OCLA, Seattle City Attorney OCI, DOJ Honors Program, and much more!

Due August 31: Opportunity for Service: Civil Legal Aid Oversight CommitteeOCLA Logo

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Access to Justice Board seeks letters of interest from individuals interested in being considered for appointment by the Washington Supreme Court to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.  There are two open positions on the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee for which letters of interest are invited.  The application deadline has been extended and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Read more and apply here.

Due July 24 at noon:  OCI: Seattle City Attorney, Criminal Division InternshipsCity of Seattle Logo

Application Deadline:  Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.

The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2017 and spring and summer 2018.  (Please note that offers will be extended for either criminal or infraction prosecution—not a combination.) All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week

For complete job description go to Symplicity and apply here.

Attorney General’s Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application opens on Monday, July 31, 2017.DOJ - Attorney's Office

You are invited to attend a webinar on:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM AND SUMMER LAW INTERN PROGRAM AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

During the webinars, participants will:
• Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs;
• Receive answers to questions about the application; and
• Gain an understanding of the hiring timeline.

Please RSVP to OARMposition@usdoj.gov for one session (listed below) by Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please include your name, law school, and the webinar date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:00PM (EST)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

More information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found at:

HP:   https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys

SLIP:  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Launching Asylum Expert Witness Database

“The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is launching a new project—a searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. This service will be offered to attorneys and experts alike, free of charge. In other areas of the law, the provision of expert witness referrals is highly developed and professionalized, but this will be the first project of its kind to do so in the asylum field.

The Asylum Expert Witness Database is scheduled to go live in late 2017 and will contain detailed profiles for hundreds of experts, as well as information, including outcomes, about cases for which they have provided testimony. When available, we will also include sample transcripts of the expert’s prior testimony and any government challenges to an expert’s qualifications. Experts will be able to update their own profiles to include information about current availability and fee requirements. In the meantime, we will continue to provide referrals when requested through our website http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance.

We are currently seeking information from attorneys about recommended country specialists or health professionals for inclusion in the database. Please send information about any recommended experts, including contact information, areas of expertise, and CVs, to CGRS at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu. We will follow up with attorneys and the experts themselves as we get closer to the go-live date.

For more information, please contact CGRS Staff Attorney Robyn Barnard at BarnardRobyn@uchastings.edu.”

New ABA Network Increases Legal Services for Homeless Youth

“In an effort to increase legal services to [homeless youth], the American Bar Association (ABA) recently launched the Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN). The initiative helps homeless youth ages 25 and younger, while also providing opportunities for legal professionals and service providers. ‘The Homeless Youth Legal Network is a fine example of how the American Bar Association can link youth experiencing homelessness with experts in the legal community who can help,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein. ‘This project, made possible with a grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, shows how we can harness the power and reach of the ABA to improve access to justice by providing much-needed legal assistance to vulnerable populations.'”

Read more here.

Public-Defender Fees Waived for Those Found Innocent in California

“Californians accused of a crime but found not guilty will no longer have to pay for their public defenders after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a criminal justice-reform law striking the requirement. Under a bill authored by a pair of Los Angeles-area state senators, people using court-appointed counsel must only repay courts for legal costs if they are convicted. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said the current reimbursement laws are a detriment to low-income Californians and that Senate Bill 355 closes a damaging loophole which punishes individuals who are falsely arrested.”

Read more here.

Law schools are filled with Asian Americans. So why aren’t there more Asian judges?Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

“While Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in law, and are overrepresented in the country’s top law schools as well as at major law firms, they lag behind all other racial groups when it comes to attaining leadership roles in the legal profession, according to a study released Tuesday by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.”

Read more here.

Upcoming: Mayoral candidate and UW law grad Nikkita Oliver discusses social justice

May 9: How Shifting Federal Priorities Impact the Poor

Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Place: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Join the West Coast Poverty Center and the UW School of Social Work for a panel presentation with UW School of Social work faculty members Jennifer Romich and Gunnar Almgren and community leaders Nicole Keenan (Fair Work Center), Aiko Schaefer (communities of Color for Climate Justice), Ander Lofton (Seattle Housing Authority) and Gordon McHenry, Jr. (Solid Ground) –with opening remarks by School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara–spotlighting proposed changes in federal priorities and the impact those changes may have on the lives of Americans, especially the poor.

