Start off your February with new job opportunities throughout the U.S. and abroad!

Access to Justice seeking Attorney with at least three years of post-grad experience!

This position is located in the Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ). Established in 2010, ATJ serves as  a catalyst within the Department of Justice to marshal the power and resources of the Federal Government to secure fair and efficient outcomes for all in the justice system, regardless of wealth or status. ATJ staff work within the Department of Justice, across federal agencies, and with state, local, tribal, and international justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice system for people who are unable to afford lawyers.

The Attorney-Advisor works under the general supervision of the supervisor. The Attorney-Advisor and his/her supervisor develop a mutually acceptable project plan which typically identifies the work to be done, the scope of the project, and deadline for its completion. Within the parameters of the approved project plan, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for planning and organizing the work, coordinating with staff and management personnel, and working with others both inside and outside ATJ as necessary to complete the work. The Attorney-Advisor is responsible for reporting problems to the supervisor and bringing any unanticipated issues to the supervisor’s attention. Completed projects, evaluations, reports or recommendations are reviewed by the supervisor for compatibility with organizational goals, guidelines, presentation, and effectiveness in achieving intended objectives.

Internship – International Criminal Court (ICC) Programme

REDRESS is currently seeking applications from law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international law to work on its International Criminal Court (ICC) programme. Due to the particular work of the ICC Programme, the Legal Intern working on the ICC Programme must have excellent written French. The legal intern will be based in The Hague and be hosted in the offices of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

REDRESS legal interns working on the ICC Programme will work with REDRESS programme staff on a variety of assignments, including monitoring of victim-specific ICC jurisprudence in view of producing quasi-monthly “Legal Updates”, work on the Victims’ Rights Working Group Bulletin “ACCESS” published by REDRESS twice a year, background research for reports and submissions and other related projects. Also, the Hague based intern will also be tasked with attending relevant ICC and diplomatic meetings in The Hague and provide support to advocacy efforts.

More information on REDRESS’ work can be found on its website at: www.redress.org and on its work on the ICC at:www.vrwg.org

Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office seeking summer externs/interns – applications accepted on rolling basis

The Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prosecutes all felonies and misdemeanors in Kitsap County, advise and represent all of the County’s elected officials and departments, provide legal advice to all county law enforcement agencies, establish and enforce child support obligations and provide victim and witness assistance services.  For more information on crime victims, see our Crime Victims section, Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Links.

In criminal matters, we represent the interests of the people of the State by ensuring that offenders within the county are timely charged with crimes that accurately reflect the offending conduct, and further, by taking all steps necessary to ensure that the conduct is appropriately punished.

Our Civil Division acts as the law firm representing the County and its agencies. The Civil Division advises and represents all of the County’s elected officials and departments on legal matters. The range of legal representation provided by the Civil Division is expansive and covers virtually every aspect of civil law.

The office is seeking 1L and 2L summer interns/externs. Applicants should email their resume, cover letter to Emily Jarchow at ejarchow@co.kitsap.wa.us. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due Feb. 9: FIAN International Traineeship Vacancy – Communications/Project Coordination

FIAN International is an international human rights organization that has advocated for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition for nearly 30 years. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people’s right to adequate food and nutrition wherever they may occur. FIAN’s International Secretariat offices are based in Heidelberg, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland. FIAN International has 19 national sections in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. www.fian.org

FIAN International is currently looking for a trainee to assist in the development of the 2015 edition of the publication Right to Food and Nutrition Watch (hereinafter the Watch), published by a Consortium of twenty civil society organizations and social movements;and to support FIAN International’s Communications Team. The trainee will work full-time (40 hours/week) and be based at the International Secretariat’s office in Heidelberg, Germany. The traineeship period is for one year, starting from 1 April, 2015.

Due Feb. 10: IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE PROGRAM SERVICES COORDINATOR – CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE  (AURORA, CO)

The Office of City Manager is looking for an Immigrant and Refugee Program Services Coordinator to provide outreach to Aurora’s immigrant and refugee community; serve as liaison between the City and Aurora Sister Cities International; coordinate participation in Immigrant/Refugee Task Force; serve as a liaison to the International Round table, assisting in the formulation of an annual work plan, producing meeting minutes, and generally staffing the Round table; serve as liaison to the Aurora Welcome Center;manage any MOU and/or service agreement between the City and the Center; assist in the coordination of City-wide translation services; assist in the planning and execution of Aurora Global Fest in coordination with the international community and appropriate city departments.

