How Do You Integrate Pro Bono Into Your Legal Career?

The Need for Pro-Bono Programs at Law Firms

By Legal Solutions Blog

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Lisa Dewey, DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Counsel and Partner since 1999, advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations across the country and around the world. Recently, she spoke about the need for pro bono programs at law firms and DLA Piper’s overall strategy.

Why should law firms (of all sizes) implement a pro bono program?

The obvious answer is that it’s the right thing to do, and it’s our ethical obligation as lawyers. As such, law firms should do everything they can to support pro bono work and, when possible, to create an infrastructure that supports those efforts and the projects that have the most local impact.

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Avvo founder tells lawyers to ‘get rid of UPL’ if they want innovation and access to justice

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By Lorelai Laird | ABA Journal

At the close of the first day of the ABA’s House of Delegates meeting, the House’s Committee on Issues of Concern presented talks that were “intended to be provocative.”

The talks, entitled “Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession” in the day’s program, grew out of the research of the Commission on the Future of Legal Services. That commission was created last year by outgoing ABA president William Hubbard to address the problems created by the rise in pro se litigants, the ongoing lack of court funding and the rise of technology to fill some of those gaps.

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People of Color Travel Stipend Application Now Open for National Lawyers Guild Law for the People Convention in Oakland, Due 9/15

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The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), the National Student Vice Presidents, the Anti-Racism Committee, the Legal Workers Committee, and the National Office (NO) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) are pleased to announce, once again, the availability of travel stipends for those who self-identify as a law student of color, a recent graduate of color, and/or a legal worker of color to attend the annual NLG Law for the People Convention in Oakland (October 21-25). – (Register now on the NLG website).

This year priority will be given to law students, legal workers and recent graduates of color but depending on availability of funds lawyers with a demonstrated financial need will also be considered.

The application deadline is midnight PST on September 15, 2015. Applicants may use the online application. LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Bar Association Board Seeks Input on Final Report Addressing Governance Task Force Recommendations

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The Board of Governors has completed its year-long review and discussion of the Governance Task Force Recommendations, which were developed through an 18-month, in-depth review of the WSBA’s governance. The Board’s final report is scheduled for adoption at the Sept. 17-18 Board meeting in Seattle.

The Board is seeking comments on the final report. All comments will be included in the public session Board materials and must be received by Sept. 2, 2015. Please email your comments to governance@wsba.org.

Attention Recent Grads! Openings With Washington AGO

Public Justice Seeking Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC or Oakland, CA, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of corporate and government abuse, seeks to hire two legal interns for Summer 2016.  The interns will work in either Public Justice’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. or its Oakland, California office.  Both interns will assist attorneys in both of Public Justice’s offices.

Public Justice’s legal interns research and develop new cases in conjunction with our staff attorneys, law fellows, and cooperating counsel.  They also provide assistance to attorneys in ongoing litigation.  Their work will not, however, focus on our Environmental Enforcement Project.  Our interns are involved in legal research and writing, case review, and brainstorming on theories and approaches designed to ensure that justice is achieved.

For more information, click here.

Seattle City Light Seeking Employee Relations Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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Seattle City Light is the nations’ 9th largest publicly owned utility based on the number of customers served.  We are committed to ensuring that Seattle’s electric rates are affordable, that we provide reliable service, in an environmentally sound way. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Our 1,800 employees strive to exceed the customer service expectations of the residents of the City of Seattle and surrounding communities.

We are seeking an Employee Relations Manager to join the Seattle City Light Human Resources Leadership Team. Reporting to the Human Resources Officer, the successful candidate will deliver high quality employee relations counsel and support and be capable of developing proactive solutions while building strong relationships with all stakeholders. This position will play a key role in risk mitigation and will partner closely with other HR leaders to develop comprehensive, proactive plans and strategies to ensure a positive employee experience.

