WA Supreme Court on domestic violence, 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship, Legal Checkup for Veterans.

Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence – parents can petition for Protection OrdersNJP Logo

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families. For complete article click here.  

Due July 17: National Juvenile Defender Center: 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship

Application Due:  Monday, July 17, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2016 or 2017) are invited to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C. starting in September 2017.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to children many of the same due process protections afforded to adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. Learn more and apply here.

New online tool helps veterans identify legal issues and take action to resolve them 

The American Bar Association, ARAG® legal insurance and CuroLegal announced the launch of a new online tool, Legal Checkup for Veterans. The free web-based application helps veterans identify legal needs in their lives – and provides them with straightforward suggestions and resources to help resolve their legal issues.

The online tool is part of a signature initiative by ABA President Linda Klein to improve legal services for veterans, and will complement other resources being developed by the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission .

“Legal Checkup for Veterans is a much-needed tool that offers a necessary first step in solving this important group’s access to justice issues,” Klein said. “It provides veterans with free and fast help in identifying their legal needs and clear paths to resolution.” Further information here.

July Events in Full Swing!

July 10: A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui on Children as Combatants and Victims in Conflict   

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LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING! A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui on Children as Combatants and Victims in Conflict    Thursday, 07/10 @ 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. 4th Floor, World Trade Center West

Join the World Affairs Council for a special conversation with Algerian legal expert on human rights and UN Under Secretary General, Ms. Leila Zerrougui. Ms. Zerrougui will discuss her work with children and gender-based violence in areas of armed conflicts, including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will speak about her role establishing effective programs to address these critical issues and building awareness to give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.  Space is limited Register Here! $25 Members,  $30 Non-Members

July 14-18: Global Health Law Summer Law Institute. Free for UW Law Alums!

Global Health Law Summer Institute

The UW Global Health Law Summer Institute brings together representatives from academia, national governments, foundations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss the role of law and legal solutions in enhancing the global health delivery infrastructure. This year’s theme is Access with different facets of “The Access Challenge” explored each day. CLE credits are available.

For full description and agenda click here.

UW Law Alums can get in for free by emailing ASAP to ghlaw14@uw.edu.   

July 17: Free Webinar- Human Implications of SCOTUS Decisions 2014

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July 21: Interested in Post Grad Public Interest Fellowships? Here’s Your Chance to Hear Directly from the Fellows

RSVP Here! RSVP by Wednesday, July 16th

4:00 pm—6:00 pm

Panel & Discussion Followed by Networking Reception

Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall, Courtroom Level, Room C5, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Come learn about the process of applying for post-graduate public interest law fellowships, including Equal Justice Works Fellowships, EJW AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Soros Open Society Institute Fellowships, and other opportunities. You will learn about how to research fellowships, hear directly from current and recent fellows about their experiences, and have an opportunity to address individual questions about opportunities and materials. Whether you are currently in the process of applying for a fellowship or just want to learn more about this unique and rewarding way to launch your public interest career, this panel and networking reception with current and former fellows is for you! Presented by the Access to Justice Board Leadership Development Committee.

Check Out These Positions Open to Recent Grads, Post-Grads, and Current Law Students: Early February Deadlines

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Bar Association Seeking Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, Deadline 2/5

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Work as a member of the Pro Bono Services team at the King County Bar Association, and manage the VLS program including program development, daily operations, and community outreach. This position is responsible for placing cases for ongoing representation with volunteer attorneys in priority legal subject areas, overseeing public education programs (currently Make Change!), and supporting the Bailey Boushay Wills Clinic.

For a full description of the job position, please download here.

Applications will be accepted through February 5, 2014.

Attention Recent Grads!  SCLC Seeking Development Coordinator, Position Available Immediately

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The Seattle Community Law Center (SCLC) is a specialty civil legal aid organization that provides accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. We further our mission through targeted advocacy projects that help people with Social Security disability issues.

SCLC is seeking to hire a passionate Development Coordinator to stand with us as we work with people who are living with disabilities and fighting for their economic and medical security. We are seeking an inclusive team player to accelerate the organization’s fundraising success and public presence through the development and implementation of a strategic and targeted development and communication plan. The Development Coordinator will be chiefly responsible for coordinating our delivery on key fundraising strategies to achieve the short-term
and long‐term goals of the mission.

