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

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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

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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.

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

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April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps…Oh my!

Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

2014 Clinic Info Week Schedule

April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

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Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.

Exciting News in Fair Housing, Human Rights, and Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights Webinar TOMORROW

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014
11 AM PST / 2 PM EST

In March, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will release to the public its long-awaited report, “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States,” addressing the human and civil rights implications of the growth of homeless encampments across the country. The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, comes as the U.S. prepares for four reviews by international human rights monitors in the coming year, and follows new steps by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to address homelessness as a human rights issue. It also comes on the heels of the Law Center’s annual “Human Right to Housing Report Card.

Come and learn about the human and civil rights issues faced by homeless persons, the response from the federal government, as well as the process of review by the U.N. human rights monitors and how you can make human rights real in your community.

Register for the webinar tomorrow here.

Lessons Worth Sharing: Check out this video on “Rethinking Thinking” by Trevor Maber

Save the Date!  28th Annual Western Washington Fair Housing Conference on May 22, Registration Opens in March

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The conference will highlight how to take the lead, at all levels from community member to housing provider to government official, in promoting and ensuring fair housing for all.

The fair housing conference will provide interactive learning opportunities.  Plenary sessions are planned to share information about leadership and how to use it to achieve fair housing.  Workshops will cover topics including fair housing law overview, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, communicating with residents, how government officials can implement practices to promote fair housing, and much more!

Registration opens in March 2014.  For more information, click here.

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice: Retrospective Report Issued

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This report is a compilation of several previous reports. In preparation for the four-day Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC in October 2002, the Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC) compiled the Environmental Justice Timeline/Milestones – 1964-2002 report, one of the first comprehensive documents to chronicle accomplishments of the Environmental Justice Movement. The milestones were later updated in the 2007 United Church of Christ Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty – 1987-2007 report and in 2010 in Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Liveable Communities (American Public Health Association 2011).

February 11, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” signed by President Clinton. This retrospective report was prepared by Robert Bullard et al. and released as part of the 20-year commemoration.

To read full the report, click herePhoto of Plant Seedling Courtesy of Markuso and Free Digital Photos.

Mayors Sign On to Support International Human Rights, The US Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination

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Working with UNESCO and the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has established the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination.  Over 100 mayors have signed on to the initiative (not yet including New York City).

Click here to see a list of mayors who have signed on.
Click here to read more about the coalition’s 10-Point Plan of Action.

Civil Legal Corps Announces Innovative Social Enterprise Fellowship

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Civic Legal Corps (CLC) is an innovative legal social enterprise fellowship and training program that empowers young attorneys to restore justice and expand access to legal services for low- and moderate-income people. CLC supports young attorneys committed to bridging the justice gap, building healthy and sustaining communities, and improving the quality of life for everyone.

Our creed is simple: young attorneys should be able to make a living fighting for justice, and justice should be accessible for all Americans – regardless of their ability to afford it.

Continue reading here. (Photo courtesy of CLC.)

Reminder: QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?  Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Check Out These International Internships and Legislative Counsel Positions! Also, Federal Public Defender Position Due Today!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Western District of Washington Seeks Full Time Federal Public Defender, Due TODAY

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The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington, operating under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal matters in the federal courts, is seeking a Research and Writing Specialist. Applicants must be law school graduates, who have been admitted to and are in good standing with their state bars. A minimum of two years of legal experience and knowledge of criminal law is required. Experience in habeas law and handling federal criminal cases is strongly preferred. This position is dependent on federal funding.

Deadline February 17, 2014.

For more information, click here.  For application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in Illinois?  Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Seeking Full Time Staff Attorney, Due 2/19

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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a 75-lawyer legal services organization, serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County, is seeking applicants for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our office in McHENRY.  This office, located approximately 60 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is staffed by two attorneys and serves McHenry County.  The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for low-income persons.  The work will be concentrated exclusively in housing law, including eviction and foreclosure defense.  Staff attorneys are involved in the communities served by the office, and the successful applicant will be involved with extensive outreach and collaboration with other organizations serving low-income persons in McHenry County.  A commitment to legal aid work is essential for this position.  Applicants should be aware that this position is funded for one year, although we anticipate that continued funding is possible.

