Due May 30: Legal Intern for API Chaya, stipend included
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. Read more here.
Washington State Attorney General hiring for three positions
Due May 16: Assistant Attorney General – Regional Services Division in Yakima
Due May 23: Assistant Attorney General – Spokane Division
Due May 27: Assistant Attorney General – Transportation & Public Construction Division, Olympia
Equal Justice Works hiring fellows for Crime Victims Justice Corp.
Fellows will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights. Organizations are seeking applicants that are recent graduates and are already barred. Read more and apply to organizations here.
Due May 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic and Clooney Foundation for Justice ‘TrialWatch Legal Fellow’
The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic (“HRI” and “the Clinic”), and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (“CFJ”) are seeking a full time TrialWatch Legal Fellow. The Legal Fellow would be appointed at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar, depending on experience. The appointment will run from August 2018 to May 2020.
In connection with a collaboration between CFJ, HRI, and the Clinic, the Legal Fellow will play an integral role in the development and implementation of CFJ’s TrialWatch initiative. This initiative will monitor and respond to trials that pose a significant risk of human rights violations, with a particular focus on trials in which the law may be used as a tool to oppress vulnerable groups, to silence speech, or to target political opponents or critics. The Legal Fellow will also work in the Clinic, designing and implementing a clinical project in connection with the TrialWatch initiative, as well as contributing to syllabus development, seminar teaching, and scholarly research and writing. Read more here.
Due May 27: Columbia Legal Services hiring Yakima or Wenatchee staff attorney
Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Wenatchee or Yakima office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing legal protections for farm workers and immigrants in our rural communities, including employment, civil rights, and access to equal opportunities. Read more here.
June 28: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hiring legal interns for fall
CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues. Read more and apply here.
May 16: Tenant Law Center Launch Celebration
Please join the Legal Action Center in celebrating exciting changes to our program. We deeply appreciate the support that LAC has received from the legal community over the years and we hope that you are able attend.
Due May 18: The Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Due April 30: WSBA Labor and Employment Grant Applications
The purpose of the grant is to educate future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law, give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law. Any law student who have completed at least one year of law school by the proposed project begin date is eligible.
If the idea of $6,000 for summer and Labor and Employment Law sound like a great pairing, please by Student and Career Services Ste. 346 and talk with Huy Nguyen for complete application instructions.
Due May 7: Apply to the Pro Bono Honors Society
Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!
Learn more and apply here.
Due May 18: Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights and Funding
The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.
The Fellowship amount is generally up to $5500. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.
Learn more and apply here.
Due May 18: Michigan Law seeking post-grad fellows for Entrepreneurship Clinic
The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Entrepreneurship Clinic (EC). This is a two year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.
The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship.
Learn more and apply here.
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
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.
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.”