Did you know that public service law employers will be at OCI?

Check out these OCI events upcoming this week

12:30-1:30 p.m., April 30, Room 133: What I Wish I Knew Before OCI – Overview & Student Perspectives Panel

Not sure what OCI is all about? Attend this overview of the OCI and Resume Collection process and hear from 2Ls and 3Ls who have been through the process. EarthJustice, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Social Security Administration, and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office have currently signed up for OCI, with more public service employers expected.

4:00-5:30 p.m., May 2, 2018, Room 127: OCI: Insights from the Interviewers – Employer Panel

What do OCI interviewers look for in a candidate? This panel of public and private sector OCI interviewers will give unique insight into the OCI process. RSVP required.

5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., May 2, 2018, Gallagher Law Library: Meet The Employers – OCI Reception

Following the interviewer panel, join additional public and private sector OCI employers for a reception. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression on the attorneys and recruiters participating in OCI. Refreshments will be served. RSVP required.

April 30: Radical Lawyering: Abolition: What the Work Looks Like, featuring Dean Spade

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Room 133. Contemporary movements are challenging the fundamental arrangements that undergird a deeply unequal and violent society, and envisioning a world without prisons or borders. How can law students and lawyers relate with these movements? What do we have to offer and what are the pitfalls of legal tactics that we should be aware of?

 

 

 

 

May 1: Stand with Immigrants and March with us on May Day!

It has never been more important to stand with immigrants and demand our government respect the rights of all people. Join the ACLU contingent at Judkins Park to help distribute Know Your Rights guides and carry messages of solidarity and support for our immigrant family, friends and neighbors. We are joining with march organizers El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition to call on all advocates to come out on Tuesday, May 1 for the 19th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. Register here

Echoing Green and Soros Justice Fellowships, Northwest Justice Project joins OPEIU 8, and October On Campus Interviews

Due October 24: 2018 Echoing Green Fellowship 3L Application Dates

“The search for the next class of Echoing Green Fellows will officially begin when the application opens on September 26. To support our 2018 applicants, we will be sharing a series of tips, resources, and opportunities over the next couple of months.

The application timeline:
• Application Opens: September 26, 2017
• Application Closes: October 24, 2017
• Second Round Application Opens: January 2018
• Finalists Interviews in New York: April 2018
• 2018 Fellows Announced: June 2018

To learn about eligibility requirements, Fellowship selection criteria, and to review frequently asked questions, please visit echoinggreen.org/apply. ”

Due December 7:  Soros Justice Fellowships.

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

More information here.

NW Justice Project staff joins together with OPEIU 8

“Northwest Justice Project (NJP) employees voted by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a mail ballot election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 163 case attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, receptionists, screeners and other employees join with thousands of OPEIU Local 8 members in social service and healthcare organizations to improve standards for all non-profit workers.

“Choosing this work and serving our clients have always given me a sense of kinship with my co-workers but never more so than now,” said Abby Goldy, attorney at NJP in Seattle. “Knowing that there was an overwhelming favorable response to the formation of our union has re-energized me for our work. With a union, I am confident we can work together towards a better organization and I look forward to our next steps.”

Northwest Justice Project is Washington’s statewide publicly funded legal aid program that provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people. These workers help keep families in their homes, advocate for children and adults with disabilities, ensure people get access to medical care, and much more. Each year, their services reach nearly 30,000 people around Washington state.”

More information here.

Due September 4 at noon:  OCTOBER OCI: Thinking about your next move professionally?

Application Deadline:  Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon.

If you haven’t submitted applications to the October OCI employers now is the time to do so. We had two new employers join the session at the end of last week so we have extended the application deadline to Monday, September 4 at noon to give all students a chance to apply for these new additions. You can view all of the October OCI postings, see the application materials requested, and apply for the positions in the OCI portal in Symplicity. The OCI application instructions are attached and can also be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.

Here is the current list of October OCI employers taking part in OCI Session 2 (October 5 & 6):

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth PS (Seattle, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Senate Committee Services (Olympia, Washington) – interviewing 2Ls
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Worldwide) – interviewing 3Ls
U.S. Army JAG Corps (Worldwide) – interviewing 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs

Friday, October 6, 2017

Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (Portland, OR) – interviewing 2Ls
*Lukins & Annis, P.S. (Spokane, WA) – interviewing 2Ls
Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL) – interviewing 2Ls
*If you applied to Likins & Annis through the last OCI session, you should not need to resubmit applications again. Applications submitted before the July 18th deadline from Session 1 were moved to Session 2 at the request of the employer.  You can review your submission and make adjustments to it in the OCI portal under Session 2.

