Still looking for a summer job?

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to work in our office in Wenatchee, Washington.

nwirplogo__square_background_for_twitter_-e1441317557331The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions; and 3) representing victims of violent crimes in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas and other forms of relief). The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

The attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the Eastern and Central Washington regions in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations to persons who may be eligible for immigration benefits.

Send cover letter, resume and references to: wenatcheeattorney@nwirp.org with the subject “Staff Attorney Application – Wenatchee”. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by May 13, 2016, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Summer opportunity: Center for Children and Youth Justice

39285ecLawyers Fostering Independence is looking for an intern or extern with a demonstrated or well-stated interest in child welfare, juvenile justice, or related fields, and/or experience working with youth, at-risk families or underserved communities. In addition we are looking for a person with solid interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, an ability to be curious and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals, and a knack for being detail oriented. To apply, please send a cover letter, 1-page resume, transcript, writing sample limited to 5 pages, and a list of references to hgateless@ccyj.org. Cover letter should be addressed to:

 Mr. Hickory Gateless

Center for Children and Youth Justice

615 2nd Ave, Ste 275

Seattle, WA 98104

ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS – HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

mastheadRobert F. Kennedy Human Rights is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in applying to Equal Justice Works, Soros, Skadden, or other post-graduate public interest fellowships and seeking a fellowship host.

If interested, please e-mail fellowships@rfkhumanrights.org to submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and including a description of the nature of your funding source
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law)
  • List of three references

Applications are considered on a rolling basis; most fellowships begin in September and last for one year, but other arrangements can be made where needed.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates with regard to the interview process. No calls or emails, please.

 For more information, click here 

Due May 2:  IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CORPS – Summer Legal Intern

fullscreen20capture20122620142011220520am-bmpImmigrant Justice Corps is the country’s first immigration legal fellowship program.  Our internal legal staff of three directly supervises community fellows — BIA accredited representatives — and provides secondary supervision to our justice fellows — law graduates.

We are looking for a full-time summer legal intern to provide some combination of the following services:

  • Legal research for fellows — we wish to develop memoranda on recurring legal issues such as particular         social group precedent in asylum law; a survey of recent Chinese asylum decisions
  • Assistance in writing an editing an update to a  treatise on immigration and HIV
  • Assistance at legal clinics, including citizenship clinics and potentially asylum application clinics
  • Assistance with screening individuals in immigration court for possible relief
  • Conducting client intakes at various locations around NYC
  • Other functions as needed

Salary: Unpaid

Application Instructions: This is an *unfunded* internship.  IJC will only accept an intern who brings his or her own funding or receives credit through his or her law school.  

 To apply please send a detailed cover letter and resume to vneilson@justicecorps.org

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Due May 8: MARYLAND OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER – Juvenile Defender

opd_home_01An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. The attorney in this position is expected to work independently in managing an active juvenile caseload while simultaneously working in a team-oriented environment focused on a client-centered approach to representation. The position will commence in September, 2016 and will be located at 14735 Main Street, Suite 272B, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive juvenile public defense.
  • Criminal trial experience preferred, specific experience representing juveniles strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
  • Strong client communication skills.
  • Must have membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another State by August, 2016.

 Salary: $56k – $70k/year

Application Instructions: To apply for this position please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay (available on our website under “Careers”). Cover letters should be addressed to: Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment, 6 St. Paul Street, 22nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

 Please email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate “APD Juvenile Division District V.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Due July 1: URBAN JUSTICE CENTER – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT 2016 FELLOWSHIP

d5b7456c37302f006e90326b08d881fe_400x400The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2017 (applications due fall 2016).   

The Community Development Project is seeking prospective third-year law students and recent law graduates currently clerking or with clerkships beginning in the fall to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, and other similar programs.  We are looking for fellowship applicants interested in providing legal services in the areas of consumer justice, workers’ rights, and/or the intersection between workers’ rights and immigration law.

The Community Development Project strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities.  We partner with community organizations to win legal cases, publish community-driven research reports, assist with the formation of new organizations and cooperatives, and provide technical and transactional assistance in support of their work towards social justice.  Currently our work with grassroots groups includes affordable housing, workers’ rights, consumer economic justice, land use, zoning, transactional legal services, and worker cooperatives.  Please read an overview of our work for more information.

Interested applicants who are eligible for the fellowships described above (i.e., prospective third-year law students, recent law graduates currently clerking or those with clerkships beginning in the fall), should send a resume and cover letter including a brief description of their interest in being considered for sponsorship by the Community Development Project as well as information about the type of fellowship project they are considering.  Applicants should show a basic familiarity with the fellowship opportunities available and the requirements of each. 

