Summer Funding Options, Opportunities for Service & Using Mindfulness to Mitigate Bias

How Will YOU  Fund your Public Service Internship this Summer?

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At UW Law we are lucky to have a powerhouse student organization like PILA and a supportive administration which fundraises tons of money to help support summer public service internships. Unfortunately, there are always more deserving applicants than there is funding. So, are you going to put all of your eggs in your PILA basket or are you going to do some research and apply for many other funding sources that are out there? Hint: the latter.

Check out all the great summer funding resources on the Center for Public Service Law’s quick  reference guide (under summer funding towards the bottom of the page). These include labor and employment specific funding, LGBT rights funding, civil legal aid funding, human rights funding, international funding, and new for this year Latina/o advocacy  funding (just to name a few). Application deadlines tend to range between December through April with the bulk due in March/April giving you time to secure your summer internship. We highlight some of the most common sources of summer funding that UW Law students have applied for and obtained. But wait, there’s more! Also check out the great resources compiled by our friends at PSJD here and here. Investing a few hours in research and applications will pay huge dividends (literally). Don’t miss out!

If you missed our lunchtime presentation today don’t fret. Here are the slides to help you connect the dots.

New research finds implicit bias can be tamed through the use of time-honored meditation techniques.

trayvon-protestDecember 2, 2014 By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard- The Science of Society

A large crowd gathers to peacefully protest the Trayvon Martin murder case in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013. (Photo: Marie Havens/Shutterstock)

Racial bias has declined drastically in the United States over the past few decades. And yet, recent reaction to the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests race continues to color our opinions, with both blacks and whites holding firm assumptions that their counterparts completely reject.

It’s something of a conundrum, until you consider implicit beliefs—the automatic thoughts and feelings that arise when one looks at an image of someone of another race. While these often operate below our level of consciousness, they shape our views of society and opinions on such policy issues as affirmative action, voter ID laws, and whether the justice system is genuinely just.

Fortunately, new research has documented a surprisingly simple way to short-circuit these knee-jerk negative associations. The key, according to Central Michigan University psychologists Adam Lueke and Bryan Gibson, is mindfulness.

Whites have “quicker response times for words that represent good things when paired with white faces than with black faces, and quicker response times for words that represent bad things when paired with black faces than white faces.” Continue reading here.

Attention Pro Bono Attorneys! Opportunity to Support Homeless Advocacy.

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SHARE is a homeless shelter in Seattle served by the Homeless Experience Legal Protection program. Presently, two matters are of huge concern to its community, as to which it is seeking pro bono legal representation. One concerns Nickelsville, an independent encampment of homeless people that is following all the legal obligations put upon it by the City of Seattle & etc. They are not receiving the same police services as other encampments, shelters and transitional housing projects and it is jeopardizing their safety and future. SHARE needs to figure out a way to get SPD to provide its residents the same support they provide others. The second issue concerns the complete defunding of SHARE – the county’s largest shelter provider – by King County Government. SHARE is also by far the most cost effective shelter outfit per bed night. SHARE would like to challenge the County’s defunding on numerous grounds – procedural, legal, common sense and political. This defunding isn’t something we can just let sit – the County Council is going to have to reconsider the whole thing sometime. If a lawyer in your firm is interested in either project, please have him/her contact Scott Morrow at Share Shelters shelters@sharewheel.org

Attention Lawyers & Community Members Committed to Social Justice! Washington State Access to Justice Board Seeks New Board Members. Application Due This Friday, January 9. Act Fast!

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Looking to Refine Your Resume? Check Out These Great Tips!

Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.

Looking for an Internship Experience Abroad? Consider Working in Dublin with FLAC

Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) Hiring Summer/Fall Quarter Fellow, Paid Position, Due TODAY

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The IFAP Fellow would have the opportunity to work with attorneys at NWIRP, connect with the greater legal community in the area, and gain some valuable project management experience.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will continue through the Fall 2014 quarter, and Fellows are encouraged to remain involved in IFAP on the Steering Committee even after all tasks have been completed.

Student will work with the IFAP Steering Committee, the Faculty Supervisor, the IFAP Advisory Council, and staff at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to coordinate IFAP activities and provide general administrative support to the organization.  The position will correspond to Summer and Autumn Quarters 2014.

For a full description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! The Northwest Justice Project in Bremerton Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Apply Now!

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a publicly funded legal aid program in Washington.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP’s satellite office in Bremerton is seeking a 1L or 2L law student to intern with the office this summer.  The legal intern will have the opportunity to work with the Tacoma office and gain exposure in the field of legal aid work.  If you are interested in learning more about the position, contact Jennifer Brugger (staff attorney for NJP) directly.  The office is flexible with the work schedule in light of the commute.

Attention Recent Grads & Post Grads! Perkins Coie Seeking Pro Bono Manager

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Perkins Coie LLP is looking for an experienced, detailed and self-motivated professional to join the team as a Pro Bono Manager.  This position will  help foster, plan and support the exciting pro bono legal work the firm provides across 19 offices.  The firm has a long, rich history of serving low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations in need, including veterans seeking disability compensation, domestic violence victims seeking protection from abuse, immigrants seeking various legal protections, tenants facing unlawful eviction, microentrepreneurs, and much more.  Last year a majority of our lawyers provided pro bono service and contributed more than 54,000 hours of time.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated superior ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex operations or projects simultaneously, with continual attention to detail and accuracy with numbers. An ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is crucial. 

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

William Sampson Fellowship Opportunity in Dublin with the Free Legal Advice Center, Position Eligible for Externship Credits

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The Free Legal Advice Center (FLAC) is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realization of equal access to justice for all. To this end it campaigns on a range of legal issues but also offers some basic, free legal services to the public.  FLAC currently concentrates its work on four main areas: Legal Aid, Social Welfare, Credit & Debt and Public Interest Law.

