King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice internship available

Due May 13: Legal Aid Services of Oregon hiring full time staff attorney

LASO LogoLASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. Learn more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Western Environmental Law Center hiring post-grads

The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 25-year legacy of success using the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We seek an attorney with 0-4 years of experience to join our team on a full-time basis beginning September 2018 for a two-year period with the prospect of an extension or permanent position contingent on funding and performance. Our preference is to locate this position in Eugene, Oregon but we will also entertain applicants interested in either our Taos, NM, Seattle, WA, or Helena, MT office locations. The position will defend and advocate for federal wildlife and public lands conservation protections across the Western U.S. Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice

King County LogoThe Civil Rights Legal Internship will provide a rich personal development opportunity and exposure to various aspects of investigation and enforcement in partnership with a Civil Rights Manager/Investigator.  Some examples of what you will learn/be exposed to include: Basics in employment law as it relates to Title VII; Basics in administrative procedure; Case file management and mediation techniques; observation/liaison to Civil Rights Commission meetings; how to complete an intake, draft complaints and final determinations, jurisdictional civil rights protections and advanced interview skills.

If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at seth.watson@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-5330. Apply online here

 

Rolling Deadline: Swinomish Staff Attorney Position

Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Read more and apply here.

Equal Justice Works funding deadline extended to May 15

Rolling Deadline: TeamChild hiring staff attorney for Yakima office

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TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima County office. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to, education, safe and stable living situations, mental health care and medical services, and other civil rights issues. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, advocacy in juvenile court in partnership with public defenders to promote alternatives to secure detention, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers. The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

Read more and apply here. 

 

Due May 14: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons

IACHR LogoThe fellow will assist with tasks of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) persons of the ES/IACHR under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the ES/IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out by the fellow. This fellowship is subject to the availability of funds.

Read more and apply here.

 

Due May 15: Equal Justice Works summer funding deadline extended

All AmeriCorps JD service members will receive a $1,200 Segal AmeriCorps Education award upon successful completion of the program and are eligible to seek funding from the host or another source up to $4,422. The priority deadline has been extended through May 15, 2018

There are two ways for your students to get involved:

Read more and apply here

 

 

King County Public Defense, Public Counsel LA hiring

Due April 18: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring attorneys

The Department is looking for talented, committed, hardworking advocates with excellent trial, research, and writing skills, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. Read more and apply here.

 

Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer law clerks in LA

If you are seeking an opportunity to develop your interviewing and legal advocacy skills while also helping to address the growing homeless epidemic in Los Angeles, being a summer clerk with Public Counsel CARES is for you. Public Counsel CARES stands for “Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services.” As a summer law clerk, you will be able, with the supervision and support of our staff attorneys, to advocate on behalf of impoverished clients, helping them secure desperately needed shelter, food, healthcare, transportation and other social services and benefits and train others to do this work as well. Read more about Public Counsel here.

Impact litigation positions open in nonprofits and firms with public service focus

Jan. 6: Firm hiring junior associate for employment law class action practice

outten-and-goldenApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Outten & Golden seeks an associate who will work in its Washington, DC office (opening January 2016) for the firm’s class action practice group. The associate will work primarily on class and collective actions involving workplace discrimination and wage theft. The attorneys at O&G are at the forefront of cutting-edge impact litigation aimed at achieving economic and social justice. They have represented thousands of workers, across all industries, including misclassified workers in unpaid overtime lawsuits; low-wage workers in the restaurant industry and other industries in wage theft cases; women in the banking and tech industry in “glass ceiling” gender discrimination class actions; and African American and Latino job applicants in systemic failure to hire cases.

The associate will play a very active role on cases, including investigating new cases, handling discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting motions, participating in negotiations and mediations, attending court hearings, and participating in appellate litigation. O&G encourages all of its attorneys to seek out opportunities for public speaking, publishing, and bar association activities. Diversity, inclusiveness and equity are fundamental to our work at O&G. We believe that to be effective advocates for civil rights and workplace fairness we must strive for diversity within our own workforce. We are committed to diversity among our lawyers and staff, and to fostering a collegial and supportive workplace. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12, paid: Center for WorkLife Law hiring summer intern

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The Center for WorkLife Law, housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. Our current initiatives include legal advocacy to promote the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding employees; The Pregnant Scholar online toolkit on pregnancy and parenting in higher education; research on how gender bias differs by race; a path-breaking study on fair work schedules for hourly workers; social science research on interrupting bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries; and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. The Center has also been a pioneer in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.  An internship with WorkLife Law is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law, workers’ rights, and/or women’s advancement. Read more here.
Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 12: Summer legal ethics fellowship abroad

AuschwitzApplication Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

FASPE Law (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Law) is a fully-funded two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study in contemporary legal ethics. FASPE Law is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Jan. 13: Peggy Browning Fund hiring fellows and summer interns

Peggy Browning FundApplication Deadline: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Peggy Browning Fund and AFL-CIO hiring: 2017 Summer Fellowships (Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States), 2017-2018 School-Year Fellowship (1 funded part-time position in Chicago), AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program (10-week internships combining legal work with grassroots organizing). Learn more about each position here.

Application Process: Apply through the Peggy Browning Fund website here.

Rolling Deadline: International Medical Corps legal internships

international-medical-corpsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The International Medical Corps Legal Intern will report to and work closely with the Deputy General Counsel. The Intern will collaborate with other members of the Legal Department and other employees to learn how to define, create and edit legal documents and contracts to both protect International Medical Corps and help us move our work forward. The Intern will assist in developing a centralized hub to organize and track all contract templates, and learn about the drafting of contract templates including the workflow process for intake and review of contracts. The Intern will also be involved in some or all of the following areas: identifying and resolving compliance issues in foreign countries, reviewing insurance policies to ensure adequate business coverage to minimize company risk, analysis of export compliance and sanctions matters, and drafting of reference guides as needed to assist other employees on compliance with Federal regulations. Openings in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Learn more here.

