Staff attorney positions open for Seattle litigators

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

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

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

Read more and apply here.

April 9: Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

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

Read more and apply here.

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

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association VLS Logo

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

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

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

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: City of Seattle hiring an Assistant City Attorney

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

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

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Fall externship with Planned Parenthood

Planned ParenthoodApplication Deadline: Open until filled

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

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

Apply and learn more here

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

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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

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

Apply and learn more here

Need summer funding? Apply for the Fitzpatrick Fellowship

Due April 3: Fitzpatrick Fellowship summer funding available

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Read more and get application here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights opens hotline to report discriminatory harassment 

Seattle Office for Civil Rights

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) today announced a new hotline for people to report harassment in Seattle. The Hotline is part of the City of Seattle’s Bias Hurts Campaign for Seattle residents and business owners who are the targets of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying. Call 206.233.7100 or go online to report discriminatory harassment. 

AG Ferguson to U.S. Supreme Court: Uphold transgender rights

Originally published March 3, 2017 by Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Media contact Peter Lavellee.

“Late yesterday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling recognizing the right of a transgender student in Virginia to use the school bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. The states, co-led by Ferguson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, filed a lawsuit after his school board changed district policy in reaction to some parents’ complaints, barring him from using the boys’ restroom. A federal district court dismissed his claim, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling and ordered the district court to continue hearing the case. Grimm brought his suit under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.”

Read the full press release here.

ABA seeking nominations for Harrison Tweed Award

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants & The National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2017 Harrison Tweed Award. The Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for persons living in poverty or criminal defense services for indigents. The award, given annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is presented during the ABA Annual Meeting at a joint meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations.

Read more and nominate here.

Staff attorney opportunities at the ACLU of WA, Fair Work Legal Center, Columbia Legal Services, and more

Due March 15: Fair Work Legal Center hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Close of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Learn more and apply here.

Due March 24: Columbia Legal Services hiring Statewide Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Columbia Legal Services, through its leaders, has always been guided by a common vision: that everyone belongs within what Professor John A. Powell calls “The Circle of Human Concern”, and that the law must affirmatively promote equity and justice for communities that are marginalized, oppressed, differentially treated or delegitimized. CLS, its predecessors and strategic partners, have repeatedly morphed and restructured, shedding organizational identities whenever necessary to protect this vision and strengthen our ability to promote the interests of people and communities who are most vulnerable to exploitation, denial of individual and collective rights and differential treatment in our state through our capacity to provide full-range, multiforum advocacy. Never in the organization’s 50-year history has this equity and justice capacity been more important.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Due March 27: National Employment Law Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), one of the nation’s leading workers’ rights organizations, is seeking a staff attorney to support campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to expand job opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. The position is based in NELP’s Berkeley office.

Apply and learn more here

 

Due March 31: Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: Summer internship with the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Bank Activities and Structure (BAS) and Community and Consumer Law (CCL) Divisions in Washington, DC are soliciting applications for law clerks for Summer 2017.

 E&C is responsible for handling enforcement actions against national banks, federal savings associations, and bank officers and employees, including large civil money penalties, suspensions and removals, temporary cease and desist orders, and other administrative enforcement actions. The Division also works closely with the Department of Justice and the other bank regulatory agencies on coordination of law enforcement efforts involving insured financial institutions. Typically E&C law clerks, working under the close supervision of attorneys, formulate and present enforcement recommendations, conduct legal research, draft memos, notices of charges and settlement documents.
 
Apply and learn more here

Due March 31: New York Legal Assistance Group summer internship positions

NYLAG LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Air Force JAG Corps 2017 summer internships available

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is seeking applications for our PAID 2017 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA hiring staff attorney

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts.  This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals.

Read more and apply here

Interested in Alaska? Alaska Supreme Court Justice visiting UW; Alaska Legal Services Corp. info session

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Info session on summer internships at Alaska Legal Services Corporation

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join for a webcast discussion with attorney Sarah Carver from Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Learn about the unique legal needs of low-income, rural communities in AK and internship opportunities for UW Law students. RSVP in Symplicity.

 

 

March 23: Sing Into Spring, a karaoke fundraiser to support Fair Work Center 

singintospringTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and later
DateThursday, March 23, 2017
Place: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Whether you love singing for your friends or fear it, we hope you will join us for a fun night to support Fair Work Center. We’ll have a “not so silent” auction, where you can bid to see our special guest singers perform a song for the crowd, as well as other entertaining ways to have some fun and raise some money in support of Fair Work Center. Think you’ve got what it takes to play “karaoke hero” and lead the room in your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!? We hope so and can’t wait to see you at The Royal Room on Thursday, March 23.

Buy tickets here.

TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

equal_justice_works_logoApplication Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Upcoming: Empowering women through legal rights and economic opportunity

Feb. 28, SJT: TeamChild Information Session

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Join Marcos Zuniga, an Investments and Partnership Officer at TeamChild, please join him in a discussion on the legal services that TeamChild provides, sharing his experiences in legal services, talking about potential student internships with the organization, and followed up by a Q&A. RSVP on Symplicity.

Feb. 28: Annual Public Service Law Community Dinner, Intersectinality & Difference: Working Together for Social Change

UW Law LogoTime: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28. 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

How can lawyers better meet the legal needs of grassroots communities organizing for change?
How can lawyers support community-driven efforts from behind?
How do we find balance in our own multiple and intersectional identities that affect our approach to problem solving and social change work?

Please join us for a community dinner and inspiring discussion about movement building lawyering in the 21st century. RSVP on Symplicity.

March 1: Women Rise: Empowering Women through Legal Rights and Economic Opportunity

GlobalWATime: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Place: Westlake Tower, 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

Global Washington, in celebration of International Women’s Day, is hosting a panel discussion regarding legal rights and economic opportunity for women in developing countries. Please join us! Panelists include Kelly McDonald, Director of Advancement, Agros International, Eileen Moncoeur, Executive Director, Partners Asia, Tzili Mor, Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, Moderator: Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation.

Read the issue statement here and register here

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Why Consumer Protection?

abasTime: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: Tele-panel

Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussion to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career.  Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.  The discussion will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.

Register here

It’s time to nominate young lawyers for WSBA’s Public Service and Leadership Award

Pro Bono Opportunity: Attorneys, Accredited Reps & Law Students Needed for Haitian Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

haitiHundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here.

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is creating the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to address the detainees’ legal needs and issues, fill in gaps where possible and coordinate advocacy for better policies and practices.

The HDRN will start as a Google Group list-serve. To join, please fill out this form. If any questions, please email steveforester@aol.com. And please forward this to others in your network who might be interested!

Due March 5: Scholarship opportunity for students working in Massachusetts

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017

mass-bar-foundationThe Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2017 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in public interest law, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.

Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten (10) weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

Apply and learn more here

Due May 5: Nominations for the Public Service and Leadership Award

washington-state-bar-association-logoNominations due by Friday, May 5, 2017

Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community? Nominate them for the Washington Young Lawyers Committee’s (WYLC) Public Service and Leadership Award!

 This year the WYLC will recognize the achievements of five new or young lawyers. The committee considers the nominees’ leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1.

Nominate and learn more here