$5,000 scholarship opportunity for law students

Inaugural LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship 

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA. Applications are now open! This scholarship will provide up to $5000.00 in financial assistance to law students or recent law school graduates who are or will become members of the HNBA, and who will be performing public interest work (advocacy, policy, and/or direct legal services) with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals during their 2018 Summer (current law students) or 2018 Summer/Fall (recent law grads). Read more here.

 

May 24: National Health Law Program offering training seminars

NHeLP is once again opening up our intern trainings to legal aid and other public interest organizations. NHeLP’s summer intern training webinar series provides an overview on key 2018 health policy issues, beginning with Medicaid 101. These webinars are more informal than other NHeLP trainings and are geared for law students working in health policy and legal services. Additional upcoming trainings include Medicaid and Health Law Research, Reproductive Health and Justice 101, and Medicaid § 1115 Demonstrations. Read more and register here

Apply today for the UW Summer Internship Loan Program

Due May 9: UW Law Summer Internship Loan Program

Established through the University of Washington School of Law Day Karr Fund, UW Law is offering financial support to qualified first-year and second-year law students who have unpaid summer internships doing law-related work for a total of at least 200 hours.  Priority will be given to students with public service (non-pirofit, government, judicial) internships. Each loan award will be a maximum of $2,000. Repayment will begin three (3) months after the date of disbursement.  Interest will accrue at 0%, both during the 3-month grace period and during the repayment period. The borrower will have until March 31, 2019 to repay the award in full. Read more and apply here

 

May 10: Q&A with Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF President & General Counsel

A group of women demonstrating on the U.S. Supreme Court steps prayed over Thomas Saenz,  President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund the weekend before oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

Saenz argued for the first time before the High court focusing on the lives of millions of immigrants who would benefit from Obama’s executive action. RSVP here.

Due May 15: 2Ls, enter to win up to $40,000 for tuition

As things wrap up, we at AccessLex are celebrating the first year of the MAX program and the upcoming Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on May 15 in which two lucky MAX-participating students will each receive up to $40,000 toward their 2L tuition.

We can’t wait to help make two students’ law school experience a whole lot easier with these scholarships.  But more than that, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership in the program this year. We look forward to bringing you MAX for 1Ls AND 2Ls this coming academic year, and to releasing the program even earlier on June 1. Read more here.

Due May 29: Huneke Fellowship for international  law

The Huneke Fellowship is an annual program administered by the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section (IPS).  The Fellowship is designed to provide real-world experience, networking opportunities, and modest financial assistance for a law student interested in the international practice of law. Each year the IPS awards one Huneke Fellowship, which includes a $1,000 stipend, to a current 1L or 2L student. Read more here

It’s time to nominate young lawyers for WSBA’s Public Service and Leadership Award

Pro Bono Opportunity: Attorneys, Accredited Reps & Law Students Needed for Haitian Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

haitiHundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here.

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is creating the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to address the detainees’ legal needs and issues, fill in gaps where possible and coordinate advocacy for better policies and practices.

The HDRN will start as a Google Group list-serve. To join, please fill out this form. If any questions, please email steveforester@aol.com. And please forward this to others in your network who might be interested!

Due March 5: Scholarship opportunity for students working in Massachusetts

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017

mass-bar-foundationThe Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2017 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the Legal Intern Fellowship Program seeks to encourage careers in public interest law, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.

Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten (10) weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

Apply and learn more here

Due May 5: Nominations for the Public Service and Leadership Award

washington-state-bar-association-logoNominations due by Friday, May 5, 2017

Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community? Nominate them for the Washington Young Lawyers Committee’s (WYLC) Public Service and Leadership Award!

 This year the WYLC will recognize the achievements of five new or young lawyers. The committee considers the nominees’ leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1.

Nominate and learn more here

Scholarships for 3Ls applying to the California Bar; new reports on refugee crisis, gender equity

AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published Feb. 8, 2017 as a Washington State Attorney General’s Office press release, media contact Peter Lavallee. Headline remained the same.

