Attention 3Ls! Check Out the Fellowship Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Department Seeking Family Law Legal Intern/Extern

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services include the Family Law Mentor Program, the Self-Help Plus (SHP) Program, and the Kinship Care Solutions Project. These programs promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This intern/extern position will work with the Family Law Mentor program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions and parenting plan cases where children are at risk.

For more information, click here.

Institute for Justice Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced, cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities. Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, and IJ’s summer-long speaker series through which they will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association Seeking Intern in Legal Services Division

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Approximately five student interns are sought to assist in conducting national research regarding the provision of indigent defense in the United States pursuant to Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, interns will conduct Westlaw, internet, and telephone research to determine how states and counties are meeting the mandate to provide counsel for indigent criminal defendants. The internship will provide students with exposure to criminal justice systems, opportunities to interact with government attorneys nationwide, and experience with major policy and program initiatives.

Open to all law students, including 1Ls. Candidates must have good research and writing skills, an interest in criminal or public interest law, and willingness to learn and work under supervision. Candidates in the Chicago area are preferred, but remote-work opportunities will also be considered.

For more information, click here.

Vera Institute of Justice Seeking Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in New York

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The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

CSC seeks an experienced professional to support CSC’s conditions of confinement work as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, depending on the candidate’s breadth of skills, experience and qualifications. The (Senior) Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project and the Segregation Reduction Project.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! U.S. PIRG Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

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We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy.

At PIRG, we know that a smart policy solution, or real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for it. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Researcher Position Openings with Human Rights Watch

HRW Seeking Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement

HRWThe US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

For more information, click here.

HRW Seeking Researcher on US Criminal Justice

The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on Criminal Justice to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses experienced by persons in the US criminal justice system through the media and directly with policymakers. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and advocating against racial injustice in policing; abusive prosecutorial policies; excessively harsh sentencing and post-conviction collateral consequences; pre-conviction confinement including bail policies; drug policies that improperly emphasize criminalization; solitary confinement and other abusive or inhumane prison conditions; and criminal justice policies that have a particularly harsh impact on youth or low-income populations accused of or victimized by crime. The position reports to the Director of the US Program and may be based in one of HRW’s offices in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads and LLMs! Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Seeks 2 Legal Experts to Direct Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Association for Justice Seeking Executive Director

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Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”), the only attorneys’ association in Washington committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys, is seeking a new Executive Director in anticipation of the retirement of its long-term executive. Serving over 2,400 members throughout the state of Washington, WSAJ has a stellar reputation for providing high quality legal education as well as law practice resources , and it is the leading political force in the state protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers. Reporting to WSAJ’s 51-member Board comprised of successful trial attorneys, the ED holds a position of strategic leadership and management, serving as WSAJ’s Chief Executive Officer and executing on its strategic priorities. The ED will oversee a $4 million budget, lead and manage a dedicated staff of 18 professionals, and will represent WSAJ, locally, regionally and nationally. Carlson Beck has been retained by WSAJ to lead this search. For a detailed position specification, please contact Debra M. Vinikour, Principal, at debra@carlsonbeck.com or Sally A. Carlson, Managing Partner, at sally@carlsonbeck.com.

Meridian Institute Seeking Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program, Due 2/5/2016

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian has two offices (Washington, D.C. and Dillon, CO) and Fellows are hired for both locations.

To apply, click here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 5, 2016.

Compassion Over Killing Seeking Summer 2016 Litigation Intern, Due 2/12/2016

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking legal interns for Summer 2016 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture.

COK’s Legal Advocacy Program is offering Litigation Internships out of its West Coast office in Torrance, California. Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law.

Interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s attorneys.

For more information, click here.

Celebrate the Holidays by Applying for an Awesome Job or Internship!

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Seeks Legal Interns/Externs Year-Round

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty seeks diverse, well-qualified candidates with a passion for social justice. The Law Center offers sponsor-paid and unpaid fellowships, internships, and pro bono opportunities. The Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color, LGBT persons, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Legal Internships/Externships:
Legal internships are available year-round to second- and third-year law students. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please submit a cover letter, resume, 2-5 page writing sample, and two to three references to Janelle Fernandez. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Meridian Institute Policy Fellowship

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings within the Meridian Institute Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian Institute has two offices (Washington DC and Dillon, CO) and fellows may be placed in either office, depending on staffing needs and their preferences.

Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues to solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. In addition to process design, facilitation, mediation, and strategy assessment and planning, Meridian offers expert administrative and meeting logistics services and the creative and appropriate application of information technology tools, to support our projects. Some of the topics we work on include: Agriculture and Food Security; Climate Change and Energy; Environment and Natural Resources; Global Stability and Security; Health; Sustainability and Resilience; and Science and Technology

Applications due no later than February 7. Start date between June 1 and July 1, 2014. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seeking Summer Fellows

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to three (3) Minority Law Fellows to match with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney members for up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice.

The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving law school students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. Fellows will actively intern in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, or Denver, CO.  Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications due no later than January 15.

New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Staff Attorney for Rural Office

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New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a staff attorney to join our Silver City office. The Silver City staff attorney will represent low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The attorney will be active in local bar and community activities.  The work also will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients; and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

The Silver City office handles creative, challenging and complex work throughout southwestern and west central New Mexico. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve rural communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

Requirements:  Experience with advocacy in rural communities will be highly preferred. Must be willing to travel. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community.  Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Send a current resume, a list of three references, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to:  Gloria Molinar at: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

Salary:  DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer.  Deadline to apply is January 3rd, 2014.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeks New Program Director

ELAP_2012_Logo_for_web_mod_3_AEH_560x560We are looking for a highly motivated person to manage our volunteer legal services programs. The person will work independently and with others to help meet the legal needs of low income people and survivors of domestic violence. The perfect candidate will also be able to assist in expanding funding resources available to (ELAP).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Providing direct oversight of program services (legal advice clinics, lectures, brief services, direct representation, and interpreters) including monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports to the Executive Director

2. Supervising Clinic Coordinator and Community Outreach Manager

3. Overseeing organizing lectures, workshops, and Continuing Legal Education classes

4. Developing new program services to provide legal services to underserved clients

5. Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners in East King County, in the domestic violence community, and the legal community

6. Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer attorneys in coordination with the DVLP Managing Attorney

7. Maintaining good communication and positive relationships with volunteer attorneys to promote continued involvement with ELAP

8. Supervising Volunteer Manager

9. Overseeing recruiting, training and managing of office and clinic volunteers

10. Researching and analyzing data pertaining to the need for legal services in East and North King County

11. Assisting the Executive Director in development and fundraising activities

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Appellate Public Defense Externship Opportunity in Olympia

scalesSmall Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

Qualifications:

  • Dedicated commitment to indigent criminal defense.
  • Current 2L or 3L.
  • Outstanding legal research and writing skills.
  • Willingness to pursue outlandish legal issues.
  • Working knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure.

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to backlundmistry@gmail.com

Entry-Level Grant County Public Defender Position Opens Up 

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The Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, Grant County District Court and the Juvenile Division of the Grant County Superior Court. Compliance with Performance Guidelines; Client Representation and Responding to Client Complaints; Participation in all Aspects of the Criminal Defense System to Provide Effective Assistance of Counsel; Tracking Caseloads, Time Tracking Systems; Commitment to Grant County Mission, Vision and Code of Ethics; Employee must comply with all county policies and procedures.

For full description, benefit information, and to submit an online application in order to be eligible please go to: www.grantcountyweb.com. Applications accepted through December 31.

Public Advocates Seeks Civil Rights Policy Advocate/Attorney

public-advocates-logoPublic Advocates Inc., a bold and highly-regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy group, has a rare opening for an attorney to join our exceptional and dedicated staff. Our goal is to eradicate poverty and discrimination and promote thriving communities. For forty-two years Public Advocates has used a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making. We are seeking an experienced policy advocate and/or attorney to join Public Advocates’ transportation, housing and climate justice team. Learn more about our work in these areas. Responsibilities

  • Policy Development: Develop, analyze and promote policy change in the areas of affordable housing, equitable development, public transportation and climate justice at the state and regional levels.
  • Legislative and Administrative Advocacy: Promote the policy agenda of Public Advocates and our coalition partners in Sacramento, in both legislative and administrative agency decisions affecting the needs of disadvantaged communities, and in Bay Area regional policy and investment decisions.
  • Coalition Leadership: Effectively and strategically co-lead large and sophisticated state and regional coalitions in policy, investment and budget campaigns.
  • Strategy: Help shape strategic directions in our housing, transportation, regional equity and climate justice work, incorporating policy advocacy, community collaboration, research, and media and communication to achieve our objectives.
  • Communication: Develop and execute outreach and media strategies, including messaging, community education, writing and representing Public Advocates and coalitions to the press and public.
  • Resource development: Help identify and pursue funding opportunities and contribute to foundation relations.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here.