Welcome to 2015 Jobs and Internships!

National Housing Law Project in San Francisco Seeks Summer Interns, Due 3/31/15

NHLPThe National Housing Law Project (NHLP) was established in 1968 as a housing law and advocacy center that promotes housing justice on behalf of low income people and underrepresented communities. Through high-impact litigation and national leadership in policy advocacy, NHLP has been a driving force behind many fundamental housing rights enjoyed by low-income homeowners and tenants.

NHLP seeks students for summer 2015 internships. Recent significant student work projects have included writing amicus curiae briefs; drafting testimony for Congressional hearings; submitting comments on proposed regulations; researching the impact of proposed housing legislation and regulations; drafting amendments to federal housing legislation; summarizing briefs in preparation for oral arguments; providing research assistance in drafting pleadings and motions; drafting portions of advocacy guides used by housing advocates across the country; and researching and writing articles for NHLP’s monthly Housing Law Bulletin.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates possess high-caliber research and writing skills; demonstrate a commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations; and demonstrate an ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Students will have an opportunity to develop a writing sample as part of their work. NHLP has successfully sponsored several of its interns for post-graduate fellowships.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/15/15

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Assignments include conducting legal research, client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings and policy meetings, developing “Know Your Rights” materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending state and federal bills.

Interested candidates should have strong interests in social justice, non-profit/public interest work, and be committed to the community.  Language skills are highly desired as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention Law Grads! University of Washington Seeks Deputy Title IX/ ADA Coordinator, JD Preferred, Due 1/12/15

UW LogoGrow and maintain a model Compliance Support Program to support all University of Washington academic and administrative units and coordinate compliance with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors in all areas covered by the relevant laws, regulations and best practices.

Under the general direction of the University’s Title IX/ADA Coordinator, this position’s primary role
involves ensuring that University of Washington programs and personnel comply with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors laws and regulations.  As a result, this position includes high-level compliance and coordination responsibilities relating to University-wide planning and monitoring, grievance processes, consulting and outreach, and information and reporting.  It requires an understanding of Title IX, ADA, safety of minors, and related regulations as well as the agencies that enforce those laws and regulations.   It also requires expertise in applying those laws and regulations within a university setting and to existing and emerging situations.

The Deputy Title IX/ADA Coordinator will have University-wide visibility and responsibility for
supporting Title IX, ADA and safety of minors awareness and compliance and will represent the
University in interactions with regulatory agencies. The scope of ADA responsibilities includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as student and public access to programs and facilities.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

NYPD Office of the Inspector General Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Due 2/13/15

NYPD-logoThe Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is a newly-created independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. The OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and sits within the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI).  For more information, click here.

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The position offers an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a new, high-profile environment.  Law interns & fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by the OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Law Grads! Washington AGO Seeks Assistant AG for Civil Rights Unit in Seattle, Due 1/23/15

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Duties: The Attorney General of Washington seeks an excellent, highly motivated and experienced Washington-licensed attorney to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Unit. The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies. While the position is located in Seattle, travel around the state is necessary and may include litigation duties throughout the state.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and bring experience litigating and advising clients, and should have excellent oral and written communication skills, produce consistently high quality work product, exercise excellent litigating judgment, value diversity and inclusion, and be an outstanding team player. The applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and public service. The applicant should have the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships within the AG’s Office, as well as externally, with state agency clients, legislators, local and federal agencies, the media, and community groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Seeks Client Advocate Summer Interns, 1/26/15

LA LGBT centerJOB SUMMARY: If you are a compassionate person willing to listen to others, committed to social justice, and seeking to end violence based on transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, the Legal Services Department seeks your assistance as an Intern Client Advocate. Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year. Summer intern positions are full-time with exposure to the entire Department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE: 1) Staff the phone lines; 2) Conduct client intakes and schedule attorney consultation appointments; 3) Provide crisis counseling and resource/referral assistance; 4) Participate in evening Legal Clinics 5) Assist in preparation of legal documents, including restraining orders and U- Visas; 6) Assist in development of trainings and workshops; 7) Assist with data collection and analysis.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Attention Law Grads Interested in International Women’s Human Rights! UN Women Seeks Legal Analyst, Due 1/7/15- Act Fast!

