ICC loses members; UW student group dedicated to reproductive rights

African countries withdraw from International Criminal Court

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

“Burundi, South Africa to Withdraw from International Criminal Court” published October 25, 2016 by International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

“Both Burundi and South Africa announced in the last two weeks that they intend to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On October 12, 2016, 94 of 110 parliamentary members in Burundi voted in support of retracting Burundi’s membership as a State party to the ICC’s treaty, the Rome Statute. [ICC Press Release] On October 18, 2016, the president of Burundi signed legislation withdrawing the country from the ICC. [NY Times: Vote] Three days later, South Africa announced its plans to withdraw from the ICC; the country sent an official notice to the United Nations earlier in the week. [Washington Post] Withdrawal takes effect a year after official notice is provided to the UN Secretary General. [NY Times: Vote] Although others have threatened to withdraw from the ICC, Burundi and South Africa will be the first countries to do so. [NY Times: Vote]” Read the full article here.

Reproductive Justice student group re-launches

screenshot-1If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (previously Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is re-launching its UW chapter. This student organization is dedicated to education and activism surrounding women’s access to comprehensive health care, including the right to make reproductive choices free from violence and coercion. Keep an eye out for information about the upcoming general meeting. Or, for more information or to get involved, please email Sarah Aitchison at sarah.aitchison@gmail.com.

Judicial Externship Opportunities Available Now for the New Academic Year

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Seeking Part-Time Staff Attorney in Pendleton, OR, Due 7/22

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Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is an effective, high quality legal services program with a mission to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon.  LASO is seeking a .75 FTE (26.25 hours per week) attorney for its office in Pendleton. The attorney could combine this position with a part-time private law practice.

The part-time staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied poverty law caseload, emphasizing family law.

For more information, click here.

Archcity Defenders Seeking Bertha Foundation Racial Justice and Social Impact Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri (5-7 Years Experience), Due 7/23

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ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy to the poor and homeless in the St. Louis region and beyond. ArchCity Defenders uses direct services, impact litigation,and advocacy through policy and public relations as its primary tools to promote racial justice and protect civil and human rights. Our goal is to provide zealous direct holistic legal representation and generate systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color.

We seek an experienced attorney to help manage federal and state class action lawsuits representing communities of color and the homeless who have been locked in modern day debtors’ prisons in Ferguson and the surrounding areas, denied counsel and access to the Courts, and charged illegal fees and fines that have destroyed their lives in the name of profit. This attorney will work on impact litigation, provide direct client representation, and supervise and develop legal interns. Must have a commitment to indigent defense, holistic representation, and systemic change. Looking for a self-­starter with a passion for justice.

For more information, click here.

Justice Mary Yu Now Accepting Autumn Quarter Externships

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Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court is accepting applications for autumn quarter externships. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to ann.way@courts.wa.gov and by US mail to:

Justice Mary Yu
Washington Supreme Court
P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504

Judge Stan Bastian Now Accepting Externship Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Due 7/24

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Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu by Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Disability Rights Oregon Seeking Attorney for Medication Hearings and Guardianship Review (Entry-Level), Due 7/27

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Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), Oregon’s Protection and Advocacy System for individuals with disabilities, has an opening for an entry-level Attorney. This is an important opportunity to help promote and defend the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to represent individuals in the Oregon State Hospital in administrative law hearings that determine their capacity to give informed consent for medication.  In addition, the candidate will review guardianship filings and provide legal services and assistance to proceed protected persons when needed.  As available, the candidate may also be assigned to other cases and projects that address other program priorities.

For more information, click here. 

Global Witness Seeking Policy Advisor, Due 7/27

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Global Witness is looking for a US based Policy Advisor to join our dynamic Forest Asia team, to play an integral role in supporting the investigations and advocacy of its international forest policy with a focus on the Asia / Pacific region. This is a permanent position, located at Global Witness’s office in Washington, DC.

Applicants must have demonstrated research and advocacy skills, an ability to understand and effectively communicate policy issues to a range of audiences, and experience of developing and implementing campaign strategies. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are essential. Knowledge of forest and land policy issues, particularly in the Asia / Pacific, will be an advantage.

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking 2015-2016 Legal Fellow, Due 7/31

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) seeks applications from recent law school graduates and new attorneys to work as a Legal Fellow for one year at the LSRJ national office in Oakland, California starting in August 2015.

