Fellowship Opportunities in Equal Justice Works, Appellate Advocacy, and Animal Rights!

Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/22


This position will assist the ANDVSA Legal Program in coordinating statewide efforts for legal services for domestic and sexual violence.

This job description defines areas for which an individual has primary responsibility and is not intended to limit the scope of the job in any way.  Supervised by ANDVSA Senior Staff Attorney; Interview and screen prospective clients for eligibility into ANDVSA’s Legal Program; Civil Legal representation including case and factual research and appellate work if necessary; Maintain a caseload of civil legal cases, primarily family law (statewide); Case-conference and coordinate with ANDVSA Legal Program staff regarding case referrals; Assist ANDVSA Legal Program with efforts to ensure successful representation of victims in the courts including advocacy and legal research; Confer and consult advocates, attorneys and other professionals.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 11/24


The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios. First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses. HRSP’s attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.

The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

For complete details, click here.

Defenders of Wildlife Seeking Legal Fellow

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The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office. The position is intended for a highly qualified individual committed to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Primary emphasis is on providing legal research, writing, and litigation support for cases involving federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and the advancement of Defenders’ conservation policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Spring and Summer Intern in the Office for Civil Rights, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis


The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer 2015 Intern in Washington DC

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, these prosecutions extend from misdemeanor drug possession cases to murders. On the federal side, these prosecutions extend from child pornography to gangs to financial fraud to terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia.

The Office also enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in civil suits brought in the district. Its location in the seat of the federal government gives it responsibility for many cases of national importance, including far-reaching challenges to federal policies and employment practices.

In all things, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is committed to ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Our Office offers volunteer and academic credit internships to undergraduates, graduate students and to law students. Work study funds may be available contingent upon the budgetary constraints of both the educational institution and this Office. We accept college undergraduates, graduate students, and second and third year law students, with the permission of their school, to work in the Office assisting our attorneys in case preparation. In the summer, most students work 40 hours a week.

For more information, click here.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Seeking Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Washington DC


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in its Washington, DC field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children residing in Virginia and Washington, DC through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities.

For more information, click here.

New Deadline for Equal Justice Works Fellowship in Texas, Due 12/1

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Every year Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides funding for Equal Justice Works Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites. We recently learned that Equal Justice Works’ applicant pool for the 2015-16 Class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. While TAJF has made no decision regarding any current applicants, they have asked Equal Justice Works to re-open the application to diversify the pool. Again, the quality of the current candidates has not yet been reviewed or judged – this decision is about the total number of applications received. All applicants will be carefully reviewed once the pool is complete.

Equal Justice Works is seeking additional applications in Texas

Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition exclusively for applications with TAJF grantees as host organizations. We strongly encourage your students to consider applying.

The new deadline for these Fellowship applications is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can find more information on the program and its application below. Should you have any questions please contact Carolyn Schorr at cschorr@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686 ext. 137. To speak to TAJF about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Melton at ldmelton@teajf.org.

Attention 1Ls!  Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 2015 Legal Intern, Due 12/19

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 1L Summer interns for 2015 positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units. Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through. After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects. These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Suite 200, Colby Ave , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until December 19th applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Offering Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy John Payton Fellowship, Due 1/15/15


The prestigious John Payton Fellowship offers attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy with the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice law firm.

Payton Fellows will have the opportunity to litigate cutting-edge civil rights cases, particularly with a focus on appellate and Supreme Court advocacy in LDF’s program areas, which include education, criminal justice, voting, and/or economic justice. The Fellows will also help develop public policy and create public education campaigns about racial discrimination, in addition to leading community meetings, participating in conferences, and/or developing public information pieces. During her or his tenure, the Payton Fellow will cultivate relationships with leading litigators, government officials, academics, and organizing/ advocacy experts.

The program will annually hire one Payton Fellow. The inaugural Fellowship will commence in 2015.

For more information, click here.

It’s ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Week! Don’t Miss Out on Some Fantastic Events

October 22: Pro Bono & Externship Fair. A Record 44 Organizations and Agencies are Participating. Find Out Which Ones Right Here

Celebrate Pro Bono 2013Friendly Reminder! The Pro Bono & Externship Fair will replace Social Justice Tuesday on October 22.

