Join the Conversation with Award-Winning Honduran Activists on Indigenous Environmental Activism!

November 6: CLE on Transgender Health: Making Access to Care a Beauty

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Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: K&L Gates (925 Fourth Ave, Suite 2900, Seattle)
CLE credits: 4.0 General Credits

Advocates have made great progress in ending discriminatory exclusions against transgender people in health plans issued in Washington State. But many transgender people continue to be denied coverage for medically necessary care by their health insurers and face difficulties navigating the process for appealing denials of coverage.  Please join the QLaw Foundation and community partners for training to learn how to assist transgender clients who are denied coverage by their health insurers. The training is open to attorneys, law students, health care providers, and other advocates who work with transgender clients.

Cost: 

  • Free for QLaw Foundation LGBTQ volunteer attorneys, as well as for attorneys, health care providers, and other advocates who agree to be on call to assist at least one transgender client with a health insurance issue before the end of 2016.
  • $40 for attorneys who are unable to commit to volunteering

To register, click here.

Questions? Contact transhealth@qlawfoundation.org.

November 10: Part Two of Social Justice Tuesday Presentations – Resistance to Immigration Detention: From the Local to the National

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127 unless otherwise noted

In the absence of effective immigration reform, the federal government’s use of detention as an immigration enforcement strategy has increased exponentially.  To keep up with the national quota that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain no less than 34,000 immigration detention beds at all times, immigrants, including lawful permanent residents and asylum seekers, are detained for months and sometimes years. Conditions of confinement in immigration detention facilities are deplorable and yet there are no enforceable regulations that govern management of the detention facilities.  Without access to affordable legal services, conditions of confinement often go unaddressed and immigrant detainees remain particularly vulnerable.  While detained individuals and their families suffer greatly, the private prison industry that contracts with the government to oversee immigration detention facilities are using “guaranteed minimum” contract provisions to maintain profits whether the beds are filled or not.  This contract scheme safeguards profits for private companies while incentivizing the incarceration of immigrants. Problematic partnerships between ICE and local law enforcement only exacerbate the problem, leading to the transfer of immigrants from jails and prisons to immigration detention centers.

Our two-part Social Justice Tuesday Presentations will address the proliferation of immigration detention and showcase stories and strategies of resistance and defiance both locally and nationally.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 9.

November 16: Increasing Diversity in Legal Leadership: A Managing Partner’s Perspective

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 217

Ben Wilson is the Managing Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a Washington, DC-based law firm of 100 attorneys specializing in environmental law.   Mr. Wilson.  A native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law, Mr. Wilson has been with Beveridge & Diamond since 1986.  He has represented the environmental interests of major consumer product corporations, municipal government agencies in major cities, and financial bodies, as well negotiated player contracts on behalf of professional athletes.

Mr. Wilson received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2014 from the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the Commission’s highest honor. Earlier in 2013, Mr. Wilson received the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources’ Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award.

Mr. Wilson will visit with students to talk about his experience as a managing partner at a law firm, and to discuss the skills and strategies he advocates widely to increase diversity and promote inclusion at the management levels of legal practice.

Space is limited.  RSVP accepted via Symplicity on a first-come, first-served basis.

November 16: Indigenous Environmental Activism in Central America – A Conversation with Award-Winning Activists Miriam Miranda & Berta Caceres

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Thomson Hall 317

Two globally-renowned environmental justice activists will discuss their strategies and struggles to protect the land and natural resources of indigenous peoples in Honduras.  Berta Caceres, winner of the 2015 Goldman Prize, will share how she has rallied the indigenous Lenca people and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.  Miriam Miranda, winner of the 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize, will discuss a landmark legal case that brought Afro-indigenous Garifuna communities to defend their natural resources and land rights against corporate-led development projects.

For more information about the speakers, click here.

December 8: Free Screening with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project of Underwater Dreams

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Central Library of the Seattle Public Library

Join NWIRP at the Central Library of the Seattle Public Library on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm for a free screening of Underwater Dreams, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio and narrated by Michael Peña. Underwater Dreams tells the story of four teenage boys, the sons of Mexican immigrants, who beat MIT in an underwater robotics competition.

For more information about the film, click here.

UW CAYLAC Clinic Helps Open New Opportunities Through Juvenile Justice Law

Starting Today, Juvenile Justice Law Opens Up Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Washingtonians 

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By Columbia Legal Services

Today, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and thousands of youth every year, will have significantly more opportunities despite childhood mistakes. This historic change comes as a result of a major juvenile justice law – the Youth Equality and Reintegration Act (SB 5564) – which was passed by the Washington legislature this past legislative session. […]

The prime legislative sponsors were Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and the advocacy was also led by students from the University of Washington Children and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic. More information on the YEAR Act is available here.

