Two Bar prep scholarships available for 3Ls

Washington State Association for Justice – Two Bar Prep Scholarships

 aaeaaqaaaaaaaaj7aaaajdu0mju2m2zmlty4odktngu4yi05nmm3ltyzodexmjuzyjfmzqThe Washington State Association for Justice has available two bar prep scholarships one for women and one for diverse students.It’s open to 3Ls who identify as diverse or woman, and who intend to join the plaintiff’s bar after passing. Both are listed on our Bar Exam webpage.

 

Don’t Miss Out! Apply for Summer Internships at the NW Public Service Career Fair! Application Deadline for Interviews at the Fair isJanuary 17!

25083_nwpifair-logoAre you interested in an internship or externship with a public interest organization or government agency this summer in the Northwest? If yes, don’t miss your best shot at securing a position with an employer participating in the 2016 NW Public Service CareerFair. 50+ employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 11 but now is the time to work on your application materials and upload them to the career fair website. Students can do informational interviews (aka table talk) in the morning and have formal interviews in the afternoon. To get a chance at a pre-selected afternoon interview be sure to review UW Law public service career resources and tips and to submit your tailored application materials through the career fair website by January 17

Seattle Location:

  • When? Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
  • Where? LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

 Portland Location

  • When? Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
  • Where? Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College                                                     
    For complete details and registration information please click here. 

Interested in Housing Policy Development? Position Opening with City of Seattle

Fair Foods Standards Council Seeking Human Rights Attorney, Spanish or Haitian Creole Fluency Required

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to
monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human
rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair
Food Program (FFP).

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft
comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation
and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare
memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and
director, as well as the public.

For more information, click here.

Washington Dental Service Foundation Seeking Policy Advocate & Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation is seeking a strategic, organized individual to lead the Foundation’s strategies for influencing public policy.

Our Policy Advocate & Analyst position involves identifying and analyzing public policies that will improve oral health in our state and nationally. This role builds knowledge of, and relationships within, the oral health, children’s health, and seniors health arenas — both locally and nationally. Our knowledge- and relationship-building efforts share the goal of creating the political will to change policies. Additionally, our Policy Advocate & Analyst partners with the Delta Dental of Washington Government Relations staff and the Foundation’s lobbyist in order to position the Foundation as the state’s oral health expert.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! US Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) Now Open!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is NOW open!  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and link to the application is here.   SLIP information and a link to the application are here.

Important Details:

We have approximately 217 Honors Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (14)
  • Civil Division (30)
  • Civil Rights Division (12)
  • Criminal Division (9)
  • Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program (3) – This is a three-year fellowship which may be extended or converted to a permanent position.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (3)
  • Environment & Natural Resources Division (10)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (95)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel (2) NEW!
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (4)
  • Indian Country Fellowship (1)
  • INTERPOL (1) NEW!
  • National Security Division (5: 3 permanent and 2 three-year fellowships)
  • Office of Information Policy (1) – Informal Participant
  • Tax Division (12)
  • U.S. Trustee Program (8)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Arizona, California, Ohio, and New York (7) (eligibility restrictions)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Vermont and Illinois (2) NEW! – Informal Participant (eligibility restrictions)

We have approximately 104 Summer Law Intern Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (23)
  • Civil Division (23)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (18)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (11)
  • Office of Information Policy (3)
  • Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (2)
  • Office of Legal Counsel (1) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Office of the Solicitor General (2) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Tax Division (15 – 20)
  • U.S. Parole Commission (1)

Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Externship Opportunities Available During 2015-2016 Academic Year

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Listed below are externship opportunities available during the 2015-2016 school year. For additional information about these and other externship opportunities, please check the list of approved externship placements here.  If you are interested in exploring an externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form here.

Judicial Externship: Washington Supreme Court’s Justice Mary Fairhurst Still Accepting Fall Quarter Applications

Justice Mary Fairhurst is still accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Cindy Phillips at cindy.phillips@courts.wa.gov.

