KIND; Community Justice Project; Children’s Alliance; US Attorney’s Office and more!

Rolling:  Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Legal Intern

KIND’s Seattle field office is seeking volunteer legal interns who want to develop their lawyering skills while assisting KIND’s Seattle office’s direct representation and pro bono programs, which matches volunteer lawyers with unaccompanied children needing representation in immigration court.

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. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

More info and apply here.

Due December 29:  Community Justice Project – Research and Advocacy Associate

Community Justice Project is seeking a Research and Advocacy Associate to join our dynamic and growing movement lawyering team. This position offers the exciting opportunity to work in close collaboration with a group of social justice organizations in South Florida seeking to shift the landscape and advance a transformative agenda for human rights and racial justice.

The Research and Advocacy Associate will provide much-needed research and writing support for ongoing projects, including campaigns in the areas of anti-gentrification, criminal justice, immigrant, and workers’ rights. The Associate will also participate in activities and meetings of Community Justice Project’s organizational partners.

More info and apply here.

Children’s Alliance:  Early Learning Policy Director and Pre-K Policy AssociateChildren's Alliance Logo

The Early Learning Policy Director leads the organization’s public policy advocacy related to early learning. This work is focused on early learning as a key strategy to close the opportunity gap facing children in low-income families and children of color. The position is a member of the policy staff and reports to the Deputy Director. This is a full time position at 37.5 hours/week. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The salary is $60,000/year. Desired start is January 2018. Read more here.

The Pre-K Policy Associate contributes to the organization’s public policy advocacy related to early learning. This work is focused on growing and improving the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance program as a key strategy to close the opportunity gap facing children in low-income families and children of color. The position is a member of the policy staff and reports to the Early Learning Policy Director. This is a full time position at 37.5 hours/week. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The salary is $44,000/year. Desired start is January 2018. Read more here.

Due January 5:  U.S. Attorney’s Office, Summer Law Clerk Program

The United States Attorney’s Office takes on approximately 6 law students each summer for our summer law clerk program. The program lasts for 8-10 weeks. These clerkships are performed on an unpaid – volunteer basis.

During the summer, our clerks work in all areas of the office, both civil and criminal divisions. Attempts are made to honor the students’ desires regarding areas of interest (civil versus criminal, or units within the criminal division). Law clerks research and draft civil, trial and appellate briefs and motions. The clerks work directly with Assistant U.S. Attorneys enabling them to meet and work with many different attorneys throughout the summer. Each summer clerk also has one mentoring attorney who provides assistance and support consistently throughout the summer.

More info here and here.

Deadline March 30, 2018: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), 2018 Summer Internships

Interns will handle substantive work at NYLAG and have the opportunity to participate in comprehensive training that covers the breadth of civil legal aid in New York City. This internship is unpaid. Read more about internship unit areas and apply here.

Rolling: Legal Aid of North Carolina. Summer 2018 Internship (Rising 3Ls only)

Location: Charlotte, Raleigh, Concord, Durham, Greenville, Morgantown, Pembroke, Sylvia, Wilson, and Winston-Salem

Interns will experience client contact, learn practical skills, and legal advocacy on real cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys. Interested students should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to suzannec2@legalaidnc.org. Please identify preferred three locations. Interns will be paid $3,500 for 10 weeks of work.

Open until filled: Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. Fellowship: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps

Based in Los Angeles County, California Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps focused on addressing the legal needs of veterans in Los Angeles County, with an emphasis on serving veterans in the greater San Pedro/Long Beach areas. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at MHAS’s office in Los Angeles.

Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must last 11 to12 months.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental disabilities.

More info here. 

EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

Local organizations hiring students for summer externships

Due May 1: Northwest Justice Project hiring Labor Trafficking Attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) seeks applications from qualified attorneys to address labor trafficking in agriculture in collaboration with our Farm Worker Unit (FWU). The FWU is based in Yakima and provides legal assistance to low-income agricultural workers throughout Washington. This position is funded by a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Washington’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to serve individuals impacted by labor trafficking and to increase awareness of trafficking and appropriate services in vulnerable communities throughout Washington. This is a full-time position funded for three years.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Seattle Community Law Center hiring summer and school-year externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) provides the accommodations, resources, and encouragement necessary to keep clients who are homeless engaged in their disability claim. DHAP delivers legal aid “in the field” at local shelters and sites accessible to the homeless population. The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) helps clients who have a legal problem with disability benefits that they are already receiving.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Thurston County Public Defense hiring summer externs

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) gives legal representation to people who can’t afford a lawyer, in criminal and dependency cases in Thurston County District Court and Superior Court.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer externship opportunities with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction-Equity and Civil Rights Office