Register here.

May 15: Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver.

 

 

May 30: Barriers and Best Practices for Legal Professionals 

Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Place: Webcast

The May Legal Lunchbox is an examination of the unique barriers, opportunities, and strategies for legal professionals to act as allies to individuals and communities.
Join an outstanding faculty and get a basic understanding of allyship as a framework/tactic, including what it means to by an ally, what skills are needed, and what resources exist to support allyship.
You’ll hear from a panel that includes attorneys who have experience acting as allies to individuals and communities as well as members of community organizations who work with attorney allies.
Register here.

Need summer funding? Apply to EJW by May 19

Pro Bono Opportunity: Children’s Trust Landmark Climate Case

Our Children’s Trust is seeking law students and lawyers interested in fighting climate change and assisting with the electronic discovery process for the landmark constitutional case Juliana, et al. v. U.S.  Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a non-profit organization working to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations. OCT has supported young people in filing legal actions in every U.S. state, against the federal government, and in different countries around the world.

Volunteer law students and attorneys will directly support the federal constitutional and public trust climate case filed by 21 youth and Dr. James Hansen. A licensed attorney will supervise volunteers with the vital task of analyzing and reviewing documents in preparation for trial. Through this pro bono opportunity, volunteers will learn about the constitutional and public trust legal claims of the case and gain skills in document review on an advanced e-discovery platform. OCT requests that law students volunteer at least 10 hours per week and that attorneys volunteer at least 5 hours per week. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Allison Kole, allison@ourchildrenstrust.org. Please put “Pro Bono Opportunity” in the subject line.

Due May 19: Apply for summer funding from Equal Justice Works

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program provides 1Ls and 2Ls with an opportunity to serve local communities this summer. Participants receive an educational award of $1,230 for three hundred hours of service and can work on issues of employment, veterans, disaster relief, immigration and/or elder abuse at nonprofit organizations and law school clinics. If students have already secured a position for this summer, students should review the application guidelines and apply! Nearly all law school clinics and nonprofit organizations working on the aforementioned issues qualify. Note that students cannot receive more than $4,422 in other funding for their internship to be eligible.

Apply and learn more here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

Washington State AGO hiring for multiple Assistant Attorney General positions

April 18: AGO hiring for two Assistant Attorney General positions in Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

There are two positions available within the Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Agriculture and Health Division. One position is open to all attorneys, regardless of experience, with relevant experience. The second position requires a minimum of four years of experience with litigation experience preferred.

Read more and apply here.

April 20: AGO hiring Assistant Attorney General in Spokane, Torts Division

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Attorneys in the Tort Section of the Spokane Division work on a wide array of Tort, civil rights and employment cases representing an array of clients: DSHS, Eastern State Hospital, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and other east side institutions of higher education, WSDOT, and the Department of Corrections are examples of frequent clients. Applicants can expect to litigate in both state and federal courts.

Apply and learn more here.

June 1, paid: National Association for Law Placement hiring summer publications coordinators


Application Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

NALP seeks three to four summer project assistants to help update and maintain database content on its PSJD website. This is an ideal opportunity for law or graduate students who desire to supplement their income while interning or clerking in Washington, DC in the summer of 2017.

Since 2003, NALP has housed and administered PSJD.  PSJD is an online public interest/public sector jobs database for law students and lawyers seeking internships, fellowships, or permanent positions. Over 200 law schools in the US and Canada subscribe to PSJD, which contains profiles of over 14,000 public sector employer organizations and over 3,000 job listings. PSJD offers law students and lawyers the most extensive listing of legal and law-related public service opportunities available anywhere. During the summer of 2017, PSJD will continue its work toward a complete verification and update of content in its database. We are seeking students with an interest in public interest law and the nonprofit world to assist us. Hours are flexible within the parameters of normal business hours, and can be arranged around an internship or other activity.

Apply and learn more here

July 1: Center for Reproductive Rights hiring a staff attorney for their U.S. litigation division

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship with the Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project collaborates with local healthcare and social service providers to identify and address the civil legal needs of our area’s low-income veterans. Interns will collaborate with the two Veterans Project attorneys, who provide direct legal assistance to veterans, engage in community and provider outreach, attend events with local service providers, and attend weekly and monthly legal clinics in the Seattle area. More information about the Veterans Project and the work we do is available on our website, RepWAVets.org.

