Reduce your financial burden! Scholarships available; ensure loan forgiveness eligibility

Due Jan. 13: Pride Foundation has $400,000 in scholarships available

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The Pride Foundation 2017 scholarship application for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and ally students is officially open!

Since 1990, Pride Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to support LGBTQ and ally students. There are more than 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete. Read the flier here.

Set yourself up for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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U.S. News recently published a report on the best way to ensure eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For example, to qualify there must be proof of employment for all 10 years.

“In less than a year – in September 2017 – the first borrowers will fulfill all the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and could receive the remainder of their eligible federal student loans forgiven, tax-free, as soon as October. While these borrowers are counting down the days and the required loan payments with anticipation, other borrowers may soon realize that the loans they’ve assumed would go away after 10 years may not have qualified for PSLF.” Read the full article here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Commends US DOJ for Supporting Seattle Anti-Criminalization of Homelessness Bill

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Press release originally published Oct. 14, 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

“The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is gratified that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter late Thursday affirming that Seattle Council Bill 118794 is ‘without question’ consistent with important constitutional principles. The Seattle Bill creates protections for unsheltered homeless people who are forced to live in public spaces, while also carving our sections of the city where encampments are not permitted. These important protections would help preserve the constitutional rights of people who experience homelessness and who are, too often, deprived of their civil, human, and constitutional rights.” Read the full press release here.

Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship

Are a you a UW Law student? Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship! Applications Due Feb. 3

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Each year, UWRA awards scholarships to UW undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are preparing for careers related to aging. Students from a wide variety of disciplines have received these scholarships, which are awarded in Spring quarter each year. UWRA has also endowed a Graduate Fellowship in Aging that is awarded each year by the Graduate School. Learn about the Graduate Fellowship here. Each year’s Scholarship and Fellowship recipients join with UWRA members for a scholarship celebration in the spring.

For more information, click here.

Want to Join the Fight to End the Criminalization of Homelessness?  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty releases report on, Human Rights to Human Reality

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A 10 Step Guide to Strategic Human Rights Advocacy

Working consistently for the past two decades, the Law Center is achieving unprecedented success in getting federal agencies to address the criminalization of homelessness as a human rights violation. This guide presents ten steps as a case study of our experiences that we believe can help others achieve broader respect for, and implementation of, human rights.

Click here to access the report.

Interested in Exploring Global Health Law and Policy Issues? Join the Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents Lecture Series

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If you are interested in exploring global health law and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, please join us for Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents, a lecture series and course that meets Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7 pm Winter Quarter.

Each Tuesday, we invite three expert practitioners –one from medicine/public health/health science, one from law/policy, and one from a community organization/NGO –  to discuss health topics that impact women, children and adolescents in the US and around the world.  We have some amazing speakers lined up so far, ranging from a pediatrician from Kenya who works to prevent mother-child HIV transmission to a Seattle City Councilwoman who has led advocacy for a paid parental leave ordinance.

Feel free to attend any session.  The series is also open to all UW students and the public, so you can attend any session that is of interest without enrolling for course credit.

Enrollment/grading.  You can also enroll to receive one course credit for attending the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) or two credits for attending both the speaker series and a small discussion group that meets beforehand from 4:20 – 5:20 pm (LAW H518 C/D, meeting in Room 115).  Both sections will be graded on a credit/no credit basis.  Students of the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) receive credit for attending the lectures – readings are optional.  Students of the discussion group (LAW H518 C/D) receive credit for reading the assigned articles and participating in the discussion.

Course organizers:  Jennifer Lenga-Long, JD; Tanya Karwaki, JD, LLM; Brandi Shah MD, MPH; and Jennifer Slyker, PhD

Click here for the scheduled topics.

Needing Financial Support? SABAW & eWomen Network Foundation Offer Public Interest Grants

South Asian Bar Association of Washington Offering Public Interest Scholarships for Summer/Fall 2014

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A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded by SABAW to a law student working on a discrete public interest project or doing a summer/fall 2014 public interest internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to Mudit Kakar and received by April 30, 2014.

The scholarship recipient will be expected to attend the annual SABAW reception, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipients at the banquet will be a guest of SABAW. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased from SABAW directly.

Supreme Court Hears Case on Religious Freedom, Workers’ Rights and Contraceptives Yesterday

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument for a case about religious freedom, workers’ rights and covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.  The Washington Post describes the scene as “[w]ith both spring snow and demonstrators gathering on the sidewalk outside, the justices spent a spirited 90 minutes ­debating religious conviction, equal treatment for female workers and whether the court would be opening the door for religious challenges to all sorts of government regulation.”

While it is difficult to predict the outcome of the Court’s decision, the Guttmacher Institute released a new report in the interim, which synthesizes the most up-to-date family planning data and analyses to illustrate the current and future importance of family planning programs and the safety-net providers at the heart of this effort.

Click here to read the Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform Report.  Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

eWomenNetwork Foundation Offering Individual Grants to Nonprofits that Address Health, Wellness, and/or Safety of Underprivileged Women and/or Children

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Do you know a small non-profit whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children? Encourage them to apply for an eWomenNetwork Foundation Grant!  The eWomenNetwork Foundation is awarding individual grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.

For more information on the application and eligibility guidelines, click here. Deadline to submit applications is March 31st.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Provides Resources and Webinar for the Human Rights at Home Campaign

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) has provided a resource pack in conjunction with a March 6th webinar highlighting their federal advocacy as part of the Human Rights at Home Campaign. The resource pack includes a recording of the webinar and the NLCHP report Welcome Home: Rise of Tent Cities in the United States.

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.