Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves and Start Applying! Plenty of Entry-Level Attorney & Policy Positions Opening Up.

Attention Recent Grads! Grays Harbor County Seeking Entry-Level Prosecuting Attorney. Deadline: 8/1

GraysHarborCountylogoThe Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorneys Office is accepting applications for an entry level deputy prosecutor whose primary responsibility will be to prosecute cases in District Court.

Duties: The deputy prosecuting attorney prosecutes, on behalf of the State of Washington and Grays Harbor County, all felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors and probation violations in Superior Court and District Court, including infractions in Juvenile Court and traffic infractions through the District Courts, at the discretion of the duly elected or appointed Prosecuting Attorney. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of the case through trial and sentencing, and the handling of all appeals concerning that case.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lambda-legal-logoLambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall semester internship.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

Responsibilities The intern will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project. This internship will not offer any opportunity to be directly involved with any aspects of litigation.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! WSDOT’s and Intergovernmental &Tribal Relations Office  Seeks Two Legislative Analysts in Olympia

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Position Profile: Currently the Washington State Department of Transportation Intergovernmental and Tribal Relations office is seeking two Legislative Analysts (Management Analyst 4) to work closely with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues. This work will not only include working with approximately 35 internally designative legislative coordinators, but also allow for exposure to policy analysis and research, interaction with executive level staff and a high degree of exposure to professional, high level, time sensitive work.
As a Legislative Analyst the future incumbents will be helping to coordinate the agency request legislation process and review, and respond to daily calls and emails from legislators and staff requesting information. These positions deal with ongoing, critical and time sensitive research, problem solving, reports, and white paper writing. The positions are also responsible for providing support to the Director and Tribal Liaison as the team works with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues.
The ideal candidates will have a passion for both state and federal legislation, a high degree of initiative, and excellent writing skills. These positions act as a representative to our agency and will be working on building and maintaining collaborative relationships, so diplomacy and tactful communication skills are a must have. This role is unique in our Agency. It requires an attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done, within a fast-paced atmosphere. It may not always be your typical nine to five but the reward is high. Due to the nature of the legislative session extra hours may be required.   These positions are eligible for overtime and flexible work schedules will also be an option to provide work-life balance.
If you have the potential and drive for these positions, accept this challenge, the experience and exposure to government is well worth the effort put in. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Seeks Fall Intern for Delegation to UN in NYC. Deadline: 7/31

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Job Description: In partnership with 178 member organizations in over 100 countries, the FIDH New York office is responsible for advocacy initiatives targeted at the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the Secretariat of the United Nations, as well as the U.S. government in Washington, DC.

FIDH-New York’s activities include:

• Developing advocacy strategies to protect and promote human rights in crisis situations (for example: Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, & Haiti) and on thematic issues (for example: the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, fighting impunity for international crimes and human rights violations

• Bringing local human rights defenders (from Indonesia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc.) to New York and Washington for advocacy meetings with senior UN and government officials

• Analyzing UN policies and programs and developing and presenting recommendations to strengthen the work of the UN in upholding human rights

Intern’s responsibilities:

Based on your background and expertise, you will be assigned several thematic and country portfolios for which you will be the lead researcher in the FIDH-NY intern team. For each of your portfolios you will be asked to:

• closely follow and keep FIDH informed of international news developments, as well as relevant decisions and statements by UN member states, UN representatives, and government officials around the world;
• participate in related meetings with diplomatic missions and UN officials, and provide short internal reports to international FIDH offices;
• help organize visits and advocacy meetings for human rights defenders coming to New York and Washington, DC to meet with government and UN officials;
• contribute to the development of advocacy strategies and campaigns.

You will work as part of the FIDH-NY intern team, contributing to research and advocacy on a variety of topics beyond those assigned to you.

Depending on your skills and interest level, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of FIDH through a special project to be determined by you and your supervisor. Previous interns have developed media strategies for advocacy campaigns, or have written research reports on topics such as the protection of human rights in the global fight against terrorism.

Qualifications:

– Ideal candidate will possess a good working knowledge of current affairs, international human rights laws and conventions, and international relations (preferably working toward an advanced degree in any of these areas)
– Familiarity with UN mechanisms and international human rights instruments strongly preferred
– Written and oral fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in another UN language (Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and preferably French) is an asset
– Attention to detail and good written and oral communication skills are highly valued

Salary:  As a non-profit organization, we cannot offer remuneration for this position. However, an FIDH internship provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to advocacy and policy development at the United Nations, to collaborate with several renowned NGOs and human rights defenders, to attend meetings and events at the UN, and to contribute to the promotion of human rights around the world.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this internship, please send the following documents:

– A cover letter,
– A copy of your resume/CV, and
– A writing sample (maximum 5 pages), preferably on the topic of human rights or international affairs with the subject line: ‘FIDH-NY Internship Candidate’, to Ms. Stephanie David at: sdavid@fidh.org

Attention Recent Grads! Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society Seeks Research Fellow. Deadline: Rolling

CISlogoNetwork Neutrality Fellow: The Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society (CIS) seeks a full-time residential Research Fellow to conduct legal and policy analysis on network neutrality. The individual will work closely with CIS’s Director, Professor Barbara van Schewick, a leading expert on network neutrality.

