Events! AGO Open House; Race Relations, Policing, and the Law; Qlaw Holiday Party

Attorney General Bob Ferguson invites you to an Open House

Date:  Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Where:  800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA

Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO’s divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the Office’s volunteer law clerk recruitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

More info here.

Race Relations, Policing, and the Law — What is the legal system’s response in this time of racial tension?WSBA Logo

Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Washington State Bar Association Conference Center

1325 Fourth Ave., 6th Floor

Seattle, WA 98101

Panelists
Norm Stamper – Former Chief of Police, Seattle Police Dept. (1994-2000)
Sue Rahr – Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Michele Storms – Deputy Director, ACLU Washington
Moderator: Bill Pickett – President-elect, Washington State Bar Association

The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in these conversations at the WSBA Conference Center. Decoding the Law is also available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Registration for in-person attendance is not required. Access to the live webcast will be available on Dec. 4 here.

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When: December 11, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Aluel Cellars, 801a E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98102

RSVP here.

Civil Rights Lawyers, Radical Movements of the 1960s Podcast, Juvenile Law Center Report, QLaw Judge’s Bench Guide

Civil rights lawyers from the 1960s have lessons for today’s social activistsHong Kong Protests

“When Stephen Bingham and Timothy Jenkins remember traveling to Mississippi in 1964 to take part in the Freedom Summer, with the stated goal of registering African-Americans to vote, they recall being exhilarated. It was an exciting time for the civil rights movement and the two—along with thousands of other volunteers from the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Congress of Racial Equality, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the rest of the rich alphabet soup that is part of historical lore—felt energized and inspired by the hurly-burly of protests, marches, demonstrations and organized political activities that made them feel as if they were helping to bring about important social change.

They also remembered being terrified.”

Read more here.

Podcast: How the radical movements of the 1960s changed the law and challenged the status quoSolidarity USAS

“In this episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Victor Li speaks with attorney and activist Paul Harris about his work stretching back to the 1960s. Harris, one of the radical “movement lawyers” featured in the cover story for the August issue of the ABA Journal, talks about his work defending high-profile clients like Huey Newton, Leonard McNeil and others.

Harris also discusses the current political landscape and what today’s generation of aspiring movement lawyers can learn from their predecessors.”

More information here.

Juvenile Law Center Report:  Making a Truly Healthy Transition to Adulthood Relies on a Strong Medicaid Program and Our Commitment to Enhance Access to Quality Care

“Unlocking Potential: The Strength of Our Stories as the Key to Child Welfare Reform was released in July 2017. It is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2017 Foster Youth Internship Program Report and contains 12 recommendations for reforming the child welfare system. The Chronicle of Social Change has been spotlighting each of the 12 recommendations and providing commentary. The 12 recommendations are excellent and present policy responses that reflect the insight and experiences of youth who have been in foster care. Because of the continued activity around the federal health care law—and its importance to the health and well-being of current and former youth in foster care—we wanted to provide a special highlight on Justin Abbasi’s recommendation related to access to behavioral health services and the Chronicle’s commentary.”

Read more here.

The LGBT Bar Association of Washington: QLaw is happy to share the news that the Judges’ Bench Guide is here!

QLaw LogoThe Judges’ Bench Guide on the LGBTQ Community and the Law is a resource of judges, lawyers, the legal community, and anyone else who would like to learn more about some of the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community.  The guide was prepared to QLaw Fioundation and QLaw Association for the Washington State Supreme Courts Gender and Justice Commission.

More information here.

Staff attorney positions open for Seattle litigators

April 4: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring Assistant Training Director

Application Deadline: Preferred before the end of business, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duties include: Recruit, interview, and facilitate hiring processes for students seeking intern and entry level positions with the Department. Act as liaison between the Department and educational institutions to recruit quality, social justice oriented students. Guarantee quality intern/extern recruitments and quality educational experience for interns/externs with the Department throughout the year. Work closely with the Training Director in the development and implementation of a department-wide training program for interns and new attorneys. Oversee and manage the organization and distribution of training materials, legal manuals, online resources, educational videos, and more. Other duties as assigned.

Read more and apply here.

April 9: Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Read more and apply here.

April 14: Staff Attorney/QLAW Clinic Coordinator with Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program

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Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

The mission of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLS) is to ensure meaningful access to justice for low-income individuals by providing clients with volunteer attorney advice, representation, self-help materials, and paralegal support.