Application Deadline: Open until filled

An extern would assist the Equity and Civil Rights Office and Legal Affairs Unit in providing support, information, and dispute resolution to help families and educators understand their rights and responsibilities. This will include: • Conducting legal research regarding civil rights issues affecting students and schools, including discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, and disability; • Drafting guidance materials, tools, and resources to assist schools and families understand their rights and responsibilities; • As needed, assisting with complaint investigations, analyzing potential discriminatory practices, and resolving concerns about discrimination by students, parents, employees, and others; and • Researching other legal issues that arise in the agency, such as public disclosure and allegations of unprofessional conduct by educators.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Kids In Need of Defense hiring attorney in California

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: American Immigration Council hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Council’s legal department advocates for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. It is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country.

Apply and learn more here

Immigration organizations need you! DOJ, KIND, and more hiring interns and fellows

Due Nov. 15: Immigrant Justice Corps hiring 3Ls and recent grads for immigrant rights fellowship

IJC LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 EST Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016 

The IJC fellowship is a two year fellowship where recent law school graduates and new lawyers are placed with leading non-profit legal service providers in New York City and surrounding counties to provide to provide critically needed direct legal services to immigrants.

Application Process: Apply online and learn more here.

Due Dec. 16: KIND needs school-year and summer interns to work with unaccompanied and refugee children


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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.

Application Process: Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of 3 references to Melody Young at myoung@supportkind.org. Include “[Your Name] – Legal Internship” in the subject of the email. Read more about the internship here.

Due Jan. 27: Legal Services of Northern California hiring 1L and 2L summer law clerks 

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Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

At Legal Services of Northern California, law clerks are exposed to the major legal problems facing low-income families and learn the practice skills necessary to work in public interest law. Each law clerk will be assigned to a mentor attorney in his or her office. The mentor attorney will guide the law clerk throughout the summer and supervise his or her legal work. All law clerks will have opportunities to work with other staff over the course of the internship. Read more here.

Application Process: Recruitment for summer law clerks will begin in late fall 2016.  LSNC will interview candidates in January and February 2017. To apply, 1L and 2L students should send a resumé and cover letter, including your preferred office placement(s), by January 27, 2017 to: Summer Intern Program, Legal Services of Northern California, 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Rolling deadline: DOJ Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration hiring Spring interns

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Application Deadline: Rolling

DOJ is looking to select law student interns for the spring 2017 semesters to work along side our attorneys and equal opportunity specialists. The position involves assisting our staff in litigation and investigating allegations of discrimination, such as conducting legal research, reviewing documents, compiling data, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and sitting in on and/or conducting witness interviews, as well as policy-related work, such as preparing comments on proposed regulations and draft legislation, and attending interagency meetings. The position is unpaid and we prefer that the student work for a duration of at least 10 weeks. Our ideal candidate has strong research, writing and communication skills as well as an interest in learning. Demonstrated interest or experience in immigration or employment discrimination a plus but not required. Positions with the Department of Justice are open to U.S. citizens only. Learn more about the internship here.

Application Process: If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and short writing sample to OSC’s internship opportunities email at crt.volunteervacancies-OSC@usdoj.gov. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, please see our webpage at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc.

Choc Full O’ Important Training Opportunities!

June 14: Sin País (Without Country) Documentary Film Screening

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Tuesday, June 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Ave, 10th Floor, Nisqually Room, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for on June 14 at noon at Fenwick and West’s Nisqually Room for lunch and a screening of Sin País (Without Country), a striking 20-minute film about a real family from Guatemala whose lives in Marin County are suddenly fractured by deportation. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the family members featured in the film, as well as a short presentation by nonprofit attorneys regarding how Fenwick volunteers can help out on pro bono cases for families in need representation in their immigration cases.

  • Melody Young, Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
  • Renée Schomp, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Fenwick & West and Staff Attorney at OneJustice

RSVP by emailing probonoregistration@fenwick.com for Seattle screening. Add to your calendar

June 16: Free Webinar- Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:05 PM PDT

A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

For further information on borrowing, repaying and earning forgiveness on student loans, download our free e-book, “Take Control of Your Future,” at EqualJusticeWorks.org/ed-debt/ebook.

Register here.

June 17: Attention Attorneys! Be a volunteer lawyer for a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

PRO BONO TRAINING DEPENDENCY CASA- 8:30 am – 12 noon. Room Still Available!

Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900, Seattle, WA 98101-3099

CLE credits pending

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June 15: Law & Liberty CLE- Transgender Rights & Public Accomodations

ACLU of WA 

Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 1pm

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164

This ACLU-sponsored event will cover Washington State legal protections for transgender individuals, as well as the legal implications of the current political backlash. Jennifer Shaw, the ACLU of Washington’s Deputy Director; and Denise Diskin, an attorney with Teller & Associates, will present. This event will take place at the ACLU office in Seattle and is open to all attorneys .

