Acidification Symposium on November 6, 2015. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in an edited volume. Submitted papers should relate to the growing need for law and policy addressing ocean acidification, strategies to manage ocean acidification at various scales (local, regional, national and global), and other related topics (using ocean acidification to target CO2 emissions, sustainable aquaculture, land-based sources of water pollution, etc.). We also welcome proposals for symposium speakers. Paper submissions due by October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

World Health Organization Releases New Publication on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

WHO

Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual dysfunction and sequelae related to sexual violence or female genital mutilation – but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behaviour and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behaviour and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.

Continue reading here.

Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loans

Janet Roth (Photo (c) Nick Cote, NYT)

By Tara Siegel Bernard | New York Times

[…] The judge, Jim D. Pappas, in his concurring opinion for the bankruptcy appellate panel decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, said the analysis used “to determine the existence of an undue hardship is too narrow, no longer reflects reality and should be revised.”

He added: “It would seem that in this new, different environment, in determining whether repayment of a student loan constitutes an undue hardship, a bankruptcy court should be afforded flexibility to consider all relevant facts about the debtor and the subject loans.” But the current standard, he wrote, “does not allow it.”

Read the entire article here.  Photo courtesy of Nick Cote, New York Times.

EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplaces

EEOC Seal

By Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

In a historic decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 3-2 decision, dated July 16, does what Congress and most courts so far have refused to do: ban discrimination against gays in the workplace. Until now only a handful of states and municipalities have done so.

The EEOC foreshadowed its decision in a field memo last February saying that workers are protected under Title VII from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

Continue reading here.

Attention New and Young Lawyers! Service Opportunity with the WSBA, Due 8/14

WSBA Logo

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee encourages WSBA’s new and young lawyers to apply to serve as a young lawyer liaison to one of the following sections:

Apply now! Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

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

Kick back, relax, and check out some of these cool job opportunities

Due July 17: U.S. Dept of Health & Human Service, Civil Rights Division seeking recent grads for general attorney positions!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Civil Rights Division is seeking applicants with at least one year of legal experience post bar for two general attorney positions in Washington, D.C. at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($63,722 – 139,523).  The attorneys will provide legal advice and services to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in one position, in regard to the enforcement and administration of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules; and in the other position, in regard to civil rights issues with a primary focus on the on the enforcement and administration of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in certain health programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability.   Applications may be submitted until July 17, 2015.  See attached announcements for additional information.

Due August 15: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth – LEGAL ADVOCACY INTERN – FALL 2015

The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release.

The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.

Please email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due August 31: U.S. EPA 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, in Washington DC is taking applications for their 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program.  OGC operates a highly competitive, 12-week volunteer Summer Honors Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students) at an American Bar Association accredited law school.  OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience.  Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues.  Law clerks are also assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills. 

Please include the attached fact sheet and demographic form (vacancy announcement number blank) in your listings of available summer job opportunities.  Also, note that the application deadline is August 31, 2015.  For more information about OGC, please visit our website: www.epa.gov/ogc/summerhonors.htm.

If you have any questions, please contact me on (202) 564-0052.  

Due September 30: LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES (LAFLA) – VETERANS LEGAL CORPS FELLOW

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Manage independent veterans benefits and military discharge upgrade caseload, which includes interviewing clients, developing case plans, propounding discovery, legal research and filing claims;
  • Represent Veterans in administrative hearings before the Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;
  • Assume responsibility for major impact caseload including complex cases;
  • Place and supervise veterans benefits cases with pro bono attorneys and law students;
  • Staff community clinics for Veterans who are homeless and/or very low-income; and
  • Develop Materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.

HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90019; jobs@lafla.org; or via fax at (323)801-7945.

OXFAM AMERICA – DIRECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR DEPARTMENT (PSD)

A unique opportunity to spearhead Oxfam America’s Private Sector growth initiatives and evolving influence as a thought leader in applied social innovation and alliances and partnerships to co-create sustainable solutions to complex global challenges that enhance the rights and opportunities of the poor. As Sector Leader, this position serves as a key ambassador for all private sector initiatives including policy and campaign advocacy, direct collaboration with private sector industry leaders, innovation and expansion of sub sector and cross-sector initiatives, thought leadership forums, alliances with the NGO and philanthropic community, and more. Oxfam America seeks a mission driven leader who embraces complex challenges and whose goal is to make major sustainable impacts through the influence of private sector transformation.

To apply online, click here

Brennan Center for Justice in NYC Seeks UW Law Students to Apply for Fall Externship

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, to address the challenge of special interest money in our politics, to end mass incarceration, and to advance Constitutional protections 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.

Each semester, the Brennan Center hosts 4-5 law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and reforming our criminal justice system. Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes civic participation. Interns assist attorneys with litigation, scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. 

Interested students should go to http://www.brennancenter.org/Employment and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”): 

  • a cover letter explaining which particular program or programs they are interested in joining
  • a current law school transcript
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages
  • a current resume
  • contact information for three references

You may compile your documents and upload them here, or use the separate buttons for each document. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, you may also e-mail them to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with “Fall 2015 Legal Internship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. We accept applications and will fill positions on a rolling basis through September 14, 2015, but priority is given to applications received by July 17, 2015. We encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early.

On the Job! American Red Cross hiring an IHL Legal Advisor

The Legal Advisor will work as part of the IHL team where he/she will teach an IHL CLE/professional course; assist with research, writing and analysis on IHL and conflict-related issues; and will support the team in complementing and revising educational materials on IHL to highlight the contemporary relevancy of humanitarian issues. Knowledge of international humanitarian law required and a strong interest in international issues, public international law, human rights and international relations or related fields is essential. This position will report to the Director, International Humanitarian Law.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=56011&CurrentPage=1.

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

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

CPSL Logo

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

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

IJRC Logo

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

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

Team Child Logo

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

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

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

To learn more about Team Child click here.

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

ACLU Logo

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

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

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

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow! Apply Now!

2015-2016 Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow!

Fulbright Logo

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

21 Progress Logo

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

CareyLillevik

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

NRDC Logo

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

WA State Pro Bono Council

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

J. Gonzalez

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.

For a complete job description and application details, click herePhoto credit: Washington Courts.

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

SPLC

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.