One Week Left to Apply for Positions and Interview at the NW Public Service Fair!

Hot Diggity! Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney in Wenatchee Office, Deadline rolling through 3/11. Act Fast!

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is that when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Our advocacy is conducted by four project teams. This position will focus on cases assigned to our Basic Human Needs Project, which safeguards access to health care, safe housing, food, financial assistance, and other basic rights for low-income people, using a full range of advocacy including complex litigation and appeals, and policy advocacy. The attorney must:

  • Be available to travel occasionally around the state, and may spend some time in Olympia during the legislative session.
  • Work with teams of attorneys on complex litigation, including class actions.
  • Identify practices and laws that adversely affect the rights and diminish the benefits for low income populations.
  • Coordinate with other advocacy groups and legal service organizations and the private bar to identify opportunities and execute strategies to advance the law for low income populations.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline is Monday, January 19. Don’t Miss Out!

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For twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for Labor & Employment Accepting Applications through Friday, 1/16!

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, networking and other programs, we provide unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at pre-selected labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015 – 2016.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with 149 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

For more information and application requirements please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Alaska Legal Services Seeks Entry-Level Attorney at Dillingham Office, Rolling Deadline.

AK Legal ServicesAlaska Legal Services Corporation has an opening for a full-time attorney in Dillingham, to provide estate planning services to Bristol Bay Native Association tribal members with an interest in restricted property. Estate planning services may include advice, research, investigation, and drafting and execution of wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to meet a member’s estate planning needs. The attorney will create and distribute educational materials addressing estate planning, fractionation and probate, and conduct outreach efforts including travel to Bristol Bay villages and hosting clinics to encourage restricted property owners to draft wills and address fractionation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Rule 43 admission can be found at https://www.alaskabar.org/. Computer proficiency required, (Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail and data entry).  Experience working or living in cross-cultural settings preferred.

Salary: Salary $53,592 — $76,320, annually, DOE.  Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the contact below. Preference in hiring given to Native American applicants.  Position open until filled.

Contact Information: Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney ldickey@alsc-law.org

Seattle City Attorney Seeks Intern/Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division, Deadline 3/4

City of Seattle LogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for 2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court. The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition, externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Submit resume and cover letter to Assistant City Attorney Katrina Kelly katrina.kelly@seattle.gov. For more info about other volunteer internship opportunities with the Seattle City Attorney’s office please click here.

National Veterans Legal Services Seeks Litigation Attorney, Deadline 3/1.

NVLSPThe National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.

The major responsibility of the Veterans Law Litigation Attorney is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful.  Experience in veterans law, although not required, is preferred.

Application Instructions: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to Amy Odom, Director of Litigation, at amy@nvlsp.org.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiative Seeks Summer Intern, Deadline 2/20

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Applications are being accepted for a paid summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only to:

Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

NOTE: We will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation.

City of Bellevue Seeks Principal Policy Planner, Deadline 1/16

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The Principal Policy Planner serves as the City’s Land Use Policy and Code Development Program Manager.  This position reports directly to the Land Use Division Director, and is responsible for advancing the day-to-day implementation of the Land Use Code Amendment program for the City, while contributing to leadership and strategy development to advance the overall land use program.
Advancing the Land Use Policy and Code Development Program is a major citywide initiative of high priority, and as such involves extensive interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, community and business stakeholders, and the general public, requiring extensive night meetings at times.  The Program Manager is the primary point of contact for public inquiries about the work program and is responsible to ensure that an appropriate public involvement effort is coordinated with the Council-prioritized work program.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Appleseed Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications, Deadline 2/6

WA Appleseed LogoThis summer, Appleseed will be hiring a team of 2-4 Legal Fellows and 1-3 Research Fellows to work together with existing project teams to forge meaningful solutions to social justice problems in our state.

We will be accepting applications for both sets of positions through Friday, February 6 and will be interviewing and making offers by February 27. Please see below for information about each position. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note these are unpaid fellowships, though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit or other compensation.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. This summer, Legal Fellows will participate in one or more of the following social justice projects:

  • The Washington Reentry Guide.
  • Protecting the Rights of the Homeless.

  • Transforming School Discipline.

  • Fair Financial Access for Immigrant Communities.

For complete project descriptions please click here.

 Download the full position overview here. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note this is an unpaid internship though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit.