Duties include: • Researching, writing and editing comments to the FCC, policy papers, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of publishable quality, individually and collaboratively; • Researching current legal and policy issues in network neutrality; • Preparing materials, including one-pagers and visuals, to help inform stakeholders about key issues; presenting ideas and conclusions in small and large meetings; • Organizing and contributing to meetings and events; • Opportunity to contribute to fundraising efforts; and • Engaging in the intellectual life of the Center and Stanford Law School.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns for Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Project and International Human Rights Project. Deadline: Rolling through 7/25.

CCR logoThe Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.  CCR’s legal internships are part of CCR’s Bertha Justice Institute (BJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.  The BJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, the summer Ella Baker Program, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between September and December 2014 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete information and application instructions for the Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Internship please click here.

For complete information and application instructions for the International Human Rights Internship please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Statewide Poverty Action Network is Hiring! Deadline: Rolling through 7/18. Act Fast!

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Poverty Action is looking for passionate people who want to work for justice by helping people unlock their voice and their power!

We are looking to hire a Public Policy Campaign Manager & an Operations and Communications Specialist!

We’re hunting for folks who want to work with a stellar team dedicated to community organizing and innovative policy to end poverty. The position is based at our HQ in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and will travel frequently to visit with our amazing members across Washington and to have some #realtalk with lawmakers in Olympia.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the state’s largest anti-poverty organization, we hope to see your application! We are an organization committed to anti-oppression in all levels and aspects of our work and encourage people across all expressions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and music tastes to apply.

Poverty Action’s parent agency is Solid Ground and we use their HR policies. Click here for the Public Policy Campaign Manager job description, click here for the Operations and Communications Specialist job description.  Then, make sure to also complete the application for the Campaign Manager position or complete this application for the Operations and Communications Specialist. We’re hoping to hire quickly, please make sure to submit your application by Friday July, 18 at 5:00 pm.

Attention Recent Grads! CAIR Washington Seeks Civil Rights Manager. Act Fast: Rolling Deadline through 7/21!

CAIRThe Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Manager full-time position. JDs are encouraged to apply! Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.  Learn about CAIR-WA’s work through our web site www.cairseattle.org our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cairwashington and national YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cairtv

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

 

 

Tenant Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Real Change Make Promising Advances

New York Seeking Better Legal Help for Immigrants

Judge Katzmann & Nisha Agarwal Photo By Kirk Semple, The New York Times, published Jan. 28, 2014

In the next several days, the deans of the nation’s top law schools will be notified of a new job opportunity for their graduating students. Applicants must be high achievers who want to be part of a groundbreaking start-up, live in New York City, train with veteran lawyers and help create a new paradigm in immigration representation.

The call comes from the Immigrant Justice Corps, a new group that received a life-giving injection on Tuesday when the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting philanthropy, approved more than $1.3 million in funding.

The initiative is the long-nurtured idea of Robert A. Katzmann, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who has for years campaigned to redress a grave problem: the shortage of competent legal representation for immigrants, particularly those of modest means facing deportation.

Continue reading here.

Interested in Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships? Wish there was a Comprehensive and User Friendly Deadline Calendar?

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Well look no further. PSJD has updated their fellowships calendar with an easy to use searchable database! This is the ultimate resource where you can find organization-based, project-based, clinical/teaching and entrepreneurial fellowships as well postings from host organizations (sponsors) seeking candidates for project-based fellowships (such as Skadden, Equal Justice Work, Berkeley Law Foundation).

Check it out here.

Not registered with PSJD? It’s pretty much mandatory if you want to build a career in public interest/ public service. It’s free and takes literally two minutes to set up. Register here

To learn more about the nuts and bolts of Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships don’t miss our annual spring presentation on Tuesday, April 1, Room 133, 12:30 – 1:20 PM.

Real Change Offers Opportunity to Join its Board of Directors in May 2014

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The Real Change Board of Directors is actively seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.

Real Change board members have the privilege of working collaboratively to direct and support a well-established, first-rate organization. Board members are part of a truly cross-class team, which is a rare opportunity in a world usually segregated by income disparities. The board is made up of current and former vendors as well as community members and professionals who come together
to make policies and provide strategic direction and oversight.

For more information about Real Change and its board member application process, click here.

Chief Justice Madsen Presents the 2014 State of the Judiciary on Behalf of the Courts of Washington

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It has become a tradition for the Chief Justice to provide a written State of the Judiciary report at the start of the short session of the legislature and I do so now with appreciation for the opportunity to provide a brief look at how the courts of Washington fared in 2013, as well as the challenges coming in 2014.