For a full description and instructions on how to apply, click here.  This position is available immediately.

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls!  World Bank Seeks Law Student Public Interest Fellow in DC, Deadline 2/7

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The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) offers qualified law students with funded summer-public-interest fellowships the opportunity to work with INT’s Investigations Unit and Special Litigation Unit.

We are interested in candidates with strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. Fluency in a foreign language, demonstrated interest or experience in international law and development, and past experience working in a multicultural environment are pluses, but are not required.

For a full description, click here. Application deadline is February 7, 2014.

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice Seeking Summer Clerk, 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls Encouraged to Apply, Deadline before 2/15

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Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice (LEJ) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) law firm created to advocate on behalf of low income individuals and families in Hawaii on civil legal issues of statewide importance and to complement the assistance provided by existing legal services providers in the state.

Each summer LEJ recruits between 6 and 8 summer clerks to help advance our work. Summer clerks are primarily attending law school but undergraduate student are also considered depending on their particular interests, skills and backgrounds. Summer clerks engage in a variety of activities including research, assistance with class action litigation, outreach and legislative advocacy. To learn more about our summer clerks program click here.  Interested applicants should contact our program before February 15th to express interest and ask about the application process.

Post-Grad Positions in Indian Child Welfare Law for Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Closes When Filled

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Indian Child Welfare Attorney (2+ Years Experience)

The position is for an attorney to advise and represent the Tribal government on various issues regarding Indian child welfare and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

For a full description and information on how to apply, download here.

Assistant Prosecutor/ICW Child Welfare Prosecuting Officer (2+ Years Experience)

Responsible for planning, organizing, and directing assigned ICW/Child Welfare cases within the Prosecutor’s Office and serves as the Assistant Prosecutor/Juvenile/ICW and Child Welfare Presenting Officer for the Tribe.

For a full description and information on how to apply, download here.

Attention Post-Grads, Arctic Law and Policy Institute Seeks Legal Fellow, Deadline 3/31

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The University of Washington Arctic Law and Policy Institute is committed to developing future leaders and subject matter experts in the fields of Arctic law and policy and the intersection of both with natural and social sciences and international and intergovernmental affairs. To achieve that goal, the Institute has established a research fellowship program for recent law school graduates who aspire to provide the critical leadership and analytical skills needed to address emerging Arctic opportunities and challenges.

Duties will include conducting assigned research in current Arctic law and policy issues, distributing Institute research via the Institute web site and by other methods, organizing conferences, workshops and webinars, and preparing and administering grant proposals. This is a non-teaching position; however, the Fellow will assist faculty in preparing and delivering courses and seminars (live and online) and may be asked to provide advice to the university’s law, graduate and undergraduate students in their Arctic related studies and research.

Download the full description here.  Applications due March 31, 2014.

EJW Survey for Aspiring PDs, Housing Survey Shows Discrimination is Alive and Well, Post Grad Fellowships Panel at UW Law & CFPB Creates Ed Loan Complaint System

Interested in Becoming a Public Defender?  Take a Quick Survey by Equal Justice Works to Help Improve Resources

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.21.47 PMThe demand in public defense is high, but it can be a challenge to find available positions. Equal Justice Works would like to be a bridge between public defender offices seeking talented new hires with law students and graduates such as you. Equal Justice Works is exploring different options to make this a reality. Please take the time to complete their survey, Public Defense Careers: Are You Trying to Become a Public Defender?, to inform their work and help address the challenges of entering this field.

Long Awaited HUD Housing Discrimination Study Reveals Findings

The decennial report from the Urban Institute for HUD finds continuing persistent racial discrimination in sale and rental markets, though in more subtle forms than in prior decades.  While the report’s careful research methods may actually understate the prevalence of housing discrimination, it underscores the continuing importance of basic fair housing testing and enforcement work.  Read the lead author’s blog post here and watch a great short clip summarizing some of the findings

Interested in Post Grad Fellowships? Attend our Annual July Fellowships Panel and Reception

Group of human hands showing unityWhen? Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:30-5:15 pm, networking reception to follow

Where? University of Washington School of Law, W.H. Gates Hall, Room 117. For map and direction click here.

