Preliminary Results for the Civil Legal Needs Study Now Available

Mayor Introduces New Legislation Requiring Places of Public Accommodation to Designate All-Gender Restrooms

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By Kathryn Robertson | Seattle.gov

Today Mayor Ed Murray introduced legislation that would require all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing or future single-occupant restrooms as all-gender facilities. All existing City-controlled single-occupant restrooms (across all City departments, from City Hall to Parks) will be re-signed to conform to this new standard. The proposal was one that was introduced to the City by the Seattle LGBT Commission as part of its ongoing work, and is one of the early recommendations from the Mayor’s LGBT Task Force.

“The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “That’s why Seattle is building upon our history of being one of the most welcoming cities in the world by ensuring restrooms are available and safe for all.”

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Volunteer Opportunity with the Washington Court Reports Commission, Application Deadline 7/9

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The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested serving a four-year term on the Washington Court Reports Commission. The term begins Aug. 2, 2015, and expires Aug. 1, 2019.

The Washington Court Reports Commission is as an advisory body for the Washington Supreme Court, regarding publication of official opinions from the state’s appellate courts. See RCW 2.32.160. The commission is chaired by Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen. Additional members include a Supreme Court justice, a Court of Appeals judge, the state reporter of decisions, the state law librarian, the state code reviser, and two representatives from the WSBA. Members are appointed by the chief justice to serve four-year terms.

The commission is involved in issues, such as the periodic awarding of publishing contracts, publication of official opinions in the Washington Reporter series of books, and electronic publication of opinions. The commission usually meets once annually in the summer in Olympia or SeaTac.

The commission would find it particularly helpful for the Bar’s nominee to have an interest and knowledge in technology issues related to electronic publications of official documents.

For more information about the Washington Court Reports Commission contact Rick Neidhardt, Washington State Reporter of Decisions, at 360-357-2090 or Rick.Neidhardt@courts.wa.gov.

Fair Housing Victory 

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On Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled that disparate impact can continue to be used as evidence in illegal discrimination cases. Under disparate impact, actions that create discrimination can be found to violate fair housing and fair employment laws, even if those actions do not intend to discriminate. U.S. courts have used disparate impact for decades to assess discrimination charges; the Supreme Court’s ruling means we can continue to take disparate impact into consideration.

Read the full opinion here.

WSBA Board of Governors Accepting Letters of Interest for Judicial Information Systems Committee, Due Tomorrow

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The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested serving a three-year term on the Judicial Information System Committee (JISC). The term begins Aug. 1, 2015 and expires July 31, 2018.

The JISC is the policy-level steering committee for the court’s automation system. The committee is composed of 12 Bar members, including four members representing each of three areas of the judicial system — appellate court, superior court, and courts of limited jurisdiction. Three at-large committee members from outside the judiciary include a Bar member, a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and a member of the Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Learn more about the JISC or contact Pam Payne, senior administrative assistant, at 360-705-5277 or pamela.payne@courts.wa.gov.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to: WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539, or via email to barleaders@wsba.org.

The Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid Releases Preliminary Results on the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study

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The Washington State Supreme Court’s Civil Legal Needs Study Update Committee commissioned the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University to conduct a comprehensive update of the 2003 Civil Legal Needs Study.  The survey research was conducted in late 2014.  Publications documenting the research findings are found below.

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Western States Center Extends Registration for Activists Mobilizing for Power Training 2015

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Western States Center offers training and strategy event at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  Workshops run from 10 am to 5 pm with a 2-hour lunch break.  Long lunch breaks are designed to give you a chance to network with other attendees and participate in lunch-time meetings. Space is limited.

To register online, click here.

Interested in Getting Some Experience at a Foreign Firm? Check Out the Brigard & Urrutia Summer Internship

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) Seeking Graduate-Level Research Intern for Spring 2015

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Interns contribute substantively to the Center’s work in one or more of program areas. In particular, interns carry out research that analyzes trends in global policy. They also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific country contexts; this interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level. As a small NGO, the Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise. Interns may also interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, authoring blogs posts and opinion pieces, etc.

