Great News! Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding Deadline Extended!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014 Deadline Extended

Summer Funding

The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015.

Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program. The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Dean Storms.

Today is the Last Day to Apply for Position Opening as Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club

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The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s Eastside advocacy efforts. The Eastside Manager is expected to track and influence major, non­motorized policy and funding decisions at the regional and city level (including priority cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue).

The manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade members on the Eastside. The Manager will have expertise in community organizing, transportation or legislative policy and strategy, and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure, and funding decisions. The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager will work directly with local, regional, and state elected officials and staff to collaboratively develop a better community through bicycling.

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

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

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By Tasho Moro, Communications Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild

A new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United Statesbrings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

From 1940-1975, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies spied on, infiltrated and disrupted the NLG and its members. Even though no alleged or suspected criminal wrongdoing existed to justify governmental intrusion, the FBI illegally recorded privileged conversations of members, led media smear campaigns against the NLG, and even inserted informants posing as NLG staff – all resulting in significant financial and organizational damage to the Guild.

Continue reading here.

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts: Ten Years Later, the United States Still Hasn’t Come Clean on Its Torture Record

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Photo courtesy of Politico Magazine. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

By Juan E. Mendez, Politico Magazine

en years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Continue reading here.

Did You Know?  The Asian Bar Association of Washington Offers Free Membership to Law Students

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Law students may join the Asian Bar Association of Washington for free.  Membership in the Asian Bar Association could provide you with many benefits.  It has a great list serve that includes job announcements.  In fact, one of the job announcements I sent out today came from their list serve. It also holds events that will give you an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers. See highlighted section below re membership for students and check out their website.

Law students must email Sieu Che and indicate that they are students in lieu of sending payment.

Internships, Externships, and SCOTUSblog positions

Paid Legal Internship Opportunity with Washington House of Representatives Office of Program Research

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March 15, 2013, is the deadline to apply.

The Office of Program Research in the Washington House of Representatives is seeking candidates for its legal intern program. Both first and second year law students are invited to apply. Candidates must have exceptional legal research and analysis skills and strong communication and interpersonal skills. (Photo: Wikipedia.)

The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal, research, and support services to the standing committees of the Washington House of Representatives. Since 1974, the OPR’s legal intern program has provided law students with an opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process. Interns work under the supervision of lawyers employed by the OPR and are expected to perform general legal research and to assist in drafting and analyzing bills and amendments.

The program is divided into two parts: summer and legislative session. Interns are expected to serve full time during the summer of 2013 and during that portion of the 2014 legislative session coinciding with the first academic period (quarter or semester) in 2014. The summer portion is considered a training period, during which interns acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform well during the legislative session.

For the legislative session portion of the legal intern program, the student must make arrangements with the student’s law school to obtain academic credit; stipends are not permitted, but the student may be granted reimbursement for travel or Olympia room expenses. During the summer, compensation is $2,648 per month.

To Apply: Law students desiring to apply should submit, by March 15, 2013, a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcripts via email to:

Jill Reinmuth, Assistant Director
Office of Program Research
House of Representatives
Olympia, Washington
jill.reinmuth@leg.wa.gov

The Washington House of Representatives is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process should call (206) 786-7101 or TDD 1-800-635-9993.

SCOTUSblog Is Hiring

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April 1, 2013, is the deadline to apply.

Attention 3Ls. SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell, P.C., are beginning the hiring process for two positions based in Washington, D.C., that will be open in late summer and early fall.  More information on each position and how to apply is available below.

 Blog Manager: We are hiring a new blog manager to begin work in August. The blog manager’s job includes, but is not limited to:

·         Coordinating online symposia and case coverage;
·         Maintaining publication schedule and preparing posts for review and publication;
·         Updating and maintaining case pages and homepage sidebar content;
·         Coordinate with Bloomberg Law on event planning and technical needs;
·         Drafting posts as needed and contributing to “live blogs”;
·         Contributing to broader blog strategy and the execution of new features; and
·         Occasional special projects, drafting memos / presentations.

Firm Manager: We will also be hiring a second individual to serve as both the firm manager for Goldstein & Russell P.C. and the deputy manager of SCOTUSblog.  The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

·         Coordinating and proofing Supreme Court filings;
·         Administrative work for the firm and in particular for Tom Goldstein, the firm’s managing partner;
·         Scheduling travel, which may entail making frequent last-minute changes and arrangements, sometimes during off hours;
·         Miscellaneous personal work;
·         Overseeing all web development for the blog, from strategy and planning, to execution by web development team;
·         Assisting the blog manager with case coverage; and
·         Overseeing occasional special projects, including the Supreme Court Prediction Challenge.

The qualifications for both positions include:

·         Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
·         Excellent writing and editing skills.
·         Strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings.
·         Part-time  students are not eligible for this position.
·         Ability to improvise. We occasionally need all hands on deck both during and outside of normal business hours.

To Apply: A commitment of at least two years is required for both positions.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (either official or unofficial), and unedited writing sample (no more than five pages) to kborkoski@scotusblog.com and mmallory@scotusblog.comby April 1. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is in Washington, DC.

Public Defender Summer Externship (Mental Health and Competency Proceedings)

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The Washington Defender Association (WDA) and the Snohomish County Public Defender (SCPDA) are seeking a student who is interested in working with attorneys who represent mentally ill persons. This will be a full-time shared position between WDA’s office in Seattle and SCPDA in Everett. The position will provide you with the opportunity to experience or participate in court hearings where issues of mental health and criminal law converge and to develop materials for attorneys who practice in these specialized areas. (Photo: Wikimedia.org.)

Possible research topics and resource development include:

·         Challenging a Finding Competency
·         Examining and researching the history of competency/restoration laws in our state and the practice in other states
·         Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Mental Health Courts – Collect and Create Briefing on Civil Commitments
·         ITA Procedure– After criminal case ends, how to advise the client about what to expect when a criminal case is dismissed

Practical Experience:

·         Help prepare and potentially participate in felony hearings contesting competency and forced medication
·         Participate in or observe Snohomish County Mental Health Court
·         Participate in or observe ITA court hearings

To Apply: Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to WDA’s Deputy Director, Travis Stearns at stearns@defensenet.org, by April 12, 2013. However, students are encouraged to apply early as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

P.S. Common Good Asks Our Readers to Take the Diversity and Inclusion Survey by this Friday, March 15. 

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 2.25.35 PMWhat Do YOU Think About Diversity and Inclusion? Tell us by March 15.

  • What are the legal profession’s ultimate diversity and inclusion goals?
  • When we talk about diversity and inclusion, do we all mean the same thing?
  • Do we value some kinds of diversity more than others? Should we?
  • What kinds of strategies should be implemented to meet our diversity and inclusion goals? (Photo: Flickr.)

YOUR opinion matters! Please tell us what you think by completing the online survey before March 15, 2013. All responses are anonymous and completely confidential!

Thank you!