If you are still looking for an internship/externship, this would be a great opportunity. Students interested in receiving externship credits would be able to do so, as we have faculty available to conduct a site visit. You could potentially team this up with the KU/UW Law study abroad in Ireland. You may also seek financial aid for your travel costs to Ireland.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry for more information. 

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! AGO’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Seeking Summer Interns in Olympia

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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has an available summer law clerk (internship) position for a current 1L or 2L.  It is a volunteer position in Olympia.  The start date is negotiable. 

In order to be considered for the position, please forward a letter of interest, application, resume, and one letter of reference to the AGO recruitment office at:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
Attorney and Law Clerk Recruitment
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA   98104

Further information is available at the general AGO recruitment page, click here

Interning/Externing in DC this Summer? Want to make a little extra cash? PSJD is Hiring a Summer Project Assistant

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If you answered yes, the good folks at PSJD.org want to hear from you! PSJD is looking to hire a summer PSJD Project Assistant. It is a great way to supplement unpaid or low-paying public interest work in DC. Students will learn the basics of website management and get the chance to do some social media marketing and blogging!

Click here for the full job description. (Log in required- free registration) Any questions? Email PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews.

Attention Recent Grads! Children’s Alliance Seeking Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

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

Attention Post Grads! Access to Justice Board Seeking Board Manager

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Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, The Washington State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board, through its justice system partners and standing committees, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. To assist in the fulfillment of this mission, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking an ATJ Board Manager who shares in the fundamental belief that, “Justice involves the determination and realization of legal needs, rights and responsibilities and the fair resolution of disputes.”   Functioning as a driving force in support of this effort, the ATJ Board Manager works to preserve and protect the integrity of the ATJ Board and its capacity to work effectively and independently in service of the mission and objectives that created the ATJ Board, and consistent with WSBA policies and the ATJ Board-WSBA Memorandum of Understanding.

For a complete job description and application instructions, 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.

It’s Winter Break so Now’s a Great Time for Some Career Strategizing Refresher FAQs!

How Do I Apply for a Judicial Externship?

judicialbranchExternships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country. Making a decision to apply and determining to which judges one should apply calls for planning and strategy. Students who are considering a judicial externship are encouraged to meet with their professional development coaches soon to discuss their plans and to have their application material reviewed.

Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early.

Learn everything you need to know about judicial externships and the application process on the law school’s judicial externships page here.

How Can I Learn More About Judicial Clerkships?

A judicial clerkship is a highly rewarding and intellectually satisfying post graduate job.  Judicial clerks sharpen their research and writing skills, are exposed to a variety of legal issues, and gain insight into the entire litigation process.

Before doing anything carefully read through our Judicial Clerkship Manual. Don’t miss out! Most of your questions will be answered by reading this really important document! Then, start researching opportunities by clicking here.

What’s the Scoop on this PSJD I Keep Hearing About?

psjd_logoPSJD – formerly PSLawNet – is a unique online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest job listings and career-building resources.  As a collaborative project among over 200 American and Canadian law schools, PSJD is a free resource for law students and alumni of their subscriber schools to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities and employer profiles.  Employer organizations may also post job opportunities for free.  In addition to its database, PSJD offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service.  These resources are publicly available to all website visitors.

For Job Seekers

Job listings in the PSJD database include internships (fall, spring, and summer), postgraduate fellowships, and a wide variety of permanent positions.  PSJD also includes over 13,000 organizational profiles for nonprofit, government, and other public interest employers spanning the globe.  Registered users may search the database, flag and store opportunities for later viewing, receive email alerts with newly posted opportunities, and apply directly for opportunities via PSJD.

New to PSJD? Students and alumni at subscriber law schools may register for free.  Individual subscriptions are also available for those not affiliated with a subscriber school.  Register here.  For tips on using the site, visit the How to Use PSJD page.

Did You do an Internship, Externship or Have You Volunteered Recently? Your Peers Can Learn from Your Experience!

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Public Service Law Career Building Workshop Materials & Comprehensive Federal Jobs Guide Now Available

Missed one or both of the Friday Fall Quarter Public Service Law Career Building Workshops?Skills Set

Here’s your chance to catch up on some of the presentation materials we used for our workshop series on Public Service Law Career Building Essentials.

Nuts and bolts of public service resumes and cover letters click here.

Self assessment and developing your pitch/narrative click here.

If there’s enough of a demand we might offer more these Friday workshops in January. Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld if you like more of these workshops offered next quarter.

Thinking About a Legal Career with the Federal Government? Be Sure to Read Through this Comprehensive and Updated Guide

psjd_logo At first glance, seeking and applying for federal jobs can seem incredibly overwhelming, and job-seekers may not know where to begin. The 2013-14 NALP/PSJD Federal Opportunities Guide contains:

  • information about the benefits of a career in federal government;
  • a look at the various kinds of work attorneys perform;
  • an overview of where the most attorney jobs are (and will be) in the executive branch;
  • resources to aid in finding the ideal opportunity; and
  • tips on application processes.

NOTE: in addition to content offered in the Guide, NALP offers expanded content and resources on PSJD’s Federal Government Careers page: http://www.psjd.org/Careers_in_Federal_Government. We encourage readers to use the online content in tandem with the Guide. Online content offers the ability to:

  • browse a clickable table of contents to immediately identify the most useful content;
  • use dozens of hyperlinks in the Web content to click through to numerous useful online federal career resources; and
  • benefit from continuous addition to and revision of online content instead of waiting for the annually updated print edition.