This Valentine’s Week, treat yourself to some new amazing public service experiences

Apply Today for the Washington Bus Fellowship to learn about grassroots organization!

If you or a young person in your life (18-25) is looking for a transformative experience this summer, check out the Washington Bus’s Fellowship–a ten-week paid political, social justice, and community building program where young folks learn practical grassroots organizing skills and put them to work influencing progressive change in Seattle! Fellows will participate in hands-on activities and work with progressive leaders from across the state. The application can be found here.

Summer 2015 International Human Rights Law Internship 

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is a seeking a creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working legal intern for its Washington, DC office for the summer. Interns will: prepare client complaints for documentation with the Special Procedures of the United Nations; identify and research pertinent domestic and international law; prepare research memoranda on United Nations systems; assist with client interviews as necessary; assist the advocacy team as necessary; and assist with administrative duties as required.

Please email a resume, cover letter, excerpted legal brief (10 pages max.) to internships [at] adhrb.org with the subject lineLEGAL EXTERN APPLICATION. We would additionally welcome any papers that a student has written analyzing international human rights law.

Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel seeks Staff Attorney

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel offers an active and dynamic opportunity to assist the Tribe in protecting and advancing in sovereignty and treaty rights. The Office is seeking a staff attorney at its office in Lapwai, Idaho to join its team. The new hire is expected to immediately assume responsibility for handling a substantial work load, primarily involving natural resource issues related to the protection and advancement of tribal sovereignty and treaty-reserved rights. The work load includes handling an active litigation docket and providing legal counsel on a broad variety of issues associated with the Tribe’s interests. The new staff attorney will also be responsible for tasks delegated by the Managing Attorney. A complete application includes: resume, writing sample, and three letters of reference to – Lee Bourgeau, Director, Human Resources, RE: Staff Attorney, No., HR 15-108, P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, Idaho, 83540 by 4:30 PM on February 27. For more information contact the Managing Attorney, Julie S. Kane at juliek@nezperce.org

Due 2/15: Entry Level Attorney position at Department of Homeland Security

Do you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests, and to secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) are calling.

As part of both USCIS and the DHS Office of the General Counsel, you will work with other highly talented attorneys and colleagues on a rich array of intellectually challenging, critically important, cutting edge legal issues. DHS components work collectively, and USCIS strives, to enforce and administer immigration laws fairly, efficiently, and in keeping with the law, at the same time that we seek to prevent terrorism, secure borders, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission are achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join OCC, USCIS, and DHS!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking recent law schools graduates since January 1, 2012 with more than 1 year of post-JD experience for an entry level attorney position in New York, NY as an Associate Counsel with the Northeastern Law Division (NELD).  The position is supervised by a NELD Deputy Chief and the NELD Chief.

Due 2/18: Become the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Specialist in King County

 incumbent is responsible for supporting volunteers who are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in child abuse and neglect cases. Will supervise CASA volunteers, conduct case management, train, and provide support in court. Primary emphasis is placed on volunteer supervision. This is a paid, full-time position in King County Superior Court. To apply, click here.

Due 2/27: Become a Global Advocacy Adviser for the Center of Reproductive Rights

Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries.  The Global Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org. The Center seeks a Global Advocacy Adviser who will support the work of the Global Advocacy team in the Global Legal Program, and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

Please click on this link to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample in English (unedited and preferably relevant to international human rights advocacy) and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

Great News! Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding Deadline Extended!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014 Deadline Extended

Summer Funding

The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015.

Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program. The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Dean Storms.

Today is the Last Day to Apply for Position Opening as Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club

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The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s Eastside advocacy efforts. The Eastside Manager is expected to track and influence major, non­motorized policy and funding decisions at the regional and city level (including priority cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue).

The manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade members on the Eastside. The Manager will have expertise in community organizing, transportation or legislative policy and strategy, and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure, and funding decisions. The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager will work directly with local, regional, and state elected officials and staff to collaboratively develop a better community through bicycling.