Read more and find application instructions here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission summer internship for rising 3L

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Seattle Field Office, is hiring for summer internships.

To apply, send an email expressing interest and attaching a resume to john.stanley@eeoc.gov<mailto:john.stanley@eeoc.gov>.

Rolling Deadline: Public Justice Center hiring Employment Rights Attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Justice Center seeks a passionate and committed attorney to join its Workplace Justice team.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit: www.publicjustice.org

Apply and learn more here

 

Staff attorney positions open for Seattle litigators

April 4: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring Assistant Training Director

Application Deadline: Preferred before the end of business, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duties include: Recruit, interview, and facilitate hiring processes for students seeking intern and entry level positions with the Department. Act as liaison between the Department and educational institutions to recruit quality, social justice oriented students. Guarantee quality intern/extern recruitments and quality educational experience for interns/externs with the Department throughout the year. Work closely with the Training Director in the development and implementation of a department-wide training program for interns and new attorneys. Oversee and manage the organization and distribution of training materials, legal manuals, online resources, educational videos, and more. Other duties as assigned.

Read more and apply here.

April 9: Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Read more and apply here.

April 14: Staff Attorney/QLAW Clinic Coordinator with Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program

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Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

The mission of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLS) is to ensure meaningful access to justice for low-income individuals by providing clients with volunteer attorney advice, representation, self-help materials, and paralegal support.

This position will (1) provide legal assistance to clients eligible for services in Pierce County under the South Sound Immigrant Survivor Project (SSISP) and Legal Help for Incarcerated People (LHIP) project and will (2) develop and coordinate a new program designed to provide services for eligible LGBTQ QLAW Clinic clients in the State of Washington.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: City of Seattle hiring an Assistant City Attorney

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for an Assistant City Attorney position in the new Regulatory Enforcement and Economic Justice (REEJ) Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

This Assistant City Attorney position will be responsible for litigating civil code enforcement cases in Seattle Municipal Court, before the Seattle Hearing Examiner, in King County Superior Court and in other Courts of Appeal, and providing legal advice and other client support.  The REEJ section  represents the Department of Construction and Inspections, Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Parks Department, Finance and Revenue Department, Office of Labor Standards, and Office for Civil Rights, among others, in their enforcement efforts.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Fall externship with Planned Parenthood

Planned ParenthoodApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases of the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation being considered in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

PPFA is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. Our 50+ locally governed affiliates operate approximately 650 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For the last 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship Program at National Center for Access to Justice

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The National Center for Access to Justice located at Fordham Law School seeks a small number of committed law students to serve as law student interns in summer 2017. NCAJ’s summer program runs from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, July 28th, 2017, with some flexibility on start and end dates.

NCAJ is the national nonprofit organization located at Fordham Law School that relies on data to increase access to justice in the civil and criminal justice systems.Access to justice is the meaningful opportunity to be heard, but millions of people are unable to obtain a fair hearing and a fair result in disputes involving even the most basic human needs, such as keeping a home, holding a family together, and securing physical safety. Access to justice is often compromised even in criminal cases.

Apply and learn more here

It’s time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Due April 3: Nominate someone who inspires you for the WSBA APEX awards

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The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2017 WSBA Annual APEX Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community including legal professionals, judges, and members of the public. The awards will be presented at the Annual APEX Awards Dinner on Sept. 28, 2017, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas.

Read more and nominate here.

Due May 3: Time to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LRAP constitutes a core component of the School of Law’s commitment to public service as a public law school by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law.

Participants are required to commit to remain in public service employment for a three year period. Loans are given at the beginning of each of the three years. The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

The School of Law loans $5000 each to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Read more and apply here.

Washington State Bar Foundation seeks new member board of trustees

The Washington State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, organized for the purpose of supporting the Washington State Bar Association programs that promote diversity within the legal profession and enhance the public’s access to, and understanding of, the justice system. Its volunteer Board of Trustees, like all nonprofit boards, has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The Foundation is a fundraising entity only, directed to support the Bar Association by raising awareness and support for Bar Association program. The Foundation does not establish Bar Association policy or programs.

Read more here.