UN womenUN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser the Legal Analyst will provide legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, sub-regional and country offices, as required.

For full job description and application instructions please click here.

 

UW Law Launches Videos for ABA Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Victory for DV Survivors, Plus More

UW Law Launches Videos for Celebrate Pro Bono Week


At UW Law, we believe that members of the legal community have an obligation to help reduce barriers to access to justice. Providing high quality pro bono legal services to low-income clients and other under-represented groups is paramount. To this end, the UW Law School’s Pro Bono Honors Program encourages our law school community (students, faculty and staff) to provide pro bono legal assistance. We particularly encourage JD law students to pledge to provide at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono assistance by graduation. By providing training, support, resources, opportunities and leadership development to our students, the program ensures that future lawyers are prepared and ready to fulfill the promise of equal justice.

Thank you to all the students, faculty and staff who took time out of their very busy schedules to participate in the production of these videos. A special thank you goes out to Damien Koemans who put many hours into producing the videos and to Tiffany Sevareid who helped us with web content in a pinch. Another special thank you goes out to Danny Hyatt who transformed the Pro Bono Honors web pages this past summer making it more inviting and user friendly.

See both videos on the Pro Bono Honors Program main page here.

Important Victory for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Washington

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Latest News from LegalVoice–Last week, the Washington Supreme Court issued a powerful decision that holds police accountable for women’s safety.
In 2008, Baerbel Roznowski of Federal Way was stabbed to death by her partner, Paul Kim. Ms. Roznowski was killed shortly after Federal Way police served Mr. Kim with a protection order she had obtained against him. The order required Mr. Kim to stay 500 feet away from her home.
When she obtained the protection order, Ms. Roznowski filled out paperwork that clearly informed the police about the threat she faced from Mr. Kim. She specifically stated that he was likely to react violently when served with the order, and that he did not know she had obtained the order. She also indicated that Mr. Kim would need an interpreter to understand the order.
But the police officer who served the protection order did not even read the information Ms. Roznowski provided. Instead, the officer knocked on the door to her house, handed the order to Mr. Kim, and walked away – leaving Ms. Roznowski alone in her home with Mr. Kim, who murdered her just three hours later.
On October 17, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a jury verdict holding the City of Federal Way liable for negligence in connection with Ms. Roznowski’s death. The Court held that the police officer failed to act with reasonable care in serving the protection order and had a duty to guard Ms. Roznowski against Mr. Kim’s violence when serving the order.
Legal Voice filed an amicus brief arguing that law enforcement officials must act with reasonable care in serving protection orders – especially when an order separates intimate partners. We emphasized that women are at a particularly high risk of violence when they try to leave an abusive partner, and that police must take reasonable steps to guard against the risk that an abuser will react violently when served with a protection order.
Legal Voice’s amicus brief was joined by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Northwest Justice Project, and Washington Women Lawyers. Laura Clinton, Erica Franklin, and Tia Sargent of K&L Gates served as Legal Voice’s cooperating counsel in the case.
The ruling recognizes that Ms. Roznowski’s murder could have been prevented if the police had taken the threat she faced seriously. While nothing can compensate Ms. Roznowski and her family for her needless death, we hope this decision will mean that what happened to Ms. Roznowski will never happen to another woman in Washington.

The Cognitive Burden of Poverty

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By Evan Nesterak, The Psych Report, Photo courtesy: Eric Pouhier

Nobody is perfect. At times we have difficulty managing our finances, we don’t always take our medications as planned, and sometimes we don’t perform up to par at work. However, research shows that people experience these problems to different degrees. Across financial strata, research reveals that the financially less well-off engage in these behaviors more often than those who are financially stable (1). These behaviors are particularly concerning, because, for those with limited financial resources, they can lead to poverty as well as perpetuate it.