Judicial Externship: Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima Still Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 School Year

Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Criminal Justice Externship: Washington Defender Association’s Criminal Technical Assistance Division Now Accepting Applications

Washington Defender Association has openings in its Criminal Technical Assistance Division. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to magda@defensenet.org. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Magda Baker
Washington Defender Association
110 Prefontaine Place South, Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104

City of Seattle Seeking Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, Due 8/11

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The Seattle Office of Housing (OH) builds strong, healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.  In September of last year, Mayor Murray and City Council called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.

This position is a senior member of OH’s Policy and Equitable Development team, with responsibilities that span policy development, program development and communications. This position will engage in extensive and complicated policy and program development, stakeholder outreach and engagement, and close partnership with and presentation to senior management, other city departments, and elected officials.

For more information, click here.

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Intern for the Associated Counsel for the Accused Division, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense.

For more information about the internship, click here.

Prisoners Legal Services of New York Seeking Fall Law Intern, Due 8/15

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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking fall interns for our regional offices in Albany and Buffalo for 2015.  PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization, founded in 1976. PLS provides civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State prisons, in cases where appointed counsel is not available.

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, student interns will respond to a variety of prisoners’ letters, review disciplinary hearings, draft administrative appeals and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to interview clients in prison. Limited work-study is available, but students are also strongly encouraged to inquire with their Career Services Office about funding for public interest positions.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeking Fall 2015 Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience. Interns will assist staff attorneys with legal projects, such as: Multilateral Development Banks, Strengthening Indigenous Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System, Guatemala, etc.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! City of Bellevue Seeking Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Due 8/17

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The Attorney 1-Deputy Prosecuting Attorney is an entry level position focusing on the prosecution of infractions, arraignments and in-custody hearings for the City of Bellevue. The position may also include prosecution of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases through all stages of prosecution at District Court (arraignments, motions, trials, reviews), as well as appellate matters.

For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees of Spokane Bar Association Accepting Applications for Executive Director, Due 8/20

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The Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  Duties include overall management of the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program operations, hiring and supervision of a staff of 5-6, working with the SCBA and VLP Board of Trustees, managing finances for both SCBA and VLP, organizing SCBA/VLP membership events and functions, and representing the SCBA membership at events and in the community.

Qualified applicants must have strong management and organizational skills as well as being an excellent communicator.  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and multitask.  Bookkeeping/accounting experience and a working knowledge of the legal system or legal assistant/paralegal experience preferred.  Grant writing experience is desirable.  Some travel is required.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to info@spokanebar.org with the subject line “SCBA Executive Director Position.”  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, August 20, 2015.  Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview after the deadline.

Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Seeking Director for Community Engaged Learning in Human Rights

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Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) seeks a Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) to expand and strengthen community engaged learning opportunities for Stanford undergraduate students in the area of Human Rights.  The DCEL initiative is a pilot program that stems from the 2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, which asserted that community engaged learning “not only advances the fundamental aims of a Stanford education, it also exemplifies the fundamental character of the institution.”

For more information, click here.

Welcome spring with these new, awesome job opportunities for students and alumni!

Due 3/27 – Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Tribal Senior Policy Advisor 

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to resolve, implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of complexity in approach or methodology; prepares short- and long-range planning guidance in accordance with broad program policies and objectives; prepares guidance based on analyses of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of substantive mission-oriented programs in one or more of the OJJDP specific policy areas that have a direct impact on the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth (e.g. adapting a developmental approach to juvenile justice reform nationwide; responding to the key recommendations from the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence; family/youth engagement; child protection; juvenile justice system improvement; and delinquency prevention).

Northwest Justice Project – Summer 2015 Law Clerk

Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State’s indigent population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will experience the realities of a legal services office as they aid the attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office. Externships for credit during the school year are also available in the Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma offices.

Positions for summer 2015 may include: Please indicate your locations of interest.

  • Combination Farm worker unit and general positions located in Wenatchee, Omak, Bellingham and Vancouver, WA (Spanish fluency may be required or preferred)
  • General legal services in Bremerton, Pt. Angeles, Pasco, Tacoma, Everett, Longview, Spokane, Olympia and Seattle

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

Email: Resume & Writing Sample to:

  • Karen Holland, Director of Human Resources (please state location of interest)
  •  Northwest Justice Project
  • karenh@nwjustice.org

Eastside Legal Assistance Program – DVLP Managing Attorney

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by managing our Domestic Violence Legal Project. You can help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity. Materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 to be considered.