Due Feb. 17: City of Seattle – Equity and Environment Initiative 

The City of Seattle is launching a new Equity & Environment Initiative to advance racial and environmental equity in our community.  The Office of Sustainability & Environment has created a new position, Equity & Environment Program Manager, to work with City departments and offices and community partners to move the needle on equity in Seattle’s environmental work.

We are looking for someone who combines strong management, policy, and stakeholder engagement skills with experience working on racial equity and/or environmental justice.  If you or someone you know matches this description, please encourage them to visit this link to learn more and apply.  The posting is scheduled to close 2/17/15.

Due March 1: U.S. DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review – Tacoma Immigration Court

The Tacoma Immigration Court has an opening for a Summer 2015 volunteer legal intern. The internship will entail in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have an opportunity to draft several decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge. Interns can expect to complete assignments that may later be used as writing samples. In addition, interns will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the court. The intern will work under the supervision of the court’s judicial law clerks but will also have substantial interaction with the individual immigration judges.

Interested students must submit the following information by March 1, 2015:
(1) a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship,
(2) resume,
(3) 5-10 page writing sample,
(4) law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and
(5) contact information for three references.

Please submit application materials and direct inquiries to Melissa Tuttle (melissa.tuttle@usdoj.gov) or Julia Hunter (Julia.hunter@usdoj.gov). You may also contact Melissa and Julie by phone at (253) 779-6020 if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming scholarships and new racial justice resources

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Charles Z. Smith Scholarship

The Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors WA state Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees.

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law;
(2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship;
(3) must have financial need (determined through OSFA) and
(4) must submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. This personal statement should not exceed 2 type-written double-spaced pages. All application materials must be sent via e-mail to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UW law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on divorce and family law. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family attorney practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters.

To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law.

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) A personal statement (no more than 700 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) One letter of recommendation describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. The letter must be in a sealed envelope and can be delivered to the Office of Admissions & Financial, Room 231 by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Want to Access More Skills and Tools to Achieve Racial Equity? Check out this Extraordinary Resource!

Whether you are student, staff, faculty or UW law grad, you have an opportunity to learn about and take action to achieve racial equity and justice. RacialEquity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Check it out!

Check Out These Interesting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Opportunities!

June 10: Screening of “American Winter” in Everett

Cover: American Winter

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30 PM (doors open); 6:00 PM (screening begins)
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College, 200 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201 (parking is free)

FREE Tickets.  Register online here.

The foreclosure crisis is anything but ‘over’ for thousands of Washington families.  Though the number of foreclosures is gradually decreasing, data from Mortgage Bankers Association showed more than 25,000 homes in the foreclosure process at he end of 2013.  Those numbers represent real people, real families, who are struggling to make ends meet — some of whom are facing homelessness.  To encourage a community dialogue — including what community members can do about the matter of foreclosure and homelessness in Snohomish County – the Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Outreach Coalition has arranged a screening of American Winter in Everett.

Guests are invited to stay following the film for a brief panel Q & A discussion with experts and join local organizations for a resource fair.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register online here.

June 20: WDA CLE on Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals

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Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
University of Washington School of Law, Gates Hall, RM 138

One of the most challenging skills that an attorney can conquer is learning to humanize their client and translating that practice into a successful negotiation of their client’s case. This CLE will focus on how to improve your awareness of the obstacles that our clients face in their lives. You will learn how to negotiate your cases in a way that uses this understanding.

Speakers include:

  • John A Powell, Berkeley Law, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties and structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy.
  • Judge Robert S. Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who recently decided the landmark Wilbur v. Mount Vernon case concerning meaningful representation of indigent clients.
  • Lara Zarowsky, Innocence Project Northwest Policy Director, who will provide effective negotiation tools for use in your cases.

 For more information and how to register, click here.

July 15: WSBA Diversity Program Offers CLE on Achieving Inclusion: Providing Culturally Competent Representation to Undocumented Survivors of Trauma

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 PM
WSBA Conference Center, 1501 4th Ave. Ste. 308, Seattle, WA 98101

CLE Credits Pending: Ethics 2.00; Open to Law Students

In addition to the many challenges faced by undocumented immigrants, many have also experienced torture and trauma prior to immigrating; some have experienced new trauma and victimization after immigrating. When these clients access legal services, legal professionals need to be aware of and sensitive to their life experiences in order to provide effective – and culturally competent – representation. Join our faculty from immigration practice, public policy, academia, and mental health counseling as they offer pragmatic guidance on how to:

  • Effectively interview undocumented survivors of trauma
  • Understand and address the unique obstacles undocumented survivors of trauma encounter in the legal system
  • Understand the psychological effects of immigration and of experiencing torture and trauma

Space is limited.  Register online here.