Don’t miss out on a once a year opportunity at UW Law to directly connect with pro bono and service learning opportunities.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 12:30-1:30pm

Where: UW Law Main Floor Galleria

Who Will Be There: See below

  1. ACLU of Washington
  2. Access to Justice Board
  3. Associated Counsel for the Accused
  4. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Education
  5. Center for Children and Youth Justice Lawyers Fostering Independence
  6. Columbia Legal Services
  7. Disability Rights Washington
  8. Earthjustice
  9. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seattle Field Office
  10. Federal Public Defender
  11. Federal Trade Commission
  12. GreenLaw- UW Law
  13. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/ Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  14. Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  15. Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IFAP)- UW Law
  16. International Treaty Monitoring Project (ITMP)- UW Law
  17. King County Department of Public Defense-SCRAP Division
  18. Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  19. LegalVoice
  20. Moderate Means Program
  21. MultiCare Health System Legal Department
  22. Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  23. Northwest Justice Project
  24. Olympia Quarter Fellows Program
  25. Q-Law Foundation
  26. Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
  27. Seattle City Attorney Civil Division
  28. Seattle City Attorney Land Use Section
  29. Seattle City Attorney Criminal Division
  30. Seattle Community Law Center
  31. Seattle Public Schools Office of General Counsel
  32. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  33. Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office-Land Use Division
  34. Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW)- UW Law
  35. Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  36. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 11
  37. Unemployment Law Project
  38. United States Attorney’s Office U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Washington
  39. U.S. Department of Labor
  40. UW Center for Commercialization
  41. UW Student Legal Services
  42. Washington Appleseed
  43. Washington Attorney General’s Office
  44. Washington Defender Association

October 22: Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event


Microsoft Corporation invites you to join us to celebrate VAIJ’s Past and Welcome our Future at the

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Pro Bono Celebration Event

When: 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  Microsoft Visitor Center, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Please RSVP asap: JBildhauer@supportkind.org

Special Guest Speakers include Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation and Wendy Young, President, Kids In Need of Defense.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to be served

ABOUT VAIJ: Over the past ten years, thousands of immigrants and refugees in our community have been impacted by VAIJ’s attorneys, volunteers and supporters. Please join us to celebrate this work and to welcome the next chapter of our organization.

Launched in 2003, VAIJ is a joint initiative of Microsoft Corporation and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the Seattle affiliate of Kids In Need of Defense. VAIJ provides access to pro bono counsel to immigrants and refugees, particularly unaccompanied children, in removal proceedings. Since its inception, VAIJ has provided training to more than 300 attorneys and volunteers, and provided legal orientations, intakes and representation to hundreds of immigrants in removal proceedings. As our work has come to focus on meeting the need for legal representation of unaccompanied alien children in federal custody before US immigration authorities in the Puget Sound area, we are moving into a new chapter and, on October 1, 2013, became the Seattle office of KIND. We hope you can join us to celebrate.

October 23: Eager to Get Real Client Experience? Want to Help Reduce Barriers to Justice? Attend the Moderate Means Program Info Session

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Where: Room 127

When: 12:30-1:20pm

Please RSVP: via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by Tuesday, October 22, 2013, no later than 12:00pm.

Please join Supervising Attorneys, Chach Duarte White and Clay Wilson and former student interns for an important information session about the Moderate Means Program. Learn about the program’s goals, how it works and how you can volunteer!

Here’s a sneak peak..

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • Interns have direct contact with clients and attorneys dealing with everyday legal issues in Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

October 23: Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Celebration


Columbia Legal Services will celebrate their pro bono partners, whose collaborative advocacy on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families work to achieve a vision of justice, and a more inclusive and equitable society.

When: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Impact and Innovation/Hub, 20 Second Ave. S (Pioneer Square), Seattle

Please RSVP: RSVP preferred to sharon.nyland@columbialegal.org

Catered by Farestart

The Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono celebration is free to attend, but donations and your support of our work for justice will be gratefully accepted.


Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve.

When people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more inclusive and equitable society is possible.

October 24: Film Screening of “American Winter” Hosted by Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable

Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet & avoid foreclosure highlight the need for community involvement to help Pierce County families struggling to stay in their homes

Where: Grand Theatre in Tacoma

When: 6:30pm 

How do I reserve a free ticket? Reserve your seat – tickets are FREE – at: americanwintertacoma.eventbrite.com  or call (253) 572-5134 or e-mail vls@tacomaprobono.org for more information.

The Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable is pleased to announce the screening of American Winter at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Grand Theatre in Tacoma. The documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab ConfessionsThe Defenders), follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot over the winter of 2011-12 in Portland, OR, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

American Winter premiered on HBO in March 2013 and won Best Documentary Award at the Portland International Film Festival. Most recently, American Winter won “Best of the Festival” at the Workers Unite!

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a reception at Corina Bakery next door to the Grand Cinema, as local experts and co-director Harry Gantz talk about how the themes of American Winter are relevant in our community, and learn more about the resources available in Pierce County to help prevent foreclosure and its consequences.

This screening is brought to Washington by the partners of the Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Roundtable – including: Seattle University School of Law’s Foreclosure Mediation & Outreach Project, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program and Home Justice Project, Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit, Washington Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Columbia Legal Services, Associated Ministries, Washington Department of Financial Institutions, Washington Association of Justice, South Sound Outreach, Parkview Services, Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Puget Sound Mediation, and others including housing counselors, mediators, paralegals and attorneys.