“An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include “anything of value,” rather than simply a fee.” Read the full press release here.

Refugee crisis reaches new peak amid ongoing conflicts, Islamophobic policies 

refugeesOriginally posted Feb. 7, 2017 by the International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of Ggia via Wikimedia Commons. Headline remained the same.

“In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number in history. [World Economic Forum] Many of the migrants who are fleeing their countries are unable to permanently resettle for a number of reasons, including the global underfunding of refugee support programs and national policies motivated by Islamophobia or isolationism. See Amnesty International, Refugees & Asylum. [Slate] Migrants face dangerous conditions and human rights abuses both during travel and once they reach host countries. Thousands of migrants have drowned while attempting to reach Europe by sea and the conditions of detention in more common refugee destinations may include overcrowding and a failure to provide basic necessities.” Read the full report here.

New report: Gender Equity Through Human Rights: Local Efforts to Advance the Status of Women and Girls in the United States

Columbia Law School LogoPrepared January 2017 by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. Headline remained the same.

“With a focus on women’s rights, this resource provides an overview of core human rights principles and how they can strengthen local policy‐making in the United States.  It describes ways in which local governments around the country are incorporating human rights into efforts to advance gender equity.   This resource is also forward‐looking.  It offers concrete suggestions for ways that state and local agencies and officials throughout the United States can use human rights standards and strategies to improve outcomes and opportunities for women, building upon established and emerging human rights initiatives.” Read the full report here.

Due Feb. 14: California 3L Diversity Scholarship

forallcaliforniansCalifornia Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who has a commitment to social justice/public interest, plans to practice in California, and who plans to take the July 2017 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.

Learn more and apply here

Reduce your financial burden! Scholarships available; ensure loan forgiveness eligibility

Due Jan. 13: Pride Foundation has $400,000 in scholarships available

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The Pride Foundation 2017 scholarship application for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and ally students is officially open!

Since 1990, Pride Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to support LGBTQ and ally students. There are more than 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete. Read the flier here.

Set yourself up for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

usnewsloansstoryOct. 12, 2016 By Betsy Mayotte, Contributor, U.S. News Education. Photo courtesy of U.S. News Education, Clerkenwell/Getty Images.

U.S. News recently published a report on the best way to ensure eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For example, to qualify there must be proof of employment for all 10 years.

“In less than a year – in September 2017 – the first borrowers will fulfill all the requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and could receive the remainder of their eligible federal student loans forgiven, tax-free, as soon as October. While these borrowers are counting down the days and the required loan payments with anticipation, other borrowers may soon realize that the loans they’ve assumed would go away after 10 years may not have qualified for PSLF.” Read the full article here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Commends US DOJ for Supporting Seattle Anti-Criminalization of Homelessness Bill

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Press release originally published Oct. 14, 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

“The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is gratified that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter late Thursday affirming that Seattle Council Bill 118794 is ‘without question’ consistent with important constitutional principles. The Seattle Bill creates protections for unsheltered homeless people who are forced to live in public spaces, while also carving our sections of the city where encampments are not permitted. These important protections would help preserve the constitutional rights of people who experience homelessness and who are, too often, deprived of their civil, human, and constitutional rights.” Read the full press release here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Interested in Environmental Law? Gain Two Years’ Experience and Earn Your LLM with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic!

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Global Legal Program Summer 2016 Legal Intern, Applications Reviewed on Rolling Basis, 1L Applications Accepted After 12/1

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to respect, protect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Center for Constitutional Rights Seeking Summer Interns for 2016 Ella Baker Program, Due 12/18

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Our program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.

For more information, click here.

UnLocal, Inc. Seeking Summer Immigration Law Intern, Due 12/31

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UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal services and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

We are recruiting for an Immigration Law Intern to join our team for a Summer 2016 internship to work on our Immigrant Child Legal Services Project, Garifuna Assistance Project and our general deportation defense work. We are looking for someone who is dedicated, creative, and passionate and who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/15/2016

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The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is pleased to invite eligible candidates to apply for a two-year Clinic Fellow position from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM degree in Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work with experienced environmental attorneys and students in a clinic focused on public interest cases. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $35,000 to cover living expenses.