Application Process: Click here to apply. 

Rolling Deadline: ABA Center for Human Rights staff attorney position open

ABA Center for Human RightsApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ABA Center for Human Rights is the focal point in the ABA for international human rights issues, and operates several programs. The Center is looking for a new staff attorney to serve as Senior Counsel to the Center with primary duties as Director of the ABA’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project, a program that promotes international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through education, advocacy, and practical legal assistance. The Director is responsible for this multifaceted program, and must be able to serve as a strong public ambassador for the Project; possess advanced knowledge of international criminal justice; have strong legal research, drafting, and editing skills including as it relates to legal advocacy; effectively manage a range of relationships with ABA leaders, external governmental/intergovernmental actors, and non-governmental partners; and be an effective project and event manager. Important that candidates be self-starters who thinks creatively as well as efficiently handle simultaneous priorities. Learn more here
Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Staff attorney position working with foster youth

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This position manages and coordinates the Center For Children & Youth Justice’s (CCYJ’s) Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program operating in King County and supports LFI’s statewide initiatives, each of which serve to provide free civil legal services to young adults with a focus on those who have been in foster or kinship care. Funding for this position is confirmed for two years; continued employment will be dependent on continued funding. Learn more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Mississippi Center for Justice hiring fellow for impact litigation work

mississippi-center-for-justiceApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks an experienced litigation attorney to be the inaugural George Riley Fellow for impact litigation. This is a full-time position that reports to the Advocacy Director. The position is for two years, which may be renewed. The Fellow is responsible for identifying and leading significant litigation matters in each of the Center’s campaign areas- housing, fair credit, education, and health care access- with the assistance of pro bono counsel and MCJ staff attorneys. The position requires extensive litigation experience. The Fellow must be a strategic thinker and a team player with a strong commitment to social justice. Read more here.

Application Process: Instructions here.

Got the law school blues? The Peer Support Program can help; op-ed on importance of restorative justice

Law school got you down? The Peer Support Program is here to help

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Due 1/9: National Lawyer’s Guild Fellowship

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The application for the NLG’s Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2017 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice.

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Due 1/15: Legal writing contest with cash prize and possible publication

james_crane_writing_competitionSubmission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Read more here.

Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

 Submission process: Email submissions to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

Seattle Times editorial discusses restorative justice, UW Law Race and Justice clinic

39776226-9d5a-11e6-aac3-ec08c086559c-780x483Restorative justice can lead to healthier communities” published October 28, 2016 by the Seattle Times, written by Chris West. Illustration courtesy of the Seattle Times/ William Brown.

A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times discusses the benefits of restorative justice. When pursuing restorative justice after being the victim of a crime, Chris West utilized UW’s Race and Justice Clinic.

“The concept of restorative justice is beginning to take hold in King County, as prosecutors try counseling and self-reflection for teens. This is a commendable step toward creating healthier communities. Our country’s incarceration rate is unprecedented.” Read the full article here.

Internships with CRR, HRW, ACLU; City of Seattle and Bronx Defenders hiring grads

Due 11/8: City of Seattle seeks Civil Rights Investigator 

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

The Office for Civil Rights is committed to creating and sustaining an organization free of institutional racism; successful candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of race, racism, and multiculturalism to their job function and their commitment to creating organizations free of racism. This is a full-time position that will report to the Enforcement Manager.

The investigator will investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes. Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load. The work product of the Enforcement Division is ultimately subject to judicial scrutiny and must meet procedural and technical standards to withstand challenge. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Due 11/18: Bronx Defenders hiring immigration attorney

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The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an immigration staff attorney to join our vibrant immigration practice.

The Bronx Defenders is a multi-service public defense organization dedicated to addressing the underlying issues that lead to involvement with the criminal and family justice systems. The Bronx Defenders’ collaborative approach brings together interdisciplinary work groups combining criminal defense and civil lawyers, social workers, investigators, and family court advocates to address not just the immediate criminal or family court case, but also the host of issues that drive individuals into the system. Our immigration practice, which currently consists of 18 attorneys, 2 social workers and 2 legal advocates, is housed within the Civil Action Practice, which provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our criminal and family defense practices.

Application process: To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references electronically via email to jobs@bronxdefenders.org by the end of business on Friday, November 18, 2016 and type “Staff Attorney (Immigration)” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. No faxes or phone calls please. Applications will be accepted immediately.

Due 12/9: Human Rights Watch Internship

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The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking graduate interns for the spring of 2017. The internship will primarily focus on the research related to US human rights problems, especially those related to criminal justice and sexual assault. This internship will allow the intern to learn more about bail and sentencing reform, private probation companies, criminalization of drug possession, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases. Read more here.

Application Process: Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references in one PDF to usprog_jobs@hrw.org, using the subject line “NY Spring 2017 Graduate Internship.”

Due 12/24: Center for Reproductive Rights 2017 Spring Intern

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s Latin America & the Caribbean team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in litigation and advocacy activities to enforce reproductive rights norms in national, regional and international fora. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU National Security Project Intern

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

The National Security Project of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2017. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Application Process: Instructions here 

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

Activists rally outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014

Photo of activists rallying outside the ICE Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2014, courtesy of Reuters and Jason Redmond.

By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.