Sponsored by the Washington State Access to Justice Board Law School Relations Fellowship Sub-Committee.

Come learn more about the process of applying for post-graduate public interest law fellowships, including Equal Justice Works Fellowships, EJW AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Soros Open Society Institute, Georgetown Policy Fellowship and other opportunities. Learn how to research fellowships and hear from recipients about their experiences.

Panelists include: Mary Whisner – UW School of Law Reference Librarian (former Georgetown Fellow); Sara Zier – Soros Fellow; Alex West – Equal Justice Works-Americorps Fellow; Vanessa Torres Hernandez – Equal Justice Works Fellow; Moderator: Shelley Halstead 3L UW

Please RSVP to Ann Spangler by Friday, July 5, 2013

Having Problems with your Student Loan Servicer? Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Student Debt Resources and Online Complaint System

CFPBThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched some great resources on student debt and new tools to help keep your lenders and loan servicers accountable. Also check out their recent op-ed on how student debt drains our overall economy and what we can do about it.

Cool Public Interest Post Grad Positions Now Open in Alaska, Florida, Boston and LA

Provide Estate Planning Legal Services for Alaskan Tribes: Bristol Bay Native Association Now Accepting Applications from Graduation 3Ls for Post Grad Fellowship

Alaska map for BBAThe Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law and the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) has developed a project to provide estate planning services to BBNA members. The members reside in 36 villages in a remote area around Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are seeking a full-time Fellow to reside in Dillingham, Alaska, where BBNA is headquartered, for 9 months, from September 2013 through May 2014. The Fellow will travel to villages with BBNA staff to meet with clients and provide estate planning services. The Fellow will be supervised by Center personnel and will have on-site contact with an Alaska Legal Services attorney.

Qualifications: This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain hands-on legal experience in a unique location! BBNA members have special estate planning needs, and the Fellow will undergo training on those special needs, as well as estate planning for native Alaskans.

Salary: expense stipend of $34,000

Application Instructions: We will begin accepting applications for this Fellowship on May 1, 2013, with the deadline for applications on August 25, 2013. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and list of 3 references to Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney at wolfer@seattleu.edu.

Fair Food Standards Council in Florida Seeking Staff Attorney/Monitor Investigator

Fair Food standards councilThe Fair Food Standards Council is at the cutting edge of human rights in agriculture, serving as the monitoring and enforcement organization of the Fair Food Program. The FFSC is charged with monitoring and enforcing the agreements between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, growers and buyers in Florida’s tomato industry.

The FFSC conducts audits at all Participating Growers, interviewing management and workers to determine whether the Fair Food Code of Conduct is properly implemented. Our staff also responds to a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline, investigating and resolving worker complaints.

The position requires excellent interviewing skills, attention to detail, making findings of fact and applying the Code of Conduct to those facts, drafting comprehensive reports, negotiating corrective action plans, complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting, legal research and memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights and presentations to staff and director. Good speaking skills for public presentations concerning the Fair Food Program a plus. Applicant should be bilingual in Spanish and English. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email resume and cover letter to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at hon.s.espinoza@fairfoodstandards.org.

Staff Attorney Position Now Open at Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Los Angeles

CHRCL photoThe Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

A partial list of the Center’s major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services, 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez, 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children’s access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position requires a creative, pro-active, and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

Qualifications:  J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; Active membership in the California Bar; Exceptional legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the practice of law in the public interest; Expertise in constitutional law, immigration law, and/or federal litigation preferred; Ability to assist in grant administration and reporting.