For more information, click here.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Seeking Assistant Attorney Generals in Seattle and Olympia, Deadlines 7/29 and 7/31 Respectively

Washington AGO University of Washington Division (Seattle) Seeks Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/29

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The University of Washington Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is soliciting applications for a part-time labor and employment attorney. The UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research universities.  Attorneys in the division work in three (4-6 attorney) practice teams – the Employment Team, the Healthcare team and the General Practice Team. We are currently seeking an experienced attorney to fill a new 80% position (.8 FTE) on our Employment Team.

For more information, click here.

Washington AGO (Olympia) Seeks Assistant Attorney General – Revenue Division, Due 7/31

The Revenue Unit has an opening for a lawyer who enjoys working in a collegial and supportive environment.  Revenue AAGs primarily handle all aspects of excise and property tax refund claims and provide advice to the Department of Revenue.  Revenue AAGs generally practice before the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) and the Thurston County Superior Court, and in the federal courts in tax disputes involving Indian law and other federal issues.  Practice in the Revenue Unit includes engaging in written discovery and taking depositions, a considerable amount of legal research and writing, arguing motions and handling hearings before the BTA, and motions practice in the Thurston County Superior Court.  Revenue AAGs also regularly handle appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court, and occasionally work on tax cases that reach the United States Supreme Court.  Revenue cases often involve challenging and complex statutory and constitutional issues, and multi-million dollar refund claims.  And since virtually all business activity in Washington is taxed, Revenue AAGs get to learn about all sorts of different businesses.

For more information, click here.

King County Bar Association Seeking Pro Bono Services Program Coordinator, Due 7/30

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The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services promote social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused legal services programs and provides services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low income King County residents who would not otherwise receive legal assistance.

The Pro Bono Coordinator provides administrative support, project management, and tech support for the Pro Bono Services Director and to PBS Department.

For more information, click here.

King County Superior Court Judge John H. Chun Now Accepting Judicial Externship Applications, Fall Quarter Deadline 8/1

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Judge John H. Chun seeks a judicial extern for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  Externs are expected to conduct legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and observe in-court proceedings, including trials.  Judge Chun will select his extern based on previous experience, grades, writing ability (including journal experience), and references.

Applications should include the following: cover letter (cover letter addressee: Ms. Jill Gerontis), resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references.  Applications may be submitted electronically to chun.court@kingcounty.gov or by regular mail.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

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The Employment and Administrative Mandate Section of San Diego Seeks New Deputy Attorney General, Due 8/3

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The Employment & Administrative Mandate Section (EAM) has an opening for Deputy Attorney General in its San Diego office.  Deputy Attorney General III will also be considered. EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves jury trials and appellate arguments in state and federal courts. EAM’s advice practice provides representation to the Governor’s Office and over 100 state agencies in furtherance of the State of California’s mission to ensure equal employment opportunities for all. In addition to employment law, EAM represents such clients as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters. EAM attorneys litigate issues of statewide importance as part of our dedication to public service and the Attorney General’s mission to serve the People of California. EAM prosecutes employee disciplinary hearings and Horse Racing Board disciplinary matters; litigates writs of mandate involving the State’s drunk driving and alcohol beverage control laws and handles whistleblower complaints and personnel privacy issues. EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment.

Applicants must pass the online examination before submitting an application.

For more information, click here.

Center for Community Solutions Seeking Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence Program, Due 8/3

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Since 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been creating safe and healthy communities with a core emphasis on the prevention and intervention of sexual assault and relationship violence. Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence served by the East Domestic Violence Services (DVS) program.  Supervision for the position is provided by the Litigation Manager.  The position is stationed twenty hours per week at the El Cajon Courthouse to staff CCS’ Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic.  The remaining twenty hours per week are devoted to providing additional legal services to clients, providing education for the DVS advocacy staff, and conducting training and outreach in the community.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Human Rights Education Coordinator, Due 8/4

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Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence by opening a regional office in Mexico City and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our human rights education capacity. Being closer to the ground will enable us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced Human Rights Education Coordinator to coordinate and manage the development and implementation of regional, and where appropriate, national human rights education strategies, plans and projects in the Americas.

For more information, click here.