For more information, click here.

ACLU Seeking 2015 Summer Law Clerk in Washington DC

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The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital is the Washington, D.C. affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national nonprofit organization devoted to the protection of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1961, the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital is one of the District’s premier public advocacy organizations, focusing exclusively on issues that arise within the District of Columbia in areas such as police practices reform, racial justice, freedom of speech and religion, LGBT rights, gender equality and prisoner rights. We advance civil liberties through litigation, legislation and public education.

The summer law clerks at the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital gain a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the legal work of one of the nation’s major advocacy organizations. Virtually all work involves civil liberties and constitutional law.

When possible, law clerks attend trial or appellate proceedings involving staff or volunteer attorneys, as well as depositions and legislative hearings. Law clerks are also encouraged to take part in the many programs for summer interns in Washington, D.C.

For more information, click here.

Family Equality Council Seeking Law Fellow

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Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million parents in America who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and the two million children that they are raising. Over the past 30 years we have built an approach that strengthens families in three ways: building our community to support parents and children; sharing our stories to open hearts and minds; and raising our voices to create social justice for all families.

FEC is seeking legal interns for both Spring and Summer 2015 in their Washington, DC office. Interns will work with onsite legal staff to pursue legislative, regulatory, and policy goals as advocates for LGBTQ parents and families. Legal interns will have the opportunity to learn about legislative and regulatory drafting, law and policy affecting LGBTQ families, and the legislative process.

All interns will work in FEC’s Washington, DC office. Spring interns are expected to make a commitment of at least twelve hours a week. Summer interns are expected to make a commitment of 35 hours a week for at least 10 weeks.

Legal interns will have a range of day to day responsibilities including drafting advocacy memoranda, direct advocacy with agencies and congressional offices, contributing to social justice coalition meetings, and other legal research and writing projects.

For more information, click here.

Associate Director, Center for Professional Development at the Seattle University School of Law

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

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

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Innovation creativity and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 1Ls and 2Ls! Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Offers Paid Internships

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The Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship program awards paid summer internships to rising 1L and 2L law students at New Jersey public interest legal organizations. This program is available to those who seek a paid fellowship, as well to those who would like to pursue an opportunity for public interest work, but have other funding available to them. Applications will be considered and hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis until all positions are filled (usually by mid-April). Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. The program particularly seeks people who have demonstrated their commitment to helping the disadvantaged through their prior work, extracurricular activities during school and volunteer efforts, and give evidence of strong commitment to a public interest career. Grades, honors and personal achievements are also important.

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

International Bar Association Offering Legal Internship Programs

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Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association’s offices in London and Washington DC.

Established by the IBA in 1995, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works with the global legal community to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide.

Our core activities include: human rights training and technical assistance for legal practitioners and institutions; international fact-finding, delivering  timely and reliable information on human rights and the legal profession; and supporting lawyers and judges who are arbitrarily harassed, intimidated or arrested through advocacy and trial monitoring. A focus on pertinent human rights issues, including the abolition of the death penalty, poverty, and sexual orientation forms the basis of targeted capacity building and advocacy projects.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Associate Attorney Position Open at EarthJustice in Seattle

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Earthjustice is seeking applicants for an associate attorney to begin work in the Fall of 2015 or sooner.  The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest.

Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the communities that depend on it, stop coal-fired power plants, protect farmworkers and their families from pesticides, and respond to climate change, among other things.

Although the primary focus of the Northwest office is representing environmental and citizens’ groups in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, we often take cases with national and international scope. For example, the Northwest office is involved in cases seeking to stop coal exports to Asia and transport of crude oil to ports along the entire west coast as part of its effort to reduce reliance on dirty fossil fuels.. We also have led nationwide litigation to protect 58.5 million acres of undeveloped, roadless areas on our National Forests. We frequently work in close partnership with Native American Tribes and fence-line communities.