What follows is a series of articles and interviews that highlight some activities and accomplishments of the judicial branch this past year. I believe this new approach to reporting on the state of our courts will be more informative and will put a human face on the issues affecting the courts and the people we serve.

Continue reading here.

Housing as a Human Right Posts “Congressional Briefing on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act”

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Leah Tedesco, Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy Fellow, Housing as a Human Right

If not made permanent, on December 31, 2014 the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) will expire, leaving renters living in foreclosed properties vulnerable. Without the protection of the PTFA, renters could have no idea their landlord has defaulted on their mortgage and could come home from work one day to find the locks changed and their belongings on the street.

At a Congressional briefing held last week, speakers praising the PTFA’s effectiveness in protecting innocent renters included Tristia Bauman and Jeremy Rosen from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), Matt Hill from the Public Justice Center, and Sham Manglik from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Representative Keith Ellison, who sponsored the bill, H.R. 3543, that would make the PTFA permanent and add a private right of action also spoke (Senator Richard Blumenthal who sponsored the Senate companion bill, S. 1761 was unable to attend).

Continue reading here.

UW’s Innocence Project Northwest Ranks Fourth in Exonerations in 2013

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Due to the work of the UW’s Innocence Project Northwest, the state of Washington ranked fourth in the nation for exonerations in 2013. The ranking comes from the annual report of the National Registry of Exonerations, released Feb. 4.

In a record-breaking year of 87 exonerations, the state of Texas led with 13, followed by Illinois with nine, New York with eight and Washington with seven, five of which were gained through the Innocence Project Northwest. Following Washington were California with six and Michigan and Missouri with five each.

The report also indicated that DNA exonerations declined slowly in 2013, continuing a trend in recent years, and non-DNA exonerations rose sharply. DNA exonerations accounted for about one-fifth of the total for 2013.

Read the complete report here.

ACLU Alaska, HJP Seattle, Pierce County Public Defender, Bay Area Legal Aid and CRR Hiring Recent Grads

ACLU of Alaska Seeking Applicants for New Project-Based Fellowship

aclu_alaskaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation is glad to announce a new sponsorship opportunity for public interest legal fellows, and invites rising third-year law students and current lawyers to apply. As an integral part of the ACLU of Alaska, our fellows gain practical experience through defending and expanding Alaskans’ civil liberties and constitutional rights: they will work on lawsuits, legislative advocacy, policy research, and public education.

We will work with successful applicants to develop a funding proposal for specific organizations, including Equal Justice Works, Soros, and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, and for law schools, such as Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship program to both address an important civil liberties issue and develop the fellow’s skills as a lawyer, while satisfying the funding organization’s requirements.

Application deadline is July 1. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel Hiring Public Defender

PDlogo Attorney is expected to have general knowledge of criminal law and procedures. Attorney will represent indigent defendants in misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors in Pierce County District Court and/or Tacoma Municipal Court. Experience in criminal law defense work is preferred. Must be licensed in WA. Salary: $23.00/Hr., 35 Hrs./Wk. Send cover letter, resume and references to: Denise Whitley, 949 Market Street, Ste 334, Tacoma, WA 98402, dwhitle@co.pierce.wa.us, Phone: 253 798-6986, Fax: 253 798-6715. Applications accepted through June 12.

Two-Year Human Rights Fellowship at Center for Reproductive Rights

crr-logo-englishThe Center for Reproductive Rights in New York is accepting applications for the position of Human Rights Fellow in the U.S. Legal Program. The Human Rights Fellow will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of U.S.-based human rights and other advocacy work in the State Policy and Advocacy Program. The Human Rights Fellow will report directly to the Human Rights Counsel.

Responsibilities of the Human Rights Fellow will include: Conducting fact-gathering projects in the U.S. in support of advocacy efforts; Conducting legal and factual research and analysis to support advocacy in U.S. and with UN bodies; Drafting advocacy materials on reproductive rights issues for U.S. audiences that incorporate a human rights analysis; Contributing to the development of international human rights norms concerning reproductive rights as well as domestic implementation of these standards; Drafting legal submissions to human rights experts and treaty bodies, including complaints, urgent appeals, shadow letters, and responses to requests for information; Assisting more senior staff with developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including reproductive justice organizations, immigrant and human rights groups, and other domestic constituencies; federal and state policy makers; and international and regional human rights experts; and engaging in public speaking and other representation of the Center at external events such as conferences and coalition meetings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 28. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Seattle Housing Justice Project Hiring Program Operations Coordinator

hjplogo1The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer based legal services to low income, residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility. 

The coordinator is responsible for logistical and administrative functions; volunteer management; litigation support and clinical coordination as well as outreach and community coordination. Applications accepted through June 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Bay Area Legal Aid Seeking Youth Law, Reentry Legal Services, Bilingual Disability Rights and Family Law Attorneys

BayLegalBay Area Legal Aid is the largest civil legal services provider in the Bay Area. Applications will be accepted through June 21. For complete job descriptions and application instructions please click here.