Here are the rest of the important dates you will need to know about for participating in this round of OCI.

OCI Interview Invitation (Preselect) Visible: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
OCI Interview Time Request Window: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM- Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM
OCI Revised Interview Schedule Visible: Monday, September 25, 2017 at noon
If other employers wish to interview on campus in October, we will create a new session for them and share that information with you via email to make you aware of the application deadlines and interview dates related to that employer’s visit. If you have questions about this, email lawpath@uw.edu.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! King County Department of Public Defense Now Accepting Resumes for OCI!

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! King County Department of Public Defense Now Accepting Applications for OCI Until 8/19

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King County Department of Public Defense Invites Applications for the Position of Rule-9
Licensed Legal Intern.  DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County. Governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory
board comprised of regional leaders in public defense.

DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court. The department also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural and/or systemic issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. It employs not only attorneys, but also skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff. Expert services are regularly funded, in keeping with state court rules. King County public defense has also been a leader in the development of therapeutic courts, providing diversion and support to clients who have entered the criminal justice system due to drug involvement, mental illness, or other issues.

For more information, click here.

Looking for a Paid Internship? Check Out ACLU’s Reproductive Rights Project in New York!

On Campus Interviews: New Employers, Apply Through Symplicity

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – Deloitte Tax” CPSL Logo

Deloitte Tax Interviews (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Thursday, October 2 at 11:30 P.M.
Students will be notified of interviews by Friday, October 10.  Interviews will be held on campus Thursday, October 16.   Deloitte Tax Information Session:  Monday, September 29 in Room 115.

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Public Defender/Navy OGC” 

Department of the Navy OGC (2L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON
Public Defender Service for DC (2L, 3L) — Application deadline: Wednesday, September 10 at NOON

Students will be notified of interviews by Monday, September 15.  Interviews will be held on campus Friday, September 19.

Session:  OCI Fall 2014 – NOAA OGC.”    (Apply through Symplicity—not USA Jobs.)

NOAA Office of General Counsel Honors Program (3L, LL.M.) – Application deadline:  Monday, September 15 at NOON
Students will be notified of interviews by Thursday, September 18.  Interviews will be held on campus Wednesday, September 24.

On-Campus Interview employers – Continuing to accept applications

Session:  “OCI Fall 2014 – Session 2.”

Application deadline:  Monday, September 15, at NOON.  Students will be notified of interviews by Tuesday, September 23.
King County Bar Association (2L, 3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 3
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (3L, LL.M.) – Interview date October 2

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders Program Calling for 2015 Applications, Due 9/28

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The U.S. Embassy in Oslo, together with the Arctic Frontiers Secretariat, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for young U.S. citizens with a professional interest in the Arctic to learn more about the region. The annual Arctic Frontiers conference brings academia, government and business together to create a firmer foundation for decision-making and sustainable economic development in the Arctic. The conference takes place in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, known as the Gateway to the Arctic.

Arctic Frontiers’ Emerging Leaders program invites young representatives of academia, business and the public sector to meet with leaders to discuss future development in the High North. Selected candidates will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events, accompanied by mentors. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the coastal steamer and ends in Tromsø. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program. The content of the program is linked to the Arctic Frontiers 2015 conference topic “Climate and Energy.”

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

ACLU Foundation & HRW Seeking Applicants for 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship, 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 job description and application instructions, click here.

SCLC Seeking Directing Attorney of Social Security Advocacy Project

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The Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is a non-profit specialty civil legal aid organization that provides legal representation to low-income individuals with disabilities in matters related to their eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI benefits. SCLC hosts two major projects: the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP). SSAP prioritizes cases in which a person who has received or is receiving SSI/SSDI receives notice of reduction or termination of benefits. SSAP clients have a difficult time obtaining representation through the private bar, either due to lack of fee generating potential or multiple barriers, such as mental illness, limited English proficiency, and chemical dependency, which make it difficult for the client to stay engaged in an attorney client relationship and navigate the administrative structure of the Social Security Administration.

SCLC is searching for an outstanding attorney to serve as the directing attorney of the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP). The directing attorney is responsible for overseeing and managing SSAP. This is a full-time attorney position starting immediately. This position requires the ability to travel to client meetings, community events, and hearings, and may require some work on nights or weekends.