In their article, “Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function,” which appears in the latest issue of Science, University of Warwick Professor Anandi Mani and several other social scientists (2) suggest poverty, and the ever-present concerns that come with it, places an undue burden on an individual’s limited mental resources. Compared with those who are free from poverty, this burden leaves those in poverty with fewer cognitive resources with which to make choices and take action. Mani et al. write, the poor “are less capable not because of inherent traits, but because the very context of poverty imposes load and impedes cognitive capacity.”

However, it is important to note that their explanation is not limited to the traditional populations of poverty, defined by a specific income level or ability to access basic human needs. The authors define poverty “broadly as the gap between one’s needs and the resources available to fulfill them.” That is, people in poverty are those who feel “poor,” who feel they have less than they need.

In the present work, Mani et al. demonstrated the impact of poverty on cognitive resources in two very different populations, New Jersey shopping mall-goers and Indian sugar cane farmers. The research showed that although the financial wealth differs considerably between these two populations, the “poor” in each population experienced diminished cognitive ability as a result of the cognitive burden imposed by their respective levels of poverty.

Continue reading here.

UW Announces the Launch of the New Green Seed Fund

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The University of Washington is delighted to announce the formation of the Green Seed Fund, a grant opportunity for sustainability-focused research projects. Newly-established by President Young and Provost Cauce, the Fund seeks to engage the UW community in research that advances sustainability on campus and beyond. Successful grant proposals will use the campus as a living, learning laboratory and help the UW find solutions to the most pressing environmental issues.

Seed Fund Facts:

  • Proposals for 2013-2014 grants may be submitted immediately.
  • All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
  • Grants are open to UW Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma and affiliated field stations, as well as UW Medical Center, and Harborview.
  • Research teams are required to include at minimum a faculty, student and staff member.
  • Approximately $250,000 of funding is available for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
  • The average award will be $25,000-75,000.
  • Projects should be approximately one year in duration and should not exceed two years.
  • Applicants will also be required to provide letters of support from any campus unit potentially impacted by the proposed scope.
  • For more info please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
capteam@u.washington.edu

International, Constitutional Law and Public Interest Litigation Opportunities

Alfa Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

alfaThe Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.

The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. or U.K. citizen
  • 25–35 years old at the application deadline
  • Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
  • Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
  • At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.
For more information, check out their website here.

Eyes on the International Criminal Court Seeks 2013-14 Editor-in-Chief

CASINBannerThe Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is accepting applications for the volunteer position of Editor-in-Chief of Eyes on the International Criminal Court (Eyes), CASIN’s flagship academic journal on the International Criminal Court. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, law school graduates, and advanced graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

Eyes is the only peer-reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court. It has been published since 2004 by the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of a network of students and young professionals from around the world.

Eyes is an interdisciplinary journal that invites submissions from any field that addresses the International Criminal Court or international criminal law more generally. Past editors have come from the fields of international law, international relations, and sociology. To view current and previous volumes, please visit the journal’s website.

Don’t delay! Applications due September 16. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

Institute for Justice Seeks Constitutional Law Fellows

IJlogoThe Institute for Justice seeks candidates for its Constitutional Law Fellowship program. Fellowships are unpaid positions open to recent law school graduates interested in gaining hands-on litigation experience by working closely with IJ attorneys on cutting-edge constitutional cases. Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to employment@ij.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

Relman Civil Rights Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2014

RelmanRelman Civil Rights Fellows work closely with the firm’s attorneys on cutting-edge cases in civil rights law. Fellows are deeply involved in all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery and appearing in court. Past fellows have gone on to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers as civil rights lawyers and public defenders.

Qualifications: Recent law graduates and judicial clerks whose clerkships are ending in 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014-2015 Relman Civil Rights Fellowship. Applicants for the Fellowship should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues; strong academic credentials; superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal skills; a desire to litigate; the ability to balance a varied case load; and Bar membership pending or obtained prior to the start date of the Fellowship.

Relman, Dane & Colfax is a civil rights law firm based in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in Ohio and New Mexico.  We litigate civil rights cases in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability.  Our national practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability, age, familial status, source of income, and sexual orientation.

