Got the law school blues? The Peer Support Program can help; op-ed on importance of restorative justice

Law school got you down? The Peer Support Program is here to help

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Due 1/9: National Lawyer’s Guild Fellowship

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The application for the NLG’s Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2017 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice.

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Due 1/15: Legal writing contest with cash prize and possible publication

james_crane_writing_competitionSubmission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Read more here.

Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

 Submission process: Email submissions to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

Seattle Times editorial discusses restorative justice, UW Law Race and Justice clinic

39776226-9d5a-11e6-aac3-ec08c086559c-780x483Restorative justice can lead to healthier communities” published October 28, 2016 by the Seattle Times, written by Chris West. Illustration courtesy of the Seattle Times/ William Brown.

A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times discusses the benefits of restorative justice. When pursuing restorative justice after being the victim of a crime, Chris West utilized UW’s Race and Justice Clinic.

“The concept of restorative justice is beginning to take hold in King County, as prosecutors try counseling and self-reflection for teens. This is a commendable step toward creating healthier communities. Our country’s incarceration rate is unprecedented.” Read the full article here.

Interested in Indian Law? Summer Internship Opportunities Available

U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 10/19

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The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Southern Poverty Law Center Offering Paid Summer Legal Internship in Miami, Due 10/23

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Miami office works primarily in the areas of children’s rights and mass incarceration. It uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community mobilization to ensure that Florida’s juvenile justice and education systems result in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

For more information, click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 10/25, Paid Position

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fellows and Legal Interns

Indian Law Resource Center Fellowship Applications Due 10/30ILRC Logo

The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

To this end, we offer several fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

The John D. B. Lewis Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in international indigenous human rights issues.
The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fall 2015 Legal Intern, Position Open Until Filled

The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience.

Applications for the Fall 2015 legal internship are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

For more information, click here.

Procopio Seeks Summer 2016 Native American Intern, Due 10/30

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Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part of this engaging opportunity.

The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities.

For more information, click here.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks DC Summer 2016 Law Student Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting law student internship applications for Summer 2016.  Summer interns will be responsible for legal and policy research, legal writing, policy analysis, monitoring federal legislation and administrative activity, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach material, discovery review, and/or other needs that may arise during the summer.  Intern assignments depend on the needs of LDF’s legal and policy staff during the summer months. Summer interns will be exposed to a variety of activity within the largest national civil rights coalition, including a series of brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, attended by interns from numerous non-profit legal organizations. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Spanish Bilingual Staff Attorney in Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Yakima, WA), Due 11/2

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Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Immigrant Workers Group. This position will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their families in Washington. This position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Planned Parenthood Seeking Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator in Washington, Position Open Until Filled

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Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii (PPVNH) is the advocacy and political arm of the four Planned Parenthood affiliates in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii. Collectively we advocate for the services that more than 200,000 patients receive at Planned Parenthood health centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands each year. We work on behalf of all women and men to promote government policies that ensure equal and open access to reproductive health care for women and their families.

We are seeking a Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator to lead the PPVNH state team’s government
relations in pursuit of public policies that protect and promote a full range of reproductive health and rights for all the diverse people in Washington’s communities, as well as those policies that make it possible for women, men, and families to access reproductive health services and information.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Health Communities Legal Fellow, Position Open Until Filled

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Earthjustice invites 2015 law school graduates and current law school students expecting to graduate before the fall of 2016 to apply for the two-year Healthy Communities Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is based in Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. office and will begin in September 2016.

This Fellowship is designed to help new attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective legal advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. Attorneys who graduated law school prior to 2015 are encouraged to apply to openings within Earthjustice’s Associate Attorney Program.

The term of the Fellowship is two years, after which the Fellow may be considered for open positions in the Associate Attorney Program. Starting salary for the Fellowship is competitive and we offer an excellent benefits package.

For more information, click here.

Test Your Writing Skills and maybe Win Some $$!

Announcing Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) Conference Writing Competition

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MAPOC is sponsoring a writing competition open to all currently enrolled law students of any level, J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D., at a U.S. law school. Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length and there is a preference for papers related to the conference theme but we will accept papers on other topics as well. Please email submissions (and any questions) to erosser@wcl.american.edu no later than September 15, 2014. The winning submission will receive $300 and travel expenses to attend the Conference. The two runner-ups will receive $100 each.

1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging. Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on January 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy.If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.