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

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

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By Tasho Moro, Communications Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild

A new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United Statesbrings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

From 1940-1975, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies spied on, infiltrated and disrupted the NLG and its members. Even though no alleged or suspected criminal wrongdoing existed to justify governmental intrusion, the FBI illegally recorded privileged conversations of members, led media smear campaigns against the NLG, and even inserted informants posing as NLG staff – all resulting in significant financial and organizational damage to the Guild.

Continue reading here.

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts: Ten Years Later, the United States Still Hasn’t Come Clean on Its Torture Record

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Photo courtesy of Politico Magazine. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

By Juan E. Mendez, Politico Magazine

en years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Continue reading here.

Did You Know?  The Asian Bar Association of Washington Offers Free Membership to Law Students

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Law students may join the Asian Bar Association of Washington for free.  Membership in the Asian Bar Association could provide you with many benefits.  It has a great list serve that includes job announcements.  In fact, one of the job announcements I sent out today came from their list serve. It also holds events that will give you an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers. See highlighted section below re membership for students and check out their website.

Law students must email Sieu Che and indicate that they are students in lieu of sending payment.

Post Grad Opportunities Abound and US District Court Judge Seeks UW Law Externs

Community Alliance for Global Justice Seeking Part-Time Director of Organizing

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CAGJ is a volunteer led, membership-based organization founded in 2001 by Seattle-area activists who helped to organize the historic shutdown of the World Trade Organization meeting in 1999.  We strive to carry on the protests’ legacy of effective and creative collective action for global justice, working in solidarity with the powerful social movements of the Global South who continue to inspire us with their growing resistance to the corporate-driven economic model.  Our mission is to educate and mobilize with individuals and organizations to strengthen local economies everywhere. We are grassroots, community-based and committed to anti-oppressive organizing as we build solidarity across diverse movements. Focusing on the food system, we seek to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies and practices imposed by corporations, governments and other institutions while creating and supporting alternatives that embody social justice, sustainability, diversity and grassroots democracy.

About the position:

CAGJ’s Organizing Director will lead two areas: organizational development (through member and volunteer recruitment and engagement) and communications. Responsibilities will be shared with the Executive Director in the areas of fundraising, partner relations, strategic planning and administration.  The Organizing Director will also provide program support in the area suited to their experience and interests.

Applications due by November 15. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law Seeking Policy Associate

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law seeks a candidate to serve as an O’Neill Institute Associate to work on domestic and global health law and policy projects. The O’Neill Institute is housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Associates are based at the Law Center and report to the O’Neill Institute Executive Director and Deputy Director. Associates work on legal policy projects including researching and drafting white papers, organizing research colloquia, expert meetings, coordinating interdisciplinary research teams, and grant writing.  Associate positions are for one year with possible renewal.  Associates will receive a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

Candidates should have a J.D. degree and outstanding research and writing skills.  Candidates with advanced training in public health and economics are preferred.  They should also have experience in areas such as public health law and financing, health reform and healthcare systems (U.S. and comparative), and food and drug law.

Applications should be submitted electronically. Complete the online application here. The application should include: resumé, cover letter, writing sample, professional references (list and contact information only, no letters of recommendation please), official law school transcript, and other graduate school transcripts (if applicable).

The application deadline is November 30, 2013. Any questions about the position should be directed to oneillinstitute@law.georgetown.edu.

Alliance for Justice Announces Post Grad Fellowship

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Alliance for Justice is offering a public interest fellowship to a recent law school graduate. The term of the fellowship will be from September 2014 through August 2015.

The 2014-2015 Dorot Fellow will work on our Justice Programs, including our Judicial Selection Project, our Supreme Court campaign, and other access to justice issues.

Through our Judicial Selection Project, Alliance for Justice vets nominees to the federal judiciary, working closely with Senate offices, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Judicial Selection Project also educates the public and the press to ensure that only fair, qualified, individuals committed to social justice are confirmed.