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

ACLU Offering 2014-2015 Internships/Externships, Due 11/30 for Winter or Spring Quarter Externship

ACLU WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid
summer and school-year internships and externships to interested law school students. A
minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year. Summer
positions are full-time and last a minimum of seven weeks.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights
issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely
with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting
correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties
and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for
litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of
appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories
and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints.
Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while
developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged.

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

New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project Offering Paid Internship for Summer of 2015

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The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. In particular, RFP works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, and affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of all women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

The internship offers the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The internship is full-time and requires a 10 week commitment with a preferred start date of May 26, 2015.

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

City of Seattle Posted New Job of Employee and Labor Relations Specialist

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The Employee and Labor Relations Specialist is a trusted advisor who builds the capacity of managers to create and sustain safe, innovative and inclusive workplaces within a union environment. This position provides support within Seattle Public Utilities for labor policy and procedures; works directly with management and staff to administer labor agreements, assists with disciplinary processes and provides expert-level consultation and guidance to managers and staff on a variety of workplace issues. We are looking for a human resource professional who has successfully provided consultation on, and managed, complex workplace and employee issues in a manner that ensures consistency, fairness, perseveration of employee rights, supports effective decision-making and mitigates organizational risk. The position reports to the Labor Relations Strategic Advisor.

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

Save the Children International Seeks Project Coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process (Geneva)

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Save the Children International is looking for a project coordinator, Lucens Guideline Process, to support the process of finalizing the  Lucens Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, and encouraging states to endorse and implement them, including by mobilizing civil society support.  The project coordinator will support the work of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), of which Save the Children is a Steering Committee member.

The position is located at the Geneva Advocacy Office of Save the Children International and the contract will last through June 2015.

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

 

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.

Do you care about Access To Justice? Want to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed!

 

May 13: OCI – Insider’s Guide to Government Recruiting

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:30-1:20pm, William H. Gates Hall RM 133

Jump-start your preparation for On-Campus Interviews and your search for a job next summer or after graduation.  Get inside information from government employers on navigating their hiring processes, and what they look for in candidates.

Panelists:

  • Mafe Rajul, Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kim Johnson, Staff Counsel, Senate Committee Services
  • Brialle Engelhart, Criminal Division Manager, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Vikash Chhagen, Deputy Regional Chief Counsel, Social Security Administration

Remember to RSVP in “Symplicity” if you plan to attend.

May 14: Riding the Coffee Circuit: Practical Networking Tips for Summer & Beyond

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3:30-4:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 133

  • How do I find out about networking opportunities?
  • How do I talk to people at an event or reception without feeling icky?
  • How do I reach out to complete strangers for an informational interview/coffee?
  • How should I follow up?

Get the answers to these probing questions and so much  more at our upcoming workshop. All law students are welcome!

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email.

May 15: Demystifying the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: JD Career Paths to the Foundationicon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logo

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 117

Panel presentation regarding alternative JD pathways to a career at The Gates Foundation. Are you curious about what it would be like to work at BMGF? Find out what types of careers JDs have pursued at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Panelists:

  • Patricia Loera, Senior Program Officer, Education
  • Emma Zavala-Suarez, Officer, Grants and Contracts Management
  • Karen Halazon, Assistant General Counsel

RSVP through Symplicity by NOON on May 14, 2014.

May 15: 2014 Innocence Project Northwest Benefit & Awards Dinner

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM
Herban Feast Sodo Park, Seattle, 3200 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three
Jason Baldwin served more than eighteen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. After being freed in 2011, Jason moved to Seattle where he has pursued his college education and is working on a memoir. Jason plans to attend law school in the future and is a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad.

Honoring:
Innocence Champion Award 
Representative Tina Orwall
Washington House of Representatives
Prime sponsor of the wrongful conviction compensation bill enacted into law in 2013

Innocence Advocate Award 
Duane Statler, Citizen Advocate
Parent, uncle, and friend of exonerees   

Purchase tickets online by May 8. 

May 15: Access to Justice Celebratory Reception: Volunteers needed! 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel

Do you care about Access To Justice?  What to meet ATJ leaders in WA? Volunteers needed! 

