Celebrate Pro Bono with Columbia Legal Services and Celebrate NJP’s 20th Anniversary!

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference 

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Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time & Location: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 115 and Lobby) Evening Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM (William H. Gates Hall RM 138)

Keynote address by Baltasar Garzon of the Fundacion International Baltasar Garzon, speaking on access to information in international human rights law. Baltasar Garzon is a Spanish jurist responsible for landmark cases which have advanced the principle of universal jurisdiction in international law, including the 1998 indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

To RSVP, click here.

October 12: Global Mondays Speaker Series on Human Rights in Cambodia with Professor Stephen Rosenbaum

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Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall RM 117, unless otherwise noted

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

The guest speaker this Monday will be Stephen Rosenbaum, Associate Professor, Golden Gate Law School; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law, who will be speaking on “Protecting Human Rights in a Constitutional Monarchy: The Case of Cambodia.”

Lunch will be served.

For a detailed event description, click here.

October 14: Columbia Legal Services Presents Celebrating the Art of Advocacy – 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception

4th Annual Pro Bono Celebration

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Doors open 5:00 PM | Brief program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drinks & appetizers provided

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice
in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

To RSVP, click here.

October 23: Northwest Justice Project 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

The Northwest Justice Project is Celebrating Twenty Years of Working for Equal Justice! 

NJP’s Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite our friends and colleagues to join us on Friday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  as we kick off NJP’s 20th Anniversary year.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will reflect on Washington’s equal justice journey and celebrate our Access to Justice community, and the many equal justice champions, whose support and dedication helped Northwest Justice Project blossom into a vibrant state-wide law firm that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Light Hors d’oeuvres, and hosted reception provided by NJP.

To RSVP, click here.

November 2: Free Webinar on Wrongful Conviction 2015: Litigating Claims of Innocence

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Date: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM EST
Location: Webcast

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system.  While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services.  Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.   

To register, click here.

Breaking News! BIA Recognizes Domestic Violence as Basis for Asylum

Northwest Justice Project’s New Text Campaign Connects People to Legal Information

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The Northwest Justice Project is pleased to announce that we have recently launched a text campaign connecting individuals with legal information via their cell phone. Individuals who need a driver’s license for work and have a suspended driver’s license because of unpaid traffic fines, suspension due to a car accident while uninsured, or had one or more convictions for driving with a suspended license and still have unpaid fines even though the suspension period is over can text the keyword DRIVE to 877877. 

Click here to view the short video describing the campaign.

Breaking News! Highest U.S. Immigration Tribunal Recognizes Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum

By: Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

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The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) today issued a landmark ruling, Matter of A-R-C-G-, with the potential to affect immigrant women across the country. As CGRS has done with so many asylum cases based on domestic violence, we assisted the attorney in this case (Roy Petty) with briefing and strategy, and we filed an amicus brief in support of the client.

CGRS has pioneered this area of the law in two internationally known cases – starting with the case of Rody Alvarado, Matter of R-A-, and then in Matter of L-R-. CGRS Director Karen Musalo, working with her colleagues at CGRS, represented both women. In 2004, and again in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) set forth its position that women fleeing intimate partner violence can qualify for asylum and agreed to grants of asylum in R-A- and L-R-, respectively. These were important victories, signaling that these cases are viable, but they did not set precedent. Now, for the first time, we have binding precedent to support domestic violence survivors who seek protection in the United States.

Continue reading here.

CERD Issues Its Concluding Observations on the United States

By: Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

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The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued its Concluding Observations on U.S. compliance with the CERD treaty, reflecting many of the concerns raised by the delegation of U.S. civil and human rights groups that came to Geneva to testify.  We were especially pleased to see the strong recommendations (pp. 6-7) on U.S. housing and education policy (issues where PRRAC had submitted coalition comments).  Stay tuned for Megan Haberle’s report on the CERD review in the next Poverty & Race, and thanks to the U.S. Human Rights Network for coordinating a successful advocacy effort.

Click here for the full report.

Moldovan Legal Professionals Trained on Fighting High-Level Corruption

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By: American Bar Association

From May 4–10, six Moldovan legal professionals attended the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Institute’s second regional anti-corruption training with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). ABA ROLI also selected the Moldovan participants, including two prosecutors, a judge and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) trainer, who were accompanied by an ABA ROLI staff attorney. A total of 24 lawyers, including from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, attended the Prague workshop.

