Register now for the LGBT Bar Conference and Career Fair

April Poverty Simulation Trainings

Staff from the Washington State Department of Commerce will be leading a Poverty Simulation Training for the DMCMA 2018 Regionals. This simulation is designed to help participants better understand the realities, complexities, and frustrations of living in poverty day to day. The  experience will help those who frequently deal with low-income individuals and families. Trainings will take place all over Washington throughout the month of April. Click here for more information.

Register now for the 2018 LGBT Bar Annual Conference

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts.

By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. If your organization wishes to recruit at the Lavender Law® Career Fair, you must register as a sponsor.

FOR STUDENTS: Nearly 300 candidates and over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2016 career fair in Washington, DC. And individual career counseling designed to provide students with a safe, confidential space where they can ask questions about job search skills, being out on your resume, in interviews and in the workplace, and other related issues.

Click here to learn more.

Don’t miss the next Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series on Palestine After Trump

April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump

In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.

Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients

Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.

“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”

 

Equal Justice Works funding deadline extended to May 15

Rolling Deadline: TeamChild hiring staff attorney for Yakima office

Team Child Logo

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

 

 

MELAW, Muslim Community Resource Center need volunteers April 15 for legal clinic

Due April 16: Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging now accepting 2018-19 post-graduate fellows

The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging offers the opportunity to carry out a substantial project related to law and aging in partnership with a host agency. Up to three fellowships are available to law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Juvenile Law Center launches new website

 We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Juvenile Law Center! We partnered with Message Agency, a Philadelphia-based digital firm specializing in work with nonprofits, to build on our past website’s success and create a tool better able to reach the public and share our vital information for youth in the justice and child welfare systems.”

Volunteers needed for legal clinic from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 15

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) will be hosting a legal clinic this Sunday, April 15 from 2-5 PM in Redmond. This clinic is open to all who income qualify, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.   
 
We are still in need of additional volunteers for this Sunday’s clinic. Based on previous clinics, the highest demand for services is in the following practice areas:
  • Immigration (over 50% of clients)
  • Family Law
  • Employment
  • Housing
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: January 21;
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at klevitas@gmail.com and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

API Chaya, Equal Justice Works partner organizations hiring student interns

Due May 12, paid: API Chaya hiring legal intern for fall and winter 

API Chaya LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
API Chaya hiring legal intern. The Legal Intern’s duties will include: Supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned.
The Intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors. Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization. This internship runs between September 2017 and June 2018. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to arpan@apichaya.org by May 12, 2017.

Due May 19: Legal Aid Society New York hiring for staff attorney for civil practice

Application Deadlines: Friday, May 19, 2017

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has an opening for a DV/Immigration staff attorney position in the Family/DV Project of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. The attorney must have at least three years’ experience in immigration law. The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. The DV/Immigration staff attorney is expected to represent clients in all five boroughs primarily in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, asylum applications, and T and U-visas, as well as represent clients in multiple venues, including Immigration, Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts. The attorney is required to work with Family/DV Project partners and community-based organizations in a city-wide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also be required to provide outreach at various off-site locations. The attorney will also actively participate in Citywide and Statewide committees and task forces on immigration and DV issues.

Apply and learn more here. 

Due May 24: KCBA Housing Justice Project hiring managing attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Applications sent in before Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will be given priority

Under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono Services (PBS), the Housing Justice Project (HJP) Managing Attorney is responsible for Housing Justice Project operations in Seattle and Kent, Washington. HJP is a court-based homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. The HJP program is a vital part of the Pro Bono Services programs, the largest provider of volunteer legal services in Washington State. The HJP Managing Attorney’s office is in Seattle, but frequent travel to Kent is necessary. This is a full time, 40 hour per week, exempt position.

