NJP Seeking Family Law Intern for ASAP, US DOJ Announces Summer & Entry Level Hiring & Other Great Opportunities

Don’t Have a Summer Job Lined Up Yet? Want to do Public Interest Work and Make a Difference? Northwest Justice Project Seeks Family Law Clerk for ASAP

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral (CLEAR)line is seeking law clerks for the summer and fall. CLEAR is the starting point for most low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil (non-criminal) legal problems. Services can be accessed through a statewide telephone service and/or an online application process. CLEAR is seeking law clerks to work with experienced attorneys to draft pleadings in family law cases, research legal issues, and work on special projects. CLEAR is seeking interns who can volunteer 10-20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Start date is as soon as possible but this is negotiable. Funding may be available through work study.

Don’t delay! Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. See full job description here.

Interested in Civil Rights and/or US Attorney Opportunities? Read these Important Hiring Updates from the US DOJ. Deadlines are Fast Approaching!

DOJThe US Department of Justice recently reached out to provide updated information about the upcoming Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) recruitment cycle.

Hiring projections for entry-level interns and compensated summer law interns this coming year are strong!  We currently have 207 vacancies listed for the HP and over 114 for the SLIP.  Visit www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details, participating components and general HP and SLIP eligibility requirements.

All litigating divisions are participating in this year’s HP.The Executive Office of Immigration Review anticipates hiring 77 HP attorneys this year. The U.S. Trustee Program will be hiring attorneys for Bankruptcy courts nationwide. In addition, we are launching the Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship (ICF); open to all eligible HP applicants, including law students who will graduate in academic year 2014-2015.  The 2014 ICF offers an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) appointment at a participating U.S. Attorney’s Office starting Fall 2015. Visit our website at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/ag-icf.html for details.

United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) are hiring through the HP and the SLIP.  Due to the level of responsibility held by AUSAs, most HP opportunities are restricted to applicants who are admitted to a bar or will take a summer bar examination with results due in fall 2014; however, the Northern District of Ohio will consider all HP applicants, including current law students.  Participating USAOs are:

  • The District of Arizona (HP)
  • The Central District of California (HP)
  • The Eastern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of California (HP)
  • The Southern District of New York (HP)
  • The Northern District of Ohio (HP)
  • The Southern District of Alabama (SLIP)
  • The Middle District of Pennsylvania (SLIP)

The Justice Department provides paid interview travel for most HP interviews, or offers alternative interview formats (e.g., video-conference) if appropriate.  SLIP interviews are generally conducted by telephone.The online application opens on July 31st and closes on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. Visit the legal recruiting website at www.justice.gov/legal-careers for details.

Seattle City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Seeks Rule 9 Interns for 2014-15 for Criminal Prosecution & Infraction Prosecution Positions

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The Criminal Division represents the city of Seattle in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

Criminal Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials before a judge and jury; •Represent the City on pretrial, review and sentencing calendars; •Conduct legal research and prepare response briefs; and •Work closely with a supervising attorney and experienced prosecutors.

Infraction Prosecution Duties: •Prepare and conduct trials for contested infraction cases and related motions; •Handle pre-hearing matters, including discovery issues; and •Prepare any necessary pleadings, motions, etc.

Openings: There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2014 and spring and summer 2015. All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week.

For complete information and to apply, go to the Symplicity Job Postings/Resume Collection tab.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeks New Director of Development & Communications

NWIRPThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project  is seeking an experienced and passionate Development and Communications Director to advance immigrant rights issues locally and nationally. The organization is stable and well-positioned for substantial growth. They seek a strong leader and inclusive team player to take the organization’s fundraising efforts and public presence to the next level. A successful Development and Communications Director will expertly define and execute a strategic and targeted development plan while implementing key fundraising strategies to achieve the short and long-term goals of the organization. They will also help lead our communication and marketing efforts. The Director supervises the two other members of the development team, as well as an internship program. To see the full job description click here

API Chaya is Hiring for 2 Positions: Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer as well as Program Manager

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API Chaya seeks to end systemic violence in our communities. We have served thousands of people and worked with dozens of community groups for community organizing and education regarding prevention of sexual and domestic violence, exploitation, and human trafficking. We understand the cultural norms and stigmas associated with such violence and believe in the inherent strength and potential of each person to address situations in which there has been systematic emotional and physical violence. Our services are free, confidential, and available to any person in need.

API Chaya formed from the merger of two organizations in 2011: the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and Chaya. The Safety Center grew out of organizing within the Filipino community in 1993 sponsored by the Washington State Commission on Asian American Affairs out of concern for the prevalence of violence against women in their community, including several murders of Asian Pacific women. The Safety Center hired staff in 1997 to work with community groups to organize for justice and social change. Chaya was established in 1996 to serve South Asian women in times of crisis and need and to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.

Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer- deadline this Friday, June 20! Click here for the full job description.

Program Manager- deadline Monday, June 23. Click here for the full job description.

City of Seattle Seeks Labor Negotiator. Deadline: 6/24

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The mission of the City of Seattle Personnel/Human Resources Department is to provide strategic and operational human resources services that meet the City’s workforce and organizational needs. Our values reflect our best thinking of how we want to act and interact with customers, consumers, stakeholders and each other: ingenuity, integrity, inclusion, commitment and respect.