$5 Registration Fee. Lunch provided. 1 General CLE credit. Space is limited. Register here to reserve your seat!

June 17: Asylum for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Training by Kids in Need of Defense – Free 1.0 Law & Legal CLE Credit (Pending)

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Friday, June 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Fenwick & West, 1191 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Please join us for a 60-minute presentation that teaches the essentials of working with children in their asylum claims.  Following the training, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for pro bono cases for children in need of representation in their immigration cases.  It’s a chance to make an immense difference for a child who would otherwise face complex proceedings pro se.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

RSVP by COB on June 16 to Julie Park at jjpark@fenwick.com.

 

What are some of the needs of low-income LGBT folks?

POVERTY IS AN LGBT ISSUE: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE LEGAL NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME LGBT PEOPLE

9178644107_da1654e3ed_oLike all of the people Legal Services NYC represents, our LGBT clients lack resources and power. But low-income LGBT people are too often also at the margins of efforts to provide help: at the margins of the legal services community because they are LGBT, and at the margins of the mainstream LGBT movement because they are poor. It is time to change the status quo. This document is part of that change—for all of us at Legal Services NYC and, we hope, for many others.

Our LGBT Low-Income Civil Legal Needs Assessment (the “Assessment”) gives low-income LGBT people a direct voice in identifying the legal challenges they face. It presents data and stories from hundreds of low-income LGBT New Yorkers and their advocates. And it offers a series of findings to enhance advocacy for all low-income LGBT clients—including both overarching conclusions and specific findings in key poverty law practice areas: anti-discrimination, public assistance, housing, health care, immigration, family, employment, education, and veterans.

But here is our most important and most fundamental conclusion: Poverty is an LGBT issue. It is incumbent on those who care about the fight for LGBT justice, and those who care about fighting poverty, to take action.

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UW Law Students: Consider attending Citizen University!

v7blijshUW Law Students have the opportunity to attend Citizen University again this year, March 18-19 here in Seattle.  Citizen University is the opportunity to Join hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts in a cross disciplinary setting to learn about power, deepen your networks, and recharge your sense of purpose. In 2016 we’ll focus on race, identity, and the changing definition of what it means to be American.  This event is always invigorating.  If you would like to attend please email gatespsl@uw.edu by February 1 at 9:00 a.m. to let us know why you would like to attend.

http://www.citizenuniversity.us/programs/conference/

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Interested in a Volunteer Legal Internship at DOJ?  

2000px-seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice-svg1Every year, over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in Justice components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country.  Any law student enrolled at least half-time, and who has completed at least one semester of law school, is eligible to apply for a volunteer legal internship.

DOJ offices recruit for legal interns through vacancy announcements posted on the DOJ Legal Careers web page at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/volunteer-internship-opportunitiesEach announcement lists the applicable deadlines and requirements and students interested in volunteer internships at DOJ for spring and summer 2016 should apply now.  Students apply directly to each office in which they have an interest.  For more information, please watch our brief video with three tips for securing a legal internship at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/video/top-3-tips-secure-legal-internship-us-department-justice and visit our web page at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/volunteer-legal-internships.

Your Federal Student Loans Just Got Easier to REPAYE

repaye-blogBeginning today, Federal Direct Loan borrowers can take advantage of a new repayment plan: REPAYE (the Revised Pay As You Earn Plan).

Some of you may be familiar with the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Repayment Plan, which caps payments at 10% of a borrower’s monthly income and forgives any remaining balance on your student loans after 20 years of qualifying repayment. But this plan is only for recent borrowers.

REPAYE solves this problem. Like the name implies, REPAYE has some similarities to PAYE. First and foremost, REPAYE, like PAYE, sets payments at no more than 10% of income. However, REPAYE—unlike PAYE— is available to Direct Loan borrowers regardless of when they took out their loans.

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KIND: New Refugee Resettlement Program Important, but Limited Tool; U.S. Must Still Engage Robust Asylum Response


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KIND welcomes the Obama Administration’s decision to engage with the United Nation Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen those fleeing extreme and growing violence in Central America to determine if they are eligible for U.S. protection as an important step toward recognition that the region is experiencing a refugee crisis. However, refugee resettlement is a limited response that must be accompanied by full and fair access to the U.S. asylum system for those Central American families and children who reach our borders, as well as more robust asylum responses from other countries in the region, such as Mexico.