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Seattle near the federal and state courthouses, the waterfront, and historic Pioneer Square. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment. The Northwest Office has nine attorneys, including this position.

For more information, click here.

Brigard & Urrutia Seeking Intern for Summer 2015

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We are pleased to announce the Brigard & Urrutia/Brigard & Castro Summer Internship Program (the “Program”).  Our Program is directed to students who are currently pursuing a legal education in foreign law schools and, as such, have obtained outstanding academic results.

The Program is designed to afford students the opportunity to spend 6 weeks of their summer vacation at Brigard & Urrutia/Briggard & Castro, the leading full service law firm in Colombia.  During the Program, students will have the occasion of experiencing work at a Latin American law firm, may rotate among our different legal practice groups, participate in our training activities and be in contact with life in Bogota, a vibrant city with a rich cultural life.

For more information, click here.

Davis, Cowell & Bowe, LLP Seeking Law Clerk in San Francisco, CA

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Davis, Cowell & Bowe, LLP in San Francisco is seeking summer law clerks for its San Francisco office.  We represent unions and workers in a wide-ranging practice, both in terms of geography and subjects.  We have a heavy emphasis on organizing, including representing UNITE HERE throughout the United States in all of its hotel and gaming organizing campaigns.  We also represent local unions from Boston to Orlando to San Diego to Seattle to Honolulu, and in between, in addition to many in California and Nevada.  Our clients include international and local unions representing hotel workers, grocery workers, firefighters, construction workers, doctors, dentists, and others.  We have expanded far beyond traditional labor and employee benefits law in our work for unions, to include First Amendment, corporations and securities, consumer, environmental, election, immigration, antitrust and other areas of the law.  We have pioneered the use of card-check neutrality agreements to organize and have negotiated, and continue to negotiate, hundreds of these organizing agreements.  We also represent plaintiffs in employment class actions.

For more information, click here.

Global Rights Compliance Seeking Business and Human Rights Intern

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Global Rights Compliance is an international group of lawyers specializing in human rights issues. It is led by Wayne Jordash QC, a British barrister, and Scott Martin, an American lawyer.

Global Rights Compliance is seeking motivated and hard-working interns to join an international team that works on matters relating to business and human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international trade and development.

The internship is remote, which means that the intern can be home-based.

For more information, click here.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Seeking Legal Volunteer Intern at the Office of General Counsel, Spring 2015

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Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4,700+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy.

CFR’s volunteer internship in the Office of the General Counsel provides a volunteer intern the opportunity to receive legal training, as well as skills training in areas such as legal writing, research, and client management. This position does not involve areas of international law, but rather issues facing domestic not-for-profit corporations. The position reports to the CFR General Counsel.

For more information, click here.

ORAM Publishes Report Amidst Debates on Uganda’s Possible Re-Introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Disability Rights Washington Seeks Mental Health Advisory Council Members

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Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Volunteers who serve on our Board and councils are critical to our work. We are reaching out to encourage people to serve on our Mental Health Advisory Council.

For more about the role of the MHAC, click here. 

Missed the Careers in Public Policy Panel on October 29th? Podcast Link Available Now!

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Did you miss the panel on October 29th about Careers in Public Policy?  Here’s your chance to watch the podcast.

Click here to download the materials.

Maryland Poor Deserve Free Attorneys in Family Law Cases, Panel Finds

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By: Madeleine List, Southern Maryland Online

“[A] state task force this month recommended assigning free lawyers in certain family-law cases, and spending nearly $8 million over four years to help the poorest Marylanders work through the complex court system.” “The Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland is a group of judges, attorneys, delegates and state senators that has been meeting since December to discuss the benefits of providing legal representation to low-income people involved in civil disputes.” “A bill, sponsored by Del. Sandy Rosenberg, D-Baltimore, outlining the task force’s recommendations, will be introduced to the legislature at the start of the next session, which begins on Jan. 14, said Dumais, who plans to co-sponsor the bill.”