Please send résumé, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and list of two references to: Stan Kehl, Executive Director, stan@elap.org. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – Senior Program Associate, Civil

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public administration or related field, with a minimum of two to five years of experience in the non-profit sector, legal field or public policy sector. Experience collecting, analyzing, and organizing data, and producing reports is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong qualitative and analytic skills with a keen attention to detail and data accuracy and the ability to translate information into reports. Excellent research skills using both web-based and published materials required. Significant knowledge of civil legal aid programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey and research design methods and the ability to verify the accuracy of data sets and computer generated reports. The ability to work independently and in teams is required. The position requires excellent skills in written and oral communication. Computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and E-mail; database proficiency and desktop publishing skills along with a willingness to learn HTML required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of NLADA and a thorough understanding of its work.

NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership. We are conveniently located near D.C.’s Metro Rail (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

To apply for this position send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to hr@nlada.org with the subject line “NLADA JOBS: Senior Program Associate, Civil.”

NLADA is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney!

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

Black Women’s Blueprint -DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Black Women’s Blueprint, is a civil and human rights organization. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Our flagship initiative is a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault in the U.S. (BWTRC). A core component of this ground-breaking initiative is to map the official and unofficial ways in which the rights of sexual assault survivors to personal and economic security have been violated. This participatory study will explore Human Rights Articles 2, 3, and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensure non-discrimination, personal security and economic security and will implement related policy advocacy.

Submit resume and cover letter to ftanis@blueprintny.org, with the subject DIRECTOR BWTRC in the subject line.

BAY LEGAL LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP – BAY AREA LEGAL AID

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to help provide comprehensive legal services to the poor. BayLegal is the largest staff based non?profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low?income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following 7 Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin (San Rafael); Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties. Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.

BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; (4) Health Access; and (5) Consumer Protection.

Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled (for summer candidates, we recommend submitting your application before March 1st).

Please submit a completed BayLegal Law Clerk Application indicating your office(s) and project(s) preference along with a copy of your resume,  cover letter, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:

Email: probono@baylegal.org or
Mail: Bay Area Legal Aid – Law Clerk Program
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

More Questions? Contact Staci Lambright, Director of Pro Bono Activities probono@baylegal.org

SUMMER LAW CLERK – AARP FOUNDATION

AARP Foundation Litigation is seeking to hire a summer law clerk to work with the Consumer Protection and Housing teams. The position supports senior attorneys working on a wide range of legal reform and impact litigation cases in courts nationwide.Law clerks will conduct legal research and write memoranda for amicus curiae briefs and litigation documents for cases in these different areas.

Remote work is a possibility. 

If interested, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-7 pages) to Michelle Poncetta at mponcetta@aarp.org. Please put “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of your email. The position is for 30-40 hours per week. This is an unpaid position.Funding can be provided through your school program.

HEARING OFFICER – ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – ALASKA LABOR RELATIONS AGENCY

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency is a quasi-judicial agency that handles collective bargaining issues for public employers and public employees for the state, university, railroad, school districts, and political subdivisions within our jurisdiction.  The mission of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency is to facilitate cooperative relations between Alaska’s public employers and the labor organizations that represent public employees.  The agency is recruiting for a Hearing Officer to help with this mission.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

The incumbent independently serves as hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating public labor relations disputes.  As the Agency’s sole hearing officer and investigator for a lay board, the incumbent exercises substantial independent discretion. The incumbent investigates petitions and charges and mediates between parties. The incumbent conducts adversarial hearings and proposes decisions for adoption by the board. The incumbent evaluates settlement agreements, responds to inquiries from the public, and performs other duties as assigned, such as drafting or editing proposed regulations or statutes, conducting public board meetings, holding pre-hearings and pre-election conferences, issuing rulings on motions and matters before and during hearings, issuing subpoenas and conducting elections.

The incumbent must be able to comprehend applicable statutes and regulations and to communicate effectively to explain agency services and requirements. 