As a Labor Negotiator, you will report directly to the Director of Labor Relations and you will have extensive contact with all levels of City management including elected City Officials, representatives from other governmental regulatory and administrative agencies, labor union representation, and their legal counsel. You will provide advice on handling difficult employee problems; represent the City in labor-management problem resolution, and resolve complex problems of a legal nature which may be politically sensitive and have substantial cost implications for the City. You will perform specialized, professional labor relations activities of a highly sensitive and confidential nature including formulation of strategy and coordination of resources to present the City’s interest in labor negotiations, mediation, arbitration, grievances and grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices, and state and federal agency proceedings. You will serve a chief spokesperson and negotiate labor contracts with unions that represent City employees; interpret collective bargaining agreements and negotiate mid-term changes; investigate grievances and recommend grievance responses and settlements to contract disputes and disciplinary actions; write or review discipline letters, grievance responses, last chance agreements, Letters of Agreement, and Memoranda of Understanding; and research, develop, and present training materials for supervisors, managers, City Officials, and Human Resources on labor relations issues.

Read complete job description here.

 

 

 

Great News! Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding Deadline Extended!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014 Deadline Extended

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015.

Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program. The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Dean Storms.

Today is the Last Day to Apply for Position Opening as Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club

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The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s Eastside advocacy efforts. The Eastside Manager is expected to track and influence major, non­motorized policy and funding decisions at the regional and city level (including priority cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue).

The manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade members on the Eastside. The Manager will have expertise in community organizing, transportation or legislative policy and strategy, and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure, and funding decisions. The Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Manager will work directly with local, regional, and state elected officials and staff to collaboratively develop a better community through bicycling.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

NLG Releases Report on Government Spying on Legal Profession, Launches FBI FOIA Project

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By Tasho Moro, Communications Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild

A new report by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United Statesbrings to light the government’s long history of covert surveillance of attorneys and their activist clients. The release also marks the launch of a new NLG Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project that seeks to recover FBI files on individual Guild members as exposed by the 1977 case, National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General of the United States.

From 1940-1975, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies spied on, infiltrated and disrupted the NLG and its members. Even though no alleged or suspected criminal wrongdoing existed to justify governmental intrusion, the FBI illegally recorded privileged conversations of members, led media smear campaigns against the NLG, and even inserted informants posing as NLG staff – all resulting in significant financial and organizational damage to the Guild.

Continue reading here.

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts: Ten Years Later, the United States Still Hasn’t Come Clean on Its Torture Record

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Photo courtesy of Politico Magazine. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

By Juan E. Mendez, Politico Magazine

en years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Continue reading here.

Did You Know?  The Asian Bar Association of Washington Offers Free Membership to Law Students

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Law students may join the Asian Bar Association of Washington for free.  Membership in the Asian Bar Association could provide you with many benefits.  It has a great list serve that includes job announcements.  In fact, one of the job announcements I sent out today came from their list serve. It also holds events that will give you an opportunity to meet practicing lawyers. See highlighted section below re membership for students and check out their website.

Law students must email Sieu Che and indicate that they are students in lieu of sending payment.

Need to Learn the Ins and Outs of Getting Funding? Look No Further!

Post Graduate Short Term Public Service Funding 2014

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The Post-Graduate Fellowship Program was initiated in 2013 and seeks to support new UW law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations, by providing limited financial support while Fellows continue to search for permanent positions after the bar exam. This support will allow Fellows to continue to develop skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work, enabling them to better compete for permanent positions once they become available.

Each fellow must volunteer with an eligible sponsor organization, doing work that requires a JD or draws heavily on the Fellow’s legal education and training. Eligible work may include, for example, legal advocacy, direct legal services, impact litigation, or community education and organizing.

Fellowship awards will consist of a maximum of $1500 per Fellow, renewable on a monthly basis, for a maximum of four months (up to $6000 total). Fellowships must begin between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and may end no later than January 31, 2015. Fellowships will end when the Fellow finds a permanent position or at the end of the four-month fellowship period, whichever comes sooner. Recipients and sponsoring agencies will be required to certify that they will adhere to each of the goals and guidelines of the Fellowship program.

The University of Washington School of Law is accepting applications from June 2014 graduates for a limited number of short-term, post-graduate Fellowships. Applications can be accessed on Symplicity and must be uploaded to Symplicity no later than Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Dean Storms.

Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation: An Introductory Workshop to Kingian Nonviolence on May 1-2

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Hosted by: University of Washington and Bellevue College

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. The goal is to prevent violence, yes, but its ambitions are even bigger: to pursue reconciliation by putting strength and agency in the hands of those who choose to act, talk, and think in healthy, humanly-connected ways that pursue a common higher ground. An approach of nonviolence, as a result, has wide applicability for how people set goals, declare values, and interact with others. In this workshop we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building. Specifically, we will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

Dates and Cost

We ask participants to commit to both days of the workshop.

May 1 @ Bellevue College: 4:00 – 4:30 PM sign-in, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
May 2 @ University of Washington, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost is $25 per person, to be paid in cash or check at registration sign-in. An introductory manual is included in this fee. Specific room details will be provided after registration; sandwiches and snacks will be provided each day.

For more information, click here.

Working in Civil Legal Aid, Public Defense or Gov’t Agency this Summer? Still Looking for Summer Funding? Americorps JD May be Right for You! Deadline Extended to May 2

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The deadline for students to apply to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

We have more spots available for students working with various populations in any area of law in addition to funding for students providing legal services to veterans, including those serving at legal aid, public defender, other nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies.

These funds are currently underutilized, so please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!  By completing a simple application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

For a step by step guide on the application process, click here.  Click here to apply online.

Show me the money! Resources and Tips for Grant writing from the Gallagher Law Library

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Want to start your own legal services or social justice organization? The Gallagher Law Library has compiled some fabulous resources for public service startups.

Check it out here.

 

 

Final Reminder! Report Pro Bono Hours by Monday, April 28!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say 100% of UW Law students, faculty and staff give back to the community!?   

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS, research project  NW Detention Center Project or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?

 

    • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you 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 Pro Bono Honors Program!

APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students with 30 hours (10 hours for 1Ls) of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT!

 Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this!

Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download optional tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.