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.

 

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

Networking ImageWednesday, May 14, 2014
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

Inspiring East Coast Opportunities Percolating

DC-Based Environmental Protection & Animal Law Firm Seeks 2Ls & 3Ls for Winter/Spring

MeyerGlitzensteinDCfirmMeyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, animal law, natural resource conservation, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for spring 2014.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.

Qualifications: Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Salary: Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding may be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through November 3. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Seeks Policy Director

Natl domestic workers allianceThe National Domestic Workers Alliance  organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building, we seek to help build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum and currently represents 41 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks an energetic and experienced Campaign Director to direct and develop the Alliance’s policy agenda, including providing policy analysis and development on issues that address domestic worker rights.

Don’t delay! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania’s Community Justice Project seeks an attorney for its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office

Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania_photomontageCJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits.

In March, 2014, CJP will be hiring a staff attorney to work from its Harrisburg office. The attorney will be responsible for litigation and advocacy that addresses illegal behavior and seeks to improve the lives of low income people. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own outreach to Hispanic communities from offices in Reading, Hazleton, and Pittsburgh. The attorney will work closely with outreach paralegals on many issues and cases from these communities. Spanish language ability is very helpful. Demonstrated litigation ability is also very helpful. A demonstrated commitment to the low income client community is essential.

Applicants should send a letter, resume, and writing sample to Larry Norton, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. lnorton@palegalaid.net. 1-800-322-7572 ext. 209.  Applications are to be received by September 30, 2013. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Seeks Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney

DC LASlogoThe Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

The ideal candidate will have the following:
 Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
 The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
 A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
 Experience in legal services preferred, ideally with a background in DV/family law; and
 Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) strongly preferred   but not required.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Act now! Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in DC Seeks Advocacy Officer- JD Preferred

RFK centerSince 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

Duties: The Advocacy Officer will be an integral member of the RFK Partners for Human Rights team. S/he will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing advocacy and capacity building initiatives in support of the social justice goals of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other strategic objectives of RFK Partners for Human Rights. S/he must also be prepared to support the litigation activities of the RFK Center.

The work of the Advocacy Officer will include fact-finding; legal research; domestic and international advocacy before a range of governmental and inter-governmental actors; campaign and public awareness strategies; and capacity building initiatives of RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other civil society. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its Laureates and other civil society partners. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights.

This is an immediate opening. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Inspiring Local Internship and National Post Grad Opportunities

Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team Seeking Fall Intern/Extern

NJPjustice-250Under 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, training materials for staff and clients, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the office.
The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team works on issues involving loan origination;scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; barriers to housing and employment;remaining debt issues post-foreclosure; issues with credit, education, health and transportation stemming from foreclosure; eviction from foreclosed homes; neighborhood blight; promoting occupation of foreclosed homes; and discriminatory or otherwise improper  marketing of bank-owned properties. The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team conducts outreach to  minority communities and collaborates with community organizations. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in the Bay Area Seeking Asylum Program Coordinator

LCCR-logoCombining direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation strategies, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area advances the rights of immigrants, refugees and communities of color, with a specific focus on low income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. We provide leadership and expertise in identifying legal issues and cases that are critical to the advancement of minority and immigrant communities, and we marshal the resources of the private bar to help effect structural change.

In the area of asylum and related immigration matters, the Asylum Program Coordinator is responsible for: Conducting client intake interviews, country conditions research, and case assessment and screening; Recruiting, training, and supervising other intake specialists; Recruiting pro bono attorneys, volunteer immigration specialists, and volunteer interpreters for cases; Coordinating work of volunteers; Conducting community outreach; Planning legal workshops and volunteer trainings; Developing and updating written program and training material; and Case and volunteer tracking and related data management functions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisClick here to learn more.

Sierra Club in DC Seeking Environmental Law Staff Attorney

Sierra ClubThe Staff Attorney litigates key Sierra Club cases, helps implement national strategic litigation campaigns, and helps build the Sierra Club’s in‑house litigation component of its Law Program.  As part of a team of attorneys, the Staff Attorney is involved with ongoing in‑house legal duties, including evaluation and supervision of the entire docket of Sierra Club environmental litigation, strategic planning with a range of Sierra Club leaders, fundraising, media work, and general supervision of the Law Program. The position involves daily contact with Sierra Club volunteer activists, staff, and attorneys throughout the nation. 3 + years of lawyer experience desired. Applications accepted on rolling basis. For complete application info please click here.

Latino Justice Seeking to Sponsor Rising 3L or Recent Grad for 2014 Public Interest Fellowship

LatinoJusticeLatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.  Since 1972 we have brought precedent-setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the treatment of Latinos in our society.  Current areas of focus include constitutional rights, immigrants’ rights, redistricting, voting rights, housing, education, language and job discrimination, workplace justice issues, freedom of movement and treatment of day laborers, criminalization of Latinos, unlawful police practices, and all forms of bias that adversely affect Latinos.

LatinoJustice seeks applications from rising law students entering their third year of law school or recent graduates who will be engaged in a judicial clerkship for the coming year who will be eligible for a fellowship commencing in September 2014.  We are seeking energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice issues, and who have excellent legal research, writing and communications skills.  Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required. Applications due no later than July 26. For complete application instructions please click here.

Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney

immigrationPIRC is a non-profit agency that provides education and direct legal representation to vulnerable immigrants, including individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania detention facilities. PIRC provides on-site group legal orientations, individual consultations, self-help workshops, and pro bono attorney referral services under its Legal Orientation Program (LOP), a DOJ/EOIR-funded program. Services for the LOP program are currently provided in York, Pennsylvania and at the Berks Family Shelter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides free legal assistance to torture survivors and other vulnerable immigrant populations who are isolated in immigration detention and facing removal from the United States. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 26, 2013 or until the position is filled. Early submission highly encouraged. The Hiring Committee will begin screening resumes upon receipt. For complete application instructions please click here.