The Access to Justice Board is turning 20!  In recognition of this milestone, the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Bar Association is hosting a celebratory reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We are looking for a few volunteers to serve in greeting and registration duties at this event.  Through an expansive network that includes the courts, the Bar, legal aid providers, funders, and hundreds of volunteers, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access to the justice system for the most vulnerable in our state.  The 20thAnniversary Celebration will be a wonderful evening of networking and recounting stories from the ATJ Board’s rich history over the past 2 decades.  There will be a short speaking program that will feature Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, WSBA President Patrick Palace, and past and current ATJ Board Chairs.   Appetizers will be served, along with a no-host bar.  This will be a great opportunity to meet major players in Washington’s social justice movement.

For more information, please email Bina Ellefsen.  Please indicate your interest as soon as possible but no later than May 13.

May 15: Moderate Means Program Information Session

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 127
12:30-1:20PM

Please join Clay Wilson, Moderate Means Attorney as he answers “What is the Moderate Means Program?”  and how can you get involved.

  • The Moderate Means Program is a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.
  • The purpose of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for moderate means individuals (those between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level), who cannot afford to hire private attorneys at prevailing rates but make too much money to qualify for traditional civil legal aid services.
  • The program will focus on the areas of Family, Housing, and Consumer law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by Wednesday, May 14.

May 21: Community Film Screening: Cola Road

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
4:30 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

In August 2012, Claire Ward spent 5 weeks shadowing the ColaLife team as they prepared to launch a project that would make an anti-diarrhea kit as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in rural communities in Zambia. This is her story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani, ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser, designer and supervisor of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Please click HERE to confirm your attendance.

May 21: Panel Discussion of The Goldmark Case: 50 Years Later

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12:00 PM
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104

Hosted By the Attorney General of Washington – Seattle Office

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant trials in Washington legal history.  In 1962, state Rep. John Goldmark was the victim of a “red-baiting” attack that labeled him and his wife Sally Goldmark as “communist tools.”  The attack destroyed Goldmark’s political career, but he responded by suing his accusers for libel.  The trial drew national attention, vindicated the Goldmarks, and resulted in one of the largest libel awards in Washington history.  Almost immediately, however, the verdict was indirectly overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision inNew York Times v. Sullivan, limiting libel actions involving “political” speech.

This distinguished panel features Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, son of plaintiff John Goldmark; former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, who testified at the trial in support of John Goldmark; King County Superior Court Judge Judith Ramseyer, former law clerk to Judge William Dwyer, John Goldmark’s attorney at the trial; and Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of Washington.  Please join them to remember the Goldmark case and consider its legacy half a century later.

Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  There is no charge to attend this event but an RSVP is required.  To RSVP, please email to: RaelynnP@ATG.WA.GOV.

Application will be made for 1 hour of Washington CLE credit.

June 6-7: Penn State’s “Education and Civil Rights Conference” in State College, PA

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Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 2014
Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University Park, State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State’s College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference and related graduate student symposium in the summer of 2014. The primary goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality pre–K through higher education — still uneven for young people from historically marginalized groups and/or in many urban and increasingly in suburban settings. While many policy proposals have focused on access to education, there has been much less attention to racial inequality and segregation in access to P–20 education, even as the percentage of students of color is rapidly increasing. This conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students — and how we can implement additional best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.

The Conference will feature 30 new papers from leading social scientists, educators, and legal scholars. Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker. 

More information and registration here

Plentiful Government Service Internships & Jobs

U.S. Army JAG On-Campus Interviews

US army JAGThe U.S. Army JAG has registered for OCI on Friday, September 27.  Captain Elisabeth Gilman, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, will be on campus to interview all interested 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M.s.

Applications are being accepted through the OCI tab in “Symplicity”.  To see complete information and to apply, select OCI Fall 2013 – Session 2”, then select the Review” button.  You may bid for an interview with Captain Gilman by submitting a cover letter and a resume.  Application deadline is Thursday, September 12, 2013. 

Please visit http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html for guidance and complete application requirements.

San Francisco City Attorney 2014 Legal Intern Program Seeking Applicants for Spring, Summer & Fall

SF city attyThe San Francisco City Attorney’s Office seeks 35 1Ls and 2Ls for its unpaid part-time (min. 20 hrs/wk) Summer (early June – early Aug.) Internship Program, and approximately 25 2Ls and 3Ls for unpaid, part-time (min. 10 hrs/wk) internships in each of the Spring (mid-Jan. – mid-Apr.) and Fall (early Sept. – early Nov.) semesters.