The interactive course addressed several aspects of investigating high-level corruption, including tracking money, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and presenting evidence. The training employed a case study, allowing participants to work in smaller groups to accomplish various tasks, such as identifying potential corrupt practices, developing an investigation plan, identifying and interviewing witnesses and defendants, analyzing financial data and presenting evidence in court.

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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

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By: Shaila Dewan, New York Times

Just after 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of the duplex apartment, holding a fluorescent orange eviction notice. The process was quick and efficient. A moving crew began to carry out the family’s possessions and stack them neatly at the curb. Celeste Wilson, the tenant, appeared on the front step in pajama pants.

Ms. Wilson, 36, explained that the family had missed a month of rent when her husband fell ill, so the landlady filed for eviction. Knowing they would be thrown out, the Wilsons had already found a new home, paying a double security deposit and an extra $300 because of the open eviction case.

“It’s the stability I worry about,” Ms. Wilson said, watching her five children trickle out into the yard that had been their playground for five years. “They’ve got to start off fresh, get new friends, new neighbors. It might not show now, but maybe later on in life.”

Continue reading herePhoto credit: Ben Brewer of the New York Times

Opportunity for Service! Northwest Justice Project Accepting Letters of Interest for Its Board of Directors

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By: WSBA Board of Governors

The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). There are three attorney positions open for three-year terms commencing January 2015 and ending in December 2017. Notice of BOG action will follow its November 2014 meeting.

The Northwest Justice Project is a 125-attorney statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout Washington. NJP is funded primarily by the State of Washington and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Legal Foundation of Washington. NJP’s 2014 budget is $22 million.

Board members play an active role in setting program policy, assuring adequate oversight of program operations, and must have a demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the delivery of high-quality civil legal services to low-income people.

NJP’s Board is a working board. Board members are expected to attend quarterly meetings in Seattle normally on the last Saturday of January, April, July, and October. Board members also serve actively on one or more standing committees. The Board typically holds a one-day annual Board retreat, which may be held in conjunction with an appropriate equal justice conference. Attorney Board members are expected to participate and support NJP efforts in legal community activities and limited resource development efforts. Travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

Interested in Lawyering in the Tropics? Staff Attorney Position in Micronesia!

Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Seeking Staff Attorney to Serve in the Office of Legislative Counsel

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The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is seeking a staff attorney to work in the Office of the Legislative Counsel.  The Federated States of Micronesia is an island national located in the Western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator.  The nation’s lush tropical foliage, coral reefs, and sparkling lagoons make it one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Its capital is located on the island of Pohnpei. More information on the FSM can be found at the FSM Visitor’s Board website at http://www.visit-micronesia.fm

The official website of the FSM Congress is at www.fsmcongress.fm

The responsibilities of a staff attorney include drafting legislation, legal research, providing advice to members of Congress, and working with the Executive Branch of the government on legislative matters.  The work is diverse, ranging from tax and budget legislation to fundamental issues of national social policy.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  Photo courtesy of Kevin Davidson.

Northwest Justice Project Seeking Winter/Spring Semester Intern/Extern in Its Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team

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Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, develop training materials for staff and clients, work on outreach to minority communities, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the team.

The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team addresses the impacts of foreclosures on individuals and communities. The team deals with a variety of issues, including, among others, (1) situations in which lenders or foreclosure sale purchasers fail to honor the rights of homeowners and tenants in homes that are being foreclosed; (2) vulnerable homeowners and tenants who need assistance with the transition to new housing; (3) scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; (4) predatory purchase and sale agreements; (5) neighborhood blight; and (6) promoting occupation of foreclosed homes.

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

International Justice Project Seeking Law & Policy Intern

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The intern will research international criminal law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law to assist with the legal representation of clients at the International Criminal Court. Intern duties will also include compiling personal data, completing individual Standard Application Forms of Darfurian victims for participatory rights in ICC Proceedings, and monitoring and analyzing current legal and political developments pertaining to our cases.