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As Uganda Debates the Re-Introduction of an Anti-Homosexuality Bill, ORAM Publishes a Comprehensive Country of Origin Report on the Conditions of LGBTI Individuals in the Country

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By: ORAM International

ORAM has published an extensive report titled “Country of Origin Report: Sexual and Gender Minorities – Uganda.” The unique report includes an extensive case law section, analyzing key asylum decisions in Ugandan LGBTI asylum cases from six jurisdictions worldwide.

This report is particularly timely. Ugandan LGBTI individuals and activists recount growing hostility and fear as Uganda debates re-introducing an “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” while homosexuality remains criminalized under existing law. The Anti-Homosexuality Act, initially dubbed the ” Kill the Gays Bill,” was annulled by Uganda’s Constitutional Court in August 2014 on a parliamentary technicality. The Act imposed up to life imprisonment for same-sex sexual acts, and punished those who advocate for sexual minority rights or provide services to LGBTI people. Violence toward LGBTI individuals in Uganda has escalated, and many are fleeing the country.

Country of Origin reports are a critical tool for adjudicators and protection experts assessing risk of persecution, credibility, and availability of state protection in asylum and refugee claims. Building on its expertise and its deep understanding of the refugee field, ORAM demonstrates through this report that a nuanced and culturally-informed approach to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in Country of Origin Information (COI) will lead to more accurate adjudication of LGBTI asylum and refugee claims.

Download the full report here.

 

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

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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.

Curious What Others Did This Summer? Come Join Us For the First SJT of the Year!

September 30: Social Justice Tuesday Presents What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Student Panel:

  • Jordan Taren: Columbia Legal Services
  • Amanda Dalmendray: U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Crys R. O’Grady: Judicial Internship-Northern District of Alabama
  • AnnaRae Goethe: Open Society Foundation (Budapest)

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 29, 2014.

September 30: Presidential Management Fellows Applicant Information Session Webcast

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3:30 – 4:30 PM EST

A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

October 1: Mission Possible – Choose the Future of Your Practice

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Online Only

Mission Possible: Choose the Future of Your Practice highlights the latest trends, tools, best practices and practical tips for you to adapt and thrive in the changing legal profession. This half-day online symposium offers inspiration and real world examples for retooling your practice, organized by 3 major themes: The New Legal Market & the New Practitioner, Smart Marketing and Emerging Business Models.

Click here to view the agenda.

To register, click here.

October 2: Latino Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Law Student Welcome Potluck

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October 8: Presidential Management Fellowship Q&A Webcast Session on 2015 Applications

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1:30 – 3:30 PM EST

A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to http://opm.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/mobile-meetings.html.

As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application.  General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov

October 17-18: Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference

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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014
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Stanford Law School’s 15th annual Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference will be held on October 17 and 18, 2014.  Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice.  We are excited to feature civil rights advocate Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as our keynote speaker at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

Shaking the Foundations is a two-day conference that will feature a series of panels and workshops on a broad range of progressive topics.  Panel topics for this year include victim empowerment, environmental justice, immigration, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, international human rights, and community organizing to reform the criminal justice system.

View the conference schedule here. Register online here.

Note: Early bird registration (from now until October 1st) is $8.  Housing is guaranteed for the first thirty registrants who request it, and we will do our best to accommodate more people if necessary.  

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply for LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 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.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

Continue reading here.

Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.

Judge Mary Yu Joins the Washington Supreme Court

Governor Jay Inslee Appoints Judge Mary Yu to Washington State Supreme CourtJustice Mary Yu

By Washington Courts

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court. Yu will fill the seat of Justice Jim Johnson who retired from the court earlier this week due to health issues.

“Judge Yu has distinguished herself throughout her career as someone of great intellect, dedication and compassion,” Inslee said in announcing the appointment at the Temple of Justice. “She has brought to her work, and to her life, a never-wavering commitment to ensuring justice for everyone.

“Her appointment today is a moment all Washingtonians can be proud of.”

