NWIRP: Options After DACA; ABAW Gala; MAMA banquet

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: ‘Options After  DACA’ Free Community Forum

Dates:  September 11 through September 25, 2017

Locations:  Granger, Wenatchee, Seattle, Pasco, Tacoma

“In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that the DACA program is being terminated, we and the WDC are hosting several community forums to help answer your questions. Please join us to get the latest information, talk to an immigration attorney, and learn about other resources for DACA recipients and their families.”

More info here.

Seattle Idealist Grad Fair

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location:  Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

“Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more

Speak with graduate admissions advisors from local, national and international universities

The fair is free and open to anyone considering graduate school. Watch these two short videos to see why you should attend the fair and what it looks like.”

More info here.

Asian Bar Association of Washington, Annual Gala
Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017ABAW Logo
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: The Renaissance Hotel Seattle

“We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Renaissance Seattle for the 2017 ABAW and ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation’s Annual Gala! The no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the formal program and dinner to begin at 6:30 p.m.

At the 2017 Gala, scholarship funds will be awarded to Washington law students to assist with their legal education. The cost of a law school education is steep and ABAW and the ABAW SSF are committed to ensuring the success of our future lawyers. Even if you were unable to attend the Gala, we encourage you to make a donation (click here to go to the ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation website and click “Donate”) to support student scholarships. At the 2016 Gala, $24,500 in scholarship funds were awarded to Washington law students to assist with their legal education from the ABAW Student Scholarship Foundation, and a $500 scholarship funded by the NW Minority Job Fair.”

More info here.

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, 2017 Eleventh Annual BanquetNCPOFFC Mother and Child Image

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location:  Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle

“MAMA Seattle’s Eleventh Annual Banquet will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. MAMA Seattle is proud to announce that Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret. will be presented with our 2017 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award. Justice Bridge’s friend and colleague, Justice Mary Yu, will provide introductory remarks.”

More info here.

Job Opportunities: NWIRP; ACLU;Youth, Rights, & Justice

Due August 18:  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Staff Attorney Position in Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: August 18, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney to work with individuals in removal proceedings in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide direct representation in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

This position is located in the Seattle office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 20: NWIRP, Bilingual Legal Advocate/Paralegal in Tacoma, WA

Application Deadline: August 20, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual legal advocate/paralegal to work in its Tacoma office. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. The advocate will work mainly with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1,575 detainees. The advocate will be part of a team providing immigration legal services to those detained at the detention center and will play a key role in collecting robust data, conducting case tracking, and producing . This will include assisting in case preparation and evidence gathering for high-volume workloads.

This position is located in the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 25:  NWIRP Bilingual Legal Advocate in Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual legal advocate to work in our Removal Defense unit. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish.

The Removal Defense unit provides direct representation, outreach and education throughout the state of Washington to immigrants in removal proceedings. The unit screens individuals in removal proceedings for various forms of relief, including but not limited to, asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, various forms of humanitarian relief under VAWA and TVPRA, and termination of proceedings. The legal advocate will also work with other staff members on different types of immigration cases as needed.

This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31: Youth, Rights & Justice -Staff Attorney in Portland, OregonChildren's Alliance Logo

Application deadline:  August 31, 2017

Seeking a juvenile or criminal defense attorney to join Youth, Rights & Justice to represent clients in the Multnomah County Juvenile Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington – Director of StrategyACLU of WA

Application Deadline:  Rolling.

The ACLU of WA is seeking a savvy, dynamic, and seasoned political strategist to help build and lead a new Political Strategies Department and to bring to bear advocacy and political strategies to ensure that work throughout the office takes the most effective approaches to achieve our goals.

Building upon our strong record of policy advocacy, the Director will work with our staff to develop multi-faceted, long-range campaigns, while at the same time, ensuring that we respond quickly to immediate opportunities to make an impact.  Candidates should be experienced enough to bring additional political acumen to an already strong staff. Our lawyers, policy experts, and other professionals work in sometimes fast-changing situations and are able to take advantage of opportunities while adhering to civil liberties principles and treating others respectfully.  We value readiness and reliability, and we pay particular attention to the rights of those who have historically been marginalized.  We seek a leader who shares these qualities and can apply them to gain effective outcomes.