Additionally, s/he will assist in drafting public statements related to our advocacy efforts. S/he may also be involved with tasks associated with fundraising, marketing, and outreach through social media.

Please note, this internship position is only open to current law students or recent law graduates.

Preferred qualifications:

1. Knowledge of international law, human rights law, international criminal law, or a related field.
2. Proven ability to work cross-culturally, especially with victims of trauma and/or mass atrocities.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to ijp@internationaljusticeproject.com with “Law and Policy Internship” in the subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here for more information. Photo credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNAMID

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Public Defender Service for DC Accepting Applications for OCI, Due 9/11

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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.

Trial attorneys are responsible for providing outstanding oral and written advocacy in their individual cases and for working effectively with forensic workers, investigators and other specialists to achieve each client’s desired outcome.

We will be interviewing 2L’s and 3L’s for summer law clerk and attorney positions.  The summer law clerks are unpaid, but it mostly depends on the PDS’ budget.  The 3Ls are permanent paid positions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Symplicity.

Position Opening for Assistant Director Academic Outreach & Development at the UCLA School of Law

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Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director works to develop, implement and administer a wide variety of outreach initiatives. The Assistant Director helps to leverage the resources of a major research university to strengthen the student preparation pipeline in traditionally underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and schools. This includes the nationally renowned Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the legal profession. The Assistant Director creates new programs and systems to address currently unmet needs and evaluates and improves existing initiatives, including an expanded array of development initiatives. Additionally, the Assistant Director assists in identifying and disseminating best practices in the academic preparation, retention, success and promotion of underserved populations.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Recent Law School Graduates or 3Ls! 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship Opportunity for the Human Rights Watch / American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Due 10/15

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU created the fellowship in 2002 with generous funding from the Open Society Institute to honor the legacy of Aryeh Neier. As executive director of the ACLU and then of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier helped develop both organizations into powerful forces for justice and human rights.

A special committee from both organizations will select the fellow, who will begin the two-year fellowship in the fall of 2015. He or she will most likely be placed in the New York City offices of Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, spending a year at each; however, the fellow should be open to placement in the organizations’ offices in other locations in the US.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for a Job? Check Out These New Positions!

Attention Recent Grads! Northwest Justice Project Hosting Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow, Due 8/22

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is hosting an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow sponsored by Equal Justice Works and the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. The EOLC Fellow will focus on removing legal barriers to employment facing economically disadvantaged individuals, including but not limited to, legal assistance with vacating/sealing eligible criminal records, revocation/denial of occupational licenses, and driver’s license suspensions.

The EOLC Fellowship will target low-income and economically disadvantaged communities in Southwest Washington, including Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. The AmeriCorps Fellow will be a full-time attorney based in NJP’s Aberdeen, Washington office. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will work closely with NJP’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system (CLEAR), NJP field offices serving the region, and will also work in collaboration with local social service providers and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to identify and target barriers to employment in the service area.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Public Citizen Litigation Group Offering Summer Clerkship

public citizenPublic Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two summer law clerks for the summer of 2015. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, access-to-courts issues, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Litigation Group lawyers have argued 63 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Washington State Board of Health Seeking Health Policy Advisor, Due 8/24

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There is one (1) opening for a permanent full-time Health Services Consultant 4 within the Washington State Board of Health.  This position is part of a team of dedicated and enthusiastic public health professionals that supports the Board.  The incumbent will be a Department of Health employee on loan to the Board.

The Board’s mission is to provide statewide leadership in advancing policies that protect and improve the public’s health. It does this by reviewing and monitoring the health status of all people in Washington; analyzing policies, providing guidance, and developing rules; promoting system partnerships; and encouraging public engagement in the public health system.

This position is citical to all those activities, particularly as they relate to environmental health and communicable disease control. It coordinates rule writing, tracks health status, analyzes policies, supports efforts to gather public input, and helps forge and maintain system partnerships.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years’ Experience! Farmworker Justice Seeking Health Policy Attorney in Washington, DC

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Farmworker Justice is a national organization based in Washington, D.C. that empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. FJ engages in advocacy and policy analysis, litigation, education and training, and coalition building, and has a respected national reputation for its high-quality, dedicated, and innovative service to farmworkers.