Salary: $50,000-70,000 per year depending on qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, sick leave and annual vacation, and the opportunity to learn or hone high-level litigation skills.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Peter Schey, Executive Director atpschey@centerforhumanrights.org AND Carlos Holguin, General Counsel at crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Health Care for All in Boston Seeks Legal Fellow for Policy Team

healthcarehumanrightsHCFA is seeking a Legal Fellow to join their Policy Team for a period of 6 months to one year to work on payment and delivery system reform issues.  Chapter 224, the recently passed comprehensive health care cost control legislation, sets the stage for fundamental changes aimed at reducing health care cost growth while improving the quality of care.  The Legal Fellow will work as a member of the HCFA Policy Team to advance public engagement and policymaker education in the implementation of Chapter 224.  JDs with or without bar license will be considered. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application information please click here.

Legal Aid Internships Serving Veterans, NWIRP Hiring Attorneys, Seattle Attorney’s Office Seeking Rule 9 Interns, Post Grad Americorps Positions in Mass, Women’s Global Justice Post Grad Fellowship

Internship at Swords to Plowshares: A Veterans’ Rights Organization

woman-vetweb-300x273Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. We are committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world.

Swords to Plowshares is a national model for veteran services and advocacy. With nearly 40 years of experience, we have established the most respected and comprehensive model of care for veterans in the country. Our legal services include free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; we also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  We are a small, collegial staff.  We seek students who are dynamic, creative, and highly motivated.  We are open to pursuing post-graduate fellowship applications with interns.  We have successfully received Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.

Tasks:  Under attorney supervision, law clerks will engage in legal and factual research, write legal memoranda, interview potential clients and assess eligibility for services, draft briefs, create and update self-help materials, and assist clients in obtaining public benefits.  Opportunities may also be available to do policy work with Swords’ Institute of Veterans Policy (IVP).  Applications accepted on rolling basis through June 3. For complete internship description click here.

Two Bilingual Staff Attorney Positions Open Up at NWIRP

NWIRPLogoBilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney, Full time, Wenatchee, WA. For full consideration, please submit application by May 22.  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families. For more information, please click here. PDF

Bilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney, Full-Time, Tacoma, WA. For full consideration, please submit application by May 22. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings. For more information,please click here. PDF

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Seeks Rule 9 Summer Interns/Externs

SeattlelogoThe Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division is currently seeking volunteer attorneys/externs to work as infraction prosecutors on behalf of the City of Seattle.  Infraction cases include traffic citations, noise, vending, limo solicitation, animal control, and other violations. Preparation of cases for hearings includes case investigation, witness interviews (including police officers on certain cases), and researching legal issues as needed. Duties will include:

  • Trying contested infraction cases and related motions in Seattle Municipal Court;
  • Handling pre-hearing matters, including discovery related issues, etc.; and
  • Preparing any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Applicants should have knowledge of evidence rules, criminal and civil procedure, and legal research and writing. Prior experience arguing in court or competing in Moot Court activities is a plus. Part-time, full-time, and externship credit opportunities are available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete description please check Symplicity.

Post Grad Americorps Legal Advocate Positions in Massachsetts

AmeriCorps NCCC banner - Leave Your Mark-MThe Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency AmeriCorps Program places 28 college and law school graduates with an interest in public service law in participating legal services organizations in high need areas throughout the Massachusetts.  There is a placement available with the Massachusetts Websites Project — we operate two statewide websites, www.MassLegalHelp.org, the statewide website for low income, low literate Massachusetts residents who need practical information about their legal rights and www.MassLegalServices.org, the statewide website for legal services advocates in Massachusetts.  We are also engaged in a variety of other tech projects.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a tech savvy person who is committed to promoting access to justice through innovative uses of technology and is ready to serve starting September 2013. For complete job description click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Post Grad Fellowship at Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School

AVON_header_tall_redThe Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School is seeking applications for the 2013-14 Women and Justice Fellowship.  The Fellow will play an integral role in executing and further developing the Center’s initiatives.

The Center works with judges, legal practitioners, civil society advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to end gender-based violence.  The Center’s initiatives focus on advancing access to justice and the international rule of law, with an emphasis on defending the human rights of women and girls.  For more information, please review the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice website.

This one-year fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including legal research and project management.  In addition to working with the Center team, the Fellow will interact with students, faculty, judges, and advocates from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  Cornell Law School provides an intellectually engaging work atmosphere, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. For complete position description please click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through May 24.