Learn more and apply here. 

 

Events: LBAW/Skagit VLP Free Legal Clinic; Homeless Advocacy 101: Helping Homeless Students; NWIRP Evening of Justice; WA AGO Open House in Spokane

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program: Free Legal Clinic.

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Skagit Valley College, Angst Hall RM A125
2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Skagit Valley College Dreamers Club invite you to volunteer at our Mt. Vernon Legal Clinic.  We are in great need of immigration attorneys.

If you are able to volunteer or if you have questions, please email the Director of Clinics, Zaida Rivera, at clinics@lbaw.org.

Know someone who may need assistance at our Skagit Clinic? Please distribute our flyer: Mt. Vernon Free Legal Clinic Flyer.pdf

Homeless Advocacy 101/Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time:  9:00 am- 1:00 pm.  Check in opens at 8:30 am. Please be prompt.

Location:  Seola Gardens, Community Room (KCHA site) 11215 5th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

Join presenters from Columbia Legal Services, Schoolhouse WA, and national expert Dr. Lenore Rubin to learn about homeless students’ rights under federal law, and how staff and parents can ensure that students register, get to school, and have the supports they need for a successful school experience. Following an overview of the law, participants will work through case examples and discuss common challenges; and develop allies in helping homeless children and youth and their families. Register at www.homelessinfo.org.

This workshop is free, but registration is required, with preference to staff from Coalition Member agencies (see a list here).

Lawn Bowling Fundraiser for the Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location:  Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club
4103 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Please join the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness for our annual Lawn Bowling Party & Fundraiser!  Hosts Speaker Frank Chopp, Representative Nicole Macri & Deb Cayz, Humberto Alvarez, and Tony Lee.

Details: Lawn bowling is either a relaxing game or a fiercely competitive sport. You decide! In either case, please wear flat, rubber-soled shoes or prepare to go barefoot if you will be bowling! The greens are inviting and kids are welcome, but please note that the park is preferred for running around.

Register here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project : An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke

Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

Location:  Wing Luke Museum

At this pivotal time for our country and community, we need an opportunity to come together in our commitment to immigrant rights.

We hope you will join us in doing so at our annual reception. An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke. We’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks from  Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, hear great live music, explore the museum, and share stories about what we are accomplishing together.

Tickets will be available soon.  Sponsorship info here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Spokane AGO 1116 W. Riverside Avenue Spokane, WA

Audience: Third-Year Law Students, Second-Year Law Students, Judicial Clerks, Licensed Attorneys

“The Attorney General’s Office is please to invite you to attend the first Open House in the Spokane AGO! This event will provide those who may be considering a career as an Assistant Attorney General or those seeking to serve as a law clerk the opportunity to hear from AG Bob Ferguson and learn about the AGO’s divisions and recruitment programs and meet with AGO representatives. We hope to see you there.”

More information here.

New Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Evictions; Gates Scholars Getting Things Done!; Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

Launch of Legal Aid Pilot to Prevent Housing Evictions

Council member Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) celebrated news that a full complement of attorneys has been hired to implement a new City-sponsored legal aid pilot program created to prevent people from losing their housing when they are in the midst of a legal defense for an unrelated offense.  The creation of this pilot will allow new civic legal aid attorneys to partner with Public Defenders to advocate for the accused to keep their housing during the legal review and plea bargaining processes.

Read more here.

Gates Public Service Law Scholar Martina Kartman selected for 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship!

“The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the 2017 class of Soros Justice Fellows, a dynamic mix of attorneys, advocates, artists, writers, and scholars who bring fresh ideas and energy to the challenge of maintaining past gains and continuing to push for progress toward a more humane criminal justice system in the United States.

Working in 11 states across the country, the 23 fellows seek to address the country’s overly punitive approach to crime, develop effective responses to both interpersonal and police violence, and challenge the ways in which the effects of incarceration linger long after someone has been released from prison. Included in this group is the inaugural cohort of Soros Justice “Youth Activist” Fellows—seven people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are just beginning their careers and who show real promise to develop into social justice leaders and innovators.

Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.”

Read more here.

New York Times, Letter to the Editor, “Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana,” by Gates Public Service Law Scholar Theo Shaw!Scales of Justice

“The bill signed by the governor is a step in the right direction. But too many people are still suffering in this oppressive criminal system, mainly because of lack of quality legal representation.

People faced with a loss of liberty are entitled to more. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court said the ideal that every person stands equal before the law cannot be realized if a poor person has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

Read more here.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

“A federal district court judge in eastern Washington ruled yesterday that Yakima County must immediately remove an immigration hold on an individual which prevents him from posting bail, thus violating his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. The Court found that the County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons based on a civil immigration “warrant” — an administrative form issued by federal immigration officers. In an oral ruling after a lengthy hearing in Spokane, Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. emphasized that the Fourth Amendment requires that an arrest warrant must be approved by a neutral and detached judge – not by an employee of the executive branch.

The ruling has wide implications as similar policies are in effect across the nation.”

Read more here.

Opportunity to Serve on WSBA’s Civil Litigation Rules TaskforceWSBA Logo

The Washington State Bar Association is seeking a lawyer with experience litigating in Superior and/or District Court in Washington to serve on a rule-drafting Task Force, to replace a member who had to resign. The Task Force was created by Bar’s  Board of Governors in November 2016 to draft amendments to the Washington Civil Rules for eventual submission to the Supreme Court. The Board of Governors established the Task Force after considering and voting on some of the recommendations submitted by an earlier group, the Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Task Force (ECCL).

If interested in serving, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested to Kevin Bank,WSBA Assistant General Counsel at kevinb@wsba.org. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2018.  More information on the Task Force can be found here.

Jobs: NWIRP, Garvey Schubert Barer Diversity Fellowship, Seattle City Attorney, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Due August 7: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Bilingual Staff Attorney, Tacoma, WA

Application deadline: Full consideration will be given to those who apply by August 7, 2017, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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

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

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 11: Garvey Schubert Barer 2L 2018 Diversity Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  Friday, August 11, 2017

We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our firm and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse attorneys, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Program to honor one of our founders, Ken Schubert Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.

Learn more and apply here.

Due September 13: New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

They are accepting applications for one-year judicial clerkships in the Court’s Law Research Department beginning in August 2018.  For more than half a century, the Court’s Law Research Department has employed a rotating pool of Appellate Court Attorneys to assist the court in its work.

Learn more and apply here.

Due Date: Rolling, Seattle City Attorney, Torts Section Externship/InternshipCity of Seattle Logo

Injuries, accidents and property damage happen every day in Seattle.  The Torts section engages in an extensive and wide-ranging advisory practice focused on preventing loss and avoiding litigation. The 12 attorneys in the Torts Section also defend tort lawsuits against the City.  These suits include personal injury, property damage, police action, civil rights and other claims.

Applications are accepted continuously for upcoming openings. Learn more and apply here.

Due Date: Rolling, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Immigration Project Assistant

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  We analyze critical issues affecting API victims/survivors; provide training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintain a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement.  The Institute serves a national network of advocates, community-based service programs, federal agencies, national and state organizations, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policy advocates, and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. Our vision of gender democracy drives our goals to strengthen culturally-relevant advocacy, promote prevention and community engagement, and influence public policy and systems change.

API-GBV offers a rich working environment that includes connecting with powerful, inspiring advocates; being exposed to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities; learning about federal, national, state and local networks addressing gender-based violence; understanding the strengths and struggles of survivors; and how all these forces contribute to social change.

For more information, visit here.

YWCA Staff Attorney, NWIRP/VAWA internship, ACLU internship, National Health Law Program Attorney and Fellow positions

Due July 26:  Sexual Violence Legal Services (YWCASeattle/King/Snohomish) Staff Attorney

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The YWCA’s Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS) aims to improve the legal response to survivors of sexual violence through (1) holistic legal representation in King and Snohomish Counties; (2) consultations for survivors, attorneys and advocates assisting survivors; (3) trainings and education for legal professionals and advocates; and, (4) brief services and resources for survivors, attorneys and sexual assault advocates statewide.