The Health Policy Attorney is responsible for analyzing federal and state law and policy affecting farmworkers’ health and safety and access to healthcare, and representing farmworkers and their families in administrative agencies. The Health Policy Attorney supports FJ’s legal team in litigation and legislative advocacy efforts to ensure healthy and secure living and working conditions for workers and their families. The Health Policy Attorney disseminates policy analyses through written and oral presentations, including reports and policy briefs, website and blog postings, and conference and webinar presentations. The Attorney also provides legal and technical assistance to farmworkers, farmworker organizations, legal advocates and healthcare providers. This position reports to FJ’s Director of Occupational and Environmental Health and collaborates closely with other FJ staff. The position is in Washington, D.C.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

ACLU of Washington Seeking Technology and Liberty Director

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The ACLU of Washington invites applications for the full-time position of Technology and Liberty Director to lead its work at the intersection of civil liberties and technology.  The Technology and Liberty Director identifies and addresses civil liberties issues arising from the use and development of new technologies.  The position works closely with senior legal, legislative, and communications staff and has significant interaction with its national ACLU counterparts.  The position reports to the Executive Director through the Deputy Director.

The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.  The ACLU-WA is a leader in state-level policy advocacy on privacy, free speech and access issues.  It has participated in law reform and policy advocacy related to geo-location devices, RFID, data aggregation, surveillance, and online free speech.  The ACLU-WA is among the top affiliates of the national ACLU network.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Department of Health & Human Services Offering Two New Positions

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

General Attorney Claims & Employment Law Branch

This is a General Attorney position for the Claims and Employment Law Branch in the General Law Division. The Office is seeking an attorney with experience in federal employment and labor law. The incumbent will litigate cases before the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA and arbitrators. Other duties will include providing litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices when cases are appealed into federal court and preparing legal opinion on all aspects of federal employment and labor law matters.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.

General Attorney Information Law Team

This is a General Attorney position for the Information Law Team in the General Law Division. The incumbent will provide advice on the use, disclosure, protection of federal information for the entire Department. Specifically, the Team advises HHS agencies and offices regarding the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Information Systems Management Act, the Federal Records Act, as well as other administrative law topics, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Congressional Review Act, and policies and regulations relating to the use of HHS logos and seals, delegations, and statements of organization. The Team also provides substantial assistance to the Department of Justice in information law-related Federal court litigations.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.

Full Time Staff Attorney Position Vacancies & Other Summer Opportunities!

UW Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters, Due 6/6

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The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall! The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Seeking Staff Attorney

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The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

In eviction and subsidy termination cases, clients first speak to our staff over the phone to have their case evaluated. Then they may be scheduled for an appointment. Attorneys and paralegals provide free legal assistance ranging from self-help information to representation in court.

This position is responsible for providing legal services to low income households facing eviction, housing subsidy terminations or other barriers to securing suitable housing.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Northwest Justice Project Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney in Everett With 3+ Years Experience

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett regional office.

Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with a minimum of 3 years in family law, preferably in Washington State.  Experience preferred in one or more additional areas of law that particularly impact low income persons. Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking 2014 Immigration Detention Law Clerk

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Through a Soros Justice Fellowship, Olga Tomchin has started an Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center to challenge the inhumane treatment of indigent transgender people in immigration detention and improve their access to quality deportation defense representation.

A clerkship with the Immigration Detention project at Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in the intersection of transgender law, immigrants’ rights, and anti-incarceration work. Clerks will receive close training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Transgender Law Center Seeking Fall 2014 Legal Intern

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Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 2,200 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder.

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Columbia Legal Services Seeking Adjunct Attorney in Its Children & Youth  Project in Olympia, 2+ Years Experience Required

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in advocacy intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Columbia Legal Services seeks an attorney with experience in child welfare, education, or juvenile justice cases. The position is full-time and will be based in our Olympia office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Seattle office throughout the year. This is an adjunct, twelve-month position, with possible extension depending on funding. Job responsibilities include policy advocacy in the legislative and administrative forums, and litigation. Applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for Summer Internships? Check Out These Great Opportunities to Serve Low-Income Clients

Want to provide direct legal services to low-income clients? The Northwest Justice Project’s Veteran’s Project is Looking for Summer Interns!