This position will (1) provide legal assistance to clients eligible for services in Pierce County under the South Sound Immigrant Survivor Project (SSISP) and Legal Help for Incarcerated People (LHIP) project and will (2) develop and coordinate a new program designed to provide services for eligible LGBTQ QLAW Clinic clients in the State of Washington.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: City of Seattle hiring an Assistant City Attorney

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for an Assistant City Attorney position in the new Regulatory Enforcement and Economic Justice (REEJ) Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

This Assistant City Attorney position will be responsible for litigating civil code enforcement cases in Seattle Municipal Court, before the Seattle Hearing Examiner, in King County Superior Court and in other Courts of Appeal, and providing legal advice and other client support.  The REEJ section  represents the Department of Construction and Inspections, Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Parks Department, Finance and Revenue Department, Office of Labor Standards, and Office for Civil Rights, among others, in their enforcement efforts.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Fall externship with Planned Parenthood

Planned ParenthoodApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases of the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation being considered in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

PPFA is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. Our 50+ locally governed affiliates operate approximately 650 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For the last 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship Program at National Center for Access to Justice

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The National Center for Access to Justice located at Fordham Law School seeks a small number of committed law students to serve as law student interns in summer 2017. NCAJ’s summer program runs from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, July 28th, 2017, with some flexibility on start and end dates.

NCAJ is the national nonprofit organization located at Fordham Law School that relies on data to increase access to justice in the civil and criminal justice systems.Access to justice is the meaningful opportunity to be heard, but millions of people are unable to obtain a fair hearing and a fair result in disputes involving even the most basic human needs, such as keeping a home, holding a family together, and securing physical safety. Access to justice is often compromised even in criminal cases.

Apply and learn more here

Alaska Legal Services Corp hiring students for paid summer internships

Due Feb. 4: DOJ, Environment and Natural Resources Division at NW Job Fair 

DOJApplication Deadline: Rolling, but interview slots available for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Patricia McKenna, of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, will be at the NW Job Fair in Portland on February 4, 2017. She will be both participating in a brownbag and interviewing for both summer interns for the Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Crimes Sections, as well as interviewing for school year interns for all sections.

Generally, ENRD litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws.  Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.  Assignments for our interns vary among the sections – but generally, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues.

Read more here

Due Feb. 6, paid: QLaw, CCYJ summer fellowship opportunity

ccyj_logoThe QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellow will be responsible for supporting the eQuality Project at the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ). The eQuality Project is a collaborative effort to ensure Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer youth in their care, collect meaningful data on the needs, experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth, and divert LGBTQ youth from homelessness.

Read more about the fellowship and apply here

Due Feb. 10: Summer openings with the Legal Studies Institute

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If you’re a first or second year law student looking to practice law in Washington, D.C. with an interest in issues of constitutional interpretation, limited government and free enterprise, please consider applying to the 2017 Legal Studies Institute (LSI).

LSI is an intensive 8-week academic intern program that gives law students first-hand exposure to the American legal system through legal clerkships, academic coursework, networking and career development sessions, and a law and policy lecture series with leading constitutional scholars such as Randy Barnett of Georgetown Law, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Former Attorney General Ed Meese.

Read more and apply here

Due Feb. 17, paid: Alaska Legal Services Corps hiring summer intern

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Interested in Providing Legal Services to Rural Communities? Interested in a Summer in Alaska? Would you like $5k to Support your Summer Public Interest Work? If yes, then look no further. Alaska Legal Services Corp is a host organization for the Rural Summer Legal Corps. UW Law student applicants get special preference. Yep, you read that right.

For more information and application instructions, click here. 

Rolling deadline: Public service-oriented firm hiring associate

mallisonmartinezApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Progressive law firm Mallison & Martinez, located in Oakland, is searching for an associate with 1-2 years of experience. The attorney will represent low-wage workers in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, worker safety, and workplace products liability cases. The attorney will have extensive client contact and the opportunity to work on cases in federal and state courts, mediation, arbitration, and administrative agencies (e.g. California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Cal-OSHA). Responsibilities will include junior-level associate work such as: legal research, drafting motions and pleadings, discovery, court appearances, depositions, case management, and client communications.

For more information and application instructions, click here

Rolling deadline, paid: Yale Law School fellowship opportunity 

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2017 Summer Fellowship program.  LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 23 to August 18, 2017, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Read more here

Rolling deadline: Immigration Law & Policy fellowship opportunities

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The University of Arizona’s Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program is hiring for THREE positions: two fellowship positions previously circulated that are still receiving applications for at least a few more weeks, and one new fellowship ideally suited for an attorney with a few years of experience, to work primarily with immigrant workers in our Workers’ Rights Clinic.  This position will start in summer 2017.  Click on each position title to read more.

Look out for these upcoming deadlines! Fellowships, clerkships, internships, & more!

Fellowship – Environmental Law Institute (Washington, D.C.)

eli-client-logo2-420x280With the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, UW Law is pleased to once again announce an exclusive clerkship position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2016.  The position description and application procedure are explained in the attached flyer.  