The Staff Attorney implements the core services provided by SVLS. The ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented, multi-tasking social justice advocate who is adept at facilitating creative and strategic trauma-informed legal representation and assistance for victims of sexual violence.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31:  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Fall 2017 Internship

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) Unit provides legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.  Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will maintain their own caseload and provide direct representation to clients by filing petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Those petitions will include I-360 VAWA Self-Petitions and U and T Visas.  Interns will also assist attorneys representing clients who are in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, an interest in immigration law. For complete job description go to Symplicity job #14981.

Learn more and apply here.

Due August 31: ACLU of Washington Fall 2017 Internship/Externship 

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017 ACLU of WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid school-year internships and externships to interested law school students for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year.  For complete job description go to Symplicity job posting #14717.

Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline:  National Health Law Program (NHelp) Reproductive Health Attorney and Fellow Positions. 

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled. NHELP Logo

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is seeking a Reproductive Health Attorney, a full-time position, for its Los Angeles office.

We are looking for an experienced attorney to be involved in a broad range of advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs, through a reproductive health lens. See the full job description here, which includes instructions for applying.

NHeLP is also seeking three Policy Fellows to serve in its D.C., N.C., and Los Angeles offices. The Policy Fellow positions last for two years. See here for requirements and how to apply.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NJP, ACLU, and OCI

Due July 1: Bilingual Staff Attorney – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Seattle, WA

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2017, or until filled.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, WA.

The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: direct representation; individual consultations; self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings, and 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

Apply and learn more here.

Due July 10: Northwest Justice Project – Staff Attorney & Senior Attorney, Yakima, WA;  Senior Attorney, Pasco, WA.

Application Deadline:  July 10, 2017. 

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NJP 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 Yakima office. NJP’s Yakima office serves Yakima and Kittitas counties. This is a full-time position.  Application deadline is July 10, 2017.

Apply and learn more here.

NJP is seeking qualified candidates willing to serve as Senior Attorney for is six-county Southeast Washington regional services office located in Pasco.  Application deadline is open until filled.

Apply and learn more here.

NJP is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Senior Attorney for its central Washington regional service office located in Yakima. NJP’s Yakima office serves Yakima and Kittitas counties.  Application deadline is open until filled.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline:  ACLU of Washington – Seattle, WA:  Staff Attorney & Senior Attorney

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.

ACLU of WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an attorney with five or more years of litigation experience to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians.

Apply and learn more here .

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 30:  South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) Public Interest Law Student Scholarship

Application Deadline:  Friday, June 30, 2017

A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest law projector doing summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship. Applications 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. 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/questions should be sent to scholarships@sabaw.org by June 30, 2017.

Due July 18:  OCI: Thinking about your next move professionally?

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at noon.

OCI isn’t just for private sector employers there are a variety of public service opportunities as well. The following employers will be participating in OCI in August:

Earthjustice
Federal Trade Commission
King County Department of Public Defense
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Seattle City Attorney
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Social Security Administration
Washington State Attorney General’s Office

Want to make sure that your application materials are ready to go? Before submitting your final resume on Symplicity, ask your coach or another member of the Student and Career Services to review it.  Resumes may be submitted in hard copy to Suite 346 or via email to your coach or lawpath@uw.edu.  Please submit your resume and other application materials for review as soon as possible.  After July 7 we will do our best but cannot guarantee a complete review of your materials.  All OCI application materials must be submitted through Symplicity by Tuesday, July 18 at noon.

Now is a great time to start thinking about references.  As you compile your list, check with each reference to confirm their preferred email address and phone number.

Finally, if you wish to participate in the Fall Recruiting Program through either OCI or Resume Collections, you must complete the 2017 Fall Recruiting Participation Agreement, by noon on Tuesday, July 18.  The agreement requires that you read, understand, and agree to comply with the following three documents:

Please contact lawpath@uw.edu with any questions – we are here to help!