The potentially heavy workload demands ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work under stress. The incumbent must have good oral and written communication skills. Writing skills must include the ability to draft logically organized legal decisions that clearly evaluate evidence, summarize facts, apply legal principals, and evaluate arguments. In addition the incumbent must be able to independently conduct impartial investigations, hearing, and mediations. This position requires tact, discretion, confidentiality, and the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

Apply online at http://workplace.alaska.gov/

Take a trip to California or find a new way to use that J.D. with these exciting opportunities!

AmeriCorps JD is now accepting applicants! 

We will accept applications through April 15, 2015 from students, who not only work in the priority areas defined below, but who provide service to low-income communities in other areas of law. The 300 service hours required to earn the education award can be completed anytime from when the application is accepted and the background check has been initiated through August 31, 2015.

PRIORITY AREAS: Priority will be given to applications from students who are serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. However, we also have many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.

Some more examples of the type of work students can do within these priority areas include:

  • Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
  • Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
  • Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees

You can also learn more about organizations and the legal services being provided for veterans, disaster, and employment issues by viewing our Fellow profiles on our website.

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Visit our website for more information about the application process. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

UW Law Students: Re-ignite your Social Justice Heart and Vision at the Annual Trina Grillo Retreat in Sunny Santa Clara, CA!

The Trina Grillo Retreat at Santa Clara Law (March 20-21, 2015) provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social-justice oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

Join with law students from several west coast law schools to re-imagine the next generation of social justice lawyering.  Funding up to $250 in reimbursement is available for UW Law students interested in attending.  Send a letter of interest and resume to mestorms@uw.edu by Feb 20 noon  if you would like to attend.

Attention Recent Grads! You Can Help Preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Please don’t forget to fill out and pass on Equal Justice Works’ quick survey about the effect of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) on your career. While they hear anecdotally how critical PSLF is to making long term public interest careers possible, there is little hard data on the program’s impact. If Congress does propose capping the amount of forgiveness borrowers can earn, this data will be invaluable in helping Equal Justice Works and a coalition of interested groups advocate for it. The deadline for completing the survey is March 2, but please complete it as soon as possible in case Congress acts sooner. Thank you for your help on this urgent issue!

Keep Up To Date on Student Debt Issues!

Make sure to follow Equal Justice Work’s new blog on the Huffington Post to keep up to date on student debt issues. They’ve been writing recently about “Affording College in a Time of Income Inequality,” “3 Student Loan Repayment Plans You Need to Know About,” and “8 Lessons We Learned About Student Debt From the Class of 2013.”

Want some money and a trip to D.C.? Need tips for upcoming job fairs? Want to be a racial justice advocate? Check these out!

Going to the Public Service Career Fair on February 6? Not Sure How You Can Prepare?  Check Out These Table Talk Tips & Career Fair Interviewing Tips!

NW PS Career Fair logoAttention all students! Planning on attending the NW Public Service Career Fair? Whether you have an official interview or not, don’t miss your chance to do table talk (informational interviews) the morning of the fair. Remember, organizations and agencies participate in table talk because it is an effective prescreening tool to recruit interns. There have been many instances where students were successful in securing internships through table talk so don’t miss  out! Center for Public Service Law staff will be at the fair for support and advice

See employers registered for Seattle

When: Friday, February 6, 2015

10-10:30—Student & Employer Check-in

10:30-12 noon—Table Talk

12:40-5:00pm – Pre-scheduled Interviews

Where:  LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Whether you’ve got an official interview lined up or not NW Public Interest Career Fair, here are some helpful tips to guide you on being a savvy table talker or interviewee.

Read more about table talk tips here.
Read more about career fair interviewing tips here.

Forget to register for the NW Public Interest Career Fair?  You can still register here. View a sample list of participating employers this year here.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Make sure to register for new online Racial Justice Training Institute trainings 

With recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere, our nation is at a pivotal moment in understanding and addressing issues of race, implicit bias, and the structural barriers that marginalize communities of color. It is more important than ever for equal justice advocates to refocus their efforts to affirmatively advance racial equity.

Following the success of the inaugural 2014 Racial Justice Training Institute, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is pleased to announce the 2015 Racial Justice Training Institute. By placing the most up-to-date racial justice tools in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute provides real opportunities to address the impacts of structural racialization and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve.