Read the entire publication here.

Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) Hosting First Annual Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Health, Now Accepting Paper Submissions

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The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) invites submissions for papers focused on ocean acidification. Partnering with the UW Law Environmental Law Program, WJELP will be hosting an Ocean Acidification Symposium on November 6, 2015. Accepted papers will be featured at the symposium and later printed in an edited volume. Submitted papers should relate to the growing need for law and policy addressing ocean acidification, strategies to manage ocean acidification at various scales (local, regional, national and global), and other related topics (using ocean acidification to target CO2 emissions, sustainable aquaculture, land-based sources of water pollution, etc.). We also welcome proposals for symposium speakers. Paper submissions due by October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

World Health Organization Releases New Publication on Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

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Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual dysfunction and sequelae related to sexual violence or female genital mutilation – but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behaviour and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behaviour and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.

Continue reading here.

Judges Rebuke Limits on Wiping Out Student Loans

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By Tara Siegel Bernard | New York Times

[…] The judge, Jim D. Pappas, in his concurring opinion for the bankruptcy appellate panel decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, said the analysis used “to determine the existence of an undue hardship is too narrow, no longer reflects reality and should be revised.”

He added: “It would seem that in this new, different environment, in determining whether repayment of a student loan constitutes an undue hardship, a bankruptcy court should be afforded flexibility to consider all relevant facts about the debtor and the subject loans.” But the current standard, he wrote, “does not allow it.”

Read the entire article here.  Photo courtesy of Nick Cote, New York Times.

EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Gays in Workplaces

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By Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

In a historic decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that all job discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 3-2 decision, dated July 16, does what Congress and most courts so far have refused to do: ban discrimination against gays in the workplace. Until now only a handful of states and municipalities have done so.

The EEOC foreshadowed its decision in a field memo last February saying that workers are protected under Title VII from discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

Continue reading here.

Attention New and Young Lawyers! Service Opportunity with the WSBA, Due 8/14

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The Washington Young Lawyers Committee encourages WSBA’s new and young lawyers to apply to serve as a young lawyer liaison to one of the following sections:

Apply now! Deadline is Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

For more information about the volunteer position and application process, click here.

Attention Advocates! Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

July 28: WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series – Addressing Implicit Bias in the Law

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Registration: Webcast registration closes at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Webcast
Free 1.5 Ethics CLE Credits

What does the latest research in biology and psychology tell us about implicit bias? And how does implicit bias play out in the legal profession — in everyday interactions with clients, colleagues, and the judicial system? Join presenter Sevilla P. Rhoads for a look at the ethical implications of implicit bias under Washington’s Rules of Professional Conduct. You’ll leave the webcast with a better understanding of implicit bias – and with some practical approaches, based on behavioral and cognitive interventions, for addressing it as a legal professional.

Register online here.

July 28: You’re Invited to Lambda Legal and K&L Gates’ Evening in Celebration of Equality & Diversity

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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: K&L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

Lambda Legal and K&L Gates invite you to connect with your fellow law firm summer associates and corporate interns to learn about the great work of Lambda Legal. We will be celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and discussing the status of marriage equality across the country as well as the impact the decision will have on lived LGBT equality outside of the marriage context.  Come for drinks and light appetizers and enjoy some of the best views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier from the 29th floor of K&L Gates in downtown Seattle.

To RSVP, please contact Jeannie Beth Asuncion.

September 10 – 11: Registration Now Open For 7th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium on Violence, Trauma, and Culture

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Date: Thursday, September 10 – Friday, September 11, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM (Thursday) – 4:30 PM (Friday)
Location: Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of gender-based/domestic violence.

Featured Speakers:
Connie Burk – Executive Director, Northwest Network for LGBT Survivors of Abuse and Co-Author, Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Olga Trujillo – Consultant, Attorney, Speaker, Survivor. Author of “The Sum of My Parts” Memoir and “A Survivor’s Story” documentary and training video. Co-author of “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges”
Dr. Linda Chamberlain – Epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development. Founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project.
Leslye Orloff – Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
Russell Strand – Chief, Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Branch, U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. Leonard, MO. Retired U.S. Army CID special agent, trainer of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview
Heather Hackman, Ph.D. – Founder, Hackman Consulting Group, addressing deep diversity, equity and social justice issues in education, law, government, non-profit, medicine and business

Register online here.

October 14: Save the Date for Columbia Legal Service’s 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception – Celebrating the Art of Advocacy 

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square

Sponsored by: Sonata Capital, Sirianni Youtz Spoonemoore Hamburger.  Also sponsored by Barron Smith Daugert PLLC, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and SeaMar Community Health Centers.

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.”

Continue reading here.

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.

Continue reading here.

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.