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Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project seeks a summer law clerk in NJP’s Seattle Office.  The student law clerk will work with an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing civil legal aid to incarcerated veterans and veterans who are defendants in local veterans treatment courts.  Student law clerks will gain experience at Washington’s largest legal aid provider for low-income persons and develop skills in client interviewing, case management, and advocacy before the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Scheduling is flexible and a minimum commitment of ten 30 to 35 hour work weeks (or equivalent) is expected.  The position is unpaid.  Students may be eligible to seek summer funding under the AmeriCorps J.D. program.  Students wishing to receive externship credit are also welcome.  1L’s and 2L’s can apply by sending a resume and 1-page cover letter to leof@nwjustice.org.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

European Roma Rights Centre Seeking Consultant (Senior Researcher), Due 5/4

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The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

The ICJ is seeking to recruit a Programme Manager who will be responsible for working with the ICJ’s team to implement ICJs transitional justice work in Nepal.  The ideal candidate has practical experience managing projects in Nepal or in the South Asia region and has a background in human rights, social sciences or law. The position holder reports to the Director for South Asia and works closely with the rest of the team in Kathmandu. In addition, the Programme Manager reports indirectly to the Regional Director and the Senior Programme Manager at the Asia and Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok. This position is based in Kathmandu.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance in California Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 5/16

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A medical-legal partnership is a health care delivery model that improves the health and well-being of low-income and other vulnerable populations by addressing unmet legal needs and removing legal barriers that impede health. The Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney partners with front-line physicians, nurses, case managers and others to: (1) provide direct legal assistance to patients; (2) develop/align strategies to improve health and legal institutions and practices; and (3) change policies, all in service of ensuring vulnerable people get and stay healthy.

For a complete job description, click here.

Global Workers Justice Alliance Seeking Summer 2014 Legal Intern, Due 5/30

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Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation and win ‘portable justice’ for migrants and their families.  Global Workers seeks a summer law student intern to assist with several legal research and writing projects.

This is an unpaid internship.  We are willing and able to work with law students to complete and/or verify applications for outside funding to work with us.

Language(s): English. Spanish proficiency helpful, but not required.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeking Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Seeking Immigration Law Research Fellows in Washington, D.C., Paid Position

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government commission – the first of its kind in the world – that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leadership of both political parties.

As part of its mandate from Congress, USCIRF also monitors the U.S. government’s treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. For more information, please visit here.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking to hire two full-time Immigration Law Research Fellows for the summer.  Both will be paid positions.  The ideal candidate will have studied U.S. asylum law, including the procedures for processing asylum seekers in Expedited Removal.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Break the Cycle Seeking Legal and Policy Research Fellow for the Summer of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Break the Cycle is seeking a legal and policy research fellow to join our team of energetic professionals committed to social change! With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit that works to empower youth and adults to end dating abuse and promote healthy relationships. Break the Cycle interns and fellows build skills that can be applied to careers in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. We offer a casual, friendly work environment where interns and fellows are encouraged to contribute and learn.

The Legal and Policy Research Fellow will support work of both the Training and Technical Assistance and Legal programs.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Alaska Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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The Sierra Club is looking for a legal eagle to join its top-flight Environmental Law Program in our San Francisco headquarters. This position works as part of a team which litigates to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership, and works to implement a variety of strategic legal projects as well as evaluated proposed climate-related litigation projects. If you have a green fire in your belly, a JD, are licensed to practice and have at least one year’s experience in litigation, click here for full details and to apply.

Public International Law and Policy Group Seeking Legal Extern

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The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization which operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG’s Law Externship Program provides an opportunity for current law students to spend a semester working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office. Externs are current law school students who provide pro bono legal services to PILPG’s clients and gain experience in the field of public international law. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are offered based on the needs of PILPG’s offices and clients.  PILPG does not compensate externs for their assistance, however externships can be performed for academic credit.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The Garment Worker Center Seeks Full Time Organizing Coordinator in Los Angeles, Due 4/29

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a full time organizing coordinator who can coordinate the direction of GWC’s organizing work, including identifying campaign goals and targets, creating and executing work plans, identifying and developing worker leaders, running campaigns, and training support staff and worker members.

For a complete job description and application instructions, see Symplicity.