The Institute will cover a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy, to media and messaging, to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants will use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams will pursue throughout the Institute.

Taking place over six months (June—November 2015), the Institute includes three parts:

PART 1: Online (June 1—June 19, 2015)

PART 2: Onsite in Chicago (June 23-26, 2015)

PART 3: Online (July – November 2015)

Up to 35 advocates will be selected for the second Institute cohort based on a variety of factors, including experience, interest, goals, capacity, and racial and geographic diversity.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Training Institute

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015

Get your your materials ready for the 2015 Law Student Legal Writing Competition!

Eligibility:
Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School.

Topic:
Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.

Submission Requirements:

Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format. There is no entry form of any kind. Articles should be submitted in Word format. All author-identifying information should be removed from the article. A separate title page should be attached and must contain the article’s title, the student’s name, and the student’s contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address.

Award:
Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a committee of Forum members. A single winning paper, as judged by the selection committee, will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference, May 20-22, 2015, in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included*. The winner is responsible for any taxes on fair market value of full award, including travel, registration and lodging. Winner will be required to submit a completed 1099 as a condition of receiving award.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. If selected for publication, winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement giving the ABA the right of first publication.

Date: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 6, 2015.

Send entries to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief: 

James J. Kelly, Jr., Clinical Prof. of Law, Notre Dame Law School; J.Kelly@nd.edu. Please contact Dawn R. Holiday at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org, if you have any questions.

On this MLK day look through new social justice and public interest positions!

HIRING: For spring and summer 2015 – Disability Rights CA is seeking law clerk (rolling deadline)

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a nonprofit public interest law firm which is federally mandated to protect the legal, civil and service rights of persons with disabilities. Established in 1978, DRC served persons with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism and other severe disabilities. In 1986, DRC expanded its services topersons with psychiatric disabilities. DRC now serves all Californians with disabilities—physical, psychiatric,and developmental.

Law clerks will carry a diverse workload that will help develop traditional legal skills as well as skills beneficial to working with clientele in a legal services environment. Law clerks will also gainsubstantive knowledge regarding the systems and laws that affect the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Law clerks at DRC will have the opportunity to:

  • Interview clients and consumers
  • Provide information on self-advocacy
  • Conduct legal research and produce legal writing
  • Represent clients in mediations and at administrative hearing
  • Provide assistance to people with disabilities who areincarcerated to ensure the enforcement of their legal rights
  • Assist clients in filing disability-based complaints with appropriate state and federal agencies
  • Investigate serious and systemic abuse and neglect instate and private facilities serving people with disabilities
  • Conduct trainings on disability law.

Although some DRC positions are available, preference is given to work-study and volunteer students. Attorneys at DRC are willing to assist students develop grant proposals and fellowship applications.

 

Jan. 21, 2015: U.S. Dept. of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons

This attorney will have the opportunity to work with Central Office, regional and institution management and line staff with respect to litigation affecting the Bureau of Prisons, as well as attorneys in the Solicitors General’s Office and other attorneys in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in the U. S. Attorney’s Offices. The incumbent’s responsibilities include: analyzing adverse decisions against the BOP and drafting recommendations to DOJ for the Assistant Director/General Counsel’s signature, this includes cases before the Supreme Court; analyzing adverse decisions against other correctional agencies and developing a position for the Bureau on amicus participation by the United States in the Supreme Court; developing an expertise in the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and constitutional issues affecting Bureau litigation; providing training to Bureau and DOJ attorneys on issues affecting Bureau litigation; and participating in moot courts with assistant U.S. attorneys and DOJ attorneys.

The primary duties of the incumbent will be to respond to legal issues involving conditions of confinement arising out of specialized housing units, to include but not limited to, administrative remedy responses, requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act, replies to official correspondence, and manages litigation, to include discovery issues, affecting the Bureau of Prisons.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year of post-J.D. experience
  • Preferred qualifications: Some litigation experience is desired.

 

Jan. 22, 2015: Assistant Attorneys General- Criminal Justice Division (Oregon)

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking applications for an Assistant Attorney General to serve as a critical member of the Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Division. This position is based in Salem and will require periodic travel throughout the state.