 

 

 

 

The Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to the Public Interest Boot Camp

Attention Recent Grads & Post-Grads! Free CLE Pro Bono Training on Representing Parents in Muckleshoot Youth-in-Need-of-Care Cases

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Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper PLLC, 1111 3rd Ave., Ste. 3000
CLE Credits: General: 4.0, Ethics, 1.0

Are you interested in child welfare proceedings and practicing in tribal communities? Are you interested in developing direct representation and courtroom skills?  Are you looking for a meaningful pro bono opportunity?  If you answered yes to these questions, join us at this FREE CLE!

We are seeking pro bono attorneys to represent eligible parents engaged in child welfare cases in Muckleshoot Tribal Court. This CLE will cover the basics of child welfare advocacy at Muckleshoot, including cultural competency, best practices, and an ethics discussion. Participation in this free CLE confirms your willingness to serve as pro bono counsel.  Lunch provided courtesy of Foster Pepper PLLC.

For question or to RSVP, contact Stacey Lara.

QLaw Foundation Offers Summer Grant Program Up to $5,000, Due 3/14

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally?  Do you plan on spending your summer internship 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 10 full-time, 40 hour weeks of work. 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.

Applications due by March 14, 2014.

For more information and application details, please click here.

Institute for Justice Invites Law Students to Its Public Interest Boot Camp, Applications Due 3/21

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce our Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia.  The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country.  Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New LondonMcComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them.  We’ll also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited!  Applications are due March 21. 

For details and more information on how to apply, click here

Columbia Legal Services’ Institutions Project Advocacy Expands Opportunities Through its Reentry Clinic

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By Sonja Demco, Columbia Legal Services
Photo courtesy of FareStart

Since 2011, IP has held free legal clinics to help low-income people who have been involved with the criminal justice system navigate legal issues surrounding their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs are the fees, fines, and restitution resulting from a criminal conviction). With funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Legal Foundation of Washington, IP is excited to expand these clinics to address access to employment and housing in addition to LFOs.

The support also allows IP to partner with FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Seattle. Through this partnership, we will offer training and special legal clinics for FareStart students. The FareStart clinic will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. beginning January 28th, 2014, at the FareStart offices.

IP will continue to host reentry clinics for the community on the second Monday of each month at 2:45 p.m. at the Public Law Library of King County in the County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave., Suite W621, Seattle, WA.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sonja Demco.

Legislature Seeks to Track Dropout Rate Among Homeless Students

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By Annaliese Davis, The News Tribune, published Jan. 27, 2014

More than 27,000 students in Washington are homeless, and without the proper support, many fall behind and fail to graduate high school.  According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 27,390 students were homeless during the 2011-12 school year, and that number continues to rise.  “It is far too often that these children are not properly identified and allowed to slip through the cracks,” said Miles Nowlin, the family support coordinator within the Shelton School District.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts across the country to identify homeless students within their district and provide them with the necessary support to complete their schooling. In Washington, the information is collected, but the dropout rates of homeless students are not tracked or reported.  Legislation proposed by Republican Rep. Kevin Parker of Spokane would require OPSI to compile and record the dropout number among homeless students.

Continue reading here.

Foreign Service Careers, Trial Courts Documents Class & Webinar on Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry

September 9- Interested in a Career in the Foreign Service? Attend a Special Workshop at UW Jackson School

state dept seal LARGEThe Jackson School will be hosting a special workshop next Monday evening looking at how to maximize your chances of success at the final stage of the Foreign Service selection: the oral assessment. This workshop, led by the West Coast Diplomat in Residence Steven A. Browning, will cover the three main elements of the oral assessment and what State Department evaluators are looking for in their candidates. This workshop is free and open to all students, graduates, and alumni who are applying to, or have an interest in the Foreign service. To learn more about career opportunities with the Foreign Service click here.

When? Monday, September 9th, 6– 8pm, Where? Room 101, Thomson Hall, University of Washington

September 11- Perfect Class for Fall Externs! Finding and Filing: Trial Court Documents in King County 

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Finding and Filing: Trial Documents in King County is a 90 minute class designed to introduce King County’s most useful electronic tools of the trade. We teach you how to locate, retrieve, and file King County documents from the comfort of your own office. Topics include:

  • How to retrieve documents from DCOR (District Court Online Records)
  • How to retrieve documents from ECR Online (King County Superior Court Records)
  • How to use the Washington Courts Case Searcher (for Washington State Superior Courts)
  • eFiling basics (for electronically initiating cases in King County Superior Court, and for electronically filing documents into existing King County Superior Court cases)

Wednesday, September 11th, 12:00-1:30pm. Class is free of charge. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Class will be held in the Seattle law library on the sixth floor of the King County Courthouse at 516 3rd Avenue, Suite W621.  Call the Library at 206-477-1305 to sign up. 