A key to protection will be ensuring that claims are heard in a timely way so that a long term solution can be reached—whether it is resettlement in the U.S. or in another country in the region—as quickly as possible. This is particularly important for children as an uncertain fate is damaging to their development and well-being. Child protection officers and best interests determinations must also be built into the process for cases involving children.

Claims for refugee status must be analyzed with an acknowledgment of the many different types of claims involving threats or harm by gangs, narco-traffickers, and other organized criminal syndicates—including sexual and gender-based violence targeting both girls and boys. Additionally, children’s claims for protection must be examined with a child-sensitive lens that takes into account their development and particular vulnerability.

Continue reading here

Attention Recent Grads! Employment Opportunities in the Washington Courts, Immigration Law, and Public Defense

KIND Seeking Children’s Coordinating Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinating Atorney in Seattle

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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 seeks a Children’s Coordinating Attorney to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Seattle area.

Based in KIND’s Seattle field office, the Children’s Coordinating Attorney will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide appropriate legal orientation presentations to immigrant children at risk of deportation;
  • Complete detainee intakes following presentations;
  • Prepare and conduct pro se workshops and individual orientations to assist these children;
  • Undertake direct representation as permitted for children in their cases before the immigration court and/or review boards;
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls;
  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers;
  • Assist with periodic trainings and presentations; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Interview and screen individual child clients, some in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and help them prepare for their immigration hearings;
  2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
  3. Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related state court matters;
  4. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  5. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
  6. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  7. Participate in conferences, meetings and trainings as needed;
  8. Potentially provide direct representation to individual child clients in immigration or state court dependency proceedings; and
  9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union – Capital Punishment Project Seeking Spring 2016 Legal Intern for ACLUF Capital Punishment Project

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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 guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Spring 2016 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.

For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Seeking NDS Fellow for Fall 2016, Due 11/25

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem.

NDS Fellows assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, write motions, and compose pre-pleading and pre-sentencing memoranda. NDS Fellows spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

NDS Fellows participate in a rigorous and comprehensive training program over the course of the Fellowship. This training includes significant internal training and orientation at the commencement of the Fellowship period, as well as ongoing internal and external training opportunities over the life of the Fellowship. NDS places a high priority on continuing education for staff, and the Fellows are expected to participate in our training program.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Division Seeking 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern, Due 11/27

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in our Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing, and client meetings.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Public Counsel Seeking Summer Interns

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Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Our projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

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Interested in Working for the US Department of Justice This Summer? 

Wide Range of Practice Areas: As the nation’s largest legal employer, DOJ  offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area. Explore the work of various DOJ organizations and find those that best match your interests and expertise.

Offices Nationwide: Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

Law Student Opportunities: Learn everything you need to know about interning or externing at the DOJ. From the Volunteer Internship Program* to the paid SLIPS Program** there’s an opportunity out there for you!

*Please note that application deadlines for the volunteer internship program varies by office.
** The summer 2016 SLIPS deadline has passed. Summer 2017 applications will open in July 2016.

Court of Appeals, Division I of Seattle Seeking Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Staff Attorneys assist the court in resolving all types of motions and cases before the court and in handling court administrative matters as requested. Typical duties include reviewing briefs and trial court record, drafting prehearing memoranda, opinions, rulings, and orders. Knowledge and experience handling personal restraint petitions is highly desirable.

Graduation from an accredited law school AND a member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association AND four years experience in public or private appellate practice, an appellate court, or judicially related system

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Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development Hiring Associate Director

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Associate Director to join our community.

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Professional Development(CPD), this position will counsel law students and law school alumni/ae to identify their career interests and goals, as well as to develop skills and strategies for their job searches and professional development.

This position will focus on public interest and government opportunities including the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and the law school’s Summer in D.C. Program.

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Attention Attorneys with 2+ Years Experience! Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Tribal Prosecutor

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Nez Perce Tribe seeks Tribal Prosecutor to:

  • Represent the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court, reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents.
  • Work closely with the Tribal Police Department, Conservation Enforcement, Social Services, Probation, Domestic Violence Programs, and other tribal agencies in filing and prosecuting their cases in Tribal Court.
  • Supervise an office assistant, deputy prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement attorney.

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City of Seattle Seeking Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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The City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Manager will provide leadership and vision to ensure innovative, effective strategies to achieve racial equity in the City of Seattle.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective advocate for structural change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a creative thinker; and an effective collaborator, supervisor and project manager.

The RSJI Manager reports directly to the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), which coordinates RSJI across Seattle city government. The RSJI Manager and the SOCR Director serve as the primary public faces of the Initiative, establishing and ensuring the integrity and impact of the Initiative within City government and the community. The RSJI Manager supervises 5-7 SOCR staff members who work directly on the Initiative.

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