The Criminal Justice Division is looking for an experienced prosecutor who is enthusiastic about working with federal, state and local law enforcement across the state to actively investigate and prosecute organized criminal enterprises, public corruption, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking.
Applicants will be expected to evaluate and pursue cases that will result in arrest and conviction. Applicants will also be expected to provide advice and support for District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys across the state, and to present at trainings. Additionally, applicants will be expected to prosecute conflict cases and specialty cases at the request of District Attorneys.
 
Experience prosecuting significant cases in a District Attorney’s office (or equivalent experience) is required. Experience prosecuting RICO cases and directing large-scale grand jury and criminal investigations is preferred, but not required.
This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or the Senior Assistant Attorney General level depending on experience and other factors. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Darin Tweedt, Chief Counsel of the Criminal Justice Division, at (503) 378-6347, (800) 735-1232 TTY.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • All final candidates for employment must pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • Applicants must possess a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Oregon and be eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Oregon at the time of appointment.
  • Experience prosecuting significant cases in a District Attorney’s office (or equivalent experience) is required. Experience prosecuting RICO cases and directing large-scale grand jury and criminal investigations is preferred, but not required.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity. The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Jan. 29, 2015: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks a new staff attorney

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to
provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic
violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct
representation (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education. The attorney will
focus on providing representation on cases involving U visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions,
adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief. The attorney will also
provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney
may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law degree;
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S., but will consider an applicant who has taken the bar exam and is awaiting results
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
  • Fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
  • Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel.

Feb. 1, 2015: New York Lawyers for Public Interest seeking staff attorney

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit civil rights law firm committed to advancing equality and civil rights is seeking applicants for the position of Staff Attorney in
its Health Justice (HJ) Program to provide immigration representation and lead legal and policy
campaigns to increase health access for marginalized communities

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an attorney in good standing.
  • Must either be licensed to practice law in the State of New York or be eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire).
  • A minimum of two years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy.
  • A minimum of one year of experience representing clients in affirmative immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, I-130 and I-485 petitions, U- and TNonimmigrant status, and deferred action. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered.
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns.
  • Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations.
  • Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills.

Feb. 6, 2015: Columbia Legal Services summer internship opportunities for law students!

Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a statewide legal aid program in Washington State representing low-income people and vulnerable groups with critical civil legal needs. We represent clients in a wide variety of civil cases including class actions and legislative rule-making advocacy from five statewide offices: Seattle, Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima and Kennewick. We offer several summer internship opportunities for law students. Summer Interns are expected to commit to full-time work for a minimum of 10 weeks. Most positions are for school credit, are paid under work-study, or are fellowship/public interest grant funded. The following positions are offered for 2015:

  • Basic Human Needs (Seattle) [Preference given to Seattle U and Gonzaga students]
  • Children & Youth Project (Seattle)
  • Institutions Project (Seattle)
  • Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project (Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima) [PAID position]
  • Working Families Project Foreclosure Work Group (Olympia) [Policy intern]
  • Working Families Project Foreclosure Work Group (Seattle)
  • Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Seattle)

Feb. 13, 2015: 2015 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship – CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

The primary mission of the Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship is to strengthen law students’ long-term commitment to promote justice and equality for vulnerable immigrant groups.

The Fellowship will be awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend (the Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship will provide a $2,500 stipend). The Fellow will be required to provide reports half way through and at the conclusion of the Fellowship, regarding his or her progress in meeting the goals of the project. The host organization must be willing to supervise and provide all logistical needs of the Fellow including office space and supplies. Host organization will also be asked to provide a brief report at the end of the Fellowship.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) in good standing at any accredited law school program in the United States.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or immigrants’ rights issues.

Mar. 1, 2015: Northwest Immigrants Rights Project – Intern for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls!

NWIRP’s Seattle Office services low-income immigrants and refugees in Western Washington. The office provides direct legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys, pro se assistance, and workshops on immigration matters ranging from asylum, citizenship, family petitions, and protections for immigrant children and victims of crimes.