September 12- Trapped: The Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry, Free Webinar

jail handsThe criminal justice system has increasingly imposed fees, costs, and charges as well as fines and restitution amounts, on people who are convicted, or sometimes merely accused, of crimes over the past decade. The result: a dramatic increase in debt among people with conviction records. These individuals can become trapped in the complex web of the criminal justice system, debt, and poverty.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Illinois Asset Building Group will cosponsor a webinar exploring criminal defendant/prisoner debt in the U.S. and its effects on reentry and asset building opportunities. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys Carl Takei and Eric Balaban will discuss recent data on the level criminal debt and its impacts on individuals and society at large. Rebecca Vallas, an attorney with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, will examine effective programs and policies for mitigating such impacts.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Register Now 

ACLU Alaska, HJP Seattle, Pierce County Public Defender, Bay Area Legal Aid and CRR Hiring Recent Grads

ACLU of Alaska Seeking Applicants for New Project-Based Fellowship

aclu_alaskaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation is glad to announce a new sponsorship opportunity for public interest legal fellows, and invites rising third-year law students and current lawyers to apply. As an integral part of the ACLU of Alaska, our fellows gain practical experience through defending and expanding Alaskans’ civil liberties and constitutional rights: they will work on lawsuits, legislative advocacy, policy research, and public education.

We will work with successful applicants to develop a funding proposal for specific organizations, including Equal Justice Works, Soros, and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, and for law schools, such as Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship program to both address an important civil liberties issue and develop the fellow’s skills as a lawyer, while satisfying the funding organization’s requirements.

Application deadline is July 1. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel Hiring Public Defender

PDlogo Attorney is expected to have general knowledge of criminal law and procedures. Attorney will represent indigent defendants in misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors in Pierce County District Court and/or Tacoma Municipal Court. Experience in criminal law defense work is preferred. Must be licensed in WA. Salary: $23.00/Hr., 35 Hrs./Wk. Send cover letter, resume and references to: Denise Whitley, 949 Market Street, Ste 334, Tacoma, WA 98402, dwhitle@co.pierce.wa.us, Phone: 253 798-6986, Fax: 253 798-6715. Applications accepted through June 12.

Two-Year Human Rights Fellowship at Center for Reproductive Rights

crr-logo-englishThe Center for Reproductive Rights in New York is accepting applications for the position of Human Rights Fellow in the U.S. Legal Program. The Human Rights Fellow will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of U.S.-based human rights and other advocacy work in the State Policy and Advocacy Program. The Human Rights Fellow will report directly to the Human Rights Counsel.

Responsibilities of the Human Rights Fellow will include: Conducting fact-gathering projects in the U.S. in support of advocacy efforts; Conducting legal and factual research and analysis to support advocacy in U.S. and with UN bodies; Drafting advocacy materials on reproductive rights issues for U.S. audiences that incorporate a human rights analysis; Contributing to the development of international human rights norms concerning reproductive rights as well as domestic implementation of these standards; Drafting legal submissions to human rights experts and treaty bodies, including complaints, urgent appeals, shadow letters, and responses to requests for information; Assisting more senior staff with developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including reproductive justice organizations, immigrant and human rights groups, and other domestic constituencies; federal and state policy makers; and international and regional human rights experts; and engaging in public speaking and other representation of the Center at external events such as conferences and coalition meetings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 28. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Seattle Housing Justice Project Hiring Program Operations Coordinator

hjplogo1The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer based legal services to low income, residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility. 

The coordinator is responsible for logistical and administrative functions; volunteer management; litigation support and clinical coordination as well as outreach and community coordination. Applications accepted through June 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Bay Area Legal Aid Seeking Youth Law, Reentry Legal Services, Bilingual Disability Rights and Family Law Attorneys

BayLegalBay Area Legal Aid is the largest civil legal services provider in the Bay Area. Applications will be accepted through June 21. For complete job descriptions and application instructions please click here.