 Founded in 1969, the Environmental Law Institute is one of the nation’s leading environmental law and policy organizations.  ELI may be the most widely respected national voice dedicated exclusively to environmental law: they are non-partisan, do not lobby, and do not litigate.  Their work spans the globe.  Located in D.C., ELI hosts a rich variety of summer programs that are magnificent opportunities for learning and national networking.

 This extraordinary position is open only to 2Ls and exceptional 1Ls currently enrolled at UW Law.  Please send application materials to toddw2@uw.edu by January 11, 2016 for joint review by UW environmental law faculty and ELI.

This is a marvelous opportunity for us all.  I look forward to your applications.

Fellow ‑ Georgetown University Law Center-Housing and Community Development Clinic

 georgetown2‑year fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center leading to an  LL.M. in advocacy; the stipend for 2016-2017 is at least $53,500 (taxable) plus health and dental benefits.  The Fellow will supervise 2nd and 3rd year law students working on affordable housing transactions, including acquisitions and renovations.  The Fellow will also assist in the teaching of a weekly seminar.  Required: minimum 2 yrs. legal experience with background in transactional housing and/or business matters.  Spanish language ability is a plus.  Admission, or ability to waive into the DC Bar is required.   Send letter of interest and resume by 2/15/16 to Professor Michael Diamond, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 102, Washington., DC 20001 or by email to diamondm@law.georgetown.edu.  Applications will be reviewed as received. 

Georgetown Law Center – Human Rights Institute

georgetownThe International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, based at Georgetown University Law Center, is seeking a program manager to establish and oversee a Secretariat to manage its work promoting the recognition and protection of the rights of migrants through research, education, and advocacy grounded in the IMBR – a comprehensive, coherent articulation of the legal rights of all international migrants. The program manager will join the growing Initiative at an exciting time and will be responsible for piloting a new advocacy campaign to promote the IMBR in the Americas and to expand its partnerships in the region.

 The program manager should be based in Washington, DC, and will receive support from and access to resources at the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute. Please note this is an 18-month full-time independent consultancy and not an academic appointment. The salary will be $75,750 for the 18-month period.

 Applications are due by January 29, 2016. More information about the IMBR Initiative can be found here.

Applications should be submitted electronically to migrantsrights@law.georgetown.edu by January 29, 2016 and should include (preferably in a single PDF file)

  • A cover letter describing your commitment to human and migrants’ rights as well as advocacy and other relevant experience;
  • A resume or CV;
  • A law school transcript and any other relevant graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted);
  • A brief (2-10 page) unedited writing sample; and
  • References (only the references of finalists will be contacted).

 Only finalists will be contacted. Finalists should expect to be interviewed via telephone or Skype between February 1, 2016 and February 12, 2016. The 18-month consultancy will start immediately.

 EarthJustice – Access to the courts advocate (Washington, D.C.)

photoEarthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

 Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with ten offices across the U.S.

 This position in Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation department is focused on developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies regarding citizen access to the courts, judicial nominations, federal rulemaking procedures, and other issues as assigned. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter.

Click here to apply. See more at: https://www.psjd.org/opportunitydetails?OppID=63833#sthash.L2dJ7cwy.dpuf

2016 QLAW FOUNDATION SHER KUNG SUMMER FELLOWSHIP (WENATCHEE, WA)

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and community education.

The QLAW fellow will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office and provide crucial direct legal representation and outreach to LGBTQ immigrants and/or immigrants living with HIV in rural central Washington.

Many LGBTQ immigrants in the United States were forced to flee and are afraid of returning to their country of origin due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Others are persecuted, abused and discriminated within the United States because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Those in rural communities are especially vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because of a lack of support and resources in isolated areas.

The QLAW fellow will focus on providing direct legal services, under the supervision of attorneys. In addition to direct legal services, the fellow will conduct outreach presentations to both community members and social service providers, such as other legal service providers, farmworker advocates, medical clinics, etc.

 Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Vanessa Gutierrez via email – vanessag@nwirp.org with “QLAW Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications must be received by February 15, 2016 for full consideration.

For more information, click here

Americans United for Separation of Church & State – CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION FELLOWSHIP

logo_of_americans_united_for_separation_of_church_and_state_updated_in_2014Americans United for Separation of Church and State — the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization — is accepting applications to join our seven-attorney legal team for a two-year Constitutional Litigation Fellowship starting in September 2016.  We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions.  We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.  We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation.  Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

Fellows participate in all aspects of litigation before trial and appellate courts across the country.  Among other tasks, fellows may conduct research, draft pleadings and discovery, write briefs, work with clients and interview witnesses, communicate with co-counsel and opposing counsel, participate in settlement negotiations and mediations, screen incoming complaints, and assist with development of new cases.  Fellows may also have opportunities to take depositions or conduct in-court examinations of witnesses.  Fellows receive intensive training in trial and appellate litigation under the close supervision of our three experienced litigators.

Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org.  No faxes or telephone calls please. 

TeamChild is looking for a Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern

logo_for_twitter_and_facebook_copy_400x400The Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern is responsible for assisting young men and women with motions to seal their juvenile record. The Intern will be responsible for running two juvenile record sealing clinics in King County. The clinics occur one Wednesday and one Saturday a month, October-May and two or three summer clinics. The intern’s attendance at these clinics is mandatory. The Intern will be responsible for organizing outreach efforts to ensure attendance at the Clinic and coordinating the participation of attorney and student volunteers.

Following the clinics, the Intern will be responsible for the filing and processing of paperwork necessary to seal juvenile criminal history. This requires the intern to be present at the King County juvenile courthouse two Fridays a month. The Intern will also be responsible for publicizing the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics in King County and responding to calls and emails seeking general information regarding the record sealing process. The intern will also be asked to gather information on current juvenile offenders.

This is a great opportunity for a 1L or 2L that wants to practice communicating with clients, community members, and is also seeking courtroom experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • E-mail letter of interest, resume, and legal writing sample to: recordsealing@teamchild.org by 5:00 PM on January 25, 2016.
  • Interviews will be conducted in late January, and training will begin in February.

Barton Child Law and Policy Center Fellowship

wvv9rtysThe Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship housed with the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law to provide a recent law school graduate the opportunity to learn

to be an effective researcher, advisor to practitioners, and policy advocate while working on issues of child neglect and abuse, poverty, juvenile justice and other legal issues impacting children and families. The Fellowship will begin August 2016 and continue through August 2017. Please see the here (2016-17BartonCenterABAFellowshipJobPost_FINAL[2]) for additional details.

Please direct questions to:

Michele Papotto, Program Coordinator                                                                                Barton Child Law and Policy Center                                                                                       Emory University School of Law                                                                                                 1301 Clifton Road                                                                                                                        Atlanta, Georgia 30322                                                                                                              Phone: (404) 712-8367 | Fax: (404) 727-7851 | E-mail: mpapott@law.emory.edu 

Summer Funding Special Announcement!

Do you have an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization or government agency this summer?

Need some funding to help you get through those warm summer months?

In addition to applying for PILA, be sure to check out all of these other important summer funding options! Applications are due as early as March 23!

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 UW Law/ Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Public Interest Summer Grant (New for 2015)

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The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law Public Interest Summer Grant provides $5000 for one UW Law Latina/o student to intern with a public interest organization and/or any UW law student with a summer internship working with an organization providing access to justice/equal justice to Latina/o communities. The purpose of this grant is to support Latina/o UW Law students in pursuit of public interest careers and other UW law students committed to increasing access to justice to Latina/o communities.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ WSBA & KCBA Labor & Employment Law Summer Grants 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia: Signing of National Labor Relations Act

The King County Bar Association and Washington Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Sections are dedicated to education future lawyers about the practice of labor and employment law. These two grants give students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the field of labor and employment law.

  • Restrictions: 1Ls and 2Ls
  • Award: $6,000
  • Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:00pm PST
  • Download application here.

UW Law/ QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Grant Summer Grant

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Are you a member of the LGBT community or an ally? Do you have a full-time summer internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS? Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer). The goal of the QLaw Foundation’s Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Preference is given to applicants who are either a Washington State graduate student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after graduation.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS – including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT – are encouraged to apply.

Application is available here:  QLaw Foundation 2015 Grant Application.doc

For more information email Grant Coordinator, Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org.

Completed applications are due by April 3, 2015.

UW Law Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship

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Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

Eligibility: All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. “Continuing” means students who will be enrolled as full time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Prof. Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.

Purpose of the Fellowship: The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Funding Amount and Restrictions: The Fellowship amount is generally between $5000-$6000; the amount for this year will be updated soon. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at spangler@uw.edu spangler@or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due April 3, 2015 at 5:00PM. For more information, contact mestorms@uw.edu

UW Center for Human Rights Fellowship: Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for UW Students

osheroffThe Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications.

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights.

Application: For complete information please click here.

Deadline: Friday, April 3

Equal Justice America Summer Fellowship

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Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students to UW Law students who work full-time during Summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.

Application: For complete guidelines and application instructions please click here.

Deadline: Applications must be post marked by March 23.

 

 

 

 

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply for LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

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Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.