Through our Supreme Court campaign, Alliance for Justice analyzes and comments on Supreme Court decisions that benefit powerful corporate interests at the expense of everyday Americans.  Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has radically rewritten laws in order to shield big business from liability, insulate corporate interests from environmental and antitrust regulation, make it easier for companies to discriminate, and enable powerful interests to flood our election process with special interest dollars.

Don’t delay! Applications due no later than November 1. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Announces Post Grad State Policy Fellowship

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The Fellowship is sponsored the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a national policy institute, and the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), a network of public policy organizations in over 40 states that participate in debates over budget and tax issues and other issues in their states that affect disadvantaged communities and families.

Below are key details on the program:

  • Fellows will spend two years as entry-level analysts working with a state policy organization belonging to the nationwide SFAI network.
  • Fellows will research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and others on these issues; and serve as a resource for advocates and community groups.
  • These are paid, full time positions with benefits.
  • Fellows will participate in a professional development program that includes a week-long seminar in Washington, D.C. and additional training opportunities, including national policy conferences.  Additionally, fellows will be partnered with mentors who are leaders in their field.
  • To be eligible for the program, candidates must 1) have a graduate degree in public policy, public affairs, economics, social work, public health, law, or a related field by August 2014, 2) have a strong academic record, and 3) be eligible to work in the United States for the two-year duration of the program.

Application requirements include a personal essay, resume, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.  Completed applications must be submitted by January 24, 2014, but we encourage applicants to apply earlier.  The fellowship will begin in the latter part of August 2014.

For complete info please click here.

US District Court Judge in Portland Seeking UW Law Judicial Externs

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The Hon. Marco Hernandez, U.S. District Court, Portland, is accepting applications for full-time judicial externships.  Apply for summer and fall quarters by February 28.  Learn more about Judge Hernandez here.

Be sure to meet with your career coach before applying. Submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and names of three references to Honorable Marco Hernandez, U.S. District Court, 1427 U.S. Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97204.

Donate-a-Day’s Pay to CHRJ, EJW Survey on New Post Grad Fellowship, VA Benefits Pro Bono & CLE, Brazilian Women’s Movement Talk

Support Student Human Rights Work: Give to CHRJ’s Donate-a-Day’s Pay

chrjDonate a Day’s Pay is the Center For Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) at University of Washington School of Law’s annual spring fundraiser. They ask students who have secured paying jobs for the summer or alumni and practicing attorneys to donate the equivalent of one day’s pay to CHRJ. Along with the proceeds from the used bookstore that we run on campus, all funds raised through the Donate a Day’s Pay campaign fund University of Washington Law School students’ unpaid human rights work around the world.

They award these funds through Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grants. Since 2006, CHRJ has funded at least one full $5,000 grant. Last year they were able to fun three! And their goal is to beat that this year! Learn more about former grantees here. To donate a day’s pay, click here or contact chrjbookstore@gmail.com to pledge an amount.

Can’t donate a full day’s pay? CHRJ welcomes all donation amounts!

If you have any questions about Donate a Day’s Pay or CHRJ, please feel free to contact Priya Rai.

Should EJW Create Post Grad Fellowships in Organizing & Housing Law?

Screen shot 2013-04-03 at 1.49.27 PMEqual Justice Works may have an opportunity to fund a bunch of law and organizing fellowships to work with tenant organizers on Section 8 issues all over the nation including Seattle.  They are trying to gauge whether there is sufficient interest amongst law students and recent law graduates in such opportunities.  Have your voice heard! Fill out their survey here.

Represent a Disabled Vet Pro Bono Before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

vetprobonoThe Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is seeking volunteer lawyers to assist veterans who claim entitlement to VA benefits. You are invited to attend their upcoming training on this unique area of law.

When: Friday, May 17, 9am-5pm

Where: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle

Cost: Free (in exchange for handling one appeal pro bono)

Students are encouraged to attend! Students still need to register. Organizers recommend that students click 2012 for graduation year and explain in the comments section that they are law students.

No prior experience necessary. Lawyers do not need to reside near Court. For complete information and registration please visit here.Sustaining_Activism_Spring13