Under the supervision of attorneys, interns will assist with case matters before the Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Depending on unit placement, interns’ responsibilities may include: Conducting legal research and drafting briefs in support of applications for relief; researching country conditions in support of claims for asylum; preparing and submitting filings with the Immigration Court and USCIS; and working directing with clients, such as conducting intakes and drafting client declarations in support of
applications for relief.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees.
  • Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred.
  • The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

 

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeking juvenile justice attorney in their Oakland office (rolling deadline)

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) (www.youthlaw.org) is a non-profit organization that for more than four decades has used the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. NCYL’s primary areas of focus are child welfare, juvenile justice, and health/mental health.

NCYL seeks an attorney to lead projects aimed at improving the educational outcomes of probation-involved youth. The work will focus on serving youth who have been adjudicated delinquent and remain under the jurisdiction of the probation agency, but are not in a locked facility. The attorney will be supervised by NCYL attorneys with expertise in juvenile justice and foster youth education.

The attorney’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapting FosterEd’s model, strategies, program materials, and technology tools to meet the needs of probation-involved youth;
  • Partnering with state and local agency partners to implement programs serving probation-involved youth;
  • Developing measurable project objectives and detailed workplans; and
  • Ensuring implementation of program goals and outcomes.

This job will not involve providing direct legal representation to juveniles.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree
  • Ability to work with probation, child welfare, education, and judicial agencies, and with at-risk youth and their families; to manage complex projects; to pay close attention to details and manage multiple assignments; and to work in a fast-paced nonprofit environment
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth

Desired Qualifications:

  • An understanding of the education, child welfare, probation, and juvenile court systems
  • Significant experience working with the juvenile probation system and/or the juvenile court system
  • Experience forming and participating in cross-system collaborative teams; working directly with at-risk children and youth; and working with data

 

Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship

Are a you a UW Law student? Have an Interest in Pursuing a Career in Elder Law? The UW Retirement Association Seeks Applicants for $4,000 Scholarship! Applications Due Feb. 3

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Each year, UWRA awards scholarships to UW undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are preparing for careers related to aging. Students from a wide variety of disciplines have received these scholarships, which are awarded in Spring quarter each year. UWRA has also endowed a Graduate Fellowship in Aging that is awarded each year by the Graduate School. Learn about the Graduate Fellowship here. Each year’s Scholarship and Fellowship recipients join with UWRA members for a scholarship celebration in the spring.

For more information, click here.

Want to Join the Fight to End the Criminalization of Homelessness?  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty releases report on, Human Rights to Human Reality

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A 10 Step Guide to Strategic Human Rights Advocacy

Working consistently for the past two decades, the Law Center is achieving unprecedented success in getting federal agencies to address the criminalization of homelessness as a human rights violation. This guide presents ten steps as a case study of our experiences that we believe can help others achieve broader respect for, and implementation of, human rights.

Click here to access the report.

Interested in Exploring Global Health Law and Policy Issues? Join the Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents Lecture Series

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If you are interested in exploring global health law and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, please join us for Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Global Health of Women, Children & Adolescents, a lecture series and course that meets Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7 pm Winter Quarter.

Each Tuesday, we invite three expert practitioners –one from medicine/public health/health science, one from law/policy, and one from a community organization/NGO –  to discuss health topics that impact women, children and adolescents in the US and around the world.  We have some amazing speakers lined up so far, ranging from a pediatrician from Kenya who works to prevent mother-child HIV transmission to a Seattle City Councilwoman who has led advocacy for a paid parental leave ordinance.

Feel free to attend any session.  The series is also open to all UW students and the public, so you can attend any session that is of interest without enrolling for course credit.

Enrollment/grading.  You can also enroll to receive one course credit for attending the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) or two credits for attending both the speaker series and a small discussion group that meets beforehand from 4:20 – 5:20 pm (LAW H518 C/D, meeting in Room 115).  Both sections will be graded on a credit/no credit basis.  Students of the speaker series (LAW H518 A/B) receive credit for attending the lectures – readings are optional.  Students of the discussion group (LAW H518 C/D) receive credit for reading the assigned articles and participating in the discussion.

Course organizers:  Jennifer Lenga-Long, JD; Tanya Karwaki, JD, LLM; Brandi Shah MD, MPH; and Jennifer Slyker, PhD

Click here for the scheduled topics.