Applications due October 18. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

2014 Summer Associates for DC Civil Rights Firm

Relman 2Relman, Dane & Colfax is also seeking summer 2014 associates for their DC office.

Summer associates provide important assistance in many of the firm’s cases, including drafting discovery and briefs, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, conducting research, and investigating the claims of individuals seeking representation from the firm.  Summer associates have frequent opportunities to attend hearings, mediations, depositions, and press conferences.

Candidates interested in positions for summer 2014 should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, and writing sample to Debbie Adoline, Recruitment Coordinator, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 312 Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or by email to careers@relmanlaw.com.

ACT NOW! Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Note that while the mailing address is in Ohio, the summer associate positions are located in Relman, Dane & Colfax’s Washington, D.C. office. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, strong academic credentials, and an interest in litigation.  Hiring decisions will be made in Fall 2013.

AILA New Member Lunch for Law Students, Loren Miller Bar Summer of Success Dinner, ALCU Northwest Conference & $$ for UW Law Students for October EJW Conference & Career Fair

August 1- American Immigration Lawyers Association Lunch for Law Students

AILAThe American Immigration Lawyers Association New Members Division would like to invite Seattle area law students who are interested in immigration law to attend our upcoming lunch gathering on 8/1/13 at Fado (801 1st Ave Seattle).  We hope to hold monthly informal lunch gatherings throughout the year and welcome individuals who would like to learn about what practicing immigration law as a new lawyer is like.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 38 chapters and over 50 national committees.

Visit the AILA Washington Chapter here.

August 8- Loren Miller Bar Association Summer of Success Dinner

LMBAOriginally formed in Seattle in 1968 as the Loren Miller Bar Club, and officially renamed as the Loren Miller Bar Association in 1997, LMBA is at its core a civil rights organization, focused on addressing the issues of race, and social and economic disparities that affect the African-American community. LMBA was named after Loren Miller, the famed civil rights attorney who successfully argued Shelley v. Kramer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948). Read more about history of the LMBA here.

Date and Time:
Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location:
Island Soul Restaurant
4869 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Attorneys – $60 & Free for students

Please RSVP by August 1st to amenajefferson@gmail.com

September 26-27- Save the Date! ACLU Northewest Conference

ACLU_NWCONF_webLocation: Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland

Presented by the ACLU of Oregon, the Lewis & Clark Law School ACLU Student Group, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

The fourth annual conference brings together law students, legal  professionals and civil libertarians from around the region to explore  current civil liberty issues.

REGISTER HERE!

General Information:   The keynote address will be on Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Three panels will take place between 10 am and 5 pm on Friday, September 27, 2013. All events will take place on the Lewis & Clark Law School campus. Lunch will be provided on Friday, and a reception with appetizers and refreshments will follow the panels. Click here for general conference information.

Keynote:   Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, will deliver this year’s keynote address on the topic of Mass Incarceration: Race, Justice and Jim Crow. Ms. Gupta’s work is very impressive, and we are honored to host her. Read more by and about Ms. Gupta here.

Panels:

Friday will feature three panel discussions followed by a reception where light appetizers and refreshments will be served. The topics up for discussion are:

  • Marijuana Reform and the War on Drugs;
  • Fourth Amendment and Privacy: Big Brother is Watching; and
  • Can We Have Police Accountability 

Click here for more information

Cost:   $45 for attorneys and $10 for students. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

October 25-26- Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Update

EJW logoWe hope you will join us for the 2013 Conference and Career Fair!

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Event Overview      Travel and Accommodations       Employer List

The event schedule, including workshop sessions, and more details will be forthcoming on the EJW website.

Attention UW Law Students!

As usual, the Center for Public Service Law will be able to provide travel stipends of up to $450 for a limited number of UW Law students wishing to attend the conference and career fair.  Stay tuned for a future announcement with information about how to apply for a stipend, including deadlines and priorities for granting stipends.  

EJW conferenceImportant Dates

August 13- September 12: Student and recent graduate registration and application

September 13- October 11: Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)

September 19- October 3: Employer application review and interview selection

September 19- October 8: Student and recent graduate accept/decline interview invitations