Gearing up for 2015? Many Fellowships Now Accepting Applications!

Ella Summer Internship Program with the Center for Constitutional Rights Now Accepting Applications, Due 10/24 for 2Ls and 12/19 for 1Ls

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

The Ella Baker Program is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts law students and emerging lawyers at legal organizations across the world. As a result, Ella Baker Interns are connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through the Bertha Legal Network.

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

 

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Roderick and Solange Macarthur Justice Center at New Orleans Seeking Attorney, Due 10/31

Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center

The MacArthur Justice Center is seeking an attorney for its office located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a public interest law firm that brings high-impact cases targeted at reforming the criminal justice system.

The Center is looking for a talented, dedicated attorney to fill an attorney position. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience in criminal or civil litigation, high academic qualifications, exemplary writing and oral argument skills, ability to work in a team, and a demonstrated commitment to the rights of poor persons in the criminal justice system. Membership in the Louisiana Bar is preferred, but persons eligible to take the bar examination within 6 months of hiring may apply.

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

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Offering Fellowship Program Beginning September 2015, Due 11/17

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The Legal Department of the America Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (“AFL-CIO”) is offering a one-year fellowship beginning in September 2015.  The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a wide variety of issues.

The AFL-CIO Fellow will work with lawyers in the AFL-CIO Legal Department and with other union lawyers around the country on a wide range of activities.  The Fellow will assist experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the legal movement and the rights of workers.  The AFL-CIO’s litigation caseload includes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NLRB and a small number of state appellate suits.  In addition, the AFL-CIO Legal Department frequently presents the views of the labor movement on federal regulatory initiatives affecting workers.  Whenever possible, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings with union lawyers and to attend oral arguments. The AFL-CIO Fellow will also participate in Lawyers Coordinating Committee activities, including preparation for attorney conferences, outreach to new labor lawyers and law students, and regular opportunities to attend LCC meetings and conferences.

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

Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Offering Temporary Position

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The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is soliciting applications for an extra help deputy prosecuting attorney in the Civil Division to perform work in the areas of land use, real estate, public contracting, and Washington general municipal law.

To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to Jacquelyn M. Aufderheide, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 614 Division Street, MS-35A, Port Orchard, WA  98366, or apply online here

Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school. Additional requirements are set forth in the application materials.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

MENA Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Seeking Applicants, Fluency in Arabic Required

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The Gender Law and Policy Project (GLPP) is seeking applicants for a one year Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship Position working on gender-based violence and LGBT violence and discrimination in the MENA region. The fellow will also work closely with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization.

Our project works to promote the rights, protection and physical security of marginalized and at-risk populations. We integrate advocacy and capacity building, with documentation and reporting of LGBT and women’s human rights violations in order to bring accountability and redress for these crimes in transitional justice processes. We also aim to increase participation of women within national and international venues charged with upholding human rights and building peace.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Lambda Defense and Education Fund Offering Fair Courts Project Internship for Fall, Spring, and Summer

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Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall, Spring and Summer semester internships.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

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

Earthjustice’s Seattle Office Seeking Externs for Winter & Spring 2015

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The Northwest office of Earthjustice is currently accepting applications for externships for Winter and Spring 2015, with a preference for at least 20 hours per week.

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law firm, representing—without charge—hundreds of public interest clients, large and small.  Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; and to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat.  Founded in 1971 as Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice has played a leading role in shaping the development of environmental law.

Externs will have an opportunity to work with several attorneys on case development and litigation.  Students may draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents; perform legal research and prepare legal memoranda; develop strategy and legal theories; and attend court proceedings, full-office argument moots, meetings with clients, and conferences with opposing counsel.

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

Equal Justice Victory, WA Contemplative Lawyers & Debtors’ Prison Film

Northwest Justice Project Announces Equal Justice Victory

NJP LogoJuly 23, 2014–By César E. Torres

In a major victory for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities and access to justice for Workers Compensation claimants, DOJ/DOL have found that L&I policies, practices, and procedures are inconsistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and implementing regulations and L&I grant obligations.  DOJ/DOL issued a 33 page decision in response to a complaint filed by NJP on behalf of 8 limited English proficient workers claiming denial of language access by the Department of Labor and Industries – Insurance Services Division.

 

The DOJ/DOL investigation found violations including, the failure (a) to take specific steps to develop, assess, and monitor its Language Assistance Program; (b) to adequately identify the language needs of claimants; (c) to assess the competency and quality of its interpretation services; (d) to ensure that all claimants are provided vital documents and information in a timely manner in a language they can understand, and (e) provide adequate notice of LEP claimants of available language assistance services. Specifically, DOJ/DOL decided that L&I needs to translate vital documents into languages other than Spanish, including Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and “a few” of the other more frequently encountered languages.  The list of vital documents required to be translated is extensive. 

 

This is a huge victory for all LEP workers in Washington and a major step to obtaining better and more just access to this important worker benefit system, particularly after the Kustera cases, in which the Washington Supreme Court rejected an array of language protections for LEP claimants in the L&I hearing process.  L&I has agreed to work toward developing an adequate language access program with appropriate monitoring and negotiations are underway. 

 

Congratulations to NJP attorneys Kelly Owen, Senior Attorney-Bellingham, Leticia Camacho, NJP-King County, and Patrick Pleas, NJP-Wenatchee, who filed and litigated the extensively documented complaint three years ago, with assistance from Kristi Cruz, NJP-CLEAR. 

 

Working in Downtown Seattle this Summer? Don’t Miss the WA Contemplative Lawyers Group!

Mindfulness Present Moment logoA growing number of legal professionals across the nation are applying mindfulness-based skills and training to lawyering. Read more about us here.

Monday Mid-Day Guided Meditation for Legal Professionals

Mondays (except holidays) from 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave; 11th floor) in downtown Seattle. Please arrive at 11:50 am as we start the sit promptly at 12 pm. No experience required. No charge. Just an opportunity to practice mindful meditation together at the beginning of the work week.

Learn more here.

 

New Film Decries The Return Of Debtors Prisons

Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Over the past decade, towns and counties across the United States have been locking up a growing number of people for failing to pay their debts. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice documented the practice in 2010, and Human Rights Watch released the results of its own investigation earlier this year.

Critics have decried the return of the debtors prison, the reviled institution of Charles Dickens’ day. Now, a short documentary, “To Prison for Poverty,” sheds light on a particularly contentious aspect of the story.

In Alabama, Georgia, and other Southern states, many local governments have signed contracts with “private probation” companies — for-profit firms that specialize in collecting fees and fines from people who owe the courts money for low-level infractions, usually traffic-related. Halli Wood, an unemployed 17-year-old from the small town of Columbiana, Alabama, told Brave New Films she was placed on probation with one of the largest of these companies, Judicial Correction Services, or JCS, after she couldn’t come up with the money to pay off a seat belt ticket.

Read the full article and watch part 2 of the film here.