Deadline: February 19, 2014

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post Grad!  City of Seattle Legislative Department Seeking City Council Central Staff Director, Due 2/25

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The City of Seattle is looking for an intelligent, motivated, civic-minded leader who is passionate about helping shape public policy issues in a fast-paced environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a progressive city government that values civic discourse and inclusion of the City’s many diverse communities while constantly striving to make Seattle a great city to live, learn, work, and play.

We are currently recruiting for the City Council Central Staff Director. The Director manages the 18 member policy unit, which provides policy analysis for all nine Council members and their legislative aides, develops legislative initiatives for individual Council member offices and the Council as a whole, and reviews legislative proposals from the Mayor, City Attorney, and Municipal Court. The Director also oversees the finance function for the Legislative Department, which involves managing an additional staff of two and an annual budget of more than $2.9 million.

Visit www.seattle.gov/jobs by 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to complete an online application.  Job Number 2014-00127.

Interested in Working in Guatemala?  The Rabinal Legal Clinic Seeks Volunteer to Join Its Team

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The Rabinal Community Legal Clinic is an organization that is working to bring to justice perpetrators of violence related to Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding working with a team of primarily indigenous Maya Achi lawyers. They are currently looking for someone to volunteer.

For a complete description of qualifications and application details, click here.

Looking to Work in Cambodia this Summer? Vishnu Law Group Offers International Internship

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Vishnu Law Group is the leading public interest law firm in Cambodia, well known for its public interest work and pro bono services.  Projects include high profile legal advocacy to defend human rights, defense of poor communities in land dispute cases, and legal cooperation projects to develop environmental legislation and provide tenure security for poor communities.  Vishnu also handles a range of private legal matters.

The selected students will participate and assist in all aspects of the firm’s work, including: research on legal and technical issues relevant to the firm’s work; meetings with civil society and international stakeholders; development of innovative legal strategies; assisting in the capacity development of the firm’s team, and donor relations, including drafting proposals and reports.

For a complete description and application details, click here. (Note: Malware warning on Vishnu Law Group website, approach with caution.)  Image courtesy of pakorn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Attention Recent Grads with Political Democratic Experience! Senator Hirono Seeking Legislative Counsel to Join Judiciary Committee

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Senator Hirono’s Office is seeking Legislative Counsel to join its staff in handling Judiciary Committee work, including immigration and intellectual property. The senator has a strong interest in consumer protection issues. Other issues in the portfolio could include privacy, nominations, and more. Responsibilities include developing a proactive legislative agenda, keeping the senator up to date, staffing the Senator during committee meetings, and writing statements and speeches. Qualified candidates should have a J.D., be strong writers, and have prior Capitol Hill experience.

Senator Hirono’s office is an equal opportunity employer.  To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample here. Please make sure to note which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email (Judiciary Position).

For more information about Senator Hirono, click here.

Interested in Policy Work in Olympia this Summer?  Take Advantage of the Governor’s Leadership Academy, Due 3/31

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Take advantage of a unique internship program through the Governor’s Leadership Academy. Great opportunities to work in legislative affairs and policy for law students. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through March 31.

The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office.  The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Externship Opportunity for Animal Rights Activists

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Friends of Animals is pleased to announce summer (2014) externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism.  Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference.  Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.

Check out Symplicity for full description and application information.

Looking for a Spring Externship? Department of Labor Seeking Spring Extern for OSHA Discrimination Case

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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discrimination case in federal court.  The DOL Office seeks an extern available in the Spring Quarter who can assist in trial preparation.  If you are interested in anti-discrimination issues, this is a rare opportunity to gain experience in discrimination law under OSHA and Title VII as such cases rarely go to trial.  Externs must be available for at least 16 hours per week, though more hours are available upon request.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Bruce Brown directly by email.  Mr. Brown is the Associate Regional Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.