The Legal Fellow will primarily manage the Legal Research Initiative (LRI), which matches volunteer law students and lawyers with allied organizations and advocates needing pro bono legal research on discrete projects. For the LRI, the Legal Fellow will solicit volunteers and projects, supervise the research, and oversee deliverables, performing substantive research to support projects as needed. The Legal Fellow will also work with LSRJ student chapters who are utilizing the Pro Bono and Clinical Toolkit to establish RJ clinics and pro bono projects on their campuses. Finally, the Legal Fellow will assist the LSRJ staff with major events, conferences, coalition meetings, intern hiring and trainings, intern supervision, and campaigns.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Immigration Work? Fellowship Opportunities Available

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern, Due 11/7

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center’s state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

For complete details, click here.

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) Seeking Legal and Policy Intern for Spring 2015, Due 11/10

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The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes, and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations. ICAR’s steering committee includes Amnesty International, EarthRights International, Global Witness, and Human Rights Watch.

ICAR seeks a bright and dedicated law student to work during the Spring 2015 semester in its Washington, DC office as a part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week, maximum of 20 hours per week), temporary (maximum of 11 weeks) intern on a number of corporate accountability and human rights initiatives.

For complete details, click here.

Snohomish County Superior Court Seeking Law Clerk/Bailiff, Due 11/12

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Provides administrative assistance to Superior Court Judges combined with the traditional function of bailiff.

Judge Thomas Wynne in Snohomish County Superior Court is hiring a law clerk/bailiff to begin at the end of November.  He will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00PM and interviews will immediately follow.

For more information, click here.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Seeking Campus & Community Programs Coordinator, Due 11/13

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LSRJ is a nationwide network of law students, professors, and practitioners ensuring the future
of reproductive justice by educating, organizing, and supporting law students on over 90 campuses throughout the country. Mentoring and mobilizing a diverse group of new lawyers is an essential long-term strategy for building additional capacity, vision, and guidance for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ is the only student-centered organization training and mobilizing the next generation of judges, scholars, advocates, and elected officials to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.

The Campus & Community Programs Coordinator (CCPC) plays a central role in the overall success of the organization and has significant input into LSRJ’s evolving strategies and programming priorities. S/he works closely with various LSRJ stakeholders, including: members and alumni, staff and volunteers, and colleagues from allied organizations and coalitions.

For complete details, click here.

U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel Seeking Two Volunteer Law Interns in Washington, D.C., Due 11/14

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The Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce (OCC-IC), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, seeks two full or part- time volunteer law interns for Winter/Spring 2015.

OCC-IC provides legal advice and support to the International Trade Administration (ITA) on international trade, investment, export promotion and antitrust matters.  International Commerce attorneys work closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the State Department, other government agencies, and the private sector.  Our eleven attorneys primarily focus on: Multilateral and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements, Bringing Down Trade Barriers, and Promoting U.S. Exports.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps Now Accepting Applications

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The new Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of that program, and we are now recruiting fellows to begin by Dec. 1!

The Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps is an initiative of the new justice AmeriCorps program. Through this initiative, Equal Justice Works is partnering with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) to place 55 legal professionals – lawyers and paralegals – in 14 cities across the United States.

We have created a separate website, join justiceamericorps.org, with more details on this new initiative, including how to apply and how you can help support the Immigrant Children’s Defense Corps.  Applications accepted now.

For complete details, click here.

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Accepting Applications Now, Due 11/15

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting for its second class of Fellows. We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country, who will work at top New York City immigration agencies, expanding the quality and quantity of immigration legal representation for under-served immigrants. We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in IJC on a competitive basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though IJC will ultimately make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants fighting deportation, as well as those applying affirmatively for asylum and for relief as victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Justice Fellows will be supervised primarily by experienced attorneys at their host organizations, with supplemental support from IJC’s own supervisory staff.

For complete details, click here.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission Seeking Spring 2015 Intern, Due 11/17

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The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships. We are now seeking interns for December/January through May of 2015 (specific dates are flexible). GHRC, founded in 1982, monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change.

Because the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a small organization, interns are integral and involved in all aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions.

For complete details, click here.

Fried Frank Now Accepting Applications for MALDEF Fellowship, Due 11/30

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Fried Frank has created unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law by joining with two of the country’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The LDF and MALDEF fellowships each give an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows hold high-level positions on the staffs of both LDF and MALDEF.

For complete details, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Staff Attorney in Houston, New York/New Jersey

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The Young Center is thrilled to announce that we will be growing the Child Advocate project. We are looking to hire for the following positions:

2014 Houston Texas Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the Houston Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 Houston Texas Staff Attorney Job DescriptionThe Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise Houston-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.

2014 New York New Jersey Supervising Attorney Job DescriptionThe Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York/New Jersey Staff Attorney and Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.

2014 NY NJ Staff Attorney Job Description: The Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act.The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained and released children.