Attorneys are organized into teams and, as closely as possible, intern will be placed in teams according to their preferences.  Litigation-oriented teams include Child Protection and Family Services, Code Enforcement, Contracts & Construction, Complex Litigation, Government, Labor, Land Use, Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation.  Other teams include Airport (located at SFO), Energy and Telecommunications, Ethics & Elections, Finance and Real Estate, Health & Human Services, Port (Located at Pier 1), Public Utilities, Taxation, and Transportation.

Interns work closely with 2-3 Deputy City Attorneys in drafting regulations and statutes, reviewing contracts, representing the City in court, and advising City agencies and departments.  They may also observe trials and depositions.  All interns attend a 1-day orientation program, receive computer training, and participate in CLEs, lectures, events and tours.  Past activities have included a ride on a Fireboat, as well as tours of Pacific Bell Park, the Animal Care and Control facility, the Youth Guidance Center, and the court system.

The Office provides legal services to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, School District, and other City and County offices.

For complete info and application instructions please click here.

King County Superior Court Judicial Clerk/Bailiff Position for 2014 Grad

KC superior courtThis is a year-long judicial clerkship in King County Superior Court beginning in August of 2014. Duties include assisting the judge with legal research and writing, processing orders, managing the court’s calendar, trial management, and overseeing all functions of the courtroom. You may also supervise legal externs and interns working in chambers, including assisting them with research and writing projects. The position is an extremely rewarding experience for a young lawyer interested in litigation. You will learn a great deal about the trial court, the rules of procedure, and motion and trial practice.  Washington State Bar membership is required.

Qualified applicants should possess strong oral communication and writing skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple tasks at one time. In addition, the position requires someone who is customer service-oriented, enjoys interacting with people, including jurors, attorneys, pro se litigants, and the general public, in a helpful, courteous manner.

Interested applicants should forward a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, short writing sample (5-7 pages) and a list of references (4 maximum) to Kathleen Manning, bailiff/law clerk for Judge Mariane Spearman via email at spearman.court@kingcounty.gov.  Interviews will be conducted at the King County Courthouse in October or November of 2013.  All applications must be received by October 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm to be considered for this position. Persons of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Federal Communications Commission Now Accepting Applications for Attorney Honors Program

FCCApplications for the Fall 2014 program will be accepted through October 1, 2013.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce law school graduates to the field of communications law and policy. On July 26, 2013, the FCC will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2014 class from law students in their final year of study and judicial clerks. Applications must be received October 1, 2013.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in the many varied aspects of federal administrative practice as they relate to the FCC’s oversight of television, radio, cable, wireless, wireline, satellite, and other communications services and facilities. Participants will also benefit from a wide variety of learning experiences. Attorneys at the FCC draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, work with internal and external constituencies to resolve complex policy issues before the agency, participate in international negotiations, represent the FCC in dealings with other government agencies, Congress and the private sector, and defend FCC decisions in the federal courts. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

US Mission to the European Union Seeking Legal Interns

US State DeptThe U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) seeks highly motivated students for several internship opportunities. Interns at USEU serve as full-time and respected members of the Mission team, allowing them to gain a comprehensive understanding of major issues in the transatlantic relationship and acquire first-hand practical experience of the diplomatic work of the U.S. government.

Both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens may apply to intern at USEU, but only U.S. citizens are eligible for certain internships.  A security clearance must be obtained for certain internships. While internships are unpaid, we offer a rewarding experience in an excellent working environment.

USEU is situated in the heart of Brussels and enjoys convenient access to public transportation. For insight into the activities of our Mission’s interns, visit the USEU Intern blog on Facebook.

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS: The  U.S. AmbassadorDeputy Chief of Mission, and Legal Counselor are located in the Executive Office (EXEC). This intern will have first-hand exposure to the workings of USEU at the highest level on a range of key policy and legal issues.  Specific duties, under the supervision of the Staff Assistant, are likely to include preparing briefing materials for the Ambassador, performing research and assisting in the preparation of the Ambassador’s public remarks, and helping represent the U.S. government at public events.

This intern also works directly with the Mission’s legal counselor, tracking and analyzing cases in the European Court of Justice with a nexus to U.S. policy, as well as observing and reporting on other legal developments relating to the EU institutions. Applicants from U.S. law schools are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: This internship is open to U.S. Citizens only. Please apply here and clearly mention in your statement of purpose that you wish to intern in the Executive Office of USEU.