Please note: this is not a job posting.  General application materials will not be considered.  Send the requested documents by e-mail with the words “Fellowships 2016” in the subject line to cdpfellowships@urbanjustice.org.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through 5 p.m. EST on July 1, 2016.  Due to our rolling deadline, early applications are encouraged.

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Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General seeking additional summer interns!

washington-ago-color-sealWhile the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General had expected to only take two interns this summer, we now have the capacity to take at least one (and maybe two) more.  Therefore, if you could please post this opportunity on your respective job bulletin boards, I would greatly appreciate it.  Should you or any of the applicants have any questions, feel free to contact me.   The deadline to apply for an internship is Friday the 6th of May.  When a candidate applies, please have them send an email to our recruiting coordinator, Letrice Tobin, at LetriceA@ATG.WA.GOV.   All applications must be completed using the link below:

Looking for Legal Experience in Human Rights? Opportunities for Law Students and Recent Grads!

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Amara Legal Center Seeking Spring Legal Intern, Due 11/18

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The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area and is currently seeking an intern for the Spring 2016.

Intern duties include: Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the intern and the intern will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services. After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in general legal research for expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Government Misconduct/Racial Justice Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  Some of our cases include: Stop-and-frisk litigation; challenges to solitary confinement and other abusive and discriminatory prison practices; FOIA cases and litigation in support of immigrants’ rights; and challenges to NYPD surveillance of Muslims and racial discrimination in FDNY hiring.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! La Isla Foundation Seeks Human Rights Research and Advocacy Intern for Spring 2016, Due 11/20

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Central America is being hit with an epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT). The population most acutely affected by the epidemic are the sugarcane cutters working in the lowlands of Western Nicaragua. Recent research shows that there is a strong relationship between the sickness and work conditions. Research also shows that many of the same work conditions linked to CKDnT are also in violation of domestic and international laws protecting worker health and safety. For this reason, Profesionales para la Auditoría Social y Empresarial (PASE) has opened a Legal Services Office in Chinandega, Nicaragua focused on serving sugarcane workers, ex-sugarcane workers and their families. The PASE Legal Services Office grew out of a collaboration with La Isla Foundation (LIF), a non-profit organization aimed at tackling CKDnT.

For more information, click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking International Human Rights Legal Intern, Due 11/20

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction.  Some of our cases include: Challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; ATS case in support of LGBTI Ugandan organizers; challenges to repression of people for speech criticizing Israeli government policy against Palestine; advocacy in support of accountability and reparations for the Iraq War; FOIA litigation for information about the U.S. role in the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the coup in Honduras; and human rights advocacy to challenge Catholic Church cover-up of sexual violence by priests.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! International Justice Resource Center Seeking International Human Rights Attorney, Due 11/30

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The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions).

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Seeks Summer Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights seeks a legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the 2016 spring semester (part time) and for summer 2016 (full time).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding (academic / research / work experience) of regional and international human rights law; working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

For more information, click here.

Root & Rebound Seeking Staff Attorney, Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis, Position Open Until Filled

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Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is a California statewide reentry advocacy hub focused on building a strong model that promotes innovative, holistic, and creative solutions to solve the reentry crisis in California and the United States. Our mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for the day-to-day management, execution, and coordination of Root & Rebound’s legal education and trainings. In addition, the Staff Attorney will play an integral role in various programmatic efforts, including assisting with updates to the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide,  staffing the weekly reentry hotline, working on in-house legal services such as clinics, and helping the organization with its policy advocacy and litigation work. Root & Rebound seeks a candidate who is excited about working at an innovative and growing organization, and who has a desire to use his/her degree and legal education in a creative and dynamic way. The ideal candidate will be excited about practicing law as a reentry generalist across many areas and using public education as the central strategy to reaching the millions of Californians with a criminal record, and the 50,000 Californians who leave prison and jail each year.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney for Environmental Law Program, Position Open Until Filled

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We are hiring one associate attorney in our Environmental Law Program in San Francisco for a two-year position, to begin in September 2016. The associate attorney will evaluate proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation, serve as a resource to chapters and volunteer entities, and assist in prosecuting litigation aimed at advancing the national Club’s top priority campaigns. The successful candidate will have 0-3 years experience, solid writing and analytical skills, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and good knowledge of environmental law. The Sierra Club values diversity in our staff.

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Advancement Project Seeking Staff Attorney for Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program

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Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong racial justice advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” Program.

The Staff Attorney will work with a team of attorneys and program staff to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline and school policing policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely with grassroots organizations representing communities of color around the country. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work collaboratively, using a variety of creative legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

For more information, click here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Seeking Young Center South Texas Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsinvites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardianad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the TVPRA.

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