The HJP Managing Attorney is responsible for program management which includes planning, organizing, operation, and evaluation of HJP.  The individual in this position works closely with Director of PBS on the development of HJP programs and establishment of program priorities. As a member of the PBS Leadership Team and a senior staff member of the King County Bar Association, the HJP Managing Attorney actively participates in departmental and organization planning and represents HJP, PBS and KCBA in the wider legal and social services community.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Justice Works organizations still hiring

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

If students are still looking for positions this summer, they should check out our list of over 100 organizations currently seeking candidates. There, we’ve prepared sample emails for the students to send to the organizations to inquire about the program and to get the details on each site’s enrollment process.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project hiring for Foreclosure Prevention Unit

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) has an exciting opportunity for an attorney admitted to practice in New York State to serve as a Staff Attorney in its Foreclosure Prevention Unit. Litigation experience and/or experience representing litigants in foreclosure matters is preferred but not required. Experience with low-income clients, and familiarity with public benefits, bankruptcy, consumer debt, and housing law is helpful but not required. We value strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing and computer skills. Fluency in another language besides English is helpful, but not required.

Apply and learn more here.

Upcoming: Mayoral candidate and UW law grad Nikkita Oliver discusses social justice

May 9: How Shifting Federal Priorities Impact the Poor

Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Place: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Join the West Coast Poverty Center and the UW School of Social Work for a panel presentation with UW School of Social work faculty members Jennifer Romich and Gunnar Almgren and community leaders Nicole Keenan (Fair Work Center), Aiko Schaefer (communities of Color for Climate Justice), Ander Lofton (Seattle Housing Authority) and Gordon McHenry, Jr. (Solid Ground) –with opening remarks by School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara–spotlighting proposed changes in federal priorities and the impact those changes may have on the lives of Americans, especially the poor.

Register here.

May 15: Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver

Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 115

Furthering Social Justice; A Conversation with Law Grad and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver.

 

 

May 30: Barriers and Best Practices for Legal Professionals 

Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Place: Webcast

The May Legal Lunchbox is an examination of the unique barriers, opportunities, and strategies for legal professionals to act as allies to individuals and communities.
Join an outstanding faculty and get a basic understanding of allyship as a framework/tactic, including what it means to by an ally, what skills are needed, and what resources exist to support allyship.
You’ll hear from a panel that includes attorneys who have experience acting as allies to individuals and communities as well as members of community organizations who work with attorney allies.
Register here.

ACLU of Washington hiring summer intern

Due May 16: Alaska Dept. of Law, Civil Division, hiring fellow

Alaska State SealApplication Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The State of Alaska, Department of Law is recruiting for one attorney for a two-year fellowship in the Opinion, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Civil Division.

Interested candidates must submit a complete resume package as described in this announcement. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on May 16, 2017. To be assured of consideration for this position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the people identified below.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of Washington hiring summer intern for Campaign for Smart Justice

ACLU of WAApplication Deadline: Open until filled

 The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is looking for a 2017 Summer Legal Intern to support the work of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. A minimum of 15-20 hours per week for 10 weeks is required.

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is driving criminal justice reform in Washington State. It aims to roll back mass incarceration and put a stop to court practices that are racially discriminatory and that punish the poor and vulnerable in our community. The legal intern will support legal and policy efforts aimed at reforming the pre-trial bail system and sentencing practices. This will involve conducting court observations, legal research, and assisting in policy reform.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: ACLU hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to work in the National Legal Department, in collaboration with the National Legal Director. The position will be based in New York City and/or Washington and will focus on the work of the National Legal Department, with the opportunity to work with the legal projects and programs that are in need of additional expertise. The Staff Attorney will report to the National Legal Director. This is a 2-year limited duration position with the possibility of extension.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Tides hiring associate in risk and compliance division

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Tides is a foundation and nonprofit partner committed to building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Founded in 1976, Tides’ accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve the world’s toughest problems. Tides focuses on equality and human rights; a sustainable environment; healthy individuals and communities; education; and economic development. Tides’ services include donor-advised funds, fiscal sponsorship, and shared spaces in San Francisco and New York City.

Read more and apply here.