Evergreen State College Seeking Director of Government Relations, Due 8/5

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The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The Director of Government Relations reports to the President’s Chief of Staff and has the authority to act independently to represent the President and the College on legislative matters within established guidelines and strategy.

The Director is responsible for coordinating the College’s work with the state Legislature, Governor’s Office, the Office of Financial Management and the Washington Student Achievement Council.  Monitor and analyze state and federal legislation or proposals having impact on the College, and provide information on such to the College community.  Work with the President and senior staff to develop positions on proposed state and federal legislation.  Represent the College and its positions to the Legislature and others.  Provide information to government officials as necessary.  Work with local government, business and civic organizations to provide information about the College and develop positive relationships and partnerships.

For more information, click here.

Amnesty International Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Research Intern, Due 8/7

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The Research Unit at Amnesty International USA is seeking legal interns with a strong background and interest in human rights to work on several US-based research projects during the fall semester of 2015.  Interns will work on research projects which are being developed as part of AIUSA’s current  campaigns on such issues as police accountability, torture, sexual reproductive rights and gun violence as well as the organization’s ongoing work on other issues such as immigration, national security and crimianl justice.

For more information, click here.

Clallam County Public Defender Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 8/7

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The Clallum Public Defender is hiring a full-time staff attorney.  The attorney will be responsible for representing indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in District Court, and must be able to organize and manage caseloads with minimum supervision.

Salary, D.O.E. with full benefit package.

For more information, see Symplicity.

Interested in Working for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights? Applications Open Now for 2015 Fellowship!

National Immigration Forum Seeking Policy and Advocacy Intern in Washington DC

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We are hiring interns to assist us with research, analysis, drafting of written materials, and monitoring activities of the executive and legislative branches of government on immigration issues. The National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.  For over 30 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.

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

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Offering 2015 Romulo Gallegos Fellowship, Due 10/29

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is pleased to inform about the launching of a new automatized system to apply for fellowships, which as of today is the only means of presenting applications. The goal of this new digital system is to facilitate and streamline processes, to the benefit of all involved parties.

The Commission appreciates the cooperation and support of all users in the current process of modernization and digitalization of our systems.

For more information about the fellowship, click here.  Deadline 10/29.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council Seeking 2014-2015 Housing Fellow, Due 10/31

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At the present time, PRRAC’s work is focused in the areas of housing, education, environmental justice, and domestic human rights, with a particular emphasis on the continuing consequences of historical patterns of housing segregation and development.

In addition to national-level law and policy research and advocacy, we are engaged in local technical assistance work in Baltimore and Hartford, in support of regional desegregation cases filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. PRRAC is also working to support the development of a regional housing mobility program in the Philadelphia area.

The incoming Fellow will focus on our housing, community development, and environmental justice portfolios. The position is based in Washington, D.C. , and the fellowship term will run through summer 2015 (beginning and end dates negotiable).

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

Environmental Law Foundation Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Oakland, CA

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a full-time basis during the summer of 2015. We highly value interns’ contributions and we are looking for someone who is ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work.

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

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Spitzer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is excited to accept applications for the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of immediate past Executive Director Emily Spitzer. NHeLP seeks up to three law students to participate in the program, with the paid positions divided among offices in Washington, DC, Carrboro, NC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Potential Spitzer interns are rising 2L or 3L students, with a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations.

Spitzer interns will work closely with NHeLP staff attorneys, who work collaboratively across offices and engage in the primary work of the organization–providing high-quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policymakers.

For more information, click here.

Urban Justice Center Seeking Summer 2015 Legal Intern in Community Development Project, Due 1/9/15

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The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns who are interested in working with us during the Summer of 2015 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues. The main types of substantive areas in which we work include:  housing; workers’ rights; consumer justice; and transactional legal services (e.g. legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives). By providing legal support in these substantive areas, our mission is to advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice.

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

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2015 Law Clerk, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis Through 1/30/15

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2015.

Job duties will entail researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefs, participating in meetings with clients and attorneys, developing prospective cases, and attending depositions, hearings, and mediations.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to work in public interest law, have strong research and writing skills, and will be in their second year of law school.

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