Appearing with current members of the Supreme Court, Yu committed herself to working collaboratively with her new colleagues “so the integrity of this institution is only strengthened by our work.”

“Trial court judges, at every level of court, are the workhorses of our system of justice,” she said. “I am proud to come from their ranks and will do all that I can to remember that the trial court remains the place where the law is actually applied to everyday life.”

Continue reading here.

Big News! Department of Education Guidance Says Transgender Students Protected Under Federal LawTransgender Law Center

By Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center praised the U.S. Department of Education for releasing guidelines today that make it clear transgender and gender nonconforming students are protected from discrimination under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in schools.

“We hear from hundreds of students each year who simply want to be themselves and learn at school,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center. ”Sadly, many schools continue to exclude transgender students from being able to fully participate. Now, every school in the nation should know they are required to give all students, including transgender students, a fair chance at success.”

Increasingly, courts and federal agencies are making clear that transgender and gender nonconforming people–people who do not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity–are covered under laws that protect people from discrimination based on sex.

Continue reading here.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Tools to Protect Foster Care Children From Credit Reporting ProblemsCFPB

By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action to better protect children in the foster care system from credit reporting problems that could compromise their future credit. The Bureau published action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find errors on the credit reports of the children in their care.

“The Bureau is very concerned about foster care children’s vulnerability to credit reporting problems that can wreak financial havoc for them,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “We want to help ensure that youth leave foster care with clean credit so that they have a firm foundation for their financial future.”

Credit reporting touches the financial lives of nearly each and every American and can be of particular significance to youth in foster care as they are more susceptible to credit problems and identity theft. The nearly 400,000 children in the United States foster care system often lack a permanent address, and their personal information is frequently shared among numerous adults and agency databases.

Continue reading here.

Landesa Pilots Women First Model in Uganda

By Landesa, Rural Development InstituteLandesa_Women First Uganda

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights developed and piloted a model for working with women and their communities to strengthen women’s land tenure security in Northern Uganda. The project significantly improved women’s sense of security of their rights to land.

A total of 250 women participated in the pilot program. One year after the start of the pilot, those women reported an increase in the amount of land they could farm (on average a 3 acre increase) an increase in community recognition of their rights to land, an increased sense of long-term tenure security, and increased awareness of customary justice and dispute resolution mechanisms.  This tenure security can help the women feed themselves and their families, earn income, and helps women achieve direct financial benefits by allowing them to invest in their land to improve their harvests, rent out their land without fear that it will be usurped, sell their land when it is no longer needed, or use the land as collateral.

Click here for a final project report and a step-by-step toolkit that provides practitioners with the resources needed to replicate this model.

ALERT! Traveling abroad this summer for your internship or externship?

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The University of Washington has important resources for you and we urge you to take advantage of them.  Resources include travel insurance and also emergency contact information.  Please register your summer travel with the office of Global Affairs. 

Click here for more information. 

Exciting News in Fair Housing, Human Rights, and Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights Webinar TOMORROW

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014
11 AM PST / 2 PM EST

In March, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will release to the public its long-awaited report, “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States,” addressing the human and civil rights implications of the growth of homeless encampments across the country. The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, comes as the U.S. prepares for four reviews by international human rights monitors in the coming year, and follows new steps by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to address homelessness as a human rights issue. It also comes on the heels of the Law Center’s annual “Human Right to Housing Report Card.

Come and learn about the human and civil rights issues faced by homeless persons, the response from the federal government, as well as the process of review by the U.N. human rights monitors and how you can make human rights real in your community.

Register for the webinar tomorrow here.

Lessons Worth Sharing: Check out this video on “Rethinking Thinking” by Trevor Maber

Save the Date!  28th Annual Western Washington Fair Housing Conference on May 22, Registration Opens in March

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The conference will highlight how to take the lead, at all levels from community member to housing provider to government official, in promoting and ensuring fair housing for all.