In addition to pursuing the LLM, the Clinic Fellow is expected to work at least 20 hours per week in the ENRLC. The Fellow will serve as a part-time staff attorney, with significant responsibility for one or more ENRLC cases or projects. The Clinic Fellow will work closely with the ENRLC Director and other faculty and staff to represent clients and supervise student clinicians.

For more information, click here.

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP Seeking Summer 2016 Law Clerk, Paid Position, Due 1/29/2016

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Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP is currently accepting applications for law clerk positions in Summer 2016. Summer law clerks are expected to become integral members of a team of dedicated attorneys and staff that exclusively represent plaintiffs in civil rights and workers’ rights litigation.

Job duties will entail researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefs, participating in meetings with clients and attorneys, developing prospective cases, and attending depositions, hearings, and mediations.

For more information, click here.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern in Washington DC, Due 2/16/2016

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from reducing mass incarceration to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts on May 31, 2016 and lasts for 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

For more information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads with 5+ Years Experience! National Employment Lawyers Association Seeking Program Director, Position Open Until Filled

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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is seeking a full-time experienced Program Director. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NELA is the country’s largest professional association of lawyers who represent employees in employment matters. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Founded in 1985, NELA promotes and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA protects the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, public policy, amicus curiae litigation, and other advocacy activities.

For more information, click here.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Releases New Tool Called “Your Money Your Goals” For Financial Empowerment

Volunteer for Citizenship Day in Moses Lake, and Pasco on Saturday, September 19

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location(s): Moses Lake – Big Bend Community College, ATEC Building 1800, 7611 Bolling St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; Pasco – Columbia Basic College, Center for Career & Technical Education (corner of W. Argent Rd & Saraceno Way), Pasco, WA 99301

Citizenship Day is a FREE one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens. We’ll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s).  It’s a great way to earn community service hours without a long-term commitment, meet other students, and help your community.

WE ARE IN NEED OF INTERPRETERS: General volunteers and bilingual interpreters (Spanish and English) are needed at the Pasco and Moses Lake sites on September 19th. If you are interest in helping, please email Katelyn Chrisman at Katelyn@weareoneamerica.org, and SIGN UP HERE.

To sign up, click here. 

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Offers 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, Sign Up Now!

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We are excited to reintroduce LBAW’s Mentorship Program.  We encourage you to sign up!

If you would like to be a part of LBAW’s 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, please complete the mentor form or mentee form and return it to membership@lbaw.org no later than Tuesday, September 22. 

LBAW’s Mentor/Mentee Welcome will be held Friday, September 25, at the home of LBAW’s President Chach Duarte White on Mercer Island at 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Come eat, drink, and meet your mentor/mentee!  Details will be included in the next LBAW Announcement and on the LBAW website and Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Now Open for Stanford Law School’s 16th Annual Shaking the Foundations Progressive Lawyering Conference on October 17

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Stanford Law School’s 16th annual Shaking the Foundations conference will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This year, we are excited to feature Bay Area workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, as our keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together each year to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year’s conference will focus on West Coast issues. Panel and workshop topics include criminal justice, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, Native American law, labor, housing, and other progressive topics. Check out our website for the full schedule.

To register, click here.

Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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By William J. Woodward, Jr. | ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange

“Holistic pro bono” is an idea whose time may have come. When used in the legal pro bono community, the term refers to supplying a needy client with help that may go beyond legal help to include help from other professionals such as housing counselors, addiction experts, accountants, technology specialists, and so on.

The idea may have just had a substantial boost from the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), the Federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank law and charged with protecting consumers of financial products and services. While the agency has regulatory and enforcement power, Congress also charged it broadly with educating consumers in financial matters.

Continue reading here.

Call for Submissions for the 11th Annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

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Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 18, 2016.  Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions here.