The fair housing conference will provide interactive learning opportunities.  Plenary sessions are planned to share information about leadership and how to use it to achieve fair housing.  Workshops will cover topics including fair housing law overview, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, communicating with residents, how government officials can implement practices to promote fair housing, and much more!

Registration opens in March 2014.  For more information, click here.

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice: Retrospective Report Issued

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This report is a compilation of several previous reports. In preparation for the four-day Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC in October 2002, the Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC) compiled the Environmental Justice Timeline/Milestones – 1964-2002 report, one of the first comprehensive documents to chronicle accomplishments of the Environmental Justice Movement. The milestones were later updated in the 2007 United Church of Christ Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty – 1987-2007 report and in 2010 in Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Liveable Communities (American Public Health Association 2011).

February 11, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” signed by President Clinton. This retrospective report was prepared by Robert Bullard et al. and released as part of the 20-year commemoration.

To read full the report, click herePhoto of Plant Seedling Courtesy of Markuso and Free Digital Photos.

Mayors Sign On to Support International Human Rights, The US Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination

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Working with UNESCO and the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has established the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination.  Over 100 mayors have signed on to the initiative (not yet including New York City).

Click here to see a list of mayors who have signed on.
Click here to read more about the coalition’s 10-Point Plan of Action.

Civil Legal Corps Announces Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

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Civic Legal Corps (CLC) is an innovative legal social enterprise fellowship and training program that empowers young attorneys to restore justice and expand access to legal services for low- and moderate-income people. CLC supports young attorneys committed to bridging the justice gap, building healthy and sustaining communities, and improving the quality of life for everyone.

Our creed is simple: young attorneys should be able to make a living fighting for justice, and justice should be accessible for all Americans – regardless of their ability to afford it.

Continue reading here. (Photo courtesy of CLC.)

Reminder: QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?  Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Panel TODAY on Being LGBTQ in the Legal Field

February 28: Being LGBTQ In the Legal Field: Are We There Yet? (Panel)

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March 3: The Dean’s Advisory Committee Presents Lunch Discussion on “Prosecution, Public Defense and Communities of Color”

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Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, RM 116
12:30 – 1:20 PM

What is the role of prosecution? What is the role of public defense? How are communities of color impacted by the criminal justice system?

On Monday, March 3rd, the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity will host a presentation featuring prosecutors and public defenders who are members of minority groups; they will discuss the criminal justice system, their role and the impact on communities of color. We will meet in Room 116 from 12:30 to 1:20. All are welcome.

March 4: Social Justice Tuesday: Educational Debt Relief

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Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

  • Concerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans?
  • Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt.

Presented by: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 3. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

March 6: Environmental & Land Use Law Professional-Student Mixer

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Arctic Club Hotel’s Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave, Seattle WA

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour with members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, and University of Washington and Seattle University law students interested in environmental and land use legal careers. Appetizers and a beverage will be complimentary, followed by a cash bar.

March 21: Citizen University Annual Conference on the Art of Powerful Citizenship, Funding Applications Due 3/3

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Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 PM

Citizen University’s annual national conference is the country’s most creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of activists, innovators and educators from across the United States meet for a day of skill-building and inspiration.  Learn the elements of civic power.  Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.

Many UW Law students have attended in the past and gotten great ideas and energy.  There is a reduced student rate for registration but we can also cover registration for up to 5 students through the Center for Public Service Law. If you are interested in getting funding to attend and are prepared to commit that you will go, send your letter of interest and resume to Dean Michelle Storms by March 3.

Learn more about the conference and the speakers here

April 4: You Are Invited to Attend Solid Ground’s Building Community Luncheon, Featuring Keynote Speaker Spike Lee

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Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We’re honored to host Spike Lee as keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Luncheon. With a body of work that spans four decades, he has written, produced, directed and acted in countless films that illuminate the impacts of racism in our country. As one of the most outspoken African-American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work. And as an organization working to undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, Solid Ground is pleased to bring such an influential person in the conversations about race and social justice to our event.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.